The Two Headed Serpent

Final Session
Mu

Stepping through the portal the team arrived in another place. They were looking over a valley with a swamp at it’s base, on the opposite side was a volcano on top of was a large alien-looking citadel, this was obviously their destination.

A path lead down into the valley under the cloud-filled sky in which strange tentacles would sometimes be seen.

The team looked at each other and set forth, time to save the world!

Travel through the swamp was filled with strange sights/sounds, some benign, others dangerous.. a massive creature beneath the water swallowed SSaessar, sticks had eyes, and screaming mouths, plants blew strange pollens at the group..

Just before they had passed through the group encountered the site of a battle between some serpent people and some Elder Things. Who had won was uncertain, but a single Elder Thing remained alive, but was terribly wounded. The team were eventually able to communicate with it and Father Bob was able to convince it to ‘take them to it’s leader’..

Taking the creature with them the team emerged from the swamp to discover a battle was taking place at the base of the volcano, as the forces of the Elder Things were seeking to break down the castle, while the castle shot back at them with laser weapons.

Arriving at the ‘Commander’ of the Elder Things there were a few tense moments before the Team was able to convince the Elder Things that they were here to stop the Serpent People rather than aid them. The Elder Things agreed to draw the Castle’s fire to get the Team inside, in return the Team would let off a flare to let the Attackers know that the Haftorang Device was armed and that they should withdraw to a safe distance.

Dodging random laser fire the team rushed to the Citadel and waited while it phased in/out of existence to jump inside. There is was quiet compared to the outside world with high-tech-looking metal/crystal corridors, but signs of disrepair were everywhere with malfunctioning lights and patchy ventilation.

Travel through the Citadel was also a strange and unnerving experience as the team witnessed the technology which had been sustaining these serpent people for thousands of years, cut off from the outside world. The serpent people here had grown stunted and dull in their isolation, nothing compared to the dangerous specimens in the ‘real world.’ There were a few minor skirmishes with the serpent people, but the team moved onwards with little difficulty.

Along the way they discovered a laboratory which Father Bob identified as the place he needed to use to reverse the hybridisation process which Caduceus had inflicted upon him, slowly turning him into a serpent person. The Team’s knowledge of the alien technology was extremely limited, but Father Bob was determined to attempt the transition and stepped into the machine, activating the controls with his telekinetic powers.. The results were.. less than favourable.. he came out with scales! He tried again, and again and again.. each time trying different control combinations, hoping to find the one to return him to his human form.. Finally the transformation seemed complete.. but not the way he had planned, he had been transformed completely into a serpent person!

Further attempts to reverse the process were unsuccessful, it seemed that this was to be Father Bob from here onwards.. Hissing in dissatisfaction Father Bob gave up on this attempts and the Team pushed onwards towards the centre of the Citadel.

Arriving at the centre of the citadel the Team discovered a large temple dedicated to Yigg. Within were are large number of very nervous looking stunted serpent people. The cause of their discomfort was obvious as a mass of black slimy darkness was guarding some stairs which looks to lead to some inner sanctum.

Father Bob stepped up and addressed the masses, telling them that he was here to lead them. With his new serpent physique and wearing the Cobra Crown it was certainly plausible, and with the dull-wittedness of the serpent people of Mu the bought it!

It seems that the inner night had come through here and were currently in the inner sanctum where Yigg resides.. Father Bob tried to rally the serpent people to attack the formless spawn, but they were too frightened of it and had no weapons. Father Bob sent the off to find some laser staffs/pistols.

All the while the formless spawn seemed happy enough to ignore everyone as long as they did not approach.. seeing this the team lined up with their staffs as far away as they could and opened up with a volley of fire on the spawn which was quickly disintegrated under the onslaught!

The way was clear, the team gathered a few of the stunted serpent people and followed them down the stairs, the serpent people up front were cut down by a volley of laserfire from below and the team heard Rose Meadham advising them to stay back or face the consequences.

Father Bob pulled out his last stick of dynamite, lit it and casually threw it down the stairs.. boom.. problem solved!

Heading down the team found that the small inner sanctum was actually the control room for this complex, but now it was in ruins, the dynamite had blown a hole in the floor and torn to pieces several serpent people who had been plugged into the machine via some helmet/glove interfaces.

The sight of the carnage was too much for CC who momentarily blanked out and forgot the last 12 months.. he blinked and looked about.. what was going on?

‘Help’ came a woman’s voice from the hole, it seemed Rose Meadham had survived, but was hanging perilously over the volcano which had been exposed by the hole in the floor, within the volcano was.. something.. fortunately CC was already insane and didn’t pay it any attention as he sought to rescue the damsel in distress!

Meanwhile the rest of the team was talking to the central computer which over the years seemed to have started to believe the worshippers who named it Yigg! With the arrival of the inner night it had started the sequence to return itself to the real world and activate the doomsday device to erupt all the Earth’s volcanoes at once!

Trying to talk the computer down only served to aggrevate it and it summoned some ‘defences’ in the form of metallic silver snakes and laser weapons deployed from the ceiling!

A desperate fight erupted in the control-room, made even more perilous by the unstable floor and the certain death waiting below. Rose unleashed a torrent of magic at Father Bob who was able to easily shrug it aside thanks to the sorcerous enhancement of the Serpent Crown. In the melee Rose was shot several times and sent screaming down through the pit the meet the dark god within, she swiftly petrified and turned to leather before melting in the magma below.

The team were able to handily defeat the other defensive measures and set the Haftorang device on a 30 minute fuse before beating a hasty retreat from the citadel. On the way out they were pursued by some flesh eating mechanical mosquitoes, but were able to stay just ahead of them and escape the Citadel and get to a safe distance before the Haftorang device blew the citadel out of existence.

Panting the team took stock of their situation. Thinking over the past few hours of events Father Bob came to the horrific realisation.. the portal back to Earth was likely powered by the Citadel, it may no longer be there, or if it was it might wink shut at any moment!

Filled with a surge of panic induced adrenaline the team rushed back down the track through the swamp..

Some time later they emerged, covered in dirt, slime, sweat and blood at the portal home only to see it start to close before their eyes. Rushing forward they dove for the portal..

Jim and Father Bob were lucky and made it, but CC stumbled in the last few paces, this constant running having caught up with him and he growled in dismay as he fell through the portal a second too late and landed on his hands and knees, still in Mu!

Shelly helped CC to his feet, looking around. “There must be another way home” she said adjusting her glasses, “And I’m sure the Elder Things know the way, let’s go and see what we can learn.”

CC squared his shoulders and checked his ammo, this could be the start of a whole new adventure!

Jim and Father Bob emerged from the portal on Snake Island and looked down at where the portal once was.

“If I’m going to open up a portal to rescue CC and Shelly I’m going to need power he hissed.” Looking down at himself he added “You will have to go and get 'sacrifices'.. I mean 'help', Jim as I cannot go back looking like this.”

Jim headed back to the plane, surely it’s worth luring a few suckers back to this Island to save those who helped save the world?

The world was safe from the Serpent People’s plots and so the Two Headed Serpent is complete.

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Session 16
Santos and Snake Island

The Team began investigations in Santos, splitting up into 2 groups Dr Cooper and Tobias (how did Tobias end up with the lovely doctor?) headed to the library to research Snake Island, while Father Bob and CC started asking questions around town.

They discovered:

  • Ilha de Queimada Grande (aka Snake Island), is an uninhabited island 100 miles off the coast of Brazil.
  • A single lighthouse is the only structure on the island and was operated by a lighthouse keeper and his family until 1921 when they disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
  • Caduceus has since been contracted to run/maintain the lighthouse.
  • The island is known as the only place in the work where the Golden Lancehead Viper can be found, one of the most venomous snakes in the world, and it is said that it is so densely populated by these snakes that there are 5 in any square yard on the island!
  • Antivenom for the snakes is produced locally in Santos, with Caduceus being the primary buyer.
  • Local fishermen know think that the island is cursed, or inhabited by monsters and refuse to go there.

With Tobias still researching in the Library the other 3 decided to gather some equipment, leather boots/gloves/pants to protect from snake-bites etc.. They headed to the market.

Dr Cooper was distracted buying a nice new sun-hat when Father Bob and CC were handed a message by a local boy who then ran off into a crowded market place. Opening the message the pair saw that it was just a crude drawing of a snake-eye. CC remembered seeing this referenced in a book, viewing it made the pair vulnerable to the ‘Coils of Yigg’ spell where the victim’s own shadow would coil around them and crush the life from them. The spell can continue as long as the sorcerer has the energy to keep it going and the only safety can be found when the target casts no shadow!

The pair were considering the implications of this when they heard screams coming from the market, rushing forward they saw the messenger boy being choked by his own shadow! Springing to action the pair grabbed the boy and dragged him into a nearby carpet-shop, thrusting money at the owner the hurried to the cellar and closed the door, leaving them in complete darkness.

Dr Cooper was blissfully unaware of the disturbance as she made her purchase and tied it on in front of a mirror.

Father Bob checked the boy, unfortunately the he was already dead. Sighing they started to head outside when Father Bob’s shadow started to choke him! The pair quickly threw more money at the shop-keeper and retreated back to the basement.

Dr Cooper finally worked out what was going on and tracked CC and Father Bob to the carpet shop, there she spoke to CC through the door. Now it seems that Dr Cooper is not as bright as she seems, or else CC was unable to get his message across, but she left without the message that the two were in trouble.. but rather not to interrupt the pair down in the basement!!!

Returning to Tobias she told him that the others were behaving strangely, he said that is what they usually do.. And had the bright idea to build a snake-repelling device to make passage over the island easier. The two quickly got absorbed into the construction of the device and did not think on the others further!

After waiting in the dark basement for hours Father Bob and CC decided that they were on their own.. perhaps the others had already been neutralised by Caduceus! Father Bob came up with the idea to summon the ‘Angel Yasreal’ and have it take out the sorcerer who was targeting them. It seemed a little extreme, the pair decided to save that for plan B.

Cautiously leaving the basement they discovered that the spell was not currently in effect, they were free to track down the sorcerer!

CC decided to scout out the Caduceus HQ and see if the sorcerer was there. Father Bob is slow and not very stealthy, he decided to look for a good spot for the summoning, the tower of the main church in town looked promising.

CC snuck to the warehouse/office where Caduceus operates out of and managed to peer through a skylight, he saw a group of about 6 serpent people who were bunking in the warehouse, but no sign that any was a sorcerer.. well maybe one was and he couldn’t tell, but he had no way to taking out 6 serpent people alone, so he returned to their lodgings for dynamite.

There he met up with Dr Cooper and Tobias who were congratulating each other on their remarkable invention to keep the snakes away. Angry that the pair had not come to their rescue hours ago he stormed in, gave them a glare, grabbed the dynamite and left again, not even a word to tell them what was happening!

Returning to Father Bob, CC told him that he could not be sure that his plan to take down the Sorcerer would work, so Father Bob began his preparations for the summoning. Realising he would need more power for this to work he started to ‘preach’ to a group of late-night worshippers, during the sermon he started to drain their power, a little from each, slowly building his own ability until the power was coursing through him!

CC headed back to Caduceus, there he smashed the skylight, and threw in all the dynamite, then ran! He miss-calculated the explosion and was blown off the roof as the whole of the building was destroyed!

Returning to Father Bob the pair waited to see what would happen.. shortly afterwards the shadow of Bob started to twitch and go after him.. the pair took shelter in the crypts beneath the church.

Looks like plan B is on!

An hour before dawn Father Bob and CC ascended the tower and Father Bob began his summoning with CC assisting. Power surged through Father Bob and he channelled it into the heavens willing the Angel to heed his call and come to his aid.

As the sun rose over Santos Father Bob saw a light in the sky, as he watched in awe it grew bigger and brighter, a cluster of glowing lights answering his prayers, an angel from heaven!

“The price for your call will be paid by the one who drew this” shouted Bob waving the paper with the eye over his head, “Then cleanse Snake Island of the Serpent Folk!”

Only as the glittering form approached, getting larger and larger did he realise this was no angel, an impossibly big mass of mucus which glittered and flashed all colors and completely alien to humanity, Yog Sothoth had come with all its glory to be witnessed by the waking town of Santos.

Days of chaos followed, whole sections of the town were enveloped in the gittery mass, those who were not killed tore out their eyes or wandered the streets in madness.

Later the Team were finally able to re-assemble, by some miracle CC, Dr Cooper and Father Bob had escaped with only minor damage to their bodies and sanity. Unfortunately Tobias was not so lucky. They found him standing on a rooftop naked and claiming that he was the Serpent Lord SSeth, here to rule over this world and insisting that all must bow to his majesty!

Dr Cooper was able to sedate him and the decided to send him back to America for treatment, perhaps at St Cuthbert’s Home for the Mentally Deranged? But before they could send him away, they needed the Cobra Crown. Hours of delicate surgery later Dr Shelly Cooper had complete her most dangerous surgery to date, but had been able to remove the Crown safely from “Serpent Lord SSeth”, who was put on a plane for America.

The Team met an adventurous pilot by the name of James “Jim” Gujic who had flown into the town on his sea-plane looking for action and adventure. The team told him that if he wanted adventure then they were certainly heading for one and he readily agreed to travel with them, he would even fly them to Snake Island!

Gathering some supplies and the snake-repelling machine they took off and flew to the island….

A storm was raging over the island as they approached, but Jim was a seasoned pilot and landing was easy. But as they taxi-ed towards the shore a large shape moved beneath the waters! Jim quickly began to gain speed, seeking to take off and escape the monstrous sea-snake which was even now lunging for the plane!

Father Bob gulped as the serpent only just missed the plane and reached for his bag.. it was time.. he took out the crown and placed it on his head, wincing as the tails of the snakes burrowed into his skull and filled him with power and knowledge.

Reaching out with his had he easily overcame the primitive serpent brain and commanded it to head onto the island and kill all serpent people there. He smiled a snake-like grin as it obeyed, he was the master of the Cobra Crown now!

Following the trail of the snake with their snake-repeller the team were easily able to head in to the centre of the island where they found the massive serpent wrapped around the lighthouse trying to get at something within, something which was shooting back with a flame-pistol!

Rushing in the confront the person the team discovered that it was none other than Sseassar who they had encountered in the Congo. He told them that he was the only survivor of the Caduceus squad here, the Inner Night had shown up a few days back and had killed everyone with their formless spawn then headed through the portal to Mu. Sseassar had wisely hidden to pass on what had happened and had been working to try and close the gate when this large snake had arrived and tried to kill him!

The Team again took Sseassar captive and took him with them as they stepped through the portal to another place..

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Session 15
Calcutta, Rio, Santos

            A few miles outside a small coastal town in India, Father Bob stood resolute as the alien landed before him, crashing sounds in the darkness around his camp indicated that at least one other was present.

He tried to speak to it, it replied with a series of whistles/clicks.. who would have thought.. aliens don’t speak English.. or mayan.. or latin.. Nacaal? It seemed to understand!

The creature approached him tentacles reaching for his face.. Father Bob uttered a brief prayer to his gods (he has multiple now!) and allowed the creature to touch him, tentacles sliding over his head and seeming to slide into his brain as the creature made contact, consciousness to consciousness!

The Elder Thing seemed surprised and somewhat amused that a ‘rodent’ like Father Bob had called to it and it’s fellows, and seemed to think that it would gain some prestige by bringing back to it’s fellows such an unusual rodent for display.

Father Bob quickly spoke to the thing, explaining about the ancient enemy, the serpent people, who were threatening the world! The Elder thing did not seem impressed or worried, apparently they had beaten the serpent people in ages gone by and even destroyed their home-continent in the process, they were no threat..

Here Father Bob interjected.. Mu had not been destroyed, but rather banished to another plane of existence. This seemed to get the creatures attention as apparently the last ‘army’ of the Elder Things had been on Mu when it vanished and they had assumed that it had been destroyed, if it was really just in another dimension, then surely the Elder Things were in command (their superior technology would definitely have overwhelmed the serpent people).

The Elder Thing would take this information back to it’s people, in the meanwhile Father Bob was permitted to continue on his mission to reach Mu, and gifted with a smattering of the Elder Thing language in order to communicate with the others there and let them know he was friendly, he was also instructed in a spell to banish Ghatanothoa which was said to dwell in the Citadel of Mu and act as a power source for the serpent people. To give him the power for such a feat he also learnt the ‘Dread Curse of Azathoth’ a nasty little incantation to steal power from others for use in his magics.

The Elder Things clumsily spread their wings and departed, leaving Father Bob to return to Calcutta armed with new weapons to aid his team in the fight against the serpent people!

…………..

In Calcutta CC and Tobias disembarked their taxi near the temple which apparently was the home of the fabled Cobra Crown. Working their way through the crowds of festive locals they moved through the back-alleys and narrow side-streets to the temple where they discovered that something terrible had recently happened.

Several monks were running about trying to tend to their brethren who had been torn apart my someone or something!

Rushing in to see what had occurred they were told that one of the monks had stolen the crown and when the others tried to stop him he tore them apart! As the story was being told, the monk’s eye widened as the guilty monk had returned.. but something was wrong.

The monk staggered towards CC gasping.. ‘she.. took.. my… face…’ with each step he seemed to be disintegrating before their eyes, and before he could even reach them he collapsed into a pile of ash!

The Team had little time to contemplate this as shouts from the street told them that a ‘Sorceress’ was performing magic in a near-by square… Tobias and CC looked at each other.. ‘The Dreamer!’

Hurrying through the crowd our heroes could see the action was taking place down the street, but it was so packed with festival-goers wanting to watch that it would have been a difficult task to make their way through the press, the Team headed to the buildings nearby, making their way up to the roof-tops and then moving across them towards the square.

As the approached they noticed that a white light was shining over the whole area, looking up a massive disc of light was hovering over the whole area.. It seemed to be some type of gate.. this could not be good!

Arriving at the square and looking across the way they saw that the Dreamer was indeed performing magic, she not even hiding her serpent-form and was chanting and waving her arms about, as they watched in horror the people in the crowd below started to crawl over each other and then merge into monstrous dragon-like forms below!

The pair exchanged glances and pulled out their pistols! A volley of fire shot through the air towards the dreamer, despite the extreme range the pair peppered her with shots, most bounced harmlessly off some form of protective shield surrounding her, but one bullet made it through smashing into her torso and sending her reeling out of sight below the railing of the building on which she was standing!

The creatures below did not stop forming, one reared up and bellowed at the sky, people below started to panic, realising what was going on and getting trampled by their fellows.

CC and Tobias swung onto cables which were connecting their building with the one which the Dreamer was on and started to pull themselves across the gap, over the heads of the dragons! Tobias was quick/nimble and made his way most of the way across, but CC was unsure and moving more cautiously and ended up half-way across, just a few meters over the head of the closest dragon creature.

The two were dangling there upside down when The Dreamer pulled herself upright and resumed her chant! CC reacted first, releasing the rope with 1 hand and pulling his pistol with the other, most of his shots going wide, but the last caught her in the face, spilling her back down.

Unfortunately the gunfire attracted the attention of the creature below which reared up to bite CC. Hanging there with 1 hand CC tried to sway to one side, but lost his grip and fell straight into the jaws of the creature which promptly swallowed him!

Horrified Tobias pulled himself up onto the next building and rushed to the body of the Dreamer, he scooped up the crown, took a deep breath and thrust it onto his head.. this thing is supposed to be able to control snakes/lizards right?

Well it did give him pain.. the tails of the snakes on the crown burrowed into his skull, drilling into his brain and pumping it full of knowledge!

Reeling, Tobias commanded the dragon to spit out CC.. and to his surprise it complied, spitting him out and down into the street to fall among the bodies of those who had been trampled. CC lay breathing heavily, he had been lucky, but it seemed his luck was spent..

The dragons were rampaging around down-town Calcutta, CC/Tobias started after them, using the power of the crown Tobias seemed to be able to exert some degree of control over them, but it certainly was far from perfect, as they rounded them up it seemed the power which held them together started to fade and they slowly decayed into steaming piles of ‘people parts’. Quite gross, but certainly not likely to eat anyone..

Turning and congratulating each other on a job well done, the pair did not notice the shimmering in the air as the beings which had possessed these fleshy bodies quietly floated away to terrorise the cities dreams for years to come..

Meeting up with Father Bob at the hotel the Team looked to tie off any loose ends, the location of the serpent sceptre was still a mystery, The Dreamer should have had it, but it was not in her possession during the confrontation, during their rest/recuperation time Tobias was able to construct a device to track it based on the energy patterns coming off the crown. It should be able to track any serpent person technology within a few miles.

It also turned out that the crown was permanently attached to Tobias’ head.. only surgery would remove it and that seemed too risky. Tobias settled for an oversized turban to ‘hide’ the crown..

Father Bob/CC meanwhile identified several ancient sites which the Dreamer might have used as a hide-out and also learned that a Caduceus aircraft was still at Calcutta airport.

Setting out to track the sceptre using the tracking device they were lead not to an ancient site, but to the airport! There they watched from afar as Joshua Meadham boarded an aircraft which seemed to be the source of the signal!

While CC snuck towards the plane to try and sabotage it Tobias tried to use the power of the crown on the pilot assuming that he must be a snake-person, and thus vulnerable to it’s power. The attempt did not seem to work, but rather attracted the attention of the pilot who started to taxi the plane to take off!

Not willing to let the enemy escape CC opened fire on the plan and with an incredibly lucky shot hit the fuel-tank sending the whole plane up in a ball of fire!

The Team quickly fled the scene. The tracker was no longer picking up any technology, it seemed their work here was done. The Dreamer and Joshua Meadham dead, it seemed like a successful outing, now only Rose Meadham and the gate in Brazil needed to be dealt with.

….

The team flew to Brazil, stopping off in Rio to undertake some research.

They learned that the Ilha de Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island, was abandoned other than a single lighthouse who’s operation had been contracted out to Caduceus.

Caduceus also had offices out of Santos, the closest mainland port to the Island.

The team drove down to Santos in a van to try and avoid suspicion, but were spotted by a local boy who had been watching the hotel for them. A short chase ensued, before they ran him down. Interrogating the boy it turned out a man who met the description of Dr Vincent had paid him to look out for foreigners matching their descriptions.

The team paid the boy double and were able to secure lodgings in his house somewhere nearby the Brazilians were having a party!

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Session 14
Calcutta

CC had caught up with his new ‘friend’ in the lobby of the hotel. Meanwhile Shelly Cooper was holding the door open for an old guy with a large beard who was very slowly hobbling through.

Suddenly the old guy stopped in the middle of the door, pointed at CC and yelled ‘You!’.

The whole lobby stopped to see what was happening as the large, imposing figure of Canning rumbled towards CC on Meadham’s orders, casually knocking down anyone who stood in his path.

‘Time of go!’ suggested CC to his friend and moved to leave, he hesitated as the man didn’t seem convinced that going with him would be a good idea. In that moment Canning opened his mouth and a serpentine tongue lashed clear across the room to wrap around his arm. Venom coating the tongue seeped into CC’s skin leaving him writhing in pain and powerless to stop himself being pulled towards the monster who grasped him by the throat with 1 hand and casually strolled from the lobby into the street beyond.

Looking shocked, Shelly was only able to manage a pitiful whimper as her new associate was casually carried towards a large black limousine which the pair had recently stepped from.

Down the road Tobias and Father Bob emerged from the back-alleys of Calcutta and noticed some sort of trouble at the hotel, they both moved to investigate.

A pair of brave hotel staff leaped onto Canning in an effort to rescue their guest but were brutally thrown off and back into the hotel through the front doors, smashing them off their hinges. CC was unceremoniously dumped into the boot of the Limo. Canning and Meadham got into the car, started it and began to pull away.

Recovering from the venom in the boot of the car CC pulled his pistols, aimed roughly towards where the driver would be and opened up with both, blasting away in an effort to stop his foes. His volley seemed somewhat successful as the car stopped and he heard the heavy steps of Canning as he moved towards the boot of the car. CC readied his pistols and opened up with everything he could when the boot opened!

Canning moved quickly for such a large man, avoiding most of the blasts, those bullets which did hit him seemed to be fairly ineffective.. what was this guy!?!

Shelly leapt into a waiting taxi, revving the engine with the hopes of crushing the big man between the two cars, unfortunately she did not notice that the wheels were turned and she accelerated straight into the path of an oncoming truck which smashed into the taxi crushing the front-half, Shelly was lucky to get away with only a few scratches!

As Canning raised his fists to silence CC for good Tobias arrived on the scene, opening up with his two pistols one well-aimed shot catching the big man in the side of the face and blowing it partially away, but still the man would not stop, laying a few massive blows into CC before a desperate shot from CC caught him in the chest. Canning looked dumbly down at the red spreading out from his jacket before collapsing to the ground.

The team breathed a collective sigh of relief, but the sigh caught in their throats as Meadham stepped out of the Limo and stretched his back. The party were still considering what to do next when he threw aside his cane and flying kicked CC from the other side of the car! Reeling, CC was only just able to dodge the venomous fangs which followed.

Shelly ran forwards and tried to slap the old man with her hand-bag, but caught a claw to the arm for her troubles. Tobias opened up with his pistols once more, the bullets all striking true, but were all deflected by some mystical shield which surrounded the man.

Father Bob, seeing that things were likely to go badly very quickly reached into his mystical powers and bodily threw Meadham out and away from the group, sending him smashing through the 1st storey window of the hotel! With no time to stand around and figure out what had just happened the group quickly piled into the still-running limousine and fled the scene just as the police arrived.

They drove for 20 minutes to ensure that they had escaped before stopping to decide what to do next. Examining the car they discovered a list of hotels written on airport stationary as well as a name and an address, it seems Meadham had been looking for someone, probably something to do with the crown.. Also in the back seat was a briefcase, inside several robotic mosquitos as well as plans to use the crown to get through a portal on ‘Snake Island’ near the town of Santos off the coast of Brazil, failing that they might be able to fight their way past the guardians, or as a last resort summon Mu back to this world, notes indicated that this last course would likely be ‘hazardous’.

The team set about following leads to the crown, it seemed that Meadham was at least 2 steps ahead of them, apparently the only contacts were either dead or in hiding.. they were almost sold a fake crown by a policeman who had recovered it from one of the treasure hunters who was trying to sell it to Rose Meadham, they bought it anyhow, but it was not what they were after.

Snooping in a hotel bar they met Rose Meadham who seemed to think they knew more than they really did and tried to recruit them, they didn’t commit to anything, however Rose seemed to take that as a ‘yes’ and left them with some ‘gifts’, a report on Caduceus’ activities and a Haftorang Device (the same as the one which blew up half of Borneo). She even kindly left them instructions for use of the device.. they were deliberately miss-leading as the team discovered when their scientists looked it over. It seems she also thinks the team are stupid!

Father Bob jumped on a train to a remote Sea-side town where he planned to make contact with the Elder Things, a race of beings involved in the ancient war with the serpent people which resulted in Mu being banished from Earth. He hoped these beings would be able to give him help or information to defeat their current foes, but who knows what alien creatures want.. and whether Father Bob will ever be seen again..

Running short of leads the team took a long-shot and visited a tea-room which the treasure hunters were known to frequent. Luckily there they discovered the last remaining treasure hunter, who was only too willing to cooperate in exchange for help getting away from Rose Meadham. The man told the party that he had seen the Crown, it was in the temple to Mansa Devi here in Calcutta, hidden in a crypt with no guards, only some lowly monks to protect it, they can easily sneak in and grab it, there should be no resistance…

The team debated long and hard as to whether to bring the Haftorang Device in case there was something.. unnatural in there.. eventually they elected not to, the civilian casualties of such a blast would be catastrophic!

Jumping in a car the Team head across town towards the temple, as they approach they see that there is some kind of festival going on in the surrounding neighbourhood…

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Session 13
New York & Calcutta

On the trip back to America Father Bob showed the team his new ‘skin condition’ where he seems to be slowly transforming into a Serpent Person due to the Sigma Serum which Caduceus had injected him with to save his life. His research has indicated that the laboratories on Mu might have a way of reversing the process.

The team seemed to take it well enough, no one pulled any guns on each other, so that’s a good thing.

Back in America the team returned to New York, reconnecting with the Mafia and making use of one of their safe houses. The Italian Businessmen told the team that they had been declared dead and their homes raided by mysterious men, likely from Caduceus.

The team finally told the Mafia about the Red Hook warehouse and worked with them to plan an assault to ‘teach these guys a lesson’. The team were all eager to take part, mainly to search for further evidence.

While things were coming together the team snuck back into Caduceus headquarters where they were able to uncover further evidence of Caduceus’ activities and efforts to get to Mu. Apparently the Cobra Crown is critical and it may have been seen in Calcutta, India. A plane is apparently waiting to take Joshua Meacham himself to the city once the reports have been confirmed. It also appears that the ‘Dreamer’ is not aligned to either the Inner Night or Caduceus and working towards her own ends.

The team grabbed everything they could (including some strange snake-statues which seemed to act as surveillance devices recording what had occurred in their presence and an old book, apparently another translation of the Necronomicon, known as the Sussex Manuscript), important possessions of Father Bob and Tobias were found, but strangely no sigh of CC’s precious Serpent Sceptre. They set fire to the building to cover their tracks.

The paper the next day reported the fire, which damaged, but did not destroy the building. Also in that paper was an article indicating that the Cobra Crown was soon to go on display in the Calcutta Museum! Time to head to India.. but first a trip to a certain warehouse with a bunch of Tommy-Gun toting Italians..

The raid on the warehouse went more/less according to plan with guards being gunned down as the men advanced into the building. Things went awry as they descended to the lower level where the gunfire damaged a series of glass tubes containing massive mutated mosquitos which had been grafted with some form of electronic devices. As the mosquitoes spread out through the warehouse the team quickly set dynamite and blasted the whole building to match-sticks. That’ll slow down those snake-men’s plans!

CC and Hancock disguised themselves and headed to CCs apartment to ‘scope out’ the place and see if it had also been raided. On arrival the doorman told them that CC’s floor was ‘closed for renovations’ and that it was off limits. He seemed quite nervous about this, but insisted that no one was allowed on that floor.

Not to be put-off by such things the pair headed round the back and up some service stairs where they found a sign on the floor that the area was closed pending a ‘police operation’. Ignoring this the pair headed to CC’s apartment.

Things were certainly not right as a body was right inside the door, strange that the police would leave it there as it was beginning to smell.. Hancock stayed by the door to keep a look-out as CC carefully headed into the apartment, planning to quickly check/grab the sceptre and get out.

He was distracted by some strange writing in Nacaal on his kitchen floor, moving to investigate ‘something’ grabbed him, dragged him out of Hancock’s sight and started to drain his blood!

Hancock rushed to assist as CC wriggled free of the grip. The creature seemed to be invisible, but slowly came into view as CC’s blood coursed through it! The sight was too much for Hancock his brain just snapped instilling him with a sense of superiority to the beast making him sure he could explain is planned attacks to it in advance of actually doing so.

While telling it how he was planning to defeat it with gunfire and would later celebrate with some questionable ladies Hancock was grabbed by the creature which started to drain HIS blood!

In the scuffle CC’s disguise had been dislodged and strangely the creature seemed to recognise him and no longer sought him harm.. Hancock was not so lucky, with the creature only focussed on him he was unable to fight his way free and was killed as the beast hungrily slurped on his blood.

Hancock’s luck had run out.

CC found that his weaponry was having only limited effect on the creature, but was able to drive it away from Hancock’s body, but too late for Hancock. Cautiously keeping an eye on the creature CC checked the Sceptre’s hiding place, only to find that it was gone, replaced with the Nacaal symbol for ‘Tyranish’, the Dreamer had reclaimed her staff, but apparently did not want CC dead..

Returning to the rest of the Team with Hancock’s remains, he told the others what had happened, it seemed like their number was down by one.. Or maybe it wasn’t too late for Hancock, a quick study of the Sussex book indicated that it contained a ‘spell’ which could bring the dead back to life.. if someone had the willingness to learn such a dark spell, everyone looked at Father Bob.

In the meantime the team recruited the glamourous Dr Suzan Sanders A talented scientist, specialising in DNA and gene-therapies she was allegedly there to help Father Bob with his ‘skin condition’, but might also have been there as Tobias was known to like a good looking lady.. even in a lab-coat!

The team headed to the air-port to ‘borrow’ the Caduceus plane waiting to take Meacham to India, but it seems it had already left, about 2 days ago! It seems the enemy had a head-start! The team hastily booked passage on a commercial airliner and winged their way across the world to……

India

Arriving in Calcutta the team gave some through as to which hotel to stay at, apparently Meacham was to stay in the Eastern Hotel, the Bristol Hotel was near-by, but not too close, so the team settled on the Grand Hotel as the finest establishment in the city.

While unloading their bags the noticed a car parked across the way with a lady sitting in the back watching the hotel, a lady who’s description matched Rose Meacham.. the head of the Inner Night!

Quickly reconsidering their accommodation choice, the team decided that the Bristol wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But as their cab drove off they spotted a man escaping the Grand Hotel being pursued by two large men down an alleyway.

All the men immediately gave chase, instructing Dr Sanders to meet them at the Bristol. They pursued the men down the alleyway, through crowds, past snakes, through a restaurant and it’s kitchen. CC, quick on his feet, was able to catch the thugs in an alleyway behind the restaurant and took them out of the chase with two quick shots to their legs. He did not stop though as the first man was just disappearing into the back of that building up ahead.

Tobias ran past shortly afterwards, there was no sign of CC or the other guy so he stopped and quickly finished off the two men before casually strolling away to meet the rest at the Bristol. Old Father Bob hobbled up almost a minute later and quickly searched their bodies discovering nothing of note and so hobbled off to the Bristol as well.

CC, the only man still in the chase ran into the building, through some servant’s areas to discover he was in the lobby of.. the Bristol Hotel! Quickly scanning the area he found the other man, trying to blend in by hiding behind a newspaper. Sliding into a seat next to him CC smoothly introduced himself.

At this very moment Dr Sanders walked into the lobby, slightly surprised to note that CC had arrived before her!

As everyone caught their breath someone spotted CC…

 

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Session 12
Belgian Congo

The Team were sheltering in the hospital with the few people they had been able to save. They realised that there was no way they could have been transported over here by regular means, perhaps a gate was somehow involved?

Seemingly stuck for now Tobias set about creating a device which could be used to track down what the mysterious remote was for which they had recovered from the serpent person “nurse”.

While he was doing this the rest of the team set-about organising the people to create several smoky fires to drive the flies away from the hospital, this tactic proved successful and by the time the device was ready the hospital was already being cleared of the pests.

Following the ‘tracker’ the team were able to locate a glass case which seemed to have held the flies as a ‘bomb’ ready to be remotely released on the push of a button, it seems that the ‘bomb’ had already been activated. The canister was fitted with the remote release mechanism as well as a drip-release of some green liquid. The team took the case as well as the liquid and some flies for study later.

The villagers were moving their smoke-screen forwards to start clearing the village, they seemed to have things under control, so the team plus Carole decided to set out for the mine in the hopes of finding the escaped Serpent Person and a way out of this jungle, hopefully the Gate, or maybe the air-field.

Using smoky torches to keep the flies at bay the team moved through the jungle, encountering some strange vegetation which they elected to keep well away from (and thus avoided a very dangerous encounter with some dinosaurs!!).

Arriving at the mine, everything seemed quiet. The mine was an open one consisting of a large pit with elevators to take people up/down as well as a few scattered buildings on the ground level. Looking into the pit there was a strange sight, a large pyramid had been constructed (or unearthed) in the centre of the pit and around it shambled a large number of people who seemed to have had their minds wiped leaving them as zombie-like husks!

Investigating the buildings the team were able to ambush and capture 4 serpent people, 2 in human guise. One of these was named Sseassarr who seemed quite cooperative, it seems his position as ‘security guard’ was certainly not worth being killed over! He told the team that there were about a dozen guards in the research centre below along with scientists and other support serpents. The gate was indeed located below in the facility, what they were researching in the labs was above his understanding and/or paygrade.

The Team secured the other guards, but took Sseassarr with them to get them inside. He lead them down into the pit where he demonstrated (by casually beating them) that the zombies were mindless unless controlled by a ‘sorceror’. His palm was able to open the door granting access to the interior.

Things were progressing very smoothly for the team, but this was not to last, shortly after entering the facility they were challenged by two further Serpent Person guards who quickly realised the team were certainly not supposed to be there! In the ensuing firefight the deadliness of the serpent-person laser-staves was demonstrated as Carole had her head vaporised and Tobias almost suffered a similar fate, only being saved by pure luck, but being knocked out regardless. Ssaessarr took this opportunity to turn on the Team and swing the odds into the serpent people’s favour!

Things were looking bad for the Team so Father Bob was forced to call upon the magic he had learned from the books he had been studying. Reaching in to the minds of the guards he was able to temporarily dominate them into turning on each other! This quickly turned the tide once more and Ssaessarr fled into the complex, Hancock pursued, but was forced to break off pursuit as it seemed Ssaessarr was able to find reinforcements, who then started to chase Hancock!

Father Bob scooped up the unconscious Tobias and joined Hancock in running up stairs away from the pursuing serpent-men. As they ran then encountered various laboratories where people were being experimented on by the serpent-men. A few scientiests were cowed by the Team’s presence, and one which was not had his face blown off! Hancock delayed pursuit by wheeling a table (complete with test subject) down the stairs into the pursuers!

One room seemed to be some kind of planning/operations room, there a serpent person pulled a flame-pistol on our heroes, Father Bob again showed his sorcerous power, yanking the gun out of the claws of the surprised serpent person! The team pair quickly grabbed as many papers as they could before being forced to flee further by the guards who were chasing them.

They ran past another room which was filled with glass canisters of flies, there must have been a hundred canisters, each filled with thousands of the flies, if these all carried the sleeping sickness this room would have enough to infect massive parts of the globe! But there was no time to investigate further as laser bolts were constantly trying to cook the heroes!

Finally the team reached the top of the facility which turned out to be an armoury.. not the gate they had hoped for.. they were trapped! They were at least able to retrieve their possessions, and a cure for the sleeping sickness, the two quickly gulped it down and grabbed all of it they could but things were looking grim. Father Bob and Hancock exchanged a look which might have been their last before Hancock decided it was hero-time!

Before Bob could react he charged back out the door and into the oncoming laser shots, he dashed past the first surprised Serpent Man before it was able to react he was past him, ahead of him another serpent man raised it’s staff. Hancock surged towards him, not even trying to attack it, startled it squeezed off a shot, catching Hancock in the side causing him a savage injury, but Hancock’s momentum carried him past the Serpent Person and through the door it was standing in front of, the canister room! Hancock them opened fire, blasting away at the canisters and releasing a massive plague of flies!

This brave action saved the day as the flies drove the serpent people from the facility giving the Team a chance to re-group. Enigma finally came round as the team were working to get through a solid-steel door in the basement of the facility, finally breaching the door they found the gate they had been seeking, it was currently closed, seemingly the serpent people had fled through it and closed it after them.

Further searching discovered the power-plant for the facility which enigma was able to set to overload and self-destruct, hopefully that would set-back the plans of these serpent folk.

As the team prepared to exit the facility Father Bob went on ahead, as he did so the zombies attacked him! A horde of the mindless people descended upon him, again his sorcerous powers came to his aid as he used his telekentic powers to blast a path to the nearest lift which he quickly started to scale. The undead swarmed around that lift clearing the way for the rest of the team to make their way to another lift and start to exit the pit.

Finally pulling himself to the top of the pit Father Bob was confronted by a Serpent Person who seemed to have some sorcerous ability itself, a clash of power ensued, each trying to use their magic to bring the other undone. Their powers seemed equal, but Father Bob had something the serpent sorcerer did not.. friends with guns! Hancock and Enigma opened fire on the sorcerer as they rode the lift upwards and a single bullet caught the serpent man in the back of the head ending the duel, Father Bob was victorious!…?

The team quickly ran from the area as a huge explosion rocked the jungle, looking back the whole facility had been destroyed.

Returning to the hospital the team distributed the cure, keeping some for themselves and some for replication, radioing the capital they were assured that the army was on the way, they had heard about the explosion and would be there shortly. But how could they know?? Sensing further Serpent-person infiltration of powerful organisations the team quickly packed up their things and headed out.

They found an old plane at an airstrip near the mine (fortunately it was outside the blast) and flew away planning to return to New York and possibly take the fight to Caduceus!

 

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Session 11
New York and Belgian Congo

The Team was called in to Caduceus HQ for another mission briefing. They thought nothing of Mr Hatfield not being present, Hatfield was usually absent in New York!

Dr Vincent conducted the meeting, it seems an old Serpent Person base may have been re-activated in Iceland, likely by the Inner Night, this base was supposed to be a research facility of some type and it is vital that it not fall into enemy hands. The Team are to go to Iceland, find out what the Inner Night are up to and secure the base if possible, or destroy it if not.

Dr Vincent pulled Father Bob aside and advised that he had a very special mission, within the base, below the control centre he would find a canister which is some sort of data storage device, Father Bob was to retrieve it for Caduceus, but not to open it as it contained delicate technology.

As the team planned their trip to Iceland Mr Canning, Meadham’s personal bodyguard, showed up and tossed a hissing canister into the room, the Team did not have a chance to blink before everything went dark…..

 

They awoke, some time later in a hospital in the jungles of the Belgian Congo. The staff there told the Team that they had been sent by Caduceus to help with an outbreak of Sleeping Sickness spread by Tsetse flies which had been afflicting the area. Unfortunately their plane crashed as it sought to land at the old mine and the Team were bitten and succumbed to the sickness. But God be praised they had survived, the experimental medicines the Doctor had been using on them had worked! They were the first to survive the sickness!

Apparently they had been there two weeks in a coma as the doctor worked on them, and Mr Hancock was there too, but still recovering.

The team were confused, the did not remember a trip to the Congo. The Doctor seemed concerned, perhaps this memory loss was part of the sickness. He would need to run further tests… In the mean-time the Team were free to stretch their legs around the local village.

There they met Carole Roux and her associate, hunters of unusual creatures to kill and study for science! The pair had heard of enormous lizards in the area and braved the quarantine to hunt them. The Sickness had claimed some of her party and all the rest had been finished off by some gigantic crocodile which was lurking in the nearby river.

She asked the team if they would help her hunt the beast, and the prospect of guns was enough to get the Team on board.

As the team arrived at the river a few miles away Mr Hancock awoke and was briefed by the Doctor on the situation, he sat waiting for his companions to return, confused by this turn of events.

Meanwhile CC, Tobias and Father Bob repaired Carol’s riverboat, armed themselves and set out onto the river to hunt the crocodile… it was not long before it was hunting them!

The creature was easily 50’ long and seemed to shrug off all but the most accurate of gunfire, the team had several near misses and Carol’s associate was swallowed whole!

Eventually the team were able to drive the creature away, but the riverboat was sunk in the process, swimming to shore the team decided to call it a day and return to the village.

On their arrival they were reunited with Mr Hancock where they all discovered that no one had any recollection of the trip to the Congo and that the last they remember is Mr Canning gassing them!

The Doctor seemed interested in this ‘shared delusion’ which the Team were experiencing and sat them down for an interview to try and help them. During the course of the interview they became extremely suspicious of the Doctor, something did not seem right here.. asking what the date was it turned out that it was only 2-3 days since they were in New York! The 2 weeks of Coma story was false… but the doctor was convinced of it.. he saw the nurses and natives bring them in 14 days ago..

Father Bob was able to convince the Doctor that maybe it was him, not them who was delusional, and the Doctor submitted to a hypnosis session to try and get to the bottom of this.. and get to the bottom they did. Under the effects of the hypnosis the doctor told the Team that the nurses were telling him things which were not true. They had indeed been brought in just 3 days earlier by natives and the nurses and that he was to interview them when they showed signs of delusions.. He was to find out as much as possible about these people and what they knew about Caduceus! The Doctor himself seemed to be an innocent victim in all of this, having been posted here to look after the mine workers, but it was strange that even though the mine shut down over a year ago he had still not been reassigned??

Scanning the room Hr Hancock detected a listening device and alerted the party to it.. unfortunately they then continued to openly discuss the realisation that the nurses seemed to be behind everything!

It should have been no surprise to the group that the nurses tried to make a break for it. One escaped into the jungle, the other was shot and killed, on death it turned out ‘she’ was a serpent person! It had some kind of device in it’s pocket, it seemed to be a radio-controlled remote of some kind.. what was it for?

Father Bob ended his hypnosis session by getting the doctor to sleep.

Sounds of screaming and fear came from the village, it was being overrun by Tsetse flies! Dousing themselves in insect repellent the team were able to rescue some of the villagers and bring them to the hospital, but supplies of the repellent are low and the flies are everywhere….

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Session 10b
New York

Arriving back in New York Father Bob and CC mysteriously jumped straight on a train to Arkham with no word to either Mr Hatfield or Tobias.

In Arkham they headed to the university where they located Professer Caruthers’ (the inmate at an asylum who Father Bob was trying to use as a source of information to determine who’s side they should be working for) office and, though it had been taken over by a new professor, were able to locate the secret compartment in the desk and pull out a very old book.. the Necronomicon!

This book apparently held details of a ritual which could be used to contact the ‘Elder Things’, a race which apparently warred with the Serpent People in ages past. Surely these creatures would be willing to help thwart the Serpent People’s plans..

Meanwhile back in New York, Mr Hatfield briefed his organisation about the events in Bingham, providing a full report and a listing of the ‘blessed’ individuals. He also arranged for the fugitive Shubalms to be looked after.

When Father Bob and CC arrived back in New York the team debated whether or not they should report to Caduceus immediately, since they were technically ‘out of town’ this could be the perfect cover to snoop around the Redhook warehouse.

Somehow the conversation descended into a full-blown argument as the Team’s paranoia about mysterious side-missions and which course of action was actually for the betterment of the Team rather than the Serpent People.. It seems the world is in a lot of trouble if it’s counting on this motley crew to save them!

They eventually decided to report back to Caduceus in order to get Tobias back onto the reserve guards roster. They gave Dr Vincent a full report of the Bingham excursion and Caduceus arranged to ‘pick up’ the ‘blessed’ townsfolk for study and to try and replicate the healing powers of the Reverend.

Tobias and Hatfield then put their plan into action to infiltrate the warehouse.

CC and Father Bob hit the books, Father Bob studying the dreaded Necronomicon!

The warehouse plan went smoothly with Tobias able to infiltrate the warehouse, the upper floors seemed normal enough, plenty of guards, but the warehouse itself was just filled with building supplies, the only thing of note being a couple of crates of dynamite. However, there was a lower level which seemed to be what the guards were focussing on.

Tobias set a fire in the warehouse office to draw the guards away and was then able to sneak down to the lower level. There he was stymied by a solid-looking steel door and the sounds of at least 3 guards on the other side who were calling for back-up. Tobias decided not to push his luck and retreated.

In the days which followed Father Bob/Tobias/CC continued to read various texts. Tobias re-connected with the Mafia and joined in on some training exercises with them, eager to learn how to use the flashy tommy-gun!

The Team heard that there had been a mass disappearance of people in Bingham, it seems someone had rounded up all the ‘blessed’, but it was not Caduceus! They believe the Inner Night had gotten in there first!

Meanwhile Hatfield had been tasked by his organisation to infiltrate Caduceus HQ with the goal to try and identify what their next move was, he got a job in the information analysis department and was able to palm and copy the security key to the private elevators and thus secure a copy, he now had full access to the building!

Using his key he was able to sneak into Meadham’s office on the top floor where he uncovered notes pertaining to areas of interest in: Borneo, the Congo, Iceland, Oklahoma and a place called ‘Snake Island’ off the coast of Brazil. The director was also pursuing leads as to the location of the ‘Cobra Crown’.

Hatfield photographed everything and send copies along with a copy of the security key to his handler for processing, then returned to the building to investigate the 2nd sub-basement.

On entering the subbasement it became readily apparent that Caduceus was not the altruistic organization which they were advertising. Men/Women were being held in cages at various stages of having been experimented on, parts of their bodies cut away and replaced with strange devices. Another lab showed evidence that Caduceus were trying to clone someone, with at least a dozen failed attempts to create someone with a particular face.

A well-appointed cell was obviously where the ‘Mummy’ had been held, decked out with Serpent Person tapestries and plush furniture.

Hatfield also discovered a tunnel leading several hundred feet outside the bounds of the building before ending in a solid-looking door. Hatfield was torn as to whether to investigate, but his duty (or curiosity) finally won out and he headed down the corridor.

Part way down the corridor he heard the sound of a heavy door closing behind him as the lights switched off plunging him into darkness!

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Session 10a
Oklahoma

It was a daring escape, Father Bob riled up the mob to storm the front of the Jail, Mr Schubalm (Suzie’s father) busted open the bars from the rear and made his escape in a stolen car, Mr Hatfield oversaw the events from a nearby rooftop with his rifle, just in case, meanwhile CC and Tobias… well they stayed at home and studied the bible/reverend’s broadcasts.

Hatfield had arranged for the fugitives to stay in one of the safe houses run by his organisation, they were safely out of harm’s way.

With such late-night activities the team awoke late the next morning, as they came downstairs they heard from the owners of the hotel that a miracle had occurred (another one) and that the Reverend was not dead after all! The doctor must have been mistaken or God really did have plans for this man!

Slightly bemused, the team decided that yesterday’s plan to have Father Bob and CC head off into the desert with the reverend while the others followed was still on. They met the Reverend at the church as planned and everyone seemed to pretend that last nights ‘unpleasantness’ had never happened! The sheriff and Harry were there to join the party and there was some talk of the fugitives, but the reverend convinced the sheriff not to worry about pursuit – the Lord will judge them if required.

The party set off into the desert, Tobias spotted someone else following the group, it was Hillard Fowler from the Deer’s Head bar who had wanted to take out the Reverend, sneaking up and challenging him it turned out that this was still his plan. Hatfield convinced him to join the group as it seemed likely that the Reverend would be meeting his maker shortly!

On through the desert they walked, until eventually they arrived at a cave in the side of a rocky mesa. The Reverend told the party to wait while he headed inside to call them in one at a time.

A few minutes later Father Bob was called to enter, he stalled on his way in, giving the ‘stealth party’ a chance to strike, and strike they did, gunning down the sheriff and harry before they could even blink!

The gunfire brought the Reverend out of the cave, before he could even open his mouth Tobias planted 3 bullets into him, sending him back to his maker once more!

While the rest of the team started to search/dispose of the bodies, Father Bob decided to check out the cave, some presence within seemed to object to his entry, sending a powerful wind to try and expel him, he was able to force his way inwards and finally arrive in an open area where the wind suddenly stopped.

There he saw the body of the Reverend, an older version, lying still on a stone altar, the very sight of it brought Father Bob to his knees and he fell to worshipping it and Yig.

Outside the party heard Father Bob begin to pray, CC rushed into the cave only to be expelled by the powerful wind, flying through the air and landing heavily. Fortunately Hatfield and Tobias were able to force their way inside where they witnessed the Father praying at the corpse which seemed to be giving birth to.. another version of the Reverend!

The two felt the power of Yig pushing down on them to make them pray, but they steeled themselves and resisted, opening fire and obliterating both of the ‘Reverends’ and then knocking Father Bob unconscious.

When Father Bob gained consciousness a few minutes later Yig seemed to have left the area, there was nothing of note in the cave, and no further supernatural happenings.

The team burned all the bodies and returned to Bingham.

There they subtly checked up on a couple of the ‘blessed’ townsfolk and leaned that the ‘blessings’ had not been reversed by the death of the Reverend. Knowing that the townsfolk would likely ask some questions about the Reverend’s where abouts the Team quietly jumped onto a train out of town.

 

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Session 9
Oklahoma

On their way to Bingham the team stopped off in Oklahoma City in order to visit the radio station from which the broadcasts of Reverent Cornfield are being transmitted.

There Mr Hatfield was able to charm the receptionist into gaining access to the back-catalogue of broadcasts which revealed that they had only started a few months ago and had always had the subliminal Yig-Worshipping references. The receptionist was so taken by Hatfield that for a nominal fee copies of all the broadcasts were made for the team to take away with them! The team picked up a portable record player to listen to the recordings and try and decipher any hidden meanings.

On arrival in Bingham the team checked into the Bingham hotel and then spread out around town to interview the citizens and try and find out what was going on.

They were able to discover:

-      The Reverend Cornfield apparently has healing powers which have been demonstrated on several of the townsfolk, however each one seems to come with some sort of side-effect.

-      The town is split between those who believe the reverend is sent from God and the best thing to ever happen to the town and those who think he is some kind of devil in human flesh come to plague the town.

-      A worker at the lumber yard had his pelvis crushed and likely should have died, but definitely should never have walked again, the reverend healed him and now he not only can walk, but displays amazing agility.

-      The assistant in the Barber’s shop was almost blind before being healed by the reverend, but now has a massive hunger with the ability to consume large amounts of food (possibly without chewing it), and then becomes lethargic/sleepy.

-      The blacksmith’s wife had a terrible skin condition, but was healed and now has perfect skin, all at the cost of having to shed it once/month.

-      Another woman, Mrs Shaw, almost died giving birth, but her and her baby were saved, the baby has scales and a folked tongue and Mrs Shaw now lays snake-like eggs.

-      The Barber’s wife almost choked to death at dinner with the Reverend, but was saved, she now has a hunger for insects.

-      Those who are ‘pro-Cornfield’ do not seem to see anything wrong with the side-effects.

-      The Reverend went on a spiritual journey of 40 days/nights in the wilderness a few months back, and upon returning had these healing powers.

-      The Reverend started to send out his broadcasts which seem to be drawing he faithful to Bingham.

-      The Reverend sometimes takes people on journeys out into the wilderness for spiritual enlightenment.

On the first night in the town someone set fire to the Church, the Team were unable to catch anyone in the act, but did help put out the fire.

They later discovered that the pair who had set the fire were the Mr Shaw and Suzie Shoubalm (the Blacksmith’s Daughter), who were having an affair after being brought together by their disgust at the changes brought on to their family members by the Reverend’s healing.

Father Bob convinced Mr Shaw to be a good Christian and break off the affair with young Suzie, who seemed completely devoted to him.

The Team attended an outdoor service held by the Reverend the day after the fire which was held outside in spite of the burnt-down church. There Mr Hatfield was able to talk down the owner of the lumber-yard who was bent on shooting the Reverend in front of everyone by promising that there would be a better time. Father Bob and CC stepped into the service by volunteering to handle snakes with some other brave townsfolk, many of whom were bitten and had to have medical treatment! But in doing so Father Bob and CC were invited by the Reverend to attend his next journey into the wilderness the next day. During the service it became apparent that the Reverend was preaching worship of Yig under the guise of the usual worship of God.

That evening the town was rocked by the news that young Suzie had shot the Reverend dead! It seems that Mr Shaw had broken it off with her (as instructed by Father Bob) and in her grief she decided to take out the Reverend herself! She was being held in the Sheriff’s office and an angry crowd of ‘faithful’ were outside baying for her blood!

Father Bob and CC went to check on the Reverend, and he was indeed dead, and inspecting the body revealed that he was human (as far as they could tell), Bob was able to steal the Reverend’s personal bible which it turned out had been heavily modified to reflect his new snake-worshipping ways.

Hatfield spoke to the sheriff and got the impression that he had the same idea, though would not take action when anyone was watching.. when the crowd disbursed it seemed likely that Suzie would be taken out back and shot!

Recruiting Suzie’s father, the blacksmith, to help Hatfield began hatching a plan to break her out of jail!

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