The Final Revelation

Session 7 - Les's Notes

White Characters

It is again the 12th of November, 1937

Missing – Catherine Holburn

Even as the PC approached the shop for the regular Friday night group, they each noticed that things are quiet right. People are strange, different, sick.

Anthony St John arrived first and was greeted Tristan Cavendish, who introduced himself as the manager of the Jaocb’s Books. Ms Renee Merritt arrived next and inquired as to the whereabouts of Patrick and was informed that Tristan had been managing the bookshop for over 20 years. Brian Lucas arrived next and was followed by Paul Turner. Paul mentioned Patrick Howells and caused Tristan to start and pinch himself, the name rang a bell. Luke Ogalthorp arrived last. The group briefly discussed the differences in the streets, how dirty they are, how strange the people are.

They discussed the missing Patrick Howells and included the shop assistant Bertrice. The group repaired to Tristan’s home to continue the discussion and see his autobiography, something he has no memory of writing.
There are many notes taken by Mr Cavendish and the group attempted to organise them. He had highlighted words in various newspapers which form the sentence:
“They are already manifest and world is theirs, we are lost”.
Tristan produced a trunk with his more important notes. He reported that everything started to come together in the last few days. As Anthony St John reached into the trunk…

Green Characters

  • Graham as Michael Laws
  • Mark as Helen Long
  • Evan as Lord Hilary Exeter
  • Rhain as Mr Tom Jones
  • Les as Rosa Parker

Missing

  • Andrew as

1935, Keswick, Cumbria, UK.
The group arrived in early evening and they all found themselves at the Blackstone Hotel. Rosa, in the bar, noticed a photo on the wall of a family, with house in the background that looked vaguely familiar. The barman handed her the photo and the only obvious identifying mark is the name of photography studio, Manesty Photographs. Michael Laws also noticed himself in the photo after recognising herself, Helen. Rosa feels that Helen and Michael are in someway familiar. Rosa thinks that the man in the photo might have been her headmaster.

Rosa opened the frame and revealed the names of those in the photo:
The Wareing Family
Victoria, Geoffery, Jack
Helen, Michael, Rosa
Hilary, Thomas.

That night Tom “Jonesay” Jones and Hilary have the same dream. They were dancing around a stone circle, their bodies moving instinctively. They witnessed a human sacrifice.
Helen dreamt of walking a ridge in the hills at night. In the distance see could see a lake, she was tired but she pressed on until she saw a stone circle and there were duties to be performed…
Rosa dreamt of lying down, there was a familiar comfortable smell of soil around her. Even as dreamt of sinking deeper and deeper into the soil, it pouring into her mouth, she was calm and felt safe.
Michael dreamt of also being at the ritual, sacrificing his brother.
The following morning the group gathered for breakfast and went to Manesty. The photography store appeared boarded up. Helen inquired at the General Store and learnt that the Manesty Photography was closed in 1922 following a scandal involving the taking of photos of ladies…
The photography store was pretty much empty, and the group proceeded to the police station. They learnt that the shop had been operated by someone called “Manalow” or something similar. However the police directed the group to the Wareing house.
As they approached the house Rosa especially had a feeling of deja vu. Rosa was sure she would recognise the wallpaper and indeed when the door was opened she did.
They were invited in by Mary Wareing. The group explained their interest in the Wareing family.
Mary explained that: Jack Wareing was her husband and that Victoria was his first wife, Victoria killed herself and that Jack left Mary about 6 years before, following a series of bad dreams…
Mary said that Jack was frightened of this own reflection, that he saw a monster when he looked in the mirror. Jack was the headmaster of the local school but it closed after he left.
Mary confirmed the existence of Castlerigg Stone Circle just east of Keswick.
The group first investigated the Manesty school after being given the key by Mary. The members of the group felt again that sense of familiarity.
Helen checked the records and all the group, except for Thomas, appeared to having been students up until 1905. This was strange because they all would have been older in the photo. Helen also found a story.

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Arthur Nott 3 (Blue Character)
The birds flashback 3.

The pathologist discussion continues…

We convince him to check the head of Abraham he saws open the head and cuts into the brain with a scalpel, the room fills with a mossy smell and his hand is covered with a black liquid, he tastes it and it is sweet.

He takes a sample and will look it at it in the lab.

Nurse Williams is concerned about infection. He proceeds with the autopsy takes about an hour. He notes the black goop was in the brain replacing some of the expected fluids. Certifies death as respiratory arrest as per advanced age. The brain doesnt show trauma bruising or damage.

Andrea is taking samples of the liquid, blood, brain tissue, no other organs seem diseased.

Nurse rogers is to be interrogated. She has only just gone off shift so we will go see if we can wake her in her cottage on the grounds. Nurse Wilkie tells us where to find Nurse Rogers.

We approach the Cottage and meet the nurse who informs us there was a note telling them to kill us.

I obtain a trepanning kit. Professor Wright obtains a Geiger Counter. We agree to get there at 4pm.

We drive towards rydell, I stop alarmed as Andrea is making a ‘Older Sign’ whihc is one of warding.

We have one hand drawn each now, i investigatethe church especially looking foor the 1697 young women deaths.

Reginald Naismith donated a pew about 40 years ago, this could be the shepherd or a relative. Next time speak to reg ask why he donated a pew.

Records went missing 2 or 3 years ago. The young girl is Alice Vincent.Father Vincents daughter.

The more recent records are from 2 years ago, only a few hatches matches and despatches, first funeral is millicent vincent who needed bishops approval to be buried (suicide?) and approval was given quickly.

We talk to alice who confirms for us that she knows of the cult sex fest. She directs us to Mrs Murgatroid (Widow)

We talk to the Teacher Murgatroid and discover she has no knowledge of the ritual, she knows it is related to the birds gathering, there is a large flat engraved stone near the stables she visited and things began happening after this dont go at night. You may fall down a mine shaft. The stone belonged to the birds according to Naismith. He may not be aware either. She has disturbing vague dreams and sleep. Visited it a few months ago. Been here a year, temps for the year prior and the vicars wife prior to that (the suicide)

Dunn the barman we discuss things with him

I had to go to the loo. When I come back

We ar efollowing Alice into the woods. She is standing on the stone holding a razor we run forward and shout stop alice stop. She does stop, she recites again the bavarian poem and we take off the stone and investigate it. Dwyer has taken the razor.

We look at the stone and it s porous and very unusual and unknwn, it has a picture of a constellation o n it. It is a large stone, there are slate quarries about which could give shafts that lead beneath it.

We take alice home and hand her to the father, there was senn as a pattern for hundreds of years that women die early and unexpectedly.

We are going to wait till the morning before going to the quarry to investigate the stone. We discover the records were evacuated to the cathedral.

In the morning we take supplies and head to the quarry.

We enter the tunnels with our torches after a short way we are in natural caves with workings occasional to shore up and stuff, the air gusts rythmically back and forth as if pumped and the rotting meat spell, we ar eunsure of what this could mean but we forge onwatrds. In the first cave is one of the ‘birds’ rotten and dead . We inspect the carcass it has mini human hands and a deformed right hand just like father vincent the rot increases and creatures alive asleep and made up discarded corpses of rotted torn apart creatures.

With the hands of kale….

The caves are deep and worrying, some degree of levelling out yet they get deeper and deeper not man made shafts leading downwards.

Carved shafts….

The creatures are awake no longer in unison breathing and now they attack us.

We panic and run, some of our people lose there torches.

I run into a wall and collapse in the dark.

I awake in the dark bruised and yet unharmed. There is a different man in the bar, no derek rawlings a different vicar

I ask what day, it is Friday as I believed however the year is different. It is 1953. I ask for a pint and fumble out a old
pound note to pay for it…..

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Session 6 (Les's Notes)

Blue Characters

Before 1937, the morgue, Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam), the autopsey of Abraham Kale
At the suggestion of the Party, Dr Colfe cut into Kale’s head and immediately noticed a sweet tasting and smelling black liquid present. The impression is that the black liquid had replaced other fluids in the brain.
Andrea good samples of blood, brain and the black liquid.
The party spoke to Nurse Rogers and she informed them that Mr Kale had left a note that they were to be contacted if he was near to death.
They agreed to regroup at midday, it being around 4:30am after the autopsy and questioning.
On the drive back to Rydal Pastor Knott noticed that Andrea is tracing, seemingly unaware, on the dashboard an strange sign…

Knott identified it as an “Older” sign and reports that it reputed to ward against evil.
After arriving in the town the Party went straight to the grave yard. Knott struck up a conversation with Alice Vincent, the daughter of the local priest. Alice reported that many of the older records of the church went missing a few years before. Many people believe that the custodian of those records, Millicent Vincent, went made and destroyed them.
The first record record that Knott found was for Millicent, who required special approval to be buried in the church yard (probable suicide). The approval came through very quickly.
Helen noticed that the main stained glass in the church is of Johan and the whale.
After investigating the grave yard the PC found that 6 women/girls died in 1697.
Alice reported that the birds are strange. She also reported having witnessed the “orgy”, Alice’s word, and that the only two people she recognised were the Old shepherd Mr Naismith and Mrs Murgatroyd.
Mrs Murgatroyd reported that it all began after she visited the place where the birds gather, a large flat stone in a clearing south of the old stables. She also reported that she had only been in the village for about a year, and that before that there had been a succession of teachers during the year preceding. Before that Millicent Vincent was the teacher.
They returned to the Inn and Mr Dunn was only a little surprised to learn of the orgying. He had been told of that there was some kind of religious ritual activity.
About 11:30pm that night Prof Lucas Wright noticed Alice Vincent leave the manse and head to the stables, dressed in her Sunday best. None of the town folk appeared and Alice was not present.
The Party searched for Alice, heading south from the Old Stable, towards where they were told the clearing with the stone. They found her standing on the stone with a razor, seemingly about kill herself. They interrupted her and she told them the creatures were making her “the creatures that follow the pattern” (the Older/Elder sign).
Prof Lucas Wright examined the stone and completely failed to identified it. It was marked with a map of the stars in positions that would identify it as being thousands of years old. It told the story of a journey of creatures through space that journeyed to Earth. Further he told the Party that the stone was both extremely strange and very large and probably penetrated deep into the ground. He suspected that tunnels led from the old quarry to an area under the stone.
They returned Alice to her home and spoke with her father. He reported that the reason why he was granted permission to buried his wife in the church grave yard was that the local dioceses had noticed the pattern involving women in Rydal. He also reported that the church records had been moved to the local diocese for investigation.
In the side of hill overlooking Rydal Water was a quarry to which the Party proceeded. There were tunnels leading into the hillside. The Party entered one that lead in the direction of the stone. Most of the tunnels were actually natural caves that only been worked a little.
The air smelt of rotting meat and moved like something was breathing. As they proceeded they found one of strange birds. Instead of feat it had miniature human hands, one deformed in exactly the same way as a in the village. They found more creatures, seemingly put together and more than a few with hands deformed like Abraham Kale.
Prof Lucas Wright noticed that the caves head down and down, never leveling out. Off the caves are occasional shafts that disappears down into darkness. It occurs to them that the seeming breathing might be caused by all the birds breathing together.
Andrea noticed the corps of a creature with a rib cage made of little fingers, deformed in exactly the same way as her daughter’s, Lucinda. Prof Lucas Wright saw something similar involving his wife’s ring finger.
It was soon after that they they all noticed that they all noticed that the breathing had stopped. They group had stopped in an area and were surrounded by the birds that were driving on them. Everyone ran.

Patrick Dwyer found his way out days later.
Prof Lucas Wright and Dr Andrea Parker found their way out within half an hour. The following day they both noticed the strange tick in their loved ones, Lucas’s wife and Andrea’s daughter.
Arthur Knott eventually found his way back to Rydal but he recognised no one, not the barman or the paster. However the year was 1953.

White Characters

The Party stood in Mr Dunning’s clock shop looking at the strange bird. Dunning explained about the bird but as he did the others noticed that he developed a strange lisp…

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Arthur Nott 2 (Blue Character)
Part 2

We plan to travel to the Lakes district, over breakfast.

The anomalies appear to originate from Rydell. This joins with the journal knowledge obtained yesterday photo attached to last session.

Central England to Northern England. We drive to Rydell, encounter sheep and a shepherd

Whilst arguing with the shepherd I notice the tic that he has, it is like the one exhibited by my old friend Abraham, after we clear the sheep I stop and walk back to him and we talk and discover that in the last year he and the whole village seem to have been similarly affected, there is no new industry and n unusual bird activity. He comes from Rydell.

We roll in to town which is on the lake there is an inn a church and a Collection of houses.

The inn is closed till 6 so we are directed to Daisies place and she can do us a picnic lunch.

We wander round to the back and see a woman in a chair. She sorts a lunch for us for shilling and 6 each.

We question her about the local conditions and and birds. We lunch beside the lake.

There are birds there watching us as we watch the lake and them, we while away the afternoon.

We head back to the pub and are talking to the old man from before and the vicar . We notice he has a deformed hand right hand and drinking with the left.

I talk with the vicar he points out the local ravens and that some are odd as we watch two ravens square off. The more ravenny one is killed and ripped apart by the other. I admit to the Vicar we are investigating folk lore for a book we are researchers for.

The others gather info about gravestones, a barn that is the haunt of others and the vicars wife killed herself this town is not safe for women.

We head to the barn at 11:30, the stables overgrown and tree roots push apart slabs. The sky is a strange colour and the birds are visible wheeling above in a spiraling star shaped pattern. We can hide in the stables and do so.

We watch the courtyard, a man arrives leading a sheep. He is wearing a robe. With a cowl, others arrive 8 in total.

They form a circle around the sheep. They chant in latin. A language I understand

The chant is ‘the nicene creed’in latin. Using big sharp kitchen knives they slit its throat and the ochre light rises. The birds come and sit on the roof. They slice meat off the sheep, and eat it raw. There is no occult ritual like this I have heard of. Mix of church morris dancing and a meaningless jumble of symbology. They slice and swap then throw the meat in the air. They then get naked four men and four women. They commence copulating. The only one we recognise is the shepherd.

Andrea steps forward and interrupts them. They scream and flee in all directions naked leaving behind robes, knives and the dead sheep.

The sheep was a ram.

We wait, no one returns for an hour and a half we go back to the inn and sleep. Around 2:30 a phone rings I answer it is St Marys Abraham asked the nurse to ring here and ask for me he is dying and has a message for me, we drive through the night, then we get to the bethlehem about 7-8. we head to the ward, he has died, Nurse Wilkie advises us rather lack of tact, I head to his room t retrieve, his drawing and notebooks. I take up a book he had thereVariegated strata of tghe cretaceous era. Annotated and drawing added to the pictures and fossil record. Large scorpion next to stegosaurus,

Nurse wilkie appears I have her lead us down to the morgue. Someone ahs already cut his chest open. Dr jeremy Coulgh the pathologist has begun his work we talk to him.

Abraham deteriorated shortly after midnight and died at 4am.

(Ideas for the next session, have the pathologist look in his head.)

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Session 5 - Les's Notes
Rydal

Blue Characters

Absent

  • Rhain as Nurse Sally Williams

Before 1937, breakfast at Brichester University.
The group convened and agreed that if they wished to continue their investigations they would have to travel to Rydal in the Lakes District.
As they approached Rydal the car, driven by Arthur Nott, was forced to stop due to a large number of sheep on the road. Arthur questioned the shepherd, after noticing that the shepherd had a tick, one he had seen before… The shepherd reported that the tick had appeared in the last year and that a number of people in the village had developed the same tick.
Rydal is an inland village with an:

A gentleman outside the closed pub (it reopens at 6pm) directed the group to a house with a hawthorn hedge to speak to Daisy, who they are told will happily make them lunch. The group went down to the lake to eat and to wait for the pub to open.

Late in the afternoon the group wandered back up to the pub and met Father Vincent, vicar of Saint Paul’s Church.

As they sat and watched they observed the referenced behaviour of one of the birds that seemed to have followed them and were regardless ever present in Rydal tearing apart another of the birds. It was one of the stranger birds that tore apart one of the more normal looking ravens.

The barman at the Green Man Inn, Dunn, told the group to examine the gravestones in the local church yard and too look for the year 1697.

The cult was active was in 1598.

The shepherd, also in the bar, says that the birds appeared about the time that the tick started.

Andrea noticed Derrick Rawlings in the corner who reported that he had the tick 3 or 4 months. He told her that the vicar’s wife had committed suicide a couple of years ago and warned her to be careful and for Helen to be careful. Derrick spoke of loosing his razor, bone handled and monogrammed. Derrick also told Andrea to go old stables at midnight.

At 11:30pm the group gathered and headed down the to stables. As they walked they noticed that the sky had an ocher yellow glow. The illumination was enough for them to notice the birds that seemed to be forming a spiraling star shaped pattern in the sky. The group hid in the stables and waited…

As midnight approached they noticed a man arrived at the stable, leading a sheep. He was wearing cowlled robe, and more people arrived soon after, until 8 in total were their. They formed a circle around the sheep and began chanting Nicene Creed in Latin.

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

As they watched the cultist flipped over the sheep and they slit the sheep’s throat. The ritual was very strange, it was a mixture of the creed, Ringa-Ringa-Rosey. They cut bits off the sheep and fed it to each other and to the birds. After some time the cultist stripped off their robes and began to have sex. The only person that the group recognised was the shepherd.

Andrea thinks that the cultist may have been asleep or at least unaware of their activities given that they fled naked and screaming when Andrea stood up from the hiding spot and said “I hate to interrupt but…”. The strange group of cultist left behind their robes and the normal kitchen knives they had brought with them.

The PC’s returned to their rooms at the pub. The women, who were sharing a room, secured the room as best they could.

About 2:30am, Arthur Knott received a call to tell him that Abraham Kale was dying. The Party immediately departed for Bedlam.
The Party examined Abraham’s and found a book, Variegated Strata of the Cretaceous Era, which Abraham had been annotating.
The Party proceeded to the morgue and found that someone had already began an autopsy on Mr Kale. A doctor, Jeremy Kulff introduced himself and explained that Mr Kale had began deteriorating just after midnight and died about 4am.

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Arthur Nott the Curate/ (Blue Character)
The Birds Flashback

The Birds flashback.

Year doesnt matter. Before 1937…

Arthur Nott
Professor Wright
Nurse Williams

A child with a twisted little finger
A wife with a swollen ring finger that needs loosening.
A visit to Abraham Kale at St Mary’s Bethlehem
New site 1930s regular hospital however is not the classic bedlam.
Off the bus heading to modern nice looking bedlam.
Meet nURSE wILLIAMS WHO IS COMING TO SEE Mr Kale as well.
Dr Bradfield we are advised is looking after his case.
We are offered tea.
I speak with the Dr. He advbises good physical health, has a nervous tick, is paranoid,
Trying Insulin Coma Therapy. Not quackery.
Lucid sometimes, if he starts wander mentally it can get frightening.

I head out to where Ms Williams has already gone to speak to him.
Hi sright hand is shattered and ruined from an event in the boer war. He writes in the times crossword with his left.

His words in the crossword are wrong, bugger bugger bugger and others appear. He has worried at his temple a sore, he drifts into nonsense
Complains he is being watched all the time
The nurse fixing the dressing tries to calm him.
He complains there is something in his head.
He is sedated and taken upstairs..
Crossed out old manilla folder repurposed timothy jenkins.
Filled with drawings of misshapen black birds, they surround and watch him.
His sketch book and pencils are under his pillow along with correspondence

Brichester U Pritaam Singh letters, Kale requesting information about unusual creatures, birds and has replied with folklore titles. He advises him to come to the old library to look these things up for more information.

The letters describe s

Omething in a pamphlet called otherworldly observers that said the creatures were aliens, Advanced gaurd sent to spy on us. End of Scene

We all come together at the old library.

Dr Andrea Parker

We are all searching for unusual birds and all have our reasons…

We are after a tome creatures of hypothesis and fact. Andrea Dissected one, almost constructed.Intelligent design gone wrong, mad. We didnt see the unusual birds however the Andrea has witnessed them watching her.
Her Student helen had found the bird.

We follow Andrea to the book. A slim volume concise. The book is read, there is a section on crows and ravens, legends.
Ravens of the tower. Ravens of Odin. Death of Ravens there is a raven funeral, 1815 diary entry, ravens tear each other apart, cults forming around flocks of birds, lakes district cultists sacrificed daughters to the ravens who eat the corpses.1590s.
Helen is ashen faced birds followed here there and here, hopping from roof top to roof top.she hands over a piece of paper to the Doc, She has a gun. Further observations on the himalayan expedition. Habits of ravens to be explored.

Warm and recently deceased ape deformed skull, moss in limb joints incorporation of anatomy recent death the creature aspects of other anatomies further investigtion,

More books are found by Helen

One a translation into early modern english,mediaevil bestiaries Cockatrice and Basilisk, constructed creatures.
Pritaam suggested ‘Odd creatures returning to earth at the great circle’

An old journal from the lakes district is found

Then someone from the professors uni attends with similar reports of anomalies

At Cambridge and Oxford.

We ritually bury the bird. I think they think I did it wrong but they are not actually upset, 10 points for effort given.

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Session 4 - Les's Notes

Blue Characters

  • Les as Dr Andrea Parker
  • Even as Prof Lucas Wright
  • Andrew as Arthur Nott
  • Rhain as Nurse Sally Williams

Before 1937…
Andrea notices that her daughter’s pinky is slightly bent
Lucas’s wife’s ring finger is swollen
Sally and Arthur are at Bedlam Hospital visiting a Mr Abraham Kale. Sally hears Arthur asking about what room Mr Kale is in at the counter as she entered.
When they arrive Mr Kale is out on the lawn feeding the birds and working on a crossword. He is paranoid but otherwise well. He is cared for by a Dr Bradfield, who is treating Mr Kale with insulin coma therapy. Mr Kale’s right hand his deformed following his service during the Boar War.
Mr Kale has a tick that Sally thinks is new, where he turns his head and draws breath between his teeth… His answers to the crossword are mostly wrong, with a few foreign words thrown in for good measure. Mr Kale has also scratched his left temple to the point that it is bleeding.
After a time he become more and more agitated and claims that he is being watched. The words he has written have spilled out of the crossword and have formed a spiraling cross on the page. He complains of something being inside him as the nurses came and sedated him.
The nurse on duty tells Sally and Arthur that Mr Kale actually tried to cut the thing in his head out with a knife. Mr Kale had an X-Ray that revealed that there was nothing unusual in his head.
Mr Kale is a prolific artist (drawing) but his pencils are missing when they all returned to Mr Kale’s room. The nurse on duty comments that she often sees him drawing but never sees the finished product.
Arthur searches the room and finds a patient’s file, an old manila folder (it once held the details of a Timothy Jenkins). The folder is full of drawings of black birds, that over the course of the drawings seem to increase in number, close in and are watching him.
Under his pillow Arthur finds the sketch book and letters between Kale and Pritard Singh, the librarian Brichester University. Singh advised Kale that if he wanted more information on the mythic bird he would have to visit the old library at Brichester University.
Sally and Arthur know that it is believed that these birds are the advanced guard sent to watch humanity for aliens from another planet…
Lucas is at the Royal College of Science at University of London. Lucas is running an experiment dealing with radiation using a cloud chamber. As he checked unexpected tracks appeared in the cloud suggesting a source of radiation. If it was strong background radiation it would have been random, but the ones he witnessed were ordered and in pulses about a second apart. Lucas knows that this is extraordinary and he made the appropriate notes. The effect only lasted for a couple of minutes and then it stopped.
Ask Lucas wrote up his notes he was visited by Patrick Dwyer. Patrick is young and was limited in his responsibilities. Patrick advised Profm Wright that the cloud chamber is again recording the strange pulses, which seemed to occur to for a total of 8 minutes before it stopped.
The following day Patrick reports that the strange event happened twice more the previous day and while there was no activity overnight it began happening again around dawn.
After attending a meeting Prof Wright notes strange occurrences in Chemistry and Geology departments. There was general agreement that the events are strange enough to require the attention of the most learned, if a little unusual, Professor Bartholomew Thomson. Professor Wright finds him on the extravagant roof of a department store, drinking in lovely garden. Prof Thomson says that the Astronomy dept. has also report strange occurrences. He also so says that while it is extraordinary, the events are related to birds on the roof of the department store.
Over the following days Prof Wright confirms the theory that the appearance of the birds is indeed related to the appearance of the strange readings being noted by the various departments.
The biology department directed Prof Wright to the old library at Brichester University for more information on the birds.
Dr Andrea Parker was in the Temple Building, specifically it’s dissection room. The building is even more Gothic in nature on the inside than the outside. Lining the walls are jars of pickled creatures.
One of her favour students, Helen Howe, brought an unusual looking bird to Andrea and suggested that they dissect it. Alone in the theatre they dissect the bird. The creature is extremely unusual, and was of no known species, it appears to have been “assembled” of disparate parts, the eye of a dog, hands for wings, organs in the wrong place and some missing all together. As Andrea pushed the scalpel into the brain cavity a black viscus, strong smelling liquid emerged. Helen found lungs of a young dog and the connective tissue was all wrong, in fact it was more similar to fungal matter…
Helen and Andrea left the theatre an noticed immediately that they were being watched by dozens of the same type of bird that they just dissected. They proceeded to the the biology library where they found an index card that for “Creatures of Hypothesis and Fact” which contained references to hybrid creatures containing fungal matter. The card directs Helen and Andrea to the Old Library at Brichester University…
The players meet in Old Library, all seeming interested in the book. They introduce themselves and Andrea finds the book she is looking for and leads them to the racks to find the book. Andrea sent Helen to see Pritard Singh, the Head Librarian, to ask if there are any other volumes that they might be interested in and sends the letters from Mr Kale with her.
The group read the book finding it to be mostly concerned with myths, including those involving ravens. There are cults around ravens with daughters being sacrificed to the birds which ate them. It also says that ravens sometimes tear each other apart.
Helen returns and told the group that she was followed by the birds. Arthur notices that Helen has a pistol under her coat.
Helen returned with: De Naturus Rerum, De Proprietatibus Rarum (an original and an English translation). Arthur identifies them as medieval bestiaries including descriptions of the cockatrice and basilisk. A further book describes odd creatures returning to Earth at a regular cycle: “They travel to the pulse of the wheel and music that turns at the heart of space as they leave and return as they leave and return to the beat of the wheel as it turns as they travel.”
On the second day the group buried the bird dissected by Helen and Andrea. Arthur attempts to oversee the burial with a ritual. All the time they were watched by the birds. At the end of the ritual Arthur got the feeling that the birds thought he had done it wrong…
Sally found on the 3rd day in the library, a badly written journal, :“The Minutes of the Penrith Convercation”. A journal from northern England of scientists and those interested in science, with references to the appearances of strange birds near Rydal.
Patrick brought to Prof Wright a set of papers which describe a map following similar reports from Cambridge and Oxford. The map triangulates on a town in the lakes district, Rydal.

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Doreen 3 (White Character)
Back at the Friday meeting

We listen to the former headmistress as her story comes forth. Of how she is persuaded to evacuate the school and the island, fleeing the pestilence. Her story was vivid and terrible.

The following week. At the Friday club. 6pm.

We approach Jacobs Books.
Its a Cold night. I arrive to find Patrick, and some of the others already present, Patrick looks tired done in. I suggest some drops of iodine in water.

A strange fellow enters, michael dunning he seems to have joined our group.

It is the 12th of November, He insists he was with us at the last meeting, and at the Hospital when we spoke to the Headmistress.

The meeting starts we remain unconvinced however his tale
is convincing.

November the 12th, thats the date.

Something alters our perception. November the 12th 1937 is the date.

We visit Dunnings shop as a grop. He really wants to get to kinow the issue.

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Captain Jack 4 (Red Character)
On St Margarets

The cavern beneath the theatre.

There is no way into the caves from here. The Machine sits, silent waiting loathing sitting malevolently. I shudder at the dark eye that was present, the gateway to the spaces between the stars.

We discuss how to get to the caves. We are going to explore the cliffs and look for a path down. We consider asking the children. We decide its a bad idea but we do so anyway…

We force our way into the air and breath deeply of the now clear and fresh air.

The children direct us to the cliff edge and a staircase they cannot use.

We find a way down and descend carefully.

’Use stairs with care"

A haze gathers about us. The rock seems soft and strange. Our mason points out a cave unlike the others, not the action of the sea. Perhaps that of a descending meteor, a hot knife through butter.

It is not covered by the high water mark, we head to it. We venture forth into the darkened entry., the haze

WE look about the haze thickens, it is difficult to describe, it is almost as if it is within, a constant presence. Moss is in the cave ( red weed ????)

The surfaces of the tunnel seem to be decaying.

Let us push forth. A sense of unease comes about, we walk forward, without the touch of our hand upon stone we would lose our way.

The moss is dry and crumbly. Classics torch picks out a burnt match stick. Coins are buried in the drift of sand. Coins from 1926, 1880s, 1930.

We walk forward and find a campsite, blankets remnants of a fire, a shotgun, ropes, hook.

Our dandy finds a family signet ring. He can tell its his own brothers. Individualised to him.

A small cave a humanish shape I find a body of a woman probably not my beloved. Classics touches the face seemingly familiar with the form, his lightest touch destroys her face and her glasses fall into his hands. This is terrible and disturbing however does not drive me away.

The rev comes and sees the body, he speaks a prayer, the body is fragile and dust and crumbles completely away at the touch. Only the metal remains. Flesh and clothing crumbles at the touch.

A weak fire is lit, it casts a weak light and weaker heat.
Classics collects the remains in a blanket as best he can and leaves it in the main cave.

We push deeper in taking blankets with us.

I lead off followed by classics. The Rev says a shimmer of metal and cries out. A crucifix, a body molded into the wall.

The body moves and blinks and rasps forth a soft cry ’ help me, help me’

Classics grabs its arm, it crumbles and we lose our shit (-5 stability) We stagger forward into the vast strange old cavern it fills us with horror and despair. The mist fills us and despair fills us.

Our country awaits only doom, this is too powerful it will destroy our green and pleasant land sucked beneath the waves. I scream in rage and frustration and draw my pistol and fire unable to accept this my sense of duty holding me to this spot, to fight whilst I have the option. I throw my now emptied pistol into the thing and then flee the chamber sobbing.

I know now my fiancee is gone, lost to this horror, There is nothing here left for me now. I flee the island at the first chance. Whether that be the ferry or bribing a fisherman. I flee this horror and the haze, we evacuate the school, and the island follows. It is quarantined, an anthrax outbreak.

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Session 3 - Les's Notes

The session began where the last session left off, with the PC’s in the theatre, some in the room below and some at the top of the stairs leading down. The machine, briefly activated, had been turn off.
Bart, like the others, had a kind of day dream. For him though he was attracted to the idea of battling and defeating these creatures from other planets. Isaac wants more knowledge while Gerald wants to rescue the Party’s lost friends.
The Party left the theatre and headed to the west island to investigate.
As the Party heads down the stone stairs to the bay below, Isaac speaks of an Indian legend of a spirit creature that seeps into the ground and sucks the life from the land and people. There are a series of caves, one of which that looks to Mark to be more likely than others to have been the place where a meteor would have crashed to earth.
The cave makes sight difficult, vision is obscured by something… The cave also has the look that it is decaying…
As they went deeper vision became more difficult. Isaac finds a burnt match stick and a sixpence from 1926. Eventually the cave opens up into what might have been a camp site, with blankets against the wall, a camp fire, a shotgun, grappling hook and ropes. Bart found his brother’s signet ring.
Capt Rolston felt drawn to the small cave and found a human-ish shape slumped against the wall. It looks like the corpse of someone left for weeks or months. It was the body of a woman, Isaac believes it to be Mary Wolsey. As he tried to bush the dust from the face it crumbled away.
The PC’s proceeded into the caves where the Reverend Bosworth found a cruifix, around the neck of what appeared to be a body, however it moved when the Reverend approached. As Isaac tried to help by taking Thomas’ (the body belonging to Reverend Thomas Pulley) the arm shattered! (taking with it the stability of many of the PC’s).
Drawn forward, the PC entered into a large cave where they were confronted by a large thing that drained the will to live from all the PC’s.
Isaac, Bart and Mark ran from the room, while Spider Webb blew his brains out. Capt Rolston shot futilely at the thing before also running. The Reverend also ran.
The surviving PC’s fled the island.

The White PC’s

The Party is standing next to the bed of Ms Davies who has just related the story above (the Red PC’s).

A week later, Friday 12th November 1937

Patrick, the shop owner, dismissed his assistant Agnes as Renee arrived and ushered down the stairs. Luke, Anthony, Doreen, Brian and Paul arrive shortly following. A new man joined them, Michael Dunning. Mister Dunning claims to have been present the week before and on the journey to Ms Davis, but none Mr Dunning and Patrick remember him been there.
Patrick and Michael seem convinced that:
there have been several meetings
the first meeting took place on November the 12th, 1937
(that they all occured on November the 12th).
Following much confusion regarding the date, the Party entrained for Sheppards Bush, where Mr Dunning’s clock shop (Dunning’s Quality Clocks) is, so that he can show the PC’s the creature that is roosting with his pigeons.
The shop was dead quiet with the various clocks stopped on various times.
The strange bird is present, with human hands and one eye like a cat’s. As the Party looked at the bird, it started sing. The song sounds like whispering human voice.

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