- Les as Dr Andrea Parker
- Even as Prof Lucas Wright
- Andrew as Arthur Knott
- Mark as Patrick Dwyer
- Graham as Hellen Howe
- Rhain as Nurse Sally Williams
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.
- Graham as Luke Ogalthorp
- Mark as Brian Lucas
- Evan as Anthony St John
- Rhain as Ms Renee Merritt
- Andrew as Doreen Mills
- Les as Paul Turner
Missing – Catherine Holburn
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…