Tomes of Terror

Session Eight
It gets too hot in the kitchen. As Eagle Bond quits, Delta Green goes in!

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Dale spots the young woman fleeing with the book and shouts for her to stop but she continues out through the back doors; the injured investigator calls to Heather for assistance. The daring female detective emerges from the basement and gives chase, sprinting out into the garden in time to see the mysterious young woman reach the ugly diseased tree. A warning shot is fired but the young woman leafs through the old tome in her hands and utters words of gibberish. Both Heather and Dale are stopped in their tracks as the diseased old tree’s branches suddenly become writhing tentacles; a gaping maw and a myriad of black eyes are revealed as the “tree” sprouts several legs, issues an ungodly roar and begins to gallop towards the terrified investigators. Dale and Heather turn on their heels and race for the safety of the sorority house, making it back with only the narrowest of margins by diving into the lobby just as the creature smashes into the back of the building. Heather turns and begins to pump bullets into the terror which appears to be trying to batter its way into the house; Dale, stricken by terror gives in to his sense of self preservation and dives out through the front door and races for the car.

Left on his own, Bryce ventures into the darkly lit basement and quickly walks towards Tricia who is still bound and gagged to a support beam. He listens carefully and detects strange whispering and shuffling somewhere in the dark recesses of the basement. Halfway across the basement he senses movement behind him and turns in time to see the crazed woman come screaming at him with a kitchen knife. A shot is fired but it misses, as does the knife blow; the woman spins and races off into the dark, pursued for a short distance by Bryce who then decides that the priority is freeing Tricia. As he reaches the captive investigator and begins to untie her a shot rings out from the dark and hits Tricia in the arm; Bryce returns fire as another shot hits the bound investigator in the lower abdomen. Pistol blazing, Bryce is rewarded by the sound of a man screaming in the dark and the clatter of a gun hitting the ground. The experienced detective hears and feels a mighty impact on the structure from without, followed by a hideous roaring from upstairs; he quickly frees Tricia, who is not in a good way, gives her his gun and puts her on his back and makes back for the stairs as fast as he can. As the pair race for the exit they become aware that something in the dark is following alongside and as they reach the steps a hideous white creature with elongated arms reaches out from the shadows for them; Tricia responds with rapid shots that sends the creature crashing to the floor just as two more of the awful creatures appear and give pursuit. Bryce powers up the stairs with Tricia and slams the door shut behind them and is faced by the horror of the “Tree” creature trying to beat its way into the house. Bryce quickly joins with Heather in emptying their clips into the monster which only seems to enrage it further. Driven by mortal terror the three investigators hear Dale blasting on the car horn outside and flee the house through the front door. They speed off down the street leaving the horrors of the sorority house behind them, quickly rendering first aide to Tricia who is only just clinging to consciousness and life.

The investigators head for the Arkham General Hospital and manage to get both Tricia and Dale admitted. While Heather and Bryce wait they are approached and questioned by hospital security who are alarmed at the presence of guns and gun wounds; they are then taken away to the Arkham police station where they give statements to a weary Detective Stubbs who advises them that Eagle Bond would do well to get out of town asap before the town’s police chief and major decide to deal with the source of all the new commotion plaguing them. Meanwhile Dale’s leg is patched up and he is released on crutches while Tricia successfully undergoes emergency surgery and is left in the ward for the next few days to recover. At 0100 on Tuesday morning Bryce and Heather are released and they swing by the hospital and collect Dale. Back at the motel they discuss the previous day’s traumatic events and quickly come to the conclusion that the job of recovering books is just too goddamn dangerous and that they are up against untold horrors. They call the boss, Ed O’Brian, inform him of the terrible turn of events and inform him that they want out. The seasoned senior detective agrees and admits that he shouldn’t have sent them in in the first place; he tells the investigators to pack up and return to Boston. Afterwards he decides to make a phone call he considered making several weeks before…..

On Wednesday morning four different federal agents, secret members of Delta Green, receive a call from their boss, the mysterious Bernard, who informs them that their cell is being activated for a mission and that they are to meet him in a Boston diner at 2100 that night. Codenames Edward, Earl, Eric and Evelyn duly turn up at the diner and meet with Bernard. They are introduced to Ed O’Brian who recounts the recent events and experiences of his Eagle Bond investigators; before he leaves he offers any assistance the Delta green operatives want. Once Ed has left Bernard informs the team that their mission is to find and destroy the stolen tomes and deal with anything “inexplicable” with extreme prejudice; he then hands them the keys to a minivan and informs them that it contains a secret compartment with their armaments – his parting words are a warning to maintain a low profile, not to attract the attention of local law enforcement and to refrain from raising the town. For the following few days the team visit and speak with the members of eagle Bond and learn the details of their investigation, they also obtain the official police report of the sorority house investigation and learn that a number of female students were found cowering in their rooms; subsequently interviewed the students say that a Uncle Silas and Hazel were holding them hostage. Police also found a trail of utter destruction leading away from the house; something had smashed through several gardens and out into the woods, killing a dog and crushing several cars in the process. A couple of young girls maintain that they saw a monster crashing through their garden – which of course was dismissed as ludicrous. On Monday morning the Delta Green team drives into Arkham and prepares to get down to business.

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Session Seven
Shots fired

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Team B finish checking through the papers found in Ralph Meyer’s apartment and learn that he has inherited the Arkham townhouse of a recently deceased uncle and that the keys found alongside them are presumably the keys to that house. They decide that it is time to head back to Arkham with the intention of locating the uncle’s house.

Team C checks around the back of the Kappa Delta Phi sorority house and discover that all the doors and windows are locked and secured. Whilst snooping heather is spotted by a man sitting in one of the rooms who emerges from the house and confronts the two investigators. He appears to be a rough middle-aged hilly billy who is not impressed by the investigators’ credentials; and after informing them that he is the caretaker he forcefully informs them to get lost. Suspicious of the angry hill billy’s unlikely claim the pair decide to drive back to the campus and check with the maintenance department to learn which of their staff work at the sorority house. After a talk with the cleaning staff they learn that a strange woman was also seen earlier in the house.

Satisfied that the strange hill billy is not what he claims to be they head back to the sorority house and ring the bell for over ten minutes but with no response. Once again they let themselves into the back garden and notice an odd creepy and foul smelling tree dripping with slime and surrounded by disturbed earth. A thorough search of the immediate area fails to reveal any hidden items so the pair resume their inspection of the downstairs windows. They observe a deserted common room, a dining room and then spot a woman apparently cooking in the large kitchen. After a brief discussion they decide that it is prudent to call and summon Team B to the scene.

Once Team B arrives to back them up the investigators discuss tactics and notice in the dying light that very few lights are on and the house seems devoid of student life. One of the investigators observes that there is a drain pipe running up the wall close to two upstairs windows; Dale begins to scale the drain pipe but slips and falls midway and hurts his leg. Heather attempts to administer first aid but makes things much worse, forcing Dale to retreat to the parked car and sit things out. Meanwhile Tricia loses patience and decides to hammer continuously on the front door until it finally flies open and the angry hill billy sticks a gun in her face and drags her into the house.

Leaving Dale in the car parked down the street Heather and Bryce notice that Tricia has disappeared and conclude that she has been taken against her will. Bryce then attempts to scale the drainpipe himself and successfully makes it up and climbs in through an unsecured window. Finding himself in an empty bedroom he ventures out into a deserted hall and down a flight of stairs with the intention of opening the back doors for Heather. Halfway down the stairs she encounters a wild-looking woman carrying a pot and a knife from the kitchen. Shocked, the woman screams for help from “Silas”. Seizing the initiative Bryce sprints past the woman and heads for the back doors, managing to fling them open as the woman drops the pot and comes at him with a kitchen knife. Bryce spins and avoids the blade, firing a shot and missing. Heather fires with her own sidearm and also misses but manages to send the woman running into the basement. Silas emerges from the basement but is sent reeling back by another shot from Bryce.

Heather runs over to the front door and signals for Dale who despite his injured state throws the car into drive and takes it up to the front of the house. He limps into the house with gun drawn. The three investigators know that they have at least two hostiles trapped down in the basement and they listen for movement. Dale listens so intently that he suffers an embarrassing loss of bowel control and falls over, accidently firing a shot into the wall which then deafens the others (the result of a failed Listen roll of 99%!). Shaking off their ringing ears, Heather and Bryce head down into the basement with guns at the ready. They observe that the dimly lit basement is a huge open complex with box rooms at either end and support struts running throughout; much of the walls are daubed with sinister occult symbols and charcoal paintings of a four-horned goat. They spot Tricia in the mid distance, tied and gagged to a support strut, looking terrified; there is no sign of Silas or the woman.

Largely incapacitated Dale holds the rear, ensuring no one sneaks up on them. He sees a young blond female come running down the stairs, clutching an old book, who runs straight out the back doors and into the night.

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Session Six
Rumours & Expenses

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Team C spends the Sunday hanging around campus trying to discern any odd comings and goings but discover little of value. Once both teams are back at the motel they go through their e-mails, one of which is from Didier. The computer science student has conducted a hack of some e-mail accounts and has compiled a list of those tutors and students whom he believes to be involved in an underground society. The remainder of the day is spent reading Azathoth and Others, which is finished off by a much spooked Heather.

The next day Team B revisits the Orne Library and locates the janitor’s cupboard which leads to the tunnel complex – the door is firmly locked and a search of the surrounding area fails to turn up anything. A quick conversation with the head librarian reveals that all the staff are aware of the presence of the tunnels and that the keys to the cupboard are held by the maintenance department. When asked if it was likely if someone used the tunnels to access the library at night to steal the books Adele is skeptical, sighting the lack of muddy footprints and the presence of infra-red sensors.

A quick call to Ed O’Brian reveals that the authorities have found two bodies in the burnt wreckage of Burns Books and that he fears one of them may belong to Malcolm; DNA testing should ultimately reveal the truth. Tricia clears it with her boss to return to Boston to search Ralph Meyer’s apartment. Gaining access proves a little tricky and a bit expensive as the duplex caretaker requires a lot of greenbacks to run the risk of breaking the law by admitting the investigators into the apartment. Once inside Dale and Tricia discover a pile of legal papers concerning a will and a set of house keys. They return to the Eagle Bond office and spend the remainder of the day sorting out their expenses overspend with the accounts department and their boss; they are informed that their new daily limit is $25. They decide to finish the day by searching through the will for clues.

Back in Arkham Team C sets about interviewing a number of the students on Didier’s list as well as a number of English Lit students. Most of the day is spent questioning these students and some of the English students who have been taken into the Restricted Section by Professor Fairbanks mention that Eve Williams and her clique of friends were the ones most interested in the occult books. Stacey Randle and Steve Woodman (on Didier’s list) both mention Eve. Alex Sheldon (on Didier’s list) doesn’t know anything about the Restricted Section but does recounts rumours he has heard of the Dean being a member of the Illuminati and of the head of maintenance, Gus Sanderson, regularly being seen drunk at work; as far as the library is concerned the only thing he is aware of is a legend of it supposedly being haunted by the spirit of a student who died there. A quick visit to Carl Munk reveals no new information but the investigators convince him to keep an eye on both Woodman and Sheldon for them. Bryce and Heather then feel it’s time to speak to Eve Williams and they wait outside her English lecture to catch her leaving; but when the lecture finishes it becomes apparent that Eve is off sick and a fellow female student seems oddly reluctant to speak to them. The duo fetch their car and drive over to the Kappa Delta Phi sorority house and discover the shy female student’s car in the parking lot. No one answers the door of the sorority house and all appears dead (it’s 1530) so the investigators decide they will check around back and quietly enter through the garden gate.

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Session Five
The Mystery Deepens

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Watching the bookshop go up in smoke Team C are invited down to Arkham Police HQ by detectives to give witness statements. Team B head over to the ER and wait for Carl to emerge from treatment which he eventually does – he cannot remember much detail about what happened to him and Malcolm in the basement. Everyone then reconvenes at the motel to discuss the disturbing turn of events. Ed O’Brian calls to learn about the situation and becomes very concerned for Malcolm’s welfare; he informs the investigators that he will visit them the next day and will liaise with the police in the hope of finding out the fate of the team lead. That evening Bryce conducts research into missing people cases in Arkham and learns that the small city has an above average level of murders and disappearances. Heather continues to read the strange book she found in town and again suffers extremely vivid dreams and is not alone as Carl wakes screaming in the night after dreaming of being trapped with a white monstrosity dwelling in a massive stone labyrinth.

The next day Team C visits Rosa Villa in her dorm and interview her about the mysterious figure that has been seen lurking on campus late at night by several female students. Rosa informs them that she returned to her room after a shower and discovered a sinister figure standing outside her window. Rosa denies ever having been in the Restricted Section during her English classes. Suspicious of Rosa the investigators vainly follow her over to the English department in the hope of discovering the coven they have heard about. The duo then head over to the MUCK (Miskatonic University Computer Klub) located in the Student Union and have a long conversation with Didier. The eccentric computer genius tells the investigators that a secret society of the rich, led by the dean, lays at the heart of the university conspiring to manipulate events to their advantage. Didier promises to hack some accounts to identify members of the secret society and also suggests that the investigators question the Fraternities about the system of tunnels running underneath the campus.

Team B visits the Delta Phi fraternity house and manages to convince a couple of the frat brothers to give them a guided tour of the tunnels for a generous $200 fee. They are shortly taken into a series of tunnels connecting the Axton Athletics Centre and Medical School and learn that there are indeed tunnels running throughout the length of the campus and that the ones running from the Engineering school connect to the library.

Ed O’Brian talks to the police and learns that the bookshop inferno is initially being treated as a accidental fire and not as a crime scene by the city authorities. He is also disturbed at Carl’s poor state of mental and physical health and sends him back home to Boston.

Team B make a second attempt at exploring the tunnels under the campus at a cost of another $200. This time an Engineering student takes them into the Engineering School’s elaborately developed and furnished underground rooms and follow the tunnels all the way over to a sealed room that leads into the Jeremiah Orne library. Unable to pick the lock and gain entry into the library they decide to return to the Engineering school and flee in a panic as they hear the sounds of people approaching from another tunnel.

Team C spend the afternoon sleeping as they plan to conduct a stakeout of the campus during the night in the hope of discovering either the secret society or the witches coven they keep hearing about. Early on in the evening they witness the campus become steadily quieter until it is virtually dead. They see nothing suspicious until midnight when they spot a dark figure skirting around the campus green; they follow it as it turns around a corner and heads around the dormitories. Eventually the figure stops outside the ground window of Upton Hall, the female dormitory. While the figure remains stationary the investigators make an attempt to sneak up on it but their approach is heard and it promptly flees. The pair give hot pursuit and make unsuccessful attempts to grapple with the stalker but it manages to shake them off and continues running down the street. The figure tries to lose them by ducking and weaving but the investigators manage to keep eyes on it and Heather finally manages to bring it down and then put it in an arm lock. With the mysterious figure finally restrained on the ground the investigators are now in a position to identify the stalker as a student. Harshly questioned by the investigators, the nerdy-looking creeper attempts to fob the investigators off with a false name but a search of his person reveals him to be Carl Munk, a computer science student. Munk has trouble admitting to his peeping tom activities but is so relieved when the investigators inform him that they won’t be turning him in to either the police or the campus authorities that he promises to tell them of anything strange he encounters on his future nocturnal forays. The only thing odd he has seen so far is one of the accounts department staff meeting late at night with a couple of bikers.

The next day is the weekend and therefore the investigators clock off. Tricia goes back home to her girlfriend while Dale spends Saturday seeing the sights of downtown including Independence Square and some trendy cafes.

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Session Four
Don't go back in the basement!

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Team C proceed to the Wells Technology Centre on campus and have an enlightening conversation with a student called Didier who alleges that all is not as it seems in Arkham, that people often go missing in the night never to be heard of again and that the Dean is involved in a secret society. They then manage to locate Professor David Kowitz, the head of Computer Science and Physics . A brief conversation concerning the campus computer network reveals he knows little about its intricacies and he points the investigators in the direction of the two network admins at the end of the corridor. A short visit later and they learn that two students, Rita Osicka and Noonan Powell , both used the library system to search for antique books.

Team B head back over to the library and re-interview the head librarian in regards to Burns Books and Ebden Burns – Adele has heard of neither but confirms that the university does rarely deal with individual local sellers. The investigators then interview the three librarians who are currently on duty, the last of whom is Shaqeela Roberts. The librarian doesn’t specifically recall Burns’ Books but she does relay that on the supposed day of the theft she saw Luke Dewer hanging around as well as an older gentleman who she’s seen around before but she can’t quite recall who he is (she promises to check through her records and find out).

Team A collect a list of all the English Lit students and proceed over to the School of Education building just before lunch and run into Vanessa Lamont who happens to be in Professor Fairbanks’ English 301 class. Vanessa, a happy-go-lucky Texan, reveals that she isn’t happy with the esoteric direction the classes have been taking. She says that she only wanted to study classic literature but now everyone has been dragged into writing assignments on banned books, which sadly, some of her fellow students seem quite happy with, especially Eve Williams and her clique who have an interest in the occult anyway.

Malcolm then convenes the regular lunchtime team meeting at The Grotto, an aptly named dingy bar over in Rivertown. After a quick update the teams decide on their course of action for the afternoon and part company.

Team B spend much of the afternoon trying to locate Luke Dewer and finally track him down to his dorm room in Herber Hall where he is blasting out dire tuneless death metal at level 11 – his room is a funky mess of empty alcohol bottles, heavy metal posters, satanic symbols and the reek of weed (just as any student’s room should be!). The investigators find the Physics student deeply obnoxious and confrontational. He hints at having knowledge of the thefts as well of the Dean’s secret love life with a new employee in the accounts department. Luke won’t be pushed into revealing more without an incentive and threatens to bring his crew down on the investigators if they don’t stop giving him trouble.

Team C duly track down the two students they are seeking and quickly learn that their Library intranet searches were apparently innocent. Rita is a computer science student (sexy-nerd) who is eager to help the PIs out and confirms Didier’s accounts before adding that a system of tunnels run underneath the campus and that the fraternities are probably the best people to speak to in regards to them. Noonan is a cheerful Physics undergrad who doesn’t reveal much apart from that a mysterious figure has been observed stalking female students, including his friend, Rosa Villa.

Team A head back over to Burns Books intent on further investigating the mysterious basement complex and the cavernous room where they found Ebden. After navigating through the numerous rooms they locate the summoning circle and begin to explore the room with their torches. A few steps beyond the circle an alien psychic voice communicates to them both simultaneously, identifying itself as the Lord of the Labyrinth. The alien being demands them to accept its bargain, which Carl duly does while Malcolm refuses. A large white elephantine mass as big as a room with small flailing tentacles appears from out of the darkness and penetrates Carl with a proboscis, lifting him clear off the ground and seemingly inseminating him before discarding him back on the basement floor; it then turns its attention to Malcolm who turns and flees in terror. The senior detective attempts to go back the way he came, conscious that the massive alien beast is bearing down on him, warping the very dimensions of the rooms it travels in. He becomes disorientated and instead of turning right turns left and continues turning left, running around in a circle until he runs into the alien deity once more. He attempts to dodge the being but a tentacle grasps him and then dashes him to the ground before the monster then stomps on him.

Carl awakes several hours later in the same cavernous room. The alien being is once again residing in front of him in the darkness. The dazed investigator picks himself up and quickly blunders back up to the shop and emerges out into fresh air and freedom. He promptly calls the emergency services saying that he has been attacked by an unknown assailant. Police and ambulance are dispatched to the scene. Carl is then transported to the hospital.

Teams B and C receive a call from Carl at the hospital who informs them of his condition (he simply states that he was attacked by something unknown in the dark) and that Malcolm is missing, presumably still down in the shop basement. Dale then informs Ed O’Brian of the disturbing developments and is given instructions for one team to go to the hospital to check in on Carl and for the other team to head over to the bookshop and liaise with the police and locate Malcolm.

Team C arrive on South Sentinel Street to find it cordoned off. They observe a large congregation of uniformed police, plain clothes detectives, city officials and the fire department milling around in front of the bookshop in an agitated and concerned state. After an hour a couple of plain clothed individuals get out of a fire department car bearing two large bags and enter the shop in the company of firemen. A short time later they re-emerge and a few minutes after that flames are seen licking at the upstairs windows of Burns Books just before the entire building erupts in a full conflagration that just as quickly seems to die of its own accord leaving the bookshop a blackened and gutted husk. A plume of thick black smoke trails high in the sky above.

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Session Three
A sinister maze fails to prevent the group achieving success

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The teams converge back at the motel and process the seized hard drive, uncovering the business files of Ebden Burns, the proprietor of Burns’ Books. They discover that he has been searching for The Revelations of Glaaki Volume IV online without success. A search of Ebden’s e-mails reveals communications with a Ralph Myers and an unknown party linked to the Miskatonic University library. The group decide that they will return to the deserted shop that day and conduct a thorough search of the basement.

Back at the shop they secure the entrances and post Carl on guard. The rest of the group then descends into the basement and tentatively investigate the maze like configuration of rooms. They discover room after room, all eerily similar – identical dimensions, numerous boxes of books, doors, bloody hand prints, puddles of blood and the odd ominous bloody drag mark. Furthermore the complex doesn’t seem to make geometric sense when the investigators map the site. They systematically mark their route and persevere to the outer limits of the maze discovering, after 90+ mins, a series of tunnels at the north end of the basement complex. The scene becomes too ominous for Dale and he decides to return to the surface and wait with Carl.

The rest of the team proceeds down one of the tunnels and shortly comes to an opening. They observe a middle aged man kneeling in the middle of an occult symbol daubed on the floor, next to the pulped remains of a human being. Daring to move forward the group discover that the horrifically mutilated body is that of Ralph Myers and that the kneeling man is Ebden Burns. Ebden is covered in blood, rocking backwards and forwards, and quite insane – apparently traumatised by some terrible event; all he will say is the phrase “It isn’t real!” over and over again. He is also tightly clutching a book to his chest. The group decides that the best course of action is to get out of the sinister cavern and take the near-catatonic bookshop owner with them. They carry him back to the shop and pry the book from him, finding that it’s the stolen copy of The Revelations of Glaaki Volume IV. After a discussion on the best course of action the group decides that Team B will drive Ebden out to Arkham General Hospital and leave him outside the ER (after stripping him of all ID and his shop keys). The group then informs Ed O’Brian of the good news.

That evening Heather resumes reading the copy of Azathoth and Others that was found in a local bookshop and once again suffers a night of horrific and terrible dreams concerning a swirling and terribly powerful living chaos.

The next day, Thursday, Team C inspects Ralph Myers’ broken cell phone and discovers a series of calls to and from Ebden; they also have Myers’ house keys, although his driving licence reveals that he lives in Boston, not Arkham. Team A heads over to the university and informs Dean Clements of the recovery of one of the books before handing it over to him, they also request a list of all the people who work in the Jeremiah Orne library; a slightly more relieved Dean happily agrees to this.

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Session Two
The investigation proceeds well

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Team C spend all of Tuesday afternoon covertly checking out Arkham’s bookstores which results in a number of comical and fruitless encounters (The Good News Bookshop and Moonbeam books being particularly amusing) but they do find a copy of Azathoth and Others lost behind one of the bookshelves in Church Street Used Books. All the bookshops are duly visited except one and since its 1730 it’ll have to wait till the next day.

Team A pay Professor Fairbanks a visit in his office and interview him. They learn that the professor has only been at the University for little over a year and that he has been lecturing his sophomore and junior classes on the subject of forbidden literature and society’s treatment of banned books and their readers. The professor has issued these two classes assignments and has taken them in groups of 15 into the Restricted Section four times each – he states that he doesn’t know which of his students were interested in the stolen books. He recalls definitely seeing the four stolen books in the library on the Monday afternoon. The two investigators ask to attend his next lecture which he agrees to. The professor doesn’t bother giving a lecture himself, instead he starts a video for his class and the investigators spend a few minutes observing the students before deciding to move on – they leave behind a single business card.

Team A moves on to interview the last of the Restricted Section key holders – Gus Sanderson. They make their way over to the plant building and locate the Head of Maintenance’s office. They find Gus and begin to question him and duly find him somewhat aggravated by their accusations that he doesn’t keep the key press properly secured during office hours. They learn that the key press is kept open during the day and that Gus’ system involves employees signing keys in and out of a ledger. The investigators check through the ledgers but discover nothing of note and conclude with an interview of one of Gus’ assistants. They do however detect the stale reek of alcohol emanating from Gus.

The teams reconvene at the motel over a Chinese takeaway and discus their findings. Malcolm checks in with Ed O’Brian and confirms that the investigation is still on track. Heather begins to read the strange new book she found earlier – that night she has a very ominous and disturbing dream.

The next morning Team B heads over to the student union building to interview several of the campus police. During the first meeting they get their wires crossed and the campus police think they are being asked about one of the campus trouble-makers – Luke Dewer. Back on track the officers say that they haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary preceding the crime but given the lapse state of security on campus it would have been very easy for an outside party to have committed the thefts. Another officer confirms the poor security and that the only thing odd preceding the crime has been several sightings from female students of a mysterious figure peering at them from outside the bathroom and bedroom windows of their dorms.

Team C travel the short distance to the last bookshop on their list – Burns’ Books. They find the small shop open but seemingly deserted. A thorough check reveals many old vintage tomes and still no signs of life. Pushing on into the premises the investigators decide to check out the basement where they spot a single bloody handprint on a wall; they hastily beat a retreat and call for reinforcements. Team A duly arrive and the two teams re-enter the premises. Back down in the basement they proceed through the closed door next to the bloody handprint and discover a similar room with a small pool of blood on the floor. The new room has more doors and the investigators also check these out to discover yet more similarly proportioned rooms with more bloody prints and pools of blood. Malcolm becomes spooked by the extended basement complex and presence of blood and decides to withdraw his teams. They quickly check the upstairs of the property and find the living quarters and possessions of a single middle-aged man and mail addressed to a “MR E. Burns”. They also locate a desktop PC and decide to remove its hard drive for later forensic analysis. They then leave the shop as they found it without informing the police and head back to the motel.

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Session One
The investigation gets underway

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Ed O’Brian calls the three teams of investigators into his office and explains that he received a call from a Dean Clements of Miskatonic University (MU) in Arkham. The university experienced the theft of four rare books from its prestigious library during the previous week and it is felt that the police are not doing enough to progress the case and recover the stolen items. The university is paying very good money for Eagle Bond to conduct a well manned and professional investigation. When questioned why so many investigators are being dispatched on this one case Ed explains that when he was a young policeman in Arkham during the 80s he witnessed a few strange things and he believes in the principle of safety in numbers. He informs them that they should drive down to Arkham and meet with the dean as soon as possible; motel rooms have been secured for the team in the French Hill district close to the campus. Malcolm Ashford is the most senior of the investigators and is assigned the role of team lead and is also instructed to check in with Ed at the end of each day and provide a progress report.

The team drives the short distance to Arkham in a convoy of three cars and book into their motel before arranging a visit with the dean that very night. By 5pm they are sat in the dean’s office on the third floor of the administration building. The dean explains the circumstances of the theft, the fact that there were no signs of a break in and that there are only three keys to the Restricted Section, and also confirms that the four missing titles stolen from the Restricted Section are:

The Necronomicon
Cultes Des Goules
The Book of Eibon
The Revelations of Glaaki

The dean agrees to arrange a visit of the crime scene with himself and the head of campus security, Max Fallon, first thing the next morning.

That evening the team head over to the Arkham House of Pizza close to their motel to discuss their plan of approach to the investigation. It is quickly decided that they will break into their three pairs (teams A, B and C) and conduct different strands of the investigation to cover more ground in less time. That night the team spend an uneventful night in their moderately okay motel – the only notable occurrence being Malcolm’s rather anti-social misuse of the free cable TV, much to his roommate’s, the more junior investigator Carl Paronuzzi, disgust.

The next morning team A head downtown to the Arkham PD and meet with Detective John Stubbs, who is a rather jaded, slobby and slightly offensive character. Fortunately Malcolm’s seniority and bearing wins him enough respect to be informed by the veteran police officer that there isn’t much to go on but he definitely believes the thefts were an inside job.

Team B turn up at the prearranged meeting to view the crime scene and get to interview both Max Fallon, the head of campus security and Adele Parkes, the head librarian. The duo learn the security set up – the campus police patrols, the alarm systems, the key card entry system and the roving librarian walk-throughs of the reference wing and checks on the Restricted Section. Looking at the crime scene through the police tape sealed entrance it appears that there’s an absence of the tell tale signs of a break in. The team also learns more details of the stolen books themselves as well as the fact that Professor Gregory Fairbanks, one of the Restricted Section key holders, has recently been showing his classes around that area as well as the books themselves.

Team C spend the morning conducting online research on the stolen books and on the university as well as Professor Fairbanks. They learn that a copy of Volume III of the Revelations of Glaaki was being sold on Amazon.com by a seller in Japan for $17,000. Of the other books there is nothing except the Necronomicon: there are historical records of the Catholic Church executing people, mainly by burning, for possessing the book throughout the 12-17th centuries. The only copy that appears to be available in modern times was the one held by MU. The duo also look up all the book dealers in Arkham under the hunch that whoever stole the books may seek to sell them locally.

The teams re-converge at the Rivertown bar Neon Neptune’s for lunch and a discussion of the morning’s activities. They agree the afternoon’s team plans and duly set about them. Team B decides to re-interview Max Fallon again in his office to clear up some facts; they obtain rota lists for the library opening and closings and quickly determine that Shaqeela Roberts was on the duty for the week of the thefts. They confirm that the stolen books were not electronically tagged and that the main fraternities are Sigma Phi and Delta Phi while the two sororities are Gamma Delta and Kappa Delta Phi. Quizzing about on-campus religious groups they learn of the Campus Christian Alliance (CCA) and the Pagan Academics Network (PAN). The campus police patrol rota doesn’t reveal anything special but they do learn that a peeping tom has been reported prowling around the dorms late at night on at least four occasions while the police logs also show that there was an incident concerning a vagrant intruding into the campus administration building. A brief online search also reveals that the two overt Arkham occult societies are “We Are Wicca” (WAW) and the “Arkham Witches Society" (AWS).

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