SAVE Rome

Crossing The Rubicon
1936 Season 1, Episode 13 (Finale)

Act 1: The Fall of Atlantis

The episode began with a flashback to the days of antiquity, specifically the final days of Atlantis. The scene opened upon an image of utter chaos as swarms of Outsiders battled against the forces of the Athanteen. In the maelstrom, an ancient artifact the Roark Skull, was stolen from the forces of the Old Ones, who were using it as a means to maintain a Portal to Beyond linking the Universe of Man and the Outer Gates. A hero named Roark was given charge of the item, to keep it out of the hands of the Old One Premiogothiq and his army.

As the battle raged across Atlantis, the great hero fled with the artifact. With the destruction of Premiogothiq, Atlantis was destroyed, and the ship carrying the artifact swamped and the artifact lost to the ages of Antiquity. Moments before his death Roark laid his death curse upon the artifact to prevent the item from being used by anyone not of his direct male descendant.

Act 2: Recovery from the Depths

In the present, the motorboat Juliette bobs slowly on the swells of the Mediterranean Sea. Aboard are the collected AbectioCyprus Archer Mortimer Stroud, Indra Dietrich, Emeric Dane and their prisoner Aja.

Cyprus possesses the Compass of Azaoria, which has led him to the Roark Skull, resting on the bottom of the sea. Once on the site, the group used a Bracelet of the Deep to protect them from the effects of the sea, allowing them to breathe water, tolerate the cold and crushing pressure and avoid the effects of decompression sickness.

Mortimer and Cyprus traveled to the sea floor to acquire the artifact resting there. The act of acquiring it, triggered a Thaumaturgical wave of energy which was felt as far away as Rome.

Act 3: Overwhelmed

Meanwhile back at the Vatican, Luca and the others were gathered together to celebrate the completion of another case. As Luca was carrying a meal to the table at the library, he suddenly started screaming, convulsing and collapsed.

The group rushed to his aid, but it took little time for Gerard to determine that Luca had undergone some sort of seizure. Knowing that Luca had just completed returning the wards on the Library back to full strength and that he was no epileptic, it was immediately suspected that there was an unrevealed answer to be found.

Act 4: Recovery & Revelation

Luca awoke nearly four hours later. After drinking a glass of water and marshaling his strength, Luca gave the group a partial explanation for the event that overtook him. He explained that he has been placing thaumaturgical alarms around the city. These alarms detect the slightest amount of energy as it is released. Since thaumaturgy is unique – with each practitioner possessing a very unique “magical fingerprint”, Luca has been cataloging these minor alarms as they took place around the city. To these ends, he has managed to narrow down a handful of “fingerprints” to the ownership of the Abiectio Venatores members, although he can not identify a specific practitioner from that group.

Normally the alarms give him a minor, tingling sensation in his mind, which he can then process mentally and identify. Earlier, he received a massive overwhelming sensation that caused a seizure. He knows two important facts about the event. First that it was caused or triggered by a member of the Abiectio, and secondly that it was immensely powerful. In fact, he believed that the amount of energy that was expended was normally not within the scope of that group without experiencing it.

Additionally, because of the way that his detection spell worked, he knew a rough direction to travel. He knew that if he were in the Never-Never, he would be able to guide the group to the point there that corresponded to the real world location that the event had occurred.

Act 5: Off the Rails

Luca asked liberty to acquire a small private steam train for the journey. They would need only the steam locomotive, collier and a private passenger car. The trains engineers would drive the locomotive to a point outside of Rome and then stop the train and disembark. Once they were gone, Luca would operate the train via thaumaturgy, open a portal to the Never-Never, and open a second portal back in the real world for them to emerge, at or very near the site of the disturbance. He suspected that the group would find themselves in Sicily.

When the possibility of the group arriving over water was posited, Luca dismissed it with a reminder that thaumaturgy can not operate over running water, which included large bodies such as the oceans and sea of the world.

Act 6: Into the Never-Never

After getting underway, Luca opened a tear in the veil and drove the entirety of the steam train through it into the Never-Never. As there are no railways there, he used his power to cause the train to fly through the air there. He was not concerned with the possibility of attack, as the vast majority of the conveyance was made from iron and steel; poisonous to Fae.

He was not surprised when they arrived in the lands of the Seelie Court. He was, however, surprised to see a battle between Fundicants and Grapplers and a herd of Outsider Behemoths. Unknown to them, this scene was a precursor to the events to come.

Act 7: I don’t want to say, “I told you so…”

After maneuvering the locomotive away from the bulk of the conflict, Luca reached the corresponding location in the Never-Never to the place of the event in the real world. Without delay, he opened a rift in the veil and brought the train through into the real world.

There was, however, one slight hitch…. They were 40-feet high, arrived in the middle of a terrible storm, and oh yes, they were over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Okay three hitches, and not really so slight ones at all.

With the churning ocean beneath them, Luca was unable to maintain the airborne flight profile of the Locomotive, and the train responded exactly as a train would be expected to respond- it fell from the sky, slammed into the ocean and sank rapidly just like any train should.

As the Envoys from the Vatican City SAVE Office, struggled for the surface, things became worse. An Outsider, known as an Immolaxithog arrived at the scene of the train wreck. The creature then attacked the envoys as they struggled for the surface.

While most of the Envoys struggled to reach the surface, Lodewijk was able to engage the creature in combat to protect his friends because of his abilities granted him by his Athanteen heritage. He was able to destroy the creature, saving those with him from certain death.

Act 8: The Tempest

The group clustered together, creating a living raft in an attempt to remain afloat in the churning seas. The group took stock of their situation, which at initial glance appeared to be very bleak. With no land in sight, and a stormy sea battering them, it was only a matter of time before the group grew too weary to survive the waves.

The group noted the raging red maelstrom in the distance, and as it was an unnatural color, it was assumed to be the cause of the tempest. It was also the apparent source of tear-drop shaped fireballs that seemed to rain down on the earth at some distance. It wasn’t known yet, but it would eventually be discovered that these fireballs, were in fact the arrival of Outsiders into this world.

As the group struggled to stay afloat, Liberty spotted a set of abnormal lights bobbing in the sea. The group made their way in that direction to discover that the source of the lights was a fishing trawler that had been caught in the rough seas.

Act 9: The Trawler

The group managed to get aboard the trawler, which at first glance appeared to be abandoned. It was surmised that the crew had been washed overboard by the tempest while trying to bring in their fishing net. The trawlers large drag net was deployed, and threatened to drag the ship to the bottom of the sea. To alleviate this issue, the net was cut away.

An amount of sea water had swamped the diesel engine compartment and the group started a bucket brigade to bail water from the compartment, while Luca and Lodewijk attempted to repair the engine. While below, searching for the missing component needed to repair the engine, Sven was ambushed by a Quagraemon, an outsider that had been created by the Roark Skull. It was presumably all that remained of the original crew.

Sven managed to kill the creature, and recover the missing component for the engine. Luca repaired the engine, and Oliver began steering the trawler towards land that had been spotted earlier. This turned out to be the Island of Lipari.

Act 10: Hitting the Beaches

As the trawler approached the coast, it became rapidly obvious that they ship could not be moored at the piers which were being battered by the waves. Additionally the charts indicated that the majority of the islands coastline was surrounded by treacherous rocks, making any attempt to swim ashore dangerous.

With a quick review of the navigational charts, it was discovered that there were only two “land-able” beaches on the island. Both were overseen by the ramparts of Lipari Castle. each beach flanked the castle, one adjacent to the local village on the island, and the second farther away, and with less access to the island as a whole because of cliffs and other natural barriers.

Realizing that the only way that the group would get ashore was to run the trawler aground, Oliver warned everyone to prepare for the maneuver and then he opened the throttle on the trawler all the way up. As the trawler shot towards the beach, a massive tentacle from a Septhoron, broke through the waves, slammed down on the bow of the trawler, flipping it end-over-end onto the beach.

The Envoys were thrown clear of the wreckage, and were surprisingly unharmed on the shore. However, they had just been flung into a rapidly worsening situation.

Act 11: The Horde

Almost immediately upon crashing onto the beach, a massive swarm of Outsiders numbering about 40 creatures swarmed over the walls of the castle, and down the access road towards the beach. The swarm consisted of Gorgomanteroxerix, Grand Diquor (Mage Killers), Lorachus, Narmythupatreon, Ophidinax, Zibrigoth, and Myraklovix. This impressive gourping was more than the Envoys would be able to handle in a straight-forward fight, so the group opted to evacuate the beach, rushing down the street in an attempt to escape the rapidly approaching swarm.

As the horde bore down on the group, it became apparent to Lodewijk that he would be unable to escape them, so in a moment of desperation he used his remaining favor and summoned Theron to aid him. The Fae slowed time when he arrived, allowing Lodewijk to make his request. It was discovered at this time that there was a similar battle taking place in the lands of the Seelie Court, so Theron had little time.

Lodewijk’s request for assistance was easily accomplished, and Theron moved him out of harm’s way and reconnected him with the other envoys who were actively fleeing the horde.

As the group struggled to remain ahead of the group and out of reach, Sven and Tomas used their arts, Feat of Strength and Burst of Speed to assist the slower moving members of the group to stay ahead of the rampaging horde.

During this, despite all the noise, Liberty managed to hear the pealing of church bells. As they had seen no other inhabitants of the village, it was reasonable to assume that the bell was being rung by one or more survivors and that it must be some sort of safe place.

Passing this information on, Oliver took up a position in the lead of the group to direct the members of the fleeing party to the fact, to provide a uniform plan of action and to test a theory about the horde needing a direct line-of-sight for their pursuit.

As the envoys were each informed, they made their way down the street to a local restaurant which served as a barrier to line of sight before continuing onward to the source of the bells, Lipari Cathedral.

Act 12: “Let no Evil Enter Here”

The first to arrive at the grounds of the cathedral was Santi Nochese, who noted that the perimeter of the property was lined by a wrought iron fence. A number of red masonry bricks lined the walk to the front doors, each embellished with the names of a Catholic Saint. A white marble block was engraved across the span of the gateway arch that read “In the Name of God Almighty, Let No Evil Enter Here.”

The bell’s clarion sound seemed to create a tangible threshold, confirming the suspicions that the church might offer the group temporary sanctuary.

As the group arrived one-by-one, it was discovered that neither Agostino nor Lodewijk were capable of crossing the threshold at the fence. For Lodewijk, it confirmed his status as tainted by outsider blood. It also confirmed that Agostino had indeed made a pact with the outsider Hainkyall, although this wasn’t known by the majority of the group at the time.

Act 13: Taking Refuge and Risky Rescue

Oliver and Gerard found themselves unable to reach the cathedral, and instead took shelter inside one of the houses on the island. This proved that the horde was, in fact dependent on line of sight to continue their pursuit, as they seemed to mill about close to the point where they had last seen the group of envoys.

Wishing to let the remainder of the group know that Oliver and Gerard were momentarily safe from harm, it was agree that Gerard would use his Telepathic Sending discipline to communicate with Liberty to let her know that they were alright.

This had an undesired effect however, as the use of the art was detected by a Grand Diquor and the horde sprung in to motion demolishing the house in which the two were hiding in an attempt to locate them.

Seeing this, Sven and Lodewijk devised a spur of the moment plan to distract and divert the horde away from their friends. Using his Feat of Strength and Burst of Speed Disciplines, Sven would carry Lodewijk to attack range, so he could use his Sonikinesis attack against the horde. The idea would be that the attack would redirect the horde to chase them, affording Oliver and Gerard an opportunity to escape to the safety of the Cathedral.

The pair set out, rushing the horde and executing their plan flawlessly; the attack killing one of the Zibrigoths in the horde. The desired result was achieved, as the entirety of the horde broke off their search and pursued the two Envoys.

This did afford Oliver and Gerard the opportunity to make their way to the Cathedral and to temporary safety.

Act 14: Encounter

Meanwhile as these events were unfolding, Agostino decided to make his way towards the castle, above which the maelstrom was churning. It was apparent that the eye of the storm was a portal to beyond the Outer Gates, and more Outsiders were arriving every moment.

before he could reach the castle, however, he encountered Hainkyall, who attempted to enlist his allegiance to the cause of bringing about the end of the world, offering him a place of importance and power in the new hierarchy to come.

Agostino refused, and when the Outsider arrogantly told Agostino that he would be allowed to “take his best shot”, the thaumaturge decided that the best course of action would be to escape. He ripped a tear in the veil and stepped into the lands of the Seelie Court, away from the conflict on the island.

However, this was not a better place for him to be, as the taint of his allegiance immediately marked him as an enemy of the realm. He was forced to hurriedly retreat into the real world once again where he ended up in the courtyard of the castle.

As before he faced Hainkyall and was offered an opportunity to change sides. he refused, and no longer willing to accommodate Agostino’s allegiance to SAVE, Hainkyall released Agostino’s spirit from his borrowed body, banishing his spirit back into the inanimate and dead corpse that was his original body. Agostino’s spirit would be forced to remain conscious of the slow, now inevitable decay of his corpse trapped inside it for the remainder of it’s existence, unable to act.

Act 15: The Cathedral

Meanwhile the group had managed to return to the cathedral, after Hainkyall, concerned for the safety of the skull, recalled the horde. Inside they discovered that the bell was being chimed by a local fisherman and town drunkard named Dialo DiSola. Although he was unable to assist the group, his actions had created a temporary safe place for the group to reorganize.

Inside the Cathedral, it was discovered that the local priest was interested in monsters and had most likely been killed investigating the report of a monster in the nearby harbor. It was also discovered that the cathedral contained a reliquary made of 30-kg of silver and 2-kg of gold and contained the thumbs of Saint Bartholomew (1 AD).

At the moment that Agostino was undone by the Outsider, Tomas, suddenly was affected. This was proof that until that moment the two still shared a life-force link, which had just been severed. Quick use of arts to afford Tomas recovery restored him back to full functionality.

A quick discussion was had among the group and it was decided that the entirety of the group would boldly approach the front gates of the Castle, in an attempt to intimidate any enemy forces remaining. This hinged upon the belief that members of the Abiectio were present and that they would still be under the belief that the Envoys would be the cause of their demise. It was a gamble on the psychological aspects that Cyprus and his compatriots might possess. It was deemed more likely to give them access to the courtyard and perhaps closer to the source of the portal which may further afford them opportunity to disrupt the plans of the enemy.

Fletcher changed into the Jesuit robes of the local priest, to allow him to hide the presence of the Sword of the Cross, Fidelacchius until the last possible moment.

Act 16: Into the Valley of the Shadow of Death

The group made their way to the castle, which was oddly enough opened for them. The hubris that Hainkyall displayed allowed them into the courtyard unharmed. This in turned allowed them to better grasp the situation that they faced.

They were able to see the Roark Skull, which was transmitting a beam of angry red light into the center of the maelstrom, this was therefore the source of the portal’s power. This artifact was in turned powered by the blood running from a still living Eddie, whose body had been cut numerous times as a bloodletting instrument. Also present, but chained to a weighted rack was Lodewijk’s mother, Heidi Van Der Hoof, who although an Athanteen, was unable to heal because of the nature of her persistent injuries.

Aja, the seer imprisoned by the Abiectio was also there, chained to a chair. Finally, the outsider Hainkyall, Agostino- inhabited by a Spirit of Intellect, and the horde of outsiders were present. Once inside, the Outsider offered his enemies a fast and merciful death, rather than an elongated and painful version. They declined.

Act 17: For the Fate of the World

Things immediately became aggressive between the two groups, with Agostino utilizing Thaumaturgy to kick things off. The SAVE Envoys became entangled in the massive attacks brought down on them by the Horde. Hainkyall transformed into his true Outsider appearance, and using an innate power siphoned blood from all of the envoys, weakening them. Assured of his success, Hainkyall’s pride was once again displayed, when he jumped up onto the ramparts and temporarily called off the attack by the horde to reveal the presence of the Abiectio .

They were in possession of Sven’s young children, Bjorn and Lars. The broken katana belonging to Onima Tachibana, the nanny, was also revealed. It was at that moment that betrayal reared it’s ugly head.

Brigit Thofelt thrust her sword through Sven’s back, nearly killing him. She declared that she had, in fact killed, Donar Krigare and Onima Tachibana and had brought the children here to Cyprus Archer. She declared her eternal hatred for her husband.

With the Abiectio revealed, Sven leapt onto the ramparts to confront Archer, but was unable to take action without fear of harming his children. This deadlock was broken, when Father Fletcher shot Archer with two Solomonic Bullets, breaking his grip on the boys. Sven acted quickly, rushing his boys away from the threat. In retaliation, Brigit stabbed Father Fletcher several times in the back with her sword, killing him. Luca then destroyed her with thaumaturgy.

Luca encapsulated the horde in an impenetrable sphere, strengthened by a life-siphon, to maintain his life while trapped with them. This effectively removed them as threats from the group allowing the Envoys to focus on the real threat- the outsiders and the Abiectio.

Tomas and Santi engaged Agostino, attempting to destroy him. Tomas beheaded him, but watched in horror as the head reattached itself to Agostino’s body. Santi attempted to blow the skull apart using Sven’s automatic Mauser, but also had no effect. It wasn’t until the skull was destroyed that the spirit of intellect was neutralized.

Oliver, Santi, Lodewijk and Tomas joined Sven on the upper ramparts where the Abiectio were located. Tomas rushed forward and using his sword Beheader decapitated Cyprus Archer, triggering the thaumaturge’s death curse against him, which was “You will never leave this place alive.”

Santi and Sven unloaded multiple bullets into Hainkyall, which although they did not harm him, did knock him from the ramparts, off the wall and into the sea. This would be repeated several times, every time the Outsider managed to climb back from the sea below, effectively keeping him out of the fight.

Oliver freed Eddie from the bloodletting contraption, and then proceeded to do the same for Lodewijk’s mother. In completing the latter, Oliver fell from the walls of the castle crashing to the rocks below. However with Aeonia, he survived the fall and began his climb back towards the ramparts.

Santi and Sven then turned their attention to Mortimer Stroud, and unleashed a barrage of bullets. He was protected by a shield, which absorbed the impact of the rounds, effectively neutralizing the attack against him.

Liberty, meanwhile, used her Silence to nullify Indra Dietrich’s Death Curse, and with the help of Lodewijk, they killed her. Their next opponent was Emeric Dane. Tomas wounded him with his sword, but Liberty once again silenced his death curse and managed to finish off the badly injured thaumaturge. She then knocked the still shielded Mortimer off the ramparts and into the sea below.

In the fight, Oliver had returned to the ramparts and overturned the silver dish containing the Roark Skull. The artifact bounced down into the courtyard, but continued to maintain the ever-widening portal.

In a stroke of inspiration, Santi grabbed up the Sword of the Cross, Fidelacchius and drove it through the Roark Skull and into the stone of the castle courtyard. Attempts by Santi, Sven and Tomas could not dislodge the sword.

As the sword began to balance the powers of the Skull, the portal above collapsed, sending a powerful shockwave into the island. The normally dormant volcano began to rapidly awaken, threatening to explode. As the tempest began to rapidly subside, the Envoys decided it was best to evacuate. Luca, with his Impenetrable Sphere remained behind to finish off the remaining Outsiders, which he transported into the Seelie Realms for their destruction.

Unfortunately, Archer’s death curse was fulfilled, as Tomas died instantly upon leaving the castle grounds. Aja was freed by Santi and accompanied the Envoys to safety.

Act 18: Escape

The Envoys, Sven’s children and Aja made their way down to the remains of the marina, where they were able to locate a seaworthy vessel. Hurriedly, they boarded it, cast off and sailed as far from the island as they could in the time allotted to them.

They witnessed the explosion of the volcano, and the burial of the Village in volcanic ash and ejecta. All evidence of the attack had now been wiped clean, leaving only a volcanic eruption to explain away the disappearance of the villagers and the destruction of the village.

The Envoys and passengers were able to safely return to Rome, although heavyhearted at the loss of their companions. Of those that fell, only father Fletcher’s body was recoverable. Brigit, Agostino and Tomas’ remains were never recovered.

Act 19: Epilogue

Liberty

After assisting Luca with cleaning the Library of Esoteric Studies of all dangerous artifacts, books and all SAVE case files, she returned to the Vatican to continue her career as an art curator and authenticator. With the German Invasion of Italy, she fled the country. After the war, she assisted in the recovery and repatriation of thousands of stolen art works taken from Jews and stolen from national museums by the Nazis.

Luca

Luca returned to Romania during WWII, where he fought as a partisan against the Nazis. He had several encounters with the Abwehr, and the Sturmreitter, and managed to foil some of their more dangerous plans. Afterwards, he returned and he and Liberty worked together to repatriate art work. Though they never married, they had a son.

Fletcher

Father Fletcher’s body was returned to his wife and infant son. He was buried in Austria, where his body remained for nearly two decades, before Luca and Liberty were able to recover it and take it to Kemet. There it was restored and Fletcher was returned to life. However, he was unable to leave Kemet, except for very short periods of time. He used this time to watch over his family and occasionally assist in protecting those closest to him.

Sven

Sven returned to Sweden, where he trained extensively for the Berlin Olympics. He won the gold medal there in August. Later after eventually leaving the military, he would found the Stockholm office for SAVE, and raise his two sons to become SAVE Envoys.

Lodewijk

Lodewijk left Rome to discover more about his heritage. He and Eddie along with the assistance of Heidi would begin researching the means by which the Taint caused by the blood of the Old One could be purified. He would advocate a return to the role of Protectors for the mortal world among his people, causing a nationalistic revival that would result in the reformulation of a secret Athanteen nation on Earth.

Tomas

Tomas’ body was never recovered it is generally believed that he was murdered during the course of an investigation into the kidnapping and murder of an orphan whose body was found on the Vatican City grounds.

Agostino

Agostino’s spirit remained trapped inside his decaying corpse until there was nothing remaining of it. After that time, the spirit was thankful for release from the remains of his mortal shell. The last of Agostino’s body resides within the Hall of Cardinals in Naples.

Oliver

Oliver returns to Germany at the outbreak of war, where he quickly makes officer in the Waffen SS. In 1945, during the final days of the war Oliver is accused of committing heinous war crimes against innocent Jewish prisoners of War.

He is tried in Nuremburg after the war, and is hung for his crimes. His son, becomes a member of the East German Statsi and is responsible for the brutal persecution of political prisoners in Germany through the cold war.

However, when the Berlin Wall comes down in 1989, the son discovers his father’s history and seeks out his grave site. After some time, he discovers it, only to find it empty, save one fragment of Sanskrit Writing. It says simply, “so it is, that which fools believe true.”

Gerard

Gerard would return to Milan, where he would operate a successful veterinary practice. When the Nazis invaded Italy, he became a partisan and was responsible for rescuing and smuggling dozens of his fellow Jews out of the country. After the war, he immigrated to the United States.

Santi

Santi remained in Rome, eventually owning his own taxi company. When the Nazis invaded Italy, he assisted in forming partisan groups against the invaders. He survived the war and re-established the Rome SAVE Office. He became it’s leader, and would go on to solve many cases.

Brigit

Brigit’s body was never recovered, and while suspicion fell upon Sven for her disappearance, a lack of evidence meant no charges could ever be filed. Her family was targeted by the Father of Martin Fletcher, and they were eventually financially ruined because of the role that she played in the death of Father Fletcher.

Dea

Dea moved to Cairo, Egypt, where she eventually established a SAVE office. She was responsible for the establishment of several SAVE Offices throughout the Arab world, although she was never the leader of any single office for long. For a while, she was considered one of the most influential SAVE Envoys in the region, and was selected to negotiate with other signatories in the region to consolidate SAVE interest there.

Leonardo

Leonardo moved to Moscow, where he became a staunch supporter of the Communist party. He was instrumental in the development of the Stolvoyka, the Russian Governmental program responsible for the investigation and resolution against the supernatural. His framework was built on the SAVE Model, but with complete government support. He served as the director of that organization until 1967, when he died from a brain aneurysm.

Piero

Piero served as a partisan during world war two in the employment of the Nazis. He was killed by his old friend Santi when it was discovered that Piero was spying on the group for the Nazis.

Aja

True to her predictions, the Abiectio were destroyed by the Vatican City SAVE Office in 1936. Aja joined the Pythia in Rome, before relocating to a new undisclosed location. To this day, she has been known to appear at various SAVE offices with information vital to their investigations. For this reason, she has been made an honorary member of the organization.

1936 Season 1, Index

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A Cycle of Fear
1936 Season 1, Episode 12

Act 1: The Kidnappings

Our story began with the reports of a series of Brutal murders and a mass kidnapping from a local orphanage in Rome. The orphanage, Our Lady of Mercy, was attached sometime around midnight on April 3, 1936, by an unknown group. All 7 sisters of the Augustinian Order that were assigned here as caretakers were brutally murdered, in bizarre fashion, and 33 of the 34 orphans in those orphanage were kidnapped.

One orphan, a 9 years old girl named Aviana was found hiding in a locked closet under the main staircase. She was balling incoherently, apparently traumatized by what she had seen.

Act 2: The Reveal

Oliver and Lodewijk discovered the events had taken place through their respective classes. in each case, the details were the same and it was discovered that the story had been reported in the Ancien Regime, the local Metropolitan newspaper for the city of Rome.

Sven was introduced to a pair of Swedish citizens who were concerned because their newly adopted daughter was to become an official Swedish citizen the day after she was kidnapped and the new parents were beside themselves with grief. They requested official assistance from the Embassy, but due to the legalities, the Swedish government could not get involved. However, Sven managed to acquire permission from the Ambassador to investigate the situation personally on his own.

Liberty discovered the situation when a pair of priests informing the next of kin of the victims advised one of her co-workers that her sister had been killed.

Father Fletcher received a call from one of the Cardinals of the curia, who lost his younger sister in the attack.

Gerard heard it as gossip at his place of work.

Tomas, was assigned to the case unofficially, since the crime scene fell under the jurisdiction of the Rome Metropolitan Police.

Act 3: The Paris Connection

Father Fletcher had been told by the Cardinal that this kidnapping and murder of nuns was not unique. In fact, there had been three such events inside of a few days that had recently taken place in Paris.

Fletcher, using this information, attempted to make contact with the Paris SAVE Office and the leader of that office, Etienne Chirauld. All efforts to reach them were unsuccessful, so Fletcher, using an old contact of his from his short time as a Knight of the Cross, asked a priest from Notre Dame Cathedral to stop by the Paris SAVE Office and ask someone there to contact Fletcher.

The priest discovered the members of the office inside, dead. A strange thorny vine bearing red flowers with blackened edged petals had seemingly sprouted from their bodies. The priest had counted 8-bodies, which accounted for all eight of the SAVE Envoys assigned to that office. This was not good news.

Act 4: A Plan of Action

The members of the Vatican City SAVE Office gathered at the Library of Esoteric Studies and discussed the few known details of the case. Luca volunteered to make his way to the Paris office, to uncover whatever case the Envoys there had most recently been involved in, and to see to it that the Envoys were properly buried.

He would also do some investigation there to see if he could connect the events in Paris with the events in Rome.

Lodewijk, Sven and Gererad would attempt to gain entrance to the orphanage, which was currently under police scrutiny. The Police Inspector assigned to the case was Edouardo Di’Medici an acquaintance of Liberty’s, although this wasn’t yet known.

Agostino dressed himself as a Jacobian priest and went to the scene of the crime in an attempt to gain access to Father James Foley, the man who had discovered the gruesome murders.

Liberty was going to her office to make an inquiry to contact Edouardo Di’Medici, whom she had not yet learned was already on the case.

Father Fletcher was going to pull the records and information on the murdered nuns to see if there was anything that stood out to him as suspicious.

Oliver agreed to speak with Doctor Viktor Franken, at the morgue to see if he had received any of the bodies from the scene. He was disappointed to discover that they had not. Oliver arranged fro Doctor Franken to notify him if any of the bodies arrived.

Armed only with a name, Tomas was going to the records offices at the vatican to see if he could find any information on the child that had been found. His hope was to discover her location, so that he and perhaps someone else could question her about the events of the previous night.

Act 5: Gaining Access

Agostino arrived at the scene first and managed to talk himself into the building and a waiting room to await an opportunity to interview Father Foley. He was finally permitted to see the father, but was dismayed when he discovered that some of his interview was being overheard by the Chief Detective Inspector, who could apparently read lips.

Pulling the blinds, Agostino was able to temporarily gain some more private discussion with the father where he noted a few details from the father’s interview to be discussed with the others.

The second group to arrive was Sven, Lodewijk and Gerard. Lodewijk started a distraction by performing a dirge outside the orphanage, drawing the attention of those assembled spectators and the police guards, allowing Sven and Gerard to access the ref via a nearby building.

Gerard and Sven managed to get inside the building through a roof access hatch and ladder, which deposited them into a maintenance closet on the third floor. They weren’t able to ascertain much, however, due to the presence of some police attempting to free one of the corpses from behind a bookcase that had crushed her to death.

Act 6: Liberty on the Scene

Having uncovered the fact that Eduardo was already on scene, Liberty made her way to the orphanage to discuss things with him. She managed to convince the Chief detective Inspector to take his men and go down the street for coffee and some cigarettes for a short while. This would allow Liberty and the Others, including a newly arrived Oliver, to investigate the premises without interference.

The group discovered a few details that was most assuredly connected to the supernatural.

The discovery of a pad lock on the roof was an item of curiosity, but it was unclear how or why it was severed in the means it was.

Additionally, it was discovered that an area of roughly 1.5-feet around the bodies seemed to be indestructible. This fact explained why the police were unable to remove the bodies, but instead destroyed a number of tools they were using to make these attempts.

Water continued to flow into the bathroom sink, where one of the sisters was drowned, despite the fact that the water was cut off from the building at the street level. Likewise, the natural gas behaved similarly running to the oven in the kitchen.

When adding in the fact that no one could light any cigarettes on the property and that all milk based items spoiled immediately on entry to the property, the evidence pointed towards a form of thuamaturgy most closely associated with Witchcraft.

During the time that the group was there, the on-going affects that were in play, ended, restoring everything back to a more normalized state. With nothing else to be seen at the site, the Envoys departed at about the same time that the Police were returning from their smoke break.

Act 7: Reviewing the Clues

Upon the return of the group to the library, a dissemination of information began, that brought a number of uncertainties to the forefront of the discussion.

In general it was agreed that there was some level of thaumaturgy involved, although it seemed to be closer related to witchcraft, rather than the more traditional methods. There were a number of similarities and discrepancies between the observed events that it almost seemed to muddle the waters of the investigation significantly.

Looking into the history of the nuns killed at the Orphanage did not reveal any unusual clues or details, and with little other evidence to go on, the group began to expand their conjecture to other areas, where they may be able to acquire some additional information.

To these ends, Father Fletcher, would inquire on the identities of the orphanages that had been targeted in Paris. His efforts would be centered around determining a pattern if any existed, including any ley-line locations, mystical histories of the properties, or abnormal histories involving any of the staff or children present.

Liberty and Tomas, would travel to Grace and Mercy Hospital, where it was discovered that Aviana had been taken for treatment by the police for her “obvious” mental issues.

Agostino and Piero Adessi would travel to see The 9, to see if they had any information that could assist them in their investigation.

Sven and Lodewijk would travel to the Palatine Mission, a soup kitchen local to the orphanage. They are hoping to uncover some information that may reveal a pattern, or perhaps some other undocumented disappearances in the area.

Oliver and Gerard would visit the local elementary school, to see if they could determine if there were any sudden decreases in attendance that might be an indicator of another series of kidnappings. They would use a program of distributing zoo admittance tickets to the school to reward good academic attendance as a means to gauge potential notable attendance changes.

Meanwhile, Luca is still in Paris, further investigating the Paris office’s sudden demise, and attending to the arrangements for their proper burial.

Act 8: Investigating Magical Leads

Agostino traveled to make a clandestine meeting with Father Josef Beuhler, a secret member of the Venatori Umbrata. After establishing their appropriate identity, a discuss began that revealed a number of interesting details that were previously unknown to the Vatican City SAVE Office.

It was revealed that there were four prior SAVE offices that had already been destroyed. From first to most recent, they were, Mexico City, Mexico; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Casablanca, Morocco; and Pairs, France. It now appeared that The Vatican City SAVE Office was the fifth office targeted.
Agostino was provided information on the kidnappings that led up to the destruction of the SAVE Offices in question, as well as determining that even non-SAVE individuals had been killed in at least one of the events, although it is unclear whether those individuals were working with SAVE at the time.

The details seemed to confirm that 100 children were kidnapped in each event, and that only 1 child was left behind in each case. This led to speculation that the single child may well be a lure to bring the local SAVE offices into the view of those attacking them.

Agostino was also advised of the existence of a creature known as a Bound Abomination that may be involved in the events leading up to the destruction of the offices and their envoys.

After meeting with Beuhler, Agostino met with Piero Adessi and visited The 9 hoping to acquire additional information. There they met with Ivaro, who advised them that he had earlier encountered some sort of Spiritual Stasis Barrier at the perimeter of the property. Ivan was able to identify it and provide the information to Agostino.

Act 9: Interviewing the Sole Survivor

Tomas and Liberty had uncovered that Aviana had been committed in the Grace and Mercy Hospital, for her “obvious” mental issues. The two made their way there where they met with Director Evar Ramadi concerning their desire to meet with the girl.

The director was willing to assist and called in the girls doctor, Doctor Irina Gelino. As the two SAVE envoys and Doctor Gelino were heading to the doctor’s office, it became immediately apparent that the doctor had no intention of allowing the two to meet with the patient, instead she declared that she ould act as a “filter” for the interview, and cited the patient’s mental health as a factor.

Despite attempts by both Liberty and Tomas to change her mind, they were denied access to the patient. When threats to have the envoys removed by force were levied, the two envoys instead on speaking with the Director once again. Gelling was under the impression that the director would support her decision, but was mistaken to discover that this was not the case.

Instead, Director Ramadi, had her reassigned from the case, and arranged for himself to act as the consultant during the interview.

The interview took place in a suitable room near the patient’s room. The girl appeared somewhat cagey, and clung tightly to her Teddy bear, Happy. The interview revealed some details, but when the patient became erratic, the director was forced to call off the meeting.

However, during the return trip to the patient’s room, the girl dropped her teddy bear, which afforded liberty the opportunity to use her ability to question it.

Liberty discovered that there was a woman with multiple voices present. Agostino would later identify her as a type of Thaumaturgist known as a Soul Stealer. Liberty was also able to identify some unique ritualistic Kris blade daggers, which she believed were used to control the children. It was also revealed that the group used a anchored tear through the Veil to remove the children from the orphanage. The destination appeared to be a warehouse where a truck was waiting to transport the children further.

After divining the information available from the Teddy bear, Liberty and Tomas asked to see the personal effects brought in with the girl. There was a dressing gown and an odd necklace, later identified as a Gramatria, an exceptionally rare symbol that bound judaism, christianity and the Kabbalah into a unified symbolism. The symbol possessed a series of numbers, which father Fletcher was later able to decipher as meaning He denied I power to be sealed in death.

Act 10: Class Is In

Gerard and Oliver decided to attempt to determine the likelihood that other children had gone missing, or if the Orphanage was the only large-scale event known. They reasoned that if there were any significant disappearances of children in the city, that the trend would be visible in the schools scattered around the city.

To that effect they visited the elementary school closest to the Orphanage. There they met with Principal Alberto Marston, who was able to provide them with a significant amount of information that seemed to indicate that there were no other large-scale kidnappings in play currently. Providing the school with a series of tickets to the local Zoo, they insured that should that change, they would receive a phone call to that effect. Although they did not uncover any additional kidnappings, it did confirm that this was the first event in the city, setting them on a solid timetable, that when confirmed with Agostina’s information placed the destruction of the SAVE offices, exactly 5-days apart. They now had 4-days to go.

Act 11: Soup Anyone?

Sven and Lodewijk traveled to the Palatine Mission, a soup kitchen near the orphanage that had been attacked. there, the two separated, each looking for information from different sources.

Lodewijk slipped into the food line and struck up a conversation with some individuals that indicated that there was a general distrust of newcomers. While this was not necessarily unusual amongst the homeless population in the city, this distrust was greater than normal.

Lodewijk discovered that some one representing a company called Marcello di Carne Superiore had been attempting to recruit some workers. it seems that some of the workers never returned. this of course, piqued Lodewijk’s interest.

Lodewijk discovered that one worker, Barnaby Black, did, however, return. Lodewijk determined to attempt to gather additional information.

Approaching the self-proclaimed pirate, Lodewijk was able to make basic conversation with him. During the interview he learned that individual workers had been loaded into the back of a covered truck, so that they could not see where they were going. There was an armed guard in the bed of the true with the workers, and the work was the moving and burying of several chests whose contents were unknown.

Barnaby indicated he escaped when he realized it was likely that the workers were to be killed. True to his thoughts, they were and Barnaby narrowly escaped. He hid for several days, wandering in a strange daze until he eventually made it back to the soup kitchen.

Meanwhile, Sven made contact with the administrator, Father Stefano Decorte. An interview uncovered that a donor from the Marcello di Carne Superiore company had donated a significant amount of meat to the mission, but had later attempted to illicit payment for the donation in the form of workers. The establishment was resistant, and the company was compensated with cash arranged by the Roman Catholic Church. Thus, when Sven offered some assistance, he met with significant resistance. The father collaborated information gathered by Lodewijk, and this confirmation made the Marcello di Carne Superiore a point of interest, although it is unclear whether they are in any way connected to the kidnapping, or a separate event altogether.

Act 12: Dissemination of Information

The group reconvened once again at the Library, where they shared information and attempted to conjecture the next piece of information or event that they needed. With little to go on, it seemed that there was little choice but to wait for any additional attack to take place and hope that additional information would come to light.

Act 13: The Second Attack

That same morning the group were alerted by Detective Di’Medici that a second attack had taken place. The second event happened at the Saint Matthews Orphanage for Young Women and Children. The group rushed to the scene of the crime to discover Doctor Viktor Franken there acting as the Medical Examiner at the scene.

Much like the first event, a field of stasis was present creating difficulty in removing, examining or assessing the bodies of the nine nuns that had been killed in the attack. It was quickly discovered that there were thirty-three children that had been taken, with none left behind. With little to go on, the group made a startling discovery when Doctor Franken in an odd act, decided to perform an experiment using a moving dolly loaded with a number of batteries.

He moved forward, and attached the leads of the batteries to one of the victim, explaining that he was something of the student of electrical energy and he wished to conduct and experiment concerning lividity on the victim. Using Gerard as his side kick, whom he affectionately nicknamed, “Ivan”, he had Ivan throw the switch.

The resulting burst of electricity burst several of the light bulbs, and burned out the batteries, but managed to somehow free the body from it’s stasis. This breakthrough provided Agostino with an Epiphany.

Realizing that the effect preventing energy from operating only affected energy created on the site, Agostino realized that he could harness the ambient energy already present, to open the tear that the group transported the children through when they were kidnapped. Using tremendous focus, he tapped into that energy already present and refocused it to open the tear to lead them to the destination the children had been taken.

Act 14: Dislocation, Dat location

Using the power, Agostino did, in fact, manage to open a portal, but the amount of power he pulled was uncontrollable, so instead of just opening a portal large enough to allow he and the group to travel through, the tear was massive, sucking an entire city block through the tear and depositing it in the exact location to which the children had been taken.

Buildings and inanimate objects at both sites merged together as they were forced to occupy the same space for a few moments. the group, deposited right at the epicenter of the destination had only a few moments to glance around, before the universe corrected itself.

After only a moment the transplanted location snapped back to it’s original position, before all inanimate, non-living matter in the affected area disintegrated into ash. This left several people who had occupied apartments on the second floor free-falling to a bare ground below. Additionally everyone was nude, since the affect also destroyed clothing and equipment.

As a result the group made their way to the closest Monastery to acquire additional clothes and to borrow a car to return to the library. With the crime scene destroyed, the group could no longer collect any clues or evidence there.

Act 15: Rapid Recall

Between the things that the group noticed during their short jaunt to the destination site, they were able to narrow the possible location down to a very narrow area adjacent to the Tiber River, roughly 20-km north of the city. The site was an old Marcello di Carne Superiore meat processing plant. It had been defunct for at least five years, and with little information about it, the group decided to drive to the top on a nearby hill to see if they could spot the site from elevated ground.

Act 16: The Abattoir

Arriving on a nearby hill, the group was able to pinpoint the location that they had arrived in during the unplanned transplantation of the crime scene here. The group drove the Murta down to the site, uncovering the denuded portion of the site destroyed by the transport, but also discovering an adjacent building that had managed to avoid the affects.

This building would turn out to be the actual Abattoir used in the processing of meat products during the operations of the company. The group discovered the grisly remains of slaughtered children, and a strong indication that their skin had been harvested. It was impossible to determine the number of children present as the bodies had been dismembered and dropped into waste pits.

Further investigation revealed the prior presence of three Maleficent Cauldrons, used to collect the blood of the ritually slain children. The discovery of tire treads leading down a deserted road prompted further investigation. A sort distance down the recently used road, it was discovered that the path intersected with the main roadway. The mud trail indicated that they were on their way back to Rome.

Act 17: The Encounter

Oliver and Gerard headed back to the Murta, still parked at the site, with the intention of driving it up to the road and collecting the other members. However, things did not go as planned.

Once the two had embarked into the vehicle, there was a wild surge of electricity through the vehicle’s electrical system that shorted everything out. Looking up, they saw the Soul Stealer, preparing a spell. They escaped the Murta moments before a tree smashed the van into wreckage.

Using her power she animated several of the nearby trees to attack the two. meanwhile hearing the crash, the group rapidly made their way to the site, where they encountered Oliver entangled and fighting against some sort of carnivorous plants. With the Soul Stealer overseeing her impending victory.

The group attacked, saving Oliver, and revealing only a small fraction of the extent of the soul Stealer’s power. Catching her off-guard, they managed to temporarily overwhelm her, causing her to retreat. During the conflict they discovered that she could use Gaiamancy, Foculomancy, Vitaemancy and Loculomancy. Although outmatched by her sheer power, the surprise and ferocity of the attack against her, forced her retreat, although not before she was able to identify Lodewijk as an Athanteen, and Agostino as a Thaumaturge.

Act 18: More Bad News

Upon returning to the library, thanks to a ride received from Santi Nochese, the group were horrified to discover that a third kidnapping at taken place almost in unison with the second. This attack had taken place at Saint Anastasia’s Orphanage, where only a part of the children present were taken. This meant that the number of children needed for the ritual was acquired by the forces arrayed against them.

With no real idea where the group had retreated to, the party realized that they may well be too late to stop the ritual.

Desperate for information and assistance, the group decided to call upon those that they knew for assistance. It was time to call in favors.

Act 19: Mobilizing the Reserves

As part of the recruitment drive, Gerard used his communicative arts to make contact with the Hammer Brothers to ask for their assistance. They agreed and made their way to Rome. He also made contact with Luca, through Dea Murtas and advised Luca of the new timetable.

Meanwhile, Liberty and Oliver visited The 9, where they recruited Ivaro, Clymenestra and Belkino to the cause. The three were already marked as well, giving them a solid stake in the outcome of the coming conflict. Afterwards they decided to head to the Alchemist Gate in the Garden of Souls, in order to visit the Kemet to ask for assistance.

During this time, Agostino made contact with his contact at the Venatori Umbrata, Father Josef Beuhler, to acquire additional information concerning the foes that they faced. During the phone call, there were indications of a struggle, and Agostino decided to investigate. Taking a taxi to the site, he arrived at the chapel in time to watch the Soul Stealer consuming Josef. When he was noticed, she commented that Agostino would make an even twenty. She utilized Geomatromancy to remove obstacles in her path. Realizing Agostino had no chance to deal with her directly, he ripped a tear into the Never-Never to escape her. He quickly returned to the real world arriving at the Alchemist Gate, inadvertently joining Liberty and Oliver who were already there.

The three now prepared to open the way into Kemet, but were interrupted by Aegeus, one of the Pythia’s Spartan bodyguards. He advised that a terrible sandstorm was raging in Kemet and that the gate could not currently be opened. While Aegeus discussed Persian Magic with Oliver, indicating there was a way to restore him without the drawbacks associated with it, Liberty acquired a stone from near the Gate to interrogate using her Read object power. From this, she learned that a Quetzal, a group of Black Court Vampires and a Kemet delegation had all recently entered into the real world from Kemet. She learned that the Kemet were there for some sort of political conference. More importantly she learned of the existence of the Quetzal, and where he was located.

Agostino returned to the library, where he would undertake some preparations.

Liberty and Oliver went to the Bank of Mexico to make contact with the Quetzal in the hopes that he would assist them in some fashion. Upon their arrival they were taken deep beneath the bank to meet with Achcauhtlihuemaccoaxoachacoatl (leader-king of the serpent flower Snake), the Quetzal. After performing a rite of dedication and presenting him with exquisite gifts of cinnamon truffles and saffron, he heard their plea and offered them either knowledge or favor to aid them. After a brief discussion, the two chose favor, and as a result they were presented with a Gourd filled with a potent liquor that granted them limited invulnerability once used by Jaguar warriors. This concoction, known as Peytuli, would prove critical in their upcoming fight.

During this time, Tomas visited the armory at the Vatican to acquire a sniper rifle for the upcoming fight. Hoping to kill the Soul Stealer from a distance and hopefully avoid the death curse she may utter, he acquired a Springfield 1903 rifle. During a conversation with the armorer, Tomas was reminded that the armorer regularly outfitted Knights of the Cross. To the arsenal, he added three Antimony Throwing Dagger, a Shield Bracelet, and a Gas Censure. Better equipped, Tomas returned to the Library to await the final battle.

At around the same time, Lodewijk and Sven retrieved Brigit Thofelt and Onima Tachibana to aid them in the fight. They transported Lars Thofelt and Bjorn Thofelt to stay under the care of Elsa Merbach, until the battle was finished. Once the group was gathered together and the children delivered, the group made their way to Il Gato Nero.

They were unable to enter, however, as a special delegation was present and negotiating some agreement which had closed the club to general access. Later Liberty would be able to identify one of the parties as Kemet.

Leaving a message to make contact with the Venatori Umbrata, the group returned to the Library.

Act 20: Last Minute Research

The group agreed to one additional hour to attempt additional research. As a result Lodewijk and Agostino headed to the Ars Medievalis to see what they could uncover there. While Liberty contacted Detective Inspector Edouardo Di’Medici to advise him of the meat processing plant. During that conversation, it was revealed that the Marcello di Carne Superiore had also operated a distribution plant inside the city. The group had just found the most likely location for the ritual to take place.

At the Ars Medievalis, Agostino gained access to the vault where he interrogated the Spirit of Intellect at the vault and was directed to the Book of Madness to find the information he sought on the Bound Abomination. While unsuccessful in his search, he lost consciousness during the search, allowing the Spirit of Intellect to inhabit him and escape the Library.

At the same time Lodewijk discovered much about his past and his people, including a fact that made his mother less evil in his mind. As a result of this, Lodewijk and Agostino set out to visit Lodewijk’s mother Heidi Van Der Hoof, to reconcile things between them. In so doing both parties learned a great deal about their shared heritage.

Also during this time, Oliver advised Father Fletcher of his role involving the theft of the Sword of the Cross, Fidelacchius and it’s subsequent appropriation by Theron. At this same time, however, Oliver also advised Fletcher that Tomas and Lodewijk each possessed a debt from Theron and that perhaps such a debt could be called in in exchange for the sword. As Lodewijk was betrayed during the theft by Oliver, Fletcher thought it prudent to bring Tomas into the discussion to see if he would be willing to use his favor to recover the blade. Without elaborating on the events leading up to the blade’s theft, Fletcher managed to convince Tomas to expend his favor to Theron in exchange for the sword. With the sword now in hand, the group was now better equipped to deal with the threats that lay ahead of them.

Act 21: The Final Countdown

Armed with the most likely location for the final acts of the ritual, as well as bolstered by the addition of allies, the Envoys and their extended group made their way to the distribution center located in Rome. They took the last two Murtas remaining in the motor pool and made their way across town. They were joined by Luca Garige who had just arrived from Casablanca.

Upon arrival at the scene, the Hammer Brothers used a compulsion spell to compel the civilians in the immediate area to leave, in case the conflict spilled out into the neighborhood immediately surrounding the target building. Luca brought an entrapment prism with him to the conflict site, to create a self-contained battleground, from which the enemy should not be able to escape. This was an attempt to contain the Bound Abomination as well as the Soul Stealer in case of failure by those assembled.

Tomas conducted a quick reconnaissance of the buildings perimeter, noting that it was two stories and possessed a fire escape shielded from view. Ivaro, leaving his body in one of the Murtas parked a block and a half away, joined the group in his Astral form, and was able, with Clymenestra’s assistance to identify the alarm field surrounding the property. Armed with this knowledge, the group realized that once everything began, it would have to progress quickly, in order to avoid complications. The group sipped the Peytuli and prepared themselves for battle.

Act 22: Action!

The Hammer Brothers started the action by knocking down the door to the building, which immediately filler with nasty writhing spiked tentacles. These tentacles created a dangerous barrier, and unfortunately managed to entangle one of the brothers almost immediately and drag him into the building. His essence was consumed by the Soul Stealer and he was unable to be saved.

Tomas decided to climb the side of the building, entering through the second floor window and landing on the catwalk surrounding the central floor of the plant. Below him the Soul Stealer and dozens of cultists waited for the group to make their entry into the central room. At a room at the far end, upper level of the building was an office space which seemed to hum with unusual power. Tomas did not realize it at that time, but it was in this room that the Bound Abomination was actively performing the blood draining ritual that would spell their doom if completed.

Tomas opened fire on the Soul Stealer from above, but his rounds seemed to be ineffective. Meanwhile Lodewijk had compelled several of the cultists to run to the far side of the room in terror, reducing the number of enemies that they faced. Several cultists returned fire, forcing Tomas to utilize the Shield Bracelet, keeping him safe from harm.

Oliver, Liberty, Sven, Brigit, and Onima began to cut their way through the cultists standing between them and the Soul Stealer.

As the battle progressed the second hammer brother was consumed by the Soul Stealer, but from that moment onward, the tide of the battle began to turn against her. With coordinated attacks coming at her from multiple directions, she desperately attempted to impale her enemies using Earth magic. This instead, killed her cultists, making it even easier for the Envoys and their allies to bring the assault directly to her.

During the conflict, Agostino suffered catastrophic injury, which brought him to the edge of death. The Spirit of Intellect that had possessed him, attempted to use his body to reach the Soul Stealer, but even with some unexpected assistance from Oliver was unable to do so, when Oliver spiked both Agostino’s Body and the Soul Stealer (with assistance from Ivaro) with an Enchanted Stake.

It was about this time that Tomas used the gas Censure to shatter the window in the upstairs office, revealing the ritual underway by the Bound Abomination. With a warning to the others, some of the group shifted their attentions to hindering or stopping the ritual before it was too late.

Sven, using his Feat of Strength discipline, threw Clymenestra into the upstairs office from the ground floor. Using her Temporal Dilation abilities, she radically slowed time in the ritual room, giving the group a significant edge in mobility and action to facilitate handling the Abomination. Her impact with the creature sent them both through the brick outer wall, but she was able to “Skip” backwards to prevent herself from falling.

This temporarily disrupted the ritual, but did not stop it. Tomas attempted to overturn the cauldrons, but could not do so, but discovered that the ritual would begin to drain blood from anyone touching them, which threatened to complete the ritual. Belkino, transforming into a giant Anaconda, engulfed the remaining children in his coils and extradited them from the ritual room, taking them to the opposite side of the building.

Meanwhile the battle with the Soul Stealer raged, forcing her to utilize Metamancy to aid in her protection. Assuming a mantle of steel, she became incredibly resilient to injury, until Fletcher produced Fidelacchius and beheaded her with it. Although this did not kill her, it did allow Oliver to take the head to a corner and turn it away from the group so it could not see what was happening, effectively neutralizing her as an immediate threat.

In the meantime, the Bound Abomination had re-entered the room and was headed back towards the ritual area, unaware that the three remaining children used in the ritual were no longer present there. A number of attacks proved ineffective against the creature, but eventually, Fletcher was able to slay it with the Sword of the Cross; ending any threat it continued to possess.

Act 23: Aftermath

Sven, Tomas and Lodewijk utilized their arts to assist in the group’s after battle recovery from injury, stamina loss and willpower drain. Once that was completed, Agostino and Oliver jointly requested that Luca utilize electricity to see if the Soul Stealer would revert back to flesh. This was a two-fold purpose. First a pint of Thaumaturge’s blood was needed to aid in the restoration of Oliver’s abilities. Secondly, Agostino wanted to consume the Soul Stealer’s heart in order to absorb her power and the power of those she had already absorbed.

Despite his best efforts, however, Luca was unable to revert her to her normal form. The Prism spell was cancelled, Ivaro was guided back to his body, and the Soul Stealer and her head were loaded in to different Murtas for the ride to the Castel Sant Angelo, where Fletcher convinced The Warden to incarcerate the Soul Stealer indefinitely.

With the destruction of the Bound Abomination, the Sigil of the Mark Bearer faded away and the cycle of death was broken. Agostino agreed to provide Oliver with the blood he required for his ritual, and the police were able to claim limited success in closing the case, when they were pointed to the remains of the cultists, and the three surviving children from the kidnappings.

The Cauldrons were emptied and returned to their respective owners, returning the balance in the conflict to normal.

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1936 Season 1, Episode 11

Act 1: Wedding Bells are Ringing

The Group had assembled for the marriage between Elsa Mannhoff and Hans “Oliver” Erich Merbach which was taking place at the Teatro Reale dell’Opera owned by Liberty Rothe.

As the ceremony progressed, the event was crashed by the arrival of Cyprus Archer, Indra Dietrich, Mortimer Stroud and Emeric Dane. Thy had come to congratulate Oliver on his wedding day, even bringing a gift for the newly weds.

Their stay was short, but it made many of the members uneasy. Once they had left and Elsa was properly distracted, Luca opened the gift to reveal the severed head of Josef Vestand. Uncertain about the motivation of providing Oliver with the head, it was decided that the grisly trophy should be secured in the Luca’s workshop in the basement of the Library of Esoteric Studies on the Vatican grounds.

Act 2: Know your Enemy

after Archer’s departure, Belkino of the The 9 approached the members of the Vatican City SAVE Office, at the wedding venue, to request assistance with the elimination of a pack of werewolves that he had been tracking for approximately a week.

According to him, he had been approached by a worker at a Children’s Orphanage located outside the western edge of the city of Rome. Three children had been taken in midday from the school yard and once all normal efforts to locate them had failed, they made contact with the 9.

Belkino spent a week attempting to track the attackers, finding tufts of wolves hair interspersed with the tracks of normal men. The individuals responsible had taken great pains to hide their tracks and mask their scent, leading Belkino to believe that there was a pack of Werewolves, specifically Loup Garou, in the area.

After some time, he realized there were roughly six of them, and had tracked them to their apparent lair at the Chapel of Our Glorious Lady, an abandoned church, damaged by an earthquake thirty years prior. Realizing he could not handle that many at once, he came to request the assistance of SAVE.

Looking at the lunar Cycle Calendar, he realized that the werewolves would be at their most powerful the following night, as it coincided with a Full moon Event.

Elsa was already inebriated so Liberty had her escorted to the hotel, to await Oliver’s arrival later that night. This freed Oliver up for assisting with the Assault.

Act 3: Going to the Chapel

Before heading to the Chapel, the group made their way back to the Library, to collect items made or containing silver. Since they were well aware of the weaknesses that Loup Garou possessed, they had little need for more advanced preparation.

Belkino arrived after about an hour, and filled in the gap missing weapons, before aiding the group in reaching the location of the pack’s lair.

Parking the Murta roughly a mile away, the group split into smaller pairs, to better allow them to approach the damaged structure from multiple directions at the same time.

As they closed the distance, they realized two important facts. First, that the pack was already eating one of the kidnapped children and second, that there were eight creatures not six. It seemed that a pair of them had remained in the Chapel and so had left no tracks for Belkino to follow or use to determine their presence.

The other two children were each tied to a column inside the building. This would meant hat the group would be forced to enter the decaying structure and deal with the Loup Garou directly. This made for a dangerous course of action.

Gerard was the first to engage and seemingly kill one of the guards. A well-placed silvered dagger dropped the guard almost immediately without alerting the others. Luca’s crossbow finished off another, dropping the number of would be opponents to a more manageable six.

Act 4: Not As They Seem…

Oliver leapt into the fray with his silvered sword, and the others followed. Agostino and Tomas entered through a destroyed stained glass window frame, Lodewijk and Fletcher engaged from a split in the wall, Belkino dropped from the rafters and Liberty charged through the doorway just cleared by Gerard.

As they became fully engaged with the creatures, they quickly realized that they were not dealing with Loup Garou at all, but Werejaguars. This development was a critical error on the part of the Envoys, as the creatures have extraordinary healing abilities, are immune to the effects of silver, and can only be injured by Obsidian.

Desperate, the group fought for their lives, but were overpowered one-by-one. As things began to look their most bleak and desperate, two shadowy individuals arrived carrying some sort of home-made multi-barreled shotguns. The pair peppered the area, and all the werejaguars with obsidian chips, killing them. they then fled.

Attempts to track or catch the individuals was fruitless, and so no clue to their identities was forthcoming. The children we’re rescued and returned to the Orphanage from which they had been kidnapped.

Act 5: The Chronicles Regime Interview

The following evening, as the group discussed the events of the prior day, as was usual, Luca had the radio playing in the background. It was at that time, that the usually scheduled program Chronicles Regime aired an interview with an individual named Richard Sandyvale. The interview was conducted by Roberto Forges Davanzati.

The interview was disturbing because it appeared that this new group Monster Hunters International was breaking one of the most important provisions of the Unseelie Accords, by breaking the secrecy clause that prevented all-out warfare. In addition, the group’s leader seemed to be somehow oddly connected to one of the prior leaders of SAVE, Richard Sandoval. Furthermore, the elder of MHI, indicated that there would be some sort of upcoming “Grand Reveal” that would make a believer out of every skeptic. This was also problematic, as it could undo the Accords completely -especially with an upcoming Convocation

Transcript

RFD: Richard Sandyvale, welcome.
RS: Thank you Roberto, It’s nice to be here.

RFD: You are a member of the British Elite; own a railroad and a chain of banks. With such a pedigree, why start a detective agency?
RS: I’m glad you asked. A few years ago, my wife and two young children were killed when the ship that they were aboard sank. Their bodies were never recovered, and no answers were forthcoming, concerning this tragedy. I found myself despondent, depressed and most importantly desperately in need of answers. Government officials refused to comment, the ship owners gave no comment and even an official inquiry yielded nothing. I determined, after suffering for three years, that it was time to take charge of things myself. A detective agency seemed the most efficient means of doing so. Using it as a vehicle for change would help others avoid the lack of finality that I felt.

RFD: Seems a noble pursuit. The cases you take are unique though? Aren’t they?
RS: Yes, very unique. They aren’t the standard divorce cases. They’re a bit more.

RFD: More? How so?
RS: Monster Hunters International isn’t your normal detective agency. We don’t handle the mundane aspects of the world that your traditional detective agency might. Instead we focus on the unusual cases. We hunt monsters.

RFD: Monsters?
RS: Monsters. There are entities and individuals who are dedicated to the completion of an unnatural agenda. These individuals kidnap, kill, make people disappear without any fear or concern for the families left behind. MHI, hunts those monsters, recover those it can from their clutches and brings those perpetrating fear and evil to justice.

RFD: Is it this sort of case that brings you to Rome, then? Or is there another reason?
RS: We are here working a kidnapping case. One that we believe has been perpetrated by a group of cultists.

RFD: Can you share any details with our listening audience?
RS: Not many. We are still investigating. All I can say is that the person we are looking for is a member of a wealthy family with a great deal of influence and money.

RFD: Which family?
RS: I’m sorry I’m not at Liberty to say.

RFD: What about this cult group? Who are they?
RS: Again, I can’t comment on their identity. Let’s suffice it to say, I am planning on SAVE-ing this individual from their influence and returning her safely home to her family.

RFD: Her?
RS: No comment.

RFD: So, to summarize, we are talking about terrible people doing terrible things. Are you working closely with the police?
RS: When we can, we are most certainly working with the police. When that is not possible, we do everything we can to resolve the issue ourselves.

RFD: Like some sort of vigilante?
RS: No. Vigilante is too strong a word. We’re vehicles for justice, nothing more.

RFD: But these people you are “resolving”, how can that be different from vigilantism?
RS: You misunderstand me. They are not people, they are monsters.

RFD: Of course they are. But they still have rights. Process of law, for example.
RS: No, I do not think you understand. I mean they ARE monsters. Vampires, Werewolves, cultists, other things… Terrible things.

RFD: You expect me to believe that the bogeyman is kidnapping people? That’s ludicrous.
RS: Believe what you will, but monsters are real. Vampires are kidnapping and feeding on the homeless, transients, and disenfranchised masses living on the fringe of our society. Cultists kidnap people to fulfill twisted ritual only they know about. There are dark forces in our world. There are forces that lurk in the darkness, unseen, unheard and undocumented. These forces, long ago, brokered an agreement with our distant ancestors. This agreement hides their existence from common knowledge. Which in turn, grants these creatures the ability to victimize the innocent.

RFD: This sounds like some sort of conspiracy? Are you claiming that our government is working with some sort of nasty monsters from Antiquity?
RS: No, not a conspiracy. Only a handful of people know about these creatures. Mediums, mystics, Ancient Yogis and Gurus, holders of ancient wisdom. They exist. They are as real as you and I.

RFD: Of course they are.
RS: I detect disbelief.

RFD: Wouldn’t you also be skeptical?
RS: I was, once. Until I had my encounter with them. Since then I have made it a personal goal, to fight those creatures wherever they show themselves. Rome, an ancient city, is a hotbed for such creatures. When we reveal them, you will believe also. You will have no choice. The world will have no choice.

RFD: So you will be revealing these creatures soon?
RS: very soon.

RFD: ummm-hmmm. Well, thank you for the enlightening interview, Mister Sandyvale. I look forward to your revelation, but for now we are out of time.
RS: Thank you Roberto. I am certain that the upcoming event will not disappoint you or your listeners.

Act 6: The Red Court

As the group discussed the dangers of the interview, Father Pedro Manuel Rogerio, a member of the Order of Saint Giles arrived to ask for assistance from the Vatican City SAVE Office to take down a group of Red Court vampires and possibly some of their Werejaguar bodyguard before they could perform a ritual that would grant them a great deal of power.

His order had provided him with intelligence that a Viscount of the Red Court, a group of Ritual attendants and possibly the bodyguard were in the area, and determined to perform a ritual to harness the negative psychic energy present at the scene of a terrible tragedy that took place in 1918.

The location was All Saints Health Resort, which had been occupied when a massive fog of poisoned gas bound for the front in the Great war, had flowed down the mountainside and into the resort killing everyone.

The long period between the accident and the clean-up had allowed the formation of malignancy to appear there. Now the members of the Red Court, perhaps in a move to consolidate some local power preceding the Convocation, were on the move to tap into this power.

With a Lunar Full Moon granting additional power, the group would be undertaking the ritual tonight, leaving the SAVE Envoys and the Order little time for preparation. The presence of werejaguars the previous day offered additional proof that the threat was real.

The Envoys deduced to assist, but wanted to do a little research on the site first, namely confirm the event, and the location of the property prior to the assault.

Act 7: Records Search and Preparations

Oliver and Liberty made their way to the university of Rome’s Anthropology department to acquire some artifacts made from obsidian. They managed to acquire an axe head, some arrow heads, and a knife from the University’s collection.

Agostino, meanwhile, visited a couple of locations searching for some obsidian items as well. he began his search at Buccallati Jewelers of Rome, but ended at the art Gallery belonging to Eddie Vorgenberg. he acquired several pieces, including a Polynesian Obsidian sword.

Tomas and Leonardo Bonomo visited first the newspaper and then the property and deeds offices, to determine the veracity of the events and the location of the property where the resort was located. Successful, they returned to the clubhouse.

Act 8: Meeting MHI

Meanwhile, Lodewijk and Gerard located the address for MHI in the classifieds section of the local newspaper. Armed with this information, they set out to meet the group to see of they could get a read on them.

Arriving at the location, they were greeted at the door by Tommy, who showed them into the study, where they met with Virgo Morgan. While there they also encountered a man calling himself Professor Otto Van Libbenstat.

Familiar with the case files of the original 1913 San Francisco office, the two found the odd similarities and the disconnects between the known members of the SF office and MHI to be disquieting. Attempts to acquire specific information on them failed, but Lodewijk and Gerard had seen and heard enough to know something was very wrong.

Act 9: Hunting the Red Court

Upon the return of Father Father Pedro Manuel Rogerio and his assistant Giovanni Brullo, the envoys went over the basic plan for the upcoming assault on the Red Court at the All Saints Health Resort.

The Father supplied them with confirmation that the Viscount that was suspected at the ritual site was not part of the upcoming Convocation delegation.

He passed out a pair of Enchanted Stakes to each Envoy and explained their purpose and use. The group would arrive in two waves, with the bulk of the group arriving in the first wave, and Sven Thofelt, Dea Murtas, and Piero Adessi arriving a few minutes afterwards.

Act 10: All Saints Health Resort

The Group made their way long a crumbling mountainside track that once served as a Great war military route. In fact, it was the same route that the fated convoy transporting the poisoned gas responsible for the tragedy at the resort had traveled in 1918. When they reached the site of that fateful 1918 Ambush, the team disembarked and conducted some minor reconnaissance of the area by binoculars.

Tomas spotted three guards, most likely Werejaguars armed with Great war rifles. Sven and his group arrived before the first half had begun moving through the trees down the mountainside, so the two groups merged.

They moved slowly down the mountainside, approaching the resort from the rear of the compound, which was the least guarded. The resort was wedged between the mountain and an Alpine Lake, making it easy to defend.

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Near the bottom of the tree line, the group paused, allowing those most stealthy members to move forward to prepare an ambush for the patrolling guard threatening to expose them.

The lead group discovered that a series of Tripwire perimeter flares had been set up to alert the camp against potential threats. With some use of the communicative Arts, the lead element was able to disarm a section of the perimeter flares, and readied themselves for action.

Act 11: No Plan Survives…

Liberty ambushed the patrolling guard, but in the attack, he managed to let out a roar which alerted the remainder of the compound. The assault forced rushed forward, engaging the Werejaguars closest to them.

The team split into two parts, choosing to circle around the ruins of the clinical building. As members engaged in desperate close combat, Agostino, brandished his Crystal Skull and began a complex ritual to encapsulate all the negative energy into the skull, thus depriving the Red Court Thaumaturges from entrapping it for their own use.

Using sheer strength of will, he entrapped the negative energy, disrupting the ritual already underway, creating a collapse of power. This resulted in an explosion of pure Thaumaturgical power which destroyed all those performing the ritual except the Viscount.

To ensure that the power could not be siphoned back into the surrounding area, Agostino then smashed the crystal skull dispersing the power forever, although the effort caused him significant injury.

The Viscount, desperate to destroy his enemies and pressed on multiple fronts, summoned an outsider known as The Buried Beneath. As the creature began to tunnel it’s way upwards towards the surface, one of the few surviving Thaumaturgists, attempted to strike Lodewijk with a Lightning bolt, but misjudged his target and instead struck his already terribly injured leader, killing him.

The Viscount’s Death Curse was pronounced against his murderer, insuring he would be buried alive forever. This prophesy came true when the Buried Beneath emerged from the ground at the center of the compound. As the creature emerged, it spit forth a swarm of rocky spikes that began laying waste to the surrounding remaining Werejaguars.

It was at this point that assistance arrived in the most unexpected form.

Act 12: …First Contact with the Enemy

From the back of a nearby military transport, the cover was pulled back and an individual (later identified as Jake Dansen) began to use a heavy machine-gun to engage the swarm. MHI had arrived.

The Envoys were quickly ushered into one of the more intact rooms of the clinical building, were they encountered Gracie Worthytown, as the battle against the Outsider raged on outside. In some manner the Outsider was either defeated, banished, or driven off. Only a few moments later, before anyone could escape, boats of special police had arrived at the compound and everyone present was arrested.

The group would later discover that the MHI detective Professor Otto Van Libbenstat managed to banish the creature using a Tome of Unknown origin and power.

Act 13: Lock-up

The detainees were paired up in cells, seemingly one- MHI agent and one SAVE Envoy. It is unclear if this was by design or by coincidence, but it offered an opportunity for the Envoys to gain a little insight not the sorts of individuals they were dealing with in MHI.

Act 14: Catch and Release

The following morning the Envoys from the SAVE Office were released from jail and had a brief meeting with Girabaldi Triviati, with the OVRA. He had caught wind of Liberty’s arrest, and managed to facilitate her release. He also suppressed any attempts for the local authorities to inform Ambassador Birger Wedberg of Sven’s arrest. He did the same for Tomas, with his boss, Captain Antorinno Descortes.

Released on a Wednesday, the members of the SAVE Office had to participate in the daily grind of day-to-day life, despite their lack of sleep in the jail cells.

Act 15: Target of Opportunity

That day, Liberty was called the the Rome Metropolitan Museum to authenticate a partial manuscript believed to be penned at least in part by Leonard DaVinci. After authenticating the piece, she began to head back towards her office.

It was at this time that she noticed Jake Dansen entering the Egyptian exhibit. While wary of the spotting, liberty felt compelled to investigate, hoping to uncover a lead on whatever plans the MHI group were running.

She caught up to Dansen in the Hall of the Dead, a room showcasing the only Male/Female co-located Egyptian Mummies ever unearthed. He greeted her, and a short conversation took place. This was cut short however by a sudden threat by Dansen to Liberty.

He produced a vial of unknown liquid, and told Liberty to drink it. She, of course, refused. Her was mind changed however, when Dansen drew her attention to a room full of school children in the middle of a school outing tour of the room, led by Professor Otto Van Libbenstat. The presence of Virgo Morgan was also reveal. Furthermore, it was revealed that Virgo was carrying an explosive device. A threat of killing the entire class of school children was leveled in response for non-compliance to Dansen’s wishes.

Liberty ascertaining that the liquid was really nothing more dangerous than ”Knock Out Drops”, drank the vial. She then punched Dansen in the throat moments before passing out.

Act 16: Discussions of MHI

The SAVE Envoys, with the exception of Liberty, assembled in the Library to discuss the information and theories that they had about MHI. Several theories were put forward, but without any sustaining evidence could not be proven one-way-or-the-other.

It was after Liberty had been late for at least an hour, that Father Fletcher attempted to make contact with her. He called her office, called the Metropolitan museum, and her apartment, without luck. This of course concerned everyone. Fletcher than called in Dea Murtas to use her communicative arts to attempt direct telepathic contact. This also failed revealing that Liberty was someplace that was warded. This did not bode well.

Act 17: Kidnapped

When Liberty awake, she was tied to a wooden chair in the basement of the MHI Headquarters. During the exchange with Dansen at the Museum it had been revealed that MHI was in Rome to free her from the influence of a terrible cult (SAVE) and return her to her family. Of course, Liberty knew that SAVE was no cult and that no one in her family was concerned for her well being in this regard.

So presumably the reason for her abduction was revealed, although under false pretenses. In an interesting twist, she discovered she was not alone. There was an english gentleman who introduced himself as Richard Sandoval of the London SAVE office. It would later be discovered that he was actually, David Sandoval, his twin brother, kidnapped at birth by the Seelie Court.

But unaware of this information Liberty suspected nothing amiss. “Richard” explained that he was in town for the Convocation, and that he had decided to look in on MHI’s unusual behavior. He had purposefully gotten himself captured to infiltrate their headquarters in the hopes of gaining information helpful to the investigation.

He easily broke the ropes binding both him and Liberty, setting the two free within moments. Then while he worked to rip the bars out of the window in the basement, he asked Liberty to listen and tell him to the muffled conversation taking place on the other side of the door.

Act 18: I Ain’t Dropping no Eaves…

Liberty’s attempt to listen to the conversation were fruitful. In fact, she learned that the group planned to reveal the existence of a pair of Memphian Mummies, at a black tie gala at the Rome Metropolitan Museum that same night. She also learned that she was to be shipped back “to her family” and that they were planning on killing “Richard” the following morning.

While the overview of the plan were spoken of, the specifics were not well detailed, leaving many gaps in the information. Having acquired the intelligence and sharing it with “Richard” she was provided additional information from him.

He told her that he was there for the Convocation and would be in attendance with a member of the White Court. Although he did not provide her name, it later turned out to be Olivia Saint-James. They would be unable to assist in any way with what was going to happen, due to some complex rules governing the Convocation.

Having pulled the bars out of the windows, Liberty and “Richard” made their escape. Richard departed towards his base of operations in Rome, while liberty headed for the nearest phone to call the Envoys at the Vatican City SAVE Office.

Act 19: Reunion

Members of the SAVE office collected liberty and returned to the library where they put together a rudimentary plan to deal with things at the Gala. Liberty, Oliver and Agostino worked to create a fake Heratic Text scroll, which could hopefully be swapped out by Lodewijk for the real scroll preventing everything from happening. Liberty, using her influence and position with the museum, arranged for a package to await the group at the coatcheck at the Museum. This package contained weapons and some specialized items that may be needed at the event should things go sideways.

Brigit was in attendance, giving the group one “unknown” member that could prove useful to the Envoys when dealing with MHI. It was suspected that MHI would have some sort of secret weapon or ace in the hole that had not yet been revealed.

Act 20: The Gala

As the events began, members of the SAVE office arrived at the gala, where they gained entrance to the event and began to mingle with the guests. While the majority of those present were normal mortals, there were a few exceptions.

These included the presence of two members of the Order of the Blackened Denarius, Ornias and Naamah; a duke of the Red Court, Jesus De Mendoza and his entourage; a member from the White Court, Olivia Saint-James and a Member from the London SAVE Office, Richard Sandoval. This made of a particularly difficult situation, as members of the Convocation could not be injured nor could they participate in any of the events if things unwound.

Agostino had produced small broaches that slightly altered the appearance of the Vatican City SAVE Office, allowing them some slim chance to avoid detection by MHI members.

However, Agostino and Tomas were targeted by the attentions of Olivia Saint-James, who lured them out of the gala and fed on their vital energies taking them out of play temporarily.

Agostino’s potential ties to the Venatori Umbrata, through Father Josef Beuhler were inadvertently discovered by Tomas, although no action could be taken against him at the time.

When it was discovered that both Tomas and Agostino were missing, Luca began a search for them.

Act 21: Let the Events Begin

Events unfolded rapidly once they began. A Tantrum storm of ancient artifacts, created by Gracie Worthytown, began smashing through the Hall of the Dead, breaking the dividing glass partitions separating the two mummies from the room at large. At this point members of the SAVE office headed in that direction. However, Tommy appeared and using Thaumaturgy created tendrils of semi-solid Umbra to entangle those present. These tentacles impeded the movement of those needing to respond to the events taking place in the adjacent room, but did not stop them.

Realizing that there may soon be a need to evacuate the mundanes from the event, Sven rigged the main doors of the museum to prevent them from being locked or blocked closed.

Meanwhile a pair of arms, holding a scroll- the original Hieratic text intact, and a face of Professor Otto Van Libbenstat appeared from the mirror hanging above the sarcophagi containing the mummies. As he spoke the words, they began to arise.

Oliver, seeing this, rushed the mirror and pushed his way into the Mirror Realm. In so doing, Oliver knocked down the professor, causing the scroll he was carrying to fall through another prepared mirror in the floor of the realm. Upon inspection, the second mirror was affixed to the belly of an airplane traveling over the city. This meant the scroll was beyond reach.

Before he could leave, Oliver witnessed one of the Mummies, climbing into the Mirror Realm to attack Van Libbenstadt. Van libbenstadt jumped through the floor based mirror, and Oliver retreated back to the real world, leaving the mummy temporarily stuck there.

Back in the real world, Lodewijk discovered a storage room behind the exhibit, and went to investigate, expecting to see Gracie there. He instead encountered, Bert Brenner the MHI ace-in-the-hole. An attempt to attack him using sonics did nothing to him, but destroyed windows and dropped a chandelier in the lobby. It also injured Gracie, enraging the spirit. Brenner attempted to possess Lodewijk, but was unsuccessful. Lodewijk then managed to “capture” Gracie, temporarily calming Brenner.

In the Main hall of the gala, things had taken a turn for the worse. Naamah, angered at being attacked by Tommy, transformed into her full demonic form and killed him. Unsatisfied, Ornias had to get involved and the Two Denarii traded blows in the middle of the gala. The conflict between the two demons was ended by threats from Father Fletcher.

At this same time, Liberty and Sven found themselves under fire and injured by Virgo Morgan, who had taken up a position above the lobby level with his six-shooters. Working together, Liberty injured Virgo, and Sven used a thrown tranquilizer dart to incapacitate the shooter.

Meanwhile, Luca located Agostino and Tomas in the chamber exhibit for a Victorian royal bedroom. When he attempted to rouse the two, he was attacked by Jake Dansen who managed to stab him twice. Luca, however, obliterated him with a lightning bolt, summoned through thaumaturgy. Luca restored some vitality to both his associates, and they moved to rejoin the others, once they were dressed.

With a Mummy closing in on people in the main Gala room, Liberty entered the room and Using her psychic shield temporarily suspended the mummy’s animation. This also had the added effect of revealing the other missing members of the MHI group, Doctor John Abbynath, John Tattletown, Penny Richards and Richard Sandyvale, who had been glamoured into appearing as if they were members of the Red Court entourage.

In response, John engaged Liberty and other SAVE Envoys with a Thompson Sub-machine gun unsuccessfully. Penny using a strange set of daggers attacked also, and was equally ineffective. Gerard, using his drugged darts engaged Gracie, Penny and Sandyvale, effectively incapacitating them. The attack on Gracie however, enraged Bert Brenner, who attempted to possess Naamah. He was able to do so successfully, and converted her into her demonic form. However, attempts to control her were thwarted by her struggle to avoid surrendering her coin, as compelled by Lodewijk. Orin’s captured her coin to prevent it from falling into the hands of the SAVE Envoy, specifically Fletcher. Brenner was destroyed when Lodewijk destroyed the ring worn by Gracie, which was presumably the vessel for his existence.

Agostino, joining the conflict, banished the one mummy present to the Never-Never, using thaumaturgy. This removed the most immediate threat from the room.

Act 22: Joining the Party

It was about this time that the real Richard Sandoval arrived. He had been struck by a falling scroll after exiting the train as he arrived in Rome. recognizing the scroll for what it was, he surmised that the most likely place to find the mummy associated with the scroll was at the Museum.

His arrival brought back the much needed scroll, and provided the Envoys with someone capable of reading Hieratic, which was essential to banishing the Mummies. With a coordinated effort, Richard, began reading the scroll, which once again summoned the two mummies to their location.

However, as liberty’s Psychic Sphere was still active, they immediately collapsed into an immobile heap. This afforded the group enough time to deal with the mummies without interruption. This rendered them inert and they were returned to their sarcophagi.

Act 23: Aftermath

With widespread damage to the museum, Luca used his Thaumaturgy to selectively “turn-back -time”, repairing the damage to all the inanimate objects in the area. This restored the killed MHI members, as well as removing all traces of the damage of the event. And while it did not actively alter any of the witnesses memories, it did remove any evidence of the event, making it unlikely that they would give their memories any credibility. Later, a rumor that some bad Caviar was served would act as an impetus for explaining away the odd memories of that night’s events.

Ornias took Van Libben, still in his bubble to the sea for punishment, but father Fletcher was able to have The Warden, recover him, and incarcerate him and all the remaining members of MHI in the Castel Sant Angelo as a personal favor, until they could be cured of whatever afflicted them.

The fake “Richard” and the real Richard met with the SAVE Envoys outside their Library, where the Fake “Richard” revealed his true identity as David Sandoval. He went on to claim inappropriate relations with Richard’s wife as well as being an agent of the Seelie Court.

With the accords protected, David Sandoval revealed, and MHI incarcerated, the Envoys from the Vatican City SAVE Office began to collect their breath and await the next big crisis threatening their city.

1936 Season 1, Index

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1936 Season 1, Episode 10

Act1: Dreaming of Worse Days

The investigation began with a series of dreams experienced by the various members of the Vatican City SAVE Office. In some cases these dreams were shared, in others they were experienced individually. Not every member of the group experienced these dreams, in fact Father Fletcher, Luca and Tomas did not have any experience with them at all.

Oliver, Liberty, Agostino and Gerard all shared all or part of a dream. in this dream Oliver was consuming Liberty’s liver, while she was still alive. During this dream, Gerard experienced a sort of premonition of events to come, and Agostino and Gerard joined the dream already being experienced by Oliver and Liberty.

The dream culminated in a series of strange events each seemingly capable of destroying the library. These included a flood of water, damaged electrical cords and also a natural gas leak. These latter events always seemed to take on a quality of accidental misfortune, being a result of some other event rather than the cause of anything specifically triggered to destroy the library.

The arrival of Piero Adessi was foreseen in this shared dream and it was believed that Gerards ability at Premonition may have been responsible for the addition of this series of events being added into the shared dream experience.

In another dream, Lodewijk experienced a sense of loneliness, at the university, where he encountered a visage of his drowned father. The dream included the existence of a tentacled creature reminiscent of an octopus climbing out of his mouth and also appearing squirming it’s way from his father’s body.

In the case of Agostino, his dream involved being drug across a street by a bloodthirsty crowd. he was then bound to a stale and burned alive.

In each case, the individuals experiencing the dreams awoke depleted and exhausted by their experiences.

Act 2: The Premonition Realized

Not long after the dreams ended, a frantic pounding on the door drew the attention of those at the Library of Esoteric Studies. Upon answering the door, the group encountered Piero Adessi covered in blood and badly weakened.

He collapsed after saying a single word, ”Jade.” In his pocket was found a matchbook for the Jade Palace, a Chinese Jazz Club located in the city.

Concerned, the envoys decided to visit the Rome SAVE Office to determine the fate of the envoys assigned there.

Act 3: The Rome SAVE Office

As some of the members of the group were not at the Library, Liberty contacted Father Fletcher and Tomas who were attending Mass nearby to advise them that there was an investigation. She then called Lodewijk and Sven to let them know that there was an investigation and that the group was heading to the Rome Office to further the investigation.

Arriving first at the site, Oliver, Agostino, and Gerard found the building oddly quiet. Arriving at the front door, it became obvious that someone had used an automatic weapon to blow apart the locking mechanism to the front door. Inside the group divided into groups.

Gerard and Agostino discovered the body of Dr. Domenico Fabbri located behind the desk of his office. His his body had been riddle with bullets. Gerard decided to search the body and found a key with an unusual symbol on the ring.

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This symbol was identified by Agostino as belonging to a group known as the The Illuminated. This group is an obscure one, dedicated to the worship of the Old Ones, specifically through their intermediaries the Illuminated One The Illuminated One is an Outsider. The members of this group drink the blood from this outsider as a means of showing devotion and as a means to gain power.

This information made the members of the Vatican Office wonder what the status of the Rome SAVE Office actually was. The fact that both groups were operating in the same city, with very little contact between them, has now become more suspicious.

Using the Key that Gerard located on the body, he opened a desk drawer, revealing a small wooden box. Using the same key, he managed to also open the box now removed from the drawer. opening the box, he revealed a series of four glass vials, three of which were full of a strange glowing green liquid. The fourth was empty. Also in the box was a spinning gyroscopic top.

Meanwhile, Oliver had investigated the kitchen, finding two throwing knives belonging to Piero. He then moved into the garage. In the garage, he discovered that the doors were smashed outwards. Chips of black paint were found embedded in the fragments of the door.

Following the path of the destruction, Oliver discovered a black 1934 cabriolet sedan located roughly 80-yards away from the smashed door. Despite the lack of presence of any barrier, evidence suggested that the car had struck something rigid enough to tote the vehicle. The car was smashed so badly that the driver, Lorenzo Dioli was killed in the impact. Oliver searched the body and located a matchbook for the Jade palace in the driver’s pocket.

Liberty, Tomas and Fletcher arrived at about this time. Fletcher and Tomas decided to search for the basement of the building, while Liberty joined Oliver at the car. A brief search of the vehicle revealed nothing additional and Liberty and Oliver returned to the office with the others.

Tomas and Fletcher attempted to gain access to the basement, but were unable to do so. Looking for keys to the lock, Fletcher returned upstairs, while Tomas waited at the gate.

Around this time, Sven and Lodewijk arrived, separately, and joined in the search. Lodewijk searched the upstairs rooms, but found nothing. Sven joined the others in the office and those there began to speculate on what had happened. Oliver pointed out that the phone lines had been cut outside, and elaborated on the car and what was found in the kitchen.

liberty using her Psychometry, learned some details about the events that took place at the site. This included the information that the assailants on the clubhouse were Asian. Coupled with the matchbooks found on the bodies, indicate the path that the group must take next.

Act 4: It came from the Box

Around the time that everyone agreed that the next course of action was to visit the Jade palace, the gyroscope stopped spinning. At that moments, an explosion of energy was triggered, engulfing the evidence, throwing the group against the wall of the office.

A moment later, at the apex of the explosion, a rift opened. It was a black disc, and it began to draw everyone towards it’s center. As the members of the group struggled to escape the collapsing explosion, things graduated from bad to worse.

Reaching out of the massive opening, a field of bone-tipped tentacles, studded with eyes and hooks reached out into the room, revealing the presence of an Obrigoth.

As the creature threatened to consume the group, Oliver, knowing that the portal may well not stop opening, and hoping to perhaps close the rift, cut his throat and offered himself up as sacrifice. The creature’s tentacles found him and ripped him to shreds insuring his death.

his sacrifice was not in vain however, as the portal began to close, leaving the others t run to a safe distance. As soon as the portal collapsed, the building was consumed in the blast. Only a perfectly smooth crater measuring a diameter of 40-meters remained as a testament to the events that had transpired.

Act 5: Oliver gone?

The group, shocked by Oliver’s unexpected sacrifice made their way back to the Library, where they contemplated the situation that they faced. never a group to accept the inevitability of death, borne from the experience of hundreds of case files, the group began to discuss the various ideas on how to restore him back to life.

Remembering that he had a favor available for use granted by the Fae Theron, Tomas entertained the idea of calling on the far to restore Oliver. However, as dealing with a Fae is always a dangerous and uncertain endeavor, there was hesitation especially since it was well known that the Fae often twist agreements as far as possible without breaking them.

In the discussion it was mentioned that the Sword of the Cross, Fidelacchius possessed the ability to resurrect the dead, however with its theft that was no longer an option, although discussion was made on attempting to convince Theron to summon the sword rather than personally restoring Oliver.

With no reliable or capable contacts in the Venatori Umbrata, Veneficas Forum, or The 9; these groups were not an option.

Eventually it was recalled that the group had recently provided a service for the Archangel Raziel, and that he could conceivably be summoned from the floor of the Athenaeum Arcana, as had been done by the Brotherhood of Iron.

The question only remained whether they could convince the Archangel to assist them. Before they could make the request, however, they had to gain access to the Atheneum.

To that end, it was decided that Liberty and Lodewijk should approach Cardinal Incenzio Montenegro Prelate of the Vatican Secret Archives to gain permission. Although hesitant at first, liberty and Lodewijk managed to gain his permission and headed down into the Atheneum.

Act 6: Resurrection Anybody?

Once in the Atheneum, Liberty performed the summoning ritual which called the Archangel to them. Upon Arrival, the Archangel was understanding and compassionate, but advised that he was not permitted to break the rules. He explained that he was not permitted to resurrect anyone, and that his rules were inviolate, especially ”The Rule of Reciprocity.”

Picking up on the hint suggested by the Archangel, Liberty and Lodewijk invoked the Rule of reciprocity and the Archangel was quick to adhere to the rule.

Asked for a container and a blade, Liberty cleaned out one of her compact kits, and Lodewijk provided a knife. Using the blade the Archangel split his wrist, bleeding into the newly emptied compact. Healing nearly instantly, Raziel explained that all that was required was a vessel large enough to contain a fully restored Oliver, and a piece of his corpse.

At first dismayed by this, as Oliver’s Corpse was consumed by the creature at the Rome SAVE Office building, the Archangel suggested that even a discarded hair could do the job. Knowing that Oliver shaved daily and that they were likely to acquire a piece of a shaved beard to use, the pair left filled with hope.

Having acquired the beard shards from the razor in Oliver’s apartment, Liberty and Lodewijk traveled to one of the many housing construction sites that liberty owned in the city. There they found a dirty bathing tub.

The poured the beard shavings into the tub and then added the Archangel’s blood to the mix. Within moments Oliver’s body began to reform. Within minutes Oliver was restored, although he only possessed memories which ended at the time he had shaved his beard that morning.

Quickly Lodewijk visited a nearby homeless shelter to acquire some clothes for the newly reformed Oliver, while Liberty brought him up to speed on the current investigation.

The three then returned to the Library, with a fully restored and significantly different Oliver.

Act 7: The Jade Palace

Once Oliver was restored, the group decided to make their way to the Jade Palace. The building was located at the back of a Chinese Apothecary shop, and access was gained by using the matchbooks recovered from the body of the dead SAVE Envoy.

Gaining access to the speak easy was simple, again utilizing the matchbook as a physical form of password. There the group settled into a table where they ordered some drinks and began to take in the atmosphere.

After some time, an attempt at further observation was undertaken both by Sven and Brigit as well as by Agostino and Liberty, using the dance floor as a means of facilitating their movements.

Agostino attempted to investigate one of the Foo Dog statues at the corner o the stage but could get nothing from them. The presence of some trigrams on the dance floor were noted, but no one knew what they represented.

After some time, Leonardo Bonomo, one of the Rome SAVE Office envoys was brought into the main room, where he sat down with Boss Fang, who was believed to be the local leader of the Chinese triads in the area.

After a brief and seemingly unpleasant exchange, the Envoy was led away into the back. Liberty, noticing his presence, used her ability to question the location and determined that all three of the missing Envoys were here at the club.

Still uncertain what they could do, as the nature of the threat they faced was still unknown, the group decided to divide and attempt to gather additional intelligence.

To these ends, Sven, Brigit, Tomas and Oliver inquired and were shown downstairs to the gambling halls. There they placed bets on a die game, rat baiting matches and some blood sports. However, there was little actual intelligence to acquire here, so they returned to the dance hall above.

Meanwhile, Lodewijk, Agostino, Fletcher and Gerard remained upstairs, observing the situation above. again, however, other than the apparent connection to possible triad forces in the area, little additional information was to be found. The men, were however, propositioned to participate in some friendly companionship.

Upon returning to the dancehall and the table, the group was approached by an individual who indicated that the Boss wished to see them. Realizing that this may be the opportunity that needed to gather intelligence, the group managed to arrange a peaceful Parlay to insure their safety.

The were then taken into the heart of the building.

Act 8: Empress Wu

The group was show into the throne room where Empress Wu, the head of the Jade Court oversaw their affairs. As a signatory to the Unseelie Accords, The safety of the Envoys from SAVE was guaranteed. Interestingly enough, both Agostino and Lodewijk were asked if they wished to claim special status. They declined.

The envoys were not the only dignitaries present seeking an audience with the Empress. Also present were two members of the Order of the Blackened Denarius; Ornias and Naamah.

The Empress decreed that the Envoys should speak first.

Act 9: Before the Empress

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Liberty was placed in charge of the discussion with the Empress due to her social skills. As a result she did most of the talking. She explained that they were there to recover the three missing envoys and wanted to know why they were being held.

The Empress explained that the group had stolen some of her Chi and that this had caused her great anger. In retaliation they had attacked the office and had captured three Envoys.

The Chi was seen earlier by the group although they did not know what it was at at the time. It had turned purple due to taint caused by mixing the chi with Outsider blood. The vials had been destroyed by the Veil Mine.

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A deal was struck whereby the stolen amount of Chi would be recovered for the Empress and the in exchange the Envoys would be released unharmed. Additionally the group negotiated a four-day window to gather the needed Chi and during this time the captured envoys would not be fed upon by the Jade court.

The deal struck, attention turned to the Denarii, who to their consternation were told that they must make their plea before the SAVE Envoys just as the Envoys had done before them. The Denarii did not like this, but capitulated only when threatened with expulsion.

They then went on to claim that they had a right to cause SAVE Envoys harm, as they had earlier in the year destroyed an honorary member of the Denarii at the Vatican. The individual claimed was none other than Edo. They declared Fletcher a mortal enemy as he had once been a member of the Knights of the Cross and demanded his head.

Unhappy at being dictated to, the Empress denied them this ability but called for a Convocation of the Signatories to meet to discuss Denarii claims. Temporarily mollified, but not happily so, the Denarii departed, and the Envoys set out to complete their quest. They knew that the amount of Chi required would be equal to a a few hundred people, and needed to figure out a way to acquire it.

They retired for the night, to allow everyone a chance to think on it.

Act 10: A Gruesome Revelation

Intrigued by the jade courts interest in a “Special Status”, Lodewijk decided that he needed to discuss things with his mother in more detail. Already suspecting that something was amiss, although not identifiably so, he had many questions to ask.

Arriving home, Lodweijk found his mother making Fish stew. He confronted her, explaining that he needed to know several answers. At first his mother attempted to avoid answering them, but lodweijk’s persistence eventually wore thinly upon her patience and she relented.

Biting him on the hand, she released whatever final bit of his humanity remained. He immediately transformed into a hideous creature, and fled in disgust after being told that he needed to consume unbaptized, young children, form this point onwards.

Arriving at the Library of Esoteric Studies, Lodewijk was beside himself. Unable to tell anyone what he was directly, due to the fact that his ancestry makes him a signatory of the Accords, he was forced to relay some details that he knew so that the group could figure out how to help him.

Even with this, information was exceptionally sparse and it was decided that some members were not to be told about the event, mostly Luca and Tomas.

Agostino was responsible for creating special wards around Lodewijk’s room at the library to prevent him for harming anyone or leaving. This was especially important because Lodewijk had already demonstrated the ability to sway others using only his voice. Now dealing with two major challenges, the group had two tasks to figure out.

Act 11: The Body on the Vatican Grounds

The following morning, Tomas and Dante Margolis were called out to the scene of a grisly murder. The body of a young girl was found killed and partially gnawed upon in the northern portion of the papal Gardens by a passing priest.

The priest swore he saw a giant Octopus move away from the body and climb over the Leonine Wall. This was the first hint of a supernatural connection. The presence of strange tracks consistent with a creature of this type, although massive, were also found. In the child’s thigh a human tooth was embedded also.

The clothing was tracked to a nearby Lutheran Orphanage, where it was reported that three children in total, including the now dead girl had been taken.

Tomas went to the Library to inform the others.

Act 12: The Creepy Man

oliver, returning to the library from his home found himself feeling uneasy. Upon arriving at the Vatican gates, he spotted a creepy looking man, wearing a long coat and a puritan style hat. The man disappeared into the fog, making Oliver’s suspicions and concerns more realized.

Act 13: The Hall of Cardinals

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Meanwhile, Liberty was in her office, where she had received a painting of cardinal Agostino Selletti. She was in the process of Authenticating it, when Agostino, drawn by some inexplicable force arrived at her office.

She attempted to get him to come clean about his past, detailing that she knew his identity and that she had a strong suspicion of the events that had taken place to get him where he was presently. She even commented on his affiliations with the Old ones and an Outsider.

Agostino attempted to downplay everything, failing to confirm anything, but repeatedly warning Liberty to stop meddling in his past. At about this time, a messenger arrived at the office, advising Liberty that the Coffin and body with grave goods for the Cardinal had been received in the shipping warehouse and were available for her at any time.

Wishing to drive her point home, Liberty and Agostino made their way down to the warehouse, where they opened the sarcophagus, revealing the perfectly preserved body of the man in the painting. The same man whose spirit was inside the copy of Tomas currently, Agostino Selletti.

The two then parted ways although they both ended up back at the Library.

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Act 14: The Body Revealed

Tomas revealed the details of his investigation and case, including his discoveries to the group. The group showed interest, but those familiar with the situation that Lodewijk was in, did not indicate that he was in any way connected, despite the presence of a handwritten note found in the child’s body addressed “Love Mom.”

As a result, Lodewijk and Oliver visited Lodewijk’s home where it was discovered that Eddie Vorgenberg was actually missing a tooth. it was therefore unclear whether Eddie was involved, manipulated or if the situation was coincidental. Unable to confront his mother at that time, the two returned to the Library.

Act 15: The Ars Medievalis

Determined to acquire more information concerning Lodewijk’s condition, Liberty, Lodewijk, Oliver and Agostino took a trip to the Ars Medievalis. There they sought out any information that they could find on what Lodewijk may be.

Agostino was permitted access to the rare books vault. This required a significant blood sacrifice on his part, but the vault contained many ancient books, most exceptionally powerful. Therein, Agostino discovered the story and identification of Lodewijk’s Ancestors, the Athanteen. He also uncovered the nature of the curse afflicting Lodewijk.

He revealed this information to the group and it was suggested that perhaps Oliver’s Scroll of Divine Purification acquired in Kemet, may offer a solution. However the nature of the affliction was less curse-like and more incidental as a form of corruption and so it was deemed unlikely to be effective.

Better educated the group returned to the Library to discover that Fletcher and Luca had no idea who they were; the library was teeming with visitors looking into the books, and the creepy man that Oliver had seen prior was the apparent cause of it all.

The group divided to remove people from the library, or to jog memories, of those forgetful, but to no avail. Finally Agostino had a discussion with the being, whom he knew instinctively to be an Outsider, the same one he had made a deal with to gain his apparent immortality.

Agostino was forced to strike another deal, giving away a powerful artifact to the creature. in return he would leave things unaltered and restore the two afflicted Envoys. Once he left, however, it was discovered that the wards used to protect the building were gone, and Luca was forced to begin replenishing them to secure the Library.

Act 16: A solution presents itself

While discussing how they could fulfill their obligation to the jade court, the group tossed around ideas ranging from turning over Archer and Company (If they could be found), to sacrificing some powerful creature (unspoken meaning directed towards Lodewijk or his mother), or some other alternative.

Fletcher then remembered that there was a Troll, locked in the basement of Sven’s house. As a near immortal creature, the troll would meet all the needs. Research had determined that Ash would could contain the creature, and so a large shipment of Ashwood lumber was brought to Sven’s house and an enclosed causeway built lined with the ash wood.

Even then, Lodewik and Agostino wen t down the causeway, which backed to a similarly kind trailer of a box truck to release and hopefully entice the troll to the truck, perhaps using compassion to calm him forcibly.

However, it was discovered that the troll was immune to compulsion and nearly killed Lodewijk.

With Difficulty, the Troll was forced into the truck and captured. It was then driven to the Jade Palace, where it was delivered to the Jade court as promised.

The Envoys were released, and they joined the Vatican Office once they were formed that the prior office was not real.

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Thou Shall Not…
1936 Season 1, Episode 9

Act 1: Happenstance Chooses a Victim

The episode began with the brutal attack upon a homeless veteran named David Wilmoore. Several street tuffs were seen kicking and punching him in a darkened alleyway somewhere in the city of Rome. As a distant siren sounded, the tuffs ran for fear of arrest.

Meanwhile Wilmoore, near death, noticed a pulsing glow hidden beneath the rubbish in the alley that seemed to all to him. Despite the pain, he reached out and uncovered a small teardrop shaped stone that pulsed with a deep purple light. He grasped it just as the police arrived. an unseen energy erupted from him shattering the lights on the police car, in the handheld flashlights and around the immediate area, allowing the man to escape undetected.

Act 2: Down with Nazis

At 8:00am on March 19th a shrapnel bomb detonated directly in front of the Nazi Embassy in Rome. The explosive was contained in the trunk of a car owned by the Metropolitan Zoo of Rome. It was a TNT bomb, wrapped in iron curtain rod ends, designed to maximize damage. The explosion killed 38 people, injured over 120 and damaged several buildings in the immediate area, including the Nazi Embassy, the Swedish Embassy and several small businesses. It severed the phone lines to both embassies, although the Germans would have their phones restored fairly quickly thanks to the abilities of their military engineers stationed in the embassy.

Act 3: A Swift Arrest

Amazingly, the nazi embassy not only had a suspect, but had been provided the exact location of the suspect within minutes of the blast. With photographic evidence provided, the nazi ambassador dispatched Kapitan Oswald Weiss to make the arrest.

With the aid of the Italian government, Weiss traveled to the vatican, where he met with Captain Antorinno Descortes, head of the Papal Guard. Already ordered by Vatican officials to cooperate fully with the Nazi officer, Descartes called in his two senior most detectives, Tomas Gessner and Dante Margolis to conduct the arrest on Vatican Grounds.

Meanwhile with the word of the bombing spreading, classes at the University were cancelled, with Oliver Merbach and Lodewijk Van Beers becoming aware of the bombing due to the university’s proximity to the explosion. Further more, Liberty Rothe, being advised of a security risk at the Vatican, moved to a vantage point where she could more readily observe the chaos from a distance. This placed her in a position to witness the arrival of the papal guard and the nazi officer at the Library of Esoteric Studies. A quick phone call from liberty’s office provided enough warning that Gerard Filippani was bale to seek concealment just moments before the arresting officers arrived.

Oliver and Lodewijk had already arrived at the library and were present when the Nazi and his escort arrived. Bolstered by the cooperation of the vatican authorities, Weiss, immediately began searching for the “Dirty Jew”, the moniker by which he referred to Gerard.

Gerard hid in Agostino Selletti’s room in an attempt to avoid capture. Agostino performed a rushed invisibility ritual upon him to conceal his ally. however, Weiss arrived within moments and questioned Agostino vigorously. Unable to catch him in a lie, he sent Agostino down stairs to the library, where Dante was watching Father Fletcher, Oliver and Lodewijk.

Weiss eventually revealed Gerard, although by happenstance and not be design. Gerard was then arrested by the Nazi. Although Weiss wanted to also arrest Agostino, harboring a Jewish individual was not a crime in the Vatican and he was unable to force the issue. With prize in hand, Weiss transported Gerard to the Nazi Embassy in Rome for interrogation.

Act 4: At the Embassy

Gerard was power washed, dressed in a prisoners uniform bearing the Star of David, and tossed into a cell with a woman, similarly dressed. The woman turned out to be Augustina Derusse. She casually dropped the information that also held at the Embassy was a name named Edward Vorgenberg, a friend of Lodewijk van Beer’s that had been taken prisoner by Hans Brunner a month prior.

Recognizing the name, Gerard realized that there was a chance to rescue Eddie if he himself could manage to escape. Gerard was vigorously interrogated.

Act 5: The Escape

When Gerard was returning to his holding cell from his interrogation, Augustina, managed to help overpower the guard and the two prisoners quickly made their way through the damaged embassy to the motor pool. Despite being fired upon by the nazi soldiers at the embassy, the pair managed to steal a vehicle from the Nazi Embassy motor pool and race away at high speeds.

Pursued by two vehicles filled with Soldiers, Augustina, who was driving managed to break the pursuit by hiding in an alleyway and permitting the pursuing vehicles to pass them. Once the way was clear and it was certain that they were no longer being followed, Augustine drove the car to a normal looking apartment building.

The two disembarked from the car and went upstairs, where a “friend” of Augustina’s would be able to “assist” them. That friend provided Gerard with food, and a change of clothes. He then revealed himself to be Cyprus Archer. Archer informed Gerard that he was in possession of the Mesha Stele, which was needed to free Eddie from Nazi imprisonment. he also suggested that the Stele could be traded for his own exoneration as well.

However, in order for Archer to provide the Stele to Gerard, he required Gerard to bring him another item of importance to him, namely Brigit’s Ring, an inherited artifact of great age and Thaumaturgical value. Gerard was then free to go about his way. Upon departing he was provided with a gold coin and instructions to throw the coin into the Trevi Fountain and that upon doing so an envoy would be sent to make the exchange for the ring.

Act 6: At the Swedish Embassy

Gerard made contact with Sven Thofelt who had witnessed his escape from the Nazi Embassy. Using subterfuge, Sven snuck Gerard into the Swedish Embassy, where he was granted temporary Political asylum as a result of a statement provided by Tomas Gessner.

Sven notified the rest of the Vatican City SAVE Office Envoys that he was assisting Gerard and a meeting was arranged at Sven’s loft.
Gerard had already passed his information learned about Eddie, Hans and Archer to Sven, who was going to pass the information to the other envoys when they met.

Act 7: A Messiah Among Us?

The majority of the Envoys decided to attempt to investigate a possible lead connecting the Mesha Stele to the event. They had uncovered a shipping location which corresponded to a warehouse. With the involvement of Hans now evident, it was a lead they were willing to take.

However, upon arriving at the site, they discovered that the building had been hastily converted into a make shift triage station to assist in attending to those injured by the explosion earlier that day.

This prevented the gathering of any information concerning the distant Stele, but the group did uncover a different point of interest. They discovered the presence of a man, later identified as David Wilmoore, moving about the wounded, trailing a small group of followers, performing what appeared to be miraculous healing of the injured. after questioning the individual, the group could not determine any harm being done, but noted that the supernatural aspect of the events were well within the groups purview to investigate. At the scene, Liberty overheard some of the followers imply that the bombing was somehow related to the appearance of this Messiah.

Act 8: Lockdown

A call to the Library of Esoteric Studies revealed that the vatican authorities had closed all the gates to the city, due to the threat of rioting caused by the bombing. This left father fletcher in the Vatican only able to provide a supporting role to the envoys in the field.

Act 9: The Blood Eagle

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Upon arriving at Sven’s loft, it was quickly discovered that some great conflict had taken place. There were broken windows and furniture. Blood was scattered everywhere, and at the top of the stairs, pinned to the landing wall was Donar Krigare, blood-eagled.

The grisly scene was even worse when a search of the location could not locate Sven’s family, wife, Brigit, or sons Lars or Bjorn. There was also no sign of their nanny, Onima Tachibana. Its as presumed that they escaped. Interestingly enough, it was also discovered that the Thofelt’s had a captured Troll in their basement.

When confronted by this fact, Sven did not consider this unusual nor was he surprised by it. Some detective work indicated that the Thofelt’s may have retreated to the Hotel Gambrinus.

Act 10: The Hotel

Sven and the others headed to the Hotel Gambrinius, to assess the situation concerning Brigit and Sven’s children. Upon their arrival they discovered her well and mostly unharmed. She gave a description of a number of people attacking the house. She provided an account of their escape and how Donar had stayed behind to hold the attackers off while they escaped harm.

Sven revealed that Archer desired Brigit’s Ring in exchange for the Mesha Stele which would free Eddie and save Gerard. Without hesitation, she went to her room, and brought back the ring, split in half. She gave the halves to gerard, so he could make the exchange for the Stele.

Act 11: The Quarry

Liberty, determined that she may be able to make a passable forgery of the Stele by using the rubbings provided by Oliver. In order to facilitate this, she traveled to the quarry used by Eternal Rest, to attempt the forgery.

After hours of painstaking work Liberty had created a striking piece that could have easily passed for the original. She was unaware that the original was constructed of compacted fired clay, as she had constructed her forgery from granite.

Act 12: The Trevi Fountain Exchange

Oliver, Lodewijk, Gerard and Tomas traveled to the Trevi Fountain and Square, where Gerard disembarked the Murta and made this way to the fountain. Once there, he produced the gold coin and tossed it into the fountain. immediately he was wisked away into a pocket of the Never-Never.

Act 13: The Never-Never

Gerard appeared in the ruins of some ancient looking Roman-style temple. He was met there by Mortimer Stroud, one of members of the Abiectio Venatores.

When Gerard handed him the Severed Ring, he was angered and summoned two Shadow Hunters and four Spiked Lurkers to destroy Gerard.

Mortimer then made his exit.

Gerard managed to fend off the creatures with some difficulty, and upon reaching the Stele and removing it from it’s base, Gerard was returned to the real world ; arriving in the water basin of the Trevi Fountain.

Act 13: The Trevi Fountain Messiah

While Gerard was gone, a crowd began to gather at the Fountain square. Shortly after Gerard’s return, it became apparent that the man previously encountered in the warehouse, the self-proclaimed Messiah, was present and that the crowd was flocking to see him.

The Messiah transformed the waters of the fountain into wine, and the Envoys realized that something bad was underway.

Arranging for Gerard to sit on a tarp in the back of the Murta (he was soaked from his arrival in the fountain), Oliver and Lodewijk left Tomas to guard the vehicle while they investigated a strange looking man intently watching the gathering mob from a nearby balcony.

The two envoys made their way to the balcony, only to discover that their mystery man was now walking among the crowd. Not to be easily dissuaded, Oliver leapt from the balcony into the square to pursue the man, while Lodewijk stayed upon the fountain to allow hi to better guide Oliver to the misery man as he made his way through the crowd.

Meanwhile Tomas was accosted by a young child who declared him a heretic because he wore a crucifix around his neck. While this was odd, nothing came of the event, but it did illustrate the potential danger that the crowd represented.

Oliver reached the man and positioned himself directly in his path. Oliver attempted to speak with him, but the man simply stared at him. This went on for a few moments, as the crowd continued to gather, and became more restless.

Following a hunch that the man was in some way the cause of all of this, Oliver used his crowbar to “leg” the man, knocking him to the ground. Immediately the man’s appearance changed from a well dressed man into a semblance of a homeless man, and he cried out that he was being attacked. Immediately the nearby members of the crowd attempted to attack Oliver.

Lodewijk, from his vantage point, realizing the evolving danger, decided to attempt to use his Compulsion on members of the gathering crowd in an attempt to disperse them. His attempt was partially successful, buying Oliver critical minutes to reach the Murta.

Meanwhile, The tarp upon which Gerard sat, suddenly sprang teeth and attacked him. Gerard was able to fight his way out of the tag unharmed and discarded it outside the van.

The crowd meanwhile following Oliver, chased him to the Murta, placing those there at risk. Tomas was able to remove people from the open back door, to secure the van against unwanted entry.

As the crowd attacked the van, the vehicle began to be affected by a haywire effect; making getaway unlikely. With the crowd shattering windows on the van, Lodewijk realized he was separated from the others and pushed his way through the van to assist.

Meanwhile, Tomas used several disciplines to hinder the unknown attacking them. He attempted to stab the creature with an Empowered Strike but was thwarted by the movements of the crowd.

Lodewijk, however, was able to use his Sonic Bolts to disrupt the creature, which collapsed into a pile of clothes. Tomas acquired the walking cane, thinking it may be useful, and with the van now able to start, embarked once again.

Concerned that Oliver may harm innocent people persuaded by the creature, in their attempt to escape, Gerard left the safety of the van to much people out of the way pf the van. Once clear of the crowd, Oliver drove to the quarry to meet up with Liberty and Agostino.

Act 14: Testing the Stele

Agostino was able to test the Stele and determined it possessed magical properties. Additionally, Oliver was able to translate the ancient Sanskrit on the tablet and reveal the nature of the magic. It bore a curse that would transform the reader into a monster of some sort. Though he did not give any details on the nature of this creature, Oliver understood exactly what it meant.

Unable to duplicate the magic embedded within the Stele, all thoughts of sending the forgery were abandoned, although the quality of the forgery was of museum quality, and could potentially find use as an exhibit somewhere.

Liberty and Oliver each spoke with Father Fletcher by phone, where they provided information on the mystery creature encountered in the square, information on the stele, as well as received information concerning an emergency meeting of the Curia in the Vatican. Fletcher vowed to see what he could find in the archives about the creature and stele, and would convey it upon receiving a call back.

Act 15: Chez Oliver

With no way to return to the Vatican, save through a secret tunnel located somewhere near Castel Sant Angelo. The group of envoys decided to regroup at Oliver’s flat. There they discovered that oliver’s fiancee had been fired from her position at the university following a rejection of advanced made by the Dean of the University, although officially the reason was that her studies were too liberal and anti-fascist in nature.

While Elsa made dinner for her guests, father Fletcher called and relayed some information that he had uncovered from books located in the Athenaeum Arcana. He also updated the group on the latest situation facing the Vatican

First, the situation with the Vatican had now grown very critical. It was relayed that a mob of several hundred or perhaps even as many as one-thousand had gathered at the gates to the vatican. They were calling for the immediate dissolution of the Roman catholic Church as well as the abdication of the Holy Father himself. In response, the Vatican had convened an emergency Curia, as well as closed the doors to all churches, monasteries, hospitals, convents, and orphanages in the city of Rome. All Papal guards were placed on watch around the walls to deal with any interlopers, and the circumstances were being discussed among the cardinals.

In other news, Father Fletcher had managed to gain access to several ancient books located in the Atheneum. this allowed him to locate several obscure references to creature known throughout history as an Ingannatore (Italian), Izmamnik (Bulgarian), Prevarant (Bosnian), Bedrieger (Dutch), Podvodnik (Czech), Gazember (Hungarian), or Deceiver (English). It was his belief that the man in the suit that was encountered at the Trevi Square may be one of these creatures. He also identified a creature known as a Vilayet. The Vilayet is a creature of the Unknown and is mythologically connected to the Ingannatore, where they use their powers to maximum potential for chaos.

While Fletcher could not locate a means to destroy the Ingannatore, he was able to provide some advise on the means needed to destroy the Vilayet. However, with the creature near the gates of the Vatican, surrounded by fanatic followers, the difficulty of even reaching the Vilayet was exceptionally high. of course to make matters worse, with the Ingannatore nearby, the entire crowd became a massive weapon, capable of killing all the envoys without too much effort. The Envoys, however would need to have care to not harm innocent bystanders.

To help make matters more even, it was suggested that perhaps The 9 or maybe even the Rome SAVE Office could be of assistance. The Envoys mulled it over, while formulating their plan to rescue Eddie amidst the chaos developing outside.

Act 16: The Mesha Stele for Eddie and Exoneration

The group decided that the best place to make the exchange would be familiar ground. to that end, the group made their way to Edward’s gallery, where they discovered a terrible thing.

Not only had the Gallery been defaced with the words Juden seemingly painted upon the artifacts, the assistant, Helen, had been murdered. She had been hung in the back store room, and a Swastika had been carved into her body. The bulk of the artifacts stored in the locked cage had been stolen.

In an attempt to clean up the mess and normalize appearance somewhat, Agostino, thinking the material was paint, created a ritual that would draw “Like-to-like” removing the defacement from the artifacts in the chamber. He would learn that the substance originally believed to be paint, was in fact Helen’s blood. Her body broke itself free of it’s hanging and haphazardly joined the pile of blood and gore that had been scattered around the room.

Oliver used one of his Bodybags to hide the corpse of the slain woman, and Agostino used ritual magic to destroy all remaining evidence of the murder in the chamber. With the house cleaning finished, the group turned their attentions to making contact with Hans to arrange the exchange of the stele for Eddie.

Initially Gerard tried to make the call, but found himself so shaken by the scope of things that he was unable to make contact with Hans. Coming to the rescue, Oliver made contact with hans to arrange for the exchange, but the two could not agree upon a neutral location. Despite two attempts to negotiate or force a location an agreement was not forthcoming.

Act 17: Is it Frigid In here?

About twenty minutes after the final failed call, an Unseelie Fae calling himself Frigid arrived. The Fae gave the group an ultimatum, Turn over the Stele or die. He graciously offered the Envoys a few moments to ready themselves and to discuss their options.

Instead, using a phone number acquired earlier, Oliver Merbach was able to contact the Winter Lady, Ariel Von Liebstadt, who facilitated the desired exchange without bloodshed.

The Envoys gave the Stele to Frigid and he brought an unharmed Edward back to the gallery in exchange.

Once completed and the Fae had left, Liberty contacted Kurt Heinrich Helck, a member of the Berlin SAVE Office, with information on the Stele. This information would allow the berlin Office to intercept the Stele before it reached Udo Von Liebstadt or Hans Brunner, making the exchange beneficial only to the Vatican City SAVE Envoys. Liberty’s smart thinking and quick action prevented a powerful artifact from falling into Nazi hands.

Act 18: Regroup and Plan

The group once again returned to Oliver’s apart meant with Sven making a short stop at the hotel to check on the status of his family. Likewise Lodewijk transported Edward Vorgenberg to his apartment where he remained with Lodewijk’s mother.

Once these brief asides were completed, the group then regrouped at Olivers Apartment to attempt to work out a plan of action to handle the Vilayet and the Deceiver.

Faced with the task of finding and dealing with a massive crowd gathering at the gates to the Vatican. The group realized that they may finally have encountered a situation that they were unable to deal with efficiently.

However, this would change with a the arrival of an unexpected guest.

Act 19: The Guest

In the middle of the discussion there was an unexpected knock on the door. Oliver looked through the peep-hole to see who was present. There standing in the hallway outside the apartment was a man of Indo-Aryan descent.

The man politely requested an audience with those assembled inside, and after a short conversation permission was granted.

Once inside the man revealed that he was a representative of a group, known as the Order of the Blackened Denarius and that he was the host to one of their member, Aggadah. He then showed the assembled parties the coin as proof of his words.

Despite the initial concerns, it became apparent that the group were in serious need of the assistance of the Denarii. He offered to pin-point the Deceiver and the Vilayet. He also stated that he could physically handle the Deceiver long enough for the group to remove the DawnShard from the host.

In return, the Denarii wished the possession of the Dawnshard, so that it could be handled in a manner that would prevent it from causing additional problems.

While under normal circumstances the word of a Denarii would not be trustworthy, this particular Denarii already had a reputation of fairness and honesty, which was unusual among his peers.

To achieve this, the group would need to create a means to disable at least a significant portion of the massive crowd in order to reach the Vilayet’s host. With an agreement to meet in one-hours time near the crowd, the Denarii parted company, leaving the SAVE Envoys to plan.

Act 20: The Plan

Realizing that they needed a means of dealing with a massive number of people without risk of death. The group posited the idea of using a crop duster to deliver an aerated sedative to the crowd. The Plan, however, collapsed when it was realized that they did not know a pilot. Desperate, Liberty contacted Father Fletcher to ask if he was capable of flying a plane. It turned out he could not. But when he was given a summary of the plan, he suggested a theater Fog machine.

Since Liberty and Lodewijk owned a theater, they quickly realized that it was completely within reach. However they discovered a difficulty in the plan, namely that the fog machine required AC Power. The Only option then, was to add a diesel generator to the plan to power the Fog machine.

Gerard would put together a list of chemicals needed to create the sedative fog. Knowing that some of the chemicals were at the Zoo, while the remainder could be found at a printshop. With a plan of action in place, the group divided into two to make the most of the time that had available to them.

Act 21: Theft

part of the group, consisting of Sven, Agostino, and Oliver were determined to go to the zoo for the purpose of acquiring the needed chemicals. After stealing a car, the group made their way to the zoo gates, where they broke into the grounds.

Once there, they moved through the area, searching for the veterinary facility. Once they located it, they gained access to the facility through the loading gate and side door.

In the interior store room, they located the two primary drugs that they needed for the sedative fog. After only a short while, they had located the needed drugs and loaded them, alongside a few unrelated items, into a truck.

From there, the group drove to the Gionali Italiani, where they purchased the final ingredient needed for the fog. Although they paid an exuberant price for it.They then moved back to the assembly point to await the others.

Act 22: The Infernal Contraption

Liberty, Lodewijk, Gerard and Tomas made their way to the Teatro Reale dell’Opera, which Liberty and Lodweijk owned. having called ahead, the prop crew had already pulled the fog machine and the generator. However, they quickly realized that there was some difficulty with the plan. The generator would not fit into the Murta. Liberty then told the crew to do whatever they needed to to make it work.

The crew set about with vigor. They cut the roof from the back portion of the Murta, stripped it’s interior, reinforced it’s suspension and mounted the generator in the back of the vehicle. They then mounted two fifty-gallon drums to the remaining portion of the roof of the Murta. This was used for fuel to run the generator.

The crew then added two axles to a trailer. They increased the suspension and added additional wheels to the trailer. To the trailer they added the fog machine, which they connected to the Murta and wired to the generator.

The addition of Lights rounded out the contraction, and the group drove the vehicle to the assembly point.

Act 23: Interruption

Oliver encountered Theron, who indicated to him that it was time to begin the ritual found on the Scroll of Divine Purification. Despite the need to assist with the crowd, Oliver also needed to participate in the ritual. In the end, it turned out to be a short delay, although it could have been much longer. Oliver was able to reach the assembly point on time.

Act 24: The Encounter

Once at the assembly point, Gerard mixed the chemicals. With Oliver behind the wheel, the group was prepared to assault the mob. True to his word Aggadah arrived and moved into the crowd to locate the two offenders.

After a few minutes, rays of light appeared from the sky, highlighting the two belligerents, and marking the start of the plan. Oliver drove the vehicle adjacent to the crowd, dispersing the gas into the crowd. After a few minutes, the gas had taken as much effect as it could.

Already the Denarii and the Deceiver were trading blows in the crowd. The others made their way towards the Vilayet, where they engaged the creature. The fight was difficult because the creature had already begun to transform into a stone-like creature.

When a rain of stones began, covering a massive area, an additional combatant joined the fray. The Valkyrie, The Warden of Castel Sant Angelo, arrived, abstinently to protect the prison.

The valkyrie recognized the threat that the Denarii posed, but it took a few moments for her to realize what the deceiver actually was. The brutal fight, saw several innocents killed, and it was only with the successful removal of the Dawnshard from the Vilayet, that the deceiver lost his focus and was defeated by the Valkyrie.

The Envoys had successfully managed to defeat the Vilayet, but it appeared as if the valkyrie was poised to harm their new ally. Only Fletchers late arrival prevented that eventuality.

It was revealed that the Valkyrie and Fletcher had history. The warden even mentioned that Martin you are not a Knight of the Cross any longer.

This relationship, however was enough to persuade the valkyrie to leave the Denarii in peace. Aggadah was given the Dawnshard, and the threat to the Vatican was abated. Despite all that had happened, the Envoys were not identifiable because of the gas masks that they wore to protect themselves from the gas they had used.

What the fallout would be from the events outside the vatican Gates were still unclear, but one thing was certain; there would be consequences.

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The Iron Templar
1936 Season 1, Episode 8

Act 1: The Frenetic Father

On March 27, 1936, a priest within the ranks of the Papal See arrived at the Library of Esoteric Studies a bit frantic. He was desperately in need of a conversation with father Fletcher, who was absent at the time.

Gerard was present at the library at the moment that the priest visited, and despite his best attempts t illicit information, the best he could acquire was a hand written note from the priest addressed to Father Fletcher. The priest after handing Gerard the note, left hurriedly.

Unfortunately in his hurry, the priest failed to blot the note, leaving the ink exceptionally wet. Gerard’s handling of the note left it illegible and as Gerard did not ask the priest’s name, it was unclear who had written it from the provided evidence.

Gerard immediately set out to locate Fletcher, but was only able to make contact with Oliver. Oliver knew Fletcher’s whereabouts and made contact. Fletcher left the apartment and made his way to the library.

Act 2: The Search

Upon arriving at the library and realizing that there was no actionable intel to be had, Fletcher placed members of the club on the task of locating the priest who had visited. He asked Agostino to use his thaumatury to try to identify the priest who had visited. He also contacted Liberty, to ask her to “read” his pen, which the priest had used. Oliver began a calling campaign through Father Fletcher’s rolodex for the Vatican.

The thaumaturgy created an image from the ink left behind n the page, but Fetcher did not recognize the individual. Liberty’s reading, however, revealed the text of the letter as it had originally been written. This information included the writer’s signature.

Act3: The Statue

With the name of the priest known, Fletcher made a phone call to him to receive details on the perceived emergency. During this call, it was disc overdid that the cause of the concern was centered around the theft of a statue of Roger De Lluria from the norther Papal gardens. Fletcher was told that the statue had to be returned within three days or that there would be dire consequences. Despite the obvious danger, though, no one would tell him what form the danger would take, or why a singular statue was so important. One other piece of information was uncovered; a papal guardsman had stumbled upon the theft and had been injured. Gorlan Marteen had been so seriously injured that he was transported to a special hospital. His involvement was kept even from his superior officer Captain Antorinno Descortes.

Armed with this very little information, Fletcher contacted the other members of the clubhouse and had them assemble at the library. It seemed that had a very time sensitive case.

Act4: Divide and Conquer

With the Vatican so unyielding with information on the nature of their case, Fletcher determined that they needed to divide into two teams to gather more information. As the group had only two real leads, they would divide into two teams.

The first team would consist of Liberty, Oliver and Agostino. They were responsible to check out the site of the theft. The second team consisting of Tomas, Lodewijk and Gerard would visit the Ospedale Santo Spirito to question the injured guardsman.

Act 5: Ospedale Santo Spirito

The team arrived at the hospital and were surprised to find that it was a “special” hospital dedicated to aiding all signatories of the Unseelie Accords. Upon their arrival they were cordially led to the room of the injured man.

The group discovered that the guardsman was placed into a traction cast, due to the extreme injuries he had suffered. He was also placed in a special medically-induced coma. This made conventional communication with the guardsman impossible.

The Hospital however, was able to bring in a Mind Medium. This individual was able to make metal contact with the injured man, which allowed questioning.

The interview revealed the identity of the statue, and most importantly uncovered the identity of the Brotherhood of Iron as the perpetrators of the theft. The led the interviewers to the belief that there was something more to the theft then simply a defacing of the Papal grounds. This was especially true since the brotherhood tended to undertake grand plans for the purpose of destroying the Papacy.

Act 6: The Northern Papal Gardens

The investigators arrived at the northern Papal gardens and began their review of the crime scene. Oliver was able to ascertain that a number of workers had used chisels and hammers to cut the statue from it’s base. In addition a magical barrier was in place during the theft to hide the noise of the work. It appeared that the guardsman simply stumbled upon the scene of the theft by accident before being attacked and nearly killed.

Agostino managed to use this ritual magic to discover two distinct tears in the view between the real world and the Never-Never. One was most likely the entry point for the heist team, but the second was placed on a horizontal plane near the statue’s pedestal. It seemed that this second tear was the means of egress for the team and the statue.

Without delay, Agostino dropped through the horizontal gate and found himself in the tunnels of a mine. investigating further, he moved towards the entrance of the mine and discovered a group of workmen loading a crate, presumably the statue, onto a german made military style heavy truck. He also spotted another Thaumaturge, Elymas Bar Shuma and a Master knight, Soloman Pakipkis. Both of these men were members of the Brotherhood of Iron. They were presumably under the direct orders of the The Architect. Agostino also managed to spot a sign written in Italian, indicating that this was a closed Silver Mine.

When a group of knights were sent to “secure the entryway” Agostino returned to the Northern Papal Gardens through the same tear through the Never-Never. He then closed that tear to prevent any unwanted disruption.

By this time, The hospital team had arrived at the Garden. Oliver noticed that some of the bricks were crumbling rapidly and that there was an accretion of salt forming inside a space behind the wall.

These clues would prove to be critical discoveries.

Act 7: Looking for Answers

After a brief discussion about what was learned, the group determined to work some of their contacts to find other information about the situation, that might determine what they are facing. Using the name Roger De Lluria as a clue, the group did some research on the historical man that the statue represented.
With that information they were able to place the character in the historical War of the Vespers. With some additional digging, it was discovered that a second statue of the same man was located in Madrid.

That led the group to a list of important people that were prior Knights of the Cross. The name Roger de Lluria was located on that list. This led the group to note that the statue, which was also poised in the traditional “Guardian” stance, must have been acting as a sort of key to powerful wards. It then became clear that something of great power was imprisoned behind the now crumbling brick wall. It was also now exceptionally clear why there was a three day limit on the return of the statue to it’s normal position.

Act 8: Unmasking the Threat

Agostino determined to get critical information for the group, set up a meeting with his Venatori Umbrata contact, Father Josef Beuhler.

The meeting revealed that the Venatori have been systematically attacked and reduced through the efforts of Cyprus Archer and his Abiectio Venatores. This information could prove useful to building a possible future alliance against a common foe.

More importantly, Josef was able to provide Agostino with critical information revealing the presence of the Oblivion Vault and its imprisoned occupant, Edo. Now armed with a better knowledge of what they faced the group reconvened at the library to best determine a plan of action.

Act 9: Planning for the End of the World as We Know It

The group decided to get Luca involved in their case. They realized that the situation may need the assistance of additional Thaumaturges. The group decided to contact The 9 for assistance.

They recruited Belkino, Erato, Ivaro and Clymenestra to assist, and Belkino further called in the Hammer Brothers for assistance as well.

Meanwhile Tomas tracked the Brotherhood of Iron to the El Escorial, their headquarters in Rome. They also determined that the statue was located there in the western garden under the protection of wards. As all they needed to do was wait out the time limit before Edo’s escape, or destroy the statue, the group realized they were in a difficult position.

Knowing that the Envoys could never penetrate such a stronghold and protect the statue without a significant chance of failure, they came to the conclusion that rather then wait for a uncertain time for her to be released, that they needed to release her at a time of their choosing.

The plan was to encase her inside an Impenetrable Sphere, the entirety of which would then be transported into the Never-Never using three Thaumaturges to create a rip large enough to encompass the sphere. Once in the Never-Never, Edo would be rendered too weak to return, and Erato would open an escape route back into the real world as an escape route.

With Lodewijk wielding a borrowed Sword of the Cross, Fidelacchius acquired from the Athenaeum Arcana. They had the means to keep Edo at bay.

Act 10: Implementing the Plan

The Hammer Brothers tele located into the gardens at El Escorial, where they proceeded to destroy the statue of Riger de Lluria. This immediately destroyed the Oblivion Vault, releasing Edo.

As planned the group then drew her to attack those assembled against her, until she was close enough to Father Fletcher, who encased himself and Edo, along with some of the group in his Impenetrable Sphere.

With the Sphere up, Luca, Tomas and Belkino opened a prolonged tear between the Never-Never and the Real world, forcing the tear to expand to a large enough size to encompass the sphere. They then began the process of encapsulation.

Inside the Sphere, Oliver, Liberty, Gerard and Lodewijk fought to protect Fletcher. outside the Sphere, Erato, Ivaro and Tomas protected the Magi sustaining the tear.

Things became complicated when a group of The Scourge were drawn to the opening. The Hammer Brothers handled the larger specimens while Tomas, Erato and Ivaro dealt with the spawn dropped by the mature Scourge.

With a successful transition to the Never-Never, Edo was abandoned there, and Erato Opened a tear to the Real world long enough for those originally in the Sphere to escape the Never-Never and return home.

With Edo banished to the Never-Never, the world was once again safe from her influence. Afterwards, the Hammer brothers returned to El Escorial to reduce the power base of the Brotherhood of Iron.

Act 11: Aftermath

After the Battle, Lodewijk and Oliver went to return the Sword, but they were seemingly ambushed, badly injured and the Sword stolen; leaving the fate of the blade in uncertainty.

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When in Rome
1936 Season 1, Episode 7

Act 1: Beware the Ides of March

Several days after the completion of their last case, the members of the Vatican City SAVE Office find themselves back to a somewhat normal day. It was march 15, 1936- The Ides of March.

A national Holiday, Il Duce’s recognized birthday, has allowed Liberty to take the day off, allowing her a bit of much needed leisure. With classes closed for the day Oliver and Lodewijk also have an uncomplicated day. Oliver spends his morning in one of the many gardens on the Vatican Grounds, While Lodewijk manages to make himself a delightful breakfast free from bother. Gerard, having purchased a trained falcon, traveled outside the city to become more familiar with his newly acquired feathered friend. Sven found himself at the Grace and Mercy Hospital, where his wife, Brigit Thofelt had just been released from care. Agostino worked in his lab, Father Fletcher conducted mass, and only Tomas was working at the office.

But little did they all know that this seemingly innocent day would transform into a dangerous and somewhat complicated start of an investigation into a missing American tourist family.

Act 2: The Raving Sister

Tomas, at the office, was assigned by the captain to handle a woman who claimed to be the sister of a missing American tourist. The woman, Sandra Westmoreland, was an American divorcee who had traveled to Rome after her sister and her sister’s family had mysteriously disappeared. The woman claimed that they had disappeared while touring the Vatican and claimed she had proof. She had been harassing the Papal guard for the last four days into finding her sister and had been reassured that a thorough search had been conducted on the grounds of the Vatican and that no missing woman, her family or their bodies had been found. With no evidence, and with claims from the woman bordering n conspiracy, the papal guard dismissed her claims. finally fed up with the constant irritation the woman caused, Captain Antorinno Descortes asked Tomas to speak with her, conduct a very basic investigation and assuage any concerns she had. While a thankless task, the captain hoped that Tomas’ rank as detective would be enough to dissuade the woman from continuing to badger the Papal guard.

Tomas interviewed to woman, gathering a few details, a very flimsy proof that the woman may, in fact missing, and acquired a photo of the woman. Her name was given as Doreen Stone. She was reported to be traveling with her husband David Stone and their son Inoch Stone. They were supposed by the concerned sister to have disappeared during a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. The tour was conducted by Davio Torento.

After the interview, one of the Papal guard advised Tomas that a raving mad American woman was taken into custody after screaming about “killing her husband.” This woman could not be calmed and a detailed search was conducted with no evidence of foul play discovered. The woman had claimed to be in the catacombs beneath Saint Peter’s, which could not be substantiated.

With her mental state in question, the woman was transported to the Grace and Mercy Hospital Psychiatric ward for evaluation. The woman’s identity could not be determined, as she had no identification, nor was able to give her name when asked due to her ravings.

Thinking that perhaps there may actually be something happening, Tomas determined to look into it. He traveled to the Vatican archives where he spoke to one of the arresting guardsmen, and then even more concerned traveled to the Library of Esoteric Studies to find someone to accompany him to the hospital in case there was a supernatural threat.

Act 3: Grace and Mercy Hospital

Tomas and Lodewijk traveled to the hospital for the purpose of determining the identity of the woman sent there from the Vatican. on the way, they encountered Sven and Brigit Thofelt, who were just leaving the hospital after Brigit’s release.

Concerned that there may be a possible case, Sven, joined his fellow Envoys, and Brigit, enticed by the possibility of participating in a police investigation, proved to be helpful in making connections to key staff at the hospital, and allowing the group to gain access to restricted areas.

The group discovered that the mysterious woman had effected “self-release” from the hospital only two days before. She had apparently shattered her room window and jumped three floors to the ground below and escaped on foot. This behaviors was difficult to believe that it could be accomplished by a normal woman, further making the envoys suspicious of the situation.

With Brigit’s help the group met the mystery woman’s psychiatrist. Brigit managed to get a copy of the file from him and Tomas finally revealed the woman’s name to the Hospital as Doreen Stone.

The four determined to go to the Library to “discuss the case”, although initially Brigit was not supposed to be involved in the investigation.

Act 4: Joining SAVE

On the drive back to the library, Brigit began to question Sven about his involvement with SAVE. Explaining that she was attacked by a “deformed hunchback man, that growled” in an alley on the way home from Oliver’s apartment. She also explained that there was another man there, directing the attack. That man told her that the reason she was being hurt was “because your husband took something that belongs to me and refused to return it.” She was also told that it was “Sven’s association with SAVE” that was “the cause of her pain and that she should ask him about SAVE.”

Brigit used the opportunity in the car to question her husband about SAVE and the attack, and despite his attempts to keep the information secret, his wife realized that her husband was lying. She demanded that she be allowed to join, despite not knowing exactly what it was she was joining. Having technically met the criteria for membership, Sven agreed to put it before the group.

Upon their arrival at the club, a brief discussion was had and father Fletcher agreed that she technically qualified for membership and reluctantly agreed to make her a member of the Vatican City Office.

Act 5: Starting the Investigation

In agreement that there was an investigation possibility with the disappearance, the group determined to split into teams and attempt to gather additional information. Lodewijk and Tomas would return to the Hospital to take possession of a locket that belonged to Doreen Stone that had been located by the nurse there. Father Fletcher would speak to Father Stefan Morale, who was responsible for the maintenance of the crypts beneath the Vatican to see if there had been anything out of the ordinary. Gerard, Liberty and Brigit would visit Sandra Westmoreland at the Hotel Gambrinus in an attempt to gather additional information on the Stones. Oliver and Sven would meet with the Tour guide Davio Torento to determine involvement. Agostino would look into the history of the crypts to see of there was anything unusual there. pouring over old maps and overseeing a list of those buried under Saint Peter’s.

Act 6: The Interview

The interview with Sandra at the hotel was of questionable value. The group learned that her “timeline” of events didn’t quite add up, leading Brigit to postulate that she was the mistress to Mister Stone. Brigit managed to acquire a copy of the room’s phone calls and expenses, which proved less useful than desired. A pair of opera Tickets and a traveler’s check were also acquired, but led to no additional information.

However, some information was confirmed, and the suspected moment of disappearance was determined in the discussion. In the end, the interview raised more questions than it answered.

Act 7: The Missing Mother

As Tomas and Lodewijk were collecting the newly located locket that had belonged to Doreen Stone from the hospital, Lodewijk suddenly perked up and began walking down a hallway towards a room in the psychiatric ward,

The door to the room was open and a woman sat on the bed there singing a dutch lullaby. This is the same lullaby that Lodewijk’s mother sang to him as a child.

Lodewijk, aware that the lullaby was unique to his family, instinctively understood that the woman somehow was connected to him, but was amazed to find that she was in fact, his mother, presumed dead. Heidi Van Der Hoof had been in the hospital there in Rome for nearly a year. According to the doctors there, she suffered from acute amnesia. She had been found washed up on a beach, unable to recall any details of her past. With the hospital in Rome possessing the world’s leading experts in amnesia, she had been sent there for study and help.

The only thing she seemed to remember from her prior life was the lullaby that she kept singing. Lodewijk happened to hear the song and curious to its origins had discovered his mother there.

Though she did not remember him or anything about her family, or life prior to being found, Lodewijk was certain that she was, in fact his mother. He left her at the hospital, determined to acquire a proper home to bring her home and aid her in recovering her memories.

Act 8: Arranging the Tour

Meanwhile, Sven and Oliver arrived at the tourism office in the Vatican and were determined to talk with the tour guide. However, discovering that he was on his last tour of the day, Sven decided to book a “private” tour for the group by making a significant contribution to the Art Conservation fund at the Vatican. A tour was arranged at 6:00 pm that afternoon.

Act 9: The Tour and Attack

The entire office attended the tour. The tour guide retraced the route that he took every single tour, highlighting all the same areas and providing the same information. The normal tour ended and the special tour began.

This additional stop turned out to be the holy father’s private garden. The guide had managed to arrange it so that the group was able to see a portion of the Garden normally off-limits to the public. After a very brief and incomplete history and description of the garden, the group was encouraged to enjoy the garden for themselves.

Their enjoyment was short lived however, when a group of three individuals appeared at one f the gates. The center most individual directed the group to turn over the woman, pointing at liberty, and they would be unharmed. He then ordered his two associates to “bring the woman unharmed and kill the others.”

This began a desperate conflict, as these individuals raised Thompson .45 caliber Sub-machine guns and opened fire on the group. Agostino was hit in the opening burst, but was not killed. Return fire led to the discovery that the gun wielding individuals were, in fact, Flesh Constructs.

As the Envoys reacted, additional Flesh constructs arrived, bringing the total to eight. Bullets and swords seemed to do minimal damage to the creatures. Attempted to attack the leader proved fruitless as he was protected by some sort of ballistic shield similar to a protective sphere. Unable to pursue him, the group was forced to fight for their lives against the constructs.

Davio, the tour guide, angered by the garden’s defamation tacked one of the gunmen, although he did not understand tat the time that the creatures were not human.

Sven utilized his feat of Strength to slam the constructs into the stone wall surrounding the garden, destroying them. Lodewijk quickly realized that his powerful boxing strikes were also effective weapons against the constructs.

Father Fletcher used a Protective Shield to protect members of the group from incoming bullets, keeping the injuries down, while members of the group were able to return fire against the constructs with minimal effectiveness.

Lodewijk discovered that one of the constructs bore a dynamite explosive charge in its torso. The device exploded, knocking both Sven and Lodewijk down, but dealing minimal damage thanks to chance. Davio was knocked out by the concussion, but otherwise was unharmed.

Oliver rushed into combat using his talons, ripping the leg from one of the remaining constructs. In a moment of terrible revelation, the creature reached up to it’s face, previously hidden by it’s ragged cloak to reveal to grenade pins in its eye sockets. It pulled both pins, and exploded. The remaining constructs repeated the acts, devastating a portion of the garden even further. The Envoys, however were protected by Fletcher’s shield against debris and damage.

Shaken, the group returned to the Library to mull over this new discovery and to plan.

Act 10: Attack at the Library

Later that night, Lodewijk Oliver, Gerard, Agostino, and Liberty stayed at the Library. With concerns that the cult may make another attempt to grab Liberty, those members remained at the Library in case it happened.

Their concerns were well founded, as Liberty and Oliver, heard the sound of breaking glass from upstairs. concerned that something had broken into the library, they followed the sound upstairs to Agostino’s room, where they found a strange woman standing over a sleeping Agostino. The apparent course of the breaking glass was a broken glass water pitcher knocked from the bedside table.

Uncertain exactly what was happening, Oliver and Liberty ushered the woman out of the room and down stairs. A few oddly answered questions led liberty to head upstairs to awaken Lodewijk, Agostino and Gerard in case there were difficulties with the woman.

Things weren’t simple, however. The woman now revealed herself to be the missing Doreen Stone. furthermore, it was determined that she was not exactly as she appeared. Using some unidentified Evil Way ability, she created a willpower siphon between herself and Oliver.

Even as Liberty was arousing the other two members of the group, Doreen was draining Oliver’s willpower to the point that he fell into a deep sleep. As the other emerged onto the upstairs level, it became immediately apparent that something was terribly wrong.

Seizing the initiative, Doreen grabbed up Oliver with ease and threw him upstairs, slamming him into Lodewijk. Gerard responded rapidly, using his dart gun to fire at her. She watched the drugged dart directly from the air, displaying not only extreme strength, but also exceptional agility.

She then left up on to the upper landing where she threatened to grab Liberty. Liberty recoiled, and in a moment of desperation used her Psychic Sphere to assist in neutralizing the woman abilities.

Unexpectedly, Doreen’s appearance transformed into a Shimian Gorefiend. Lodewijk attacked her with a sonic attack, raising her ire. the creature’s horrible appearance temporarily struck fear into Gerard, who temporarily retreated to the end of the landing, as far as possible from the creature.

The creature grabbed Lodewijk and threw him across the library, causing him significant injury. Agostino, however drove his sword through the creature’s torso.

The creature recoiled in agony, grabbed the sword and threw it at it’s attacker. Agostino dodged the blade, which buried itself to the hilt in the stone wall of the library.

Liberty meanwhile retreated downstairs where she yelled for Luca. The guardian had been awakened by the noise upstairs and was just exiting his room when liberty advised him of the situation. Grabbing his crossbow, he directed her to hide in this chambers inside his circle of power, while he went to confront the creature.

He emerged from the downstairs to take in the scene. There he saw a woman, fighting the envoys with little difficulty. The creature has reassumed the appearance of Doreen Stone once Liberty’s interfering Psychic Sphere was not longer in play.

Using his crossbow, Luca fired two bolts into the creature. these dealt enough damage to destroy it. The creature lost it’s illusionary appearance and dissolved into a pile of ash.

Luca immediately knew what creature they were dealing with.

Inspection of the ash pile revealed the presence of a charm which had allowed the creature to gain access to the library past the wards. this concerned Luca considerably.

Act 11: The Bug Hunt

Luca administered his Convalescent Tea Blend to everyone who had been involved in the attack at the library and went on vigil to maintain a protected watch of the building as the envoys recovered.

The following morning, when all the remaining members of the office had returned, a discussion and plan of action was put together to handle the creature once and for all.

With Luca’s knowledge of the creature, the materials needed to put an end to the creatures. He gave the envoys the information on how to locate and destroy the Shimian’s skulls and by extension the Shimian itself. Knowing that the creature was most likely hiding in the crypts beneath the city, the group decided to begin their hunt there. Knowing that the crypts were labyrinthine, and that the group would require light, a plan was put together that would allow Oliver to lead the group and still take advantage of his excellent night vision.

Act 12: Into the Crypts

When night fell, the group made their way secretly to the locked gate leading into the crypt beneath Saint Peter’s Basilica. Father Fletcher used Oliver’s crowbar to snap the lock on the chain and the group made their way into the crypt.

The group had been in the crypt for nearly an hour, when a partial collapse of a portion of the floor separated Oliver from the remainder of the group. He found himself alone and the group was unable to climb down to reach him.

Seeing that there were two entryways into the room that Oliver had fallen into, the remainder of the group decided to split into two teams to make their way down to the room that Oliver had fallen into.

Oliver, however, did not stay put for long. After the remainder of the group had moved on, searching for a path down to him, Oliver heard something close by. Curious to get to the bottom of the situation, he moved towards the sound.

Act 13: Reunion

What he found was not what was expected. in a nearby area, he discovered a full-blown archeological dig taking place within the deeper levels of the crypts deep beneath the Vatican. The dig was under the administration of an old colleague, Josef Vestand.

The two met briefly where Oliver discovered that Josef was searching for an artifact known as the Gralis Eternatus, an item that was of significant interest to Cyprus Archer. It seemed to be the same artifact that Archer had attempted to hire Oliver to recover for him prior.

Josef had, oddly enough, found a very recent looking skull during his work. This skull was one of those in use by the Shimian Gorefiend. He also stated that he had seen two other, similar skulls. With a few short questions, Josef told Oliver where they could be located.

Satisfied, Oliver returned to the room where he had fallen through the ceiling and awaited the other Envoys.

Act 14: Recovering the Skulls

The other envoys finally reached Oliver’s location without any difficulty. The group then, using Oliver’s newfound information, began to collect the remaining skulls. The group located a second skull without difficulty. The third was located, placed upon what appeared to be an altar of some sort.

Act 15: The Final Skull

The Third Skull was located in a chamber that appeared to be placed upon an altar. The entry to the room was warded with Electrical Sigils. Luca removed his shirt and using his thaumaturgy, he disabled the Sigils by completely absorbing their discharge.

As the group moved into the chamber to grab the skull, the Cultist of Leinth, previously encountered, appeared and released the remaining Flesh Constructs against the group.

A general battle ensued, the Cultist retreating to a smaller adjacent room to remain safe from attack. As the group combatted the Flesh Constructs, the Shimian appeared and attacked the group as well. Now fighting on two fronts, the Envoys found themselves in a desperate struggle for survival.

The Shimian was defeated, but soon reappeared as healthy and vicious as ever. One of the Flesh constructs was armed with an explosive, which, although it detonated, seemed ineffective against the Envoys.

A Second Shimian appeared now, drawn by the apparent danger to it’s existence. As things became more critical for the envoys, this additional combatant joining seemed to be almost more than could be endured.

However, the tide turned, and the last of the Flesh constructs were defeated. The Cultist, an accomplished thaumaturge, joined the fight, continuing to press the Envoys as they were forced to split their efforts between the Shimians and his own attacks.

Act 16: Resolution

Desperate, the Envoys redoubled their efforts, and managed to defeat the Shimians, leaving them available to turn their attentions towards the cultist. He was quickly dispatched, but not before he was able to level his Death Curse.

Those close to you will die a terrible death, and you will all die alone and in agony.

With the Thaumaturge defeated, the Envoys turned their attentions to destroying the Shimian skulls.Even though the Shimians reappeared to attempt to defend their skulls, the group was ready for them and they were handily defeated. The Two shamans were destroyed and the city saved once again from creatures of the unknown.

1936 Season 1, Index

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Sorrow Point
1936 Season 1, Episode 6

Act 1: Sorrowful Sunday

In the early morning hours of March 8th, 1936, the envoys of the Vatican City SAVE Office were going about their day-to-day activities without many worries to occupy their thoughts.

Oliver Merbach was undertaking his regular rounds as an ambulance driver, when he received a dispatch call from the central Coroner’s office. Dispatched to a crime scene, he arrived to find that a unidentified woman had been brutally murdered.

He met with Detective Davio Solente at the scene and was told that there were at least two other murders that had been committed using the same profile. In this case, the woman had been killed in her bathroom. The apartment that she had been found in was utterly destroyed. The furniture was overturned and broken. There were knives stabbed to the hilts into the walls, sections of wall stove inwards, and all glass items, except for the windows in the rooms shattered.

In the bathroom, the woman had been severely beaten. There were indications of both blunt force trauma and stab wounds, including an exceptionally large number of defensive wounds. Her face and spine were shattered, and were the most likely cause of death. After her death, the murdered eviscerated the victim’s lower abdominal cavity. it removed her kidneys, intestines, uterus, appendix, liver, spleen and bladder, arranging them between her splayed legs, which were dislocated at the hips to create a broader crescent between them.

A crowbar that was seemingly cut in half was apparently located on the scene, and Oliver overheard some details about it that led him to believe that it may be his crowbar. This belief was compounded by the fact that one of the mentioned features was the seeming presence of a fingered grip made into a steel. This was a feature that was, as best can be determined, unique to the crowbar that he owned. This made Oliver wonder whether he was somehow, although unknowingly, involved.

After picking up the body, Oliver then transported it to the Morgue, where he discovered that a new member of the ME’s staff was working. The man introduced himself as Viktor Franken. Almost immediately Oliver was on alert, being aware that the Story popularized by Mary Shelley was, in fact based on very real case work undertaken by SAVE Envoys. With this information and the detail that Doctor Franken seemed to be overly p protective of a very old looking leather bound journal, made Oliver seriously consider whether this man might be following in the footsteps of his somewhat infamous ancestor.

Oliver managed to confirm with the doctor that there were two other victims handled by the morgue on each of the two prior days with a similar pattern of murder committed upon them. Armed with this information, Oliver Made his way to the clubhouse to advise Father Fletcher of his discovery, already convinced by the scene of the crime that they may be dealing with something unnatutal.

Meanwhile, Agostino, Tomas and Liberty were attending mass at Saint Peter’s early that morning. At the point where the congregation arose to take the Holy Sacrament, both Liberty and Agostino declined to take the sacrament. As they were waiting patiently for the service to end, a Strangely dressed man seated himself next to Agostino.

The man did not introduce himself but gave indication that he knew or at least knew of Agostino’s past. He referred to his position as cardinal, his apparent extreme age, and knew his name. Likewise, he knew Liberty’s identity. The man invited Agostino, and Liberty as a +1, to a private party, indicating that there would be food, drink and a massive orgy. He provided the address to the party and then departed as mysteriously as he appeared. This man was Amias Regalis, and his exact intentions remain unknown.

Immediately after Sacrament, Tomas was called outside by Captain Antorinno Descortes and advised of a brutal murder of a Benedictine Nun, sister Teodora Quaranta. The captain explained that the sister was murdered in her private cell on Friday Night, and that despite a number of witnesses blocking the only exit, no perpetrator was seen or captured. As the cell was in the basement, offered no other means of escape and was completely devastated, members of the convent suspected demonic forces were at work.

The captain suggested to Tomas, that he employ Father Fletcher to assist with the investigation, since he was a Church recognized expert on Demonic Possession and forces. Tomas agreed to undertake the particular investigation, and the captain left the mystery in the Detective’s capable hands.

Act 2: Beginning the Investigation

Not surprisingly, Father Fletcher had already heard some rumors concerning the bizarre and seemingly impossible murder and took the time to advise Gerard Filippani and Lodewijk Van Beers of the mystery, suggesting that they may have a possible investigation upcoming if the rumors he had heard might be true.

Tomas Gessner, meanwhile had informed Agostino Selletti and Liberty Rothe about the situation, believing it likely that this was going to be an investigation that also fell under the pervue of SAVE.

Oliver having acquired a copy of a copy of the Gionali Italiani newspaper dated from the 6th of March detailing the Nun’s brutal murder in unusual language. Intrigued, and uncertain why he had not heard about the other murders confirmed by the new Coroner, Oliver decided to collect the previous week’s news issues. He was surprised to see that no other papers carried the story of the three known murders, except for the Gionali Italiani. He collected those three issues, each detailing a different brutal attack, and continued on his way to the Esoteric Library.

Upon his arrival, the group began to discuss the seemingly supernatural aspects of the investigation. It was now apparent that there were three confirmed murders, definitely related, and another that may or may not be related, save for the brutality of the situation.

Act 3: Nun in State

After discussing the situation, Tomas, Fletcher and Oliver decided to head to the Vatican City Morgue, to inspect the body of the deceased Nun. While they were there, Oliver and Gerard would return to the Rome Municipal Morgue and see if they could get the identities and addresses of the other two known murder victims.

Once they received that information, they would confer it to Agostino and Lodewijk, who would visit the sites to see what information could be found there.

Liberty would accompany Father Fletcher and Tomas to the Convent building to investigate the scene of the crime after they had inspected the body.

Upon arriving at the morgue, Tomas gained the Envoys access to the body. There they inspected the nude body of the nun, noting the incredible number of painful but non-lethal injuries she had suffered. A sister of the benedictine Order, sent to insure the dignity of the dead sister, was difficult to deal with, but was eventually removed from the morgue by Father Fletcher. After her removal, a strange black mucus like discharge was found. Additionally a series of bulbous cysts were found on her terribly swollen tongue. Fearful of some contagion. Oliver used a pair of his medical gloves to capture a sample of both the discharge and the contents of one of the cysts. These samples were taken to Gerard for testing and possible identifiaction.

Act 4: The Samples

Gerard undertook a series of chemical and biological tests on the samples recovered from the Nun’s dead body. On the strange black discharge, the material was determined to be both chemically and biologically inert. This impossibility led Gerard to conclude that the material was supernatural in origin, possibly originating in the Never-Never.

On the second sample, Gerard was able to confirm that the bacterium was, in fact, Yersinia Pestis a cause of the renown Black Death, specifically that originating from 1048 and responsible for an outbreak in Rome in that year.

Gerard destroyed the sample of the bacterium, and alerted the other SAVE Envoys to the danger. This allowed Father Fletcher to take actions to attempt to quarantine the convent and try to prevent the spread of this deadly and virulent disease.

Act 5: Identifying the other Victims

Oliver and Gerard traveled back to the Municipal Morgue, where they were able to inspect the bodies of the two bodies murdered prior to the murder of the Nun. The two acquired thw addresses of the two earlier victims, and were able to get a better understanding of the brutality involved in their murders.

With a firm connection now established between these two earlier victims, it was even more apparent that the group was, in fact, dealing with something of a supernatural nature.

Act 6:The Apartment and Business

Arriving at the building where the two prior victims, Donata Ricci and Concetta Salomon, were murdered, the group gathered to make a detailed investigation of the scene.

Liberty, Agostino, and Gerard investigated the scene of Concetta’s murder, her laundry Lava e Secco. there they discovered the shattered remains of her business. Heavy machinery was overturned, a number of items broken and scattered around the room. The Laundress was drowned in a large wooded tub, the only of three to survive the assault. Gerard took a sample of the water found in the area with the intention of testing it for any further pathogens.

Other than complete disarray there were no real clues to be had.

Meanwhile upstairs, Oliver, Lodewijk and Tomas met Antonio Basimatti, the neighbor that had attempted to come to the aid of the other murder victim Donata Ricci. They discovered that he was the maintenance man for the building. He helped them gain access to her apartment for inspection. He also gave them access to Concetta’s apartment.

He advised the Envoys that a priest, Father Jamie Hammersmith had been missing for a day or so, since they were looking for anyone that may be missing. And directed them to meet Giulietta da Vinci, a woman known for her herbalist and midwife skills. It was suspected that she was a Cunning Woman.

After investigating the scene of Donata’s murder, no new evidence was forthcoming. The obvious similarity between the murders was in the brutal nature of the attacks and the destruction at the scenes. It was not surprising that the local police were so frustrated by the investigation, as the scenes were so chaotic it made a timeline nearly impossible to establish.

Act 7: The Cunning Woman

With the information provided by Antonio, the group made their way to the apartment of the Cunning Woman, Giulietta da Vinci. She answered the door, asking what sort of business that the Envoys desired. Once it was established that they were not there for her services, she invited them inside and readily answered their questions.

She indicated that she did not know of any other women missing form the building. Oliver felt that since two of the murder victims were from the same building, it was likely that the fourth victim, the body pick up made earlier that morning may be a woman also from this building. However, Giulietta was unaware of any other missing women.

She did mention, however that the priest that lived across the hall , Father Hammersmith, had not returned home last night. She was of a habit of observing his movements because she found him handsome although out of reach.

She told the Envoys that the father was attempting to study, “some sort of witch book” at the Vatican. This immediately made a connection to the dead Nun, who worked in Document control. Giulietta also mentioned that a few days prior, Hammersmith had visited an old crematorium, the Crematorio Punta di Tristezza , or Sorrow Point Crematorium . She told the group that ha had been sick and suffered from nightmares and fever after his return from that place. She had given him herbs and medicines to nurse him back to health.

Act 8: The Priest’s Apartment

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Oliver and the others decided that it was in the best interest of the investigation to inspect the apartment in which the priest resided. Oliver jimmied the door and the group was immediately greeted with a display of ranting and half drawn images on every available surface. Although the words and symbols were incomprehensible, it was exceptionally apparent that the Priest was in some way affected by something powerful and violent. When the investigators took into account the raving son the walls and ceiling, the fever and nightmares he suffered and the brutal attacks on people he was connected with, it was hard to believe that the priest was in some way not involved, willingly or otherwise in the events that had transpired over the course of the last few days.

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In the apartment was located a journal. In that Journal were a series of drawing, which the envoys believed represented the creature or creatures that they may be dealing with.

These images were violent looking creatures, perhaps wraith-like in appearance. They seemed somewhat ephemeral, although obviously dangerous in their appearance. Because of the frequency of the drawings, there was little doubt that the group was dealing with a very terrible creature that had somehow influenced or manipulated the priest into direct or indirect actions resulting in the murders.

Act 9: The Confessional

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While the majority of the envoys had gone to investigate the apartment building. Father Fletcher had been summoned by Father Gavino Sabbadin, a confessor at the Vatican.

Fletcher was told that Sabbadin had taken the confession for Father Hammersmith, and had become exceptionally disturbed by the words that the confessor had spoken to him. When the afflicted priest became violent, attempting to rip through the confessional screen to attack Father Sabbadin, the papal Police were summoned.

Hammersmith was arrested, and upon inspection of the confessional booth, a strange painting, rendered in blood and black grease pencil was discovered. Fearful, the Papal guard had the hapless priest transferred to the Castel Sant Angelo, a prison for supernatural entities held by the church.

Father Fletcher was summoned because of his expertise. He had the confessional brought to the Library of Esoteric Studies where it could be studied and kept secured against potential supernatural influences.

When the Envoys at the apartments called the Library to inform Father Fletcher of the Hammersmith discovery, he advised them that the priest had been arrested.

The group reconvened at the library, determined to plan their next step of the investigation. They still needed to identify the creature responsible, determine how to destroy it and hopefully save Father Hammersmith in the process. Additionally, they wanted to prevent any further attacks against women that may be forthcoming as a result of the creature’s influence.

They realized that they still needed to investigate the newspaper, hopefully leading to the identity of the mystery author of the new articles detailing the murders, investiogate the copy of the Malleus Maleficarum that hammersmith and Sister Teodora were both connected with, visit the Crematorio Punta di Tristezza and hopefully make a visit to the Castel Sant Angelo to meet with The Warden in an attempt to gather additional information and perhaps interview father Hammersmith directly.

It was very much likely that Father Hammersmith was the connection between the four murders that had occurred, although why these particular victims were chosen is still unclear.

With much to do, the Envoys began to feel the pressure associated with a difficult investigation limited by time.

Act 10: Divide and Conquer

Upon Gathering at the club house, the Envoys decided to make another attempt to contact Sven, who was believed to still be attending to his injured wife at the hospital.

Liberty was able to make contact with him, and after a brief conversation Sven agreed to join the group to assist with their investigation. Knowing that whatever force was active was strong, it was believed that Sven could assist in dealing with that strength because of his strength feat discipline.

Once Sven had arrived at the library, and had been brought up to speed, the members discussed their next course of action. It was apparent that there were some significant leads to follow, and it was simply a matter of determining who was best suited for the tasks needed performed.

Act 11: The Malleus Maleficarum

The only connection that the group had between Father Jamie Hammersmith and Sister Teodora Quaranta was a tenous connection with a very old early copy of the Malleus Maleficarum stored in the Vatican Archives.

It had been discovered that father Hammersmith was in Rome in an attempt to prove or disprove that this specific early copy of the book was or was not written by the author to which it was attributed. It was also known that in order to gain access to this book that he had to gain the approval of Sister Quaranta. This was the only connection known between the two.

To follow up on this connection Liberty and Miguel visited the document control office, previously operated by Sister Quaranta. There they referenced the copy and pulled it for inspection. What was discovered, was surprising.

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The copy of the tome locked in the Vatican Archives appeared to possess illuminated panels which, although disordered, were accurate visual representations of rituals and alchemical processes that were well known to be used by dark cabalists. This made this version of the Tome unique, and may have been the reason that Father Hammersmith desired to inspect it.

After Miguel confirmed the accuracy of the images, Liberty pulled all the request for the viewing of the book. Not surprisingly she was able to uncover that father Hammersmith had made five requests over the last three years, approximately once every six months, to inspect the copy. Sister Quaranta had denied his request. It was no clear that he had traveled to Rome with the hopes of convincing the sister with a face-to-face conversation in an attempt to persuade her.

Liberty also learned that roughly 10-years ago, Father Fletcher had also researched the tome, although it was prior to his ordination as a priest and was likely around the time that he was working on his Masters of Theology.

Armed with this new information, the group returned to the library to await the arrival of the remainder of the group to discuss their discovery.

Act 12: The Gionali Italani Offices

Lodewijk and Sven traveled to the offices of the newspaper, Gionali Italiani, for the purposes of attempting to track down the author of the articles that had appeared in the journal concerning the three brutal murders that they were investigating.

After landing a brief meeting with the Editor in Charge, they managed to acquire the name Altus Diabello. They were told that the man was exceptionally eccentric and that he generally only wrote crime and murder pieces for the paper on occasion. They were also told that the paper had agreed not to edit any of his work. Also it seemed that the readership appreciated the odd writing style that he provided when he did submit articles.

With a little convincing, in the form of 1,000 Lira, the Envoys were provided an address used by Diabello.

Deciding to follow-up on the information they had received, the two, along with Hamm, traveled to the address provided. There they learned that Diabello had rented the entire top floor (4th) of the small boarding house for his use.

Upon entering the building, they quickly were tipped off that the man was eccentric, and the exact scope of that degree of eccentricity was beginning to become apparent.

Directed to the Forth Floor, they ascended the stairs to arrive at a very richly appointed waiting area, where they were asked if they were present to interview for the circus, an easy mistake to make because of Hamm’s presence.

Denying that they were there for that, the two expressed their desire to meet with “His Lordship” on another matter and were shown in to see him.

Eccentric was hardly an accurate description. It seemed that Altus was in the process of firing an entire circus, and re-staffing it fresh for a traveling show to begin in Moscow next spring. His ostentatious dress and appearance, were coupled with an elaborate room that was closer in appearance to the throne room form the palace of Versailles than a parlor room in a boarding house.

That Altus was obviously rich was an understatement. Gold adorned a great deal of the room, and his lordship obviously loved mirrors.

Despite the eccentricity, Lodewijk and Sven were able to finally manage to get him to answer a few questions about the articles. But most importantly they were able to identify Viktor Franken as the point of contact for the writers information.

With this revelation, the two envoys left the meeting, intent on returning to the library and sharing their interesting visit with the remainder of their group.

Act 13: Castel Sant Angelo

The most dangerous of the visits undertaken was to the Castel Sant Angelo, a supernatural prison where Father Hammersmith had been taken after his outburst and violent attack during his confession.

Tomas, Oliver and Gerard undertook this trip with the intention of meeting with Hammersmith in the hopes of gaining some insight into what may be happening to him, or more specifically what may be possessing him.

Their situation really began on the approach to the Castel, when they made their way along the Angel’s Causeway, a long stone bridge flanked by the stone statues of two ArchAngels, Michael and Raphael. Upon reaching an invisible threshold, Oliver became aware that the powers protecting the Castel were observing him with keen interest. The Threshold began well away from the prison building as a whole.

Once inside and on the actual grounds of the Castel, Tomas provided a letter written by father Fletcher to one of the papal Guard, and indicated that they wished to see The Warden.

After a few minutes they were escorted by papal guard to the preparation room. There a single Bordanian Monk observed while they stripped and dressed in approved robes.

Once they had changed they were escorted to see the Warden. The meeting wasn’t exceptionally pleasant, but the purpose for the visit was granted, although at their own risk.

The three Envoys were escorted to an interrogation room and told they would be allowed 3-minutes to speak with the prisoner, Father Hammersmith.

Once the father had been show in, it was very apparent that he was being harassed by a supernatural entity of some sort. While it wasn’t clear, and his answers to questions weren’t always direct, the father for the most part seemed marginally cooperative.

Attempts to illicit the name of the entity possessing or influencing him were unsuccessful, and everything went sideways when Oliver requested to “look behind” the father’s ears. Suddenly the father seemed to enter a state of panic, and called for the door to be opened so he could return to his cell.

Undeterred, Oliver attempted to tackle the Fathers he could forcibly look behind the afflicted man’s ears. This, however did not go as expected. Father Hammersmith, showing incredible alacrity and strength, kicked the nearly 250-pound solid oak table across the room into Oliver’s mid-section.

This immediately escalated into a direct confrontation.

As the father attempted to escape back towards the door, which had just opened because the 3-minutes had expired, Gerard, determined not to allow the father to escape, tripped him up sending him sprawling to the floor.

Enraged, Oliver let onto the prone Father’s back and using his teeth, bit off the Father’s left ear. At this, Father Hammersmith seemed to become empowered and easily stood from a prone position bearing all two-hundred of Oliver’s pounds on his back as he did so.

Not wishing to be dismounted violently, Oliver gabbed on for dear life. It was at this point that Father Hammersmith became fully violent. With little effort, the father reached up and crushed both of Oliver’s hands, breaking eight of his fingers and dislodging him.

Not to be deterred by this show of strength, Gerard, grabbed the father’s arm in a firm two-handed grip. Almost immediately, Gerard felt an intense burning and both his hands ignited in a roar of flames. Releasing his grip, Gerard struggled to extinguish the flames which were rapidly engulfing both hands.

Realizing that things had now escalated into a very dangerous realm, Tomas used his Binding Word Discipline in an attempt to hinder the Father. This immobilized his physical form significantly, but the Father was not finished.

His visage transformed taking on a terrible aspect which through it’s aura struck fear into Oliver who found himself suddenly desirous of escaping the room.

The father’s body flaked away into a swirling mass of Ash, taking on the rough appearance of the images that father Hammersmith had detailed in his personal journal and on the walls of his apartment.

The swirling mass of Ash, flowed across the room, engulfing Tomas, burning his surface skin and eliciting an unintended inhalation. The ash burned its way into his mouth and nostrils, and forced itself down into his lungs. This caused him to sputter and choke.

With Oliver attempting to escape from the room, Gerard incapacitated with his burnt hands and Tomas breathing cinders and ash, it appeared that Father Hammersmith was finally able to regain control of whatever was possessing him.

The father returned to his normal state and with some apologies rushed from the room, ending the encounter.

The group were released from the interrogation room, recovered their personal effects and returned to the Library badly injured.

Act 14: Aftermath

As everyone, except for Father Fletcher, returned to the Library it became very obvious that Lucas medical skills would be needed. Liberty collected him from his laboratory and upon seeing the three envoys, just returned from the Castel, immediately went to work attending to their injuries.

Gerard’s hands were so badly burned that Luca determined that they needed to be immediately amputated. Given a choice between visiting a hospital or having Luca perform the surgery, Gerard selected Luca’s assistance over that of the trained surgeons.

Using leather straps, some medical forceps and a hacksaw, Luca amputated both of Gerard’s hands just below his elbows. despite this, Gerard felt little pain, since Luca had provided him with an Opium pill for pain and a sedative tea to help with anxiety. With both hands removed, Luca then wrapped the stumps with a bandage and applied a soaked medicinal mixture to those cloths to close the wounds. With little time passed, Gerard’s recently amputated limbs had closed and stopped bleeding.

Next Luca turned his attention to Oliver’s Broken fingers. Having previously witnessed Oliver’s incredible healing abilities, he was uncertain why Oliver had not healed this seemingly inconsequential injury, compared to other worse injuries he had recovered from. Luca sett the bones of his fingers and almost immediately Oliver’s bones began to mend themselves, indicating that the bones simply needed to be placed in their correct position before the healing could commence.

Luca then gave Tomas an herbal tea that quickly healed his lungs restoring his ability to breathe back to normal.

Act 15: Red is Dead, Long Live Red!

Oliver, feeling an intense hunger realized he needed to leave the library for a moment. After stepping outside he summoned Red, who inexplicably attempted to keep his distance from Oliver. This uncharacteristic behavior was exasperated by Red’s seemingly threat display and warning calls, which were directed at Oliver.

Oliver attempted to entice the Raven with a treat, but this was ineffective. Finally, resorting to a more direct approach, Oliver produced a “shiny.” Red, unable to resist such a treasure, approached.

Suddenly, without any warning, Oliver found himself ripping Red apart and consuming him as he struggled under the brutality of the attack. Stunned, Oliver dropped the half-consumed carcass of his companion and watched in a mix of dread and terror as a murder of crows and ravens gathered and began to Dirge the loss of Red.

When the display was finished a larger, more prominent Raven presented itself to Oliver. Depositing a human finger at his feet, the stately Raven “bowed.” With an indication of acceptance, The Raven alighted on Oliver’s shoulder.

In an odd turn of events, Oliver reached out and gently stroked the bird, calling him “Red”, as if nothing had happened.

However, it quickly became apparent that something had taken place in Oliver. He became aware of the physical state of health of a pair of priests as they passed him on the Vatican Grounds.

He was instinctively able to identify which of the two was infirm and frightened. he was also able to tune into some of the more animalistic senses, knowing the hormonal state of his fiancé, when returning home.

Act 16: A Jaunt into the Countryside

After the evening’s difficulties, the group reassembled at the Library to await Father Fletcher’s return from his late night arson.

Upon his arrival, the group determined that they the next stage of their investigation was the Crematorium at Sorrow Point.

The group discussed what they may find and took a few steps to minimize any threats they may face.

The crematorium was located 15 kilometers outside the city of Rome, to the south. The group traveled in the Murta until they reached the turn-off leading to the crematorium.

The drive to the crematorium was very broken and decrepit. The Murta made it’s way through a thick underbrush growing up through the unused road, bumping along over the difficult trek.

After a few minute the group encountered a flat wooden bridge that spanned a narrow but deep water channel. With the Crematorium located on a promontory,this small stream effectively isolated the crematorium from the remainder of the world at large.

Not certain that the bridge, which had been damaged by a fallen tree limb would be sturdy enough to support the Murta, everyone, except Oliver traversed the creek on foot. During this, Liberty discovered the remains of an unearthed human skull. Perhaps a body that had been hastily buried on the site when the facility was shut down.

A brief inspection of the area, however revealed that there were more bones than could belong to a single body, leaving the group wondering if mass graves were somehow in use here.

Oliver managed to traverse the bridge with the Murta, but immediately thereafter, the bridge collapsed, leaving the group wondering how they would leave the area should it be necessary.

Act 17: Crematorium at Sorrow Point

Further down the road was the crematorium. The building was a large two story structure, topped by six very tall make stacks. It was constructed from masonry and stone. The building was surrounded by a rusting wrought-iron fence. The gate to the fence was chained closed. Tomas, using his strength feat, snapped the chain and locks to allow the party entry to the building’s courtyard.

The front portion of the building were body intake and offices. Two massive roll-up doors dominated it. One of them was heavily dented. The door leading into the office was missing completely. exposing the office interior to the elements. All the windows on the building were in disrepair, many shattered.

Signs of scavenging animals were present on the site. A group of scattered human bones, most likely taken from some of the shallower graves in the area were strewn about the offices.

Leading from the offices were a large pair of steel french doors. They were pinned in place and heavily corroded, but still quite solid. From the offices a strange repetitive creaking sound could be heard. This round was unidentifiable, although everyone somehow felt that they were familiar.

A sudden explosion of sparrows startled the group, almost forcing Gerard to flee in terror. Lodewijk managed to calm him. After a few minutes of cursory inspection, Oliver unlatched the doors.

One of the doors fell with a massive boom, once again sending Gerard, and this time Oliver, into a near panic. The group was able to calm their colleagues, although noting that something unnatural was probably responsible for the heightened fear that the two felt.

Act 18: The Burning Chamber

The massive burning chamber lay beyond the double doors. Holes in the ceiling allowed the introduction of weather into the chamber. As it had just begun to rain, the sounds of falling rain was to be heard.

An inspection of the room, from the doorway, led to the discovery of the source of the strange creaking noise. Suspended from support bars, high above their heads, hung the bodies of six individuals who had been hung by their necks until dead. Around many of their necks hung a placard that bore the words, “JUDEN”.

A thick layer of ash, dust and bone fragments covered the floor of the burn chamber. six massive furnaces were placed around the perimeter of the room. There were connected to the burning elements and a massive smokestack chimney leading up to the roof.

The group moved into the room, aware that the area was a potential trap and exceptionally dangerous for them. Many different creatures of the Never-Never would be able to draw a great deal of power from the events that surrounded them.

Act 19: The Cinder Constructs

Two members of the group approached one of the burning pits, since the closure to the pit was ajar. As they reached it, they looked inside, revealing a terrible sight.

Within the pit were several burned remains, which was somewhat expected, but atop them were other remains- these were more recent, consisting mostly of body parts, number ing perhaps in the tens of people.

Suddenly a voice, barely louder than a whisper filled the room, speaking some terrible hex. This disembodied voice seemed feminine and spoke he following curse.

With these words I seal this hex
those without sleep, you will not rest
Full of anger, Full of hate
Rip these fools from their fate
Arise by one and then by two
Bringing darkness over you
Pain, suffering, evil too
Bringing darkness straight to you
With these words, I do bind
Weaving chaos in your mind
Hex of anger, hex of hate
Bring them down, I will not wait
So make it now manifest!

With these words, small swirls of human ash began to coalesce into humanoid shapes. Sparks and cinders began glow in the malevolent eyes of the summoned creatures. A pack of Cinder Constructs had just been summoned.

Arriving between the envoys and the exit, and fearful of the consequences of making any physical contact with them, the group found themselves trapped. Able to avoid the somewhat lumbering creatures grasp, Tomas managed to slip through the enemies lines and reach the offices. The others, however were unable to do so and found themselves greatly threatened.

Father Fletcher realized that there may be a ladder inside the smokestacks to facilitate cleaning, and dropped into one of the burning pits to confirm his finding. Confirmed, he called to the others indicating that this was their best means of escape.

All the envoys remaining in the Burning Room, quickly followed Father Fletcher, escaping any further attacks made against the group. The Cinder Constructs, unable to negotiate the burn pits or the climb, instead turned their attentions to the still reachable Tomas.

Tomas, realizing he could not negotiate the room and reach his fellow envoys, retreated out through the front door and into the rain. Surprisingly, as the cinder constructs followed him into the elements, they were rapidly destroyed by the rain, effectively ending the threat to the group.

Act 20: Escape

The group emerged from the smokestacks and made their way across the damaged roof. Tomas, meanwhile, had reached the Murta and then drove it to the edge of the building. This allowed the group to safely reach the ground by using the roof of the Murta as a platform.

Afterwards, the group attempted to leave the area, but the damaged bridge made egress impossible. Oliver attempted to find another crossing, but he could not locate a suitable ford. Considering everything available to them as an option, Oliver realized that the large door leading into the burring room would serve as a suitable bridge to span the gap.

Returning to the building, the group quickly recovered the door and driving back to the site of the partially collapsed bridge, used it to span the gap between the banks. Oliver then drove the vehicle across the gap and the group returned to Rome.

Act 21: Visiting the 9.

Now realizing that they were looking for a witch, or even potentially a coven of witches, the group decided to make contact with The 9.

Liberty and Agostino travelled to the headquarters of the 9. There they met with Belkino, who when asked about things happening in the city, gave a few theories to Liberty and Agostino on what may be the cause.

He also indicated to the two that there were several covens in the area. he directed them to the Veneficas Forum, telling them the means to gain access to the market.

Act 22: The Veneficas Forum

Returning to the library, Liberty advised the group on the existence of the Veneficas Forum. Realizing that they had a good means by which to gather solid information critical to their investigation, the group decided to head there and conduct some questioning, to see what they could uncover. Only Father Fletcher decided he should stay away from the Forum, due to his obvious religious affiliation.

Upon arrival the group encountered Able, who offered to act as their guide. It was believed that Able was a member of the Unseelie Court. They safe-vouched his cooperation with a bribe of an excellent quality hand-rolled cigar. In return Able agreed to introduce them to two contacts who may be able to answer some questions for them.

Act 23: The Satyr

The first person they were introduced to was [Malphaseus, a Satyr, most likely a member of the Wyld Fae. In exchange for a human finger, provided by Oliver, secretly to the Satyr, Malphaseus agreed to give them some information.

This information was centered around the acknowledgment of a coven that was once comprised of several members, but its now currently only a single member remaining. The others having been hung at the crematorium and their power diablarized by the last surviving member of the coven. They also confirmed that the person responsible was a woman. There was additional confirmation that the three murders were conducted by the coven. The forth murder was now confirmed as a murder committed by the Blackened Denarii Sonnellion. The last was a normal human committing a very brutal act.

The group had been granted only a set number of questions, and with those now exhausted, the group was now set to meet the second contact that they had contracted with Able.

Act 24: The Janii

The second contact that Able introduced the envoys to was/were the Janii. they were known as Jem and Ini. A Janii is a mythical creature that is the basis for the Janus god mythos from Roman Mythology. It is unclear whether either Jem or Ini are capable of seeing the future or the past, but they are very knowledgeable.

Between the two, they agreed to answer some questions and provide insight in exchange for some Tibetan Air Burial Soil. This substance is apparently a soporific, which induces Euphoria and unconsciousness in the Janii. Interestingly enough the effects only seem to inhibit the “half” of the pair that consumes the drug.

With Ini out, Jem was ready to answer questions.

The interview revealed many exceptionally valuable things. The type of Hex was identified. The practitioner’s gender as a woman was confirmed. The existence of a Felbound Pith was confirmed. The group was also told how the hex could be undone and as a result how the witch would be destroyed by the Felbound Pith that would be unfettered.

All they had to do was find three strings, each knotted, and then cut them. The rest would then self-correct. The witch responsible would be destroyed and Father Hammersmith set free. All they had to do now was identify the Witch, find the hex cords and cut them. Sometimes even simple things can be complicated.

Act 25: Revisiting the Facts

The group went over the details that they knew, still feeling that they had overlooked some critical detail. In discussing, they determined that they needed to d some further investigating.

Oliver revisited the journal, inspecting it a little closer, and came to the realization that several pages had been torn free from the back of the journal. Thinking that these may be a clue leading to an as of yet undiscovered suspect, or confirming the involvement of an existing suspect, the group decided that it was in their best interest to revisit Father Hammersmith’s Apartment.

Meanwhile Father Fletcher wanted to better search the Convent in case their were clues that had been missed in their earlier haste to investigate.

The group divided into two teams, leaving Gerard and Tomas to man the phones at the library should anyone need assistance or be delayed unexpectedly. Agostino was going to conduct some research.

h4: Act 26: The Apartment

Liberty, Oliver and Lodewijk returned to Father Hammersmith’s apartment. This time, a more thorough search was undertaken. While no real clues were found in the main living areas of the apartments, Oliver discovered a ceiling access to an attic loft. The group determined to investigate.

Just before doing so, however, Oliver realized that a small lamp in the father’s room did not match the decor and inspected it further. Inside the hollow base of the “Venus de Milo” ceramic lamp a folded and rolled sketch of a woman was found. This led the group to conclude that this may be a new suspect. This was one of the pages torn from Hammersmith’s journal. With two pages still missing from the journal, the group decided to investigate the attic access.

Act 27: The Artist’s Loft

The access led up a wooden ladder into a loft space above Father Hammersmith’s apartment. There, they discovered a space that the priest had obviously been using as an art studio.

Several partial canvases displayed incomplete paintings and sketches, waiting to be finished. The presence of skylights in the roof, provided excellent light for the artist, and a roman-style reclining couch used in classical nudes was also present.

This led the group to his art table, which was covered in sketches, mostly likely paintings to come. the last remaining missing pages were found. They contained nude sketches of the same woman. It seemed as if the group had discovered the priests reason for his practices of self mortification. He was tempted by the flesh.

An inspection of the recliner revealed traces of a woman’s cosmetic. This seemed to fulfill any suspicions of an inappropriate trust between the Father and their as-of-yet unidentified woman.

Act 28: Liberty and Giulietta

On the way out of the apartment, the three encountered Guilietta. A Libertine that Liberty already knew. They both attended private parties that Guilietta hosted for discerning participants.

With this revelation, it became apparent that she could not be a suspect. This meant that she was, in fact, at risk. Filling the criteria for the Felbound Pith, meant that she could be the next unsuspecting victim. this was especially true considering that she was recently mentioned to Hammersmith when the group interviewed him in the Castel Sant Angelo.

Oliver contacted the library to get permission from father Fletcher to bring her to the safer location. Fletcher gave permission through Gerard, who acted as a telephone relay between them. The only caveat was that no one “invite” her inside. Permission received, and armed with new information, the group headed back to the library.

Act 29: A Complaint

While the two groups were investigating, a call was received at the Library for Tomas. The call was from his boss’ secretary informing Tomas that the Captain needed to see him right away.

Tomas left Gerard manning the phones and reported to the office to see what it was that the Captain wanted.

Upon arriving, Tomas discovered that Sister Mary Magdelena the secretary to Cardinal Incenzio Montenegro was avidly berating Captain Antorinno Descortes.

It quickly became apparent that she was complaining about the fact that Liberty and Agostino, mistaken for Tomas, had gained access to the Malleus Maleficarum contained in the rare books section of the Archives.

Tomas was able to defuse the situation, much to the Sister’s obvious displeasure. he advised the captain that the access was necessary and was related to the investigation.

The sister was escorted back to her convent by papal guard and Tomas returned to the library, with a bit more information at his disposal.

Act 30: Regrouping

Armed with new information, and with Guilietta in tow. The group reassembled at the library, where they discussed their new findings. When Tomas mentioned the encounter with Sister Magdelena, and was able to identify her from the photograph and sketches found, she became the new primary suspect.

Having identified the most likely culprit the group realized that they still had to find the three cords and cut them in order to end Hammersmith’s suffering and stop any additional murders.

The group brainstormed possible locations and appearance of the cords, discarding unlikely items and locations using experience and intuition for the most part.

Guilty suggested that it may be something personal to hammersmith, rather than to the witch, and this immediately reignited a new round of discussions. The group identified a possibility after a short while, realizing that the knotted cords used by Father Hammersmith in his Opus Dei beliefs were perfect candidates. Liberty had seen one such cord at hammersmith’s apartment earlier that day. Another was recorded in storage at the Castel Sant Angelo, taken from the Father when he was incarcerated there. If there was third, they may well have their cords.

Oliver suggested that it may well be at the laundry, located in the same building as Hammersmith’s apartment. If the cord ended up in the wash, purposefully or accidentally it may be found there.

Armed with this information, the group decided to divide into three teams, leaving Guilietta to man the phones in case of emergency.

Act 31: The Prison

Father Fletcher, Lodewijk and Liberty decided to head to the Castle Sant Angelo. It was their intention to gain access to Hammersmith’s personal effects and see if they could locate a cord to confirm or discredit their theory.

Upon their arrival they had learned that a members of the Order of the Blackened Denarius had attempted a prison break prior to their arrival. They were stopped, but the remains of the battle were still visible. The three responsible were Oliver Cromwell, Armaros and Ramiel.

It was also revealed that father Fletcher and The Warden knew each other well enough for her to use the father’s first name.

The group received access to the items and were relieved to find that there was a knotted cord there. With one cord recovered the three headed back to the Library.

h4: Act 32: The Apartment and the Laundry

Meanwhile Tomas, Gerard, Oliver and Agostino made their way back to the building that contained the father’s apartment and the laundry. They divided into two teams, Gerard and Tomas headed to the Laundry, while Oliver and Agostino headed to the apartment.

In the apartment, the two were able to easily locate the single knotted cord that Liberty had seen in the closet. However, no other cords were found. The two headed downstairs, stopping to place the cord into the glove box of the Murta van.

While they were searching the apartment, Gerard had managed to pick the lock on the back door of the laundry and he and Tomas had gained entry. As the two moved into the room and began searching, the sound of a disembodied voice sounded. In a repeat of the ambush the group had encountered at the crematorium, all the clothing in the large room, which was a significant number of pieces, animated and surrounded the two, attacking them with brutal efficiency. The large tub of water also began to boil and it appeared as if the animated clothes were determined to drive the two envoys to the tub, perhaps with the intention of drowning them.

Tomas fired his pistol into the clothes as a means of altering his other companions, and then they attempted to fight their way out of the room.

Hearing the shot, Agostino and Oliver rushed to the back door where they took in the situation. Knowing they needed assistance, Oliver ran upstairs to Guilietta’s apartment where he called the library. he was forced to leave a message for father Fletcher with Guilietta. message delivered, he headed back toward the stairs, when there was a massive burst of flames below.

Agostino, thinking that fire may be the best way to handle these animated clothes, used his ritual magic to create a burst of flame. The spell was especially effective, igniting every suit of clothing in the area, adding to the danger for Tomas and Gerard.

Oliver arrived on the scene, and rushed to a nearby outbuilding to acquire a garden hose, which he rapidly hooked up to an outdoor spigot. The building was now beginning to burn and Oliver realized that innocent people in the building were both unaware of the danger and would probably be unable to escape the flames.

Attempts to extinguish the flames with ritual magic were unsuccessful. The building continued to burn.

Tomas and Gerard, meanwhile had suffered severe burns and were ignited by the attacks of the burning animated clothing suits. The two managed to escape the burning building and were attempting to extinguish themselves.

That was when Oliver noticed father hammersmith’s Cossack still hanging on the hook inside the Laundry. The third and final cord draped over the clothes hanger.

Activating some of his disciplines to help him with the damage he knew was coming. Oliver risked everything and rushed into the burning building to recover the cord.

Braving flames and attacks, Oliver ignited under the attacks of the creatures, but managed to make his way back out of the room. Once outside again, he made a fateful decision.

Act 33: Theron, Theron, Theron

Realizing that many innocent people were on death’s doorstep, Oliver called in his favor from the winter court far they had rescued prior. Theron arrived just as Agostino failed in a second attempt to use ritual magic extinguish the building. Although he succeeded in extinguishing Gerard and Tomas, although not without significant injury to Tomas.

With Oliver injured and beginning to feel the urges caused by his condition, Gerard nearly dead or dying, the situation looked grim. Oliver used his favor to have his friend’s healed of their injuries. Theron complied, restoring Gerard and Tomas to full health. This even restored Gerard’s missing hands.

Theron then took his leave.

Act 34. The Calvary Arrives

Having received the message left for them, Lodewijk, Fletcher and Liberty arrived at the building moments after Theron had departed and the fire had been extinguished. Oliver turned over the recovered cord to Fletcher and then ran off into the city, presumably to “heal” as he had been doing lately.

With no fighting and no other investigation needed. The group, except for Oliver head back to the library.

Act 35: Bum on the Hoof

Oliver, unable to control his hunger, discovered a homeless man in an alley and overcome with urges murdered him and ripped him apart to consume his flesh. Red was present and kept trying to get oliver to eat more of the poor man. finally satiated and guilty Oliver snuck into his apartment, washed and changed clothes, before returning to the Library.

Act 36: The Gathering

The group arrived. Oliver upon his arrival discovered that some of the ward in the area were affecting him. This was a certain sign that something had changed with this latest development.

The group went downstair into Luca’s area where they cut the cords with a silver pair of scissors inside Luca’s circle. nothing seemed to happen.

Act 37: Conclusion

Thinking that they had perhaps gotten it wrong concern began to set it. Suddenly the phone rang and a member of the papal guard was calling for Tomas. he advised that something “terrible” was happening at the convent.

The group hurried there and arrived in time to have the Sisters evacuated. In the prayer vestibule the black witch was finally suffering the same brutal murder that she had inflicted upon others. The creature had returned to exact vengeance. unable to open any doors until the attack was over, the group was forced to listen to the screams of agony and chaos that emanated from the room.

The witch was dead, the Pith banished and Hammersmith released from it’s influence.

1936 Season 1, Index

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The Ancient Disciple
1936 Season 1, Episode 5

Act 1: Uncovering the Coven

Warned by members of the Order of Saint Giles, The Envoys of the Vatican Office begin to seek out the location of a Red Court Vampire Coven.

After following a series of leads, including the new wards that Luca had placed throughout the city to help him detect Thaumataurgy, the members of the Vatican City SAVE Office, along side two members of the Order of Saint Giles, Father Pedro Manuel Rogerio and his young assistant Giovanni Brullo tracked a coven of Red Court vampires to a derelict building on the outskirts of Rome.

Inside the building, they encountered a guardian of the Coven’s nest, a Bone Hound. After a brutal battle, the group moved forward eventually finding the entry way to the Coven’s Lair; A makeshift tunnel located in the basement of the building, leading directly into an ancient Underground Temple of the Roman Goddess Jana.

Act 2: The Underground Temple

The group made their way through the tunnels and into the excavated chamber that fronted the Underground Temple of Jana. On high alert, they made their way inside, only to find the temple apparently abandoned.

The only activity was centered around a strange pillar inscribed with glowing musical runes and symbols. The pillar pulsed with a bright blue light. fearing a trap, the Envoys and Father Rogerio spread out across the chamber seeking their unseen foes.

This, however, allowed Giovanni the opportunity to move close to the pillar. He touched it, setting off some unheard alarm. Within moments a flood of Red Court Vampires defended into the chamber, and a brutal conflict ensued.

With the Group seriously outnumbered, but holding their own, the leader of the Coven, Duke Jesus De Mendoza, appeared and was prepared to wade personally into the conflict, when Lysias one of the Pythia’s Spartan Warriors appeared, offering battle. Unprepared to take on such an opponent the Duke and the remainder of his coven retreated.

Determined to stop any Ritual that may be underway, Father Fletcher ordered Sven Thofelt, to topple the pillar. This created a magical discharge which knocked Tomas Migual Gessner unconscious.

While the members were tending to Tomas, Lysia advised the SAVE Envoys that the Pythia needed to see them tomorrow at the trevi fountain the following day at midday.

Act 3: An Unexpected Development

The following day began normally enough. Members of the Vatican Office recovered from the previous day’s conflict and many of them went back to work.

However, not everything was as it should be. Shortly after Tomas, arrived downstairs for breakfast, a second identical looking individual appeared. As there were now two Tomas’ and no way to distinguish them apart at that moment Luca Garige asked Lodewijk to contact the other members of the Office to aid them in deciphering the situation.

After a long discussion, it was decided that somehow they were both the same and different people, perhaps a result of some sort of Simulacrum ritual that had been interrupted by the destruction of the pillar. The two appeared to have their life-force intertwined.

Once Tomas, the original was identified, a fight broke out between him and Sven as a result of Sven’s decision to point a gun at the former up[on his arrival. The fight escalated, eventually involving, Lodewijk, Oliver and Gerard as well.

It was brought to an end by Luca, who threatened to deal with them all if they could not resolve their issues. He even offered to conduct a Code Duello if the involved parties felt it necessary.

As they all declined, the matter was put to rest. The second incarnation of Tomas, was asked to be called Mikael. It was suspected that he was somehow connected to the apparent lack of memory that plagued Tomas, meaning that whatever caused him may have been present prior and was only released to form a separate entity as a result of the magical discharge.

Luca was interested to see what his wards would make of the new version of Tomas, as if he were a supernatural being or entity of some sort, he would be seriously hindered or possibly harmed by them when attempting to return to the interior of the Library of Esoteric Studies.

Act 4: Meeting with the Pythia

The group arrived on time to meet with the Pythia at an open air bistro at the fountain. She greeted them all and curiously commented that it was finally nice to meet the “ new member ”.

She did not elaborate however, as a serious situation was beginning to cause her concern. She had been having vision that were disturbing lately, hinting at some great unidentified calamity to come. She had seen members of the Vatican Office, “ standing along a verdant river, surrounded by desert. “ She had thought originally that it was Egypt, but the group indicated that they had no interest in traveling there.

She then surmised that the group had, in fact been, in Kemet. As a result she suggested that the group travel there that very evening. She offered to have Lysias guide them and show them the means by which to enter the Realm, and also the means by which to return.

Act 5: Research

After the meeting with the Pythia, and the realization that the group would be traveling to Kemet later that every evening, the envoys decided that it would be a good time to conduct some research.

Each according to their access and abilities, either took care of setting personal affairs in order, or attempted to garner additional information on Kemet.

Act 6: The Book

Liberty returned to her office in the vatican to tie up a few open verifications, with plans to visit the Athenaeum Arcana hoping to find additional information on the Kemet.

However, before she could depart on that errand, she received a phone call from the Museum Director. She was advised that a call had been received by the minister of Art and Culture, advising that Liberty was to undertake a verification of a document for a visiting Nazi dignitary. Unable to get free from her office prior to this, she was forced to wait for his arrival.

The individual arrived at Liberty’s office and introduced himself as Kurt Heinrich Helck. He displayed an Indulge, indicating he was a member of SAVE and advised that he was from the Berlin Office.

He was accompanied by two SS soldiers, whom were told to wait outside the office. He revealed his SAVE affiliations to Liberty once alone, so as to not arouse the suspicion of the two soldiers acting as his escorts.

Helck then went on to reveal a very old book. It was explained that he had “stolen” it from a locked and warded box. He needed to know if the book was authentic, or if it was a cheap copy. He could only say that he suspected it was written by Edward Kelley, a renowned Alchemist.

The book was the Occultum Aegyptus Antiqua, and was written in a personal code, that was all but indecipherable without a key.

Liberty wanted to compare the book to other alchemical books written by the same author and called Father Fletcher to bring another of Kelley’s alchemical works from the Library of Esoteric Studies for comparison.

As such, when Fletcher arrived, he was introduced to Helck, and became aware of the book’s existence and the existence of the Berlin office.

Liberty confirmed that the book was authentic. Helck, in turn mentioned that several SS men, under the command of an SS officer, Oberstkaptain Stefan Vogel, had come to Rome some weeks prior.

He indicated that he believed that they had somehow managed to interrogate a captured Red Court Vampire in Rome. Helck explained that Udo Von Liebstadt a prior SAVE Envoy, was in command of a special artifact hunting division of the Abwehr named the Sturmreitter. Because of Liebstadts intimate knowledge of SAVE, the Berlin office operated in Secret and was forced to take extreme actions to insure their continued existence.

Helck, himself admitted to being a SAVE Envoy who had infiltrated the Sturmreitter, in order to keep a better eye on Von Liebstadt at the behest of London.

Armed with the new information, Helck took the book and was going to return it, hopefully prior to it’s being discovered missing.

Act 7: University Professorship

With some limited time, Oliver made his way to the university, where he spoke with Wilhelm Busch in regards to teaching a couple of university classes on Anthropology. Wilhelm accepted, and agreed to make the arrangements for Oliver to begin his courses on the next semester.

Act 8: Reach Out and Administer Drugs

While others were handling their personal affairs, Gerard decided to put his pharmaceuticals skills to work for the betterment of the group. Armed with a new Tranquilizer Dart Rifle, He crafted several specialized delivery darts with a variety of drugs. It was his hope to have these available in case he needed them to aid him in his desire not to cause harm to innocents during an encounter.

Act 9: Visiting Venatori

In an attempt to gain additional information on the upcoming journey to Kemet, Mikael travelled to an undisclosed Chapel to meet with his Venatori contact Father Josef Beuhler.

There they discussed Kemet in some detail, uncovering several interesting facts that would have otherwise have been unavailable otherwise. Unknown to Mikael, he was photographed by the Gestapo, exiting the church. They were watching some other individual located there and had taken note of his arrival and departure. This would cause an unpleasant conversation between Captain Antorinno Descortes and Tomas Migual Gessner concerning his involvement there. Tomas would explain that he has a twin brother and that it was this brother that had visited the Church, not himself.

Act 10: Disseminate Information

The Envoys, with the obvious exception of Sven, regrouped at the Library to discuss the limited amount of information available on the Kemet People and the location, also known as Kemet.

Very little solid information was available, but what was available proved very useful. It seems that the Kemet people were the inspiration, or perhaps were the Gods of Ancient Egypt. This information was confirmed through multiple sources.

In addition it was discovered that all the non-Kemet inhabitants of this realm were either Visitors or Spirits who had transcended to this realm. If spirits, they were known to possess a group collective, sharing information and protection among their numbers.

As for Visitors, they could have been from either the Never-Never or from the Real World. It was also revealed that fraternization with anyone in Kemet was also forbidden.

With the information shared, there was little to do but wait. So each of the members went about their personal business to return to the clubhouse at 10:00 pm.

Act 11: Uniform Search

Oliver upon being told about the SS involvement, decided to start looking for the bodies of the two SS men that Helck had mentioned he would be forced to kill. The plan was to acquire a uniform in the hopes of making it useable later if need arose. in the end, this avenue of acquisition was unsuccessful, but a visit to Liberty’s tailor revealed that he was able to provide a Corporal’s SS uniform the following day for Oliver’s Use.

Act 12: An Unfriendly Reminder

Satisfied with his acquisition, Oliver returned home to find a full-blown celebration underway at his apartment. A live band and nearly one-hundred people had gathered to congratulate him on his recent employment at the university. This was information that he had not shared with anyone.

In attendance was his fiance, Elsa Mannhoff and Sven’s wife Brigit Thofelt. Trying to disband the party proved unsuccessful.

As Oliver began to grow impatient, Cyprus Archer, Indra Dietrich, Mortimer Stroud, and Emeric Dane arrived. With at least one-hundred people at risk, Oliver was forced to listen as Cyprus requested he remind Sven Thofelt to return that which had been taken from him.

Cyprus then ordered Brigit to leave the party. Once she was gone, Cyprus offered Oliver employment to assist him in recovering an ancient artifact located somewhere on the grounds of Trajan’s Market.

Oliver refused outright, but Cyprus suggested that he “ take some time to think it over. “ With that Cyprus used some sort of mind control to empty the party of it’s guests, and forced Elsa to forget about the event.

Cyprus and his people departed.

Act 13: The Alchemist Gate

With all of the Envoys, except Sven, whose whereabouts remained unknown, returned to the library, the group prepared to meet Lysias at the Garden of Souls to be guided to the Alchemist Gate.

Arriving near 11:00, at the garden, they met Lysias. Less guided them with confidence through the maze and Labyrinth to the Alchemist Gate. There he explained the means to activate the gate, and the means by which they could return.

Act 14: Arriving in Kemet

The envoys made their way through the Alchemist gate and emerged in Kemet. There they were able to take in the living embodiment of Ancient Egypt for a short while before being accosted by guards.

A group of Spirit guards arrived and surrounded the group. Using an interpreter, they were advised that they were under arrest and would be taken to the Grand Inquisitor for interrogation.

Believing that their current situation was related to whatever threat the Pythia had warned them against, the Envoys disarmed themselves and accompanied the guards to the royal place.

There they were introduced to the Isan Nyat. Using the Feather of Truth, she interrogated the collected Envoys, to determine their complicity with a theft that had taken place in hemet a few days prior.

Satisfied with their responses, and knowing they were unable to hide the truth, she advocated for them with the High Advisor (and defacto ruler of Kemet) the Anubii Akhenet.

She was successful in having their lives spared. They decided to undertake the task of recovering the Ahk of the Kemet-Ra, which was believed to be located in four Canopic Jars which were, in turn, stored in a single Canopic Chest.

She explained that once she saw the jars, which would need to be photographed, she could tell the group which aspects were stored within them. She could then tell them what weapons would be needed to defeat the four aspects.

as each Aspect was defeated, the group would need to collect the enmpowered charms located in their respective Canopic jar and return them to Nyat so that she could restore them.

Having advised them of the task that lay before them, the group was escorted to the Alchemist Gate and returned to the Real World.

Act 15: The Mesha Stele

The Next evening, a phone call was received. members of the Sturmreitter, under the direction of Udo Von Liebstadt, had kidnapped Edward Vorgenberg, and had made the demand that Olivger accompany Lodewijk Van Beers to Edward’s art gallery. Once Oliver was safely on his way back to Berlin, where he would be recruited to the Sturmreitter Division, Edward would be released.

Liberty, Fletcher, Mikael, Lodewijk and Oliver all made their way to the Gallery. Once arriving, Liberty, Oliver and Jodewijk discovered that it was not actually Oliver that was wanted, but an object known as the Mesha Stele. This Stele had been recovered by Oliver during his fateful 1934 dig.

Oliver, however was not currently aware of the Stele’s whereabouts, as he had sent it to the University of Austria in Tyrol. It appears that it never arrived. The Sturmreitter had tracked the Stele back to Rome, and as Oliver was also there, they had assumed, incorrectly, that Oliver was in possession of the artifact.

With this clarified, it was decided that Edward would remain in the Sturmrietter’s care until the Stele was supplied. Oliver was given two weeks to do so.

Act 16: Big Badda-Boom!

After the meeting at the gallery, oliver and the other Envoys all returned home to catch up on some much needed sleep. For oliver, however, sleep would not be easy to catch. Awakened in the early morning by Red, it was discovered that a car was parked in the back alleyway behind Oliver’s Apartment.

With the thought of capturing and potentially interrogating one of the nazi’s in the car, Oliver made his way down stairs. The driver’s however spotted him and panicked. Losing control of the speeding automobile, they flipped the car, allowing Oliver to catch up with them.

As he dragged one of the Nazi’s from the car, a tremendous explosion ripped through the vehicle, sending him flying across the alley and into the wall.

Red, seeing this, went to the library to alert other members of the events.

Liberty and the others mobilized and made their way to assist Oliver. The crew arrived in time to see the police and fire services actively working to extinguish the burning wreckage.

The Envoys spotted Oliver, who appeared to be exceptionally badly injured. At Gerard’s prompting, he ordered the others present to “Run!” They did so, and as a result were spared possible destruction as Oliver began to lose control of his inner beast. Managing to avoid killing any of the innocent Police or fire workers present, Oliver consumed the remains of one of the Nazi’s to recover his strength.

Upon recovery, he made his way upstairs, where Liberty met him with a fresh change of clothes. No comments or remarks were made concerning his sudden miraculous recovery. As no one witnessed the consumption, there was no real way to question what had happened.

Apparently much better off, the group separated once again- returning to their homes for a little more sleep.

Act 17: The Search for Eddie

Although they had been told that Eddie had been taken by Von Liebstadt’s people, the envoys had not real proof that he had been kidnapped. Thinking on this, Lodewijk, Oliver, Tomas and Gerard decided to make their way to Eddie’s apartment to see if they could find any signs of his abduction that may lead them to his location.

The Envoys found signs of forced entry, although the initial investigation indicated that some sort of freezing had been used to defeat the lock and crack the door. This could have been a result of either compressed gas or thaumaturgy.

A thorough search revealed only a few archeology books showing images of the ancient Egyptian god Thoth. In addition a smeared drawing of the same god, done in camphor oil was found on the window leading to his fire escape. A good review of the apartments contents allowed Lodewijk to realize that one of Eddies favorite statues, also of Thoth, was missing. In it’s place had been placed a vase full of flowers from the Camphor tree. These flowers were considered sacred to Thoth.

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While these were interesting facts, they didn’t really do much more than create additional questions for the envoys.

Locating a hidden wall safe in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, Tomas was able to open it. Inside the group found 250,000 Lira, Eddies’s passport and a ledger of illicit acquisitions and sales. Although these were interesting they were seemingly unrelated to his disappearance and so, they were replaced in the safe and secured.

Deciding that it was more likely that he was taken from his shop the group then headed there to conduct a more thorough search.

Upon arrival, Lodewijk unlocked the doors and the group entered. The office was searched, and although some pictures of bids on antiquities were found, it was determined that they were not related to the case of his disappearance. A large locked cell-like storage area was discovered in the back room. It was full of artifacts and items of value, although it wasn’t related to the kidnapping. It occurred to Oliver that perhaps Eddie might know more about the missing Mesha Stele than he did. Additionally it was likely that Von Liebstadt and his people wouldn’t realize they should probably ask Eddie about it. In a sort of Irony, they may have inadvertently kidnapped the only person in Rome who may actually know something about the artifact they were searching for.

Finding nothing of significance, the envoys deduced to return to the Library.

Act 18: The Divination

Meanwhile, Mikael prepared and cast a ritual tracking divination spell using the recovered Totenkopf ring as a foci. The spell was largely successful, as it pulled Mikael directly to the location of the owner. This turned out to be the Nazi Embassy in Rome.

At the outside of the building Mikael encountered a sort of Divination ward, that although powerful in some ways, was not entirely successful. The ward made the building look “blurry” and prevented him from seeing inside the walls of the structure, but it was not able to actually hide the location in any significant way. As a result, Mikael was able to ascertain that the owner of the ring was within the walls of the Embassy.

This would confirm Oberstkaptain Stefan Vogel as the ring’s owner.

Unable to gather any additional information, Mikael broke the divination to return to the club house.

Act 19: Best Laid Plans

The group of envoys discussed ways that they could identify Vogel, as none of them had seen him, and were therefore unable to recognize him. As this would become critical soon, Fletcher put forward a phone call that was intended to draw Vogel out to a Bistro, so he could be identified by the group.

Using the lure that he had acquired important espionage information concerning the operations of British spies in Rome, Fletcher called and set up a meeting with Vogel at an open air bistro. It was not Fletcher’s intention to actually make any contact with Vogel, but Oliver and Mikael would follow any transport leaving the nazi Embassy with the thought that it would contain Vogel. This would be subjective to the time that the vehicle left the embassy with an emphasis on departure to allow timely arrival at the Bistro near the appointed time.

Lodewijk and Tomas would take up positions in the nearby public park, Lodewijk playing his organ and Tomas reading a paper and eating lunch. This allowed them to be close and to also view Vogel’s arrival.

Gerard and Fletcher would be at the Bistro, playing a game of chess, to allow them to observe the arrival.

While it was never the plan to make actual contact, Vogel sent that portion of the plan out the window when upon his arrival, he approached and identified himself to Father Fletcher. It rapidly became apparent that Vogel not only knew who they were, but what they were after.

Gerard was sent away by Vogel, but Oliver seeing the situation left the car and made his way to the Bistro so that he didn’t leave Fletcher alone. The conversations between Fletcher and Vogel conformed that Vogel was behind the heist, that he had it locked in the Embassy and that it was going to be transported soon.

Although Vogel never said any of this outright, it was apparent that he was poor at hiding the truth when questioned. Vogel departed and the Envoys regrouped at the Library with a new agenda to figure out how and when the artifacts would be transported from the Embassy.

Act 20: Call Helck

While the majority of the team were dealing with Vogel’s appearance at the Bistro, Liberty had stayed behind at the Vatican in an attempt to make contact with Kurt Heinrich Helck. Placing a call to the Embassy, she was able to make contact with him and indicate she needed a meeting. Although Helck was not able to outrightly accept because of the possibility that his calls were monitored, he indicated covertly that he would attempt to make contact.

Act 21: Transportation

After reassembling at the library, everyone was brought up to speed on the latest developments. It was decided that the most likely means of transport was either by train or by aircraft. To those ends the group divided into teams, each given an objective. Before departing, Mikael provided everyone with a Charm of Calling that he had imbued with the ability to allow limited telepathic communication with the holders of the other charms. Although limited to only 15-words, the charms could prove a fast and efficient means to alert the group to new developments as they occurred.

Luca and Tomas would travel to the Embassy to watch the embassy and make certain that they did not move the item prematurely. To this ends, They used of the Murta vans belonging to the Library as transportation.

Oliver and Lodewijk would head to the train depot to determine whether they could locate any Nazi train leaving that may be in a position to carry the stolen artifacts to Berlin.

Fletcher and gerhard would travel to the airport to look for any signs of Nazi Transports that could be used to carry the artifacts from Rome to Berlin.

And finally, Liberty and Mikael would remain at the Library to await the possible arrival of Helck. This was in the hopes that he could provide additional information.

Act 22: The Train Yard

Upon their arrival, Oliver and Lodewijk made their way through the gate, using Oliver’s university papers as a means t get access to the train yard. Coupled with a story about checking on an important arriving archeological shipment, the guard let the two enter the main switch yard without much thought or scrutiny.

Once inside, They made their way to the yard master’s tower. There, they made contact with one of the conductor’s responsible for scheduling. After some discussion, the scheduler was unable to locate any cargo trains bound for Berlin leaving either that night or the following night. With only a passenger train making a regularly schedule trip via another German city, The two envoys determined that it was unlikely that the Nazis were using a train as the primary form of transport. The only option to do so would be some sort of secret train schedule that was unknown to the yard master.

Act 23: The Airport

Upon arriving at the airport, Fletcher and Gerard decided to split up to allow them to cover more ground quicker. Fletcher was to look into the chartered flights to see if any of them were booked by Nazis or headed to Berlin. Meanwhile, Gerard would make his way along the private hanger looking for any obvious signs that Nazis were preparing a plane for departure. It was believed that the most likely option would be some sort of military flight transporting the artifacts.

The two split up.

While Fletcher was unsuccessful in locating any private chartered flights that fit the needed criteria, Gerard hit pay dirt.

He encountered a hanger that contained a JU-88 Mid-range bomber. This aircraft obviously belonged to the German military, and gerard snuck into the hanger to see if he could gather any information related to the upcoming transportation of the artifacts.

To his surprise, shortly after he managed to hide in the hanger, a staff car from the Nazi Embassy arrived. The car contained two passengers, one was Eva Von Bock and the other was Oberstlieutenant Karl Sturmer.

Gerard was able to overhear several important details concerning the upcoming transport of the artifacts as well as the book and Von Bock’s transportation arrangements.

Realizing that delaying the flight would be in their best interest Gerard set out to sabotage the aircraft in some way in hopes of either delaying or preventing the aircrafts take off. Once the two had departed, Gerard snuck to the aircraft, and using his knife, punctured several of the aircraft’s hydraulic lines. It was hoped that this would prevent the timely take off of the aircraft.

Fearing discovery, Gerard managed to escape the hanger and regroup with Father Fletcher.

Act 24: At the Embassy

Although Tomas and Luca noted the departure and subsequent arrival of the car carrying Von Bock and Sturmer, they had seen no activity indicating a transport for the artifacts was underway. Determined to provide information to the other Envoys, even if it was somewhat sparse, Tomas returned to the library, leaving Luca, disguised as an old jewish woman, watching the Embassy for traffic.

Act 25: The Meeting with Helck

Meanwhile Helck arrived at the Vatican and met with Liberty and Mikael. There, the two envoys filled Helck in on the details he was missing concerning the book and the artifacts that had been stolen. He, in turn provided the departure time for the transport, the number of troops at the embassy, the location of the artifact in the vault at the embassy and provided information on Eva Von Bock and Oberstlieutenant Sturmer.

He also confirmed that the artifact would travel out of Rome by plane. Concerned at the seriousness of the situation, Helck said he would attempt to get himself included in the transport of the artifact, so that he could assist in any actions taken to stop the artifact from leaving Rome. He was determined to act as a last resort plan in the event that the Vatican City office was unable to prevent the artifact’s departure.

In return, he only asked that he not be accidentally shot by any of the attacking envoys. After sharing information Helck departed the library. Mikael voiced his distrust of Helck, noting that Vogel seemed to know a great deal about the vatican office already.

Act 26: Planning an Ambush

Despite their best attempts, the Envoys were still unable to reach Sven, who would have been very helpful to the efforts to ambush the shipment on it’s way to the airport.

looking at maps, the most likely route from the embassy to the airport was determined, and the most remote and direct portion of that route selected for the site of the ambush.

Oliver would steal a vehicle, which would be used to ram and disable the cargo truck carrying the artifacts. Should he fail, Father Fletcher would also be driving a vehicle, which could be used in a similar manner. in the event of success, Fletchers vehicle would be used to transport the recovered artifacts.

Upon initiating the ambush, all available envoys would rush the cargo truck, dealing with any armed guards and securing the artifacts. If possible the book would be acquired from Von back if the opportunity arose.

Once the book and crate containing the artifacts were recovered, the cargo would be transported to the burnt out remains of the Cinema dell Ombra, where the Canopic Jars would be photographed.

One or more of the envoys would return to Kemet, where they would learn what needed to be done to handle the aspects that had been captured in the jars.

Once the aspects were defeated, the empowered runes would be returned to Kemet for Reassembly and the Cosmos would be safe once again.

While the plan seemed simple on the surface, it was obvious that it would most likely prove more difficult to undertake in actuality. The Envoys separated, to prepare for their evenings activities.

Act 27: Sven’s Return

Sven contacted the club house much to the relief of the members there. He arrived bearing a florists card containing the message, “ My deepest Condolences. I hope for a quick and complete recovery. CA

Sven explained that he had been called away on urgent embassy business in Greece, and that upon his return had been informed that his wife had been badly beaten and hospitalized.

Upon his arrival at the hospital, Sven discovered a card accompanying some lovely flowers. The card was obviously from Cyprus Archer and was almost an admission of his involvement in the assault on Sven’s wife. Additionally it was a reminder that Cyprus wanted his Devil Head Cane returned to him.

Act 28:Briefing and Planning

Luca departed the club house to attend to Sven’s wife, taking some of his Convalescent Tea Blend along to administer it to her as a means of increasing her recovery from her injuries.

Meanwhile, the Envoys briefed Sven on the situation and gave hims some of the information on the upcoming ambush. Some fine tuning of the plan was made. The group departed the Library at approximately 8:45 pm with the intention of being in position for the ambush by sunset, which was scheduled for 9:25 pm that night.

The group found a suitable location and placed themselves into position to conduct their ambush.

Gerard took up a position on the top of a nearby hill. This was to allow him to make the most use of his newly acquired tranquilizer dart rifle, as well as act as lookout for the group.

Fletcher took up a position behind a large outcropping of rock near the roadway. His purpose was to deploy his impenetrable shield in the route of the moving convoy as a means of causing them to deviate and deflect the convoy down the hill, where it could be raided.

Oliver and Lodewijk, dressed as SS soldiers in uniforms acquired from a local tailor, parked a stolen black truck on the roadway around a curve of the road. The large bulk of this vehicle shielded the Murta from direct line-of-sight. Liberty was in the Van, ready to drive and recover the crate containing the Canopic Jars.

Tomas and Sven were nearby, ready to rush down to the vehicles to acquire the crate, while Mikael was waiting with Liberty to act as support if needed.

With everyone in place, there was nothing left to do but await the arrival of the convoy.

Act 29: The Convoy Arrives

Gerard, from his vantage point, was the first person to spot the 2-vehicle convoy as they approached Fletcher’s position. The lead vehicle, a staff car convertible, carried a driver, Oberstkaptain Stefan Vogel, Eva Von Bock and Kurt Heinrich Helck. The follow-up vehicle was a heavy miltary transport truck. It carried, two individuals in the front cabin and ten SS soldiers guarding the cargo.

Realizing that the group had not determined the signal that would be used to alert the arrival of the convoy, Gerard decided to throw a small rock towards Fletcher to alert him. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful. With the distance between the convoy and the group narrowing, Gerard decided to strike Fletcher with a second stone, in the hopes of guaranteeing the alert.

Unfortunately the rock struck Fletcher just above his left eye. Stunned and staggering, Fletcher stumbled out into the roadway, just as the convoy was arriving at the ambush point.

The driver of the car swerved. This sent the out-of-control car through the ditch, down an incline and into a stone wall bordering a nearby wine vineyard. The car narrowly missed the stunned Fletcher.

The truck, however, did not. The driver of the truck, distracted by the sudden deviation of the staff car traveling ahead of him, was distracted and failed to stop or deviate in time to avoid striking Father Fletcher. After the impact, the Driver panicked, lost control of the truck and sent it barreling down the hillside, slamming into the rear of the staffer below.

Act 30: The Raid.

Things began to quickly spiral out of control. With Fletcher terribly injured, Gerard and Sven rushed to his aid, stabilizing the priest using arts and medical knowledge.

Oliver immediately disembarked from the stolen truck and rushed down the hill towards the stalled Nazi transport, even as soldiers were disembarking from the vehicle. Oliver neutralized two of the guards and began ti gain entry into the back of the vehicle, sawing away at the tie downs used to hold the canvas top in place.

Meanwhile, Liberty rushed to recovery Father Fletcher, carrying him to the waiting Murta. Tomas headed down the hill towards the Nazi vehicle where he subdued a soldier.

Mikael tossed a flash powder concoction down at the soldiers, temporarily blinding them as they prepared to counter attack. This prevented any opportunity for them to cause either Tomas or Oliver injury.

Lodewijk, determined to assist, began to sing a new song that he had been working on. This piece caused a great many of the participants in the general struggle to become mesmerized for a short period of time. unfortunately Oliver, Gerard, and Tomas were also affected, along with Helck and the majority of the SS Soldiers.

Eva Von Bock, grabbed the book that she carried, the Occultum Aegyptus Antiqua, and began to call upon it’s power to aid her cause. However, she was stopped by Sven, who struck her with the flat of his blade. The book was dropped, and the ritual or incantation was interrupted, preventing whatever effect she had desired from being fulfilled.

As members of the group began to recover from the mesmerization, Vogel pulled some sort of glass capsule from his pocket. He threw it upon the ground and crushed it underfoot. Immediately a thick all encompassing circle of frost began to rapidly radiate outwards from his location.

The bitter cold stunned reduced many of the Envoys reflexes and stamina as a result of the total bitter cold. But for some the effects were even more serious. Several of the Nazis were encased in spikes of solid frost- the jagged spikes driving themselves into frozen flesh. This effect killed all but three of the nazi soldiers, and drove Vogel insane with anger.

Oliver and Tomas moved to fight with Vogel, while Sven and Mikael began to recover the crate containing the Canopic Jars and Chest. The flow of frost eventually encased Vogel, presumably killing him.

With hope lost, Von Bock attempted t flee with the book. She made it a significant distance before being stopped. Gerard, making an incredible long-range shot with his dart gun, struck her in the shoulder with a paralysis dart.

Eva collapsed between the rows of the vineyard, and Oliver went to recover the book. While there, he also recovered the dart used against her.

As Oliver reached the exfiltration vehicle, Von Bock arose, but did not pursue them. Helck, broken glasses in hand began to walk towards the airport with the intention of reporting the attack on the cargo, insuring his cover remained intact.

Act 31: Return to the Library

The Envoys drove the Murta back to the Library of Esoteric Studies, where they uncrated the Canopic Chest. They attempted to take the chest inside, but found that the wards around the library were preventing it.

They attempted to carry the chest into the garden, but found the same case to be true. Knowing they needed to photograph the jars contained within, the group decided to open the Chest. However, Oliver, upon reading some of the Hieroglyphic texts on the chest determined that only “ The Blood of the True ” could open the chest. Lodewijk, Gerard, Oliver all tried some of their own blood to open the chest without success.

Fletcher, now ambulatory enough to participate in the discussion, though that perhaps the blood had to come for an animal sacred to the Egyptians. The group, after some discussions determined to have Gerard go to the Zoo and acquire a Falcon. The falcon would then be sacrificed to the chest to see if that would open it. It did not.

Act 32: Reading the Book

Liberty, in the meantime, realized that the chest could not be brought into the library because it technically contained parts of a still-living being. The Book, however was not alive and as such could be taken into the library without difficulty.

She took the book inside and, placing it upon a table, decided to utilize her read object ability on the book.

Act 33: The Visions

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The first vision she received was centered around some sort of underground portal. This portal was glowing and surrounded by immensely powerful sigils. She watched as a woman, presumably Von Bock approached and was grasped by a series of tentacles and claws that suddenly emerged from the portal, drawing her through the opening. She watched as everything went black, but then reappeared with a the same woman laying in a pile of hundreds of bodies. Presumably the Nazis had sacrificed them and used their blood to open the portal. This portal most likely led to the Outer Gates, the realm inhabited by Old Ones and their Outsider servants. This was the means by which Von Bock was able to read and comprehend the text within the book.

The second vision was related to the creation of the text. In the vision Liberty saw Sir Edward Kelley working diligently to complete the third volume of a three volume set of texts related to the Occultum Aegyptus Antiqua, reliving that the text is not a single work, but a 3-volume set. In this vision she observed the scaly hand of a supernatural creature, presumably an Outsider, who seemed to be behind the creation of the texts. Kelsey seemed to believe that the purpose for the texts was to grant immortality.

The third vision was a vision relating to the location of the book as it was found by the Nazis. In this vision, Liberty saw a wall of stone brick being destroyed and a secret chamber being revealed. This chamber contained the book. Present in the vision was a very young Kurt Heinrich Helck, and an unidentified man, possibly Udo Von Liebstadt. In the vision it was apparent that Helck has a daughter that was being used as leverage to guarantee his assistance and loyalty. It was determined possible or perhaps even likely that Helck was forced to forget the book, as some items are capable of doing this. This may explain why Halck did not recognize the tome and brought it to liberty for confirmation of it’s authorship.

The fourth vision was centered around the ownership of the text prior to the nazi acquisition. In this vision liberty witnessed a Catholic cardinal, who was identified by a servant in the vision as cardinal Seletti. The cardinal was bricking up the book within the wall of a medieval Italian castle. It was apparent that he had burned other texts, although it is unclear if they were other volumes related to this tome, or simply other alchemical tomes. For whatever reason Seletti, bricked up the tome, hiding it until he could “ figure out what he had done and how to correct it.

The fifth and final vision was centered around the act that Seletti had referred to in the previous vision. In this vision Liberty saw the cardinal creating some sort of scroll. The book lay open nearby and several other alchemical texts were also present. Once the scroll was written, Seletti, cut upon his palm and added Blood to the scroll. Almost immediately Seletti collapsed into unconsciousness. The words from the scroll and from the tome seemed to impose themselves on his face and arms, pulsing with power before fading from view. A mention of “ The Blood of the True ” was spoken aloud by Seletti prior to his addition of blood to the scroll providing a possible hint to the means needed to open the Canopic Chest.

Act 34: Opening the Chest

With this new information provided by Liberty, it was believed that somehow either Tomas or Mikael could open the chest using their blood. This was based upon a remembrance of the use of the name Seletti upon the arrival at the Cinema dell Ombra. Also Fletcher suggested that perhaps it has nothing to do with a name, so much as the blood of a Thaumaturgist.

As Mikael was a thaumaturgist, it was further reinforced that he may be able to open the chest using his blood. Under some degree of hesitation, Mikael agreed to cut his hand and use his blood in an attempt to open the chest.

The blood worked, releasing the locks that kept the lid secured and allowing the Envoys access to the Canopic Jars contained within. Oliver photographed the four jars for the Kemet.

However, as they were aware that the garden containing the Alchemist Gate was exceptionally dangerous at night, and knowing that it was very close to midnight. The group decided to develop the photos at the Library and take them to Kemet the following day. This would also allow the recovery of injuries sustained during the fighting.

The four godhead figures present on the jars were:

  • Hapi, the baboon-headed god representing the north, whose jar contained the lungs and was protected by the goddess Nephthys ;
  • Duamutef, the jackal-headed god representing the east, whose jar contained the stomach and was protected by the goddess Neith ;
  • Imseti, the human-headed god representing the south, whose jar contained the liver and was protected by the goddess Isis ;
  • Qebehsenuef, the falcon-headed god representing the west, whose jar contained the intestines and was protected by the goddess Serqet.

Once the photographs of the jars were taken for identification, The envoys would be able to make preparations to overcome the four aspects of the Kemet- Ra and restore the natural order to the Cosmos.

Act 35: The Return to Kemet

With the photographs of the four jars developed, the group decides to travel back to the Alchemists Gate in the Garden of Souls. Rainfall hazards the journey, and the garden seems somehow respondent to the disruption of things taking place in Kemet. As the group approaches the gate, they begin to notice infestations of worms in deep furrows as they near the entry way.

Quickly performing the ritual movements needed to gain access to the gateway, they are immediately affected by the sudden appearance of blowing sand. In Kemet, the world was being subjected to a terrible scouring sandstorm.

The group made their way to the seat of the Cosmic Court, where they witnessed the weakening of the Kemet. Despite all of this, they were met by the Isan Nyat, who took them to a chamber where she identified the aspects from the photographs and advised the group that they would require weapon-wise to over come them, although she was unable to tell them which weapon would affect which of the aspects.

The items needed were;

  1. a weapon submerged in the blood of a ritual sacrifice for one solar day;
  2. a weapon ritually buried for one solar day;
  3. a weapon submerged in holy water for one solar day;
  4. a weapon purified by fire for 1 solar day.

The group had all of these items except for the ritual blood weapons. As the type of items that were considered weapons was irrelevant, then their true form was of no real concern. The group already possessed a dagger that had been submerged in Polywater for a period of time exceeding the requirements. Luca had an axe that had been buried for a period with his grandfather, before being recovered by his father. He also possessed an iron poker that had been purified by fire, as it was dropped in a forge during his grandfather’s lifetime.

For the ritual blood sacrifice, Liberty visited the storage area for Incan artifacts and recovered a Spanish dagger used by Incan priests to sacrifice Spanish prisoners alongside several natives. She also acquired an obsidian ritual blade used by Incan priests for human sacrifice.

So armed, the group determined to travel with the Chest, and the jars contained within, to the Pantheon in Rome, where a number of factors made the battle easier. As the weather had taken on an aspect affected by a distant Volcanic eruption. The eruption was credited to Santorini, but in actuality was a smaller eruption much closer to home, Mount Etna.

A blanket of Ash and pumice was raining down on the city. This had began sometime before the group returned from Kemet. The eruption persisted through the fight between the Envoys and the four Aspects of the Kemet-Ra.

One of the primary advantages was that the Pantheon was mostly empty of adornment or obstruction due to it’s unique structural design. It was seen as a strongly built building, one hopefully capable of withstanding any significant power that may be unleashed during the battle. The last aspect was that due to the volcanic eruption, the presence of tourists was non-existent. This helped prevent the possibility of causing the loss of innocent lives.

Having now arrived, the group put their plan into action, hoping to quickly match the right weapons with the correct aspects and thereby defeat them.

Act 36: The Four Aspects

The first of the jars to be opened- The Canopic jar whose head was that of Imseti, the human-headed god representing the south, contained the Aspect of Divine Strength. Once opened the aspect took on the manifestation of an exceptionally well-muscled Horii. It became clear quickly that this was the Aspect of Divine Strength. The weapon that was capable of defeating it was the blood sacrifice weapon. As there were two of them, the group was able to quickly overcome the greatly weakened Aspect. The attacks of the Horii were physical in nature, using a massive war mace in direct assaults and displacing a massive burst of power.

The second jar to be opened- The Canopic jar whose head was that of Hapi, the baboon-headed god representing the north, contained the Aspect of Corruption. Once opened the aspect took on the manifestation of a swarm of biting black flies. With very little surprise, this Aspect was rapidly identified as the Aspect of Corruption. Although in a severely weakened state, the swarm alternately broke into groups to attack multiple Envoys. It was the weapon purified by flame that was effective against this aspect. Although they only possessed a single weapon properly prepared to fight this aspect, the group with support of arts was able to over come it. Some members of the group were affected by a slowing affectation that hindered their ability to fight the remaining aspects.

The third jar to be opened- The Canopic jar whose head was that of Qebehsenuef, contained the Aspect of Flame. Once opened the aspect took on the manifestation of the great solar disk. The aspect was most certainly the aspect of Flame, and as such possessed two searing attacks that made it exceptionally dangerous. The first of these was a pair of searing light rays that kindled clothing on contact as well as seared flesh. The second aspect was a burst of flame that spread rapidly around the room, attempting to engulf all those present. The Buried ritual weapon, the axe, turned out to be the weapon that was suited to the defeat of this aspect.

The final jar to be opened- The Canopic jar whose head was that of Duamutef, the jackal-headed god representing the east, contained the Aspect of Entropy. Once opened the aspect took on the manifestation of an ancient decaying mummy. This aspect was one of the most difficult to overcome in some respects. It possessed a dangerous touch that immediately destroyed the flesh of the individual touched. Additionally, it seemed to absorb energy, rapidly draining speed and vitality from those affected by this ability. It became apparent that the final weapon, that submerged n holy water was the weapon used to defeat it. Interestingly, only slow and deliberate movement seemed to deal any significant damage to this aspect, even with the specially prepared weapon.

Once defeated, each of the aspects were released and the charms used to hold them in place within the jars became empowered so they could be used in the ritual to restore the Kemet-Ra to his full self.

Act 37: The Ritual of Recombination

Hurriedly, after defeating all four of the aspects, the Envoys made their way by foot through the city to the Alchemists gate and returned to Kemet. Upon their re-emergence into Kemet, they were greeted by a city nearly completely engulfed by sand dunes.

With some difficulty they made their way through the city until they reached the half-buried seat of the Cosmic Court. Upon gaining entry through an upper floor, they were able to located a very weakened and seemingly aged Nyat. With her help they performed the ritual and recombined the Aspects of the Kemet-Ra.

At the moment of recombination, a beam of pure sunlight struck the darkened sounds in the sky, reinvigorating it. At that moment, the serpent of Chaos, Apep was revealed in a flash of light. The creature retreated back into his lair and the balance of the Cosmos was restored. Almost immediately the decay and difficulties that had affected the city began to reverse themselves.

Act 38: Rewards of Service

Once completed, the Envoys were escorted into the presence of the restored Kemet-Ra. There an expression of gratitude was given to them for their assistance. He also offered each of them a reward.

To Oliver, he granted a scroll that would contain the means by which he would be able to reverse the process that was slowing sapping his humanity. He also received the wall that had been located behind the throne.

To Lodewijk, he granted assistance in spiritually cleansing the Theater that ha had acquired earlier that year.

To Liberty, he provided a gem of Cosmic knowledge. By swallowing it, she gained the ability to possibly tap into the knowledge contained in the entire Human world, the lands of Kemet and the Never-Never.

To Tomas, he granted a powerful crusaders blade known as The Beheader. This powerful blade was forged in the blood of holy war during the siege of Tyre.

To Agostino, he granted a magical elixir that would improve the potency of his Thaumaturgy. He was also told that once the elixir was consumed, that from that moment onward his power could be increased by eating the heart of other Thaumaturges.

To Father Fletcher, he granted a holy symbol charm unique to the Kemet. This charm is a potent weapon and tool that can be used against certain types of supernatural enemies.

1936 Season 1

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Lies from the Silver Tongue
1936 Season 1, Episode 4

Act 1: The Distraught Widow

On the Morning of Monday, January 28, 1936, Elsa Respighi the recent widow to the recently deceased famous opera and symphonic composer Ottorino Respighi, called for a cab to take her to meet with Father Fletcher at the Esoteric library in Vatican City.

It was by chance that the cab called was operated by Santi Nochese, a member of the Rome SAVE Office. While the remainder of his office was investigating an occurrence in Florence, Italy, Santi, unable to get out of work for two weeks, was forced to remain behind in Rome to safeguard the office’s headquarters.

When his cab arrived at the Respighi residence to pick up the recent widow, he was surprised at her requested destination. Being an envoy with SAVE, he knew that the library acted as a headquarters for the Vatican City SAVE Office, and that Father Fletcher was the head of that office.

Suspecting that there was a bizarre story behind the visit, Santi began an easygoing dialog with his passenger, uncovering a significant number of pertinent details concerning her visit.

Act 2: The Widow’s Story

After assuring Elsa that Father Fletcher had a well-deserved reputation as an investigator, he arrived at the Library on the vatican Grounds. Santi escorted the grieving widow to meet with Fletcher, where her story was told a second time.

Her husband, Ottorino Respighi, had recently died of a heart infection, after an injury sustained during a rehearsal of a symphonic performance. It seemed her husband fell, and a small sliver of wood from the conductor’s podium pierced the composer’s heart wall. An infection resulted, and this turn proved to be fatal. he died on Friday, January 23, 1936.

This was only the beginning of the problems for the Respighi estates, however. It quickly became apparent that Ottorino had been living far beyond his means. This placed them into significant debt. Despite this, no one was calling in his debts since they continued to benefit from his fame and favor. However, once this was no longer the case, upon his death, debtors all began to attempt to collect the monies that they were owed. This included attempts to take possession of his works, including an unfinished work that was interrupted by his sudden unexpected demise.

As a result of this, desperate for assistance, Elsa mentioned this sad state to a friend, who recommended that she contact a genuine Medium, Alec Sahib Roy, who apparently was able to communicate with the dead. This proof being that Roy could relay secrets only known by the deceased to their living relatives.

Desperately, she agreed and hired Roy to conduct a seance on her behalf with her deceased husband on Thursday, January 23, 1936. At this seance, Roy was able to convey some additional portions of the unfinished operatic work to Elsa (also a composer and Opera Singer). Although the piece remained unfinished, Roy suggested that the Spirit required additional time to compose the remainder of the piece and that additional seances would be needed to transcribe those additional pieces.

Somewhat relieved, Elsa returned home hopeful that completion of the work would be able to raise enough money to prevent bankruptcy of the estate.

Things, however, have since taken a turn for the worse.

The following evening, Elsa saw a specter that looked remarkably like her husband. The silent apparition knocked over small items, overturned papers on the piano and made a small mess. Over the course of the next few days, the damage and chaos worsened, culminating in the breaking of a mirror in the Hallway of the home.

Frightened, Elsa made contact with the Medium to inquire for assistance. The Medium assured her he could rid her of the spiritual disruptions, but only at significant cost. wary of a scam, Elsa began discreet inquiries into the possibility of conducting an exorcism to rid her of the spirit.

Her inquiries pointed her towards Father Fletcher. Who after some questions determined to investigate. Arrangements were put into place for he and his associates (the Envoys from the Vatican City SAVE Office), to spend one or more nights at the estate to determine exactly what they may be dealing with.

Because he had been involved from the outset, Santi was asked to join the investigation. He agreed.

Once the Widow left to return home, Fletcher gathered together the members of the Vatican office and gave them a briefing. The group divided into three and began undertaking different aspects of the initial investigation.

Act 3: Clientele

Liberty and Gerard were assigned the task of determining any additional clientele that may have been involved with Alec Sahib Roy. This would give them the opportunity to look for patterns, perhaps ask some questions of previous seance goers, and basically help to establish a modus operandi.

The Two uncovered a list of prior clients, all of which, with one exception were widows of deceased wealthy men. They shared several similarities. The only male client, a widower, had lost a wealthy wife. He also claimed to be a reincarnated Teutonic knight from the late middle ages. While eccentric, he shared similar beliefs in spiritualism to the other individuals with which Roy conducted seances.

In addition, information was revealed that the seances always happened in Room 13 on the 7th floor of the Hotel Gambrinus, a site already associated with other past investigations conducted by the Vatican City office.

It was revealed that the hotel had made arrangements for 200 pounds of dry ice, and some red lenses. Additionally an additional 100 pounds of dry ice could be acquired on short notice should it be needed. The Hotel mistook Liberty to be Roy’s new assistant, and thus was very forthcoming with details.

These discoveries pointed to at least a marginal amount of theatrics taking place during the seances. It was unclear whether such theatrics indicated a confidence scam, or whether they were ritualistic or theatrically designed to enhance an authentic seance.

Act 4: The Unnamed Store

Santi, Lodewijk and Sven set out on the way to the Fantasma Osservare Gionale newspaper’s offices. There they hoped to confront Roy, determine if there was some supernatural skill or entity there, or determine whether he was a charlatan.

On the way, they stopped by a small unnamed store, when they spotted a small stand selling the most recent copies of the newspaper. Desiring a copy for their investigation, they wandered inside, only to discover that it was a veritable cornucopia of spiritualist items, spell components, herbs, and thaumaturgical supplies. The sheer span of available items was impressive and covered many mythos’.

The shop, while an interesting find was not involved in the immediate investigation. They, therefore, noted it’s location and supplies, determined to revisit it at a future time.

They continued on their way to the newspaper.

Act 5: Fantasma Osservare Gionale

Alec Sahib Roy is the sole editor and author of the Fantasma Osservare Gionale, a small newspaper-like publication costing 5 lira. This newspaper discusses spiritalism as well as ghostly classifications, and include a significant number of advertisements for Seances, lectures and books written by the author.

The journal is printed in an office located across from the Cimitero Dei Dannati, a place known to be the final resting place for murderers, heretics, non-Catholics, suicides and other unsavory people.

Tomas, visited a book store to acquire a copy of the most recent Ghost Observer’s Journal, only to discover that the author was quite prolific and had written seven books that sold well and another thirteen that were only marginal successes. Of these books, the most important was, “A Journey through the Mystical Teachings of Atlantis. In this book Roy explains how several mystical teachers, including Ghengis Khan, Alexander the Great, Plato, Socrates and the Dali Lama, imparted to him the great wisdoms of the age, granting him the power to see and communicate with spirits of the departed.

With this information, Tomas set out to meet Santi, Lodewijk and Sven in their investigation of the newspaper’s offices.

Upon arriving, the Envoys gathered and set off to investigate the newspaper. They entered the offices and at the initial outset, thought them to be empty. Several copies of the Newspaper hung framed from the wall. The newspaper published three times a week, and had been in business for a year.

During their time there, they discussed a strategy to use to interrogate the Medium should he arrive. However, before that strategy could be implemented, Roy seemingly appeared out of nowhere. No one saw him enter the room, nor heard him walk;k up to the group.

As a result, he had partially overheard their strategy and stalwartly refused to participate in any attempt to be interrogated. Frustrated by the investigators, Roy threatened to call the authorities. As he reached for the phone, Sven reached down and casually crushed it using his Feat of Strength Discipline.

Amazed at the display of power, Roy quickly became more compliant.

After questioning the Medium, it seemed as if he were an authentic medium, although it was unclear whether he was also an Ectomancer. It was also unclear whether he was acting alone, or if he was being manipulated or controlled by another force or entity. Some aspects of the Medium’s story were wildly impossible, especially concerning Atlantis and some of the people he met there. It was clear, however that he had some knowledge of spirits and may have been unknowingly using arts, such as incorporeal or communicative.

Act 5: Driving in my Automobile

Leaving the newspaper offices, the envoys drove a short distance in Santi’s cab before parking to discuss their findings. While parked, a sudden rain of stones the diameter of a Lira coin rained down in an isolated 20-foot globe around the cab. This dealt some damage to the window and mirrors and dented the body, but did not injury to any of the envoys. The stones seemed to evaporate within minutes of the event, as they could not be recovered or found.

Additionally, the name of Santi’s deceased wife had been mentioned at the Newspaper by the Medium. This was a creepy turn of events, as Santi’s wife had been dead for nearly two-years. While sitting in the cab, the radio suddenly sprang to life, playing “Thank you for all the Memories” a song that was his deceased wife’s favorite. In addition, the radio played the song “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday.

The songs also played from the damaged phone handset as well. leading the party to suspect the phone may, in some way, be involved in the strange manifestations.

The party dropped off the damaged cab for repairs and then headed back to the clubhouse to share their experiences.

Act 6: Death Records

Meanwhile, Oliver made an in-person visit with Ignazio Marchetti, the head of the Rome City Morgue system. After a brief conversation, he acquired the coroner’s report for Ottorino Respighi, confirming the cause of death. He also acquired the address of the accident where the injury took place.

Act 7: Back at the Clubhouse

The various groups regrouped at the Vatican City SAVE Office to discuss their various findings. During that meeting, Fletcher advised that group that he could confirm the presence of a series of Thaumaturgical Ley Lines in the nearby cemetery and near the office occupied by the newspaper.

In addition to this, the Atlantis Book written by Roy, was discovered to be written in a pattern that when transcribed to musical notes, created the Major Triad. This caused some concern for the completion of the unfinished opera piece asked for by Elsa Respighi. Was it possible that some nefarious plan was underway to expose thousands of individuals to some nefarious mind control through the opera?

Act 8: The Ars Medievalis

Looking for any information on legendary mist shrouded islands as mentioned by Alec Sahib Roy in his book, Lodewijk Van Beers and Gerard Filippani visited a couple of libraries in Rome with the hopes of gathering some insight into the details mentioned in the book.

The first library they visited at the University of Rome was not helpful. The second, the Vatican Secret Archives denied them access. However, the third, a medieval library known as the Ars Medievalis located on the palatine hills provided a potential source of excellent information.

They traveled there, taking note of an archeological excavation at nearby Trajan’s Forum. There they made note of the presence of Indra Dietrich, commanding the excavation. knowing she was one of the members of the Abiectio Venatores, they made a note and determined to undertake an investigation at a future time.

Arriving at the Library, they gained entry. There they met the Ars Medievalis Librarian, a strange, somewhat forgetful man running the establishment. They were unable to gather the information that they desired, but they did gain the impression that the Librarian was perhaps under the influence of some unknown force. This marked him as a possible person of interest, and a possible subject of a future investigation.

Act 9: The Abandoned Fiancé

Oliver visited the shop below his apartment, to borrow a camera for the upcoming investigation at the Respighi estate later that night. Upon his arrival, he was advised that his “sister” had arrived and was in his apartment waiting for him. Intrigued and somewhat paranoid, Oliver made his way to his apartment only to discover that the mystery woman was his ex-fiancé Elsa Mannhoff.

Two years prior, after his return to Berlin, Oliver had suddenly disappeared, leaving her at the altar. Elsa never forgot him, and eventually, through the use of a private detective managed to track him down to Rome.

Once he had been found, she made arrangement to move to Rome, take on a job at the university there and rekindle their relationship. This complicates things for Oliver, who understands the dangers associated with working with SAVE.

Act 10: A Talk with the Divine?

Each of the members of the Vatican City SAVE Office, received a visit from a mysterious individual. This individual implied, but did not confirm that he was God. He choose to appear to each member, thanking them for their help with “a friend of his”, presumably the Archangel Raziel.

He is able to grant them each a small “thank you" reward for their assistance. He is currently referred to as The Divine.

Act 11: The Respighi Estate

The Envoys from the Vatican City SAVE office arrived at the Respighi Estate late on the afternoon of January 28, 1936.

Upon their arrival, the envoys were given a brief tour of the estate house; this included Elsa Respighi’s dressing room, the Conservatory, her late husband’s office, the kitchen and the corridor outside the dressing room. All places where the apparition of the deceased husband had appeared.

After some initial questions, Sven decided to conduct an experiment. With the assistance of Gerard, the two set up an experiment that might connect the actions of the late husband’s spirit with the actions of a jealous nature.

Creating a simulated intimate moment with Elsa Respighi in her dressing room, Sven and Gerard were able to illicit a partially violent response from the apparition. This took the form of a violent impact on a mirror in the dressing room.

During this time, Sven noted an indistinct figure at the left corner of his vision. It could be that this may be a possible visual manifestation of Ottorino Respighi.

As this experiment was taking place the other members of the group also decided to investigate other portions of the estate.

Liberty headed to the conservatory, where she began to compare the musical notations that had been taken at the seance and comparing them with the known works of Ottorino Respighi. As she compared the notations, diction and marginal notes, it became readily apparent that the transcribed notes could belong to none other than the deceased conductor. This finding led some credibility to the possible involvement of the deceased man’s spirit being involved, although the actions were inconsistent with those of the deceased man, unless that spirit were somehow being compelled or tormented in some manner that would illicit the sort of activities the group had witnessed.

Meanwhile, Lodewijk and Tomas made their way to the office. There they made note of the unusual positioning of a mirror across from the desk. This led lodewijk to deduce that there could be a possible secret passage located along that wall. After much searching, however, the existence of such a passage or doorway could not be found.

As the two men were searching the office, they became aware of the sound of dripping water emanating from the fireplace. Curious, Lodewijk began to investigate the sound. Placing his head inside the fireplace and looking into the chimney, he was splattered with drops of liquid, which upon inspection were identified as blood.

Suddenly the door to the room slammed closed, and a massive gush of blood poured from the open fireplace and the mirror on the hearth, rapidly filling the room. The sudden event was so terrifying, that it left Lodewijk in shock for several moments, placing his life at risk.

The room rapidly filled with blood, the pressure of the liquid prevented the door from opening, by force alone. Tomas, struggled to get the door open, but defeated, he resorted to using a candelabra to punch a hole in the four-paneled door.

As blood rushed from the room, it was noted that the level of the liquid in the room did not lower, and that as the blood that flowed from the room, it seemed to rapidly dissolve once it struck the floor of the corridor.

To further complicate matters, A vague, slimy man-shaped manifestation grappled Tomas from behind, attempting to shake and strangle him as he attempted to escape the room. Lodewijk, recovering from his intense fear, grappled the creature in return, causing it to dis-incorporate, thereby saving Tomas from certain death. With the manifestation of the creature defeated, the blood in the room began to rapidly evaporate. within moments, there was no sign of the blood’s existence. Even the two envoys were dry and blood-free. Only the damage to the door remained a valid testament to the events that had just occurred. Tomas retain, finger-shaped bruises on his throat, consistent with an attempt at strangulation. Other than those marks, there were no other injuries to either party caught in the blood filled room.

It has been surmised that the manifestations both of blood and of the man-shaped individual were potential constructs made of Ectoplasm.

Meanwhile, Oliver had made his way out through the window of the conservatory and out to Ottorino’s cherished 1936 Cabriolet. The vehicle was kept in pristine condition, so initially nothing was found of any significance. A detailed search revealed only a pair of driving gloves, and a golf hat. It wasn’t until Oliver decided to search the hard to reach areas, that a significant clue was found.

That clue was a hand written note. The note was torn from a larger sheet of expensive, ivory colored hand-made quality paper. The folded piece read:

R. I know what you’re doing. You won’t get away with it. We need to talk. -O.V.

The identity of R was unclear, but it could be supposed that it either belonged to Respighi, or perhaps to Roy. The Identity of O.V. was a complete mystery, as the envoys had met no on that could be identified by those initials.

For his part of the investigation, Father Fletcher walked the grounds. There he discovered the Respighi family mausoleum. Inspection revealed that the lead seal around the outside of the brass entry doors had recently been removed, broken and pounded back into place, perhaps using a hammer and wedge. This was a strong possibility that someone had recently gained entry into the family crypt.

At the appointed time, all the members of the office reconvened in the conservatory. During their initial arrival, the Concert Grand piano began to play several excerpts from some of Respighi’s well-known early concerto for solo piano.

It wasn’t until Oliver’s arrival that the music stopped, and the party shared their various findings.

Act 12: The Carriage House

It was decided that additional information should be sought in the carriage house. To that design, the group headed across the drive to the carriage house where they encountered the Long-time Respighi Chauffeur Arnio Fabriagio.

During the conversation, it was noted that the building had a very strong threshold, no doubt a result of the long running tradition of the Fabriagio family’s residence there for many generations.

Some basic questions were asked, and during this time, it was discovered that Arnio had interrupted an attempted grave robbery two nights prior at the Family mausoleum. He advised that he had encountered a pair of men, who were working on the lead seal to the mausoleum. When he shouted at them, they fled, leaving a broken section of the seal behind. Dutifully, he retrieved a hammer and wooden wedge and repaired the seal, thank full that he had prevented any possible theft or damage to the remains of the family that he had served his entire life.

The envoys also learned that he was no longer able to drive, but instead held the responsibility to maintain and clean the vehicles owned by the Estate. He advise the group that the Butler was now acting as the driver for Mrs Respighi when necessary, although this was not always the case as the Madam sometimes resorted to the base practice of using taxicabs.

The group also discovered that Mrs. Respighi and the Butler, acting as her driver, had left the estate for the evening to attend a performance by the Widow Respighi. He was not certain where the event was, but believed it to be at the Teatro Reale dell’Opera.

Act 13: The Respighi Family Mausoleum

After the conversation with the driver, the group decided that the best time to investigate the Mausoleum was while the Widow was away. Deciding on that course of action, the group made their way to the Mausoleum, which was located beyond the grades of the estate house.

There, they were able to corroborate the condition of the seals, confirming the Driver’s account. Realizing they needed to know if anything had been removed or added to the crypt, They decided to open the crypt.

Oliver used his crowbar to remove the lead seal. Once removed, the large brass double doors were opened. Fletcher and Liberty remained at the doors, to prevent their premature and unwanted closure, while the other members entered into the mausoleum.

Signs of recent activity were present. The disturbance of dust on the floor was recent enough to warrant caution. As a result the envoys, moved slowly and cautiously through the building, moving to the lower level, where they located the burial urn belonging to Ottorino.

The black and pink Wedgwood Burial Urn was ornately decorated with a requiem written by the composer. The piece was not published, but the style, diction and transcription were easily identified.

Upon inspection, it was discovered that the urn was too light to contain the ashes of the deceased. As a result, Oliver opened the urn and peered inside. While some very small amount or human ashes remained within the confines of the jar, they were insufficient to account for the entirety of Ottorino’s remains. Ottorino’s wedding band and a Note from his wife were also present. It is believed that these two items were most likely placed in the Urn at the time that he was interred within the urn. Why these two items, of some value, were not stolen is unclear at this time.

Act 14: Take a Reading

At this point, it was decided that Liberty should use her Psychometry discipline Read Object to see if she could determine any additional information about the case. She selected the Cabriolet as her first object to be scrutinized and fell into a trance.

As the images began to unfold, it became rapidly apparent that Ottorino Respighi was taking late night trips. Originally it was thought that he may have a Mistress, as was normal for the times. This assumption however to be much more interesting. It was revealed that Ottorino was, in fact, visiting a Lover. That lover, however, was another man, not a woman. Other facts revealed that the vehicle had been at the University of Rome Music Conservatory, and that these trips had occurred late at night. In addition, it was revealed that at some point Alec Sahib Roy had also driven the car in the not too distant past.

The second item that was read was the hand torn note found in the car. This reading revealed that the note was written by a woman, wearing a red opera style cloak. It also revealed that the note was torn from a larger sheet which bore the Header:

Erato, Most high Priestess of the magnificent 9 greets thee in benevolence and peace.

She also revealed that the note was given to a man with a peculiar British accent that seemed not quite right. and the this man wanted to know who “she thinks she is…”

Act 15: The Respighi Library

With the mention of the name Erato, the group of envoys, led by Oliver decided to take a look in the Library. A cursory glance revealed that the library was organized by types of creative endeavors. These in turn corresponded with the paintings of four Muses located on the ceiling.

While these were very interesting facts, the group were unable to find any significant clues relating to the Muse Erato, or any of the other Muses painted on the ceiling of the Library.

Act 16: Next Day’s Plans

The group decided to return to the clubhouse, where they would await the following day’s investigations.

It was decided that they should somehow make their way to the seance scheduled for that next night. They also hoped to meet and possibly interview Evelyn Schiaffino. Additionally, it was believed that the offices for the Fantasma Osservare Gionale should be visited again, at a time that Roy was known to be occupied.

Act 17: Secret Communications

The following morning Liberty Rothe returned to her office at the Vatican museum. Her plan was to fill some of her available time with work, as she was aware that the days plans were not scheduled to take place until very late that evening.

During her time at the office, she received a telephone call from Girabaldi Triviati, at the OVRA. She had previously asked him to look into the unusual history of Alec Sahib Roy.

Girabaldi advised Liberty of several important details. She was advised that Roy was born in British India. He also advised her that Roy was murdered in September 1935, killed by being stabbed 12-times with a hollow tube of some sort. The murder is unsolved, and no relations could be found to identify the body.

He was cremated and buried in the Cimitero Dei Dannati, which was located across the street from the offices of the Fantasma Osservare Gionale. An unknown benefactor was said to have placed a grave marker over his burial site.

The information may definitively prove that Alec Sahib Roy may, in fact, be some sort of returned spirit, or another creature of the Unknown. Liberty made her way to the Club house to share this newfound information.

Act 18: Listen to the Music

That same morning, Lodewijk Van Beers visited the University of Rome, music conservatory. his goal was to gain some additional information concerning Ottorinto Respighi. Lodewijk encountered a solo Cellist in the Music Conservatory Building, after a brief discussion, Lodewijk was pointed towards professor Respighi’s classroom at the end of the hallway.

Arriving at the room, Lodewijk easily gained entry. He surveyed the room, noting the small orchestral arrangement and a damaged podium. Remembering the description of Ottorino’s death, Lodewijk inspected the podium, taking note of the damage which seemed to be inconsistent with the damage that was described. Lodewijk then decided to inspect the concert grand piano. Sitting at the instrument, the moment that he touched the keys, he found himself suddenly compelled to play one of Ottorino’s early famous piano solo works.

Drawn by the sound of the playing, a man, Primo Arcuri, arrived. His acerbic demeanor and insulting nature were abundantly clear to Lodewijk. The man proved to be the Dean of professors at the University of Rome.

The man was quick to decry that Elsa Respsighi was not to have a single item from her husband’s classroom or office without first paying her debt. It is unclear which debt or how much was being referenced. It was discovered that there were other attempts to break into the professor’s classroom in order to steal his personal items.

Once the argument with the dean ended, Lodewijk left the building and encountered a quartet being conducted by a young man emulating Respigihi’s style of orchestral conducting.

Inquiring, Lodewijk learned that the young man’s name was Donato Trevisano, and that he was a student of the late Respighi. The young man revealed that Ottorino was like a mentor to him. Lodewijk also learned that the young man was a friend of the Widow Elsa Respigihi. He also learned that Elsa’s maiden name was Castenello and that she had been a Professor of Greek Classical Literature specializing in erotic poetry.

A quick visit to the classic department confirmed this information to be true. Armed with this new information, Lodewijk returned to the clubhouse to share it with his fellow Envoys.

Act 19: The Seance

Three Envoys, Liberty Rothe, Gerard Filippani, and Tomas Migual Gessner, went to the Hotel Gambrinus. Their goal was to get one or more the the Envoys into the Seance that was to be conducted that night by Alec Sahib Roy. To do this, Liberty was depending on her ability to recognize a potential attendant to the seance, and get herself invited. Her station and the station of those normally in attendance would make this a very good possibility.

The plan was to take Gerard as well, so that she would not be in the seance alone. Tomas meanwhile had acquired the room next door, and would be recording the seances using a reel-to-reel dictaphone. He would also be nearby in the event that assistance was needed. As Roy had encountered neither Liberty nor Gerard, there was hopes that they would not be in any danger.

To accomplish their portion of the plan, Liberty and Gerard took up a prominent location in the hotel bistro, while Tomas prepared his room.

They were not seated for long when Luza Cabrese, an old college friend of Gerard’s arrived. She was surprised to see him, and began to reminisce over old times. During the course of the conversation, it was revealed that Luza, now an actress, had decided to attend the seance as a means to prepare for an upcoming movie roll. When Gerard expressed an interest in attending, Luza invited him to attend alongside her.

Leaving Liberty to find another way in, Gerard and Luza made their way to the seance on the 7th floor.

Liberty did not have to wait for much longer. She recognized Fiona Montesque arriving late, and realizing that she was headed to the seance. greeting her, and using her persuasiveness in her favor, Liberty managed to get Fiona to invite her to the seance. this was made easier, once Alec Sahib Roy was told that liberty Rothe was actually Elizabeth Rothschild. A very wealthy name that guaranteed her place at the seance.

Once in the seance, Liberty was introduced to two other attendants, Maddelena Lombardo and Natalina Lucciano.

With all assembled the seance began. Alec Sahib Roy, began the seance by telling the assembled that he would be using a fog machine and red lights to accentuate the experience.

Due to Liberty’s prominence, she was given the option to contact the spirit of her choice. Selecting her dead father, Alec Sahib Roy, summoned the spirit. Liberty made a single inquiry of the summoned spirit. The spirit made an accurate answer and satisfied that the spirit was authentic, liberty bid Alec to release him.

A second summoning, this time for contact with Fiona’s dead Brother Arsinio, took place. Again a single question was asked and accurately answered.

Shortly after, the seance ended. It was noted that the summoning was accompanied by a drastic decrease in temperature, so much so that the fog froze in mid-air and front appeared throughout the room in rapid swiftness.

This was an indication that the amount of power used to summon the spirits was significant.

Immediately after the seance, Tomas found himself visited in his room by the Spirit of his departed father. Concerned with the sudden appearance of the apparition, and wary of the spirit’s desire to embrace him, Tomas resisted.

Enraged, the spirit fun the Envoy into a large mirror shattering it. As it broke the mirror began to bleed from the cracks in the glass. Before things could get any worse, Liberty, hearing the crash from the room, stepped to the exterior of Tomas’ room and using her Psychometry Discipline Psychic Shield, suspended the spiritual attacks in the room, long enough for Envoys to escape.

Act 20: The Fantasma Osservare Gionale Offices

During the seance, Santi Nochese, Sven Thofelt, Oliver Merbach, Father Martin Fletcher and Lodewijk Van Beers drove to the offices of Fantasma Osservare Gionale.

Knowing that the seance was now underway, the group split into three. Sven, and Lodewijk would head into the Cimitero Dei Dannati to attempt to find the grave site belonging to Alec Sahib Roy.

Santi would stay with the car, prepared to ferry the Envoys to safety, should it proved necessary.

Fletcher and Oliver would investigate the offices to see if any information could be found to shed any additional light on Roy.

Using a crowbar, Oliver gained entry into the offices. The two made their way into the offices. To make searching quicker, Fletcher focused his attentions on the front portions of the offices, while Oliver went to the back.

In the front, it was determined that there was a heavy layer of dust on everything. this was consistent with a lack of use. The only apparent disturbance seemed to have been caused by the Envoy’s earlier visit. An inspection of the typeset in the printing press, revealed that the date on the set was September 1935.

There were no other revelations to be found in the front section of the office, but the main offices in the rear proved to be more forthcoming with their secrets.

Oliver discovered several files with Obituaries in them. Those that were of prominent people were circled as points of interest. Books containing a list of the social registry of Rome were also found. In these several of the same names were marked and details of their families delineated.

A photograph was also found of Roy and an unidentified woman. On the back of the photo was the caption “ R. and O.V. at Opening. September 1935

A final item of interest was also found. In the desk there was a wooded monogrammed box for a Magnifying Glass. The monogram was “ R “ It was taken as a possible clue.

Finding no other clues Fletcher and Oliver left the offices to meet up with Santi outside.

Act 21: The Cimitero Dei Dannati

At the Cemetery, Lodewijk and Sven located the Cloaked Gravestone which marked the grave site for Alec Sahib Roy. The pedestal of the grave marker was labeled “ RHEUSUS “ in large letters, and the name “ Alec Sahib Roy “ beneath it in smaller letters.

It was apparent that the grave marker sat atop a stone container. Using his restorative Discipline Feat of Strength, Sven moved the marker so that he could reveal the contents of the container beneath it.

The pit contained a poor representation of a Chinese vase with lid, painted in a poor Ming style. Surrounding the vase were a number of articulated snake skeletons. these were free of any flesh or sinew. They were also identified as belonging to asps. It was estimated that there were roughly 100- 150 skeletons present.

Using a sling, Sven lifted the vase from the pit, disturbing the circles of snake bones. A loud noise was heard coming from the infants section of the graveyard. A sudden haywire event burst the lightbulb in the flashlight and cracked the indicator of the EM Meter.

With the potential arrival of a creature of the unknown it was decided to withdraw.

The two made their way back to the car where everyone else was waiting for them. Before they could use the car to escape, however, a second haywire, killed the car’s electrical system and burst several street lamps.

with no other choice, the group began to make their way on foot back towards the club house.

Act 22: The Encounter

It was during their retreat to the clubhouse on foot, they spotted an upswelling of blood through the street. From the pool of ever growing blood, a dozen Blood Manifestations arose.

As they attacked the envoys, another manifestation, of Alec Sahib Roy appeared, dressed exactly as he had been attired at the seance. it seemed that the Envoys were going to be overwhelmed, but the manifestations exploded, showing the party with blood-like ectoplasm.

While all the envoys except for Lodewijk appeared to be unaffected by the bloody spray, Lodewijk, who was only barely touched was immediately afflicted by a necrotic wound where he was shattered. It was surmised that the reason for the injury was a result of being exposed to a similar blood-like ectoplasm in the Office at the Respighi Estate.

With the disintegration of the Manifestations, Roy also seemed to melt away. Perhaps he had overextended his abilities and had temporarily run out of power.

With no additional threat of imminent attack, the group found a pay phone and Fletcher made a telephone call to the Hotel, in an attempt to reach the Envoys there.

Reaching Gerard, Fletcher warned them of their encounter and arranged to meet at the clubhouse.

Act 23: At the Clubhouse

Upon arrival, the Urn was place into the fountain in the private garden behind the clubhouse. A discussion between the envoys was undertaken to share the findings and experiences. Once those discussions were completed, the Envoys turned their attention to the Urn.

Opening it, it was discovered that the urn was empty. This was suspect, however, as the urn should have been floating in the fountain, but was not. Close inspection of the urn revealed that an additional thick base of pottery was attached to the urn. It had then been disguised, although poorly.

Using his archeologists tools, Oliver removed the false base from the urn. It was determined that the base was abnormally heavy, so Oliver began to deconstruct it. The deconstruction revealed the presence of 13, mint condition Roman Denarii dating to the reign of the Emperor Constantine.

After the discovery of the coins, and a brief discussion the group decided to break for the evening and to resume the investigation the following morning.

Act 24: The Stone Mason

The group returned as a whole to the Cimitero Dei Dannati to do additional investigation of the gravestone and the grave pit.

After arriving, they took samples of the materials at the bottom of the pit, the strange lichen. They also took some photographs and spotted a maker’s mark on the gravestone, which they hoped would lead them to it’s creator.

Now that they had a maker’s mark, they had to work out how to connect the mark to the creator. Lodewijk and Liberty thought that the best option for an answer lay with Edward Vorgenberg, who ran an art gallery.

They traveled to his gallery, where a brief discussion with Edward identified the Maker as Antonio Sapienti, an exceptionally skilled stone mason and sculptor, who sometimes also created excellent quality classical reproduction statuary for the collector market. Edward gave them the name of his business and address.

The group traveled to the Stone Mason’s business, Eternal Rest Monument studio. A bit of discussion and a small processing fee revealed that he had, in fact created the grave stone. He also used human ashes provided by the commissioner of the piece as part of the concrete mix. This is not an unusual event, although he rarely works in concrete.

He revealed the name of his client for the piece as Olympia Vestri. He provided the envoys with an address.

Act 25: O.V. and The 9

The address led the group of envoys to the Headquarters of a group called The 9. A plaque near the door listed them as the “ Mystical Commission for Spiritual Consultation ”.

Olympia Vestri, also known as Erato, the High Priestess, answered the door and invited the group inside. A series of questions led her to share some information, but she began to grow quiet, when she realized that the individuals were not the people that she thought they were. She suspected them to be part of a group of some sort, related to esoteric studies. She refused to give any significant information until the Envoys identified their affiliations to her.

Normally a taboo, it was decided to reveal the existence of SAVE. Father Fletcher shared this information and almost immediately Olympia was more forthcoming. With no real barriers to the conversation, the Envoys began to explain their investigation and findings to her. She then proceeded to explain the events that led up to the death of Alec Sahib Roy, also known as Rhesus.

She explained that prior to his death, she had discovered that Rhesus was preparing to summon or link himself to some unknown entity of great power. When she confronted him, Rhesus became dangerous and stormed out of the building in a rage.

Concerned that he would do something terrible, she called together the other members of the 9, and explained the situation to them. They then discovered that Rhesus had begun a ritual in the basement of the consulting building.

The group confronted him, and a conflict resulted. It was believed that he was stopped from completing the link between himself and the entity. The 9 did not go unaffected however. Three of their members, in addition to Rhesus were killed in the battle. Melpomene, Clio and Solon were those that fell in the battle.

Roy was cremated and his ashes and some blood was mixed into the concrete used to form the Cloaked Gravestone. In the burial pit, Belkino used an animal charm to aid in containing any potential spirit that remained. He also created a spirit jar, to aid in entrapment should a spirit attempt to reform after burial.

The group believed him dead and his spirit either destroyed or bound. They were very wrong.

Olympia called together the members of the 9 to answer questions for the SAVE envoys. As a result of these interviews, the source of Rhesus’ knowledge was revealed to be a black wrinkled leather-bound book. That book was a complete copy of the Galdrabok, which included the incantations and rituals used to bind a human or spirit to a powerful Outsider or Old One.

The book was located in their library. Liberty attempted to perform a Read Object on the book but was temporarily possessed by some force, and forced to speak in a strange unidentifiable language. She was stunned and unable to gather any information on the book. Upon inspection, Father Fletcher realized that he recognized the book. He hesitantly opened it to verify that it was complete. The immediate smell of sulfur and the strange undecipherable, yet understandable writings within were confirmation enough.

A side effect of his close contact to the book, Fletcher found himself compelled to keep the book. He was able to resist this urge with the assistance of the other nearby envoys.

Further interviews revealed that Rhesus (Roy) had acquired the book from the Ars Medievalis. It was rapidly decided that the book should be returned to the Ars Medievalis library as soon as possible.

Act 26: Mob Mentality

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The Envoys and the surviving members of the 9 piled into the Murta Van with Oliver behind the wheel. With instruction from Ferard and Lodewijk, who had already visited the museum, the group set out to return the book. Before departing, Gerard had used a Tranquilizer on Father Fletcher, and Oliver had zipped him into a body bag to prevent any possible interference with returning the item.

Luca Garige had also joined the group when he had detected trouble with liberty’s attempted reading of the book. he had learned of her problem because she had been wearing the Thanatoic Pendant, he had given her weeks earlier.

Now packed into the van, the group started across Rome towards their destination.

The book, however, was not determined to sit idly by and allow itself to be transported back to the library. Using some sort of influence, it began to attempt to slow or stop the vehicles progress. It began to influence the passersby on the street. Under this influence, these innocents attempted to block the travel of the vehicle by jumping into it’s path.

When Oliver’s driving skills proved effective in avoiding these attempts, the book reached out and began to affect the drivers in other vehicles. These influenced drivers attempted to ram, crash and impact the Murta, in an attempt to prevent the group from reaching the Library.

Oliver managed to avoid most of these, but when the Van approached a busy piazza, his extraordinary luck finally ran out.

Act 27: The Piazza

A large group of children crowded into the street in an attempt to block the van’s progress. Oliver attempted to avoid them, and just managed to do so. He, however lost control of the vehicle, sending it crashing to one of the iconic fountains of Rome.

The front of the van was stuck in the basin, and the Book, seizing the initiative used all of it’s power to influence the surrounding crowds and nearby people. The books power managed to affect Gerard, Oliver and Lodewijk, as well as a large crowd and Adolis of the 9.

Fearing that the book might be seized by the crowd, Tomas attempted to spirit the book away, through the encroaching crowd and make his way to the Library. however, lodewijk and he became engaged in a brawl, preventing this course of action from taking place.

Sven rushed to assist, although he was unclear who was and was not under the influence of the book at this stage. Gerard, Oliver, Sven, Lodewijk and Tomas ended up on a general fight, In which Tomas, Gerard and Lodewijk were subdued. Those under the influence of the book were shown to possess a strikingly different aura when seen through the Thanotic Pendant. This fact, allowed liberty to guide the uninfluenced envoys and members of the 9, to overcome their afflicted companions.

Luca used his thaumaturgy to slow and hinder anyone attempting to reach the book, before this information was discovered. Adonis and Oliver became entangled in a conflict over possession of the book, but this conflict ended once the books influence ended.

This end of influence seemed to be a result of the book becoming fatigued, perhaps expending too much power to maintain it’s influence over so many people simultaneously.

The group tended to their injured, restoring those subdued to an ambulatory status. With their group mobile again, they decided to rapidly make their way through the streets of Rome, to reach the Ars Medievalis.

Act 28: Return to the Ars Medievalis

The group reached the Medieval library, where they turned the book over to the Ars Medievalis Librarian, who immediately placed it upon the shelf. restored to it’s position, the books ability to cause the Librarian to have a faulty memory seemed to be reversed.

A quick explanation of the situation with Roy, prompted the librarian to collect another book. From that book, he transcribed a Spell of Dissolution. When this spell was performed, he warned, Roy’s spirit would appear and attempt to destroy the conjurors.

They would be forced to fight him off until the person performing the ritual was finished, only then could Roy be destroyed and the link to the powerful entity severed.

With the spell and ingredients in hand, the group decided to return to the club house to discuss how they should proceed. They knew only that they would be performing the ritual in the basement of the 9’s headquarters, the same location that the binding between Roy and his mysterious Entity had been performed.

Act 29: Final Preparations

With the list of needed ingredients in hand, the Envoys from the Vatican City SAVE Office, decided that it would be easiest to divide up the task of collecting the needed materials between them.

With each member assigned a specific set of things to collect, they group separated and began the collection process. Of the items, the two most difficult were the, Breath of True Love’s Sigh and the Water from the Bottom of the Ocean.

Oliver was assigned to the acquisition of the Breath, and in order to best collect it, he turned to his fiance, Elsa Mannhoff as the source. knowing that she had been searching for him for the last two years, made her an excellent candidate. Oliver used his understanding of here personality, and brought her to their new apartment, now shared. There using a very passionate kiss, he managed to extract the sigh, and capture it in a crystal decanter provided by Father Fletcher.

For the Water, Sven, Gerard and Lodewijk trade to Ostia, a port city only 45 minutes from Rome. There, they rented a small fishing vessel, and Sven dove to the 50-foot deep ocean bottom, where he captured the water in a special German drinking mug.

With these two most difficult to acquire components out of the way, all the items were gathered together in anticipation of the upcoming ritual.

While the collection of these items was underway, Agostino reviewed the ritual and made certain he was ready and able to preform it. As the ritual would be most potent at midnight, it was decided to perform it then, in the basement of the Sanctuary of The 9.

Act 30: Sanctum of the 9, The Ritual

Arriving at the location, the envoys from the Vatican City SAVE Office, joined forces with the remaining members of The 9. It was decided that since Erato was the only other thaumaturgist with ritual knowledge available, she would act as a backup to Agostino’s ritual casting, should it be necessary.

Lodewijk used his Sonitus discipline Soothing Refrain to aid the group from running in fear as they faced the full might of Roy’s spirit. To this, Belkino used an Aegis Salve to help resist domination attacks, Asia provided several Wings of Grace to aid in shifting fortunes during the battle, and Ivaro provided Bracelets of Ghostly Essence to grant temporary immunity to incorporeal attacks made against the wearer.

Prepared, the combined group made their way into the basement sanctum, where the circle of power awaited them. Liberty transcribed the incantations and sacred symbols of the circle, while Agostino made ready to undertake the ritual. All of the other members of the group prepared themselves to meet the coming threat and to protect the ritualistic to the best of their ability.

Act 31: Spell of Dissolution

With everything in order, Agostino began the ritual.

Within moments, Roy appeared and summoned 6 spirits into the sanctum. He immediately sent the spirits to interrupt the ritual, but they were intercepted by the combined forces arrayed against him. As the battle began, it became apparent that the normal means of dealing with the spirits was going to be ineffective. Father Fletcher discovered that Holy Water was an effective weapon against the spirits. As a result the others all doused their weapons in holy water. This began to turn the tide of the battle in their favor.

With Roy’s arrival, Lodewijk used his Sonitus discipline Sentinel’s Song to assist his fellow envoys in avoiding harm.

Within a few minutes, the group had managed to destroy two of the summoned spirits. So far, Roy had remained unengaged, but seeing that the ritual was soon to be completed, he unleashed one of his more dangerous attacks. Using his Blood Maelstrom, a variation of the blood manifestation, he caused a torrential downpour of blood-like ectoplasm to fall through the chamber.

This blood was dangerous, as those previously exposed to it would suffer necrotic injuries or death if they made contact with it. The group watched as Asia was dissolved in a gurgling scream of agony as she was inundated. The others all managed to break their Bracelets, making them immune from the maelstrom for it’s duration. In this manner, the others were saved from destruction or injury.

It was at this time that Agostino completed the ritual. Almost immediately the mambas of the group closed on Roy, attempting to destroy his now semi-solid form with the holy water doused weapons.

But victory was not destined to be had just yet. Roy recalled the remaining 4 spirits and using his Consume Spirit ability, enhanced his own power, resistance and abilities. While this did not make him immune to the attacks, it did grant him better longevity under the immense onslaught brought upon him by his enemies.

As the battle progressed, Roy turned to other attacks to help him in his struggle. He targeted Oliver with his Dark Seed attack, hoping to turn his formidable strength against his allies. The compulsion failed, however, most likely due to the Aegis Salve, worn by Oliver during the battle.

The next attack came in the form of Depression. This psychic attack caused Father Fletcher to knock himself unconscious as he struggled with suicidal thoughts. He began to strike himself in the head with a metal flask until he lost consciousness. Gerard, stabbed himself in the arm, also moved to a temporary feeling of self loathing. Erato plunged a ritual dagger into he thigh, almost ending her life.

For some, the Wing of Grace, prevented their emotional collapse into depression.

Weakened, Roy was beginning to get desperate. He used his Deepest Chill ability, plunging the room into unimaginable cold. This sudden cold snap caused frostbite on the exposed flesh of many of his enemies. The bitter cold slowed their movement and ability to act, and began to sap their stamina.

Despite this, however, the group continued to whittle away at the spirit, until he became desperate.

Near destruction, Roy used the last of his power to attempt to destroy as many of his enemies as possible at the moment of his downfall. At the moment of his demise, he activated his Chill ability. One of the most powerful attacks known, this ability can normally mangle an opponent for life, forcing their body to contort and shift into grotesque shells of their former selves.

The group, however all managed to somehow avoid this terrible fate. Perhaps Roy was too weak to fully power the attack, or perhaps they were just lucky.

This final desperate act marked the end of Alec Sahib Roy and permanently dispelled the link between him and the unknown entity to which he was tethered.

Act 32: The Aftermath

Plagued by Necrotic wounds brought about by the Deepest Chill attack against them, the group decided to seek out the Ars Medievalis Librarian located in the Ars Medievalis to determine if he had a possible solution for the persistent injury.

Upon arrival, they inquired and were told that the best way to handle the issue was to undertake a cleansing. this cleansing was specific to each person, and would be dictated by their faith or beliefs.

Armed with this information, the group separated to each conduct their personal cleansing.

Additionally, once the cleansing was finished, Sven purchased one of the 13 Roman Denarii coins from the reign of Constantine. The money was provided to the Widow Respighi. this allowed her to make it through the difficult financial problems plaguing her estate. She was also able to devote the time to completing her husband’s great unfinished work, Lucretia, which was dedicated to “ those Angels of Mercy, watching over me in my hours of greatest need.

Oliver and his fiance were now living together in the new apartment, and it is yet to bee seen what the effect of that relationship will become.

1936 Season 1

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