Something Wicked This Way Comes...

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Early January 1881

Finding themselves returned to unfamiliar surroundings, the posse soon learned Jordrava’s portal had opened in upstate New York, near the town of Saratoga Springs. Inhospitable weather, a soul-devouring creature, and a cannibal cult all conspired to delay the posse’s attempts to return to their goal of finding Jordrava’s medicine rock.

Locations Visited
A Pony Express depot near Saratoga Springs
New York, New York

Important NPC’s
Emilia Webb
“Black Jack” Ryan
Sin-Eater
Thomas “Tommy” Hawk
Dr Bell
Dr Morrison
Abner Crumpler
Jasper Edgar Ellazar
Edith Bell

Important Events
• Arriving in a torrential storm, the posse took shelter at a nearby Pony Express depot. On the way there, they found a young woman suffering from exposure and a serious head wound. Identified as Emilia Webb, the locals worried for the safety of her grandfather, Professor Webb, after it was revealed two local ruffians had headed to his house looking for valuables.
o The posse went to investigate Professor Webb’s house and found the aftermath of a botched robbery. They found the professor dead of an apparent heart attack and, more disturbingly, one of the ruffians dead, his lower half burnt to ashes. A metal coffer lay opened on the floor, and the posse found evidence it had contained a “Sin-eater”, a creature employed to destroy family members born with unnatural natures.
o Returning to the pony express, the posse learned that the Sin-eater had attacked the group there, killing several of them. The posse summoned the creature using the ritual in Professor Webb’s journal with Emilia as bait, and attempted to kill it before it could devour her soul. Unfortunately the creature proved too powerful, and it claimed Emilia before anything could be done to stop it. Its hunger sated, the creature returned to the coffer, and the posse sealed it away once more. Jeb buried the box in the forest where it was hoped it would not be seen again.
o During their stay at the Pony Express, the posse met “Black Jack” Ryan, a bandit held captive by local law man Thomas Hawk. The rest of “Black Jack’s” gang turned up with Thomas’ partner held at gunpoint, and the posse were forced to hand over the criminal to ensure no one was hurt.
• With the Sin-Eater contained, and the storm abated, the posse headed off towards New York. However, they soon stumbled upon the body of a dead woman in the road. Displaying obvious signs of being held captive and torture, the posse followed her trail back to a small shack built from the remnants of a burned mansion house. Inside they found evidence that a cannibal had held the woman, with some clues as to his identity.
o A set of expensive luggage was found at the shack, and the posse tracked the owner, Jasper Edgar Ellazar, to a local funeral home. While no direct connection to the murder could be found, Ellazar was later revealed to be a recent addition to the cult responsible for the killings.
o The posse found a medical equipment bag labelled as belonging to St Mary’s Teaching Hospital. The staff there proved helpful, and offered to help the posse in their investigation; however, both Dr Bell and Dr Morrison recognised Walks-in-Two-Worlds and, in private, revealed that they were part of a cannibal cult that Walks’ doppleganger was involved with. Walks infiltrated the cult and learned that Colt McCoy had gone on a pilgrimage in search of a cure for his injured legs. They believed he had gone in search of his mother’s tribe of native Americans.
o The rest of the posse, unsure as to Walks’ location, broke into Dr Bell’s house not realising that the cult was meeting within. A fight ensued between the cannibals and the posse, with their trust in Walks being crucial to the posse’s success. The posse killed, or at least slowed down the cannibals long enough to escape with Dr Morrison, and took him for questioning. Morrison revealed more of Colt McCoy’s involvement with the cult and how they had all been recruited by Abner Crumpler, the former owner of the burned mansion house.
o Edith Bell, Dr Bell’s daughter, demonstrated tremendous strength, alleged to be an effect of the cult’s cannibalism. However, she also proved resistant to death, with even a knife plunged into her head proving incapable of killing her. It was unclear if Dr Bell had similar abilities as the posse were forced to flee the scene to avoid a confrontation with the police.

Based on ‘Dead Light’ published by Chaosium and ‘The Consumed’ from Island of Ignorance published by Chaosium.

“Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953)

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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