Masks of Nyarlathotep

Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 21

Todo from last session:

  • Omar Shakti
  • Clive expedition to look at
  • Jake Brady? Hong Kong?
  • Clive expedition ask Nigel Wasif (Cairo Bulletin)
  • Bent Pyramid
  • Collapsed Pyramid
  • Cairo museum
  • Faraz Najir tells us the Brotherhood wanted an item at the Mosque of Ibm Talun?
    • Nyiti from Alwastar
      • Onbar

Ibm Talun (Mosque)

Mahmud arrives before breakfast with new shiny and very squeaky shoes. He appears a little PTSDy from the last night’s horrors.

We head off and it is near stuff. The mosque is near the city of the dead. The mosque is ancient and plain. As we exit the car we notice that it is very quiet with few people.

It is just before prayer time. Ophelia is told to stay outside. We wait with Mahmud. We walk in to see the cleric. We observe the local customs carefully by continuing to wear trousers.

Through Mahmud we find out who the “guy in charge” is.

Through careful negotiations “we ask about the Black Pharaoh” we get ushered into a back office.

We persuade them that we should be involved in their cause. They are harbouring Girdle of Queen Nitocris. The demonic menaces are served by some evil men who value it as a relic of their evil past. She was an evil dark magician. The girdle is guarded carefully by old men with 15th century sabres. They are wise in the ways of fairy tales the Koran.

Forthright gives him a cheque which he will spend on defence of the relic. By buying copies of the Koran.

Cairo Museum

We are met by a receptionist that tries to help us find the right place to start looking.

Dr Ali Kafur is aware of the Black Pharaoh and takes us to a private room where he discusses things and stuff. He is aware of the forces at play and appears at face value to be an ally.

Nitocris and the Black Pharaoh were ancient lovers full of lusty lust for each other Mummy style. They were both assassinated.

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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 20
Or, Does this Fez Make My Bottom Look Fat?

The session starts with us lost in the back streets of Cairo. We are concerned about the dead bodies and the strange noises that caused us to be kicked out of Faraz Najir’s place.

Forthright checks listen

We hear the sounds of people knocking and clamouring for Faraz to open his door. The crowd sounds angry and upset with Faraz. Sounds of smashing and violence.

We send Mahmud off to find policemen.

As we watch, Faraz is stabbed in the stomach. There is evidence that the crowd killed the policemen.

It is confirmed that we would recognise the majority of them in the future if we see them again.

Forthright checks stealth

Six in total. I am hidden so I don’t give a shit.

Lisette runs to check on Faraz. He’s got a very bad stomach wound.

He says it was the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh.

Police arrive. Five in total.

We explain the situation to the Sgt. We head back to the hotel.

The Next Day

Mahmud mets us at the door. As does the Sgt.

We ask the sgt where Warran Bessat is. He says no. He takes us to the station. He disappears to find stuff.

Warran Bessat lives at the Red Door on the Street of Scorpions in the old city.

Cairo Bulletin

We arrive to collect the clippings. Lots of yelling and shit.

We receive a clipping regarding the fire of Faraz’s place. Police are baffled. There are no leads.

Warren Bessat

Mahmud takes us to the address.

We find a red door on the street. It looks like a clothing store with lots of examples of clothing available.

Inside there is portly man wearing a fez.

Dwayne makes a fat joke at Peter’s expense

I get five suits made up.

His name is Abou Udhreh.

Forthright checks psychology

He is lying. He glances at the door at the back. I open the door and see a man wearing a fucking Arabic thing hidden and smoking shit. He is on a filthy bed. And smoking hashish.

Forthright checks Natural World

He is smoking cheap marijuana.

Warren looks at us all bubbly.

HE KNOWS CARLYLE

Todo:

  • Omar Shakti
  • Clive expedition to look at
  • Jake Brady? Hong Kong?
  • Clive expedition ask Nigel Wasif (Cairo Bulletin)
  • Bent Pyramid
  • Collapsed Pyramid
  • Cairo museum
  • Brotherhood wanted an item at the Mosque of Ibm Mashood?
    • Nyiti from Alwastar
      • Onbar
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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 19
Or, Who Ordered Their Souvenirs Well Done?

To Do:

  • Office of Antiquities to see the Carlyle group site
  • Fariz Najir dealer on some street what has some things. On the Street of Jackals
    ** A local agent?

We put our valuables into locker 43.

Nigel Wassif

Just across the road to the hotel is the office of the Cairo Bulletin. A well dressed man is making his way into the office. He runs a small newspaper.

Early 40s, pencil moustache, clean and very well dressed.

We discuss Jackson Elias and the Carlyle.

We order a clipping service for Elias and Carlyle and arrange to come back tomorrow.

Office of Antiquities

On our way we are accosted by Mahmud who offers to show us around. He is surprisingly good at shooing away the vendors.

Forthright eats figs

We enquire about the Carlyle Expedition. We are shuffled off to some office with a folder full of papers.

  • 11 May 1919 end 10 days later. Digs around Giza. Mostly exploratory trenches. We note the location and dates.
  • 23rd of May at Saqqur ends May 31
  • June: Later there were papers filed for Dashur. Finished before July.
  • After which they head off to Kenya.

Penhew Foundation currently has an expedition at Memphis being run by Dr Henry Clive. They are here every year and have done so for many years.

Street of the Jackals

The street is one of those narrow aromatic streets. As we wander down the street, one shop stands out. It is burned to the ground and the locals invoke Allah as they pass by.

We ask Mahmud. Apparently it was the shop we were looking for. Apparently a large demon came down and destroyed it. The owner was inside at the time. The owner was horribly burnt but moved to a different shop.

A shop in Sharia Muezzeddin Allah.

Sharia Muezzeddin Allah

In the midst of pottery stores, there is a new store. Most of his stock is tourist garbage. The shop is cramped with only a thin path leading between the curios.

Faraz is burned and melted. We mention Robert Carlyle and he starts yelling at us to leave his shop. We mention we can pay him and he whispers “come back tonight.”

We break for lunch.

Main Police Station

We head to the main police station to organise some police escort for tonight. We talk to a few chaps and make outrageous promises to look after them.

Return to the Cairo Bulletin

We are handed a sheaf of papers in a manila folder.

We add the Street Jackal fire to the collection.

Notes from the Cairo Bulletin

Photo showing Sir Albury, Robert Carlyle, Hypatia Masters and Dr Robert Huston emerging from the dinner at the Turf Club two days after their arrival. Huston looks worried. Jack Brady may be in the back of the image.

Check page 93 of the book for here, Paul!

Return to Sharia Muezzeddin Allah

We pick up the muscle on the way. Also Mahmud (who is nervous around the police).

The police are left at the end of the road looking beefy. Mahmud comes with us.

We give Faraz a small payment before he will continue.

He tells us about the Carlyle Expedition. He wanted information about the Black Pharaoh. Ended by Snafuru. A bust of the Black Pharaoh, a drum with symbols and his crown. The key to his triumph over death.

Sold to Warren Besart, Carlyle’s agent.

The items came from the house of Omar Shakti, the cotton guy. These items were sold to Besart in 1918.

There are dark elements working through this land which Faraz has come afoul of. The Black Brotherhood stole the mummy from the Clive expedition. The Clive expedition found a queen’s sarcophagus which was stolen shortly thereafter. They are after another item held in the Mosque of Ibn-Tulan.

The Black Brotherhood is a cult dedicated to the Black Pharaoh. They are related to the people who burned down his shop. Living fire or demon or ifrite called down on him.

We leave out the back door.

We circle around and find the muscle with their throats cut ear to ear. They look like they put up a fight. All to no good.

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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 18
Or, We Didn't Have to Run the Session in Real Time

Session starts 2nd of February.

We head to Hull and catch a ferry to Calais. We then journey to Said in Egypt. We arrive in the afternoon of the 6th of February.

Dwayne meets an ex-member of the military who is off to be part of the governance of Egypt. George Halliwell with his wife Penelope.

Forthright learns how to contact things of great antiquity.

Lisette learns how to make zombies. The bloody tongue people in New York are the same as the Kenyan mob.

We arrive on to dusty streets and dusty people. Mosques and minarets call the faithful to prayer.

We catch a train to Cairo where we arrive at dusk. We make our way to the The Shepard’s Hotel and book a suite of rooms. We hire a boy called Moh who will be available tomorrow morning for a few hours.

In the morning we are introduced to Muhammed. He takes us to the pyramids. We stop for coffee and then have a donkey cart ride. Not many tourists around.

To Do:

  • Office of Antiquities to see the Carlyle group site
  • Fariz Jarjar dealer on some street what has some things.
    • A local agent?
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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 17
Or, Who's a Good Boy?

The session starts the night of the full moon

After a brief introduction, Eloise goes to make a sandwich. Not for Dr Forthright, which concerned a little. He was peckish.

The walkthrough of the manor being complete, the Lord Vain suggests we look at the walls surrounding the castle. These are apparently interesting and there are strong hints from the GM that we should look at them. Turns out that we suck mightily at looking at things. We decide to look around the outer buildings. We discover random animals.

We look around at some of the other buildings around the castle. There is an old stable hand who is large and provincial. We inquire about the hound and he offers that the attacks started after the young master came home and Eloise had her 21st.

Forthright clumsily brings up Mrs Vain. Apparently she died 15 years ago. There was a ‘farm accident’. Suspicious. Apparently she was killed by a random floating scythe. The hound appears every few weeks for a few nights. Roughly synced up with how often his wife gets grumpy with him.

We go to the stable. There is a nice new door. Because the hound wanted to get to the horses. There is a large steel bolt and padlock.

We all look for the old doors but find none because we suck at looking at things.

The Pub

Over dinner a woman rushes in saying her daughter has been taken by the hound. We all burst outside grabbing weapons Tendrils of mist and fog shimmering down through the moor. We rush across the road to the woman’s house.

Silhouetted on the peak of Gallows’s Hill a beast on two legs dragging a small child. The child appears to be lifeless, hanging limply in the beast’s arms.

We give chase! It has stopped to give a last stand.

Forthright opens up and checks the hell out of Rifles. The beast is shot to hell.

Sir Arthur Vain comes running across the moor screaming at us to stop shooting. As he nears us he starts yelling “She’s just a girl!!!”. We can’t calm him down. He raises a shotgun and shots poor defenceless John Ryan. Both Dwayne and Forthright kill Arthur Vain immediately.

The beast starts to get up. Lisette shoots it. We try to get the beast to the dungeon to chain it up.

We drag the beast back to the castle where it is locked up and bound. Lots of villagers aid us in getting her back.

We interrogate the son. The daughter took the curse as soon as she turned 21. The vicar has ideas about why she turns. Apparently there have been cases in the past, plaguing the house since the 17th c.

Forthright loses 5 Sanity

The vicar tells us a story where the old Vain had a witch burned at the stake. The witch cursed the mother Vain with lycanthropy.

We go back to London.

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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 16
Or, Make Mine a Double!

Session starts the evening of the 1st of February.

Lawrence at the Pub

Make an appointment to see the castle at 10am tomorrow.

He studied philosophy at Oxford.

We salute meat pies.

We discuss the local legends of which he is mostly dismissive.

Recommends a walk through the graveyard.

Mentions the party. Eloise turned 21. She is a bookish type.

Lisette follows him and there is very little to show for it.

Visiting the Castle Plumb

Forthright arms himself with a .45 before visiting the castle.

We barge in like angry Americans looking for oil. Giant staircases and halls meet us. The main doors are wedged shut and no longer used any more.

We are led to the parlour were we wait on chintz sofas before a fireplace. Fortified manor house setup. There are 11th and 12th century buildings of sort with a manor house built within. The parlour has lots of paintings of once rich relatives who were B-list celebrities.

After 5 to 10 minutes Lawrence and his father Sir Arthur Vain arrive to greet us.

They take us on the tour and introduce us to their predecessors. They’ve been here since Edward III. Bestowed to a great (to a great length) grandfather. Gives us a long line of the provenance of the castle.

Takes us to the cellar to see the dungeons. The first room is filled with rubbish, then through a wine cellar, and then down to another level.

The lower dungeon is filled with torture equipment and various other accoutrements of medieval justice.

Recent evidence of new manacles and fresh straw in the cell. Scratches in the stone in the cell

Forthright checks Spot Hidden

End up in the library. Forthright distracts our hosts while Dwayne looks for secret passages. No passages found. Most of the books are pretty boring at this point.

Eloise turns up.

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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 15
Or, there's something funny about this stew...

Session starts 1st of February. One night away from the next full moon.

Going to Church

Bad singing greets us when we arrive at the church. A greasy haired priest is leading the congregation in a monotone tune of some religious type.

The sermon is on some vague point of theology that even Forthright is not interested in.

We push the vicar on the hound. He seems very defensive, although that could just be his cologne. He also states that Tumwell is a terrible shot. The premise that Lawrence Vine is the beast seems to hit home.

There was a witch hanging on Gallows Hill 300 years ago. Her crimes were consorting with demons, sour milk, wanton activity. Sheep born with extra limbs. Lady Vain accused her.

Castle Plum is named for the Latin Plumbum (lead). Lots of mine shafts around the town. They have been closed for the last hundred or so years.

When asked about Harold Short he warms up immensely. Lydia Perkins, buried locally. Mr Osgood also buried locally.

All those who were killed were on the moor side of the town.

The Laughing Horse Pub

We have lunch at the pub.

Veterinarian

Vet says it is similar to large dog and all makes sense. He is not at all suspicious of anything.

  1. Gallows Hill

We can see the full moor. Unhealthy looking trees, rock escarpments, etc.

Lisette looks for stuff and things.

We realise that during the winter the whole moor is going to be foggy as hell. Very little cover or places to hide.

Following the Path from the Village

Forthright checks perception!

We decide to follow one of the winding paths from the village. Forthright notices a man-made object poking out of the earth. Charred planking sticking up out of the earth. Remains of some kind of dwelling. There seem to be the remains of a chimney as well.

There is an interesting geometric pattern on the hearthstone. The symbol is occultic and associated with the 17th century witch era in England. There are other remains which indicate it was a farmstead on the property. It was largish in size.

We continue along the path. We come across a farmer with a big bushy beard and smoking a long pipe. He doesn’t recognise the symbol from the hearthstone. He’s lost sheep as has other people.

The hound is very interesting to him. Tumwell did not kill the hound according to him. He has heard and seen the hound. Great big beast running through the fog. He saw the beast the last full moon. Which was a night after the last killing. The beast (although claimed to be shot) appeared to be unhurt.

The beast was running into the depths of the mist.

The fog is beginning to fog up as we get back into town.

Lawrence at the Pub

Very friendly chap. Conversation will continue next session.

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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 14
Hey, how much blood is in my breakfast anyway?

Session starts Saturday, 31st of January

Big savage dog that may or may not be dead. The locals report howls on the full moon. The dead are buried in the chapel. No livestock. Alfred lost a sheep through massive confusion as to who his girlfriend.

We have a bad dinner.

Paul nearly weeps at my Durifs…

The howls came from Castle Plum. On top the hill you can see the castle (which is inhabited).

Lesser-Edale has about 30 houses, a church and moors on all sides.

The Vane family occupy the castle. Sir Arthur Vane, Lawrence the son and a daughter. The Vanes own all the land. Lawrence is friendly.

So Tumwell he shot the dog. It went ‘woof’. Mad mangy dog. Huge stray. Big even. Enough to kill two people. Ran off into the hills.

Next day

Crisp bright morning.

Brisk constitutional in the morning up to the space that we were shown last night.

Breakfast. Blood pudding.

We do a walk around the castle to see if there is a path around the castle to the moor. Large paw prints!!! They lead up to a large rock and then out into the moors.

Harold Short

Grandmother: Has left to go to see his brother in fucking Norfolk. He was sorely wounded. He managed to hit the dog with a candlestick which ran away. There were lots of howls so Harold was out looking.

Doesn’t think much of Tumwell.

Castle Plum

Drive up to the castle. Then get insulted by the butler. Bastards.

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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 13
Or, Hey, is that a giant poodle?

Session starts afternoon of * January 30th*

In an attempt to throw off Erica Carlyle’s goons, we move to the Savoy, leaving majority of our items at the Ritz to make it look like we are still in residence. Dwayne writes a letter implying that we had stolen the stuff from Erica as per Gavigon’s instructions and had sent it to him as per his request. We also make sure to leave a matchstick in the lower part of the door so we can tell if the room has been rifled through.

We arrive at the Savoy around 3pm and settle in.

During the afternoon Forthright learns the spell Body Warping of Gorgoroth.

Professor of Chemistry

Calvin Wright heads to the university to try and get the vials we found at Tewfic’s analysed. Not knowing the name of our previous contact we end with with a very junior chemist. After looking at it, the red stuff is not identifiable.

The black crystals are completely new to science. Apparently a metallic liquid. Junior fellow Longbottom is super excited about it.

Prof Insp Barrington

Not doing well, brain injury. May not make it

The injecting of the Green Liquid

John Ryan volunteers to be the guinea pig. He is given a half dose and he falls asleep quickly. Appears to have difficult dreams. After 2 to 3 hours he wakes up with a gasp.

“Oh my god, the things I have seen!” He loses 4 sanity.

His dreams were back in time with weird looking people (neanderthals) hunting mammoths. He asks for the another full dose.

We give Ryan a full dose. He passes out completely. Starts making crazy scared noises. His pulse is racing and he is shaking all over. Lisette gives him smelling salts. He wakes up with a start and starts screaming all over the place. He is out of his mind with having seen something awful. He drinks a lot of brandy.

The drug sends his mind back in time. He went much further back in time. He saw a hound and it saw him. It is coming for him, apparently.

Trip to the Derwent

Make to Lesser-Edale. Staying in the pub with talking about cows and sheep and shit.

In comes a policeman with a bushy moustache. Const Tumwell.

Next session: talking with Const Tumwell.

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Masks of Nylarlathotep, Session 12
Or, It was like that when I found it. Honest.

Current date is January 29th.

Session starts in the boat with an unconscious Barrington in a boat. We arrive at Walton-on-the-Naze around 5am. The boat is missing its roof. A small fishing fleet is gathering. Dr Aloysius Philbert.

Doc Philbert is apparently Lisette! Who’d have thought! Magic…

PIB recovers 3HP and comes to. He goes over the particulars of the case to Doc Philbert so that we now have a witness…

We head to London to get PIB to hospital but to also gather the cavalry to attack the cult.

To Do List

  • Investigate Tewfick
  • Investigate Penhew
  • Get back to Shipley

Hospital

People arrive looking for PIB. Attempt to bribe the Matron. She won’t have any of it. She palms them off.

Tewfick’s House

Mid- morning. Tewfick’s shop filled with spices and stuff. Ryan attempts to kick in the door saying “We’re running out of Thyme, we’re cumin for you!”. He fails. One of the derelicts heads down an alley. Eventually Forthright shoots the door in.

Inside we see lots of spice. It smells like Ghandi’s thong. Quick search we see a bunch of spices of various descriptions. Egyptian style mats. Storage area with more shit. Forthright has an orange arm now.

We go upstairs. There is a flat upstairs with a large living room with Egyptian stuff in it. There is an oil heater in the room (not lit) but the room is still warm. There is an open copy of the Koran. There is an ornate golden frame with a mirror.

Forthright stares into the mirror, much like a lover would, making kissy faces.

There is a roll top desk. Locked. We force the lock. A search reveals boring stuff. Dwayne pulls a central shelf which opens a secret drawer:

  • Crumbling papyrus scroll covered in hieroglyphics
  • Sandstone vials with red syrup and a black powder with rubbery crystals

Large numbers of homeless people turn up in a menacing way. There are other people also who have hammers and tools and stuff.

We get out the back. Run into a second hand book shop. Someone comes in and checks around but then leaves.

Copy of Budge’s primer to hieroglyphics. The papyrus that we found is titled “A method by which the sorcerer may take the appearance of some other thing”. You need to eat a part of the thing that you wish to look like plus an incantation and other things.

Move back to the car safely. We go to the hospital where the beefy guys are waiting for us.

They are associates of Erica Carlysle. They are super keen to get back everything that Evelyn stole.

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