The game continued from Chapter 3: New York.

Frail Sisters

game session #13
played on November 2, 2009

On the train to Boston and around town, people who had never met Alexandria reacted to her as if knowing that she was involved in prostitution. Unable to find La Lumière since the library was closed for the night, the group wandered into MacFinn's pub. Jacques won a fight with a burly local by stabbing him, but Elise had to buy a round of drinks to calm the crowd. Katerina learned from the bartender that murders were happening in South End, where men and women were found dead together, always in a pair; he told them to find a hooker named Stella. Crossing Boston Common, they ran towards a scream and fought a crazed homeless man with a meat cleaver; Jacques defeated him but not before Alexandria took a serious injury to her shoulder. The group rushed her to the hospital, where Katerina discovered one of the flyers around town that identified Alexandria and told people to turn her in to the Park Street Church. At the police precinct, a sergeant named O'Neill questioned the group and explained his theory that this was some kind of copycat killing based on Jack the Ripper from ten years earlier. The group retired to a hotel for the night. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Melissa T. as Katerina Petrovich
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight
Stephen Gambill as Jacques LeBeau

earned points:
Elise for convincing the police of the group's innocence
Jacques for defeating Jenkins and the park murderer
Katerina for getting a lead from the bartender

Sacred Ground

game session #14
played on November 9, 2009

After some difficulty finding her, the group questioned occult-practicing fellow La Lumière agent Theresa O'Neill. She explained that the prostitute murders were committed by a powerful werewolf spirit. She also warned the group to avoid the dangerous cult called the Six-Fingered Hand that was after Gao. Unable to determine anything by rubbing wolfsbane against their wounds or a corpse in the morgue, the group confronted Father Joseph Blenk about the lies he had spread about Alexandria. Katerina reduced him to sobs, and he admitted his grudge and his assignment to spy on Katerina. The group ordered him to leave them alone, and convinced the townspeople that Alexandria would help them, not endanger them. Next, they tracked down a well-connected prostitute named Stella, but she was attacked by another indigent who seemed to recognize the group. Elise shot him dead in self-defense. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Melissa T. as Katerina Petrovich
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight
Stephen Gambill as Jacques LeBeau

earned points:
Alexandria for earning the townpeople's trust

Secrets and Lies

game session #15
played on November 16, 2009

Leaving Stella's murder scene before they could be found, the group sought advice from Theresa O'Neill, who told them to seek a connection between the various killers and victims. Through questioning a bum and a hooker, the group learned of a Dr. Charles Witherspoon, who operated a clinic for the city's poor. Alexandria knew of his side business: fencing items stolen by prostitutes from their wealthy clients. Elise's research discovered that his wife Jeanne was Jack the Ripper's final victim in London ten years earlier. While the men tried to break into Witherspoon's house and met his butler, the women visited his clinic, where Witherspoon denied knowing anything about the similar murders now happening in Boston. Hoping to talk to the spirit that was committing murders, the group sought a séance with Thomas Carnacki, a professional ghost finder. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Melissa T. as Katerina Petrovich
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight
Stephen Gambill as Jacques LeBeau

earned points:
Elise for good questioning and research
John for leadership

From Hell

game session #16
played on November 23, 2009

Conducting a séance with Thomas Carnacki, the group interviewed the frightened spirit of Mary Jane Kelly, a victim of Jack the Ripper in London. She said that the murderer kept accusing her of associating with "Charles," even though she didn't have any customers by that name. The spirit of the first bum possessed in Boston gave similar hints. They deduced that Jeanne Witherspoon, the doctor's wife, might have been Jack the Ripper herself, so they summoned her. She angrily threatened to kill them all, starting with the "witch" they knew, Theresa O'Neill. Leaving Carnacki, they raced to Theresa's house, and burst inside to find her home alone. Suddenly Jacques lunged at her with a knife, possessed by Jeanne's spirit. After a scuffle, John kicked Jacques through the open doorway into the yard, seriously injuring him. After they healed him, they decided to confront Dr. Witherspoon, but at his house they found a maelstrom in activity in the parlor, which he had converted into a shrine to Jeanne: Her spirit flew around the room, her hands elongated into sword blades, while bric-à-brac whisked around the room in a flurry of activity, the ordinary items turned into knives. While Alexandria and Lawrence tried in vain to get Charles to talk to his wife's spirit, Rachael and Gao tried assaulting it without success, and Jacques's magic was no help either. As the stabbing attacks wore them nearly to death, John grabbed the funereal urn below her portrait and scattered her ashes on the snowy lawn, dissipating her spirit. Theresa thanked the group for saving the city, and offered to take them to Salem to meet fellow witches and recover from their injuries in peace. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Melissa T. as Katerina Petrovich
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight
Stephen Gambill as Jacques LeBeau

earned points:
Gao for protecting Theresa
Lawrence for telling Witherspoon how to calm his wife's spirit

In Vino Veritas

game session #17
played on November 30, 2009

Theresa led the group to Salem, where they stayed in a house of seven gables. The residents were a coven of witches who called themselves the Circle. They had once been a powerful group who protected ancient secrets, but the witch trials had dwindled their kind to only six survivors. At dinner, Elise was revealed to have come from magical origins, and the owner Hepzibah promised to help her develop her magic potential. Lawrence was tempted by a voice to free something locked in the basement, and Alexandria nearly helped him do it, but the group decided against it. Jacques discovered that Gao's cat Melchitt had drunk a half-bottle of wine and started a conversation with it. Melchitt revealed that he was a human "red Indian" cursed to live as a cat, and Jacques agreed to keep the secret. John and Theresa discovered feelings for each other, independently. Overnight, a werewolf struck Vinny and gave him its curse, but got away before the group could find it; it was revealed to be a resident of the house. In the morning, a telegram summoned Lawrence to his family home in Connecticut, and he left with Alexandria, promising to return in a few days. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Melissa T. as Katerina Petrovich
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight
Stephen Gambill as Jacques LeBeau

earned points:
Alexandria for advancing several subplots
Lawrence for role-playing and humor


The game continued in Chapter 5: Arkham.


Reports

In the guise of their characters, the players write reports summarizing the chapter from their own perspective.

by Elise LeBlanc

Jack the Ripper or Jean the Ripper?.. Go »

by Jacques LeBeau

To the attention of William Randolph Hearst, It is i Jacques LeBeau illusionist and magician extraordinaire sending my informational review of our current situation... Go »

by John Sheppard

Boston by John We heard there were some disturbances of a natural that could be considered occult... Go »

by Alexandria Knight

On the way to Boston I was stunned and somewhat flattered to find that there were people on the train who knew of me!.. Go »

by Lawrence Tate

Here we are in Boston, a bit too close to home for my comfort... Go »