Chapter 12: Kitty Hawk
The game continued from Chapter 11: London.
The Devil Among Us
game session #56
played on December 27, 2010
An associate of Mycroft Holmes with knowledge of the future had warned that two inventor brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, were in danger of sabotage by the Red Death as they worked on their early prototype of the airplane in the island town of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Holmes instructed the group to protect them without revealing to anyone the brothers' future success. He assigned them three new cell members: Physicist Sylvester Mahoney, translator Salome Fitzer, and driver Hector Rodrigues. After traveling to Washington and finding Fayt's apartment boarded up from the outside, they booked passage to Kitty Hawk, arriving in time to dine with the locals and ask for information. An old woman spat at Lyon and called him the devil before fleeing, but others warned that "crazy old Violet" was just the town loon, prone to seeing things. Caleb befriended a fisherman named Duke who spoke of seeing a light from the long-dormant lighthouse nearby. On the beach, elderly local Jacob Turner spoke of local folklore about the ghosts of pirates who, every night, still walked the beach of the next town to the north, Kill Devil Hills. Approaching the lighthouse, the group found it attached to a former Jesuit monastery, the Order of the Flame of St. Nicholas, that had burned in a 1775 fire. After Elise opened a gap in the wall and the group explored the charred interior, they were attacked by two silent figures in robes, who silenced Caleb and Qiu Jin by stabbing them with antique daggers, and strangled Elise into unconsciousness. Lawrence and Caleb finally subdued them but found only empty robes. Lawrence found the dust recently disturbed at the monastery altar, and at the top of the lighthouse, Caleb discovered a Satanic pentagram carved into the fire pit that Elise recognized as bearing symbols for penitence.
Caleb for discovering the fire pit pentagram
Fight or Flight
game session #57
played on January 3, 2011
In the morning, the group learned from locals that the Wright brothers were testing their prototype at a large field in Kill Devil Hills. Along the beach, they were ambushed by Violet, the crazy elderly woman, whose failed to assassinate Lyon with a rifle before the group stopped her and smashed her weapon. She spoke of the ship Resplendent which had crashed at the base of the lighthouse in 1775 and spilled burning rum into the monastery, killing all of the monks. Despite her warnings that Lyon was dangerous, they let her go. Finding the Wright brothers working on their plane, the group charmed them, particularly Elise, who Orville offered to let try her hand at piloting. Lawrence found more robed attackers emerging from the woods and enlisted Alexandria and Caleb's help to stop them, but more and more of them began emerging, well over a dozen at once. Elise took to the air and had great luck at the controls, turning the plane around and ramming it into a pack of the assassins and jumping free on her stone shield to avoid the impact herself. Although the Wrights had been stabbed and the group was injured, the attackers had been fought off. When they noticed that Lyon was missing, Elise ran after him and couldn't convince him to rejoin them. Without him, they offered to buy the Wright brothers lunch and discuss the wrecked prototype, which Elise all but admitted was critical to future aviation in urging them to continue their work. Kitty Hawk's priest announced that he had found Violet dead after she slashed her wrists. Investigating her house with a sheriff, the group found a hidden prayer room with a list of antiquated foreign names; one of them, Tanner Edmund Jacobbi, stuck out. At the top of the list was written "huecuva?" and Elise recognized the word: It was a monstrous immortal being, skeletal but capable of seeming human, who had been punished by the devil for breaking a vow of servitude.
Elise for defeating many attackers by crashing the plane into them
Lawrence for a convincing lie to Violet that the group served the Vatican
Tanner Edmund Jacobbi
game session #58
played on January 10, 2011
Lyon returned, claiming that he had just been walking around town. Questioning the house's elderly owner about the 1775 fire at the monastery, the group learned that the lighthouse had lost its flame shortly before the crash, and that the list of names in Violet's house was a list of Jesuit monks who died in the fire. At the general store, the group convinced the owner to turn over a list of his customers, and recognized the lighthouse keeper Jake Tanner's name sounded suspiciously like Tanner Edmund Jacobbi from the list. Finding Tanner sweeping the lighthouse, he refused to answer their questions, and Alexandria inexplicably could not read his thoughts. When the group later returned to the Manor, they found Sylvester among his smashed equipment. He explained that before someone knocked him out, he had determined that Gao was under a long-lasting sedative, and that she was a chimera, a single being with two generic codes. Spotting a fire atop the Manor's windmill, the group climbed the stairs and found Jacobbi, a skeletal figure wearing a monk's robe, preparing a bonfire in a ritual symbol. He had taken Lyon's stone bracelet that granted entry to the Manor, and off of Earth, he had become much more powerful. In the ensuing battle, the group delivered powerful attacks, but Jacobbi quickly healed each time. When he commanded Lyon to strike, the hunter seized a mystical weapon and used it to cleave Elise's heart out of her chest, but Lyon couldn't get the organ into the bonfire before Caleb subdued him. Alexandria convinced Melchitt to help put the heart back in and revive a furious Elise. When Lawrence decapitated Jacobbi and burned the skull with holy water, he was dead at last. His spirit explained that he had manipulated Lyon into obtaining the last ingredient for his spell to regain the devil's favor, a witch's heart. His attacks on the Wright brothers with the empty animated robes of long-dead monks had been to lure the group to Kitty Hawk so that Lyon's father, Satan himself, could convince him to leave the group and realize his destiny. Jacobbi had once devoted himself to Satan, but lacked the courage to burn himself along with his murdered "brothers" in the monastery, and was turned into an undead huecuva as punishment. With their enemy defeated, the group locked Lyon into a cage in the brig and wondered whether they could trust him again.
Alexandria for rescuing victims from Jacobbi's fire
Lyon for difficult choices in-character
The game continued in Chapter 13: Dunwich.