Chapter 11: London
The game continued from Chapter 10: Oceanic.
The Game is Afoot
game session #52
played on November 8, 2010
After the Oceanic docked in Southampton, the group hired a driver to take them on to London. They stopped in the road to help another man whose carriage had broken down, but he attacked them with a weapon that could ignite a man into flames. Working as a team, they defeated him by trampling him under their horse, but they were unable to determine his identity or motive. In London, their La Lumière contact turned out to be a private investigator named Sherlock Holmes, whose brother Mycroft listened in on their assignment. Holmes had read high praise of their work in America and wanted them to find and defeat a murderer who he believed was beyond the grasp of Scotland Yard. He sent them to the apartment of Ronald Adair, a dockworker whose murder in a locked apartment a month earlier remained unsolved. They found a strange purple stain on the rug, and evidence that the fifty-story window had been broken open from the outside. One neighbor described a bat-like creature with glowing eyes that flew up the side of the building; another said that a sweaty, disheveled man had come around asking for Adair that night. Learning of Adair's girlfriend Mary and work mates Corliss and Thatcher, the group left to interview them.
Elise for rescuing the burning driver
Lawrence for defeating the roadside assassin
The West End Horror
game session #53
played on November 15, 2010
Arriving at a moldy dockside pub, the group questioned locals about the murder of Ronald Adair, and learned of local legends about Springheel Jack, a man or creature said to jump great heights with bat-like wings. This piqued the curiosity of Caleb Lonergan, the escape artist performing on stage, who joined their conversation. When a mysterious stranger threw a firebomb into the pub, the building went ablaze, despite Lawrence's efforts to contain the magical flames. Gao disappeared in the chaos, as Alexandria chased a fleeing carriage in vain. Now joined by Caleb, the group looked up Springheel Jack in the library, finding a note by "JM" that they were too late to stop the Hand's plans. The book's author, a local expert on the legend, gave them a list of six murder victims attributed to Springheel Jack, including Jeanne Witherspoon, whose ghost they had battled in Boston. Following up with further research at Scotland Yard, they noted similarities in both the victims' manner of execution and their employment in the medical and scientific communities around London.
Alexandria for investigating the rude stranger
Lawrence for attempts to extinguish the fire
game session #54
played on November 22, 2010
At Scotland Yard, the group was joined by Lyon Omen, a hunter on the trail of Springheel Jack. Outside, Lawrence was drawn to a caged black cat and nearly crushed by falling scaffolding. The group chased his would-be assassin to an abandoned apartment, where he told Caleb that "your journey will end at the opposite of where it began." Alexandria learned from his memories that his boss was named Moriarty before he spontaneously combusted into magical flames. On his remains, the group found the insignia of the Six-Fingered Hand, a cult known to have interest in Gao. Feeling new urgency, they traveled to the University of London to question Professor Ormsby Noble, who had taught one of Springheel Jack's victims, Seward Loving. The old teacher explained that Loving had been working on a formula that could separate the "good" and "evil" sides of one's psyche, completely suppressing one or the other long enough for the other to take over. He had been working with a local chemist named Dr. Henry Jekyll until they had a falling out. The group walked to the nearby address of the doctor, but were attacked in his home by a wild, enraged man who knocked Caleb out. Foaming purple serum from his mouth, the man spit in Lyon's face and briefly transformed the hunter into a tentacled demon, startling the group. Lawrence lured the man into the basement laboratory and locked him inside, but heard a crash that indicated his escape back outside to the streets of London. His fearful servant, Mary Reilly (girlfriend of murder victim Ronnie Adair), told the group that their attacker was "Edward Hyde," someone the doctor became when he drank his formula. In his journal, the group found a letter written by JM in January: "The child is on the way. Bring the serum backstage to complete our deal. The Awakening is imminent."
Lyon for creative description of Lyon's altered form
game session #55
played on December 13, 2010
Believing Mr. Hyde to have returned to the nearby park where previous murders had occurred, the group went there but caught someone spying on them: A Russian agent of the Six-Fingered Hand, who burned Elise's hand with a magical tack before the group subdued her and stole her enchanted swords. When she combusted rather than be taken back to her master as a captive, the group fled the scene and sought out Sherlock Holmes for advice. A crowd outside reported that Springheel Jack had just been seen on the roof minutes earlier, and in Holmes's apartment they found John Watson dead like Hyde's other victims. The route led to the Boars Head Inn on the ground floor, a deserted theater where they found the discarded Springheel Jack costume in Wardrobe. When Lawrence found a secret door, they followed it beyond a barrier inscribed with the Hand's insignia, where Gao was tied down on the stage in a replica of the theater, where mannequin cultists watched silently from the audience. The group ran on stage to her aid, only to be scooped up in a stage trap that Caleb and Lawrence quickly set about unlocking; Elise jumped free just in time to avoid it. Their enemy James Moriarty applauded their "performance," but said that he had lured them to their death, and activated runic symbols that began to heat the inside of the cage. Caleb solved the lock and jumped out, while Lawrence threw Alexandria to safety just before the cage ignited, incinerating him. While Elise battled the six cultists in the audience, Caleb freed the comatose Gao and ran her outside to safety. Alexandria questioned Moriarty, who made cryptic allusions (such as how the work that began on Krakatoa was finally coming to fruition) but gave few solid answers, except that he had posed as Springheel Jack to divert police attention from Hyde's killings, in exchange for Jekyll providing doses of the serum. With Hyde and the cultists defeated, Alexandria cornered Moriarty and negotiated his surrender, and made one final discovery: He was Sherlock Holmes in disguise, transformed into a criminal mastermind by Jekyll's serum. After turning Moriarty and Holmes over to the police, healing Lawrence's burns, and getting medical treatment for Gao, the group returned to Holmes's apartment in the morning to meet Mycroft Holmes, who revealed that he was the leader of La Lumière and that it was time for their promotion: He made them an independent cell with authority to engage the supernatural with lethal force, and inducted Caleb as an agent. The group elected Alexandria their leader and agreed to take a few days off to experience London before their next assignment.
Alexandria for questioning Moriarty to solve the case of Springheel Jack
Caleb for devising a safe way to escape from the cage
Elise for defeating Mr. Hyde
The game continued in Chapter 12: Kitty Hawk.