Fostering Madness

1. Malice Everlasting

In which three unlikely friends investigate of a medical oddity, leading to confrontation with an ancient evil

The adventure began when Teddy Chiselbottom, a wealthy scion of Arkham and Veronica Masters, a mysterious singer attended a brunch at the home of Prof. Eugene Brannigan in Kingsport, MA. At this brunch a newspaper article chanced to catch Teddy’s eye, and the group learned that a number of men, including Eugene’s friend Simon McDonald had fallen suddenly blind. After visiting Mr. McDonald, the trio decided to investigate the situation on his behalf, and set out for Congregational Hospital.

It was on the way to Congregational Hospital that they first met the charming if somewhat dim Ollie Mattocks, an inquisitive paperboy, who took an interest in their investigation, and offered his to keep an eye out for suspicious people around the hospital.

At the hospital it took some fast talking and a bit of bribery, but the investigators not only gained access to the doctor in charge of the case, but were able to interview some of the other blind men. At this point, a notion of Eugene’s that these men all belonged to old Kingsport families led the party to conduct historical and genealogical research at the Kingsport Library and town clerk’s office. The investigation took a dark turn, however, as first the librarian died of a heart attack in front of the investigators, and then as the investigators found the mutilated body of Wanda Drake in her office. After being questioned by Chief Tristram Crane, the investigators left the town hall via a back alley where they were confronted by four Children of Y’golonac, which they fought off with their bare hands. This gruesome investigation had cost the life of two public servants, but had at least given the investigator’s some new avenues of investigation. They knew that the blind men had all been the last decedents of a group of men who had brought a warlock named Matthew Chandlier to justice in the 1600s. They also learned that Chandlier’s home was burned to the ground, and that the site is now the home of the infamously haunted “Funt House”.

After acquiring firearms for their self defense, the investigators continued their investigations at the Kingsport Historical Society Museum, where they met the elderly curator Aaron Hart. In the attic of the museum they found a description of the trial of Mathew Chandlier, who not only took credit for several murder’s but claimed to be a follower of a god called Y’gollonac. They soon noticed that the room was filling with smoke. On the way out of the burning house, they found Mr. Hart unconscious and decided to try and rescue him. However on the stairs they were confronted with a Fire Vampire, a being of living flame. Cornered in Mr. Hart’s bedroom, Eugene defeated the Fire Vampire by dousing it with a fishtank, but not before the being of pure flame dealt a devastating burn to the professor’s left arm.

With Eugene in the hospital, Teddy and Veronica went to interview the last living decendent of the minister and which hunter who had captured Matthew Chandelier, Wallace Appleton. The charming Mr. Appleton provided the investigator’s with the Rev. Appleton’s bible, which he used as a diary, and with a family heirloom, the Amulet of Damietta. While visting with Mr. Appleton, he too mysteriously fell blind. Teddy spent the night reading the Rev. Appleton’s diary, in which he learned that Matthew Chandlier’s severed hand, if it still exists, could serve as a anchor for the warlock’s soul in our world.

The next day, Eugene checked out of the hospital against doctor’s orders, and the group went to the Funt house, where they met Norma Farr, an obese nurse, who claimed that the houses owner, Julia Pine, was away. After Norma departed, the group made use of Veronica’s hidden burglary talents to break into the house and search it. In the house they found evidence that connected the resident of the house to the cases of violence and , and also that this person had secured a berth at the Cabbot Warf. In the basement, they found the catatonic form of Julia Pine, and a horrifying temple to Y’golonac. Soon a pitched battle ensued with the temple’s guardian’s, more of the horrifying children of Y’golonac. Just as the investigators were turning the tides against the inhuman monsters, Ollie Mattock possessed by the evil warlock armed an armed with a large caliber pistol, joined the fray. Teddy was able to use the Amulette of Damietta to drive the warlocks spirit from the boys body, and the group was eventually able to defeat the guardian beasts.

Leaving the house with the comatose Ollie, who turned out to be named Ronnie Pine, his mother and a twelve volume set of the Revelations of Glaaki, the investigators returned to Eugene’s house where they attempted to make Pines more comfortable while they figured out what to do next.

After re-arming themselves, the investigators went to Cabbot Warf where they were confronted with sight of Norma Farr transforming into a manifestation of the Great Old One Y’golonac. The investigators eventually dispelled the manifestation by hitting it their car, and finishing it off with their fists, but not without a cost to their bodies and minds. They found the warlocks missing hand, and after more discussion than perhaps it warranted, they destroyed the hand breaking the curse of blindness. The pines were surreptitiously brought to a hospital where they eventually regained consciousness with no memory of the events of the past several weeks.

The investigators tried to return to their normal lives, and Eugene Brannigan began a study of the Revelations of Glaaki.

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2. The Edge of Darkness
A Mission in Ross's Corner

Since their adventures in Kingsport in November 1923, Teddy Chiselbottom and Eugene Brannigan had been meeting every month for dinner, usually joined by Veronica Masters. At one such dinner in May 1924, Eugene and Teddy discussed Eugene’s recent traumatic experience reading the Glaaki. As he read the tome over the course of half a year, Eugene’s hair went totally white, and he temporarily lost his grip on reality. During this period, Eugene lost credibility with the Miskatonic faculty, especially with librarian Richard Armitage. Eugene also gained knowledge of a mysterious spell named Summon Vegetal Ally.

After dinner, Teddy and Eugene received a request to attend the sickbed of their dear friend Rupert Merriweather the following afternoon. They retired for the evening at Teddy’s estate. The next morning, they discovered horrific sights. They found eggs containing mutated chicken fetuses, mystical symbols drawn on the windows, and a mutilated squirrel, each causing more disquiet than the last. Small footprints and a mysterious stub of red candle were the only clues to the vandals’ identity.

Teddy and Eugene departed for St. Mary’s hospital. Also at Mr. Merriweather’s sickbed were his volatile son Bertrand, his inconsolable wife Agnes, and the handsome retired doctor and recalcitrant skeptic Timothy Aegis.

With agitation, Mr. Merriweather confessed boyhood exploits in a club that had dabbled in the occult. The boys had used a farmhouse in Ross’s corners as a clubhouse. In this clubhouse they summoned an evil being. The boys couldn’t dispel the creature, but they managed to bind it to the house’s attic using wards. However, Mr. Merriweather explained, upon the last club member’s death, the wards would dissolve, leaving the monster free to wreak violence on local communities. Mr Merriwether cautioned the investigators that he did not have much time left and importuned them to help. He gave Timothy, Eugene, and Teddy a box containing an arthropod encased in amber, a tiny gold sarcophagus, an unnotarized deed to the farmhouse, and the club’s journal. Teddy and Eugene resolved to help, and the skeptical Dr. Aegis agreed to put his friend’s mind at rest by satisfying his apparently delusional final wish.

The next morning the three men were joined by fellow adventurer Veronica masters. Teddy’s butler Peterson informed them that Mr. Merriweather had passed away in the night. From the journal, they learned that Mr. Merriweather had been the last living member of the occult club. The four set out for Ross’s corners to complete their mission. After chatting with the town’s general store owner while stocking up on supplies, they made it to the house, where they found a large raccoon with wounds that seemed both neatly surgical and savagely voracious. Exploring the inside of the house, they found an itinerant madman, the powder of ibn-ghazi, and a diagram for a magical spell to banish the creature whence it came. After attempting to interview the homeless man, they released him, sensing that his mental anguish was caused by the evil presence in the house. They discovered the horrific being in the attic, from which discovery Eugene narrowly escaped with his life and sanity, but at the cost of horrific facial scars. After a long night of spellcasting, they were able to banish the creature.

During the night, the homeless man and a local farmer’s wife who had gone missing, both dead yet animated, lured Teddy out of the house and attacked him, forcing the friends to destroy them. Both animated corpses had had wounds similar to the raccoon’s. Resigned that their reporting the bodies would be too suspicious, Timothy used his medical expertise to remove identifying characteristics, and the group disposed of the corpses in the Miskatonic River on the way home.

After this harrowing and macabre drive, Peterson welcomed the group to Teddy’s home but informed them there had been more vandalism in their absence. This time, a mutilated cat had been left on the doorstep with the message “Die, blasphemers.” Despite this threat, Veronica, Teddy, and Eugene passed the night in the mansion.

The next morning, a police officer alerted Teddy that the farmhouse property to which he had a tenuous claim had burned to the ground. The officer reported that Rupert’s son wanted to claim the property and would be making himself a legal nuisance, especially since the investigators were known to be in the house on the night of the fire.

Veronica, Teddy, and Eugene continue to nurse wounds that will never heal. Teddy begins to court madness by delving into the Glaaki. Timothy begins to cede the reality of paranormal forces. The vandal on the Chiselbottom estate remains at large. All in all, this was a successful conclusion, but not without its many anxieties.

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3. The Sanatorium
Blood and Sand

Everything started peacefully enough. Dr. Timothey Ages, Veronica Masters and Eugene Brannigan had dinner at Teddy Chiselbottom’s and made plans for their “vacation” to visit Dr. Ages’s friend Dr. Aldus Brewer, at his sanatorium on North Island. Dr. Ages shared the contents of a recent letter, where Dr. Brewer mentioned a bird enthusiast (Mr. Shelly) was also camping on the island, and that he had a new assistant, Lucian Sinclair, who would be joining him to help with his “collective unconscious” research. Dr. Brewer’s letter also made reference to some unusual new discoveries he had made related to an “archetypal form” personality in one of his patients, an ancient Pharaoh. Over cocktails they made plans for what to pack, and made arrangements to meet at the dock two days hence.

Upon arriving at the dock, the investigators met the captain of the boat Ebeneezer (a resident of North Island) and Lucian Sinclair, the new assistant to Dr. Brewer. On the ride over, Lucian Sinclair and the investigators started a fast friendship. Lucian also cozied up to Ebeneezer, and persuaded him to show us his tattoos from around the world, as well as a medallion given to him by a fellow sailor. The medallion was recognized by Eugene as an Elder Sign, which is was referenced several times in the Revelations of Glaaki. Its powers to ward off evil were known to Ebeneezer as well. Soon the cliffs of North Island were looming on the horizon, and Ebeneezer hastened to make landfall.

After mooring up at the pier, Ebeneezer showed the investigators the way to the sanatorium, and returned to bring up the luggage. Knocks on the door were answered by Blanche (one of the patients), who apologized for the “mess in the library” and invited everyone in, and Leonard (another patient) who made violent gestures and comments towards Veronica until Eugene scared him off. After that, the investigators went to the library to relax, where they met Darleen (another patient) who was quiet insistent that everyone be quiet, and that something was wrong in the living room. To keep Darleen calm, everyone moved on to the living room, where the body of Catherine (the nurse) was lying on the carpet. Leaving the living room, the investigators, lead by Lucian, persuaded Darleen to tell them that she hadn’t seen Dr. Brewer since dinner last night, and that Darleen should follow them for her own safety.

Wondering what could have become of Dr. Brewer the investigators proceeded to search the upstairs, where they eventually found him, dismembered in his office. In his safe was a book of poetry by one of the patients (Alan Harding) and a medieval tome called the Castro Manuscript. At this point Dr. Ages, who had been looking after Darleen, took his leave and went to bed in one of the guest rooms. Lucian gathered up the medicine for the patients, and the investigators went downstairs.

Eugene and Teddy were concerned that their luggage had not arrived yet, and went outside to find Ebeneezer. In the meantime, Lucian and Veronica proceeded to hypnotize Darleen and through her spoke to an ancient Pharaoh named Princess Annephus. Eugene and Teddy eventually found Ebeneezer at the pier, dead from an ax blow. Eugene now certain that evil was afoot, searched for their luggage only to find it smashed to splinters. They hurriedly returned to the sanatorium and rejoined the others.

After their grim discoveries and cryptic conversations with the dead, the investigators explored the first floor, handing out medicine and discovering the body of Bobby Birch, his neck snapped. As they explored, they also encountered Melba McAdams, the maid, still alive but with her legs dessicated by some mysterious force. She was in the laundry room, and the back door was blown off its hinges and the door frame had scorch marks. A few minutes after discovery, she passed on.

Undeterred, the intrepid investigators went down to the basement, where the rooms for Dr. Brewer’s research patients were. They left Darleen at her room (which she had been quiet insistent about), explored the rest of the basement giving out medicine as they came across other patients. One patient, Alan Harding, seemed to be particular disturbed, almost as though he had come in contact with something dark and evil. Soon, Blanche was ringing the bell for dinner and everyone did their best to have a nice meal given the circumstances. After dinner, the investigators retired to their rooms, and read into the early hours of the morning from the tomes they had discovered that day.

The next morning, Blanche prepared a passable breakfast, and the investigators (except Dr. Ages, who was still resting) proceeded to explore the island. Taking the high road, they came to an unholy altar, on which a dismembered Mr. Shelly lay. The sight was so gruesome that Lucian started to nervously make a sign on himself when things were tense. Barely keeping their wits about them, the investigators pressed on till they reached the lighthouse overlooking the North Island cliffs. There, Teddy encountered some sort of a living cloud of bubbles, dust, light and madness. In one touch it left him drained and dessicated, and would have killed Teddy were it not for the Elder Sign he wore around his neck. The investigators retreated, leaving the being locked in the tower by the sun.

The next course of action was clear, return to the sanatorium and prepare for battle. The investigators used the lower road this time. They encountered the wreck of the S.S. Abysmal, and acquired another Elder Sign from its hull. Shortly there after, as they were leaving the camp of the late Mr. Shelly, Charles Johnson (the orderly) attacked them. He was clearly possessed by the being in the lighthouse, and Teddy quickly drew the magic Amulet of Damietta. But it was no good. Before Teddy could dispel the evil, Charles smashed his ax into Teddy’s shoulder. As Teddy lay on the ground barely conscious, Veronica was able to use the amulet to free Charles. Lucian rushed to Teddy’s aid, but his dubious help wasn’t enough, and Teddy Chiselbottom of the Arkham Chiselbottoms died there in the sand. Heartbroken and angry, Eugene, Lucian and Veronica carried Teddy’s body and the unconscious Charles back to the sanatorium.

In the afternoon sun, Eugene, Veronica and Lucian prepared to destroy the being that had taken their friend. Armed with gallons of gasoline, seawater and guns, and protected by the Elder Signs and Ra, they returned to the lighthouse in the late afternoon. They proceeded to set the lighthouse on fire, driving the being inside out into the daylight. Once out in the open, they attacked the being with all they had, eventually using the Elder Signs and the remaining gasoline to drive it into the sea, killing it for good.

With Ebeneezer dead, and the boat destroyed, the remaining investigators took care of the patients on North Island until rescuers came looking. Lucian Sinclair did not continue on at the sanatorium. As the story ends, Teddy’s funeral drew to a close, and his butler Peterson was skimming though the Revelations of Glaaki, wondering what had truly befallen Teddy Chiselbottom.

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