Monday Night Madness

A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.8
Brother, can you spare a dime?

Abelard’s Angels, Agents of FOC:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Officer Barnabas Speltser, dissatisfied flat-foot from Vancouver.
  • Dr. Claudia Ankins, UFO-obsessed Alienist.
  • Dr. Larry Werstone, Doctor with dady-issues.
  • Sister Mary Unis, Nun seeking THE TRUTH.
  • Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.

(Monday, Oct. 5th, continued) On their way back to the hotel after failing to find where the priest might have run off to, the team is rejoined by Rufus (now recovered from his bout of food-poisoning), and brings him up to speed. While they talk they are approached by another homeless man, this one with a gruff American accent who introduces himself as Mickey, and asks if they can spare a dime. Aldus parlays from him his knowledge of the Priest Dubois and his former friend Roach for a fine sum (made larger to annoy Abelard’s accountant Marven Jonson), eventually getting from him the location of Dubois “other” house. Once he leads them there Mickey takes his leave. Poking around, the gang can’t see much through the broken window, so they split up. In the backyard Claudia and Rufus discover scalps buried in the yard. Sending Marvin off to get the police, Barnabas reveals himself as a cop and takes charge. He, Claudia and Ripley (after some argument) head inside while Rufus and Aldus keep watch outside. The explorers in the house quickly find Ollie’s corpse in the kitchen, slumped in a pool of his own (somewhat dried) blood, as well as blood residue in the sink, as well as note a strange chemical smell. Finding nothing else of interest on the main floor they let the others in through the front before heading upstairs. In the first room they find Dubois’ grisly “trophies,” and Rufus begins to worry upon finding Randal’s name ending a list along with the other victims. In the second room they find the remains of T. Randal Freeny, their former comrade who had gone undercover only days before, leaving several of them sick and shaken. The police finally arrive, and compliment them (including Barnabas) for finding a solid lead on a suspect. Dejected and depressed, the gang collects themselves and finally return to Detroit (along with Barnabas, who quits his job with the La Tuque police department in hopes of finding employment with Abelard).

(Tuesday, Oct. 6th) Back in Detroit Abelard is disappointed in their results, but agrees to let Barnabas join the team. He also introduces them to two other recruits, Sister Unis and Dr. Werstone. Given the new additions (and recent loss) he explains – again – the intent of the team and goes over the planned expedition to Cobbs Corners, as well as the challenges of the MiGo menace, while Dr. Matherson explains to the new faces what is known about the alien invaders. Spending the rest of the day going over plans for the mission or recovering from their trip to Canada, that evening they are summoned back to the main meeting room to celebrate finally being able to set out on the expedition they’d been hired for the following day.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.7
Where'd the Priest go?

Abelard’s Angels, Agents of FOC:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Officer Barnabas Speltser, dissatisfied flat-foot from Vancouver.
  • Dr. Claudia Ankins, UFO-obsessed Alienist.

(Sunday, Oct. 4th, continued) After services at the Church Claudia meets local “businessman,” Barnabas Speltser (a local cop asked by Dt. Degarmo to keep an eye on those suspicious Americans on the down-low) while she is asking around for a local translator and tour-guide. Together the two walk back to the YMCFC.
Back at the Hotel, late-rising Ripley meets the rather intimidating Mr. Jonson, who just arrived by train to make sure the students haven’t been wasting Mr. Abelard’s money and to help them hurry up and finish so they can return to Detroit. After lunch Marvin grills Ripley over what has happened so-far and Ripley admits Aldus is the one paying attention to the money. Afterwards they take a nice long hike about the lake while waiting for the others to return.
Aldus and Rufus are pressed into service by Father Dubois to serve the lunch, and Rufus comes down with food-poisoning, leaving a harried Aldus overwhelmed by hungry disheveled men for the next few hours. When Claudia and Barnabas arrive and make introductions, Aldus decides to retire back to the hotel with Rufus to turn in early (he still is short on sleep from his recent spate of nightmares). Claudia and Barnabas fail to chat up the homeless at the YMCFC, and fail to find the Priest, so they return to the Hotel as well.
With everyone returned to the Hotel the gang pause to make introductions and go for a walk to discuss the mission (and perhaps why Barnabas is so willing to lend a hand). Marvin grills Aldus over the details of their expenses, while Barnabas endeavors to find out why FOC has sent them to La Tuque. Marvin gets them all to agree to spend only three more days on the job (and give Randal a chance to pop up with some info from his undercover work – not knowing of course of his recent demise). They return to the Hotel and turn in, and Aldus continues to suffer horrible nightmares (thankfully none of which he can recall).

(Monday, Oct. 5th) Claudia attempts to give Aldus a little pop therapy in the morning, but he reviles the idea of Hypnotherapy. Together the gang returns to YMCFC. While the others attempt to chat up folks in the main hall (and see if Randal might have finally shown up), Ripley looks for the Priest in his office while Barnabas keeps watch. Ripley finds the office empty and the phenology head gone, while the others note the men are even more surly than usual, eventually revealing that the Priest didn’t serve dinner the previous evening, and that no one has seen him since yesterday. Heading upstairs, Barnabas breaks open Dubois’ bedroom door to find the place empty, with evidence someone had hastily packed. With their best lead missing, the gang wanders back to the Hotel with no clue how to proceed.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.6
Don't lose your head!

Abelard’s Angels, Agents of FOC:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • T. Randall Freeny, concerned Geology student.
  • Oliver ‘Big Ollie’ Hogue, paranoid drifter looking for a free meal ticket.
  • Dr. Claudia Ankins, UFO-obsessed Alienist.
  • Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.

This was our 50th session since Monday Night Madness became a Cult of Chaos even, so we decided to do something special and host an Ice-Cream social (everyone having noticed that was the thing to do at Myskatonic). We were joined by old players from prior events and a few of the store staff to share in the deserts and reminisce, and there even was Cake! I was especially pleased I could find some Vermont Maple for the Ice Cream collective. Afterwards most of those not playing took off and we got back to our regularly scheduled game.

(Saturday, Oct. 4th, evening) Claudia, Aldus and Rufus go over what they think they know, and debate how to proceed. Deciding they should return to the YMCFC, they consider sending Claudia in to talk to people since they have yet to see her (I in turn remind them of the plans they have already made prior). Unsure as how to proceed, they turn in for the night. Aldus suffers from torturous nightmares (ala the Unfortunate Events deck), where he dreams he is in the Orne library while it burns, and he witnesses Earl being scalped and brain stolen by Laslow). Claudia can’t find her favorite Crystal, and suspects her new friends of stealing it (again, UE Cards strike).
Meanwhile, Father Dubois takes an unsuspecting T. Randal (still undercover) to the Charnel house, while Big Ollie trails them. At the house Ollie loses his nerve and hides across the street to watch from a distance as the others go inside. Dubois has Randal begin opening boxes while he heads into the kitchen for refreshments, and is caught by surprise by the Priest’s chloroformed handkerchief upon his return. Having been informed by player Austin Big Ollie is waiting 20 minutes before slipping up to the house to see what he can see, little can be done to save poor Randal from being dragged upstairs to have his head cut open and his brain removed. Ollie eventually pops open one of the storm windows to break a window, and when Dubois comes to investigate, convinces the priest he is drunk and looking for his ex-wife. Dubois lets him in to “console him,” and they retreat to the kitchen but Ollie catches the Priest by surprise, slugging him solidly in the head. Unfortunately Dubois spins with his knife in hand and mortally stabs the poor bum. Neither make it out of the Charnel House alive.

(Sunday, Oct. 5th) Back at the hotel, Aldus comes down disheveled, demanding shellfish, and curses out Rufus for having a good night’s sleep. They also receive a telegram from Abelard, urging them to hurry up and resolve their investigation and return to update him on what they have found out, as their main mission is ready to proceed. Aldus and Rufus go get some food to take to the YMCFC while Claudia (still suspicious of her new comrades) heads to a local church instead for services. At the YMCFC Aldus and Rufus note the bruises the Priest is sporting while he gives his morning service, then approach to give their contributions, but fail to make any headway in talking with Dubois and his parishioners.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.5
Going Undercover!

Abelard’s Angels:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • T. Randall Freeny, concerned Geology student.
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.
  • Oliver “Big Ollie” Hogue, paranoid drifter looking for a free meal ticket.
  • Dr. Claudia Ankins, UFO-obsessed Alienist.

(Oct. 3rd, evening) T. Randal meets “Big Ollie” on the Boxcar travelling back to La Tuque, and they share some hooch, chat about the growing depression and looking for work. Ollie prefers the freedom of the open road and a good stiff drink, but grows suspicious of the obviously green kid he has met, and so gives him the 3rd degree. Randal comes clean and tells him the truth about the case (leaving out details about Mi-Go and other weirdness). Ollie, after digesting what he’s been told, offers to help in return for a roof, food and hooch. Meanwhile, Rufus, Aldus and Ripley are greeted by Thibault upon their return to the hotel, and introduced to a new member to their team, Dr. Claudia Ankins. After Thibault takes his leave the team bring her up to speed about what happened in Arkham and its’ similarities to the current murders in La Tuque.

Late that night Randal and Ollie arrive in the La Tuque train yard, where they narrowly avoid a security guard. Following Ollie’s instincts for fellow travelers of the open road, they find and end up sharing some moonshine with the ever cranky Mickey. The hobo complains about his “friend” Nathan, who abandoned him, poisoning the Priest over at the YMCFC against him, before he decides he’s had enough of the two and drives them off. Sore and tired, the two head down to the YMCFC, where they find themselves welcomed and spend the night.

(Oct. 4th) The next morning the team back at the hotel get up and make plans for their Saturday. Ripley sends Prof. Wilmarth another telegram, inquiring if he has seen more “activity” in Arkham. Rufus leaves word with the concierge for Earl and Randal, explaining their plans, before they all set out to spend the day exploring the neighboring woods and hills, meandering from one murder-site to the other in hopes of finding more clues (pausing only for the picnic lunch they packed). As they search, Ripley becomes convinced they are being watched. In the afternoon they head back to the Police station where they have Claudia take the lead (in conjunction with Aldus, who hadn’t been to the station before) to chat up the Detective to see if she can glean more information from him (he doesn’t, but he is quite taken with her, and admits he suspects “those drunken Arkham kids might have had something to do with it”).

Meanwhile, Ollie and Randal settle in at the YMCFC house. The two meet with Father Dubois in the morning, who asks to speak with them after his morning sermon. Randal does, but Ollie works hard to avoid the priest, ending up losing what little he has in a card game with the locals while asking around about Nathan. Randal tells the priest his sob-story, but notes the Phenology head on the desk and persuades Father Dubois to tell him about the (psudo) science, which he does with much enthusiasm. As they are wrapping up their interview, he notes one of the men whispering to Dubois while he heads out. Randal rejoins Ollie for another game of cards, sporting him a few bucks (which he promptly wins back because Ollie has absolutely no Luck), while he too asks about the two murdered men. After dinner Dubois takes Randal aside and offers him a job working on a property the church recently purchased, to which Randal readily agrees. As the two head out to take a look at it, the ever-suspicious Ollie slips off to shadow them.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.4
Clothes maketh the man

Abelard’s Angels, Agents of FOC:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • T. Randall Freeny, concerned Geology student.
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.

(Oct. 1st) Unable to bridge the language & class gap, the gang considers leaving the YMCMC. Rufus and Aldus manage to find Father Dubois, but are stonewalled (or at least feel like they’ve been) when they try to discuss the killings and their similarities to the death of Prof. Learmont down in Arkham. Meanwhile, while Ripley loiters in the neighborhood to keep an eye on them, T. Randal heads back to the hotel to hang out in the bar for a bit, before heading over to the local library to do a little research, only to be stymied by the fact that the vast majority of the books are in French. Leaving the church, Rufus & Aldus join Ripley to find out what they can at the local paper mill. Speaking with manager Geoffrey Brideau about Antony Corrett, he tells them he had a drinking problem and that was why he was let go. In the late afternoon they meet back up with T. Randal to go investigate the site of Roche’s death. There they find footprints to a clearing, and drag-marks further into the woods, as well as a fragment of black cloth. On their return through the east end of town they spot some homeless, but their attempts to chat them up fail and the pair walk off. Feeling dejected they get back to the hotel to have dinner and drown their sorrows in Canadian Whisky until they pass out.

(Oct. 2nd) In the morning they seek out Tibault to bring him up to speed on their failures so far, but he suggests they redouble their efforts in talking to the homeless, stating he thinks they are on the right track. They head over to speak with Jacque the Barback and his mother the seamstress (who they hope to chat up about local folklore, since Jacque has assured them she knows many strange and scary stories). They start by hiring her to make some vests and a scarf (the scarf is for Ripley’s sister), as well as refit some “hobo-clothes” for T. Randal (given he shouldn’t be familiar to the homeless loitering about the YMCMC. While they are getting their measurements done, they listen to various stories from Jacque’s mother (such as the tale of the Loup Garou, the Flying Canoe, and the girl who was courted by the devil – but nothing that smacks of Mi-Go involvement). T. Randal takes his leave to make a hobo-knacksack and nap in the woods, before getting some oil from a mechanic to use later to dirty himself up. When he rejoins them they make a convoluted plot for Randal + one to head out on the train to the next town over, where he will change into his hobo-disguise and train-hop back to the Rail-yard as a new hobo in town in the next two days so he can find out what the homeless men might know. Rufus suggests he might volunteer to work at the soup-kitchen at the YMCMC. The gang (except for T. Randal) head out for a late night stroll in the woods, and Rufus becomes convinced they are being followed and watched from the shadows. A quick search reveals nothing however, so they turn in for the night (where Rufus is tormented by a terrible dream of having his brain removed by Laslow/Jarvis).

(Oct. 3rd) In the morning Rufus escorts T. Randal out of town as planned. Ripley sends Wilmarth a telegram regarding their current mission for Abelard (brains being removed, flying canoes, Mi-Go rumors in Canada, etc; the telegram can’t help but be vague). Then he and Aldus spend the day exploring the woods. Meanwhile, Rufus heads back on the next train, while T. Randal, dressed as a hobo, jumps a boxcar to take his own circular rout back to La Tuque.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.3
Oh, Canada!

Abelard’s Angels, Agents of FOC:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • T. Randall Freeny, concerned Geology student.
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.
  • Ethan Froam, dilettante student artist on hard times.

They arrive in La Tuque in the evening, and meet with Mr. Thibalt, their contact from FOC. He goes over the basics of the case (two dead vagrants at the edge of the mountains, their heads opened up, brains missing, as well as the detective handling the case, and his decided disinterest in knowing what kind of troubleshooting they do for their mutual employer, Mr. Abelard). He also explains the smell pervading the town (paper mills), and assures them they’ll get used to it.

After getting rooms at the hotel the gang sits down to make plans for how to proceed with their investigation the following day (meanwhile, T. Randal heads over to the hotel bar to enjoy some Canadian Whisky in a country with no prohibition). Rufus suggests they have a cover story, which Aldus heckles with “what? You think they won’t believe our story of brain-thieving aliens?” Rufus acquires the last few days-worth of newspapers before joining them at the bar to chat with the patrons and see what the locals might know. Unfortunately their lack of knowledge of French restricts them to those few English-speakers they can find, and what papers are printed in their own language. Rufus comes up with the cover-story that they are Journalism students from Arkham, here looking for similarities in the deaths of the two locals and Prof. Learmonth. His attempts to chat up the bartender to see about more “colorful” bars with “local flavor” only results in the bartender attempting to dissuade him. Attempts to chat up the Barback (the kid working to keep the place clean) meets with similar protestations, but for a $5 he readily agrees to be their translator and tour-guide for the next few days. Ethan’s sketch attracts the attention of fellow tourist and artist Aubrey Pike-Temple, and they end up chatting over a drink. Aldus works the room, making friends with yet more travelers passing through town, including Dr. Bertie MacDonald, Anthony Mayhew, Hester Broomaker, and Juliette von Schwenke. Ethan and Aldus turn in after chatting for about an hour (T. Randal does as well, but not before ordering an “early tea-time”, aka setting himself up to pay golf with some of the locals).

Rufus & Ripley get modestly drunk and wander out into the town to look for a policeman until they eventually arrive at the Police Station to annoy the night desk-sergeant for information (what they get is all info Thibault already gave them). Returning, they similarly harass Jaque the Barback, which only succeeds in frightening him.

The following morning Ripley is punished with a hangover. T. Randal’s “early tea-time” sets him on task with golf and drinking for much of the morning as he hopes to find a player who knows something (they don’t). Rufus calls back to a friend in the Myscatonic U.’s journalism dept. to get them to cover for him as a reporter or the school paper (Mable Parker-Green, whom he now owes dinner).

Breakfast and other morning activities out of the way, they head over to the Police station to talk to Det. Degarme. Degarme accepts their cover as student reporters and fills in more details about the two dead men, where they were found, and what the police know. They persuade him to give them a spare notice regarding Nathan Roche before returning to the hotel to have lunch with T. Randal and bring him up to speed.

After making plans they head out to check out Anthony Cornett’s murder-site, where they only find deer-tracks. Since it is nearby, the gang stops to investigate the YMCFC. Greeted rudely by the Bums at the door and not finding anyone to talk to in the main hall, they leave, persuading Jaque to introduce them to his mother, a seamstress over at Justina’s Hardware, whom he claims to know something about local folklore.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.2
Come into the Lab, and see what’s on the slab…

The Arkham Irregulars:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • T. Randall Freeny, concerned Geology student.
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.

It is now the 25th of September, and having had a chance to settle in to FOC’s Detroit Office-compound complex, the Arkham Irregulars are introduced to their fellow team-mates for their return expedition to Cobb’s Corners, the outline for the mission is explained, and are allowed to add their own flourishes to the plan. The other members include Prof. David Drake (team psychologist and folklorist), Dr. Sarah Matherson (team scientist and physician), Larry Nekler (team mechanic), and Sam Morrison (head of security). After the general plan is outlined, Sam asks for a few others to join in the rotation for keeping night-watches at the farmhouse (T. Randal and Rufus volunteer). Beyond adding a laundry-list of gear for personal or party use to that already ordered for the expedition, additional suggestions include: a) Chicken-wire to place across the windows to attach to the radio to both make getting into the farmhouse harder, and act as an auxiliary antenna if the main tower is destroyed, and b) acquiring Nitrate-rich fertilizer to pack into shotgun shells (Rufus argues these experimental rounds should make for better scattershot against the extraterrestrial fungoid Mi-Go).

Their plans now laid, the gang settles in for the next week, resting up, researching and polishing their plans. Ripley and Rufus decide to take up Prof. Drake on his offer of therapy, while Dr. Matherson takes a liking to the scientifically minded Rufus and T. Randal, which leads her to give them a tour of her lab in the basement. Somewhat disturbed by the fishmen mummies found in the Andes, they are more startled by the transcript and recording of Matherson’s interview with a Mi-Go captive, which leads to a discussion over the possible use of vacuum technology for the possible preservation of Mi-Go cadavers (unfortunately the technology they want is not yet available). Hearing about their discoveries downstairs, Ripley decides to lend Dr. Matherson a strange artifact given to him by his sister, Carol, that she acquired from her own nightmarish episode in Vermont eight years prior (see Monday Night Madness report #22, Amid the Ancient Trees ch.5), a peculiar metallic barb his sister refused to explain the origins of.

At week’s end Mr. Abelard summons the team together again, explaining a series of murders up in Canada have been reported, murders bearing eerie similarities to the death of Prof. Learmonth (skull opened, brain missing). Clearly the work of Mi-Go or their agents! To that end he gives them their marching orders – pack their bags and catch a quick flight north to find out what the Mi-Go are plotting up there!

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.1
New friends?

The Arkham Irregulars

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • T. Randall Freeny, concerned Geology student.
  • Ethan Froam, dilettante student artist on hard times.
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.

As everyone comes back to their senses, it starts to sink in just how badly they’ve lost. The Library and girl’s dormitory burnt down, Prof. Learmonth dead (his brain grizzly removed). Though Armitage and Just are found unconscious outside the Orne Library, it looks like Prof. Harrold, Earl, and two security guards were caught in the fire. Mrs. Learmonth is also soon found in her home, dead of a heart attack. In the confusion Rufus, Ripley, Aldus and Ethan keep their heads down, but are soon approached by Leon Pasqualle, a representative of Federal Oil & Chemical, with an offer they can’t refuse. His employer, Mr. Michael Abelard, wants to speak with them about recent events, and smooths over challenges with the school to do so.

They are joined en-root by T. Randall Freeny, a concerned Geology student who was already on Leon’s radar as a possible addition, who proves with his inquisitiveness he’s just what Mr. Abelard ordered. A quick train-ride to Boston, then by plane to Detroit, puts them in cramped quarters with their new “friend” Mr. Abelard, as well as his secretary Selina Preston and bodyguard Peter Murdoch. He outlines his interest: to take vengeance against the enemy, the hated MiGo aliens, who took from him his son, and left him a cripple. To that end they now have the chance to join his team, a choice they tentatively agree to take.

With them signed on they all return with Mr. Abelard to Detroit’s fortified FOC offices, where Selina gives them the ten-cent tour and leaves them to get rested in their sumptuous new rooms. Tomorrow, they are told, they will meet the rest of their team, and be brought up to speed for what comes next.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 2.9
Where is my mind?

The Arkham Irregulars:

  • Aldus Huxtable, Professor Flannigan’s house-sitting grad-student.
  • Earl Franklin Morgan, upper-classman & Ethan’s new roommate.
  • Ethan Froam, dilettante student artist on hard times.
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • ’Just’ Justin Churchill, Biology major and bird-enthusiast outdoorsman.
  • Gerald M. Mayer, troubled F.O.C. Geologist.

Having agreed to meet up across the street from the Orne Library at 9pm earlier that day once their preparations are complete (rather than meet up for dinner at the Garden Café as they have done almost every other night that week), the gang all slip off to one or another of the dorm-building cafeterias to grab a quick bite before heading off to finish yet one more task. All except Just, who decides to work off some steam at the track while pausing briefly to nibble a light snack, and Earl, who has a lovely time on his date with Cecily at the Garden Café where they discuss music and fan the flames of love. After dinner, Aldus and Ripley join Prof. Wilmarth to persuade chief Librarian Armitage of the seriousness of the threat coming towards the library, while Ethan retrieves his rifle from storage, and Earl takes Cecily dancing. Mr. Meyer has his dinner-date with Prof. Harrold in the cafeteria, where the Professor assures him he has passed on his concerns about Bernard and the dynamite to the Dean of Students and that the Campus is already taking precautions. Attempts to persuade Harrold that Meyer has yet more relevant evidence that he can only show him at his place fail to entice the Professor to return with him to the Witch-House (and into his cunning trap to get the Mi-Go Agent alone).

The gang reunites at 9 as planned, and Ripley regales them with folkloric accounts from Daphne Divine’s diary for the next hour. But as the time for them to slip back onto campus nears, Ethan, Ripley, Aldus and Mr. Meyer all lose their minds, their memories and ability to speak deserting them. When another similarly affected student walks out into traffic and is run over by a truck, Mr. Meyer shrieks, and runs screaming as fast as he can away from campus. The rest hear a dull roar coming from the men’s dormitories, while flames break out at the Dorothy Upton Hall. Just and Earl, unaffected by the malady affecting their companions (and somewhat unaware) race to save Cecily and Octavia, and the others follow at a leisurely and curious pace. While the two hot-blooded young men race into the fiery building and aid in the rescue of many of its’ inhabitants (including their would-be loves), Aldus and Ripley are distracted by a fountain in the quad, which looks cool and inviting, so they wander in and paddle about, getting soaked to the skin, while Ethan – attracted by the noise coming from the men’s dorms – finds a riot and decides to simply hide until everything calms down.

Once Earl and Just are assured of the girls’ safety, they hear thunder crackling from the direction of the Library, and can see flashes of light from within, and realize that it has fallen to them to stop the Mi-Go plan. Just takes advantage of Octavia’s confusion and memory-loss to place the engagement-ring he’d been carrying around on her finger (given to him originally to hold onto by his old friend, and rival in love, John Jeffrey until he returned from Cobb’s Corner – which, of course, he never did). Hustling to the Library they slip in to find the two guards down, pausing only long enough determine they are dead (and to grab up their pistols). Together they slip upstairs in the gloom, noting the Agents seem to be spread about, searching the library while spreading gasoline between the shelves. They are spotted by Bernard and Adeline, and get into a shoot-out on the second-floor. A lightning bolt from Bernard’s alien weapon nearly kills Just, but Earl manages to gun him down.

Hearing dynamite go off upstairs, Earl grabs Bernard’s Electric Gun and continues on, leaving Just unconscious but breathing on the stairs. Reaching the Restricted section he finds the doors blown off their hinges, and Armitage unconscious on the floor. Luckily only Prof. Harrold is there, looting the place, leading to a second shoot-out. This one proves not so fortunate for Earl, who suffers a fatal heart-attack from a bolt of electricity fired from the Mi-Go Agent’s weapon, but not before he manages to take down the mind-swapped Professor with two shots from his trusty .38. The rest of the gang comes back to their senses near midnight, finding the girls’ dorm and the library have both burned down (though both Armitage and Just are found unconscious outside the library building, no clue who rescued them).

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 2.8
Another trap?

The Arkham Irregulars:

  • Aldus Huxtable, Professor Flannigan’s house-sitting grad-student.
  • Earl Franklin Morgan, jazz accordionist & Ethan’s new roommate.
  • Ethan Froam, dilettante student artist on hard times.
  • Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • ’Just’ Justin Churchill, Biology major and bird-enthusiast outdoorsman.
  • Gerald M. Mayer, troubled F.O.C. Geologist.

The gang having split up for the evening, the undergrads return to their dorms before curfew and the Grad students join Mr. Meyer in continuing their investigations further into the night. Just’s rest in Hell’s East is plagued by nightmares of Octavia being menaced by Lazlow in the Vermont forest, but in the dream she is a fly caught in a web, and Lazlow is a spider. Ripley sits with Aldus, reading him the diary of Daphne Devine. Rufus and Meyer return to Prof. Harrold’s home, finding him in residence and just getting ready for bed (sporting bathrobe and fez, and with lit pipe in hand). They bring to his attention Blaine’s “suicide,” as well as Bernard’s purchase of explosives and accelerants, and Harrold promises to bring it to the attention of the Dean of Students first thing in the morning. He also persuades Meyer to meet with him for dinner at the dorm Cafeteria the following evening to further discuss matters. They return to stake out the Library where they are joined by Earl (who’d snuck out of his dorm), but their evening goes uneventfully. Not so for Ethan, who is woken up to take a call from Rod, who begs him to meet at Hangman’s Hill in half-an-hour, alone, or “the blood will be on your hands.” Ethan makes it in time (after sneaking out and sprinting across Arkham), and Rod reveals the truth, that he and the others are not whom they seem (his true name being Keith Cliff), revealing the Mi-Go conspiracy to send agents who’ve brains have been switched out (including his own), as well as the reason for his rebellion (the murder of his family). Just as Keith finishes naming the true names of his fellow agents and gives an overview of the plan for Friday night (to steal books from, and set fire to, the library, and to abduct/steal the brain of Dr. Learmonth), Lazlow/Jarvis appears from thin air with a strange contraption in his hand. Keith fires at Jarvis and the two attempt to flee in the confusion, but Keith is shot in the leg with Jarvis’s “Electricity Gun,” and commits suicide rather than be taken back to face his inhuman masters. Ethan gets back to his room just after Earl, and fills him in. In the morning the gang meet up after breakfast at the hospital to meet Aldus as he’s released, and Ethan again shares the story of his harrowing evening with Rod.

Quote (Aldus , in response to the suggestion that they attempt to warn the Library): “What should we tell them? That aliens are attempting an interdepartmental loan?”

After discussing some rudimentary plans, the gang separates. Mr. Meyer, Earl and Just head out to purchase firearms (Meyer takes the time to make his shotgun a sawed-off, while Earl and Just manage to get their hands on some .38s). Earl also takes the time to get a corsage for his date with Cecily. Meanwhile Aldus, Rufus and Ripley approach Prof. Wilmarth to fill him in on new developments and get his help in persuading Armitage of the coming danger.

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