Abelard’s Angels, Agents of FOC:
- Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
- Barnabas Speltser, dissatisfied flat-foot from Vancouver.
- Dr. Claudia Ankins, UFO-obsessed Alienist.
- Dr. Larry Werstone, Doctor with dady-issues.”
(Tuesday, Oct. 6th) New team-member Dr. Larry Werstone recollects his tour of the basement with Dr. Matherson, and the things she showed him (the dehydrated Deep-Ones Mi-Go hybrids and the transcript and recording of a captured Mi-Go). That evening he and the others gather for their final briefing, only to find Abelard has planned it to be something of a private office-party instead, uncorking Champaign while Selina Preston puts some music on. Despite their best attempts to chat her up, Aldus’s manly tweed and New England charm is what sweeps Selina off her feet. All have a grand old time… until the lights go out!
Barnabas and Larry volunteer to help team mechanic Nekler get the generator up and running again, and grabbing flashlights head downstairs, leaving everyone else nervously lighting candles. As the three are passing the slightly ajar 4th floor emergency exit, they hear gunfire and screams. While Nekler charges ahead, the others pause to investigate, and are horrified by what they see! Six Deep-Ones Mi-Go hybrids, happily slaughtering guards and staff alike. They hear Nekler screaming and see him rushing back up, two more creatures hot on his trail. Alerted by their flashlights the half-dozen monsters give chase and though Barnabas and Larry flee, Nekler is caught between the two groups at the 4th floor exit, and his death-screams haunt the others as they flee back to their companions back in the Conference Room.
Barricading the doors behind them, the two barely have time to explain what is going on before they all hear the slow, heavy thumping of the “hybrids’ attempting to break the doors down. With an Axe! While some rally to help hold the door or prepare for their breaking in, several others go mad. Selina, guarded by Aldus, starts throwing glassware at the creatures when they finally break in, while Abelard and Matherson prove completely useless as they cower behind the rest. Sam and Murdoch, with great shouts of rage, charge to pummel the monstrosities, while Larry, Claudia and Barnabas do what they can from the sidelines. The weird fish-men in the lead are beaten down and the axe wrested from them by Barnabas to be in turned used against them, while Aldus ends up with the berserk Murdoch’s pistol to give them some cover-fire. All in all the gang manages to drop half of them before the others decide to retreat, but not before Sam is killed and Murdock grievously injured.
Badly shaken, Abelard puts the mission on hold for the moment while he seeks new replacements for the team (and give the survivors a much-needed chance to recover).