Monday, Oct. 10th, 1921 – Jason awakes to find his basement door open and all the stuff he’d piled in front of the basement door shoved aside. Terrified that his books are now on the loose, he heads over to join Ward at the Church. He arrives just as Ward receives a call from Arkham Sanitarium, warning them that mad artist Cecil Hunter has escaped. Meanwhile, the girls wake up over at the mortuary with raging hangovers, and are shocked to discover Anne is covered in weird oriental tattoos (only her head, feet and hands are still unmarked). They attempt to speak with the tattoo artist responsible, but are told at the shop that Pin Liou sleeps and is not to be disturbed, so they drive over to the Library in hopes of answers. Unfortunately they find the Library is woefully under-stocked with books that might help. They reconvene for lunch at the hospital with Hayward, interrupting his sponge-bath. After Anne “exposes herself” to the shocked Professor, he admits he thinks they are “moving.” Afterwards, the young ladies rejoin Ward and Jonson at the Church, and together they all head back to Jonson’s house to investigate the break-in. Jonson spots many scratch marks about the place, not unlike the ones found at the Mortuary break-in. That link settled, they decide to drive back out to the Billington Estate. Exploring the Tower they note an Elder Sign on a stone blocking an opening in the roof. As they are heading back though, they spot a light in the library of the main house. Investigating, they discover Anthony Flinders, standing amid all the missing manuscripts – including the Arkham Witch-trial papers, the document they’d originally been hired to look for! They quickly discern in talking with him he is not himself, but possessed of a rival of both Keziah Mason and the Rev. Ward Philips (given his animosity to the mention of their names, and Father Ward’s looks). Though he threatens Ward with the Curse of Azathoth, they persuade him they can be useful once he reveals his struggle to rebind an Entity partially released from the manuscript’s unbinding. Edith and Jonson head back into town to retrieve supplies while Anne and Ward head down to the cellar to find a few ritual objects. BUT, in town Edith and Jonson are pulled over and Edith is arrested as a suspect in the murder of Prof. Roach. Jonson finishes up the shopping trip by himself and returns, only to discover trouble at the Estate as well. He finds Anne and Ward badly injured, and Flinders unconscious. They tell him of how they heard another car arrive while in the basement, and then a scream from the library. By the time they arrived they found Flinders unconscious and bleeding out, while the two creepy employees from the bookstore, Unconsidered Trifles, were gathering up the Witch-trial Papers. Ward tried to punch one, but found he had fangs and claws, and his hand was badly mauled when he attempted fisticuffs. Anne too was badly slashed, but the interlopers seemed disinclined to continue the fight when she showed off her tattoos. Jonson helps with First Aid and runs them all to the Hospital, where they spend the night concerned as to Flinder’s fate (and possibly their own).
(Jonson) “Books are roaming free!”
(Edith) “Tome free.. We’re Tome free!”
(Anne) “I’m covered in tentacle porn!”
(Ward) “I made my roll. I didn’t know he was a werewolf!”