Monday Night Madness

A Time to Harvest, Episode 4.3
The Cabin in the Woods

Abelard’s Angels, aka 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 daddy-issues.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).

Saturday, Oct. 18th –Waning Moon

When last we left our investigators, Claudia & Barnabas were about to head further into the woods to investigate what the corpse in the stone was pointing at (and heed his mysterious psychic message, “Save Her…”), while Marvin has met up with Larry in search of Ripley (Lynch in turn heading back to meet up and lead the FOC mercenaries that should be responding to the Flare), while back in town Aldus continues to have a nice afternoon talking to the locals.

In the woods Marvin & Larry get separated and Marvin finds himself ambushed by Zoogs. Unlike Ripley he fairs much better, in no small part to his Browning automatic rifle, shooting a few and driving the rest off by firing over their heads. Following the noise Larry quickly finds him and the two manage to make it back to the clearing in time to join Claudia & Barnabas before heading out to investigate the dead man’s request.

Back in Cobb’s Corners Aldus continues to banter with the local elders, who recommend he talk to Agnus Bellweather & Alexandru Cuzra if he wants to hear some good stories. Leaving Sister Mary at the Memorial (she is feeling a bit fatigued), he continues on to speak with Dr. Perry. The old country doctor decides to confide in him his concerns about Sara Maclearan possibly being a Vampire (given the marked death-rate amongst local children and the lack of blood found from their passings), and asks for his help in finding, staking and beheading her body. Aldus agrees, and the two agree to meet the following morning in the pre-dawn hours at the church graveyard (along with whomever Aldus thinks he can trust). As he is returning to the memorial Aldus runs into local reporter Wendell, who prods him about his meeting with Dr. Perry. After Aldus hints that the good doctor seems obsessed about the works of Bram Stoker and the post-mortal existence of Sara Maclearan, Wendell isn’t satisfied until he wheedles as much as he can from the tweed-bound grad-student, after which he decides to share his own encounter with the supernatural (that being a blurry photo of a Mi-Go and the story of the fire and sinister encounter with Deputy Cutter that followed).

Back in the woods, Larry, Barnabas, Marvin and Claudia come across a seemingly abandoned Cabin (from which Claudia thinks she hears a brief, muffled scream). Their attempt to sneak inside fails, and a trap-door in the back suddenly pops open to disgorge four horned, hooved, bestial men, armed with spears and whips. Barnabas’s revolver is knocked from his hand, so he falls back on the trusty Fire Axe he has carried since the battle at FOC headquarters, while Larry & Marvin fall back to a safe distance to pepper their adversaries with rifle and machinegun fire. By the end of it the men lie dead, but Claudia is dying and Barnabas badly injured. Luckily Larry has his trusty doctor’s bag, and manages to help both recover somewhat. Rescuing mute local girl Emily from the basement, they return to the clearing where they put poor Jeffery out of his misery before finally being found by Lynch and the FOC soldiers. Emily’s rescue does much to mollify an irate Sheriff Spencer when he arrives to investigate all the sounds of gunfire echoing across the valley.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 4.2
Into the Woods...

Abelard’s Angels, aka 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 daddy-issues.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Sister Mary Unis, Nun seeking THE TRUTH.

(Saturday, Oct. 18th –Waning Moon) With breakfast past, the group breaks into their respective teams.

In town, Marvin visits Karner’s Goods to acquire the last few necessary components (many, many clay pots and electrical wire) for the proposed chicken-wire/electrical generator plan to turn the farmhouse into a giant bug-zapper. Meanwhile, Sister Mary and Aldus wander the town to talk to the locals. Making plans to visit the Church, the Town Hall and the Sheriff’s Office, they are interrupted by the ever inquisitive Richard Wendell (Yellow-Journalist-at-large), who invites them back to his office/home at the Cobb’s Corners Gazette. Though he attempts to pry out of them what FOC is doing in the valley, they in turn attempt to persuade him it is merely a search for minerals and oil (marking their own involvement merely to the eccentricities of their employer, Mr. Abelard). Surprisingly, Wendell allows them to poke through old issues of the Gazette, even helping, while continuing to prod them for “a scoop.” They note the unusually high number of deaths amongst the youths of Cobb’s Corners in the obituaries, and decide to go interview Dr. Owen Perry (pausing only briefly to check out the War Memorial). Marvin checks in on them and agrees to swing through town late in the day to pick them up before he takes off for the Farmhouse to get to work on his project.

In the Sugar Maple forest Larry, Claudia, Ripley and Barnabas find the woods very dark and foreboding, especially when, after travelling for a while, they find themselves surrounded by 50 or so of the horrid rat-like things like they’d seen depicted in Ethan Froam’s sketchbook. But while the creatures keep pace with them, they don’t come any closer, so the explorers continue. Eventually coming to a clearing, they are startled to hear the rodents swiftly receding, squeaking in fright. Noticing a figure at a large rock, and a strange shimmering, they attempt to approach (except for Ripley, who hovers nervously at the clearing’s edge), but are ambushed by a large pale monstrosity wielding a spear and flailing disgusting pink tentacles. Ripley panics, firing his flare into the sky before fleeing into the woods (only to be stalked and killed by the Zoogs lurking there – his death scream echoing for everyone to hear). At the farmhouse, Marvin and Lynch leave off their installation of the bug-zapper project when they see the flair. Lynch suggests they head in after them, but Marvin merely grabs his trusty Browning Automatic Rifle and bathes his end of the forest in a rain of bullets. In the clearing the remaining three Investigators miraculously manage to drop the Moonbeast with pistol-fire with only a single scratch to Claudia. Leaving Claudia and Barnabas to sort out the strange things waiting in the clearing, Larry runs off into the woods to find Ripley, but instead stumbles into Marvin and Lynch on their way to the rescue (Lynch having finally persuaded Marvin to stop blindly shooting and investigate). Barnabas & Claudia approach the stone, finding missing student John Jeffrey’s corpse sticking out of it, his skull open and wired, his body covered in flies. Beyond they see many strange locations floating in the haze. But then John moves, pointing further into the woods, the thoughts “save her” coming into their minds…

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 4.1
Return to Cobb's Corners

Abelard’s Angels, aka 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 daddy-issues.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).
  • Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
  • Sister Mary Unis, Nun seeking THE TRUTH.

(Friday, Oct. 17th –Waning Moon) With the recent massacre the expedition back to Cobb’s Corners had been delayed while new team members Samson and Lynch were recruited, and the others take full advantage of that break to sit on Dr. Drake’s therapy couch, as well as re-examine and finalize plans for additional gear for the expedition. On the 17th they finally arrive at the Maclearan Farmhouse (their caravan having drawn a few stares passing through town), where they find it busy with FOC workers finishing upgrading their new base of operations. Larry and Barnabas wander off with Samson, their new Chief of Security, to set up traps around the compound, while the others settle in at the farmhouse proper. The men decide they can handle dividing all the watches up between themselves (the ladies need their beauty sleep), and everyone is quite pleased with Matherson’s cooking.

Ripley and Claudia find themselves tormented by strange dreams, and share their distress with each-other in the morning over breakfast. A common theme in both dreams proves to be the Sugar Maple forest behind the farmhouse (and screams), so they agree to add a search of the nearby woods to their investigative agenda. Samson comes back after checking his booby-traps and informs them one of them had been sprung in the night, leaving a small amount of Mi-Go residue.

It is decided that for their first day of investigation the group will split as follows:

  • Travelling to Cobb’s Corners to chat with locals – Aldus, Sister Mary, and Marvin Jonson (the latter planning to acquire more supplies from the local store).
  • Exploring the Woods behind the Farmhouse – Claudia, Ripley, Barnabas & Larry.
  • Exploring the nearby Hills – Samson & Drake.
  • Staying at the Maclearan Farm – Matherson (to study the Mi-Go sample) & Lynch (working on the truck).
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A Time to Harvest, Episode 3.9
Lights out!

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).

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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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