Monday Night Madness

Shadow of the Demon Lord: The Witching Wood - Episode 0.4
Into the Woods...

Respite’s Breakfast-club:

  • Edwin O’Flaherty, Goblin Militiaman and entrepreneur.*
  • 4th, Hobgoblin Militiaman and lackadaisical refugee.*
  • Arren Pokthy, Punk kid.*
  • Faust, wandering spider-like Map-quest Clockwork.*
  • Ezma, Goblin fan-girl of Edwin.
  • Rook, Changeling Theologian.

Edwin’s devotee, Ezma, finally awakes to see what all the hubbub is abou, but 4th prefers to roll over and continue sleeping. Coming out of the hut she shares with Ed & 4, she hustles over to the Church, just in time to join Edwin (with Mazagog in tow) to find the monsters that had exploded out of the boy having vanished (Rook & Arren having decided not to reveal they are the new hosts), and the one other witness, Pane’re, having fainted now the fight is over. Mayor Bailey orders Edwin, Mazagog & Ezma to clean the place up. Edwin “delegates” to the other two and persuades (aka annoys) the Mayor into letting him “investigate” the incident. The boy who had been infested previously is now dead due to his injuries and the villagers turn to discuss purifying and burying the poor soul, as well as consoling his parents.

Arren has his parents take him to see the herbalist Rhiannon after failing to talk them into leaving for a more civilized settlement with an actual doctor, complaining he feels sick (since he keeps his infestation to himself, they put his upset down to nerves and give him some whisky to settle him). Rook also heads over to visit the herbalist (as does Edward and Ezma as soon as they can get away from the Mayor & the Church), and they discuss events with Faust (who has been waiting patiently with Caran at the Weird Sister’s home all this time). Rook suggests the centipedes are not Demons, as the villagers believe, and asks Rhiannon how they might be excised from a host. She suggests a purgative to poison the body, but warns it could potentially be deadly for the host as much as for the parasite within. Edwin questions Caran, who can only recall playing a game of “find the faerie” with her brother the day before at the forest’s edge, before wandering as if in a dream until finding a door etched in blood in a tree. Rook thinks it might be a religious or Occult symbol but if so neither he nor Lanja know of it. Deciding to hold off further investigation until nightfall the gang decide to rest for the rest of the day (Rook to recover from his injuries, the members of the Night-watch because of their nocturnal business, and Arren because his parents ply him with enough alcohol to settle him down after his stressful day). Faust retreats from Respite into the forest’s edge after some suggest the villagers are spooked and suspicious of him, and nests in a tree until evening.

That night the Night-watch (along with Rook, Faoust & Arren) gather around the watch-fire to discuss options. When Rook reveals he has one of the parasites within him, 4th smacks him with his staff to encourage it to come out, but succeeds only in making Rook fear for his life. Edwin also reports that Caran disappeared sometime during the day while they all slept. After much prodding from Faust, several of the others (Edwin, Ezma, 4th & Arren) agree to search the woods with him to find the blood-etched door and the missing girl (deifying the Mayor’s standing order that no one enter the woods).

The expedition spends much of the night scouring the woods, until they eventually spot a flickering firelight and smell frying bacon. Suspicious, they send Ezra up ahead to scout it out. When she returns she describes a half-dozen naked and scarred humans armed with sickles dancing around a campfire, roasting an unidentified humanoid on a spit. They decide to leave well-enough alone and retreat to Respite where they turn in and sleep throughout much of the day.

When they rise the following evening they discover the village in turmoil as a baby has been stolen, his cry’s clearly audible from deep in the woods…

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Shadow of the Demon Lord: The Witching Wood - Episode 0.3
Infested!

Respite’s Breakfast-club:

  • Mazagog, an Orc Servant with murder issues.*
  • Pane’re Bre’ad, a Faun Militia-member and one of the “Weird Sisters” in town.*
  • Edwin O’Flaherty, Goblin Militiaman and entrepreneur.*
  • 4th, Hobgoblin Militiaman and lackadaisical refugee.*
  • Arren Pokthy, Punk kid.*
  • Faust, wandering spider-like Map-quest Clockwork.*
  • Caleb, Human Scholar.
  • Rook, Changeling Theologian.

We start where we left off, in a crisis!

While Faust takes the girl Caran to wash off at the well, and Mazagog makes a new painting to cover up the destruction of the old one that used to hang over his master Mayor Bailey’s fire place, the rest of the gang (along with most everyone else in the village) are recoiling in horror at the Church of the Sun King as they watch -Something- burrowing beneath Caran’s brother Lucas’ skin.

Pane’re decides the best thing to do is to cut the thing out of the boy, and attempts impromptu (and unskilled) surgery on the lad, while her sisters hold the boy down on the alter. Cutting into him causes Lucas to bleed profusely, but it does cause the creature – a gigantic centipede – to explode outward to land on the floor (eliciting much screaming from the crowd). Edwin slips out in the confusion to go look for Mazagog (thinking a big Orc better at killing the thing than he), while two other locals at the church, Caleb & Rook, step up to lend a hand.

Arren attempts to shoot it with his sling, only to break the Church’s stain-glass window. While Rook attempts to staunch the boy’s bleeding a second centipede pops out to attack him. The other centipede manages to bite an artery on Caleb’s leg when he attempts to stamp on it, and the floor quickly becomes slick with his blood. As the townsfolk flee he falls to the ground, where the centipede quickly finishes him off before moving on to burrow into Arren. Meanwhile Pane’re & Rook struggle to kill (or at least toss outside) the other, but it manages to burrow up into Rook’s arm. Pane’re considers burning down the church (even going so far as to light a torch, until she realizes the centipedes have successfully burrowed into new hosts.

Back at the Mayor’s house Mazagog admires his handiwork, thinking his painting on sheepskin is a perfect match for Mayor Bailey’s portrait, and that it is likely the Mayer will NEVER know the difference (even going so far as to lament not taking a career in being a cave-painter), when a breathless Edwin bangs on the door to get him to come quick.

Over at the Well, Faust finishes cleaning up Caran and notes the six fingered bruise on her arm, as well as a six-fingered hand tattoo in the small of her back, and decides to take her over to the home of the Weird Sisters to wait for them in hopes that Lanja the Occultist might know what it means…

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Shadow of the Demon Lord - Episode 0.2
Something Wicked this way comes...

Respite’s Breakfast-club

  • Mazagog, an Orc Servant with murder issues.
  • Pane’re Bre’ad, a Faun Militia-member and one of the “Weird Sisters” in town.
  • Edwin O’Flaherty, Goblin Militiaman and entrepreneur.
  • 4th, Hobgoblin Militiaman and lackadaisical refugee.
  • Arren Pokthy, Punk kid.
  • Faust, wandering spider-like Map-quest Clockwork.

As evening rolls around the Night-watch (high on Crimson Leaf for the most part) encounters Faust as he arrives at the edge of town (Arren & Mazagog happen to be loitering with them, board and not feeling like sleeping). After an odd exchange leading to introductions, they decide to introduce Faust to Phillipe at the Godsworn, but decide against having him get rooms their for the night when the lecherous innkeeper’s flirting introduces the idea of “auto-arachnophilia” into their heads. Edwin slips off to fill in the Mayor about the newcomer while Pane’re invites him back to the herb-shop to stay the night with her sisters. Mazagog decides to return to 4th to play cards (4th having been the only one not leaving his post), before heading off to bed. Edwin returns to spy on Faust and the sisters, but is spotted and invited in. Arren also spys on them, is not caught, and starts developing a fetish while witnessing Rhianon oiling and cleaning the well-traveled clockwork.
Pane’re & Edwin eventually rejoin 4th on watch, but think they hear something out in the woods (they suspect it’s the two sibling youths that recently went missing in the woods). They think they might have heard screaming…

The next morning, as the Night-watch (4th, Edwin & Pane’re) sleep in, and Mazagog does his chores, the rest of the village gathers for morning prayers. Arren and Faust spot the two missing youngsters stumbling out of the woods, through the cornfields, naked except for being caked with blood and filth. Shock runs through the crowd and they take them to the temple when they realize the boy is muttering incoherently in an unknown tongue, a clear sign of possession. His growing screams wake the nightwatch, and they come to see what the hubub is all about, as does Mazagog (but 4th, who decides to roll over and sleep instead). Faust intercepts the girl when he spots her trying to slip away, and leads her back to her house. The others arrive at the chapel just in time to spot several “things” burrowing under the boy’s skin…

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Shadow of the Demon Lord - Episode 0.1
The Witching Wood - Prologue

(We are taking a breather from CoC for a bit, and giving Shadow of the Demon Lord a try).

Our story begins in the remote village of Respite, a small community dedicated to the heresy of the Sun King. Founded five years ago by refuges from the war-torn borderlands between Coventry and Manachaea, they established the settlement in a small valley in the foothills of the Moorfog Mountains. Once the valley was bountiful, but recently a pestilence seems to be making their livestock and crops sicken. Some whisper it is because the Morfairsing, that accursed forest, has grown too close, tainting the woods at the vale’s edge, while others believe a witch has come to lay her curse on them, to torment them for being god-fearing folk.

Though the town is mostly human, a handful of non-humans have settled here as well. Because of local prejudice, four of them have become loose friends, frequently playing cards at Respite’s one Inn & Tavern, Godsworn, or working together as nightwatchmen for the village Militia. The key members are:

  • Edwin O’Flaherty is a Goblin that settled in town seeking to make a quick buck. As such he is an “upstanding” member of the Militia, but runs a side-business as a fence for the less-than upstanding Innkeeper Philipe Goodheart. The Mayor, Rickard Bailey, turns a blind eye because Edwin keeps in well supplied with Crimson Leaf, an addiction they both share.
  • Panare Bre’ad is a Faun who moved here with her sisters some years ago. Their mother had been a “free spirit” in her youth, and as such none of her daughters had the same father. While her sisters, Rhiannon Stargazer & Lanja, are both human, Panare’s father was something… else, leading to the rumor that their mother was a witch. While her sisters are more scholarly and manage an herbalist shop, Panare’s rambunctiousness left her drawing the short lot when it came time to pick a member for the town Militia. As a conscript, she spends most of her nights with the Night-watch, but makes a little extra on the side as a rabble-rouser for Philipe Goodhart when the Innkeeper wants to stir up the locals indirectly..
  • *Mazagog Lagzag” is a bitter, brutal Orc who killed a man while on his rite of passage, taking his sword as a trophy. Only he found the man had laid a death curse on him as well, a curse that puts him in terrible pain should he ever kill another.Sold into slavery by his tribe for being a wuss, he eventually was purchased by Mayor Rickard Bailey, who holds him as his indentured servant and personal valet. Though he serves his master loyally enough, he still sneaks off to sacrifice small animals in the woods to the Dark Gods of his Ancestors, preying his curse might one day be lifted so he can kill again.
  • Number Four is a Hobgoblin Soldier who was separated from his unit while scouting the edge of the Morfairsing. Found near the edge of the Hungry Wood, half-starved and unable to speak a lick of the common tongue, Edwin and Panare found they were the only ones able to speak with him and persuaded the Mayor to let him settle with them as another addition to the night-watch. Respite has come to accept him as possibly the best tracker in town.
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A Time to Harvest, Episode 5.3
Escape from Cobb's Corners!

Cobb’s Corners Survivors Club:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • Sheriff Dan Spenser, Puritanical Lawman.
  • Holly Rydell, desperate schoolteacher.
  • *Dr. Claudia Ankins,” UFO-obsessed Alienist.
  • Richard Wendell, yellow journalist.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).
  • Emily Braithwaite, simple-minded adorable red-head.

Given we are about to take a break for the holidays, this week we did a tally. As of this session (for ATtH) we hit a full “Baker’s Dozen” casualties in the way of dead or permanently insane characters!

Monday, Oct. 20th –New Moon

We start where we left, Shubb-Niggurath manifesting fully in Cobb’s Corners as her fourth leg comes crashing down, crushing Sheriff Dan Spencer and the Civil War Memorial Canon. The rest of the gang reconvenes at Jim’s Grill. Leaving Holly & Joe keeping an eye on Emily in the front of the restaurant, Marvin, Aldus & Wendell head in back to search to panty for pie. Instead they get hung up in the kitchen where they find the hacked remains of Jim & Anne Haggerty. Aldus investigates what’s cooking on the stove, only to find what’s missing of the Haggertys boiling away in the pots (he lets out a shocked, strangled screech). When Marvin opens the pantry, the Haggerty’s missing son, Jason, jumps out covered in blood, meat cleaver in hand, so Marvin promptly puts a bullet in him with his .45 before running back out to the others to retrieve his trusty Browning. Aldus wrestles the Knife away from the injured youth, as Wendell talks him down (whereupon the boy promptly becomes comatose, sliding into a fetal position on the floor). Holly comes in to lecture them, but upon seeing the scene promptly faints. Wendell tends to the injured with a first aid kit they found tucked away in a drawer, and Holly (once she recovers) tries to comfort the otherwise unaware teen. Marvin lucks out, finding some partially melted ice cream in the pantry ice-box (ignoring the dead body he finds next to it).

Heading back out, Marvin & Joe work on heating up the steam-engine that powers the Stanly Steamer. Emily faints (Holly nearly does too) when they spot “something” shambling up the street, but it lurches into hiding before the others can see. While Wendell looks for more weapons back inside the Grill, Holly & Marvin argue whether to take Jason with them or not. Their argument is interrupted by Wendell’s screams. Marvin & Aldus dash in to find Wendell in the grips of a vaguely humanoid creature, pseudopods drifting down from its’ head to caress the reporter hungrily. Marvin promptly guns the thing down, and Aldus has a brief hysterical fit when he realizes it had once been fellow comrade Claudia Ankins. Meanwhile, Emily runs off as soon as she wakes up, Holly racing after to bring her back. To get away Emily starts climbing a tree, but when she slips and the TREE reaches out to CATCH her, Holly starts screaming as the (now revealed) Dark Young opens its’ massive maw, and Emily faints (again), dropping to the ground. Hearing their screams Marvin runs after them, and takes a shot, catching the monster’s ire. Finally getting the Steamer running, Joe hops behind the wheel and shouts for everyone else to pile in. With Wendell in front and Aldus and Jason in back, the car races around the corner, pausing only briefly enough for Holly to drag Emily over and the two to fall in to crowd the back seat. Unable to do anything but look on in horror as Marvin is snatched up and the thing begins swilling down Marvin’s blood, they put petal to the metal and race South down Main Street to escape town, not stopping until they reach the next town later that morning.

They are eventually found by FOC and relocated to a temporary camp to recover. There, miraculously, they are reunited with Marvin! How did he survive? A tale for another time…

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 5.2
Guess who's coming to dinner?

Cobb’s Corners Survivor Society:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • Sheriff Dan Spenser, Puritanical Lawman.
  • Dr. Claudia Ankins, UFO-obsessed Alienist.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).
  • Jimmy Maclearan, Embittered drunk.
  • Emily Braithwaite simple-minded adorable red-head.

Monday, Oct. 20th –New Moon

With Shubb-Niggurath partially manifested, and a strange milk-like substance now raining down upon everyone in the park, Sarah Matherson and Sebastian Mantei have gone completely and utterly mad. Marvin manages to not fully digest what he is seeing, and thus retains his sanity, while Aldus seems to be taking it all in stride. Claudia’s vision slides into a blood-red-rage and she starts looking for someone to let loose her frustrations on, settling on Dr. Matherson, whom she promptly polishes of with a point blank shotgun blast. A tendril picks up the now dead Deputy Cutter to deliver him into one of the Goddesses’ many mouths as one of the other children runs up to continue the rite. Gunplay continues in the streets between Marvin and several of the older children. One of the Dark Young weaves its’ tentacle/branches and hoots weirdly, and Marvin finds himself hit with an invisible force that flings him down a side street. With the monster watching over the prisoners distracted, Jimmy makes a break for it (tormented by the conflicting passions of fleeing from the slimy beast and desperation for finding a drink), and is called over to hide behind a car with Aldus. As the new leader in the rite kills two more of the prisoners, the Sheriff runs up on him to wrest the knife away (Sheriff Dan having also managed to keep that steel trap of a mind together), but he quickly finds himself swarmed by several of the smaller children. A second leg presses its’ way through the reality wrinkle in the sky, giving the Goddess two gigantic hooves to stand on in this world, as she lazily picks up Matherson’s corpse with another tentacle to eat. Marvin returns to Main street, aims, and guns down the child cultist with his trusty Browning, but in turn takes a couple of shots from the teens lying in wait, just as Claudia guns one of the gun-toting youngsters down, the milk-like substance raining down getting into her mouth and wounds as she fights. As other prisoners try making a break for it, the Dark Young guarding them snatches up Holly Rydell and Richard Wendel. Emily, who had fainted, is ignored on the ground, while the mob surrounding the Sheriff makes him too hard a target to catch. Aldus slips up to retrieve the unconscious farm girl as Wendel wiggles free, while Jimmy runs to hide in one of the nearby buildings. The Sheriff spots one of the kids apparently suffering a seizure, but notes she has started to grow and mutate into something far more monstrous. Sebastian is snatched up and eaten by the increasingly hungry goddess, while Marvin flees the remaining shot-gun wielding kids and approaching Dark Young, finding a lucky break in a parked Stanly Steamer nearby. Back in the heart of the memorial park site, the Sheriff gets a lucky break when the guardian Dark Young trips over the Cannon while trying to grab him, dropping Holly on top of him, and as he gets up, girl in arms, he finds the now transformed child recovered, monstrous as a Spawn of the Dark Mother, and ready to fight. Claudia avoids being stomped on by another Dark Young back on Main Street. Aldus runs through back alleys, Emily in his arms, making for Jim’s Grill, as does Marvin (pushing the Steamer quietly, using it for cover while it rolls down Main Street). Afraid of the slime in the dark, Jimmy runs upstairs, finding sadly the Dark Mother above is all he can see, now that a third leg has appeared. The Sheriff shoves Holly away, shouting for her to follow Aldus and Emily, while Claudia uses her last vestige of sanity to spitefully carve her initials in the bark of the Dark Young with fresh-grown claws, finding she too is turning into a Spawn of the Dark Mother, her new mother’s voice wiping everything else from her brain…

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 5.1
Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down...

Abelard’s Angels, aka Agents of FOC;

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • Dr. Sarah Matherson, Obsessed Xinobiologist.
  • Dr. Claudia Ankins, UFO-obsessed Alienist.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).
  • Prof. David Drake, Balding company Psychologist.
  • Sebastian Mantei, skeptical Antiquarian out of his depth.

(Monday, Oct. 20th –New Moon)

We start with Sebastian, recently hired by Abelard to join the team with only a sketchy outline of Aliens and artifacts he can’t identify (he hadn’t really listened, but for what Abelard was paying he figured he could humor him), who arrived in Cobb’s Corners earlier Sunday evening, when his car died while passing through town. Seeing bad weather coming he decides to take a nap in his car and hunt for a mechanic or a ride out to the Maclearan farm in the morning, but is awoken to a scream. Seeing someone laying in the road he runs out and the man dies in his arm, muttering about “the Children…”, so Sebastian runs across the street to the Sheriff’s Office, where he is greeted by the rest of the Investigators, armed to the teeth, guns aimed at him.

After several minutes of introductions (and panic and dubious distrust on the part of Sebastian), the gang gets excited hearing he has a car outside and they all head out to see about fixing/starting it. They’re not having much luck when they hear children singing and see seven of them skipping down the street towards them (several armed with shotguns, one waving a knife, another a rock, all covered in blood). Despite Sebastian’s brief incredulousness, the Young attack, and a firefight brakes out between several of the Investigators and the gun-toting teens (Marvin taking cover in the Sheriff’s Office while the others hide behind various cars). Drake is caught in the open by the younger children, and is knocked unconscious from repeated blows and stabs (and biting from the youngest). Several of the younger children are knocked out, and two are killed in the gunfight, but not before a Dark Young comes waddling across the bridge. Huxtable runs screaming, and Sebastian grabs the (now hysterically blind) Dr. Matherson and follows him. Claudia joins Marvin in the Office, and they watch in horror as the Dark Young snatches up Drake and the unconscious/dead children to feed. Claudia chucks a grenade, killing all but the monster itself, and the two Investigators slam the door and rig the gunpowder to explode as they flee out the back. The Sheriff’s Office goes up in flames as the Dark Young breaks his way through, looking like some deranged Christmas tree covered in roasting corpses.

Though they consider grabbing a boat to get across the river, Marvin and Claudia soon realize the river and far bank are crawling with more Dark young, so they work their way around the edge of town, aiming for the library, just as Sebastian and Matherson do, but both pairs spot the four Young prepping for what appears to be a book burning and retreat to Main Street to make a run for the Church.

Half-way there though they (along with a somewhat recovered Aldus Huxtable) pause at the edge of the park, where they spot Deputy Cutter and his sacrificial pile of locals, with yet more children dancing and singing about them, two more Dark Young waving and hooting to their tune. Beyond they spot another Dark Young watching over eight prisoners yet to be sacrificed. Without hesitation Marvin raises his Browning Automatic Rifle and puts a single bullet through Cutter’s head just as the dark clouds above open up and tendrils start spilling forth, as Shub-Niggurath begins to manifest in Cobb’s Corners.

And of them all, only Aldus Huxtable retains any semblance of sanity.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 4.6
T'was a dark and stormy night...

Abelard’s Angels, aka Agents of FOC:

  • Aldus Huxtable, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • Dr. Sarah Matherson, Mi-Go obsessed Xenobiologist.
  • Dr. Claudia Ankins, UFO obsessed Alienist.
  • Marvin Jonson, FOC Accountant (and Swashbuckling Man of action!).

(Sunday, Oct. 19th –New Moon)

Burning rubber from the Maclearan Farmhouse where they had just lost half their expedition, they drive to Cobb’s Corners to pick up Claudia at Dr. Perry’s office. While Dr. Drake (recovered from his brief bout of Hair-steria) distracts the country doctor from the rest of the gang’s ramblings about walking killer trees, the others bring Claudia up to speed and after a brief discussion, decide to head for FOC’s security encampment.

BUT once there they find it overrun with more Dark Young (as well as Mi-Go), and this time Claudia and Matherson are the ones to lose their minds (Claudia becoming hysterical & Sarah going blind). Marvin spins the car around to race away (managing not to crash it when Claudia attempts to seize the wheel), luckily not being spotted by the Mi-Go patrolling the perimeter. Deciding not to stop to rescue ANYONE they instead attempt to return to town, only to run out of gas just as the storm (that had been brewing all night) hits. Noting scattered fires across the valley and the strange cloud forming above, heading towards town, they decide to hoof it.

Pausing at a farmhouse they find it devastated, the crushed corpse of an old codger Aldus had talked to just the day before, along with three other family members hacked to pieces. Noting more giant hoof-prints heading towards town they decide instead to return to the Maclearan Farmhouse, hoping the danger there has moved on.

Passing another farm they spot a father and son standing on their porch, drinking hooch and screaming obscenities into the night with guns in hand, their lawn littered with dead children. Further away, more children dance and sing around a tipped cow while another child sits astride it, slitting its’ throat. The Investigators decide not to get involved and move on. Another farmhouse looks safe but they decide not to stop. At another demolished farm they hear a child crying for help and they pause to look around, eventually finding the girl and her father trapped in the root cellar. Helping them out they take them along back to the Maclearan Farm, which, when they arrive, they find a complete wreck.

Recovering what gear they can, they pause only to catch their breath before being persuaded by Claudia to return to town (their two new companions decide to weather out the storm in the ruined barn). There is also a growing concern over their electric torches no longer working, but they push on. Reaching the bridge, they can see the rain is lighter here, and that several houses in town are on fire. A few dead bodies are scattered in the street, small figures darting amongst them, and strange hooting noises are heard echoing from further in. Realizing they are not too far from the Sheriff’s Office, they head straight there, only to find it abandoned. They stop to rest, and stock up on the Sheriff’s collection of shotguns while discussing their next move…

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A Time to Harvest 4.5
The night is dark and full of terrors...

Abelard’s Angels, aka Agents of FOC:

  • Aldus Huxtible, traumatized tweed-wearing grad-student.
  • Barnabas Speltser, dissatisfied flat-foot from Vancouver.
  • Dr. Larry Werstone, Doctor with daddy-issues.

Sunday, Oct. 19th –New Moon begins
At the farm, Marvin nearly fries himself while trying to build their giant bug-zapper (chicken-wire wrapped around the farmhouse, tapped into the generator), so Lynch sends him back to town to check on the others while he finishes up on his own. Rejoining them at the Church as the others finish up at the Sunday Social, Barnabas fills him and the others in on what the schoolteacher Holly Rydell told him about strange behavior among the children of Cobb’s Corners, and her invitation to look at evidence at the school later that afternoon. Stopping off at Dr. Perry’s office to drop off Claudia (who isn’t feeling well due to her recent injuries), they continue on to join Holly at the school, where she shows them the weird poetry and disturbed pictures drawn by her students. After she sees them out (and they promise to show the pages to an Alienist they know), the Investigators debate coming back Monday to see what the kids might be up to. They pause at the Grill to grab some pie before traveling out to visit that old coot they heard about, Alexandru Curza (deciding on Rhubarb)…

Their initial interaction with Curza seems to go south almost immediately, as Curza grabs his shotgun to drive them off (right after he makes a sign against the evil eye), but Marvin manages to defuse things (having recognized the sign Curza made and quickly showing him the children’s drawing and poetry).Curza acquiesces and lets them in and tells them his tail while eating the pie. Afterwards, he takes them out back and up through the undergrowth to show them a clearing with a stone circle, the central stone showing signs of bloodstains. Larry notes symbols dedicated to Shubb-Niggurath carved on the stones, while Barnabas & Marvin spot a Yo-yo. Afterwards they consider visiting the Widow Cratchett, but decide they aren’t presentable after their climbing through the underbrush, instead calling it a day and retreating to the Maclearan Farmstead.

At the Farm, Larry decides to dig up the flowerbed, just in case the story of Sara Maclearan being a Vampire sleeping beneath may be true (finding nothing, of course). After dinner they debate as to their actions for Monday (considering such actions as purchasing dynamite to blow up the stone circle behind Curza’s farm, or investigate the children at the schoolhouse) when an alarm is triggered outside and everyone hustles to take a look (except for Lynch, who hops on the radio to get help from FOC’s security camp, and Marvin, who moves to see if anything is going on out front). Larry, Barnabas & Prof. Drake lose their minds upon seeing a Dark Young in all its’ tree-like glory yanking a foot out of a pit-trap (the others being merely terrified out of their wits). As it charges the farmhouse, Barnabas starts cackling as to how his mother’s stories where right, while Drake starts trying to pull his own hair out, and Larry starts shooting wildly at Barnabas. Samson forces him to drop his gun as Marvin dashes to knock him out with a shot of Morphine. Dr. Matherson hustles Drake to the front of the farmhouse, doing what she can to keep him from harming himself further, while Barnabas weeps over the now unconscious Larry, begging him to tell him why he tried to kill him. The Dark Young slams into the house, the electricity from the chicken-wire having little to no effect. Everyone retreats to the main room as Lynch loses radio contact with the other FOC camp. Marvin shouts for everyone to follow him and charges outside, making a dash for the car, while Samson and Lynch grab up some grenades and head out to lob them at the monster. Aldus and Matherson drag Drake to join Marvin at the car, turning to see the first grenades go off before the Dark Young snatches up Samson and Lynch, while more tendrils slip inside to drag forth the unconscious Larry and screaming Barnabas. From within the car they see it stride with its’ captives into the woods while Marvin presses pedal to the metal and the survivors burn rubber down the road into an increasingly stormy night.

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A Time to Harvest, Episode 4.4
Digging dirt at Church...

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.

Saturday, Oct. 18th –Waning Moon
With everyone back at the Maclearan Farm, there is some debate as to whether or not Barnabas and Claudia should be moved to a hospital to recover, or just repurpose one of the bedrooms as a sick-ward under Dr. Matherson & Dr. Werstone’s care. Matherson declines, stating she’ll have her hands full with the specimens brought back from the Sugar Maple Woods (the specimens having been relegated to an improvised autopsy lab in the barn), so it falls to Larry to care for them when Claudia & Barnabas decline to give up on the investigations in Cobb’s Corners just yet. The FOC security force take Ripley’s corpse (found by Marvin and Larry on their way to find the others in the wood earlier that day), and assure the Investigators they will see to it his body is sent back to his family. Aldus shares with them Wendell’s photo & concerns about the deputy, the mysterious rate of deaths amongst Cobb’s Corners youth, and Dr. Perry’s request for help against the suspected vampire Sara Maclearan, as well as the suggestion that they speak to some of the outlying members of the community (Cuzra, Bellweather & Cratchet). With Barnabas injured and Ripley dead, Aldus and the others divide up their night-watches as best they can.

Sunday, Oct. 19th –Waning Moon
The night proves uneventful, and in the wee hours of the morning Larry and Aldus, along with the still recovering Barnabas and Claudia, head into town to meet with Dr. Perry to check out Sara’s grave (Marvin stays behind with Lynch to work on their plan to turn the farm into a giant bug-zapper, while Dr. Matherson studies the dead creatures recovered the day before, and Samson & Drake again head out to look for evidence of the Mi-Go). At the graveyard however, their investigations are interrupted by Reverend Wilson. Dr. Perry loses his nerve for the business and after making interdictions, takes his leave. The FOC agents however decide to stick around for the Reverend’s service, which goes far to improve his poor impression of them. Afterwards they circulate at the Sunday luncheon, getting to know the Reverend and his congregation a little better. Aldus attempts to speak with the Reverend Wilson’s skittish son, but the boy excuses himself in short order. His attempts to speak with the boy’s father fail even more spectacularly when a sudden case of foot-in-mouth destroys what good will he might have had. None of the others have better luck, except for Barnabas, who strikes up a conversation with Holly Rydell, the schoolteacher, who is persuaded to confide in him her concerns about the children (the strange behavior of some of them, the slaughter of a cat, and the horrible accident – that might not have been an accident – that resulted in the death of the previous teacher, and her concerns that she may be next). Though she won’t name names, she agrees to take him by the schoolhouse afterwards to show him some peculiar art some of the students have made…

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