Realms of Cthulhu: Masks of Nyarlathotep

The Carlyle Affair

"No, really, this isn't what it looks like."

Following last week’s harrowing encounter at the JuJu House, our brave PCs responded as all good investigators should: by burning it to the ground. Only a timely phone call to the New York Fire Department prevented the flames from spreading and consuming the tenements that surrounded the doomed structure. The heroes then collected the artifacts and retired to home base to read and ponder the found mysteries.

Shortly afterwards, Father Michael Maloney received a call from Jonah Kensington, letting him know that both Miriam Atwright and Professor Anthony Cowles had been trying to get in touch with him. Miss Atwright revealed that Africa’s Dark Sects was only read by two other people: Professor Henry Armitage, of Arkham University, and John Scott, late of Boston. It seemed that this lead was going nowhere.

However, Professor Cowles was able to provide considerably more information. He hinted that the strange mask found might be related to legends of mighty Cthulhu, and part of a Australian aboriginal legend involving a deity called The Sand Bat. He was able to provide a short synopsis of his lecture, and promised to provide the group with some more detailed notes.

Meanwhile, Detective Carriage was summoned to the precinct house by his Lieutenant. He was surprised to see a feisty 12-year old girl attempting to kick the shins of some poor patrol man. Carriage was shocked to discover that this child was Rowan Morgan, the younger sister of the late and lamented Brian Morgan. Knowing that she was now an orphan, Carriage allowed her to tag along with him, until a more suitable situation might be discovered.

It worked out for the best, however, as tonight was the night for Erica Carlyle’s fund raiser at her home in Westchester County. Meant to raise funds for single mothers and their children, Rowan’s presence only served to highlight their plight … and gave young Rowan and Father Maloney ample opportunity to slip away from the festivities to look for Roger Carlyle’s private safe.

Reid, Fitzgerald, Kugler, and Carriage took this opportunity to scan the main party hall, and found the lovely Erica Carlyle, her confidant Bradley Grey, and a host of other burly, and somewhat Mediterranean looking security guards. Reid covered for Morgan and Maloney, while Fitzgerald struck up a conversation with Grey, and Kugler took the opportunity to cozy up to Miss Carlyle.

Grey offered some information about Roger Carlyle, informing Fitzgerald that he had left the estate in dire financial straits, and that his sister had saved the family from the brink of ruin. He also mentioned that she kept some of Roger’s books locked away somewhere, but he didn’t know where. He also agreed to set up a meeting with Erica, should Fitzgerald desire.

Erica took quite a liking to the strikingly handsome Kugler, even going so far as to politely ignore his choice of profession. She made it clear that he would be welcome to call on her again, but offered no other information.

Maloney and Morgan, the two troublemakers, quickly searched the mansion’s library, and discovered a secret catch that released a swinging bookshelf. Behind this shelf was a small safe, which Rowan set to opening, while Maloney watched the door. A curious guard almost blew their cover, but Maloney’s fast thinking … and quick right hook … kept him from sounding an alarm.

The safe only contained a quartet of books, which Maloney and Rowan quickly secreted about their person, then quickly made their escape. The group then retreated back to base again, and began to lay plans to head towards wild Australia.

Found Items

New Leads

  • Professor Cowles plans on returning to Australia in the future.
  • A man named McWhirr wrote a diary relating attacks by Australian aboriginals on his expedition.
  • Bradley Grey can set up a meeting with Erica Carlyle


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