Okay, so it was a little more exciting than that…
January 15th, 1925
Our daring heroes were contacted by Jonah Kensington, and hired to be the watchdogs over his prize author, Jackson Elias. They arrived at the Chelsea Hotel, and made their way up to room 412. However, upon arriving at the door, the characters over-heard the sound of shuffling feet just inside. Kugler was the first to open the door, and was greeted by the sight of Elias’ corpse, cut to ribbons on his bed. His stomach had been slashed from stem to sternum, and the walls were coated with his blood. Standing over the rapidly cooling corpse were two men, wearing African tribal masks and wielding long bush knives.
One of the men fired at Kugler, who returned a quick shot, and took down the first assailant. His partner threw his long knife at Kugler, but the throw went wide, and the attacker smashed out a window and started down the fire escape. Reid tried to close with him, but a third attacker, lurking just behind the door, tried to take him down. Luckily, Reid was too quick for him, and stunned him just long enough for Maloney and Morgan to make short work of him.
Carriage and Kugler then headed to the window, and tried shooting the fleeing attacker, who was rapidly making his way down to a waiting Hudson Roadster. Unfortunately, the alley proved too dark to get a clear shot, and it looked like he was getting away. At least, until Morgan took a flying leap out of the window and landed on top of the idling car! Maloney more prudently decided to take the stairs, and jumped up on the driver’s side running board of the moving vehicle. He then wrested control of the car away from the driver, and steered it into a concrete wall, killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger, but escaping from harm themselves.
A quick search of the attackers and the hotel room led to a whole host of clues being discovered, which revealed some of what Elias’ expected. The group attempted to interrogate the sole survivor, but unable to speak his language, they were unable to get any information from him. He was then turned over to the police to face his judgement.
Returning to Kensington’s office, the PCs informed him of Elias’ demise, and pressed Kensington for more details. Kensington turned over what notes Elias’ had entrusted to him, and promised the group to fund any research required to find out what Elias knew.Our boys then hit the streets, and were able to make the following connections:
- A message is waiting for Professor Cowles at his office on the Miskatonic campus.
- Dr. Robert Huston’s medical records were transferred to the Medical Affairs Board, near Park Avenue and 61st Street.
- Kugler and Carriage tried to get an audience with Erica Carlyle, but were unsuccessful. They were informed to come back a week from Tuesday (January 27th, 1925).
- Reid and Morgan broke into Emerson Imports, where Morgan viciously attacked an otherwise innocent security guard, and found links to a Silas N’Kwane at a place called the Ju-Ju House in Harlem, and his possible supplier in Mombasa.