Concerning the late Roger Carlyle

Adventure Summary 05

Wherein a gruesome discovery is made

In search of further information, Dr. Michael Carter, Nico Papadakis, Jonathan Scott, and Doyle Mentiri (along with the absent Edgar Rowley and Remy Federico) purchased railroad tickets to Boston. The ride was uneventful; the investigators arriving only two hours later.

It was in Boston that they split up. Carter stayed behind at the library of Miskatonic, while the others went to question Miriam Atwright at Harvard. Upon their arrival, the group was met by Miriam who seemed more than eager to help them. She took the group downstairs to where the older, more valuable, books are kept. It was in this locked room that she explained the mysterious disappearance of the Africa’s Dark Sects circa 1595. Not much information was gathered as beyond the unearthly smell, there was nothing. The group was able to determine that seven years ago the book had been checked out to a visiting professor form the University of Southern Carolina. It seemed the library was a dead end.

The group decided it would be in their interest to find a professor of African Studies and see if he could shed any light on “Chakota”. Papadakis and Scott sat in on a lecture given by Professor David Apter. After his lecture, the men questioned him to the roots of “Chakota”. Apter was unfamiliar with this, though he was able to tell them that the word is an amalgamation of two Swahili words in an ancient dialect: Evil god/powerful being and phallus.

Meanwhile, Carter, with the help of the librarian, had discovered more information regarding the symbol found on Elias’ forehead. With the vague references they found, they were able to piece together that the symbol is that of cult of the god of the Bloody Tongue, and that this cult is/was centered in Kenya.

As it was getting late, the investigators headed to Papadakis’ apartment for an evening of rest. The following morning, they returned to the library and began to research the lives of Sir Aubrey Penhew and Dr. Robert Ellington Huston.

Of Penhew they found:
  • Held limited service as Lieutenant with Yorkshire Guards from 1901 to 1902
  • Breveted as Colonel in British Army from 1915 to 1916
  • Retired thereafter because of injury (undisclosed)
  • Penhew’s trace their nobility from the time of William the Conqueror, when Sir Boris Penhew acquired great holdings in the west of England
  • With the exception of Sir Blaize, who was beheaded in 1610 for treason and black magic (his crimes nearly cost the line its titles and properties), the Penhew’s have been prosperous for 800 years.
  • Graduated with honors in classics from Oxford
  • Spent the next several years in Egypt surveying and performing exploratory excavations
  • Biography notes credited with founding several important branches of Egyptology and for several important discoveries, particularly at Dhashur
  • The Penhew Foundation has underwritten many important researches at home and abroad
  • Has titles to several stately homes, as well as mansions in London, the Cotswolds, Monaco, and Alexandria (Egypt), and townhouses in Paris, Rome, and Athens
  • Private life is little known with the exception being that he is unmarried and has no children
  • Seems to be held in high respect amongst his peers
And of Huston they found:
  • No military service
  • Youngest of 3 boys
  • Father was a Chicago M.D, who as a young man was reputed to have been involved in several deviant sects
  • Robert graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University
  • Left his study of circulatory-ailments and left his wife to study under Freud and then under Jung in Vienna
  • Was among the first to study the mind, which dealt with much sexuality (of which no respectable person would talk about)
  • Huston’s salacious and dangerous past, along with his elegant manners and sardonic wit, made him in demand upon his return to NY
  • He established a practice in psychoanalyst where his fees were 50-60$ per visit (a professor might make 4000$ a year)
  • Popular among women
  • Roger Carlyle was one of his patients
  • Had just broken off an affair with Miss Imelda Bosch who had then committed suicide
  • After Huston declared dead, his records were turned over to the Medical Affairs Board of NY
  • Held up by bureaucracy, the records have not yet been destroyed Rumors abounded
  • Huston supposedly went on Roger’s expedition to continue treatment
  • Roger Carlyle helped hush the scandal, perhaps in return for Huston’s company on the expedition
  • Carlyle didn’t think that Huston would keep Roger’s problems a secret if he wasn’t nearby
  • Huston returned with Carlyle to Egypt to meet with Huston’s real father

Armed with their newfound knowledge, the investigators boarded a train back to New York to visit the Medical Affairs Board. It was here they met the Secretary of the MDB a Mr. Adrian Ferris. Ferris is a no-nonsense man, and refused anyone but a member of the family in to see the documents. Temporarily defeated, the men returned to Carter’s home.

Pulling up to the house they noticed a letter on the floor. Upon closer examination, the letter was from Jonah Kensington. Before the had a chance to read the letter, they heard a gunshot. Armed and ready for a fight, the men all entered the home and began to search. When they came to the room that Matthias Merryweather had been staying in they found the door to be locked. Mentiri picked the lock and made a gruesome discovery.

Covering the walls of the room were symbols and frantic writing both in blood and apparently carved into the walls with a knife. The windows had been caked with blood to block out any sunlight and the room was filled with candles and incense. Lying face down in the center of the room was Merryweather with what appeared to be a self-inflicted head wound. On the bureau was the volume from which this except had come. With this they also found a heavy volume of notes taken by Elias during his time in Nairobi. This notes and journals were filled with the handwriting of Merryweather. As one flipped through them it was a case-study into a person’s slide into insanity. Throughout the notes were references to things which were not written, mundane words and thoughts were added to in increasingly agitated writings. Terms like “cave” were scratched out and replaced with words like “demon”, so that in Elias’ journal, he would enter the great maw of the demon, and the like. The angles of letters would be stretched and turned into symbols and Os would become spirals on the page. From the book he would continue the spiral onto the wall.

Once Carter had the time to collect himself, he was able to read the note left on the doorstep. It was a letter from Kensington and read as follows:
Dearest Michael and companions,

This morning I had come across more information from Elias’ that my assistant had misfiled. I hurried to your home to deliver these to you and to give you my most sincere apologies. At the door I was greeted by your companion Matthias to whom I gave the volumes. In a most unusual fashion, Matthias began to explain to me the connections he was making in the Journal of our late friend. He seemed rather out of sort and mentioned something about having been up for days. Your friend seemed to feel he had found something in the journals, but I’m afraid that I was unable to gleam any sense from his explanations.

I write you now to give my apologies to you for not providing you with everying upfront, and to emplore you to look into your friend. I believe he may be breaking under the weight of the loss of his good friend.

Yours,

Jonah Kensington

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