call of cthulu

Tell Me, Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?
Session 4 Part 1

Player Characters

  • Szophia Markos, Alientist from Budapest, Hungary
  • Bobby Richmond, Reporter from Arkham. Mass.

Non-Player Characters

  • Simon Chen, Medical Doctor from Arkham
  • “Lucky” Sam Marsh, Student from Arkham

Etienne-Laurent de Marigny, America’s premiere occultist, is the speaker at the meeting for The Society for the Exploration of the Unexplained at Miskatonic University. He gives a fascinating speech on Caribbean and American voodoo and the occult. After the meeting a telegram arrives for de Marigny. The editor of the Times-Picayune Newspaper, Charles G. Sunstram, implores de Marigny to investigate the suspicious death of one of his reporters, Peter Gavvin. De Marigny turns to the Society for help as he is bound for the west coast the next morning. The Society decides to send Bobby Richmond and Dr. Markos along with Dr. Chen and “Lucky” Marsh to New Orleans.

New Orleans day one:
yellow_sign.jpegTwo days later the team arrives in New Orleans and sets up headquarters at de Marigny’s courtyard home in the French Quarter. Phillippe, de Maringy’s butler, can provide assistance and transportation when necessary. The first place the team goes is the editor’s office of the newspaper. Sunstram explains that Gavvin died a few days ago on the campus of Tulane University. The police believe that Gavvin died by jumping off a building and ruled it a suicide. His body was found with him clutching the piece of paper in his hand with a strange symbol. The corner’s report suggest that he fell from a much higher height than any building at the University.

Sunstram believes that he was murdered. Gavvin was researching the story on one of the Mardi Gras Krewe’s or clubs. He told Sunstram just before he died that he was on to something strange about the Swords Krewe. He gave no details save that he believed that one of the members was involved with the occult. Sunstram hands the team Gavvins notebooks.

Armed with the two clues, the paper with the symbol and the notebooks, the team begins the investigation. The first thing they do is attempt to follow Peter Gavvins trail.
Avendon Antique Shop, French Quarter – The team learns from Avendon’s assistant that he hasn’t been to work for quite a few days.

Avendon’s home, French Quarter – Francois Avendon will only speak the investigators through the closed door. He refuses to answer any questions.

The Symbol, French Quarter – Our investigators begin to realize that the symbol clutched in Gavins hand is posted all over New Orleans in flags, banners, and paint as part of the Mardi Gras decorations.

Del Rio’s Arcane Bookstore, French Quarter – Alberto Del Rio doesn’t recognize the symbol but agrees to research it for a small fee and promises to get back to the investigators the next day.

Officers of the Swords Krewe, American District – The investigators learn from Dennis Bouchard and Craig Creighton that Randall Fowler is in charge of the parade this year. Fowler, who suffered the tragic accidental death of his wife and daughter last year, now practices spiritualism with a Voodoo priest, Papa Screech. He is attempting to ease his grief by speaking with the spirits of his dead family. Fowler has trusted Papa Screech with the Sword’s Krewe decorations for the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Both men say the symbol is a sign of good luck and invite the investigators to the masquerade ball at the Fowler Estate on Mardi Gras.

The Treme neighborhood – The investigators head to the Treme neighborhood to find out more information about voodoo and Papa Screech. The Voodoo shopkeeper knows nothing about the strange symbol, claiming it has nothing to do with Voodoo. At the mention of Papa Screech the shopkeeper becomes angry. Screech is apparently considered a Bokor or an evil priest, and is associated with the “swamp business” of 1907, a police raid on a strange cult in the swamps of Louisiana. Finally the fear of Screech seems to drive the shopkeeper to kicking the team out of the store.

New Orleans day two:

Del Rio’s bookstore – The investigators find Del Rio in a very fragile mental state. He’s found a reference to the symbol, a play called “The King in Yellow”. After reading it Del Rio has a psychotic break, but Dr. Markos determines that he will recover handily. Just looking at the cover of the book causes “Lucky” to have a mental breakdown, he is forced to return to Arkham for recovery.

The 1907 Raid – visiting the police and newspaper archives, the investigators learn of the raid. Lt. Legrasse has long retired but three officers who were on the raid remain on the force.

Th Swords Krewe warehouse – investigators go to the warehouse where the decorations for the masquerade ball are being made. Dozens of workers are busy painting the yellow sign on all of the decorations. The investigators meet Papa Screech, who seems very nonchalant about their inquiries. Sneaking onto the roof investigators find unusual barrels of yellow paint.

Randall Fowlers home – Fowlers estate has no servants and looks almost abandoned. Fowler is there and is pleasant with investigators explaining that the yellow sign is a good luck symbol. Papa Screech is his spiritual adviser and helps him contact his dead family in the spirit realm. He invites the investigators to the ball and escorts them off the property.

Staking out the Fowler home -That night investigators stake out Fowlers estate. Somewhere around midnight small groups of people begin to go to Fowlers house. They appear to be the workers from the warehouse. Papa Screech is among them. No lights ever turn on inside, so after about an hour, the investigators decide to break in. The house appears deserted. On the first floor they find a store room with a bizarre symbols and diagrams painted on the wall. Dr. Markos recognizes that the symbols are for a magical gateway. Just then the painting begins to swirl and the team makes a hasty exit back to their stake out. After a few minutes groups of people begin to leave the Fowler estate. As Papa Screech walks down the street he turns to the hideout location and appears to stare right at the investigators before carrying on his way.

Dead Man’s Stomp
Sesson 3


  • Szophia Markos, Alientist from Budapest, Hungary
  • Bobby Richmond, Reporter from Arkham. Mass.
  • Ezra Fig, Private Investigator from Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Tasha Kirkham, Cowgirl from Big Timber, Montana

Bobby Richmonds’ account and photos of the events on Strafton Mountain are picked up by numerous papers on the east coast. His article catches the attention of Jonas Kensington, owner of Prospero House Publishing in NYC. Prospero House publishes books of occult and fantastic themes and most famous author is Jackson Elias. Kensington invites Richmond and his team to NYC to carve out a book deal and meet Elias. After dinner Kensington invites the team to a popular speakeasy in Harlem, The Blue Heaven Ballroom.

The club is very crowded when the team arrives. The manager Roland Marlow, recognizing Kensington, find a table near the bar. In the next table over sits a man alone, seemingly agitated. The band leader starts up a tribute to Mayor Hylan. During the song a man sneaks in the side door and shoots the agitated loner point blank in the back of the head. The assassin cooly puts away his gun and darts out the door. Ezra Fig quickly follows him, down the stairs and out a side door. The assassin leaps into a waiting grey Packard. Someone in the passenger seat leans out the window and sprays the building with Tommy Gun fire. Ezra hits the dirt and the Packard gets away.speakeasy.jpg

In the meantime, Tasha Kirkham is sprayed with brains and blood. Completely shocked she runs outs of the building in a bout of claustrophobia. Dr. Markos moves to the victim to see if she can lend medical assistance. Despite the appearance of having his brains blown out, he begins to stamp his hands in time with the music. He rises and moans “Joey!”. Finally the rest of the crowd begins to notice the horror, and soon start to stampede out of the theater. Bobby is caught up in the crowd and swept down the stairs along with the victim. There he witnesses the victim being crushed under the feet of the crowd. Out in the street the victim rises again, sending the screaming crowd in every direction. In the mayhem an ambulance speeding to the scene hits the victim head on driving into a lamp post and cutting him in half. He finally stops moving. Ezra witnessing this horrible event is overtaken with madness. Tasha just coming to her senses grabs Ezra and leads him to a well lit area. Also outside Bobby grabs his camera and begins to take pictures of the scene.

Inside Szophia speaks briefly with the band leader, Mitch Wester, who encourages her to leave. Before she does, she sees the trumpeter Leroy Turner, stunned on stage. He takes a big swig of his flasks and agrees to show her and way out through the back. He drops a business card for a funeral home with a note written on the back, “11 am sharp-bring your horn. New Orleans style.”

nyc-traffic.jpgAll are questioned by the police at the scene and released. Tasha and Ezra make their way back to the hotel, trying to recover from the madness they suffered witnessing the terrible events. Bobby and Szophia make there way to Kensington’s apartments. Kensington encourages Bobby to get his story to the papers before they put out the morning edition. Bobby’s story make the front page of the “Gotham Daily”. These two finally make their way back to the hotel in the wee hours.

The team meets in the hotel restaurant very early. No one got much sleep. The morning paper reveals that victim is Pete Manusco, a west side accountant. They decide to check out Manusco’s home and office first thing. At the office, they find that all the “B” files are missing and a note in the trash bin that reads “Mr. M, you shod meet me tonite at Blue Heaven for a meaningful discusn on you’re health and safety. – J.” Although they have some trouble convincing the doorman to let them in Manusco’s apartment, they do notice a bunch of newspapers clippings relating to Archie “The Boss” Bonato.

They decide to check out the musician at the funeral home in Harlem. They arrive just as the funeral is wrapping up and the New Orleans’s style procession is beginning. Sophia spots Turner across the street and asks him about the events of the previous evening. Turner is a bewildered as the rest of New York. As the procession passes he excuses himself to join in. As soon as he begins to play, the coffin begins to rock. The pall bearers drop their load and the occupant bursts out of the coffin. The investigators, no strangers to these terrible scenes, grab Turner and run for it.

Turner takes them to a speakeasy in Harlem and offers to talk for more booze. He admits that he received his trumpet from Louis Armstrong two days ago, claiming that Mr. Armstrong met him in an alley near a rehearsal hall and told him that “Blow this baby, and you will wake the dead.” Turner now understanding the true significance promises to never play the trumpet again but refuses to give it up. The investigators and Leroy Turner part ways. About halfway down the block, the grey Packard drives up and white men grab Turner, forcing him in the car. The team tries to flag a taxi to give chase but their luck runs out.

Out of clues and at a loss at what to do, Ezra Fig phones a friend in Arkham, a retired NYPD detective. He’s given a new lead to contact Lt. Martin Poole, who was also the detective on the scene at the Blue Heaven Ballroom incident. Poole and his partner agree to meet the team at Bonato’s West side warehouse. Sneaking up on the warehouse the group overhear Archie “The Boss” Bonato, Joey Larson (Pete Manusco’s assassin) and Little Jimmy Foster (get away driver) contemplate Leroy’s ability to raise the dead. Archie shoots Joey and forces Leroy to play. Joey is raised from the dead and all hell breaks loose. The cops retain their sanity but all the gangsters save Archie and Little Jimmy loose it. The police go in guns a blazing and the investigators wisely stay out of the line of fire.

In the chaos Leroy Turner runs away. Bobby and Tasha give chase. They end up with Leroy in his apartment. Leroy now mad as a hatter refuses to give up the trumpet. He tells them he wants to go to the cemetery and bring back his long dead girl friend. Tasha over powers Leroy, knocking him unconscious and they steal his trumpet.

The investigators meet up again and decide to take the last train to Massachusetts. They wake up Prof. Avenbury late in the evening and go over the terrible events in NYC. Avenbury agrees to lock the trumpet in his safe.

The Madman
Session 2


  • Szophia Markos, Alientist from Budapest, Hungary
  • Bobby Richmond, Reporter from Arkham. Mass.
  • Pearlman Swain, Antiquarian from Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tasha Kirkham, Cowgirl from Big Timber, Montana

Prof. Avenbury asks the investigators to help find an old friend who’s gone missing. Bartley Hodges is a retired reporter who moved from Arkham to Jennings Vermont last year. The Professor shows the investigators a series of letters Hodges wrote describing his happy retirement and part time reporting for the Battleboro Tattler. Hodges had been investigating mysterious fires on Mt. Straffton and posting correspondence to Windham County’s only paper when he disappeared.

The investigators study some of his newspaper articles and then decide a trip to Vermont is in order. First they head to Battleboro to search the local library and visit the editor of the Tattler. They read a series of articles written by Hodges describing the mysterious fires on the mountains side for the last few weeks. They head off to Jennings which turns out to be a very small village in the shadow of the mountain. They greet the locals in front of the General Store and almost instantly the locals begin arguing over the fires and what happened to Hodges. One farmer, Emerson Ried agrees to take them to Hodges home. On the way he confides that some of the town folk are acting strange and all the dogs in the area have been mysteriously de-barked.migo.jpg

A search of Hodges home reveals some Gramophone recordings of what sounds like a bizarre ritual with wierd buzzing sounds. While searching the home the phone rings and a droney voice demands the investigators leave immediately. No sooner do they put down the phone but a couple of the locals drive up in a pick up and start shooting. Tasha dodges handily only receiving a nick and everyone returns fire. The locals hop back in the truck and drive off. The investigators barely patch up Tasha when a mysterious fog rolls in, followed by a curious smell of mushrooms and a loud buzzing. Some large creature starts banging on the roof. Pearlman Swain sticks his head out the window and receives a terrible fright. Unable to contain himself he discharges his weapon into the ceiling and the creature seems to fly off.

During their search of Hodges home they also find a note that says “Harney Roogers” and Emerson admits that Harney, the batty old handyman, has been acting very strange. Emerson believes Roogers is involved in the dog maiming and weird fires. The investigators head off to Roogers shack. They meet Harney chopping wood. Harney obviously quite mad, goes on about his “new friends” but refuses to talk about Barley, except to say “I did wern him I did”. Roogers becomes agitated and shoos the investigators away.

At this point the investigators decide to get some gear to go up the mountain and visit the local sheriff. Pearlman Swain is mistaken for a wanted gangster and thrown in jail! He calls his lawyer who promises to get him out in the morning. The rest of the team gathers up supplies and waits until Pearlman can get released. Sheriff Whittle is very embarrassed and releases Pearlman the next morning promptly after the visit from his lawyer. The team drives up to the trail head and hike up Mt. Straffton.

migo2.jpgAbout half way up the air becomes unnaturally cold, but the investigators all wear winter gear. At the top they find the indian standing stones and start searching the area. They find Hodges recording gear frozen solid and then they find the body of Hodges as well.. also frozen solid. They decide to hide out and wait til night fall.

Come evening an eery fog fills the top of the mountain obscuring the indian standing stones. Soon they recognize the voices of Roogers and the Curwin brothers. They all begin chanting and a droney voice joins in. Pearlman fires his pistol in the air and Richards throws a flare into the center of the stones. The fog clears just a bit and all of the investigators see that the townsfolk are accompanied by man sized beast, pinkish in color with bizarre legs and claws. All hell breaks loose. Richmond and Kirkham are overcome in terror and run off into the woods leaving only the professors from Miskatonic University to face the cultists and the beasts. When the gunsmoke clears, the three cultists lie mortally wounded in the snow and so does Pearlman Swain. Szophia Markos tries desperately to save him, but he does not survive the night. Bobby Richmond and Tasha Kirkham both come to their senses hours later, terribly lost in the woods. Tasha is eventually able to find her way back to the mountain top just as Emerson Reid makes his way up there. Emerson is able to alert the authorities and send out a search party to find Bobby Richmond.

The cultists are stopped but at great cost. Pearlman Swain is dead. Both Bobby and Tasha seem irreparably altered by their experiences at the old indian standing stones uptop Mt. Straffton.

The Haunting
Session 1


  • Szophia Markos, Alientist from Budapest, Hungary
  • Bobby Richmond, Reporter from Arkham. Mass.
  • Bartholomew Witherall, Frenologist and ex-Boxer from Baltimore, Maryland
  • Ezra Fig, Private Investigator from Los Angeles, Calif.

Our investigators are all living in Arkham, Massachusetts. They are all members of The Society for the Exploration of the Unexplained, scholarly organization out of Miskatonic University led by Prof. Wentworth Avenbury, PhD Archeology.


The professor introduces our investigators to a distant cousin of his wife who seems to be having trouble with the property in Boston. He is no longer able to rent it after the previous tenants went insane and terrorize the neighborhood. The investigators head to Boston to solve the mystery.

First thing they do is to check on records on the property. Ezra Fig and Bobby Richmond head to the Hall of Records and Sophia Marcos and Bartholomew Witherall head to the Boston Public Library. After much investigation they determined that an evil presence has haunted the house for decades and decide to check out the neighborhood, a creepy old chapel and the house.

They discover the ruins of the suspicious chapel and speak to local residents about all of the craziness surrounding the property over the years. They decide to go in the house to check it out for themselves. Almost as soon as they enter the house Ezra pulls out his handgun. Suddenly he is possessed by demonic influence and he attempts to shoot Sophia Marcos, fortunately missing. The investigators decide to unload their firearms and try to enter the house again. Upstairs they discover a room where blood seems to be flowing from the ceiling. A bed flies across the room and attacks Bartholomew sending him out the window. He is badly hurt and they are forced to take him to the hospital.

They call off their investigation until Bartholomew has a chance to recover. They decide to take on the house a few weeks later. They attempt to check out the basement. They find an old room filled with detritus. A magic dagger flies to the room and attempts to stab Bartholomew. He fights valiantly but the magic dagger inflicts horrible wounds. The rest of the investigators search desperately for the source of the magic of the dagger. They find a hidden room and burst in. Inside lying on the table is the decayed body of Walter Corbitt. The ghoul rises up off the table and begins to attack. Sophia suffers a bout of madness and runs from the house. The rest of them attack uselessly against Corbett. Finally Bartholomew grabs the dagger and stabs the corpse with it. Walter Corbett turns to dust.


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