Tremulus - Finding Redemption

Back in the fold

Simon woke in a dream world and conversed with a horned man with black eyes at length. He woke and hid the body of Lem who showed clear signs of having been strangled (manually). A truck driver took the shaken alienist to town.

Amelia, Frank, and Erika waited for the dark and entered the club as the first customers arrived. Frank and Erika had some interesting adventures with Valerie (a local girl) and Anita (a waitress) respectively. As Elaine could have told them the area in the back is used for casual sex. Now they know.

Simon was dropped by the truck driver near a Catholic mission where they insisted on helping him to some food and a used suit. He then made his way to the night club. He is lured to the abandoned house by Charlie and updates both Charlie and Elaine about his misadventures. He also eases Charlie’s mental trauma. The siblings stay to observe the neighborhood.

Amelia extracted from Anita that Christine was the barmaid. Anita was so busy getting Erika into a room that she readily volunteered it to have Erika for herself.

Simon arrived in the club – and was shortly after joined with most of the others again. He went to talk to Christine who did not know Arthur had had a crush on her. As he was quite shy and unable to communicate his affection he must have resorted to supernatural “means,” Simon deducted. He further speculated that either Arthur had previous occult involvement or that even the spell itself might have caused the appearance of the strange woman.

Convinced that the lead to Christine might have been a dead end all along, Simon urges the others to investigate more in the matter of the magic shop.

Return to town

After drinking part of his sorrows away, Charlie woke to find he’s still part of the same nightmare. Most of the group had spent the night in Charlie’s place on the outskirts of town.

At breakfast they found Nash Anderson missing – and Charlie’s motorcycle. Apparently the journalist had sneaked off to get the scoop on events in town. They decided to take Elaine’s car into town – Charlie, Elaine, Erika, Frank. No idea where Simon is.

A police officer directed them off the road and asked them to come to the makeshift “station.” Erika hid because nobody knew whether she was being looked for for burning down the morgue.

At the station the group learned the following:

  • Nash has been murdered using one of the doctor’s scalpels. Not reporting them stolen made them look bad.
  • There is also the matter of the dead landlord at the B&B where several of the group had signed in.
  • Erika’s driver is in a coma and has not been able to speak to the police.

The others gave Frank an alibi. Frank inspected the murder weapon and told the police (with little credibility) that it was not his.

They also met Nash’s sister that had come on short notice to identify the corpse, a writer named Amelia Anderson.

The police tends to think that the group are in danger more than being suspects, and warned them against too much vigilante bungling. After all, three of their associates and acquaintances are dead now. Some suspicion remains.

What now?

Burn it with fire!

The dilettante “accidentally” burned down the police station upon sneaking into the morgue.

The alienist has woken up with a fair amount of slimy mucus on his body – twice. And went from waking under the pier at the docks to being beaten up by the police and being dropped in a ditch where he’s sleeping his pain off.

The artist has gone hysterical and jumped out at the window to basically foil an attempt to catch the murderous madman, falling on the dillettante and toppling both the doctor and the journalist. He also compulsively hums tunes now all the time just to keep his act together.

The criminal has been caught on film performing strange blood magic rituals from both a spellbook found in a wonky magic shop and from her brother’s weird nightmare visions. She also took a knife to the stomach when shielding her brother from attack and spent the rest of the day unconscious.

The doctor has no choice but stitch the sorry lot together. He also found out the madman has been using his gear for his work.

The whole gang tried to escape the police after firing a gun in broad daylight and ran their vehicle in a lamppost, leaving the unconscious Jenkins behind.

There is a paranoid thing going on between the alienist, the journalist, the criminal and the artist, who accuse each other of various things in prolonged rhetoric Mexican standoffs. The criminal has broken up with the journalist, who didn’t know they had a thing going on. He blames it on the alcohol.

Nobody trusts no one. Except the doctor. Maybe because he has morphium.

Enter the investigators

The investigators came to town to find out about the murder of one Arthur Deville, friend, client, acquaintance. They assembled in front of the house of the deceased down a dead end street at the edge of town.

Dr Simon Blackford, the former psychiatrist of this individual, had gotten wind of his patient’s demise. While the group was still assembling he spotted a hobo observing them. Reading him with his superior knowledge of the human mind and by dropping some bribe money he got some information out of the wanderer – that the deceased had frequented an area named “Old Town”, that it was “bad news” and that he wouldn’t sleep there if he was dead. It became apparent that he would not say any more in the presence of the others, so the good doctor will meet this individual named Lem in Dinah’s Diner at 6:30 pm. He then proceeded to the police station, but his manner seemed to provoke the deputy and he proved most unhelpful. Blackford is sure that his patient kept a diary but it is missing. He spent some time in the afternoon poring over the diary of a patient his colleagues think of as simply psychotic. Simon thinks there are deeper patterns seen by the unlucky few, leading into the collective subconscious. He had vision of sorts, as if the many strands of reality in this town were being pulled out of alignment by one common source, but he couldn’t tell how or what.

Elaine “Razor” Church, who finances her fancy lifestyle with less legal activities, snooped around Arthur’s living room. In an unusual book of philosophy, out of sorts in this collection, she found a stash of opium. (Confirming his drug habit and his drug of choice.) She wanted to enter the walls, but with only matches as light source she got scared by the scurrying rats and didn’t try again. She used her connection with a fence named Creech to learn something about the murder – that it had happened in a part of town nicknamed “Old Town” – a shantytown of shacks and cheap huts that had been recently erected. And that he had been gutted like a pig. She left him the opium. He also told her that the police had taken most stuff lying around the apartment as evidence.

Nash Anderson – Mr Anderson to his friends – is driven by his journalistic curiosity in this venture. When a secret entrance into between the walls was found, he entered with a newly-acquired light source and found a small altar featuring two burnt-down candles, ash from burned paper and a stocking garter as the center piece. He figured that this arrangement might have a magical significance and took a photo of it. A sense of dark foreboding filled Nash because of these discoveries and he used his connections to a gossipy fellow in town to find out that there’s an obscure little magic shop in town. (Laughable as such a thing may be, anyway.)

Franklin Woodworth, MD, arrived in town in his own car, but being the unreliable old thing it is it broke down two streets from his destination. He accompanied Simon during his inquiries and his medical skills will come in quite handy once more clues related to the actual murder can be found. He therefore is very keen on visiting the shantytown and assess the surroundings next – maybe even at night.

Erika von Braun, rich heiress of a banking dynasty and idle dilettante, inspected the upper floor of Arthur’s house and found a loose board that enabled access to the hidden section behind the wall. She rekindled her affair with Charlie and let her driver Jenkins take them both downtown. When meeting Franklin and Simon she decided to visit the sheriff’s office. The just-arrived sheriff and deputy were no match for her persuasive manner and when dropping her name the lackeys told her quite a bit about the messy murder in Old Town, including the location: Follow Siccamore street out of town and it’s a back alley marking the end of town and now bordering the shantytown. She then accompanied Charlie to Art’s brother and made quite an impression on that oaf, who admitted to frequenting the prostitutes in Old Town. He also told her that these ladies are desperate enough to continue their trade in spite of being very scared of recent murders.

Last but not least, Charlie the jazz singer. Informed by his drummer he got drawn into this murder mystery. He visited Art’s family in a poorer part of town. Art’s brother Cooper blamed him for his brother’s death and punched his nose. Though bleeding quite a bit he managed to show the man that he was quite serious and actually got to talk to the family. He’s quite interested in recovering Art’s instrument and musical scores, for sentimental reasons he assures his friends.

Frank, Elaine, Simon and Nash checked into a bed and breakfast downtown for their stay here. Erika and Charlie will retire to his cottage outside of town. It’s now mid afternoon.


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