Shadows of the Great Old Ones

The odd disappearance of Bob Dalewell
June 14, 1927

Weeks later, their next investigation led them to Fairview, Maine. Based on correspondence and newspaper clippings, they had learned that a college student, Bob Dalewell, and some of his classmates has disappeared. They were doing an amateur excavation of an old indian mound, discovering a small stone rune with strange writings and an odd bronze relief. They had disappeared with only one student being found wandering the woods weeks later. All of these events had transpired nearly a year ago.

Investigating further, they had found that the cabin was that of Bob Dalewell’s passed uncle, James Dalewell. Fifteen year prior James had gone insane and killed some migrant farm workers. Further research discovered that an exceedingly rare tribe of native americans practiced ritual sacrifice within the New England region and that some mound structures were a focal point of these activities. The investigators realized that Dalewell very likely had stumbled across such a ruin.

Finally visiting Fairview and interacting with the locals, many expressed the view that people should just forget what horrible things happened there. The group pressed on and searched through the remains of the cabin to find the stone and bronze relief within the burnt rubble. Heading further into the woods they came across the mound. The structure had a hole dug within the side of it and a narrow passageway leading further inside the earthen mound. Inside a large chamber, another hole was dug up in the corner. This passageway lead to another chamber further underground, however this was lined with cut stone. Clearly some other set of ruins.

There they were confronted with a large tentacled creature. All of them felt a tugging within the confines of their mind to follow it through a warren of tunnels that connected to the stone chamber. A frenzied battle ensued with the creature being slain and dissolving into a large puddle of ooze. Fearing others would be drawn to the ruins, the investigators sealed up the lower chamber with dynamite and fled with their lives.

A gathering of mourners.
June 4, 1927

An eclectic group of people which had a relation to the late Prof. Charles Porter assembled in Haven Bay, Maine at the request of his layer which oversaw his estate. Mr. Sydney Smith instructed the group that he was in possession of a sealed package, a letter, and a key, all of which Mr. Smith had no knowledge of their contents or purpose. His instructions were simple, to give the key to the group and request that they read the letter. In a separate room the group learned that they should take the key to Prof. Porter’s residence within Haven Bay where they would find a trunk. He requested they go through the contents of the trunk and then return to Mr. Smith to obtain the package.

At the residence of the deceased they found a trunk that held all manner of odd photographs, letters, and documents. All of them suggesting of a great conspiracy and of creatures of immense evil and power, hinting at a secret knowledge that would shake the foundations of science and theology. Now that they were all able to see the different snapshots of evidence Prof. Porter had culminated, they were asked to publish a manuscript that he had written. Fearing that they would think he was mad, after seeing the various documents he held, he had hoped they would see he had written the truth. The manuscript in question was in Mr. Sydney Smith’s possession.

Returning to the law office of Mr. Smith, they were aghast to find him killed in a brutal manner as his corpse was literally pulled apart. The office was in shambles and the sealed package was missing. After several days investigation, they came to a run down apartment on the harbor. Inside the basement flat they found a cultist flanked by two newly undead servants. A vicious fight ensued with the cultist escaping into the sewers and his undead minions killed. Searching the apartment, they found what appeared to be the burnt remains of Prof. Porter’s manuscript.

The police investigation was brief. They concluded the two bodies within the flat were the murderers of Sydney Smith. Their accomplice was still at large, but for the local police, this was a satisfactory conclusion to the investigation. The group knew otherwise and decided to study the trunk contents further, and find out what secrets were held within. If needed, they knew they could approach Prof. Porter’s old colleagues at Haven Bay University, Prof. Helmsfield and Prof. Madison.


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