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.