Thomas Roquefort, American, archaeologist and adventurer, recently arrived in London after an expedition to Egypt
Richard George Thomas Lumley, second son of the Earl of Scarbrough
Jasper Burnside, physician and in the last two years something of a hermit. It's common knowledge that he has lost someone close and there are rumours aplenty for those willing to listen (he's my character)
After finding a map in the underground vault, the expedition has a course to follow. They travel through the desert, with an oasis as their temporary goal to top up their supplies. Fox thinks that Kamal doesn't lead the expedition in a straight way, but it's probably just necessary detours to avoid dunes that are too step and such things. The Egyptian workers are nervous because they think that the expedition is cursed.
At the oasis, everyone gets some rest. At dawn, Hayden finds that the workers and most of the camels are gone, together with Kamal. There is no trace to be found of them. After some deliberations, Thomas and the others decide to hire another guide, Murat, and some more workers and press on.
Nothing says: you're fucked! like a tentacled monster from the void between the stars coming for you.
And the mood of the expedition is accordingly, although no-one is turning back. We've come too far to go back now. Things could have been worse, I think we were quite lucky to survive as comparatively unharmed and sane as we did.
Considering that we were almost ready to kill him at the first sign of trouble, Hayden has grown on me. He's becoming frustrated because it gets almost impossible for him to do his job of protecting the expedition. He has already lost three men and now he has to come to terms with the fact that something unbelievably powerful and evil is coming for them. Not that the others are less intimidated by this, but at least Richard, Thomas and Jasper had known already that they would have to deal with supernatural things.
Thomas and Hayden had an uneasy relationship right from the start and just when it began to improve, the attack on Emily came up and Hayden felt that Thomas had been keeping things to himself that were important. And so things when downhill between them again. The dynamics between those characters are among the things I like best about this adventure. I also liked the relationship between Jasper and Fox, but that got cut short brutally. I would have been willing to bet that Fox would be not survive, but I didn't expect it to be quite so dramatic. And Kamal...hm. I'm still not sure about him, but I expect to meet him again actually.
And now a sandstorm. When the GM started to describe it, I immediately thought of this photo and of Sven Hedin, whose accounts of his travels through various deserts I used to devour as a kid. I think I need to read them again, they are quite fascinating. From Pole to Pole can be downloaded from gutenberg.org.