Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cthulhu Gaslight: Captive

Cast of Characters:
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)

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Jasper ventures out to get the body of Farnsworth off the horse and takes a closer look at the corpse, but he finds nothing he didn't expect. Thomas and Richard take stock of what is left after the attack and things look grim indeed. The only weapons are the bows of the Touareg, there is just one horse and almost no water.

After a while, another rider come out of the dark, this one very much alive. He demands that Thomas surrenders himself or the attack on the camp will continue. After some deliberations, Thomas accepts, but only if the survivors are given water and camels or horses to make their way to the nesxt oasis. He will also be accompanied by Kamal, Sir Jeffrey and Jasper. The rider agrees to these terms.

Richard decides to stay with the survivors because he thinks that it's suicide to go with Meheret's Heirs. The others can't argue with that, but will go nonetheless. Richard promises to try and get help if he can.

Kamal, Sir Jeffrey, Jasper and Thomas give themselves into the hands of Meheret's Heirs. Their are bound, blindfolded and everything that can be used as a weapon is taken from them. Japser, however, has hidden the dagger in the bandage around Thomas' arm and it is not discovered. After a ride of a few hours, they arrive at a camp and are locked into a hut build from rough stones.

There, they find Sir Thomas Kincaid, who has clearly been held prisoner for a long time and who has not been treated gently, he's chained to the wall and has had very little to eat and drink. Kincaid is glad to see them, but becomes agitated when he finds out that Thomas will be able to show Meheret's Heirs were the Book of Toth is hidden. He has held out all this time to keep the book hidden because he thinks that it should never be found. Kamal couldn't agree more. Thomas plans to destroy the book if he can and to delay the search as much as possible.

Thomas asks for water and better treatment from the leader of the cult. The man laughs at Thomas and tells him that he's hardly in a position to make demands. He then proceeds to shoot Sir Jeffrey in the leg to get his point across. Thomas refuses to back down, not even when the leader aims his weapon at Kincaid, and finally he gets what he wants. They get food, water, some bandages so that Jasper can treat Kincaid's and Sir Jeffrey's wounds and rest until tomorrow night. Then Thomas will continue the search for the Book of Toth.

Kamal tells Thomas the complete story about Meheret: when she failed to win the battle at Toth's Shadow, where the book is hidden, she was taken prisoner. But Tezud, the priest of Toth, fell in love with her and spared her life. She betrayed him, fled and was captured again. This time, Tezud could not save her life and her organs were taken out of her body while she was still alive and then she was burned. Tezud kept her organs and it is said he made them the key to the book. Thomas remembers the murders at the East End that started the whole story, where women were killed and their organs (one at a time) were taken.

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So...yeah. Jasper wouldn't bet on his chance to get out of this alive. But he is determined to see this through and anyway, his hold on life is not as strong as it used to be.

My last few Cthulhu characters have survived for a very long time and I will even pull one character (Dai) out of the game to keep him alive if I can. So the thought of an epic death has a certain appeal.

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