Time: April 1921
Cast of Characters:
Doctor Karl A. Schwarz - physician who works at the Krankenhaus Moabit and who has a surgery on the side in Berlin Wedding (a district known for being a stronghold of the Communist Party and for being populated almost exclusively by working class people)
Gero Thalmann - a student from a middle-class family who plans to become an architect. Meanwhile, he's involved with the Communists and has taken an interest in the pressing social issues of the time. He has been living in Berlin for about a year.
28th March 1921, Monday
Gero wrote a letter to Doctor Schwarz, asking if he can call on him at his surgery (which is not much more than a glorified storeroom in a backyard). When he does, he brings two big crates filled with medical supplies. He doesn't really want to explain how he got his hands on those, but assures Schwarz that they are not stolen. He just knows someone who knows someone. Schwarz accepts that explanation for now, particularly since the supplies are badly needed. He asks Gero to meet him later, though, when they will have time to talk.
As Gero leaves, Otto, one of Schwarz's assistants, calls the doctor out into the backyard where a group of people has gathered around a boy who is clearly badly hurt, but who doesn't seem in any pain and is rather unwilling to let himself be treated. He's not resisting, but he says that he cannot be helped anyway. Schwarz talks to him, horrified by the boy's injuries, and finally the kid allows himself to be taken into the surgery. By all rights, he should be dead. And when Schwarz examines him, he finds that there is no heartbeat. Yet the boy is clearly alive. He says that he feels no pain and doesn't want something to eat or drink. The concept seems to be a bit unclear to him.
click for dead children
What happens next
I might say this at the start of every Cthulhu adventure, but let me say it again: I have a bad feeling about this. I get a very "Devil's Backbone"-vibe from this orphanage (not intentionally, the GM hasn't seen the movie) and I'm doing a perfect job of creeping myself out.
Here is a map for the campaign. I'll add places to it as we go along. It's nice to be able to follow the characters around, even though Berlin has changed a lot in the last ninety years (ninety years...somehow, the 1920s always seem to be seventy years ago for me...stuck in the 90s, sorry about that).