The investigators now had two major leads. The asylum and what happened with the director’s awful death. Second, Poissy where Comte Fenalik’s old mansion had been. Perhaps something was still there in the catacombs underneath? Where the sadistic fornication and torture had taken place.
The investigators decided to go to Poissy and would take the next morning train. Only Lord Fyrom Squibb and Colonel Williams volunteered for the trip as the others were tired after eight days consecutive research and investigations. Joining them for breakfast was the Swedish Ambassador’s military attache Lieutenant Nilsson and a friend of his from the Paris Cavalry, a certain Captain Louis de St.Germain. “I know you are struggling with the French language and the locals, so please let me offer you the competent aide of my friend Captain Louis de St:Germain”. The French officer greeted them proudly with his large breast plate shining like the .
The snow clad forests surrounding St.Germain on the way to Poissy glittered in the sunny winter day. Captain Louis was pride to point out some high lights of his native country side. The river Seine was close to the tracks and in the summer young couples would flourish by the river banks. Today it was almost empty, minding the lone wanderer.
Arriving in Poissy they visited the city hall and with Captain Louis’ aide were eligible to search the archives. 4 hours later (and a successful Library Use) they were happy to have found some old prints of Comte Fenalik’s mansion and the address to the current owners of the property. A certain family Lorien. The husband being a doctor.
The house was surrounded by an old brick wall that was falling apart at certain places. But very large vines of rose bush with large thorns kept the wall mainly intact.
They promptly visited the nice family and after a while noticed some weird things.
The husband, Doctor Christian Lorien, had a really bad scar on the backside of his left wrist. And the lovely wife Veronique had her left arm badly twisted due to a serious case of arthritis. As they were drinking coffee their daughter little Quitterie got badly burnt on her left arm. The injury seemed somewhat exaggerated considering the mildly warm coffee. What was going on?
After the locomotion settled down, Doctor Christian told of a mysterious letter that came about six months ago. He showed it to the investigators. He had no idea who the person was or what he was writing about. Postal stamps and the authors indicated address suggested Lausanne, Switzerland as point of origin. Apparently the investigators were not the only ones looking for the Sedefkar Simulacrum…
Above: The letter to the Lorien family
The investigators interviewed the nice family but nothing else seemed wrong (successful Psychology roll). They seemed genuinely nice. The investigators told the family about their mission to find missing pieces of a statue and they were allowed to search the house. They found nothing inside, but outside Captain Louis made a discovery. Stone bricks that could be the top of the cellar. He started digging and Colonel Williams joined him. They freed up the top of stairs leading down inwards toward the ancient cellar of Comte Fenalik’s old mansion.
Inside the house Lord Fyrom Squibb was entertaining Doctor Christian who was preparing dinner for tonight, Beef Bourgogne. In secret Lord Squibb was doing some skill checks (Spot Hidden, Occult, History) and reviewing his spells of the Cthulhu Mythos. Plutonian Drug at 1d8 Sanity Points for +1d6 Cthulhu Mythos somehow seemed attractive now… Lord Squibb was currently at 27 % Cthulhu Mythos.
Outside Captain Louis and Colonel Williams had dug out several steps of the cellar stairs. They would not be done before nightfall and decided to continue tomorrow in the morning light. Dinner was lovely and after they were served wine and cheese. Little Quitterie said goodnight to the investigators and her mother took her to her room. Veronique had barely come back before a scream came from little Quitterie’s room upstairs. The investigators ran all the way up and met little Quitterie at the top of the stairs, just outside her bedroom. “There was a boggie man in my window!”
The investigators dashed to the window but nothing there (failed Spot Hidden ). They ran down the stairs and out the main door. There were no tracks in the snow and no one there to be seen. Little Quetterie’s window was up on the 2nd floor and there was no way to climb up there, just a slate wall. How could anyone be looking in her window?
Preparing for the night the investigators took turn keeping watch. Captain Louis kept his gun close during the first match, and was replaced two hours after midnight by Colonel Williams. The night passed quietly and early at first sunlight they were out digging igen. Just before lunch Colonel Williams’ shovel hit an iron door. They had dug out 18 steps of the stair and all the way to the door to the cellar. Would they find the first part of the statue here somewhere?