Sleepless In Seattle

Bucket o' Blood

Also, "Detect Old Person" and evil book of evilness

  • Prior to leaving for Salem, Sister Grimm shows up, asks to see Juliette
  • SG did some research (as in, clairvoyance) but couldn’t find any info on the PCs, like we didn’t even exist
  • Gave Juliette an amulet to “guide her in the dark”
  • Juliette gives both angel feathers to Sister Grimm. Sister Grimm channels through feathers to completely heal Juliette and give a few bonus HP
  • Grimm explains that she is magic, physically, rather than being connected to something. (Mages+watchtower, Werewolves+spirits, etc.)
  • Jonah lays down rules for Juliette: within 50 ft at all times, no cell phone or computer us, has to ask for bathroom permission. Rules designed by Echo. But, Jonah hints that he occasionally “gets distracted”.
  • Portal to Salem with party, Jonah, and Kyle
  • Show up in the woods, hike to Salem
  • Go to old schoolhouse where Kyle’s grandma attacked the cult
  • Area has odd absence of magic and spirit influence: not Abyssal but the Gauntlet is especially thick
  • In the main room, broken desks. In the middle, dried caked blood. Half-finished Atlantean runes carved.
  • We guess that Kyle’s grandma was not a Mage, but was probably a Sleepwalker if she recognized that these runes have power
  • Juliette finds a secret staircase, smells of rotten blood
  • Stairs go into stone cavern
  • Filled with empty cages. Cages have silver spikes, restraints, and carved channels leading to 6 ft basin filled with 50-yr-old blood. We make rolls to not throw up.
  • Rim of basin is covered in Abyssal runes, but effaced and not active
  • Jasper and Kyle stay to do science on the bucket o’ blood, Rory and Juliette leave to investigate in the city
  • Rory casts “Detect Old Person” and finds the nearest one
  • Jonah disguises us as journalists
  • We buzz Maria Oswald to let us in, she does
  • Rory monitors emotions, Juliette uses gift to make her spill the beans
  • When we change to the topic of the old schoolhouse she gets afraid and depressed
    • Her brother died when Kyle’s grandma attacked (cultist?)
    • Lots of families moved away after that, including one Matthew Hull
  • Go to police station, bluff our way into seeing old missing persons files from relevant time period
    • One missing girl (not relevant, parental abduction)
    • One 32 year old man Derek LeReax. Evidence of struggle in his hotel room but no leads.
  • Jasper and Kyle do science. Discoveries:
    • The runes on the basin were eroded because the rock warped. Unusual- other Abyssal runes we’ve seen don’t do that.
    • The bucket o’ blood was 50 years old, and was the blood from only 3 werewolves.
    • The cave was natural but expanded artificially using tools appropriate to 400 years ago. Implies schoolhouse was built on top of evil sacrifice cave.
  • Jonah, Rory, Juliette go to library.
  • Jonah finds book of genealogies in library
  • “Hull” entry. Long time residents of Salem. First member listed is Jonathan Hull. Last member listed is Matthew Hull, who moved away.
  • Hulls have family home in Salem. We get the address.
  • Spend a night in the hotel. Jonah pretends not to notice when Juliette calls Michael. Everybody but Rory sleeps.
  • Hull house is pretty nice, but hasn’t been lived in for 40 years
  • Sensing massive Abyssal influence
  • Jasper calls his dad: Matthew Hull was his grandfather, left the house to his son (Jasper’s dad) but they’ve never visited it or sold it.
  • Kyle picks the lock, we go in
  • Search ground, first and second floors, and attic but find nothing of interest
  • Open door to basement, air flows out
  • Magic darkness, probably Abyssal
  • We leave to prepare torches
  • Juliette hunts a deer for no apparent reason while Rory buys some kerosene
  • We go into darkness. Torches not helpful, but the amulet that SG gave Juliette glows brightly and illuminates strongly.
  • Normal looking basement, but Jonah finds a secret switch
  • Looooooong staircase down into the dark. Jasper makes rough tally, over 5000 feet, nearly a mile down.
  • At bottom, extremely large space. Illumination cannot reach the far edge.
  • Filled will randomly-spaced holes. Some holes covered in boards. Others standing open.
  • Faint scratching coming from some of the boarded holes. Deformed skeleton in at least one of the open holes.
  • Abyssal Runes surround all the pits.
  • Horizontal tunnel continues, we go in
  • Find a cell of some sort with bars and a locked door. Interior is empty except for a bench.
  • Two sets of wood doors.
  • Behind left door. Rows and rows of wooden shelves with urns. Urns are filled with ash and labeled with names, all different.
  • In same room, an altar. Urn on altar with the name Jonathan Hull. Altar is covered in abyssal runes. Book on the altar, bound in human leather and written in blood and marrow.
  • Book is written in unknown language
  • Realize that some of the urns have names we recognize. Abigail (The Red Queen) has an urn. Rory’s dad has an urn. Juliette’s great grand father (or something) had and urn. Odd because Rory’s dad was not cremated and Juliette’s GGF was a werewolf who got trapped in Egyptian Abyss-pit. Abigail self-immolated, so could be her ashes but seems unlikely.
  • We remember that when we went to the Underworld, the Void told us “The sins of the father weigh heavily on you all”.
  • We decide to take several urns, but Jasper leaves his great great(…)grandfather.
  • Door on the right. Old study, filled with books (not human leather, just regular.)
  • Summoning circle on the floor, identified as a tool for bringing back the dead as zombies/ghouls/miscellaneous unded.
  • Grab a bunch of books and start to leave.
  • One of the holes that was boarded up when we went in is no longer boarded up.
  • Something not quite human comes out of the darkness. It looks like Rory’s dad.
  • We roll initiative but Jasper uses his angel bow and kills it before it gets close. Noticed that the arrow lit up the dark.
  • We start going up the stairs
  • Another not-quite-human thing drops onto Juliette, tries to pull her off the stairs
  • Juliette manages to grab the ledge and not fall
  • Jasper shoots it, but the arrow doesn’t kill it outright
  • Thing starts biting Juliette. Appears to be feeding on her blood and regenerating.
  • Jonah does his supermage thing and hits it with a lightning bolt, it disintegrates.
    • No paradox. Huh.
  • We make it out and portal back to Seattle
  • Investigate our loot.
  • Jonah casts translation spell on Juliette. Juliette sees that the 12 books from the study are lab notes, detailing experiments to create Frankenstein-ish monsters. The author’s purpose is not clearly stated and there are not many listed successes. However, all books were written by Jonathan Hull.
  • Tries to read altar book. The words actually break and distort the spell. The words actively try to corrupt Juliette, but luckily fail.
    • However, book reads as non-magical to Rory’s Supernal Vision
  • Rory, Juliette, and Kyle want to destroy it but Jasper isn’t ready yet so he encases it in titanium.
  • Juliette goes to see if Sister Grimm is still in town. Turns out she didn’t ever leave like she said she was going to.
  • Rory calls Anthony and has him come to the Fortress of Science. Brief stare-down between Kyle and Anthony but it is resolved with a manly handshake so we’re okay
  • We fill Anthony in on the events
  • He recognizes the carved Atlantean runes as the start of a banishing spell
  • Anthony is curious about the angel bow. He can pull it, wtf? We double check: even with 7 strength, Rory can’t pull it, and Jonah can’t either.
    • Hypothesis: angels are from the Aether, so are the Obrimos. With enough Gnosis an Obrimos can essentially become an angel. However, hypothesis is untestable without another sufficiently powerful Obrimos.
  • Anthony also wants to destroy the evil book
  • Speculation: Grandaddy Jonathan Hull maybe perfected his rituals and is still alive? May be helping the Dark Surgeon?
  • Juliette returns, has to hide Sister Grimm because she was supposed to leave town
  • We eventually have Grimm come out. She flips Anthony the bird. He seems amused rather than angry, which is good.
  • SG notices something off with the ashes of Juliette’s great grandpa. Probably because he died in an Abyss-pit.
  • Rory’s dad’s ashes seem normal
  • Red Queen’s ashes are super powerful
  • We mention that Jonah is the Red Queen’s psychic magic-baby, but Jonah immediately contradicts us saying that he and the Queen were positive that wasn’t the case
    • Meaning, there could be another Jonah-person somewhere. Perhaps several.
  • Grimm looks at books. Identifies the language as a constructed cipher, but one which had been in use before these particular books were written.
  • Grimm also agrees, evil book of evilness should be destroyed
  • Decide to shoot it with the bow
  • Jasper’s shot hits, but the book is unharmed
  • Anthony’s takes a shot. His nimbus goes all golden (angelic connotations?) and his shot also has like lightning
  • Brief moment of battle between light and darkness, then book, target, and part of the wall is destroyed

Next session: Rory and Juliette look into their relatives’ ashes to see how they got into a creepy basement

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