Friday Game Notes are a weekly post of the random and essentially unedited setting and character notes I wrote before the game. This was written for my home group and was never meant to be seen online. BE WARNED!
Fiona is glad to be on safe ground, even with the fiery prophesy over their heads. When Huey explains the blood ritual needed to stop the prophesy, the “sisters blood touching Earth” mentioned in the poem, she refuses angrily. She points out what a similar ceremony did to her, aging her 40 years beyond her age. She remind Huey that she is nearly the same age as he is, but she is wrinkled and needs a cane. Huey will push the issue and Fiona will eventually refuse to live above The Grotto. She moves to Kelly and Father Daville’s house on French Hill.
Fiona will insist that investigators find a solution to the prophesy without a blood ceremony. She refuses absolutely to involve her daughters in any magic.
Allies & Enemies:
Huey McCabe – ally, Father Djoric Daville – ally, Lucy & Evana Salesman – Children
- Brings up how blood magic aged her
- Shouting match with Huey
- Insists they stop the fire
Lucy & Evana Salesman
Lucy and Evana take well to life in America, enjoying the clothes and the trends, despite the war time troubles. Huey has already found a suitable high school that they are meant to go to, but both girls resist fiercely and Fiona decides not to force them, preferring they receive home school. Any other teenagers will be immediate cause for comment by the girls. They will torment them by speaking in their private language and giggling to each other.
If anyone asks the sisters if they will lend their blood to a ceremony they will refuse, and they will fight savagely against anyone trying to force them.
Lucy and Evana are enrolled at Summarus HS as Freshman. They don’t enjoy the school and are bullied by the school tyrant Bridget O’Hare and her friend Angelica. Lucy is also often scolded by teachers, partly because she looks Chinese, and also because she is left handed.
Allies & Enemies:
Fiona Salesman – adopted mother, Haruto Vogel – friends
- One girl crying, other comforting
- Getting attacked by Bridget and Angelica
GPS in Arkham was helmed by Father Djoric Daville based on his experiences with SOPI in 1928. Arkham GPS has been at the head of most American explorations of the occult and weird.
When GPS members want food or drink they head to the Dockside Dive, so named for being between the old Boston-Arkham Railroad station and the river bank road. It is a tiny one story building, partially leaning drunkenly. It’s matron Helga runs a tight ship though and throws out most of the drunks, though customers have grown sparse with the war.
Every night at least three GPS members make a pilgrimage by foot here for drinks. They huddle in a corner while Helga brings them a constant stream of alcohol. The only other customers are lonely rail workers.
Archive of Misery
Kelly and Father Daville live in this old French Hill mansion. And here Kelly maintains the Archive of Misery, a collection of papers from the many dead or insane GPS members. It has many journals, letters, and certificates of the many dead. GPS has lost many people over its decade of existence and even more comes from the Arkham investigators prior to 1929 and those who went with Fiona in 1925. Investigators will probably be surprised to find documents here to be useful in uncovering some of the secrets in Arkham, many enemies they now face have bumped into GPS or its predecessors before.
The house itself is old and decrepit, neither Father Daville or Kelly are able enough to restore it. The carved name of Carter is on the lintel. The white shakes of the house have been stripped of most of their paint, and the Victorian like decoration is mostly rotted through.
Photo of Oliver Stanley – 1921
The photo shows a very young Oliver Stanley in his first police uniform on the steps of the old station. The photo paper seems to have a strange unusual sheen and if tested is faintly radioactive. Officer Stanley then helped SOPI (the precursors to GPS) in the investigation of a color out of space.
Arkham Advertiser October 1929
This newspaper details Volker’s attack on Mr. Radcliffe in 1929. It mentions that Volker believed Mr. Radcliffe had been running the company unfairly.
Journal of Nathaniel Waite, Dr.
From A. Knight’s notes F. Knight and I went to the offices of the Arkham Cattle Company. A. had been monitoring the company before and the mycologist was being paid by them.
Outside were several vans doing deliveries and in one was a list of recipients which I’ve included opposite.
Sent between several offices until given a papyrus like form to give to the receptionist. On it was the following:
“And at last from inner Egypt came
The strange dark one to whom the fellahs bowed.
That wild beasts followed him and licked his hands.
Soon from the sea a noxious birth began:
Forgotten lands with weedy spires of gold.
The ground was cleft and mad auroras rolled
Down on the quaking cities of man.
Then crushing what he chanced to mould in play
The idiot Chaos blew Earth’s dust away.”
Mr. Radcliffe is a ratty criminal type and our suspicions about Mr. White’s mysterious identity are almost certainly correct. He has a large number of accountants and bankers, F. and I not sure why. Mr. White explained the situation and what Evzen and Peters had done and sent us to his “brother” in another ACC, the Arkham Conservation Cooperative.
[Attached list of names]
Jorn Abbry- 12lbs/month
Timmothy Burke- 90lbs/week
Susane Clipper – 1lbs/month
Robert Cohen – 90lbs/week
John Coil – 51 lbs/week
Mary Cole – 10lbs/month
Alfred Commerce – 3lbs/week
Aldrich Cornstuck – 30lbs/week
Daniela Eagel- 2lbs/year
Mr. Noire runs the smaller ACC. The Co-op is run from a brick shop. The name makes me think He is taunting us. A. Knight’s records mentions Him in 1920 as well as spin off cults later. He described how he had advised Peters to go to Robert Cohen for help with the Coming of the Gate. Mr. Cohen apparently is a magician and he tricked Evzen and Peters into their fate. We must be wary when we pay him a visit.
Secret: Dr. Waite’s Fate
No written records exist to describe where Dr. Waite went after his adventures in 1928.
The Grotto is the nickname for GPS’s office in Arkham, earned appropriately for its dark rooms below a large office building in Downtown. Huey rents the entire basement out for GPS’s use, though it is already well filled. It has a large and comfortable, if slightly gloomy, lounge where many GPS members meet and chat about their current investigations or more pleasant things. Off the main lounge are a couple private meeting rooms, Huey’s office, and a small library. Huey’s office is large but well filled. One wall is covered by shelves with English literary classics in leather bound volumes. One book doesn’t fit, Horrors and Other Things by Daniel Timely. Two leather armchairs face his desk, which is coated in well ordered stacks of letters and writing materials. Huey, like Fiona, writes countless letters to other GPS branches around the US.
The library, while small, contains the tomes collected by GPS members. Most of the books are damaged beyond usefulness and no spell can be learnt from them, however they serve as a good way to discover the identity of various creatures or other entities.
Several GPS members can almost always be found here to aid the investigators:
Dr. Middleton – a teaching doctor at St. Mary’s Dr. Middleton serves as GPS’s medic. However due to his position he is only at the Grotto in the evenings.
Prof. Rice – while not strictly a GPS member, Prof. Rice does enjoy visiting this little society of misfits. He believes strongly in the groups work and doesn’t understand the trouble they’re in.
Bobby Young – a 18 year old enthusiast of cameras and ghosts alike. He always carries a camera on a strap around his neck and is ready to record adventures in haunted houses or abandoned graveyards.
Huey lives above the Grotto in a small apartment. The place has four tiny rooms. When Fiona arrives he rents out the rooms next to his for her and Lucy and Evana.
State of the World
GPS has very nearly been wiped from the face of the Earth. The branches around the world, so eagerly formed in 1929 have all been hit hard in their investigations. Fiona’s map in her office should be a first hint to investigators that something is wrong. Furthermore the number of letters Fiona and Huey write get less and less by the day. The sense of depression and sorrow from Fiona and Huey should hint at the darker things going on, but try not to let on too obviously at first.
This degradation of their society is why Huey McCabe has lost hope, and it has driven him to try to find a new solution.
Keepers may wish to let investigators see a letter from India mentioning that only one person survived a recent attack by cultists. Or perhaps the players will find themselves in the bodies of GPS members in other locations, just as some investigation is concluding, and the monsters are closing in. This would be good to throw some quick action and horror into the game.
Fiona vs. Huey
Huey will suggest the Sisters Blood ceremony to Fiona privately. Fiona will refuse and insist loudly that neither will she allow anyone in her family to be hurt she thinks a blood ceremony of any kind is too dangerous, pointing out her own appearance as proof of the many dangers. She remind Huey that she was one of a ten who were part of the ceremony. Investigators should overhear this exchange. Afterwards Huey will bring the investigators in and explain the Sisters Blood Ceremony and that Fiona has refused. Fiona is getting angrier and angrier and as Huey tries to get the investigators to try to convince her she declares she will not stay in the Grotto. She walks out and collects her bags and Lucy and Evana with her. If investigators are sympathetic to her they will find her just outside, crying softly. She will wipe her face and then ask if they can take her to Father Daville’s house. Otherwise investigators will have to find her later.
Nicknamed the “odd kid” by the rest of the GPS members this young Irish boy is GPS’s archiver and Father Daville’s adopted son. He runs the Archive of Misery. Kelly was saved by Father Daville from a corrupt orphanage outside of Arkham. However Kelly has had a less than normal life, his sister is obsessed with monster hunting and has currently disappeared in South America, and he has known about the mythos for most of his life. Accordingly he has become a recluse and mad archiver of everything related to GPS, storing the papers, journals, and odds and ends GPS collects and produces. Kelly can be very useful should investigators wish to look up other GPS investigations or records.
He and Father Daville live in an old mansion on French Hill which they bought from a friend. Kelly is in the middle of building library shelves and a secret room in the mansion so the huge quantities of papers are strewn haphazardly around the house in mad stacks. Kelly awkwardly climbs over these stacks, often dropping his spectacles. His long limbs give him a more than normal resemblance to a spider.
Allies & Enemies:
Huey McCabe – ally, Father Djoric Daville – adopted father
- Trapped under a slip of his books.
- Needs help with his construction.
Father Djoric Daville
Why do they go and talk to the Father? What information can they gain from him about their current problems?
This ancient priest cofounded GPS with Fiona in 1929 after he and others prevented the coming of Yog-Sothoth. He is kindly and has had his mind opened to the mysteries of the universe. He has retired his position as head of the GPS branch in Arkham but remains the man to ask for aid with weird-work matters.
Father Daville realized early he must retire if he was to live much longer. Always a priest of the Catholic faith he now enjoys waling from his French Hill home to a small Catholic sanctuary beside the Miskatonic River. There he tends the flowers and candles of the small chapel. Father Daville has also long been obsessed with water quality and constantly carries a set of beakers. Often on his walks he bends over puddles or rain drums to scoop up some water. Occasionally he can be seen creakily descending down the steep stone staircases to the Miskatonic River itself for a sample. He is convinced something alien has infected the Miskatonic water supply. Of course he is right, somewhere under the Arkham Reservoir is a seed of the colour out of space.
In 1928 Father Daville first met the mythos in the form of Robert Cohen. Together he and his friends, most of whom died a few years later, killed Cohen in a desperate battle. Cohen has never forgotten this fact and plans on murdering the old priest. His years of experience have made Father Daville the man to ask about any magical matters, and can be a useful place to learn spells, or some counter measure against the mythos. He is friendly with everyone and Fiona will come to him once she falls out with Huey.
Father Daville once met Robert Cohen and killed him. In doing so he has unwittingly gained the wrath of an undead Cohen who seeks to murder him for good. Daville lives with his adopted son Kelly O’dell in a large mansion on French Hill. Every day the Father heads out and walks North to the river. Along the way he takes samples of puddles and whatever water he can, he often can be spotted climbing a dangerous stair case down to the river itself to fill a beaker. He then proceeds to the Catholic Church to the East. Cohen watches this walk often and one day will follow him into the church to kill him.
Allies & Enemies:
Huey McCabe – ally, Fiona Salesman – ally, Dr. Henry Armitage – ally, Robert Cohen – enemy, Kelly Odell – adopted son
He starts with a small cut on his cheek, he becomes more bruised and battered as the days go on.
Extremely sharply arched eyebrows over somewhat narrow eyes which make look like he’s always squinting. Very smooth cheeks slightly flushed all the time. Thin lips under his short dark beard. He fondles a golden pocket watch and often drops his pince-nez while trying to read. He is slightly fat and wears a vest over a dark shirt and tie. He has the beginning of smile lines coming off his eyes. His nose looks rather sturdy.
Huey is the current head of the GPS in Arkham and helms the American branches. He is a professor of English and has done very little wet-work. Instead he is an expert in paper-work and a knack for solving complex problems. Sadly Huey has lost hope in the face of the mythos. He thinks GPS’s work is pointless.
Given the sealed scrolls from Kingsport Huey was struck by a fit of inspiration, or madness. Huey has come up with a plan to inspire GPS, employing a poet friend who he knew from his time at Brown University, he commissioned a prophesy to predict a great fire in Arkham. He claims he has translated both of the remaining scrolls. In reality he has been unable to open either. The first contains the prophesy:
“At the time of the greatest war,
Flames red as roses would lick old Arkham,
Burning it all down to the ground.
In the center dancing the red tongue slobbers;
From the ashes only the rotting stand.
Called from the Earth the Idiot Chaos rises,
Stopped only once sisters blood touches Earth.”
The second, he claims, contains the ceremony to stop the great fire, referenced by “sisters blood touches Earth” in the last line. He has created a ceremony where the blood of Lucy and Evana is used to “dispel” the threat. However both the prophesy and ceremony are false.
“Two sisters were born at a time of calamity when worlds combined. May the blessed names of His Enemies, the Black Goat and the Old Man, be uttered in the silence of the darkest moon. May their names ring out to the ends of the Earth and beyond so that the many spiders may hear it. May those names draw power and eyes that burn in each star and the places between stars. May the names call the two daughters to the right time and the right place. The daughters will be bold, sisters out of blood, one light, one dark. The sisters sleep at North and South heads to the East and West. May the unspeakable one allow us to speak the name of the one we seek to banish. May the power of the South wind fill us. May the things on the Plateau of Leng look away from the monastery and the yellow shrouded priest within. Align the equations of the great sorcerer Ibon. If you do not know the equations consult the Black Book or call upon the Grace of Fat and Sloth and Wings. When the night is dark speak the Aklo for the Sabaoth. Never look at the things of the air that congregate above the wind. Never glimpse the dryads that sneak from the trees and never even blink at the naiads that damply splash from the river ocean. May those enemies call out silently issuing from your lips. Finally take a drop of each sister and let Sister’s Blood touch Earth. The one we shall not mention will leave the place alone.”
Once he has been rebuffed by Fiona and realizes he can’t enact the prophesy Huey becomes panicked and decides he must prove the threat himself. He rushes to an abandoned church and sets it alight. Realizing the farce he has constructed for himself he hires the Madhouse Players (below) to become false cultists carrying out the will of Nyarlathotep.
The Prophesy’s Spread
Huey planned for his false prophesy to stay within GPS. However when he described the prophesy to the society while the investigators were in Scotland Samantha Phillips, realized the bomb shell she could release on Arkham. She began finding occultists, gullible, homeless, and the unscrupulous and spread the word that Arkham would soon burn to the ground. She spoke to Smelly Trevor, as well as several members of the Bitter Servants and the Danger Dogs. Channel Delapore spread the word amongst the Long Pork Club. The city thoroughly believes the prophesy and panic has erupted in several places. It has also attracted more mythos minded people and creatures to the city. Keepers may wish to add encounters with strange people or beings trying to scoop some of the rising power of the city, or seeking to prevent the fire. Perhaps looters begin trying to save important items of the occult before the fires begin.
Allies & Enemies:
Fiona Salesman – Ally, Professor Rice – Ally, The Madhouse Players – secret allies
A 18 year old enthusiast of cameras and ghosts alike. He always carries a camera on a strap around his neck and is ready to record adventures in haunted houses or abandoned graveyards.
A new member as of 1940.
Dr. Douglas Middleton
-Father and a medical doctor
-sympathetic to Leslie’s condition
-always a tad unnerved and distracted by Leslie’s condition
Leslie’s father Douglas is a sedate man, taking life a pipe and whisky at a time. He works at the St. Mary’s Teaching Hospital across the street from the University and coaches medical students while treating ailing patients. He only works as a doctor part time, but is happy to lend aid to any acquaintance when the need arises.
He has been very worried about Leslie’s mental problems and frequently consults Dr. Vogel on the matter. He hopes letting Leslie do what she/he wants will help Leslie adapt to life better. He understands that most other people are less accepting and that if the child’s behavior gets out of hand he may have to fight to keep Leslie at home and out of the asylum.
Nathaniel Waite (Missing)
Like Father Daville Dr. Nathaniel Waite was a precursor to GPS and was present when Father Daville killed Cohen. But unlike the Father Dr. Waite has not been blessed with a long life. In 1928 he and a friend contacted Yog-Sothoth. Mind thoroughly blasted he began seeking new ways to contact his new master. Eventually he found a yellow crystal which with the use of a potent drug would allow him to see Yog-Sothoth again. The drug is only found in a remote temple garden in China, and investigators seeking out this drug should expect a long trip. Once powdered the flower is extremely potent and staring at the yellow crystal will allow them to enter the Gate. Dr. Waite tried this in the belfry of Eilean Donan while visiting Fiona and vanished.
Prior to meeting Cohen Nathan also visited the Arkham Cattle Corporation and the Arkham Conservation Cooperative. His notes on the matter as well as a list of Long Pork Club deliveries will be useful to investigators.
Part of GPS
Dr. Armitage is an old man, and even he had to retire eventually. After a long career maintaining a death grip on the Orne Library’s collection of occult and dangerous books Dr. Armitage has passed the position on to Prof. Rice in what only nominally amounted to a vote. The Professor is slightly more open minded than Dr. Armitage and has opened his doors to well vetted seekers of wisdom, and has found an ally in Huey McCabe. This opens the Miskatonic University’s Orne Library up to investigators. Anyone with Latin can read the Necronomicon or other tomes.
Professor Rice will also aid curious investigators who don’t wish to read the books themselves or don’t have the required languages. He starts the campaign mostly sane, his only personal brush with the mythos occurring in 1928 during the Dunwich Horror. However if investigators let on to less scrupulous people what books are contained in the library Professor Rice might be targeted by dark forces.
Professor Rice also tutored Samantha Phillips, now a member of the witch-cult. Professor Rice found a kindred soul in Samantha and realized her potential, he recommended her to Huey McCabe as an excellent member of GPS. Samantha hasn’t forgotten this kindness.
“Dear Father Daville,
We have had trouble between our organizations for awhile now. I know Dr. Armitage has apologized, but I feel I must as well. Furthermore I must solicit to you for a friend of mine. I write on her behalf she is one of the most gifted students I have ever seen. She is very strong willed and will go far and has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the occult. This sweet and well educated young woman, Samantha Phillips whom I’m tutoring, I highly recommend to your Society. I don’t know how new members apply to you, and if you write me I will happily pass on your letters to Samantha.
Dr. Armitage is about to retire as well and I am to takeover the Restricted Stacks in consequence. As such I think I can allow GPS members to see the stacks on a case by case basis.
Allies & Enemies:
Dr. Henry Armitage – ally, Huey McCabe – ally, Samantha Phillip – ally
Daniel Timely – Wilma Chrone
Daniel Timely is an old friend of Huey McCabe from his Brown University days. In 1933 when Wilma moved to Arkham and asked Huey, who was also living there, to help her publish a book of poetry entitled Horrors and other Things, Huey has a copy on his bookcases. Wilma also wrote Huey’s prophesy as well, though she doesn’t think it came out very well.
Daniel lives in a garret room downtown with Officer Drake her lover. She will talk to anyone asking about her poetry, but doesn’t know anything about why her name was recorded at the Orne Library
Allies & Enemies:
Officer Marilyn Drake – Lover, Huey McCabe – old friend
The fourth story attic of a thin apartment complex crammed between two larger buildings Downtown. The garret is well lit from two large skylights in the steeply angled roof. Cobwebs make small white arches between the beams. No spiders crawl there, instead a thin snake curls loosely around one of the cross bars.
Timely and Officer Drake share the small space. A lumpy futon covered in disordered sheets and blankets fill one corner a small kitchenette set fills another. The rest of the space is crammed with books, manuscripts and a huge warped desk that looks like someone had to break it to get it into the small room. On the desk is an old Remington typewriter. At the moment Timely is in the middle of a book of love poetry.
Beside the desk is a box of unsold copies of Timely’s weird poetry Horrors and Other Things, which she has let a box of ink ribbons stain slightly. The ink seems to have soaked into the books obscuring every occurrence of the word “with” and “snake.” None of the other writing in the room contain the words “with” or “snake.”
Timely keeps a pot of coffee constantly boiling on the stove which she adds new grounds and water too occasionally in a weak attempt at caffeinated suicide.