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The Cunning of the Crawling Chaos Part 1 (Session Report)

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When Lily arrived in Arkham from China to fulfill her destiny she had no idea what awaited her.  She was also unaware that she was not the only one destined to oppose the rising Ancient One; four others had likewise been chosen by Fate. 

Joe Diamond was leaving the police station in disgust when he heard Rita Young's conversation with Sheriff Engle.  The dumb flatfoot was giving her the bum's rush, but what she was saying made Joe's antenna twitch.  Those guys hassling her had to be part of the cult that had killed Rawling and Jennings and stolen the statue.  After all, what were the chances that there were TWO nutcase groups in this quiet little town? 

He approached her and offered to help, but Rita was no typical dame; she was toting a shining golden sword and a giant gun which packed more power than his automatic and revolver  combined!  She offered to pay him, but he turned her down.  He didn't need her money; he needed answers.  Talking together they worked out a plan of action.  Rita would head down to Ma's Boarding House to check for any suspicious out-of-towners, while Joe scope out the Black Cave.  That would be the perfect hiding place for the stolen staute, and it would probably appeal to a cult of kooks to skulk around underground.  They would meet up later and compare notes. 

Of course, the best indicator of what was really going on was at the Witch House, where a gate to Ry'leh had just opened and disgored Nyarlathotep himself, in his form of the Haunter of the Dark. 

The only person Rita saw at the Boarding House was Marie Lambeua, and Marie was certainly suspicious, especially when her knife started talking!  If Marie hadn't talked fast herself then things might have turned out badly for everybody, but the two were able to satisfy each other that they were on the same side.  Rita even gave her Golden Sword to Marie, certain that her Elephant Gun alone would protect her.  Marie then left for the university to see if science could provide the answers that her magic could not.   

As she moved back into the street Rita bumped into an odd-looking Asian woman.  Again she thought she might have found a member of the myserious cult, and again she realized that she had found an ally instead.  After they pooled their information Lily was dead-set on going to the Historical Society to see if she could dig up anything useful.  Rita let her go, her head still spinning from her encounters with these two weird woman.  Magic and martial arts yet!  She sat down in the street, her head in her hands.  ****, she needed a drink. 

Joe had found some useful information at the Black Cave, but as he was making his way out he saw a glimmer deep in the darkness.  Moving cautiously toward it he saw the glint of light blossom into a . . . a shimmering circular doorway of some kind.  It seemed to be a portal to another place, another dimension!  Fascinated he edged his way forward.  He reached out to touch the gate . . . and out of nowhere a hand shot through and seized his wrist.  Before he could even think about fighting Joe was pulled through the gate and Nyarlathotep again entered Arkham, this time as his Mask the Skinless One. 

Marie's trip to the Science Building had suggested something might be happening at the Unnameable, so she went straight to the abandonded house, while Lily's brief survey of the historical records had convinced her that the Silver Twilight Lodge was more than it seemed.  As night fell she cautiously made her to the Lodge's headquarters and slipped inside.  Rita stopped at Hibbs for a drink and ending up learning much more than she expected.  She might have been able to make use of the information, if that racist jerk hadn't complained that she was sitting in his chair.  Between him and his friends Rita didn't stand a chance.  They tossed her in the trunke and dumper her in the Black Cave.  Hoping to find Joe Rita instead found the same shimmering doorway the detective had.  Unable to fight her curiousity she entered it. 

Lily was prowling quietly through the halls of the Lodge when another woman came careening into her.  Calling on her martial arts skills Lily quickly subdued her attacker, who turned out to be a thief named Ruby Standish.  When she saw that Lily wasn't a member of the Lodge Ruby screamed that they both had to run, for God's sake, run! 

Hearing the sounds of pursuit from further down the hall Lilly made a split-second decision.  Hauling Ruby to her feet, the two women fled.  When they were safely outside Ruby related the terrifying things she had witnessed, confirming Lily's suspicions about the true purpose of the Silver Twilight Lodge; they were servants of the Great Eye, seeking to bring it to Arkham.  Then Ruby showed Lily what she had stolen, a text entitled Massa Di Requiem Per Shuggay.  Paging through the ancient book Lily quickly realized that it held the secret to awakening the Ancient One.  Without this priceless, unique resource the Silver Twilight Lodge would be helpless to bring the Crawling Chaos to Earth. 

Terrified that the Lodge would stop at nothing to reclaim the book, Ruby pressed it into Lily's hands.  Lily took it willingly, knowing that this was part of her destiny.  She warned Ruby, though, that simply passing on the tome would not shield her from the Lodge's wrath; even if they couldn't get it from her, they would still wish to punish her.  Seeing the truth of this Ruby chose to stay with Lily and the woman of destiny swore to protect her.  

Marie, in the meantime, discovered a very curious box which seemed to intereact in some way with portals at the Unnameable. 

A second gateway to Ry'leh opened in the Woods and Nyarlathotep as the Bloated Woman stepped into Arkham.  Lily and Ruby went ot Unvistied Isle, while Marie searched Independence Square.  The pair found more information of note, but their time was quickly running out; Nyarlathotep's presence in this world was now sufficient for his plans to begin to take shape.  A gate opened at the Science Building and a sadistic Moonbeast emerged.  Then the Crawling Chaos exerted his might and the worlds begin to drift together, to merge.  Lily and Mare both sensed it, the overwhelming concentration of power and evil centered at the University, but neither knew how to stop it.  What could they do?  

The voice of Marie's grandmother whispered to her from the knife that if there was to be any hope, she had to face the Ancient One directly.  Unless she went to the Black Cave immediately to fight Nyarlathotep, all would be lost.  Singing fo Ra to give her strength Marie penetrated the underground labyrinth, discovering the gate--and the Skinless One.  She invoked the Red Sign of Shudde M'ell, but the eight foot tall crimson horror simply smiled at her; Shudde M'ell had no authority over him.    Steeling herself Marie charged forward, stabbing and slashing with her echanted knife and sword.  Taken by surpise the Skinless One had no chance to use his Skinning Gaze.  Sorely wounded he vanished back through the gate.  Marie pursued him unthinkingly, yet when she passed through the portal she found herself alone.  Wandering in search of her foe, Marie passed out of sight mere seconds before Joe Diamond and Rita found their way back to and through the gate.  Joe Diamond then immediately closed and sealed the gate.

High above the Witch House the Haunter in Darkness gave an unearthly scream and faded away, its connection with its home plane severed.  

Aware that she did not yet have the knowledge needed to assist Joe, and ashamed ot that fact, Rita tried to leave the cavern, but the entrance she'd been flung through had collapsed; she would have to find a different way out.  

In the meantime Lily and Ruby had made another important discovery in the graveyard: a dead Mask of the Crawling Chaos!  Somehow its slain form of the Dark Pharoah had remained here, intact,  instead of dissolving away.  Perhaps through examination of this part of Nyarlathotep some way could be found to stop him from brining the worlds together? 

Yet another gate to another dimesion opened at Unvisited Isle and one of Nyarlathotep's innumerable Cultists scuttled out, racing into the Mechant District streets on a mission from its master.  The worlds drew closer together as the fabric of reality itself trembled violently.  Even those not mystically inclined could now feel the almost tangible danger.  Unrest swept through Arkham and a curfew was imposed.  

Joe was a hard-bitten, hard-boiled private eye.  He'd never yet encountered a situaion he coudln't handle, but he had to admit to himself that he was way out of his league on this one.  He didn't have a clue what to do next, how to even begin to lift the oppressive air and sense of threat from the town.  Out of answers he turned back to the comfort of his youth; he went to the South Church to pray.  

Ruby assured Lily that their best chance of discovering the secrets locked in the Dark Pharoh's flesh lay in taking him to the Science Building for dissection.  Though skeptical about the value of such a thing Lily agreed to give the men of science a chance.  They were almost to the door of the building when a foul creature flung itself at Lily.  Unphased by her expert blows it struck her savagely across the face, sending her sprawling the pavement.  Arching back Lily sprang to her and launched a spin kick at the creature.  The blow barely hurt the thing.  Desperately Lily drew on what she had learned about the physiology of these otherworldly creatures from notes in the Massi De Reqiuem Shuggi and the examintion of the Dark Pharoh's corpse in the graveyard.  A lightning quick double kick broke the beast's neck.  It collapse to the ground, the full moon shining down on it.  

Lily was about to examine the beast when Ruby shouted her name.  Whirling Lily saw a young deputy, whose nameplate read Dingby, standing shivering across the street from her.  His revolver was drawn and pointed directly at her.  "F-freeze, lady!"  he stuttered.  "I don't know what that-that thing is, but you're outside after curfew.  I've gotta take you in."  

No!  She had a destiny to fulfill.  She couldn't allow herself to be detained, not now!  But the deputy was too far away to attack and he looked like he might fire that revolver just through his trembling.  

"Go away," she told him in an icy tone which brooked no argument.  He wavered, and she used one of the last techinques she'd been taught.  Concentrating, she made her aura visible, a glowing nimbus surrounding her form.  That was enough for the deputy, who turned tail and ran.

At the church Joe took what he thought was probably his last confession with Father Michael.  He told the priest evertyhing that had happened recently, all that he had learned in that strange other dimension.  Gotta give the father credit, he took it like a man.  He said their ony hope lay in the Lord, and together the priest and the private eye got down on their knees and prayed desperately for His aid.

"Lily? Lily, are you all right?"  Ruby was starting to get worried.  Lily hadn't moved since she'd scared off that deputy.  She just stood there, her eyes closed.  

As she meditated Lily felt a strange new energy enter her.  It touched her on a deep spirtual level, bestowing a peace and power beyond anything she had ever felt.  Opening her eyes she stared south, toward the woods.  In the distance a monstrously fat figure was approaching, a grotesque avatar of the entity she had come to fight, its last physical manifestation here in Arkham.    

Hardly aware of what she was doing, Lily raised her right hand and called out, "Begone!  By the power of Nodens I command you, begone!".  With a shriek the bloated woman disappeared. 

Raising her eyes to the heavens Lily knew that she had the power to stop the merging of the worlds-if she was willing to sacrifice a part of herself to do it.  

Since birth Lily had been trained as a human weapon.  She had worked for hours each day to perfect her skills, to learn and integrate all of the varous forms of martial arts.  Her mastery of unarmed combat was her sword and shield, her only hope of surviving to complete this incredibly dangerous task.  It had literally been the work of a lifetime to get to where she now was.  And without hesitation she took everything she had learned and gave it up.  

All knowledge of the lethal techniques which she had been taught since she could walk fled her mind and body.  In a blinding blaze of light Nyarlathotep's dark design was undone.  The power LIly had released spread throughout the town, lifting the fear of the people of Arkham and mentally and physically restoring those who fought in its defense. 

"Lily!" Ruby cried again as the Asian woman collapsed.  She was barely conscious, exhausted by the forces she had been channeling.  she could  feel the emptiness in her mind, the absence of her once extensive knowledge of combat.  Yet her overwhelming feeling was not despair or sadness, but hope.  Had she done it?  Had she fulfilled her destiny?  Had the sacrifice of her skills defeated the Great Eye entirely?

She looked around desperately, searching for a sign.  As the wind carried to her a deep, mocking laugh, Lily's eyes filled with tears.  

To Be Continued . . .                 

            

      

So what do you guys think?  Can you see the game mechanics throught the text?  Should I continue? 

         

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Thanks, Count!  I intend to post the rest,

I intend to post the rest, Avi, but cut me some slack.  It took me two hours to compose that much, and that was only the first four turns of the game!  It should go faster now, since I certainly won't be able to remember every move from here on.  Rest assured, though, that there is still plenty of cool stuff to come.   

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Solan said:

Thanks, Count!  I intend to post the rest,

I intend to post the rest, Avi, but cut me some slack.  It took me two hours to compose that much, and that was only the first four turns of the game!  It should go faster now, since I certainly won't be able to remember every move from here on.  Rest assured, though, that there is still plenty of cool stuff to come.   

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