Barrow Island. In last night's Weird Adventures game (in Lorefinder), Boris, Kreskin, and Don Diabolico were ambushed by ghoul hooligans out for dangerous kicks. The punks got danger in a lethal dose: The fact that that were teenagers didn't spare them from the guns of our hardboiled adventurers. Only one of the three attackers escaped with his life.
The trouble with ghouls didn't stop there. The casket of John Vandemaur (what the guys had been hired to get) had already been removed from the family crypt. A little investigation led them to another crypt with the sounds of jazz and poetry recitation coming from within. Stealthy scouting by Diabolico revealed a number group of young ghouls who not only had the casket they were looking for, but were in the company of the missing debutante, Sue Ann Wylde.
Kreskin's pulled a little hypnotism on them allowed the casket and the girl to be extracted with a shot being fired. The poetical rebel that led the band of miscreants didn't go down so easy, though. He had a head full of aklo and was plugged into the dread outsider gods of the anarchists. He pulled a switchblade made of swirling darkness. Fortunately for our gang (and unfortunately for the kid) he wasn't impervious to bullets.
Retreiving the casket led to more surprises. Inside wasn't the body of John Vandemaur, but instead the quite living (and angry), Indrid Bliss. Bliss was bond and magically gagged by somebody. He was evasive about how this happened, and who did it, but he seemed to blame John Vandemaur--who he said was still very much alive.
Bliss wasn't much inclined for conversation. He tried to escape once by a dimenson door, only to be nabbed by Boris. The group hoped that Heward Kane might be able to illuminate the situation more, but they were denied the opportunity to introduce him to Bliss by the intervention of a gargoyle who spirited Bliss away.
Checking in with Kane they find (unsurprisingly) that's he's at a loss to explain any of this--but he does tell them Viviane Vandemaur (the supposed widow) wants to meet with them.
To be continued.
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