Continuing with the Funeral of Gustav Waecter storyline.
The Funeral of Gustav Waecter, part 1
The session begins with the characters seated around a table at the Bear pub in Oxford, England. Andrew Waecter, brother to the late Gustav, recalled the first time he met his companions at a party in Chicago, four years earlier.
Earth, Chicago, 1924
Still a member of the Tete de la Morte, Rudy McGraw has become a moderately successful speaker on the occult circuit in the past three years. His ramblings about purple crystals and giant tentacles not withstanding he is often invited to (and paid by) wealthy patrons looking to add a bit of spice to their parties. His drinking habits have worsened.
That night Louis Mentur accompanied Rudy to the gathering as a guard and assistant. Unknown to either, their old comrade Gustav Waecter's brother Andrew sought them out as part of an attempt to discredit Gustav to their father.
Katherine O'Reilly has been working as a nanny to the Elmore family for the past year, and despite her better judgement decided to mingle with the guests.
In the first act of the evening, Louis and Rudy meet Katherine again for the first time in years and exchange pleasantries. Soon after, Andrew decided picked a fight with Louis and is swiftly beaten to the cheers of the crowd. Then Rudy began his lecture on the purple crystals and the occult.
Katherine assisted in taking the coats from some of the guests and in the process found a medallion similar to the one worn by the attackers in the desert three years earlier. She proceeded to warn Louis. Andrew eavesdropped on their conversation.
As Rudy's lecture finished, the host John Elmore thanked him and then announced they have in their presence a German occultist who wished to read from a new book he had recently found. As the occultist began reading a swirling circle appeared behind him and a pair of hands drug the man into the color.
The audience screamed in unison. Louis began ushering the crowd from the drawing room while Rudy started opening whiskey bottles. Katherine and Andrew arrived in time to see the long grey skin arms stretch from the portal. Louis and Andrew attempted to push the arms back but the unknown creatures are took strong. Katherine prayed and pressing her crucifix to the creature burns its skin.
Rudy in a moment of brilliance finds the book and sees that there is a purple crystal embedded on the cover. He smashes the book into the fire, closing the portal.
The story continued with The Funeral of Gustav Waecter, part 3