December 10, 9am (Saturday)
Simon was not in his dorm. Angus checked inside, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Although he had left the door to the secret room in the Gould Library unlocked, it was locked when he returned. At the padlock, he entered 75025, finding that each digit currently on the dials was only one number off. Inside he found a fairly sparse room with some chairs on the side, a chalkboard covered with writing, and a long table with an oak box.
Oak Box is locked with a small padlock that has been naturally worn out (over the course of a few years) so that it readily opens and closes without a key. Inside is a very old glove composed of cracked leather covered with withered and dried vegetation and bear claw tipped fingers. A few long white hairs cling to the dried vegetation and claws. A card inside the box reads: Museum of Natural History ~ New York City, NY ~ Claw Tipped Ceremonial Glove ~ Hamburg Germany ~ Circa A.D. 1600 ~ #27-217 Eu-Ge
Angus takes the box and leaves a note that reads: “Thanks for the glove. Very bad security to leave the lock one digit off of the combination.” After sneaking the box out of the library he heads to the Central Park North Hotel (where Elmer and Nikoli were supposed to secure new rooms). The decor looked like 16th/17th century Austrian. He asked the clerk about Austrian/German 1600 folklore, but learned that the clerk knew nothing of the time period. Angus sent a wire to the owner, saying: “HAVE GLOVE YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN STOP AT YOUR NEW YORK HOTEL STOP”
Douglas and Annie
Reporters question them as they leave the hotel. Annie states that she saw a giant raccoon attacking a gas main, which caused an explosion. Douglas announces that he is buying property at well above market prices. They are questioned again in front of Dr. Fester’s home. Annie ignores them, dragging Douglas along past the single police officer that is trying to maintain order. Edison and Gladstone guard the front door while they investigate within.
Annie follows a trail of blood through the icy living room and into the kitchen. Inside she finds a body pinned to the ground with knives stuck in the forearms and lower legs. A bloody knife lies beside the left hand. The body has been whipped savagely across the chest, and the hands and feet whipped until all the fingers and toes have been dismembered. Both index fingers and the left thumb toe are missing. A bundle of thin bloody branches have been tossed against a far wall. Tiny bloody foot prints lead away from the body and into a pantry. From the door, Annie hears voices and some giggling. She opens the door to view a dwarf man and woman playing on a crate. They each hold an index finger that has been made into tiny puppets with sticks for arms and legs, and a long stick in the bottom with which to hold it.
“No, doctor, no. There’s nothing wrong with it,” the dwarf woman pleads, bouncing her finger puppet.
“I’m afraid its infected. It will have to come off,” the dwarf man responds coldly with his finger puppet.
“No, it’s fine.”
“I don’t think so.”
The woman’s puppet shrieks and screams as the doctor laughs menacingly, and then starts dragging the severed thumb toe away from the other puppet.
Both laugh, but then turn to spot Annie. Annie acts as if she does not see them, muttering “who’s in here” as she slowly enters the pantry. The dwarves leave their finger puppets and cautiously make their way past Annie and out of the pantry.
Douglas searches the non-icy upstairs for the bedroom. The study contains a book case with a small collection of books and a table with some newspapers on it, which he does not investigate further. The bathroom has a tub, toilet, sink, hand towel and soap, which he does not investigate further. The bedroom contains a plush king size bed, a nightstand with pornographic paraphernalia, and a fantasy adventure book: The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari. The dresser contains a large, metal box with a fine lock. He carries it downstairs for Annie to open.
Annie opens the box to find a blood stained note book lying atop scores of tiny and somewhat larger objects wrapped with bloody gauze. Most seem old, while three tiny ones and one larger one seem much newer (based on the color and texture of the blood on the gauze). Inside one tiny package is a toe nail that appears to have been roughly ripped from the toe, with small pieces of flesh still attached to the base. Inside one of the larger packages is a pinkie toe that has been roughly hewn from the foot, as if cut off with a butter knife.
The book is hand written with the title: “Special Patients”. Inside are pages and pages of names with tick marks beneath: 10 on both the left and right sides beneath the names. The last name on the last page is “Victor Clark” with 3 tick marks on the left and 1 tick mark on the right.
Annie and Douglas leave, warning the citizens and journalists not to enter. “We saw signs of giant raccoons that ate through the gas lines and then killed the doctor. One is still in there – we saw it crawling across the ceiling in the kitchen!”
December 10, 1pm (Saturday)
Nikoli and Elmer
The Shinnecock Commissioner, Little Wolf Roger Honia, is skeptical. But he begins to warm up when Nikoli and Elmer mention that they have a Senator friend that might be able to help, and Elmer shows him the necklace that Chief Tammamend gave him.
The two Shinnecock Elders are stoic, terse, and skeptical. After several minutes of uncomfortable conversation, they begin to warm up when Nikoli and Elmer start mentioning portals and recent killings. When asked where Elmer got the necklace, he matter-of-factly states that a raven came to him, transformed into an aged Indian man, spoke with him, and then gave him the necklace as a sign of trust. Nikoli explains that he learned a lot about portals from “Charging Bear”.
The eldest, who they assumed to be Chief Black Wing, explained that the Delaware Indians were tormented by a horrible beast for nearly 200 years, between the dates of 1200 and 1400 A.D.
“A tribe was under constant attack by a neighboring tribe, and a young warrior consulted with a Brujo. The Brujo told the warrior he could bring forth a mighty destroyer to vanquish their enemies, at a price. The warrior stole valuables from the rest of the tribe to pay the price, and the Brujo opened a doorway to another realm and summoned forth a terrible beast. The beast consumed the warrior, and the Brujo left with the valuables, never to be seen again.
The beast attacked the neighboring tribe, at first killing only the miscreants and well-known evildoers. However, as the days went on, the beast seemed to kill more indiscriminately. After several days, the beast was rampaging across the land. After killing the entire rival tribe, it began killing members of the other tribe. The beast plagues them for many, many days, but then suddenly disappeared.
However, tales tell that the beast reappeared every few years. It would viciously murder many people, but would always disappear again after 5 or 6 days. This continued for roughly 200 years, until one day around 1400 A. D., a strange man, who was unlike any other white men they had met, appeared in the village. He wore strange clothing covered with greenery with red and white berries, and wore a strange bear claw also wrapped with the greenery. He drove the beast away from the village with a whip and the bear claw. Then, he headed to a strange doorway in the air and leaped into it. We heard him muttering strange words from within, and then the doorway began to close. There was a great wind, and we saw several strange creatures and the beast itself dragged through the portal with the wind. We never saw the man nor the beast again."