Cthulhu Britannica

British Honduras: A Trip to the Moon

The galley sails through the Basalt Pillars of the West. To the consternation of the investigators, it drops into a massive cataract and continues on into space.

During the trip to the moon, Markus is struck by a rock during a space storm. Later, he goes mad at the sight of a horrible larval monster.

The galley lands in the Great Lunar Sea. When Markus sees the City of the Moon-Beasts, he again succumbs to madness.

The investigators are herded through the city. Markus rescues a white cat from torture. Malcolm and John take advantage of the confusion and escape but are soon recaptured. The runaways are whipped and manacled.

They trek across the moon plains towards a large crater. Suddenly, the moon-beasts are attacked by a large number of cats.

The investigators are freed. The white cat thanks Markus for his help. The cats take them to the city of Ulthar. There they receive treatment for their physical and mental injuries. They meet the high priest, Atal. He teaches them spells and suggests a way to thwart Haon-Dor.

Seeking a way to return to the moon, the investigators meet a black cat who introduces them to his companion, a Sarrubian named Minonim-Mer. He asks them to accompany him on his quest to find his lost companions and return to Sarrub.

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British Honduras: Temple of doom

The investigators find what appears to be the remains of the lost expedition. Morgan urges them to press on to find the lost temple of Bendal-Dolum.

They descend into a jungle valley. In the middle of a stinking swamp, they find a vast abandoned temple complex.

Morgan gathers the party at the summit of the pyramid. He opens a gate and the temple comes alive. A gunfight breaks out and Morgan is killed but a monstrous hell-plant emerges from his body. Lockly is swiftly devoured. The investigators escape through the gate to fall into blackness.

They find themselves in a strange cave network. At the end is a sea cave. A strange galley arrives and the party is invited aboard. An Englishman named Andrew Trellaine tells them that they are no longer in the waking world…

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British Honduras: Welcome to the jungle

Via their contacts in the Edinburgh Philaletheian Society, the Investigators are introduced to a faculty member from Edinburgh University. Dr Eric Williamson led an expedition to British Hondurus in search of Mayan ruins. The expedition never returned.

Now, Dr Jeremy Morgan is organising another expedition. He has gone ahead to arrange provisions and transport.

Malcolm, John and Markus agree to join the expedition to provide medical assistance and protective services for Dr Morgan. They will also be accompanied by an American professor of archaeology, Dr Arizona Smith.

They arrive in Belize, the capital of British Honduras. Malcolm makes inquiries with the local police. Markus buys a monkey.

They meet Morgan. The plan is to travel up-river, stopping at villages along the way. A guide, Gordon Lockly, is familiar with the mountainous terrain to the south where it is believed that Williamson was looking for a temple called Bendal-Dolum.

Morgan leads them to an abandoned camp site near a small Mayan pyramid. Taking sightings from the pyramid, he leads them through the jungle. He seems driven and they make good progress.

After several days trek, Morgan announces that they are close to Bendal-Dolum. They suffer nightmares. Lockly tries to leave but Morgan prevails upon him to stay. They walk on…

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Glasgow: Night Frights

Malcolm enjoys some light reading. Meanwhile, the others decide on a night visit to the Cathedral. Their vigil is interrupted by the sight of several men running across the Bridge of Sighs pursued by monsters. John intervenes but the monsters disappear into the sewers.

Backtracking to the Glasgow Necropolis they find a tunnel beneath a desecrated mausoleum. Markus ventures into the depths but turns back when his nerve fails.

The next day, Malcolm receives a call from Cullen. Cullen demands the book.

Deciding otherwise, the group return to the Necropolis. They cast a powerful enchantment to (hopefully) send the monsters far away from Glasgow.

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Glasgow: Ex Cathedra

Markus and Tina find Black, the prison warder, in a gambling den. They follow him to his house. Markus disposes of Black’s trousers.

Malcolm visits the cathedral and has a meeting with the Reverend Grimond. Grimond tells him of the portents. Are the end times near?

Next day, Markus uses his talents to retrieve a mysterious black book hidden in Grimond’s private chapel. Malcolm takes possession of it.

In the grounds of the cathedral, Markus views diggings at the base of a flying buttress. He follows tracks leading to a deep hole concealed in some bushes.

Malcolm reads the book…

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Glasgow: A Deadly Cargo

The investigators travel to Glasgow to help the police solve a series of horrifying murders. On arrival, they meet Hugh Cadden, Private Secretary to the Lord Provost. He informs them that Lucy Siddons, a young servant, is the latest victim. Also, an Irish sloop has mysteriously arrived at the Clyde docks with no crew and a hold full of bodies.

Malcolm visits the docks. His stomach heaving, he notes the diseased state of the corpses aboard the ship. A truck arrives to take them to Dr James Cullen at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

John and Tina meet Lucy’s employer, Sir Gregory Arkwright, a wealthy benefactor to Glasgow’s institutions. John finds Lucy’s last note. Tina reads Arkwright’s chequebook.

Malcolm has an appointment with Dr Cullen. Cullen tells him about the deadly plague that killed many in the hospital and the nearby Duke Street Prison. It appeared to be contained until the arrival of the Irish ship. Cullen is taken aback when Malcolm asks to see the body of Lucy Siddons. He asks Malcolm to return the next day.

Meanwhile, at the Glasgow Herald, John reads about the measles outbreak in Ireland. He then visits the prison. After an interview with the unpleasant warden, John Black, is cut short, he observes that the prison logbook shows Dr Cullen visited the prison before and after the plague struck.

Black’s secretary tells John and Tina that Black has probably gone to Blackfriars pub for the afternoon. They decide to follow…

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Island of Rum: Be afraid of the dark

Sir George Bullough invites the investigators to stay on his island which he is developing as a resort. On the ferry over, the pilot tells them tales of strange disappearances on the island when it was owned by Sir George’s father, John Bullough.

On arrival, Sir George meets them. He mentions his problems with keeping staff.

Exploring the mansion, Malcolm discovers a concealed and locked door in the library. Markus helps locate the key with a little scholarly research.

John has a disagreement with the groundskeeper and fisticuffs ensue. Meanwhile, Malcolm peruses a disturbing tome in John Bullough’s secret library.

Markus has horrible nightmares. He can feel his soul being eaten away.

The investigators track down the source of the disappearances to the henge. They succeed in dispelling the other worldly horror.

Malcolm continues to read…

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Inverness: Terror by the Loch

Tina accompanies Auld Willy to the local pub. Plying him with drink, she listens to his tales about the sinister Clan Urquhart.

Seeking information about the murder weapon, they go to Urquhart Hall. The clan leader, Angus, gives them a polite welcome. He invites them to visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle.

Adam Durward, a clansman, shows them about the windswept and desolate remains. Tina senses the old stones have great power.

Next day, John arranges the loan of a small boat. They travel to Fort Augustus at the end of the loch. An old couple, the Bannens, mention that the monks at the Benedictine monastery have not been seen much recently.

At the monastery, they meet the abbot, Father Balgarth. He explains the monks are giving out alms to poor cottagers up north. When Balgarth is called away, Markus explores the monastery. He finds evidence linking the monastery to the murder.

As the evening draws near, they return to Drumnadrochit. On seeing a large gathering at Urquhart Hall, Markus bluffs his way inside. He observes the interview with “Uncle Stuart”.

They follow the clansmen to Castle Urquhart and view a furious battle between the clansmen and the watery monks. They join the fray. The left flank is steadied but, fearing attack by an unseen monstrous adversary, they flee.

John is unable to explain the terrible events of that night to his chief superintendent. All of them feel a great sense of dismay and horror.

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Inverness: Death of a Norwegian

Markus receives a letter from Detective Constable John Carmichael. A Norwegian explorer, Erik Oland, was found stabbed to death in his room at the Station Hotel in Inverness. Markus and Tina agree to help with the murder investigation.

Arriving in Inverness by train, they meet John, Herbert Drummond, a curmudgeonly police surgeon, and Malcolm Knox, a younger policeman assisting Drummond. They examine the evidence – a note written by Oland as he lay dying, and the murder weapon, a Scottish ceremonial dagger.

At the local paper, they gather information about Oland. He planned to explore Loch Ness aboard his vessel, the Kraken. On the night of Oland’s murder, an explosion sent the Kraken to the bottom of Moray Firth. Ian Bloom, a reporter, tells them that a tall, grey-haired (or was it brown?) gentleman was asking about Oland two days ago.

Markus visits the docks. Speaking to the harbourmaster and night watchman, he learns that the boat was filled with electrical equipment and sank quickly. After the explosion, a figure was seen climbing out of the water who then walked in the direction of Castle Inn.

John and Markus talk to the owner of Castle Inn, Mrs Josephine Dawson. After some financial persuasion, Ma Dawson tells them that three men – Brown, MacKay and Winter – took lodging two days ago. When John and Markus visit the room, they find a decaying body with no head. The only clue is a label – “FAM” – on the undershirt.

Tina accompanies Malcolm to the Station Hotel. The manager, Matthew Muir, is distressed by Malcolm’s questions. He is further distressed by Tina’s “reading”. Upstairs, a maid, Jenny Flynn tells Malcolm that she was on her way to Oland’s room to wake him when she saw a disturbance in the lobby.

Visiting an outfitter’s shop, John learns that the dagger was made by Angus Urquhart of Drumnadrochit. The shop has no Urquhart daggers currently in stock.

The party boards a steamboat, the Gondolier, on a trip around the loch. Tina chats to the pilot, Gordon Mungo. The Gondolier stops briefly at Fort Augustus. Mungo points out the monastery and makes an off-colour remark about the monks.

Arriving in the village of Drumnadrochit, they disembark. The weather is fine and sunny (for once). Reclining on a bench next to the village green is a local drunk, Auld Willy. He approaches them with a tale to tell.

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St Combs: Going swimming

With the party reunited, they decide to investigate the hubbub in the town. Markus scouts ahead to eavesdrop. Things escalate when Irvine, Calder and Andrews hear about the fire at the distillery.

Markus takes a forceful approach when questioning the bank manager. The shots draw a crowd. Douglas chimes in with the Lewis gun.

They hear chanting accompanied by bagpipes on the pier. A crowd gathers. Calder wishes Tina well and hopes she is fruitful.

Markus shows off his John Woo moves. The distillery truck ends up in the drink. Cameron finishes off the remaining cult leaders.

Then the family arrives. This has a profound impact on Douglas and Markus. Cameron is skewered and becomes fish food.

Tina remembers to always look in the glove box and makes her escape. Despite her lack of swimming medals, she survives a second dunking in the North Sea (as does Markus).

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