Tygh Valley, 1890

Session 4 Recap

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  • The session opened with Shoshawna and Solomon talking as they walked away from the ranch. Solomon asked if their grandfather was alright after the trip into the valley. Shawna began to tell him about what happened in the valley, and about the monsters, when he abruptly produced a fancy gold watch with a look of panic on his face. He was evasive about where it came from, muttered something about Shoshawna being crazy like grandpa, and the bailed. Shoshawna followed Solomon, who faked like he was going into the woods, then cut back toward town
  • At Wainwright’s office, Wainwright regained his composure and handed over his pistol to Theo. Then they heard a scream from the examination room. Theo rushed in to find The Hatch-monster there, pushing gauze into a large gut wound. Lena cowered in the corner.
  • Seymour and Lula left Cynthia and Trudy at the Waites General Store. They entered the storefront portion of Tibbs’s workshop, seeing the door into his home on the right and his workshop door on the left, both behind a counter. They yelled for Tibbs, and got no answer. Seymour looked under the door and saw that the workshop was full of green dust.
  • Going around back, Lula found a set of double doors – Seymour followed. The doors were secured with a hefty padlock, so the pair opted to go into Tibbs’ home, which was unlocked. They found much dead skin in and around Tibbs’ bed, and a pink, perfumed note – Seymour noticed that the scent was the same his mother wears. The note read: ”Dearest Corman,
    The work you do now is the most important of all…by the skill of your hand, we shall succeed where even a god failed! You will be greatly favored after the Ascension.”
  • Bored, Lula headed back out to the double doors and blew the padlock off with her .44. They pushed the door open and a cloud of green dust rose from the floor. They found evidence of Corman working to recreate the key stone – to open the Akaitchi Seal – and also indication that something large, and of the same green stone, had been moved out of the workshop on a wagon recently. They see that the tracks lead across town.
  • Following her brother, Shoshawna hears Lena’s scream from the direction of the Wainwright clinic, but ignores it, not wishing to lose Solomon’s trail and assuming the noise to be simply more histrionics from the English woman. She then runs into Seymour and Lula – it seemed that Solomon was heading to the tracks’ ultimate destination. They quickly ascertained that this destination was the alley behind Lula’s parents public house, The Purple Plume. Seymour and Lula went inside and up to a storeroom Lula knew of that afforded them a view of the alley. Meanwhile, Shoshawna snuck back into the alley just in time to see Solomon and Corman Tibbs driving off.
  • Back at the Wainwright Clinic, Dr. Tang readied his pistols and asked if Wainwright knew some way to calm the Hatch-monster down. The doctor approached, all gentleness and confidence, and was briskly impaled on one of the monster’s claws. Theo fired both pistols into the monster’s face and it fell, dropping Wainwright. Still clinging to life, barely, Wainwright reached out to the dead monster – his former lover. Tang ran to collect more weapons!
  • As Theo returned with an antique shotgun, he moved passed Lena who muttered to herself “…appears this trip won’t be a complete waste after all.” Theo discharged the shotgun, vaporizing the monster’s mid-section, and then tried to pull the dead Wainwright away from the monster. A moment later Detective McCormick arrived on the scene, and Theo – overcome with grief – shoved his pistols in the man’s face. The detective sputtered, shocked and terrified – then Seymour kicked in the fucking door!
  • Seymour persuaded Theo to put the gun down, and as he lowered it momentarily McCormick bolted for the door. Seymour tried to grab him, but wasn’t quicker than the detective’s fear. Meanwhile, Lena was in the corner busily taking notes – Theo snatched them away, and found them to be an excited retelling of the events that had just taken place, along with notes about where to research various details about the monster and local legends. Theo asked her why she’d really come to Tygh Valley, and Lena acknowledged that it had more to do with the place’s reputation for strange happenings and magical goings on than anything else.
  • Seymour talked with Theo about what had just transpired with Wainwright and the Hatch-monster. Seymour then told him about the tracks he had been following out into the woods. They returned Lena’s notebook and let her leave, with assurances that she would catch up to them later to “compare notes.” Theo locked the door to the carnage-filled examination room, and left with Seymour to catch up with Lula and Shoshawna.
  • Shoshawna and Lula watched as Tibbs and Solomon pulled into the stable of a seemingly abandoned mansion in the woods outside of town. To avoid being seen the two young women tried to scale the wall of the estate, coming down behind the stables – unfortunately, owing to the slickness of the mossy wall, they came down much harder than they meant to. Looking through a back window of the stables, they witnessed Tibbs and Solomon opening a secret passage in the back wall of the stables and taking the wagon inside. A few moments later the women opened the passage again, marked the brick that opened the passage in hopes that Theo and Seymour would find it, and descended into it.
  • Theo and Seymour eventually found their way up to the mansion, and Seymour recognized it immediately as belonging to his Uncle – Baron _________. They saw that the tracks led inside, and followed them into the stable. It occured to the Marshall that the wagon wasn’t anywhere to be seen – then they noticed the tracks that seemed to drive into the wall! By sheer luck, Theo leaned against the switch. From the dark came Shoshawna’s signal, and the group reconnected.
  • The group followed the sounds of the wagon’s wheels down the pitch dark tunnel, clinging to the walls. After moving steeply downward for some time, with the wagon’s sounds fading ahead of them, they came into an open room. They lit the lantern and found that they were at a junction of many different caves, most of them naturally formed. Lula took this opportunity to relate to Shoshawna and Theo what she and Seymour had found at Tibbs’ workshop. They chose a tunnel with noticeable wheel ruts in the floor and continued down, extinguishing their light.
  • The sound of running water came to the group’s ears and, after another 30 or so minutes of steady downward travel, they came into another open room. Unable to hear anything over the now-loud and close sounds of water, the group was unwilling to light the lantern – they didn’t want to reveal their position to Tibbs and Solomon. Spreading out and feeling ahead of them, Shoshawna discovered that one side of the room was a cliff; a few moments later, Seymour discovered the wagon! Lighting the lantern (with a scrap of tarpaulin over it to mute the light), they found a pulley system in one corner of the room with ropes leading over the cliff, and found that the bed of the wagon was now empty except for a large tarp and a handful of masonry tools.
  • Peering over the edge of the cliff, they could see the shadows of an indeterminate number of people moving around in the room some 30 feet below them – unfortunately, the angle of the cliff prevented them from seeing far enough into the room to know how many were in it. Also unfortunately, the sound of falling water effectively drowned out any talking they might have heard from the room below. The group found a tunnel on the far side of the room they were in, that seemed to lead down into the room below, and started discussing a plan to sneak up on whomever was down there with Solomon and Tibbs.
  • Their scheming was interrupted by noise of someone coming up the tunnel from the room below. They killed the light and took positions around the tunnel entrance. First they saw a lantern bob up the tunnel, followed closely by Corman Tibbs’s face, which Shoshawna promptly put her fist into. Tibbs cried out, and Lula silenced him with a blow from her pistol butt.
  • they bound the unconscious Tibbs and put him into the back of the wagon, where Seymour proceeded to slap the mason awake. The marshall demanded to know what Tibbs’ had done with his mother, which elicited a confused reply…the marshall didn’t like this response at all, and backhanded Tibbs nearly back into unconsciousness. Shoshawna elbowed the overwrought Seymour out of the way and proceeded to ask the Mason what her brother was doing down there.
  • Tibbs replied that he just couldn’t tell them – that “she” would know. This provoked a moment of confusion amongst te group, which Tibbs exploited by throwing himself out of the wagon bed. Shoshawna managed to grab him by the legs and keep him from going over the cliff, but couldn’t prevent him from bashing himself unconscious on the stone floor of the room.
  • After tying the unconscious tibbs securely in the bed of the wagon, the group made their way cautiously down the tunnel and into the chamber below, led by Seymour (who was rather haphazardly disguised as the mason). They discovered that the room was now empty – apparently the mason’s accomplices had left, by another way, at the same time. What they did find, though, was a large altar carved of the tell-tale green stone – ropes and pulleys trailing from the ceiling to the area around the altar dispelled any doubts that this was the large object Tibbs and Solomon had brought in the wagon. The altar bore markings similar to those on the Sealing Stone.
  • Though they weren’t sure what the altar was for, they were positive that it couldn’t be anything good. So, they resolved to destroy it. They hurriedly reattached the ropes and pulleys to the altar and, leaving Shoshawna as a lookout in the lower chamber, returned to the upper chamber and started dragging it up. After moving it up a few feet, the party was rejoined by Shoshawna, who suggested that they allow the horses (still in the upper chamber) to do the rest of the pulling for them. Having lifted the altar to a height of maybe 25 feet above the floor of the lower chamber, they let it drop; it shattered with a resounding crash.
  • The group waited to see if their noisy destruction of the altar would get anyone’s attention and, when it didn’t, they began to make their way back up the tunnel, led by Shoshawna and carrying the bound Mr. Tibbs on horseback. Putting her ear against the secret door into the stables, she heard two gentlemen conversing in German. She called Seymour over to listen, but the mens’ brief coversation was over by the time he pushed his way past the horses to the tunnel entrance. They waited a few moments, not wanting to make their presence known to the men outside, then exited the secret passage and set off through the woods. Deciding that there was just no good way to get the bound Mason discreetly into town, they decided to take him to a hunting cabin deeper in the hills that was owned by Lula’s family.
  • This time the group tied Tibbs to a chair, then jostled him awake. Lula brought him around and told him that they had smashed the altar, to which he retorted that “the altar is nothing!” Seymour came on strong once again, brandishing his long knife in one hand and the note from his mother that he found at Tibbs’s place in the other. He demanded to know what “great service” Tibbs was working on for his mother. The mason spat at Seymour “You’re a fool!” and went on to rave that Seymour could have been a part of this, could have everything. Seymour didn’t like the sound of any of it, and pushed his knife slightly into the skin of the mason’s throat, drawing a small bead of blood. Tibbs’s eyes blazed with sheer madness in answer. Lula tried to break through the haze of the two mens’ rage with a rational appeal, and was successful. She explained to Tibbs that with the altar broken and him missing, his compatriots in whatever dark business was afoot would assume he was the one who broke it.
  • Tibbs seemed genuinely scared at this prospect, and began rationalizing out loud that he was too important, he was the one who created the key, his work was second only to that of “the dreamers” in importance. “And,” he insisted, “Hedwig would know I’d never do anything to hurt the cause!”
  • He continued to rant about how he had created the key – his work would allow all the power to come through! Shoshawna shouted him down in her native tongue, and was shown a disturbing vision of Harlan Pyotte’s face where Tibbs’s was just moment before, his mouth full of blood and shouting right back at her. She reeled slightly as her vision steadied. Lula made to steady her, and was punched in her one remaining eye for her trouble. The slight Lula was knocked clear across the room.
  • At this Seymour stormed out. Shoshawna stepped into the doorway and called, half to the fleeing Seymour and half to Lula and Theo who remained in the cabin, “haven’t you realized…we are the dreamers!” Seymour insisted that he had to talk to his mother and ride off. The remaining 3 members of the group made plans to each attend separate errands: Theo would return to the clinic and see to his sister, and the dead Dr. Wainwright; Shawna would return to the ravine and attempt to contact the spirits of the Gadach; and Lula would head to the logging company and try her best to acquire some dynamite. They made plans to rendezvous at the entrance to the Sealing Stone cave, before using the dynamite to collapse the entrance.
  • Theo arrived at the clinic to find Trudy and Cynthia having tea in the living room, seemingly oblivious to the carnage in the rear of the building. Thinking quickly, Dr. Tang played it cool. Cynthia mentioned that she had recently caught the Pastor looking in her mother’s bedroom window. Trudy then asked Theo where the doctor was – he lied. Then, making his way toward the examining room and Wainwright’s body, gave a shout of feigned shock and horror, pretending to be seeing the dead Wainwright for the first time. Trudy quickly followed him, and her shout was one of real horror and grief. Theo rather brusquely ordered his sister to go fetch the sheriff. She acquiesced, and Cynthia followed her, but not before giving Dr. Tang a brief piece of her mind.
  • Lula approached the closed lumber company office and saw only a single company guard on duty, and he was asleep. She moved stealthily in among the yard’s various tool sheds and shortly discovered what she was looking for – a crate of dynamite. Grabbing the crate, however, she toppled a stack of other tools, alerting the guard. She emerged from the shed with her game face on, ready to smooth talk the guard. He asked what she was doing with the dynamite and ahe quickly replied that her father had authorized her taking it. He asks for written authorization and she basically shrugged, playing dumb. Luckily, the strength of her father’s name and the earnestness of here manner were enough to impress the guard, and he allowed young Lula to walk away with the explosives.
  • Seymour burst into the sitting room of his parents’ stately home and loudly confronted his mother, shoving the perfumed note into her face and demanding to know what “great service” Tibbs was helping to perform. “What have you done?!” he asked, to which his mother replied “I have done nothing yet.” She offered Seymour a chance to be a part of what was coming, telling him he was born to lead. He asked where his father was and was answered by the sound of a pistol hammer being pulled back. His father tried to say a few consoling words…Seymour made as if he was relaxing, then turned abruptly and hurled a side table at his father. The table clipped his father and sent the pistol flying.
  • Shoshawna arrived in the creekbed outside the cave, and the magical fog rolled in to meet her. She sang the oldest songs she new from her grandfather, and made a ritual cut in her arm. The Gadach appear, and the leader with teeth bared walked forward and placed his hand on Shoshawna’s forehead. She dropped unconscious…riding through the woods from the logging company offices to the ravine, Lula fell asleep in the saddle…as the sheriff came through the door of the clinic, trailing Trudy and Cynthia, Theo collapsed to the floor…and, as his father recovered the pistol and his mother made to restrain her own son, Seymour fainted dead away.
  • the group gathered in the dream-place, the no-time, led together by the deer that was once again followed over the hill. But this time, waiting with the gathered others on the far side of the hill, were the Gadach. The deer pointedly turned his back on the Gadach, but their leader came forward to speak. He said that they were once connected to the valley spirit like the group members are, and that only those so connected could stop the usurpers who were now working to take in the whole of the valley’s power. He explained that a similar attempt had been made by some in the valley, to make a sacrifice and seize the power, 20 years before. That time, the ritual had been fouled by the sealing stone, which kept the Gadach and the valley’s power safely contained…this time, they have made a key to open the seal, and command monsters who will consume the Gadach’s souls, preventing them from attacking the usurpers. Then, they asked their favor of the group: the only opportunity, they claimed, for the Gadach to act against the usurpers was now. If the group could only release them, by opening the seal before the cult’s ritual, they would be able to move against the cult and, with any luck, effectively destroy them before the ritual can be performed. The group looked to the valley spirit for help and it looked right back, as if to say “the choice is yours.”
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