XX Horror

Transmission #8

Occam's Razor Cuts Deep

Sharpening Occam’s Razor

The Crime

Status: Complete (see Transmission #7)

Sequence of Events

  1. Cleaning Up Situation in Kingsport
  2. Rose Has Another Fainting Spell
  3. Race Back to Town
  4. Interviewing O. Olsen — Long Live Livonia!
  5. Visiting Dr. Armitage
  6. Arresting Dr. Armitage

Final Report

Victim: Ed Gain, the driver of Ms. Pickman and bodyguard to Armitage
Perpetrator: H. Armitage
Motive: Desperate need for a human sacrifice to drive empower the Red Box
Opportunity: Gain had discovered the sacrifice room, attempted to flee
Means: The Red Hook of the Time-lost Armitage
Mythos Angle: Red Armitage can must fuel the Red Box with sacrifices.

Session Recap

Document Review

Investigated

Weirdness #1: Livonian Knights

  • A historical crusading order in the Baltic. Successful in converting local pagans to Christianity without the ethnic cleansing practiced by Teutons on the original Prussians.
  • Olsen is from a Scandinavian family with some Livionian heritage, alive in old folksongs and tales passed down.
  • Strange mention of the knights journeying to G’nac.

Weirdness #5: Emrys Dorian Wynn “Mediataions On an Attic Figure”

  • obscure Welsh Romantic poet.
  • his book can make one more attuned to the powers of hypnotism, and the subtle connections between myths of dying and the nightmarish rising gods

Uninvestigated

Weirdness #2: International Logospheric Union

  • Bernard Petrovich
  • Jukka Lavi
  • the Seven Deadly Finns

Weirdness #3: The Nophru-Ka Panel

  • 14th Dynasty Egypt

GM’s Prep Notes

Victim: Ed Gain, the driver of Ms. Pickman and bodyguard to Armitage
Perpetrator: H. Armitage
Motive: Desperate need for a human sacrifice to drive empower the Red Box
Opportunity: Gain had discovered the sacrifice room, attempted to flee
Means: The Red Hook of the Time-lost Armitage
Mythos Angle: Red Armitage can must fuel the Red Box with sacrifices.

The Clues to the Crime

“Armitage’s House”

  • Architecture reveals that Armitage’s house has an extra room
  • And there is a chamber in it
  • Behind a bookshelf

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = Ted/Angus
  • Ability = Architecture

“Armitage’s 1908 Past”

  • Interrogation will point out that Armitage did become obsessed with a time-control spell in 1908
  • Siberian Shadows: a text that he had but put aside

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = Kate/Rose
  • Ability = Interrogate

“Armitage’s Alibi”

  • Armitage has no idea of where he was on the night of October 15th

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = Alex/Martha
  • Ability = Assess Honesty

“Poetry on Armitage’s Shelf”

  • A copy of Wynn’s chapbook is on Armitage’s study
  • It is Romantic poetry
    “Oh dying god, in time dissolvèd swoon
    Hight Adonis, Christos, midnight-worshiped Gloon”
  • mentioned in shuddered whispers w. Nayarlathotep, Cthulhu

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = Alex/Martha or Sara/Alice or Padre
  • Ability = C. Mythos

Metaphysical Poetry

*"Invocation of Non-Linear Time"

  • Rosicrucian Rose: the poetry of W.b. Yeats
  • Time as dimension outside of flow

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = Erica/Alice
  • Ability = Occult

Stothart’s Strange Visit to the Cop Shop

  • comes by to check on Dr. Armstrong, the abortionist
  • weird
  • he also consulted with Armitage

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = ?/?
  • Ability = Cop talk

Olson’s Alibi

  • Olson took the day off
  • Olson had a visit from Armitage in a fugue state
  • Something about a sword

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = Kate/Rose
  • Ability = Intimidate

The Writing on the Wall

  • There is the Diels fragment in German
    “Die Zeit ist ein Kind,
    dass sich seinen Spielsteine
    hin- und her- setzt”
  • In German, splattered in blood

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = Peter/Duree
  • Ability = Language

The Day of the Threshold

  • All-Souls Night, Nov. 2
  • 2 weeks before All Souls’ night a burning wheel rolled down hill into the quad
  • a limen, or threshold of time
  • Kelto-Gaelic ceremony going back centuries

Mechanics

  • Player/Character = Peter/Father or Ted/Angus
  • Ability = Anthropology

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