The Curse of Nineveh

Ransack and Murder
Contains spoilers for "The Curse of Nineveh"

Sunday, 25th October, 1925

The investigators are invited to meet for tea with Mister Theodore Rayburn-Price at the Wentworth Club. They attend and over tea and crumpets, Rayburn-Price asks them to undertake a discreet investigation for him or rather, for one of his acquaintances. Two nights ago (around midnight of the night of Friday, 23rd October and Saturday, 24th October) a man named Alan Tilbury-Pine was murdered in North Kensington. Sometime overnight on that same night in the same street, the home of Rayburn-Prices acquaintance was broken into and a valuable collection of antiquities ransacked. Proximity in time and place would suggest a possible connection. Mister Rayburn-Prices acquaintance is a private collector who would not want to involve the police in any investigation as to what happened on his property, hence him asking Rayburn-Price to try and find some investigators who are able to keep secrets when needed. Rayburn-Price also harbour some suspicion that there might possibly be some connection between what has happened in North Kensington and matters the investigators have previously looked into, as his acquaintance does have something of an interest in Assyrian artifacts, among others. Rayburn-Price also mentions that this is not the only such recent break in he is aware of.

Having obtained an assurance from the investigators of their reasonable discretion
as a man has been murdered, all involved except that if a definite link is found between that murder and other crimes, the police may have to become involved, this is merely something to be avoided if at all possible Mister Rayburn-Price gives the name and address of his acquaintance and says the man is expecting to see them at their earliest convenience. His name is Mister Andrew Noble and he resides at 68 Oxford Gardens, North Kensington.

When asked about the second case, he mentioned, Rayburn-Price says he knows little about that one, but gives the investigators the name Mister Matthew Smiley of 4 Montagu Street, Mayfair. He asks that even if the investigators intend to visit Smiley (and he thinks that might be a good idea), they visit Noble first as Noble is expecting them.

The investigators travel to North Kensington and Mister Noble
s valet, Withams, admits them into the house. Noble explains that two nights ago, on the evening of the 23rd October, he dined early and went to bed about nine in the evening he planned to travel to Paris to meet with his wife the following day and wanted an early night. As was his custom, before going to bed in his room on the third floor, he checked that the door to the room which houses his collection of antiquities was locked. Around midnight he was awoken by crashing sounds coming from across the hall his room and the antiquities room face each other across that hall and he jumped up and ran to the door. Finding it still locked, he returned to his room to obtain the only key to that door which is kept on his watch chain.

When he opened the door, he found a scene of destruction and devastation. The two windows into the room were locked, as was the only door which he had just opened. It is completely unclear how whoever caused the damage could have entered the room – or left it.

Noble locked the door, and has left everything as it is until now.

At the request of the investigators he unlocks the door.

What they find is the described scene of devastation. The room shows every sign of being ransacked.
What once were elegant, glass panelled display cabinets are now chipped and splintered as though a hammer had been taken to them their glass smashed and strewn over the expensive carpet. Antiquities once proudly displayed now lie either whole or in pieces on the floor. A broken tablet of clay, torn papyrus, and broken statuettes have been flung at walls, wilfully torn up, and discarded.

And upon a wall, the flock wallpaper has been torn to form words, which read
FREE ME”. Of possible note – all the letters in this are torn as capitals, except for some reason, the “R”, which is instead an enlarged lower case “r”.

Archaeological and historical knowledge leads people to the realization that Noble’s collection is fairly eclectic, but with a focus on
antiquities that are of Egyptian, Assyrian and Chinese origin.

Miss Gwyn takes photographs of the devastation.

As best Mister Noble can tell nothing has been stolen from his room, although it is impossible to be certain that some small items may not be missing, there are no obvious gaps. However, a number of items have been damaged.

When questioned specifically about Assyrian artifacts and whether it is possible any of the items came from Nineveh, Mister Noble admits that his most recent purchase, an Assyrian Cuneiform tablet may have come from there. He completely refuses to give any details about his supplier, but says that they may well have had access to items from that location. On further investigation it is discovered that the tablet seems to have been among the items destroyed in the room – a small fragment of it is found, along with clay dust. Fortunately, Noble did make a rubbing of the tablet and is willing to place this into the hands of the investigators. He agrees to check his collection in more detail and make a list of any missing items. He also suggests the investigators might want to speak to Stanley Edgerton of 7 Craven Hill, Kensington, as he is another collector who has suffered a recent break in. When asked if he knows Mister Smiley, he says that they are acquainted but are certainly not friends.

The investigators leave, Mister Peelman having obtained permission to come back in the morning where a ladder will be available so he can inspect the outside route to the windows. He has already established that there is no sign from the inside that the windows have been opened in years, but he wants to be thorough.

The investigators also examine the location in the street a few doors down where Mister Alan-Tilbury-Pine was murdered. There is no sign of anything at that location but Miss Gwynn photographs it regardless.

Inquiries with the Murder Squad at Scotland Yard, reveal that DI Jack Billington is investigating the murder. He states that Mister Alan Tilbury-Pine’s body was found at 11.55pm on the 23rd October by a beat constable. The man had been attacked sometime between 11.00pm and 11.45pm. He had suffered numerous blows to the head and torso. So far, no firm leads have been discovered but the investigation is barely underway.

Mister Rhodes takes the rubbing of the Assyrian Tablet to Mister Patrick Longton at the British Museum who agrees to produce a translation.

Monday, 26th October, 1925

Mister Peelman’s examination of the walls at Oxford Garden reveal nothing. This is itself interesting as it increases the mystery of how anybody got into the third floor room.

The investigators having heard that Peter Simkin has returned home to his home at Lavender Grove, Hackey, following their previous attempt to question him that lead in his fleeing the scene, return. This time they manage to gain access and speak to him. In between raving, he makes a few lucid statements. He blames Thompson for what has happened to the survivors of the expedition. Stones were brought back by Thompson. Stones from the temple that should have been left in Nineveh.

It is clear the Simpkin is now completely insane. Sir Malcolm makes the decision to take him to Saint Mary’s, Bethlem, for his own safety and wellbeing, and perhaps some hope of some sort of treatment and recovery.

A New Day Dawns
Contains spoilers for Adventures in Mythos London: The Non-Euclidean Gate

Tuesday, 28th of July, 1925

Sir Malcolm Chandler accompanies the police back to Scotland Yard under arrest for murder. Mister Paul Peelman has vanished – apparently he wants to stay away from the constabulary – but the other investigators head to the Middle Temple where they contact and collect Sir Malcolm Chandler’s lawyer, Mister Benjamin Donovan.

At Scotland Yard, Sir Malcolm is interviewed in connection with the murder of Doctor Terrence McAvoy – his fingerprints having been found at the scene of McAvoy’s death. Detective Inspector Brigalow is obviously handling Sir Malcolm with kid gloves, and the impression is gained that he now regards the issuing of a warrant against Sir Malcolm as something of a mistake, especially after Sir Malcolm tells him to make contact with his colleagues Dis Winslow and Partridge. Sir Malcolm is released with instructions not to leave the country.

The investigators return to the Wentworth Club for dinner. During dinner, they are informed that a young man wants to see them claiming to have a message for Mister Peelman. They agree to meet him outside where the young butcher’s boy, gives them a name – Michael Baxter – telling them that Baxter had red hair which he has recently shaved off. He gives them Baxter’s address in Camden, and the investigators head there. They wait outside for Baxter to return home, shortly before midnight.

Wednesday, 29th of July, 1925

A physical confrontation takes place between Baxter and the investigators, culminating in their subdual of the man. They take him into his home and question him. Initially he denies anything, but when he is told of the death of Randolph Kipps, he falls to pieces. He had robbed Mister Kipps and had hit him but had no idea he had hit him hard enough to kill him. In exchange for a chance to run before the police are called, he reveals he was hired by a Mister Atticus Stamp, who works for the Atlantis Bookshop on occasion, to steal the missing pages. They are now in Mister Stamp’s possession and he gives them his address in Marylebone. The investigators leave, Sir Malcolm immediately telephoning the police, while Baxter tries to run. The investigators head to the Marylebone address.

While pondering breaking in, they make the acquaintance of Mister Smith and Mister Jones who are also about to break in to Atticus Stamp’s home. Mister Jones and Mister Smith reveal they are part of some organisation that intends to take the pages in Mister Stamp’s hands into safekeeping. They tell the investigators that these pages almost certainly contain a lost ritual that will open a mystical gate to another world, from which horrible creatures, called Mi-Go will emerge. They would like the investigators help to stop this happening. The investigators agree on a provisional basis – they agree to help stop Stamp, but will need to be convinced the papers will be safe before handing them over to Mister Smith and Mister Jones. Mister Jones and Mister Smith indicate this is acceptable to them, and rather less professionally than might have been expected, burgle Atticus Stamp’s home in the investigator’s presence and with their help. Papers are found that indicate Stamp believes the ritual will open a gate – but to Avalon, the world and time of King Arthur. A rough sketch map is identified as showing the Church near Mortlake School for Girls, which is one of the supposed possible resting places of John Dee. With haste, the investigators, as well as Mister Smith and Mister Jones (riding in a motorcycle and sidecar) head to the Church.

Inside the find, tied up and very sorry, Miss Eleanor Bennett, a pupil from Mortlake School they met earlier. She reveals that she has been taking money from Mister Stamp, but it’s all gone terribly wrong, as he is obviously mad, and having checked the Church has decided whatever he needs to do actually needs to be done in the cellars of the school, Dee’s former home. The investigators, again accompanied by Mister Jones and Mister Smith head to the school where they find Miss Haversham awake, even though it is the small hours of the morning. She reveals she was woken by Atticus Stamp pounding on the door and that he offered a large amount of money to check the cellar location where the papers were found. He is down there as she speaks.

The investigators plus Mister Smith and Mister Jones head down to find Stamp is just beginning his ritual. He has chalked a circle on the ground and placed the candles at its points… but while the man is mad he seems fairly harmless and he only puts up token resistance as Mister Rhodes extinguishes his candles, and Sir Malcolm takes possession of the papers. Mister Jones and Mister Smith make a citizens arrest of Mister Stamp, and then agree to take the investigators to see somebody who they think will convince them that the organisation Mister Smith and Mister Jones are part of can be trusted. The investigators follow Mister Jones and Mister Smith to a building some of them recognise as Kensington Palace, and which the Guard make obvious is a royal residence even to those who do not immediately recognise it.

They are shown into the presence of His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, the second son of the King. He informs them that they can trust Mister Smith and Mister Jones and the organisation of which they – and he – are part. The papers are put into their care. As the investigators leave, they are told that the organisation in question is the Golden Dawn – which could be a useful contact at some point in the future.

Another Day, another Murder Scene
Contains spoilers for Adventures in Mythos London: The Non-Euclidean Gate

Tuesday, 28th July, 1925

The investigators ask to speak to Miss Hucknall, a history mistress at the school, and the person who discovered the burglary in progress. She reports that she was Duty Mistress and was woken by two senior girls who reported hearing noises in the night. She went with them towards the source of the noises and realised that they were coming from the school’s old library. When she approached the library, two men – at least two men, although she cannot be absolutely certain there weren’t more – pushed past her and the girls and ran outside. The men had their faces masked by scarves but one of them was a large man, who was either fully or partly bald. They climbed into a black van – not a Ford – with an AB registration (common in London) and a sign painted on its side that had been obscured, perhaps by black paint on its side. The investigators show her the business cards of the book dealers and she says that the pattern on the van’s sign is at least similar to that of Mr Kipps.

The investigators, knowing that Mister Kipps is associated with Watkin’s Rare Books, proceed to that shop where they meet the elder Watkin’s. He confirms that after Miss Haversham contacted him seeking to have the missing pages authenticated, he contracted this task out to Mr Kipps. Kipps sent him a telegram yesterday informing him the pages were Victorian era forgeries. He confirms Mister Kipp’s address, and the investigators proceed to that location in Denbeigh Place, Pimlico. The address given is a small printworks. An archway next to the printworks leads to a back yard area where a black van bearing Kipp’s name on its side, obscured by boot polish is found.

The investigators enter the printshop and are told that Mister Kipps occupies a flat on the first floor. They proceed upstairs and receiving no answer to their knock, effect an entry. Inside, they discover his dead body. He has apparently been clubbed to death with a copy of the Malleus Maleficarum – the Hammer of Witches. On the desk near him are books about John Dee, and in particular a fascsimile copy of the existing pages of one of Dee’s books – the Tuba Veneris, the Trumpet of Venus.

The investigators call the police and a local constable arrives. He then proceeds to contact the Murder Squad at Scotland Yard.

A very senior officer arrivers – Detective Chief Superintendent Murgatroyd who informs Sir Malcolm that he is under arrest, wanted for questioning in relation to a murder. Detective Inspector Brigalow arrives soon after and Sir Malcolm is told he will need to come to Scotland Yard to answer questions concerning the murder of Mister Terrance MacAvoy.

Back to School
Contains spoilers for Adventures in Mythos London: The Non-Euclidean Gate
Monday, 27th of July, 1925
The Evening Gazette carries a story that captures the eye of three of our investigators. The previous night there was a break in at the Mortlake School for Girls (once attended by Miss Elan Gwynne) and a number of antiques were stolen. What the investigators most notice is that the school was once the home of Doctor John Dee – a name that has come up in their previous investigations.

Shortly after reading these articles, the investigators are contacted by telephone and telegram and asked to meet a Mister Leander Grieve at the Wentwoth Club this evening.

They do so and as well as meeting Mister Grieve for the first time, they are introduced to Mister Paul Peelman, an associate of Mister Grieve, who he has asked to be present because the investigators might be able to make use of his skills in the task that Mister Grieve wishes them to undertake.

Mister Grieve is one half of the Grieve Brothers of Pimlico – dealer in esoteric and exotic literature – to be specific, occult literature. He informs the investigators that Miss Wilhelmina Haversham, the Headmistress of Mortlake School for Girls called him in to ask him to authenticate some papers that had recently been found in the school. He was able to do so – and to identify them as seven lost pages from a work by Doctor John Dee. These are the items that were stolen from the school last night.

Mister Grieve wants the investigators to recover the stolen pages, and will pay them ten pounds for each page, or one hundred pounds if all seven are recovered. He will also undertake to pay Miss Haversham any reasonable price for the pages, but clearly feels he will be in a stronger negotiating position if they are already in his possession.

He says the pages are worth more to him than they would be to any other dealer because they will allow him to complete a copy of the work already in his possession, making it the only extant complete copy and therefore extremely valuable. He will therefore be willing to pay more than any other dealer as he has more to gain.

It seems likely to him that the pages were stolen by somebody connected to another dealer – he knows that he was not the only expert consulted by Miss Haversham, although he does not know who else she consulted.

The investigators agree to take on the case, after negotiating a daily fee and expenses in addition to the promised reward.

Tuesday, 28th of July, 1925

The following day they visit the school. Mister Peelman shows off his skills by assessing the likelihood that somebody with nefarious motives might have been hiding in the grounds of the school. The terrain and level of overgrowth would make it fairly easy for somebody to do so.
Miss Gwynne obtains an audience with Miss Haversham for the group. They explain that they have been retained to investigate the break in, and she is delighted to have their assistance. She feels the police are not taking the matter seriously.

She explains that the papers were found by three young girls who were out of bounds in the school cellars. She called in three experts to assess their authenticity – Mister Leander Grieve of Grieve Brothers of Pimlico confirmed they were authentic and offered her a generous price she was considering for the papers. Watkins of Charing Cross sent a Mister Randolph Kipps who informed here that the documents were a hoax. Atlantis Books of Bloomsbury also sent a man who endorsed their authenticity.

Miss Haversham hid the books inside a large atlas in the school's old library.

The burglary on Sunday night (actually early Monday morning) was detected by two older girls who heard noises and told the Duty Mistress, Miss Hucknall, who investigated. As they approached the library two large men, their faces obscured by scarves, forced their way past them and ran outside where they climbed into a black van and drove away.

The papers seem to have been the only things stolen and Miss Haversham does not know how anybody could have known where she had placed them for safekeeping.

She agrees to summon the three girls who originally found the papers so they can be questioned by the investigators in her absence – the girls are likely to be intimidated by her presence.

The three girls are summoned – all are about 14 years old, they are Miss Eleanor Bennett, Miss Sally Woods, and Miss Milicent Majors. When they arrive Miss Woods and Miss Majors are in school uniform, but Eleanor Bennett is dressed in the style of a flapper – and cheekily, almost insolently, informs her Headmistress that she has lost her school uniform. Miss Haversham leaves the girls with the investigators and the use of her office, clearly intending to deal with Eleanor later.

The girls are reluctant to answer questions – in fact, Sally and Milicent won't speak at all. Eleanor seems concerned that she might get into trouble if she talks but also seems to think she should be paid for any information she gives.

Miss Gwynne consults the girls' files – she knows how the school works – and discovers that Eleanor is a known bully who has the two other girls under her thumb. There is also a notation on Milicent Majors file that she will generally tell all if she is removed from Eleanor's presence and promised both leniency and the fact that Eleanor will not find out what she has done.
The girls are separated and Milicent reveals that it was Eleanor who found the papers in a cupboard in the cellar while they were playing a game like hide and seek. She also tells them that Eleanor has been talking to a man and she thinks Eleanor may know something about the burglary.

Questioning of Eleanor resumes and under the pressure of a threat of a spanking if she doesn't answer, and a promise that anything she says will be kept from Miss Haversham as long as it doesn't put anybody in danger, she reveals that she was paid five shillings by a tall red headed man who she met on Saturday afternoon in the school gardens to find out where Miss Haversham had hidden the papers. She delivered this information by placing a note underneath the letter box at the school gate. She thinks the redheaded man had been to see Miss Haversham.

When asked, Miss Haversham confirms she saw the representatives from both Watkins and Atlantis books on Saturday afternoon, but neither of them were red headed men.
A Quiet Sunday
Contains spoilers for "The Curse of Nineveh"

Sunday, 12th of July, 1925

The investigators have spent the night at Sir Malcolms home, Radnor House. At breakfast, Miss Gwynne and Sir Malcolm both notice the same small notice in the late news column of The Sunday Times last night a man died in police custody at Bethnal Green Police Station.

They phone the police station and after some difficulty, Sir Malcolm manages to convince the Desk Sergeant to confirm that the dead man is Frank Judd, but his cause of death is currently not clear. They are awaiting the report of the police surgeon, but some sort of internal haemorrhage seems likely. This leads to some speculation on the part of the investigators that the strange parasites they learned of a year ago may be involved.

Sir Malcolm and Mister Rhodes attend morning service at Saint Mary with Saint Alban Church, while Miss Gwynne attends the Welsh Chapel in Clapham. Miss Sharp remains at Radnor House. At their service, Sir Malcolm asks the Vicar if he is aware of where Sir Thomas and Lady Boughton worship
the Vicar tells them that this would be at Saint James Church, Hampton Hill. Sir Malcolm and Mister Rhodes collect Miss Gwynne and Miss Sharp and visit the Reverend Bell at Saint James Church. He confirms that the Boughton worship there, and that he conducted the recent funeral of Miss Alice Boughton. He says that in the circumstances, the Boughtons seem to be coping reasonably well.

The investigators travel the short distance to Boughton House, where the Butler shows them into the Drawing Room. Sir Thomas agrees to see them and after proforma condolences are offered, Sir Malcolm leads questioning as to the circumstances surrounding Alice
s death.  Sir Thomas explains that the official verdict is likely to be that she accidentally caught her clothes on fire, but he is aware that something like magic may exist and is open to the idea that there was some mystical cause. He confirms his relationship with Ebenezer Allbright the man has sold him some antiques and that he is aware that the Pinkers know about what they call magic or sorcery. Sir Thomas, himself, has only a very small knowledge of such things. He is able to give the investigators an address for the former housekeeper, Miss Maud Bartram, who was dismissed by his wife, mostly out of concern of a scandal. The investigators then go to visit her at her familys home in Atbara Street, Teddington.

Miss Gwynne and Mister Rhodes masquerade as agents for Sir Malcolm, interested in assessing Miss Bartrams suitability for employment in his household. Miss Bartram reveals that she did cover up for Miss Alice
s absences on occasion, assuming the girl was meeting with friends. She herself had a brief relationship with a man calling himself William Jefferson, who seemed to her to be American. This was the man Miss Selcibuc identified as the Drowned Man. Miss Bartram ended the relationship when she came to suspect that Jefferson (if that was his real name) was simply using her to try to get access to the house. All she knows of him is that he claimed to be a garage mechanic at a village called Heathrow.

A brief visit to Heathrow followed, which ended when it became clear that there was nothing like a garage in that small hamlet.

Around noon, the investigators now elected to return to central London to visit Mister Terrance MacAvoy, a survivor of the 1919 Nineveh Expedition, at his home at 17 Hebron Road, Hammersmith. On arrival at this semi-detached house, Mister Rhodes took up position at the rear door, while the others knocked and attempted to call through the letterbox. Miss Gwynne, in doing the latter, vomited at the stench from within the house. The police were called from a convenient police box, and PC Douglas Heinneman of Hammersmith Police Station forced an entry to the home. On discovering  the body of
it is presumed Terrance MacAvoy in a state of decomposition in the front room, PC Heinneman left the investigators with instructions not to enter the house, while he called for help. In his absence, the investigators carried out a quick search of the house which appeared to have been ransacked, although many small valuable items remained in the house suggesting burglary may not have been a motive. Mister Rhodes located a letter to Mr MacAvoy from Mister Peter Simkin, alluding to events on and since the Nineveh Expedition. MacAvoy appears to have died some time ago, on a slit throat. When PC Heinneman returned, the investigators were back outside the house. The police constable took their details in case they would be needed.

The investigators broke for lunch at a Lyons Corner House, and then Sir Malcolm phoned the Wentworth Club to be told that Mister Theodore Rayburn-Price had returned and would like to see them this evening.

The investigators met with Rayburn-Price and gave him a full description of their activities thus far. Mister Rayburn-Price took note of this and said that he intended to make some inquiries of his own, and would get back to the investigators when he needed their help again
as he fully expected to.

An affray in Hackney
Contains spoilers for "The Curse of Nineveh"

Saturday, 11th of July, 1925

Around noon, the investigators decide they need to visit Peter Simkin. They drive to his address at 85 Lavender Grove, Hackney. Shortly after arriving, Miss Elan Gwynne notices a black Ford van, that seems very similar to one she saw when they were leaving Ebenezer Allbright’s shop – she suspects they have been followed.

Simkin’s home if near one end of a row of terraces. It looks much the same as any other house in the row, except for the fact that the curtains are drawn. Knocking on the door goes unanswered but Mister Rhodes notices that the curtain twitches. Shouting through the door, contact is made with Mister Simkin, but he tells them to go away. Making reference to the Nineveh expedition and its artifacts causes him to scream quite terribly. Fearing he might try to flee out of the back of his house, Miss Gwynne runs to take up position so she can see into the yards behind the house. Mister Rhodes does the same, but then decides to take up position on a street corner so he can see the houses that Mr Simkin might flee through if he tries to make an escape. Sir Malcolm and Miss Sharp remain at Simkin’s front door.

As Miss Gwyn tries to look over the fence, she realises that somebody is right behind her. She spins to confront a man – a big bruiser of a man – in a black suit, who is holding a knife. She screams in Welsh and kicks at him. He backs away. Mister Rhodes hears the screaming turns, and yells at the man as well, drawing his recently purchased ceremonial dagger and running towards him. The man begins to flee south down Lansdowne Drive. Sir Malcolm and Miss Sharp have also heard the cry, and seeing the man passing them at the end of Lavender Grove, they also give chase. Miss Gwyn is still shouting out in Welsh.

Only Sir Malcolm is fast enough to keep pace with the man. This is fortunate, because it leads to Mister Rhodes abandoning the chase so when the black van pulls up next to Miss Gwynne and two more large men climb out, he is able to run towards them again, shouting, and this is enough to lead to them returning to the van and driving off north. The man Sir Malcolm is chasing turns left, heading towards London Fields. He collides with an RAF officer, Flying Officer Jeffrey Lacey, who assists Sir Malcolm in capturing the man. FO Lacey is seriously wounded in the altercation, but fortunately his injuries are not actually life threatening.  The affray catches the attention of a uniformed Police Inspector who runs to assist, calling for further assistance on a whistle. He handcuffs the large man, and places him under arrest.

Sir Malcolm explains what has happened to the Inspector (Inspector Henry Fordham of Bethnal Green Police Station. When a Police Constable arrives (PC Anthony Gull) he is dispatched to summon transport. The Inspector asks Sir Malcolm and FO Lacey to come to the station to make a statement. Sir Malcolm agrees, but suggests Peter Simkin should be taken to the station as well, as he might be able to shed some light on what has been going on. The Inspector agrees, telling the Constable to go and get Simkin after he has called for a car.

The Constable follows these instructions and find Mister Rhodes and Miss Gwynne once again outside of 85 Lavender Grove. He attempts to persuade Simkin to come out and when Simkin once again refuses uses his truncheon to affect entry. It is realised that Simkin has now fled out the back of the house. The Constable searches it to be sure. He agrees to allow Mister Rhodes and Miss Gwynne to have a quick look around the house as long as they do not touch anything, before they will accompany him to the station as well. Nothing in particular is found, although it is noteworthy that the house has not been properly dusted or otherwise cleaned in some time. A display cabinet in the living room is devoid of all decoration or ornamentation. Mister Rhodes drives the Constable and Miss Gwynne to Bethnal Green Police Station in Sir Malcolm’s Rolls Royce. Miss Sharp who became slightly disoriented during the chase, and has lost all contact with the others decides to go home and phone the Wentworth Club to leave a message for the others – she is not that far from home at this point.

At the police station, statements are taken from each of the three investigators present as well as Flying Officer Lacey. The Inspector tells the investigators that the man who has been arrested, Frank Judd, is a known villain – muscle for hire. He’ll work for anybody who pays him. When the investigators reveal that they are private investigators looking into murders and give the names of Partridge and Bristow of Scotland Yard as contacts, the Inspector phones for help, and DI Bristow comes to the station. A deal is made with Frank Judd that he might face less serious charges if he is willing to name the person he is working for. He seems amenable to this suggestion but any deal will require the agreement of a more senior officer. DI Bristow is willing to tell the investigators that he suspects Judd is working for an underworld figure named Delgado but warns them to stay away from Delgado – the police suspect Delgado is working for somebody themselves and they do not want Delgado alarmed or otherwise inconvenienced until they can figure out who he is working for. Delgado is the type of person who might well be acquiring historical artifacts for somebody else.

By the time the investigators leave Bethnal Green Police Station, it is about six in the evening. Sir Malcolm contacts the Wentworth Club and receives the message that Miss Sharp has left for him there. It is decided that the investigators should travel out to Sir Malcolm’s home in Strawberry Hills and stay the night there, as it will be a convenient base to visit the home of Miss Neve Selcibuc’s Aunt and Uncle on Sunday. Sir Malcolm assures the others he has ample room for guests. On arrival at Radnor House, they all realise that he was seriously understating that situation.

In which the investigators become obsessed with spontaneous human combustion
Contains spoilers for "The Curse of Nineveh"

Friday, 10th of July 1925

At approximately a quarter past three in the afternoon, the investigators decided to visit the Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in an attempt to find out more information about suspicious deaths that may be linked to those they are already aware of. They are particularly interested in spontaneous human combustion. They are told that if they come back tomorrow morning, they may have more luck as there are certain people who seem to enjoy researching such phenomenon who are regular visitors to the registry and who will hire out their services to those who are interested. Further checks at a local library and then the London Library for information on spontaneous human combustion occupies the time until dinner at the Wentworth Club.

Sir Malcolm Chandler begins reading the Journal of the 1919 Expedition. He gathers a list of names of those who were on the Expedition. These may be people to track down and talk to.

Saturday, 11th of July, 1925

Around 9am, the investigators visit the Registry again, where they make the acquaintance of Miss Enid Miller, a bluestocking who describes herself as an "Inventor of the Machines of the Future". When not inventing she hires out her services as a researcher at the Registry. She is able to draw their attention to the recent death of an antiques dealer named Turner, who died as a result of spontaneous human combustion – or at least something very similar to it. This ties in neatly to an event described in Neve Selcibuc's journal.

A visit to Ebenezer Allbright's antiques shop follows. A Mexican standoff ensues when he is questioned about what he knows of the supernatural events that are occurring. It seems to be very little but he says the curse is real. He believes it causes death and madness and he believes it has resulted from people on the 1919 Expedition taking artifacts that they should not have removed.

He suggests that there is a collector in London called Guido – or something similar – who may be behind attempts to acquire artifacts relating to Nineveh, and who may have some connection to the murders. He professes no other knowledge of this person.

He is able to give the investigators an address for Peter Simkin, one of the names mentioned as being on the 1919 Expedition.

The investigation begins in earnest
Contains spoilers for "The Curse of Nineveh"

Friday, 10th of July, 1925

The investigators meet at the Angel, Islington for breakfast at around 9am. Mister Scott Rhodes has read through Miss Neve Selcibuc’s journal and provides a summary of what is contained within to the others. Miss Selcibuc has recently arrived in the United Kingdom from the United States. During her voyage across the Atlantic, she came into possession of a strange statuette of a merman, that she believed was dropped by a man, she refers to as “The Drowned Man” shortly before he either fell or jumped overboard. Since this item has come into her possession, she has experienced a number of very strange events including the deaths by spontaneous human combustion of her cousin, and an antiques dealer who both seemed intent on taking the statue off her, and she has found herself learning of the strange occult world that lies alongside our own just at the investigators did a year or so ago. Hopefully she is now safe in the care of Mister Theodore Rayburn-Price, but he and she have asked the investigators to look further into what is going on, and in particular into the death of Mister Archie Glossop of the British Museum on the evening of 8th July.

To this end, they initially decide to visit Scotland Yard which they know generally handles murder investigations. The desk sergeant refers them to a passing detective, Detective Inspector Marcus Brinslow, who, once he is convinced the investigators are not time wasters tells them that the death of Glossop is being investigated primary by Detective Sergeant Weston Partridge. DS Partridge is not currently available – he may be at the Museum, or if the investigators would care to come back at around two o’clock this afternoon, he will likely be back in the officer. As they are departing, Brinslow makes a comment that indicates he is the officer investigating the murder of Lord Howard Brightman.

The investigators then decide to visit two of Miss Selcibuc’s friends, mentioned in her journal, as mutual acquaintances of Mister Glossop, and with whom Miss Selcibuc has been staying recently. The journal indicates that they know much of what has been going on, and that they are also serious students of the occult. The investigators travel to their home in Hampstead, and find Bingo and Honoria Pinker to be quite nervous about what has been going on, and worried that they are being watched. They confirm must of what was written in Miss Selcibuc’s journal – Bingo, in particular is quite shocked to discover that Miss Selcibuc was keeping a journal and writing down so much of what had been happening – especially the fact that she reveals he is a ritual magician and that he and Archie, in coming to her rescue after she was abducted, may have committed certain acts that, in an uncharitable light, might be seen as criminal.

When asked, he confirms that he and Archie had – have – suspicions that Miss Selcibuc may not be entirely human. That she may be a descendant of worshippers of a God called Dagon who was worshipped in Nineveh thousands of years ago. The Pinkers also explain that their friend, Archie, was involved in cataloguing artifacts at the British Museum that seem to have come from a secret dig at Nineveh – a dig lead by the late Lord Howard Brightman and Mister Ramsay Campbell Thompson who was Archie’s superior at the Museum.

The investigators depart looking for signs that they might be being followed or that the Pinkers are in fact being watched. None are seen.

After lunch, the investigators visit the British Museum. After explaining to the front desk man that they will be meeting with Scotland Yard Detectives at two o’clock and they would like to give Mister Thompson the chance to explain his version of what happened to them before they reveal to the police their suspicions that something is being covered up, they are taken to Ramsay Campbell Thompson’s office. As they are admitted they are aware that he has just locked some documents into a roll top desk. Mister Thompson is not happy to see them. Initially he denies all knowledge of any so-called secret expedition to Nineveh, but eventually, in the presence of an indiscreet colleague who gives the game away, named Patrick Langton, he confirms such an expedition did take place. It is being kept secret because it was one of the most significant archaeological finds of the century, and the British Museum intends to announce it only shortly before opening a dedicated exhibit next year. He loans – reluctantly – the journal of the expedition to the investigators. On the death of Archie Glossop, both Thompson and Langton seem to believe that Glossop disturbed burglars who had broken into the Museum and was killed by them – a number of artifacts associated with the Nineveh dig have recently gone missing and while they may just have been temporarily misplaced, it seems likely they have been stolen. Mister Langton makes a list of these artifacts for the investigators.  One of them, a large bust of the Assyrian God, Nabu, went missing at the same time Glossop was killed. One of the ‘stolen’ items also seems to be the artefact placed into Miss Selcibuc’s hands by Glossop with the request she try and find out more about it.

At Scotland Yard, the investigators meet with DI Brinslow and DS Partridge who have decided their cases may be linked by the fact that a statue of Nabu was also taken from Lord Brightman’s home by his murderer. Besides this link, the two murders seem very different – Lord Brightman was obviously deliberately targeted – he was stabbed 37 times and a piece of parchment bearing the words The curse shall find all who have stolen written in what seems to have been his own blood was placed in his mouth. His feet and hands had been severed and placed on his chest in what seemed to be a ritual arrangement. Glossop on the other hand was bludgeoned to death with a blunt object in what seemed to be more of a spur of the moment attack. The Detectives, in a frank exchange of information say that they do have a possible suspect in mind for Glossop’s murder – not the actual murderers but somebody who might be behind it – but say they cannot give anymore details on this person without permission from somebody more senior.

The Beginning of the End
Contains spoilers for "The Curse of Nineveh"

Thursday, 9th of July, 1925

The investigators have gathered this evening at the Wentworth Club along with seemingly every member able to attend, for a memorial dinner in honour of club member Lord Howard Brightman who was reportedly recently murdered at his home in London. None of the investigators knew Brightman, except by reputation as a leading historian and archaeologist – he had reportedly become somewhat of a recluse in recent years.

The President of the Wentworth Club, Mister Gregory Bluffstone offers a toast to Lord Brightman, referencing his work at an archaeologist particularly mentioning a story of a dig that Brightman once participated in at Nineveh in Iraq, but saying little of the story beyond the fact it was terrifying.

Once dinner begins, the investigators are joined by Mr Theodore Rayburn-Price at their table – for some reason he was missed when the seating plan was worked out and they have space at their table. Over dinner, Mister Rayburn-Price reveals he did know Lord Brightman quite well having been friends with him for about the last ten years. He tells them that the frightening story to which Bluffstone had alluded was that of a curse. Some years ago, when Brightman was in Iraq, he had come upon a local man trying to steal a statuette from the dig site. An altercation ensued in which Lord Brightman was forced to shoot the man in self defence. As the man lay dying he thrust the statuette at Lord Brightman and told him to take it and told him he was cursed now – a curse that would make him sleep no more. Brightman had told Rayburn-Price that the curse seemed real – that he had never had a decent night’s sleep since then.

Rayburn-Price leaves the table before the desert course, but while the investigators are drinking port after dinner, he approaches them again and asks for their help. He asks them to accompany him to a room at the top of the building. Here, in privacy, he introduces them to Miss Neve Selcibuc, a young American woman. She is obviously very nervous.

Rayburn-Price explains in 1903 an expedition lead by two archaeologists, Reginald Campbell Thompson, and Leonard King undertook a dig at Nineveh in Iraq looking for the lost temple of the god Nabu. They were apparently unlucky and did not find it, but rumours have been around for a few years that they went back. Rayburn-Price can confirm these rumours –  after King died in 1919, Thompson went back with an expedition that Lord Brightman was also involved in – Rayburn-Price believes this was where Lord Brightman had the experience, that Rayburn-Price described at dinner.

Miss Selcibuc takes up the story. She explains that she recently returned to London to recuperate after some unpleasant experience in Scotland and has been staying with her friends Bingo and Honoria Pinker and also met up with a good friend of hers named Archie Glossop who works – worked – at the British Museum. Glossop told her that staff at the museum were cataloging large numbers of artifacts from a dig at Nineveh – which was odd, because the last official dig at Nineveh was in 1903 and everything from that dig had been cataloged at the time. It seems likely that these have come from the more recent dig at Nineveh that Rayburn-Price has been talking about, a dig which is being kept secret – or at the very least being given no publicity at all. Glossop also told her that artifacts were being stolen – he gave her a list – and also lent her an artifact so she could, perhaps, make use of some contacts she had who might be able to determine what was going on.

She went to see a dealer in antiquities she knows, Ebenezer Allbright who told her he though the stolen artifacts must have come from the Mound of Nebu Yunus. When she showed him the artifact Archie had lent her, he inititally said it probably came from there as well, but on closer examination on a mark on its base, he seemed scared and referred to “That bastard King” and forced her from his shop.

She returned to the British Museum to report back to Archie – this was yesterday – and found the section where Archie worked cordoned off by police. Questioning revealed that Archie had been murdered. She spoke to Reginald Campbell Thompson herself but she made her excuses when he began asking her questions about her connection to Archie Glossop and why she was there.

She returned to Allbright’s shop and physically persuaded him to t ell her more of what was happening. Allbright told her that King and Thompson had found something at Nineveh and brought it back. He raved about a curse. And strange names. Miss Selcibuc found it necessary to hit him across the head with a  whisky bottle to get out of the shop. And since then she’s felt like she is being followed. She has turned to Rayburn-Price for help and he has agreed to get her to a place of safety.

But he needs people who can look into what is going on. He and Miss Selcibuc are too well known at the Museum to be able to ask questions and besides she may be in some danger.

He hands them a wrapped parcel telling them that it is the artifact Glossop gave Miss Selcibuc. It seems very similar to the one that Lord Brightman had said was associated with the curse. He would like them to look into Lord Brightman’s death, and that of Archie Glossop as well and see if they are connected. He gives them a mailing address they can use to contact him. Miss Selcibuc gives them her journal – she says it explains what she has been doing for the last few weeks and perhaps it may be helpful.

The investigators agree to do what they can to help.

They examine the artifact.

It is approximately eight inches tall and seems to be made from pure gold. The statuette is of a bearded king who appears to be transforming out of a second, plainer humanoid figure. The effect is to suggest some form of divine conversion or god-like birth. There are no marks or inscriptions save for a small sigil carved on the base, which looks like a rune of some kind. Sir Malcolm has seen this mark before in his studies over the past year. It is in no human language but it was said to mean “Yul’huthris”, a being with a link to another called “Yog-Sothoth”. Looking at the relic causes a sensation of unease and it feels greasy to the touch.

The End of the Beginning
Contains spoilers for "Adventures in Mythos London"

Tuesday, 5th of February, 1924

It is approximately one o’clock in the afternoon. The investigators are standing in the Crespo family home on Pear Tree Close in Finsbury, in the presence of local physician Doctor Pesavento. Sofia di Santis and Mrs Gabriella Crespo have just left in an ambulance. Sofia is in a very serious situation, six of the starfish like parasites having been cut from her body. Two of these have been killed, three captured, and one has escaped. The investigators attempt to capture this final one, but it proves impossible – it has apparently escaped through a small hole – perhaps a mouse hole, and short of setting the house on fire, there is no clear way to proceed.

The investigators decide to visit the Smithfield Meat Market where they talk to one of the meat inspectors stationed there. They inform him of the possibility that Smithfield may be the source of a parasitic infestation. He takes them seriously, once they explain who they are, and while he regards it as unlikely, he agrees that he will order a careful inspection of the market.

By now visiting hours at Saint Bart’s have begun and so the investigators make the short drive there and go to visit Doctor Edith Banks. Doctor Banks seems vague and has no idea who they are. A question at the nearby nurses’ desk reveals that Doctor Banks has had a visitor – a vicar who was at the hospital to see an injured colleague. With careful questioning, raising inconsistencies in her memories, Doctor Banks seems to recover her lost memories and reveals she was visited by the Reverend Leigh, who through some means – mesmerism, or magic, or something equally strange – altered her memories.

The Reverend Miller is still unconscious. The investigators decide it is now time to confront the Reverend Leigh.

They head to the rectory at Saint James’ Church. They speak to Mrs Stanhope, the housekeeper. She reveals that the Reverend Leigh is not present. She agrees that they can wait for him in the front parlour. In the parlour they realise that the books on the shelves do not match those they saw on their earlier visit – in place of the banal and unthreatening tomes they saw then, they realise that the Reverend actually has quite a collection of esoteric lore and unusual theology. Coupled with the earlier realisation that they seemed to lose time in the Reverend Leigh’s presence they conclude that he has used his powers – whatever their source – to alter their own memories. As the Reverend has not made an appearance, they decide to examine the church.

They find the door to the crypt area of the church (now remodelled as a church hall) open. They descend the stairs to a unlocked door. Opening it a crack, a very bright light spills out. Peering around the corner, Sir Malcolm can see four human figures standing around a bright archway of incandescent white fire that seems to hang in the hair. The figures are mere silhouettes against the light but one of the two standing in front of the archway has the build of Reverend Leigh, the other is strangely emaciated. There are two men of more normal build on either side of the archway and they seem to be holding chains that lead into it.

The investigators creep inside – and Mister Scott Rhodes gets a glimpse of a terrible horrible creature, all tentacles and suckers writhing inside the bright light which seems to be some sort of gateway. Concluding that the Reverend Leigh may be trying to bring this creature through the gate, Mister Rhodes rushes forward and pushes the Reverend Leigh through the gate.

The strange emaciated figure – a thin man, showing signs of great age and horrible burns screams in frustration and anger. He throws himself at the narrow gate wrapping his arms around it, blocking the opening with his own body – and tells the investigators to run. They do so. As do the two men who had been holding chains.

Once outside, the investigators return to the rectory. They search the Reverend Leigh’s room. A table sits on four wax seals set into the floor in the centre of the room. Lying on a wooden stand on this table is a strange prismatic crystal which the investigators take into their possession for further examination. Inside a rail on which the Reverend Leigh’s clothing hangs, they find a key that opens his locked desk drawer – the desk is strewn with papers. Inside the desk they find a copy of The Alchemical Writings of Edward Kelley (presumably the copy they believe originally came from Lionel Gullan’s library via Alice Daw), a copy of The Book of Dunstan (presumably the copy stolen from McClaggen’s book binders), a copy of The Philosophy of Natural Magic by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Henry Morley, and L.W. de Laurence, and £180 in cash inside a leather wallet.

It seems obvious that the Reverend Leigh was the source of the troubles that have been afflicting this area, and he is now no longer any sort of threat. The gate vanishes from the crypt – the exact reason why is unknown. The investigators examine the documents recovered from the Reverend Leigh’s room. As best they can work out, the Reverend Leigh stole the strange crystal from the secret compartment at the Crespo home – when the voices were reported, he did some research and discovered that home had once been the home of the 16th century occultist Edward Kelley and he – rightly – suspected the voices came from something Kelley had left hidden in the house. The crystal seemed to speak to Reverend Leigh in an ancient language he somehow found he understood. And it corrupted him – or at least encouraged him to become corrupt. He had acquired a power to somehow edit people’s memories. He used this to seduce four young women although the precise nature of the seduction is unclear – Miss Eileen Pinnar who committed suicide last year, Miss Mary Hamer and Miss Alice Daw who died as a result of the strange parasites, and Miss Sofia de Santis who is now at Saint Bart’s hospital having been delivered of the evil creatures. Reverend Leigh also found that Edward Kelley was somehow still alive, somehow preserved alive by a creature beyond a mystical gate. The voices told the Reverend Leigh to bring that gate to the crypt beneath the church and it was his intention to eventually enter it to seek eternal life.

The Reverend Leigh is gone. The Reverend Miller recovers and takes over the parish. The investigators report what they have found to Lionel Gullan who seems satisfied that all has been discovered that can be discovered. The investigators may feel some satisfaction that they may have saved the lives of the Reverend Miller, Doctor Edith Banks, and Miss Sofia de Santis, and they have discovered much – even if, for the moment at least, some knowledge has eluded them. All of them have had their eyes opened to the existence of things in this world that they do not understand. All feel they would like to understand them more. Sir Malcolm sponsors Mister Rhodes, Miss Sharp, and Miss Gwynne as members of the Wentworth Club. They suspect that the club may be helpful to them in the future with access to its many members with unusual knowledge and experience – as they themselves have.

A year will pass – a year and more – but there will be a chance to once again investigate this unknown world that lies within our own.


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