Rippers Resurrected: Collateral Evil

Part 1, Takes from the Journal of John Hodge
Demon and Old Leopold

Session 1 & 2, Africa

Many traveler has been gone missing in Tanzania at lake Victoria so De Beers Mining company hired me, Father Callahan, Sir Vincent Lockwood and Jacob to investigate why they are disappearing. Some rumors has been that reason might be some kind of supernatural creature, so yeah. They need Rippers to do the job…

We sailed down on Nile from Cairo to Lake Victoria. Cruise was full of social events, dining, tea, more tea. All that snobs do when they go to Africa to explore. Their concept for the whole thing is just sit on their ass all day and let someone else take care of the job, and when its done then they get up. They get dressed on their fine clothes and they go next to a beast. Then someone takes a photograph about it and then they brag about their great hunt on their social events back in London. Well every one knows this, even their fellow socialites and yet they brag how brave they have been and they were in a great danger whole time. Well there they are true, there are many diseases that are deadly. And that is usually their only danger there.

After long sail and one dead by disease we finally arrived to our destination. Base camp in Tanzania. Where many of the explorer has set their foot in the search of hearth of the Nile. And yeah, where many of them had disappeared in the past. We (Me, Jacob and servants) started to build base camp of our party at the same spot. In the morning most of us woke up when Madam Rossini started screaming. She had found Mr. Hog, well what was left of him, dead in his tent. Quick investigation on a scene and easy answer. A crocodile (do I really need to say more?). Well, this is quite strange behavior for those creatures and I investigated further. Blood drops on tent cloth and some kind of glass hail. Blood drops couldn’t been from the crocodile. I gave glass hail to Father Callahan who gave it to Mr. Zillumon. Who was our contact to De Pierce Mining co. Seems like this hail was diamonds for sure and death of Mr. Hog really stinks like a murder but from who and why?
No more evidence from the scene and I thought that it is time to turn on Madam Rossini’s trade. She entertained passengers with magic back on ship. I asked her to try to feel what had happened to Mr. Hog. While I was with her in the scene of death I got a vision. Vision like I was a bird that flew up on a river. All the way to this white-water in a days travel from here. Then some distance to east and there I saw a cabin. At the porch there were this old black man sitting and then it ended. I felt like I could find answers there and I need to get there now. So I told Father Callahan about this and he gathered Sir Vincent and Jacob with our associates and we went forward…

As we moved, I saw something glowing on a river following us. It seems like things I spot on a deck when we sailed here. I told everyone once in a while to take a look that what ever it is, it is not trying to attack us. When we get to this white-water, I told our associates to start build up a camp and wait here. We didn’t know what was head of us at the cabin so I tried to play it safe. On our way to a cabin we started to see really big diamonds on a ground. Well it might be some kind of a curse that killed Mr. Hog so we thought that it would be safe not to touch or step on them. Just about when we were close to this cabin, Father Callahan spotted movement behind us. It was our associates (it is a really hard to find decent laborers these days). They told as that a really big crocodile has attacked them and one of them sadly died during attack.
Well, our only option was to take these civilians with us. We told them to stay back when we reached cabin. Old black man was sleeping on a porch while we get there. Jacob woke him up and old man told us that he had been guide for the last group that got here. Miners from the De Pierce Mining co that had died here. More or less killed them self or each others. Many accidents had occurred here and something evil was inside the mines. At this point it all got clear on me. De Pierce Mining co didn’t really care about the missing travelers. They wanted us to find out what happened to their diamond mine and make sure that it is safe for their next group of miners.
I’m a good worker, every time I get a job I do it. So we went down to a mine. Elevator was old and hardly in one piece. That really was least of our worries.

Down in the mines you really could feel that something evil was in here and that was not about the heat. Evil presence was around us. Jacob threw his lantern on a wall while he told us that he saw something. Shadows were really dark in here and at the end we found these strange holes on a rock and then this some kind of summoning area. Someone really didn’t like this mining operation and had summoned here something that made miners crazy and greedy. We went all the way down on a mine. There the presence was even greater. More and more of diamonds. You really could see them on walls. Blinking back light from you torch. Shining and calling you to just take them. And yes, take them all, but really your friends didn’t need to get any of them…
Something really evil was really here and it tried to turn us against each other. Last chamber we went we found these really big old wooden doors and behind the door this really big demon… If the briefing for the mission had been a bit different and more honest. I could had something against this beast. My axes really didn’t seem to have effect on that demon and under all my rage that demon got in to my head. Father Callahan had summoned his angelic guard to aid him slay this hellish beast and demon turned me against that guard.

“All the richest, just for you. All you have to do is to kill your friends. Especially this holy champion and his angelic guard”

When the guard vanished I realized that I wasn’t myself. Go away you damned beast, get out of my head! Rage filled me even more I got a few good hits on that, but the hero of the day was Jacob. On his bare hands he bunched this beast down and back to hell where it belongs…

Next morning, well more like next day we went back to the camp that our associated tried to put up. We agreed that we met others (back on a ship) here. In the evening there was no sight of them and we went back to a base camp. There we found out that they had went back to a ship and seems like they had party there. Ship crew saw us on a beach and they picked us up. At the ship it was hard for me to keep myself in one piece. I had been lied of our real mission here, we didn’t get any message that other snobs didn’t want to went further from base camp and…
I gathered my thoughts and told Zillumon that most likely, other parties had been disappearing because of the creatures here, most likely because of big crocodiles. And we found your company’s diamond mine and it is safe to go there once again. Answers was really simple. “Here is this other bucket of shit. Please eat this one too”…
So we had to get some proof that here is really some big creatures and best way to get proof is to kill one of those.
Old man had told us stories about Old Leopold that lives on a river. We discussed this earlier while we waited other to join us back on a jungle. Should we hunt it down. Jacob and I told others that man really shouldn’t hunt for trophies, just for food or because of survival. And now we had to go do just that. Hunt for trophies for this group of snobs.
Next day we had a really good plan. Make a trap on a river bank, but some kind of bait next to it and wait. When the beast was in a trap, Sir Vincent could easily kill it. Good theory…
Because of a rainy day trees were slippery, making the trap was hard and climbing on a tree too. At the end I was bait and there were more than one crocodile and Old Leopold really was big. Three of the crocodiles was easy to slay, fourth got me and I was down.

At the end other had slain Old Leopold and that fourth one. We carried these back to base camp and every one was ready for a photograph. All the snobs on the ship were there. Looking brave and proud that they had hunt big Old Leopold with their own bare hands. If they really could have seen what this beast was. Or if they had seen the demon…
Who I really could look up to on this group was Sir Vincent. He was there, he was there fighting side by side with us. And he even used the gun by himself… Of course Father Callahan and Jacob were on the good side too. What I meant was for the snobs Sir Vincent is one of the good guys. He is a Ripper of course and wants to keep it separated from his “day job”. I really could learn thing or two from him in the future.

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