Here are some notes from past few days I spend with this newly founded lodge.
The first impressions:
The lodge master John Hogde seems like a reasonable man but is a bit rough from the edges.
Father Sean Callahan is a honourable man – no, a warrior – of God. Otherwise hasty and blunt.
Sir Vincent Lockwood and his negro servant Jakob are peculiar fellows. Sir Lockwood is true noble that I can’t argue. Typical overconfidence and politeness are in his blue blood.
But his servant Jacob catches my eye. He is much more intelligent than you might expect. My guess is that he might be the brightest of the group
I got the impression that the master and servant are more roles than reality. But if that gigantic negro would be running free, it might cause more distress in noble ranks than an army of vampires!
Right after the briefing group divided in two. They did some planning but did not understood that I had all the background information about the cases. Amateurs. I went with mr. Hodge because he is the lodge master. Though he was quite aggravated by the fact that only survivor was his mother, we got a quite good idea what we could be against to. We drove to their lodge to pick up some weapons and equipment.
Their lodge house is currently under renovations but there is potential. The grounds are fairly secure and the house is being reinforced to withstand mayor attacks.
When we arrived to the scene of the incident other lodge member were already there. We met by pure chance… chance!
After few minutes local detective arrived and – in my opinion – was a bit too curious about our investigation. I got rid of him and we could travel to the old shipyard to continue investigations.
It seemed that the old abandoned shipyard was in sir Lockwood family’s property. He was quite shocked about the state of the buildings. I got the impression that he did not know that property was his family’s.
Turns out that shipyard had also been a Rosicrucian lodge. That really fired up our fiery priest. With the help of my keen senses we found the lodges old escape hatch. It was quite difficult to get in my age, so I stayed in watch with sir Lockwood and Jakob while father Callahan and mr. Hodge stumbled in.
After few minutes father Callahan emerged with a child they had found in the tunnel. Jacob descended to get him. Apparently in that exact moment all hell broke loose deeper in the tunnel. Mr. Hodge later reported that four nosferatus had attacked him. They handled the situation quite professionally and they got a lead that we should investigate the abandoned mansion next.
The boy they had found was – to put it mildly – strange. He appeared anemic and under fed. He also got some sort of seizures. I examined him and can say he was not diseased or a vampire. Only somewhat deranged. It seems he did not understood the concept of name.
I noticed that the detective from the town was watching us. He did not try to hunker and we exchanged some words. Again I got rid of him. Man was too interested about our business.
During the travel to town of Dover something insane happened. Father Callahan began to christen the child and named him Joshua. In the carriage! But this was only the start of this madness.
In the evening my excellent senses picked up a fragments of conversation between the detective, some high status lord and possibly reporter. I heard one name that might be important: Morris Talbot.
On the next morning during our breakfast father Callahan started to question the boy. I refuse to call him Joshua, it is absurd. Turns out that the boy can somehow sense the presence of rippertech. And there they were, discussion openly about rippers! As if the situation would not be bad enough the priest starts to question sir Lockwood with boys newly founded power in front of the commoners! Bloody hell! They understood the gravity of the situation a little too late. We made our leave quickly.
The argument carried on in the carriage. Thought it is padded I do not believe that it is very soundproof. Father Callahan’s madness continued – he insisted that we take the boy with us to the mansion. About 12-year-old boy, that we found yesterday evening, to ripper mission! I do not have the words to describe my mental anguish.
When we arrived to the mansion, instead of carefully planning our next move because there might be a higher vampire, mr. Hodge run around the mansion and went to the cellar without any backup. I tried to study the grounds but soon after Jakob also storms in cellar and father Callahan got some sort of frenzy and starts hitting the main door with an axe. I tried to reason him because he obviously did not know that vampires can be awake during the day. So he crashed in. After careful consideration I, sir Lockwood and the boy followed.
We went straight to downstairs were mr Hodge and Jacob waited. There were four coffins, human remains and bottled blood. We were clearly in the right place. They found a notebook written in strange runic language. To everyone’s surprise the boy could read bits of it. Maybe he is not so senseless than I first estimated. I suggested politely that we should burn the mansion down. They did not listened my words of wisdom.
We all went to the ground level and found a vampire and something even more grisly. The gruesome figure commanded us to his table. In my great surprise all the others followed that order. Then I knew it: I had to burn the place down. I went to get some petrol and improvised a few firebombs. After I got back the fighting had started.
No matter how deranged this lodges member are but they surely can fight. After a few seconds most of the enemies were gutted down. Even the boy did some magic attacks. Maybe father Callahan’s intuition was not so bad after all.
I decided to quench the firebombs and primed my Glorious Capturing Device (patent pending) and shot straight hit to one vampire. Though to my great disappointment I later discovered that the vampire was already dead.
The case is solved. Notes about the gruesome figure and higher vampire are enclosed with normal safety procedures.
P.S. This lodge has potential. In my opinion I should be monitoring their activities a bit more. Maybe under right guidance they might survive.