The Expert Witness!
I present the curious case of the "The Expert Witness!".
In this scenario Joey and I decided to take a different approach with the rules to play a narrative game where I would play the role of the games master having already thought out the five plot points that he would need to complete to move on to the next part of the story. I would control the Cultists while Joey played Inspector Greenacre and the men of the Paranormal Investigations Group. The intro goes as follows:
This is Part 1 of a Pulp Alley Campaign entitled The Crypt of Sir John de Tillier. In our previous scenario the family plot of the infamous Tiller Family was featured. John de Tillier is an illustrious ancestor and stories abound of his adventures. He is said to have met the odd mad Arab during his time in the Levant and to have acquired certain books containing foul and forbidden knowledge. It is rumored that his most prized possession was buried with him in his crypt.........
As head of P.I.G. your network of informants have passed to you some worrying intelligence that the Cult of the Unspeakable Nether Tentacle have been stock piling smuggled arms and ammunition along with various artifacts of occult interest from around the globe. These items have been traced to an abandoned and ramshackle barn situated down a quiet rural road a few miles from the village of Little Puttapon-by-Sea. As is often the case a graveyard is situated nearby. You make your way to the location leaving your vehicles down the road in order to make a stealthy approach.
Inspector Greenacre leads his men down the dirt track with Police Dog "Nibbles" scampering along ahead.
A grave appears to have been disinterred and a section of the wall totally demolished....
An ancient Celtic Cross stands by the road covered in vines and a thick green slime...
But as the brave officers make their way down the track their attention is drawn to the wood cabin to their right...
A woman can be heard crying from within as a Cultist stands guard at the door enjoying a long pull on his Cuban cigar, totally oblivious of the police approach.
Sgt Croft being a man of action boots the door down rather than search the cultist for the keys to reveal.... Ms MARBLES!!! cowering in a corner of the dirty shed, terrified. PC Healey runs over to reassure her but she is not convinced, "You don't fool me, your not real police officers!" she cries in hysterics!
However all the gunshots, door kicking and screaming have not gone unnoticed as two cultists emerge from the barn and take up firing positions behind the crates and wall.
This cultist gets little chance to do anything however as he is felled with a Clear shot.
"Get away from me you horrible, horrible fiends!"
But PC Healey soon leaves it to his superior and runs off after his dog as Nibbles approaches the Tommy Gun wielding Cultist.....
and dies heroically in a hail of bullets as he charges at the Cultist's throat.
As the cultists watch on from their stronghold.......
PC Kirkdale sweeps back a vine to reveal strange inscriptions....
"Its all Greek to me!"
"PC Kirkdale you have slime on your cuff!"
The riflemen take up position behind the stone wall.
As PC Dobbes runs off into an adjoining field. The excitement was obviously too much.
(To explain Joey thought I may have hidden something in the field.)
PC Kirkdale scales the graveyard wall to investigate the desecrated grave but the hole is so deep he cannot see the bottom clearly. Maybe a ladder would help......
The pistol cultist sneaks off to intercept him.
The Inspector ponders the Celtic Cross
"One of these might look good in the garden."
Meanwhile the Tommy Gun Cultist is surrounded by angry Coppers. They were very fond of Nibbles....
The Cultist takes his chance and runs round the side of the Crates all guns blazing taking down one of the coppers but also being hit by return fire.
"I say its very ramshackle!"
"I didn't sign up for this!"
"They did such unspeakable things to me Sergeant..... (sob)....they..... (sob) they unraveled all my knitting but I didn't give them the correct translation...........only partial.......but they will surely work out the truth if given time."
"Next time Greenacre........Next time......."
"........ and he struck the mad Arab until he was dead and with covetous eyes took the thing and kept it all his life and every day would study it but it would study him also until one day the door to ..............."
" and though weary his servants did as his last will and testament decreed and buried it with him in his crypt and inscribed on this cross the path to it uncovering it........to find the crypt you must......"
Stay tuned for the next installment in the case of ...........
The Crypt of Sir John de Tillier!