Chapter 4: Secret Cult

Notes:
•September 16, 2012 – early afternoon

•Hunter has made concept map on a sheet. He reacquires stuff lost (phone, clothes, weapons), groceries.
•Google search Det. Barrett (see online bio)
•Mary Thompson — high school substitute teacher, fired for using crimson (form of speed). currently working as King’s private secretary. Acquires stuff for him. Phone records = changes phones frequently.
•Current phone = King, Ned, James Fortune.
•Ned’s location bounces around.
•Thomas Arcon and Ryan Nesterin – wrote intros in King’s book he’s writing, write about King as being the leader of an occult group.
•Google King’s occult group = web page with pc info on the occult. there’s a riddle and a password protected page for times/location to meet. Hacked = under construction. Password = tegarath. Page was closed after the break in, currently being worked on @ local high school.
•websites of occults give hints to links and passwords, different password for different page.

•Riddle
•never ahead, ever behind,
•yet flying swiftly past;
•for a child I last forever,
•for adults I’m gone too fast.
•What am I?
•= childhood, more likely innocence based on occult reference.

•password: innocence = alternate page. Outlines premise of the occult. Occult = Shadow Seekers. Premise = ancient/mystic tribal use of darkness for faith rather than light.
•Book King is making = “hidden book” comprised of missing pages from all books. The hidden book is magical, the other copies contain small pieces of it. King is missing 4 sections, doesn’t have to have them but wants them.
•Sacrifice used to be required for summoning a being. The last time this ritual was performed was for fighting/killing werewolf incident in France (see wiki). Being was summoned and occultist killed werewolf.
•Cult promotes embracing darker emotions.
•Why Brazil? King and wife had wanted to go—nostalgic

•Hunter calls Damon, exchange info. Damon shares email, Hunter shares website and Barrett.
•They agree that they need to stop what’s going on with occult, either go after the book or King. Return to the office for others.
•Felix looking into available territories, Karina watching website for updated meeting location/time. Al shares book in museum pulls people through if they feel fear and touch the case.

•Hunter and Damon travel to Shadow Realm to find out if Tegarath is real and if the book in museum functions as a usable locus. Al goes into the museum to try to use book.
•Hunter experiences the Shadow for the first time. There is a hum, which is louder at the museum.
•Once at site of museum, gravel foundation, Al is able to come through to the Shadow with difficulty but he cannot go back. When he tries, he hears the hum is actually a chant:
•Al hears a noise and runs after it. Its a spirit who he chases back toward Hunter and Damon where Hunter tackles it.
•They question him and learn:
•- mage’s door created the chant when it was used
•- object/window was used to create doorway. doorway started the chant when it was used. chant continues as long as door is open.
•- object = glass “its a window”
•- mage = “an enlightened human being dressed in black clothing” “had the power to cross over, rend the gauntlet.”
•- first opened on a truck (a spirit) arriving in portland.
•- Tegarath = spirit whimpers
•- some say tegarath is powerful, other say its not real. a being in a hidden pocket, stuck there by father wolf, would bring darkness into the world.
•- Crudelis likes to hang out with King, hides in physical realm. = rude, unfeeling, hard, unmerciful, hard – hearted, cruel, severe, fierce
•spirit’s name = nettle. says he’s there to meet with his friend Barbed Wire, he’s looking for territory to call home.

•Hunter, Damon, Al travel through Shadow to King’s house. Outside of Portland the Shadow is beautiful. Sink hole where King’s house is. Crime scene is being investigated on the other side.

•Travel to Federal building in Shadow. Its very polished, grand, prominent, has physical walls. Inside, King and Fortune are being questioned about the break in by Detective Barrett.
•Al tries to identify true name of King, but is unable to. They look for the hiding spirit and see it hovering around Fortune’s holster, but Al IDs this spirit as Violence, not Crudelis.

•Travel to warehouse. Al and Damon ask why they’re going there—Hunter answers cult was doing rituals there. Building is completely black, as if spray-painted. Inside, powerful smell of wolf’s blood, physical 3D ritual symbols are etched/suspended in the air.
•Al asks if the symbols are from the books—Damon doesn’t know and Hunter says nothing.
•Al and Damon look through to the physical world, see scrubbed out symbols, smell ammonia.

•Travel to high school computer lab and find Ned in class, bored and not doing anything. Al IDs as Jordan Saint.
•Discuss plans to follow Ned/ get book/ interrupt occult meeting.
•+4 XP

Chapter 4: Secret Cult

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