December 18th – December 20th, 2017
After the firefight that broke out in the home of Hela Cuthbert Singleton, the team had to lay low in London or get out. It was decided that following up an investigation at Slains Castle would be a good way to check on that as well as let the London heat subside. It was decided that Wolfgang Fechtner would drive to Aberdineshire, Scotland, with Ilari Vasyl, Frankie Savage and Cal Morrison as his passengers. Sarah Hester, much to the suspicion of Cal, would meet them there by train with Vincente Rojas.
Upon arriving and checking into the sparsely populated seaside Scottish hotel (a week before Christmas at the off season afforded them great privacy), Cal immediately set about launching his drones over Slains Castle. He found absolutely no activity there which was unusual. However, he discovered that there were signals coming from somewhere in Cruden Bay that were trying to detect foreign objects, like drones. Tracking the signal back, the team determined that the signal was coming from a pub called the Gannet’s Nest. The group decided to work their way to the pub and see what secrets it would reveal.
Ilari and Frankie went into the pub and immediately determined there were several individuals around the pub that were clearly heavily trained men, mixed in with the crowd. Outside, Wolfgang and Cal cased the building and decided to infiltrate. Cal made his way to the top of the building and found their communications network which he quickly shut down before getting into the roof access door. Wolfgang stayed on the street acting as a lookout.
Within moments of getting inside the building, Cal was confronted by a site he was not expecting. A massive computer network was set up as well as a lone agent working on the material who spotted him. Within seconds a firefight broke out and Cal sent a message for help. What followed was a firefight between Cal and the agent as well as as Ilari blocking the other agents in the pub, by staging a bar fight. Wolfgang and Frankie quickly came to Cal’s rescue but not before the agent has hit an EMP pulse that destroyed the entire network and wiped their systems clean.
The three had a short amount of time to scour the rest of the building before more agents, likely Edom would arrive. They found a secret room that contained a variety of clues but were only able to secure a few before making their escape. They discovered a refrigerated room with a corpse who they recognized as the body of Vincent Clay, the deceased photographer from the Heal the Children gala from over a week ago. They made off with some other hard copy documents that they would review back in their hotel.
Upon reviewing the documentation they found, it was a recently prepared file, the Elvis Memo that contained some theories and recommendations from one Duke of Edom to another regarding what to do about some internal investigations as well as what to do about, presumably, the investigators. There were also veiled references to Lord Blakeford Caldwell, Gabriella Vega, Karl Bonnaire and perhaps even Tabitha Holmwood, Lord Godalming and Eloise Buckley, according to the investigators. Strangely, there was also mention of a ‘Dr. Drawes,’ which seemed like an unusual name and it was evidently not positioned in the same way the other worknames were positioned.
The group knew that they had a minimal amount of time to act with regards to Slains Castle before whatever cover the Gannet’s Nest was providing would bring more Edom agents to the scene. If they were going to investigate Slains Castle, now was the time to get in and out.
Getting to Slains Castle, it was strangely uninhabited. The group found a secret basement entrance that was well hidden and well locked but Fechtner was able to breach the door. They went into the darkness below, choking on the stale air until they each brandished a gas mask to aid in breathing.
They quickly discovered this was a long abandoned research facility, likely used by Edom, likely used to house items and conduct vampire research. But based upon some of the torn documents that were left behind, this facility had likely not been used since the 1980’s, possibly abandoned as a result from actions stemming from the Cushing Zeus Transcripts, specifically, 14 December 1981.
The investigators even came across a Red Room which was apparently a part of the research the Edom team was conducting, as well as a strange reference to something called ‘Proserpine’ which could have been a headquarters or some other location. Before they could traverse further, however, they were beset upon by something foul – likely the first of what would surely be Vampires!
The fight with the creature was brutal and almost led to the deaths of the investigators until Frankie was able to take a broken chair leg and through amazing luck, staked the creature through the heart. After laying on the floor exhausted for a few moments from this deadly opponent, they went through the rest of the facility, finding very little until they came to a sealed door.
Upon opening the sealed door they discovered a painting in storage, a lost masterpiece by William Adolphe Bouguereau, a figure whom Frankie had a somewhat personal connection. The painting, presumably called Lust of the Underworld was not known by any modern art expert and would be worth several hundred thousand dollars to the right collectors.
The group determined that the Edom facility under Slains Castle was likely not in use since the early 1980s and the desperate creature they faced off had been left behind to rot either due to accident or not knowing what to do with it. With this information as well as the clues they had gathered, they met up with Rojas and Hester to tell them what they learned and decided to return to London for an important meeting: Pascal Lerue was back in town!