Chapter 01: Burke, the Company Man

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Session Number: 5
Date: Saturday 24 November 2007
Venue: Tammi's
PCs & Players:

Eko Ftr1 (Craig) (kills: none)
Erowyn Ftr1/Mage1 (Tammi) (kills: none)
Irin Thf1 (Fergus) (kills: none)
Jarl Mage1 (Alain) (kills: none)
Willow Drd1/Rgr1 (Densial) (kills: none)
The World BadAss999 (DM) (kills: none)

XP Awarded: nil

At the cultist's main camp, now burned to the ground, we decide to continue the hunt for the routed Spider Queen. Talith knows about the cult, so we follow him back to Scranton. There, Jarl is approached by Wagons Burke, owner of the "Penn & Paper" paper mill, who has a matter of a "delicate nature" that he wants addressed "discreetly", i.e. without the local Militia's knowledge. There is discussion within the group as to whether we ought to take on a job based on its potentially questionable legality or morality. The decision is to proceed.

Several children belonging to families and one whole family (the Jordans) that work for Burke have gone missing over the past 4 days. The disappearances have been happening mostly in the late afternoon or dusk, and mostly around the wooded area behind the mill.

Burke employs a mage called Daniel Kash, who produces specialty paper dyes. Daniel is very reclusive, especially in the past couple of months. Jarl attempts to open the rather imposing door to Daniel's quarters in the mill, but gets blasted with fire. Erowyn peers through a food flap at the bottom of the door and notices that the room is in darkness.

Willow and Eko talk to the families of the victims, then scout around the wood. There is a large hole in the outer wall of Daniel's quarters, on the second level. Also, no wildlife is to be found in the woods around the mill. Eko cautiously climbs up a ladder to investigate the hole but finds little. Willow follows suit and notices that bricks are piled up on the inside of the room and that a thick layer of dust on the floor is punctuated with many small, circular (nonhuman) prints. Spiders, anyone?

We all break into the Jordan residence, a family that disappeared a day ago, where a smell of "meat" lingers. Erowyn finds the daughter Rebecca (Rebecca Jordan? Newt?) inside a wardrobe, alive but very scared. When Erowyn questions her, she babbles about spiders. We then find the dessicated remains of her parents laying on the master bed in the next room <shiver>. One of the family members, Timmy, seems to be missing…Willow has urged the party to make all haste back to Daniel's quarters…

note from denz: I finally got it, Wagons Burke, Carter Burke, geddit?
[Craigo] Yeah mate, that particular penny dropped for me on Sunday. Fergus must've been almost beside himself when we were unknowingly making all these references to "Aliens" :-)
Fergus: I was loving it! Actually all the names are somehow linked to characters and actors from the movie!

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