Curse of Cthulhu

The Case of Douglas Pickering

How it all began...

On an otherwise quiet night in May of 2015, a group of friends arrived at the home of David Pickering for a night of gaming and fun. What they found was a police investigation underway. Detectives claimed that David had been arrested after firing on police in Marietta, GA. Due to what seems to have been some sort of mental breakdown, David was placed inside Moccasin Bend Mental Hopsital for observation.

The group discovered a book within David’s house containing feverish notes regarding troubling dreams that David had been having for weeks. Most disturbing of all was a picture of a woodcut done of David’s ancestor, Douglas Pickering, who looked surprisingly like him.

Visiting David at the mental hospital, the investigators found something off about him, and decided to ignore his pleas for release in favor of further investigation. Examination of the journal led the group to a farmhouse near where David had been arrested, where to their shock they discovered the real David Pickering, shot and barely alive, along with a rusty key and a letter written in German. Calling an ambulance for David, they set off to check the farmhouse grounds.

Near the farmhouse, they uncovered a cave with a locked door inside of it. Daring the dark passageway, they found a horrible chamber with the restless dead locked in cage pits within the floor. Even worse, at the rear of the building , they found a mutilated and long dead body somehow returned to life and further deformed by dark magics. After learning from the living corpse that Douglas Pickering had been a necromatic wizard and was now somehow returned from the dead, they took pity on the poor man and acceded to his requests to return him to death.

They returned to Moccasin Bend to confront the one they were now sure was Douglas, the group was shocked to learn he had escaped and was on the loose! Determining that Douglas was sure to be after his descendant in order to kill him and steal his identity, they raced to the hospital just in time to confront the ancient warlock. Furious, Douglas unleashed magicks which threatened to kill the investigators but which luck and a hospital tray protected them from. Outnumbered and exposed, Douglas fled into a car waiting outside and was whisked away by persons unknown.

Since this case, David and Kelsey Pickering have fled underground for their safety, and to learn more about the world they’ve stumbled into. Only occasional letters with no return address exist to prove that the two are still alive. Roughly six months later, Jacob and Robert have started an organization dedicated to learning what happened and to keeping an eye out for more threats from beyond the veil of the normal. Its members are due to meet on a Tuesday night, when a phone call will set them all on a perilous path…

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