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Nathan Lewis
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I think you are right, Alfred says to Dr. Odko as he passes some liquid courage to Ernest. I wouldn't mind spending some of the day scouting the place as well to see who all is coming and going. Let's make a morning of that and in the afternoon, perhaps pay the Mr. Trammel a visit.
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SO you return to your lodging?
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Lodging for the evening, then Alfred can come back (with anyone who is willing to help scout) before sunrise to scope out the scene and see who comes/goes. Alfred (and others) will meet up with everyone around Noon and we can go from there.
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I think I would be a detriment during a pre-dawn recce, but I'm quite willing to come along later in the day.
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Ernest eagerly takes the drink from Alfred. He hesitantly agrees to help scout.
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Wednsday July 14th 1937
You all go back to your lodging to get some sleep. Ernest and Alfred only get a few hours though, before they head out again at dawn.

At noon the other investigators join them in Pasadena.

While scouting, Ernest and Alfred has discovered a few things.

There aren't many guards as far as you can tell, but people come at all hours. Few use the main entrance, either they are servants using the servant's entrance, or they are what looks like gangstrs using the patio, carrying cases to waiting cars. The door to the conservatory is unused. Just as the other investigators arrive, you see a couple leaving. Not gangsters or servants, they look like tired party goers.

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I think the best way in may be that conservatory door there. We haven't seen anyone enter or leave there, which means it may be locked. That hasn't stopped me before. I don't suggest just going up and knocking. Too many trouble boys knockin' around for this to be a stand-up establishment.

Lead the way to conservatory door, and inside.
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Alfred uses his lockpick skills to get the door open. The conservatory is built mostly glass, and catches the sun beautifully. There are a few plants here, but nothing else of interest. There is a door, leading deeper into the building.
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I guess it is obvious you will continue through that door, so I am just going to move on.

Instead of doing this room by room, I will quickly move through the uniteresting parts.


The door opens into the mansion proper. You walk into a elegeantly decorated library. All the walls are covered in bookshelves, and by the looks of them, the books are old. In one of the corners stands a leather chair, a paiting hangs behind it, a painting you recognize from some of the photos you found in the deposit box.

A door opens up into a smaller room, and office. There are fewer books in the office, but there is a desk with several drawers.

A second door leads out of the library and further into the mansion. From what you saw from the outside, most likely to the entrance hall.
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I will look through the desk.

Maybe something of interest is in here...

Spend evidence collection, if appropriate.
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The main drawer contains a huge pile of papers, bound together by twine andrubber bands. While some of the papers are even seperated from the others by folios, the pile is clearly a single work-in-progress.

Just by looking at the pile, Paul can see that many of the papers are in poor condition. Things have been smeared all over several of them, and many pages stick together. It is all written by hand, and includes diagrams and drawings.

On the front a title is written in a strange, rambling hand, "Testament of the Dripping Mouthes' Emanates."

Paul must roll stability
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What a peculiar tome and quite disturbing...

Stability 1d6 = (6) = 6.

What a vivid imagination.
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Paul passes, no need to wait.
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Ernest clumsily roams through the mansion, trying his best not to knock anything over.

Palms sweaty, he begins to nervously rubs his hands together.

He feels queasy when he leans over Paul's shoulder to glance at the book.

Testament of the Dripping Mouthes' Emanates, eh?. Where have I heard of that?

Mind if I take a look Paul?

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Ernest must roll stability

Roams theough the mansion? Has he moved on from the library?


Ernest thinks hard, but suspects he has never heard of this book. He looks at the first page, and see a date nearly a decade ago. The writer identify himself as Samson Trammel.
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I think you will enjoy the pleasant fiction of this tome. Keep in mind Ernest, these are the ramblings of obvious madmen. Keep a clear head as you read. On second thought, you don't look so good - are you sure you want to delve deeply into this particular book?
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Dorothy is distracted by the library and begins going through Samson's books.

"Maybe his books can tell me something about him."

Evidence collection and library use if I need them.
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Sorry, Karl - that was just meant to describe his movements following the group

Paul's voice is a distant murmur to Ernest, as he stares into the book. He feels himself - his very essence - being drawn towards it.

Unnerved, he fights the sensation.

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Dorothy finds many of th classics, and even several old tomes she has heard terriying things about.

Adrift in a Storm-Tossed Sky
Collected Sermons of the Float’d Tongue, Vol. II
Cradle in the Ocean, The
Fishing the River of Stars
Gaze of Azathoth, The
Geheimes Mysterium von Asien
Last of the First: The Ends of Occult Dynasties, The

And most disturbing of all, several volums of the Revelations of Glaaki. Strangly, she also fins a recording of music from Mexico

Ernest looks at the book Paul has found, the cover and first couple of pages is highly disturbing. He reads a few sentences, they are about sex, and a world wide cult.

Ernest loses 2 stability.
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Alfred wanders over to the painting to have a closer look at it, then he pulls out his camera and snaps a shot of it to compare with the other photograph.
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It is a mundane image of a field of stars, the exact same as in the photogaphs.

We are moving a bit slowly, don't be afraid to bring us forward.
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Oh my lord, how did he get all of this!? If the works in these volumes live up in the slightest to what I've heard of them, then I need them. My readers need to know what's in these books, and it is my duty to live up to their expectations. Maybe he won't notice if I take a few.

Dorothy attempts to take as many books as she can get away with and put in a container.

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Dorothy fills her bag with several volums.
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Feeling unhinged after reading that cursed tome, Ernest begins to aimlessly walk forward, further into the mansion.
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Ernest can quicly go through most of the restof the groundfloor.

The main level is mostly given over to a massive two-storey grand entry that gives way to a formal ballroom, the latter of which is reconfigured as a broad living space dotted with couches, overstuffed chairs, and tall potted plants. The kitchen and pantries, formal dining room, and sun room lie to the west of the ballroom. You find nothing inside these rooms, except for the kitchen. You hear people working there, and dare not enter.

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