The Armitage Files

A Genius in the Sanitorium

Stumpf Struts

Following a lead from the Armitage papers, the investigators make a trip to the new sanatorium at the edge of town. Dr Carl Stumpf, Austrian Alienist and notable author, demonstrates his immeasurable arrogance, and gains admission to the office of the Sanatorium Director, Dr. Walter Gotho. There he reads the files on Dr Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee and learn that he only interacts with one other patient. After questioning Dr. Walter Gotho they learn that it is Homer Coleman, an insane factory worker. They also learn that the nature of the interaction is that they lock eyes and some sort of recognition passes between them. Coleman begins chanting about the Yellow King and Peaslee starts making a rhythmic “tock tock tock” sound. The file shows that sometimes he makes this sound while alone along with muttering about the sound of the sticks. He also sometimes is overcome by irrational fear and screams aobut the wings beating in the night.

Stumpf uses his particular skills in psychology, particularly his research into music and the mind to bring Peaslee out of his fugue state and learn of Hastur, the Yellow King, somehow connected with the Western Australia expedition.

He then interviews Coleman, whom was admitted to the Sanitorium on the 13th of August 1932. Coleman is obsessed with ‘the Yellow King’ and draws images of him over and over again. He gives the players two drawings he has made (Homer Coleman drawing 1) (Homer Coleman drawing 2) and Major Alfred Wessex, whose interest in Astronomy stems from his years in the USMC, concludes that the absence of a moon in the more sinister drawing is an indication that evil work is done on the night of the new moon.

Following the trail of Astronomy, the investigators decide to pursue the reference in Document 2 to The New England League Of Amateur Astronomers. Once again the Major’s interest in astronomy is useful in gaining an audience with Thomas Ongine the current president of NELAA. Major Wessex pays $2 for yearly membership learning that membership is now but half what it used to be, but hard times have had an effect on all sorts of organisations. They also learn that the monthly meeting is on the 1st wednesday of each month, tomorrow night! The latest copy of the newsletter has a list of members and no names leap out except that one member is Elisha Culberson, Sheriff of Bolton County. The investigators notice that Thomas Ongine’s house backs onto woodland, and can’t help wonder at the coincidence when recalling Homer’s ranting about the evil in the woods.

Following the lead to the Sheriff, Detective Patrick Mahone enquires at the local Sheriff’s Department, speaking to an acquaintance, Sheriff Allan Prouty, who speaks highly of Sheriff Elisha Culberson and tells him that he has been a local sheriff for over 20 years. While there the group ask about missing persons, and note that Wendy Hower, a young local socialite, went missing on 14 August earlier this year. Also curious was the fact that there seemed to be more missing person cases than a community this size should really warrant. Making the clue trifecta, Mahone finds out from the Sheriff that one of the travelling carnivals was heard to be down near Beach Bluff recently.

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