Having been told by Naomi and Ayuko to keep Detective Hyde under control, Abel made sure he did just that. Hyde, being under to control of the CERV 3, was hysterical, flailing his arms, scratching at Abel and yelling curses and slurs over and over again but to no avail for Abel kept him down tight at the chest.
Careful to not break ribs or any bones that Hyde might wail at him, Abel kept a steady watch over him but was constantly bombarded with questions he was unable and unwilling to answer by Dr. Zellman, the current ICU Ward doctor. All the while Detective Caiden stared in silence in the corner.
Jaime and Lucas arrive at the scene just in time for to save Dr. Zellman from Abel’s gaze while Abel tried to put Hyde in a more subdued state. Jaime, the sweet talker he is, was able to persuade Zellman from continuing his questioning and leave the four alone to contemplate their next move, by having him talk to Ayuko and Naomi.
Leaving Hyde to rest, Abel, Lucas and Detective Caiden made their way to records for any information they could gather on the Mumbling Man. With a bit of charm and sweet talking Abel was able to convince Abigail the records keeper to give them the information they needed and set up a video conference with Dr. Michael, the mumbling Man’s psychologist and revealing him to be Dr. Cal Lensman, an Archeologist driven mad during his last visit to South America.
Ayuko and Naomi arrive in the hospital room in time to heal Hyde from CERV 3, unfortunately Hyde remembers the whole ordeal, but warns of the threat and plan against the Scions. They were all drawn here by Hyde as bait in order to remove them from the proverbial chess board.
As Hyde warns of the danger, gunfire is heard in the parking structure and the hospital starts to go on alert. Knowing this to be a trap Lucas sets a blessing on the party and Abel heads off to find Quinn at the sewers.
(See write-up below from Lars for more details on the fight)
Quinn being the crazed man he is, finally has the cockroach army he’s been waiting for. He assigns jobs and orders them on what they must do, which is to find and kill Dr. Lensman and report back to him as soon as possible.
Abel meets up with Quinn just as he is about to set off into the tunnels and the two decide to take it from two sides, with Quinn and his Lloiger and Badger and Abel with Quinn’s faithful yet annoying rat.
Quinn not paying much attention to the runes draws closer to the center with his cockroach army killing all enemies they encounter with his animals in tow, as Abel tries to scout the tunnels in hopes to find many runes and destroying the ones he does. Finding no more and the miasma of the dark presence’s source Abel sends the rat off to find more runes down a different path.
Dr. Lensman forms the final rune as Abel and Quinn reach the center and a bright light sparks the room. Hastur awakens and shows himself to be formed. The two seeing this are now aware of the fear they now face.
Lucas being connected with the two understood the danger they were in and bowed his head in silent prayer, and convinces the other to start a small feast at the coffee shop for the other two’s return.
Quinn loses all sense of safety and sets out for the kill as soon as he is able.
Abel on the other hand being a man of war is now aware of the fear that forms in a man’s heart when faced with death. He had seen the face of those who’d seen it before but had never witnessed it himself, but now he was fully aware of the situation. He is now determined with courage to fight this evil.
Finding it odd that the light took away their current surroundings and replacing it with a cloud of death, Abel decides to try a small trick. Taking a small pebble he had been tumbling in his hand, he shot it passed the form he knew as Hastur, and created a small crack which grew long until the rune was touched by it. The rune, now having a crack in it quivered and gave way to the sight of Lensman huddled and kowtowing to Hastur. The sight was only an image but still held the weight of death. Abel knew he had to break the rune completely if he was to destroy Hastur.
Tendrils of darkness now made their way to kill the intruders and succeeded in killing Quinn’s badger. Just barely evading death the tendrils attacked Abel was able to get a shot fired at the rune. The bullet hadn’t done enough damage to the rune but to make it shudder and skip its beat. A voice in his head told Abel to get personal with it. That nothing but his full strength would do anything to it.
As Abel tries his hand at getting closer to the rune, Quinn made his way to destroy the tendrils in turn, and was able to damage a few and taking slight damage in turn. The Lloiger made its final charge and Quinn was quick to accept the fate and jumped on its back.
Abel, after narrowly dodging the tendrils and death, manages to get in close enough to break the rune. This sends the visage of Hastur and the tendrils to disappear leaving Dr. Lensman an empty vessel.
Quinn and his Lloiger stuck in full charge finish Lensman with a blow to the back with his swords, killing Lensman instantly.
Lucas at the coffee shop looks up and gives small thanks and simply states “We’re expecting company”.
Jaime sitting at the head of the bed of Father Carlson hands the priest a cup of coffee and manages a smile.
“It’s good to see you well, Jaime.”
“And you as well Father.”
This was Jake’s Interpretation
As Jaime finishes telling Lucas of the day’s events, careful to leave out any reference to the Lexicanum Terribilis, Lucas’ countenance slowly transforms from concern for his friends to a steeled resolve to make things right. His duty as a hero and protector of the innocent and the demands of his geas drive him to action. As the conversation comes to an end Lucas retrieves Areadbhar, his spear, and walks out the front door heading for the hospital, prepared for whatever he might find there. Surprised by Lucas’ sudden departure Jaime locks up the Moonlight Sonata and hurries after him.
As they approach the hospital the police stationed outside watch Lucas warily. The officers know the pair well as they are frequent customers of Lucas’ coffee shop but the man before them is not the friendly and gregarious store owner they know. He is now a man of unwavering determination planning for imminent violence.
The officers order Lucas to stop and drop the spear. When he ignores their commands and continues walking towards them they draw their guns and ask again. Hoping to avert to a disaster, Jaime pleads with Lucas to give him the spear but is ignored. Abruptly, Lucas’ changes back to his jovial self and he greets the police officers warmly. He explains that he just got back from a Broadway play and that the spear is a prop he used. He shows it to the officers and they all agree it looks very realistic but is obviously not a danger to them or the hospital. The misunderstanding resolved, Lucas and Jaime enter the hospital and ask the receptionist where to find Detective Hyde. They are told his room is on the third floor.
Meanwhile, in Detective Hyde’s room, Detective Caiden sits in a chair uneasily as he watches Abel physically restrain Hyde. Hyde’s condition continues to worsen as he thrashes about, hurling obscenities at everyone in the room. His vigil is interrupted by a phone call from Ayuko who is calling with status updates. He sets it to speaker phone so Abel can hear and she fills them in on what happened at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The good news is that they are only 15 minutes away from the hospital and Ayuko is confident that she can cure Hyde of his affliction. The bad news is that the CDC had to do a full cover-up of the incident at the lab and reports of a dangerous strain of rabies breaking containment are all over the local news stations. She also tells them that it should be safe to sedate Hyde if he becomes a danger to himself. The conversation over, Caiden hangs up and returns to his thoughts, the nameless police officer standing guard with them is left dumbfounded at what he has just heard.
After the call with Detective Caiden Ayuko calls The Wall and gives the same debriefing to Major Garvey. He is shocked to hear the full details of the virus and it’s method of transmission via the Byakhee’s gas cloud. Apparently he missed out on a previous report, oops. He tells Ayuko that he’ll contact the hospital and arrange for them to start emergency response drills so that they are prepared should something happen. The phone call finished, Naomi complains about traffic.
As Lucas and Jaime enter Detective Hyde’s room they are greeted with the sight of Hyde’s continued violent ranting. As they start a conversation with Detective Caiden and Abel, the door opens and Dr. Zellman enters the room. As the doctor in charge of Hyde’s care he is greatly concerned for Hyde’s and the hospital’s safety. He has heard the reports of the CDC’s containment of the rabies accident and is worried that Hyde might be infected with it. Dr. Zellman does not like being kept in the dark and demands answers. As he talks, Abel has finally tired of restraining Hyde and chokes him unconscious. Dr. Zellman understandably freaks out but Abel stares him down so completely that Zellman is little more than an animal that knows that he is facing a predator that will kill him and eat him. Jaime steps in and tells the panicked doctor that he would like to tell him the truth but that he wouldn’t believe it and that it’s best to just trust them in this matter, everything is under control. After regaining his composure Dr. Zellman tells them that he will leave, for now, but that he will make his own investigation into this incident and that certain people he knows would love to hear what’s happening in his hospital. Worrying that Dr. Zellman will call the press Jaime calls Ayuko and asks her to talk to him and see what she can do.
After hanging up with Jaime Ayuko looks through her hospital directory and calls Dr. Zellman and sells him the CDC cover story of the rabies accident. She convinces him that Detective Hyde is not contagious or a risk to the hospital and that she will make sure that he gets a full report from the CDC as soon as the investigation is finished. He agrees to let Ayuko take responsibility for Hyde’s care and stay out of her way.
A few minutes later Ayuko, Naomi, and Paul Riley enter Hyde’s room and see everyone waiting patiently for them. While Ayuko and Naomi prepare Hyde’s treatment Abel, Lucas, and Detective Caiden head out to go to the patient advocacy office to see if they can find out any information on the homeless man the Byakhee has been manipulating. The three of them meet up with Abigail, a pleasant older woman in charge of the patient advocacy office. Caiden asks her if there are any reports of mental patients escaping the hospital. Abigail is reluctant to share the information without a warrant due to patient confidentially laws but Abel swoons her with a subtle display of his manly muscles and deft flattery. She returns with a list of missing persons and the description of one of them matches the details of their mumbling homeless man.
The report lists the mystery man as one Cal Lensman, an escaped patient from the Hutching’s Psychiatric Center in Syracuse. Happy to have finally found his identity the group is discouraged by the thought of the drive or awkward phone call needed to get more answers. Abigail points out that they have teleconferencing equipment set up in a nearby room and that she can connect them to the psychiatric center directly. A few phone calls later and a conference is set up with Mr. Lensman’s doctor at Hutchings who is relieved to finally have some current information into the whereabouts of his missing patient.
Dr. Cal Lensman was once a respected anthropologist and archaeologist fond of making documentaries about his expeditions to remote and mysterious dig sites. Everything changed during his last trip to South America. He discovered something ancient and evil and came back wrong. He became obsessed with a strange yellow symbol and the story of a lost city called Carcosa. When his obsession became detrimental to his health he was committed to the psychiatric center and put on a comprehensive drug regimen. The medication seemed to help for a time. His obsession lessened and he was able to function with a degree of normalcy. But as the story of Carcosa grew in his mind Dr. Lensman stopped taking his medications and sank into madness. His rambling thoughts covered the walls of his room and he reached a point beyond saving. Then one day he was gone with no sign of how he managed to escape.
Detective Caiden tells the doctor a sanitized version of what they know about Dr. Lensman’s current condition and activities in New York City and that they’ll contact him again as soon as he is found. With the conference over the trio head back to Hyde’s room and hope for good news.
While the boys were out Ayuko started her healing of Hyde. She slowly flooded his body with restorative magic, undoing the damage the virus had caused and completely erasing it from his system. The results were immediately apparent as Hyde’s body relaxed and his breathing returned to normal. After the boys had returned and explained what they had learned at the patient advocacy office Ayuko woke up Hyde.
After a heartfelt welcome back to sanity Hyde explains what happened to him after he was infected. He says that he was trapped inside his mind and could do nothing but watch as something alien took control of his body and made him do and say all of the terrible things that he did. Hyde was able to touch the mind of the possessing force and discover that he was used to set a trap for everyone at the hospital and that it was about to be sprung.
Abel leaves the hospital to help Quinn in his hunt for Dr. Lensman and the Byakhee’s minions in the sewers.
Lucas uses what little time he has left to inscribe runes of protection on everyone present and places a ward on the room that will alert them if anything supernatural enters it. Moments later gunshots can be heard from the lower floors and a message goes out over the PA system saying that at least two dozen active shooters have invaded the hospital and are working their way up floor by floor killing everyone in their path.
Hyde demands to help and refuses to stay in the room while the hospital is under attack. Jaime gives him his Sig P226 and spare magazines. No one questions him on why he has an illegal concealed carry pistol; I guess it wasn’t the time.
Ayuko says she has a plan to neutralize the attackers but that she has to get to one of the nurse’s stations to use the PA system. All of a sudden a tall shape in yellow robes appears in the corner of the room and everyone turns to look at it. The Byakhee is startled for a moment as it realizes that everyone can see it. Lucas tells everyone to run, that he will fight the Byakhee alone. Jaime stays to help fight and lightning begins to wreath his hands and arms as the room prepares for combat.
Lucas lunges at the Byakhee, leaping over furniture before impaling it with his spear. Jaime stabs the Byakhee in the back with his stiletto to no effect. Lucas pulls his spear free and dodges the Byakhee’s attacks with contemptible ease. Jaime tosses the knife and switches to punches and kicks which seem to do some damage though the Byakhee seems immune to his electricity. After a few more rounds of traded blows the Byakhee knows it’s in trouble and turns to flee. Jaime jumps on its back and gets the Byakhee in a headlock. In a panic the Byakhee bursts through the window and starts to fly away with Jaime still clinging to its back.
Lucas moves to the far wall and prepares to throw his spear. With all his might Lucas hurls himself out of the window and launches the spear at the Byakhee. As the Byakhee struggles to get Jaime off of him Jaime gives the Byakhee’s head a powerful twist and breaks its neck. Seeing Lucas’ spear hurtling towards him Jaime lets go of the Byakhee’s body and the spear slams into it moments later. Lucas flies up shortly after it and grabs the Byakhee and the spear and slams them both onto the top of a police car in the street below, completely destroying it. The body of the Byakhee slow dissolves and evaporates away.
As Lucas and Jaime dust themselves off and admire their accomplishment they realize that they’ve drawn quite the crowd. Dozens of people are standing around taking pictures of them and tweeting what they just saw. Capitalizing on a moment to create some positive publicity Lucas tells the crowd that they just witnessed a fight scene for a new movie he’s filming. Everyone agrees that the special effects are fantastic. He encourages them to spread the word on Facebook and YouTube. Lucas and Jaime become overnight internet celebrities.
As Ayuko, Naomi, Caiden, and Hyde head for the stairs the sound of gunfire continues to ring out throughout the hospital. Their goal is the nurse’s station on the floor below. Things are going well for them until they make it to the bottom of the stairs to the second floor. A disheveled man wielding a shotgun opens the door and shoots Caiden in the chest at point-blank range; he crumples to the ground. Seeing this, Ayuko draws her katana from out of thin air, leaps over the heads of the people in front of her and slams her sword into the chest of the shooter, pushing him back through the doorway. The man struggles feebly to remove the sword as Hyde puts two rounds into the man’s head.
Naomi leaps through the doorway, her CZ75 pistol drawn. As she continues on her arcing jump she aims at another shooter and fires. The man drops to the ground. Hyde and Ayuko help Caiden to his feet; his ballistic vest saved his life but left him winded. Caiden grabs the dead man’s shotgun with a renewed look of determination.
The nurse’s station is in sight half way down the hall, all they have to do is get to it and this nightmare will be over. At the far end of the hall the elevator opens and three gunmen step out. Upon seeing the group the gunmen raise their weapons and prepare to fire. Heedless of the danger Ayuko starts sprinting at full speed towards the nurse’s station while the rest of the group returns fire.
The first gunman fires on Ayuko but misses. The shot nearly hits Hyde and he dives for cover. Naomi and Caiden fire on the gunmen killing one and injuring the other. Ayuko leaps the desk and delivers an ultimatum to the entire hospital. All those attacking the hospital are to immediately lay down their weapons and surrender. As soon as the final word leaves her lips the remaining shooters freeze in place, motionless. Her command is absolute but at odds with the force demanding they attack, leaving them frozen in inaction. Moments later the gunmen collapse to the floor unconscious as the Byakhee that was ordering them is killed.
Besides those that they killed none of the gunmen’s victims had life threatening injuries so Ayuko uses all of her strength to cure 14 of the 15 surviving shooters of their virus so that they can never be controlled again. After treatment they are rounded up and sent off for interrogation. With the hospital crawling with law enforcement the group makes their exit.
Preparing for battle, Quin whips his roach army into a blood frenzy, delivering grand inspirational speeches to the troops with his lloigor and badger at his side. As his preparations finish Abel joins up with him and they enter into the sewer network together. Abel focuses on destroying Hastur’s yellow sign that his minions had painted on the tunnel walls while Quin orders his roach horde to find Dr. Lensman and kill him as well as anyone that stands in their way. A black wave flows down the tunnels as hundreds of thousands of cockroaches search for their prize. Eventually they come across the first of the Byakhee’s minions and the roaches eat them alive, swarming over their bodies, invading every orifice, and devouring them from the inside out. As they slowly make their way through the tunnels they finally reach the Byakhee’s lair.
At the far wall of the room Dr. Lensman finishes drawing the final symbol that will summon Hastur into the World. He turns to the pair in triumph and laughs. Hastur materializes around Lensman and tendrils of darkness snake out him and start seeking their way towards Abel and Quin. The sight of such an otherworldly horror breaks something in Quin’s mind and he cannot rest until this unspeakable evil is destroyed. No retreat, no surrender. Having faced this terror before and overcome it Abel resists the madness that is Hastur.
With a deafening roar the roach horde swarms past them and towards Hastur. The shadowy tendrils make short work, flattening the roaches to the floor of the sewer by the tens of thousands. In mere moments the army is routed and the survivors retreat, their fighting spirit broken.
Abel seizes upon the distraction caused by the death of the roaches to bend fate to his will. He throws a rock at the far wall and upon hitting it a large crack forms that slow spreads towards the final summoning symbol. When the crack reaches the symbol and starts to move through it the form of Hastur fades slightly revealing Dr. Lensman still inside.
Finished with the roaches the tendrils move to attack. With the opening blow Quin’s badger is torn to pieces. Abel narrowly avoids the second attack and fires off a shot from his Desert Eagle and damages the summoning symbol and diminishes Hastur further. Abel realizes that his gun can’t damage the symbol fast enough before they’re all slaughtered so he begins an all-or-nothing charge past the tendrils and Hastur to attack the symbol directly.
One of the tendrils strikes the lloigor but only succeeds in making it angrier. Quin mounts the beast and orders it to charge. With short swords drawn he lets loose a battle cry and makes his final charge. Abel manages to slip past the tendrils and deliver a mighty blow to the summoning symbol. The symbol and surrounding wall are destroyed causing the form of Hastur to fade away leaving a stunned Dr. Lensman in its place. As the lloigor nears its target Quin leaps off its back, short swords raised, and plunges them down into Dr. Lensman’s chest, killing him instantly.
As a weary pair of warriors make their way back to the Moonlight Sonata they are greeted with a victory feast made by the rest of the group while they waited for their return, and they celebrated long into the night.
This was Lars’ Interpretation
So ends Story 1: Ramblings of a Mad Man.