The Horror At Park Slope

Part III

Dateline: Sept. 25th – Oct. 2nd, 1923

After Harrington’s meeting with Allistair McLaughlin at the NYIAAH, the group assembled to discuss their next steps. Soon they noticed they were being watched by an urchin across the way. Unimpressed by magic tricks or threats, the group bribed the kid to the tune of $6 ($76 in 2012 money!) and he revealed that he’d been pay to keep an eye on the institute by a man sleeping in a car two blocks away.

Mars and Schwarze made a quick reconnaissance tour and indeed spotted a portly gentleman asleep in his vehicle. Harrington distracted a couple of nearby police, and Wells and Abelman kidnapped the fellow.

After a little bit of physical coercion, the fat man proved to be a bit of a pushover. He revealed that his name was Etienne Doussau and that he was sent by LeCloche to retrieve the golden tablet and that he was not sent alone. Doussau made a play for Wells’ gun and took another (ultimately mortal) pistol butt to the face.

Harrington, Schwarze and Abelman went back to check on Harrington’s townhouse which had indeed been broken into. Meanwhile, in a chilling scene, Wells and Mars dumped Doussau’s body into the murky waters of the Gowanus Canal.

The group met up again, and after a brief detour to the Bronx to get the Abelman family to a safer place upstate, all took rooms at the Algonquin Hotel. The following morning a front page article in the Times described a break-in at the institute, in which nothing was apparently stolen but a night watchman was murdered.

Schwarze and Harrington met with McLaughlin later that day. On behalf of the group, he accepted McLaughlin’s request to secretly transport the tablet back to Peru and return it to Dr. Wilmott Dermott, the supervising archaeologist at the Andean dig site. The Institute agreed to pay the group $2000 total, with $200 per person in advance.

Travel arrangements were made for passage to Callao aboard the S.S. Trinity, which departs October 2nd…

Part II

Dateline: September 24-25, 1923

Upon the startling discovery that the same wiseguys from earlier were staking out the Waldorf, Everett W. Harrington rented another room under the moniker “Bruce Willis” and returned to Franz Schwarze’s suite on the 11th floor. Schwarze and Harrington summoned the rest of the gang to help protect Charles Danvers (and the tablet). Kenneth Wells and Horace Mars arrived separately, both having brief run-ins with two different goons around the hotel. A plan was hatched to move to the 19th floor for safety’s sake. After avoiding someone in the stairwell a gunshot was heard.

After receiving his wife’s blessing, Moishe Abelman arrived at the hotel just in time to see wounded gangster flee through the lobby. Right behind him came the Latin man brandishing a gun. Though Abelman attempted a citizen’s arrest of the gunman, both fled into the night before the police could stop them. Reunited (and a little spooked), the group spent the rest of the night uneventfully.

The group ultimately decided they needed to contact The New York Institute For Archaeology And Ancient History for more information about the tablet. Harrington, Schwarze and Danvers headed uptown to the institute. Wells, Mars and Abelman went downtown to obtain a gun.

While meeting with the Institute’s director Allistair McLaughlin, Harrington attempted to broach the topic of the tablet by way of a fictional client’s “dream states.” However, he accidentally touched a nerve with McLaughlin who misinterpreted this as some form of extortion. McLaughlin confirmed that the object was stolen from a dig site in Peru (troubled by more than just thefts, the site has experienced disappearances and bizarre unexplained phenomena.) McLaughlin seems to want the object returned to the Institute but wishes to keep its theft (and subsequent smuggling into the United States) a secret as both of those facts could have troubling implications for the Institute’s continued ability to work in Peru. Somewhat desperate, he promised a generous reward if Harrington could help with his situation. The two made plans to meet again the following day.

In the meantime, however, Wells plans to stake out the the Institute and follow McLaughlin home to learn more. Harrington is eager to check on his townhouse, the location of which is at least known to the French-Canadian thugs. Danvers wants nothing more than to take a bus home to Indiana where he can lay low at his parents’ home and hopefully not get murdered…

Part I

Dateline: September 23-24, 1923

The Plot So Far…

A group of loose acquaintances (all members of the Society For Metaphysical Research) have come into possession of a package containing a mysterious gold artifact. The package is from Charles Danvers, an old school chum of Schwarze’s, now a freelance reporter specializing in organized crime. His note asks the investigators to protect the object and meet him the following day. Danvers never shows. Through further research, the investigators determine that the artifact is likely of Incan (or Innuit?) origin and bears imagery relating to the new moon.

A visit to Danvers’s apartment shows signs of a break-in and a violent struggle. A strange stone object is found under his sofa. Within one of his notebooks, Wells discovers that he traveled to South America on the trail of a smuggler named LeCloche, to investigate a series of thefts from an archaeological dig commissioned by the New York Institute of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Later, at Harrington’s Greenwich Village townhouse, the investigators see that they are being watched by a couple of tough-looking francophones who leave in a black sedan. Upon returning to the Waldorf, Schwarze and Harrington find a terrified Charles Danvers waiting in the cafe. He confirms that Simon LeCloche, a French-Canadian crime boss and his associate, a Peruvian woman named Canditta Domingues, are searching for the tablet and will stop at nothing to get it. However, he says that those who broke into his apartment and made an attempt on his life were Indians.

Harrington, attempting to smuggle the tablet to safety in the Bronx, notices the same black sedan idling outside…


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