Sunday, Jan. 18th, morning
Miskatonic University, Arkham, Massachusetts
Drove “borrowed” 1919 Maybach up to Arkham in the morning. Tracked down Professor Cowles, visiting Anthropology prof from Australia, at his house on campus. Whistler mainly interviewed him about Jackson, whom he claimed to have never met but whose work he had read, as it related to his own work on ancient extinct Aboriginal cults centered in Western Australia. Dr. Schmidt encouraged Cowles, who needed almost no urging, to recount the major points of his lecture at NYU, concerning the mythical Aboriginal figures of the Father of All Bats or the Sand Bat. He encouraged the group to reach out to Miriam Atwright at Harvard for help researching anything related to African cults.
Sunday, Jan. 18th, afternoon
Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Drove back to Harvard, where they found Ms. Atwright at work on a Sunday afternoon. She was very helpful and agreed to research a number of leads for the group, most importantly that of trying to ID the cult by the mask. With Schmidt’s help, she began scouring the library.
Jones managed to fast-talk his way into the location of the local speakeasy, where the other three spent the day drinking before meeting up with Schmidt back at the hotel, who assured them they were nearing some concrete info on the mask, but needed a half-day or so of additional research.
Monday Jan. 19th, morning
Schmidt goes to Harvard at the crack to continue researching the mask, while Whistler uses the hotel phone to contact Bradley Grey, the lawyer for Erica Carlyle. Grey insists that Carlyle sees nobody that he hasn’t personally vetted before, and invites them to make an appointment when they are back in the city.
By lunch everyone is at the library when Schmidt reveals what they’ve learned: the cult is of Kenyan origin and worships a god known as the God of the Bloody Tongue. A reference was found to a book with more information, a copy of which is supposed to be in the Penhew Foundation collection.
Monday Jan. 19th, afternoon / evening
Train and Manhattan
After lunch, they leave the Maybach parked near the train station and board the late train to NYC. Finishing a late dinner in the nearly-deserted dining car, Whistler spots a familiar face: the cultist from the Chelsea Hotel that made it away. He’s sitting with a larger African man; when the dining car empties out, Whistler and Tommy slide into the booth and put the men at knife/gunpoint. The white cultist, Charlie, is scared and high, but the intimidating African remains essentially mute despite the threats.
Threatening to toss the African off the train on a bridge; Conrad narrowly escapes as the lunatic tries to yank him off the train with him. Tommy’s gun goes off and misses, but Conrad manages to struggle free and the African plunges off the train and into the cold night with a scream.
Charlie is in shock and nearly incoherent, but Whistler and Jones get a few somewhat sensible statements from him before Schmidt sedates him to preserve his sanity.
Nothing further transpires for the rest of the train ride, and Schmidt retires to his home as Jones, Tommy, and Whistler take the still-unconscious cultist to Jones’ apartment.