Participants: Simone St. Martin, Ingham Loche
Where: New York
This morning I woke up quite late. Probably too much cognac. But I had to calm my nerves. The ritual performed yesterday really shook me. Hmmm. I don’t question my sanity, although I probably should. I get remarks for being oversensitive when it comes to checking my weapons, although everyone should be glad they are in shape for the next mission. After my morning exercise, I had a quick breakfast at my hotel, before I went to HQ and searched for the others. To my surprise there was no one there. I grabbed the daily newspapers and sat down in one of the chairs, being surprisingly comfortable.
After an hour agent Locke and agent St. Martin entered. They babbled about some baron entering the country. My first replay was to check with the immigration authorities, and after a quick taxi drive we entered and stated our case. Agent Locke had to pay for the service, but he believes this could be a valuable clue. Afterward we went back to HQ to perform some ritual agent Locke knew quite well.
The goal was to talk with the ghost of the persons reduced to salt. We optimistically chose person nr. 1 to be our first object. We found some bourbon, glasses, candles and some incense, and went to a suitable room below. We agreed upon some questions before the ritual started. Agent Locke instructed us that we were to form a circle with our hands, close our eyes, and he would do the rest. Fair enough. Agent St. Martin was a bit skeptical, but she was easily convinced. I guessed it would be a walk in the park, but to be sure, I checked my weapons once more.
Agent Locke tried to contact person nr. 1. In the beginning nothing happened, but suddenly agent St. Martin shouted quite loud, broke the circle and ran out. She had pain on her chest, and as I went to inspect her skin, I must have offended her in some way, because she slapped me. I dodged, of course. We served her a lot of spirits, and convinced her to try again. Reluctantly, she agreed. The second time, she complained about pain in her legs, refused to participate any more, and went to her room. Being only two persons, the ritual was almost bound to fail. So we had to get a third member as well. Finally Mr. Weeden could be of some use. When informing Mr. Ropes of this plan, he was euphoric, and agreed. Mr. Weeden didn’t seem so happy, especially when he had to hold hands. I almost had to order him to hold hands, but I must say that his grip was firm and he never broke the circle. The third ritual started, and now agent Locke became the medium. He started babbling in some kind of unknown language, and suddenly agent Locke broke the circle. He complained about pain in his feet. We ended the ritual with person nr. 1 and concluded that he probably was the first victim of the Bishop family, probably reduced to salt when he still was alive. A fate I don’t envy, by the way.
Person nr. 30 was our next object, and we got contact! Agent Locke was still the medium, and he started mumbling in some kind of East European language, and didn’t know German either. The solution was to include agent Lockhart. And during the next session he translated. Nr. 30, in Russian, informed us that his name was Alexander Vasilyevich Kolchak, and being an admiral in the Russian army, he had been executed 07.02.1920. He had been woken by Mr. Bishop once, and told us that Mr. Bishop was interested in some soldiers sent to Romania on an unknown mission. He didn’t feel bound by Mr. Bishop, but he probably was.
Inspired by our success, we also performed a ritual with person nr. 20. Simone came by, pretty influenced, asking us how it went. We offered her a place in the circle, but she rejected. As the ritual went on, a male voice came from agent St. Martin. Obviously, she is a natural medium. His name was William Kidd, aka Captain Kidd, known Scottish pirate, famous for attacking the colonies in the 17th century, hanged in 1701. He has been subject to Mr. Bishop’s torture multiple times, in order to tell the whereabouts of his hidden treasure. Interesting character.
We didn’t really get person nr. 29 to speak, but he/she responded to yes/no questions. The person was an enemy of Mr. Bishop living in New York, and was killed less than 3 years ago. He/she was involved in a public investigation of Mr. Bishop regarding missing persons, but was neither a journalist, a policeman, a tax inspector nor a military. Maybe officer Carlton can help obtaining relevant information about this person?
Participants: Simone St. Martin, Ingham Loche