This case has become even more disturbing than before.
When I left New York for Arkham a few days ago, we had trespassed on both the Bishop family’s cemetary and home.
As much as I disliked that at the time, I reckon it is indeed justified by what we have discovered so far.
To my surprise, agent Karl von Dexler seems to have suffered some injuries during investigation, both to his body and mind.
I can imagine the same events also drove Professor Berglund over the edge, but I was less surprised to learn he needed rest as well.
Ever since we met he’s been denying the existence of the creatures he has encountered and seen with his own eyes.
Fighting the paranormal takes its toll on one’s mind, but this is the price we pay. Our blood and our souls for the fate of humanity.
I was reintroduced to this case because I heard Simone St. Martin had disappeared. That agents Clifton Jacobs and Karl Von Dexler had saved her were relieving news, but I was shocked to hear they’d taken her to a whorehouse. I feared for Simone’s life! What do whores and midwives know of occult infestations? Of demonic parasites? And above all, about modern medicine? We have experienced doctors at the bureau that are more than likely to have seen or heard of strange things pertaining to our work. If I may be so bold, mr. Ropes, I see it as imperative that agents are brought back to the agency, not any public space or criminal network if they suffer injury in the field.
When Simone finally was in the bureau’s custody we interviewed the ghoul captured by misters Jacobs and von Dexler. It has an appetite for whiskey, but bourbon would do. From its gibbering I could deduce that Agatha indeed seems to be alive, or at least, active. It was curious how her name, Agatha, was first pronounced Nyoghta. As you may well know already, a book was found in the Bishop residence pertaining to this entity, a god residing in a cave in Tartar. These descriptions are rather nonspecific, but the book and a good library may uncover that location eventually. The Bishops seem to be breeding ghouls, but we might need a biologist to find out how. I suppose miss St. Martin could deduce the process, if she ever recovers. Eating human flesh does not necessarily produce monsters. The many myths surrounding creatures that do and are transformed by it, like the Ghûl, werewolf and wendigo, might have risen because these creatures simply like to eat human flesh. Another theory is that they or the person that gets eaten must be cursed first if they are to change, as seen in English folk tales about cannibals turning into moor trolls.
I managed to talk Detective Buck Carlton into following us into the sewers, around the periphery of the Bishop Dungeons. He was willing to follow as long as we did not trespass on Bishop property. I do not know what the property looks like on the surface anymore after the mad agent incidents, but they sure have an interesting cellar. I advice anyone going on a trip underground to bring good wellingtons and a long rope. We explored a network of passages through the old sewers, seemingly used for transport. There was a breeding chamber with babies cut from hosts of both sexes. I could not bare to investigate these closely. Detective Carlton will bring a forensic team to look at the chamber. We got him quite startled and excited. Maybe the authorities will shake up the Bishops eventually. We need to put more pressure on them and find Agatha as of now.
Agatha will be an almost indestructible witch. She is most likely undead and protected by the same spells as Nathaniel. At this time we could need magical weapons. I do not know how to magically infuse weapons with spiritual properties, but I will be able to find spells that might work. I know how to enchant a silver knife, but that is for ritual purposes, not as a physical weapon. My contacts that know this sort of thing can’t be reached within a short enough time span to matter. If the Bureau has either magical weapons or a tested ritual, that would aid us in this mission significantly.