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20 Apr 1941:CHAPTER VI - Tiger's Lair - 'MOUNT of MADNESS'

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2003 11:41 am    Post subject: 20 Apr 1941:CHAPTER VI - Tiger's Lair - 'MOUNT of MADNESS' Reply with quote

CHAPTER VI "The Tiger's Lair"

=Transmission Incoming=
=Silent Bird Encoded=
=Keyphrase:'To The Mountains Of Madness'=
=Message Begins=

After the events of the Grey Summit and the subsequent special operation at St.Augustine's Church, Calitri, there is little time for respite and reflection...

Sunday, 20th to Thursday, 28th April, 1941.

Axis Port City of Salerno, Appannino Lucano Mountains, Italy.
Return from the vigil at St.Augustine's. Injured were placed into care for medical treatment at the nearest military hospital.
Fleischer, the most severely injured of the survivors, found himself at the start of a 10 day hospitalisation for his wounds (and complications).
Peters was admitted for a like period for non-life threatening injuries.

Having found a ritual which appeared to successful isolate the Amulet of Dagon from all who would seek it, DrittesAuge offered to teach the process to any of the team that wanted to understand if function. DrittesAuge backed up the offer by stating that if the team is to keep the Amulet then the team should know how to renew the rite. DrittesAuge also warned that those who have not seen the darker places not take up his offer. He flatly refused to offer the knowledge to Lt.Dreher (and was deeply reserved regarding Cpt.VonLeiben) on the grounds that he (they) may not be able to handle it.

During the these precious few days several containers of Darkwing and Undercrawler matter where sent back to Germany with DrittesAuge. The Versteckt network was accessed via a local contact by Shikelgreube with orders to transport another set of containers to Germany as back-up.

Elementary research was conducted on the history of the mountain region in which the Darkwing Haunt is expected to lie (Monté Cervialto) in preparation for an expedition. Peters and Shikelgreube were able to track down a local climbing club that will have knowledge of the site but it turned out that either the members were in the army, untackable (in the time limit), or dead. Interrogation of local Politzi proved unfruitful.
VonJager, all the way back in Germany, was able to dig up some basic information regarding the site...
i) In the latter stages of the Inquisition a small village located in the valley was burned to the ground, suspected of being a haven of paganists and witches. The village is not listed on any modern maps.
ii) Local mythology does talk of winged vampires that did prey upon the hapless. These 'Vacci' only resemble the Darkwing in that they were said to be wing'ed.

Discussion was also made regarding the expected UJT-IX contributions to PROJEKT KONDOR and PROJEKT EAGLE back in Germany and Czechoslovakia. At this time it was decided that the gash at Monté Cervialto required more immediate attentions. Fleischer is likely to be unfit for the expedition.

Friday, 29th April, 1941.

Monté Cervialto Valleys, Appannino Lucano Mountains, Italy.
Peters, Shikelgreube, Reisse and a detachment of four Mountain Troopers journeyed up the winding valley roads in two Staff cars destined for the site of the gash for a preliminary reconnoitre.
En route the road winds past the site of the dark ages village as discovered by VonJager. The site is heavily overgrown and only shows sign of a ruined church with an earthen depression indicative of the remnants of an undercroft. Without time to excavate properly the team drive on further up the hot valley.
At about midday Peters and a trooper of the name Becker leave the cars and hike up the baking mountainside to recce the gash. Upon arrival Peters discovered an old camp (about 2 weeks old with one, maybe two campers) and a discarded cigarette packet of German branding. Also, Peters found a small length of chalk (which Shikelgreube and Fleischer identify as a ritual chalk composed of ground bone and chalk - often used to mark glyphs and wards).
Peters made tentative progress into the mouth of the gash to examine the cave interior. The main gallery, some 200ft wide, quickly divided up into three smaller, much darker chambers. Peters ventured in to the edge of the penetrating daylight searching for evidence of human presence only to return without success. None know how far the caverns progress into the mountain.
The piece of ritual chalk was sent to Germany for analysis via the Versteckt network c/o Shikelgreube upon return to Salerno.

=End Of Transmission=
=Keyphrase Reset=

'What is this I see before me? A Silent Bird message after all this time?!'

Sorry about the slackness in getting these journals out of late. Hopefully, back to normal now. Wink
Elements of the past and future combining to make something not quite as good as either.
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