Obligatory "Previously on Cthulhu & Chivalry"; (as compiled by Dr. Norton (Butters)) a campaign recap to date.
A VERY ROUGH TIME LINE DATE: DECEMBER 1645/JANUARY 1646 SIX MONTHS AFTER THE BATTLE OF NASEBY WHERE TERRIBLE CLOCKWORK WAR MACHINES WERE UNLEASHED BY THE PARLIAMENTARIANS AND COUNTERED BY HE DEVIL PRINCE RUPERT AND HIS ALCHEMISTS AND BY THE END OF THAT BLOODY DAY A KING LAY DEAD AND BRITAIN WAS CHANGED FOREVER. The Party are returning to the county of Norwich and the city of Norfolk some are returning home whilst others are looking for work and a safe place to restart their lives after the horrors of war. 1. Home is where the heart.... bladder and kidneys are all wrapped up in monster. A group of Satanists called the Cardinals are encountered at the church of Gothards hollow after a hard fought and deadly battle they and the demon that was accidentally summoned were defeated at the cost of a Party member 2. Meet the family now get to work. Dr Norton meets up with his family who own and run a large foundry and Clockwork smithy his Father hires the whole party to investigate why the coal supply from the new coal mine is drying up. 3. Sprichst du Deutsch? The mine and its surrounding camp is empty of the of the recently arrived German miners but their wives are still there and are angry it seems that Mallenbench a man who works for Norton works arrived with some armed men and told the miners they were needed at a new mine for a couple of days but would be back after helping set it up, the women had heard nothing since. And the Norton Foreman is also missing but some confusing paperwork is found in his office this is collected and taken with the party. 4. That's not the kind of baby shower I meant. The party then heads towards this new mines location the nearby village has a semi deserted air about it as it seems that a lot of locals have headed out to a wedding. The Inn is still open and we encounter a couple heading to this wedding they are an elderly couple the woman is oddly heavy with child, it seems this wedding is a really big thing locally. The child is born during the night but has to be killed due to it being a creature from hell as its features are all twisted and inhuman. In the morning the old couple are no where to be seen. 4. When is a hole a mine? The party having been awoken by the birth of the devil child decide to check out the new mine but arriving there they can only find a large barn. So checking out the barn they find the missing foreman who is tightly wrapped up under blankets and sheets he is sat next to a strange clockwork machine which loudly clicks and whirrs away next to him. He says he was injured recently and was brought here to the new mine to recover by Mallenbench and he will be happy to answer any further questions later on in the morning but as he feels weak he is unable to say more at the moment. The party return later to find the foreman has vanished leaving behind his wrappings and a pair of hopefully very fine calfskin gloves. The Barn was searched and in the office strange clockwork arms were found as well as more documents again pointing to Mallenbench as being the prime agent behind this new unauthorised mine, where ever it may be. There was also a deep hole with rough cut steps found half hidden behind a locked set of double doors it was not thought to be a mine due to its small size and its location but with no other clues the party headed down. 5. The Temple under the ground, The stairs and the roughly cut tunnel led into a strange stone chamber which seemed somehow ancient and otherworldly this led to worked tunnels which in turn led further down into the black. The party came across various wonders and objects but apart from a few bones there was no sign of the miners. The party ended up after various adventures falling into a deep cavern where something evil stirred, tentacles reaching up to grab them but then someone rang a ruby bell and the corrector of sins appeared the many dead adding to his form and instead of attacking us it fell upon whatever was at the bottom of the cavern whilst the party seemed to be stretched out to impossible thinness and with a painful snap they fell into unconsciousness's 5. Whats up Doc? They awoke screaming but no longer underground instead they strangely enough found themselves in a flower strewn meadow. Some of their equipment was missing but apart from that they all seemed intact. Thy soon met the locals who were well bunny men and somewhat embarrassingly they soon found themselves captives of these rabbit men. The party was taken to a palace of flowers and thorns where dirty and scared looking human children were forced to harvest flowers as rabbit men whipped them the party meanwhile were thrown into pits to await whatever judgement awaited them. Weirdly this judgement was "If you want to live and return to your own lands one of you must make the beast with two backs with the Pale Queen" luckily William was prepared to take one for the team and after a very tiring day and night satisfied the Pale Queen and possibly became the Father of some sort of godling. the party did meet another prisoner who said he could help us escape if we agreed to kill someone for him but we had decided to take the I'm a lover not a fighter approach this time we turned the creepy weird guy down. The now very quickly and obviously pregnant Queen was good to her word and she sent us back but in doing so we may have caused further problems. 6. Back to Blighty and wet again Returning involved pain, darkness a loud bang and a causing a fairly large crater, a brief encounter with a stone head and some mercenaries who seemed to work with Mallenbench . 7. There be monsters The nearby village was devastated and what few buildings were still intact suffered later during the great flesh beast attack as it seems there was now something mutating people into twisted and horrific mockeries hungry for blood (Think the movie the Thing) the party holed up at the local Inn where they met with Mallenbench and his henchmen. The meeting did not go well as it seems we had interrupted his casting of a ritual and we had also messed up some of his other plans as well along the way he did confirm that the German miners were no more having been spent as a sacrifice to the thing in the pit. As mentioned the meeting did not go well and after dealing with poison, various henchman including the gorgeous Echo and the magic of Mallenbench himself the party almost managed to capture this most mysterious of men but unfortunately he choose to jump out of a window instead and flee into the night on an Iron horse (Clockwork armoured motorbike) leaving the party and the Inns staff to fight of the now rapidly approaching flesh beasts which they barely managed to do and with the coming of daylight the remaining creatures started to burn and melt leaving nothing but fleshy puddles in the dirt. 8. Travelling back, The party return to Norwich passing through a now devastated landscape time had seemingly passed strangely in the kingdom of the Pale lady as the weather had taken a turn for the very cold and wet and there was a strange disease in the land which turned flora brittle and then into dust. Norwich was reached after fighting giant crabs in a half submerged windmill and then basically running away from the oddly more deadly tiny red bugs which caused another party members death as he mutated into a flesh beast and another party member to lose their arm. Then there was a brief stop off at a village to hang a Witch and then we sneaked into Norwich in the back of a wool cart. The party report back to Norton and presented the evidence of Mallenbenchs treachery to him. They then go and search the house of Nutley the missing engineer who had recommended Mallebench as his replacement. 9. Norwich or why did we come here again? We find Satanists, a demon monkey, more poison, crooked gangs, a huge conspiracy involving Mallenbench but we have no idea what he is really up to but he seems to want to summon something for some reason, Various journals and grimoires which belonged to Mallebench, Slum clearance through arson, a cell in a split Castle, a horde of grey skinned demons under the ruins of a church, a few corrupt New model army officers and men, charges of witchcraft being levelled at us, clockwork corpses which threw knives, Satanic temples hidden in a posh part of town, Ralph's cooking skills killing most of said satanists, A cursed sword and a dodgy salesman, the curse of Mother and the Norton empire being seized by the government due to the association with Mallenbench and the continuing lack of work done on the Leviathan because of the continuing coal shortage (Even after we had arranged for the mine to be pumped out and a new workforce,starving refugees are cheap it seems (The weather had caused massive flooding as well all over) being on trial oh and being offered a job we can't refuse by Lord Ireton the regional governor to join the semi secret Clockwork Underground Bureau otherwise known as the club and to find and capture this man known as Mallebench who was last seen heading towards the port of Great Yarmouth which was handy as we could be escorted by Zeal for the lord Harrison the New Model Armies Scoutmaster General as he also had a need to go to Yarmouth as reports had reached Norwich that the weather had caused massive damage through flooding which quickly iced up trapping people and ships killing many and destroying much of the towns infrastructure. Lord Ireton was also concerned about rumours of various armed groups rioting amongst the frozen streets oh and he was also a bit worried about the cause of the second and most devastating flood which was a new landmass which had just risen from the depths of the North sea especially after learning that Mallenbench had left as soon as it had appeared. 10. Journey is not just an awesome band The party again re-armed and re-supplied join a small band of soldiers and Zeal and head off towards Yarmouth passing through the village of Badgers Drift the party get into a fight with a man claiming to be a Withchfinder and his men this ends badly for him as he really should have got that paperwork stamped. One of the party leaves in the night on some secret errand to hopefully return in the future, One of the women spared runs of with a new born and Zeal decides to give chase taking a few party members and troops with him they end up fighting a couple of very annoyed tree spirits and all the party meet up again to storm the witches farmhouse. 11. That ain't no gingerbread. The party kill the Witch/crazy old lady but suffer greatly doing so after getting stuck in bear traps, being attacked by rabid wolves and for some reason attempting to disembowel themselves because of the weird singing coming from a loom which was making a flesh rug. They also ran away from the plants in the basement and the Witch/emotionally tortured young girl who was half buried in the basement. All was cleaned up and made good though by the nice warming fire that the party made using the farmhouse as kindling. 12. All the Herrings you could ever want they just might need thawing out first. Great Yarmouth and up to date.