Madness at Arkham

On to Easter Island

Upon arriving in Arkham, the group stored Madame Fri Fri’s corpse in an outdoor ice-box and began learning the resurrection spell. They also retrieved Professor Woodhouse and Vincent from the asylum. After several tries and a near-nervous breakdown for Alistair, the group was able to bring Madame Fri Fri back from the dead. Badly shaken and with a shock of gray hair.

They received a telegram from David Lee, who had gone on to Chile on the trail of Stanford and informed them that Stanford had been implicated in a string of disappearances in Valparaiso. Also, Stanford had apparently secured several large ships and a crew of locals for some kind of deep-sea expedition. Lee agreed to meet the group on Easter Island when he was able.

The investigators accelerated their preparations for the Easter Island journey. Alistair secured a large ship and crew and they brought crates of food, weapons and explosives with them. On Easter Island, they were greeted by an armed Chilean military party and escorted to see Captain Pereira, the commanding military authority on the island. After he had checked their credentials, he secured quarters for them in an empty barracks building.

At dinner, they met Father Jorge, who opened several bottles of excellent Chilean wine for their meal of mutton and fish. They also met Professor Methridge, who talked with them about the recent rash of missing person cases on the island, including several members of his archaelogical team. He related the following story to them

“We landed as a team on the island three months ago, after gaining full permission from the Chilean government to conduct excavations. We then surveyed the island, a large job that took about six weeks. After that, exploratory trenches were dug in likely spots, including an old funeral monument and an abandoned village.

“At two locations we made most interesting finds. At the site of the abandoned village, east of the Katiki volcano, we found a layer of burned material two feet under the surface. This evidence of a large fire there several thousand years ago is noteworthy because there is little vegetation on the island. That may eliminate a forest or brush fire as a cause.

“The greater find took place at the funeral structures, about three miles north of Hanga-Roa. The structures are each a ramp made of stone, with a platform at the high end of the ramp holding three of the strange stone statues for which the island is famous. The natives call the structures Ahu-moai. The particular Ahu-moai we were working on was in total fifty yards long, forty-three yards wide, and seven yards high. Each individual statue of the Ahumoai was about twenty feet tall.

“In measuring the site, one of our graduate students stumbled upon a hidden crack, which had
opened to reveal a hollow interior, a sort of catacomb. This catacomb contained sixteen mummified bodies standing in niches. A vase and three statuettes were also discovered here. A few hours after this discovery, the kidnappings began.

“Those who disappeared include six members of the university archaeological team, three native
islanders, two shepherds, and two sailors from the Chilean military garrison.

“These seemingly random disappearances occurred the night after the discovery of the several
statuettes and the clay vase. Those finds had ‘fishman’ motifs and similar graphical references, a theme unknown before on Easter Island."

That night, the investigators attended a native “singsong” and spoke with a village elder, who directed them to a “birdman priest” who lived in a secret cave in the side of Rano Kao and said that he might be able to help.

The next day, they traveled to Rano Kao and climbed the mountain path until they discovered the hidden cave. There they met the “birdman priest,” whom they were surprised to learn spoke perfect English. He welcomed them into his home

“The islanders were not the first people on Easter Island. The Hanau-Eepe, the Long Ears, were here first. The Long Ears changed from fish to men in ten generations. They were not like us.

“They built the moai and the place of star-watching which is on this mountain. They told the first of our people who came to the island that the island was sacred to their priest, who lives below the water. When our people first came they welcomed us, but then they killed some of us most horribly, as food for the moai. The moai are somehow alive, but this is not really understood.

The first Tangata-Manu prayed to the old gods of the sky for aid and was answered by the god Noa.
With the knowledge given to him and the Crystal of Noa, we destroyed the Hanau-Eepe in a great war and burned their bodies."

The priest then gave them a mask that he claimed would enable the wearer to breathe underwater and a magical spear “that always flies true.” In exchange, he asked that the investigators purchase enough clothing and shoes for all the islanders. He gave them instructions on how to locate an underwater cave in which the investigators could find the Crystal of Noa, which can be used to destroy great demonic spirits.

They thanked the priest and then made their way by small boat to the island that held the Crystal of Noa. Professor Woodhouse donned the mask and swam down to find the cave opening. He was surprised when he came upon three horrid fishmen with rusted tridents who swam to attack immediately. The Professor swam to the surface and was pulled into the boat moments before the fishmen attacked

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