February 8, 1925
The party awoke to Colonel Endicott’s pounding at their door. After all had gathered their belongings, Endicott drove the investigators to his lodge four hours outside of Nairobi. There they settled in and met Endicott’s manservant Silent Joe. After a late lunch, Endicott, Nails Nelson, and the party ventured out to the night-viewing platform, a large building on stilts for viewing the wildlife during night. The platform overlooked a watering hole in the river. The corpses of the dead lodge guests had all been found within the vicinity of the platform and Endicott surmised that the guests had left the safety of the platform at night and been killed by a leopard. While exploring the area, the group discovered the footprints of a child by the river bank. Claude attempted to climb the ladder leading up to the platform but the ladder became dislodged and Claude suffered a minor injury.
The investigators decided to spend the night at the platform to get to the bottom of the mystery. Wary of threats, they wisely set watches. During the third watch, the attack commenced. A horde of small, gibbering child-sized ghouls assaulted the platform. Arnold shot the first creature ascending the ladder, but the realization of horror overcame him and he cowered in fear. The rest of the party awoke due to the shot and quickly grabbed firearms. The ghouls swarmed into the night platform, slashing and tearing at the investigators in a frenzy. Fortunately, the ghouls teeth and claws were no match for lead bullets.
Seeing the failure of their counterparts, the remainder of the ghoul horde began to attack the legs of the platform. Courvoisier made a crude fire-bomb from a bottle of whiskey and threw it from the window immolating a number of the ghouls. Nails Nelson, already half-drunk from the whiskey supply, pointed his rifle out the window and began picking off the cannibals.
Lou, convinced that the party could not overcome the horde facing them, began to cast a spell to “summon the piping demon.” As the toad-like creature began to phase in, Lou’s fragile mind cracked and he shouted out, “Kill all the children!” before collapsing to a heap. The servitor obeyed its instruction, descended the platform, and began to tear the ghouls to shreds. After disposing of the ghouls, the servitor departed in the direction of the nearest village. Later, during their week-long recovery, reports trickled in of a horrible massacre in which all the children of a village were brutally murdered. Authorities chalked the matter up to tribal warfare.
The remainder of the night was spent binding wounds and attempting to console the babbling Lou.
February 9, 1925
Endicott arrived in the morning and was confronted with the corpses of the ghouls. He proffered his deepest thanks and swore that he would forever be in the investigators debt. The party decided to decline Endicott’s offer of hospitality and instead returned to the relative safety of Nairobi. Claude had suffered serious burns during the attack on the train, so the party chose to rest a week. Lou’s broken mind was beyond help and he was checked into the hospital where the investigators hoped he could someday regain his sanity.
February 15, 1925
Deciding to follow up on earlier leads, the party went to interview Neville Jermyn and Dr. Horace Starret. Jermyn proved of limited use. Jermyn was convinced that a cult was responsible for killing the Carlyle expedition, but blamed the cult of the White Gorilla rather than that of the Bloody Tongue. Jermyn explained that there existed deep in the Congo an ancient city that was in fact the birthplace of all civilization and that present day society was in fact controlled by the White Gorilla cult. The investigators dismissed Jermyn’s theories and bade him good day.
Starret was a participant in the medical examination of the bodies retrieved from the massacre site and was unnerved by the fact that the corpses were seemingly unaffected by decomposition. His personal conclusion was that supernatural powers had killed the expedition members.
An interview with Tandoor Singh had more sinister results. Singh had been a tea seller to the expedition and reportedly had more than casual dealings with Sir Aubrey Penhew. The team elected to accuse Singh of being a cultist and demanded explanations. Singh heatedly denied all such charges and demanded that the team leave his store.
February 16, 1925
Finally, the group went to see Sam Mariga, the man who had originally reported the massacre. Mariga told the group what he knew and suggested that they speak with his friend Johnstone Kenyatta, a Kenyan nationalist and so-called “troublemaker” according to local whites. Kenyatta listened to the investigator’s tale intently and asked them intelligent questions. He finally decided to help the investigators and sent them on their way to meet a powerful ally.
The investigators were driven to a village where they met a young man named Okomu. Okomu questioned them sharply but softened when convinced of the urgency of their mission. Okomu was familiar with the Bloody Tongue and informed them that the cult terrorized the region by kidnapping people and sacrificing them at the Mountain of the Black Wind. Okomu had the group follow him into a hut where a wizened old man lay nearly lifeless on the floor. Okomu explained that the man was Old Bundari, a powerful magician who could leave his body to walk other planes.
After waiting by his side for hours, Old Bundari’s consciousness finally returned to this plane. Bundari seemed to already know much of the investigator’s tale and acknowledged that the team faced a perilous mission. He bestowed upon them two gifts. A fly whisk he claimed could find and resist evil, and a small chameleon named Who-Is-Not-What-She-Seems that Bundari stated would protect the investigators once if ever they were in dire need.
With these gifts the investigators decided to return to Nairobi where they could prepare for an expedition to the Mountain of the Black Wind.