Mask of Nyarlathotep
The Egyptian collection is open for viewing from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. During that time, two guards are stationed in the exhibit hall. A doorman is on duty at the front from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. A secretary/guard sits at the desk just inside the main entrance from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. At all other times, only a single watchman patrols the building, making a single round every hour. He is mainly there to guard the collection against fire, burst pipes, or storm damage. Normal office hours for the foundation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lesser staff have a half-hour for lunch beginning at noon.
Including Gavigan, eight secretaries, librarians, and specialists work at the Foundation. There are a total of five guards and watchmen employed. A single workman opens and closes the delivery gate, moves items to and from the exhibit hall, and does miscellaneous repairs for the building.
A cleaning woman works from 5 p.m. to midnight, nightly. Only Edward Gavigan, the night watchman, the cleaning woman, the secretary/guard at the front desk, and the workman are cultists. The rest are normal subjects of the Crown, doing their part for King and country, and are well versed in Egyptology, fund-raising, and associated legal technicalities.
Here the main business of the foundation is carried out: evaluating scholars and granting them funds, negotiating permits and exceptions with Egyptian authorities, arranging itineraries and schedules, and acting as a physical and informational repository for things Egyptian,
On this floor, only Gavigan’s office, his closets, and the storage room will be of much significance to the investigators. The rest of the floor consists of offices, work rooms for visiting scholars, and associated conveniences. The library strictly concerns things Egyptian. Given a successful Library Use roll, investigators have one chance every hour to learn that there really was some sort of mysterious, sorcery-wielding ruler early in the history of Egypt.
Gavigan’s office contains no suspect material. The unlocked safe does contain a packet of one hundred consecutively numbered five-pound notes drawn by Gavigan from his London bank. No mean chess player, Gavigan has decided to tempt the investigators to steal the easily identifiable money if they return to rifle through his office.
In the north wall of Gavigan’s office are several closets. A hidden panel (Perception -3 or int + investigation roll) opens the back of the center closet, which allows Gavigan to enter the storage room without being seen.
Typical storage. There is also an empty mummy case in poor condition lying on its back on the floor.
- Int+Investigation or perception -2 (-5 with poor lighting), shows that there is a that a section of a circle relative to the mummy case is less dusty and somewhat worn.
- If one or both eyes on the sarcophagus are pressed twice, an electric motor slides the case aside to give access to a set of steep stairs leading to a secret room in the basement. Int + Investigation -5 or craft+intelligence -3 might see this.
The basement can be reached by taking the elevator from the staff room. Nothing much can be seen. A craft+int identifies the outside air intake pipe for the secret room or if the rear of the building is studied—or identifies the utility connections cemented through the coal bin wall if the investigator is examining the basement from the inside.
Inside the crawl space, a Craft+Int roll will notice that some pipes and wiring are seen going to the secret room.
A comfortable study area, seating for small meetings, a three-day supply of tinned food and
water, a revolver and a box of bullets, a couple of false passports, a bundle of used five pound notes, candles and matches, changes of clothes, and similar emergency supplies.
- Art work. Painting of mythos creatures line the room. These paintings are all old dating back to the dark ages. The pieces depict byakhee, chthonians, ghouls, shantaks, sand dwellers, and fire vampires. If they meet such creatures later on, investigators recall that such creatures were depicted here. Sanity check 0/1d4 sanity loss after looking at all the paintings.
- Several small wooden crates are stacked about the secret room. All but two are open and
empty. The larger closed one is stenciled Ho Fong Imports, 15 Kaoyang Road, Shanghai, China, in English and Chinese. In smaller letters are the words “attention honourable Ho Fong.” Within the crate is a corroded brass statue of Nyarlathotep in the awful Bloated Woman form. Sanity rolls must be attempted upon viewing it (0/1D6 SAN).
- THE BLUESTONE CTHULHU: the smaller wooden crate is stenciled Randolph Shipping Company, Port Darwin, Northern Territory, Dominion of Australia. In smaller letters are the words “Personal to Mr. Randolph.” Within the crate is a 16-inch-high representation of a fat humanoid figure whose evil-looking head is fringed by tentacles. Previous experience or a successful Occult or Cthulhu Mythosroll identifies the form as that of Cthulhu.
- Book self. G’harne Fragments, Book of Dyzan, and the Liber Ivonis. A bowl made of “copper from above” is needed for this spell, such as the burnished copper bowl found in Mukunga’s alcove at Ju-Ju House in New York. Gavigan does not own such a bowl.
- Scrolls found on bookshelf. Reading each scroll costs 1/1D6 SAN. Naturally the reader must understand the language of the scroll.
1. Summon Byakhee (Egyptian hieroglyphs)
2. Summon Hunting Horror of Nyarlathotep (Egyptian hieroglyphs)
3. Bind Dimensional Shambler (Arabic)
4. Dread Curse of Azathoth (Arabic)
5. Send Dreams (Arabic).
- Small Ornate Chest it is fashioned of carved sandalwood, and inlaid with silver depictions of dimensional shamblers. In the box are two silver daggers, already enchanted and usable for the Summon Dimensional Shambler spell. A small store jar contains five applications of the Powder of Ibn Ghazi.