Mask of Nyarlathotep
Interview with Gavagan
An intelligent and polished man in his fifties, Gavigan is superbly dressed, and greets the investigators in a magnificently paneled office. As a touch of fashion, he wears a wrist watch, still a relatively new item of personal adornment. A strong, modern floor safe, its door slightly ajar, gleams in one corner. Gavigan’s greeting is friendly and open.
- On an wits + empath vs 7 die pool, one chink in Gavigan’s armor appears: the investigator notices that Gavigan’s face twitches when asked about Elias’ activities in London though he denies all knowledge.
- He acknowledges that Mr. Elias spoke to him concerning Sir Aubrey’s participation in the Carlyle Expedition. Gavigan expresses sadness at the news of Mr. Elias’ death. He met with him just once. He agrees to try to recapitulate the conversation.
- Gavigan acknowledges that the foundation is the sole heir to the Penhew family fortune and estates, but he will be insulted by such prying, and the interview will then soon conclude abruptly. Research shows that Gavigan is independently wealthy and without personal interest in the Penhew fortunes.
About Carlyle expedition
Gavigan says that Carlyle obtained information, apparently from a mysterious African woman, concerning a shadowy time in Egyptian history about which Sir Aubrey had long been interested. In this ancient time a sorcerer was reputed to have ruled the Nile valley. Alas, Gavigan smiles, the information proved to be a hoax. In Egypt, the Africa woman disappeared with the expedition’s ready funds, in the amount of some 3500 British pounds. “We are gentlemen of the world, are we not? Carlyle counted the lostmoney as insignificant, but he was deeply affected by the defection of his lover.”
Fearing the heat and disappointment of Egypt would seriously affect her health as well as Carlyle’s, Hypatia Masters suggested that the party spend the summer months in the relatively cool Kenyan uplands, affording her a wonderful opportunity to use some new lenses to photograph African wildlife. Once there the group injudiciously entered dubious territory, and paid for it with their lives.
The vast share of the expedition records were lost there as well, for Sir Aubrey (always loyal to Carlyle) took them along to work on, while matters were still fresh in his mind. “Wherever he is, there they are,” Gavigan says, and closes the topic of the expedition as well as its records.
If the investigators suggest that Sir Aubrey must have sent letters of interest to the foundation, Gavigan agrees, but says that they concern much about young Carlyle. It would be unethical to show such documents to outsiders. The expedition did turn up some interesting artifacts from other periods, and was able to dig a large number of test trenches to help begin Sir Aubrey’s systematic study of Dhashur. They also found some secondary sites in the wastes to the west of the Giza pyramids.