Hudson and Brand

The Agency Records
A collection of reports, news clippings, and journal entries

PLEASE READ: Here is the repository of journal entries and cases files that have been written by the current Agents of the Obscure.* Journal entries are reflections on the adventure and, if one dares, on their fellow Society members.

  • Each entry, journal or case file write-up, is worth a re-roll. You can have no more than 3 re-rolls built up at a time.
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The Case of the Darkest Night
Keeper: Craig

You’re dispatched to investigate a rumor of an artifact. However, the investigation quickly shows it to be a fraud – someone hoping to gain reputation for themselves. Riding back late in the day to London however, your way is blocked by a fallen tree. Getting out to remove it, the Night suddenly closes in.

The Night also seems to be sentient and aggressive – closing in quickly, bringing cold and making visibility almost impossible.

Investigators

(Alex M, Ethan, Charles, Colin B)

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The Case of the Necropolis Express
Keeper: Byerly

Hudson & Brand is contacted by Tommy Thompson, a conductor for the London Necropolis Company. Something sinister has been happening aboard the train used to transport the dead from London to Brookwood, and the staff are so terrified that they want to leave their position. Tommy and the crew have pooled a little money together, and would like Hudson & Brand to deal with this mystery, for the sake of men who cannot afford to leave their situations.

Investigators

Agatha Wheeland
Gabriel Hardy
Marvin Leart
Zachariah Holstead

Train of the Dead Found Abandoned and Battered

The staff of Brookwood Cemetery arrived today to find a most unsettling scene. The night train for the London Necropolis Company sat in station, apparently abandoned. Workers found the boiler barely alight and no signs of the train’s staff members. Significant damage had occurred to the gangway connection between several of the cars. Blood was also found in the Third Class and First Class carriages and signs of a struggle. The First Class carriage also had damage that appears to be the result of fire and gunshots.

Perhaps most disturbing was the scene in the rear-most hearse car. A great number of the containers carrying the dead to their new resting place had been overturned and smashed, with body parts scattered about. This obvious disrespect for the dead has many calling for an investigation into the London Necropolis Company. A spokesperson has assured this reporter that this is a most unusual incident and they are thoroughly investigating the matter.

Superintendent Ronald Hooker asks anyone with information related to the train’s state or the missing train staff to contact him at their earliest convenience.

The Thames-Sentinel Newspaper

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The Case of Libertine Tome
Keeper: Jim

Sarah Lang, daughter of the esteemed Professor Andrew Lang, sent an urgent telegram to her father requesting his immediate presence in the town of Landerneau, in north-western France. Her telegram states that she has found pages of the original C.de G. and has made contact with a local who claims he can bring her to the rest of the original in a small village located deeper in country.

Professor Lang is currently under medical care, suffering from pneumonia. He has requested that Hudson & Brand send you in his stead.

Investigators

(Tammy, Dominick, Vince P, Brooke)

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The Case of the Early Thaw
Keeper: Matthew

Local reports near the village of Wintershiver near the Cumbian Mountains tell of locals having gone missing and strange noises at night. The investigation must uncover these reports and determine what sinister entity may be behind them.

Investigators

(Paula, Brooke, Ethan, David)

Mr.Pepe Oui Oui
Prof Roger
Nellie
Agatha

The enigmatic Dr. Skeffington had a new assignment for the intrepid investigators of Hudson and Brand. It seemed that strange disappearances and unusual lights were noticed around the small northern village of Wintershiver. Wintershiver, a small town known only for the harvest and production of beer, did have one unusual feature: Ravenglass Sanitarium, which was a wellness hospital nestled at the base of the Crumbian Mountains. Their assignment was to make their way to Wintershiver and determine the cause of the unusual activity and determine whether or not further action was needed.

Dr. Skeffington noted that the Lord Mayor of Wintershiver was William Heap, the vicar at the local church was Rev. Welker and the physician in charge of Ravenglass was Dr. Edwin Stourt. Surely one of these three individuals would have more answers.

Upon arriving in the nearby town of Horne, the group found a carriage that would take them into the small town, five miles in. They immediately found a boarding house and then went to the local pub for rumors. Everyone felt that the disappearances were, as the sheriff had stated, likely people who wandered too close to the lake or found themselves lost in the mountains but the team was not so sure.

They wandered up to Ravenglass and met Dr. Stout, who assured them that they should book rooms at the wellness hospital. He spoke of the hospital’s mission and the great things they did but the investigators noticed some unusual facts. First, there seemed to be no patients or staff anywhere to be seen. Second, there seemed to be signs of construction and dust around the facility, and most remarkably, Dr. Stout had strange legions around his neck and head which he dismissed as an unfortunate accident with a patient. They also noticed Dr. Stout’s rather large and imposing safe in his office.

They then left, determined to look into the hospital further. They found a guide, Moira, who would take them into the mountains where they might better see the lights.

They spoke with Rev Welker, who had a dim view of the sanitorium, however, his view stemmed from the lack of religious faith.

That night, the team saw lights near the mountains, which was near the Ravenglass Sanitorium. This was the exact place they would go tomorrow in order to see a closer look.

The following day, Moira took them into the mountains and by sundown they were in a good position near the clinic. That night, they saw the lights again, which prompted them to come down the mountain and near the clinic. It was at that point that they decided to break into the clinic and investigate.

Not long after they broke in, they were beset upon by creatures, not much larger than cats, but with wings, claws and long tails that seemed to move through a combination of teleportation and short bursts. The creature was extremely deadly and had a way of wrapping a tail around a victim’s neck and attaching a claw to the head, which made similar markings as those that were on Dr. Stout. But after dispatching the creature, they looked deeper, eventually finding a trap door under the floorboards in a room. Below, was a cold chamber and a tunnel that lead into the mountains. There was plenty of excavation equipment, lending credence to the theory that the people at the sanitorium were conducting a clandestine construction project. But there was a cold, cold air that flowed through the cavern. Nonetheless, they progressed through the tunnel.

En route, they were attacked by more of the strange creatures and the team dispatched them, while taking on some damage and then spending time tending to their injuries. But they knew there was danger up ahead.
When they finally made it to the main chamber, they were astounded with what they saw. There was a massive creature that was encased behind a wall of ice. Whereas they could only see the outline of the creature, they could tell it was massive. And dangerous. Around the cavern appeared to be Dr. Stout, as well as various other patients and staff members, all clearly under the influence of the strange creatures. They were involved in a group effort to attempt to free the creature from the ice, using the construction equipment.

Thinking fast, the team knew they would be unable to subdue all the assembled workers. So instead they managed to find dynamite and set the charges, fleeing as quickly as possible, knowing that they needed to destroy everything lest this creature get free.

Once the detonations began, they fled, going as fast as they could, barely escaping the destruction. But upon getting out of the chamber, they made their way back to London, filing their grim report of the situation.

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The Case of the Seller of Dreams
Keeper: Colin

Hudson and Brand have been reluctantly retained by Mr. George Pearson to investigate the recent associations of his son, Sir Weetman Pearson, at the exclusive Eccentric Club. Weetman is the current owner of the family business, S. Pearson & Son, which is one of the larger construction companies in the UK. As of late, Mr. Pearsons’s son has made some sizeable, dubious business decisions. Given the prominence of the family and family business, Mr. Pearson insists upon the utmost discretion.

Investigators

(Tammy, Dominick, Brian, Clarity)

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The Case of Whitaker's Comet
Keeper: Stacy

Thoroughbred horse Whitaker’s Comet surprised everyone by winning the last three races. Several disgruntled aristocrats are upset that an upstart is taking all their money. Hudson and Brand has been asked to investigate why a horse from a derelict farm has come from nowhere to win and why is the owner, Jefferson Whitaker so secretive about the horse’s training regimen.

Investigators

(Charles, Kevin, Alex, Brandon)

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The Case of Mother's Milk
Keeper: Matthew

The farmlands near Chippenham have recently shows strange mutations and abnormalities in the produce and livestock. What is the source of these strange abnormalities and does it mean something greater for the farming community at large?

Investigators

Arthur Credge
Nellie Boyle
Regan O’Siadhail
Zachariah Holstead
Yegor Ludwig

The assembled investigators were sent to Chippenham in the north of England in order to investigate some unusual agricultural oddities. The individual who sent them, Dr. Skeffington, showed mutated produce, eggs and meat and suggested that there may be some untoward activity happening in the farmlands. It could be the start of an outbreak or mythos activity or both.

The investigators set forth for the area and did some initial inquiries. They discovered that there were families of farmers who sold their produce at the train station for those who made stops. But they noticed that none of the families were present in the past few days and that the town was growing concerned as these family farms were a major source of food for them.

The following day the investigators set forth on foot to the farms and in their small trek, they began to notice unnatural phenomena in the area, namely mutated plants, enlarged and deformed wildlife and aggressive creatures that seemed as if they were fused from several different animals. The ground was boggy and had a disgusting rotting sweet smell that when they walked, seemed to bubble up from the ground. They eventually came across reanimated corpses, presumably from some of the farmers. The corpses were aggressive but seemed to be controlled as if from a puppet master underneath the ground.

After dispatching the monsters, they made their way to a nearby farmhouse where the place had been overrun with the corruption: giant insects, aggressive and ambulatory potatoes and something best unsaid upstairs. They fled to another farmhouse that seemed protected and mostly untouched from the corruptions. There they found that the owners, the Peale family had grown suspicious of something one of the neighboring farm families had done and described it as an ancient evil. The family, the Wolshonals, were desperate and tainted. In attempting to stop the Wolshonals, the Peales set forth to confront them with a powerful whistle that had been passed down for several generations, intended to fight off the very unholy activities the corrupt family had planned. The investigators, hurt and weary, set out to find the corrupted family and hope to find the whistle.

As they came up to the Wolshonals’ farmhouse, they found more animated corpses, one carrying a whistle on a chain around his next. As they fought these monsters, a grotesque abomination came from the field: several cattle had been fused together into one giant and aggressive monstrosity. In the altercation one investigator, Yegor, died. This broke the nerve of the group and they fled back to the village to regroup. As they tried to plan their next move, another horrific beast rumbled towards the village – a mighty Dark Young of Shub Niggurath. Clearly, this creature, as well as the influence of the Elder God, herself, was corrupting the land, from the unholy milk she produced. The team used every last ounce of energy to surround it, blowing the whistle and sending the creature back to the depths, as well as slowly undoing the evil the corrupted family had produced.

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The Case of Royal Purple
Keeper: Craig

Ms. Latham spoke in hushed tones with a mysterious individual obviously of high station. She’s turned the matter over to a new Hudson & Brand hire by the name of Gavin Straus.

On your way into 33 Golden Square, newspaper hawkers were shouting that a factory producing Royal Purple had been destroyed. Ms. Latham asks you to see Mr. Straus about the matter, sighing under her breath, “Why they ask for him… “

Investigators

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The Case of the Thin Line
Keeper: Jim

Sir Connor Hugh claims to have invented a machine that is capable of capturing the spirit that comes to claim the soul of humans seconds before they die. Sir Hugh a long time friend and benefactor of the agency has invited members to a private demonstration. Ms. Latham has asked that you attend this event to ensure that Sir Hugh and his associates from the Psychical Research Society are simply playing at the paranormal and have not tapped into any sinister energies.

Investigators

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