The game began with the PCs standing victorious, having escaped from being locked in a storm cellar with a steadily growing kerosene fire as well as a gunfight with two unknown assailants. Rowan Boone and Malcolm Reading checked the bodies, finding cell phones as well as driver’s licenses sufficient to ID them as Louis Guest and Mark Anderson. Meanwhile, Brian Gall ran the property records and determined that Guest was the owner of the house and storm cellar in question. The group radioed for backup immediately and received it, in the form several squad cars full of police, an ambulance for their burn wounds, and a fire truck to put out the kerosene fire.
Mark and Malcolm checked the house for traps and, upon finding none, cleared it for the rest of the group to go inside to investigate. Within, they found an old desktop computer as well as a safe hidden under a table. While Ned Icecave and Malcolm brought the computer back to police headquarters for investigation, Brian suddenly developed an interest in the house’s history, and ran off to the library to check the property records, newspaper reports, and CODIS database.
He determined that four months ago, Louis Guest’s daughter Lindsay Guest had died under suspicious circumstances. The official cause of death was labeled an allergic reaction caused by an unknown insect bite, but upon interviewing the examining doctor, it became clear that this was unlike any ordinary insect bite – it caused the girl to vomit blood, her skin and blood turned a green-yellow color, and when she died a legion of insects burst forth from her skin.
Meanwhile, Icecave scanned the hard drive and was able to hack into Guest’s email, where he discovered that Guest had been emailing back and forth with a man named Eric Holm. The two spoke of a chapel in the woods, a mysterious leader known only as A, and someone named Jamie who was to be the host for a new Shepard who was even greater than the current one. Guest also admonished Holm for “trying to get two of them like that” but said “Let’s see if A forgives you before we go to the hospital.”
A search of Eric Holm’s records revealed that he had checked himself into Silverton Hospital, about two hours away, just two days ago.Boone called the doctor who examined Lindsay Guest and convinced him to examine Holm as well, and told him to call if anything unusual happened. He also placed a sheriff to guard Holm’s room to prevent him from escaping or being killed. At this point it was late in the day, and the group broke for a rest.
Boone got a call at 3 AM saying that Holm was in critical condition and no one knew how much longer he might last. Not wanting to risk a fatigue penalty, the rest of the group decided to wait until morning, but Brian chose to head over to Silverton Hospital right away. He got there just in time to witness Holm’s last moments – with the sticker man ranting about how “she said it was a gift,” and vomiting blood before having his skin split open and a torrent of insects burst forth. Brian got the doctors to clear out of the room and then to evacuate the hospital, but before he could leave, the CDC quarantined the entire hospital, trapping Brian on the grounds.
The rest of the group woke up to find out that someone had reported an abandoned car alongside the road. The went to investigate, and found three sets of footprints leading into Shepard’s Creek, and then later a body wrapped in a tarp and weighted down with stones, which turned out to be the vehicle’s owner. He had the same characteristic wounds that all victims of the Shepard’s Creek killer had. Finding nothing else of note, Icecave found out when they got back to the police station that he was finally able to get the GPS data from Louis Guest and Mark Anderson’s cellphones. Analyzing it, he was able to pinpoint where he believed the chapel would be, and with the rest of the group in tow, as well as a squad of police for backup, they drove out to investigate.
The spot in the woods was indeed an old, seemingly-deserted chapel. The group went in cautiously, with half going in the front and half going in the back. They were ambushed in short order by two armed cultists on the second floor. Mark Hart went to gun down the cultists, but on the way he discovered Derek Hollins, the child he had chased down in the woods, hidden behind some boxes. Hollins charged, his physical form warping and twisting to reveal a massive, spider-like creature, and he, Hart and Boone engaged in a mortal struggle. Hart was able to tear free of the creature’s claws after taking a middling wound, but Boone was pinned down and almost eviscerated by the creature’s chitinous legs. Thanks only to a lucky critical hit from Malcolm, the spider demon was killed just in time for Mark Hart to race in to save Boone from death, stabilizing him at -9 hit points.
At this time, Sergeant Nunez landed in a black helicopter, backed up by a squad of men in hazmat suits, armed with flamethrowers. He ordered the group into the helicopter, and then had his men incinerate the entire chapel, with the body of the spider demon inside. Fortunately, due to the last minute quick thinking of Ned Icecave, the group was able to retrieve an ancient book, The Pearl of Great Price, from beneath the lectern. As they flew off in the chopper, the chapel burning in the background, the session was adjourned.