The Contingent – Cases

Energy to Spare – The high school kids are raving about a new energy drink, Ümph. However the teachers and administrators have banned the drink from all school property in the district. They’re claiming Ümph makes some kids act out and cause trouble. Security will be tight at tonight’s homecoming game. Let’s hope nothing terrible happens.

Dark Science – Hidden beneath the prosperous downtown of Red Wing, sinister experiments have been conducted on unwilling test subjects. The resulting supernatural side-effects have spread quietly throughout the town. Who conducted this research and why? What exactly was done to the people trapped in these dank cells? Who covered-up the entire project? This game will focus on research, exploration and investigation.

Red Wire or Blue Wire? – Ümph the energy drink’s unintended side effects are considered well within corporate safety parameters. Three more trucks are scheduled to leave the bottling plant this week. Chester needs your help. The shipments must be stopped to protect innocent consumers. The test product is only being produced from one location. Destroy the facility and the secret recipe.

Another Letter from Dr. Josephus Belle

Using their vast library and considerable connections, our partners in The Royal Society of Enquiry have tracked down a cache of ancient relics. Roman pagans fleeing persecution from early Christians built a secret temple to house their treasures in Constantinople. Some exciting documents revealing the location of this valuable horde of artifacts have been translated by Chancellor Neville Welke himself. This mission is of the utmost importance to both The Miskatonic Society and The ROSE.

You will board a steamer to Paris, meet up with the ROSE expedition team and travel together on The Orient Express to Istanbul. There, under the streets of the most eclectic city in the world, you will find items of wealth, power and knowledge that have no equal on this earth!

-Dr. Josephus Belle

Spiders, Frogs and Alliance Ships. Oh My!

A Doctor’s Recollections:

  • Dropped off medical supplies for a contact in North Hampshire, the capitol and space port of a border planet, New Luxor (near Santo).
  • Noticed at the local pub, The Short Straw, that we were being watched. Alliance men in uniforms appear to have been on duty for a while. I love a man with just a little scruff.
  • Went to “Play Doctor” with a friend. He tells me that Lt. D’Lacie is a prick who has been giving everyone a hard time. For some reason Kobayashi Maru’s captain, Xie, keeps interrupting our role-playing. Is it role-playing if I am actually a doctor? I convince my friend to forget to lock my shuttle so that I can escape before the crew gets busted by The Alliance. Apparently they have gotten themselves into trouble. I need to stay off the local radar. Thanked my friend for his patronage.

  • The crew has apparently decided to attract the attention of The Alliance on purpose. I think they’re being played by two different internal factions of blue-bellies. How do they get themselves into these situations?
  • Despite the fact that I have made it clear to The Captain that all contraband needs to be moved to The Cure, none of the work has been done. Claude and I get to work. I keep thinking to myself, “Damn it, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a fork-lift operator!” Where is he?
  • Claude and I flee the planet in The Cure. He’s helping me with my English. It’s pretty boring up here. I write him a prescription for hashish. Then I realize that is not a good idea. The fucking spider keeps staring at our ship. Claude sees a damn bird. Man, he is high. Fortunately a space toad eats the spider. Then later I write Claude a prescription for whiskey and chocolate to be used immediately with his doctor. Shortly thereafter he passes out. I realize that we may be up here for a while, since the crew is bound and determined to get caught. I sedate the chimp to save on oxygen.
  • I do some gardening before I realize that I’m also using too much oxygen. Time to shoot up. Hopefully they don’t need me for anything for a while. I keep hearing bits of conversations. Seems like the girls are having fun. Not sure where the engineer has gotten off to.
  • Don’t remember much after that. Suddenly Heather is yelling at me to wake the monkey. I briefly wonder if that is a euphemism before I realize she is angry and in a panic. Stab Claude with an adrenaline syringe. Claude is having fun, but he confirms that The Alliance ship that I saw earlier is very real and very close by. We make it out of the system. I think there was an explosion?
  • All in all, a good visit. I got paid for my physician’s skills, we ended up with some alliance prisoner on board (that the crew is releasing for some reason), Claude and I bonded a bit and no one got shot this time.

A Letter from Dr. Josephus Belle

Our fledgling society has made great strides in discovering fantastical mysteries so far. I have chosen you, among our peers, to partake in a joint venture with The Royal Society of Enquiry. The Royal Society of Enquiry, also known as The ROSE, is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent archeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, historians, scientists and other intellectuals. They are the oldest scientific academies in existence.

This British organization has reached out to us to collaborate in a very exciting opportunity. A newly discovered Assyrian temple complex offers many potentially powerful artifacts for study. By partnering with The ROSE on this expedition, we will gain access to their contacts and resources in the Arabian world. This is The Miskatonic Society’s chance to impress those old, cantankerous Brits. I have faith in each of you to to make this long journey and return safely with historical mysteries for us to delve into.

-Proud of Each of You
Dr. Josephus Belle

Winds of Change – Desert Mirage

All the News Hot Enough to Print!

The testimonies from the deceased starlet Mirella and Amyrka the dancing bear have sealed the fate of Meadowlark’s Travelling Circus! Authorities have not released transcripts of the testimonies but a reliable source states that the evidence was “Quite damning.”

In a related note, Rolendo and Nighrenah have been released after sentencing. The district attorney’s office has released a statement announcing the sentencing for the two celebrities after their involvement with illegal narcotic drug trading. Both have been fined an undisclosed amount, were sentenced to community betterment projects and have been assigned parole officers.

The Bardic Extravaganza schedule has been updated! Kami Kami Kameleon will be performing tonight and tomorrow night The Winds of Change will take the stage. The contest ends early this year due to two troupes being removed from the schedule. All of the members Meadowlark’s Travelling Circus have been arrested. Banned from Squalor’s two surviving members have conceded after the death of their songstress, Mirella.

Banned from Squalor has donated the funds raised during their drive to resurrect Mirella to a local orphanage instead. Rumor has it that the siren had refused to return to life despite clerical interventions on her behalf.