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Cthulhu Invictus – The Mad Woman of Rubra 1-1

By on October 5, 2020 in LoTT Actual Play with 0 Comments

Salvius Horatious – Keeper Chad

Iavolenus Tertius (Gladiator) – Bill

Lucius Marius (Centurion) – John

GM – Oscar

Our investigators are in the midst of some extended downtime, relaxing and recuperating at their patron’s villa Rubra.  Iavolenus has taken up fishing and says to Lucius and Horatious, one afternoon, there are some street children down by the harbor that he wants to adopt.  When they express misgivings about his course of action Iavolenus explains that the mother is a deranged prostitute who spends all of her money on wine, neglecting the children.  Furthermore she seems to have some power, as she has been known to curse people who try to help the children which ends in misfortune for those she has cursed.

Persuaded by Iavolenus, the group decides to investigate around town to see what they can learn about this mysterious mad woman.  The story that unfolds is an unfortunate one.  It seems that the woman, Cyan, was at a wedding with her husband in the next town over and a number of guests fell ill, many of them dying.  It was said they had eaten bad shellfish.  Cyan’s husband died and she lay at the border between life and death for many weeks.  When she eventually “recovered” she was never the same.  She seems to have the power to inflict curses on those she has deemed to have wronged her.  When her brother in law attempted to help her and the kids he was stricken blind.  Some even believe that an evil spirit possesses her.

The following morning they head over to where the family’s home used to be.  While investigating the property, Iavolenus almost steps on Cyan as she lay sleeping on the ground.  She confronts him about feeding the children and Iavolenus scolds her about not taking care of the children.  At that point she draws a rusty knife and with much more skill than anyone could have expected, she slashes him, causing the party to withdraw.

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