The Temple of the Moon|
Smythe-Jones. Lecturer in Anthropology at the Miskatonic University.
Middle Aged be-speckled gent who is still hale enough to carry out field
work. Though since one of his most recent trips he has become a little
withdrawn and pensive
- James 'Crispy' Bacon. A sophomore at the Miskatonic
U. From a poor farming family he is the first to attend College, earning
his place on a sporting scholarship
Rory Flannagan. Irish-American, Newspaper
Reporter, photographer and amateur sleuth. A veteran of the Great War
with some Military Intelligence experiece where he heard stories of
occult activites and spiritualism in Germany which have continued to
peak his interest ever since
I regret burdening you with this item, but you my last hope. Please
guard it with all your available resources. It is priceless, but too
dangerous for me to keep.
Meet me in front of the New York Public Library
at 2:00pm on the 24th of September. I'll retrieve the artefact and explain
to you in detail what is happening. See you there.
From the journal of James Bacon
Saturday 23rd September 1922
The artefact is a golden wedge with deep inscriptions. It looks to ba
a third of a larger item. The Prof, Rory and I travel to New
York in the Profs Buick 2236 Coupe - nice car! We plan to take in a
baseball game - my chance to see Babe Ruth in action for the first time,
have a bit of fun in the evening before making our way to the library
tomorrow. The game is fantastic. In the evening I find a
dancehall while the Prof and Rory go in search of a Speakeasy.
Sunday 24rd September 1922
On Sunday we have breakfast, go to church, have lunch then make our way
to the library. The professors friend fails to show. After an hour we
leave and head for his address - an apartment on the fourth floor of a
There is no answer to our knocks. I break the door down and we
enter a dingy apartment. The apartment looks as though its been ransacked.
The furniture has been hacked at with a blade. There are blood stains on the
floor in front of a desk. We search and I find a small stone amulet. The
Prof finds a notebook/journal and a ticket for Callao /New York passenger
liner and a map of Peru.
The journal shows that Charles Danvers was investigating black
racketeering. He obtained the gold tablet as proof (probably stolen from the
New York Institute dig in Peru) but then realised he was being followed and
one of his contacts was murdered.
We decide to stay on for another day.
Monday 25th September 1922
The next day the Prof receives a call from his secretary. Charles
Danvers has been in touch requesting contact details. He leaves a
contact number. The Prof rings it.
Charles tells us the story. Simon LeCloche is the ring leader of the
Black Marketers. He was attacked in his apartment by Indians indigenous to
South America, not LeCloches men! Danvers thinks that the gold
artefact relates to a lost Incan treasure. We arrange to meet him later.
We arrive at the coffee shop we arranged to meet Danvers at. He
arrives on time but seems wary, constantly looking around. He tells us a few
more details. We decide to go to the New York institute.
I ring the institute and make an appointment to see Alistair Mclaughlin
later in the day (Alistair is the Director of the Institute). We spend the
time until then researching Alistair and the Institutea
We arrive at the institute for our appointment. I have to fast talk our way
past the secretary again. Alistair is a snall soft-spoken man with
The institute has been searching for a lost Incan temple
to Quilla, the Moon Goddess for some time. Work at the dig was
progressing well until some strange events started to happen and 5 workers
plus a professor disappeared. Work at the site has virtually ceased
and the Institute would like someone to investigate. We accept the offer -
the Prof is sure he can clear it as a field trip. If we're successful
we'll get $3000 each. We're advances $300 to buy equipment.
Tuesday 26th September 1922
We read in the papers that the institute has been broken into and the
nightwatchmen murdered. We return to Arkham and begin preparations for
We set sail for Peru. We notice that there are Latin types and
Canadians on board. I spend my time running round the decks and speaking to
the ladies. That night the cabin is broken into...
Myself and the Prof are sharing a cabin. We are woken by the breaking of
the chair we put under the door handle. Someone enters with a
flashlight speaking another language. Bloody foreigners!
The Prof quickly grabs his gun and fires, but misses. The
foreigners fire but miss. I grab my gun and shoot, injuring one.
He fires back, grazing me. The Prof is clearly better with books than
guns, he misses. I shoot again and the villain falls to the ground.
We quickly grab his wallet and some lockpicks before anyone arrives to
investigate the commotion.
The Captain is very apologetic and invites us to dinner. We also get
another cabin. When we speak to Rory later he tells us he thinks
someone has been in his cabin.
Over the next few days we spot a number of French-speaking people around
the ship. They seem to be quite interested in us. I continue to chat
up the ladies, trying to find a suitable partner for the on-board dance
competition in a couple of days time.
At night we sleep in shifts given the break-in and suspicious activity.
We decide to track one of the foreigners back to their cabin. Rory
discovers they're in Cabin C10. We investigate. C10 is a
4-person suite. Apart form the fact that the foreigners speak Spanish we
don't find anything of interest.
The next evening the dance contest is held. I come second with my
partner - not enough time to practice together! That night we are again
attacked in our cabin, this time by savages, wearing ragged clothing.
I shoot one, the Prof shoots another. We capture the third.
The Captain takes the surviving savage into custody. We find
someone on the ship who speaks Spanish. All the savage will reveal is
that they are trying to get hold of the golden artefact the Prof has.
We track down the cabin of one of the attackers - a Phillippe Gonzales.
Inside we find a telegram from someone named Canditta who is looking for the
artefact and cautions against the Canadians 'Murphy is Dangerous'.
We decide to hole up in theone cabin, joining Rory and the others. That
night we hear someone breaking into out Cabin. The Prof opens the door
and looks down the corridor. He sees more of the savages and opens fire.
He kills two of them.
After the commotion has dies down we retire again. Later I am on
watch with the Prof. He thinks he hears something but nothing happens.
We eventually arrive in Peru. We clear customs and are met by our escort
- Enriquez Garcia, from the institute. We leave for Lima and the
excavation in the morning. He tells us something of the unusual
happenings at the dig. One of the workers is now in a local asylum.
It will take 3 days to reach the dig site. At night we will be
camping outside. It is an uncomfortable journey along rutted tracks in
hot weather. At night it is cold.
During the first nights camp we are again attacked. I however am in
a deep sleep so struggle to come round. The attackers this time are
the French-Canadians. I get wounded in the firefight that follows but
we manage to kill the attackers.
We arrive at the dig on the evening of 11 October.
Thursday 12 October 1922
The ruins sit at the base of a large cliff. Not much is happening
following the disappearance of the Professor who was leading the dig. We
search the tent of the missing Professor and find 3 day books. The Professor
browses through them.
Oct 9 -Someone has taken the spore samples. I must replace
them and soon before another of us vanishes. Tonight I go to the lower
temple to replace them.
Sep 21 - Farnsworth is gone. He entered the temple at
dusk. I can no longer fool myself. What's happening can't be
explained by gas etc. The things we see in the night are horribly
real. I found a sample of phosphorescent spores in the Lower temple and I
think this holds the clue to the mystery.
Aug 9 - the Tablets of the Moon disappeared last night, no
doubt smuggled out to be sold on the black market. These cursed
thieves must be stopped!
Jul 15 - Must learn if this area is subject to seismic
activity given the state of the temple. Why are we only getting
tremors during the night?
I explore the temple. There is a work room, a store room and a
raised platform. The work room is being used by the expedition to
store artefacts. In the North West corner of the room is a stone platform.
The store room is used to crate artefacts prior to shipping to New
York. There is another raised stone platform in the Northern section
of the room.
The main temple is lozenge shaped. Steps lead up to the main platform
which holds a shrine. The roof is open to the moon as there is a light
shaft. On one wall is an old tapestry with a symbol on that matches
the one on the amulet we found in New York. The opening of the light
shaft matches the golden artefact, assuming the fragment does form a third
of it. We find a secret door to a small antechamber. Inside we
find another concealed door with steps beyond that lead down.
Friday 13 October 1922
The next day we explore the lower sections of the temple. We find a
collapsed cave. There is a faint odour. Passageways lead off.
We explore. We enter a very large cavern. Fungus grows here, some of
which is pulsating. The Prof strikes one with his machete. The fungus
starts to grow out towards the Prof. Somewhat unsettling.
This place is massive - we decide to leave and return tomorrow with more
Saturday 14 October 1922
The next day we return to the great cavern. It is 2 miles long, a
mile wide and half a mile high! Here the fungus glow is powerful enough to
impede vision. The stink of mould and rot is overpowering. Water drips
down from the ceiling. In the centre of the cavern is a pool of stagnant
water. A number of tunnels lead off from the cavern.
We approach the pool. Its surface is covered by algae. We can hear a
faint buzzing from the East. It gets closer! One of the porters points to a
swarm of alien creatures approaching, large, pinkish things with several
sets of limbs. I've never seen or heard of anything like them! We
When the coast is clear we explore one of the passages. The
professor is quite excited by possibility of discovering a new species.
We enter a grotto however it is filled with alien tools and technology as
well as 8 of the strange creatures. The professor lets out a small
squeak and runs away!
One of the aliens points a strange device at us. An arc of electricity
leaps from the device and strikes one of our porters. The porter spasms in
pain. One of the creatures shoots me. Ow!. I run away as
fast as I can.
Sometime later, back in the camp....
I want to go home....!
The professor, somewhat recovered, wanders around the dig. He
notices that the stone platforms in the temple side chambers seem to have
been moved. We discuss the section of the artefact we have and the
groups that are seeking it.
Later, the Professor and Rory spot the leader of the natives descending
into the temple. They follow. A hidden portal opens up and a number of the
alien creatures rise from below. A number of other natives are also present.
They have a prisoner who seems to be destined to become a sacrifice and sure
enough a short time later they cut his heart out.
I receive a message fro Enrique, The leader of the hispanic workers
would like to speak to us. I go to see her - she has a tent at the top of a
nearby hill. Her name is Candita. She's female! She invites me
into her tent!
She has one part of the artefact. She says that Le Cloche has the other
section. She believes that if assembles they will reveal the location
of hidden treasure. We talk....
Back at the camp the Prof and Rory wait for the natives to emerge from
the temple. When they do so they challenge them and proceed to gun
them down when the natives resist. Their leader isn't among them.
The Prof and Rory discover the mechanism to open the portal. They
open it - a seemingly bottomless pit with a ramp descending round the
outside. They find some concealed rooms off the ramp. One has a
strange machine in it.
The next morning I leave Canditas tent and go to let the Prof know about
our new ally. I facilitate a meeting and we agree to join forces
against Le Cloche. We work out that if the artefact was assembled it would
fit over the map of the area in the temple and would then reveal a path.
Le Cloche arrives at the site. The Prof greets him and gives the
signal to attack. Rory tries to shoot the gas tank on the truck he
arrived in. He hits the truck but missess the gas tank. Le Cloches men
mill around in confusion, then charge up the hill towards Canditas camp.
In the ensuing melee I sneak across to the truck, steal the case I find
inside and run for cover in the hills.
Turns out the case holds dynamite. I take it.
After the battle we assemble the three fragments and overlay them onto
the map. The map is keyed to the phases of the moon and eventually
reveals a location 75 miles away.
Two Weeks Later
We discover another temple, built into the side of a mountain.
Inside is a vast chamber with columns running the entire length of the
room. there is a symbol on the floor. The columns are carved
with disturbing designs. There are also three statues of tentacled
Moving further in we discover another bottomless pit, two platforms and a
pathway leading down. More fungus as well! For some reason Rory
starts to eat it. Yeauch!
I'm lowered nto the pit but it's too deep - I can't get to the bottom.
During the night Candita wakes us - she can hear someone approaching
through the tunnels. Humans plus something much bigger.I throw a stick
of dynamite as far as I can down the passage (which isn't very far). Rory
does the saem. We all run outside as fast as we can.
A short while later three tree-like aliens, some humans and some of the
flying creatures emerge. I throw dynamite. Tnhe first stick
turns out to be a dud and fails to explode. One of the tree-like
creatures strikes me. I fall over, dead, though nthe dynamite I'm carrying
does go off killing the creature as well.
The Martians win - everyone runs!
Temple of the Moon - Epilogue
The New York Institure of Archeology
and Ancient History shut down their dig in Peru. They pay the investigative
team $1000 each and include a bonus of $1000 to be used to go to the family
of James "Crispy" Bacon. Candita knowing she has failed to gain vast riches
steals the comnpleted amulet and soon you hear rumours of it's sections
being sold separately on the black market.
Professor Nathan Smythe Jones and Coach Johnson provide fitting eulogies
at the funeral of James "Crispy" Bacon. His great athleticism and teamwork
are praised. There are a number of attractive females at the funeral who
weep uncontrollably. Other heartbroken young ladies shed a tear on reading
the news. His family donate the $2000 to a Bacon memorial dance to be set up
in honour of their son.
You all feel slightly reassured (+7 san) that nasty alien creatures can
be defeated and that a major black marketeer dealing in stolen art has been
thwarted. The Professor feels a whole lot better only occasionally twitching
when a buzzing bee is heard nearby. Rory is only slight shaken afterwards
but his monophobia remains and he makes sure he has constant companionship.
A stay in the sanitorium may be required.
Danvers writes an article in the New York Times about the theft of the
tablets, the death of LeCloche and events surrounding it. Details that might
disturb the general public are omitted.