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Mission Five Overview:
After the exposure to their Nazi counterparts during previous missions, Captain Bank ordered the squad out of the European theater. He dispatched them to rendezvous with Vanguard Club members at Miskatonic University, Arkham, Massachusetts on a covert mission to investigate a lead on another artifact.
Their objectives were as follows:
1) Assess the probability that Vanguard Club members have valid information pertaining to the location of a bonafide artifact
2) Should the lead prove valid, proceed to secure the artifact with all speed possible
3) Use any means necessary to keep new artifacts from Nazi possession
Mission Five Results:
The squad met with Vanguard Club members and found that certain members were convinced that the club map collection included a map for a never-before-discovered Meso-American pyramid in the Amazon river valley. While moving to secure the map from the original expedition, the squad found another group was already making efforts to secure the map. A fire fight ensued in the Miskatonic University library, several grenades inflicted massive casualties on both the opposing force and the stacks, and a prisoner was taken. After questioning, the prisoner revealed they were in the employ of a local up-and-coming gangster, known to frequent a local public house. Element One of the squad proceeded to the public house seeking more intelligence about the opposing force, while Element Two proceeded to the University hospital to conduct their own independent research on specimens taken from the Natzweiler concentration camp subjects.
Element Two Results:
At the University Hospital this Element was introduced to Herbert West, a medical researcher continuing a line of study started under the renowned Dr. Hans Gruber of Switzerland. Dr. West analyzed the samples, and found the blue viscous substance taken from the Natzweiler worker had many qualities in common with a formula of his own – including a peculiar mineral compound Dr. Gruber used in his work but had refused to reveal to Dr. West.
They ultimately discovered that Dr. West was keeping the body and severed head of Dr. Gruber in a locked cadaver drawer in the University morgue – and that Dr. Gruber’s severed head and body both remained animated after decapitation due to what Dr. West described as “an overdose” of Dr. Gruber’s formula.
Section Seven site sanitation & retrieval personnel were immediately dispatched to take custody of Dr. West, Dr. Gruber, and all associated research and materials – to prevent them falling in to enemy hands.
Element One Results:
After questioning the one surviving member of the opposing force, Element One proceeded to a local Public House reported as the “hangout” of the local organized crime boss, Daniel O’Banion, who had contracted the opposing group to steal the map and mount an expedition to recover any related artifacts. The squad mounted an assault on the “Boar’s Head Inn & Public House” in their effort to capture O’Banion and any further intelligence related to the South American expedition. The squad’s heavy handed tactics resulted in a large amount of collateral damage (again), in the form of heavy structural damage due to liberal use of explosives at the site. Despite the zealous assault on the site, O’Banion and his key henchman nearly escaped through the city sewers, but after a brief pursuit — and a seemingly miraculous deluge of water from a passing street sweeper that foiled O’Banion’s escape by washing him back down off a manhole access ladder — O’Banion was captured. Chemical interrogation revealed that O’Banion had no direct interest in the map or any artifacts. Rather, he was merely acting as the local agent for an unnamed organized crime figure in Chicago.
Both Elements of the squad reformed at the Vanguard Club quarters, and posed as O’Banion’s team of explorers, heading out to the Arkham airfield and taking the cargo plane chartered to take them back to the Amazon River basin as indicated on the Vanguard Club’s early expedition map. The flight was an uneventful three day trip, until they reached visual range of the strange fog bank indicated on the map.
Inexplicably a very large bright green snake (with a faint crescent moon shape on its head, if the immediate witnesses are to be believed) appeared in the cockpit of the aircraft, and bit the pilot, delivering a fatal bite. After a quick survey, the team determined none of the survivors had any piloting skills, and the aircraft was on a collision course with a range of hills just between the fogged-in area and a local native village.
The team is now taking stock of how much time they have to toss supplies out of the plane and parachute to safety themselves.
Mission Five is ongoing…
Mission Five Casualties:
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