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Delta Green: Days of Infamy (2013 – Present)

Special Collection, Session 3

Previous Session: Special Collection, session 2

Scenario Author: Allan Goodall
Write-up Author: Allan Goodall
Run Date: May 11, 2013
Game System: Call of Cthulhu, 5.5 edition with Delta Green optional rules
Keeper: Allan Goodall
Characters: Marine Cpt. Barnabas Gentry (Logan Carpenter), member of P Division; Professor Edwin Lawrence (Jason Gallagher), expert in folklore and the occult; Dr. Elinor Tweed (Alana Goodall), civilian biologist working for P Division; Abernathy Slappy Bishop (Dustin Gulledge), ex-con working for P Division; Phillip Gustav Miro (Katie Gulledge playing Mark Miller's character), Free French agent working for P Division.

Saturday, 7 March 1942, 1240 EST

Office of Naval Intelligence, New York, NY

Barnabas, Elinor and Edwin could see the outline of two people sitting in Lt. Nesmith's office. Nesmith introduced the others to Phillip Gustav Miro and Abernathy Slappy Bishop. Phillip was a French citizen, who escaped to Britain as part of the French force that were evacuated at Dunkirk. He saw some interesting things working for the British SOE behind the lines in Occupied France. He was now assigned to P Division as a liaison. Abernathy also saw some interesting things, too, but as a bootlegger and a wheel man for various low-level crime bosses. Sometimes P Division recruited people who were less than legitimate if they had particular abilities or experiences.

Abernathy and Phillip were there to aid the others, sent by Lt. Cmdr. Cook when Barnabas reported their close call in the basement of the Witch House. The others brought them up to speed. After a short discussion, Abernathy asked if they had searched the car they found parked in front of the Witch House. When Elinor admitted that they hadn't, he suggested that the check it out.

Phillip asked if they had a car, but Barnabas said they had not. Phillip asked Lt. Nesmith if they could sign out a car. Nesmith shrugged and gave them the directions to the motor pool downstairs. Elinor and Barnabas slowly turned to him and gave him a withering look. He shrugged his shoulders again. "You didn't ask."

At the motor pool, they were told by the desk clerk that there was only one vehicle remaining available to them, a black Ford with "U. S. Navy" stenciled on the side in white letters. Elinor asked if there was something less conspicuous that they could borrow, but the clerk said the other cars were already booked, including a black 1939 Packard visible outside the motor pool office. That vehicle was already slated for a Captain, for use on "official" business. Phillip explained that the Captain's mistress probably wouldn't mind being seen in the company of an officer in a Navy car. Phillip happened to hit the nail on the head, for the clerk stammered and handed them the keys to the Packard. Apparently the captain's "official business" was supposed to be a secret, and the clerk thought it best to maintain that secret.

They drove to the Witch House. The car was still there. Abernathy checked the car's door. It was locked. He pulled out a lockpicking set and, after a few minutes work, unlocked the car.

The agents descended on the car. It was Abernathy who found a clue. It was a piece of paper that had slipped into the crack between the driver's seat and the back of the driver's seat. The paper was note stationery. It had "St. Paul's Catholic Church" at the top. It said, simply, "Brothers meeting, Tues. 7:30". Abernathy checked under the floor mats; he found a spare ignition key under the passenger mat.

Since they were here, Phillip was interested in searching the Witch House for anything they may have missed. Barnabas, Edwin, and Elinor were understandably reluctant to re-enter, but Phillip insisted. Edwin stayed outside as the others went back in. Phillip gave the upstairs a thorough search but saw pretty readily that there wasn't much to see in the house. He soon gave up. No one went into the basement.

Everyone was hungry. Elinor suggested they go for something to eat. Abernathy suggested they drive the dead man's car on the assumption that he wasn't going to need it, and it would be best if they had two vehicles. All but Edwin were lukewarm to the idea, but Edwin enthusiastically called "Shotgun!". With the others giving in to Abernathy's idea, Elinor suggested they meet at Denny's Diner. She gave Abernathy the directions.

On the way to the diner, Abernathy suggested to Edwin that they drive by the house of Herman Shields. Abernathy had the $150 in the desk drawer on his mind. Whether or not Edwin suspected this, he agreed with Abernathy's plan. With the other agents ahead of him in the black U.S. Navy Packard, Abernathy peeled off and headed to Shields' house. Phillip saw him do this, but assumed he was trying to get there by way of a shortcut.

Abernathy drove down Shields' street at a crawl, looking for the house. In the distance, Edwin saw a car pull away from the curb. When they got to house, Edwin realized the car was parked in front of it. Abernathy threw the car in gear and stomped on the gas in pursuit.

It took less than a minute to catch up the with the car, a black mid-30s Chevrolet. It wasn't trying to get away too quickly, and the driver apparently didn't see them. Edwin wrote down the license plate number.

Abernathy had an idea. He got up beside the rear quarter panel of the other car and hit it with Shields' car. The Chevrolet spun out and smashed into a trash can on the sidewalk. Pedestrians cried out and dove out of the way.

Abernathy quickly ran to the car door and flung it open. Inside was a man in a priest's collar. Edwin immediately recognized him as Father Mackasay.

The priest stammered in shock. "Wh- what are you doing?"

"What were you doing at Shields' house?" demanded Abernathy?

The ex-con interrogated the priest, but Father Mackasay wasn't very forthcoming with answers. He claimed that he went to Shields' house to see if he was home, but his car wasn't there and no one answered. Abernathy and Edwin were suspicious, but the priest seemed to be telling the truth.

A beat cop approached. Abernathy pulled out his hip flask and quickly unscrewed the cap. He dumped some alcohol on the priest. Father Mackasay let out a howl of surprise and outrage. Abernathy intercepted the cop and spun a story about a drunk priest driving out of control.

The cop took control and separated Abernathy from the priest. As he came up to Abernathy, the ex-con flashed his ONI badge. This got the cop's attention. He took down Abernathy's statement while telling the priest to stay where he was. He then listened to the priest. A few minutes later, he waved the father on his way and picked up the up-ended trash can. He then returned to Abernathy.

The ex-con was aghast that the cop let the "drunk" priest go, but the cop said there was no alcohol on the priest's breath. He had simply swerved to avoid something on the road. The cop had gave him a warning and sent him on his way. After taking down some final information, the cop strongly suggested that they be on their way, too.

Frowning, Abernathy turned the car around and went back to Shields' house. When they got there, they saw the Navy's black Packard in front of the house. The other agents had eaten a quick meal and — having decided that Abernathy must have gotten lost — went to Shields' house on their own initiative. They had already given the house a cursory search. "Someone's been here," said Elinor.

Sure enough, the $150 was missing. So was the top sheets of the note pad beside the phone. Nothing else looked like it was missing. The agents assumed the priest took the money. Unable to abscond with the cash, Abernathy took Shields' last beer. He found a couple of cans in the cupboard and some stale bread. While the others searched, he made himself a baked bean and spam grilled sandwich.

The agents reviewed what they knew. Shields, who may or may not be a German spy, was likely killed by a thing that materialized in a basement. They found an old knife in the basement, along with the book that a woman speaking with a German accent stole from the library. Shields was supposed to meet someone named "K.D." on Friday, but didn't make the meeting. Also, three days before that, Shields was supposed to meet with "Brothers". Shields received a lump sum payment from persons unknown while also receiving a wage from the church. The priest in the church denied knowing anything about Shields' disappearance. The priest was at Shields' home and may (or may not) have stolen $150 and part of a note pad. When run off the road by Abernathy, the priest refused to admit that Abernathy caused the accident.

The only leads they had pointed to the priest and his suspicious behavior. They decided to go back to the church.

Saturday, 7 March 1942, 1710 EST

St. Paul's Catholic Church, Queens, NY

Phillip had a plan. He entered the church, as he was the only member of the party whom Father Mackasay had not met. He waited in line at the confessional, and stepped inside.

"Bless me Father, for I have sinned," he said, in his thick French accent. Phillip went on to spin a yarn about how he knew something about someone, but was unsure how to proceed with that knowledge, which was tearing him up. He went on for some time, revealing that the person that committed this crime was here in the parish.

Finally, the priest asked, "And who is this person?"

"Why you, Father," said Phillip.

"Me?" cried the priest. "What do you mean?"

Phillip reigned in a smirk. "You are Father Mackasay, aren't you?"

"No. I'm Father Brown. Father Mackasay stepped out for a while."

Phillip did his best to cover up his faux pas, and rushed out of the church.

At least they knew the priest was gone for a while. With the sun setting, they decided to burgle the manse next door to the church. First, they checked thoroughly to make sure Father Mackasay wasn't there.

Abernathy knocked on the front door, but no one answered. He slipped around the back and pulled out his lockpicking set. The lock was particularly stubborn and Abernathy was ready to give up and just get a big rock, when the lock finally gave up. He slipped inside, along with the other agents.

They searched through the manse. They didn't find anything of an occult nature, nor did the $150 in cash or the note pad. Elinor did find an appointment book and an address book, and Abernathy did find a bottle of wine. Elinor convinced Abernathy to leave the wine. She then started jotting down relevant names and dates from the appointment calendar. They were going to leave the manse as they had found it, so that the priest would, hopefully, not realize someone had broken in.

Looking through the calendar, Elinor discovered several dates listed as "Brothers meeting" followed by what she figured was a person's last name. They usually met monthly, but there were times when they met more frequently. There were three names, and the appointments cycled around between them. The names were Balcerak, Bateman, Lowenstein, and Shields. Elinor found that she was right, these were last names. The people's full names and addresses were in the address book. The people were Alenka Balcerak, Walter Bateman, Harvey Lowenstein, and Herman Shields. Shields' address matched the address of the house where they found the German radio.

They put back the appointment book and the address book. They slipped out the back and sneaked back to the cars. The lock only locked from the outside, so Abernathy had to use his lockpick set to lock the door. Once again the lock surrendered just as he was about to give up in frustration.

Next Session: June 8, 2013 (tentative)