-- UNEXPECTED TENTACLE SESSION 28 -- -- THE ELLIPTIC -- -- 20.06.97 -- Leaving our grief for later, we attended Allerton's trial. The first couple of days were completely irrelevant to us, being mainly concerned with large scale fraud and money laundering. We spent our time plondering over what we knew and listening to the evidence against Allerton. Faraday apparently had a massive amount of circumstancial evidence; all he needed was something that connected Allerton to it. Now, with the ship search, he had enough to put Allerton away for a long time. Considering the apparent correlation between the portals in the dark path, their distribution on the map and the cave paintings, we exptrapolated where we considered the remaining two portals to be from the three we knew (consulting the Miskatonic's mathematics department, the three points we had are enough to enscribe a circle and hence a regular pentagon). /( This is a good reason for not playing with a group of mathematicians, although the GM was prepared for this extrapolation and had already checked it independently, he had banked on spending the next hour listening to the players arguing over the best way to estimate the position of the portal in Eanston - underground in some cave we didn't know the exact position of. Thank God one of the player hadn't studied cartography, otherwise the next week would have spent attempting to compensate for the errors introduced by the projection onto the paper. I guess it's all a bit spherical and probably plurally so. )\ :) The two towns located by these mathematical jugglings were: Barenston and Iningsham. There was an obvious connection between the phonetic similarities between Eanston, Eynsham and Iningsham: all apparently derived from the same root, "Town where populations were resident." The other two posed a sightly larger problem, not being obviously connected, to these three, but in themselves, derived from a common root as well. Our Latin pursuits also continued: the Arabic inscribed in the Hungarian "copy" of Liber Ritualis apparently had to do with spells of entrapment - describing similar devices as we suspect the chess set possible of. Small 'souls' could apparently be held indefinitely, but the more powerful had to be let out every so often to feed. It was immediately conjectured that this may have happened to Christian's friends in the cave. Also, we established that creatures freed had to perform a service for the person who had freed the creature, similar to the genies of Arabian folklore. Allerton's trial continued and eventually we had to testify, although without our star witness, Jon Aintree. We decided it was prudent to tell of our imprisonment by Allerton, due to our helping an escaped slave. We hadn't reported this for fear of disrupting the police investigation into Allerton's affairs (spot the lie). The evidence was overwelming. Allerton, a now broken man, was convicted for 30 years and led away to start his sentence in a secure prison at New York. We travelled to all the towns on our map, examining all the church records, hoping to gain some insight into their foundation. One after the other, we discovered that the native inhabitants had been forced off the land to make way for the settlement, in most case forcibly. The only exception was Eanston; an old Indian site, but apparently abandoned just before the settlers arrived. Something that should perhaps be interjected at this point was the priest's lack of recognition of Jeremiah: odd, since it had only been a few months since he'd locked the antiquarian inside the church's crypt. Arriving back in Boston, Allerton had been found dead in his cell. Suspected heart attack.
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