Dates: May 22, 1936
Location: San Francisco
Player Characters: The Silver Ghost, The Lotus Avenger, Max Ericson
NPCs: Janet Rutherford, Kendo Tashimori
The Silver Ghost, the Lotus Avenger, and Max Ericson are caught up in a battle between two San Francisco gangsters who are also spies: Kendo Tashimori (spying for the Japanese) and Janet Rutherford (watching the Japanese spies on behalf of the Australians). Tashimori tries to kill Rutherford, who had acquired information on his activities and was trying to pass it on to the authorities. The method of his attempt – a bomb in the middle of a crowded restaurant – draws the attention of the Silver Ghost and his companions, who track down Tashimori and kill him in a shootout.
Elements of Note
The first appearance of Janet Rutherford, sometime gangster, sometime spy, and (after her death) spirit contact for the Silver Ghost.
Again, this is an adventure of which I remember little. However, it appears that I reprised the opening element of it for an adventure that took place two and a half game years (and at least twelve actual years) later: an attack on a diplomat at the Garden Court of the Palace Hotel. In this adventure, the Australian Consul was killed by a bomb; in “The Maya Mystery,” the British Ambassador was felled by a sniper. It wasn’t a conscious decision on my part, but it does seem telling of how certain things stick in your mind, even when you might not be aware of them.