Dates: August 30-September 1, 1936
Location: Garberville, California
Player Characters: The Silver Ghost
A young archaeologist named Moira Johnston, while exploring a wilderness area of Northern California, stumbles upon the underground temple which houses the soul of the demon Kraven, who had sought the life of Rena Anders. The demon possesses Johnston’s body and goes hunting for Rena again, first killing her father, Swenson Anders.
Kraven succeeds in kidnapping Rena, but she is rescued by the Silver Ghost and his new associate, Brent Armaville. When the Silver Ghost hypnotizes Kraven’s host, Johnston’s mind takes control just long enough to keep Kraven in the temple chamber while Brent caves it in.
The Silver Ghost, Brent, and Rena retrieve the temple’s sacrificial slab, the base of which is revealed to be one of twelve pieces of black granite, that when assembled, form a gate to the realm of Shamballa.
The Temple. This is an oddly shaped room, apparently burrowed from the earth and then paneled in dark polished redwood. In each niche is a post, atop which a fitfully burning oil lamp sits. The center of the room is dominated by a platform, atop which is a pedestal roughly the size of a twin bed. The top of the pedestal is slightly gabled, like a roof, and in its [flat] top are several grooves, allowing liquid to be carried from the pedestal's top to reservoirs at its head and foot. The reservoirs are empty now but are coated with a blackened, dry crust (of blood). The pedestal has four iron rings in its corners, to which bits of torn rope are still tied. The aura of evil about this place is palpable -- and it doesn't take a sensitive to feel the psychic energy pooling about the place. – from the GM's notes
Elements of Note
This adventure re-introduced the concept of the black granite gateways to Shamballa. How it is that part of a gateway to such a benevolent realm ended up in such an evil place has never been explained …
This is another adventure of which I remember little, and the notes I have on it are contradictory: some were written in preparation for the adventure, others were written based on my memory of the game, some years later. The details I’ve presented here are an amalgam of the two. Also, the description of the temple was written for the adventure Hunt of the Mind-Killer but not actually used until this adventure.