Dates: May 5-6, 1937
Player Characters: The Silver Ghost, John “Phoenix” Philmore
Location: San Francisco
The Silver Ghost investigates an apparent break-in at the office of his late associate Tom Simons, and discovers that it is being haunted by the ghost of Stephen Williams, one of the gangsters killed in the shoot-out of Needles Duncan’s warehouse hideout. The Silver Ghost discovers that Williams had a daughter, who survived the shootout, and Williams’s spirit is desperate that she be looked after.
The Silver Ghost and John “Phoenix” Philmore, with help from a mysterious woman named Lydia Malone (who was Williams’ lover, and had been conspiring with him to overthrow Duncan), find Madeline at an orphanage. They jointly adopt her, and the Silver Ghost (in his identity as Robert Kane) brings her to live with him.
Elements of Note
This is the first appearance of Madeline, who becomes here a part of Robert Kane’s growing family.
When Tom Simons killed Stephen Williams, a member of Needles Duncan's gang, he didn't even know the man's name....let alone that he had a lover who had convinced him to try and topple the gang. He didn't know that the lover was also a vampire. And he certainly didn't know that Williams had a daughter....
As mentioned in the comments on The Touch of Needles, this adventure was originally written with the intent of being an object lesson for the player of Tom Simons. But we had a falling out with him before this adventure could be played. With it being extremely unlikely that we’d ever play with him again (and indeed, we’ve not seen him in the twenty years since then), I chose to kill the character of Tom Simons “off screen” and play this adventure out anyway. It turned out to be a good choice, as Madeline has become an intriguing character in her own right!