Dates: January 31 – February 2, 1939
Player Characters: Chrismon Yarborough
NPCs: Tim Stokes, Halford Marsden, Matthew Livingston, Lily Skyler
Location: San Francisco
After a brief encounter with a strange person who calls herself an Immortal, Chrismon meets Halford Marsden, who has come to San Francisco in search of a vampire who claims to be a descendant of Count Dracula. This vampire, Lily Skyler, was for some time quite benevolent, but has turned toward evil, and her servant Matthew Livingston summoned Marsden in fear for his own and others’ lives.
While Marsden works to seal off Skyler’s sanctuaries, Chrismon and Livingston summon Skyler with the intent of keeping her distracted. Livingston offers up his blood, and while Skyler is taking it, Chrismon attacks, immobilizing her long enough that the morning sunlight can destroy her completely.
Almost a decade prior, I killed off a PC whose player had left the group (see notes on Madeline Will Ever Remember.) In that case, the killing off happened “offstage.” In this case, Lily Skyler is actually killed by another of the players.
I do sometimes question the ethics of doing this. In the end, I look to many pen-and-paper role-playing games, quite a few of which have mechanics for PCs to be taken over by the GM — West End Games’ Star Wars RPG and Deadlands come to mind immediately. At this time, the Chamber was more of a freeform game, so GM fiat took the place of game mechanics — and at the time, I saw no reason to believe the player would come back to question what had happened.
We actually had a brief renewal of acquaintance with Lily’s player, during which I confessed what I had done; she seemed a little surprised but not especially upset. Not long after, we had another break with her (over completely unrelated issues); this one seems to be permanent.