The world beyond Darkness

Epilouge
A new hope for mankind

Late March 1894 (and beyond)

Upon returning to the Rosslyn Chapel Hellish mirror, they then go on to London. The brief the leadership, and with in a week, the world conference is convened. After examining the book, and with Johann’s memories from Jack, where he reveals the horrific secret of Rippertech, they determine they must destroy the home castle of Dracula, and assemble over 50 of the most famous rippers to travel to Austria-Hungary.

Upon arriving, they discover that Dracula and his favored concubines have returned her, as well as a counsel of Vampire lords and their demonic minions. A horrific battle begins, between Dracula and his counsel as well as his werewolves and Cossacks against a fierce force of rippers. As they now know the secret to destroying Dracula, the count and his minions are destroyed, but the Rippers losses are substantial. The castle is razed, and the rippers return and grieve their losses, and contemplate a world where Dr. Jack and his cabal are falling to chaotic small groups as opposed to a world wide, well organized machine. Johann, however, begins descending in healt, believing the curse of his rippertech…he goes to the Rosicrucians for help and succor, turning over the organization to Mina Harker, to clean p the remaining pockets with his simple instruction:

Hunt them to their last haunt. Do not let them gain a new foothold. And beware the cursed Rippentech!

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The End of the Cabal?
Have we taken back the night?

25th and 26th of February, 1894

Once they return to Hell, they head to the dreadful place, known to the residents as, The Corpse Factory. Once inside they see terrible sights, including specters that may have been old friends. It appears that midst the pipes, flame jets, work tables and odd machines, the 4 demons are not overly bothered with mortals within their factory, as long as they are not interfereing with whatever horrible things they are creating…

They meet the factory foreman, and in its horrible magnificence it is a frightful visage, but the persevere, tricking it into thinking they are important friends of Jack, thereby getting them some time to search the office, and they find many secrets in the meticulous log book it keeps. They discover new secrets about Johann and the Hellish Mirrors.

Traveling through the mirror a final time, they come to Count Dracula’s castle, and seem to drive him away after a hard fought battle, with some secrets in tow.

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Into Hell...
...And Back

25th of February, 1894

After leaving the Professor to catch Dr Jack, they race through the ruins of Atlantis, only to arrive too late, seeing the Nautilus sail away. But as it is escaping, it is beset by at least a dozen of the “Old Ones” and is crushed…

Returning to the professor and the room with the strange stone ring, they find him suffering from a mortal wound, cut deep into his chest. He says to them:

“Johann has been possessed by Dr. Jack…He opened the mirror, and escaped. He entered a code that likely took him straight to Hell; I copied it down…If so, he will recuperate there until he is able to return to Castle Dracula and complete his plan to unite the Atlantian vampires, Dracula and the Cabal. I have heard bits of your legends while travelling with him, and Johann spoke very highly of you…You must stop him…you must not let him use this mirror…if it isn’t too late to save him…Please!…”

With a final gasp, the great Abraham Van Helsing passed to his reward. Our heroes then used the ring to travel to what may well have been Hell…And then, back to a disused crypt near Rosslyn Chapel. After resupplying, they headded back to the Hellish ring…

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Professor Van Helsing, I presume?
The journey is not over

21st of February, 1894

Having killed the so called “Old Ones,” the party leaves August, and Meade with Cyrus Porter on the Nautalis, and head off to see what they can find down the stairs. They descend into darkness, using their trusty Rumkorpf Apparatus for light.

Deep beneath the pyramid, they discover a quiet and seemingly abandon Atlantis…There a a few artifacts, and some sort of creature that attacks them with gusto, but they defeat them fairly easily. After almost 6 hours…They come upon a bedraggled Professor Van Helsing, who is studying an 8 foot stone circle with various symbols around the outside. Van Helsing tells them some nearly unbelivable things, and sends them off to catch Dr. Jack

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Pearls
We have spent the last few weeks searching the ocean. So far we have not noticed anything that has drawn our attention further. To keep myself busy during the long days when I’m not on lookout duty, I have been trying to reassure Johann that he will be able to swim to shore if he needs to. Eventually I am able to convince Johann to try on the suit and go outside of the Nautilus. It took a long time but he did it. Once he was in the water and could move around he relaxed a little but not all the way. But he was doing it, now when he was choosing to do it and not when he was forced to or die. While Johann was practicing I spent time looking around the ocean floor. I found several different kinds of shells that I had never seen before. I was running my hand across the rocks and shells when I came across a small large pearl. I dropped some of the shells I had picked

up in order to carry the pearl back. I would have to get someone to look at it.

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What Have We Found?
Nearing the end?

21st of February, 1894

After repairs on the Nautilus are completed, and a few minor modifications are done, our intrepid heroes return to Cairo to meet with Johann. They discover that Al has been asked by Johann to go and try to take back Paris. They have Izz Udin who knows more about the status of the city before the Four Horseman arrived, but they are much more informative as to the current status. After heartfelt farewells, knowing that they may each team, be going to their destiny, Adriana, D.K., Dirk and Peter with Johann, head out into the Atlantic aboard the Nautilus. They take with them the crewmen that joined them from The Queens Explorer and Dirks remaining followers, determined to see this to the end!

After six weeks of crisscrossing off the coast of Africa, carefully monitoring the changes in brightness of the Atlantean Pillar, they find where it is brightest, near the center of the triangle formed by St Helens, Ascension and St. Thomas islands. They dive deep, getting ominous warnings from the hull and the engineer’s position, but they sight what appears to be the ruins of a massive city, that gives off pale blue glow from various places. The ruins are reminiscent of ancient Greek and Egyptian buildings. In the miles of city, there are pools of glowing red lava slowly leaking into the sea, leaving bubbles of black smoke and steam, slowly, but inexorably, consuming the city around. In the center, they find a huge 5 sided pyramid, nearly 700 to 800 feet along a side, and perhaps slightly higher than that at the peak. About 100 feet from the peak, there is a high (maybe 20 feet or greater) clear crystal window and a bubble of air can be seen inside. All this time, just at the edge of visibility, tentacle things swim by in the dark water.

Upon approach, an entry is discovered, easily large enough for the Nautilus. It is decided to see what they can find inside…After a few hundred feet, a central cylinder of water is found, and they begin to pump out water and slowly start rising. Near the surface, blue light beginning to filter through the water, a terrifying event occurs…



WE ARE THE PRIESTSTHE PROVIDERS– THE OLD ONESFOR UNTOLD AGES OUR PEOPLE HAVE EATEN NAUGHT BUT FISHNOW YOU BRING US WARM BLOOD!

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The friends we make
Interlude for Adrianna Treasure
So after way to long outside the Nautilus I finally make it inside. They will pay for making us wait so long. But wow, maybe I can’t be so mad. The Nautilus I can’t believe we found it. Not only did we find it but we dealt with Nemo as well. DK has spent a lot of time working on it and getting it running. So now we are off to Cairo. We have things to do so we can continue to follow the pillars. When DK was not keeping us busy helping her out, me and Peter spent time getting to know the sailors aboard the ship that helped us find The Nautilus. They regaled us with stories and we returned a few of our own. Of course we had to tone ours down quite a bit. We didn’t want to scare them off but we did want to gain their friendship as well as there willingness to continue to help us repair the Nautilus and teach us all they know. After spending time with them they seem willing to help in any way they can. So we had not only gained the Nautilus for ourselves, with a really great library I might add, but also so new friends that might just come in real handy in the near future.
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No, really. THE Nautilus
Or how we fought a zombie captain and won the most epic underwater vessel ever.

So. Pardon my crude vernacular…

Bloody hell! We’ve got The Nautilus!

Following our noses, the tabloids and rumors we found ourselves off the coast of Lincoln Island, dropping below the surface in diving suits and discovering the scuttled Nautilus. It took some trial and error and help from the more sea savvy sailors of our hired vessel to figure out how to get in, discover the bilge pumps and gain access to the interior of this magnificent creature.

We also had to fight off the mummified corpse of Captain Nemo his own self in order to take control. Don’t ask. Really. It was unpleasant, gruelling and felt slighty dirty, as we we should be ashamed of ourselves for stealing from a tired, stubborn old corpse.

But. Take her over we did. I could regale you with how I worked tirelessly to figure out the mechanisms and regrease, refuel and rebalast… but… to be honest, it really wouldn’t interest anyone else but other weird scientists. I shall save those stories for redemption when there are free drinks and dinners to be had. Don’t think badly of me. It is The Bloody Nautilus we are talking about here.

We did get our lovely new mistress running, we did get her moving but it was a slow and arduous process. Many things needed constant supervision, many bits and bobs were kept running by chewing gum and sticky tape. There are numerous things I’m certain she should be able to do, and systems that are beyond me. There are batteries that cycle sea water and currents that run to the hull. The hull is damaged from the collapse of the island but still intact and sealed, which is a truely a wonder. Most of the ship is in disarray, but oddly, the library is in very good condition with all the book still upright and in place. I found no schematics so must reverse engineer everything. I have to wonder at the genius that was Captain Nemo. So much here to learn. Much of the labelling is worn and unreadable, and the rest is in a language I cannot read. I will figure this beautiful ceature out, with or without Nemo’s help, but it might take me the rest of my life.

We did eventualy get her to Cairo… well… not exactly to Cairo. We decide it is better to leave her discovery a secret, so while I stay behind and work on repairs my companions ride the hired boat back to the city with a list and a mission.

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A pillar found...and Zombie Capt Nemo!
A great timefor the rippers

3rd of January, 1894

Our heros find the lava tube that the professor talked about, and descend over 200 feet into the earth. From there, they spent several more days exploring the complex caverns, following a rare marker and descending deeper toward the center of the earth. Eventually, the find signs of habitation as well as some very unusual flora and fauna. They included the undead Dr. V. Frankenstein in this category. From him, they discovered that his abomination guarded the pillar that Dr. Jack brought here at least months ago.

They eventually find the creature, and from him they find a pillar, covered in symbols from many different languages. It appears to be made of white marble, but has a faint glow to it. Remembering what they found in Sosras Tomb, it is decided that it may be glowing due to a proximity of Atlantis! They get it back to London, and speak with Johann about their discoveries, and the state of the rippers. He suggests they will need something to get beneath the waves to reach atlantis and maybe find his Father…Perhaps the Nautilus of the Capt Nemo might be recoverable…it was thought that he scuttled it at Lincoln island, but it might be worth checking.

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From there, they traveled to Cairo, with the pillar hidden in a cargo crate. They are reunited with Mr. Frazer, and discuss a great many things. Through his contacts, they are able to hire a underwater exploration vessel of Her Majesties Society for Exploration, and take that to the remnants of Lincoln Island, which has sank beneath the waves, likely due to volcanic activity. However, several fathoms under the sea, they come upon what can only be the famous ship…but they do face perils in it’s recovery!

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Beneath the Earth
Remind me to thank Prof. Rhumkorpf!

2nd of December, 1893

Following an eventless trip to the glacier, they are happy that their research had been diligent…there are many holes of various sizes in the vicinity. They descend into the gaping maw, finding at the bottom a large chamber.

That chamber leads to others with small anomalous arrow shaped mossy patches in them. For several days they travel this subterranean labyrinth finding more and more curious artifacts.

Somewhere, deep beneath the earth, perhaps near the very center itself, they find Victor Frankenstein, who is, technically, dead…

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