Feb 15th, 4:30 pm: Investigators eat and warm themselves at the Raubsville Saloon.
5:15 pm: Investigators head back to Williamstown. There is drizzly/misty rain.
6:45 pm: Investigators reach Williamstown. Nikoli and Douglas head to the School. The others head to the telegraph office.
7 pm: The telegraph office is closed, but luckily the clerk is still working and answers the door. He tells Angus that the Deputy told him that Angus was waiting on a telegram, and it was important that he receive it as soon as possible – and that he was staying in room #4. So, the clerk slipped the telegram under the door. Angus said he was not staying in room #4, but not to worry – he would talk to the General Store owner to straighten things out and get the telegram. It read:
Angus, Williamstown, PA
they should take more than just the package ..stop.. they are mischievous but good people ..stop.. be tolerant and trust them .. stop.. let them help you=
7 pm: Nikoli rings the hand-bell in the school, and the children appear. Samantha is very upset: “Is it true? Are you leaving? What about Simon? What about our lessons?” She tells Nikoli that she heard the Sheriff talking to the deputies, and he said that the boy told him they would be leaving soon, but they were still waiting on someone, and were expecting a telegram. She also heard the deputies asking “if they could start putting something back in their arms, but the Sheriff said they have to wait until they were sure that the visitors were gone – whatever that means. He also told them not to worry, because now that they have a carriage they’ll be able to work faster.”
Feb 16, 2 am: Annie dreams she is walking across a wilderness area, approaching a woods. As she enters, she notices a nest and starts to hear hissing and growling. She bends down and sees 2 raccoons inside; they relax, and come out of their lair, friendly. She picks them up as the trees about her begin to change form – their branches tighten and twist to resemble thick black tentacles. Their roots rip out of the ground and are hoofed. As they walk, their trunks open as if with great mouths dripping with green goo. They are frightening to view, but do not cause fear – instead, she feels quite calm.
The trees surround her, and before her appears a pool of gooey liquid that roils and boils strange rising fumes and gases. In the distance she view a hill with a she-wolf sitting atop, looking at her – she doesn’t know how or why, but she feels that the wolf is both sad and angry. As her attention is drawn back to the pool, she sees tentacles that turn and twist below and just above the surface. A disembodied voice says: “Welcome, Annie. What is it I can do for you?” She asks to learn how to speak with animals, so she can learn what they need and how to help them. The voice responds: “There is a way. I can teach you. I am much less selfish and demanding as other gods. I ask for nothing, except your gratitude. I ask only that you appreciate the gifts you learn, and that you do not take them to a dark place.” Speak With Animal spell
“There can be no good without evil, but there must be a balance. Wherever there is an evil, there is a good to keep it in check. But with the serpent people, there is one who has fallen from the path of H’Yig and none to keep him in check. Evil unchallenged can destroy all. Followers will follow he who leads. The one who leads is a blasphemer and has fallen from the path. He is a danger to all your people. He is a danger to all life. You must convince the others that he is unworthy because he has fallen from the path of H’Yig.”
9 am: The investigators pack up and return their keys to Victor. He inquires as to where they are going. When they say they are headed East to find their friend, he tells them there are many caves and historical Indian sites there near ground level, and that it is dangerous to travel up into the mountains.
10:30 am Investigators cross the bridge South of the Rauvsville Cemetery to view the long stretch of the Serenity Mountains. It is covered with white pine trees: unusual since white pines are not growing anywhere else nearby. Elmer recognizes that the white pine is known as “the tree of peace” by Indians.
12:30 pm: Investigators finally find the rocks with drummer etchings that marks the path up the mountain to the cave. Unfortunately, they cannot identify the path itself.
3:30 pm: Investigators finally discover a rock with a flute player and path beyond that leads up the mountain. Shortly thereafter, the path branches. Angus discovers a rock buried by pine needles, of a dancer that marks the right fork. Further up, the path branches in 3 directions, but the center one is marked by a rope skipper. In addition, he finds tracks which Annie identifies as humanoid serpent man foot prints leading up and back down the trail.
4 pm: The tracks lead to a cave with overhanging growth. Angus looks inside to witness a horrific scene of slaughtered wolves. Elmer discovers many Delaware Indian writings. Nikoli discovers a tunnel to a secret chamber. Inside the chamber are more Delaware Indian writings that define a sort of 10 commandments in both Delaware Indian and English writing. The far back wall holds several burial niches, some containing tall serpent people skeletons. Nikoli returns the amulet that Simon took while Elmer feverishly copies all the writing and begins deciphering the number system.
4:30 pm: Angus begins investigating the wolves and discovers that the she-wolf’s mouth contains a small chunk of flesh with a scale attached to it – the scale has the same look and coloring as the lizard-man they autopsied the previous day.