Beyond the Edge of Reason
The (fictional) city is located approximately four hours north-west of San Antonio.
Major services included the motel, city hall, a police station, a fire station, the bank, a newspaper office, a town library, a graveyard and a hand-full of shops that supply necessities.
The Gamwell Motel
Run by Hank and Edith Haggarty. Rooms go for $80 a night and include televisions with three channels and a mini-fridge.
Dodge Brothers, Savings and Loan
Reggi, Walter, and Herbert Dodge have enacted a foreclosure on the property that is now several months delinquent in mortgage. They have arranged for a buyer but the buyer is insisting that the house recieve not only the normal inspection required for purchase, but also an approval by paranormal investigators confirming a “no haunting” situation given the house’s particularly questionable past and dubious present.
The employees at the bank have performed (with assistance from local law enforcement) a cursory search of the home and established that Arthur Conrwaithe’s body is not present in the domicile. A number of loose document and belongings found about the home have been collected and placed in bankers boxes within the home’s foyer.
The bank owns two keys for the house; one for the front door, and one for the back door.
The job pays $1500 to be split evenly among the investigators and the firm. The bankers have promised to double that amount if they can be done with their investigation within a week.
The Gamwell Gazette
Established 1978. The owner is Stanwell Artemis, a gregarious and overdressed man in his late 40’s. He wears a white suit with a white stetson. He’s nauseatingly friendly and loves to chat. He’s always looking for a quote.
Stan has one reporter who is away at the moment on assignment named Joe Virelli.
The investigators are welcome to use the back issues which go back to 2010. If the succeed a research roll they gain access to “The Manse Papers #3” from 1986.
John Fitzgerald, Sr. (1931)
Emily Fitzgerald (1931)
John Fitzgerald, Jr. (1942)
Winifred Fitzgerald (1955)
Elma Fitzgerald (1956)
Albert Fitzgerald (1956)
Simon Fitzgerald (1956)
Grace Fitzgerald (1956)
Yancy Fitzgerald is present in an unmarked grave.
Gloria Curwen (1986)
Harold Curwen (1986)
Sarah Curwen (1986)
Susan Curwen (1986)
Martha Franklin (2002)
Henry Franklin (2009)
Sheriff Whitford is a lean old conservative. He has no drive for the job ever since he saw the Curwen kids murdered back in ‘86. He hopes their father is still alive so that he can gun him down himself. He’s not friendly, but he is respectable. He wants nothing to do with the house, and made a point to steer clear of Cornwaite because of it. Thinks the investigators are pretenders at best.
He’s looked throughout the house and he’s certain that there was no foul play. He’s interviewed the landscaper that Arthur used and he’d been asked not to come back over a month before the disappearance was reported. Cornwaite probably just up and left.
If pressed too far, he’ll press back asking where the investigators were last night and if they have alibis. Apparently the property adjacent to the house belonging to Seb Watkins had a horse go missing late last night.
Birth and Death certificates as well as the title deed for the house are on file here. There is no plan for the house on record.
The librarian is Mrs. Susan Arwell, a fairly helpful person. No books on the history of the town but she’s thought of writing one.
The library’s collection is well stocked but contains a disproportionate amount of books about anthropology and archeology. The collections were donated by Mr. Cornwaite and represent only a fraction of what he’s given. The rest are in storage with no shelf space to speak of. Oddly enough, he came and borrowed on back in November: it’s now long overdue but she hardly thought it was polite to mention it to him. The book’s title is The Missing People, by Thomas Pratt. A successful roll confirms that Pratt is a self-proclaimed expert on many areas of crypto-archeology.
Notes n many of the books refer to the fact that Cornwaite was looking for a “great golden dome” described in native South American legends.