Day 5: Monday 27th October 1926, The Star Pools, Haiti
At last we have managed to find the Star Pools! After several days of research and one failed attempt to find them we have managed to find the elusive Star Pools. We now have a real chance of finding Jack Sterling or at least of interrupting the sacrifice planned for the Fete Gede. Dr Bruce Northeast had provided us with confirmation by his own research that we were not chasing fanciful fairy tales. It is unfortunate that he did not show up to our meeting today, but we can always call on him later, now that we have found the location of the Star Pools. Not bad for four days’ work. I am a little disappointed that the solution has thus far been as ordinary as this, but tales of magic and rituals so often have little basis in fact unfortunately. However, this one could still be different, we will have to wait and see.
The clearing is quite large and there are six oval-shaped deep pools filled with cloudy green water. around them are 10 standing stones and in the centre is a stone altar. At the far end of the clearing are three huts. We should probably start our search for tracks and traces of Jack Sterling there.
Suddenly a hideous creature appears. It is scaly with leathery wings and a thin tail, very much reminding me of a dragon. It attacks us on sight. Tobias and I retreat to the trees. Jonah and Otto shoot it, Henry moves towards the cover of the huts.
Neither Otto nor Jonah’s shots seem to hurt it in any way. I am uncomfortably reminded of Madame Josephine’s words which I had previously dismissed. Have we come here too early, without the protection of the death’s head moth potion, and thus incurred this creature’s wrath. But we felt speed was essential in finding Jack Sterling before it was too late.
The Lurker slashes at Otto. It is incredibly fast, and I do not know how we will escape it. It turns on Henry next, assailing him with the tendrils on its face. Henry cries out in paid as liquid sears his face. What am I doing hiding behind a tree while it mauls Henry? I run up and punch it, not expecting to damage it but hoping to distract it from its attack. A rock whistles past my head, thrown by Tobias. Jonah is trying to shoot its tendrils.
It hurts Henry again. Henry falls to the ground, unconscious and it turns to me. Suddenly it stops. I don’t know how or why, but Otto has found a way to control it. It slinks towards him, submissive. I rund to Henry to tend his wounds which look painful but not life-threatening.
How did Otto call it off? And why does he seem wide-eyed and confused, more so than us others? Something strange is going on here.