The Carlyle Expedition sailed from New York in 1919, led by Roger Carlyle, a millionaire playboy who inexplicably turned from the life of a wastrel to finance and head an archaeological expedition to Egypt.

The expedition spent months excavating in Egypt, and an important finding was rumored to have occurred. The expedition refused to comment, but quickly departed for Mombasa, Kenya, and quickly went inland to Nairobi.

In August of 1919 the expedition hired 20 native bearers, and headed into the wilderness. They were often seen at first, but the last letters from them were sent that September, then they vanished.

In the spring of 1920, Erica Carlyle, Rogers sister, hired a search party to find her brother. After 10 weeks of effort, they found its remains. The corpses of the bearers were remarkably preserved, and appeared to have been torn apart by wild animals. They were torn to shreds, and the encampment utterly destroyed. No sign was ever found of the whites who led the expedition.

Blame was pinned on Nandi tribesmen, and some were hung after the subsequent trial. Roger Carlyle and his party were declared dead. The incident made headlines, but, like so many other failed expeditions and luckless explorers, was forgotten by most in time.

It is now January of 1925, and you have been contacted by your good friend Jackson Elias. Author of studies concerning obscure religious cults, Elias is fascinated by the supernatural, but is a hard-headed skeptic. He tends to write about the bloodiest and most bizarre death cults he can unearth. He is secretive, and never discusses a project until he has a final draft in hand. That’s why this telegram he sent you sparked your interest:

HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING THE CARLYLE EXPEDITION STOP NEED INVESTIGATIVE TEAM STOP ARRIVE NEW YORK JAN 15 STOP SIGNED JACKSON ELIAS

….little did you know the dark paths that you would be led down by answering his call.

RODGER THIS IS YOUR MOTHER. STOP. ARE YOU COMING BACK FROM YOUR TRIP? STOP. I HAVE MADE YORKSHIRE PUDDING LIKE YOU LIKE. STOP. WE MISS YOU. STOP. FATHER ASKS WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO BRING MORE MONEY. STOP. PETER’S ASTHMA IS ACTING UP. STOP.

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