The Stars Are Right: The Irish Rose
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This campaign started as a new group in 2012, although several players had played in other campaigns in the world.
Set in Detroit in 1932 - our oddly matched group of characters continue to balance gangsters, a mysterious medical condition, an odd preacher and his sister and a state hospital scandal - all in an effort to figure out the complicated workings of the under classes.
 Detroit in 1932
Detroit - like all of urban America - reels under the crushing grip of the Great Depression. With the crash of the stock market in February 1930, the economy has been in a progressive tail-spin.
The largest employers in the area - the automobile manufacturers - have been hardest hit. Ford, Cadillac, Fisher, Buick, Packard, and the Detroit Electric Car Company have all curtailed production and let go thousands of workers. Auto factory jobs once thought to be a life-time guarantee of employment, have sadly become run by mere skeleton crews.
Now, two years into the crisis, with production of goods at a stand still, in a city of approximately 1.5 million people, over 225,000 are unemployed. Men who are unmarried have an easier time of it - they have no wives or children to worry about. Those who are married struggle on as best they can - knowing that each day without a job means another day they must find some method to feed the ones they care for.
There are a few rays of hope. The Mayor's Commission provides boxes of apples for men to sell on the street corners at 5 cents per apple. The Capuchin Monks feed 800 per day through the Catholic churches. The idle Fisher Auto Factory has become the City Municipal Lodging House, with heat, lights, showers, and meals for unmarried men - provided by donations from the Fisher brothers. The White Towers restaurants serve free lunches once a month.
Clark Park has been set up as an emergency camp for evicted families. Private citizens and the National Guard have donated tents. The women have created sewing circles, while the children used the playgrounds and the men looked for work. Thrift Gardens have been planted along the outskirts to help with feeding the poverty-stricken. Physicians donate free medical care under the auspices of the Medical Relief Committee.
For those who have a few coins to rub together, prohibition is playing out its last gasp the best way it knows how - by letting the liquor flow through thousands and thousands of bars and taverns. Most operate openly with little interference from the police, serving up a mixture of poor grade liquor, gambling, worn and desperate women - and if a high class joint - a piano player working for tips.
 Active Characters
(Played by John)
A 30-or-so woman moved to Detroit working as hostess at the Irish Rose speakeasy owned by Daniel Macklin. Friends with Katie Flynn.
She has been known to carve geometric symbols at certain sites.
alias Quiet Vic
(Played by Robby Bullis)
An athletic man in his 20s, Victor has abandoned his (oh so bleak) fate as a farmer, and makes his way in the world gambling. Victor has had some boxing success, fighting in the Middleweight division. His luck with dicing has improved in this Age of Miracles. He started to become involved when he encountered some strangeness at the Irish Rose, August 1, 1932.
(played by Andrew Cole)
A reporter for the Detroit Evening Times.
(played by Eric)
An ex-cop in his 40s, O'Keefe has fallen on hard times. He seems to be some sort of private investigator. He started to become involved when he encountered some strangeness at the Irish Rose, August 1, 1932.
(played by Stephen Cole)
An alcoholic doctor who makes his living performing odd jobs for the Purple Gang.
(Played by Keith Dalzell)
JT is 25 years old and appears to be some sort of bootlegger. He is a auto enthusiast. He started to become involved when he encountered some strangeness at the Irish Rose, August 1, 1932.
 Inactive Characters
alias The Wall
(Played by Andrew Bond)
A huge drifter, former WWI vet working as a bouncer for room and board at the Irish Rose speakeasy.
(Played by Scott)
A thin balding man in his 60s, Dr. DeWitt Ecker is more accurately called an ex-doctor, as he appears to have been disbarred for ... sketchy practices. He is well-educated and is known to have a poor bedside manner. He started to become involved when he encountered some strangeness at the Irish Rose, August 1, 1932.
 Non-Player Persons of Interest
 High Society
 Cooper-Levitt, Vivian
Wealthy socialite in her early 30s. Had been quite the Gay Young Thing back in the twenties, but has since calmed down. Unmarried. Family are big donors to Herman Keifer.
 du Montaine, Voisoine
Wealthy socialite of uncertain provenance and identity. Her name translates as Poison of the Mountains, so, yeah, probably fake. Always accompanied by two bodyguards and a greyhound.
 Detroit Evening Times
131 Bagley Street
Purchased by William Randolph Hearst in 1921, the Times is the fastest growing paper in the city.
 Foley, Dick
Shrimpy little stringer for the Detroit Evening Times. Excellent tail.
 Irish Rose Regulars
 Flynn, Katie
alias Heather Flynn
A waitress at the Irish Rose. Living with Danny Macklin (deceased). Infected with strange blood parasites.
 Macklin, Danny
Proprietor of the Irish Rose. Was living with Katie Flynn, whom he beat regularly. Killed by person or persons unknown.
 Barnes, Michael
Agent of the United States treasury.
 Hart, William L.
Chief of Police.
 Murphy, Frank
Mayor of Detroit. Elected in 1930 after the previous mayor resigned. Made his name in the 1920s as a crusading court judge fighting corruption.
 Herman Kiefer Hospital for Communicable Diseases
1151 Taylor Street
A hospital currently embroiled in a series of corruption scandals, including bribery of public officials. Also under investigation for performing illegal abortions. Control of the hospital has been given to the state while matters are being settled.
 Philips, George
An administrator at Herman Kiefer. Has some history with DeWitt Ecker.
 United Assembly of God
Small storefront church in a working class neighborhood run by Franklin and Katherine Scott.
 Scott, Katherine
21 years old. Runs the United Assembly of God with her brother, the Reverend Franklin Scott.
 Scott, Reverend Franklin
19-20 years old. Self-appointed preacher. Runs the United Assembly of God with his sister Catherine. Probably some kind of freaking monster.
 The Purple Gang
The Purple Gang, also known as the Sugar House Gang, is a mob with predominantly Jewish members of bootleggers and hijackers operating out of Detroit.
 The Russians
Led by the Boyar, the supposed adoptive father of the current Tsarina, the Russians are seeking Gregory Parkhurst's notes.
 World History
Communist revolution overthrew Tsarist regime in 1917 and Russian nobility fled into exile in rest of Europe. Alexis Romanoff came out of hiding in early 1930, and was legitimated by Russian Court in exile and head of Russian Orthodox Church. Married Countess Ineska Rulionoff in February 1932, and headed into Russia in company of someone named Alexey Vishnevski shortly thereafter. Russia further cut itself off from international community, but rumors of civil war, unrest, etc. trickled out. The new Tsarist regime was proclaimed last month, with Tsar Alexis retaining the reforms of Nicholas II. The communists have fled the country.
Britain and France have recognized the new government, with Hitler's Germany and the USA holding off.
 August 1932
 Monday, 1 August
Dr. DeWitt Ecker, JT Williams, James O'Keefe, and Victor Grayson find themselves thrown together at the Irish Rose speakeasy in Detroit, owing to events relating to "Katie" Flynn. Katie Flynn is severely beaten by her boyfriend, speak owner Danny Macklin. She is taken to Ecker's apartment for treatment for several broken ribs and other injuries. She begs the four men to retrieve her belongings from the Rose. They discover a hidden box which contains personal letters in French, a map of Los Angeles, and a medical journal. Dr. Ecker reads through the journal, which details a strange infection, with which Ms. Flynn appears to be inflicted.
 Tuesday, 2 August
Led by O'Keefe, the group goes looking for Reverend Scott. Dr. Ecker, JT, and O'Keefe visit the Herman Keefer Hospital for Communicable Diseases, where Dr. Ecker has an old score to settle with Dr. Philips. The four men locate a 5th letter belonging to Ms. Flynn, which has already been translated to English. The letter raises more questions than it answers, with allusions to Weiss, Steele, Petit-Jean, Fae, Communion, Flynn, and Gautier).
 Wednesday, 3 August
The group locates Reverend Scott at Clark Park. There is something peculiar about the way his sister paces behind the small group of people he is haranguing. They follow Mr. Scott, and he and his sister appear uncomfortably close. The group also follows Dr. Philips from the hospital. They steal some strange vials he has hidden in his car. JT sets up a meeting with the Purple Gang for Thursday.
 Thursday, 4 August
The four men meet with the Purple Gang at an Italian restaurant.
 Friday, 5 August
- The four men meet in the Irish Rose to consider their next move. Williams recruits Drifter Joe and Dr. Obediah Walters. Ecker, Joe, Walters and O'Keefe break into the Herman Kiefer hospital to investigate Dr. George Phillips, an old co-worker and rival of Dr. Ecker. They find a modified patient file on Vivian Cooper-Levitt. Frank Lovejoy, a reporter for the Detroit Evening Press, is there interviewing hospital staff regarding an ongoing corruption scandal at the hospital and witnesses the four men leaving in an unlicensed car. He attempts to tail them, but loses them outside of the redlight district.
- Meanwhile, Victor and Lila secretly go to talk to Katie (a.k.a. 'Heather') Flynn, who is sick.
- Daniel Flynn is murdered, and left hanging by his heels from the ceiling of The Irish Rose. Frank Lovejoy is assigned to cover the story on behalf of the Detroit Evening Times. He, O'Keefe, Ecker and Walters are all admitted to the crime scene by the Detroit police.
- That night, James and JT stake out Dr. Phillips. They see a fancy car drop by and Phillips exchanges a small object for an envelope. The car goes back to Vivian Cooper-Levitt's mansion, so this was probably her family buying a vial of the serum.
 Saturday, 6 August
- Ecker, Williams and Joe kidnap Dr. Phillips as he leaves from his golf game, and discover details about the Fae blood condition (without that name).
- Lovejoy interviews Grayson and Clark in an attempt to determine the identities of the two mysterious doctors seen at the murder scene.
 Sunday, 7 August
No one can find Rev. Frank Scott that day. (Lila has a dinner date with a boring cab driver Ralph.) That night, Lila Clark has the journalist Lovejoy meet with Katie/Heather, bringing a discreet doctor with him - who turns out to be none other than Dr. Walters! He gives her the injection of serum that Lila supplied from Dr. Ecker. Lila reciprocates by giving an interview with Lovejoy.
 Monday, 8 August
A new manager is hired at the Irish Rose (Susie Q). Mysterious Russians seek an audience with Lovejoy and the Irish Rose crew. The Purple Gang tasks JT's 'gang' with importing unspecified items from Canada on the 12th (Friday). A wealthy woman, Voisoine du Montaine, gives Obediah a strange elixir after causing a scene at the Irish Rose.
 Tuesday, 9 August
Lila and JT track Voisoine to her hotel. O'Keefe and Grayson take a gander at Rev. Scott's home/ministry. Lovejoy follows up on a variety of leads. Grayson, JT, and Lila assist O'Keefe in his efforts to assist some government agents in apprehending Rev. Scott. Scott (allegedly) sprouts tentacles and devours one of the agents. All but Grayson return to the Rose with the remaining agent. Obediah can detect nothing physically wrong with him. Grayson encounter Lovejoy at the Scott's ministry. The alley where the attack happened has a strange symbol (recently) carved, a trail of slime, and six bullet holes in the alley wall. Obediah follows Voisoine from her hotel so that he can 'accidentally' run into her at a bar. She offers him a job producing the mysterious elixir and gives him a check for $2000.
 Wednesday, 10 August
Michael Barnes (the presumed leader of the government agents that were trying to capture Scott) interrogates the Irish Rose crew. Lila mentions that Scott exhibited octopus-like tendencies. Barnes offers her a job (possibly also JT... and he had previously offered O'Keefe a job... no one offers Victor or Obediah anything... bunch of jerks). It is mentioned that Lovejoy was at the scene, poking around. Barnes asks Victor (who agrees) to lure Scott to an isolated area so that they can capture him without alarming people (at some later date). Victor meets again with the Russians and returns to the Rose with an offer of a meeting (to be held Thursday or Saturday). He also meets up with the Katherine and Franklin Scott at Clark Park.
 Detroit Evening Times
The following articles appeared in the Detroit Evening Times in August, 1932.
- Saloonkeeper Slain As Gang War Erupts - August 5, 1932
- Irish Rose Medico A Mystery - August 6, 1932
- Second "Doctor" In Rose Murder Identified - August 7, 1932
- Cream of Society Fills Rose While Gang War Brews - August 8, 1932
- Macklin's Girl Speaks - August 9, 1932
- Strange Incident at Curtisville Church - August 10, 1932
- Kansas City Connection Discovered in Irish Rose Murder - August 11, 1932
- International Connection Discovered in Irish Rose Murder - August 12, 1932