It was 9:00 P.M at Floyd-Bennett Field when they arrived: a variety of common-folk from various walks of life. Shelly Louise Margaret, a socialite secretly connected to the mysterious patron who invited everyone here. Lawrence Rembralt, an accountant wishing to get in the good graces of Rogers Consolidated. Cassie, a western entertainer and famous gunslinger. Nicholas Bordeaux, a former boozerunner who fought in the Great War. And Jack DeWitte, a southern gentleman with suspiciously good charm.
Meeting, or pretending to meet, Janet-Winston Rogers for the first time, the wealthy and mysterious woman explains her predicament: her father, Walter Winston, who died earlier this year, was involved with mysterious people who all dabbled in occult subjects. Her father was gone for most of 1924 until, in August, he came back a changed man who was scared to even leave his home. He barely even seemed to grieve when Janet’s mother died in 1932. In 1933, Janet’s husband passed away as well.
She showed these people letters from a Mr. Douglas Henswlow, sent from Savannah, Georgia. In his letters, Douglas repeatedly requests that Walter share his side of what happened in August of 1924 for the benefit of both himself and his doctors. Walter Winston seems to have never responded.
Janet Winston-Rogers requests that her guests discover the truth of what happened 10 years ago in that August of 1924. They agree, although express skepticism that they’ll find anything enlightening.
They also meet Frank Kearns, a black pilot who also fought in the Great War. He has agreed to fly the investigators anywhere they need to go in The Silver Sable, a highly advanced plane owned by Janet-Winston Rogers.
The next day, Shelly picked up some relevant-sounding books from the New York Public Library before the group traveled to Walter Winston’s home, most of which had already been auctioned off. They saw a couple of oddly-shaped patterns of mold on different walls resembling mouths: one in Walter Winston’s study and the other in his library.
The group also learned that Walter Winston made his money in pharmaceuticals and spent it on
hospitals, particularly after 1924 and that Winston Pharmaceuticals is in the process of being absorbed into Rogers Consolidated.
Speaking with Janet Winston-Rogers once more, Lawrence requests to see Walter Winston’s personal records. Janet agrees, although the records she uncovered have been largely expunged. Still, Lawrence manages to learn that Walter Winston traveled to Los Angeles in August of 1934.
Shelly says a romantic, private goodbye to Janet-Winston Rogers and promises to keep an eye out. Jack DeWewitte looks up his old roommate Johnny in the New York phone book to no avail. Nicholas Bordeaux gets comfortable in the co-pilot’s seat and prepares for a chat with Frank Kearns. With that, the investigators take off in the Silver Sable towards Savannah, Georgia.