"There is a house," begins Dudley Davenport, taking a swig from the generous glass of scotch he holds. "A house I recently bought at auction with the intention of redecorating and renting out for a considerable profit. I bought it cheaply, and with little caution." He swigs again from the glass, nearly draining it. He pauses again and eyes each of you in turn. He looks comfortable behind his desk, firmly ensconced in an office lined with all the evidence of a life spent accumulating money and good standing in the local community of Arkham. Framed certificates of charitable giving signed by the Mayor. A photograph of Davenport shaking hands with a state senator at the opening of the recently built Derleth wing of the Miskatonic University. Well-dusted paintings of the bucolic countryside around Arkham. A bristling moustache furnishes his upper lip, and his clothes speak plainly of his wealth and respectable taste.
"Haste which I now regret. There were certain ... occurrences ... with the previous tenants of which I was unaware when I made the purchase. These occurrences have made renting the property out difficult, to say the least. Impossible, in fact. The old Corbitt House on Carter Street has been empty for six months and it's reputation has put a hole in my finances I do not care to see grow any deeper. The previous tenants, the Macarios, went mad after some nonsense or other, and have been committed. I'm sure you know what such things can give rise to. All it takes is the merest hint of hysteria and wild tales of strange goings on and suddenly gossip-mongerers are telling tall tales about ghosts and honest, hard-working folk like myself are out of pocket."
He leans over his desk. "I mean to see these damnable rumours put to rest, and the house occupied and profitable with two weeks. And that is why I've asked you all here today. You don't know each other, but you, as a group, will be able to proclaim my house clear of any hint of the superstitious nonsense that has plagued it."
"Dr. Goodman here is a woman of learning, and, though a woman, her word will carry weight with reasonable men when she confirms the house is entirely safe. Mr MacPhail is an acquaintance of mine who will be able to deal with any vagrants who have taken the opportunity to occupy the house while it has been left unattended. George here will take care of any handyman work that needs doing around the house before renting it out, and check that these rumours didn't start with squeaky pipes or some other perfectly natural noises. Chet is there to persuade any reluctant authorities to approve any permits for the work George needs to perform and to keep a cool eye on proceedings." He pauses before moving on to the last of your odd group. "Young Cecil is currently working for me here, learning about the world of business as a favour to his father. He will accompany you and learn some of the practicalities of business, something which so far I have not been able to drum into him here. Jisandra is a woman with some standing in certain circles I myself do not frequent. My wife, however, has seen fit to purchase her services as an astrologer and fortune teller, and I am given to understand that her awarding a clean bill of health, as it were, will help as much as Dr Goodman's more rational good word."
He drains his glass. He has made no move to offer any of you a drink, and has kept you standing while he sits behind his desk. "I pay $20 a day, split between you however you wish, with a bonus of $100 when you confirm the house's lack of supernatural occupation." He snorts in derision at the very idea of the haunting.
"I advise you to get to the bottom of the rumours by talking to the Macarios, if you can get any sense out of them. Stories have reached my ears of other occurences years ago, but I suspect these to be idle gossip, nothing less. If not, I am sure a library or the Arkham Observer will contain pertinent records. Any questions?"
Quick rules found here.
Characters are on The Keep, under the username PATheHaunting, except for Jimmy McPhail
All dice rolls should be made on Invisible Castle, using PA The Haunting as the campaign name. Please cut and paste that, so I can keep track.