“It was a bone chilling night in February, even for Pittsburgh; rains earlier in the day now lay frozen like glass, offering poor reflections of the city by night. Father Daniel Andria walked the streets, an unseen hand guiding him, it was a blessing, it was a curse, it was his duty to god. He found himself stopping in front of the Carnegie Museum of Art, a big red banner proclaimed the ‘Lost Royal Treasures of France’, he knew somehow this was where he was needed.
Father Andria readjusted his grip on his cane, and moved closer to the door, it was open. For the past six months he had been walking these streets, and bore many bruises that stood witness to that fact. He didn’t wait for an invitation, pushing the door open and stepping inside. The lobby was mostly dark save for a dim red tint to everything, and there was no sign of any guards, everything about it made him uneasy. Vases and carvings were drenched in the red light of the emergency exit sign, and cast long shadows across the whole of the room.
Silently he stalked through the halls, his limp that he feigned to provide a cover for his cane now gone. His injuries had once been severe enough to warrant it, but during his early bed-ridden portion of recovery he had watched ‘Adam Adamant Lives!’, from which he had the idea to conceal a blade within it.
When he found himself at the featured exhibit he spotted the apparent villain, a snake creature presently swallowing what he could only presume was a security guard. He said a prayer, unsheathed his sword, and took the fight to the creature…"
The Harp & Fiddle Club get approached by Det. Lt. Mahershal Kunwoke, current head of Special Investigations. He informed them of the death of Father Andria by snakebite and the strange circumstances surrounding the case. Something was going bump in the night, and Detective Lieutenant Kunwoke wanted them to bump back, or else…
Alexander, Logan Amaun, their Psychic Friend, were initially uninterested, but Kunwoke made certain threats that made it clear this wasn’t an offer they could refuse and still stay in Pittsburgh.
The Club investigated the museum and Saint Anthony’s Chapel, discovering at the latter the late fathers nocturnal pursuits, and documents on something called a Denarian. At the former they found there was no sign of any kind of break in or anything amiss outside of the pieces of the exhibit being missing, and Danials corpse.
As the investigation continues they tried and failed to locate additional information on a denarian through mundane sources, but did find that among the treasure was 7 écu, or pieces of gold, each struck with an unidentified face and reputedly taken by King Philip the IV from Jacques De Molay, last head of the Knights’ Templar. Supposedly the only bit of the Templars legendary treasure he ever recovered.
Seeking supernatural knowledge they decided to seek out James Gallisá, and thanks to a winning smile and personality were able to convince him to help, he providing them with his limited knowledge on what the Denarians are, a group of fallen angels bound into 30 silver denarius, the same coins paid to Judas Iscariot. The similarity between the two, coins paid out in return for a betrayal related to religion seemed too much to ignore.
Why it was stolen, and for what purpose? Who can yet say…