June 22, 2014 – Naperville IL
After staying the night in the remains of Mary’s house, the groups decided to split up for gathering supplies. Mary and Clarice would stay in Naperville to find food and other necessities, while the other three would head into greater Chicago and head to the FBI offices in hopes of finding weapons for the group. Once the group heads for town, Mary and Clarice walking to the retail stores in Naperville. Clarice taking the point position ahead of Mary to keep an eye out for any danger. Within a few blocks of leaving Mary’s house, Mary begins to feel like she is being followed and when see turns around, sees a 20-something year old woman following her, the young lady carrying a machete and a large rifle strapped across her back. Clarice eventually realizes that Mary has stopped and starts backtracking and discovers Mary talking to a stranger. The decision is made that the stranger, Amy, would join the group, and after a short backtrack to her hide out for more ammo, they begin heading back toward the retail shops.
Clarice again taking point, they set off. After an hour of travel, checking bodies and the occasional, they discover various bits of supplies, including a few additional weapons and food. Clarice stops for the two to catch up when she discovers an unusually dressed in black military fatigues and an unusual sun or star shaped patch (see below) and a pewter flask with a similar design. While looking around in the area, they discover what looks to be an unmolested and unoccupied house. After a little work by Clarice on the door lock, the group entered the house to find it full of supplies and necessities, and after a brief discussion, the decision was made to relocate from Mary’s house to the more secure location. As the investigation of the house continued, Clarice began checking the first floor for ways to secure the doors and windows, Amy checking the study for any books to add to her collection and Mary proceeded upstairs to check the second floor. Mary checked the first bedroom, and as soon as she opened the door she heard creaking in the bed and discovered a ghoul child. Mary shut the door, and as the first child began to moan, the moans picked up in the next room, and then more for the third room. Mary called the remaining girls upstairs and began planning how to take care of the ghoul problem in the house. The decision to take one room at a time, with Mary and Clarice holding down the ghoul, while Amy put a bullet in the head. The first two rooms went as planned. But the third room became a little more difficult when it was realized there where two ghouls. As Mary and Clarice push the door open and pushed the ghouls back, Amy fired an put the first bullet through the males torso, staggering the ghoul. As the second ghoul began to rush Mary, Clarice used her ax and hit the ghoul in the leg, slowing her as Mary put a bullet through the ghouls head. Amy ended up putting a second bullet in the males torso. The male again staggered, is unable to get to any of the women. Mary decides the use her martial arts training to trip and pin the male and allowing Amy easily finish off the last ghoul. Mary and Amy then proceeded to bury the four bodies in the backyard, while Clarice works on securing the house and ensuring the gun fire didn’t draw unwanted attention.
After all the excitement, the group realized that it was too late in the day to continue to the retail stores, but they could go back and get the rest of their supplies from Mary’s house and Amy’s hideout. While at the house Amy was using to hide in, Clarice discovered a pair of boxes containing glass Christmas ornaments and bells, which she decided would be great for preparing early warning signs for their new shelter. Once the three got back to the house Mary headed to the kitchen to fix food for everyone, Clarice headed to the living room to play her discovered PSP and Amy continuing to go through the medical book and journals in the study. While eating Amy provides the ladies with the information about what happened over the last three months while they were in a coma. Hearing that the greatest concentration of the ghouls is in the metro areas of the largest cities began to worry Mary and Clarice since they had not heard from their companions over their walkie-talkies, but came to the realization that they were smart enough to turn around before being overwhelmed, and that they probably had taken refuge for the night. During the night, power comes on in the neighborhood, and Clarice uses the time to see if she can get on the internet and do some research. She more detailed information, fleshing out the information that Amy had already provided and after sharing her research, Mary realizes that the “Event” happened on the spring equinox, and that their group woke up on the summer solstice.
June 23, 2014 – Naperville IL
The next morning, the group decides to continue their task of gathering supplies and begins heading for the retail stores. Clarice taking the point position again and continuing to check for supplies on bodies. After about an hour, Clarice decides to hold up for Mary and Amy to catch up to her. While they are discussing their situation, four ghouls come around of a house. Mary comes up with a quick plan, for her and Amy to run across the street into the backyard of a house and attract the group of ghouls, Clarice would then come behind and close the fence, while Mary and Amy jump the back wall of the fence to get away. The group realizes the moaning of the four ghouls is being picked up by others, and that the others are beginning to move in the direction of the house. Mary comes up with the idea to find a place to hide and see what happens. Clarice hides in the backyard across the street from where the ghouls were trapped, while Mary and Amy move three houses back, and hides in the backyard. Both groups see the additional ghouls moving down the street, headed for the area where the original trapped ghouls are. Once the Clarice makes her way over a few fences between her and the rest of the group, a new plan is hatched. The group decides to move several blocks west and find a house that can be set up to attract as many ghouls as possible the next time the power cycles back on. The first choice of a house looks good, but once they open the door, they hear the ominous moans of a ghoul, and no sooner do they close the door and move away, they here something run into the door. The group them moves next door and investigates and determines the house is empty. They do find a few more supplies for them to add to their stockpile, and a stereo to use to hopefully attract the ghouls and maybe pull some from the retail area.
Strange insignia discovered