After studying topographical data and maps of the Coyote National Park, the group catches wind of a mystic hero named Doctor Dusk that could be associated with the area, and also information about various missing persons cases that recently came up in the park, including a group of “hikers” who may have been base raiders themselves.
Dr Dusk may have lived a long time, or been a legacy hero that assumed the identity of an earlier hero. He was a black man that wore a dark suit, opera cape, domino mask, and hat. Little is known about him, except that he often faced foes that wielded supernatural items of various sorts.
The north end of the state park was closed to camping, and the roads patrolled by law enforcement more heavily than normal to keep people out of the park. Phil avoided CHP scrutiny and the group found a dirt road that led to a good hiding spot for the van. Junpei, Phil, and Montana venture into the park by vehicle and hide their van discreetly off-road before continuing by foot.
As they approached the area that went by various names, including The Devil’s Rock, the group started feeling uncomfortable for no obvious reason. The feeling turned into fear, and Doctor Montana nearly ran from the area, though Jun Pei intimidated him into staying.
Eventually they come to a sheer cliff face and find a hidden entrance by waiting until sundown where the evening shadows cast a clue to the whereabouts of the door.
Passing through the illusory entrance, they found themselves in what seemed to be another time zone (at least in respect to the time of day), in a sprawling old mansion. There were various Victorian or older affectations spread about the various rooms, including a dining hall and a library. It seemed apparent that the mansion was tended to by someone, as there was evidence of activity and things were not in disrepair. There were strange brass shavings on the dining room table, suggesting something had been drilled into.
There were lightly glowing mystic signs on various surfaces in the hideout. Professor Montana could not identify what they were, or their purpose.
Searching through the Library revealed a hidden room, containing a luxurious leather coat and a strange wooden box. Phil carried off the wooden box, but did not open it at the time. There was a strong chemical odor in the Library that made the three base raiders feel a bit woozy.
Further searching through the mansion revealed a room that appeared to be some kind of alchemy lab that had been ransacked recently. It was indeterminable why the room was trashed but it is suspected an intruder was looking for something. There was smashed glass and small pools of chemicals around so group did not examine this room very carefully.
Venturing deeper into the mansion grounds, they arrived at a corridor where they saw an individual that fit the description of a missing person, but something was strange. There were what appeared to be jetpacks, blasters, and some other equipment near the entrance, but except for the Jetpacks, much of it seemed damaged.
A matter of moments later, their group emerged and charged forward flashing fangs and possessed of a violent hunger; quite obviously afflicted by something like vampirism. A swirling melee broke out and the assailants proved to be supernaturally resilient.
The laser firearms and even Akutatsu’s rending claws were mostly ineffective. Phil switched to a cleaver-like weapon found in the mansion, suspecting correctly that there was something special about it, and it turned out to indeed be more effective. Eventually figuring out that the vampires were privy to several “classic” vulnerabilities, eventually they were felled using every advantage available, including sunlight spilling into some of the other rooms.
Phil tried to hurt a vampire by swinging the wooden box at it, which proved useless. Then, she unleashed the apparently magical knife inside, which worked very well against them. The skintight armor she’d gotten at the underground market also proved very valuable.
However, the vampires were dispatched only after Montana fell to their vicious attacks. Junpei acts quickly, bundling Montana’s body and soaring towards the other-world market where hopefully somebody is able to revive him, and also to resolve the malady that he now surely carries.