Masks of Nyarlathotep
Roger Vane Carlyle was born on Long Island, New York, in 1894. He was orphaned at the age of 12, and drifted for many years. He washed out of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Miskatonic, and USC. While in California, he became fast friends with Jack Brady.
Carlyle never managed to graduate from any school, and spent his early twenties finding unique ways to squander his vast wealth. This led to conflict with his much harder-minded older sister, Erica, as well as the board of directors of the Carlyle manufacturing firms.
In 1918, he became obsessed with Africa and especially Egyptology. He was often seen in the company of a mysterious African woman who affected Pharaonic costumes. In 1919, he departed for Cairo along with the family friend Sir Aubrey Penhew, his psychologist Dr. Robert Huston, Hypatia Masters, an amateur photographer long rumored to be romantically linked with Carlyle, and his friend Jack Brady. They spent some time in Egypt before suddenly reappearing in Tanzania, where all trace of them was lost—lost, that is, until the gruesome discovery of a massacre site deep in the jungle. All members of the expedition were declared dead.