The basement is littered with junk. There is an empty coal cellar in one corner whose coal chute, leading to the back yard, has been nailed shut. Two of the walls are brick and very solid, while 2 are cheap wooden panels, and sound hollow. The floor is earthen, and fairly uniform (no recent excavations, etc.)
John O'Neil and Michael O'Connor work to pry loose some of the boards from one of the wooden walls. They succeed in creating a gap, behind which is darkness and a terrible stench. They shine a flashlight throguh the newly created opening, scaring out hundred of rats, which swarm over John O'Neil. At this point, the loud banging sounds from upstairs are heard again.
While we are distracted by the various tumults assaulting us, a long filthy knife rises out of a pile of junk on the floor, spins to point at the doctor, and flies at his back. He falls, crying out, wounded severely. Elliott Moore rushes to his aid, and is himself stabbed by the animate knife. Josephine helps John get clear of the rats, while Colin retreats up the stairs. George draws out a cross he obtained upstairs and brandishes it fiercely.
Elliott tries to grab the knife embedded in his torso, and fails. The knife withdraws and flings itself at Michael O'Connor, who dodges it succesfully. The knife is left embedded in the wall. The remainder of the group are attempting an exodus; the healthier carrying the more wounded. In the confusion, O'Connor shoots the kife squarely in the pommel. Rather than damaging it, it is knocked free of the wall and lands on a step.
It rises up again and makes another attempt at O'Connor's life. He evades it again, and it flies off into the darkness of the cellar. The loud bangs and crashes are still being heard from upstairs. We all manage to retreat successfully up the stair, re-bolting the door behind us. As we emerge from the basement, the noises from upstairs subside.
We split up at this point, Elliott and the Doctor for treatment at the nearest hospital, the others to the club to work out in their minds the chaos of the previous few hours...