CH3-04 Down by the shore

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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:55 pm

OOC:   What topics does Andy intend to study at the British Library? Likewise, what are Greg and Liz doing? BTW With at least one decent credit card and a fake passport Greg can put himself up in a decent London hotel if he can cope with the guilt :)  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:23 am

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Liz is relieved to be back at her parents' home. There had been times when she thought she would surely die and never see them again. Her experiences have left her shaken, and she now knows what it's like to go to war. Still, people her age fight in Afghanistan, so she knows that she's not the only one dealing with the trauma. It feels good to be in her old room, where so many of her childhood memories are, but she knows she can never be a little girl again, especially after everything she's experienced - not that she has otherwise ever grown up in the first place. At night, when nobody else is around to see, she silently cries herself to sleep.

While at home, Liz continues to work with the pictures on the memory card, comparing them to the pictures they had taken and trying to determine what Maria had been translating.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:03 am

OOC:   Liz takes only a few hours before giving up in disgust the notes Maria has made are merely descriptions of the images and those are open to interpretation as has been discussed before what is really needed is to find a key to the language. It does occur to Liz that Maria's descriptions along would help because it would put translated text into context.  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:54 pm

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Having reached a temporary dead end, Liz decides to do some research on Fomalhaut and its connection to the occult and the spell.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:35 am

OOC:   Sorry, I've been a real dunce there is a difference between the two collections of photos Liz's collection is of the murals only, Maria's includes a detailed set of photos of the statues at the start of the mural maze specifically the inscriptions at the base of the statue of Alexander which along with the Latin which Greg translated are also present in Greek and in the script.  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:55 am

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Does that mean I can go ahead and roll Library Use?
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:20 am

OOC:   Mr. Handy yes please do a LIbrary Use roll. Do you tell the others what you have found?  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby carnage_lee » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:55 pm

OOC:   Andy will attempt to research:

Fomalhaut / occult references

References to the Atahath tribe/people.

City of Yb, Deserts of Shem (is this a biblical reference to the son of Noah? Arabs = Shemites??)

Linear A script, origins, theories, etc.


Library Use - 40

carnage_lee rolled 1d100 and got a total of 27:
27

carnage_lee rolled 1d100 and got a total of 56:
56

carnage_lee rolled 1d100 and got a total of 11:
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carnage_lee rolled 1d100 and got a total of 51:
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:52 am

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Liz's work proceeds smoothly.

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Yes, I share what I find with the others.

Library Use roll (60% skill) to compare the photos and work out what Maria was translating:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100 and got a total of 31:
31
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby BenTheRat » Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:08 pm

Greg checks into a hotel in London. He spends the first day typing up their adventure into a laptop. He includes everything that has happened to them since the beginning of this nightmare. He thought it would help him remember parts that he may have forgotten. He treated it as therapy as well. The guilt was heavy, he could blame some of it on not having the right supplies or facilities, but in the end, his patient died.

Greg spends the next day laying out everything in his room, there is a code there if he could only crack it.

He will begin to research the UR language using the spiral as an approach to how to translate it.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:32 am

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Can I have an idea roll, please.


OOC:   LIz - There is all the normal stuff Fomalhaut is a young A-type star approximately twice the mass of our sun, located 25 light years from Earth in the constellation Piscis Austrinus. Interestingly, for those living in the northern hemisphere, it can only be spotted slightly above the horizon during early winter. The star seems to hold some significance to older religion - digging into this is probably going to take Liz a day or so of study.  


OOC:   Andy finds the similar details as Liz following this up will take a few more day effort

Andy finds nothing about the City of Yb, Deserts of Shem apart from some inference that Shem may have been the name of a region in Midwestern Africa at some point.

Andy finds no references to the Atahath tribe/people whatever source Gossham had it's not currently present in the British Library or not cross-referenced as such.

Linear A script, origins, theories, etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_A (looking at examples of this Andy see's some very basic similarities between this and the script, but they are very, very slight, it is simply another language which no one knows how to read as far as he can tell.  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:38 am

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Liz continues looking for references to Fomalhaut in older religions, keeping her friends informed of her discoveries.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby carnage_lee » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:13 am

Andy Wade

Andy liaises with Liz, and decides to concentrate on researching the religious aspects regarding the star Fomalhaut.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby BenTheRat » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:41 pm

Spoiler:
idea roll,
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Greg has an idea.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:49 am

Looking through the photos for what feels like the hundredth time, Greg comes upon the inscription on the base of the statue of Alexander, deciding to see if he can make a better go of translating the Latin, now he has access to a Latin dictionary he settles down to transcribe the Latin only to realize the inscription he's looking at is in Greek. Translating the first couple of phrases of ancient Greek even with the help of his laptop takes him the best part of the afternoon, but by then Greg is confident the Greek inscription is the same as the Latin inscription, and if the Greek and Latin inscriptions are the same then there is every reason to believe the inscription in the 'script' on the third face is also the same and that he has found the key to translating the script.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby BenTheRat » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:46 pm

Greg immediatly lets the rest of the group know, and then starts trying to put together a key using the statue like a rosetta stone.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:02 pm

Greg can I have a POW roll, please.

Andy/Liz spend an infuriating couple of days largely because the books they seem to want only seem to be present in very special collections scattered around the world. The star Fomalhaut does seem to have connections to legends of living fire. These "Fire Vampires" are described as an escort to their ruler who is known not as Verbti, but as Cthugha or perhaps Fthagugua. Cthugha also seems to have some connections to Afghanistan, the Carthaginians, and the Zoroastrians. In addition in the case of Cthugha, he is said to have been imprisoned on Fomalhaut millennia ago, by other gods, there is some reference to the Kutulu pantheon but all references point to other books in collections which require special access. In fact, the Superintendent of books explains when asked about a couple of books the British Library contains that he has to satisfy himself, your credentials are good (they aren't) and your purpose serious, and that you are unlikely to steal, mark, or mutilate the books.

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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:16 am

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"Perhaps Jacob or Greg would have better luck gaining access to the special books," suggests Liz to Andy. "A scholar and a doctor would have a better chance than a goofy undergrad and a reporter. Anyway, we did find out some useful things. I hadn't expected that we were dealing with aliens. That's so cool - and, at the same time, hot."
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:41 am

OOC:   No the bar for access is considerably higher than that, the only person with a realistic chance of providing you with credentials is someone Like Gossham (ie a person in the field, not simply an academic) This collection simply aren't available to members of the public. OOG: These are mythos tomes we're talking about here they're simply not available.  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:07 pm

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Could Westerlund get access, or is the scandal hanging over his head enough to block him? We should probably meet with him either way.
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