CH1-4 Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

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CH1-4 Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:21 pm

"Oh bloody hell guv, I'm not sure, gimme a moment" the cabbie grabs an AZ and starts flipping through its pages after a minute or so he looks back at Greg. "Right that'll be Hounslow town centre, take us about 15 minutes guv." with that the cabbie pulls out into the traffic and starts a running commentary of the latest ups and downs in the UK news...

Greg's trapped, every door in the house is locked, every window barred, there's no way to climb onto the roof. The house is large and well furnished, but there is no way out for him. He runs from room to room, searching, but each door he pulls open has only a featureless brick wall behind it. Eventually he come to the front door, and as he reachs for the handle, it unlocks, a bright light moves across the glass. As the heavy, iron-studded oak door opens towards him, a nameless dread flows through his veins...

Greg awakens, drenched in sweat to the clearly distressed cabby "...Guv! Guv! Are you alright there? I saw you dose off in the back there like, but then you went all grey in the face, was it dodgy food on the plane?"
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:34 pm

Greg wiped the sweat from his brow off on his arm sleeve and rubbed his eyes. "Yeah, something like that. I'm all right though... just a bad dream I guess," Greg responded to the cabby. He fished out his wallet and looked at the meter trying to guess what the total bill was going to be, then tucked on a 10% tip... so he had the money ready when they got to the Hounslow Town Centre.

As he looked out the window and let the cabby drone on, he kept thinking about the house in the dream. Had he seen it somewhere before? Was it significant, or just some obscure dreamscape setting? And just what was that light that filled him so full of terror?
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:13 pm

Greg gets out of the Cab at the entrance to a pedestrian precinct with directions from the cabbie to go "straight ahead" he quickly finds a large modern red brick building which, until he sees the signs for the library, he assumes is some kind of shopping mall.
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Greg doesn't recollect ever seeing the house. The light was some kind of wild fire.

What kind of research does Greg intend to conduct now he's found the library?
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:20 am

Greg wants to find his way to the newspaper archives of the library ... and dig through the microfiche to see if he can find anything of interest regarding the items on Jacob's list.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:57 am

As the Librarian shows him to the the Microfiche reader, Greg starts to contemplate the scale of the task ahead of him. He needs to decide on an area of research and a limit to his investigations and even then a thorough investigation is going to take him days. In addition the Librarian has already apologised for the limitations of her small library.

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Assuming Greg has told the librarian he is doing some generalised research, the Librarian has suggested he go to the British Library or the National Archives at Kew.

I generally assume that Library rolls always involve a time element and the more generalised the search the longer it takes before you get a roll to see if you come up with something useful.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:55 pm

"Why are you suggesting I go to the other libraries," Greg asked. "Is your archive incomplete?"

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He literally has nothing better to do... has spent a great deal of time in libraries during his education, so it's not a big deal to him to spend the rest of the day - until closing time - in the library searching. A generalized search does seem like looking for a needle in a haystack, but we don't have specifics to go on. So Greg will start by looking for A) stories of people who have 'lost time' and check for any correlation with dehydration... and B) look for any articles discussing bodies that had been carved up with what appears to be occult symbols. Later on, he will spend some time researching Athens - like what the next couple weeks hold in store for the country calendar wise, if there are any strange happenings in Athens recorded near this date in past years... like maybe a recurring thing.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:36 pm

In comparison to the two she suggested, yes woefully. The Librarian just points out that from a research point of view these locations are by far the best in the UK. The British Museum archives contain microfiche of every major newspaper in the UK. By Law, every book, periodical or magazine published in the UK is supposed to send a copy to the BL.

Either way by the end of the afternoon Greg has determined that there doesn't seem to be any correlation of 'lost time' with dehydration.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:39 pm

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Greg would relocate to the British Library then ... why do the work with only some of the information?

Having struck out on that portion of his search, and after a quick plate of fish and chips, he settles back in to do some more digging to see if there is any articles on bodies that look like ritual murders or occult related where people have symbols carved into the skin. He'll continue until the library must close for the night.

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You know, I was hoping one of those others would have invited Greg over to bed in a spare bedroom - but I guess not all the British are so friendly and welcoming as they show on TV. :P
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:01 pm

It doesn't really matter wether he conducts his research at the local library or the British Library, all he has time to do before the Library closes is determine that there doesn't seem to be any correlation of 'lost time' with dehydration. He'll have to start on ritualised murders tomorrow.

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Holding off going any further to try and keep others in step. We can assume Greg arranges himself a nice little hotel somewhere in the holborn area (between the British museum and the British Library). As for an invite actually, I think thats pretty typically British response, the majority of us are quite a reserved lot really.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:41 pm

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You ever watch European Vacation with Chevy Chase?

Say these libraries are closing pretty early, aren't they? Ours here in the states tend to stay open until at least 8 or 9PM. Sometimes later if there's a university nearby. 'End of the afternoon' would seem to imply it's only around maybe 5 or 6 PM.


Greg looks for a place with internet capabilities so he can continue searching online. He knows some of the others are doing this already, but ... he might get lucky. He goes to Google, types in "ritual murder symbols' and hits the "I'm feeling lucky" button.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:32 am

Greg reads a web site by some fundamentalist Christian group about how the Jews tattoo their murder victims, another on how the masons were responsible for the death of JFK as part of a ritual killing of the Winter King, but nothing which seems to have any conection with the events of today. However, he does find the web site for Symbol & Ritual Intelligence.

Formerly The Institute for the Research of Organized & Ritual Violence, it specialises in the research, analysis and investigation of symbolic and ritual violence. Areas of expertise include; unfamiliar cultural traditions, ritual activities, religious terrorism, desecration controversies, ritual murder, and the identification of symbols, artifacts and unusual practices. Its likely these guys could help but their services don't come free.

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Its actually about 8PM when the British Library closes, however travelling to and obtaining a reading card at the British museum all ate into Greg's time to do research.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:41 pm

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Fair enough.

Greg searched the Symbol & Ritual Intelligence website for a gallery to see if any of the images resembled what he saw on the girl, and annotated the web URL on a notepad for future use. He'd also copy down any contact information they provided.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:10 pm

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For interrest the website actually exists - http://www.symbolintelligence.com/ I'm not sure how legit these guys are or how competent and in a published scenario I'd change the name, but there you are.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:31 pm

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Weird. Looks like they specialize in gang symbols. But a group like that should have an occult section as well - probably not readily available to the public in order to keep the riff-raff away and stupid email to a minimum.


Greg was satisfied that he'd at least gotten something to share with the others out of the day's work. And so... after a nice, hot bath, he went to bed.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:20 am

Greg is sitting in the bath when his e-mail pings. It is an e-mail from Liz which basically describes a similar dream to the one Greg had when he fell asleep in the back of the black cab.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:20 am

Greg is sitting in the bath when his e-mail pings. It is an e-mail from Liz which basically describes a similar dream to the one Greg had when he fell asleep in the back of the black cab.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:57 am

Greg emails Liz back, telling her about his dream in the cab, and asks to know if anyone else tells her they had the same dream.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ghill » Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:33 am

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Unless Greg has something else specific he wants to do before bed, I suggest moving onto meeting the others at speakers corner as Jacob arranged.
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Re: IC - CH1 - Home Again, Home Again - Greg Only

Postby ImpInTraining » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:26 pm

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That's supposed to be in the afternoon... right? Gives me the morning to do more research at the library, doesn't it?
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