Chapter the Ninth: Paris

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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Wruter » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:03 pm

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-- I believe it best if she assists the doctor in the absence of his regular manservant -- Lila replies, knowing of Ines' limited facility with literature.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:11 pm

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"It would be a pleasure to meet Lavoisier," says Henry, following the man. "His discovery of oxygen was brilliant, and I was able to apply his results to good effect."
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby SunlessNick » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:41 pm

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Ines will go with Dr North as directed, though she forsees being little help to him in this environment. (Also, she is likely to be thoroughly bored, though the reader should not take this as indicating the feelings of the present writer).

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could a description or examination of Ines's lingering symptoms from the machine be of any help?
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:08 pm

After some time wandering through labyrinthine halls, Lavoisier is located in an obscure room far from the rest of the Sorbonne. He is an elegantly dressed man of middle years. Although he is well known as a humane gentleman who has worked for social reforms, he is also known to be an administrator of the hated ferme générale, which collects duties thought to be unfair to the commoners. In sharp contrast to his aristocratic appearance, the workroom is a chaos of glass and metal equipment of a bewildering variety. Fumes of an unpleasant odor emerge from roiling liquids. A hasty introduction is made. The conversation resumes in Latin.

-- Yes, what is it? -- he says, in evident haste.

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By time Ines should be fully recovered but is free to describe the encounter with the deadly fumes if she so chooses.

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An elderly scholar familiar with the English language -- and, from his appearance, probably not expected to contribute much learning at this point in his life -- escorts Miss Davenport to a cavernous library.

"And what is it you seek, my pretty one? We have not costume plates nor dancing manuals here," he says with a chuckle.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:34 am

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"I'm trying to identify and locate an inventor who has created a terrible device," says Henry, knowing that Lavoisier is a busy man and getting right to the point. "It was a machine that dispensed a vitrifying liquid. Whoever invented it is both brilliant and mad. It was used to murder more than one person, and my traveling companions nearly fell victim to it as well. I doubt anyone with the capability to make this device could have escaped your notice."
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:31 am

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INT = 18
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7


-- Transforming living tissue into a glassy substance? That can only be the work of a certain Roterstein, an Austrian. Quite a disagreeable fellow. Wanders all over Europe in search of a patron for his inventions. Always designed to kill, but in ways that would be of no value on the battlefield. He was refused membership in the Académie des sciences because of his vile nature. If you know where he is, the authorities would be most interested. There have been unexplained deaths which suggest his handiwork. --
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:21 am

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"Alas, we do not know his whereabouts yet," says Henry, "but he must be the fellow. Now that we have his name, there may be some hope. We do know who his patron is, a madwoman named Violette DuPray. This is what she looks like." He shows him the drawing. "From what I've heard, these have been appearing throughout Paris. It is a fairly good likeness. She was wearing the chainmail when we saw her last, after she and her followers ambushed us on our way to Paris. She killed her own brother with that diabolical machine, among others. She fancies herself Joan of Arc, and she is hearing voices that she presumes to be angels, but no angel would command her to work such wickedness."
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Wruter » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:27 am

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In the library:

Striving to keep a straight face, Lila replies, "I would like to study any volumes you may have on the history of archaeological monuments in the south-east of England, with specific reference to a site in Rochester. Additionally any volumes on the subject of unusual artifacts would be welcome. I am assisting Doctor North in his researches," she adds by way of explanation.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:43 pm

-- Hmm. I know nothing of this woman. Good luck in your quest. --

At that moment a small explosion rocks a corner of the workroom, sending glassware scattering about the floor. It would seem a prudent time to withdraw, as Lavoisier's attention is drawn to a minor crisis which has occurred.

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Spoiler:
INT of the old scholar = 9
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19


It seems that age has dulled the wits of the elderly man, and he is unable to recall where such volumes might be located. It will be a matter of luck, as Miss Davenport wanders through the rows and rows and quaint and curious volumes.

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WIS = 12; two rolls
Victoria Silverwolf rolled 2d20:
20, 16


To no avail, it would seem; no relevant texts are located.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:16 am

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"Thank you for your help," says Henry. "I'll let you get back to work." With that, he takes his leave.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Wruter » Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:02 pm

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With a sigh of frustration, Lila heads back to rejoin the others.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby SunlessNick » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:37 pm

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"Is it simply ill luck that this man met Violette DuPray," asks Ines when Dr North has related what Lavoisier said, "or did another bring them together?"
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:49 am

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"We don't have enough information yet," says Henry, "but there must be others here who know Roterstein, or at least know of him. We should ask around. If we can find him, that may lead us to her."
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:02 am

The party faces a great challenge. Having been somewhat frustrated in their attempts to track down forces which threaten them -- nay, that threaten Europe itself -- they now must plan a strategy. The City of Light offers such a bewildering array of humanity, from the highest to the lowest, that it will require much thought to determine from whence information might be sought.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:34 am

There has been much discussion among the adventurers as to how they should next proceed. As the way to the LaMont estate is well-known and an easy ride from Paris, there is general agreement that it would be wise to start there.

After a short and pleasant journey by coach, the party arrives at an impressive chateau. Upon closer examination, it is evident that it has seen better days. The gardens have grown wild, and the buildings have not been maintained. In point of fact, some of the structures are little more than ruins, although the main rooms appear to still be quite inhabitable, at least as inspected from without.

-- I will wait for a while -- the coachman remarks. -- Not many are granted entrance here. ---

Mister Witherly volunteers to announce their presence. The door knocker is a heavy thing of iron, in the shape of a hand grasping a sphere. Its sound echoes hollowly from within. After a longer time than one might expect, it is opened slowly and with much creaking. The servant who appears is an older man dressed in livery of fine quality but somewhat worn by time.

-- What business have you here? -- His tone is just barely on the proper side of the line between formality and insolence.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:12 am

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"Good day," says Henry. "I am Dr. Henry North, Earl of Dunwich. Are your master and mistress at home? My companions and I have come a long way to visit them, and we bring a letter addressed to them."
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:56 am

-- I have no master. Give me the letter and I will give it to my mistress. You will wait outside. --
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:00 am

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Henry turns to his companions. One of them carries the letter.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby SunlessNick » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:09 pm

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Ines hands the letter over.
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Re: Chapter the Ninth: Paris

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:21 pm

Without a word of acknowledgement the servant takes the letter and shuts the door on the party. After an unreasonably long time he returns. He tosses the letter on the ground.

-- The Chevalière LaMont directs me to advise you that she is not amenable to chantage --

(Miss Davenport will be able to translate this latter term as roughly equivalent to "blackmail" or "extortion.")
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