The Eyes of a Stranger

Victorian Horror. A fashionable London party, a murder in mysterious circumstances...

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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:57 pm

Ann Veronica

Spoiler:
Luck 70: Luck: 1d100 78


Spoiler:
SAN 70: SAN: 1d100 86

SAN loss: SAN loss: 1d8 4 Sanity now 66.


Ann Veronica
clutches her head as she feels the alien presence in her mind. The sensation is beyond description. The loathsome touch of the worm in the one place she would expect to be inviolate causes her to gasp in terror and revulsion.

This only makes her more determined to stop what is happening. This time, she brings her fists down on the controls.

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Fist 50: Fist: 1d100 68
I just can't get those successful rolls tonight.
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:28 pm

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Diane stays focused on the task at hand, seizing the vial and hurrying back to Gordon's side. She pours the precious liquid down his throat. "Break the bloody machine, or grab the cube!" she calls to the police.

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You need to lose at least 5 Sanity in one hit to have a chance of going temporarily insane, so you should still be able to act and give the machine another kick.

Luck roll (75% stat) for Juk-Shabb's mental attack:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
57

Sanity roll (current level 72) for seeing the worm-things:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
61
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Priest » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:06 pm

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Absolom Peredue Somerhayes

Luckily the bulk of the inspector shields Absolom’s eyes from the full horror of the scene. At Diane’s urgent cry he adds his own urging, “Yes Inspector shoot the infernal machine!!”

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Luck Roll 60%: 1d100 59 Just!

Spoiler:
San Roll; current sanity 54%: 1d100 7 -1 Sanity Loss; current sanity now 53%


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OOC:   I shall be AFK until next Saturday (14th). Please NPC Absolom in the meantime :D  
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Pastiche » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:35 pm

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OOC:   Pow x5: 45%:
Pastiche rolled 1d100:
45

Luck 45%:
Pastiche rolled 1d100:
12

Sanity 40%:
Pastiche rolled 1d100:
1

Sanity loss: 1/
Pastiche rolled 1d8:
4
 


James suddenly feels a sharp stabbing pain behind his temples, causing him almost to black out. At the edges of his mind, he vaguely senses an alien consciousness trying to claw its way in. Mustering all his remaining willpower, he manages to shrug off its influence, but only barely...

Exhausted from his physical and mental exertions, James collapses on the floor, panting...
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Wruter » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:06 am

The Elixir Viti has an immediate revivfying effect. Mr McKerry regains consciousness and opens his eyes to see Miss Siddons at his side.

Mr. McKerry:
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OOC:   All HP are restored.  

Miss Poole again strikes the device.
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OOC:   A combat roll is not required but the cumulative damage for 5% chance per point roll.

Fist damage = 1D3+db
Wruter rolled 1d3:
3

(0 Damage Bonus)  

Sergeant Mulverhill joins in at Miss Siddons' urging.
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OOC:   Fist damage = 1D3+db
Wruter rolled 1d3:
3

Damage Bonus = 1D4
Wruter rolled 1d4:
1
 

At Reverend Somerhayes' shout Inspector Cleveland fires his revolver into the machine.
Spoiler:
OOC:   Revolver damage = 1D6
Wruter rolled 1d6:
4
 

Spoiler:
OOC:   Total 11 points = 55% cumulatively added to the previous 2 points damage = 65% chance of destroying the machine.
Wruter rolled 1d100:
25
 
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Pastiche » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:12 am

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James finally manages to recover enough to act again. Seeing everyone make an attempt to destroy the machine, as soon as the inspector stops to reload, he joins in the fray and tries to damage the infernal device as much as possible.

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OOC:   Damage (fist):
Pastiche rolled 1d3:
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Wruter » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:41 pm

Under the combined efforts of the investigators and police, the humming, rattling machine's activity ceases, gears grinding to an abrupt halt. With an ominous rumble and great venting of steam and sparks, the device explodes.

At once the invading tunnel stretching through the wall to some other world begins to shrink. With a mental blast of rage which echoes in the minds of all present, the shimmering sphere of the Great Old One Juk-Shabb is sucked through the diminishing funnel, along with the shadow-shape apparently possessing the Chinese man.

In the heart of the now-destroyed communicating machine the crystalline cube fades away and vanishes as the tunnel closes and is gone.

In the ensuing stunned silence the Chinese man lets out a sudden howl of anguish. Yet his voice when he speaks is that of an upper-class British gentleman, and an oddly familiar one at that. "No! You fools! What have you done to me? I must go back to Yekub! There I am a god!" He scrabbles futilely at the remains of the machine.

Inspector Cleveland steps forward warningly. "Now then, what's the meaning of all this? Who are you?"

With crazed eyes the man stares down at his body as if seeing it for the first time. "I am John Bidwell. I cannot live in this socially-unaceptable body. I cannot."

With that he turns and flees from the room.

"Stop him!" cries Inspector Cleveland, and he and the police constables set off in pursuit, leaving the investigators to reflect on their experiences.
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Wruter » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:43 pm

Over the next few days life gradually returns to normal as the police continue to seek answers for these bizarre occurrences where it seems none may be found.

The scrolls discovered in the cabinet in the opium den office are identified as the Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan, an obscure work by the Chinese philosopher Hsan, which discusses occult subjects ranging from the proper way to deal with a dead sorcerer, to the many forms of Nyarlathotep, to the myriad realms of dream. These are entrusted to the care and study of the British Museum.

The letter, once translated from Chinese, is revealed to read:

My most loyal servants, I entrust to your care this vial and these scrolls. Protect them with your lives and keep them hidden until I return to England, and then give them to no one but me. Failure to do this shall result in the pain of a thousand slow deaths. --your Master, Dr. Fu Manchu.

Lee Ho Fook, the owner of the House of the Yellow Dragon restaurant and opium den, is arrested by Sergeant Craig while attempting to flee. Before being sent to prison, upon questioning he admits to taking orders from the Si-Fan's absent leader, but claims to have resented the fact that the mysterious "Yekubian" interloper had usurped his control, and had indeed taken quiet steps to aid the investigators' cause that evening.

As for the unknown Chinese man who claimed to have been inhabited by the specter of John Bidwell, he was never caught and was found later, having flung himself into the Thames to drown to his death.

Everyone:
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OOC:   Congratulations, you have successfully tracked down the Yekubian intelligence and sent it back to its home world, thus completing "The Eyes of a Stranger" in victory.

Rewards:

In the knowledge that you have thwarted an alien invasion each investigator receives a reward of 2D8 Sanity points.

Also, due to cooperating with the police, each investigator gains 1D6 Credit Rating points. In addition, due to aiding the Freemasons by revealing that Bidwell wasn't the Ripper, the Masons' subtle influence grants each investigator another 1D4 Credit Rating bonus points.

You may also roll for skill increases (roll against any skill used successfully during the course of the game; a successful roll ABOVE your current skill value increases that skill by 1D3 points.)  
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Wruter » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:52 pm

It is some weeks later when the surviving investigators meet once more, on an overcast morning at the funeral of their sadly-departed companion Mr. Cecil Copeland, whose family in Wiltshire have requested Reverend Absolom Peredue Somerhayes to perform the last rites. Also present at the funeral to pay their respects are Inspector Martin Cleveland, Detective Sergeant John Craig and Detective Sergeant James Mulverhill of Scotland Yard; the celebrated psychic Mr. Godfrey Williamson; several of those noted personages who were in attendance at the seance where it all began; Dr. Campbell from the British Museum; and relatives of the deceased butler Hanson and Constable Baker, along with several members of the Limehouse Chinese community.

Professor James Powell has recently received an honorary invitation from the British Museum to take up a full-time position as a lecturer and researcher. Perhaps the influence of the director Dr. Campbell, whom you know to be an ally of the Masons, has been a factor. Nevertheless it is a significant offer for him to consider which will provide financial stability and distraction in the wake of his recent bereavement.

Miss Diane Siddons' valiant role in assisting the police with their inquiries concerning the scandal of John Bidwell's murder has generated much interest in the newspapers and society magazines. As a consequence of her celebrity she now finds herself one of the most famous and in-demand actresses in London, with theaters across the country and beyond eager to have her perform upon their stages.

Miss Ann Veronica Poole has likewise found her talents as an artist in great demand since, and soon after receives a letter inviting her to attend a solicitor's office. It seems the executors of the late John Bidwell's estate have made provision of a generous stipend in patronage of the arts: one which will grant her the leisure and financial freedom to eventually gain true independence, should she accept. Perhaps the Masons' grateful influence is felt here, too?

Mr. Gordon McKerry has noticed some curious beneficial effects from imbibing the 'Elixir Viti'. He feels in rude good health as he has never felt before and indeed over the next several years he will observe that he never falls ill, and in fact seems to have stopped physically aging at all. Perhaps a regular intake of the mysterious potion could even conceivably grant immortality?

As they all gather around the grave, perhaps their thoughts turn from the terrors of the past to what promise the future might hold.
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:49 pm

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Diane is saddened by the loss of Mr. Copeland, but she knows that if not for her quick thinking and actions, there would be at least two more dead, and possibly many more. She hadn't known him long, but the sorrow is still deeply felt. She is relieved to see that Mr. McKerry is in excellent health, completely recovered from his brush with death - and then some. Her acting career is really starting to take off now, with people flocking to see her perform, little knowing of the impact she has made on the stage of the world. The roles she plays on the theatre stage, once seeming larger than life to her, now pale in comparison to the role she has played in reality. It is good to be reunited with the rest of her band of brothers - and sisters.
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:09 am

The prospect of financial independence is too great to resist for Ann Veronica. She gladly accepts the stipend, and just hopes that it comes without too many strings attached. She plans to move to London, and hopefully can keep in touch with her new companions, especially Diane, to whom she is particularly indebted.

Meanwhile, one artistic side project is a rendition of the awful scene she witnessed of the alien creatures. Maybe that one won’t be for public viewing.
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Victoria Silverwolf » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:53 pm

Having returned from the brink of death, only to be revived -- Heaven knows how! -- to an extraordinary state of health, Gordon is subdued, awed by mysteries beyond mortal ken.

Requiescat in pace. Will the familiar words ever mean the same?
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Re: The Eyes of a Stranger

Postby Wruter » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:50 am

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