IC - Prologue -Train to Peking, 8th of July

On the lunar calendar, it is the twelfth of July, 1920; in three days' time, the good people of China will celebrate 中元節, the festival of the dead. On this day, it generally considered a good idea to burn paper money as offerings to the dead, make offerings to your ancestors, and the dead in general, to comfort them in the afterlife and keep them from troubling the living. It is also during this month that the 阴气, the aura of death (rough translation, don't burn me at the stake), is at the strongest and the dead can cross over to the living realm. You are here in Beijing (Peking at the time, I believe) to observe the festival of the dead. Something is brewing...

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IC - Prologue -Train to Peking, 8th of July

Postby HelplessBystander » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:40 am

It was nighttime as the train whistle tooted with a cheerful vigour, and slowly shambling towards the final destination: Peking City. Taking an express train from Shanghai, William Isaac Hewitt busying himself with putting on some of the best clothing he had prepared for the impromptu dinner party that was hosted on the train and smiling into the mirror with a self-satisfied smile as he anticipated his eventual arrival and the meeting with Gang Wei's family for the first time and all the other miscellaneous events that he'll encounter in a country as exotic as China.

On the other side of the train, Miss Vivienne Grey was in thrall of a dark fitful nightmare, an ominous feeling molested her entire being as she lay trapped in a restless slumber. The feeling had been with her for almost as long as she's been in China. She couldn't quite describe what the feeling is, and she always forgets the contents of her dreams the moment she wakes up. The only thing she could truly confirm is that she feels...uncomfortable. Maybe going to the dinner party the next carriage over will cheer up her mood.

OOC:   Alright, feel free to role-play however you wish, feel free to explore the train if you want to. There's not a lot of limitations to what exactly you could do in this situation and it's a good chance for you guys to meet IC. Have fun!  
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Re: IC - Prologue -Train to Peking, 8th of July

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:21 am

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Vivienne Grey gets out of bed, not wanting to go back to sleep after such a disturbing experience. She puts on her white sleeveless dress and applies makeup, then collects her purse and ventures out of her compartment to head to the next carriage. She loves a good party.
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Re: IC - Prologue -Train to Peking, 8th of July

Postby crawlingchaosfan » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:27 pm

It had been a long but enjoyable journey. William Isaac Hewitt's first time on the Orient express and his first time in Asia as a whole. He had spent most of the journey reading, relaxing and talking to the other passengers. The party invite was just the welcome icing on the cake.

As he exited his carriage he noticed a young woman heading down the aisle toward the same destination. Despite her pristine appearance he noted the slight look of strain on her features and wondered what could be the cause. Waiting for her to almost pass him he left the cabin and doffing his cap, greeted her with a friendly yet polite "Zǎo shàng hǎo." (Mandarin for good morning)
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Re: IC - Prologue -Train to Peking, 8th of July

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:35 am

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"Zǎo shàng hǎo," echoes Vivienne, who knows a decent amount of Mandarin herself. She extends her hand with a smile. "Vivienne Grey."
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Re: IC - Prologue -Train to Peking, 8th of July

Postby HelplessBystander » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:06 pm

The Train Conductor looked at the two and sighed deeply, "nǐ men liǎ gè zhēn shi yí duì bái chī." He muttered to himself darkly, hoping the two didn't hear him before he forced himself to smile cheerfully at the two and guided the unfortunate pair of passengers towards the 'party carriage'. "Good even, my fair sirs and madams! You two are absolutely gorgeous in these clothes. Are they the latest fashion in Europe now? Come in, come, our little complimentary soirée is just getting started. We wish you a happy night partying and a bright and happy entrance to the mystical lands of China! Our train express are simply, too-too!"

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The room was relatively large, with some tables propped up vertically against the wall in the far corners to make way for the guests. In front of you stood a few tables filled with small desserts and drinks, meticulous placed in such a way that it is possible to acquire food and drinks from almost any direction. The floor, you noticed, was made from a distinct hard wood with it being more lavishly furnished than the average room on the train. The tables appeared to be made from robust oak with florid designs on its legs. A small music stand at another corner of the room was relatively obvious, with a few seats already laid out. It might be a safe assumption, at this point, to assume a few high-profile guests may be expected and that there may be a minor concert.

The evening meet-and-greet didn't quite start yet, you were among some of the early few to arrive, but there's a few individuals already mingling in midst of things as their chatted indistinctly. The sounds all blended together to form some hazy buzzing noise over the background as the train continued its melodious symphony of rambunctious noise exuded from the train engine and the clatter of railways.
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Re: IC - Prologue -Train to Peking, 8th of July

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:41 am

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"My, how lovely!" exclaims Vivienne as she takes in the scene.
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