IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ray)

The TARDIS goes missing, dragged into the sea by something inhuman. During their investigations, Story and his companions join up with the team from UNIT. Leonek and Salem make a horrifying discovery.

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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri May 31, 2013 4:17 am

Amelia smiled. "That would be a historian's dream come true," she said. "Ah, to walk the streets of Old Dunwich and talk to the people there. If only it were possible. Alas, real life is not the cinema." She nodded to Lucius. "The Romans were actually quite advanced when you think about it. After Western Rome fell, so much was lost. Technology and standards of living plummeted, and they took a long time to recover. Still, much knowledge was preserved, particularly by the Irish monks and the Arab cultures that rose to prominence afterwards, as well as by Eastern Rome. A lot of people forget that the Byzantine Empire lived on for nearly a thousand years after the fall of Rome. By around 1500, people had caught up with and surpassed much of what the Romans had achieved, though their roads were unmatched until Victorian times. The wonders of the Renaissance were great, but they certainly do pale in comparison with what we've achieved since the Industrial Revolution. Who knows how far it will go? But I'm getting ahead of myself, aren't I? We're not yet done with the Middle Ages.

"The beginning of the end for Dunwich's heyday came in 1286. A powerful storm that lasted three nights swept the lower part of the town away into the sea and connected the spit of land that had formed offshore to the coastline south of town. The much-vaunted harbour was no more. Here is a painting depicting the event." She indicated a framed picture hanging on the wall next to the display case.

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"Channels were dug to restore some access by sea to Dunwich, but in 1328 an even worse storm struck. Many people died, and this time the harbor was lost for good. The courses of the Blyth and Dunwich Rivers had been changed by the storm so that they reached the sea further north. Dunwich began to stagnate, and it has been declining ever since. It would never again achieve its former greatness."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby yockenthwaite » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:06 pm

"So sad," muses Elizabeth, quietly.
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby ImpInTraining » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:05 pm

Lucius responded, "Hrm... seems humanity is filled with all sorts of dark periods that have set us back as a race. Still... the rate of advancement in these future years are much more rapid, it seems. The smarter humans get, the quicker they learn."

He looked to the others and wondered aloud, "I wonder if it is nurture or nature that brings this rapid advancement along. It would be an interesting experiment to bring a child from the distant past and put him into the schools of today and see how he or she fared."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:41 am

"Probably quite well," said Amelia. "Even as our knowledge increases, our wisdom tends to decline. Ancient peoples were much more brilliant than most modern folk give them credit for. If they had had access to today's technology, there's no telling what they could have accomplished. Are you ready to proceed to the exhibits on the Tudor era?"
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby yockenthwaite » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:38 pm

"Yes I think so, thank you," says Elizabeth, looking towards the others to see what they think.
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Thorn » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:09 am

Brook nods. "Yeah, lead on to the men in tights."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:56 pm

"This way, then," said Amelia, leading the group to the next set of exhibits. "After the harbour dried up, the merchants left Dunwich and commerce suffered. The town went into decline, and the sea continued to swallow up bits of it. Here is a map that was drawn in 1585." She points out a framed drawing on the wall:

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"As you can see by the compass rose, north is on the right side of the map. You can see St. James's Street right here in the middle, going from the top of the map to where the shoreline was then. The streets and buildings in the lower part of tte map are now all underwater."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby ImpInTraining » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:05 am

Lucius pointed to the right side of the map asking, "This river here... does it connect directly to the ocean now at the southern edge of the map now that all the shoreline has eroded away?" He peered closer at some detail that caught his eyes, and asked, "What are these mounds here?"
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:18 am

"The river doesn't connect to the shoreline near Dunwich at all any more," said Amelia. "Its course has been altered by the great storm of 1328, and now it lets out some ways to the north, between Walberswick and Southwold. I'm not sure what those mounds over in the northeast part of the map represent, but that area is underwater now. It might have been a prominent hill. You can see a windmill over in the southeast corner. That's been submerged too."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby ImpInTraining » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:14 am

"A 'Now' map right here to compare 'Then' with would be a nice thing to have," Lucius suggested. "What about this big triangle at the middle south? If it were as large as the map suggests, surely part of it should still be out of the water."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:54 am

"The guidebooks we sell in the gift shop have maps both of Dunwich today and as it was at its height," said Amelia. "The map is not to scale. That triangular building might have been a church, and while its steeple may have been high, it is underwater now all the same."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby CrackheadC. » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:49 am

"I understand that people have roots and perhaps Dunwich's decline wasn't so abrupt to warrant it, but over the years why haven't the people of the city simply moved to more prosperous and easier to live in areas? Especially since there is no ocean access for easy trade." Raymond says.
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:01 am

"Many people did precisely that," said Amelia with a smile. "That is why Dunwich's population dwindled from thousands to only about two hundred today. Still, some of us are stubborn folks who'd rather stay put."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby ImpInTraining » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:05 pm

Lucius nodded, "A lot of family history... blood bonds to the land... stories for grand-children. I can see why some may stay. And the land isn't too terrible. There are places to farm, and plenty of fishing... so long as you like the big, two-legged fish. Not really my taste, personally."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:32 am

Amelia stifled a chuckle. "Nobody really gives that legend credibility," she said. "Virgil Soames, a local author, is probably the source for that one, but I don't think even he actually believes it."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby ImpInTraining » Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:42 pm

Lucius's face was in all seriousness as he lifted an eyebrow and looked to Amelia. He tried to determine if she actually believed that statement. He just couldn't read the girl.

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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:36 am

"Ah, yes," said Amelia, glancing at the book in Lucius's hands. "I see you've got one of his books there. Mr. Soames is certainly an...interesting chap."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby yockenthwaite » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:08 am

"Yes we spoke to him earlier," says Elizabeth, curious to see if this might lead Amelia to reveal any more of her opinions on Virgil. "He certainly had some interesting tales to tell."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby ImpInTraining » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:59 pm

Lucius nodded, agreeing "He gave us this book - or lent it to us I should say. I was hoping it could help give us some sight-seeing ideas. I do think it's strange though. A place like this could benefit from tourism. Yet Mr. Soames implied that nearly everyone in the city disliked him. I would think the citizens of this village would be more indebted to an author who made a struggling community more alluring to visitors."
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Re: IC-Ep 2-History Repeating(Elizabeth/Lucius/Brook/Chad/Ra

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:08 am

"Yes, Mr. Soames does tell a good tale," said Amelia. "It's a pity that most of the townsfolk shun him because of what his brother did. I'm one of the few who still talks to him. Dunwich does get plenty of tourists regardless, but most of the locals wish there weren't so many. It's paradoxical, as it's tourism that keeps Dunwich alive. Mr. Soames does get the occasional visitors from out of town such as yourselves, but it's still a lonely life for him. At least he has Midnight to keep him company."
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