Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Rooter » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:33 am

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"Indeed, perhaps it is time we spoke with Mr. Crayle. The question is, can we trust him?"
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:01 am

There being no urgent business at hand, Mister Crayle is quite willing to be interviewed by whichever members of the party wish to do so, and under what circumstances they deem fit.
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:34 am

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"Shall we question the Brazen Head first?" asks Henry. "Granted, even asking it simple questions is likely to result in needlessly cryptic answers, but it may be worth a try. I could try asking it who its new master will be after Mrs. Piper passes on."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Rooter » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:13 am

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"Very well," Lila agrees. "I shall try asking it who constructed the machine in the attic."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:25 am

The responses to these two inquires are as follows.

"Whosoever seizes me."

"It was built by a man named Heinrich Müller."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby SunlessNick » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:56 am

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"I could ask the head by what other names Heinrich Müller goes," suggests Ines.
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

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"Yes, that's a thought," says Henry, "After that, Elizabeth and Ivan still have their questions that can be used to follow up."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

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"I could ask the head by what other names Heinrich Müller goes," suggests Ines.


The head seems to chuckle a bit.

"His close friends call him Heinie."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:10 am

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"Well, I see the head is helpful as always," says Henry. He directs Ivan to ask the head with whom in this house Heinrich Müller is working.
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:13 pm

"Heinrich Müller works for no one."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby SunlessNick » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:42 pm

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"'With' becomes 'for,'" says Ines. "I wonder how Mrs Piper got anything out of this head."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:14 am

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"Whoever wants this thing obviously hasn't spent time talking to it, or it wouldn't be such an object of desire," says Henry. "That name is the one useful thing we got out of it, and that won't do us a lot of good unless we know what he looks like. Elizabeth, would you please use our last question for the day to ask it for a description of this Heinrich Müller?"
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:43 am

"Heinrich Müller is a short, very slender man of middle years, with thin, sandy hair, pale blue eyes, and a blotchy complexion. He is currently wearing a finer suit that he has usually worn. If you encounter him, you will find that he is extremely quiet."

After contemplating this unusually lengthy answer, it will occur to the party that this description does not fit well the appearance of any person with whom they are acquainted.

Meanwhile, Mister Crayle makes inquiry, now that he is aware that Doctor North is a physician, if there is any treatment for Mrs Piper's ailment.

"If not, I am afraid that I must begin the arrangements for managing her estate, as modest as it may be. The situation would, of course, be much simpler if I knew where she has secured her will. I am nearly certain that such a document was prepared, witnessed, and signed before I entered her employment, but I had not opportunity to determine its location. Now, of course, the poor lady is unable to communicate this information. It is a regrettable situation for all concerned."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:48 am

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"I believe I've stablised Mrs. Piper," says Henry, realizing that Heinrich Müller must be dead and that someone else is exploiting the mechanism he created, "but I haven't yet exhausted every possible avenue of treatment. I'm not prepared to give up hope. Still, my companions and I can try to locate the will for you. We can conduct a search of the house, if you'll allow us the run of the place."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:36 am

"I am entirely at your service, my lord. Please keep me informed of any unusual discoveries you may make."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Rooter » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:09 am

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"Speaking of unusual discoveries, I wonder, Mr. Crayle, whether you are familiar with this curious type of stone we found in the attic," Lila says, showing the lawyer the lodestone removed from the device while watching him carefully for any signs of recognition.
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:53 am

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"I cannot say that I am familiar with such. It is quite heavy for its size. It is perhaps some sort of precious stone in an unrefined state?"
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:38 am

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"It is a lodestone," says Henry. "A rather strong one."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:43 am

"I see. How curious. I suppose it may be of some interest to natural philosophers."
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Re: Chapter the Fourteenth: A Respite From Turmoil

Postby Rooter » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:50 am

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"If Mr. Crayle is guilty of any wrongdoing then he certainly conceals it well," Lila remarks to the others once the lawyer is out of earshot. "Where shall we begin searching for Mrs. Piper's will? We have exhausted our questions for the brazen head this day, not that I suspect it would have been very helpful in any case."
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