IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

London, 1940: The world is engulfed in the flames of war, and now the war has come to Great Britain's capital. German bombers rain death and destruction upon the blacked-out city, but what other terrors lurk unseen in the darkness? The Time Lord, his companions, and a handful of London's inhabitants doing their bit may be the only ones who can avert disaster.

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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby jp1885 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:30 am

Eugene continues to hang on, preferring to stay in what little light shines in the hospital rather than risk going out into the dark.

"H-how do we know it's not a trap? Surely Mrs. Cruckshank would be able to telephone herself? And do you think air raid wardens would happily speak about 'hunting in the East End', just like that?"

He retreats into a pool of moonlight.

"I-I'll stay here if it's all the same."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Pastiche » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:58 am

Benjamin pauses for a while. "Hmm, you might have a point there. We indeed do not know if it's a trap... But what if they have Phyllis?"
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Snapper » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:13 am

Archie casts a weather eye over Eugene, not unsympathetically though. "Well, some could stay here to keep this establishment safe. And if the rest of us get to St James' and find Phyllis safely there, that rather answers the question."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby jp1885 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:50 am

”I’m staying put. You can borrow my car if you like, but be careful.”
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Snapper » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:59 am

Archie holds up a hand. "Generous to a fault but no thank you, old boy. I actually think it would be safer to walk than drive someone else's vehicle at night with black out lights on. And besides, this way you have your car yourself in case you need it later."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby yockenthwaite » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:52 pm

“I don’t trust that message,” says Elizabeth, thinking as she speaks. “We know the Steadmans are targeting Anna and myself. We’re on their hit list. This sounds like a trap, to split us up. Though, yes, it might mean they have Phyllis. I would rather stay here, and in a good number.”
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Mephistophilis » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:41 pm

Anna Jerkins says "I'm worried this could be a trap too, god knows I don't want to take any unnecessary risks with my own safety, but we can't just abandon Phyllis. St James's is pretty near and I don't think driving is a good idea so maybe someone, or a few of us could sneak down and check it out?"

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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Mephistophilis » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:17 am

Taking a moment to gauge the mood in the room Anna notices Eugene's change in demeanor: "Eugene, are you okay? You're looking a little pale."

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Mephistophilis rolled 1d100:
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. Alternatively she has psychology 75 if the initial assessment that something is wrong is not psychoanalysis


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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:29 am

Eugene calmed down somewhat after Anna talked him through his fears, and the darkness did not seem quite so frightening any more. However, from outside came the crump of bombs starting to fall nearby.

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That will do nicely. Charles already succeeded at a Psychology roll, so that will give you all the information you need to make a diagnosis without having to roll it yourself, and the Psychoanalysis success temporarily suppresses Eugene's indefinite insanity. For the next 24 hours, he will be able to function normally. Of course, after that, it will return. Over the long term, therapy sessions will enable him to overcome it permanently and perhaps even recover some lost Sanity.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby jp1885 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:22 am

After his brief conversation with Anna, Eugene feels a lot less panicky and tentatively steps out of the pool of moonlight.

"Thank you Miss, I feel much better now."

He takes stock of his surroundings, as if seeing everything clearly for the first time.

"I think splitting up might be the best way forward. If the phone call was a trap, then I'm sure the hospital has enough lamps and torches to see off the creature. Therefore anyone who goes out can have the flare gun."

"Who wants to stay here and who wants to go into town? We need to act fast before Jerry makes up our minds for us."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Snapper » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:47 am

Archie looked up at the sound of the bombs falling. "I would like to walk back to St James' but not I think during the air raid. Perhaps we should adjourn to this hospital's shelter for the moment? It doesn't seem there is much point staying above ground."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Pastiche » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:48 am

"I'd like to check on Phyllis, just to be on the safe side..." Benjamin says.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Snapper » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:25 am

Archie looked to Eugene. "Actually, I might take you up on the offer of the flare pistol, old boy."

"'I am the light of the world', said our savour. 'Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'." Archie seemed to be talking to himself.

"Now, I really think we should get down to a shelter."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby jp1885 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:17 pm

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I think Eddie has the flare gun :)
Eugene doesn't look convinced, is new-found bravery giving him some backbone.

"If we all hide in the shelter now, there's no guaranteeing that Phyllis will be safe. Whoever goes out to look for her will need the flare gun, just in case they meet the Steadmans. Benjamin, I'll come with you to the church and we'll take the flare for protection, if that's alright by you Eddie."
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:18 pm

Having observed the erratic behaviour of the others and had the chance to get back into the mindset of a psychiatrist Anna is starting to have second thoughts about all this talk of flying monsters. Yet it seems like there is some commonality between the experiences people have had, perhaps the ideas of Carl Jung about archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the shadow might have more relevance than she had previously given them credit for. Getting up close to observe someone having one of these psychotic experiences could be instructive. She says "Look, I appreciate the Steadmans are dangerous, and I don't want to put myself in harm's way, but if no one else is going to go and look for Phyllis I will, air raid or no. I'll come with you Eugene"
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Snapper » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:18 am

Archie looked momentarily surprised by the determination of the others. "Well, who can doubt the bravery of Londoners in the blitz? If you are determined to go straight away, I shall come with you."

"Shall we make a start?" Archie looked positively cheery.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Mephistophilis » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:04 am

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a couple of quick questions before we go a huntin. St James's Church - is that the one we were in some time ago? What do we know about it, does it have a shelter? Historical telephony - I received a call on the reception phone, could I call back (maybe ask the operator to patch me through) and get more info, maybe a psychology roll, or could I call the church directly, perhaps talk to Phyllis?


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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:55 am

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So far that's Archie, Benjamin, Eugene, and Anna leaving for St. James's Church. Is anyone else going with them?

St. James's Church is the church where you spent the last two nights in its basement shelter. In 1940 there was no way to directly dial back a number that just called you. The operator may be able to help you, or maybe not. You could call St. James's Church if you knew its phone number, provided it has a phone, which you also don't know. Again, the operator might be able to help.
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Mephistophilis » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:15 am

"Before we go I'm popping down to reception to call the operator to see if she can give me any information about where that last telephone call came from, perhaps ring them back and get some more information. After that I'm going to see if they can put me through to St James's and maybe I could talk to Phyllis directly" says Anna.

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If I get through I'd like to roll psychology against either/both. Not sure if there would be any penalties doing it over the phone. Looking for whether they're telling the truth,whether Phyllis is under duress. I'll put in two rolls against my psychology 75 that could be used in the order I get through (if I do):
Mephistophilis rolled 1d100:
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Mephistophilis rolled 1d100:
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Re: IC-Ep 3-Madness at Night(Everyone else)

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:52 am

The operator was able to connect Anna with the original caller, who had called from an ARP warden's post. The woman who answered said that she was in fact the same warden who had found Phyllis lost in the blackout, and that she had escorted her to St. James's Church, which she knew had a shelter in its basement. "She'd wanted to call you herself, but it was too dangerous for her to be out and about, so I insisted on calling for her." Anna sensed that this woman was telling the truth.

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You only need one Psychology roll, so I'll count the first roll as a Luck roll, which I was going to ask for anyway in order to see if you got through at all. That succeeds, and so does your Psychology roll.
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