Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Boston, August 1928. The jazz age is in full swing, but there’s one trumpet player whose music does a lot more than merely inspire people to dance. An encounter in a nightclub will lead to the investigators being plunged into a sanity-shattering chain of events while they try to prevent greater catastrophe.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:55 pm

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No. You'll have to guess.


Isadora, Henry and Alice are outside now and can see Balzac and Ron a little further up the street. There are a few stragglers from the Ballroom left, morbidly fascinated by the unfolding events.

The focus of everyone’s attention has now entered the street, still moaning despite his face being a bloody wreck. The sirens have increased in volume all this time, and suddenly a squad car swerves into view. Seeing the bloody figure and attempting to slow down, the driver is unfortunate in that the man stumbles in front of the rapidly braking car, and is thrown against a lamppost. There is a sickening crunch as the body almost bends around the post, and it crumples to the ground, almost unrecognizable as a human form. Finally, it has stopped moving.

The policeman driving the car is transfixed in horror. Any remaining bystanders decide that now is the time to leave.

Two of these left the Ballroom behind Isadora, Henry and Alice. One of them is wearing the white uniform of the house band. He is carrying his coat over his arm and a case for a horn of some kind. Seeing Ron’s bloody condition, he asks, “You’re hit! My god, my god, you’re hit! Are you alright?”

The other can be recognized as the trumpet player. He recognizes Henry as the one who was civil to him earlier, and decides to repay the favour.

“Y’all be in trouble soon, lest you be movin’. Come on now, I know a way.”

He moves off, grabbing the arm of the man in white, and they duck behind an alley adjacent to the Ballroom. More sirens can be heard, quite close now.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby innsmouth » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:02 pm

Henry Glynn

"We'd best follow."

"I never got my whisky." he adds.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:07 pm

As the companions follow the two men, they see them duck through a hole in the alley fence which leads into another alley. As they do this, one of them drops something.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby innsmouth » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:29 pm

OOC:   Can we tell what sort of thing it is?  
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:39 pm

From a distance the object is very small, coloured white. As the companions draw closer, they can see that it is a business card.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:53 am

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Alice picks up the card and looks at it as she follows the musicians.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:54 am

The card is hard to read in the darkness. Climbing through the hole in the alley fence, the heroes can see a clear way to the next street over. The musicians, moving quickly and unimpeded by skirts and heels, are already at the end of the alley and are soon lost to view.

It seems that the investigators are in the clear though – more police seem to have arrived but are gathered around the scene of the accident. As the companions reach the safety of the next street, they are able to read the card in the light of a streetlamp.

Morgan & Dupuy
Christian Funeral Home
Serving Families of African Descent Since 1851
172nd and West Charles Streets
Dorchester 6617


Handwritten in ink on the card are tomorrow's date and the words: 11am sharp - bring your horn. New Orleans style.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby Zeppo » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:23 pm

"Now I've seen some odd shit in my time," says Ron. "I had a man walk into my medical tent once carrying his own arm. But that..." He shakes his head and trails off.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:28 am

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Alice shows the card to the others. "I think we should go there in the morning," she says. "I also heard the dead man say the name 'Joey.' Maybe that was the man who shot him."
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby andyw666 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:53 am

Spoiler:
Is 53 and Balzac rolls...
andyw666 rolled 1d100:
69


Spoiler:
andyw666 rolled 1d6:
6


Spoiler:
andyw666 rolled 1d100:
91


OOC:   Crap. Managed once again to barely avoid temp insanity. Balzac does not have a lot of luck with SAN rolls though... Oh, the sweet oblivion of the morphine beckons.  


Balzac has a terribly inappropriate fit of the giggles at the shot, crushed and mangled man, and continues giggling for some time... He can be pointed in the right direction and towed along, but is not much help for a while.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby evil_scientist » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:16 am

Isadora Carmichael,

"Yes, maybe we should go... The musicians did seem to know something... Or, well, at least they are more streetwise than us."


"Doctor, are you all right?"
she turns to Balzac.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby Zeppo » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:21 am

"Pull yourself together, chap," Ron says.

He turns to Isadora. "I agree, we should go. I want some answers and I feel they were involved."
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:53 pm

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So the plan is to attend the funeral and hopefully contact the musicians? I can start a new thread tomorrow for your investigations unless anyone comes up with any other ideas in the meantime.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby Zeppo » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:11 pm

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OOC,
Any actions I can take to try and regain sanity?
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:19 pm

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Not in such a short space of time. Ron can get treatment after the adventure is over. His Sanity was quite low to start with wasn't it? He might get a few more shocks, but fingers crossed he'll survive with his mind hanging by a thread.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby Zeppo » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:22 pm

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OOC,
Sure, I'll try not to go insane and murder the other players :)
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Re: Chapter 1: The Blue Heaven Ballroom

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:37 am

HoneyDog wrote:
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So the plan is to attend the funeral and hopefully contact the musicians? I can start a new thread tomorrow for your investigations unless anyone comes up with any other ideas in the meantime.

Spoiler:
Yes, that's the plan.
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