Chapter 2: The Next Day

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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Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:11 am

The investigators awaken the next morning, with the previous day’s events still fresh in their minds. The shocking violence and its bizarre aftermath ended in nightmares for some. But they are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.

A look at the morning paper reveals some details about the shooting. The victim has been identified by his wallet as Peter Manusco, a self-employed accountant with no previous record. It is believed that he entered the Ballroom in a moment of weakness, and was mistaken for some criminal foe. It is reported that despite the gunshot, and being mortally wounded, he somehow willed himself to be alive, and tried to reach help but was again cut down, ironically by the very aid he sought.

The Mayor’s office announces the closure of the Blue Heaven Ballroom, offering thanks that such a cesspool of crime and vice has been located. The manager, Mr. Roland Marlow, has been arraigned on charges relating to the Volstead Act. A Bureau of Investigation agent, Roger Daniels, was present at the club and confirms the sale of alcohol.

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All can roll Idea. (It's not about what you read in the article, but about another source of information.)
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:14 am

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Something occurs to Alice when she reads the story in the newspaper.

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Idea roll (65% stat) about the newspaper article:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby andyw666 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:25 am

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Is 70% and Balzac rolls...
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Balzac had managed to get some sleep via insane quantities of Canadian whisky. The morning finds him horribly hung-over and reading the papers with shaking hands...
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby evil_scientist » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:35 pm

Isadora Carmichael
Idea 70

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20


Isadora has strange dreams... But "some ideas arrive in the form of a dream", as someone once said.

In the morning, she snatches the newspaper before her husband can read it. Luckily, he is mostly interested in the business and the theater section, which she hands over during breakfast.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:42 am

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To keep things moving I'll roll for Henry and Ron.

Henry Idea 70: Idea: 1d100 89
Ron Idea 45: Idea: 1d100 36


Spoiler:
Looking at the paper, or standing at the newsstand, you remember or see that Boston also has the Boston Guardian,
a newspaper for the city's black community. Maybe it might have some relevant information?

The newspaper is very different to the Globe, both in tone and content. It is concerned solely with events and stories concerning matters pertinent to Colored Society. There is a long story on Marcus Garvey, an article on sharecropping in the south, and it's implications for Black health, education and general livelihood. It doesn't seem to overlap with other newspapers. There is no mention of the Manusco murder.

OOC:   Can you think where in the paper there might be some useful information? If you really can't think of it, roll Idea.  
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:04 am

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Alice flips to the obituary section. If there's a funeral, that means someone has died.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:20 am

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Turning to the obituaries section, you can see the funeral announcements. A funeral and procession is scheduled today for 11am at Morgan and Dupuy for Frederick Lincoln Fayette. The procession will be led by his brother-in-law, bandleader Mr. Mitchell Wester.


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Will you all meet up at the funeral at 11? The time now is say about 8am. Is there anything else you want to do?
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby andyw666 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:44 am

Balzac will stagger around to Isadora's about nine am, bearing patisserie breakfast, to discuss tactics for crashing a coloured funeral.

OOC:   Do the party know anything about the deceased, whose funeral it is?  
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:25 am

OOC:   Balzac was too hungover to read the above post!  
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Zeppo » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:58 pm

OOC:   Like a bad smell, Ron turns up again with Balzac.  
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby innsmouth » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:39 pm

OOC:   Having no Boston lodgings Henry will have stayed at Auden's place and so will be up to speed via Isadora  
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:09 am

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"We need to dress the part," says Alice. "We should wear black and dress formally. Isadora and I ought to wear gloves and veils as well."

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Alice would probably be staying there too,
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby andyw666 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:44 am

OOC:   Sorry, what I meant was can we make any kind of roll to know something more about this Frederick guy? The guy whose funeral we are gate crashing.  


"I only have this green suit but I can wear a black bowtie." Balzac offers.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby evil_scientist » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:59 pm

Isadora Carmichael

When all the people crash at her house, Isadora privately asks them to keep silent about yesterday's events... She doesn't want her husband to get nervous. She also asks them to refer to today's funeral as that of a distant relative of Balzac.

She puts on a black dress, and an elegant veiled hat, and gives something similar to Alice as well. If their dress sizes don't match up, she offers a big black stola-type garment that Alice can wear over her usual clothes.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby innsmouth » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:51 pm

Henry Glynn

Much of Henry's wardrobe is now splattered with blood and space fungus but he still has the grey suit and will impose upon George to lend him a suitable tie.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:40 pm

andyw666 wrote:
OOC:   Sorry, what I meant was can we make any kind of roll to know something more about this Frederick guy? The guy whose funeral we are gate crashing.  




innsmouth wrote:Henry Glynn

Much of Henry's wardrobe is now splattered with blood and space fungus but he still has the grey suit and will impose upon George to lend him a suitable tie.


OOC:   Andy - Don't worry. To get more information, you'll have to search out earlier editions of the newspaper.  


OOC:   Why on earth would Henry not wash the space fungus out of his clothes?  
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby innsmouth » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:34 pm

OOC:   Dry clean only  
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:51 pm

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Alice chooses a black dress that, while light and sleeveless to keep her from overheating in the hot August weather, is not as revealing as the one she had worn the night before. A pair of black gloves and a hat with a veil complete the ensemble.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:53 am

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Everyone seems ready to head out. Does Balzac want to find out more information first? If not, I'll direct everyone to the funeral.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby andyw666 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:43 am

Spoiler:
No, Balzac is increasingly unhinged and erratic so he's happy to wing it without further ado. None of this research business.


OOC:   A distant relative of Balzac's?  
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