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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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:24 am

OOC:   A distant relative of Balzac's?  
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OOC:   Good luck explaining that!  


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Close to the appointed time, the companions arrive at the address of Morgan and Dupuy in Isadora's car. They are suitably attired for a funeral, but their appearance as five white people at a coloured funeral attracts a great deal of interest from the other attendees. The deceased was obviously very popular, and the crowd numbers several hundred people.

After funeral is over the parade begins, and the crowd begins to move off towards the cemetery. Six pallbearers emerge from the funeral home, bearing a long pine coffin. The band, who you recognize as the 5-Stars from the Blue Heaven, strike up “I`ll see you on Judgement Day”. As the procession moves along the streets, more people join, swelling the crowd size. The investigators find themselves near the front, not too far from the coffin. The musicians are walking in a line behind the coffin, with the man you recognize as the band leader in front. The drummer is in the rear, banging the big bass drum strapped to his chest. All carry a serious and noble bearing.

A kind-looking elderly man in an old but immaculate suit is walking alongside our heroes. He glances at them curiously.

“Excuse me” he says. “Pardon me for asking, but we were wondering how you know the deceased? I thought I knew most of Frederick’s friends.”

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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:17 am

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"Mr. Fayette and I have a mutual friend," says Alice. "Mr. Wester, the bandleader."
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby andyw666 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:01 am

Balzac gives a courteous nod to the older gentleman. "Monsieur, my name is Dr Balzac. Unlike my young companion here, I had cause to meet M. Fayette in my travels during the War. As I was in Boston for work when I saw the funeral notice, I felt I should pay my respects. Neither Our Saviour nor The Great Reward in the Hereafter are much concerned with the colour of a man's skin." At this, Balzac crosses himself.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:51 am

These answers seem to satisfy the man, and he nods his head.

“Well, it’s nice of you folks to come” he says. I few minutes later you can see him telling someone else – the information is sure to be passed among the crowd.

Led by two motorcycle riding policemen, who stop traffic at large junctions, the parade continues through Dorchester. Fayette’s wife is walking behind the musicians with her family, her face buried in her handkerchief. Tears are freely shed by the attendees.

As you pass some storefronts, you begin to get the very odd feeling you are being watched...

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Everyone roll Spot Hidden. Isadora should also roll Power x5.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby evil_scientist » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:15 am

Isadora Carmichael
Spot Hidden 30%

evil_scientist rolled 1d100:
1


POW x 5 = 65
evil_scientist rolled 1d100:
26


While Balzac masterfully handles the situation, Isadora keeps an eye (or three?) on the surroundings.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Zeppo » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:46 am

Now that he's off the sauce, Ron is far more alert and clear headed.

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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby innsmouth » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:01 pm

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Henry Spot Hidden 25
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24
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:44 pm

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Alice spots something.

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Spot Hidden roll (55% skill) at the funeral:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
27
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby andyw666 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:28 am

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Is 50% and Balzac rolls...
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38


OOC:   A success but not quit on a par with Isadora's roll.  
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:27 am

Like a magnet, everyone's eyes are drawn to the same sight. In the doorway of a hardware store, the trumpet player lounges,smoking a cigarette, trumpet in hand. He looks disheveled and unshaven, but he is actively watching the funeral procession.

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You see the trumpet player clearly, and around him you sense the same aura you felt the night before. There is more though- someone or something else is watching, a distinctly malevolent being. For you it hangs like a stormcloud over everything. It is not the musician, but something linked to him.


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It may be because his nerves are so keyed up after the night before, but Ron senses another presence apart from the musician. It gives him a distinct feeling of dread.


The trumpet player stamps on his cigarette and steps out of the doorway as the band strikes up 'Closer Walk With Thee '. He joins the band leader and begins to play, a sweet melody which draws appreciative murmurs from the crowd. It is there something else?

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Roll Listen.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby andyw666 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:52 am

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Is 25% and Balzac rolls...
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Nope, Balzac is just listening to good (if sombre) playing.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby innsmouth » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:08 am

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Henry Listen 25
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8
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Zeppo » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:31 pm

"Something about this gives me the willies," mumbles Roy.

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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:12 am

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Alice only has ears for the music.

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Listen roll (60% skill) at the funeral:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:53 am

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I'll roll for evil_scientist as he's busy.

Isadora Listen 43: Listen: 1d100 79


Spoiler:
To his horrified amazement, over the music and noise from the crowd, Henry can hear what sounds like moaning coming from inside the coffin.
It seems like some of the other people near the coffin can hear it too.

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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby evil_scientist » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:07 am

Isadora Carmichael

"Is he cursed, perhaps?" Isadora wonders, seeing the uncanny aura around the trumpeter. She finds herself strangely drawn to this mystery and decides to talk to the man after the ceremony.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby innsmouth » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:25 am

Henry Glynn

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Henry SAN 61
innsmouth rolled 1d100:
88


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1


"Can't you all hear that? My God he's alive! Just like the other dead one!"
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:34 am

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"Again?" says Alice. "The only common element both times is the band. Well, and us, but I'm pretty sure we didn't cause this."
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby andyw666 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:47 am

Balzac turns to Henry. "I hear nothing but the music. Are you sure, mon ami?"
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Re: Chapter 2: The Next Day

Postby innsmouth » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:53 am

Henry Glynn

"Yes I'm certain. Alice must be right - it's the queer music that brings them back. But how and to what purpose?"
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