Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

A student has gone missing and the investigators have been tasked to find him. What is the connection to the mysterious abandoned railway tunnel at Chapochaug, which is rumoured to be haunted?

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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:41 am

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After notifying Dr. Miller that she will be helping Dr. Winside, Alice helps Henry look through the journals, with better results.

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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:59 am

Alice finally finds something of interest from 1919. It is titled "Atypical Ascocarp Structures in Subterranean Fungoids" by Cornelia Price of Smith College. It describes highly unusual spores with rare, perhaps unknown properties, found in the Dunwich area. The article's contents are largely intelligible to a lay reader though, and the nature of the properties is not discussed.

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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby innsmouth » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:40 pm

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"That's interesting. I'm not sure how it helps us yet but we should make a note of it. Let's call Isadora now. We can always come back later and do more research."
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:25 am

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"Yes, let's call her," says Alice. "We might find more information in Albert's rooms, but I think Dunwich is most likely where he went, if that's where the fungi grow."
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:50 am

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Would Alice like to call Cornelia Price now?
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:13 am

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Yes, that's a good idea.
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:23 am

Alice and Henry return to the reception desk where Alice borrows the phone and requests the operator to connect her to Smith College. She asks to be put through to Cornelia Price.

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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

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Alice is in luck.

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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:30 am

Alice gets put through. The line rings, and a voice answers.

"Hello? This is Cornelia Price."
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:15 am

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"Good morning," says Alice. "This is Alice Stanton. I'm the secretary of Dr. Miller at Miskatonic University, but right now I'm doing some work for Dr. Homer Winside, the botanist. I'd like to ask you some questions, if you don't mind, regarding a paper you wrote in 1919, 'Atypical Ascocarp Structures in Subterranean Fungoids.' Did you already happen to receive a call about this paper recently from a student named Albert Baumgartner, by any chance?"
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:34 pm

Ms. Price’s surprise is almost tangible.

“Why, yes” she says. Dr. Winside, you say? Yes, I actually met Mr. Baumgartner about three weeks ago. He came to talk to me specifically about my paper. What is this about, Miss Stanton?”
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

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"He went searching for fungal samples," explains Alice, "and he has not returned. We believe he was looking for the samples mentioned in your paper, in the Dunwich area."
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:55 pm

“Oh”. There is silence on the line for a moment. Alice begins to wonder if Ms. Price is still there, then her reply comes.

“The samples I wrote about came from an abandoned railroad tunnel under Chapochaug Mountain. It’s south-west of Dunwich, between Aylesbury and Dean’s Corners. I told Mr. Baumgartner about the location. Of course, it’s possible that other samples exist elsewhere; indeed Mr. Baumgartner thought that there might be other locations, but it’s Chapochaug that we talked about.”

She pauses again. “Oh, I do hope nothing has befallen him. He’s an earnest young man, if possessed by some odd ideas regarding that fungus. Chapochaug is an eerie place, I can’t say that I relish the memory of it.”
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:56 pm

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"Thank you, what you've told me will be very helpful," says Alice. "Hopefully we can find him now that we know where he's gone. Out of curiosity, what were his odd ideas about the fungus?"
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:49 am

“Well, the spores are very unusual. I’ve never seen anything like them, before or since. A unique cell structure. But Mr. Baumgartner ascribed possible attributes to them which were sheer conjecture, erm… he seemed to think that they might possess miraculous medical properties, including the ability to reanimate dead cells. I really can’t see how he could have come to that conclusion. Quite extraordinary! He seemed quite reserved up until he began talking about this idea.”

Alice can hear the astonishment in her voice.

“Well, the best of luck to you Miss Stanton. Please call me again if you or the police need my help. I hope you find him safe and sound.”
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Re: Chapter 1b: A Request for Help (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:12 am

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"Thank you again," says Alice. "Goodbye, and have a nice day." After Alice finishes the call, she fills in Henry and then calls Isidora to let her know.
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