Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

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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Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:36 pm

November 24th, 1928, 10am

Arkham General Store, E Main St, Arkham.


The companions meet here after breakfast to purchase extra supplies. The store sells firearms so they are able to pick up a shotgun, plus flashlights for exploring the dark tunnel, and assorted sundries.

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I’ll leave it up to you guys to announce what extra stuff you need. Alice should be able to charge it as expenses to the university (maybe not the shotgun though), as long as you don’t get too extravagant. You can announce it by ooc.


After shopping, they set out in Isadora’s car to connect to the Aylesbury Pike and travel west towards Dean’s Corners. Wrapped up in the draughty car, they move at a good pace through the frigid winter landscape. Luckily though there hasn’t been any substantial snowfall yet, so the roads are easily passable, and they make good time.

They arrive at Dean’s Corners at about 11.15. The village is very small, with under ninety inhabitants. There are a few small stores in the main street, so it should be a good opportunity to pick something up for lunch. Traffic through the village between Arkham and Aylesbury is enough that strangers don’t raise any eyebrows among the locals.

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You can discuss your plans more or engage with the locals. You might want to get some directions to the tunnel if you don't feel like searching around for it, but the map you found at Baumgartner's should give a pretty good idea as to its location.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:52 am

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"We should talk to the locals," suggests Alice. "They may have seen young Baumgartner when he came this way, and they may know something about the tunnel."

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We should also get canteens, which we'll fill with water, trail rations, a compass, rope, and climbing spikes, as well as chalk to mark our trail in the tunnel.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:39 pm

OOC:   Can we keep discussions on what you want to take to the previous thread? It's a bit out of place here Tabs so I'll move it if you don't mind. Here, think about what you want to do in Dean's Corners. We'll just assume you buy everything in Arkham.  
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby Tabs » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:44 pm

"Yes, let's," replied Owens. "In a small place like this they must remember Baumgarten. Was that his name?" he wondered.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:42 pm

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"Close," says Alice. "It's Baumgartner. Albert Baumgartner."
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby Tabs » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:40 pm

"That's the chap," said Owens. "Now, the nearest eatery. A hot drink and sandwich would hit the spot.

"Miss Stanton, Alice if I may, you're working as Putnam's secretary?"
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

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"I had been, until he passed away earlier this year," replies Alice. "For several months I worked as Henry Glynn's typist, proofreader, and editor. Then I came back to Miskatonic University to be Dr. Miller's secretary."
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby innsmouth » Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:15 pm

Henry Glynn

"My work has suffered terribly since." Henry adds.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:21 am

There is a small diner in the Main Street with seating for about ten. A middle-aged woman is tending the counter. The only other occupant is a man in his fifties, who is wearing work overalls. The woman greets our heroes in a friendly manner and indicates some seats.

"I'll take your order when you're ready." she tells them.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:56 am

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"Thank you, ma'am," says Alice. "We're looking for a young man named Albert Baumgartner. He may have stopped by here on his way to Chapochaug some time ago." If she has a description of him, she describes him.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:13 am

The woman shakes her head. "Doesn't sound familiar Miss" she says. "You said he's headed to Chapochaug Mountain?" she asks.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby innsmouth » Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:10 pm

Henry Glynn

"That's right - he was doing scientific work."
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby Tabs » Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:34 pm

innsmouth wrote:Henry Glynn

"My work has suffered terribly since." Henry adds.


"No doubt, sir!" chuckled Owens.

The woman shakes her head. "Doesn't sound familiar Miss"


Owens was very complimentary about the snacks when he browsed them, "Lovely stuff!" and he rubbed his hands together in anticipation. "Who should we talk with--someone who may have seen our chap, Baumgartner?"
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby evil_scientist » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:04 am

Owens was very complimentary about the snacks when he browsed them, "Lovely stuff!" and he rubbed his hands together in anticipation. "Who should we talk with--someone who may have seen our chap, Baumgartner?"


Isadora Carmichael

"Are there any scientist or researcher types in town? A doctor, perhaps? Or anybody who spends a lot of time in the surrounding forests?"
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:08 pm

The other customer’s attention is caught by the mention of Chapochaug. Both he and the proprietress grimace at the mention of that place.

“Can’t say he rings a bell with me either” says the man. “But he may have gone on to Aylesbury and gone to Chapochaug from there”.

The woman nods in agreement. “Visits to the mountain aren’t forbidden, but they aren’t encouraged, particularly to the tunnel. There’s no-one like that around here Miss” she says to Isadora, “but there’s a watchman who’s supposed to look out over the area, and he likes to prowl around the mountain”. She ignores the derisive snort of the other customer as he hears this description. “If your lad was up around the mountain, he might have seen him. He goes by the name of Erastus Hutchinson. Don’t expect him to be too friendly though” she frowns. “Now, what would you like?”
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby innsmouth » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:36 pm

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"A beef sandwich please. And Mr Owens here would like some of those sour pickles. Where would we find this Erastus fellow?"
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:01 am

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"I'd like a grilled cheese sandwich," says Alice. Henry has already asked the question she would have, so she waits to hear the answer.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:04 am

As the woman goes to the kitchen to see to their orders, the customer continues talking.

“I believe he’s taken to living in the old maintenance building outside one of the tunnel entrances. He’s s’posed to check on the tunnel daily, you know, to make sure it’s not falling apart and that no more darned kids have gotten themselves killed in it, but I doubt he does. You’ll probably find him roaming the mountain”.

He rolls his eyes. “What do you expect, he’s from Dunwich”.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby Tabs » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:02 pm

"Why do the natives have such outlandish names?" commented Owens.
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Re: Chapter 3: The Chapochaug Tunnel

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:40 pm

“Natives!” exclaims the man. “Sheesh!”

With a dark look, he takes his food to the other end of the counter.

OOC:   Unfortunate words from an explorer! Let's hope that his pickles are free from native phlegm.  
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