Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

The strange death of a student on the Miskatonic University campus involves the investigators again in a chain of horrific events. What is the link with the bizarre experiments conducted by the notorious Herbert West?

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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:08 am

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Alice makes it to the bottom of the stairs without difficulty, but then she hears a commotion above her.

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DEX x 5 roll (55% stat) going down the stairs:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:51 pm

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I’m going to roll for Harrison and Henry to keep things moving.

Harrison DEX 11: x5 55 dex: 1d100 50
Henry DEX 9: x5 45 dex: 1d100 25


Despite the slippery, perilous steps, all the companions manage to make it to the basement unscathed, apart from the unfortunate Isadora, who manages to collect a nasty cut from an old piece of metal as she crashes painfully to the floor.

In front of them, somewhat shocked by the entrance, are Harden and the patrolman, who is supporting himself by leaning on Harden’s shoulder.

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Would anyone care to roll First Aid for Isadora and the policeman? I hope innsmouth and Starspawn338 won't desert us in this critical hour.
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:26 am

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"I hope you're not too upset with us for coming down here," says Alice, "but we couldn't leave you here. By the time we got help and came back with it, it might have been too late. We're here now, and we can help. I'm the closest thing to a nurse you'll find any time soon." She sets to work treating the various injuries, and while she can't do much for Isadora, she is able to help the policeman a lot. "The element of surprise is lost. If Owen is down here, he'll have heard you."

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First Aid roll (60% skill) treating Isadora's injury:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
70

First Aid roll (60% skill) treating the policeman's injury:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
14

HP recovered by the policeman:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d3:
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby innsmouth » Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:03 pm

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Henry First Aid 30 to treat Isadora
innsmouth rolled 1d100:
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:36 am

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I'm rolling for starspawn338: Harrison First Aid 30: First Aid: 1d100 96


The patrolman thanks Alice for bandaging his ankle. “That should keep me in the game” he says. Unfortunately, no-one is able to do much for Isadora – her nasty cut will have to be looked at by a doctor later. But with the initial shock over, the party is able to examine their surroundings.

To the right of the stairs, the main part of the basement ceiling is open to the sky, but large amounts of plant growth mean that the area is poorly lit. The space is empty save for pools of stagnant water on the floor, but along the wall line five earth mounds, approximately six feet in length. At the end is a hole of the same size, next to which lays a heap of freshly dug earth.

“Graves” says Harden, darkly.

To the left, set deep in the wall, is a heavy wooden door. It is old but the hinges and lock are shiny and new. Bright light can be seen shining through the keyhole and from under the door. The dim hum of an engine can be heard from inside the room.
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby innsmouth » Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:05 am

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"He's in there!" whispers Henry.
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:12 am

“We’ll have to break it down” says Harden. “Come on, Fogarty he says to the patrolman.

The two men put their shoulders to the door and start forcing their way in. The door is solid but after a few minutes of determined battering the hinges start to give.

Eventually, the door gives way and the party stumble into the brightly-lit room, to be greeted by a horrific sight. Many shelves line the walls, containing specimen jars filled with various body parts, floating pale and bloodless. At the other end of the room, a furious scowl on his face, stands Claude Owen. He stands at the head of a trestle table, a partially dissected body laying atop it. Next to the table is a large stainless steel garbage can, its blood spattered lid ajar. Also on the table, various medical tools, surgical instruments and lab equipment gleam.

Owen is an unnerving sight. He is streaked in blood and bodily fluids, his skin as pale as the corpse he has been cutting up. His thick glasses magnify his eyes so that they bulge insanely. In his hand is a large scalpel.

“Why have you interrupted my work!” he screams.

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Isadora, Henry and Alice have seen bodies before, but I believe Alice had developed a phobia about bodies. She and Harrison must roll 1/1d3 SAN.
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby innsmouth » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:00 am

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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:22 pm

It doesn’t seem possible that Owen can get any angrier than he already is, but he raises his scalpel as spittle flies from his lips.

“M – madness?” he shrieks. “My discoveries will change science forever! My name will ring out throughout time! I’ve surpassed that ignorant fool West! I am superior in every way!”

Veins stand out in his neck. The two policemen watch him, their mouths agape.
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby evil_scientist » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:05 pm

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"Get him, before he does something foolish," Isadora urges the policemen. Or her companions...
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:11 am

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Alice grips her shotgun, ready to fire if Owen tries to attack. "Think about this rationally, Mr. Owen," she says. "There's one of you and six of us. Don't do anything you'll regret. The police have some questions for you. Please put down the scalpel and let's talk about this."
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:12 pm

Owen lowers the scalpel.

"Of course, of course, I realize how this looks. I just need some more time, I'm at a crtical juncture. I can't possibly stop now. I promise I'll come quietly".

"You'll come now, Owen" growls Harden, his pistol raised.

"You don't understand!" cries Owen. "l can't leave. I'll turn my self in tomorrow. I promise!" His tone is beseeching.
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:09 am

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"You're still holding the scalpel," says Alice. "Let go of it, please. Just go with the police. It won't take them long to ask their questions."

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Persuade roll (74% skill) to convince Claude Owen to come peacefully:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:36 am

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Sorry Mr. Handy, Owen is quite insane, rolls won’t work on him. Alice still needs to make a SAN roll, as does Harrison
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby Starspawn338 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:15 pm

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Spoiler:
Sanity 80
Starspawn338 rolled 1d100:
62

Sanity loss 1
Current Sanity 79

Harrison has never seen such horror and struggles to take it all in.
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:51 pm

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While Alice is shocked by Owen's horrific experiment, she has seen the like before and steels herself.

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Whoops, sorry, forgot to roll! :oops:

Sanity roll (current level 63) for seeing the body:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:12 pm

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Alice still loses one SAN.


"I will never give up my work!" Owen shouts. "And you won't stop me!"

Before the policemen or the companions can react,Owen kicks over the steel rubbish bin next to him.

What emerges is truly the stuff of nightmares. The cast-offs of Owen's experiments - loose arms, legs, hands, entrails and even a few torsos with or without their heads still attach writhe their way towards the heroes. It is a sickening sight, and they recoil in horror. Owen shrieks with glee.

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Everyone must roll SAN. Even if you succeed, you lose one point. If you fail, roll 1d6+1 for loss.You will then be set upon by the Parts. Roll 1d4 so we can see how many you will be attacked by. After you do that we'll sort out the combat round.
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby innsmouth » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:40 pm

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Henry tries to shield Alice as the body parts attack!

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Henry SAN 71
innsmouth rolled 1d100:
57
Body parts
innsmouth rolled 1d4:
4
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby evil_scientist » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:44 pm

Isadora Carmichael

Spoiler:
SAN 60
evil_scientist rolled 1d100:
38



Body parts attacking:
evil_scientist rolled 1d4:
3


Isadora is reminded of her training as an artist. They would draw plaster casts of separated hands, legs, heads... Well, she'll never be able to do that again without thinking about the abminations now hopping before her eyes!!!!!
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Re: Chapter 7: Owen’s Research

Postby Starspawn338 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:02 pm

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Sanity 79
Starspawn338 rolled 1d100:
32

Number of body parts
Starspawn338 rolled 1d4:
2

Sanity loss 1
Current Sanity 78

Harrison thought the original scene was bad enough but when the body parts began to move toward him, he shrieks involuntarily. Quickly bringing himself under control, he decides that his pistol would be of little help against reanimated limbs so he holsters it and pulls out his hatchet instead.
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