Chapter 2: The Assignment

December 1880. The characters are tasked to assist in the case of a suspected haunting by a recently murdered landowner on Dartmoor. Investigations will drag them into a confrontation with an ancient horror, and a terrible curse.

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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Rooter » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:07 am

Percy nods. "If there is indeed a spirit in residence then I have no doubt that our own medium here, the infamous Miss Beauchant no less, will soon give it a good talking to." He leans forward. "Just between us, though, and without wishing to offend your client, would you say that the Lady Allingham is in your opinion altogether of sound mind at present? Grief affects people in different ways."
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:15 pm

Shearer straightens up in his seat and fixes Percy with a steady gaze.

Lady Allingham has undergone a terrible trauma to be robbed of her husband in such a way. I believe that this is an attempt on her part to make sense of the matter. Now, the reason that your society was approached is because of the good social standing of your members. Personally, I do not have much time for matters pertaining to the supernatural, as it seems to attract an inordinate number of charlatans. But we believe that your society will act in good faith. However, having said that, if we find any attempt to defraud our client, I can guarantee that you will be spending the next ten years in court resolving the litigation we will be bringing against you. I hope that makes our position clear.”
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby aine » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:00 pm

"Fear, Mr Shearer," says Isolde fixing him with a condescending stare, "Fear and ignorance manifest in many ways. We understand you perfectly; there is no need to be boorish with us. May I ask how long you have been the Allington's solicitor?"
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Philulhu » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:01 pm

Shearer struck Captain FitzWilliam as unnecessarily pompous; not an uncommon situation with lawyers he had met in the past.

”As you said, our members are of good social standing, so there is no need for your threats of legal action,” he said. ”If, and I repeat, if, we decide to help Lady Allington, then what are your terms?”
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Raiko » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:03 am

Doubting that Shearer would care about the opinions of a housekeeper Melody stays quiet for the time being, smiling sweetly as she accepts the drink that is offered.

She suspects that few of her standing have ever been served refreshments by this gentleman, "Thank you sir."

If Lord Bargrove was despised by his tenants, then it was unlikely that he'd been well loved by his own staff either. Melody determined to enquire among the staff when they arrived in Devon. Servants like to gossip, especially about unpopular masters, surely both mundane enemies and supernatural curses would be the subject of household gossip.

The dashing Captain FitzWilliam's assertive tone snapped Melody's thoughts back to the present, as he put the pompous lawyer in his place.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:13 am

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Alexander nods. While he doesn't believe in the existence of ghosts, he is sure that solving the murder and bringing the murderer to justice would convince Lady Allingham that her husband's spirit can rest now. They don't need to break the curse, as there are no more male members of the family line who could fall victim to it in future.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Philulhu » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:52 am

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Raiko wrote:The dashing Captain FitzWilliam's assertive tone snapped Melody's thoughts back to the present, as he put the pompous lawyer in his place.


’Hmmm, I am dashing, aren’t I?’ thought Captain FitzWilliam, catching sight of himself in a nearby mirror. He carefully brushed a stray hair back into place in his moustache and raised a eyebrow. ‘Hello, soldier!’ he thought, with a twinkle in his eye...
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Raiko » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:12 pm

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Yes Melody has already picked who she's planning to hide behind!
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Philulhu » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:35 pm

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So has Captain FitzWilliam - if the bullets start flying, he’s hiding behind Stringer! Who needs journalists, anyway?! ;)
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:25 pm

Shearer taps the ash from his cigar, seemingly unruffled by the hostility he has generated.

“My intention is not to be boorish. I merely seek to make it clear that we care deeply about our client’s interests and reputation, and will not stand to see it suffer. Very good!” he says suddenly, producing a piece of paper from a file.

“As to the terms, firstly, I must insist that you at least condescend to referring to Lady Amanda as Allingham, not Allington. If you cannot at least remember the family name correctly, your investigations are unlikely to yield very much. Now, you will each be paid the sum of 10 pounds per week for your services, and rooms have been arranged for you at Bargrove Hall, along with train tickets to the nearest station at Princetown. You will leave first thing tomorrow. Are these terms acceptable? If so, I have contracts drawn up for you.”

He leans back, awaiting an answer.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Philulhu » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:55 pm

Captain FitzWilliam coloured slightly at the rebuke, for it had been he who had misremembered Lady Allingham’s name.

He considered the offered fee and mentally cross-referenced it against his outstanding accounts at his tailors and at his club, and nodded his agreement. ”I can be ready tomorrow morning,” he said.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Rooter » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:33 pm

"As can I," Percy adds. "I know the good captain for one would be at a loss without me. However, Mr. Shearer, you have still not answered Miss Beauchant's question. Have you represented the family for many years? If so then you will be aware that there is more than this supposed haunting at play, that there have been a number of other, shall we say, suspicious deaths in the family. Our group has already done some research. What can you tell us of this tragic history, sir?"
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:57 pm

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"I shall be ready as well," says Alexander, waiting to hear the answer to Percy's question.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby aine » Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:26 pm

"The Seekrs of Enlightenment are prepared to accept the contract. We will try to determine the reason for the death and who, or what, caused it. Do you have an end time in mind? And yes, we would like your knowledge on the family history please; the pertinent parts at least." Says Isolde
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:27 am

“I take it you’re referring to the so-called ‘family curse’” replies Shearer. “I am aware of that legend, and of the deaths of Sir William’s older brothers. No foul play was suspected in either case, it must be said. I’m also aware that there is a tendency for early deaths amongst the males of that family, but be aware that they have always been active people, and death in the form of accident can sometimes come early to those who live a large part of their lives outdoors, and while medicine continues to advance, illness still takes its toll. In short, as we have no proof of the supernatural” he glances at Isolde as he says this, “we can only surmise it to be an unfortunate coincidence. As for the story behind the curse, I don’t know how it originated. Perhaps your investigations might get to the bottom of these matters, hm?”

He looks around at the companions. “If you have no further questions, I wish you luck. Please contact me if we can be of assistance, and I look forward to hearing the results of your endeavours. Mr. Jones will provide you with the contracts and tickets.”
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Philulhu » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:56 am

Captain FitzWilliam shook his head silently. He was already mentally planning what he needed to pack to take with him.
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby aine » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:25 am

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"Yes well." Isolde looks hard at Mr Shearer trying to decide if he is hiding anything. 'Thank you Mr Shearer, we will contact you, 'In due course' as you lawyers like to say. "We will see Mr. James on our way out." She looks around for acquiescence.

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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Rooter » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:31 pm

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"She means Mr. Jones, of course," Percy says with a smile. "Good heavens, my dear Isolde, you really mustn't tease the man. I think I can see a vein throbbing in his forehead."

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"Anyhow, yes, let us proceed."
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:24 pm

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Shearer is obviously skeptical regarding the supernatural. He does appear though to be genuinely concerned for the reputation of his client.


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You can finish here now if you like. The time is about 3pm. Your train is due to leave at 8am tomorrow. Is there anything you want to do, or shall we begin our journey to Dartmoor?
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Re: Chapter 2: The Assignment

Postby Philulhu » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:44 pm

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Happy to move on to Dartmoor. The information we want about the curse (if there is one), is most likely to come from the family archives, anyway.

Captain FitzWilliam’s heading home to pack his elephant gun... ;)
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