Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

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 3: Heart of Dartmoor

Postby Raiko » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:41 pm

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Melody waves from the moonlit doorway for Percy to come closer, then says quietly. "Is everything okay?"

She speaks quietly, so as not to wake the child if she is sleepwalking as she suspects - one of older brothers used to sleep walk - and also to try not to startle the lady too much.

(OOC: Hmm, sneaks up on someone, says hello, but didn't want to startle them... :roll:)
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Re: Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

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The woman swiftly turns round. It is Josephine DuCray. Raising her finger to her lips, she moves to the companions.

“My apologies” she says in a whisper. “We must have awoken you.” She looks back at the child, who is still staring out of the window.
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Re: Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

Postby Raiko » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:52 pm

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Melody glances out of the window, in case anything is visible in the moonlight.
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Re: Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

Postby Rooter » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:15 pm

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"Er, a little late-night studying, is it, madame?" Percy inquires, also keeping his voice low.
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Re: Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:31 pm

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Out of the window, the moon reflects from the frozen moors, stretching into the distance. In the foreground lays a small graveyard.


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”Miss Ursula has taken to walking in her sleep recently “ says Josephine. Her voice sounds concerned. ”She does it every night“.
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Re: Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

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"I see," Percy replies thoughtfully. "I wonder if Ursula could be unconsciously responsible for the disturbances which her mother attributes to a spirit? Well, the poor thing has had a rough time of it lately. Have you noticed any other odd behavior?"
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Re: Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

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Josephine shakes her head. "No. She only comes to the schoolroom. Always the same, she just looks out of the window.”

At that moment, Ursula turns round and begins walking towards the door. Her eyes are blank and sightless. She heads out of the room and goes into her bedroom nearby, where she gets back into bed.

Josephine visibly relaxes. “She should sleep until morning now. Please, don’t concern yourselves any longer. I will see you at breakfast.” She turns back to her room.
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Re: Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

Postby Raiko » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:37 pm

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"She comes to stare at the graveyard Mr Stringer, poor girl," Melody keeps looking out at the graveyard for a minute or two.

If nothing else happens while she watches, Melody will bid Percy a good night and return to bed.

OOC:   I'd been writing a post to ask if she always looked out of this window, and HoneyDog answered without me asking. :)  
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Re: Chapter 3: Heart of Dartmoor

Postby Rooter » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:31 pm

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"Ah," Percy replies somberly. "Well, goodnight."

He, too, heads back to bed.
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