Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Raiko » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:17 pm

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"Mr Smith, I'm sorry about Mr Stringer's careless question earlier. He sends his apologies, I hope Miss Urula wasn't too upset? She looked so happy arranging the seeds with you."

Melody smiles at the gardener and speaks quietly, "If I may be so bold, I wonder if it might be possible for me to observe the grounds from your cottage tonight? Miss Urula, poor thing, has taken to gazing out at the grounds in her sleep. Watching from your cottage would make sure that there's nothing to see, without risking upsetting her."

"Oh yes, the other night - did you notice any animal tracks after you heard the scratching on your roof?"


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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander will get some sleep before it is time for his shift tonight. He will use his portable alarm clock to awaken himself, making sure it is fully wound and set to the proper time.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby aine » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:42 pm

"I think it would be best if only we are awake tonight. After dinner I will prepare the study and the library. Are there any other rooms do you think?" Isolde looks at Lady Allingham. "I may have to move lamps around, I'll place crystals and maybe make some marks; please do not disturb any of these during the night. I'm expecting this to take me several hours. Those who wish to observe may do so.
Then I will retire until midnight. I will check the preparations and then take my watch in the library." Isolde looks at Percy and the captain.
"Obviously we cannot cover the whole house but it may be useful to have someone roaming silently, especially in the corridors between the study, the library and any other room that Lady Allingham suggests if you like this idea."
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Philulhu » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:11 pm

”I would be happy to take that role,” said Captain FitzWilliam, ”I would rather keep moving than have to stay in one place.”
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Rooter » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:00 am

"Jolly good," Percy agrees. "That leaves the kitchen as the other room which I recall has seen disturbances and which I shall therefore set up camp in once the servants are retired." He heads off to rest and digest the trout until the appointed hour.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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“Oh, she was fine" Smith replies. "It’s just been difficult for her as you can imagine. She’s an only child too, and doesn’t have any playmates, poor thing. I try to keep her occupied.”

“Certainly, you can watch from the cottage. I didn’t see any tracks that time, come to think about it”.


12am, later that night.

The servants have been ordered to remain in their quarters, and only the companions and Lady Amanda are active. Isolde has completed her preparations, and beside her Amanda fidgets impatiently, eagerly awaiting some kind of sign. Captain Fitzwilliam is patrolling the corridors, while Percy shuffles sleepily around the kitchen. Alexander waits quietly in the study, while Melody watches from the cottage, trying to get a glimpse of any movement outside. Mr. Smith snores in the background.

A couple of hours pass, and the house is still. The warmth has left the rooms, and it is growing bitterly cold as the temperature outside drops even further.

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Fitzwilliam is in the dining room, on the chapel side of the room. He hears a squeaking sound. Raising his lantern, he sees the door handle on the door across from him turning. But no-one enters, and the door handle returns to its usual position with a snap.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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The hairs on the back of his neck stood up as Captain FitzWilliam stepped quietly across the room and quickly placed the lantern on a serving table near the door. With a firm grip on his walking stick, he opened the door and looked into the chapel beyond.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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In the dim, flickering light cast by the lantern, FitzWilliam can see that there is no-one in the corridor.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Captain FitzWilliam picked up his lantern and held it forward so as to better illuminate the corridor. ”Who’s there?” he asked, sternly.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby aine » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:08 pm

Isolde has sat herself in a shadowy corner of the library with Lady Allingham next to her. She watches the carefully placed candles flickering in the cool air and checks the light sparkling off nine crystals placed in a large pentagram shape that spans the room.

She has drawn a faint symbol above the door, the fireplace and the windows, these marks can be seen on other planes and act as guides; so she explained to Lady Allingham earlier in the evening. Around the room she has placed certain tarot cards; these are to facilitate communication with any spirits that may wish to send a message.

She has made similar preparations in the study and the kitchen and has spent time channelling in the corridors between.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander relaxes in an armchair in the study, contemplating the mysteries of science as he keeps watch.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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The hall is plainly empty and FitzWilliam can see that the front doors are closed. It is possible that someone may be on the other side of the staircase.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Captain FitzWilliam stepped forward carefully, holding up the lantern to illuminate the corners of hallway, before he moved around the bottom of the staircase to check the other side.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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There is no one there.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Captain FitzWilliam sighed and shook his head. He had wondered if it was Percy playing a trick on him to get his own back for the comment about the diplomatic corps earlier in the day, but he reasoned that he wouldn’t be so foolish to attract the ire of Lady Allingham again.

He held the lantern up to light the hallway and, satisfied that there was nothing in the hallway, turned around to head back into the dining room.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander is interrupted in his musings by what sounds like a soft moan outside the door.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander creeps over to the door, not wanting to disturb whoever is making the noise, and peeks through the keyhole.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Rooter » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:37 pm

In the kitchen, Percy periodically checks the cellar for signs of ghosts and also helps himself to a midnight snack.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby aine » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:31 pm

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"We could read some books if you wish, Lady Allingham." Isolde rises and paces silently around the bookshelves. She listens intently and tries to tune in spiritually. She hums in a low, continuous tone and trails her left hand along the bookshelves. When the time seems 'right' she takes that seemingly random book to the table. Without looking at its title, she opens it at a random page and reads what is written.
"Are you interested in spiritually and the supernatural, Lady Allingham?" She asks quietly.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Raiko » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:05 am

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Inside the small cottage, Melody pulls her coat more tightly around herself, peering out through the frosty glass at the graveyard and the grounds.

This is silly, she thinks to herself, the only things that Ursula sees out here are in her dreams.

And Mr. Smith probably heard a squirrel on the roof.
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