Chapter 5: Further Investigations

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 5: Further Investigations

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:03 pm

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The servants are full of gossip about Ursula's nightmare, but are quickly shutdown by Mrs. Beddowes who will have no idle chitchat. Melody does hear one thing however, an aside from a female servant: “Looks like the sins of the father, if you ask me.”

She is unable to find out anything more though. Mrs. Beddowes and Howard have a tight rein on things. Soon it is time to rejoin the others.

OOC:   Yes sorry, Melody might want to stay inside next time. Don’t worry about the posting, but bring her to the village for more fun.  
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby aine » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:33 pm

"That's settled then, we should go as soon as possible to make the most of the daylight." Once they are away from her Ladyship Isolde says to the others, "My only worry is that if we arrive in his Lordship's carriage the villagers will think we are working with Lady Allingham and may be reticent with any information."
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Philulhu » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:33 pm

”I’m not averse to walking,” said Captain FitzWilliam. ”We could ask the driver to drop us off before we get to the village and then walk the rest of the way.”
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:44 am

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"What about that sleigh?" asks Alexander. "Could we take that?"
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Rooter » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:00 am

"Won't word that we are guests of her ladyship have already reached the village?" Percy chips in. "Servants are wont to gossip, after all."
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Philulhu » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:35 am

”That may depend if the antipathy of the villagers towards the family extends to their staff as well!” said Captain FitzWilliam.

He turned to Melody. ”Miss Melody, have any of the servants spoken about any relationships with the village? I expect that some members of the staff may have been employed locally.”
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby aine » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:26 pm

"Either way we must emphasise our neutrality in this affair with justice for all as our aim. Along with investigating the paranormal of course!" Isolde smiles and then turns, interested in what Melody has discovered about the staff.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:57 pm

Once the companions are ready, they set off in the carriage with McKenzie driving. It is a bitterly cold day and the freezing wind whips across the moors, subduing the occupants of the carriage, who huddle in their furs and winter coats.

McKenzie confirms Percy’s suspicion that the villagers probably know about the companions’ presence at Bargrove Hall. It is slow going on the frozen road, but the village is visible after about twenty minutes. It nestles at the foot of the hill on which the manor house stands.

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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:36 am

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"D'ye ken any of the villagers well, McKenzie?" asks Alexander.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:51 am

“Nae, Doctor replies McKenzie. “Ah hae the occasional beer in the tavern, but the ma’m dinnae approve of us mixing too close with the villagers.”
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Rooter » Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:53 pm

"Fortunately we shall not have that problem," Percy says. "The tavern sounds a likely place to begin our inquiries."
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby aine » Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:10 pm

Isolde just snuggles deeper into her fur, already she can feel the cold seeping big in.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:08 am

There are a number of houses visible and as they approach McKenzie starts to announce some facts.

“Boot a hunnerd folks live here” he says. “Yon is the schoolhouse.” He indicates a large building which looks just like a village schoolhouse in the companions’ imaginations. A modest stone church is off to the right. “St. George’s” says McKenzie.

Soon they reach the village green. A few locals can be seen eyeing them curiously, but there is no hostility visible and they greet McKenzie in a friendly manner.

A building bearing a post office sign stands behind the companions as they look around. On the right of the green is the village pub, bearing a sign which declares it to be the ‘Bull and Bear’.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:11 am

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"Shall we gentlemen go to the pub first, as Miss Beauchant suggested?" asks Alexander.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Rooter » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:00 am

Percy readily agrees.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:04 pm

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The ladies can join too, the pub isn't out of bounds for them.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Philulhu » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:42 pm

”A wee nip might help us better bear the cold,” replied Captain FitzWilliam, and he lead the way towards the public house.

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Is it late enough in the day for the pub to be open?
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:34 pm

“Aye, well, ah’ll leave the carriage here and be here aboots on mah ain business” states McKenzie.

Opening the door of The Bull and Bear, the investigators are greeted by a simply furnished but cosy traditional village inn. It is decorated with pictures of country life, and a trophy cabinet contains awards for the village cricket team. There are only a few locals present at this early hour, mainly crowded around the roaring fire.

Behind the bar stands a stout, cheerful-looking woman in her 40s greets the companions warmly.

“What can I get for you?” she asks.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:18 am

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"I'd like a beer and some gossip, please," says Alexander to the woman with a smile.
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Re: Chapter 5: Further Investigations

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:58 am

“Gossip!” she guffaws. “You’ll be the folks staying at Bargrove Manor, then? Welcome to Bargrove sir!”

She fetches a glass and begins to pour some ale.
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