Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

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 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:37 am

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Roll DEXx5.


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Isolde sees Percy asleep in a chair. He suddenly comes awake with a start.


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With the wind and rain lashing his face, Alexander cannot see very much, but there seems to be no-one there. No-one answers his call. Nonetheless, he has the feeling of being watched.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:11 am

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Alexander shuts the window again and resumes his vigil.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Philulhu » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:30 am

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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:47 am

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FitzWilliam manages to slide the book against the doorframe before it closes.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Rooter » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:17 am

Percy was dreaming and is confused when he awakes, unsure of where he is. His dream was of an indistinct but human shape, burning. Percy could hear screams, but was unable to move. He awakes to see Isolde skulking around the room.


Percy leaps to his feet. "Who? What? Where? Ah, Miss Beauchant! I was just resting my eyes for a moment."
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Philulhu » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:43 am

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Having wedged the book against the doorframe to prevent the door from closing, Captain FitzWilliam tried the door to see if it would open.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Raiko » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:15 am

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"That was close," Melody looks to see if there is any rational reason that the door was closing itself, then looks around the library to see if anything else unusual is happening.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:56 pm

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The companions ope the door and peer into the corridor. There is nothing there, and the room itself is quiet, apart from the rain drumming against the windows.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby aine » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:40 pm

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"What are you doing sitting here in the dark? Oh yes, keeping a lookout over the graveyard." Isolde says rather crossly; she's just been scared over nothing, or was it?

She moves around the room looking in all the corners, feeling a lot more confident again,
"Percy, did you hear that scratching noise or see something moving around in here?" Then she has a sudden thought and rushes back to Ursula's room, swinging open the door.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

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Captain FitzWilliam looked out into the hallway and then back into the room.

”Very strange, Miss Melody,” he said. ”I wonder what caused that?”

He nudged the book out of the way, closed the door and tried to open it again, to see what happened.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:42 am

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Ursula’s bedroom is quiet – nothing seems to be out of place.


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The door opens and closes normally without impediment.


Suddenly, screams start to come from the direction of Lady Amanda’s room. It sounds like Ursula.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:33 am

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Taking the candle, Alexander hurries to Lady Amanda's room.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Philulhu » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:17 am

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Captain FitzWilliam quickly ushered Melody out of the library to make sure she wasn’t trapped if the door shut again, and broke into a run as he headed up the stairs in the direction of Ursula’s room.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Rooter » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:55 am

Supposing the child is having another nightmare Percy moves to the doorway of the schoolroom and looks out into the corridor but remains watchful instead of hurrying away.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:37 pm

The companions, with the exception of the watchful Percy, rush to Lady Amanda’s room. They are joined by the housekeeper, Josephine and Howard the butler.

Josephine enters the room and shortly after confirms that poor Ursula has suffered from another nightmare. As she comforts the child, Lady Amanda appeals to the investigators.

Dark rings surround her eyes and it is plain to see know that the events are taking a terrible toll on her psyche.

Ursula saw the burning man again” she relates in a tight voice. She shakes her head, too full of emotion to articulate her thoughts. Abruptly, she turns and goes back inside her room, closing the door behind her.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Philulhu » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:42 pm

”We need to talk to the girl,” said Captain FitzWilliam, tight-lipped.

He strode up to the bedroom door and knocked briskly. ”Lady Allingham?” he called through the door. ”I’m afraid we really must insist on speaking to Ursula if we are to solve this mystery.”
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby aine » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:09 pm

"Well at least we know that the nightmares are not specific to the room, just to Ursula." Isolde sighs in exasperation.

"Really, that child is so cosseted, I can't begin to think how she knows about the burning man. Unless Josephine told her. I think we need to talk to both of them more specifically. And not together either. Well, if no one had anything else to report, I'm going to bed."
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Raiko » Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:19 am

Melody goes back down to the library and then the kitchen to make sure nothing has changed, if all is well then she goes to bed. She's found tonight's events very disturbing, but doesn't want to leave any clues for the servants to tidy away again.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:13 am

“I don’t think that is appropriate at this moment” Josephine tells the companions sternly. “To my knowledge, Ursula knows nothing about the manner of her father’s death. And I certainly didn’t tell her.” With this she glares at Isolde.

“Please leave Lady Amanda and Ursula alone tonight” says Howard carefully. “Perhaps we can resume the discussion in the morning.”

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You guys need to start being more diplomatic – you will begin having to roll for credit rating loss soon otherwise. Remember, you’re the hired help in this.

Please recall, Ursula isn’t the only one who has had the dream.
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Re: Chapter 6: The Death of Lord Bargrove

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:55 am

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"It is not just Ursula," says Alexander. "I had a similar dream. Also, when I was in the study, I saw someone outside the window, but I couldn't make out who it was, and he or she disappeared from sight. Whoever it was did not respond to my call, but I still felt like I was being watched."
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