Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

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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Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:52 am

Sunday, December 19th

Bargrove Hall, 9am


The faces of the residents of Bargrove Hall are tired and wan this morning. Ursula picks at her food and barely looks up from her plate, watched all the time concernedly by Josephine. Lady Amanda’s face is set in a grim scowl, and she is lost in her thoughts. She doesn’t touch her food.

“I won’t be going to services in the village this morning” she suddenly announces to Howard. “I will pray in the chapel.”

“Very good, Ma’am” replies Howard, implacably.

Spoiler:
Melody is breakfasting as usual with the other servants. The driver McKenzie is unusually absent, but he soon turns up with surprising news.

“Ach, ah found the oddest thing in the stables!” he announces. “Somebody’s bin at the horses! Which one of ye’s bin in there, eh?”

The others react with shock and surprise, and when pressed to provide more information, McKenzie says “Thur manes have bin all knotted an’ plaited! Somebody’s must ‘av done it. Which one of ye was it?”

He is quite irate, and it takes a while for the others to convince him that they know nothing about it. Eventually he calms down, satisfied by their earnest denials.

OOC:   Melody can roll Occult.  
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Rooter » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:34 pm

"We got along well with Reverend Whatshisname when we met him," Percy says. "I'm sure we'd all be welcome."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:37 pm

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"Reverend Sherbrooke," says Alexander. "I doubt that he is the issue. The problem is that the whole village will be there."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Raiko » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:56 am

Spoiler:
Spoiler:
Occult(15%) Roll:
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Melody has absolutely no idea what this might mean, but suspects that Miss Beauchant might know.

Or perhaps Captain FitzWilliam - he probably knows a thing or two about horses.

She asks McKenzie, "Have you ever seen anything like this before?"
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:24 pm

”I’m sorry that I spoke so abruptly last night,” said Captain FitzWilliam to Lady Allingham. ”I was merely frustrated that we are making slow progress in determining the cause of these manifestations and resolving them.”

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I’m all in favour of going to the church. Keep the pressure on anyone who may have been involved in Lord Allingham’s death.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:58 pm

"I'd like to go to church." Says Isolde. "Do you know if Melody has sowed her rumours yet? It might be interesting to watch for any reactions from the congregation. It's a shame we couldn't have primed Reverend Sherbrooke to give a relevant sermon." She pokes at her kippers,
"And I'm sorry, Josephine, for my words last night; my tiredness and frustration are no excuse for what I said."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:21 am

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"Aye, that's a good idea," says Alexander. "I havena seen her yet this morning since we went to breakfast."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:15 am

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“Crivvens! Nay, lassie” McKenzie exclaims.

“I ‘eard that there’re gypsies camping over at Darkmere” says one of the male servants. “That’s probably your culprits.”


Lady Amanda bows her head, accepting the companions’ explanations, and Josephine graciously accepts the apology and apologises in turn.

“If you think you should attend, please do so” Amanda says. “I won’t set foot in the village until this matter is resolved.”
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:32 pm

”Your presence may, as they say, put the cat among the pigeons,” replied Captain FitzWilliam thoughtfully.

”If you are prepared to go through with it, your presence might aid our investigation.”

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Captain FitzWilliam will want to return to his room to collect something from his luggage before heading to the church.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Rooter » Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:32 pm

Percy politely inquires as to Misses Josephine and Ursula's plans.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:06 pm

"Yes, we would be happy to accompany Ursula and Josephine if you would like them to attend church." Says Isolde. "And remember, everyone, we are planning to be at Hobs Field at sunset tonight, if that is still acceptable with your Ladyship? In which case we'll need warm blankets and hot flasks in the carriage later plus lanterns, I think."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:33 pm

“I’m sorry, it’s out of the question” says Lady Amanda firmly. Ursula will stay here. We will pray in the family chapel. Of course, the séance will be carried out. You have McKenzie and his coach at disposal. Good luck, and please be careful.”

Amanda indicates that her breakfast is finished. Josephine and Ursula follow her as she leaves.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:23 am

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"Well, let's the rest of us be off to the church, then," says Alexander. "We shall see what fruits have sprung from the seeds Melody has planted."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:37 am

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HoneyDog wrote:“If you think you should attend, please do so” Amanda says. “I won’t set foot in the village until this matter is resolved.”


I was getting confused. I misread the above as “If you think I should attend (church)...” I blame it on being full of cold and not getting enough sleep :(

Happy to proceed to the church.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:44 pm

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Please wait for Melody to finish.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Raiko » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:58 pm

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"Were there any footprints or other signs of a disturbance?" asks Melody.

"Anyway I expect that the culprits will show themselves when Miss Isode conducts her seance in Hobs Field, especially if the Captain has his way and the old stone is moved again"

She shakes her head in disapproval, "My mother always said that such things are best left undisturbed, but it's not my place to disagree with the plans of the society.

"No good will come of it though, I'm sure."


If none of the servants react, then Melody will wish them a good day and go to join the rest of the society.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:42 pm

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McKenzie shakes his head at Melody’s question.

“Best stay away from yon field, I think” he says sadly.


Melody rejoins the companions and they get ready to leave. As they exit the house, they are surprised at the appearance of a teenage boy, who seemed about ready to knock at the door.

He has a dark complexion and is dressed in simple but comfortable clothing. His eyes and hair are wild, and he is careful not to meet the eyes of the companions as he tries to peer around the door.

“Good day to yer” he announces. “I was lookin’ fer food”.

Howard wrinkles his nose in disdain.

“Be off with you, lad” he says sternly.

The boy frowns and looks ready to leave.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:46 pm

Something about the boy’s appearance makes Captain FitzWilliam think twice. ”Are you all right, lad? You don’t look yourself.”
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Raiko » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:15 pm

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Oh he must be one of the gypies!

"Wait!" Melody turns to the butler, "Surely we spare a little food for the boy? I could go hungry myself if you cannot spare a little. It is the Lord's day after all."

She smiles. (OOC: And whatever Victorians did in place of fluttering eyelashes)
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:24 pm

Before Howard had a chance to rebuke Melody for her outburst, Isolde says, "It would only be Christian to give this boy food on such a cold day as this; please could you arrange something, Howard." And she turns to the boy and says, "What is your bane and where are you camped?"
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