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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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:48 am

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"Indeed," says Alexander. "It's the least we can do to spare some of our food. I'll gladly give the lad some from my share. It's nearly Christmas, too. Surely there are enough ghosts here without inviting the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future here for a visit."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:36 pm

The warm welcome from the companions seems to take the boy by surprise and he grins broadly, a smile which lights up his face. To be honest, he doesn’t particularly appear underfed, although he could do with a bath.

Faced with the storm of outrage, Howard grudgingly retreats back inside to fetch some morsels for the lad.

“I’m Reuben Petulengro he says to Isolde. “We’re camped over at Darkmere.”
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

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"Pleased to meet you," says Alexander. "I'm Dr. Alexander Campbell. Tell me, are you familiar with old stories and legends about the area?"
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:14 pm

“You want my great-great-grandma” says Reuben. “She’s our wise woman. She knows everything there is to know about everything.”
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:08 pm

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I can’t be the only person who instantly thinks of this Blackadder sketch when I hear the words ‘the wise woman’... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VByDD_zZbXM:
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

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"I'd love to meet her," says Alexander.

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The same thought crossed my mind too, the first time you mentioned a "wise woman" earlier in the game.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Rooter » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:07 am

Percy turns to the coach driver. "Perhaps we could make a detour on the way to the village?"
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:01 pm

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I know the game has gone on for a long time so please take the time to review what information you've learned so far and make sure you've shared it. Alexander and Isolde learned information from the books in the library, and Melody heard something in the kitchen earlier. Could any of this be relevant?


Reuben shakes his head at Percy.

"You're welcome to come and visit, but you won't be able to get there by any coach. You'll have to walk, like I did."

A servant appears, carrying a bundle of food which she hands to Reuben.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

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"How do we get there?" asks Alexander. "Perhaps we'll drop by after church."

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I can't remember that far back. I did a search, but I only came up with this post, which I thought I had already shared.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:45 am

"Well, you can come with me now if you like. I don't know if we'll be there later."

Reuben looks up at the sky, which is a pale white colour.

"It looks like it will snow soon, maybe tonight."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:19 am

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"Well, in that case, at least some of us should go with you now," says Alexander. "I'd like to go."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:49 am

”The doc’s say I need to exercise my leg, so I’ll come with you,” saidCaptain FitzWilliam, and he tapped his leg with his walking stick.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Rooter » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:40 am

Percy also goes along to see the gypsies.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:59 pm

"It was a gypsy wise woman that cursed the Allinghams in the 15th century." Murmurs Isolde, "You'd best watch your step; if the gypsies are regular visitors here then maybe they might be the ones who put the stone back up...or worse." She says to those leaving with the gypsy boy.
"I will go to the church then; these skirts will hamper me too much on a long rough walk, besides, it is too beastly cold. Melody could come with me if she wishes." She says to Alexander. "And then I'll continue in the library; I still haven't finished those books that might prove interesting."
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The search has taken several tiring hours but the investigators have turned up two items of interest. One is a slim, privately-printed leather-bound book entitled A History of Bargrove Parish, dating from 1750, and written by a Thomas Worthington. It seems to detail facts and legends about the area.

The other is a thick, gilt-embossed book written by the late Charles Allingham while he was a student at Cambridge, and printed solely for the Allingham family. It is named The Allinghams of Bargrove Hall.
we didn't read these so Isolde will read them after church. Isolde also found the reference to the local druids v romans death match in a book but I can't find the post/thread for it.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:52 am

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"Aye, good thinking," says Alexander. "It was actually the 17th century, so not quite so long ago, but I rather doubt it's the same wise woman. She could be her descendant, however. Such things often run in the family."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Raiko » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:30 pm

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"Certainly Miss Beauchant, I'll accompany you to the church."says Melody.

"Did you visit the stable Reuben?" she asks the young gypsy with a smile. "Somebody braided the horses' manes last night and the servants mentioned the gypsy camp."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:23 pm

Reuben looks mystified.

“’Braiding the horses’ manes’?” he queries. “Whatever for?”

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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Raiko » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:45 pm

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"I've no idea." Melody replies, "I'm afraid I barely know the front a horse from the back.

Mr McKenzie the driver was quite angry though, he was sure that one of the other servants was playing tricks on him, but they convinced him it must have been gypsies."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:43 pm

"Oh goodness, braided manes!" Isolde grows pale.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:26 pm

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