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 HoneyDog » Fri May 17, 2019 3:47 pm

“They hate our family!” snarls Amanda. “Those damned villagers!”

Her fury is barely suppressed and she looks on the verge of losing control.

“They can’t be allowed to harm us again!”
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Fri May 17, 2019 6:30 pm

Isolde gives her colleagues a warning glance.
"Your Ladyship, my colleagues and I will have a meeting after dinner to discuss our findings. We will give you a report in the morning. Until then, I can only suggest you seriously consider the option of taking Ursula away for a few months. Prehaps the Riviera."
She looks at the others again for their acquiescence.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Fri May 17, 2019 7:59 pm

Captain FitzWilliam kept quiet. He didn’t think they knew what the cause was and didn’t think that taking Ursula away was any guarantee of her safety.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat May 18, 2019 3:05 am

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Alexander nods, surprised by how much he finds himself agreeing with Isolde considering their disparate views.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Sat May 18, 2019 5:43 am

Amanda goes to the window and looks out to the frozen moor.

“Perhaps you’re right. It might be good to get Ursula away from here for a while. But the snow is coming now. We may be stuck here.”
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

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"Aye, we'll have to see what the weather holds on the morrow," says Alexander. "We canna control it." Yet, he thinks.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Sat May 18, 2019 6:38 pm

Isolde listens to the storm building up.
"If you are unable to leave the hall then at least no one will be able to reach it to make trouble either. Let Ursula sleep with you tonight and let's hope the railway is still open on the morrow. I hope you sleep well enough, Lady Amanda." To everyone else she says,
"Shall we adjourn in the library; it has a nice fire and the servants can clear away the dinner."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun May 19, 2019 2:50 am

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"Aye, let's," says Alexander.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Sun May 19, 2019 3:14 pm

After dinner is over the companions collect in the library. The fire is blazing, which helps to shut out some of the intense cold which is seeping through the walls. The house begins to settle down for the evening, as family and staff retire to bed.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun May 19, 2019 8:07 pm

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"It seems as though every avenue of investigation we try is a dead end," says Alexander. "Does anyone have any ideas for what we can do tomorrow?"
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Mon May 20, 2019 6:57 pm

Isolde sits down by the fire.
"No, nothing. Personally, I think there are no supernatural causes to this case. We've detected no paranormal disturbances and no disruption in the energies here or Hobs field. I do agree that it was an occult murder but it was purely mundane.

Other than trying to track down the local Druid society I can't think of any other avenues.
Her Ladyship is not going to be impressed though."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Philulhu » Mon May 20, 2019 11:31 pm

”The only thing that occurs to me is that we move that accursed stone,” said Captain FitzWilliam. ”I fear nothing but ill would come of it, but I’m not sure what else to suggest.”
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue May 21, 2019 2:42 am

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"Aye, that would be a way to flush out whoever raised it back," says Alexander, "as they'll no doubt want to do so again. If we keep watch on the stone, we can see who it is - and how they do it."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Rooter » Tue May 21, 2019 11:02 am

Percy is doubtful. "How would you move the stone without hiring those workers? And how would you keep watch without freezing to death?"
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Tue May 21, 2019 3:36 pm

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It would be worthwhile to review the strange occurrences and see if there is anything which links the stone to what is going on at the house.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Tue May 21, 2019 6:50 pm

"The stone seems the most likely catalyst for a reaction but, I agree, it is too beastly cold. Lady Amanda is sure that the disturbances at the house are connected to the murder. I personally haven't seen or heard anything during the night and only that mandela on the kitchen floor, apparently, was proof in the morning.

Again, we've seen nothing supernatural and I can't think why these disturbances occur; why anyone would bother. If indeed they are happening. I think Ursula's dreams would stop if she was taken away from here. Lady Amanda had been reading occult books; maybe they have been giving her flights of fancy." Isolde finishes darkly.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby HoneyDog » Wed May 22, 2019 1:16 am

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Think about what you learned about the stone - is there anything to connect it to events at the estate?
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed May 22, 2019 2:05 am

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Both Ursula and I had dreams about the murder, where William was bound on the stone (which lay on the ground at the time). That's all I've got.
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby Rooter » Wed May 22, 2019 9:44 am

"We may not have found evidence of anything supernatural but we have found evidence of occult activity," Percy replies consideringly. "We know the stone has arcane significance and didn't you say that occurrence of the horses' tails being tied in a pattern also does, Isolde? So these occurrences could be linked to the stone and that could mean someone who has access to the house was involved in the murder."
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Re: Chapter 7: An Unexpected Visitor

Postby aine » Wed May 22, 2019 6:32 pm

"I assumed that the gypsies made the witches knots in the horses manes and that they'd easily gain access to the stables but not so much the house. Did you ask them about the horses' manes or if any of them practiced witchcraft?" Isolde looks at all her companions. "Or if any of them were druids?"
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