Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Portland, Maine
August, 1928.
Steven Gilbert is a wealthy businessman, a leading exponent of the bourgeoisie of the roaring twenties. He sees his heritage project going up in smoke, when Timothy, his only six-year-old son, disappears.
A group of investigators will try to find his missing son. The group may include:

1) Police detectives
2) Private detective hired by Gilbert
3) Relatives or friends strongly motivated to find the missing kid

But Timothy´s disappearance is not the only gloomy burden weighing on the Gilbert family. Alyssa, Timothy's mother, committed suicide one year ago, and the reason for such an extreme action is still obscure.

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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:10 pm

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"I don't see how we can get past that thing," says Kathryn. "We can't kill it. Maybe I could sneak by it after it goes to sleep - if it goes to sleep - but maybe it would notice and eat me. What if we climb up the outside wall to a window on the upper floor? That's got to be safer."
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby jp1885 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:06 am

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"Perhaps - the thing doesn't seem to be following us." There is a perceptible tremor in Ivy's voice. "I hate to say this, but maybe Carson is right - perhaps we have to kill the child after all..."
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:13 pm

"Let's get the hell out of here," Michael says, no longer watching his language in front of the women. "And gimme one of those damn flashlights. I don't want to step on . . . anything." He gives a little shudder.
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby robertod » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:28 pm

The back of the house has a veranda, which can be easily climbed to have access to three windows of the upper floor. The windows are shuttered with wooden planks, but in the garden the group finds a pickaxe among the tall grass, along with other mason tools.
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:14 am

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"Who wants to go first?" asks Kathryn.
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

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”I’ll go first.”
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

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"Okay," says Kathryn. "I'll go next."
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:11 am

"I'm stayin' out here to keep a lookout,"Michael says in a more subdued voice than usual. He watches where he steps on the ground. "Hope there ain't no snakes or worms around here."
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby robertod » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:30 am

Passing through the window, the group accesses a bedroom. A thick carpet of dust clung to every object.
The beam of the flashlight catches on the particles suspended in the stagnant air.
The double bed has a canopy framework, from which curtains are suspended, the cove being covered with stamped leather. The decoration in the panels is inlaid. There are, also, an empty corner cabinet, a small table and a piece of furniture with drawers. All the furniture is old, empty, decrepit and abandoned.

Next to the bedroom isa large bathroom, typically Victorian style. The bath is a single ended with ball and claw cast iron feet, having tap holes at one end. It is eight feet in length and tapered like a coffin in shape. Cradle bath mixers are in gold. Above the bath and the toilet are high-level cisterns with chain pulls. Florally blue decorates sanitary ware.
The floor, the sink and the bath are dotted with moss, and dirty with a decomposing greenish substance. There are also salt deposits at various point. The green matter looks like remains of marine plants.

An open door leads from the bedroom to a corridor. The walls are old and decrepit, and the paint has fallen in many places, so that the underlying bricks are visible. One closed door is in each of the two walls of the corridors. The corridor curves to the right and ends up in stairs that descend downwards, from where a nauseating smell comes from.

There are footprints that come out of one of the closed doors in the corridor and go to the stairs. They are wet footprints. Something has recently wet the floor by running upon it, wiping away the dust.

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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:07 am

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"Those stairs must go down to that pit," whispers Kathryn. "We don't want to draw the notice of whatever that thing is again. Let's check out the door from which the footprints emerge first."
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby jp1885 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:06 am

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”I concur: I’d much rather see where it’s been, than where it’s going...”
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:19 pm

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Kathryn nods, taking out her gun. She tiptoes down the hall and puts her ear to the door to see if she can hear anything on the other side.

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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby robertod » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:24 pm

The investigator hear no noise from the room. They slowly make their way inside. The room is dark. There´s only one window, it is on the East wall and has been closed with wooden planks.

The room is a library. There are bookshelves against all the walls, and two bookcases placed in the center of the room, one placed perpendicularly to the other, so to draw a L. All space on the wall is occupied by bookshelves, and only a part of the southwest wall is free of bookcases.
The shelves in the center of the room are filled books, but they are open on the back, so that one can look through them by dislocating some books and opening a chink. There are hundreds books including cyclopedias, essays, classic novels. There texts of history, natural science, anthropology, geography and geology. Many volumes are specific to the history and natural features of the Bay of Fundy. Bookcases with the oldest books have glass doors, some of which date back to the end of the nineteenth century. Next to the South East Wall there´s a small table with an oil lamp placed on it.

A portion of the shelf occupying the Southwest wall contains fake books. They only have spines, so that at first glance, they actually look like real books. However, if viewed closely, each spine is connected to an iron lever penetrating a hole in the wall, so that each spine can be pressed like a button. The buttons form a grid with seven columns and four rows, thus counting a total of twenty-eight buttons.

While observing the strange shelf, the investigators remcall two things. First, beyond the Southwest wall of this library should be the room they saw as collapsed, from outside the house. This collapsed room was above the living room.
While observing the strange shelf, the investigators remember two things.

First, beyond the Southwest wall there should be that room that they saw collapsed from outside the house. This collapsed room was above the living room.
Second, when they were downstairs in the living room and they heard the footsteps from the upper floor, these started right above their heads.

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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:36 am

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"There's a secret passage behind that fake bookshelf," whispers Kathryn, excited. "Those books must be the key to open it, by pressing the right buttons. I bet the Constellation of Virgo as drawn on that piece of paper is the key." She takes it out and shows it to Ivy. "See, it has four rows and seven columns, just like these buttons." She presses the spines to match the pattern shown on the paper.
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby jp1885 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:43 am

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"That, Kathryn, is an excellent idea."

Ivy steps back, nightstick at the ready, as Kathryn presses the spines.
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby robertod » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:49 pm

As Ivy presses the buttons corresponding to the constellation, the bottom of the shelf stops resisting. It rotates outward like a door, allowing access to a secret room. The room beyond has nothing to do with the collapsed room seen from outside, which only could be an illusion.

The secret room has no window and the flashlight is required to see. Smell of old and closed emanates from furniture and fill the room along with smells of mold and musty paper. Cobwebs are all over the ceiling. There´s a large desk with four drawers full of old paperwork. Close to the left wall is a shelf unit, full of books and documents, most of which being yellowed.
Some books are about accounting, administration and economics, especially oriented to agricultural and fishing income.
The documents show that the Anderson family owns many lands in the Maine countryside and some fishing boats. They are among the main shareholders of many large food companies.

A round disk made of stone, the size of a book, is placed upon the table. The rock has reliefs that draw four triangles, whose tip is directed towards the center of the disk. Although the disk is a single rock, the triangles have different colors, being one of these darker and the other three gradually lighter.

Inside the drawers the group finds two letters and other documents:

Letters

July 7, 1921
Illustrious and supreme. Today is the memorable day. A young woman from Portland is staying here in Greyton. I have identified enormous potential in her. She must be one of the vestals. The fruit of her womb will give the strongest contribution to our duty. I ask His Majesty permission to proceed.
Semper serva tua
Darcy

August 17, 1928
Illustrious and supreme,
Greyton has been eight months into withdrawals. Their thirsty throath is now ready to taste the sweetest nectar. As desired by His Majesty, I successfully brought from Portland the fruit of our holiest vestal womb. The world as we know it nowadays is about to enter the Virgo constellation. It would be essential for His Majesty to accelerate the process of the infant transformation. He´s now on the way to K’n-yeil. The ancient and authentic generator of life will soon be awakened. Return to the origins is close.
Semper serva tua
Darcy


Documents

Documents about the traffic of liquor between Coney Island and Greyton. The Anderson family produces liquor in the island and then markets it in Greyton, giving a percentage of the profits to the local police.

A typescript describing the recipe for a syrup, called Brew Draft of Phan. Its production requires a careful and meticulous selection of algae species belonging to the order Laminariales, an order commonly known as kelp. The syrup also includes fresh poppy tar and bear’s spleen. The typescript is purely technical, it is just a recipe. It describes the preparation, but does not say anything about its purpose and effects. However, the document is meant to prepare a mixture of syrup and whiskey. This recipe also explains how to prepare the alcoholic beverage containing 5% of Brew Draft of Phan.

One document reporting all the accounting for whiskey production in Flowerege. The alcohol has been regularly boarded in Flowerege, and then sold at a low price in Greyton. Mr. Crookey, the owner of the Crockey Inn in Flowerege, is the one who organize the production and transportation. Trade has lasted for many years and, apparently, it was interrupted by the end of December 1928, that is, eight months ago. No reason is mentioned about that.
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:29 am

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"Thank you," says Kathryn. "I should be a private detective or something." She examines the disk and the documents. "These letters must be referring to Alyssa and Timothy. They've taken him to this 'K'n-yeil' place, wherever that is. It must be that place up north Carson mentioned, in the bay. He said the Andersons and Jennings know where, but I don't think they'll just tell us. Maybe there's a map around here somewhere." She collects the disk, the letters, and the documents in her purse and looks around for a map of the bay that might show the location of K'n-yeil.
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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:14 am

After the others have done all this investigating, they'll run into Michael, who has been following them for a while. When asked why he left his post outside the house, he'll mumble about seeing something crawling on the ground outside and getting the creeps. When further questioned, it will turn out to be nothing more than an ordinary earthworm.

Eager to change the subject, he studies all the documents and stuff found hidden in the house.

"This is enough to put Darcy and her pals behind bars for a long time," he says. "Better hang on to these letters as evidence. They're not only makin' and sellin' hooch, they're adulteratin' it. Betcha that Brew Draft of Phan stuff is what makes the locals into a bunch o' ninnies."

Meanwhile, he tries to make sense of the weird disk and the name K'n-yeil, browsing through the books in the place.

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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby jp1885 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:49 am

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"I'm not so much worried about the locals, but what if they're importing this stuff to the mainland?"

Ivy also takes a look around.

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Re: August 18 - 8.00 PM - The Anderson mansion

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:42 am

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Kathryn hopes the others have better luck searching.

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