[IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

When the Provost of Britain’s most prestigious college for boys is bequeathed a parcel of land in a rural backwater he’s never even heard of, the venerable old man calls upon a select number of friends to look into the matter.

Why was Dr. Preedy mentioned in the last will and testament of the Squire of Wergyn Hall? Where are the ruins of St. Wergyn’s church, of which he has become the unexpected custodian? What is the truth behind the strange tales and legends that haunt the benighted countryside?

Set in the 1900s, The Provost of Eton’s Inheritance leads the investigators from the rarefied air of the college cloisters to the wilds of the English Marches, in this 7th edition Call of Cthulhu adventure inspired by one of H.P. Lovecraft literary heroes: the master of the ghost story, M.R. James.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:02 am

Grigori takes his life-preserver in one hand, and goes to peer over the wall...
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:16 am

The wall is rather high Mr. Tereshchenko, so a climb roll will be required.

The scrabbling becomes more frantic, seemingly in reaction to your voices. You become aware of a rattled, throaty breathing...
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:07 pm

Assessing the wall carefully, Grigori thinks it can't be any worse than that of Eton which his used to shimmy over for unauthorized visits to the town...

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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:15 pm

Alas, the wall is slippery and wet. While the crumbling brickwork might offer suitable footholds, for the most part they play host to colonies of spongy moss, which seem to frustrate any attempts to gain purchase.

Whatever is on the other side seems, however, to be aware of Mr. Tereshchenko's efforts. The ragged breathing grows heavier and more urgent, as does the increasingly frantic scratching and scrabbling.

There is, what can it be called, a mewling? Grunting? Growling? Perhaps a cattarhal cough or perhaps even a death rattle? It is difficult to tell if the noise comes from a human throat or that of an animal.

Whatever it is, it seems frightfully keen to get to you...
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:50 am

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"The poor beast sounds like it's hurt," says Cynthia. "I certainly can't climb the wall in this evening dress. Surely it must come to an end or have a gate at some point."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:12 am

Suddenly apprehensive, Henry Joseph Lewis III peered again towards the church in the distance. There was something unnerving about what was transpiring here, and the young man wanted very much to get indoors, away from whatever it was that was opposite that wall. He increased his pace and continued towards the sole lit structure in the township.

"You know, I'm already rather sick of this chill. What do you say we get inside, yeah?" he suggested.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:07 pm

Grigori, somewhat annoyed that his climbing skills were not what he recalled from his childhood, concurs with the suggestion that they move on.

"Actually, given that the message we received was that the stones were being removed from a wall, and that something uncanny might be released, perhaps it would be as well to move on from whatever lies behind this barrier. Let us hurry forth and see what we shall see..."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:16 pm

Perhaps pressing on might be the most desirable option, for whatever paws for you behind the wall redoubles it’s efforts with a savage fury.

The weird sounds apparently emanating from the fiend increase likewise; it’s mewling growls becoming louder, more savage and guttural. A bark? A shout? A scream? Surely no human or animal throat is responsible for such a hideous cacophony (maybe a Natural World roll or some such would answer this question)?

At any rate, whatever clamours behind the wall seems dreadfully keen to get at you; it’s din keeping apace as you as you make your way down the lane. And there, but a few yards ahead of you, there yawns an open aperture in the very wall that separates you from, well, whatever it is...
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:00 pm

Grigori wastes no more time in readying his walking-stick shotgun. He waits, 10 yards from the opening, determined not to fire on anything unless it crosses through.

What foul beast is there? He cannot think, but it shall not attack them before recieving a volley of shot.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:46 pm

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Knowing that she would be useless in a fight, Cynthia keeps well back.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby speshul » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:36 am

Tom has been following along lost in though covering the other with his rifle, keeping to one side with a clear line of site and covering the wall climbing attempt. The rifle was kept mostly hidden in rolls of clothing and supplies, and in revealing Tom just calming plops it out and gives it a quick but thorough check to make sure it all works. He ignores any looks of surprise he also draws a bayonent and slips it into his belt.

Upon seeing the opening he will step to the front with his rifle raised.

"Hold here and get behind me, if that things wants through that's where it will come" He will use a commanding voice to convince the others to listen.

He ready's his rifle and will shoot if he sees any clear danger. He considers drawing his bayonet.

"Cynthia could you watch the rear please, just in case you know, they are clever buggers"

He is partially hoping to avoid the young lady seeing any blood shed, let alone anything weirder.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:08 am

As you pause by the open doorway, a howl of rage (or is it a shout?) tears through the sodden air. The scrabbling and growling intensifies, seemingly right next to the aperture.

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It occurs to you that the terrible noise this creature is making doesn’t seem to have woken anyone from the surrounding houses. No villagers have left their beds to investigate the din...
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby speshul » Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:08 pm

Tom looks quickly to his wards, "You hear it right the roaring beast noise?"

At their reactions he is pretty confident but after all the weird happenings he is uncertain.

"Strange no on from the pub noticed or mentioned it right"

His gun is still held ready, if 30 second pass will add his bayonent to his rifle turning it into a short spear. Keeping danger an extra three foot away from him.


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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:08 pm

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Seeing as you rolled so well... It also occurs to you that, while the locals may still be fast asleep, surely the cacophony should have at least awoken thier dogs? But the healthy bark of man's best friend is conspicuous by it's absence...
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:43 am

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Cynthia keeps an eye out behind them, though she can't help but look in the direction of the noise from time to time.

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INT roll (70% stat) about the beast:
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby LTD1969 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:51 pm

"I think whatever it is we don't want to meet it at close quarters, if at all."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:29 pm

Henry Joseph Lewis III slowed momentarily to listen to the creature's strange vocalizations and also noticed that not a single inhabitant had stirred in response to the sounds. He observed the others in his party as they prepared to confront whatever manner of beast was pursuing them and thought this to be folly. They were far safer indoors. They needed to get to the church.

"What are you lot doing? We should quicken our pace." he said.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:16 pm

Ah, please don't count your chickens just yet Mr. Lewis; you have yet to reach the church.

In fact, unless you wish to turn back to the inn, the only way forward (towards the church) is past the gap in the wall...
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:20 am

As you pause by the open doorway, a howl of rage (or is it a shout?) tears through the sodden air.


OOC:   Hmm, I interpreted this as the church doorway. I figured that by then we had already been moving through the town and the only one it could refer to was the church's. :? I'll rewrite it, but I was clearly confused about the walking pace and distance.  
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:33 pm

So how do you wish to proceed lady and gentlemen? Pressing on towards the village green and thence the church will take you past the gap in the wall. Turning back will take you to the inn.
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