[IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

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 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:17 am

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"I don't think we should stray from the path," says Cynthia. "If this is an illusion, its purpose is probably to get us to do precisely that."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby jp1885 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:43 pm

I presume the gentlemen of the party are not so gauche as to allow Miss Knight to proceed alone?

The figure does not react as you advance up the path, but remains stationary, head still tilted quizzically.

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1
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As you draw nearer, it doesn’t take a doctorate in biology to see that the figure’s neck is obviously snapped. His head (for you can tell that it is male), lolls at a right-angle to how it should be.

To heap horror upon horror, a fetid breeze stirs the mist enough to reveal the fellow’s scarred face...

...it is your companion Mr. Pritchard...

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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:47 am

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Cynthia barely manages to suppress a scream.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Whitehorse » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:50 pm

My god, Pritchard was gruesome enough when he was alive...

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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Whitehorse » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:53 pm

Gruesome, gruesome, gruuuuesome...

Grigori can feel bile rising up in his chest...

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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby jp1885 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:34 pm

Mr. Tereshchenko, your scream is of a higher pitch than one might expect, whereas Miss Knight, you hold your nerve.
While we await Professor Garrett's response, please ponder upon how you wish to proceed.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby LTD1969 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:51 pm

SAN: 54

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9



Lose 1 SAN - a most disquieting experience but I've kept my head, unlike the late Mr Pritchard.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby jp1885 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:06 pm

Bravo Professor. Clearly you are a man of strong nerves!

The ghastly figure before you seems to be standing unaided on the path. However the undergrowth either side appears to have been trampled down, so it is possible to walk around the cadaver without risking entanglement.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:45 am

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"What's keeping him on his feet?" Cynthia wonders aloud, taking a closer look at the corpse.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby LTD1969 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:58 am

"Perhaps he's propped up at the back, like a scarecrow?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby jp1885 » Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:11 pm

As far as you can tell (without getting too close to the late Mr. Pritchard), there is nothing keeping the corpse up. It is as if he is standing unsupported. Dead on his feet, if you will.

Inspecting the trampled area suggests that the undergrowth has simply been trampled by someone running around, as if in panic. Your former companion perhaps.

Another gust draws the mist behind him open like a tattered curtain, revealing the entrance to the ruined church - a dark, ragged maw of a hole, set in a crumbling wall.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Whitehorse » Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:16 pm

"I can't believe Pritchard is dead, it's another of those abomnible delusions I'll warrant!"

Grigori picks takes his stick and swishes it in front of him, as if at some angry bees, and approaches what he takes to be a phantasm, testing its materiality by force...
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby jp1885 » Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:35 pm

Grigori, your stick strikes the cadaver with a solid, if sickly sounding, thwack.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:39 am

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"Not an illusion, then," says Cynthia with a shiver. "Let's enter the ruined church without delay. We have to confront the villain behind this and stop him!"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby LTD1969 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:57 pm

Assuming we manage to get past the late Mr Pritchard. I'll look back in his direction a few times as we approach the church, just in case he suddenly comes after us. He may not be alive, but I'm not completely sure he's dead.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby jp1885 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:42 pm

It is a short walk to the ruins of the church (looking back, Professor Garrett, it appears that the late Mr. Pritchard has not moved, although a spot hidden roll would say for sure).

The outer walls have crumbled to such an extent that there are several ways into the interior, which, judging by what remains, bears the hallmarks of an early medieval church.

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This place reminds you of somewhere... You realise with a start that this is the scene of your dream! Looking closely... yes, there is the yawning gap where once the stained-glass window illuminated the pious. The fact that the place you dreamed of is actually real disturbs you greatly. Are the other horrible visions you and your companions have suffered also real? Please make a SAN roll (1/1d4).
The trappings of the church have long since perished and little can be discerned among the rubble save the pulpit, a smashed altar and a stone structure of some kind on a raised dais.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:25 am

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"Let's get inside and find the entrance to the crypt," says Cynthia. "Maybe by the altar?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby jp1885 » Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:10 pm

On inspection, the smashed altar appears to be exactly that: a broken stone.

Perhaps a history or archaeology roll might help at this juncture?

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From your knowledge of churches of this period, you know that small rural churches like this usually lacked crypts. However important personages were often buried below their tombs. The stone structure on the dais may well be such a thing, but is currently obscured by rubble so you cannot be sure.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:08 am

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"There could be a priest hole hidden in here," says Cynthia. "Such things were common in the time of the dissolution. But that's likely to be too small. These types of churches didn't tend to have crypts, but there may be an individual tomb. Let's examine that stone structure. We may be able to tell more about it if we clear away the rubble."

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History roll (60% skill) about the church:
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Re: [IC] Chapter 4: The Wergyn Estate

Postby Whitehorse » Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:02 pm

"This place is exactly that of the horrible dream... That gap is where the stained-glass window once illuminated the pious...!"

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