[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 Mr. Handy » Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:17 am

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"Look, I'll prove there's nothing there," says Cynthia. She walks over to the indicated tree.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:07 pm

If there was anything lurking around the tree, it is not there any more.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:31 am

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"See?" says Cynthia. "Nothing. We're wasting time. If we're going to protect the stones before it's too late, we must go onward."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:32 pm

"Thank you for your calmness Miss Knight."

Something is either present that only some of us can see; or something is affecting the perceptions of some members of the party... I do not like either option much... Let us get to this blessed church without further distraction."


Grigori considers his small kowledge of the occult. What supernatural or folkloric entity might provioke such varying responses from a party?
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OOC:   and that would be a fail... :)  
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby LTD1969 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:19 am

"Some kind of illusion perhaps? No matter. I agree with Mr Tereschenko that we should press on to the church."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

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"You're welcome, Mr. Tereschenko," says Cynthia, following him to the church.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:06 am

Henry Joseph Lewis III glanced about at his immediate surroundings for a moment, then hurried up towards the entrance to the church. He manically rapped his fist against the door with the intent of attracting the attention of the occupant he had noticed a short time ago. He listened intently for any sort of response.

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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:33 pm

I trust you all had a pleasant festive break? Now, pour yourselves a glass of something, draw closer to the fire and let us continue our tale...

Anyone loitering around the church door would be surprised to see a well-dressed young man in a state of some distress hammering upon it. He is quickly joined by three men and a woman, equally dressed for a social gathering but all somewhat dishevelled.

Such an onlooker might also notice a lamplight through the windows of the edifice, bobbing along towards said door. It opens with a creak to reveal...

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A rather startled young man in clerical garb.

The fellow, whom you take to be the local vicar, is a tall, thin chap with thinning sandy hair. He holds up his lamp, the better to inspect you, and smiles nervously.

"Um, hello? I was just 'shutting up shop' for the night - I'm afraid Evensong was some hours ago."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

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"Good evening," says Cynthia. "We're sorry, it is rather late. I don't suppose you have many visitors at this hour, do you?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:01 pm

"As Miss Knight says, we're so sorry to intrude at this late hour, but we've come a long way and this is rather important... MIght we come in out of the cold for a moment?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:24 pm

"Oh, yes, please do come in," says the fellow, looking past you at the inclement night. "I should of course be going back to the vicarage, but truth be told it's much cosier in the vestry, not to mention... yes, much cosier.."

A look of preturbation clouds his expression for a moment, before fading back into polite bemusement.

"Wilfred Skipp, vicar of this parish. Er, that's me by the way," he mumbles by way of introduction as he leads you by lamplight along the dark aisle and into a small but, as promised, cosy room that appears to be kitted out as part vestry, part office and part sleeping quarters.

"And, forgive me, but who are you..?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

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"Miss Cynthia Knight," says Cynthia, remembering her manners. "Pleased to meet you, Vicar."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:28 pm

"Grigori Tereshchenko at your service, Reverend...

Tell me, have you been vicar of Wergynstone Church very long?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby LTD1969 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:11 pm

"Henry Garrett, also at your service Reverend."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:35 pm

Rev. Skipp's eyes widen at the mention of your names.

"Oh the Eton party! The Bishop wrote that you'd be coming, but I wasn't expecting you to arrive until tomorrow afternoon at least. You must all be awfully keen to, er, whatever it is you want to do here."

Quickly moving aside some books and papers, he makes room for you to sit before settling into a rickety armchair.

"How long have I been here Mr. Tereshchenko? Three years next month - only another fifty years before I'm accepted as one of the locals." He smiles a wan smile. "The church itself was built in the last century. What, may I ask, brings you to Wergynstone?"

While you chat to the Vicar, you notice some sheets, blankets and a pillow neatly tucked away among the usual clerical paraphernalia. Also, jutting out behind his desk is a small stove and, if you read the labels correctly in the lamp light, some canned food. Clearly the vicar spends more time here than one would think.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:19 am

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"We were sent here about a matter of an inheritance," says Cynthia. "The Provost of Eton was left some property that was apparently intended for his predecessor."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:15 pm

"Ah yes, a strange business that. The old Squire, may God rest his soul, would often regail me with tales from his tme at Eton (I'm a Harrovian myself) and I gather he was close friends with the former Provost. To leave the chap nought but a worthless scrap of land containing a ruined church and a single tenant is unusual enough, but for the new Squire to fight tooth and nail for it simple beggars belief! Are you solicitors then? Surveyors?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

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"I'm a librarian, myself," says Cynthia. "I'm not sure what everyone else's speciality is, but most of us are academics."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:45 am

Henry Joseph Lewis III had hurried inside the chapel the moment the doors had been set ajar. He nearly knocked himself off balance when he pushed past the clergyman and moved deeper into the structure. His eyes gazed all about for a pot of tea. Yes, that's what he needed right now to calm his nerves, a nice cup of tea. When the others began introducing themselves, Henry merely nodded and continued to agitatedly scope out what was likely living space. He really wanted that tea.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:01 am

Grigori gives a cautious smiling nod when MIss Knight implies he may be an academic. Perhaps divulging that he trades in religious antiquities might muddy matters unnecessarily...

"We've been sent by Eton to assess the local situation," he chimes in somewhat vaguely.

"This new squire does seem to have an odd reputation. Can you tell us any more about him?
We heard some strange accounts of him moving old stones...?"
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