[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 jp1885 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:48 pm

Suitably fortified, the Eton party takes their leave of the inn, stepping out into another drizzly day.

The village is somewhat more alive, with locals going about their daily business whilst studiously ignoring you.

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A number of rough looking fellows, who you assume are the New Squire's men, are lounging around various places. It seems that they are watching you whilst trying not to be noticed.
Miss Coates' house is a short distance from the inn, not far from the church and adjacent vicarage.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:08 am

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Cynthia opens up her parasol to shield herself from the rain, but it also obstructs her view.

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Spot Hidden roll (55% skill) on the way to Miss Coates:
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:00 am

Henry Joseph Lewis III was fairly accustomed to anyone and everyone bending over backwards to whatever whim struck him at a given moment in time, but the Eton group seemed more inclined to take a more roundabout way to reach their end goal. Besides, the young dilettante was mainly here as an observer, as such he was mostly content to let them do as they would had he not been there at all. He followed the others from the inn and proceeded towards their contact's dwelling.

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Zero rolled 1d100:
43

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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby LTD1969 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:53 am

Spot Hidden 45%
LTD1969 rolled 1d100:
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And that's a yes.

Professor Garrett mutters out of the side of his mouth, "I say everyone, those rough chaps yonder seem to be watching us."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:08 pm

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Seeing as you rolled a hard success, I'll give you a little extra. As you eye up these suspicious characters, one of them peels off and heads towards Wergyn Hall (assuming the road signs are correct).
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

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"I didn't even see anyone," says Cynthia. "Are they following us?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:44 am

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Whitehorse rolled 1d100:
4
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:48 am

"They're not much of a sight to behold Miss Knight, but we do seem to be under observation."

"What shall we do? Confront one of them? Or continue with our trip to Miss Coates, and then see if she has a back door, by means of which we might elude these fellows...?"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:03 pm

Spoiler:
Seeing as you rolled an extreme success, I'll give you a little extra. As you eye up these suspicious characters, one of them peels off and heads towards Wergyn Hall (assuming the road signs are correct). To your mind, they seem content to observe rather than confront.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:14 pm

"It does look to me that they've got a watching brief rather than any desire to confront us... Perhaps they are eludable though..."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:17 pm

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"All right," says Cynthia. "Let's see if we can lose them."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby LTD1969 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:11 pm

"I saw one of them head off towards Wergyn Hall - reporting on our movements no doubt."
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:03 pm

Should you wish to try to evade the gaze of these rough fellows, then perhaps a successful stealth roll from each of you is in order.
Otherwise it is a short (if rather visible) walk to Miss Coates' cottage.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:21 pm

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Cynthia has a lot of experience moving about unseen and unheard in the library in order to avoid disturbing readers or, worse, drawing the attention of the ogre that inhabits the stacks - the other Mr. Lewis. "I'll meet you there," she says. She pretends to move off in a different direction, only to disappear from sight and make her way to the cottage behind the cover of the trees.

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Stealth roll (60% skill) on the way to Miss Coates's cottage:
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:24 pm

Stealth does not come naturally to Grigori, and he watches in awe as Miss Knight disappears from sight.

Hesitantly he attempts to mimic her technique, with the resolution that if he patently akes a hash of it, her will change tack and directly and loudly approach one of the ruffians, hoping to distract them from his companions' movements...

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Whitehorse rolled 1d100:
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:34 pm

Too busy concentrating on moving in the shadows, Grigori fails to notice a strand of barbed wire between some bushes, and lets out a loud "OWW!" as the spikes draw blood from his calf.

Shame-faced at his ineptitude, he marches straight to the nearest ruffian in a bit of a temper.

"Who on earth do you think you are loitering and spying on your betters, intruding on our privacy and behaving like some petty criminal! Explain yourself, before I call the constabulary!"
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby LTD1969 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:18 pm

Professor Garrett gives up all pretence of moving stealthily and tags along behind Grigori as he confronts the local ne'er do wells.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:12 pm

Grigori & Prof. Garrett

The fellows appear somewhat contemptuous (and rather amused) at your attempts to intimidate them. The largest of the bunch, a rangy chap with rotten teeth and a squint, grins.

"Ain't against the law to take a mornin' stroll an' enjoy the country air is it? 's a bostin' day forra walk, in't it?"

He tips his scruffy cap.

"But if our 'betters' don' like uz spoiln' their view, then we'd best be off. Gotta go anyway - work to do, fires to put out an' that."

He jerks his thumb, evidently a signal for his chums to depart.

"Be seein' yow..."

Miss Knight

You move swiftly around the trees and hedges, slipping away from the no doubt salacious gazes of the rough fellows.

This stealthy route takes you around to the rear of Miss Coates' cottage. Here, the back garden is hidden from view by a tall fir hedge; a small wooden gate being the only visible way in.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:00 am

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Cynthia looks around for a way to get to the front of the cottage.
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Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:07 pm

Had Henry Joseph Lewis III known of the sort of crowd these Eton folks were involved with he would have brought one of his personal security along as protection. The young man decided to separate from the others, but made no attempt to move stealthily. He merely moved along the busy street, occasionally peeking at shop windows whilst maintaining a general path towards the cottage.
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