[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.

Moderator: jp1885

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:44 pm

Miss Coates smiles at Miss Knight, obviously pleased that an interest is being shown in her work.

"Oh that's very kind, but I'm afraid like all artists I'm loathe to show my work until it is finished - especially more... challenging pieces like this. Now, tea I think."

She disappears into what you assume is the kitchen.

Spoiler:
Excellent rolling sir. Your keen eyesight spots a number of books on British history, myths and legends (including Memorials of Old Herefordshire), as well as an eclectic range of classical works, from the Iliad to Shakespeare. There are also numerous books about arts, crafts and art history. Clearly the woman is something of a polymath.
The current painting in question remains covered, with the exception of one corner, tantalisingly left exposed by the carelessly tossed smock that covers the work. This corner reveals a vibrant swirl of red and orange.

With the kettle alrady whistling, someone will have to keep Miss Coates occupied in the kitchen if you wish to look at the painting.
User avatar
jp1885
Keeper
Keeper
 
Posts: 2632
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Location: Herefordshire, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:42 am

Image

"Here, I'll help you with the tea," says Cynthia, going with Miss Coates into the kitchen. "I see you're an avid reader. So am I, and I'm a librarian as well."
Doctor Who/Call of Cthulhu Campaign:
(viewforum.php?f=176)The Terror Out of Time
The Ninth Planet
The Shadow Over Dunwich
The Brotherhood of Death
The Horror in the Blackout
User avatar
Mr. Handy
Admin
Admin
 
Posts: 38503
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:44 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:49 pm

Grigori takes Miss Knight's cue, and carefully lifts the corner of the smock...

OOC:   Sigh, here we go... Hit me with the brain curdling vision!!  
User avatar
Whitehorse
Acolyte
Acolyte
 
Posts: 165
Joined: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:47 am

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:23 am

After a good deal of thought, Henry Joseph Lewis III reluctantly entered the woman's home after the entire Eton group. While the others spoke with the contact, the young dilettante remained standing as nearby to the exit as he was able to. He didn't even seem all too interested in tea this time and nervously glanced at his fob watch, a fine John May of London Repousse timepiece from the 17th century at semi-regular intervals.

"Make sure one of you lot is taking notes, I do not care to return here again." he said as he wiped a layer of dust from a nearby surface and looked upon his soiled fingertip with disdain. It was utterly dreadful that anyone could live in such a state as this.
Zero
Acolyte
Acolyte
 
Posts: 459
Joined: Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:31 am
Location: Gone and not coming back

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:40 pm

Miss Knight

Miss Coates beams. "Oh, how nice to talk to a fellow bibliophile, and another female to boot! Alas most of the womenfolk around here, while capable and indeed often formidable examples of our gender, have little time for reading. So what, may I ask, brings a librarian to this corner of England? What has it to do with the Boundary?"

Mr. Lewis

While the cleanliness of the place may not match your exacting standards, at least, judging by the smears on the mirrors and striations in the dust, sporadic attempts at cleaning have been made.

Perhaps your inspection may uncover something other than slapdash domesticity; please make a luck roll.

Mr. Tereshchenko

Alas, gently lifting up a corner of the smock causes the garment to slip off the easel and fall to the floor, revealing the full horror of the painting...

Good God! The calamity! The mind-shattering hideousness!

The, well, to put it bluntly, bally awfulness of the thing!

The painting is terrible - sheer amateurishness! Poorly painted stick figures scamper jarringly across a splodgy landscape of black and red. Badly drawn faces leer and gurn at ham-fisted slashes of ochre. Childish spirals of crimson clash with zigzags of yellow.

Frankly, one would find more worthy works of art in a nursery.

While Miss Coates is occupied with Miss Knight, anyone wishing to study this monstrosity may make some kind of artistic skill roll.
User avatar
jp1885
Keeper
Keeper
 
Posts: 2632
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Location: Herefordshire, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:09 pm

Image

"Well, the Provost of Eton received an inheritance in this area that was apparently intended for his predecessor," says Cynthia, grinning as well. "He sent my companions and me to sort the whole mess out. Have you heard aught about it?"
Doctor Who/Call of Cthulhu Campaign:
(viewforum.php?f=176)The Terror Out of Time
The Ninth Planet
The Shadow Over Dunwich
The Brotherhood of Death
The Horror in the Blackout
User avatar
Mr. Handy
Admin
Admin
 
Posts: 38503
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:44 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:43 pm

Grigori reels at the ghastlyness of the piece. Shocked and disappointed that an apparently edicated woman could have created such a thing he tries to make a professional appraisal of it, it as he would a naive religious or peasant work.
Spoiler:
Whitehorse rolled 1d100:
39


And surely this piece must fit somehow into the scheme of artistic techniques and styles, if only cave painting...?
Spoiler:
Whitehorse rolled 1d100:
17
User avatar
Whitehorse
Acolyte
Acolyte
 
Posts: 165
Joined: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:47 am

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby LTD1969 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:56 pm

I don't know much about art, but I know what I don't like, and I don't like this. On the other hand if Miss Coates wants to spend her leisure time daubing stick figures on canvas who am I to demur?
User avatar
LTD1969
Acolyte
Acolyte
 
Posts: 122
Joined: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:05 am
Location: Malvern, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Zero » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:37 pm

Henry Joseph Lewis III continued to casually look about as the others examined what appeared to be a painting at the far end of the room. One glance at the object told him that it was utterly worthless and entirely undeserving of the deeper examination the others appeared to be giving it.

Spoiler:
Zero rolled 1d100:
5

OOC:   HJLIII owned that Luck roll... :D  
Zero
Acolyte
Acolyte
 
Posts: 459
Joined: Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:31 am
Location: Gone and not coming back

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:22 pm

Mr. Handy wrote:Image

"Well, the Provost of Eton received an inheritance in this area that was apparently intended for his predecessor," says Cynthia, grinning as well. "He sent my companions and me to sort the whole mess out. Have you heard aught about it?"

"Oh yes, some sort of legal wrangling isn't it? The new Squire appears to be quite protective of his territory. That's understandable I suppose: these landowners don't give up land if they can help it, but it all seems rather silly to me. That parcel of land is basically worthless, save perhaps some historical interest about the old church, and has been in the O'Kent family's hands since the middle ages, when the original 'Cunning Man' was awarded it by the original Squire Barneby. Why rock that particular boat after all this time?"
User avatar
jp1885
Keeper
Keeper
 
Posts: 2632
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Location: Herefordshire, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:35 pm

Whitehorse wrote:Grigori reels at the ghastlyness of the piece. Shocked and disappointed that an apparently edicated woman could have created such a thing he tries to make a professional appraisal of it, it as he would a naive religious or peasant work.
Spoiler:
Original post: Whitehorse rolled 1d100:
39


And surely this piece must fit somehow into the scheme of artistic techniques and styles, if only cave painting...?
Spoiler:
Original post: Whitehorse rolled 1d100:
17

It only takes a quick glance to judge the painting completely worthless. You know of some 'unusual' works that might fetch a price in certain corners of the art market, but not even collectors of the extreme, unusual and outré would bother with this piece.

One thing that does catch your eye though. In the four corners of the painting, a theme can be discerned. In one corner, a horned figure can be seen wrestling with a wiggling blue line, as if forcibly moving a stream of water. In another, a similar being is dragging a large stone through a forest of lollipop-shaped trees.

In the third corner, a horned stick figure, wielding what appears to be a rug beater, seems to be dancing on top of a fire, while in the final corner another one is mischieviously pulling someone's sheets off a washing line.

In the fifth corner-
Fifth corner? This horrible painting is clearly messing with your perceptions. As you were quite right to predict, please make a sanity roll (0/1).
User avatar
jp1885
Keeper
Keeper
 
Posts: 2632
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Location: Herefordshire, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:36 pm

LTD1969 wrote:I don't know much about art, but I know what I don't like, and I don't like this. On the other hand if Miss Coates wants to spend her leisure time daubing stick figures on canvas who am I to demur?

Spoiler:
jp1885 rolled 1d100:
5
Who indeed professor? By the way Mr. Tereshchenko is studying the work, he appears quite taken with it however.

It appears that Miss Knight is keeping your host occupied admirably, so you have time to take a closer look around if you so wish (a spot hidden roll perhaps?)
User avatar
jp1885
Keeper
Keeper
 
Posts: 2632
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Location: Herefordshire, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:46 pm

Zero wrote:Henry Joseph Lewis III continued to casually look about as the others examined what appeared to be a painting at the far end of the room. One glance at the object told him that it was utterly worthless and entirely undeserving of the deeper examination the others appeared to be giving it.

Spoiler:
Original post: Zero rolled 1d100:
5

OOC:   HJLIII owned that Luck roll... :D  

I say, excellent rolling sir. For this, you shall be suitably rewarded...

Idly mooching around the room, you come across, quite by chance, a small and very well-thumbed address book. Flicking through its pages reveals the addresses of the village notables, from the landlord of the inn to the local butcher, through the vicar and even the gamekeeper of Wergyn Hall.

Eccentric she may be, but Miss Coates is clearly a meticulous record keeper.
User avatar
jp1885
Keeper
Keeper
 
Posts: 2632
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Location: Herefordshire, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:11 pm

Image

"I wouldn't know," says Cynthia. "The inheritance has something to do with O'Kent's Boundary, and we were hoping to speak to Mr. O'Kent himself. Unfortunately, he lives in the middle of the Squire's land, and he's not letting anyone cross it. We were told that the gamekeeper might be able to escort us, but we're not sure where he might be found."
Doctor Who/Call of Cthulhu Campaign:
(viewforum.php?f=176)The Terror Out of Time
The Ninth Planet
The Shadow Over Dunwich
The Brotherhood of Death
The Horror in the Blackout
User avatar
Mr. Handy
Admin
Admin
 
Posts: 38503
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:44 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Whitehorse » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:12 pm

Grigori replaces the covering to the painting with a troubled frown....

Spoiler:
Whitehorse rolled 1d100:
17
User avatar
Whitehorse
Acolyte
Acolyte
 
Posts: 165
Joined: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:47 am

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby LTD1969 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:01 pm

Mr. Handy wrote:
"I wouldn't know," says Cynthia. "The inheritance has something to do with O'Kent's Boundary, and we were hoping to speak to Mr. O'Kent himself. Unfortunately, he lives in the middle of the Squire's land, and he's not letting anyone cross it. We were told that the gamekeeper might be able to escort us, but we're not sure where he might be found."


"Surely there must be a legal access for Mr O'Kent to come and go from his land? If we were to take a wander along that in broad daylight, en masse as it were, could the squire stop us from visting O'Kent's house?"
User avatar
LTD1969
Acolyte
Acolyte
 
Posts: 122
Joined: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:05 am
Location: Malvern, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:56 pm

By the time you have finished looking at paintings and copying address books, Miss Coates emerges from the kitchen with a tray of tea, having co-opted Miss Knight to carry the biscuit tin.

"Marching en-masse? Well, that may work elsewhere, but around here it's the Squire who lays down the law I'm afraid. To be honest I've no idea how O'Kent travels to and fro - he's rather self-sufficient and any supplies he orders are simply left by the church gate in the evening and are gone by the morning."

"I suppose Sam the gamekeeper could get you to the Boundary undetected - if there's anyone who knows the hidden paths, it's him. He lives in one of the tied cottages on the track to Sty Farm: turn left after you leave here, head out of the village and follow the lane until you reach a row of cottages. His is the furthest one along."

"Now - tea?"
User avatar
jp1885
Keeper
Keeper
 
Posts: 2632
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Location: Herefordshire, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:16 pm

Image

"Thank you," says Cynthia. "That would be lovely." She finds a seat.
Doctor Who/Call of Cthulhu Campaign:
(viewforum.php?f=176)The Terror Out of Time
The Ninth Planet
The Shadow Over Dunwich
The Brotherhood of Death
The Horror in the Blackout
User avatar
Mr. Handy
Admin
Admin
 
Posts: 38503
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:44 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby jp1885 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:00 pm

Humming tunelessly, Miss Coates doles our tea and biscuits. When satisfied that all is in order she takes a seat next to her easel.

“So, how else can I be of assistance?” she asks.
User avatar
jp1885
Keeper
Keeper
 
Posts: 2632
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Location: Herefordshire, UK

Re: [IC] Chapter 3: Wergynstone

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:52 pm

Image

"Well, you've already helped us a great deal by telling us how to find Sam the gamekeeper," says Cynthia after taking a sip of tea. "Have you seen anything unusual around these parts recently?"
Doctor Who/Call of Cthulhu Campaign:
(viewforum.php?f=176)The Terror Out of Time
The Ninth Planet
The Shadow Over Dunwich
The Brotherhood of Death
The Horror in the Blackout
User avatar
Mr. Handy
Admin
Admin
 
Posts: 38503
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:44 pm
Location: Philadelphia

PreviousNext

Return to The Provost of Eton's Inheritance

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: CCBot [Bot] and 0 guests