Chapter 6: Day Three

During a sweltering August in 1881, one of the members of the Seekers of Enlightenment receives a letter from an old friend, requesting help in solving a family mystery. It will soon become a matter of life or death…

Moderator: HoneyDog

Locked
User avatar
HoneyDog
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 6095
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:01 pm
Location: Yokohama
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by HoneyDog »

Squatting in front of the fireplace, Harry tries manipulating the andiron. He twists one of the bars, and to his surprise it starts to turn, and a small section of the floor against the wall to his right lifts slowly up with an agonizing creak.



“Thanks awfully for feeding my ferret!” says George in a whisper.

He leans closer to Isolde, looking around for prying eyes as he does so.

“I say, would you like to see another secret?”
User avatar
Philulhu
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 3724
Joined: Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:53 pm
Location: Derbyshire, England
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Philulhu »

Vic gave a low whistle then quickly looked around to make sure they weren’t being watched. ”Good work, Mr Brown!” she smiled. “Shall we have a look and see where it leads?”
Mephistophilis
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 2000
Joined: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Location: Dublin
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Mephistophilis »

Harry blushes, feeling rather pleased with himself for performing in front of a lady. He kneels by the section of floor and takes a look underneath.
User avatar
HoneyDog
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 6095
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:01 pm
Location: Yokohama
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by HoneyDog »

Examining the opening, it’s quickly apparent that it doesn’t seem to lead anywhere. It’s a space of about 5 feet in height and almost 2 feet across, about enough room for a small man.
Spoiler:
All present, including Alexander who must have reached you by now, can roll Idea about the opening.
Mephistophilis
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 2000
Joined: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Location: Dublin
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Mephistophilis »

Spoiler:
[dice]0[/dice]
OOC:   Priest hole?  
User avatar
aine
Disciple
Disciple
Posts: 3413
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:52 pm
Location: Bristol, England
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by aine »

“Perhaps.” Whispers Isolde to George,”Maybe in return for a little something from the village? I’m hoping to go to the post office shortly.”
User avatar
Philulhu
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 3724
Joined: Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:53 pm
Location: Derbyshire, England
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Philulhu »

Vic knelt down to have a closer look. Inwardly she was disappointed that it didn’t seem to lead to a secret warren of passages in the walls.
Spoiler:
[dice]0[/dice]
Last edited by Philulhu on Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Mephistophilis
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 2000
Joined: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Location: Dublin
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Mephistophilis »

Harry starts to tap on the sides of the hole. 'I wonder what this was used for?'
User avatar
HoneyDog
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 6095
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:01 pm
Location: Yokohama
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by HoneyDog »

George cocks his head, confused at Isolde’s words.

“You don’t want to see?” he asks, disappointed.
Spoiler:
Vic rolled successfully so she realizes the function of the space – it is indeed a priest hole! Built during the Elizabethan era when clergy were persecuted, and had to go into hiding.
User avatar
aine
Disciple
Disciple
Posts: 3413
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:52 pm
Location: Bristol, England
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by aine »

“Well, yes of course, lead the way!” Replies Isolde.
User avatar
Philulhu
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 3724
Joined: Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:53 pm
Location: Derbyshire, England
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Philulhu »

”I believe it is a priest’s hole,” replied Vic. “A hiding place for Catholics - and Jacobites - when being of either persuasion could lose you your life...”

She sat on the edge and dangled her feet in the hole. Holding up her hands, she said, “Can you help me down? I want to take a closer look.”
Spoiler:
Vic will, once again, try to coerce her rather under-powered Spot Hidden skill (25%) into giving up some clues... [dice]0[/dice] Edit: Pffft! :?
User avatar
HoneyDog
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 6095
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:01 pm
Location: Yokohama
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by HoneyDog »

“Great!” exclaims George enthusiastically, and then checks himself to make sure he wasn’t heard.

Beckoning to Isolde, he leads the way upstairs and to his bedroom. The enter and George heads to a sconce located on the wall at the back of the room. He pushes it down, and a small section of the wall slides open.

He turns around with a triumphant smile.

“It’s a secret passage!” he whispers. “Do you want to come in?”

Spoiler:
There’s no need for Spot Hidden. It’s a small space containing only one thing.
Harry helps Vic into the hole, a claustrophobic space almost unbearable in this heat. Wedged into a crack in the wood is a small pile of what looks like folio papers, clipped and bundled together.
User avatar
Mr. Handy
Admin
Admin
Posts: 40235
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:44 pm
Location: Philadelphia
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Mr. Handy »

Image

"Aye, so it is," says Alexander. "My family has never had need for such things. We're Presbyterians, and we Campbells have always been Loyalists." He notes her find. "Ah, that must be the next clue in the trail to find the treasure. Of course the treasure itself wouldn't be that easy to find."
Spoiler:
My post with my Idea roll disappeared when the site went down. I think I failed, but it didn't matter.
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
Philulhu
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 3724
Joined: Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:53 pm
Location: Derbyshire, England
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Philulhu »

Vic wiped her hands on her trousers to make sure they dry, then carefully eased the papers out from the crack and passed them up to Harry, before holding up her hands to be helped out of the hole.

Once back at floor level, she took back the papers, spread them out on the library desk and began to read...
User avatar
HoneyDog
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 6095
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:01 pm
Location: Yokohama
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by HoneyDog »

Vic recognizes the handwriting as Nicholas Forby’s – these must be the missing pages from the last folios. However the writing is much harder to decipher than the previous entries – it is jagged and disjointed , the words seeming to flow into each other. It will take some serious analysis to make headway of this find.
Spoiler:
All reading need to make English rolls to make sense of the pages.
User avatar
aine
Disciple
Disciple
Posts: 3413
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:52 pm
Location: Bristol, England
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by aine »

Isolde is impressed,”Gosh! What a find; you are clever, George. Yes, lead the way. But go quietly!” She whispers. “Do we need a light?”
User avatar
HoneyDog
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 6095
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:01 pm
Location: Yokohama
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by HoneyDog »

George shakes his head. Although it is dim, enough light enters through various cracks and holes to light the passage.

It appears to run parallel between the bedrooms on one side, and the library on the other. George raises his finger to his lips, and points to a wooden foot pedal attached to weight and pulley, which must be used to open the doors from the inside.

The floor is very dusty, and Isolde can make out a set of small boot prints which look recent, and a set of three thin parallel wheel tracks, which must have been made earlier.

George opens a slit on the wall, and peering in, Isolde can see Harry, Vic and Alexander in the library, talking excitedly and poring over some papers.

“Every room has these peepholes” whispers George. “You can see and hear everything.”
User avatar
Mr. Handy
Admin
Admin
Posts: 40235
Joined: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:44 pm
Location: Philadelphia
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Mr. Handy »

Image

Though the text is confusing, Alexander has sufficient mastery of the English language that he can understand it.
Spoiler:
Own Language: English (90% base skill) reading the pages: [dice]0[/dice]
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
HoneyDog
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 6095
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:01 pm
Location: Yokohama
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by HoneyDog »

Alexander can make out the writing, and begins to read for the others.

It is obviously detailing the work on the statue “Icarus”, and there are many sketches. All except the last few show the traditional winged man from mythology, but the notes are incoherent. What is plain though is Nicholas is so sick that he thinks he will die. He asks Christopher to visit in order to help him finish the mold, and asks his friend to finish the work if he were unable to;

“For I care neither for Heaven or Hell” he writes, “only that my masterwork outlive me.”
Spoiler:
More successful English rolls please!
User avatar
Philulhu
Keeper
Keeper
Posts: 3724
Joined: Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:53 pm
Location: Derbyshire, England
Contact:

Re: Chapter 6: Day Three

Post by Philulhu »

Vic dusted herself down and pulled a cobweb from her hair with a shudder. She flicked it away into the fireplace and stepped over to join Alexander at the table. As he begins to read, she starts to follow the words written on the page.
Spoiler:
[dice]0[/dice]
Locked

Return to “The Masterwork of Nicholas Forby”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest