Chapter 1: The Society Meets

December 1880. The characters are tasked to assist in the case of a suspected haunting by a recently murdered landowner on Dartmoor. Investigations will drag them into a confrontation with an ancient horror, and a terrible curse.

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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby aine » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:56 pm

Still listening, Isolde turns to face the fire and watches the flames intently. Dark shadows flicker around her perfectly still outline.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:37 am

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You read in the paper that Allingham, Lord Bargrove, was murdered, and his body burned. There is local gossip about a curse, but no definitive suspects.


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Melody read that Aliingham, Lord Bargrove, was murdered and his burnt body found on his estate on Dartmoor.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Philulhu » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:23 am

”Allington - Lord Bargrove - was murdered,” continued Captain FitzWilliam. ”If I remember correctly, his body had been burnt.

He paused for a moment and thought some more. ”There was also talk of a curse, but I would struggle to give that any credence. I mean, the Zulu Inyanga would prance around and put the wind up some of our lads out in Africa, but in England? I thought we had left witchcraft behind in the dark ages!”
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Raiko » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:54 am

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Melody thinking:   Witches?  
Melody catches her breath and listens intently, she hasn't heard that, just that Lord Bargrove had been murdered mysteriously, his burnt body being discovered on the estate on Dartmoor.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Rooter » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:16 am

"Oho!" Percy exclaims. "This certainly sounds worth investigating. Say what you will, Miss Beauchant, but I have a feeling it will take more than a palm reading to solve Lady Allingham's problems."
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Philulhu » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:15 pm

”Mr Stringer - you would have access to a journalistic archive, would you not?” asked Captain FitzWilliam. ”We should perhaps make some enquiries of our own, before we meet with these legal chaps. Fore-warned is fore-armed, after all!”

FitzWilliam rubbed his hands together briskly. His enforced lay-off had been somewhat chafing but this sounded like an adventure!
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby aine » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:55 pm

Isolde draws a short, sharp intake of breath and falls to her knees so she can look closer at the flames, "Burning, burning, burning; agony! And death!" She whispers and then falls silent. After a moment she stands and turns to face the room. "We must go to Dartmoor. Do what you need to but please be discreet! We shall meet outside the office in King's Road at two o"clock." She moves away from the fire and goes to sit down in a chair.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Philulhu » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:59 pm

Captain FitzWilliam raised a questioning eyebrow at Isolde’s sudden outburst. He looked around at the other members of the society, waiting for someone to speak.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:39 am

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"Solving a murder sounds quite interesting," says Alexander. "Applying the scientific method to the problem should prove to be of aid, I would think. Where there is a murder, there is a murderer, and we shall find the culprit. The good captain is right, of course. We should do background research on the case first."
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:47 am

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Would you like to do an archival search now then? If so, where would you like to go?
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:03 am

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Yes, and Percy's newspaper archive sounds good to me.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:23 am

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Percy will be able to get access to the archives of The Times. I will transfer the action to there. All searches will require a successful Library Use roll. Please state what you want to search for.


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With their curiousities aroused, the Society makes its way across London to the City and Printing House Square, home of The Times of London. Percy’s journalistic connections makes accessing back issues a breeze, if the members know what to look for.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:09 am

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Alexander searches for articles about the murder of Lord Allingham. He is sure they must exist, for it was a newsworthy event, but so far he cannot find any.

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Library Use roll (60% skill) searching the archives:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100:
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Rooter » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:02 am

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Library Use 55%
Rooter rolled 1d100:
22


Percy, meanwhile, has better luck in digging out whatever he can find about Lord and Lady Allingham's past.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Philulhu » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:18 am

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Library Use
Philulhu rolled 1d100:
18


Edit: FitzWilliam will look for general information about Lord Allingham, business interests and the like.


Despite little experience with libraries outside of his father’s somewhat meagre library back on the family estate, Captain FitzWilliam found navigating this one more straightforward than expected. With a little help from one of the assistants, he was soon back with more information about Lord Allingham.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Raiko » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:48 pm

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Library Use (25%):
Raiko rolled 1d100:
51
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Although she feels more than slightly out of her depth, Melody does her best to assist Alexander

Once it becomes clear that she's just getting in the way, she goes in search of a kettle, and returns with a tray of steaming tea cups for the others.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby aine » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:56 pm

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Is this the next morning that we are doing the research?

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(75%) roll:44

Isolde goes instead to the British Library to read up on supernatural occurrences on Dartmoor and historical occurrences at the Allingtons' residency.
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:55 am

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Yes, it's the same day. When your searches are over, it will be about 5pm.

aine, you won't really have enough information to complete a successful search of the British Library with just the names Allingham and Dartmoor. You can try other sources later after you finish at The Times which would be better as you'll have more details, and hopefully more ideas. Can I count your roll towards a success at The Times? It will allow you all to find another article. You can all go to the Library in the morning before the meeting with Shearer. Is that okay?
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Re: Prologue: The Society Meets

Postby Philulhu » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:46 am

Raiko wrote:Once it becomes clear that she's just getting in the way, she goes in search of a kettle, and returns with a tray of steaming tea cups for the others.


”Ah, Miss Melody,” said Captain FitzWilliam, as he helped himself to a cup of tea. ”That’s just what we need. Keeps the Empire going!”

He sipped the tea and smiled. ”You know, a learned fellow I once knew would refer to tea as a cup of brown joy. An odd chap - a professor, I think. I wonder what became of him...”

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Re: Chapter 1: The Society Meets

Postby Raiko » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:52 pm

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With a smile Melody says, "Oh you know me Captain, always bringing brown joy to the Doctor and his friends."

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OOC:   Obviously in the straight laced Victorian era, that couldn't possibly be innuendo. ;)  
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