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#1 Dystopian Rhetoric

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:20 PM

After several hours of travel, whether by bus or car, you arrive at the village of Wingrave. It's quite a pleasant, picturesque farming community with a church, a small hotel and single shop that serves as a general store and petrol station. The locals give you suspicious looks as you pass through, something that Harold (psychology check passed) can't help but feel is more than typical rural reticence.

The house itself, should that remain your target, is easy enough to find. It's a shambling, beaten up thing on the edge of the village. Various runic symbols have been carved above the door and windows, which Edwin recognises as warding symbols (occult check passed). The garden is similarly uncared for, with overgrown plants all around. Edwin (spot hidden check passed) even notices a dead fox, lying in a pool of its own blood among the weeds.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:27 PM

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:32 PM

Come on man, put some effort in. ¬_¬

Edwin turns the fox over with his boot, revealing the fact that something has dug in there are removed its heart. While it's pretty obvious that this was the cause of death, he isn't able to draw any other useful conclusions from the body.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:39 PM

"Aha!" said Edwin striding back to the others, "Just as I thought!"

"What is it?" asked Harold.

"A dead fox! Looks like it lost a fight with a badger or a squirrel or something. Maybe a particularly angry sheep. Whatever it was went straight for the heart and the left the rest for the crows."

"Is that useful?" asked Clara.

"Not likely. Why, do you think we should take it with us?"

"....No. I think it's good where it is."

"Onwards then, to the house!"

Strides purposely towards the front door ramshackle building, producing an endless string of flags out of his sleeve, which he gives to a passing child.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:39 PM

Sir Topply, getting out of the carbus after a completely unsuccessful journey, has decided that perhaps this investigating lark might be quite entertaining, if only to amuse himself by watching other people's credulity and foolishness.  He heads to the church to charmingly interrogate the pastor/minister/priest as to Strange Goings On TM.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:47 PM

"Edvin, I think ve should do some vrekkynaissance virst. I'm a little vairy of breaking those signs vithout...documenting them. Und then I need to vind a dark room."

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:48 PM

"Hm. Fine, fine. I'll take a walk around and see if I can spot anything from outside. Did somebody remember to actually bring the key?"

Walks around the building, seeing what he can see. Roll a spot hidden or search or whatever is reasonably appropriate.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 04:54 PM

Topply makes his way to the church and engages the Minister in conversation. The man is not particularly eager to talk but Topply's charm and aristocratic bearing gradually loosens him up (persuade check passed).

"I'm sorry, it's just that everyone's been rather tense since Mrs Wheelwright disappeared last night. Your arrival, well... it's rather set everyone on edge. No one can imagine any of the other villagers having anything to do with her... disappearance. It's a natural reaction, really."

MEANWHILE

Harold gets some excellent snaps of the house as Edwin orbits it. This activity is not in vain, as Edwin notices that the back door is ajar.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 05:06 PM

Clara stares after the form of Edwin as he moved toward the house. The man was clearly so full of himself, so arrogant and so set in his ways he didn't think to ask her opinion of the missing heart. Not that she was waiting for his permission of course. Tutting, she crouches down to take a closer look at the dead animal herself.

Examine dead fox for anything Edwin may have missed.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 05:24 PM

"People, come quickly, strange magic has been a foot!" cried Edwin, "The rear entrance of this abode has been transmogrified into a giant container of preserve!"

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 05:28 PM

Never being one for reading James decided to accompany Edwin and the others to Wingrave. The dead fox is of no interest of him so he decides to have a look around the back of the house with Edwin.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 05:39 PM

FFS if you find this Wheelwright inside just after I've discovered mysterious things about her I'll be pissed off

QUESTION: Is Mr Merriweather dead?


Sir Topply, intrigued by the tale of a damsel in distress, began to investigate Mrs Wheelwright's disappearance.  It was probably coincidental that she had disappeared the night before their arrival.  He first went to the police station to see if he could find out the details of the disappearance from the local country bumpkin officer of the law.  After that, he proceeded to visit the unfortunate lady's house/relatives and inquire further as to her interests and activities.

Question constabulary as to circumstances of disappearance of Mrs Wheelwright, other disappearances/strange goings on.  Question Mrs Wheelwright's relatives/neighbours as to her habits and activities.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 05:55 PM

Don't worry Bassoon, we're probably all going to die.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 06:01 PM

Not me, I'm staying well away from danger!

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 06:02 PM

Malcolm, having followed Edwin just like he said he would, finds himself at the front of the house. The dead fox is rather disgusting and he finds the young lady's interest in it slightly disturbing. Besides, predator/prey interation is not his speciality, so he follows the other men round the back of the property.

Edwin's joke earns him a funny look. James' actions are slightly more alarming.

"I really don't think we should go in there unarmed. Have any of you got any weapons?"

Malcolm looks around the immediate area as his says this, searching for something like a stick or a rake that he can hit things with, in a pinch.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 06:15 PM

Merriweather is dead, yes.

Topply's visits to the police and Mrs Wheelwright's relatives reveal that she disappeared having gone out the other night to check on a barn. They don't seem to really know anything else.

Clara's medical knowledge means she gets a bad feeling about the wounds sustained by the fox. They seem just a little too smooth and neat to have been caused by another animal.

After a few moments of searching in the detritus of the garden, Malcolm does indeed locate a sturdy looking stick, which he takes with him.

Edwin, James and Malcolm find themselves in a rather large back room, comprising approximately one half of the house. A door in the far wall leads to another room, and a staircase near it leads down into the cellar. A trapdoor, set into the roof, presumably leads to the attic.

The room appears to have been recently occupied. Dust has been kicked up and there are fresh footprints. The large fireplace contains the embers of a fire not long dead and several items have been scattered near it. A woolen blanket, an empty can of Heinz baked beans, a box of matches, a rusty spoon, a dull knife, the stub of a candle and bundled collection of photographs portraying attractive young ladies.

A shelf on the far wall has what appears to be a sheaf of yellowed papers and an old cigar box.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 06:25 PM

Further intrigued, Sir Topply visits the scene of the disappearance.

OOC: It might be useful to have someone with more observational skills join me, and if my persuade skills are not top notch (I think they were pretty good) then someone of that ilk too)

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 06:41 PM

Whatever Malcolm was expecting, it wasn’t this. He look disappointed and a little relieved.

“It looks like some tramp has been sleeping here” he says with a sneer, kicking the can of beans with his foot. “He can’t have gone far. We should try to catch him, he might know something.”

And with that he steps into the next room, brandishing his trusty stick, and takes a look around.

Go to next room.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 07:11 PM

A feeling of dread fell on Clara as the realisation dawned on her that the fox had been subject to foul play. That sense of something... something not as it should be. The cuts were too precise! She looked back at the house, and shuddered despite herself, she fancied she felt an oppressive presence eminating from it. Her first instinct was to run, to flee this terrible place and not look back.

Despite this she grimaced and steeled herself, she was a modern woman after all. She was not prone to flights of fancy, not any longer anyway. She had rebelled against what society expected of a woman, she would not allow herself to be type cast here in front of these men!! No. No, there were logical scientific explanations for the fox, not that she knew them but no doubt there were. She had often been accused of an over-active imagination, and lord knows she tapped that very trait when pursuing her art.

She closed her eyes and took a moment to savour the feeling of dread, the feeling of fear. Primal. Instinctive. Uncivilised. Yes. She could feel the Muse in her grasp. If she had had paint, or even charcoal she would have set out right there and begun to create! She opened her eyes again.

Taking a deep breath and steeling herself a final time, she marched round the house and through the backdoor. She found Edwin and James in the first room, of Malcolm there was no sign.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 07:12 PM

Picks up matches

"These might come in handy." Says James as he strikes a match to light the candle.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 11:33 PM

Edwin had to admit he was disappointed. No mutli-beaked tentacle monsters or anything. Just some old beans and porn. He goes over and reads the papers on the mantle piece.

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 09:49 AM

Clara looked upon the ramshackle assortment of items around the room with a look of distaste upon her face, she had no intention of touching anything she didn't have to. She had no dressed in suitable clothing for rooting around some abandoned house that clearly was home to a vagabond of who knows what character! "What kind of creature lived in such filth anyway?" she thought to herself. All she knew is she shouldn't be here, in this place. She was used to opulence, to the finest things. She didn't belong here.

"Let's get this over with." she said to the other men in the room with her.

She crouched down.

Examine footprints
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Posted 20 May 2008 - 10:08 AM

Meanwhile, Harold finished packing away his stuff and walked around to the back door.

"I did haff the key, you know?", he says, jangling it in the air, "But I see ve haff found a base camp. Vot do ve think has gone on here?"

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 10:14 AM

James looks around the room and finds Clara's disgust at a bit of dust particularly amusing. He then decides to provide his assessment of the situation...

"I reckon whatever we are here to find will be in the attic or the cellar."

James positions a chair underneath the attic trapdoor

"Anyone else curious?"
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Posted 20 May 2008 - 12:42 PM

Bassoon is apparently off to the scene of the disappearance alone! Oh well. He makes his way there and discovers, well... not a lot really. There are some tracks heading off... er... somewhere, but he's not enough of a hunter to honesty be able to say where.

Meanwhile in the house, things are afoot. Malcolm makes his way into the front room. The front room is damp and mouldly and contains some extremely ugly, old chairs. There's a rather unpleasant smell in here, but it's unclear what the cause of it is.

Clara examines the footprints in the dust but isn't enough of a tracker to draw meaningful conclusions from them. They're sort of clustered around the "living area" with some snaking off towards the back door and the cellar, but it's hard to say more than that.

The photographs of attractive ladies are recognised by Harold as having come from fashion magazines and advertisements. They are not very exciting unless you are a vagrant, in which case they are possibly the most exciting thing you own.

The papers under the cigar box on the mantle are far more interesting. There are thirteen sheets, six of which contain identical passages in Latin, transcribed in a broad, flowing hand. Three more identify the chant as having been copied from a book called De Vermiis Mysteriis written in 1542 by a man named Ludwig Prinn. They describe the book (thick, leatherbound folio...) and its history (banned by the Catholic church, only a few scattered copies remain today...), briefly mentioning that the Latin chant could be used to "release the spirit trapped inside the ancient amber". The tenth sheet describes the pentragrams that need to be drawn and the chemicals that need to be burned (sulphur and an oxide of copper) in a fire for the purposes of the ritual.

The final three discuss the ritual itself. They say that in order to dispell the spirit, the chant should be read backwards, but other than that the ritual should remain the same. It must begin at midnight and continue for two hours to successfully banish the spirit. Prinn suggests several chanters, so that some can stop if they need to take a break. The chant must be continuous and unbroken, or else the ritual will fail.