Chapter 2.5: Safe [02/01/1925]   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
Thomas Cotton
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 Age 24 APP 12 SIZ 09
 Intrepid journalist
Fri 23 Jun 2017
at 20:48
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Cotton nodded, encouraged by what he heard.
"There's one other thing. Barrington needs evidence right? And is there any better evidence than what Vincent left in the Penhew basement?".
Walter 'Bo' Brandon
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 Age 35 APP 09 SIZ 13
Sat 24 Jun 2017
at 01:50
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"I'd just as soon not be the one to put an unsuspecting cop into a room with a killer dead man."
Rosalie Elias
 player, 380 posts
 Historical Consultant
 Age 34 App 11 Siz 11
Sat 24 Jun 2017
at 05:34
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Dr. Leonardo Elias:
He looked over at Vincent and cocked an eyebrow. "A clean shirt already? I haven't even had the chance to take a look at you." He looked over at his niece as the physician retrieved his bag. "Rosie, come give me hand. Hit the patient with something blunt on the back of his skull if he refuses to co-operate..."


"I think I can probably find something suitable," Rosalie replied to her uncle.  She moved to help him, pulling out what he'd need to remove the bullet and stitch the wound.  "I did what I could to stop the bleeding, but the bullet is still in there.  Damned lucky it didn't hit him any place vital."  She glanced up briefly at Vincent, a flash of regret in her eyes.
Vincent Moretti
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Sat 24 Jun 2017
at 16:57
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Seeing Rosalie's expression, Moretti cleared his throat and found a grin. "This isn't so bad. About three years ago, I took a slug in the chest." He gestured vaguely at the left side of his rib cage. "Had trouble breathing for almost two weeks. It passed. Finally."

He looked to Bo and Cotton. "If you two pay a visit to The Scoop, I can try to sort through some of the things we lifted from the Foundation. See if there are any valuable clues to be found."
Dr. Leonardo Elias
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 Age 58 APP 12 SIZ 11
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 02:03
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Leo nodded at his niece. "Might be some scalpel work involved then. Let's get to it."

With at least some rest last night, Leo was able to make headway on the bullet wound and get Vincent to the point where he'd be able to get healthy under Leo's care.

OOC: Leo made a successful medicine roll in his previous post. I didn't roll any hitpoint recovery as I presume Rosalie already applied first aid? If so, then I think the roll just allows Vincent to recover 2d3 hitpoints per week instead of just 1d3.
Thomas Cotton
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 Age 24 APP 12 SIZ 09
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Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 10:57
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Tommy grimaced as Leo set to work. "Ugh. If you're playing with a scalpel can you do it some place I can't see?". It wasn't that he was bad with blood, but seeing a freind being sliced by a doctor could never be appealing.

Pacing to the far side of the room Cotton occupied himself by plucking his pencil out of a pocket to begin flipping it deftly across his fingers.
"Anyway, back to Barrington.
He wouldn't be unsuspecting. The tip-off would tell him to go in hard, that there was someone trapped down there with something dangerous. If we are looking to pin evidence on Gavigan a zombie is about as incriminating as they come.

Same with Mahoney and the Scoop. If we tell him about Misr house you think he's gonna just sit on it? If I know his sort he'd send a boy down there to check it out blind. This whole thing is dangerous for anyone involved, but if Gavigan stays unchecked I figure things are gonna get a whole lot worse.".


He stood, already wearing his jacket from the call he'd made a few minutes before.
"But if you just want us hunting Misr House, then you got it. Ready to roll 'Bo? Milly, you fancy driving?".
Walter 'Bo' Brandon
 player, 531 posts
 Age 35 APP 09 SIZ 13
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 12:21
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"I don't say we tip Mahoney to anything, just promise him he's the only newspaperman we'll talk to when we have something."

He shrugs into his jacket, also not eager to see Leo slice Vince.

"Let's start with a walk to the phone booth," he whispers to Tommy, "I'm not keen on driving a car with a surprise in the trunk."
Thomas Cotton
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 Intrepid journalist
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 12:27
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"Sure.".
Leaving Leo and Rosalie to their gritty work Tommy and Bo returned to the street. The morning sun was rising and London looked almost normal, almost safe.
"So what's the pitch? We need a favor from him, off the record, in exchange for which we will cut him in on the story ahead of anyone else? I reckon he'll be even more interested when we tell him the story is too real for The Times to push to front page.

If he asks to join us or meet us there, what do you think? I reckon we need as much help as we can get in this mess 'Bo. That's why I'm pushing to involve Barrington too.".


The pair reached the phone booth and Tommy loitered to hear Walter's response before picking up.
Millicent O'Connor
 NPC, 157 posts
 Age 29. App 14, Siz 10
 Innocent Businesswoman
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 15:46
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"Actually, I don't think I can accompany ye, Tommy boy," she said with a smile.

"Fact is, my last reports back to Mr. Grey have been quiet positive. He initially tasked me out ta make certain of the way you operate, ta keep the name of the Carlyle Family out of the business you've all engaged in. So far, you've done that quite well, but the nature of the recent goings on both here and abroad make him believe that there's another gentleman more suited to the task of accompanying this group," she said.

"For my part, I think I'll need ta be leavin' soon. I've ta meet an Irish friend of mine and help resupply the Carlyle's liquor cabinet. I've got ta love the American good manners of not searchin' a lady's person and belongin's. That said, I won't be leavin' until I introduce you to my replacement."

OOC:

Correct, Leo. Vincent can now recover 2d3 per week instead of 1d3. The next time he rolls, we will take care of that.

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Walter 'Bo' Brandon
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Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 18:15
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In reply to Thomas Cotton (msg # 48):

"I'll leave the pitch to you, Tommy. You'll know how best to get to a newspaper man.

"We wany addresses right now, or directions. We don't need to visit either place, as far as Mahoney is concerned."

Thomas Cotton
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Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 19:12
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"Ok Chief, you got it.".
Leaning against the famous red metal of the phone box he made the call.

"Scoop please!". He smiled, realizing he was looking forward to speaking to Mahoney. This was more his line of work.
Once put through he fell easily into step with the Irishman's patter and his notebook materialized as if by magic.
"Mickey! It's Tommy here, from the Times. Popped by a couple of days back with Walter and Millicent remember?". He chuckled. "Yeah, the red head with the bottle. Sure I'll send her your regards.

Say, now listen. I've got a proposition for ya but you've gotta keep it under your hat. Remember what we spoke about? I reckon we are on to something big.".

He paused to draw out Mahoney's interest.
"See, the thing is, what we're chasin' is too sideways for the Times. I aint kiddin ya when I say voodoo and hoodoo are the least of it. But we need your help, one reporter to another. You help us out with a little information and I'll chase the lead for you. Give you the Scoop. Heh.". He chuckled. "Once we get proof, you get the story with a 48 hour head start on the Times hearing anything...and when they do publish...which they will, the Scoop will look even hotter for it.
What do you say? But you've gotta keep what I ask you on the down low.".


If Mahoney was enthusiastic Tommy would continue.
"Ever heard of a place named Misr House? It's got something to do with this whole cult thing and we need an address. And its got something to do with Edward Gavigan. Yeah, juicy I know. You got any idea where he lives too?".

re Milly, please can Tommy and Bo pick up with her conversation when we get back inside along the lines of 'heard you are leaving us...' rather than split the thread (as I think we are outside now)
Mickey Mahoney
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Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 21:25
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Tommy heard a familiar voice on the other end of the line.
Rosalie Elias
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 Historical Consultant
 Age 34 App 11 Siz 11
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 07:53
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Rosalie was undeterred by the bloody undertaking of removing the bullet from Vincent.  Her uncle was a skilled surgeon and she'd assisted in more bullet extractions that she cared to count.  If anything, she fell to it naturally, anticipating what Leo needed before he asked, and blotting away the excess blood that impeded his work.  She'd already strung a needle with thread and had them soaking in antiseptic for the stitching that'd be required.  While Leo finished patching him up, she focused on the man rather than the wound, glancing back to meet his gaze.

"We need to take care of Stanley's body,"
she said quietly.  Bo tried to spare her from the deed itself, but it was impossible to know where Stan's corpse waited.  "Vincent, do you have any contacts here that might take care of him for us?  I thought that cremation would be the easiest."  Her voice trembled briefly and she swallowed.  "We should ship the remains back to his family."
Thomas Cotton
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 09:08
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Tommy listened carefully as Mahoney talked business.

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The Keeper
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 10:06
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The voice continued on.
Thomas Cotton
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 Age 24 APP 12 SIZ 09
 Intrepid journalist
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 10:49
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Tommy smiled before finishing the conversation and turning to 'Bo.
"Not sure if he'll fish up anything or not, but at least we gave it a shot.

Back up to the others?".

Walter 'Bo' Brandon
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 Age 35 APP 09 SIZ 13
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 12:14
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In reply to Thomas Cotton (msg # 56):

"Yeah, let's check in with Leo and then maybe you and me and Rosalie can do a public records search of our own.

"When will Mahoney know something?"

Thomas Cotton
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 Intrepid journalist
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 12:41
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"He said it would be a couple of hours.". Tommy shrugged to Bo. "We didn't give him much to go on so dont hold your breath. Still, its a shot.".

Returning to the others the reporter was revealed to see that the worst of the medical work seemed over. "So he's gonna live doc? Hope you prescribe him some rest and self appreciation tablets. We need you with us for the long run in this Vince.".

Settling down again for the moment he updated the others on his conversation with Mahoney.
"Our man at the Scoop has never heard of Misr House and dosnt have Gavigan's details either. But he said he'll do a little digging so if we call him back in a few hours we might get lucky and he'll find something. He said if we knew the owner of the place or its general wherabouts that would help...".

"So the question is what next? I could head to the public records offices and do some digging myself if someone wants to join me. Might give our hero some time to rest that wound, right Vincent? Failing that...Leo it's your call. If Moretti's surprise dosnt take out Gavigan then we are on the back foot here. We need help if we are going to bring that son of a bitch down.".
Dr. Leonardo Elias
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 13:29
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Leo had mostly forgotten just how good it was to work with Rosie. He never had to look away from the wound or even suggest what he needed next. It would already be in his hand. He complimented her skill on more than one occasion, though hoped pulling metal out of friends and family wouldn't become a regular thing.

Once the bullet had been removed and stitches were in place, he inspected their work as Rosalie queried Vincent on the potential disposal of Stan. His lips formed a thin line as the matter was considered, though his concentration was drawn to the return of Tommy.

Millicent's proclamation was met with a furrowed brow, but it also wasn't something to which he needed to respond at the moment. "Hold that thought for a few minutes, Millicent. I'm glad to hear we're meeting with your approval, and we may have a message for Mister Gray."

He nodded at Tommy's question about Vincent. "The body is the easier of the two things to heal, most often. The harder the head, the more difficult it is to get the mind right. Self-appreciation tabs are being researched, but we've a ways to go on that, I'm afraid."

To the question of what's next, Leo again pressed his lips together in a thin line. "So we have a few hours while your man is digging. You should go down to the public records with someone, yes. Either me or Rosalie. And Bo. The others of us should dig through what was found at the foundation, see if there's anything of use there. If we don't get anything on the place in the next few hours, I think we need to get out of London for now."
Thomas Cotton
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 13:55
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"Sure, sounds like a plan.".
He looked at his watch.
"It is 9am now. Meet back here at 1pm? Use the York Minster if anything goes wrong. Avery, Millicent, maybe you could explore travel options for us incase we need to leave quickly.".
He stood, glad to be doing something.
"I'll take a taxi. Who fancies a trip out with me?".
Walter 'Bo' Brandon
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 14:05
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"I'll go along, Tommy, but let's start with a good library, someplace that'll have directories for London and the nearby counties. Gavigan might be listed in a Who's Who; they usually note home addresses, at least in the states.

"If Misr House is outside London and a country house or estate, we might hit it in a sort of Stately Homes of Kent or the like.

"Then we can try real estate redords and newspaper archives. Hey! we could call the local constables in the surrounding counties and just ask for the place -- or real estate agents. Maybe tour guides?"

The Keeper
 GM, 1472 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 15:01
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OOC:

In terms of research, we don't need to specifically play it out. Give me any particulars of your research along with a Library Use roll (similar to what Walter did in his last post, which gives me a good idea of what types of sources he will be looking to for information; if you want you can just give me a general roll).

Those who are staying behind and examining what you brought back from the Foundation, let me know what you're examining and I'll let you know what if any rolls I need from you. Speaking of which, when you guys take things from a place in the future it would be awesome if you specified what you take and add it to your sheet. Going back through the thread it's like "we take some books and some scrolls and some stuff."

I know for a fact Vincent took two silver daggers (inscribed with strange runes and symbols) along with some small dried wings, tiny eyes in a jar, and some claws, along with another jar of blue powder.

In any case, here's a list of what you might have taken:

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Tommy found volumes in German, French, Russian, Spanish, Latin, and two in English. Of them, the ones that appeared to have seen the most use were the ones in English and the one in Latin. respectively titled G’harne Fragments, Ye Booke of Comunicacions with ye Angel Dzyon, and Liber Ivonis.

One of the English ones is a leather bound manuscript, in a medium folio, slightly damaged with some foxing and occasionally irregularly sized pages. No title or author is given on the cover but a frontispiece identifies it as Ye Booke of Comunicacions with ye Angel Dzyon. The manuscript contains text in archaic English and an unknown set of symbols as well as marginal notes in what appears to be Greek. This book is a loosely organized collection of what can be described, for lack of a better term, as séances between an unnamed medium and an “angelic spirit” identified in the text as Dzyon.

The next English volume is a slim, unadorned, pasteboard-bound work in that appears to be 128 pages in length. The title "G’harne Fragments" is printed on both the pasteboard cover (a pale cream, with black ink) and the spine, with the author’s name (Sir Amery Wendy-Smith) printed below the title. No publisher is listed nor is a date of publication given. The production quality and style suggests a small university press or that the author paid for publication himself; the finished product is of inexpensive materials. There are numerous illustrations depicting some sort of cipher or artificial language consisting of haphazardly arranged dots and a scattering of astronomical charts. A handwritten dedication on the title page says “Many thanks for your advice and aid, W-S.” Scattered throughout the text are a few passages underlined in meticulous pencil lines. This work provides a supposed translation of inscriptions first discovered by British explorer Sir Howard Windrop in a hitherto unknown ruined city in Africa, referred to as “G’harne” by the author. Expanding on Windrop’s earlier translation, Wendy-Smith, claims that the text contains the fragmentary records of a prehistoric, (perhaps even non-human) civilization.

The Latin work is a large vellum manuscript bound in brass-capped leather. The interior of the work (entitled Liber Ivonis) is in illuminated Latin, accompanied by copious marginal illustrations, miniatures, and decorated initials (most of which seem to consist of a rather fanciful toad or frog). The manuscript binding is in fair condition—some of the brass fittings have been lost, the inside cover has been gouged repeatedly (apparently to remove a book plate, the scraps of which remain, but are totally illegible), and there are recent small scorch marks on the rear cover. The manuscript interior is in excellent condition. The artwork within depicts many strange scenes, some of which are rather disturbing and unlike those found in a typical medieval work.

From what Tommy can recall of his Latin, it's hard to get much on a quick skim, but he can see that this work is a grimoire allegedly written by the magician Ivon “of Hyperborea.” It serves as both a grimoire and to provide an autobiographical account of the author’s life, from his time as an apprentice to his departure from Hyperborea. It will take much more study to get more than that.




A small crate stenciled Randolph Shipping Company, Port Hedland, Western Australia, Dominion of Australia. In smaller letters, it said Personal to Mr. Randolph. Within the smaller crate, he saw a sixteen inch bust of a figure whose head was oddly shaped and beset by tentacles on the lower half.


Vincent Moretti
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 16:38
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When the work was done, Moretti rose stiffly and closed his shirt, a jolt of light headedness swallowing his perception momentarily. Clearing his throat, he said quietly, "Thank you, Leo, Rosalie. I'm indebted to you both."

He cocked an eyebrow at Leo's comment regarding healing the mind. "You're not talking about me being stubborn, are you, sir? I actually think I'm seeing things more clearly...more honestly, than I have in a long time."

Turning, he addressed Rosalie, his tone as reassuring as he could manage. "Please don't worry. I'll make certain that Stanley is taken care of. Qualunque sia il costo. You have my word."

Retrieving his coat from the floor, he pulled it on slowly, ambling to the front door of the safe house and out into the winter morning.

He returned ten minutes later, his demeanor subdued. "I have some people that will care for Stanley and ensure that he reaches his famiglia in America.”

OOC: If it is available, Moretti would probably start by skimming Ye Booke of Comunicacions with ye Angel Dzyon, looking for any clues regarding poosible cult rituals (specifically, if there are any particular environments where said rituals have to occur), as well as any notes or underlining that might have been made by Gavigan.

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Thomas Cotton
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 19:20
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ooc - Tommy will support Bo's suggestion, while also looking for land ownership records (associated with taxation) which should hold reference to Misr House.
We also have a government owned body named 'Ordinance Survey' here in the UK that was established in the 1700's and is responsible for mapping and cataloging the UK.
As well as maps they hold detailed records of notable place names, including how those names change over time. So if I was doing this for real in the UK (after Google) that would be the first place I'd look.

For Gavigan's address, birth and marriage records might be a decent place to start if we think he is from an address that has been in the family for a while.

Rolled 3 at once incase you need them - 2 fails and a pass, which isnt ideal.
20:12, Today: Thomas Cotton rolled 185 using 3d100 with rolls of 74,78,33.  3 x vs library use 55%.

Walter 'Bo' Brandon
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 Age 35 APP 09 SIZ 13
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 21:24
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Walter 'Bo' Brandon rolled 68,69,76 for Library Use 25%

Crap