Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925-02/02/1925]   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
The Keeper
 GM, 1481 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 02:47
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925-02/02/1925]
Port Hedland, Australia
Sunday, February 1st, 1925



quote:
"...man must be prepared to accept notions of the cosmos, and of his own place in the seething vortex of time, whose merest mention is paralysing. He must, too, be placed on guard against a specific lurking peril which, though it will never engulf the whole race, may impose monstrous and unguessable horrors upon certain venturesome members of it. It is for this latter reason that I urge, with all the force of my being, a final abandonment of all attempts at unearthing those fragments of unknown, primordial masonry which my expedition set out to investigate."

–H.P. Lovecraft, “The Shadow Out of Time”



The SS Cleveland chugged its way into the small town of Port Hedland. The old steamer had arrived earlier in the afternoon, giving the group plenty of time to find their way through town with their belongings and settle into their rooms at the Marble Bar Hotel. A rustic, bare bones affair, the hotel offered the only accommodations short of pitching a tent that the town had to offer, and a decent pub as well with a good kitchen, as Professor Cowles told it. At least, that's what he had heard from colleagues of his. He hadn't actually ventured in this direction until just now.

"We leave in the mornin' for Cuncudgerie," he told them, "so try not to get too drunk. Or at least, drink a lotta water afterwards. Mainly it's the dehydration to worry about. Where we're goin' we're gonna need to cart around our own water, so just keep that in mind. I'm gonna go tuck in for the evening, but the first round's on me." He handed a small bit of money to his daughter Ewa, gave a stern but not unfriendly look at Em, and then waved at them all, heading upstairs to his room.

The bar was a lively affair, filled mostly with miners, sailors, and other working sorts. The crowd itself was mostly white, but there were a few of both Asian and Koori descent in the establishment as well. Not many of them seemed like they were put up here, but the impression of this place was more that of the local watering hole.

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Phillip Marsh
 player, 4 posts
 Drifter
 Age:31 APP:9 SIZ:13
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 13:27
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
Sunday, February 1st, 1925, Port Hedland, Australia OR
"Land is the secure ground of home, the sea is like life, the outside, the unknown." Stephen Gardiner.


Phillip smiles and nods his head to Professor Cowles as if in agreement.  He waits until the professor is out of sight, then rushes to the bar and orders two large beers.  "Can you believe that?", he mutters to himself. "All that time on a boat and he expects us to teetotal?"
Simon Snowden
 player, 5 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 18:50
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
Snowy follows Phillip to the bar, clapping him on the shoulder.

"The Guv'nor didn't say teetotal, mate, he just said take it easy." He turns to Ewa and Em, "What's yours, ladies, nice glass a dry sherry?"
Ewa Cowles
 NPC, 1 post
 Dutiful Daughter
 Age 20 | APP 18 | SIZ 10
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 19:00
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
"I think that'll do for me, Mr. Snowden," she said with a smile, not sure what exactly Em might want. "And as my father said, the first round is on him." She held aloft a hand briefly, showing a few Australian pounds clutched in it.
Emily DeMontfort
 player, 4 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 21:39
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
Raising her hands in mock innocence Emily grinned to the departing professor.
"Look, I'll be good ok? On my best behavior!" Waving him fondly good-night young Miss DeMontfort openly scanned the room, nudging Ewa toward a empty table where the nimble duo slipped right in.

"I'll have whatever you're having Snowey.". She grinned. "They must have something we can't get back home right?". Turning to Banister she raised an inquiring eye brow. "What do you recommend Karda?".

With the warm air cooling as the night approached Emily (known to her friends as Em) shuffled along to let the others make themselves comfortable. Easing back to stretch her boat-stiff legs the lithe girl reached up to tug a band out of her hair to fiddle with and looked toward Ashburn.
"Hey Monty, do you still have that map with you from on the boat? How far is this 'Cudgery place anyway?".
Simon Snowden
 player, 6 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 22:19
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
"Let's have a glass of dry sherry," Snowy says to the tapster, "And two Larks, neat, make 'em doubles."

Soon he is crossing the taproom to the table where he sets down the sherry before Miss Cowles and the brimming glasses of amber liquor for himself and Emily.

"Here you go, ducks," he says to the girl with a wink, "This'll have you dancing."

He takes a substantial gulp and gives a quick shake of his head. "That's the stuff," he says in a gasp, grinning.

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Karda Banister
 player, 4 posts
 Guide/Tracker
 Age: 29 APP: 9 SIZ: 11
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 02:30
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
Banister had let out a long, satisfied sigh when the group entered hotel bar. Port Hedland wasn't a town he'd had occasion to do more than pass through during his prior travels, so he'd been left wondering if he would be welcomed as a patron here, though the fact that he'd been given a room at the hotel with not even a sidelong glance had been an encouraging sign. But when he'd seen Koori interspersed throughout the gathering, he knew he could relax. Many establishments in this area had no care about the color of a man's skin, but once in a while, you stumbled across a place, or a group that had overtaken one, that felt differently.

He sauntered over to the bar, chuckling at Marsh's exclamation, before ordering a Cooper's ale. When he found a seat at the table the group had selected, he held up the bottle in response to Emily's question. "Before the night's done, you should try one of these," he told her, "Thomas Cooper and his family...they work some kind of magic in that brewery of theirs. The story goes that the man was trying to make a tonic for his sick wife. Instead, he made this. The best ale in Australia. And the perfect thing after a long day in the sun."

He took a long sip and grinned. People like Emily, who felt such an excitement about exploring his homeland, helped him look at the wilderness with fresh eyes. To view it again with the eyes of youth. When he was around such, he inevitably discovered things in the untamed territory he'd never encountered before.

He had high hopes for their journey, confident that the djin-djin would look on them kindly.

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Charlie Booker
 player, 3 posts
 The Archaeologist
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 03:57
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
"'Ello, boys."  Charlie waved to a group of the locals as she passed, strolling with her natural air of confidence.  She joined her comrades at the bar.  "I'll take two of those, Banister, for I've a mighty thirst and have a mind to get pissed.  Second round is on me!"  She raised her bottle to the room.  "Let's have a round for everyone.  I try to never drink alone."

Claiming her seat, she leaned back and kicked her boots up on another chair.  "Damned glad to be off that sodding boat.  Damned glad."   She removed her hat and threw it onto the table, mussing her fingers through blond waves.

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Ewa Cowles
 NPC, 2 posts
 Dutiful Daughter
 Age 20 | APP 18 | SIZ 10
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 15:15
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
"Thank you, Mr. Snowden," she said. Receiving her glass, she took a delicate sip, enjoying the flavor of the beverage and the experience. Her eyes took in the room, and each one of her companions for a moment. She smiled at the large pour of whiskey he had obtained for Emily; her friend had made her nature clear on board the ship.

She had mainly been occupied by assisting her father with preparation for the expedition, but had found some time to become acquainted with the various members of the expedition at least a little bit.
Karda Banister
 player, 5 posts
 Guide/Tracker
 Age: 29 APP: 9 SIZ: 11
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 06:07
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
Banister smiled at Booker's spirited entrance. The archaeologist's adventurous attitude would serve them well, especially if the trek into the desert proved arduous. More than food or water, in the desolate stretches of country, it was will, the persistence to press on, that enabled travelers to endure and succeed.

He glanced over at Snowden. "We'd best be careful. From the look of things, I think the ladies may drink us lads under the table before the night's done."
Charlie Booker
 player, 4 posts
 The Archaeologist
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 07:33
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
"Maybe.  Maybe not.  But I'll damned sure give it the old college try!"  She raised her bottle in salute, grinned, and took a swig.
Simon Snowden
 player, 7 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 11:18
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
In reply to Karda Banister (msg # 10):

"Now now, old son," Simon chuckles, "We'd not be honoring our Guv'nor's expressed wish by turning this night into a drunken crawl, would we?"

The best thing about this job so far was the opportunity to renew his acquaintance with the indigenous tracker. Between Karda and the company of his more recent chum, Phillip, plus the camaraderie of the young women, Simon feels somehow that he breathe again after the rigors of his war experiences and the tribulations of his homecoming.
Phillip Marsh
 player, 5 posts
 Drifter
 Age:31 APP:9 SIZ:13
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 15:17
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
Sunday, February 1st, 1925, Port Hedland, Australian Pub OR
"In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria." Benjamin Franklin


Phillip picks up the beers and heads over to the table where the party is sitting and sits down. "Sorry, old habits die hard. Whenever we got out of the mines, in Pittsburgh or France, it was a race to the nearest bar. You always ordered two beers, cause you never knew when you would get asked again.  Now Simon, as for 'turning this night into a drunken crawl', that never crossed my mind.
Phillip winks, then adds, "Except we probably will not be seeing another pub or bar for several weeks or months."
Ewa Cowles
 NPC, 3 posts
 Dutiful Daughter
 Age 20 | APP 18 | SIZ 10
Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 19:34
Chapter 3.0: Port Hedland [02/01/1925]
"If this does turn into that sort of an affair, I'll make sure to turn a blind eye to the whole thing," she said with a smile, taking a sip of her sherry, "so you needn't worry on that count. All the same, if any of you do decide to really hit the turps, just be sure to drink your share of water as well 'cause where we're goin', it's dry as a dingo's donger."