Chapter 4: Rendezvous.   Posted by Keeper through Time.Group: 0
Jeronimo Felipe
 player, 102 posts
 Surgeon, illustrator.
Sun 30 Jun 2013
at 16:29
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Jero looks at the boy with a raised eyebrow. He waits patiently for any other explanation as he looks at the others.
Carlos Guerrero
 player, 40 posts
 Homeless
Mon 1 Jul 2013
at 10:01
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
In reply to Rory Spencer (msg # 5):

Carlos hesitates in searching nearby cups for unwanted dregs, and glares menacingly at the child, or at least as menacing as a filthly old man with foam in his beard can.

"Maybe it like leetle cheeldren,"
he drawls sarcastically. "Maybe los niños pequeños respect they elders and they might not git pushed down holes, eh!?"

He waves his arms around vigorously.
Jeronimo Felipe
 player, 103 posts
 Surgeon, illustrator.
Mon 1 Jul 2013
at 14:18
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Who has told you they are taking you, boy?

When and where will they expect to find you?

Ethaniel Drake
 player, 67 posts
 Captain
 Alpha
Mon 1 Jul 2013
at 16:57
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
When Rory spoke Drake leant forward, listening avidly.
There was an unerring madness in Carlos' eye, the homeless man making this all sound like a game. But the fear in Rory's voice proved things were very real.
"Who wants to feed you where kid? What have you lot been doing?".
Rory Spencer
 player, 43 posts
 Scamp Extraordinaire
 Cabin boy
Tue 2 Jul 2013
at 04:45
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Rory took a deep breath.  "We went to the market to nose around.  'Cause I'm so sly, I slipped in to the Cardinal's compound while the others make some sort of ruckus.  Had a good look around, though not long enough to explore the buildings.  Nearly got pinched, but some fella in a robe thought I was one of his errand boys.  He dumped these in my hands and told me to give 'em to the Cardinal after I went to the butcher to get his 'special order'.  Don't know what the hell that meant.  Soon as I got out of there, we left in a hurry."

"Soon as we got some breathin' room at the tavern, these two muscle-bound types come busting in and tell me an' Chick that we were 'enlisted' to help lug some heavy stuff to some secure place.  Says we were picked from the market.  Says the Cardinal ain't gonna take no for an answer.  We gotta meet up at the church after sunset or else they're gonna come after us."

"Then there was some guy an' his daughter that cut their own fingers off so they won't get picked or some shit.  And I just know they're gonna be sacrificin' us to some monster God or somethin'."

Arthur Wynstanley
 player, 63 posts
 Purser
 Gentleman & Scholar
Thu 4 Jul 2013
at 02:44
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Arthur nervously placed the tome he paid hefty coin for on the table. "I acquired this. The Barman said he knew nothing of it though." He turned it, spinning the cover so it was visible and legible to the Captain.

"They mentioned flying creatures as well." He looked about. "Show the Captain the amulet. It's significant to this place."

He pondered the day's events, briefly looking over a bound notebook of his, a luxurious rarity he scribbled upon with gorgeous handwriting. "Ah, yes... Rory and Chickasaw have been drafted to labor for the Cardinal. Some 'Heavy Goods' to a safe place of their choosing."
Jebediah Clarke
 player, 60 posts
 Preacher
 Drinker
Fri 5 Jul 2013
at 15:41
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
In reply to Arthur Wynstanley (msg # 11):

Jeb interjected to add a more complete picture

Many people here are missing fingers and apparently this allows the cardinal to exert some sort of control over them.  Since Rory and Chick are both healthy and fit, I suspect the plan was to enslave them with whatever witchcraft is going on.

Jeb paused to let his words sink in.

I suspect that myself and Mr Wynstanley were overlooked because of our flaws, I am missing a leg and Mr Wynstanley lacks any backbone.

Jeb let out a quiet chuckle at his play on words.

I have been invited by the cardinal to attend a meal with a single companion tonight.  It seems no coincidence that all for of us were invited to attend the Cardinal tonight in one way or another.
Chickasaw Dauphin
 player, 58 posts
 Topsail hand, Able Seaman
Mon 8 Jul 2013
at 10:40
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
The lean and strikingly muscular sailor openly laughed at the chaplain's last remark.

"Ye only bagged that invite throu' sheer luck, preacherman."

Dauphin turned to Drake; and an uncharacteristic smirk fell upon his face as he explained a little more.

"This bright spark," Chick thrust a thumb in Jeb's direction, "somehow wrangled an intimate audience with the mark, only after earnin' a scoldin' from the man in black robes... Was'is name? Vasquez?... for leadin' a pack of peasants in a gay rendition of 'Oh Lord how I love thee' or some such nonsense."

Whilst obviously not impressed by Jeb's methods, Chickasaw used a tone of voice which held an undeniable conviction of respect for his legless comrade.

Dauphin then retrieved a small amulet inscribed with a fine symbol, upon a length of leather, from his coat pocket and roughly placed it on the table.

"This guy," he glanced at Rory momentarily before returning his attention to Drake, "who'd chopped his own fingers off - and sported'n inspirin' moustache, t'boot - gifted this here necklace t'us. Like the purser said, it must be significant... If his little ghost story's anythin' to go by; this here'll likely keep the wearer protected from... whatever'tis has got a firm grip of the town's imagination." He nodded at Jero. "Yer overgrown bat thing."

Then he settled back into the chair and rubbed his face, the sound of rough skin on stubble was sharp and surprisingly loud. "Aye, I'll admit I'm a little concerned 'bout this uh... voluntary work we been drafted fer. Cap'n, we'll have to get some o'ye to tail our group. Keep'n eye on us. If it looks like trouble, we'll be relyin' on ye to save our necks. Or fingers. As't'were."

Chick leaned in closer and concluded under hushed tones.

"Though per'aps we can be turnin' this to our advantage, like. Per'aps we can take down this Vasquez character'n his thugs? The mark can't defend himself without his army, no?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 10:50, Mon 08 July 2013.

Keeper through Time
 GM, 240 posts
 Luminous being in
 whom the narrative meets
Fri 12 Jul 2013
at 01:45
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
OOC - if you have any more information to share before the plan of attack is to be formed, please do so now.
Jebediah Clarke
 player, 61 posts
 Preacher
 Drinker
Mon 15 Jul 2013
at 06:56
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
In reply to Keeper through Time (msg # 14):

Jeb coughed gently before interrupting:

Perhaps it would be useful before we progress to hear your news Cap'tin.  I would also like to know more about Gustoso and Carlos as most of us have never worked with these gentlemen.

Jeb paused for a moment, taking a long deep breath, a technique he had learnt to calm his nerves, before adding,

Arthur could you tell is a bit about the book you picked up in the market as well?
Carlos Guerrero
 player, 41 posts
 Homeless
Mon 15 Jul 2013
at 15:37
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
In reply to Jebediah Clarke (msg # 15):

"Eh, well, as for me, I do theese and thaat," Carlos gestures once with each hand. "You know, I man of leisure, as you say, hehe."

Carlos wipes his nose his sleeve, seemingly finished with talking, but senses more is expected. The foggy apparation of his former self rises in his mind, and he remembers that these people have notably failed to beat him for sitting at their table, that there is some prospect here.

"I trust-worthy. Very trust-worthy. I stick with you, you no have problems. Vasquez is dog, I help dig his grave, you make an old man happy."


He smiles, displaying an array of crooked teeth.

"And if there some monster here, some devil, well, just another monster among men, eh?"

He puts an over-friendly hand on Rory's head, and looks philosophical.

"And boy is right - I pay the piper, is not so bad."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:48, Mon 15 July 2013.

Jeronimo Felipe
 player, 104 posts
 Surgeon, illustrator.
Mon 15 Jul 2013
at 23:22
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Jero has been watching the captain, waiting for his lead. Finally he says:

We killed two men in the caves. They were religious, and wicked and knew about the monster. They say it cannot be defeated.

They keep a place down there where they torture people for processing of some kind. This place is not just a tunnel, it is stone with doors and connected to the tunnels, it may connect to a structure but we did not explore it all the way.

While we were there I found this tunnel entrance. I left the bodies in a pile guano not far from here.

Jero shows a drawing he made.

The drawing shows a tunnel opening from a larger tunnel, it is a smooth archway with writing in the rim of the opening.  Writing? No...well, at least not in any language you have ever seen. Strange symbols are etched into the rock swallowing light like delicate blackholes.
None of the symbols are familar. They arc around the passage, and the passage itself seems to have smoother stone than elsewhere. It is as if the worst protrustions have been chipped away by a mason or miner. Some of the symbols recur, others do not. They are expertly written, which makes one doubt that they can be prehistoric writing. Modern (or alien) tools would be need to create them. The sketch of the whole thing is very complete.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:26, Mon 15 July 2013.

Rory Spencer
 player, 44 posts
 Scamp Extraordinaire
 Cabin boy
Tue 16 Jul 2013
at 00:31
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
"Ey, shove off!"  Rory batted the crazy man's hand away, ducking his head slightly.  "I ain't no pet."

Leaning on the table with both elbows, he peered at Jero's drawings, squinting his eyes and turning his head this way and that to get a look at the squiggles.  Not the best at reading anyway, he didn't really think he'd get anything of value from the markings, but he was too curious not to look.  Pulling the bag of stones from his pocket, he poured them out into his hand to compare the designs.
Jebediah Clarke
 player, 62 posts
 Preacher
 Drinker
Tue 16 Jul 2013
at 07:10
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
In reply to Rory Spencer (msg # 18):

Seeing Rory pour out the stone, Jeb quickly asked

Does anyone recognise Rory's rune stones?  I had a look myself but could not discern their origin.  It seems they originated from inside the compound.  They could be linked with Arthur's book or Jero's drawing.

Jeb paused and thought about Carlos' statement.  Though Carlos was clearly as mad as a hatter, so to speak, he reminded Jeb of those salty old SeaDogs he use to encounter during his work as a pastor in Portsmouth.  Having lost their ship berth they would wander around town, treated as the lowest of the low, desperate to be accepted.  A kindness and a few carefully chosen words had often lead them back to God and helped them to be accepted again by society.  Feeling an urge to help Carlos, Jeb realised that it would take a lot more to save the somewhat crazed man.  Jeb picked up Arthur's untouched ale why they always ordered ale for Arthur was somewhat of a mystery as the man only seemed to drink wine.  Jeb put the ale into Carlos' hands and picked up his own mug.  Speaking directly to Carlos, Jeb raised his ale and slowly but steadily spoke.

We're glad to have you aboard. You'll make a first rate companion on our adventure
Arthur Wynstanley
 player, 65 posts
 Purser
 Gentleman & Scholar
Tue 16 Jul 2013
at 20:59
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Arthur watches his ale float away in Jedediah's hand but says nothing. One might notice the hint of a frown forming on the edges of his lips.

Jeronimo's drawing is quickly given a rough recreation in Arthur's own notebook as he listens. He stops to look over the binding of his newly purchased tome, looking for patterns in the creations.

When silence next fell came his announcement. "There might be answers inside of this." He tapped the vile tome. "Though, the woman who sold it to me had a warning about that..." There was a second guessing in his tone, his eyes looking amongst his comrades. It was as though he was silently begging them to contradict his idea.
Carlos Guerrero
 player, 42 posts
 Homeless
Wed 17 Jul 2013
at 16:55
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
In reply to Arthur Wynstanley (msg # 20):

"Thankee,"
says Carlos to the proferred drink. He looks abashed or possibly guilty and does not meet Jebediah's eyes, but replies to his question.

"There were stones in the cave." He puts the one he found on the table.

The stone in Carlos' hand was smooth, worn by centuries of water caressing its surface.

 "Though, just a stone, maybe. Many of them, with letter in each. When I child, we did this."

Carlos pantomines etching a stone.

"'C' for Carlos. Then, we trade stones. But these, I not know. The letters were like a 'C' or a 'V' or an 'M', and all I think is these numbers of Rome and Church."


"This," he runs a finger around the drawn and inscribed archway, "I don't know. Maybe Angels write this, and our demon, hmmm, chained by it. We copy it, we chain it, eh?"

He frowns skeptically at Arthur's book when it appears, not sure what to make of it.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:03, Wed 17 July 2013.

Ethaniel Drake
 player, 68 posts
 Captain
 Alpha
Fri 19 Jul 2013
at 05:37
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Not uncharacteristically, Captain Drake remained quiet whilst his crew shared their bounty and news from their day of investigation.

His fingertips met in an arch under his nose, as he leaned against the chair's backrest, his head tilted down, powerful eyes moving like lightning from one person to the next, and across each proffered clue.

It was clear he was slowly forming a plan.

"It seems we 'ave three places t'be t'night. Tailin' Chick 'n the lad; soakin' up the Cardinal's hospitality o'er a meal; 'n in the stables, preparin' horse 'n cart for a quick departure...

...question is - who to put where?"
he said indecisively.

"We need some muscle or sharpshooters to make sure these two come back unharmed," he gestured to My Dauphin, "a sharp mind with a good eye keeping this one out of trouble," he gestured at Mr Clarke, "and Rosa, I'll be needin' you to get some more horses; the two sturdiest, covered carts from the village; and load them up with our belongin's."

Leaning closer, he looked over Carlos' and the boy's etched stones, Jero's drawing of the archway from the tunnels, the barman's amulet, and the purser's tome from the market.

"I'm still not sure how these pieces all fit together... if at all." he despairingly concluded.

OOC - Just waiting to hear from the Keeper's about the questions that have been asked about each of these visual clues, before making any decisions on what to do with them.
Jeronimo Felipe
 player, 105 posts
 Surgeon, illustrator.
Fri 19 Jul 2013
at 11:42
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
So - at what point and which team will actually do the job we came for?
 

Ethaniel Drake
 player, 69 posts
 Captain
 Alpha
Mon 22 Jul 2013
at 10:28
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
"Patience, Mr Felipe." Drake said sternly. "We'll come to that. Aye, by the looks o'it the grab is the easy part. Stayin' alive 'n not letting this... sect get the better o'us? Hate to be the one to admit it, but we're in somethin' deep here. Somethin'... sinister."

Drake faced Arthur and threw his arm out, his fingers slightly wiggling, the bracelets and bangles on his wrist jangled a little. "The merchant woman gave you a warning, man? I ain't ever heard'a no book that came with a warning. Let us cast an eye o'er it, Mister Wynstanley."
Keeper through Time
 GM, 241 posts
 Luminous being in
 whom the narrative meets
Mon 22 Jul 2013
at 11:50
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
The Language of the Archway and the Stones
There were seven, exquisitely smooth stones in Rory's possession, that had been etched into, do indeed share commonalities with that of Jero's archway. Whilst not every symbol was seen in both stones and sketches, there was an obvious abhorrent symmetry inherent in the designs. Not only did their disturbing shapes give One goosepimples, but their high detail, complexity and unnerving indication of intent lent the gruesome characters' author some semblance of inhumane intelligence... Whist on the other hand, the letters carved into the stone Carlos shares looks vastly different: rough and amateur.

If you want to inspect the characters carefully, please make a roll for each skill you think might identify the language.
A successful Geology roll might be useful when inspecting the stones.

The Archway
The purpose of this archway cannot be ascertained from Jero's skilled sketch. Only the language expertly etched into each individual voussoir yield immediate information.

A successful roll in geology or architecture may be useful.

Art's Tome
The book is bound in deep mahogany-coloured leather. Embossed into it is a thick border of golden leaves and vines, and in the center is the impression of a crowned head within a circle, dyed black. There is no writing on the cover. Opening the book reveals what appears to be Italian writing.
To skim the book will take an hour and a successful roll in Italian.
To study the book will take five straight days.

The Amulet
A small, plainly carved and polished piece of bone upon a thin length of worn leather. Upon the bone was inscribed a very fine symbol - unlike that seen on the archway or seven stones. It's origin appeared very different, in fact.

If you want to inspect the characters carefully, please make a roll for each skill you think might identify the language.
A successful Natural History or Biology roll might be useful when inspecting the bone.

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:10, Mon 22 July 2013.

Jeronimo Felipe
 player, 106 posts
 Surgeon, illustrator.
Mon 22 Jul 2013
at 16:26
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Jero defers to the Captain. He looks at the stuff people are showing. He does not know very much outside his medical expertise.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 15:17, Tue 23 July 2013.

Carlos Guerrero
 player, 43 posts
 Homeless
Tue 23 Jul 2013
at 13:26
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
14:22, Today: Carlos Guerrero rolled 65 using 1d100. Natural History on the bone amulet. Fail.

From his youthful travels, Carlos thinks he might have seen this type of bone before, but alas has not, or cannot remember.
Arthur Wynstanley
 player, 66 posts
 Purser
 Gentleman & Scholar
Tue 30 Jul 2013
at 21:45
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Arthur looks inside of the tome and stops, putting it down. He's frowning and blushing at the same time.

"I don't speak Italian."

Considering the other things was similarly embarrassing. This was a rare moment where Arthur's luxurious array of eccentric academic disciplines was completely useless.

To quell the stress this failure, Arthur broke out a bottle of wine and began to nurse it over the course of the evening,
Jebediah Clarke
 player, 63 posts
 Preacher
 Drinker
Tue 6 Aug 2013
at 06:40
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
08:35, Today: Jebediah Clarke rolled 37 using 1d100. Examine Carlos' stones with geology.
08:34, Today: Jebediah Clarke rolled 22 using 1d100. Examine Carlos' stones with Latin.

Jeb examines the stones Carlos has left on the table hoping his Latin background and understanding of geology would reveal more to him about the purpose and meaning of the stones, as well as their origins.
Jebediah Clarke
 player, 64 posts
 Preacher
 Drinker
Wed 14 Aug 2013
at 07:09
Re: Chapter 4: Rendezvous
Jeb blinked and suddenly he was alert.  He felt as though he had lost track of time and a well had passed by.  But all his companions were sitting around as though nothing had changed.  A bit to much of the special brew, he muttered to himself.

Suddenly remembering the passports Rory had retrieved this morning, Jeb pulled them out and placed them on the table.  For all to see.  Hopefully these could be of use in tonight's activities.