4: Loose In Lugaash.   Posted by GM StarMaster.Group: 0
Bellgrove G. B. Wander
 player, 106 posts
Tue 28 Jul 2015
at 12:37
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Bellgrove is happy to accept a drink, but beyond a thank you he says little.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 296 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Wed 29 Jul 2015
at 03:40
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Grimsby leaves a note for Dash at the desk to say they will be in 202 and then follows MacDonald and Bellgrove there.
He declines a drink but responds to MacDonald's question by quickly reviewing the recent experiences with the Vril, and concluding, "Having safely escorted Professor Strawbridge here, we plan to go on to Bourbony, but first I came to request that you would transmit a warning to our allies in Graustark of the continued danger from the Vril, ad of course a report to my department so it is aware of my present activities and what we have learned regarding the capabilities of the Vril." 

This message was last edited by the player at 04:10, Sat 08 Aug 2015.

Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 183 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Wed 29 Jul 2015
at 04:45
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 87):

Dash thanks the clerk and heads off down the hall towards the telegraph office after a nod to both Grimsby and Bellgrove.

Entering the small office, Dash looks for the usual telegraph composition pad, then begins composing the message he needs to send to his family offices in Boston.

International telegraph lines, especially the trans-oceanic lines, are open lines, with many receiving and re-transmitting stations along the way; international telegraph messages are read by many eyes.  To that end, many organizations -- banks, businesses and even governments -- make use of private codes.

Having memorized the family business code many years ago, Dash wrote out a couple of drafts of his message. To anyone except a Hawkesbury employee, the message would read as a jumble of words that made no sense. To his Great Uncle, the message would read:

To Uncle Lash from Dash. Stop. Still researching zeppelin use for family business. Stop. Scotland to South France in two days carrying passengers. Stop. South France to Balkans via Italy in four days. Stop. Potentially faster than transcontinental rail without limits of rails. Stop. Entire USA open to us. Stop. Now in eastern Africa exploring oriental trade options. Stop. May continue into Asia. Stop. Contact again soonest. Stop. Dash.

Dash handed the finished message to the telegrapher while crumpling his rough drafts into a pocket.

"Here you are, my good man." Dash said, "Get this out over the international lines as soon as you can.  Ah, I say, do you take American greenbacks?"
Ramsay MacDonald
 NPC, 3 posts
 British Ambassador
 to Lugaash
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 16:37
Re: Loose In Lugaash
"That is most disturbing," Ramsay responds. "Frankly, I'd be highly skeptical of your assertions if you hadn't already made reports, you weren't highly credible and have corroborating witnesses."

"There have been organizations such as these Vril for centuries... the Free Masons, the Illuminati and the Rosicrucians come to mind. Some are obvious, some are not, though most have secret aspects."

"I shall forward your information, and shall be on the lookout for any such incursions here in Lugaash."

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 298 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Sat 8 Aug 2015
at 04:16
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Ramsay MacDonald (msg # 89):

Grimsby responded, "The Freemasons in Britain are quite harmless, though I understand some of the foreign jurisdictions are more political. What seems to distinguish the Vril from groups like the Rosicrucians is that they appear to place more confidence in modern technology than in occult powers, which may make them more dangerous. I will be glad of your cooperation in dealing with them."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:28, Wed 12 Aug 2015.

Ramsay MacDonald
 NPC, 4 posts
 British Ambassador
 to Lugaash
Tue 11 Aug 2015
at 02:58
Re: Loose In Lugaash
"You may be right about the Masons, but I wouldn't dismiss them as harmless so readily," Ramsey replies. "And the verdict is still out on the occult. Things have happened that we can't explain. It might be very advanced science of some kind, but not everyone believes that."

"I find it hard to accept that the Vril would have any interest in Lugaash, though I supposed pink diamonds and the rumor of synthetic life might claim their attention."

"You are keeping rather quiet, Mr. Wander. Surely you must have an opinion on this matter. Do you think the Vril are a credible threat? Do you have any suggestions on what their goal is? Are they looking to conquer the world? Start a war somewhere?"

Bellgrove G. B. Wander
 player, 107 posts
Tue 11 Aug 2015
at 14:46
Re: Loose In Lugaash
When the Ambassador addresses Bellgrove he responds, "I am afraid that until recently I was rather ignorant of the Vril and despite my recent and rather unpleasant dealings with them I must admit to be not much more knowledgeable about them, your Excellency. What is apparent to me, however, is that they have more power than any private organization ought to have and they do not seem to hesitate to use that power aggressively even if they make some effort to keep it in the shadows. I'm no mathematician, but this 'one' plus 'one' seems to add up to rather more than 'two', if you know what I mean."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:48, Tue 11 Aug 2015.

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 300 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 03:31
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Grimsby comments "From what I have seen of the Vril, I quite agree with Mr. Wander.  They appear to have real power and the willingness to use it ruthlessly to obtain their goals --a dangerous combination."
Ramsay MacDonald
 NPC, 5 posts
 British Ambassador
 to Lugaash
Wed 19 Aug 2015
at 04:54
Re: Loose In Lugaash
"I won't ask where you are bound next," the ambassador adds. "The walls here often have ears, though your presence is unexpected enough that I doubt if anyone could have mustered the resources to eavesdrop on us."

"Is there anything else I can do for you?"

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 301 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 02:59
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Grimsby replies "I believe that my two main concerns were the warning to Graustark and the report to my department. Beyond that, if you have any opinion you would be willing to share --understanding that we will treat it as confidential --regarding the reliability of the present shah and his government, I would be interested to hear it.  Since we are in effect leaving Professor Strawbridge in the shah's hands, I would like to feel sure he will be safe. Do you believe the shah will be willing and able to protect the professor from the Vril once we are gone?"
Ramsay MacDonald
 NPC, 6 posts
 British Ambassador
 to Lugaash
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 05:00
Re: Loose In Lugaash
"It may be a bit cynical, but everyone has his price," Ramsey replies. "It may not always be monetary, so there is no way to know what might tempt the Shah."

"However, in the short time I've known him, he has struck me as an honorable man. He may seem the fool at times, but it's an affectation that he uses to put off his enemies, such as they are."

"Once I inform him of the Vril, he will be able to protect his new Vizier as well as anyone can."

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 302 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 02:41
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Ramsay MacDonald (msg # 96):

Grimsby responded, "I am very glad to hear such a favorable of the shah. I trust the professor's account will convince him of the need to be on his guard against the Vril --from what the professor told us, I would expect him to be very persuasive on that subject."
Meanwhile,unless my colleague has anything more, perhaps we should take our leave"
He glanced at Bellgrove to see if he had anything more to say.
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 184 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 05:07
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 97):

Dash walks up between Grimsby and Bellgrove,

"Hello, chaps. How goes it?" Dash says to his companions, then holds a hand out towards the British official.

"How do you do, Sir. Denholm Hawkesbury, of the Boston Hawkeburys."
Bellgrove G. B. Wander
 player, 108 posts
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 16:17
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Bellgrove was about to indicate that he had nothing more to add when Denholm walks up and introduces himself. He gives his fellow American a smile and nods hello without speaking.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 303 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 23:43
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Grimsby seems a trifle disconcerted by Dash's American brashness, but he simply says, "Mr. Hawkesbury has been one of our companions in the pursuit of the Vril, and has proven himself a worthy ally."
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 185 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Fri 28 Aug 2015
at 05:44
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 100):

"More than that! Our efforts to stop these international hooligans has given me a fantastic business idea!" Dash says with some enthusiasm, "I'm thinking to hire Army veterans, like myself, of America's recent...unpleasantness...with the Kingdom of Spain, and perhaps other, recently resigned or retired Army veterans, and form them into a private company that will provide protection to persons and companies from such thugs as the Vril.  I'm thinking to call it a Security Systems Consultancy."

"What do you think, sir?"
Bellgrove G. B. Wander
 player, 109 posts
Sat 29 Aug 2015
at 16:52
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Bellgrove listens to Dash's comment with interest. Being an American he is not surprised to hear that his 'cousin' has come up with an interesting business idea to exploit this situation. He has questions, but opts to let the conversation evolve before asking them.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 304 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Sun 30 Aug 2015
at 02:45
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Denholm Hawkesbury (msg # 101):

Grimsby remarks judicially, "Well, if Holmes can set up as a consulting detective, I suppose you can set up as a consulting protector."
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 186 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Mon 31 Aug 2015
at 04:12
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 103):

Dash grins back in response,

"It's just a fancy, old man -- but I'll still suggest it to my Great Uncle." Dash says, "I mean, it would basically require the creation of a private army.  But still, I don't think anyone else has considered treating the concept of 'security' as a commodity; beyond the scope of guarding property, that is."
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 305 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Tue 1 Sep 2015
at 00:57
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Denholm Hawkesbury (msg # 104):

Grimsby says with professional disdain,  "There was that Pinkerton fellow who was such a poor excuse for a Federal spy in your late rebellion. I believe he has set up an agency that professes to provide a private army for the right price, chiefly to deal with labor troubles. If his guards are no better than his espionage, I wouldn't regard him as serious competition."
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 187 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Mon 7 Sep 2015
at 12:45
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 105):

"Well, Lads, I've completed my business, here." Dash said, "Grimsby, are you done, here? Perhaps we should go find our wayward companions, and get ourselves off, once again, toward Bourbony.  We are on a tight schedule, you'll remember."
Bellgrove G. B. Wander
 player, 110 posts
Mon 7 Sep 2015
at 18:00
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Bellgrove makes clear by his nod and body language that he is ready to leave as well.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 306 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Tue 8 Sep 2015
at 01:26
Re: Loose In Lugaash
Grimsby replies, "Yes, indeed, there is no knowing what the Vril may be plotting in Bourbony."
Ramsay MacDonald
 NPC, 7 posts
 British Ambassador
 to Lugaash
Tue 8 Sep 2015
at 06:54
Re: Loose In Lugaash
"Well, good luck!" the ambassador responds.

"These Vril seem like a nasty bit of business."

"If you are looking for your compatriots, you should start at the Elephant In the Cellar. It's a decent attraction for visitors. There really is an elephant in the place."


He gives you directions; it's not very far away... maybe two blocks as those things are measured.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 307 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Wed 9 Sep 2015
at 03:03
Re: Loose In Lugaash
In reply to Ramsay MacDonald (msg # 109):

Grimsby bows to the ambassador and says "I thank you for your directions, and all your assistance, Your Excellency. We had best be going."  He departs in the direction indicated by the ambassador's information, assuming Dash and Bellgrove will do the same.