6: Lakshadweep or Bust.   Posted by GM StarMaster.Group: 0
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 655 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Wed 27 Mar 2019
at 02:31
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Grimsby says, "If it will not inconvenience anyone, I will use the table in the radio/chart room, as there might turn out to be material there that would help with understanding the code. Of course, if someone needs to consult a chart or the like, I can move elsewhere temporarily."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:20, Sat 30 Mar.

Marian Holroy
 player, 246 posts
 English Author
Fri 29 Mar 2019
at 15:10
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Marian will select a room, happily sharing as need be, and continue to familiarize herself with the ship. She wanted to help with the code, but admittedly such things were not her strong point...
Bellgrove G. B. Wander
 player, 250 posts
Sat 30 Mar 2019
at 06:40
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Bellgrove had spent the last twenty minutes familiarizing himself with the controls. As was typical of this type of airship, there was a seat for a pilot and a second seat for a co-pilot.

The controls were partially labeled, but it was in a language he didn't know and didn't even recognize... probably Vril... if that was even a language.

The layout was fairly standard, though. There wasn't too much he could get wrong.

"Okay, I'm ready to take this ship out!" he called back to the rest of the ship. "Last chance to change your mind!"
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 656 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Sun 31 Mar 2019
at 03:13
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Grimsby seats himself in the radio cabin and starts studying the coded texts. He brings out a pen and a small notebook from a pocket and begins making preliminary notes.
GM StarMaster
 GM, 430 posts
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 17:00
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
With the codebooks, Grimsby has not trouble deciphering some of the messages. Others seem to be a code within a code... not unlike Cockney rhyming slang or the old Thieves' Argot, as it's been called... and still gets used now and then.

So, a sentence like 'Break a loaf for mine' seems to have an obvious meaning, but seems like nonsense in context. "Break" might be short for 'break in' while 'loaf' probably means some sort of loot to be stolen.

In any case, it's rather slow going but only because he's not familiar with the code. The more he does it, though, the faster he starts to get with it.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 657 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 01:43
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Grimsby continues industriously translating the code as well as he can, trying to concentrate on the messages that seem likely to be of greater importance. This probably means chiefly the ones in the code within a code, though he may need to translate some of the easier ones to provide context.
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 331 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 02:35
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 96):

After the first hour, Dash brings Grimsby a cup of tea.  After setting the mug down, Dash pauses a moment to watch over Grimsby's shoulder as the Brit works on decoding the various notes and papers.  Dashes eyes are crossing within moments.

"Um, I say..." Dash says quietly, with just a trace of humor in his voice, "Shouldn't you play that Red Jack on the Black Queen?"

Dash quickly withdraws before the menace of the glare that Grimsby gives him...
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 658 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Sat 6 Apr 2019
at 01:35
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Once Dash retreats, Grimsby shrugs and returns to his decoding. He does gratefully sip the tea, being careful not to spill any on his notes or the original papers.
Marian Holroy
 player, 247 posts
 English Author
Mon 8 Apr 2019
at 19:52
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
For the time being Marian will start writing notes in her notebook. It was rare she had such an uninterrupted moment of peace and she decided she'd best write a few details for her book before she forgot them.
GM StarMaster
 GM, 431 posts
Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 21:40
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
At this time of year, the winds are predominantly from the south and west, so the Black Talon has a tailwind the whole way.

The ship's normal cruising speed is around 45 miles an hour, but the tailwind adds 10 to that. At that speed, you'll reach Lakshadweep in about 48 hours.


In that sense, airship travel is strange, though not unlike steamship travel or train travel, both of which are continuous. It'll need someone in the pilot's chair constantly, so probably four 6-hour shifts will work best.

Bellgrove is clearly taking the first shift, and Mercy will take the second.


Meanwhile, Grimsby works at cracking the code and decoding the journals. After the first 24 hours, he's managed to decode many references to 'the Doctor', 'the Other Doctor', 'the Professor', 'the Colonel', and Captain Hammer. There are also mention of 'the League' and 'the Consortium', as well as something called 'wonderflonium'... apparently referred to as 'stuff' as well. Grimsby isn't sure if that's supposed to the actual name of a substance or a made up name for encoding purposes. While he decodes a lot of it, it's still in oblique references. It makes sense if you know what is being referred to; unfortunately, Grimsby doesn't.

An example: 'The professor took the stuff over to the chamber with the brothers for the next phase.'

The only other reference he decodes is mention of Bali Ha'I.

There is apparently some sort of rivalry among several of these people which will be resolved once one of them gets the 'C-stuff'.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 660 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Sun 28 Apr 2019
at 03:04
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Grimsby reports his findings to the others and says, "I wonder if the "stuff" is the material the Vril were trying to seize on that Scottish estate when some of us were able to prevent their plot."
Maybelle Diggory
 player, 38 posts
 An actress.
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 15:36
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Maybelle settled into her room, and placed her bag on the floor. She had never been in an airship before, much less slept in one, so this was sure to be fascinating.
Mercy Kincaid
 Player, 142 posts
 English/Irish
 Inventor/Adventuress
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 15:57
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
"Didn't you say there were two 'stuffs' mentioned?" Mercy asked for clarification.

"The first one is this wonderflonium, right? And then there's 'C-stuff'. That does sound like the 'C' stands for cavorite... or, since it's capitalized, Cavor... as in 'Cavor's stuff'."

"The whole point of these codewords is that an outsider wouldn't know what was being referenced. Fortunately for us, we're not total outsiders--we know some of their secrets already!"

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 661 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 03:24
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Grimsby says "You have a very good point about the two materials, Miss Kincaid. I believe you are right in thinking the "c-stuff" is Cavorite. We know something of its properties, but I wish we knew more of the 'wonderflonium.'" 
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 332 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 04:37
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 104):

Dash sticks his head in through the door out to the companionway,

"Didn't the Professor, when he first told us about this, say that 'Cavorite' was what Lord Kentigern was inaccurately calling the ore they were mining--but that it was a tiny element in the ore, a rare earth metal, that the Professor said he wanted to call 'Wonderflonium', that was producing the actual effect they wanted?  Just saying..."

Dash then pulled his head back though the door--only to stick it back in a second later.

"And let me add, as a person raised in a Family Business environment, that the name 'Wonderflonium' is brilliantly fantastic!  It's the kind of name that the unwashed masses go crazy for when it gets slapped on all kinds of products--'Now with new Wonderflonium!'  By God, the masses just eat that stuff up, I tell you.  Well, toodles."
Marian Holroy
 player, 248 posts
 English Author
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 18:19
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Marian will make herself comfortable during the trip, finishing up her notes and generally exploring. At one point though she will get bored, only half following the codes. Wonderflonium was a silly and magnificent name, but when it came to such substances she was at a loss. Instead she finds Maybelle, and Rosabelle if she is interested, and asks if they would like to play a game of cards.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 662 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Wed 1 May 2019
at 03:36
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Denholm Hawkesbury (msg # 105):

Grimsby replies "Thank you for that reminder, Mr. Hawksbury. Given that wonderflonium is in Cavorite, it may well be that the Vril have been discussing the best method of extracting the wonderflonium from the "C-stuff." I will review the messages to see whether I can confirm that idea."
He spends much of the voyage continuing to work on interpreting the coded messages.
Maybelle Diggory
 player, 39 posts
 An actress.
Sat 4 May 2019
at 01:46
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Marian Holroy (msg # 106):

Maybelle nodded. "Yes, I would very much like to."
Marian Holroy
 player, 250 posts
 English Author
Mon 6 May 2019
at 17:09
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
ooc: I was going to go into the rules and specifics and all that crap, but I'll do it later! I'm in a rush and there's no time for me to delve into Victorian card games! ;P

Marian proceeds to cut the deck, having procured tea if there is any to be had, to go along with the game. Everything was better with tea.

So tell me Miss Diggory, how does one decide to become an actress? And even more curious, how did you determine you were good at it!?
Maybelle Diggory
 player, 41 posts
 An actress.
Tue 7 May 2019
at 22:23
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Marian Holroy (msg # 109):

Maybelle did enjoy tea, and she took a few sips before answering Marian's question. "Well, Papa was an actor himself on the stage, and I found his job fascinating, so he began teaching me when he noticed that I had the talent for it. When I was a little girl, he would read me stories, and the next day I would act out passages from them for my friends. "

This message was last edited by the player at 22:24, Tue 07 May.

Marian Holroy
 player, 251 posts
 English Author
Fri 17 May 2019
at 13:28
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Ah! Parents do have a way of influencing us don't they? How wonderful! My own parents were explorers before I was born. I ended up writing because of the amazing stories they told me. And now, finally, I get to have my own! I must say though, adventure is a little more dangerous than I realized! Hopefully I live through it long enough to write about it! she chuckles, dealing the cards. But you should have some nice advantages, being an actress. I've had to lie quite a bit already and when I'm prepared enough I'm passable at it, but I daresay you would be simply born for it! her eyes shine with excitement for the woman, who no doubt is wondering just what she wandered into.
Maybelle Diggory
 player, 43 posts
 An actress.
Sat 18 May 2019
at 00:57
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Marian Holroy (msg # 111):

Maybelle smiled at that, and replied, "How interesting. Yes, I suppose I would, wouldn't I?"
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 334 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Sat 18 May 2019
at 03:46
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Maybelle Diggory (msg # 112):

Dash goes looking for Connor.

"Connor, my good fellow!" Dash says, upon finding the Tiger-Man, "As we shall have a few days of semi-free time--duties of operating this airship and all that--what say we two engineers put our heads together over the idea of combining that steam-rocket backpack we got from our friend [name forgotten and I don't feel like looking it up], during that excitement over Arabia?"

"As you know, better than anyone, the steam rocket is very hard to control the flight path of--but the glider-wings that the Vril from this very dirigible used against us appeared to be quite maneuverable--but unpowered."

"What do you say, sport?  Shall we?"
Mercy Kincaid
 Player, 143 posts
 English/Irish
 Inventor/Adventuress
Sun 19 May 2019
at 08:31
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Not sure who Dash is talking to, or even thinks he's talking to, Mercy can't help wondering if he's lost his mind.

"Dash, dear... Connor isn't with us. He and Matthew remained in Bourbony at the Exposition to take care of Hugo and my booth," she informs him.

"If we're not back by the time the fair ends, he will put Hugo aboard the Falcon and they'll all come looking for us."

"If you want to collaborate on a project, you have me, Rosabelle and Professor Cavor. I know Connor thought he was a better inventor that I am, but we were still debating that point."

"Did you bring that backpack and the wings with you?"

Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 335 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Sun 19 May 2019
at 23:58
6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Mercy Kincaid (msg # 114):

"Really?  Connor's not here?  I could have sworn I saw him climb aboard as we lifted off." Dash scratches his blonde head, up under his cap.

"Maybe that hundred-foot leap out of this dirigible did more damage than we thought." Dash ponders, then grins at Mercy, "Despite landing on a squishy Vril Gatling Gunner."

"But, to answer your question, yes I have the device.  Connor and I were sharing sleeping space on the Falcon--which is far smaller than this dirigible--and he'd placed the backpack on top of my steamer trunk.  I assumed he would be coming with us, and thought he might enjoy the distraction of working on it with me, while we sailed.  So I brought it over with my own gear."