IVA - The Play.   Posted by Albert Del Rio.Group: 0
Albert Del Rio
 NPC, 3 posts
Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 00:51
IVA - The Play
Exchange Alley has begun to come to life when Hackett makes his way there after departing Travis' residence. Tantalizing smells waft into the cool air from open doors of cafes and colorful pieces of clothing and artwork are strategically placed near the entrances of shops in an effort to lure in potential shoppers. From somewhere close, blues flavored harmonica music can be heard.

The strong scent of sage hits Hackett as he steps inside Albert Del Rio's shop. The bookstore is noticeably dim. Several of the lights that had illuminated the store during Hackett's first visit are off.

Del Rio is at his seat behind the sales counter. His hair appears uncombed, as though he just risen from sleep, and his clothing is rumpled. As Hackett draws closer, he can see dark circles under Del Rio's eyes.

"Ah, Mr. Hackett," the store owner says, his voice shaky, "I believe I may have some clues regarding that symbol you inquired about."

He places a trembling hand on a black covered book that is resting on the counter.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 104 posts
Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 13:09
IVA - The Play
In reply to Albert Del Rio (msg # 1):

Kirby peers into the gloom of the shop.

"Good morning, Mr. Del Rio. Looks like you had a late night," he smiles affably, "Not on my account, I hope."

He moves closer to the counter, his eyes drawn to the black book: "What have you got there?"
Albert Del Rio
 NPC, 4 posts
Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 22:09
IVA - The Play
"It's...it's interesting Mr. Hackett. I buy stock from many sources, you understand. Estates. Libraries. Collectors liquidating their holdings. Oftentimes I...I don't even know what I have on...on hand."

Del Rio lets out a sudden barking laugh. He covers his mouth abruptly. "I apologize, sir. A late...late night of studies. It's left my...nerves a bit frayed. Nothing perhaps a....a good night's rest won't set right."

He slides the shopworn volume toward Hackett. The writer notices that the book has been turned so that the front cover is unseen, facing the surface of the counter.

"Your symbol plays a significant role in this work, Mr. Hackett. It appears to be...the sigil of the title character, the King...the King in Yellow. Who is also referred to as...Hastur, though it's hard to tell if that is a...a person or a place. As best I can determine, the symbol's proper...proper name, at least in this work, is the Yellow Sign."

He takes a deep, shuddering breath. "This isn't an academic text, you understand, Mr. Hackett. It is...it is a play. A stage play. Just sitting in one of my unsorted stacks, waiting to be found." He giggles again.

"In researching your sign, I couldn't learn much." He waves his hand above his head. "Several mentions of it in ancient histories. It's always tied to destruction, chaos, ruin. But this..." He drums his fingers on the book's cover.

"This...play it seems, is quite rare. Only one edition." Del Rio gives Hackett a rictus grin. "Printed sometime around the end of the nineteenth century. No one...no one knows by whom. Most copies were gathered up and destroyed. Burned."

He swallows. "The play...well it's difficult to interpret, but...it deals with a royal family, squabbling over the line of succession to the throne. All of which is settled , with great fear and torment, by...by Hastur, the King in Yellow, and the coming of his great city." He leans across the counter toward Hackett and whispers. "Carcosa."

"All here. Read...read it with great care, Mr. Hackett. It is...a very affecting work."

This message was last edited by the player at 22:17, Sun 28 Feb 2016.

Kirby Hackett
 player, 105 posts
Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 22:18
IVA - The Play
Hackett considers the man's words and weighs his demeanor, so different from their previous meeting. He puts his hand on the book, but neither lifts it nor turns it over.

"Why do you suppose the Krewe of Swords has chosen this symbol of... of ruin and destruction and chaos... why choose it for their emblem?"
Albert Del Rio
 NPC, 5 posts
Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 22:49
IVA - The Play
Del Rio lifts his hands, palms up, in an exaggerated shrug. "I'm afraid I couldn't guess, Mr. Hackett. The symbol...well, it's not something one would commonly stumble over when reading up on history. You'd have to know what you were looking for."

"Perhaps they want the King to return."
He giggles, then clears his throat, taking a drink from a glass of water on the counter.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 106 posts
Mon 29 Feb 2016
at 01:43
IVA - The Play
"Return?" Hackett arched an eyebrow, yet managed to keep the smirk off his lips, "But this King, this Hastur... He's just a fictional character in a play. Right?"

Not liking the way Rel Rio giggled, the way his eyes darted around the room, Kirby looks at the book on the counter. And flips it over to see the cover.
Albert Del Rio
 NPC, 6 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2016
at 03:10
IVA - The Play
Del Rio chuckles again. "Let us hope so, Mr. Hackett," the bookstore owner says, "Though one can never account for what others might believe."

Hackett turns the book over, finding on its black cover the same familiar symbol that he has seen on all of the Krewe of the Swords' posters throughout the city. However the bright yellow of the swirling symbol seems especially vivid, making it appear almost luminous against the dark background on which it is printed.

Studying it a moment, the writer perceives that the symbol seems to become brighter. Then, unexpectedly, it appears to move, a twisting, squirming motion that quickly grows in intensity, until Hackett has the impression that the writhing tentacles of the sign have begun reaching hungrily upward, stretching out eagerly to claim him somehow.

OOC: Kirby, kindly give me a Sanity roll. There's no effect if you pass. If you fail, roll 1d6 for Sanity Loss.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 107 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2016
at 03:19
IVA - The Play
In reply to Albert Del Rio (msg # 7):

[Kirby Hackett rolled 17 using 1d100 for Sanity 70.]

Kirby resists the urge to hurl the book across the room. Instead, he hurriedly slips it into his side pocket.

"How... um... How much do I owe you for the book?"
Albert Del Rio
 NPC, 7 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2016
at 14:43
IVA - The Play
Del Rio grins and shakes his head. "Not a cent, Mr. Hackett. You're welcome to take it off my hands. Hopefully, it will serve to answer some of your questions."
Kirby Hackett
 player, 108 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2016
at 19:22
IVA - The Play
"Well, thanks for your help, Mr. Del Rio," Kirby lays a five dollar bill on the counter, "Why don't you close up for the rest of the day and get some sleep. So long."

As he leaves the shop, Hackett resists the urge to put his hand into the pocket that holds the book. He hurries to catch the streetcar toward Jackson Square.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:25, Tue 01 Mar 2016.