IVC - The House of Mourning.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
Kirby Hackett
 player, 124 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 15:20
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Kirby Hackett rolled 88 for Spot Hidden 50% and 100 for Occult 30%. Sad.
Colonel Travis
 player, 157 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 19:11
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
OOC:

Spot Hidden: Pass (52 vs 60)
Occult: Fail (96 vs. 25)

14:10, Today: Colonel Travis rolled 96 using 1d100.  Occult (25%).
14:10, Today: Colonel Travis rolled 52 using 1d100.  Spot Hidden (60%).

The Keeper
 GM, 161 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 20:23
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Both investigators have the sense that the symbols have some kind of occult or ritual significance, but neither of the men immediately recognizes any of them, save for the Krewe's adopted sigil.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 125 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 13:23
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Hackett indeed presses his hand to the 'door' to the right of the yellow emblem.
The Keeper
 GM, 162 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 14:25
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Hackett's hand passes through the wall.

No harm comes to him. On the other side, the writer can feel that the still air is cool and humid.
Colonel Travis
 player, 158 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 14:34
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
The Colonel watched fearfully, wanting to restrain Kirby or pull him out, but transfixed by the spectacle and fearful of noise. If hands could go out and through that barrier, could sound as well? Could they be seen through that twisted portal?

Had Peter Garvin been dropped out of such a portal himself, perhaps having entered here, been mauled by a gator, and then thrown out of a similar portal that lead to the sky over the Tulane campus?

This message was last edited by the player at 14:35, Wed 13 Apr 2016.

Kirby Hackett
 player, 126 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 14:53
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Kirby withdraws his hand and turns to look at his companion, grinning nervously.

"Now what?"
Colonel Travis
 player, 160 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 19:29
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
"Well, this may be how they're getting the swamp people through. It doesn't tell us much else, though maybe this is also how they've dropped Garvin from an impossible height. I feel like we're tracing Garvin's footsteps, and I don't know that I much like it," he said. Quietly.

"I think we explore the rest of this place. See what there is to see, then get out, and reconvene with d'Anjou."
Kirby Hackett
 player, 127 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 19:41
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
In reply to Colonel Travis (msg # 25):

"It seems pretty apparent that no one's lived in this house for a while, Colonel. Which makes me wonder where Fowler has been living? Let's look upstairs at the bedrooms."

He places the screen back in front of the 'door' and heads up the main staircase.
The Keeper
 GM, 163 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 03:25
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Climbing the wide staircase, the two investigators' footfalls seem loud inside the large, empty house, despite the fact that both are striving to be quiet.

Reaching the upper floor, Hackett and the Colonel can see that to the west, there is a hallway lined with several rooms, the doors of which are all shut. On the southern wall, adjacent to the western hallway, a pair of doors stand open, leading into a sitting room which appears unused, sheets covering all of the visible furniture.

To the east, both men can see another hallway, parallel to the western corridor. Most of the doors that the investigators can see are standing open and one room, the first in the hallway, is lit by a dim electric light. Although neither Hackett nor Travis can make out a great deal of detail from where they stand, the furnishings that are visible suggest that it is a child's room.

Directly across from the top of the stairs are a series of large windows, which stretch from floor to ceiling. Heavy curtains, the color of red wine, cover each window completely, keeping most of the upper floor in dim shadow.

Neither investigator hears any noise or sees any movement. The residence is still.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 128 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 14:02
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Hackett holds up a hand and puts his finger to his lips. He points out to the Colonel the clear trails through the dust to and from the eastern hallway, several of which lead to the child's room. The dust in  the western hallway is undisturbed.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:33, Sun 17 Apr 2016.

Colonel Travis
 player, 164 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Tue 19 Apr 2016
at 20:33
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
The Colonel nodded at what he thought was Hackett's suggestion that they go down the hall and took the lead, endeavoring to move as quietly as he could in an empty and quiet house. He had served in combat engagements where he needed to move quietly in man made terrain and even in the interior of buildings, so he had some experience in how to place his feet and the pressure with which he would need to step, though it had been a while since then. He moved into the eastern hallway, looking into the rooms he saw one by one, seeing what there was to see.

15:30, Today: Colonel Travis rolled 31 using 1d100.  Sneak (50%).

Kirby Hackett
 player, 129 posts
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 03:42
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Kirby watches the older man move silently along the hall. He's somewhat nonplussed, as he figured they'd just leave, having found signs of occupancy.

He's certain he can't move as quietly as his friend, so he just stays put.
The Keeper
 GM, 167 posts
Thu 21 Apr 2016
at 02:54
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
The Colonel quietly surveys the rooms in the eastern hallway, finding no one present in any of them. Some of the chambers, a music room and a room that was apparently once devoted to sewing, appear to have been unused for quite some time.

The bed in the master bedroom has tousled sheets. A number of discarded clothes litter the floor. A white painted dresser that is feminine in appearance, occupies the east end of the room, and appears undisturbed. An oak chest of drawers on the western side has several drawers open, socks and undershirts hanging from some of them. As well, the Colonel can see a closet, the door of which is open, its contents in messy disarray. Travis quickly surmises that this is one of the few rooms in the home that sees any occupation, likely by Randall Fowler.

Moving back down the hallway, Travis passes a cluttered bathroom and an empty linen closet before halting at the lit child's room. Looking inside, the Colonel can see that numerous photographs have been pinned up on the wall of the room, as well as spread across an otherwise empty table. On the neatly made bed, Travis spies a number of mementoes: a rag doll, a necklace of white porcelain beads, and a bundle of crumbling flowers. On a shelf above the bed, the Colonel notices a number of partially burned white votive candles.

In one corner of the room is a desk, upon which are a pair of photographs, a page of notebook paper which is yellowed with age, a journal with a fountain pen beside it, and a slender book with a black cover. A straight backed chair sits in front of the desk. Looking carefully, it seems to the Colonel that the desk, and its contents, are the only items in the room not covered in a thin layer of dust.
Colonel Travis
 player, 165 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 19:44
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Careful not to disturb the dusty parts of the room he moves to take a closer look at the journal and the black covered book.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 130 posts
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 20:24
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Seeing the Colonel go into the room, Kirby goes down the hallway to stand in the door.
The Keeper
 GM, 169 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 17:12
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Hackett surveys the room, his eyes drawn momentarily to the large number of photographs posted on the walls. Studying them momentarily, Hackett can see that most feature either an attractive, dark haired woman in her thirties or a cheerful girl that is roughly eight or nine years old. In some of the pictures, Hackett can see Fowler with the two females, who are obviously his wife and daughter.

The Colonel steps over to the desk, looking first at the open journal. At a glance, he can tell that the handwriting is the same as that in the notebook he found at the Krewe's warehouse, indicating that it belongs to Randall Fowler. The writing on the aged loose page, however, is not, the spider like script appearing as though it would take a fair amount of concentration and effort to decipher.

When the Colonel's eyes fall to the black covered book, the first thing that he notices is that it is embossed with the swirling symbol that the Krewe of the Swords has adopted, its yellow color bright in the dim room. As he gazes at it, the sigil seems to come alive, appearing to squirm, worm like, from the book's cover, tendrils reaching up for Travis hungrily, the scent of decay suddenly heavy in the stale air.

OOC: Colonel, kindly give me a Sanity roll. There is no penalty if you pass. If you fail, roll 1d6 for Sanity Loss.
Colonel Travis
 player, 166 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Tue 26 Apr 2016
at 20:04
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
At first the Colonel leaned forward towards the book, somewhat mesmerized by it before recoiling away from it in terror.

"Hackett...there's somethin' wrong with that book," he said, nearly gasping.

OOC:

Can he make out any of what's written on the loose page?

Lost 2 Sanity

17:22, Sat 23 Apr: Colonel Travis rolled 2 using 1d6.
17:22, Sat 23 Apr: Colonel Travis rolled 81 using 1d100.  Sanity (75).

Kirby Hackett
 player, 131 posts
Wed 27 Apr 2016
at 18:11
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
"What's that, Colonel?" Kirby asks, reaching out to pick up the book and look it over, "No pictures?"
The Keeper
 GM, 171 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 01:37
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Blinking, the Colonel is able to refocus on the black book's cover, seeing that the sigil on its cover is now just that: nothing but a swirling symbol printed in bright yellow. When Hackett approaches to look at the volume more closely, the writer realizes that it is another copy of the play that Albert Del Rio provided to him earlier in the day: The King in Yellow.

Travis, meanwhile turns his attention to the loose page. Taking a moment, the Colonel finds that he can understand what it written there, though the script and some of the language employed require him to use considerable concentration.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 134 posts
Mon 2 May 2016
at 13:07
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Kirby looks at the book.
Colonel Travis
 player, 167 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Mon 2 May 2016
at 17:45
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Travis took the page, folded it up and slid it into his jacket pocket. "I think we have what we need. I think it's time we get outta here before we overstay our welcome."
The Keeper
 GM, 173 posts
Tue 3 May 2016
at 15:00
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Hackett looks closely at the copy of The King in Yellow, confirming that it appears to be similar in every recognizable way to the copy provided to him by Del Rio. Hackett does not experience the same unsettling effect from the symbol on the cover as he did with the volume from Del Rio's shop, but the writer suspects that, based on his reaction, Colonel Travis did.

Glancing at the journal, Hackett notices that the most recent entry is dated yesterday. Scanning the contents briefly, Hackett can see that the writer, presumably Randall Fowler,  speaks of "...stepping through the gate downstairs, into the swamp south of the city, where the ceremony will be held."

The Colonel eases the aged piece of paper into his pocket. The house remains silent. Neither investigator hears the sounds of anyone driving up to the home, or approaching on foot.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 136 posts
Wed 4 May 2016
at 14:43
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
"The bookseller, Del Rio, gave me a copy of this," Hackett says slowly, slipping his hand into his pocket to touch the slim volume, "Same symbol on the cover. It... bothered me, somehow.

"I think we should take the journal, too. We haven't leisure to read it here."

The Keeper
 GM, 176 posts
Fri 6 May 2016
at 19:06
Re: IVC - The House of Mourning
Slipping the journal into an empty pocket, Hackett follows the Colonel out of the room and down the wide staircase to the first floor. The large house remains silent. The only noises the two investigators can hear is that of their own soft footfalls and breathing.

Reaching the front door, both men pause, looking and listening for any traffic out on Lakeshore Drive. The street is still. Exiting the house, they make their way down the sidewalk, unobserved by anyone in the vicinity.

As the Fowler residence recedes behind them, a rumble in the gray sky overhead promises rain.