IVE - A Night in the Quarter.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 351 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 18:21
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
"Certainly," the detective responds, entirely missing whatever it is Hackett is getting at. He drifts after the Colonel and the policeman.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 231 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 19:20
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
As the Colonel walks through with Quinn and the reporter and Miss Hodges follow, Kirby sits down at the table, shaking his head and reaching for the booze. He tips a couple of fingers into a glass and waits.

On second thought, he goes to the cabinet, gets two more glasses, and pours two more drinks.
Thomas Quinn
 NPC, 12 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 20:37
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Detective Quinn steps into the bathroom behind the Colonel. Focusing on the creature in the bathtub, he blinks, momentarily transfixed by the horrific sight. Swallowing hard, his face registers an expression of disgust which fades after a moment, replaced by a frown of concentration. Stepping closer to the beast, he lets out a shuddering breath, allowing his eyes to travel the length of its form before turning to Travis.

"You said this thing appeared here, at your home...on the same day Screech threatened you?"

14:29, Today: Thomas Quinn rolled 80 using 1d100.  Sanity.

14:34, Today: Thomas Quinn rolled 1 using 1d6.  Sanity Loss.

Dorothy Hodges
 NPC, 15 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 20:42
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Hodges follows Travis, Quinn, and d'Anjou into the bathroom. When she notices the creature in the bathtub, she becomes completely still. For a long moment, her only discernible movement is the blinking of her eyes.

When Quinn and the Colonel begin to speak, she suddenly emerges from her paralysis. Grinning as though she has just been told an unbearably funny joke, she turns to d'Anjou and says, with precise enunciation:

"Doctor Foster went to Gloucester,
In a shower of rain;
He stepped in a puddle,
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again
"


The rhyme finished, she begins to giggle uncontrollably, tears welling up in her eyes.

14:36, Today: Dorothy Hodges rolled 94 using 1d100.  Sanity.

14:36, Today: Dorothy Hodges rolled 6 using 1d6.  Sanity Loss.

14:48, Today: Dorothy Hodges rolled 35 using 1d100.  INTx5.

As each of you may have discerned from that series of rolls, Miss Hodges is Temporarily Insane. She will likely require some degree of supervision until her condition improves. The good news is that...

15:05, Today: Dorothy Hodges rolled 1 using 1d10.  Temporary Insanity Length.

...it will only last for an hour, after which she may benefit from a bit of rest.

Simon d'Anjou
 player, 352 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 21:47
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
d'Anjou blinks at Miss Hodges' statement on the natural curiousity before her. "...what?"

Then he notices the tears, and looks from her to the neat but evident gunshot wound that was the cause of death. "Oh. Oh dear. It's quite clean, though, see? No blood. Looks like the stress caught up with you after all..." he's dropped back into the soft tone he used to coax her out of the shop and get her talking, clearly concerned.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 232 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 22:09
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Hearing the feminine giggles from the bathroom, Hackett shakes his head.

Oh, I was afraid of that.

He takes a sip of his drink and tips a bit more into the glass he prepared for Miss Hodges.
Colonel Travis
 player, 279 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Wed 12 Oct 2016
at 18:04
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
"Indeed," he said. "Now, we could surely consult some experts on zoology from the university, as I have never seen flying animal bearing any similarity to this in all my days, but I would wager that a creature such as this would be capable of carrying a human and dropping him from a great height and those claws certainly seem capable of leaving marks on a man similar to what were on young Peter Garvin," he said.

"While it sounds an incredible suggestion, I think it might make more sense than the official conclusion on Garvin's death, for which the individual pieces of evidence don't seem to add up. This would explain both the claw marks, and why the physical evidence suggests that Garvin fell from a height higher than any of the buildings on campus from which he might have fallen or been thrown."
Thomas Quinn
 NPC, 13 posts
Thu 13 Oct 2016
at 02:07
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Quinn is silent as Travis shares his theory. Moving closer to the bathtub, the police detective crouches, looking closely at the creature's feet. Clasping his hands in front of his face, almost like a man at prayer, he remains quiet, lost in thought, for several minutes.

Standing, he moves closer to the beast's outstretched wings. Shaking his head, he says, "I'd have to look at Garvin's file again, but I'm almost certain the wounds on his shoulders would match up with this...thing's claws. And the wings...well, as you say, they certainly make clear how the young man could have fallen so far."

He turns to face Travis. "But, Colonel, you and I both know I can't put what you're suggesting in a formal report. That some creature that doesn't exist in any biology text swooped down and snatched a man, then dropped him to his death, all at the behest of...Screech? A voodoo practitioner? And why? Because Peter Garvin was looking too closely at the man's occult beliefs? His spiritual practices?"
Dorothy Hodges
 NPC, 16 posts
Thu 13 Oct 2016
at 02:08
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Hodges grins broadly at d'Anjou, tears, descending her cheeks. She gives the private detective a supportive squeeze on the shoulder. "Oh, Mr. d'Anjou, I'm fine..." Another giggle escapes her throat. d'Anjou has the unsettling sense that the sound is almost involuntary.

Leaning closer to d'Anjou, Hodges lowers her voice to a whisper, as though she is sharing a scandalous bit of gossip with him.

"Bobby Shafto's gone to sea,
Silver buckles at his knee;
He'll come back and marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!"

"Bobby Shafto's bright and fair,
Panning out his yellow hair;
He's my love for evermore,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!"


She lets out another giggle, then covers her mouth, a look of mingled surprise and embarrassment on her tear stained face.
Colonel Travis
 player, 280 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Thu 13 Oct 2016
at 03:05
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
"Detective, I know you can't put this in a report before anybody, and I wouldn't ask you to. I just wanted you to see this. When I came to see you in your office, you seemed equally confounded by the inexplicable nature of Garvin's death. I thought that managing to make some sense of this all might perhaps bring you some relief, even if it frustrates that there's no evidence upon which to premise an arrest or conviction," he said.

"You ask as to what purpose Screech might have hypothetically wished to kill Garvin for, and I would bring to mind the strange yellow signs that you've seen in conjunction with various murder scenes. Maybe Garvin got too close to the truth behind whatever Screech is planning. He's the one putting up these signs, you know."

"But just because you can't prosecute an arrest based on this doesn't mean you can't use it to point you in the right direction. Too many coincidences here to mean nothing. Screech threatening me with the same fate as Garvin, and this thing showing up here on the same day. Garvin's physically inexplicable fall and the claw marks, and a flying animal with that kinda claw. Funny yellow signs that Screech is putting up turning up involved with murders. It doesn't give you anything concrete to make an arrest based on, but it points you in the right direction. If I had more of any value I'd give it to you."
Kirby Hackett
 player, 234 posts
Thu 13 Oct 2016
at 04:13
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Hackett stands, picking up two of the glasses, and walks toward the bathroom. At the door, he beckons d'Ajou over, indicating that he should bring Miss Hodges as well.

"Simon, why don't you give the young lady this nerve tonic" --handing him one glass-- "and walk her into the kitchen. See if you can get her address and the name of someone we can call to stay with her tonight. I expect she's had all the excitement one person needs for today."

He extends the other glass to Quinn: "Here, Detective, you look like you could use some nerve tonic yourself."

He leans against the door jamb.

"Y'know, Colonel, I wonder if Papa Screech isn't fixing to spring something really big at the Krewe of Swords Mardi Gras ball over at Fowler's big, empty house. Could be all them yellow squiggles are meant to unsettle folks, get them primed for it. Maybe Garvin got to close to that and that's why he was killed."
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 354 posts
Fri 14 Oct 2016
at 13:10
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
"O-okay then," the detective agrees to Miss Hodges' confidence. "How about we go away from the shot thing, hmm?"

He gently takes both hands to lead her away, humming a bit of calinda for encouragement, at least until Hackett proffers over a glass. "Thanks." He holds it out like a carrot for her, steering Miss Hodges out into the hall and back towards the kitchen. "Come on, back to the nice warm place..."
Thomas Quinn
 NPC, 14 posts
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 23:06
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Quinn nods at Travis' words. Accepting the glass from Hackett, he smells the liquid, raises an eyebrow, then drinks half the contents in one gulp. "Strong tonic," he says with a sardonic grin.

Returning his attention to Travis, he says. "You're right, of course, Colonel. The value in this...discovery rests in what it reveals about Screech and the Krewe of the Swords. They're clearly up to no good. There's bound to be something they've got their hands in. I'll put a detail on their headquarters on Dauphine. Keep watch on them. I'll also dig into the Krewe's financial dealings. Especially Randall Fowler's. Anything suspicious, we'll bring them in."

He pauses to finish his drink, returning the glass to Hackett. "It is good to have an understanding of what happened to Peter Garvin, even if I can't take action on it. Yet. I am glad to know I wasn't out of my mind, seeing it the way I did."

He glances back at Hackett. "The masquerade ball? On Mardi Gras night? We can get some men there if you suspect they might pull something."

OOC: A possibly unnecessary note, but just as a reminder, calendars associated with the Krewe and Randall Fowler have denoted something important transpiring on the night prior to Mardi Gras.
Dorothy Hodges
 NPC, 17 posts
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 23:06
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Hodges readily follows d'Anjou's lead, her attention almost wholly absorbed by the glass. "Oh, yes," she says softly, "A drink would be simply lovely..."

As she and the detective walk back to the kitchen, d'Anjou hears Hodges singing softly, her voice barely above a whisper:

"Farewell and adieu to you, Spanish ladies,
Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain;
For we're under orders
For to sail to old England,
And we may ne'er see you fair ladies again.
"


Once in the kitchen, she returns to her seat at the table, momentarily distracted by the sight in the window. The few droplets of rain shifted into a steady shower. She studies the scene, then looks to d'Anjou. "Do you think this rain will ever stop, Mr. d'Anjou? It's so hard to have good spirits when it's always pouring."
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 355 posts
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 23:20
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
d'Anjou slides the glass across the table to her, still clearly concerned. "Here are some to start with, at least," he offers. "Could you tell me if you have a friend who could stay with you today, and maybe tonight? You've clearly got a case of acute shock and need some rest."
Colonel Travis
 player, 281 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Mon 17 Oct 2016
at 19:07
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
"Yes, I think the Masquerade Ball itself may be problematic. Fowler is a good person to watch, but my opinion is that he's a patsy. I've spoken with Fowler, and I get the impression that he's a decent man, but that Screech has taken advantage of his grief and maybe naivete in some respects. When Screech spoke to myself and Mssr. d'Anjou, he told us he wanted us not to maintain a friendship with Fowler," he said.

"At least until after Mardis Gras. He was very clear that once Mardi Gras was over, we were free to do as he pleased with his full permission," he said, his tone indicating what he thought of Screech giving him permission to do anything. "But I can gather that from his tone, there's something that's going to happen either at that ball, or the day before. I can't quite say what at the moment, but I would guess it is something nasty."
Dorothy Hodges
 NPC, 18 posts
Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 01:20
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Hodges hums a few notes of a wandering tune that d'Anjou is unable to identify. Holding the offered glass in both hands, she takes a drink, releasing a trembling breath as she returns it to the table.

"Elizabeth...Elizabeth Simmons," she says in answer to the detective's inquiry. "She's my closest friend in New Orleans. She lives here in the Quarter, on Saint Philip."

She takes another sip of the liquor. A fresh giggle rises in her throat. "Mr. d'Anjou, where did that animal in the bathtub come from? It's really most remarkable."
Thomas Quinn
 NPC, 14 posts
Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 23:05
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Quinn's eyes drift back to the monster in the bathtub. Frowning, he jots a few notes in his notebook. "My first thought would be that Screech and his friends have Fowler tangled up in some kind of swindle, one that'll be done by Mardi Gras. And they don't want anyone helping him see the light before then."

He points to the creature. "But if Screech has things like that at his beck and call, who knows what he and his people are into?" Flipping the notebook closed he says, "I think I'll still take a look at Fowler's financial dealings. If I can figure out what Screech has tricked Fowler into buying, it might clue me into his plan. And I'll see if my Captain can finagle me and a couple of other officers invites to that ball."

"If you get any hint of what they're up to, give me a call."

This message was last updated by the player at 23:05, Wed 19 Oct 2016.

Simon d'Anjou
 player, 357 posts
Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 23:00
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
d'Anjou offers Miss Hodges a little more medicine. "Will she be in? I'm sure the Colonel would let me borrow an umbrella to see you over there."

"As for where the sky alligator hails from, I think they're South American. They're certainly not right for this part of the world, and you can see how such a creature might be dangerous. I'm terribly sorry about the - you know, how it died, by the way. Didn't really think that one through."

Kirby Hackett
 player, 235 posts
Sun 23 Oct 2016
at 12:43
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
In reply to Dorothy Hodges (msg # 172):

Hackett comes into the kitchen.

"Does Miss Simmons have a telephone?" he asks, "We could ring her up and collect her on the way, perhaps."

He collects the bottle and puts it up in a cupboard before it can start causing new problems.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:44, Sun 23 Oct 2016.

Dorothy Hodges
 NPC, 19 posts
Mon 24 Oct 2016
at 16:39
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Hodges nods in response to the information about the monster. "I've never...seen anything..." She tries and fails to suppress a laugh. "Anything like it. And I've been to the zoo in San Diego. Went two years ago. They didn't have anything that resembled it there."

She takes another drink, tracking the bottle with her eyes, her expression one of disappointment as Hackett returns it to a cabinet. "I think Liz will be in," she tells d'Anjou. "She does secretary work for a couple of lawyers here. With Mardi Gras so close, the courts have been slow for the past week. That's what she told me, anyway."

Nodding to Hackett, she dictates her friend's telephone number to him.
Kirby Hackett
 player, 237 posts
Tue 25 Oct 2016
at 14:37
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Hackett gets the number and takes the instrument as far from Miss Hodges as the cord will allow.

When Elizabeth answers, he explains what has happened and asks the young lady to stay with Miss Hodges to help her through the shock.
The Keeper
 GM, 292 posts
Tue 25 Oct 2016
at 21:33
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Miss Simmons answers on the second ring. Expressing dismay over the fate of Mssr. Faure, she readily agrees to meet Mssr. d'Anjou in a short time so Dorothy can stay with her at her home. Five minutes later, the private detective has departed, with Hodges on his arm.

Thomas Quinn shakes hands with Travis and Hackett, telling the Colonel that he will check in with him in the next day or two, sooner if he learns anything of importance.

Outside, the ambulance has departed and the two watchers from the corner are nowhere to be seen. A light, misting rain fills the cool air.

OOC: My instinct is to allow each investigator's errand(s) to transpire "off stage", summarize any important information (such as the Colonel's dealings with the zoologists at Tulane) and reconvene the group at an agreed upon location to make final preparations to deal with the standing stones. Is that acceptable?
Colonel Travis
 player, 288 posts
 Age 54 APP 6 SIZ 12
Wed 26 Oct 2016
at 15:45
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
OOC: Perfectly. The Colonel will receive the university people and see about his old army contact getting them a little demolitions help.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:41, Wed 26 Oct 2016.

Kirby Hackett
 player, 239 posts
Wed 26 Oct 2016
at 18:45
Re: IVE - A Night in the Quarter
Absolutely. Hackett will want to go by his place and retrieve his firearms, as well as making the purchase of blasting supplies.