February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux.   Posted by Keeper.Group: 0
Laszlo Ladmann
 player, 211 posts
 Professor of Archeology
Thu 12 Apr 2018
at 13:47
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
"No no, not exactly in that vein.  You see, many of these cults need to persuade followers by demonstrating their 'powers', if you will.  It is not unheard of for them to use powerful, mind-altering substances on unsuspecting people to convince them of otherworldly powers and entities, if you catch my drift."
Phillip West
 Drifter, 186 posts
 Odd Jobs
 Loves Chicken Diner
Thu 12 Apr 2018
at 14:31
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Phillip feels very uneasy around the coppers and says very little during the trip.  He checks and rechecks his backpack for some of the items he 'picked up' in New Orleans.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:28, Thu 12 Apr 2018.

Keeper
 GM, 571 posts
Wed 18 Apr 2018
at 01:37
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
The afternoon goes by in the Gist plantation house. The clouds thicken anticipating the coming of the sunset. The air becomes moist.
The plantation and the village of the sharecroppers fall into deep squalor and seem to have been abandoned for years. Even the big mansion suggests something perverse and threatening. Commissioner Wilson and the sheriff spend three hours interviewing the whole village, but without getting new information. Gist's sharecroppers left the plantation and those who tried to stop them either died or disappeared. The cultists have probably stolen some cattle and then headed to the swamps.
However, the old Prime insists wanting to go to the lake, but the New Orleans cops try to silence him, even with threats.
While the group is discussing in front of the wooden porch of the Gist house, the sheriff arrives with a visitor.
A woman in her forties gets out of the vehicle. Her face is pale and sad, his lips are narrow. She is a beautiful woman, one of those cases in which melancholy generates a certain charm. She is wearing an elegant cream gray suit. She looks at the house, the plantation and the fields with discomfort, as if her mind had a different remembrance of them. She reaches the porch and observes the group with a neutral face, then speaks in a firm and pragmatic voice. She asks who's Michael. Then, she speaks, because she has something to tell.

"Don't worry mister Fitzhugh, I'm going to pay for the service you've been doing so far, but I still need your skills. We found my father's body in the garden of his house. We've been investigating those days, but with not that much success. My cousins, Grant and January are missing, and I feel my father dragged them in something dangerous. Knowing you were working for him it's a hint of hope to understand what happened to him.
We don't know anything about his secret life."


She pauses.

"My father was meeting people in his house regularly. They gathered in his house about once a week. One friend of his, a student of psychology called Richard also participated. He's missing too. It seemed to me they were meeting for a seance, or something similar. I always thought my father too rational for things like that, so I thought I was mistaken. I wish I had investigated more. Anyway, my father got involved in something dangerous and was killed for that. What drove you here? What's gonna be your next step?"


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This message was last edited by the GM at 01:40, Thu 19 Apr 2018.

Laszlo Ladmann
 player, 212 posts
 Professor of Archeology
Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 14:42
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
"I wonder if they, per chance, were working with this alleged group of cultists.  Or perhaps they considered them a rival group of some sort.  Indeed, this is starting to look less like a land grab and more akin to something very personal.", he states to no one in particular.
Micheal Fitzhugh
 player, 347 posts
 Fast talker
 Fast thinker
Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 04:06
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Hearing the comment about the dead Girst again brought back the vivid image of his friend being butchered in the house they'd fled that night, not long ago. He suppressed the shudder that would have come with it, and turned his attention back to the woman.

"Thanks for the vote of confidence, miss. We've gotten close to *something* a couple times, but seem to meet heavier resistance when we do. It's been a bit frustrating, though the law hasn't completely abandoned us in this place just yet." He took out a cigarette and popped it in his hand, then held it between his lips but didn't light it.

"I'm sorry to hear about your father. His brother was already dead when we arrived; took some convincing of the local sheriff that we didn't manage to do all that, plus blow up the plantation and run off the sharecroppers, in the few hours we'd been in town." He paused, not sure it was the right time yet to tell her about January and Grant.

"Where was this...séance supposed to take place? In boston or down here on the homestead?"
Phillip West
 Drifter, 187 posts
 Odd Jobs
 Loves Chicken Diner
Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 15:45
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Phillip remains quiet during the trip and while at the plantation. He carries his backpack with care, like a mother handling her first baby.
Keeper
 GM, 572 posts
Thu 3 May 2018
at 19:28
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
The woman answer with a serious and sad face, as she canīt help admitting his father was involved in something shady, and he did that in secret.

"Albertīs meetings took place in Boston, in his house. The student of parapsychology, Richard Enright (OCC: one of the dead playng characters), met my father regularly in his house. There were other people, but I never had the chance to meet them personally. My father avoided it. Once I investigated my fatherīs note. Apparently, they were trying to develope parapsychological faculties. They were basing their reasearch on my fatherīs work about an ancient tribe of the Choctaw indians (OOC: just a remind: when Caleb Girst was killed by the shorecroppers, a notebook was stolen from the house in the plantation. The group found a page of that notebook. You still have that page. They are writings about the dayly life of the Choctaw. For some reason, the serpent men and the black cultist were interested in the same book.) In short, my father found I was poking the nose in his things and got furious. I think my father hoped to communicate with my mother somehow. She passed away some years ago. I thought he was just a visionary and I didnīt want to change his mind, at his age. I never thought such a thing would go that far. Did January and Grant come here with you? Did you meet Richard by chance?"
Phillip West
 Drifter, 188 posts
 Odd Jobs
 Loves Chicken Diner
Fri 11 May 2018
at 20:28
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Phillip listens to her and his head sinks slowly lower into his chest.  He does not make eye contact with her.
Micheal Fitzhugh
 player, 350 posts
 Fast talker
 Fast thinker
Mon 21 May 2018
at 00:56
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Fitz nods absently, trying to tie everything together that he's hearing. A book no one has seen - probably in the hip pocket of some high muckety-muck in the cult they're having problems with.

"Yes, Richard has been a great help to us. He's been consulting with Professor Laszlo about some of the things we discovered when we got here." He looks at her carefully, as if sizing her up for bad news.

"Did you get the message I sent to Albert last week? About the state of affairs on the plantation - the explosion in the basement, and his brother being found strangled in his own bed? It's important you tell me anything else you know..."

He moves forward to hold her arm and steady her, if necessary, or catch her if she's one of those fainting kinds of women. He hopes she isn't.
Keeper
 GM, 574 posts
Tue 22 May 2018
at 16:45
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
The woman nods her head. Sadness takes her face, but she fights to keep her nerves steady. She has decided to face it, and has already done the emotional work necessary for this.

"Yes, apparently, Caleb was involved too, but I think that whoever killed him wanted something from my father. My father often said he needed to go to Thibodaux to take some important notes in Caleb's house. This is all that I know. The things I could investigate lead me here."
Laszlo Ladmann
 player, 213 posts
 Professor of Archeology
Tue 22 May 2018
at 19:02
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
"Hmm, I just had a rather disturbing thought.  We are looking for a group that may be operating out of some nearby cave, or something to that effect, yes?  I was thinking about that house, the Girst estate, and that massive hole through it.  That may be our ticket to some further answers."

Laszlo pauses for a moment, contemplating something he had missed.  He begins to mutter softly, not to anyone in particular...

"There has got to be a better way than shovels..."
Phillip West
 Drifter, 189 posts
 Odd Jobs
 Loves Chicken Diner
Tue 22 May 2018
at 23:15
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Phillip tilts his head a bit and looks confused, "Professor, ahhhh... where we are going is in a swamp. You think the swamp water might have flooded the hole by now?"
Laszlo Ladmann
 player, 214 posts
 Professor of Archeology
Wed 23 May 2018
at 17:00
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
"I will admit, geology is not exactly my area of expertise, but an underground cave system of solid rock might not flood."
Micheal Fitzhugh
 player, 351 posts
 Fast talker
 Fast thinker
Thu 24 May 2018
at 02:20
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Micheal had already climbed down in the pit and knew it was not a tunnel entrance, though what lay *beneath* the rubble and dirt may have been a different story. He was convinced, though, that it had been the site of an explosion that was probably being used by those thugs to cover up the fact Girst had been strangled; it just wasn't enough to destroy the house and the evidence in one shot.

"The swamp has something bigger than a normal alligator in it. It's too dangerous to go without proper backup, and we can't have lawmen or mobs of people running around aimlessly in the muck. We need to be more sure about where we're headed."

He wondered for the thousandth time if maybe he should have stayed on the west coast.

"Did Albert have any little...trinkets...that might have had a strange letter or symbol on it? A stopwatch, a charm, a book with a funny cover?" He turned to the woman. "We encountered some people - let's call them aggressive antique dealers - who stole a book from the plantation, and tried to steal some other things from the house in the city." It was a long shot, for sure.
Laszlo Ladmann
 player, 215 posts
 Professor of Archeology
Thu 24 May 2018
at 16:31
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
"Yes, I'd imagine they were behind the theft of those statutes back in the city as well.", he chimed in.
Keeper
 GM, 575 posts
Fri 25 May 2018
at 01:18
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
OOC: Idea rolls:
Today: Keeper, on behalf of Micheal Fitzhugh, rolled 83 using 1d100 ((83)
Today: Keeper, on behalf of Laszlo Ladmann, rolled 34 using 1d100 ((34)).
Today: Keeper, on behalf of Phillip West, rolled 66 using 1d100 ((66)).
All succeeded


The three investigators remember having encountered a huge worm like creature in the swamp, when they found the body of Calebīs wife
(link to a message in this game). The creature came out of the swamp and seemed to be able to perceive vibrations. When they left the swamp, they saw the creatures making a new tunnel and disappear underground. Depending on the composition of the soil, tunnel like these are very likely to collapse after the creature passed throught. The big hole inside Calebīs house could have been eventually produced by such a creature. Maybe evoked by the black cultists…


Margaret answers to Michael.
"I searched the study of my father. I found some notes about his latest interests. He was studying an ancient tribe who used to live here in Louisiana, the Choctaw. My father was convinced this tribe practiced rituals to open hidden paths and doors. I didnīt understand what he was talking about. I suspect the people he used to meet in his house in Boston also believed that. In a passage, he says something I could not understand at all. He says he needs to conclude his research and move to Louisiana as soon as possible because he has competitors... he has reason to think an ancient cult from Africa is willing to put the hands on those rituals. Maybe those stolen things might be ralated to that."

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Laszlo Ladmann
 player, 216 posts
 Professor of Archeology
Tue 29 May 2018
at 05:01
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Laszlos' eyes go wide as the woman speaks.  It was all starting to come together now; the pieces falling into place.  As she spoke of the cult his lips began to moisten while he simultaneously recoiled as she mentioned an act of opening doors; the frightening encounter at the shack was still burning in his mind.  Could they really have discovered some sort of 'magical' ability to open portals?  No, that was pure foolishness to think.  Still, the coincidence in her mentioning such things was far too unlikely a mere chance.
Phillip West
 Drifter, 190 posts
 Odd Jobs
 Loves Chicken Diner
Thu 31 May 2018
at 14:36
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
In reply to Keeper (msg # 19):

Phillip replies softly, "Yes, they probably were related.  I guess the big question is how we go about getting justice for your family.  So, I guess that means going out to the swamp. Margaret you really should stay somewhere safe and not go with us."
Keeper
 GM, 576 posts
Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 21:49
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
In reply to Phillip West (msg # 21):

Margaret answers with firm voice.

"No way! I havenīt travelled up to here just to stay in a hotel room. My father was killed and before that, he was involved in something terrible and other persons of my family are actually missing. I want to find answers to this."

OOC: just a remind. If you were to go to the swamps, there are two trails the group can take.

1) Prime (the old ex-soldier you met in New Orleans, inside Eliuthīs house) insists the group should search near the Palourde lake, heading west from the plantation. This is the place where his platoon was attacked during the civil war. According to him, the cultists hide somewhere nearby there.
2) Some farmers say they have suffered cattle theft yesterday. One of them saw the thieves running away. They were black people. He doesnīt know if they were Caleb's workers, but he saw them heading toward the south swamps. To follow these indications, the group must take a trail going south from the plantation.

Micheal Fitzhugh
 player, 353 posts
 Fast talker
 Fast thinker
Thu 7 Jun 2018
at 21:29
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Fitz of course knows that an army travels on its stomach, and so it is very likely that these stolen cattle are being used to feed the cultists, or religious fanatics, in their swampy hideout. He has seen firsthand what they are capable of doing, though, and despite his every intention of concluding this case he's been hired on to solve, he is more than a little uneasy at the prospect of himself and three other persons wandering around in the swamp with a huger-than-alligator snake-thing and an armed group of murder hobos who may or may not have trained it to attack people in their territory.

"The idea of portals is...interesting, I suppose. I am sure we went through a passage of some sort, but I can't count out the possibility that we were also deluded by gas or hallucinogenic plants into thinking we traveled instantly between locations; for all we know it could have taken a day or more and our minds didn't mark the passage of time. We *are* in the land of voodoo and such, right? They use drugs on people all the time." He popped out another cigarette and put it in his mouth, unlit.

"I say if the local authorities are willing to concede that a double murder took place in that mansion we visited, then we should be able to lead a posse straight out to the corner of land where these cultists are holed up. Or at least get a local marshal to accompany us and be a witness."
Keeper
 GM, 577 posts
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 22:52
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux

Winston, the police commisioner who came from New Orleans along with the group is ready to give them support with his men. The local sheriff will also participate. At first, he esitated, but then Wiston convinced him to do his dute as police officer.

Now, they need to decide which trail they are going to follow to the swamps.
Laszlo Ladmann
 player, 217 posts
 Professor of Archeology
Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 17:21
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
"Well, if we are to believe this man Prime, then my vote is to head towards the lake."
Phillip West
 Drifter, 191 posts
 Odd Jobs
 Loves Chicken Diner
Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 18:46
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Phillip nods in agreement, "To the lake then?"
Micheal Fitzhugh
 player, 354 posts
 Fast talker
 Fast thinker
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 13:30
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
Fitz nods his assent. "I don't suppose it's possible for a Yankee to be deputized, is it?" he says with a chuckle. "We know there's going to be gunplay one way or another. No sense being on the wrong side of the law when the smoke clears."
Keeper
 GM, 578 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 21:15
February 19, 1920 - Return to Thibodaux
In reply to Micheal Fitzhugh (msg # 27):

OOC: I'm on a trip and I will come back July 8. As soon as I come back I will prepere the next scene

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:16, Fri 22 June 2018.