6: Lakshadweep or Bust.   Posted by GM StarMaster.Group: 0
Maybelle Diggory
 player, 56 posts
 An actress.
Fri 26 Jul 2019
at 01:43
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Marian Holroy (msg # 173):

Ooc: Yeah, they did do that.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 684 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Fri 26 Jul 2019
at 03:43
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
"Well, even fairly straightforward conquerors could inspire devotion --look at Napoleon, for instance, though I suppose he thought he was also spreading the '"enlightened" modern French reforms as well." Grimsby responded.
Mercy Kincaid
 Player, 148 posts
 English/Irish
 Inventor/Adventuress
Sun 28 Jul 2019
at 22:15
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
"The premise of that Vril book was that the powers the Vril women have made them better able to 'lead'... though I think they meant 'rule' over the rest of the world," Mercy suggested.

"Yes, some of the Vril agents did take poison so that they wouldn't talk. It was the ones in Marseilles, wasn't it?"

"We kept the ones in Bourbony from doing the same."

"As I understood it from the information we do have... all these assassination attempts... they are trying to create world anarchy... plunge the world into a vast war and then they'll rebuild it from the ashes."

"I think that's their ultimate goal, but it does seem as if they have a bunch of other schemes going all at the same time. Didn't put all their eggs in one basket, as it were."

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 685 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 03:26
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Grimsby comments "That seems a fair summary of what we now of the Vril's goals so far. But how shall we foil their plans?""
Marian Holroy
 player, 266 posts
 English Author
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 15:26
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Marian nodded, listening in agreement. Yes, anarchy and rebuilding sounds about right. They've certainly created trouble enough already. Napoleon is a good point Grimsby. My thought is there has to be some kind of leader or hierarchy that we can perhaps target. Someone has to be organizing all this, and it wouldn't surprise me if it were the women in some form or another. I imagine finding out those responsible would be...difficult though. And not likely gleaned by questioning alone; too loyal for that. A pity this ship has not revealed more to us. But then it's probably not something one would find lying around anyway. she adds with a dry smile.
Prof. Cavor
 NPC, 9 posts
Mon 5 Aug 2019
at 02:36
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
"Pardon me for saying so if I'm wrong," Cavor says, "but I think you are already doing what you need to do."

"After all, you... well, we, now... are only eight in number. Our resources are limited. If I understand Grimsby here, correctly, he's already reported the Vril to the authorities. So, that means they are either working on the problem as well or else they don't believe anything you told them."

"In any case, it's all local. Lord Kentigern is aware of them, and will no doubt have started something."

"Those in Bourbony know about the Vril. How much can they do, though?"

"So, what you're doing is good. Disrupt any of their plans that you can find. If you do that enough, not only will you delay this anarchy from coming, but it may cause a disruption in their heirarchy... and they may come looking for you."

Bellgrove G. B. Wander
 player, 261 posts
Mon 5 Aug 2019
at 13:48
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Bellgrove smiles, unusually, at the Professor's words, "I dare say that you all hear the Professor speaking the words I ought to have a few moments ago.... Thank, you, sir!

"Our advantage has been that the Vril knew little about us, so we were by accident as well as strategy able to rescue the esteemed Professor and muck up so many of their schemes up to this point.

"The bad news is that to some extent they are now quite aware of us. If we take time away from continuing to disrupt them they will have time to recover and not only alter their plans but better counter us."

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 686 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Fri 9 Aug 2019
at 03:23
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Bellgrove G. B. Wander (msg # 180):

Grimsby added, "I quite agree that we must press on to keep the Vril off-balance, and I think that will mean doing whatever we can to frustrate their plans for Lakshadweep."
Maybelle Diggory
 player, 57 posts
 An actress.
Sat 10 Aug 2019
at 12:54
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Bellgrove G. B. Wander (msg # 180):

Maybelle laughed at that, and thought the Professor was quite interesting. He certainly has quite a wealth of knowledge, to be sure. Far more then she might have.
Mercy Kincaid
 Player, 149 posts
 English/Irish
 Inventor/Adventuress
Sat 10 Aug 2019
at 17:52
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
"That's the way I'd do it!" Mercy says. "Keep one step ahead of them."

"Just because telegraphs exist doesn't mean the whole world has them yet. Based on that, the Vril in Lakshadweep may not yet know about their ship. For that matter, the way things happened, the Vril anywhere may not know that we have the ship. Heck, they may not even know who we are... or that we exist."

"We've just been running around willy nilly, going wherever the wind takes us. Admittedly, that wind is of Vril make, but even they don't seem to know where it blows."

"The real issue is whether the Vril women have any... well, psychic abilities... such as long range telepathy or precognition. If the former, then they would be able to warn the other Vril. If the latter, then they would probably know where we are going."

"I'm not saying I believe they have these abilities, but that could be what we're sailing into."

"We still have to do it, though. Otherwise, we just give up and go home."

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 688 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Sun 11 Aug 2019
at 03:14
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
GRmsby commented,"The Vril woman in Bourbony appeared to be relying on purely mechanical, if advanced, methods of communication, so I hope the Vril have not yet developed their psychic abilities."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 03:01, Tue 13 Aug.

Marian Holroy
 player, 267 posts
 English Author
Mon 12 Aug 2019
at 15:35
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Marian nods at Mercy's concerns. Yes. My heart tells me there is far more to the Vril women than meets the eye. I don't know if it's necessarily supernatural either, but they are hiding something. If I ever get a chance to infiltrate them again...Oh I'm just so curious! she shakes her head with a laugh.
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 689 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Tue 13 Aug 2019
at 03:03
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Grimsby comments, "Courage and curiosity are both valuable qualities in a British agent --which you seem to be, for the moment."
Marian Holroy
 player, 268 posts
 English Author
Wed 14 Aug 2019
at 11:46
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Marian grins, laughing at the comment. Well thank you! Too bad that's about all I have to offer! But I muddle through with help from the rest of you. Thank goodness others know what they're doing!
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 690 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Thu 15 Aug 2019
at 03:25
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
"Well, muddling through is also said to be a British tradition." Grimsby responded.

OCC: I am not sure how early that concept orginated.
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 348 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Sat 17 Aug 2019
at 05:32
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 188):

     "Well, I may not be British," Dash says, shrugging his shoulders, "but I managed to muddle my way through the War in Cuba without catching a Spanish bullet, so why should I stop now?"

     "Alright, then, let us continue on to Lakshadweep, where we shall make an effort to disrupt the Vril plans, there.  We'll continue with the plan, hoping none of the Vril there knows Colonel Theron Schoen, personally--and we'll try to pass Bellgrove off as the Colonel.  I believe, with the Ladies, here, impersonating Vril Women and acting to 'support' the Colonel's decisions and orders, we can likely pass this off."

     "Now, as I mentioned to you, earlier, Professor, we shall have to ingratiate ourselves with the Lakshadweep Vril, and that will mean exposing you to them.  Possibly even handing you over to their keeping--temporarily, of course."

     Dash pauses a moment, as he considers an idea.

     "Alright, please check my thinking, here, everyone, as I lay out the situation, again.  We didn't find any large amounts of money, or bank drafts, or anything like that aboard this airship, so unless the Vril at Lakshadweep have such funds, we assume that they are expecting the Colonel..." Dash gestures towards Bellgrove, "...to be bringing men with him, aboard this airship, with which to steal a submarine.  But only after Professor Cavor has been...enticed...to make a survey of a submarine, and determine the feasibility of converting a submarine into a flying vessel with his wonderfloniumTM"

     "Okay, then.  If we were to assume that this is the situation we are flying into, then I believe our course of action should be something along these lines..."

     "The Lakshadweep Vril are expecting the arrival of this airship; they are watching for it.  In the papers Grimsby decoded, there were no specific orders to land undetected, so we can assume landing at the aerodrome is expected.  It follows, then, that once we arrive, we shall be met by Lakshadweep Vril representatives.  Bellgrove will impersonate Colonel Schoen.  The Ladies..." Dash gestures towards all the women,

     "The presence of Vril Women should prove to be a surprise to the Lakshadweep Vril, yes?  Their presence we can explain two ways--first, that this operation is so important it warrants, quote, 'Women's supervision', unquote, and if asked for further detail, you Ladies can just arrogantly state that the local Vril do not need to know why, they just need to obey and follow the plan as already laid out."

     "As I see it, the only thing that might upset this plan would be if there is a Vril Woman in charge, here at Lakshadweep.  Such a person could prove to be quite an annoyance, if she starts asking questions..." Dash suddenly snaps his fingers and turns to point at Grimsby.

    "Grimsby, old chap, I truly hate making these stereotypical assumptions, but...how are your Forgery skills?"
Maybelle Diggory
 player, 58 posts
 An actress.
Sat 17 Aug 2019
at 13:50
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Denholm Hawkesbury (msg # 189):

Maybelle was quite surprised at that little comment, and asked Grimsby, "You can forge?"
Bellgrove G. B. Wander
 player, 262 posts
Sat 17 Aug 2019
at 14:44
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
From the helm comes a question, "Isn't it possible that the Vril have been in negotiation with Theron Ziff or Rani Kocha Varsa for a submarine rather than coming to steal one?

"I mean, it does not seem to me that this ship was set up to perform the mission you are suggesting it should be. So... Would it not make more sense to land a team and do some inquiry into matters? See whether or not there is an official or unofficial Vril presence, and whatnot, before landing and putting on a performance that may not work because those for whom we are performing our parts already know the folks we are playing?"

Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 349 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Sun 18 Aug 2019
at 02:20
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Bellgrove G. B. Wander (msg # 191):

Maybelle Diggory:
Maybelle was quite surprised at that little comment, and asked Grimsby, "You can forge?"


     Dash quickly turns to Maybelle, making hand gestures as if clearing off an imaginary tabletop,

     "Oh, no, Miss Diggory, please don't misunderstand me!" Dash says urgently, a flush coming to his sea-tanned New Englander cheeks.

     "As he has explained, before, Mr. Baskerville is a Colonial Agent for the British Government and, you see, in American penny dreadful novels, such persons always tend to be exaggerated and represented as being trained spies, you see." Dash explains, "And while I do not believe that Mr. Baskerville, here, is any such type of person, that is the stereotype, where I come from.  And, to date, Mr. Baskerville, as a functionary of Her Britannic Majesty, has been able to get the assistance and aid of other British officials during our actions against these Vril rapscallions."

     "So, you see, my question regarding Mr. Baskerville's skills, really, was meant half in jestBut..." Dash now turns a sheepish grin towards Grimsby, "Well...one never really knows, unless one asks, yes?"
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 691 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Sun 18 Aug 2019
at 02:45
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
Grimsby shrugs, "British penny dreadfuls tend to exaggerate the skills of British agents even more than American ones, if possible. I make no great claims for my skills as a forger, but i believe I could contrive something fairly convincing in the way of an imitation of handwriting of which I had sufficient samples. We have plenty of Vril writing on hand, but unfortunately it seems to be chiefly written by the Vril who were aboard this craft, not their superiors. Just what were you thinking of having me forge, Mr. Hawkesbury?"
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 350 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Sun 18 Aug 2019
at 04:23
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 193):

     "Well, I was thinking--just as a precaution!--that you should copy those orders that Colonel Schoen got regarding 'replacing' the Vril Manager in Lithuania--only you re-write it to order the 'replacement' of the Manager, here in Lakshadweep.  Write it without mentioning names, just use the Rank or Title used in the original Order.  Then, if whoever is in charge in Lakshadweep starts asking too many questions, 'Colonel Schoen'..." Dash points at Bellgrove,

     "...Can produce the Order, accuse the local Vril Leader of--oh, I don't know, how about 'Obstructionist Activity, holding back the current Operation'?--and we can then place one of our own 'Vril Women' in charge.  Maybe Miss Marian?"

     "As for your concerns, Bellgrove," Dash adds, "You are correct, I believe.  The decrypted orders for the Colonel only give the vague instruction that he is to 'assist in acquiring' a submarine.  Now, as I said before, we didn't find any money aboard this airship, so the only resources that the Colonel would have to 'assist' with would either be his own sparkling personality, or the men that he commanded."

     "But you are right--it's entirely possible that the advance Vril group already at Lakshadweep has the resources to buy, or trade for, a submarine with them, and that they only await Professor Cavor's assessment to finalize the deal.  For all we know, Colonel Schoen's men could have been trained to operate the sub--or were to be trained to operate it--after the deal was done, and that is the 'assistance' he was to provide."

     "What I suggest we do about that is to inform the local Vril, when we meet them, that the Colonel has orders to keep his men out of sight, hidden aboard the airship, until the deal is done and the submarine is 'ours'--or they are needed to seize the submarine.  The Colonel is to do this so that the Lakshadweep officials won't know we brought such an armed force into their country, should the deal not go through."

     "But, of course, all of us loyal Vril expect the deal to happen." Dash says with a grin.

     "With Bellgrove, and his command of the German language, taking on the role of Colonel Schoen, I think Grimsby and myself should assume roles as the 'body guards' for the Professor--we will always stay within arms reach of him and look menacing.  Miss Marian and Miss Maybelle, you two should assume roles as the leading Vril Women--overseeing the mission and 'sharing' command with the Colonel.  Miss Mercy, you, too, will assume the role of a Vril Woman, but you shall be a Technical Expert, here to watch over Professor Cavor and ensure that he does not attempt to fool his Vril Masters."

     "Professor, we shall need you to act in a manner that portrays a grudging acceptance of the inevitability of your servitude to the Vril.  It wouldn't be normal if you didn't have some resentment of your situation as their unwilling servant, but you should behave as if, over the past several days--since you were kidnapped in Scotland--you have been abused, drugged, and just generally beaten down in spirit, until you've agreed to do as the Vril tell you to do."

     "We will protect you as best we can, of course, but you have to understand that, to make this plan believable, we may have to allow you to suffer some at the hands of the real Vril--verbal and mental abuse, at the least, perhaps some minor physical abuse, as well.  But I promise you, we'll not allow anything like a real beating, or any mortal injury!"

     "I'll give up the plan and just start shooting every Vril in sight, before I'll allow anything like that!  I swear!"
Mercy Kincaid
 Player, 150 posts
 English/Irish
 Inventor/Adventuress
Mon 19 Aug 2019
at 02:31
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
"I like Bellgrove's idea about landing a scouting party first," Mercy adds. "I mean, it makes a lot of sense."

"Unfortunately there's a slight flaw in that plan--how did they get to the island without anybody knowing about it? It's not like we can just walk into town."

"I suppose we could land at night, try to sneak around, and if we get spotted, claim that we were dropped off by boat."

"I'm sure Grimsby can come up with a reasonable explanation for why we are there. Survey? Assessing defenses?"

Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 692 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Mon 19 Aug 2019
at 02:53
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Denholm Hawkesbury (msg # 194):

Grimsby smiles coldly and says "I believe I can look as menacing as necessary -I trust the professor will understand that it is all a subterfuge."
Grimsby Baskerville
 player, 693 posts
 A Colonial agent
 and wandering scholar
Mon 19 Aug 2019
at 02:54
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Mercy Kincaid (msg # 195):

"'Assessing defenses' sounds reasonable to me" Grimsby commented,"Though I cannot be sure it will sound reasonable to the Vril."
Denholm Hawkesbury
 player, 351 posts
 "Right. Let's deal."
 "All Sales Final"
Mon 19 Aug 2019
at 06:26
Re: 6: Lakshadweep or Bust
In reply to Grimsby Baskerville (msg # 197):

     "Yes, it's one of those 'damned if you do' and 'damned if you don't' situations." Dash says, nodding in agreement with Grimsby, "Pardon my language."

     "The knowledge that we might gain from a reconnaissance would be quite valuable--especially if we could discover, ahead of time, if the Vril on Lakshadweep are operating openly, or not, or if we could discover to what level, if any, the Vril may have insinuated themselves into the local power structure of Lakshadweep politics."

     "I mean, if the Rani of Lakshadweep is in the Vril pocket, no matter what we might do or even prove, the Rani will always side with them.  If the Rani is a Vril puppet, it would take something like a..." Dash pauses, then grimaces at Grimsby

     "It would take something like an intervention from one of the Great Powers--like a force of British Troops sent down from India--to remove the Vril influence from the place."

     "Besides, this airship is huge!  And the engines are quite loud, on the outside.  Ye-e-e-s...the hull envelope is black, but to make a stealthy approach to land someone on the island, we'd also have to shut down those noisy engines--and when we do that, we lose most of our motive power.  Right, Bellgrove?  The rudders, without engines, only give us a small bit of control--this airship is basically just a big balloon, floating with the winds, without the engines pushing it forward."

     "And, as much as I'd love to get some advance information, before we get to Lakshadweep, it would likely take even a group of us several days to gather all the knowledge we'd like to have--and the longer any of us stay on the island, before the airship makes it's official arrival, the greater the chance that someone might be seen, or even be caught--and that would ruin he plan."

     "And then we're back to my previous suggestion of--we ruin the Vril plans by simply not bringing Professor Cavor to Lakshadweep."

     Dash sighs and rests his chin on his fist, in the classic 'Thinkers' pose,

     "If only there was some way we could get all the information we need swiftly--like in a single night..."