Clues, information and jottings.   Posted by The Keeper of Lore.Group: 0
The Keeper of Lore
 GM, 146 posts
Sat 31 May 2014
at 11:20
Clues, information and jottings.
All clues and information KNOWN TO ALL IN THE PARTY may be posted and compiled here for convenient reference.

Thus, I note till now what Lamb said as a chief chunk of data, and put it here to check as and when needed-

"To put it briefly then, we have, from the information received so far, been forced to entertain the dire possibility, that after all, Mr Sutton has been gruesomely and brutally murdered in a very clever way. One of his servants, Than Singh, appeared before us last night in a state of the most inexplicable nervous excitement. We consider it all the more surprising considering that in the past he happened to be a war – hardened Sikh. I’m sure you know how it is with them, Capt Conolly. It is safe to say that there is no situation where they of all people are willing to give up without a fight. Barring the Gurkha, of course. He had not worked in the Sutton household for a long time. Hence it seems to me rather unlikely that he would be so attached to his master as to suffer from no less than brain fever at the sight of the fallen victim. It must be said, however that there are many more circumstances associated with the incident.

It is strange that this should happen on the very day that Sutton’s house should be mostly deserted. Please mark that we are still mostly in the dark ourselves about how matters stand. But there was a holy festival to which all of Sutton's servants, being devout Hindus,  went that evening, leaving the house at 7:30 PM and promising to return by 11 o’clock, with the conclusion of the final bhajan performances. Now it must be understood that Sutton was a perfect fiend when drunk. He used to routinely abuse all his servants and therefore it would only seem natural that they were happy to seize the opportunity to be away from him on this pretext.
That left only Singh and Maya, an elderly maid in the house. Singh tells us that no sooner had the servants all marched off in Indian file, that Sutton’s son, Adrian, stormed in, to all appearances in a fit of a red-faced rage. He says that perhaps his son feared that Sutton’s servants had decided to leave him at last, and that as a result of his father’s wickedness, their reputation would finally and resoundingly suffer, with no other servants willing to work in their house.

Singh went out after that to buy some things needed in the house. When he returned, everything was abysmally quiet. Suspecting something amiss, he rushed upstairs to the door of Sutton’s room. Nothing seemed to yield an answer and the door was securely locked from the inside. Although a colossal man, putting his shoulder to it was of no avail. He then peeped in through the keyhole and says that he saw Maya standing over the corpse of his master, staring at it completely immobile. The room was in complete darkness, and the figures were silhouetted against the moonlight streaming in from the windowpanes, some of which shone from beneath Sutton’s bed, evincing that he lay by it in his strange death. Adrian was nowhere in sight. Singh called repeatedly to Maya, and though she did not move at all, he remains under the impression, which is surely the product and evidence of the extent of fear that the incident filled him with, that she called out to him in whispers. Singh had told us this much before passing out. Hospital authorities report that he is still not back to his senses.

We have been forced to keep the house under rigid protection since last night. The other servants must have heard of the matter, and have not returned yet. Today evening our team from the Detective Department, indeed the very best of them, will return from an affair that kept them out of station. We will permit them no rest, and head over directly to the scene, which we have left untouched and therefore the scent of clues baking hot. I assure you that I will convey every fresh development to you on behalf of the police. I have said the same to Lord Ruxton and Baron de Villiers, and I trust that you may now safely commit all your troubles to our keeping. I extend my deepest condolences."

And also-

There are two questions which perplex us. What became of the servants? And what is the general opinion about Mr Adrian? You see, a dearth of policemen is making our work slower. There is to be a giant holy festival of the Hindus in Banaras pretty soon. The pressure on us to ensure security for important officials of the Raj, and prevent anything untoward from happening, is immense. So while we investigate the scene, and therefore have one end of the thread of what possibly became of Mr Adrian in our hands, you can catch the other end. Such as, his activities on the day of the tragedy, his behaviour, his state of mind, his movements around his workplace, other acquaintances, clubs he went to, people he met, women in his life, if any.”
“As for the servants, most of them came from outside Calcutta. Mainly from villages. But they surely have many acquaintances and places to lie low in the city, especially since they were well-paid. They went to that fair which was held not very far from the Sutton household.

Maya was nowhere to be seen. When our constable peeped through the keyhole, her silhouette was no longer there, though Singh reported seeing and even hearing her..

I'll keep updating this, and everyone may add. In case of clues,if any, that a character has obtained but everyone else is yet to know, I think it maybe written in private lines.
Robert Harris
 player, 34 posts
Tue 3 Jun 2014
at 09:37
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
Mr. Sutton's servants:

Than SinghNoHospital2
Maya DiNoSutton Residence3
Bihari MohanYesMissing
Jai PrasadYesMissing

1caught attempting to pawn stolen goods
2brain fever
3strangely seems to have disappeared from a locked room

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Capt. Frank Conolly
 player, 62 posts
Tue 3 Jun 2014
at 09:53
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
I though Singh was in the hospital or at least in Police custody.
The Keeper of Lore
 GM, 158 posts
Tue 3 Jun 2014
at 12:10
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
In reply to Capt. Frank Conolly (msg # 3):

Singh is hospitalised. Brain fever.
The Keeper of Lore
 GM, 294 posts
 I Am
Thu 17 Jul 2014
at 07:35
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
This page will need some work now, I'd hazard.
Pathikrit Chandra
 player, 47 posts
Wed 24 Sep 2014
at 08:46
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
Singh and The Hospital
- It seems detective Mitra, Dr Goswami, and some of the nurses have ill intent for Than Singh. They tried to silence is unclear whether permanently, or just while we visited. We fear the worst.
- Pathi visited the hospital late at night. He asked one of the nurses to watch out for Singh's well being...that act might earn him a reprieve, or could hurry his fate. It is unclear of her loyalties.
- During that visit, Pathi took medical notes from the yet unread.
- Pathi asked a street urchin to follow Mitra in the evening...who went to the prison over night...presumably where he dwells.

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Pathikrit Chandra
 player, 49 posts
Wed 24 Sep 2014
at 09:25
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
Clues from the Sutton Residence

Clues explored:
Map in foreign Language - none of us can decipher.
Diary A (it was locked)from Sutton's office, and some official papers found there at random. - read: contains the original Sutton excerpt
Diary B from Sutton's lab shelf; contains the earlier Sutton excerpt,starting from February
Notebooks from shelves; read, contains chemical references
Old diary from chest.(Diary C) - read by Harris: contains chemical references.
Diary containing a letter from chest(Diary D) - read: references books, has thumb smears.
Sheaf of envelopes from Sutton's shelves - Letters to Simmons and from Jabalpur.
Notebooks from chest - read: more chemical notes
Footprints on paper - male sandals, with a whiff of sewerage.

Clues Unexplored
Silver stiletto
Random notes from the bar downstairs.
Dust from chest
Idol taken away by Arthur.
All the chemical references are not yet understood.
The folk mentioned in the letters: Simmons and Jabalpur
Pathi stole notes from Than Singh's cell.
Pathi sent a street cur to follow Mitra.

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The Keeper of Lore
 GM, 487 posts
 I Am
Sun 5 Oct 2014
at 05:41
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
 The Trusted Vaults of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, are where disputed artefacts are kept. These are of great archaeological worth, but yet may have claimants, especially on account of their usually royal origins or curio value to devoted and devastatingly rich merchants, family scions and the like.It is extremely rare that anyone ever enters them, and very few people in the whole subcontinent have the right at all to be within them. Only claimants or chief curators such as Phillip Ross.

On the 23rd of May, Ross had, in all probability, concocted a lie about quality inspectors coming for a surprise check, and this caused archaeologists and staff to rush about in confusion. Though the official word was that Ross had gone home, Loyde had been able to figure out that this was not the case, and he had, in fact, spent the time in secret conversation with someone down in the Vaults. This can only mean that either some new item of archaeological value had entered it, or had been removed, though it was absolutely not for him to suspect the credibility of his superior. He concludes with a request to use this piece of information, if it is any use at all, as secretly and discretely as possible, without putting the venerable Ross to any inconvenience or discomfiture.

Robert Harris:
Robert was deep in thought, and suddenly his eyes shot wide open.  He scrambled over to the table of notebooks and began hastily going through the piles of documents and notebooks.

Finding what he'd been looking for, he returned to the group wearing a large grin.  "Mr. Sen and I stumbled across this when we were going through some of the notebooks.  We could barely make out the slight indention, but he was clever enough to shade it in.  We hadn't the slightest what to make of it at the time, but now it certainly connects some dots."

He held up the sheet with impressions of writing (from a letter that was quickly written on the sheet above) that had been shaded in.

.. send you.. in this hour of need.. Phil..oss... wrapped... Park.. your help.. forever... Muse.. safe... bur.. at last... in peace.

"This may mean that the late Mr. Sutton sent something to the museum for safe keeping.  At a guess, I'd say it is a secret that only Mr. Ross and whoever he was speaking with know about."

Vera Powell
 player, 9 posts
 Amateur Archaeologist
Sat 11 Oct 2014
at 09:50
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
The month of February:
The Keeper of Lore:
Vera discovers a small slip of paper tucked behind a small table portrait of the late Mrs Sutton in a corner. It is a cutout of the full month of February, 1801, possibly from some old almanac. The four Sundays have been highlighted and bracketed together in a rectangle of red ink. Vera notices that it stands out from other Februaries, considering that February 1, 1801 was a Monday, quite rare among Februaries. Hence, February 28th, concluding at the lower right corner, makes it resemble a complete rectangle, with no dates spilling over on either side.

Regarding Sutton's death:

The runes:
  • Ancient Sanskrit mingled with another unknown script
  • Two words deciphered: Vakratunda (bloodthirsty incarnation of Ganesha) Maha (great, large)

Tribes that use self-torture such as occurred with Sutton:
  • Santhals, who rebelled vehemently against the Raj, the Oraon, the Ho, the Munda, and finally to the tribes of the Khasi and Jaintia hills of Northeast India.
  • Tribes of the hills than those inhabiting lowland forests. Also practice cannibalism.

The twisted cult of Vakratunda
  • Text of cultic rituals and horrors related to the twisted Vakratunda cult: The Gupta Vakratundam
  • Sutton's house had numerous idols of Ganesha, including some of Vakratunda (worship of this incarnation was very uncommon throughout the subcontinent, except amongst people in hilly places, or at least of aggressive nature).
  • Chaugnar Faugn is the "true name" of this twisted version of Vakratunda

In the Dreamlands:
  • An evil acolyte of a vile incarnation of Vakratunda infiltrated the Dreamlands and brought about death and ruin.

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Pathikrit Chandra
 player, 71 posts
Tue 14 Oct 2014
at 09:09
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
Pathi has opened a pair of threads on clues which we must not forget:
- The chemical compounds are being studied by an eminent chemist, and should be collected in 24-48 hours.
- Adrian Sutton's tutor wishes to speak to Pathi (or someone else) on the details of Adrian's research at 8pm this evening.
Pathikrit Chandra
 player, 76 posts
Thu 16 Oct 2014
at 10:01
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
We aught not forget:
-Sutton received a letter from 'P. Purkayastha,' from 56-E, Jhamapooker Lane, Calcutta-79.
-Calcium was prominent in the alchemical notes, but also clay and wood.
-There was a map sketch that I dont think we have deciphered yet?
-Sutton was writing to H. Simmons, Ganga Mehal Gh..
-Augustus (Hill?) sent something to Simmons from the tropics. A statuette.
-After receiving the statuette, Sutton seemed to start going mad.
-Sutton seemed to have 'just the place to hide it away'
-After being introduced to Prabhu Dikshitananda (by Francis), Adrian Suttons limp started to go, and he became a stonger man. The Ghats of Benares are relevant, but it is unclear why.
-Than Singh persuaded Sutton that Mukherjee (a secretary) was up to no good, having been found going through Suttons things at night.
Bosley Westlow
 player, 208 posts
 Respected Author
 and Journalist
Sun 1 Feb 2015
at 12:45
Re: Clues, information and jottings.
Testimony of Professor Bose, Adrian Sutton’s tutor (as told to Westlow and Milton)

Adrian, if I may say, went from being one of the finest scholars I've ever known, especially in his methods, to as complete a rascal as may be imagined.

If you ask me how this came about, I simply have no explanation. Do not ask me right now about his research. That comes later on, and may not be important in this context, save that you must understand that it so happened that I parted with him on a certain evening with him waxing as eloquent as ever about the Palas, Senas, Cholas and Satvahanas, and the next time I met him, which was nearly a week later, he couldn't even speak a single word of proper English. In between this, I had gone to his house twice in hopes of meeting him on urgent matters, but was always turned away with the most obvious lie that he was too ill to even lift his head.

And then I received a typed letter, signed by him, saying he no longer wished to be a part of the research project! … When I rushed to his house in the late evening, he was going out somewhere in a carriage with the secretary, Mukherjee, as I heard from one of the more sympathetic servants. I was in a most desperate state of mind, as you can well imagine, because the project could not be allowed to falter. I took a cab and followed them.

To cut a long tale short, the carriage spun around this way and that until it seemed we were going around South Calcutta in pointless circles. At long last, though, and it was past midnight, it did stop. There is an abandoned cemetery, very near the dingy Boat Docks. It's wall has come apart at several places, and within, its nearly like a forest! It was there that he and Mukherjee entered. I must've been mad, sir, to follow them in! But soon I couldn't see a darned thing, leave alone find them. But you won't believe what I heard! The muffled death-cry, whether of man or beast, I can't tell, followed by the basest, vilest accent of Hindi, chanting or talking, I couldn't make out. But I'm sure it wasn't Mukherjee, I've heard his thin voice on the phone before. Then the voice I think was Adrian's spoke a word or two of broken English, perhaps accidentally or in mocking tones, and many others erupted in maniacal laughter. And those last few, those voices... chortled raucously, gibbered!

'Ae hae!Faghan tusht ho... aaj tumhey vojan milega.' It can be worked into a rough translation saying 'Aha! Faghan will be most pleased... today you shall have a feast!'

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