Chapter 5- Of Things In Between.   Posted by The Keeper of Lore.Group: 0
Manindra Sen
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Mon 25 May 2015
at 01:23
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Manindra had more questions bubbling on his brain, "Great quest? What Great quest? Where is Ananta specifically now in India?"
The Keeper of Lore
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Mon 25 May 2015
at 14:25
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to Manindra Sen (msg # 519):

"Great Quest! The Great Quest to bring the White Acolyte amongst men of this world, for the Lord! I know not where Prabhu may be, but he was worried about the coming of the simulacrum of the Angel of Death!"

Capt. Frank Conolly
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Tue 26 May 2015
at 06:48
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
The urgency of Bos eye made Frank respond quickly.
"No, we can't leave Bos. He needs help. Give a yell for Milton then get back down here-Westlow won't make that climb without our help.".
Scouring the place one last time Frank hurried to drop back down to the chamber below.

"We've found an exit-no need to linger in this damned place any longer.".

He turned to the twisted figure that had sent them up to the loft before.
"I don't know your game, but there is nothing up there. Nothing. Either you come with us now or you'll be left here to those things.".
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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 spider.
Tue 26 May 2015
at 08:22
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to Capt. Frank Conolly (msg # 521):

Arthur gave a yell for Milton and then descended with the Captain. Once the Captain had spoken to the injured fellow Arthur inquired as to whether he knew the names of any Englishmen or women involved with this cult ? "Was a man called Ruxton involved ?
Bosley Westlow
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Tue 26 May 2015
at 12:24
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
"Thank the Lord!" Bos exclaims, wringing Frank's hand, "And bless you both for finding our way to salvation."

He gets to his feet and stumbles to the tree root marking the way upward, shoving his revolver into his waistband. He looks over the handholds, read to assay the climb.
The Keeper of Lore
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Wed 27 May 2015
at 15:16
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
"I can't even stir, child! The moment I lift my back off the ground,the pains wrack me! But then they must have taken away that salve,oh,the only hope for cure I ever had! Yes yes,I'll tell you all I know about the slaying of Sutton sahib,if you can promise me something..."
Manindra Sen
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Thu 28 May 2015
at 04:55
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Manindra was furious as he heard the name of Lord Sutton, "You all killed Lord Sutton? Tell us, tell us what you know? Now!"
The Keeper of Lore
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Thu 28 May 2015
at 15:56
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
"But first you must promise! Swear by those false gods you all hold dear that you shall end my suffering here and now,with that sabre that you, sahib,took off the wall just now. The sabre is mine, sahib,and it is bedecked in many an unutterable hex.

Also,do not promise lightly. For if you falter, it shall be dear and hard indeed
!"
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Thu 28 May 2015
at 20:22
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to The Keeper of Lore (msg # 526):

Arthur could see by the wounds that the man had some sort of.. what...magical malady. "I do not think that I or medicine can help him." He said hoping to allay the others who may think he can be saved.
Capt. Frank Conolly
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Thu 28 May 2015
at 20:27
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Frank felt the weight of the sabre in his hand. The pitiful man before him was asking a cruel favor ... and yet what choice did he have? Pathi, poor Pathi had been slain already and whatever information this wretch had might help with that dark path toward vengeance.

He turned slowly and deliberately to face him and murmured in a low tone.
"Tell me what you know and I'll see your favor fulfilled.".

Glancing over his shoulder he urged the others to continue upward. "Bos, dont linger. Get yourself out of this damned place. I'll follow as soon as I can.".
Bosley Westlow
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Fri 29 May 2015
at 21:58
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to Capt. Frank Conolly (msg # 528):

Bos nods at Frank's suggestion and climbs to the upper chamber. Once there, he casts about for the trapdoor to the outside that the others had described.

Bosley Westlow rolled 36,75 for Climb 40%; Spot Hidden 50%.
The Keeper of Lore
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Sat 30 May 2015
at 05:26
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
"Ah, how nice of you, dear sahib! My eternal gratitude!

Now listen, listen very carefully. For I speak no lies to my deliverer. Sutton sahib was slain by the cult of Chawannar Faghan. No less by its leader, Ananta, himself. But from the very beginning, I was not made a part of the scheme. These hands are free of that one act of sacrificing in the name of the Lord Faghan. There was word when this plan was first conceived that I questioned too much, and my subservience to our Liege, Ananta, was not complete enough. And hence, you see, this punishment!

They killed Sutton because he had used his worldly powers in your so called Raj society to take away what rightfully belonged to the cult. He took the simulacrum! Or rather, one of them!

I cannot describe to you my joy when I understood that even though their strike at Sutton was successful, their goal eluded them. Sutton, with great cunning, had gotten it out of his house before Ananta killed him. It was suspected, last, that it might be with his dear friend, that man who is in charge of old toys, some Filleep Ross!! And then he ran away, too!

Ananta had some more pressing business at hand which forced him to leave the city. As our Liege-lord, it is his duty to receive the Dread Angel of Death, whose likeness had been sent down the great river. But of that part of his quest I know nothing more. His followers remain in this city, though, and seek the simulacrum."


He now turned his head towards Frank and blinked wistfully, wondering what else he'd have to answer before mercy would be upon him.

Bosley deftly climbed up, and there, above him, was the hole through which light from the outside world streamed in. He wandered out of that abyss and did some relieved breathing exercises.

Mark that Ardheem won't answer questions indefinitely. Roll Psychology to determine his mental state as required.

Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Sat 30 May 2015
at 05:46
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to The Keeper of Lore (msg # 530):

"Do you know the names of any of the English members of the cult, was lord Ruxton one of them is he Ananta ? Is there some other temple that they will gravitate towards in the city ?" He asked the poor man on the table as he drew a small notepad from his jacket and began to makes some notes.
The Keeper of Lore
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Sun 31 May 2015
at 10:20
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam (msg # 531):

"I have never heard the name Ruxton mentioned. The cult is working in secret in this city, and where you stand now was their chief den. So I believe that they have split up. Some have left the city with Ananta, while others stay back to hunt Ross and the simulacrum. I would have wished them well, but can't, seeing what they did to me!

I think you may get wind of them somehow if you manage to trace some aghoris. Aghoris are very much like us, except that they only exclusively consume the dead, and are not very far from ghoulkind. In fact, the prime ghoul in this city, whose vile name is Tri'khandhfyr, changed from manform to aghori to ghoul in the course of his long, long life. His long, long, long...."


Ardheem trailed away, in what Arthur clearly recognized as the onset of delirium.
Bosley Westlow
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Sun 31 May 2015
at 12:32
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Once aboveground, Bos utters a short bark of laughter in his relief at breathing fresh air and seeing sunlight, however filtered through the interwoven branches overhead.

He stumbles to the largest tree in sight and sits among its roots, his back firmly pressed against its wide bole. He retrieves his revolver from his pocket and lays it across his thighs, its butt tightly held in his hand. His good eye roves among the surrounding greenery.

He hopes his friends will emerge soon.
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Sun 31 May 2015
at 19:50
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to The Keeper of Lore (msg # 532):

Arthur nodded to the Captain to indicate they were unlikely to gain anything more from the man. He stands back and lets him do the deed.
Capt. Frank Conolly
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Mon 1 Jun 2015
at 15:46
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Frank lingered with the blade, his eyes narrowing as he asked a final question.
"And the man who killed Pathi...the tall shadow...
Tell me his name and your gift will be given.".

The Keeper of Lore
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Mon 1 Jun 2015
at 16:18
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to Capt. Frank Conolly (msg # 535):

"Pathi? I do not know anything of this. It is some different matter altogether
!"

Frank skewered Ardheem to the ground with the sabre.

In this state,he merely blinked and bled but little, the blood curiously viscous, the stream restrained and almost clumping in curls by the wound.

"Oh no! This will not do! Ardheem shall not perish so easily. Listen, child. Take that same sabre out and hack my body to bits. Then take my head as far as you can in seven of your strides northwards, away from my body,and toss it into a fire! Thus shall Ardheem find his peace. I can speak no more, hurry!"

Roll Sanity
Manindra Sen
 player, 321 posts
Mon 1 Jun 2015
at 16:22
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Sen aided Bos out.
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Mon 1 Jun 2015
at 19:18
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between

Arthur's hands began to shake as he left the Captain to it. He found he needed air so with much speed he made his way out of the trap door and up into the light and the others of their small group.
Capt. Frank Conolly
 player, 285 posts
Mon 1 Jun 2015
at 22:14
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Frank's eyes widened as the wound failed to bleed, failed to kill.
He felt his stomach clench as he pulled the Sabre free and with a cry that echoed through the tunnel forced his might into a downward blow at the man's neck.
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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 spider.
Tue 2 Jun 2015
at 23:40
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between

Once clear of the hole Arthur brushed himself off and looked around their current location. He turns to Mr Sen and asks; "Mr Sen do you still feel the strange feeling you had when you first tried to enter this grove ?"

He then asks Mr Westlow; "Mr Westlow if you would not mind when we return to our lodgings I will take another look at your eye. I also will write a script for a balm and soothing wash which should alleviate the rest of the pain and speed the healing process."
The Keeper of Lore
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Wed 3 Jun 2015
at 15:52
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
In reply to Capt. Frank Conolly (msg # 539):

Things escalated rapidly to a crisis.

The sabre bit its way through, and Ardheem was soon bereft of a head, which rolled away. The eyes then blinked back at the Captain, stabbing him and holding him in their thrall. The sabre fell from his hand.

Frank heard voices, a great pestilential tumult of voices raced across the fields of his mind, intoning plaintively, and haunting the distances that locked in the familiar picture which he called his consciousness- " Faugn! Faugn! Faugn! Faugn!"

All the rest happened in a haze, and Conolly could figure out very little of it indeed.

There, at the north end of that chamber he found a torch, and firewood... he lit it...

And then, before Ardheem's head suffered itself to be tossed in, it exhorted gratefully- "Keep... the... sabre! A day... shall come... a day of need!"



The head took no time to burn, and at the other end of the room, as the smoke parted, Frank saw that the headless body had become a little heap of dust!!

The last thing he saw before fainting was that the sabre was completely dry of blood, but the blade had turned roseate, and running sinuously through the middle were faint hieroglyphs. And it had been only a dark, dull blade when he first wielded it! He clenched it with the same zest that pushed the blood up to his head, and sent a cloth of blackness blotting over his vision...
Manindra Sen
 player, 322 posts
Thu 4 Jun 2015
at 06:22
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Manindra looked at Lord Arthur, "I don't know M'lord but from the beginning it did feel ominous and haunting. I could never imagined that those creatures lived inside the cemetery and is still living. First time in my life....." He was visibly shaking and taking deep breaths to control and calm himself.
Bosley Westlow
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Tue 9 Jun 2015
at 17:52
Re: Chapter 5- Of Things In Between
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam:
He then asks Mr Westlow; "Mr Westlow if you would not mind when we return to our lodgings I will take another look at your eye. I also will write a script for a balm and soothing wash which should alleviate the rest of the pain and speed the healing process."

"I would be most grateful, your Lordship."