Night at the Ghat.   Posted by The Keeper of Lore.Group: 0
The Keeper of Lore
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Tue 17 Feb 2015
at 08:12
Re: Night at the Ghat


Pathikrit ended up finding the way after a long struggle, nearly ramming into passing wagons and carts twice. Warehouse 14 lay before him beyond a fence, and there were a few men with sticks, shovels, and the like which are typical of labourers near the gap in the fence which led to the door of the warehouse itself.

Meanwhile, the manager was alarmed into supplication.

"Might I ask your name, sir? And by all means, you may use our register! Jadu, bring the registers, please! And fast, its getting late!"

Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Tue 17 Feb 2015
at 20:01
Re: Night at the Ghat
In reply to The Keeper of Lore (msg # 7):

"Of course my good man very remiss of me, I am Doctor Perkins." He waited for the registers, every now and then casting an eye towards the door as he enjoyed the tea.
When they came he scanned the lists for several minutes as he takes notes in his pocket book. When the time for the meeting was approaching he closed the book and with a flourish produced a crown coin "For your and your staffs troubles my good man I believe I have the information I need and I shall return on the morrow. Have a good evening."
Pathikrit Chandra
 player, 131 posts
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Thu 19 Feb 2015
at 19:02
Re: Night at the Ghat
Pathi looked left and right, scanning the buildings for any sign or stamps on cargo that might hint at who occupied this place. With darkness encroaching the flicker of lamps cast long shadows on the heaped crates. He didn't dare linger - his mission was one of recon, to gain familiarity.

And so his footsteps continued to beat a steady rhythm as he kept walking.

Eyes darting too and fro he tried to absorb and remember as much as he could before heading back to Arthur.


-Can Pathi see any names or details of the adjoining warehouses? i.e. 13 and 15?
-Any good places to hide become apparent?
-Any indication of the number of laborers?
-Anything that strikes Pathi as suspicious/recalling anything the spying man said?
-Is warehouse 14 adjacent to the river (does an approach from the river look any more promising?

The Keeper of Lore
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Sat 21 Feb 2015
at 10:13
Re: Night at the Ghat
Night came.

Pathi veered all the way around to the point where the three walls touched the tiny rear lane of warehouse 14. The streets now being mostly quiet and deserted, there weren't many difficulties. Arthur and Pathi stood at the intersection, and talked the matter over. The spy had confided that communication was to be established through a wall,which seemed odd.

But then Arthur's keener eye caught the missing brick in one of the three walls that they went around studying. Looking through, the back of the warehouse was visible. And the hour of midnight was at hand.

Suddenly, an eye appeared in the gap. Then, another slightly lower brick was loosened and taken off to make speech possible. The person made a hissing sound. Arthur and Pathi were yet unnoticed, but Pathi's game leg slowed his moving away from the line of sight. Hence,the person knew someone was here.
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Sun 22 Feb 2015
at 03:59
Re: Night at the Ghat


Arthur continued to move away from the wall and once at a suitable distance he turned and trotted off to look for an entrance into the warehouse. He tried to indicate to Mr Chandra that he can follow or try to engage the person behind the wall.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:59, Tue 24 Feb 2015.

Pathikrit Chandra
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Tue 24 Feb 2015
at 10:39
Re: Night at the Ghat
Pathi hesitated and looked at the dark silhouette of Arthur as it hurried away. He found his heart beating quicker as he took a breath and turned back toward the hole in the wall.
This is what we planned. Nice and easy now Pathi.
Coughing so as to distract any would be watcher from Arthur he shuffled to the wall. For a moment he lingered...the plan was to buy the Lord time.
"I am here to report.".
The Keeper of Lore
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Tue 24 Feb 2015
at 18:37
Re: Night at the Ghat
In reply to Pathikrit Chandra (msg # 12):

The man behind the wall whispered-" Be quick with it,brother. There's work yet to do!"
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Tue 24 Feb 2015
at 20:34
Re: Night at the Ghat

Arthur looked for the entrance as he circled the building. He also watched for anyone else taking an interest in the building or his activities.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:36, Wed 25 Feb 2015.

Pathikrit Chandra
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Fri 27 Feb 2015
at 11:33
Re: Night at the Ghat
Pathi shuffled by the wall and leaned close to whisper.
"You are sure we are unobserved?".
He was playing for time for Arthur.

"I did what you wanted. Watched the place all day. Where do y'e want me to start? The people? The statue?".
The Keeper of Lore
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Sat 28 Feb 2015
at 15:14
Re: Night at the Ghat
Arthur managed to wend his way through nearly empty streets to the warehouse. As far as he could see,no one seemed to be watching him or the entrance to it past the fence.

Meanwhile the impatient voice whispered-"Yes,the statue is what we're after,anyhow!"
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Sun 1 Mar 2015
at 19:04
Re: Night at the Ghat

With a quick look around again as he moved towards the door Arthur checked it was unlocked before slipping in revolver in hand. He stayed in the shadows as he tried to assurn which way was the wall and it's little spy hole were. He spent a short amount of time listening as he tried to pick a direction.

As he walked Arthur looked for anything out of place in such an establishment.

Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam rolled 55 using 1d100. Spot Hidden 50%
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam rolled 72 using 1d100. Listen 30%
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam rolled 16 using 1d100. Sneak 10%

Pathikrit Chandra
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Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 09:36
Re: Night at the Ghat
His heart gave a tremble and beat faster as the mysterious voice confirmed the statue.
Around him the stacked containers cast dark shadows, the night lamps too far away for the comfort he now itched for.
"Yes yes. I saw them take it, will something into their hotel. They had it under a veil, but I could see it was an idol or something. You want me to get into the room?".

The disembodied voice was disconcerting. Pathi felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end. The creeping feeling that he was in his enemy's palm continued to swell and fidgeting with his sleeve he took a cautious glance around to reassure himself there was not some other evil lurking.

"The Lord has allies too. I saw them, though I'm sure they aint seen me.".
The Keeper of Lore
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Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 11:03
Re: Night at the Ghat
The voice broke off suddenly, because its owner had sensed someone coming. Thankfully for Arthur, he had rushed away to an alcove just in time.

But now the man rose from his place by the rear wall. Arthur had seen him kneeling by it through a far rear door when he himself entered by the front door. He stepped gingerly over the threshold and came in. He lit a lamp and began his search for whoever had entered.
Pathikrit Chandra
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Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 15:23
Re: Night at the Ghat
With the scuffing of feet and sudden silence Pathi knew something was afoot. Slightly louder than before he hissed urgently through the hole in the wall "Brother? Are you there?".
The pistol in his coat pocket felt heavy but he resisted the urge to reach for its reassuring grip.
The Keeper of Lore
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Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 16:47
Re: Night at the Ghat
In reply to Pathikrit Chandra (msg # 20):

There was no answer,and looking through the hole Pathi could see the man inching away.
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 18:55
Re: Night at the Ghat

Sliding his revolver out from its shoulder holster Arther cocked the hammer and waited for the man to approach. When the man was close Arthur stepped out from his hiding place and raised his revolver;

"That is close enough, raise your hands." He was taking no chances if the man made any sudden moves Arthur would fire, repeatedly.
Pathikrit Chandra
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Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 22:47
Re: Night at the Ghat
Seeing Arthur through the crack, pathi felt adrenaline surge into his veins.
Kutha Sala! Wrong side of the wall!
Frantic he looked around for some hand hold to scale the obstacle. Failing that he would fumble in his jacket for the weapon, and set it to aim between the bricks.
The Keeper of Lore
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Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 11:00
Re: Night at the Ghat
Arthur's adroitness settled the action and gave Pathi enough time to scale the wall and appear from the rear, getting the man's back feeling the cold steel of his revolver. The man went pale as sheet and raised his hands in abject surrender. He was visibly a cheap emissary and information reaper.
Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 19:17
Re: Night at the Ghat
In reply to The Keeper of Lore (msg # 24):

"Mr Chandra if you would be so kind as to search our friend here and then we can bind him up." He looked the man over as he held him at gun point. "So you are a servant of this Lord Ruxton then, are you alone ?"

This message was lightly edited by the player at 19:17, Tue 03 Mar 2015.

Pathikrit Chandra
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Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 22:03
Re: Night at the Ghat
Chandra nodded, his fingers still scuffed from the scrambled climb. Wary of his prey he kept the gun in the small of the mans back and firmly patted him down. Yet a nagging doubt smirked cruelly at the edge of his perception.
Can this man really be alone?
Arthur and he were vulnerable. Pathi prayed they wouldn't get to find our just how vulnerable too soon.
The Keeper of Lore
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Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 18:29
Re: Night at the Ghat
The answer to their question was more adequate than they would have liked. The darkness around them shifted in one quicksilver rush,and a tall figure clad in completely murky clothing had a gleaming knife at Chandra's throat. Never in his soldiering days had Chandra known such alacrity to characterize a man. And he,with his unfortunate game leg,was eternities slower and too hard of hearing for this man's approach. He was, in all senses,a likeness of a shadow, and wordlessly gestured to Arthur to drop his gun,while reaching for Pathi's pistol as if it was agreed between them that he should take it off the good butler.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:30, Wed 04 Mar 2015.

Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 23:41
Re: Night at the Ghat

Arthur had no intention to drop his weapon and he hoped Mr Chandra would realise this. He close one eye and fired the revolver he was holding. He kept firing as Mr Chandra hopefully fell from the assailants grip.
Pathikrit Chandra
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Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 21:41
Re: Night at the Ghat
His eyes widened as the roar of the gun tore through the air.
With a surge pathi tried to twist away, pulling the trigger on his own weapon.
The Keeper of Lore
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Fri 6 Mar 2015
at 17:39
Re: Night at the Ghat
Fire raged, and smoke billowed. Echoes ricocheted around, and the sound of running footsteps punctuated the night pavements outside the warehouse by the ghat.

Neither the Earl nor poor Chandra were in any situation to note how artfully the dark attacker's blade worked as he glided away. It cleft the butler's throat as evenly and subtly as poetry,and the blood almost waited in surprise for a moment before gushing forth. If he could have,he would have blessed the man, and reproached the unbelievably fallible Arthur,who sent a world of crude world of trouble riddling through his body.One of the bullets found his ribs, and the other his shoulder. There was a cry as a third bullet struck the ear of the slayer,who disappeared into the murk. To Pathikrit, sights and sounds swivelled in one great haze, and evenings lurched and burnt and bore their winged way out from depths within his parched brain that he never even knew existed. And then all was still as he lay. If he had been a rug on the floor, he can't have been calmer. The living bore the burden of qualms and intents, and at that moment, Arthur alone breathed in the shadow of the day. He needed no light to tell him that his companion was beyond the last point of recall. He was of the past.

Roll for Sanity,please, Arthur.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:53, Fri 06 Mar 2015.

Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam
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Fri 13 Mar 2015
at 05:20
Re: Night at the Ghat


Arthur lurched forward the back of his hand at his mouth as he watched Mr Chandra being gutted before his eyes. He withdrew his second revolver as he knelt next to the corpse knowing it would not be needed as the murderer and his accomplice would have disappeared into the warren of streets surrounding the warehouse.

He examined Mr Chandra briefly knowing the man had passed. Seeing the damage his own bullets had done brought a sense of shame and he said a silent prayer and a vow of vengeance to the shade of Mr. Chandra.

OOC: Sorry, I seemed to have dropped off the net at a crucial moment.

 Lord Arthur Fitzwilliam rolled 99 using 1d100. SAN 58

This message was last edited by the player at 05:21, Fri 13 Mar 2015.