London 5 - The Oriental Club.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 56 posts
Tue 13 Mar 2018
at 21:21
London 5 - The Oriental Club
As evening descends you all make your way back to the Oriental Club as previously agreed.

The presence of George and Amelia means that you are again allowed no further into the Club's interior than the guest bar but it is just as well appointed as you remember from lunchtime though this time a handful of other members and their guests are present in quiet contemplation. With only a modicum of pressure applied from those of you who are members the staff agree to provide some food for all and bring through a selection of cold cuts of meat, pickles, cheeses and bread - all of fine quality.

The staff confirm that Smith hasn't yet returned but he will be shown through to you as soon as he gets back.

OOC: I'm assuming you all agreed, as I think Saroch suggested, to meet back at the club for dinner. I'll give you a chance to update each other as to what you discovered in your afternoon of investigations, and to make plans for the next day, before moving things on. It's only Monday evening so you have an entire day to fill before you need to get your train on Wednesday morning.
George Banks
 player, 28 posts
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Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 03:21
London 5 - The Oriental Club
In between bites of meat and pickles, George talks discreetly about the finding of Mr. Pook’s journal as well as its contents.  As he does, a perverse feeling comes over him: one of superiority.  After all, these rich arseholes who spend  all of their time here know nothing of this plot.  George enjoys being in on something that very few people know about... not even the Queen!  He’s never before found himself in such a position.
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 45 posts
Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 08:12
London 5 - The Oriental Club
"My time at the library was quite fruitful. I garnered from numerous volumes details regarding the fez and some of the lore surrounding it. I have compiled what I have found into my notes here. What is probably of the most interest is mention of another book, The Whispering Fez, which would seem to contain a more thorough and deep account. However, this book is of such rareness that even among the collection of the British Library, it was not to be found."

"Aside from this, I was most grateful for the chance meeting with the Captain in a side street on my way back here, as previous to this I was accosted from in front and behind by some ruffians of foreign descent who obviously knew of my researches, and demanded at knife point my notes. If it was not for the intervention by chance of the Captain, they most likely would have done violence to me and I would have lost the fruit of my work. Still, I do feel that in spite of the good fortune of not having lost my notes to these fellows, we must remain alert, as it seems we are quite possibly being watched.

"Did any of you who went to the Apartment encounter anything similar?"

Professor Harold Worth
 player, 46 posts
Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 08:13
London 5 - The Oriental Club
Here are my notes if anyone is interested...

On The History of the Blood Red Fez
"The Blood Red Fez was ever an evil thing, made in the name of unspeakable powers, powers so awful no sane man would even set down their names. First the Fez was spoken of in the Ottoman Courts around 1550 but some suggest it is older even than that, dating back to Ancient Greece. It was said to have the power to control men's minds and destinies in thrall to some ancient evil, old before time."

On Rewards
"Drinking, bathing in or simply spilling the blood of a Prince while wearing the Fez is said by some to bring Princely favours of the Dark Gods, and by others to be the key to immortality. But such dark entities may view their principalities differently to our own."

A Warning
"Pay heed to this warning: that wearing this abomination called The Blood Red Fez will bring calamitous ruin upon one, as one renders up one's soul and one's mind to the unearthly will of the Fez and its terrible masters. Only those most skilled in the ways of the dark arts can hope to survive such a thing and, for them perhaps, the price is even more terrible. It is possible to control the Fez and even halt its terrible purpose. Seekers after dark knowledge should consult the tome, The Whispering Fez."

Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 34 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 10:21
London 5 - The Oriental Club
During the repast, such as it is, Saroch devotes his attention to the food and drink, refusing to be drawn into conversation. He leaves it to George and Amelia to recount the details of their visit to Pook's lodging-house.

Once he has finished eating, he calls for a digestif and takes up Professor Worth's notes and peruses them thoroughly.

This message was last edited by the player at 10:22, Wed 14 Mar 2018.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 14 posts
Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 20:44
London 5 - The Oriental Club
In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 5):

Roderick just listens and tries to take in all the various facts as they are presented. "So what's the next step? I'm willing to partake in your worthy endevour, if you would have my assistance."
George Banks
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Thu 15 Mar 2018
at 05:13
London 5 - The Oriental Club
As Professor Worth describes the treatment he received from those hoodlums, George’s face turns red.  His hands bunch into shaking fists.  “Next time, take me with you, sir.  I’ll give those punks a right proper thrashing!  Be a long time before they forget it. Imagine that... pulling a knife on a real gentleman such as yourself.  What’s the bloody world coming to?”

This message was last edited by the player at 05:14, Thu 15 Mar 2018.

GM
 GM, 60 posts
Sat 24 Mar 2018
at 22:35
London 5 - The Oriental Club
As you finish your food and discussions you are joined by Professor Smith who enters the room and spies you instantly. He orders a drink, sits down on a free chair and helps himself to a small portion of the leftover food and listens intently as you update him on the course of your respective afternoons,
"Well, that does sound intriguing - I suspect the assault on you dear Worth was no chance encounter. Clearly our involvement has not gone unnoticed by this Menkaph character and his minions. My own afternoon was somewhat less exciting but I've made my own progress. I've been in contact with my acquaintance in Vienna, the Baron Von Hofler. He's agreed to meet you when you arrive in Vienna and accompany you to Constantinople. The Baron is something of an amateur occultist but I believe he's amassed quite the library on such subjects which may well prove useful to you."


He turns to Saroch, "My thanks to you for taking the time to write to Mr Pook's family, I can't say that it was a job I was relishing having to complete."

Finishing his drink he looks around all of you,
"So, what do you plan to do tomorrow? You have only one day left in London until it's time to catch the train."

OOC: There's no more 'scripted' events for the evening so it's just a matter of determing what you want to do the next day and then we'll jump to that. If you don't fancy following up on any of the leads you may have then we can just assume that you spend the day packing and then move on to the day after but I imagine there's one or two things you may want to get up to tomorrow.
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 48 posts
Sun 25 Mar 2018
at 10:00
London 5 - The Oriental Club
"I think considering this afternoon's trouble, and a lack of sleep the previous night, that to spend the day mostly in packing and rest, and possibly begin studying in more detail those notes that I did manage to compile from various sources from the library would a be a fruitful use of the spare day for myself."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 15 posts
Sun 25 Mar 2018
at 13:17
London 5 - The Oriental Club
In reply to Professor Harold Worth (msg # 9):

"Well, unless you need assistance with some matter tomorrow, I'll just pack for the journey."
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 35 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Sun 25 Mar 2018
at 14:11
London 5 - The Oriental Club
Professor Smith:
He turns to Saroch, "My thanks to you for taking the time to write to Mr Pook's family, I can't say that it was a job I was relishing having to complete."

Saroch inclines his head graciously: "It is a too-frequent part of my professional duty."

"It is necessary that I spend time at St. Bart's to see my patients, bring case notes up to date, and arrange for a week's leave of absence. Fortunately, my valet Alan will deal with packing."

Saroch drains the last of his demitasse.

"I can also send Alan to obtain our tickets. I take it we will be seven for the journey? Miss Meadowcroft, Professors Smith and Worth, Captain Barrington, Mr Banks, and myself and Alan."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:15, Sun 25 Mar 2018.

George Banks
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Mon 26 Mar 2018
at 01:05
London 5 - The Oriental Club
“As for myself, a fancy a little of the old heave-ho.”  George leaves to find out if he can get some boxing in before departing on the train... preferably a full bout.