Paris to Vienna.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 32 posts
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 10:10
Re: Paris to Vienna
Roderick tries to enjoy the game, but his mind is on the current situation. He tries to steer the conversation into gossip about the other passengers especially Menkaph.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 54 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 13:04
Re: Paris to Vienna
Saroch remains in his compartment for some little time, brooding about the situation.
George Banks
 player, 52 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Tue 26 Jun 2018
at 06:12
Re: Paris to Vienna
If possible, George will attempt to join the card game.  While keeping an eye out for Amelia’s safety, of course.
GM
 GM, 77 posts
Sun 1 Jul 2018
at 16:52
Re: Paris to Vienna
The card players are initially reticent to welcome George into the game - whether that be his breeding, the scene at breakfast or a little of both is hard to tell - but with Barrington vouching for him they make a place and deal him in. They seem reluctant to talk about the other passengers in too much detail but are happy to discuss their situation. The Count and his wife are going to Constantinople on a sight seeing expedition as, he indiscreetly tells you, he fears his marriage is failing. His cousin, Pytor, and their two servants (a valet and a lady's maid) are just along as companions.


Amelia's approach to Mrs Myers is successful and the young lady welcomes her into a seat and the offer of tea. Mrs Myers, or Ellie as she is happy for Amelia to call her, is - despite her obvious sorrow - a charming young woman though clearly troubled. She makes no secret of the fact that her distress is caused by the fact that her husband, of only a few weeks, is gravely unwell. They were married recently and came to Paris to ride the Orient Express as a honeymoon but he can now barely rise from bed and only the ministrations of his friend, Hieronymous, seems to make a difference.

Dr Saroch takes a seat nearby to be ready in case of emergency but not long after Aileen MacGregor enters the car and makes a bee line for him,
"Doctor, do you mind if I join you? She produces her notebook and a pencil from her purse and waves it, "I was hoping I might be able to discuss my article with you?"
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 43 posts
 Player; Soren
Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 14:06
Re: Paris to Vienna
"I'm so sorry to hear about your husband, Ellie," replies Amelia. "It must be horrible for you. I'm sure this Hieronymous chap is looking after him well, but perhaps a second opinion might be good? One of my friends happens to be a skilled physician and as a matter of fact he's right over there. Perhaps I could ask him to take a look at your husband?"

[If Ellie agrees, Amelia will politely wait for Dr. Saroch to be available and then ask him if he could check in on the husband].
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 55 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 21:42
Re: Paris to Vienna
In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 44):

"I am most pleased to offer whatever asistance my knowledge and experience might provide."
George Banks
 player, 53 posts
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 Jib
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 04:39
Re: Paris to Vienna
George asks the count if he is looking forward to any sights in particular.  While doing so, he discreetly observes Pytor’s reaction.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 34 posts
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 17:10
Re: Paris to Vienna
In reply to George Banks (msg # 46):

Roderick tries to let the Russians win as a way of keeping them in good spirits. When George asks about what the Russians are going to visit he suggests: "I've heard that the Sofia Hagia is worth seeing."
GM
 GM, 81 posts
Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 15:02
Re: Paris to Vienna
Ellie smiles broadly at Amelia's offer but is shaking her head as she replies, "Thank you for the offer but we don't believe in Western medicine. Scott, that's my husband, is very committed to Eastern philosophy. Your offer is most kind but Hieronymus assures me he has everything well in hand. It's just hard seeing him go through it.." She then breaks down into sobs.

Near Dr Saroch Ms. MacGregor shakes her head slowly and sighs under her breath, ""Spiratualists..."

On the far side of the carriage the card game continues in good spirits. The Count has no real itinery in mind and seems to have given little thought to arrangements - apparently a guide has been booked in Constantinople. He doesn't seem to have put a lot of thought into it and Pytor seems a little put out by that.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 35 posts
Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 09:33
Re: Paris to Vienna
In reply to GM (msg # 48):
George Banks
 player, 54 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 19:05
Re: Paris to Vienna
George grins at Pytor.  “You look familiar.  Have I seen you before?
GM
 GM, 82 posts
Wed 11 Jul 2018
at 21:31
Re: Paris to Vienna
Pytor bristles at George's question and indignantly makes clear that, while he has been to London in the past, it certainly isn't to the kind of places he would have crossed paths with George. The Count, for his part, seems to find the exchange extremely entertaining.


Just then the salon car door slides open and Menkaph swaggers in, cane in hand and still sporting his fez. Giving George a smirk as he walks past, his servant falling into step behind him, he walks up the carriage to loom over Amelia and Ellie's table. Ellie looks up as he arrives and a smile of genuine warmth crosses her face,
"Oh Hieronymous, have you met Miss Meadowcroft?"

Menkaph reaches his hand to his head and touches the fez lightly with a slight bow,
"Charmed, I'm sure..."
George Banks
 player, 55 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Sun 15 Jul 2018
at 05:04
Re: Paris to Vienna
“You’d be surprised at the places in London where you might run across me,” George mutters as he keeps a cold eye on the freak wearing the fez.  “At church, perhaps.”
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 44 posts
 Player; Soren
Sun 15 Jul 2018
at 14:43
Paris to Vienna

"We have already met, yes. The gentleman here was extremely rude to my friends earlier. I must admit to being surprised at your trust in him."


Looking scornfully at Menkaph, she asks him "So, where did you receive your 'doctorate'?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 19:52, Sun 15 July 2018.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 36 posts
Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 02:40
Paris to Vienna
In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 53):

Roderick just nods towards Menkaph barely acknowledging his presence.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 56 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 21:46
Paris to Vienna
Saroch doesn't appear to be aware of Menkaph as he chats with Miss MacGregor about her work. But he is.
GM
 GM, 85 posts
Sun 22 Jul 2018
at 18:54
Paris to Vienna
Ellie almost laughs at Amelia's suggestion, "Oh Hieronymus wasn't being rude I'm sure, he was probably just teasing." Looking up at her companion she continues, this time addressing him "You have picked up some odd habits abroad haven't you? Like those silly hats."

Menkaph, for his part, just maintains his seemingly ever-present smirk and reaches up to play with his moustaches. "The fez, my dear, is a piece of headwear with a proud and illustrious history in the East. I am merely following the style of my adopted homeland." He turns to Amelia and stares her dead in the eye, "Miss Meadowcroft I'm terribly sorry if I have caused you or your companions any offence. I will do what I can to make amends - I would be happy to arrange a reading of your chakras if you would care to join me later. As for my education I left behind the limited scope of 'Western education' some time ago and have dedicated my life to wisdom and the mysteries of the spirit. I find that far more fulfilling."

Nearby Aileen McGregor is trying to discuss with Saroch his views on 'the Aremenian Situation' and what he feels the impact of that may be from a continental European's perspective but she is obviously distracted by the conversation with Menkaph. She holds up her journal, somewhat unsubtly, and hisses at Saroch behind it, "That man makes my skin crawl!"

At the further end of the carriage Pytor gives George another glare as he speaks and then throws down his cards and flounces out of the carriage much to the surprise and somewhat amusement of his companion the Count.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 58 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Thu 26 Jul 2018
at 20:56
Re: Paris to Vienna
GM:
...Aileen McGregor is trying to discuss with Saroch his views on 'the Aremenian Situation' and what he feels the impact of that may be from a continental European's perspective but she is obviously distracted by the conversation with Menkaph. She holds up her journal, somewhat unsubtly, and hisses at Saroch behind it, "That man makes my skin crawl!"

Saroch describes his views on the Armenian Situation and, more generally, his experiences in Turkey over the years.

To her observations on Menkaph, he agrees quietly.

"Yes, I believe he is a most sinister and brutal individual."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 37 posts
Thu 26 Jul 2018
at 22:47
Re: Paris to Vienna
In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 57):

When given opportunity Roderick asks George: "Do you happen to know Pyotr?"
George Banks
 player, 56 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 17:24
Re: Paris to Vienna
“No.  I was just slipping him some jib.  Somewhat mischievous of me, I suppose, but entertainment options are limited when you’re stuck on a train.”

He glances at the fez-wearing freak.  I could teach him a thing or two about ‘brutal.’
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 38 posts
Sun 29 Jul 2018
at 18:41
Re: Paris to Vienna
In reply to George Banks (msg # 59):

"I would try to stop aggrevating our fellow passengers. Who knows we might need their assistance later, how unlikely it seems?"
GM
 GM, 87 posts
Mon 30 Jul 2018
at 20:28
Re: Paris to Vienna
OOC: It seems things are winding down for this scene so last call for any actions here before we jump to Vienna and the entrance of the mysterious Baron von Hofler. I'll give it until Wednesday/Thursday and then move things along.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 39 posts
Tue 31 Jul 2018
at 20:32
Re: Paris to Vienna
OOC: Nothing for me to do than to continue the card game.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 59 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Thu 2 Aug 2018
at 13:41
Re: Paris to Vienna
Just chatting with the agreeable young traveler.
George Banks
 player, 57 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Fri 3 Aug 2018
at 05:53
Re: Paris to Vienna
George shrugs, and agrees to try to be more polite.  Under the circumstances, it’s not easy.