Paris to Vienna.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 69 posts
Mon 14 May 2018
at 19:18
Paris to Vienna
You are roused from sleep initially with the train pulling into a station. A quick glance at your watches and the timetable confirms you in Stuttgart for the 6.41am stop. Depending on your proclivities you either return to sleep, read or chat to your cabin-mate for the next few hours as your carriage is not seated for breakfast until 9.00am.

A few minutes before the designated hour a light knock and Henri's voice comes through the door inviting you to attend for breakfast. A short walk takes you through to the dining car where the dramatic scenery of Southern Germany races past through the large windows.

Several of your fellow travellers have beaten you to breakfast and are already seated. Each table seats four passengers, two by two facing each other over an immaculately clean and smartly folded white tablecloth and silverware so polished it almost hurts to look at.

At one table sits the two noblemen from the previous night, the younger looking noticeably the worse for wear and drinking from a steaming cup of coffee. Sat with them is a glamourous woman in her mid-twenties who oozes class and looks immaculate, even at this early hour.

Across the aisle from them, at a table all of his own, sits a middle-aged man dressed in simple, smart clothes. From the way he pays attention to those across the way from him you would figure him to be their servant.

At another table Ms McGregor sits and, again she is all by herself. The journal from last night is in front of her but now sits closed as she tucks into a plate of eggs which have been set in front of her. She gives Professor Worth a slight wave as he comes in.

Of the more sinister travelling companions from last night there is no sign...

OOC: You have free range to sit where you want. You either group together or mingle a bit with other passengers if you wish to do so.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 45 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 14 May 2018
at 20:11
Paris to Vienna
Rousing at Alan's eight a.m. knock, Saroch submits himself to be shaved by the valet, then completes his ablutions and dresses in a traveling suit. He skims over a copy of Le Figaro until summoned for breakfast.

"Do you mind some company at breakfast, Mademoiselle?" he asks Miss McGregor, his hand on the back of the seat across from her.
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 00:04
Paris to Vienna
Amelia slept fitfully, haunted by dreams of the hideous thing they met at the house.

Struggling awake and splashing cold water on her face, she dresses and heads to the dining car, where she greets her fellow travelers and calls for a large coffee.

Calmed by the sight of the beautiful scenery outside, as well as the strong coffee, she chats with her friends, discreetly inquiring about the fez, and if there were any incidents during the night.

She glances over at the table with Count Razumosky, his wife (presumably) and his cousin, trying to recall any information she might have come across about them in the news or from gossip.
Captain Roderick Barrington
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 04:28
Paris to Vienna
In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 3):

Roderick yawns. He has memories of night terrors that seemed to be real, but then again they were probably just nightmares. He freshens up, dresses and goes for breakfast. As for Amelia's question he sheepishly admits:

"I had dreams of someone watching me outside the door, but it was only dreams, that I'm sure of. Let's order something to eat!"
George Banks
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 05:53
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George attempts to sit next to Amelia, without being too obvious about it.  His reasons for doing so are manifold.  For one thing, sitting next to Amelia is rarely a bad idea, it seems to him.  For another, he is eager to discuss the disconcerting experience he had the other night.

And he doesn’t particularly feel like mingling with strangers at this time.
GM
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Tue 22 May 2018
at 18:18
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Miss McGregor accedes to Saroch's request to sit with her and she is immediately more animated than the previous night seeking to engage him in small talk about the train and the passing scenery. The rest of you take a table together and put in your orders for breakfast which the crisply dressed staff smartly move off to get ready for you.

Cups of steaming coffee or tea are swiftly obtained for all and racks of toast and bowls of confiture are placed on your table while you wait for your hot food. As you begin to tuck in the door opens and an odd hush falls across the carriage.

A young woman, no more than twenty, enters the carriage. She is nicely, though not finely, dressed but she looks drawn and her eyes have the red rings of someone who has been crying recently. As she enters she buries a sniffle within a delicate handkerchief. Immediately behind her, and with a hand resting gently on her shoulder, strides the man you now know to be Menkaph. He remains dressed in his theatrical garb which was only odd last night in the salon car and now appears downright foolish in the cold light of morning. In his free hand he twirls his cane and upon his head is something you instantly recognise - the Fez!

At first you think you must be mistaken and this could be any such item of headwear - it's a far from uncommon sight, especially for those headed to the Near East. However, the vile colour - that of dried blood - and slightly oily appearance are unmistakable from your brush with the item just a few nights previously. Now you can see it in daylight you can see that it looks like there is writing stitched into the fabric but at this distance you can't make out what it may say. The devil knows how he may have it given the last you knew the foul item was stashed in Saroch's man's valise!

Behind Menkaph walks his wiry companion. They seat themselves on a table a short distance from you. The lady up against the window hemmed in by Menkaph and the other man, Kapok, sat opposite looking as unapproachable, though somewhat less on his guard, as the night before.
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Tue 22 May 2018
at 19:24
Paris to Vienna
Amelia is happy enough to have George seated next to her. She chats amicably with him, and listen to his recount of the other night's events, trying to identify any similarities between his experience and her own.

As she spots the fez on Menkaph's head, she lets out a small gasp. She tries to catch Dr. Saroch's attention and gestures for him to come over.

(Assuming he does); "Doctor," she says to him in a low voice. "He has the fez! We should check on your valet."

This message was last edited by the player at 01:46, Wed 23 May 2018.

George Banks
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Thu 24 May 2018
at 09:53
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George tenses and feels in his pocket for his knife.  He keeps the Fez fiend in his peripheral vision.  He fights his muscles, ordering to relax, knowing that he can react much more quickly that way.

If the man threatens or offends Amelia in any way, George promises himself that the creep will never leave this train alive.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 46 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Thu 24 May 2018
at 17:39
Paris to Vienna
Saroch excuses himself to his charming companion and seeks out the conducteur. In French, he asks the man to have his valet attend him immediately.

The doctor returns to his breakfast.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 26 posts
Thu 24 May 2018
at 18:39
Paris to Vienna
In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 9):

"Who is the woman? And why is that fiend Menkaph with her?" Roderick whispers having a hard time disguising his contempt for the vile snake! "She's obviously in distress! And I'm certain Menkaph is to blame!" Ever the knight in shining armour ready to defend a woman's honour. "Give me a chance and I'll give him a thrashing he'l l never forget!"
GM
 GM, 71 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 18:23
Paris to Vienna
Henri is, as ever, only a short distance away and is happy to accede to Saroch's request - immediately leaving to fetch the valet. As you wait for Alan to arrive you look around and the presence of Menkaph and his party in the carriage seems to have had a sobering effect on everyone. Miss McGregor becomes notably more sombre and even the generally gregarious Russians speak in more hushed tones and the lady in the party shoots a dirty glance at the newcomers.

Within a few short minutes Alan strides into the carriage, apparently alive and uninjured. He glides up to Saroch and leans in to ask, in hushed tones, whatever is the matter?

A few tables away Menkaph looks at you briefly for a second before tucking into a steaming forkful of his breakfast. His female companion simply sobs quietly into her tea...
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 47 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Sun 27 May 2018
at 23:14
Paris to Vienna
Saroch excuses himself again to his table companion and speaks quietly and quickly in French to his man:
"Voici le couvre-chef de ce méchant répréhensible. N'est-ce pas l'objet que je t'ai confié? Va tout de suite voir si ce que je t'ai donné est sûr. Sois rapide!"
["Behold the headgear of that reprehensible villain. Is that not the item I entrusted to your care? Go at once to see whether what I gave you is still secure. Be quick!"]
Amelia Meadowcroft
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 Player; Soren
Mon 28 May 2018
at 01:51
Paris to Vienna
It breaks Amelia's heart to see the woman crying. She will walk up to Menkaph's table and ask the woman if she is feeling alright, glaring at Menkaph as she approaches.
George Banks
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Tue 29 May 2018
at 19:21
Paris to Vienna
George watches closely for any hint of hostility directed toward Amelia.  He’s fighting to stay calm, but his blood is already boiling.
GM
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Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 14:36
Paris to Vienna
Alan looks surprised at his employer's message and leaves immediately to check on the valise.

Meanwhile Amelia approaches the lady at Menkaph's table and enquires as to the woman's circumstances. The lady looks up at Amelia's approach, her eyes rimmed red, but says nothing. Instead Menkaph replies in an accent that is, surprisingly, English - perhaps even a touch cockney - and well educated,
"I'm sorry my dear but Mrs Myers is very upset and not in the mood for conversation. If you could leave us to our breakfast maybe she will be more happy to socialise later this afternoon?"
The lady, Mrs Myers, nods slightly in assent as he speaks.

On the far side of the carriage Alan returns to Dr Saroch's side and speaks to him in hushed tones. Alan swears that he has checked the valise and the fez you have him the night before is still there, exactly as he left it. Whatever Menkaph is wearing this morning it isn't the same item...
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 Physician & Surgeon
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 15:04
Paris to Vienna
"Tres bien," the doctor says to his man. He turns to his table companion to pick up the thread of their conversation.

"Do you travel for pleasure or are you upon some business?"
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 17:40
Paris to Vienna
As she is close to Menkaph, Amelia takes the opportunity to study the writing on the fez.

"Very well," she replies to Menkaph. "I would love to have a chat with your companion later on. Perhaps you could devote some time to study etiquette in the interim? Specifically, the chapter on wearing hats in the presence of ladies?"

She sniffs ever so slightly at this social faux pas and returns to the others.
George Banks
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Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 06:06
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George has had enough.  He marches up to Menkaph and tries to grab the fez right off his head!
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 27 posts
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 12:12
Paris to Vienna
In reply to George Banks (msg # 18):

If Roderick realises what George is trying to do, he tries to stop him!

This message was last edited by the player at 12:16, Sun 03 June 2018.

GM
 GM, 73 posts
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 17:16
Paris to Vienna
Miss McGregor is happy to engage with Dr Saroch in conversation. She is working on an article about the Armenian Question for her paper. She's got the names of some sources in Constantinople to discuss it with so is heading out there for the interviews. She expresses an interest in speaking to Saroch at some point in the journey for his views on it to get a more European flavour.

Passing Amelia in the aisle George gets to Menkaph's table just a step ahead of Barrington who rushes to stop him. As Barrington gets his hands on George's shoulders, the younger man manages to get one hand onto the Fez.

As George's hand brushes the material he is struck by an intense feeling of nausea deep in the pit of his stomach. If not for his life on the street having involved a great number of scenes which have led to something of an iron stomach then it was likely he would have lost what little he has eaten this morning.

Before George can get any further in de-hatting his target the arm of Menkaph's man shoots up and seizes his wrist in a vicelike grip which is only released as Barrington moves George away. Menkaph himself recoils and looks momentarily flustered before his expression changes to a smirk,
"Sir, I think you should step away. This isn't some back alley, that kind of behaviour is not acceptable here."

The rest of the carriage has fallen into silence at the events and the Russian nobles look at George with undisguised disgust.

As the silence becomes unbearable Henri appears in the doorway. You didn't think he had been there when events occurred by somehow he seems to know about them,
"Monsieur Banks, perhaps you would like to finish breakfast in the Salon car? Your companions can join you if they wish."
George Banks
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Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 18:19
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Staring in horror at the fez, George backs away, holding his stomach.  He is oblivious to the people who are staring at him.

Turning to Captain Roderick, he mutters, “There is something underneath that thing.  I heard it... whisper.”

This message was last edited by the player at 18:21, Sun 10 June 2018.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 28 posts
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 20:46
Paris to Vienna
In reply to George Banks (msg # 21):

"Whisper?" Roderick is perplexed. At a loss of what to say he continues: "What did it say?"
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 37 posts
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Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 23:18
Paris to Vienna
Amelia will try to gently take George's arm and escort him out of the dining car.

"Come on, George. You look like you could use a nice cup of tea."

Passing Henri, she gives him an apoplectic smile. "Sorry for the disturbance, Monsieur."
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 15:23
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"My apologies, Mademoiselle MacGregor," Henri says to his table-companion, "I would be pleased to speak with you about the Armenian question, but it appears my professional talents may be needed,"

He leaves his table and follows Amelia and George: "Take him to my compartment, Miss Meadowcroft," he murmurs.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:24, Mon 11 June 2018.

Amelia Meadowcroft
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Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 15:25
Paris to Vienna
Amelia escorts George to Dr. Saroch's compartment, and asks Henri to please bring them some tea - and a brandy.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 52 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 15:27
Paris to Vienna
Saroch prepares a quick draft to settle George's stomach and approves the brandy to settle his nerves. He listens closely as George explains what happened.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 29 posts
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 15:46
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In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 26):

Roderick follows as well, worried for George who seems to be genuinely shaken.
George Banks
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Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 22:30
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“I couldn’t tell what it was saying, but it sounded horrible.  I’ve never heard anything like it.”

He downs the brandy in less time than it takes to kick a cur.

I say we find that awful man, kill him... then destroy the fez and whatever’s underneath.  It’s a bloody abomination!”
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 30 posts
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 08:09
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In reply to George Banks (msg # 28):

"The man is vile that much is clear. I assume that it was his minions I met in London?" Roderick scratches his chin as he tries to take in everything that has happened. "We need a plan of action. I can not condone murder, but perhaps that other fez could be stolen? It seems that we know all too little about our opponent and his motives. Where is he going for example? I guess he's going to Constantinople, but what does he plan to do there? And what is the purpose of the fez? Why haven't we destroyed the fez we have in our possession if it is an artifact of evil for example?"
George Banks
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Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 12:16
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“If his fez goes missing, his evilness won’t have much difficulty figuring out who took it.  Damn my impulsive nature!”

George stares at the backs of his hands for a moment, thinking back to that drunken tavern brawl that had left them bloody and torn.

It’s only murder if we’re killing a man,” he adds.
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Sun 17 Jun 2018
at 18:34
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"Let's not be too hasty," interjects Amelia. "Let me see if I can talk to that poor women and learn some more about her, and possibly her wretched companions."

She absentmindedly pours herself a large brandy and downs it with one gulp.

Leaving the cabin, she looks for Henri, asking him to alert her if he spots Mrs Myers without her 'guardians' present.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:50, Mon 18 June 2018.

George Banks
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Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 16:57
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“I know I’m not her chaperone, but I don’t relish the thought of her being exposed to those people.  I don’t like it in the least,” he mutters.

If they harm just one hair on her head... JUST ONE...”  He grinds his fist against his palm as his face turns red with anger.
GM
 GM, 75 posts
Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 19:52
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OOC: You're fine to keep on chatting IC if you want but otherwise let me know how your characters want to spend the period of time between now and lunch. Obviously there's an occult text you have in your possession to study, ne'er do wells to keep an eye on, distressed women to try and catch alone as well as more regular pass times and other passengers to interact with. Plenty to do!

In terms of the train timetable you go through Munich (at 10.21) and then Salzburg (12.46) before getting to Vienna at 5.50pm where you are to meet with Professor Smith's contact Baron von Hofler.

George Banks
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Tue 19 Jun 2018
at 02:41
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George will try to keep a protective eye on Amelia, while keeping a low profile.  He realizes that he has already drawn more than enough unwanted attention.
Captain Roderick Barrington
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Tue 19 Jun 2018
at 10:38
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In reply to George Banks (msg # 34):

Roderick tries to interact with the other passengers in hope to find rumors about Menkaph.

OOC: Tries to find a card game if possible. Perhaps someone who plays bridge and needs a fourth player or something similar.

This message was last edited by the player at 10:40, Tue 19 June 2018.

Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 20 Jun 2018
at 15:25
Re: Paris to Vienna
George Banks:
"It’s only murder if we’re killing a man,” he adds.

"It is murder, my friend, if the judges believe you have killed a man.

"We have no authority vis-a-vis this Menkaph and ridding the world of evildoers is not our task. Our task is to meet with Professor Smith's Baron von Hofler in Vienna and to bring the fez in our possession to Constantinople, yes?

"Let us stick to that task, for it seems it will be difficult enough."

George Banks
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Wed 20 Jun 2018
at 17:18
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“If you say so, Doc.  I’m not the brains, after all.  Still, our task would be a damn sight easier if we could just chuck the baddies from the train, preferably while it’s crossing a bridge.  At least to my way of thinking it would be.”

Life was so much simpler on the streets.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:18, Wed 20 June 2018.

GM
 GM, 76 posts
Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 18:52
Re: Paris to Vienna
After a period of freshening up in your rooms you find your way back to the salon car.

Barrington has no difficulty in finding a card game. The two Russian gentlemen are sat idly playing cards and, after some initial reticence, welcome someone of similar high breeding to their table. Count Razumosky and Pytor make for good company and a good spirited game swiftly ensues.

Shortly afterwards George and Amelia get their chance. Mrs Myers, still looking like a woman in distress, enters the salon car and takes a seat at the far end - producing some needlepoint which she half-heartedly starts to work on. Menkaph's henchman soon follows her in and takes a table close to the door, watching her closely, but of the villain himself there is no sign. That, at least, means Mrs Myers is left alone...
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 19:22
Re: Paris to Vienna
Amelia approaches Mrs Myers with her most disarming smile and asks if she can sit down with her. If the lady agrees, Amelia will ask a waiter to bring them some tea and attempt to strike up a conversation, light at first but then gradually steering towards Mrs Myers' current situation.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:45, Mon 25 June 2018.

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
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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
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Tue 26 Jun 2018
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If possible, George will attempt to join the card game.  While keeping an eye out for Amelia’s safety, of course.
GM
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Sun 1 Jul 2018
at 16:52
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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
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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
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Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 04:39
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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
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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
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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
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Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 09:33
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In reply to GM (msg # 48):
George Banks
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Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 19:05
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George grins at Pytor.  “You look familiar.  Have I seen you before?
GM
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Wed 11 Jul 2018
at 21:31
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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
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Sun 15 Jul 2018
at 05:04
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“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
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Sun 15 Jul 2018
at 14:43
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"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
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Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 02:40
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In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 53):

Roderick just nods towards Menkaph barely acknowledging his presence.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 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
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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.