Paris to Vienna.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 72 posts
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
 player, 48 posts
 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
 player, 36 posts
 Player; Soren
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
Paris to Vienna
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
 Player; Soren
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
 player, 50 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 15:23
Paris to Vienna
"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
 player, 38 posts
 Player; Soren
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
Paris to Vienna
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 couldnt tell what it was saying, but it sounded horrible.  Ive 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 whatevers underneath.  Its a bloody abomination!
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 30 posts
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 08:09
Paris to Vienna
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 wont 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.

Its only murder if were killing a man, he adds.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 39 posts
 Player; Soren
Sun 17 Jun 2018
at 18:34
Paris to Vienna
"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 Im not her chaperone, but I dont relish the thought of her being exposed to those people.  I dont 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
Paris to Vienna
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
 player, 31 posts
Tue 19 Jun 2018
at 10:38
Paris to Vienna
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
 player, 53 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 20 Jun 2018
at 15:25
Re: Paris to Vienna
George Banks:
"Its only murder if were 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
Re: Paris to Vienna
If you say so, Doc.  Im 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 its 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
 player, 41 posts
 Player; Soren
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.