Vienna to Belgrade.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 62 posts
Wed 22 May 2019
at 04:53
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to George Banks (msg # 101):

Roderick pulls the trigger of the gun.

OOC: Since Roderick never have seen something similar. SAN check perhaps?
GM
 GM, 115 posts
Sun 9 Jun 2019
at 20:52
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch has barely removed Henri from the field of fire before the two guns fire, the shots deafening in the enclosed carriage. Amelia is clearly still shaken by the appearance of the thing that was Mr Myers as her bullet goes wide, ricocheting from the inside of the vault. Barrington's hand is clearly more practiced, however, and he drills a bullet through the creature's chest - staggering it but not stopping it.

As the creature steps forward it's hideous tongue lashes forward at the target of George bobbing and weaving in front of it. His plan is partially successful and he gets a hand around the lashing appendage though not without suffering deep gashes to his wrist from stray barbs. Taking his knife to it he finds the thing unnaturally tough but succeeds in hacking away a good portion of the scourge-like end before it is torn from his grasp - the creature screaming in agony and spraying gore across the carriage from it's mutilated weapon.
George Banks
 player, 83 posts
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Sun 16 Jun 2019
at 00:52
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
After hurling the creature’s severed tongue back at it, George backs away fast, and examines his wrist as soon as he can do so without too much risk.  He has no interest in bleeding to death.. at least not on a train.  Maybe it would be different if he were in the ring.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 63 posts
Sun 16 Jun 2019
at 06:52
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to George Banks (msg # 104):

Roderick tries to find an opening so that he can shoot the abomination again!
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 62 posts
 Player; Soren
Sun 16 Jun 2019
at 17:00
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
"Bloody hell!" cries Amelia, taking a step back and aiming again at the gibbering monstrosity.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 79 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 14:25
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch gently sets Henri down and produces smelling salts from his bag, waving the vial under Henri's nose.
GM
 GM, 116 posts
Sun 30 Jun 2019
at 20:43
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
The creature lunges at George as he backs away and manages to get a clawed hand to his shoulder before Amelia and Barrington's shots ring out again and the dual impact knocks the thing backwards into the far wall where it sinks to the ground. By any human standard it should be dead but it rolls forward on to all fours and begins to drag itself towards you hissing and growling as it does so.

Henri starts to stir under the careful application of the salts but as his eyelids start to flutter you hear the now familiar whistle and grinding of machinery. The train is getting ready to start off.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 80 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Sun 30 Jun 2019
at 23:00
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch shakes Henri's shoulder.

"Monsieur le Conducteur. Henri! Can you halt the train? Quickly!"

This message was last edited by the player at 12:21, Tue 02 July.

George Banks
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Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 11:23
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Disregarding his injuries for the moment, George kicks the thing in the head as hard as he can.  This monstrosity is worse than terrifying... it’s offensive!
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 63 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 15:31
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Amelia keeps on shooting at the thing until her revolver is empty.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 64 posts
Wed 3 Jul 2019
at 18:09
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 111):

Roderick shoots as many bullets as he can in the creature.

OOC: Shooting the maximum bullets allowed.
GM
 GM, 117 posts
Tue 23 Jul 2019
at 20:30
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
The final spray of bullets from Barrington and Amelia spread what remains of the creature liberally across the floor and walls leaving it a bloody, pulped mass. Crucially, however, it now finally remains still. As the smell of gunsmoke passes the foul smell of it returns full force to your nostrils increased tenfold by how much of it is now exposed to the atmosphere.

Saroch's encouragements to Henri lead to the conductor groggily making his way to his feet and, grasping the urgency of the situation, he nods an assent to the doctor and makes his way, initially unsteadily and then gaining in speed, towards the exit of the baggage car and back into the train proper.

However, as he gets to the door he gives a strangled yelp and starts to back towards you, slowing raising his hands in the air. Moving in behind him is the lady in the embroidered purple kimono you remember joining the train back in Vienna. Coolly levelled in front of her and pointing directly at Henri's chest is a small dark pistol. They advance in the awkward manner halfway down the carriage before the woman wrinkles her nose at the smell, likely unaware of the cause by the group of you standing in the way, and starts to speak. Much to your surprise, rather than the exotic tones her dress and appearance, might suggest she talks with a thick German accent,
"Where is Baron von Hofler? If you give him to me now then I have no wish to cause you any trouble and we can all be on our way."
George Banks
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Tue 23 Jul 2019
at 21:20
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George thinks he might be able to kick the gun from the German’s hand.  This would no doubt improve their situation immeasurably.  Unfortunately, it was out of the question, as doing that would involve hitting a woman.  He would prefer to die a thousand deaths than risk such dishonor.

Instead, he watches and waits.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 64 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 23 Jul 2019
at 21:33
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Amelia, fed up with all this nonsense, tries to knock the gun from the woman's hand.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 81 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 23 Jul 2019
at 22:06
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch being at this point between Amelia and the woman (with Henri in front of him), he stretches his arm across the narrow passage in an attempt to thwart Amelia's advance and keep the woman from firing her pistol, almost certainly wounding one or more of his companions.

"Everyone, I think, should calm themselves. We have no need for further violence."

This message was last updated by the player at 22:07, Tue 23 July.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 65 posts
Wed 24 Jul 2019
at 17:04
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 116):

"Well madam, I guess it's hard to believe but what you see on the floor is the remains of the late baron von Hofler."
GM
 GM, 118 posts
Tue 13 Aug 2019
at 20:18
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch blocks Amelia's advance as Barrington explains the location of the Baron, stepping to one side to reveal the gore covered remains. The armed lady seems to take a moment to register what you mean - struggling to match up the mess on the floor with the figure of the Baron - and then lets out a strangled sob and slowly sinks to her knees, tears starting to form in her eyes. The gun hangs limply in her grip and she offers no resistance to Amelia taking it from her hand.

Instead she continues to weep quietly and asks, almost too softly to hear, "What have you done to him? What have you done?" It's unclear how much of that is rhetorical as it would seem fairly obvious, even to a casual observer, that nothing human could be responsible for what is left of the Baron.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 84 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 14 Aug 2019
at 03:57
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 118):

In a gentle voice, the doctor says, "This is none of our doing, Madame. We have striven to prevent these horrors, but have thus far succeeded only in destroying their agents after the fact.

"What can you do to assist us in our efforts?"

George Banks
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Thu 15 Aug 2019
at 03:45
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George’s eyes swell with pity and he longs to comfort the distraught woman, but he can’t think of any way to do so.  There were some problems that you couldn’t beat to a pulp in the ring.  He wished it were otherwise.  He turned away, not wanting the others to misunderstand the anger that was rushing through him.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 66 posts
Thu 15 Aug 2019
at 19:06
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to George Banks (msg # 120):

Roderick holsters his revolver. He's very, very tired.

OOC: Is it possible to assertain if the woman's "you" refer to us or to someone else perhaps?
GM
 GM, 119 posts
Mon 2 Sep 2019
at 20:08
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
The woman reaches up with one hand and pulls off the dark wig she's wearing revealing a head of long blond hair tied up underneath. She crumples up the hairpiece in one hand as she continues sobbing seemingly barely paying attention to what you're saying.

She feebly points towards the remains of the Baron and gasps, "That was my father. I...I came here to save him from going...too far. What happened to him? What can have done this?" She remains on her knees but seems to been regaining some of her composure. The sobs slowing down and a steely determination starting to return to her eyes.

Meanwhile Henri gathers his composure and, after checking you have the situation in hand, swiftly leaves the carriage explaining he needs to check what is happening with the train.
George Banks
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Tue 3 Sep 2019
at 07:15
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
“We don’t know yet,” George says grimly.  “But we’ll find out what’s behind this.  I give you me word, mum.”
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 85 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 3 Sep 2019
at 12:22
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 122):

Dr Saroch's voice is gentle: "I think, Mademoiselle, that you have much you can tell us of the mystery we seek to unravel." He gently helps the young woman to her feet.

"Let us leave this dreadful scene and go to where we can talk openly. Miss Meadowcroft, perhaps your compartment would be best suited for conversation."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 67 posts
Sat 7 Sep 2019
at 13:33
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
"I guess someone should stay and clean this?" Roderick is not sure how to handle this. Nothing in his life has prepared him for this. How do you socialize with a woman after just killing her father in cold blood? "Err... we might need something to drink?"
George Banks
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Sun 8 Sep 2019
at 02:52
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George offers to stay and mop up... if someone will provide him with a proper mop and bucket.