Vienna to Belgrade.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 59 posts
Tue 26 Mar 2019
at 17:55
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Roderick will take the opportunity to go and get a drink. He shortly considers ordering something to eat, but the recent events have made him lose his appetite.
GM
 GM, 112 posts
Mon 8 Apr 2019
at 21:00
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch goes to tend to Dr Polat who has been made comfortable in a cabin with the injury well bandaged. As previously suspected the wound isn't life threatening or likely to cause any long term harm. However, the foul fez is as firmly fixed to his head as it has been to the other fez-wearers you have met to date and despite the good doctor's best efforts Dr Polat simply won't regain consciousness though there is no obvious medical reason for this.

Barrington and George retire to the salon car for a drink. Most of the other passengers are there and the carriage is abuzz with talk and gossip of the evening's excitement. The views seem to shift between horror at what has gone on (such as from Amelia McGregor) to almost amusement, as if it has been laid on as part of the evening's entertainment (on the part of the Russian aristocrats).

Amelia manages to follow the kimono wearing lady into the dining car where the exotically dressed woman is picking at a small plate of food. She notes Amelia's approach with some interest but shakes her head slightly at the attempt to engage her in conversation, "I'm sorry Miss Meadowcroft but with the events of the evening I'm quite shaken. Perhaps we can speak in the morning?". With that she stands and glides out of the carriage leaving a half eaten plate of food behind. However, Amelia is left with the distinct impression that the lady is in a state of distress and clearly hiding something.

The next two hours pass with little event until an announcement passes down the train a little after half past ten that you are due to pull into Budapest station in the next fifteen minutes. Shortly thereafter Henri locates each of you in turn and asks for a quiet word away from the other passengers, "I am sorry to bother you all again but I was hoping to ask for your assistance one more time. It is my intention to deliver Baron von Hofler into police custody at Budapest station where the authorities can determine what to do given his unfortunate actions earlier. I imagine that they will want to speak to each of you as witnesses but I was also hoping that you may assist me in...disembarking the Baron. He was obviously crazed before and my staff are not trained for that kind of behaviour, not to mention that they had a tendency to defer to men of high station. Perhaps you may be able to help with this?" He looks mainly at George and Barrington as he finishes but it's obvious he'll take any assistance he can get...
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 76 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 00:39
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
"I will do what I can to asist, of course.

"Do you also intend to disembark Dr Polat? He has not regained consciousness and I cannot do more to determine the reason. Perhaps the full facilities of a hospital will be better able to help him."

George Banks
 player, 80 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 02:45
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George grins wolfishly.  “Now you’re talking!”

Needless to say, he is more than happy to assist.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:08, Tue 09 Apr.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 60 posts
Thu 11 Apr 2019
at 15:12
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to George Banks (msg # 91):

"We're of course happy to assist" Roderick answers.
GM
 GM, 113 posts
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 19:08
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
As he walks you down to the baggage car Henri contemplates Saroch's suggestion, "I know that Dr Polat is from Constantinople and would likely be more comfortable there. Is his condition life threatening or will he remain stable until we can get him home?"

As you pick your way down to the end of the train and through the baggage car you start to notice a strange smell to the air which gets only stronger the closer you get to the secure room at the end. As you approach the room Henri selects the right key from the chain around his belt but stops up short as you notice a dark fluid seeping out through the tiny crack at the bottom of the door. The lighting in the baggage car is dim, coming from only a few lights spread across the carriage, but even so you would swear the substance looks like blood...


Henri hesitates, looking uncertain on how to proceed with this new development.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 60 posts
 Player; Soren
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 21:15
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
"Quickly! Open the door!" urges Amelia.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 77 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 00:06
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
"Hold! This is a considerable quantity of blood," says the doctor, "Captain, if you are armed, please ready your revolver."

Saroch takes a deep breath, "Proceed, Henri."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 61 posts
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 07:53
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Roderick follows Dr. Saroch's order and readies his revolver. "I'm ready"
George Banks
 player, 81 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Wed 1 May 2019
at 01:16
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George rotates his head until his neck cracks.  “Ready.”
GM
 GM, 114 posts
Tue 21 May 2019
at 20:17
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
At your insistence Henri puts the key into the lock and turns it firmly with an audible click. Putting both hands on the handle he heaves the heavy door open and steps to one side. The first thing which hits you is the smell - the metallic tang of blood mixed with the stench of putrefaction.

Inside the room is in disarray - boxes broken and the contents of the room spilled across the floor. Crumpled in the corner of the room, in a deep pool of crimson, is the Baron. You can't see his upper body as crouched over him is the fez-wearing figure of the until recently deceased Mr Myers. His back is to you while his hands and head move frenziedly over the body making noises which sound awfully like biting and chewing.

Henri takes a second to absorb the scene and then shrieks before fainting dead away. His sound catches the attention of Mr Myers who slowly turns his head to face you, the neck twisting unnaturally far. The gore covered face is obviously no longer human and you recognise the effect instantly from your encounter in London which started the whole affair. Flicking out from the distended mouth is a tongue almost two feet in length which ends in jagged barbs. Chunks of meat fall from the fanged jaws as the creature which was Mr Myers emits a terrifying hiss...
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 78 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 21 May 2019
at 21:49
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch moves to catch Henri, arresting his fall before he hits the floor.

"Capitaine!" he cries, "Aux armes!"

And he begins to drag the fallen conductor clear of the field of battle.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 61 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 21 May 2019
at 21:54
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Thinking back to the last time they encountered a similar monstrosity in Durward Street, Amelia fumbles around for her gun, intending to put a bullet into the creature's brain.
George Banks
 player, 82 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Tue 21 May 2019
at 22:55
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Looks like me after that McDomnhall fight, George thinks as he pulls out his knife.  Damn near lost that one.

George jabs at the beast’s face with his right hand while holding the knife ready in his left.  When that tongue comes out, he intends to seize it (behind the jagged barbs) and then hack it off with the blade.  He’ll be ducking and weaving in the meantime, so if he’s lucky, he’ll avoid receiving a monster tongue to the face.
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
 Slip me some
 Jib
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
 player, 84 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
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.