Vienna to Belgrade.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 94 posts
Tue 11 Sep 2018
at 20:39
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As George lunges for the Fez he just about gets his fingers on it before being hauled backwards. As he is removed George where he is suddenly and violently sick in a corner of the cabin, suddenly overcome by feelings of nausea.


Baron von Hofler, initially surprised by George's lunge, recover swiftly and politely looks away as the younger man is unwell. He taps his chin thoughtfully with one gloved hand while slowly turning the evil headgear in the other, "Interesting the writing on it appears to be ancient, but it's not in any script I recognise."


He folds the hat and starts to put it away back in Saroch's valise, "I don't think we should try to destroy it yet - there's so much we don't know and so much still it may be able to teach us. However, in light of what you describe happening to that young man perhaps it would be wise not to try donning it yet until we know a little more. Though perhaps with the proper preparations and going into it with an awareness of what awaits may limit the risk."

The Baron finishes putting it away and then removes his gloves while he finishes speaking, "You mentioned that an enemy travels with us? Have you any ideas what we can do about that?"
George Banks
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Wed 12 Sep 2018
at 00:05
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“Sorry, friends,” George says as he wipes the excess upchuckings from his chin.  “Christ, that smells bloody awful!”

Despite his best efforts, he finds his eyes returning to the fez.

Careful with that.  Please.  You touch it, and you see... things.  I can’t explain.  You things you don’t want to see.”

This message was last edited by the player at 00:07, Wed 12 Sept 2018.

Dr Kasim Polat
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Wed 12 Sep 2018
at 16:19
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Dr. Polat is quite taken aback by the sudden violence, followed immediately by the violently ill.  He seems about to say something when the Baron mentions donning the Fez with a more informed intent, but stops himself before von Hofler speaks again.

When an "enemy" is mentioned, Kasim looks around at his new companions with a look of paranoia.  "Enemy?  Then surely this is no merely academic endeavor after all?  Should we summon a policeman?"
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 62 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 12 Sep 2018
at 19:38
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Saroch gets George seated and brings him a damp cloth and glass of water. He drapes a damp towel over the offensive corner of the compartment.

Locking his suitcase with the fez inside, he says to the others: "Perhaps we should go to another compartment while this one is cleaned."
George Banks
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Wed 12 Sep 2018
at 23:59
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“That’s bloody fine with me,” George says.  “I ain’t parked the tiger like that since I went twenty rounds with Buzzsaw McGriffs, and I went into that fight with a dicky stomach.  God knows what kind of lurgy that fez is carrying.”

He glances warily at the briefcase.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:00, Thu 13 Sept 2018.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 47 posts
Fri 14 Sep 2018
at 15:36
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"We're followed by a certain Mr Menkaph, who also has an interest in the fez. I haven't been on this venture from the beginning and perhaps the others can enlighten our new companions more about Mr. Menkaph."
GM
 GM, 95 posts
Sun 23 Sep 2018
at 15:01
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OOC: Last chance to ask any questions of the Baron or do anything right now otherwise in a day or so I'll jump things forward in time a bit to the next 'event'.
GM
 GM, 96 posts
Sat 29 Sep 2018
at 19:48
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As you start to give the Baron the details about Menkaph there is a knock on the cabin door and you open it to a liveried attendant summoning you to dinner. The Baron himself politely declines to attend, having had a large midday meal, and instead retires to the salon car with a book he produces from his case intending to research the writing you saw on the Fez.

The rest of you file through to the dining car where you are joined by most of the other passengers you are already acquainted with. At this time there is no sign of Mrs Myers but Menkaph and his ever-present henchmen are seated at the far end of the carriage already starting on an aperitif. The coterie of Russians file in behind you and occupy two middle tables - the Count, Countess and Pytor on one table and their two servants adjacent. The lady in the kimono who joined the train at the same time as the Baron and Kasim sits by herself sipping demurely at a small glass of something.

Aileen MacGregor is running slightly late and arrives just as the staff start to hand out the starters - steaming bowls of a rich fish soup. As she passes your table she casts a furtive glance down towards Menkaph's table and leans down to speak to you in low tones, "I heard you speaking to Mrs Myers earlier and I don't think it's right that she isnt getting her poor husband a doctor if he's that unwell. She seems to be brainwashed by that creep in the hat. I can get her out of the cabin if some of you might be able to get in and have a look at him. Might need to keep them," subtly nodding down the carriage at the appropriately named creep in the hat "out of the way too though..."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 48 posts
Sun 30 Sep 2018
at 13:25
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In reply to GM (msg # 34):

Roderick nods and looks at the others. "What do you think? I'm no doctor, but I'm willing to help in any capacity I can."
George Banks
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Sun 30 Sep 2018
at 14:03
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”I’d like to keep them out of the way permanently,” George whispers emphatically.  “Six feet under out of the way.”
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 49 posts
 Player; Soren
Sun 30 Sep 2018
at 14:11
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"I agree," says Amelia. "I'd like for our good doctor to have a look at this chap. Menkaph and his lot seems to be busy eating and drinking for now, but we can keep an eye on them."

She smiles at Aileen. "Thank you so much for your help, Ms. MacGregor."
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 1 Oct 2018
at 22:26
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In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 37):

"Miss Meadowcroft, if you and Miss MacGregor can distract Mrs Myers during dessert, and George and Captain Barrington can interfere --gently-- with Menkaph's bullies, Professor Worth and I will attempt to examine Mr Myers on the sly."

That said, he addresses himself to the soup.
Amelia Meadowcroft
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 Player; Soren
Tue 2 Oct 2018
at 13:12
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In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 38):

Amelia agrees, ready to 'ambush' Ms. Myers with society gossip once she appears from the cabin.
Dr Kasim Polat
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Tue 2 Oct 2018
at 17:01
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Doctor Polat, meanwhile, had long grown accustomed to the Western practice of speaking around those of his race and, having found himself thrust into such preoccupied company, had spent the time until this moment observing the dynamic of the group and occasionally peeking into the ever-present book he had received from the Baron.  Once a plan has been formulated, however, Kasim sees an opportunity.

"Pardon me, I do not mean to put myself forward so, but, judging by what I have seen and heard, you all may have prior history with this fellow, yes..?  I, myself, have no stake in the matter and better yet, have not yet been identified by any one else aboard train.  If it would help you all, my new companions, I offer my time and services..?"  With this, Kasim makes a point to attempt to distance himself slightly from the others, hopefully contributing to the fiction proffered to outsiders that he has merely been near the group, and not a part of it.
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Tue 2 Oct 2018
at 17:52
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In reply to Dr Kasim Polat (msg # 40):

Amelia smiles warmly at Kasim. "Thank you, Doctor. Your assistance is most welcome. You're quite right in that we have some history together. We will hopefully get an opportunity to bring you up to speed soon."
George Banks
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Sun 7 Oct 2018
at 13:03
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George glances suspiciously at the newcomer, but says nothing.  When in sophisticated company, a man of limited education had to know when to keep his opinions to himself.
GM
 GM, 97 posts
Tue 9 Oct 2018
at 20:47
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OOC: Finding and distracting the young Mrs Myers will be fairly straightforward (or will it?) but what is the plan for distracting Menkaph and his pet goon? Just wanted to check what kind of approach George, Barrington (and Kasim?) might be taking with it before moving things forward.
George Banks
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Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 07:28
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George will attempt to distract Menkaph by giving him dirty, threatening looks while clenching and unclenching his fists.
GM
 GM, 98 posts
Fri 12 Oct 2018
at 20:20
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Mrs Myers doesn't emerge through all of dinner and as dessert is served Amelia and Aileen go to find her. She is ensconced in her cabin and takes all of their persuasive skills to lure her out for a drink and the proposed society discussions in the salon. It quickly becomes apparent in discussions that Mrs Myers does not move in quite the lofty circles that Amelia is used to but they find enough common ground, and she is polite enough, to be engaged fully in casual discussion.

This gives Saroch the opportunity to carefully make his way down to the Myers' cabin. A short knock on the door raises nothing but a low groan from inside and so the Doctor slips through the doorway when nobody is watching. Inside the cabin the lighting is low, the only source a hooded lamp in one corner. While barely noticeable from the corridor the smell inside the cabin is distinctly unpleasant - the sickly sweet stench of illness which Dr Saroch is long familiar with. On the lower bed lies a man, barely conscious and obviously unwell - naked from the waist up and glistening with sweat. He groans again as Saroch enters the cabin and rolls slightly to one side. Most strikingly on his head sits a fez which seems uncomfortably familiar!

Just as the desserts are being finished off back in the dining car Menkaph looks up to order his coffee and seems to suddenly notice that your group has thinned dramatically. He leans forward to whisper something to his bodyguard and the tall man nods slightly before rising and making his way down the dining car towards the exit...

Passing him in the walkway Henri sidles up to Kasim and leans in to speak into his ear, "The Baron has asked to see you in his cabin, at your earliest convenience."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 49 posts
Sat 13 Oct 2018
at 15:15
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OOC: Knowing that Dr. Saroch needs time to do his investigation Roderick tries to intercept the bodyguard preferably by accidentally spilling a drink or something else on the bodyguard when he passes by.
George Banks
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Mon 15 Oct 2018
at 10:37
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George gets up in case Roderick needs help.  There is more than one way to intercept a rat-tailed bag o’ mystery.
Dr Kasim Polat
 player, 14 posts
Mon 15 Oct 2018
at 21:58
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Dr Kasim Polat
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Mon 15 Oct 2018
at 22:02
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OOC: forgive me, but I initially posted thinking that Henri was the bodyguard delivering the message to me; I can't find any mention of a Henri in anything I've appeared in yet, and that was where my confusion originated.  Posting below!

Kasim is beginning to understand the depth of the intrigue he has gotten himself into; the Baron, somehow, is now the most familiar member of this coterie to him, and that odd familiarity breeds a sense of unearthly comfort.  Kasim nods to Henri and resolves to join the Baron at the earliest surreptitious opportunity.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 Physician & Surgeon
Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 21:46
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Saroch opens his case. He can see that the man is burning with fever. He is most likely going to die when the fez is through with him and there is little a physician can do to help. He takes a vial of liquid and a hypodermic syringe from his bag. He fills the syringe from the bottle, lifts the man's arm, and injects several ccs into the axillary artery.


He replaces vial and syringe in his bag and slips out of the compartment.
GM
 GM, 99 posts
Thu 25 Oct 2018
at 20:10
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Barrington's attempt to slow the tall, thin associate of your adversary is only partially successful - the spilled drink only garnering a slight slowing of his pace and a dirty scowl before he carries straight on. However, Saroch finishes with his work in the cabin just in time and passes the bodyguard as he enters the sleeping carriage. The taller man eyes him suspiciously but passes without comment, entering into the Myers' compartment without knocking.

In the salon car after chatting for a short while longer Ellie excuses herself and rises with the explanation that she wishes to check on her husband.

Kasim waits for an opportune moment and then excuses himself from dinner to meet the Baron. He finds the correct cabin and knocks gently, eliciting a low grunt in response. Upon entering the cabin he finds the room a mess - papers, notes and books strewn across every surface. The Baron himself sits on the bed with a cloth rolled out to his side upon which lie a selection of gleaming metallic instruments from scalpels to mirrors to scissors. In his gloved hands he turns over and over an item which is upsettingly familiar the (or perhaps it is 'a') fez. Though where he has obtained it from is not obviously clear. It takes a few moments before he realises that Kasim is standing there, "Aah Dr Polat, thank you for coming. I've been thinking about and studying this item for some time and I think there is only one thing to be done. Somebody needs to put it on..."