Vienna to Belgrade.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
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Sun 5 Aug 2018
at 20:57
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Following Amelia's short exchange with him Menkaph asks Ellie to join him in her cabin and she makes her excuses. They leave, her arm through his, with Menkaph's ever present shadow a short distance behind.

The rest of the day passes fairly uneventfully with you passing time either by yourselves in your cabins or in polite conversation with the other passengers. Of Menkaph, other than a brief sighting at lunch, there is no further sign.

The train pulls into Vienna at 5.50pm and here several passengers from the other sleeper carriage change. You are all relaxing in the salon car with a drink when two men enter - clearly looking for you. One is a heavy-set, smartly dressed Turk in Western dress and the other a tall, thin man smartly dressed and with the refined air of an aristocrat. His hair and beard are slightly dishevelled as if he has been travelling for some time. The thin man looks at you quizzically and raises an eyebrow in question...
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Sun 5 Aug 2018
at 21:48
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Amelia smiles at the thin man. "Sind Sie vielleicht Baron von Hofler?" she asks in German. "Mein name ist Amelia Meadowcroft und das sind meine Freunde". She indicates the rest of the group.
Captain Roderick Barrington
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Mon 6 Aug 2018
at 04:53
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In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 2):

Roderick bows slightly in greeting. "Pleased to meet you Baron. My name is captain Roderick Barrington. I am sorry that my language skills are inferior to the skills of Ms. Meadowcraft."
Dr Kasim Polat
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Mon 6 Aug 2018
at 21:48
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Dr. Polat politely waits as his much paler companion is greeted by the group; when there is a chance, and hopefully just before the conversation picks up without him entirely, Kasim touches the brim of his boater hat and introduces himself.  It cannot help but be noticed that he clutches a book overflowing with many pieces of note-paper in his non-saluting hand, and at any small instance wherein the gesture would not be TOO impolite, he can be seen glancing back into the tome with a look of no small distraction.

When introductions among the group are made, Kasim makes a point to smile broadly at each in turn, offering his hand if appropriate.
GM
 GM, 90 posts
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 19:56
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The Baron, for the thinner man is none other, nods stiffly at your greetings and responds in heavily accented English for the benefit of those present not Amelia's equal linguistically, "It is a pleasure to meet you all. Julius Smith speaks highly of each of you. Are you familiar with Dr Polat?" indicating Kasim at his side "He joined me here in Vienna."

He then motions to gather you all closer and speaks in a much lower voice, looking over his shoulder for any eavesdroppers as he does, "Julius has also told me about your unusual mission and even more unusual...cargo. Perhaps you should let me know about your experiences so I can hear them firsthand and then, when the time is right, I could examine this artefact in your possession? I will give you any assistance I can render."
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 Physician & Surgeon
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 22:51
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Saroch greets the two men, the Baron, then Polat.

"Before we exchange any other information, you should know thar we have made the trip from Paris with an apparent foe, one called Menkaph and his henchmen and a pair of, perhaps innocent, companions."

He describes all of that group in a few trenchant phrases.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:52, Sun 12 Aug 2018.

Captain Roderick Barrington
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Sat 18 Aug 2018
at 18:06
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"Pleased to meet you Dr. Polat." Roderick further adds "I was personally involved in a dangerous situation when some ruffians tried to rob Professor Worth. It's clear that our foe has no regards for human life."
GM
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Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 20:47
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The Baron strokes his beard as Barrington and Saroch fill him in on events, "Hmm, that is dark news indeed. The name Menkaph is unfamiliar to me but Smith mentioned their may be opposition to your task. As a result I did not come unarmed." At this he taps his breast pocket in a suggestive fashion and you can see the outline of something solid underneath, "However, that would seem to make it doubly important the artefact is secure - I assume it is difficult to keep it out of prying hands in such close quarters? Perhaps we should examine it in the privacy of someone's compartment?"
Dr Kasim Polat
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Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 20:56
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Kasim, too, seems to drink in the story more intently, his countenance taking on a darker pall once the Fez is mentioned in detail, and the fate of one Matthew Pook.  He clutches his copy of mad Arabian writings a little closer, but makes sure not to interrupt the telling.  When the Baron offers to retire the group to a more private setting, Dr. Polat seems almost perceptively eager; a close eye will notice him fondling a bit of gold around his neck.
George Banks
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Tue 21 Aug 2018
at 21:01
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George takes a subtle look at the gold around the good doctor’s neck.  He doesn’t completely trust him, although he realizes he’s probably just being paranoid... which is understandable, under these circumstances.

At least he’s off the bloody train!
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 42 posts
Wed 22 Aug 2018
at 14:41
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Roderick watches the surroundings to see so that no one is following the party. Anyone they meet can be a spy.
GM
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Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 19:51
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You leave the salon and head up the train towards Saroch's cabin where the Fez is currently secreted. As you do so you pass another new passenger entering as you leave - she must have joined at Vienna alongside the Baron. This is a young, exotic lady dressed in a purple kimono embroidered with a large scarlet dragon. She is heavily made up beneath a short bob of dark hair. She bows slightly from the neck at you as you pass by.



You manage to cram into one of the cabins with Saroch's valise. All of you in one cabin isn't a comfortable fit by any means but it's good enough for a short period and it's the most privacy you're likely to get on board the train. As the valise is opened the Baron's eyes glitter like a child receiving a present and he seems to lose years in his excitement. Carefully applying a pair of white gloves he lifts the Fez out. It is as foul as you remember - the colour of old, dried blood and the smell is stomach turning in the enclosed space. In the dim light of the cabin you think you can see strange symbols stitched in the fabric.

The Baron turns the thing over and over in his hands with a thoughtful look upon his face, "My God, it is every bit as vile as I had imagined. Has anybody tried...putting it on?"
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 20:36
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Amelia recounts the horrible thing that happened to Mr. Pook and strongly advises agains anyone putting the fez on!
Dr Kasim Polat
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Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 21:02
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Dr. Polat watches all of the proceedings with a dark eye; certain ..things that nip at the dark edges of human society had always seemed to be just out of reach during his academic career, but now, the combination of the book he had been reading coupled with this dreaded Fez, well, it was almost too much for the poor doctor.  He begins to recite something in Arabic under his breath, seemingly beneath his own notice.
Captain Roderick Barrington
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Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 21:24
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In reply to Dr Kasim Polat (msg # 14):

Roderick has not witnessed what the fez did to the late Mr. Pook, but the item makes him nervous. <purple>"What does those letters on the side say?" he asks no one in general.
George Banks
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Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 23:59
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“Did anyone else hear that?”  George stares intently at the fez.  “A very quiet whisper... I think it’s coming from inside it.”

His strong fingers clench and unclench, curling into claws, then straightening again.

Like there’s something living in there...”
Captain Roderick Barrington
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Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 15:05
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In reply to George Banks (msg # 16):

"I did actually. Moths perhaps?" Roderick suggests rather sheepishly. The captain does not relish the thought that the whisper is in some way supernatural, which he fears.
George Banks
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Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 21:39
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“Moths?  Blimey!”

His eyes, like the eyes of an opium addict, are glued to the fez.  He is unable to turn away.

His hands clench and unclench as though struggling to grasp something unseeable, untouchable.

It’s the Devil,” he says in a voice that has grown suddenly small.  “Satan himself...”
Dr Kasim Polat
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Fri 7 Sep 2018
at 13:37
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Doctor Kasim stops his audible chanting, and cannot help but glance warily between George and Roderick.

"I, I must confess, I hear nothing of the kind.." he finally offers, unsure of how this will be received.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:38, Fri 07 Sept 2018.

Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 Physician & Surgeon
Fri 7 Sep 2018
at 20:16
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Saroch's face reveals his unease.

"I admit that I thought I heard a...whispering. Of course, that makes no rational sense, however..."
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Fri 7 Sep 2018
at 20:36
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In reply to Dr Kasim Polat (msg # 19):

"Me neither," remarks Amelia with a puzzled look at her two friends. "Can anyone deciper the symbols on it?"
George Banks
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Sat 8 Sep 2018
at 02:09
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Dr. Saroch’s comment confirms everything George already knew to be true.  The tension which has been building inside him becomes unbearable.  Something inside him snaps.

His face contorted with rage, he lunges for the fez, trying to crush the thing inside it with his bare hands!
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 45 posts
Sat 8 Sep 2018
at 06:25
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In reply to George Banks (msg # 22):

Roderick tries to stop George from seriously hurting himself by restraining him!
Amelia Meadowcroft
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Sat 8 Sep 2018
at 15:07
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"George! No!" cries Amelia.
George Banks
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Sun 9 Sep 2018
at 00:11
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George shuts his eyes and grabs control of himself.  He allows himself to be restrained.  He is pushed back.  But his fingers remain curled into claws; his hands won’t relax.

Dear Lord, forgive me,” he whispers.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:11, Sun 09 Sept 2018.

Captain Roderick Barrington
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Sun 9 Sep 2018
at 23:49
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In reply to George Banks (msg # 25):

"Hold your temper Mr. Banks. I'm certain that violence is no solution to our current problem. If I thought it would be possible I would be the first to cut this hat apart with my saber."
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
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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
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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
 player, 63 posts
 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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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
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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
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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
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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..."
George Banks
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Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 16:00
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George goes to Roderick.  “Have to watch those drinks, cap’n.  Like rabbits, they’ll slip your grip and hop right away if you let ‘em.”

He scowls, obviously displeased that he cannot simply pound the baddies to death in the ring.  Long ago, he had figured out that while boxing was easy, life was often both complicated and very hard.
Captain Roderick Barrington
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Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 15:02
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In reply to George Banks (msg # 52):

"I'll be more careful in the future Mr. Banks." Roderick can't help but smile for the small victory.
GM
 GM, 101 posts
Sun 18 Nov 2018
at 16:21
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A matter of moments after Ellie having left the salon car her piercing scream cuts through the murmur of conversation and over the rattle of the train along the tracks. She bursts back into the salon car in floods of tears and throws herself into a chair, clearly distraught. The ever-present train manager Henri is hot on her heels, producing a handkerchief in one hand and immediately tries to ascertain what is wrong. Through the sobs at first you can make little out but then you realise she is just repeating "he's dead" over and over again.

From the dining car there is a general movement of people in the direction of the sleeping carriage from whence the scream came. However, at the door they are met by Menkaph's large bodyguard who blocks the gap with his body and an atmosphere of intimidation. He makes eye contact with Menkpaph, one of the few not to rise, and beckons him with a hand gesture. Menkaph rises from the table and strides out of the carriage with a glare at Barrington, Saroch and George as he goes.

Of Kasim and the Baron there is no sign...
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 53 posts
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Sun 18 Nov 2018
at 21:08
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In reply to GM (msg # 54):

Amelia quickly moves to sit next to Ellie, trying to comfort her.
Captain Roderick Barrington
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Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 07:17
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In reply to GM (msg # 54):

Roderick quickly stands up and moves towards the sleeping car and the hulking bodyguard. Surely something has happened that needs to be investigated!

He addresses the bodyguard:

"Could I pass, or do I have to move you by force?" Roderick says threateningly to the bodyguard.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
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 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 21 Nov 2018
at 02:23
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Saroch approaches the brute also, placing a monitory hand on Roderick's arm.

"I am a physician, Dr. Saroch, perhaps I could be of assistance?"
George Banks
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Sun 25 Nov 2018
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George makes it clear through his body language that he’s ready and eager to help Roderick fulfill his threat.  If he even needs the help.
GM
 GM, 102 posts
Mon 3 Dec 2018
at 20:39
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As Menkaph passes through the carriage doorway it looks for a second that his bodyguard fully intends to stop you, and anyone else in the dining car, passing. However, upon being confronted by Barrington he looks conflicted for a second before shrugging and stepping to the side to allow you to pass.

In the salon car Ellie starts to rally after being provided with a shot of stiff spirits. She explains to Amelia what she saw in the room and asks if she would go and check what is happening as she just can't face seeing it again. Amelia makes it into the sleeping cabin (from the opposite end of the carriage) at roughly the same time as the others from the dining car.

The ruffled Henri meets you at the door to the Mills' cabin, clearly in a state of some distress. His eyes brighten when he sees Saroch approaching, "Aah doctor, I'm so glad you're here. It is young Monsieur Mills, I think he...he's dead."

Standing at the doorway to the cabin you can see inside and are immediately assaulted by the stomach turning stink of illness and decay. The still body of a young man, naked from the waist up, is lying across the bed with a fez remaining resolutely fixed on top of his head. Before his untimely demise the man had clearly been unwell - he is concerningly thin and the sheets underneath him are stained brown with all manner of foulness. Menkaph kneels by the side of the body, a grave expression on his face.

As you watch he stands and wipes his hands on the sides of his trousers, shooting you a nasty glare as he does so. Turning to Henri he barks, "You must move this man somewhere more secluded at once - he cannot just be left to be gawped at!"

Henri is momentarily taken aback at being spoken to in such a fashion but he recovers well. "Sir, I think we had first better let the good doctor here take a look at him. It may be that he is not yet past help or, even if he is, we had best be sure that there is nothing for the rest of us to worry about."
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 66 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 23:47
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Henri:
"Aah doctor, I'm so glad you're here. It is young Monsieur Mills, I think he...he's dead."

"Let us hope not, Monsieur Le Conducteur."

Henri:
"Sir, I think we had first better let the good doctor here take a look at him. It may be that he is not yet past help or, even if he is, we had best be sure that there is nothing for the rest of us to worry about."

Saroch says quietly to Menkaph, "Do I understand correctly you were treating M. Mills? What was the nature of his complaint?"

Unless physically prevented, Saroch will examine the body for a pulse and for respiration and lift an eyelid to peer into his eye.

[ooc - What is Mills's condition?]
George Banks
 player, 72 posts
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Tue 11 Dec 2018
at 05:25
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George carefully watches the hands of Menakaph and his associate.  If either of them reaches for a weapon, he wants to know about it in a split second.  He tries to keep his muscles relaxed so that he can spring into action as quickly as possible, if necessary.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 53 posts
Sun 16 Dec 2018
at 15:28
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Roderick just stand silently trying to understand what he's seeing. He can't shake the feeling that he's out of his expertise here.
GM
 GM, 103 posts
Mon 17 Dec 2018
at 22:19
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Menkaph looks for a second like he might stop Saroch's inspection of the body but clearly thinks better of it in light of the growing audience and steps back slightly. It takes Saroch less than a minute to identify that Mr Mills is deceased; well beyond the ability of medical science to remedy.

Menkaph shrugs when Saroch starts to talk to him about his involvement with the young man, "I am not a physician but a teacher. Mr Mills was suffering from a malaise of the soul which I was attempting to treat. Clearly it was more advanced than I had anticipated."

He takes a last lingering look at the body, "If you're finished with the body doctor my man will move it somewhere more private and where it can cause no more distress for the other passengers."
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 67 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 18 Dec 2018
at 15:40
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch turns to Henri, saying in French: "Monsieur Le Conducteur, is that standard practice for Le Compagnie?"
George Banks
 player, 73 posts
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Thu 27 Dec 2018
at 06:59
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
“He died of malaise of the soul?”  George barely stifles a laugh.
GM
 GM, 104 posts
Mon 7 Jan 2019
at 20:39
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Henri continues to look deeply distressed and shakes his head in despair before responding in French, "Monsieur Doctor, I must confess this kind of thing does not happen very often on the Orient Express. We had an older gentlemen pass away a few months ago but he was in a cabin of his own and we just locked the room until the next station. Obviously Madame Mills will need the room so we have to move the body somewhere."

Menkaph shows no signs of understanding the discussion between Saroch and Henri and instead simply looks sourly at George's mocking tone, "You would be surprised at what can kill a man sir, there's a lot to be scared of in the dark."

However, before Menkaph can get further with his thinly veiled threat Henri coughs politely to interrupt him and speaks in English "We will move the body to the baggage car and keep it safe there while Madame Mills decides what to do. If she wishes to disembark early then we can arrange for repatriation of the body or otherwise keep it until Istanbul." Nodding smartly he leaves the cabin, ushering everyone out, and starts down the train to find some assistance.

With the cause of the commotion over the crowd in the carriage begins to disburse, presumably to gossip about what has happened in their own small groups. However, just as you start to make your own exit there is a sudden commotion from one of the other cabins followed by a shout and then the crack of a gunshot! You would swear that it's come from the cabin assigned to Baron Von Hofler!
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 54 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 8 Jan 2019
at 16:10
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 66):

Amelia rushes towards the cabin when she hears the commotion!
George Banks
 player, 74 posts
 Slip me some
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Sun 13 Jan 2019
at 07:26
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George follows her, ready to snap the neck of anyone that harms so much as a hair on her head.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 69 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 15 Jan 2019
at 03:59
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
"Miss Meadowcroft, wait!" Saroch calls after the young woman, "George--" He follows after them, but in no hurry to reach the scene of gunfire. In his experience there is little profit in approaching danger at speed.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 54 posts
Tue 15 Jan 2019
at 13:44
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 69):

Roderick also leaps into action running towards the cabin of von Hofler!
GM
 GM, 107 posts
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 21:41
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
You leap into action at the sound of the gunshot and head towards the cabin door. Just as you start to reach the door it crashes open and the familiar figure of Dr Polat staggers out with his hand clamped to his upper arm and blood pouring through the fingers. With a start you realise that on his head is one of the vile Fezzes which always seem to be present when horror is afoot. Dr Polat leans heavily against the wall of the carriage and gestures weakly at the cabin from which he just left, "He's mad, quite...mad!" he gasps before sinking to the floor unconscious.

"Not mad, Herr Doctor, I am a man of science." growls Baron von Hofler as he strides from the cabin, a smoking revolver still clutched in one hand. His expression wild and his eyes manic he waves the gun in the general direction of you and the other passengers to keep you at bay. "Leave Dr Polat alone, this is a finely balanced experiment and I will brook no interference."

At the sight of a crazed aristocrat brandishing a pistol most of the other passengers decide to make a swift exit. Leaving the sleeping carriage by the closest door in varying states of distress. Some remain including Menkaph and his goon who look on - from as far away as possible - with a look of surprised amusement by this turn of events.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 70 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 22:05
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch drops to one knee and reaches out to Polat, until a warning gesture from von Hofler causes him to pull back. For now he contents himself with observing the injured man's respiration and the pulse throbbing above his collar.

"It does not seem to be a serious wound. Can you explain to me the nature of your experiment, Herr Baron."

Dr Jean-Louis Saroch rolled 97 for Medicine 70.
Then again...

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 55 posts
Wed 30 Jan 2019
at 23:30
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 72):

"Science experiment!? Good god, baron! Why on earth did you shoot him!? And why is Dr. Polat wearing one of those infernal fezes?" Roderick is shocked by the peculiar turn of events. He wearily eyes the baron and the pistol the baron is wielding.
George Banks
 player, 75 posts
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 Jib
Sat 2 Feb 2019
at 22:53
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George tries to kick the gun out of his hand.
GM
 GM, 108 posts
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 20:05
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
The Baron looks wary as the doctor approaches but doesn't stop him tending to the injured man at his feet. Saroch can tell fairly swiftly that Dr Polat is still alive. Despite the bleeding wound to his shoulder the pulse is still quite strong and it doesn't seem like anything too vital was hit by the bullet.

Baron von Hofler listens intently to Barrington and Saroch but simply scoffs at them, "Surely you must see that merely studying the Fez is not enough - the only way we can truly understand it is to see it action. How else can we learn to use it to our advantage? The shooting was a regrettable accident but young Dr Polat didn't quite grasp the importance of what we were doing and tried to stop me. I trust he is not too badly injured." The last is more of a statement than a genuine enquiry as to his associate's welfare.

At that moment George lunges for the gun. The Baron, distracted by his ranting, only notices at the last minute and fires but the shot passes harmlessly through the wall of the carriage to gasps and screams of shock from those witnesses still present. The revolver itself is then knocked from his hand and clatters to the floor as the Baron, clutching his wrist, turns tail and flees into the dining car...
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 56 posts
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 20:31
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 75):

Roderick follows the baron in an attempt to catch up with him and maybe overpower him!
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 72 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 23:03
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 75):

From the crouch in which he has been examining Polat, Saroch lashes out with his foot in an attempt to trip the Baron.

Dr Jean-Louis Saroch rolled 10 for Trip (Kick) 35%, a Difficult success. Not trying to injure the Baron, just arrest his flight.
George Banks
 player, 76 posts
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 Jib
Sun 24 Feb 2019
at 08:00
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
George follows along, eager to finish what he has started.
GM
 GM, 110 posts
Mon 11 Mar 2019
at 22:29
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch manages to catch the Baron's foot just as he gets to the doorway and the older man goes down heavily, crashing through the doorway and landing halfway into the dining car. George and Barrington are on top of him in seconds and easily restrain him; the Baron's manic strength proving no match for two men used to physical work. He bucks and shouts incoherently in their grasp but can't break free.

In the commotion Henri has returned to the carriage with four other livered attendants holding a basic stretcher and comes up short at the sight of the injured Polat and raving Baron. Henri carefully picks up the discarded revolver in two fingers and starts to gingerly remove the bullets and make it safe, "I was informed of the...commotion by the other passengers but it is worse than I feared. Never in my career have I seen something like this." He shakes his head sadly and then speaks rapidly to his crew in French; clearly giving them instructions. Two men carefully lift Polat to take him into his cabin and the other two go to their original task of removing the body of Mr Mills.

Henri looks carefully at the Baron whilst continuing to shake his head. "We will have to secure the Baron until we reach Budapest. He is clearly suffering from some kind of lunacy. We have a secure room in the baggage car but I fear it will not be a comfortable time for the Baron - it's where I was intending to store the body of Monsieur Mills. Would you assist me in escorting the good Baron there?"
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 58 posts
Mon 11 Mar 2019
at 22:43
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 79):

"Of course. Lead the way" Roderick answers Henri.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 74 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 00:01
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch rummages in his bag and comes up with a hypodermic syringe in an aluminum case and a vial of clear liquid. Drawing some of the liquid into the syringe, he tells George and Barrington to hold the Baron firmly. He asks Henri to roll up the man's sleeve and injects the choral hydrate solution. After a moment, the Baron slumps, unconscious.

"I've administered a dose that should keep the Baron insensible until well after we arrive in Buda-Pesth. Still, I would secure his arms and keep an alert attendant with him. Dosages can be uncertain."
George Banks
 player, 78 posts
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Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 00:02
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
“It would be my right pleasure, squire.”  George hoists up the Baron, and none too gently.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 58 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 00:17
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Amelia checks on the other passengers, gauging their reactions to all of this.
GM
 GM, 111 posts
Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 18:05
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
The Baron continues to rant and rave until Saroch's drug kicks in and he gradually slackens in the strong arms of George and Barrington. He is then manhandled through the other sleeping car, the salon car - past a group of gawping passengers - and into the baggage car at the end of the train.

At the very back of the baggage car is a separated room with a large, metal door. Inside there is about as much space as in one of the sleeping cabins but the floorspace is significantly curtailed by a large number of shelves on the walls and boxes on the floor. The shelves hold a number of jewellery boxes and other valuable items but the boxes are largely unmarked. Henri directs for the unconscious Baron to be placed into the corner of the room, propped up against some shelving, and then the two train attendants following in your wake carefully place the body of Mr Mills (now respectfully draped in a sheet) down next to him. Backing out of the room Henri pulls the door closed and locks it with a key he produces from a ring inside his waistcoat. The heavy click of the lock suggests this secure room is very secure indeed.

Henri wipes his hands on his jacket as if removing something distasteful "Well, that will keep him out of trouble until Budapest. I don't quite know how this can be explained to the authorities, however. Many thanks for your assistance but I now must check on the other passengers." With that he turns to leave.


OOC: Last chance if you want to take any specific activities before we jump time forward a little bit. Specifically for two hours until the train hits Budapest. Don't feel you have to do something if you don't feel the need - just wanted to give one last chance!
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 59 posts
 Player; Soren
Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 18:53
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 84):

Amelia will approach the lady in the kimono and try to strike up a conversation, hoping to discover some more details about her.

"What shocking events! I do hope you are feeling okay. Amelia Meadowcroft is my name."

She smiles politely at the woman.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:53, Mon 25 Mar.

Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 75 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 21:12
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
Saroch finally attends to Dr Polat's wound. Once Polat regains consciousness, Saroch questions the man about the occurrences leading up to his being shot.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:13, Mon 25 Mar.

George Banks
 player, 79 posts
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Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 22:50
Re: Vienna to Belgrade
"I'd hate to be the owner of a piece of jewelry being kept in one of those boxes when that fellow wakes up," George says offhandedly.  "I guess there are some advantages to not being rich, although I never could think of one until now."
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
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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
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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
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 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
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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
 player, 84 posts
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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
 player, 85 posts
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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
 player, 87 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
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
 player, 88 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
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
 player, 89 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
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.