Vienna to Belgrade.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
George Banks
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Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 16:00
Vienna to Belgrade
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
 player, 50 posts
Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 15:02
Vienna to Belgrade
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
Vienna to Belgrade
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
 Player; Soren
Sun 18 Nov 2018
at 21:08
Vienna to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 54):

Amelia quickly moves to sit next to Ellie, trying to comfort her.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 52 posts
Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 07:17
Vienna to Belgrade
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
 player, 65 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 21 Nov 2018
at 02:23
Vienna to Belgrade
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
at 06:43
Vienna to Belgrade
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
Vienna to Belgrade
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
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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
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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
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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
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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!