Vienna to Belgrade.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
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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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
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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
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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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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.