Budapest to Belgrade.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 120 posts
Tue 24 Sep 2019
at 19:29
Budapest to Belgrade
You make your way back through the train with the almost catatonic young lady and make it back to Amelia's carriage with only a handful of confused glances from the few passengers you pass who are still awake. You pass Henri on the way back who was not in time to stop the train departing and so it is now not intending to stop again until it reaches Belgrade at 5.40am - about five and half hours time.

Henri confirms that he will send some staff to clean up the mess back in the luggage compartment and try to make sense of what has happened. He also arranges to send some stiff drinks to the cabin you'll be in.

Once settled, and fortified with hard liquor, the young woman seems to regain her composure. She explains that she is Ilsa von Hofler, the late Baron's daughter. She has been concerned with her father's growing "obsession" with the occult for some time and when he received the telegram from Professor Smith she saw the flash of madness in his eyes. Therefore she decided to follow him in disguise in the hope that she could stop him before he did anything foolish - even if it meant drugging him (she shows you a needle and bottle of laudanum she has on her person) and getting him off without his knowledge. Sadly things didn't go to plan
and he had assaulted Dr Polat before she had decided what to do. When he was then locked up she couldn't get to him and when she followed you on your way to free him it was all too late!
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 86 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Thu 26 Sep 2019
at 02:56
Budapest to Belgrade
Saroch murmurs sympathetically, gently relieving her of laudanum and syringe.
George Banks
 player, 90 posts
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Sun 29 Sep 2019
at 07:20
Budapest to Belgrade
George sips his drink slowly, still trying to clear his head.  His life both in the ring and on the streets has been filled with violence, and yet he had never imagined heíd end up in a situation such as this.  Danger was nothing new to him, but now he wondered if they were surrounded on all sides by hidden devils eager to steal both their lives and their souls at any moment.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 68 posts
Sun 29 Sep 2019
at 13:50
Budapest to Belgrade
In reply to George Banks (msg # 3):

Roderick is very agitated about the whole affair. He is used to knowing the field of battle and who he is fighting.
"So what do we do now?" he asks noone in particular.
George Banks
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Mon 7 Oct 2019
at 11:53
Budapest to Belgrade
George remains silent, knowing he isnít the brains of this outfit.
GM
 GM, 122 posts
Tue 5 Nov 2019
at 21:32
Budapest to Belgrade
You spend some time finishing your drinks and discussing the next steps. At one point you release Ilsa has fallen asleep, drink in hand, on the spare bed but she appears to have told you everything she knew so that doesn't hamper the discussions. It reaches about 1.00am when you decide it might be best for everyone to return to your cabins for the night and you start to make your goodnights.

Without warning the cabin lights flicker and the room seems suddenly dimmer - as if the gas lamps were being turned down but there doesn't seem to be any obvious reduction in the size of the flame. As you ponder this latest oddity you can hear footsteps outside; footsteps that sound a lot like someone trying to sneak around outside the door...
George Banks
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Wed 6 Nov 2019
at 18:27
Budapest to Belgrade
George opens the door, and unless the body he finds is attached to a friendly face, he seizes it.

13:27, Today: George Banks rolled 30 using 1d100.  Seize the sneak.

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Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 70 posts
Thu 7 Nov 2019
at 17:54
Budapest to Belgrade
Roderick tries to stealthily get out of bed and then he tries to open his door silently and peer out in the darkness.
GM
 GM, 123 posts
Sun 17 Nov 2019
at 19:58
Budapest to Belgrade
Roderick can see little in the darkened corridor but when George swings open his door and makes to grab the sneak he is pulled up immediately short. Stood just in front of him is the Countess Razumosky, dressed - indecently - in only her night clothes and with her hand on the handle of the door to the compartment of one of her travelling companions; Pytor Trubosky. At the opening of George's door she gives a squeak of surprise and stumbles backwards - looking exceedingly guilty and casting her eyes around in fear!
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 71 posts
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 18:13
Budapest to Belgrade
In reply to GM (msg # 9):
Roderick tries to silently close the door. And goes back to bed. This matter is not of his concern.
George Banks
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Wed 20 Nov 2019
at 10:36
Budapest to Belgrade
ďPardon me, miss.  You arenít the scaly fire-breathing monster I was expecting.Ē

George goes back inside, minding his own business.
GM
 GM, 124 posts
Mon 25 Nov 2019
at 21:46
Budapest to Belgrade
As Roderick and George turn to leave the Countess' expression turns from shock to one of abject terror and a silent scream forms on her lips. Turning to follow her gaze you watch, in the dimmed half light of the carriage corridor, and a dark shape bubble up from under the door to the compartment where you left Dr Polat.

As you look on the shape seems to fully move out through the crack at the bottom of the door and take shape in the passage in front of you. Fully formed it looks like a roughly humanoid black cloud with long, misshapen arms and legs and a distended head. It turns to face George and stretches out one hand which ends in taloned fingers as it glides towards him in total silence.

Upon seeing it move the Countess faints dead away and hits the ground with a bump.
George Banks
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Thu 28 Nov 2019
at 09:09
Budapest to Belgrade
George does what he does best: hurls a right cross at the monsterís face!  While doing so, he tucks in his chin to limit the thingís access to his throat.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:10, Thu 28 Nov 2019.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 72 posts
Thu 28 Nov 2019
at 17:52
Budapest to Belgrade
In reply to George Banks (msg # 13):

Roderick runs gallantly towards the fallen countess and tries to lift her up out of harm's way!
GM
 GM, 126 posts
Sun 8 Dec 2019
at 21:03
Budapest to Belgrade
As George dives in to tackle the creature Roderick manages to swoop up the Countess who is light as a feather. He retreats further down the carriage with her in his arms until he's a good distance from the shadowy creature.

George manages to intercept the creature and dodges neatly out of the way of one taloned claw to deliver a beautifully executed right cross which would knock a man spark out. However, as his fist connects with the creature's face it feels like it is passing through treacle and the form dissipates only to seep back together like oil within seconds.

It's head shape splits almost in half to reveal a fanged mouth and a slow hiss escapes from it as it lunges once more...
George Banks
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Wed 11 Dec 2019
at 06:12
Budapest to Belgrade
Story of my life, George thinks as he sees Roderick make off with the Countess.  Some other bloke gets the girl while Iím left fighting the monster.

George pulls out his knife and slashes at the creatureís reformed face.

01:13, Today: George Banks rolled 29 using 1d100.  Knife.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:14, Wed 11 Dec 2019.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 73 posts
Wed 11 Dec 2019
at 16:29
Budapest to Belgrade
Roderick gently puts the countess down on the floor and then returns to help George with the fiend.
GM
 GM, 127 posts
Mon 6 Jan 2020
at 20:51
Budapest to Belgrade
George's knife seems to have little more effect on the creature than his fists - the blade cutting through the substance of the thing like a thick London pea-souper but leaving little evidence of it's passing. The 'jaws' of the thing snap down at George's arm in response but he manages to get out of the way just in time - something tells you the sharp parts will feel a lot more substantial than the rest of it...

As Barrington starts back towards George there's a clatter from one of the compartments and the door to Pytor's cabin swings open; a man in the doorway silhouetted in the dark carriage by the lucifer match in his hands. A shocked yelp leaves his throat at the sight in front of him - loud enough to rouse all but the heaviest sleepers nearby.
George Banks
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Tue 7 Jan 2020
at 17:33
Budapest to Belgrade
On a wild hunch, George tries screaming in the monsterís face!
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 74 posts
Tue 7 Jan 2020
at 17:47
Budapest to Belgrade
"George! Do you have a match? Perhaps fire can hurt it!" Roderick screams as he tries to find matches.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 88 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Wed 8 Jan 2020
at 19:52
Budapest to Belgrade
Grumpy at being kept from his sleep by the commotion in the passage, a dressing-gowned and night-capped Saroch yanks open the door to his compartment to find the countess lying across his threshold.

He takes in the scene in the corridor. Will this madness never end? thinks the doctor. He bends and scoops up the young woman and retreats into his room, kicking shut the door.
GM
 GM, 128 posts
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 20:05
Budapest to Belgrade
Saroch swiftly bundles the young lady into his room as Roderick hunts for matches, managing to find a small book about his person for just this (well perhaps not this) kind of emergency.

George's scream into the creature's face seems to have little appreciable effect on it but this time the thing ignores him and flows past him lunging at the man holding the match in the doorway. He yells as it hits him and falls backwards shouting to help with the thing thrashing around on top of him like a hideous blanket.

The commotion finally seems to be reaching the other passengers as you can general sounds of confusion and surprise you can hear coming from the rest of the train.
George Banks
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Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 18:18
Budapest to Belgrade
Realizing that physical blows are useless against this creature, George searches desperately for something he could use as a torch.  Perhaps if he could find a cane or other stick like object, and then wrap some brandy soaked linen around it...