London 4 - The British Museum.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 38 posts
Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 19:12
London 4 - The British Museum
The trip from the Oriental Club to the British Museum is only half an hour at a brisk walking pace - the expeditious option as the heavy daytime traffic would likely make a cab a considerably slower option.

On several occasions you think, out of the corner of your eye, that you spot men in fezzes following you from a distance but every time you try to check they have disappeared. It's probably just the events of the previous evening making merry with your nerves...

Arriving at the Museum the mighty colonnaded entrance is as imposing as ever, befitting what is currently the most comprehensive collection of written works and historical artefacts in the world. Professor Worth is a regular attendee at the Museum and has little trouble gaining access to the world famous Reading Room at the heart of the building, being greeted by some of the staff by name.

Inside the huge circular room, with much of the world's writings at your fingertips, the question is really what to begin searching for...
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 22 posts
Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 21:06
London 4 - The British Museum
The British Museum holdings are immense, but Professor Worth considered it may be worth searching the catalogue in the sections related to occult/spiritual/religious matters to find any reference to the Fez. Really at this point, that was all that he had to go on.
George Banks
 player, 11 posts
Wed 17 Jan 2018
at 21:57
London 4 - The British Museum

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GM
 GM, 39 posts
Mon 22 Jan 2018
at 20:42
London 4 - The British Museum
It takes most of the afternoon to root out what little the library holds in respect of the Fez. Even in such an august collection the pickings are slim but Worth's impeccable academic credentials are up to the task and his extensive knowledge of languages lets him wring everything of worth from the documents he uncovers.

What he ends up with is not a single book but a copy of a collection of writings, mostly dug out from aged and yellowing manuscripts, detailing the history of the item known as the Blood Red Fez in a mixture of Turkish, Persian and Arabic.

While the documents assembled are detailed and cross referenced and so will require some time to explore and digest in detail certain passages strike Professor Worth initially as the most vital.

On The History of the Blood Red Fez
"The Blood Red Fez was ever an evil thing, made in the name of unspeakable powers, powers so awful no sane man would even set down their names. First the Fez was spoken of in the Ottoman Courts around 1550 but some suggest it is older even than that, dating back to Ancient Greece. It was said to have the power to control men's minds and destinies in thrall to some ancient evil, old before time."

On Rewards
"Drinking, bathing in or simply spilling the blood of a Prince while wearing the Fez is said by some to bring Princely favours of the Dark Gods, and by others to be the key to immortality. But such dark entities may view their principalities differently to our own."

A Warning
"Pay heed to this warning: that wearing this abomination called The Blood Red Fez will bring calamitous ruin upon one, as one renders up one's soul and one's mind to the unearthly will of the Fez and its terrible masters. Only those most skilled in the ways of the dark arts can hope to survive such a thing and, for them perhaps, the price is even more terrible. It is possible to control the Fez and even halt its terrible purpose. Seekers after dark knowledge should consult the tome, The Whispering Fez."


OOC: Essentially you have assembled a mythos tome out of clippings from various books. You are now the proud owner of the book "The Apocrypha of the Fez" to study at your leisure. Or at least until you go mad...
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 24 posts
Mon 22 Jan 2018
at 23:53
London 4 - The British Museum
I am presuming that the tome mentioned, "The Whispering Fez," is something beyond the scope of the British Library? Also this "Apocrypha of the Fez" that I've assembled from assorted books, is this something that I can take time to study over a period of time to gain more insight into what we're up against?
GM
 GM, 42 posts
Mon 29 Jan 2018
at 20:06
London 4 - The British Museum
As expected there is no copy of 'The Whispering Fez' to be found in the Library - it appears to be beyond the scope of even this august collection. In fact the only mention you can find is in the clipping you've already identified.

OOC: Yep, the apocrypha you have can be studied like any other mythos tome - you might learn all sorts of things at the risk of your sanity!
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 26 posts
Tue 30 Jan 2018
at 00:10
London 4 - The British Museum
So Professor Harold takes what he has discovered home with him for the evening and after a light dinner begins to peruse the contents of what he had gathered from his efforts at the library...

OOC - Did we plan on meeting back up together this evening after you finish with your visit to Matthew Pook's apartment?
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 26 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Tue 30 Jan 2018
at 04:40
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to Professor Harold Worth (msg # 7):

Oriental Club for supper?

This message was last edited by the player at 16:04, Tue 30 Jan 2018.

Professor Harold Worth
 player, 27 posts
Tue 30 Jan 2018
at 04:48
London 4 - The British Museum
Ok, that will probably work... In that case, I probably need to edit my post above...
GM
 GM, 45 posts
Sat 3 Feb 2018
at 11:31
London 4 - The British Museum
OOC: Good point - we'll assume everyone agreed to meet back at the Oriental for the evening. It's a good base (and has a well stocked bar!). But first...

Worth leaves the library with his research successes and heads back for the Oriental, intent on an evening of further reading. The afternoon has passed quickly and the sun has already set by the time the professor is on his way back.

A overturned goods wagon on Oxford Street has gathered a crowd and all but blocked the road. Seeing that this isn't going to clear anytime soon Worth ducks down a side road and turns up Hollen Street, with the intention of rejoining Oxford slightly further up.

However, as he turns up the dimly lit street a figure steps out in front of him and coughs politely. His olive skin and the style of his facial hair reminds Worth instantly of his time in the Near East and the issue is resolved the moment he speaks by his thickly accented English, "The papers please...". He reaches out with his left hand and the right remains firmly fixed in his pocket.

A quick glance over Worth's shoulder indicates a similar figure has stepped out behind him, blocking the obvious line of retreat. A shiver runs down Worth's spine as the man behind him is holding a long knife in one hand and on his head he proudly sports a fez...
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 29 posts
Sat 3 Feb 2018
at 12:39
London 4 - The British Museum
"Hmm... I'm not sure who you think I am, but I can give you what... papers I have."

Professor Worth reaches into his pocket and produces his wallet and begins to pull out what money he has there... "I haven't got much. I really don't think knives are necessary, gentlemen."
GM
 GM, 47 posts
Mon 12 Feb 2018
at 21:35
London 4 - The British Museum
The speaking man smiles grimly and produces a knife, the twin of his colleague's, from his jacket pocket. "I don't mean money, but I think you know that. The research sir, give me the research and you can walk away." The cold look in his eye does not reassure the good Professor that walking away is going to be a likely outcome whatever he does.

To make matters worse echoing footsteps from behind indicate the man behind is advancing slowly up the street...
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 32 posts
Tue 13 Feb 2018
at 00:46
London 4 - The British Museum
At the glint of steel as the man produces a knife, Professor internally curses himself, realising that walking in the evening through the Soho district , yet he attempts to maintain his cool somewhat.

"I'm really sorry, gents. But do I know you?"

Worth is not about to just hand over the papers and give in to these hoodlums' intimidation. Yet it seems from his momentary glimpse of a fez on the other man rapidly approaching from behind, that these are most likely not just your run-o-the-mill Soho grunts. Could these people somehow be connected to Menkaph? To this shady cult from the East?

As the man comes up from behind with the large knife, Worth considers possibly that handing over the papers may be best, though even so it provides little guarantee that these men will actually let him go unscathed.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 4 posts
Tue 13 Feb 2018
at 21:41
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to Professor Harold Worth (msg # 13):

Roderick turns around the corner. He is not sure, but he believes that the man he saw turning in on Hollen Street might be his friend from the Oriental Club, Professor Worth.

"Professor Worth? Is that you up there? Wait up." He now notices the men who is closing in on the Professor. Can they perhaps be trying to rob the professor.
GM
 GM, 49 posts
Mon 19 Feb 2018
at 17:06
London 4 - The British Museum
The men don't respond to Worth and simply both advance, readying their weapons to strike. However, they are pulled up short by Barrington's shout.

Both men whirl around to face the newcomer, the speaker shoving his knife back in his pocket and the other clumsily hiding his behind his back. They look somewhere between surprised and disappointed at the interruption. The speaker pushes past Worth so both men stand between the Professor and Barrington, "I'm sorry sir but this is a private discussion, perhaps you can catch up with your friend later this evening?"
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 6 posts
Mon 19 Feb 2018
at 19:16
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to GM (msg # 15):

Roderick assesses the situation. He's not entirely sure what is happening, but there certainly is something fishy about the two men.

"Professor Worth? Am I intruding?"

Roderick raises his cane slightly readying it in case these men actually are ruffians and not gentlemen.
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 35 posts
Tue 20 Feb 2018
at 10:14
London 4 - The British Museum
"My good sir," the Professor addresses Barrington, "Good to see you, old chap. To be honest, I think these fellows are quite mistaken, as I do not know them." The Professor backs away a bit, glad at least that both men are now between himself and the Captain and not behind him.
GM
 GM, 51 posts
Mon 26 Feb 2018
at 21:59
London 4 - The British Museum
The atmosphere becomes extremely tense and the temperature seems to drop several degrees, even in the cold winter air. However, the two men are clearly put off balance by Barrington's fortuitous appearance.

The speaking man considers his words carefully for a moment and then pulls his hand out of his pocket, just slightly, to show Barrington the top two inches of the steel blade of his knife, "As I said sir, this does not concern you. Walk away now or you will also suffer this man's fate."

The second man also advances menacingly on Barrington, the good Professor seemingly forgotten.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 7 posts
Mon 26 Feb 2018
at 23:24
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to GM (msg # 18):

"I can not do that in good conscience." Roderick then charges the man in an attempt to disarm him!

Guess Barrington tries to grapple with the man for the knife to start with.
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 36 posts
Tue 27 Feb 2018
at 01:25
London 4 - The British Museum
For now the Professor remains alert, but hangs back. He considers what he could do, seeing as he is unarmed, but at least the man closer to him is just approaching Barrington and not rushing him. If he was rushing, he may have considered rushing himself to attempt to knock the man over. Although his heart is racing a little, he definitely is not wanting to attempt anything rashly. Mostly internally he is saying a prayer, both in gratitude at the fortuitous appearance of his old friend, and also for guidance and aid to be given to them both.
GM
 GM, 52 posts
Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 21:09
London 4 - The British Museum
While the men half-suspect that Barrington will make a move for them they are simply unprepared for his speed or strength. The speaker manages to draw his knife and start a thrust but almost no sooner than he begins the Captain has roughly jerked the knife from his hands and it goes clattering across the cobblestones.

Clearly realising they are outmatched the two men share a brief glance before immediately turning and running, pushing back past Worth and heading at full speed for the gloom at the end of the street...
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 10 posts
Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 23:02
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to GM (msg # 21):

"Are you unharmed Professor Worth? I hope these ruffians didn't hurt you?" After seeing if the professor is in good health, Roderick picks up the dropped dagger, no sense in letting dangerous implements lying around.
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 40 posts
Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 00:43
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to Captain Roderick Barrington (msg # 22):

"Thanks, my good man," an evident shakiness in his voice, mostly having attempted to keep his cool, now that the present danger had passed, he let his composure relax a little. He points to his satchel, "I have just been researching some matters of strangeness at the British Library, and actually found a few things. These men were not just your average ruffians after money. They were attempting to take my notes... I presume time is getting on, and I am expected at a meeting this evening at the Orient Club. Would you mind accompanying me there? Who knows what other trouble may come my way."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 11 posts
Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 18:31
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to Professor Harold Worth (msg # 23):

"That would be my pleasure. If you don't mind me asking what are you researching that makes someone send criminals to steal your notes? I've heard that the world of academia can be cutthroat, but this seems to be a bit much, doesn't it?"
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 42 posts
Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 20:47
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to Captain Roderick Barrington (msg # 24):

"It's a long story, but I think they have some affiliation with an ancient cult, and we had an interesting circumstance last night after Professor Smith invited a few of us to witness a strange occurrence, all connected to some kind of red fez artifact."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 12 posts
Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 12:15
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to Professor Harold Worth (msg # 25):

"Peculiar. If you need my assistance in this matter, I will willingly give it. I might not be a scholar, but if these cultists threaten you or another again I know how to handle them. So Professor Smith is involved in this affair as well?"

This message was last edited by the player at 12:18, Fri 09 Mar 2018.

Professor Harold Worth
 player, 43 posts
Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 12:27
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to Captain Roderick Barrington (msg # 26):

As the two men walk, the Professor continues to explain the affair, "Yes, yesterday I received a telegram from Professor Smith, directly me to meet with him at a townhouse. Actually a few others arrived at the same place last night, and we were witness to some very strange occurrences indeed. Somehow this fez had been stolen by a younger man who had been a student of a Professor in Constantinople, and when worn by the young man, it drained his life out of him or something like that. Honestly, by God, I can't even begin to explain what my eyes saw, or at least thought they saw. I rushed from the room as the sight broke my mind temporarily and I was gripped with fear. When I returned, if I remember rightly, the others had been required to dispatch the poor fellow.

"Anyway, this morning we met and discussed the previous night's events. It seems that Professor Smith knew something of the whereabouts of the student, Matthew Pook. The others went to his apartment to investigate, while I headed to the library to conduct research on said fez. Hopefully when we all meet back at the Orient Club, I will be able to share the findings from my research, and with luck, the others may have discovered some lead in unravelling the whole affair some.

"Ultimately our plan seems to be that we will take the fez under our care, and head to Constantinople to meet with Professor Debir, if I recall rightly, and he may have some idea of what to do with it from there."

Professor Harold Worth
 player, 44 posts
Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 12:30
London 4 - The British Museum
OOC - Thought I might as well just write a post above that explains at least what details I can remember, and from my characters perspective. We have a fair hike to get to the Orient Club. You can imagine of course, that in the midst of what I typed above, you may have asked passing questions that led me to say what I said... Of course, at this point, Worth doesn't know that the Captain presumably received the same telegram too? But for whatever reason had not been able to attend our meeting the previous evening? Is that right?
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 13 posts
Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 15:19
London 4 - The British Museum
In reply to Professor Harold Worth (msg # 28):

Roderick listens to Professor Worth's story, nodding and sometimes interjecting with a question or two.

OOC: Not sure if I did get the telegram.
GM
 GM, 55 posts
Tue 13 Mar 2018
at 21:12
London 4 - The British Museum
OOC: Up to you if you want to go with Barrington getting the telegram and being otherwise engaged or just he didn't get it for some reason. I must confess I hadn't thought to cover that.