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?