Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret.   Posted by Game Master.Group: 0
Claude Renard
 player, 6 posts
 Gentleman
Wed 6 Jan 2021
at 18:30
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"Not at all, monsieur. We were just introducing ourselves and hearing about an important opportunity to serve justice. I thought we might inspect the site where the victim was found first, before too much time has passed."

Claude briefly looks around at his colleagues. His tone lacks special emotion, as he is conveying an opinion that he does not feel is controversial. His body language conveys nothing of interest.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:52, Wed 06 Jan.

Game Master
 GM, 97 posts
Fri 8 Jan 2021
at 21:16
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Outside of De Vezelay's office a clerk in the livery of the Ministry of Justice leads you down into the cold cellars of the Ministry, picking up a lamp en route.  On a slab in the dark, cold cellars beneath the Palais lies the body of Monsieur Le Droit -  a man in his early thirties, tall, fairly muscular, and dressed as a gentleman. He is starting to decompose, the clerk with a scented handkerchief over his nose explains he was found three days ago just as he is.  "The physician inspected him and found no marks of violence; he suspected poison," the clerk says.

On the body is a card with the address of an alley in St. Antoine where he was found by the City Guard.  Clutched in his right hand is an unopened envelope.  Hanging out of the left pocket of his coat is a bright red handkerchief.
Claude Renard
 player, 7 posts
 Gentleman
Fri 8 Jan 2021
at 21:33
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Claude inspects the body at a few paces' remove. He is unused to death and violence, and squirms in the presence of a cadaver. Nevertheless he nerves himself as best he can to investigate.

"Did le médecin have a suggestion how Le Droit received the poison? If there is no wound, perhaps he was poisoned while eating."

Claude realizes that this sounds a bit obvious, so he continues.

"Should we open the envelope?"
Luc de Chasse
 player, 38 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeers
Sun 10 Jan 2021
at 00:29
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"May we speak to that physician?" Luc asked the clerk. "I would like to hear his thoughts on our poor victim's circumstances."
Claude Renard
 player, 8 posts
 Gentleman
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 17:03
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Claude carefully extracts the envelope. He holds it up to the light to read, and prepares to read it aloud.
Issac De Portau
 player, 9 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeer
Tue 12 Jan 2021
at 17:27
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Issac listened to all that was said by both his companions and M. De Vezelay. As the clerk lead them below to the body, the Musketeer made good observations of the body. Though the Clerk mentioned poison, Issac already assumed as much since there were no marks upon the body.  As Claude took the envelope to read, he moved closer to the body itself. Issac's eyes caught sight of the red handkerchief and thought it was the way the unfortunate man was to be recognized by whomever he was to meet.

"Monsieur le Clerk? May I also take with us this red handkerchief. If so we should use gloves... just in case the thing itself has poison on it. It may allow us to identify whom the late Monsieur Le Droit was to meet. We have the address and once we read the contents of the envelope, mayhaps we will have another clue." Issac said with a curt nod. "Oh! As mon ami, Monsieur de Chasse has said, perhaps the physician will speak with us. The type of poison and how it was administered... or at least his best guess would be a boon. Also, there was no money found on the deadman then?"

Issac examined the card with the address, trying to note if there were a name or at least initials that might identify who the man was to meet.
Game Master
 GM, 98 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 01:07
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"The body was not otherwise disturbed, I do not know if he has any money on his person,"  the clerk replies.  "I can see about summoning the physician tomorrow," he adds.

The seal on the envelope is made of bright red sealing wax in the shape of a dagger.



Any of you likely has a handkerchief you can use to pick things up with, and of course, your fighting gauntlets.  Obviously they have no gloves lying around or for use by a doctor, etc.
Claude Renard
 player, 9 posts
 Gentleman
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 01:19
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Claude pops the seal without really thinking about it. Then he realizes that this may have been a bad move, and starts. Guiltily, he reads the letter.
Game Master
 GM, 99 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 01:34
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
The envelope unfolds to reveal only an address written inside:  Rue St. Mihiel 32
Claude Renard
 player, 10 posts
 Gentleman
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 01:38
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Claude hands the letter to Isaac. "Seulement an address."
Issac De Portau
 player, 10 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeer
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 02:15
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
In reply to Game Master (msg # 23):

While they waited for the Physician, Issac searched the body more closely. Using his gauntlets, the Musketeer checked the inside of his coat and waistcoat to make sure there were no hidden pockets or purse with coins. The coins could be a payment or a bribe, which might help determine who this man was to meet. Also, he checked the inside the cuffs of the deadman's boots.

After he was through, Issac took the red handkerchief and anything else he found. When Claude presented him with the address, he took it with a bow.

"Merci mon ami!" He said softly. "Well, anyone else with suggestions? We have an address, a card, a handkerchief, and a seal... also red and the shape of a dagger."

Though there were clues, Issac was not yet sure where they led...



20:00, Today: Issac De Portau rolled 17 using 1d20.  Espionage. Fail!
Game Master
 GM, 100 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 02:35
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Searching the clothing Isaac finds in his right coat pocket a loaded and primed wheel-lock pistol; in the left pocket is a folded paper with part of a substitution cypher (Isaac knows what it is.)



The Cypher

A = D
B = C
C = F
D = ?
E = ?
F = G
G = ?
H = ?
I = L
J = K
K = ?
L = M
M = P
N = ?
O = ?
P = a
Q = ?
R = ?
s = v
T = ?
U = ?
v = ?
w = ?
x= Y
Y = B
Z = A

The physician can be summoned but it will take time, a day or so to arrange the interview.

Luc de Chasse
 player, 39 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeers
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 13:15
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"Gentlemen, may I suggest we enlist the aid of a professional cryptographer?" Luc asked the group at large. "If the task is of such importance to warrant our employ, then surely it would warrant an appointment with a knowledgeable cryptographer."

Walking around the body and studying the things that had been taken from the corpse from a short distance. A pistol, loaded and left in concealment, a poisoned kerchief, a partially complete cypher; it led up to one thing in Luc's thoughts.

"Gentleman, I would also like to put forth the idea that our victim here was not fleeing at the time of his death, but rather one his way to an appointment. An appointment made to allow someone, most likely a professional poisoner, to intercept and murder him. Possibly a woman to lower suspicion." Luc said as continued to look over the man.
Claude Renard
 player, 11 posts
 Gentleman
Wed 13 Jan 2021
at 17:58
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"I believe we should head to this address. If we shake the tree, we can see what falls out," says Claude firmly.
Game Master
 GM, 104 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2021
at 15:49
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Taking their leave of the late Mr. Le Droit, you make your way through the bustling streets of a Paris afternoon to St. Antoine.

[OOC: you can walk, ride, or take a carriage taxi.  Your choice.]

The address where he was found takes some effort to locate, but in time you find it:  a small alley between two nondescript buildings.  The only establishment for food or drink nearby is a tavern owned by the Black Cross club a block away.  The alley itself sees very little traffic though the area is lively.
Luc de Chasse
 player, 41 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeers
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 00:06
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Riding at a casual pace Luc made his way through the streets in a casual manner. Paying attention to the surroundings without looking particularly interested was new to him, but Luc did his level best to seem unconcerned and inattentive just in case someone was following clandestinely.
Issac De Portau
 player, 13 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeer
Tue 26 Jan 2021
at 03:03
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Issac as a Musketeer, was a good horseman. He rode alongside his companion in arms but made sure the others were able to keep up. It took some time to find the location, but they did; Issac observed the area. The soldier thought the place was good for a rendezvous. There was little traffic within the alley, so one standing there would stand out, but the traffic on the street would cover things somewhat.

"If our man were poisoned, it would seem that the closest place would be yon establishment. Yet if a private club owns it, how shall we enter? If we go by force, we might lose clues. Perhaps we can forge papers or purchase such from another. The Black Cross Club? Does anyone know such a group?"
Claude Renard
 player, 13 posts
 Gentleman
Wed 27 Jan 2021
at 01:07
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"It might just be the name of the club," Claude hazarded. "Let us see if they will allow us admittance merely for the asking. If not, perhaps being on official business will sway them."

Hand on his sword-hilt, Claude approaches the Black Cross and attempts to gain admittance.

Claude Renard rolled 10 using 1d20.  etiquette. Succeed by 2, if necessary.

Everyone seems to be using blue so I'm going to switch to GoldenRod.

Game Master
 GM, 105 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2021
at 01:29
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
The tavern is indeed owned and operated by the Black Cross gentleman's club.  At this hour it is not very busy yet with only a few patrons having an afternoon drink.  The manager approaches the group, he is a gentleman in his forties, still fit with a finely groomed mustache.  "Good afternoon gentlemen," he says greeting you.  "I'm afraid I don't recognize you, do you have your membership papers?" he asks barring you from entering beyond the foyer.  The place has a bar, a board in front of large casks, and several tables about.  It looks like a variety of entertainments are available - variations of gambling, eating and drinking.  There is a bartender behind the board and serving woman moving about dressed not at all ladylike.
Claude Renard
 player, 14 posts
 Gentleman
Sat 30 Jan 2021
at 03:12
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"Bonsoir a vous, monsieur. Mes amis et moi wish to visit your club. We are not members, but we are gentlemen,"

Claude offers a big smile, a wink, and a poke of the elbow.
Luc de Chasse
 player, 42 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeers
Mon 1 Feb 2021
at 16:00
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"We are not familiar with your club, my fried, could you be so kind as to explain its history to us. We are always seeking out worthy organizations to ally ourselves with." Luc requested of the man. With a small flourish and slight bow he tips his hat in formal greeting and adds, "I am Luc de Chasse, and I amp pleased to make you acquaintance."

This message was last edited by the player at 16:01, Mon 01 Feb.

Game Master
 GM, 106 posts
Sun 7 Feb 2021
at 14:24
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"The Black Cross is a private gentleman's association, I'm afraid I shall have to ask you to leave," the manager says, though he doesn't sound too broken up about it.  "I can direct you to our leadership if you are interested in becoming a member, references and a modest fee are required, of course," he adds, motioning for the door indicating that you should leave.
Claude Renard
 player, 16 posts
 Gentleman
Thu 18 Feb 2021
at 23:34
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Claude sighs and shakes his head sadly.

"Sir, we are not simply visitors. We are on a mission of justice. A man was murdered, and his body was found just over there," he says, pointing to the alleyway outside the building. "We must know if anyone in your establishment can help find the murderer."
Game Master
 GM, 107 posts
Wed 24 Feb 2021
at 00:56
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"I assure you, sir that no one was murdered in this establishment," the manager says with some haughtiness.  Looking at your deputation carefully as though trying to find anything wrong with it, he finally relents and returns it.  "You may, of course, look around and speak with the staff, only please don't disrupt business," he says and unless stopped for more questions will return to the back office.
Claude Renard
 player, 17 posts
 Gentleman
Thu 25 Feb 2021
at 13:08
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Claude touches the brim of his hat as he enters the building. He begins to look around the main room, taking in what he can see.