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  1. Humorous Humors We escaped the house of Blatter via a tunnel guided by Sam Wills the recently captured gang member we quickly made our way through this section of tunnels and back to the surface via an exit leading into a house owned by a group called the Collectors of pus who were involved with the Hand via Malenbench. Sam listed some of the members of this group saying that whilst he had never been inside the house he had been part of the Hand team which had hired as guards for some of the meetings held inside. Ralph after some suitable encouragement finally agreed to climb up the rusting ladder into the house. The room they found themselves in seemed pretty bare just a desk holding a ledger which noted grocery purchases and a tapestry which looked suspiciously French so being a true son of England the doctor immediately started to cut it up to provide bandages for Inky whilst cutting strips off he learnt from Sam that Tobias had given his Mothers shaven hair to Ghwon but he didn't know why, maybe it was for a wig he suggested? Ralph said nasty hurtful things about the doctors mother but the doctor ignored the jibes knowing that Ralph was just jealous that his side of the family had money and could read and besides he knew that Ralph got this way when he was scared. After dismissing the "Cooking them a nice meal" plan they quickly left the house Inky making better progress know that his feet were bandaged and bound he also now didn't leave bloody footprints behind him which was somewhat handy They took this moment to further discuss Sam's story as he had told them he was really a good guy and was only involved in leg breaking and extortion because Mallebench had kidnapped his family and that he could help them more if they saved them this led to more bickering and name calling. The weather was still foul outside and we were soon cold and wet again but the bad weather did work in our favour keeping us concealed from any prying eyes. We kept to the side of the street in an attempt to avoid any military patrols and to be honest away from the worst of the rain. The injured amongst us going silent as they struggled to keep going all their focus turning inward and keeping one foot in front of the other. We encountered a couple of men on the street luckily they turned out to be orderlies from a nearby asylum it seems that they had a breakout earlier and two patients were still unaccounted for and they had been went out in the cold and told not to return without the two missing men and luckily we had two men that we wanted to get somewhere safe and in one case secure so we bribed the orderlies to take Inky Pete and Sam Mills in place of the two missing patients, Sam would be kept secure and Inky would get some medical treatment and perhaps more importantly be safe from any further kidnapping attempts. Neither Pete or Sam were very happy about this but a price was agreed and we told them we would be back in a week to collect them so off they went. There was one worrying thing though it seems one of the escaped inmates was known as the Blood beast of Bodmin but the doctor was sure this was just a nickname to make the man sound scarier than he really was. The party still unnaturally silent apart from the occasional bickering heard from the cousins decided to explore Tobias's tailor shop since it was nearby and they had some time to kill they found it much as they had left it the front door still broken and the shop dusty and unkempt the doctor was less than enthusiastic seeing that they had already searched the shop but Ralph was insistent he thought he could find out why his Auntie had been shaved. Finding nothing new they decided to re-enter the mysterious club house of the Collectors of Pus via a door which led from the store directly into the house. So they eventually found their way into the mysterious house next door again, Rimehart didn't seem too happy about this but after a glare from the recently scarred Giulio he soon fell silent and behaved himself. The house appeared empty and silent as they crept in and the injured collapsed into a heap onto the hallway floor unable to continue further without a rest leaving all the work to the brave and handsome Norton cousins. So after making sure none of them was going to die and Rimehart was secure in their care off went the the rugged and charming Norton's. Cousin Ralph was leading the charge like some kind of over eager hunting dog he searched through bookcases and cupboards, looked behind shelves and knocked on walls looking for more secret doors. All this hard work was rewarded as it seems this was one of the lairs of the arch heretic himself Mallebench! as Ralph soon discovered signs of him in one of the bedrooms. They also discovered that whilst the house was empty and had a slightly abandoned feel it nonetheless boasted a fully provisioned kitchen ready for tonights festivities no doubt. Ralph also discovered a letter and a key, this key was hidden under the desk in Mallebenchs bedroom whilst the letter was from the group calling itself the Brothers it seemed to be demanding a progress report of some kind from a man they call the Black Crow of Norwich, maybe Mallebench wasn't the all powerful puppet master maybe someone was pulling his strings? Ralph soon figured out that the key opened a panel located in the dining room this panel concealed a passage which led further down into a hidden room. Brave cousin Ralph immediately stepped down and through and into the incense filled room his footsteps echoing oddly on the stone flagstones. He quickly discovered that the room had a foul and terrible purpose it served as a some kind of blasphemous church to *SATAN*! The room contained many shelves along its damp walls each one heavy with jars and jacks and each of them was filled with a variety of abominations from strange bubbling fluids to ungodly insects. There were other terrible, darker things floating in these jars but they were either to strange or horrific to name. And where there was no shelving blasphemous idols instead lined the walls casting their evil eye on proceedings. Further parting the thick sweet smelling smoke coming from whatever was in those glowing braziers Ralph came across the final proof of this rooms malign intent, there squatting malevolently at the base of the chambers rear wall was an altar, stained darkly with unknown fluids this dark altar was surrounded by four shallow shafts, one for each corner and each one in turn was covered by a rusting filth encrusted grate. Looking down past these grated covers he gasped in horror as each shaft contained a strangely disfigured corpse. He quickly backs away coughing and calling out for the doctor in panic. The doctor upon hearing the cries rushes out of the library and almost knocks his cousin down in his rush and after recovering he was shocked to see his cousins horrified expression so almost against his will he allowed himself to be dragged into *SATANS* church and soon realised fully what had caused Ralph's horrified expression. He briefly examined some of the jars which seemed to contain humors and other foulness he avoided the blasphemous idols with their dreadful gazes until finally being dragged inexorably to the altar and those unwholesome shafts. The doctor just about managed to examine the burning herbs and found them to be mostly harmless used for their ability to cover up less wholesome smells no doubt before finally ending up at the back wall. The altar was indeed stained deeply with blood as was feared and the bodies in the shafts seemed to have died from a variety of diseases everything from leprosy to the bloody pox. The doctor visibly paler now after his examination of the room turned around to ask Ralph a question only to find himself alone, alone apart from the silent corpses and leering idols that is. The doctor feeling that discretion was indeed the better form of valour made a hasty exit. It turned out that Ralph had left the baleful room, wandered past his groaning comrades who were still malingering in the hallway and had ended up in the kitchen where he was looking very thoughtfully at the bread and wondering if poison was the way to go it certainly would be easier but could it be guaranteed to work? His thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the doctor running in the hallway, luckily not with scissors though so no further injuries were sustained. Meeting each other in the hallway again with a crash each was full of questions for the other unfortunately they had to remain unasked for the moment as each slowly turned to face the buildings main door, and both wondered had that been the doors latch they had just heard moving? We ended up with a book describing how to control people via a dolly made from their hair ( Oh Mother what have you done ) Another Pus related group who were making demands A key to the Temple of SATAN! 50 shillings A letter from the Brothers to Mallenbeench Four dead and diseased bodies And a whole load of satanic ritualistic decorations. Bob the Orderly Dr Alan Melrose of the Asylum *Collectors of the Pus*, Cheswick Orb John Corbet Junior Malenbench Brandon Leven Tobias the tailor/barber/party planner and spymaster? And whatever happened to Black Philip the goat? 
  2. Thanks for the reply our party really needs a lot of healing as currently some of them are walking around with more bandages than an Egyptian Mummy.
  3. Just double checking a rule whilst it may take some time to do in game I'm reading it that I can do multiple Healing rolls on someone as it only mentions restrictions under the first aid skill. Is this correct or are they both once per individual injury? Many thanks Butters
  4. It sounds bad when you put it that way, we left them in the care of medical professionals, burly club wielding, knuckle cracking medical professionals maybe but still highly trained medical professionals. I'm sure Inky Pete will understand though it does seem we should have asked about visiting times now that I think about it but I'm sure it will be just fine.
  5. BLATTERD AND BRUISED The tale of the storming of the house of Blatter is a grim and bloody one as the party was confronted by a veritable host of gang members from the Tenebrous Hand within. The more martial members of the party reaped a bloody ruin upon the gang members but also suffered grievous injuries in return stabbed, shot and hacked at they none the less wore their injuries with honour all being delivered to their fronts unlike the cowardly curs facing them even gentle Guilio bore his injuries with pride which included one received in the few last minutes of combat a sword slash to his face that forever ruined his good looks and caused many a young maiden to weep upon hearing the news. After Death had collected his grim harvest the party regrouped and looked slightly unbelievingly at the carnage they had wrought in their rescue attempt of Inky Pete. The doctor now more focused than he had been previously finally began to give much needed medical help to his fellow party members and to his now rescued friend Inky who had suffered terribly at the hands of the gang, the flesh from his feet had been flayed away in their diabolical quest for answers. Still in shock and great pain Inky told us of his brutal kidnapping and the questioning he had undergone and as we suspected it was the books they wanted and one book in particular the one written in cypher. The party was also left with two prisoners unfortunately neither of them was Gahwon, the right hand to the devil himself Mallebeench. Gahwon seeing Saul wielding aloft his bloody Mortuary sword, Craigh the canny Highlander with his sling firing hissing shot through the air and Giulio behind them both providing lethal support with his Glaive knew how this battle would end and he made his escape early on though not without a reminder of who he faced as he took two serious wounds before he managed to skulk away leaving his men to die. And die they did under the relentless assault of Saul, Craigh, Giulio especially now that they were reinforced by cousin Ralph who freed from looking after the semi delirious doctor joined the fray adding much needed strength to their tiring arms. Though it seems not all would die for their craven masters as we return again to the two prisoners. Only one though could provide us with valuable information the other turned out to be just a local hired thug bought off cheaply with ale and a few pennies and since time was short as the alarm must have been raised by now only one was needed decisions, decisions. Luckily Giulio stepped up and performed a quick, brutal and messy interrogation on the thug as the rest of the party quickly gathered any useful items, one of which turned out to be Rimehart who the doctor found bound and gagged in a nearby room. The party was now less one hired thug but still up a lieutenant in the form of the remaining prisoner who turned out to be called Sam Wills and Rimehart, the import/exporter of choice for Mallebeench and now after his recent treatment by his erstwhile master might now also be more willing to talk than previously. The battered party made their way back down to the ground floor where Sam our new best friend showed us the trap door which lead down back into the tunnels beneath. We made good our escape not a moment too soon it seems as just as the trapdoors lid was closed the front door was smashed open by soldiers wearing the blood red uniforms of the New Model Army they were confronted by the chilling words ' Mallebeench was here' scrawled across a wall in human blood.....it seems that the doctor and the Scotsman have a very weird sense of humour.
  6. An unfortunate guest leads to underground fun. Saul and Thomas deal with the fallout from the bar fight by paying off the landlord who might have a line of tasty yet oddly textured pies for sale soon but with the specter of famine looming over the town beggars can't be choosers. The surviving thug is patched up and the gruesome twosome pour some rot-gut over him and half carry half drag him back to Nutleys. Luckily they avoid most people due to the worsening weather but did bump into Craigh and Guilio who had decided to venture out to find out what the hell was going on. The party get the thug back into the house and tie him down to a chair in the kitchen and whilst the ropes are being tightened a blazing fire is set in the nearby fireplace and the party soon start to dry off and when they are all toasty the questioning begins. The Doctor returns from removing any left over Satanic imagery from the house and gets to work, the thug reveals a few more pieces of the puzzle, He was a Tenebrous hand member and they had been told where we were by a German known as Gerwan(?) who we now suspect was the master of the strange Imp and their instructions were to follow us and recover any books they found on us. He also told us that they had split up, some to confront us in the bar whilst the others went to find out why we had visited Inky Pete s. 'Damn it, I have placed Inky in trouble, if he's hurt I will make sure all of you face the Lords justice' cried out the Doctor and he leant heavily onto the thugs injured leg bringing tears and screams from the thug. Craigh had to pull the Doctor off before the thug passed out from the pain and calmed him down with a few whispered word 'Thomas we need answers, he needs to live a little longer at least my old friend' Taking a steadying breath the Doctor returns to the thug 'I can save that leg you know as I'm a Physician but you must tell me everything' the thug looks through his tears and seeing the grim looks on all of faces looking down at him he sobs and nods his head 'I will tell you everything just don't hurt me anymore' So after the interrogation the party learnt that the Tenebrous hand was, led by a man called Tommy Gunn who worked with a guy called, Mallebench and the relationship was very profitable one gaining foot soldiers the other political clout and money. Tommy had Inky Pete and the merchant,Rimehart held at a house in Cow Hill known as Blatters. Mallebench was not in the town but his second in command (Gerwan) was at least up to a couple of days ago and the cherry on top was the identity of a traitor in the N.M.A garrison a Captain by the name of Richard Fleet. Unfortunately the thug didn't survive the fire side chat and passed away due to blood loss and he ended up in a shallow grave in the basement and the Doctor didn't seem to upset about this result and a hardness had entered his eyes that hadn't been there before. As the party discussed what had been revealed and how best to use it the Doctor sneaks away to get some personal time and do some shopping, the recent conversation with his old friend Inky playing through his mind as he fought through the wind and rain in search of a Buckler shop. After haggling with a shop keeper and becoming the proud owner of a very, very small shield and finding himself low on funds and yet near Norton Mansions he decided to pop in and speak to dear old Dad and find out what he had found out about Cheswick Ord, oh and to see about some pocket money back pay. Further mentally scarred after his visit but forty shillings better off and with some useful information about the mysterious Cheswick who seemed to be a rich textile merchant who was against some of the new governments policies especially the new laws against the theater but whose wealth had spared him from any serious punishments so far. The Doctor trudged his way back to Nutleys hoping that rest of the party had come up with a rescue plan of some kind. Luckily they had they had and with some last minute input from the Doctor who being a loyal son of Norwich remembered the natural tunnels that wormed there way under Norwich and that his family had won a contract some years back to expand the towns sewer network and that his grandfather had taken him down a few of the converted chalk tunnels explaining that they had saved a fortune by just re-purposing the tunnels into sewers and that these tunnels also ran under the Cow Hill area. The Party gathered their weapons and buckled their armour on and prepared to wade through the muck of Cow hill one more time though in this case literally. The party make it through the dank tunnels with only a few swear words, splashes and the occasional detour and after removing a grate find themselves in a courtyard fairly near the house of Blatters. Saul and Craigh check out the nearby area and spot something odd there seemed to be a few heavyset men standing on nearby corners selling chestnuts which was weird due to the fact that the weather was by now almost a storm and there were very few people on the streets even the refugees had found somewhere sheltered to wait out the weather. After dealing with a few urchins who as urchins everywhere were immune to the weather and were having a slush ball fight in a driving blizzard the party formed a plan and began to sneak towards the house of,Blatters. The party made it to the house without being spotted mainly due to the storm as some of the party were as sneaky as elephants the more martial of the party made strange hand gestures which ended up meaning that the party should pause as voices had been heard inside. A brief discussion and some hard-core violence latter the two potential sentries lay dead on the ground floor and a passing urchin ended up with a new and unusual football. The party quickly secure the ground floor and slowly mount the stairs to find out if they were in time to save Inky and why the Hand was holding Rimehart.
  7. Mystery and Mayhem Leaving the others behind to recover their health and to clear out the Satanic filth in Nutleys house Saul and Thomas braved the crowded streets of Norwich and head towards the rabbit warren of Lower east Trostust in search of the Doctors good friend Peter known to most as 'Inky Pete' The Doctor was wearing several gore streaked bandages which covered his missing eye under his Plague mask whilst Saul made do with a heavy scarf wrapped around the lower part of his face with his hat pulled down tightly this was done in an attempt to disguise ourselves from any prying eyes and to keep us warm as the weather had again taken a turn for the worse and become bitterly cold. (Thinking about it the Plague mask might have attracted more attention than we would have liked) Trudging through the mud filled streets and forcing themselves through the refugee filled streets they cast weary glances upwards and behind to see if they were being followed they slowly made their to Inky Pete's office. It seemed that Inky Pete had turned to the dark side as he was now working as an assistant to various Norwich based lawyers. After a brief moment of totally understandable confused horror on Inky Pete's part on having such an odd pair turn up outside his office introductions were made and friendships renewed. After some polite conversation where we learn that Sir Henry Ireton was still ill and barely seen leaving control of Norwich in the hands of Zeal for the Lord Harrison Inky Pete finally got the kettle on and started to read the Latin book as that was the smaller of the tomes and Latin was almost his mother tongue by now. The Most Holy And Sacrosanct history of the Blessed Order of Kites This book appeared to be a journal of sorts written by a Knight called Beauregard Mallebeench it details the early history of the Order from their start and their involvement in the Baltic Crusades. It seems the corruption started here as they were somewhat isolated and had to recruit men at arms from the locals and any European scum that they came across, these men soon outnumbered the original knights and these new men brought their brutal ways into the order and they slowly became the norm. It also seemed that trophy hunting became normal amongst the Order and the weapons and talisman's of the Pagan enemy became symbols of how mighty the Knight was. In fact Beauregard himself became a Captain within the Order after defeating the original owner of a certain ruby bell and claiming it for himself and the order. The Bell was used to summon a daemon which was compelled through unknown means to fight on behalf of the Order but Beauregard warns that the bell should only be used twice otherwise their would be dire circumstances something involving a gate being opened to the realm of Bazayer(?) the pale. The cursed sword is also briefly mentioned surprisingly it was a rapier but one that would not break no matter how tough the fight its other benefit was that it would be guaranteed to always draw blood whenever it was unsheathed. The downside was that the blade did not care where the blood came from be it friend or foe it didn't matter the blade only cared that the blood should flow. Beauregard Mallebeench seems to pass on sometime during the period that the Order is recalled to England and comes to an end for some reason. The few remaining Knights destroy many of their unholy items and finding that the bell could not be destroyed and that it was too dangerous for them to use as Beauregard seemed to have taken the secret of its control to his grave they decided to place it into his tomb where it was hoped it would remain safely hidden until Judgement day. After taking in this baleful information it was grudgingly decided to leave the Greek book with Inky in the hope it would reveal more information and provide some clues as to what Mallebeench was up to, though Saul was concerned that the book may corrupt Inky in some way agreeing the Doctor said yes to Saul's plan to keep Inky on a short leash. After discussing the Journal and more local problems (The blight, refugees and the growing fear of famine) Saul and Thomas left Inky Pete's office throwing a concerned glance at each other as Inky was already bent over the Greek tome muttering to himself as his tea slowly went cold. As they hadn't eaten a proper meal in days the party decided to repair to a local inn for some small beer or in Saul's case hopefully clean water and a warming meal of Pie and potatoes. We should have known better as the Inns sign had suspiciously the muse Melpomene painted onto it and the legend The Dying Mask carved deeply underneath it. The tavern was fairly quiet with only a few workmen looking patrons propping up the bar Saul and Thomas got a table near the door and ordered a couple of drinks and their lunch. Thomas looked worried and kept rubbing the bandage s covering his eye but he was happily chatting away about the forthcoming meal it seemed as if he was trying to forget about the terrible history of the Kites if only for a moment. Saul on the other hand was quiet and brooding casting suspicious glances around the bar 'Relax my melancholy friend a good hot meal will make all our troubles fade away if only for a short time' said Thomas a wan smile upon his lips. 'I don't think one pie no matter how tasty it is will make things better, I doubt things will ever be better again' Saul growled back. 'Who said anything about it being only one pie Saul we have some time before we are expected back' laughed Thomas 'I fully intend to eat every morsel that this tavern has to offer' Saul slowly shook his head always amazed about the Doctors refusal to be dour for too long no matter the problem. The ordered drinks arrived Saul sipping at the lukewarm water whilst the Doctor quaffed his small beer spilling most of it and letting out a satisfied belch 'I'm not going to get drunk on this but by thunder it feels good to drink something not out ditch for a change' laughed Thomas he was going to say more but Saul tensed up and pointed to something to the side of Thomas.The taverns door had opened and a group of men had entered and after a brief pause to look around the bar the group of men start to walk towards the seated party there seemed to be a somewhat heated but hushed conversation going on between two of them but then the burliest of them shouts "Enough" jabs a dirty finger at the party and growls 'I f*%king knew I recognised you B%$tards hand over our bosses gear or you will get a smack' A brief attempt at bluffing was tried and failed and then the fight was on. Saul leapt up drawing his weapons as the barkeep ducked down behind his counter "I can't waste time talking to you... I'll stop that mouth with steel!" Saul barked sardonic till the end. "Flip the table Thomas and get behind it" Saul called over his back as he advanced upon the thugs. Thomas tried but since it was a heavy table he only ended up knocking the tankard's and the Porridge starters onto the floor. "Arse" muttered the Doctor and decided to draw his sword for the third only time since Naseby as he staggered past the muck on the floor and towards the thug on the left. A brutal fight broke out Saul again showing his mastery at the art of killing raining vicious blows against his opponents as the Doctor taking full advantage of his opponent slipping on some cooling porridge sliced the thug across his chest opening up a rather nasty cut on his chest. Even with Saul fighting the party was slowly forced back and they decided to make a fighting retreat to the taverns door but then the tide changed a thug made a small mistake and Saul capitalised on it and was able to dispatch one opponent after another in quick succession and from the jaws of defeat the party was left breathless with two cooling corpses at their feet and one thug though badly wounded subdued. Thomas slightly wobbly and obviously in pain strode towards the still cowering Innkeeper, he reached down and dragged the poor man up by his hair "Ah good Innkeeper I was wondering if their was any chance of a takeaway?"
  8. Cheers man, its been fun writing some of these after action reports since so much crazy cool stuff happens during the games its been a fun way to remember them. Also the world needs to know the truth about the heroic and magnificent deeds of the handsome and yet modest Doctor, a man whose numerous acts of self sacrifice are too many to list however hard he tries but mainly involve helping those less fortunate than himself for example Ralph 'Cough He's not getting his hands on MY inheritance Cough' Norton stay true to Puritanism and to stop screaming like a little girl at the first sign of trouble.
  9. (Looking sheepish) Ah that explains the 'Talk to Dad?' part of my notes I later learnt that we also arranged to see an old School pal of the Doctors (Inky Pete) to see if he could translate some of the books (As soon as we figure out which book is safe to do so) and the elder Norton was eventually asked if he could make some discreet inquires about this Ord fellow.
  10. Lessons learnt from yesterdays game, Make sure your microphone is not under your nose especially if you are a hefty chap with a cold unless your aim is to make a cheap tundra soundscape. Never ever go into an Inn if Jagerfury is the G.M these places are deadly even though having the thugs slipping around on the spilled porridge was fun. Whilst table flipping is cool in the movies its not so much fun when you fail the roll to do it in combat and then it just leads to an embarrassed silence followed by some giggling from the attacking thugs.. Saul needs more pistols as Thomas is more of a lover than a fighter and he needs protecting. Urchins charge too much....even though I nearly paid the cheeky tyke a shilling instead of a penny before being reminded about the currency. Thanks again to Saul and Jagerfury for an awesome game which gave us some time to think about the mystery and still have a very tense combat (having low H.Ps In this game is very scary especially if you have left your Buff coat on the drying rack)
  11. The story continues The party make their way to Nutleys house in the hope of some hot food and some much needed shut eye before resuming the hunt. They made it back without too much incident avoiding any large groups of people especially if they were in uniform. Thomas was wondering if he should get in contact with his Father to see if he could help identify the corpse in the basement which had been found by Craigh and Saul earlier as Randolph Nutley he also wanted to see if his Father knew of this strange Orb/Ord chap since he seemed to be a big spender and he may have moved in the same society circles as him. So it was a thoroughly soaked and bedraggled group which eventually made it back to that strange house and after getting the wounded bedded down and made comfortable (Giulio insisted on having soft kitty warm kitty sang to him before he would go to sleep) the less injured then prepared a meal made up of the last of their travel rations and tried to dry out their Buff coats etc. As the others busied themselves with various chores upstairs the Doctor still pondering about contacting his Father descended the rickety steps that led down into the basement to check upon the corpse to see what further insight he could glean from it. Approaching the hole that had been made in the false wall and stepping through he heard a click and felt the floor tile directly below his foot move slightly downward 'Bugger' went the Doctor as the corpse sat up and threw several spinning blades at his face. The others were made aware that something was afoot when their quiet conversations were interrupted by the now unfortunately familiar sound of the Doctor screaming. Rushing down to the basement they were met halfway by a terrible sight, the Doctor was staggering up the stairs his face a red ruin and when he saw the others approach he removed his hand which was clamped across his face revealing a gaping hole where his left eye should be and screamed at them 'He took my fucking eye! it was a trap, the bastards alive' Craigh and Saul exchanged a worried glance, that body they saw in the basement couldn't be alive it was dead and long dead at that. (There was some book checking and some and some rewind moments here as Mark tried to remember what the injury rules were and what exactly his hit points were) Ralph performed some emergency first aid but the Doctors eye was beyond saving as Craigh and Saul went down into the basement weapons drawn and ready to meet whatever was down there the Doctors weeping stopped long enough for them to hear him say something about bloody tiles clicking and then there was a thud as if a body was hitting a wooden floor this was followed by a quiet 'Whoops' from Ralph. Saul raised an eyebrow and Craigh after a moment broke out into a crooked grin. As they slowly approached the hole and raising their candle high they were able to see that the body was now sitting up on the table, both of its arms had been replaced by clockwork devices, devices that seemed designed to spin and hurl long jagged blades out from where a mans fingers would normally be. In the glow of the candle Craigh and Saul could just make out the glittering reflection of chains and pulleys and with a relieved sigh their earlier thoughts had been confirmed it wasn't an un-dead monster but a simple if horrific trap. As the unconscious Doctor received treatment from Ralph who seemingly took way too much enjoyment in heating up the poker to cauterize the Doctors eye socket Craigh and Saul discussed how they were going to disable the trap and in a moment had decided on one. Craigh took aim with his own clockwork arm at one of the chains connected to the pulleys above and fired....missing completely but confirming that the corpse was most definitely dead as it now sported a rather large blade in its chest. So looking somewhat sheepish Craigh turned to Saul and asked 'So what was plan B again' Saul glowers the candle in his had sending strange shadows across his face 'Shoot it again you tartan obsessed fool and don't miss this time' And so with a steadying gulp and a rude retort on his lips Craigh fires again this time cleanly breaking a chain in half causing one of the corpses arms to drop to the side with a thump. Craigh looking smugly across at Saul, bows tosses of a salute and heads back upstairs calling back that he was going to get a broom handle to double check the tiles before proceeding further into the room. As he mounts the stairs he pauses and cocks his head to one side he thought he had heard something moving on the....roof? and on the couch the Italian stirs and mumbles. 'Saul we have company, on the roof I think' hisses Craigh back down to Saul who immediately draws his mortuary sword and makes his way up to the Scotsman side. A quick plan of action is agreed upon Craigh would go up to the top floor whilst Saul would act as bait by going out of one of the external doors making as much noise as he could and when whatever was on the roof went to investigate Craigh would pop out of the window and shoot it down.(Hopefully as Craigh had rolled a lot of 96's by this point ) Saul went to the door making sure the nearby rush lights were still lit and would be protected from any sudden gusts of wind seeing that everything was set he paused took a deep breath and threw open the door and stamped out. Craigh was in position an intent look on his face as he listened to the sound of tiny feet scurrying across the roof tiles his crossbow tracking across the ceiling as he counted down '3,2,1' and throwing open the window he cries 'Got you' but in that brief moment as he looks upon the creature which is illuminated by the moon and the light from the still glowing Cow hill neighbourhood he freezes unable to squeeze the crossbows lever as he gazes into a face full of eyeballs and fur. The Imp cackles at the horrified face of the Scotsman and with a strange grin it leaps away from the roof and heads back into the darkness of the nearby alleyways. There was a lot more but I can't read my notes (Its not my bad handwriting honest it must be something to do with my new mono vision)
  12. We are still alive! There has been a couple of games since the last posting one was covered by Saul and I've been a bit forgetful so to bring us up to almost speed, The party splits up Saul and Craigh head off to Nutley's house to see what they can find out about the missing Tinkerer whilst the Doctor and the others waited back at the stables to maintain the watch on the Import/exporter and to question the stable hand about the various comings and goings of his odd neighbours. Unfortunately a couple of players couldn't make it so the only active player at the stable was the good Doctor. (More later but I've got to go to work damn it so below is a report from the next game) Thomas and Giulio escape from the stables leaving the Tenebrous hand and the good citizens of Cow hill trying to put out the flames. They meet up with Craigh who was coming back up from Nutley's house and after a quick discussion they decide the time is now right to break into the shop of Tobias and after a quick dagger between the door and the frame they are inside. The shop is dark and looks to be fairly low end and basic. The few rooms are searched and a fine new outfit is awaiting collection on its dress makers dummy and instructions referring to it are found in the ledger, it seems to belong to a man with a familiar name one Cheswick Orb, the Gentleman who recently paid 500 shillings for a particular cursed sword. As well as the suit a piece of parchment was found possibly from Mallebeench himself. The note Says 'When you have it let me know' (This handwriting looks similar to that in one of the hidden books found in Nutley's house) Everything else looks to be in order and the party take the opportunity to pick up a change of clothing before they try to sneak away but unfortunately they soon run into a N.M.A patrol which was sent from the garrison to help deal with the now blazing fire. The party are forcibly conscripted into the temporary fire department of Norwich even after a brief argument from the Doctor on how evil it is to force these poor one armed nutters into a bucket gang but again the Doctor somehow ends up making things worse possibly by calling the soldiers various rude names when his pleas fall on deaf ears. So hiding at the back of group they end up jogging back up to the fire and the Hand, luckily the local gang decides they don't want any Imperial entanglements and tell the soldiers to sling their hook and after heated words are exchanged between them someone fires a pistol and a riot breaks out between the people of Cow hill and the soldiers. During this confusion Craigh gets shot in the arm again. (We try to get away with it hitting his clockwork arm but Jay is evil) Badly wounded Craigh stumbles to the floor the rest of the party quickly drag him away behind a nearby wall for some much needed first aid Giulio then hears something strange and being a red blooded Italian decides to investigate, seeing a small figure watching the party from a nearby roof he decides to give chase. The creature seeing an Italian with his dander up climbing towards him turns and chitters something (Possibly rude) and breaks out into some extreme parkour. Seeing this and not to be outdone by a bloody Imp Giulio girds his loins and also starts to run along the rain swept roofs as well matching the Imp leap for impossible leap. The creature finally leaps back down to street level at the end of a nearby roof and lands on the shoulders of a heavily wrapped up indiviudal who unfortunately has his bow drawn and aimed at Giulio as he appears and without a pause the stranger lets loose. Arrows strike the brave Italian and the wounds caused quickly start to burn and itch weirdly but grunting away the pain the Italian pulls out his pistol and returns fire. A weird duel now breaks out and whilst the crack of pistol and the twang of bowstring would normally bring curious bystanders over to look but with this driving rain being so loud the fight goes largely unnoticed. The Doctor who is very unhappy about being left alone in this dangerous neighbourhood with a badly injured Scotsman decides after hearing a blood curdling scream that he has to leave one patient behind and go in search of he suspects another. And after some climbing around and box stacking the Doctor finds the Italian laying on a nearby roof with two arrows stuck in him and these arrows smell fishy. The Doctor remembering the strange smell decides that time is of the essence and quickly pulls out of his bag one of the strange potions he recovered from the Kings Arms and luckily its an antidote to the poison that's already burning up the Italian. After a very scary journey back down to street level whilst dragging a semi conscious Italian behind him the Doctor makes it safely back to Craigh. The battered party regroups and briefly rests and the decision is made that they really need a safe place to rest up so it's painful way back to the house of Nutley in hope of a rest and some much needed hot food as after all it wasn't as if Mr Nutley would mind.
  13. Yeah that would be pretty awesome and has loads of potential.
  14. This is really cool consider it checked out and purchased. Edit: Its free now is this correct as I feel kind of guilty.
  15. Playin' in the street gonna be a big man some day You got mud on yo' face You big disgrace Kickin' your can all over the place. Part two So after leaving the store we discuss plans and its decided that someone watched the store and since Thomas had the biggest hat he would watch one side of the store but Arthur has a cunning plan and decides to corrupt a small boy with a shiny penny and have the boy watch the building. Suddenly as we finished of the plan whilst standing outside Ozzie the Ostler's stables and horse feed emporium (Where the small boy was employed) a ruckus broke out on the previously quiet street. A group of young men, apprentices by the looks of them were shouting at each other and as they neared us a fight broke out amongst them punches and stones started to fly and we were dragged into this whirlwind of anger. One of the young men upon seeing Craighs foreign cast stepped out of the main brawl and pointing at him cried out loudly ' You foreign immigrant scum this is all your fault, coming here and nicking our jobs' and proceeded to try and punch Craigh in the face. Luckily the canny Scot easily dodges the blow and with a smile upon his face says 'Och wee laddie ye will have to do better than that' which unfortunately enrages some of the other apprentices who stop fighting amongst themselves and with rolled up sleeves head towards the plucky Scot. Bravely the Doctor knowing that his skills may be needed later decides to back into the stable through the nearby open doorway. The fighting continues outside mud, stones and punches are still being thrown as the violence steps up a notch. The canny Scot also decides to back away if only to give his new clockwork arm room to swing. Saul lets out a curse as he is forced to block a blow and Guilio is also made to avoid a vicious elbow. The fight is on and there is no substance to the rumours that the good Doctor was taking bets on its outcome. The sounds of breaking cartilage and bone ring out loudly as our muddy band are forced to defend themselves. Ralph takes stock of the situation and sneaks away apparently to protect the Doctor but really he just wanted a quick puff on his pipe. The handsome Doctor his legs splayed apart majestically roars forth and delivers a heartfelt plea to the apprentices to stop fighting and join together in fighting the common enemy. Unfortunately since the apprentices are uncultured the plea falls on deaf ears. The fighting steps up as more and more blows are thrown and the party is forced to parry and dodge to avoid the incoming frenzy of blows. The fighting continues and becomes a disorganized brawl, blows thrown and dodges made and then suddenly Arthur who had been fighting away to one side lets out a terrible cry as his left knee buckles and he falls to the floor it seems that someone had managed to hit the back of his leg with a cobblestone. Arthur enraged rolls and strikes out hitting a nearby apprentice in the bollocks his blow powered by righteous anger was so strong that the sound of a rib breaking could clearly be heard even through the driving rain and sounds of combat. The Apprentice struck stood there a look of pure horror upon his face with Arthur's hand disappearing somewhere into him, it was as if Arthur was wearing him like some kind of grotesque puppet. Arthur looked somewhat concerned as he had to twist and pull his hand free, the Presbyterian apprentice sliding slowly to the floor his eyes rolled up into his head and nothing but a soft moan escaping from his twisted lips. There is a horrified pause as everyone looks at this but the fighting starts up again but somewhat half heartedly with people casting horrified looks back at the new eunuch who was writhing on the floor. Saul cursing loudly decides enough is enough and spinning his pistol around clicks back the hammer and tells those nearby to 'F%£k off now play times over' the apprentices nearby throw up their hands and back off. Guilo strikes out with his clockwork arm landing a mighty blow upon one of the retreating apprentices almost bringing him to his knees but the apprentice manages to stagger away into the rain swept streets after his friends. The fighting members of the party stagger back into the stables and collapse onto any nearby bales of hay. Arthur limping badly is the last to enter the stable closing the door behind him he looks at the haggard party and says 'Gadzooks those f%£king dastards have f^%ked my knee up good and proper well at least we don't have to worry about the militia getting involved as there is no way those lazy dastards would be out in this f&$king weather so thank the Lord for small mercies. So Thomas your a medical man how about taking a look at my knee' Thomas smiles and opens his small medical bag whilst the others look on in horror.........