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  1. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    Part two,Really important questions are asked and yet no one mentions swallows.We return to the surprisingly gory adventure as the bloody body of Roger Keely previously of the New Model Army staggers and finally flops to the floor.As the body hits the floor the crystal child who was shadowing him looks at it for a moment and then silently heads into the slime wall, slowly eaten away by it until nothing of him remains. This only adds to the sense of shocked horror that now pervades the room the silence lasted a few more heartbeats until complete pandemonium breaks out, everyone starts shouting at once and some crazy accusations also ring out, There followed several tense moments until things settled down and people recovered from their initial shock, Ralph explained his actions and the Doctor came up with a slightly less scary explanation for the dissolving child it was very technical but basically boiled down to the old reverse bread and fishes routine. The Party had a heart to heart discussion with Jan Southforth the last remaining N.M.A soldier who had jumped with them and eventually the consensus is that Rodger was a git and was asking for it and so we will never mention it again........understand?The Party had solved the mystery of where the Crystal children were coming from but after a lot of poking and prodding they were unable to stop them appearing. The Party finally decide that there is nothing further they can do or learn so head back into the corridors. After picking a westerly course and exploring a few more bare dusty corridors some of which have small slithers of crystal sticking out from the floors and walls these crystals provide an unsettling half light that causes strange shadows to flicker in and out of view but eventually the unnerved Party come across another strange chamber, this one is hexagon in shape and is dominated by a large stand upon which rests a strange musical instrument it looks like an eight sided triangle and from a crystal hook a small brass beater hangs. Three further corridors lead out from this chamber, one has a clear light coming from it, the other has a purple glow and the final corridor has a slightly sinister red glow emanating from it much like the glow that came from the birthing corridor. Giulio sneaks ahead and scouts out the other tunnels he quickly returns and tells the Party that the strange light seems to be coming from large crystals (7 feet high and roughly 4 feet wide) which grow out of the floor. the Doctor heads towards the clear crystal eager to see if it is the crystal they need to remove as he gets closer he is shocked to see what looks to be a man trapped within its depths and images of war behind him that he seems to interact with. The Doctor seems a little lost and unsure of himself but after a moments thought he pulls out his disc and sees if it reacts to the crystal, unfortunately it doesn't so he gives the crystal a spiteful kick but it fails to even rock the crystal he turns away from the ghostly figure and heads back to the chamber explaining to the others that it didn't seem to be the right crystal after all. Ralph meanwhile had been checking out the strange triangle and with a shrug he tries to hand it off to one of the crystal children, in fact he tries to hand it off to the child he had previously marked with a triangle but the child remains still and the triangle merely falls to the floor. Ralph sighs "I thought I had figured this out, never mind if you want a job done right you have to do it yourself" he then strikes the strange instrument with the beater, it now rings out clear and strong the note echoing weirdly within the confines of the chamber. Then the opposite wall lifts up suddenly revealing a sheet of clear crystal upon which a distorted ladies face forms."oh bludy heel noo whit?" asks the melancholy Scot as the strange lady begins to talk but apparently its via some form of magic as the voice is only heard within the Parties minds. "Sacrifice will be demanded Trans-Arcana penetration has started, state your case why the universe will benefit from your continued existence. I will consider your answers and delete the least worthy of you." Ralph shrugs wipes his hands down the side of his trousers and steps forward "Er wobbly lady my name is Ralph and I am willing to sacrifice my own life to make things better if needed, I have spoken to Zeal for the lord Harrison and through him I have made my peace with the Almighty" The face distorts even more for a moment and the voice replies "Your answer has been received, who will go next?"The Doctor walks past Ralph giving him a slightly awe struck look and then lays prostrate before the face and then he launches into a long winded speech about the various benefits that mankind has and that their journey to be worthy of the Almighty is a worthwhile one as we become better and better with each step creating more wondrous art and discovering the wonders of the world and each new artistic endeavour, each new scientific discovery brings us towards true understanding. The face again distorts "Answer has been received"Giulio takes a deep breath and puffing out his chest he loudly declares "Hey whatta youse mean? We no beg before a wobbly face, we are conquers, we are gods. Maybe small ones at the moment but gods nevertheless" The face seems to smile or was it a smirk then it repeats its mantra of answer received. "I need one more answer before judgement" with that Jan cries out " Hey feck you its an easy answer we are men of Norfolk and so we are the best there is" the face shudders and in a somewhat disturbingly sexy voice "Answers recorded sacrifice will be taken Trans-Arcana penetration will continue" and with that a beam of light blazes out from her eyes and sears Jan to ash. The face fades away and with a head splitting pop the voice also falls silent within the Parties heads. Cue screaming and panicking most of the Party quickly moves away from the pile of smoking ash and quickly heads off towards the west casting fearful glances behind them. A lot of "What the feck was that?" and "Can we nae gie th' heel it ay haur?" could also be heard coming from various Party members.The Doctor however remained in the chamber nowvweeping openly, he seemed to be trying to ring the strange hex angle triangle thing again and could be heard calling out "Please come back we can do better....how about best out of three?" but nothing reappears and Giulio has to call back to him to get him moving.The others had been stopped by one of the few doors that occasionally appeared seemingly at random within the palace by the time the Doctor finally bustles up behind them Giulio looking at the Doctor said "finally" and he pulls open the door. The room beyond was small and had more passages leading off from it the room itself had a fog or mist inside which hung low to the ground but weirdly didn't seem to flow out or even move when the door was opened. The Party turned to the crystal children and almost as one they grabbed the nearest and threw him in and watched to see what would happen. He staggered a little but seemed unaffected by the mist not even coughing he just turned and looked at the Party blankly. So looking like it was clear the others entered the mist. It just seemed to be just an odd mist so they quickly pick the south passage and continue onwards. Looking back Craigh sees that the room they had just left has disappeared leaving only a blank wall behind them "Weel that's buggered things up Ah reckon och weel forwards it is 'en." he then breaks out into a wee jog to catch up with the others.After travelling for awhile going up and down a variety of corridors the party come across another small room where a head sized twelve sided object seems to float five feet off the floor within a column of calming bluish light, the Doctor calls out "Hey its a calming blue light, I think its safe to rest here for a moment, you know so I can check on the bandages and reapply some more goose and horse ointment.So the Doctor gets his medical chest open but as the others enter the glow quickly changes to an angry pulsing red and the calm feeling is quickly replaced with a feeling of rage and anger.A figure then slowly forms in front of the Party, somehow forming itself out of the red pulsing light as it becomes more solid it looks to be similar to the mythical Greek Minotaur but instead of a bulls head it has the head of a mighty stag. It bellows and lashes out with its cloven hooves and with great swishes of its antlered head roaring out a challenging bellow. Most of the Party manages to avoid its blows but Ralph being a bit on the large side gets clipped by one cloven hoof and staggers back in pain. Giulio though reacts with commendable speed and quickly has his musket up and aimed he fires into the beast the shot striking it cleanly in its chest which unfortunately just seems to annoy it even more.Ralph still staggering a little swipes at the beast with his hatchets but fails to hit the madly swaying beast but fortunately does force it into the sights of the Doctors Donderbus which with a loud bang fires a cloud of shot and burnt gunpowder. The Beast roars and collapses with a final terrible squeal its now missing a very large and important part of its head. The Doctors looks at the smoking Donderbus then at the Beast and with a huge stupid smile plastered over his face starts to yell "Yeeeees I new I could do it, in your face devil monster" the others ignore his fist pumping as they are more interested in the object which goes back to a calming blue but soon hints of red appear again so the party hurry past it and into the corridors beyond.When at a safe distance they take a quick break to grab more food and water, reload their weapons and for the Doctor to try to reseal their numerous wounds...again. After the break the bruised and battered Party get up and decide to take the North passageway which soon twists away to the west, this passageway ends at a wall which has a silver button recessed into it. The Party look around to see if their are any signs of what the button may do and seeing nothing odd Giulio presses the button which apart from changing colour doesn't seem to do anything. Giulio looks around shrugs and pushes it again "Hey maybe itsa stuck" the button then changes to the colour of steel and again nothing seems to happen he shrugs again the rest of the Party though start to worriedly approach Giulio with their hands outstretched but Giulio hits the button again which unfortunately does do something this time as most of the metal on the Players suddenly turns to rust which falls away leaving a reddish trail behind them. The Party seeing this erupts in horror as most of their weapons are now useless and Ralph stops looks at Giulio with murderous intent and says "My feckin hatchets...... MY FECKIN HATCHETS!!!" but luckily for Giulio the crystal children decide that this is the perfect time to launch an attack.
  2. Clockwork & Cthulhu; a revised look.

    It would be great to have Arthur the Ball breaker back. P.S Damn it I've just finished building the Cake signal as well, those searchlights are the very devil to get on Ebay you know.
  3. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    Are you sure we can't persuade you to add ladies in sexy red dresses?
  4. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    Did the Doctor miss the bit with the sexy lady in red? And more importantly why is she not dancing with me now damn it.
  5. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    In the Pale Ladies kingdom the children of the crystal gather. Warning there is a lot of clone(ish) children meeting a variety of unpleasant endings in this write up. With a sizzle and a loud snap the barrier closes behind the CL.U.Bers cutting them off from the swamp, Zeal, Claymon Morrow and indeed England as they knew it. The CL.U.Bers were not entirely on their own though as two soldiers had been ordered to make the jump with them but the CL.U.Bers were not entirely sure if the soldiers were there to aid them or just to keep an eye on them. The Party could now see the palace of the Pale lady clearly now as it was now unimpeded by the distortion of the barrier and what a palace it was, a huge grey monolithic tower dripping with condensation and which leaned menacingly over the Party soon casting them into deep shadow. After adjusting their weapons and the rest of their equipment they moved towards the palaces single dark opening which lay ahead of them as they reached the empty opening they stopped and hearing nothing opened their packs and pulled out a variety of lanterns and candles there was an awkward moment when the flints struggled to spark but after some fiddling around a spark was brought forth and the lanterns were finally lit. So now with no excuse to further delay they entered the forbidding entrance and almost immediately were hit by the sudden jump in temperature the air became moist and damp the Parties clothing quickly becoming sodden. The walls were formed of large stone blocks which appeared unmarked by anything neither tool mark or decoration could be seen discerned and so they only added to the feeling of gloom that the Party were starting to feel pretty strongly. After a fairly short walk a faint purple glow could be seen coming from somewhere ahead and pulling out pistols and grabbing sword hilts the party edged forwards. They end up in a room which has three corridors leading off from it but the thing that grabs the attention of the Party is the huge and faintly glowing crystal which seems bizarrely embedded into the bottom of a small crater, bizarrely because the vaulted roof above is intact and showed no signs of damage or repair so how did the crystal get there? The Party nervously search the area before swinging back to the elephant in the room that was the crystal, could it be this easy a short walk and the crystal was there just sitting in the first room? of course it wasn't the crystal was on closer inspection more blueish in hue than purple and seemed to be solidly buried into the floor. The Doctor even got out his disc and tried to stick it onto the crystal but it wouldn't attach nor did it change so it seemed that the party wouldn't be that lucky after all. Ralph decided to attempt a more brute force approach to the problem and slammed his hatchets into the crystal but apart from a few sparks, nothing not even a sliver of crystal fell away. The Party somewhat disheartened looked back towards the entrance and though they could see a small square of grey daylight the barrier hid anything beyond so left with little choice they decide to head forwards taking the corridor leading northwards as the other two corridors gave off a hellish red glow and though nothing was said the Party as one decided to give them a wide berth for now. No tracks disturbed the damp filthy floor not even those of animals and still the Palace was as silent as a tomb the Parties strangely echoing footsteps the only sound to be heard. The short corridor led into another chamber which was somewhat similar to the first but this one had a crystal that was on a plinth and was more like a honeycomb as it had numerous holes bored through its surface, all different in shape, size and angle. Some of these holes had crystal rods inserted into them and it all together they gave off a most disturbing glow the colours swirling and ever changing. The Doctor approaches the plinth rubbing his head at the temples absently and reaches out for one of the crystal rods and carefully pulls it out....nothing seems to change the plinth still pulses with colours and everything else seems the same that is until Giulio opens his mouth to speak and instead of the heavily accented English everyone had grown to if not love then at least to tolerate he instead lets out a burbled mish mash of hell speak "Mitä olet tehnyt nyt olet Daft sod... roikkua, että ei kuulosta oikealta?" or Finnish as its otherwise known as. This was not the full extent of the horror as both Ralph and the Doctor also found themselves now unable to speak the holiest and most beautiful of languages and instead jabbered away in foreign there then followed several minutes of desperate action as numerous crystal rods were pulled out and shoved back into the plinth the Doctor was by now openly in tears as he realised that for several moments he had been speaking FRENCH crying out "Non, s'il vous plaît Dieu rien que cela" almost at the point of collapse the Doctor twisted a slender slightly grey rod back into the plinth and thankfully the next words heard was an earthy, homely and more importantly English profanity. Unfortunately Giulio was........well still Italian so he still spoke with a heavy accent so it wasn't a total win. And after the silence that followed the joyous celebrations of the return of English the sound of tiny feet slapping against soggy flooring could be heard coming from behind the Party from the direction of the first chamber Ralph swung his lantern across and in its flickering light a pale small figure of a naked child could be barely seen. Ralph took a few steps forward as the child seemed to be injured, its movements oddly stiff and ungainly but with those few steps more Ralph could make out more details and as he got closer he was horrified because as the child turned his head to stare up at him an explosion of purple lights shone back from its face as the crystals embedded within reflected the lantern light back at him. The strange child was deathly quiet and when it got around three feet away from Ralph it stopped suddenly and just stared at him never saying a word or muttering a sound. Quickly calling over the rest of the Party Ralph simply pointed at the child and quietly asked "What the feck is that?" the child could not be made to speak even after the Doctor performed a little Panto involving gently talking to the child and showing it various things from his pack and seeing if they got a reaction but the child just kept staring at Ralph and ignored the Bible, the various Parliamentarian tracts and even the emergency wheel of Cheshire cheese which was a little on the smelly side by this point. Ralph started to poke the child and with each poke murmured "Quit it" the child rocked back a little but remained silent and just stared at Ralph "Very odd it must be a feral child of some sort who has been changed by the Pale lady remember she had children farming flowers at that last place". The Doctor warming to the theme continued "And since he's feral it follows that he doesn't know how to communicate with normal folk" he also added that he had heard that in the Americas there were whole tribes of such people who had been lost in that countries vast wilderness and so over time had lost all semblance of Godly civilisation. Then just as they were giving up on the strange child and just ignore him the pitter patter of more feet could be heard and suddenly more children appeared each one bearing the crystal stigmata. Giulio looked around as five more of the silent children now stood in the room each one standing in front of one of the Party. "What the hell is going on, why won't they speak?" asked the now worried Giulio Ralph a thoughtful look crossing his face as he slowly started to walk away heading back towards the first chamber and after a brief pause the child who had attached himself to Ralph swiftly followed. The others were still trying to make sense of what they had found so far and arguing about the best course of action concerning the children and their quest and so failed to really notice Ralph slip away. Ralph walked back down the corridor and hearing the sound of naked feet behind him smiled and he headed behind the large crystal embedded in the floor, the child followed its crystals reflecting back the larger ones strange glow giving the child's features a demonic cast. Ralph quickly checked to see that the child was alone and that the large crystal blocked the view if the others enacted his plan with barely a pause, he smashed his hatchet into the child's chest cracking through meat and bone breaking ribs and splitting organs the child said nothing it barely reacted to the mortal blow but as Ralph twisted the hatchet out creating a huge bloody hole in the child's torso the child finally spoke and in dry dull tone it cried out "The Void, the void I can see the void" Ralph panicked and tried to stop the child's scary monotone before he got caught and had to answer some awkward questions but as he placed one meaty paw across the child's blood splattered face the child let out one last sigh and collapsed onto Ralph and then slowly slid down onto the floor leaving a trail of gore down Ralph's front "Bugger, there goes that plan" Wiping off the worst of the gore he heads back to the others who were just realising that he had disappeared they were horrified to see him walk out of the corridor covered in blood especially when they figured out what he had done. The mood wasn't helped by the other remaining children who just turned and stared silently at Ralph but displayed no emotion. In the awkward silence that followed the pitter-patter of bare feet could be heard again coming from the tunnel behind and soon another identical crystal child appeared, it walked up towards Ralph and again stopped in front of him and starred blankly up and into Ralph's increasingly annoyed looking face. "Feck that's it that's the last bleeding straw" Ralph pulled a length of twine off his belt with one hand whilst smacking the child hard across the face with the other causing it to stagger and fall. Ralph quickly hogged tied the child who bizarrely made no protest at this rough treatment not even a whimper, "Lets see you follow me around now you creepy little fart" he then stomped away heading towards one of the other tunnels. The others still looking slightly shocked watched him go and then as one turned to look at the bound child who with no expression on its face started to wiggle and twist and slowly oh so slowly start to crawl after Ralph who hearing something also looked back and seeing the child wiggling after him went absolutely berserk "No way you feckin git" and he pulled out one of his bloody hatchets and started to stride towards the crawling child. The Doctor leaps forward throwing out a protective arm "Run children, Uncle Ralph is very upset" but the crystal children just silently watched as Ralph shoved the Doctor aside and brought down his hatchet with blistering speed straight into crawlies head and stopping him dead, Giulio speaking quickly in Italian stepped up and managed to drag Ralph off before he entered full berserk mode. The Doctor quickly got over his shock at this turn of events and scuttled towards the dead child his crystal companion close behind "Well it can't be said I won't look a gift horse in the mouth" and he quickly set down his medical case and started to pull out blade and saw "Lets see what you are made of shall we" and with his crystal child looking on the Doctor got to work.The others stood away and even Ralph decided that this was too gruesome to watch and shaking off Giulio he stomped over to a corner to grab a hasty meal of hardtack and brackish water. Sighing Giulio gave a shrug and walked back to the crystal altar and began examining it from every angle the Italian engineer trying to figure out how it could possibly work he could occasionally be heard muttering something in Italian all the while watched by his crystal child. The Doctor was soon finished with Crawlie and went to work on the other corpse and when done with that one he thoughtfully washed the blood off his hands dried them and quickly jotted down his findings in his little black book and when everything was neatly back in his case he headed off to find the others. "Amazing truly amazing those children are unnatural of course, the fact that they are identical in appearance inside and out proves this. The strange crystal seems to infest much of their bodies growing out of their very bones and then piercing through their flesh why I even found signs of crystal growth within their hearts. I think these are some sort of Golem but why make them children I can not for the life of me fathom" The Doctors monologue was interrupted by Giulio who asked "That's all very well and good Doctor and on the plus side I suppose it means Ralph here won't be going to hell after all but does it tell us where we need to go? does it help us in any real way? The Doctor looked a bit crestfallen and replied that no it didn't but it was jolly interesting nonetheless . He then moved to one of the doors leading out from the chamber calling back to the Italian "If a direction is needed why not this one?" his crystal child suddenly darted ahead of him and stood in front of the door he then reaches past the silent child and tries to pull the door open "A little help here gentleman please this door appears slightly....." he doesn't finish as the door suddenly slams open throwing him to one side and sprawling onto the floor from out of the now open doorway a gust of foul smelling air escapes, smelling of death, corruption and human waste. The others head towards the doorway coughing and spluttering in the suddenly befouled air. Ralph who had headed over slightly earlier to help the Doctor open the doors and so was slightly in front was the first to see the figure stagger out of the now revealed corridor behind the doors. It was another child but this one was much more unnatural in its appearance. The crystals that covered this child were jagged and broken and they glowed with a sickly green light and more worryingly for the Doctor who was staring up at it from the floor the child's hands appeared to have changed into crystal spikes. "Ahhh bloody hell" went the Doctor "Die" shouted Ralph as he charged the child the others just sighed and readied their weapons. The child looked at the Doctor then turned and with amazing speed leaps at Ralph's charging bulk, its leap carried it over Ralph and his initial hatchet swing and in return those crystal spikes open up a red ruin on Ralph's back as they easily sliced through his Buff coat and into the pale wobbly flesh beneath. Giulio swings his clockwork arm up and fires off his saw blade which strikes the child solidly in the chest knocking it off Ralph's back in a welter of reddish sparkling blood. The child quickly rolls back onto its feet and leaps back into the fray the saw blade still embedded deeply amongst the crystal growths on its chest. Both Ralph and the Doctor struggle to engage the swiftly moving child and barely avoid its crystal spikes in return. The two soldiers their muskets already raised fire but oddly they manage to completely miss the child but barely miss Ralph. Hearing the shot whistle past his head Ralph turns and the soldiers wave back and smiling mouth sorry to him this causes a now worried Ralph to rethink some of his previous actions, especially the one where he snitched on those two soldiers in particular about their looting but before he can act another misshapen monstrosity staggers out this one covered in mucus like slime and shuffles over to join in the fight. The other crystal children again do nothing neither hindering nor helping they just continue silently watch the fight unfolding before them. The mucus covered child turns and looks at the approaching Italian who now holds a pistol in his hand mucus boy starts to snort and gurgle and with a hacking sound launches a mass of oily snot at Giulio luckily he sees it in time and with a horrified look upon his face desperately twists aside as the scarily hissing ball of mucus and bile flies past and lands with a splat behind him. The Doctor hears more movement from behind him but he is unable to see anything so he decides to aim his Donderbus at Mucus boy and fires, the Donderbus belches out a great gout of flame but the shot misses its intended target. The Doctor does buy time for Giulio to re-aim his pistol and drawing a bead on Mucus boy he fires but the child seems blessed as again the shot goes wide. Mucus swings away from the prone Doctor and swipes at Giulio whose desperate parry fails to deflect the terrible blow and so he takes several nasty cuts to his upper chest his armour absorbing some of the terrible force behind the blow. The other child re-launches his attack on the now hard pressed Ralph who barely manages to block several blows with the haft of his hatchet. Ralph then weirdly drops the hatchet which is blocking the child's attack causing the child to misjudge its next swing and with bulk defying precision Ralph twists and turns ending up inside the child's reach he grabs the child in a tight bear hug the crystals scrapping down his armour before he twisting to one side and launching the child with terrible force into the nearby wall, there is a loud crack and a wet splat noise as the child's head splits open upon the corner of the wall and the child falls to the floor unconscious if not indeed dead. Ralph wipes his hands with a satisfied grunt. The source of the sounds heard earlier by the Doctor is finally revealed as one last horror child staggers out of the foul smelling corridor and glares around him its eyes showing the madness within this child is covered with sharp bone like blades and his fingers terminate in long jagged claws as well. The Doctor sees the child girds his loins and jumping up pulls out his sword with a flourish and charges towards the child but apart from his impressive war cry its all a bit disappointing really as he somehow misses the child and instead charges past it. The slightly confused child swings out at the passing Doctor the blow catching him in the leg causing him to stagger and fall again onto the floor. Giulio meanwhile continues to hack away at Mucus boy having dropped his spent pistol now wields his mighty telescopic one handed Glaive,TM his powerful blows causing Mucus boy to give ground. Ralph moves to the still form of spiky and grabbing a handful of bloodied hair he violently slams the child's head into the stone floor several times until he is basically holding a ball of bloodied meat in his hands with one last kick into the child's stomach just to make sure Ralph lumbers off to save his cousin the Doctor. Ralph pulls out both hatchets and with the child's back to him he buries both of them deeply into the child but the child refuses to drop instead it spins around and lashes out at Ralph catching him a glancing blow with a bony backhand which causes several cuts to open up. Ralph is now bleeding quite heavily from the numerous small cuts and his breathing has also become increasingly laboured its not looking too good for these two. Giulio thrusts his Glaive forward with a sharp twist and the glaive bites deeply into the child's chest splintering past the ribcage. Mucus boy gurgles and tries to hawk up one last blob of snotty acid but instead he ends up in a coughing fit he then slides stickily off the glove and onto the floor and with a last popping noise dies as he bleeds out. Ralph and the Doctor are rescued by the two soldiers who after giving up on reloading their muskets charge into combat with their cheap but still sharp swords and with their help the last monster child is finally brought down. Everyone looks around checking if any more horrors are about to stagger out and seeing no further movement a collective breath is let out. "Gadzooks that was damned close" says the Doctor nodding his thanks to the soldiers and looking at Ralph bloodied form sighs "It looks like I'm going to have to use the all the big bandages and most of the ointment up on you cousin" Ralph shuffles a bit and gruffly replies "Well maybe next time I won't help you and maybe then you will learn to hit what you aim at" he pauses and in a lower tone asks if he could have the bandages with the little blue ducks on them as he tells the Doctor he likes them as they are fluffy and taste nice. Everyone agrees that a rest is needed before they go exploring any further so the Doctor gets busy with his bandages and sewing needles whilst the others clear away the bodies before collapsing onto the floor and grabbing some much needed food and water. After an hour or so a well bandaged Ralph staggers to his feet and with a shrewd look in his eyes heads towards his crystal kid and with a meaty finger jabs the child in the chest "I want to know where you came from me old mucker" again the child remains silent just watching him and the rest of the party "Right, have it your own way don't say I didn't warn you" and with that he slices open the child's throat and before the child has even hit the floor Ralph's moving back the way we came. The rest of the party swearing gather up their equipment and mutter that maybe Ralph is mad and who should get the job of putting him down. Ralph's voice echo's back from the darkness "Ah ha I thought so" there is a sound of meat meeting metal and a thud. The Party follows Ralph and the childish cries of "The void the void I can see the void " Ralph seems to be making his own trail by killing a child then moving forward a little until meeting its replacement killing that and repeating the whole cycle over again but always moving forwards hopefully getting a little closer to the source of the crystal children with each death. As crazy bloodthirsty plans went it wasn't half bad and after several crystal children had met their end by bumping into Uncle Ralph and his shiny hatchets the Party ends up going past the first chamber and down one of the initially ignored side corridors where they come across a weird sight. The corridor ends in a wall which seemed to be covered in a thick redly glowing slime of some sort and it was from behind this slime that the children seemed to be coming and when needed they slithered out when needed. This was demonstrated by Ralph as he filled the Party in with what he had found and then hacked a child down to join the one already on the floor. "See look into the slime you can already see another child forming" The Party looked deeply within the slime and in the hellish red glow a hideous sight could be seen in the slime depths. It started with an outline of a small figure which slowly filled up veins, bones, organs and finally the flesh. it seems the Doctor was right as crystals could be clearly seen growing along with the bones and organs. For the Doctor this was a wondrous experience seeing a human body forming in front of his very eyes he just wished it was a little slower and he had time to take some sketches. Craigh a look of horror on his dirty face suddenly backs away and cries out "Its ungodly! thes is th' devils wark only th' laird can create life thes is naethin' but an unholy abomination" this breaks the spell and the Party react with commendable puritan passion and pulling out swords, hatchets and pistols they attempt to destroy the slime. Unfortunately nothing seems to damage it enough to stop the process even fire has little effect. Ralph getting bored starts staring at the soldiers who naturally take offence at the look that Ralph is giving them and brusquely demand to know what he is thinking to which Ralph replies rather mysteriously "I don't think" which really seems to upset Rodger "Yeah its that lack of thinking that made you rat us out to Zeal I reckon, we lost over a months pay handing back those shields and what gewgaws. In fact I think I will take my payment now" and he draws his sword. The Doctor tries to persuade him that he's making a foolish mistake but Rodgers dander is up and he wont change his mind. He pushes the Doctor aside with a snarl points at Ralph and growls out "Hey big man you're claimed" before launching himself at the still unmoving Ralph. As Rodger charged towards Ralph he may have wondered if he may have made a mistake as Ralph just seemed to stand there as still and seemingly uncaring as a statue with one meaty paw resting on the head of his woodsman's axe. Only when it looked like Rodger was going to gut him did Ralph move and when he moved he moved fast, moving side on to Rodger and with one smooth action the axe was pulled out of his belt and swiftly back down again with terrible precision removing Rodgers head in one clean blow. As Rodgers body continued past for a few more steps as his head splattered onto the floor Ralph turned to the other soldier and asked very casual like if there was still a problem, the soldier very wisely and quietly said "Nope" Part two later and yay we made it to page four at last.
  6. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    I'm getting old and the nurse has hidden my typewriter again.
  7. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    Sorry for the delay but this after action report kind of got away from me a little. Interesting people and their throbbing purple helmets The adventure continues................. Craigh the self claimed Scottish freedom fighter his pistol still wreathed in gun smoke stands over the naked body of a strangely muscled man, he looks around his eyes taking in the rest of the scouting party and the room before finally resting on their new prisoner. This prisoner was also showing signs of deformed musculature but it wasn't nearly as pronounced as that of the dead mans but he was still unnaturally well developed. He also seemed strangely unaffected by his comrades recent brutal death in fact he seemed more upset that Craigh had just shot the man instead of taking them up on their fairly offered test of strength."Ah haud yer wheelsht Jimmy cannae ye see a'm trying tae think 'ere" Craigh then turns to the soldiers that make up the rest of the scouting party, "Ye twa men tae him up we need tae git movin afore anymair o thae boaby swingers caw up."The two soldiers exchange confused looks with each other and then shrug their shoulders. "Whit dinnae tell me ye dinnae ken th' kings Sassenach? tae him up ye ken wi ' rope, Jesus mist ah dae everything?" helped along by Craigh's somewhat vulgar hand gestures and pantomiming skills the two soldiers slowly realise what the crazed Scot wants and begin to pull out twists of rope which they use to tie up the naked man.The naked man offers no protest at this state of affairs he just continues to moan about Craigh's unmanly attack and if he had just waited they could have all stripped down got oiled up and wrestled together for the glory of Mantaka. Craigh pokes the naked man with his....finger leaving a strange smear in the mans thickly applied chest oil."Clam up ye mad eejit ah telt ye afore I dinnae git mah wullie oot for na Jimmy ye ken?"Just then the door on the opposite wall bursts open and more naked men swing into the room their oiled bodies seemingly glowing in the torch light. They pause upon seeing Craigh in his tattered kilt and the quickly levelled muskets of the soldiers but the spell is broken when another strangely muscled man cries out from behind the first two "What are you waiting for get the interlopers in the name of Mantaka charge!" There then follows a lot of moaning and groaning as a N.S.F.W fight breaks out which boils down to a lot of heavily muscled, naked, fully aroused and oily men leaping into hand to hand combat with the reinforced scouting party their tackle swinging dangerously close to the faces of the startled and completely horrified Puritans the oil on their bodies strangely causing many a soldiers otherwise telling blow to slide off before doing any real harm and as the echo of gunfire finally ceased the scouting party realised that they were at a slight disadvantage as even though they were armed with swords and pistols they were simply horrified at the thought of what they might end up grabbing as the melee gets close and dirty. Eventually the naked men were no match for the scouting parties superior firepower and armour they had caused a lot of damage but whilst their blows might break a bone or two the scouts blows would cut through flesh and sever limbs so the result was inevitable. So after a lot of oiled up and naked men were beaten off the party drops to the floor exhausted and blown and only then do they check to see what price their victory had cost them. Sergeant May was bleeding heavily from a nasty hickey on his neck and looked to be in a bad way and Zeal was beaten black and blue a trickle of blood escaping from his now somewhat flatter nose. Pointing to a soldier he instructs him to go fetch the Doctor as his services were needed. The Doctor by now somewhat used to his companions behaviour asked no questions upon seeing a room stacked full of dead naked men he just assumes that his comrades had starting looting earlier than normal. Zeal directed him to Sergeant May and ordered that he be treated immediately so the Doctor quickly got to work cleaning the numerous deep bite marks with copious amounts of vinegar and he then stitched up the wounds with his finest catgut he finally applies bandages and a soothing poultice of shredded potato mixed with witch hazel. May looking very pale staggers back up swaying ever so slightly. Even after treatment his buff coat was soaked with his own blood all down the one side giving him a ghoulish appearance. After the Doctor has finished Zeal quickly bustles over and begins fussing over the wounded sergeant asking him if he could go on etc. The Doctor got on with treating the various wounds whilst the others began questioning the few prisoners. The prisoners were soon persuaded to talk and they revealed that they were survivors of a shipwreck, it seems they were sailing along the coast when they were caught out by the sudden storm which accompanied the rising of the island and when they finally made it to the shore they found themselves near a temple of some sort they heard a faint voice calling to them promising them safety and physical perfection if only they would worship the voice of course a few of the sailors resisted and refused to blaspheme but many others succumbed to the honeyed words that they heard and soon cold, wet and hungry they turned on their comrades and the voice did indeed bless them. The Doctor overhearing the sordid tale was heard to mutter something about finding himself in a room full of salty seaman...again. Zeal and Ralph decide to investigate the Temple beyond the door, Ralph remembering how the Mantaka worshippers preferred to fight without weapons handed over to the Doctor his many axes for safe keeping which the Doctor who was already humping around a heavy medical chest was not exactly over joyed about but Ralph wouldn't be dissuaded . The slightly miffed Doctor took out his frustrations by poisoning the more heavily wounded prisoner claiming it was an act of mercy but as the man went into a seizure it was noticed that he was also watching the man very intently and taking copious notes. The original prisoner meanwhile was judged by Zeal to have forsaken the one true God and as such had forfeited his life. Two soldiers were called over and they strangled the poor wretch, he struggled for awhile but he was tightly bound hand and foot and after five minutes or so he finally succumbed to the soldiers garrotte. Zeal and Ralph crossed into the Temple and found out it was a vaulted stone chamber and it seemed that at one side the wall had collapsed outwards revealing the jungle beyond. The floor seemed to be hard packed clay covered with a scattering of that strange black sand. In the centre of the room upon an altar of jade and bone stood a grotesque statue of an over developed human like figure. Ralph goes over to examine the altar and its strange idol but as he approaches he stops suddenly and hears a whispered voice saying that if he strips down naked and has a hearty meal he would be rewarded. Ralph turns and sees Zeal behind him "My lord maybe we should topple this hell spawned statue?" Zeal oddly shakes his head but agrees and together they manage push the surprisingly heavy statue over. "Ahhh my head" cries Zeal suddenly "Get out you demon for I am one with the one true God and beyond temptation" shouts Zeal. Ralph suddenly wishes he had his axes back but Zeal looks at Ralph a weak smile plastered across his pale sweaty face "Don't worry noble Ralph it has passed as I touched the statue I was assailed by visions of violence but I am strong in my faith and remain uncorrupted" Ralph lumbers over to him and after a brief but awkward pause pats Zeal on the back "Not to worry sir its all over now, I guess we should check the rest of the chamber" Casting a last slightly worried look at the toppled statue they head towards another door in the corner of the room, opening the door releases a cloud of steam and as it clears several pools of water are revealed beyond some are bubbling gently and have steam rolling out of them whilst other seem to have a thin crust of ice over them. The walls are also covered in oddly shaped niches each one containing various oils and shaving implements. Ralph suggests that the party could do with a hot bath so Zeal asks the Doctors opinion which turns out that a bathing is notoriously dangerous and would be a waste of time as it removes the protective sheen of dirt that covers most healthy people. Zeal turns around to tell Ralph the bad news but is shocked to see that the somewhat hefty Ralph already disrobing behind him. Ralph looks up and somewhat sheepishly says "Oh sorry sir I think I may have pulled a muscle toppling that statue and me dear old Dad always swore by a hot bath when he pulled something" Zeal looks somewhat confused but confronted by Ralphs huge naked form in such a confined area he decides that he can be generous this one time and agrees with Ralphs request but tells him to hurry up and wash the blood of himself and then he must re-join the rest of the party at the pinnacle. He then awkwardly squeezes past and pops back into the statue room. The rest of the party had grown somewhat bored and uncomfortable standing around amongst all the dead seaman and had decided to follow Zeal into the temple and being a curious bunch they had gone off to investigate the last unexplored room. This room seemed to contain a lot of shiny things, Torcs, huge bronze shields and a strange crown but before they could be liberated Zeal had turned up and chased them out of the room warning them about touching such ungodly items. The Doctor backed him up and flings a chunk of meat onto the floor "I was wondering what these men had been eating and decided to check out the bowls, they were eating human flesh these had been honest God fearing sailors only a few days ago but see how quickly they became monsters, cannibals even and the corruption could only have come from these idolatrous items" There was a lot of unhappy muttering but Zeal managed to restore order and get the party back in order. The new plan was that we would return to the pinnacle via the tunnels, pick up the wounded soldier and his guard along the way and using the height of the pinnacle plot a new course of exploration as Zeal was still determined to reach the other side of the lagoon. So off they went leaving Ralph and two soldiers behind at the temple Ralph to finish his bath and the soldiers to check the area one last time to make sure we weren't leaving any enemies behind us. Ralph finding himself alone in the bathroom decided to gorge himself on food eating several days worth of rations in one go, stuffing himself like some kind of demented hamster and all the time thinking of Mantaka. repeating the name over and over again in his head. Ralph swiftly munched his way through all the food and managed not to choke himself to death which must have pleased Mantaka as Ralph started to feel a warmth deep within him which spread up and to his arms and since he hadn't peed in the water he guessed it must be because he had done as Mantaka had asked. Looking at himself he quickly realised that his arms seemed bigger and when he got dressed his shirt was a little tighter. Quickly he finishes getting dressed and he gives his clothes a quick sponge down and then goes out to find the soldiers. The soldiers were coming out of the room across the temple, the one that had all those strange shiny objects in and when the soldiers see Ralph they quickly end their conversation and looked somewhat guilty but now was not the time to cause any trouble so Ralph just waved a meaty paw at them and told them it was time to head back to the pinnacle. The rest of the Party had by now reached the pinnacle and had made their way back up to the top chambers dragging the heavily wounded Bartlett behind with them. A make shift camp was quickly set up in the chamber below the strange monolith and soon enough armour was being removed with tired sighs and the more superficial injuries beneath were getting looked at by the Doctor. A fire was prepared and bedrolls set out as Zeal went up to the topmost room he looked out across the jungle towards the lagoon and the mist shrouded shore beyond he turned to the few party members who had joined him and explained his plans "We need to investigate the other side of the island before we can claim mission accomplished gentleman so I plan to cross that body of water tomorrow at first light. I thereby suggest that you get a group together now and using what little of the day remains gather some wood and any other supplies you deem necessary to make us a raft" he then dismisses the party who exchange some worried looks but at least with Craighs and Guilios clockwork arms it should be easy job and so off they go discussing half remembered carpentry lessons and the best way to lash a vine. They bump into the increasingly hulking form of Ralph on the stairway and catch him up on Operation Sinking feeling. Luckily the area around the pinnacle provides everything they needed to make an awesome raft, Craighs drill attachment proving especially handy. The Doctor though wondered off as after pulling out yet another splinter from his hands he had decided that carpentry really wasn't his thing and instead he gathered up some of the nearby cabbage like plants and after detailing them in his notebook gave them a thoughtful look and then added several to his bag. And just as the last of the light was fading the H.M.S Chum was dragged to the lagoons shore, secured and left ready for tomorrows voyage and with the light fading a faint purplish glow could now be seen coming from the beneath the lagoon's water. The adventurers returned to base camp and busied themselves with small chores, the Doctor for example went over and unusually for him got the great soot blackened cooking pot out and started to gather rations together to make a stew for everyone Ralph meanwhile sought out Zeal and asked if he could have a quiet word with him. Craigh wondered up to the top of the tower and looked out across the landscape trying to make out where they would end up tomorrow he noticed that there was another glow further inland and this glow was strong enough to light up the low hanging clouds giving them an eerie cast. The light seemed to pulse a little but seemed to come from a large stationary object and after making a rough map and some calculations he returns to the chamber below to discuss he findings. Ralph leads Zeal back out onto the stairwell and when safely out of earshot of the others Ralph leans into Zeal and whispers "My Lord I hate to do this but I think you need to know" there is a dramatic pause then he continues "I believe that Mathew and Roger the two soldiers that stayed with me at the temple may have weakened and taken some of the items from that foul place maybe in an attempt to profit from them" Zeal looks thoughtful and then standing on tiptoe pats Ralph on the back " You were right to tell me this Ralph those profane items could very well have corrupted us all. he smiles and continues "I now know that I have made the right decision" he adds mysteriously and again thanking Ralph he leads him back to the others. Upon his return he briefly speaks to Cobb (another soldier) and then he calls over the two soldiers named by Ralph he is pleasant asks them some general questions and then roughly demands that they turn out their pockets and packs, Mathew and Roger complain and begin to protest but when they see Cobb step forward with his musket at the ready they realise that Zeal means business and they do as he asks revealing a small treasure trove of bronze and gold trinkets. Zeal unfortunately feels that this is a good time for a rousing speech in which he berates the guilty soldiers and telling them that these baubles are not worth the price of their immortal souls but he forgives them as he knows that not everybody has the strength of faith that he is blessed with and so weaker than him they can fall into temptation. Everybody looks slightly uncomfortable during Zeal's sermon and Mathew and Roger stare daggers at Ralph who happily waves back at them from behind Zeal. The speech is thankfully a short one and the Doctor breaks the awkward silence that follows with a hearty cry of "Grubs up" and he begins to serve up his possibly soon to be famous trail ration and tiny cabbage thing stew. As everyone goes to get a warm meal Zeal gathers up the trinkets and heads towards one of the openings in the pinnacles side he pauses looking at the trinkets in his hands a strange look crosses his face, he shakes his head as if to clear it and then throws the trinkets out of the opening and down into the still eerily quiet jungle below. Zeal then turns back into the room and grabs his mess kit and heads to the gaggle of men who are tucking into the Doctors stew with gusto. The hot meal and camp fire work their magic and soon everyone is relaxing, chatting and laughing about the weirdness they have so far encountered on this accursed island and mugs are raised in toast to their fallen. Some time later the room is full of the sounds of snoring and the hushed conversations of the few men unable to sleep yet. Zeal speaks to the gravely injured May and then after their own hushed conversation ends he quickly seeks out the Doctor who is trying to restock his collection of spider webs. Zeal places a hand on the Doctors shoulder and spins him round to face him the Doctor is somewhat shocked especially when he see that Zeal is almost in tears his eyes almost brimming over with water he tells the Doctor in a harsh whisper "May! you must not lose him Doctor he must live you understand me he must live" The Doctor somewhat taken aback can only nod at first though he finally manages to let out a slightly strangled "I'll try not to" luckily this seems to be enough and Zeal releases his iron grip and with a last "May can't die" he stalks back over to his bedroll. The Doctor decides that grabbing some sleep now before anyone else wants a word with him would be a very good thing indeed and quickly heads over to his bedroll quickly covering his face with his blanket. This only leaves Ralph seemingly awake his stomach still grumbling even after eating several meals he sits quietly in a corner sharpening his hatchets then there is a groan and looking across the room he sees May struggle up into a sitting position. May looks around the room and seeing only Ralph still awake spits up some blood and creakily calls him over intrigued Ralph lumbers up and very quietly especially for such a big man crosses over to May, gently stepping over the sleeping soldiers "Hello Sergeant you feeling any better? can I get you some water or something?" May shakes his head and croaks out "Ralph I'm guessing I wont be you for the next part of this insanity and I reckon you will need all the help you can get" he then fumbles around in his trousers much to Ralph's horror the fight with the cultists of Mantaka still very fresh in his mind. Luckily though May just pulls out a small sack and drops it into Ralph's hands "Shims Ralph, shims you understand man? add these to the men's sights and they will find aiming their muskets a lot easier" Ralph looked somewhat dumbfounded at this news and was going to ask May what the hell he was on about but May had fallen asleep again no doubt one of the Doctors tonics was at work Ralph made May comfortable and taking the shims went back to his corner and finally fell asleep a small wooden goat clutched tightly in one meaty paw. Morning arrives with its all to soon suddenness and the men grumble and curse as cold water is splashed into red rimmed eyes and a lukewarm porridge is eaten for breakfast the Doctor checks up on his various patients and spends a long time checking over the mornings stool samples and oddly asking if people enjoyed last nights meal. The others sharpen weapons, check powder and shot and start to put on their various padded jackets and pieces of plate so its around nine o'clock before everyone is ready to head back out and to the raft. Zeal arranges for the wounded to stay at the pinnacle as its by far the most defensible position they have found so far and assigns one of the soldiers as a guard/carer to the injured he then gathers the men together and calls Ralph forward "Men as you know Sergeant May is gravely wounded and as such he will remain here with Bartlett to recover his strength and in the unlikely event that we do not return he will lead whatever survivors back to Yarmouth and then onto Norwich to inform Lord Ireton of what has happened here, and so I name Ralph Norton as acting sergeant he will be my strong right hand and as such you will obey him as you would me is that understood." most of the party agree one or two even slapping Ralph on the back in congratulations but Mathew and Roger are conspicuous by their quick departure they really don't seem very happy to hear about this change of command and they refuse to go anywhere near their newly minted sergeant. So after the celebrations the men get to gathering up all their equipment and saying their final goodbyes to those men remaining. The party sets out into the jungle, Zeal stays behind for a moment to hand over a dispatch case to Sergeant May he then exchanges a few final words and then he to leaves. The brief trek through the still silent jungle passes without too much incident but just to the side of one of the trails previously made by the raft work team a deep crevasse is discovered and pausing to look down the party see the faint outlines of huge yellowing bones littering the mist shrouded depths The party soon reaches the lagoons shore and luckily find the raft where they left it after piling on their kit Ralph grabs a couple of the loose vines and with a loud grunt drags the raft into the lagoon this impressive feat of strength is almost ruined when he then jumps onto the raft almost causing it to roll over. Most of the party just curse him out in a friendly manner but Mathew and Roger seem to have very thoughtful looks upon their faces after some jostling and shoving everybody finally gets on without too much trouble and then there is an awkward pause when everyone wonders who actually can steer this thing. Then Craigh stands up and shuffles over to the rear of the raft "Och fur gods sake, shift ower ye boggin' bunch o' idiots luckily ah hae punted ower th' mighty loch ness. Christ ye wid be lost wi'oot me" he then grabs a long branch and pushes the raft out and into the lagoon muttering curse words under his breath the whole time. Luckily apart from a couple of cases of mild sea sickness the crossing passes without incident, well apart from about halfway across and a couple of the soldiers point out that there seems to be something vast and slightly luminous directly beneath the raft but everyone decides that it would be best just to ignore it and continue onto the other shore. With a huge sigh of relief the raft finally grounds itself on the dark gritty shore and you have never seen people get off a boat so fast in your life Ralph and Guilio were just throwing packs off and onto the shore going for speed rather than accuracy so the packs, boxes and tubs ended up all over the place Mathew Peddler was very suspicious when he was forced to duck several times as various packs flew towards his head. The raft was tied up the equipment collected from the various trees and bushed they had ended up in and when everyone was settled and ready Zeal got them moving into the jungle. After half an hour or so a trail of sorts was found and caused a moments panic as muskets were levelled and the surrounding jungle was peered at through numerous shaky sights. The panic was only momentary though and Ralph got everyone back into line "No need to panic its just an animal trail see" he points down to a few water filled hoof prints "See its just a deer or something" and just as everyone was feeling a little foolish and lowering their weapons a strange flat furry face broke through the foliage, the beasts large brown seeming eyes surveying the party and somehow it managed to give the impression that it wasn't all that impressed with what it saw. It briefly stopped chewing and instead spat a stream of foul smelling fluid towards the party most of whom easily manage to avoid the noxious fluid but Cuthbert moved the wrong way and so took a large globule of it right in the face he immediately started screaming and staggers back desperately trying to wipe his face clean, the Doctor helpfully threw some water at him. Just then the strange animal moved further onto the trail revealing a strange furry horse like body that was squat and powerful looking it had a long neck which supported a large intelligent looking flat face. Its eyes were a deep brown and then suddenly a vibrant blue depending on how the light hit them and its teeth were blunt broad and yellowish. Somewhat disturbingly it also seemed to be snickering at Cuthberts antics. The party didn't know what to do some were rushing to Cuthberts aid whilst others pulled back the locks on their muskets and aimed them at the strange animal then there was a horrid squealing noise and a crackle and a tall grayish man stepped out of the jungle he was wearing an outlandish helmet of some sort made up of some dark metal and covered in tubing(?) which covered his face entirely and in a deep monotone voice said "Oh I'm terribly sorry has Layko been misbehaving again? Naughty Layko no more treats for you he means no harm he's just a little high spirited that's all" there then followed a loud pop and another one of those strange pig like squeals and the stranger smacked the side of his helmet. "Sorry, sorry the etheric vanes are playing up again I wont be a moment" he then bangs the side of the helmet again and fiddles with something on his belt. "There that's better have you come far? oh and by then way the visitor is waiting for you at the causeway it seems that you have just arrived in the nick of time" Now dear reader you would have thought that this man and his animal would have gone down in a blaze of musket fire as soon as they had appeared but between Cuthberts screaming about slimy spit and whatever terrible flashbacks it seemed to be giving him, the giggling fluffy horse and the mans bizarrely polite behaviour it hadn't even crossed the parties collective mind to actually fire, they were simply too stunned to do anything. Zeal is the first to recover and checking to see that his new strong right hand is close by he approaches the man "Stranger I am Zeal for the lord Harrison of the Parliamentarian army of the most blessed British isles and in whose name I demand that you tell us your name and what your business is" The figure turns his helmeted head towards him and with a snap and a pop answers "Oh hello Mr Zeal for the lord Harrison its a pleasure to finally meet you I've heard so much about you and the others, funny weather we've been having for this time of year don't you think? and my handle, ident or name is the Paladin of the fall he steps forward and with a very elaborate bow continues "Time is short and my vigil has been long and the visitor requests the pleasure of your companies err....company, please be all thanking and follow me/us" the helmet makes a sad popping noise. Everyone looks somewhat nonplussed even Layko tilts his flat face to one side and lets out a snort of derision.There then follows an intense inter-party debate which every so often was interrupted by further questions being asked of the Paladin there was even one brief attempt to ask Layko's help in clearing things up which just ended up with Guilio covered in spit the Paladin meanwhile busied himself with trying to answer the numerous questions, offering Cuthbert a hanky and another rather formal apology for Laykos behaviour and at one stage worryingly going over to Layko and pulling out from a sheath behind the saddle a strange polearm which had blades mounted at either end but seeing the parties reaction he wisely puts it quickly back the gist of all this is that the party finally agrees to follow the Paladin to this apparently well respected and oddly well informed visitor if only in the vain hope that he could explain what the hell was going on. Cuthbert is finally wiped down, slapped a couple of times and shoved back into the line and the party moves on with the Paladin leading the way riding atop the suddenly flatulent Layko, the fact that it kept looking back and snickering really didn't help the mood. The jungle slowly peters out and becomes wetlands the trees giving way to various small rough bushes and great swathes of thorny vines the ground becomes more and more water logged and somewhat squelchy underfoot making the going harder and harder, and so some of the men get to complaining but Ralph keeps them in line making his way down the column from Layko and the Paladin to the rear to crack some heads whenever the muttering becomes too loud. The Paladin stops at the start of a crystal causeway which crosses the increasingly wide streams and bubbling pools he points towards a distant purple glow and says "Gigg'jdfe ifjbjbjuuu?" he shakes his head pauses turns a dial and then tries again "...ugger this, the blasted damp gets everywhere, Oh is it working again?" he coughs then points again to the distant light "Behold the Palace of the Pale lady enemy of the Paladins of the fall the cause of our lonely vigil.....oh and the visitor is there as well which is jolly handy, come on then we should make it before lunch" and with that Layko scrambles up onto the crystal causeway and only slightly befuddled the party climbs up and follows him across towards the light" And as the party has come to expect things were not all plain sailing and the previously faint odour of sewage that had been growing since they had started to cross the wetlands became stronger and stronger forcing many to wear handkerchiefs across their faces the journey whilst unpleasant passes without further incident and soon they can make out shimmering buildings built with weird angles beyond the strange purple glow the small figure of a leather clad man could just be seen working on what appeared to be some strange looking boxes and after fifteen more minutes of travel the party find themselves standing in front of the throbbing purple light and the odd looking buildings which were barely visible behind it. The Paladin dismounts and heads towards the leather clad man who was also wearing an interesting helmet, Layko terrorises Cuthbert until he gets the message and feeds him an apple from his pack and the rest of the party wait nervously. The Paladin pats the visitor on the back and we hear the crackle of his talking box then visitor turns around to look at the party and the party learns two things one the name of the Paladin is Kyriakos and the visitor is none other than Claymon Morrow the Bedouin looking chap some of them had met at the Pale ladies rabbit kingdom. "Bugger" goes the Doctor "Its that funny fellow who wanted us to kill someone for him isn't it didn't we tell him he could shove it, oh well this could be somewhat awkward" but weirdly it wasn't instead Morrow pulled up his goggles and after a quick readjustment of his padded leather outfit warmly greets the party "Ah excellent I knew old Kyriakos here could find you" he then pulls out a strange device looks at it and then looks at Zeal "Yes its turned out alright in the end though I had expected you a little earlier it appears that you have drifted a little from the schedule. Oh well never mind that can't be helped" he then rushes over to one of the strange boxes and makes some small adjustments to a bank of coloured lantern things which cover one side all the while giving the party a running commentary on what was going on and what their part in it all was. He was also going on about something called a Trans arcana penetration as initiated by the Pale lady and that such a thing would be very, very bad for everyone else he needed someone namely the party to get into the Pale ladies castle and remove a few purple or were they clear crystals? he wasn't totally one hundred percent which but never mind removing them would do something and then everything would be super. The apocalypse would be safely diverted for a century or two and the trans arcana energies would be safely earthed again but to be honest nobody in the party had a bloody clue what he was on about but it certainly sounded jolly important. Sensing that he was perhaps losing his audience Claymon hands Guilio and the Doctor each a small disc made of some sort of metal "Look just be good chaps and take these locator beacons with you, don't lose them mind as they will be the only way for me to know that you have succeeded and for me to then suck you out" again the party does a collective "You what?" and numerous heated small discussion's break out the phrases "Did you get any of that?, Is he French?, Okay lets just kill them all and leg it back to Norwich" and oddly enough "Get your thieving snout out of my pack you furry bastard" are briefly heard on the air. Zeal finally tells Ralph to sort things out as he tries to make sense of things so while he heads over to Claymon to discuss things Ralph gets to work slapping some order back into the ranks. There is a brief standoff though when he gets to Craigh and the sound of clockwork gears spinning up to speed is suddenly very noticeable but before there is a bad case of unfortunate bloodshed Layko trots over and blows a raspberry at Craigh and then licks his face "Och ye wee furry bastard if your'e oan wee Ralphs side wha am ah tae argie?" and the sound of clockwork powered blades fades away. The rest of the soldiers complain a bit but none dare go against Zeal yet and oddly the Doctor and Guilio seem fairly calm about things as they seem to be discussing the theory that they have already died and this is some weird limbo before one of the twelve gates of heaven they just seemed to be arguing about which particular gate. Several moments pass before a sombre looking Zeal returns from his chat with Claymon he pulls himself straight and calls the party together "Okay we have all seen some strange and terrible things recently the beasts under the ruined church, that Satanic temple, the frozen landscape we crossed to get here containing the bodies of the good people of Yarmouth. Some of you have even lost loved ones to those accursed flesh beasts that now freely roam the land" he pauses and then in a quieter tone continues "You were all hand picked for this mission you are the best of a proud and noble brotherhood and as such even though these things that are demanded of you seem wrong on oh so many levels you know deep down that they must be done, WE! do not matter what we do and the people we save does so no more arguments, no more discussions we have a mission laid out before us , a holy mission and we will fulfil our oaths to protect and serve the people of this great land we go forward and will do as Mr Morrow asks for he had convinced me that this is the only way to save our homes, our loved ones and indeed the republic so this is the plan gentleman, the members of the Clockwork bureau accompanied by several soldiers will breech with the help of Mr Morrow this strangely throbbing and purplish barrier they will then search the castle for these crystals and THEY WILL DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO SAVE US ALL! is this UNDERSTOOD?" Morrow then cries out his strange boxes flashing madly and huge sparks of crackling energy start to leap from the metal studs along their sides "They must go now Zeal I can only hold the barrier open for a few moments!" there is a pop of displaced air and a split appears in the purple barrier" "GO GO GO!" screams Zeal and the CL.UBbers do. This was a fantastic return to the crazy world created by Jay and I haven't laughed so hard in ages though I must apologise to the others as it may have become a little too much as I basically broke down in tears at the end and probably could only be understood by dogs.
  8. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    The Yarmouth Chronicles Feed me, Seymour, Feed me all night long Cause if you feed me, Seymour I can grow up big and strong. Whilst the rest of the Party are still recovering from the revelations of Theseus Craigh and the Doctor get things done. Craigh rallies up the rest of the Party and after checking the nearby area they begin to explore the rest of the floor. The floor soon was fully searched a couple of those strange globes were removed and packed away into Craighs satchel the contents of the blowgun crate were also stashed away. Craigh briefly checks out the external staircase again noticing how quiet the island seemed. When he reached the pinnacles top he found a cave like room which contained a 12 foot high greenish obelisk which was covered in the now familiar looking glyphs unable to make out what they said he walks around quickly once and finding nothing else heads back down to the rest of the Party. The Doctor meanwhile manages to stabilise James "Unlucky" Bartlett but he has to remove his shattered leg below the knee, the operation is very tense and he almost loses Bartlett a couple of times but eventually manages to remove the leg and tie off all the veins etc. (Had to spend two hero points) Sergeant May really, really didn't want to lose any more men and kept leaning over the Doctor and generally getting in the way. Craigh returns and suggests to Zeal that they need to explore the rest of the pinnacle below, Zeal agrees so a crude stretcher is made for Bartlett and the much reduced Party prepares to move out. Craigh also reports to Zeal about what he found in the room above and as soon as the obelisk is mentioned a fevered light seems to enter Zeals eyes "It must be destroyed at once this blasphemy can not be allowed to stand" he explains with a slightly frothy mouth. Using Zeals rant to cover his actions the Doctor wiping blood of his hands goes over and checks out the two cooling bodies of the heretics. He finds some Dutch coins on the man and a locket on the lady he also confirms that they were indeed human and are thankfully still dead. He also tries to identify the glowing liquid found in the chest and whilst unable to name it he is pretty sure it is a paralysing agent of some sort. Zeals ranting subsides and its decided that destroying the obelisk would be sadly impractical as it would take most of the parties gunpowder to do so. So with a slightly annoyed Zeal leading the Party head downwards in search of somewhere better sheltered and offering a more defensible position. We head downwards lanterns held high, the first room below seems to have been recently occupied as some attempts to make it livable can be seen, a window grill repaired with twine and the floors hastily swept. The corridor beyond has more of those strange carvings along the wall of cabbage vines and swaying tree like things there is also carved amongst them strange armoured figures mounted on dog like creatures which seem to be jousting bizarrely. The corridor ends in a single doorway leading into more darkened rooms beyond. Craigh scouts the rooms beyond finding that one of them looks like it had been used as a sleeping area a brazier stands in the middle surrounded with rough sleeping pallets made up of torn rags and tapestries there is also a staircase heading downwards in one darkened corner. The group move up into this room and take a breather, Bartlett is made comfortable on one of the pallets and the brazier is lit providing much needed light and warmth. After a quick bite to eat and a cuppa Craigh again heads out and downwards scouting out the floors below. He encounters a couple of odd looking skeletons which seem to have been somehow merged into the very walls themselves he also notices that the humidity has risen quiet significantly as he starts to sweat and condensation can be now seen flowing down the walls and dripping off the ceiling. The source of this strangeness is found squatting in the room just beyond the skeletons, a large plant has taken root growing out of a large crack in the pinnacles floor, its surrounded by writhing tendrils which end in star shaped rings of serrated leaves their is also a large throbbing teat which constantly drips a sweet smelling sap giving off a strange sweet spicy yet oddly milky scent. Craigh taking all this foulness in bravely runs back upstairs barely holding in his recent meal. After reporting back a quick plan of action is decided upon and the old reliable Operation Burn everything in sight is enacted. Anything that could be used/spared as fuel is dragged down and hurled as near as possible towards the plant a few of the final tapestries and rags are sprinkled with gunpowder just to make sure that they light up quickly, a flaming torch is then tossed onto the pile. The fire is slow to get going at first then with a loud whoosh it fully ignites causing the plant to thrash around and soon a foul smelling smoke starts to fill the lower rooms and drives the party back up to the higher levels. So with the fire burning below its time for lunch, Bartlett is fussed over by the Doctor and several of his mates and apart from muttering in his sleep seems to be doing well enough given the circumstances. After about an hour with the smoke clearing and with no sign of coughing monsters charging up we prepare to head downwards again. The plant is still and blackened the teat no longer dripping its tempting sap so the Party carefully creep past and into the rooms beyond. Again these rooms looked to have been roughly tided up and made almost livable one has benches and tables in it all of which are strewn with piles of stone tablets which again are covered in those almost understandable glyphs. Craigh looking around discovers a strange machine on one of the tables a strange box like thing with a metal tube attached to one end which ends with a strange contraption made out of very thin wires. There are also several glass like objects strewn around the machine. Craigh picks one up and looks through it and it turns out to be a convex lens of some sort laughing he then adds the coloured one to it and looks around the room like some kind of crazy monocled Prussian. There is also somewhat oddly a small house plant in a cracked pot on the same table just behind the machine. The Doctor comes in after examining the monster plant and Craigh asks him if he can figure out the machines purpose he has a look at the machine and begins muttering to himself but its all gobbledegook in an attempt to impress the Party as he really has no idea what the hell the machine is for. Craigh growing bored wonders off instead to check out the last room which contains a shallow well and stairs to a basement? He wonders back whistling and after letting Zeal know what else is around rejoins the confused Doctor in playing around with the machine. After much arguing the two finally open up the box to find that the inside is hollow and covered in thin grey metal like substance they also find out that the wire cradle at the end of the tube seems to be designed to hold one of the lenses which can be manipulated slightly whilst attached. They eventually stick a lantern into the box and attach one of the crystals and wait, there is a loud bang as the lantern inside expands to twice its original size smashing its way out of the box, destroying the machine in the process but on the other hand we now have a very big lantern with a lot of whale oil so it could have been worse. During this period the Doctor also discovers he has a nickname given to him by the soldiers but they are oddly reticent when asked about it. So after all that science based fun Zeal demands that the room is searched again from top to bottom s the machine seems to have interested him greatly and whilst the others gather up the tablets and crystals Craigh manages to find a secret door in one of the walls which disappointingly just leads to the outside. Looking quickly around the rain swept and darkening jungle he wisely decides to close the door and instead check out the hopefully drier basement. The stairs lead into a small basement which has a tunnel leading off from one corner and more importantly away from the pinnacles checking the baring again he then rushes back up and excitedly tells Zeal that he thinks he has found a way to bypass the silently creepy jungle. After some discussion and a lot of drawing various speculative maps into the dust its decided to head on down as no one really wanted to go back into the creepy jungle anyway. The going is easy at first the tunnel proving to be of a good height and mostly dry so after walking for some time a sense of relaxed ease falls onto the Party as after having seeing so much weirdness in the pinnacles the tunnels provide a numbing and welcome boredom well they did until we reach a semi collapsed section. The Party halt and get comfy as Craigh and a couple of the more eager soldiers move forward into the semi collapsed section, this section was damn weird as it wasn't so much as collapsed but full of criss-crossing stone projections which only provided access beyond after a lot of bending and twisting on someone's part the floor was also covered with those strangely long bones and rags and a couple of the stone projections also seemed to be covered in mummified flesh this particular discovery made the Scot very unhappy. He was even more unhappy when he reported back to Zeal who decided that he should continue forward with the two soldiers and to try to find another route past the semi collapsed room as he said he would not leave a man behind and Bartlett could not be dragged through all those stone projections and besides the kettle was on so off the unhappy Scot went accompanied by the equally unhappy soldiers. After dragging themselves twister like past the blockages again they reach the doorway and with a bit of brute force manage to pull it open and look beyond. Behind the door was a room which seemed to be full of crates. Craigh looks shiftily around and opens up the nearest crate which contains more of those blow guns , some copper wire, some vials and finally some larger tube like containers. The other boxes are quickly opened by the others, one seemed to have contained food once but it now just contained a bad smelling sludge and some weevils whilst the other contained a shipment of coal. They decide to leave the stuff in the crates and head onwards into another room which was empty apart for a metal tube like thing which went around the side which they decided to block off with a few lumps of coal stuffed into its open end and then they headed out of the end doorway and out into a corridor. There is some more exploration until finally they hear some voices and the sounds of scuffling from behind a door. Arming themselves they slowly open up the door to be confronted by two large, hairy men wrestling, one of which is very weirdly muscled and they are both stark bollock naked! This is somewhat unexpected to say the least and Criagh reacts badly he just points his pistol and fires, the bullet ploughing through the back off the heavily muscled mans head killing him instantly. The other man grunts as the now headless man falls onto him and after some unfortunate wiggling out from under his erstwhile opponent the other man reacts somewhat oddly to this turn of events. "Mmm that hardly seems fair you know, all you had to do was challenge him if you wanted a fight but I guess its an acceptable offering to Mantaka all the same" He finally manages to stand up and his body gleaming in the lantern light looks straight at Craigh "Now disrobe stranger we will have a test of strength" Craigh backs away a look of horror on his face as he tries to look anywhere but there. The man follows him still demanding that Craigh takes off all his clothes and prepares to wrestle him. Sergeant May and the soldiers on hearing the shot leave the crate room and rush towards Craigh to offer help and between then they club the man down who oddly keeps protesting that this is unfair and that they only need to get naked to challenge him. As he finally succumbs to the beating and the group try to get their breath back a door on the far side of the room opens up to reveal more hairy and very naked men one of which takes one look at the scene and cries out somewhat confusingly "What are you doing? the ceremony doesn't begin till nightfall" they also seem to be really pissed off that the Party is still clothed then another man shoves past the group of naked men this newcomer is also naked but like the first man encountered is also weirdly muscled. He pushes past into the centre of the room and shouts out loudly "Who blasphemes in the Temple of Mantaka?" he then turns to the other three men and with a gesture yells "Get them you fools" And with greased up naked men heading towards the worried kilt wearing Scot we finally fade to black. 
  9. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    The Yarmouth chronicles Stranger in a strange land, a land of ice and snow.. The Party headed to the southern portion of the island as it seemed to have a more gently slopping shore scrambling over the last if the ice the Party finally made it onto the island. The beach seemed to be mostly made out of a black gravel but here and there larger blocks of rock gleamed darkly like whales rising out of the ocean depths the skies also seemed different somehow heavy, with dark clouds especially near the islands centre where ominous purple coloured lightning flashed silently. As the light was failing Zeal orders that a hasty camp be made whilst the light still held the soldiers set up a camp fire using some of the wood salvaged from the carrick and a hasty meal was prepared and eaten. The Party then mostly retired to their tents and fell into a troubled sleep those on guard duty nervously scanned the silent darkness. In the mornings pale cold light Zeal ordered the camp struck but there was some unquiet as they found that instead of making camp on the beach as first thought they found ourselves further inland and instead of gravel they were surrounded instead by large ferns and just ahead of the camp large tree like plants swayed in the gentle moist breeze. "By my mothers beard how did we miss all this greenery? I swear there was nought but gravel here when we set up the tents" questioned one of the soldiers "We just didn't notice them in the dark obviously it was a hard slog getting here and everyone was dog tired" replied Ralph hoisting his equipment onto his back. Zeal had been in conference with Sergeant May and a couple of the CL.u.bers and it had been decided to head towards the nearest obvious landmark which was two large pinnacles that seemed to dominate the near horizon. Occasionally dirty white clouds could be seen hissing out of the ground here and there adding to the increasing humidity. It was judged that the pinnacles were a mile or so away through this new jungle. The Doctor was meanwhile studying the ferns and the tree like plants muttering "How is this possible there should be nothing growing here, surely the ground would still be too salty" Zeal's voice called out "Enough chatter there, we move towards those mountains." With one last worried look behind him the Doctor scurried after the column. As they made their way through the odd forest the air became closer and more humid which caused some muttering and then the order to remove the heavy winter clothing was finally given as some of the men were in danger of fainting. Other than the oppressive heat the going was fairly easy, the foliage easily breaking apart and away under our marching feet. So it was a shorter journey to the pinnacles than we had first surmised. As the party approached a rope bridge could be seen swaying high above seemingly linking the glossy glass like pinnacles together. This caused much excitement amongst the Party as this was surely a sign of intelligent life, a sign that we may not be alone. Just then one of the men cried out and pointed out a large grey shape which soared high above chasing the purple flashes which still occasionally flashed across the dark clouds. The nearest pinnacle proved to be broad and high and was of the same black stone that was a feature of this island it also seemed to have a blasted look about it in certain areas, giving it a strange melted look. There was an opening fairly close to the ground and further smaller ones dotted around at different heights a series of worn stone steps also circled the pinnacle. The Party paused to unlimber their weapons and keeping one eye on the skies above scrambled into the seemingly hollow pinnacle. The smell of fishy guano was almost overpowering in the first room it looked to have been carved from the living rock, the floor slightly uneven was covered with seaweed and other flotsam and jetsam. The lanterns were unpacked and lit and in the oddly reflected light a doorway could be seen leading into another room beyond which when entered was filled with crude stone statues. Upon examination the statues remained mysterious, the crude carvings were worn away by the passing of time and the effects of water so all that could be made out was there faintly humanoid appearance. Another empty doorway led out into another stone room this one filled with more rubbish, mostly piles of evil smelling seaweed which fought for space with decaying roots and vines. Ralph cleared away some of the filth with a hatchet and reeled back as he uncovered yellowed bones the Doctor was called over and after a brief examination he looked up and worriedly said "These are not human, close maybe but they are too big" The bones were quickly covered back up apart from one which Ralph kept and the Party continued on through the pinnacles chambers, the next room contained some steps and a rusty iron door which was heavily dented and buckled. Ralph and Guilio looked around and seeing a low black stone wall which crossed the room which seemed almost glass like in its thinness going over to it they decided to break off some pieces, the flakes proving to be deadly sharp. The room also contained some signs of faded grandeur, scraps of rag turned out to made out of fine cloth, the driftwood examined turned out to be the remains of carved furniture and even the walls were carved with a strange fresco of creatures which seemed to warn against the sin of decadence When some soldiers approached the iron door a frenzied scrabbling could be heard just before a heavy thump came from the door as something heavy hit it. Guiluo called over more of the soldiers and getting a ragged firing line ready he then pointed to one of them and told him to get to the side and on his order to pull open the door. There was another loud thump shaking the door in it frame and then Guilio called out "Pull" the soldier lifted the bar and dragged the door open. As soon as a gap appeared the door burst open as an avian like head shot through, the birds beak clacked shut barely missing the startled soldier "Fire. fire you bastards" cried out Guilio firing his own musket into the creature. A ragged volley broke out and the bird like creature screamed out in pain as multiple shots slammed into it one braver soldier thrust his musket forward into the creatures head before puling his trigger and blowing a large hole into the beast. It staggered back with half its head blown away it gave out a strange cry and with a final judder collapsed leaking a sticky black blood. "Phew that was close" said Guilio wiping sweat from his face he shouldered his musket and stepping forward pulled out his telescoping glaive and sliced downwards severing the creatures neck. The room was quickly searched and a crude nest of sorts was found by another door. The Party moved through and found some steps leading upwards as the Doctor headed to the nest and discovering that it contained eggs began to smash them with the butt of his Donderbus and an evil smelling Yolk like substance began to flow out of them. The rest if the Party made their way past and seeing that the steps were worn and somewhat crumbling they decided to send Ralph up first, better one fall than many and if Ralph with his immense bulk could make it up safely then they figured the rest of them would make it up easily. So up Ralph went up and he entered a strange room curved with niches evenly spaced along the wall each niche was backed with a mirror and had the remains of large wax candles placed in front. In the center of the room a stone plinth stood which also had its own mirror which pointed upwards to a hole in the ceiling a tablet was attached to the plinth which had strange glyphs carved into it. A door led into a room which was open to the elements and had been scoured clean by the elements only the faint echo's of complex glass work and metal parts could be seen in the corners and alongside the back wall was a series of stone benches and a set of panels also covered in glyphs were along the other wall, these panels were held in place by a complex wire frame which enabled them to be moved. Ralph lumbered up and moved one and as it pivoted upwards it swung away revealing a small staircase leading up. The party looked around but it looked like this was all designed for whatever was up above. So up we went and entered what turned up to be the final room of this strange pinnacle. This final room had iron shutters along one wall, the rooms ceiling was high above and painted a startling white, an archway led to the rope bridge we saw from below then there was a second plinth in the middle this one had a huge crystal mounted on its top. After some discussion it was decided to send across the bridge some of the soldiers to secure the other side before we attempted anything with the strange device. The soldiers picked began to cross the strange bridge which was suspended not by ropes as first thought but by a strange grey metal though the boards thus suspended were unfortunately still of wooden construction and so rotten and occasionally missing. Whilst the soldiers began their careful crossing some of the CL.u.ber's went back to the candle room and began lighting the candle stumps causing a bright light to fill the room, the mirrors directing it upwards and to the crystal above. There came a terrorizing screech and one of the hideous bird like creatures swooped down and landed on the bridge behind the soldiers snapping at them with its terrible beak. The Doctor who was closest to the bridge immediately yelled out a warning and fired his Donderbus at the birds back but even though he hit most of the shot had spread out too widely so that the bird was only wounded. The men in their panic lost their balance and one slipped through a broken section, the others tried to grab him before he plunged to his death and for a moment it looked like they would all go over but at the last moment they steadied themselves but Cox slipped again and fell back and over and plunging to the jungles floor. A horrified silence descended but soon it was all noise again as the Party called the other soldiers back across whilst aiming their muskets up scanning the skies above trying to provide cover for the now fleeing soldiers. When the men were safely back Zeal organized a party to go back down the pinnacle and see if Cox was alive whilst instructing the CL.u.bers to work on the device. The Doctor volunteered to go with the rescue party as he felt his talents would be more useful there. Guilo returned to the top floor and with light now streaming up from below he moved the gem around and was rewarded with an image appearing on the ceiling, a wondrous night sky with a purple nebula now lit up the room it wasn't a sky that anyone recognized but it was beautiful nonetheless he then moved the gem again the night sky disappeared to be replaced with a scene of an strange jungle with more of those vines and strange tree like things which seemed to almost writhe in a gentle unseen breeze. With one more twist of the now warm gem a series of glyphs appeared on the ceiling and even though they were as alien as the others Guilio thought that given time he could work them out. And time he had as it took awhile for the rescue party to reach Cox, Poor Cox was eventually found his battered body somehow still supporting life but only just and he was thankfully unconscious sparing him from the awful pain. Ribs and bones crushed and in some cases ripping through his flesh, his head was also cracked and leaking a strange grey watery pulp. The Doctor looked at him and with a sad shake of his head informed Zeal that the man would only live for an hour or so more at most and it might be more christian to put him out of his misery. Zeal nods saying that there was no way they could tarry and carrying Cox would be too much of a problem especially if he was going to die anyway so he asked the Doctor to give Cox something to ease his pain and turning back headed back into the pinnacle with a sigh. Meanwhile Guilio deep in thought stood staring at the glowing glyphs and after twenty or so minutes he started somehow to discern a meaning the glyphs started to make sense and he slowly muttered out a phrase bit by bit I am (great idea?) the eternal, the endless, the infinite, the unbounded. I am the thought, I am the idea I live if I am the thought to live I die if I am forgotten my body is divided my mind is distributed but myself is one. I am (great idea?) the eternal, the endless, the infinite, the unbound. As he finished the phrase a slack look entered his face his mouth hanging open a thin line of drool fell from his now slack mouth, his eyes became unfocused but the moment quickly passed and with a slurp and a shake of his head he regained his normal look his eyes once again becoming focused. The others returned and update each other on what they had found and the fate of cox some suspicious glances were shot towards Guilios but a plan is made it seems we need to cross that bridge again but this time in a bounding manoeuvre half covering the other as they cross. The Doctor steps forward looks up to the sky and with his pistol and shield in hand sprints across the bridge screaming out "No guts no glory" just before he slips and stumbles but quickly recovering he manages to make it across. The Doctor staggers into a room on the other side and looking up is somewhat surprised to see a man and a woman standing there dressed in the latest fashions. Ralph stomps across behind him wheezing ever so slightly and seeing the couple gives them a cheery hello noting that the man held a strange grey sphere whilst the lady held an intricately carved tube. "Greetings friends my names is Ralph Norton and you will be?" the strangers smile but say nothing at first merely indicating that they are waiting for everyone to cross. As the rest of the Party made it across a strange conversation took place between the CL.u.bers and the two strange people. It seems that they were very friendly spoke English with a slight accent and appeared to be very vague on certain things but were really keen to discuss Theseus (sp?) who they claimed to be and that they wanted us to listen to his/their word and so come to understand Theseus/them and by understanding him/us become part of him/us. The room meanwhile seemed fairly empty apart from the two strangers and a set of small long wooden chests. The one that was open seemed to contain more of the strange tubes a number of darts and a glowing bottle containing some sort of liquid. The strange man blocked Ralph from looking into the other chest and smiling said it was not to be opened. Continuing their tale It seemed that Theseus had been lured to this place many years ago by the Pale Lady who then using trickery and deceit managed to trap him and only now was he free to influence things again and expand his body but he was somehow still shackled to the island and wanted us to join with him and help him free himself from the last of the Pale ladies chains so that we/him could spread his message. After listening to this blasphemy and heresy for as long as they could and with Zeal becoming more and more confused over the references of Theseus and the Pale Lady the Party finally react with commendable force, Ralph asked the man to quote John 316 to prove that he was holy and the stranger smiled and said For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.and then the Doctor shot him in the chest, the rest of the Party opened fire at the lady and after several shots the strangers both collapsed riddled with lead but unfortunately the strange man had managed to throw the globe which shattered on the stone floor a black gloppy liquid flowed out from the shattered globe and splashed against two of the Troopers it seemed to soak in through their hands before quickly erupting again out of their limbs like some horrid branches. The Strangers dead and confusion reigning as the two infected Troopers panicked and friend turned musket onto friend unsure as to what was happening. The Doctor charged the infected screaming as he went trying to push them back over the edge. May was screaming "What are you doing the are my men , stand down, stand down" but those nearer could clearly see the tendrils writhing out of the men and swung their muskets onto the infected giving fire unfortunately one shot ricocheted of the stone wall and the almost spent ball ended up shattering the leg of James "Unlucky" Bartlett who collapsed with a scream. The infected started to try to flee with the Doctor still trying to knock the nearest one off over the edge he was helped greatly in this task when a bullet smacked into the infected causing him to stagger the Doctor taking full advantage smacked his shield into him finally knocking him over the edge and to the jungle far below. The other infected was now halfway across the bridge and more and more of the strange vines were sprouting out from him but just as it looked like he might make it a final musket barked out and the shot hit hard and knocking him clean over the bridge and joining the other infected smashed onto the ground below. Panting Thomas de Fronsac turned to the others and as he lowered his smoking musket a lopsided smile appeared upon his face "Well that was interesting oui?, I wonder what other adventures these pinnacles hold?" And Ralph wandered over to the closed chest wondering if it contained anything to eat.
  10. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    YEARNING FOR YARMOUTH THE HERRING CHRONICLES, The Party decided to remain at Badgers Drift for a few days for a much needed rest, the Doctor was kept busy treating his cousin amongst other things as Ralph's stomach wound was very serious and it was touch and go for a day or so as the wound began to fester and rot but after some fairly extreme surgery a paler and much thinner Ralph had recovered enough to continue onto Yarmouth even if he had to make the journey on the back of one of the carts. Zeal meanwhile had sent a runner out soon after his return from the Farm house and they had quickly managed to regain contact with the main part of the convoy with instructions from Zeal to remain in camp until he rejoined them sometime later, a couple of days at most. So after those much needed few days of rest and healing the Party was able to reach the convoy and once more the whole group started heading towards Yarmouth again. The first day passed without to much incident, groups of refugees soon clogged the various roads and trails leading from Yarmouth and when forced by snow banks and fallen trees to use the frozen river to continue our progress the convoy again found half frozen half starved peasants already there, all heading towards the false hope that was Norwich. During the convoys slow progress various groups of peasants were pulled aside and questioned all of them giving roughly the same story Yarmouth was gone, washed clean of sin the city and the sinful now imprisoned beneath a terrible weight of ice just like a modern day Sodom and Gommorah serving to remind man of the wages of sin. Some of the peasants had other darker more fanciful tales but they were dismissed as the ravings of the foolish and half starved. We made a crude camp close but not in a frozen copse of trees the party having learned not to trust the woods after having seen several trees mysteriously explode during the coldest parts of the day showering those nearby with lethal splinters. Zeal had been very thoughtful and distant during the brief break at Badgers Drift he had not even talked whilst receiving treatment from the Doctor but now he sought the Party out and seemed to have reached a decision "Gentleman I am aware that you are one man short and for that I ask your forgiveness but Lord Ireton had other tasks for brother Saul but after seeing what we may be up against I have decided to release one of my men into your care he's French but don't let that cloud your judgement he is a Protestant true enough not some Papal poodle " he turned aside and called out into the gathering gloom "Thomas de Fronsac these are the men I was talking to you about, you have a higher calling now in these days of judgement you are are now released into the service of the Clockwork Underground Bureau" and as he spoke a man slowly appeared from the darkness smiled and doffed his hat and in an outrageous French accent but thankfully in English the well dressed man still smiling said " I see they are indeed as you said my Lord I'm sure it will be an honour to serve" Zeal a slightly odd look now on his face nodded "Well Gentleman I will leave you to get acquainted, I bid you good night and remember we will be starting out before first light" and with that he was gone. Introductions were made tales were told some of which may have been even true, a bottle of wine was produced from somewhere and with the fire throwing off sparks and their frozen breath hanging heavy in the night air a hesitant comradeship was reached. True to his word Zeal got the convoy packed up and started before first light this was a minor miracle as everybody was still tired and half frozen and some had only just managed to drop off after spending most of the night trying to keep warm but he did it with much prodding, prayer and poking and so the convoy headed onwards to Yarmouth. The rising of the sun did little to dispel the mind numbing cold and the convoy was silent for the most part as everybody just concentrated on moving. We didn't even stop to ask any more questions of the columns of peasants which continued to stream eastwards. The CLUB seemed mostly at ease with their newest member though in these dark times there was always be some suspicion but that hopefully would be dispelled after a fight or two where you can really judge a mans character. The landscape started to change slowly at first but the heavy snow started to thin out and be replaced with ice. At first just enough to add an extra crunch underfoot but soon the ice became higher and higher soon high enough to add a slope to the land this slowed the convoy down as more and more men were needed to push the wagons along this slippery slope. By midday it was coming close to violence as most people wanted to leave the wagons behind but Zeal wouldn't hear of it and had to resort to threats of force to keep the men in line and just when it seemed that those threats may have to be carried out a trooper called out that he could make out the spires of the church of St Nicholas a mile or so in the distance. We were almost there Zeal cried out to us all "See Men we are so close, yes we have been tested by the cold and the conditions but have we failed that test? Have we been found wanting in the eyes of the one true God? NO WE HAVE NOT AND WE WILL NOT! come on one last struggle and we will be there, you are no mere men you are warriors of God he has placed his trust in you WILL YOU FAIL HIM? The Troopers and even some of the CLUB members roared back NO! And now prepared to push, drag and if necessary carry those damned wagons into Yarmouth. The wagons restarted their painful and slow journey which after awhile provided a much needed distraction as slowly at first then with more and more horrible frequency things were seen trapped within the rising ice walls. At first it wasn't too bad as one of the outriders called our attention to the matter calling out and pointing at something he had spotted close to the edge of the blue/green ice ridge everybody rushed to see what had caused his excited cry and after some pushing and shoving the Party could see what had caught the mans attention, it was a huge fish in fact a whole shoal of fish and Herrings to boot they were caught in the ice frozen a few meters into the air the men joked and laughed to see such a sight and Zeal was asked if they could try to chip a few loose for lunch Zeal agreed which was a surprise but the ice proved to be too tough and even after a few shots had been fired into it by some of the now frustrated Troopers little if any damage seemed to have been caused to the icy surface so Zeal got the now slightly unhappy again convoy moving.Though this fun was not for long as we continued to gaze into those icy depths as we made our way sideways, forwards and backwards through the icy canyons as it was not only fish that we saw trapped within but soon other animals could be made out cattle mostly but then the true horror was revealed as we realised that some of the strange stories told to us by those refugees were not as far fetched as we first thought as we saw people floating within those icy depths men, women and children caught by the suddenness of the rising floodwater and its almost instant freezing. Some were just shadows amongst the other trapped things whilst others closer to the edges could be clearly seen their twisted bodies falling but never landing a strange mixture of expressions on their faces some looked horrified, eyes wide open and mouths stretched in an endless scream whilst others seemed peaceful some even smiling and the amount of people grew as we struggled onwards towards the now surely accursed port of Yarmouth. The now silent and very downcast convoy continued battling the weather as it had started to snow again which did have the benefit of covering up those haunted depths for which we were grateful. The convoy struggled up another slope the wagons sliding back again and again before finally we crested the rise and to find the first signs of habitation, a church stood on the slight rise light showing clearly through its windows and the sound of a Preacher extolling his flock could also be plainly made out his voice raised and stringent. As well as the Preachers voice we could now hear another sound one all to familiar to us battle scared veterans it was the unmistakable boom of cannon fire those of us who were sharp eyed enough could even make out the foul black smoke trailing across the pristine back drop of ice and snow.Zeal halted the convoy and kept down of his horse Mistress Bessie and after signalling to Sergeant May to remain strode off towards the church. The Party split up and wondered around each with a task of their own. Ralph went towards a huddle of the convoy soldiers and after offering some rough shag around started to ask how they felt about the mission and its leaders. There was one grumbling and one or two of them were still a little shaken up after seeing all those frozen people but overall they were still loyal and firm of purpose they had their orders and for the moment saw no need to make waves. Guilio, Tomas, Craigh and the Doctor headed after Zeal and were just behind him as he threw open the door letting out a pitiful blast of hot air escape, the Preacher stammered to a halt and the poor shivering congregation turn as one fearfully towards the new unwelcome guests, all but two which were noticed leaving out the back. Zeal seemed to have either missed them or didn't care as he instead strode in and raising his voice called out to the worried looking Preacher "Do not fear, we are just poor Puritans far from home seeking a little warmth and spiritual succour. Please continue with your sermon" The Preacher quickly said a few lessons and with a somewhat hasty "Amen" called the service to an end.Just then Sergeant May entered and whispered something to Zeal."Ah forgive me it seems as if I have another pressing matter to attend to please carry on" and with that both Zeal and May left thankfully closing the doors behind them. Guiluo and Thomas questioned the Preacher Craigh started asking some of the congregation about the island whilst the Doctor also mingled and asked questions of the Preacher and the congregation. They were very fearful and frightful sight as they sported signs of clumsy amputations to their fingers and many had blacked skin in exposed places a few even seemed to be missing parts if their noses and all were very grim.Though with luck and a promise of supplies the Party managed to piece together the following, The cannon fire only started this morning most of it coming from the north of town where a group of Diggers had congregated after the flooding. The North of town was largely gone destroyed by the flooding and ice the Preacher confirmed that strange creatures had been seen crawling over the icy ruins hunting the few peasants who remained. The Eastern association was held up around the castle and a few buildings surrounding it. Food was very scarce as the E.A had gathered a lot of it during the first hours of the disaster claiming it would need to be rationed out, it seems this rationing us very slow and oddly haphazard. Amongst the rapidly dwindling congregation there was a definite air of being let down by the Parliamentary forces and more than a little sympathy for the Diggers. Even the Preacher seemed oddly hesitant to name names. The islands coming had sounded the death knell for the town which was already sorely pressed due to the unnatural weather as it brought huge waves with it which smashed into the town destroying most of the low laying areas and washing far inland killing those who had thought themselves safe. Most believed it was a punishment from God some even whispered that it was because Parliament had killed the King. This was truly worrying as Norfolk had been one of the mist loyal and reliable counties. Zeal called out to us saying that it was time to go the Doctor quickly grabbed the Preacher and a few men and took them to see Zeal. The Doctor was surprised to see Zeal surrounded by a small group of horseman, Zeal made the introductions "Ah about time it is my honour to introduce Martin Storely one if the leaders of the Dawn Legion a loyal militia who are helping us keep order in these trying times. He has agreed to escort us to to the E.A compound by a less direct route that avoids the worst of the traitors cannon fire" The Doctor nodded up to the mounted figure and asked Zeal if he could release some of the extra supplies to the Preacher and his flock on behalf of Parliament to thank them for their loyalty and help. Martin Storely looked oddly displeased about this and was about to say something but Zeal waved him away. Zeal agreed to some supplies being left with the Preacher and made a big show of how kind and caring Parliament was to those who remained loyal. So a few barrels and sacks of food were dragged to the church all under the watchful eyes of Sergeant May.This good task done the convoy left the doomed church behind as the snow began to fall again. The now escorted convoy trundled ever forward the going still tough and nearly everybody had to take a turn helping to drag the wagons onwards but as difficult as it was progress was being made. Thomas asked a member of the Dawn Legion why we were giving the only bridge which linked Yarmouth together such a wide berth the Legionary looked down from his pony and spitting into the snow replied "Its those fucking diggers ain't it they have the bridge covered with canon so its too risky to cross, though if you want to try it be my guest it would be interesting to see a Frenchman try" at that he gave Thomas an evil grin. Thomas unfazed merely asked where did the Diggers get the cannons from in the first place as the nearest depot was in Norwich and he knew for a fact that none had gone missing from the under the care of the towns garrison. The legionary looked a little embarrassed but railed brilliantly "It was the Army boys fault they had forgotten all about the bloody flotilla hadn't they but those Diggers hadn't oh know soon as they had recovered from the shock of the island of they went and boarded the ships. It was easy mist of them were damaged, inland and frozen solid so up they popped and off came the cannon and shot we reckon they stole around five or six cannons before we mind you not the bloody garrison wised up to their game and put a stop to it" Thomas with a look of pure innocence merely murmured in french "Six you say to lose one is careless to lose six though smacks of incompetence" The legionary looked at him through narrowed eyes said "Whatever Frenchie" and throwing his scarf across his face geed up the pony causing it to almost break out into a canter. After plowing through the ice and snow the convoy reached the river downstream from the bridge the occasional cannon shot still booming out. This part of town seemed to gave been spared much of the destruction brought by the weather and tidal wave but even so it was mostly ruins everything had a thick later if ice over it making even walking a dangerous proposition the few homes we saw intact were filled to over capacity with groups of freezing townsfolk who huddled around blazing bonfires trying to keep the killing cold at bay. Whilst it had been indeed cold in Norwich here by the coast where the wind was free to blow through unblocked by woods or hills it was a different matter entirely even in our specialized winter clothing we were freezing, finding it hard to stay awake or to focus on anything but these poor people were just clad in layers of rags no wonder so many had the blackened skin of frostbite. (Just a quick sidebar the Dawn Legion wore thick warm clothing and had a yellow sun emblem stitched onto their coats shoulder.) We started to encounter crude barricades manned by militia men one of them even had a cannon mounted onto a wagon but what was most telling was the fear of the townsfolk surely they should be happy to see us? But they just shuffled away from us their eyes downcast and only a few men and women would meet our eyes. We also started hearing the rattle of musket fire close by and small groups of militia men could be seen down the dark alleyways running after townsfolk. "What is going on here?" Asked a member of the Party Martin turned around and with a fevered gleam in his eye coughed and answered "We bringing back order of course all looters will be shot" giggling to himself he pulled his scarf back across his face. Another legionary called back "Anyway there are too many mouths to feed and after all its Gods will ain't it" the other legionaries break out into laughter the convoy continued to the river bank somewhat quiet and worried. The Ford was reached and it was an impressive sight various wagons had been sunk alongside the edges if the slightly raised riverbed these acted as barriers slowing down the raging waters and blocking the chunks of ice that flowed along the river. The booming of ice hitting wood was almost constant. A legionary standing guard speaks to Martin and Zeal and shortly afterwards they give us a talk on how to cross, staying within the ropes seemed to be very important. Craigh asked the guard as he passed by hitching up his kilt how often they replaced the carts. He was not to impressed with the smiling guards answer of "Oh that's easy whenever they get smashed apart" Eventually the Party and escort reach a heavily barricaded section of streets and whilst the yellow sun appeared quite often there was a smattering of blessed redcoats. Martin got off his pony and walking towards one wagon in particular cried out "Open the gate in the name of Parliament and Lord Ireton" with a creaking of badly greased axles the wagon slowly moved aside revealing a trio of musketeers with guns leveled. Martin turning to the convoy called out "My noble Scoutmaster welcome to the castle and more importantly the Listing sausage home if the Great Yarmouth garrison" The legionaries move forward past the gun line and words and laughter are exchanged and Zeal motions the convoy forward for the last time the men and wagons had finally made it. Zeal would not us rest just yet and we were put to work unloading the wagons, seeing to the horses and after Zeal had made his introductions to the garrisons Captain we were put to work clearing space to use as our barracks in the areas indicated. It seemed we had the option of a couple of buildings within the make shift compound there was the three Inns (The Listing Sausage which was also used by the garrison, The Yellow gardens and finally the Hangman's daughter) the men split themselves out amongst the Garden and the Daughter whilst we CL.U.B members got rooms at the Sausage as it seemed to be ideally suited to picking up any useful gossip. Zeal and May meanwhile were soon in a variety of huddled conversations with Yarmouth's great and not so good exchanging reports and assessing how bad things really in Yarmouth. The Sausage was a scene of constant activity as messengers rushed in and out bringing news and sending out orders the Sausage did have one fine feature in particular a huge stone fire place which dominated the tap room. And the garrison and militia commanders were making full use of it as it seemed like whole gangs of urchins were tasked in keeping a constant stream of fire wood and basically anything else that could be burnt to keep that monstrous fire blazing away in fact whilst at first it was indeed a blessing to finally drive the cold away from our bones it soon became too much it was too oppressive and soon everyone in that tap room was down to their shirts and drenched in sweat. The Doctor took a dim view about all this as he thought it would cause shock to the humours with people plunging from one extreme of temperature to another but for the moment he kept his thoughts to himself and just got out a few sheaves of paper to make some observations. When everyone was sorted Zeal called a meeting which was attended by us, members of the Eastern association, The Dawn legion and the few remaining Aldermen of Yarmouth. There was definitively a mix of options from the men gathered, Storely from the Legion was sarcastic and took every chance to disparage Zeal and the rest of us, the Association seemed mildly pleased to see us but still seemed worried and the Aldermen where overjoyed to see us finally believing that their prayers for deliverance had been heard. There was a lot of questions to as they had heard nothing about conditions in the rest of the county, Was everyone experiencing such low temperatures? How far had the flooding reached etc. We answered as best we could but we had questions of our own but first it was down to Parliamentarian business it had to be made clear that Zeal wasn't here to help with disaster relief or rebuilding but he was the most senior representative of Parliament so he had a duty to listen and make suggestions on how to help and to explain how much real help could be provided in the short term The Yarmouth men were disappointed to hear how little help Norwich and Norfolk could offer immediately as all were suffering from this strange weather and due to this strange blight food resources were stretched to the limit. The CL.U.B'ers seeing that they could bring nothing to the discussion and with the mood becoming more morose they made their excuses and made their own plans on how to complete their task. The Doctor though decided to stay offering medical advice and trying to understand what rationing procedures have been started. The others donned their thick winter outfits again and leaving the heat of the Sausage behind them they headed back into the frozen hell of Yarmouth. Skirting the river and keeping cover between them and the north the party which included May and a few soldiers made their way to where the shore used to be again from time to time they could hear the boom of cannon fire but more disturbingly they could hear and see the work of the Dawn Legion as they found frozen bodies stacked against walls killed by musket fire and in one corner a large tree sported strange frozen fruit as around ten towns folk men, women and children were hanging from the sturdier branches a crude wooden sign was nailed to the trees trunk claiming that this was the fate of all looters. The bodies made a horrid clinking sound in the wind and the party moved past quickly. After making their way past ice blocked lanes and clambering over frozen ruins in some cases walking over ice bound houses and streets which seemed perfectly preserved like some lost city under the waves. They finally after much effort and tears see the brooding Island locked in the seas icy embrace. The shore itself was just a nightmare of massive chunks of ice as if some giants castle ramparts had fallen scattering masonry all around. The frozen sea did seem to smooth out a little further out but of the Island itself not much could be seen as is just loomed dark and forbidding about twelve miles off shore under strangely foul black clouds. Thomas thought he saw briefly a purple flash deep within these clouds but the others having not just shrugged their shoulders and after taking in the completely sterile landscape for a few minutes more finally Craigh said "Och this is going to be a right bastard yee ken?" Guilio, Thomas and Ralph all share a confused look and Guilio coughs a hesitant reply "Si it isa very colda here brrr" the others smiling nod whilst Craigh just looks on very confused and mutters something about bloody foreigners at least that's what Ralph thought he heard muttered by the now dour Scotsman. The party seeing all that can be seen starts to retrace their steps back towards the warmth and safety of the Association. Meanwhile the Doctor after listening in and with mounting anger to what the Association had done or in his eyes failed to do, the Legion seemed to be calling the shots here and even though after such death and destruction in such a short amount of time would have surely overwhelmed most civic leaderships and as such some failures could be excused but instead here the opposite had happened this local Militia instead had seemingly taken over the smaller and weaker led garrison and quickly set about fortifying their position whilst sending patrols out to gather supplies and provisions and whilst this made a lot of sense the part that filled the Doctor with such anger was that instead of doing their Christian duty and rationing out the food to make sure that the townsfolk got at least a little food and other supplies they had instead horded everything that they had requisitioned and then driven off the townsfolk who had come seeking aid claiming that they were looters and dissidents. Instead of addressing this the council were more concerned about this growing threat to their influence from the Diggers not seeing that they were driving people to them and making it easier for the Diggers to gain converts by denying their fellow townsfolk help. The identity of the Diggers leaders was confirmed as William Thomson and Robert Costner. Martin Shorely kept moving the meeting towards what they were going to do about them and the new threat of the cannons. These cannons had been retrieved from the small Parliamentarian fleet that had become trapped in the flooding and ice and in all the initial confusion they had been forgotten until the Diggers started firing shot at them. The Legion wanted to go out onto the ice, search the few remaining ships and retrieve any cannons which may still be on them. Zeal agree, the Diggers whilst erstwhile allies but now they were the clear and present threat, security came first before aid. After the meeting the Doctor spoke to Zeal and after a somewhat heated argument managed to convince him to at least order the set up of a soup kitchen as the Doctor warned him that if they did nothing the townsfolk would be in danger of losing their faith in Parliament and possibly becoming a source of further dissent in the all ready strained county as the changed landscape now made it the perfect place to hide and raid from. The others returned to be met by May and a couple of Legionaries it seemed that the council had agreed to Storelys plan to ambush a group of Diggers as they went for the last cannons on the ship the Lords Lament which was laying crushed at anchor about quarter of a mile out. Storely had told Zeal that his patrols had seen activity out there as recently as last night and as it was the furthest of the ships there was a good chance it still had cannon on board as well as other military supplies powder, shot and the like. And it seems as May was looking for volunteers to join the legion in springing their trap. Most of the party seemed more than willing to engage in some combat, the long trip through the ice had sapped some of their spirit and a chance to fight back seemed just what the Doctor ordered, but not this Doctor as he instead decided to go out and see what help he could provide for the few remaining townsfolk of the once Great Yarmouth. He went out with a few men and set up a small tent and began to treat the sick and injured it felt good to get back to his true calling and experimenting with slightly different doses of chemicals to see if they were an improvement or not. As he treated more and more people he started to get an understanding of the view from the street, the people were still just about loyal but they were starting to grumble and complain nothing directly against Parliament but the Association was not held in great esteem whilst the Diggers on the other hand were seen as heroes as they had organised and were helping the survivors with food and supplies. He also heard many townsfolk whose skin was black with frostbite and with growling stomachs talk about the warehouses full of food and fuel that were within the Associations compound and darker rumours of the Legions activities the disappearances, the shootings and the hanging's. The Doctor decided to try to get a message through to the Diggers to try and arrange a parley of sorts. Yarmouth had suffered a serious blow and maybe it would never recover but the Doctor thought that there was still a little hope, that if they found out what Mallebench was up to and stopped him then there was a chance that all could be rebuilt the dead would inspire those left alive to finally build Gods paradise on earth. He remained beyond the compounds wall for as long as he could and returned deep in thought. As the darkness started to creep across the icy landscape and the Doctor leaving what he could before making his way back to the barricades of the compound the others were preparing for a night on the ice. They ambush party was made up of a mixed bag, Association men in their soot darkened breast plates and once scarlet coats, Dawn legionnaires wrapped up in their thick coats and furs and then the CL.U.Bers in their mis-mash of armour, buff coats and furs never had such a strange looking group stalked the Yarmouth streets before. The party made its way before full darkness across the frozen sea using the trapped wrecks for cover, pausing every so often to listen and warily check for any shadows they might have picked up but soon they had crossed the unnerving frozen sea with all its pops and groans as the ice though thick still reacted to their crossing. They reached the Lords Lament a small ship of the line that whilst locked within the seas frozen embrace still seemed to be in fairly good condition apart from some buckling by the water line it was also clear in the last fading echoes of twilight that many of it cannons were still mounted. The party quickly climbed aboard and a small group scurried down onto the gun deck to see what could be recovered whilst the CL.U.B'ers found themselves hiding places with good sight lines. Soon a cannon was being dragged up from the gun deck and then hastily lashed to a sledge that had been brought along for that purpose. The cannon was almost secured when the alarm was raised shapes were moving in from the north and the gleam of metal had been seen. The Party made ready muskets loaded and aimed whilst charged pistols and swords lay close by Thomas silently moved into a more covered position as Guilio somewhat loudly whispered "Make ready the dastards are here" Ralph looked at his many hatchets and wished he had a pistol. Soon a shot rang out and battle was joined amongst the frozen waves and the heart stopping cold. The Party made out a group of men who had sneaked up to one of the closest ice blocks and had begun firing into the ship from the amount of shots it seemed that at least one of that group was just furiously reloading the others spent muskets. Where they were going for volume our veterans were quietly placing their shots, picking their targets and after a brief volley three were dead, one was injured a huge hole where his guts used to be and one was running away back towards the shore. Craigh skulked towards the Diggers and began to check that they were in fact dead so was able to block a weak dagger thrust from the injured man who was playing possum with his musket before clubbing the man back down. The wounded were interrogated somewhat brutally they told the party the names of the leaders Thomson and Coster and that the church of St Nicholas was there main meeting place. The Party tied them up and left them on the ice to either freeze or be rescued by their comrades. The fighting had died down a few bodies from both sides lay sprawled on the ice and it the flickering light of candles they were almost beautiful surrounded by a crimson circle already sparkling with ice crystals. The fighting done and a couple of cannons recovered the party destroyed the rest leaving nothing for the enemy and returned to the compound. Zeal asked them a lot of questions after their return to the Listing Sausage and after hearing about the terrible conditions he decided to leave the wagons behind and that everything would have to be carried by us onto the island Zeal turns to us all and tells us that we march for the island at first light, the task would continue. At first light the convoy gathers in the courtyard loaded down with heavy clothing and kit including numerous bags of supplies which hung from various belts and bits of string. Their muskets loaded, wound and shouldered ready to use at a moments notice (If they didn't get tangled up in all that string) The Doctor again tried to reason with Zeal reminding him about the soup kitchens and that many a once loyal town had fallen due to hunger and disease. Zeal nodded and said "Don't you worry Doctor I have mentioned it to the Association and Aldermen and something will be done but security is still their concern and as such mine the streets will be cleared, the curfew will be maintained and the Diggers will be brought to heel and then and only then will the food be spread out fairly. The twenty four men of the convoy clashed their boots together and Zeal addressed them "Men as much as it pains me to do so some of you must remain here and assist your brothers in the Association in bringing order to these streets Yarmouth must have order and discipline before they can receive aid and you will bring order" he takes a breath and continues " myself and Sergeant May will be taking nine men and with the CL.U.B'ers will be investigating the Island. The much smaller party march out avoiding the sporadic cannon fire that still came from the North and headed onto the frozen sea and towards the mountainous smoke wreathed island. After several hours of gruelling marching over, under and around huge ice cliffs formed from crashing waves and chunks of ice the party were about halfway to the Island which still loomed darkly ahead of us it seemed to be a lot bigger than we had first thought as it brooded on the horizon. A call went out a carrack had been spotted and even though we tried to avoid it Zeal wanted us to investigate he was like a man possessed the carrack was so close to the Island it could have vital information he needed to KNOW. So off we went searching the ships cracked and mustering hull, pawing through the debris of both the ship and its dead crew some items were interesting and tucked away for later examination one of which was a strange note which mentioned the painting from Nutley's the False Chanterelle but for the most part the search didn't seem to have been worth the extra delay on that freezing expanse but the ships carcass did provide a much needed wind break and wood for a later bonfire. The Doctor made his rounds checking for signs of frost damage and getting the men to reapply any missing Goose fat from a huge evil smelling jar that he carried at his side, if anyone complained about this foul smelling concoction the Doctor merely snapped "You never see any frozen Geese do you? Well do you? No you don't so shut up and spread it on thickly you big girls shirt" Rested warmed and fed the party continue on and just as darkness descends they reach the shore of the Island the air strangely warmer the closer we got the dark rolling clouds lit occasionally with clearly seen purple flashes (We heard a "Told you so from someone in the back which sounded very smug" the shore reached a quick look found an ideal place to get up onto the main landmass and after a scramble and a lot of shoving the Convoy had made it the Island had been reached. The area close by seemed to be made up of dark shiny gravel which spread off into the distance either side but beyond this there seemed to be flora of some kind Zeal called a halt and with the light fading it was decided to make camp and begin exploring anew in the morning fresh and rested. Camp fires were lit and tents put up and as the light faded and the rain began to fall the party prepared to get some sleep and explore the new disturbingly quiet landmass in the morning some of the party prepared for sleep whilst others looked into the rising mist checked their powder and nervously held their muskets close.
  11. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    We are having a small break but hope to be back this coming Sunday.
  12. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    So how do you think our brave Puritans are doing, will they ever make it to Great Yarmouth and discover the mysterious islands secret? will learning it help them to catch that slippery devil Mallebeench?
  13. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    THE BADGER CHRONICLES PART 3 Shouldn't there be a red cloak somewhere? Oh wait let's make our own The advance party slowed down by their recent battle and having to plough through two foot of virgin snow were soon caught up to by Guilio and Craigh just as the wood thinned out enough to see the signs of tilled and cleared land and there in the distance a hint of a grey wood smoke. The snow finally stopped which was nice unfortunately it was soon replaced with freezing drizzle which put a slight dampener on the parties reunion but information was exchanged, Craigh told Zeal that the rest of the troopers and the supply carts were marching towards Yarmouth via the frozen river Yarr and Zeal in turn filled them in on the battle of the flaming axe and his pivotal role in defeating the tree spirits. He ignored the sniggering from the advance party. Soon the party reached a slight rise and were able to look down into the farm yard of the Haines family. Servitor Cotton points down and confirms to Zeal that we had reached our destination he seemed relieved to see the chimney smoke "Oh thank the Lord they must be in and my child will soon be back with me" The party march to the low fence which surrounds the property and take note of the various buildings, A two story farmhouse of stone which strangely seemed to have all it's shutters closed, there was a large barn to its right its double doors tightly closed and a few low outbuildings again they all looked secured which was strange as it was fast approaching early afternoon and the farm even in winter should be a hive of activity. Zeal split the group he and the troopers would circle around to the other side whilst we would as approach from the back. There was a hesitant pause as we were slightly spooked by the lack of...well anything the countryside quiet and still apart from a few ominous flocks of crows. The Doctor swore and then headed towards the single door he could see and as he stepped into the yard there was a mighty snap as a hidden bear trap went off trapping the Doctor firmly. "Ahhhh Gadzooks ware traps" cries out the Doctor between cursing. Craigh grinning a little carefully makes his way towards the Doctor and bending down tries to get the trap open "Any excuse not to make a house call hey Doc" The Doctor cursing the Scot was about to comment on the Scotsman's struggling efforts to unclamp him when he was stopped by a whispered curses from Guilio and Ralph which was swiftly covered up by a low growl in fact it seemed to be several low growls as a pack of wolves appeared ghost like out of the freezing mist. "For fecks sake you Scottish tit get this thing off of me" screamed the Doctor helpfully. The party back up nervously checking the ground for any more traps whilst trying to keep an eye on the wolves. Gunfire erupted from the other side of the house as well as the sound of growling and the metallic sound of a trap snapping closed. The battle was on the wolves leaping at the party their fanged mouths snapping open and breathing sweet foulness onto the shocked party. The Doctor still trapped managed to bring up his shield just in time to fend off one wolf as Craigh fired a bolt into its mangy flank. The others readied their weapons but they to were soon sorely pressed by their own attacking wolves. The fight was a close run thing the wolves fought as if possessed shrugging of the most hideous of wounds but inflicting terrible injuries in return as they ripped mouthfuls of flesh from the panicking party. The Doctor took several deadly wounds before he was able to get out of the bear traps bite. Guilio, Ralph and Craigh took some nasty injuries but they were able to eventually cut down many of the frenzied wolves using a combination of bolt, shot, blade and in Craigh's case blunt force trauma. Ralph managed to drive the last wolf off and it fled back into the freezing mist. Breathing heavily and bleeding from their numerous wounds the party let out a relieved sigh there were a few dicey moments there the Doctor especially seemed almost faint with relief. The sound of gunfire had also stopped from the front to be replaced with the sound of Zeal shouting out orders. The party made their way into the house Craigh's saw blade making short work of the stout door and what appeared to be the kitchen a wave if heat rolling out if the ruined door. The kitchen was a mess carrion and rotting vegetables lay everywhere a quartered deer lay upon a heavy marble chopping block a gore smeared cleaver nearby. The heat was coming from a roaring fire over which hung a large cauldron if bubbling brown stew. The room was given a quick search but nothing really of note was found. The Doctor remained outside drinking a foul concoction of his own devising and pawing through his snapchance for some bandages.  Craigh decided to check out the nearby privy saying something about an old Scottish tale about witch poo being beneficial? He did pick up a few candles which the party suspected would be of more practical use. As they cleared the ground floor they started to hear a soft singing coming from upstairs? The Doctor meanwhile headed over to the front to see how Zeal and his men were doing. They seemed to have managed to fight off the wolves attacking them but at a greater cost a couple of the troopers had injuries and trooper Molant had died, his throat torn out. The ground floor checked and the strange singing becoming louder the party decide that now would be a good time to let in the troopers. Zeal demanded a report and Craigh filled him in and offered up a plan which was basically "We can hear weird singin frae abune, ah hunk we shood burn th place doon ye ken" Zeal slowly nodded and turning to Ralph asked for a translation. Servitor Cotton on hearing the translated plan cried out "Noooo you can't burn the place down you haven't found my child are you not Christians? Would you really send an innocent to hell? The party looked a little glum and somewhat sheepish and agreed to check out the singing. Slowly climbing up the stairs the party headed up only the Doctor remaining below to treat a wounded trooper. Reaching the landing they paused before a door from where the singing seemed to be coming from. Craigh looks back to the others nods and taking a deep breath flings open the door to reveal a room from the seventh level of hell itself, an elderly woman stands hunched over a loom which dominates the whole room. She sings as she works the warp and weft bizarrely every time she works the loom it seems to cry out mewling and meeping. The party including Zeal and a couple of troopers recoil in horror as the woman turns around her eyelids stitched closed her ponderous figure barely covered by a foully stained and smelling tunic. She continues to sing though the tunes changes subtly she grins think reddish bands of saliva dripping from her toothless maw. The party seem frozen by this horrific sight but then the bulk of them scream pull out various blades and begin to stab and hack at themselves. Those few unaffected desperately trying to stop them. Ralph gouging lumps of flesh from his stomach crying out "They are in me get them out, get them out" his own blood soon soaking into his hatchet. Guilio meanwhile was laughing and slicing thin steaks from his torso crying out "Me bistecche fresche sono una vers delizia per tutti" whilst Craigh was stabbing over and over into himself saying something about haggis. The hag her smile now hideously larger bent down and picked up a pair of shears her splintered nails leaving jagged lines in the wooden handles. She then waddled towards Ralph a grey rotting tongue flickering out like she was some sort of obscene snake. Somehow the song still ringing in ears their ears Craigh and Guilio shake of its effects. Craigh the pain giving him focus attacks the loom and though horrified to see that it was not thread upon it but flesh, eyes and most hideous of all mewling mouths he remained pure of purpose and screaming a Celtic war cry and with tears flowing down his face he begins to chop away causing the song to stop and be replaced with child like screams, Guilio had staggered back his front awash with blood but with groan he managed to raise his clockwork arm and sent a blade into the hag causing her to stumble and fall narrowly missing Ralph who had become entangled with the loom and who was still hacking away at himself with his hatchet. Craigh finished with the loom pushed past Sergeant May and the weeping, bloody Zeal and standing over the hag who was struggling to get to her feet he pushed his clockwork blade into the fat of her neck and with a click released the mainspring sending the blade powering through and embedding it into the floor boards. The thwack of the blade hitting the floor was soon joined by the wet thump of the hags head hitting the floor next to it and then gently rolling away. The Doctor Donderbus in hand appears at the top of the stars panting somewhat he looks at the gore streaked room and his friends who all seemed to be sporting egregious chest and stomach wounds says fecking hell and begins to pull out needle, thread and a variety of evil smelling salves and begins to patch his friends up as best he could. The party was sorely wounded Ralph in particular was in a bad way, he had managed to crack several ribs and cut into his guts causing a few to spill out like some sort of obscene curtain. The more lightly injured troopers spread out and cleared the rest of the upper floor they failed to find anything living but in one of the bedrooms they did find two corpses spooning in a bed and from the grim soup like mush surrounding them they had been there a long time. A slightly crazed Servitor was dragged up to identify them which with some retching he managed to they were Master and Mistress Haine's Veronica's parents. After making Ralph as comfortable as possible and leaving him fever ranting to Sergeant May something about clockwork ribs or some such the Doctor and a trooper went back up to clear away the parents bodies by lifting up the sheets and throwing them out of the nearest window the bodies releasing a foul miasma as they were moved. Craigh wrapped up tightly around the waist was searching the ground floor again knocking on wood and tapping the floor his previous experience as a bandit paying off as he managed to find a entrance to the root cellar. Seeing the Doctor limping down the stairs he points to the nearly open hatch. "Hey Doc I found something you wanna looksie?" The Doctor warily said yes and headed over to the grinning Scot. They made their way down a flight of damp wooden steps and almost had a laundry accident when Guilio stomped down behind them. At the bottom of the steps and barely visible in the weak candlelight they could just make out several bowls of stew some containing rotten food and maggot filled whilst others seemed fairly fresh and bizarrely several shallow holes some might say these holes were somewhat grave like they all seemed open and empty apart from one which was covered in muddy sacking, and this one moved. Craigh went back up ready to slam the hatch closed, the Doctor aimed his Donderbus at the wriggling shape and Guilio reaching out with his glave hooked the sheet away exposing a filthy Veronica. The Doctor made an attempt to talk to her but she hissed something which caused roots to pop through the cellars dirt floor and then clutching a blooded knife she charged towards them. The Doctor fired his Donderbus but somehow missed the shrieking girl and then turning back to the others he shouted "RUN!" pushing Guilio ahead of him they charged through the hatch and almost knocking two troopers over they both screamed close it at Craigh. The hatch was barricaded closed the barn checked and it was decided to burn the whole place down and bury Veronica and the hag beneath a blazing pyre, Servitor Cotton was about to protest but Giulio sadly placed his arm across the mans shoulders and told him what he had seen in a steaming bowl as he had fled, a small hand and foot as if from a baby. This broke Servitor and he had to be restrained but he did not try to stop the party from preparing the buildings to be fired. Curtains were ripped down, blankets torn into strips the kindling from the oven spread out and covered in the little lamp oil and everything given a light dusting of black powder. Veronica continued to hammer and scream at the hatch but was unable to break out. The party regrouped outside and Zeal lighting a torch said a few words and threw the flaming torch into the farm house there was a moments pause then woof it went up with a bang. Some of the troopers later claimed to have heard laughter as they left. The party made their ragged way back to Badgers Drift some of them leaving a bloody trail behind them. It was a despondent group which returned to the Fenced Fox the Doctor got Ralph into bed and changed his bandages he also worked on the injury cleaning and cutting away any diseased flesh. Zeal to was busy he sent out riders to contact the column and telling them to make camp and wait for further orders he also made a decision regarding the prisoners he ordered all but the one who squealed to be lined up along the barns wall and shot. He turned to the squealer "Take note of this if you fail to show me the grave of Cronkie I will make you wish you had died here with the rest of these scum, Is that understood?" And that is where we must leave them injured and writhed in gun gun smoke licking their wounds and thinking of the journey they still have to make.
  14. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    PART TWO OF THE BADGER CHRONICLES If you go into the woods today you're sure of a big surprise It was a very sombre and grim morning as the party awoke to find that their friend Saul Goodman had left in the night for parts unknown, Zeal tried to explain that the good Lord above had other plans for the former Witch finder and his leaving did not change the current task before us. So with heavy hearts the party made ready to proceed onto Yarmouth when the door to the Fenced Fox slammed open and Servitor Cotton the husband of the recently deceased mother burst in, tears streaming down his face and upon seeing Zeal he rushes towards him crying out "Help me Lord, oh help me please I beg of you my child my poor child has been stolen by one of the midwives!" he collapses at Zeal's feet crying and groaning. "What are you on about man?" said Zeal as he desperately tried to untangle himself from Servitors grasp. "Veronica Haines my Lord she has taken my child and fled into the woods and no doubt back to her families farm, she means to do him harm I just know it. My lord the Witch finder was right please my Lord you must stop her and save my son I beg you" Zeal slightly taken aback responded quickly and began shouting out orders. "Craigh and Guilio you will stay with the main body of men your task is to get them up and ready to march towards Yarmouth, when they have started out you will re-join us at the Haines farm understood?" They nod and grabbing their gear head out to rouse the men Zeal was still shouting orders he calls out for four of his men to join him. Soon Anthony May the sections Sergeant and Troopers Bartlett, Williamson and Molant were to join Zeal, Ralph and the Doctor in hot pursuit of this Haines girl. Servitor who was now a little calmer was questioned about Veronica and her family. In a shaky voice Servitor told us that Veronica was a gentle girl of some seventeen summers who had turned up at Badgers Drift a few months ago and volunteered to help his wife through her pregnancy. She was a great help and seemed to be really excited over the little ones birth especially these last few days. She lived at the Haines farm previously with her parents and five other siblings but he didn't know much about them to be honest as they seemed to keep to themselves only coming into Badgers Drift at harvest time. By this time the Doctor and Ralph had picked up their equipment and were waiting with the troopers by the door the Doctor failing to hide his slightly smug expression he turned and whispered to Ralph "I knew she was a witch" Servitor gladly volunteered to act as a guide and before long the small group was heading out of the hamlet and along Badgers creek the days promised snow already starting to fall from the grey overcast skies and obscuring the faint set of tracks we had picked up. After travelling for about a mile and a half the party start to leave the toiled fields behind them and start to trudge through a more rugged landscape. Servitor points to some brooding woods ahead and tells the party that they are known as Golden woods and that the Haines farm lies just beyond them. "We will need to use the woodcutters trail to get through and it will be hard going but its the only way this time of year and we should come across one of the smaller logging camps, oh they might have news of my child" a look of desperate hope entering his eyes. The party make their way through the heavily overgrown trail but soon a worried look replaces the previously hopeful one upon Servitors face. After thirty minutes or so of sliding and tripping over muddy roots and barely visible badger sets they finally make it into a clearing, Servitor looks around but before he can ask the obvious question Zeal does "So where is everyone shouldn't there be someone chopping wood or whatever it is peasants do? The rest of the party somewhat quicker on the uptake had already started to spread out with weapons drawn they had already noticed the odd stillness to the place, no noise no people not even a wisp of smoke from the rude hut that stood at the clearings edge on this cold and bleak morning. The camp itself consisted of a roughly cleared circle of ground surrounded by trees and thick bushes a basic hut stood towards the Northern edge and a large fire pit dominated the centre. "I don't know where they are my Lord there should be a few woodsmen here most times, maybe they are deeper in the woods helping the others or something?" answered Servitor. The Doctor who was not happy with standing around in the cold unlimbered his Donderbus and aiming it low headed of towards the hut, the others slowly advanced into the clearing the soldiers keeping to the edges whilst Ralph headed towards the fire pit. Clearing away the freshly fallen snow to reveal the ashes beneath Ralph could easily tell that this pit hadn't held a fire for several weeks at least and using a long stick he searched through the pile of ash but didn't find anything of any real note. Meanwhile the Doctor had kicked in the huts door and made a very dramatic entrance, which was somewhat wasted as the only person there to see it was unable to appreciate the Doctors heroic manliness due to an unfortunate case of deadness. Whilst the Doctor tried to get over his disappointment Ralph had noticed something odd amongst the expected debris of a logging camp there lay wondrously carved pieces of wood scattered about an arm here a leg there all done with a breath-taking attention to detail. Zeal stood to one side and seemed to be berating poor Servitor the troopers standing nearby and looking somewhat awkward. Ralph walked towards the nearest carved piece of wood but before he had taken more than a couple of steps towards it he had to stagger back as the limb lifted off the ground before him under a gust of sudden wind and it was soon joined by the other carvings, all of them swirling into a cloud of dust, dirt and snow which soon obscured them from his sight. Ralph stood transfixed but looking over his shoulder he did manage to give a warning, if you can call saying oh bugger very quietly a warning that is. The Doctor went over to the body and began his examination he fairly quickly discovered that the cause of death was murder, the axe embedded in the mans chest was a bit of giveaway to be honest but he also discovered that this was no recent killing as the man had obviously been killed a month or so ago this was not a happy thought as surely the villagers at Badgers Drift should have noticed something. Ralph meanwhile was slowly backing away as from out of the swirling dust the figure of a tall man stepped out and then proceeded just to stand there it was something of an anti-climax to be honest. Ralph looked puzzled and then behind him to see two of the soldiers screaming in fear whilst Zeal and the other two looked on with horror but still seemed to be in control of their emotions. Ralph slowly reached down for one of his hatchets but the tree man then started to sway as if in some storm tossed wind then with a mighty crack it split into two a slightly smaller twin now standing beside the original. Then with a dark light burning in place of their eyes they both advanced one towards the now extremely worried Ralph whilst the other headed of towards Zeal and his troopers. The Doctor who was still examining the dead body paused briefly and wondered what all the noise was about but with a shake of his head continued his examination thinking that no doubt Ralph would shout out if he needed anything. The Tree man heading towards Ralph seemed somehow to be grinning and well that just set Ralph off and with a curse he pulled out the hatchet and charged the tree man his speed lending his blow extra power as it landed with a hefty thwack in fact the hatchet cut so deeply he was worried that it would get stuck but with a strong tug and a little twist he was able to wrench it back out. The tree man now spewing green sap from the grievous wound tried to batter Ralph away but the blow was clumsy and it was slow enough for the nimble Ralph to avoid easily. The troopers that were still in control of themselves readied their muskets and gave fire but unfortunately for them only one managed to hit the now charging tree man the shot causing visible damage but doing nothing to stop the rampaging creature and as it swung its hand out it just managed to catch one of the soldiers causing him to stagger back with a groan. The soldiers realising that the tree man was now too close for muskets reached for their short swords and prepared to meet the monsters charge. Zeal was still trying to get through to the two other soldiers who had frozen in fear and at last his pleas seem to be having some effect as they slowly started to gather their wits and finally bring their muskets to bare. All this noise does finally make the Doctor look out of the huts door and seeing the rampaging tree creatures he wisely decides to close that self same door he looks around and then thoughtfully looks at the axe which is still embedded in the man's chest and then at the bedding. Ralph meanwhile seems to be dancing around the lumbering tree man attacking him, effortlessly dodging its clumsy blows. He then pulls out his second favourite hatchet and with a whirling attack that would put a dervish to shame hacks his way almost through the tree man spraying sickly green sap and sawdust everywhere. There is a moment of total silence with Ralph stepping back to catch his breath, his chest heaving with exertion the tree man drops to its knees and then slowly ever so slowly breaks apart the various carved parts just falling away. The troopers though were not having as much luck with their tree man even though they had wounded it several times quite badly it seemed their short swords did not have the same effect on its tough bark like skin as Ralph's hatchets did and even with the other two soldiers now having joined the fight they to seemed to be having little effect on the towering figure. The tree man again swiped out at the troopers in front of him and caught Williamson a punishing blow sending him flying high into the woods with the sound of cracking ribs. It was at this point that the Doctor reappeared his plan now obvious to all as he held aloft the woodsman axe, rags tightly wrapped around it and blazing with cleansing fire. The Doctor cried out Ralphs name who with a nod started to jog towards the remaining tree man a look of understanding passed between the cousins and with a mighty heave the Doctor sent the blazing axe towards Ralph. Ralph then started to run and leaping into the air somehow managed to catch the axe and with a cheeky mid air twist he brought it slamming down into the remaining tree mans back. The tree man staggered, turned and then burst into flames. Then with the sound of a kettle coming to boil it exploded sending out viciously sharp and deadly splinters out in all directions luckily none of them managed to hit anyone mainly due to the fact that anyone close by had sensibly dropped to the ground as soon as the tree man had started to do boiling kettle impressions. After a moment or two the party picked themselves off the floor and looked on with horrified amazement as what was left of the last tree man collapsed into the now boiling mud beneath it. The battle now won there followed a tense period of patching up the wounded, carefully dragging the remaining bewitched wood into the fire pit and making damn sure they were all reduced to ash, locating Servitor Cotton and coaxing him out of the bush he was hiding in, The Doctor revealing what he had found in the hut and everyone briefly wondering what fate had befallen the other woodsmen, giving the woodsman a Christian burial if in an unfortunately shallow grave but hey time was pressing, watching as Zeal had words with his men something about growing a pair and finally one last somewhat nerve wracking search of the area just in case we had missed anything. When all that was done Zeal brought us together said a few inspiring words on the nature of our fight against the darkness and how we as godly folk will resist and win through in the Lords name but then seeing everyone's reaction to his speech he then just ended up shouting angrily at us and for us to just bloody well follow him out of these accursed woods and onto the Haines farm and whatever fate awaited us there. So the party started to march on again, led by Servitor Cotton but before too long Ralph paused, swore then headed back to the hut. The Doctor was forced to yell hang on which didn't go down to well with Zeal who immediately stormed back down the line and started shouting at the confused Doctor but after a moment or two Ralph reappeared and the reason for his brief absence was made clear to all as he stabbed a note onto the huts door and turning to us yelled out "Well the others need to know what to look out for don't they Sir" and with a somewhat smug look on his face he jogged back to the column. Slightly testily Zeal asked if anyone else wanted to do anything? and receiving only silence in reply finally called out "Mr Cotton the Haines farm if you would be so kind"
  15. 'Lamentations of the Cthulhu & Chivalry' Campaign

    This may sound creepy (I need those Hero points damn it) but I thought it looked a bit odd if no one replied, So I would just like to thank everybody involved in this crazy game as its lasted longer than many others and is still a blast to play. Thanks especially to the Americans for getting up so damn early and on a Sunday no less! thanks to Andrew for getting the band together at the start and introducing us to this gritty, scary alternative 1645 and to Jay for bringing it back and keeping the beast going whilst building it into the crazy, deadly and fun universe that it is has become and to all the other cool people who I've had the good fortune to roll dice with through playing in this game. Here's looking forward to another year of desperate doings in Norfolk and Doctor Thomas promises that one day he will get the doses right and make that first aid roll. So Jay does this mean you will let me out of this box now........Jay?