1879: The Expendables

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LexiLiegh
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Re: 1879: The Expendables

Post by LexiLiegh » Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:51 am

Lord Bentley is so....drab? He let that scum go freely, after all that he did. Didn't even consider just leaving him tied up, he could free himself eventually. But my head hurts so I guess we'll just have to follow Bentley's lead.

Stop for a quick bite at a pub, strategize, and then off to the warehouse that the scum told us about. There were lights on, and wards on the windows. A couple tries and I figured out how to unravel one. Slip in with the heat lenses onto better see in the dark. One person in there, so I let Smythe know. He climbed in, pushed and followed quickly by Doctor McFly.


At that point the near hidden assailant decided we were enough of a threat and shot Smythe. It looked like a solid hit, but thankfully did not appear to even tickle my large friend.

I thumped the thing a couple times, then noticed Bentley went down. I scooped him to his feet, kissing his cheek chastely, and sent a surge of healing energy through him. Then a shot and the world went black. After a short while Dr. McFly was awkwardly shaking me calling me naked spell lady.

After that I made my way into the main storage of the warehouse to see the wolf sleeping in the middle of the area in a cage. He is a member of the House of Lords, right? I wonder if he is pervy council as well. Either way, I am certain Lord Sters would like me to ask for his support.
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Psitanium
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Re: 1879: The Expendables - McFly's Journal

Post by Psitanium » Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:34 am

After waking up our main suspect, I intimidated the chap with my jars of bees. Also quite intimidating was the trolldier’s hand wrapped around his neck. Which was more effective? Who can really say. We made an agreement to let him go in exchange for information leading to his sister, the real target. As he faded off into the distance, I knew we had made a mistake. No one that good at smug expressions is trustworthy. These things take years of practice to perfect. It makes one wonder how many smug expressions he has had on his face before this encounter. Too many by my estimate.

Finally, we had gotten to the mad scientist sister’s lair. That very description should have made me like her, but I feared the likely outcome of this encounter would be someone shooting at me. As soon as spell lady had dispelled the ward on the window and our team had crawled into a den of scum and villainy, I realized I was right. Also confirming my suspicions was the point where I was shot... and it hurt profusely. Once the fight was in full swing, it appeared the mad science lady had fled the scene, leaving us to clean up her lackies. Having left my emotional support bees in the carriage, I was fresh out of offensive capabilities. The best I could muster is turning a ruler into a stun baton. As much fun as it was to build, the execution was less impressive. One of the unsuspecting minions left their back exposed while attacking the others. I took the opportunity to shove this ruler in his back, an opportunity I somehow wasted a total of three times. Why I cannot hit anything, even at close range, feels like a flaw in my military training, of which I have had none. True, we did still win the conflict, with more than a few close calls to speak of, but I was quite dismayed by my ruler. This shall be the part of this day I remember most. Oh, also there was a werewolf in a cage.

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Re: 1879: The Expendables - McFly's Journal

Post by Psitanium » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:28 pm

After scouring the offices for pens, I joined the others in the main room. While the mad scientist was gone, it appeared the back door was wide open. The photo hunter had run out in pursuit, while the trolldier and spell lady attended to the werewolf, which is the kind of thing we often say nowadays. Since I preferred to stay away from lycanthropes as a rule, I went out to the back alley as well and provided some moral support to the hunter in his pursuit. Alas, she was long gone. And so, we returned to search her makeshift laboratory. Trolldier handed me a set of receipts for chemicals, which is admittedly not my field of study. I tried to look impressive while perusing them, but had no information to give. So I handed them to spell lady who was more interested in this kind of thing. I took to searching the mad scientists desk in the meantime, only to find a vial of strange liquid. Avoiding the urge to smell, taste insert this vial, I collected it for evidence. This felt like the smart decision, but not the most interesting one. Also, I found one more pen. While the rest of the party felt the evidence pointed to vivisection to uncover the secrets of lycanthropy, I had another theory involving hair tonic.

We turned the werewolf, vial and receipts over to the lord, who was appreciative and also disturbed by the events we uncovered. He offered me a drink, which I abstained from, although I briefly considered giving some to my bees. They definitely deserved it for all the moral support. But I was also concerned that it might... what is the term... kill them. Although this obvious rich lord could have paid us handsomely, the others decided his thanks was reward enough. It was around this time I realized why I can never afford my giant robot scorpion.

Having completed our quest, the hunter dropped me off at Danger Zone, leaving me to my work of building a grand apiary for my attack bees. I could also replenish my greatly diminished pen supply, thankfully. I suppose I should start working on my field equipment for the next inevitable death trap of an adventure.

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Re: 1879: The Expendables

Post by ChrisDDickey » Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:42 pm

Lord Bentleys journal entry concludes.

When I reached the back alley behind the warehouse, the back door was open, but there was no sign of the mad scientist. A small crowd of riff-raff had been attracted to the sound of gunfire in the warehouse. I asked the group at large which way the kidnapper (gesturing towards the open door) had gone, but none of them were in a civic-minded mood, and they all carefully avoided looking in any particular direction. I was unable to pick up any specific direction they were all avoiding, so I made the guess that instead of running past them, she had gone towards the alley that connects to the next street. With McFly following me I ran down that to the intersection but we failed to spot her, so returned. 

When we reentered the warehouse we saw Miss Withakay and Smyth in the wolf cage, the wolf was now awake and looking a bit better, but still blood-encrusted and near death. We spent quite some time making a thorough examination of the warehouse. Neither the riff-raff outside, nor the police intruded upon us, so we had plenty of time. I was particularly looking for any lab notes, or papers that would identify the mad scientist. We found some delivery papers listing this building as the shipping drop-off. The papers were for various supplies and chemicals. The person to accept the order was a "Monika Blac", a very obvious false name (or blank moniker if you will). The other thing of interest was a series of vials with numbers upon them. They did not look like blood or any other bodily fluid I am familiar with (and I have butchered my fair share of game), yet from the wounds upon poor Baron Maxwell, I strongly suspect that the vivisectionist was extracting things from various parts of his body. I collected the vials in the hope that they might be of some use to some scientist or doctor in determining the mad scientists methods and progress. Unfortunately, we were unable to find any lab notes whatsoever, or anything with the mad scientists real name. 

After the wolf had been treated and fell asleep again, we wrapped him in a blanket and carried him on a cot to my carriage, and took him to Baron Dormor's. The Baron put him in a guest room to sleep, and Miss Withakay volunteered to also stay over and continue giving the patent magical treatments in the morning. We told the Baron that we were at a temporary dead end, but that maybe the clues we had gathered (and which we gave him) might possibly reveal something or another. We provided what sort of description of the mad scientist we could and suggested he warn his friends about her. We asked him to please feel free to call upon us again if he needed our services or he wished us to investigate further. 

After I dropped the others off at their various destinations, I told my driver and my footman that tomorrow I would be paying them a 2 week bonus to their salaries, but that they should forget all about wolves, chases and fights, and remember only that I went to my club and played cards. The next day, after paying them their bonus, I sent the footman out on a shopping expedition to obtain for me several sets of disguises. I had him buy outfits fit for a stevedore living in a flop house, a delivery person, and a junior clerk. I also had him buy, in my size, a footman's livery, Not the patent livery in the colors and with the sigils of a noble house, but the more generic livery that the nouveau riche or a good hotel might employ.

Having learned that Lady Julia and her mother both ride the Hyde Park bridle paths most morning, I have also taken up the habit. I  have not spent much time on a horse since I was a boy, and my equestrian skills were very rusty. I have also been frequenting my mother's salons, my mother has many excellent suggestions for making myself more pleasant.. 

Note, training Initiate Optional Skill Equestrian, Novice Optional Skill First Impression, and Free Skill Engaging Banter. 1250 ap + 100 journal.   +50 ap plant centrifuge. 
Last edited by ChrisDDickey on Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:59 am, edited 2 times in total.

LexiLiegh
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Re: 1879: The Expendables

Post by LexiLiegh » Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:57 am

So glad I traveled with my picks, it was simple work to release the wolf. He groggily tried to bite me as I explained what I was doing for him. I managed to cast my healing spell on him, and he certainly perked up at that if still heavily drugged. We got him back to his pack leaders home, where we quietly marked favors. Even Doctor McFly seemed remiss to ask payment for services rendered.

Personally, I was tired, dirty, and wanted to be sure that our new friend would be well in the morning. I took the opportunity to stay in the lap of luxury on the pretext of healing the injured one in the morning more.
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