Big Trouble in Little Soho [Spoilers]

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Re: Big Trouble in Little Soho [Spoilers]

Post by ChrisDDickey » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:44 pm

There was a huge breakdown in communication. The goon we had captured said he would tell us where the headquarters was, only after he had gotten a deal. PC Westley Campbell said it would take several days, but that he would contact us as soon as he knew were the headquarters were. We waited 7 days, and when we next ran into PC Campbell, he said he had known the address for almost all of the time, but was waiting to get permission  from his superiors to raid the place, and for some reason, the permission was being withheld. So anyway, we waited for 7 days for Campbell to contact us with the address, but he had decided not to. Fortunately we were all able to spend the time well. I learned a new spell and improved my Charisma. 

Anyway, about a week after the last time we saw PC Campbell, I heard rumors that there had been a big explosion down by the University. Concerned that it might have been another attempt upon Dr Toprac I hunted up Lord Stark and we went to visit him. He assured us that he was OK and was taking precautions, but it turned out that the explosion had been about a block and a half away from the Library building where Toprac worked. The explosion was in front of the Museum of Natural History. We did a bit of asking around, and heard garbled rumors of at least two roughens with guns, and a man with muttonchops, but our understanding was all still pretty garbled when we caught up with PC Campbell. He informed us that the large explosion on the street had been a cover for a kidnapping. Somebody had set a fire in the museum, set off the explosion outside, and had kidnapped a Professor McGuire inside the museum and gotten away in the confusion. The Prof was an expert in dinosaurs. 

Campbell told us that he had been the address of the headquarters we had been looking for for some time, and had been trying to get approval for a raid on it. But for some reason unknown to him, somebody was blocking the approval. It was obvious that he did not like thinking his superiors corrupt, but it was also obvious that (though  he said nothing of it) he could think of few other explanations. Anyway, he asked if we could give it a very quiet look around. 

The location was an old abandoned pottery factory in hackney by the river. We drove past it in a cab, and it looked sutably abandoned. It had a 12 foot tall brick wall surrounding the courtyard. The wrought iron gate was hanging open. The factory itself was a large 3 story building. There were separate stables, a Coal Bunker, and 3 huge industrial kilns. We got out of the cab a half mile past the gate, and decided to check the back first. The factory backed up against a canal. The canal was in poor condition, but still in occasional use. There were paths on both sides, and we saw the occasional fisherman. Walking up the tow path, we saw a steam powered narrowboat pulling away from a dock directly behind the pottery factory. 

We started to walk faster, hoping to catch up with the boat. I was hoping that if we walked fast enough we could keep the boat in sight. Lord Stark decided to break into a run, and then jumped onto the boat. This, of course, ruined any chance of stealth or surprise, and when the helmsman yelled at him, Stark started to fight him. The helmsman also put the boat at full throttle, meaning I had to sprint to keep up. Stark knocked the helmsman down, and lowered the throttle, but I stayed upon the shore to cast spells at the helmsman. Eventually the helmsman escaped overboard and Stark went forward to attack a person whom I had not noticed before. I jumped onto the boat just in time for the helmsman to regain the helm and start bashing the boat into the sides of the canal. Eventually we had both men subdued and tied up. We found the kidnapped professor tied up below decks. He was grateful to be rescued. He said that the kidnappers had been asking him about the biology of the dinosaurs of the Gruv. He did not know why. He said that he thought the kidnappers might have been going to try to smuggle him into the Gruv. He also told us that the factory used to be the headquarters we were looking for, but it showed signs that it had been abandoned within the last week. 

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Re: Big Trouble in Little Soho [Spoilers]

Post by ChrisDDickey » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:24 am

We carried the two captured boatmen to the nearest police station, where Professor McGuire accused them of kidnapping. PC Campbell was sent for as the PC that was working the kidnapping case. 

I did an astral assessment of them, and assensed that the mage was a man of very strong emotions. I also assensed that there was something magically active inside his mouth! I looked inside and found that one of his back teeth had a strong elemental signature! I quickly opened my physicians kit and used some tools to knock out the strange tooth and extract it. This of course woke the man, but I got the tooth out before he could activate it. I threw the tooth in the corner (in case it exploded), but when I later examined it, I could tell that it seemed to be his own original tooth, which somebody had extracted, hollowed out, attached a long screw too, bound a spirit of fire too, and then screwed into his jaw! In addition to requiring strong enchantment and spirit binding powers, it must have been extraordinarily painful for the recipient. 

The mage swore at us horribly, but even though we tried to provoke him into indiscretion, he did not say anything useful to us. None of us being skilled interrogators, but knowing that the police were, we left the men for PC Campbell to interrogate after the PC had had a chance to take Professor McGuire's statement. 

The Professor had mentioned he had seen clues in the abandoned pottery factory. He also had told us that a pair of thugs had been left to ambush us. We decided to carefully check out the factory. We approached from the rear, and thinking that that ambush would probably be ether by the front door, or the stairs to the upper level, we entered via an upper story window. 

We explored all the upper level. The most obvious feature was the remains of a ritual circle. It had been both complex and strong. It would probably have taken most of a week to construct. However it had been deactivated and partially erased. I don't know exactly what had been doing with it, but whatever they had been doing with it, they were done. 

Lord Carnavon found a packet that had dropped behind some tables. Inside it were some papers, Engine programming cards, and a bill of lading. The bill of lading was from a respectable industrial chemistry named Harrison and Thurbert for a number of things including something called Thilorier Ice (which McGrath informed us was used for extreme cooling, and was also known as Dry Ice, which name turned out to be much more popular). The bill of lading had no address, but did say that the goods had been delivered to somebody named Cliton Elasely. We learned that hte Elasely family was extraordinarily Rich, and Cliton was a prominent member of the family. 

Looking all over the place, upper floor, roof, and finally ground floor, we finally found the thugs that were there to ambush us, outside the front doors. We considered attacking them and attempting to interrogate them, but since none of us were very good with interrogation, and since we really want to find out their gangs new headquarters, we decided it might be better to simple hide and see where they go, or who visits to check upon them. 

We decided to hide upon the roof. All three of us took a single two hour watch, and got about 4 hours of sleep before, shortly after midnight, the two men at the front door appeared to call it a night. They spent about an hour walking to their tenement apartment building in north hackney. We determined that they appeared to share an upper story room at the back. We spent the short remainder of the night taking turns on watch and sleeping rough in an alley. The men emerged within a few hour of dawn, obtained a breakfast and disappeared into a gin palace named the "Tin Annie's". They did not emerge and when various of us entered, there was no sign of them (though there did appear to be multiple back rooms, private rooms, etc). 

We discussed what to do, we had multiple potential lines of inquiry: Harrison and Thurbert. Cliton Elasely., finding out what PC Campbel had learned from his new prisoners. Trying to figure out how magic rituals, dinosaurs, and Dry Ice were all related to Bang Snuff. Etc. 

We decided our first stop (after returning to our varied rooms for a quick wash and shave) was to visit Catherine Montague to inquire about the engine programming cards. 

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Re: Big Trouble in Little Soho [Spoilers]

Post by Slimcreeper » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:47 am

Sometimes I make up things (like the tooth) and don’t realize how horrific they are until someone else tells the story

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Re: Big Trouble in Little Soho [Spoilers]

Post by Andrew1879 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:03 pm

Yeah ow

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