Red Earth

17 The Jade Statue
The Rescue from Limehouse

The fight continued after the shout with George continuing to attack the Jade Statue. Then it was suddenly enveloped in darkness and George was flung away.
From the gallery there were shots of gunfire and George recovered enough to strike down the old Chinese man there (who had presumably been the one shouting), before he himself was wounded severely by a bullet.

Babu emerged form the shadows transformed into an Eagle and ripped out the throat of the old man and one of his gun men, while George recovered enough to strike down the last.

The windows of the warehouse roof broke and the League of Gentlemen descended on ropes, the Scarlet Pimpernel, the Last Musketeer and the Cannonball (who fell quite hard) were watched over by Spring Heeled Jack from the roof.
As they did, the Jade Statue came to life and weathered much gun fire as it stalked forward. Jacoby cracked it with a blast from his shotgun, but finally a petard hoisted by The Cannonball at it’s feet managed to finally doom it.

The investigators rescued Molly from the upstairs office, finding her unclothed and painted with strange black tattoos, but asleep and possibly intoxicated and they rushed her quickly to her father at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, summoning him from his lodgings and sheltering her inside.

The next day they convened at Professor Ringwold’s house to question Molly and further discuss the situation, which also allowed Babu to finally collect his artificial replacement for the leg he lost.
Molly was in very good spirits, full of herself and raring to find more excited, which was concerning to all, especially her father and especially when she showed herself to be flirtatious with the men around her.

George sent a telegram for Jones, asking for help with a possible possession, while Elizabeth went to Limehouse to ask for help from the Reverend there who was accustomed with the Chinese.

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16 Limehouse and the League of Gentlemen
The Man With the Golden Pistol

WIP

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15 The Caretaker Collection
Doctor Jack at the Tower

WIP

XP

Dan: 3xp
Elizabeth: 2xp

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14 After Curfew
Dusk in Cheapside

Awarded 1 xp to Dan and 2xp to Elizabeth
(Note that Dan is now a “Seasoned” explorer on 20+xp and so this was based on level of danger and character development.)

Email post session 14:

All,
A quick note on last session. (Paul was keen to visit the book depository, so we’ll include him in the group visit and assume he was there).

Chapter 2

After James the Librarian disappeared from the cellar of the safe-house in Cheapside, you searched his satchel, finding a well thumbed book called “Legends of Old England” with some poorly written notes in the margins.
At the book depository in Holborn, Dan managed to pick the lock and you all rummaged around.

George Hartley wanted to stay there, so Elizabeth and Dan made their way back to the Convent in Southwark. That was the night of Wednesday
22nd September.

On Friday 24th September, the Pall Mall Gazette carries a front page article that catches your eyes:

“The Fall of The Gifted

It is dire indeed when a lady of once good standing falls, and so brazenly too that she mocks all civilisation. Once called Elizabeth she now names herself Judy and becomes a ladybird at the door of a Convent in Southwark, a place of God no less, hiding amongst the trappings of blessed morality.

At least one encounter has been witnessed between this talented spiritualist and a gonoph gal-sneaker from the Twice Rebellious Union States, disturbing the sleep of the good families of the area and their children.

Woe upon the Convent if they are to continue to host such immoral banquets and woe to the good ladies there lest they become betrothed to an Abbess of another sort! The area can ill afford to attract further crime, and dollymops will flock there aplenty with their attendant crooks and rollers, mug-takers will stalk the alleyways around for johns and flash houses will appear to appease the bludgers.
All good citizens must beware the spread of these wicked ways and the malodorous tidings they bring."

We will skip a week, so if there is anything you want to do in the meantime, please send me a mail. I will write separately to Paul.

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13 Hunting the Brethren
A Library in Holborn

Two weeks later.

Nancy sent a message to Jones saying she had some information about James the Librarian, the Brethren named by the captured Pioneer Sergeant.

After some discussion with Jones at Wentley Manor, and testing out the green Martian lens device, Dan and George decided to meet Nancy in London, taking Dr Stanwell with them to speak to the Professor at the Observatory.

On the way, they stopped at Basingstoke Post Office to buy maps and discovered a telegram from a Father Pleasant explaining that Elizabeth was staying in a Covent in Southwark to convalesce and they were welcome to visit her if they wished.

Dan and George met Nancy in a pub in Clapham so as to avoid going into Central London (and possibly being followed). She told them she and some friends had been following James about, he was a loner working in a damaged church on Holborn being used as a library for members only, but very few people used it. James visits several places of worship for various faiths, and gambles a bit in a gin palace.
Nancy arranged to meet them in a tea shop on Holborn the next day at dusk, close to the book depository.

Dan and George met Father Pleasant and spoke to Elizabeth about her redemption. The Convent sisters agreed to let Elizabeth have a late curfew if she stayed in touch with them.

The three visited Greenwich Observatory and spoke to Professor Ringwold, about his daughter who was kidnapped (Molly) – by a group of Chinese sailors from the shores of Greenwich park.
He agreed he could make a mechanical leg for Babu and let them look throw the telescope at Mars. George was suddenly seized with the desire to turn the telescope wheel and found an empty area of space with no starlight. They left Dr Stanwell at the Professor to discuss if that area had any significance.

They stayed overnight at a nearby guest house (with Elizabeth returning to the Convent) and met up the next day.

Nancy procured a Hansom Cab and allowed Dan to drive it in a top hat. They snatched James from the street and drove him (leaving Nancy behind to cover their tracks) to a safe house not far away near St. Paul’s.

James conversed with the group about the King of the Lost City and when George wore his red amulet it glowed, James took it back and vanished, leaving a green dust behind.

3xp awarded

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12 Setting A Snare
The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

3xp for the capture and torture of the Pioneer Sergeant who wounded Naik Babu.

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10 The Cell
A Prisoner in Islington Nick

WIP

2 xp awarded

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08 The Underworld
A Crossing Point

Sunday 5th September – midnight

Having entered the crypt close to midnight on the Saturday, the group step through the dark archway and down the dark stairs. They realise that Dan McCall is not with them, but trying to ascend the steps again it seems an impossibly long distance away.

They proceed with only George Hartley MP’s lighter and Phineas impossibly good eyesight to guide them and they come out into a sewer somewhere under London.

Faced with a little monkey – dressed like a porter in a suit jacket and hat – and a Labrador harnessed with charity collecting tins, the group followed the screeches of the monkey for some way into the darkness before thinking better of it and turning back. The monkey was irate but left them to pursue the charity Labrador instead.

The dog led them out into a desolate forest, of thin leafless birch trees. A forest that was certainly not in England or even in the same season. The dog bark and refused to go on but they proceeded. In a grove they found a gravestone (which George Hartley steered the group away from, but which he later revealed to read “Dan McCall”) and they turned back as the branches of the trees reached down to snare them.

WIP

2xp awarded

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