Ne'er-do-Wells' AA Masque of the Red Death

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Masque of Red Death Story 4 -

Running list of important NPCs

Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet - Scottish noble, explorer and mountaineer - Home in Angus Scotland - Kirriemuir, sometimes called Kirrie, - a major ecclesiastical center. Later it was identified with witchcraft, family holdings on N W banks of Loch of Lintrathen

Ms Frances Mary Anne Burges (Bannerman) – late 20s – linguist, traveler, self-trained natural scientist writer poet balladeer - from NE scottland - a little further N than the area Sir Hugh is from - has real experience with the Dark.

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Tullimet House - a few miles outside of Dowally, a small village, little more than a hamlet – 3 miles N of Dunkeld and Birnam

Dr James Lallard -

Mr Greer Lynn MacAulay - Dr Lallard's agent
"And so I am become a knight of the Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows!" - Mark Twain

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15 June 2020 recap

Wrapped up the end of story 3 and started the trip back to Dr James Lallard's home in Scotland

They helped Ms Tamarel Fanny Sonnenberg deal with her nearly being a human sacrifice. The advised her to find a middle road and not become a crusader fighting a war she can't win, but at the same time not to stick her head in the sand and ignore the fact that there are deep dark things that are deadly.

they found out that Ms Mina Bergson had been a spy for the evil cultists all along and she was one of the cultists in the basement they fought against and she had been part of the abduction of Ms Tamarel - she is now missing after the fight in the basement.

Another wealthy young Jewish man (they had never met) was also involved and was the cultist leading the sacrifice in the basement and casting most of the spells. He was the man that Father O'Malley killed at the end of the fight.

Father O'Malley and Rabi Mendel, and the Rabi's adopted son, blessed the basement that the cult had been using for the site of the sacrifice.

Father O'Malley remembered to send a telegraph to Mr Greer Lynn MacAulay - Dr Lallard's agent - to let those in Scotland know they were finished in Berlin

Captain Ernst Siskovis was ordered to the lowlands to follow up on the addresses the group found in the lowlander's hotel room.

Mr Doyle received a silver watch fob with a Jewish symbol marking him as a 'friend of the faithful' and it will be helpful dealing with any Jewish community.

Father O'Malley received a letter of introduction from Rabi Mendel Hirsch which will also help the Jesuit in dealing with any synagogue or Jewish college or library

Mr Blue received a flask to replace the one he used to help fight the swarm of vermin attacking Ms Tamarel and Mr Doyle

Ms Beatrice received a Jewish symbol of luck

The trip to Hamburg Germany was mostly uneventful

Hamburg the group doing some shopping and sight seeing stumble onto an imp - multiple very high rolls lets them know it is going about its business and not watching them - they follow it from a bit and watch it steel some random child's toy and hide it from the child. Father O'Malley torn between hunting it down and killing it, and not being drawn into a fight that is not their focus, he decides to put the toy back and give it a quick blessing so the child had a good night's sleep

That night Father O'Malley has a dream - not a dream - a force of will pressing an event into his sleeping mind. - has it already happened …. is it happening now in some nearby location … will it happen in the near future …. regardless, Father O'Malley knows Master James Dodd (aka bushy beard guy) has been/is/will be tortured and cast adrift in the north sea as punishment for his failure some weeks before in the little Moravian village.

The day arrives for them to travel from German to Scotland and the next chapter of their life.
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Masque of red death story 4

Cut scene

A ship, sails groaning with the late night breeze nudging the ship through the cold dark sea. The deck of the ship - lightly crewed. The weather – fair, clear skies, stars covering the heavens, but the moon had set hours ago leaving the seas dark. The breeze is light, but not becalming, there is no danger of storm, collision, or running aground, so the crew takes a chance to rest. One or two sailors lightly doze at their station, the officer of the watch focusing on the map, the compass, and the night starts – focused on navigation the ship, and spending a little extra time studying in hope of passing his next test and increase his pay with an increased rank

A lone boy, middle teen years, quietly moves across the deck careful as a church mouse … he closes his eyes

4 youth, those 4 are friends, each having 3 or 4 voyages on the ship, each quickly learning the skills needed to follow in their families’ footsteps and become an officer of a ship, command a merchant vessel, sail the seas and bring themselves (and Scotland) profit. …. A whaler vessel, or a merchant trader, or act as an agent or insurer for merchants, and any other jobs tied to the life around ships and ship profits … . 4 youth fast friends together

A 5th youth, younger, less skilled, lacking natural talent, and a heart not in the love of the sea. A youth begrudging his family for forcing him into this first voyage. A youth that hates the other 4 cabin boys and apprentices on the ship … the 4 that are friend and exclude him because of his … no thought on why they would dislike him, only that they do dislike him … the 4 that are better than him in all tasks required of a sailor and future sailing officer, owner or the like … , 4 youth that never pass up an opportunity to demonstrate their superiority and highlight his inadequacies …. 4 Youth that ostracize him, mock him, ignore him.

Hatred boils through his blood

The last item is careful placed in the bottom of one of the ships skiffs (thankfully hung overboard to make room for the extra cargo the ship took on board at the last Canadian stop before sailing back toward Europe, then maybe the return to home port in a few weeks). Gear and supplies are carefully wrapped and tied down to survive the drop.

A boarding axe carefully quietly cuts 1 support rope and then quickly another; the skiff drop the 5 feet to the dark sea water with a splash. The youth leaps overboard a second later. Landing beside the free floating life boat, and in seconds the boy scrambles into the small sciff’s safety (fear of the dark water and the fish swimming in those cold waters speeds the boy’s movement).

Even with the light wind, the merchant ship passes quickly and is unable to slow and turn before the boy hosts the skiff’s small sail and directs it into the night diverging from the ships path

The officer of the watch calling the ship to life, calling out the dreaded ‘man over board’ …. All too late; the crew ill prepared … the hate filled youth disappears into the night.

Sadly, the youth’s ability to read a map and plot the ships position was as inadequate as his other skills on ship.

What was expected to be a 20 mile course S by SE to land on the N shore of Scotland was wrong. A day a night and the next day, open waters. The youth sees an island. Little more than a tumble of rocks, a small hill of wet stone, a bit of thin soil, and a few scrub brush. A sickly tree or 2 at most. A place for sea birds to land and rest, a place for those birds to nest and hatch chicks, a place for flotsam in the N Sea to run aground, but little more

The skiff is thrown hard against the rocks on shore, the hard oak boards crack, the boy scrambles ashore and pulls the boat onto the rocks . the boat will not sail again.

The youth’s miserable life has worsened , until ….
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22 June 2020 recap

The group spent the remaining time in Hamburg looking for unique specialized items - silvered daggers, silver bullets, sword walking cane with silvered blade etc - As these are all unique items and need to be special ordered and will take time to be made, they did not find anything that met their needs in this area. Though they did buy a sterling silver knife and fork as emergency weapons - They did find more items, but they were blatant knock offs, or costume items being passed off as things more special than they actually were, so they decided not to waste their money.

Their ship - the Thistle Rose - departed without incident. A comfortable enough 300 foot steamer, though it was missing some of the amenities that Ms Beatrice is used to when traveling abroad. The trip to Glasgow Scotland will take around 3 1/2 days, so the group settles down for a bit of rest.

Walking the deck Mr Doyle & Father O'Malley notice a man setting open book in one hand, a cigar in the other, a crystal tumbler of (assumed) Scotch on the table next to the bench, and another closed book on the bench next to him. The man dressed in solid comfortable cloths, looks to be a little taller than average and defiantly more athletic build than average. The man has a blank look and is either lost in thought, or letting his mind wander. Mr Blue, as he finishes his jogging around the upper deck notices the man too, and head down to his room to quickly refresh himself follow his run

The 2 books are "Crossing the mountains of East Europe & the lands of Carpathian" and "Myths and tales of the peoples of East Europe"

Father O'Malley & Mr Doyle pause at the guard rail watching the North sea as the ship exits the mouth of the river harbor, and keep an eye on the gentleman reading odd books about the lands they recently visited. Soon Mr Blue, having put on a clean shirt and wiped his face following his exercise come back, but he doesn't hesitate. He walks up introduces himself to the man (I rolled painfully low, so he didn't notice anything till Mr Blue was there smiling and hand extended for a friendly introductory hand shake).. He is surprised but friendly
He is tall and athletic (though not as large or strong as Mr Blue) with a easy smile and firm handshake. Mr Blue notices the mans hands are more calloused than expected, and his cloths, though sturdy and comfortable, are well made.

The stranger introduces himself as Hugh Munro. Mr Blue &e Mr Munro spend sometime talking - some failed perception checks here - but then a ship's steward comes up, apologies to Sir Hugh for the ship not being prepared for his traveling on the ship, though no special accommodations have been made, the ship's chef will be able to provide acceptable fare for one of your stature, and of course you and a guest (looking sideways at the black American ex-slave as he says this) will be guests at the Captain's table.

The stranger looks embarrassed at this and after the steward leaves he admits to Mr Blue he is Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet of Munro.

At this a lady approaches - the group had failed to notice her as she, like Doyle and O'Malley, watched from a little distance off down the deck.

She thought she had recognized The Munro, but wasn't sure, hearing the ship's steward confirm this she wanted to introduce herself - Ms Frances Mary Anne Burges

As the 3 talk, Mr Blue finally nods over to his 2 friends a little ways away (I rolled high enough earlier that Sir Hugh had noticed them and was watching to see what they would do) and they eventually come up and join the group

Cigars are offered (to the men) and scotch is offered to all, Mr Blue sends a steward to Ms Beatrice's room to have her also join the discussion.

For the next 3 1/2 days the group has a chance to get to know the 2 new strangers/friends.

Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet – Scottish noble, explores and mountaineer – Home in the shire of Angus Scotland ; Home in - Kirriemuir, sometimes called Kirrie, - a major ecclesiastical center. Later it was identified with witchcraft, in the witch trials in that area, family holdings on N W banks of Loch of Lintrathen - He is returning from SE Austrian holdings (in the area around Romania - from helping a friend map a pass and get some practice climbing the areas larger mountains. He has a passing interest in myths folk tails and the like from the various peoples of the lands he visits.

Ms Frances Mary Anne Burges (aka Mary Anne Bannerman) – late 20s cute if a little more athletic than is fashionable (esp for a female & a female writer) slightly above average height, well dressed habitually carries a leather currier/writer's shoulder bag. She is a linguist, traveler, self-trained natural scientist writer poet balladeer – published writings (In own name) on travel, botany, traveler's journals etc / works on gothic as her maternal grand mother’s last name - Grand mother was Mary Anne Bannerman a fairly well known Scottish writer of Romantic and Gothic works from the 1840-50s. Her father was an adventurer, traveler, soldier . SHe is from an area near, but further North than Sir Hugh's family holdings.

From the 3 days talking with her, reading her works etc, they put together that she does in fact believe and may have had experiences with dark forces - no mere writer rewording old ghost stories here. Some of the works have a feeling similar to thri individual dreems.

However, from talking with them, she also puts together that they too have had dealings with the dark …

The ship pulls into the bustling port of Glasgow late Saturday afternoon (the end of the 1st week of June 1880)
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6 July recap

Before the Thistle Rose landed in Scotland, Father O’Malley had a chance to listen to Ms Frances Mary Anne Burges (pen name Bannerman) as she talked to the group and Sir Hugh Munro. Those conversations, and reading over her work gave him enough insight (along with a very high perception roll) to figure out that Ms Burges had in fact had dealing with the followers of the Red Hand or other Dark forces. Plus since she did not carry any taint of evil, he could be fairly sure that she had or was a fighter of sorts against the dark. However, her views and writings left out any explicit religious views. This being odd since for the most part every group of peoples he had met or heard of tended to be tied in some form to a religious view.

On arrival in Glasgow, the group took some time to check out the local shops, paying particular attention to the book shops. Ms Beatrice focused on Scottish/Celtic myths and fairytales, but only found ‘children’s books’ and nothing that had any meat to them. Though she did find a book about Scottish ghosts and the like slightly interesting. Father O’Malley look into Ms Frances Mary Anne Burges works and found a few scientific writings on plants and animals etc, but nothing interesting. However, he did find a copy of her grandmothers Gothic short stories and poems. He couldn’t resist purchasing it to at least see what the young Ms Burges’ grandmother had written.

The next day the group traveled inland into Perthshire , the inner Scottish area that divides N Highland Scotland form S Lowland Scotland via train. They easily found a wagon to take them from the train station to the hamlet of Dowally Perthshire Scotland. However, they decided to walk the 3 miles from the village to Tullimet House (Dr James Lallard’s home). As they walk a wagon traveling from up the road passes them heading back to the village they just left.

When they finally see the house they are overlooking a grand old Scottish manor 4 stories tall, with a steep red tiled roof. Glass windows making the house bright and inviting without being too cold and drafty. It is in a U shape with the main face of the manor overlooking the road to the south, with a long 1 / 4 mile drive way connecting the road and the house. Multiple out buildings behind the house including a chapel, a green house, a carriage house and other buildings, with a formal garden behind the house that extends back to the beginning of the Scottish hills glens and moors stretching to the N.

The group arrive and meet Mr Greer Lynn MacAulay who they had already met in Berlin, Mrs Athol – the House Keeper and head of the manor’s limited servant staff – who is unhappy and put out at the arrival of multiple visitors. They also find out that a Ms Grace Wyittcliff had arrived some 30 min before they did – explaining some of Mrs Athol’s annoyance.

The group is able to talk with Mr MacAulay as their rooms are prepared and Dr Lallard finishes talking to Ms Wyittcliff. After some 20 to 30 min they are taken up stairs to Dr Lallard’ s study , finally meeting the good Dr along with Ms Wyittcliff and Mr Isaacke Peter Reidmuir (Dr Lallard’s valet and steward). The group notices that Ms Wyittcliff seems to have a shadow of sadness even as she smiles.

Also, the group especially Ms Beatrice notices as they walk through the house that there are numerous paintings and artwork in the house, but there are no portraits. No only family paintings no pictures of a family or wife in the house.

For the next few hours, the group recounts their stories from the events since the fateful leap from the train through the Berlin affair. Dr Lallard, Mr MacAulay, Mr Reidmuir & Ms Wyitcliff ask multiple questions throughout the interview, and the group is honest and does not attempt to hid any information as they talk (though Mr Blue does down play his new found mental powers and the specifics of his dream which give too much specific information about his dark past. Thankfully no one probes too deeply at theses bits of glossed over information).

The group is given rooms and free reign of the house and surrounding grounds and plenty of time to recover from the events.

Father O’Malley finds old papers letters journals and the like stuffed away in the basement of the chapel. Some well over 300 years old – none specifically interesting as study or preparation for hunting the Dark forces, but very interesting for study of religious thought from 300 years ago and other bits of Scottish history. Additionally, he finds a dirk. The handle of old wood dry rotted and unusable, but the blade itself without rust or blemish. On one side a sun and Greek letters IHS (Greek 1st letters for Jesus’ name) on the other side Jacob Marches (a very high history roll here – he was Father Jacob of the Marches – Francian soldier priest in S Scotland a generation prior to the reformation. The dirk will be exceptional when it is repaired and has a usable handle.

Mr Blue finds time to finish the leatherwork needed to repair the glyphic bone parts he found in the Berlin museum and make them into a function cestus (magical +1 to hit and damage).

Mr Doyle, one morning before sun rise hears a noise in the hall outside his room, and follows it – always a step ahead, whatever it is leads him out of the house through the garden and into the moors to the N of the house. Finally, he catches up to Ms Wyittcliffe setting on a rock overlooking the dark gloomy moor. Without looking she reaches back with a flask in hand, and a small bag of food for breakfast beside her.

Taking the flask, Mr Doyle and Ms Wyitcliffe have a talk as the sun rises. She warns him away from the life of being a hunter of the Dark, explains the hardships and dangers. Tells him to go find a lass and have a family. He explains he can’t he has seen too much and has too much of a love for learning to turn back now. She says those are the things I said some years ago, but she would have not been able to live with herself if she had not at least attempted to warn him from the dangers he would face. However, if he decides to soldier on, he needs to be prepared

She tells him to find a place to keep his sanity, tells him of other hunters she knows (an exceptional Londoner with 2 friends that uses music and hashish – regrettably on that last part – as his balm; a Frenchman that uses the kitchen as his ground to sanity, and a Spanish lady that loves art and manmade beauty). She then spends the rest of the time there at Tullimet House training him and initiating him into the Die Wachterm, (The Watchers or The Watchmen)

After over a week and a half, the group is told tickets to America have been acquired.

Father O’Malley is presented with a leather satchel made to hold a bible and prayer book, some flasks of holy water/oil, extra padded pockets to hold glass vials of holy water/oil, vestments for holy rites, and a hidden pocket to hold a gun or notes. One side has the Catholic cross and the Jesuit symbol worked into the leather, the other has starts in the constellations of Orion Taurus and Pleiades worked into the leather (to remind hunters to defend the innocent – like Orion should – and not to fall prey to temptation – like Orion did

Mr Doyle receives a shillelagh made of the root of a hard tree found deep in the moors. Stained dark gray capped with silver on the tip and the ball of the head. Perfectly made and balanced - +1 silvered club/walking cane. Also he receives a packet of letters, legal contracts, an extensive list of items in various schools and museums (some of which you did not travel to), the charcoal rubbings you have are in folder and it is in a water resistant wrapping, agreements for schools, museums (and a few private collections) to share some items with the New York museum and your school for study / your accounting is reworked perfectly accounting for every penny (and giving you and Father O’Malley, and Mr Blue $25 for extra pocket money – a benefit of now being a member of Die Wachterm, and their network of hunters and associates.

Mr Blue receives a padded box made to protect the statuette of the Roman Boxer he acquired in Berlin.
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