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Old 04-29-2013, 06:53 PM
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Night of the Jackals

Night of the Jackals-

March 1st 5:30 pm

It is an overcast Monday evening in early March. A cool wind whips around the streets gently pushing against people almost as if it were a solemn plea for a certain few to go back from where they came.. The good and not so good folks go about their business. Horses clomp by and the shouts of those already drunk are barely enough to drown out an eerie silence. You look up only to see it is apparently just you who is awash in the unsettling quietude. It has already been a long day and that is enough to avert your attention from that little nagging churning in your gut. Just ahead is Mr. Paices tailor shoppe. Its front door is propped open by a piece of wood and you can smell wafts of freshly made baked goods coming from the entrance.

Alice greets her guest s with enthusiasm and ushers them behind racks of clothing into a back room. To the immediate right is a quaint office with barely a paper to be scene. To the left there is staircase that leads to living quarters. They both reside above the shoppe and after a day work Mr. Paice has gone out for his usual stroll giving Alice enough time and opportunity to have this meeting. She is petite even in the blue puffy dress she wears. Her index fingers and thumbs are slightly calloused and it is clear she been earning her keep at the shoppe.

“Please wait here while the others arrive.”
She places some cut up pieces of cake on the table and gestures towards one of the seats in the room. Three is a couch , two lounge chairs and a few wooden chairs added to make extra seating. In the center is a beat up table with a pile of papers on it.

Once she sees that all her guests have arrived she picks up the stack of papers and turns towards her guests.

“I want to sincerely thank you all for coming. I am most concerned for my uncle. Who by his own clueless nature does not see anything to be worried over. “
She pauses and smiles. “But that is part of his charm and above all he is a good hearted man. As I intend to show this not just the overactive imagination of a nineteen year old woman."

She hands out newspaper clippings. (see attachments)

Tragedy on the Rails
Early morning travelers witnessed a gruesome scene Friday when Orlando Reynolds fell on the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train. Authorities proclaimed him dead at the scene. Authorities are calling the incident a tragic accident and have encouraged officials to come up with ways to prevent other such tragedies from occurring.
Orlando Reynolds, 45 was, a veteran serving in Sudan. Upon returning home he worked as a simple shop clerk. He is survived by his wife Rosemary and two children.





Decorated War Vet Murdered in His Home
The Dover suburbs were rattled when beloved war veteran Sergeant Major Herbert Crouch was found strangled to death in his home. A witness says they saw what appeared to be a tall dark figure on the premises that night. Sergeant Major Herbert Crouch,51, served with the Buff’s in Afghanistan, Egypt and Sudan before retiring. The beloved Major and local rugby coach will be sorely missed by the community.







“A man was killed in his home and then another just happens to fall in front of a train. I met that man and he was certainly not be the type to up fall like that. My uncle on the other hand would be another matter. In a period of one week two men my uncle knew are dead under quite dubious circumstances and he is acting so carefree. I’m worried someone may have a grudge or that he may get mixed up in something by going to this funeral. If you have used our services than you know he speaks first and thinks a day or two later.“

As she is speaking Mr. Paice comes through the door with a perplexed look on his face until a faint shimmer understanding brightens his eyes. You're still on this are you?

Of course I am. If you can't sense something is wrong I'll never know how you managed to survive on the battlefield.

He scratches his head and blushes. Well, a good bit of luck there. I was injured when that last catastrophe of mission went down. It was lady luck that kept us away. I do wonder where those others went off too though. What are you looking for these fine people to do? Come with me?

Emma's face lights up and her voice turns up a notch. That would be a fine idea. Would you care to escort my dear uncle? If you do any tailor work that you need done in the future will not be charged for.

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:56 AM
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' So how exactly did Mr Pierce know these men? I would hazard a guess that they served together, but a clarification on the matter for the records would be most welcome.' Alfred already had his little notepad open and was jotting down bits and pieces that might come to be useful later on.

'As to escorting him, has there been any actual threats of violence against him recently? any strange happening's that you've not told us about?...maybe strange people hanging around that you've not seen before? '
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"I'd be honoured to accompany your uncle, my dear girl. " boomed Dr Murdock, a clear Irish accent colouring his words. He stroked his full beard as he read the two clippings. "A run down to Dover, even on such a sad duty, will be a most welcome diversion - the workmen are installing new benches in the laboratory at the moment, so my work is most constrained. While, I'm sure your uncle is correct and there's nothing to worry about, at least we can assuage your worries, understandable though they are in the face of such a conincidence."

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Sgt William Thick is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but he's a very experienced policeman, therefore throughout this conversation he will be attempting however many Spot Hidden rolls are necessary (the GM can make them - if the GM fails, I spot nothing, but I don't know whether I've missed anything, which is as it should be) to determine the following two things. Firstly, whether Mr. Plaice is only pretending to be nonchalant, and is genuinely worried but hiding it from his niece - he's sweating, or he has a concealed weapon that a tailor shouldn't need, or whatever.

Secondly, any security precautions that seem excessive - brand new sturdy locks on doors and windows, or whatever. If any visible occult precautions are in place, Sgt Thick may spot them and will note that they're odd without knowing what they mean. (He's already observed that it's a bit strange for a tailor with a business in the middle of London to commute every day from Dover rather than living in a flat above his shop, but he assumes that's a typo.)

As soon as the introduction is over and he can get back to police HQ, he will obtain the official police files on the murder of Herbert Crouch. This is not a Library Use check, since he will simply ask a clerk to have them sent over from the relevant division, which will take a few hours (or maybe a day if they are in fact in Dover). If there are any excessively gory or sexually explicit details which the papers couldn't print, or anything which might compromise the investigation if it was generally known, these files will give him extra clues. Probably not, but it's worth a try.

Well now, miss, I'm glad you called in the police - better safe than sorry. However, I'm sure that, as your uncle says, there's really nothing to worry about. And while I thank you kindly for the offer of free tailoring, I can't possibly accept. You wouldn't want to lay yourself open to a charge of trying to bribe a police officer, would you? (This is said in such a way as to show it's all in jest, and as soon as he's the only copper in the room, he'll quietly accept that offer behind the scenes, because his salary isn't huge, and good suits don't come cheap.)

Sir, you have my deepest sympathies over the death of your two friends, but accidents do happen, and it's best not to read too much into them. Still, since foul play did occur in one instance, you are quite justified, MIss PLaice, in being concerned for your uncle's safety, however small the risk may be. And of course it's a small risk. In my experience these things are almost invariably personal quarrels that have no bearing on anybody else. However, so long as there is any possibility that your uncle may be in danger, I would be failing in my duty as a police officer, and, if I may presume as much, as a gentleman, if I were to refuse. Madam, I am your humble servant. (Bows, and would kiss her hand if he thought he could get away with it it, but there are other people watching, including another copper, and most of H Division is still giggling about that time some loony wrote to the papers accusing him of being Jack the Ripper.)
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:22 PM
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Amy tilts her head as she reads through the clippings, her lips pursed as she considers matters before handing them politely enough back. She sits in silence for the most part, her ankles crossed by the side of the chair she is sitting in. Her fingers drum quietly on her knee at the thought of having to leave London but free tailoring was free tailoring and Edward would probably have dove at the chance to get her out of the city for a few days. The violin was getting on his nerves when he was trying to read.

She smiles up at Emma at the suggestion. "It would be a fine idea to accompany your uncle," she says, "I highly doubt there is anything to worry about, but lonely travel is not very entertaining at all. I am sure, with all of us, even if there was some sort of plot against him, who would dare try anything?"
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:06 PM
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Emma excuses herself briefly and moments later she escorts and older gentleman to the door and sends him on his way with a kisss to the cheek. “I apologize for leaving so abruptly. “

Mr. Paice chimes up to Alfred’s question. “I am in the room good sir. “ he says it with a smile and a laugh to let him know he took no ill will from it. “I served with those men in the Buff’s. Sergeant Major Crouch was in charge. Threats? No sir.”

Emma coughed lightly to gain the attention of the room. “Uncle! I told you about those dark figures I seen lurking about late at night last week. They’d have to be quite tall I imagine. It war far too dark to see any more than a silhouette. They didn’t do anything mind you. They lingered about around the premises for a time and after three day s they never returned. I just thought it strange. Of course my uncle thought I was being silly.”

She turns to Amy and smiles. “I don’t imagine anyone trying anything with so many around. Do return anytime it so hard to meet friends when I’m busy all day in the shop” she grabs Amy’s hand enthusiastically.

The good sergeant Thick is able to sneak a small kiss the hand and a brief word in as everyone begins to filter out of the front.

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notes down both replies into his note book making sure each was labeled with who's comment was who. 'I apologize Mr Plaice, I can sometimes get carried away with my questions.'

Keepign his eyes firmly on Mr Plaice then Emma letting his instincts take a few minutes to gather up any visual data he might be needing to add evidence to the already circumstantial information proved.

Turning now to Emma he pressed pencil to paper again ' Would you be able to give me any further details on these ''Lurkers'' you witnessed. Dates, times in the evening, locations maybe? Were there more then one at a time?'

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Sgt Thick isn't going to discuss the details of this in front of young ladies, but he is tending towards the theory that the savagery of the attack on Crouch may indicate that he was killed by a "savage" - in other words, a non-white man, probably from a tribal background. He is not really a racist, but his entire culture is racist, and he takes these things for granted. During the Jack the Ripper investigation, the police checked out Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show simply because the company included some Native Americans.

Sgt Thick believes that the death of Crouch was the only murder - the other death was an accident - and Emma is seeing every stranger as a "lurker" because she's already nervous. Nevertheless, he will gallantly make a show of protecting Mr Paice from danger because a lady in distress asked him to. And she's pretty. And he'd quite like the free suits. He sees no reason why another young lady and some random professor chappie shouldn't be involved in this part of the investigation because he believes the danger to almost certainly be imaginary.

He is toying with the extremely conjectural theory that Crouch made a bitter enemy of another officer in his regiment when he was overseas, and this man, who was perhaps crippled by a wound that makes him too physically infirm to kill Crouch himself, has a very devoted manservant from some savage tribe who he sent to do the deed. I know perfectly well this is rubbish, but Thick tends to jump to somewhat illogical conclusions. He will continue to stick to some variant on this theory until it is conclusively proven to be wrong.

Meanwhile, he will stroll casually to the window, and have a look to see if there are any "lurkers" to be seen in the street right now, because he's a good enough copper to know that Emma might be right, though he thinks it's most likely that if she is, they're not really interested in the tailor or his shop, but are casing some other nearby shop which more obviously has things in it worth stealing. Spot Hidden (the GM can make the roll) - Thick has spent his entire career looking out for people "loitering with intent", so if he does spot anyone, he'll instinctively know if they look really suspicious. Also, this is a respectable and prosperous district where drunkards, derelicts and prostitutes are unlikely to be huddling in doorways. If there is in fact somebody there, he will suggest to the Detective Sergeant that they go and have a word with the fellow.
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Sgt. Thick gazes out the windows as Emma is questioned further about the shadows. Outside he sees the normal goings on of evening. There are no ghastly shadows of tall man or any other things that would scream out for attention. He does spy a few familiar locals some drunkards and a few ruffians meander by. Fellows who would surely be involved with the authorities before long again.

Hmmm Emma pressed her finger to her lips. I do believe there were two..oh I'm not sure maybe three on the first night. It was so late well after 10 on all occasions. They were here three days. Tuesday.. yes the first night was Tuesday. My uncle was not here so I remember it clearly.

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"Well, ladies and gentlemen, I think that perhaps it's time to leave Mr Paice and his lovely niece to their dinner. Perhaps some of you might like to join me for little something?"

Dr Murdock pauses for a second and he looks at his audience. He's not bringing this lot to his club and the two policemen would be entirely out of place in any of the posher places, though Miss Harrington would make a most excellent impression as a dinner companion almost anywhere. Modest enough but respectable would be the key.

"I know a number of very reasonable and respectable establishments around here that will serve us most admirably."

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I Think a night cap sounds like an outstanding idea!' Alfred remarks taking the Doctors comment as a good suggestions
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"Thank you very much sir, but I have a few matters to attend to, so I wish you all good night..." (etc. - the usual pleasantries.) As a hideously class-conscious typical Victorian, he is acutely aware of the social difference between himself and the doctor. And as a very vain man, he would experience genuine agonies if he found himself eating dinner at one of those fancy places posh people go to where they have about 20 bits of cutlery and everybody in the room will forever know you're a semi-evolved peasant if you use the soup fork to eat fish, and anyway the menu's bound to be in French and if he tries to bluff actually speaking French he'll end up ordering a telephone boiled in custard. And they'll give it to him. With everybody watching.

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Amy perks up immediately at the thought of having dinner. She is hungry, and it would perhaps be a good idea to get to know her new colleagues if they were all going to be taking a trip to Dover together, of all places. They would be able to discuss matters a bit more thoroughly.

So she offers the small group a smile, getting gently to her feet.

"Do you know I think that that is a most excellent idea. I am famished."

With that she turns her gaze on Thick, the only person in the room to refuse the invitation. She looks at him for a moment, studying the man before widening her smile at him.

"Are you sure you will not join us? I promise we will be good company and it would be especially nice for me if I could get to know you all a little better if we are to be travelling companions!"
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"I was thinking of the Picadilly. It's very pleasant this time of the evening, though it wouldn't be very suitable for a beautiful young lady later at night, even with such redoubtable escorts."

The Picadilly is a restaurant in the basement of a nearby music hall that can get a little bit raucous late at night but serves perfectly good food without any airs. The sort of place Thick might go for a treat.

 
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