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R2: The Tatters of the King 5 years 3 weeks ago #96

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A quick reminder of the story so far.

Which I'll complete over several short posts as I get chance.


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Scala Theatre London, 17 Oct 1928, 'The Queen and the Stranger'.

The King in Yellow - a text banned in France.

Dr. Charles Highsmith, St. Agnes Asylum, Weobley, Herefordshire.

Alexander Roby, inmate of the asylum, is due to have his case reviewed.

Alexander's parents and sister brutally murdered at Mayfair home in 1926.

Alexander's brother, Graham, and family physician, Dr. Lionel Trollope, are opposed to Alexander's proposed release.

Interviewing Roby at the asylum. He suffers from scotophobia during the winter months and is dosed with laudanum. A transcript of the interview is taken. Have you seen the yellow sign?

Der Wanderer durch den See - written by Alexander Roby.

Asylum staff includes Highsmith, Reeves (secretary), Price and Evans (orderlies).

Murder of Cuthbert Yates in 1927 in the cell next door to Roby. The cell's inmate, Lucius Harriwell, says the devil did it.

John Piper has a strange dream.

Graham Roby is uncooperative but Dr Trollope receives the investigators. He doesn't tell all but after the investigators leaves he comes clean in a letter. The letter is sent by his house keeper posthumously as Trollope is murdered when he takes his evening walk through St. James' park. The letter reveals Trollope suffered from disturbing dreams - including the foretelling of his own impending death.

Delia Morrison nee Hartson was Alexander Roby's fiancé in 1925 but the relationship ended. They used to share an interest in the occult, but Delia never attended the meetings that Alexander used to. A small group of occultists used to meet at the premises of a Mr. Lawrence Bacon. On New Year's Eve 1925 the group travelled to Clare Melford in Suffolk for some purpose that Alexander was quite excited about.

Vincent Tuck is a private investigator hired by Graham Roby to follow Alexander for a period of three weeks in 1925. He names Roby's associates as Edwards, Lawrence Bacon and Malcolm Quarrie. Confirms they used to gather at Bacon's address on Liverpool Road, Islington. he also tells that one night he witnessed Bacon do something terrible, he murdered a down-and-out and left the victim a dried out husk.
"Gentlemen, we're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun" - Capt. E. Blackadder.
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Some of the investigators are being shadowed by a dark menacing stranger. John Piper is warned off by this menacing man. Presumed by the investigators to be Coombes, an associate of the cultists, who is also possibly the murderer of Dr Lionel Trollope.

Malcolm Quarrie was associated with the Royal Society. Enquiries at the Society leads investigators to learn from Rupert Adams a former acquantance of Quarrie, that Quarrie has left England and moved abroad. Quarrie was an Oxford graduate who wrote a book entitled - British Gods: Religion and myth in the western kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon Britain. The investigators also interviewd J. R. R. Tolkein, the professor of Anglo-Saxon studies at Pembroke University, during their invesigations of Quarrie.

Edwards - investigators have made no headway in discovering who Edwards is.

Clare Melford. Investigators travel to the village of Clare Melford. Alexander Roby came here with his occultist friends in December 1925 and performed some sort of rite involving the 'nine teeth' on Springer's Mound.

Springer's Mound is a small hillock on the land of a farmer named Jennings. The surface on the top of the mound was stangely viscous in parts, and the impressions of nine holes showed wher the nine teeth had once been erected in a circle around the top of the mound.

Jennings was paid to keep nine stone monoliths on his land - hidden in a wooded copse. Jennings confronted the investigators who were trespassing and was eviscerated by a large flying creature that landed heavily amongst those in the copse, killed Jennings and almost killed Jason Knight, one of the investigators, too.

The monoliths were inscribed (in English) with versus related to the book The King in Yellow and some of the words that Alexander Roby had muttered in his cell when interviewed by the investigators.

The Suffolk Constabulary are called who send constables from Ipswich. Knight is taken to Ipswich for hospital treatment.

Dick Blair, the proprioter of the Railway public house, where the investigators are staying in Clare Melford, is horribly murdered at night. A sharp whistle blow is heard moments before the crash of glass and masonry. Only Blair's lower half remains. He possessed a strange, carved whistle.
"Gentlemen, we're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun" - Capt. E. Blackadder.
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R2: The Tatters of the King 5 years 2 weeks ago #134

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LAWRENCE BACON

London. A letter arrives for Inspector George Robinson at Scotland Yard. It tells that Lawrence Bacon is a "wicked man" and he is indeed tied in with Coombs, Roby and Edwards. The letter urges the investigators to follow Bacon when he steps out on the night of the full moon, 27 November.

The investigators follow Bacon, a man who looks much younger than his years. He walks along the towpath of the Regent's canal until he finds what he is looking for. A down and out proves a perfect victim. Arthur Wells watches as Edwards murders his victim and drains the life from him. Bacon suddenly looks younger still.

A fight ensues. Bacon takes several bullets which hardly seem to affect him. Bacon eventually up in the freezing water of the canal, struggling with Wilf Corner. Bacon drowned.

112 Liverpool Road, Islington. The home of Lawrence Bacon was also his business premises, aside from a mass of reproduction furniture there was a whole room filled with books on the occult - including some rare tomes.

In particular the investigators found a rune covered copper bowl, two stones inscribed with an occult sign, a small silver bell. Books entitled All Fall Down, The King in Yellow, he Witch Cult in Western Europe and the Turner Codex translated by Mablethorpe Turner.

The investigators found themselves trapped upstairs when the sounds of footsteps were heard on the stairs. Shutting themselves in a room they listened to groaning and shuffling on the landing. and there was an appalling stench. Someone or something began battering at the door and then a dark hairy arm bursting through the wooden panel of the door - clawing at the air with sharp, overgrown nails. A gunshot sent the attackers running -descending the stairs once more.
"Gentlemen, we're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun" - Capt. E. Blackadder.
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Another letter from Wilfred Gresty. Mentions Edwards and Quarry and a place named Nugs Farm.

Alexander Roby was released from St. Agnes Aslyum following his hearing on the 30th November. Arrangements are made to transfer him to a convalesent home in Deal, Kent.

The asylum orderly, Mark Evans, sets off by car to drive Roby to Deal, but he pair never arrived.



to be continued .... .... ....
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R2: The Tatters of the King 4 years 11 months ago #212

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Call of Cthulhu

THE TATTERS OF THE KING


2nd December 1928
A request from Dr. Charles Highsmith

3rd December 1928
The search of Michael Evans’ cottage at Leominster
The spongy blood-soaked floorboards
The letters in the post to Michael Evans and Montague Edwards

9th December 1928
The obituary of Lawrence Bacon.
Perudabo, the Golden Dawn and Aliester Crowley
The Laird of Mullardoch, Loch Mullardoch and Mullardoch House

10th December 1928
The train from London Euston to Inverness
Henry Lister gets on at Manchester. He absent mindedly fiddles with a bone whistle.
Lister is set upon, threatened and intimidated.
Lister has received a summons from Edwards. He is to arrive at Inverness where a car will be waiting – except he’s three days late.
Lister gets off at Carlisle. He’s been persuaded to go home - after being deprived of letter and whistle.
Onwards to Inverness.
"Gentlemen, we're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun" - Capt. E. Blackadder.
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Never take a knife to a tentacle fight.
"Gentlemen, we're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun" - Capt. E. Blackadder.
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rhodsey - Tue 25 Feb - 21:55

@mike can you bring those DND blank sheets from the library on Thurs please incase we need any?

TheRanger - Thu 20 Feb - 17:55

I ay got anything planned. I'll give it a miss too

rhodsey - Thu 20 Feb - 17:42

Unless any of the saltmarsh group want to do a one shot I'll miss tonight as well. If any of the waterdeep people want to grab me about anything just PM me on here.

min - Thu 20 Feb - 16:53

Hey guys, I won't be there tonight. Caught what feels definitely like the plague. Will be there next week though!

MellyMel - Thu 20 Feb - 14:36

I shall be giving it a miss then. Ho hum

Mr. B - Thu 20 Feb - 12:25

To Orienteers B - we still suiting and booting for tonight?!

Aka - Thu 20 Feb - 09:17

saltmarsh guys sorry cant make it tonight

MellyMel - Mon 17 Feb - 13:35

cheers vic - he's sorted now

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