[D20 CoC] Mountains of Madness - Chap 4: Departure; Recruiting Alternate Players

Drowned Hero

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George Barrow Scientist

Job said:
A red-faced James Starkweather looms in the doorway, scanning you from head to foot, then impatiently barks, "What is it, man? And this had better be good!"

George enters the room without asking taking up the letter he received 'the most disturbing letter appeared at my hotel room this morning' 'its a warning of some sort' 'im deeply preoccupied and concerned this will add to the problems our expedition are experiencing' George looks up from his jacket and pulls out the letter as he sees around in the room 'here it is, please read'

http://www.enworld.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=30188

As Dr.Moore and Starkweather reads the letter George will be looking at them and their reactions with a scientists eye

Sense Motive and Spot (correct one) (1d20+5=9, 1d20+7=17)
 
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Job

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Drowned Hero said:
George enters the room without asking taking up the letter he received 'the most disturbing letter appeared at my hotel room this morning' 'its a warning of some sort' 'im deeply preoccupied and concerned this will add to the problems our expedition are experiencing' George looks up from his jacket and pulls out the letter as he sees around in the room 'here it is, please read'

As Dr.Moore and Starkweather reads the letter George will be looking at them and their reactions with a scientists eye

Sense Motive and Spot (correct one) (1d20+5=9, 1d20+7=17)
James Starkweather takes the letter from George and begins reading it as he paces back and forth, grumbling. After reading it, he looked up at George and exclaims, "It's the workings of a lunatic! A madman attempting to thwart our efforts!

George Barrow's conclusions about James Starkweather's reaction
[sblock]The commander appears to be fully surprised by the letter's contents. His reactions are genuine; he doesn't appear to be hiding anything.[/sblock]

"Bill, take a look at this," Starkweather said as he handed the letter to Professor Moore, who then began reading it without rising from his chair. At one point, Moore looked up with concern plainly showing on his face, shifting his gaze from George to James Starkweather, said nothing, then returned to reading the letter. Long seconds later, the professor stopped reading, appearing to stare at nothing in particular. You could tell that his mind was racing, attacking this news as if it were a mathematics problem.

George Barrow's conclusions about Doctor Moore's reaction
[sblock]Professor Moore appears to be genuinely stunned by the letter's contents.[/sblock]
As he continued pacing the room, rubbing his temple, James Starkweather apparently asked the lamp, "Or a madwoman? Could Acacia be behind this?", then spun around with a determined look on his face, made a fist at Moore and said, "Yes, she could be attempting to scare off our crew!"

At that point, Professor Moore looked up at George, asking, "And you say that this was left at your hotel room this morning? Hmm. We need to find out when the police and the newspapers discovered Captain Douglas's body.

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Job (the tortured one).
 
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Taokanf

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"Ms. Bardier, would you be so kind as to accept my invitation to join us down here to inspect the loading of our aircraft? I'd be much obliged."

Irked at being called back to earth in no uncertain tones, Camille walked over to the balcony overlooking the lower decks and leaned over the safety railing, looking down at the group of men swarming over the planes like ants. She grinned down at Douglas, not at all put-off by the sarcasm, and called back in a tone that fairly dripped with false sweetness, "I'd be delighted to, monsieur Halperin!" With that she hurried down below to the main deck, still protectively clutching her hat tight to her head.
 

Drowned Hero

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George Barrow Scientist

Job said:
As he continued pacing the room, rubbing his temple, James Starkweather apparently asked the lamp, "Or a madwoman? Could Acacia be behind this?", then spun around with a determined look on his face, made a fist at Moore and said, "Yes, she could be attempting to scare off our crew!"

At that point, Professor Moore looked up at George, asking, "And you say that this was left at your hotel room this morning? Hmm. We need to find out when the police and the newspapers discovered Captain Douglas's body.

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Job (the tortured one).

'Acacia? who is this? how would she know who i am?! and and what does this have to do with Captain douglas? please Mr Starkweather, Dr. Moore please explain' 'im getting mighty worried here i stand without a clue' 'maybe i can help to trow some new light on a old problem' 'my analysis capabilities has more the proven...'
George walks to the door and peeks outside. 'Maybe Martin Louis LeBlanc can help us out, he is a journalist after all and will sure use his abilities to clear up this mess'
 

Job

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Taokanf said:
Irked at being called back to earth in no uncertain tones, Camille walked over to the balcony overlooking the lower decks and leaned over the safety railing, looking down at the group of men swarming over the planes like ants. She grinned down at Douglas, not at all put-off by the sarcasm, and called back in a tone that fairly dripped with false sweetness, "I'd be delighted to, monsieur Halperin!" With that she hurried down below to the main deck, still protectively clutching her hat tight to her head.
Douglas Halperin waited at the bottom of the ladder for Camille, and offered his hand in a gentlemanly manner to assist her with the last step. With a broad smile and slight bow, he said, "Mademoiselle Bardier. Please, I insist that you call me Douglas. I'm afraid that we have much to do before we may rest for the evening."

Under the ship's spotlights that night, the two of you spend hours supervising the lifting and loading of the three Boeing model 247 aircraft. A fourth plane, a Fairchild FC-2, is already loaded aboard ship. The crated wing sections of the 247's, each mounted with an engine, have been detached and separately packaged from their cabin sections. You and Douglas first inspect the airplanes at the dockhouses before loading, checking for delivery damage. You then assist in the movement of the craft, lashing them to wooden pallets which are lifted high by the ship's huge cranes, then lowered down into the open deck hatches, through the tweendecks and further down into the lower holds, settling on top of wooden racks containing hundreds of gasoline drums.

Douglas then joins you for tying down the craft in the lower holds, and the two of you meticulously re-inspect all aircraft for any damage that might have occurred during the loading process.

At 2:00 a.m. on the morning of September 7th, much to your relief, you complete your work and confirm that all aircraft appear to be in excellent condition. A weary Douglas Halperin thanks you for your assistance.

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Job (the tortured one).
 
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Job

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Drowned Hero said:

'Acacia? who is this? how would she know who i am?! and and what does this have to do with Captain douglas? please Mr Starkweather, Dr. Moore please explain' 'im getting mighty worried here i stand without a clue' 'maybe i can help to trow some new light on a old problem' 'my analysis capabilities has more the proven...'
James Starkweather turns and gives George a severe look, then responds, "Miss Acacia Lexington is a rich, snobbish heiress who fancies herself an explorer, and will stop at nothing to discredit our expedition. Her team is right now working on their own plans to beat us to Antarctica, and it wouldn't surprise me AT ALL to find that she's behind these troubles that..."

[OOC - Link to News Article from Chapter 1 describing Acacia Lexington's Expedition]

Professor Moore interrupts Starkweather to say, "James, we have no evidence that Miss Lexington is behind ANY of this!" He then turns to George, saying "Mr. Barrow, you need to know that our Commander has had run-ins with Miss Lexington in the past and they are not on friendly terms, so he has personal reasons to suspect her of trying to thwart our efforts."


George walks to the door and peeks outside. 'Maybe Martin Louis LeBlanc can help us out, he is a journalist after all and will sure use his abilities to clear up this mess'
"Yes, you're right, I think that Martin is just the man who could help us investigate this!" exclaimed Professor Moore.

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Job (the tortured one).
 
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Drowned Hero

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'Yes yes he might be good dont you think?' 'Is he aboard?' George takes out a pencil and a notebook, scribbling something for himself 'But Mr. Starkweather' 'why in the earth would this women oppose such a nobles task of exploration?' 'Does this trip have a layer of economic or political intrigue?' 'because if thats not the reason for sabotaging such an endevour only matter of a more...' George hesitates 'private business would drive a person to such drastic actions as we see here'

Gather Information (1d20+9=17)
 

Morpheus

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"Yes, you're right, I think that Martin is just the man who could help us investigate this!" exclaimed Professor Moore.

Martin makes his way to the mess to find Prof. Moore.

"You sent for me, Professor?"
 

Job

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Drowned Hero said:
'Yes yes he might be good dont you think?' 'Is he aboard?' George takes out a pencil and a notebook, scribbling something for himself 'But Mr. Starkweather' 'why in the earth would this women oppose such a nobles task of exploration?' 'Does this trip have a layer of economic or political intrigue?' 'because if thats not the reason for sabotaging such an endevour only matter of a more...' George hesitates 'private business would drive a person to such drastic actions as we see here'
Starkweather looked at George for long moments, his face reddening, his jaw muscles clenching, and in a low voice said "Acacia Lexington would stop at nothing to thwart my efforts. I led an expedition many years ago for her in Africa and we barely survived. She owes me her life, but she is a vindictive, meddling witch who blames the world for her own self-inflicted problems. I plan to avoid all contact with that woman and she will not--I repeat--NOT overshadow our success."

James Starkweather then looked over at Professor Moore and demanded, "Get this expedition back on track, Moore! I need to know what happened to our captain, and we need to get away from this cursed city!"

With that, the commander turned and furiously stormed from the room.

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Job (the tortured one).
 

Drowned Hero

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George Barrow Scientist

George looks at Dr.Moore and at Martin Louis LeBlanc standing so surprisingly in the doorway.
Dr.Moore is there anything else i can be at help whit?
 

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