The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, episode 2

Cur­ruthers is befogged; Pren­tiss is unchallenged.

Played

30th June 2011.

Dramatis Personae

  • Lady Anto­nia deVorea Heav­i­ly-armed Aris­to­crat. *
  • Cap­tain Ben­son Cur­ruthersa Mil­i­tary Police­man.
  • Miss April Sharpea Self-taught Inven­tor.
  • Jack Pren­tiss – a Dodgy Pedes­tri­an.
  • Pinkya Low Youth.
  • Agent Andrews – a Stal­wart Agent of the Min­istry.
  • Miss Eliz­a­beth Mon­tague – a Bereaved Fiancée.
  • Mr Rooke – the Boss.
  • A Help­ful Door­man.
  • An Unfor­tu­nate Thug and his Deceased Companion.
  • A Croy­don Aero­drome Stew­ard.
  • An Air­ship Crew and Staff.
  • The Inhab­i­tants of Cal­cut­ta and Mysore.
  • The Res­i­dence Guards at Mysore.

* Play­er absent.

Plot

Look­ing around the wrecked apart­ment, Pren­tiss found a par­tial­ly-burnt note in the fire place and, being unable to read very well, hand­ed it to Miss Sharpe. She man­aged to deci­pher some of it and realised that Cur­ruthers had left of his own accord.

Mean­while, the crew were con­front­ed with the prob­lem of remov­ing a corpse and an injured man from the lodg­ings with­out dis­turb­ing the door­man. Miss Sharpe and Lady Anto­nia dis­tract­ed him, while Pren­tiss and Pinky attempt­ed to smug­gle the injured man out of the back door. Despite Pinky’s attempts to “acci­den­tal­ly” drop the thug on the way out, he sur­vived to be fer­ried back to the Min­istry, where he would be treat­ed and inter­ro­gat­ed. In the mean­time, the group split, Andrews, Lady Anto­nia and Pren­tiss going to the Min­istry to request a clean-up team, while Miss Sharpe and Pinky head­ed for Croy­don Aerodrome.

They arrived at the Aero­drome to find it blan­ket­ed in heavy fog. Enquir­ing of a stew­ard, they were direct­ed to the mil­i­tary mess, where they found Cur­ruthers patient­ly wait­ing or the fog to lift. Con­vinc­ing him that they might be able to help with his errand, the trio returned to the Min­istry where they found the oth­ers wait­ing for them. Cur­ruthers explained that an old Police part­ner of his, one Major Oswald Carew, had been killed in Mysore. Although the local police had decid­ed it was the result of a botched bur­glary, his fiancée, Miss Eliz­a­beth Mon­tague, daugh­ter of the British Res­i­dent, believed there was more to it and had request­ed that Carew’s old friend should investigate.

Giv­en that things had been pret­ty qui­et, the team decid­ed to accom­pa­ny him to India (although Pren­tiss took some per­suad­ing). Mr Rooke was hap­py to give the per­mis­sion to go, ask­ing them to take the time to look into a few minor Min­istry mat­ters while they did, so that the trip became an offi­cial Min­istry mat­ter, acquir­ing an expens­es bud­get in the process.

They split up, packed their lug­gage and head­ed for Croy­don the next morn­ing, aim­ing to catch the first avail­able air­ship. The fog lift­ed prompt­ly and they were soon on the two-week voy­age to India. Lady Anto­nia spent the trip in her state­room, suf­fer­ing from air­sick­ness, but Pren­tiss was large­ly bored and amused him­self by box­ing and rac­ing mem­bers of the crew. This diver­sion only last­ed a long as var­i­ous crew mem­bers realised they were outclassed.

Arriv­ing in Cal­cut­ta, they caught a cross-coun­try train, arriv­ing in Mysore City a cou­ple of days lat­er. Call­ing at the Res­i­dence, they were imme­di­ate­ly greet­ed by the fiancée of the dead man.

Notes

This was not the most excit­ing ses­sion, being pri­mar­i­ly con­cerned with restor­ing Cur­ruthers to the group and get­ting them to Mysore. The tim­ing got par­tic­u­lar­ly con­fus­ing: I had orig­i­nal­ly intend­ed for them to catch up with Cur­ruthers at Aden, but revised the time­line in order to get him back into play as soon as possible.

Air­ship tech­nol­o­gy in this ver­sion of the 19th Cen­tu­ry has been made prac­ti­cal by a patent­ed chem­i­cal treat­ment of coal. Heat­ing the coal (but not burn­ing it) then cre­ates Aeri­um gas (inspired by Patrick Wooding’s Ret­ri­bu­tion Falls), which can then be used for lift in addi­tion to the main hydro­gen tanks. The coal is then used to pow­er the engines in the nor­mal fashion.

It just seemed right for the aero­drome to be at Croydon.