Quill – Shadow and Ink (finale)

[This post contains spoilers. Please read after you have played Quill: Shadow and Ink]

The painter Alexander Rinaldi lives at the outskirts of the Sycamore Wood. He has found in the wood the body of his friend the detective Charlie Robertson: his friend had been troubled since finding an ancient book on the scene of a double suicide. Alexander investigates the area and observes a disturbing ritual performed by a number of fanatics whose skin is covered with horrible scars. He decides to inform t the New England Journal.

[Artist – Penmanship: Good, Language: Poor, Heart: Average – Inspiration: Language +1 die once]

Dear Sirs,
I am sure you have already been informed of the tragic death of my friend the DETECTIVE Charlie Robertson. [+ 2 Language, Penmanship: passed]
On the basis of the things he told me a few days ago, I decided to SNOOP around to understand more of his death. [+1 Penmanship: passed, Language: failed even using the Inspiration die]
I now know the death of my friend is related to a cult led by a LANKY GIANT. [+2 Language, Penmanship: passed]
His followers can be easily recognized by the FLESH CARVINGS that disfigure them. [+2 Language, Penmanship]
I have seen them WRITHING in the Sycamore Woods. It is necessary to inform all citizens of what is happening. [+1 Language: passed, Penmanship: failed]

Totatl: 8. +1 Story Point – Total Story Points: 4


Oswald Wenn is a biologist, a good friend of Alexander Rinaldi.
He goes visiting Alexander but finds the house empty and a trail of blood leading to the woods. He follows the trail and finds about twenty people writhing on the ground, heavily wounded while some monstrous beings feed on their flesh.
Oswald goes back to his hotel room and starts writing, hoping to convince himself that he hasn’t seen what he thinks he has seen.

[Scientist – Penmanship: Poor, Language: Average, Heart: Good – Inspiration: Language +1 die once]

I am a scientist and a PRAGMATIC man. [+1 Heart, Language: failed, Penmanship: passed]
If I recover my usual rational state, I will EASILY DISSIPATE the hallucinations I think I have seen. [+2 Heart, Language: passed, Penmanship: failed]
It is obvious that such MONSTERS cannot really exist. [+1 Heart, Language: failed, Penmanship: passed]
I am being tricked by the IMAGINATION of tired man. [+1 Language:passed, Heart, Penmanship: failed]
I MUST TRUST THE POWER OF MY MIND! [0 all failed]

Total.5 +1 Story Point. Final Story Point total: 5

I have concluded the game with the absolute minimum of the possible Story Points. This means that the next day poor Oswald will be himself a victim of the creatures he hoped he had only imagined!

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Quill – Shadow and Ink (2 and 3)

[This post contains spoilers. Please read after you have played Quill: Shadow and Ink

France, 1903. Virgil Dubois, a Historian, has recently inherited the mysterious Vir Stellas manuscript. When going to Arkham, New England, to visit a friend, he takes the manuscript with him. He manages to decrypt part of the book and understand that it describes incantations that could grant access to a different world. He writes to his friend Jemima Carter, versed in the occult arts, asking her to join him and help him perform the rituals described in the book.
[Penmanship: Good, Language: Average, Heart: Poor – Inspiration: +1 Language. Virgil sets out to use his most persuasive language: first Language roll automatically succeeds].

Dear Jemima,
I have been studying a manuscript that could grant us the OPPORTUNITY to achieve something unique: the access to another world. [+2 – Hearth: fail – Lang. Penmanship: pass]
I attach a FRAGMENT that, with much effort, I have been finally able to understand. [+2 – Language, Penmanship: pass]
I believe it describes an UNUSUAL RITUAL that I want to perform, with your help. [0 – Heart and Language: fail, even if using Inspiration; Penmanship: pass]
The HIEROGLYPHS you see here describe the opening of a doorway to somewhere else. [+2 – Heart: fail, Language and Penmanship: pass]
Please let me know that I can count on your experience with INVOCATIONS to attempt this experiment. [+2 – Heart: fail, Language and Penmanship: pass]

Your friend

Virgil

 

Total: 8 points; +1 Story Point – Total Story Points: 2
Jemima accepts to visit, in order to examine the manuscript herself.
[this looked like a great chance to score 2 Story Points….. too bad]

 


 

Arkham, 1904. Arthur Grant, a student from New Orleans, has traveled to Arkham to inquire on the health of his friend Jemima Carter. Arthur finds the horribly wounded bodies of Jemima and Virgil. The police archive the case as “suicide”, but Arthur hears voices of strange rituals being performed in a nearby wood. He writes to his university friend Paul Washington asking him to help him investigate.

[Penmanship: Average, Language: Poor, Heart: Good – Inspiration: language +1. Paul is fact-oriented and does not enjoy exaggeration: -1 to Heart rolls]
[This looked difficult, and it was. The Poor language skill makes it impossible to take advantage of the high Heart dice. I failed the first attempt and had to write a “reply” to Paul’s letter]

Dear Paul,
I’M SORRY for having to insist in asking your help. [0 Language, Penmanship: fail]
But the SINISTER episode whose consequences I have directly observed must be further investigated: other lives might be in danger. [+2 Heart: fail, Language and Penmanship: pass]
I have seen the DISFIGURED CORPSES of Jamima and her friend Virigil, something I will never forget. [+3 Heart, Language, Penmanship: passed, using Inspiration]
I am sure the cause of this tragedy must be some SPELL. [0, Language and Penmanship: fail]
I hope you will join me in Arkham with the greatest SPEED: together we can solve this mystery. [+1 Language: failed, Penmanship: passed]

Sincerely

Arthur

Total:6, +1 Story Point – Total Story Points: 3
Paul, however perplexed by the mention of magic, accepts to join Arthur.

 

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Quill – Shadow and Ink (1)

[This post contains spoilers. Please read after you have played Quill: Shadow and Ink]

The Linguist Orace Dubois (Penmanship: Average, Language: Good, Heart: Poor) is in London. He has bought a manuscript with unreadable text and disturbing illustrations. He writes to his friend Pierre Durand, an expert in the history of occultism, putting forward his disturbance at the text ( +1 to Heart rolls).

Dear Pierre,
I have come in possession of a BOOK I find extremely bizarre. [+1, Heart and Language failed, Penmanship passed]
I believe the obscene FIGURES it contains deserve the attention of an historian like yourself. [0 Language passed, Heart failed – Penmanship passed]
I attach my sketch of the IMAGE that appears on the very first page, with the date 1534. [+1, Heart and Language failed, Penmanship passed]
I feel so DISTURBED by this work, that my only hope is that your opinion will help me put the object in a more rational perspective. [+2 Heart failed, Language and Penmanship passed]
Please believe that the volume is strangely OPPRESSIVE to me. I am looking forward to hear from you. [+2 Heart ad Language passed, Penmanship failed]

Your friend

Orace

TOTAL: 6

Pierre replies after several days. He believes the book might be a recent fake, but it could also be an authentic and interesting document.
1 Story Point gained

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