Vice And Virtue

The Case of the Crimson Shard

or How We Vandalised the Houses of Partliament

The group convened in the early morning at Mrs Arbuthnott’s, as some were staying there, while the doctor and highwaylady were in the vicinity at the time.

George and Isaac noticed a strange whirlwind in the street outside and shortly after a crudely assembled notice was pressed against the exterior window. The notice requested individuals of a flexible morality proceed to a shop in Witherspoon Court, and inquire with Nell the shop’s operator.

After passing the information on to the less observant members of the group, they all finished their morning meal and proceeded to Witherspoon Court to see if the matter was worth investigating.

Finding the specific shop, they encountered the shopkeep Ms Nell, and over a spot of tea an offer was made with significant recompense for a relatively straightforward task for her patron Mr Box.

For a reward of £5 they would need to recover a peculiar reddish metal fragment that was somewhere in the city. They were provided with a strange golden filigree compass with which to locate the item.

The group set off led by the compass, which eventually led them to the recently renovated Houses of Parliament. The shard was somewhere within.

Due to their social standing the majority of the group was able to simply enter the building due to a rather trusting guard, while the highwaylady had to find an alternate route. She eventually found an alternate entrance and made her way into the servants’ passages.

Within the group began to explore the parts of the building they had access to with the occasional gentle inquiry in order to narrow down the possible location of the shard.

The regular party members were able to narrow the location down to a slab of sandstone in a particular gentlemen’s lavatory, meanwhile the highwaylady broke into the wine cellar and stole several bottles of expensive beverage.

George decided to try and fake a work order to try and extract the shard, and while he was absent Dr Isaac created a chemical stench to clear the room and proceeded to carefully extract the shard. Outside Maria stood watch and acted as both lookout and potential distraction.

It turned out that the only material that could hold the metal was the sandstone it was imbedded in, so Isaac pinned it between two flakes and carefully removed it from the room just as George was returning.

George provided an unplanned distraction which allowed Isaac and Maria to slip away, only to rejoin them later. Collectively they located their remaining companion and made their way back to Nell’s shop for their reward.

There was a brief stop at a gin hole to examine the metal fragment further before it was delivered as promised and their pay received. Second course of tea provided, some group members declined.

The stone with the metal fragments was winched up the dumb waiter and a bag of old currency of various denominations was lowered down.

George unintentionally harassed Nell’s paramour Pip thinking he was the young lady’s benefactor however this was soon proven incorrect.

More tea was provided, most of the party left to sudden upswing in awkward sexual tension. The highwaylady tried to hide and eavesdrop but was apparently given away by someone else.

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