Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Blackmailer and the Baboon

In last night's Weird Adventures game, Creskin and Don Diabolico set out to help poor, wayward deb Sue Ann Wilde who'd been taken advantage of by her ex-boyfriend--the now deceased ghoul, Dean.  Dean had taken her to a antiquarian book dealer, Leland Throne, who dabbled in photography--specifically, compromising photos he could presumably sell to private collectors or use as blackmail.


Diabolico got to show off his gentleman thief skills by getting them into Throne's book shop in the middle of the night.  A hidden ledger and a stray picture of Sue Ann let the boys know they were on the right track.  They confirmed Throne was planning to call Sue Ann's wealthy father for blackmail.

The two paid a visit to Throne's residence on the Upper Eld Side. They discovered that Throne had gaudy tastes in home furnishings--and had a pet baboon!


Not wanting to tangle with a baboon and Throne in the middle of the night, our heroes returned rested (and spell replenished) the next day when Throne was at work.

A quick sleep spell put the the baboon down.  Rummaging through Throne's stuff turned up a lot of risque photos--including the ones of poor Sue Ann.  They also found the vial with the potion Throne had used to drug her and another with potion of bull's vigor--which the local pharmacist implied was a sexual enhancement. 

So they don't come off as too altruistic, I should point out that Creskin and Diabolico robbed both Throne's backroom safe at work and his strongbox at home.  They even stole his camera and the decorative (maybe) scimitar hanging on the wall over his bed.  Maybe we can file that all under "getting what he deserved?"

15 comments:

Zombiecowboy said...

That sounds pretty awesome Trey!Congrats on getting your book published as well!

Tim Shorts said...

They have to pay for new snazzy suits some how. After going through the graveyard, fighting ghouls and battling baboons the ones they're wearing are getting ripe.

Pat said...

Theft? Those funds were confiscated only to help orphans and war-widows.

And sometimes helping orphans and war-widows involves dressing to impress. I defy anyone to help an orphan while wearing a pair of overalls with holes in the knees.

Black Vulmea said...

Is that Sandra Dee?

Sean Robson said...

This gets my vote for catchiest blog post title of the year. As soon as I saw the header on my blog roll I just had to read it.

As for the liberation of Throne's assets, he had it coming.

Great write-up!

Bard said...

Great report! A really fun read.

Trey said...

@Zombiecowboy - Thanks! Good to have you back around.

@Tim - I questioned them about that very thing this adventure.

@Pat - Creskin makes a good point.

@Black Vulmea - In the role of Miss Sue Ann Wilde is the lovely Tuesday Weld.

@Sean - Thanks, I had thought about riffing off the Chandler short-story that provided the barebones of the set-up ("Killer in the Rain"), but since I added the baboon, I figured he needed his due.

@Bard - Thanks!

Anders Hansen said...

This sounds interesting.

Trey said...

Thanks.

Chris Sims said...

I also left a threatening note in his strongbox, written on his own stationery.

Trey said...

Proving you are one cold-blooded gentleman thief.

The Happy Whisk said...

That's funny. You guys are funny.

Trey said...

It's a funny world. Even when it's fictional.

The Happy Whisk said...

And that's what's makes it great. Other things too, but funny is always good in my book.

Justin S. Davis said...

I bet the baboon is the one with the penchant for photography....