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Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Adventure of the Secret Lair (Episode 5.16)

From the Secret diaries of Dr. John Watson, MD: "Of course! That's the solution," exclaimed Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
"What's the solution?" I inquired.
"Who is behind it all! When Lord Ridgewell Hawkes Bickford-Smith was strangled in Berkshire (pp. 30, Sleeping Tiger, Rising Sun), he was strangled with a silk yellow rumal. This silk comes from China - but this was not just ordinary silk! It was silk produced by the larva of a silkmoth fed exclusively Osage orange. It is highly dependent on humans for reproduction, as a result of millennia of selective breeding conducting by the Chinese tong known as the Si-Fan. ONLY one man controls the Si-Fan, and based on the clay soil fragment found at Bickford-Smith manor it only matches the clay of the original Underground Station built in 1868 that is no longer in use and partially caved in.

 Bickford-Smith Manor

The murderer must have gotten the silk rumal at this location, and this location is the Secret Lair of Fu Manchu!!!
"Hunh?" I said.
"Come Watson! The games afoot!

 Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson and the brave men of Scotland Yard.
 The Nefarious (BWAH HAH HAH) Fu Manchu.

Honorable Son #1 (The Librarian), who actually came up with the Miskatonic University Adventuring Company was visiting from New England with his beautiful bride (The Future Doctor) and of course it was an opportunity to skip back to 1895. Honorable Son #1 (The Librarian) played Scotland Yard, while I played the sinister Fu Manchu (BWAH HAH HAH!). The scenario was quite simple but challenging: Scotland Yard had to find the canister of Green Mist (the marker is see next to the Alabama cup) which could be in one of three locations in the Secret Lair as marked by treasure chests. If the Green Mist is removed to prevent it from being used on London, it is 20 Victory Points.

Oh yeah, what would a secret lair be without a damsel in distress. If Lady Fionnula Tambling-Goggin is rescued that is 5 Victory Points. Also the usual points for taking out of the game Leaders and opposing figures.

 The Thunder Warrior bravely charges ahead on his own!
Holmes enters the Secret Lair . . . 

 . . . and foolishly runs ahead of the constables only to be blocked in a narrow corridor by two Thunder Warriors.
Han Xin, the loyal man mountain of a bodyguard, blocks an opening so no one can get to his master Fu Manchu.
Meanwhile . . . the good doctor and other constables conduct a flanking maneuver in an adjacent room.

Holmes fires his trusty pistol - and misses.

Te Gong Shu swings his mighty hammer, striking The Gong which causes sound waves to eminate in an 8 inch radius and only affects the opposing team. Oh, and Fu Manchu is on the left smiling.

Holmes takes the brunt of the dastardly, and lets face it, ungentlemanly sonic attack, and is knocked down.

A volley of pistol shots ring out and the mighty Han Xin does his imitation of Swiss Cheese.

Holmes leaps to his feet, only to be engaged by both Thunder Warriors.

My name is Fu Manchu, you killed my bodyguard, prepare to die.

Run Forrest, I mean Watson!

Holmes is whacked multiple times on the side of the head and is out of the game. 

Fu Manchu uses his martial arts skills and his Dragon Talons to remove a bobby from the game.

Let me introduce you to my little friend.

A furious melee erupts as one doctor comes face to face with another doctor as he attempts to use his Medic talent to save one of London's finest.

Hmmm, what's around this corner?

Not looking good for the boys in blue.

Another sonic Gong attack!!!

Where do you think you are going?

Yikes! Two of them.
No . . . make that one.

Yep . . . it's two.

Dang, those last pistol shots were mighty close.

Te Gong Shu is about to strike the Gong again when he goes down in a blaze of pistol shots - I just forgot to take of picture of his melodramatic death.

Scotland Yard almost gets the Green Mist but is foiled by the bravery of the two Thunder Warriors - and the hideous death of the officer carrying the Green Mist away by Fu Manchu. It was too gruesome to take a picture but poison was involved.

At that point Honorable Son #1 (The Librarian) conceded the game - but the beauty of In Her Majesty's Name is the quick play and we had time for another game. In the second game Scotland Yard was triumphant! The boys in blue did not allow themselves to be trapped in corridors and spread out and advanced through multiple rooms. In addition, both Thunder Warriors broke their swords though the bare chested Thunder Warrior managed to be a wrath of destruction with his martial arts. The Green Mist was captured but they forgot about the damsel (oh well). Any way . . . for the War of the Witches we are going to pretend that the second game never happened (it's my blog). BWAH HAH HAH!!!

Mid Credit Scene:

 "Don't worry Holmes", shouts Dr. Watson, "We will rescue you!"

End of Credit Scene:

"Do you like my new friends, Mr. Holmes?"