Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.8

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

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The High Inquisitor, Lord Bromley DSS. HIQ.

Sir, I write with response to your recent letter with confirmation. I believe the source of many of the recent troubles to have come from the North and I am reliable informed by a trusted contact that part of the recent chaos stems not directly from the Western War, but rather from a recently influential group with Northern connections. Reports of anti religious activity have also been noted emanating from the region. These anti religious sentiments need to be routed out and destroyed with all due haste before they destabilise the kingdom.

I make haste to Northbrook, Sandbrook and the Northern Kingdoms via Shepherd’s Corner upon which I will make a full report.

In the name of the empire,

Inquisitor Stoic


Inquisitor manual fragments

This manual appears to be some compendium for Inquisitors – obviously never meant to leave the High Halls. A lot of it is burnt as if lit up and thrown in a bin, few pages survive except for information on interrogation and religious captives ~ Incident Researcher 1385

On interrogation techniques

Once the suspect has been placed into custody, interrogation techniques should be used to gather information as swiftly as possible. The reasons for this are twofold.

1. To ensure death does not deprive the empire of timely valuable knowledge leading to arrest.

2. To prevent the possibility of escape or early death by the captive.

The remainder of this page is burnt

Chapter 13: Treatment of alternative religions and religious cults

Religious preachers, prophets and others deemed lost or treasonous should be treated with immediate removal of the tongue. This prevents blasphemy from becoming passed to observers. Ideally this should take place immediately upon capture and transferral.

Interrogation and death should not take place in front of crowds due to possibility of cultic influence leading to rescue or conversion.

All evidence of cultic or blasphemous activity must be reported immediately to the High Inquisitor.

Interrogation technique for suspected cultic members:

  1. Removal of tongue
  2. Removal of all clothing including jewelry
  3. Covering of all cultic symbols, including tattoos, henna, marks and scar tissue
  4. Presentation of pen and paper for confession. Note: If any unusual script, icons or symbols are presented – immediately burn paper and remove hand of traitor. This will associate the drawing of illegal material with pain and discourage repeat actions. If performing confession with Junior Inquisitor present, end immediately and proceed to Soul Cleansing.
  5. Gain confession by use of The Techniques.
  6. Disposal

The remainder of this page is burnt


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.7

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

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Letters between the Grey Guard and Sandbrook Council dated June 1842

June 17th 1842
To the esteemed Sandbrook Council,

The Council continues to poke its unwanted nose into the recent trade between our houses. We wish to remind you of article OB354A which refrains Councillors from investigating or reporting upon House business without prior approval. Further doing so would be inadvisable to avoid incident.

See to it we do not need to inform you twice lest you forget our recently departed Council member Brindley.

In His name, Our Dear Friend.

Grey Guard


June 18th 1842
Our Dear Friend.

From Councillor Von Hapsburg, Sandbrook Council.

A thousand apologies over the misunderstanding of our recent investigatory work involving the Harbour worker Frederick Samuel and Captain Walter Smithson. Our investigations have been following allegations of bribery and corruption amongst those working in the Harbour. I will see to it personally that this matter is forgotten.

May His light shine upon us all in time.


Undated hastily scrawled letter with redactions.

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Faded redacted letter found under a destroyed building after the war, the redactions have faded over time due to water seepage.


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.6

 

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

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The Daily Bugle, clipping, Date unknown

…The ‘Ghost ship’ sighted off the Northern Isle over the past few days has intrigued locals. Lighthouse keeper Paulis Norman commented that it had appeared on Thursday morning and sat eerily still ever since. No known rocky outcrops have been reported on an otherwise well travelled shipping route. The ship itself appears to be ghostly, with no visible sails and casting a dark shadow as the sun rises. Mr. Norman states the ship may have found itself in trouble and off course following a recent storm. Sailors are reminded to ensure ships are fully fitted with life boats in the event of an emergency on board – especially as we run into Autumn…

The Daily Bugle, clipping, Date unknown

… Captain found lashed to the wheel, his face distorted in a cry of anguish. Mrs. Gorth, who found the shipwreck early this morning had to be recovered from the scene after fainting. The local investigators have called in the experts, but cannot explain why so few are onboard except that they must have thrown themselves off deck to escape the raging fire. Below deck have been cordoned off to the public – but our sources have reported broken coffin like crates and signs of crazed scratch marks from some mad animal or animals. The Captain’s quarters are also jammed shut as if barricaded from the other side – a strange octopus logo marked in wax over the keyhole. More on this as the story unfolds!


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.5

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

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The Northern Co-operative Daily News -3p- 28th July 1842

Donations required to the Sandbrook Camp for the Destitute, Lost and Insane

The camp 2

Funds required for improvements and upkeep to our Camp for the destitute, lost and insane. Recent numbers of orphans and destitute from the Western War have meant an increased need for food, clothes and general goods for the needy. Please donate directly to Sir Reginald French, C/O Sandbrook Camp.

The camp

ALL DONATIONS GREATLY RECIEVED IN EARNEST

 


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.4

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

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A telegram from Captain Walter Smithson to Councillor Von Hapsburg

ATTN: Councillor Von Hapsburg. Sandbrook. 01st August 1842

TRIP ARDOUS. HOPE RECIEVED TELEGRAMS. NEW INDUCTION TELEGRAPH UNRELIABLE. LOOK FORWARD TO RETURN AND FOOD. APPROACHING 8 TO 10 AUGUST. TRADING SUPPLIES FROM NORTH GONE WELL. FULL ITINERY, INVENTORY AND PORT REPORT ON ARRIVAL. TROUBLE IN VERMONTH AGAIN. REBELS. DOCK FREE DESPITE HEIGHTENED SECURITY. DELIVERY OF VERMONTH VON HAPSBURGS CARGO ACHIEVED WITHOUT INCIDENT. SEND WELL WISHES. ARRIVING AUTUMN FOR HARVEST RITES. CAPTAIN WALTER SMITHSON.


Page ripped out from Captains Walter Smithson’s Log book dated August 1st 1842

Been away a long time from Mina, no reply from letters whilst in port – maybe the husband has found out about us? He is a shady fellow and I don’t trust him one bit.

New cargo from Vermonth confusing, possibly alive? Movement in cargo hold scares the men – could be rat infestation, can’t wait to get back home again. Have sent telegrams back to port, hopefully arrive sooner than later. The sooner we pull in for repairs the better – the ship has seen better days.

First officer Simkind ill, has bite mark on shoulder from something. Has fever. Doctor on board treating well though and First Navigator Puolson taking post.

Page is too water soaked to read remainder, Dr. Koppsleton, Incident Researcher

 


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.2

A series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook

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The Daily Royal -5p- 14th August 1842

Tragedy on board!

 

Catastrophe struck the trading ship SS Sandbrook today as plumes of smoke and fire billowed out from the engines. A catastrophic engine failure seems to have hit sometime in the early hours of the night.

Reports of foul play though have merged with a scrambled SOS giving reports of a robed person seen fleeing the engine room just before the explosion happened. This comes as another instalment of the hapless ship has also had reports of unusual activity both on and off ship including most recently reports of strange items being found in the cargo bays that later disappeared!

Old newspaper print showing large fire on a steamship

An awful day!

More on this as it comes! Our thoughts and wishes are to the relatives and friends of the victims of this horrible incident.


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Sandbrook, A Novella Pt.1

This is an unsorted series of letters, journals and memoirs about the incident aboard the SS Sandbrook in 1842, posted as and when researchers uncover and confirm the reliability of said items.

Part 1:

Obituary:

Inquisitor Stoic, died age 56

Famed Inquisitor Stoic sadly passed away on duty on 14th August 1842 during the SS Sandbrook fire, aged 56 years. His funeral takes place at Armsworth Cemetry at 12 noon on Friday 29th August 1842.

Inquisitor Stoic rose quickly through the ranks of government via the police force. First as humble footman, investigator and then via the secret services to Inquisitor. His father was an investigator, his father’s father an investigator and before that, the famous bank robber ‘Stoic the Red’. He is the first in his house to rise into the ranks of the Royal House.

Inquisitor Stoic was strong willed and fast to act, a true beacon for us all. We all owe him a great deal of debt and wish him a safe and peaceful passing into the next life.

Donations if wished to the Royal House Legion.

Enquiries to B. Sergeant & Son, Armsworth.


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