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Norwich Gazette
October 1904.

Sunrise: 7:20 AM
Sunset: 6:00 PM
Temperature: 65F

Bright and warm, with a refreshing breeze; clouding over later. Small chance of light showers in the evening.

Norwich Elysium

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Norwich Elysium

Post  God on Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:23 pm

As of 1904

The Fief only possesses one formal permanent Elysium; The Assembly House. Clearly a modest country house in the heart of the city, it was built around the time of the French Revolution in the Georgian style. It was purchased soon afterwards by the "Norwich Enlightenment Society" and converted into a place for art, literature and culture generally for the better-heeled citizens. The kine visitors are unaware that there are fact two Assembly Houses.

The Public Areas.

The main areas contain a well-stocked library, drawing room, lounge, music room, a small ballroom and what is termed "the display room"; though this consists of around two dozen glass cabinets filled with apparently random curios.

Despite the somewhat dated décor and lack of dining facilities, the House offers two advantages over a club; it allows women full access and frequently holds private lectures by eminent Kine. Theoretically it is a members-only affair, but in reality any well-dressed and politely spoken person can gain admittance.

It is open from midday to midnight, all week round. Kindred are allowed to attend the public areas, but are reminded to follow the dress-code, not to dine on the patrons and that the Masquerade is in full effect.

The Private Areas.

The Kindred-only areas are accessible through two doors; the first the locked green baize door from the public area [which resident Kindred are issued keys for] and the second the side entrance in an otherwise windowless dead-end alleyway. Poorly-dressed Kindred and those who threaten the Masquerade by their very looks are to only use the second entrance. It is open from sunset to one hour before sunrise nightly.

Several long corridors link Elysium's various rooms; for most it feels like a warren, smarter people who've explored the whole building will note the rooms have been cunningly placed to disguise the discrepancy between external size and the public internal floorspace. There are four main rooms;

Drawing Room

Comfortable chairs, a rack with magazines and newspapers, a baby grand piano and a large gaming-table. Artwork; mainly rather dull portraiture.

Library

Around a third of the size of the public one; quite-well stocked in both non-fiction and fiction [though the latter is around two decades behind modern trends]. Also has a small stock of maps and other works of reference for Kindred. Artwork: mainly hunting / livestock in oils.

The Snug

Small room, containing a few chairs, recliners and plants. It's rumoured that this is the room the Baron holds meetings.

The Office

The usual haunt of the Elysium's manager; though the Seneschal occasionally is spotted here. Contains the message-rack and the telephone.

All the rooms are early to mid Victorian in décor and furniture; at this moment is considered deeply unfashionable - though it is all in good condition and immaculately clean. The rather haphazard layout of the electric light fixtures suggests the Kine who installed them wasn't quite sane.

There is only one regular non-Kindred servant in Elysium; the manager, Mr Booth. A thin, balding man with incredibly thick glasses and almost Kindred-level of paleness; he is clearly neurotic and obsessive about order and cleanness - place a cigarette end in an ashtry, and he'll whip it away and a clean one ready within moments. Kindred are politely asked to not litter the rooms or to trail in dirt from outside; for it upsets the man so. Attempting 'small talk' with him does not usually succeed; he does not seem to have any actual interests and finds some words baffling - like 'fun', 'day off' and 'friend'.

While Booth is plainly loathe to speak to the Kindred directly, he will answer questions and perform basic tasks when asked - though it is plain he's been issued a list of orders he is not to follow from Kindred. He's clearly not just a Kine, but it's not clear who's ghoul he is.

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