The Metro - Down And Out At The Gates Of Heaven

Game Master jemstone

Drawn together by a series of grisly crimes, a small band of truth-seekers find themselves facing the rise of a new, murderous subculture within their high-rise metropolitan home. Can they stop the burgeoning "Spill Killer" before it's too late?


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Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

Zerin mutters quietly "...or we're all an easier target..."

She sighs

"No, I get it. I just hope it's not a waste of time."


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

"It can't be a complete waste of time." BART's voice becoming more satirically chipper, "I'm going to be crammed into a squad car with a complete stranger; a close, personal associate and a woman who, this morning, I couldn't STAND." he spares a glance for Emily "This just in, our relationship has NOT improved. Get driven off to a police station to give a statement about being a material witness to two very high profile homicides. At the very least I'll get to talk to a couple of detectives, so they can make sure our stories are consistent, while they try to double-talk me into giving up a client list so they can "compare it against possible suspects" and further ruin my reputation with the kind of people who need secure, discrete couriers."

BART glances at all three of the women he's traveling with, lingering with an extra cold moment at Emily. "It's not a waste of my TIME. It's a waste of my LIFE. As someone who's already done that ONCE, believe me, being morose about it just makes it worse."


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

"I'm sure you'll win them over with your stunning personality" Zerin deadpans


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily hasn't gotten much accomplished but she's been doing her best to LOOK like she's ignoring BART.

She can't stifle the "heh" when Zerin says "stunning personality" though.

She takes a second to give BART a look that she hopes reads as "I am so done with you"... then she turns to one of her cameras and goes live.

"Hey everyone, thank you so much for your patience today. YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE what is going on. BUT, here's the thing, I can't tell you the whole story yet. I know, I know. Trust me, the wait will be worth it."

"At the moment, I'm in limbo while I wait for a ride. While I'm waiting I want to hear from all of you. Have YOU ever witnessed a crime? Did you report it? If not, why? Sound off in the comments! Keep watching for the big reveal coming up!

She does not bother setting up filler video this time and just lets it all run. She's still got it set so her companions are blurred as they haven't signed releases.


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

Since we don't know about her being ethical IC...

"Maybe watch where you point those things?"


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

"Don't worry, I'm only out to ruin his life," Emily says glancing at BART.


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

Avryl rolls her eyes. "'And that's when he killed her, your Honor' will be what I'll be reciting. A little diplomacy, please?"


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

"Nah, he doesn't want to pay my bill for the use of industrial cleaners to clean up the mess that would make in my shop."


Now that the GM has tackled all of the Real World issues facing him, let's move the plot along a short bit, here.

The MetroPD cruiser that picks you up is a multi-passenger model, larger and more comfortable than the standard patrol models, with their small, compact frames and hard plastic seats. Unlike the average MetroSec/MetroPD cars, this one is clearly designed around the idea of transporting persons other than a pair of officers and a single-occupant on their way to a detainment facility. The cruiser exists somewhere between those "rolling handcuff" models and the large, crowd-control trucks that are deployed when the press of humanity becomes too much for some to bear, and panic spreads in waves through the promenades.

The cruiser's driver is a young man, who waves you all in to the back of the vehicle before taking his seat and guiding the cruiser out of the streets surrounding Zerin's shop and back onto the AutoDrive lanes of the roads that run parallel to the pedestrian promenades. His MetroPD uniform is well cared for, although it shows signs of wear and tear, and his web-gear vest (which bears the name "Renaux") is kitted out with the standard variety of non-lethal armaments. Locked away in a secure container between the seats in the front of the cruiser, a single-barrel concussion launcher rests, its multi-stage security system waiting for a biometric and verbal confirmation before it will open.

Renaux turns in his seat as AutoDrive takes over, and greets you.

"Officer Christian Renaux," he smiles. "Detective Eteki sent me to pick you up and give you a heads up."

"You're not being taken to the local Precinct House," he continues. "We're going to be swapping ident-tags when we hit the Mission/Central mainline tunnel, where another cruiser is waiting to take our place. I'm taking you to City Central. Detective Eteki will explain more when we get there."

Pause For Reactions From The Players.

You never see the other cruiser, but Renaux let out a long, slow breath of relief as a small display just under the windshield blinks rapidly for a few moments, then lights up green. The cruiser cuts out of the lane that would take you to the local Precinct, and winds rapidly through the lanes until it finds its way to the road leading to City Central. A few short minutes later, and you're pulling in to a secure garage, well out of the view of any public eyes.

The cruiser opens up and Officer Renaux escorts you to a secure elevator, which delivers you to a floor marked "Homicide & Forensics." Arrows, one red, one blue, point left and right, respectively. The red arrow leads to Forensics, while the blue leads to Homicide. Officer Renaux steps out of the elevator and motions you to come with him, walking down the blue-arrow hallway.

After a few short meters, the hallway ends at a security door, with a checkpoint window built into the wall. Behind that, an officer - looking vaguely bored, but who perks up at your approach - sits. He demands Renaux's clearance, which is quickly given in the form of Renaux passing his hand over a reader. The door opens, and Renaux leads you into a bustling room, full of desks, most of which are occupied by a variety of men, women, and others - some Puppets occupy desks here, as do a few AR projected Remote Workers - almost all of whom are either talking to one another, or to individuals (informants, field officers, or concerned parties) over AR and voice-only lines.

Renaux leads you in to a conference room, whereupon he and another officer take up positions guarding the door, after you've entered.

Sitting in the room is a man who must be Detective Eteki. In his mid-50's, Eteki's dark skin is contrasted by the almost white shell of his hair, which is pulled back into a wiry ponytail behind his head. His sleeves are rolled up, revealing the well-muscled forearm of his right arm, and the old, well-worn artificial skin covering a cybernetic prosthetic limb taking the place of his left. The lids and brows of his eyes are heavy, carrying the weight of a man who has been on this job for far too long. The top button of his shirt is undone, and his tie is loosened. A fresh cup of coffee rests by his right hand, having just been put down as you entered the room.

Eteki looks up at you all, and gives a look somewhere between gratitude and resignation.

"Emil Eteki, Homicide, MetroPD San Francisco," he says, waving you all to the various seats around the table. "I know who you all are, thanks to your POS-ID scans in the cruiser. Legal introductions are out of the way. Have a seat. Tell me what you know. I'll do the same."

Aaaaaand GO.


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15
Quote:

"Officer Christian Renaux," he smiles. "Detective Eteki sent me to pick you up and give you a heads up."

"You're not being taken to the local Precinct House," he continues. "We're going to be swapping ident-tags when we hit the Mission/Central mainline tunnel, where another cruiser is waiting to take our place. I'm taking you to City Central. Detective Eteki will explain more when we get there."

"I...see," Avryl says a bit haltingly. "Well, I take it you and your superiors know what's best."

Inside, Avryl is wondering why the switch-a-roo, and why City Central. She's having a bad feeling about this. What's Emily gotten her involved with this time???

Quote:
"Emil Eteki, Homicide, MetroPD San Francisco," he says, waving you all to the various seats around the table. "I know who you all are, thanks to your POS-ID scans in the cruiser. Legal introductions are out of the way. Have a seat. Tell me what you know. I'll do the same."

How do you do," she says. "I think Ms. Carter might be the best one to start this off, while I and the others add details as needed.

"Emily?"


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

Zerin makes sure the shop is locked.

There's an edge of hyperawareness in her manner, unhappy with he whole mess.

Can I verify his ID in any way?


I mean, you could if you wanted to, but given that you're in City Central, in the Homicide Department, surrounded by cops, in an interview room with a man whose ID is openly displayed on a lanyard around his neck... it's likely that he is who he says he is.


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11
Officer Christian Renaux wrote:
"You're not being taken to the local Precinct House," he continues. "We're going to be swapping ident-tags when we hit the Mission/Central mainline tunnel, where another cruiser is waiting to take our place. I'm taking you to City Central. Detective Eteki will explain more when we get there."

Emily raises her eyebrows and then squints but doesn't say anything. She's prepping her feed to switch to a recap of the past few days with overlays the footage with the most popular comments. There's also a banner apologizing for the replays but promising hot new content coming soon.

When the cop car parks, she winks at the camera and she switches to this feed. She continues to record though.

Avryl wrote:
Emily?

"I was sent a video file that may contain evidence that Carrie "Carrie On" Mendez was murdered. It also infers that myself, Cassidy Lane and the courier who brought me the file," she nods at BART "are potential targets. It may also imply that Carrie is not be the first victim, or that she IS and there are 4 more people in danger."

"Your turn."


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

BART perks up a bit in his chair and straightens up. Oh... me? Okay. My name is Benjamin Alexander Rand-Tyrell. I am a professional discrete confidential courier. Earlier today, at approximately ((OOC: BART provides the exact time he received the delivery order for the package)) I received a delivery order for a small package to be delivered to an anonymous recipient at the address specified. I was unaware that the address belonged to he points towards Emily, Ms. Carter as she and I have had a difficult professional relationship in the past.

Once I had delivered the package, per the senders instruction, I waited for Ms. Carter to confirm receipt of the undamaged package and confirm its contents. Due to the constraints of the media format, she could not confirm receipt with her equipment, causing us to involve he waves happily at Avy Ms. Grimaldi as a technical specialist as we are both familiar with her work. Ms. Grimaldi lacked the specific equipment required to view the media, further delaying confirmation of receipt. Ms. Carter and Ms. Grimaldi are both familiar with BART gestures at Zerin Ms. Taro's business and so reached out to her to find the specific equipment we needed.

Once Ms. Taro was able to acquire the specific media reader we needed to confirm receipt of the contents of the package, we viewed said contents. I can confirm and will testify in open court that the footage viewed was as Ms. Carter said in her statement in regards to its specific evidentiary information, as well as potential threatening content towards both her and my persons."

After finishing up, BART reclines in his seat. "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand, I think that about covers it unless either of you two have something else to add."


Detective Eteki regards Avryl and Emily's answers with a bit of a piqued eyebrow, and visibly relaxes when BART finishes his reply. He seems pleased with the recounting provided to him by the Puppeteer, and nods.

He looks at Zerin. "I take it you have nothing to add to any of that?"

Assuming Zerin says no.

Eteki picks up his coffee, takes a sip, and sets it back down. "Can I get any of you anything while we do this? There's some good sandwiches in the canteen. Coffee's good today, too."

You don't need to answer, just assume that if you want something, you can get it, and it's brought in during this confab.

Eteki flips a couple of files into the public AR space of the room, enabling you all to see the images of two people, both of whom you've recently come to understand are involved in all of this.

"Dwight Kaplan," Eteki says. "And Carrie Mendez. Both Thrillers, both dead from seemingly environmentally-related accidents. Except, as you've clearly been made aware, there's evidence to show they weren't accidents. Kaplan's gear didn't fail, and Mendez didn't slip. They were murdered, and we think we know who did it."

Eteki pauses, shaking his head sadly.

"Except for the fact that we don't know who did it."

Pause for reaction.

"Let me explain," Eteki continues. He flicks five more files up into the public AR space. "Joshua Taussig, age 30. Portland/Vancouver Metro. Thriller. Died when his wingsuit failed after what was an otherwise completely successful Thrill-Dive off of the Rose City Spire. Yolanda Strauss, age 25. Mexico City Lowrise. Spiller. Died of an apparent overdose after going off-the-air following a livecast of a staged 'random hookup' in the men's room with her boyfriend, who is also dead. And here he is: Emilio Garcia, age 35, Thriller. Had just finished a city-wide parkour run, finishing in the men's room of the club he and Yolanda had their last little love-fest in. Died of what appear to be cardiac problems moments after he left the men's room. His death ended up distracting the authorities from finding Yolanda's body for nearly an hour. Security camera feed shows him leaving the men's room tucking his junk back in his pants, taking four steps, and falling over dead. Coroner said his heart looked like someone had pumped it up and popped it like a balloon."

Eteki pauses, sighing, before continuing on to the last two.

"Margaret-Anne "Candy" Kane, Spiller with a side of Thriller. Age 29, Los Angeles/San Diego Metro. Investigative reporter meets fashion model. Former extremely high-class escort. I didn't know they went that high, honestly, but there we are. Died investigating the death of this young woman, our final contestant of the night. Daphne "Miss Mystery" Jeong, age 31, and here's where we're now getting into familiar territory... Chiller. Daphne called herself the "Sorceress of Spook" and the "Chatelain of Chills," among other things. Whatever a Chatelain is. Like Dwight and Carrie, here, Daphne was all about rigging up a sensory induction bodysuit to her feed, so that all the fun little shivers and jump-vibes she'd get doing her creepy-crawly routine could get shared out to her followers."

He pushes two coroner's reports up so that you can all see them. "The same type of sensory suits that Kaplan and Mendez were wearing. The same kind all of them were wearing. Different brands, sure, but the same basic suits. Same effects."

Eteki pulls all the files back down and considers you all for a moment.

"So, basically," he says, finally. "What we've got here is someone killing Socials, with a decided emphasis on Chillers. There are a handful of other cases, but we can't confirm that they're related. It took us nearly six months to put these connections together. The killer's good. The killer's real good. Makes it look like accidents, unless you know what to look for."

He nods at Emily.

"Or unless you get a video file like that one. The same kind Candy Kane got. The same kind that got her killed."

Your turn, kids.


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15
Quote:

"Dwight Kaplan," Eteki says. "And Carrie Mendez. Both Thrillers, both dead from seemingly environmentally-related accidents. Except, as you've clearly been made aware, there's evidence to show they weren't accidents. Kaplan's gear didn't fail, and Mendez didn't slip. They were murdered, and we think we know who did it."

Eteki pauses, shaking his head sadly.

"Except for the fact that we don't know who did it."

That strikes Avryl as a strange statement. They know who, but not who?

Quote:
"Or unless you get a video file like that one. The same kind Candy Kane got. The same kind that got her killed."

There is, to Avryl, a pause that seems to last for hours, but she's sure it's only a few seconds.

“Chatelain…originally an old Euro nobility title, meaning ‘keeper of the castle’,” she says, with a slight flutter in her voice, as the weight of what Eteki has told them begins to assert itself. “I’m sorry…the strangest trivia seems to pop out of my mouth whenever I get particularly nervous, and I find it hard to stop running off at—“

She does manage to stop herself before she goes too far, takes a deep breath, and…

“So…it would seem the killer has picked their new targets. Is that what it all boils down to?”


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17
Atomic Rocket Games wrote:


"Dwight Kaplan," Eteki says. "And Carrie Mendez. Both Thrillers, both dead from seemingly environmentally-related accidents. Except, as you've clearly been made aware, there's evidence to show they weren't accidents. Kaplan's gear didn't fail, and Mendez didn't slip. They were murdered, and we think we know who did it."
Atomic Rocket Games wrote:


He pushes two coroner's reports up so that you can all see them. "The same type of sensory suits that Kaplan and Mendez were wearing. The same kind all of them were wearing. Different brands, sure, but the same basic suits. Same effects."

Zerin does a scan of the reports, flicking through to see if anything stands out.

"And the tech analysis of the suits? If you're aware of the evidence that it wasn't accidents, you're aware that they're built for surviving a whole buffet of stupid."

As she's scanning, she adds on another question.

"And your retelling sounds like collateral damage of a personal nature is a likelihood... any evidence that it will go beyond witnesses and hit associates and belongings?"


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11
BART wrote:
BART perks up a bit in his chair and straightens up. Oh... me?

Emily closes her eyes in annoyance when he starts speaking as she had been addressing the cop. After a second to regroup to opens them again and nods along with BARTs retelling of events.

Detective Eteki wrote:
"Or unless you get a video file like that one. The same kind Candy Kane got. The same kind that got her killed."

Emily takes some time to process everything she just heard. Her face is blank, but she cracks a small smile when Avryl defines "Chatelain"...

She looks at Detective Eteki, slides the card with the video over to him and says "How can I help?"

"I am sure you understand this is a story I am going share, but much as it pains me, WHEN I share it can be after we take this lunatic down."

"Also, I am not going to be able to stay off the feeds without talking about this much longer. I've built up anticipation... did Candy broadcast about her video? Was she sharing her whole investigation with her followers? This jerk is almost definitely watching my feeds and waiting..."


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

BART passes a glance between Emily and the detective before looking directly at the Spiller, "Look, I'm as desperate to get this psycho off my back as anyone. But, in all seriousness, Carter, how much help to the police do you think a cowardly courier, a socially awkward engineer, sorry, Avy, a fame-hound Net-Journo and... I'm really sorry, Zerin, but I'm not sure what you actually do. I'll help the police as much as I can, but I don't even know how I got on this nuts radar."

He turns to Avryl with some concern in his voice, "Avy, you gotta get out of town. Maybe back into orbit, but out of the path of whatever it is that we dragged you into. I've been mangled once. Hell, I probably should have died in the accident. But you don't need to get in the path of whatever messed up, Final Destination s&&* I've stumbled into."


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17
B.A.R.T. wrote:

"... I'm really sorry, Zerin, but I'm not sure what you actually do. I'll help the police as much as I can, but I don't even know how I got on this nuts radar."

Zerin looks mildly offended at B.A.R.T.'s comment, but shrugs and gets over it, declining to remind him that she's fixed his hardware in the past. If it matters what she does, the officer will ask.


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily doesn't even look at BART as he talks and just looks at the ceiling. When he's done she nods and says to Detective Eteki "Obviously I don't speak for everyone here. I'm willing to help and will defer to you regarding the best way I can be of assistance. If you want me to leave the whole thing to you, I can do that until this case is closed. Then yes, I'll expect exclusive access."

"I haven't shown Zerin or Avryl's faces on my feed so it's possible the killer doesn't know they're involved. That's not something I would count on but it is a possibility."


Eteki pauses to regard all of you, takes a slow sip from his coffee, and sighs.

"I'm afraid that you won't be showing anything to anyone, Ms. Carter, because everything you have regarding this case is classified as evidence, and therefore is now under the auspices of Metro Sec as well as Federal Investigations."

He regards the rest of you with the same tired, "I'm too old for this" look he had when you all walked in.

"And furthermore," he says, looking to Avryl. "None of you are leaving the city, let alone the planet, any time soon."

"With the exception of... your legal name really is BART, isn't it... with the exception of BART, here, I'm not sure you all grasp the seriousness of this situation. One or more of you has been targeted by a serial killer, who is specifically targeting a distinct group of people, who do very specific things with their lives."

He again points at the documents floating in the public AR space.

"Only he hasn't targeted you as his victims, but... based on what we saw with Ms. Kane's murder, and the fact that he dropped a video file off to you, Ms. Carter, by way of a specific courier... That's you, Mr. Transit... rather, he's targeting at least the two of you as his next Big Show. There's evidence to indicate that Kane had come up with as many as five other Chiller murders, but we're still attempting to decrypt her files. They were locked up tighter than we expected, and it's taking us more time and energy to crack them than I care to admit."

He flips one of the files through the air toward Avryl's AR space, pausing for a moment to let her get a good look at the file.

"You might recognize that," he says. "Considering that's your work. Ms. Kane was using an encryption program that bears your submit tags all over it. We haven't been able to crack it, because we don't know the master key she was using on her end. That died with her. We've gotten a few of the files to give us their names, but that's about it."

Eteki sighs again.

"The killer, whoever he is, wants publicity. Or documentation. Or something. We don't rightly know. But he appears to have given Kane something to run on. Something that got her looking into past murders. Something that provided her with enough information to get herself in to a situation that... for whatever reason... got her killed. A Federal profiler made the suggestion that if she hadn't been wearing that feedback suit, she would have been fine. Or at least made it out alive. He's killing people in the suits, that much is clear. And he wants to make a spectacle of it, maybe, or he wants to have the why's and wherefore's documented. Hard to say at this point."

"But one thing we do know, is that he has very carefully put all of you together in this room. He put Mr. Transit and Ms. Carter together, and he put you on this, Ms. Grimaldi. And you as well, Ms. Taro. A courier and a media figure? And the one person who could easily crack the encryption on previous case files? And a merch trader who would know exactly where to get the tech to play that old SD card? Once is circumstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times?"

Eteki finishes his coffee and regards you all coolly.

"That's enemy action."

"So, no. I can't let any of you leave the city. And I can't allow any of you to broadcast any of this, not yet. Not until we've come up with something that lets us put you back out there, to draw this jackwad out of his hole and let us get a Special Response sniper lined up on his skull. He's probably out there tracking his next victim right now, and you know what? I want to try and do something about that, if I can. The question is – other than Ms. Grimaldi and Ms. Tarin, here – why specifically the two of you? Why you, Carter? Transit? What makes the two of you so special that he'd pick you? It can't just be that you know Ms. Grimaldi. There are thousands of ways to get her involved."

"So why you?"


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily tales a second to rub her temples and grumbles, Great, another one..

To Eteki she says coldly "I'm sorry I was unclear just now when I TOLD YOU I can hold off until after the investigation is closed. Not sure why you think I don't get the gravity of the situation... unless you were expecting hysterics. I don't have time to be a blubbering idiot about a threat to my life right now. There's a serial killer targeting me for something. I can freak out later."

"As for getting out there with a sniper, I'm all for it. But how long do you think you can keep me offline without the killer losing interest and moving to a different spiller? And how pissed off do you think they're going to be when I get back online and say I'm dropping this or present some made up BS? Something tells me a killer with a story to tell or a lesson to teach isn't going to be pleased with the situation."

"Now to answer your question, why us? Why can't it just be that we know each other? Who knows how long the killer has been stalking people looking for people with the right kind of connections?"


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

”I’m afraid I can offer little on this person’s motivation,” Avryl freely admits. ”At the moment, Emily’s explanation of ‘why us’ is as good as any. I certainly couldn’t think of an alternative—at least not a credible one.”

She takes a drink of water as a way to give herself a moment to collect her thoughts.

”And in deference to both you and Mr. Transit, I had no intention of leaving the planet. As long as I fail to meet the terms as laid out by the heads of House Grimaldi, she seems to say that last part with sarcastic intent, then returning home is off the table as an option.

”That being said, and considering at the very least the lives of two of the few friends I have seem to be at stake, please consider me at your service, Detective.”


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

Zerin sighs

"I'm a mechanic, not a merch trader, one of many scattered through the forgotten lower reaches of this city. We all have our sources and hook ups for old tech, if we didn't we'd be out of work and things would be even more broken down around here. Even the stations down here get work done when the budget has shortages and replacements aren't coming."


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

((OOC: Not remembering what Zerin's done for BART in the past was totally PJ brain farting, but we'll call it nervousness on BART's part and move on with the story.))

"I'm sorry, detective, but I'm a courier. I'm an expert in getting packages from point a to point b. Crazy, psycho murderer expert is kind of your entire f!%!ing job, so maybe YOU can tell US why we're in this?

BART gestures towards Emily, "I mean, for starters, I don't even particularly LIKE this woman. She sticks her nose where it's not wanted and airs out other people's business for CLICKS. Avy's a g++-d*$ned genius who tends to keep to herself and Zerin's a mechanic who tries to take care of the tech, and by extension the people, in places the rest of this city forgot. Exactly what puzzle do these pieces fit?"


The GM once again apologizes for the delay - holiday, plus freelance projects, have been killers.

Detective Eteki nods at Avryl and BART, sighing yet again and reflecting on the conversations at hand.

"Why any of you, I don't know. The guy's a serial killer, and I'm not a profiler. But," he says. [b]"I do know and work with profilers, and they're suggesting that it doesn't matter to him that you're off the air right now, Ms. Carter. Or how long. You're known for - as Mister Transit has said - sticking your nose where it's not wanted. You air out other people's business. That he's handed you a clue means that he's starting with you the same way he started with Kane."

He holds up the fingers of both hands and ticks them off one by one.

"Kane was known for getting into trouble. She was given data that she encrypted using a key made by Ms. Grimaldi, here. We can't get into it, because we don't have the master key she was using. We suspect that the reason Ms. Grimaldi's here is because he knew that both you and Mr. Transit both knew her. He's been laying clues and sending bread crumbs, and he's done it before. He's targeting people who use feedback rigs to give their viewers chills and thrills - why? We haven't figured out yet."

"Other than that he's a psychopath who gets off on it. The profiler has some suspicions, and I have to say I'm not happy about them. I mean, put it together. Targeting Chillers? Specifically Chillers who use feedback suits? Able to tap their comms and their feeds for who knows why? I mean..."

Eteki pauses and takes a deep breath.

"It's almost as if he's running his own show."


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

Zerin's eyes narrow as the Detective summarizes the situation, pieces that have been laid out before, but maybe there's something new. His conclusion is still like a slap in the face, the logic is as undeniable as it is unpleasant.

Still not sure what that means for them, and what the police want with them, her mind is still running.

"Do you think he's watching live? Has there been any sort of broadcast telemetry to trace?"

She makes a face, realizing that it is highly unlikely that they haven't already pursued that line of tracing.

"OK. So you played a game of misdirection regarding which station we're at. Which means you assume at least one of us is being watched... are you sure none of us are being traced? Or are we waiting around to see what comes sniffing after?"


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

To Zerin Emily says,

"Honestly when aren't we being watched? How the hell does one single out one watcher of one person this day and age? Or multiple people? Hell, any number of people could be keeping tabs on all 5 of us at once.

Emily sits back in her chair, looks at the ceiling and thinks out loud:

"If the profilers think he doesn't care that I'm NOT broadcasting about this right now, that means patience. Patience works with the idea that he spent a ridiculous about of time searching for the right group of people to involve. Patient AND meticulous...and more interested in the final outcome than watching me work my way unwittingly to my demise... hmmm"

She looks at Eteki. "But I don't use a feedback unit. And if he was creating his own show for sick freaks you'd think he'd want to build anticipation and excitement. We've got two different MO's here. Have the profilers considered that this could be a team?"


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

BART looks from the detective, to Zerin, then Emily and then back to the detective. "Okay, I have a question that I really feel needs asking here and I've just about run out of polite and cooperative for the day, so let's try direct. For the professional, Detective Eteki, you seem to be sharing a lot of details about the case with us without telling us what you're going to do FOR us. You've told us a whole lot about this persons suspected motives, methods, pathology... a lot of stuff I would imagine you wouldn't normally share with people as close to the case as we are and some of us have a nasty habit of tattling."

"Where I'm going with this is that those shiny cars and helicopters and AVs out there in the station lot have `Protect & Serve' embossed on their Metro PD logos but you haven't told us a [u]DAMNED THING[/u] about how you're going to protect and serve us?"

BART spreads his arm to include the three women in the room. "I mean... what are we to you? Suspects? No. You haven't notified us of any charges or made any threats. Material witnesses? Maybe. We do have the recording. But if that were true, you'd have offered us protective custody or SOMETHING." BART brings his arms back in towards his chest, leans forward and steeples his fingers. "Are you hoping to dangle us as BAIT, Detective? Because if that's your plan? Best of luck holding me. And if you can't arrest me, I'm going to pack my s#@~ and head to some other place where I can work. Here's a quote, Carter. I've already died once. I don't recommend it."


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11
B.A.R.T. wrote:
some of us have a nasty habit of tattling.

Emily rolls her eyes...

When B.A.R.T. finishes Emily says, "I have to agree with him for a change. You haven't mentioned anything about how you intend to protect us. All we've talked about is catching this guy. We can talk about solving the case forever but we're going to have to leave this room eventually."


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

For now, Avryl decides to keep her mouth shut and concentrate on something she might do: Break her own encryption. As she figures it, if she's going to survive what's coming, then helping Detective Eteki is probably better than running.


Detective Eteki looks between the lot of you, arches an eyebrow, and nods.

"Fair question," he replies. "That's usually something we discuss once we actually hit the planning stage, but, sure. Fair enough."

"The department is already working on installing discreet surveillance around your dwellings and workplaces, where they can. We've got a complete, around-the-clock coverage schedule. I can't tell you more than that, because I don't personally know. It's compartmentalized, to prevent any one person from getting compromised and letting the suspect in on the full plan. Not that it'll ever come to that."

Eteki leans back in his chair as he continues. "As to more direct recompense, all of you have some manner of... let's say 'legal misgivings'... in regards to who you are and what you do or have done in the past. I'm told that the Feds are already working on removing several of those from your collective records. It's not going to get Ms. Grimaldi a travel visa back to Off-World, but from what I hear, a good number of indiscretions, fines, and travel restrictions are being expunged as we speak."

"It's no Get Out Of Jail Free card, but it's something. And it's what I know they're offering. Beyond that, if you ever run in to one of them, you can ask them what else they're doing. Like I said. Compartmentalized."


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily nods then says "What you're saying is: We're hanging out here until you get the all clear. So we might as well brainstorm to pass the time?"


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

Avryl is kind of…blown away at the news of at least SOME of her travel restrictions could be lifted. She's not at all surprised that they can't get her Off-World restriction lifted; nothing short of a bona fide miracle or a deal with the Devil could do that.

"Why not," she says, shrugging. "Brainstorming is something of a hobby for me. But we need our priorities met first. I'm getting peckish."


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17
Quote:
"The department is already working on installing discreet surveillance around your dwellings and workplaces, where they can. We've got a complete, around-the-clock coverage schedule. I can't tell you more than that, because I don't personally know. It's compartmentalized, to prevent any one person from getting compromised and letting the suspect in on the full plan. Not that it'll ever come to that."

"Around or in?" Zerin asks flatly.

She doesn't acknowledge the prod about possible infractions on her record.


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

If BART's mechanical face could glare at the detective, it would.

"So, you're giving us surveillance to protect us from a killer who has a track record of hacking surveillance. And the feds are `expunging' all the little infractions neither they or you locals can prove in the first place? And you're calling that `help'. You're hanging us out to dry and hoping that this psycho comes sniffing around the laundry line."

BART lets out an exasperated sigh and shrugs.

"Well, since that's the best you can do and you're apparently not willing to let me leave under my own recognizance, I guess I'll just have to be the shiniest lure in your tackle box, detective."


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

"Ok, now that we're gotten that out of the way, let's get back to business." Emily says, "I'd like to speak to the profilers. Or see their report. And I'd like to see the case files. One of us might recognize something in there that we're taking for granted."

"I assume it's not possible to do facial recognition analysis on the bystanders in the victim's previous vids because they'd be blurred out due to lack of consent. Correct?"

"Also we should try and feed Avryl before midnight or bad things will happen."


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We're going to go ahead and roll the game forward a bit, as digging into some of the minutia that Emily and the rest are asking about would take us rather a long time and require many more weeks of conversation. I'll summarize the answers to your more pressing questions below.

Regarding Zerin's question of "around or in" your places of residence: Around. They need your permission to do that, and will do so if you really want them to, but that will take time and be a lot more obvious than their efforts to make it look like regular maintenance and replacement of various objects.

Regarding BART's snark: Absolutely not. The Feds can prove a large number of items on their list - which is why they're on the list in the first place. Hanging you out to dry doesn't enter into it: you're already targets, and you're better off with their help than without it. Why you're targets, who knows. But you are. And the attitude isn't going to make it any easier, so maybe cool it for a while until such time as they can make this easier for everyone.

Regarding Emily's request to see the reports or talk to the profiles: that's not going to happen any time soon, and Eteki doesn't like that any more than you do, but at this time, the Feds are adamant that it's better that none of you meet them face to face. It'll happen, but they're in the field right now, coordinating the surveillance operation. As far as the facial recognition goes, well, the Feds and MetroSec have a lot more leeway on that sort of thing than you Socials do - your livestreams and whatnot are not necessary for public safety, and so are subject to things like Terms Of Service and Consentual Opt-In. Theirs aren't. That being said, all of the available public safety video has been reviewed, and the Feds haven't been able to find anything that you're talking about. And, as you may have guessed, no, you can't see it. Eteki is working on that, however, since it directly affects the lot of you.

Regarding getting Avryl fed: they can bring in a pizza or three if you really want it. There's a great little place just two floors down that does a pretty kickin' Quattro Fromaggio.

***

Some time passes, as it always does, and pizza is delivered, as it always is. They can even get BART a charge on his mechbody's powercell (as you only have a 24-hour charge on that thing) and some nutrient-paste, so none of you are without sustenance.

Shortly after the food is delivered, word comes in that the surveillance network is up and running, and a few minutes after that, a connection between the field command post staffed by the Federal agents is established, with a series of images being relayed to the conference room you're situated in.

The feeds show your respective home areas - not directly fixed on your front doors, but the general areas around where you're known to make your business (or most of it) - randomly cycling through a total of four arcs, flowing through them in order to provide as much coverage as possible.

A voice from the other end of the feed speaks up.

"This is Agent Axelrod," a man's voice says. It's an even, practiced recitation of the official surveillance drill. "Beginning multi-target surveillance operation. All field operatives, check in."

Three other voices reply, two women and another man, identifying themselves as Agents Ridley, Howland, and Moore.

Eteki replies, introducing you all in turn.

"Thank you for your cooperation on this operation, everyone," Axelrod says. "We're going to do a series of facial recognition runs for the next thirty minutes, to ensure that we don't have anyone hanging around or coming back through these areas more than a usual traffic pattern would suggest. While we do that, I'd like you all to pay attention to the feeds that Detective Eteki is about to direct to your personal AR streams. You'll be seeing directly what we're seeing. If you spot anyone that looks suspicious, I'd like you to focus on that for a three-count. That'll trip the software's sensors and we'll log that for refinement."

At this point, I'd like you all to make three (count them!) Perception checks. Remember that if you want to use Action Points to improve your roll, you should announce that as you make the roll.


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

Zerin will have made some comment to the effect of "you're going to expect no one to think maintenance workers around my shop is odd? you have seen the neighborhood, haven't you?"

[OOC: do modifiers to Perception for Deduction come into play?]

1.
{dice=Perception, 2d6+17}2d6+17{/dice}

2.
{dice=Perception, 2d6+17}2d6+17{/dice}

3.
{dice=Perception, 2d6+17}2d6+17{/dice}


Quick reminder to ask questions about rules in the discussion thread going forward, but let's put this here. Also, remember to close tags so your text shows up properly. I know it's been a while for these things. No worries.

No, Deduction does not enter into this.

A question was made offline about the use of Action Points.

Let's see what the rules say:

The Metro wrote:

Action Points – Action Points are your inherent luck, karma, or blessed nature. They can be used to perform minor edits on the outcome of skill or combat checks (but not damage), increasing the result by 1d6 for every AP spent. Starting AP are equal to (FOR + 1). Only heroes, villains, and special creatures posses AP. To use an AP, you must announce that you’re spending an AP on your roll before the roll is made. When making their check, you roll an additional 1d6, and add the result to the check. When rolling a check after spending an AP, you can only critically fail if all three dice come up 1. However, you can critically succeed if any two of the dice (including the AP) come up 6.

You may spend AP to alter you check after you’ve made it, but before the GM has announced the result of the check, and you must spend 2 AP to gain that additional 1d6. Any one check may only have an additional 1d6 added to it, regardless of how many AP are spent, or when. AP generally replenish at the end of every adventure, though the GM may allow them to replenish at the start of every game session.

Zerin, go ahead and reroll your Perception checks using the proper brackets so that the forum engine gets that you want to make a roll. Don't forget to use "Preview" if you're not sure!


Rouser Flashback
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 8 | SPD (Run) 80 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 35 | Willpower 15 | Perception 17

Once more, with feeling... and hopefully correctly coded. Operating on a single cylinder today...

1.
Perception, 2d6+17: 2d6 + 17 ⇒ (5, 3) + 17 = 25

2.
Perception, 2d6+17: 2d6 + 17 ⇒ (4, 3) + 17 = 24

3.
Perception, 2d6+17: 2d6 + 17 ⇒ (6, 1) + 17 = 24


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily mutters "Showtime" under her breath as she turns her attention to the streams.

ROLLIN!

Perception: 2d6 + 11 ⇒ (1, 5) + 11 = 17

Perception: 2d6 + 11 ⇒ (3, 1) + 11 = 15

Perception: 2d6 + 11 ⇒ (3, 5) + 11 = 19


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

Shakin' dem bones

perception 1: 2d6 + 15 ⇒ (2, 5) + 15 = 22

perception 2: 2d6 + 15 ⇒ (3, 3) + 15 = 21

perception 3: 2d6 + 15 ⇒ (2, 3) + 15 = 20


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

DICE!

Perception: 2d6 + 14 ⇒ (5, 5) + 14 = 24

Perception: 2d6 + 14 ⇒ (2, 6) + 14 = 22

Perception: 2d6 + 14 ⇒ (3, 5) + 14 = 22


Sorry for the post delay. As you know, I'm working on getting Bonus Content out for A Broken Sky and working on revising the Power Core mecha rules - which are seeing a good playable revision, and will impact BART and other Puppeteer's in a very positive way - so I'm a little behind here. I do apologize for keeping you waiting. Everyone take 30 XP out of petty cash to make up for the delays lately.

As the four of you lend your eyes to the observation of the screens, all of you except for Emily (sorry, your rolls were just shy of what you needed) begin to pick up on some patterns in the human traffic around your homes and places of work. Nothing sinister, that you can determine, but you definitely recognize several of the more common faces: people you've seen every day, even if you don't know their name. You recognize locals, regulars, and hang-abouts. The people who should be there, who clearly know their way around as evinced by their casual, almost psychically casual methods of avoiding obstacles in their paths as they deftly navigate their way around the promenades and pedestrian paths while engaging in conversations with their friends, or splitting their attention between AR apps and the real world, and so on.

(Emily, you notice absolutely nothing out of the ordinary whatsoever. It all looks perfectly normal.)

While none of you got the requisite Very Difficult DC 28 result, a couple of you got the Difficult DC 23 result, so...

Zerin and BART both catch sight of two or three people at random points in the feeds who all appear to be wearing feedback suits under their normal clothing. A tug at an uncomfortable neckline, perhaps, or grabbing at the cuff line at the wrist and pulling to help stretch the sleeve to a more comfortable fit. They look like they're waiting for something.

Could be anything, though. You only see them once or twice, and feedback suits aren't that uncommon.


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

Emily leans forward a little to squint at the screens. After a little bit she says, "Yeah, I got nothin'" and stands up to pace around the room a bit / stretch.


Female Egghead (Freelancer)
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 1/2 | Bruises 20 | Willpower 21 | Perception 15

After studying the screen for a little bit, Avryl shrugs. "Well, if your people are there, I can't tell. It all looks rather routine, truth to tell.


Male Puppeteer (Podbaby) Post-Human
Attributes:
INIT 5 | SPD (Base) 8/12 | SPD (Run) 80/120 | TGH/RES 5/2 | Bruises NA | Willpower 18 | Perception 14

B.A.R.T. points to a couple of figures in the feed and turns to the detective. "You running any people with feedback suits, Detective?"


Female, Social, (Spiller) Human
Attributes:
INIT 6 | SPD (Base) 5 | SPD (Run) 50 | TGH/RES 2/2 | Bruises 25 | Willpower 18 | Perception 11

After BART says that, Emily stops pacing and looks at the Detective to watch for his response.

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