Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology.   Posted by All-seeing Eye.Group: 0
Karl Grimmson
 player, 5 posts
Sun 27 Mar 2011
at 13:44
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
"Uh," was Karl's first response, realizing someone was talking to him, "nah... you didn't miss anything... well- not unless I did.", he stumbled for words, his eyes blinking , then he made a little nervous laugh. The dreams, and his behavior that usually followed, had a way of earning Karl a list of labels and nicknames. Freak. Weirdo. Someone had even called him Little baby when he described them to them and started shaking and nearly crying. I can't let these people know what happens to me at night...

"I'm Karl, by the way. Karl Grimmson.", people introduced themselves all the time. Yeah... that's the way to go.
Aki
 player, 207 posts
 Shadow Manipulation
 Apperance (2)
Sun 27 Mar 2011
at 13:49
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Aki was dressed in a slightly different manner this time; her originally black T-shirt now featuring the picture of a J-Rock band.  She was probably the least effected by the events of a few days ago; as a being timeless as her, a few decades was only a small shift.  Not to mention that only recently did she awaken to the world herself.

Having missed the 1940s and the private investigators, she didn't register anything abnormal about Manning as she took her seat near the front of the class.  Then again, even if she didn't, it still wouldn't register.
All-seeing Eye
 GM, 432 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 02:08
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
After various other students entered, Manning took his feet off the desk and stood, placing the coffee cup down.
"Morning, students. I'm Lance Manning, and I'm here to teach you a little about the ins and outs of criminology, focusing on practical application. We'll probably be doing a little field work as well as textbook learning, and I hope to bring in a guest lecturer at some point, if she ever returns my calls."
Now leaning on the desk, he continued, "I'm sure you've heard it enough times that it's become cliche, but the truth of the matter is, the most powerful tool you have at your disposal is your mind. Knowing what you're up against, what they're capable of, and what they've done in the past can mark the difference between success and failure in an operation."
Pausing for a moment, he smiled, "It would normally be at this point I'd tell some boring story about fighting evil in another dimension. You're lucky. I haven't finished my coffee yet."
Tinman
 player, 115 posts
 High Tech & Liquid metal
 But still in high school
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 14:44
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Chuck finally came to class. Debugging his internal hard drive took a lot longer than he thought. He had totally lost track of time, and arrived slightly disheveled and tucking in his shit. "Sorry! Sorry I am late. Here! I am here!" He said, nearly tripping and trying to find his seat.

(OOC-Had some RL issues. I am here now. Sorry everybody)
Aki
 player, 208 posts
 Shadow Manipulation
 Apperance (2)
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 14:59
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Aki is ready with her white paper and shadowy black pencil.  She doesn't seem to react much to Manning's statement about field work nor his battling evil in another dimension.
'Geri' Williamson
 player, 33 posts
 Attractive (1)
 makes things disappear
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 15:23
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Geri stumbles in just after Tinman, cursing that she didn't quite make it through the door before him. "Sorry! Still getting used to this class schedule. Aren't schools supposed to have bells and stuff?"

Geri then spots the subject-matter of this particular class up on the projector and mumbles, a little too loudly, "Goddammit." Come to think of it, she's always had a sort of shifty-eyed, sticky-fingered, lean and hungry look about her.
Riel Hahn
 player, 132 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 15:35
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Riel grinned at Karl.  "Ah, don't sweat it.  I'm sure they'll drill it into us later, if we did.  I'm just here 'cause... I'm here.  I have a sneaking suspicion that my Dad conned me into this..."
Whiplash
 player, 112 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 15:40
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Elise was slouched a bit haphazardly in her seat, thanks to her boneless limbs, but her eyes were wide with interest as she studied the monitors.  Eventually she raised one hand, foolishly tempting fate.  "What's boring about fighting evil, Mr. Manning?"
Joseph Katsuya
 player, 183 posts
 Samurai Blooded
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 17:27
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Joseph tapped his chin, thinking. "Maybe it's more the way he tells it is boring, in that he tends to drone unless he's had his caffeine?" he pondered out loud. He froze up when he realized he said that out loud...but went back to tapping his chin with his pencil, figuring he'd just roll with it.
'Geri' Williamson
 player, 34 posts
 Attractive (1)
 makes things disappear
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 17:38
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Geri raises her hand - that's what students do, right? - but doesn't wait to be acknowledged before speaking. "Mr. Manning, um, is this class about fighting crime or fighting evil? Because, y'know, not all criminals are, I mean, a lot of people who commit crimes, they're just . . . y'know . . ." she trails off at the end there, avoiding eye contact with the teacher and any other students.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:39, Tue 29 Mar 2011.

All-seeing Eye
 GM, 433 posts
Tue 29 Mar 2011
at 18:40
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Manning nodded and smiled, "A very good point. I should've used a better term, or at least clarified. I tend to drone on and on about villains from my home. Some of them were, in fact, 'evil', and on that I can pontificate at some other time. Criminals aren't all evil, as miss Williamson here so aptly put. My stories, on the other hand, tend towards the long-winded, and thus can be considered more 'boring' than 'evil'. Even Daedalus has been known to drowse off when I get going."

Pausing for a moment, and realizing he'd now talked more about that than he'd originally planned, Manning took out a small PDA and used it to scroll through some data on the screens behind him, "So, to begin with, some definitions..."

As he began to teach, Lee Carter, sitting in the back row, mumbled as he looked at the syllabus. "You've gotta be kidding me."
Tinman
 player, 117 posts
 High Tech & Liquid metal
 But still in high school
Wed 30 Mar 2011
at 13:53
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
In reply to All-seeing Eye (msg #15):

He proceeded to fit, adjust himself, and listens. Needless to say, with his prefect computer memory he did not need notes or books-at least not more than once. He had already read through the required textbooks for the class.
All-seeing Eye
 GM, 434 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2011
at 15:29
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
The class went on for a bit, with Manning lecturing about basic terminology that would be used in the course. Finally, towards the end, he tapped again on his PDA and the screens at the front of the class cleared.
"Now, for the long-term project. As I said, we'll be focusing on practical applications of criminology. Thus, part of your grade will be on a collective scale based on this."
The screens begin to pull up information and photos on several different organizations.
"I want you, as a class, to get together and pick a particular topic to do both classroom and field research on. Here are some options, although if you have something else in mind and can agree on it, we can work from there as well."

The names on the screens were:

The Driogano Organization: Suspected organized crime
Max-Max: Metahuman / drug trafficking connection
Circuit Maximus: Underground metahuman fight ring
The Foundry: Ultra high-tech mercenaries
Ravens and Writing Desks: The Enigma robberies
Joseph Katsuya
 player, 184 posts
 Samurai Blooded
Thu 31 Mar 2011
at 18:13
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Joseph's notebook was already well on its way to being filled up with notes based on this one class alone, catching everything Manning said and explained, and writing it down, even making side notes to explain what main notes could possibly be referring to. Looking at the monitors at the groups being offered, Joseph's eyes widened in fascination. In particular, his eyes fell on a certain, technologically well off group...

"Mister Manning," Joseph asked, raising his hand for some clarification. "Should we decide on which group we should focus on now? And, if something should come up, would we be able to change our answer?"
All-seeing Eye
 GM, 435 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2011
at 18:57
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Manning shook his head, "No need to pick right now, but I'd like you all to come to a decision by next week's class. And of course, if something comes up, I can discuss alteration with any of you. I do, however, want this to be a group effort. Part of successful... Heroing... Is knowing how to coordinate with others."
'Geri' Williamson
 player, 35 posts
 Attractive (1)
 makes things disappear
Thu 31 Mar 2011
at 19:08
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Geri was relieved not to see "The Williamson Family" or "The Rom" on the board - she would have died of embarrassment. In hindsight, it hadn't been a reasonable fear to begin with. It's not like they were an international syndicate or anything like that - just small-time thieves. And so far as she knew, she was the only one to ever have any "special" abilities. Or maybe they were intentionally excluded out of courtesy for her. Wouldn't that be nice?
Aki
 player, 210 posts
 Shadow Manipulation
 Apperance (2)
Thu 31 Mar 2011
at 19:18
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
"I think a preliminary investigation of all them should be done.  After that, I'd be fine with whichever we take."  Aki replied as she started writing up 5 different papers and folding them up as she brought forth her shadowy ninjas.  "Even if we don't do all of them, we can still turn in the information to the proper authorities.  Does that sound like a good idea to you?"
Joseph Katsuya
 player, 185 posts
 Samurai Blooded
Thu 31 Mar 2011
at 19:43
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Joseph considered, and nodded. "I agree with the idea of getting initial information on these groups. I have my own idea on who we should investigate for our final project, but the investigation could prove me wrong about wanting to do it that way."

He looked over to Aki, noticing that her shadow men had materialized at her side. He smirked a little. "Well, that's practical, but it sort of undermines our own efforts into the project, doesn't it? I mean, just siccing ninjas on it."
Aki
 player, 211 posts
 Shadow Manipulation
 Apperance (2)
Thu 31 Mar 2011
at 21:33
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
"We still have to verify the information on whatever we go with.  They can only do so much."  Aki replies as she finishes the scroll.
Riel Hahn
 player, 133 posts
Fri 1 Apr 2011
at 02:37
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Riel nodded at Karl and leaned back, looking at Aki.  "I'd been meaning to ask you about that..."  she glanced at the Ninjai (What is the plural of ninja, anyway?).

"Are they real flesh-and-blood people?" She asked. "I mean, if they die trying to carry out your orders... do they have families and stuff?  Or are they ephemeral constructs or something?"

This message was last edited by the player at 02:37, Fri 01 Apr 2011.

Whiplash
 player, 113 posts
Fri 1 Apr 2011
at 02:41
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Elise blinked at the screens.  None of it was particularly familiar; it wasn't like the criminals she normally beat up were with organized crime, after all.  "What kind of 'field research' are we going to do?"
Aki
 player, 212 posts
 Shadow Manipulation
 Apperance (2)
Fri 1 Apr 2011
at 02:47
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
"It's a complicated answer, with a long story.  Do you want to hear?"  Aki replied to Riel.
Tinman
 player, 118 posts
 High Tech & Liquid metal
 But still in high school
Sun 3 Apr 2011
at 11:53
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
In reply to All-seeing Eye (msg #17):

He began to check the listing of all the names, linking online in his mind and accessing the data. "I think I am going to look at the foundry-for um, obvious reasons..." He said to the professor. Needless to say, the high-tech criminals made him very interested in what they knew-possibly about the sources of the Shiva armature itself, which was now bound to him.
Riel Hahn
 player, 134 posts
Sun 3 Apr 2011
at 12:15
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Riel nodded to Aki, then glanced at the professor.  "If you don't mind, yeah...  But maybe after class." She beamed a guilty smile to the front of the class.

"Nothing jumps out at me." Riel said. "Maybe the Circuit Maximus."  she shrugged.  "what is this about writing desks?"
All-seeing Eye
 GM, 436 posts
Sun 3 Apr 2011
at 15:49
Re: Interlude 1-2:1 Criminology
Manning gave a slight smile to the question, "It appears that two of the city's slipperiest fish, Magpie and Conundrum, are somehow working together. Some brilliant crimes have already been committed, and, as usual, they're rubbing the law's nose in it. I suspect that study will be more of an intellectual one than most."
Taking a set of print-outs with the list of the various 'study topics', Manning then passed them out.
"Class is dismissed. By next week, come up with what you want to work on."