01.01: Four Seasons Derby.   Posted by The Scene.Group: 0
The Scene
 NPC, 4 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2015
at 04:22
01.01 Four Seasons Derby
The Four Season was a franchise, so it was spacious and pleasantly lit, staffed by professional and courteous staff, even though the front lobby was filled with a wide range of people.

There was the couple that resembled humanoid penguins--not really, but they were big, pear-shaped and waddled back and forth like penguins as they shuffled some very heavy bags up to the bellmen.  There was the earth-mother lady in the black tank-top and white peasant skirt with hair down to her butt and a gaggle of six or seven kids ranging from a couple of disinterested teenagers all the way down to the wide-eyed blonde boy holding a plush spongebob squarepants and looking around wide-eyed.

There were the well-dressed men in the thousand dollar-suits who talked subtle words to the front-desk woman while they held hands.  And there were a half dozen others all looking like they were preparing for a long weekend of partying, as if this were Burning Man.

Despite the chaos, the bellmen were on top of everything, and the counter-folks were able to accommodate the group.  It seemed there had been a couple of last-minute cancelations.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:21, Mon 26 Oct 2015.

The Scene
 NPC, 5 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 01:25
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The front desk woman, Melinda, was a tall, slightly overweight woman with a heart-shaped face and bright eyes.  She smelled of citrus and baby powder and despite the circus-act of the front lobby, she maintained a calm demeanor, peppered with a sense of humor.

...Your room is 415, at the end of the hall.  Please don't hesitate to call if you need anything. she left off with as she slid the hotel room key-card across the counter to Sean.

The room was a cookie-cutter room.  it could have been any hotel room in the country.  There were fresh flowers on the table and a folded up card on the pillow.

The card held a photograph of a dog in a captain's uniform on the front of a boat.
Vanessa
 NPC, 24 posts
Sun 8 Nov 2015
at 21:56
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When Vanessa made her appearance, it wasn't with any fanfare.  She had a couple of shopping bags and a battered old cardboard suit-case.  She had the patchouli-loving hippie appearance down-pat.  But Sean knew she'd probably had a half-dozen items secreted about her person, and her baggage.

She knocked twice, then let herself into the room.

Sean, it seems hadn't arrived yet.  She'd have to leave a note at the front desk for him.

What the hell was the deal with the photograph of a dog in a captain's suit?

So...  Sean?  Are you around?
Sean
 Player, 96 posts
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 18:59
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Emerging from the bathroom as Vanessa entered Sean had the slightly frazzled look of a man who had just witnessed a mob of people fighting for their rooms after several hours driving. Hair still wet from a brief dip in the sink he smiled with relief at the sight of Vanessa and let his hand fall away from his back where it had been resting on a gun at the sound of the door.

"Ah good. I was worried for a moment I would need to find people in this chaotic city, that would have been a challenge." Nodding to the baggage she was carrying he added, "Though I suspect you've already seen enough of the place to know that."

This message was last edited by the player at 07:48, Wed 11 Nov 2015.

Vanessa
 NPC, 25 posts
Mon 16 Nov 2015
at 19:50
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Hi there. Vanessa offered a brief, uncertain smile.  So, you are happy to see me.  This thing has grown.  It's bigger than I was led to believe.  We should have been fairly unobtrusive here.  All the party's happening across the border.  I--

There was a brief knock on the door.

Vanessa opened it without even having put her bag down.

Pardon Ma'am.  Housekeeping left something in the room that was intended for next door.  Would you mind?


Vanessa glanced at Sean.  What is it?  Vanessa asked.

A, uh, photograph.  of a dog.  the hotel-man said, apparently embarrassed.  Some people put various special requests when ordering online.  It becomes a bit of a game for some.Uh... teh photograph should be next door.  My apologies.
Sean
 Player, 98 posts
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 10:36
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Vanessa's assessment that things were worse than they thought already was hardly the best bit of news to be going on with but before he could be reply the latest knock on the door interrupted them. Housekeeping's appearance caused Sean to deliberately relax his posture and he produced a seemingly natural laugh as the dog photo was requested, "That explains it, I was going to call down and ask. Please, feel free to it, hopefully the room it's meant for will understand it." Gesturing to the photo he moved away to let the staff through, settling down on the room's chair whilst he waited for them to leave.
The Scene
 NPC, 7 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 19:31
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Thank-you.  The man who stepped in was short and powerfully-built, with a dark complexion and thinning white hair.  He had worn lines on his face that spoke more to laughter than anger.   He wore dark pants and a light colored shirt with the hotel logo on it and a nametag that declared that he was "Rafael".

He darted in and scooped up the dog photograph.  It's actually kind of fun.  This meeting the strange requests.  Makes the days go by, you know?  Boy, I could tell you stories....

Rafael took the photograph then crisply stepped to the side, to get to the doorway in three efficient steps.  Thank-you. he said.  If you need anything, don't hesitate to call.  We've won the best service award two years in a row."
Vanessa
 NPC, 26 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 19:34
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Actually...  Vanessa started, thoughtfully....  I noticed a lot of people in town, dressed like they're in the sixties...  Is there some sort of event in town?
Sean
 Player, 99 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 16:01
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Shaking his head at Rafael mentioning the previous similar oddities the still smiling Sean replied, "So what's been the weirdest so far this week?" Acknolwedging the comment about the customer services with a slight tilt of his head Sean moved to close the door behind the man as he began to exit then paused, looking over to Vanessa as she spoke and waited for the man to reply.

OC: Since it looks like there'll be a reply or two I am guessing that ticks enough time for a Read The Surface use of Empathy on Rafael?
Rafael
Sun 6 Dec 2015
at 02:59
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Hah!  Rafael let out a belly laugh.  Guy wanted a 3-tier house-of-cards intact on his pillows.   But Riley, he used glue.  Three tiers.  On the pillow.  Smart man, our engineer!  Keeps the building good, you know? 


Yup.  Enough for a Read the Surface.  Your Empathy vs his Rapport, right?  He's got a pretty good Rapport, being a pretty friendly guy.  Customer Service and all that.  Call it a +3 threshold.

Sean
 Player, 100 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 08:02
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OC: Pft. My dice rolling continues as norm. -2 on the roll, +2 result.

Picturing that for a moment Sean's smile faded and he shook his head trying to imagine before grinning once more at the surreal image that presented. "Well if this place manages to meet every odd demand  that creatively I can see why people make them. Eventually they'll find one that's impossible perhaps." Nodding across to Vanessa whose prior question had gone unanswered Sean reiterated it, "What about the people dressed for the sixties in town? Some sort of convention?"
Rafael
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 08:15
Re: 01.01 Four Seasons Derby
Sean:
OC: Pft. My dice rolling continues as norm. -2 on the roll, +2 result.


To take a page from Fate Core...  If you want it, do you want it bad enough to pay for it with a cost?   What kind of cost--we're talking narrative here, not mechanics--would be worth the answer?  Rafael thinking you're checking him out?  Raising suspicion?

Rafael laughed.  Oh!  The sixties.  Nineteen sixties.  Woodstock, yes?  You don't believe, we're on the eve of Destruction!.  Rafael actually had a pretty good singing voice, a rich baritone.

Summer Holiday. Rafael said.  Big festival of Wicca Pagan Viking Nudist Hippies.  Just across the border in Stanstead.   You're not here for the festival?  I thought everyone was here for the festival.
Sean
 Player, 101 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 11:04
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OC: Could have sworn I posted.
The character doesn't want it that much yet. He figures lon term he'll see this guy again and get chances for a better read.


Sean had planned to remain carefully controlled no matter what story he heard but the expression "Wicca Pagan Viking Nudist Hippies" was a bit more than he'd expected suddenly and he let a brief laugh escape him. Composing himself a moment later his lips still twitched slightly threatening to break into an overly wide grin, "The festival's part of it but I'd thought it might be a bit more low key. Seems I was way wrong though, any highlights of the festival I should be watching for or should I just follow the people with the horned helmet, tie dye shirt and no pants?"
Rafael
Mon 4 Jan 2016
at 01:40
Re: 01.01 Four Seasons Derby
Rafael shrugged and spread his hands, grinning.  Sure...  If you are a very serious wicca pagan, you go to the rituals at sunrise, or noon, or sunset or midnight.  Or all four.   If you are a viking nudist, you go to the dawn swim or the midnight swim at Weir Park.  If you're more of a Pagan Hippy, you just go to any of the classes or sit-ins around the Stanstead stones.  The hotel.  We have several brochures...

I'll open up the next scene shortly... Ultimately, it doesn't matter where you go... something will happen to push the story forward.  I am, of course, open to suggestions.
Sean
 Player, 110 posts
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 07:58
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"So just follow whoever fits the description best. If I feel like a swim I'll look for the nude vikings then." Still mildly amused by the doorman Sean nodded at the offer of brochures and given the lack of any calls from the others making their way to town glanced to Agnes, "Feel like some foot slogging to get the lay of the land? I think a stroll and a bit of people watching might tell us what's going to be the best fit." The fact that it would also open up opportunity to get a gauge for the sort of groups they'd be dealing with also made the option tempting, if he put a few calls in there was also a possibility for some networking opportunities as he went.

OC: Suggestions hm. The serious rituals seem an unlikely choice since I suspect we'll not blend with the serious Wiccans. Plus I believe the other two are heading there (though quick question, glancing at their thread I believe that three times were confirmed; sunrise, noon, sunset. We've had four mentioned with an extra at midnight. I'm just checking that's deliberate and not confusion between threads for when we next meet up- as PCs and share information.

Playing the Contacts game with whatever local crime underworld there is will be part of what Sean will hope to do and might be an IN for Matt, however that's probabaly better slotted into something else at a later time once Matt's good to go.

Tempting as the swim is we're not at the right times.

The classes seem like a start since I'm guessing there'll be the possibility of some with a bit of local history too that might get us on the right route as well as a bit of socialising that could come in handy later. Though the information might be filtered down a bit to make something more tourist appealing and some might be outright lies it seems a good starting point.

Control
 GM, 293 posts
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 08:41
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While the mismatch of ritual times was a mistake on my part, I will quite happily chalk it up to different people knowing different things.  Perhaps a midnight ritual was added in recent years, since Knight attended.

While I didn't do it to mean something, I'm also quite happy to leverage the mistake and make it mean something.   It might seem a little odd for a midsummer's festival to be focusing on the part of the night where the sun is the most absent or at it's weakest.  I'm sure that could be used as a symbolic reason for something.   If you feel we should run with it, let's run with it.