(Complete) Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off.   Posted by Aether.Group: 0
Ezra Stern
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Sun 19 Aug 2012
at 18:48
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra's business partner, cabal mate and spiritual brother, Tome, waited outside. "What's up, my man? You ready to do some deals?" He puts out his hand for five. Ezra slaps it and smiles, "Always. I feel like this project wants to live and people are drawn to it." Tome chuckles, "You're talking a little like Frankenstein here... which might be good, given that Dr. Neon inside is a mad scientist type. Seriously though, Ez, his designs are solid, really cutting edge stuff. If we like what we see, we may want to take him on as our R&D." Ezra nods, "I like that idea."

They both head into the lab.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:50, Sun 19 Aug 2012.

Ezra Stern
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Tue 21 Aug 2012
at 15:05
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Just through door of the lab was an array of complex security devices when scanned and identified the two as guests. A little hovering ball with a soft, pulsing violet light said in a pleasant voice, "This way to the lab. This way to the lab." The men followed it down a short hall into automatic doors which opened with a hydralic whoosh.

Inside was a hazy lab with neon light dotted througout, some blinking and some constant, in a broad variety of colors. Machines and computers hum and buzz. A figure in a stylized labcoat and strange goggles woorks with fine on tools on something on a lab table. As they get closer, Ezra sees that it is a leyLine phone.

Dr. Neon tuns around, "Gentleman, so glad you're here. I have to say, you've outdone yourself on the phone. It meets all of my needs, advanced as they be. I didn't expect it would." Ez chuckles, "Thanks for the honesty. I'm glad to hear it lived up to its reputation. I'm Ezra, and you've met Tome before?" The doc nods, "Yes, and he gave me the pitch. I had to say I was intrigued. And now, here we are. I'd love to show you some ideas I had for the phone." "That's why we're here."
Ezra Stern
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Wed 22 Aug 2012
at 17:58
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
THe doctor nods, "Well, I have been working with the physical structure of the actual phone. Here's a simple example. Perhaps you might like to work on a tablet sized screen on occasion." The doctor places a thumb an forefinger on oppsite corners of the screen, and begins spreading it, as if you were enlarging a photo. The screen, and the entire device, smoothly expands as the doctor spreads it out. He stops when it's tablet size. "I call it fluid structure." Ezra and Tome watch, impressed by the display. "Now, here's a more complex reworking of the phone's structure. An app I call Drone." He returns the phone to normal size and opens the app menus, choosing the Drone app. He sets the phone down and it transforms with some whirring clicks into a tiny three legged robot wit a camera eye. "The drone takes simple verbal commands and follow targets, take photos and relay other types of info. Phone." At the command, the drone returns to its smartphone form. Ezra and Tome seemed to like that feature as well. "I have two more apps, this one's called Firepower." He taps the icon and the phone transforms again, this time into a sci-fi like pistol. "The usefulness of this speaks for itself." With a click the gun is back into a phone. "The last app allows the user to download codes for specific medicines and allows the phone to administer them to you."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:47, Fri 24 Aug 2012.

Ezra Stern
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Fri 24 Aug 2012
at 14:52
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
The app opens and array of selections of medicines. After a short moment of downloading the chemical structure, the appropraite mode of entry emerges from the phone. Doc Neon chooses NO2 and a small inhaler tip springs out. He quickly breathes the gas and is pleasantly out of it for a moment. He adds, ina slightly deeper voice, "See, very handy."

The doc was brilliant. These were applications that never crossed Ezra's mind.
Ezra Stern
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Fri 7 Sep 2012
at 02:00
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra says, "Thank you very much for inviting us here and sharing your designs. I think there is a good future for us. Would you consider having a drink later tonight with us? I just heard of alittle place I know you'll dig. It'll give my partner and I time to work out some details."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 17:55, Wed 12 Sept 2012.

Ezra Stern
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Wed 12 Sep 2012
at 17:59
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
The place was called Izzet Werkz and had a very Mad Scientist vibe with a little steampunk thrown in. The place was awesome and decked out with tremendous details, Ezra suspected it was run by an awakened, but he hadn't been there often enough to be sure. He sends the info to Doc Neon's phone.

"I'd love too. I read about that place on a board, but haven't had a chance to go."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:00, Wed 12 Sept 2012.

Ezra Stern
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Thu 20 Sep 2012
at 16:11
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Tome and Ez leave Doc Neon to her work and take a train to their meager headquarters. It's barely and office, tiny workshop and a modest storefront that sells their sleeper line of smartphones that rival any competetors. Tome goes right to the workshop and continues a programming project he's been working on. Ez goes through a list of possible clients and patrons he can set up meetings with. He'd like to wait until DOc Neon gets on-line, so he'll have more features to show off.
Ezra Stern
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Tue 25 Sep 2012
at 14:34
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
An idea comes to him... he rapidly texts Doc Neon asking for some pics and specs of the apps he just saw. He wants to get the jump on other parties, taking a gamble and showing the Doc's designs before a contract is signed. It's risky, but its ballsy too and he really wants to be a cornerstone to this emerging market... a pioneer in the field.

He takes an hour or so using what he's gotten from the Doc to make a nice looking presentation that's short, vivid and easy to navigate.  After it's done he shoots it off via email to the potential clients, particularly the larger ones, like CHantries looking to issue cabal wide phones and the like. He adds a line saying he would appreciate the chance to meet in person at their earleist convenience.
Aether
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Tue 5 Feb 2013
at 01:27
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra hits save and the .PPT uploads in seconds to his cloud storage. The email falls into place just as easy, following an almost perfect business format.

Feb 04, 2013

Sum Gui
Sum Kumpany Inc.
2632 Tarible Place

Dear Mr. Gui,


Ezra hits the send button, and then feels a mug of some sort of hot drink thrust into his hand. Ezra looks up from the keyboard and his surroundings have changed.  The person delivery the drink walks around a large table fitted with microphones and sits down. To Ezra's right another mans talks into a microphone.

"...and the person responsible for these new additions, one Mr. Ezra Stern. Who we are lucky enough to have in the studio at this very moment."

To Ezra's left is a large window looking out over the city. The whole room is dressed progressively, popular media references and memes of all sorts cover the walls and the two people present seem to match the demographic, wearing attire adorned with counter culture symbols and computer code.

"Ezra has been creating new innovations that have benefited awakened and sleeper alike for years now, but has recently made the decision to change his direction in his field, isn't that right Ezra?"


The room begins to blur a bit as the man sits staring at you waiting for an answer. The room shrinks and fades, replaced by Ezra's workshop and his computer screen showing one new email in his inbox.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:32, Tue 05 Feb 2013.

Ezra Stern
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Tue 5 Feb 2013
at 17:03
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ez swallows and tries to gather his swimming senses without leaving the microphone silent for too long. He takes a deep breath and clears his throat, "Ahem... yes, of course... because what is innovation without change? Great creators leave seeds for other creative minds to shape into new forms. They do not micro-manage, lording over each idea, coldly pruning it to perfection... no... instead, great ideas are set free into the world, a dynamic free space in which the ideas are given a chance to evolve. Thus, it is my duty to leave such new ideas into the capable hands of those who can do the most with them and set my eyes on much greater horizons. For, even the technology I am now known for was once a distant destination that seemed so far away."


He blinks again, scene changing once more. he sees the new email and clicks it open to read.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:14, Tue 05 Feb 2013.

Aether
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Wed 6 Feb 2013
at 00:21
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
As Ezra begins speaking of his duty to place in hands of those more qualified the great new ideas that come to him, the room fades back to his workshop. Finishing off his impromptu verbal manifesto for all his walls to hear.

"...into the capable hands of those who can do the most with them and set my eyes on much greater horizons. For, even the technology I am now known for was once a distant destination that seemed so far away."

"What was that Ez?" Tome yells from another room.

The email pops up on Ezra's screen...
"Ezra, it's me, 'r you I mean. It's Ezra."

Ezra's cell phone starts to ring.

"Leave the office, leave that room... actualy, give me a second."

"I'm going to call you in a couple minutes, 'r soon."

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:26, Wed 06 Feb 2013.

Ezra Stern
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Wed 6 Feb 2013
at 17:56
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra quirks a brow, "What exactly is in this coffee this morning, Tome?" He shakes his head briskly to clear it. Then the phone rings. Looking at the number, it seems the phone is calling itself. Ez answers, "Hello?" After a beat, "What? Seriously?" Click. "Tome, I know this sounds weird, but I think we have to get out of here."
Aether
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Thu 7 Feb 2013
at 03:42
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra's phone starts to ring again.

"Ezra? hey it's me, 'r you I mean. It's Ezra. Have I already called you?"

"Just tell him!" you hear in the background.

"Yeah, sorry. Ezra, Tome isn't who you think he is.

Or, well he is, but that isn't Tome in the next room. Trust me here man, get out'a there, and do it quietly. Don't worry, get outside; and remember, Hail Eris."


"That isn't going to work."

"Shit, yeah. Ok. I'll send a pope. Just get out'a there."

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:47, Sun 17 Feb 2013.

Ezra Stern
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Tue 19 Feb 2013
at 16:54
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra hrms, peeking into the other room and back at the phone. He nods, "Oh, yeah, ok... hrm...well... alright then." He clicks the phone off and  quietly stands. There is a back exit out that they rarely use, but there is no time like the present. He moves back there quickly, attempting to slip out.
Aether
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Sun 24 Feb 2013
at 15:54
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra manages to exit the building, leaving just as Tome starts asking about his plans for the next couple months.

The door latches behind him and he steps out into a back ally.

The sun shines down through the chilled air, foreshadowing a sense of hope in this confusing situation.

The back ally is accented by vehicles that haven't moved in months, garbage cans and tramp nests.

Ezra's car is parked out front, making his way down the back ally he comes out onto 112 St. The building faces the University Hospital. Directly south is Whyte Ave, a common commercial and recreational section of the city.

Address: 8409 112 St NW

Standing on the main street Ezra sees a Hot Dog vendor standing at his cart with a big grin gesturing for Ezra to come over.

The cart is out of place in late September. Fall is well established and the all ready chilly temperatures will only get colder in the remaining weeks.


~


Whyte (82) Avenue is an arterial road in south-central Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It became the main street of the City of Strathcona as it formed, and now runs through Old Strathcona.
Neighbourhoods

List of neighbourhoods Whyte (82) Avenue runs through, in order from west to east:

    Garneau
    Queen Alexandra
    Strathcona
    Ritchie
    Bonnie Doon
    King Edward Park
    Idylwylde
    Kenilworth

After amalgamation of the cities of Strathcona and Edmonton, Strathcona went into an economic slump and little re-development occurred, allowing many of area's old buildings to continue to the present day. In the 1970s, Edmonton city council bought many properties along 104 Street in preparation for a freeway through the historic area. A "Save-the-district" movement emerged and the plan was abandoned. Old Strathcona then became more Bohemian in tone, as well as performing its historic purpose of supplying goods and services to local residents, students at nearby University of Alberta, and residents of the nearby County of Strathcona whose county offices would first be located in Old Strathcona

Over time, the area has become the premier entertainment strip in Edmonton and is the locale for events such as the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Although it has lacked alternative music venues since the 1990s heyday, there is a strong revival of music venues on Whyte Avenue with several offering live entertainment for various genres. The primary location for clubs and nightlife is on Whyte Avenue between 99 and 109 Streets, with the majority of clubs directly on Whyte Avenue or on adjacent side streets.

Whyte Avenue arguably remains the centre of Edmonton's alternative lifestyles, containing various independent clothing and other types of shops catering to a variety of alternative subcultures (ranging from hippie to raver to goth etc.). Clothing is the fastest growing business trend in the area,[citation needed] with retailers all along the avenue. Old Strathcona was a bastion of small, local and independent business.

There are a number of restaurants in this area, many locally owned. Several of the bars also have kitchens. In total, there are almost 100[citation needed] places to eat in Old Strathcona.

FOR MORE INFORMATION  ->>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whyte_Avenue#Whyte_Avenue
There is a chance that events later in the game will take place on or near Whyte Ave but I have no plans as of yet. This is just for information sake. Also, if you ever plan to visit Edmonton this is likely where you want to go.
Ezra Stern
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Mon 25 Feb 2013
at 17:57
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra rubs his eyes behind the lenses of his glasses as he steps out into the chill. It takes him a second to get his bearings, things seemed to be flowing oddly. The out of synch hot dog vendor does nothing to help this feeling. He kind of just stares at it for a moment, trying to place it. Though out of season, a 'hot' dog sounded pleasant in the cool weather. He steps up to the cart. "One please, Montreal style." It was sort of a regional favorite, coleslaw, onion, mustard, relish, and occasionally paprika.
Aether
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Thu 28 Feb 2013
at 01:22
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra walks up to the shivering wiener salesman and places his order.

The vendor smiles and nods enthusiastically but something about his half vacant expression tells Ezra he may not get what he was after.

After a few short moments a still shivering hand drops a hot dog into Ezra's hand, covered in brown beans and Lays All Dressed.

"There ya go man, and keep yer numbers, this one's on the emperor. Hail Aris!" he says with a warm grin.

He then walks up close to Ezra and leans in, checking first that no one was in ear shot. He slides next to the bun a long and thin silver object.

"Here ya go man; and don't worry, I won't tell anyone..." his eyes shoot back and forth as he searches in his mind for the non-existent secret "..you know, whatever your doin'."

He goes to turn to a women waiting at the cart but then turns back "oh, ya and what was that you said..  uhm, the sidewalk vents...walk, uhm, walk around them. Yeah. Have a good one man, hail eris." he turns to serve the women.

A train runs directly underground where Ezra is. It goes to the University, and many of the sidewalks on these blocks have rusting metal grates that serve to vent the tunnels below. They are considered by most as innocuous and background, just a feature of the block.

Also, the side of the Hot Dog stand says "Emperors Wieners" and has a picture of the vendor's face with a giant grin.

Ezra's car is still about a block away, just across the intersection to the south.

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:08, Sat 16 Mar 2013.

Ezra Stern
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Thu 28 Feb 2013
at 15:51
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra looks at the dog and shrugs, it still looked delicious. "Thanks... this is from the Emporer you say? Then I am honored. I hope you'll pass on my thanks." He takes a bit of the hot dog, pocketing the object for later inspection, while the man talks. He nods with great interest as he swallows, "Thanks for the tip... it's a dangerous world. This hot dog is excellent by the way." He wants to tip the guy, but he knows money is meaningless... Then he gets an idea. He digs for the small, platinum coin he kept on his person. It was his favorite metal and he felt it conducted magic excellently. He draws it out, he whispers the names of Zadkiel, the angel who watches over business owners. As he does so, he attempts to transfer a point of Quintessence into the coin as he hands it to the guy. Though he can tell it doesn't work as intended. Though, he doesn't draw the coin back.
Christian
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Sat 9 Mar 2013
at 02:53
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Down the block Ezra's attention is arrested by a tall man leaning up against a lamp post.

His long dark brown, almost black, London Fog coat reaches his feet. Underneath he wears a simple button up shirt, and black pants.

He smiles warmly and has piercing yet wise eyes that pear through long dark hair

He stands looking in Ezra's direction.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:27, Sat 09 Mar 2013.

Ezra Stern
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Sun 10 Mar 2013
at 17:07
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra offers one last gesture of appreciation to the deli dealer and then focuses his attention on the strange man a block down.

His appearance wasn't out of place in this part of town, but people of this sort rarely stand around staring at people.

Ezra, intrigued by the mysterious individual, makes his way down the block making a point not to give his intentions away.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:26, Sun 10 Mar 2013.

Christian
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Sun 10 Mar 2013
at 17:26
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
The strange man leans forward "Excuse me sir, might you be Mr. Ezra Stern." the man sports an inquisitive look, betraying no signs of guile.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 17:26, Sun 10 Mar 2013.

Ezra Stern
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Mon 11 Mar 2013
at 02:28
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra stops and says casually, "I suppose it depends on who's asking." He dabs his mouth with a napkin in case hot dog residue remains."</aqua> He hated being too suspicious of strangers, especially when trying to establish a business, but he had been in some entanglements lately that made caution necessary. If he was dead, there's be no business at all.
Christian
 NPC, 3 posts
Mon 11 Mar 2013
at 04:10
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
"Oh I do apologize!" His hand shoots forward. "Christian is my name."

"Transparent alloys, time travel and small silver objects are my business."

The man has incredibly controlled posture and sports a charming expression that is nothing short of bullet proof.

"Oh, you'll want to just tap the end of it friend, just the bit with the Mandarin." he gestures to Ezra's pocket. "It's sort of, important; to keep this fixed point from fragmenting and weakening the temporal integrity of this universe."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:11, Mon 11 Mar 2013.

Ezra Stern
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Mon 11 Mar 2013
at 14:38
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
Ezra nods, "Thanks, a pleasure, Christian. As I am sure you know, I was having a little trouble staying fixed today, which is odd... well for me anyways... since I am fixed." He depresses the the end with the symbol, "Transparent alloys you say? That is something I would definitely be interested in."
Aether
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Tue 12 Mar 2013
at 04:14
Re: Prelude: Ezra - The Alarm Goes Off
CONTINUED IN Prelude: 112 St and 83 Ave

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