IIC - The Warehouse District.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
The Keeper
 GM, 70 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 00:33
IIC - The Warehouse District
A phone call to a source provides d'Anjou with the name of one of the more reputable printers in the city: the Perdido Printing Company, located in the Warehouse District. Owned by Emmett Glass, a former native of Miami, the company has printed music bills, posters, and programs for over a decade and counts several prominent Mardi Gras Krewes among its clients.

d'Anjou is able to find the building easily enough. It is a nondescript two story brick structure with tall, narrow windows, situated in the middle of a block of warehouses and businesses on Tchoupitoulas Street. The smell of ink is thick in the air as the detective steps inside, the loud sounds of a printing press easily audible in the enclosed front office.

A balding man with thick glasses, wearing an ink stained apron, stands behind the counter, studying what appears to be a poster for an upcoming local boxing match. He raises his bushy eyebrows as d'Anjou enters. "You're the first customer I've had today. Don't guess this winter weather's ever going to leave us," he says amicably. "What can I help you with?"

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Simon d'Anjou
 player, 54 posts
Sat 3 Oct 2015
at 20:08
IIC - The Warehouse District
d'Anjou flicks the rain off his hat outside before closing the door. "Just a bird of ill omen, I'm afraid," he says with a slight apologetic smile for being quite so damp. "Would the Krewe of Swords happen to have passed your premises an order recently?"
The Keeper
 GM, 72 posts
Sun 4 Oct 2015
at 17:52
IIC - The Warehouse District
The proprietor removes his glasses, wiping them clean on his apron. He shakes his head. "Interesting that you ask about that. Their chairman, Denis Bouchard, has been a longtime customer. For the past...six, seven years I've printed their posters for them. They always seemed pleased with the work. At least, no one ever complained."

He puts his glasses back on. "I expected their order again this year. Never came in. I haven't heard from Mr. Bouchard or anyone else." He frowns. "In fact, I don't think I've seen any posters from the Krewe this season. Or am I mistaken? They haven't disbanded have they?"
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 55 posts
Sun 4 Oct 2015
at 18:44
IIC - The Warehouse District
"Alas, I thought you might say that...I suspect M. Brouchard would certainly continue his custom, had he not run into some kind of trouble that has taken such details out of his hands." d'Anjou frowned a moment in thought.

"Would you know where or whom might source supplies - ink, poster-thick paper, yellow paint in particular - if a largeish group of people were to take up hand-printing signs wholesale? These whirly things that've been turning up all over are apparently the Krewe's new calling-sign."
d'Anjou steps over and slides a poster from under his coat across the counter, then leans on the surface.

"Also whether you have noticed any of the old buildings in the district coming into use of late, new people around, that sort of thing...I am a private detective working on what might be an accident or a murder, and the source of the prints may be the last place the unfortunate young man was seen alive."

The Keeper
 GM, 73 posts
Mon 5 Oct 2015
at 17:43
IIC - The Warehouse District
The man examines the poster closely, his brows descending in a frown. "Ah...so these are the posters the Krewe of the Swords has been distributing. I've seen a few of these around town. Strange choice. They don't exactly do much to promote the Krewe."

The proprietor spends a few more moments looking over the poster before adding, "This is definitely not printed. It's hand painted. It looks very close to the others I've seen, so I'd venture to guess that they all are."

"This paint is unusual. It's an odd shade of yellow and it looks like it's a little reflective. You might pay a visit to Rupert Lanoux over at Acadia Paint Supply. It's about four blocks from here on South Peters. He supplies a lot of paint for decorations this time of year. Mixes a lot of custom colors. The Krewe may have bought from him."


The man smiles. "Make sure you tell him Emmett Glass sent you. M. Lanoux does excellent work, but he's not the most personable fellow. But if he knows I referred you, he'll probably answer a few questions."

Glass pauses, considering d'Anjou's last question. "I take the streetcar and walk to work. Have for years. It's good for my health, especially as much as I like the food around here." He pats his round stomach. "I can't say as I've seen any new activity in any of the old warehouses nearby. Haven't heard about anyone new moving in either."
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 56 posts
Mon 5 Oct 2015
at 21:01
IIC - The Warehouse District
"Gets people talking, though," d'Anjou remarked, leaning in to see where the printer's attention was drawn. "Freehand, you mean? Not stencilled?"

The information brings out the notebook, briefly, as the recommendation and traditional appreciation of food bring out a smile. "That may help a great deal, and thanks."
The Keeper
 GM, 74 posts
Thu 8 Oct 2015
at 01:17
IIC - The Warehouse District
Glass nods. "It looks like freehand work to me." He points to one of the edges of the symbol. "You notice, like here, how the edge isn't sharply defined? You'd expect to see that if a stencil was used. You might compare this one with a couple of others you run across. My suspicion is each one is subtly unique."

Glass writes the address for Acadia Paint Supply on the back of one of his business cards and signs it, handing it to d'Anjou. He smiles. "Good luck. If you happen to speak with M. Bouchard, put it a good word for me. Let him know I can put his posters together a lot faster. And cheaper, I'd bet."


The air is thick with smell of paint when d'Anjou enters Acadia Paint Supply. The interior of the sales office has a number of different posters adorning the walls, displaying the multitude of colors that can be produced for customers. A sign on the counter reads "Ask about custom colors!"

A young man, no older than twenty-five, with neatly combed blonde hair is reading a magazine as d'Anjou enters. He quickly stows the publication under the counter and does his best to look attentive.

"Can I help you, sir?" he asks.
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 57 posts
Sat 10 Oct 2015
at 09:45
IIC - The Warehouse District
Still marvelling at the insane precision of the mysterious sign-painters, d'Anjou once more flicks his hat off outside before entering a shop. "I'd like to speak to M. Lanoux, if that would be possible," he says with an easy smile.

"Emmett Glass told me his particular expertise on the making of paints would surely prove enlightening, and I am in need of some enlightenment. The case I'm working has plenty of leads, but so far they've been dead ends."

The Keeper
 GM, 76 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 02:32
IIC - The Warehouse District
The young man looks at d'Anjou for a moment before nodding his head. Hooking a thumb over his shoulder at the door, he says, "He's in the back. They're doing a lot of mixing today. I'll see if he's got a minute."

The clerk disappears through the door. For several minutes, the detective wanders about the room, busying himself by looking at the various colors on display. Finally, a tall man emerges from the door. He has a deeply lined face, his salt and pepper hair receding into a widow's peak. He wears a thick, square mustache.

A frown creases his forehead as he regards d'Anjou. "I'm Lanoux. What do you want?"
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 58 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 20:08
IIC - The Warehouse District
"To apprehend those responsible for a young man's death," d'Anjou replies, tearing himself away from the hypnotic range of paint cards and coming over.

"To which end, M. Glass gave me to understand you were about the only man in the city with the knowledge and experience to trace a certain kind of paint."
He handed over the poster he'd shown Glass. "So I am sincerely grateful for your time and anything you can tell me about this shiny yellow."
The Keeper
 GM, 77 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 21:06
IIC - The Warehouse District
OOC: Simon, go ahead and give me a Fast Talk roll (d100).
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 59 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 21:21
IIC - The Warehouse District
[[22:20, Today: Simon d'Anjou rolled 68 using 1d100.  Fast Talk (75).
Not entirely smooth.]]

The Keeper
 GM, 78 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 00:27
IIC - The Warehouse District
Lanoux accepts the poster from d'Anjou wordlessly. He holds it up, squinting at the distinctive symbol for a long moment. Lowering it, he looks at the detective with a frown.

"Unless I'm mistaken, I mixed this paint. Quite a bit of it actually. For the fellow that heads up the decorations for the Krewe of the Swords. I remember because he was very specific about how he wanted this color."

Handing the poster back to d'Anjou, he asks, "What does this have to do with this death you're talking about?"

OOC: Smooth enough. :)
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 60 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 19:42
IIC - The Warehouse District
"What's the shiny material in it?" d'Anjou asks, then bites back a curse. "Da- ng, he came and collected it himself? No delivery address?"

"The dead man was known to have been investigating some enterprise of the Krewe of Swords' when he came to a bizarre end."

"Where he was when he sustained the first injuries appears to be where the Krewe's mysterious band of migrant workers were based - the guys who've been making all these posters, freehand...somewhere."
The detective gestured vaguely around in frustration.
The Keeper
 GM, 79 posts
Sat 17 Oct 2015
at 16:32
IIC - The Warehouse District
Lanoux nods slowly as he listens to d'Anjou. Venturing over to the sales counter, he retrieves a ledger and opens it, turning a few pages.

"Yeah, they did come pick it up," he says with a frown. "I remember it now. Well dressed fellow and a bunch of workers. Kind of a scraggly looking lot, if you ask me. They were all really quiet. None of 'em said a word while they were in here."

He glances back down at the ledger. "Rich fellow's name was Randall Fowler. He gave the Krewe's address as a place in the quarter. 1100 Dauphine."

He looks back up at the detective, still frowning. "This man who died. How'd it happen?"
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 61 posts
Sat 17 Oct 2015
at 21:29
IIC - The Warehouse District
d'Anjou gives a kind of compressed sigh. "The quiet guys, where do you reckon they were from? Anything remarkable about their clothing besides the general raggedness? Might they have been Cuban, or Chinese?"

The detective responds to the address with a small nod. "He was mauled badly by something - I figure one of those alligators so old they forgot how to die and just keep growing, but maybe hogs or some kind of farm machine - then somehow wound up half a mile in the air, the fall from which was apparently the cause of death."

"The gap between the mauling near some place involved with his investigation and the falling from whatever conveyance he climbed on or was perhaps held captive in was so short that he kept a death grip on one of these,"
he holds the poster up.
The Keeper
 GM, 80 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 23:29
IIC - The Warehouse District
Lnoux shakes his head, the frown still settled on his forehead. "Damn. That sounds bad. Had one of those posters in his hand, eh?" He shakes his head. "Hell, I just mix the paint. What people do with it is their own business, not mine."

He thinks for a moment, then adds, "If you want to know the truth, the people with Fowler, the way they were dressed, I figured 'em for swamp people. You know, those that live just outside of town. Out in the bayou. Rough. Poor. Not too smart. I didn't hear any of them speak, but if I were a betting man, that's where I'd guess they were from."
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 62 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2015
at 19:03
IIC - The Warehouse District
"Makes sense," d'Anjou responded, underlining some notes. "You think they've got all the paint they could want, or might they come back for another batch?"
The Keeper
 GM, 81 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2015
at 00:24
IIC - The Warehouse District
Lanoux shrugs. "Never know." He points to the poster. "I've seen quite a few of those weird things around lately. They keep making them, they might need more before Fat Tuesday gets here."

He raises his eyebrows. "Thing is, it took a bit of work to get that paint looking like Fowler wanted it. I told him as much. I also told him if he needed more, he would have to give me plenty of notice. It's not just something I can whip up at the drop of a hat."
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 63 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2015
at 10:25
IIC - The Warehouse District
A slow grin spreads across the detective's face as he slides a card across. "If you could let me know if they do, I'd be grateful," he says.
The Keeper
 GM, 83 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2015
at 18:24
IIC - The Warehouse District
Lanoux looks at the card, then puts it in his shirt pocket. "I can do that. Especially if it's got something to do with this murder you're trying to solve."
Simon d'Anjou
 player, 65 posts
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 07:39
IIC - The Warehouse District
"If I can trace the workers I can trace the workspace...and hopefully fill in M. Garvin's last moments," d'Anjou says, nodding. He gives a glance about, noting what's on offer to see if there's anything his more artistic friends might be interested in. "Thank you very much for your time, M'seur."
The Keeper
 GM, 86 posts
Sat 31 Oct 2015
at 16:34
IIC - The Warehouse District
Lanoux gruffly wishes d'Anjou a good afternoon, then steps back through the door to the work area, the strong scent of paint filling the room once again.

OOC: M. d'Anjou should feel free to join Hackett in his observations of the Krewe of the Swords' headquarters on Dauphine Street.