The Divide.   Posted by Mr. Main.Group: 0
Safia
 player, 83 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 00:32
Re: The Divide.

“Thanks.” Safia greeted the guard with a smile, already handing her weapons over one at a time. She didn’t offer up her spoon this time around, though she didn’t doubt the one guard’s wife could make weaponry out of cutlery. “Is Seargent Dey still in? I’ve returned with the paperwork she requested.”
Drazgar In'lyndl
 player, 201 posts
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 03:52
Re: The Divide.
In reply to Safia (msg # 2):

Drazgar offers up his weapons.
Dustil Kraye
 player, 779 posts
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 Hey, is that beer??
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 04:57
Re: The Divide.
Dustil followed along behind Safia, looking almost lazy and casual as he walked. In reality, however, he was keeping a cautious eye out for danger. There had just been too much crap to happen even in town lately for him to relax.

He eyed the two guards for a moment and let out a shrug. "So, I can give ya my sword an' crossbow, but full disclosure I'm'a monk an' my body's a weapon also. Do you need me t'stay outside?"
Aden Bero
 player, 924 posts
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 Flame Juggler
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 18:44
Re: The Divide.
Aden lays a multitude of weapons on the table: a crossbow, short spear, multiple javelins, a pair of darts, and a dagger.
Mr. Main
 GM, 1090 posts
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 22:00
Re: The Divide.
"Nah. It's not that we are worried about people coming to the Guard HQ and starting trouble. That said we do need to remind people where they are and that they better behave. Plus it's a good way to gather some info on the stronger residents and visitors. We've got your name, what weapons you like to use, if those are magical, what kind of magic, ect. Also we get to weed out and get some forewarning on who the trouble makers are. If you cause a fuss about not going in armed, or about not being able to cast whatever you want whenever you want we now know what type you are and give you the full by the book treatment. If you think there are a lot of steps, paperwork and waiting now you'd be surprised just how much more of a pain in the ass we can make it." The guard replied to dustil as he handed each of you a receipt for your weapons. After that was done everyone heads on in...

immediately everyone sees the desk at the back of the lobby. An older woman with streaks of grey in her otherwise dark brown hair is sitting behind a large desk with a bench in front of it. She seems to be doing paper work of some kind. When you approach the woman looks up from her papers.

"First I need all of you to sign in. Write your full name and place of residence here." She comments. Pointing to an open book on the desk full of names and addresses.
Yanyeeku
 player, 161 posts
 Teller of Stories
 24/24 HP
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 01:08
Re: The Divide.
With visible reluctance, Yanyeeku turned in his fan. Along with four daggers that he displayed significantly less reluctance to hand in. He also took the card, nodding in acknowledgement of the explanation.

He walked with the group as they approached the desk at the back, signing his name and place of residence in swiftly. Yanyeeku of the Kiba Uta clan, near Urdesh.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:18, Mon 17 Aug 2015.

Aden Bero
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Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 16:46
Re: The Divide.
Aden signs, Aden Canicus Bero, The Temple of Many Mysteries

This message was last edited by the player at 16:47, Sun 16 Aug 2015.

Dustil Kraye
 player, 780 posts
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Mon 17 Aug 2015
at 15:58
Re: The Divide.
Dustil gave a slow nod and divested himself of his few weapons that were able to be parted from him. That was one of the things he did like about being a monk - it was nice to always have a weapon on hand...or foot...or elbow...or knee...

When asked to sign in, he rolled his eyes slightly but smiled and did so. Dustil Kraye of the Drunken Monkey.
Drazgar In'lyndl
 player, 202 posts
Mon 17 Aug 2015
at 17:54
Re: The Divide.
In reply to Dustil Kraye (msg # 9):

Drazgar shrugs and thinks really I have to sign in.

Drazgar In'Lyndyl First Son of House In'Lyndil Self Imposed Exile to the Drunken Monkey
Safia
 player, 84 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Mon 17 Aug 2015
at 19:51
Re: The Divide.

Though her name and address was already entered in the ledger from earlier in the day, Safia reentered her information. While the others did the same, she retrieved the forms from her satchel that Sergent Dey had instructed her to fill out, as well as her certification from Alcolyte Johnson. She gave the forms a quick scan to make sure all the I’s were dotted and T’s were crossed, before offering it over the woman at her desk. "I’ve returned with the proper forms and a certified divination as required," she explained, looking to Sergent Dey. "I’d like to claim the belongings of my friend Jace, now. If you would assist?"
Mr. Main
 GM, 1091 posts
Tue 18 Aug 2015
at 01:06
Re: The Divide.
Sargent Dey Looks over the forms for a few minutes. She then hits what looks like a button of some kind and a minute later a young man in a guard uniform walks over.

"Please Lead take these people to Lt Litton." Sargent Dey then turns to face yu and addresses Safia "Lt. Litton is currently in charge of the investigation. He can release your friends personal effects to you if he feels they are no longer of any value to the investigation. He may ask you some questions."

The young guard then leads you up three flights of stairs and into a the middle of a room  crowded with desks. At each desk is an officer, some of the desks are covered in paper work and files, others are spotless, but most seem to be somewhere in the middle, except for three desks in the center that have no seats. just a mountain of files piled on top of them. The young guard leads you to one of the in the middle desks.  There is a middle aged man sitting at it, he is currently smoking a pipe  while scribbling onto a large and thick parchment of some kind. as you get closes you see boxes with the names of people, places and times written on them and lines going between them. Some are circled, some are crossed out and others have a bunch of question marks.

"Lt Litton, these people are here to claim the remains of the victim in your current case." The Lt takes a puff on his pipe, puts his quill down and looks at you. He then exhales some smoke, in a direction avoiding people, and takes the paper work from the young guard.

"Please sit. Drag chairs from somewhere. There should be enough unused ones not far." He starts reading the paperwork.

"So you knew Jace for a long time. Most of his life. Is that correct Miss Nagi?"
Safia
 player, 85 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Tue 18 Aug 2015
at 01:35
Re: The Divide.

The lieutenant’s suggestion that they sit solidified Safia’s belief that this might take a while longer than expected. “Yes,” she answered the first question and  grabbed a chair from a nearby desk, lowering herself to the seat in front of Lt. Litton’s desk. “If you consider roughly the last thirteen years as most of his life, then that is correct. Do you know who did this to him yet?”
Dustil Kraye
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Tue 18 Aug 2015
at 02:04
Re: The Divide.
Dustil looked around in mild surprise and mild interest at the 'inner workings' of the place. The desks with paperwork, however, made him glad he had a different....occupation was too strong a word perhaps. Calling? Much better. A 'job' that was mainly drinking alcohol and hitting people was a dream occupation!

He declined to sit down and stood behind Safia, not hovering over her protectively, merely trying to be a reassuring presence behind her.
Aden Bero
 player, 926 posts
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Tue 18 Aug 2015
at 02:51
Re: The Divide.
Not knowing how long this would take, Aden took the Lt.'s order and pulled up a chair besides Safia.
Drazgar In'lyndl
 player, 203 posts
Tue 18 Aug 2015
at 03:47
Re: The Divide.
In reply to Aden Bero (msg # 15):

Drazgar sits as well as soon as the chairs arrive.
Mr. Main
 GM, 1092 posts
Wed 19 Aug 2015
at 22:09
Re: The Divide.
"Unfortunately no. There were no witnesses, the divination spells used on the scene were inconclusive, because of the shape the victim was left in speak with dead wasn't an option so we couldn't get a description of attacker. Jace had a bit of a reputation and no shortage of people with grudges, but according to those we ask no one thinks anyone hated him enough to do that. The magic circle and the method of killing and how the victim was made to take part make it seem like it could have been some sort of ritual. But the experts at the Academy can't really make heads or tails of it. They claim it's almost like someone made their own ritual by cherry picking pieces from others. Which makes me think that the ritual is a red herring meant to distract us. But then why kill Jace? He had a lot of things still on him, icluding 100 plat. That's a lot of money. Who would just leave it? None of this makes any sense. Normally I wouldn't tell all of you this, but I was hoping you could help us answer some of these questions. Any ideas on how Jace got his hands on a 100 plat? Do you know of anyone who hated Jace enough to do this? Did he cross anyone recently? Did he get involved in of with something or someone really shady?"
Aden Bero
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Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 17:08
Re: The Divide.
Aden couldn't really speak to many of the questions.  "We know he introduced a friend of ours to an information broker at a brothel.  That's all I can contribute.  We're hoping to visit the Blackfrost Seers and see if they can provide information as to this killer's identity or motive."
Mr. Main
 GM, 1093 posts
Sun 23 Aug 2015
at 01:55
Re: The Divide.
"The Seers. Well good luck. They are a headache and a half.  What's the name of this friend and the name of the Information Broker?"
Safia
 player, 86 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Sun 23 Aug 2015
at 02:12
Re: The Divide.
“Distract from what?” Safia mused openly. “Jace was personable, he didn’t inspire hate. But it’s possible he was involved in shady business, and maybe even that he crossed someone, he... he was always working the angles, trying to catch that one big break. I can’t say for certain where the 100 platinum came from, but he did say he had recently acquired a job as a tour guide for a wealthy individual. ...Speaking of wealth, the fact that the plat was left behind indicates the killer had no use for it. Perhaps Jace’s employer should be someone you seek out for questioning.” Safia frowned, reaching for her final memories of Jace.

“The last thing Jace said to me, just before stating that he had to get a few things done before turning in for the night, was that he wanted to bring us all to a nice bar that he knew of, one that was good for anonymity... what with the games and all the attention,” she sought to clarify. “He figured we might like somewhere to escape the crowd. He seemed to believe the owner would like to meet us, but he didn’t say who the owner was or where the bar was, for that matter.”

Safia looked askance to Aden. “The information broker, was that Kyle Luther, the one who you discovered has a Zsasz knife?” She glanced back to the lieutenant, partially answering for Aden. “Morien is the friend.” It occurred to her that she hadn’t seen him yet today.

She waited for Aden to confirm the other half of the lieutenant's question, the name of the broker.
Aden Bero
 player, 928 posts
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Sun 23 Aug 2015
at 15:18
Re: The Divide.
"No, it was [insert the name of that place on the docks we went to but couldn't figure out the riddle on how to get in]."
Mr. Main
 GM, 1095 posts
Wed 26 Aug 2015
at 00:33
Re: The Divide.
You guys were never actually given a name. So your description is good.

"Distract us from the motive of the crime. Make us think it was some crazy cultist or something instead of whoever it was. 100 plat is a small fortune. Even a wealthy person wouldn't just leave it. So either they didn't know he had it on him or they left it on purpose for some reason.

We have been looking for his employer, but haven't gotten anywhere. Other then, a very rich noble or merchant, we haven't learned anything about who ever hired him.

This bar or brothel sounds interesting. Never heard of a place like that before. I'll ask some of the other officers if they know of it. alright if that's everything you know I guess we're done. If anything comes to you or you actually manage to get something useful from the Seers, let me know."
The Lt then stands up.

"Follow me" He says and starts walking. He leads you down some stairs over to what looks like a large fortified closet. Standing in front of the closet is a Guard. The Lt hands the man a small form. the Guard looks it over. Stamps it. Puts it into a file, opens the closest's door and walks inside. After a few minutes he comes out with a small wooden crate. he hands the crate to the Lt. who signs for it in a ledger and then hands it to you.

"Those are Jace's belongings. I'm sorry that we haven't gotten much further, but it's only been a day. Sometimes these investigations take time. We are working on it and I promise we will the murderer."

inside the crate are a couple daggers, a set of picks, a couple smoke sticks, a sap, a couple unidentified vials and a pouch with 100 platinum pieces.
Safia
 player, 87 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Wed 26 Aug 2015
at 04:11
Re: The Divide.
"Thank you," Safia said, accepting the small, wooden crate. "And thank you for your promise. I trust you will do all that you can to find Jace’s killer. If I learn anything new, I’ll stop by to let you know."

If the lieutenant didn’t open the crate before handing it to Safia, she would leave it closed for now. If it was opened already, she’d simply close the lid and wait until they had been led back the way they came in, retrieved their weapons and stepped outside. Then she would inquire as to what her teammates’ thought about what the lieutenant shared and she’d suggest they find somewhere private to view the contents of the box. Her own thoughts are weighing heavily on her mind, the platinum more of a foreboding than a windfall for them all.
Aden Bero
 player, 929 posts
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Sat 29 Aug 2015
at 15:38
Re: The Divide.
Just before the group leaves, Aden tells the Lt., "As Safia mentioned, Kyle Luther, a knife collector and salesman, has a zsasz knife in his possession.  We asked him to cooperate and show us the knife and share some information about it.  He was more than rude in his refusal."

"Sure, he had properly worded reasoning for his refusal, but You might want to follow up with him. I get the sense he's a total asshole, but also felt like he had something to hide. I'm sure the strong arm of the law can be a bit more persuasive than a young group of well-intentioned adventurers."
Even if Kyle had nothing to do with any of this, Aden didn't mind throwing up some annoyances for the bastard. The oracle kinda viewed Luther's threat to make their lives hell as a dare.  Like kerosine, just waiting for a spark.

"Also, the memorial foundation for the victims of the original Zsazs murders is looking into their records to see if any of the families kept a portion of one of the zsazs knives.  Perhaps divination magic can be used on it to help us find a zsasz knife being used in these murders."

Post reference, meeting with Kyle Luther, thread "Meeting with the Dawn (in the past, couple days before)", starting page 9, post 218.

After the group leaves, Aden suggests they head over to the temple of many mysteries to look through the possessions.  Assuming no disagreement, he led them that way, taking them to either his personal quarters or a quiet room within where they could discuss their next moves.
Mr. Main
 GM, 1096 posts
Sat 29 Aug 2015
at 20:26
Re: The Divide.
Before the group leaves.

"That man is a pain in the ass. I still can't believe he had the gall to bill us for lost time whenever he's questioned. We've been fighting his lawsuits over said unpaid invoices for two years now. He knows the law better than anyone and he never lets anything go once he's started. Unless you have something solid on him we are under orders to not directly disturb him. He isn't worth the time anyone spends on him. mainly because he makes sure to bill you out the ass for it. If you can avoid dealing with him I would do the same."

"That's a good idea. Maybe that could help in the paladin Murder case, but so far there is nothing to suggest a link other than both attacks were very brutal."
Dustil Kraye
 player, 782 posts
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Mon 31 Aug 2015
at 16:34
Re: The Divide.
Dustil looked surprised about Luther when the lieutenant described how things went and were going. "He can do that? That's...insane!" He shook his head. "I sometimes really hate the laws and legal matters. It's gotten way too complicated for my tastes." He'd had his own run-in with semi-legal matters before and he still didn't like it. Being billed for something you shouldn't be? He was all too familiar with that.

He looked at his group afterwards. "Sooo...the Sisters or whatever now?" After Aden's suggestion he gave a shrug and a nod. "Fine with me."

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