E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
DainXB - GM
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Fri 13 Dec 2013
at 04:13
E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Detective Makaiau and Lt. Moleta unfasten the yellow "Police Line" tape that forms a large X across the door of Ms. Lo's 3rd floor apartment. The building dates from the Seventies, one of many quickly-built structures thrown together to house the laborers gathered to build Akamai City. This one is in better shape than most, but it's badly in need of renovation.

They lead you into a small living room, furnished with a couch, two chairs, a flatscreen TV, and several dozen potted plants on shelves, tables, and the window ledge. There are framed movie posters on two walls. Two evidence technicians are swabbing every available surface with luminol, looking for... you're not sure what, actually.

Det. Makaiau gestures toward a doorway. "The victim was found in there. Bathroom. Further along that hall is the kitchen." He waves a hand toward two other doors. "Bedrooms; Ms. Lo's was on the right. The other belongs to her roommate."

He steps back a pace, and speaks quietly to the Lieutenant. "If this is a Special, we'll have to call the MIB..." You can hear his distaste for that idea in his voice.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:25, Sat 14 Dec 2013.

Nereid
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 Determination:02
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Sat 14 Dec 2013
at 04:01
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 1):

So...was she ...ah..well..murdered here? I know CSI types can tell if a body has been moved and stuff. I need to be in the room where she died for the best chance of seeing the killer.
DainXB - GM
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Sat 14 Dec 2013
at 05:25
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Nereid:
One of the evidence technicians looks at the Lieutenant for permission, then tells you. "There were no hairs or fibers on the body, no defensive injuries. She was in the tub, still partly dressed. The shower curtain was torn down. The first theory was that she fell and hit her head, maybe died from a subdural hematoma. Then we saw the strangulation marks." She shrugs. "Lividity was faint, but it showed that she'd been lying in the position where she fell." The tech glances toward the bathroom door. "We're done in there..."
Nereid
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Sun 15 Dec 2013
at 00:44
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 3):


If you guys are done...then it is my turn.

Kai bends over the tub and looks up as if to ask permission of the detective, and then she touches the tub and her eyes begin to glow purple before they close.

Kai tries to tune into the "signal" of what happened early this morning.

OOC: Ok to receive a vision according to Great Power I need a massive success. Oh boy.

Postcog 4

19:43, Today: Nereid rolled 4,4 using d6,d6. seeing the past.

4 Effort

DainXB - GM
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Sun 15 Dec 2013
at 03:13
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Nereid:
[OOC: Determined Effort applies--you'll only get one chance at the fresh crime scene. It costs one Determination for you to get the requisite total. Using your power at 4 is also Tiring, so it costs you 2 Stamina.]

The vision is jumbled, coming too fast--it's perhaps a bit too much like someone's life flashing before their eyes in the moment before death...

::Dongmei Lo still dressed as a cocktail waitress, sitting shoeless on her bed, digging through your bag::ID tossed aside, makeup tossed aside::Credit cards::Dongmei's face reflected in a computer screen--an online shopping website::back at the purse; cash stuffed into a pocket::the artifact unwrapped, tossed aside with a grimmace at it's ugliness::Dongmei struggling with the zipper of her dress::sudden nervousness; she looks around, fearful::listening quietly at the front door, peering past the window curtains::a fleeting shadow; she whirls!::nothing there::a sigh, then a dark shadow looming--with Amm-Fib'ian's face!::hiding in the bathroom, back to the door::clammy fingers around her throat, softly squeezing...::panic!::breathless struggle, darkness, the shower curtain tears as she falls, flailing at insubstantial shadows::faint flashes of light, like the fading sparks of a dying fire...::

You come back to yourself kneeling by the tub, one hand on your throat as you gasp for breath. Lt. Moleta hovers close by, reluctant to touch you or interfere. "Are you alright, Doctor? For a moment I thought you were choking."
Nereid
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 Determination:01
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Sun 15 Dec 2013
at 22:24
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 5):

OOC: Noted the 1 Determination spend and 2 Stamina.


Kai breathes deeply, slowly, centering herself.

Sorry Lieutenant, sometimes the visions are really intense...and this was intense.

Wow. Okay, so she took my purse...well I think she just took advantage of my purse being lost, and as she was about to take a bath, she was attacked... and I saw the attacker...It was a fishman...yeah, I know you hate to hear that.

Dongmei took a quick glance at my artifact and tossed it on the bed. My guess is that the creature who killed her was after the artifact. Well, you didn't find an ugly little idol this like this big and really ugly? 


Her mind races, that wasn't Amm-fibian was it? Nah, couldn't be. Wait a minute, he can't breath air right? That's why he does the whole mental possession. I''ll try to contact the others and we can figure this out. That is unless I just lost the confidence of the detective then I may need to call my lawyer.
DainXB - GM
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Mon 16 Dec 2013
at 01:33
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Lt. Moleta steps into the victim's bedroom, one hand resting "casually" on his holstered pistol. As the door swings open, you spot the artifact lying on it's side next to the alarm clock on a bedside table. He beckons to the evidence techs. "Bag that."

The male technician swallows hard, and pulls an evidence bag out of his kit. Grimacing, he slides past the Lieutenant into the bedroom. Moving carefully, he seems reluctant to touch the stone even though he's wearing gloves.

The other tech glances nervously toward the apartment's tiny kitchen. "Did you just hear that?" She asks Detective Makaiau.

[OOC: Test Awareness against a Difficulty of 6.]
Nereid
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Wed 18 Dec 2013
at 06:19
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 7):

OOC: awareness 6
01:18, Today: Nereid rolled 1 using 2d6-7. Awareness

An effort of 7

DainXB - GM
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Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 00:16
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Nereid:
You don't hear anything--although you're pretty sure that you would, had there been anything to hear. Det. Makaiau draws his pistol, and waves for the evidence technician (and you) to stay behind him. He advances warily down the hallway...

The other tech seals the evidence bag around the artifact, and pulls out a pen to sign and date the bag. His hand is visibly trembling, and he drops the pen before he can get the cap off. He drops the bagged artifact too; it bounces gently on Ms. Lo's mattress as he scrambles away from it, eyes wide with terror!

Lt. Moleta spins around suddenly, as if he just saw something moving out of the corner of his eye. Frowning, he puts one hand on the grip of his service revolver.

You feel a stifling sensation, as if the air in the apartment had gone suddenly stale. A sense of nameless dread threatens to overcome you...

[OOC: Test the total of your Willpower + your Mental Resistance vs Difficulty 8!]
Nereid
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Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 03:06
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
DainXB - GM:
[OOC: Test the total of your Willpower + your Mental Resistance vs Difficulty 8!]



OOC: wow that's scary... Ok.   Willpower 5 + 4 mental resistance = 9
22:03, Today: Nereid rolled 1 using 2d6-7. Effort for my mental resistance

9 + 1= 10

Whew


Uh...detective I think something  is messing with both of your minds...I don't hear to see anything...

OOC: of course I might be about to see or hear something.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 557 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 04:03
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Nereid:
The pendant throbs against your breastbone, synchronized with the beating of your heart. It's soothing... calming somehow. The fear ebbs away like a tide going out; and like a tide, you know that it can come rushing back just as forcefully as before.

The male evidence tech gasps and chokes, then stumbles into the apartment's living room. He spins around, looking in all directions, panicked. The Lieutenant turns slowly, peering into the bedroom's corners. "Something's in here."

The female CSI is trembling, and rapidly stuffing gear into her blue nylon bag. "We should get out of here. Now!" She whispers.

Suddenly, a dark shadow crosses the kitchen doorway, just ahead of Detective Makaiau! It sweeps past him, passing partly through the bathroom wall, flitting between him and the CSI crouching over her bag. He spins around, aiming his pistol at the shadowy humanoid and the tech...
Nereid
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Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 04:39
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 11):

Nereid springs into action singing a calming song , hoping to counteract the panic that is setting in.

After her brief tune she says let's step outside cause I think it is time the superhero and the shadow creature have a private conversation.


OOC: I can only affect one person so I am trying to affect the guy with the gun.

Emotion control.   3
23:35, Today: Nereid rolled 1 using 2d6-7. Calm down the man with the gun

4

DainXB - GM
 GM, 559 posts
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 00:21
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Nereid:
Detective Makaiau blinks slowly, realizing what he was about to do. He raises his gun to aim at the ceiling. "She's right. Leave the bag; let's move!" He says to the technician, hustling her out into the apartment building's communal hallway.

The male evidence tech drops to his knees, eyes wide, and he struggles to unfasten his shirt collar. He's fighting for every breath. The black shadow flows over him, moving like liquid smoke. You can almost make out the shape of broad, webbed hands wrapped around the man's throat.

The Lieutenant, from the bedroom, shouts "What are you? What do you want?" You can hear the stress of rising panic in his voice.
Nereid
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 Determination:01
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Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 19:08
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 13):



 Kai races over to try and shoo the shadow away from the tech...she reaches out with her mind and tries to find a "signal" that isn't the cops.

OOC: I am hoping to make this a psychic battle between me and the entity. I see the shadow but I would think tuning into an alien consciousness will at least require a roll and may be a stunt.To keep things moving along I will roll and plan on spending my last determination point if needed.

Awareness 6, Telepathy 6 (whichever you think makes more sense, is it my power that will find this thing or my awareness)

Roll:
14:07, Today: Nereid rolled 0 using 2d6-7. find the mind of the attacker.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 560 posts
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 23:09
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
[OOC: Telepathy, definitely. No Determination spending needed--this "signal" is strange enough to be easy to pick out of the background of mental "noise".]

The pendant at your throat glows purple as you extend your telepathic sense--and recoil from something so alien, so unlike any mind you have ever sensed, that you are momentarily shocked!

You find no sense of consciousness, no directing ego or self-awareness. Instead there is a powerful, driving emotional surge. This is as unlike normal thoughts as a vast choir is unlike a single voice--and that mental "choir" is a thousand voices strong, all singing the same sustained emotional note; dread!

The shadow senses your contact. It swirls rather than turns, but you get the sense of that fishlike visage glaring malevolently at you. The technician collapses to the floor gasping, but once more the full impact of the creatures fearful aura washes over you!

[OOC: Test the total of your Willpower + your Mental Resistance vs Difficulty 8!]
Nereid
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 Determination:01
 Stamina 6/8
Sat 21 Dec 2013
at 03:24
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 15):

OOC:  willpower 5+ Mental Resistance 3= 8
22:23, Today: Nereid rolled -3 using 2d6-7. Resist .

5 ...oh pooh. (As Nereid would say)

DainXB - GM
 GM, 562 posts
Sat 21 Dec 2013
at 18:06
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Nereid:
Paralyzing terror overwhelms you, battering down your amulet's bolstering defenses. Helplessly unable to move, you can only watch as wide, web-fingered hands encircle your throat!
[OOC: Take 4 Stamina damage from slow strangulation!]

Half-insubstantial, the pressure the shadow exerts is not strong, but it is relentless... and you know that this is exactly how Ms. Lo must have died!

The purple pulsations of light from your amulet shine partly upon and partly through your attacker's grimacing fish-like face. Distantly, over the thunder of blood in your ears, you can hear Detective Moleta shouting "Is this what you're after? Is this what you want?" but the nightmare shadow pays him no attention.

As the purple glow intensifies, you shake free from the chorus of terror in your mind!
[OOC: The nightmare shadow only did well enough to affect you for a single panel. This time...]
Nereid
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Sun 22 Dec 2013
at 21:58
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 17):


Moletta?.....did you get everybody out?

Kai looks around to assess the situation and tries to find the entity's psychic signal.

OOC: assuming a telepathy roll
16:56, Today: Nereid rolled 1 using 2d6-7. Find the shadow creature

Telepathy 6

7 total

DainXB - GM
 GM, 565 posts
Mon 23 Dec 2013
at 08:30
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Lieutenant Moleta rushes into the living room, gun in one hand, bagged artifact in the other, his eyes wild and flicking rapidly in all directions. Seeing the male technician prone face-down on the floor, he runs to him and begins dragging him toward the doorway.

The entity is easy to find visually; it hovers before you, shadowy "hands" gripping your throat with slow, steady, choking pressure! It's psychic presence is harder to define; the chorus of dread and fear batters at you, but you find no thoughts. It seems as devoid of intellect as a stone--yet it acts with murderous purpose...

As soon as you turn your amulet-amplified mental attention upon the shadow entity, it recoils from you! The black smoke figure swirls, twists, and vanishes--leaving you to wonder: Where might it appear next?
Nereid
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Wed 25 Dec 2013
at 02:20
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 19):

This is so weird...okay Detective, the shadow fish man thing didn't even give you a second thought holding the artifact did it?
DainXB - GM
 GM, 568 posts
Wed 25 Dec 2013
at 05:10
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Nereid:
Lt. Moleta slowly holsters his sidearm, still checking the corners of the room with his eyes. "I would have willingly handed it over to make that thing go away..." He shrugs. "It didn't seem interested."

Both evidence technicians are out in the hall with Detective Makaiau. You can hear the female tech asking her partner if his throat is OK.

"George, lets get everyone out of here and lock it up." The Lieutenant says. "There's no point in trying to collect more evidence; we've got a new crime scene on top of the original, now."

He turns back to you, hefting the bagged artifact, then dropping it into his coat pocket. "This is obviously evidence connected to the murder. I don't want it in my station, but we have no other choice. It'll have to go into the evidence locker." He says grimly.
Nereid
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 Determination:01
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Fri 27 Dec 2013
at 15:13
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 21):

I believe this creature draws power from fear. While I was trying to study the artifact, my lab assistants were for lack of a better word ... Haunted . But none were attacked. Kai shudders at the thought...

The creepy acts were escalating,  then Dongmei Lo steals my purse in an event that was scary for many (myself included....don't like bullets too much.) and who knows what kind of fear is pent up in a person who steals things (fear of getting caught, of cops, of violent crooks.) ..

So I think charged by fear this entity can now act...I just don't have a clue if it is now "free to act" or if it needs a recharge.  I am going to try and find out though, I have a few super ,mystical, and alien civilization type leads I can follow up on.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:04, Sat 28 Dec 2013.

DainXB - GM
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Fri 27 Dec 2013
at 21:08
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
Lt. Moleta nods. "Keep us informed." He pauses, and shares a look with Detective Makaiau. You can hear reluctance in his voice as he continues. "Since this case now has a superhuman dimension, we'll have to inform the MiB. They've become the agency that deals with this sort of thing..."

[OOC: Where do you want to go from here?]
Nereid
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Tue 31 Dec 2013
at 00:00
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 23):

OOC: I would try to bring the team in on this...now,  Nereid doesn't know that they are busy, but that's what she would do. Now, she doesn't want to be to far away from the object since it seems connected so she will hang out at the station as she tries to bring the team in on this.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 575 posts
Wed 1 Jan 2014
at 21:46
Re: E3S14 - Dongmei Lo's apartment - Nereid
In reply to Nereid (msg # 24):

[OOC: In that case, continue in E3S15 - Metro PD Headquarters.]