E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
DainXB - GM
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Sat 8 Mar 2014
at 02:51
E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Todd:
Lt. Moleta and Detective Makaiau have you in an interview room. First one and then the other questions you about your activities the previous evening. It's not exactly "good-cop/bad-cop" but of the two, George Makaiau is definitely the "bad cop". He's blunt and impatient, and slides a morgue photo across the table toward you. "Do you recognize this woman? Dongmei Lo was a cocktail waitress at Mr. Chen's Pai-Gow Palace--until last night, when she wound up dead in her apartment in the Shoals. You live in the Shoals, don't you Mr. Atkins?"

Nereid:
Returning to the police station in the Grove with Todd and the two Amphora Executives, you finally have a quiet moment--and you hear your phone chirping. There are four missed calls from Dr. Taggart...

In the first call, his voice sounds a bit impatient.
"Dr. Maheloni? You promised to bring the artifact to my office as soon as possible. I'm still waiting..."

The second call evidences increased stress in Taggart's voice.
"Dr. Maheloni, I really must insist that you return the artifact to me today. My buyer is sending someone around to take possession of it, and she is not someone I want to disappoint..."

In the third recorded message, he sounds quite agitated.
"Doctor, pick up! Please! My client's agent is here now, and I must have that artifact! Call me back as soon as you get this message!"

In the fourth recorded message, it sounds like Taggart is in a complete panic.
"Why aren't you answering?!? They're here now, and they want what I promised them! They aren't going to take 'no' for an answer... Please, hurry!" There's a sound in the background like a crash as if something heavy, like furniture, was being broken.
Nereid
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 Determination:01
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Sat 8 Mar 2014
at 04:46
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 1):

Kai approaches one of the detectives.

Excuse me', Lt Moleta  is interviewing my associate ...but I think another crime is being committed in connection with the murders and we could learn more about the artifact. Could you pass that info onto him ASAP?

And then she tries to return Taggart's phone call.
Todd
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Sat 8 Mar 2014
at 12:32
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
"No I don't think I know the dead waitress, and I'm not really sure why you think I'm involved. If it's because I live out Shoals-ways you guys are gonna have to interview an awful lot of us."
DainXB - GM
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Sat 8 Mar 2014
at 22:36
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Todd:
Detective Makaiau slaps the table hard. "Witnesses place you at the scene of a gang shootout in the club where she worked! The girl stole something that you said you'd try to retrieve! Don't play dumb with me, kid; and speaking of 'kid'--how did you get into that joint anyway? You don't look old enough to drink!"

Nereid:
You hit redial, but Taggart's office phone just beeps as if the line is busy, and sends you to voice mail. You also have his cell number; he answers that one immediately. "Thank God! Where have you been? Where are you now? I need the artifact returned immediately!" He sounds... kind of desperate.
Todd
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Sun 9 Mar 2014
at 00:58
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
"Yeah, I was there, me and a hundred other guys. But I'm the Gwai Lo so everybody there points their fingers at me. Cuz you can always trust the testimony of a gambling house packed with criminals," Todd snaps at Makaiau.
Nereid
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 Determination:01
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Sun 9 Mar 2014
at 01:14
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 4):

"Well, you'll need to send  them down to the police HQ, cause the artifact or some entity connected to the artifact has killed someone and attacked me and the cops investigating the murder. How does that arrangement sound to your clients?
DainXB - GM
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Sun 9 Mar 2014
at 22:26
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Nereid:
Taggart's voice, if anything, becomes more desperate. "It's been impouded as evidence? That's outrageous!" There's the sound of another crash in the background, as if crockery or glass just shattered. "No! Not that one, please!" He shouts, muffled as if he turned away from the phone. "You don't understand; this is your responsibility! I gave you that item in good faith. The police can't just keep it!"

Todd:
The detective's brows draw together in annoyance. "Yeah, you're the Gwai Lo, so out of the hundred other guys, you're the one that everybody remembers. But hey, you're all haoles to me." He smirks faintly. "What was a Gwai Lo like you doing in a Fei Ziang joint anyway? Smart kid from the Shoals like you should know where he's not wanted."

You're starting to get the impression that Makaiau's line of questioning is less about the murdered girl and more about the gang violence at the casino where she worked.
Todd
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 Stamina: 11 > 4
Sun 9 Mar 2014
at 22:49
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
There's only so much assistance a resentful outcast can give before he hits the "off" switch.

Todd leans back, arms crossed, and gives Makaiau a stare that sucks the heat out of the room.

"If you want my help, ask nicely. Otherwise we're done here."
DainXB - GM
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Mon 10 Mar 2014
at 02:04
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Todd:
[OOC: Take a point of Determination. :)]

"We're done when I say we're done." Makaiau says, and leaves the interrogation room. There's no clock, nothing but the mirrored wall to look at... Probably twenty minutes pass...

Lt. Moleta enters, with a file folder. "George tells me you're being uncooperative." He slides into the interviewer's chair. "He and I used to be partners, before I made Lieutenant. He has a certain... way with people, doesn't he?" He grins sardonically.

"Look, Mr. Atkins, I'll be straight with you. I've got a murdered girl on my hands, and what looks like the beginnings of a tong war in my city. I'm just wondering what the one has to do with the other." He opens the folder, and shows you a picture of a stone sculpture; a head that looks kind of like Amm-Fib'ian and kind of like the Creature From the Black Lagoon. "I'm also wondering what this damn thing has to do with any of it. Help me out here. I know you've been 'Johnny-on-the-Spot' for some of this stuff; what do you know about it?"
Todd
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Mon 10 Mar 2014
at 06:54
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Todd glances on the non-existent watch on his wrist. "Gee, look at that. It's time for good-cop to ask the questions."

He gives Moleta an a sidelong glance, and tries to evaluate the man.

Aw, what the hell.

"I'll assume you're not another jerkwad. For now. For what it's worth I know nothing about the dead waitress, and I don't even remember seeing her.

"The reason I was there was I'd had an earlier run-in with a bunch of goons from Chen's and a crazy flying Chinese woman who'd just come out of Chen's. I'm wanted to know what everybody was so worked up about that they needed to pound on me, so I went in to find out.

"Shortly after that I saw one of the goons, and asked him what was up. He said something insulting, then things got a bit crazy.

I never did find out what the story was with the Red Dress, other than her name. Know anything about a 'Ms. Zhang'?"
Nereid
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 Determination:01
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Mon 10 Mar 2014
at 20:32
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
In reply to Todd (msg # 10):

Since Todd and Moleta are familiar she decides to try and find their minds in the precinct house.


Guys, I know you really love macho interrogation stuff, but the people who want the haunted artifact are currently strong-arming the man who found it...

I think this could be a great lead, if we follow up now



OOC: Now if they can only hear her. I do have a determination point for a stunt, or maybe a roll?


Then she speaks into the phone

Look the artifact was stolen and the woman who stole it was killed by a fish man shadow creature and then said creature attacked me and the cops. But no one wants to believe in a fish man shadow creature so tell your clients to quit breaking things or I will tell the police everything. So,they need to calm down and give me at least an hour to talk the cops into not considering this evidence and I'll bring it to you.

DainXB - GM
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Wed 12 Mar 2014
at 02:48
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Nereid:
"An hour! She says give us--her--an hour and she'll be on her way here with the artifact!" Taggart shouts, obviously turned away from his phone. There's no additional sounds of crashing, which you take to be a good sign. "One hour, Doctor! One! Please hurry."

[OOC: Spend 1 Determination for the Rangeless extra, and you can Telepathically contact willing minds as long as you know their approximate location, without a roll. Then both Todd and Moleta will get your message.]
Nereid
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 Determination:02
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Wed 12 Mar 2014
at 02:51
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 12):

OOC: Spending a point of determination (we did refresh correct? if so I have 2 left,if not I have 0) So They hear my psychic plea.
DainXB - GM
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Wed 12 Mar 2014
at 03:35
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
In reply to Nereid (msg # 13):
[OOC: Yes; I should have mentioned that we refreshed at the start of this issue.]

Todd:
Lt. Moleta looks up from his notebook, where he's taking your statement. His eyes are wide. "Did you just..." He checks himself, and sighs. "Do you ever get used to that?"
Todd
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Wed 12 Mar 2014
at 05:03
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Todd meets Moleta's eyes. "No. Not really."

He stands up and says, "we'd both be more useful somewhere else right now. You prepared to come back to this later?"
DainXB - GM
 GM, 660 posts
Thu 13 Mar 2014
at 23:49
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Todd, Nereid:
Moleta brings the two of you together in the squad room. "Lead the way, Doctor." He says, adjusting the hang of his shoulder holster.
Nereid
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 Determination:02
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Fri 14 Mar 2014
at 22:25
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 16):

I need something that looks like it could be the artifact...so I can trick the perps. Perps...ooh, I sound like a police show detective. Now do you want to storm the place first, or let me lead them into saying something that can lead to a conviction...or does beating up an idiot and trashing his office count as a crime already?
DainXB - GM
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Sun 16 Mar 2014
at 21:26
Re: E4S1 - Metro Precinct HQ - Todd, Nereid
Nereid:
Det. Makaiau grabs a brass paperweight in the shape of a pineapple out of his in-box, and starts wrapping it in paper. "Beating up anyone, even an idiot, definitely counts." He hands you the parcel he just created.

[OOC: Continued in E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office.]