E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
DainXB - GM
 GM, 888 posts
Sat 30 Aug 2014
at 00:32
E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Everyone:
It's been a couple of weeks since the capture of the Tinker. All of you, as well as the rest of the city's heroes, were honored by Mayor Arakawa at a ceremony in front of City Hall, and broadcast on DTN. There was a little drama; Storm Warden refused to appear unless Tropic Thunder was also included; TechKnight was invited, but didn't show up... All-in-all, though, it was a lovely occasion.

Akamai City is recovering well; contractors and glaziers have been making a killing repairing the damage done by the Tinker's army and Brain Coral's psi-shockwave, and the idea of "supervillain insurance" is getting a lot of attention from everybody.

You're gathered at the Kuailo Marina, where Detective Nathaniel Jones moors his dilapidated houseboat, the Driftwood. Detective Jones is dressed casually, in a Hawaiian shirt and khakis. "Welcome aboard, folks. Grab a seat there by Ian's speaker system, and I'll get you a couple of beers. Uh... Todd; are you old enough to drink?"

Ian:
Your contact Detective Jones advised you that Nereid had a mystery she wished to discuss with you. You can only hope that she isn't looking for advice concerning Beeline; human and near-human romantic relationships are very confusing...
Amm-Fibian
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Sat 30 Aug 2014
at 01:14
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Amm-Fibian has invited his new dolphin friend to sit in on the occasion.
Todd
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 Stamina: 11
Sat 30 Aug 2014
at 03:25
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Detective Jones gets a shrug. "Don't drink anyhow, thanks. Got some carrot juice?"
DainXB - GM
 GM, 890 posts
Sat 30 Aug 2014
at 19:21
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Todd:
Nate Jones shakes his head, muttering "Kids these days and their health food..." under his breath--but he comes up with bottled apple juice. "This is as close to carrot juice as I've got."

Nereid:
The detective settles his bulk into a deck chair near a jury-rigged hydrophone speaker. "I put this together so Ian doesn't have to hijack somebody just to talk to me. The neighbors were starting to get antsy about that... He's made a few improvements since then; now I don't know half of what it does." He gestures toward you with the neck of his beer bottle. "It's your meeting; I guess you have the floor."

Ian:
[OOC: Sharkbaiter is actually over in the other thread. :)]
Your call through the dolphin population went unanswered. Perhaps the pod defender is otherwise occupied...

From your position near the stern of the Driftwood, you can see the hulls of other houseboats in the marina, and the legs of human children kicking in the water as they play on the dock.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:34, Sat 30 Aug 2014.

Todd
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 Determination: 4
 Stamina: 11
Sun 31 Aug 2014
at 05:09
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Todd heads over to Nereid, apple juice in hand, and flops into a chair.
Nereid
 player, 254 posts
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 Stamina 8/8
Mon 1 Sep 2014
at 16:07
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
In reply to Todd (msg # 5):

Taking the detective up on the offer of a beer, Nereid begins her tale.

Ian, though it seems like ages ago, do you remember the trip to my "colleague" of limited ethics Dr. Taggart. He had a strange and ancient  artifact that he asked me to research.

Well, when I took the artifact back to the university...strange things began to happen. People near the artifact were feeling senses of dread and becoming frightened. One of my lab assistants even felt as if she was being choked.

That's when I removed the idol from the lab and went on a misadventure with Todd. On our trip, the artifact was stolen.

the thief would be found strangled in her room and no evidence of another person being there.

As the detective and I were going over the crime scene we began to feel this intense fear and we were attacked...by a shadow creature.

But the shadow creature's shape looked like you.

So, I was wondering if artifacts that contain fear generating shadow guardians were something from your people's past?

Amm-Fibian
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Mon 1 Sep 2014
at 21:00
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
OOC: I'd like for Ian to do his best Sherlock Holmes on this:
Amm-Fibian rolled 6,6 using d6,d6
Int +9
Investigation +2 (if it applies)
Plus I'll tag "Seas Greatest Detective" if that applies at all.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 892 posts
Tue 2 Sep 2014
at 15:33
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Ian:
From what she describes, (she also has pictures and other lab data) the artifact doesn't seem like it was carved by your people at all--the workmanship is too crude. From the broken bottom edge, it seems to be the head of a larger statue. Nereid's data shows that it was carved between six and ten thousand years ago. Your people ruled the Earth during the Permian Period, two hundred and fifty million years ago. The artifact was carved by humans.

It undeniably looks like one of your people, though. Despite the crudeness of the carving, it's clearly intended to be a specific individual. The narrowed eye-slits and arcing naso-cranial ridge give him a sinister expression... One you recognize!

[OOC: On that fateful day, when the gadget Dr. Taggart was using on behalf of Emperor Penguin to detect Aquan artifacts accidentally pulled you from the sea cave where you were investigating a crime into your unimaginably distant future; what Aquan criminal were you hunting? And what terrible crime set you on his trail?]
Amm-Fibian
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Thu 4 Sep 2014
at 06:20
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"By the Great White Whale! It is the face of Professor Moray-Arty! Last I saw him, my assistant, Doctor Jon Flotsam, and I were investigating the disappearance of the famous Aquan actor Bass-il Fishbone. Last appearance put him near the Baskingshark caverns, said to be haunted by a shadowy shark. I had suspicions of a trap for me set by my nemesis, Moray-Arty, but I went anyway, hoping to outsmart and capture the fiend once and for all. Things did not go as expected."
DainXB - GM
 GM, 897 posts
Thu 4 Sep 2014
at 20:49
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Detective Jones briefly regrets the "assistance" he once gave Amm-Fib'ian with translating unpronounceable Aquan names into English. "So... how's a kidnapper and kingfish-of-crime wind up immortalized in stone thousands of years ago? Or, I guess, hundreds of millions of years from then...?"

He drains his beer and opens another one. "Time travel gives me a headache."
Amm-Fibian
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Fri 5 Sep 2014
at 03:31
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"My guess, he's either found a way to become a shadowy immortal being, or he was transported to a different time much as I was.  The artifact would possibly indicate some culture of humans worshipped him. We need more data."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:33, Fri 05 Sept 2014.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 902 posts
Sat 6 Sep 2014
at 20:19
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Nate looks at Nereid. "Where is this thing now? You said the ACPD were treating it as evidence in their murder investigation..."
Nereid
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 Stamina 8/8
Sat 6 Sep 2014
at 21:31
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 12):

Well it was ...until mystical ninja lady stole it from the precinct house. Todd knows more about the super mystical ninja team...they seem to have a history.
DainXB - GM
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Sat 6 Sep 2014
at 23:07
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Nate turns to Todd, eyebrows raised...
Todd
 player, 329 posts
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Sun 7 Sep 2014
at 11:55
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"Huh," Todd snorts. "If 'history' means 'annoying jerks I keep running into' we have a history. I tried to help some lady in red and got curb stomped for my trouble. Ran into them again at the university and they hit away."

He shrugs. "That's the end of history class."
DainXB - GM
 GM, 904 posts
Sun 7 Sep 2014
at 19:56
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"Lady in red?" Nate asks. "An Asian lady, I'm guessing, since Nereid said 'ninja'? Pretty, looks like she's somewhere between 30 or 35? Eyes that go purple when she's angry? And after that, weird s#!t starts to happen?"

He doesn't wait for you to nod; he's already pulling his phone from the pocket of his khaki's. "Marcy? Nate. Get me the file on Zhang Jue. I thought the Shanghai office had her in custody, but..." He puts one broad palm over the phone's face. "Congratulations; you got curb stomped by a bunch of Chinese demons summoned by an internationally-wanted criminal."
Amm-Fibian
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Sun 7 Sep 2014
at 20:29
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Amm-Fibian seems surprised.
"Oh, congratulations? Is that a good thing? Then allow me to add my congratulations for gettings ummm... 'curb stomped'... by Chinese demons. Truly well done!"
Amm-fibian smiles at Todd and nods.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 907 posts
Mon 8 Sep 2014
at 00:14
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Nate pockets his cell phone. "Zhang Jue vanished from Shanghai two months ago." He says. He leans closer to the audio equipment, for Ian's benefit. "I say 'congratulations' because Todd survived an encounter with the Six Storms. Not everybody does..." He finishes darkly.

"The Bureau's official position on 'magic' is that it's just science nobody can explain--yet." He shrugs. "Same thing with Chinese demons--we don't even know if those things are real, or figments of Zhang Jue's imagination."
Todd
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 Determination: 4
 Stamina: 11
Mon 8 Sep 2014
at 01:39
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Todd glowers at Ian, muttering, "thanks for the congratulations. Loved every minute of it."

He stands, shoves his hands in his pockets as reminder to himself not to punch a hole in something - and turns his glower on Nate.

"Her demons hit pretty hard for 'imaginary' figments. Maybe you'd like to go a few round with them and see for yourself."
DainXB - GM
 GM, 909 posts
Thu 11 Sep 2014
at 20:58
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Todd:
Nate looks back at you over the top of his beer. "I never said her imagination couldn't hurt somebody. Pretty sure it's killed a few people, in fact."

Nereid:
"What would Zhang Jue want with a statue of Moray-Arty? Beyond it's obvious 'spectral killer' connections, I mean. Did she say anything?"
Nereid
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 Determination:04/03
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Mon 15 Sep 2014
at 01:56
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 20):

Well she did say the "feather princess needs her tribute" ...which is totally mysterious to me
DainXB - GM
 GM, 912 posts
Tue 16 Sep 2014
at 05:51
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Nereid:
Nate pulls out his phone again. "Marcy; do a quick alias check for me please; 'Feather princess'. Sure I'll hold." He puts his hand over the mic. "Marcy's a paralegal with the Bureau. Couldn't get by without her... Hello? 'Feather Empress'? Hang on, I'll check..." He turns to look at you. "Are you sure she didn't say 'Feather Empress'? Marcy got a hit on that one."

His jaw drops as he listens to Marcy. He thumbs the speaker button on his phone, and you can all hear a pleasant female voice reading aloud. "...er Empress, also known as the 'Great Golden Peacock Queen' in Buddhist theology. Records go back a long way on this one... Um, essentially she's the immortal demonic vampire queen of Hong Kong."
Todd
 player, 333 posts
 Determination: 4
 Stamina: 11
Tue 16 Sep 2014
at 12:41
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"Does this mean I get a trip to China so I can punch out a she-vamp?" asks Todd. "I'd be up for that."
Amm-Fibian
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Wed 17 Sep 2014
at 01:19
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"By the Great White Whale, I should very much like to meet an Immortal Vampire Queen."
Nereid
 player, 258 posts
 Determination:04/03
 Stamina 8/8
Wed 17 Sep 2014
at 13:32
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
In reply to Amm-Fibian (msg # 24):

Wow...I love Hong Kong...immortal vampire queens not so much...and demonic vampire queens are totally the worst. But we are heroes...I just have to justify another lengthy absence from the university
Todd
 player, 334 posts
 Determination: 4
 Stamina: 11
Thu 18 Sep 2014
at 01:38
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"What kind of professor are?" Todd says with a wink. "You should be able to get a grant to pay for a jaunt to Hong Kong!"
DainXB - GM
 GM, 915 posts
Thu 18 Sep 2014
at 21:16
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Nereid:
There are a number of prehistoric and neolithic rock carvings in Hong Kong that are of archaeological interest...

Everyone:
Detective Jones frowns in thought, pinching the center of his lower lip between two fingers. "The Bureau will spring for plane tickets, if that's the plan... I can liase with the Hong Kong office..." He pauses. "Only thing is, once we get there, how do we proceed? We're going to be up against a six-pack of Chinese demons, a sorceress, and a vampire queen. We need a plan." He looks at Nereid. ""We also need your man Taggart; I guarantee he knows more about this s#!t than he's said."
Todd
 player, 335 posts
 Determination: 4
 Stamina: 11
Fri 19 Sep 2014
at 01:21
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"A plan? You want a plan? I got a great plan.-" Todd says, holding his fist up.

He snaps out his index finger. "One: find her."

The middle-finger follows. "Two: beat all the vampires, demons and hangers-on into jelly."

He walks off, calling over his shoulder, "I'm gonna pack some stuff. Where do we meet?"

This message was last edited by the player at 05:04, Fri 19 Sept 2014.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 917 posts
Fri 19 Sep 2014
at 04:49
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Todd:
Detective Jones hangs up with Marcy. "Honolulu International, Terminal G, 8AM tomorrow morning. It's a fifteen hour flight; better bring a book."

Ian:
You can tell by the shift in his tone that Detective Jones is trying to, as the humans say, "put butter on you". "Ian... I know how you feel about aquariums, but there's no way to get your land-suit into a business class seat. We're going to have to make some special arrangements..."
Amm-Fibian
 player, 386 posts
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Fri 19 Sep 2014
at 21:39
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
"That... will give me time to come up with a plan, I suppose."
Amm-Fibian says resignedly.


OOC: Dain, could I somehow create a "Plan" like the old Master Plan in M&M? That way, without actually having a plan, we could add bonuses via the "Plan" when we needed them?
DainXB - GM
 GM, 919 posts
Sat 20 Sep 2014
at 19:46
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
Ian:
[OOC: Sure! You'd test Intellect vs a Difficulty of 9. Criminology Expert applies here, so you'd get +2. This is rolling to create a Quality (i.e. an Aspect) & hopefully get some free invokes. Created Qualities typically last for a Chapter, so you may want to wait and roll as you get off the plane in Hong Kong. :)]

Nereid:
[OOC: Anything to add before we move to the next scene?]
Nereid
 player, 259 posts
 Determination:04/03
 Stamina 8/8
Sun 21 Sep 2014
at 04:29
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 31):

OOC: ready to move on
DainXB - GM
 GM, 923 posts
Sun 21 Sep 2014
at 20:24
Re: E5S1 - Kuailo Marina - Nereid, Todd, Ian
[OOC: Continued in E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport.]

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:25, Sun 21 Sept 2014.