The Devitis Residence.   Posted by Game Thread.Group: archive A
Storyteller
 GM, 411 posts
Tue 27 Jan 2015
at 23:47
Re: The Devitis Residence
When Elizabeth finally conceals the head within her shadows, the pain of hunger is enough to unleash the savage Beast with her.

OOC: Hunger Frenzy check at -1 not including your Bloodline Bane.
Elizabeth Carrol
 player, 599 posts
 A chilling smile
 A nasty bite
Wed 28 Jan 2015
at 00:02
Re: The Devitis Residence
Once again the Woman that Elizabeth was proved far more willful, far more focused, and entirely more potent than the Beast in controlling their shared form. Long term, however, Elizabeth knew this was a losing battle. There would be a moment she'd have to give into the Demon with in and she could only hope that such a thing would happen on her terms. If anything... It would need to happen tonight. She was tired, worn, and utterly frustrated with the pettiness and insistence of her less intimate compatriots upon notions of payment and debts when Rome was burning to the ground and the Mayor, evidently, couldn't even be bothered to declare a state of emergency.

She pushed the thought aside and gave a slight squeeze of the phantom hand in her grip. The implication was clear enough that they'd be returning to the car and soon enough home... There seemed few other things to be had there.


Total penalties are -4 so technically I should have only rolled 2 dice. Still a success though when subtracting from the far right.

18:50, Today: Elizabeth Carrol rolled 1 success using 3d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling 10s with rolls of 9,7,7.

TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 339 posts
Wed 28 Jan 2015
at 20:40
Re: The Devitis Residence
The Officer On Duty, an older woman with grey hair in a tight bun and fierce brown eyes,  snapped her eyes up on the approaching Kindred.  A cell phone rested in her right hand, her phone call forgotten as the Vampire's psychic energy brushed the corners of her subconscious mind.  Captain Smithson, her badge read, a name Jacek was only vaguely familiar with.

"We're not ready to rule anything out yet.  They call Homicide in because of the blood splatter?  No one told me."
Jacek Barkowski
 player, 35 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 00:32
Re: The Devitis Residence
Jacek tried to place the woman. He worked a lot of cases in precincts across the city; he knew most of the brass on a first name basis.

OOC: Jacek Barkowski rolled 3 successes using 9d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling 10s with rolls of 2,1,7,2,3,6,10(+10,7),9,3. Presence + Streetwise + Allies.

"I get the call and I come where they tell me ma'am." His smile widened a bit, showing a slick toothy grin. His beast was oozing temptation and the need to control.

He breathed in through his nose, then looked curiously towards the Captain. "Sure smells like burning flesh to me. I'd say quite a bit of burning flesh." Jacek let that thought sink in before continuing. "Fire Chief hasn't pulled any bodies out?"

The Detective's eyes scanned the woman for any deception or confusion. He was nervous that Rosie's claws could be buried in such a high-powered figure.

OOC: Jacek Barkowski rolled 5 successes using 7d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling on 9 or more with rolls of 9(+3),6,9(+10,9,9,4),4,6,2,5. Wits + Empathy + Specialty (Motives).
TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 340 posts
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 00:46
Re: The Devitis Residence
Captain Smithson's eyes were bright and clear, her pupils constricted against the glare of the flames.  A fierce intelligence burned there, unaltered by drugs, hampered only by a lack of sleep. Except for a slight increase in heartbeat upon being touched by the Detective's Majesty, her pulse was calm and steady.  Simply put, there was no evidence of any outside interference upon her psyche.  Either she was clean, or whoever had gotten to her was just that good.

"They haven't gone in yet, still waiting for the place to sputter out.  Gas leak is possible, the neighbors report at least two explosions.  But then we noticed that the first explosion looks like it happened on the front of the house.  Unless they had a propane tank out front, doesn't make any sense.  So... we ran a  residue kit, and came back positive for explosives.

At this point, I'm expecting this place to be swarming with feds any minute.  They're all over that shit down at the Docks from last night.  I don't know why they aren't here, but I'm going to try and get as much good police work done as I can before they show."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 00:46, Thu 29 Jan 2015.

Jacek Barkowski
 player, 36 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 01:02
Re: The Devitis Residence
"What about the blood-spatter you spoke of. You have eyes on that yet?" Jacek was glad to see a clear set of eyes after dealing with the mind-controlled rookie.

The Daeva's Beast was excited at the notion of causing such a stir in the powerful woman, but the man wanted to be in control. Jacek wanted to investigate the scene himself, like the good Captain, get some good police work in before the Feds showed up.
TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 343 posts
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 01:29
Re: The Devitis Residence
"Towards the back.  But it might be dirt for all I know.  It's so cooked it could be years old, or fresh, that's why I was surprised to see you.

She shrugged.

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Jacek Barkowski
 player, 37 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 02:12
Re: The Devitis Residence
"It's worth a look. Any evidence is better than none." Jacek smiled at the Captain before walking around the back of the burning house.

OOC: Jacek Barkowski rolled 4 successes using 12d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling on 9 or more with rolls of 5,5,4,5,9(+2),4,8,5,9(+4),1,1,10(+7). Presence + Empathy + Awe (Making a good first impression).

The heat on the house was intense, the light from the fire equally so.

And the Beast was quiet.

It had been a long time since that part of his curse had been a problem. Rosie's experiments had ended that; with pain, horror and more pain.

Jacek didn't push it though, he just walked around the back following the line of firefighters still working to put out the fire. He looked for the markers that would be on the ground, identifying the blood. His hands reaching into his pocket to retrieve a pair of latex gloves.

Staring down at the marks, he used both of his strongest gifts; his investigator's eye and his Kindred senses.

OOC: Smelling for blood. Then using investigation to try and understand what caused the blood (direction of movement and possible sources).

Jacek Barkowski rolled 2 successes using 7d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling on 9 or more with rolls of 1,8,6,2,5,6,8. Intelligence + Investigation + Specialty (Asset Skill).

This message was last edited by the player at 02:57, Thu 29 Jan 2015.

TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 345 posts
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 02:54
Re: The Devitis Residence
OOC:  Roll to sniff out the blood.
Jacek Barkowski
 player, 38 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 03:01
Re: The Devitis Residence
OOC: I don't think it requires a roll

quote:
Upon Embrace, a vampireís sense of smell attunes to the scent of blood. A vampire can smell the presence of blood from about ten yards or meters per dot of Blood Potency without rolling. Multiply this range by her Auspex dots. If sheís tasted a particular humanís blood, she can add her Blood Potency to any rolls to track him by scent. Kindred blood does not offer this advantage, since itís mostly old, dead, and its smell is a blend of all the vampireís recent victims.

TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 347 posts
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 03:07
Re: The Devitis Residence
OOC:  Ah, I was thinking taste.

There was blood there, but it wasn't the fresh blood of a mortal.  It was the mixed and decaying blood of a Vampire, barely perceptible for having been so badly burned.
Jacek Barkowski
 player, 39 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 03:13
Re: The Devitis Residence
Now that he knew it was Kindred Vitae, the Detective tried to match it's smell with what he had smelled earlier at the clinic. Phosphorus had a unique smell, like the striking of a match, Jacek thought he had smelled that coming from the burnt face of the Gangrel Councilor.

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TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 348 posts
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 03:16
Re: The Devitis Residence
His instincts proved correct, as the smell of phosphorous cut in through the other smells of smoke and burning wood.
Elizabeth Carrol
 player, 607 posts
 A chilling smile
 A nasty bite
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 03:18
Re: The Devitis Residence
Still shrouded in shadows, the beast burning bright within, Elizabeth slinked away to pursue her prey with another delicate squeeze of Alicia's hand before letting go. She knew that the little Wraith could see her if she tried and so was unconcerned with being followed... in so far as her next steps were concerned. Too long fingers drew out her phone then and without more than a thought she sent a text to Jacek.

Scene's picked clean as far as I can tell. Found a little treat thought. I'll share a little later... I've something to look after now. The animal needs a walk. was all the text said.

With no other thought in mind... She slipped off into the night to slake her ravenous thirst upon the poor victims to be found among the cast offs of the Vanishing City. The savage demon could appreciate the irony of a former government worker preying upon the homeless and criminals of Cleveland but the Woman still tried not to think of it in too much depth lest she suffer the horror of her own existence in yet another visceral moment of self reflection.

The need to kill was a deep one though... and one she feared would over take her as she stalked farther and farther from the scene painted out around the Devitis Residence.

[Private to GM: Can I trigger that special someone from my feeding exceptional success for my feeding now... or the inevitable tragedy of me putting myself into a rage frenzy voluntarily later?]

Exiting the stage to tend to what I need to do. I don't want to lose my shit in this situation.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:47, Thu 29 Jan 2015.

Jacek Barkowski
 player, 40 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 13:50
Re: The Devitis Residence
The burns on the Councilor's face made more sense now; probably the result of a White-Phosphorus grenade or specialty round. No signs of the attackers yet though. Jacek had expected there to be bodies, based on the call he received from the first responder. This thought quickly caused the Detective to stand up.

Where the fuck is Barry? Jacek hadn't seen everyone at the scene, the place was crawling with police; but he thought the beat-cop would have found him by now. Barry Parks was the one who called him after all.

He had also said that they were pulling out bodies. Where had they gone? Had he wasted too much time between his office and the clinic? Something was definitely wrong here.

Jacek stopped where he was at, then scanned the area around him, looking for signs of a hasty clean-up.

OOC: Jacek Barkowski rolled 3 successes using 7d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling on 9 or more with rolls of 3,7,2,6,6,9(+8),10(+5). Intelligence + Investigation + Specialty (Asset Skill).
TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 353 posts
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 19:27
Re: The Devitis Residence
It was possible that there had been a clean up, but any evidence of such an action had itself been cleaned up by the serious of detonations that had occurred in the residence.  Fire and kinetic energy made for excellent evidence removal.  In the fruitless searching for clues, the Detective at last managed to spot Barry, milling around in the street directing what little traffic there was away from the whole mess.
Jacek Barkowski
 player, 40 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 23:44
Re: The Devitis Residence
These guys are good. Jacek thought to himself as he walked towards the street where Barry was set up. His Beast was on fire, brought back to life after being exiled for close to fifteen years. The Daeva hadn't felt this alive, or more precisely un-alive in a long time.

OOC: Awe is still activated.


When he reached the cop directing traffic, Jacek just moved in front of the man, eyeing him with his intense stare. "What's going on here Barry. I thought there were bodies?"

OOC: Jacek Barkowski rolled 2 successes using 11d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling on 9 or more with rolls of 2,6,9(+1),2,8,4,1,1,1,5,3. Presence + Intimidation + Specialty + Awe.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:29, Fri 30 Jan 2015.

TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 355 posts
Fri 30 Jan 2015
at 19:07
Re: The Devitis Residence
Barry jerked around at the sound of Jacek's voice, like a frightened rabbit in front of a wolf.

"What?  I don't wanna talk about that man.  I coulda sworn there were.  Now everyone thinks I'm schizo and they got me out here directing traffic like a beat cop."

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:40, Fri 30 Jan 2015.

Jacek Barkowski
 player, 41 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Fri 30 Jan 2015
at 23:49
Re: The Devitis Residence
Jacek saw that the beat cop was upset, doubted for seeing things that weren't there. The Detective already saw one case of mental conditioning, he was afraid that his old friend had been equally mind-fucked. The efficient level of clean-up had him very worried, a reminder of times before the purge.

"I'm not everyone Barry. We go back a ways. I trust you saw what you saw." Jacek's intense stare shifted to one of complete trust and understanding.

"Just tell me everything you remember seeing and doing when you first arrived on the scene." He tuned into the cop's emotional level, trying to not only calm the man, but search for any supernatural influence controlling him.

OOC: Jacek Barkowski rolled 7 successes using 12d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling on 9 or more with rolls of 8,3,5,4,3,7,10(+6),10(+10,1),10(+4),7,2,10(+9,6). Presence + Empathy + Awe (Asset Skill).

The Beast within the Daeva became one with the man that Jaceck wanted to be. His humanity merged with the true human across from him, in complete understanding of Barry's fears and hopes.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:14, Sat 31 Jan 2015.

TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 363 posts
Sat 31 Jan 2015
at 04:02
Re: The Devitis Residence
Barry took a moment to center himself, and then let out a deep sigh.

"I got here first, even before the fire department, okay?  It felt, weird man, I couldn't tell you what.  Like something didn't want me there, and it was fucking terrifying.  I saw a foot, all blown to shit, and when I walked towards it the feeling got worse.  I.... I ran away... I mean, I went and got backup.  Found some of the fire guys and told them I thought I found a body.  When I went running back to the spot, it was gone.

Captain thinks I'm whacko, but I saw it man.  I don't know.  It was just a severed foot, but when I went near it was the scariest goddamn thing I've ever seen."

This message was last edited by the GM at 09:55, Sat 31 Jan 2015.

Jacek Barkowski
 player, 42 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Sat 31 Jan 2015
at 04:14
Re: The Devitis Residence
OOC: Does this sound like an effect of the Nightmare Discipline? As a practioner, would Jacek have a clear understanding of its effects?

Jacek weighed the cops response, trying to watch his facial expression and listening to the words he used to describe the situation. He was well aware of the ability to cause fear and love with the power of Kindred Vitae, so he gauged Barry's description with his investigator's senses.

"When you felt the fear come over you, was there anyone around you? Your partner, a firefighter, anybody?" Jacek's words were quiet and calming. "Who did you report it to first? The captain over there? Or did she arrive on the scene later?" The Detective pointed towards the female Captain he spoke to earlier.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:07, Sat 31 Jan 2015.

TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 365 posts
Sat 31 Jan 2015
at 18:35
Re: The Devitis Residence
The man shook his head.

"No man, I was by myself.  She wasn't here yet, it was just fire and the medics.  I went and told fire, then called you, but when I got back it was gone."

Well versed in employing the Fear, Jacek knew that what the man was describing could easily have been the effects of that dark Discipline.  However, if that were the truth of the matter, it created more questions than it answered.  Had the foot actually been there, or had it merely been a hallucination created by his subconscious response to the Fear?  Either response was likely.  Either one of the blood had been trying to cover up the scene by scaring off the local fuzz long enough for them to hide the evidence of a body, or the blasted foot had been a nightmare dug up from Barry's unconscious mind in order to put him off the scent from whatever had actually been there for him to stumble upon.
Jacek Barkowski
 player, 43 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Sun 1 Feb 2015
at 01:45
Re: The Devitis Residence
The Detective just nodded as Barry spoke. He had seen something that one of them didn't want him to see. There would be no reason to show him an illusion of something they had meticulously tried to erase. The foot had been there, that Jacek was sure of.

"I believe you saw it Barry and I appreciate you calling me first." The Daeva, put his hand on the cop's shoulder in a comforting manner. "I think it's probably best if we just keep it between you and me, at least until I can figure out what's going on here."

Jacek turned to look at the Captain, then back to Barry. "If you see or hear anything that sounds odd, text or call me first before you tell anyone. I don't trust anyone about this case and I know something isn't right here." He took his hand off Barry's shoulder. "I gotta get out of here. I get a feeling that they don't want me around either."

The Detective turned away and walked back to the Captain, putting back on his sly smile for the woman.

"I can't determine if that splatter is blood or not, but it looks old. Whatever it is, I'm sure the lab will let me know." He didn't wait for a response. "Unless you can find some bodies, I don't know why I'd stick around on my day off. Give me a call if you get anything?"

This message was last edited by the player at 02:25, Sun 01 Feb 2015.

TheRaconteur
 Storyteller, 369 posts
Sun 1 Feb 2015
at 20:41
Re: The Devitis Residence
Barry let out a nervous laugh.

"Only thing I'm likely to get out here managing traffic is bored.  I think I'm okay with that.  Thanks for not thinking I'm crazy man, I appreciate it."

Their conversation was interrupted by the squealing of breaks in the chill, as a car peeled out and ran up onto the curb next to them.  The driver had been staring at the Majesty enhanced Vampire, and not the road, and had nearly wrecked themselves as a result.

"Oh what the hell?"

Barry shouted, having been equally distracted.
Jacek Barkowski
 player, 45 posts
 Homicide Detective
 Cleveland's Finest
Mon 2 Feb 2015
at 01:45
Re: The Devitis Residence
OOC: I'm assuming the Captain doesn't stop me for anything.

Jacek's grin widened, the Beast quite happy with it's commanding presence. The Daeva just walked to his car, dropping the need for attention. He looked back to Barry as he did, "Keep your eyes open Barry." It was said with humor, not malice.

The Detective closed the door and started the engine. His Beast growled at him, whispering it's needs. It wanted to hunt; more than he had wanted to in a long time.

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