Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947.   Posted by Directorate Committee.Group: 0
Albert Worthington-Smythe
 player, 43 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 19:11
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Albert attempts to console Frau Grissen confirming her opinion in the corrupt VoPos and explaining that is why the RPA are sometimes called in for crimes like this in respectable neighbourhoods. "You just can't trust the VoPos." He promises to do all he can to find Ferdinand and hands over a card as he leaves, stressing that she should call the RPA and ask for Mr Worthington-Smyth if she can remembers anything no matter how small but to keep the VoPos out of it.

Heading back outside Albert rejoins Sagadat and McBride "Useless woman" - he mutters, once he is well out of her earshot. "Made all that fuss and didn't know anything. She could have just told us."

"Lets go in and check that secret room." Albert suggests Sagadat heads upstairs and checks the shaft while he toggles the seemingly useless light switch downstairs.
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 60 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 20:52
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
"Should have kicked the damn door in," mutters Petrov, but he perks up when his English colleague mentions the trap door. This is more like it. He agrees readily.
Directorate Committee
 GM, 83 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 21:26
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
As Sagadat pries open the trap door, he can see a small ladder down, leading to a wooden floor. The room below seems to be only a little higher than 6'. Climbing down the ladder he finds a dim light which flicks on and off as Albert fiddles with the switch, as well as another light activated by a pull cord. In the room there are some rolled up backdrops for the photo studio, a chair, and a filing cabinet. A key hangs on a hook the wall.

Within the cabinet are a collection of pornographic photos depicting women and some men posing in various ways.
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 61 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 21:30
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
The climb down is tense, invigorating. Petrov lets his awareness extend outward, alive for every possible threat, one hand on his pistol. He unlocks the cabinet, carefully, carefully...

...

And bursts out laughing. Some covert operators we are. "Hey Englishman! Get a load of this!"

This doesn't mean he's not going to go over the entire thing. Hidden compartments?
Directorate Committee
 GM, 84 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 21:32
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
No hidden compartments.
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 62 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 21:37
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
"Blyat!"

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Directorate Committee
 GM, 85 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 21:43
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Sagadat Petrov:
He unlocks the cabinet, carefully, carefully...


The filing cabinet was not locked.
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 63 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 21:48
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
He searches the place then, and pockets the key on the way out.
Albert Worthington-Smythe
 player, 44 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 22:09
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Albert leaves the light on and peers down at Sagadat below, "Great, the boys stuff or the old man's you think?"
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 64 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 23:20
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
"The old man probably had a business under the counter," laughs Petrov, climbing up the ladder. "Here, see for yourself." He hands him the porn.
Albert Worthington-Smythe
 player, 47 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 15:09
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Albert climbs down to join Sagadat but isn't overly impressed by the photographs. "Great. So the guy had an embarrassing side line. I don't think he was killed for it though."

"Do you think we are done here? Next moves? Find the son, find the corporal who left the film to be developed?"

[OOC no photographs of anyone we recognise I presume, Pavel, Ferdinand, etc. Are there multiple copies of each shot or negatives from which to print more? Are any of them posed in this room? Perhaps the chair is recognisable.]
Directorate Committee
 GM, 88 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 15:13
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
[There are negatives in the filing cabinet. Given the use of backdrops it is hard to tell where these were taken for sure. No one recognizable in the photographs unless Albert has been hanging around the seeder parts of Berlin]
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 66 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 15:18
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
ooc: what does the key look like? a house key? a safe deposit box? have i seen anything that might go with it in the shop or living quarters?
Directorate Committee
 GM, 90 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 17:50
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Sagadat Petrov:
ooc: what does the key look like? a house key? a safe deposit box?


It looks like it could belong to a safe deposit box or a safe.

quote:
have i seen anything that might go with it in the shop or living quarters?


I feel that answering this question would be giving away the game.
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 67 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 20:15
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Directorate Committee:
I feel that answering this question would be giving away the game.

[ooc: Go over the place once more for a safe that I missed the first time around and then I think we're done here.]
Albert Worthington-Smythe
 player, 49 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 20:38
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
[OOC You found a safe in the dark room floor. Key not combination :>]

[EDIT - Read it back now and Albert found the safe, sorry.]

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Sagadat Petrov
 player, 68 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 21:17
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
[ooc: Goddamnit. Try the key in the safe]
Directorate Committee
 GM, 91 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 21:18
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Sagadat wanders around and eventually finds the safe that Albert had discovered in the darkroom. The key fits.

[I'll describe what you find when I get home in approximately 7 hours]
Directorate Committee
 GM, 92 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 06:03
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Inside the safe are money, contracts birth, marriage, and death certificates, and two logbooks. One is another ledger (essentially a more complete version of the one out front, fully including sales of camera equipment etc). The other contains details of sittings for the pornographic photographs, names and addresses of models and code names of buyers. There is no key for the code names.
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 69 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 08:36
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
"Well, the money belongs to the dead man's son now, of course," says Sagadat. "But we should keep it safe for him until we find him, or another next of kin. The rest of these things could be useful. Let's take the lot."
Albert Worthington-Smythe
 player, 50 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 10:46
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
[OOC - How much cash? My ability to deal with multiple currencies backdated to 1947 is poor but $1000 in today's money might be $100 in 1947, 1000 today was maybe 40 in 1947 Trying to do that in Euro or Marks is much harder.]

Albert leafs through the second log book, and then hands it to Sagadat "If you say so?" he smiles. "Personally I would leave all this stuff for the VoPos. Tell them there is nothing for us here. Just a pornographer who got his eyes ripped out for taking dirty pictures. Make sure we take the corporal's pictures though."

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Directorate Committee
 GM, 93 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 16:59
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Albert Worthington-Smythe:
[OOC - How much cash? My ability to deal with multiple currencies backdated to 1947 is poor but $1000 in today's money might be $100 in 1947, 1000 today was maybe 40 in 1947 Trying to do that in Euro or Marks is much harder.]


[It is all paper money, divided into Reichsmarks and Rentenmarks, and then further divided into stacks that are tied up with rubber bands. There are also some American dollars on a different shelf. (I just did some research and it turns out the Ostmark wasn't introduced until 48, so I'm cutting out that particular detail.) I have no idea what the exchange rate is for this particular time and place, and cannot seem to find out. So let's say it's about $250 by contemporary standards and about $3000 by modern standards]

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Albert Worthington-Smythe
 player, 51 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 18:01
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
[OOC - Yep Albert isn't overly bothered about cash in the region of $3000. He certainly isn't going to be doing anything to stop Sagadat putting it in his pocket right now, in the longer term well ...]
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 70 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 19:25
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
Petrov shakes his head. "Nope, I'm taking the whole thing. Any detail could be important. The dead man's met people, he's spoken to them, he's been places, he's done things, a thousand little links in the chain of his life...there's got to be something here. We just have to find it."
Sagadat Petrov
 player, 71 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 19:30
Re: Mission 1, Friedrichstrasse, October 2 1947
[OOC: When Petrov gets back to headquarters, he will put the money in an envelope, seal it, sign over the seal, and stick it in his desk for the dead man's son. He really meant what he said.]