In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs.   Posted by The Bystander.Group: 0
The Bystander
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Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 23:48
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Sometimes it's handy to get ahold of your teachers, grown-ups, or even other teens who aren't attending the school.
Emily Glazier
 Student, 31 posts
Thu 21 Jul 2016
at 01:38
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Emily waits until the rest of the students have left before she gets up quietly.  She pauses at the threshold to the hall trying to make up her mind before giving a small shrug and making her way back through the manor and out the entry doors.  She gives the darkening sky a quick glance before hunching over and moving quickly to the third currently unvisited building.  Arriving at the doors she gives them an experimental tug before slipping inside.
The Bystander
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Fri 22 Jul 2016
at 04:28
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
The third building is about half concerned with the strange rotating garage. The other part is split into two halves.

The first half is locked. The door has a sign on it reading:

INDUSTRIAL ARTS
Student Admittance only with Faculty

The other door is unlocked. Emily opens the door and peers inside.

It's dark, but she finds a light switch. At least, it appears to be a light switch. Her first try causes a mechanical grinding from above. The metal grating over the skylight begins to retract, letting natural light into the room from above.

With a bit of light, Emily can see the room more clearly. The floor is hardwood. It is an open space filled with colourful abstract art on the walls. A few folding chairs are leaned against the wall, but there are no desks.

At the far end of the room are two closets. From the dimensions of the building compared to the current room, the storage closets must take up nearly as much space as the open-plan classroom.

One closet is labeled "Art Supplies," and the other is labeled "Instrument Storage."
Emily Glazier
 Student, 32 posts
Fri 22 Jul 2016
at 15:22
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
She glances around the classroom as light fills in the space with a bit of curiosity giving the art a quick glance but once the letters on the closet doors become readable Emily abandons her examination.  She drifts across the floor to the Instrument storage closet and gives the door an experimental pull.
The Bystander
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Fri 22 Jul 2016
at 16:47
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
The door opens.

The air inside the room hisses briefly; it is humid in there, compared to outside. It smells like wood.

As her eyes adjust, Emily sees racks of musical instruments. An acoustic guitar, a bass guitar, several cases for reed instruments, a keyboard... a wide variety of musical instruments sit in the climate-controlled closet.
Emily Glazier
 Student, 33 posts
Sat 23 Jul 2016
at 01:00
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Huh.  That's kind of more than I was expecting." There's a vague twinkle of excitement in her eyes as Emily steps inside closing the door behind her.  She lightly runs a hand over an acoustic guitar with a small smile as she examines the String section more closely.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 47 posts
Wed 27 Jul 2016
at 00:06
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Outside Dr. Henningsen's Office

Tony stares at the door, nervously wringing his hands. He goes to knock on the door, but hesitates and pulls back. He turns away, as if deciding to leave. However, he stops himself, balling his hands up.

"No, I need to ask," he says to himself.

Gathering up his courage, Tony goes over to the door and knocks on it.

"Dr. H? Are you there? It's Tony. I just had a few questions I wanted to ask..."
The Bystander
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Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 15:09
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
The door opens and Professor Henningson stands behind it. The tall, dark-skinned woman is wearing her lab coat. This may be another one; it is spotlessly clean. There is an ID badge hanging from it for a university.

"Yes, Mr. Torres. Here for your physical?"
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 53 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 09:44
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Tony jumps a bit, taken aback that it is Professor Henningsen who answers the door.

"Oh, uh," he stammers, wringing his hands as he recomposes himself.

"Um, yeah. I guess so. I came here to ask a few questions, but I can do that while I take my physical as well I guess...

"I actually, um, came here to ask if...well...if there's any chance that we'll get diplomas or high school degrees. I kind of had a plan on what I wanted to do in my life, like finish high school, go to college, maybe even go on to grad school in a STEM field.

"Also, um,"
he adds softly, "I was wondering if you might have the facilities to change me back to the way I was..."
The Bystander
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Wed 3 Aug 2016
at 15:46
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Emily carefully paws through the strings and finds a violin and a harp, each nestled in a durable plastic case.

****

Professor H ushers Tony into a sterile hallway of white linoleum and soft blue walls. She puts him into a room reminiscent of a doctor's surgery.

She sits him down on the table and starts taking his vital signs. Her hands are firm and controlling, in a detached, professional way.

While she listens to his heart, she answers.

"Yes, Mr. Torres. We are fully accredited. I am even authorized to provide college-level credits for advanced courses. But you're not ready for that, yet." She counts in her head while speaking, an impressive feat.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 55 posts
Wed 3 Aug 2016
at 16:39
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Laboratory

A faint grin tugs at the edge of Tony's mouth at Professor H's mention of him not being ready for college level courses. His nervousness disappears for a moment, replaced by the hint of self-confidence in his intellect.

"Maybe not," he says, "but I'm always up for a challenge. Even before this happened, I've always been smarter than I looked. At the very least, advanced classes would give me something to take my mind off of...well...this."

Upon returning the conversation to the subject of his mutation, Tony hesitates for a bit before continuing.

"I'm sorry to keep bothering you while you're taking my vitals, but...you didn't answer my question... Is there...well...a possibility of turning me back to normal?"
Angel Quinones Castellano
 Student, 108 posts
 Unbreakable
Wed 3 Aug 2016
at 19:15
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Tammy and 聲gel arrive at Professor Henningson's door. 聲gel knocks.
The Bystander
 GM, 42 posts
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Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 15:13
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
The professor dispassionately prepares a syringe to draw Tony's blood. She glances at him as he asks the question.

"Mutation is caused by genetic factors. They're inborn. Still being studied, but it seems to be linked to a specific gene. Call it the 'X-Gene.'"

She briskly rubs his forearm with an alcohol swab, taking almost thirty seconds to do it.

"We may be able to control your powers. But you will always be a mutant."

****

The door doesn't open on its own, but Dr. H approaches from behind. "Oh. Hello, guys. Here for your physicals? Great. I'll buzz you in."

Dr. H opens the door using his card key and fingerprint. The door slides open.

You enter a sterile hall and walk past a few doors. "Right now there's another student being examined, so we'll begin with the parts of the exam I'm qualified for."

The doctor brings you to a pair of washrooms and asks you to wait. He goes and gets something, then comes back.

Dr. H hands each of you a package. Inside is a sort of workout jumpsuit; short-sleeved shirt and knee-length shorts.

"These are your Academy gym clothes. I thought we could use them for the physical, rather than ask you to go get changed and come back."
Tammy Bradford
 Student, 109 posts
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 19:40
In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"PE uniforms... How exciting," Tammy says while flashing 聲gel a wry grin.

She changes quickly and returns, "I suppose this means you're going to give us a fitness test or something?"
Angel Quinones Castellano
 Student, 111 posts
 Unbreakable
Sun 7 Aug 2016
at 20:47
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Tammy Bradford:
"PE uniforms... How exciting," Tammy says while flashing 聲gel a wry grin.

At this, 聲gel is unable to resist a chuckle. He returns her grin briefly.
Tammy Bradford:
She changes quickly and returns, "I suppose this means you're going to give us a fitness test or something?"

"Had you told us you wanted to do a fitness test, you could have attached your sensors or whatever before our morning run. But I'm up for a marathon today if that's what you want."

聲gel takes the PE uniform. "I'll get changed then." He steps into one of the washrooms to change. A minute or so later he steps back out in the uniform. "I left my normal clothes in there, is that okay?"
The Bystander
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Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 20:34
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Brief cardiac assessment, yes. Go ahead and leave your clothes; this won't take long." He leads you into a room with two pieces of furniture: a treadmill and a giant press.

"Okay. We'll start with Mr. Castellano. Stand on the platform, please." Dr. H gestures to the blue hexagon on the floor. It is directly beneath another blue hexagon on the ceiling, attached to some sort of hydraulic apparatus.
Angel Quinones Castellano
 Student, 112 posts
 Unbreakable
Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 21:15
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Lab with Dr. H

聲gel looks at the blue hexagons and the hydraulic cylinders for a moment then steps onto the platform. "Why do I feel like a mouse willingly stepping into a mousetrap?"

This message was last edited by the player at 21:16, Mon 08 Aug 2016.

Tammy Bradford
 Student, 111 posts
Tue 9 Aug 2016
at 00:32
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that's because you're about to be smooshed in the name of science," Tammy jokes ruefully.

A sudden idea causes her head to perk up from contemplating the fit of her PE uniform and she asks, "Hey, 聲gel, does it hurt like it normally would when you get hit and stabbed and stuff?"
Angel Quinones Castellano
 Student, 113 posts
 Unbreakable
Tue 9 Aug 2016
at 00:47
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Lab with Tammy and Dr. H
Tammy Bradford:
"I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that's because you're about to be smooshed in the name of science," Tammy jokes ruefully.

A sudden idea causes her head to perk up from contemplating the fit of her PE uniform and she asks, "Hey, 聲gel, does it hurt like it normally would when you get hit and stabbed and stuff?"

"Not really, I feel some pressure but no pain," he says. "Even when Blake hit my it didn't hurt. Fire and heat still cause me pain, I found that out being careless when pulling stuff out of the oven. But even that didn't really injure me."

OOC I envision anything he's impervious to won't cause any pain. But if he has to make a Toughness save, he feels some amount of pain just less than most people would. Toughness 9 is well beyond normal human.
The Bystander
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Wed 10 Aug 2016
at 18:58
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Dr. H stands at a computer set into the wall. "Hands up. Press against that hex as it comes down."

Indeed, the device begins pressing down. The harder you push back, the harder it presses down.

***

Back in the exam room, the Professor finishes her physical exam. "You have very unusual vital signs, Mr. Torres. I'm going to draw some blood now. Hold still, please."

Getting blood from under the fur might be a challenge, but Professor H has an IV in place in moments. She draws four vials of blood and then bandages you up.

"Very good. Neil will have more tests for you soon." She turns away from you. Apparently, you have been dismissed.
Angel Quinones Castellano
 Student, 114 posts
 Unbreakable
Wed 10 Aug 2016
at 22:08
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Lab with Tammy and Dr. H

聲gel shrugs and puts his hands up. As the device begins pressing down he resists it. He will use his full strength if needed.

Edit: Using Extra Effort, 聲gel has a Lifting Strength of 9 allowing him to lift 12 tons. I assume just supporting it would be a bit higher.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:32, Thu 11 Aug 2016.

The Bystander
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Tue 16 Aug 2016
at 16:27
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
The weight presses down, not nearly hard enough to peak Angel's maximum strength. Dr. H looks very excited.

"Great. Great!"

The rest of the examinations are pretty routine. Checking your resting heart rate, then running on a treadmill for five minutes. He takes a blood sample and thanks you again before sending you on your way.
Angel Quinones Castellano
 Student, 115 posts
 Unbreakable
Tue 16 Aug 2016
at 20:09
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Lab with Tammy and Dr. H

When the device gives up before really stressing him, 聲gel sighs. Bored, he goes through the paces as Dr. H examines him.

OOC Did Dr. H use a special needle of some kind to take 聲gel's blood? His power should prevent a normal needle piercing his skin. This was brought up earlier in conversations and descriptions of his power.
The Bystander
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Tue 16 Aug 2016
at 20:11
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Angel expresses doubts about drawing his blood, but Dr. H is apparently prepared for this. He takes an odd pistol-shaped device, bright white, and presses it against Angel's skin. A small glass vial fills up with blood. Then Dr. H wipes the area with alcohol and smiles at him. "Free to go."
Angel Quinones Castellano
 Student, 116 posts
 Unbreakable
Tue 16 Aug 2016
at 21:37
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Lab with Tammy and Dr. H

"What the heck kind of needle does that use?" he asks. "I've had knives and nails bend or break rather than pierce my skin."
Tammy Bradford
 Student, 116 posts
Tue 16 Aug 2016
at 23:22
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"It probably uses vacuum pressure," Tammy conjectures, "It didn't pierce your skin at all, but your skin is still permeable, so it just sucked the blood, which has to remain a liquid or you would die, right through it. You didn't feel it because it couldn't damage your skin, just like that knife. If he used that thing on me it would leave a giant welt for days."

Almost as an afterthought she quickly adds, "We know this would work because we can use the opposite pressure to inject certain drugs."
Angel Quinones Castellano
 Student, 117 posts
 Unbreakable
Wed 17 Aug 2016
at 00:01
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Lab with Tammy and Dr. H

"Okay, good to know..." he says. "My power is weirder than I thought. I'll be in my room for a while if anyone needs me."

With that, 聲gel grabs his clothes and heads back to his room.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 62 posts
Thu 18 Aug 2016
at 00:05
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Laboratory

When Professor H tells him that he will always be a mutant, Tony slumps down. His ears go flat against his head, and his mouth twists to one side. The tip of his tail, on the other hand, flicks back and forth.

Tony offers his arm to Professor H so that she can draw his blood. He watches as she sticks the needle in and begins taking a sample.

"I think my powers are pretty well-controlled," he says, "or at least they aren't dangerous, like setting things on fire or giving off radiation---believe me, I checked. What I'm more worried about is further changes. I mean, is this just an intermediate state? Am I devolving into an animal? Will it take away who I am---I mean, who I am up here?" He taps the side of his head with a claw on his free hand.

"Frankly, the physical changes are frustrating, but I can live with them. If it takes away my mind, well...that's something I can't handle..."
Tammy Bradford
 Student, 119 posts
Fri 19 Aug 2016
at 19:25
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In the Lab with 聲gel and Dr. H

Tamera's tests go smoothly enough, although she lacks any particular physical traits that indicate her body is abnormal in any way. Once they are finished, she asks the tall man, "Mr. Henningsen? Does that culinary class Ms. Schutz mentioned allow the students who take it to use the kitchen?"
Prof Georgia Henningsen
 NPC, 1 post
 Nurse
Thu 25 Aug 2016
at 06:21
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In reply to Tonauac 'Tony' Torres (msg # 28):

Without bothering to turn back around from scribbling something on her chart, Professor Henningsen replies, "If you were going to lose your mind as a result of your mutation, you would have already."
Dr Neil Henningsen
 NPC, 1 post
 Principal
Thu 25 Aug 2016
at 06:22
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
In reply to Tammy Bradford (msg # 29):

Doctor Henningsen considers this for a moment before he says, "I'm sure we can figure something out. Let me get back to you, okay?"

This message was last edited by the player at 06:38, Thu 25 Aug 2016.

Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 80 posts
Thu 25 Aug 2016
at 23:50
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
Tony gives Prof. H a sideways glance while her back is turned to him and shakes his head.

"Well, I guess those are all the questions I've got," he says. "Am I free to go?"
Prof Georgia Henningsen
 NPC, 2 posts
 Nurse
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 01:13
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Neil should be in the next room. He'll administer some basic fitness tests," the Professor clarifies, waving her hand as if to encourage Tony to leave.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 82 posts
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 01:55
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Okay. Bye, then." Tony gives a Prof. H a polite wave before walking off to the next room.

"Hey, Dr. H," he says softly as he enters the next room. "Prof. H said you have some tests for me to take?"
Dr Neil Henningsen
 NPC, 5 posts
 Principal
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 07:21
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Ah, yes, good! Just a moment, please. Let me go get your PE uniform for you, and then we'll have you run on this treadmill for a bit and take some measurements," Dr. H says, disappearing down the hall for a brief period before he returns with the same plastic wrapped uniform that 聲gel and Tammy had changed into earlier.

"Here you go! We even accounted for your tail on this one. The restroom is right over there, so you can get changed."
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 85 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 10:21
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Sure, thanks," Tony replies with a smile, his voice perking up. He takes the clothes and enters the bathroom to change. When he slips his shorts on, he's surprised at how well Dr. H's team had accounted for his tail. It manages to slip right into the hole without catching or being uncomfortably squeezed. Once he's finished, Tony walks back out and gets on the treadmill.

"I'm impressed," he says to Dr. H as he starts jogging, "I've struggled for weeks to get my clothes to fit right, and you guys nailed it on the first try. I dunno if you know someone who could take a look at my shorts, do you?"
Dr Neil Henningsen
 NPC, 7 posts
 Principal
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 17:26
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Ah, sadly, the people we hired to make these only really does uniforms. A school uniform is on the table still, but we can't seem to agree on what it should look like," D. H says as casually as possible.

Tony's magnificent hearing, however, suggests that his heart rate elevated slightly.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 89 posts
Tue 30 Aug 2016
at 07:23
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Oh, I see," Tony says, a hint of disappointment in his voice. "I guess I'll keep working on it on my own for the time being."

Tony jogs at a comfortable pace on the treadmill. He manages to keep the claws on his toes raised to avoid scratching the belt.

"By the way, Dr. H," he asks, "what are the uniforms for? Do you mean like private school uniforms?"
Dr Neil Henningsen
 NPC, 9 posts
 Principal
Tue 30 Aug 2016
at 18:27
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Precisely. We're split into three camps. One who thinks the uniforms should be simple and modern, another who thinks they should be bold and make some kind of statement, and the third largest group who thinks they're a complete waste of time," he says with clear exasperation.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 100 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Thu 8 Sep 2016
at 05:16
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"A statement?" Tony asks, "like, why would they need to make a statement?

"Anyways,"
he continues while comfortably jogging on the treadmill, "I'm not sure why we'd need uniforms if we're taking classes here. Would we be taking field trips off-campus?"
Dr Neil Henningsen
 NPC, 12 posts
 Principal
Thu 8 Sep 2016
at 05:20
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Well, no, but I had thought it might be a nice way to bring you kids together, build some camaraderie... Besides the one from your mutations. Something to help you feel at ease here. Most schools that have uniforms have them primarily to foster a sense of unity and belonging, an identity," Doctor H says.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 101 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Thu 8 Sep 2016
at 05:47
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Ah, okay," Tony replies.

"That makes more sense, I guess. I'm not sure it matters, but I think I'd prefer to wear my own clothes... Kinda gives us a way to express ourselves. But that's just me."
Dr Neil Henningsen
 NPC, 13 posts
 Principal
Fri 9 Sep 2016
at 03:13
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"That's what our art teacher said," Dr. H comments with a sigh.

"Well, it saves us money like this, so I've decided it's not a battle worth fighting in the end."
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 107 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Sun 11 Sep 2016
at 14:17
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Sorry," Tony apologizes, hunching in embarrassment at learning that Dr. H was in favor of the uniforms.

"I hope I didn't bring up a sore topic. I dunno if the others have said it, but I'm really grateful to be here and get the high school experience. The alternative was homeschooling and Khan Academy videos."
Dr Neil Henningsen
 NPC, 14 posts
 Principal
Sun 11 Sep 2016
at 19:09
Re: In the Hallway: IC chat with NPCs
"Oh, it's quite alright. Self expression is important at your age, as well. I'll try again when we grow larger and can afford to offer a variety of school pride merchandise. That way you can get a balance between uniformality and individuality, ha ha!" he says with an excited gesture.

He did it again. Actually saying the words "ha ha."