An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)   Posted by Storyteller.Group: 0
Storyteller
 GM, 2 posts
Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 18:45
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
In Character Thread:

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Storyteller
 GM, 12 posts
Fri 7 Oct 2016
at 22:07
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
At approximately 3:15 p.m., on a warm and sunny day in early October, each of your characters receives the following text message:

“Assistance requested locating a missing child in the Grand Teton National Park.  Briefing will be held at 4:00 in the presentation room of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center.”

While the weather is currently in the sixties, you are aware that at night it frequently drops below freezing.  So, in addition to the threats from the rough terrain and wildlife, if the child wasn’t dressed warmly, in several hours he or she will be in danger from exposure.


OCC:  Please post what your character was doing when they received the text message and their arrival at the Visitor Center.  I will assume that your characters are bringing the standard supplies.  But, if you are bringing anything unusual, please mention it in your post.

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Storyteller
 GM, 15 posts
Sat 8 Oct 2016
at 19:24
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
Robert Torres, taking advantage of the good weather, was raking leaves in his back yard when his wife opened the sliding glass doors and called, “Bob, you have a text from the Forestry Department.”  Setting the rake aside, he hurried inside and after reading through the text message began gathering up his hiking gear.  As he packed his backpack, he realized that after being lost for several hours, the child was likely to be hungry.  So he called to his wife, “Honey, would you mind putting some of the oatmeal cookies you made yesterday in a baggie.”

When he arrived at the Discovery and Visitor Center, he exchanged greeting with a few friends before taking a seat on one of the benches in the middle of the room.


******

Bryan Harris had less than an hour left to go in his shift at Cayuse Western Americana, when he received the text message.  After reading it, he asked his aunt, the manager/owner of the small store, “Do you mind if I take off early?  There’s a lost kid out at the park, and they need help finding him.”  Gail responded, “It’s fine, and I’ll even understand if you make it in a bit late tomorrow.  But, I expect you to cover for me next week.”  Bryan nodded, “No problem” and, and after clocking out, hurried to his apartment.  Fortunately, most of the things he needed were already packed, but he still had to hurry to make it to the Discovery and Visitor Center on time.

By the time he arrived, almost everyone was already in their seats and  Mr. Matthews was walking towards the front of the room.  So, Bryan just quickly took a seat on one of the benches in the back.

******

Ashley Lockwood tossed the copy of Vogue magazine aside and grabbed for her phone as soon as she heard the sound indicating that she had a new text, only to scowl as she realized it was from the Forestry Department rather than one of her classmates.  “Couldn’t the brat have picked a different day to get lost,” she sighed.  But, reminding herself of the new sports car that her father had promised her, she headed to her room, touched up her makeup and hair, and tossed a few things into her Chanel crocodile leather backpack.

After briefly flirting with a couple of the other search and rescue team members, she took a seat in the back and pulled out her cell phone, intending to text with her friends during the briefing.  After all, she was sure one of her team mates would tell her if there was anything important she needed to know.


******

Susan Adams had been playing fetch with her Labrador retriever and watching a pre-recorded episode of The Goldbergs when she received the text message.  She efficiently turned the dog out to take care of his business while she made sure that his food and water bowls were full.  Well accustomed to being called for assistance with rescues, she already had a packed “go bag” waiting in her hall closet.  But, she took a moment to add a mint green throw blanket and a stuffed bear to the already packed equipment.

Susan was among the first arrivals at the Discovery and Visitor Center and after a brief conversation with a few of the other park employees, took a seat in the front row.  Once there, she removed a small note book and pen from her purse so that she could jot down any information she thought she might need later.

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Giuliana Cromwell
 player, 2 posts
 Medical Doctor
 Search and Rescue
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 07:32
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
In reply to Storyteller (msg # 2):

     Guiliana yawns as she wakes up, squirming a bit as Justin was, as usual, sleeping on her legs. This would be the first day of her new job…well some might not call it a job as it was something she felt she was going to enjoy. Gently she kicked her dog off her legs and attempted to get bloodflow back in her lower extremities.

     Despite her excitement about starting the new job, she was a bit nervous as well. She wondered still if her choice of moving to Wyoming was the right one. She got up and showered, and gathered up a few items, including dog treats and her dog, preparing for the day. Since it was still early, she pulled a few of her medical journals and a book about the local biology of the Grand Tetons, to increase her familiarity with the local fauna, animals and ecology.

      Between the casual reading and a few games of solitaire and candy crush the hours pass quickly. Suddenly her pager went off and she blinked looking at it. “Oh no! Justin,” She cried out to her dog, who raised his head at the sound of her voice. “There’s a child lost!” She jumped up, throwing one of the books about the local fauna in a satchel and grabbed an extra coat. “They might need this…it’s really cold at night.”

     She picked up her hiking gear, which contained all the standard equipment along with electronics, and also an EMT bag she kept stocked and packed, and strapped on Justin’s medical reflective vest, which also carried a small amount of supplies. “I know, Tin-Tin,” She said to his unhappy eyes. “I know you hate that vest. It’s really quite stylish….and orange…and you’re a good boy.”

      When his tail gave her a few wags she scratched his head briefly before heading to her car and heading to the Craig Thomas Visitor center. Once there, she took a seat in the front row to wait for the briefing and pulled out a lifeproof tablet to take notes and download a google image map of the park.
Maxwell Silverbear
 player, 1 post
Mon 10 Oct 2016
at 22:09
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
In reply to Storyteller (msg # 3):

Maxwell was working on his dissertation, when the text came in. "ill never get done with all these interruptions", he said to himself. He flipped thru his materials and pulled out his map of old sites, his compass, satellite GPS locator and his digital camera. "If i have to head into the park maybe we will stop by some of these sites i wanted to look at". He puts on his park ranger uniform with the smokey the bear hat. He throws his pack into the back of the truck. "a warrior should not be without his weapons" he hears a voice say. He usually ignores the voices, chalking them up to imagination, but sometimes they made good points. There might be hostile animals that think a lost child would make a good meal. he gets his service revolver and his hunting rifle.

He heads into the office stopping to make mental note of a busted display he will have to fix later then heads into the room with the others.
Jonathan Mathews
 NPC, 1 post
 Head Park Ranger
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 00:08
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
The presentation room in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is normally used to show educational filmstrips and to give lectures about the park to classes of school children and groups of visitors to the park.  Today, it is serving a different function.

As Head Park Ranger Jonathan Mathews made his way to the front of the room, a picture of Charlotte Russell appeared on the screen behind him.  The crowd of SAR team members fell silent as he began to speak.  “Approximately two hours ago, Erika Russell reported that her daughter Charlotte was missing.  Mrs. Russell, Charlotte, and a younger daughter, Sophia, had been heading back to their car after spending a few hours picnicking and picking raspberries near Jenny Lake.”

The image on the screen behind him shifts to that section of the park.  If your characters were not already familiar with that area of the park, the image makes it quite clear that the lake is only about two miles into the woods and is on a very clearly established trail. It's almost impossible to get lost going from the parking area to the lake, unless you deliberately go off the path.

“The two girls had been walking in front of her, when she realized that she had dropped something.  She told the girls to wait for her and hurried back to grab it.  In the minute or two that she wasn’t looking, her six year old daughter vanished.  Assuming that Charlotte had just stepped off the trail to pee or something, she asked Sophia where she went.  According to Sophia, a big man with a weird face came out of the woods next to them and told her that he wanted to play with her sister for a while.  He then swung Charlotte up onto his shoulders and walked back into the trees.”

“According to Mrs. Russell, she started looking around the area for Charlotte and screaming her name.  At one point, she thought she heard Charlotte yell “Mommy” but wasn’t able to tell which direction it was coming from.  So, she called to police who contacted us.”

“A team of rangers was sent to the site and started the search.  But, so far we haven’t been able to find a single trace of the missing child.  Canines aren’t picking up any scents.  And we haven’t found any clothing, broken bushes, or anything else that might indicate the location of Charlotte.”

“Additionally, there is some doubt about whether or not the child was actually taken by someone as opposed to wandering off on her own.  The description Sophia gave us is problematic, especially considering her age and the fact that her mother describes her as quite imaginative.  And, the mother didn't see anyone in the area at that time or earlier in the day."

"If the description can be trusted, Charlotte may be with a tall and heavily built but not fat, Caucasian man.  This man may have dark brown or black hair and eyes and have been wearing brown pants and a brown jacket.”


“Charlotte.”  Her image once again appears on the screen behind him, “was wearing jeans, a yellow long sleeved t-shirt decorated with flowers, Minnie Mouse tennis shoes and a light weight blue jacket.  According to her mother, she is almost four feet tall and weighs about 45 pounds.  She is six years old and her hair style is the same as in the picture.”  The picture shows a cute child with curly brown hair, brown eyes, and a fair complexion.

"An amber alert has been issued and local police are searching the areas outside of the park.  Meanwhile, with your assistance, we will be expanding our search of the park.  Each of you has been assigned to a team and a section of the park.  Ranger Fields will be providing you with that information at the end of the briefing.”  He makes a motion with his hand to a corner of the room where Ranger Fields is sitting behind a table covered with papers.

“Are there any questions?”
Giuliana Cromwell
 player, 3 posts
 Medical Doctor
 Search and Rescue
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 06:32
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
In reply to Maxwell Silverbear (msg # 5):

Looks around the room and raises her hand. "Yes. Um..." she fidgets a moment then plunges on. "What is it exactly you want us to do? If there are no scents, no trails, no empirical evidence that the girl was even there, other then the mother's word, AND a team of rangers has already been searching for her and found nothing...." she looks down at her hands for a moment. "What more can we do?" She pauses a moment, thinking. "Other than widen the search area, perhaps? I assume they have been using infrared and helicopter cameras over the park area right? Still nothing?" She continues to think outloud. "Does the girl have anything on her that is traceable? Like her mobile phone? Oh and did the dogs smell out the place where the sister says the guy appeared? If they can't find her scent, maybe they can find his? But they tried that already right?"

She stops. Suddenly aware that she is rambling outloud. "oh...umm...sorry."

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Jonathan Mathews
 NPC, 2 posts
 Head Park Ranger
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 19:55
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
“To answer your primary question, yes, we are planning to widen the search area to include the entire park.  Each of the designated teams will be assigned a different section to search.  While most lost individuals are found within a couple of miles of their last known location, it is not unusual for both adults and children to be found dozens of miles away from their original location.”  Several of the other park rangers and longtime volunteer SAR members nodded in response to this comment.  “That is why, it is important for everyone to search their assigned section carefully even if you don’t believe that a child could have made it that far.”

“As for the other issues that you raised:”

“We have no reason to believe that the mother was lying about the fact that her daughter was there.  And, I apologize, it appears I was not clear about what the canines were and were not detecting.  The dogs were able to detect Charlotte’s scent at the picnic grounds and in the berry patch.  However, once they reach the area where she is believed to have left the trail, they sit down, indicating that they have lost her scent.  Additionally, they do not appear to be picking up the scent of the man who may have taken her.  Although, since this is a commonly used trail, it is possible that his scent is simply one of many that they are detecting and they are unable to determine which scent trail they need to be following.”

“We will be supplementing our search with the use of helicopters using regular and infrared cameras.  However, due to the limitations of the equipment, physical on the ground searches are often more effective.”

“And no, the girl was not carrying a cell phone or wearing anything else that can be used to trace her electronically.”

This message was last edited by the player at 20:45, Tue 11 Oct 2016.

Giuliana Cromwell
 player, 4 posts
 Medical Doctor
 Search and Rescue
Wed 12 Oct 2016
at 08:40
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
In reply to Jonathan Mathews (msg # 8):

She nods "Ok thank you." Then goes quiet so others can speak.
Maxwell Silverbear
 player, 2 posts
Thu 13 Oct 2016
at 06:45
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
In reply to Giuliana Cromwell (msg # 9):

Maxwell looks over his maps, "theres not a lot of people here compared to the vastness of the park? how big of an area will each team be searching? how many days will it take to search each section?"

Max pauses and face palms as The Voice says "not near enoph, they wont find the child, not in time"
Giuliana Cromwell
 player, 5 posts
 Medical Doctor
 Search and Rescue
Thu 13 Oct 2016
at 09:02
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
In reply to Maxwell Silverbear (msg # 10):

Giuliana wonders distantly why he's face palming. Perhaps he suffers from headaches or earaches. Maybe I'll ask him later and see if he would let me take a look...

Or perhaps he has voices in his head..........
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Naaaaah!

This message was last edited by the player at 17:28, Thu 13 Oct 2016.

Jonathan Mathews
 NPC, 3 posts
 Head Park Ranger
Thu 13 Oct 2016
at 20:40
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
“Searchers will be broken into teams of four and will be performing “hasty searches” of the areas they have been assigned.”  Those of you who paid attention during your training remember that there are two types of searches:  hasty searches and grid searches.  In a hasty search, a team moves relatively quickly through an area scanning for signs of the lost person or any other clues.  Multiple fast searches are often considered more productive than a grid search.  In the second type of search, a grid search, a long line of volunteers comb the area in a slower and more methodical fashion.

“The actual size of the area each team will be searching will vary based on the type of terrain you will be covering but should take you approximately six hours to investigate.  Once you have searched your section, report back to the Craig Thomas Visitor to rest and refresh yourselves before heading out to check a new area.”

“The total search area will be an ever increasing circle with the point Charlotte was last seen at the center.  Although, depending on what each team finds during their search, this may change.”

“Most lost people are found within the first 24 hours.  Though, if necessary, the search will continue for up to two weeks.”  During your training, you would have learned that approximately 97% of people are found within the first 24 hours and, if they aren’t, it normally means they are going to be extremely difficult to find and that they probably won’t be found alive.

Someone else in the audience raises their hand and asks, “Wouldn’t it be better to take more time searching each section?  What if we miss an important clue because we were hurrying?”

Head Ranger Matthews replies, “Time is of the essence in this situation.  According to weather reports, the temperature is going to drop down to freezing tonight and Charlotte was only wearing a windbreaker.  We need to find her tonight if at all possible.  We will be calling on additional volunteers tomorrow morning to begin a grid search of the sections of the park that have already been explored by trained search and rescue team members.”

This message was last edited by the player at 20:47, Thu 13 Oct 2016.

Giuliana Cromwell
 player, 6 posts
 Medical Doctor
 Search and Rescue
Sat 15 Oct 2016
at 02:39
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
In reply to Jonathan Mathews (msg # 12):

Listens and takes some notes quickly. Mentally she's making sure she has all the things she might need....maps, magnetic compass, flashlights, whistle, radio, chocolate, air horn, extra hoodie, poison/venom kit, flare gun, dextrose and sailene solution for IVs, water purification tabs, and of course her phone, warm clothing, survival knife, bear-b-gone, a few dog treats, hiking boots and hiking stick.

Then she goes back to listening and waiting to see who she's teamed up with and what her area is, giving Justin nice scratches behind his ears as he sits beside her quietly.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:41, Sat 15 Oct 2016.

Storyteller
 GM, 16 posts
Sat 15 Oct 2016
at 18:21
An Night in the Grand Tetons (IC Thread)
After a few more questions, the briefing comes to an end and the various search and rescue team members gather up their things and make their way over to Ranger Fields to get there assignments.  After a brief wait in line, you receive your information packet and a radio.  Looking through it reveals that you have been assigned to Team J and to a section of the park along the Two Owl Canyon Trail.  A glance at the map shows that it clearly on the outer edge of the current search area.  A closer look indicates that it lies in a somewhat remote section of the park used primarily for distance hikes and backcountry camping.

As you look over your list of teammates, you see that Team J consists of Giuliana Cromwell, Maxwell Silverbear, and one or two other people.  Due to the mandatory training courses you took prior to becoming a SAR team member, you recognize the names at least well enough to find your teammates in the crowd of people that are currently breaking up into their assigned groups.


OCC:  Eventually, your team will either include characters made by Joey, Brian, Jason, etc. or we’ll just say that there was an odd number of searchers and you happened to end up on a team with just two people.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:23, Sat 15 Oct 2016.