01.02: Golf Club Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 NPC, 13 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:23
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Security Officer Todd led them to the front lobby, then accessed a door beside the concierge desk.   A small white-washed hallway led them past an empty break-room, an unoccupied office with it's door open, and a washroom.

The hallways turned right.  But, before the turn,  there were two more offices:  Security & Manager placards were on both.  Todd led them into the Manager office.

It was a fairly spartan office--obviously in use by multiple people.  A rich maple desk was devoid of anything but a computer monitor and two cups.  From the aroma in the room, it was safe to assume at least one of them was coffee.  On the wall were two framed photographs: one of the Seattle skyline, taken from the water.  The other of Mount Rainier with the peak showing through the clouds.

Behind the desk sat a black woman in a dark suit.  She  had her hair pulled back and an open collar.  She wore no jewelry and seemed completely relaxed.  The placard on the front of the desk read "Kenna Buchanan".

Opposite Kenna, sitting in a leather office-chair, her knees pulled up to her chest, a young woman--perhaps fifteen or sixteen years old--with shoulder-length black hair hiding most of her face.  She wore all black, tights, a leather-jacket and a well-worn but very clean black top with lace fringe at the hem and neckline.   She had no jewelry, though her nose and ears were pierced.  She had on an enormous amount of eyeshadow and mascara that had been smeared across her cheeks.   She clutched a handful of kleenex tissue, and much of that was also smeared black.  She was also barefoot, but her feet didn't look at all dirty.  In fact, she was immaculately clean.

--
You are certainly able to suggest any scene Aspects, if you wish.   I'm going to offer: SAFE SPACE and CORPORATE OFFICE.

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Narrator
 NPC, 14 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:25
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Kenna.  Todd knocked on the open door.  I found Dr. Ericson.

Both The hotel manager and the young lady looked up.  The young lady's expression went from uncertainty and worry to bright and relieved in an instant.
Kenna
 NPC Hotel Manager, 1 post
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:28
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Doctor Ericson.  Kenna stood up and extended a hand.  I'm terribly sorry to interrupt.  But your daughter said there was a problem...

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Lydia
 NPC, 1 post
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:36
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Dad!  the young lady on the chair leapt out of her chair and practically threw herself into Gordon,

Then, there was a torrent of words.I was so worried!  Someone broke into our home. I thought ...  I mean, I didn't know what to think!  I called Luke, just like you told me, but I only got voicemail.  I knew you were at the reception and I really didn't want to bother you but.   Mr Bedbeddle sent me back.  I had to tell you...  I had to. Please.  Don't go home tonight.
Control
 GM, 265 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:44
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Feel free to ask questions, make rolls, create aspects, etc.  In-character or out-of-character.  Let's keep the OOC with the In-character in this thread.

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Mona
 Werecat, 25 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 22:38
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
The route was long and boring, and much quieter than the party they'd just left. Mona kept her eyes open and made a mental map of the path, along with all obviously unlocked rooms, branching paths, and potential exits. It wasn't that she didn't trust Gordon or anything, it was just habit by then. Maybe even a helpful habit. No sense letting a perfectly good skill go to waste.

Once in the room, Mona moved to the side until she was needed, standing with her hands together in front of her. While she simply tried to look invisible to Kenna (authority figures were not popular with Mona), she gave the girl an awkward smile. That quickly dropped into an expression of surprise as Gordon started being called "Dad". That was not at all the conversation Mona was expecting to be brought in on. She stayed quiet, and studied the girl carefully, from her clothing to her mannerisms to her speech patterns. For that matter, she kept an eye open for Gordon's reactions, too.

[I've got a thing! Wanna roll Intellect to Create an Advantage. Specifically, looking to reveal one of the girl's aspects (or two, if I can succeed with style and reveal two aspects rather than get two free invokes on one). Kinda wanna know if she's on the level, so to speak. Also kinda wanna know how you'd like to go about this sort of thing in your game.

Should I just make the roll and declare any invokes beforehand? Do I get given a target number and go based on that? Do you roll too? I know every GM does these things differently.]

Control
 GM, 267 posts
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 00:10
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona:
I've got a thing! Wanna roll Intellect to Create an Advantage. Specifically, looking to reveal one of the girl's aspects (or two, if I can succeed with style and reveal two aspects rather than get two free invokes on one). Kinda wanna know if she's on the level, so to speak. Also kinda wanna know how you'd like to go about this sort of thing in your game.

Should I just make the roll and declare any invokes beforehand? Do I get given a target number and go based on that? Do you roll too? I know every GM does these things differently.


At a tabletop, there's room for lots of discussion.   We want a balance between that and streamlining play.  I don't want to take away your right to choose!

You are welcome to approach the scene by taking the roll and declaring contingency invokes, if you want them.  The trade-off for that is that you kinda have to trust me to assign a reasonable threshold after-the-fact.

If you let me know what you want to roll (you did: You want to roll Intellect to create an advantage), I can assign the target.  In this particular case, it's (likely to be) an important NPC, so I want her to have a chance to defend.

I rolled.  I used the dice-roller in secret (cause I don't want you knowing her stats).  However... Lydia rolled poorly. It's not worth spending any fate points on it on my side, so...

Please roll Intellect(-2) to Discover an Aspect (or two) about Lydia.

Mona
 Werecat, 26 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 04:43
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
[21:40, Today: Mona rolled -2 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of -1, -1, -1, 1.  Intellect +2, Create Advantage.

That's a total of +0. Ah. Mm. Rather than spending a Fate Point, could I succeed at a cost? Major or Minor, I don't really mind. Feels like a good time for it. I was thinking some sort of drawing attention to herself, rather than being as invisible as she'd like, but am pretty open. Stress and consequences are the default costs, but I like to save them for last resorts because they're kind of boring.]

Control
 GM, 268 posts
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 06:00
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
I don't see that Stress applies when trying to assess an Aspect.  In fact, Assessing an Aspect isn't detailed in DFA the way it is in DFRPG.

Check out the following:



Still... you rolled:
4dF(-2) + Intellect(+2) == Result(+0)
The target was Target(-2).   You succeeded.
No costs necessary.

quote:
I was thinking some sort of drawing attention to herself, rather than being as invisible as she'd like, but am pretty open.


You want to create a Situation Aspect to draw attention to yourself in an attempt to figure out if Lydia is on the level or not...  Is that right?

So... by putting the focus on the room on Mona, how should Lydia react to get you what you want?

Mona
 Werecat, 27 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 08:13
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
[Ooh, I just meant to suggest that Mona could attract attention if I needed to pay a cost, not that it was the plan all along. With my success, I really just plan to watch Lydia and Gordon and see what I can figure out about her. One of her character aspects would be ideal. I was looking for a way to do what would be an Empathy roll in Fate Core, and it seemed like Intellect or Focus would be the thing. Just using her powers of insight and observation here.]
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 106 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 19:34
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
In addition to the fact that Gordon does not have a daughter, there was a dozen other reasons to hint that subterfuge was going to be necessary here.  He clamps his defenses down and ramps up his awareness.  After accepting the hug, he pushed her back a bit to get a good look at her (and to make sure nothing disappeared from his pockets), but he did not let go of her.

"Well, thankfully you are ok," he says gently, "I was really worried because I wondered what was going on that would cause you to forget your shoes."

He looks at the two security people.

"Is there a private place we could go to sort all this out?  It sounds like I am in for a long evening and I do not want to interfere with your work."

(12:33, Today: Gordon rolled -1 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of -1, 0, 1, -1.  Tagging Aspects. +3 Intellect.  Question: Could I also grab Safe Place?  The argument is that if she feels safe her guard may be down or at least not trying to actively hide something.)
Control
 GM, 269 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 10:31
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona...

I prefer not to reveal an outright Aspect.  Not in my own words...  But I will definitely give you enough information that you should be able to cleave real close to one or more.   If you cleave close, I'll clarify or adopt your suggestion.

Truth is, I have but a hazy concept for Lydia that will become more solid as she gets played more.   So, hold right.  I'll manifest it during this scene.

This message was last edited by the GM at 10:58, Tue 27 June 2017.

Control
 GM, 271 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 10:58
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Gordon rolled 4dF(-1) + Intellect(+3) == Result(+2)
This is a Success with Style vs Target(-2).
Lydia is not difficult to read in this situation!

As a side note:
From what I'm reading on Pg 107, it looks like you don[t get to free-tag an existing situational Aspect, unless you create it via Create an Advantage.  I think the core concept is that you had to do something (take an action) to bring the Aspect into existence.   If it's something we all agree is there, it can be invoked but you'll need to pay the fate-cost for it.

You could certainly grab SAFE SPACE.  But it'll cost you a fate-point you don't need to spend!  Despite a Poor dice-roll, your Approach more than makes up for it, giving you a Fair(+2) success where even a Terrible(-2) one would have worked.

Now...  what were you trying to do with that roll?

Narrator
 NPC, 16 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 11:02
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Todd and Kenna exchanged a glance.  Kenna raised an eyebrow; Todd shrugged.  "Security office next door.  Nothing sensitive there.  But there is a camera."
Kenna
 NPC Hotel Manager, 2 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 11:06
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Kenna nodded and stood.  "Todd or I will be right here.   Please let us know if you need anything.  You're with the Shwete wedding party.  Should we notify anyone there?
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 108 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 17:30
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"That would be very nice of you," he smiles, "If you could inform Ms. Porter that that a situation has come up and that we will touch base with her if we need to leave."

He keeps his arm wrapped around Lydia's shoulder in a fatherly/comforting position as they lead them to a private room.

"Now, my dear," he says to her, "I want to thank you for coming to tell me personally, but let's get some details so we can figure out what to do next."

Well, I am definately not spending a point.  I mainly made the roll because you said to, but upon re-reading, your direction was mainly aimed at Mona.  I'll try to use it anyway.  So... based on Gordon's helpful nature, I am looking for ways to get honest (ish) information from her and how/if I need to help her.
Control
 GM, 273 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 22:15
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Fair enough.  I'll  make the roll-directions more clear in the future.
Mona
 Werecat, 29 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Thu 29 Jun 2017
at 05:31
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona followed along quietly, and let Gordon do all the talking. It helped her keep her eyes and ears open when she kept her mouth shut. Besides, the only person she'd want to bother with her location was Willa, and Gordon took care of that. It would seem rude to worry her brother with that sort of thing.

[Actually, I think I'll take another roll as well. This one to make that mental map of the place I was talking about earlier. Focus, this time, as I can't really justify Intellect.

22:30, Today: Mona rolled -1 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of 0, 0, 0, -1.  Focus +1, Create Advantage.

Ugh. +0 total. Well, maybe Mona's too distracted with Lydia to keep her mind on task.]

Control
 GM, 276 posts
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 01:02
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Honestly,  it's a hotel.  there's a door to the side of the front desk.  a small hallway with a lunchroom to the left, a supply closet beside it, two offices at the end of the hall.  A right turn with a couple of doors you don't see into.


          +---+ Manager +----+ Security +-----+ Something +----+ Something +------+
          |                                                                       |
          +                                                                       +

        Supply                                                                   Exit

          +                                                                       +
          |                                                                       |
          +                +-----+ Something +-----------------+ Something +------+
                           |
     Break Room            |
                           |
          |                +
          |
          |            Washroom
          |
          |                +
          |                |
          |                |
          +==--+ Exit +----+

Narrator
 NPC, 17 posts
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 01:05
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Todd opened the room with a key.  The room was even more bare. holding only a solid wooden desk and a computer that was not powered on, and three chairs, one behind the desk. There was a black dome in the rear corner of the room right next to a sprinkler-head.  There were some papers on a corkboard nailed to the wall with infographics for things like "National Use of Force Model" "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for Customer Service" and "How to Effect Corporate Change".

Todd checked the desk drawer to ensure it was locked, then backed out of the room.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:06, Fri 30 June 2017.

Lydia
 NPC, 2 posts
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 01:29
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Okay.  Lydia said once Todd was gone.  "Bredbeddle said this was the date of  mother's wedding.  I knew Ms Porter lives here, so...  Look, I don't have a lot of time.   You guys did something before I was born.  I don't know what.  Bert didn't go into detail.  But he did say that I warned you, so here I am.

Lydia took a breath.  You guys... You, Luke, Ms Porter, Marcus, Mona and the gunslinger.  You've all got a big red target on your back.  The slipperies... You need to find Sebastian Strauss.  He can help.  He's got a bunch of research you need.

Oh hell.  Lydia said.  She fretted.  Lydia's about to wake up.  She's going to be really freaked out.  This is part of her thing.  Get her to Nimii or Mrs. Hansen. I don't think I'm the first to ride her, but I won't be the last..."



OOC: And if we have a line-up change down the road, this list of identified people will also change.

Also... she's not gone yet.  You can ask questions...

Mona
 Werecat, 30 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 19:10
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Well that wasn't what she was expecting. Still, Mona took the information dump in as much stride as she could, shooting Gordon a glance to see how well he was following. Also to see how surprised he was. At least she'd managed to remember the names in a hurry.

"Who are you? And who is Lydia?" It was the first thing that came to mind, knowing who they were speaking to. Mona could guess, but it would be easier without assumptions. Also she was about to be responsible for what sounded like an innocent intermediary, and that felt important too.
Lydia
 NPC, 3 posts
Sat 1 Jul 2017
at 00:56
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"I can't tell you who I am.  That might change things.  But I swear on my children's future that I mean you no harm. I am tapping Bredbeddle's sap to speak with you."

Lydia folded her hands in her lap. and took long slow breaths.  It was a technique Gordon would be familiar with for mentally calming yourself down.  "Here's what I can tell you.  Lydia is pretty freaked out.   She ran away from home because she heard voices.  Voices that talk back to her.  She thinks she's crazy.  She's not.  It's a Griffin and Sabine thing.  I've been talking with her for years.

"She gets help.  She gets over this stupid goth thing, grows up, gets married and gets happy.  She'll change people's lives.   She's a horse."
Mona
 Werecat, 33 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 18:44
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona nodded slowly. That explained why the doctor had been called.

"So you're a friend of ours, possessing this girl, to tell us that we're in danger and need to find someone named Sebastian Strauss about research. And in a minute we'll need to take care of this girl, too. Does that about cover it? How can we find you again?"
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 111 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 18:59
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"If a friend didn't introduce me to Doctor Who, I would be a little more lost right now," he mutters, but just listens as Mona asked good questions and he did not want to over talk her.  That, and he figured out who she might be, but exploring that would probably tangle him up with the Sixth Law.


He does decide to add, "Can you give us a clue about how or where to find Sebastian Strauss?"
Lydia
 NPC, 4 posts
Tue 4 Jul 2017
at 11:49
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)


"Google."  Lydia answered immediately.  "He's at one of the universities.

Lydia nodded at Mona.  "You won't be able to find me.  I don't even exist.  I'm just a voice inside Lydia's head.   But Professor Strauss.   You can google him.  He's got a problem he needs help with.  And you're really going to want to help him with it.  Oh, this is super frustrating!.  I can't tell you anything!

Lydia's eyes rolled back in her head and her head rolled to one side.  her shoulders jerked briefly and her whole body spasmed gently.  Then her head fell forward and Lydia's breathing calmed down, deepened, became regular.



OOC:  Bredbeddle is the name Abigail has given to the little stick figure that defended her in the Porter Laurelhurst mansion.  He hasn't been seen much in recent times, but Abigail often has a twig and leaf memento allegedly made from him with her most the time.   "Bredbeddle" was the name given to "The Green Knight" in the poem of the same name.

Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 112 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Tue 4 Jul 2017
at 19:28
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Gordon rushes over to make sure Lydia doesn't fall over.

"I think that is all we are going to get," he says, "Now we just have to make sure Lydia is ok."

He gently checks he over.

"I think their is a good chance she is going to be 'freaked out' in a couple minutes."
Mona
 Werecat, 35 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 04:37
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Their friend's time was brief, but informative. Mona helped Gordon ease Lydia into one of the chairs.

"What are the odds we get thrown out of here if she screams? Pretty high, right? What if we sit in the other chairs? Giving her some space might help."
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 114 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 22:18
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
He nods, and once they are sure she won't fall over, he backs off a good distance and waits.

Watching, analyzing...
Mona
 Werecat, 38 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 22:52
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona nodded and scooted over to the other chair. It left her nearby, but not too close. Another thought struck her, and she decided to ease the girl into consciousness.

"Lydia? Lydia, can you hear me? You're okay. It's safe here, you're with friends." At the very least, letting the girl know she wasn't alone would be good. Not only is that normally comforting, but waking up surrounded by quiet people staring at you is pretty freaky. Mona gave her friendliest voice, but kept it soft. Hopefully their new friend would be more curious than terrified.

[I'd like to make a Guile roll to Create an Advantage here. Guile representing the subtlety and ulterior motive (not getting thrown out by Kenna and Todd). Create Advantage to get a free invoke of Safe Space to immediately use to keep Lydia calm.

15:51, Today: Mona rolled -1 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of 0, 1, -1, -1.  Guile +3, Create Advantage.

Total: +2. Well, that's hopefully something.]

Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 118 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 06:16
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Gordon waits and watches.  He doesn't want to overwhelm Lydia by adding another voice.  So, he takes the time to figure out, based on what he knows and what he just witnessed, what is going on with her.  As much as he would like to do a more thorough investigation before giving her a diagnosis....mystical, psychological, or otherwise.....but he is going to have to.  If nothing else, he wants something to offer her to help calm her down for now.  In the long run, he is going to need it to help her.

(ooc:  I was going to make a knowledge roll so I could tell her exactly what is going on but I think I am going to wait because, from Gordon's perspective, the most important thing is to keep her calm and earn her trust.  In addition to Mona already starting that, it's not something a person can do with-out interacting with them for a bit.  Or at least watching her (the real her) for a bit.  If it would make more sense to do it now.  Let me know,)

Control
 GM, 285 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 02:25
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)

MONA:
4dF(-1) + Guile(+3) == Result(+2).   Situation doesn't seem particularly frought with tension or risk.  So a Mediocre(+0) target makes sense to me.  It's a success!   You can add a free invoke to SAFE SPACE for this scene.


GORDON:
I'm perfectly okay doing it strictly through the narrative.  What you're talking about sounds like it could be a Contest, but I don't really see Lydia as having an opposing agenda.


This message was last edited by the GM at 02:31, Sat 08 July 2017.

Lydia
 NPC, 5 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 02:28
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)

Lydia's head slumped forward, then slowly, she shook her head.  She hung her head for a while, but it was obvious that she was awake and aware, possibly feigning unconsciousness.  her breathing had changed, and unconsciously, she'd tightened her fists.


After a long moment, listening to Monda, Lydia lifted her head and asked in a very small, uncertain voice.  "Where am I?  I didn't...  Was anybody hurt?

Her breath caught on the second question and something greyish appeared on the back of her hand, held tightly in her lap.  Water tinged with mascara.
Mona
 Werecat, 40 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 02:53
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
The girl was awake. That was a good start. Her opening questions sounded far more serious than Mona was expecting, and she seemed to be a very different sort of freaked out than was expected as well. The werecat shot a quick look at Gordon, but figured since she'd started the talking, she should continue it for the moment. With a deep breath, she turned back to Lydia and shook her head.

"No, no one was hurt. You...well, something, came and warned us that someone needs our help and that a few of our friends are in danger. Really, you may have helped people out a lot. Definitely didn't hurt anyone. But right now we're kind of more interested in helping you, if that's okay. It said you'd be freaked out, and...well you're kind of at a party, a wedding, so maybe we can change 'freaked out' to, y'know. Comfortable? Uh...How are you feeling?" She winced and looked over at Gordon again, with the "help me" eyebrows.
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 119 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 05:04
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"No....no one was hurt," says Gordon reassuringly, "This is Mona and I am Gordon.  Evidently, you have one of my business cards.  What's your name?"

They know it, of course, but she hasn't said it yet.  By pitching the conversation back towards her, Gordon is hopping she will feel a little bit more in control and calmer. He also moved a little closer but leans against the desk to appear relaxed and non-threatening.
Lydia
 NPC, 5 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 21:56
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"L-Lydia" Lydia said.  "Lydia Smythe.   Am I in trouble?  I get confused sometimes.  I don't... "   She started shaking a little, then tried to take a breath, but it came out as a strangled sob.

"I'm... I'm sorry."  Lydia said.  "I just want to g-go home. I don't know you.  Why... Where are my boots?"

This message was lightly edited by the player at 21:56, Sat 08 July 2017.

Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 120 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 05:01
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"That....is a good question," he answers with a smile, "but not one we can answer for you.  We meet you just like this...and we don't know you either, but we would like to."

He crouches down say he is below her level but still far away.

"And you are not in trouble and we will get you home shortly.  We do want to help you because you have helped us.  You say you get confused....how do you think that happens?"
Mona
 Werecat, 42 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 21:14
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona leaned back in her chair and pulled her legs up onto the seat, sitting sort of sideways. She didn't interrupt, once the psychiatrist was doing the talking. A few questions were forming in her head, potentially important ones, but she'd let the girl get comfortable first.
Lydia
 NPC, 6 posts
Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 23:17
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
I don't know. Lydia said.  A standard child response.  But after a moment, she said, Because I didn't take my medicine.  It makes me feel sick.

"But my mom says if I don't take it, I do things I don't remember.  I've got soma... a sunny embolism.     Lydia looked absolutely miserable.  She says I killed a chicken!

Nausea is a common side-effect for antidepressants and anti-psychotics, not to mention a whole crap-load of other types of medication...

This message was last edited by the player at 08:01, Mon 10 July 2017.

Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 122 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 22:53
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"Let me guess," he said calmly, not over-reacting to the chicken, "In addition to doing things you you don't remember, you also hear voices.  Voices that do not sound like you."

He is trying to be very reassuring.
Lydia
 NPC, 7 posts
Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 10:58
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Lydia nodded her head.

Sorry to give you so little to react to... It just seemed appropriate an in-character for her to agree silently.   I'll run with whatever direction you wanna take this...
Mona
 Werecat, 43 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 18:37
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"Lydia, I have a question for you. I want you to answer honestly, and maybe think about it a bit before you do. Do you want to find out what's going on with you, or do you just want to forget about it and go home? We're good at finding stuff out, but people don't always like the answers, and once you get some knowledge, you can't give it back. This is your red pill, blue pill moment."
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 123 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 22:32
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
He nods.

"Unlike the other 'experts' you have been taken to, we actually may know whats happening to you and we, me especially, are in a position to help you deal with it, learn from it, and grow."
He sighs.

"Or, we can take you back home.  Get you back on your medications.  And, like Mona said, forget about it."
Lydia
 NPC, 8 posts
Thu 13 Jul 2017
at 11:09
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"I don't wanna take any pills." Lydia said in a small voice.  "I always forget and then people yell at me.  I don't wanna be a zombie.
Mona
 Werecat, 45 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Thu 13 Jul 2017
at 20:41
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona was speechless for a second, then leaned toward Gordon, wide eyes still on Lydia.

"Oh my god, she's adorable." Mona returned her attention to the girl and shook her head.

"No, sweetheart, it was a thing from a movie about choices. We're giving you a choice now. If you want to know what's happening to you, Gordon can help. He's an expert. If you don't want to know, then we really shouldn't tell you. All you have to do is tell us what you want for yourself."
Lydia
 NPC, 9 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 09:18
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"Mom said that I can't change anything if I don't know what's going on." Lydia said. Can I do it without taking pills?

Okay, she is kinda focused, here.
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 124 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 16:31
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"That's the hope," he said, "It would probably be better to wean you off your current regime than to just stop.  Maybe just a temporary sleep aid, but that would be short term until you get a handle on what is happening."

He pauses for emphasis.

"Do you want to know?  This is important, so I need to hear you say it."
Lydia
 NPC, 10 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 22:10
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Lydia loked down at her hands, cupped in her lap and in a very small vocie, she said,"Yes."
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 125 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 21:39
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
He beams at her.

"Well done!  Well done, indeed.  The first step is the hardest and you took it!" he sits comfortably on the desk as he shows her his business card.

"I am a Doctor...a psychologist.  So, you can believe me when I tell you....  Listen closely.... You. Are. Not. Crazy," he smiles reassuringly before continuing at a pace that he hopes she is comfortable with.

"Something, however, is happening to you.  What, exactly?  We will figure it out.  What I think is happening is that you have an extraordinary Gift.  And like all important Gifts, it is hard for you to understand and use at first.  So, you hear voices when you don't want to and black out.  You do things with-out remembering them."

He holds up his finger for emphasis.

"But, once you understand, YOU are in control.  The voices may still come but you can ignore them and even maybe tell them what to do."

He continues to smile.

"Now...there is a lot to do, and we can't get it all done now.  We have to get you home and find you some shoes," he chuckles, "but is there anything you want to ask right now?"
Lydia
 NPC, 11 posts
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 21:17
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"Doctor Hegger said I was doing what I realyl wanted in my sleep, that I really wanted to kill the chicken.  Lydia asked.  She wouldn't make eye contact.  "He said I could be a psycho-pet.  But I d-don't want to kill chickens.  I'm not a... a chicken-killer!"  she finally said with a deep sob.
Mona
 Werecat, 46 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 06:44
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona kept her voice soft, trying to be reassuring. It wasn't something she was skilled at.

"It's possible it wasn't even really you, Lydia. Look, there's a lot that could have happened, and maybe something else killed that chicken while you were blacked out. Weirder things have happened. Try not to focus on that right now, okay? Let's start looking at the here and now, make sure you're aware of where you are, at least." She shifted in her seat, putting her feet back on the floor (she'd slipped the high heeled shoes off before pulling up her legs) and leaning forward.

"Lydia, right now you're at a wedding. This last time you blacked out, you came here and told the manager lady that you're Gordon's daughter, so if you could keep pretending that's a thing until we get you away from here, that'd be awesome. None of us really wants to get in trouble with management. Next, the voice talking through you said it was a friend of yours, gave us good reason to believe it, and that we needed to get you to Niimi or Mrs. Hansen. Do you know either of those names?"
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 126 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 19:49
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
He nods indicating that he wants Lydia to answer Mona before adding.

"No... you are not a psychopath.  Your Gift.... If I am right, is complicated.  Do you know what spirits are?"
Lydia
 NPC, 12 posts
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 09:06
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Lydia nodded.  "Like Ghosts, but the soul of nature things.  Like trees and birds and stuff.  Then she added, "And God."
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 127 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 18:19
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
"Exactly," he says, "I believe that your Gift is that you can interact with them but you can't control it.  So...you hear voices telling you weird things that don't make very much sense.  After all, they are not human so how they think would not always make sense to a young lady like yourself."

He frowns.

"And some of the more powerful ones... break in to borrow your body for a bit.  You didn't kill that chicken.  A spirit did...it just needed your hands.  Why?  I have no idea.  It is how you got here today.  A spirit, who said that they will be a friend of ours, needed to get us a message.  So, they borrowed you.  It felt bad about it, it knows that it bothers you.  So, it wanted to make sure you were safe."

He smiles.

"Because my Gift is that I am Wizard and an expert on keeping things OUT of people's heads," he taps the side of his skull, "And I can teach you.  I can teach you the different kinds of spirits.  How to talk to them.  How to work with them.  And, most importantly, how to get them to leave you alone.  Would you like that?"
Lydia
 NPC, 13 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 09:52
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Lydia's eyes went wide at the mention of the word wizard.  She seemed like she didn't entirely believe him but really--desperately--wanted to.  You mean like... Harry Potter?

Lydia swallowed.  "Nimii."  She said after a moment.  "She's my babysitter.  Sometimes."


--
Mrs. Hansen would be Denise Hansen of the Duwamish tribe.    What Gordon suspects Lydia is experiencing would remind him pretty heavily of what Denise went through.  (Gordon offered her as a NPC, and is listed in the Who What Where reference thread)
Mona
 Werecat, 47 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 01:38
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona gave Lydia a grin as she responded to Gordon.

"She's a good friend of mine, too. We'll make sure you're okay, okay?"

[Yeah, I looked Mrs. Hansen up when she was mentioned, but I'm not sure if Mona would know her. She might, as Mona knows a lot of people. Would probably be up to Gordon, though. Both OOC and IC, what with introductions and all.]
Lydia
 NPC, 14 posts
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 11:16
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Gordon:
I can teach you the different kinds of spirits.  How to talk to them.  How to work with them.  And, most importantly, how to get them to leave you alone.  Would you like that?"


Lydia nodded, seeming to get herself under control a bit more.  The mention of Nimii seemed to help.  It wasn't clear if she recognized Mrs. Hansen.

"I just want to be normal..." Lydia said.  "But if I can tell them 'no', can I make them leave me alone?
Control
 GM, 292 posts
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 11:18
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Okay...  Switching to metaplot for a moment...

Lydia does want the teachign, btu she's nervous, because talking with spirits sounds crazy and that's scary.  Especially if everyone around you thinks you're crazy.   She definitely brightens at the thought of seeing Nimii.  Keep in mind that Facility manager Kenna and Todd are in the next room.  What do you tell them?

I've met my objectives to use Lydia to pass things on.   So, how do you want to close out this scene?  Is there anything else you want to do or say with Lydia before we move on?

Mona
 Werecat, 48 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 19:49
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
[I'm fine leaving most of that to Gordon. Mona wants to make sure the girl is safe, which she trusts Gordon with, but is also going to call Niimi. She carries an old Nokia dumbphone on the kind of prepaid plans you get at WalMart, as they're super resilient and affordable. Mona can also keep in touch with Lydia to make sure she's okay over the long term.

Also, how do you spell Niimi? Her character body and entry are "Niimi", but you type it "Nimii".]

Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 128 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Wed 2 Aug 2017
at 06:28
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
He smiles then laughs.

"Yes... like Harry Potter, but, to be honest, Mr. Potter was just a kid.... I am waaay better.  In fact, Voldemort never scared me because I know more than even him," he nods seriously, "Me and Dumbledore."

"Now, lets tell these nice security people that we straightened everything up and we will take you home...."

Let's close out by explaining that she got really startled by something at home when she was supposed to be in bed.  And she bolted.  That's based off of what she told them initially.  We can pitch any detail differences that she is a scared kid...with no shoes.  We will take her home.  We will check in with everyone else before we leave to let them know that something is going down.  Gorden will take over her psychological care (free of charge) in the long run.  Probably will initially ward her room against spirits and the like until she gets the hang of it.  He'll probably give a call to Ms. Hanson to let her know that he found another person with a similar gift but of a slightly different flavor than hers.
Control
 GM, 295 posts
Wed 2 Aug 2017
at 11:21
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Yeah, I'd built her as Niimi.   I've also been calling the Larshal The Marshall with two Ls.   I'm not going back to change anything.   So long as you can figure it out, I'll continue to barrel forward.  But for fucks sake...  if I've been calling your character by the wrong name, call me on it.  the NPCs don't matter so much to me.  The PCs do.
Narrator
 NPC, 23 posts
Wed 2 Aug 2017
at 11:26
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)

So..  Keeping it metaplot...  Do you want to take Lydia home or take her to Niimi (See, I got it right that time)....  Who goes to Lydia's house?

The lights were on when they got there and Lydia's mother was dressed in an ancient over-sized house-coat, her hair frizzy and unkempt, big dark bags under her eyes.  She wasn't angry... just concerned, afraid even.  She was wary around Gordon, but Mona or Niimi would make a good counter-balance.


Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 129 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Fri 4 Aug 2017
at 06:51
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
We go to Niimi then to Lydia's.  Gordon will probably have swing by his place for some things.  But he will say what he needs to say to mom to get her to allow them to help.  He will be sympathetic to her problems as well, because, well, he would be.  That's the type of guy he is.