01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 71 posts
 2 Fate Points
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 09:31
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
OC: How about SHATTERED SPRUCE SPINE ? Suggests something with a fair amount of strength and a fairly sudden attack. Up to you Marshal.
Control
 GM, 290 posts
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 00:26
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
I'm okay with it!

As it's a discovered Aspect, I'm not really expecting to invoke or compel it... but it allows for the introduction of specific facts about a scene.
The Marshal
 Gunslinger of Oz, 61 posts
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 15:45
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Works for me, nothing better has sprung to mind
Narrator
 NPC, 21 posts
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 11:01
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Marcus:
OC: How about SHATTERED SPRUCE SPINE ? Suggests something with a fair amount of strength and a fairly sudden attack. Up to you Marshal.


Under the dinner jacket, the outlines of a humanoid body were distinct.  It was just a fallen tree and moss and dirt and twigs and foliage... but if one looked at it just the right way--and both Marcus and The Marshal could--it was a body.  And there was evidence of a scuffle.

One branch-like arm stretched out over the deadwood beneath it, the other low and to the side.  The left hand was pinned to the ground, with a small distinct pool of moisture around it.

The arch of the creature's body made it look like whoever-it-was had been trying to drag him or herself over a log of deadwood, but had been pinned in place.  Then, possibly, given the curve of the spine, the gaping hole, and the separation of the lower-portion of the body...  It looked like the middle portion of the creature had been crushed.

There were other signs, further away from the body...  a number of bent twigs, freshly-broken mulch leading to the fairway itself.  It suggested that either the fight started on the fairway and moved here, or that an assailant moved from this location out onto the fairway.  The timeline was difficult to assess.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 11:01, Mon 31 July 2017.

Christopher
 NPC, 4 posts
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 11:08
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
As they took in the scene, a flutter of light twinkled across the fairway, and behind it, a figure in a blue dress walked, carefully, shoulders hunched and careful as she did.  An old woman, with skin blue and almost transparent.

"Ah.  Azure Beulah.   Christopher seemed nervous.  "She's been here a long time, since before it was this...  She's not all here.  I Mean, sometimes she is, but they had to divert the stream when they landscaped the park, so some of her really is somewhere else, too...  Please.. be gentle, sers.  She is tied to this place and is pained by what she has become....

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Azure Beulah
 NPC, 1 post
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 11:28
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
The old woman stepped off of the fairway and into the darker woods surrounding it.  She was old, blue-skinned with a face covered in wrinkles.  She wore a one piece dress, loose and shapeless, that shimmered an danced around her.  She was barefoot, but her feet were transparent.  It was as if she was made of water and only the upper portion of her body held together strong enough to present a humanoid form.

"Called, I came.  Most unseemly.   Was this the one who trounced through my Lilly like she was a worthless beggar on the road?  Sweet Undertow, she is the road! And I am not happy, I can tell you that for nothing.

Children had more respect in my time.  You didn't go tromping through the world without so much as a by-yer-leave, like that.  That's what's wrong these days.  No Respect.  If you want to be respected, you start by showing it!  You Wyldlings think that it's all about you!  Equivocate or die!  Or at least lie down and pretend,  It's all the same if you're not making a choice.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:28, Mon 31 July 2017.

Christopher
 NPC, 5 posts
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 11:31
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Christopher took a big breath.  "Madame Beulah, Child of the Summer Straits, I thank thee for coming to us.  Please to let me introduce the Emissaries of Oz, The Knight and Gunslinger of Oz.

I will gladly revise if you have a preferred method of formal introduction...
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 73 posts
 2 Fate Points
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 09:44
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Bowing low as he was introduced Marcus straightened with a serious expression for the disapproving woman, "Knight Marcus, Madame. We thank you for allowing us to trespass on your time." Tilting his head as he considered her words he spoke carefully, "We cannot I am afraid, answer you for certain of that Madame. We are fresh to the scene ourselves and can tell little save that some struggle took place and this one was destroyed in the process. If you know more or could direct us to the other person or persons involved, and of course grace us with permission to pursue them if they remain within your domain, we would seek the truth of what happened."
Azure Beulah
 NPC, 2 posts
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 11:08
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Marcus:
If you know more or could direct us to the other person or persons involved, and of course grace us with permission to pursue them if they remain within your domain, we would seek the truth of what happened."</DarkGreen>


"Well.  A Mortal with manners.  Wonders will never cease!  But you're not just mortal anymore.  The two of you.  Bet you'd just as like sink your balls in my Lilly, if you had the chance.  Oh, sure... they say they don't want to, but plunk, there goes one, plunk, there goes another.  These creatures are really bad at this game.  A man should keep control of his balls or learn to go on without them.

Christopher coughed politely.

Beulah growled lightly, a little bit of foam bubbling up on her lower lip.

Christopher  grimaced, but kept quiet.

"I didn't see them.  But Lilly has a fragile temperament.  She complained of two who fought with blades. Then tromped into her like she was coarse watering hole. The little one tried to get away, but the big one forced the little one onto his knees, forcing his head into Lilly's embrace.  But she repudiated him... and they went on their way...  Here, I suppose.

Azure Beulah considered for a moment, then cocked her head to one side.   It is possible that one of them might have dropped something.  Lilly doesn't like giving up her treasures; She likes playing with men's balls.  We don't want vengeance.  We just want to sleep.  If Lilly were to have something--and I'm not saying that she does...
 what would it be worth to you?


So... you would probably clue in that "Lilly" is literally the stream.  The nymph, naiad (or whatever the hell Beulah is) is a living symbiote with the stream.  They are essentially married... 
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 75 posts
 2 Fate Points
Wed 9 Aug 2017
at 12:18
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
"Thankfully Madame I never had enough interest in the game to have any desire to take it up now, particularly given I would likely end up one particularly prone to such matters. A man who does not know how to handle his balls must keep them to himself or, as you say, manage without." If there was a hint of innuendo in his face or voice it was exceptionally well hidden by Marcus whose interest was more on the possible item held in the water.

"Well that would depend on if I was providing you a gift for persuading Lilly to surrender this hypothetical object or giving Lilly a treasure to replace their lost one. For Lilly I'd likely offer something that gleams in light to replace whatever they'd lose to play with, for yourself I know that the best gifts are surprises I also know how unwise it is for a man to try to surprise a woman he does not know." Pausing to consider it he smiled, "Perhaps drop something from the men who play here or those who allow them to into Lilly that they will need to take out again? I would imagine the sight of them soaking themselves trying will at least bring a smile to your face. I'm considering one of those little cart things they drive around in into the shallows. They'd have to take it out again and quickly but I can't see them doing that without some dreadful mess. Particularly if they end up slipping on some of those balls they lost."
The Marshal
 Gunslinger of Oz, 63 posts
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 15:11
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
As was his way, The Marshal doffed his hat in silent recogniztion of his introduction. He cared little for names and titles anymore, and so found it easiest to go by the monikers most often attributed to him-- The Marshal, The Huntmaster, and/or The Gunslinger. Each were decidedly useful in opening doors, or evoking influence in myriad venues... making them of far greater value to his life than the name of his birth.

In truth, it was good that Marcus had taken point in the negotiations. Silas rately handled obstruction to his investigations as diploatically as his colleague. His own brand of aggressive negotiations were likely to be far less effective here.
Azure Beulah
 NPC, 3 posts
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 12:21
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
"Oh.  Passing wise." Beulah said with an open smirk.  "Aren't we fancy.  There is no getting out of the game.    Just by thinking of the game, you've lost the game.  That's why we set up so many other games, to distract ourselves from the big game.  If your balls don't drop, you can't play the game.  But you can't play the game without balls.

Beulah stood back, looking all the world like she was resting on haunches she didn't actually have, fairly rocking back and forth.  "The thought of the sight is a sight worth beholding, but not the big, ugly smoking metal things they drive.  Too much noise, too much pollution.  Lilly needs to keep herself clean.  But lure a men into the water trap here at the second hole and and let them fumble, let them stumble, let them trip and tumble, and Lilly will consider the debt paid.  And for this bargain, she offers the keys to... well, they're keys to something.
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 76 posts
 2 Fate Points
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 10:30
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Accepting the half compliment with a nod Marcus pursed his lips for a moment at the adjustment to his offer before nodding, "I believe I can arrange that. This place valets after all." Something clear to float on the top of the water and some car keys would rapidly have staff struggling in the water to retrieve it. "Yes, that'll be acceptable. Sodden staff for these keys."
Azure Beulah
 NPC, 4 posts
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 09:49
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Beulah nodded.  "Done."  she said crisply.

She turned from them and walked away.
Narrator
 NPC, 30 posts
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 09:50
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Christopher went to follow, but Beulah lifted a hand.  "Wait."  she said.  Lilly's secrets are not for you.  I will return.
Azure Beulah
 NPC, 5 posts
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 09:51
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
She wasn't gone long before she returned... hobbling across the fairway.  She came up to them and thrust out her hand, a clump of mud in her hand.
The Marshal
 Gunslinger of Oz, 64 posts
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 20:26
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
The Marshal eyes the muddy fist dubiously, but makes no move to retrieve the offered secret. He nods towards Marcus: "Your barter, your spoils..."
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 77 posts
 2 Fate Points
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 19:51
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Stepping forwards with a light smile and a faint inclination of his head Marcus offered his hand palm up. To the Marshal he grinned before adding, "If you've got some of the less noticeable wyld fae around who fancy doing a favour I suspect they could nab some keys more subtly than I could. Not that it's beyond me but I'm happy to give someone else chance to get a chuckle too."
Azure Beulah
 NPC, 6 posts
Sat 2 Sep 2017
at 08:38
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Beulah slaps the clump of mud into Marcus' hands.

In it was a set of keys.  A Lexus car-key, two brass keys, a key to unlock handcuffs, and a couple of barrel-lock keys that could be to a bicycle lock or a car lock-bar...

"Standard contract."  She said.  "A year and a day or the deal's broken."  she smiled a toothless grin.  "And Lilly hates broken deals.
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 79 posts
 2 Fate Points
Thu 7 Sep 2017
at 10:17
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
"As much as I do if not more I'm sure lady." Carefully picking through the muddy pile to extract the keys and examine them Marcus paused at the handcuff key before nodding to himself, "Thank you again for your assistance. I believe we will departing shortly, now we have a trail to follow but it was a pleasure to meet you." Offering the keys to the Marshal and glancing towards the nearby car park he smiled thinly. Hopefully these keys belonged to the one who had gotten away from the struggle, it would mean they were still at the event rather than in need of being chased down further. Of course given the aid he had he doubted they could flee far enough.
Control
 GM, 302 posts
Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 10:43
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Now then...

What next?  How do you find the owner?  Note that this is a key, not a key-fob.  There is no electronics on the key.  So, no remote start on the vehicle.  Or, if there was, the fob is no longer connected.

Control
 GM, 308 posts
Sun 1 Oct 2017
at 13:40
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Argh.  This didn't go through the other day...

The death of the fae in the woods appeared to be the only one.   There did not appear to be any other incident worthy of note.

Waiting until (or returning in) the wee hours does leave one Lexus in the staff parking area.  A red Lexus RC F. Very late model, there is a black leather valise on the passenger seat, but otherwise, no other personal artifacts within.

Talking with functionaries in Oz indicates that no-one from the duchy were known to be missing.  Neither the Winter nor Summer emissaries to Oz were available to meet.    Mind you, they wouldn't have the awareness of their subjects that the Queens have.

The street was fairly calm, but there were stories of two incidents in Seward Park, where the Hong Mama allegedly scared off a couple of attackers who'd attempted to shit-can a sleeping transient.  The newspaper gave it a three line entry, identifying Seward Park as a dangerous place to be at night.

There weren't many details about this Hong Mama, but it was apparently a woman dressed all in red who moved silently, and preyed upon those who preyed upon the weak and oblivious, with a particular eye toward protecting the homeless.



Okay...  I need some additional details to push forward.   Where does Marcus live?  Where does The Marshall live?  What kind of place? neighbors?    Luke's place was tossed and I've got some similar, albeit more direct, action coming for you guys...
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 82 posts
 2 Fate Points
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 07:17
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Been noseying over apt places to try to find somewhere that fitted for him. How does this fly for you Control;

Marcus lives a fairly transient life, due partly to wanting to make sure he has a better overview of the city as a whole rather than focusing his efforts in one place. That said the one place he could be said to hang his hat is at the abandoned Building 9 barracks in Magnuson Park. Though he is far from the only one taking advantage of the unused buildings he has staked out a near permanent home in part of the building's basement by a combination of sharing the space with regular inhabitants, some subtle supernatural efforts and cultivating enough of a reputation that people do not go rummaging through the refuse he leaves there. The fact that some of the objects in his collection move occasionally helps.
Control
 GM, 311 posts
Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 11:01
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
That work well enough.

I'll get an IC post out for you shortly...
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 84 posts
 2 Fate Points
Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 21:38
Re: 01.03: The Second-Hole Fairway (Marcus, The Marshal)
Grand.

In terms of neighbors there'll be occupied space by other homeless, some of them regular residents others just taking advantage when they can, but intermingled with them is the odd fae, predominately guests from Oz keeping a low profile. Given the limitations on travel to and from the Emerald City Marcus and this squat represents an option for them to get out and about and as such tend to stay low profile, though he keeps a close eye on them and shenanigans tend to result in a swift trip back home. Not that he catches all of them, even less so when their attentions focus away from those he normally associates with on the more upper class residents of the city.