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Control
 GM, 307 posts
Sat 30 Sep 2017
at 02:32
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Case 1: 1986
Tribesman traveled to Bellingham.  He collapsed in the street, complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain.  He was taken to St Joseph's Medical center. He died of cardiac failure shortly after arrival.  X-rays purportedly showed a strange mass in the chest, which interested the coroner enough to authorize an autopsy.

The autopsy revealed a curiously enlarged heart with internal fibrotic masses. A couple of telephone calls to Specialists were made.  at this point, the Tsing't became aware of the death and autopsy, which were performed without permission of the next of kin.  A lawyer associated with the Tsing't tribe, Martin Kildaaw, protested and demanded the return of the body for proper ceremonies by the tribe.  The body was returned to the people but the heart was returned for study by medical authorities.


Case 2: 1989
A tribesmen in Seattle was stabbed to death in a barroom brawl.  The local coroner was this time within the law as investigation of death by violence does not typically require permission of next of kin.

The medical examiners  were surprised that the man, apparently asymptomatic, showed similar heart defects as the previous individual, seen three years earlier.    They were less extensive, but clearly of the same kind.   Again, the body was returned but the organ kept for investigation.

The combination of these two events put the Tsing't in a strong bargaining position.  They have something the outside world wants (evidence of a rare genetic disease).  But the incidents also gave them reason to shun the medical community for disrespect of tribal traditions.  Outsiders took the tissue samples without permission, thus the bodies were ultimately, buried without being whole.

From this, the clinic at Hoodsport was constructed.  CDC researches believe that there may be many more cases of IFVS, but cannot prove it due to lack of access--due to a combination of tribal customs and bad blood from the 1986 & 1989 incidents.

Mona
 Werecat, 58 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 19:14
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Narrator:
Mona, Gordon:
Ask questions, and I'll answer...

Google gives the following:

Dr. Sebastian Strauss, Ph.D Candidate in Cultural Anthropology in Seattle University.  Already possesses a masters in psychology (UC Berkeley), PhD in Sociology (U.Wash).   His MA thesis was on the adaptive effects of Huntington's Disease in various mice trials.

Almost immediately after his MA thesis defense, he relocated to Seattle and began to work on a sociology project dealing with the Tsinq't people at the south end of Dabob Bay, inside  Potlatch State Park.  His Doctoral Dissertation was on the relations of displaced Haida (the T'sing't) with the Duwamish.   Both thesis and dissertation are publicly available for download via their respective university networks.

His current PH.D project is not available online, but he is continuing to work with the Tsing't.  His Dissertation advisor is the head of the Sociology department at Seattle U. Dr Erica Chapman.

Strauss was recently active in a number of medical forums, asking about a condition called "icthyosis" and "idiopathic ventricular fibrosis syndrome".

Icthyosis is a documented condition, but IVFS appears to have only ever manifested among the Tsing't.   There have been five reported cases of IVFS in the past forty years.

Two hearts were recovered from Tsing't cadavers.  One in 1986, the other in 1989.  The disease causes a new split in the heart muscle after birth. There are only a handful of reports--most of it excited speculation--about the possible therapies that could be derived from harnessing the condition to treat heart disease.  Unfortunately, the legal situation involving questionable ethics around the use of the cadavers versus traditional rites of the people caused a great social furor.

The Tsing't went to court against the CDC and as part of the settlement, the Hoodsport Hospital was created.  Most Tsing't register for all their medical needs there, and their records are exceedingly difficult to access.





Where else would you like to go with this?


While Gordon takes the "what", Mona will look into the "who". Searching for anyone connected to these incidents: doctors, lawyers, psychologists, therapists, and also the families of the victims. Taking that second part a bit further, what with knowing full well magic is a thing, she'll also look into Tsinq't funeral rites; she not only wants to know what they consist of, but what they mean to the people, and specifically what it means if someone isn't buried "whole."

Control:
So...  Mona contacts The usual suspects (Gordon, Marcus, The Marshall, Luke & Nicole, Willa)...   How does that go?


Phone calls first. She'll try to reach Luke and the Marshal at their business, and resort to personal cell phones if that doesn't work (and if she has them). Gordon's easy enough to reach because he was already there and doesn't need an update. :P Mona might try personally showing up to talk to Willa, because her business is a bit bigger than just two people. As for contacting Marcus, that's a good question.

Marcus, how do the people of the Seattle streets normally get hold of their King?
Luke
 Malvoran Virgin, 65 posts
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 01:17
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Let's say you get Luke at work. What would you let him know?
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 83 posts
 2 Fate Points
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 07:18
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Mona - Marcus tends to be fairly easy to find via word of mouth but he mostly stays at the abandoned barracks in Magnuson Park.
The Marshal
 Gunslinger of Oz, 66 posts
Thu 5 Oct 2017
at 00:20
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Quick check in, found a wifi hotspot.

Hurricane Maria was fun.

PR is still wholly generator power only island wide. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have spotty cell service... I'm Verizon. I have electricity via generator, and running water (non-pottable). Ports are open, but distribution is a nightmare. Lines for everything are insane (people camping overnight in line for gas/groceries). No idea when I'll have commercial power or reliable cell service... but I'll be back as soon as I'm able!
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 140 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Thu 5 Oct 2017
at 06:05
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Take care!
Mona
 Werecat, 59 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Thu 5 Oct 2017
at 06:21
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Luke:
Let's say you get Luke at work. What would you let him know?


She'd deliver the message itself: the people that fought those things in front of the house are now in some unspecified danger, and helping Dr. Sebastian Strauss might help us. She'll mention the messenger was a spirit borrowing power from a friend, though she would not bring up Lydia herself unless Gordon said to. (From her perspective, Lydia is not their concern.) If Luke could pass the message along to the Marshal, Mona would appreciate that.

Marcus:
Mona - Marcus tends to be fairly easy to find via word of mouth but he mostly stays at the abandoned barracks in Magnuson Park.


She'd prefer to deliver the message to him in person, and would go looking for him there. But it'll be pretty much the same thing she told Luke.

The Marshal:
Quick check in, found a wifi hotspot.

Hurricane Maria was fun.

PR is still wholly generator power only island wide. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have spotty cell service... I'm Verizon. I have electricity via generator, and running water (non-pottable). Ports are open, but distribution is a nightmare. Lines for everything are insane (people camping overnight in line for gas/groceries). No idea when I'll have commercial power or reliable cell service... but I'll be back as soon as I'm able!


Good to hear you're safe enough to let us know!
Control
 GM, 309 posts
Thu 5 Oct 2017
at 20:28
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Yeah, you and all the other folks in Puerto Rico have certainly been in my thoughts as I've been reading the news...

Thanks for touching base.  Glad to hear you're safe.
Control
 GM, 310 posts
Thu 5 Oct 2017
at 23:31
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quote:
While Gordon takes the "what", Mona will look into the "who". Searching for anyone connected to these incidents: doctors, lawyers, psychologists, therapists, and also the families of the victims.


The two IFVS cases are well documented but they are are thirty years old.  You can find the names of the doctors involved in both cases.  One is retired and living in Woodinville.  The CDC had lawyers involved and they can be contacted.  The Tsing't people were still represented by the lawyer, Martin Kildaaw, who lives among the Tsing't, but does maintain a presence in a shared office space in Belltown.

There were no psychologists or therapists involved with the IVFS cases.   The families of the two reported cases are Tsing't people.  The names of those involved with the first case are witheld due to privacy restrictions.  the second (the knife-fight guy) was Sean (Xhuuyaa) Adkins.

The Tsing't are of the Haida people, based primarily in Northern BC and Alaska.   There was a history in the 18th & early 19th centuries of the Haida launching raiding parties on the Suquamish, Duwamish and other tribes of the region.  The Tsing't "relocated" to their current location.  They forcefully integrated with a Duwamish settlement.  Their reputation and the manner in which they "took residence" in the Dabob inlet led them to be shunned by most of the surrounding peoples (whom they'd raided on a regular basis for centuries prior).


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Taking that second part a bit further, what with knowing full well magic is a thing, she'll also look into Tsinq't funeral rites; she not only wants to know what they consist of, but what they mean to the people, and specifically what it means if someone isn't buried "whole."


The Haida have three funeral traditions.  For the "common" man, traditional funeral rites were as simple as throwing the bodies into a communal pit and letting them rot.  Slaves were tossed into the sea. The Haida believed strongly in reincarnation, and sometimes before death an individual might choose the parents to whom he or she was to be reborn.

For those of high rank, after lying in state for a few days in the house, the body was buried in a lineage gravehouse where it remained either permanently or until it was placed in a mortuary pole. When the pole was erected, a potlatch was held both to honor the deceased and to recognize his successor.

There doesn't appear to be much in the Haida traditions that have any concern about "wholeness", but the Tsing't, as a subset of the Haida--and displaced--have obviously developed different beliefs and rituals.

While the religious beliefs and funerary customs aren't accessible online, the University of Seattle and Seattle U has a program that sees one or two graduate students spend several weeks with the Tsing't as part of the sociology and anthropology departments relations with the indigenous peoples of the area.  Strauss is one of them.  Other names can be found... it would require more digging or meeting with Strauss or Chapman, dean of Anthroplogy.

I know this is a lot of information-dump....
The Marshal
 Gunslinger of Oz, 67 posts
Tue 17 Oct 2017
at 20:29
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So last night I caved. Made a deal with the devil that is AT&T... and so I have a working cell phone now! I'll be working on rpol catch-ups tonight.

State of the island is largely unchanged. Some good articles out there that break it down by "by the numbers"... reportedly 9%-17% of the island has commercial power. That bounces with every fix, rainstorm, accidents, etc. Still on generators where I live and work. Running water, but it's not drinkable. Lines for gas/groceries are improved somewhat at least. Cell signal has been abysmal unless you're CLARO or AT&T... so, I finally bit the bullet and converted. Some 500 miles of road are cleared/fixed of the 5k plus miles on the island. Debris still everwhere. Good times.
Control
 GM, 313 posts
Tue 24 Oct 2017
at 22:36
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I'm running off to work right now.   But I wanted you all to know that I've wrapped up my obligations on the most recent shoot, and will be moving us forward shortly.  Most likely later on Wednesday.  Thank-you for your patience.

Silas: Wow.   Glad to see you around!
Mona
 Werecat, 61 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Tue 24 Oct 2017
at 22:43
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Good to hear things are improving.

Personally, I'm just a little dizzy from the information dump. It's a lot of info, and I think everything we need, but I'm not sure for what. Unfortunately I'm not as skilled at putting together puzzle pieces as my characters. Should we go and talk to Dr. Strauss directly?
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 141 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Wed 25 Oct 2017
at 06:07
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Seems like the best course.... but I am not as smart as Gordon.
Control
 GM, 314 posts
Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 05:21
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Well, I'd like you to go talk to Strauss.   :)

As a PHD candidate, he has an office on campus, teaches two courses, has an apartment only a few blocks from campus.  You are able to find this information on-line easily enough. So, assume you have all his contact info and enough of his schedule to know where he'll be four or five times a week... (Office & teaching schedule).

If you want to meet with him some other time, some other place, we can set it up.  Where do you wanna go see him?

And yeah, sorry. I know I said Wednesday.   I picked up another shift, then slept for, like 18-hours.  Now my sleep schedule is all messed up. I just got up at 10PM.  This is so going to screw up my week.  Unless I do a long long day tomorrow...
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 142 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 20:56
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His office hours would be best.  Put him at ease.
Control
 GM, 317 posts
Tue 7 Nov 2017
at 12:07
Where to, Gordon?
Gordon,...

I have two minds of what to do with you next...   Which interests you more?

Going with Luke & Mona to see Sebastian Strauss, or a visit with a potential enemy/ally/foil?

There will be conflict either way.
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 143 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 06:14
Where to, Gordon?
You had me at potential enemy/ally/foil. :)

That will work.
Control
 GM, 320 posts
Fri 17 Nov 2017
at 11:55
Picking it up...
All right...  I'm planning to try to update more often.  You've each got an NPC to play with and I've got a direction in mind for it all now...  Can't have a conversation if it doesn't flow fast enough, right?  So, I'll try...
Control
 GM, 321 posts
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 12:58
Picking it up...
Going to bed now.  Planning to post forward when I get up, or when I get back from work... it all depends how late I sleep in.

However... I wanted to share this:

Dresden Files RPG?
I notice, for those who might be interested, that there's a new GM trying their hand at a Dresden Files RPG (DFRPG, not DFA).   Might be worth checking out!  ( link to another game )
Gordon
 Player, 147 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 20:16
Picking it up...
For you post-apocalyptic lovers of Charles M. Shultz....
https://www.ranker.com/list/a-...Fwww.facebook.com%2F

Also, posting may be sporadic due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Happy turkey day!
Marcus
 Player, 88 posts
 2 Fate Points
Thu 23 Nov 2017
at 21:59
Picking it up...
Ah Schultz. Miserable sod.

Happy Thanksgiving stuff to the American folk.
Control
 GM, 322 posts
Fri 24 Nov 2017
at 12:11
Picking it up...
That looks awesome!   I'm so going to put that ony my wish-list somewhere...
Control
 GM, 326 posts
Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 10:15
Picking it up...
Okay...  Doctor's appointment and job interview tomorrow.   Will post forward in the afternoon.
Gordon
 Player, 150 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 18:32
Picking it up...
Good luck on both.
Control
 GM, 327 posts
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 17:37
Picking it up...
Okay folks...

Week of mediocrity is over.   I'm going to try again to up my posting frequency.

I need something to bring the active PCs together.   Perhaps another event...  We need a more narrow focus to give us (well, me) some drive and direction.

Any suggestions?

With the Marshall still out of commission, I'd at least like to get Gordon and Marcus on the same thread...  So, I'm going to fast-track things a little on their threads.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:38, Wed 06 Dec 2017.