03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
 NPC Redhead, 11 posts
Mon 2 Apr 2018
at 12:31
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
I am so sorry to have kept you hanging.    No great crisis this time.  Time got away from me.

"She misplaced a piece of jewelry that I desired."  Annabelle said.  "A coronet--like a crown, but with subtle distinctions.  It's a trinket.  A very pretty trinket, but it's value lies more in who else wants it..."

"Rhegrette can take whatever form she needs for this. " Annabelle said. "But before me, she will always remain the bitch, until she has exonerated herself.  This was her offering."

Ah, I just figured out what the missing item is and how to tie it in to the other storylines...    Do you wanna know or would you prefer it kept secret?

 Player, 32 posts
Mon 9 Apr 2018
at 08:02
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)

James gave Annabelle an arch look. "Is this someone else likely to come looking for it?" he asked, reassessing Rhegrette. A shapeshifter. Handy. "Regardless, I'm in. You know I'm in, I'm always in."
 NPC Redhead, 12 posts
Mon 9 Apr 2018
at 08:59
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
"Not unless Rhegrette is very foolish. " Annabelle arched an eyebrow. Her grip on the leash twisted, raising Rhegrette's head slightly.  Rhegrette whined.

"Of course, this could be a test.  For her, or for you.  Perhaps I just want to see if you two can work together.   It's a simple task. She assures me that it will be easier with someone like you along.   And do be discrete.  The less who know about this, the better."

Annabelle extended her hand, offering James the leash.

Rhegrette stood on all fours, took two steps forward, btu remained still after that.
 Player, 33 posts
Mon 9 Apr 2018
at 11:25
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
James took the leash, winding it once around his hand on reflex, habits borne of being a somewhat gawky preteen with a rather dopey and enthusiastic Golden Labrador to walk.

"Someone like me...do you mean me or the 'other guy' perhaps?" he asked, giving Rhegrette a bit of slack.

"James smaaaash!" giggled the voice in his head.
 NPC Redhead, 13 posts
Mon 9 Apr 2018
at 22:51
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
"Or maybe it's just a test to see if you can do finesse instead of force?" Annabelle said.  She smiled and there was the hint of the gangly, gawkish girl she'd usually been.  "If you've only got a hammer, is even a window a nail?  Can you tell a hawk from a handsaw in the dark of night?"

* bonus appreciation if you get the reference...
 Player, 34 posts
Sat 14 Apr 2018
at 06:48
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
He chuckled and gave Rhegrette an absent pat. A dog was a dog, after all, and some human instincts are harder to suppress than others.

"I've lived this long without making too much trouble, haven't I? I'm sure I can manage. Care to point the way, Rhegrette?" He gave the changeling creature a look. "Please appreciate how hard I'm resisting the urge to say 'Walkies?!' right now," he added with a smile.

He then resisted making a joke about breaking the ice, though only Annabelle would get that one.

[OOC: Sadly no!]
 NPC, 52 posts
Sun 15 Apr 2018
at 12:48
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
But by the time he looked up, Annabelle was gone...

She did that sometimes.  It was both unnerving and at once compelling.  It gave her that mysterious air that had given him the impetus to talk to her that first time.  Before she really let him have it...

Tonight, though, she'd been something different altogether.  James had figured out that she was much more than she'd seemed ages ago.   But this...  This was levels of difference.  He'd clued in that there was a whole different world out there.  He'd had it made clear to him what his discovery could mean to him and his family.

James was smart, in his own way, and he figured that Annabelle had had connections with everything that had happened before the move to Seattle.  And he hadn't asked too many questions, because it was kind of nice to have someone who seemed around his age, and around his level of understanding....

Tonight, though.  That was different.

And when he turned around, clutching the leash, Rhegrette was also gone.

Or rather, the dog was gone.

The woman who sat, cross-legged, in the bitche's place was pale-skinned and dark-haired, with luminous eyes that were black in the moonlight.  She looked like she was in her late teens, but James knew that looks were often deceiving.

She was dressed in simple black clothes.  Black jeans and a tank-top, black leather boots and a long, twisting braided cord entwined all up and down her left arm, knotted all over.
 NPC, 1 post
Sun 15 Apr 2018
at 12:56
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)

Rhegrette sighed with obvious relief.  She stretched and groaned a little as she did, her body making all sorts of interesting cracking and popping sounds."Well, that was uncomfortable." she said after a moment.

She pulled on the leash, still attached to the dog-collar around her neck.  "Well, The sooner we get this done, the sooner I can avoid being forced into that form again.   It's not unpleasant, but the world just looks really different.   Do you drive?"  She asked, suddenly.
 Player, 40 posts
Wed 18 Apr 2018
at 08:06
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
James abruptly realised that he was standing in a car park in the middle of the night with a mildly Gothic looking young woman on a pet leash at his feet. While this was certainly somewhere in his Roledex of Male Fantasies (the damnable internal voice was radiating a sense of pleased satisfaction, damn it) it certainly didn't fit the definition of finesse, or discreet.

He coughed politely and offered the young woman a hand up. "Ah, yeah, I do. Though I'd like to change into something other than 'what I grabbed off the floor when Annabelle called me' so I don't stand out like a sore thumb," he added, jerking his chin towards the apartment block.

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 NPC, 2 posts
Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 04:24
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
"At this time of night, there should only be a night-watchman.  The circlet is in an impound lot on Mercer's Island.  It won't be open this late, so, we've got time." Rhegrette's words were absolutely neutral, carefully offered with no apparent emotion.  "I'll wait here, if you don't mind."

It didn't take long for James to get his act together.

What does he gather, what does he drive?

And... I had difficulties last week (but of a good kind).   I'm hoping to ramp this up this week... to bring you into sync with the others and perhaps get you in on their thread, too.  I'd really like to sync you up with the other players.

 Player, 41 posts
Sun 29 Apr 2018
at 02:29
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
James gave Rhegrette a sideways look, then knelt to put the leash on the asphalt and walk/jogged back to the apartment building. He traded the shoes for some practical boots, and grabbed a khaki trucker's jacket with fleecy lining on his way back out.

He crossed the parking lot to find Rhegrette true to her word, waiting where he left her. He looked around, nervous, for any bystander or observer.

OOC: I'm not sure what he'd drive. What's the city like? Is it big truck country or little city bubble car town? Would a motorbike be more likely?
 GM, 370 posts
Sun 29 Apr 2018
at 22:02
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
This is Seattle.  It's not as crowded as, say, New York City.  So, vehicles are a lot more prevalent among residents.   I'm okay with whatever vehicle you choose, but consider his economic status, and what he uses the vehicle for.   Big truck for going out into the mountains.... small car for commuting in-town, going back and forth to school.  Of course, the car brings a whole host of financial penalties (gas, parking, maintenance), so what would <I>he</I pick?

A motorbike is certainly a possibility.   In Seattle, there are two seasons:  Rain and Construction.  On the tail-end of a rainforest, with a proximity to the mountains, Seattle does get a lot of rainfall, more so in the Winter and Spring.   Winters do get snow, but typically less than the rest of the country.  So... a motorbike probably wouldn't be an all-year round proposition.  That being said, there are a lot of bikers in Seattle
 Player, 42 posts
Mon 7 May 2018
at 08:28
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
James walked back over to Rhegrette and jangled his keys. "I assume you'll direct me? Also, I was meaning to ask...did Annabelle want me along on this ride because I can do 'normal human' or for my...other abilities? Because that'll change how I approach all this. Whatever this is," he said.
 NPC, 55 posts
Fri 11 May 2018
at 13:21
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
"I don't think she much cares how things get done."  Rhegrette said.  "Only that it does.   An impound lot is a very uncomfortable place.  Cars aren't particularly pleasant either, but they are bearable with preparation."

She was clearly talking about cold iron without necessarily saying it.   It would be insulting to bring that particular allergy out in open conversation.

I'm going to assume that there's no other preparation...

Seattle was quieter than expected at three in the morning.  While the city wasn't exactly asleep, it's rhythms were still completely different from Alaska, that James didn't know what was normal and what wasn't.  H didn't have that spider-sense yet.

Rhegrette had James pull off of the East Channel way onto East mercer Way than a hard right onto SE 36th.  They passed a public school of some sort, it's sports-courts empty, but for a couple of white panel vans passed a four-storey red and glass building with a For Lease sign out front, and a large low silver building that was some sort of low-density commercial area.

Once they passed the Mercer Island City Hall & Police station, Rhegrette indicated that he should turn off.  The Impound Lot they were going to break into was right across the street from the Mercer Island Police station!

As it turned out, it was an indoor and outdoor garage.  It couldn't have held more than a twenty vehicles inside, but there were fifty vehicles or so on the outer lot.  Presumably, these were vehicles that were pulled for traffic violations or other misdemeanors and were not involved in any active investigations...  The inside cars, though...  They'd be another story.

On Google Maps, I'm placing it where the "Bright Horizons" daycare is:

Now, let's call some of the Aspects:

Care to add a couple?  I don't mind if it works to your advantage, so long as it makes scene to the scene.  (And, actually, this is something new I'm trying out...)

This message was last edited by the player at 13:21, Fri 11 May 2018.

 Player, 44 posts
Mon 14 May 2018
at 08:54
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
[OOC: I'm okay with those aspects for now. I can always Declare if I think of anything else! Unrelated, holy CRAP Google Maps is something else in the US. You don't get this kind of...definition...in Australia]

James smiled at the impound as his car came to a gravelly halt. He drove a midnight blue Nissan Skyline that his mother bought for him as a graduation present, from a sell-off at an impound much like this one. Some late night hotrodder, high on something, challenged a marked police car to a green light drag. He won, and when he got out of his car to gloat he was promptly arrested.

He turned to Rhegrette, her pale monochrome face eerie in the orange light of the streetlamps. "So, what are we after exactly? A circlet, you said."
 NPC, 59 posts
Fri 18 May 2018
at 10:46
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
He turned to Rhegrette, her pale monochrome face eerie in the orange light of the streetlamps. "So, what are we after exactly? A circlet, you said."

Rhegrette smiled, but it was tight and predatory.  "When Troy was pulled over, he said we were driving a 1961 Volvo 544.  He called it a classic car.  It's red.  like my lips.  Unique, I think.  No electronics.  That was apparently important."

"The circlet is made of ancient metals.  Iron." She said, as if it explained her distaste.  "covered in gold." She held her hands out, less than a foot apart.  "There are several rectangles with jewels inset, linked together.  All of them inscribed with ancient writing, Ogham and scripts older than men."

 Player, 46 posts
Fri 18 May 2018
at 11:22
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
James, without taking his eyes from Rhegrette, a calculating expression on his face, pulled his phone from his pocket. The white light from the screen changed the  light to something cold on his face as he searched up an image of the model. He whistled.

"I know it's not polite to ask a lady's age. Pretty unique...shouldn't be too hard to find. Showtime, I guess."

James closed his eyes and reached inside for the power within. Like plunging his lungs into frozen water, he felt himself inhale that primal force. Or maybe it was the other way around.

[OOC, Rules Clarification: I want to do two things at +5 by calling on my Winter power. The first is a part evocation part glamour to conceal my facial features. The second is jump the fence. Are both these, by your ruling, in keeping with the desires and wishes of my inner power? Also, on non-critical rolls, do you permit 'taking zero'?]

This message was last edited by the player at 11:28, Fri 18 May 2018.

 NPC, 61 posts
Fri 18 May 2018
at 12:07
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
Rhegrette smirked.  "Age is a relative thing.  I am older than the vehicle but younger than the circlet."

OOC, Rules Clarification: I want to do two things at +5 by calling on my Winter power. The first is a part evocation part glamour to conceal my facial features. The second is jump the fence. Are both these, by your ruling, in keeping with the desires and wishes of my inner power?

You may assume that James is acting in concert with the Winter Agenda until such a time as he acts against the Agenda.  You don't actually get to know that before-hand, unless you want James to research it...

No need to roll on the jumping the fence.  He succeeds.

Please roll for the Glamour.  There is no target threshold.  The results will become the target threshold that others will have to Overcome to try to pierce the Glamour, should they have motivation to do so.  You have all the time you need at the moment.

 Player, 48 posts
Fri 18 May 2018
at 13:00
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
In reply to Narrator (msg # 25):

[OOC: It's a little more involved than that. DFA page 146, emphasis mine:
"This condition may also be utilized to create an approach (Summer or Winter, respectively) with a bonus equal to the number of unmarked boxes, usable on any action using the approach. The GM, however, will exacerbate your self-described actions according to the character of the mantle: Winter as cold, predatory, and domineering or Summer as passionate, emotional, and carefree.
If the impact of allowing the mantle to control your action is sufficiently complicating, the GM may also treat it as a compel and award you a fate point."
I worked the 'character of the mantle' bit into the description of the glamour below. Hope you approve.]

Also, I have a character sheet now whoo

The first time he'd played superhero he'd worn a mask, only to discover that they never tell you how badly masks ruin your peripheral vision in the comics. So the next time, he'd tried to make a mask out of magic. He'd been aiming for something elegant, out of clear glacial ice, to obscure his features. What he got was as if Princess Elsa had done his Halloween costume in a hurry, and in a temper.

Frostrime crackled across his face, razor edged wafers of blue-white ice edging his jawline, his eyebrows, his cheekbones. His eyes shifted from a pedestrian brown to a wolfish crystalline pale blue. Frost spread across his hands, his fingernails sporting tiny shimmering talons of ice, like murderous diamonds. His hair seemed dusted with a net of fine snow.

The first time he'd done this he'd screamed and jumped into a hot shower, tried to steam it off. Amazing what you can get used to.

His disguise complete, he stepped from the car, cracking his neck and rolling his shoulders before dropping into a sprinters' crouch. He reached for the power again, felt for the sensation of the hunt, of powerful legs pushing through snow, the faint scent of prey on the wind, and leapt for the top of the razorwire fence.

22:59, Today: James rolled -1 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of 0, 1, -1, -1.  Glamour (Winter +5).

This message was last edited by the player at 13:00, Fri 18 May 2018.

 NPC, 62 posts
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 14:25
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
So you're using Winter as an Approach, rather than Guile under the guise of Unseelie Magic.    Okay.  We'll discuss that further in the OOC thread.  But I'm clear on it now.

James rolled -1 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of 0, 1, -1, -1.  Glamour (Winter +5).
Therefore: James rolled 4dF(-1) + Winter(+5) for a Great(+4) result for the Glamour.
 James is Faster, Stronger, Tougher than most people.  He can jump the fence.  For sake of cinematic coolness, I'll give it to you for free.

The disguise in place, James leapt the fence easily, landing with a muffled thud that was easily absorbed.  From his vantage point inside the compound, James could see the layout.  There were no vintage cars on the outer lot--nothing older than the eighties.  Certainly nothing from the thirties.

James could guess that a car with that pedigree might warrant extra care against claims of police mishandling.  He couldn't imagine it was easy to get replacement parts.James was able to move through the lot unfettered.  As he approached the building proper, he noted that there were two blackened plastic domes on the underside of the gutter-edge around the second-floor.


There were two vehicle doors and a single pedestrian door.  Set up like a garage, there were two vehicle-doors with a metal sheet pulled down, the Mercer Island Division logo emblazoned on both.

To the left-side a single pedestrian door with a sign on it  ("Remember to Wash Your hands!").

The closer he got, the more James could hear music coming from within.

In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor, boo-hoo-hoo
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you, tell the truth

So... how d'you wanna approach this?

 Player, 52 posts
Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 09:04
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
In reply to Narrator (msg # 27):

James scowled at the cameras. He could feel the icy power inside him urging him to ignore them, to rush in and take what was rightfully his.

Under normal circumstances, the power within was an arrogant, self-indulgent lecher. In situations like this, it became something different. Gone was the swagger and arrogance, replaced by something primal, animalistic, communicating entirely in predatory urges.

James wasn't sure which he preferred.

Casting another glance at the cameras, he moved around through the cars to find a place away from the building, where he could make a dash for the door, hopefully skirting the edge of the cameras. Breaking and entering wasn't exactly his specially, but he'd played enough Metal Gear Solid to figure this simple plan might work.

Speaking of plans...

He glanced in the window of the car he was next to, looking for the blinking red light of a car alarm, and balled his fist to smash the window.
 GM, 395 posts
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 01:02
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
I suggest a Force roll to break the window vs a Mediocre(+0) target.  Only because I can see some amusing consequences should you fail.  Breaking the window really isn't that difficult.  Of course, again, you can use the Winter Approach should you wish to do so...
 Player, 53 posts
Sat 9 Jun 2018
at 10:49
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
[OOC: I feel like using Winter would be cheating a little. =P And I see a secret roll has already been made...?]

This message was last edited by the player at 23:09, Sat 09 June 2018.

 GM, 399 posts
Sat 9 Jun 2018
at 20:22
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
It's a secret roll simply because I sometimes want a nudge in one direction of the other... If you chose not to roll (which is an option), then I'd have my nudge.  However, you don't have to take it.

Breaking a window is easy.  The question, to me, is whether anything else happens because of it... Does James take stress for it?  a lacerated hand might cause some inconvenience.

 Player, 54 posts
Sat 9 Jun 2018
at 23:09
Re: 03.02: Inside Out and Outside In (James)
[OOC: I can take the secret roll. =)]