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Center City - The Harmon Building.

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SSOGM
GM, 698 posts
Some Sort Of
Game Master
Wed 29 Jun 2022
at 02:30
  • msg #1

Center City - The Harmon Building

The Harmon Building was created for The Harmon Insurance Company during the Roaring Twenties. It is said Jeremiah Harmon had such a fear that the building would collapse and make the company look bad that he spared no expense in creating his "fifteen stories to last a millenia". The fact that The Harmon Insurance Company crashed with the rest of the country just a dozen years later makes the building no less impressive. But the truly amazing thing about the building is the additions. By the time Carter Manning bought it the building had grown to thirty stories. Always the one to maintain both tradition and progress, Carter Manning revitalized the structure. Using innovative techniques to strengthen the lowest portions of the building and replacing some bad decisions, it was determined to be strong enough to extend higher. Ten stories later, the top was capped off by Crusader Citadel. The top four floors were the most modern and technologically advanced in the city.
The structure has become iconic, and a symbol for Center City. It was only natural that Holly Cook's bungie jump occurred from the Harmon. The platform, extending over the intersection of Center and Lake Street, looks as ominous as such a stunt sounds. But it's still not known what really happened to Holly Cook.


This message was last edited by the GM at 14:40, Sat 02 July 2022.
JUSTICAR
player, 845 posts
Teen Exo-Pilot MA15/PB14
HP39, SDC76 J:4-700 AR17
Wed 29 Jun 2022
at 12:05
  • msg #2

Center City - The Harmon Building

Justicar stood on the North West corner of the Center Street and Lake Street intersection directly diagonal from the corner of the North West corner of the Harmon Building ~ The Crusader's HQ.  He monitored his sensors and his Quantum Pulse Particle Sensor's readings while communicating with the Center City Police Department officers to maintain the security cordon redirecting all traffic and civilian pedestrians away from the entire area.  The northern shops closed, the South Hotel  evacuated, and the western food market closed for public safety making the area at the center of Center City almost a ghost town... however there was no stopping the mass of spectators gathering at the cordon at the heart of the city to watch the three Sentinel's ~ Justicar, Winter Herald and Crusader monitoring the empty street intersection where the promotional Jump by Caveat Allure's star model Holly Cook bungee jumped some 24 hours ago and inexplicably vanished in mysterious a flash of blue radiance.

Hikari insisted in patient monitoring of his sensors as Winter voiced his annoyance at the seeming uneventful waiting...

But Justicar waited certain the public safety was at risk if the Sentinels did not monitor the situation thoroughly... despite the current quiet... as Justicar expected, before the storm...
Bellissima
player, 365 posts
ISP 134/156
HP::23/23
Thu 30 Jun 2022
at 21:01
  • msg #3

Center City - The Harmon Building

Bellissima was in a bit of shock that she was facing a T-Rex in real life.  Itt took her a couple of seconds to realize she should inform Justicar that he was right about his concern and warn the others as she activated the hands free radio and got on the encrypted LESP channel,   She announced to all Sentinels. Hopefully this warning would be useful for Justicar  and his team at the disappearance site.
This message was last edited by the player at 21:40, Thu 30 June 2022.
Crusader
player, 244 posts
AR 17 SDC 280 (Armor)
Mirrored Face Shield
Fri 1 Jul 2022
at 21:12
  • msg #4

Center City - The Harmon Building

Crusader asked quizzically, "Four eyes? I assume that isn't normal."
Winter Herald
player, 253 posts
AR 15, SDC 583/600
Winter is coming.
Fri 1 Jul 2022
at 23:40
  • msg #5

Center City - The Harmon Building

"That does not match the believed structure of most dinosaurs, no." Winter Herald got on the radio, holding his finger to his temple as he did so.
JUSTICAR
player, 848 posts
Teen Exo-Pilot MA15/PB14
HP39, SDC76 J:4-700 AR17
Sat 2 Jul 2022
at 05:15
  • msg #6

Center City - The Harmon Building

Justicar did not react from his monitoring but did comment, "...no, not in THIS Dimension!  T-Rex had, as far as fossil record shows ~ at least, only two eyes.  Clearly, at least one of the Dimensional Thresholds is still Quantum entangled to open periodically.  We must wait to see if this Threshold is also still active."

He pauses, "Karl, what is Justicar-PALADIN's assembly progress status? I... may have need of... Larger Support."

+Justicar-PALADIN is currently at 67% completion.+

"Specify ~ Remaining systems still off-line?"

+Currently, weapon targeting systems in calibration-phase, no Weapons or ordinance installed.+

Justicar nodded, "Understood. Prep for deployment anyways... I still may have need of it."

+That is ... Ill-advized Son, but preparation in-progress.+
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Crusader
player, 245 posts
AR 17 SDC 280 (Armor)
Mirrored Face Shield
Sat 2 Jul 2022
at 15:43
  • msg #7

Center City - The Harmon Building

Crusader put her hand on her faceplate and made a grunt like someone getting a headache. "Have neither of you ever come across the concept of a rhetorical question?" Which was in anf of itself, rhetorical.
Winter Herald
player, 254 posts
AR 15, SDC 583/600
Winter is coming.
Sun 3 Jul 2022
at 16:47
  • msg #8

Center City - The Harmon Building

"I have certainly conceived the idea of a rhetorical question, and I would presume others have as well." Winter Herald's tone made it impossible to tell whether he was being serious or not. "I do, however, know that these portals are not reopening to our planet, or if they are, it isn't our time and every paleontologist is about to rewrite their understanding of dinosaurs again."

"But this is curious. Why is the one in New York reopening and this one is not? Is it because we are attempting to open it, rather like how the equipment needed to observe subatomic matter causes that matter to behave differently than if we were not observing it?" He would find that a strange stroke of luck if the efforts they had been engaging in to open the gate on this side were insuring it did not do so, but it also meant that the bank might have a solution to their problem.
JUSTICAR
player, 849 posts
Teen Exo-Pilot MA15/PB14
HP39, SDC76 J:4-700 AR17
Wed 6 Jul 2022
at 06:32
  • msg #9

Center City - The Harmon Building

Justicar was alerted to a new LESP Email from the Phoenix Foundation postulating the data of the Dimensional occurrences and extrapolating a possible timed correspondence.

Turning to Crusader and Winter Herald, "It seems likely if the dimension thresholds in both locations were created by the same device or effect they will have similar periodic events.  I tried to prematurely trigger the event and that is proved ineffectual.  The likely next time this Dimension threshold will open is tomorrow at 11:39 AM ... we can return to base until then and make further preparations."

Justicar will inform the CCPD of the situation and will coordinate with them to maintain the cordon until to morrow when they will return to again monitor the potential threat to Center City safety.
Winter Herald
player, 255 posts
AR 15, SDC 583/600
Winter is coming.
Thu 7 Jul 2022
at 04:02
  • msg #10

Center City - The Harmon Building

"This is useful information. Finally." Winter Herald noted how much time he had to prepare. "Crusader, how goes the hunt? I believe there is a high probability that FORCE would be a customer of a slaving ring, and would seek individuals capable of replacing the specialized personnel he lost."
Bellissima
player, 374 posts
ISP 54/156
HP::23/23
Thu 7 Jul 2022
at 04:35
  • msg #11

Center City - The Harmon Building

Bellissima text to everyone:
JUSTICAR
player, 850 posts
Teen Exo-Pilot MA15/PB14
HP39, SDC76 J:4-700 AR17
Thu 7 Jul 2022
at 06:26
  • msg #12

Center City - The Harmon Building

Justicar replies across the LESP Secure channel...
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Crusader
player, 246 posts
AR 17 SDC 280 (Armor)
Mirrored Face Shield
Thu 7 Jul 2022
at 18:35
  • msg #13

Center City - The Harmon Building

In reply to Winter Herald (msg # 10):

Crusader was downtrodden. "Not good. Everything I've found is just dead ends. The closest I came was the Dogs of War bar, but all that lead too was a phone tap."
JUSTICAR
player, 852 posts
Teen Exo-Pilot MA15/PB14
HP39, SDC76 J:4-700 AR17
Sat 9 Jul 2022
at 07:06
  • msg #14

Center City - The Harmon Building

Justicar addresses Crusader and Winter Herald, "Nothing more can be done, for today, here ~ at least I'm returning to my Sea Sentinel to do some data-analysis on the readings I got from today and to continue work on preparations for tomorrow.  I also, have some... construction and Business to deal with for future projects.  If you need me... I'll be listening to the LESP channel.  When the organic samples from the New York Team arrive... please inform me.. I'll stop whatever I'm doing to get on analyzing those samples immediately."

Unless the two stop him he fires up his thrusters and Rockets away towards the Center City Docks... the Young Genius never stops moving...
Winter Herald
player, 257 posts
AR 15, SDC 583/600
Winter is coming.
Wed 13 Jul 2022
at 05:05
  • msg #15

Center City - The Harmon Building

"That is acceptable. I intend to pursue primary target and improve my own efficiency when possible." Winter Herald waved Justicar off, before continuing, putting a finger on the lowest part of the helmet and holding it like a button. "These Dogs of War - what can you tell me about them? They sound like a mercenary company."
This message was last edited by the player at 05:06, Wed 13 July 2022.
Crusader
player, 247 posts
AR 17 SDC 280 (Armor)
Mirrored Face Shield
Wed 13 Jul 2022
at 14:56
  • msg #16

Center City - The Harmon Building

Crusader answered, "A biker gang, into a lot of bad stuff, worse among them is human trafficking like Sexual slavery."
Winter Herald
player, 261 posts
AR 15, SDC 583/600
Winter is coming.
Tue 19 Jul 2022
at 16:40
  • msg #17

Center City - The Harmon Building

"This alters my usual questions, but not by much. Highest priority is always to figure out where the target is located, and given their nature, they likely have several bases along what is likely a preferred circuit. Their weapon loadout is likely to be limited to whatever they can carry on their vehicles, but the potential for superpowers or hired muscle changes the math of our odds. They're mobile, but the need to receive and transport unwilling human cargo changes their means of transportation. They cannot transport that on a motorcycle. They'd need at least a passenger car, and they would need access to routes that can accommodate their living cargo and themselves."

Winter Herald considered further. "Then there are the matters of both their suppliers and their buyers. Ultimately, these Dogs of War are the middlemen in a horrible system. They are neither the top nor the bottom. Their use is telling us how it is structured. We will want them alive, if possible, and I can record information. Evidence will not be a concern, and combined with our generous legal permissions, we can even enhance the reputation of the Crusaders while doing so, if events go well."

"In short, how do we wish to start to dismantle them? Supply side or consumer side? You possess more information about them than I do, and for now, I am trusting your judgement for how to best take them apart."
Crusader
player, 249 posts
AR 17 SDC 280 (Armor)
Mirrored Face Shield
Wed 20 Jul 2022
at 16:32
  • msg #18

Center City - The Harmon Building

Crusader is a little shocked, "You want to help?" She thought for many long moments. "I am sorry I cannot trust you yet to bring you to my home. We can meet at LESPA offices. Give me a few hours to get everything together, your insite might be...useful. Understand that my intelligence is incomplete, I have done this on my own."
Winter Herald
player, 263 posts
AR 15, SDC 583/600
Winter is coming.
Wed 20 Jul 2022
at 17:41
  • msg #19

Center City - The Harmon Building

"Understandable. Intelligence is difficult work, even for me. I'll be at the LESP offices. We will do what we can within the next twenty-two hours. After that, I will need to return here and prepare. It may be some time after that before we have continued contact. Miss Cook and I may have some challenges leaving the environment she is in, so I am hoping I manage to inspire some leads before I go through."

Winter Herald considered what he wanted to do for the next few hours. "I'll be practicing with firearms when you arrive. I need to brush up on ballistics."
SSOGM
GM, 716 posts
Some Sort Of
Game Master
Fri 29 Jul 2022
at 11:32
  • msg #20

Center City - The Harmon Building

Little is known of the disappearance of Holly Cook, save the exact time and location of the event. The location was ground level at the intersection of Center and Lake street. The time was almost twenty-four hours ago. There are several pebbles with a slightly flattened side that lay, unobserved, along the street. These match some odd blemishes on some of the signage, that appears to have been overly polished.


The Maharaja
player, 131 posts
Fri 29 Jul 2022
at 15:09
  • msg #21

Center City - The Harmon Building

In reply to Chimp Man Z (msg # 77):


Bellissima
player, 398 posts
ISP 82/156
HP::23/23
Sun 31 Jul 2022
at 02:29
  • msg #22

Center City - The Harmon Building

Bellissima got dropped off by a patrol car after having filled out a report of her activities in New York for the LESP offices.  She really wished she could figure out how to fly, that would be very cool and make it much easier to get around the city quickly.  She saw Maharaja was the first one to arrive.

With a wave of her head, she walked up to the big man, "Hello Maharaja, looks like we are the first ones here.  I wonder what will come out of the portal this time and whether we are going to be able to save Holly."  She greeted the big man as she went for a fist bump with him.  "Although I am still not fully recovered from yesterday, so you are going to have to do the heavy lifting today," she rolled her eyes playfully as she looked around the area to get familiar with the area and what is where.
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