Day Zero: Clara Zykova.   Posted by The Blight.Group: 0
The Blight
 GM, 16 posts
 I am nothingness.
Tue 8 Oct 2019
at 00:23
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Keep in mind this will be a joint effort between both of us to develop your back story so if there is something you want to change, feel free to mold it to what you want. The point of the Zero day story is to work on your back story and also go through some of the settings.

Clara walked the streets of Amsterdam while trying to make her way towards a meetings that she had set with one of her old co-workers. As you are walking down a cobble stone street while you are passing all manner of people.

Off to the side of your vision you notice a man resting his shoulder against a dark alley wall. The sun from the day sky illuminates very little of the man making it hard to see but yet you still have the feeling he is watching you.
Clara Zykova
 player, 8 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Tue 8 Oct 2019
at 19:08
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Amsterdam was such a mixed bag. On one hand, beautiful architecture, liberal attitudes and easy access to anything you might want. On the other, the omnipresent smell of weed, rains, and sketchy folk. Like the sketchy person that Clara was certain was spying on her.

Wishing Holland didn't have such strict weapon laws, and that she was any good at fighting, Clara pulled her scarf higher up the face and watched the watchman out of the corner of her eye. She's always been good at empathy, and getting a good read on the guy would determine further course of action.
The Blight
 GM, 18 posts
 I am nothingness.
Wed 9 Oct 2019
at 01:04
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Watching him the man doesn't seem to make very much movement. He just stares at you while you continue walking to your appointment. As you go out of sight of the man, you notice that he does not appear to follow you and so continue on your appoint with the co-worker.

As you travel the cobble stone streets you make your way to a small outside cafe which your co-worker is outside waiting for you. She waves as you get closer to her and you both met with a traditional hug and greeting.

It doesn't take you two long to look past your friend and notice that the same man you saw earlier has now appeared behind your friend. He takes a seat and begins making small talk with the waiter.

What is this co-workers name?
Clara Zykova
 player, 10 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Wed 9 Oct 2019
at 08:58
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Clara waves to Fay, her buddy from the student times. A nice Dutch gal with impecable makeup skills and impressive drinking ability.

Getting somewhat unnerved by her apparent stalker, Clara does her best to keep a neutral face as she sits down and orders coffee and cheesecake. She then leans over to Fay and whispers: "Hey, look discretely behind you. Guy in the blue overcoat. Does he look shady to you? I feel like he's been following me, but maybe I'm just paranoid."
The Blight
 GM, 20 posts
 I am nothingness.
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 00:35
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Fay looks briefly confused before catching a glance at the man before quickly turning around. In the chair you both notice that the man seems heavily covered from head to toe. Sunglasses hide his eyes, gloves hide his hands and something about him is off.

Fay gives a giggle and laughs at you, "You flirt! Everywhere you go men are always noticing you. What makes you think this guy is any different?"

Fay gives you a submissive wink and before looking over what the cafe offers and almost instantly forgetting about the man. While you continue to watch him you notice that he makes no real moves to get up, nor talk to anyone. People come to the table but his fixation appears to be on a piece of paper in-front of him.
Clara Zykova
 player, 11 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 11:35
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Clara rolls her eyes at Fay. Of course Fay wouldn't think it's weird for strange men to shadow you. If he was indeed shadowing her. And what was with the Invisible Man getup? "The kind of men worth talking to aren't the ones that creepily follow you around."

"Ah, screw it. Who dares - wins. Right? At least this is a public place."

Psyching herself up Clara got up and walked over to the stranger, curiosity driving her to take a look at his paper as she approached. "Hey man. Sorry to interupt, but I feel like you've been following me for a while. Do you want something?" "Polite, but firm."

This message was last edited by the player at 11:35, Thu 10 Oct 2019.

The Blight
 GM, 22 posts
 I am nothingness.
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 14:35
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Fay watches as you get up and walk over. She giggles a little but can tell you are annoyed by the stranger watching you.

When you reach his table he seems Stoic and unnerving. He reaches of his sunglasses and lowers them just a bit to get a better view of you. In his eyes you see a glint of something but you can't place your finger as to what. He quickly puts them back on and continues reading his paper.

Without even looking at you he says, "You my dear are in a bit of trouble. You see you are marked. I've been following you but the best I can do is warn you. Take this card, you'll need it. When your trouble does come and I promise, it will; use the card. Don't use it until it happens otherwise you risk the chance of a very sad fate."

The man hands over a card which fits in the palm of your hand. You look down to read it and there is an address but nothing more. The ink or whatever they used appears almost blood-like in the way it's written. The paper is self is almost a scroll-like in the consistency.

While you are admiring the paper and trying to figure out just what to do. The man begins to get up and leave.

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:36, Thu 10 Oct 2019.

Clara Zykova
 player, 12 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 17:19
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Wat.

Stupefied, Clara found it hard to take her eyes away from the card. "Hey, where are you going! What does any of this mean?!"
The Blight
 GM, 23 posts
 I am nothingness.
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 18:28
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
The man throws a glace a Clara.

"You will know what it means soon enough. I wish I could tell you more. But I have already put us in more danger than you can image."

The man turns back around and continues walking towards a crowd of people. You think briefly about giving chase but when you look up again after quickly glancing at the card, he is gone or has faded in with the crowd.
Clara Zykova
 player, 13 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Fri 11 Oct 2019
at 12:09
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Oh man. What the hell is this..."

Distracted, Clara pocketed the card and went back to Fae. Apologizing for the incident, she barely maintained the conversation thinking what to do next. Go to the police? With what, a vague threat? That wouldn't do anything. And the Invisible Man (Clara decided to keep calling him that) said she was "marked". Marked how?

After the deliberation she came to a two-point plan:
One, google the address and identify what's there.
Two, go ask the local Knights about the card. That was her only lead for now, and the paper and printing were both weird enough for it to be plausible to track to its source.
Extra, be vigilant in case the threat is real.
The Blight
 GM, 25 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 11 Oct 2019
at 13:28
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Fay some what falls out of Clara's mind as she continues causal conversation.

"Oh really.."

Long draw of Fay babbling about her life and what she is telling many of her boyfriends.

A quick search on Google Maps brings up what appears to be an older run down house that's far outside of the city limits. It's much more on the rural countryside than the more modern city side. The house itself upon street view inspection gives no signs of having anything special other than the fact that is looks abandoned.

"And then I said....hey Clara...you okay?" Fay looks at you, "Is something wrong?"
Clara Zykova
 player, 14 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Fri 11 Oct 2019
at 14:04
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Hm? Oh. Yeah, kinda spooked by that guy to be honest. He said that someone's hunting me. Other than him I mean."
The Blight
 GM, 26 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 11 Oct 2019
at 16:21
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Hunting you?" Fay looks puzzled by the question as if trying to work it out in her mind.

"He is probably just a wacko. It's not uncommon in this city to run into one of those. I wouldn't even worry about it."

The once bothersome thought you can see quickly leave Fay's mind as fast as you said it.