Day Zero: Clara Zykova.   Posted by The Blight.Group: 0
Clara Zykova
 player, 15 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Fri 11 Oct 2019
at 16:55
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Maybe she's right."

Clara gave a subtle sigh, but couldn't let the thought go.

Once chatting and the later work conversation with Fay was over, Clara left the cafe to visit Abraham Ezra, a Knight and a small bookstore owner who might know who'd sell paper for anything like this card.
The Blight
 GM, 28 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 11 Oct 2019
at 20:35
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Clara leaves her meeting with Fay and goes to Nevermore Used Books. When she enters the store seems like someone opened a brand new book and slammed it into your nose. Around the counter is a Abraham cleaning off one of his old books.

I didn't know his relationship with you so i figured that you two have probably had conversations before.

The rather antique looking man looks up from his book cleaning with a smile.

"Ah Ms. Clara. How are you today? What do you seek to learn?" the man says in a thick accent that you have still yet to pin point.
Clara Zykova
 player, 16 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Sat 12 Oct 2019
at 16:00
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
A quick SMS about being sick, and Clara was free from work obligations for the day. Lost in thought, she walked across the city, taking a small diversion to buy a bottle of whiskey - asking for favors with empty hands was impolite. Eventually she reached the occluded book store she was seeking. A silver bell tingled welcoming the guest.

Clara ran her fingers across the spines of new, unread books covering the shelves. The desire to drop everything, buy some beer and hunker down was strong, but alas, adults had to have will and moderation. She turned and smiled as the owner approached her.

"Ah Mr. Abraham. Long time no see. Oh, I'm not so well, but I don't want to complain. How are you? Kids treating you well? Here, that's for you." - Clara passed Abraham the bottle. "Should help the next time they are giving you a headache, eh?"

After small talk was over, Clara face turned grim and serious, as she moved on to the real issue.

"I think I'm in a spot of trouble Abraham. Some weirdo was following me today, and when I confronted him, said that I am marked and in for a 'sad fate'. Gave me this strange little card - apparently 'using' it at the right time would help me. I'd have dismissed it as one of those new cult recruiters that are everywhere in the city these days, but have you ever heard of a cult that recruits through this sort of intimidation? Me neither.

But what I noticed is that the materials of the card are pretty unusual. Not like it's your normal A4 paper, or even cardboard Bateman* might salivate about. So I figured I'd drop by, see if you know something or can point me in the right direction."

The Blight
 GM, 32 posts
 I am nothingness.
Sun 13 Oct 2019
at 16:38
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Abraham smiles at Clara's gift.

"Why thank you Ms. Clara."

He listens closely as you explain your story to him before getting a worried look on his face. Mostly from the implications of the word cult which you are familiar Abraham likes to stay far away from. His religion is important to him.

"This is very distributing news indeed Ms.Clara." he reaches over and takes a look at the materials of the card with a puzzled look on his face.

He walks down the counter and you follow promptly as he makes his way to a table with a very big light and magnifying glass of some sort. Probably used to identify certain marks on books that are very old. After a few minutes he turns to you with card in hand, you can tell he is still working things through his mind.

"You say you got this today? Ms. Clara that is impossible. This paper is ancient, yet unlike anything else I've seen. It has hardly aged and yet I can tell it is not the common paper you would find in a book or anything close. It's more like a scroll and yet it's very tough as if it's been weathered through the ages. I wish I could be of more help. Maybe someone was playing a trick on you?"

Abraham hands the card back to you but you can tell he is a bit puzzled by the piece.

OOC: As a small note. When I mark something with bold and italics that is meant to give the impression that is an Aspect of that person, place or thing. So in this case one of Abraham's aspects is "His religion is important to him".

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:40, Sun 13 Oct 2019.

Clara Zykova
 player, 18 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Sun 13 Oct 2019
at 18:37
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Clara rubs her forehead in annoyance.
"I sure hope so. But couldn't someone have made a paper by old technology? This shouldn't be impossible, right?"


OOC: Noted.
Another thing, I've been thinking more about my trouble aspect and its possible manifestations. One of the things that can be happening is Clara warping into different timelines/parallel worlds. Everything is as it was, but not quite. A shop isn't where Clara remembers it being. Someone brings up a conversation Clara doesn't remember having. Keys no longer matching the home lock. Fae's name now being Fay. Things like that. Alterations which are slight, so as not to affect the other players, but unnerving and troublesome.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:37, Sun 13 Oct 2019.

The Blight
 GM, 33 posts
 I am nothingness.
Mon 14 Oct 2019
at 13:04
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Abraham also shakes his head.

"I don't believe so. Here come take a look over here."

Abraham brings you to the contraption which is obviously a high powered magnifying glass and underneath is the card which he takes back. Looking underneath the glass you can see every strained that appears to be hand sewed together.

"You see this pattern? This is paper which was created by hand. There isn't a technology that I know of that would make this. If you look even closer you can see imperfections which let's me know." He points to an area on the card.

The weave of the pattern is off on certain parts of the card showing a lack of attention to detail but leads to no real clues other than someone who obviously was very bored during the process.

"I can't be 100% sure of the method they used but it appears ancient in nature. Someone went through a lot of trouble to make this and give it to you. What's the address mean?"
Clara Zykova
 player, 19 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Tue 15 Oct 2019
at 10:39
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Hmm..." Clara rubbed her chin thoughtfully. "Well, you are the expert. Though where it could have come from then... There are some Egyptian and Hermetic preservation rituals meant for the dead, but who'd use them on a piece of paper? And I didn't think they really work anyway."

Clara's fingers ran gently on the card, soft fingertips tracing the network of strands and knots. "Curioser and curioser", as Carroll once wrote.

"Honestly - I don't know what the address means. Based on what the Invisible Man told me, it'd be some sort of haven for when I'm in danger. That's the best case scenario. Worst case scenario - it is the danger."

With a sigh, Clara hid the card into one of the inner pockets of her red coat and offered Abraham a hug.

"Well, thank you very much for all you did to help me. I guess I'll be going now. Will just try to avoid trouble. Nothing to go to the police with, alas."
The Blight
 GM, 35 posts
 I am nothingness.
Tue 15 Oct 2019
at 13:18
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Abraham gives a gentle squeeze before letting you go.

"Be careful Ms. Clara. this doesn't seem the kind of thing that normal people would go through the trouble to do. You come back if you run into anymore trouble and I will try to help as best as I can."

As you head out the door, the tinker of the little bell rattles. Your mind made up you begin your walk to the local authorities in order to get answers not sure what you might find. The sun is still up in the sky by the day is resolving itself more quickly because of this mess you have lost track of time.

Still not too many blocks away and once again you come to an area of cobble stone roads and small businesses which bustle with people. You pass the alleyway and hear a familiar voice that draws the hairs back on your neck.

"You shouldn't have told him anything. Involving people will only get those around you killed it's not wise and for the record, I'm not the enemy."

The man in the trench coat is standing there in front of you, leaning against the alley wall.

This message was last edited by the GM at 11:11, Wed 16 Oct 2019.

Clara Zykova
 player, 20 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Wed 16 Oct 2019
at 10:09
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
OOC: I was saying that Clara isn't going to the police because she's got nothing of substance to say. And because it's a horror story.
But I don't think this changes anything as far as your post goes.


Free for the rest of the day, Clara went off to roam the streets and get in touch with the spirit of the city. Asphalt and stone switched back and forth in incestuous interplay, their calmning chill seeping through the soles of Clara's shoes.

Until the journey has abruptly stopped.

" 'The best I can do is warn you' " Clara mockingly pantomimed. "Seems like you can do more now. Or what am I supposed to do, go about my day ignoring a death threat? Eeeeeveryone knows how death threats just make a girl's heart melt. And by the way, I didn't catch your name friendo."

Meanwhile, Clara's attention focused to a laser beam. She studied the man in front of her for any identifying signs. Cult tattoos. Badge. Label. Accent. Anything.
The Blight
 GM, 36 posts
 I am nothingness.
Wed 16 Oct 2019
at 11:19
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
OOC: Your right. I completely read that wrong. I am sorry.


As the man catches your gaze and listens to you speak you notice he pays no mind to your words, rather seems more annoyed than anything. He motions for you to come into the alley closer out of sight. A part of you obviously is apprehensive but at the same time you want some answers.

The mans shape slowly fades into the darkish alley which has enough light that you don't trip and isn't very from away from the streets which have tons of people walking back and forth.

He waits inside the alley for you to follow him. The bloom a a cig lights in the alley as you see the sparks send reflections into his glasses.

"Your running out of time Clara and I am running out of patience." the man echoes from the alley.
Clara Zykova
 player, 22 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Fri 18 Oct 2019
at 11:28
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Look friendo, you stalk me all around town passing cryptic messages, and when I follow up on them - that's apparently not kosher. What did you expect me to do? Just go on with my day like nothing's happening? If you want something from me you'll get it much faster just by asking."
The Blight
 GM, 42 posts
 I am nothingness.
Sun 20 Oct 2019
at 22:01
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Look Clara. Fact is, you are out of time. I tried not to tell you but maybe its better that you see on your own accord. You have about ten minutes to run back to your friends shop at full speed, if you make it in time then he won't die."

There is a moment of shock where you want to ask more but at the same time you feel the man's honesty. Every question could possibly take away from your minutes to reach the shop and warn Abraham.

"It wasn't suppose to happen this way but maybe it's better that it did. Tick, tock Clara."

OOC: This is a great time for a rolling and to define Clara more. Does Clara have any athletics? If so now is a great time to make a roll, of course this is if you choose to leave the stranger.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:03, Sun 20 Oct 2019.

Clara Zykova
 player, 23 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Tue 22 Oct 2019
at 19:33
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
OOC: I'm going to say that Clara has no athletics and keep my precious slots for other skills. Like Fighting! Maybe.

Clara's face turned into an ugly grimace as the man talked, the threat against her friend infuriating more than the personal danger did before. Without a response, she bolted, low heel shoes rapidly clacking on the indifferent road.
The Blight
 GM, 48 posts
 I am nothingness.
Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 23:33
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
OOC: Go ahead and make an athletics check. The dice roll is configured so all you should have to do is post your results. When you post results please post them like this.

18:32, Today: The Blight rolled 0 using 4 Fudge dice ((-1, -1, 1, 1)).

Mark the numbers in a color so they are easier to see. Thank you.
Clara Zykova
 player, 24 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 06:08
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
08:07, Today: Clara Zykova rolled 1 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of 0, 1, 0, 0.  Clara's Athletics
Clara Zykova
 player, 25 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 11:54
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
OOC: Actually, after a bit of thought I'm going to say that Clara has Athletics of +1.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:54, Thu 24 Oct 2019.

The Blight
 GM, 52 posts
 I am nothingness.
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 18:11
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
OOC: Excellent. Remember you can change your mind later on after the story if you want to move this skill around.

You sprints to the store making easy work of crowds and everything else. Your heart pumps with both fear and excitement as you quickly make your way back. The words of the stranger repeating in your mind. You keep wondering if this is real or if this person is a danger to you.

When you finally bust threw the door you see Abraham standing with a curious look on his face. The ringing of the bell shakes you to your core as you try to catch your breathe.
Clara Zykova
 player, 26 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Sat 26 Oct 2019
at 18:20
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Panting, Clara scanned the room. A sheen of sweat covered her face, carefully controlled fear only barely visible in the widened eyes.
"I'm back. Abraham, call the police. I've ran into the Invisible Man and he said you are in danger and something's about to kill you." "Because of me" was an unsaid second part, but Clara willed herself not to think about that. "True or not, better not to take any chances - right?"

This message was last edited by the player at 18:21, Sat 26 Oct 2019.

The Blight
 GM, 58 posts
 I am nothingness.
Tue 29 Oct 2019
at 00:01
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Abraham looks at your strangely while you are explaining things. He walks over to the door and locks the door and changes the sign.

He looks at you and then he says, "Okay Ms. Clara now explain to me again slower. Come sit down with me and lets talk this over. It's the afternoon what could possibly come and get us."
Clara Zykova
 player, 27 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Tue 29 Oct 2019
at 14:20
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Clara took deep breaths, steadying herself. Panic would help no one. At Abraham's suggestion she pulled closer a stool and sat level with Abraham.

"Anything? I didn't want to take risks. You know, it's not like it's unheard of for crime to happen in broad daylight. Though I can't for the life of me imagine why anyone would target me or people around me."
The Blight
 GM, 62 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 1 Nov 2019
at 11:34
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Abraham looks at Clara confusingly.

"It sounds like we need to involve the local police but we need more details Ms. Clara. If we walk in talking about strangers they are going to want to hear the whole story."

He sits you down on a chair clearing off old books and trying to gauge what has happened. Just as you are about to start telling him the story the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. You don't see anything but you feel something, something bad.

There is a small creek of a door slowly opening that comes from the back of the book store.

Abraham turns around questionably. "That's strange. Delivery has already come today."

"Karl, is that you? Did you forget something." Abraham howlers out in the middle of the store.

There is nothing but silence.

"Let us go check on this Ms. Clara. You follow behind me, if there is something fishy going on, I'll help you figure it out."
Clara Zykova
 player, 28 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Sun 3 Nov 2019
at 09:26
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Abe, we gotta hide." Clara whispered dropping to a nickname for expediency. Her hand darted into her pocket for the phone, but then disappointment washed over Clara as she remembered that O2 couldn't get the service into the alley depths where the shop was located. Something about old rebar acting as a Faraday cage.
"You've got a landline - call the police, say there was a break-in. I'll creep out and see who's out there." Abraham was a nice man. Clara didn't wish to see him hurt, even if that meant putting herself in danger.
The Blight
 GM, 65 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 8 Nov 2019
at 02:41
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Abraham looked at Clara with a curious look.

"That is most likely a delivery. Do you really think someone is here to hurt us?" he says in a whispered tone.

"Look lets go behind here and I we can see who is here."

He quickly grabs you by the hand and walks over to an area behind a bookcase near the door. Seeing through a set of books you see a figure begin to come into the door. Dressed in a trench coat from head to toe. There is hardly any features you can see besides the outline of someone who is rather big.
Clara Zykova
 player, 31 posts
 The Heretic
 Be seeing you friendo.
Fri 8 Nov 2019
at 19:42
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
"Well, does this look like your delivery man?" Clara whispered seeking a reflective surface in the room that'd get her a different angle. She didn't want to be rash and hurt an innocent person by attacking them out of nowhere.
The Blight
 GM, 71 posts
 I am nothingness.
Sun 10 Nov 2019
at 01:07
Day Zero: Clara Zykova
Abraham looks at you worried.

"No, that is not my man. I am unsure who that is."

You can hear the nervous tone as he has started to believe in what you were talking about. There is a doubt in his voice that makes you feel sure you made the right decision. He looks around the room trying to figure out which direction the person is going but you see them bend down as if they are tracking.