Day Zero: Xue Xinlun.   Posted by The Blight.Group: 0
The Blight
 GM, 40 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 18 Oct 2019
at 13:44
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
After spending sometime dealing with your life Xue Xinlun is reached out on the phone by someone looking for a consulting gig. Happily you accept the chance to make a real income and to get away from the regular modern life problems and start preparing for the consultancy.

You always have spent a bunch of time researching but you do have a strange feeling as you research for this consultancy to prepare for the upcoming presentation. The client who is part of Hound & Brew is a brewery researching the effects of a condition of a certain new beer they are putting on the market. They want to you do some basic research and find out the effects and get back to them.

You have never been hired by a client such as this which is probably one reason why you feel strange but you blow it off and continue your research.

OOC: Feel free to explore whatever you need in this beginning section.
Xue Xinlun
 player, 3 posts
Fri 18 Oct 2019
at 17:35
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
In reply to The Blight (msg # 1):

Xue Xinlun stares at en notebook with nothing except "Hound and Brew" written at the top. He jots down a couple more notes about what he knows but what he knows is...not much. It's been a bit since he's consulted, and this is definitely out of his wheelhouse...but it feels good, a bit, to have a purpose. He's been so...lazy recently. It's been amazing but also feels...decadent. So now he has a job. And some much needed money (that he can snort away with Zaid, though he quickly admonishes himself, preferring not to admit to himself that he enjoys the casual drug use he's been partaking in as of late).

Zaid...he sounds like the perfect man for the job. I'll give him a ring. I want to hit a bar, drink some Hound and Brew, and see if he might have any advice. Plus it's rare that we hang out during the day...

*stomach grumbles*

A bar with some food.
The Blight
 GM, 43 posts
 I am nothingness.
Sun 20 Oct 2019
at 22:11
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
Heading to the bar proves challenging because it's across the city on the edge of town to the west. Still after a few minutes you quickly decide to take the GVB which is the public transportation in Amsterdam.

You find a nice comfy seat and proceed to sit down next to an oldish women who is enthralled by a book. She glaces at you with a smile as you sit down. Your about to make out two half naked people on the front which instantly gives you the idea this is a romance novel.

Still you don't manage to say much to the lady on your ride. At some point close to the end of the ride when you are about the reach the bar the old lady turns to you. Normally it wouldn't bother you but she stares at you blankly which creep you out.

"Oh dear, you are in a bit of a pickle. Your marked love and that is not a good thing. You might want to return to your home and hunker down for the night. I would not suggest the location you are heading as there is grave danger in your way."
Xue Xinlun
 player, 4 posts
Mon 21 Oct 2019
at 10:58
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
In reply to The Blight (msg # 3):

Xue Xinlun is a bit shaken. He's a scientist, and empiricist, but...well, he grew up with superstición. The Chinese can be very superstitious...despite the reforms, despite the communists, despite the free maret reforms...There is still a thread of supersticion that runs underneath. He thought himself better than all of that, always scoffing at his mother when she's go to her local Geomancer before major decisions but...the woman's words clearly got under his skin. He's not sure what to say, and the best he can muster is, "I...I just want to meet a friend, get a drink. What...what do you know about me?" He is a bit nervous and he internally berates himself -- when he gets nervous his accent gets thicker. Sigh. The whole point of coming to Europe was to be less high strung. He has been pretty good lately, but sometimes things still get under his skin...
The Blight
 GM, 49 posts
 I am nothingness.
Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 23:36
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
The woman looks down at the book she is reading.

"I know you are marked and that is enough for me to know that where you are heading is no good. You should turn back now. Go home, forget today and live your life."

The old woman continues to focus on her book while she is addressing Xue.
Xue Xinlun
 player, 5 posts
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 04:48
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
In reply to The Blight (msg # 5):

Xue xinlun is still a bit shaken, but says no more. He still has a few stops left, but he gets off at the next one to walk, get some air, clear his head. The canals and the liveliness cheer him up immediately. He decides to give Zaid a call and tell him what happened, though he is pretty sure he knows how that'll play out...
The Blight
 GM, 53 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 25 Oct 2019
at 19:17
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
Zaid answers the call.

"Hello! What is up Xue? Your voice sounds a bit shaky. Are you alright"

Your friend waits for you to give him information before you speak but you know he is waiting with baited breathe for you.
Xue Xinlun
 player, 6 posts
Sat 26 Oct 2019
at 04:38
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
Xue xinlun let himself catch his breath. "I just...I was on the subway on the way to the bar. This old woman...{he shares what she said}...I know you always make fun of me for being sipersticious but this was different man. She felt like she knew me. She didn't feel crazy. She felt like she, like she knew something."
The Blight
 GM, 55 posts
 I am nothingness.
Sat 26 Oct 2019
at 16:40
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
"Xue Xinlun are you sure? I mean last time you had this kind of binder man I found you all in an alley. Which by the way you still never told me that story! Point being I am not shocked that you are over reacting to some woman on a bus. These things happen, they got all kinds of Lonnies in this world. What are you up to right now?"

You can tell by your friends voice that he has written off what happen to you. His tone becomes more natural towards the end and less questioning. In the back of your mind you even start to think am I just being paranoid?
Xue Xinlun
 player, 7 posts
Sat 26 Oct 2019
at 23:18
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
"yeah man...you're right. How about we get that drink? I gotta check out this hound and brew."
The Blight
 GM, 57 posts
 I am nothingness.
Mon 28 Oct 2019
at 23:58
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
"Hey man I am a little busy but I can surely find some time to meet with you. I have heard of that Hound and Brew, that's a good place man. Lots of great reviews on Yelp."
Xue Xinlun
 player, 8 posts
Tue 29 Oct 2019
at 04:34
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
"ok man, thanks. I'll see you there. I'm gonna walk and clear my head."

I start walking in the direction of the hound and brew.
The Blight
 GM, 63 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 1 Nov 2019
at 11:38
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
When you finally reach the Hound & Brew it's not surprising to see the number of people coming and going in a constant stream. The pub seems to be one of an old brewery that has been around for sometime and locals enjoy it.

Enter inside you see there is not shortage of tons of conversations going on inside of the brewery. A man by the main bar sees you come through the door.

"What'll it be?" he says in a gruff voice. His name tag clearly states that he is named "Finn". He is a tough type that doesn't look like he takes much shit from anyone.
Xue Xinlun
 player, 9 posts
Fri 1 Nov 2019
at 16:50
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
"gimme whatever's most popular these days. You got anything to eat?"

I look for somwhere to sit with space for Zaid when he comes
The Blight
 GM, 68 posts
 I am nothingness.
Fri 8 Nov 2019
at 02:52
Day Zero: Xue Xinlun
The man shakes his head and grabs a menu. While he is going over some of the specials you see Zaid walk in behind you and you gesture for him to sit down.

"Hey man what is up?"

He gives you a small slap on the back.