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Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai.

Posted by der WachterFor group 0
der Wachter
GM, 277 posts
45 years of RPGs
Ich bin dein Freund.
Thu 7 Dec 2023
at 01:35
  • msg #1

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

When Schmitz enters the tavern, a wave of chatter and laughter hits him, along with a stench of cigar smoke. His group's usual table at the back is surrounded by a bunch of men in their thirties, several wearing pickelhaube helmets or mess caps, liters of beer and the remains of a hearty meal littering the table. A Veteranenverein, they're puffing on cigars and pipes and laughing. Soon, they'll probably sing sad songs.

Krüger gives him an apologetic shrug and points to a table in a corner. Conrad Becker is sitting there with Irene Wolter. When he sits, Kruger already bringing his usual, Fräulein Wolter gives him a serious look.

"The priest called me. Fantine's funeral will be tomorrow morning at the municipal cemetery."
This message was last updated by the GM at 01:42, Thu 07 Dec 2023.
Johann Schmitz
player, 71 posts
Fri 8 Dec 2023
at 02:12
  • msg #2

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Schmitz drags himself to the table, weary to the bone, and slumps into a chair.
"What ?" he says, disbelieving the reality of his new world - the world of I Have To Be Somewhere In the Morning Reliably.  "The funeral, it's tomorrow ?"

Then, struggling out of the fog of work-brain, Johann had to ask another question.  "How do I find out about the butcher we're looking for ?  I got a job at the hotel kitchen.  But I don't know what to ask, what to look for, any of that."
This message was last edited by the player at 00:56, Sat 09 Dec 2023.
Reinhard Eisenhardt
NPC, 46 posts
Mon 11 Dec 2023
at 04:21
  • msg #3

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Reinhard shows up and says he will be at the funeral. He offers to provide transportation.
Conrad Becker
player, 70 posts
Sun 17 Dec 2023
at 17:08
  • msg #4

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Conrad greeted his friends as they were coming in, and took a note on the funeral time and location, saying he will be there. "I dug up some information on Denis Vatusek, aka Dankmar Volker. I will wait until everyone is here before giving more details though, don't want to repeat myself. The police also have nothing on Monika Klemper, she has not come up in the missing persons files or the morgue."
der Wachter
GM, 279 posts
45 years of RPGs
Ich bin dein Freund.
Mon 18 Dec 2023
at 03:08
  • msg #5

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

In reply to Conrad Becker (msg # 4):

Johann Schmitz:
"How do I find out about the butcher we're looking for ?  I got a job at the hotel kitchen.  But I don't know what to ask, what to look for, any of that."

Conrad Becker
player, 73 posts
Tue 2 Jan 2024
at 14:58
  • msg #6

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Conrad had an idea of Johann actual skillset and even if they conflicted with his former policeman morals, he was in the best position to actually find information to stop at least one of the killers on the loose. He turned his gaze to the thief and said "I see two possible avenues, both with their drawbacks. First, you could inquire if a employee with the name of Dieters or Dietrichs is actually employed at the hotel. That could warn the killer that someone is on him and paint a target on your head though. Second, if you have access to the hotel office, maybe you could find an employee list to see if that name is on the roster. If you get caught with that option, you could be accused of theft and lose your job, at minimum, or get arrested. My contacts with the judicial system are not as great as they are with the police, so I can't guarantee what sentence you could get.

Both are risky. But they could provide useful information for our investigation."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:00, Tue 02 Jan.
Johann Schmitz
player, 72 posts
Sat 6 Jan 2024
at 00:45
  • msg #7

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

"Okay," Johann mulled over what Becker had told him. "I'll do the first one if I can't get the second one to work out.  There's not much reason for me to be in or near the hotel office, and if I'm away from my work station that will get me thrown out anyway.  And I have a feeling that we're running out of time.  It also means I can't go to the funeral - but you all should, and look for the butcher there.  Just in case he's the kind that likes to observe his handiwork."
der Wachter
GM, 290 posts
45 years of RPGs
Ich bin dein Freund.
Sun 14 Jan 2024
at 19:49
  • msg #8

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

The door opens and Hans and Marlene walk in, both quite bedraggled. The heel is missing from one of Marlene's shoes. The knee of Hans's trousers is torn and the cloth stained dark with drying blood; he is limping a bit.

As they join their friends, Krüger hurries over with their usual drinks.
Marlene Eisler
player, 76 posts
In Teufels
Kuche kommen
Sun 28 Jan 2024
at 20:12
  • msg #9

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Though Marlene has made some effort to restore her usual neat and tidy -- if threadbare -- appearance, it's still all too clear that the two of them ran into difficulties during their search.  Sitting down at the table, she sighs and thanks Krüger as he brings her tea.  It's a relief not to be on her feet anymore, but the news they have isn't terribly good.

"We saw Monika Klemper, she's still alive, at least," she reports, taking a sip of her tea and sighing again.  "But we never got to speak to her.  She ran as soon as she realized we were looking for her.  We chased her for some distance, but she got away from us."  That defeat still rankled, but there was nothing to be done now.  "She vanished into some park or other.  So I'm afraid we're no wiser there.  Has anything else been happening?"
Hans Neumann
player, 81 posts
Sat 3 Feb 2024
at 07:46
  • msg #10

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Looking forlorn Hans slumps into the nearest available chair as Marlene says we had no luck at all, I hurt myself and damaged some local property in the chase. It has been a fruitless and expensive day
Conrad Becker
player, 75 posts
Sun 4 Feb 2024
at 23:00
  • msg #11

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Conrad looked at his 2 friends come in, quite disheveled and ordered a schnaps for both of them. After listening to their day, he smiled. "Your day has not be useless, now we know that Monika Kempler is alive and well, so we can try to find her again. I do have some experience in stalking suspects, leave that to me. I'll start tomorrow." Taking a sip of his tea, he opened a notebook, different than the one he used before. "As for Denis Vatuszek, or as he's known here, Volker, he does have a extensive police file. Last know address is the same Hans and myself uncovered, and his last arrest for fraud was three years ago, it never got to the courts. Here, this is what he looks like, from the photograph in his file. This is a few years old though."

He showed them his sketch made from the file.
Hans Neumann
player, 83 posts
Mon 12 Feb 2024
at 19:13
  • msg #12

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Hans rises gingerly to take the sketch from Conrad and returns to his seat. This is good news, having the sketch
 should be most helpful with the search. Drawing on your experience, what would you suggest our next move be?

This message was last edited by the player at 14:07, Tue 13 Feb.
Marlene Eisler
player, 77 posts
In Teufels
Kuche kommen
Mon 12 Feb 2024
at 20:27
  • msg #13

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Marlene leans over to get a look at the sketch, trying to memorize the features.  "Yes, I'm afraid I have very little experience in tracking suspects," she says, dryly.  "But I'll help wherever I can, if you have some ideas in mind."  She pauses, thinking over what they know so far, then asks, hesitantly, "Did Volker have any accomplices when he was arrested?  Perhaps they're easier to find, and might know where he is."
Conrad Becker
player, 76 posts
Tue 13 Feb 2024
at 00:22
  • msg #14

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Conrad did a side smile to Marlene, before starting to flipping pages in his note book.

<ooc>And that where a little more background from the GM will be useful ;)
der Wachter
GM, 293 posts
45 years of RPGs
Ich bin dein Freund.
Tue 13 Feb 2024
at 04:21
  • msg #15

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

Don't forget that Fantine's funeral is tomorrow morning.

Also, the picture Konrad has produced is a sketch, not a photo. And there's only one copy so far.

Hans Neumann
player, 84 posts
Tue 13 Feb 2024
at 14:10
  • msg #16

Die Echte Stelle - Friday 10 Mai

You are a very talented artist. Would you mind making a copy of this for each of us please? Hans collects the sketch from Marlene to look at it again before returning it to Conrad.
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