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Shades of Heresy (Play-by-Post) Ingame

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As he speaks, I make a summary of Dal's information on my slate.

Afterwards, I steeple my fingers in front of me and say:

"Mr. Drakkon... Dral. Thank you for sharing the info you have on the matter."

"Taking into account that we will be working together on this case, I am prepared to consider you as deputies for the duration and share privileged Arbites information."

"As our friend Dral has stated, these... witches... move on after a certain number of targets is reached, their... quota, so to speak. This may have ritual reasons or, as is the case with most serial killers, they may lay low in order to evade attention and apprehension."

"in previous cases involving these killers, there were never more than 8 deaths displaying their M.O, in a two month window."

"Now, I don't know if there is some kind of ritual significance to this number, but I do know that there has already been 3 deaths, in a period of 3 weeks."

"I'm going out on a limb here, But I assume that, if we do not find our target in a week, we will have another death to show for."

"Dral. You show some impressive detective skill there! I didn't know they gave you this kind of training in the AAT. (again, I barely manage not to wince at the mention of the AAT)."

"About your questions:"

I separate my hands and lift one finger:

"My first bet would be that our late mr. Crane was "downgrading", looking for... companionship from some Low Hive dames. This may be, I admit, biased, but it is common enough to be a possibility. There are some charity works done by Uppers on the Low Hive, but it's no so common in the Mids. He might have, of course, some other type of shady interest in the area."

I lift a second finger:

"The victim's body was found in a gutter, clearly dumped. I have the address here. The body is currently in a morgue, for which I may also procure the address. I submit to your expertise on whether to examine the body or the location where it was dumped first."

I lift a third finger:

"As far as I know, no previous investigator has looked for a geographical pattern to the killings. I will pull this information to my data slate, and you may look for any kind of... I don't know, mystical pattern to the locations.

After answering Dal's questions, I lift a fourth finger.

"Lastly, I believe we should pay our respects to the family. They might not have divulged information to the Magistratum, but people usually are a lot more forthcoming when talking to the Adeptus Arbites, if you know what I'm sayin'.

I wink conspirationally.
 

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With regards to general knowledge on what they were up against, it seemed Cade was a touch out of the loop. Truly he wasn't entirely sure of the workings of Hive Systems, and so he listened intently to what Asterius had to say, regarding the case. Of the four options, Cade pondered each. If the first suggestion-- that the noble was looking for "companionship" were true, then the case could become quite clearcut with the right leads. Something he'd have to voice once he had pondered all the details. 

 

The gutter though... Cade voiced his thoughts on that immediately.

 

"If the gutter was where the victim was merely dumped, then we may be at a dead end investigating there. The culprit would hardly be the only one to frequent that area, and it's likely that if the culprit was intelligent they would have left him far from the scene of the crime." Cade proposed, voicing his disagreement with that particular assessment. 

 

While the third point was obviously directed to Dral, the final point seemed to have promise, and Cade gave a quiet nod as it was brought up. "The family would certainly have more information on why he may have disappeared. That would seem to be the most clear course of action." Cade conceded.

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Dammek considers Asterius and Cade's points, then voices his own opinion:

"I've gotta agree with Cade, the gutter doesn't seem like the best place to search first. Interviewing the noble family seems like a good starting point. I do think we should pay the gutters a visit though -- dregs and street people notice a lot of strange happenings at night, and the killers could have accidentally left some of their belongings at the dumping ground. My old buddy Dirk lost his hab-block keys that way once... but that's a whole different story.

"If we want to split up and chase two leads at once, I'll go to case the dumping ground or examine the body. I've spent a lot of time on the streets and may pick up some details the investigators missed. I also have some experience with battlefield medicine; it's no medicae doctorate, but I'd still like to check out the stiff myself and see what I can find.

"So, what all do you guys think? Split up or stick together?" With this last remark, Dammek leans foreward slightly and sweeps his gaze across the other investigators, one eyebrow raised inquisitively.

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“I agree Cade, the body dump location may be a dead end but I would still like to check it out and the same for the body of this young noble. Talking to his family is certainly something we should do as well." 

 

Dral looks to Asterius “If I may review the data slate for the information on the previous murders? And I am not looking for ‘mystical’ significance merely to see if there is a pattern, although who knows…”

 

Taking the data slate Dral looks over the data and considers the information on the other victims, dates and locations to see if there is any discernible pattern.

 

[Logic 36; rolled 43 – failed by 1 degree]

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“I agree Cade, the body dump location may be a dead end but I would still like to check it out and the same for the body of this young noble. Talking to his family is certainly something we should do as well." 

 

Dral looks to Asterius “If I may review the data slate for the information on the previous murders? And I am not looking for ‘mystical’ significance merely to see if there is a pattern, although who knows…”

 

Taking the data slate Dral looks over the data and considers the information on the other victims, dates and locations to see if there is any discernible pattern.

 

[Logic 36; rolled 43 – failed by 1 degree]

You succeeded with 1 DoS (the test difficulty is +10):

Going into some details, you can see that it is indeed not 2 months during which the victims have been found, but exactly 8 weeks.

The victims did not have been hidden or tried to conceal. Whoever put them in their places either wanted them to be found or just didnt care if they were found. The places where the victims were found in different regions of the area.

The body of the noble seems to have been tormented before his death - but this was not his cause of death (painful, but non-lethal) - this is differing from the other victims.

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I wait for every member of the group to voice their opinions, nodding as each of them make their remark, and adding some notes to my slate, while it uploads the data on the cases from the Noosphere [see note on the Play by Post topic].

After Dral makes his point, I hand him the slate, with the data on the screen, and say, giving Dral time to analyze the information:

"Trooper Cade, Dammek."

"I agree with you assessment of the situation, and believe that both talking to the family and snapping some finger in the Unders may give us useful information."

"However, I only want to talk to the Cranes when we have some larger picture of the case, so that we may notice any... inconsistencies in their answers. And none of us know precisely how Dral's... talents work. So..."

I turn to Dral.

"Dral, if you believe you may offer us some insight unavailable by more... mundane ways, by all means, we'll follow your lead."

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Still reading through the case files on the data slate Dral speaks up "Yeah, I suppose it would be of use for you to know what I bring to the table. I am a Telepath, I can read peoples thoughts and manipulate minds. No doubt that will come in use when speaking to those unwilling to answer our questions."

 

Dral looks up and regards each of those around the table as he continues to speak "Be aware though gentlemen that my powers should not be used frivolously as there are potential dangers."

 

Dral stands and begins to pace, his hands clasped behind his back.

 

"Now as to these other case files, there are two things that are apparent to me although I do not have answers at this stage, I will think on those further. These murders always happen over exactly 8 weeks and not two months, there is a slight difference that could be of significance. Also this young noble is the only victim to have other injuries, perhaps he was able to resist for a while or these witches had some other reason for inflicting torture upon him. He could have even picked up the injuries prior to meeting his demise and it is a red herring."

 

"I suggest we start by viewing the young mans body and have a look around where it was dumped."

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My face go blank as Dral describes his abilities, as I attempt to hide the disgust inherited by years of Ministorum conditioning.

"I see."

"If there are risks to the use of your abilities, avoid using them when we go visit the Cranes, I don't want to have to handle any... incidents in the company of nobles."

I lift my left eyebrow, and act slightly unsettling with the bionic eye.

"And nothing personal, but I believe I do not have to tell you to not get into our heads."

I pause for a second and continue.

"As Dral confirmed, we have less than a week before those Witches kill again, and I would very much like to get to them before they get to any other civilians."

"We will start by going to the precinct to have a look at the body."

I get up, retrieve my shotgun and helmet and say:

"Dral, we will need to get you some civilian clothes if you are to join us to the Unders. Dammek (I give him another scowl, as I point at his collar), we will need something to cover this."

"Cade, we will need something to cover this Lasgun of yours. Also, if you don't mind, I'm making you responsible for Dral's security."

I give him a meaningful look.

"Gents, if you're ready, let's move."

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After you left your new "office", you found out that the fastest route to the precinct was by train.

 

It took you about half a day to drive down into the lower middle hive where the most recent murders took place.

 

When you arrive at your final destination, you get of the train and stand at a train station. It is already evening and the streets around you are emptied. It seems like the people try to avoid going out after daytime.

As this is lower in the hive, daytime can only be differed from nighttime by a kind of artifical "sun" that spends light during daytime. That huge lightsource is dimmed down at the moment and about to fade.

 

On a small map at the train station you can see some locations of the precinct:

- Market place

- local temple of the emperor

- Hab Block A to G

- Hostel "Emperors Embrace"

- Hostel "Sweet Home"

- Arughs Shop

- Tavern "Salty Laughter"

- The Forgery

- local magistratum station

- you also can visit the Gutters of course...

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We need to give the market a quick visit, as we have to buy something to cover Dammek's collar.

Even with the authority behind an Investigator's badge, his collar would raise all kind of unwanted questions.

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Assuming I have brought my equipment with me I will get changed in the office before we leave, putting on neat and clean clothes although they are nothing fancy. On my back is a heavy cloak and on my belt a las pistol and a scanning tool, my cloak somewhat concealing them. A knife is secreted in my boot.

On the train journey Dral is sullen and quiet.

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We need to give the market a quick visit, as we have to buy something to cover Dammek's collar.

Even with the authority behind an Investigator's badge, his collar would raise all kind of unwanted questions.

 

The market seems to be closed at this time of the day. It will re-open at "sun"rise.

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Some questions:

- What is Arughs Shop?
- What is The Forgery?
- Which is the better hostel, "Emperors Embrace" or "Sweet Home"?

And do I know the answer to any of those questions?

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Some questions:

- What is Arughs Shop?

- What is The Forgery?

- Which is the better hostel, "Emperors Embrace" or "Sweet Home"?

And do I know the answer to any of those questions?

 

At the moment, you just know whats written on the map. So no details so far.

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Cade nods in agreement. His equipment did make him a bit noticeable. His las pistol could be concealed easily enough, as could his photon flash. His sword and long las, however, were a different matter altogether. The Long Las, being as large as it was, wasn't going to simply be stowed under a cloak. After a few moments of deliberation, Cade decided to leave the Long Las behind in the office. Someone dressed as he was, would attract enough attention, let alone someone carrying a dedicated snipers weapon and a nasty blade like that. Besides if a scrap broke out, Cade was confident in his skills with a las pistol anyways, and he could always come back here to pick it up later on, if a sniper was found to be necessary.

 

As Asterius added that Cade was to keep an eye on Dral, Cade merely glanced at him and shrugged. Shoving his las pistol to the inside of his combat vest, along with his photon flash, Cade placed his long las up behind the desk and then rejoined the group as they exited the office. Unlike Dral, Cade didn't have any street clothes, as he'd come here on the first available flight from his guard posting. What he had was on his back. So he'd have to make do with that. On their trip, Cade maintained a stony silence, his eyes measuring each of the group in turn. What kind of men were they. Could he count on them to hold his back? Were they worth holding theirs? His eyes flickered to Dral the most, of course, as Asterius's instructions. He determined it would be best for Asterius to handle the chitchat then. Cade had never been particularly good at talking anyways. A man of action, not words.

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Dammek is angry to find the market already closed for the night. Without a disguise, his explosive collar and burnt orange flak armor will most assuredly stand out. This will require some clever planning and (mostly) straight up lying.

Dammek will accompany the group and do his best to look as though he doesn't want to be here. He puts on his best convict scowl, hoping to discourage casual observers with his angry glare. If challenged directly, Dammek will say that he is serving as extra "security" under duress and that Asterius is holding the detonator to his explosive collar (Deceive check if required). He will generally try to speak only when required -- at the Magisterium, it hardly seems appropriate for the convict to do the talking.

Dammek brings all his weapons (pistols and sword) and his flak armor, since he's already quite conspicuous. He is wearing his photo-contacts. If another party member is able to lend him an overcoat to make himself less obvious, he welcomes the added concealment.

Edited by Covered in Weasels

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As you head over to the magistratum, you can literally feels the eyes on you, even as the streets are emptied. More than one time you see the hint of movement behind closed curtains and as the darkness starts to spread, even the shadows seem to get aware of you.

Especially Dammek feels invisible eyes scrutinizing him.

As you reach the magistratum station, your first expression is far from being impressed.

It is a small building with a regular magistratum car in front of it.

This "station" is just a very small outpost, that probably wont consist of more than a handfull officers.

In a district that has about 50.000 Inhabitants, thats almost nothing.

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I stop in the front of the station, and give it a disapproving look.

It's impressive how the local Magistratum never fails do disappoint, both in resources and manpower.

I shrug, open my armour's trench coat a little, so that the badge is clearly visible (not that it would be necessary) and walk inside the precinct like I own the place.

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Inside, the building is not a a really better shape than outside.

An old man sits in the entrance area behind a small desk.

Behind him, stairs go up, at his left and right is one wooden door on each side.

He looks at you and seems unsure what to think of you as you approach.

He wears a magistratum uniform, has a stub revolver at his side and seems to be close to retirement.

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Dral enters the magistratum building and leans up against a wall and watches the proceedings at the front desk.

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