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Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Dean on Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:55 am

The back of Boyce's Volvo is littered with fast-food debris and junked appliance parts. The Kindred had been yelling loudly at the talk-radio station he had on for the whole trip. Murdoc's cell vibrates in his pocket as Boyce turns into Woodward Avenue. Doris had texted back: k. should b there in 10.

Traffic's thin on Woodward and it only takes five minutes to reach Tiger Stadium, although Boyce spends another few parking. Doris is nowhere to be seen, but neither is Boyce's contact. He turns down the radio and double-checks the firearm under his seat.

Tiger Stadium lay in Corktown, an old district being fought held by a pack of Carthian Savages last Murdoc'd heard, although lately there were rumours of some Crone cult roosting nearby ever since the Sanctified started pressing the Rack. The Stadium itself was a ghost. They'd started demolishing the place last year, but for whatever reason, hadn't finished the job. Much of the place was cordoned off. The bleachers are visible above the temporary fences, gaping holes torn out by the articulated machinery standing sentry over the wreckage.

As Boyce checks his phone, you see the flash of headlights from about a block away. The Brown Sunfire.


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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Innerlight on Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:10 pm

Murdoc recalled the rowdy Carthians and remembered a bit about the Crone cult roosting nearby. He took off the ski mask he wore and slipped it in his bag along with his other tools. He hit Doris with a text before deciding he wouldn't get a better chance at some real information then now. "Just lay low for a bit darling, and keep the car running. I'll be right out in 5 mins. Hit me back if you see anyone walking up on that Volvo", he texted. Murdoc knew he wouldn't get a better chance then now to pull this off. He slowly opened the back door on the passengers side. If Boyce turned around early he'd was going to slip into the mantle of familiar stranger, see if he could get a few questions in before whoever he was waiting for showed up.

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The Familiar Stranger Wits4 + Subterfuge3 + Obfuscate4 = 11dice

Dex3 + Stealth2 = 5dice if you need it

He's basically going to hope that he turns into whoever Boyce was waiting on, but only if he notices the door opening, if he doesn't notice the door Murdoc is going to stay obfuscated and talk to Doris softly in the cars blindside.

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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Dean on Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:33 pm

[OOC: Forgot the results of the Streetwise Roll. Murdoc recognises Boyce's firearm as Lidelle Dunham's merchandise. Lidelle's a shadow. An old head with undercity contacts.]

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2010-07-08 19:20:13 Boyce rolled 5 dice to "Wits+Comp" 7,3,4,5,10,10,2 (2 successes) Link
2010-07-08 19:19:55 Murdoc rolled 5 dice to "Dex+Stealth" 2,5,8,3,8 (2 successes)

Boyce doesn't notice Murdoc slip out over the cacophony he's created between the talk radio debate on internet censorship and his own bellowed diatribe. The only person you notice in the distance is a small hispanic woman in a vintage dress and a tiny leather jacket. She doesn't have any of that hot hissing throb to her that follows vampires around, but then neither do you, and this one looks off. Kind of pretty, but there are traces of veins showing through the pallid skin, and they're darker than they ought to be. Could be a Haunt, though you don't recognise her.

She knocks on Boyce's window like a ghostly callgirl. Doris hasn't texted.
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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Innerlight on Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:59 pm

Murdoc just stays with his first assumption that he's dealing with a haunt. He studied her a bit living in this city as long as he did chances were good he had seen her at some kindred function or another, though Detroit was turning into a kindred hot spot as of late with influxes of visitors for some reason that he couldn't fathom. Murdoc sat at the back of the car leaning by the tire boosting his hearing to super human levels and only half peering at into their auras looking for anything sharply intense or dramatic. Murdoc texted to Doris, "You still wit' me ma. Some weird shit is going down, apparently Boyce tried to double cross me and he lost the phone to someone, I'm gonna see where this shit goes. If you have to leave hit me back".

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Auspex Intelligence3 + Empathy1 + Auspex2 - comp
Murdoc is listening in on the conversation reading their aura's so he's curious.

Murdoc isn't new to the city at all if this woman is a regular kindred. Chances are he'd probably know most city kindred who aren't complete recluses

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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Dean on Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:30 am

City Kindred are a tricky crowd to keep track of, with a tendency to hide in the folds of the city, slip into Detroit below the radar, or sire secret offspring. Nevertheless, Murdoc thinks he recognises the Haunt as Amelita Cordova, a recent defector from the Lance to one of the Crone cults.


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2010-07-10 09:00:17 Murdoc rolled 4 dice to "Auspex 2 on Boyce" 7,3,3,6 (0 successes)
2010-07-10 08:59:43 Murdoc rolled 2 dice to "Auspex 2 on Ame" 5,10,3 (1 successes)

The woman's aura is a very pale green, hanging from her silhouette like a ragged shawl. [Distrustful] She glances your way for a second, eyes lingering on where you were standing a few seconds ago.

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2010-07-10 09:09:24 Amelita rolled 9 dice to "Clash of Wills" 6,2,2,10,3,8,7,3,2,6 (2 successes)
2010-07-10 09:10:08 Murdoc rolled 8 dice to "Clash of Wills" 3,1,1,10,9,5,10,6,5,6 (3 successes)

She gets in once Boyce has swept the strewn cardboard and crap from the passengers seat. She grimaces when she sees the MAC-10 and turns the radio off. Boyce's creepy leer is met with her stony glare, so he does his best to look penitent as he attempts to say the right words to stop the glare.

"Yeah, I know, I fucked up, but look, I dealt with the guy before. Got me a great deal on this strap..."

She begins to switch through radio stations.

"I don't wanna know. Let's just get it back, ok? I need this badder than whatever he said he'd pay ... I mean I really need it. Let's just get this over with. C'mon." she shot back, exasperated.

Doris texts back. yes.




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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Innerlight on Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:44 am

Murdoc put his phone away, but kept it on hand. Lidelle seemed to want what was on the phone, but for what. Though it didn't tell him much it was starting to seem as if this murder had a lot more angles then he had originally saw. What could either of them want with the phone, was it mimics or the nothing man, or just some kindred that was using it to cover their crimes. Justice wasn't his number one concern,not in the least, all he wanted to know was what happened or enough that he was not blind. He continued to let the two talk, to see what they did or how they proceeded, though he still had no plans to intervene. He looked at the stadium and wondered if he recalled any of Lidelle's safeguards so he knew not to trip them.

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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Dean on Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:58 am

Murdoc's as familiar with Lidelle as most, but that doesn't say a whole lot. His safeguards were similar to Murdocs: staying out of sight, although he had been known to use hired muscle for deals topside. What he did for down below was anyone's guess. Lidelle's safehouse is somewhere in Hamtramck, near the Davison freeway, although Murdoc's never been there.

"The fuck you waiting for?" Amelita chirps, high-strung. "He coulda sold it already. Let's go."

Murdoc's ears ring as Boyce turns the key in the ignition. The car stalls, though. Amelita groans, irritated.
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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Innerlight on Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:05 am

Murdoc smiled, he knew he had made the correct choice in stepping out. When the car started up he swiftly moved to the sunfire, and prepared to shadow them from a distance. He knocked on the window of the car so he didn't pop up on Doris and surprise her. The Mekhet lit a cigarette, then approached the car swiftly yet cautiously.

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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Dean on Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:06 pm

Doris doesn't even look your way, she just pops the lock on the door and shifts over, giving up the drivers seat.

"So what you into now?" she asks.
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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Innerlight on Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:36 pm

Murdoc doesn't hesitate to get in the car and follow after Boyce the moment he moves his car. He breaths out a plume of smoke before answering Doris, "Remember that phone I mentioned, seems like it's important, Boyce tried to sell it", Murdoc says stopping short of telling Doris all of his suspicions. He looks to Doris, who's appearance he has now become completely used to, and says, "I know you were more into the Nowhere man thing, and I ain't got a clue if this has anything to do with that so if you wanna roll I ain't mad at yah' ", he says half looking at Doris half looking at the road ahead. He trusted Doris a bit more then most, but even though he did didn't mean she trusted him. Murdoc loved Doris for being 'bout it, but he didn't want to assume that she cared about knowing the secrets of this city as much as he did.
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Dex3 + Drive3... a sunfire is probably handling 2, but I'll leave to you to tell me what you think. Murdoc is tailing Boyce attempting to stay as covert as possible

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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Dean on Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:07 pm

"The phone sounds like it's worth something." Doris ventures. "But everything's worth something to someone."

She puts away her phone. "I'll stay."

You manage to tail Boyce and Amelita to Hamtramck. They park outside an old cannery in a state of partial renovation. Doris scrutinises the place hard.
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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Innerlight on Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:01 pm

Murdoc stopped a moment, a slight millisecond of a pause, when she said everything was worth something wondering if she were insinuating she wanted something. For the past few days the favors were very one sided and their was always the off chance she had enough, but like all americans you didn't tell anyone you were quitting you just did a half ass job and made a scene when you were being fired. He hoped that wouldn't be the case with Doris, the moment he was done with this he was going to make sure she got that roommate she said she wanted. He didn't need her jumping ship on him.

"You noticing anything out there Ma", Murdoc asked Doris as he scanned around looking for anything out of the ordinary himself.

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Wits4 + Investigate2 + Auspex2, Murdoc looking for anything


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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Dean on Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:33 pm

"You can get down below in there..." Doris murmurs.

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2010-07-15 14:25:57 Murdoc rolled 6 dice to "Wits+Inves" 7,8,10,5,6,2,8 (3 successes)

Doris is correct. You can reach Undercity through the sub-basements of the old cannery. This could be the true reason behind renovation being frozen. Murdoc spies Boyce fumbling around as he attempts to conceal his machine-pistol while his cohort glances about.

Amelita peers through gaps in boarded up windows and beckons Boyce over. Finally the pair enter the site through a loose board.
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Post by Innerlight on Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:45 pm

"They got guns ma', I can hide, if they start shooting...", Murdoc trails off giving her a moment to think about if she wanted to actually go do in the undercity. "You may want to hop in the trunk and send in a bird or a rat", he says while putting out a cigarette in an ashtray.

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Post by Dean on Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:52 pm

"Don't have the juice for that." Doris mumbles. "They got a language I can hear, though. There's visitors before those two. Some quiet, some not."

Doris seems conflicted between staying here or accompanying you.

"I know that girl."
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Post by Innerlight on Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:12 pm

"Which one you remember?", Murdoc asked coolly. He takes a minute and says, "If you feel like you have any doubts just hang back and I'll fill you in later". Murdoc thinks, he wanted to get the inside scoop, to know if their was anything going on that would be worth knowing, but he curbed that instinct to get little tidbits of information. He wasn't going to flat out ask her about things, because if he ever needed to sell some piece of information he didn't want Doris to feel as if anything she said would turn up to bite her in the ass.

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Post by Dean on Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:27 pm

"The one who just went in with the fat one. Pretty girl. She's called Bonita or Amelita or something." Doris thinks for a second.

"Used to be Sanctified." She makes the sign of a cross, but you can spot a wink of a grin under her hood, so it's probably made in jest."Heard around the way that she's all wound up with them Crone now..."

She adjusts her hood and the radio station before reclining back in the passenger seat.

"I'm thinking I'm gonna sit this one out... maybe I watch the car. You get anything, just holler."

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Re: Nerd's Shadow [Murdoc]

Post by Innerlight on Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:58 pm

Murdoc nods, flips his hood down securely, then steps out of the car. He decides to keep his bookbag of tools, because their was always the possibly he'd have to break into something. He leaves the keys, letting Doris use her best judgment. He stays a good distance away from Boyce and Amelita hiding behind his cloak of night.
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Cloak of Night - Int3 + Stealth3 + Obfuscate4 = 10dice
The Familiar Stranger Wits4 + Subterfuge3 + Obfuscate4 = 11dice

I'm doing Cloak of Night and Familiar Stranger so if someone happens to see me they won't know who I am.

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