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A Curious Encounter (OOC)

Topic: Gray Ops Espionage missions run by Curiosity Kilz, the mercenary group headed by Kartanian, a feline alien spy

Theme: Shadowy kinds of hero work that are not strictly legal, but not real vigilante justice, either; poetic justice

RP Type: The thread is quasi-open RP. I'm happy to have participation, and I will steer the story to adjust, as needed. Please contact me for details.

IMPORTANT: I like to keep the story going forward. At the same time, I recognize that real life priorities shift all the time. To handle this, I’m using the following convention: Participants who are absent from the story for more than two days while action or conversation is going on (without specific notice or arrangements) will have their characters “autoed” into a neutral situation out of the main flow of the story. Take this as part of the routine, cooperative, improvisational roleplaying experience. You can always dive back into events in motion, coming up with creative steps to rejoin play. You just can’t say, “No, that didn’t happen,” or expect events to stand still for your character.

Plot: Yes, I do have something in mind for the mystery. Exactly how it gets uncovered is fluid. :D

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I think I have a character or

I think I have a character or two that will fit this pretty well.....

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Cool!

Cool!

Major Options:
1. If you would like to be hired in for a job, let me know what information Kartanian should know about the character. At this early stage of the story, it will be most natural for operatives to be working independently. As the size of the opposition is revealed, a team-up will probably be required.
2. If you would like to play for the opposition, as it were, let me know that. I can fill you in with starting info and a likely encounter starter. Then, you would have to decide if the character would be willing to work with those conditions.

Cheers! :-)

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I think I toss in Phantasm.

I think I toss in Phantasm. Master of manipulation of light and energy. Appearance seems to be a man made of glass when not in disguise. Able to bend light into laser blast. espionage and spy are his primary behavior. Rarely kills prefers the sneak approach.

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Nice, RL!

Nice, RL!

I'm prepping an intro for Foradain's character and for Phantasm (separately). Nyktos, when you get a chance, let me know what character to engage.

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RottenLuck wrote:
RottenLuck wrote:

I think I toss in Phantasm. Master of manipulation of light and energy. Appearance seems to be a man made of glass when not in disguise. Able to bend light into laser blast. espionage and spy are his primary behavior. Rarely kills prefers the sneak approach.

Ah damn. Funnily enough the character I was thinking of using a light manipulator named Monochrome. Ah well.

Hmmm

Well I got Hemo (formerly known as Sanguine) who is a blood manipulator known for twisting his blood into angelic wings. He can toss ''feathers'' (actually his crystallized blood) at enemies. He can take a lot of damage and last pretty long in a fight but his attacks are weak on their own. He mainly is just a healer and buffer though and just uses the wings to fly around

Then there is Streamline (last name I used was Datamine) who can use ''data manipulation'' (actually a form of electrical manipulation in this case) via drawing it from high tech gadgetry (phones, neon lights, computers, billboards, modern TVs, etc.). He can manifest it into non lethal weapons, travel through it (as a superspeed/invisibility hybrid) and hack into things very easily.

Of course you still got Dread whom I renamed Sandman. Instead of turning into a monster made out of hallucinogenic fluid he can only turn parts of his body into a black powder like substance that resembles sand. He toned down his killings (although he still scares the fuck out of people) and has a much much different costume that while unnerving isn't horrifying levels of it.

I also got Gepetto (Marionette) whom is a vigilante with inanimate objects as minions (the name should give you a clue) and Phage (I can't think of any other threatening name for him) who is a anti-villain who just wants to be left alone with his plants (or his garden as he calls it). He is pretty much Poison Ivy but with more of a emphasis on isolating himself away from everything with his creations rather then trying to save plants everywhere.

I am honestly wondering if I should try making Phage more of a villain though. I don't have very many villains on my character list other then Faust (Corius the Damned). I could probably come up with more ideas. I was thinking of a chain themed character next.

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I let you have the light

I let you have the light manipulator role Nyktos. Instead, I can bring in Flux she has the power to manipulate matter around her. She can't change matter steel stays steel, but she can mold it like playdoh. Air the only thing she can manipulate without physical touch. The denser the matter the harder it is to move.

She has a cheap apartment in one of the poor neighborhoods.

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Swapping to Flux, then? Can

Swapping to Flux, then? Can do.

Is Monochrome up for Nyktos?

Checking PM and getting Foradain's intro posted now.

Note for Xselcier: The data file on the SD card has everything Nightstrike needs to start the job, but if you have specific questions or lines of investigation you would like me to provide more about, please let me know IC or OOC, as applicable. The next move is mostly to start the work (with or without side research, as desired).

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One does not make it to 3000+

One does not make it to 3000+ years old without doing their side research at every opportunity.

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I hope I didn't jump into

I hope I didn't jump into things too soon. Kind of wanted to do some background for flux get myself back into the mindset of her.

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That contact info is it a

That contact info is it a location or phone number?

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I figured that since Flux

I figured that since Flux seems to be looking at an online job listing, it would be a web form. Click the link and go to a tiny little site with more information. There is an office location, as well, on the river in a "neutral" kind of location where it would not look out of place for anyone to walk up in dress ranging from dockworker coveralls to grubby jeans and ganger fashion to a three-piece business suit.

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I can use Monochrome yes.

I can use Monochrome yes. Just tell me when to bring him in if possible

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Will do, Nyktos! If you want

Will do, Nyktos! If you want to post a personal "setup" bit like RL did for Flux, that would actually be pretty cool to see at any point where you're ready. The establishing shot of "Why is this person looking for work (or open to it)?" could be a nice touch.

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That should be easy.

That should be easy. Monochrome is pretty much already a mercenary who has worked with other mercs before (he met Glimmer, the only female character I have so far on my roster through merc work).

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Okay, I'm a little lost on

Okay, I'm a little lost on how Nightstrike is supposed to start the job. Does she contact someone at NStar or a go-between hired by them?

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Sorry, I *really* haven't

Sorry, I *really* haven't been clear enough.

Contract: Nightstrike's task is to expose the human trafficking ring without causing unnecessary noise, death, or destruction. NStar is the sponsor behind that job. Kartanian could only get some information tracing the job to NStar and some partial information about the "Freedom Avenue" trafficking ring itself. That information suggested that someone else--possibly the US government--is behind the trafficking. The information that Kartanian has been able to collect so far does *not* yet provide enough to make a case to either the public (through the media) or to prosecuting authorities. It does suggest two guys named "Big Joe" and "Slider" as people to investigate. Both are involved in smuggling in the Titan City port area; possibly involved with or paying off the Port Authority or customs. There are also several places that the Avenue is using sometimes, but not all the time, as transit points where the people it is moving come off ships before going to wherever they go next. The organization's agents are somehow aware that Kartanian himself has been put on their trail, and Kartanian fears that this will draw government agency interference, which is why he can't continue the job himself.

Side Job: Kartanian is sure that NStar is not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts, and he wants to know what ulterior motives they have for wanting the ring exposed. The data he gathered suggests a particular executive and section of IT to investigate for human intel and data trails, respectively.

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That clears things up

That clears things up immensely. Thank you.

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I'm guessing that I've left

I'm guessing that I've left this too open-ended, without enough clues to where to go next. On the other hand, three other threads also got going at the same time, and several of the same posters are involved in multiple threads.

I will provide some cues after I finish writing the next chapter of the third book. My target is to finish that chapter today.

Cheers,
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I was beginning to wonder

I was beginning to wonder what was going on. I assumed you were simply too busy with book writing and holiday prep.

I posted Nightstrike only leaving for the docks in case you wanted to set the scene. But I can go ahead and take care of that if it's what you had in mind.

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I'm kind of waiting for the

I'm kind of waiting for the okay for Flux to show up for her interview.

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And Northbrook is expecting a

And Northbrook is expecting a call...

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Flux can show up for her

Flux can show up for her interview. Let me know if you need more info/background before starting that.

I will make a setup post of the "guys" to set the scene, but it will be fairly neutral, as they mostly want to avoid suspicion. That will leave a lot of leeway to Nightstrike. (And it has been kind of busy! I sprained my ankle immediately after getting home from my assignment in LA, so things have been a bit slower than usual.)

I will also re-read and check on what to give Northbrook to get him the next bit. :-)

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Take care of that ankle

Take care of that ankle Kartanian. Don't worry after all it's the holidays and I think we all are busy.

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Yeah. Take care of yourself

Yeah. Take care of yourself before you even start to worry about RP.

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How's the ankle, Kart?

How's the ankle, Kart?

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Ankle is healing well, thanks

Ankle is healing well, thanks. Still stiff, and I certainly gave it a workout over the last week on family vacation, but healing nicely.

Completed four chapters of "All Forests are One" in the last week, solved five potential plot holes, and figured out what happens to make the desired ending work.

Ready to refresh and add more to this thread, now, too.

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Yay!

Yay!

Glad that you're feeling better and you got the problems with "All Forests Are One" worked out.

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Foradain: The call to

Foradain: The call to Northbrook will be coming in after I get a chance to see how Nightstrike approaches the operation, and what she will be after. It is entirely possible that Northbrook's extraction target was in one of those containers coming off the ship.

All: Time-wise, I will need to juggle action a bit and see when Nightstrike does her thing, and then loosely synch timing of that with what Kartanian and others can accomplish in that timespan. Designating Day 1 as the afternoon conversation between Nightstrike and Kartanian, and the meeting with Northbrook late that same day, I am thinking that Nightstrike is moving out either late at night or the morning (?) of Day 2.

RL: I'm going to put Flux/Julia's entry on Day 2 and the interview on the afternoon of Day 2, if that's okay.

Nyktos & RL: I am thinking of a Monochrome meetup with Flux for a two-person delivery mission to an NStar-affiliated facility. This will depend on what abilities they have (and make known to Kisya) and how each prefers to operate. If you want to share more about that here in OOC, or by msg, please do. I can work whatever is "knowable" into the intro.

Cheers!

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The morning of Day 2 works

The morning of Day 2 works just fine for me.

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Monochrome can either be a

Monochrome can either be a sniper or a stealth type of person with a preference for quick take downs or flashbang quick ambushes. He/she is pretty much an assassin to put it simply.

They also have some minor invisibility and teleporting abilities. The invis does not last very long (a few minutes at the most) and the teleporting only extends from light source to light source (only really ideal for getting away too).

There powers make no discernible noise but they do stick out as they are colored gray/silver.

Not quite sure how to introduce him though....

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Is there a name Roxanne could

Is there a name Roxanne could drop to add some weight to her inquiry?

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Oh yeah I forgot to add.

Oh yeah I forgot to add. Monochrome's birth name is Corey Ashton. I will make an excerpt about why they are looking for work though....

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(X)A name, yes... Salman

(X)

A name, yes... Salman Porqat. Mr. Porqat is an international crime boss normally considered beyond the reach of Western law enforcement, but he has a need to frequently move people between Pakistan, Dubai, Kuwait, England, the USA, Brazil, and Colombia. Roxanne is aware that Porqat's own network has recently taken a beating by a Titan City group of superheroes. He would plausibly be in the market for alternate transportation services to move his agents and product. Roxanne cannot be certain that he has not already contacted the Avenue, but the likelihood is very low, and it is reasonable for Porqat to be looking at multiple alternate services to spread his heightened risk around.

Hope that helps.

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(Nyktos)

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What is Monochrome's street or villain organization reputation? If I can get a sense for what people think of him, I will have a good idea for the introductory approach. :)

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Definitely.

Definitely.

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Monochrome has some notoriety

Monochrome has some notoriety with villain organizations. Generally if she pops up somewhere then that means that she is on a job.

And said job usually involves someone being assassinated. Monochrome has killed off some villains and crime bosses before (albeit not major ones yet as they are much harder to get too)

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I can work with that, Nyktos,

I can work with that, Nyktos, certainly. Formulating a plan now. It's unlikely that Monochrome and Flux would work together, at present, but we'll see how that develops. Look for something to get that started shortly.

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Sorry if I wasn't giving you

Sorry if I wasn't giving you a lot to work with before. I honestly am kinda annoyed that I have so little time to even work on my character concepts these days. Interesting note Monochrome used to be known as Glimmer. Her light manipulation powers developed more though so the gray, dull color to them is a side effect to that (which is subsequently why her skin, hair, and cloths change to gray when she starts using her powers).

She changes how she looks a lot (to the point she will masquerade as a guy sometimes) out of sheer paranoia that her secret identity will be found out. Sometimes she even wears temporary costumes of other capes with gray color schemes.

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Just in case it isn't

Just in case it isn't blatantly obvious, I'm using the italicization to indicate emphasis. :-)

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Yep!

Yep!
And... I've got an inquiry for Monochrome. First, though, I need two more bits of info:
1. How much of her own research does Monochrome do about her targets after being contracted?
2. Would a "street" or "high class" meeting be most appropriate for a contract offer for Monochrome?

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(Nightstrike/Roxanne)

(Nightstrike/Roxanne)
Yes, the webcam is recording, if Roxanne can tell.
Slider has definitely heard of Porqat, and seems genuinely eager to win that sort of business.

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She does a lot and she would

She does a lot and she would do either which.

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Sorry for the delay and the

Sorry for the delay and the super-short post. Been real busy the past few days.

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I been delayed myself.

I been delayed myself. Mother is in the hospital her kidneys gave out fully. She had her first dialysis today.

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That sucks Rotten, hope she

That sucks Rotten, hope she gets better

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Our best wishes to her, and

Our best wishes to her, and may a better solution to kidney failure be found soon.

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Wow, yes! Thoughts are with

Wow, yes! Thoughts are with you and your family.

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Kart, did you want to go

Kart, did you want to go through the entire negotiation process?

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No, there's no need to go

No, there's no need to go through details.
Roxanne will quickly determine that this is an organization that is careful and professional enough that references will be checked, identities will be verified, and nothing illegal will be done until there is some mutual ass on the line. That means that this meeting would be only the first of many and that the risk of exposure would grow. Likely, that's all manageable, but she would need to be prepared for her cover identity to be triple-checked.
She will also learn that Danny "Slider" Shelton is the lowest level of person authorized to do any deals. Roxanne will get the impression that he handles Titan City and that there are one or two others in similar roles here. He can talk about pickup and drop off locations with great detail, giving assessments of how much it would cost to move a "human-sized package" from and to different destinations. "We take care of all customs, immigration, and inspections details." He mentions a surcharge for live cargo, which may be intriguing.
He will also sound out Roxanne's political leanings as delicately as he can. It seems like there is some sort of organizational interest in helping... someone? ... based on politics.

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Monochrome is now up with an

Monochrome is now up with an invitation to meet.
Roxanne has Slider "at her disposal." I am curious to see what you will do with him next!
Julia is at a good scene break point. If you like, we can move to her equipped and on the job for action. If you would like to post more before that, let me know. I will take my cue from you, RL.
Northbrook will be getting his callback, as well. We've gotten far enough for Kartanian to have ID'd a target. Monochrome's job will play into that, if I can make the coordination between players/posters work.

Cheers,
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My modem went up but now I'm

My modem went up but now I'm back. Okay sounds good Kartanian. Give me the details and Julia can go to work.

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I injured myself recently so

I injured myself recently so sorry if my part doesn't come in fast.

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Hope you feel better soon,

Hope you feel better soon, Nyktos!

*chuckle* Lots of stuff happening to people recently, it seems. Strangely, me, too. I had a chiropractic adjustment on Monday that triggered a migraine that has just not gone away. Kind of hard to concentrate, but it will get better.

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I'll let you determine what's

I'll let you determine what's in his pockets, Kart. Her intention is to clone his mobile, access the chip RFID on any of his credit/debit cards, and put a bug on his shirt collar. Let me know if any of that will not be possible.

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All possible.

All possible.

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Note that those private apps

Note that those private apps on Slider's phone require data sharing and device-based authentication in order to function. Each app is serial number tagged so whoever the admin is will know who and from what device the app is running. Without extra resources, Roxanne will not be able to run those cloned apps without tipping off the Avenue. The static data and less secure cloud links are fully open to her, though.

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It occurs to me that I don't

It occurs to me that I don't think I've ever posted Nightstrike's bio anywhere. At least not that I could find. So here goes...

PC Name: Roxarza de Lescer (Rocs-are-zah dey Leh-scare)
Aliases: Roxanne Smythe-Graeme (Permanent)
_________Serena del Olmo (Temporary)
Codename: Nightstrike
Created by: Me
Function and Power Classification:
______Superhuman Physical Attributes (Strength, Speed, Reflexes, Durability, Endurance)
______Superhuman Senses
______Powerful Healing Factor (Poison and Disease Immunity)
______Limited Utility Magic
Power Threat Level: Green 10
Personality: Guarded, confident, sarcastic, motivated, charismatic, self-reliant, stubborn
______In private: Guilt-ridden, world-weary, cynical, vengeful
Physical Traits: Highly athletic build
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 172 lbs
Age: 3027 years (Appears between 25-30)
Skin: Light Olive
Hair: Dark Auburn
Eyes: Steel Blue w/ gold flecks – Almond-shaped
Metahuman/Alien/Robot type: Genetically modified Post-Human
[Optional] Racial Descent: Atlantean (Has features of several races)
Backstory: Incomplete
Status: Active
Notes: Her standard equipment
______Advanced Battle Armor w/ Helmet
______Mono-Edged Arming Sword
______Dual Pistols (Unknown design)
______Bullpup Rifle (Unknown design)
______Grenades/Explosives
______Wrist-mounted Grapnel Gun
______Mono-Edged Combat Knife
Allies: Ciph3r (Highly talented Whitehat)
_______Kartanian and Curiosity Kilz
[Optional] Affiliations (Past or Present): Far too many to count
[Optional] Weaknesses: Her healing factor can be countered by fire, acid, and nanotech

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Slider is not completely

Slider is not completely human normal, but he's no super.

Prepping details today for RL's job for Julia.

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Cheater. >:-b

Cheater. >:-b

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I should be able to post

I should be able to post something this weekend......

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Sorry, I haven't been active. Got hit on the head with a massive Writers Block. I type up something later today.

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Roxanne checked all of Slider

Roxanne checked all of Slider's stuff... but never checked the guy himself! I was wondering if that was an oversight, but Slider appears to be just so normal a dude that it could slip by.

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Bah.

Bah.

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Roxanne probably suspects

Roxanne probably suspects blood-filtering cyberware or a similar pseudo-natural ability, based on Slider's reactions. If he has that, he's likely to have other stuff.

Depending on who is available to post, we will involve Northbrook, Nyktos, and Julia in the extraction. A call to Northbrook is underway.

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Dr. O'Brien will understand

Dr. O'Brian will understand if Uncle Val can't tell her about the slavers he's found out about, but if he can she will cause them a great deal of trouble. :(

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Odd but amusing to have a guy

Odd but amusing to have a guy be so freaked out by a beautiful woman! Tables have really turned on this one!

BTW, he did not have a weapon on him, if it matters.

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Roxanne's situation with

Roxanne's situation with Slider/Danny is independent of the warehouse/container extraction, so that can continue. I think X is up next, because Danny is basically looking for a safe opening to get out of the place alive, at this point.
If Nyktos has an opportunity to post for Monochrome, I can still work that into the extraction up to the point where the action starts. After that, we will roll it to the next (possibly independently-running) job.

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Yay, the maintenance is

Yay, the maintenance is finally done!

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Preventive Maintenance Checks

Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS), yay!

Hate those Class II leaks. (Ugh, now I feel old. Anybody with more recent military service (say, within the last 10 years) know if that's still a term in use?)

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Yeah... tachyon thrusters,

Yeah... tachyon thrusters, hmm..., okay. *blink and shrug* I'm assuming that is flavor, Foradain. If you are thinking that it might have an impact on what the drone can do, let me know.

Also, please let me know what you need me to post for you. I'm not sure if that was a filler or if the drone is in position and needs a report. (Or, if you're just waiting for something happening on the site.)

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Think "reactionless thrusters

Think "reactionless thrusters", in that the drone doesn't carry reaction mass around or have air intakes. But if someone has a means of detecting the tachyons, they could use that to spot the drone more easily.
Only need input if the drone and/or Mr. Northbrook are going to encounter problems before getting into position. ^_^

P.S.: Other ways to spot the drone include infrared (waste heat will make it a coupla degrees hotter) and using magic to detect the "don't notice me" spell. Once in position, it will be using a tight beam microwave signal to send its take to the relay.

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Where I got the idea for

Where I got the idea for tachyon thrusters: http://www.npl.washington.edu/AV/altvw61.html

Just in case anyone is interested. ^_^

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Interesting article, thank

Interesting article, thank you!

(My understanding of tachyons had slipped into the mushy-science realm over the last decade, I think.)

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So I think I'll continue with

So I think I'll continue with Mr. Northbrook's preparations during my next break, about two hours from now. ^_^

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"Gyroc" is short for

"Gyroc" is short for "gyroscopic rocket". In this case they launch from a pistol, although you could make a longarm that launched them. Smoothbore works better than rifled with these. ^_^

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And if anyone does manage to

And if anyone does manage to tap the wireless connection to the tablets, or gets ahold of one later, they might be able to trace the site up to a server farm somewhere near Laporte, Colorado. The signal from the drone could theoretically be traced there as well. Let me know if anyone tries to hack past that point, either way. ^_^

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I think Flux is a good person

I think Flux is a good person she just gave up on caring.

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OK, so we have Northbrook,

OK, so we have Northbrook, about a half hour before the passengers are scheduled to arrive, on the roof across the street, being Sneaky and with a Trench Coat of Elvenkind activated, watching the warehouse.
The Teleport Beacons are detectable by magic, and will help anyone who knows they are there and using magical teleportation to teleport into the van (or wherever the beacons may end up); and anyone who tries to trace a teleport that is using the beacon will be able to more easily. But they are relatively fragile (about like quartz) and the enchantment on them should wear off in about three more hours.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a sudden urge to listen to Marcy Playground.^_^

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Sorry for the delay. All of a

Sorry for the delay. All of a sudden it's three days later! Response for Roxanne coming shortly, and a message back for Northbrook, as well.

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Actually, no messages yet for

Actually, no messages yet for Northbrook. Everything is still on schedule. The drone has good coverage, no interference, no obstructions or "competitors" for the airspace.

So far, the warehouse and truck yard is as it should be. Security is as Tanner described it. At 25 minutes to extraction time (T-25), a truck has just pulled in, another one is at the gate getting cleared, and two trucks just left. The average turn time is two loads in every twenty minutes, and the same timing and pairing going out. It takes a little less than 4 minutes to position the trucks in the warehouse for container switching. The target truck should be arriving about 20 minutes from now (at T-5 minutes) and positioned in the warehouse in roughly 24 minutes (T-1).

Foot and vehicle traffic near the parking lot staging site for the van is routine, with nothing unusual or suspicious, at present.

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So, the trackers on the two

So, the trackers on the two containers and the pigeon that got in the way will begin transmitting at about T-9 minutes. Hopefully they won't alert the bad guys....

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Nope, they tick over and

Nope, they tick over and begin operations with no signs of discovery or interception.

Everything remains suspiciously quiet and "as expected."

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Finally, *finally* posting

Finally, *finally* posting the next part. It took me much longer to figure out how to explain what's in the shipping container than I thought it would. I think I'm just being too perfectionistic about the setup--balancing the "How do they do this?" with the dramatic edge. Anyway... on with the show.

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No worries about the delay,

No worries about the delay, Kartanian. I'm hoping that jury duty this week won't delay my posts. ^_^

"Titan City" and "Northbrook" were both in English, deliberately rather than a limitation of the translation spell.

If there isn't 7'1" of headroom in the compartment, Northbrook will be crouching a bit.

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Understood, thanks, Foradain.

Understood, thanks, Foradain.

The container is one of the "high cube" types, which is 12 m long, 2.44 m wide, 2.9 m high. That leaves (in this case) just slightly more than 8 feet (2.5 m) of space inside the container, once the container's structure and systems are accounted for.

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Just in case the bad guys (or

Just in case the bad guys (or anyone else) can analyze that enchantment, if one of the cards is ever taken from someone without their consent, location information will be sent to the number on the card. It's a magical (similarity) connection to the phone. So if one of the girls takes the card, and it later gets taken from them, the "text" is sent. Alas if they give it freely (deceit is OK, but no coercion or slight-of-hand!) it won't activate...

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Elapsed time from beginning

Elapsed time from beginning to end of teleport post: 3-15 seconds, depending on whether there is no teleport block up at all, up to as good a teleport block as he'd encountered in his homeworld where teleport magic (and defenses against the same) are common.

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Magic? Pfft! Currently,

Magic? Pfft! Currently, Freedom Avenue seems to be running *nothing* related to or aware of magic. The whole thing smacks highly of a technologically-focused, "cloak and dagger" type of operation.

Of course, that may change after (if?) they figure out what happened. First mover advantage goes to the heroes!

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Martika's teleport was

Martika's teleport was successful, and Northbrook detects no alarms or anything else going awry. You can continue with the other teleports and then remove yourself, if you wish.

Wrinkles and complications will start to appear after that, perhaps. :)

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Continuing before long.

Continuing before long. Dealing with family issue, at the moment.

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