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Completed Let's become daemon cops in Unavowed (Finished)

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Darth Roxor, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. Jaedar Arcane Patron

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    Staten island, we must recover our cop legacy.
     
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    Indeed, the Staten island seems to be the most fun option.
     
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    Interesting but... What about lying by omission? Or telling a lie one is not aware of being so? Or believing said lie? Too bad the MC doesn't comment about that.


    Better than Tokyo at least. Also, for being an important branch, there were literally ONLY TWO GUYS one guy and one gal covering too much space for too long.

    The boss, as usual, seems to be an important person but doesn't seem to do much work, if at all.

    Never deal with a dragon. Shadowrun had it right.

    That sounds like a weak excuse and handwaving to justify why the MC takes care of everything. At least the writers tried to address this point.

    Bronx, there must be a great deal of Evil here. Of the supernatural kind I mean.
     
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  4. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    [​IMG]

    ....

    Staten Island
     
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    Staten Island.
     
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    Bronx. Never heard about that island thing.
     
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  10. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    Here we goooooooooooooooo

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    Staten Island, here we come. We can also revisit the previous mission location, but there's no reason to do that (for now?)

    For those who don't know, Staten Island is a big-ass island off the shore from New York. Whodathunk! It is also one of the five boroughs of NYC, together with Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.

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    U S A!

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    U S A!

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    The eagle has landed. Time to establish a beachhead.

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    Stop breaking radio silence, pvt Bandana.

    [​IMG] I know that song. That's "Lowlands Away", isn't it?

    [​IMG] Yes, an old shanty. Being at sea just... reminds me of the younger days.



    I'm not even sure if it's an "old" shanty to begin with, but many of the popular shanties are old-ish in themselves, going back to the 19th or even 18th century, so calling something an "old shanty" is a bit of a pleonasm.

    [​IMG] Well, don't let me stop you. We could use a bit of cheer on a dreary night like this.

    [​IMG] No, I shall not lose myself in the past. Let us proceed.

    Codexia takes a look around.

    The ferry terminal is deserted at this time of night.

    The walkway extends east towards a marina. The promenade leads west towards a large sculpture.

    Go (W)est, young man.

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    :what:

    SORCERY

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    [​IMG] Janey, this is rotten, and you know it.

    [​IMG] It's a tragedy, Vicki. That's all this is.

    [​IMG] ... God damn it. You know what? I need a drink. Come talk to me if you wanna do your damn job.

    Good attitude :greatjob:

    [​IMG] Hey, you doing all right? Your face went all pale.

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    As you can see, we can now use Eli's Fire Sight ability to read burnt texts. Of course, nothing of the sort is available yet.

    :codexisfor: So I didn't kill Vicki after all...

    [​IMG] One less death is a win in my book. Hopefully she feels the same way.

    :D

    We are now standing in front of The September 11th memorial. It overlooks the spot where the Twin Towers once stood.

    Indeed. Here's how it looks irl:

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    There's a corpse in front of it and it's covered by a mildew-stained tarp. We can't do anything with it. As for the officer: Staten Island used to be your beat, but you don't recognize her. She must be new.

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    [​IMG] You need to leave.

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    :brodex: It's okay, I'm one of you.

    Codexia flashes her goods pretty often in this game.

    [​IMG] You're from the local 120? You do look... familiar. But no, you just got one of those faces. Anyway, I can't tell you much. Harrison's orders.

    [​IMG] This is just a... tragedy. A senseless tragedy.

    wat

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    :codexisfor: Was that Vicki Santina you were arguing with?

    [​IMG] You know her? Take my advice and stay clear. She's one citation away from being locked up.

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    :codexisfor: I thought Vicki was, um, dead.

    smooooooth

    [​IMG] Dead? No, she came close though. The sole survivor of a mass-shooting. Just... try and ignore her. If you can.

    :codexisfor: What kind of tragedy?

    [​IMG] It's... a tragedy. Just a tragedy. A senseless tragedy.

    Uh-huh.

    :codexisfor: Can you be a bit more detailed than that? What kind of tragedy?

    [​IMG] It's...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] ... a tragedy. That's all this is.

    Yeah, we've seen this thing before.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Let's try this again. What happened?

    [​IMG] It's... it's...

    ITZ

    [​IMG] Lemme guess, a tragedy?

    [​IMG] ... a tragedy. That's all this is.

    :codexisfor: Right, I'll leave. See you around.

    [​IMG] Sure, please try and stay clear.

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    Useless cops. Time to hit the road further west.

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    Harro.

    [​IMG] Vinny, come ON. You and me, we go back.

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    Seems Vicki has become the Hobocop.

    [​IMG] She was your WIFE, you asshole.

    [​IMG] It... was a tragedy, Vicki. That's all it was.

    @_@

    [​IMG] ... you're serious.

    [​IMG] Dead-ass serious. Now leave, Santina.

    He slams the door.

    [​IMG] Well, screw you too, buddy.

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    Exeunt Vicki & Vinny.

    [​IMG] Did you hear that? Again with the "just a tragedy".

    All the boys and girls in blue have spent many a paycheck at Vinny's, recalls Codexia.

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    Going east, there's a dark back alley entrance, as well as a door to the storage facility. Looks unlocked.

    The street continues toward the east
    , which is where we go, following Vicki.

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    [​IMG] Oh, I'm sorry. Wouldn't want to EMBARRASS you.

    [​IMG] Jesus, Vi, it's not that. You can't be here. Everyone already looks at me funny, can't you just... stop?

    [​IMG] People are dead. How many are gonna pile up before you DO something?

    [​IMG] ...

    [​IMG] It's a tragedy, Vicki. That's all this is.

    [​IMG] ... right, sure. I'm going for a walk. See you around, Donny.

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    Exit Vicki.

    This is all very strange, and I don't mean the whole hypnosis thing. Just the whole set-up - what, someone's been killed, everyone got mindwiped, and there's just Vicki running around the place being an angry cunt?

    Anyway, this cop is barely out of his teens. He is entranced by his phone.

    Goddamn millennials.

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    I guess going through here we'll end up back at the ferry?

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    NOPE

    :evilcodex: CHAOS IS THE ONLY TRUE ANSWER

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    whoa

    :evilcodex: I UNDERSTAND MORE THAN YOU COULD POSSIBLY KNOW

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    Demon-Codexia opens a portal to the warp.

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    Uhm, hi?

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    @_@

    Return me to my world immediately!

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    :martini: Or what? You are in my control.

    Release me! Send me back! You summoned me in the middle of BATTLE. I am the general commander. Without me, my soldiers are doomed to failure!

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    :martini: They were doomed to failure anyway.

    It matters not. They are under my command. It is no secret our efforts are going poorly. Perhaps even futile. They poison our waters. They destroy our resources. Our homes. OUR LIVES! So we fight, outnumbered and outmatched, but what choice do we have?

    Bad ekanami right there.

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    :martini: Would you rather complain, or would you rather win?

    We don't want to win. We want to LIVE! If you have counsel to offer, I am listening.

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    :martini: This is going to be FUN!

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    Back to the present.

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    [​IMG] Was that...?

    [​IMG] One of the mer-folk? I cannot say for certain.

    Merfolk! How fabulous.

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    :codexisfor: What power-drilled into my skull?

    [​IMG] Whoa, take it easy.

    [​IMG] Yes, try and get your bearings.

    [​IMG] You can lean over the rail if you need to, you know, throw up. I guarantee nobody will notice the smell around here.

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    Codexia gets up.

    :codexisfor: Did I hear you right? That was a mermaid?

    [​IMG] One of the mer-folk, yes. The demon... summoned it.

    [​IMG] But how? To open such a path takes tremendous energy. Energy that a demon alone should not possess.

    [​IMG] Such a thing is impossible. And yet, I spoke it, so it must be true.

    :hmmm:

    that's a very stupid line

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    :happytrollboy: So mer-people exist!

    [​IMG] Yes. And the less you express surprise at every supernatural encounter, the faster we can get on with things. Speaking of, let us venture forward. We will learn nothing standing here in the rain.

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    Whatever happened here in the past, there's nothing to do right now.

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    And going west will lead us back full circle to the starting point.

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    When in doubt, get drunk.

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    [​IMG] Come on in, dry yourself off.

    As with most locations in Unavowed, there's absolutely nothing to do here except for talking to the owner. Vinny was a friend to a lot of cops. You never really got to know him.

    [​IMG] Heya.

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    :codexisfor: [Intelligence] This your place?

    [​IMG] My name's on the sign.

    [​IMG] [Perception] Ah, so you are Vinny.

    [​IMG] You're a sharp one.

    [​IMG] So I have been told.

    [​IMG] Hah, I like you guys.

    :codexisfor: Was that Vicki Santina outside?

    [​IMG] Who else could it have been? Her and me, we go back. I help her out where I can, but there are limits.

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    :codexisfor: Why does Vicki need help?

    [​IMG] If you don't know, I probably shouldn't say. You guys are obviously not from the neighborhood.

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    :brodex: Vicki and I worked together. Can you tell me what happened?

    [​IMG] Really? Vicki only worked with cops. And I know all the cops in this area. Sorry, but I can't help you unless I know you. Vicki's an old friend, and a good cop, once upon a time. I ain't betraying that. Even if she HAS become the neighborhood nut.

    Pfff.

    :codexisfor: Wasn't Vicki, um, shot?

    [​IMG] Yeah, she recovered. Physically, anyway. But Vicki's got enough on her plate without me talking behind her back.

    :codexisfor: Neighborhood nut?

    [​IMG] You've seen her around, you know what I'm talking about. She skeeves everyone out. The cops want nothing to do with her. Even her own family is ready to write her off.

    :codexisfor: Her own family won't talk to her?

    [​IMG] I said enough, sorry. Uhm, hey, hat guy, you okay?

    [​IMG] It's fine, it's just... what you said. To turn away from your own family. It's the hardest thing in the world.

    [​IMG] Could be. Vicki made it easy for 'em, I'll say that much.

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    :codexisfor: Vicki said something about your wife...?

    Have you stopped beating your wife yet?

    [​IMG] ... it was a tragedy. Yeah, it was a tragedy. That's all it was.

    Classic.

    :codexisfor: A tragedy? What happened?

    [​IMG] It was a tragedy. That's all it was.

    informative as hell

    :codexisfor: Well, see you around.

    [​IMG] I ain't going anywhere.

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    A bit? :lol:

    [​IMG] You're not wrong. His wife died, he's been brainwashed not to think about it. He should be grieving. He NEEDS to be grieving. It's just... what you do.

    blablabla

    [​IMG]

    Exploration calls!

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    Hello.

    [​IMG] Another ghost. And in a back alley, no less.

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    The door is locked.

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    With a 4-digit keypad!

    Trying all the obvious combinations like 1337 and 4510 dindu nuffin.

    Nothing more to be had here, since we Can't Talk To Ghosts (tm).

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    Let's check this shit.

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    Nothing to do here either. All the storage units are locked via keycards and we can't take the elevator.

    which only leaves...

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    *Gasp* The police station!

     
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  12. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    Come on, it's only 4 digits. Brute force it.
     
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  14. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    Time to chase the shadows of our past :bunkertime:

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    [​IMG] Sorry, I was a bit... distracted.

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    :codexisfor: Lol newfag.

    [​IMG] Yeah, just passed my exams a few months ago. You from around here? You look familiar. No, don't tell me, I'll figure it out. Gotta work the memory muscle, that's important.

    :codexisfor: You're waiting for the bus?

    [​IMG] Yep, saving up to buy a car, but until then I ride the bus with the plebs.

    No, Donny, you are the plebs.

    [​IMG] Could be worse. At least cops ride free.

    When you ride for free, YOU RIDE WITH HITLER

    :codexisfor: You look pretty engrossed on your phone there.

    [​IMG] I guess I am. You ever play Trollgate? It's like digital crack. I created a character when I was 16. They got me hooked for life.

    Trollgate was also mentioned before in Blackwell. The ghost girl from Epiphany played it.

    :codexisfor: I couldn't help but overhear that argument you were having...

    [​IMG] Nobody. You didn't see me with anyone.

    :codexisfor: Sorry to tell you, but I did see you arguing with someone.

    [​IMG] Shit. I mean, crap. Damn it, Vicki, why do you have to screw up everything? Don't tell anyone, okay? I'll never hear the end of it.

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    :codexisfor: Is Vicki really the neighborhood nut?

    [​IMG] Who said that? Was it Vinny? Fucking Vinny. *Sigh* Of course, he's not wrong, is he?

    :codexisfor: Is it true Vicki's family turned against her?

    [​IMG] Turned against her? Who said that? I haven't turned against her.

    [​IMG] Wait, you're related to Vicki?

    [​IMG] Fine, now you know. She's my sister. I'm not trying to make a big deal out of that, okay? Vicki's been nothing but trouble ever since she got shot.

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    :neveraskedforthis: Vicki was shot? By, um, whom?

    [​IMG] Hey, you okay? Your eye is twitching. It was during the Eternox Club shooting. You heard about that, right? It was a massacre.

    Surely you mean A TRAGEDY

    [​IMG] You know how one person got out alive? That was Vicki. The perp got her in the shoulder. Vicki still isn't clear what happened. But whatever went down... it messed her up in the head.

    :codexisfor: Vicki is... messed up? How?

    [​IMG] That's just it! We don't know. She just got WEIRD. Angry all the time, twitchy, paranoid.

    Sounds like she's a regular at GD.

    [​IMG] She keeps bothering people with questions. Trying to solve cases that we closed a long time ago.

    :codexisfor: What cases did Vicki try to reopen?

    [​IMG] Just tragedies. That's all they are. Each of them. Just a tragedy.

    sigh

    :codexisfor: If Vicki is such a problem, why don't you stop her?

    [​IMG] She's a Santina. That name still carries some weight around here. At least, until she takes it too far. Which she will, the way she's going.

    [​IMG] You sound almost ashamed of her. Your own sister.

    [​IMG] Hey man, you think I haven't tried talking to her? Tried to get her counseling? Whatever? She won't LISTEN. I feel bad for her, but she's gone somewhere none of us can follow. I'm not getting dragged down with her. And that's a fact. If she wants to live in Vinny's crap basement, that's her business.

    yep, definitely a 'dexer

    :codexisfor: Vicki lives under Vinny's bar?

    [​IMG] Yeah, since her severance package ran out, that's all she can afford.

    :codexisfor: So a brother and sister are both cops?

    You'd think Codexia would know of this.

    [​IMG] All of us Santinas are cops. Our dad, grandpop, my two big brothers. It's a family thing. At least, until now.

    NEPOTISM

    :codexisfor: There's a dead body around the corner.

    [​IMG] Janey's on that one, isn't she?

    [​IMG] It's a... tragedy. That's all it is.

    Yeah, yeah.

    :codexisfor: See you around, officer.

    [​IMG] Right, see you.

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    Straight into the lion's den.

    120th Precinct - your old haunt - makes you feel at home again.

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    Cozy. Taking a look around,

    Photos from the old days. You recognise [I like the sudden appearance of -ise here when everything else is kwanisms] some of the cops, looking very young.

    Is that still the same plant that Frank pissed in back in 2012? Ugh.

    As for the woman behind the desk,

    What was this woman's name? It's is [sic] on the tip of your tongue. Jackie? Joan?

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    [​IMG] Sorry. I thought you looked a bit familiar. But no, it was just a trick of the light.

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    :codexisfor: I used to live in the area. Maybe I saw you around.

    [​IMG] Really? You must have lived here long ago. I thought I knew everybody. Either that or I'm losing my touch. In any case, while I'd love to chat I have a mountain of paperwork to get through. Unless there's something else I could help you with?

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    :codexisfor: What do you do here?

    [​IMG] Captain Joy Harrison, at your service. Filling out paperwork a specialty.

    You'd think a kaptin would be in another office and not sitting at the front desk like some common clerk?

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    :codexisfor: You're captain? What happened to Captain Lapuda?

    [​IMG] You knew Guy Lapuda? He retired. I stepped in. Inherited all his paperwork. I always meant to send him a thank-you gift for that. A bouquet of cacti should do the trick.

    :codexisfor: I saw a woman named Vicki arguing with a cop outside.

    Dammit, Codexia, you were supposed to keep your mouth shut!

    [​IMG] *Sigh* Is she bothering my officers again? That woman just can't let things go.

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    :codexisfor: Could you tell me about Vicki?

    [​IMG] What's to tell? She used to be one of my finest detectives. Now she's not. I feel for her, I really do. But until she gets the help she needs, she needs to stay out of our way. Now, unless that's all...?

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    :butthurt: Vicki needs help? What kind of help?

    [​IMG] MENTAL help. The kind you need a PhD to prescribe medication for. She refuses to get it. And it's only making her condition worse. Heaven helps those who help themselves, as they say. It's out of my hands.

    :codexisfor: About Vicki...

    [​IMG] I do not gossip about my officers, even suspended ones. Please take your idle speculation elsewhere.

    Because you haven't done just that right now? :hmmm:

    :codexisfor: So long.

    [​IMG] Well, if you'll excuse me, I have Mount Paperwork to climb.

    Seems we are out of leads.

    Or are we?

    TIME FOR AN INVESTIGATION!

    By which I mean more datamining.

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    [​IMG] I asked you to leave.

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    :codexisfor: Is Vicki really the neighborhood nut?

    [​IMG] Neighborhood NUT? You've been talking to Vinny? Look, she's... going through a rough patch, no question there. But you can't talk about cops that way. Suspended or not. It's about respect.

    [​IMG] You did not seem very respectful when you spoke to Vicki yourself.

    shots fired

    [​IMG] That's different. I'm a cop.

    butthurt detected

    :codexisfor: Is it true Vicki's family won't speak to her?

    [​IMG] Yeesh, word gets around, doesn't it?

    [​IMG] Sure does.

    [​IMG] You think it's easy for the Santinas? They're a cop family to the bone. Going back a hundred years at least. Getting suspended like that had to be a blow.

    [​IMG] Doesn't matter. You don't turn away from your family.

    [​IMG] I won't argue there, but in Vicki's case, I think it was mutual. Her folks had their anniversary barbeque last month. Vicki was there. Things went down. It wasn't pretty.

    Anniversary BBQ? This is just getting silly :lol:

    Also, wanna bet all this anniversary/last month talk is gonna lead to the code to Vicki's basement's being the date of the anniversary?

    :codexisfor: About that BBQ last month...

    [​IMG] Like I said, it was for her folks' wedding anniversary. I don't know what went down, but the neighbors had to call the cops. Which, as you can imagine, made things a bit awkward at the next briefing meeting.

    Suspicious!

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    The investigation continues.

    (yep, we're just gonna talk to everyone until we get the solution, gud adventure game)

    [​IMG] Heya.

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    :buildawall: I heard Vicki lives in your basement.

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    [​IMG] Yeah, I never use the room so I rent it out sometimes. The door's got a keypad lock, but since I let the renter choose the combo, there aren't any problems. Having Vicki down there is awkward as hell, but what can I do? Let her live in the street? As long as she uses the alley entrance and doesn't bother my customers, we don't have a problem.

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    :codexisfor: Is Vicki home?

    [​IMG] She's never home. She only comes home to sleep. What she does all day is her business.

    :codexisfor: Can I take a look around Vicki's room?

    [​IMG] Um, no? What a thing to ask. Why would I let you do that?

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    :whiteknight: Vicki's... situation is my fault. I want to help her.

    [​IMG] Whatever you think you did, you can't blame yourself. Vicki's situation ain't anyone's fault but Vicki's.

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    :codexisfor: We REALLY need to get down into Vicki's room.

    [​IMG] And why would I let you do that?

    :codexisfor: Your wife was murdered, Vinny. We're trying to solve it.

    [​IMG] She was... a tragedy. That's all it was, a tragedy. Stop trying to make this more than it is.

    :codexisfor: Something is going on here, and we want to get to the bottom of it.

    [​IMG] You sound as crazy as Vicki. Nothing is "going on". It's just... a tragedy. That's all it is.

    Oh shut up.

    NEXT!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: We heard about a family barbeque?

    [​IMG] See? That's the kind of crap I'm talking about. My parents do a BBQ every summer for their anniversary, all the neighborhood cops go. So of course Vicki has to show up and cause a scene. Gets into a screaming match with Captain Harrison. I mean, THE CAPTAIN. They almost threw hands. I get that Vicki went through... a lot, but you just dont do that.

    Doooooooooon't do that!
    at a family BBQ

    :codexisfor: See you around, officer.

    [​IMG] Right, see you.

    NNNNNNNEXT!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    START TALKING, KAPTIN

    :codexisfor: Is it true you and Vicki got into a fight at the family barbeque?

    I find the entire premise of a total stranger walking around asking this question completely ridiculous.

    [​IMG] *Sigh* Everyone's a gossip, aren't they? Yes, it's true. It was my fault, I shouldn't have risen to her. But Vicki has... a way. She gets under your skin. Needling you until you snap. Useful on the job, not so much in civilian life.

    [​IMG] What did you argue about?

    [​IMG] *Sigh* You might have noticed she's been acting... erratic. So she was asked specifically not to come to the party. She came anyway.

    lol

    [​IMG] She took a handful of the party invitations and burned them on the grill. I've never seen anything so petty in my life.

    THIS IS WHAT ALL THE BUTTHURT IS ABOUT? :lol:

    [​IMG] So I tried to make her leave. She was looking for a fight. I almost gave it to her, I should have known better.

    :codexisfor: So long.

    This gives us new info to go on, however.

    [​IMG]

    Hey there, Eli.

    :codexisfor: Could you fire read something for me?

    [​IMG] Sure, what do you need?

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Vicki burned something at the family barbeque. Can you see it?

    [​IMG] Sure, just a sec.

    [​IMG]

    June 18th. Wanna bet that's our key to Vicki's room?

    [​IMG] Seems pretty typical as these things go. I used to host a bunch of backyard barbeques myself, back in the day.

    [​IMG] Course these days I wouldn't even need to buy fuel.

    [​IMG]

    Let's put in "0618".

    [​IMG]

    "Beep" goes the green light.

    [​IMG]

    And the way becomes open to us. What would lie beyond? Time will tell.



    Also, as a general service announcement, this LP will have to go on a short hiatus until I fix my monitor or get a new one, cuz this replacement I'm on right now isn't very good for LP purposes.

    Until next time.

     
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  15. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    Yeah, the writing here is not that great compared with previous entries.

    I bet there's also magic related somehow to make them so mad.

    Did you take said tickets somehow at some point? Shouldn't you need to have in hand the burned remains? Or can the fire wizard read burnt documents anywhere in any place?
     
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  17. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    And since he was reading an ancient Sumerian text, I would assume it's anything, anywhere.
     
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  18. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Serpent in the Staglands Torment: Tides of Numenera
    Wow, that was pretty shit non-gameplay there.

    If you're just going to make players talk to 3 npcs over and over again at least make the topic a bit more interesting.
     
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    Then it's truly an useful power, compared with his seemingly mediocre magical ability.
    That doesn't excuse that shitty gameplay though. Hopefully it will get better. I mean, it's not like there can be another living conveyor of souls, right? :troll:
     
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    No, it was something out of Bruce Lee movie.:rpgcodex:
     
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  21. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    Turns out a hiatus is unnecessary.

    [​IMG]

    Time to plunder Vicki's woman cave.

    Show Spoiler

    [​IMG]

    So where is she hiding her Codex t-shirt?

    Among the stuff, we find that dozens of empty beer bottles litter the room. Clothes and personal effects spill out of damp cardboard boxes. Rumpled bedclothes on a soggy air mattress.

    There's also a neatly laid-out bulletin board describing a series of murders.

    [​IMG]

    :philosoraptor:

    Weird.

    A chalked message on the wall reads "you are not crazy".

    [​IMG]

    Creepy!

    [​IMG]

    Aw yeah finally some sharp instruments.

    Above the desk, there's an official-looking document, peppered with bullet holes.

    [​IMG]

    Berserk fureh.

    As well as a red post-it note lying next to a clutch of empty ale bottles.

    [​IMG]

    Gee, I wonder what this could mean.

    [​IMG]

    Certainly not the oldest trick in the book.

    [​IMG]

    Nope.

    [​IMG]

    We got the goods, time to gtfo.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] You live in a basement too as I recall.

    [​IMG] Yeah, but mine's cosy. And my neighbors are less, uh, dead.

    [​IMG]

    UH-OH

    THE JIG IS UP

    [​IMG] Okay, now turn around, nice and slow.

    [​IMG]

    She doesn't look amused to see Codexia :M

    [​IMG] It's you. It's fucking YOU. Hello, "partner". Gimme one reason why I shouldn't put a bullet in your head right now.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Hi Vicki. You're... looking well.

    [​IMG] Looking well? You fucking SHOT ME, you asshole. Me and... the others. I've been watching you. You've been sniffing around. Asking about me. And... you were talking to that THING behind you.

    [​IMG] It's not a thing. It's a human spirit.

    Re-assuring!

    [​IMG] You think I don't fucking know that? Marlene DeMarco, missing for a week. Then found dead in this alley. Arms and legs chewed to pieces. There's been no investigation. Nobody even wants to talk about it. Not the cops, not the husband, nobody. Except you, so tell me. What. Is. Going. ON?

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Why don't you tell me?

    [​IMG] Tell you, huh? Last year, you put me in the hospital. Got me right in the shoulder. Spent a month in recovery. Things were fine. But when I got out? Everything was... weird.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Weird?

    [​IMG] Yeah, WEIRD. Shut up and listen.

    [​IMG]

    Listen very carefully. I shall say zis only once.

    [​IMG] Twelve years I've been a cop. You think that'd mean something. But no, I'm out on my ass. Everyone thought I was crazy. ME! Bodies piling up all over town and I'm the crazy one. Nobody cared. Not the cops I used to serve, not even the victims' families. It was like they didn't even NOTICE. I thought I was the only one. But you guys notice, don't you?

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Tell us what you know. Maybe we can figure this out.

    [​IMG] You think I'm gonna tell you ANYTHING? No. Here's what's going to happen. We're all going to march down to the police station. Then you're going to tell the captain everything. Tell her what you can see. Convince them I'm not crazy. Get them to give me my badge back.

    [​IMG]

    :bunkertime: That's a really horrible idea.

    [​IMG] You're in no position to argue. You and your... murder groupies are coming with me.

    [​IMG] Murder... groupies? This woman was possessed. She was guilty of no crime.

    [​IMG] I'm sorry, WHO are you?

    [​IMG] I am Mandana.

    [​IMG] Look, Madonna, I could care less [ugh] WHAT you guys are. We're going to the station.

    [​IMG] No. We are not.

    [​IMG]

    Bandana steps forth.

    [​IMG]

    And engages turn-based combat :hmmm:

    [​IMG] For real?

    [​IMG] Please lower your weapon. We wish no harm upon you.

    [​IMG] This has gotta be a joke. Drop that thing before you hurt yourself.

    [​IMG] I am a servant of the Unavowed. We are the wall against the oncoming darkness.

    I AM A RIVER TO MY PEOPLE

    [​IMG] Final warning. Lower your weapon. Now.

    [​IMG] We have vital duties to perform. You are in our way.

    We are on a mission from the God Emperor.

    [​IMG] You asked for it.

    [​IMG]

    Yep, Bandana blocks the gunshots with her fucking scimitar :lol:

    [​IMG] You've gotta be fucking kidding me.

    [​IMG]

    And again!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Perhaps we can help you in return.

    [​IMG] I want... I just want...

    [​IMG]

    lol normie

    at least she put the gun away

    [​IMG] You wanna help? Stay the hell out of my way! And stay the hell away from me.

    [​IMG]

    Exit Vicki.

    [​IMG] *Sigh* Her eyes and mind are closed. She could be a valuable asset, if she would but open them.

    That matters not.

    [​IMG]

    What matters is that we have her stuff :troll:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Open sesame.

    [​IMG]

    ... but just as the party walks in someone shuts close the door!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] You guys must think I'm stupid, don't you? Breaking into my apartment, going through my stuff.

    "apartment"

    [​IMG] Don't you remember what a class B felony is, "partner"? Or have you forgotten everything I taught you?

    [​IMG]

    :x This isn't funny.

    [​IMG] No, it's fucking hilarious. I'm busting a gut out here. I'll be laughing even harder when the cops arrive.

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: You can't bring the local police into this.

    [​IMG] What a surprise. The crazy murderer doesn't want the cops around. Here's a fact. The ones who don't like the cops are the ones who have something to hide.

    [​IMG] This will not end well. Trust us.

    [​IMG] Bullshit. There are laws. There are rules. You guys... are spitting on them.

    [​IMG]

    Officer Donny enters the scene.

    [​IMG]

    uh-oh...

    [​IMG] Christmas came early, baby brother. I got three perps in there. Gift-wrapped just for you.

    [​IMG]

    Donny's just standing there.

    [​IMG] Um, Donny? You gonna move your ass or what?

    [​IMG]

    HE'S PACKING!

    [​IMG] Donny?

    BULLETS START FLYING ALL OVER THE PLACE!

    [​IMG]

    Thank goodness for this conveniently placed popamole cover.

    And for the fact that Donny's a newfag acolyte with Ballistic Skill 25.

    [​IMG] Donny! What the holy FUCK?!

    [​IMG] You were killed here. Unknown shooter. It was a tragedy. That's all it was.

    You might think it would be just a tad harder to cover up an 'unknown shooter' as a 'tragedy', and it would just lure in agents Mulder and Scully.

    [​IMG] Donny. No.

    [​IMG] A tragedy. Just... a... tragedy.

    [​IMG] Donny, this isn't you. Snap out of it.

    [​IMG] Just... a...

    [​IMG] Shit.

    [​IMG]

    Vicki prepares to pop moles.

    [​IMG]

    And in the middle of all this, we have the unlikely heroes.

    Surely they can save the day? Taking a look around, we spot a sign. It says: NO SMOKING! Sprinkler system in effect!

    Under it, a maintenance panel is embedded in the wall, held in place by a few screws.

    Countless notes, files and documents fill the room. Too bad there's no time to go through it all.


    The ceiling has several sprinkler valves embedded in it.

    And in the left wall, a large ventilation duct.

    The answer is clear.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Then shut up and get to work :x

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Good job, Chewie.

    The panel has been opened, revealing its inner workings.

    [​IMG]

    Sacre bleu! A PUZZLE!

    [​IMG]

    Meh, surely the solution is to cause a fire alarm that will open everything to give access to the fire brigade.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Sorry!

    Oops! :lol:

    Also, you'd think these vaults would have an emergency opening switch on the inside in case someone trapped themselves in by accident...?

    Anyway

    [​IMG]

    Messing a bit with the cables to rewire the sprinkler to the door opener.

    Then telling Eli to make some fireworks again.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Presto.

    [​IMG] How did you...

    [​IMG] Magic!

    Eli is the coolest cat in the village :thumbsup:

    [​IMG] Whatever, just stay back! You'll get yourself shot!

    [​IMG] Oh ye of little faith.

    [​IMG]

    Sweatin' bullets.

    [​IMG]

    Whoa!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Bravo :brodex:

    [​IMG] It's safe. You all can come out now. You too, Vicki.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] *groan*

    [​IMG] He'll be fine.

    [​IMG] I... shit, what a mess.

    [​IMG]

    :troll: Still want to arrest us?

    [​IMG] Hah. No, no. Couldn't do that if I wanted to. I... I'm sorry. You saved my life. Thank you. It's been a... long year, but that doesn't excuse anything. I was a grade A jerk.

    Yes, it doesn't excuse being a grade A jerk to the woman who fucking SHOT YOU :lol:

    [​IMG] Your eyes are open to the truth now. That is all we can hope for.

    [​IMG] The truth. Right. Were you really possessed when you killed all those people? When you.. shot me?

    [​IMG]

    :codexisfor: Finally! It sinks in.

    [​IMG] It's a little hard to take in, okay? You don't need to be such an asshole about it.

    [​IMG] But I was a bit of an asshole myself... so point taken.

    [​IMG] So are you with us?

    [​IMG] Someone brainwashed my brother to KILL me. You don't mess with two Santinas and get away with it.

    [​IMG] Vi... Vick...

    [​IMG] Donny?

    [​IMG] It... was Harrison.



    [​IMG] Harrison? CAPTAIN Harrison? She told you to kill me?

    [​IMG] How... why...?

    [​IMG] It's okay, Donny. But you're sure? Joy Harrison? THAT captain Harrison?

    No, her evil twin sister from Kentucky.

    [​IMG] She said... met her... on her boat... when it was done... Said... it was a tragedy... just a tragedy.

    [​IMG] Harrison, huh?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] You guys coming with me, or what?

    [​IMG] Uhm. Shouldn't someone stay here with Donny?

    but why

    [​IMG]

    Well, nevermind. The chosen one must choose!

    Which party member shall we leave behind? Will it be MANDANA THE SISTER OF BATTLE or ELI THE ALPHA PSYKER?

     
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  22. Reinhardt Arcane

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    [​IMG]


    Eli can exorcise, so take him with us.
    Also why we can't leave Vicky? She's just normie.
     
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    Because this one's her case. Once you finish it and the other case, you'll have a little bit more choice of companions. Just a little bit though.
     
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  24. lightbane Arcane

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    Good thing the half-genie can parry bullets like 5 steps away from her. Her Deflection skill is maxed out.


    Probably better than most even then.

    More people missing at point blank range! Are they XCOM recruits?

    Seriously, wut? Is that "Veil" magic going that far? Wouldn't that snowball a larger reaction as time passes and bodies pile up?

    Not in this universe it seems, as otherwise the organization wouldn't exist anymore due their sneaking spell being way too effective.

    It's the power of friendship!

    As for the choice:


    Action: DITCH "Mandala" in HERE.
     
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  25. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    Have Mandala watch the fag. Bring fireboy with you. I've always wanted to see the staten island ferry burn.
     
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