Conditions wrote:Location: New Pudacah; 'Merctown'
Time: 11:00am (20 Minutes have passed) ;; December 23 111PA, Saturday
Weather:About 50*F (10*C) ; Clear Skies ; No winds
[Megan and Cordelia]
Brooks listens to Megan and takes a drink to steady himself. "No, there are seemingly three methods that have been used to commit the assassinations depending on where the target was. Bullet wound, Knife wounds or a lack of physical trauma at all, possibly a form of ingestion or poison. The bullet we gave you last night was the first physical evidence ever found left at a scene."
Brooks says and then shakes his head at her lowered question. "I'm-I'm not sure, we were being followed last night but nothing happened. We tried to tail our tail but they were too good. Then this morning, Harkin was just missing and he hasn't responded to any radio calls or anything."
Cordelia shows Brooks the sketch she made of the figure in the alleyway and his chair almost tips. "That's it. After we met at One-Eyed Jacks, we were sure we were being followed by that thing, but nothing came of it, then this morning, Harkins was just gone."
Deciding to return to the Hanger to look over the file given, they depart and Brooks insists he goes with them.
[Jezebel and Amber]
Jez and Amber both reach a mutual understanding before approaching the security. Jez notices that of the four security, one of them are noticeably larger than the other three and all of them appear to be human except for the large one. When she approaches rather forcefully, they all turn and look at her with somewhat a bewildered gaze, with the larger humanoid stepping forward.
Amber stays back and watches Jezebel's interaction with the security. Using her sight to see the aura of those around the door, she does notice that two of the four appear your pretty average human, one of them has definite magic and the larger one is radiating a pretty strong aura. None of them have psionics that register as powerful like herself, the big one does radiate a small amount of inner strength power but still nothing compared to her.
"Woah, woah, little one."
He begins in a gruff tone, holding up a hand and obstructing her from viewing inside. "The Boss is at Defenders HQ, he wants to reopen tonight but them soldiers don't think it's a good idea. We've got some more folks inside checking inventory and cleaning the place up to make sure it's ready for the bosses word."
He responds, then one of the other smaller human guards step forward.
"I know Dorian. He was here last night; he and a pal were celebrating something and bought drinks for the house. Made them both quite popular with the ladies on site; Dorian left with one."
Meanwhile, Amber then begins to selectively probe the mind mind of the second one to speak, who radiates some degree of magic; avoiding the larger one with a small manner of psionic prowess. His mind is cluttered with thoughts; who are these two girls, why are they asking about Dorian, is Dorian okay? Last thing the boss needs is a scuffle with the Aerihmans.
It is pretty obvious from the probe that the security on site were not at fault and are likely just doing a job.
The big one lets the smaller human speak before continuing. "Look; private contractor or not, I can't just let you in without word from the boss. He should be back soon, and I'm sure he'd love the help."
He says firmly, Jez is quite certain he is being truthful.
[Lucille and Valrun]
After Lucille's remarks, there is a pause and the beak-man nods, "Aye, good spirit, we are alone and no one else will enter this site for some time. You may show yourself to appease your little friend."
He says and looks a moment and the spirit that had been silently following Valrun seems to appear in a wisp like mist, though it says nothing and just gazes stoically at the corner of the room.
Lucille notices the Spirits gaze and follows it to find a small perch that she's sure had some statue in it upon her entry now empty. A moment later, a simple human with crimson red hair also seems to just appear out of nowhere, though his face is stern and unhappy.
"Yes, yes. If I ask the Spirit to show itself, I may as well do the same. I do know Dorian, he died in my shop last night, likely gathering supplies before returning to the Collegiate. It is a rare feat for something in my home to escape my sight and whatever took the Atlantean's life was by no means unskilled and its mind was closed. Come."
The man beckons and Lucille, Valrun and the Spirit follow them; almost ignoring Lucille's hair flip and introduction. The beck-man behind the counter remains curiously motionless.
In the back of the building, past a couple doors and secured displays with impressive tools, Lucille and Valrun both find a body on a table.
"This is the late Dorian Aerihman. He dropped dead in my store, with no entry wounds and no sign of magic or psychic involvement at all. There were two other patrons in the store at the time, one of them had no inkling of magic at all. By the time Dorian hit the ground, that patron was gone like a ghost. It was most peculiar."
The man begins explaining.
"Yes, I did catch your name. You hunt for your boss, Jez, and the Defenders. Well, consider this an added bonus then, I'll reward your crew a trinket from my shop should you be able to find out how this patron evaded my shop and how one of my patrons ended up dead. You're welcome to take the body, I've no further need for it and I'd like nothing more than to wash my hands of it."
He says, opening his hands over the body as a sort of offering and nodding. "So, deal?"
Susan lets Harkin in and James returns to his spot on the sofa, feeling at ease now that Susan as vouched for the man. She shows him to Lucille's workstation where the bullet is and then heads up stairs to run another test on the blood.
This time, her testing does reveal some curious features about the silver liquid. Upon a close examination, she finds that the silver liquid actually appears to be thousands of inert nano-machines that are just free floating with the blood. She's definitely heard of such a system before, not unlike the Cyber-Nano-Robot Repair Systems (CNRRS), but she's never seen or heard of them being in the bloodstream of a non-bionic body.
She then hears a commotion downstairs and rushes out ready to yell at James and Harkin for making noise. From her sight on the causeway, she sees James limp on the ground and Harkin is nowhere to be seen. It also looks like the Lucille's workstation got trashed.
[Megan and Cordelia returning to the Hanger]
Megan and Cordelia arrive back at the hanger with Brooks to find the door ajar; which is a very uncommon sight.