[IC] Occult Detectives - Act 1 - The Body Eclectic

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[IC] Occult Detectives - Act 1 - The Body Eclectic

Postby FuzzyBoots » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:42 pm

Everyone except Dr. Crane

The world has always been a weird and wonderful place. Humanity's history is peppered with ghosts, vampires, magic, witches, and devils. But, of course, modern humanity knows that this was all the result of primitive superstition reinforced by cognitive bias from the faulty neural wiring humanity evolved in achieving sentience. Modern humanity is dead wrong on that count. Magic still exists in this world. Faeries and monsters and little-g gods still roam the streets, sometimes peacefully coexisting with humanity and sometimes clashing. Not everything in lore is true. Much like history books or newspapers, ancient tomes of arcane lore are as likely to be filled with rumors and guesses as they are proven facts. This might raise the question, why are so many people ignorant of the magic in our world? Simply speaking, it goes back to faulty neural wiring. The average brain simply refuses to admit to magic and so a rampaging troll gets written off as a madman hopped up on PCP. Cases of faith healers get written off as statistically anomalous remissions aided by positive thought causing sick people to ignore their symptoms. The faerie walking down Main St is seen as just an incredibly tacky bit of performance art. Humanity runs in parallel to a world that it refuses to see. The rare exceptions either learn to find ways to work with the system, in particular how to deal with the creatures who are now aware that they are seen, or are condemned as madmen and prescribed anti-psychotic drugs which will make their wiring work the "right" way.

That, of course, raises a second question. If most of humanity is so ignorant of the monsters among us, how have we survived? Well, sadly, part of it is a simple matter of fecundity and blind luck. Humans breed explosively compared to most fantastical beings, and the few who die due to encounters with the supernatural are lost in the noise of thousands dying by being struck by cars (or, more accurately, the unforgiving pavement they land on after being launched into the air by said cars), slipping in the bathtub, or eating a bad batch of salmonella-infested salad. The other part is where you come in. There are forces in the world that call upon select members of humanity, and of supernatural races, to police the balance. Generally, powerful figures are drawn in and bound to be enforcers, executioners. You, on the other hand, were called to be investigators.

For you, it all began earlier this year, February 17th, 2013, at the 38th Pittsburgh Antiques Show & Sale. You'd arrived for different reasons. Jeremiah was attempting to track down an heirloom signet ring stolen from a client the month before. His sources on the street told him that a similar ring had been bouncing around the local fences and might make an appearance at one of the numerous stands. R'eva was following her own lead for a grimoire that was reputed to contain the true name of a notoriously homicidal demon prone to murdering entire towns, albeit filed under the heading of a demon of minor bowel-related disorders. Alastair was similarly looking for a particular artifact pocketed from an open museum display by a larcenous teen, but for him, it was a carved bison-bone broach of no true arcane value, but of great historical significance, being one of the only surviving examples of a particular minimalist art style among the Monongahela tribes. What exactly transpired at the antique show remains hazy in your minds, but you remember fleeting moments of teeth and claws extruding from a lavender mist, grabbing people, and ejecting only their bones. As often happens in a supernatural crisis, people shed their mundane personae and fought shoulder to shoulder and, at the end, something — it's on the tip of the tongue of your mind, but you can't recall exactly what — banished the mist and the creatures and you awoke the next day in your domicile with a new tattoo on your inner right forearm in blue ink, and a message in your brain.
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The message was simple, to arrive at a particular address on Grant St in Pittsburgh. There, you found a non-descript brownstone building that seemed to grow into place in between the steel and glass office buildings. Upon entering, you were greeted by a brown-haired buxom Hispanic secretary who identified herself as Ramona and told you you to take a seat. Possibly against your nature, you did so. Once all three of you had arrived, Ramona brought you into the central office, a bland oaken room split into a quadrant at each corner equipped with a desk, computer, and filing cabinets, and a table at the center. Ramona related that she was a minor goddess of knowledge, particularly of secrets, and she too had been called to serve, showing you her corresponding tattoo. She provided the material that had been given to her, namely a charter for the investigation of paranormal activities in the world which detailed that a charter had been established for Cryptos Investigation Services, with PI licenses issued to each of your names. As Ramona states, supplies will be provided at the location, and the doors will recognize you on any day at any hour. You are free to pursue your regular jobs, but you will occasionally be called in to investigate particular matter. As long as you choose to be part of the organization, you are not free to avoid said investigations and a geas will be invoked as necessary to bring you in. You are free to quit at any time, but may not rejoin thereafter unless specifically invited again. The rest of the charter reads as boilerplate, but you are left with the impression that participation is wholly voluntary, but that you will be provided for so long as you remain with them.

Over the following months, you've been left to your own devices. The office on Grant St has continued to be supplied with mundane office supplies and the bills for phone and internet continue to be paid off. Ramona proves to be extremely competent in simple office jobs, albeit prone to rejecting more technical requests, saying that they're not in her labor contract. Today, Tuesday, October 1st at 5 PM, you have been called by your forearm tattoos to the office. Once you arrive, Ramona hands out a set of photocopied sheets that include five obituaries of people who have died in the last week of sudden organ failure and a note saying that you need to investigate these deaths. If asked about the source of the sheets, or where they come from, Ramona shrugs and states that they were provided for the team and that's all that she can say.

OOC: Trying to avoid too much of a wall of text with the first post. Please indicate what your first steps are. You've met the other two in the investigation. While you are not privy to personal details (and may have arrived under aliases), you are familiar with names and publicly admitted-to jobs (i.e. Repko has admitted to being a PI by trade. Alistair has stated that he's with the museum. R'eva claims to be a dealer in antiques). From here, you can just talk with each other or you can start making checks to begin the investigation. Let me know what skill you want to roll against as well as how you plan to pursue it.
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Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby FuzzyBoots » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:07 am

Dr. Crane

After a routine jog in to Allegheny General Hospital, you arrive to a mild panic among the staff. It seems that a nosocomial infection is suspected in the unit where you've been exploring new techniques in transplants. It's relatively small so far, but at least three people have died after routine cosmetic surgery involving skin grafts and another has died after a heart transplant. The really strange part about it is that the deaths occurred weeks after the surgery and scuttlebutt says that there was no transplant rejection nor were any typical microorganisms fingered. Thus, the vector of nosocomial infection is being explored, putting all of the doctors under suspicion on insufficient prep. You have a class of students to address in an hour on the proper techniques for transplant of whole digits on the hand, but until then, you have some free time to pursue your day.

OOC: You get something slightly more sparse for your intro. Please let me know how you wish to spend your time before class. The official expectation is that you're preparing your lecture (a Knowledge (Life Sciences) or a Profession check will suffice), but unofficially, the hospital encourages you to research other cases at the hospital in case you can provide some input (a Profession (medicine) check). Alternately, you can choose to do something else like poll for rumors on the deaths, or even go out and socialize outside of the hospital.

As per your request when building the character, your character is splendidly ignorant of the supernatural and currently unaffiliated with the rest of the group. :)

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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby XeroKhan » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:43 am

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"Five deaths by the same means: sudden organ failure." Jeremiah had said when looking over the files. "As such, it would be a good idea to head over to the hospital and inquire about the bodies and ask for the files on them. They should have a more detailed report on the deaths. From those, we can figure out a further idea as to where to go next." Jeremiah suggested to his fellow investigators. Jeremiah then began reading the given obituaries on the case.

Investigation roll on the contents of the obituaries: 1d20+8=28; FIRST NATURAL 20 OF THE GAME ALREADY!? :shock:

Something is not right here. I need to investigate IC for what has just happened. *gets a natural 1*

... Crap.
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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby Prof Weird » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:22 pm

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R'eva listened to Mr Repko's plan, and agreed with it. Five deaths from sudden organ failures might have a mundane explanation, but the fact that they were summoned to look into it suggested there could be something more behind it.

"Won't we need a cover story, Mr Repko ?" she asked, "I doubt the hospital would hand over records to us just because we're PIs and asked for them. They'd need a good reason to do it.

Like, say, we were hired by an insurance company to make sure there's nothing suspicious going on ? If other insurance companies have already sent their representatives, we'd just blend into the background noise."
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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby XeroKhan » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:58 pm

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"That proves to be our only problem with this plan." Jeremiah said as he looked up from his copy of the obituaries that were presented to the group. "Ah," Jeremiah said after noticing a possible connection, "from my looking over these articles of the deaths, four of our victims were members of the Churchill Valley Country Club before it went bankrupt back in January. The fifth was a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh. Also, another clue is the date they all died. All of them are the same date.

Thus, after our visit to the hospital, we could visit the previous owner and staff of the Churchill Valley Country Club as well as visit the University's medical teacher and see what he or she has to offer. Thus, here is what I propose: Alister, because of your ability to 'disappear' when need be, you check out the Hospital with possible false credentials and examine the bodies, for they may have some residual spiritual energies residing. Reba, you may decide between either the previous staff and owner of the country club or the University's medical professor. Either way, we will be hitting three birds with one stone. As such, I will present to you both my number to contact me when you receive new information. This a fair plan?"
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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby Cinder » Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:32 am

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XeroKhan wrote:Alister, because of your ability to 'disappear' when need be, you check out the Hospital with possible false credentials and examine the bodies, for they may have some residual spiritual energies residing. Reba, you may decide between either the previous staff and owner of the country club or the University's medical professor. Either way, we will be hitting three birds with one stone. As such, I will present to you both my number to contact me when you receive new information. This a fair plan?"[/color]


"It is a sound plan. I will see what there is to be seen." Alastair said.

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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby FuzzyBoots » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:14 am

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A short bit of research online indicates that the current ownership of the country club is very much in dispute. While PNC Bank held the debt attached to the property and Zokaites Properties bought that property, when they went bankrupt, the club owed money to the city, the state, three of the adjoining boroughs, and several other creditors. A year of wrangling in the courts has yielded very little resolution. The former president of the location was Richard Hersberger, whose phone number is apparently unlisted. Finding a list of employees or members would probably require some research into paper files, although you've got a potential starting point in that you know at least four people who used to attend the club, and others could no doubt be found by combing a few news stories to find people quoted as having spoken about the club.

The obituaries don't mention the hospital associated with the post-mortem on the men, or even whether an autopsy was performed. If it was performed at a hospital, it's a good bet that UPMC was involved, since they own the majority of hospitals in the area, sixteen of about twenty-two that might have done the post-mortem. If so, they have the medical records stored in their database, but HIPAA regulations mean that you're going to have to figure out how to acquire them.

OOC: I'm afraid you're going to have to do a little bit of information-gathering. Gather Information is valid for any method of asking around whether in-person or online. You could also attempt a Computers check to access the database, but you'd have to figure out a way into the system. Lastly, you can use Knowledge skills to access publically available information on file, such as looking through the newspapers at the library or online. In all cases, I will want you to indicate where you're looking for your information. Nothing horribly detailed, but just enough that it's not a "Oh, I suddenly know this" :)

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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby Hound » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:18 am

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As his heart slowed, and his breathing grew normal he listened intently to the staff room, filled with rumors and idle gossip. Rumors were like living flames, they spread quickly, and uncontrollably. Still there were fragments of truth win in the chatter.

The doctor filled his water bottle and headed for the staff change room, he spotted a nurse whom had a particularly obvious crush on the man. The top of her head barely reached the Doctor's chin, and she was a big a girl, though in a good way. She had large sturdy hips, strong shoulders, and an ample chest. She had a surprisingly near hour glass figure, however her short stature made it harder to notice. Some foolish people might even call her fat.

"Miss, could you obtain all the reports and documents regarding the recent deaths in regards to the suspected nosocomial infection?" he said with an awkward smile and tried to remember what his book had said. Touch them lightly on the shoulder. So he did, though his movements were fairly robotic. He could feel her shirt was slightly damp from a long shift.

Her cheeks flushed the slightest pink colour, "Of course Doctor, they will be on your desk after your morning class." She hurried off down the hall and the Doctor sighed heavily.

After a brief shower he headed into the class room, to his delight most of the student body was already there. Some looked a tad red eyed, most likely most had studied late into the night. It was almost impossible to pass medical school with out all night study sessions.

Crane instantly noticed the room was a tad too warm. Several instructors had a nasty streak and intentionally turned the heat up to put people to sleep, just so they could ridicule them. "Open all the windows." He announced, and pointed to the room thermometer, "Someone turn on the AC. I want it cold in here. People stay awake in cold. When the AC starts cooling the room, close the windows." He turned to the white board and wrote his name and the class.

"I am Doctor Crane. Today we will be discussing Surgical Reattachment of limbs using micro surgery." Crane quite suddenly spun around and pointed at a random student, "Who was the father of Micro Surgery"

"C-c-Carl-Olof Sigges-s-s-" The shocked young man tried to respond.

"Carl-Olof Siggesson Nylén, his innovative thinking was mocked by the medical community at the time. Many believe it impossible and impractical. They believed the average surgeon would never be able to use a needle so small even with the aid of a scope. Well we proved them wrong. In America alone we attached hundreds of thousands of limbs every year. Everything from the tip of a finger to a full arm or leg separation."

"This is more about just saving lives. Any doctor can just close a wound, and save their life. But what about the quality of life? That is what we do. We give people back quality to their lives. How many of you know someone who had a limb reattached." Nearly the entire class raised their hand. "Look at that... look at all the lives we affect."

He turned back to the dry board, "Several factors come into play on how we treat limbs. The average person just thinks keep it cold and throw it in a bag of ice and rush here. Little do they know, they are hurting their chances. Ideally the item is wrapped in a wet gauze, placed in a sterile bag, and kept between 1 and 5 degrees centigrade to slow cellular deterioration, and infection growth. However when you cut of your finger with a band saw, you won't be thinking straight. So odds are only one in a hundred cases will ever be in optimal conditions."

"This means, while prepping the patient for surgery, the lost limb will most likely require emergency treatment. This could mean treating it for frost bite."

"Another common mistake, is people only grab the solid peace. They leave behind the scraps from the accident. It's truly amazing what we can do with those seemingly completely destroy parts. They are often the keystone to maintaining the limb's proper length, or to cosmetic surgery to minimize scarring...."

I would like all available information the hospital has in regards to the deaths please. Autopsy reports, etc... etc...

I have +6 to investigation and +12 to medicine and Life sciences, depending on what you want. Roll: 1d20=20 o.o holy crap it's a crit.
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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby Prof Weird » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:51 pm

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" Reba, you may decide between either the previous staff and owner of the country club or the University's medical professor. Either way, we will be hitting three birds with one stone. As such, I will present to you both my number to contact me when you receive new information. This a fair plan?"


"I'll see if I can track down the student's professor."
'Reba' replied after a moment's thought, "Figure I'll have a better chance of tracking down one person than four or more.

And that student seems to be the exception - he was the only one NOT a member of that country club. That might mean something."


A simple computer search would show that the University's medical school is in Scaife Hall. May have to look and ask around a bit to find the professors that student was taking courses from, but it should be rather straight forward - only a few would teach the intro level courses.

Gather Info : 1d20 + 7=24
Not a critical like everyone else's, but not too shabby either !
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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby FuzzyBoots » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:53 pm

GM - Dr. Crane

Dr. Crane enjoys an attentive class, who hangs on his every word. Obviously not everyone has been doing the necessary study, but even the non-gunners seem to be absorbing what Dr. Crane has to offer. After covering the standard textbook materials, more hands come up, asking Dr. Crane about his opinion on the use of other parts of the body to preserve lost parts until a proper transplant or grow replacement parts. They also ask about Dr. Crane's own success in successful transplants with less tissue rejection and how he achieves it. You do notice by the end of class, that you have one notable absence. Maxime Savaine, a very promising transfer student from Haiti with unconventional ideas that just need a dose of practicality, didn't show up to the seminar today. It's not unusual for a student to miss a class, particularly an optional talk like yours, but you know that she was highly interested in transplant surgery and you can't think of a seminar you've held that she hasn't attended.

After the class, you peruse the medical reports. The deaths were marked as a likely nosocomial case because all of the patients died within the same ward and started experiencing symptoms at a similar time, gradual respiratory distress accompanied with petachial spotting spreading from the center of the chest towards the limbs. All patients expired within 24 hours with the final cause of death being a lack of oxygen being transported in the blood. Lab results were inconclusive for known bacteria and viruses that fit the symptoms and the toxicology screenings produced wildly varying results which resulted in the samples being marked as likely contaminated. Nevertheless, skin, blood, and hair samples were put into cold storage before the bodies were incinerated to prevent potential spread of whatever they had. The only other factor Dr. Crane finds in common on them is no listed next of kin and that all of them were listed as organ donors, but were of course disqualified due to their sudden illness and the fact that they themselves had recently received a transplant. He finds no commonalities in the doctors who were treating them. Due to the rapid pace of the deaths, they do share the same pathologist who did the tests on the bodies, a Dr. Alvin Graves. Dr. Crane has spoken with Dr. Graves in passing, but the only prominent memory is that Dr. Graves takes great pleasure in pointing out the morbid pun in his name. As that small fact runs through Dr. Crane's mind, he also finds a niggling detail in the reports on the infection. It's too fast and yet not virulent enough. For a disease which struck down four people in short succession, there are remarkably few cases. Either there's more going on with how they came down with whatever they had, or there are more cases out there. At that, the reaction seems to be fairly muted. Usually, there's at least one person who raises the possibility of an epidemic starting, but here, the comments other doctors have put in seem to indicate that they're certain it was an isolated case. Very odd.

OOC: I'll accept whatever plausible or semi-plausible theory you can provide on Crane's success in transplants. Could range anywhere from better drugs to a method of acclimating the tissue bit by bit to the use of detergents to create a cellular matrix on which to build an organ using stem cells.

Oh, and take an HP for a very in-character post that shows some effort in research.

You have a couple different areas you can pursue. You can try digging deeper into the records (either using a Computer check to form proper search queries or by getting someone else to do it for you). You can poll around to see what others say. Dr. Graves might be a person to talk to. On a side note, if you plan to add any comments to the reports on the nosocamial infections, please PM me a Will save.

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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby Hound » Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:05 pm

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"Before I discuss the reason behind my incredible success at limb reattachment, which is currently being reviewed for approval, which could lead to a noble prize in medicine, I first want to do a review on some basics, and where I got my idea from." The Doctor paused and took a sip of water. The class was nearly over, and he would have to speed things up, if the students wanted to reach their next lecture on time.

"Normally the Dermis and Epidermis shield the inner body from the world around it. All injuries or would go through a similar healing process. Healing generally has three different stages: the inflammatory stage, the proliferative stage and the remodeling stage" The doctor wrote the titles of the three stages as he spoke.


In a healthy body, within minutes after an injury occurs, blood platelets collect at the site of injury to form a clot. This clot limits bleeding at the injury site. The inflammatory phase causes bacteria and debris to be removed from the wound, and signals are released that result in the division of cells for repair. At this point the wound will have a scab."

"The proliferative phase is shown by the formation of new tissue at the injury site, the replacement of new skin at the site and the general shrinking and eventual disappearance of the wound. New blood vessels are also established during the healing process. The wound is made smaller by myofibroblasts, which hold on to the edges of the wound and slowly get smaller by a system similar to the contraction of muscle cells. To make this simple, when a scab falls off, and you see that discoloration in the skin pigmentation, that is the myofiberflast cells which are slow pulling on either side until the normal skin touches each other."

"When cellular repair is complete unneeded cells are disposed of through apoptosis, is planned cell death. This is the stage at the end of the healing, when the would becomes itchy and the skin flakes off. You are getting rid of the unwanted material."

"In 2008, Berlin Germany, at the Stem Cell Systems GmbH, a team lead by Jörg C. Gerlach crafted the worlds first Stem Cell Gun." The doctor took another sip of water/

"Has any of you seen Star trek?" More than three quarters of the room raised there hand. Stupid question in a room full of egg heads. "Essentially it is a dermal regenerator."

"They taking healthy living Adult stem cells from healthy skin and "spray it" over the wounded site. Though it too is still in the trial phase since 2011"

"Normally take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, maybe more depending on condition, and age of patient, as well as the size of the wound. These wounds are all, of course susceptible to infection, especially second degree burns, or skin grafts."

"Using the stem cell gun, patients have been shown to completely recover in 4 to 5 days, with no side affects yet found, It also reduces the likely hood of infection to single digits. This, if approved, will be one of the greatest leaps in medical history"

"I took the same idea, and modified it to create a microscopic spot welder. The challenges behind this, is of course the requirement the proper stem cells from a healthy section. This can be especially challenging, and painful for bones and ligaments. Often patients do not have the time to wait for proper extraction."

"However in March 9, 2009, President Barack Obama lifted the ban on fetal stem cell research in the United States, and with this substitution, I have been able to restore lost limbs, which look almost completely identical to their original state."

"Healing can take months, so much so that most of the local muscles suffer from atrophy with traditional reattachment and rehabilitation, patients regain 60 to 70% of their original dexterity. Yet with my technique, patients, depending on size of limb loss, heal between 1 and 2 weeks, and grain 85 to 95% of their original dexterity"

The doctor just finished when a bell rang, signaling the end of lecture time. The doctor let out a huge sigh of relief before finishing his glass of water.

Office

Doctor Crane carefully examined every paper, every comment, every chemical examination. He couldn't allow anything to be missed. When he was satisfied he had absorbed all the available information he when for a tea to think.

In the break room he poured a cup of hot water and dipped a bag of green tea. With his mind calmed he went back to his office, stopping on the way, he asked the same shapely nurse with a forced smile, "Nurse, would you be a dear, and do me two small favors? Could you contact a student, Maxime Savaine, and ask her to come to my office, I wish to discuss grades, and call Doctor Graves and ask him when I could drop by for a consolation on a case? Please inform me if you can or can not contact these two." Crane awkwardly raised his left hand and made a "gun motion" with his fingers, "I'll buy lunch if you do. No limits."

When he returned to his, Crane picked up the pen and held it over the comment section...
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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby Cinder » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:00 pm

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Napier arrived at the hospital with only the seed of a plan in his mind. He was used to having time to prepare for an acquisition and his new side-job usually called for a more improvisational approach. So, as he walked into the entryway of one of the proliferation of UPMC buildings in Oakland, [OOC: For the non-burghers, Oakland is the neighborhood in Pittsburgh where the University of Pittsburgh is located and would be where most of the action of these posts would be taking place.] he was unsure exactly how he would find the information he sought. The building was as well appointed as the others under the UPMC banner and he found himself once again considering the tax exempt organization’s ubiquity. Health care was another of the many things that had been different when he was thirty-one for the first time. Now people often went broke if they had the misfortune of acquiring a serious medical problem with less than premium health insurance. And yet here he stood in a tax-sheltered sterile temple of glass, raised just as much for profit as medicine. He chided himself internally. He was becoming more serious in his non-old age.

Napier removed his fedora and unbuttoned his overcoat taking in his surroundings. He smiled at the thought of his attire, which had once been merely a sign of a gentleman, but was now appropriated by persons known colloquially as “hipsters.” He had bumped into one such when suffering his first shock at paying three dollars for a coffee and had learned the term. It was important to him to learn the ways of the world as it was now. He had experienced his first urge to remain an anachronistic old coot, despite looking like a thirty-something, when the newest trend was the mini-skirt, but had quickly realized that such would not have served him well in his missions. So he handed over the five dollar bill and had gotten used to ordering at Starbucks by saying, “Yes, just black. No, I would not like a squirt of low-fat caramel, thank you.” Of course that did not mean that his senses had left him entirely. His jeans, when he wore them, were not skinny and his Twitter account was gathering virtual dust.

He slipped into the bathroom attempting to avoid being noticed by anyone.



Once in the bathroom, he waited until it was empty, slipped into a stall and morphed his clothes into scrubs. He emerged from the bathroom and saw his mark almost immediately. A doctor with bags under both his eyes and his arms exiting the building and looking as if all he wanted to do was catch a few Z’s before his next shift started.

He moved into the path of the Doctor and “accidentally” bumped into him.

Sleight of Hand 20 to attempt to get his key card. In my experience, these are clipped to the belt, but it might be in his pocket. If this is not possible, let me know and I will edit the post. I will finish the post if he doesn’t notice (or if he does, just differently.)

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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby XeroKhan » Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:39 pm

Jeremiah Repko
HP 1
CONDITION: Fine


Once the up-to-a-certain-point plan was made, Jeremiah began his search for some online information, pictures, and even scanned documents on the old Churchill Valley Country Club, finding the identities of the owner, staff, and anybody of similar relation to the place...

Crap, Invis. Castle is down for me currently (not sure if it is everyone). Thus, I'd like to take 20 on the Computers skill to find any info on the country club. I should be able to do this since I am not under any form of pressure and it would take over 2 minutes to fully complete the task.
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Common Terms I will use:
>D#: Failure by (1-4) Degree
>EFN (Epic Fail Number): A Natural 1
>Nat 10: Taking a Natural 10 on a specific Skill

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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby FuzzyBoots » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:41 pm

GM - Dr. Crane

The situation is definitely not normal. For so many people to die in short order and in rapid succession... it just doesn't make sense. The symptoms are troubling too... they're a bit too close to the symptoms of hemorrhagic illnesses — Ebola occurs to you as an example, but couldn't be the case given how non-virulent it seems to have been. The chemical analyses are a mess. Different tests were made on each patient's blood and tissue samples and they all came up with violently different results, once for two subsequent tests on the same person's blood. Nevertheless, four people have died and, other than burning the bodies and isolating the samples in hermetically sealed containers, no measures seem to have been taken to prevent further incidents.

For a moment, the thought goes through your head that the situation on the reports is unimportant and that you should just add a comment indicating that you'd read about it and decided it was nothing of concern, but after a moment, it leaves your head again and you leave your recommendation exactly as you wish.

Not long after you finish leaving your comments, there's a knock at your door. It's Dr. Graves.
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"I understand you wished to see me, correct? I'm not surprised. Maxime... you know she really looked up to you." He steps in and takes the guest chair. "I will answer any questions I can."

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Re: [IC] Occult Detectives - Prologue

Postby FuzzyBoots » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:49 pm

'Reba' Rossiter

After getting off the phone, R'eva was left with almost as many questions as answers. She now knew the advisor's name and a bit about Maxime's history with the school. The situation with the paper being published post-humously was odd too. Was it a final tribute to her? Was the date of her death or of the paper incorrectly recorded? Given the recent publishing date, the paper was unlikely to have passed peer review in any journals, but the school likely had a copy in their library, or in the school databases. Lastly, she was left with a vague nagging feeling that her questions may have raised more questions on the other side of the phone.

OOC: Details were provided in a PM. :) Up to R'eva as to how much she wishes to share of that.


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