Date: 6:37:46 PM, April 23rd; 7:35:52 PM, April 24th, 2017.
Metal Man (GM): Recap. The Questers got a hotel room, getting ready to go and infiltrate the nearby festival, where Vetrek, would-be dictator of Onta'vis, seems to be potentially showing up at. Three-ish groups: one with KitRedgrave, Nonna, and Kumiko, one with Louisoix, and one with Demon, Gelato, and Xavier. That leaves a question of Valron, I guess.
Louisoix is going to check out the place where the festival is going to be held. To see if there's anything that can be fudged with to let them have more control over the situation.
Metal Man (GM): So the first question is: Valron, would you rather help with Louisoix trying to dig into the festival and figure out what Vetrek is doing. Kit, Nonna, and Kumiko appear to be planning to specifically disrupt Vetrek a bit later on (more of a combination of fighting and stealth) Or work with Xavier, Gelato, and Demon, who are going to be taking out some back-alley security people to help enable the rest? Four would probably work fine there if you want to join in there. I'll probably have that group go up third, since I'm gonna have Gelato, Xavier and Demon do some stuff first, then Louisoix (it's quick to do one person), then the four people group since 3 of the 4 got most of the action already XP
Louisoix: *In fact, Lou's job is probably overall fine solo if need be, since everyone else already has some sort of history in the universe. I doubt they'd know who he was, so it would just be someone walking around the park.*
Metal Man (GM): Ok then. Seems like we can get started then, with the Xavier-Gelato-Demon team. Begin Team 1: Demon + Gelato + Xavier It is before the other teams go. Xavier would radio Gelato and Demon.
King Demon: *Gets on the radio* "Hello?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Right, so obviously it doesn't make much sense for you guys to be spending all your time trying to negotiate complex politics and carefully pick extremely precise locks... ...well actually Gelato can do that. So I'll keep that in mind. So what I've determined is there's an area we're going to need... well... cleaned of opposition so to speak, in the non-recorded part of the city. Well, actually, there is some security, but that's what Gelato is for."
King Demon: *R* "Nope, I'm more of a bash and bruise guy. Oh, a fight?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Basically, I've sent you a map on your smash dex. All you have to do is follow it down to the dark back alleys of Onta'vis, break some computer locks and blow up some security guards. ...And then get creative as to what you'll do with the security. There's probably someone deadly protecting it... ...I've used my money to pay off the relevant authorities so no one will connect it to us. Anyway, just open your smash dex and walk on over. As far as anyone knows, you're just... tourists."
King Demon: *R* "Hmmm, cool." *Looks at his Dex.*
Metal Man (GM): It has a wireframe 80's version of Google Maps on the screen. It notes for you to walk outside of the hotel and go down the street to the elevator down.
King Demon: *Chuckles* "All right, Gelly, let's go see what we can wreck."
Metal Man (GM): On that note, could you pastebin me your sheet, Demon? I'll get your attacks up while we GM the way over to the action zone, so to speak.
King Demon: *R* "Nice retro map system you have here, Mets. At least it appears to include depth as well as topography."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Yeah. The chips aren't so smart but I have a nice server connected to it."
King Demon starts following the map, looking around as he does.
Metal Man (GM): The map takes you down into the streets. You have your Zinyo (TM) brand hoodies and clothes on so you don't stand out too much.
King Demon: *R* "Well, these ARE about fifteen years old, so..."
Metal Man (GM): The map notes for you to take a right across an open thoroughfare. Thankfully, there are no cars in these elevated future-streets. The elevator is right there.
Gelato: *He bounces alongside Demon, all smiley and cheerful.*
Metal Man (GM): As before, the sign for 'Elevator' is all garbled.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Just hit the down button at the elevator. I used a combination of what Kit helped set us up here and my own knowledge to ensure you can focus on the part that can't be done remotely. ...If only because the last time I had an AI remotely destroy everything for us, it went rogue, became possessed by The Void, and later began announcing SSS matches."
King Demon: *R* "All right." *Into the elevator and down.*
Gelato: *Bounce bounce.*
King Demon: *R* "Oh, right. I remember that one... didn't we fight it in a computer simulation or something?"
Metal Man (GM): The elevator starts going down. Now it is possible to see what's truly down here. Indeed, the dexes would also be streaming this data so that the others could watch.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Several times, yes. It was annoying."
Metal Man (GM): The elevator is going down about 100 stories at about 50 mph, so it's a bit of a g-force thing. The lights down here are really dim and the air smells kinda smoky.
King Demon: *R* "I could think of more annoying computer programs... Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's a bit of a fast ride... I like it!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "I've heard rumors of the elevators shorting out and crashing. ...I picked one that had been properly serviced for you to ride."
Metal Man (GM): The elevator lands with a CLUNK, and the door slides open. Down here, you can go left or right.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Right, well, I don't know everything so this does give you a choice. We need to take out a whole slew of security recording modules that are used for recording the upcoming events. The left side goes to the actual servers that run it, and the right goes to the power centers that generate it. Left side has more cameras on it so you have to be a bit more sneaky there. But if you can get in sneakily, maybe there are more things you can mess up in there."
King Demon: "So we can disable the servers or the power source..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Right side is... they know it's an obvious target so there's some beefy stuff there. There's not much chance of sneaking in. But I paid off the requisite people so even if the left side catches you, it's more that they'll... manage to relocate some of the systems if that happens. Rather than boot us off the planet. It was steep trying to get that Sloan thing scrubbed off our record so I had no plans of a repeat."
King Demon: "What do you think, Gelly? Want to hide from cameras or people? Hmm, I wonder..." *R* "Hey, Mets, if we DO manage to get to the servers, wouldn't that attract attention from those guarding the power source?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. If you're caught, anyway. If you're sneaky enough to disable them in a way that hides that you did that... no. There shouldn't be any attention gained. Granted... they can't desert their posts to go hunt you. After all, there's more than us who want to wreck these systems."
King Demon: *R* "Yeah... well, I was thinking that we could possibly hit both, but if they aren't going to leave us an opening, that's probably not going to happen. What else is powered by those generators?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, the lighting systems, some of the systems used to open the doors... even the elevators. They are separated so you can avoid destroying the wrong ones. Yeah, that's why I consider it an even choice. The power is better physically defended but if you get in and blow the servers to bits, that should do the job."
King Demon: "If we took out the power first it might actually make it easier to get to the servers and mess them up... BUT it'd also be much harder to make it look random."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Indeed."
King Demon: "And since we don't want to draw attention to ourselves, we should limit our activities to one or the other. Well, I've never really been all that good with technology, so blowing some up will be good catharsis. Cameras works for me."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That is true. If you are sneaky enough, I can pay you the money I'd normally use to hush up the authorities."
King Demon: "Woo hoo! We might get paid for once!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Onta'vis has lots of stores too."
King Demon: "Let's go get camera shy!" *Heads left.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "No more picking through garbage cans."
Metal Man (GM): You see the left area has a big sign that says "OFF LIMITS" on it. The fence blocking the way is a chainlink fence that is electrified. A large power supply can be seen powering it on the left. On the right is some sort of futuristic control panel. There's a gate in the middle of it too. The gate is a latch kind, with no obvious lock on it.
King Demon: "Geez, even in alien planets, the first line of defense is an electric fence."
Metal Man (GM): Though it blitzes with electricity.
King Demon: "Sure. It'd be easiest... and least noisy." *Makes his way to the panel* "Think you can hack it?"
Metal Man (GM): You can easily remove the cover to the panel, since that is nothing more than a little plastic cover. Inside it has a glowing label that says INSERT AUTHENTICATION CARD HERE At least this part of the defenses doesn't appear to be guarded by anything other than the fence. As for hacking in this game, you can use the Skill Knowledge -> Computer, or you can use a spell. Or you can use something else if you so wish, of course I'll judge what effectiveness it is.
King Demon: "Sure... wait, cover you for what?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Presumably anyone who might interrupt him. This area isn't entirely devoid of people."
Gelato nods, stepping up to the computer and beginning to call forth a Panel spell!
King Demon: "True..." *Looks around, idly spinning a coin in his hand* "Do what you gotta do."
Metal Man (GM): Gelato spends the moment to remember the spell, using some of his energy. Demon would see a strange man walk over.
Strange Man: "Hey... whatcha doin' over there? That's the danger zone, man."
Metal Man (GM): Gelato is nearly done. The Panel is slowly flipping through the control panel's sets and figuring out the hole in its security for Gelato. What do you do, Demon ?
King Demon: "Oh, we were just wandering around. Hadn't seen a device like this in a while and was showing it to my friend."
Strange Man: "Ah... well that fence is gonna shock ya, man. I've always wanted to be in there but you know, the rubes will get you if you get in there."
Metal Man (GM): Correct, Demon.
King Demon: "Yeah... I've been hit by one once. It wasn't fun."
Strange Man: "Hum. Well... be careful."
Metal Man (GM): He wanders off, twitching oddly. Gelato unlocks the gate with a subtle click. The door is no longer electrified.
King Demon: "We will. Thank... you?" *He watches the man for a few seconds, before turning back to Gelato when he hears the click* "Let's go before someone else shows up."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "No, I don't have full vision. What was it?"
Metal Man (GM): The guy was wearing weird black clothes and seemed really dirty and torn up. The gate can be opened now.
King Demon: "He was... well, he looked like he'd gotten his ass kicked by someone or something and hadn't showered in quite a while." *Glances at the fence* "If I didn't know better, I'd say he had a meeting with the barrier." *He opens the gate for Gelato.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "One of the Ground-Lurkers, then. They wander around, looking for a means to burglarize the things down there. Generally when people leave gates open or something they tend to do things."
Metal Man (GM): Inside the gate is something a little bit trickier: Two guards, walking back and forth. Some support columns obscure their view on certain parts of the path they walk.
King Demon: *R* "Oh, really? Hmmmm..."
Metal Man (GM): They walk in a circle around the pillars. They have uniforms.
Metal Man: "Securitech Ltd. Co."
King Demon: *R* "Securitech?" *Watches their patrol patterns to see what and when it'd be safe to move.*
Metal Man (GM): Both human, one man, one woman. The safe point seems to be when they both reach the edges of the path, for a short moment both are not seeing either side. However it's very short, that moment in time.
King Demon: *Also looks around to make sure there aren't any other obvious security measures.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "The security firm they hired to guard the area. They have Stun Batons and guns. They're just doing their jobs so, if you do fight them, try not to violently destroy them. ...But you can knock them out if you have to."
King Demon: "All right, then. Probably best not to be seen by them, or at least not to let them let others know if they DO see us." *He searches the area once more, trying to see if he can gain some assistance from the environment to prolong their safe period.*
Metal Man (GM): It's really dark down here. There's several lights dimly lighting the way between the pillars. Only three of them are even working. They're held in place by rusted iron scaffolding, but if that falls down it'd probably make a huge noise. If you felled the entire thing it'd be blocking your whole path, but you can target it to block only part of the path if you have a move that's precise enough.
King Demon: "We might be able to..." *He looks for the right spot to hit that'd disable the lights or bring down part of the support.*
Metal Man (GM): You can see there's supports, but that the whole thing is one large girder. You'd have to hit the joint between the girders to slice it in half, additionally. Want to look for something to throw, Gelato?
King Demon looks around for a rock.
Metal Man (GM): There's definitely a rock on the ground. Several actually. It's rocky down here. There used to be pavement but it fell apart due to disuse. Well, not disuse but rather lack of maintenance.
King Demon: "You want to throw first, Gelly?"
Gelato: '-' *He holds up his stubby little legs and paws.*
King Demon: "Good point." *He aims for the joint with a rock and tosses it.*
Metal Man (GM): A loud CLONG is heard. The rock alone can't really break the joint. Or at least one can't.
Guard 1: "What was that?" *Shines a light on the girder* "Oh... somebody dropped something off of the street above."
Guard 2: "Be careful, I saw that man out there who's been shadowing this place for several days. We've been given permission to kill him for repeated infringement."
Guard 1: "Right..."
Metal Man (GM): They then keep walking around, not knowing exactly what's going on.
King Demon: *Looks to Gelato* *W* "Kill the strange guy? On sight?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "The girders are kind of sturdy. Maybe you can use your attack to destroy it, Demon."
King Demon: *R* "Yeah... well, here goes everything..." *He'd launch a fireball at the joint.*
Metal Man (GM): The girder, and half the lights, fall down, plunging that half of the area into darkness. It also blocks Guard 2 from getting away from that area. Guard 1, however, is now investigating what happened.
Guard 1: "Whoa, what the hell... a fireball? Ground Lurkers can't toss fire!"
Guard 2: "I'm alright, we should figure out where it came from..."
Guard 1: "Think we should raise the alarm?"
Guard 2: "We have a spotless record so far, we shouldn't risk it over... a freak occurrence."
Guard 1: "But it's a fireball..."
King Demon: *M* "Dammit... time to move." *He'd look to see how clear the path is.*
Guard 2: "We can find whoever it is ourselves."
Metal Man (GM): You can't use the two rightward lanes; those are in the dark and blocked by the girder. The two leftward lanes are open, but the right-most of the leftward lanes has Guard 1 staring at the girder. That leaves the leftmost lane, if you can hustle past the guard anyways.
King Demon starts to proceed down the leftmost lane as fast and as quietly as he can.
Gelato: *He's staying low as he runs aside Demon! He's using pieces of the fallen girder and the walls to follow Demon, hopefully turning his sneakiness into Acrobatics by going around the two!*
Metal Man (GM): Ah. Yes, you can choose to do Acrobatics instead and basically leap over an area they can't reach or see in that fashion. That one will utilize your Acrobatics check instead, what is the skill set for that one? Hmmm. Your sheet must have been made before I tweaked it. But, not to worry. That number should say 30. So it's even better than before, actually. So then, time for some checks... the attacker has 8 as far as their ability to spot things.
Metal Man (GM): First up: The attempt to spot Gelato as he leaps over the things expertly. They fail to notice him. Second up, the attempt to spot Demon as he sneaks by . That one is a pretty close shave... So, the two of you pass that obstacle. Up ahead is your final obstacle: the actual area full of camera control computers. You have a final choice here for this segment: you can go for an area that goes down that is a bunch of wires and computer hardware... Or try to deal with the repairman busy working on things up above who has access to all the actual controls to the computers.
King Demon watches the cameras for a few minutes, trying to see if and where there are blind spots... or if the cameras can be disabled for that matter. He uses the Smash Dex on the repairman.
Metal Man (GM): They don't seem to be recording what's going on in the underside in the trench below.
Smash Dex: "DING! Repairman. A mercenary of sorts, used to repair complex bugs. Versatile in their computer science knowledge. Since this is a rough world, they are also versatile with their possession of a personal force field to minimize incidents of 'being hit in the head and robbed' as well as a ray gun that has twenty two selectable tunable settings to get the extra 0.00005% efficiency all such techheads crave."
King Demon: "Yeah... of course he'd be prepared for a fight..."
Metal Man (GM): The cameras topside are currently turned off, because the repairman is working on them.
King Demon: *M* "Too bad this thing doesn't say how strong that force field is, or how tough the repairman would be to beat in combat..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "That man is guarding the controls to all the servers. If you want maximum damage to their systems you'll want to get there. Otherwise, well. It's not too bad, nobody has really spotted you. You could always just try to sabotage them from below. But that man will likely be checking..."
King Demon: "So we'll probably have to deal with him either way, it'd probably be best to try to get the jump on him." *Looks at the man and checks if his force field is currently active.*
Metal Man (GM): Currently, no.
King Demon: *Nods* "Do it, Gelato, we'll see what happens." *He gets out his saber, but doesn't turn it on, uncertain if he can use the inactive hilt as a blunt weapon.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, he can use it as a blunt weapon.
Gelato: *He starts focusing the energy for Baton Pass!*
Repairman: "Connecting splice string to---"
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* He shows up next to Demon.
King Demon: *And as soon as he warps, Demon hits him in the head with the hilt.*
Metal Man (GM): You swing it and... hmmm. Demon moves way too fast for that guy to dodge. You can see he was about to push a button to activate some shield when he gets CLONK'd. About what you'd expect, really. He's probably more suited to defending against people who are, well, like the Strange Man. Now you have access to the cameras.
King Demon: "Hmmm..." *He seems to debate trying to loot the guy.*
Metal Man (GM): This force field is an equipment item that adds +30 to HP when active and lasts up to 3 rounds before running out of power. His gun could theoretically deal some insane amount of damage, but the way it's currently tuned is to deal +16 damage and +4 accuracy. It has an energy clip in it providing power. As for hacking them, well, normally this would be way harder, but the man left it logged in.
King Demon: "Yeah, he kinda needs that shield in case someone a bit less honorable than us shows up." *He takes the clip from the weapon and heads to where Gelato is.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Yeah, I made sure you came during maintenance so that less people would be in the way."
Gelato: *He's intentionally leaving it logged in as he drops the cam views.*
King Demon: "Ah, nice."
Metal Man (GM): The machinery lets you decide what to turn off. Of course there is one minor issue--somebody could in theory come in and turn the views back on.
King Demon: *Looks at it* "Hey, can we tap into this thing and control it remotely?"
Metal Man (GM): You're able to just turn off the views here... that may arise some suspicion though if you just leave them off.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Actually, that is possible."
King Demon: "Why do I get the impression that won't be easy?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Hence my statement about the AI and such... ..." *Gets out an obviously stolen manual* "If one of you can get into the trench and rewire circuit grids 3-5 while another holds the reset switch up here it should be possible to put in a permanent backdoor we can use and abuse at least a couple times."
King Demon: "Can you hold that open? I don't know if your appendages can rewire the circuits."
Metal Man (GM): It's just a giant switch you can hold down, a lever.
King Demon: "... Yeah, you should be able to do that." *Pets him and heads for the trench.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Right... look down in the trench, there should be numbers, 1-245... we only want 3, 4, and 5."
King Demon gets into the trench and searches for the correct numbers.
Gelato: *He leaps up, grabbing that lever and tugging it!*
Metal Man (GM): A giant REPAIR RESET ENGAGED appears and all the cameras temporarily go off. At the same time, electricity stops flowing through the boards in the trenches, enabling Demon to go and find the numbers. It takes only a short moment to find the clearly marked 3, 4, and 5 numbers.
King Demon: "... Metal, you wanted us to go through a trench while there was ELECTRICITY GOING THROUGH IT?!?!?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "No, no, that's what the reset button is for... ...also, heh, it's okay, we're Questers, right? Eheh... eheh eheh..."
Editor's Note: Not like Xavier is one for having a logical mindset all the time, heheheh.
King Demon: "... I'd take your head off your shoulders when I get back up there if I thought for a second it'd actually harm you... Anyway... what do we need to do to rewire these things?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Now... there's a nodule on your Smash Dex in the upper right corner. Take it out of the Smash Dex and heat up the metal on the edge of it, and heat it up. You can light things on fire so that should be easy. Then stick it to slot 4. The hot metal acts as a glue."
King Demon: "Yeah!" *He does so.*
Metal Man (GM): Since this is actually meant for you to do, no skill check needed, you just put it in there.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Put your finger between 3 and 4 and heat it up and join the metal... thingy on the edge by heating them up, stretching them, and joining them together. Then do that with 4 and 5 as well. That way we will have joined together the diagnostic leads of all three."
King Demon: "Sure..." *And he uses his finger as a welding tool.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "...Yes, I did buy this from my Solarian inside salesman. He said some disgruntled salesmen were willing to part with it for a good price."
Metal Man (GM): You weld it together.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Finally, climb out of the trench and release the reset switch. Leave everything the way you found it on the control panel, and then there's an elevator you can open up by pushing a button on the panel. That should get you back out of there."
King Demon: "Oh, great... what are the odds that this is 100% accurate?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "...I'm not certain. Let's hope nothing catches on fire."
King Demon: "Ah, well, what's done is done now." *He puts everything back the way he found it as best he can and gets out of the trench* "Ok, Gelato, let's go... uh... can we get to the elevator while avoiding the cameras?"
Gelato: *Switch released!*
King Demon: "True... well, for the most part anyway."
Metal Man (GM): It resets and is in order. The elevator button is just a few feet ahead, you can easily push the button to summon it. There's a little weirdness in the panel--some slight glitchiness. However, as proof of control of it, Xavier's face actually appears on one of the monitors.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Ah... now I can see everything. ...I'm amazed that worked, but then again, I was really nervous about us potentially failing. I guess next time I can take it a bit more by ear."
King Demon: "... Ok, you're even uglier on TV than in person."
Gelato: *He stretches up, pressing the elevator call.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* *Grins behind his half scratched up visor* "Don't worry. Sometime I'll come visit in person."
Metal Man (GM): He disappears from the monitor, and you get the elevator, completing the equivalent of a tutorial stage/introduction to more dice-based interactions. MISSION COMPLETE
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Oh, and I didn't have to pay anyone off, since everyone blamed that weird man for what happened. Who they still haven't caught, either. There's a bounty on his head now, in case you ever want more money."
Metal Man (GM): +2 EXP, +1000 coins to Gelato and Demon.
King Demon: *Talking to Gelato* "Well, that wasn't THAT hard... nothing blew up... is it sad I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing? Yeah... I'll have to remember to bring my marshmallows when we do get to the explodey stuff. I'm really in the mood for some s'mores! Yeah? Maybe I should use some of those Peeps marshmallows when I do." *Chuckles* "Well, let's see if there's any marshmallows in the hotel room... oh, and chocolate and graham crackers, I guess..."
Metal Man (GM): The hotel room comes with full room service. As you arrive there, you see Xavier eating strangely glowing ice cream.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I swear, it's not radioactive--they just put glow in the dark things in it."
King Demon: *Sees Metal's helmetless face* "Ok, I stand corrected, you're MUCH uglier without your helmet on..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, you try being in a gladiatorial arena and blown up and put back together a couple of times... ...also I have to wonder what you do to help your face. I've been to hell too. It really burns the flesh. Well I do joke, I could have a less messy face... but would it be me?"
Metal Man (GM): This is in the hotel room, between people going places. To avoid problems each group is being sent out one at a time so the others can potentially be sent in as backup if things go pear-shaped.
King Demon: "The fur helps... though in my case, I'm genetically designed to survive that place without problems. So, anyway, Gelly and I decided we'd like some s'mores... do we have the ingredients here or do we need to call room service?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm just a barely tougher than a human person with robotic bits... so basically the heat conducts straight through the metal. You know that sizzling noise when you cook bacon? Yeah... Ah, room service has it, we don't have that here otherwise."
Nonna: "Hopefully this will all be enough." *Getting out of the pool and drying off.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Use that for room service:" *He points at a button on the wall.*
Louisoix: "I'm tempted to order some, but I couldn't do anything with it. Force of habit..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I am lucky and yet not that despite most of my midsection being artificial, I still have to eat."
King Demon: "All right... anyone else want anything?"
Gelato: *owo* "Eeeeeee~"
Nonna: "How about some goulash?"
Louisoix: "Nah, I'm good." *Stretches and gets up.*
King Demon: "Sure." *He hits the button for room service.*
Attendant: *R* "Hello, how can we serve you?"
King Demon: "Yes, this is >room number<. Can we get a few orders of s'mores and some goulash, please? Oh, and some milk, too."
Gelato: *He's doing a happy dance in anticipation of smores.*
Attendant: *R* "Sure, it'll be sent in immediately."
King Demon: *R* "Thank you."
Louisoix: "They certainly offer everything here. Do they have gummies but they're actually sheet cutouts of the book War and Peace? How far can we push this?"
Metal Man (GM): A slot opens in the corner of the room and some sort of magic allows them to warp it right in. Marshmallows, chocolate bars, graham crackers and and goulash show up immediately, with utensils.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's an international port... I mean intergalactic. So I presume they could fabricate such a thing for enough money."
Louisoix: "Ah, so if someone nutso imagined it up somewhere in the galaxy, it might be here."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Exactly."
King Demon: "It might be an interdimensional port, actually." *Gets the smores stuff and starts melting some marshmallows to make the treats.*
Gelato: :D *Gasp!*
Louisoix: "...might not want to test the boundaries of that one, don't want to open Pandora's Box..."
Nonna: *Happy to have some goulash after a swim, she chows down immediately, showing a rare, content smile.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Anyway, Lou, uh, you're up next. Unfortunately I don't have as much information about the event you're going to visit, so you'll be the one figuring that out. Though if you get in trouble one of us can come there and well, settle whoever's case it is that's on your case."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier idly opens a slot on his golf club and pours in a bucket of AA batteries. Somehow, it manages to consume them.
Louisoix: "I figured, I just want to see if there's anything there we can use to our advantage. Best to know the locale before we run into there blind."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "All it seems to be is some major event in their celebration thingy... Vetrek is there and... uh... I guess they're all really into these Olympics things. It's why we were able to get this hotel room anyway. They think we're some sort of Olympic swimming team. I did impress them with my ability to go underwater indefinitely, anyway. ...Since unlike Nintendus, there isn't any stupid magic making me die for no reason. I don't really need to breathe."
Louisoix: "...not sure how that should be impressive, considering, but hey, it works I suppose."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They don't see a lot of cyborgs around here. They have a bad rap due to the fact the other cyborgs are also Erastians."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier takes out a pulp fiction book.
Louisoix: "Ah. Well, hopefully this will end up being a walk in the park."
Metal Man (GM): The image shows a deranged Erastian (think similar armor to Xavier's) blowing up a street with a giant nuclear glowing donut thing, and it says "ATTACK OF THE KILLER ERASTIAN"
King Demon: *And he makes a bunch of smores for Gelato, and a bunch more for himself... and he pours them both a glass of milk.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I can't say I know whether this actually happened, but the sad part is, I could actually see it happening. The area is that whole... area with a bunch of stands and swimming area. You would presumably be looking for information on what's going on there, Lou."
King Demon: "Didn't you do that?"
Nonna: "It's a few days until the scheduled meeting. If you think we can infiltrate the Olympic events, let us know. Getting this done earlier is going to be better for everyone."
Gelato: *He starts munching and drinking away with a purr.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The information I got was in the lower areas, Demon."
Louisoix: *Nods* "Right. Well, I'm off then." *Attempts to head out to the target location.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Less secure areas than up top, so basically I just bought all the information."
King Demon: "I meant the nuke thing, but whatever." *Shrugs and shuts up, eating his food.*
Editor's Note: No, that only occurs far in the future against an actual villainous enemy, Demon. :P
Metal Man (GM): Lou heads out. The location is just right across the street. We now focus on Lou as he wanders towards the target location. The first difficulty--they appear to want you to have a ticket to enter. However, tickets are fairly cheap--only 5 coins.
Louisoix sees no problem with it, pays up.
Metal Man (GM): Lou pays up and gets in. Now he can wander the pavilion, as it is called. There's several tall evergreen trees atop this weird top-of-a-giant-building area. There's several stands where people are sitting, watching some various people do aquatic acrobatics in the pool. You have many avenues to find information--spying on the people in the stands, listening to the commentators... but then again, the most important people have their own 'skybox' that's locked off from everyone else. There's also some maintenance rooms behind yet more security card-blocked doors.
Louisoix: "Hm, didn't expect to see any trees, considering..." *Walks past the trees, looking around, moving towards the pool to watch said people practice for a moment, if only to seem normal. During that time, he'd listen in on commentators, yeah.*
Barbo: "Here we are with the Women's Aquatic Backflip Competition. In the lead appears to be Susie Chou, and in second place is Eleza Red. It's been a strong performance so far, but we're about to see Leless Federico go up next, and there have been rumors that she as representative of the Reformed Vhallan Empire may take the trophy this year."
Metal Man (GM): Leless steps out to the diving board wearing a red one piece swimsuit. The weirdest part is she literally appears to be glowing somewhat.
Ned: "Yes, Barbo, it's another unusual thing, to see Vhallans here again. There was a huge war recently and it was rumored the Time Cops literally destroyed all of them. But apparently that was just a myth. In any case, here comes the dive."
Metal Man (GM): Leless casually takes a stance, then leaps off of the diving board with superhuman agility, performing a backflip that creates a full spin and then diving straight down as deep as possible into the pool, rising up very quickly after.
Barbo: "Right Ned, one of the reasons we figured she would be so strong was that the Vhallans have always had a supernatural ability for these sorts of things... so much so the others have a handicap to make up for the unfair physical strength gap."
Louisoix: "Good for them, I guess..." *With that, Lou lost himself in the crowd in order to find any out of sight doors that lead to any of the skyboxes. Would potentially be a start.*
Ned: "Leless, even with the handicap, easily exceeds whatever the others have, and is now in first place."
Metal Man (GM): You continue to wander through the crowd while the droning on and on and on about a mixture of who is in what place and low-level politics goes on. The barrier to the skybox has people going in and out. They use special access cards to open the doors.
Louisoix: *Well, not exactly beneficial to try to hack it in broad daylight with people passing continuously... for the time being, he'd just look at the cards to see if he could replicate them, possibly, somewhere else. If not, looking for some alternative way in would be a better move.*
Metal Man (GM): Some sort of card with a bunch of data on it. Cryptographically sound. The card isn't exactly easy to duplicate, even if you had one of the more advanced matter manipulation ability.
Louisoix: *Yeah, out of the question. How long do the doors, or whatever, stay open?*
Metal Man (GM): They close behind people like sliding glass doors in a supermarket. So they're open for about 10 seconds or 20 seconds, depending on how long it takes someone to enter them.
Louisoix: *Well, I don't technically have to make the perfect card. He would wait for someone to go inside and look at their card. He'd then go somewhere that wasn't too obvious and attempt to make a replica card. Using Magitek for it.*
Metal Man (GM): You create a decently convincing fake card. It glows with magic. It'd even work as a card--if you had the correct code to load into it.
Louisoix: "Well, I guess the glowing bit was unintentional..." *As a backup plan, he'd attempt to create a card reader. You know, the thing scammers use on credit card machines to read the details of a card. Might as well go all the way.*
Metal Man (GM): You create that as well. Of course, you'll need to trick somebody into using it. It is handy just creating all of these things though. Though keep in mind one final thing--as ephemeral magitek, it won't last more than a day.
Louisoix: *If only he was more creative.*
Metal Man (GM): You have to input coins to ensure it becomes permanent, and the difficulty increases. But said permanent magitek can be used by anybody and will last for... as much as normal objects would and then some. At the risk of losing coins and also it's much more noisy and obvious when you do that. These objects that glow are more literal bits o' magic.
Louisoix: *Would go back and attempt to swipe the card, but would put the reader at the edge of the card as he swiped it, in an attempt to install the card reader on the pre-existing machine without it being obvious.*
Metal Man (GM): Also, please use () for OOC, so that it won't clog up my log device. :V It's okay for me to talk without it since I'm GMing, but for others... enh... it is tedious to make it detect that. Weird as that might be as a reason for using that. Exactly, that's why I explain it, it's no worry. These are the early days, so I expect some learning curve. Now for this, hmmmm....
Editor's Note: Hi past me! Actually I used some of the text on the character because it was sort of... informative? Oh well.
Metal Man (GM): We'll go with Computer since that's specifically to do with this kind of 'hacking'
Louisoix: *It's meant to be one of those strip things that get installed in credit card readers and the like to steal card info.*
Metal Man (GM): This one is harder to break into, but you invested a lot in your skill. You put it in there without an issue. Almost immediately someone brushes by you, scanning their card and entering.
Louisoix: "Hey, watch it!" *He'd attempt to read the card again, but uninstall it while doing so, obviously not working again.*
???: "Oh, sorry." *They walk inside--some guy with a top hat and fancy shoes.*
Metal Man (GM): You take it out, and obtain the info from the card, you can now put it on your fake card.
Louisoix: "Well... at least he's dressed nice."
Metal Man (GM): The information belongs to Sir Thomas Dunry. First Lord of the Xega Corporation, one of the Five Corporations of this planet.
Louisoix walks away temporarily to install it on the card, then waits for him to leave.
Metal Man (GM): Unfortunately it seems like he's in there for a while--he's watching the next competition, in which several people are doing synchronized swimming routines. He just arrived to begin watching it and it'll be on for another 30 minutes. You can wait, of course.
Louisoix: *Well, on one hand, he could just reinstall the machine for someone else, but he may run into the same problem, and it may be prudent to listen in onto someone of importance.* "Hmm... eh, lets see what happens, anyway." *Walking up to the machine, Lou swiped the card to see the results.*
Metal Man (GM): It opens as if you're him. There's no real checking on that, seemingly.
Louisoix: *Huh, worried too much. With that he'd enter to see what was inside, and if he could sit near and listen in on whatever this Sir Thomas character would say, or anyone else.*
Metal Man (GM): Hmmm... at this point I shall pause. I think I'm out of gas. We can pick it up during the week though, since it's just me and you, 1-on-1. PAUSE.
Meanwhile, back at the Intergalactic Aquatic Olympics...
Sir Thomas: "Ah... yes, the team today is pretty good. Pity that so much had to go wrong elsewhere."
???: "Yes, that incident with the security was a blot on the otherwise perfect record of security so far at the Games."
Sir Thomas: "What is it with everything anyway? First that incident with Sloan, then the Time Cops pulling out, then weird things with Vetrek. Is nothing secret anymore?"
Metal Man (GM): Sir Thomas is apparently talking to some dragon-like entity with black scales and pointed teeth. The dragon is wearing a well fitted suit and casually drinking chardonnay in a swirly glass.
???: "If this keeps up, fourth quarter profits may go down. You know what that means."
Louisoix: *Watching the games outside was one thing, but seeing well... a dapper dragon was something else. Best not stare too long.*
Sir Thomas: "Yes. Taking over Securitech has always been our wish, but without any major incidents, they've proven too hard to convince..."
???: *Sighs* "What I really hate though, is with the Time Cops gone, there have been these strange people wandering about. Have you heard the rumors of the outsiders?"
Sir Thomas: "The what?"
???: "Well, the Outsiders, they were responsible for that incident with Sloan. Rumor says they came from a... virtual dimension. Full of fake worlds. Created by Time Cops as a client world of some sort."
Sir Thomas: "What... the Time Cops created a world solely for money? ...Why can't we pay them to make a world full of gold and the cure to all disease?"
???: "That's the problem. It seems it was an experiment gone wrong. The Time Cops... intended to become wealthy from it and use the limits to ensure they would always get more money. But the client..." *Sips his drink* "...supposedly died of a degenerative mental illness."
Sir Thomas: "So then what happened?"
???: "Strangely, the world attracted people from across the realities, including some which didn't exist until they made it. They're rogue beings. They all have quite high prices on their heads, but they're also... rumored to be unkillable. And the prices are only for them dead. It would be excellent if we could kill some of them, to be honest. The money offered is almost enough to make up for the Fortuna incident. ...Don't go sharing this now. I have... friends, and I wasn't really supposed to share this... but you kept bringing it up."
Louisoix: *If this was the same group as he was apparently thrown into... what a group, then.*
Sir Thomas: "Oh, don't worry sir. I mean, anyone who interferes with reality like that will probably destroy anyone who tries to meddle in things they don't understand."
???: "That is the problem. I have it on high authority they are related to the 'lost Erastian King' who miraculously liberated the planet from the Time Cops. We may need to figure out how to kill these people if they intend to annex our planet next. Forget about Vetrek--unkillable superbeings who aren't even real organic beings... I mean, people stare at me for being unusual, but they are supposedly even stranger still."
Sir Thomas: "Well... there are certain projects we have that might be able to erase virtual matter... but we'd need some samples."
???: "Hm, good. I can have some delivered to your office. But... please do be careful. Level Omicron Security precautions. I've heard these people can tell when you speak of them. If even the Time Cops or Sloan can't outwit them, they may come to murder us in our sleep just for having this conversation... ...not that I worry too much. The Time Cops tried as much against me and didn't succeed."
Sir Thomas: "Uh... but what about me?"
???: "Try not to die too horribly." *Chuckles sarcastically.*
Sir Thomas: "...I'll try not to talk too much about it, then."
???: "Do try. But if you don't, I'll just clam someone spiked my drink. I mean... this place serves some really cheap liquor."
Sir Thomas: "That bottle cost a small yacht!"
???: "Please... until you've had the legendary Alsan drink that supposedly costs as much as a fictional place named Brazil's entire currency profit for a year, you haven't lived."
Sir Thomas: "I see I have much to learn."
???: "Yes. There is much more out there than you could ever think to know. I've been around five hundred years and only learned a few tidbits... and here I went telling you one quarter of them. Tsk, I drank too much."
Metal Man (GM): He idly finishes his drink and goes to leave.
Louisoix: *He would stay behind, if only to keep up the ruse that he's there to watch the game.*
???: "Be careful with who you meet, Thomas... it may be your undoing. They say the Outsiders could be anywhere..." *He chuckles to himself and walks out.*
Metal Man (GM): Sir Thomas is busy shuddering a bit. He orders a stiff whiskey and starts drinking it. The game is actually pretty normal. Although, then comes a serving robot, looking at Lou.
Serving Robot: "Hello, Sir Thomas. How can I serve you today?"
Sir Thomas: "I'm over here... not over there."
Serving Robot: "..."
Metal Man (GM): It looks at Sir Thomas, then Lou. Then crashes.
Sir Thomas: "...Somebody really cut their corners with these serving robots, didn't they."
Louisoix: "...not built very well, are they?" *Shrugging, he'd get up.* "I actually wanted a drink, so I guess I'll head out and find a robot that works..." *With that, he'd exit.*
Metal Man (GM): The barkeep, which is a man with cybernetic eyes and exo-skeleton armor moving his somewhat anemic arms for him, wanders over to the robot as you leave. You overhear one last thing as you do leave--
Bartender: "Blimey... this thing really did see double! I hope it didn't break into the scotch..."
Metal Man (GM): You can see the dragon wandering through the crowd. He sticks out almost as badly as if Gelato, Xavier, or Demon were just... wandering around in plain sight. For some reason most people avert their gaze though, when they notice him. Some sort of recognition thing.... You can see him casually picking up things from vendors without even paying for them. He continues walking, and then is blocked. Someone's passed out, drunk on the ground. It's... some guy in a weird US-military like uniform, but 'GUN' is written on it. He's got a bunch of tribal tattoos on his arms.
???: "Could you please not lay on the ground like this? People are trying to have a show without a disturbance."
??2: "Aw te heck with yeh... what the... who're you?"
Louisoix: *It seemed pertinent to keep a tab on him, and so he tracked him, following him to, well... that scene.* "...are the games known to attract alcoholics?"
???: *Extremely coldly* "You don't know who I am? Perhaps you don't deserve to know anything." *He steps on the alcoholic.*
Metal Man (GM): However, to his surprise, the alcoholic himself has no problem holding his body weight and pushing him back. The alcoholic gets up and belches.
Marley: "The name's Marley... former former former former former former GUN Commander of Alsa! I can lay wherever I want to! A buncha crazy demon people killed everyone I knew!"
Louisoix: *Alsa... they mentioned that place earlier. Waiting for things to almost get heated seemed to be a good idea.*
???: "...I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you woke up dead, but in the interest of decorum... ...thank you for getting off of the ground. Now don't lay down again. Someone... might trip."
Marley: "Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it, you're scary, you're evil, whatever. A giant dragon lady wielded antimatter magic and tried t' kill everyone before they were born!"
???: "..." *Waves his hand and walks away, dismissing him as crazy.*
Marley: "What is it with all these people... Here I thought permanently retiring to see the galaxy would be less crazy."
Metal Man (GM): He then glances at Lou, who seems to be watching.
Louisoix: *Watching the man walk away, he stepped forward.* "Well, I've been asleep for god knows how long, and its already fairly crazy... you holding up alright?"
Marley: "And whut 'r you lookin at, robot?"
Louisoix: "You, obviously."
Marley: "You better not be Metal Sonic! I'll strangle yeh to death! I swear that robot's been stalkin' me... that and the zombies... ...and that little girl with the gun that shoots marbles!"
Louisoix: "I'm not him, no." *Crazy guy...*
Marley: "I mean c'mon! Nobody believed me when I told them a psychotic little girl who shot explosions was murdering people..."
Louisoix: "Well, do little girls usually shoot explosions and murder people?"
Marley: "The ones on Alsa do! Mad Molly... Panzer... Kit... Maleficent... killer girls everywhere!"
Louisoix: "...what is this Alsa place? Never heard of it, though from what you're saying, seemed like a bit of a loonie bin."
Marley: "Oh yeah. It's a world where killer robots went back in time to revive dead killer robots into their own city of killer robots, in the north pole. Then the killer robots retroactively killed themselves for not being the CORRECT killer robots!"
Louisoix: "People certainly liked... or hated, perhaps is the better word... robots, on this planet."
Marley: "I swear... it's enough madness to break ten men... but here I am, watching people swim in a pool, and wear business suits... Once, the forces of darkness itself took form, then possessed a whole buncha robots! And the only person who could defeat them was another guy named Robotnik! And then he was killed by the robot named Panzer, who was then killed by the robot named Schatze, who was then killed by the robot named Red Text!"
Louisoix: "Well, I suppose its better than having robots going berserk, right?"
Marley: "Robots... robots everywhere! I see them... they're watching us... ...I'm even talking to a robot!"
Louisoix: "I'd like to keep my senses, honestly. ...eh... fair enough, I suppose."
Marley: "Though to be honest, you've listened to me be insane for fifteen minutes without trying to kill me. So you obviously aren't Garrick. Whatcha here for anyway? What kind of robot are you? I gotta know if there's some new faction that might try to invade Alsa. Not that anyone sane would do that."
Louisoix: "I'm... not really sure why I'm here. I have about the same reason you do, probably."
Marley: "Didn't stop Psycho Illian, though. Or Garrick. Or Sloan. Or Maleficent. Or the psycho girl with exploding marbles. Or the guy who had killer masks that turn you into monsters. Well I guess you're alright. Hey, do you drink?"
Louisoix: "Reasons for existing are uh... complicated. Long story short my past self didn't have many options and is making me do it."
Marley: "The robots I know would drink. They drank all kinds of strange things."
Louisoix: "I don't, though I'm quickly seeing the fault with that. Guess I wasn't smart enough to deal with that."
Marley: "Admin Booze... Schnapps... the blood of the innocent... Well, t'be honest, nobody should drink. Not like me. I just can't get the visions outta my head."
Louisoix: "Yeaaah, maybe you should take it easy on the bottle."
Marley: "Like even now, I'm tryin' not to relive the last time I was at a sporting event." *He stares off into space, as if reliving something horrifying.*
Louisoix: "...was a robot there?"
Marley: "So many robots..."
Marley: "Robots... shooting boxers... with sniper rifles... Then getting stabbed by turtles with poleaxes..."
Louisoix: "Where are you staying in town, anyway?"
Marley: "Nowhere is safe. I have to stay awake at all times, otherwise the robots will get me."
Metal Man (GM): He casually injects himself with... something....
Marley: "Sleep... that's when the robots getcha... And you're lucky if that happens."
Louisoix: "...well, that's not healthy at all." *He'd mutter under his breath.* "Well, I suppose I don't have that problem yet, anyway."
Marley: "That's right, you don't need to sleep either. Oh no... maybe I am becoming a robot... I better make sure." *He pinches himself.* "...Seems real enough."
Louisoix: *Why have I been spending this much time talking to a drunk? Its not like he has time to waste...*
Metal Man (GM): In the background, you can see that dragon guy casually talking with yet someone else. Additionally there's some people in blue outfits in the stands casually watching the game. Why they all wear blue is anyone's guess.
Marley: *Hic* "Just remember... it's all robots. Everything is robots."
Louisoix: "Well, hope you take care of yourself." *Emphasis on hope.* "I gotta head out, got things to do. Oh, here." *He'd hand the card to Marley.* "If that guy is still up there, you might make a robot have a meltdown, might make you feel better, I dunno."
Marley: "What the..." *He stares at it* "Magic of the sun? You're a magic robot! Magic robots giving me cards!"
Louisoix: "Or I swiped it." *He'd make a vain attempt to give some other alternative.*
Marley: "...And there's even more robots... wait... wait..." *he calms down a bit.* "No, no, this has a bar in it, right?"
Louisoix: "It... does, yes."
Marley: "That's all that really matters. I've been drinkin' weird stuff I found in people's garbage... now I can drink something great. First time since Jack's Chicago Downer got burnt down by the Psycho. Woohoo!"
Metal Man (GM): He runs off. Apparently, planning to drink literally everything in that place.
Louisoix: "...I'm not going to ask how he knew I was either of those things, but, that aside..." *Rubbing the back of his neck, he'd head back to the room, though attempting to walk past the dragon to hear anything else as he did it.*
Metal Man (GM): Potentially, yes. Of course, will anyone believe him? You walk past the dragon again. His discussion seems to be with a security officer.
???: "So as I was saying, that strange lush needs to go. I mean, he's making such a scene."
Security Officer: "Don't worry. We can't really hurt him but we can 'accidentally' relocate him somewhere far away from people."
???: "Oh come on! He insulted me! In front of other people!"
Security Officer: "The man was allies with P-I. You know what that means."
???: "...Do you even know what that means?"
Security Officer: "No, but I've been told it means if we harm him, things from beyond our reality might chop us into tiny bits."
???: "...See, I have my suspicions, it's probably just a fairy tale."
Security Officer: "He also has a government that insists he is some sort of diplomat."
???: "Note to self: fix that."
Security Officer: "We tried, but apparently, the people on the planet he comes from have a strange attachment to him."
???: "Anyway. Have you figured out why the cameras in sector 5 were malfunctioning today? Turned off for no reason."
Security Officer: "No, everything was fine last we checked. The person maintaining them apparently had a rough night and fell asleep..."
???: "Hmph. Is everyone constantly drunk and falling asleep around here?"
Security Officer: "With all due respect, this is the Zinyo sector, sir. If we want people to go around being drunk, that's our business."
???: "Are you sure it's not to sell your latest anti-hangover drugs?"
Security Officer: "Absolutely positively sure. Those are for people with more class than that bum."
???: "Well... ...you'll learn eventually." *He walks off, going to leave the event, apparently aggravated by something.*
Metal Man (GM): The Security Officer rolls his eyes, and radios something.
Security Officer: "Zekto Klazmat Potato Vernicular Fume. Rikto Zozma Mat Dedzone. Sed. Sed Non. Es Picuis. Daz."
Metal Man (GM): It goes on like this.
Louisoix: *Not much to follow up on, save to tell the others what's going on. Seems like something they'd want to know.*
Metal Man (GM): You make your way out. Though as you go to exit, you encounter... Sir Thomas. He looks a tad bit furious.
Sir Thomas: "What do you MEAN that man drank an entire yacht's worth of champagne in six seconds?"
Attendant: "Sir, your card was probably stolen. It wasn't even printed on normal material."
Sir Thomas: "I insist to know! What. Happened."
Attendant: "We figured it was either the bum who stole it, that person over there--" *Points at Lou*, "Or the dragon."
Sir Thomas: "Well if that dragon stole it I have no choice but to accept it, but somehow I doubt he did. He hates champagne."
Attendant: "Robots don't drink champagne either."
Sir Thomas: "Dammit!"
Louisoix seems like Marley had a good time, at least.
Attendant: "The man with the card even said he was a mage. Then he shouted 'rejoin' and vanished in a strange plume of smoke."
Sir Thomas: "Why don't you send the Time Cops after him?"
Attendant: "They're gone. The recent... political climate caused them to strategically retreat."
Sir Thomas: "I swear... I'll have to talk with Vetrek about this. This is something he needs to fix!"
Attendant: "I'm sorry for any disturbance this may have caused. Your card will be refunded, and we will make sure to install magic detectors."
Sir Thomas: "Oh really. You're going to spend that much? You better well do it, or I'm suing you."
Metal Man (GM): He then stomps out. You can now leave. Seemingly nothing unusual, the only person who seemed to remotely suspect you was the bum, and you paid him off with somebody else's money. Although the question is whether the others may come to associate you with ill fortune, given all the strange things that happened. :p
Louisoix: *And off he goes to relay what he learned. He needs to do it fast, considering the sort of protections they might place, as well as this word on a potential weapon...*
Metal Man (GM): Mission Completed.