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« on: July 26, 2007, 02:02:58 AM »

..Here's my plan.

Part 1> Prepare a very brief note:
"Amount Owed 24,000..Interest accumulating. Date before action is taken (7 days from todays date)
A small portion on the bottom of the note reads...
"Mr. Boscoe: I'm here to get you out of trouble. We are being watched. My threats and actions are to get the attention I need. Discreetly but completely destroy the bottom part of the note when I leave. Tear the top part up and place it in a garbage can.

Part 2> Confront Graham Boscoe and slip him the note. I will inform him openly not to keep his appointment for later that day. I will be threatening and violent with this request.

Part 3> Show up at the Hardyard and tell Mike the Hammer that I may be interested in purchasing the material he has on Graham. I will inform him that my employers already have an investment in Graham, and since Mr Grahams life span may be short, we are interested in any profit we can gain from the arrangement. We want the information he has to protect our interests.

WE can pick this up wherever you like. Once I meet Mike the Hammer, I'll be using the Mark feat.

That's the plan. I'm sure it will go wrong long before I get that far, but that's the plan.
(is this what you had in mind?)

Micheal Swain (Nez Master), has prepared his note and gone to checkout the mid-rate motel that Graham is staying at.  Around 9 AM Graham has emerged from his room and started to walk down the road towards the nearest cluster of shops.

Michael decides this is as good a time as any to approach him, and moves towards him with a purposeful stride and an intimidating body posture and facial expression.  As you get closer you see Graham look very uncomfortable, but also concerned that he probably isn't sure who he is dealing with or what to expect.  He lifts his hands in a defensive mini-guesture of defeat as you close to within touching range.

Quote from: Graham Boscoe
"Hey I don't want no trouble buddy, I'm just going down the road for pancakes. You sure you got the right guy? You don't look to happy ..."

You sense from the way he uses the term buddy, he is hoping your are part of the agency assistance, but you can also tell he isn't really sure - and he is looking around a little, possibly checking out where or who he might run off to.

There are a few people and cars around, but no-one seems to be paying much attention so far.  It seems to be a quieter street that links some of the cheaper accomodation with a nearby tourist/shopping/eating area.

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2007, 02:19:02 AM »

"I brought you a little reminder note, so you know who sent me..but you already know don't you."

'Vinny' is dressed in a fairly up to date black suit. He is sharply dressed with an obvious bulge in his left side. He has a small moustache and his italian nose is obviously broken.

Vinny waits a minute while Graham looks over the IOU.
"My names Vinny, and you already know who I work for. If your wondering about the extra amount, it's the extra charge for your little departure without notice."
"You left us owing. But because of some special circumstances, we're giving you a week. However, I understand you have an appointment in a couple of days. Why don't you pretend I don't already know about it, and tell me about it, and remember your living on borrowed time and money. "

'Vinny' maintains a threatening stance and distance.

(I'm keeping up the full act, especially since we're out in the open, but I do give him plenty of time to read the note.  I also watch him closely, ready to pull with whatever direction he goes to keep the cover intact.)

(if you didn't see it, i'm using the cover id provided by Faceman)
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2007, 03:01:52 AM »

Initially Graham seems unsure and a little confused, he looks like he is still waking up.  Once he reads the note however he seems to get the idea.  While not a great actor he seems to do a fairly convincing job of still looking scared, probably because of the business with Mike.

Quote from: Graham Boscoe
Yeah Vinny there must been a misunderstanding.  I know I owe the money and I'm going to pay it real soon, I promised you guys that.  I came to Sapphire to earn the cash so I can pay it out and thats the truth.

Anyway this hardcase "Mike" calls me up and says I gotta meet him and pay him, because he reckons he's got the dirt on me.  Now I've been mixing with a few people since I got here and all, looking for a way to keep things going, but I can't really see what he has on me.

I can't figure that bit out, and I'm supposed to go alone, but maybe if you meet me there and we make it real obvious - you could maybe speak with this guy and sort something out .... cause any money I give him I can't give to you guys right?

I dunno. I mean you found me easy enough, maybe you got some way to find him and sort it out, in which case I should just turn up to keep him happy.  But its up to you Vinny, I don't want no more trouble with you guys.  Mind you, I don't really want this guy "Mike" cramping my style either.

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2007, 05:17:17 AM »



GC Cue: You can close off the discussion or keep it going.  The main thing is to decide who will meet with Mike - either both of you, just you, or just Graham.  You can also revise your follow on plan or indicate you are ready to fast-forward to the meeting with Mike.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2007, 05:44:52 AM »

Quote from: Graham Boscoe
I don't know what he looks like, I have only spoken to him on my mobile phone.  He said just to get to 'The Hardyard' at 2pm.

I guess if I don't show he will call me on my mobile.  Then I tell him you are at the place and you want to speak to him?
Maybe you should take my mobile for when he tries to call me, and I'll grab another?  Or I call you after? Or I give him your mobile number?

F__k, I don't know. I just don't want to end up on the wrong side of him - or you for that matter.
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2007, 06:27:54 AM »

Presuming I don't know from intel what mike the hammer looks like then
"Alright, show up. Don't acknowledge me until he approaches you. I'll take it from there."

If I know what he looks like (or could easily figure it out with a streetwise roll or mark feat or something, then I'll go alone)
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2007, 07:25:33 AM »

Fastforward to 2.03 pm at 'The Hardyard'

This bar is roughly on the border of the harbour and tourist districts.  The premises are clean, but certainly not presented in any trendy or fashionable way.

Graham is at a lunch bar over the road with his mobile, close enough that he can get involved if need, presumably feeling safer in the company of his bacon and egg burger.

The few clients inside seem to be mainly harbour workers, tradesmen and naval support staff - most seem to be finishing a very late lunch drink.  A group of three men in paint-splattered overalls are playing pool.  A family of 5 tourists are eating huge ‘warfies special lunch baskets’ at a table by the front window.  One staff person is behind the bar watching sports on the TV, while another is clearing tables and carrying stuff off to the rear kitchen.

A solidly built man in his late forties with a shaved head and stubble has just walked in the entrance; he has a folded newspaper with an envelope poking out from the edge of it.  He quickly scans the bar and uses his mobile to make a phone call.

Quote from: Mike
“I hope you are not jerking me around Graham, I always charge extra for that.”

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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2007, 07:58:30 AM »

I look over mike closely, and try to determine if he's a true professional, or if he just got lucky. This might also tell me if he's on his own, or working for someone else. 

(Mark Feat: What are his ranks in sense motive, streetwise, and networking -- to get an idea how connected he is)

I use one origin pick to influence him favorably immidietly.


'Vinny' moves to Mike looking imposing, and speak very quietly. Not a whisper, just a quiet stern calm tone. He palms a roll of bills, totalling the $500.00 that Mike was asking. He flashes the wad of money at Mike as he approaches him. He stands directly next to him speaking into his ear quietly.

"Hello Mike. My names Vinny, I work for Erwin Gissepe in Chicago. We seem to have a conflict of interest, and I'm here to discuss what you are selling that might make my property over there more valuable to me. We should discuss this quietly. You have nothing to discuss with him. I think you'll find we're able to pay you better than he is anyway. Shall we talk, or would you rather go over and speak to a dead man who is in debt up to his ears?"

*Please remember my cover should be a legitmate person in whatever city graham seems to have come from. I just grabbed names  that sounded good since I had no details.

**My bluff check has -2 to error range right now. error range for his sense motive is +4. Persuasion can be done as one action provided it's normally less than 1 minute. I don't figure any bribe rolls come into play, because i'm not offering him any exact money. I'm just flashing the amount he was expecting anyway. All I'm trying to convince him to do right now is sit down. Also I'm not really using intimidate, since i'm not threatening HIM, but the same person he is threatening. (graham)



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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2007, 08:51:53 AM »

Sense Motive – 4 ranks + 1 bonus
Streetwise – 2 ranks + 1 bonus
Networking – 0 ranks +1 bonus


Mike hangs up the phone and meets your gaze with a level stare as you talk.

Using your intuition and skills you get the impression Mike is no better connected then your average person.  He obviously seems suited to intimidation and handling “collection”.  It would seem a safe bet he is working with at least one other (maybe more).  It is unlikely he does most the surveillance or chooses potential targets by himself.

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Ok Vinny - Seeing as you got your money out you can buy the beer, I’ll get us a table up the back.  Welcome to Sapphire City.

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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2007, 09:38:01 AM »

Vinny orders the beers and follows Mike to his table. "Your a very careful man. I had a little trouble picking up on what was going on. People don't usually go past my notice like that. What sort of drink do you like. (orders the same.)

(attempting impress/influence to gain a second grade in my favor....)

Once we are safely able to talk and I've won him over a bit...

"Unfortunately, the investment you were attempting to make isn't going to pay off in quite the way you planned. I don't think any long term investments in Graham are worth much. In fact, their are  only 2 reasons he's still breathing. You are one of them, becuase whatever material you have is obviously something we don't know, which means we might be able to use it, and possibly him for something.
At this point, if my employer tells him to leap off a bridge, he'd probably feel safer doing that, than going against us. So blackmailing him isn't worth much. But selling us information is. Of course, we don't entirely know what you have, so we don't know it's value. I'm a bit of a gambler. You wanted $500.00 to give him the information. I'll give you $250. If it's something we can use, I'll give you $500 more for the final copy as you suggested. If it's not, I'll walk away.
However If we make the final purchase, it's ours. Any more attempts you make to cash in could get in our way. Information is more valuable if it stays quiet. You aren't to bring it up again, or ask any questions about what we've done with it, or even who we are. Once the information becomes are, we don't like people using things that belong to us. Absolutely no one hears about this again from you."

Vinny pauses watching Mike closely.

"Now, if you know who my employer is, and you recognize that I travelled all the way here from Chicago, you'll realize that's not something that is done lightly. You'll also know that if we decide to do business with you, we WILL do business with you. Saying no after a certain point isn't really an option, though some negotiation room is available. Of course, we don't KNOW if we want to do business until we know what you have. If I only pay you the $250, then the information still belongs to you. That's the gamble I take. After all, I'm the only one that can judge if the info is useful to me, and I wouldn't expect a shrewd businessman like you to give it away."

Vinny takes a breath and eyes Mike closely, making sure he's taking it all in.

"I'll only say this, any money you get from Graham is our money. And I don't think you want to have our money unless WE give it to you. So he's out of bounds from this point on. So I hope your going to tell me you have something we want, or has this been a monumental waste of my time?" Vinny scowls and takes a drink, never losing eye contact with Mike.

That should give me a full minute of persuasion.



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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2007, 02:39:51 AM »

Mike takes a drink of his 'Steel City Export', a bitter tasting but rather ordinary beer.  It is probably popular with any of the working class who consider themselves too rugged to drink any of the boutique blends of Sapphire City.

Quote from: Mike
Well I hope I'm not wasting your time, but then again I didn't invite you here to speak with me.  How you spend your time is really up to you.  Chicago is also a long throw from here, so while I respect your position, I'm sure you appreciate the only reason we are even talking ... I'm extending to you a degree of professional courtesy and giving you the benefit of the doubt.
By the way, thanks for the beer.

Mike appears to be comfortable, relaxed and polite in these circumstances, but his words and mannerisms convey the menace of someone who deals in making others uncomfortable on a daily basis.  He unfolds the newspaper and draws two small photos out of the envelope; your eyes are drawn to the newspaper headlines in front of you.

Quote from: Sapphire City News
The funeral for Sophia Phillips, partner of Sapphire City entrepreneur (and alleged crime figure) Mathew Phillips will be held tomorrow.  The police commissioner has indicated a "strong but discreet" police turn out will be in place to prevent any hostilities between rival crime figures who may attend.  Sophia was found dead three days ago in a hotel room at the Sapphire Sceptre Casino from a suspected drug overdose.

Quote from: Mike
The $500 I discussed with Graham was an initial goodwill payment; the follow on cost is yet to be agreed on.  Rather then haggle on uncertain terms you may as well know what the merchandise is.  This first photo shows Graham transacting with Luther Mohan, a street dealer of drugs and handguns.  This second photo shows Graham meeting Sophia Phillips at the entry of the Sapphire Sceptre Casino.

(Graham pauses to drink some more beer, and look you look the photos)

As evidence goes this is of course circumstantial.  But circumstantial can be enough to make life complicated, especially in this city.  That’s why I'd prefer to give Graham the opportunity to receive the benefit of the doubt.  Before you jump to conclusions I can assure you we didn't kill her and set him up.  If I was going to kill a crime family member's wife I'd want to set up someone with a lot more money then your pal Graham.

As far as me taking money that belongs to Graham, or you, or the Chicago Mob - its not about that.  I'm providing a professional service, and my organization doesn't do charity work when we have our own bills to pay.  It’s also keeping your revenue stream from being killed or locked up, which would probably leave you with no money to collect at all.

I'm not sure how much he owes your guys, or how much he is capable of actually paying you.  If you want to walk away and leave him to wear this I will respect that choice - as long as you leave everyone else out of this.  Alternatively if you want to get me $2,000 by tomorrow to keep these pictures out of circulation, and another $8,000 later to take possession of the goods, I would consider that reasonable.

It’s not a lot of money, because we aren't about being greedy.  Given everything involved I would think its quite affordable. You can just add it on to what Graham owes you, maybe even adding a bit extra for your own involvement.

(Graham has another drink)

Maybe handing over money isn't going to sit too well with your employers.  If they are anything like mine they don't like it when money starts flowing in the wrong direction.  That being the case I could settle for $500 and you doing a small favour for me.  You seem an able enough person and my boss is after some recently released computer hardware that is a little tricky to acquire outside the usual channels.

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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2007, 03:23:59 AM »

Well, since I don't know if he'll be alive in a week, I don't really care if the pictures end up in circulation. We believed he was involved in something else, something that would be profitable to us, a key to other contacts. There might be some joy in turning him over hte crime family with evidence he's the killer. It might provide leverage that insures we are paid.

I'm not even sure he can pay US, so there isn't much profit in pouring more money down the drainpipe, but I am reasonably sure he's not going to be able to pay you either. So I don't know that I see the profit in this for us, unless someone would pay for information and us to turn them over to him. THAT might have value. But it's going to take more than 24 hours to find that out.

Meanwhile, your right, he's no chance to pay us if he's even further in debt. But since he can't pay it NOW..adding another 8000 to his debt is hardly profitable.
We do have our fingers in alot of pies, so it's possible we can help with your software problem, and that might help us. I'd have to evaluate it's worth, and decide if his sorry ass is worth it. It probably isn't.

Let me look around, call home, and see what else I can do with this.
Graham may yet have some use for me. Give me a few days and some more info on this software..if you haven't heard from me, and he's still around, he can rot in hell and you can do what you want with him.+

You could release the pictures before that, but theres no money in it for either  of us. So unless you have some reason just to throw potential profits away, I think you'll wait. If not, I don't really care. I'm not positive theres anything I can use here. Unless you see some profit in it.

just give me some specs on the product your looking for, and I'll do some pricing and figure out if we can do business, or if I just leave Graham shiftin in the wind, and send someone of a more "professional" nature to take care of his balance.




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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2007, 03:31:53 AM »

First Vinny will show up at Grahams door.  He'll make some threats, and try to 'break him down' to see if he had anything to do with this murder. (if he wasn't being watched before,, I'm sure he is now) I'll tell him the grouip is being generous. If it were us, we'd just sell them to the rival mob outright. (basically I'm spilling out exactly what the group has on him, and why it's dangerous, and getting all his feedback on what he want's to do about it..but i'm doing it all, 'in character'.

After that, I'll leave town. Just far enough to ditch Vinny for a few days and come back into town. I can operate more effectively as someone else, myself for now. That means no more contact with Graham, but easier to contact a hacker, the agency and other things.

Presuming Mike gives some info about the software, I'll see if the agency has any hackers working in the area, (waves at spinning dice), and look him up. I figure profit motive, and a pretty firm belief that graham would have severe trouble paying him, probably bought us a few days.

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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2007, 05:37:55 AM »

Quote from: Mike
Hang onto this newspaper, the computer hardware we are after is the stuff mentioned in the marked article on page 43.

On page 69 there is an advertisement for a dating service.  If you leave a message in the voice-mailbox (vmb) of the advertisement I have circled I will receive it.  You can also check that vmb for return messages I leave you, using the access code 5556.

(Mike has some more beer)

If you want to leave this with Graham I have no problem with that.  If after a day I haven't got any kind of down payment I'll have to take it up with him.  No disrespect to you intended, but that’s the orders I've been given.  I don't get to make the rules - you know how it is.

(Mike shrugs)

If Graham's got no money he may be in some difficulty.  I imagine my boss will look for someone else to sell these pictures to.  That may not play out to well for Graham.

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Info Tech Today Review
Seredene Labs has releasing its new super computer, based on the new binary extrapolation matrix architecture (BEMA) developed with IDM-Intol.  BEMA is believed to be the closest achievable substitution for the still largely theoretical 'True Quantum' computing.

While the inbuilt storage and networking capacity of this computer is quite limited, its processing power and instruction speed capability rivals that of much larger existing super computers.

Unfortunately it is only available to organizations with a current research licence issued by the Emerging Technology Conglomerate.  ETC has indicated that at present the computer power poses a real risk to brute force cracking of encryption based around current industry key lengths ciphers. A demonstration model is on display at Sapphire Commercial Technology's showroom.  Apparently one model is already in use at an undisclosed facility and several other deliveries are expected soon.

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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2007, 10:01:48 AM »

One lst message for Mike. "YEs, I know how it is. I also know that when plans change or new information comes in, it's often ok to modify plans or get new feedback. I think other interested parties being proactive probably qualifies. As far as shopping around for other buyers..We ARE other buyers. No shopping needed. We just need time to figure it out."

In addition, In my private talks with Graham, i'll discretely make sure he has $500. If he doesn't.. I'll leave it with him, so he can make the 'downpayment'. He's just to say he had hidden resources if he's asked.

Now seriuosly, calling the agency, looking for someone versed in computers, but it sounds like one of my other faces may be called for.


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