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« on: August 02, 2007, 08:32:20 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 08:33:24 AM »

Meanwhile at the Sapphire Sceptre Casino

Nietzsche (Rabid Gerbil) makes his way into the Hotel Lobby of Sapphire Sceptre Casino and heads discreetly for the lifts without attracting any attention.  It is almost 8pm and there is a light amount of foot traffic as people make their way to/from dinner and entertainment.

Taking the elevator to level 13, he notices it contains a swipe card reader.  A nearby notice explains it is needed for accessing the guest floors between midnight and 6am, and at all times if going to the top 5 floors (22-27).

Coming out of the elevetor he heads towards the NE wing, arriving at a small lounge area with a few chairs and coffee tables.  The corridor to the rooms that leads out from the lounge is sealed closed by two glass double doors in the closed position.  A neatly presented sign behind the glass says that wing is closed for scheduled maintenance.  Both doors are mainly glass, with metal handles and a metal key based locking mechanism (that a quick check reveals to be  currently locked).  The lift lobbey you came from had two security areas, but this lounge area appears to have none.

GC Cue:  You have a few options available (in no particular order) - try break thru the glass, come back with someone else later who can pick the lock, try find a staff member on this floor (in another wing) to help you, speak with reception or management back at the lobby, and also anything else you might like to try.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2007, 09:28:32 PM »

Nietzsche quietly mutters some less-then-pleasant verbiage, rummages in various pockets for the benefit of any watchers - and heads for a stairwell. If this place follows fire codes, he should be able to at least get *into* the stairwell, and then he can hopefully do the credit card or coathanger trick on the door onto the actual floor. If the stairwell is alarmed or looks like it has cameras pointed at it, he will come back to the glass doors and try to look like he vaguely belongs until he can follow someone in. If none of that works, he will look around for a cleaning person or someone who looks either low-ranking or unintelligent, and try to convince them that he left his card - but if they don't look like they believe him initially he will immediately change tack and identify himself as a P.I. who was hired by someone he can't disclose (customer privacy!) to look into the murder. The key is to raise as little ruckus as possible, so if it looks like all more-subtle ways are failing, he will give Christmas a call and grab her card at a dead-drop as offered and damn the arrogance for thinking he won't need it.

Folks, I tried my best to post during the week, but it wasn't really happening. I will try to be more active weekdays next week, but failing that I may want to step back to part-time status who posts mostly weekends.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007, 01:25:32 AM »

GC Comment: I don't have an issue with a slower posting frequency at all, it gives me more time to think and prepare on repsonses.  See what suits you as the next few weeks progress.  I'll prepare the game repsonse for your last post over the next day or two.
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007, 05:51:12 AM »


Nietzsche catches the lift down to level 12, and heads along the NE wing to a fire escape that would adjoin the locked-off area of level 13.  Checking that the door is not linked to an automatic fire alarm, he opens the door onto the stair well and heads up the stairs.  Before he has gone too far he hears two faint voices from a few levels lower in the stair well, breathing heavily as they talk.

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Why do we have to use the fire stairs to lug all this heavy equipment up 13 stories anyway?  If they had let us use the lifts we would be done by now.

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Cause it's meant to be discreet you idiot.  Imagine what everyone would think if they saw army guys transferring this gear in the hotel lift.  Now shut up before you get us in more trouble and they send us down to get more gear.

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Well they brought that supercomputer up in the lift yesterday around 4 am, why not just bring all the gear then?

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They didn't want to damage it in the stair well, and they decided it was a risk they had to take.  Besides, they got us to do it don't they? So why would they care? Now shut up already before Fergus hears you blabbing off.
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2007, 11:32:01 AM »

Taking particular care to be quiet, Nietzsche will head up the 14th floor and ready his phone cam (I'm guessing it's not improbable for him to have one), making sure to turn off any and all silly sound effects if he hasn't yet. Staying hidden is more important than getting any photos off at this time, but catching a glance of what they are lugging would be great. Once the two gentlemen look or sound like they have exited the stairwell, he will try to get on the 13th floor himself and take stock of the situation. If he can make note of which room they head into, that would be great. If it is not the same room he was originally aiming for, his plan will remain the same (assess the cops guarding the murder scene and determine his approach from there). If it is the same room, let me know and I will revise the plan.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2007, 11:43:53 PM »

As Nietzsche heads up the stairs to level 14, he notices that the door that opens onto level 13 is held slightly ajar (he can still easily sneak past to level 14).  It is wedged open with a medium sized paint tin.  There is also a paper notice taped to the door that says the wing is closed for scheduled maintenance.

The two men come up the stairs into view of Nietzsche's hidden position.  Both are wearing blue painter's overalls (complete with paint splatter) but the clothes underneath are all black.  One is carrying a heavy metal toolbox in each hand that could hold anything, the other is carrying a bundle of assualt rifles that have been hastily wrapped in a large paint splattered sheet.

As they make their way through the door, they are greeted by another man who is waiting on the other side.  He is in a miltary combat uniform complete with helmet and has a combat shotgun in his hands and a heavy calibre handgun in a belt holster.

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Apparently one of the field team civillians is late for the briefing.  If either of you see him wandering around send him this way.  He'll probably look like your usual ex-detective / P.I. type.

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Sure no problem.  The stairwell is pretty quiet at the moment, I think we'll bring up another of the LMGs next.

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Maybe he can't find the place? How funny would that be, an investigator who can't find the secure briefing venue.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2007, 10:14:59 PM »

Carpe Diem!

Nietzsche's voice, sounding irritated and positively brimming with swearwords, precedes him as he heads back to level 13, quieting down as he gets closer to them as to not gather any unwelcome attention:

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How funny it would be, gents, if the damn field team civilian wasn't given the damn correct floor number? If I didn't hear you schlemiels yapping from halfway up the friggin' stairwell, I would've been wandering the goddamn hotel for the rest of the day. Now if somebody tells me that the correct room is not #1337 on this freaking floor, this will be the most amateurish operation I have ever been a part of!

If the men look like regular soldiers (rather than like more competent agents), Nietzsche will get right up into their personal space, take a menacing-looking stance, and generally look like he means business as he lays into them. If they look like they're more like special forces or spies, he will direct his anger more at the general world around him than them specifically.

Sigh, English really lacks moderate swearwords...
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2007, 09:40:48 AM »

The soldiers certainly appear fit, strong and competent in the military sense.  They do not have any distinctive emblems or insignia that could be used to identify their unit or branch.  The two that were lugging equipment seem younger then the other soldiers, and are most likely bottom of the pecking order.  While trying hard not to show it, all three look tired.

An assortment of other people can be seen up and down the corridor - most with the build, posture and haircut that indicates they could also be soldiers.  Some are also dressed as painters or maintenace workers, some dressed like the door guard, and a few dressed as hotel lobby staff.

The door guard points just down the corridor.

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Just this way sir, the briefing is in the conference room 3 doors to the left.  I'll be sure to tell the C.O. that the recruiter did not provide adequate instructions.  The others are inside, but they have only been going a few minutes.  There should be a spare chair and dossier up the back of the room.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2007, 08:57:56 PM »

Nietzsche nods as he slips through the door. "Thank you, soldier. I did not mean to snap - it has been a long day - for you too, I suspect. You needn't worry with the CO, I will take the matter up with the recruiter myself. Anything you think I may have already missed?"

Following the soldier's response, Nietzsche will proceed to the room mentioned and enter, doing his best not to attract attention, or to look quite sheepish if he does.
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2007, 08:33:58 AM »

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I'm not privy to the briefing details sir, but you've only missed a small amount.  If you head in now you should catch most of it.

Nietzsche heads down the corridor a short distance and into the briefing room.  It is mostly dark, except for a large display screen at the far end of the room which slightly illuminates the outlines of chairs and people in the room.  Another guard just inside the doorway motions towards a row of empty seats in the back row.  A couple of people turn to look at you briefly, but everyone is focusing mainly on the display screen, including the presenter up the front who guestures to it as he talks.

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... Our black-ops team was unable to locate the encrypted data card on the bodies of Sophia Phillips or her companion that night Greg Nelson.  While we where hoping to take them alive, it was not completely unexpected they might try to shoot their way out given the stakes involved.

A search of Ms. Phillip's car and business premises, under the guise of a murder investigation, also revealed nothing.  The home she shared with her husband has not been searched as she did not go there after the card was stolen, which is fortunate for us as senior crime figures seem sensitive about having their house searched.

That leaves us with the six people she was in close contact with while under our surveillance, after she stole the card but before she was killed trying to escape the black-ops team.  Assuming it was one of those six people they may have already passed on the card, but we are hoping detailed investigation of their backgrounds and covert searches of their residence and vehicles may expose their involvement and open another angle of investigation.

Candidate one is Graham Boscoe, his picture is shown here.  He was seen drinking with Ms. Phillips in the lobby bar, before returning later to provide her with a small quantity of drugs.  This may have been a cover for them to exchange the card, or she may have been getting her supplies for the night.  It seems unusual that someone with connections to a senior crime figure would get her fix from a virtually unknown dealer she only just met.  We don't know alot about him, other then that he has been in town only a little while and he already has two standover men leaning on him.


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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2007, 06:36:44 AM »

For the time being, Nietzsche will stick around the briefing. His key goals are to figure out who these people are and who they think *he* is. They look professional, and clearly have some serious resources. At this point leaving would probably look worse than staying anyway.
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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2007, 08:42:34 AM »

As far as Nietzsche can make out most the people seated are not in uniform.  They look like people who could look after themselves if things got rough, but they also look like people who are reasonably perceptive and able minded, and probably less noticeable then your typical military grunt. 

As each candidate's picture is displayed on the screen, it also shows other details such as their current address, a picture of the color/model car they drive with the license plate, a few locations they are known to frequent, and other assorted information relevant to each person.  Even as different candidates are shown the top right of the screen always shows a slim black high capacity data card that is about the size of a large coin.

Quote from: 'Presenter'
Candidate two is her brother Jason Howley, who she met in the bar for 20 minutes before she hooked up with Graham Boscoe.

Around the time Sophia's mother and sister died in a traffic accident (roughly 2 years ago), her brother became very unsettled.  Since then he has been actively involved with extreme sports and illegal street racing (serving a small 1 month stint in prison after repeatedly being caught and fined on previous occassions).  The two where very close throughout that time however, with Sophia supposedly getting Jason out of trouble on several occassions.  It possible he may have got in trouble and Sophia stole the data to get him out of it, but it also seems unlikely the people he mixes with know of the data or have a use for it.

The presenter pauses briefly to shuffle through his notes and papers.

You notice that everyone in the audience is paying lots of attention, but no one is taking any notes or holding any physical briefing material.
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2007, 12:34:05 PM »

Nietzsche will take a look around and see if any folks in the room look familiar (if not, he'll do his best to memorize the faces). The soldier mentioned something earlier about a "spare dossier at the back of the room" so he'll see if he can find where those are and, if they exist, figure out why nobody else is holding one.
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