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Infinity PbP - Sunz of VaudeVille

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  1. Solodice

    Solodice Freshly Squeezed Troll

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    Valentine ignored Padre and was about to answer Samira before she overheard Taisa.

    "She didn't take over shit. The Heartaches are still mine. Loren didn't want the gang." She looked at Samira. "She just used us like you'd use a cheap whore. Helped her get to Bakunin, hide her, introduced her to some people and places. Then she went around and stabbed me in the back giving me up to the mods because of my extreme disruption rap."

    Extreme disruption was just a fancy way of stating Valentine extremely and negatively affected social energy. Most gutterpunks try to stay away from getting such a record. It usually comes after a certain amount of social energy fines and antisocial citations but sometimes Bakunin will outright label you a troublemaker that causes more harm than good.

    "I think she knew that me getting me into a cube cell would send the rest of the gang to ground. You'd have a hard time finding any of them and if you did they wouldn't tell you anything. Perfect way to cover her tracks."
     
  2. stevenart74

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    This worried a little Father Beretta; he neared the Tohaa Biomedic and Technician and sent an encrypted essay on Destructive Behaviour of Human Youths; even if it was heavily slanted towards a Panoceanian Worldview, the fact that their "Mark" was so eager to burn whatever tracks was a significant enough problem. . .

    Tried to narrow down Varunan Hyperelite Youth Misdemeanours, to let the Alien understand a little more what could be perhaps a VERY confusing mindset for a Specimen of a Civilization FAR Older (and Wiser, hopefully. . .??) than Humanity. . .

    A totally "Xenospecie" point of view could offer fresher perspectives, because all of this made absolutely no sense. . .

    One thing that could be perhaps logical is that Lauren Dixon was influenced by an "Outside Factor" hailing from Bakunin; either a Conniving Betrayer (setting up the "Scam Of The Century") or a sincere "Romeo & Juliet Paramour" that wanted to drag away the Panoceanian Spoiled Brat from a "Luxurious Life As Golden Caged Privileged" that was an issue. . .

    Worst case scenario Lauren Dixon had now joined the Moirae Observancers as a "Rabid Antipanoceanian Zealot" or was on the verge of becoming a Chimera "Gladiatrix Pornstar" of the worst kind. . .

    Maybe that latter was better option; while EXTREMELY Dangerous the Pupniks and Chimera Warriors would have been LESS an headache for the Inquisitor to face than ANOTHER "Dark Mirror Jihadist" that wanted to scream in His face that "My Goddess Is Better Than Your God" (even if the worst issue was for the attempted Deprogramming of a Paradisian Youth raised by a couple of Sepsitorized Parents; was one of the LESS fond memories of Pietro Beretta during the Blackfriar Interrogator tenure !!!). . . . .!!!
     
  3. DrunkCorsair

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    Samira to everyone: "Please let us listen to the whole story from Valentine and then we can look what we can do to help her."
     
  4. stevenart74

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    That was really interesting; after all they all worked for a Tunguskan Firm; if the Heartbreakers could become "Trusted Local Assetts" of Sunz Detective agency this will allow them to expand strongly on another Mothership. . .

    Father Pietro Beretta, while ostensibly opening a "Interview App" on the Comlog to osensibly registrate and review the Youth "Confession" also sent an Encrypted Ping to Taisa; as a Native Bakunite filtering "Valuable Ore From Chaff" would be very easy for the Chimera Gladiatrix. . .

    Not that the Blackfriar thought there would be fake news; Valentine Dolles was too passionate about it al; but maybe the Streetpunk was duped to believe some masterfully crafted "Social Energy White Noise". . .

    If an hypothethical Third Party (that could also be a Rival Panoceanian Lobby trying to undermine Lauren Dixon's parents through "Ariadnan Matrioskas Multiple Misdirection Layers"; the Megacorps of Hyperpower Number One were enough wily for this to be not a novel concept) maybe was behind all this was "Burning All Bridges" to force the Escaping Heir into a forced corner. . .

    Was also curious to hear about Saito and Kenn-Tal ideas about the local "Punk Youths Attitudes"; of the Bosozuke Gangs of Nihonjin Territories had just some cursory hearsay and if there were "Toung Tohaa Rebels" was a totally unknown. . .

    Also Lady Samira could have some ideas to confront; the "Sheherazade-Esque Courtesan" was the perfect image of Haqqislamite Refinery, but maybe had a Rebellious Streak in Her Younger Days; could be She ran with a Kum Biker Gangs wildly shooting and hollering around Bourak's Plains for what the Inquisitor Priest knew. . .

    . . . . .

    In fact Pietro Beretta chuckled inwardly (and auto-flagged a Self-Penance therapy session later, to the Geist most secure clock) for JUST imagining Lady Samira dressed as the Nazarovna Twins scantily clad "Bikerbabe Attire" so infamously depicted in Mayacast Penny Dreadfuls Simulations. . .!!
     
  5. Solodice

    Solodice Freshly Squeezed Troll

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    "What I already told you was the full story. If you get me out of these" Valentine lifted up her securcuffs, "Then I can get you a full list of people, groups, and places that I and some of the others in the gang introduced her to."

    The locked door behind the team buzzed and in stepped Johannes. "Your 15 minutes is up."

    "Please don't fucking leave me in here! I helped you all out!" Valentine pleaded.

    Taisa then told the team about how one could sacrifice some of their own social energy to bail out Valentine. The Moderators and the judicial tribunals don't accept money or property (much to chagrin of Tunguskans and PanOceanian tourists). You paid with social energy. The rest of the system was the same as in other places. When Valentine shows up to her trial the bail paid would be given back but if she fails to appear... well you're out on social energy and Valentine gets a new record on her already lengthy sheet.

    For Valentine's crime it wasn't going to be cheap and it's a bit of risk because she was a young street punk after all. Maybe some help from some SDA contacts to help her out with her trial might temper the risk but it was still there.

    [Only one person can bail Valentine out. It will cost you one rank of SER and set you to stable.]
     
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  6. Daemon of Razgriz

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    All the while that Valentine was ranting, Saito stayed silent. The slight smile and occasional darting of his eyes betrayed him looking up something through cyberspace. By the time that their 15 minutes was up and everyone made up to leave with Valentine practically begging to be let out, Saito makes to leave, before turning back to her and looking... Somewhat sorry for the woman, remarks. "I'll hold you to this." Before turning back to the moderator, "I'll hold up her bail, you can charge it to my SO." Pausing to make a call, Saito stays silent for a moment, then turns to look at the moderator. "Due, to my team and I being on valuable business, I've called an associate of mine who will ensure that the young 'lady' here will behave herself and comply with all following offers. He shall be arriving shortly. A Mr Hann."

    As he said the name of his associate, Saito turns slightly to give a sideways look to Valentine still cuffed to the table. As if to say, I hope you know what's at stake here. Turning to then look at his team, each of them in turn. Saito stares at them blankly, saying over the tacnet. "I know it's hard but trust me on this and leave it to me." He says this flatly, with a sense of authority and power that no one on the team, past or present had ever heard from him before. Sending out a clear message. 'Don't fight him on this.' He then turns and exits the cell, saying "She'll comply with all our questions from now on."

    And with that, Saito exits the cell not waiting on anyone else. No one who wasn't in the tacnet communication would not have seen... Or heard in this case, the sudden change come over the Japanese man. Nor how quickly he reverted back to the mild, quiet man everyone knew him to be.
     
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  7. Golem2God

    Golem2God Just a Kooky Kumotail serving others.

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    The essay that the clergyman sent to Kenn was interesting enough. Though he didn't know how much bonds(?)...oh stock, how much stock he was supposed put into the contents helping him or team out in this current situation. He mental had Edd file it away for now just in case it was needed again in the future.
    He was but at the same time Kenn couldn't help but wonder how long the girl would take expounding her version of past event to them. He was wonder what if any trouble Miss Dixon was getting into.
    Well that would make this trip even worse.
    Ow...that was loud & desperate.
    Oh no. Kenn had barely any Social Energy to speak of. He wasn't sure about this loud angry female wasn't going to lead them off the correct path. She was rubbing him the wrong way in the short time of meeting her.
    Oh great. No not great bad. Kenn felt as though he'd better keep an eye out lest this woman turned Saito's sacrifice into a vain gesture.
     
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  8. DrunkCorsair

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    Before leaving Samira hands her contact details to Valentine for the future.
     
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    Saito went through the process of getting Valentine bailed out. It was quick and simple with any bureaucratic red tape being nonexistent.

    [Saito drops to SER 1 and Stable.]

    Mr. Hann was already waiting at the lobby of Deck Command 5 when the team and Valentine showed up. He was a geist controlling a heavily customized Zondbot and the halo around it indicated it was the property of Severous Potts.

    "Ms. Dolles, we have a lot to talk about. Shall we take a walk?" Mr. Hann asked the street punk.

    Valentine rubbed her wrists. "Yeah, sure." She looked at Saito. "Thanks." She set off with the Zondbot.

    The team did some window shopping around deck 50 as they waited for that list of people and places that Valentine had showed to Loren.

    [///The Goods///]

    People:
    Ian Marchment - Club Owner of Dante's Inferno and really good fence
    Brandy The Brave - Well known Chimera and illegal Aristeia competitor
    Seeks Fish - Uplifted cephalopod and damn good smuggler

    Places:
    List of Heartache boltholes and hiding spots on decks 52, 53, 54, and 55
    Community Resupply Point - A place where others will leave good and items for those that need them on deck 52
    Module Row - A large host of modules all crammed in together with one another with only forum street and their walls dividing them on deck 53 - Where the Heartaches hang out the most
     
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    "My honourable friend Saito, You have done a great service to the Team at whole; I will try to repay it by any worthile and wholesome means necessary; I assume this Mr. Hann is some contact pertaining to Your past and will inquire no more; some Secrets are useful to know and yet is BEST if they stay secret for the uninvolved. . .!!"

    "We have all our shady and troubled past; in the interest of Full Teamwork Cooperative Disclosure then is best I hint that, while I was in the past, SERIOUSLY involved in the so-called "Inquisition of Panoceania" (Hexas are all famous now, but the Catholic Church made Espionage Terror Tactics an Art Form when Humanity was cooped all together on a single Planet Two Millennia Ago, on our Old Dear Mother Earth) now I'm totally a Free Agent working for the Sunz Agency. . .!!"

    "Should a Blackfriar, or another Agent of the Intelligence of some Knightly Order come calling for favours to Me, they will NEED to pay an hefty sum of Social-Capital (as We are in Bakunin let's do like Bakunites do. . .) to curry My help, and in NO WAY this will hamper the investigative efforts of the Team. . .!!"

    "Still best to NOT advertise this too publicly; Moirae Observancers are rather STEEP in. . . . .expressing their disfavour on My Church, that they dub "Servants-Of-A-False-God", as they are rather keen to decry Big Sister. . .!!"

    "But I digress, let's hit something useful in the Boutiques of Vaudeville now that we have the time. . .!!"

    ". . . . ."

    "My dear friend Taisa, do You perchance know this Brandy fella? Maybe from Your stint in the Vice Division of the Mothership. . .??"

    "Could be an useful Fixer-In-The-Know to interrogate in a friendly manner. . .!"

    ". . . . ."

    "I would rather hit this Octopoid Smuggler Shop, or the Fence, and hopefully with the company of our esteemed Squad Medic, Mr. Kenn-Tal; as is better to NOT antagonize the Local Moderators I would like to aquire some Stun Nonlethal Ammunition for My choice firearms (barring that a Light Shotgun with Rubber-Slug Shells would be good enough; is a nonlethal weapon that even Ariadna Country Bumpkins own !!). . ."

    "While I have Normal and Special-Purpose Ammo for those two trusty Handgun Sidearms, is all rather quite lethal; will NOT do to somehow endanger our Mark, or Innocent Bystanders, should a ferocious shootout will happen. . .!!"

    "The excellent Medical Knowledge of our esteemed Tohaa Ally would be precious to ascertain the effectiveness of Sophorific Drug Laced Bullets or Nonlethal Viral Payloads; also some Flash-Bang Grenades especially tailored to Enhanced Genemodded Physiques (such as those of Chimera Bodyguards or Uplifted Big-Apes Gorillas, that I heard are the latest craze in Praxis Submondo Nightclubs); after all the Culture of Mr. Kenn-Tal is famous to have weaponized Biosculpted Lifeforms for Centuries. . .!!"

    ". . . . ."

    "Also for this, if I could ask, is perchance Your bodyguard-butler-manservant Igor a Combat Module or a Civilian one? I saw some footage of Chaksaa Ausiliaries helping My Brethrens on the Paradiso Front and they were rather rage.prone, fidgety and restless; the calm placidity of Your Cohort is a Factory-Setting, or is a Personal Touch due to Your Biomedical Mastery. . .??"

    ". . . . ."

    "Lady Samira, do You like some, or none of these Locations to peruse and explore? Are You good with Defensive Personal Measures?? While I think that Your Honeyed Tongue and Courtly Manners (that would make of Scheherazade Herself a Foolish Chambermaid !!) is the BEST weapon at Your disposal, maybe We will soon face some Opposition that simply will NOT hear anything, and be brutally blunt and violent. . . . .!!!"


    . . . . .

    All This chatter when the Party of Sunz Investigative Detectives reached the Shopping Alley, to try to organize in a cohesive manner; still Father Pietro Beretta was not trying to usurp Tactical Command of the Situation. . .

    In a group as diverse and varied as this one, best to just politely suggest courses of action, and then let themselves decide. . .
     
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    "Thanks," replies Saito as they walk down the deck. "If none of you have a suggestion. I'll head towards Deck 53. It's their basic hideout and the quickest and easiest to cross off the map." Stopping to glance at a shop front, Saito continues. " I have Valentine's contact info and in a pinch i can call Valentine to have her talk to her gang members. Mr Hann will understand and not block my attempts." In theory, Saito thinks to himself.
     
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    "Well, i would like to go out and hit the dancefloor in that Club, but its a bit early for that to not stand out, thats something we should do at the proper timing." Samira adds to the conversation.

    "..."

    "To your question padre i learned a bit of self defense but nothing to much."

    "..."

    "Saito, do you really think its the best when you try to talk to taht gangers alone? I saw your performance in that cell and to be honest you lokk more like the leg breaker of a syndicate doing a protection racket, they probably say anything to get rid of you.
    I think i will accompany you, but i think we should do a bit more preperation, so we can hit that resupply point.
    If we go looking like tourists we stand out lije a sore thumb and we should probably bring some stuff to leave there, to make a good impression."

    "..."

    But that smuggler sounds interesting too. Especially with the connection to Varuna with our target."
     
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    "So is anyone OK to divide into two Groups. . .??"

    "Lady Samira and Saito go search first the Varunan Links of the Smuggler, then head towards the Heartaches Hideout, where they will both be enough to solve everything, our esteemed Nihonjin Friend able to fend all offence towards Mylady, while Her experience in Social Etiquette will be good to wade through all chaff that they will use for paranoid caution, as they seems a Streetpunk Gang on the losing side and so desperate enough to Say, Tell or Do anything to get through. . .??"

    "Taisa, Mr. Kenn and I will search for some cheap but reliable Nonlethal Means of Pacifications and also try to case the other Fence and the Chimera Gladiator to approach the Investigation Angle from another direction. . .??"

    "Then we will convene at a pre-established Time and Place to follow another Phase of our Quest; should something more pressing arise by surprise the less hassled team will converge on the Sensible Location. . . . .???"

    "Are You O.K. with this Rough Tactical Strategy of Mine, or there are some further Investigative Leads to better follow. . . . .?????"

    . . . . .

    While asking for these pointers, then Father Beretta instructed the Teaching Geist of His, to draw a quick "Area Map" of the called locations, along with Transport Timeframes, shared in the encrypted Shared Comm Tacnet of the Team, to better allow any Squadmates to interject their own ideas and suggestions. . .

    Time to ensare their quarry. . . . .!!!
     
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    Edd "Looks like the game is afoot sir."
    Kenn "Yes there will be alot of walking ahead for us."
    Edd "And you have made such wonderful progress in personal matters."
    Kenn ":thinking_face:"
    Edd "You haven't mentioned, thought of nor talk to or about the Chaksa. At long last the fog has lifted. Your mind is on toward the road to recovery."
    Kenn "Shhh...Not so loud he'll hear you."
    Edd ":expressionless:And thus all hopes & dreams are dashed against the cliffs of reality. Broken against the bows of..."

    The giest went on as Kenn endevoured to keep pace & stick with the Padre & Sam as they headed to their next destination. The Tohaa hoping that Miss Dix would be spotted & found in the process.
     
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    "I won't deny the help Samira. If you wish to be point, I'll be happy to cover." With that Saito plays an AR GIF of a servant bowing to signify for Samira to take the lead.
     
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    "I think its settled then, let us meet again later in the club."

    "So, for you and me Saito we need to do some preperations before we try to meet the smuggler." says Samira before she leads Saito to a small shopping spree.
     
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    Saito locks step with Samira as they head towards some shops.
     
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    The team split into two. Saito and Samira were off to try and talk to Seeks Fish, with a pit stop first, and Kenn, Taisa, and Pietro to Brandy The Brave. Ian Marchment could wait till later when his club opened at 20:00.

    Samira makes a stop at a LoroLocco storefront and purchases Saito one of their popular Flexwear outfits. Whatever outfit Saito wanted to use or impersonate now was just at the tip of his fingertips. Then they gathered up some basic clothing items and food stuffing it into a used duffel bag. Then they were off to the Community Resupply Point on Deck 52.

    Deck 52 (11:00)

    The Community Resupply Point was a hodgepodge of boxes, containers, storage shelves, and racks. It would of looked like a junk yard if it wasn't for the impressive cactus garden at the center of it all. All kind of Bakunians were here dropping off goods or grabbing something for their own use. There were no tourists to speak of here but Samira and Saito blended in just fine and didn't attract any attention.

    As the two were dropping off items [state which items you're leaving here] a patrol of BPG thugs rolled through. Four of them in their navy blue windbreakers with BPG printed in yellow on the left breast and on the back. A mean looking group that anyone in their path either moved at haste or avoided their gaze.

    One approached a man while the others stood watch.

    It wasn't exactly a heated conversation but the man the BPG was talking to didn't look all that comfortable with them.

    As quickly as they showed up they were already moving again. One had some parting words to the man though. "End of day, Yandel. No later."

    Dome Two (11:00)

    Locating Brandy was easy. You just needed to jump in to his Arachne feed to watch his escapades that he loved to post about. Whether it was fighting, just out and about, or even less savory activities. Today he was at the Brundle 3 BioBotique in the tumult that had VaudeVille spilling out into Dome Two's third sector. The dome above was very much like the one on Sunset Boulevard but much bigger and the surrounding skyscrapers and megascrapers looked like outstretched fingers trying to touch it.

    Brundle 3 was the third in a long franchise of BioBotique's scattered across Bakunin. Their motto "We build bodies. We take them apart, and put them back together again" was always displayed above the doors leading inside.

    Right now on the feed it looked like Brandy having something done to his already weapon-grade claws. It looked like he was getting an upgrade...

    [For those that want to know what the upgrade is it's a Intelligence + Close Combat D1.]
     
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    Before they left to investigate Taisa told the others she only knew the same things about Ian and Seeks Fish that Valentine told them. However, she did have some info on Brandy. “The guy’s basically a giant pain in the ass for those he fights in illegal Aresteia bouts and for Moderators, especially Uberfallkommandos. He sells himself out for all kinds of services including work as a bouncer, mercenary, a sex worker in the Ultraviolet Quarter, and as muscle for submondo groups. Overall a guy you don't really want to know unless you're really into violence. So Valentine knowing him is a bit of a surprise to me. Not sure why or how those two know each other.” When she saw the upgrades he was getting, she said, “That’s right: I need to get me some weapons grade claws on my hands and feet soon.”
     
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    Taisa quickly realized that he was getting teseum coated claws.
     
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