New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

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"It could be that simple." Dennis mused. "On the other hand, wouldn't 3 take the cameras into account? Or is he assuming we wouldn't pull in outside help. And even if this is the case, how long do we have before the woman suffocates in there?"
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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #26 - The Persistence of Memory (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by McGuffin » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:14 pm

Ursa
HP: 1
Cnd: Fine


Otso sighed, releasing a breath he hadn't realized he'd been holding. Ellen was right. "Dennis is an illusionist and Robyn is a shapeshifter. You happy? Deal's a deal, now give us the address you're holding Missus Rodriguez at."
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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Shock » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:52 am

Violet Lear
HP: 1


Violet cocked her head and then shrugged. What had happened while she was inside? "No bother, Herta. We're fine."

"Dad, this is the boy that's been killing those women. We don't know who we can turn him over to safely."

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Horsenhero » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:05 am

Magnitude
Kasimir Flaegler
HP 3

"Im."
Martin's voice cut over the comms with a single word. It was spoken with a strident urgency, like one might give an attack command...but if it was such a command, Kas was unfamiliar with it. Not to mention the small shop had Lex, Martin, Buddy, Rusty and Beatrice inside as well as their target. That was a crowd in a small space, especially since Beatrice's combat abilities transformed her into a brute and Lex tossed lightning. All things considered he was better off maintaining his position as "goal tender", on the off chance the cannibal slipped past them.

All that remained was to wait and see how things turned out.

Of course Kas was a touch worried that the cannibal might have powers similar in nature to Durendal. Except where Durendal only needed to touch a SPB to gain their powers the cannibal gained his by consuming the flesh of his victims. That would explain the jerky. Otherwise, why keep potential evidence on your person?

If he was forced to choose between scenarios, he'd prefer their target was simply a very sick individual.

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Michuru » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:47 pm

OVIEDO, 9:00AM (Dennis; NPCs: Robyn)
"He's convinced everyone is a monster, right?" Robyn asked. "Maybe he wasn't expecting the janitor to tell Newton about all of this? He probably wasn't expecting anyone to come here and look for her. He was counting on Rodriguez playing along."

OVIEDO, 9:00AM (Jack, Otso; NPCs: Ellen)
Otso sighed, releasing a breath he hadn't realized he'd been holding. Ellen was right. Now there was nothing left to do but wait for 3's call.

Sure enough, after a minute had passed, the phone rang with another blocked call. Otso answered and put the phone on speaker. "Alright, Three. Jack's willing to share. He has the ability to take on the traits of dogs. Makes him a good tracker which is why he came here. Dennis is an illusionist and Robyn is a shapeshifter. You happy?"

3 giggled. "Exceedingly."

"Now how about that address? Deal's a deal, now give us the address you're holding Missus Rodriguez at."

"She's in the trunk of a car parked in front of Plaza Trascorrales, number fourteen. I wish I could meet you there, but... I'm out of the country. It's a little disappointing: I came all the way to Wien expecting to see a show, but it looks like the matinee has been canceled.

"I'll leave you a little present in the bushes. Come look for it when you get back. Until next time, Ursa."

The line went dead.

"I'll call the-"

Before Ellen could finish, the phone rang again.

"I almost forgot!" 3 said. "There's another car parked at Calle Jesús, number sixteen. Be a dear and tell Mateo his sister's there. Toodles!"

Again, the line went dead.

SHREWSBURY, 2:45AM (Tamati, Violet; NPCs: Abe, Augustus, Herta, Joseph [K.O.] Shelby)
The elder Lear eyed the unconscious boy carefully. "We couldn't turn him over the Hague," he mused. "As I understand it, his crimes are contained to the United Kingdom. As I see it, there's three options: one, we kill him and be done with it; two, we hand him over to MI18 and let them handle it; three, we take him back to that school of yours." He carefully avoided looking at Herta. "They showed leniency to the Laputa kids. As I understand it, those who were deemed flight risks were outfitted with tracking devices. I can't say I'd be comfortable with him at the same school as my daughter. If he knows about your mum and the role she played in his origin? Still, I have to say there are some I would have thought irredeemable that I would trust more than most to have my little girl's back."

"What's MI18," asked Abe, "and what do they do with Neo-Sapiens?"

"Government spooks," Augustus said. "If I tell you any more than that, they'd kill me."

Shelby chuckled, but Herta began shaking her head. "MI18 is British Secret Service," she explained. "The man who raised me was SRI--Romanian Secret Intelligence. They had a secret prison. I imagine MI18 must have one, too."

VALENCIA, 11:35AM (Kas, Lex, Martin; NPCs: Beatrice, Buddy, Fiore, Rusty)
Martin lunged for Domingo and brushed his body, but the Spaniard was more lithe than he looked: he jumped back and avoided Martin's attempt to bind him. <<"Just remember: you started this.">> In his hands was a meat stick--more jerky, Lex realized. He took a bite off of it as blue flames flared in his eyes. There was an explosion of blue flames around him. He had seen Harry shield himself with hellfire, but this was different somehow... The flames weren't just forming an armor around him but lashing violently at anything that got near.

Domingo swallowed the jerky and his body vanished. All that remained was the mass of hellfire blazing before them.
Domingo - Reflex - DC 20: 1d20+7 27 Domingo is more than okay.

Fiating to use Seize Initiative. Hero point to Kas, Lex, and Martin. As neither Lex or Kas have the feat, I should be safe to act.

Eiron - Initiative: 1d20+1 5
Vestige - Initiative: 1d20 17
The Incredible Shrinking Rusty: 1d20 8
Fiore - Initiative: 1d20+12 16

The Order, Round One
  • Domingo (X)
    • Insubstantial 3 (20)
  • Vestige (17)
  • Fiore (16)
  • Fluxx (14)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Rusty (8)
  • Eiron (5)
Free action to activate Force Field and Energy Aura. Standard action to Boost, taking Insubstantial 3.

Vestige and Fiore will be holding actions, given their position outside of the shop. After Lex and Kas roll, Martin can go if he beats them. Otherwise... act as you roll.

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Shock » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:02 pm

Violet Lear
HP: 1


Violet frowned. All of those options were terrible. The thought of killing him turned her stomach. She knew that MI18 did in fact have a secret prison, but she wondered if that was any better than Pandora. "Is it safe to give him to MI18 with Applebottom in charge? She could let him go to make them look bad. Or try to turn him into an assassin." She hated to think it, but taking him to the school seemed like the best option.

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Horsenhero » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:44 am

Magnitude
Kasimir Flaegler
HP 4


Kas remained aloft guarding against flight by their quarry.
Initiative roll 1d20+3=22 http://roll.coyotecode.net/lookup.php?rollid=185066 Of course I rock initiative when I was planning on holding Kas's action.

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Arkrite » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:13 am

Alex "Current" Murphy
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Even after working with Martin for ages now the sudden yell and attack caught him completely off guard. Seeing Martin try to wrap around the enemy? That was normal enough, but at least it gave Lex the information he needed. This was probably the bad guy. The explosion of not-fire-flame shortly after that was enough to clear any remaining question in that regard.

With nobody in sight to rescue, Lex moved to the next logical action and aimed a remarkably muscled arm at the man with burning blue energy. The man made the mistake of dodging Martin, and that meant he was fair game.

"Talk, talk, talk," He muttered as a blast of electricity exploded through the air, "Why is every nutjob we meet a chatty mother#$*@?"

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #26 - The Persistence of Memory (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by McGuffin » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:30 am

Ursa
HP: 1
Cnd: Fine


Otso's blood ran cold when Three said he was in Vienna and had left him something there. He felt guilty at his relief when he remembered Beatrice wasn't at the school, but helping Martin's investigation in Greece.

"Who the hell is Mateo?" Otso activated his commlink to contact Dennis. "Imago, Missus Gonzalez is in the trunk of a car parked in front of Plaza Trascorrales, number fourteen. Get her out of there and contact us, we're going to Calle Jesus, number thirteen. He left us something else as well."
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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Flynnarrel » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:15 am

Following the electrical blast Martin starts his coordination. "Suspect 'as taken an incorporeal form. Fiore, break a window for Magnitude to 'see' and send graviton pulses in, zey might work. Ozerwise try to fireproof your barriers. Ozers, stay in your assigned places for cover. Buddy look for a 'ose." All the while he'd been gathering matter - dust in the air and free particles around, only to force their nuclii excited. Ever since his mother boasted that Martin's sister could affect things at a distance he worked for months to figure out how. This is what he came up with. Maybe it would help in this circumstance. Invisibly he releases them in a stream toward the concentration of hellfire.
Beam of Excited Molecules, Damage [Vibrating molecules], Area: Line (General), Secondary Effect, Flaw: Full Round Action, Feat: Affects Insubstantial 2, Indirect, Precise, Subtle 2 PR 8

DC18 Dodge, then DC23 or 19 Toughness.
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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Gilliam » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:33 am

Tamati "Taheka" Stevens
HP: 1
Condition: Normal



"And here I thought there was only a MI5 and MI6, I learnt something today." Tamati added trying to sound lighthearted.

The fact that Violet's Dad suggested killing as an option surprised Tamati and he resolved to himself that that would be something he would do what he could to prevent.
Violet Lear wrote: "Is it safe to give him to MI18 with Applebottom in charge? She could let him go to make them look bad. Or try to turn him into an assassin."
"So if MI18 is not an option are there any other places where he could be locked up or get the help he needs?"

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Michuru » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:59 pm

OVIEDO, 9:30AM (Dennis; NPCs: Robyn)
It didn't take Dennis and Robyn long to reach the car--not with their own car waiting outside and a police escort. Before Dennis could touch it, Robyn began barking orders to the police in Spanish. This time, she opted to translate for him: "I asked them to check for bombs," Robyn explained. "Can't be too careful."

Once they had been given the all-clear, Robyn morphed a finger to become a steel blade. She punctured through the lock on the trunk and soon had it open.

Sure enough, Missus Rodriguez was inside, gagged and bound wrists and ankles.

There was a look of alarm on her face. She was frantically shaking her head. When Robyn reached in to help her up, the woman let out a muffled scream.

The fey removed the gag and the woman began to speaking very fast. Robyn began scanning their surroundings. "3 told her if anyone but him opened the trunk, she'd be dead before she left it. He told her he has someone watching..."

OVIEDO, 9:00AM (Jack, Otso; NPCs: Ellen)
"Dennis and Robyn took the car," Ellen said. "Jack will be faster than us in his dog form. If he goes on ahead..."
At this point, I'm moving Dennis' team forward, so Otso's last message will be the end of their communications for now. I didn't want to have Jack go on ahead if this group thinks it's a bad idea to further split the party.
SHREWSBURY, 2:45AM (Tamati, Violet; NPCs: Abe, Augustus, Herta, Joseph [K.O.] Shelby)
"What's MI18," asked Abe, "and what do they do with Neo-Sapiens?"

"Government spooks," Augustus said. "If I tell you any more than that, they'd kill me."

Shelby chuckled, but Herta began shaking her head. "MI18 is British Secret Service," she explained. "The man who raised me was SRI--Romanian Secret Intelligence. They had a secret prison. I imagine MI18 must have one, too."

"And here I thought there was only a MI5 and MI6," said Tamati, trying to keep things lighthearted. "I learnt something today."

"Is it safe to give him to MI18 with Applebottom in charge?" asked Violet. "She could let him go to make them look bad. Or try to turn him into an assassin."

"If Francine wanted to, she could kill both of those birds with one stone." Her father sighed and shook his head. "Let's say MI18 does have such a secret prison, and let's say it contains criminals like Joseph's biological father. Why wouldn't Francine just let him loose? He'd be an assassin and it would undermine the work MI18 is doing.

"The problem with that is that there is a difference between incompetence and maliciousness. When she came after Jack, Francine was able to plead that mistakes had been made: a zealous agent, probable cause, the school's history of sheltering criminals... If someone escapes an inescapable prison, they'll begin to scrutinize how that was possible and might find her fingerprints all over it.

"Francine is a spy, Moo. She won't come at her enemies head on."

"So if MI18 is not an option are there any other places where he could be locked up or get the help he needs?"

Lear shook his head at Tamati. "How would you do that?" he asked, keeping his tone as civil as he could. He genuinely wanted to help them and tried not to sound condescending. "If you to go the authorities and say he needs help, they'll ask for proof. Maybe his parents will come forward and tell the police that he was abducted in the middle of the night. They'll release him... unless we give them evidence of his crimes. The Blue Knight built a strong case against him, but he's just a vigilante. Do you think they'll call on the Blue Knight to testify? The Blue Knight is not a legally recognized individual. Unless he'd be willing to reveal his real name, I doubt his word will matter here.

"It would, however, attract the attention of MI18. They deal with superhuman situations in the United Kingdom. A Neo-Sapien killer falls under their purview, and then we're right back to where we began."

Herta flickered for a split-second. She'd spotted Joseph beginning to come around and clubbed him in the back the head to knock him out once more.

"As I said, I believe there are only three options: execution, MI18, or your school."

"What about Alcatraz?" asked Abe. "In my world, that's where criminals went."

Augustus made a face. "Alcatraz is administrated by the Department of SPB Affairs. Last I heard, they were just beginning to excise Black Box from their ranks. I'm not sure how successful they've been in cutting off that infected limb. It's a possibility, but a risky one. We'd have to smuggle him into the States-"

"Abe has that covered," said Shelby, smiling at the teleporter.

"And convince the Americans to take the boy in."

Herta frowned. "So, four options then." She looked over the team. "Five of us. I say we put it to a vote."

VALENCIA, 11:35AM (Kas, Lex, Martin; NPCs: Beatrice, Buddy, Fiore, Rusty)
With nobody in sight to rescue, Lex moved to the next logical action and aimed a remarkably muscled arm at the man with burning blue energy. The man made the mistake of dodging Martin, and that meant he was fair game.

"Talk, talk, talk," He muttered as a blast of electricity exploded through the air, "Why is every nutjob we meet a chatty mother#$*@?"

The electricity struck the mass of hellfire, but failed to otherwise impede it.

"Suspect 'as taken an incorporeal form," he heard Martin say. "Fiore, break a window for Magnitude to 'see' and send graviton pulses in, zey might work. Ozerwise try to fireproof your barriers. Ozers, stay in your assigned places for cover. Buddy look for a 'ose."

He unleashed a blast of his own and Lex watched as the blue inferno rolled clean out of the blast's path.

All around them he heard glass breaking: Fiore was shattering every window in the building... and evoking a woman's scream from the floor above them.
The Order, Round One
  • Domingo (X): Bruised
    • Insubstantial 3 (20)
  • Current (27)
  • Magnitude (22)
  • Vestige (17)
  • Fluxx (14)
  • Fiore (16)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Rusty (8)
  • Eiron (5)
Domingo - Toughness - DC 25: 1d20+10 24 Bruised.

Magnitude, Vestige, and Fiore hold.

Domingo - Reflex - DC 18: 1d20+7 19 Evasion will save Domingo.

At Fluxx's orders, Fiore will start breaking windows. Fiore's initiative will drop below Martin's. HH, I'll pause to check if you want to act now or wait until your turn in the next round--behind Lex.

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Shock » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:17 pm

Violet Lear
HP: 1


Violet shook her head. "I trust the Americans less than I trust Applebottom." She took a step and then stopped. Nervous pacing was a habit she hated. "I think we should talk to him before we decide. We don't know why he was killing. Maybe he's being manipulated, like you were." She looked at Herta. "You... you did some bad things. But we saw why and we brought you into the school. I think it was the right thing to do and it's only fair we should give Joseph the same chance."

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #26 - The Persistence of Memory (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by McGuffin » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:52 pm

Ursa
HP: 1
Cnd: Fine


"Your call Jack but we should hurry, two addresses makes it seem like we're quite not done here yet."
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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Michuru » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:57 pm

SHREWSBURY, 2:45AM (Tamati, Violet; NPCs: Abe, Augustus, Herta, Joseph [K.O.] Shelby)
"I think we should talk to him before we decide. We don't know why he was killing. Maybe he's being manipulated, like you were."

Her father tensed. This was what he had been hoping to avoid.

"What?" Shelby looked at Herta blankly, then looked back to Violet. "What are you talking about?"

Abe's expression darkened. "'Like you were'?" he asked. "Like you were manipulated into killing people?"

It hit Violet then that Tamati, Shelby, and Abe had only joined the school following the Armada's arrival. None of them knew about Laputa or Herta's involvement.

None of them yet knew Herta's roll in ending Alina's life, or the attempt on Beatrice's.

"Before I came to the school, I was in a group that-"

"Why should I be surprised?" Abe snapped. "Your brother is the guy who destroyed my entire world, right? He's the guy who killed my mom?" His fists were shaking. "Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?"

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