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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2011, 04:00:33 am »
Ashford chuckles that same, unsettling, gravelly chuckle. He steps out of the spotlight when the man starts looking around the theatre, and when he looks away, ashford simply isnt there anymore.
His chuckle persists longer than his visage does, as it reverberates around the darkened theatre.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2011, 04:13:47 am »
Victor stares off into the abyss "To avoid being seen is a great skill, to disappear all together, now that is a rare gift"

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2011, 04:32:40 am »
Adam's pupils expand as his vision's sensitivity increase, he remains wary of the hissing shadows but catches himself, he needs to play it cool, the whole shadows come alive stuff might be something of Obteneberation but could be some sort of hallucination again.
From his seat at the back rows He looks at the empty seats where the audience were moments ago, he spots the three others, are these kindred.

He listens to their conversation that can be heard easily with the wonderful acoustics in the hall as he looks at the "footlights" or spotlights , trying to make sense of that wicked game as he move towards the others.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Activating Heightened senses to try to see the unseen in case he is unseen. paranoid.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2011, 04:46:32 am »
In her corner of the stage a young woman stands twirling a parasol above her as she observes her -- companions as they boister and banter forth. As the auditorium of shadows swirls around them, being kept at bay by the above high spotlight she elates, and crouches down reaching out to caress the darkness, without fear or anxiety as one would caress a puppy or kitten.

"Such sweet little things you are. Did the big bad men scare you? Its okay, I don't bite." She coos sweetly to one of them gently, keeping her attention to the other stars of the show as well while occupying herself with the flora and fauna of the stage.

Standing back up she calls out across the stage to the other premieres; " Is this a production of one of your minds or is there a greater will at work than any of you may fathom? It seems we are all slated to be the pawns in another of le monsieur l'aîné games. Had I known this night would have made me a star, I would have dressed a bit more appropriately, as my own attire laisser à désirer."

Spoiler for Hiden:

Black and Pink instead of Red and a dark burgundy/brownish hair as from earlier pictures.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2011, 04:48:44 am by Aydoo »

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2011, 06:52:50 am »
Benjamin nods to the man on stage with them as Ashford pulls his ever-amusing trick. He speaks cordially but with a stern edge.

"Aye, Benjamin Lambert, and 'tis indeed my theatre. My balconies, my seats, my red velvet curtain," he glances to the man's feet, "and my stage." He lets the finality of that statement hang in the air for a moment.

"But seven hells if I have any clue what's going on here. Victor was it, lad? It appears you have a passing knowledge of our...kind." Somewhere in the house seats Benjamin hears a woman's voice calling to them. He vaguely makes out a dim outline in her direction.

"The meeting for Confused Pawns Anonymous is currently being held up here, my dear," he calls back to the darkness pleasantly. "Why don't you join us? Our dress code is very lenient, I assure you."

Smirking to himself, Benjamin turns back to Victor. "What do you make of our current predicament?"

Spoiler for Hiden:
Activating Aura Reading, focusing on Victor and his response for the moment.
Per+Empathy (Diff 8):
Rolled 7d10 : 2, 8, 2, 6, 6, 4, 7, total 35

Spoiler for Hiden:
For a reminder, Benjamin:


Currently he is dressed in medieval Shakespearean costume following his performance, complete with tights.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2011, 07:31:29 am »
When he says "confused pawns anonymous," something quite like a chuckle passes by Ben's right ear, moving past him, through the shadows, towards one of the spotlights on the end farthest away from Victor.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2011, 04:24:34 pm »
Spoiler for Hiden:
excuse grammar and typist skills today. I am on go and still want to respond. Frk if you feel this isn't ok nuke it

Victor tries to maintain calmness and eqtittue among the new aquatances.

"Yes Ben, I am a well traveled man. I am sorry if this is a tresspass, however as you know we were shoved here more than asked."

Victor looks over to he new addition. "Good evening Ma'am"

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2011, 07:16:23 pm »
Benjamin acknowledges Victor with a silent nod and follows his gaze to the woman.

"Yes, right then. Do you need a hand up, m'dear? The stairs are just 'round the side here," he waves to his left, somewhere out of reach of the lights.

He takes two steps over to stage left, looking into the abyss of seats. The audience of shadows seemed to be staring back at him as well. Benjamin feels a chill run down his back.

"Er - anyone else in here with us," he calls blindly, "make your way to the stage and we'll get this business sorted."

Spinning around, he scans the empty stage with a brief lingering gaze.

"You a'right, Ash? Still with us?" he asks the empty floorboards. Too often lately it felt like he was talking to people who weren't actually there. For most people that was never a good sign, but Benjamin couldn't escape feeling like it was especially bad news for him. Particularly when they answered.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Making a contested Auspex roll while actively (though briefly) trying to spot Ashford.
Per+Subterfuge:
Rolled 5d10 : 3, 4, 4, 6, 8, total 25


Whether he sees him or not, he will carry on normally.

Turning to Victor and the woman, he rubs his hands together and frowns.

"Right then, right..." he looks down at the stage in thought. "We're all here for a reason, we can assume, yeah?" Benjamin raises his head level with the others. "What brought each of you here tonight, to my theatre?"

"Truly now," he adds, sceptically, allowing (against reason) that they probably didn't come just to see the Bard's masterpiece.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2011, 09:31:45 pm »
Ashford is suddenly standing there once again, in the far spotlight, grinning a rather wicked grin that doesn't match the face that he wears.

"Still with you, pal. Wouldn't miss it for the fuckin' world... Air's just a bit stuffy over there."
Ashford puts his hands in his pocket as though only noticing his pants for the first time. He looks down at them appraisingly and shakes his head.

"Why am I here? well, I was doing some research when something busted into my haven and decided to play bongos on the inside of my fuckin' brain. I swear to god, the cocksucker hurt like crazy when the message stopped. I figured it was your light-in-the-loafers way of rebelling against cell phone communication; to restrict yourself to a more 'Victorian' mode of contact- which is to say, creepy fucking ghost messengers, since you knew you couldn't find the fuckin' place on your own. You must admit, Ben, you've pulled some weird shit in your day. Can't blame me for thinking it's you."

Ashford looks down and appears to be eyeing up the edge of the circle of light in which he stands.
"Anyway, it told me I'd been "Activated" or some shit like that... and to follow the footlights to the witching hour or something equally noir-fucking-neo-pagan. Figured you were in trouble and the ghost just had some kind of retarded desire to be poetic from beyond the grave and hurt my fuckin' brain some more. So here I am."

Pausing, Ashford narrows his eyes and points accusingly, as though just realizing something that Ben had said.
"What do you mean, we'll get this business sorted. Did you know about this before we did?"

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2011, 10:04:12 pm »
She quietly and slowly walks her way up the side stair unabashed by the lack of lighting and emerges from the darkness at the edge of the expanse of the stage.

"It seems we have all had a similar.. incident. None of us being the culprit shall we surmise? Then who then, holds the base of the board we dance upon. If this is indeed your domain, who would wish to gather us here? Friend or foe?"

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2011, 10:59:13 pm »
"Friend or foe, friend or foe, off the deep end here we go!"  A shrill, maniacal voice booms from all around the stage.  It is then followed by cackling laughter as though someone just told a great inside joke.

Out of the central spotlight, a medium sized girlish figure appears; you recognize the figure as the ticket counter girl.  She is sporting  a wicked "cat caught the canary" grin stretching from ear to ear.

Suddenly her form shimmers and the splitting image of Benjamin appears, "Anyone else in here with us?" he mocks in Benjamin voice.  Taking a few steps towards Benjamin, the form shimmers again and the splitting image of Ashford appears.  "Still with you pal." He hisses in a gravely voice.  Taking a few steps towards Victor the form shimmers again, "If this is indeed your domain..." a girl in a black and pink dress begins before making her way towards the original Asian girl, "... dragged here against your will." The image of Victor concludes.

"Friend or foe, friend or foe, we'll add two more and then we'll go!" the now unfamiliar images gleefully squeals.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The new person looks like this:

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2011, 11:20:21 pm »
"Ah fuck me..." Ashford mumbles under his breath, as his shoulders slouch and the image of the businessman briefly ripples and then reasserts itself once again. Ashford looks defeated, even fatalistic.

He looks over at Ben, the expression on the unfamiliar face speaking clearly- We are SO fucked.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2011, 02:32:14 am »
Victor stiffens and does not say a word, He loses all focus on the surroundings and simply focuses on the shape shifting trickster.

"We shall wait a time with patience till a red headed lumber jack joins us?"

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2011, 03:10:44 am »
Benjamin meets Ashford's eyes with a blaze of fury, turning back to the intruder. He is visibly unhinged - his previous actor's composure shattered.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Activating Awe
Cha+Intimidation:
Rolled 3d10 : 1, 5, 8, total 14

"Who in the NINE LEVELS OF HELL do you think you are!?" He explodes at the trickster, his cheeks puffed out and flushed red in a very human outburst of rage. "It's you, isn't it?" he accuses, shaking his finger in front of him. "Playing around in our heads and all that cryptic shite." He watches the stranger for a moment, incredulous.

"But to top it off, you intrude in my theatre. Pose as an employee and representative of my ESTABLISHMENT. By the laws of bloody DOMAIN, I command you to explain yourself."

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2011, 04:48:01 pm »
Spoiler for Hiden:
Manipulation+Occult (Base Diff 7), -2BP spent LV1 and 3.
Rolled 6d10>6 : 9, 4, 5, 7, 9, 9, total 34

The woman eyes these shifting doppelgangers with contempt. She slowly steps back into the shadows with grace and poise showing no other emotion than slight surprise and keeping her eyes on the new comers. As she steps back it seems like the area envelopes her and welcomes her, as if it were squishy and wriggling around her.

 

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