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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2011, 04:56:28 PM »
(For those who could see or with Auspex, as a few have HS on at the moment.)  Sitting on what seems to be long oily black tendrils, they form into a chair or perhaps a throne, their organic but alien composition not quite right, but blending in with the area around her. The four arms, sustain her as she sits, less than primp and proper; a leg crossed, and raise her up above the stage on the darkened side three to four feet.

"This seems quite uncouth of you to let such a being into your domain sir. Do you need assistance in rectifying this mistake or is it a wanted distraction? I fear I may break a nail, so perhaps your friend would be better suited for this type of action if you warrant it sir."

Spoiler for Hiden:

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #31 on: September 03, 2011, 06:31:47 PM »
Benjamin spins on a dime from one target of outrage to the next.

"Now is not the time, m'dear. I'll abide you in my domain even despite your garrish fashion - which by all rights is an affront t'the very class of this hall. We all seem to have gotten ourselves in a right fecking mess with this header." He nods his head to the imposter on stage and back to the woman, sitting in her impromptu throne. The nerve.

"So yeah - we're in it together. But this," he says thrusting a finger at the shifting shadows in the audience seats - his voice shaking, "I will not tolerate. This is a hall of the arts, not a witch's den. Put this place back to rights at once - or you can show yourself to the door and sort this out on your own, lassy."

Benjamin stares her down with a mix of frustration and weariness. It's clear that he's not the type to get upset often, but his voice carries a certain home-turf authority to it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Cha+Performance to appeal to the asian woman (Note: Not intimidating actively) (+2 dice for Enchanting Voice, which I forgot about before): [blockquote]Rolled 7d10 : 2, 4, 7, 2, 4, 6, 10, total 35[/blockquote]

Also, this is his Domain, and he has already said as much out loud for all to hear.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #32 on: September 03, 2011, 06:52:16 PM »
"Is one not allowed the comfort and protection of home or is your domain that with the right to be attacked by some unknown miscreant? This.. curr seeks to threaten us, having assailed us in our own private sanctorums it seems, and now is trouncing upon your domain with a fools grin. I shall stay my hand but I shall keep my guard up until this situation warrants a less... threatening tone. I understand your wishes, but there are other--similar abilities here at work as well."

She motions to the shifting of the grand hall, commiserating that these are none of her actions.

"A lady such as I would not be as much to create such -" She scoffs. "- meaningless and droll works."

The tendrill-cum-chair lowers her down to ground level, flanked by the shadows of the room, and she still sits though it would seem that they are less active than before.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #33 on: September 05, 2011, 01:27:16 AM »
Victor jut takes his spot in the light mirroring Ashford and quietly mumbles to himself "Let the animals wipe themselves out..."

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2011, 07:51:32 AM »
Ashford breaks his long silence to level a finger at the asian woman.

"Look, miss whoever you are: Do what you want in your own haven and conduct yer own fuckin' business however you fuckin' please in keeping with the situation- but you ARE in the haven of a member of the Camarilla, and you WILL fucking respect the traditions of domain and hospitality while you're here, or you and me are gonna have a fuckin' problem- and if every other camarilla member here doesn't fuckin' hurry up and back my play, trust me- there'll be some serious consequences. We clear?"

Ashford pauses for a moment, before adding;

"And no- you're not allowed to make a fuckin' throne in someone else's haven. Would you want him to come into your house and start changing window dressings and shit? Show some fuckin' respect, if you can even define it."

Ashford looks to Ben and gives him a terse nod of support.

"Now, I believe the creepy fuckin shapeshifter with mind-rape powers had the floor."
He motions to the creepy shapeshifter with a resigned sigh.
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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2011, 04:17:05 PM »
Benjamin gives Ashford a weary, thankful nod. He was constantly surprised by the man's support. He may be rough around the edges, but he was genuine. Benjamin respected that. It counted for a hell of a lot more among these types.

Not giving the asian lady a second glance, Benjamin turns to the - what had Ash called him; a shapeshifter? - he turns to the shapeshifter, and clears his throat, rubbing his hands together slowly, tentatively.

"Ahem. I b'lieve you still owe us an explanation," he says trying to maintain a stern edge to his voice.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #36 on: September 06, 2011, 05:57:36 PM »
The creepy fucking shapeshifter with mind-rape powers gives Ashford a curt nod. 

"Yes yes" he exclaims, quite pleased with himself, "these new players will do just fine. Just fine indeed!  Much better than the last cast!"

He makes a big theatrical presentation of crossing the stage with his hand flat against his forehead as if he's searching far and wide for something missing.  Finally he lets out another over-exaggerated squeal of delight as he points excitedly to something, or someone still in the seats.

"This performance cannot continue until all the cast has assembled!"  Suddenly the features turn dark and gloomy.  "At least the cast smart enough to find the play."
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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2011, 07:42:23 PM »
She glares at Ashford from her side of the darkness. "Sir you presu--" stopping mid-sentence to an almost indignant "harumph" is let out as well as muted "children" and something about the "gran-pere." She steps out from the edge of the darkened side of the room, to an area slightly more visible but not one that is far from where she was before. The "throne" subsides back into the area around it but you still have a feeling that the pieces that made it up are still out and around, despite the fact that you can not see them. As the unknown fiend creates his threatrical 'danse macbre' upon the stage, she collapses her parasol and uses it as a sort of cane to support herself in waiting for things to begin, with a faux yawn.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2011, 08:08:06 PM »
Ashford mumbles something as well- a few choice words about how totally fucking superfluous it is to have a parasol opened indoors, and then turns back to the shapeshifter.

"Wait... We're stuck just standing here until others show up? and no guarantee that they even will?"

The face of the businessman that Ashford is wearing furrows into an almost comical scowl as he eyes up the creature before him. His tone when speaking to someone he believes to be superior to him in power is clearly different, and much less peppered with obscenities.
"Look. I don't mean to show disrespect because it's obvious you're pretty damn powerful, whatever you are-- But givin' us some information on why we're here and what you want from us would go a long way towards getting our cooperation. After all, not many kindred react well to being held hostage, yknow?"

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2011, 10:55:30 PM »
The red-head turns his head back towards Ashford, sullen expression on his face.  Humorlessly he replies, "and what makes you believe, sir, that I require your cooperation?"

Suddenly his serious mask cracks and he falls to the floor giggling.  "You should have seen the look on your face!"  The man then proceeds to literally roll on the floor laughing.  As suddenly as he began, he suddenly stops and jumps to his feet.

"Shall I give them their first task? Yes yes! But first..." he wags his finger like a boy playing fetch with his dog.  It's obvious he wants everyone to gather around closer.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #40 on: September 06, 2011, 11:03:17 PM »
Ashford sets his stance, locks his jaw, and crosses his arms. He looks to the others and indicates that they should stand their ground too.
Smug bastard says he doesn't require our cooperation, but we can show him that working with us would make things a lot easier.

"I dunno about the rest of the fantastic 5 here, but I know Ben and I don't have a lot of patience for these games. Especially not in his place. Especially not with you having violated my haven."
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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #41 on: September 07, 2011, 12:01:45 AM »
Adam crossed his arms as he leaned on the wall at the edge of the stage, grim, he remained silent as he listened to the others who have mostly ignored his presence in the darkness.

He did not mind it, their nervous outspoken fraternization answers no questions and simply boasts the fact that they were clueless as to what was going on, they were no threat at the moment.

Adam decided to play the cool quiet guy while watching that shape-shifting freak step in. The master of the power, though for a moment a chill went down his spine when he seen the ticket lady who's number he asked.
He couldn't help but glare silently at Ashford and Ben as they began to provoke the enigmatic persona that that was probably powerful enough to take on anyone in the room , Shut up you fools! he thought, almost willing himself to say that audibly.
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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #42 on: September 07, 2011, 01:01:58 AM »
"Ashford here has the right of it. I don't know what you're playing at mister, but I'm sure we all have places we'd rather be right now. Could you cut to the jib of it so we can figure out just what the hell is going on?"

Benjamin folds his arms in mimic of Ashford, though visibly less terse and intimidating. Not wanting to get any closer or look the git in the eyes for fear that the crazy might somehow spread to him, Benjamin tries instead to concentrate on the man's chest, his clothes...something nondescript that could almost be normal, or safe. While concentrating, he focuses on the man's latent energy in the air around him, hoping to read some sign of what the header intended for them.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Activating Aura Reading on the shapeshifter.
Per+Empathy (base diff 8): [blockquote]Rolled 7d10 : 7, 4, 7, 7, 3, 4, 7, total 39[/blockquote]

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #43 on: September 07, 2011, 03:57:06 AM »
Victor smiles a bit at this display and cautiously approaches the Trickster and in his mind Attention Whore.

"I'll bite.... I am in the mood for a good story or string pulling, please mr.antagonist, enlighten me and my new found colleagues, what is on your mind? I am sure if the person we are missing is present and just keeping their distance they are able to hear you."

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #44 on: September 07, 2011, 04:02:04 AM »
Ashford mutters: "Figures- Wannabe Ventrue piece of shit. Let's not stand together or anything. Fuckin' dumber than a bag of hammers- and think you know better than the rest of us. Well let's get this shit over with. I've got things to do."

Ashford's voice morphs back into that of a university-educated businessman, and his inflection takes on a rather poor british stage accent. His presence commands the stage as he approaches the trickster, clearly growing impatient.

"FORSOOTH, captor, tell us why thou hast handed us a royal ass-fucking, and wherefore art thou finding it appropriate to play with us like marionettes? For indeed, they say, all the world's a stage- and all upon it, merely actors. And you, I suppose, would be the cocksucker who tells us how to dance." His voice begins to morph back into his true voice, the monster beneath the clearly false face that he still wears. "And may I say that even if it kills me, if you don't start playin' ball with us, I'm going to do my best to make your efforts difficult for the sake of bein' fuckin' difficult. I don't think you want to fuck with every one of my people currently in this town- and trust me, I'll spin it that way if I fuckin' have to- they'll all be out for blood. We're not playin' nice. We're not buddies, we're not your playthings, and I'm done pretending like I give a shit. By the second, we're all startin' to think less about how we can help you and more about how we can fuck up your program. So why not cut to the chase and tell us exactly what the fuck you want, hm?"
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