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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #90 on: September 12, 2011, 04:22:15 AM »
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm not sure what the rules are here whether I "snap out of it" or not - but I'll make another Self Control roll and ST can determine difficulty/whether its warranted, or if I'm going to get back up and charge the stage :razz:

Self Control (while frenzied):
Rolled 4d10 : 10, 5, 8, 2, total 25

Benjamin crashes into the bolted pews of theatre seats, hard enough to knock one from its bracket. His body rolls over the lip and disappears behind the other seats as he falls to the floor with a low groan.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #91 on: September 13, 2011, 09:19:05 PM »
Ashford winces as the man hits the seats, obviously pained that he was forced to do such a thing to his friend.

He turns to the girl, anger in his eyes that appears to be more clearly directed at himself than at her.
"There. I'm keeping him restrained so you don't have to. Don't lay a finger on him. We clear?"

Ash also motions to the shadows, as if to say don't take me literally, I meant the shadows too.

After a moment, his face softens into one that almost appears to be sympathetic.
"By the way... Don't mind him. He's unusually connected to his staff. I was only a few seconds away from attacking 'Puck' myself, and then the blood would've been on my hands. I guess what I'm trying to say is... Don't beat yourself up too much over it. Mistakes happen, yknow? And you were just looking out for all of us."

Though Ashford is rough and uncouth, there is a very honourable side and a convoluted sort of kindness that can't help but shine through in moments like this.

"Let's just make the call now, alright? We're not going to do what that asshole says. I'm not going to lay a finger on any of you guys. Not a chance. I'll fuck up a guy who deserves it... But no- you guys are alright."

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #92 on: September 13, 2011, 09:30:07 PM »
She smirks a little at his motions; he having caught her well - dark handed and covering the loop holes.

"Well -- Reguardless of whether we play along there is definately something afoot. Someone veut que nous quitterions ce. I suggest we stick together in this endeavor to uncover the marionnettiste."

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #93 on: September 14, 2011, 01:41:20 PM »
O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
Is it not monstrous that this player here,
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Could force his soul so to his own conceit
That from her working all the visage wann'd,
Tears in his eyes, distraction in his aspect,
A broken voice, an' his whole function suiting
With forms to his conceit? And all for nothing,
For Hecuba!
What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her? What would he do
Had he the motive and the cue for passion
That I have? He would drown the stage with tears,
And cleave the general ear with horrid speech,
Make mad the guilty, and appall the free,
Confound the ignorant, and amaze indeed
The very faculties of eyes and ears.

Hamlet,  Act 2 Scene 2


When he first met Daphne at the interview, Benjamin knew he was going to hire her. Shy, reserved, but with a fierce determination in her and more sorrow on her shoulders than one of her years should know. She would sing to herself in her ticket booth when she thought no one was listening, once everyone had been seated. But Benjamin had stumbled upon that ephemeral voice more than once, most often when he was held behind by the inane politics of his fellow damned. She was always quick with a smile though, teasing him for being late to his own show.

Under his own roof, Benajmin let her die. All of that life, all of her dreams and determination...gone. It was his fault, much as the woman's, really. He had been able to see through Ashford's illusions in the past, if he focused - why couldn't he see through this madman's?

Benjamin remains flat on the carpeted floor between the rows of seats, unmoving.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #94 on: September 17, 2011, 02:48:24 AM »
Victor watches all this transpire before his eyes and not so much shock but disbelief. He rubs his chin and bruised face and believes he got off lucky a short while ago.

"Ashford, will he be ok? I mean..... fuck. Fuck this is fucking fucked up."


Victor pulls out a leather collar and rubs what looks like an emerald dangling from it nervously as he walks to the edge of the stage and looks over the abyss and for Ben or sign of life.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #95 on: September 20, 2011, 06:58:01 AM »
Ashford sighs deeply and the illusion around him flickers for just a moment before re-establishing itself, as though he is too weary to keep pretending. When he speaks, his voice is heavier than usual.

"yeah. He'll be fine. Just needs a minute to cool off."

The man turns and walks out of the spotlight, guilt and frustration warring on his face.


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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #96 on: September 20, 2011, 05:18:10 PM »
Sayuri keeps her eyes on Victor for awhile, you may feel the area is almost suffocating, perhaps if it weren't for the others your literal ass would be forfeit to something quite unholy and dark. Once convinced he isn't going to out right attack, she and two of her pets move to an area where she is comfortable and she sits, using one as a sort of swing made of night, though regardless you (Victor) should still feel as though you are watched.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #97 on: September 26, 2011, 05:53:53 PM »
Victor walks off stage and into the seating area to where his new cohort Ben has landed to assist or at least survey the wreckage.

He stands a few feet from where Ben is laying and looks over the fine mess. "Come now Ben, I may not understand your loss but we cannot take this laying down.  "Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there". We will root out the would be master of this and have them pay for the loss and torture we are being put through."

Victor starts to extend his hand but hesitates and waits for response or retaliation from anyone.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #98 on: September 27, 2011, 11:06:11 AM »
Ashford crosses his arms and stares victor down, a slightly amused expression on his face. He looks for a moment as though he might respond, but then breaks into a grin and looks down at the floor, shaking his head slightly.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #99 on: September 27, 2011, 05:51:53 PM »
The floor is hard despite the new carpeting Benjamin had installed last year. How many people shuffled down these rows every week into their seats? How many standing ovations weighed down on this floor and lifted his heart up on the stage? This was his castle, the staff and players his battalion. He had led them to so many victories, despite the challenges.

Why couldn't it stay that way?

Pushing the broken seat off from on top of him, Benjamin rolls over and stumbles to his feet, bracing himself against a nearby - intact - seat. He would have to get Cheryl to call the installation company. Cheryl...

Benjamin trudges forward coldly, ignoring Victor in the aisle. He takes a few steps forward, towards the stage and stops, facing the asian woman in her ridiculous dress.

"Get off my stage you stuck up, arrogant, insipid little premadonna bitch," he calls up at her, raising his voice but not screaming. "NOW." His voice rolls off the walls of the theater like brooding thunder.

"You are not welcome here - so I suggest getting the fuck out. And you'd better keep running, little miss I-have-a-stick-up-my-ass, because the Prince is going to hear about how you murdered one of my flock under the roof of my domain."

He raises an arm and points to the side exit.

"GO."

Spoiler for Hiden:
Manipulation + Intimidation (-2 diff for Enchanting Voice)
Rolled 2d10 : 9, 1, total 10

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #100 on: September 27, 2011, 06:35:54 PM »
She stops swinging.

She stands up.

She twirls her umbrella upwards and opens it behind her.

The bemused expression on her face turns to one of a frown. It doesn't last as he finishes his tantrum, she bursts out in laughter.

"Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho ho."

Very fake laughter which leads to another frown.

"As you wish mon homme. You should thank your friend first." She points at Ashford. "Otherwise you may seem d'être un enfant impoli."

She turns and walks to the edge of the stage, her shadows creating steps where there were none, and she heads up the row to front of the auditorium.

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #101 on: September 27, 2011, 06:42:20 PM »
Spoiler for Hiden:
Appearance + Ettiquette
Rolled 5d10 : 9, 2, 5, 6, 6, total 28


Want to show that she does all the previous post with grace and beauty, and such like a princess. Also mostly to show that shes "better" than him (snobbish.)

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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #102 on: September 28, 2011, 12:38:16 AM »
'This is strange', Adam thought, after recomposing himself from the burst of uncontrollable laughter.
 He quietly descended from the far side of the stage and approached to examine Puck's body. Giving an almost scolding glance, ' That Sayuri character, could she really kill someone so powerful? or was this a proxy?' he scowled as he became more focused and curious as his mind ponder Puck's last words about conspiracy and the fall of the Camarilla.

'Why me?' the question was also floating around inside there somewhere as Adam knelt by the corpse of who turned out to be the ticket girl, he checks her skin and wounds to be sure.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Perception+Investigation
Rolled 4d10 : 6, 9, 2, 7, total 24

To recognize any interesting signs about the corpse.
HS still active

Once done he rises up to his feet

" Both of you!,  you need to think about how to clean up the mess. I can help , but you need to calm down, that asshole wanted to play us against each-other and right now you are doing what he wanted!..."

His voice trails off as his frowny eyes slowly scan about the theater's ceiling.



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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #103 on: September 28, 2011, 12:52:17 AM »
"No." Benjamin calls across the stage as he climbs the stairs and takes his place among Ashford and this Adam fellow, kneeling down beside the girl's body once more. He looks up at Adam with weary eyes.

"Sayuri's hitting the road, lad. You're welcome to stay and..." he blinks slowly, swallowing, "help with her. With Daphne, I mean. That was her name, you know."

Benjamin takes Daphne's arms and places them folded across her chest and wipes the blood away from her face with a handkerchief. She almost looks peaceful like that, he thinks, his face twisted in quiet grief.

"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods," he mumbles with a dry throat. "They kill us for their sport."
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Re: Chapter 2.0: The First Hand is Dealt
« Reply #104 on: September 28, 2011, 01:15:31 AM »
Adam looks the man for a moment realizing he actually knew her before bowing his head and looking down sideways in some momentary measure of regret.

"Look, I know its hard but Pull yourself together..." He looks down at Ben again trying to sound sympathetic "I'm sorry for your loss and all ,but Daphne, she wouldn't want to see you like this and we need to leave."

"I know the one that killed her said we are on opposite teams but fuck that, I don't know any of you people but from the looks of it we are all way in over our heads... " he looks to them all in turn "...I didn't want to be here with you either but looks like we need to stick together to have a chance against this kind of high end power."

 

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