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GarouNPC
 Posted: Apr 18 2014, 11:51 PM
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Gaia's Vengeful Teeth
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The city was full of barking dogs, for most it was just the common cacophony of the city. But to those a bit more in the know it it was a chain of communication put together by the spirit of dog trying to get a message out to those who might be able to help. For something grave had happened to one of Gaia's warriors.

A young woman laid in the underbrush of North Brother Island, there was very little to recognize other then that, since whoever had done her in had flayed her, given the blood and the damage to the woodsy growth...they had started when she had been still alive. Though now, her body was already cold, though rigor had not yet kicked in. It was already late into the night, a moonless night where the shadows seemed to stretch further they had any right to. A dog sat vigil by her side, some black mangy mutt that seemed apprehensive as he barked every so often to announce his presence to all those who might have been near by.

Though his announcement was not in the best location to get the best attention- Garou were not well known or even invited in this surprisingly natural place. No- this was Namer territory, which made the situation all the more suspicious. A werewolf dead right at the front door of their chantry.

The dog barked again, huffing some as he let out a hesitant whine, something was wrong and he licked his chops staring off towards he bushes as he he hopped up to his feet and then rested on his haunches...impatient, concerned and waiting, for what, he didn't know.
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Ashley Davis
 Posted: Apr 25 2014, 10:13 PM
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Lost Cliath
35, Garou



Ashley was nervous, walking slowly across the island like a jumpy teenager in a graveyard after dark. She couldn't quite say why she was here. Well, that wasn't entirely true. She had heard the barking spreading across the city, and somehow she simply knew that she had to follow them back to the source. It had taken almost an hour, and a brief jaunt through the increasingly chaotic Spirit Wilds to cross the waters of the bay, but she was here. No, her doubts weren't about the how she came to be here, but why she had followed.

It had only been a week since her Rite of Passage and she knew whatever was happening was out of her depth, especially since she was still Tribeless. She had passed the Rite well enough, even recieved a few compliments from the spirits at her impassioned recitation of The Lament of the First Ronin, with a few of her own embellishments based on her Empathy for that ancient Tribeless. It wasn't enough, however. Here she was, still lost. All the Elders welcomed her to the fold, but she still had no Tribe to call her own; each Tribal representative the Elders had called had rejected her with the words 'She is ready, but she is not mine to claim...'. In retrospect, that might be why she was here tonight. She was still trying to prove herself, and to find answers to the mystery of where she belonged.

Ashley pushed those thoughts aside as she turned to the task at hand. The abandoned hospital which dominated the island loomed ominously in the distance. She was far from safe territory here, as many of the other Garou had warned her to stay away from this island and its Namer inhabitants. Nonetheless, she had heard the distress call and she couldn't ignore it. Slowly and cautiously, she approached the mutt which had started the call. Taking a deep breath, she called on the spirits to open her mind to the language of beasts and she called out to the dog. "What is it? Why have you called me... here..."

Ashley's words died in her throat when she saw the body. She blinked and screwed up all of her willpower to staunch the growing scream from escaping her throat. "...shit." She looked around, her eyes lingering on the hospital, as she wondered what had happened. This wasn't good. She should call someone. She should do something. She should... She didn't know. She was frozen with indecision as she looked around as already the thoughts of what could have done this and if it was still here somewhere were entering her mind.
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Zacharias Grimm
 Posted: Apr 26 2014, 12:02 AM
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Pseudoscientific Hollower
18, Enlightened

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Even though not Gorou The kinfolk mage could see chaos fly in the air and invite himself. He found this city to invite him into adventures of mystery. He was originally in a small row boat. The light of his lantern was filled with fireflies. Small specs of green and yellow seemed to stain the air with light. In the middle of the boat was a chess set the pieces were not organized, as if toddlers decided to just decorate the board. Eyes stared at the board with a small warm smile. A glow caught in sapphire eyes. The flow of water whispered hymns into his ear. He suddenly heard barks in the distance. The boat slowly came to a halt as the water pressed him into a land. He got up and began to walk over to the sound; the light from his lantern lit his soulless eyes. He was adorned in all white. As if he was about to go to a recital, his attire only bore stains of gold and green from flower beds. The fresh meadow bed swirled its fragrance around the apathetic hollowed one. Twigs snapped as he walked into light his shadow disobeying his wish and expressing an ominous length. He could see a body in the close distance with a woman who would be able to see him if she was not blind. He simply looked at the ball before suddenly turning his head to his dorsal side and looking around as if he was scared of something. He was more scared of the monster instead of the victim; he remembered his last encounter with a corpse which led him to a fleeing escape. He began to examine the woman in front of him with cold eyes. His eyes soon struk the canine.
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Logan McNiel
 Posted: Apr 28 2014, 06:52 AM
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Fianna Far from Home
23, Garou

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Logan shivered as she made her way to the island. Even though she was Ahroun, she sensed something was wrong in the Garou Nation. When Logan arrived at the island, she sniffed the air. Despite being in homid form, she still showed wolfish behavior. The scent of the murdered Garou made Logan's nose wrinkle. She followed the scent until she could see the Garou's body. Logan also saw another Garou and a mage. Wondering what a mage was doing amongst Garou, the Fianna approached the other two.
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Lilith Thompson
 Posted: Apr 28 2014, 04:32 PM
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"Reasonable" Etherite
38, Enlightened



Lilith hadn't made the conscious effort to lie down and take a nap. Her body had made it for her, and for better or worse there she was, slumped into a chair in the waiting room of the abandoned hospital on North Brother Island, a contraption of her own making set on her lap, a device that looked like a cross between a tablet and something that fell out of a steampunk novel, all digital screen wrapped in a copper casing with a large antenna and wires dotting the outside.

She had been working on crafting up a little something to make it easy to remotely speak with the spirits the traditionalists had promised to help house while chaos ran rampant in the Umbra, and so far she had some mixed results. She was getting a few scant whispers here and there but mostly static, and after a few hours of fiddling and taking the whole damn thing apart, sleep had crept on her and won the fight over her exhausted determination.

It had been a fitful sleep to say the least, as if the spirits themselves were trying to coax her awake, like some sort of uproar was going on and Lilith was a casual observer on the outskirts. Strange, very strange, and she had been in-tune with those in the Shadowlands long enough to know that there was no such thing as a casual hissy fit on their end; if they were calling out, there was a reason. It took a strange barking to finally rouse her fro her nap, the tablet on her lap slipping off and falling to the floor as she shot up in her seat, a curse escaping her lips as she rubbed sleep from her eyes and staggered to her feet.

Over to the window she went, there wasn't much to see in the dark of the island but a few things did catch her eye. A figure in white, some distance off, near the docks, but more pressingly,two women near the bushes just outside the chantry. Lilith narrowed her eyes and tried to get a better grasp of what was going on, but between people who shouldn't be there. that incessant barking, and that unsettling chittering of the spirits while she was half-asleep, she surmised that something was wrong/

"Shiiiiit baaaaaalls," she spat through clenched teeth. Lilith sighed and ran a hand through her hair, deciding she was going to have to go take a look at what was happening outside. This was horror-movie worthy, a dark night, a dog barking, and strangers milling about, but hell, she was a damn Etherite, anyone who wanted to come at her with a machete and a spray-painted Shatner mask was gonna have more than a screaming, helpless damsel in distress to deal with. So she pushed herself away from the window and started for the main entrance of the hospital, calling out loudly as she walked along.

"Sam if you can hear me rally up the boys, we got company!" Someone milling about the chantry would have had to of heard her, Lilith wasn't exactly a quiet woman, and they better have her back. But no time to wait, not when there was Potential Adventure on the horizon, and so she pushed open the front double doors of the old hospital, stepped onto the concrete outside, and called out into the night, "Hey! Halloween's not for six months! No candy here, shoo, vamoose!"
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Ji An Grant
 Posted: May 6 2014, 01:17 AM
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Walker Who Wolfs it Down
N/A, Garou

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By the time that Ji An finished cleaning up for the night shift to come on, the nagging bark and call for help had set her spine to a rigid, twisted state. It was the sort of feeling that was only corrected by chiropractics or acrobatic sex. But first, she had to sort out what the fuck was going on and so she drove. Sorry night crew- there's no work for you tonight.

When she finally arrived and parked, she left the over bright headlights pointed at the group gathered and standing like gawking teenagers at something in the bushes. Ji hopped down from the driver's seat, still wrapped up in her black apron and approached the group without ceremony. "What are you standing their gawking at? Never seen a used condom before? Don't worry, it won't explode on you or anything..." She knew that wasn't the answer though. She could smell the blood and viscera - she saw the horror in their expressions and could only imagine.

Ji didn't have to imagine long, her glimpse at the body took her aback a moment but it was just meat. Flesh - don't think on the face. Lowering her hand for the dog, she let it sniff at her before she approached the body and started to inspect it. Judging from the shouting and the crackly, electric scent in her nostrils things were about to get very, very interesting.
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GarouNPC
 Posted: May 7 2014, 03:01 AM
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Gaia's Vengeful Teeth
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The dog circled and whined, continuing his barking as people started to come to its alarm. It pranced slightly, ears flicking as it seemed to try to convey some sort of message to who was there, the spirit of Dog held this animal fast its literal mouthpiece, there was more to it then it seemed if anyone cared to look.

Still it was an animal half wild and scared, the scent of blood and death filled the air, as well as predators more capable then a domestic beast. Though there were two homid form Garou before it, there was the stink of wolf in the air, and it chilled both the dog in body and in spirit down to it's core. Which was probably why between the screaming woman, and the one that brought her hand close the dog growled and snapped it's jaws. It was afraid.

~Wolf. Wolf. Wolf dead.~

It whined, sneezing as it licked at it's muzzle as it regarded to some extent the other woman's question. Barking a few more times, it became apparent it was announcing the wolf, the dead wolf, over and over. Though now the dog seemed content that it had done enough that perhaps it could walk around and stretch, still keeping a weary eye on the humans that had found it. It sniffed at the grass and took a few steps forward as to go on point.

~Blood.~

((ST Note: Unless you have gifts or spheres, or some other method of recognizing Garou or Enlightened this here is a murder mystery where chances are...none of you know who you are. The Garou probably sense the other Garou's rage and of course the Mage might know who is a mage (Prime if they haven't met before). *salutes*))
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Magnus Bergstrom
 Posted: May 8 2014, 10:25 AM
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Get Picketer
45, Garou

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After running free across the length and breadth of the arctic circle, even just a few short blocks of New York was proving hard to navigate. The whirling morass of sensory information that hit Magnus every time he left his hotel room left him confused and befuddled. Nevertheless, he had heard the canine's distress call and his ears and nose had eventually brought him into the scene.

Several others had arrived before him. Scent patterns told him that some were garou, though he did not yet know which were which. His instinct told him to take charge of the situation and organise an investigation into who or what had committed the atrocious act presented before them. The presence of others on the scene encouraged him to instead hold back and let the scene play out for a while. Besides, he had to remember that his renown did not reach all the way to this side of the Atlantic. He was a nobody here.

He decided to play dumb for now. As he walked slowly into centre stage, he spoke up. "What's going on here...?" He looked on with interest, wondering precisely who would take charge. For now, he preferred to sit back and make a quick appraisal of his current company before acting too impetuously.

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Ashley Davis
 Posted: May 10 2014, 01:00 AM
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Lost Cliath
35, Garou



Ashley was on edge. She knew something was up here, and she knew she didn't like it. Worse, it was only a matter of time before one of the locals noted her presence and that was unlikely to end cleanly. She was already fumbling for her cell phone when she heard the snapping twigs behind her that warned that she was no longer alone. She whipped around, dropping into a very sloppy defensive posture. "Who...?" Then she noticed it was a kid, barely old enough to be one of her students. He was looking between the body and Ashley. "I didn't do it!" Good job Ashley. Well Handled...

Before she could even settle into that thought, she noticed others approaching. First among them was a woman that Ashley didn't recognize, not even a little, but she could smell the Rage emanating off her. That was enough to tip the young Tribeless that there was another Garou in the mix. She glanced between the young mage and Logan with a wary expression. Numbers were good, if the Namer wanted trouble, but Ashley truly hoped it wouldn't come to that. Instead she tried to force a smile towards Logan, despite her tension. "Hey there. Seriously, I didn't do it. The spirits called me here, same as you..."

Then she saw Lilith approach and she could feel her stomach in her throat. Another Namer, and worse one which walked with far more confidence and self-assurance. Worse, the woman was trying to drive them off. No matter what was happening here, Ashley knew that she could leave things unsettled so she couldn't leave until either she knew what was happening or someone of higher rank or competency in such matters to arrive. She was just a Anthropology Professor, for god's sake. She wasn't primed to deal with a corpse until it had been dead for at least a few decades. Instead she dropped her defensive position and tried to ignore her adrenaline primed muscles yearning to shift and tear things apart, instead waving her hands trying to seem less troublesome. "Candy? No. We have a problem... I mean, I have a problem. Or you do? I'm not sure." Again, well said Ashley. Batting a thousand tonight on the diction. "I mean... Yeah..." She muttered under her breath, still not sure if this was a good idea but, "maybe we should call the cops? No. That wouldn't be good either, would it?"

The arrival of another Garou, somehow both less and more silently than the first, only seemed to make Ashley more nervous. Then came another, an older looking man this time, though this one at least seemed a tad more confident than Ashley's nervousness or the other Garou and their silent appraisal. Things were truly primed for something ugly if anyone made a misstep and she wasn't sure she was ready for a throwdown of this magnitude, so she felt it necessary to say. "I don't know what happened, just that this dog wanted us to find this... Seriously, though, we need to calmly and rationally figure out what the hell is going on here. After that, well, then we can go our seperate ways." She glanced between all present and smiled. "Right?"

She watched as the dog snapped at the Asian woman, hoping that the creature's nervous aggression wouldn't be the spark that lit this kindling. Instead, she eyed it as it whined nervously then laid down to relax. If only she could do the same. Well, she could, but shifting or anything wasn't likely a wish decision at this juncture.
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Zacharias Grimm
 Posted: May 12 2014, 11:46 PM
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Pseudoscientific Hollower
18, Enlightened

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Zack could feel his pulse begin to rush. Settle down, don't let your body control your mind and heart. Zack looked away from the woman who claimed to be innocent with dissatisfaction. He closed his eyes for a moment. Everyone was asking the same question, He noticed that someone was checking the body and inspecting the body So much initiative, I like this one. Someone here is the murderer, but the dog would be freaking out if it was one of us. He began to assist Ji in inspecting the body. They were supported by the light of the fireflies This is a murder scene, we are the suspects and yet we are the detectives. I really don't care to search for justice but I would like to prevent this from happening again. If we don't find who did this one of us will might be next. Maybe we should just keep an eye on each other till the cops arrive? He spoke allowed. He looked to Ji before eyeing the body. Zack was more concerned for the living than he was for the dead. His eyes were cold and merciless. His movements were slow and more saddened though. He was being thoughtful' He tried to put puzzles together in his mind. He got distracted as the dog walked one. He followed slowly in pursuit of the beast. He soon found the dead bodies of wolves. Who ever did this did not like wolves. I need to open this schrodinger's box fast His eyes widened when he saw more blood ahead. As he retrieved his breath he found himself slightly chilled and shaken.
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Logan McNiel
 Posted: May 13 2014, 02:52 AM
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Fianna Far from Home
23, Garou

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The fact that so many people had arrived at the murder scene made Logan wonder if the corpse acted as some sort of beacon. She could sense Rage all around her but was unsure of who was Garou and who wasn't. Being a Fianna, Logan felt emotions to the extreme. The thought of the murderer getting away with this crime filled her with anger. Unfortunately, Logan's brooding was interrupted by the woman next to her.

Logan turned to the young woman. She got a whiff of Rage as she turned and knew that this woman was Garou. Logan gave her a small smile before speaking with her rather strong Scottish accent. "Hey. Don't worry, lass. I don't think it was you. This was done by somethin' tainted and I can't smell any taint on you."
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Lilith Thompson
 Posted: May 23 2014, 04:23 PM
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"Reasonable" Etherite
38, Enlightened



What was this, some kind of weirdo convention? Lilith paused outside the front doors of the Chantry, eyes narrowing as she took in the crowd before her, fingers tapping impatiently against the side of her whatchamacallit machine, as she was tentatively calling it. A quick survey of the faces offered up the uncomfortable realization that she didn’t recognize a single one of them. This many strangers on the Traditionalist’s front lawn? Not cool, and Lil pressed her lips together in a thin line as she let her gaze hop over towards the dark haired woman closest to her as the woman began to speak.

“The only problem I have is that I don’t know who any of you are.” Her tone was blunt, annoyed, and Lilith narrowed her eyes as the woman went on. “Why would we need to call the cops? That’s—“ She cut herself short as she stepped down the stairs and finally saw what all the fuss was about, a body, a d-e-d dead one, sprawled out on the ground near the woman’s feet. Lilith has seen some shit in her day, but a skinned corpse? Nah man, that was just nuts. “Oh damn.” All the suspicions she was feeling towards the crowd of strangers was pushed aside as she stared at the body, eyes widening the longer she stared.

The sound of Zacharias speaking up dragged her attention his way, and Lilith frowned, giving the kid an are you serious look before gesturing back towards the body. “This isn’t a dinner murder-mystery game, kid,” she said, tone 100% done. “We aren’t playing Scooby Doo here.” If anyone was expecting to play Murder on the Orient Express here where they all put on their detective hats and quizzed each other, they were sorely mistaken. Lilith sighed and pulled up her new gadget, fiddling with the knobs, intent on booting it up and seeing if she couldn’t get a good read on the spiritual happenings of the area.

“…What do you mean, the dog wanted you to find the body?” she asked, almost as a side note, glancing over at Ashley, holding her ground at the base of the steps but hoping the mages inside the Chantry would get their asses outside. She wasn’t feeling any bad vibes off this gathered group, but the fact there were so many of them that showed up at once wasn’t exactly sitting well with her. Something was up, and Lilith was intent on finding out what.
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