Alexandra "Alex" Scott (Kathy) - Television Journalist
Carole LaFlamme (Angela) - Bookstore Owner
Constable Andrew Harkness (DavidM) - Police Officer
Jennifer Upton (Ellie) - Sophomore University Student
Doctor Jason Harris (Mark) - Doctor
March 11th, 2014 (Tuesday)
During the course of the rest of the afternoon, while working at the bookstore, Carole LaFlamme does some research and learns what she can about the history of the Carleton University tunnels; she discovers that the history is somewhat chequered with attacks on students and other personnel sprinkled over the years of the tunnels' existence, and that security has been enhanced in the last two years or so as a result. The rest of the business day is spent working at the bookstore's usual tasks with her husband, Karl. Both of them are pleased at business, and surprised at how well Mark Ravenwood's Birds of Death is selling on its first day.
Returning to the CTV building and her small office, Alexandra Scott starts digging into the work that she needs to find out more information on the death at Carleton University. She does some research on Helen Johnson, and learns about the student's background: The young woman was 23 years old, she comes from Toronto, Ontario, and was pursuing a degree in Literature, has good grades, an interest in piano and skiing, but there's nothing about her interest in the occult. Alexandra does learn that she started pursuing several courses in religious studies the last two years, but nothing eventful led up to this (according to what she learns). Checking out Helen's courses in Religious Studies, she learns that her professor was one Noel Salmond, an associate professor, whose office is at 2A38 Paterson Hall. She calls the professor's office to make an appointment, but is told that Noel Salmond is currently unavailable due to "internal scholastic matters". She's determined to see Salmond, and decides that she'll pay a visit to the office the next day. In the meantime, she does some research on the professor, but doesn't learn anything that strikes her as odd.
At Carleton University, Jennifer Upton keeps her promise to Alexandra...sort of. She does some research on Prescott House and while there's nothing overly interesting in the information she finds, there is a mention of another disappearance in the area of the tunnels beneath Prescott House some four years ago, Malcolm Arbuckle, an archaeology student who died under mysterious circumstances. She's unable to find out much information about Arbuckle's death, but determines to learn more, and goes in search of some of his friends, two of whom are mentioned in the news reports of his death in September, 2010. Harris Oakes, one of Arbuckle's best friends, tells her in no uncertain terms that the police did not find the death of his friend to be suspicious. He died of a heart attack, brought on by stress and the heart condition that he had. Oakes says the he and Malc's family are done with grieving, and he wants nothing to do with her and that she should leave him alone.
Dr. Jason Harris spends part of his afternoon with Natalya, the woman that he's been seeing casually over the last little while. She tells him that she wants to introduce him to someone, and he goes and meets her at her apartment. Jason gets the surprise of his life when Natalya introduces him to David, her 12-year-old son, and he learns that David's been living with his father for the last six years, but that the boy will be moving in with her. Jason says this won't be a problem for him, and looking at David says he hopes he won't mind him spending time with his mother. David runs off to his room, but not before Jason catches sight of an Indalo tattoo on the boy's left wrist [the player rolled a Colossal Success]. He asks Natalya where and when the boy got the tattoo, and while she wonders why he's inquisitive about this, she tells him that David was born with the tattoo; it's merely a birthmark.
Back at the precinct, Constable Andrew Harkness comes off shift, having had a long, rather uneventful (for a police officer) day. He says goodnight to his partner, Eddie Hanson, and changes into streetclothes and heads out of the precinct. His girlfriend, Rachel, is waiting for him, and when he asks she says that her course for the afternoon went well, but got out early. The two head for one of their favourite local eateries in Chinatown, and Rachel tells him she's got news for him - he's going to be a father! Andrew is somewhat taken aback by this, asking how that happened, and Rachel says "The usual way", but is pleased to find that Andrew's not all that adverse to being a father. They celebrate over dinner. The two talk about what she'll do about her university degree, but Rachel says that's something they can talk about later.
Alexandra calls her contact at the Ottawa Police Department, Sgt. Howard Conner, and asks him whether he can find out any information for her about the death of Helen Johnson, the Carleton U student, and any results that might be in on the autopsy. Conner says he'll do what he can for her, but makes no promises. She then calls Andrew Harkness, her SAVE teammate, but interrupts him during his dinner with Rachel. She asks him whether he's got any connections in the Ottawa Coroner's office, and she tells him that she's looking for information on Helen Johnson's death. When he asks what she's talking about, much to Rachel's annoyance, Alexandra tells him. He asks if this has something to do with SAVE, but she says she doesn't think so. He talks rather abruptly to her, and then hangs up to get back to his dinner with Rachel.
Saturday night's session of the Chill 3rd Edition campaign with the Friday night players was a lot of fun, and provided a good time for all concerned. The session was a bit of a mix of player character personal lives and some of the plot threads currently going on in the scenario and the hooks for future events. The players told me they were surprised by a couple of developments in the story, but that they enjoyed themselves thoroughly, and that they can't wait to see what happens next and how the various plots unfold.
Overall, a good session of the Chill 3rd Edition, and I can't wait to get back to the game later this week.