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 12th, 2014 (Wednesday)
The next morning, March 12th (Wednesday), Jennifer Upton gets in touch with Alexandra Scott, and tells her what she learned about archaeology student Malcolm Arbuckle and his death. She promises Alexandra that she's not looking into the case herself, per sé, but says that perhaps this should be a SAVE case, as there seems to be an interest in the occult. Alexandra says she'll think about it, and make a decision. Checking various resources about Arbuckle's death, she learns that he was a 22-year-old archaeology student who was found dead in the tunnels underneath Prescott House in September, 2010. He died under "mysterious circumstances", but the death was not considered suspicious by police. He died of a heart attack, brought on by stress and his genetic heart condition. She receives a call from Sgt. Howard Conner at the Ottawa PD, her contact, who tells her he's got news on the Helen Johnson autopsy for her.
Carole and Karl LaFlamme open the bookstore in the morning, to find the demand for Mark Ravenwood's Birds of Death is still high. She and Karl are kept busy, and sell out of the hardcover book, and Karl has her go and call their book rep and order some more copies of the book asap. While she is out back making the call, the dark-haired, green eyed man in a trenchcoat that Carole saw the day before enters the store, and asks Karl if they carry a book called Das Buch der Nacht (The Book of Night) by Helmut Zweiger. Karl checks the inventory, and tells the man that they don't have it; the book is very rare, but he could try and get a copy for him, if he really wants it. The man writes him a cheque for $100 as a "deposit" for the book, and a phone number where he can be reached, telling Karl that his name is Mark Namenlos. Carole finishes her call, but before she can see him, Namenlos quickly exits the store.
Andrew Harkness wakes this morning in bed next to his pregnant girlfriend, Rachel Danvers. When the alarm goes off, the two talk about their day, and Rachel says she's got to get going as she's got a morning class. Andrew prepares for work, and heads for the precinct. Arriving there, and changing into his Ottawa PD uniform, he checks that he's got everything he needs, and he and his partner, Eddie Hansen, hit the streets. They proceed to handle several routine calls involving domestic violence, before their dispatcher informs them there's a suspicious death in Ottawa's chinatown. As they race for the scene of the crime, Eddie says that he was thinking of eating Chinese today. Andrew is not amused.
Dr. Jason Harris is working his usual shift at the hospital, when a burn victim comes into the ER. He handles the case in the basics, and then turns it over to the specialist, Dr. Mitterland, and goes back to the ER. He gets a surprise visit from Harry Martin, an orderly and old friend from back in the Windy City, who tells him that he's come to live in Ottawa, and has recently gotten a degree in Nursing, and will be working at the hospital starting on the next Monday. Jason says that he's too busy right now, but that if Harry likes, the two of them can catch up that evening over dinner. Harry's agreeable to this, and says he'll come and find him when Jason gets off shift. Jason calls Natalya, and asks if she's all right with an old friend of his joining them for dinner that night, and she responds positively.
Alexandra Scott talks to her police contact, Sgt. Howard Conner, and learns about the findings on Helen Johnson's death. Her death has been ruled a case of exsanguination. She bled out from two very deep wounds, one across her chest and abdomen, the other across her ankles. Oddly, there was not a lot of blood found around the body, suggesting that she was killed elsewhere. The wounds leading to her death were made with some sort of blade-like weapon(s), though the coroner could not identify said weapons. When asked, Conner tells Alexandra that there was nothing else about the death that was ruled of interest, but he tells her that his contact in the medical examiner's office wasn't willing to tell him all that much. Alexandra thanks him for the information, and after the two hang up, she calls Halle Whadjat. When she passes on what she's learned, Halle says that it could be a vampire of some sort, but Alexandra says that her police contact didn't mention anything about puncture marks. Halle admits that Helen's wounds baffle her in connection to vampires, but in the meantime she asks Alexandra whether it's time to bring a SAVE team into the matter. Alexandra says she's not sure yet, but she'll keep her informed.
Constable Andrew Harkness and his partner arrive in Ottawa's Somerset area of Chinatown, and find the scene of the crime. The murder was committed outside a small herbal shoppe, Wong's Emporium, on one of the side streets, and a small crowd has gathered. [The symbol associated with the shoppe is what appears to be a ten-legged red spider.] Several other police cars appear in the area, and once the officers have matters contained, Andrew and his fellow officers start to conduct a basic investigation as they wait for the detective assigned to the case and the coroner to arrive. Eddie comments to Andrew that it appears to be a straight shooting, but Andrew's not so sure after he spots what appears to be a small insect "hook" of some sort on the male victim's neck. [He rolled a Colossal Success, and flips a Token Light.]
At LaFlamme Books, sales continue to be brisk over the course of the morning, although Carole expresses her concerns to Karl about some of the individuals who have come in to buy the book. Karl tells her that clients are clients, and that he's got a "lucrative" deal in the works as well for the store. Carole says that she'll go out to the Second Cup nearby and get them some morning coffee and sweet confections to tide them over until lunch, and Karl says that's fine, as he can man the store with Suzie Lennon (their assistant) until she gets back. As Carole exits the store and heads up the street, she notices that there are black birds (ravens or crows?) on the power lines and telephone lines and street lamps near the store. Lots of birds.
After her morning class is over, Jennifer Upton decides to check out the tunnels under Prescott House and see what she can learn. There is still a set of police tape near the scene of Helen's demise, and there is a policeman keeping watch in the area, but he doesn't question Jennifer's presence in the tunnel. She looks around, and spots several murals that she finds interesting, but one of the murals, a scene of students and staff in frantic motion in one of the residence buildings that she recognises as Prescott House, attracts her attention. The mural is relatively small, but is close to the entrance to Prescott House. She attempts to Sense the Unknown in the area [but fails the check], but fails to sense any activity. Turning, she looks at the mural of the residence scene again - and could swear that a figure in the painting moved!
Friday night's game session of the Chill 3rd Edition RPG campaign was pretty entertaining, and a solid close-to-4 hours worth of entertainment to both myself and the players. Some of the clues are coming to light, and the players are having a good time getting into some of their non-SAVE activities, although all of them expressed an interest as to when SAVE would become fully involved in "whatever the heck's going on!" (as one of my players put it). I had a ball seeing the various sub-plots evolve somewhat here, while the main investigation is starting to gather some steam.
Overall, a great night of Chill 3rd Edition gaming, and I'm looking forward to next week's game session.