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The Adventures of Cormac Payne!

Adventure 1.5, Session 5

Amsterdam, 1932 (Day 2)

JUSTIN 5:23 pm
OK, the let’s resume another exciting episode in The Aventures of Cormac Payne!
Steph, the man in the bar is coming at you.

STEPH 5:23 pm
in what way? Does he look threatening or like he is just approaching me?

JUSTIN 5:23 pm
Make a PER roll

STEPH 5:24 pm
Rolled a 10
6 under

JUSTIN 5:25 pm
He’s striding over with a determined look on his face

STEPH 5:25 pm
I will look approachable.

JUSTIN 5:26 pm
He comes up to you, “Ah, excuse me Miss, you don’t happen to speak any english do you?”

STEPH 5:30 pm
“Whyyes I do. What can I do for you?”
*Why stupid fingers

JUSTIN 5:30 pm
You and your friend are in terrible danger. Is there a chance we could talk somewhere more private?

STEPH 5:31 pm
“I’m sorry but I don’t even know you. I’m not a fool.”

JUSTIN 5:31 pm
Radichenko looks at him: “In my country we have better lines to meet women than that!”

STEPH 5:31 pm
“Also, have you been following me?”
She giggles

JUSTIN 5:32 pm
“Oh, sorry, I haven’t even introduced myself. Scott ffolliott, London Times.”

STEPH 5:32 pm
“Do you have any ID?”

JUSTIN 5:33 pm
“Oh, yes, let me get my passport.” He produces a British passport with his name and picture.

STEPH 5:33 pm
“Well that is a great looking passport picture. I’m still not going anywhere in private with you. I’m waiting on someone. Sorry.”
“It was a pleasure meeting you Mr Ffolliot.”

JUSTIN 5:34 pm
“Your friend with the bloody shirt? Sorry, pardon my language… With the torn shirt.”

STEPH 5:34 pm
“Someone else entirely.”
Hey what do I roll to lie?

JUSTIN 5:35 pm
Let me check

PEANUT GALLERY 5:35 pm
bluff?

STEPH 5:35 pm
If not I’ll be obvious about it.

JUSTIN 5:35 pm
4th

STEPH 5:36 pm
no bluff
I’ve got diplomacy
that’s it

JUSTIN 5:38 pm
I’m going to go with opposed PER rolls.

CHRISTIAN 5:38 pm
There’s a detect lies skill though.

STEPH 5:38 pm
deal

CHRISTIAN 5:38 pm
And not having it would mean rolling at a penalty.

STEPH 5:38 pm
I rolled a 7. That’s also 9 under!

JUSTIN 5:39 pm
Well, you definitely beat him.
“I’m terribly sorry for inconveniencing you.” He heads back to his table and sits down. Radichenko looks at you. “Who was that?”

STEPH 5:40 pm
“That is the man that has been foll9owing us all day.”
*following

JUSTIN 5:41 pm
“Do you want me to crush him like insect?”

STEPH 5:42 pm
“No…please. That would be a bit much. He could have been telling the truth for all I know, but I’m not just going to leave with an unknown man. Especially when I’m having such a wonderful time.”

JUSTIN 5:42 pm
“Yes, is wonderful time to be alive. Can I buy you another drink?”
Roll PER.

STEPH 5:43 pm
“Although finding Cormac and taking that man to him might not be such a bad idea.”

PEANUT GALLERY 5:43 pm
(No thanks. Fish make love in it.)

STEPH 5:43 pm
5!
Woot woot

JUSTIN 5:43 pm
How do you pre-roll electronic dice? I wonder…
You hear a bloodcurdling shriek from somewhere in the hotel.

STEPH 5:43 pm
Just hit the button a bunch

CHRISTIAN 5:43 pm
She could be rolling 16s and still succeed.
Freakishly high int

STEPH 5:44 pm
true

PEANUT GALLERY 5:44 pm
sometimes it’s worth stacking a stat

JUSTIN 5:44 pm
Radichenko laughs: “Someone is having good time, no?”

STEPH 5:44 pm
What did I get from that perception roll?

JUSTIN 5:45 pm
You hear a bloodcurdling shriek from somewhere in the hotel.

STEPH 5:45 pm
You know that everyone in the hotel didn’t hear?

JUSTIN 5:45 pm
Well, the tone of the shriek was more of a shriek of surprise than of pain.
And it was a woman’s.

STEPH 5:46 pm
“I hope so.”

JUSTIN 5:46 pm
You also hear a crashing sound

STEPH 5:46 pm
“Maybe someone had too much to drink.”

JUSTIN 5:46 pm
That sounds like dishes being dropped.
You see several hotel staff running down the hall.

STEPH 5:47 pm
“Okay something is definately not great.Look.”

JUSTIN 5:47 pm
Back to you Cormac

CHRISTIAN 5:48 pm
I’m going to have the one dressed like a cop throw one of his pairs of handcuffs to the other, and have them both cuff their hands behind their backs.

JUSTIN 5:48 pm
The man in the police officer’s uniform is opening his mouth to say something when you hear a shriek

CHRISTIAN 5:49 pm
I’m still in the door of the room, but I’m not looking away from those two until they’re neutralized.
I’m carrying a backup, they probably are too.

JUSTIN 5:49 pm
They both look at you, then down the hall, then back at you.

CHRISTIAN 5:49 pm
If the noise is in the hall, I’ll take a free action.

JUSTIN 5:49 pm
It is

CHRISTIAN 5:50 pm
“Rufen Sie die Polizei! Fragen Sie nach Capt Vrees. Sagen Sie ihm, Cormac Payne hat zwei bewaffnete Männer in das Hotel Europa inhaftiert.”

CHRISTIAN 5:51 pm
“Und eines war wie ein Polizist gekleidet.”

JUSTIN 5:51 pm
You hear a feeble female voice say “Ja… ja… Natuurlijk meneer.”
You also hear footsteps approaching.

CHRISTIAN 5:51 pm
“Danke, aber schnell bitte.”
I’ll risk a glance then.

JUSTIN 5:52 pm
“Wat is er aan de hand hier?”
Roll PER

CHRISTIAN 5:52 pm
11
They just heard what was going on…more impostors.
Dammit.

JUSTIN 5:53 pm
You glance quickly to see a person in a hotel uniform (looks female) and several other people in hotel uniforms approaching.

CHRISTIAN 5:53 pm
I’ll repeat the call the police part.
Including the “one is dressed like a cop.” part.
And the “please hurry” part and “Capt Vrees” part.

JUSTIN 5:54 pm
OK. You hear: “Wees voorzichtig. Hij heeft een pistool.”

CHRISTIAN 5:54 pm
I’ll also say to please stay back, because the men are dangerous.
Diplomacy?

JUSTIN 5:55 pm
Go for it.

CHRISTIAN 5:55 pm
Any bonus for gossip about why I walked in wearing a bloody shirt?

JUSTIN 5:56 pm
“Zoek Decker!”

CHRISTIAN 5:56 pm
?
Search Decker?

JUSTIN 5:56 pm
That’ll definitely play on the NPC reaction chart.

CHRISTIAN 5:56 pm
What does that even mean?

JUSTIN 5:57 pm
Maybe you heard it incorrectly.

CHRISTIAN 5:57 pm
Well, I critted, so any bonus is now superfluous.

JUSTIN 5:57 pm
For diplomacy?

CHRISTIAN 5:57 pm
Yep.

JUSTIN 5:57 pm
Wow…

CHRISTIAN 5:57 pm
3.

JUSTIN 5:57 pm
Well, roll PER again.

CHRISTIAN 5:58 pm
Where the hell was that crit when I was getting stabbed in the stomach?

JUSTIN 5:58 pm
You mean impaled by the switchblade?

PEANUT GALLERY 5:58 pm
maybe you can get them to stab themselves now?

JUSTIN 5:58 pm
Wait for the Japanese campaign

CHRISTIAN 5:58 pm
12…barely.

JUSTIN 5:59 pm
OK, you gather from the conversation that they’re getting someone more important, maybe the manager or house detective. Whoever he is, he finally arrives and you tell him the same thing you told the hotel staff.

PEANUT GALLERY 5:59 pm
(how are you guys rolling?)

CHRISTIAN 6:00 pm
Dice roller on Obsidian Portal.

JUSTIN 6:00 pm
Obsidian Portal has electronic dice (upper right corner)

PEANUT GALLERY 6:00 pm
ah ok

JUSTIN 6:02 pm
While we wait for Cormac to return, Eva, is there anything you want to do?

CHRISTIAN 6:02 pm
Did you get my last action?

JUSTIN 6:02 pm
Neg

CHRISTIAN 6:02 pm
While that’s happening, I’m doing the handcuff thing.
Having the guy dressed like a cop throw one pair of handcuffs to the other, and having them both cuff their hands behind their back.

JUSTIN 6:02 pm
OK, they comply and handcuff each other

CHRISTIAN 6:03 pm
I’ll also pick up their guns and IDs
Silencers?
Or one silencer?

JUSTIN 6:03 pm
Just regular guns

CHRISTIAN 6:03 pm
“How did you two get mixed up in this mess?”

JUSTIN 6:03 pm
“Vat is going on here?”
“Decker” (whoever he is) seems to have arrived.

CHRISTIAN 6:04 pm
“Evening Decker. Can we speak German?”

JUSTIN 6:04 pm
“Why do you want to speak German?”

JUSTIN 6:04 pm

“Warum willst du deutsch sprechen?”
Stupid translator

CHRISTIAN 6:05 pm
“Diese Männer sprechen mehr als eine Sprache, und ich denke, es ist weniger wahrscheinlich, dass sie Deutsch sprechen als Niederländisch und Englisch.”

JUSTIN 6:07 pm
“Nun, das ist alles sehr ungewöhnlich, aber ich werde tun, was Sie fragen.”

CHRISTIAN 6:07 pm
“Diese Männer waren geschickt, mich zu entführen. Sie sagten mir, sie waren Polizei, obwohl sie nicht wussten, Informationen, die ich bei der Polizei gegeben hatte zuvor an diesem Nachmittag.”

JUSTIN 6:08 pm
“Ich glaube Ihnen, aber wir können nicht über bewaffnete Männer in diesem Hotel. Bitte geben Sie mir Ihre Waffen.”

CHRISTIAN 6:11 pm
Sorry ,translate’s being stupid.
“Ich kann Holster meine Pistole, und ich kann Ihnen ihre zwei Pistolen. Allerdings kann ich Ihnen keine Mine, bis Vrees ankommt.”

CHRISTIAN 6:13 pm
“Haben Sie irgendwo können wir diese Jungs dauern, bis die Polizei eintrifft?”
“Um nicht zu erschrecken die Gäste?”

JUSTIN 6:14 pm
“Ja, wir werden sie an das Büro des Managers übernehmen”

JUSTIN 6:16 pm
You hand him their two pistols and Decker and the other hotel staff move the two men into the Manager’s office. Decker goes to reassure the other hotel guestes, then calls the police.

CHRISTIAN 6:16 pm
Danke. Helfen Sie mir mit ihnen. Achten Sie darauf, die Handschellen sind eng, und stellen Sie sicher, sie sind nicht verstecken keine zusätzlichen Waffen. Die gefälschten Polizist hat auch Schlüssel zu den Handschellen.
Was going to ask him to check them and retrieve the cop’s handcuff key.
Plus check them for extra weapons

JUSTIN 6:18 pm
They give the men a thorough searching and find a wad of money, some crumpled up paper, and a set of car keys as well.

CHRISTIAN 6:18 pm
I’ll ask if I can see them.

CHRISTIAN 6:18 pm
I’ll also take a look at their IDs.

JUSTIN 6:19 pm
Jan Prins and Klaas Vos
Decker gives you them and asks if you knew these men.
Eva, was there anything you wanted to do while this was going on?

STEPH 6:20 pm
Nope. I’m just kinda waiting to see what was going on in the hotel and drinking with Radichenko.

CHRISTIAN 6:20 pm
“Ich habe noch nie diese Jungs vor. Was haben Sie über den Angriff auf Albert Van Meer gehört an diesem Morgen?”
Sorry, I’ll wait.

JUSTIN 6:21 pm
OK, Eva I’m going to have you make a sobriety roll then.

CHRISTIAN 6:21 pm
Yeah, that’s 3 drinks in an hour, isn’t it?
You want the drinking rules?

STEPH 6:21 pm
what did that run off of again?
Its the third drink

CHRISTIAN 6:22 pm
Higher of HT or carousing

STEPH 6:22 pm
I rolled a 7 I’ve a 10.
I’ve got a 10 HT

JUSTIN 6:22 pm
OK, you’re still sober-ish.

CHRISTIAN 6:22 pm
Fail, and you slip one down the track from sobriety to being passed out drunk.

CHRISTIAN 6:22 pm
Critically fail, and you drop two.
But you should have a penalty for having an empty stomach.

CHRISTIAN 6:23 pm
-2 for an empty stomach.

JUSTIN 6:23 pm
She still passes by 1

CHRISTIAN 6:23 pm
-1 for every drink over ST/4 in one hour.

STEPH 6:23 pm
yep

CHRISTIAN 6:24 pm
Wow, they really worked out a getting drunk system.
Pg. 440.

PEANUT GALLERY 6:24 pm
Steve Jackson knows what’s important in an RPG

JUSTIN 6:24 pm
Most games have way too much drinking. Anways, in response to your question Decker says: “Nur, dass er am helllichten Tag ermordet. Solche traurigen Zeiten der wir leben.”

CHRISTIAN 6:25 pm
“Nicht ermordet. Entführt.”
“Durch diese Jungs.”

JUSTIN 6:25 pm
“Was?” Just then the police arrive.

CHRISTIAN 6:25 pm
Vrees?

JUSTIN 6:26 pm
Yes, it’s Vrees. He looks at them, looks at you, and says: “Cormac, zijn wat in de hemel je aan het doen?”

CHRISTIAN 6:27 pm
I’ll explain what happened in German, and ask if these guys are crooked cops, crooks with a stolen uniform, or idiots sent on an idiotic errand.

JUSTIN 6:27 pm
Let me make some interrogation rolls.

CHRISTIAN 6:28 pm
I made one that you never gave me the result of
But it was still a success.

JUSTIN 6:28 pm
True.
Klaas isn’t talking but Jan (the policeman) spills his guts.

JUSTIN 6:30 pm
He says they normally work as muscle around here, but recently a foreign man called Mr. Ekéus hired them to kidnap someone called Payne out of this hotel. He describe him as an American with glasses carrying a black bird statue.

CHRISTIAN 6:31 pm
Recently as in, in the past few hours?
Because that’s the timeline.

JUSTIN 6:32 pm
No, they were hired several days ago but were just told they would be providing security for someone.

CHRISTIAN 6:32 pm
And even that I have it at all is an assumption.

JUSTIN 6:32 pm
They got the phone call about Payne several hours ago.

CHRISTIAN 6:33 pm
I’m going to ask Vrees if we can speak German for a moment.

JUSTIN 6:33 pm
Vrees doesn’t speak very good German, but suggests you talk in another room.

CHRISTIAN 6:33 pm
Can’t.
What other languages does he speak?
French?

JUSTIN 6:33 pm
Wait, Drees. My bad.

CHRISTIAN 6:33 pm
Mine too.

JUSTIN 6:34 pm
He just speaks Dutch and some broken English.

CHRISTIAN 6:34 pm
Okay, another room then.
I’m going to forego using Google Translate this time.

JUSTIN 6:34 pm
Just make a language roll for Dutch

CHRISTIAN 6:35 pm
What would I roll? And do I get my phrasebook bonus?
14, fail.
Unless phrasebook pushes me over.
Or we can keep using German.
Wait! I have an idea.
We can use Decker as a go-between.

JUSTIN 6:36 pm
Decker agrees, although he’s a little uncomfortable with this whole situation (especially after hearing that he has a criminal target staying in his hotel).

CHRISTIAN 6:37 pm
“First things first, I think Decker should receive a public commendation from the police to reassure guests that this is a safe hotel. He handled this very well.”

CHRISTIAN 6:38 pm
Swear that was my plan before you mentioned he was uncomfortable.

JUSTIN 6:39 pm
“Yes, but that will depend on how much assistance he gives us.” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:39 pm
“I trust your judgment.”

JUSTIN 6:39 pm
Naturally Decker is translating this from Drees with an even more annoyed look on his face.

JUSTIN 6:40 pm
“First things first. Who knew you were staying here?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:40 pm
“Second, there are things going on here that need to be discussed openly. There’s more to Van Meer than meets the eye.”

JUSTIN 6:41 pm
“I passed my report, including your testimony, to my Commander. He said that because we were unable to find anything in Uitgeest, and because everyone already thinks Van Meer is dead, it would just make more sense to go with that story. Otherwise we look like idiots.” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:41 pm
“Van Meer saw this coming.”

JUSTIN 6:42 pm
“What?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:42 pm
“I was hired indirectly by Van Meer through a backchannel as a courier and bodyguard. He suspected he was being surveilled, and that his abduction was likely.”
“We staged a chance meeting this morning…good thing we did, too.”

JUSTIN 6:43 pm
OK, make your PER roll to convince him of this.

CHRISTIAN 6:43 pm
8.

JUSTIN 6:44 pm
How much did you beat by?

CHRISTIAN 6:44 pm
What was the target?
Just PER?

JUSTIN 6:44 pm
Yeah

CHRISTIAN 6:44 pm
Or do I get a bonus because he knows me, likes me, and trusts me?

JUSTIN 6:44 pm
You both beat your targets, but it looks like you beat yours by a higher margin.

CHRISTIAN 6:45 pm
My IQ is 12, so my margin was 4.
Again, unless I had a bonus for his knowing me.

JUSTIN 6:45 pm
He looks suspicious: “Why didn’t you bother to tell me that little bit of information at the police station?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:46 pm
“Part of the job…absolute discretion, and I was hoping to keep my part secret to avoid what just happened in the hotel from occurring.”

JUSTIN 6:46 pm
“So if you didn’t trust me then, why should I trust you now?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:46 pm
“I’m not asking you to trust me, I’m asking you to help me save Van Meer.”
“Besides, it wasn’t that I didn’t trust you…I didn’t trust your department.”

JUSTIN 6:48 pm
“And why shouldn’t I just have you both kicked out of the country? Do you realize how preposterous this story is?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:48 pm
“Keep in mind one of these guys showed up in a stolen police uniform.”
“Having seen that, do you trust your own department in this?”
“Are you sure the decision to bury the news that he’s alive wasn’t corruption?”

JUSTIN 6:48 pm
He pauses. “They said they got their orders several hours ago… that was roughly when you got to the police station.” [GM – trans from Dutch]

JUSTIN 6:49 pm
“Are you accusing my Commander of being corrupt?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:49 pm
“Ever since the ambulance, I’ve been less trusting of anyone in a uniform I don’t already know.”

JUSTIN 6:50 pm
“If I was going to help you, what exactly do you need?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:50 pm
“Someone else might have convinced your commander to bury the story.”
“When I first met Van Meer face to face during the staged meeting, the first thing he told me was that he was being followed.”
“He said that he didn’t expect any problems if he stayed in public places, and I didn’t see a reason to disagree with him.”
“Still, he handed off an item to me for safekeeping…a bird totem.”

JUSTIN 6:51 pm
“Yes, those two mentioned it. Why is it so important?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:52 pm
“I don’t know. He said it was his insurance policy. I tell you, you would never guess how cagey Van Meer is from looking at him.”
“He was also carrying a duplicate of it.”

JUSTIN 6:52 pm
“A duplicate? Why?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:53 pm
“His plan was to display the duplicate on his person while the real one was concealed away from prying eyes, and that was where I came in as a courier.”

CHRISTIAN 6:53 pm
“But the ambulance put my role in the open, and that plan’s shot.”

JUSTIN 6:53 pm
“I’m hearing a lot of exposition, but get to the point: what can I do to help?”

CHRISTIAN 6:54 pm
“Let’s leak false information about the totem to these guys through the police.”
“It will be a good way to check where the leak is, and maybe we can take them before they leave the country.”

JUSTIN 6:54 pm
“Like what?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

PEANUT GALLERY 6:55 pm
ok, I should head off; have fun everyone!

JUSTIN 6:55 pm
Good night!

CHRISTIAN 6:56 pm
“We claim that it’s hidden somewhere easily accessible by three to five men, brief the police on it, then put only a token car in front of it, then use a bigger force of people you trust in hiding, watching the site.”
“They’ll focus on the decoy security, and they’ll never see the bigger force coming.”
“If they were going to leave the country with Van Meer, they would have done it by now, and if they only needed the artifact, they would have killed Van Meer for real this morning…they need Van Meer and the artifact.”

CHRISTIAN 6:58 pm
“Van Meer will be able to take care of himself until then. I asked if he was afraid of interrogation, and he just laughed and said he was a master at misdirecting answers and deception.”
“And after what I’ve seen of him so far, I believe him.”

JUSTIN 6:58 pm
“The museum would be a good target.” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:59 pm
“No. They’ve already spent weeks, maybe months casing the museum. We need somewhere new.”
“Not his home, not his office, not the museum, and not Decker’s hotel.”

JUSTIN 7:00 pm
Decker seems to like the last one, and he puts particular emphasis on it.

CHRISTIAN 7:00 pm
And that’s all the time we have for tonight
Unless Steph had anything?

JUSTIN 7:01 pm
We still have 23m
Unless you all want to quit early.

CHRISTIAN 7:01 pm
Seems like Steph’s been on the back burner a while.
What’s she doing during the conversation?

JUSTIN 7:02 pm
Eva?

STEPH 7:02 pm
Well I suggested that we can (Radichenko and I) could get that guy to come up to see Cormac.

JUSTIN 7:03 pm
You mean after you told him you had no idea who Cormac was?

STEPH 7:03 pm
But I think at this point it would be a bit much to put that into what was happening
I didn’t say that.

CHRISTIAN 7:04 pm
Think she just said she wasn’t waiting for me.

STEPH 7:04 pm
I said that I wsn’t meeting him.

CHRISTIAN 7:04 pm
Besides, she’s +6 appearance, she can lie however she wants and it’s fine.

STEPH 7:04 pm
yep’

JUSTIN 7:04 pm
Well, unless Cormac has a desired location, Captain Drees agrees to your plan and to take the two men into custody until further notice.
He says he’ll put out the disinformation you suggested and to call him when you have a place in mind.

CHRISTIAN 7:05 pm
I think we should separate them and keep interrogating Jan.

CHRISTIAN 7:05 pm
And I don’t think we should talk over the phone, just in case.
I’m all for ending here, so we can straighten out everything that’s happened so far.

CHRISTIAN 7:06 pm
Besides, time is of the essence, and, even though these two had car keys, I doubt they’re the only ones at the hotel right now.

JUSTIN 7:06 pm
OK that works. Tune in next week for another episode in The Adventures of Cormac Payne!

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