The Scorched Tower

Rumor and Measure

Sometimes you hear things. Now, you know those things aren’t all true of course. It, hopefully, isn’t your first time dealing with rumors. They always exist and if they have a core of truth it’s to sell someone’s agenda. But when you hear certain things over and over, well that’s when you start taking action or at least preventative measures.

And that’s what I am. A preventative measure.

-Edward Leopold Black


5.1.14αβclearance3ΨΩ:17:08 Alphα:Alphα-Zulu:Tucson
32°13’18’N 110°55’35’W
_Sierra_@17:28.115E-se | _Tango_@08:00.245W-sw

Mary:Sam:Nab 1.12.14
Project:Harem, Green Victor

“Roger Dodger, Miami Hotline reads that: ‘Snake Eggs’…
How many?”

“Two Sugar Targets. Then we have intel on two more, Hatched.

NovemberMary:SamFox 1.11.14
Project:Boogeyman, Mica Mike

“Not The Ripper, Not The Ripper… Roger that.”

Meanwhile, Charlie eighty-sixed one of their own…
Some Lord Maestro."

[ …audio missing… ]

”Request: Golf Item. Greenlight; Echo-Mustard-Mayo.
Pattern: Alpha, Amir. Beta, Benson. Delta, Golf.
Ghost Train, Team is Go."

[Summary of events:]

Going into their newly declared domocile, heralding a message of peace is the course of action least likely to stir any sort of hunt. But, being a Judge, my presence could only be met by curiosity, various states of alert and some formal posturing. My first engagement was at the skirt of their Easy. Speaking plainly during their Stain of Guilt Trial done rather plainly in public, without first being accepted inside. Questions digging info on Sam, his Club, their Rights, and things of that sort which earnestly betrayed more than they really should have, in both agenda and ignorance. Despite their clumsy handling of security, it is effective against the degenerative critters they seek to filter out, The Classic Paranoid Gate. Why give up the wares though? They wanted everything on the floor, but el silencioso here was a matter of adhering to all of the contract’s conditions. Despite all of Charlie’s Antics , I managed to keep from making a tell while I comm’d Ghost Train to get their stick in gear.
For the most part, the city acts like any other except that there are some furballs just sitting plum-center in the middle of the Cómoda. Praise Haqim, they weren’t Wendies or Worse; delirious to the point of being actually dangerous. Okay, they were actually rather civil, though I can only be left to speculate why they would sit so docile in the room full of corpses. This makes a tiny bit of sense, given that the Outlanders have made themselves at home here. The thing that remains perplexing, was that none of the Wild Things were responsible for the Ringing the Bingo Bell
The Tango Targets are quiet here, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. For the most part they were a little spooked but not entirely surprised when they found out, but it wasn’t the time to check the upper threshold of their security. I kept my attention and focus on business. Only one person was so brave to discuss the taking of vitae, and it was another entirely that checked about the Adam Vectors. I, Revealing No Secrets of the Blood. Of course, both obligated morally and via contract, had thus advised them against harming themselves in attempting the activity, even under circumstances they imagine convenient. That convo ended when we got word of some Fresh Salsa. I considered the potential for a FUBAR, but reasoned if it were then either way I’d be coming back with some snake heads.
One thing I forgot to do was warm the blankets. Some of these Kilo Victors aren’t so naturally cool though, and others wanted to run Game of the Hunt. If Captain Praxis ever got ahold of el listo rojo, maybe some request calls would be in order. I’ll have to double-check for the upcoming trips. One thing to consider is the mandatory volume of insanity required for taking a charge role in a city like Tucson. Despite the messes of their predecessors, some of whom are the mess, there is no shortage of ancillae stepping up for this, because they reap so cleverly on the elder movements. Finally, there seem to be more than a few reasons that George Able picked these two files to give us… "


“Region: Alphα, Alphα-Zulu…
Alert: Red. Code: Papa, Aero-Pauly.
Access: Delta, Foxtrot, Alpha.”

machine clicking

“Hello, thanks for Calling, you’re on Miami Hotline, with Roger Dodger.”

“Golf Item, here. Operator, I would like to request The Frank...
more clicking
Request: Golf Item. Please Standby, Frank; King, Kilo, Bingo.
Pattern: Alpha, Amir. Beta, Golf. Delta, Frank. Ghost Train, Team Ready.

“Roger that.”
mn αu minuit: 1

Mini Harpy Report
The Second Tradition is, in fact, a thing.

Greetings everyone! I had planned on saving everything for my official Harpy report, but some scandals are just too egregious for me to hold my tongue that long!

In my first Scandal to report, the lovely Primogen Dr. Cora Tandy and her right of domain granted by Prince Hargrave were grossly violated on the very night she opened her haven to all of us. Upon the arrival of a less than cultured Anarch, Seneschal Novak came to question her. Words were exchanged, hackles rose, and the rude, uninvited guest earned the ire of Seneschal Novak. All debates about the Treaty of Thorns aside, Dr Cora Tandy was and is the authority in her Prince-granted domain. Seneschal Novak demanded that the anarch leave. He even threatened her. Not because she was dressed too poorly to be at such a lovely party. Not because she smelled absolutely dreadful. Not because Dr Cora Tandy wanted her gone! In fact, when the good doctor attempted to ask why, the Seneschal brutishly threatened to remove status and revoke domain if she interfered again – in HER own domain! While she was polite enough to allow Seneschal Novak to remain in her home, I cannot ignore this blatant violation of The Second Tradition. For those that need a refresher, The Second Tradition states: “Thy domain is thine own concern.” Did Seneschal Novak allow Dr Tandy to have her domain be her concern? No; “All others owe thee respect while in it.” Did Seneschal Novak show her respect? Well, I don’t think anyone considers threats of status removal in a raised voice to be even the slightest bit respectful. “None may challenge thy word while in thy domain.” We all saw Seneschal Novak challenge Dr. Tandy’s words in her domain, just as we saw her graciously allow him to stay so as to not sour the night for anyone else. All of this was done under the nose of Prince Hargrave while was on the same property. For this heinous and blatant disregard of The Second Tradition and most scandalous behaviour in the ever so lovely Primogen Dr. Cora Tandy’s home, I cannot in good conscience allow Seneschal Novak to retain the status of Faultless. He is stripped of said status and it is no one’s fault but his own.

In my second Scandal to report, I’ve got a two-part announcement! Sunshine Love publicly questioned Seneschal Novak’s commands. She did so while Prince Hargrave was in attendance. She publicly did so again after our gathering – claiming, “I will not blindly follow. Ever. A good leader would not ask it.” The Bold Gangrel Primogen growled back demanding Sunshine, “Tell me what BOON shall be offered to forgive this?” which I assumed (and as the saying goes…well, let’s just say I won’t be assuming anymore) was rhetorical, since everyone knows someone with no standing in our society other than acknowledged can’t offer anything more than a trivial boon. Upon Sunshine’s refusal to offer any boons (don’t worry, dear domain – the word means the same thing even if you don’t capitalize every letter!) to the Seneschal, he announced that as her Primogen, he was removing her acknowledged status. (Now, let’s not ignore how tacky it is to simply ask me, or any Harpy, to record your own actions regarding the removal of status. We are not secretaries. I was elected Harpy because the Primogen believe in my capabilities to handle more than taking notes. Two, nearly three, attempted status removals by the same kindred, all after I was elected to the station of Harpy is just downright gluttonous. Please don’t step on my toes, dear domain of Tucson. My shoes are far too expensive.) As Sunshine Love broke no traditions and it is not Seneschal Novak’s place to continue scraping away at the number of the very soldiers Prince Hargrave spoke of needing just two nights ago, I will not uphold Seneschal Novak’s desire to add another to the list of those that will not or can not defend our dear domain. By his violation of Prince Hargrave’s clear desire for unity and soldiers, attempting to remove acknowledged (a priveledge Primogen do not have!) and thereby The Second Tradition, Seneschal Novak has shown, in front of us all, that he is not making the best decisions. With this being said, I cannot, in good conscience, allow Seneschal Novak to be known as Judicious within our Ivory Tower. I hereby Judiciously strip Seneschal Novak of the status Judicious.

Prince Luther Hargrave is the Prince of this domain. Let no one forget that.

- Maximilian Vanderbilt, Harpy and Whip of The Rose. Acknowledged by Prince (name) of (place) Exalted as Harpy and Judicious in the eyes of Prince Luther Hargrave of the Tucson Domain, Esteemed as Harpy by Seneschal Novak of the Tucson Domain, Revered as Harpy by Primogen Dr. Cora Tandy, Revered as Harpy by Primogen Solzhenitsyn, Revered as Harpy by Primogen Michaels, Revered as Harpy by Primogen of the Nosferatu

OOC: burn etiquette for correct names and spellings***


1.12.14αβclearance3ΨΩ:17:08 Alpha:Alpha-Zulu:Tucson
32°13’18"N 110°55’35"W
Sierra@17:30.115E-se Tango@08:08.245W-sw

NovemberMary:SamFox 1.11.14
Operation:Bulwark, Mica Mike

Conditions & Observations:
Previous reports from the region uncovered a movement to purge [Sam] presence which is a composition of several packs. Each posse runs different values; from one-buck-chuck to that fancy boxed wine. Connoisseur vintages, some with French labels.
Insurgent tactics yielded varying results, resulting in the destruction of a prolific Sam’s Club member and the hasty retreat of the surviving residents.
21:10 VideoMissing
Aerial surveillance caught unusual traffic converging towards two locations.
21:12 AudioMissing
First Locale: BrokenHome Code:MedusaAlert:Red!
Scrambled devices were confirmed as using Kindred-like terms.
21:16 VideoMissing
Our live agent was able to ascertain their natures as [Kilo-Victor]
FLIR recorded non-mobiles inside BrokenHome
21:22 AudioMissing
Audio reveals reaction to petrified live subjects still being sentient.
Mercy termination by the visiting team.
21:39 VideoMissing
Second Locale: SugarUnion Code:SpartacusAlert:Red!
21:51 AudioMissingVideoMissing
Aerial surveillance reveals massive crafting duplication.
Audio records contain interaction on managing symbiotic conditioning.
Several dozen live subjects were extinguished, this was questionable on the visiting team. They lack the comprehensive ability to undo these damages.
00:42 VideoMissing
Medusa made an appearance at the Library Hall, confronted but not engaged physically by Weaver
While Medusa was distracted, an air conditioning unit was delivered unto them from the rooftop by Novak.
Medusa went plasmic, burning. Tubing in sewers facilitated their retreat, again.

Conclusion: Platform control of the city is pursuant to the aims and actions of [Charlie]
mn au minuit: 2


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