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World's Finest RPG Reality Check: A Cold Dark Place (PG-13)

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  1. The Guitar Slayer

    The Guitar Slayer 1965 to Eternity

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    OC: Ok, guys. This thing has been dying a slow death ever since Freza seemingly fell off the face of the earth. Now, we have options that we have to take a look at.

    One, we end it. Right here and right now. No more posting. It's dead as a doornail.

    Two, we pop it into cold storage, so to speak, until everybody gets back.

    Three, we go on with the show. However, we need to have a group meeting (via AIM) to figure out what we're going to do. Just because one member is out of commission doesn't mean that the RPG should die. I do believe we have something terrific here, and I'd like to see it end as a completed work.

    I prefer #3, obviously. I want everyone in this RPG to sound off regarding the matter. This shall be posted on the Reality Check Thread and sent to all members.
     
  2. Mattashell

    Mattashell Before punk,there were NUGGETS

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    OOC:The first thing to do is take a roll call. If you wish to drop out, I'd appreciate if you at least say so rather than just not posting. If we have five people who wish to continue, we should try to come up with some sort of pact to post at least once a week. I know that my in character RPG posts require a lot more time and work than my typical other posts here at Toon Zone. It is hard for me to find time to work on these, and often, I simply forget.

    If we're going on with this, I'm in.
     
  3. Batgirl_2005

    Batgirl_2005 Don't I Wish...

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    I agree with Mattshell, if you're going to drop out say so. Don't just stop posting.(though, I'm kinda not one to talk) I was really having fun here. So if we keep going I'll stick with it..
     
  4. zero zero nine

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    Yeah, I want to finish this too.
     
  5. The Guitar Slayer

    The Guitar Slayer 1965 to Eternity

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    Psa

    OK. We have at least 4 people. We'll be doing some work in the background here to try to get some more people to the RPG boards, as all of them are suffering.

    Now, we have a question of plot, or rather, what the hell do we do next?

    The summary will be up next weekend. In the meantime, I dug up some old PMs from Freza because I wanted to dig deeper with the tale. If anybody else remembers or has PMs regarding what happens next, post 'em here.

    In summary, this was to be a trilogy RPG. This is the first section, which dealt with a serial killer and the horrid state of affairs in New York. The second was going to be either a corrupt cop ring going down hard or a massive gang war, with Freza and I leaning toward the second. The third one was going to tie up all the loose ends and perhaps show the downfall of Victor Douglas, our local mob boss. This was all speculation in the summer of 2002.

    Barb Gordon and I meshed out a whole plotline involving Cassidy, Sundance, and Sam. Without spoiling the show, we were going to have a close encounter with the psycho and end up together in an odd situation. This would lead to the eventual reckoning of Cassidy and Sundance the following night.

    However, this occurs "tonight" in RPG time, leaving 12 hours and change. We've lost a lot of people from where we first started. MH was dealing with Kenya and Co. Victor Douglas flew off to LA and then Montreal for a baseball deal or two. Batgirl2005 had something up her sleeve regarding Alex and Sam, as I recall. zero zero nine had his secret agent/past history with Sam, and also a groovy comic for us.

    Now, dear RPGers, I have a few requests of you.

    1) Start writing or brainstorming. My IM is there for a reason, as are others.

    2) Draft people. Borg 'em, brainwash 'em, duct tape 'em to the chair, whatever.

    3) Please respond to the thread and/or those PMs I keep sending.
     
  6. The Guitar Slayer

    The Guitar Slayer 1965 to Eternity

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    Summary Update

    Here we go. Read it and use it or else we lose it.

    Bob Smith and Greg Hinrich work the beat at a New York precinct. The latter is a rookie cop who doesn't have very many friends but understands what has to be done in order to make the city a safer place. He's in his late twenties, 6 feet tall, 220 lbs, red hair, green eyes. He lives in a cheap apartment with his best friend Arnold. Bob might be a good cop or a bad cop, but he’s definitely a fat cop.


    At the same precinct house we have Samantha “Sammy” McKay, an ace shot and one of the few female cops that have the courage to go out on the beat. She has an european background, grew up in England for about half her life (she's approx. 23 or so), then she and her family moved to America. She's an only child, and her dad was a police detective, and her mom was a champion equestrian rider. Both were killed in a car crash....let's just say it had something to do with a case her dad was working on, and he got a bit too close to solving it. She's known for having an eagle eye when it comes to shooting. She works alone, lives in a pretty nice apartment, and has a kitten. She's got a really cheerful personality, but get's really involved when it comes to her work, she's very serious about it. Her partner, Charles, can be a flirt, but he gets down to business at the drop of a hat.



    The City is being terrorized by two killers. One, the Photograph Killer. Once every three weeks, he rapes and murders his victims. Sometimes, he does it in a different order. After the victim has perished, he wears a black hood, sits on the bed with her and takes a picture of him point toward the next murder site. There have been 9 victims thus far. The last photo had him pointing with two fingers, indicating two victims. Now, there is a sicker demon on the streets. This one copies the Photograph Killer right down to the Polaroid snapshot, but he has a more demented tilt. He kills his victims by gutting them and leaving them and their entrails to rot.


    The city has its share of characters running about. One good soul is Michael Henry; however, the cops hunt for him. He came from a dysfunctional, suburban home, his father was an abusive drunk. He started learning karate at a young age. His sensai became a positive male role model, and father figure to him. One day he came home from school and his father was home early. His father struck his mother and she fell down a flight of stairs and died. He was so drunk he didn't even seem to care or notice what he'd done. Michael struck him in a rage, accidentally delivering a fatal blow. He ran away to the city. The police beleive he murdered both his parents and are looking for him. The rest is what I posted previosly. Now MH runs, living day to day, trying to survive and help others survive this hellhole. MH has some karate knowledge. He frequents squats around NY and doesn't rally talk to the other street kids, but when there's trouble he settles it and is known to perform random good deeds. He has a lousy temper and he doesn't put up with fooling around. Generally no one wants to bother him, and that's the way he likes it.


    Kyala Maxwell - She is 17 years old. One year before she made friends with a 21 year old guy named Alexander Maxwell (Alex). Soon they began spending a lot of time together and people started rumours that they were... urk.... ~whispers~ sleeping together. None of them were true though. Key's mother didn't believe her when she said they were untrue and sent her to military school. When she came back, she was still friends w/ Alex. Her mother decided that military school hadn't "straightened her out" and actually put her up for adoption. Alex was extremely unhappy that his friend was suddenly an 'orphan' and decided to do something about it. He adopted her. Now Kyala lives with Alex and his 20 year old roommate Ethan in a trailer.


    Name: Victor Douglas
    Age: 55
    Occupation: Leader of the New York Syndicate and President/CEO of Unitek, a provider of computer hardware/software for personal and professional use.

    Background: Victor Douglas was born into a low income, single parent household in Brooklyn, NY. His mother died during childbirth, and his father worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Victor would spend his free time playing stickball with the neighborhood kids in Prospect Park, and had a strong relationship with his father. One night, after his father was laid off from his job, he got drunk and was killed in a bar fight. As the old story goes, Victor fell in with a bad crowd and got involved with petty theft. But even at the age of 12, Victor had a good sense for business, and took the money he made from crime and used it to get the best education possible. He graduated from NYU with a degree in business, but it was during his college years when he came in contact with the New York Syndicate, a major crime organization dating back to the 1920s. While crime wasn't something that he loved, it seemed quite appealing, and he needed the money to start his own business. He joined the syndicate, but wasn't able to quickly reap the rewards as he was drafted into the Vietnam War. After serving his time overseas, he returned to New York and threw himself into his syndicate work, quickly making his way up the ladder to the top spot as crime boss. Using the vast resources accumulated by the syndicate, Victor formed Unitech, a small computer company that really served as a front for syndicate functions. Much to his surprise, Unitech grew into a multinational corporation which became a favorite of many businesses and world governments. Today, Unitech (now Unitek) is one of the largest providers of computer hardware and software, and the New York Syndicate is the largest criminal organization on the East Coast, controlling pretty much anything that is illegal. Not bad for a semi-poor kid from Brooklyn.


    Cassidy and Sundance --- Jade Cassidy and James Sundance "Kid" (assumed stage names) are two street musicians in NYC. Cassidy, a former valedictorian, has roamed from the beaten path and followed her muse since her graduation five years ago. Cassidy is short, sleek, and one of the best pickpockets in NYC. She's why you put your wallet in your front pocket and attach it with a chain. She could be a Latina, could be Russian, could be a Greek...there's is something you can't place about her.

    She teamed up with Sundance at a bus stop in Leonardo, NJ. Sundance is older than Cassidy by about 5 years. He's not one to take advantage of his partner in crime, life, and love. Sundance is not 'handsome'; he is art. Beautiful by any standards, man or woman...thus, this poor guy is constantly hit on by both sexes. He prefers Cassidy over all. The two of them are semi-homeless, sometimes sleeping on the subway, other times in motels or tenements, but never in one place for too long. They do partake in various illicit substances, but they aren't hard core addicts; they aren't into smack or crack. Because they are performers, Cassidy and Sundance take care of their appearance; they don't look homeless. However, both don't exactly have money for hair cuts, so Sundance's is down past his collar and Jade's is a signficant length.

    The duo play a variety of instruments, whatever is portable. If there is a bandstand set up nearby with a piano, they'll use that until the cops come in and bust them. Even the cops are reluctant to break up the party...they do a lot of old tunes from the 1960s, peace, love, and rock.


    And that's everybody. Onto the summary.....




    TUESDAY

    The story begins quickly as MH and his acquaintance Chris discover a body near a dumpster. Chris yaks as the very sight of it, which attracts the attention of Greg and Bob. They investigate the scene and determine this is not the Photograph Killer. Rather, it a more gruesome copy cat. They are placed in charge of this case. At the same time, Alex, Key, and Ethan go out for a jog. Like the rest of the crowd, they are attracted to the spectacle. After they have cleaned up the area, the cops head to Moe’s diner.

    Sam is made supervisor over this case as well as the Photograph Killer’s case. She and Charles head out to the diner. There, we learn that one of the killers washes the dishes at this diner.

    MH, in the mean time, has stopped a mugger from robbing an old woman. When he attempts to pawn the gun for some cash, the pawnshop owner turns on him. MH escapes, but the owner calls the cops on him anyway. James Morgan checks out the situation and ends up arresting the owner when he threatens him.

    The ride back to the station is silent. There is some sort of tension between Bob and Samantha…Greg wonders if his partner is a bad cop.

    Victor Douglas becomes disgusted with the case as it stands. He gives his second in command Michael three days to get both of the killers out of his way. Something big will be going down soon.

    Greg meets up with a fellow cop at the coffee machine. Kevin has a ‘stack-o-porn’ two feet high in his desk. Bob interrupts the uncomfortable conversation with the news that the Copy Cat has struck again. This time, he killed a twenty-year-old man in public. Nobody cared enough to stop him and call the police until it was over. Meanwhile, Alex and Key wait anxiously at their home. Was it Ethan?

    Bob informs Greg that they might have figured out who one of the killers was. At 3 PM at a pawnshop, a criminal smashed several appliances and stole a camera. He had been committed because he would dig up bodies and put them up around the house. He had escaped from the asylum 12 years ago. His name is Melvin Walton. They reach the scene, as do Key, Alex, Sam, and Charles.

    MH realizes that he is fighting a losing battle. He cannot protect all of the street kids without some help. He reluctantly approaches LaSean, a dealer, who accepts the terms of the agreement. This also brings in part of LaSean’s gang.

    Once it is confirmed that Ethan was the man killed, Alex and Key breakdown. Sam, feeling sympathy for them (and something else for Alex), drives the two of them home. She leaves her number with them if they need her. Sam lets her defense down and stays and talks with Key and Alex. She learns that Alex is very wary of cops from past experience.

    We learn the master scheme of Victor Douglas: He wants to bring the Dodgers back to Brooklyn. He had so many happy memories of them…and now he has the money and power to do it.

    In the middle of a certain park somewhere, Jade Cassidy and James Sundance “Kid” finish off their performance for the night. They high tail it back to the horse stables where they spend the night.

    After Sam returns to Charles after making sure Key and Alex would be okay, he asks her to stop thinking about them unless it relates to the case. He shows his jealousy concerning Alex very clearly.
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    At some point during the night and early morning hours, Bob stops the mugging of an elderly woman. He is shot, but MH and his buddy Chris find him again. MH gets the police’s attention and then bolts.
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    WEDNESDAY

    The next morning, Sam wakes up and feels bored by the lack of work. She decides to take a jog through Central Park past the horse stables. Sundance bolts awake and listens as her footfalls pass. He and Cassidy get ready to face the day. As they talk and walk, they see a jogger being assaulted. They run to help, but she takes care of herself. She reveals herself to be Sam the cop. Cassidy, who has a phobia about cops, tries to bolt, but Sundance manages to get past the cop and act normal. Sam contemplates using herself as bait to get at least one of the killers. Sundance and Cassidy head toward the nearest train station and hop on a train toward the District.

    Greg wakes up at about the same time as the others (5 AM) and receives the phone call concerning Bob. Before work, he visits his partner in the hospital. Greg tells Bob that he is being paired with Mr. Stack-O-Porn, Kevin. Bob warns him not to do anything he doesn’t think is right.

    Cassidy and Sundance slip onto the train. They encounter stares from a woman and proceed to put on a show to satisfy her horrified expectations. They then calmly sit and ride the train up to the district.

    Victor Douglas meets with the mayor concerning the Dodgers. Bloomberg had said he would be relocating some funds for a special deal…and it might be for the Dodgers. The money would have to come from the police salaries. This would incur a strike….letting the vagrants and the murders and the dealers run free.

    Greg sees the morning paper. He notes the Dodgers story, but pays special attention the killers’ story. They mention his name, which puts his friend in danger. He runs home to make sure he’s all right.

    Sundance and Cassidy (while on a quest for a crossword puzzle) see the stories as well. Cassidy is worried, but Sundance reminds her of the good business. They set up shop on a street corner in sight of city hall.

    Around noon, MH sees a man on the roof with a rifle. The man shoots down at the departing Victor Douglas, but does not hit him. Both Cassidy and MH see the shooter. MH faints from the shock, while Sundance takes Cassidy away from the area. He vows to keep her safe. The police now can question MH as a witness. They will need to find Cassidy, the only other witness.



    Victor Douglas is understandably PO’ed and orders for the assassin’s head on a platter. He then goes to the police station to be questioned. MH has woken up and is being questioned by cops at 1 PM. Meanwhile, as Cassidy begins to fall down a slope of eventual addiction, Sundance realizes that the cop they saved that morning will likely be the one hunting them down.



    Key and Alex see the assassination attempt on TV as Alex readies to leave for some unknown destination. The Killer contemplates tonight’s activities: a double murder/rape. Greg falls ill and takes a swig of some green fluid in the medicine cabinet, assuming it to be medication...to say the least, he’s wrong. Victor Douglas makes one last phone call before flying out to LA to return his father’s favorite team to their rightful home and past glory, leaving his #2 Michael Cordtlandt in charge.



    After three hours of questioning, MH weasels his way out and goes on the run. The Killer leaves work at 4:55 and heads home to prepare. His current name is revealed as Doug. His grooming includes removing every hair from his body, a bloody affair in a cramped bathroom. Greg reawakens and finds he has gotten a lot worse before he passes out again.



    Sam and Charlie review the videotape from the crime scene. Cassidy catches Sam’s eye as a familiar face. What Sundance feared is now happening: there is a manhunt for two vagrants; they need Cassidy as a witness. Meanwhile, Michael Cordtlandt has received news of his boss’s getaway to LA and isn’t pleased. After dinner and a proposal by Sundance, he and Cassidy spend the night in an abandoned building. As a break from reality, Charlie and Sam have a Hagen Daas night and fill up her freezer with the stuff.



    MH meets up again with his posse and goes out patrol with Kenya. As the night grows colder and the streets scarier, the two march on. Greg finally wakes up from his stupor, but his senses are definitely altered. Arnie apologizes, but leaves him to get himself to the police station for his 8:00 pm shift. Walken, Mr. Stack-O-Porn, comes up to the car, Greg blacks out, and when he comes to, Walken is driving and making dirty jokes.



    The Photo Killer carries out his deed on two women living across from him at 8:22 PM.



    8 pm to 10 pm After having a mini-freak, Greg discovers from Walken that he likely ingested some sort of hallucinogen that Arnie had kept in a medicine bottle. While Walken goes off to take care of business with a local hooker, a call from the Amsterdam House comes in: two sets of screams from an apartment. He interrupts his “partner” and his cohort and is knocked out for his efforts. When he wakes up, he desperately tries to find the Amsterdam Houses. What he finds is a Freddy Krueger look alike. Sam and Charlie beat him and Walken to the scene of the crime, fortunately. After searching three floors, the cops find the ugly scene, camera tripod and all. In the middle of the search, Sam receives phone calls from Alex Li Sera, an old flame, and a distressed Key. Secret Agent Alex Sera arrives at JFK on the redeye flight. One of the Photograph Killer’s victims was an undercover agent, so this now falls in federal jurisdiction.



    1 AM to 2:30 AM Douglas calls Cortlandt at an ungodly hour to tell him that the Dodger deal didn’t go through; he’s after the Expos now. MH and Kenya begin to bond over a screaming pimp and his confused hookers. Somewhere out in the city, Jade Cassidy has a nightmare, which includes her past, her dreamy perfect life, her current hell, an unwanted(?) fate, and a dangerous foreboding. She bolts awake but is comforted by the serene sight of Sundance, out cold on the makeshift bed. He wakes up not long after and gathers information for a safe haven. They start moving down the 15 city blocks. They reach their destination, but don’t stay long; they get their food, but the stench of rotting flesh and a rattling door sends them fleeing. They meet up with Kenya and MH, and despite some rough introductions, they depart on amiable terms. Cassidy and Sundance escape the rain in the subway and dry off after the thunderstorm. They then ride the tourist train all night as they slumber.



    Key goes to Sam’s apartment and the latter consoles the young lady. Agent Sera deals with his family, whose power in the crime world is significant. Greg finally goes home, still freaking on acid. MH and Kenya find comfort in each other after a scary night and a rainstorm.



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~THURSDAY 6 AM~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



    Sam is bounced out of bed by a chipper Charlie while Sera deals with a rude little field director and still mentally fights with his family.



    Cassidy and Sundance are ousted by the polite train conductor and start walking through the Redlight District toward the Underground. Both reflect on children and what they entail. Cassidy insists upon passing through the Bizarre Bazaar while Sundance has a feeling he might lose her in the end regardless of what he does.



    MH also receives a rude awakening from Sean and his cronies. He learns that he isn’t exactly Kayla first relationship nor will he be the last. He goes out to air his head and scrubs himself off. He steals some clothes as he ponders his situation with Sean and Kayla and finally decides to stand up for her.



    After Sera has his boys analyze the blood and vomit found at the crime scene, it comes back negative for registered sex offenders. An interesting substance found within the samples is LSD. Sera shares this information with Sam and Charlie. The tape from the crime scene reveals the killer screaming over and over again, “Hinrich, Hinrich.” Charlie and Sam leave Sera temporarily in the dust as they make book toward Greg Hinrich’s apartment. They meet Greg at the door with his arms full of groceries. Upon opening the door, they are confronted with a gruesome scene: written in blood are the words “Don’t tell secrets, Greg.”



    Greg is immediately taken in for interrogation. Sera grows more and more frustrated with the situation while Sam and Charlie are stuck in the middle.
     
  7. The Guitar Slayer

    The Guitar Slayer 1965 to Eternity

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    OOC: Judging from your lack of responses, I think the questions have been answered.

    Speak now or forever hold your peace.
     
  8. Mattashell

    Mattashell Before punk,there were NUGGETS

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    Can this really be the end?
     
  9. Harvey Dent

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    First, I'm sorry for not responding sooner. My lousy computer has been giving me problems for weeks, and with all the installing and rebooting, I've totally forgotten about this stuff.

    Second, I am still interested in doing this. I have a little story in my mind regarding Victor and his would-be assassin, and I'd like to see it come to pass. So, I'm voting to keep this thing going.
     
  10. The Guitar Slayer

    The Guitar Slayer 1965 to Eternity

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    We've voted on this before...and NOTHING happened other than me posting an update to the summary.

    Words and promises are nice and all, folks....but no action = dead RPG = closed RPG. We have to get to posting or else [mimes beheading RPG]
     
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