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Case 1 : Remnants of the Dead
After briefing at the Chicago Spaceport by our Trinity liaison, Mr Hector Ramirez the team proceeded to Luna, under the pilotship of Gunso Jones. The only notable luggage belonged to Mr Flynn, who brought along a “really comfy” chair, and a MARS suit. Apparently this sort of thing is common for him.
Landing on Luna five of our number proceeded to the clinic, requesting an audience with the clinic director, Dr Jerzy Grabowski. He agreed to see them after an hours delay. During which time a transmission was received and decrypted by the monitoring equipment aboard the Plato’s Cave, between the clinic director and an unknown second party, designated Minerva. Stream originated from the vicinity of Earth. Further tracing proved impossible due to the distances involved. Transcript to be found below.
Also during this time the team inspected the clinic, finding all to be in order, but a quantity of refurbishment to be underway in several areas, specifically on the psychiatric levels and the research levels which, while low in the building where not at the bottom. Revolution Flynn indicated that some of these areas where significant to, quote “the Noetic Totality”. Further details where unhelpful.
After an hour Grabowski saw the five team members present. He informed them that he knew nothing of the events at Cantor Station beyond which had been included in the report, likewise the Freak Alley Collapse. Dissatisfied with the completeness of his answers the team press for additional information, and a copy of the autopsy report for the John Doe corpse recovered in the vicinity of the Cantor Station incident. They where informed that full details had been submitted to the police, and where told to ask them for additional information.
The team was then escorted down to see the corpse. Gunso Jones inspected it and found it had been oddly mutilated, with a large number of significant muscle groups having been removed, including the biceps. Traces of obsidian where found in the wounds, possibly consistent with the type of scalpels used in the clinic.
The team then split up. Starek found a net cafe, and attempted to gather details of the contractors who where performing the ongoing renovations at the clinic. Seaman Ferrera went to the police, and requested a copy of the autopsy report. Revolution Flynn informed the team that a Gyre associated with violence was to be found in the directors office, and was last seen sitting in the corner of a pub, brushing up on his painting. Subrick infiltrated the hospital.
Seaman Ferrera returned, with the autopsy report. Starek read through it, confirming standard details, and that the body was missing (as had been observed earlier) substantial amounts of muscle tissue, the wounds of which appeared to have been treated by Vitakinesis. In addition, The body was confirmed to have an unusual amount of taint – not nothing, but relatively low levels – indicative of perhaps several weeks low level exposure to Aberrants, or possibly just acquired the Cantor station incident. (We didn’t learn that until we got the autopsy report. We observed no taint at all on the corpse).
Brimley and Gunso Jones went to inspect the site of the Freak Alley Collapse, learning nothing of weight, but returning with an old lady they had picked up returning to the sight to search for her property. Mel employed telepathy to facilitate communication with the citizen, while Mr Flynn and Mr Starek went house hunting, specifically for a ready to rent property in the vicinity of the clinic director’s home.
The facilitated communications yielded a) a number of details about how things where always getting worse b) a shady image of someone resembling an Aberrant standing in the wreckage of Freak Alley. She also claimed to have seen shadowy images of up to four other Aberrants, but since the visibility was poor and her memories seemed oddly “shaky” and “blurred”, there were no clear images of any other suspects. She also claimed to have had drugs administered to her within the Beaulac clinic, over her objections, which might have produced this memory clouding effect.
During this time Starek shared some more pertinent details of the Orgotech report from the Cantor station incident.(operated by the Aeroc Corporation – on the surface a small time Lunar mining concern). Notable features include
1) The facility had been reduced to “wreckage and corpses” by the time the Norça and Orgotek forces reached the site
2) When the reached the site two of the Aberrants were already dead. It was noted as being unlikely that the internal security forces could have done this
3)The Vitakinetics’ response time was notably “johnny-on-the-spot”
4)The John Doe corpse removed from the building was cleared of significant residual taint, and it was the team leaders impression that the doctors had no real idea a) Why he was there or b) Why he was naked
It was noted that the pressure sensors built into the emergency bulkheads surrounding Freak Alley would have recorded the pressure signature of the event which caused it’s collapse. Mr Starek went to retrieve sensor data from one of these doors, discovering the event was actually comprised of four smaller and temporally separate pressure pulses, thus reducing the probability the collapse was triggered by a single charge.
Subrick, meanwhile, was trailing Grabowski through the streets.
During this time Starek and Brimley hatched a plan whose cunning was only matched by it’s execution. Brimley disguised himself as the old lady’s quote “reprobate, low life drug dealer of a son”, while Starek disguised himself as a lawyer from Lunar legal firm “Russell, Russell and Richmond”, complete with letterhead, and briefcase. Talking their way past the security they where then defeated by the personal guard on the upper level, who wanted to known a) If they had an appointment and b) what the hell they were doing there at what was now 3am Luna time. After endeavoring to resolve the situation amicably they where given the quite reasonable choice of a) leave or b) get shot. They opted for a).
During this time Subrick investigated Grabowski’s apartment complex (leaving a fetching bloodstain on the front door), confirming the target was asleep. Seaman Ferrera then proceeded to pilfer his mind at will, discovering for the first time the extent of the situation. It appeared that the Æsculapians had been implanting bioware containing Aberrant samples into psions at the Beaulac Clinic for reasons as yet unknown.
Meanwhile, at the clinic in question Brimley decided to plum for option c). An altercation emerged between the guard and Brimley, somewhat to the surprise and dismay of Starek. Perhaps unsurprisingly the guard proved intractable, and proceeded to escalate to more forceful means of dispute resolution. Starek contributed to the emerging situation by standing back.
Realizing he was somewhat outclassed Brimley made an exit, leaving Starek to explain to the irate guard that his client was clearly mad, and even paying for the premium package was no justification for this sort of behavior. The guard elected to pursue Brimley, while Starek walked out the front door. (The guard fell down the stairs). Brimley exfiltrated, and joined him at rather a nice pub, a few blocks from the Grabowski’s apartment.
Revolution Flynn, having finished what appeared to be a quite pleasant bath, exited the bathroom and informed the team members there (Gunso Jones and Seaman Ferrera) that violence would be occurring with subject Ross shortly. The team departed for his apartment with some haste via taxi.
At the clinic director’s apartment Subrick, having received news of Mr Flynn’s warning, decided to withdraw, in the hopes of intercepting the combatant on his way into the apartment. This proved unsuccessful, as Dr Ross had bypassed him, the staircase, and even the walls using one of a worrying number of powers he appeared to have developed. When Subrick realized his mistake, and returned Dr Ross was raising the matter of his horrific mutilation with the originator of said mutilation, the good Doctor.
Swiftly convincing Mr Subrick that he couldn’t defeat Mr Ross unaided, Mr Ross turned his attention back to Grabowski. Subrick departed with some haste to get help, running into Jones, Ferrera and Flynn on the stairs. Together they returned, to find Grabowski offering to reverse Ross’s surgery. A frank exchange of views followed, during which time Dr Ross, armed with experimental biotech implants, demonstrated a) that he wasn’t willing to listen to reason b) that he was out for terminal revenge, c) the ability to throw fire and d) the capacity to become intangible at will.
After Grabowski’s unfortunate pyrokinetic demise Dr Ross was briefly brought back to the negotiating table, during which time he informed the team that Minerva was to be found at Montressor. Potentially something of a problem.
With a suspected Aberrant attack ongoing things outside the apartment building were escalating rapidly. When Brimley and Starek arrived at the scene the local commander of the ULPF was preparing for what can only be described as an artillery barrage to the third floor. Waving his Trinity card above his head Starek, with Brimley’s less flappable support, succeeded in taking temporary charge of the situation and contacting Gunso Jones within the building.
There followed a lamentable breakdown of communication. Starek wished to convey the sentiment that artillery backup was available if required. The sentiment actually conveyed was “which bit of the building do you want exploded”. Gunso Jones naturally was less than sanguine about this proposition, suggesting in frank terms he tell the ULPF to stand down.
It was at this point the full extent of the Æsculapian problem became apparent, and Special Agent Ramirez was summoned to Luna with all due haste, using a ULPF mobile secure call station.
Within the apartment Dr Ross had been immobilized by Subrick. After some considerable effort he eventually died, despite being some combination of a) On the verge of intangible and b) almost impossible to kill. ULPF forces then entered the building to administering first aid. Team Aleph members searched the scene for additional clues which might have proved compromising to operation security, or yielded further ideas as to what the hell was going on.
The body was removed under guard to a Trinity safe house. Through the further use of certain technokinetic information processing abilities (please see transcript below) it was determined that Dr Lukas Polidori, one of the second rank administrators at the clinic may have been aware of the ongoing experiments, and had elected to flee. Brimley, Seaman Ferrera and Gunso Jones then departed the Trinity safehouse to, quote “intercept” . They where shortly after detained for questioning by the ULPF, with the good Doctor. Details of the incident remain unclear, something to do with “rugby tackling” being mentioned in passing.
Conclusions and outstanding questions
Pertinent facts discovered by the investigators
1) Some aspects of Revolution Flynns reputation are exaggerated. Others are not.
2) The Æsculapian Order has been experimenting on its own psions, and potentially psions of other Orders, to create bio-enhanced psions using samples of Aberrant. This is probably not a world beating strategy to achieve their aims, whatever they may be.
3) Great care should be taken when dealing with heavy artillery.
Speculation and unanswered questions:
1) What exactly is the Æsculapian order trying to do?
2) Who is Minerva? Is She/He truly based at Montressor, the Æsculapian headquarters?
3) What were the Æsculapians doing at or near Cantor station?
4) Why did the Aberrants attack Cantor station?
5) We speculate the Aberrants were not being stored at Cantor station, but Warped in before commencing their attack. Their choice of attappears to have been just a coincidence. Was it?
6) How many enhanced psions were at Cantor station? How many exist and where are they now?
7) Who were the test subjects for the experiments? Who is “Dr Malachi Ross” and whose body was the “John Doe” at Cantor station?
8) We speculate that the disappearances of poor people within Luna city is connected in some way. The nature of this connection is unknown. Were they trying to enhance regular people with bioware derived from Aberrants or psions? If not why did they need those people, as the only known enhanced individual, Dr Ross, was a psion already. Was John Doe a psion? Was he bioware enhanced, or simply stripped for parts?
9) Did the psion bodies/wounded removed to the clinic after the Cantor station incident all get properly disposed of and/or returned to their families? If the bodies where retained what was their eventual fate?
10) We assume it was Doctor Malachi Ross who escaped from the clinic, through Freak Alley. Was this the case?
11)We believe the research was taking place in the psychiatric and research areas. There appeared to be no significant evidence of a trail of destruction on the way down, out of the building and into Freak Alley. In addition Freak Alley was several levels below the clinic itself. There was no noticeable trail of destruction from the Beaulac Clinic down to Freak Alley. Assuming it was Ross why did he descend all the way to Freak alley? Speculation – as he thought he would be more easily able to loose his pursuers there? Why did he then destroy Freak Alley?
12) These experiments could bring down the wrath of the other orders upon the Æsculapians. Could this be an attempt by some outside force to cause us to dispose of one of our most useful assets as a species?
13) The repairs to John Doe’s corpse – could they have been conducted post mortem? If not, what was the actual timeline of events at Cantor station?
Proposed courses of action
1) Investigate the Beaulac clinic in a thorough and vigorous fashion. Extract all information for later analysis.
2) Arrange for the release of Dr Lukas Polidori. Follow him at a discreet distance using Revolution Flynn’s abilities, and endeavour to find where he runs to.
This report compiled by Mr Janusz Starek – Orgotek Technical Support Division
Revolution Flynn – “Wind blows, rain falls, people die”
Janusz Starek – “He paid for the premium package! DO YOU HEAR ME! THE PREMIUM PACKAGE!”
Davy Jones, on thinking that the building he was in was about to be shelled – “WHAT”
Mel’s Minicomp Agent – “Is it secret? IS IT? IS IT? IS IT!?”
Juan Brimley – “It’s a fantastic rug, Dr Grabowski. It really ties the room together.”
Juan Brimley – “They are really lovely earrings, they really tie the room … your face … your outfit together”.
Subrick – “Just a question, Rev. Are you fabulously wealthy?”
Rev – “There are many ways in which I can be described as fabulous. Material wealth is one of them.”
Subrick – “So you’ve been part of the order since before…?”
Rev – “Yes, since before the casinos – before the general public – were aware of the psions’ existence.”
Partial Signal Transcript: Dr Grabowski (JG) and “Minerva” (M)
M: Are you all cleared up there?
JG: Yes, and I should be down there with you soon. The personnel and equipment have been moved or disposed of.
M: Apart from Ross.
JG: If Ross comes for me, we will have to deal with that at the time. I have no other option.
M: Let’s hope he doesn’t. We’ll be in contact soon.
Call Transcript: Dr Lukas Polidori (LP) to Ivan Lerma (IL)
LP: All indications are that Director Grabowski is dead. Which, I suppose, means your contract is terminated. As for me: I need to be elsewhere.