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[This is a casual rp starter for scenes with Jen Daring, the world's most harmless Malkavian Antitribu. It serves as a warmup spot for character ideas for the After Gehenna game.]

San Francisco was a fishing village now. Bay water lapped the bases of the surviving skyscrapers, so clear now you could see down to the shattered street. Some brave divers went for artifacts down there: jewelry, surviving tools, random items to decorate their chambers with and claim bragging rights just for surviving. An old hubcap could cost you your life now that the Farrallones and the Bay were wed in one stretch of water over the drowned city. Sharks--the main risk in the area and also the main livelihood. They might get a fisherman now and again, but most nights in the high village with its precarious catwalks, it was they who became dinner.

When the sun went down the fishing crews lowered ropes down the side of the buildings and hauled up the boats along with their catch. The hard, ugly end-of-the-day work was necessary, for one breed of shark hunted at night and could take out even the few old yachts they had left.

The grunts and creaks of the ropes and thunk and scrape of the rising boats were the first thing Jen heard when she woke that night. She opened the closet she was curled up in and spilled out, yawning hugely. The outer wall of the hotel room she was squatting in had shattered outward, and a huge, battle-scarred gray cat crouched among the bricks, messily dining on a pigeon the size of a football. He looked up at her with his one good eye and meowed conversationally.

Within half an hour they had both eaten, and Jen was sitting quietly on the edge of the cracked rooftop plaza of the hotel. Other villagers, human and otherwise, milled on the rooftop by torchlight, enjoying a barbecue out in the cool night air. The cat sat next to her, keeping watch. Jen was a little unfocused, distracted by the blobs of golden and royal blue light dancing through the air. She knew something was going to happen soon and she should be here for it, but not what.

Date: 2014-08-16 09:04 pm (UTC)
tookhishand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
"Relax." He's going to stand closer to Roland than the vampire bunch, and that's who he addresses first, quietly. "We're safe. We're not in any trouble with them."

As Danica said, but it probably means more coming from Donald.

To the team: "I have a place to stay. No need to take in 'strays'."

And he offers his cold 'dinner' to Roland. Better than nothing.

Date: 2014-08-16 09:16 pm (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old general arms crossed headtilt)
From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
Curious gesture for a cat but Roland doesn't think long on that, just stands to study Donald for a second. After that second he nods minutely, something relaxing in his posture as he looks back to the rest of them. "Just how large would that region be? Nothing we could walk out of in a day or two?"

He keeps looking toward the others, attentive and polite, and nudges the plate back toward Donald without looking at him. He knows how much you have to eat. Get to it.

Date: 2014-08-16 09:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tookhishand
He eyes the cat, shrugs to himself, and donates part of the fish. Not all of it. Food is good, variety is better. He'll finally eat the dang thing.

He's quietly judging them for not noticing so many disappearances earlier. Excuse him for having worked with the FBI so long ago.

"Sharks, though. Are there other animals to watch out for?"

Date: 2014-08-16 10:07 pm (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old general listening intent stare)
From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
A border dispute. Some things never change no matter how far you travel. Well, Donald could have walked into much worse. Roland could have found much worse, when he'd come for him. And the people Donald had found here - well, you never can tell. More than human, probably, at least some of them, and it doesn't take much to figure out that there's something strange about that grey one. It's not as if he doesn't trust Donald's judgement that they're safe, but more cautious men have been fooled on less.

"And those disappearances," he adds onto the end of Donald's question. "Those aren't a usual part of something like this."

Date: 2014-08-17 12:13 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
It's not his fight. One hundred dead is hard to walk by, though. He can guess that's only the beginning of the casualties.

"By the way, what's a Gangrel?"

Date: 2014-08-17 12:27 am (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old anger resigned frustration)
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Roland makes a face at Donald for a second. Even asking for clarification on what seems such general knowledge is a sure way to peg them both as Not From Around Here. Which, depending where you are, can be dangerous. Well, it probably would have come out eventually anyway. Too late now. "Getting a lock on them? What is she doing?"

Either that question will distract from Donald's, or it will give an even worse impression. But that sounds like something you'd say in regards to a weapon, and it seems like something he might need to understand if he's going to stay here much longer.

Date: 2014-08-17 02:12 am (UTC)
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Hush up with your Looks, Roland, they already guessed what he was.

"We can wait, don't you think?" The question is for Roland, now that they're both here. His vote is towards helping, if he can, and if he gets a vote this time.

Date: 2014-08-17 02:29 am (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old general elvis closeup)
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Roland studies Donald. The other man's vote is the deciding one, actually, little though Roland thinks to say so. "With so many people gone, and vampires... I couldn't walk away, I don't think." He says it matter-of-factly, because to him this isn't a matter of moral outrage, nor of concern. Duty, mostly.

He turns back toward them, looking over all of them before settling on the one who's obviously the leader. "If you wish it we'll move along. But we'd stay and maybe be of some little use, if you'll have us."

Date: 2014-08-18 01:01 am (UTC)
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"Yes, we do. Guns." And he could use just about any sort of higher tech out there. It's the rare item he wouldn't recognize.

Date: 2014-08-18 01:15 am (UTC)
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...That lets Roland know quite a few things about this world that he did not really expect. Not to mention about the company he's currently keeping. "And we can use most other weapons we come across." Though he knows little about this world, he says this with confidence. Weapons are what he does, and the idea of not being able to figure one out isn't something he even considers. "Your plan, sai? Wait for your spy to report, then ride?"
Edited Date: 2014-08-18 01:16 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-08-18 11:17 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (♥ 23)
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'Ten minutes' is the part he understands, and 'cover us'. Simple, they can handle it.

He nods to the Pack, looking aside at Roland. "You're prepared, right now?"

Generally a stupid question to ask. He does it anyway.

Date: 2014-08-18 01:18 pm (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old bitchface ur cute when ur stupid)
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It is a stupid question, and Roland's expression should be quite enough to tell Donald so. "Are you?"

"Torpor," he says then, turning his attention toward Jen. "What do we need to know about it?" He'd like, too, to know exactly what it is they're going to be riding, because chances are low that it's going to be horses. But that much he's soon going to find out. Best stick to the important questions.
Edited (icon) Date: 2014-08-18 01:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-08-18 09:30 pm (UTC)
tookhishand: (Default)
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What would he have without stupid questions? Less fun.

"As ready as I can be." He prefers plans and traps and time to prepare... ten minutes doesn't give him a chance. Ditto for the 'Pack', poor things.

Date: 2014-08-19 12:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
After a few years of traveling with someone, you learn a few things about them. This includes, in Roland's case, the type of fighting they prefer. It's what he prefers too, to be honest - getting the lay of the land, figuring out how to use it. But they're completely out of their depth here, at least for a little while, and Roland accepts that. Still, he knows Donald isn't completely satisfied.

"Do you mind if my friend gathers a few things of yours?" he asks, again addressing the group in general rather than only one member. "We'll use anything he takes as carefully as we can, and you'll find few better when it comes to machines."

Date: 2014-08-19 12:56 am (UTC)
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"Assuming we have time. What do you have stored nearby?"

Ten minutes, and limited to what they can carry. He doubts he'll get anything more than extra bullets.

Date: 2014-08-19 10:52 am (UTC)
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Roland raises his eyebrows, hunkering to inspect it all. Of course there's the greed inside him seeing all of it - even the things he isn't familiar with, or maybe especially those - but it isn't precisely what he was thinking. He notes Catherine's strength, at least enough to carry a bag like that moderate distances, and looks up.

"This is generous indeed, sai Catherine, and I thank you for it. I was thinking bombs, or maybe, ah... grenados-" He looks up at Donald, fairly sure that's not the right pronunciation and wanting to check, "- or anything he could make from what you're not using. But this may work better." Here there's another look at Donald, still questioning. Not Roland's decision what the man feels most comfortable with, after all.

Date: 2014-08-19 04:59 pm (UTC)
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"You might like these." he says to Roland, picking up the infrared goggles. "Used to see in the dark. Do any of you need them?"

Vampires don't, surely.

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