Black Orchid
#1
Jae-shin and I were at the Black Orchid last night. We're safe - everything went fine. I don't believe anyone identified us. We were as careful as we could have been.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do much sneaking around. They've got cameras rigged up. I could have taken some offline, but that would have just tipped security off that something was going on, so I stayed out of all the private spaces... which was fucking frustrating. They're obviously using that VIP area to feed on people. I saw a few vampires taking people up there with them. All of them came back out, thankfully, but their patterns were weaker. Tired. Light-headed.

Jae-shin was more useful than I was. He actually managed to track down a ghost and talk to her. Said her name was Alana. She seems to have been there for a while. According to her, there's no human trafficking ring being run out of that club, though she didn't seem surprised by the possibility that the owners could be involved in something like that. We didn't get a whole lot of concrete information from her. She was... pretty traumatized, I think. The vampires at this club might not be shipping people to Mexico, but people have been killed there. Sometimes by accident. Sometimes intentionally. Alana did say that no one has died there recently, but I'm not sure what her definition of "recent" even is.

That's about all we managed to get. I thought about trying to approach one of the vampires, but it didn't seem like it would be worth the risk. I highly doubt any of them would give me anything useful even in a best-case scenario, and we've already got a few contacts among them. I did talk to one of the bartenders though, and I have a date with him tonight. Maybe I'll manage to get something out of him. I doubt it'll be very significant, but it's worth a shot.

-I

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[Relevant rolls below]

Ian
[Jae-shin needs to do his Mind Shield, base 5 -1 (practiced) -1 (slow)]
Dice: 2 d10 TN3 (1, 2) ( success x 1 ) [WP]

Ian
[extending +1]
Dice: 2 d10 TN4 (2, 7) ( success x 2 ) [WP]

Ian
[once more]
Dice: 2 d10 TN4 (5, 7) ( success x 2 )

Ian
[Jae-shin's Mind Shield is at lvl 3 for 24 hours]

Ian
[Jae-shin masking resonance, base diff 5 -1 (slow)]
Dice: 2 d10 TN4 (3, 8) ( success x 2 ) [WP]

Ian
[extending +1]
Dice: 2 d10 TN5 (2, 10) ( success x 2 ) [WP]

Ian
[and again]
Dice: 2 d10 TN5 (1, 7) ( success x 1 )

Ian
[Jae-shin's resonance masking is also at lvl 3 for 24 hours]

Ian
[Ian's Per+Alertness - anything worth noticing here?]
Dice: 6 d10 TN6 (1, 2, 2, 4, 6, 8) ( success x 2 )

Ian
[Awareness]
Dice: 6 d10 TN6 (2, 2, 5, 7, 7, 10) ( success x 3 )

Ian
[Life scan]
Dice: 2 d10 TN3 (3, 5) ( success x 2 )

Ian
[Forces scan - security cameras?]
Dice: 2 d10 TN3 (6, 9) ( success x 2 )

Ian
[Ian's Manip+Sub for pretending to be a normal club-goer on a date who totally has no idea vampires are a thing]
Dice: 7 d10 TN6 (3, 3, 4, 6, 8, 8, 10) ( success x 4 )

Ian
[Jae-shin's Manip+Sub for the same thing]
Dice: 3 d10 TN6 (3, 4, 7) ( success x 2 ) [WP]

Ian
[Jae-shin's Spirit Sight (find the ghosts!)]
Dice: 2 d10 TN3 (4, 7) ( success x 2 )

Ian
[Jae-shin talking to a ghost Cha+Empathy]
Dice: 4 d10 TN6 (6, 7, 8, 9) ( success x 4 )

Ian
[Ian makes eyes at the bartender App+Performance or Subterfuge (whichever man they're the same score)]
Dice: 8 d10 TN6 (3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 9, 10) ( success x 7 ) Re-rolls: 1

Ian
[Ok, well, I think he's noticed you Ian]

Ian
[Cha+Empathy - can you be charming tonight?]
Dice: 6 d10 TN6 (1, 4, 4, 5, 7, 9) ( success x 2 )

Ian
[Eh. At least that's reasonably approachable. Not that it really matters with 7 'look how hot I am' successes.]

Ian
[And just to be safe, Wits+Subterfuge (still conversing with bartender)]
Dice: 7 d10 TN6 (1, 2, 4, 4, 6, 7, 10) ( success x 3 )

Ian
[Bartender's Per+Subterfuge]
Dice: 5 d10 TN6 (1, 4, 5, 9, 10) ( success x 2 )

Ian
[And lo, the dice rolls are complete]
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#2
Alce - can you see if, among any of the deaths through exsanguination you found in that cluster, any of the victims were named Alana?

She may mean that their deaths were part of the cluster that ended in 2006. I know you didn't find any connection, but it may be worth looking again now that we have a name.
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#3
Sorry, not a clue. The victims were never identified. One of them may have been called Alana, but there's no record of the name in what I could find.
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#4
I was able to get some information from Evan (the bartender,) though it should be taken with a grain of salt, since a lot of it hinges on assumption. I think most of it we basically already know, and the rest may not be that useful, but here's what he told me:

1: He doesn't like Grayson. At all. Thinks he's creepy and kind of a dick.

2: He's fairly sure that Grayson and a couple of the bouncers are involved in drug dealing, based on some sketchy behavior and a phone call he overheard.

3: Grayson is dating a woman named Kat who is, according to Evan, "gorgeous but kind of unhinged. And also weirdly religious."

4: There's a singer at the club named Milena Branco who Grayson used to be involved with before he got together with Kat (Milena actually came to Denver with him,) and the two of them still have a pretty heated, tempestuous relationship. According to Evan, she absolutely hates Denver, and he can't figure out why she doesn't just leave - "considering she walks around half the time with this look like she might murder someone just to make the day more interesting."

5: Grayson has a lot of weird and creepy friends who like to use the VIP area. (We already knew this.)

I think the only really useful thing I took from this is that these vampires might be more fractured, as a group, than we initially assumed. That could potentially be exploited. I'm not sure Evan's read on the Grayson/Kat/Milena situation was entirely accurate, but it does seem like there's a schism between them. As for Evan, he doesn't seem to know what Grayson is, or really have much sense of what he's involved in other than vague gut reactions. I got a read on his surface thoughts when I was talking to him and he wasn't deliberately lying. It's possible that some of the club's (mortal) employees have some involvement with whatever illegal activities Grayson might be up to, but I don't think all of them do. Some of them are probably innocent people who have no idea who they're really working for. So whatever we do, we should be wary of collateral damage.

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Ian
[Mind 2 (Empathic Projection - You totally want to vent right now, right?) diff 5 -1 (cunning resonance)]
Dice: 2 d10 TN4 (6, 10) ( success x 3 ) [WP]

Ian
[Cha+Empathy]
Dice: 6 d10 TN6 (1, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9) ( success x 6 ) [WP]

Ian
[Mind 2 - Reading surface thoughts. Diff 5 -1 (resonance)]
Dice: 2 d10 TN4 (1, 4) ( success x 2 ) [WP]

Ian
[extending]
Dice: 2 d10 TN5 (1, 7) ( success x 1 )
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