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Eskola (Spring 2009)

Piscina "Pisces" Nadya; May 4, 2009

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Piscina "Pisces" Nadya; May 4, 2009

HEALTH x4:

STEALTH x4

Goal: Identify the people investigating the eskola victims and figure out why they're interested.

Method: Pisces is investigating the people coming down from the special investigative drug agency sent in to investigate the eskola drug. She is trying to find out who they are, the public line on why they're investigating the bodies, and what doctors and nurses think the real reason is. She will try to get a copy of the coroner's report on one of the bodies.

If she can, she's going to try to find out in advance when one of the agents of this agency is coming in to investigate the body. She wants to arrange to be where he is briefly, dip into his mind, and find out what he knows about the drug, why he's investigating it, and the nature of that agency for which he works.

She's a little nervous about this being hunters or something worse, so she's going to endeavor to do this in such a way that she remains concealed and distant from the agent while trying to establish telepathic contact. She wants to do it either in a crowded room, with lots of people between her and her intended brain victim, or outside the hospital from a rooftop, or somewhere else where she has lots of cover, distance, and escape routes. Her exact method will depend on the information she gets about when investigators are coming to look at the bodies and the physical setup of the hospital.

Influence Response:

The public line is that they're a special firm that's been hired by some government-associated agency that specializes in exotic drugs. Incidentally, this is also the private line - they don't know anything; all they do is run a few tests and send samples/data to Vegas.

Their primary contact is a Dr. Chang whom they have met a few times. His office is based in New Jersey.

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Piscina "Pisces" Nadya; May 4, 2009

STREET x4:

STREET x4 + CONTACTS x1

STEALTH x4

5 dots (4 dots street + 1 contacts):

Goal: Find out what eskola is, where it comes from, how damaging it is in comparison to other drugs, and if there's anything special about it that a Kindred should be concerned about.

Pisces gets the word on the street about what eskola does and why it's popular, buys a sample of the drug, and canvases her connections among the drug dealers, trying to find out who is still pushing it. When she has found the dealers, she tries to find out where they're getting it. She traces the path of the drug back from dealers to suppliers as far as she can go, using telepathy to find the answers she wants if people seem at all reluctant to give her information.

She STEALTHs by using chimera and go-betweens to do her investigating for her and by reading the minds of informants she doesn't trust not to talk about talking with her. If anything happens to further disrupt the flow of eskola, she doesn't want to get labeled a narc because she was asking about it beforehand.

Influence Response:

Eskola is a psychostimulant - increased blood pressure, heart rate, concentration, and a significant sense of euphoria. It also has the tendency to make you crazy and bleed out of your orifices if you take enough of it. Where the name came from, no one really knows; some suggest the name is borrowed word from some Indo-chinese language.

Interestingly enough, a lot of dealers have stopped carrying it since the recent police response has been so dramatic, and because these crazy-effects, while infrequent, make people *really* crazy in the way that involves bleeding out of your nose. You're not sure what the effect is on vampire physiology, but you're sure it'll be unpleasant.

All trails lead back to organized crime - seems like the Italians and Irish were in on this.

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Piscina "Pisces" Nadya; May 4, 2009

UNDERWORLD x1:

UNDERWORLD x1 + CONTACTS x4

Goal: Find the source of the eskola drug. What brilliant individual/group decided to introduce it to New York and why?

Pisces makes very gentle, guarded, mostly illusionary inquiries about eskola, using leads from her street influence and police influence to figure out where to search for the fundamental propagators of the drug. She continues to trace the drug back to its source, relying even more heavily on telepathy and only using her contacts to arrange meetings with and locate the people whose minds she needs to probe.

Influence Response:

It came from overseas; apparently it's been a big hit in places like Thailand and the Philippines, but Interpol is cracking down on it? Apparently this shipment was saved from a drug bust recently, and they had to reroute it through somewhere to get rid of it. Someone paid the mob a good amount of cash to take this off their hands...

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Piscina "Pisces" Nadya; May 4, 2009

POLICE x3:

STEALTH x3

Goal: Pisces wants to supplement her investigations into eskola in the Underworld by using the police's resources.

Method: Pisces has McClin request the police reports relating to the eskola busts to give her leads on where to investigate in the Underworld--anywhere the police haven't already. If she can get access to any of the mafiosos they busted and do it unobtrusively, she visits them and reads their minds to gather more information. She spins a cover story about having a message or gift from some contact she knows they have on the street.

Influence Response:

The mafiosos you come in contact with indicate some sort of... ASIAN involvement. Some opinions to follow:

The drug came from Asia, the guy who bought it was some asian mobster who had a few contacts here, and they wanted to get rid of it. We said, hey - we'll make a quick couple of bucks, especially since they sold it to us so cheap. Too bad the cops are such shits.

I heard some mad scientist was working on a cure for cancer and instead got this. Greedy bastard sold the recipe to some other druglord who decided it'd be a great club drug, and made a ton of it. Druglord goes, "hey let's test the waters," and gives us a couple of crates of the stuff."

What the fuck do I know? I just showed up cuz everyone else was, and all of a sudden the cops are everywhere.

Man, I tried some of that shit. Fucks you up big time. Where's it from? Oh, yeah - like China or something. Those squinty chinks are always coming up with some fucked up shit.

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