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Rumors for September 28, 2007

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Public Knowledge

  • The Daily Dirge [.doc]: Stabbing Death Reminiscent of "Street Devil" Case; Wu Industries Researcher Implicated in Sempreverde Ring Commits Suicide; Massive Drug Lab Busted

Sect and Clan

  • Malkavian: Lack of Dreams Before Waking (Clan is equal to Malkavian): You have had no dreams for the past two weeks. This strikes you as rather odd.

Other

  • The Batcave (Personal for Alex and Pisces): There have been some drug raids by the cops in the general neighborhood of the Batcave recently.

  • Nightmares (Personal for Kaya Miakoda): You have no dreams for the past two weeks... at least none that you can remember. It's wildly disconcerting. You often awaken from fits of screaming with a faint recollection of something you can't recall. You spend the beginning of most evenings feeling nauseous, frustrated and yet somehow relieved - you're glad to be in the waking world at the very least.

    The whole sensation is exceptionally draining.

Bureaucracy

  • Bureaucracy x2: There is a lot of pressure from state and federal high-ups to crack down on sempreverde production and possibly a push to criminalize its production and use.

  • Bureaucracy x3: By big pressure, we mean it's one of those "defining issues" that everyone is getting behind. Sempre's a hallucinogen and has been tied to meth.

  • Bureaucracy x5: The FDA is definitely behind this. Someone else may be as well. [?]

Church

  • Church x1: A variety of vigils have been held for the Lunez family. Misery and woe, misery and woe.

  • Church x2: Troublesome graveyard vandals! People keep breaking in and cutting up trees. The Neighborhood Watch almost caught them this time. [?]

    There is a small but vocal group of evangelical Christians who take the Lucasta sighting and Lunez murders as evidence that Satan is directly interfering with events on Earth. They are preparing for the coming war in ways that (to them) seem appropriate. Less hysterical religious leaders have tried, without success, to calm them down.

  • Church x3: There is an informal group of various Christian religious leaders in the New York area who are attempting to place Lucasta in the larger scheme of Christian belief. They would very much like to see the Lucasta sighting as a miracle from God. Given what was said at the event, however, they are having some difficulty.

    Despite the best efforts of the various Christian hierarchies in the area, several priests, ministers, etc. have quietly indicated that they agree with those who view the Lucasta sighting as a sign of infernal influence.

  • Church x4: Word has it that someone is planning a sermon linking Lucasta to Revelations.

  • Church x5: There is fear among the better placed and more far-thinking religious leaders that the furor over Lucasta could result in some kind of hysterical conflict between good Christians and the Lucasta cultists. They would like to avoid this.

    The sermon is being planned by Father Julius Parker, who leads a small storefront congregation in the Bronx.

Finance

  • Finance x2: Wu Industries CEO Brian Wu gave a wonderful press conference on his company's investigation into the effects of Sempreverde.

  • Finance x3: According to Brian Wu, Wu Industries is doing completely legal testing on mice with some limited, FDA approved human testing. Their goal is apparently to investigate the full long- and short- term effects of Sempreverde and to discover any links between Sempreverde and mass hallucinations.

  • Finance x4: Their other goal is to try to develop a counter-drug to Sempreverde.

Health

  • Health x1: Wu Industries CEO Brian Wu gave a wonderful press conference on his company's investigation into the effects of sempreverde.

  • Health x2: According to Brian Wu, Wu Industries is doing completely legal testing on mice with some limited, FDA approved human testing. Their goal is apparently to investigate the full long- and short- term effects of sempreverde and to discover any links between sempreverde and mass hallucinations.

  • Health x3: For some reason, there seems to be an increase in STI education programs recently.

    Wu Industries' other goal is to try to develop a counter-drug to sempreverde.

  • Health x6: New initiatives tied to the increased education also encourage testing prices to be lowered or removed.

High Society

  • High Society x2: Cyrano de Bergerac is apparently a popular play for ticket sales this month.

  • High Society x4: A rather charming Spanish fellow arrived in the city recently. He doesn't know many people in the circles yet, but he's quite pleasant.

  • High Society x5: That charming Spanish chap is an artist! Oh, how wonderful! He's been taking people out to coffee and chatting with them. He really is a nice man.

    Someone's buying up a very eclectic selection of theater and opera tickets for the next month or two.

  • High Society x6: That Spanish artist's name is Marco. Isn't that a wonderful name? He's apparently a wonderful person. Although he has joined a local artist's union.

    Those tickets are really odd. Really, who purchases tickets to both Mamma Mia AND Madame Butterfly?

Industry

  • Industry x1: OMG! Wu Industries Chief Science Adviser implicated in sempre ring!

    What the hell?

  • Industry x2: Wu Industries CEO Brian Wu gave a wonderful press conference on his company's investigation into the effects of sempreverde. Wu was recently trying to move in as the top sempre firm - wonder what the sempre ring implications will do...

    Bet they'll get raided, maybe even get some sections shut down.

  • Industry x3: According to Brian Wu, Wu Industries is doing completely legal testing on mice with some limited, FDA approved human testing. Their goal is apparently to investigate the full long- and short- term effects of sempreverde and to discover any links between sempreverde and mass hallucinations.

    This entire Sempre thing came out of nowhere - Wu did an extensive security audit this summer and found nothing like this.

  • Industry x4: Wu industries has been trying desperately to find out who tipped the cops off on this one, but no luck.

    There's apparently a new artist in town, who's quite a likable guy. He's joined one of the artist's unions.

  • Industry x5: Media sources got anonymous phone calls in advance of the raid on Lawrence-Kross' house. Claimed to be a cop.

    That new artist is cool. He's Spanish, and he apparently made a significant donation to his new union on top of his dues.

  • Industry x6: His name is Marco, and he's a member of the Scenic Artist's Union.

Legal

  • Legal x1: There is a lot of pressure from state and federal high-ups to crack down on Ssempreverde production and possibly a push to criminalize its production and use.

  • Legal x2: By big pressure, we mean it's one of those "defining issues" that everyone is getting behind. Sempre's a hallucinogen and has been tied to meth.

    Police have started making drug raids in Staten as a result.

  • Legal x3: The state Justice Department is part of the push, but they're not the only ones.

  • Legal x4: The Federal Justice Department is too.

  • Legal x5: As are the Justice Departments of a lot of other states.

Media

  • Media x1: Wu Industries CEO Brian Wu gave a wonderful press conference on his company's investigation into the effects of Sempreverde.

  • Media x2: His speech was apparently the stuff legends are made from. You had to be there to understand, but he was really impressive.

  • Media x3: According to Brian Wu, Wu Industries is doing completely legal testing on mice with some limited, FDA approved human testing. Their goal is apparently to investigate the full long- and short- term effects of sempreverde and to discover any links between sempreverde and mass hallucinations.

  • Media x4: Their other goal is to try to develop a counter-drug to sempreverde.

    Media sources got anonymous phone calls in advance of the raid on Lawrence-Kross' house. Claimed to be a cop.

  • Media x5: Wu Industries really wants everyone to believe that they have the public's interests at heart. Maybe they do.

Occult

  • Occult x1: No one has a clue what's happening these days. Infighting abounds among Lucastan cults (and non-Lucastan cults). People keep saying that the apocalypse is coming tomorrow and then get disappointed when it doesn't.

  • Occult x2: The Neighborhood Watch is persecution! The Burning Times are coming again!

  • Occult x3: It's not the Burning Times, the Age of the Lightbringer is coming and the infidel are trying to supress it!

  • Occult x4: Atlantis is going to rise and the Indigo Children are going to rule!

  • Occult x5: Lucasta, dammit!

Police

  • Police x1: HUGE PUSH TO CRACK DOWN ON SEMPRE!

  • Police x2: No seriously, everyone wants the cops to crack down on Sempre except the dealers.

  • Police x3: Even the state government is trying to stick its nose in on the Sempre thing.

  • Police x4: Police are doing drug raids in Staten. Heroin, meth, and Sempre are common.

    Apparently, the gangs have taken to calling in tips on each other to the Watch. At least they've stopped shooting at each other.

    Someone's been sending random doughnuts to precinct houses.

    It is not clear whether or not the person who gave the tip on Lawerence-Kross actually was a Wu employee. They did know an awful lot about the lab setup.

  • Police x5: The Sempre was found because of traces of meth in the area.

    The doughnuts had laxatives in them! They were sent by some bastard named Martinez.

    There has been some pressure to get this Wu case investigated quickly.

  • Police x6: The crackdown is targeted at Staten because the dealers are weak with Throat Cutter only just moving in.

Politics

  • Politics x1: There is a lot of pressure from state and federal high-ups to crack down on sempreverde production and possibly a push to criminalize its production and use.

  • Politics x2: By big pressure, we mean it's one of those "defining issues" that everyone from every party is getting behind. Sempre's a hallucinogen and has been tied to meth.

  • Politics x4: Everyone and their best friend is behind this push. EVERYONE.

  • Politics x5: There's rumor that the FDA and Congress are going to get behind this. Maybe even the President.

  • Politics x6: Actually, scratch that, the FDA and Congress are already behind it. The President's not...yet.

Street

  • Street x1: Throat Cutter Hernandez is pissed about something.

    The fucking cops are cracking down on sempre across the city.

  • Street x2: Everyone who's not fucking stupid is laying low because of the Watch.

  • Street x3: Apparently, someone's been trying to turn in members of the Furies to the Neighborhood Watch. Probably an Orphan. [?]

  • Street x4: Those preppy kids at Columbia are doing that help the homeless thing again. Pansies just want to pat themselves on the back.

    Some of the Furies are calling in the Orphans to the Watch, too, but the Furies didn't start this mess. [?]

  • Street x5: Some kids with the Help the Homeless crews are asking about the Neighborhood Watch. So has this really creepy guy who seems to get around the city a bit.

    Apparently, the Orphans didn't start the Watch-calling mess either...

  • Street x6: The kid asking the most questions is this okay guy named Tommy. The creepy guy's name is Kevin.

Transportation

  • Transportation x3: All the creepy people try to take cabs these days. What happened to the subway?

  • Transportation x5: The subways are going to start running more frequently during night-shift hours.

Underworld

  • Underworld x2: One of the biggest child trafficking rings around seems to have just up and quit the industry. Weird.

    Just in time, too. Someone else was asking about it.

  • Underworld x3: That child trafficking ring? Not gone at all. They just switched businesses to arms dealing.

  • Underworld x4: Apparently the trafficking ring switched because got a new leader who's not in favor of whoring out children.

  • Underworld x5: Well, what do you know? The new leader of the child trafficking... excuse me, arms dealing ring is none other than that guy Omorescu who pissed off TCH a while back.

University

  • University x1: Holy f**k! Neighborhood Watch equals police state! Many grumblings.

  • University x2: People are still cracking down on anyone speaking of Lucasta in any sort of favorable light.

  • University x3: Help the Homeless groups are recruiting again at Columbia University.

  • University x4: The Help the Homeless groups are getting support from other organizations. They're encouraging volunteering at shelters.

  • University x5: The College Democrats and Amnesty International seem to be the strongest supporters of Help the Homeless in their recent drive.

  • University x6: The homeless shelter volunteer drive is getting so much support because they want to keep an eye on the Neighborhood Watch from the ground level. Someone said something about investigating Lucasta, but no one cares about that shit.

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