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Rumors for January 18, 2008

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  • Cassie (Personal for Eric "Theris" Allegheny and Seth Samuel): You get a brief note from Cassandra,

    "I am very worried. As of late, it looks as though someone has been tracking me. I thought it was a slayer, but it is worse than that. Personal reasons force me to run for my undead life. Two nights ago, as I coming back to my apartment, I was almost killed. The situation, after some investigation, is much more dangerous than I ever thought. Please accept my deepest apologies.

    ~Cassandra"

  • Daemon's (Personal for Helen Rogerson and Leon Gorski): Someone has started the process of submitting plans to renovate and reopen Layla Reese's old club.

Bureaucracy

  • Bureaucracy x1: Scuttlebutt says there may be some kind of upcoming problems between the Watch and the New York City Bar Association. This could cause... problems. Problems are to be avoided, if at all possible...

  • Bureaucracy x5: The HUD and Zoning Commission found a company willing to help them update their records for really, really cheap. Its not clear why the company is doing this - they're definitely taking a loss on it.

    A rather adorable young woman has been befriending some of the low-level clerical and cleaning staff at Staten Island Borough Hall.

Church

  • Church x1: There continues to be a big push from the pulpit about the dangers posed by 'radical Islamic fundamentalists,' who are blamed for the 11-9 terrorist attacks. Church-goers are warned, however, not to confuse the acts and views of a few radicals with those of the large, peaceful majority of Muslims.

    People are encouraged to work with the police in solving these and other terrorism cases, be patient and accept a few temporary and regrettable infringements on traditionally respected privileges so that the police may more efficiently track down the killers and terrorists. After all, people have a civil right to life that must, at times, override the other rights.

  • Church x2: In fact, there are a suspiciously large number of very similar sermons/talks given across a range of religious denominations.

Finance

  • Finance x1: BROMME FRIEDERICH IS ALIVE!!! And is leading Vontaug again! Its all over the news! Man, those guys who bought Vontaug stock after it crashed must be really happy with themselves. The stock itself has been shooting back up.

  • Finance x2: We haven't yet had a chance to go through Vontaug's newly released business plans in detail, but we have skimmed them. Seems to me more of the same for Vontaug - a combination of seemingly weird moves which, taken together, make even less sense. But every other time Vontaug has done this, they've made out like bandits. Why? How? How does he do it? *palm to forehead*

  • Finance x3: Whatever else you say about Bromme, he does have style. And balls. Big brass balls. Pushing the press around like that.

  • Finance x4: There have been many people checking into this bank account that got frozen late last year. Several different people have been calling the bank about it with increasing levels of urgency.

  • Finance x5: Different people have been poking the frozen account for months. The most recent one was a high-powered lawyer who is very determined to get the money released. Funny thing though - the account ain't that big. And this ain't a cheap lawyer.

    Someone's been extending feelers in financial circles...

    There's strange shit going down involving a company called MuirCorp.

  • Finance x6: Hell, the lawyer is one of the partners in the firm is named after.

    Whoever is trying to make friends has got a bit of business to throw around. Not too much, but a company retirement account is a company retirement account.

    Muircorp was involved in sempreverde research.

  • Finance x7: Its Ghiberti, from Ghiberti, Kirkpatrick and Hastings.

    It was Truth in Words - they're setting up some kind of accounts with Band of America.

Health

  • Health x2: Someone pushed through a piece of legislation requiring all hospitals/blood banks to keep the names of everyone who receives blood from them for at least 90 days. Fuckers have no conception how difficult this bureaucratic bullshit is to deal with. No wonder no one wants to go into medicine anymore.

    Although still stressed, it looks like the blood supply will be OK this season. Not great, but OK.

  • Health x3: Weird thing about the new legislation. There was no forewarning. Usually shit like this has some sort of commentary period, of there is enough of a heads up that the industry groups can do some educating. In this case, nothing. Apparently there's some sort of investigation being made into the recent disappearance of a pediatric doctor in Staten. A collection of child pornography recently turned up when his office was searched.

  • Health x4: The doctor's name is Walter Schmidt, although he hasn't been apprehended/charged yet. There's a lot of other things that aren't being said very openly about the child pornography case. Police and hospital officials seem to be tight-lipped about the investigation.

  • Health x5: There's rumors that there was another doctor, nurse or staff worker involved in the pornography scandal, one that hasn't been fingered yet.

High Society

  • High Society x1: Aw hell naw, Will Smith is a Scientologist. For realz yo.

    Have you seen that new show on Broadway? Tickets are so hard to get!

  • High Society x2: Some guy got his artist friend to get him some tickets for that Broadway show.

  • High Society x4: Anastasia Rothe, star of a much-anticipated production of Swan Lake, has been missing a lot rehearsals lately.

  • High Society x5: In fact, she hasn't been at any rehearsals for the past couple weeks.

Industry

  • Industry x1: BROMME FRIEDERICH IS ALIVE!!! And is leading Vontaug again! Its all over the news! Man, those guys who bought Vontaug stock after it crashed must be really happy with themselves. The stock itself has been shooting back up.

  • Industry x2: YES! Vontaug is planning new expansions! Although it looks like it won't all be in NYC, hopefully some of it will. Man, jobs would be nice. And Vontaug usually plays nice with the unions...

  • Industry x4: A local artist held a party of sorts at his house recently for some industrial higher-ups.

  • Industry x5: Interestingly, the party was actually a rather large poker game. Apparently the host lost quite a bit of money...

Legal

  • Legal x1: The New York State Bar is pushing the statehouse for increased judicial salaries and 'reforms' to the court system. They claim its all for the greater good, of course...

    The New York City Bar Association is considering taking some sort of stand on the Neighborhood Watch. Its not clear why they are tackling this issue at this time...

  • Legal x3: There was a chipper young man chatting up some of the clerks and bailiffs at the county courthouse. He also sat in on several cases.

  • Legal x4: He's the personal representative for someone - don't know who.

  • Legal x5: Someone really made a fool of themselves over some club that shut down last fall. Tried to show up and claim that a loan was owed, but couldn't produce any documentation.

    That's it - he was a legal aide for E. Wright.

Media

  • Media x1: Some bigwig has been showing around his protege recently.

    BROMME FRIEDRICH IS ALIVE!!! And is leading Vontaug again! Why did he have to be difficult about things?!? What was up with the whole middle-of-the-night press meeting in an undisclosed location? Who does he think he is... except the guy making the big news orgs piss themselves trying to break the story. Man, they'll be a bit miffed over this, but what can they do. Its Vontaug. Everything they do is so weird that its news.

    All major NYC news organizations have been rushing to update and re-update their website's stories on Bromme/Vontaug as they figure out new things

  • Media x2: It was one of the high muckity mucks at the Dirge. He was introducing them to the PenisMightier crew.

    Those Vontaug interviews and stories came in right smack when the paper had to go to press. No time to double-check extensively, no time to do extra research, at least not for the print edition.

  • Media x3: One of the local New York lobbyists is really making a good impression with other reporters on the primary campaign trail. He is able to keep even the most boring campaign stops interesting.

    Did you hear what Bromme did? The nerve. He had guys show up at reporter's houses at fucking midnight, got them out of bed and told them that if they wanted to interview Bromme, they had to leave right now. And they didn't let them take anything. No phones, no notepads, no pens. I mean, they gave them mini-recorders and notebooks and stuff, but its not the same. Inconsiderate fucks.

  • Media x4: The guy lobbies for some kind of tech company. And man, does he know some good (dirty) jokes.

    And the place where Bromme met with the reporters - it was like an hour drive. But since the cars windows in the back were blacked out, the reporters don't know where they were taken.

  • Media x5: He works for some kind of biotech group, or something.

Occult

  • Occult x1: Those 'Remember Lucasta' guys are still at it. They all come together at some public place at the same time, stand around in their black cloaks for a while, and then scatter. None of the main Lucasta groups have claimed responsibility.

  • Occult x2: Someone is trying to sell the body of a genuine demon. No word as to whether or not its actually real, or just a hoax.

  • Occult x4: There is some sort of occult secret society organizing itself in New York. It hasn't started recruiting yet, and noone knows much about it, except that it is rumored to be exciting and edgy. It uses some kind of Rose as its symbol.

  • Occult x5: Someone's extending their network. They're looking for magic users.

  • Occult x6: They seem to be good people. They helped some bookstore deal with some debts.

Police

  • Police x1: It's re-organization time! Some higher-up decided they didn't like the old organization tree, so they made a new one. Fuckers are messing up everything. With all the pointless meetings, we barely have time to do our beats, let alone do anything else. At least there's overtime pay.

    Why does it have to come right when TCH's death went public?!?

  • Police x2: Some of the org tree changes just don't make sense. And what the fuck is up with the 'diversity' training seminars?

    Some club is pushing real hard to improve its security. We're not sure why, though.

  • Police x3: Blah, blah, blah. Who would have though a counter-terrorism session could have been so dull. Fucking re-org is messing up everything.

    Apparently there's some sort of investigation being made into the recent disappearance of a pediatric doctor in Staten. A collection of child pornography recently turned up when his office was searched.

    That club with the security work? It's called the Sebau. All sorts of private security and bodyguard companies are being contracted to work on it.

  • Police x4: A lot of the chiefs are just as pissed about the re-org as the grunts are.

    Police are wondering if there aren't others involved in the child pornography bust in Staten. There's latent fingerprints from multiple sources on the photos they recovered. Sick stuff! The original doctor's name is Walter Schmidt, although he hasn't been apprehended/charged yet.

    Someone's been bringing bagels by several of the precinct houses in Manhattan.

    The cops are really, really, really, ecstatically happy that the feds took over the blood-sucking bees case. They're tired of dealing with that shit.

  • Police x5: Word has it this re-organization came down from way on high. Probably that Bloomberg bastard, or maybe some Senator got a bee up his ass.

    Someone's continuing to pass information on to the cops in Staten Island.

    The guy whose been bring munchies has also jumped in a few fantasy football games.

  • Police x6: Actually, word has it the re-org wasn't politically motivated, it came from Homeland Security.

  • Police x7: FBI actually...

Politics

  • Politics x1: The New Hampshire primary happened on January 8th. McCain and Clinton came out on top as the big winners. The Michigan primary happened on the 15th, with Clinton and Romney.

  • Politics x2: Looks like things are looking up for Clinton, even though she ran in Michigan pretty much uncontested.

  • Politics x3: Someone pushed through a piece of legislation requiring all hospitals/blood banks to keep the names of everyone who receives blood from them for at least 90 days.

    Quite a few lobbyists are going around and making their cases at the primary dinners. There was this one guy at the McCain party in New Hampshire that was rather impressive...

  • Politics x4: Apparently that guy was working for some biotech lobby. Don't remember much about it.

  • Politics x5: The Clinton and Giuliani campaigns have gotten a bit of unexpected help from a NYC-based fact-finding company will to do some work pro bono.

  • Politics x6: The company usually specializes in double-checking information for journalists and investigating unusual occurrences.

  • Politics x7: The company is called Truth in Words.

Street

  • Street x1: THROAT CUTTER IS DEAD! Blood on the street in Staten Island! His lieutenants fight over control of the empire!

  • Street x2: Everyone's scrambling to make a grab at Throat Cutter's old turf. Word has it the Hernandez cartel is trying to send someone new, and parts of TCH's old crew are staying loyal. But others are trying to take control themselves, or trying to split off with their own piece of the pie.

    This has thrown the market for sempre into chaos.

    There have been a few remarkable incidents where groups dressed have converged at intersections carrying signs saying 'Remember Lucasta' before slipping away. They have been avoiding Staten Island, for reasons that are rather obvious to the casual observer.

  • Street x3: Some guy is going around and providing pizzas to all the hobos.

    Meanwhile, the other crime families are looking to snap up some new territory in the chaos, and the cops are stuck in the middle.

    Lots of guys on Staten are still scared about narcs. Supposedly some jackass named McClin is responsible for most of the continuing police busts, but no one knows how he got his info.

  • Street x4: Lots of guys think that McClin is just a front for somebody else who's in with the gangs on Staten, but nobody can pin down one person who'd have all the info. Maybe its more than one person...

  • Street x5: The Hernandez cartel is too weak right now to retake lost parts of TCH's network by force - they'll grudgingly accept whoever is able to best hold things together. The factions leaders know this.

    There was one guy, Gary the Dog, who never once snitched, never talked shit to anybody, was real careful, all the works about his sempre dealings. He almost got busted on Staten, and he swears that he never talked to anybody named McClin.

    If some were to happen to McClin, say, an accident perhaps, Dog would be extremely happy. Presents might be given...

Transportation

  • Transportation x1: A big operation just got busted open. It seems that car owners brought them to middlemen who would deliver them for a fee to a garage in Queens. The owners thought the cars would be stripped down for parts and they could then claim the vehicles as stolen and recoup insurance money. Actually, it was the feds all along. Bastards.

    A potential Amtrak strike was averted.. word has it that some pretty heavy pressure was applied late in the 'negotiating' process.

  • Transportation x2: Although, that sting by the feds does give one ideas...

  • Transportation x3: Some of the union leaders are fuming over the Amtrak contract. It seems some of them are operating under the assumption that they were threatened by the *police* in an attempt to get them to buckle.

  • Transportation x4:There's been a proposal to increase the amount of surveillance in subway stations, London style.

    There's talk about the unions arranging an 'accident', or encouraging members to call in sick en masse in retaliation for the Amtrak contract issue.

  • Transportation x5: There have been some inquiries into moving large animals into the city. Maybe someone's trying to put on a surprise circus, or bizarre public protest bit. They're trying to bring in a huge horse, of all things. Don't know why. They're big on keeping it low-key.

Underworld

  • Underworld x1: THROAT CUTTER IS DEAD!!! Blood runs in the streets of Staten Island, as everyone who's anyone makes a grab for power.

    This has thrown the market for sempre into chaos.

  • Underworld x2: Everyone's scrambling to make a grab at Throat Cutter's old turf. Word has it the Hernandez cartel is trying to send someone new, and parts of TCH's old crew are staying loyal. But others are trying to take control themselves, or trying to split off with their own piece of the pie.

    Meanwhile, the other crime families are looking to snap up some new territory in the chaos, and the cops are stuck in the middle.

    Theres work out there for experienced snoops and hitmen.

  • Underworld x3: The Hernandez cartel is too weak right now to retake lost parts of TCH's network by force - they'll grudgingly accept whoever is able to best hold things together. The factions leaders know this.

    The Staten narc is still being an ass. In October and November there were a ton of tips, and it's not so bad now, but we don't know how that info got out. The only possibility is a snitch.

    There is a reward of $500,000 on Harry McClin's head (work for hitmen). They still can't find shit about him. The only thing they've got is that he apparently runs around and helps beat cops catch perps, but that's not an address for a special kinda package, know what I mean?

  • Underworld x4: There has been a bit of reshuffling in several area gun-running operations.

    It looks like one of Throat Cutter's lieutenants, Rafael the Hatchet, tried to cover up her death to consolidate his own power. It held, briefly, but Hacket got iced by Throat-Cutter's old bodyguard Mikhail the Razor, and all hell broke loose.

    The snoops are wanted to looking into the source of the new, high-quality sempre supply.

  • Underworld x5: It seems one of the old leaders is taking a bit of a break and passing off the mantle of command to a lieutenant.

    Seems Throat Cutter got caught in the middle of a gunfight somewhere, or something. Omorescu may have been involved, somehow.

University

  • University x1: There is some talk around Columbia about increasing the degree of scrutiny applied to suspected plagiarism cases, upping enforcement, and increasing the penalties. There's talk about hiring one of the plagiarism detection services. Word has it that one of the more anal-retentive professors on the Faculty Committee had a bumper crop of unaltered Google papers last semester, and feels deeply offended by it.

  • University x2: You know, if you can get a key, it can be a lot of fun to explore college buildings during the breaks, when no one's around to stop you. Just have to be careful not to make too much noise and alert security.

    Its not really clear why the guy even cares. I mean, he already has the power to fail the students who plagiarize. They can appeal, but if the cases are as bad as he is making out, then the appeals wouldn't go anywhere.

  • University x3: I hear that if you mix three drops of sempre with a hit of X, then take a hit on a gravity bong, you fucking die. Just, straight up heart-exploded dead.

    Seems like the cops may be revisiting a series of assaults that took place at NYU over the course of a couple weeks in late September, 2005 and resulted in two deaths.

    I mean, its not like Columbia generally takes a soft stance on plagiarism. Or what good additional penalties would do. The higher focus on enforcement might produce some concrete results, but it would require the faculty somehow get motivated about it...

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