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IC Supernatural Law (Wicked Pacts)

Ilya

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Cruel Reign Investigation (OCD Headquarters) · Jin-hee Hayes
HP: 24/24 · MP: 12/50 · Scene pts: 0/3 · Max potions/day: 2/4

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“Maybe.” Jin-hee nodded her goodbye and turned, climbing the rest of the way to the OCD floor. Once there, she went straight to Graves' office. Jin could have asked Ms Mercado for help, for she knew the woman would be able to point her a number of people suited to the task, but the situation wasn’t that simple that just anyone with the skills would do.

“Hi. I’m back. Uh, Captain, I need a Seer to take a look at something, and everyone is out. I picked it from Lilian’s hideout, right in front of her sanctum. She didn’t open a Door directly to that room, and I could hear her from the outside, so, maybe... I don’t have high hopes of it having witnessed anything important, but if it did, I need the help of someone who can recall the past without leaking what they see to people outside the investigation.” She looked over her shoulder to their desks and said flatly, “...particularly because I left it on my desk, in front of the whiteboard with everything we know so far.”
 
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Potted Plant

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"I have started getting paranoid about losing small items ever since I learned about scrying spells," Captain Graves commented. "Put the item on Brandt's desk. I have him working full priority on an extended surveillance case, so he is out of the office most of the time, but he should see the item when he comes to drop off his report, possibly later in the evening. Just leave him a note explaining what and when you want looked at. I am not sure how much power he will have left, so the more specific you can be, the better the chances that he will be able to notice something important."
 

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Cruel Reign Investigation (OCD Headquarters) · Jin-hee Hayes
HP: 24/24 · MP: 12/50 · Scene pts: 0/3 · Max potions/day: 2/4

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Graves’ comment put a smile on Jin’s face. “Will do. Er, I don’t know what I’m looking for, nor the time frame... But the place was quiet, and I was left under the impression her Hellsworn didn’t hang around, only Lilian herself. A Barrier blocked the access to the area; any movement close to the doorway must have been her. Excluding everything taking place after fifty minutes ago, of course, that was me.” She scratched her jaw. “I hope that’s specific enough.”

It was unfortunate no one was available to look into past at the moment. It couldn’t be helped, Jin decided, shrugging off her frustration in losing more hours of memories. “I’m going to take care of that card then, and should pick up the books lead from where I left it off, unless Nikki wants me around to talk to Adrian Duffy. I mean, I won’t be doing the talking, probably. Acting awkwardly is almost the full extent of my social abilities.” As if to make a point, she nodded a bit too brusquely, then left for her desk.

Doing as instructed, Jin wrote a note for Devin detailing what she needed to know and past which time he didn’t need to look at. She placed it on the center of his desk, using the rusted iron bolt as paper weight. The Warlock stared quietly at it for a moment, before setting about preparing herself to leave again. She methodically transferred the contents from her stinky messenger bag to a lightweight foldable sports backpack, leaving everything superfluous behind. Her hand lingered on her holster, and the pistol there. There was no way she could wear it discreetly. She didn’t even have a belt to pin her police badge to it! Jin shook her head and stuffed both in the backpack.

What a mess.

OOC: Where’s the Lyceum located? I think that with this visit and subsequent actions Jin’s timeline will end desyincing heavily from the others. It’s almost stretching past plausibility already as it is! :whistle:
 

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Angelo turned to face the ghouls, his heartbeat echoing in his ears. He watched the ghouls over the edge of the blade; its divine aura shimmering mere millimeters off the metal. Detective Sanctis peered at the ghouls through the pale light as though it saw the truth of them, his muscles tensed and ready to spring without hesitation.
 

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Lyceum is not far from Beacon Hill and the headquarters. It is in Back Bay, the next neighborhood over. The school is on Beacon Street, not far from the New England College of Optometry, which is the oldest optometry school in the US.

Lyceum is known in the area for the very high wall surrounding the school grounds and rising over all the neighboring buildings. The zoning laws in the area conveniently prevent modern construction high enough to top the walls. The official explanation is that the building originally housed a monastery and the walls were for seclusion. Actually, the walls both protect the privacy of the school and what goes on in there, and keep any magical happenings contained within school grounds.
 

Ilya

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Cruel Reign Investigation (Lyceum) · Jin-hee Hayes
HP: 24/24 · MP: 12/50 · Scene pts: 0/3 · Max potions/day: 2/4

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It took Jin a little back-and-forth to retrieve her bike in the Boston Common garage and ride to the Lyceum. Like in the headquarters, she didn't park right next to her destination; nor did she take the card with her, opting to leave it safely hidden in her motorcycle until she secured their permission to bring it inside. It was a matter of both respectfulness and carefulness: asking someone to investigate whether an item had a covert spying spell while holding said item didn't strike her as particularly clever.

The building was hard to miss. Jin stared at the bleak walls surrounding it, so tall and bare she felt a slight vertigo at the notion of climbing those. A place like this wouldn’t let just anyone walk in. Keeping her badge at hand, she approached the entrance, trying to not shiver as the cold wind teared at her, bringing with it the first signs of the looming winter.

(Finally got around updating the board with Nikki’s notes)
Spoiler: Show
OOC: The latest board version can be seen in this album: link
D Dudley Do-Right Let me know if you prefer a different font for Nikki’s handwriting.
 
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Lyceum

One did indeed not just walk into Lyceum. It was, after all, supposed to be a highly exclusive private school. There was a gate that opened to student and faculty ID cards. Those without had to walk through the security station. But Jin’s badge got her in without much fuss. Just with a prominent visitor badge and escort to the lobby, where she was met with a faculty member asking: “How may I help you?”
 

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Cruel Reign Investigation (Lyceum) · Jin-hee Hayes
HP: 24/24 · MP: 12/50 · Scene pts: 0/3 · Max potions/day: 2/4

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“Hi. I have a magical item in need of identification. Hell magic. It’s not on me at the moment, but I left it nearby. I was informed it can act as a beacon under specific circumstances, but I need to know what other enchantments might be hidden in it. I have reasons to suspect a secondary tracking spell, if not a scrying facilitator, activated under different conditions.”
 

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Lyceum

“Hell magic?” The person Jin was talking with said. “I think you need to consult Professor Warnock. He has been studying the lore of both Angel Slayers and Devil Hunters for his personal research on the magic of the Hosts. A moment, I will see if he is available.”

After a short phone call, a man arrived to the lobby. He looked past fifty, but the dark hair he kept long and in a ponytail did not show any gray. Just a single patch of pure white. “Damien Warnock,” the man introduced himself. “You have an item of Hell magic? I would be happy to take a look.” He patted a small wooden box he was carrying. “We can put it in here for transportation. That should render any magic it has temporarily inactive.”

After a trip outside to fetch the card, Jin followed Professor Warnock to his office, where he took the card out and studied it for a while. “Hmm… You know what makes studying the magic of the Hosts a pain? The magic they teach to Devil Hunters and Angel Slayers is subtly different from what they use themselves. And this is definitely of that kind. Actual Hell magic. No human enchanted this card. A Devil did. But I can tell what it does. The enchantment is very simple. A bit similar to Hellfire spell. It opens a momentary infernal rift. But it does not conjure fire, it conjures Hell Wind. Which is interesting, because that is usually just a side effect of a major physical connection to Hell, such as a powerful summoning or an opening of Hellgate. This card, however, causes just the side effect without any other manifestation. Activation would result in little actual effect, perhaps just a rush of heated air. But it would look like something major to anyone capable of sensing or otherwise detecting the energies involved. It might be intended for use as a decoy, or an alarm.”

“Another interesting thing is that it takes no magic power or skill to activate. The necessary power is contained within it. Like in a scroll. But while a scroll still takes some magic to activate and therefore won’t function in the hands of an ungifted person, the magic in this card is tied to a trigger, and the trigger seems to be the destruction of the card by fire. So even an ungifted person aware of the trigger could activate the magic. Which makes this a controlled item, because the activation could happen by accident. The effect is not dangerous, but the law is the law.”

“If you are worried about scrying, I do not think the card works very well as a scrying focus. The power within is not connected to the item’s creator, it is contained within. The enchanter of the card could not use it to scry any better than a mage could scry one of the scrolls she had scribed. The design of the card does not seem unique enough to function as a focus either. You can think of the card as a Hell-crafted scroll with a relatively harmless effect.”
 
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