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here's my attempt to recognize the name.

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Vocabulary: Intelligence +1
Understanding theme: Intelligence +1
Main ideas: Intelligence +1
Grasping principle: +1

Intelligence: 8
Perception: 3

Not sure what else I would use. Basically I picked these methods to indicate I am well-read. The trick is to use my clockwork expertise here.
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I'm really not sure what's expected of me here. Either we recognize the name or we don't, right? I don't see how I can employ different methods and skills to recognize a name.

I don't know if this is anything close to what you're looking for, but going with the gentleman scientist angle to reprensent my contacts in the scientific community:

Respect: Honor +2
Vocabulary: Intelligence +1
Enunciation: Honor +1, Charm +1
Theory: Inelligence +1
Experiment: Intelligecne +2

Honor 5
Intelligence 12
Charm 4
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purplewurple wrote:
I'm really not sure what's expected of me here. Either we recognize the name or we don't, right? I don't see how I can employ different methods and skills to recognize a name.

[COLOR=#0000FF]Understandable, but in this case that's the challenge of the skill check. It's all about what resources you're going to call on to solve it. In any event it's not going to ruin the game if you can't.

Ham and Orr are puzzled by this "Dr. Magus" the name seems like it is vaguely familiar as if a distant memory. Orr is fairly certain that he hasn't read any scientific papers by this Doctor and Ham is quite sure he hasn't run into him at any social function.

We'll continue. Since it's possible to carry on a few trains of activity at the same time, feel free to try different combinations up to two more times while the story progresses. If you don't want to that's fine too.

On arriving at your destination, an old horse barn, in amongst factories, the back half burnt in some fire. Hawk disembarks takes out a key and unlocks a padlock on the outside. The question that comes to mind is, if the doctor is inside, how could he exit with the door locked from the outside as it is?

Inside the barn looks just as poorly as it does on the outside. Light pours in from holes in the roof and the smell of must is in the air. Dust from ages of straw being stored here floats in the air. This would not be a good place for anyone to maintain clockworks.

Hawk throws back a tarpaulin on the floor and opens a trap door in the ground. A gust of air billows up from the trap door. Positive air pressure keeps the must and dust out of the tunnel.

Four men descend a narrow stair carved into a natural limestone cave. They snake their way through the passage. This tunnel must have been ancient but has been recently repurposed. Small acetylene lamps set at intervals burn away, lighting the passage. As they step ever further into the cavern they can hear the click of furious clockworks.

On arriving at the main chamber, a large rotunda, they are greeted by the sight of a hideously obese man, unkept and unwashed. He wears magnifying goggles over his eyes that would prevent him from seeing anyone more than a foot away. It would not seem possible that this man could fit through the tunnel that leads to the chamber.

"Vat do you vant now Yacob? You're not due fvor anoter veek!" The enormous man says as he shuffles his bulk from device to device.

"Always a pleasure to visit you Doctor." Hawk chuckles "I have to men that will be very interested in hearing about your discovery with the auto tuner."

"Vy! I geet sexty percent of your cut fvor the information!" His body shakes violently as he speaks.

"This isn't about profit this time. This is about patriotism. You know who sent that message." Hawk says.

The hugely grotesque man turns slowly toward you. "Heh, patriotizm from a mutineer and a criminal. You're Fvuny Yacob."

"I may be wayward, but I hate Ogen. If it's money you want, I'll pay you to explain things to these men." Hawk answers.

"Very vell. Come here and I vill show you the seegnal." The doctor says.

I'll pause here just to let anyone that wants to do or say anything jump in. If not, I'll continue tomorrow.
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Sorry, busy day yesterday.

The doctor shuffles over to a pile of seismograph papers unceremoniously tossed into a jumbled heap. He sifts through them, "Hmm. Vere iz it?" he mutters quietly to himself. "Ah here." he finally says and brings out two trails of paper.

"You zee, I am an expert in telegraph seegnals. Zees graph iz a normal seegnal for programink zee auto tuner." He says as he places a paper in front of you. The telegraph signals are clean square waves.

"After zee auto tuner got itz normal programink a zecond seegnal showed up and took over. Ahnd zees is the vot it looked like." He puts down a second signal tracing paper. On this page the waves are distorted. The leading edge is a sharp spike and the trailing edge is sloped off.

"Clearly, from zee trailing edge you can zee zat za seegnal has traveled a great distance as it iz degraded from attenuation. Zee leading edge tells us zat zee signal vas amplified by a repeater station ven it got closer. Zees tells us zat zomeone closer iz maintaining zee seegnal." He looks up at Ham and Orr to see if they follow the reasoning.

He continues. "From zee level ov attenuation, vee can tell zee distance zee seegnal has traveled." He points to the curve on the back of the signal and mutters some math equations explaining the curve as a function of signal loss. "From zis ve zee za deestance traveled iz 834 kilometers. Ze exact deestance to ze kapitol ov Ogen."

Hawk steps in. "I don't follow all of that and I don't know why they're targeting Captain Cooling but it's most likely their next strategy to attack Golin. But now gentlemen, it's time for us to leave the good doctor, I have pressing appointments to keep."

Any questions for the good doctor? Anything you want to see or examine before Hawk shoos you out?
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Orr clears his throat, venturing to speak for the first time. "How did you discover this signal, Doctor? Did Hawk's arm malfunction?"
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Hawk looks a bit annoyed but he doesn't press, he does seem to want Orr and Ham to understand what they're being shown.

The Doctor answers, "Az you may haf gessed, vee cannot just connekt to zee Golin engine. It iz only by tricking zee engine that zis iz a guild tuner can vee operate. Zis iz somtink ov my specialty. Az zuch I must monitor zee tranzmission closely. Ven zee tuner started requiring parts zat are not in zee official parts listink fvor Yacob's arm zee signal appeared. Zees must be guild parts zat are not available to zee publik."

Follow up questions? Hawk is seeming to hold back at the moment but you assume his patience will not last forever.
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"Doctor, are you telling us that Ogen has someone in Golin, maybe even in this city, maintaining and amplifying the signal? What are we looking for, exactly?"
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"Zat wud seem to be zee case younk man. How to find zee amplifier vould not be a simple yob. My guess vould be some kind ov vessel zat vould tow zee telegraph cable from Ogen but zat iz yust a vild guess." He answers.
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"Interesting...

"So, Hawk, when did you and your guys first notice this?"
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"How long? I'd guess it was two months ago. Is that your recollection doctor?" Hawk answers.

"Two months ahnd ten days at eleven PM to be precise Yacob." The doctor answers.

I'll defer to your accounting of time. Apologies now, for my hasty schedule I must be off and I would think it imprudent of me to leave you here with the doctor. There's no telling what kind of trouble you could get yourselves into at my expense." Hawk says. He takes out a stack of pound notes and hands them to the doctor. "Doctor, your fee."

"Zank you Yacob, come anytime to my humble prison." The doctor answers.

Hawk takes up a position, between you and the doctor, leans forward slightly and motions to usher you out.

Do you comply?
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OOC:Given the hints we have been given, perhaps a "bluff"-type challenge is in order.
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If you want to, go ahead. I'm not sure yet who you want to bluff so put up your five and who you're trying to influence.
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Unless Victor or Ham try something, Orr will just comply. He feels dealing with Hawk is a volatile situation and would prefer to remove himself from here before this line of investigation turns into its own crime scene. That being said, he is trying to remember details of this setup to pass along to authorities at a safer time.
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EmmettO wrote:
If you want to, go ahead. I'm not sure yet who you want to bluff so put up your five and who you're trying to influence.
Oh. Y'see, the fact that you have been asking us whether or not to go along indicates that the Hawk may not be the nicest person. He may or may not be bluffing us, so I was thinking of doing a "sense motive" sort of thing (pardon the D&D) in order to discover what (I think) his true intentions are.
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Ah 10-4. Then the gist of this is if you win, you can be sure of his intentions. If you fail, it doesn't mean he's lying, it just means you can't tell if he's lying.


Hawk's five are. . . He's using the Command skill
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Noble - Honor +1 (He is professing this to be a noble cause)
Authority - Honor +2 (He was Victor's captain, but more importantly he is referring to the doctor's authority as an expert.)
Consequence - Honor +1 Intelligence +1 (Referring to this as a threat to the country)
Equation - Intelligence +2 (Using the doctor's equations to convince you that the signal is from far away.)
Wise (Removes the need to use a personal code item as a hook if his intelligence score is higher than yours.)

Final Scores
Honor = 5
Intelligence = 10
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Wow. Just realized I hadn't posted here. Fixing this now.

Basically, I'm going to try to disarm the Hawk by being all nice, and making him question what he is doing. I hope to percieve some shift in attitude in him, some uneasyness.

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Nuisance (begging)
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Body Language (Animal Handling)
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Entertainer (begging)
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Careful(mining)
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Final scores:
Charm 6
Perception 4
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If Hawk is fabricating this, Victor is unable to find a flaw that would expose it. Hawk is amused by Victor's efforts to suss him out. "This is my home too my friend, as much as I fight against it to better my position, I still need a place to be better. That place is my home country Golin. All our years of battling Ogen has made me bitter against them. After all they took my arm." Hawk assures.

Hawk walks you out of the cave. The sun no longer shines through the roof of the barn but sits low in the sky and amber light streams through the planks of the walls. He walks out with you and padlocks the door of the barn.

"Well, I'm off. Here's my carriage pulling up. This part of town is no place for you friends when the sun's down Vic. Two streets up and you can catch a cab." He says and hops aboard his carriage.

What's your next move?
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I find a cab and head to Lord Cooling's home, if everyone else is OK with that.
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Yes, let's get somewhere safe and plan our next move.
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I follow, too. It is getting late. Perhaps we can keep an eye on the young lady and wait until tomorrow to check on the clockmakers' guild.
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I follow, too. It is getting late. Perhaps we can keep an eye on the young lady and wait until tomorrow to check on the clockmakers' guild.
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On the ride back to Lord Cooling's estate the three men ponder the events of the day so far and discuss. On arriving they are escorted in by the house help. One of the maids tells you that the investigator Charles Grey has good news for you.

You're brought to Cooling's bedroom where Charles Grey has just told him the news. "Ah gents! I was just informing Lord Cooling, we've cracked the case! We went 'round to check on the other parliamentary lords to make sure they were safe. Lord Passkins recognized our description of the windups you encountered. The windups you found were developed by the clockmaker's guild, under a defense contract from parliament. We're rounding up the responsible parties. Passkins even gave us their names. Don't have a motive yet but we'll soon have it once we cross examine the guild members."
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On the ride back to Lord Cooling's estate the three men ponder the events of the day so far and discuss. On arriving they are escorted in by the house help. One of the maids tells you that the investigator Charles Grey has good news for you.

You're brought to Cooling's bedroom where Charles Grey has just told him the news. "Ah gents! I was just informing Lord Cooling, we've cracked the case! We went 'round to check on the other parliamentary lords to make sure they were safe. Lord Passkins recognized our description of the windups you encountered. The windups you found were developed by the clockmaker's guild, under a defense contract from parliament. We're rounding up the responsible parties. Passkins even gave us their names. Don't have a motive yet but we'll soon have it once we cross examine the guild members."

"I was told by a little bird that the Ogden nation is trying to control the arms. Of course, they are far away, so they would need an amplifier for their signal locally..."
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"I congratulate you, Mr. Grey, on discovering the builders of the windups. However, what assurances do you have that they are also the ones to set the windups on the Cooling household? Surely those members of the guild are the beginning of the investigation, not necessarily the end. I assume Mr. Passkins is one of the parliament members responsible initiating the defense contract. Was any other parliament member involved in that deal?"
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