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PostSubject: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:41 pm

http://goo.gl/maps/i2dNX

The address Claudia gave was easy to find as long as one knows the name of the different docks. Behind the building is some sort of a mall (or rather, a huge building with lots of companies inside). Approaching the entrance of the building, in the small perpendicular school, they can see the ringbells with several names. Claudia's first name is written in one of the door bells as follows : Claudia and Loïc Durand. A very common last name.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:19 am

Duncan follows Fred's lead, and arrives at the Quai des Chartrons fairly quickly.  The Brujah pulls up onto the sidewalk in front of the building and dismounts, removing his helmet and strapping it to the seat.  He waits for everyone else before approaching the building.  While he waits, his eyes scan the surrounding area, including the parking lot across the street.

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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:28 pm

Nyx pulls up close to Duncan and parks, once she is done she checks her phone quickly to see if she has any messages after pulling off her helmet, she waited for William to get off first so she didn't topple it over.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:40 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:59 pm

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Nyx replied to the text quickly before she turned her attention to Duncan. 


The car belongs to the Provost not the woman.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:15 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Duncan nods a greeting to Nyx and William, and acknowledges Nyx's information with another nod.

It was worth a shot.  I guess we'll have to wait to see if she... turns up anywhere, to find out whether she fits the profile of the other missing women.  I doubt she was a hard-partying college kid.  Those are the two types of disappearances we're looking for.

He steps over to the door and examines the names by the door bells.

Hunh.  Loic is on here too.  He has to be a ghoul, don't you think?  Otherwise the association is a little close, with the Masquerade and all.

Oh, well.  When the group is together, Duncan briefly presses the door bell.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:47 pm

William gets off the bike and follows the rest, "Tremere aren't so keen on having ghouls, but it happens."
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:58 pm

Nyx nodded her head when he mentioned a body turning up, then shrugged.  


Wait and see I guess...

When William spoke she smiled slightly but made no comment for now. The Nosferatu stood close to Duncan, she looked over his shoulder to get a look at the names listed.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:12 pm

The building seems to have been renovated recently, despite the old facade kept for "hegemony of the docks" (so it all looks kinda the same). The presence of an underground parking (where it's written Mercure, which is the name of a Hotel Franchise) proves that the Chartrons neighborhood (name given by the name of the dock) is quite uptown. It's confirmed by the quite expensive cars parked outside, most of them having local plates (like State plates, most plates in cars and bikes have the number of the department where the car was registered, so most cars have 33 at the end of it, 33 being the number for Gironde, the department of Bordeaux ; check these maps : http://www.cartesfrance.fr/geographie/ ).


It takes a bare moment for the window at the very last storey to open so Claudia can give a look, waves until one of them saw her, she signs the number four (fourth floor, certainly _remember, it's ground floor, first floor, second floor and so on..._), and goes back inside. There is no "buzz" sound, but a slight "click" ; probably a magnet-based lock. Clever, so no neighbors are alarmed by people ringing it during the night...
Those more used to technologies can see that under the door bells, there is a round "badge" thing, installed by the city, that postmen use to enter, as mail boxes are inside (there are the same names on the mail boxes).
The inside is more modern than the outside, as shown by the tiling, the impeccable state of the stairs, and the presence of an elevator, which is actually at ground level as announced by the small green "0" written above the door.

Other names are Leroux, Quoilain, Henry and Viat. The building is quite large, so the flats must be quite big, as it means there is only one flat per storey.

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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:23 pm

Nyx's eye drift away to take in the architecture once she's seen the names. The Nosferatu stepped back from Duncan to get a better look and spotted Claudia, she waved back and confirmed the floor number with her fingers before the door unlocked. 


...Forth floor.


Nyx spoke softly as the door opened, stepping forward to go inside once the others had entered.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:19 pm

Duncan opens the door, and steps inside after a brief check of the entry.  He then holds the door for the other three Kindred.  He smiles as Nyx enters after everyone else, and closes the door behind her.

The Brujah neonate looks at the elevator, and makes an oh-so-eloquent hand gesture toward the lift doors.


You can all take the lift if you like; I'm not fond of elevators.  I'll take the stairs and meet you on the fourth floor.

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With no further comment, Duncan pads silently up the stairs.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:10 am

Nyx stepped inside last, she watched Duncan for a moment unsure why he smiled at her but made no comment bar thanking him for holding the door open for her. 


The Nosferatu eyed the lift for a moment before deciding to take the stairs as well. She doesn't say anything to Fred and William allowing them to do as they wished. 
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:21 am

The lift was built in the "empty column" left by the stairs.
A bit like this : http://www.ascenseurs-rhone-alpes-bourgogne.com/imgs/cage-escaliers-apres-travaux2.jpg or like this, without the fail : http://www.last-video.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ascenseur-cage-escalier.jpg ; the thing is that people taking the stairs or the lift cannot see each other : the column is not glass like the first picture, so the mechanism is hidden.

The stairs go around the lift, and at each storey, only one door can be seen, confirming that there is only one flat per storey.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:59 pm

Fred follows Duncan in the stairs as the others (presumably) take the elevator; he otherwise remains quiet enough unless addressed.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:20 pm

William briefly whistles a fast paced tune as he enters the building, being the last one, he closes the door with a soft click. He presses the button of the elevator, once it arrived, he would enter, hold open the door if anyone wishes to join him and press the button for the fourth floor. Once arrived, he'd repeat the process to get out and slowly walk up to the door and give it a brief knock, loud enough to be heard, but soft enough not to wake people on other levels.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:18 pm

The entrance door closes itself alone with an automatic valve.
Those in the stairs can hear the elevator, but as the quality of the building shows, the sound is quite silent : the system must be well taken care of, or be new.

Once on the last floor, the neonates will find that the door is partly open. Claudia's voice can be heard as she probably heard steps (or the lift's "ding").

(Claudia) It's open, come on in.

The first they see of the apartment is a corridor, with perfectly aligned shoes on the side (mostly Claudia's city colored and girly shoes, as well as a few boots, but also men's baskets and dressing shoes). A portmanteau has a few jackets on it, as well as a backpack. There's a dresser in front of it, which has some loose change, as well as a couple sets of keys, tram tickets, and generally what one can find in pockets : gums, ads, a tissue pack..
All lights are off, but it's clear a mortal lives here : the heat is on, and the smell of food comes from the open door on the right (probably the kitchen). It smells like waffles, crepes or pancakes.
Straight forward there is a closed double door, just on the right a door open, and to the left the corridor continues, which is where Claudia comes from. She indicates their feet, then the portmanteau.

(Claudia) Please, take off your shoes, as well as your coats if you wish.

The Tremere probably just took a shower, as part of her hair is still wet. She also has changed into a white dress (with lace and embroideries). She's holding in her hand the small red ribbon she had in her hair before. She isn't wearing any make up which makes her look a little like the Ring creature ; corpse-like, way too thin.
She walks to the double door and opens it, inviting her guests to come there.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:00 pm

Duncan chuckles at the stair-climbing trend he started, but makes no comment as he continues up the stairs to the fourth floor landing.  He doesn't run up the stairs, but he climbs quickly enough to reach the landing as the chime announces the lift's arrival.  Duncan sees William exit the elevator and prepare to knock, but they both hear Claudia's invitation through the open door, and move inside.

The Brujah unlaces his shoes and sets them by the wall per Claudia's request, although he doesn't remove the thin jacket-- after all, it's not like he will get overheated.

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Duncan waits to speak until he has followed Claudia into the room with the double doors; and even then he keeps it general, in deference to any mortals the Tremere may have around.

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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:04 pm

Nyx kept a respectful distance between herself and the others, she followed Duncan up to the fourth floor. The Nosferatu only walked in after she was invited, her eye wandering around the apartment carefully inspecting her new surroundings. 

Nyx toed off the boots she wore and placed them next to the other sets, she did so slowly, almost reluctant to take them off. When she was done she took a closer look at Claudia unfamiliar with seeing her without make up but still curious. 
  
Next her attention drifted to the kitchen, the smell of cooking food attracted her for a moment. She seemed happy to let Duncan do the talking for now.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:32 pm

William raises a brow as he was about to knock and noticed the door was open, as Duncan proceeded to enter, he followed suit.


William takes off his shoes, and wanted to take off his jacket but realised he forgot to put on a jacket to begin with to blend in. "Huh... Oh well," he said with a shrug. Following the rest, he looks around the flat.
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:56 am

Fred does as asked and takes off his shoes, putting them neatly to the side, and then hangs up his coat.
He does remove his beanie, but he holds it in his hands rather than putting it somewhere.


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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:25 am

Claudia seems pleased as they take off their shoes. Herself is wearing slippers. As they walk by the kitchen, they notice that the smell was actually someone who had made the batter for the preparation : flour and instruments on the counter prove it, but the batter itself is probably in the fridge, resting. The smell probably comes from a test done with the batter, to see if it was good for cooking, and the melted butter on a frying pan, mixed with the sugarish preparation is a very distinctive smell to anyone who had a childehood.
There's no one to be seen apart from the Tremere. She stays next to the door and lets them enter with a shy smile. Once they are all inside, she closes the doors. She denies at Duncan's question and nods at Fred's words, giving him a warm smile.
(click to watch : http://applet.roomsketcher.com/widget/?ctxt=rs_com&l=en&w=home360&gid=10250477 ; Don't check the floor plans please, it's not finished XD)

She speaks with doubt and worry. She does so showing the ribbon in her hand, before tying her hair with it again so it's out of the way. She then signs over to the couches.

(Claudia) Please sit. I couldn't.. I tried several times, but it's like he wasn't there. It's hard to explain. I'll need to ask my Grandsire about it. It's not like I performed this ritual a lot... But it was not the same as last time I had to do it.

It's clear she disliked doing what she did, be it now or before. She can't hide the displeasure.

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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:03 pm

I don't often get told to not check out the floor plan:
 

William very briefly studies Claudia and sits down. "The chantry had similar results. It's like he simply disappeared of the grid."
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:38 pm

Nyx removed her trench coat hung it up neatly where she spotted the other coats. Underneath her coat she wore a black vest top and a pair of jeans, when she walked past to sit they could see a set of rock climbing shoes and a chalk bag tied to the belt she wore. The shoes looked relatively new but the chalk bag was old and battered, it had many white chalkie stains covering it.

Nyx took up one of the single seats her eye inspected Claudia for slightly longer than William but she made no comment on what she saw or did not.

The Nosferatu did not chip into the conversation yet, uncertain if she could actually add anything to the conversation.


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Items on Nyx's belt :
 
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PostSubject: Re: Claudia's (17 quai des chartrons)   Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:16 am

Duncan notes the items on Nyx's belt with a smile, as if he recognizes them for what they are; but he doesn't comment.

Instead, the Brujah neonate listens to Claudia as she explains her lack of success in contacting her sire with the Tremere ritual.  A slight frown creases his forehead, and he shakes his head.


I'm sorry to hear that you can't find him.  His gaming buddies have no clue where he is, either-- just that he's been offline for a while, which is uncharacteristic of him.

Is there any kind of ritual, or-- what's the word?  Ward?  Any kind of ward that can block your ritual, and block someone from reaching him?
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