Shadows and Skullduggery

If you follow the narrow, winding river that runs out of the Weyrlake and through a gap in the Weyrbowl, eventually you will come to the ocean. It takes about half a day's flight from Peregrine to get here, but it's an easy hop between, and a frequent destination for dragonriders looking to relax. The water is very cold, most likely too cold for most humans during all but the summer months, but dragons may enjoy the surf and sand year-round. There is also a small dock and boathouse for resident seacrafters and fishers.
Darastrix
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December 10th, 2011, 5:49 am #11

Schuldig shot a smirk of his own at Kezia while she fussed with Zwecklos. It looked like someone had a soft spot for flitters. Not that he knew anything about that sort of soft spot, personally, mind. Study and observati—oh, fuck it. Why was he making excuses in his own head, anyway? Not like anyone there was able to read his mind.


“Nothing new that’s relevant from my end,” he said, glancing toward Ixioth as he idly rubbed a finger over his copper’s snout. Turning back to Rhaetia, he added, “You know, if you need anyone to help you with some sunblock while we talk….” He trailed off and grinned, though his attention was arrested when Cortana and the Chief arrived.


“Basics: we’re in a bad science-fiction-slash-fantasy horror movie with Salvador starring as the mad scientist,” he announced. “And if you want, you can say you wanted to tag along to potentially observe some flits in the wild or some shit.” He gave a one-shouldered shrug, careful to not disturb his passenger. “I dropped here and there that I’ve been wanting to look for a nest to get a friend for Mastermind to play with when I’m busy.”
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Ferret
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December 23rd, 2011, 7:25 am #12

...yep. Clearly, no one would ever question the presence of the Doctor, a suit of power armor, a super intelligent rover (super intelligent, of course, being a relative term). a scout, another AI, a psychologist, and allll the others on the beach. Clearly, David had thought through this whole plan thingie. Possibly he only planned it as far as COOKIES. He nodded absentmindedly towards the chirping robot, Zwecklos. That black flit fluttering around Sam was beginning to get to him, honestly. Surely it was owned, yes? He was pretty sure black flits didn't survive in the wild at all.

He opened his mouth to launch into an explanation that, no doubt, would have taken several minutes to explain when Schuldig cut him off with his split-second explanation. "Weeellll... that's a fairly simplistic way of looking at it," he said, clearly wanting to go into a much longer and more complete explanation. But they probably wouldn't have the beach to themselves for very long. Fine. He'd have to just cut out some of the non-essential bits, preferably before he got completely distracted by the copper flit on Schuldig's shoulder.

"Look, we don't have anything particularly actionable yet. We've got suspicions, some vague e-mails, and shadowy connections. That's not something we can really go to anyone about." Besides, who could they even go to? Wellll, besides the Weyrleaders, of course. Considering R'ley's original reaction to Alex, David wasn't too keen on bringing up more ~*science*~ to the woman in case she happened to own some sort of collapsible flamethrower.

"We need to get more time to let Cortana get into the e-mails. And we'll need someone to keep an eye on the Hatching Sands when the eggs are laid. He already messed with a wher egg without the mother noticing. The more eyes, the better. I'm going to ask Leola and I'saac to keep an eye on that front since they have the most legitimate reasons to be there. Anyone have any ideas on how to buy more time for Cortana?"
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Journeyman Healer Cordel (Firelizards Gold Tribble and White You)
Weyrling Elaeran and Black Polluth (Bolded) (Firelizard Green Wingleader Sniggles)
Vartan and Green Vartask (009966)
Hybridhandler Taavetti and Gustav
Offworlder David Kieran "The Doctor" (Firelizard Blue Alonso)
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Thessalian
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December 27th, 2011, 1:56 pm #13

Ooh. Itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie purple polka-dot bikini. Rhaetia, you tease. It got an approving smile, that did, as ... was she absent-mindedly trying to scritch a shoe-sized rover-bot? Nooooo. Thoughtful tic, honest, guv!

David asked for ideas on how to buy more time, which really did get Kezia looking thoughtful. "Well," she said, musing, "depends on what sort of time you want, and from whom. I'm assuming you want something relatively non-destructive, because dropping a viral infophage into the relevant systems is going to destroy your evidence and the few I've still got aren't particularly choosy anyway. Random flits distracting people are just going to get the flits punished, which is probably a bad idea. If you want the xenogeneticists working overtime, I can probably come up with something - but if I have to drag in something that's going to try to eat my face, I want priority on the healer's triage list." Smirking, yes, but not precisely kidding. There are things out there, and not all of them are shaped like chicken nuggets.

Then she shrugged. "As for Doctor von Hybridstein ... can't anyone find an excuse to get him out of the lab? I doubt my usual way of distracting someone would work with that one, but there's got to be something that could lure him out for awhile. Maybe somebody could take him between, or something? That's bound to make him curious. That's ... if any of the dragons who know about this would be happy letting that guy anywhere near them. And I wouldn't blame them if they didn't."
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Joined: October 29th, 2011, 8:04 am

December 27th, 2011, 4:57 pm #14

Draco took a look round at the conspirators and... aha, Grace. She would know what the arcane words meant. He pulled something small from his belt, the heavy metal gauntlets manipulating it with care.

"Doctor Augustine? List of books in a box requested from storage cavern X-3 by Gene...ticist Roderick, three days ago at 10:24am local."

The recording device was simple enough. Standard, in fact. The two voices on it were natives, but from what Draco remembered they'd been spot-on - and of all the scientists here, he knew Grace best, and knew that if she couldn't understand the words, she'd know who would.

The blood-red power armour lumbered over towards Grace, stopping a few feet short to offer her the gadget.

And then the topic of distractions came up. "I'll get myself stationed where I can see the main way into the Hatching Sands, when I'm on duty," he offered. It wasn't much, but it was the best he could do without being too obvious - and he knew his eyes were superior to standard human. Hopefully that would help.
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December 31st, 2011, 9:32 pm #15

Ok, think think think think. Between all these people, all of these brilliant minds, they would come up with some way to get Salvador out of the lab for a few precious minutes. David felt like the solution was staring them right in the face. Kezia definitely had a few good points although, in David's private estimations, she was a bit too eager to use extreme methods.

In fact, it was Draco who gave the Doctor the idea. "Sergeant? You're brilliant. Grace! Gracegracegrace." Perfect! Skittering over to the botanist-turned-hybridling-master or whatever they wanted to call her, David put his hands on her shoulder. "Grace. Do you think you can come up with some sort of hybrid related problem? Something Salvador would need to see. These are his pet projects. He's going to want to keep close tabs on them. If you report some sort of a problem, he'd have to leave his lab, right?"

With his brain sparkling now, more ideas were occurring to him. He certainly wasn't going to comment on how Kezia's lure-----the promise of between had worked like a miracle on him. No, that was just silly!. Instead, he focused on the woman's talents. Specifically, her ability to sneak around. Plus, she was a sort of official-unofficial Candidate, right? No one would get suspicious of her snooping around. "I have something better in mind for you. I was able to fit, so you should have no problem. There's a secret entrance to the Hatching Sands. It's not very well guarded. It's practically a game to sneak in. We need someone to watch it and you're just the woman for the job."
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Journeyman Healer Cordel (Firelizards Gold Tribble and White You)
Weyrling Elaeran and Black Polluth (Bolded) (Firelizard Green Wingleader Sniggles)
Vartan and Green Vartask (009966)
Hybridhandler Taavetti and Gustav
Offworlder David Kieran "The Doctor" (Firelizard Blue Alonso)
JM Jewelrycrafter Rystia and Green Rystisk (Forestgreen)
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