Inspired by Sheimaruen’s idea of “if the nMage campaign was a TV series…”
[Music: "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap. Lyrics]
The image of a dark alley fades in, illuminated with alternating flashes of red and blue lights. The camera pans upwards from ground level, sweeping past a rivulets of blood that form strange arcane shapes and the dead body of a woman, face bloodied, missing teeth, and her eyes looking straight at the lens.
Detective JACK MACLAINE is shown standing just behind the body, inside the barrier of a Police line. Crime scene photographers mill about as the grizzled detective draws his trenchcoat closer, his breath coming out in puffs of mist as he winces slightly from the biting wind.
From behind him a loose newspaper flies past towards the camera, giving a picture of District Attorney GUILE CHAMBERS. The image shifts from black and white to color as the livid DA slams both hands down on a steel table, the camera lingering for a moment on a ring with arcane runes, before pulling away to show him pointing an accusing finger to the face of a clearly intimidated suspect. The camera follows Guile as he walks out of the room, even as his staff follow him, crowding the hallway behind him.
The image becomes grainy as the camera zooms out, the image of Guile suddenly superimposed with a TV station logo as the scene is revealed to be a TV sitting on top of a fridge in a small, cramped and dirty apartment. The TV is the only source of illumination, casting long shadows and making the peeling wallpapers and the stacked dirty dishes look sinister as an unknown male figure stands up, slipping on a jacket and stuffs a pistol down his pants.
The man steps out into the night, stopping just a moment in front of a warehouse wall to adjust the beanie on his head when he suddenly goes rigid as the wall behind him becomes stained with blood and brain matter. The man’s body slumps forward, even as the camera whirls around and follows the trajectory of the shot, through the scope of the rifle as GIL leans back with a nonchalant expression. He sets the rifle aside, fishing out a cellphone and dials a number.
The scene wipes to a female hand picking up a cutesy looking phone with dangling charms, even as the owner of the phone, YUUKO smiles, eyes drifting a candle holder, where a single flame snuffs itself out, the others undisturbed, a sign of the target’s passing, odd shifting runes showing themselves once again in the smoke.
The CAB DRIVER nods, smiling before touching the lucky pair of fuzzy dice on the rear view mirror, as the camera pans to the side, showing that the cab’s markings have the same strange script as the writing in the blood.
I know it’s a good few months away, but a little bit of anticipation never hurt anyone. :p Each of the Bolded entries are my player characters. Apologies to Hikkikomori but since his character is still under construction, I’ll edit this entry to put his character name in as soon it’s built.
“Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap is primarily due to the freaky / strange voice quality and some very choice lines:
where are we?
what the hell is going on?
the dust has only just begun to form
crop circles in the carpet
I think Sheimaruen would relate best to the first 2 lines. :p
and of course:
Mmmm whatcha say,
Mmm that you only meant well?
well of course you did
Mmmm whatcha say,
Mmmm that it’s all for the best?
Of course it is
Mmmm whatcha say?
Mmmm that it’s just what we need
you decided this
Mmmm what did she say?
These would work great given nMage’s Theme of Power and Responsibility.