Comic 853 - Find the shady man

Posted on 28th Mar 2018, 12:56 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Find the shady man

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Morgenstern 28th Mar 2018, 12:56 PM edit delete
You all take off in search of that particular street corner. You end up parking the motorcycle a block or so away from it and walking the remaining distance, where a man with a knee-length coat and a... questionable haircut stands, smoking a level.

As you approach, he turns to look at you--and with one glance, he says only one thing.

"Don't deal ta cops. Move on."

He shoves the level back into his mouth, then stuffs his hands into his coat pockets.

Does... does he mean Caius? Because Caius is your bodyguar--

"All three o' ya," he says. "Ya couldn't be more obvious if y'tried. Proper with th' glasses there, you Miss Polite an' Posh, and th' wonderpig--"

He motions to Caius, who immediately goes on the defensive. "I ain't no stinkin' cop."

The man in the coat gets a wry smile. "Oh, taught 'im t'talk, didja? 'At's cute, s'got th'accent an' everythin'. If you're not an undercover cop, mate, what are ya? 'Ousekeepin'?"

Caius tenses up further. "I'm a fighter."

"Bollocks," the man says calmly, taking a puff of his level. "Maybe wit' one of them beat sticks, or a taser. Bare knuckle like a man, mate, you'd be right sunk."

Caius takes a step forward, looming over the man. You're pretty sure this isn't part of the act, and Caius is actually getting angry. "Y'want me to prove it?," Caius asks, before adding a very poisonous "...Mate?"

"Caius--" Dr. Finch starts to protest.

The man just smiles. "Wouldn't prove nuffin' t'me, big fella, I'm no fighter neither. Just a 'umble chimney sweep, right?" He makes a kissing motion at Caius, which just seems to rile him up further.

You tell the man that he was recommended by a local mechanic, over on--

"Right sure y'were," he says, cutting you off. "Bloke's less discernin' wit' his customers 'an yours truly. 'E don't get t'be picky. I do. No cops."

"Let's just go," Dr. Finch states. "This man clearly doesn't want our business, and I'm sure there's plenty of other avenues for getting where we need to go."

Caius stares the man down. He starts to back off, slowly, but after another puff of level the man gets Caius's attention again.

"Y'really wanna prove somethin' t'me, big fella?," he asks. "Y'wanna do business?"

Caius turns. Dr. Finch grimaces, expecting the worst.

The man looks around, briefly, considering it. "Got a club I like, mate, s'got a good fight scene. Friends o' mine'd love t'see some rozzer get 'is face shoved in. Head there after sundown... y'win one fight, an' I mean even one, I'll work y'somethin' out. Even cut ya a deal, s'how good a bloke I am."

He gives you the address of an after-dark club.


Baron11704 28th Mar 2018, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
What an ass. while i dont doubt that caius could win, it might give away that caius isnt what he seems if the cops catch wind of the fight.a
PurpleKetchup 28th Mar 2018, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
Erggh, this isn't going to turn into a cage fight deathmatch, is it ? Caius could use the fisticuffy release, but not if there's too much money in the balance. Those are the worst kind.

Might want to boost him up with some extra red.
Swagner 28th Mar 2018, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
That sounds like the start of a slippery slope that will end with a Caius so musclebound that he can't shave his own head.

I approve.
lil Joshu 28th Mar 2018, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
I have the feeling Caius would approve too, unless he goes the whole "I've got my pride route and wouldn't dare sneakily getting outside help in an underground fighting ring where everyone's probably doped up on something but I shouldn't be doped on something because misplaced priiiide." Everyone there is probably doping up on steroid, shouldn't be any complaints if his is just higher quality and supercharged.
YetAnother 28th Mar 2018, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
What? He thinks we're undercover cops and he gives us directions to the place that screams "Illegal fights are going on here!" so we could bring in a raid? He doesn't consider us cops, he thinks we're prey to be mugged.Blood him and teach the fool a lesson about messing with eldritch gods
Twyll 28th Mar 2018, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Let's not go stabbing random folks in the street with syringes in full daylight, but you do make a good point. We oughta point out "okay obviously you don't think we're cops or you wouldn't send us there, you think we're *marks.*" Granted, he may insist that the only way we can prove we're *not* marks is to go there and win.

I guess we could acquire some more local currency doing this, at least? That might be useful... Maybe we can insist on a discount from the guy once we've proven that we can beat him *and* any/all of his friends up :P
psychoshen 28th Mar 2018, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
Yep, I think that Bloke (I know it's not his name. Err... I hope it's not his name) already offered us a deal if we can win a fight.
pkrankow 28th Mar 2018, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Where there is fighting there is gambling. That stack of cash can easily double without risking all of it.

We have an unfair advantage of we can offload some of Caius' pain making him tougher and faster. We can also help him stay with his head in the fight.

We are definately meditating and inspecting the handiwork around his brain before this evening. Then Caius will have a nice light workout focused on speed and stability so we can then adjust anything that needs adjusted.

We also need to scout out this place and see what it is about.

Edit: I think I meant speed and agaility, but stability is also important.
Blue_Elite 28th Mar 2018, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
I could agree to gambling but would not want to go all-in for 2 reasons:
1. I expect this will NOT be a fair fight; even with our advantages. Like, the opponent will have weapons or there will be more than 1 opponent, etc. I imagine part of the deal is that if we lose; he'll still do business with us, but without any bargin for us.
2. Much like winning too much at a casino draws the wrong kind of attention, I wouldn't want to win big and then end up drawing ire from either the club owner OR someone who lost a lot betting against Caius.

Actually on second thought, it might be better not to bet any money at all and instead try to bet for information/connections. We got very, very far in our city all thanks to Fuse's connections. Networking here might do us some good. Not a LOT of good given the people, but getting business cards (metaphorical or otherwise) couldn't hurt.
pkrankow 28th Mar 2018, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
All in is a bad idea. Half tops, probably 1/4. A wager for our man is a show of confidence, but we cant be dumb about it.
Leafia_Barrett 28th Mar 2018, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
If we're already going the fight club route, I suppose it couldn't hurt to try wagering an amount of money on the fight. I have a great deal of confidence in Caius's ability to knock somebody on their ass.

Meditation, an examination, and some workout sounds like a solid plan. Hell, maybe the others can take the chance to do some workout too!
Twyll 28th Mar 2018, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Well, this would certainly be an interesting opportunity. It's probably a good idea not to do it, but... it's so intriguing! So I want to! Plus, we have some artificial advantages when it comes to cage fights-- syncing skills, and also being extra eyes (we can tell him if we see his opponent try to pull something out of his pocket, for example).

Fine, let's ask for directions (because we're not local, we need more than just an address, directions and tips about where to park and such are also pretty necessary) and insult his hair while we're at it.

Completely random question: are there stray dogs around? We need some animals in this town, and we also need a doggo, so might as well kill two birds with one stone, and by that I mean blood two birds with two syringes! If one of the birds were a dog. We should get a dog and a pigeon, is what I'm saying.
Blue_Elite 28th Mar 2018, 2:32 PM edit delete reply
A dogeon? The horrific combination of dog and pigeon?
psychoshen 28th Mar 2018, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
I'm all for seeing Caius beat down some unsuspecting fighter. I'd like to ask what he wants to do. There's a chance he'll want to fight without blood power assistance, as a matter of pride. With the use of powers though, barring some surprise, it shouldn't even be a problem.
The traditional level of cheating will probably still be a good idea. Bronze knuckles or some other small melee weapon.
Leafia_Barrett 28th Mar 2018, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Bring up the fact that if he thought we were cops, he wouldn't be asking that of us, but if Caius is up to it, then we'll do it. Maybe toss in a warning that if he doesn't hold up his end of the bargain, he'll be on the wrong end of a fist - even if we wouldn't actually resort to that, I feel like we need to be willing to bear our teeth a bit when dealing with people like this. We can cheat subtly by painkillering him as needed, and after the fight we just patch him up because we are an eldritch white mage.
Blue_Elite 28th Mar 2018, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Actually, I'm pretty sure that was the whole point. Telling us we're cops and then seeing how we react. This was in part why I wanted Fuse with us; he's definitely the smoothtalker of our group. That he is giving us a chance speaks well business-wise.
Blue_Elite 28th Mar 2018, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
We should check out the place. It'll probably be like Club Elegance, but it can't hurt to find out if the club is as advertised or if it has a proper front it runs during the daytime.

Also contact Fuse and ask him to look into it as well. Also tell him we wish he was here (postcard style).
Guest 28th Mar 2018, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
If we're doin' this we might wanna take a closer liik at Caius's skull, maybe do somethin' to put it right if it ain't 100% yet.
Guest 28th Mar 2018, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
*closer look
psychoshen 28th Mar 2018, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
We should check on Michelle's progress as well, see if maybe she named the cats yet.
Blue_Elite 28th Mar 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
On that note, I was thinking the theme for the cats could be flavors. That'd make the white-grey/dark-grey one Mocha; the black one Chocolate; and I'm going to have to go through a train-of-thought for how I came up with the orange/white cat's name:
Orange Vanilla
O. V.
lil Joshu 28th Mar 2018, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
I'm still hoping for Lovecraft inspired names.

Maybe we should find a middle ground between all the suggestions?

Name one for lovecraft (Cthullhu for iconic reasons), one for food (Snickerdoodle - it's like one of the most fun food words to say), and one named Mr. Fluffikins (for classic cat name reasons)?
undeadDreamer 28th Mar 2018, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
Take a look at Caius' insides to make sure he's fully healed up, and if he's not finish the job yourself.
undeadDreamer 28th Mar 2018, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
and by the job I mean healing him.