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936823 No. 936823 ID: 1301e8

CASE 2: The secret art of the great, green twin wyrms.
[Very NSFW]

Wiki and previous threads: https://tgchan.org/wiki/New_Horizons
Discussion thread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/112260.html


“…And our next piece is drawn the very talented and gifted Pilli DuGast. See the stroke work, how it splashes unto the canvas with such fury and vigor. You can almost see the emotion of the artist as he painted this masterpiece. The shape language tells us a story on its own, with the sharp angles contrasting the soft circles of its centerpiece, whiles the colors, red and green, presents us with the idea of the endless conflict of the two sides of our very soul. Tell us, Pelli, what emotional significances, what deep enigmas and thoughtful depictions are you presenting us with?”
Marquis Isabella de Lac Vicatar the IV.
At the monthly art appreciation extravaganza at the Sunstrider gallery of grounded and local art.

“It’s a rooster.”
Pelli DuGast
About four seconds after the last quote.

“…oh.”
Marquis Isabella de Lac Vicatar the IV.
73 posts omitted. Last 50 shown. Expand all images
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No. 941019 ID: b1b4f3

>>941012
Oh, very nice. We're already most of the way there. Let's go talk to Thule for completion's sake.
Oh, should we tell Leon about Haley's philosophical problems? Maybe he can help her more than you can.
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No. 941023 ID: 91ee5f

>>941012
>Tezo Axio
Is there a picture of him on his social profile? Gotta see if he’s the same male Serpent that was in the photo with Drizu Axio.

.....huh, I wonder if they’re related and Tezo left the “family” part of his social profile blank so no one would know they’re related? Or maybe it’s just a coincidence that they both share the same last name?

>>941019
Do this.
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No. 941027 ID: e6f10c

Lily's bodyguard being both a member of Den of the Dreamweaver and a painter is both a interesting coincidence and lucky for your case. Gotta wonder who sponsored his club membership and what he partakes of and does when he's in there.

Inform Leon that you lucked out and Lily Skywatcher's bodyguard, Thule, is a member of the club. Might be able to get him to confirm the Serpens in the photo is the club's painter and the painter's name is Tezo Axio. Maybe even get a message to the painter for us. Though, we gotta speak to Thule in person, and we're gonna have to wait a bit 'till he's finished painting so he won't be super grumpy about interrupting his personal time. So, we can either head to Skywatcher manor and wait for Thule while sharing Lily's company or go somewhere else and wait, then go there. We got anyplace better to wait? Does Leon have anywhere he'd rather wait with you? 'Cause if he's got a better idea, you'd take him up on it.

Text Benjamin (Punk) that you just talked with Isabella and she mentioned that he took the modelling job so quick that she thinks he didn't hear most of the details of the agreement. Let him know that he agreed to possibly model in the nude, as well as possibly have a private session with only Isabella. Then he won't be going in and potentially get a unpleasant surprise.

Scrape a copy of Tezo Axio's social profile pages and save it as a precaution against him deleting it all. Then compare the paintings sent to the gallery with the ones on Tezo's social profile. Look for ones that match and check what date they arrived at the gallery and when the image was uploaded. Have they been sent to the gallery out of order, and if so by how much?

Before he painted the Tharoonian crystal pigment murals for the club, did he use that pigment type in his paintings or a common one? That'll tell if he could afford such rare pigments on his own or not.

And considering the more recent subject matter of the Wyrm's paintings and the noted lack of creativity of Serpens, how much you want to bet he's been painting actual people engaging in sexual acts?

Oh, and also do a general search for Tezo Axio's name on the station's Web, as well as a reverse image search for his paintings and how he appears in the photo with Drizu. Ah, and check if Drizu's social profile lists Tezo as a friend or associate.

>Geez, those things are growing all over the seafloor back home… are they really this dangerous to the Xenos?
And possibly dissolving Tharoonian crystal bits into the seas of Roon, making swimming in them hazardous for non-Serpens. When you have a moment, look up if non-Serpens visitors to Roon are warned not to swim in its oceans or come in contact with its seawater.
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No. 941163 ID: d47551

>Sorry, but Thule is kind of busy right now. See, he never answers his comm when he’s painting.

...What's Thule's full name?
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No. 941245 ID: 1301e8
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941245

>And possibly dissolving Tharoonian crystal bits into the seas of Roon, making swimming in them hazardous for non-Serpens.
Actually, it’s the opposite. The seas of Roon are considered one of the cleanest and uncontaminated among those that are located on such a heavily inhabited planet, mostly because we spend so many resources keeping it clean. You can only guess that the crystals either doesn’t break apart so easily or they simply become so diluted in the large mass of water that they have no effect. Either way, let’s drop the subject for now as this doesn’t have any connection to the case.
>Text Benjamin (Punk) that you just talked with Isabella and she mentioned that he took the modeling job so quick that she thinks he didn't hear most of the details of the agreement.
:PunkNH: I’m getting creds for doing nothing. What more do I need to know?
:RishiNH: That you might be asked to pose nude?
:PunkNH: I guess that what the bonus was for. Who the fuck cares of a few wankers see my bum, at least not for that kind of creds, you hear?
:RishiNH: And she mentioned the possibility of a private session?
:PunkNH: You said she had a nice bod, right? No scales of my snout having some cute girl look me over, especially if I get paid for it.
:RishiNH: Just wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into.
:PunkNH: Thanks, but I’m pretty sure I already know what I’m getting into, you hear? After all, I’m pretty sure she won’t ask me to do something weird like being her chair or something… thought that would be kind of hot. But anyway, need to get back to work. Smell you later.
:RishiNH: Smell you later, Ben.

>Is there a picture of him on his social profile? Gotta see if he’s the same male Serpent that was in the photo with Drizu Axio.
The only thing on his profile is his name and pictures of his paintings. Nothing more.
>Huh, I wonder if they’re related and Tezo left the “family” part of his social profile blank so no one would know they’re related? Or maybe it’s just a coincidence that they both share the same last name?
Verily, serpents don’t usually care for family like that in the first place, usually caring more for the ones that raised and schooled us. But if their last names are the same and they were both born here, ergo the chances are very high that they at least share a broodmother. Now, if they want to keep this fact a secret or not… you cannot tell just yet.
>Before he painted the Tharoonian crystal pigment murals for the club, did he use that pigment type in his paintings or a common one? That'll tell if he could afford such rare pigments on his own or not.
Pretty much all the paintings he’s posted are made with the pigment, only a few that’s several years old are painted with normal paint. That means that he’s got a steady cash flow from… somewhere. Maybe Drizu is sponsoring him? That would explain why they are all gifted to him.
>And considering the more recent subject matter of the Wyrm's paintings and the noted lack of creativity of Serpens, how much you want to bet he's been painting actual people engaging in sexual acts?
… … …well, now we know what kind of “debauchery and depravity” is happening in there.

>Lily's bodyguard being both a member of Den of the Dreamweaver and a painter is both an interesting coincidence and lucky for your case.
Coincidence? You’ll just have to see about that.
>Gotta wonder who sponsored his club membership and what he partakes of and does when he's in there.
Lily’s father? That’s the only one you know with the possible connection that might want to bring him into the fold. But that’s just speculation for now.
>What's Thule's full name?
Let’s see… wait, is this right? Former name: Nebula Drifter TH13, Cargo class Goliath, Hircusle Robotics. Current name: Thule Nebula. Is Thule a SAI? You… you thought he was a Varkian with a few implants, not the other way around.
>Oh, very nice. We're already most of the way there. Let's go talk to Thule for completion's sake.
Better safe and sorry. After all, you’re in no rush as of yet.


>Inform Leon that you lucked out and Lily Skywatcher's bodyguard, Thule, is a member of the club.
:LeonNH: Then what are we waiting for! Let’s head there right away! Glory awaits!
:RishiNH: Actually, he’s currently busy. So yes, we can head there now, but then we’ll have to wait until he’s done. Verily, we don’t have anything else to do… unless you have any ideas?
:LeonNH: If we have the time, we can always walk there? I know for a fact that the walking paths on this level are quite glorious and it’s not that far, is it?
:RishiNH: About half an hour, I think? But sure…
:LeonNH: Then it’s settled! Let us embark, brave knight Rishi! Oh! And while we’re at it, let’s exchange stories of honorable combat from our pasts!
:RishiNH: …sure, why not.
:LeonNH: Glorious!

The two of you starts heading towards the elevator closes to Lily’s mansion, all the while Leon talks about his supposed past deeds. He’s either exaggerating or making things up as he goes, because you’re pretty sure no one has been fighting pirates when they were barely a child nor traveled the stars to hunt down pirate lords. You’re not sure why he likes pirates so much… you’d think he’d talk about dragons, seeing that it would fit his knight theme better.

>Oh, should we tell Leon about Haley's philosophical problems? Maybe he can help her more than you can.
:LeonNH: Hmm… yes, I know that feeling. The feeling of doubt, the question if you’re doing the right thing, the what if’s.
:RishiNH: And how did you deal with it?
:LeonNH: Have you played Q&Q?
:RishiNH: …a little bit, yes? Why?
:LeonNH: It’s like this. You’re either LAWFUL good, or you’re lawful GOOD. You have to choose which aspect of yourself you value more. Not only that, but you also have to realize that the world isn’t black and white, no matter how much we wish it would be. The world is a confusing mess of grays and greys, all smashed together. Even the best of us can never be certain what is right and what is wrong in the end most of the time. No, instead you need to trust yourself with your actions. You need to trust that you can do right, that you can learn from your mistakes if you did wrong and that you can change for the better. No one is perfect and no one can save everyone, but everyone can become better and maybe save a few more. Though, be careful that you don’t start simply seeing people as numbers, that saving two is more valuable than saving one and so on. As soon as you start to thinking about that objectively, you lose the reason why you’re doing it in the first place. To do good.
:RishiNH: …and why do you do good?
:LeonNH: Do you need a reason to do a good deed?
:RishiNH: I guess not… but maybe you should tell Haley that yourself. She probably needs to hear it.
:LeonNH: I’ll see if I can talk to Hal the next time he honors me with his presence. Don’t you worry.

You finally make your way to the mansion, where Kun is already waiting for you. He invites you inside and leads you down into the lower levels where apparently workers of the house reside. Apparently, Thule makes his home in a rather small room near the stairway up to the mansion proper. At least you think it’s his room, as it’s filled with all kind of knick knacks, paintings and painting supply and other things like that. There’s no bed though…

:ThuleNH: Can I be of assistance?

Leon becomes visible uneasy for a moment when he hears Thule talk. At first, you guess it’s the bodyguard’s monotone and robotic voice that’s unnerving him, but then as Leon is introducing himself to Thule, you notice something else as well. His beak doesn’t move correctly with his voice, which probably creates this uncanny effect to other Varkians.

>Might be able to get him to confirm the Serpens in the photo is the club's painter and the painter's name is Tezo Axio. Maybe even get a message to the painter for us.
:ThuleNH: Apologies, I know neither of these people.
:RishiNH: But have you seen them before somewhere?
:ThuleNH: I have seen thin one at the club more than once before as a guest. I have also seen the wide one as well there. He might work there. The name Tezo has been said by the workers there concerning a third party that also is employed there.
:LeonNH: So… you’ve seen both of them at the club… and Tezo might work there?
:ThuleNH: Affirmative.
:RishiNH: Then can you get me into the club? It’s invite only and you’re a member, are you not?
:ThuleNH: That might be difficult.
:LeonNH: Oh? Aren’t you an honored guest and can invite anyone you want?
:ThuleNH: My invitation might not be enough. They do not yet trust me as it has only been a year since my brothers and sisters invited me into the dream. We can make an attempt, but I do not promise it will work on my word alone. You might need to convince them further yourself.
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No. 941248 ID: 094652

>>941245
>>941246
Rishi, check to make sure you aren't seeing double.

Get closer to the painting, show interest.
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No. 941251 ID: b1b4f3

>>941246
Glasses, a beak, lots of purple and pink... this painting... could it be an abstract representation of Lily? Very nice.
Oh, I recognize another one of those SAI-designed art pieces behind it.

Ask Thuule if it would help if you had another SAI recommend you. Perhaps someone from that church?
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No. 941269 ID: 91ee5f

>>941245
>Thule is actually an SAI
You’ve gotta admit that his appearance looks much better than Saki‘s appearance: >>/questarch/911405 .

Of course, that could just be because Thule gets a better paycheck than Saki, which means Thule can actually afford to get a decent organic look, while Saki can’t.

>>941251
Do this.
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No. 941274 ID: c49ece

>>941251
>could it be an abstract representation of Lily?
If the purple with three green spots are any indication, there's a little of Rishi in there as well. Also probably some of himself in the white & brown.

Ask him about the chest candy on the wall. Can you recognize the military branch or nationality?

I think if you dress appropriately (ironically in this case dressing more provocatively IE little black dress or spacebourne equivilant) and are hanging off Thule's arm, They probably won't hassle you too much as you enter. You can easily inform Tezo what's going on surreptitiously through Serpens telepathy. Also sorry Leon I don't think they'll let in a uniformed officer in any case.
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No. 941277 ID: 864e49

Why are we trying to get into the club again? We where hired to find the painter and we found him, Tezo Axio. And while we don't have solid concrete proof that it is him this isn't a murder investigation just inform Isabella about what we found, about Drizu and Tezo Axio and ask her if we need to do anything more.
Hell she has enough influence that she could just call Drizu and he would probably take her call.
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No. 941279 ID: 91ee5f

>>941277
Isabella can’t call someone if she doesn’t have their contact info.
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No. 941280 ID: e6f10c

Ask Thule in what ways he's observed members of the club successfully convince the staff to admit a guest and what ways have failed to convince them. You'll be able to figure out better ways to get into the club from that.

Show the murals and paintings from Tezo Axio's social profile to Thule and ask him if he's seen them in the Dreamweaver club. If he has then that'll more tightly connect Tezo to the club, especially the murals.

Also check if the painting that won the gallery contest is in Tezo's social profile. If it is, then you've got a good connection from it to... Tezo's social profile. Doesn't prove Tezo created it or someone else hasn't taken it over without his knowledge. Gotta talk with him directly and get him to connect himself to the paintings to be reasonably sure.

It's odd that Thule couldn't get a better quality face and voice so he wouldn't come off as uncanny, given he works for Mr. Skywatcher. Though, it might be that it's all top quality and he hasn't yet learned how to operate it all without it coming off as uncanny.

And it also makes you wonder if a SAI could pass as biological easier if they took a Serpens form, since there isn't that whole issue with mouths when speaking. Depends on whether the artificial telepathy systems are good enough or not to not give tells once the SAI has learned to speak like a common Serpens.

Also makes you wonder if a SAI could go "reverse cybernetic" to be as biological as possible by having a clone grown, then all but the autonomic portions of its brain removed and a AI core hooked in in its place. That sounds like something Serpens scientists would have already tried to do. Maybe do a cursory search for such a thing when you have some downtime.
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No. 941285 ID: 4294c6

>>941245
>abstract painting of the threesome in the limo
Classy.
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No. 941642 ID: 1301e8
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941642

>Why are we trying to get into the club again? We were hired to find the painter and we found him, Tezo Axio.
We were hired to not only find them, but to make sure they were able to contact or be contacted by our client. So far we only got the name of someone that might be the artist, but we’re not sure yet. For all we know Tezo might not even be the painter.
>You’ve gotta admit that his appearance looks much better than Saki‘s appearance.
Mostly because Thule clearly has money to spend on his appearance… and Saki seems really young as well, so he probably don’t know how organic are supposed to really look like.
>It's odd that Thule couldn't get a better quality face and voice so he wouldn't come off as uncanny, given he works for Mr. Skywatcher.
It’s possible that he wishes to be seen like this. Either that, or he simply don’t have the means to make it less uncanny.
>And it also makes you wonder if a SAI could pass as biological easier if they took a Serpens form, since there isn't that whole issue with mouths when speaking.
As long as they don’t talk to another Serpent it might work. The technology for mimicking the telepathy like that doesn’t exist, so it would be very weird for a Serpent to actually hear another one talk by using sounds. Verily, you still remember the first time you met a Xeno and heard them talk… it was like they were a TV and not a person at all.
>Also makes you wonder if a SAI could go "reverse cybernetic" to be as biological as possible by having a clone grown, then all but the autonomic portions of its brain removed and a AI core hooked in in its place.
If it was that easy there would be a ton of SAI organics walking around. Apparently a SAI mind works to different from an organic one that they can’t really function in a normal body, ergo why they generally change the shell of themselves and not the inside.


>Get closer to the painting, show interest.
:RishiNH: That’s a nice painting you’re making. Let’s see… it’s something abstract?
:ThuleNH: This is an abstract representation of the dream I experienced last sleep cycle.
:RishiNH: Hmm… A pair of glasses, a beak and a lot of purple and pink? Is there’s a little bit of Lily in there.
:ThuleNH: Affirmative.
:RishiNH: Verily, I see myself in there too, with the three green spot and purple…
:ThuleNH: Affirmative.
:RishiNH: ...ergo, this painting is about yesterday, isn’t it? An abstract painting of our fun in the limo? Classy.
:ThuleNH: This painting does indeed classify as classy.

>Oh, I recognize another one of those SAI-designed art pieces behind it.
:ThuleNH: It is popular among my kind. It also functions as a small sized recharge station for quick naps.
>Ask him about the chest candy on the wall. Can you recognize the military branch or nationality?
:LeonNH: I think I know where you’ve gotten these. They bear the mark of the Unity defense forces… and I think some of those are rewarded for orbital and interplanetary battles against enemies of the peace.
:ThuleNH: I have been part of several conflicts against pirate and raiders in defense of several smaller colonies and trade convoys.
:RishiNH: So you were a marine in the space navy?
:ThuleNH: I was a close combat ship, or in some rare cases when ground combat was needed, a battle tank. I was stationed on a carrier ship, the Hyperion, which were patrolling the outer rim of unity space. It was the most logical choice, seeing as I already had experience beforehand, being a cargo ship before I awoke.
:RishiNH: Oh… that’s kind of neat.
>Show the murals and paintings from Tezo Axio's social profile to Thule and ask him if he's seen them in the Dreamweaver club.
:ThuleNH: Those are indeed present inside the club in some of the corridors. There might also be a few in some private rooms I have not witness yet.

>Ask Thule in what ways he's observed members of the club successfully convince the staff to admit a guest and what ways have failed to convince them.
:ThuleNH: Bribe. Bribes always work.
:RishiNH: I don’t think I have the money for that.
:LeonNH: It’s also very dishonorable and a brave knight like Rishi would never stoop that low!
:ThuleNH: There are other objects of affection that can be of interests to the current guard. Power, connections, specific items. I am certain you can come up with something they might desire.
:RishiNH: Verily, I’ve got even less power and connections than money.
:LeonNH: Still very cowardly and dishonorable!
>I think if you dress appropriately and are hanging off Thule's arm, They probably won't hassle you too much as you enter.
:ThuleNH: Dressing appropriately will help greatly, affirmative.
:RishiNH: Hmm… I did find one of my old dresses in a box yesterday… a black one…
:ThuleNH: Hanging off my arm might not help, as most people go there to find companionship, not the other way around. It won’t hurt our chances, so it might be prudent to engage in the act even if it doesn’t help.
>Ask Thuule if it would help if you had another SAI recommend you. Perhaps someone from that church?
:ThuleNH: There are a few members and they are currently friendly towards you after what you did to one of us. I will try to contact them, but it might take a bit of time. Please stand by.

>Sorry Leon I don't think they'll let in a uniformed officer in any case.
:LeonNH: Hey, don’t worry. I didn’t want to go into that place anyway. As brave as I am, I rather not venture into the dragons den without a very good reason to do so. But do not fret, oh honorable knight, I will still be ever vigilante and stand ready just outside! If there would be any trouble, just beckon for me and I will come charging in to be at your side! Never fear, as I, a courageous knight of the ord-
:ThuleNH: Is your voice box malfunctioning? It seems to spew out corrupted and irrelevant data.
:LeonNH: Eh? What? Hey! My speech isn’t irrelevant! Bah, you know what I meant, Richi. Just give me a call if something would happen, alright?
:RishiNH: Of course, Leon.
:LeonNH: Then good luck in there! I’ll be nearby, ready to act.


After a quick stop back home to change, the two of you make your way towards the club, slithering arm in arm… or walking, in Thule’s case.
:RishiNH: So you’re a dangerous man, Thule… or in this case, robot?
:ThuleNH: In the time it takes for the thought of that question to form in your brain, I have already simulated ten thousands way to eliminate you non-lethally and if I cared for it, already executed on one of them.
:RishiNH: …remind me to never get on your bad side.
:ThuleNH: On that subject, I will remind you that I will be very cross if you spoke of anything that you will see in that club with someone else.
:RishiNH: Don’t you worry, my mind is sealed.
:ThuleNH: Good to hear. Changing subject, we are here.
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No. 941643 ID: 1301e8
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941643

:NonNH: Eh? Who the fuck are you?

Right outside the club there’s a female Hiver waiting for you, whom you assume is a bouncer.

:ThuleNH: I am Thule, a member-
:NonNH: I know who you are, dork, you’re on the list. I’m talking about big tits on your arm.
:ThuleNH: This a friend I would want to bring with me.
:RishiNH: The tides brings you salutations, friend. I am Rishi Zsazsa.
:NonNH: You know the fucking rules. No non-members. Especially someone that’s new to the station. Especially especially one that’s apparently a freaking private detective.
:ThuleNH: I wish to invite her to become a member.
:NonNH: Fuck no. You’re way to new to do that. You’re not getting in with her, so get lost.

:ThuleNH: I am certain that there is something we can do to change your mind?
:NonNH: Unless you can magically end this boring ass dead shift of mine or at least make it more interesting, then no, there is not.
:ThuleNH: If you need additional members to confirm that she is here for legitimate reasons, I can get in contact with them.
:NonNH: More of your robot buddies I wager? If that’s the case, she might enter so long that she never leaves those private rooms you’re always in. If we find her outside we will keep you responsible.
:RishiNH: Ma’am, I’m actually looking for a friend in there. A Tezo Axio? I believe he works here?
:NonNH: I cannot tell you anything about any clientele or employees we might or might not have here.
:RishiNH: Are you sure there’s nothing we can do for you to change your mind?
:NonNH: Ugh, fine… you got a pair of fine tits so how about this. Got a friend who had to cancel in the last minute and now we need someone to take her place as a plate.
:RishiNH: A plate?
:NonNH: Yes, a plate. As in, something you put food on. We need someone in half an hour to be carried off as a plate. We might just let you stay a few minutes after you’re done if you do a good job.
:RishiNH: That’s… interesting?
:NonNH: Now, either go stay with your robot friend or do that job. Otherwise, get lost. Ugh, why do I always get these people? I’m way to pretty to be just standing around here all alone being bored… I need to find a better job…

Hmm… are there any other options available?
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No. 941645 ID: ba56e6

>>941643
A pretty hiver such as yourself, I'm sure we can find some other way to make your night more interesting. The question is how to get away with it?
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No. 941649 ID: a9af05

>>941642
>Bribe. Bribes always work.
>I don’t think I have the money for that.
You fucking liar! You said you had plenty of money after doing that job for Lily! Especially with the bonus money she gave you!

>>941643
> one that’s apparently a freaking private detective.
Hey, look at that! People are already starting to recognize who you are! Apparently you've got a reputation! Ask how she knows about you?

>Be a plate or stay with Thule.
It all depends on how ticklish Rishi is. If the plate starts twitching and giggling from people taking food off of her, then she ain't gonna be appreciated.

I guess you can do that job, but only if she tells Tezo Axio, who may or may not be here, that you wish to deliver a message to him.

Maybe we can get him to come to you?
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No. 941681 ID: 1c55a8

Hit on the hiver. See if you can’t help make her day more interesting
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No. 941682 ID: c49ece

Read her(?(I know hiver chicks are bigger than guys but have context)) ID, address her by name.

Just give 'em like a couple hundred bucks and tell 'em to treat the wife, or someone else's wife. Honestly, she wouldn't be bemoaning his job unless he expected kickbacks.
>I’m way to pretty to be just standing around here all alone being bored… I need to find a better job…
Too bad we already pitched Punk for that modeling job. Eh, the Marquis said they wanted something more natural anyway, if widened hips were too much, cyborg eyes and limbs are right out. Though, you can promise to keep an ear out for them, you know, owe them a favor. The Marquis may have a sudden change in artistic focus, and already has some pieces about cyborgs on display she might like to see modeled again.

If all else fails, call in that favor from your AI buddies and hope you bump into your target in the hall, or, stay in those private rooms while Thule looks around. Try to avoid the indignity of working as a plate- you've already seen your reputation travel fast, and you should hope it's the right reputation. Especially in front of potentially important people.
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No. 941683 ID: 91ee5f

>>941643
Try hitting on her. She did tell us if we could make her shift more interesting, she’d let us in.

>>941649
>You fucking liar! You said you had plenty of money after doing that job for Lily! Especially with the bonus money she gave you!
True, but that’s more of a last resort thing. Let’s not go throwing away our hard earned money!

>do the plate job
Please, no. That is the last thing we want to do!

>>941682
>Read her(?(I know hiver chicks are bigger than guys but have context)) ID, address her by name.
Rishi clearly calls the Hiver a female. What more context do you need?
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No. 941696 ID: e6f10c

Say you overheard her wanting to find a better job and tell her that you know of one that'd fit her good looks way better than this bouncer job. Tell her that the Sunstrider Gallery is looking to hire painting models and they're paid well, if they're what the gallery is looking for.

Is there any reason you couldn't do the plate job then go join Thule with his SAI group in the private rooms? And how long would you have to act as a plate? Because if you could join Thule's group after the job and it won't take, like, hours of laying still, then do the plate job. If you do good, you'll get two chances to get to Tezo. Just don't do so bad at the job they throw you out.

Otherwise, if you can't do the job then stay with Thule, go with Thule instead. You can interview the other SAIs about Tezo and Thule can scope out the rest of the club for you. Maybe he or one of the other SAIs there could even get Tezo to come back to their private rooms so you could speak with him.

>>941649
>You fucking liar! You said you had plenty of money after doing that job for Lily! Especially with the bonus money she gave you!
Rishi's not gonna spend her own money on a case unless she's reasonably certain she'll be reimbursed by the client or there's a real good personal reason for her to use her own cash. If there's bribes to be paid, they should be paid outta the client's pocket, either by asking 'em to cover unexpected "expenses" or on the final bill (obfusticated as "expenses.")

>Hey, look at that! People are already starting to recognize who you are! Apparently you've got a reputation! Ask how she knows about you?
It's highly unlikely that Rishi has gained enough notoriety for this bouncer to know about her. It's much more likely that the club collects info on potentially risky people to allow entry (like cops and P.I.s) and Rishi was in their database; They likely got her photo and details from the station's P.I. registration database. So when the bouncer ran Rishi through a facial recognition scan, she popped as possibly trouble.
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No. 941701 ID: 91ee5f

>>941696
>facial recognition to identify Rishi
Or Drizu Axio told the club that we were asking about The Great Green Twin Wyrms. We know Drizu Axio is associated with the club in some way and we did leave our business card with his secretary, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Drizu Axio told the club to look out for Rishi.
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No. 941727 ID: bbd5f5

>>941643
>entering as a food serving plate
So they aren't sure that you're trustworthy and are giving you a chance to earn it by "working" as living furniture. Is this going to involve being tied down during the job so we don't try anything suspicious? Because if so, I'd say it's a pretty good option.

Plus, you'll get a chance to taste solid foods that aliens like to eat. We can't eat them all through our skin, of course, but there will be crumbs and condiments that we can sample once the others are done eating.

>other options
If she's bored with her job, then we could keep her company for a while. Maybe we shouldn't do it right now, since we're kind of on the clock ourselves, but we could offer to show her a good time once her shift ends. Would she like that?

What else could make her shift less boring? She might appreciate hearing some interesting stories from Leon; he's been strongly opposed to dealing with criminals or bribing anyone, but he might feel differently about telling someone of his heroic (or not-so-heroic) deeds.

Have you got any audio or video files she could borrow?

As bored as she is, I don't think she'd be down for anything that involves leaving her post without finding a substitute, and I don't know where we'd get one on such short notice. An offer for a better job would go over well, but I'm not sure where we could direct her; the junkyard has been having problems with theft, but she'd likely consider that a step down, unless the relative lack of boredom is significant enough.
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No. 941750 ID: 0091dc

>>941682
I don't actually think 'willing to get into potentially embarrassing situations to find the info' is that bad a reputation for a private dick, especially when this can be one of those cool, slightly risque detective stories later.

As long as Rishi can keep still, and presumably keep it in her pants, the plate thing is a good choice.
Make it clear that your advances on the pretty insect are not intended as a bribe but as a public service.
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No. 942688 ID: 1301e8
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>You fucking liar! You said you had plenty of money after doing that job for Lily! Especially with the bonus money she gave you!
You have some cash, sure, but you can’t go around spending more money than you actually earn on a case, can you? Usually, if something like that is needed, you’ll convince your employer to pay for the extra expense, but you don’t think the current situation warrants something like that.
>Hey, look at that! People are already starting to recognize who you are! Apparently you've got a reputation!
You gave her your name, ergo she probably just looked you up on her comm-module.
>She might appreciate hearing some interesting stories from Leon.
Verily, she might just become even more bored if subjected to Leon’s tall tales. Say what you will about him, but he does love to hear himself talk.

>It all depends on how ticklish Rishi is. If the plate starts twitching and giggling from people taking food off of her, then she ain't gonna be appreciated.
You’re not that ticklish… and besides, you’re probably going to lie on your back, ergo it won’t be a problem.
>As long as Rishi can keep still, and presumably keep it in her pants, the plate thing is a good choice.
Verily, your augmentations where created for something like this, what with the complete control over everything below.
>Try to avoid the indignity of working as a plate- you've already seen your reputation travel fast, and you should hope it's the right reputation.
No one in there will probably recognize you or even remember you, and this lady seems to want to keep it on the down low.
>Eh, the Marquis said they wanted something more natural anyway, if widened hips were too much, cyborg eyes and limbs are right out.
You’re sure the Marquis is looking for more pieces of art than just the one she prefers, so it can’t hurt to ask. Besides, she does have this really neat half machine, half organic thing going on. You can’t help but wonder if her whole body is half cybernetics or… hmm…


>If all else fails, call in that favor from your AI buddies and hope you bump into your target in the hall, or, stay in those private rooms while Thule looks around.
:RishiNH: Thule, send a message to those AI buddies of yours and see if they can get me an invite, just in case.
:ThuleNH: Affirmative.
>Read her ID, address her by name.
:RishiNH: Well then, Ms... K… Kch… um…
:KatNH: K’tch’kkw’qk. But call me Kat.
>Ask how she knows about you?
:KatNH: You gave me your name, duh. Not hard to look up whom you are from that.
>So they aren't sure that you're trustworthy and are giving you a chance to earn it by "working" as living furniture.
:KatNH: I’m asking you for a personal favor. You scratch my exoskeleton and I scratch yours, which is to say I’ll let you inside for a while.
>Is this going to involve being tied down during the job so we don't try anything suspicious?
:KatNH: Tied down? No, but you’re going in deaf… or in your case, without that telepathy thing of yours. I’m not sure they do it but I think it’s some kind of necklace or-
:RishiNH: A mind dampening necklace, yes. I had one of those before.
>And how long would you have to act as a plate?
:KatNH: Until they are done eating? They got you for an hour max, so no more than that.
>Is there any reason you couldn't do the plate job then go join Thule with his SAI group in the private rooms?
:KatNH: Eh, sure, whatever, just don’t go around wandering on your own. It’s on me if they find you in there trying to find out who’s a member or something fucking stupid like that.
:RishiNH: I promise I won’t make a scene.
:KatNH: Good. Because if you fucking do, I’ll eat that head of yours.
:RishiNH: …I’m pretty sure you guys don’t… do that?
:KatNH: *Threatening mandible clicks*
:ThuleNH: *Threatening knuckle crack*
:KatNH: Hey, I’m the one trying to be though here!

>Say you overheard her wanting to find a better job and tell her that you know of one that'd fit her good looks way better than this bouncer job. Tell her that the Sunstrider Gallery is looking to hire painting models and they're paid well, if they're what the gallery is looking for.
:KatNH: A model? Me? Bah, I know I’m fucking beautiful, but not like that.
:RishiNH: It’s an art gallery, not a beauty contest. Verily, I’m sure they are looking for interesting forms and not just the most beautiful one, ergo the fascinating way your cybernetics are interwoven with half your body would be of interest to them. Though, I can’t say if your whole body is like that or not…
:ThuleNH: My scanners confirm roughly 45% of the subjects body is cybernetic in nature.
:KatNH: Really? My cybernetics? You think that will be enough?
:RishiNH: Can’t hurt to ask? I know the owner personally so I can put in a good word.
:KatNH: Eh… why the fuck not, I guess? It can’t be worse than this trite.

>A pretty hiver such as yourself, I'm sure we can find some other way to make your night more interesting. The question is how to get away with it?
:KatNH: We don’t.
:RishiNH: Now, now, I’m sure such a tall, clever and drop dead gorgeous lady like yourself would have no trouble finding a way to-
:KatNH: While I do admit that I’m the most fucking gorgeous, the cleverest and the tallest Hiver around, you’re screeching up the wrong mushroom, big hips.
:ThuleNH: Your preference is male?
:KatNH: My freaking preference is cute, weak boys and not dumb, big muscled fridge cosplayers like yourself.
:ThuleNH: I am not sure I understand why you mentioned a fridge?
:RishiNH: Well, then you’re in luck, because I got this cute lad on a short leach that would probably love to meet with you. Though, I’ll need to ask him first about it, but I’m sure he’ll agree.
:KatNH: …are you trying to bribe me with a… hooker?
:RishiNH: It’s nothing like that. I’m simply intended it to be more of a… public service. Verily, I simply wanted to see a pretty insect like yourself get fucked silly or fuck my boytoy silly, ergo it’s not a bribe.
:KatNH: …I… did you just… ugh, no matter, I’m on duty, so just forget about it.
:RishiNH: So am I, so I was actually considering doing it post hoc? Maybe at a later date even?
:KatNH: …seriously? Did you just ask me out on a… threesome? In public?
:RishiNH: Yes.
:KatNH: …whit a guy I haven’t even seen?
:RishiNH: I got a photo of him right here.
:KatNH: …he’s kind of cute, though I’m not sure about that ring… but yeah, I don’t really agree to do anything with some stranger I just met like this in the-
:RishiNH: He loves getting dominated by stronger women.
:KatNH: … … …fuck it, fine, whatever. Just stop bothering me about it out in the open like this. Just take my number and call me later.
:RishiNH: Then it’s a date!

>Only if she tells Tezo Axio, who may or may not be here, that you wish to deliver a message to him.
:KatNH: Ugh, fine. I’ll tell someone that you’re looking for this Axio chap. No idea if he’s even here or who he is, but I’ll see what I can do.
:RishiNH: Then I’m ready to be a… plate?
:KatNH: Just go into the employee entrance over there and say I sent yah to the Cibic in there. They’ll take care of the rest.
:ThuleNH: I’ll just go join my friend until you are done, Rishi. May I enter?
:KatNH: Sure, sure, whatever.
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No. 942689 ID: 1301e8
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They waste no time getting your clothes off and covering you in all kind of food stuff, as they seem to be in quite the hurry. You can even overhear some of the people placing food on complaining that you were late and that you were supposed to be female, though they keep referring to you with the name Siklia. In fact, only the Cibic that Kat apparently talked with seem to know you’re completely new to this and they give you some pointers, which mostly boils down to lie still, shut up and not let them get to handsy with you. Ergo, you can only conclude that they were expecting Kat’s friend and don’t know you’re taking her place.

As they finish making a spread upon your body consistent of Hiver sea food and… you’re not sure what the other stuff is, but you digress, the Cibic comes up to you with a mind damper necklace in their hands and ask you if you’re ready. In your current, food covered state you can’t do anything but nod and brace yourself for what is to come. Your mind is thrown into a thick mist, clouding your perception of the world around you, ensuring that you can’t reach out with your mind to speak and be spoken to by others.

You’re carried to a room with four Xeno’s, both male and female of several species. You hear them talk and cheer, but everything they say is spoken in an alien language you cannot hope to understand. Without your telepathy, the sounds they make are simply grotesque noises made by feral animals and nothing more. You can see some of them pointing at you, or to be more précises, to the food on you, already planning on what they’ll grab first. One of them even drags their hand across your hip before giving your bum a pinch when she doesn’t think anyone is watching.
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No. 942690 ID: 1301e8
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…and before the dinner can even start, you spot another club employee filming the whole thing. An overweight male Serpents… whose name is Tezo Axio, if you’re reading his name tag correctly. And here you are, deaf, mute and unable to move without causing a scene. Verily, this just your usual luck…
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No. 942693 ID: b1b4f3

>>942690
You can still use your comms. I wonder if Thule can tell Tezo you'd like to meet him afterwards? He's free to move throughout the building, isn't he?
Try sending Thule a message.
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No. 942703 ID: ad51b8

how against would you be about just stealing the camera later so it doesn't get out?
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No. 942704 ID: 91ee5f

>>942690
You said the necklace only affects your telepathy. So it’s a good thing you’ve still got another method of communication! You’ve still got your comms!

>>942693
Try this.
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No. 942716 ID: e6f10c

Don't talk like your luck is bad here. This is much more like your luck was alright but not better. Just laying here you confirmed Tezo Axio is in the club and a member of the wait staff. ...Or possibly someone higher up posing as a member of the wait staff, since you'd think both staff and members wouldn't be allowed to record what goes on in the club. Well, whatever the reason he can get away with that, it looks like you're probably gonna be the subject of one of Tezo's future paintings.

Now, just play your part, don't screw up and you'll be able to join Thule once you're done here and work to get Tezo into the SAIs' private rooms to speak with him. Meanwhile you can pass the time playing solitaire on your comm implant or listening to a audiobook or something. Oh, or calling Ben to ask him if he'd be up to a threesome with a domineering Hiver female and you sometime later.

You can try to call or text Thule to inform him that you spotted Tezo Axio here wearing a waiter's outfit and taking photos, then ask if that's against club rules. Though, don't be surprised if your comms don't work since the club rooms are likely comm shielded.

If the club put a mind dampening necklace on you to keep you from listening in on the club members conversations, that seems rather ineffectual considering you have a comm implant that can record external audio; It can do that, right? Pipe the audio through a voice-to-text converter or translation app and you'll be able to understand what they're saying. Though, it won't work for Serpens unless your comm implant can pick up external telepathic transmissions.

>>942693
>I wonder if Thule can tell Tezo you'd like to meet him afterwards? He's free to move throughout the building, isn't he?
I was under the impression that the Thule hadn't been here long enough for the club to allow him to move about outside the SAIs' private rooms. But even if he could move about the general areas of the club, I think Rishi is in a private room, thus Thule wouldn't be allowed in here. Though, if Tezo leaves this room, then Thule could ask Tezo to speak with you in the SAIs' private rooms later.
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No. 942744 ID: a9af05

>>942690
He's probably here to have a look at the person that was asking for him, just to see if he needs to be worried or not. Taking pictures is just a bonus for him.

You could try winking at him.
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No. 943061 ID: 1301e8
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943061

>Don't talk like your luck is bad here. This is much more like your luck was alright but not better. Just laying here you confirmed Tezo Axio is in the club and a member of the wait staff.
Unlucky or not, it still feels annoying to have him right there exactly when you can’t talk to him. Though having confirmed that he works here is something at least.
>You'd think both staff and members wouldn't be allowed to record what goes on in the club.
Going by the fact that the guests are posing for him and seemingly directing where he’s filming, you can only come to the conclusion that they actually asked him to be here. Ergo, his job is probably to actually record people at the club.
>He's probably here to have a look at the person that was asking for him, just to see if he needs to be worried or not. Taking pictures is just a bonus for him.
He’s barely noticed that you’re here, so that seems unlikely. Verily, you’re more of an object right now anyway, to be placed in the background of a photo.
>How against would you be about just stealing the camera later so it doesn't get out?
You’re sure this is only for private use for these four individuals… and you’re sure you can get them to blur your face if you ask them too…

>Now, just play your part, don't screw up and you'll be able to join Thule once you're done here and work to get Tezo into the SAIs' private rooms to speak with him.
Even if your main objective is right there, you can’t let yourself lose focus on here and now. Verily, laying still is actually harder than it sounds… especially when one of the ladies keep “accidently” stroking your sides… and one of the guys keep pinching you with those weird eating utilizes they got when he grabs the food. Why can’t they just use a fork instead of those wooden sticks? Luckily, the last two are either too focused on the food itself or posing for Tezu to be of any trouble to you.
>You said the necklace only affects your telepathy. So it’s a good thing you’ve still got another method of communication! You’ve still got your comms!
Indeed, you still got your comms. What you lack is the number to contact Tezu himself, as his social profile lacked one. Maybe you can contact someone else?
>You have a comm implant that can record external audio; It can do that, right?
Normally, yes, but they made sure to disable those functions while they were prepping you to become a plate. Verily, you might be able to just activate them again yourself, but you don’t think they’ll appreciate that when you’re done here.

>I wonder if Thule can tell Tezo you'd like to meet him afterwards? He's free to move throughout the building, isn't he? Call him and ask.
:ThuleNH: You wish for me to converse to Tezu? It’s possible I can find you, as long as I can get to you by going through any of the general areas in this establishment. What is your current location?
:RishiNH: A private room somewhere on the ground floor. Sadly, I wasn’t able to catch any kind of number or name on this room, if they even have one. Verily, unless you know where they serve food like this, I don’t think you’ll be able to find me.
:ThuleNH: Then I’ll await further instructions.
>or calling Ben to ask him if he'd be up to a threesome with a domineering Hiver female and you sometime later.
… … …apparently, they don’t allow you to contact anyone outside the club. Crud.

>You could try winking at him.
As soon as you see that his attention is centered on you, you wink at him in the most obvious way you can. It doesn’t go unnoticed as he gets closer and continues filming you. Verily, he probably believes that you’re putting on a bit of a show for the camera. Now that he’s focused on you, you start to twist and turn your head around as if you’re trying to get his attention even more… which seem to work… to a certain extent. He lowers the camera and stares at you in confusion, but you at least have his attention now. Of course, now you just need to figure out a way to tell him you want to talk to him later without moving your body, talking or disturbing any of the food that’s still on you… or the guests, for that matter.
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No. 943062 ID: b1b4f3

>>943061
"Cameraman" huh?
...can you move the very end of your tail without disturbing anything/anyone? Maybe you can get him to come over and initiate contact to get past the collar.
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No. 943089 ID: a9af05

>>943061
>Nametag
What is that red writing under the word "Cameraman"? If you can get him to come closer, you might be able to read it.

You might be able to get him to come closer if you slowly make the "come over here" gesture with your hand. And I say slowly because you don't want to wiggle around too much and knock some food off of yourself.

Does he need to be physically touching you in order to bypass the necklace so that you can talk to him?

>Why can’t they just use a fork instead of those wooden sticks?
Rishi, ask yourself this: "Do I want to be accidentally stabbed by a fork or do I want to accidentally be pinched by these wooden sticks?"

Once you come to the obvious correct answer, you'll realize that there's a reason they don't have forks! It's harmful to the person that's currently being the plate! Plus, there's always the chance that blood could be drawn and that would ruin the food.
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No. 943181 ID: c49ece

Is there a universal Serpens gesture for 'mind-meld me'?
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No. 943188 ID: 974afd

>>943061
Tail motion for "get over here" could work, long as there's not food on it.
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No. 943189 ID: bbd5f5

>>943061
Good, we've got his attention. The next step is to communicate with him using only our eyes to tell him how to contact us.

I know! We can tell him our comm number by winking in base-8! You've got three eyes facing him, meaning you can form a total of eight different gestures by opening and closing them in specific combinations. That's enough to form the basis of a language.

If your number doesn't easily translate to base-8, then is there some other simple code you could use, like Morse code? We only need to convey a simple message, just enough to tell him your name and say "call me". Perhaps you could use a Serpens mythological reference, or allude to something you saw in one of his paintings, something that would be inconspicuous to anyone else nearby while still telling him what we need him to know.

The important thing right now is to move as little as possible. We don't want to mess up anyone's dining experience. Acting as living furniture might not be our usual profession, but it's a job we took and we're going to be professional about it.
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No. 943190 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, if you do get him to mind-meld please first make it clear that you mean no harm and will respect his privacy no matter what.
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No. 943200 ID: 91ee5f

>>943061
If you’re able to communicate with him, then don’t give him the entire message from Isabella right now. You have to make sure whatever you tell him is a short message, since he’s supposed to be working right now.

Ask Thule what room he’s in, since it’s gotta have a name or room number. Then if you can get Tezo to talk to you, ask him to meet you in the room that Thule is in, once you know the name or number of the room.

If you successfully get Tezo to meet you, then just in case he has the same reaction that Drizu Axio had, don’t call him The Great Green Twin Wyrm until the very end of delivering Isabella‘s message. That way if he does have the same reaction as Drizu, you’ll have delivered the entire message successfully before he slithers away and tells you to leave him alone.
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No. 943331 ID: 1301e8
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>Rishi, ask yourself this: "Do I want to be accidentally stabbed by a fork or do I want to accidentally be pinched by these wooden sticks?"
Good point, those points are far worse. Those wooden sticks might actually be on to something.
>The important thing right now is to move as little as possible. We don't want to mess up anyone's dining experience.
Verily, messing things up now will probably ruin your chances to talk to Tezo. Ergo, you must be the best plate that ever plated!
>"Cameraman" huh?
That would explain why he’s allowed to film these people.
>What is that red writing under the word "Cameraman"?
“Dreamweaver”. So he’s part of the club.

>Ask Thule what room he’s in, since it’s gotta have a name or room number.
:ThuleNH: N34-ktz-N340. Third floor, main bu-ktz-main building. Just follow the danc-ktz-just follow the signs.


>I know! We can tell him our comm number by winking in base-8! You've got three eyes facing him, meaning you can form a total of eight different gestures by opening and closing them in specific combinations.
While it would be possible for you to send him a simple message, like your comm information, by using base-8, it’s also all to possible that he won’t understand any message you try to send him, seeing as he’ll have no idea what each combination represents and would probably just think that you’re mad. Ergo, there has to be a simpler solution with higher rate of success than speaking in base-8.
>If your number doesn't easily translate to base-8, then is there some other simple code you could use, like Morse code?
You start to blink at him in Morse and he looks at you confused.

Then before you can do anything else he’s pulled away by one of the patrons and is forced to return to his duties for now.

>Does he need to be physically touching you in order to bypass the necklace so that you can talk to him?
It might be possible, but you’re not sure. Your experiences with these necklaces are lacking.
>Is there a universal Serpens gesture for 'mind-meld me'?
Not one that you can do in decent company. Also, mind-melding is far from convert, so you’ll probably stick to just talking to him for now.

You watch as Tezo takes one last group photo of the group with you visible in the background before you see them beckon for him to leave. Tezo on his parts holds up his finger as if to ask for just one more minute and look over at you.

>Tail motion for "get over here" could work, long as there's not food on it.
With your tail free, you managed to make a simple motion of “come closer” to him and he abides. He slithers right up to your tail and grabs in.

:TezoNH: Hey there you alright or do you need anything are they treating you alright theyaren’ttohandsyarethey?
:RishiNH: Err… they are fine… well, expect for the Sakkilian lady, she keep pinching me. But th-
:TezoNH: I’ll talk to her real quick but hey can you do me a quick favor can you maybe do a V-sign or something and wink for this last photo soitlookslikeyou’rehavingagoodtimeaswellandstuff?
:RishiNH: …sure? But I ne-
:TezoNH: Great good talk bye.
:RishiNH: Wa-

He let’s go of your tail and sever the mental connection the two of you had, but reacting quickly, you manages to grab his hand with your tail tip before he gets away.
:TezoNH: Huh!? What a-
:RishiNH: I got a message for you! Just listen for a second.

>If you’re able to communicate with him, then don’t give him the entire message from Isabella right now.
:RishiNH: The Sunstrider gallery of grounded and local art wishes to give you a prize fo-
:TezoNH: Prize for what is this some kind of scam or i-
:RishiNH: For one of your paintings. The marq-
:TezoNH: But I haven’t sent any paintings anywhere I still got themormyhusbandgotwhy do they have my paintings!?
:RishiNH: …because you’ve been sending them there for years?
:TezoNH: No I haven’t I haven’t sent a painting anywhere ever!
>Then if you can get Tezo to talk to you, ask him to meet you in the room that Thule is in, once you know the name or number of the room.
:RishiNH: Okay, there might be some confusion here. How about after I’m done here, we can meet in room N340 i-
:TezoNH: What no I’m not going anywhere with some painting thief you would be glad I don’t call security and have you thrown out!
:RishiNH: Wait, but I haven’t-
:TezoNH: Now let go of me so I can take this last photo and leave and I’ll tell that lady to stop pinching you if you justletgoofmealready!

He is trying to free himself from your tail without causing a scene, as the other patrons have still not noticed that anything is off. You better act now.
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No. 943332 ID: b1b4f3

Tell him if his paintings are stolen you can help him recover them, so long as he can confirm that they're his. Does he sign them?
Can't he sense your emotions, tell that you're being honest and mean no harm?
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No. 943333 ID: 32b5ec

>>943331
"Hey, I didn't steal any paintings. I was hired to find whoever created the paintings my client possesses. If they are yours, and it turns out she has stolen them, I can assure you I will assist in their recovery; however, this can only be cleared up if you agree to meet me later, be it at my office or somewhere else in a far less awkward position. That work for you?"
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No. 943334 ID: 91ee5f

>>943331
Give him Isabella‘s contact number and your contact number.

Tell him that if his paintings are being stolen, then he needs to contact Isabella and tell her. You’ll even go with him if he wants to tell her in person!

And if he changes his mind on wanting to talk to you, he can either meet you in the room Thule is in or, if you’re not there, he can call you.

Then tell him to he can take your picture now, let him go, and do a V-sign and wink for him.
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No. 943337 ID: c49ece

What about the one for Drizu? The one of the flowers? Or the one next to the portrait of you and him in the Sol Corp building?
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No. 943345 ID: 3674e7

>>943331
Could it be that he has been the one painting but not the one turning them in? Maybe his brother/friend has been doing it behind his back all this time.
If his friend/brother was close to him and found his art good but he himself thought that it wasn’t he could have handed them to the gallery without their knowledge to get his art recognised thus proving his point that the art was good to him.
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No. 943348 ID: e6f10c

You're gonna have to talk fast so he can't cut you off. Tell him you're a P.I., Rishi Zsazsa, hired by the Sunstrider Gallery's owner, Isabella, to find the artist Great Green Twin Wyrm, him, and get him in contact with her. Tell him Isabella's comm number and ask him to please just call her. Tell her he's the Great Green Twin Wyrm and him and her can sort out this business with his paintings. Then tell him your comm number and to call you if he wants to know any more.

>themormyhusbandgotwhy
>husband
He's married? Well, that's a real un-Serpens thing, isn't it? And it's rather likely that Drizu is Axio's husband, going by what you've seen so far. ...And going by the way Axio doesn't know the paintings are gone and that Drizu got all aggressive when he found out who you were looking for, Drizu is either involved in the paintings getting to the gallery or is hiding that the paintings are gone from Axio.

Also, since there's no outside comms in the club, that'd explain why Drizu didn't get in contact with Axio the second you left Drizu's office.
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No. 943354 ID: b1b4f3

I don't see much reason to hide the act of donating paintings to a museum. Not unless there's something else being smuggled in with the paintings that the curator doesn't know about.
It's more likely that Tezo is making up excuses to decline- I mean, saying the paintings aren't supposed to be in the museum is one thing, but accusing the messenger of being the thief is another. It's frankly a ridiculous accusation; why would a painting thief track down the owner and invite them to the museum they DONATED the paintings to?
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No. 943389 ID: bbd5f5

>>943331
Well, attempting to hold an extended conversation in the middle of your respective jobs turned out awkward. That's why we said not to try and give him the whole message right now. It sounds like he's kind of in a hurry, so we should keep our current meeting as brief as we reasonably can.

Sure, we'll wink for a photo if Tezo agrees to talk later so we can explain things properly. It sounds like something suspicious is going on and we want to help him get to the bottom of it. Sharing comm numbers should be enough.

Or if he doesn't want to talk about it over the comm system for some reason, he could give us a room number where he'd be comfortable meeting with us later. If he thinks we're suspicious, would he be more comfortable if we were tied down while we were talking so we couldn't try to attack him or anything?

If we have the time, we might want to assure him that we don't mean any harm and were simply having a difficult time getting into contact with him.
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No. 943409 ID: a9af05

>>943331
"I was just hired to find you and deliver a message to you, which I have. If you believe your artwork has been stolen, then contact my employer at this number" *give him Isabella's number* "to tell her."

"If that's not enough to satisfy you, you can call me at this number" *give him Rishi's number* "and I'll help you find the art thief."

Then let him go and pose for the camera, without knocking any of the food off of you. Afterwards, go join Thule and hang out with him for a little bit. If Tezo wants to talk to you, he can have someone from security bring you to him or he can have someone in the security room follow you on the cameras and then he'll come to the room you're in.
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