12/10 00:20:48) Detective Harry Williams: Hello
(12/10 00:21:15) Jules Lavisham: Ah, Harry. Hello there.
(12/10 00:21:42) Detective Harry Williams: I can't see you
(12/10 00:21:57) Jules Lavisham: Downstairs
(12/10 00:22:49) Jules Lavisham: Just trying to get some work done
(12/10 00:23:05) Detective Harry Williams: (panting) You... are... not... going... to... BELIEVE... what happened last night.
(12/10 00:23:37) Jules Lavisham: Last night, you say.
(12/10 00:23:46) Jules Lavisham: Have a seat, let's hear it.
(12/10 00:23:50) Jules Lavisham: Sherry?
(12/10 00:24:19) Detective Harry Williams: No, but thank you anyway
(12/10 00:24:38) Jules Lavisham: Let me guess, single malt guy, right
(12/10 00:25:05) Detective Harry Williams: Can I just tell you what happened and THEN we can have a drink?
(12/10 00:25:23) Jules Lavisham: Oh yes, go right ahead, I'm all ears.
(12/10 00:25:44) Detective Harry Williams: I was in K'veer last night, and some guy links in.
(12/10 00:26:18) Detective Harry Williams: Told me that "I had followed the Shell".
(12/10 00:26:39) Detective Harry Williams: And then he RUNS through the halls and flees through the Myst book.
(12/10 00:27:22) Jules Lavisham: Curious.
(12/10 00:27:30) Jules Lavisham: Did you catch his name?
(12/10 00:27:45) Detective Harry Williams: You ready for this?
(12/10 00:27:52) Detective Harry Williams: DECEMBER.
(12/10 00:28:03) Jules Lavisham: ...
(12/10 00:28:05) Detective Harry Williams: His name was December
(12/10 00:28:29) Jules Lavisham: How peculiar.
(12/10 00:28:52) Jules Lavisham: Did you follow him?
(12/10 00:29:44) Detective Harry Williams: I followed him to the room with the Linking Book, but I wouldn't have ended up in the same instance of Myst that he did. But I did find something VERY strange.
(12/10 00:29:56) Detective Harry Williams: A crystal.
(12/10 00:30:05) Jules Lavisham looks up sharply
(12/10 00:30:07) Detective Harry Williams: On Atrus's desk.
(12/10 00:30:40) Jules Lavisham: A crystal? What did it look like?
(12/10 00:31:21) Detective Harry Williams: When I found it, or when I TOUCHED it? Because it actually CHANGED SHAPE when I touched it.
(12/10 00:31:33) Detective Harry Williams: It turned into a seashell.
(12/10 00:32:56) Jules Lavisham: Harry, we need to let Cal and Kelsei know about this right away.
(12/10 00:33:46) Detective Harry Williams: I think December is the crystal thief from Rei'schu. And yes, we should.
(12/10 00:34:10) Jules Lavisham: You may be right.
(12/10 00:34:55) Jules Lavisham: Shoot them a message. See if we can sort out a get-together ASAP.
(12/10 00:36:00) Jules Lavisham: We should loop in the Council members as well.
(12/10 00:36:43) Jules Lavisham: Did you get a good look at this December chap
(12/10 00:37:47) Jules Lavisham refills his glass of Port
(12/10 00:37:56) Detective Harry Williams: not that good of a look.
(12/10 00:38:04) Detective Harry Williams: He kept his head down.
(12/10 00:38:32) Jules Lavisham: Damn.
(12/10 00:38:46) Jules Lavisham: That's all we need.
[Calum links in]
(12/10 00:39:28) Calum Traveler: evening'
(12/10 00:39:39) Jules Lavisham: There's me hoping things were going to calm down a bit after that business with the Seeds...
(12/10 00:39:47) Jules Lavisham: Evenin' there, Cal
(12/10 00:39:54) Calum Traveler looks up after sitting at desk...
(12/10 00:39:57) Detective Harry Williams: I may have met the Crystal Thief.
(12/10 00:40:04) Calum Traveler: hm??
(12/10 00:40:06) Calum Traveler: really?
(12/10 00:40:11) Jules Lavisham: Harry here's got a lead you'll want to hear
(12/10 00:40:25) Calum Traveler leans agains a chair, looking interested
(12/10 00:40:29) Calum Traveler: did something happen?
(12/10 00:40:54) Jules Lavisham sips from his glass of Port, his brow furrowing
(12/10 00:41:06) Detective Harry Williams: I was in K'veer last night and somebody who registered their KI as "December" linked in and said that I had "followed the Shell".
(12/10 00:41:20) Calum Traveler eyes the Detective's vest...
(12/10 00:41:24) Calum Traveler: December, huh?
(12/10 00:41:31) Detective Harry Williams: Yes.
(12/10 00:41:48) Calum Traveler: would've thought something simple like that would've been taken by now,
(12/10 00:41:51) Calum Traveler frowns
(12/10 00:42:03) Jules Lavisham: Certainly a timely non de plume
(12/10 00:42:05) Calum Traveler: did you get a look at the person?
(12/10 00:42:27) Detective Harry Williams: No, I couldn't see December's face, he kept his head down.
(12/10 00:42:38) Calum Traveler frowns...
(12/10 00:42:39) Detective Harry Williams: He fled through the Myst Book.
(12/10 00:42:49) Calum Traveler: unfortunate, that,
(12/10 00:42:53) Detective Harry Williams: And then I found something lying on Atrus's desk.
(12/10 00:43:00) Calum Traveler: you did, huh?
(12/10 00:43:03) Detective Harry Williams: A crystal.
(12/10 00:43:07) Calum Traveler: ....
(12/10 00:43:15) Calum Traveler: may I see?
(12/10 00:44:00) Detective Harry Williams: It's in my Relto right now, but here's the weird part: When I touched the crystal it changed shape. It turned into a seashell.
(12/10 00:44:20) Detective Harry Williams: I think December may be the crystal thief.
(12/10 00:44:24) Calum Traveler: ay yi yi... that's a visual imprint crystal alright.
(12/10 00:44:36) Calum Traveler motions to the cat on his desk
(12/10 00:44:46) Calum Traveler picks it up and holds it out
(12/10 00:44:48) Calum Traveler: Like this?
(12/10 00:45:03) Calum Traveler focuses, and the cat shifts into a crab for a few moments, before returning to cat shape
(12/10 00:45:09) Detective Harry Williams: Yes
(12/10 00:45:14) Calum Traveler puts it back down
(12/10 00:45:24) Calum Traveler: damn it, yeah, that's probably one of the ones that got taken
(12/10 00:45:32) Calum Traveler frowns...
(12/10 00:45:41) Calum Traveler: well, that confirms that they're here in cavern, somewhere.
(12/10 00:46:42) Detective Harry Williams: This "December" is in possession of illicit shape-shifting crystals.
(12/10 00:47:01) Calum Traveler: certainly not something the average person should have
(12/10 00:47:05) Calum Traveler: whether or not theyre the thief...
(12/10 00:47:07) Calum Traveler frowns
(12/10 00:47:18) Calum Traveler: the Rei'schuians are pretty sure it's Haru'sara,
(12/10 00:47:24) Calum Traveler: he's still missing after the theft,
(12/10 00:47:44) Detective Harry Williams: It could be that December and Haru'sara are either working together or are one and the same.
(12/10 00:47:51) Calum Traveler: both are possible
(12/10 00:47:55) Calum Traveler: both are just as concerning
(12/10 00:48:03) Calum Traveler: why the hell would he leave a crystal out for you to find anyways?
(12/10 00:48:07) Calum Traveler frowns...
(12/10 00:48:17) Calum Traveler looks to Jules...
(12/10 00:48:36) Calum Traveler: Any idea? Think this guy's just stirring up trouble of his own accord?
(12/10 00:49:13) Detective Harry Williams: I don't know what he's up to.
(12/10 00:49:24) Calum Traveler: yeah, i don't either.
(12/10 00:49:28) Jules Lavisham: Who can say. The last time we saw the man, he'd just had his title stripped from him in the most hmiliating way possible.
(12/10 00:50:01) Calum Traveler: true... but this just seems... weird.
(12/10 00:50:02) Jules Lavisham: You don't tend to walk away from that sort of thing without having it foster a resentment or two.
(12/10 00:50:25) Calum Traveler shakes head, frowning
(12/10 00:50:28) Calum Traveler: no, you're right there
(12/10 00:50:52) Jules Lavisham: And if he decides that he's going to try and scupper the ties between us and Rei'schu...
(12/10 00:51:03) Jules Lavisham shakes his head
(12/10 00:51:05) Calum Traveler: we were working on a hunch Haru'sara came here before, but now we've got proof.
(12/10 00:51:13) Jules Lavisham: No. No, this can't be allowed to happen.
(12/10 00:51:22) Calum Traveler: im going to have to head over there tomorrow,
(12/10 00:51:24) Calum Traveler: maybe tonight.
(12/10 00:51:28) Calum Traveler frowns
(12/10 00:51:29) Detective Harry Williams: Something's definitely up.
(12/10 00:51:35) Calum Traveler: Something, indeed,
(12/10 00:51:44) Jules Lavisham: Agreed.
(12/10 00:51:45) Calum Traveler frowns
(12/10 00:51:55) Calum Traveler frowns harder, brows furrowing
(12/10 00:52:01) Jules Lavisham: There's people we dont know about with access to Rei'schu crystals.
(12/10 00:52:05) Calum Traveler 's nose scrunches slightly...
(12/10 00:52:13) Jules Lavisham: This is a recipe for disaster.
(12/10 00:52:15) Calum Traveler: it's itching in the back of my mind,
(12/10 00:52:17) Calum Traveler: something...
(12/10 00:52:20) Detective Harry Williams: Who *is* this guy?
(12/10 00:52:33) Calum Traveler: TL;DR, Haru'sara's....
(12/10 00:52:43) Calum Traveler: The kind of guy who'd bring a giant crab to a diplomatic meeting
(12/10 00:53:01) Detective Harry Williams: I didn't mean Haru'sara, I meant December
(12/10 00:53:03) Calum Traveler: and dress up in weirdly stereotypical manner,
(12/10 00:53:07) Calum Traveler: oh, right...
(12/10 00:53:14) Calum Traveler: well, if he's Haru'sara, he's haru'sara.
(12/10 00:53:17) Calum Traveler: if he's Not...
(12/10 00:53:25) Calum Traveler is a bit puzzled...
(12/10 00:53:47) Calum Traveler: Haru'sara's pawned atleast A crystal off on someone
(12/10 00:53:48) Jules Lavisham: If it is Haru'sara, he's picking up certain human behaviours and learning exceedingly quickly.
(12/10 00:54:01) Calum Traveler: and they turned around and left it somewhere for Harry to find?
(12/10 00:54:05) Calum Traveler: as what? A taunt??
(12/10 00:54:39) Jules Lavisham: If there's some subterfuge afoor with the crystals, what would they have to gain from alerting us to it?
(12/10 00:54:43) Calum Traveler shuffles the books on his desk for a moment...
(12/10 00:54:57) Calum Traveler picks up the Pod 12 book, frowning at it...
(12/10 00:55:07) Calum Traveler: Harry, you mentioned the book theft to Ami, right?
(12/10 00:55:24) Calum Traveler: do either of you remember what she said about it?
(12/10 00:55:36) Calum Traveler: i read through the chatlog but there was so much in there...
(12/10 00:56:15) Calum Traveler puts the book back and sits down...
(12/10 00:56:18) Detective Harry Williams: I did, she said Casey had kleptomania and she sent the stuff he took back, but that he didn't take the Pod 12 book and she didn't return it.
(12/10 00:56:36) Calum Traveler: yeah... the book just was... stuck, between mine and Kelsei's desks.
(12/10 00:57:01) Detective Harry Williams: From her reaction, I don't think she even KNEW about the book.
(12/10 00:57:14) Jules Lavisham: So if it wasn't Ami...
(12/10 00:57:23) Calum Traveler: so it probably wasn't stolen by the Seeds to start with, if it was stolen at all
(12/10 00:57:34) Calum Traveler: Kelsei's telling me it probably just got stuck because it fell...
(12/10 00:57:45) Calum Traveler: but... i dunno, I feel like I'm jumping at a shadow here.
(12/10 00:57:48) Jules Lavisham sighs
(12/10 00:58:01) Jules Lavisham: That's the problem with thieves
(12/10 00:58:19) Jules Lavisham: You know of the existence of one, it's all to easy to start seeing them everywhere
(12/10 00:58:28) Calum Traveler: unfortunately,
(12/10 00:58:40) Calum Traveler taps a finger against the book cover...
(12/10 00:59:11) Calum Traveler: it's probably nothing.
(12/10 00:59:21) Calum Traveler: i'm just letting my anxiety get to me.
(12/10 00:59:33) Jules Lavisham: Let's deal with what we know of for now.
(12/10 00:59:36) Calum Traveler: why would anyone even want to take a book to a volcanically active area anyways?
(12/10 00:59:56) Jules Lavisham shrugs
(12/10 00:59:58) Calum Traveler: there's nothing special about a volcano, we've got plenty of those here on Earth.
(12/10 01:00:03) Calum Traveler shakes head
(12/10 01:00:07) Calum Traveler: Right, for what we know...
(12/10 01:00:17) Calum Traveler: someone stole those crystals, probably Haru'sara, and brought them to D'ni.
(12/10 01:00:28) Calum Traveler: and someone, also possibly Haru'sara, has... taunted us with one?
(12/10 01:00:30) Calum Traveler: for some reason??
(12/10 01:00:42) Calum Traveler: i don't get the point of it...
(12/10 01:01:04) Jules Lavisham: And he's either acting alone, or in co-operation with someone else.
(12/10 01:01:26) Jules Lavisham: That's what worries me.
(12/10 01:01:37) Calum Traveler: and why *December* as a name?
(12/10 01:02:17) Calum Traveler snatches the crystal cat off the desk and gazes at it for a long moment...
(12/10 01:02:28) Jules Lavisham: We have to let the Mayors and Priestesses know. Total transparency with all information.
(12/10 01:02:34) Calum Traveler: obviously
(12/10 01:02:41) Calum Traveler sighs
(12/10 01:02:46) Jules Lavisham: Maintaing trust with Rei'schu has to be our top priority,
(12/10 01:02:57) Calum Traveler: they were talking about sending Runa'mei here to hunt down this guy,
(12/10 01:03:00) Detective Harry Williams: You're right. Maybe Haru'sara ISN'T December, because December would probably not be a Rei'schu month.
(12/10 01:03:16) Calum Traveler: and even if it were, why name yourself after a Month?
(12/10 01:03:39) Calum Traveler: Ugh, I hope we don't have to deal with twelve of these chuckleheads...
(12/10 01:03:47) Jules Lavisham: In any case, Haru'sara demonstrated almost little to no interest in most examples of our world's culture
(12/10 01:04:04) Calum Traveler: Unless the whole thing was an act?
(12/10 01:04:10) Calum Traveler: i mean, you *Saw* what that man was wearing.
(12/10 01:04:18) Jules Lavisham looks at Cal in alarm
(12/10 01:04:31) Calum Traveler: nobody dresses like that unless you're putting on a show of some kind.
(12/10 01:04:46) Calum Traveler frowns...
(12/10 01:04:59) Detective Harry Williams: In case you were wondering, no, December was not wearing a ridiculous outfit made of coral.
(12/10 01:05:08) Jules Lavisham: One gigantic act of deflection...
(12/10 01:05:09) Calum Traveler: Well, that's good to know.
(12/10 01:05:24) Jules Lavisham: No. No, I can't accept that. Not right now.
(12/10 01:05:24) Calum Traveler: i thought he was just being thematic for the giant crab,
(12/10 01:05:30) Calum Traveler: let's hope that's all it was.
(12/10 01:05:40) Calum Traveler: just a show for the giant crab...
(12/10 01:05:46) Calum Traveler shakes head
(12/10 01:06:03) Jules Lavisham: If we start second guessing every single behaviour from everyone at the meeting, we'll lose the plot completely.
(12/10 01:06:19) Calum Traveler snorts
(12/10 01:06:24) Calum Traveler: good point
(12/10 01:06:28) Calum Traveler: best not to be too paranoid here.
(12/10 01:06:52) Detective Harry Williams: If that was Haru'sara, it was probably an act. If not, I have absolutely no idea what December was up to.
(12/10 01:07:47) Jules Lavisham sighs
(12/10 01:07:50) Calum Traveler: well, remarks about your vest having a shell on it aside, did he say anything else?
(12/10 01:09:24) Detective Harry Williams: He did say something about K'veer.
(12/10 01:09:34) Calum Traveler adjusts the cat's placement on the desk a bit...
(12/10 01:09:35) Detective Harry Williams: "This is the end of the Path."
(12/10 01:09:57) Jules Lavisham sips from his glass of port
(12/10 01:10:01) Calum Traveler frowns
(12/10 01:10:19) Calum Traveler: obvious statements about literal factual things aside, it sounds like this December guy was just...
(12/10 01:10:46) Calum Traveler shakes head
(12/10 01:10:49) Calum Traveler: i don't know.
(12/10 01:10:51) Jules Lavisham: Being enigmatic for larks?
(12/10 01:10:56) Calum Traveler: basically,
(12/10 01:10:59) Calum Traveler: that's what it feels like.
(12/10 01:11:10) Jules Lavisham: I've known plenty of those sorts in my time.
(12/10 01:11:17) Calum Traveler: K'veer isn't even the END of the path, that's Myst,
(12/10 01:11:19) Calum Traveler: which he went to.
(12/10 01:11:28) Jules Lavisham: Exasperating types, to say the least.
(12/10 01:11:34) Calum Traveler: very.
(12/10 01:11:41) Calum Traveler sighs
(12/10 01:11:54) Calum Traveler: so much for getting my emails sorted out...
(12/10 01:12:18) Calum Traveler meanders over and gazes at the imager...
(12/10 01:12:31) Jules Lavisham: Yes, I was rather looking forward to having a slow winding down of work before the seasonal break.
(12/10 01:13:28) Jules Lavisham finishes his glass
(12/10 01:13:39) Calum Traveler picks up Kelsei's green scooter toy, and spins the front wheel idlly...
(12/10 01:13:56) Calum Traveler: i'll talk with Kelsei, see if she's got her schedule free tomorrow for a trip over.
(12/10 01:14:10) Calum Traveler puts the toy scooter back.
(12/10 01:14:29) Detective Harry Williams: You're right, Calum, the Rei'schu people need to know about this person.
(12/10 01:14:29) Jules Lavisham flicks through a few pages of his Marcus Aurelius
(12/10 01:14:35) Calum Traveler: Harry... go ahead and keep that crystal safe for now. we have no idea if Haru'sara tampered with it
(12/10 01:14:40) Calum Traveler: taking it back could be a Trojan Horse,
(12/10 01:14:58) Jules Lavisham skims a few lines, then nods and closes the book with renewed determination
(12/10 01:15:06) Calum Traveler: I'll see what the locals have to say about the possibility of that before bringing it back
(12/10 01:15:52) Calum Traveler: i'm going to... I'm going to do an Er'cana run, then head out.
(12/10 01:16:21) Calum Traveler: take care, both of you, and stay safe.
(12/10 01:16:27) Jules Lavisham: "You have power over your mind - not outside events."
(12/10 01:16:37) Jules Lavisham: "Realize this, and you will find strengh."
(12/10 01:16:43) Calum Traveler: yeah, gonna try to keep that in mind. good advice.
(12/10 01:16:49) Detective Harry Williams: Wise words, Lavisham.
(12/10 01:16:55) Calum Traveler: remind me to borrow that book one of these days, Jules.
(12/10 01:17:07) Jules Lavisham: Will do. Chap knew his stuff.
(12/10 01:17:19) Calum Traveler nods
(12/10 01:17:25) Calum Traveler waves goodbye
(12/10 01:17:36) Jules Lavisham: Keep me posted. Let me know if you need my help.
(12/10 01:17:39) Detective Harry Williams: goodbye, Calum
(12/10 01:17:42) Calum Traveler: will do,
(12/10 01:17:48) Calum Traveler: night, Detective,
(12/10 01:17:58) Jules Lavisham: Night Cal.
(12/10 01:18:01) Calum Traveler opens their Relto and hesitates for a moment...
(12/10 01:18:02) Calum Traveler: night.
[Calum links out]
(12/10 01:18:35) Jules Lavisham returns his glass to the cabinet
(12/10 01:19:18) Jules Lavisham: Right. Sounds like I'll be needing to stay in the loop on things down here more than I was anticipating.
(12/10 01:19:55) Detective Harry Williams: If this "December" has more crystals...
(12/10 01:20:29) Jules Lavisham: Gods, just what we need. Someone on our side of the link, running around with Rei'schu crystals
(12/10 01:21:14) Jules Lavisham: Right. I'm going to head surface-ward, bring a few things down with me to work on.
(12/10 01:21:30) Jules Lavisham: Think I'm going to be putting a few more hours down here than I was planning.
(12/10 01:21:37) Mak Raves: Shorah
(12/10 01:21:42) Jules Lavisham: Shorah Mak
(12/10 01:22:34) Jules Lavisham: Keep me posted on anything else you turn up, Harry.
(12/10 01:22:44) Detective Harry Williams: I will
(12/10 01:23:07) Jules Lavisham: Be seeing you
(12/10 01:23:11) Detective Harry Williams: Bye
[Jules links out]
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