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Author Topic: Truth and deception  (Read 154 times)

Truth and deception
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:29:07 PM »
|Year 843|

The Military Police overlooks many things intentionally. Bribing soldiers? Okay. Buying military assets the MP sells on the black market? No problem. Interpreting the law differently for nobles? Standard procedure. However sometimes they had to make an example. One if this time had arrived and Tyler’s team was investigating a smuggler ring. To Tyler’s disgruntle not because of the smuggling, but because of tax evasion.

To start of the investigation Tyler’s team had decided on an initial plan. One of the steps was an interview with a noble suspected to be involved in the smuggling. Tyler’s task included to get a first impression, claiming that not the noble himself but one of his business contacts was involved in this crime. Maybe rattle the noble enough to make him decide on a hasty action and thus make a mistake they could use against him.

As Tyler arrived at the nobles’ residence he once again wondered why it was always him getting this kind of assignment. Yeah, some nobles trusted him quicker due to him having the name of an influential merchant family. Still this kind of task wasn’t even close to his favorite things on the job.

A maid opened the door and after introducing himself he was left to wait in the foyer. His eyes wandered over the luxurious interior. After so many years on the move - sleeping in vacant rooms in different MP quarters, random inns or beneath the stars – such luxury has lost its appeal. He grew up with it and still he preferred sleeping in a barn close to his comrades. They were close like a family. The maid returned and he followed her into a room used to greet guests. Now his mission begins. « Last Edit: February 04, 2019, 06:45:10 PM by Tyler Morgan »

Re: Truth and deception
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 12:00:36 AM »
Laurens Holweck had hired him not on a whim, but for a purpose - he was paranoid (though he hadn't needed to say as much) that somebody was trying to get a hit on him. Quirin had, at first, been doubtful. Nobles always thought themselves more important than they were, he'd found, and their paranoia was mostly unfounded. In this case, he'd discovered that Holweck had had cause to be worried.

The idiot was part of a smuggling ring, and hadn't been covering his tracks very well. It had been easy to dig dirt on him, as Quirin often did for his charges. So there he was, guarding a poor man's smuggler.

When the maid appeared, interrupting Holweck's dull hour of surveying his records. The news of a member of the Military Police soldier's arrival made the noble still, statuesque, and stare at Quirin. Pleading with his eyes. There was no doubt a thousand possibilities running through his mind. It was with a wave of his hand that Quirin took over, instructing the maid to take the officer through to the drawing room.

"Stay calm, conduct yourself well - unassuming, calm, cooperative. If you behave as though you're better than this Morgan, you'll find yourself in the shit. We don't arrest our friends." It felt safe to make generalisations, as Quirin briefed Holweck in peace. The noble nodded, and they made their way through to the drawing room from a different door.

On arriving, Quirin took a moment to glance over his fellow soldier. Not awfully familiar, but they didn't all run in the same circles. After all, most of his companions were the corrupt sort. "You don't mind if I sit in, do you? Mr. Holweck's hired a bodyguard to support him given his weakening health." The lie flowed freely, and Holweck was smart enough to give a slow, shaky nod of agreement. "Quirin Drexler," he added as an afterthought, standing by the door as the noble took a seat by the fireplace.

Re: Truth and deception
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2019, 07:35:52 PM »
It was a short wait and Tyler was relieved. Certain nobles had the tendencies to let others wait. Show how influential they were due to this terrible trait. Tyler hated this type and his mood lightened slightly by not having to face one of them. What was a bit unexpected was the present of another soldier, it hadn’t been in the report they had had. Did the MP play on both sides? It wouldn’t be a first.

“Of course you can sit in, as long as it is Mr. Holweck’s interest,” Tyler replied to the fellow soldier, not hiding looking him over. He didn’t knew the soldier, but Tyler was moving around too much to remember even half the faces of his fellow soldiers with the MP. He wasn’t about to judge the skills or loyalty of the other, had he learned that even the most harmless looking person could be rotten to the core.

Tyler moved towards the fireplace, hovering next to a seat but don’t sitting down. Basic rules when dealing with nobles: Only touch or use their property when they offered it. “I hope I don’t disturb you during important dealings, but I have to ask a few questions to an ongoing investigation my team is conducting.” Tyler tried a polite and hopefully non-threating approach. He needed Holweck to relax and let his guard down.

“I once again want to introduce myself. I’m Tyler Morgan and I work for a small unit inside the MP. If our information is correct you are close to a man named Gordon Harold? What can you tell me about this man?” An intentionally open question. A first test to grasp the character Tyler was dealing with. How much does he trust a strange MP? Will he hint at this friend being involved in something shady to divert the attention from himself? No other way to find out than to patiently wait for the answer. For a moment Tyler’s gaze moved towards the other soldier. Will he protect Holweck and his secrets or was there a chance he could get him to spill, if he knows anything at all.


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