Diego nods. He walks quietly to the backroom, drawing his knife as he goes. He holds so that the blade is concealed by his forearm.
Bloodweaver1 said:“If he will not volunteer the information we seek, then perhaps his corpse and this shop will. Mr. Archer, Mr. Diego, would you mind searching the shop’s back room? Ms. Beth and I will search out here.”
Bloodweaver1 said:"They remind me of some of Giselle’s henchmen, but that could be just coincidence.”
industrygothica said:"I recognize them," Beth answers Cole. "The guy who kidnapped me--the one Biggs fought--he had piercings like that, only more of them, like he was a higher rank or something."
Archer turns up his auspex looking up at the ceiling above his head he sees a cunningly concealed trap door, a mass of tell-tale gouges around it suggest that it's used frequently as an egress.Festy_Dog said:Archer refrained from touching things. The old man had died, a mixed blessing, and he didn't want to leave too much evidence of his identity or his colleagues' if cops became involved. He looked about the ceiling for a security camera, but didn't expect to see any if the owners wouldn't even invest in a fire extinguisher. Following that his priority was finding a powerful cleaning product (preferably bleach), gloves and a rag.
Searching the corpse is a quick affair. The old man is wearing a crude pair of jeans, the pants cut off to form makeshift shorts.Bloodweaver1 said:“Possibly. None the less. Lets see what we can find, shall we. ” Replies Cole as he searches the corpse and then moves onto the room.
Festy_Dog said:"The plot grows thicker," Archer remarked as he rounded the store counter and started up the stairs Diego had gone up moments before.
Diego heads back into the main room. "Stairs are fake, sorta looks like they were meant to hold a person in place long enough for someone to come and get em." He pauses for a moment, as if considering the stairwell for the first time. "This place is way more than we thought it was. I'm for getting some Sucker or even Nice to check it out. Seems more of a ........ hive or a ......... oh what in the hell is that word.......... warren or something. It's tense."
He looks around the room and spots the man that had stabbed him. He walks over and pulls the knife out, wiping his fingerprints off the handle. He drops the knife and begins to walk outside.
Graf said:Archer turns up his auspex looking up at the ceiling above his head he sees a cunningly concealed trap door, a mass of tell-tale gouges around it suggest that it's used frequently as an egress.
At the far end of the ceiling, above the door leading out the alley, is a small wooden shelf, the Slasher was probably sitting on it (or crouching there isn't enough space to really sit even for a hunched old man).
There is nothing that looks remotely like it could be a security camera.
Bloodweaver1 said:"A false stairway with a false stair and a very real knife. We also have a trap door that leads to a second floor. Plus a building that is more of a warren than a real building. Sounds to me like further investigation is called for. Mr. Archer, is it safe to presume that we are alone or should we expect more company?" Asks Cole as he takes a better look at the the trap door in hopes of finding a way to opening it.