The Truth is a Lie

Lacoste's Journal

The Industrial Dynamics Connection

  • David Lacoste contacts a friend and gets a safehouse.
  • We schedule a meeting in Central Park by the fountain with Dr. Peter Norstrum.
  • We gear up and head out.
  • Richard Malkin makes contact with the Dr. Peter Norstrum and puts a Tracking Bug on him.
  • He dials Captain Enabran Tain and gets him to put his wife on the phone as proof of life.
  • Dr. Peter Norstrum goes on to talk about his research into the hemi-sync, and how it is used to relieve stresses through hypnosis.
  • Richard is interrogating him and he denys the connection between his research and Industrial Dynamics.
  • Probing deeper he says that they are interested in other, sub-research. He can show Richard more at his office.
  • They take a cab, Major Ellis Creed takes a seperate cab, and the rest take the van.
  • Major Ellis Creed sets up outside the Dr. Peter Norstrum’s window, David Lacoste goes upstairs in the building and waits while Richard and Dr. Peter Norstrum starts going through his stuff.
  • He pulls out a secret computer and a device that he says Industrial Dynamics is actually interested in and uses it on Richard.
  • He senses a ringing in his ears and a slight headache and blacks out. Dr. Peter Norstrum then starts controlling Richard.
  • We converge on the office and cuff Dr. Peter Norstrum and smack Richard. The van comes around to the window.
  • We start to he people in the hall, David Lacoste blocks the door, and a silenced pistol goes off through the glass.
  • We then go out the window with the SWAT Van waiting underneath.
  • Major Ellis Creed places an Audio/Video Bug and gets out the window, at the same time that they smash the window. He takes a shot at them, hitting one square.
  • We take off in the SWAT Van, looking back they are men in dark suits.
  • In the van Dr. Peter Norstrum claims he didn’t contact anyone, and that they might be from Industrial Dynamics.
  • The device is an LB-427 and was given to him by Industrial Dynamics for testing. He used it on the subjects in question. He was to see if it could be used for mind control. The deaths were an unfortunate side effect.
  • We get medical care for Dr. Peter Norstrum back at the Estate Headquarters.
  • Robert finds out that the head of Industrial Dynamics is Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn They hold a lot of military contracts and deal with a lot of electronics and weapons guidance.
  • Looking at the Audio/Video Bug, these men look really well trained. They leave the office empty handed.
  • Searching through his computer, it seems like Dr. Peter Norstrum was running a study like he said, but further selected special subjects for post hypnotic suggestion studies. There was a note that after repeated use, there were commonly psychotic breaks.
  • Emails on the computer suggest that he wanted to have the device adjusted. The device was something he was given, and that he doesn’t really know how it works. He was well paid for his work.
  • Richard senses that he feels little if any remorse for what he has done. He cares little in his subjects, only about how they can help the study.
  • The device itself is flashlight shaped with weird dials and very clunky. It is made out of known materials and seems human in origin.
  • Reports come out that there was an altercation at Dr. Peter Norstrum’s office and that he and his wife are missing.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant then tries to use the device on Dr. Peter Norstrum and his wife to try and make them forget the past week.
  • It sends some sort of electrical pulse at them. Dr. Peter Norstrum seems less affected than his wife.
  • Richard then takes the device and uses it on him again.
  • It still isn’t entirely effective, so we dope them up and drop them off in New Jersey.
  • At the same time, David Lacoste goes to the scene under official pretenses, gets the Audio/Video Bug, and copies of all the evidence files. We give eveyone a copy to look into it.
  • David Lacoste gets a hit on the prints, they are active military. Major Ellis Creed uses this info to look into them and finds out what base they are stationed at.
  • Major Ellis Creed goes onto base to get their personel info. They are classified and he can’t get access to them. Major Ellis Creed gets the base commander to look into it.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant then tries to hack into the military system to get the info but fails.
  • Major Ellis Creed then uses the email address Major Ellis Creed was using to start a dialogue with them. We set up a very complicated meeting.
  • Major Ellis Creed attacks Robert like a jack-ass, who fights back. It escalates but ends before any final actions are taken.
  • No one from Industrial Dynamics shows up to the meetup.
  • Looking into Industrial Dynamics, we find out that they occupy a floor of a Manhattan high-rise.
  • Search for info on Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn, he is highly decorated, wounded in the Gulf War, and seems to be in a wheel chair.
  • We eventually decide to go into the Industrial Dynamics building under the pretense of being electricians to tap their lines.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant uses the taps to get into their systems. He finds out that they have some research labs in their office.
  • After downloading what he could get, Dr. Jason Tennant gives them a virus.
  • While going through the info, Dr. Jason Tennant comes upon some old documents from the 60s and 70s from the CIA. They talk about a device called the Mhic-Edom (Microwave hypnotic intracerebral control-electronic dissolution of memory).
  • Dr. Jason Tennant also finds emails from Dr. Peter Norstrum, and emails between Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn and an unnamed individual. This thrid party provided the CIA documents.
  • Richard recalls that the CIA project, MKULTRA, were supposed to have used the device.
  • Later that evening, we overhear a call by Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn on the tap saying that things have gone too far, and are too close to home, and that they have to meet. We don’t know who is on the other end.
  • We go to Industrial Dynamics and see Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn getting into a limo.
  • They eventually arrive in a warehouse district.
  • We go around back and try and surveil the situation. Major Ellis Creed climbs up to a window.
  • The warehouse is poorly lit. Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn is talking to a man hidden in the shadows, wearing a trench coat and smoking a cigarette. Major Ellis Creed climbs into the building and onto a catwalk.
  • Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn is saying we need to call this off because of the heat. The other man is insistent about their “deal”. Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn says he needs to get back to his superiors. The stanger says that he fullfilled his part of the deal by giving him the plan, and he wants in, now.
  • They both leave, and we decide to intercept the stranger.
  • After a scuffle, we apprehend him and head back to base.
  • At base, we give him medical attention, and interrogate him. He reveals himself as Jonas MacDonald.
  • He says he is fed up with AEGIS, trying to leave, and betraying them.
  • He claims Industrial Dynamics have contacts with a common enemy, which we think means Black Book.
  • He says that AEGIS is controlling him, got him using addictive psi-drugs, and used him up.
  • After getting what we can from him, we kill him.
  • Agent X shows up at our base and commends us for uncovering him as a traitor. Agent X is saddened by the fact that we had to kill Jonas MacDonald as he knew him well.
  • Agent X takes Jonas MacDonald’ body and says he will dispose of it.
  • 10 xp received.

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