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Post-Session: 3

A look at what happened during and/or after Session 3.

Story - In The Waiting Room

Game Date: 5/14/2004
Location: San Francisco, California

Who: Boost, Knight of Saint Michael

Mark glanced over at Sir William and once again consigned Nexus to some place unpleasant for not taking Sir Thieves Must be Hung with him. Yeah, Mark thought, if I need Nexus, I'll call him but by the time he gets here at the very least one of us is going to get hurt. Worse yet, either that poor guy or one of the guards might get hurt. All because someone thinks they've been given the right to dispense "high and low justice." Well, it wasn't by any agency that has jurisdiction here.

Mark sat in silence pondering his predicament.

Maybe if Alacran were here, he could talk some sense into this guy. Kitsune could probably outwit him and keep him so confused that he wouldn't know which way was which. I bet that Fortaleza and Amethyst are both tough enough not to have to worry about that sword. Kika could shame him no problem and damn it, it was Nexus's job to deal with this kind of shit. What am I supposed to do?

Mark looked up at the armored figure sitting across from him.

Look at him, he is so freaking' smug. Yeah, if he didn't play sports in high school, its only because he didn't go to high school. Where did the Vatican raise him? Some secret training base? I can sort of understand wanting to keep him isolated from the more vulgar parts of modern culture, but why things like airplanes. Vatican, that just might be what I need. I hope he doesn't here me.

"Adam," Mark queried the computer "please ask Melinda to research the Vatican's current position on the Death Penalty, and relay the results to me?"

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Adam after only a few seconds relayed to Mark that the Vatican opposed Capital Punishment, since it precluded the possibility of redemption and was a violation of the Ten Commandments. Mark glanced over at Sir William and once again consigned Nexus to some place unpleasant for not taking Sir Thieves Must be Hung with him. Yeah, Mark thought, if I need Nexus, I'll call him but by the time he gets here at the very least one of us is going to get hurt. Worse yet, either that poor guy or one of the guards might get hurt. All because someone thinks they've been given the right to dispense "high and low justice." Well, it wasn't by any agency that has jurisdiction here.

Mark sat in silence pondering his predicament.

Maybe if Alacran were here, he could talk some sense into this guy. Kitsune could probably outwit him and keep him so confused that he wouldn't know which way was which. I bet that Fortaleza and Amethyst are both tough enough not to have to worry about that sword. Kika could shame him no problem and damn it, it was Nexus's job to deal with this kind of shit. What am I supposed to do?

Mark looked up at the armored figure sitting across from him.

Look at him, he is so freaking' smug. Yeah, if he didn't play sports in high school, its only because he didn't go to high school. Where did the Vatican raise him? Some secret training base? I can sort of understand wanting to keep him isolated from the more vulgar parts of modern culture, but why things like airplanes. Vatican, that just might be what I need. I hope he doesn't here me.

"Adam," Mark queried the computer "please ask Melinda to research the Vatican's current position on the Death Penalty, and relay the results to me?"

Adam after only a few seconds relayed to Mark that the Vatican opposed Capital Punishment, since it precluded the possibility of redemption and was a violation of the Ten Commandments.

After looking around and glaring at Sir William several times, Mark murmurs something quietly. A few minutes later, he nods his head, takes a deep breath and turns toward Sir William. "Why do you want to break the Fifth Commandment?"

William continued to look down at what used to be, could still be, Nekros. "How do you know that I plan to break the fifth commandment?"

Behind the screen of his face plate, Mark's eye's widen in disbelief. "Why else would you be here? You were pretty up for taking him out back at the park. You're the one who thinks that we should be hanging thieves. So why shouldn't I be thinking that you are going to tell that poor guy down there to pray for his soul, and than lop off his head?"

William replied, "I must give him the chance to repent. I must hear the words from his own mouth if he does."

After a slight pause, William continued, "I said felons should be hung. Since then, I have been corrected on my oversight that all thieves are felons, very well, most of them aren't. I will say now that thieves shouldn't be hung... for thievery. As for my avocation of hanging, in these times of deficits and budget cuts, hanging is cheaper than gas or lethal injection. "

Mark interrupted, "You do know that the Vatican opposes Capital Punishment, since it precludes the possibility of redemption and is a violation of the Ten Commandments."

William shot a cold glance at Mark before looking back down at the patient.

"As for the Pope's stance on the death penalty, I shall follow his lead whenever possible. In this instance, however, following the Most Holy Pontiff may not be possible depending on the circumstances. Until he wakes up," William gestured with a nod at the patient below," we don't know what the circumstances are. However, he shall be given his chance to repent. Thus, I wait."

William, his calm restored, continued to watch the patient.

Mark started to pace in an agitated manner, keeping a careful eye on Sir William. Mark was obviously nervous and upset. "OK, so you meant felons should be hung, but since when has grand theft been a hanging offense in Louisiana? I mean I know Louisiana can be a bit on the conservative side, but still."

"Theft is a hanging offense in Louisiana or any other backwater when the residents have a mind. Especially where I come from, you can't check the records of someone who isn't recorded, and, while rare, it is possible for someone to be, as they say, 'below the grid.' If a below the grid person stole enough or was vicious enough, they could be hung without anybody missing them. But that's not the point. The point is, I already told you I was waiting to give him a chance to repent. If I wanted to kill him, he would be dead. That he is still alive and that my sword rests in its scabbard, says much for my intention not to kill him.

William continued to calmly watch the patient.

"Besides, with the way you carry on, if and when he wakes, he might beg me to save him from the verbal wrangling. At the moment I would be hard pressed to deny him the mercy of sending him away from this racket. And it is a racket, even if you're not yelling. As for his defenselessness, or his not being a threat, you could be very wrong. He sleeps now. If he turns back into Nekros when he wakes up, not dispatching him would be a grave mistake. He's drained the life out of people, for God's sakes!"

William shifted his weight, still looking down at the patient as he spoke. "I tell you this; I recognize that he is probably not the same Nekros about whom I was told. I recognize that whoever is on the healing table may have no idea of what has happened. I will give him his chance to repent. I will say no more."

Mark stopped pacing and slowly sank into a chair. Oh, my God! He just told me that he has participated in a lynching, or at least was an accomplice after the fact. What kind of psycho have we let into the Wardens? What can I do? I should have left the channel open and had Adam record the conversation. As it is, I'll have to get more evidence, before I can do anything.

Record Last Changed Date: 2/26/2006


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