CH3-04 Down by the shore

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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:14 am

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"That's a good point," says Liz. "I've thought of something else too..."

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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:45 pm

OOC:   So the following is made up of a couple of bits of info which you found and a third which I'm giving you now because it seems reasonable

1. There were a firebombing and big shootout in Tirana in the two days, before you arrived in Terrana several policemen and a handful of bystanders were killed, no one knows what was behind the events.

2. Not discovered in play but reasonable it would have come up in conversation during the long car journey north - Lek and Alex put the firebombing shootout at the feet of the Verbti they said a bunch had travelled down from the north of the country chasing someone else.

3. Andy found used cartridges in the cave system and Greg can confirm having studied the photos there are several bullet holes in the murals.

What if someone else had already been into the caverns where the murals were and either stole something or did as you did photograph everything clearly not covertly if the empty shell cases are to be believed.  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:28 am

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"Someone else was in that cave before us," says Liz, "and not just Maria. Maybe whoever it was went looking for her too. Remember when we first got to Tirana? There'd been a firebombing and shooting there a couple of days before. The Verbetoi had come from the north chasing someone. And then there were those shell casings in the caves. We need to find out who else went in there and what, if anything, they took out."
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby BenTheRat » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:20 pm

"Did we save any of the shell casings? I'm no detective, but could there be finger prints on them?" Greg asks.

"And whoever went there, probably needed a guide like we did? Maybe we can make a few calls and see if the people who took us, took anyone else or do they know of other guides who might have taken someone?"
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:33 am

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"That's a thought," says Liz. "Let's give Alex a call."
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:59 am

When you finally get in touch with Alex, he says he doesn't know anything other than what people were gossipping about. He says he'll come back after he's made some phone calls.

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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby BenTheRat » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:05 pm

OOC:   I think our worst luck is 65% for Andrew. Something good about dumping Clay. 8-)
For credit ratings we are a poor ass bunch. Gregs is 35, the next best is Jacob at 16. If he isn't around we have the rest of you at 15%.  


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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:46 am

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"Don't look at me," says Liz. "I'm skint."

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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:37 pm

Alex isn't asking for a vast amount of cash just some to oil the wheels so to speak.

There are some indications it is a Northern clan settling scores for some implied slight. But Alex adds that it seems as though it was all Verbetoi, apparently, a business deal with Serb gangsters went badly and the Serbs were chased all the way back to Tirana, However, the idea of anyone doing a deal in their home territory seems unlikely which would indicate the Serbs probably weren't invited.

A reporter friend says several cars were found in a farmer’s field just outside Tirana full of dead bodies, and further reports of a big fight up north. It looks like a deal between two criminal gangs which went wrong. After which the two gangs fought a running gun battle down through the country to Tirana. After a shootout in the central square, two of the survivors handed themselves to the police, however, whoever they were afraid of came after them in the police station.

A couple of local newspaper in the North claim that the countries smugglers were threatened into shutting up shop for a week after the incident. This may indicate someone they were after was still at large and trying to flee the country.

Alex adds a friend of his who works as a porter at Tirana airport says a bunch of Serbs and a few out of country Albanians (ie Albanian expats) landed in the country from Malta a week or so before this and flashed the cash to get themselves through customs and passports. Alex adds they flew in from Malta.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:45 am

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"If they came from Malta," says Liz, "whoever survived may have gone back there."
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby BenTheRat » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:25 pm

"Possibly," Greg added, "but I think its just a guess that they gave up and went home. They could be just hiding out planning their next move, kind of like us."
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:45 am

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"That's true," says Liz, "but we went home. In any case, they came from Malta, so we may be able to find out more about them there. That's another lead we can follow up when we go back there, but we have more to do here before that."
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby carnage_lee » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:32 am

OOC:   Back now!

You wanted a know roll from Andy ... in case it's still pertinent:

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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:48 am

OOC:   The KNOW roll was about the value of breaking into the different property agencies. Andy's experience in investigating similar stories about fraud and tax evasion has left him with some understanding of how the Lettings company might be being used as a cut out to cover these sort of activities. He knows from bitter experience the chances of finding anything incriminating outside of a forensic accounting investigation is slim.

What might be more useful is seeing where their properties are concentrated, what properties they have recently bought and sold that sort of thing. This information is readily available, they can hide who they have bought and sold for but not what they've bought and sold.  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby ghill » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:17 am

OOC:   So you have some new some old but renewed avenues of investigation and of course Greg risking his sanity to decipher that which not to be known - whats next?  
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:39 am

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I think we should deal with the UK leads before we think about heading back to Malta. We can look into the letting company's pattern of purchases and sales, which are public knowledge. Then perhaps some hacking might help us find out more about what the letting company is doing and who is using it.
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Re: CH3-04 Down by the shore

Postby carnage_lee » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:51 pm

Andy Wade

Andy is very interested in hearing back from Alex, things started to drop into place, maybe the wrong places but the bits seemed to fit together, at least to him. He mulled things over for a while, making notes to help him work through their situation.

"They went back to Malta, because that is where they are based... or rather that is where they will act next.." he holds his hand up "Just hear me out... I've been trying to piece things together and what Alex told us about the events in Albania just before we arrived .. kind of made things 'click'." he flicks back through a few pages. "OK, so if we go back to the beginning..." Andy starts to recount his reasoning...

  • Gossham was funded by Kush nderton, they may have also nudged him in certain directions; the 'shards' found on Malta for instance.
  • Kush nderton's goal seems to be getting a way to translate the 'lost' language of the Verbetoi.
  • As soon as Gossham came through with enough data - his thesis, Gossham and anyone that may have come into contact with the thesis were killed... murdered.
  • Seeing as Kush nderton was backing Gosham its highly probably that the group of Verbetoi that we came across are linked to Kush nderton, or rather the person behind the 'charity'.
  • These Verbetoi are heavily involved in criminal activity and ruthless.
  • Someone had the Brichester Uni digs on Malta closed down, they don't want anyone working those sites. And that must link back to Kush nderton - those sites are important to them.
  • So, once Kush nderton get hold of Gossham's thesis a group of Albanians, Verbetoi according to Alex enter Albania from Malta
  • They must be the ones that got into the temple cave complex before we did.. they got involved in a fight but made there way back to Malta - some of them did anyway.
  • We don't know for sure if they got what they wanted ... i.e. the stuff the Greg has deciphered - assume they have but they still have to do the 'working out'.
  • Malta is the crux .. this is where things will happen.
  • Someone is calling the shots - we need to find out who it is ... cut the head off the snake.

"So.. we have a Verbetoi 'splinter' group that are intent on reviving the 'old ways' and won't let anyone stand in their way... and they are on Malta!"

Andy seems to be using 'Kush nderton' to refer to the charity and to 'a person'... he's intimating that Alex Rudaj is at the centre of things.

Andy is now fixated on trying to identify Alex Rudaj - put a face to that name. He'll start by trying to identify what properties have been bought sold...



OOC:   Sorry if I'm re-capping/going over old ground - trying to make up for being away.  
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