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Agent York / Natalie van der Haast ([personal profile] neverknocks) wrote in [community profile] outsiders2013-03-19 02:46 pm


[ yo what's up, Omega. York is in a shiny brand-new suit of armor, bought right in Omega, rather than her usual clunky old Freelancer armor. It's a hell of a lot sleeker than what she used to wear, that's for sure, and she looks pretty damned pleased about it.

But not just about the armor. York's grinning for an entirely new reason today. ]

Everybody settling in all right? Good, 'cause I've got some good news for the thirsty crowd. I just got myself a new job at a bar here in Zeta District, servin' drinks. And this weekend we've got an extended happy hour special goin' on, so if you're looking for a drink, then I highly suggest hauling your ass over to The Quad. I might even slip you a free drink for the trouble.

[ She actually winks, grinning and showing teeth. She tosses her hair out of her face with a quick shake of her head. ]

'Course, if you're more interested in the home security market, I'm still available for installs and upgrades. But I figured it was time to move on up in the job market. Besides, I mix one hell of a Dirty Shirley.
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-21 06:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Arthur has learned about Krogans. And their anatomy - stuff he was able to look up. So the look he initially has is a mixture of surprise and that tiny bit of teenage amusement he still holds onto.

Heh. Balls. ]

Now you've got two jobs? You're outpacing the rest of us pretty fast, York.

[ It's good natured though. He's working on moving up, anyway. ]

I think I might have a few credits to spare to get a drink.

[ Also, he's just been - quiet. He's seen York in passing but he hasn't really talked much to her. ]
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-22 02:29 am (UTC)(link)
[ Disappearing is still a valid worry - it's good to touch bases with each other once in a while. There's not that many people he recognizes here. ]

Well, you'll have to let me know what he says. I've got to tell you about this pizza I had.

[ But to his word, he does show up a while into happy hour. It's not as full as he's seen Afterlife, but it's definitely not empty, either.

He goes to look for York, spotting her and raising a hand in greeting. ]
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-22 03:12 am (UTC)(link)
Hey now, no need to offend the cats.

[ It's with a good natured smile that he sits down at the bar, taking her hand and shaking it. ]

I'm pretty sure you have enough ingredients behind there to make a midori sour. [ Maybe not all of them, but Arthur's not picky. ]

Sorry I haven't been around. Not used to repair work, and some of us can't install locks for a living. [ that's his excuse anyway ]
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-22 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
[ It's definitely a dive, it's in their district after all, but Arthur shrugs. ]

It's better than nothing, though. You're practically raking in the cash.

[ It's a good thing he has a good poker face - though if you're someone like York, it's probably easy to see the signs of him being surprised or evasive. ]

Well, not much call for an accountant here. Private security seems to be handled, so I've been doing repair work and just looking, otherwise.

[ That he may or may not have read up on Eclipse, and may or may not be seeking an in with them, is not mentioned. ]
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-26 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
Only so many locks you can install before there aren't any more, right?

[ Only so many defenses you can craft. Speaking of those, York cocks an eyebrow at him and he's sorely reminded of that moment when Eames was looking at him, wondering why he hadn't told York the truth. ]

It wasn't perfect, but it was something. [ He shrugs minutely again. ] Mostly moderately small business accounts. Made sure they were in the black, that their overheads weren't getting too high, that all the books were in place.

[ There's just enough of the right terms in there to keep a normal person from getting suspicious, but in terms of actual details, there's a lack; and Arthur doesn't usually lack in detail. ]
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-28 04:10 am (UTC)(link)
[ He takes the drink mostly on reflex, watching York with a more open expression - of course, what he's expressing is wariness. He could play stupid, tell her that he doesn't know what she's talking about - but they have known each other a while. She deserves the truth, even if Arthur likes keeping his cards close to his sleeve.

So he takes a drink before he answers her. ]

You really want to know? [ he taps the rim of his drink, leans forward a little to lower his voice. ] In the simplest terms, I was a thief... but instead of stealing physical objects, I stole information and ideas out of people's minds.
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-30 04:34 am (UTC)(link)
[ Arthur looks at that expression and feels his smile grow wider. ]

Where I'm from, there's this chemical called Somnacin. It was developed by scientists for use with a device called the PASIV. [ He gestures with his hands, brings them together. ] These things used together? They let you create a lucid dream - a shared lucid dream. In these dreams, your mind is infinitely powerful - you can create whole cities with a thought, battlegrounds, scenarios, buildings that don't exist in the real world.

There's a drawback, though. Someone creates the dream, and someone else populates it with their subconscious - creates literal projections of them. And these projections? You can talk to them, find out what the person's thinking. Ideas they have, or information they might know.

And even if they're trying to protect that information, you can trick them into placing it somewhere you can break in, steal it and read it.

[ He sits back, takes another drink of the midori sour. ]

And that's my job, is helping someone do that. See, guys who do that, they're called extractors. They know how to get into your head, how to play you. I can host those dreams, I can design a dream for you, I can find information on your target - but someone else has to extract the information, because that's not what I'm good at.

[ it rankles to admit. ]
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-30 05:24 am (UTC)(link)
[ Well - oops, he does like to infodump, doesn't he? ]

Essentially. It's not quite as mystical as that makes it sound, though.

[ At the second part, he gestures with one hand. ]

Not exactly that. I'm more of a point man - I make sure things go off without a hitch, that everyone has the information they need.
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-31 08:14 am (UTC)(link)
You get them while they're sleeping.

[ As simple as that, he makes it sound, but then shakes his head. ]

Or you sedate them, find out when they're going in for surgery and get in while that's going on. Time in dreams is distorted, so you only need a window of five or ten minutes, usually, to do what you need to do.

People know it happens, though. A lot of people make money training people's minds to resist that kind of thing. Militarizing, we call it.
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-03-31 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He might not be as good as Eames at reading people, but he can tell she's at least intrigued, more than scared off. ]

Yeah, I've had that kind of training. I've taken some jobs where that was my job, a few times.

[ He takes another drink, drains his alcohol, but doesn't ask for another. ]

It wasn't. I was in the military, before it happened. They developed the program and the device as a training simulator - for soldiers to shoot, stab and kill each other in real world combat, then wake up and be able to do it again.

People came in to design courses. Then we started playing around with the dreams, discovering what you could do with them. Discovered you could make dreams within dreams, things like that.

[ He shrugs his shoulder artfully. ]

They shut the program down, and then some complications happened in my life. I ended up leaving the military. One guess as to what I ended up doing.
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-04-03 07:41 am (UTC)(link)
[ Arthur's usually got the bonus of a PASIV on hand when he tells this story - that, or it's someone who already suspected the device's existence. He watches York curiously. ]

No. I can fake one well enough to get hired, though.

[ He offers this with a hesitant curl of a smile. ]
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-04-07 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
[ Arthur would't blame her if she wanted to hold a grudge. He didn't see the point in blowing his cover on Sacrosanct, not wanting to attract attention from Hypatia.

He nods after a moment. ]

A lot of money. It's not exactly blue collar crime we're talking about, here. It takes a lot of planning, and someone has to be willing to fund that.
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[personal profile] soldad 2013-04-07 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
[ He's not exactly rich. He saves money, but smoothing over his partner's problems - well, money paves the way, so they say, and none of the work of others comes cheap.

But he doesn't know that she's thinking that, so instead he laughs after a moment. ]

You sure? I can play around in minds, but you've got the high-tech armor.

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