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The City: 110: Duncan

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Duncan watched panic and shock spread through the crowd.  He folded his arms and kept his expression neutral while Jenkins appealed for calm.  He welcomed it, personally.  Not only because as Assistant Commissioner he’d be on the short list of candidates to take the job.  Jenkins had been wrong for the job.  He didn’t really understand The City, or the what their job really was.  He relied on physical world tactics.  He led with his passions.  And he never made nice with The Board.  Duncan had a chat with the new CEO.  Things would be smoother when the dust settled.

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109: Serena

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Serena clapped along with the the rest of the squad at Jenkins’ praise.  But this was just the opening lines.  Something more was coming.  He was right.  They weren’t done yet.
“This morning, CPD activated its mandate to occupy Midas Tower.  The reason for this occupation was to prevent an application of malicious code by an unknown source.  We were interfered with in this duty by Midas Security forces.  While we were eventually able to take control of the building, we were unable to stop the malware trigger.  I take responsibility, and will be stepping down as Commissioner of CPD.”

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108: Wallace

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Jenknis stepped to the microphone.  He coughed, once.  He was not used to public speaking, and relied on his blustery presence to carry the day.  After the events at the tower, and the infection, he was all out of bluster.  Wallace watched him sweat from the crowd.  He is exhausted as any of us, he realized.  What would the big man say?  He leaned forward.
“My fellow officers.  Today was a bad day.  The worst in CPD history.  Let me first commend every single one of you.  This was not what you signed up for.  But today isn’t over yet.”

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The City 106: Andre

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Commissioner Jenkins gathered the remaining City Police forces in the lobby of the stately and imposing headquarters building.  The force was significantly less imposing.  Andre was in the front row.  He’d been behind a desk all day, coordinating the efforts.  It was a mess out there, but his father, and the whole force, had stepped up in ways they had never been called upon before.  The ‘paper tigers’ of The City were usually tasked with ticketing parked cars and avatars that broke The City’s Immersion Policy.  Today they had done real police work.  He had never been prouder of him.

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The City: 033: Meghan

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A long line of police cars, their sirens blaring, raced out of Headquarters.  They were followed by a smaller fleet of unmarked black vehicles.  They traveled at all possible speed to Midas Corporation Tower, at the heart of The City.  It was not so far from Police Headquarters, but traffic was backed up due to the transit shutdown.  Meghan had the pleasure of listening to the Commissioner swear the entire way.
“Bells, what the fuck does that mean?”  Back at headquarters, an entire squad was puzzling over the prophetic riddle.  They stopped short.  Midas Plaza was blocked off by Security.

The City: 032: Maurice

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City Police Commissioner Maurice Jenkins was the first to press close to the body when it began to whisper.
“The hills, the bay, the valley, the tower.  The Bells!  The bells are sounding.  The clarion call is sounding, and He is drawing the threads together.  He’ll climb Jacob’s Ladder and ascend from fire as the Phoenix.  The City will know its master, and He will be the god of this place.  The bells are sounding…”  The cops all straightened.
“Some hacker messing with us,” Marcy said.  Maurice frowned.
“I’d like to speak with the hacker that made this.  Let’s go.”