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Subject:Bloodlines 04-07/08-2007 Dr.Grout
Time:02:59 am
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Yep decided to make a separate entry for this area.


I recieve this Quest from La Croix.


So yes I arrived and Nines came out acting all weird & spacey. [The can't save while in Frenzy is that I can't save while in a cutscene. The Frenzy bit I found-out from Activision is what they used to keep your character still during a cutscene...so no player can ever say they didn't Frenzy once :P]

  
Here are the 'out-of-sorts' & 'something doesn't seem right' Quest Log updates.


So I entered and instead of shotgunning the insane-laughing-chick; I decided to sneak-up and feed on her...yeah I tried to stealh kill, but I messed-up so I fed >.> I ended-up doing this everytime I could sneak-up on one of the female experiments.

 
I could guess that Dr.Grout had some issues when I saw the wall of clocks [wall-o-clocks]. There is also this weird painting on the wall.


I have no idea what this cluttered pile of furniture represented. Art? It was easy to get-around, so it can't have been to block the hallway.


There was a small cutscene of one of the male 'experiments' having a grand-time playing with this candle on the wall. I shot him and explored the room.

 
There was a note (written on a yellow-pad like I use o_o) on one of the tables about Perception, Mind, & Time. I think I must have figured-out the puzzle alright (that I pull Time 1st, then Perception, then Mind), by the little icons for each of the candles on the wall (Time candle is shown).


Dr.Grout had left voice-recorders all over his mansion. Most were about his 'research' ans some were just cracked. He had a pleasent yet eerie voice. Very well-spoken.


So I continued in and came acrossed this corpse proped-on a couch. It looked like he had died eating himself...and his legs were messed-up, like the had decomposed or were prosthetics.

This was not to be the last strange corspe I would find.


This is I'm assuming 'John' one of Dr.Grout's experiments that ate his own arm and escaped into the ceiling. Dr.Grout refered to him like a hamster that was probably making a terrible mess up there.


This was one of the male experiments that was sitting on the couch, I expected it to attack me, but I assumed it was dead. I also saw other of the doctor's experiments that were dead.

  
The half-man that was lying on a table, & another weird-legged corpse.


A odd photograph I saw.


There were these strange blood-red stairway-rooms. They really effected my motion-sickness as I was climbing them, as I got dizzy.

 
They led to this walk-way with nice views.


A pile of chairs...that I jumped-on for a few minutes...


I came to this room with what I though were mirrors. I found-out they were portholes. I had to use a switch on the fake fireplace to enter the other section.

 
There was a room with another candle puzzle. I actually activated the switch via the bookcase (I think anyway, as I couldn't do the puzzle) when I first entered, because I saw a hidden lever in it.


This is the 'balcony room' which I found rather pretty. [which also had a hatch to the ladder I found when I first entered -which I thought was strange...a ladder leading to nowhere but the ceiling- that was on the first floor.


From the first floor I entered this hallway that I could here sparks coming from the end of.


I had to solve a Zelda-esk electricity puzzle using the levers on the wall...why they said "open" & "closed" instead of "on" & "off" I'[m guessing has to do with the breakers.


After this I saw a weird -but interesting- door-way.


Also I came acrossed this room that was blocked by clutter. I shot the experiments in this room with my revolver from a safe distance.

 
There was this 'medical' room that I have no wish to know what 'procedures' occured there. I did score some blood though! [I'm assuming by Dr.Grout's distrust of his fellow Elders that this is his own blood.]

  
I guess this is where Dr.Grout kept his experiments and observed them. I wonder what went-on in the room with the dead(?) female & that male... [was it some weird messed-up mating experiment?] There was also another half-man.

This was just odd (and no I didn't purposely hit 'F' I meant to move with 'D'). The wheelchair & a dead femal experiment. Did she fall from the hole in the ceiling?


I ate the rats here to help heal some damage...just be polite and pass my Toreador the salt.


There was this strange room, with this encased objects surrounding what I guess to be Dr.Grout's wife (who he preserved to try and cure later, after he felt they were safe). I wonder what they were encased in? It seemed gel-like or polymer...

  
While trying to examine the woman in the center, I discovered that she was only visible from certain angles, and I couldn't see her face --not even in the cutscene after I activated the gramaphone.

 
I wonder what-the-fuck went-on here...staked & chanined to the bed and then lit on fire...but the matress was unharmed...and I don't see any windows so he wasn't 'staked & baked'...[the Sabbat that captured me planned on doing that to me...] It doesn't seem like Nines would kill someone this way, but the way he was acting....

 
I forgot to mention the explosion I heard when I entered the room with Dr.Grout. After I ran out I was met with 'something like Johanne...Green-something' Bach. He thought I was Dr.Grout...and he set the place on fire...


The whole place was on fire, and I had to shotgun a few 'flamming' (seriously they were on fire though) experiments.


There was another explosion that blocked my path back.

 
I escaped the blaze by jumping-out a window.


I still don't think my Toreador is that attractive...I named him 'Zinnian' anyway though as I had planned.


I got a picture of a plane.


I tried for awhile to get onto this porch. I thought I needed to re-enter the mansion as I didn't meet Bach again.


I heard about the fire on the news when I got back...and I also had recieve another odd e-mail...I think it was from 'The Brotherhood of The Ninth Circle' as it mentioned sacrificing a 'Bishop'.

I also ran to The Last Round to see about Nines...I don't care for the Anarchs that much, but I am fond of Nines & Jack.

[to be continued in my 04-08-2008 Bloodlines entry]

Also my character is wondering dev's thoughts on his late-Primogen?

(atleast everything will be taken-care-of by the fire...hopefully I am all that escaped...)
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alchemy_hisoka
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Time:2008-04-12 03:27 am (UTC)
There was a small cutscene of one of the male 'experiments' having a grand-time playing with this candle on the wall. I shot him and explored the room.

You killed him?! *dev cries* He's harmless. He'll completely ignore you no matter what you do. I sort of liked him in a twisted way.

Dr.Grout had left voice-recorders all over his mansion. Most were about his 'research' ans some were just cracked. He had a pleasent yet eerie voice. Very well-spoken.

I loved those. To create such a strong portrayal of a character through voice alone . . . Very nicely acted and insightful.

This was one of the male experiments that was sitting on the couch, I expected it to attack me, but I assumed it was dead.

I think he's alive (I'm fairly sure I saw him move his head), but he won't attack you.

They led to this walk-way with nice views.

Yay for nice views. ^^

why they said "open" & "closed" instead of "on" & "off" I'[m guessing has to do with the breakers.

That's what I assumed: open and closed circuits.

This was just odd (and no I didn't purposely hit 'F' I meant to move with 'D').

When I first started playing Bloodlines, I hit 'F' by accident all the time; it's the crouch toggle in Thief.

While trying to examine the woman in the center, I discovered that she was only visible from certain angles, and I couldn't see her face --not even in the cutscene after I activated the gramaphone.

Odd. That never happened to me.

I tried for awhile to get onto this porch. I thought I needed to re-enter the mansion as I didn't meet Bach again.

Don't worry; you'll meet him later.

I think it was from 'The Brotherhood of The Ninth Circle' as it mentioned sacrificing a 'Bishop'.

The emails with the chess references? It's never clear who's sending them. I doubt it's the Brotherhood or the Sabbat, though. A word of advice: don't ignore them.

Also my character is wondering dev's thoughts on his late-Primogen?

dev was very shocked and terribly disappointed. He was greatly looking forward to meeting his primogen and was hoping to ask him to be his mentor. A tragedy. (I really like Grout, too.)

Malkavian House is one of my favourite locations. Possibly my one complaint is that it wasn't as creepy and twisted as it could have been. It's also impossible to ghost; there's one or two stealth kills that have to be made due to how the patients are positioned.
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lady_noremon
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Time:2008-04-12 05:07 am (UTC)
D: *hugs dev & apologizes* I thoght he was going to assault me like all the rest (for some reason when I was first attacked I thought it was going for my eyes...)! Atleast it was quick...better than catching on fire... When not attacking you the experiments seemd like children...

I thought they were excellent. The one where he talked of 'that vampire' kinda put me on edge though.

I thought he was dead since my aiming-thing didn't turn red when on him, but I didn't stick-around that long so he may have been.


I hit 'F' by accident all the time

Did you feed on anyone because of it? I was worried that it would happen to me.

I wanted to see her face -___- did you get to see it? [part of me wanted to draw connection with the different objects to the different Clans after seeing the rose]

I find the e-mails too creepy to ignore, they leave a bad sense.

I think it would have been very interesting to meet Dr.Grout!

I also thought it could have been more twisted. [Ghost?]
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alchemy_hisoka
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Time:2008-04-14 03:12 am (UTC)
I thoght he was going to assault me like all the rest (for some reason when I was first attacked I thought it was going for my eyes...)!

He might have considering the extent of his paranoia, but dev had confidence in the Cobweb and the shared blood of Malkav.

When not attacking you the experiments seemd like children...

They did. Hence why I tried to kill as few of them as possible. Think of all the tests Grout must have put them through . . .

The one where he talked of 'that vampire' kinda put me on edge though.

It should. I didn't put it all together until my second playthrough.

Did you feed on anyone because of it?

Nope. I did keep approaching garbage bins, light posts, and the like and getting the feeding error message, though. Somehow, I don't think it was that out of character for a newly-made Malkavian.

I wanted to see her face -___- did you get to see it?

I did, but I can't remember at the moment what she looked like.

I think it would have been very interesting to meet Dr.Grout!

Agreed!

I also thought it could have been more twisted. [Ghost?]

*laughs* No, no more ghosts. That's the kind of thing you can only pull off once in a game. Do it too much and it loses its scariness.
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