Local Residents Seek Explanations for New Babbage Anomalies
Area Investigative Businesses Offer Services
Recent perplexing events occurring in New Babbage (see Strange Portents in the Sky) have some residents questioning who they can turn to for clarification.
Long-time inhabitants of the
But for many fresh transplants to New Babbage, sodding-off holds little appeal. A newcomer’s first notion may be to accost and question long-timers regarding local peculiarities as they go about their daily concerns. This can result in a churlish “Mind yer own business” followed by a string of incomprehensible curses, or sometimes a rather prickly injunction to read the BAR, depending upon which Babbager is responding. This last suggestion can be a frustrating one for immigrants, since many have no clue as to what the BAR is, where it is located, or whether they can order drinks from it. (See companion story The New Babbage BAR: What is it, where is it located, and does it serve drinks?)
So where else can inquiring minds seek assistance with the odd and unexplained of New Babbage? Is there some private person or business that will do the finding-out for one?
At least five investigative businesses keep offices in the City-State By-the-Sea. Some have a narrow focus in specific subject matter, or perform contract work with official agencies. The list below is not complete, but indicates only the institutions, organizations, ventures, establishments, concerns, or operations that responded at this time.
Resident Lauri Tunwarm’s agency utilizes the talents of this former police officer, soldier, and private bodyguard. An off-and-on again visitor and resident of New Babbage for almost a decade, Tunwarm began here in ’09 as the owner of a gun shop located in
While singly assisting the private concerns of citizens are his main bread-and-butter, Tunwarm says “If there would be a need I will gladly cooperate with New Babbage Police or Babbage Yard. I would never refuse to help any Babbage government in solving problems, free of charge naturally.”
The investigator says he is “quite happy to see a growing interest of the press and citizens in Babbage law enforcement,” though he still hopes that one day there will be more constables on the streets of the Sooty City. An “organized police force that would be [the] face of town, in clean uniforms with shiny buttons, would be quite a sight,” he continues, “even if that would mean less work for detectives like me.”
Contacting Tunwarm is simple. If he cannot be found at his offices in Babbage Canals, just in sight of The Merryman (58, 105, 105), a mailbox is located outside his door. Since case complexity varies considerably, charges can range between $50L and $100L per investigation day; the higher charge incurs if an investigation stretches beyond New Babbage borders. “Also if a case is especially interesting, I do it free of charge,” Tunwarm concludes.
Tunwarm’s recent case files include the infamous Babbage Sewer Monster appearance. Tunwarm allowed that “simple street gossip from street urchins turned into a whole cabinet of mysterious X Files to investigate.” He says that the Babbage Sewer case is also linked to several ongoing inquiries. “I’m sure the sewers hold way more uncovered secrets to be found,” he concludes.
This agency, run by long-time Babbager Wallis Graves, originally operated out of a small room in
Though recently only minor cases have come across
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, with his assistant Dr. John H. Watson, keeps quarters at 221B
And yes, this is the hallowed Sherlock Holmes previously of
The Nightfire Agency
Dr. Aly Nightfire provides crime-scene investigation, forensic investigation, and detection services for missing persons and all manner of heinous crimes. Dr. Nightfire is the Forensics Investigator attached to the New Babbage Militia, but does take private cases as her work-load permits, and if her particular skill set is warranted. Inquire at the Nightfire offices and laboratories located in
Dr. Nightfire, an ex-patriot now living in New Babbage for a year and a half, describes her expertise: “I am a Doctor of Biology, Physiology, and Clinical Pathology. I specialize in forensic investigation. I was the chair of the Forensic Science Department at
When asked to recount a case or two that might describe her recent work, Dr. Nightfire said “I have more stories than I could relate. I am currently working on an autobiography of my professional life with Scotland Yard, and [with] the Babbage Militia. I am currently the lead investigator on a very odd case involving a woman trapped in a cocoon. I can’t say more about that at the moment. I am also on the trail of a triple murder suspect who has been preying on tourist in the tunnels under
Whilst assisting legal authorities with very odd and dangerous cases is the better part of Dr. Nightfire’s employment, the occasional private cases she may take earn her 50Q (Quatloos) per day of field investigations plus expenses, of course. The rates on laboratory services will depend on what is required.
Terranova Investigative Services
Commodore of the New Babbage Naval Militia, Jedburgh Dagger, is the lead investigative agent for Terranova. The agency is currently taking clients for private cases. The offices are located next to
Babbage Occult Research Committee
“Secret signs of otherworldly dimensions” describe Leonard Magnifico’s investigative specialty, says the Babbage Occult Research Committee’s representative. Magnifico, a newly-minted resident (though long-time visitor) of the
Magnifico takes private cases with pleasure. His rates are determined by the complexity of each case, however. One can reach Magnifico by instant messaging Leonard Magnifico Resident.
Yer forgotten the urchins, we knows lots of stuff an can find stuff out easy…. fer a consideration, of course! An fer stuff we don’t know, we can spcu… spekul…. guess.
The wily urchins are able to spy from shadowy corners. I plan to chat about local opium dens with one soon, if I can catch one. Now what would be the best bait for urchin hunting?
“Tunwarm’s recent case files include the infamous Babbage Sewer Monster appearance.”
I don’t know about sewer monsters but the sounds coming from underground in Palisade are clearly due to escaping gas. Some of the pipes must be in need of repair.
We need to pettion the Board of Works to get that looked at.
I trust this band of busybodies will stay clear of the Shockley Biologics Institute where nothing peculiar ever happens. Ever. As far as you know.