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Forensic Mayhem
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Imagine: Bob comes home to his apartment in Westinghaus. He is mildly surprised to find his room mate Jim dead on the floor. Bob, being a law abiding citizen, calls WJF-Ops. A Judge rocks up to assess the situation. Immediate evidence, the bod, tells our Judge the victim has been dead for a day or so. Judge prowls about asking questions, scaring Bob more than likely, some door knocking, following procedure and their nose. Dead end perhaps. They got a body and City Services is called. Scenario 2 begins at dead end, but before City Services is called, the crime scene is logged for the WHJ forensic unit.

The over worked Admins cannot be in five places at once and don't have the time to plant RP evidence on every body found in the city. I mean, we see at least 3 to 4 corpses (or more) a week. So what evidence, in a code friendly universe, could be easily and automatically placed at the scene. Perhaps weapon of death. Corpse code could include rough form of death. Beaten with a carbon pipe equals blunt force trauma, weapon diameter. Gunshot to the temple, well, gunshot to the temple, etc. To average Joe on the street, this sort of evidence is not accessible. Body is transported to WHJ forensic lab for examination before City Services comes and collects. At the crime scene the corpse could leave evidence, attributes placed on the apartment object itself. Evidence as simple as Jim was killed here / Jim was not killed here and his body was moved to the apartment. No need for deep scientific evidence. Just the fundamentals to fire an investigation. A corpse could hold a 'DNA' sample if it is handled (City Services needs some big ass gloves and overalls). A room object could sustain multiple evidence readings. Six months of killing and there are a dozen bodies. More trouble for the forensic scientist. Sifting through evidence.

Back at the lab the body could be examined. A string of 5 or 6 evidence tags are produced in a report for the forensic player. Time of death, 'logical' cause of death based on the body, DNA if corpse was handled, perhaps even physical evidence from melee or blade weapon, although this would require I think a bollocks of a code hiccup in combat against #dbref of weapon, calibre of bullet, etc. WHJ gets a water barrel and we have a matching system for bullets, of course the old weaponsmith skill could replace barrels, etc. My whole rational for this rather long post is for a coded environment where a body / murder scene can be analysed to rip out some vitals for an investigation. Judges are hard pressed enough to manage the actual live crimes, getting shot at, arresting people, etc. A body is just a body. If the forensic boffins can dig around in the congealed blood and muck and produce reports, even match data against data, investigations can move forward.

Problems I see are DNA samples. This isn't RL. To keep DNA samples on citizens after an arrest or whatever would pose a lot of RP problems. Your garden variety villain is going to give up his career and do WW runs forever if everything he touches can get him pinched. Perhaps some 'fudging' of reality might be needed. DNA samples disintegrate after a period of time. I know, I know, the record of DNA is data, just step outa that pocket of logic for a mo. Cloning could cause the destruction of DNA samples. It's a genetic thing. It's a GenTek thing. Maybe a fuck up, maybe it was done on purpose, maybe a geneticist didn't want the city to have that much power, who knows, but without a major push by WHJ against the clone labs to change it, its here. DNA has a shelf life and no records are kept. This way the law has a window of opportunity to catch the villain, after which DNA evidence is worthless. Physical evidence? Well that hangs around. If a butterfly knife leaves a trace, and that butterfly is found, you get a match. Whether the law can put a face to the crime is all up to RP and investigation. Of course we always have the illegal molecular 'washroom' theory where a villain contaminates a crime scene with a powerful aerosol which actively destroys DNA evidence, and substantially damaging a corpse if its still there.

This is all very rough of course, just the seed of an idea. Plenty of background on this subject if anyone wants to chat.

I'm sorry if this post is a little long. I was just trying to think of code that enhances RP, maybe even giving life to a new career, maybe a handful of careers. Crime seems to be fast and dirty, and that suits the theme and the game, but I'd love to see WFJ crime scene tape up or barricades, those big coats with 'EVIDENCE UNIT' on the back walking about glaring at the mix passing by. They would certainly be busy with the amount of bodies floating around. A villain getting the hand on the shoulder 6 weeks after a mugging gone wrong down on Ashlin, would make great RP, and lots of lead RP right up to the moment.

I really can't see that the judges would care too much about catching the right people, especially if it were on red. They'd just rely on TERRA to do the investigating, if any is done at all. And they wouldn't really be wanting to waste good resources like a forensics lab and a medical examiner on another chummer's body to add to the incinerator.

If the crime or the victim were found on above red I could see them trying to do something like this.

Corpses do log all sorts of information about the murder.

We just haven't created the tools needed to read the information they store.

Soon.

The judges got  fine support this week, I've gotta work on code for other groups for a while. Round-robin and all that jazz.

Bodies for the burner is one thing, but the greater the number of unsolved murders on Red, the less likely WFJ will keep any type of control, and that will eventually push uphill to Gold, no matter what. Absolute disregard for Red by WFJ would lead to a type of anarchy the Gov would not like in the long run I think.

I've been meaning to complain abouit the lack of forensic information in-game...im just too lazy to post it right when i think of it heh..  but i digress.  Personally i would like to see a way you could search for clues and be able to acertain certain things....perception based and what not.  Say Murphy is down here looking at a body and he's trying to figure out what happened with his perception being shrewd he can see that the guy died from a gunshot to the chest.  Now i arrive with my perception being wary id be able to acertain there are signs of a struggle,  irratation around the neck from being grappled,  and maybe with higer levels of pistol and intelligence be able to tell what caliber shot hit him(ball park)  but things that are given  say Gerik kills someone and drags them into the sewer..wouldnt i see a stream of blood on the street from where the guy was killed?  everyone would be able to see something so aparent.  I'm with Preacher when he says we caint got a clue what happens cause there is no way for us to acertain any information from a crime scene unless theres an admin involved.  I know that coding blood splatters. would mean tying combat to the changing of room discriptions.  Maybe using the way graffiti is done and somehow tying it to combat  *shrugs* i dont know just my take on it.

Actually, perception is one thing, but knowing your gunshot wounds is another. I think the reqs for a forensics guy/coroner should be the same as RL: Medical, Munitions, a decent amount of Int and a player with an eye for detail. Maybe if someone knows his firearms he could take a guess as to whether the weapon was high caliber (.50 Action Express, .357, .45, and 11-13 mil?) or low (.223 to 9-10 mil?) or something.

As for DNA, hey, with cloning and whatnot, and clone disease, who says your DNA is exactly the same after dying? It's close, sure, but close isn't really good enough when dealing with a life or death situation - so you have your built-in DNA expiration system there, no? Just make the DNA a hidden number, like SIC IDs, and have it change a few digits every time you die? I dunno.

A forensics unit would be neat-o. Heh, and they'd need a van, gloves and ziploc bags!


As it stands now, I do my invastigatin' the old fashioned way, and it can be fun, but a crime scene investigation unit would add a lot, methinks.

(Edited by Murphy at 2:24 am on Mar. 24, 2002)

Yes, Rastus has all the forensic data stored on the corpse and -was- working on the facilities to read them.

umh, nixxi... don't get me wrong, i find you really likeable, i'm just wondering... what kind of message do you intend to convey by using that misspelled nazi greeting?

[update, a few hours later]
oh, now it's gone... too bad, i would have liked to know what that was about.

(Edited by shin at 7:11 am on Mar. 29, 2002)

Quote: from Johnny on 3:04 pm on Mar. 23, 2002[br]Corpses do log all sorts of information about the murder.

We just haven't created the tools needed to read the information they store.

Soon.

Skill dependant Forensic Kits have entered the game. Improvements to it will follow the timeline of development.

So ... in 4 years? hehe.

It's been four years! Yay!

Woo, thread necro... fwiw I'm pretty sure I had nothing to do with storing forensic data on corpses or any work to utilise it. Only thing I did on corpses was the decayable object code and the messages... I'm only 7 years late correcting that. :D

And I bet no-one appreciates the amount of research I did into human corpse decay to get the timing and descriptions right... people get strange ideas when you have pages of notes about dead bodies and a folder of bookmarked images.

Hah, I can only imagine.  Theres actually a good amount of data you can pull from corpses.  I expanded on some of the forensic stuff a year or so ago.  You can tell if a body has been moved after death now.

We have puddles of water from rain, maybe we need pools of blood from corpses?Scarlyt

I would absolutely love it if shell casings (when appropriate) and blood splatter would happen in rooms, with weather and ambpop quickly destroying such evidence, and maybe either a verb to get rid of that stuff or a passive stealth bonus to not having it found. Forensics guys could get like an inspect here verb or something to try to look for it.

It's been needing a lot of love for a long time and I have a million and one ideas for when we have enough coder down time to dedicate to it.

Great to hear! I really look forward to the additions to Forensics when it is possible for the staff to implement extra stuff!!

Whoohoo! <3

Thanks