The Revachol Citizens Militia, or RCM, is the police force for Revachol.
- 1 Background
- 2 Organization
- 3 Law and Code
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Trivia
- 6 References
The RCM is the self-organized peace corps of the occupied city of Revachol, the RCM operates within a legal twilight, yet its authority is rarely questioned. It was either formed by the Coalition Government to restore order to the International Zone after the Antecentennial Revolution or formed by the citizens of Revachol. The RCM may be a descendent of the Insulindian Citizens Militia, or ICM, in structure and purpose.
The current motto for the RCM is "Justice, Union, Prudence, and Force." Previously, it was "After life, death; after death, life again. After the world, the pale; after the pale, the world again," a common exaltation in Dolorian sacralism. However it was changed for being too "subservient" to the Moralintern and too "feminine."
Many of the RCM's fashions, even weapon preferences, borrow heavily from classic Vespertine cop shows. Moreover, Dick Mullen, the popular fictional detective referenced by officers of Precinct 41, is Vespertine.
Officers widely practice the Stations of the Breath: a holdout from Pre-Dolorian burial rites. It involves placing a hand on a deceased person's chest for a few seconds. If the body of the deceased isn't present, there is a variation where one places a hand against their chest then extend the other outward, palm flat to the air.
It is generally recognized that the RCM has its difficulties. It relies on donations, and, by extension, good PR to continue running. Harry can claim that the RCM is chronically mismanaged, deeply corrupt, and completely outmatched. If Harry asks for pay raises and generous benefits for RCM officers from the Mega Rich Light-Bending Guy, Kim Kitsuragi defends the RCM by stating that the RCM's problems are mainly structural. They lack clear lines of authority and their system of performance reviews disincentivizes inter-precinct cooperation, as made apparent by Precinct 41 and Precinct 57's rivalry over Martinaise.
Moreover, the RCM's reliance on volunteers has a detrimental effect on its effectiveness. Clearing 10 cases a year is enough to put a policeman in the 90th percentile. This is reflected by statistics: in '50, the year before the in-game events, more than 71% of murders in Revachol went unsolved. In Revachol West, that number was closer to 85%.
The RCM is split into specialized divisions. The ones known are listed below:
- The Constabulary, responsible for expenses, bookkeeping, and investments.
- The Counter-Truancy Task Force, looks for junior delinquency.
- Criminal Investigation, investigates crimes.
- Emergencies Desk, in charge of receiving citizens calls.
- The Emergencies Desk Number is 8-100-2 and their slogan is "Mankind, be vigilant!."
- The Searchlight Division, locates missing persons.
- The Ethics Division, coordinates activities with the Coalition.
- It is composed of high-ranking RCM officials and their medium-ranking Moralintern counterparts. It's considered a career-making assignment for elite RCM officers.
- Inspectorate General, in charge of internal affairs.
RCM forces are divided into Precincts, each with it own Station. Precincts are tasked over districts in Revachol. The ones mentioned in-game are listed below:
Presumably, each Precinct has a Communications Officer, who takes calls from other RCM Officers, and a lazareth (hospital), which provides medical services and a space to perform autopsies.
The RCM uses the Décomptage system, modeled after the dual-leadership system employed by the left during the Revolution, which in turn was developed by last century experimental psychologists in the University of Koenigstein.
The known ranks are, from highest to lowest:
- Patrol Officer
- Junior Officer
There are also satellite-officers and yefreitors, kinks in the system that go in-between ranks. A satellite-officer is an officer whose partner has been quickly promoted through the ranks and has their own rank rise accordingly. The title of yefreitor is added to an officer's rank when they decline a promotion to a higher rank.
Partnerships can be formed between officers of differing ranks without one becoming a satellite-officer. Junior Officer Chad Tillbrook is partnered to Patrol Officer Émile Mollins, but Tillbrook is not called a satellite-officer. However, this may be because Tillbrook is a junior officer.
Junior officers are usually teenagers; the minimum age to join the junior officer program is fifteen.
The honorary rank of Detective signifies the officer's ability to handle all four phases of the incident chain, those being: 1) Investigation of the scene; 2) Initial examination of the victim; 3) Field autopsy; and 4) Transport of the corpse to the morgue.
RCM officers go through training, though exact details of what this entails is unclear. It is mentioned that this training is expensive. In cut content for the Damaged Ledger, it is said that trainees pick a civil specialization to keep the city running, such as fire safety, first aid training, building safety regulation, etc.
It is RCM-wide policy for officers to pass Elementary Radio Operations. This implies that different precincts have differing requirements to become a fully-fledged RCM officer.
Law and Code
The RCM's responsibilities are defined by three main acts—the Emergency, Wayfarer, and Aliments Acts—that keep Revachol in a laissez-faire stasis that benefits the Moralintern and Coalition government.
The Emergency Act, also known as the Emergencies Act, is implied to be the most important of the three acts. It represents the half century of Coalition control in Revachol and also grants the RCM the authority to police its citizens. Under this act, it is technically not illegal to give bribes to officers of the RCM, as long as they are properly logged as donations. Under the Emergencies Act of Trade and Aliments, businesses are not obligated to reveal trade secrets to the RCM. It is also implied that the Emergency Act makes it difficult for unions to form.
The Wayfarer Act governs human interaction in Revachol, designed to limit the authority of local institution and keeping the city in limbo. It's provisions prohibit RCM officers from demanding operator licenses or evicting citizens from a public space, and presumably grants the right for a citizen's words to not be used against them in court.
Only mentioned by name.
Laws not explicitly listed as provisions under the three acts are jotted down below:
- Possession of narcotics is legal in Revachol.
- Under the Revachol Zone of Control, the Moralintern defines junior delinquents as minors between the ages of 10 and 16 who have committed an act in violation of the law. Crimes committed by junior delinquents are called "delinquent acts."
- Homo-sexuality was legalized in '04.
- Corporate espionage is technically legal in Revachol, but it is a very high-level offense outside of the city and may be prosecuted by the International Collaboration Police, or ICP.
- Officers may confiscate drugs, as long as they are logged.
However, the RCM employs relay codes for communication, used in-game by communication officers Jules Pidieu and Alice DeMettrie. Below are a list of known relay codes and their potential meanings:
- 10-2: Receiving Well
- 10-4: Message Received
- 10-5: Relay Message
- 10-9: (implied) Repeat Message
- 10-10: (implied) End of Transmission
- 10-12: Visitors Present
- 10-18: unclear
- 10-20: unclear
- 10-22: (implied) Report To
Criminal offenses can be addressed in a multitude of ways. For minor offenses, misconduct fines ranging from 20 to 250 reál can be issued by RCM officers. For severe offenses, the fine can go up to 1,000 reál, but this requires special paperwork. Officers can also write a station call, which mandates that the person who received the slip must show up at an RCM Station at the written date and time. Felons who receive jail time, on the other hand, are sent to the River Esperance Correctional Facility, run by the Coalition, dubbed "Reunion" by its inmates.
Each officer of the RCM is equipped with a badge, a gun with non-jacketed, cast conical ammunition, insignia, paperwork, and clip, marked with perforations. The insignias look like hollow white rectangles, but are in fact halogen watermarks bearing "RCM" and a pattern that symbolizes the street grid of the officer's district. The clips track three vital statistics: years of service, cases solved, and the number of kills. Flashlights (manufactured by Grundstellung RAO) are also provided to officers.
- Misconduct Fine: A monetary penalization that ranges from 20 to 250 reál. It can go up to 1,000, but that requires special paperwork. Printed on thin, translucent, neon yellow copier paper.
- Station Call: Gives a date and time to show up at a Precinct Police Station, with a list of criminal charges underneath that may apply if they do not appear. Printed on thin, translucent, neon yellow copier paper.
- Field Autopsy Form: Thin, bright red copy paper with parameters to fill in for a deceased human form. Below is a detailed overview of what is included within the form.
- Eleven Field Info Form
- Coroner's case no.
- Coroner's case no. is formatted with the coroner's initials, followed by their precinct number, then the date and time they arrived. The date is arranged in a day, then month format. (i.e. HDB41-0803.1015)
- Name (of victim)
- Date of Birth
- Date of Death (i.e. 04.03.'51)
- Body Identified By
- Case Number (same as Coroner's case no. in some instances)
- Evidence of Treatment
- External Examination: Summary
- Clothes, Tattoos
- Build, Height, Weight, Age, Hair (includes body hair)
- Preservation, Lividity
- Brief description of injuries (elaborated in later section)
- Hands (for signs of struggle)
- Internal Examination: Summary
- Respiratory System
- Description of Injuries: Summary
- This section has four spaces for types of injuries identified in previous sections of the autopsy.
- Underneath each space are two boxes labeled "A: Fatal" and "B: Non-Fatal." Non-fatal injuries can be labelled as "post-mortem."
Some officers are provided motor carriages, painted blue and white, equipped with a shortwave radio that contacts their station and bearing its precinct number. They may also be armored. Each costs around 40,000 or 45,000 reál. Other cops ride horses.
- In some dialogue, sometimes from one sentence to the other, RCM could either be written "Revachol Citizens Militia" (which seems the most recurrent), or "Revachol Citizen's Militia".
- In interviews, ZA/UM has mentioned that they were inspired by American cop shows. This may be the reason why the RCM models itself on Vespertine cop shows.
- One of the founders of the RCM is Captain Ptolemy Pryce's father.
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - The RCM, or the Revachol Citizens Militia, is the police force you and him are part of. A self-organized peace corps of the occupied city of Revachol, the RCM operates within a legal twilight, yet its authority is rarely questioned. It's *super useful* to know this.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The RCM was formed by the Coalition Government to restore order in the International zone after the Revolution. So we did. Now we attempt to *maintain* that order, no more, no less."
KIM KITSURAGI - "For... perhaps it is better to say wer were *allowed to form*. It's a point of contention whether the citizens of Revachol or the Coalition Government founded the RCM."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The RCM *may* descend from the ICM."
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - Although it's difficult to say for sure -- the RCM *may* descend from the ICM. At some, dark point in the past...
- COALITION WARSHIP ARCHER - "It's our understanding that the RCM's organisational structure predates the Coalition. We believe it may even be modelled after the communard brigades themselves."
- YOU - "Lieutenant, this used to say: 'After life, death -- after..."
KIM KITSURAGI - "...death, life again," he nods. "After the world, the pale; after the pale -- the world again."
KIM KITSURAGI - "This exaltation is common in Dolorian sacralism. In the early years it was even incorporated as the RCM's slogan. No more, however."
YOU - "Why?"
KIM KITSURAGI - "It was deemed *subservient* to use a strongly Moralintern-related motto. We're already suspected of bootlicking. The sentence was also seen as... too feminine. It was a macho thing."
YOU - "What is the RCM motto now?"
KIM KITSURAGI - "'Justice, Union, Prudence, and Force'."
- AUTHORITY - As you look around this room full of sweaty men, swearing, drinking, spitting out tobacco.... does this look familiar?
YOU - Where have I seen this before?
AUTHORITY - You believe the place was called *Precinct 41* -- it was also filled with (almost exclusively) *men*, sitting on desks, talking shit and wasting time.
- JEAN VICQUEMARE - "Funny apery." Vicquemare struggles with his umbrella, the ribs are protruding from its canopy. "Male-centric workplace humour. Have you seen him?"
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The RCM doesn't discriminate," the lieutenant remarks dryly. "Women are held to the same standards as men. And -- as reflected in the quarterly statistics -- are equally effective in their jobs."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "Many of the RCM's fashions, even weapon preferences, borrow heavily from classic Vespertine cop shows. My precinct alone has three officers who go by the name *Ace*..."
- ANNETE - "Didn't mean to offend, sir, sorry, sir. It's just that you don't look like Dick Mullen." She points to a book cover, on which you see a strapping Vespertine officer. He stands grimly over the body of a dead woman.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "then again -- the right lividity is easy to produce, if you know what you're doing." He places his hand on the dead man's chest, as if in preparation...
COMPOSURE - Your central nervous system recognizes this gesture. It's the *Stations of the Breath* -- ecclesiastic, religious in nature. A holdout from Pre-Dolorian burial rites. It takes him two seconds to perform, then...
ESPRIT DE CORPS - Somewhere in Jamrock North, a small wood shed behind Rozenkrantz Row, Lieutenant Nick Feurback puts his hand to the chest of a small corpse, no larger than a monkey. It's raining outside, light drizzle. There is darkness in the shed.
ESPRIT DE CORPS - Elsewhere yet, an obese female sits in a wicker chair, her silhouette ball-like against the window. Outside: Grand Couron. The day is turning dim for Sergeant Mack Torson. Hand extended, he approaches. To make sure she *is* dead, more than anything else...
SHIVERS - The building is tall, seven stories wind-wrapped in solitude; most of the aprtments are unoccupied. This was a suicide. The other an accident -- the small one.
ESPRIT DE CORPS - ...and so all across Jamrock, Coal City, G.R.I.H. Forty two deceased persons found today -- forty two Stations of Breath.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "A fitting testament to the lives lost," the lieutenant says as he turns toward the plaza. He holds one hand against his chest, the other is outstretched -- palm flat to the air.
COMPOSURE - That's a variation of the Stations of the Breath. It's used when the body of the deceased is not available to hold a hand against.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "Sunrise, Parabellum. Sunrise, Prepare-for-War. It's an old revolutionary saying."
REACTION SPEED - Isn't that written on your...
YOU - "My gun. It's engraved on it."
KIM KITSURAGI - "Cops like it."
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - The Ace's High -- a custom invented by the aerostatic brigades during the Revolution -- is used to celebrate success in Revachol. Especially in sports. The gesture has spread across the world, despite the defeat of the revolutionaries themselves.
INTERFACING - You could add an Ace's Low to it, if you like. By turning your back after the High and waiting for another.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The RCM is a self-managing organization that operates on donations. We promote our own leaders. It would be like striking against your own... mother."
- TRANT HEIDELSTAM - "Incredible..." he repeats, turning to Vicquemare. "The PR value of this is exceptional. 'Cop Discovers New Species.' Maybe eve: 'Discovers the Insulindian Phasmid.' No.... That's too much."
- YOU - "You should invest in the RCM!"
MEGA RICH LIGHT-BENDING GUY - "The volunteer police force? And why would I do that?"
YOU - "Because it's chronically mismanaged, deeply corrupt, and completely outmatched."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "If I could interject: the RCM's problems are mainly *structural*. We're hamstrung by a lack of clear lines of authority, and our system of performance reviews strongly *disincentivizes* inter-precinct cooperation."
MEGA RICH LIGHT-BENDING GUY - "I think the Lieutenant's right. Your problems run much deep than equipment or funding. The entire org structure of the RCM needs to be redefined. You need a unified chain of command, new metrics for measuring performance that reward real *police work*. Does that sound right?"
- KIM KITSURAGI - "I think the dispatch desk just told both out stations about the hanging. There was quite the brouhaha at the 57th, I can tell you that. Time to *settle it*, they said, *Cop Off*. But..." He leans in: "I assure you, I am not their *finest* or *toughest*, with *one hundred-and-two cases solved*. What I am is *least interested in a pissing competition*."
- KIM KITSURAGI - The lieutenant nods with evident respect. "It's quite a lot, even for someone who's been on the force for nearly two decades. Usually clearing more than 10 cases a year puts you in the 90th percentile of *all* RCM officers..."
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - Last year, more than 71% of murders in Revachol went unsolved. In Revachol West, that number was closer to 85%.
- JOYCE MESSIER - "Au contraire, officer. I also feel queasy about the pittance the Coalition calls your salary. Now is there something else I can do for you, or did you want to chat about *dialectics* some more?"
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - For the Northwest Region of Revachol, an officer's average yearly income is 5500 reál *unadjusted for rank).
- GARTE, THE CAFETERIA MANAGER - "Are you serious? From you work, I don't know... you can take bribes, I guess." He looks at the lieutenant. "I'm sorry. I don't think cops take bribes."
KIM KITSURAGI - "Some do take recompense." The lieutenant is dead serious. "But only to survive."
- KIM KITSURAGI - We've requested similar material for our tactical units for years now. The Constabulary's deemed it too costly. In that time, we've lost six men to semi-automatics."
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - The Counter-Truancy Task Force (or 'skip squad') is the division of the RCM that drives around in wagons looking for delinquent minors. It's generally considered a punitive assignment for under-performing officers.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "Yes. But I am not them. I'm from Criminal Investigation."
- PERCEPTION (SIGHT) - A faint sticker on the side reads: "RCM Emergencies Desk no 8-100-2", with a slogan: "Mankind, be vigilant!"
- ENCYLOPEDIA - The Ethics Division is the branch of the RCM that coordinates activities with the Coalition. It's composed of high-ranking RCM officials and their medium-ranking Moralintern counterparts. It's considered a career-making assignment for elite RCM officers.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "I suppose you could be impersonating him. You could have gotten the insignia from the black market or forged it. But for now I am going to set those possibilities aside. I'm not from the Inspectorate General."
ENCYCLOPEDIA - Inspectorate General means internal affairs. What he's saying is he's not from the *rat squad* and isn't supposed to suspect such things.
YOU - "Ah, you mean the rat squad!"
KIM KITSURAGI - "No need for derogatory terms. They are only doing their job."
- YOU - "Wait, so if I kill someone while on duty..."
KIM KITSURAGI - "You have to supply compelling evidence for why it was necessary to use lethal force. In these cases -- your partner is usually your witness."
KIM KITSURAGI - "*Not* a good position to be in, by the way. Internal Affairs handles these cases thoroughly -- by cross-examining you for inconsistencies. It is hard to *cover* for anyone. Which is for the best."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "All the detectives from all the Precincts who experience extrasensory perception go to the Remote Viewers Division. Their work is invaluable to the force."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The RCM can provide medical services. You need to be looked over."
- ESPRIT DE CORPS - Somewhere in a station lazareth lieutenant-detective Kitsuragi turns on the side and says: ouch. The wounds are agonizing.
- ESPRIT DE CORPS - Far away, in the darkness of a makeshift morgue behind Station 41s lazareth, Dr. Nix Gottlieb cuts into the cold, dead feet of a murder victim. The veins are oddly black, he suspects a neurotoxin...
- YOU - "What's a 'décomptage'?"
KIM KITSURAGI - "Décomptage is the hierarchical system employed by the Revachol Citizens Militia. It means counting down to twos."
ENCYCLOPEDIA - The countdown is modelled after the dual-leadership system employed by the left during the Revolution. Which in turn was developed by last century experimental psychologists in the University of Koenigstein.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The lowest rank is junior officer -- usually teenagers. Then there are the patrol officers. Then sergeants, lieutenants and then a captain. That's basically it, except for a few kinks."
YOU - "What kinks?"
KIM KITSURAGI - "Kinks like satellite-officers and the additional yefreitor rank I already explained."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "You are given the title of 'satellite-officer' if your partner is quickly promoted through the ranks and you rise with him. You don't seem to be a satellite..."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The title of yefreitor is added to your rank when you decline a promotion to a higher rank -- in your case, captain," the lieutenant explains. "You have declined twice. Thus you're double-yefreitor."
- JEAN VICQUEMARE - "You have to be *fifteen* for the junior officer program -- and you are not."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The lieutenant is a rank above sergeant and below captain. It's the highest rank in the RCM that still does field work. I am a lieutenant."
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - The RCM deploys a self-styled structure called the Décomptage as its chain of command. Every lieutenant is responsible for two sergeants and eight officers. That means the average lieutenant has to deal with quite a few personal affairs. Even you know this.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "No. You and I are *detectives*. The honorary rank of 'detective' signifies our ability to handle the *entire incident chain*.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "People are more valuable than machines." He's trying to cheer you up now. "Training a police officer is ever more costly."
- DAMAGED LEDGER - That's right. They trained you for this in cop school. Everyone has to pick a civil specialization so they can keep the city running: fire safety, first aid training, and so on. You took *building safety regulation*. And it tells you that this one -- is coming down.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "Detective, does the 41st not require its officers to pass Elementary Radio Operations? I thought it was an RCM-wide policy."
- JOYCE MESSIER - "The RCM's responsibilities are defined by the Emergency, Wayfarer, and Aliments Acts -- Three pieces of legislation keeping the city in a -- let's be honest -- laissez-faire stasis to the benefit of foreign capital."
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - The octopus that straddles Revachol. The *Emergencies Act* is the cornerstone of post-war Revachol, inseparable from the world it created.
YOU - "How do I repeal it then?"
JOYCE MESSIER - "Why, by throwing off half a century of foreign domination under the Coalition! Unfortunately for you, the Coalition also leases you the right to police West Revachol..."
LOGIC - You'd be shooting yourself in the foot, in other words.
- JOYCE MESSIER - "So," she returns the zip bag to her jacket. "I hope I didn't just *bribe* you, officer. It may not be technically *illegal* under the Emergency Act, but still..."
YOU - "Certainly not. I am an *honourable* policeman."
KIM KITSURAGI - "You're right, ma'am, that donations are permitted under the Emergency Act, unseemly as it may be, as long as they're properly logged with the precinct..."
- YOU - "Wait -- what if I want to hear about *trade secrets*?"
JOYCE MESSIER - "First you'd have to repeal the Emergencies Act of Trade and Aliments that gives me the right to silence. It's quite the octopus."
- JOYCE MESSIER - "The Débardeurs' Union was once a perfectly normal institution. Twenty years ago, anyway. It must *not* have been easy to establish under the Emergency Act, but they did it. I can respect that."
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - The Wayfarer Act is one of the few pieces of legislation governing human interaction in the Revachol Zone of Control, along with the Emergency Trade and Aliments Acts.
YOU - The what now?
ENCYCLOPEDIA - It's one of the foundational laws in Revachol, designed to limit the authority of local institutions. Part of it prohibits the RCM from requesting most documents and licenses without permission from a Coalition representative...
RHETORIC - It's a law that keeps Revachol what it is -- in limbo.
- JOYCE MESSIER - "Surely you're aware that under the Wayfarer Act the RCM doesn't have the authority to demand anyone's operator license. Freedom of movement and all that."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "It's the Wayfarer Act again," the lieutenant says, nodding. "You can't just throw citizens out of public spaces, at least not legally."
- SOONA, THE PROGRAMMER - "The Wayfarer Act states that citizens have the right to gather in public spaces unless they're disrupting the public order."
- YOU - "Your Wayfarer rights have been suspended. Information provided to the officer on the scene will be used against you by the prosecution."
- AUTHORITY - Technically, possession of narcotics is legal in Revachol. But you should still reprimand her.
- YOU - "Okay, what is *junior delinquency*?"
KIM KITSURAGI - "For Revachol ZoC, the Moralintern defines junior delinquents as minors between the ages of 10 and 16 who have committed an act in violation of the law..."
KIM KITSURAGI - "These acts aren't called *crimes* as they would be for adults. Crimes committed by minors are called 'delinquent acts.' This was part of your officer's exams." He puts his handkerchief in his coat pocket.
- YOU - "What is it with these *whores* and *pederasts*... aren't you a communist?"
THE DESERTER - "Lax sexual morals are a bourgeois ploy," he gargles a spit ball. "As to pederasty, the Party legalized it in '04. My Party, not your liberal masters." He spits it out on the dying coals.
- SUNDAY FRIEND - "Corporate espionage may technically be legal in *Revachol*, but elsewhere it's a very high-level offence. It violates a number of international agreements, in particular the First La Cherte Accord..."
- (If Klaasje is arrested) SHIVERS - Inside, in a cell, a young woman is withdrawing from amphetamines, barbiturates and alcohol. All at once. While two men in brown suits wave ICP badges at a young policeman. She hears the door open...
SHIVERS - ...and knows it's over. They've come for her. Outside the dusk gathers, the river flows by, gold and orange into the Bay of Martinaise.
- KLAASJE (MISS ORANJE DISCO DANCER) - "Huh?" She looks at the drugs in your hand. "Motherfucker took my Preptide! Looks like you owe me one, officer. I'm talking serious corruption here."
KIM KITSURAGI - "This does not amount to actual corruption. I can easily log it under a confiscation."
- CUNO - "Killing is serious shit. Cuno's always serious about the four-eighty-eight."
ENCYCLOPEDIA - 488? The criminal code doesn't go higher than 190.
- DRAMA - This is clearly a Code 31 emergency.
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - The man uses relay code. You got this. You're a cop and cops *know* relay code.
- JULES PIDIEU - "10-2 (Receiving Well), 10-5 (Relay Message). This is 41st, come in! Over."
- JULES PIDIEU - "10-4 (Message REceived), 10-5 (Relay Message). What's your status? Over."
- JULES PIDIEU - "10-9, repeat message. Over."
- JULES PIDIEU - "Roger that. 10-10. Over and out." The static ends with a loud click, then everything is silent in the cabin.
- JULES PIDIEU - "That's a negative, sir, I got a 10-12 (Visitors Present) here. Over."
- JULES PIDIEU - "10-4, what's your status? Over."
YOU - "It's not good."
JULES PIDIEU - "10-18, 10-20? Over."
YOU - "Please just talk human to me. These numbers mean nothing to me."
JULES PIDIEU - "State your message, sir. Over."
- JULES PIDIEU - "10-4, message received. This is a *very* serious situation. I need to 10-22 the captain. Over."
HALF LIGHT - 10-22 the Captain?! This sounds bad -- bad *and* scary, like being called to the headmaster's office in school.
- DAMAGED LEDGER - A monetary penalization ranging from 20 to 250 reál. Severe cases allow for 1000 reál, but that requires special paperwork. The details of issuing these fines are spread out over the rest of the fields.
RHETORIC - But they appear... pleasantly vague.
SUGGESTION - A tool for manipulation. Give the lowest amount and people will be ingratiated to you.
- DAMAGED LEDGER - These are quite sinister in tone. They give a date and time for the person to 'appear' at the specified Precinct Police Station. Below the 'call' are the criminal charges you risk by 'not appearing'.
PERCEPTION (SIGHT) - All in print so small it could be considered downright *cute*.
- ENCYCLOPEDIA - The River Esperance Correctional Facility -- a military prison run by the Coalition, dubbed *Reunion* by the inmates. The origin of the name is unknown.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "We will have plenty of time to talk about this, Mr. Dros." He does not let him gloat. "When you're in pre-detention -- it takes *years* in pre-detention."
- KIM KITSURAGI - He studies his reflection in the car window. "Four years for murder in Reunion."
- RHETORIC - As if having your badge *and* gun are natural states, not achievements.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "Even the RCM uses ordinary unjacketed conical bullets. This is... strange. Very strange. I like this, officer. Strange means unique. Unique means incriminating. We need to find the gun that shot it."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "Everyone understands you're *the law*. That's why you have that insignia on your arm. So you don't have to keep saying it."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "Officer, however damaged -- that..." he points to it. "...is still an official piece of paperwork. It probably contains notes on *numerous* ongoing investigations. It could even list undercover operatives. Certainly informants. I suggest integrating it into your *style*. For all our sakes."
- YOU - "But they're just white rectangles."
KIM KITSURAGI - "They're not *just* white rectangles. They bear a halogen watermark with the letters RCM and a pattern resembling the street grid of Revachol West. I could step into the headlights of my Kineema and show you, but right now I just need you to do your job."
- KIM KITSURAGI - "The first row represents your years of service. *Eighteen* years? Okay -- not bad at all. What did you do before you volunteered?"
- KIM KITSURAGI - "This next row -- the one that wraps all the way around -- is your number of closed cases. *Closed* is good. It means finished. You've got, let's see..."
- YOU - "I used to be good. That's some solace I guess. What's the last number?"
KIM KITSURAGI - "Right. Those are your confirmed kills. You've got precisely *three* perforations there."
- DAMAGED LEDGER - In the back you see thin translucent copier paper -- some neon yellow, some bright red -- all covered in boxes, like marching armies. These look like official forms, waiting to be filled out...
LOGIC - ...then *rip* them from the binder, and hand them out. According to type of form.
YOU - What types of forms are there?
DAMAGED LEDGER - Three. The topmost are MISCONDUCT FINES, the middle ones are STATION CALLS, and the bottommost are FIELD AUTOPSY FORMS. Each is easy enough to make sense of.
- DAMAGED LEDGER - A dozen pages of thin copy paper, bright red in colour. You see the parameters of a deceased human form, waiting to be filled in: age, sex, condition of sexual organs...
PHYSCIAL INSTRUMENT - Colour of the irises. Predation marks. Condition of sexual organs.
- LOGIC - KK = Kim Kitsuragi; 57 = Precinct 57; followed by his date (08.03) and time of arrival (08:15) on the scene. He's indexed the case after himself, not you.
- COUPRIS KINEEMA - Before you stands a motor carriage. The bodywork is covered in blue and white livery bearing the number 57.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "I'm sorry I couldn't help more." Creases line his forehead, above the spectacles. "You should take this up with your station, I have a shortwave radio in my car, okay? We have to get this investigation started now."
- SHIVERS - A line of motor garages with armoured carapaces, hunched in the cold. A mechanic is hard at work, patching up bullet holes in the side of a Courpis '40. These are the garages of Precinct 41. Snow settles on the roof of the re-purposed silk mill that serves as your station. Shivering RCM personnel hurry in and out of the main entrance.
- ESPRIT DE CORPS - Come on, this is *not* the way real police solve crimes. The *real* police are some twenty kilometres away, sitting in an armoured motor carriage.
- KIM KITSURAGI - "Well, not *cheaper*. This motor carriage costs 40.000 reál... but in the long run it still makes more sense to buy a new machine than try to refurbish this."
- JEAN VICQUEMARE - "Thank you for destroying 45.000 reál of police property that's coming out of *my* payslip. You know that, right? You're gonna get fired. And I'm gonna pay till I die..."
- JEAN VICQUEMARE - "For the record, you pressured us into getting it. 'It'll be cool Jean, we'll have wheels, rapid response...' I was fine being an equestrian cop. I hope you're fine driving a *bicycle*."
- JUDIT MINOT - "Ptolemy Pryce? He's the son of the old Pryce -- one of the founders of the RCM."