Final Update-I’m done

I’m done

I can’t believe this. So, you have to be wondering how it all turned out right? Why I hate everything in life? Did you know I can never win? I guess you wanna know what happened. Well, it started with the invitation number three.

Invitation 2

It looked to be that Jack knew me. At this point, I was still furious at him for stealing my friends’ minds because at this point I still thought he was brainwashing them. He wasn’t, it was much worse. I got the last letter, number two, a couple days later and I was ecstatic. I could find out who Jack was, kill him and save my friends. But, something stuck out to me. This letter seemed to be more cheerful then the last one. It was brightly colored with a happy smiley face instead of a demonic one. I was confused. I decided the best way to find out what everything meant was to go to the house he had instructed me to. But, not without some weaponry. I had to be ready for anything and everything.
On the night of my meeting Jack, I walked up to the house. I was dark and the windows were blacked out. There was no way of seeing inside. The house was huge, almost mansion-like but still too small to be a mansion. The door had a sign that said welcome in big read letters so I let myself in. I walked into a dark hallway. I could here faint music in the background as I drew closer to what I thought was the main event. And then I heard it. Loud music was playing and a sign was right in front of what I know discovered was a ballroom. I recognized the song to be something from the 90s but why would a 90s song be playing in the late 1940s. It didn’t make any sense. People were awkwardly dancing all around and then I saw them. My team.


First, I saw Amelia and the others soon followed. I ran towards them and started asking questions. “What is this? What’s going on?” Amelia was the first to speak, “Jack’s parties. I’m sorry Lukas, it was all a test to see if you were a good detective and I have to say you failed majorly.” “What?”, I exclaimed angrily. Amelia continued, “Well, Aquia Maxius desired to test your strengths and weaknesses with a mental test. They put you against the rest of the group to find out who Jack was and they obviously found out first.” She signaled to Katherine, Mark, and Daniel that were looking at their feet in shame and George that was staring me straight in the face and laughing. He spoke, “You’re such an idiot, it took you longer than my old dog when he walks across a room.” I was angry and confused but less at Jack and more at everything that was happening and then it hit me. “Wait, then who is Jack?” “Oh, hey Lukas. Long time no see.” I heard a voice behind me and saw the one person I did not want to see today. He was Jack Williams and he was from my time. We were both from the 21st century. I remember his loud bubbly personality. He would never stop talking. While I was stealing and causing all sorts of trouble, he decided he would latch on to me and never let go. I would try to be stealthy and quiet but he would almost always get us both caught. I only ever got away from him when I came to where I am now. But no, they had to bring him here too. I couldn’t win. “Hello Lukas, you look so good. I can’t believe you actually came. You never did like parties. It’s amazing isn’t it? Aquia Maxius specifically choose me to come back in time and throw parties. They said that all these wonderful people would greatly enjoy future music and tonight is 90s night. Isn’t that great? And those letters, they specifically asked me to write them. They wanted me to be a scary as possible. It hurt me to frighten these amazing people but they assured me that if I were to spook them, their adrenaline would spike and they would all be prepared to have the party of a lifetime.” I started to look past him as he spoke. I didn’t want to be here. I failed a stupid ass test run by hell incarnate, my team and the crappiest man I know. I’m done. I went home and am currently locked in my room. I’m giving myself a couple of days and maybe I’ll go back to the office. Maybe.

Kassia’s Note: Right when I watched the video, I thought of Jack being a guy that threw awesome parties and just didn’t invite certain people in ds106. I thought of how Black and El Jota would go and the professors wouldn’t meet Jack so the first thing I thought of was that he was throwing and not inviting people. Basically the story involves Lukas trying to find out who Jack is and going through each and every invitation. He thinks that his friends are in danger when they have been trying to help with his case but they were able to crack it earlier than he was. Amelia later tells them what it was about and they have to not talk to Lukas because it would ruin the test. When I thought of writing for Jack, I thought of the character Chris from Parks and Recreation. He has to one of my favorite characters and I just thought of the scary notes and the party idea and thought that that type of character was perfect for my story. The only problem I had was with the audio. I put it up on soundcloud but it didn’t work so I uploaded it as a media file. It involves Lukas approaching the 90s party and hearing Chumawamba’s tubthumper because that
was the first song I thought of when I came up with the idea. I hope you enjoy the story and the final update.

Week 13 Summary

Kassia: So this week, I finished my agency project. I had Who is Jack? At the beginning, I already knew what I wanted to do with the project. I thought of my character looking at a bunch of different things and trying to find out who Jack is. I thought of my character going through and beginning to think that Jack as a horrible killer and I created notes from Jack to make Lukas think that Jack was a horrible killer.

In the end, Jack is just a guy that Aquia Maxius got to throw a party as a big test for Lukas. I wanted it to start of noir and detective like with Lukas thinking that everything is going downhill and to end hilariously. I first thought of the scene where Lukas comes up to the ballroom and hears the song below slowly fading in. You can find a audio of it on my agency website. I just thought the idea of hilarious

I tweeted two tweets from my characters perspective about the updates.

Here are the two updates from the agency site:
I’m angry
I’m done

Update 3- I’m angry

I can’t handle this anymore. I got a couple more notes and so did Daniel, Mark and Katherine.
I’ve reached number 4 recently. I haven’t seen my co-workers progress but I know that things are getting worse. They used to come to work normally and leave during the night but now they are leaving during the day for long hours. I ask about it but they don’t answer me. They brush it off. They make up shitty excuses. They were sick or they had been working a lot at home. But they don’t seem to be providing me with anything concerning our cases. I seems like I’m all alone. All I really have is Amelia now cause George has been driving us but will drive Daniel, Mark and Katherine because “it’s more important for the company.” I need to crack this case or else I’ll lose more and more until there is nothing left.

6th invitation

5th invitation

4th invitation

I have been getting notes but I don’t know what to take from them. It could be so many things. There was one that talked about the red liquid and another about the noises. Could it be murder? Is everyone being hypnotized into murdering anyone Jack doesn’t like? If that’s the case, I can’t have it happen. And he’s even taken Black and El Jota to do his dirty work. I had to find out more about this case and who Jack was. And then got the one thing that I didn’t want to ever experience with this case. Everyone was gone.
It was about 7 or 8 at night and I was about to take a trip to the office. Amelia usually stays at the office for a couple hours after everyone leaves. I never knew why, it might have to do with Aquia Maxius. The point is today, she wasn’t there. What was left if her place was a note. What it read was this:

“I have Amelia. I have taken George as well. I have taken all of your friends. You think you have power here, but you have none. Be aware that you will not succeed in finding me yourself. I supply the information you obtain. All the knowledge you have of me is knowledge I have allowed you to discover. You have absolutely no power.
I would like to inform you that I have been watching you on your case. You are doing very badly. All necessary clues have slipped from your grasp. You are very bad at your job.
You will receive notes 2 and 3 tomorrow. I, of course, am Number One. The notes will describe the location of the place you will meet me, the time and what objects you are required to bring. Please make it fun, I hate to be bored.
I have supplied my own entertainment that your friends have been enjoyed very much. I hope to see you soon. – Jack ”

I was angry. I was so angry. He thought that he could do this to me. I am a good detective. I can find my friends. I will find my friends. When I get that note tomorrow, I’m not gonna just find Jack. I will kill Jack right when I see him. Right when I see his face, Jack will be dead.

-Lukas Jones

Kassia’s Note:

Here is the post I wrote on my Aquia Maxius website. The notes are becoming different and they are changing for the final note. I will probably add a gif for the last update but I wanted to add a writing assignment type thing with the letter from Jack to Lukas. I have the ending set up already and I’m excited to see if people like it. I made everything in fotoflexer using a different shape and background to the notes as they progress to number 2 and number 1.

Weekly Summary 12: Finding Jack

This week I started one of the most interesting cases I have had so far. It’s even more important than the cats and their trees. I’m finding Jack. You see the ds106 group gave me a mission to find out who Jack is an I am making pretty good progress. I went to a bar and found some invitations. Seems that Jack could be doing something big. I’m afraid he could be brainwashing people or worse murder. I took the invitations out of the woman’s purse and now have them to keep for myself.

The worst part of all of this is that he is taking my people, but I won’t let him. I even sent out a warning tweet. I’m so proud of myself.

The hashtag I’m using for all Jack stuff is #findingajack because my character is on a mission to find Jack and discover who he is. All my tweets will also have the #noir106 hashtag and not the #ds106 tag.

I have been posting some progress updates on the Aquia Maxius website. It seems that none of my group is going to help me out. It’s
sad to say but I don’t think I can trust them. Things are becoming to strange. I feel like I’m losing them. I have to find Jack so things can start going back to normal. Well not normal, but less weird. At least when we were dealing with the cat case, everyone was almost in the right state of mind. All we had to deal with was murderous animals and a couple of humans. This is some nasty psych crap I wasn’t ready for. I have to know who Jack is.
He has started sending me invitations to whatever he is doing. I’ll keep up with everything and then I will find out who this man really is. I can’t say I’m prepared for anything but I’ve been getting myself ready for nasty things, psych things, murder and everything in between. If this gets serious, I’ll be ready.

Kassia’s Note: I was chosen to do the Jack case and immediately after I watched the video, I had an idea. I sort of started with the ending and worked my way backward. You guys get to see the beginning and I promise that things will get better. I’ll give a hint that things don’t really end on a serious note and more on a hilarious note.

I have two updates on the Aquia Maxius website that I embedded above. At first, I wasn’t aware that I was going to be given an assignment, pretty much because I wasn’t paying much attention. I posted an update about cat in trees. This was going off of one of my posts last week. After I found out about Jack, I wanted to keep the previous update to show people what went on behind the scenes or the other stuff that the agency would deal with.

I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to comment on posts or do daily creates because it didn’t say it in the weekly assignment link. I did one daily create about drawing you interpretation of a famous drawing.

For my final project assignments, I will probably be doing mostly visual and design stuff with the invitations. There will be about nine in total throughout the weeks. I’m going to do another sound assignment for the last update and probably another web assignment. I’m positive I’m doing more design and sound but might change my mind about other types of assignments as I go more into the project.

I created a twitter page for Aquia Maxuis under the handle @aquiamaxius. I posted a couple of tweets using the different character personalities. Overall, I will probably be posting most final project stuff on the Lukas Jones twitter and putting links on the Aquia Maxius twitter.

I have some ideas for creating assignments and will post them in the next couple of days. I just have to narrow down my ideas to just the good ones. Look out for more updates and invitation posts. I hope you like the final update.

Making Progress- Update 2

If I could tell you one thing, it would be that I seem to be a magnet for weird people and weird things. Mutant cats find me and demand to be pet. I get taken away from a perfectly nice life to do a bunch of strange jobs for I group that
talks through notes and hooded sweatshirts. And now I was going to possibly be searching for a man that could lead me to my own death or worse, I could be brainwashed. Well, I guess you want to know what happened, don’t you.

People have been going missing. Some wouldn’t come back at all and others would come back, but when you asked them about what they had done, they tell you they don’t remember anything. They remember being somewhere before they went away and then nothing. Others wouldn’t even answer the question. We would ask if someone what they were doing at a certain time and they would respond by just walking away. Things were getting weird and I had to know what was going on or I was going to go insane. Then they started talking my people.

First, they got to Daniel. He was perfectly fine one day. Well, if you call always looking guilty and never speaking fine but that just seems to be his character. That day, he was being scarily quiet. He usually would smile or make tiny grunting noises when our group would have meetings but that day there were no small smiles or tiny grunts. There was silence. And whenever, we would ask him what was wrong he would walk away. Next, It was Katherine and Mark. They said they needed to do something on Saturday night. We didn’t ask much but the weird thing was that Daniel had asked to come with them. He said he needed a ride. Those had to be the first words he had uttered in almost a month. And the only words he usually says are to Amelia in tiny whispers. I didn’t want to be suspicious of my coworkers but I couldn’t help it. Things were getting weird and I needed to know what was going on.

I decided to search through their desks. I know it’s an invasion of privacy but it’s not like it’s not for something important. If my coworkers were being brainwashed or on their way to being brutally murdered, I needed to find out why. I searched the desks and found something I didn’t expect. Invitations from Jack. These ones confirmed my suspicion that they were in some way counting down. I saw numbers 8 and 7 in Mark’s desk and 9 and 10 in Katherine’s. Daniel’s desk had nothing but a pencil and a tiny box. Nothing too surprising. The notes had the same creepy smiley face and the same signature as the ones I saw in the screaming woman’s bag. This time the notes seemed to warn of telling no one about what was going on. Did that mean my friends were aware of what was going on? Were they being brainwashed? I put the notes back but not after writing down everything that they had said.

Everything went back to normal for a bit. Well, as normal as it could get. My coworkers were still being strangely secretive and whenever I would get to close to their desks, they would become very nervous. I had to find a way to keep track of the notes they were getting. I was positive that it would lead me to Jack. I waited for one of them to get another note. I would check their desk drawers every night when they were away, in hopes of finding something new but there was nothing. Until one day.

Third Clue

Fourth Clue

I was sitting on my desk writing up a couple past cases and Mark walked in holding mail. “Got a package, man”, I said. He replied, “Oh, it’s nothing for me. It seems to be something for you.” He handed me the package. It was a white envelope. By the looks of it, it couldn’t be holding anything more than a small piece of paper. I opened up the envelope and saw the first invitation. Number 10 was in my hands and so was my ticket to finding out who this Jack really was.
I was ready.

Who is this Jack?: Update 1

After much consideration, my group has decided to stop all other projects to find work with ds106 in finding out who is Jack character really is. We have made great progress.

I wasn’t sure how to approach this project at first. Jack seems to be a character that is hard to find so I thought that if we could get anywhere, we couldn’t find him. He would have to find us. This meant that we would be spending a lot of time at the bar. In the streets, talking to people. We would spread out and cover as much ground as we could and then maybe we would learn something. And we did.

I was in the bar one night alone. Sometimes it’s best to be alone. It clears the head. Also, don’t tell Amelia but there’s a table right behind this big plant. No one can see you if you stand there but you have a perfect view of the bands that play each night. I kinda spend a lot of time just watching this one singer. She’s usually there of Fridays and Saturdays and she’s so pretty. Anyways, I was in the bar on like a Saturday maybe. Some day, I was in the bar and the table. It was all normal until I heard to guys talking. They were whispering to each other. I decided to listen in on the conversation. “I heard Jack is here today”, said the first man. “Really?”, I second man seemed nervous. “Let’s get out of here”, the nervous man said, “I don’t like Jack.” The other man replied with, “I want to see him maybe he can get us…..” Just then I heard a loud scream. It seemed to be coming from a private room near the bathrooms. I ran to see where the noise was coming from. When I finally found where the sound might be coming from, I threw the door open and no one was there. All there was, was a large purse filled with notes. As I opened the bag, I saw that they were invitations. The background was almost blood red and one of the creepiest smiley faces I have ever seen was underneath the writing. Each had a different message and a different number in the left hand corner. At the end of each message, there was a signature. It was signed Jack.

First Clue

Second Clue

All I knew was that I would have to get my hands on more of these invitations before something went horribly wrong.

Update 1- It’s not just the cats

Hello Everyone. Lukas here. I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a couple weeks. Things have been a bit crazy over here. If you haven’t heard, it started with a black cat. The cat was stuck in a tree, but it was more than just the average cat. It turned into something nasty. It grew long fangs and grew a couple feet. It was a monster. Then Danny, who apparently can shoot fire out of his hands, burned the thing. It all felt like a crazy dream, until there were more incidents. Before we killed the cat/ monster things, people were freaking out about multiple attacks around the city. After we killed the cat, it continued. First, we saw a dog. It looked to be a stray. We got multiple calls about it loudly growling. It had frightened a couple children playing on a local playground. We got there in time to save three of them but the fourth child seemed to be covered in scratches. He was still alive but he was very much in need of a doctor. Amelia grabbed the child as me and Danny went straight into fighting mode. The dog had, of course, turned into a monster. This time, taller than the cat with long fangs and claws. It looked similar to a the large werewolves that you see in movies. I had my gun on me but after a bit of losing the fight, Danny went crazy and burned the dog to ashes. It started to be routine.

Oh yeah. The injured child was brought to Katherine. She had some sort of cream that Aquia Maxius supplied her. She did something to it and it turned green or something. I didn’t really pay attention. I was more concerned with the issue at hand. These crimes were getting more extreme and children were getting hurt. And what ever Danny was dealing with helped but was very suspicious. We asked him multiple times to tell us what was up with his weird and scary ability that he seemed to have no control over. He told us that he had had extreme control over everything but then something happened and everything changed. He can only use his power when he was having extreme emotions. He was able to do burn the animal demons because of the extreme anger he felt. He said he didn’t remember much of his life but he did remember he once had control and now it was completely gone. I was immediately suspicious. He seemed to be hiding something. Had he really forgotten most of his past? He seemed to know Amelia. Everything seemed to be fishy. There was something that they both weren’t telling us. I wanted to press for answers but I felt that learning more about these animal demons was more important and if he ability would help use then I would let him use it. However dangerous that idea would turn out to be.

We all decided we would have a full detective search. We all wanted to find out what had happened. We went around and asked people if they had seen anything. An older homeless man, we talked to in the park, told us that he had seen a tiny squirrel turn into a large beast. He was able to run away but not without large scars down his arms and back. We usually went to the bar on Tuesday night to exchange notes. Katherine and Mark would ask there IT and Doctor friends if they had seen anything. George didn’t ask anyone and Amelia said she would find someone. I went solo. I tend to work better without people following me around. I also didn’t want Amelia breathing down my neck. She was the biggest critic of the way I would to my detective work. I would repeatedly tell her that I had no experience in this. I was a street dweller. I knew how to live on the street but I wasn’t a trained detective. She told me that living on the streets was the best way to train for this job. I rolled my eyes.

Anyways, I went to the bar the Saturday before and found a beautiful woman singing on stage. I couldn’t stop watching her. Her voice was amazing. It was smooth and clear. She had a long red dress on. It didn’t help that she walked to sit next to me and the bar tender as I was asking if he knew anything about these monster animals. I was even more surprised when she chimed in. She told us that she had seen something weirder happen. She was looking out of her apartment window and she saw a naked man in an abandoned ally way. She talked with nervousness. She seemed to be shaken by the incident. Her voice was shaking as she told us that the man then turned into a large wolf. We were both surprised. This was bigger than I thought.

Well, that’s all I have for now. Next update will happen at sometime so I guess look out for it, or don’t. You decide. See, I was nice and gave you choice. I guess it can’t be helped. Time to find out whats going on in this city.

Week Eleven

This week was kinda crazy because I broke my computer and had to use my brother’s really slow one. I managed to do okay in the end.

First, I made the agency. I used the group Aquia Maxius and some of the characters I created for the agency.
The link can be found here. I used a subdomain and added all the necessary links plus a few more.

My two daily create were the Umbrella one and Maggie Black birthday card.

I commented on some comments.

My two web assignements were the Hidden Story one and the How it all began one.

I added others such as, the post it notes one, the four icon story and the business card.

This week was hard without a good computer but still fun.

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