I am the player for Marie Dantoni (ID: 2 in this situation).
I remain very confused on the matter of DM being a thing that is required to take someone hostage in a bank scenario, given that in real life and in the game, you wouldn't necessarily need to be willing to kill the hostage so much as pretend you are, given that in real life and in-game, your only real option is to keep them alive. However, it was adhered to.
There was valid roleplay reasoning involved. There was not at any point any indication on my end that anything was being done that is unfair or against the spirit of the rules (which is to protect players from someone unfairly OOCly deciding to break character and do something that benefits them without a valid IC reasoning or motivation).
Allow me to reiterate:
You have to have a roleplay reason to attack the victim in accordance with the DM rules
From the DM rules:
Prior interaction should include escalation such as a robbery or a report to the police.
Koda did in fact have a valid reason to take me hostage, and was indeed the only one involved in taking me hostage: I previously reported him to the police, though at the time I didn't have enough evidence or information to get him caught, for being on the pier with an AK. I would be surprised if Koda was unaware of this.
In terms of invalid hostage taking, I confess to being a little confused - as I was before - because I've never been taken hostage or taken someone hostage before. As a result, I've never looked into the rules for that specifically, hence the trouble responding during the scene, and while I was rather hesitant to say anything during the moment when I didn't understand the full rules in place about everything, I had assumed the robbers already knew and had been adhering to. I figured there was a separate set of rules or something, as what is found in the general rules are... lacking, in terms of this scenario in my opinion.
During the RP leading up to the heist, there was a lot of IC lying and manipulation, all very skillfully done, which led to Marie being more compliant than perhaps she otherwise would be up until the moment of the heist. That said, given that she is fully aware that Koda is an armed and dangerous man, who could easily kill her and has the connections to do so at any time regardless of whether she goes along with what he says. Marie met him, as far as I know, twice casually on the pier and once at a gas station. Across those chance meetings she spoke with him for a total of maybe five minutes, though she asked a few people about him. I don't recall the names of basically anyone I've helped as EMS, so I don't personally know if I did or didn't help him as EMS. I barely know Koda and he is far less than an acquaintance, even, but he has quite a reputation as far as I can gather. In terms of connections to Koda or the Royals, there is nothing outside of fear of Koda. Nothing else has happened with a Royal for her to be aware of them. For a while she didn't even know that Koda was part of the Royals and he is the only Royals member she has ever met.
I don't think that A) Koda broke the rules in this situation or B) that Marie was able to consent or truly be willing, regardless of whether she did what she was told, or whether she says she was or not (guilt and shame for being taken hostage at all has prompted her to take the blame for it, as she has with many things).
If someone like Koda, who Marie fears, came up to her out of the blue and told her that she was going to play hostage for them, that she was going to sit there and look scared (which she was legitimately afraid, because all the people there could legitimately kill her if she didn't comply anyway, so there was really no way for her to feel safe during a robbery), and had her in a bank, where people are waving guns at her, I would think that the level of immersion involved would be applauded, rather than looked down upon, so long as it was done correctly.
Regardless of what happened, the robbers were legitimately threatening and controlling her, she was legitimately terrified for her life, and given that they would know right away if she had phoned the police and then kill her, at most IMO Marie would have been guilty of not attempting to contact the police even though there was a clear threat on her life if she did.
Given that this was a premeditated event, with DM rights in place, with police not being an option due to the fact that she would legitimately be killed if she so much as lifted a finger to call them, with no radio, no way to do anything, and a guy that can kill her backed up by a gang of people that could kill her? I'm not sure why the first thought is that she would throw everything she had away to bend over backward for no reward for someone in the Royals, who she has no connections to. Marie (and I) felt at every point as though she was going to be killed if she didn't cooperate, and that she didn't have a choice.
That said - Koda's player has lied in this report, in an attempt to protect me or others, I'm not sure, but likely he wanted to avoid any suspicion being put on me OOCly and leading to Marie losing her EMS job - in that he stated he lured her into a car by claiming his friend was injured. That part was untrue. Koda had previously obtained Marie's number on their first meeting which was quite innocent and lasted for about a minute - since then he has worn a mask on the two other brief meetings they had, and it was long enough in between that I didn't recognize him properly. Regardless, she has no positive feelings towards him, and in fact is deathly afraid of him. Leading up to the heist he contacted her telling her to go to the parking lot. She wasn't sure what for, and stashed her things in her bike and parked it as asked so that she wouldn't have any way to contact anyone, I'm sure, and then he showed up and made her get in his car. She didn't know what was going to happen because of it despite a bit of a feeling as to what might happen - let's be real nobody's that dumb she knew something was up - but when she got in his car she had no idea it would prompt the things it has prompted or that it would lead to her being held at gunpoint. The fact that he had her number made her even more sure that if she went to the police that she would die and that he knew everything about her. Even in real life, going to the police can be deadly, for a multitude of reasons, and she figured her best chances of survival were to comply and just do what they wanted. Inaction may still be wrong, but in this case it saved her life and as we all know fearRP is pretty gosh darn important. She has been debating ICly whether to go to the police to report it and explain what happened, and was on the way to do so despite the consistent and very real threat to her life, hoping that now that it has been a little while that they could protect her from any backlash - not that she can report much of anything other than Koda being involved as she knows very little else and saw very little else, when I code zero'd and noticed this notification.
I'm surprised that anyone thinks that this isn't a legitimate scenario, but if it isn't, then I'm first and foremost sorry for any IC or OOC interactions that have happened since which point towards it being anything other than what it was; and for being ignorant, as I still can't find any resource on what is and isn't allowed in this scenario despite searching for it, other than the vague notes included in the general rules.
The bottom line is that I never once, IC or OOC, felt as though Marie was willing to assist them outside of duress. She hates Koda for what he has done to her life, and for the fact that he pulled her into this mess. She's rationalized it the only way she can, and has been taking the blame on her shoulders and claimed that she did it all willingly, but she never once wanted this. She also never once expected or received any benefit for being involved despite it being one of the ways Koda attempted to manipulate her while waiting for the bank heist to begin. I also received no benefit from this, and in fact have lost quite a bit because of it both IC and OOC. I'm surprised that it is only now, after Marie has already lost everything, that questions are being brought up about the validity of the situation to such a degree.