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Old 07-03-2019, 06:07 PM
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Tatsuo - Cathedral of Saint-AdeleryannaThrough his professional wariness and cynicism, a ray of hope shines at the aged cleric's assurance. Alas, Korag brings up a very good point. With a sigh, Tatsuo stands and bows deferentially, "Alas, Your Grace, my father bore a peculiar malady. He could not worry about himself when comrades were in danger. Regretfully, I fear I have inherited this vexing problem. I suspect the fair lady paladin and honorable dwarven lord are possessed of similar reticence."

Standing tall, the mystic spy shifts back into his guise. "Descriptions and locations will be next to useless unfortunately as they are likewise keeping a low profile. So, I propose this: Let us three await near the room at the cathedral entranceatrium to see if any comrades come looking for us or bringing news. Then, if by the end of the day none come, mayhap we can go."


 


 
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:21 PM
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Selarya - Cathedral of Saint-Adeleryanna- " I recommend you proceed immediately to the Hall of roses, your friends will find their way like you did if it's the goddess' will. If you wish to wait in the Atrium I won't force you. Proper protection will be organized for the time being then. " The old man resumes his talk toward the door. - " If you would excuse me, I have much to attend. " He opens the doors to leave the private chapel, his personal escort of four clerics were waiting for him with books and scrolls under their arms, sounds busy to run a cathedral. - " Thank you holy father. " It's not going to take long before a contingent of twelves templar shows up lead by a middle-aged paladin that will follow them like their shadows.


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Erykans (Gods District) - Olesia, Tatsuo. Korag
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"We are foxes in a den of wolves and hyenas. Our chances are slim. But at least," Sayyida says with an odd sort of smile. "At least we've better looking tails and smooth colored coats. We might die, but we'll look d$#% good doing it."

She walks by Rana's side, left hand free to the outside, eyes glittering in the cold sun. She figured it didn't really matter. There were always informants and spies in any crew and she doubted the clergy was any different. They had appetites as much as any others, even if secreted away from everyone. The clergy took just as much coin in bribes and fees as the next person. The only difference was that their grift and manipulations were seemingly for the greater good. Or at least that is what they may claim when in reality they just happened to have institutionalized authority and power that could be used as their leaders deemed fitting. Sayyida just hoped that this time at least they would have the people's interests as reason rather than the interests of the church. Or, that they would falsely assume helping her and the others would bring them influence. Perhaps, if Sayyida was lucky, the church might find them worthy, because she knew for certain that the Empress' desire to have them present meant nothing when all the cards were dealt and people took stock in the lay of them in their hands.

Men and women didn't stop being men and women just because they wore god's clothes. As far as Sayyida could tell, you could dress a dog up in fancy clothes but it was still a dog. And no matter how much perfume you applied to it, eventually you'd smell the dog underneath. Which as sardonic as it sounds, Sayyida thought the church, any church, was more dog in fancy clothes than righteous men and women seeking the betterment of society or the people.

Which is why Rana couldn't disguise herself from Sayyida. No matter what the woman put on her skin, Sayyida could smell her beneath all the layers. Eventually, if they survived, she might even be able to describe most of what Rana hid from her and everyone else. And maybe let Rana know what Sayyida covered under her own disguises of temperament. Looking over at the woman that walked with her, Sayyida laughed out of step. The sound of it coming with no conversation to provoke it.

"And what say you Rana bint Jimal Al Motallebzadeh. Does it matter if we can trust any others but ourselves?"
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Selarya - Order of the Iron Bell- " It can't smell worse than cleaning the latrine after brother Harris had a bowel movement incident he he he... " Liam laughs uproariously. - " You know where the horn is, no problem. It should still work today I don't think anybody used his magic yet. " He takes the golden scarab. - " Right, I will when he returns from his duties. "

Pacho politely asks questions of his own after the reunion is done. - " The situation in the capital is pretty much stable, yet I'm afraid that the empire is boiling like a volcano ready to explode. It's smell civil war and unless a leader rise I think the empire will shatter in several pieces. I'm not well versed in politic to understand the complexity of what's going on over our head. " With a pragmatic expression. - " Of course, in the great game for power trust no one. I'm not aware of the Will details and who are the heirs concerned. "

- " Agata Cotton is a retired admiral of the late Empress, adventurer and famous treasure hunter. She had a lot of support in the imperial Navy, but decided to step down after the empress death. The last update in her file was about stealing some of the Empress' treasures after her death. She is wanted by the empire. I suppose Dante will update her file and can have a look at her details. " He grins to the other monk. - " I don't know a Mortiana Carr, sounds like a northern name. "


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Erykans (Gods District) - Olesia, Tatsuo. Korag
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Selarya - Den of Knowledge - Government offices- " The chancellor receives a lot of messages and letters every day, he's running the empire and has an entire crew managing his correspondence. Normally a messenger could simply run to the palace to deliver it to his office, now things are a bit more complicated. Your employer will have to leave it here to be delivered in the next batch of letters and packages for the palace. If your employer is important and seal it with his signet ring, chance are good it will eventually be read by him directly. However, I wouldn't write a secret on papers these days. If you would excuse me, I must resume my duty. " The guards salute and go back to work patrolling the corridors. It's strange that an experienced soldier is assigned to such a tedious task. When they think about it, they saw a lot of veterans in the city doing nothing really, sounds like the army is stalled somehow. Neither disbanded if not needed or deployed if needed.


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Erykans (Gods District) - Olesia, Tatsuo. Korag
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Dante Do not let the, no doubt, unsatisfactory answers fool you Pacho. Liam and I are only tools, those who wield us do not always tell the hammer what it is they craft. Our Master will possess some answers.

Dante smiles, Liam, if you could entertain our guests, I will see to contacting the mount. Oh, and what of the Erykans? Are they as oblivious to the mechanisms around them as always? Some of the others went to speak with them to see if they are in any position to lend aid.

Dante waits for Liam’s explanation before making his way to the Sacred Wind.

 
 
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:23 PM
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Selarya - Order of the Iron BellHe carefully measures his words about the Erykaen to don't insult the city patron goddess. - " More of the same, you can't be a good politician and spy when you made a vow of truth that is almost compulsive. They are not clueless either, they know that a powerful group is interfering with the late empress' wishes, now it has a name based on your discoveries. "


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Erykans (Gods District) - Olesia, Tatsuo. Korag
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:26 PM
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Selarya - Cathedral of Saint-AdeleryannaTatsuo, Olesia and Korag only have to wait a few hours before Sayyida and Rena shows up on the stairs of the cathedral. The two women see that their companions are surrounded by an impressive contingent of Erykaen templars that seems to be friendly and protecting them.


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RanaGiving a nod to the guardsman, Rana thanks him quietly for his service and advice. She wishes him well before returning to Sayyida's side.

Rana offers her hand to her bodyguard, "Foxes are too cunning to simply get killed by being in the wolf's den." She smiles, not quite sure where the crude analogy came from. She laughs to herself, "But I won't argue that we have amazing tails." She says with a rare self compliment.

Sayyida is one of the deadliest killers Rana had ever witnessed. While Rana is improving her own magical skills, she, herself is less likely to provide an escape for whatever troubles affect the both of them. More likely is Sayyida going to be the one to kill troubles while they appear, and Rana to try and dissuade them through other methods, especially by wearing falser and falser faces.

Rana, while believing the words of a guard through her own sense of innocence while her paranoia yet grows in a theoretical sense, she directs the journey to the Erykans, hopefully to find solace before the Chancellor calls upon them. On the journey she heard Sayyida's laughing and became confused.

With a slight turn, and cute tilt of her head, Rana asks in her own voice, "Of course my cousin, my sun and stars. It matters not whether we can trust others. But I would like to believe there are others to trust." She stops and holds one of Sayyida's hands between her own, "For who knows, you might find some man to love. And I would like to trust him to the task." She smiles faintly, not sure how seriously to take this small conversation in the middle of the street, with her name uttered so loudly.



Likely soon after asking for directions. Rana arrived at the fore of the two-person group. She looks over the templars, and then her recent traveling companions, "Sir D'Aidendale, were there any troubles?" She asks, lightly lifting her hood slightly so her eyes can be clearly seen from up the stair.

 
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Tatsuo - Cathedral of Saint-AdeleryannaThe mystic spy raises an eyebrow at the mustered escort. But they seem unobtrusive enough, all things considered, so they soon fade into the background of concerned worry and pious oration.

Later, Tatsuo looks up to the familiar guises of Rana and Sayyida. He flashes his practiced smile. "By Erkya's grace, none, my lady." He leans toward the paladin captain. He says that the pair is with them and asks the armed contingent to give them some space.

Tatsuo motions the pair over and, with a few brief words, summons his ward for Silent Table spellprivate conversation among the party. "To get to the gist, the reverend cleric in charge agreed to seeing to our protection. He has a path to the cathedral in the Rose District, through which we can leave immediately." His grin tweaks a little as he glances among Korag and Olesia. "We were just waiting to see if you or the others came to check on us. The three of us had difficulty accepting the offer of safe passage without a chance to see if you will show."

Turning to lady pair's own investigation, he asks, "And how went your trip to the chancellery, ladies?"


 


 
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PachoPacho listened to the monks carefully, his hand scratching at the tattoo on his neck at the mention of the Erykans. In his world truth was a weapon, an idea which kills and gets one killed.

For all their blind loyalty to the idea of Empire, the monks could at least spin a lie and live with a wrong done for a right. Something that can keep a man safer than a parade of Templars. Brutus had an army, but they meant nothing to a robed monk with a potion and Auraga’s touch.

"I will wait then." Pacho said with a thankful wag of the chin. He nodded again in agreement with Liam’s assessment of the Erykans.

Pacho was burning to ask again about the spymaster, but his thoughts held him back as he pondered if it was a truth he really wanted to know.
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RanaGiving a look to the paladins, Rana bows her head, "Thank you for your service, servants of Erkya." She crosses her arms behind her back as she rises.

Turning back to Tatsuo as she begins to ascend the stair, Rana nods, "So we have heard that the clerics would offer protection." She glances at the clergy, then at Korag and Olesia. Her tone is somewhat sorrowful, "Our visit didn't bear much fruit I'm afraid. From some caution on my part. I heard from a helpful guard that the clergy are protecting the will itself, but at some point we will have to publicly stand out to the chancellor. Perhaps someone trustworthy can make a direct plea to the Chancellor to announce us. But so far, any of our attempts to contact him might result in early discovery by our enemies in lower level position."

Rana pauses and sighs, "I could plan to deal with whoever might read the message before it reaches the Chancellor, but there is the risk that we might be hurting the intended recipient, I wish magic was far more convenient." She holds her chin as she expresses thought.

 
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Tatsuo - Cathedral of Saint-AdeleryannaThe spy nods to the Matuzalan lady, "Fortunate you were not delayed long in your discovery." He brushes the whiskers on his disguised chin pensively. "You bring up a fair point, dear lady Madara, about the chancellor. Those concerns urge either arranging a face to face meeting or magics to communicate directly. Neither of these are without difficulties. Happily, it is a point that can be revisited while armed with a better lay of the land within the palace rather than speculations from without."

Sighing, he shakes his head. "Have you heard aught from the others, my lady?"


 


 
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Sayyida moves past the templars with a sailor's grace. She is as tall as most of them and far smoother upon her feet. She pays them little attention aside from their relative positions, the angle of their feet, how close their sword-hands hovered next to their weapons, and whether they stood easily or stiffly with helms down over thin eyes. She knew with some immediacy which she could kill quickly and which had skill. No matter how clean and shinning a man's armor was there was always something that marred a man's kit who understood how to kill and had done it too many times. For Sayyida, it was the worn wrapping near the hilt of the handle of her rapier. The place her thumb and forefinger worried over as she shifted her grip when blood was close to being found or had a hand upon it as she stood upon the swaying deck of a ship looking out over rough water and trying to forget she knew anything about how to stop a man's heart from continuing life.

How they reached the reading of the will was important, but Sayyida had little skill in making that choice. She figured however they moved eventually danger would come. She had no contacts that could help her here and so she trusted in the others as much as they trusted in her sword-arm.

"It would seem we go with them," she said with a wave of her hand. "I'm not certain we have another choice in the matter now."
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Selarya - Order of the Iron BellThe giant horn sing Dante's message far away, only a musical sounds echoes in the monastery leaving the content of the communication secret. No immediate response comes back immediately, as the horn is not like a sending spell that allows returning a message, the head of the order will have to use the horn on the other side. He has to wait about fifteen minutes before Jaque answers back. - " Welcome back, we'll pull strings for the paperwork to enter the palace. Order is to escort the nobles to the will reading safely. "


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Erykans (Gods District) - Olesia, Tatsuo. Korag
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