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14-A: ReMember Your Children

Time: About a day and a night after the Champion group returns from Hell, roughly 9 in the morning.
Wraith
You're in your room when the Empyrean's voice sounds. "Azath, Rham, and Epirus are calling a meeting in Conference Room A, in five minutes. They would like you to come."

Enoch
You are also in your room, just toweling off after your shower, Kali sitting on the bed and buttoning up her shirt. The vampire food is looking promising, very promising indeed; Arete is scheduled for a once-over later today, but barring any interruptions, you should be able to-

The Empyrean's voice sounds. "Azath, Rham, and Epirus are calling a meeting in Conference Room A, in five minutes. They would like you both to come."

There it is. Kali looks up. "What do you think it's about?"

Kodama
You are in the Conservatory, just finishing up your morning routine, when a Robbie runs up to you through the grass, carrying a slip of paper, a note typed onto it.
NoteAzath, Rham, and Epirus are calling a meeting in Conference Room A, in five minutes. They would like you to come.

-The Empyrean


Kringle
You're in your room, just stirring from a deep sleep, your beard and breath still smelling faintly of the wonderful stout you, Gunther, and Thaddeus had shared last night, sharing old stories and a box of decent cigars Gunther produced from somewhere unspecified. The Empyrean's voice seems just a tad too loud, but it does stir you to wakefulness. "Azath, Rham, and Epirus are calling a meeting in Conference Room A, in five minutes. They would like you to come."

Gelvira slithers up onto the bed and wraps around you, the shock of the frigid steel around your chest drawing a gasp, especially when she squeezes. Morning Sleepyhead. About time you got up, I've been awake for hours.'
This is almost certainly an exaggeration, but the biting cold around your chest -cold even for you!- suggests it's not up for a well-reasoned debate about how that can't possibly be true, Gelvira having spent a significant amount of time soaking in a mug of the same brew you enjoyed.

Sapphire
Orrin snorts to wakefulness beside you when the Empyrean starts talking, finally joining the close snuggle you've been enjoying for the last several minutes. "Azath, Rham, and Epirus are calling a meeting in Conference Room A, in five minutes. They would like you both to come."

"Mornin' babe," he mumbles, leaning over to kiss your cheek and ending up somewhere near your nose. He chuckles and wraps an arm around you, squeezing you closer. "Another day, huh?"
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Wraith nods. He gets in the armour and goes to the conference room. "Morning guys. Empyrean, my usual breakfast with a side of a pile of bacon. Not crispy." He looks at Epirus. "So I met Sabrena. A nice and cool lady. It's a pity I can't swap Enyo for her."

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Assume Wraith has shared what Loki told him about the Dragon Council plans.
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Enoch pauses to watch Kali. Probably trying to deal with someone monopolizing the adorable and amazing markets. He puts the towel in the laundry. Five minutes so I'm guessing we don't go in our party best. He holds for approval up a plum shirt with accompanying monochrome tie, and tan slacks
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Sapphire moans in a reluctant manner and pulls the covers over them both. "Can't we just sleep in once? Too bad Blue can't freeze time for us. 5 minutes? No shower or anything?"
She kisses him on the nose actually, then throws the covers off, wrapping herself in only a sheet as she moves to stand by the side of the bed and brush her hair out quickly, moving to put it in a single long ponytail.
Looking back to Orrin she notes him looking at her dressed in only the sheet. "Toga to the meeting? Think it'll cause too much of a stir?"
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Kringle winced when Gel gave him a frigid hug. Cord waited a moment for his morning state to subside and then hopped out of bed. He slept in his boxers and the chain had been a bit too curious at times. He didn't mention the encounter with Gelvira and the fae princess Stewart, but they would have to say something about it. No sneakin' oot to meet wit the fae, Gel! Cord teased.

Sometimes he wondered if Gel wanted a body back. With all the power he and his friends had he could certainly give that a go. If'n ya git tired a bein' a chain ya let me know, eh? Kringle hoped that day wouldn't come soon. Gel was his best friend and an extremely effective side kick.

Kringle threw on a blue robe and some bunny slippers Kodama had given him as what she thought was a joke. They were quite comfortable, to be honest. And his dry spell on long relationships meant no need to put on a show. Kringle stopped in the mess to get a cup of joe, then trundled into the meeting room.

"Emp, show me tha Broons and Celts scores an highlights while oim waitin'. Sort and prioritize email. Tanks." Kringle was still sore from the goblin hunt gone bad, though the scar on his forearm was healing. "Flame vomit zero, ice hammer 1. Eh, Gel?"

Gelvira flowed over Kringles legs like a cat, pausing a bit longer than she should. The gelid gent sighed at her flirtations. Sorry, Cord. A girl can't help herself... Kringle wagged his uncoffeed hand at the chain. "Be good, Gel. We got work tah do."

Cord and Gel waited for the rest of the team to arrive.
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Enoch
Kali nods as she looks at the shirt. "So I guess Vee is going to be star of the show," she teases with a smile, securing her brown belt around her own tan slacks and standing up to help you, doing up the buttons and tying the tie with practiced ease, tightening it just a bit too far for your liking. "There," she says with a nod, looking the inch up into your eyes. "Now get your shoes on."

Sapphire
Orrin offers a grin at your suggestion. "I'm all for it, beautiful; Greek-style and everything. But I reckon it might make too much of a stir, especially since there's no way I'd be able to pay attention to anything but you and I guess this is important."

Kringle and Wraith
You both arrive in the meeting room at roughly the same time, though Wraith ever so slightly earlier, and in wildly different outfits.

Epirus shrugs at Wraith's assertion. "Dunno much about either of them firsthand, so sure, I guess so. Never really got around to asking for Sabrena's help; made it up as I went along and that hasn't really stopped working yet. Morning Cord. Now, Wraith, what's this nonsense about not wanting crispy bacon?"

'Good morning,' Rham greets, the smokiest champion's glowing white eyes meeting first Wraith's, then Cord's. 'We'll wait to start until everyone is here.'

Azath is sitting in the chair at the head of the table, awkwardly tapping his forked staff on the floor, watching as his archon flits about his hand and through the crook.

Fathom arrives -sans Oberon- in a gray bathrobe of her own, her short black hair still slightly wet and smelling of chlorine. "What's the emergency?" 'No emergency, but important anyway. We'll explain when everyone is here.'

Fathom grunts and surveys the room, offering a fist-bump to the Bostonian champion. "Love the dress code," she offers with a lopsided grin. "Too early for pants."
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Kodama reads the note that the Robbie hands her with some surprise. Of all the ways she could be communicated to here in the base, they go with a hand-delivered note? Then again, the last time Azath wanted her attention and she was in the Conservatory in arrived in person instead of having the Empyrean deliver a message. Preserving the sanctity of the Conservatory, perhaps.

She sighs, five minutes? Here she was a sweaty mess from her morning workout with bits of foliage here and there to complete the look. She didn't have time to shower, she didn't have time for anything. So... screw it. It's not like anyone really cares about attire, this wasn't brunch. There's no shame in being mid-workout when the call came. Working out seems to be the unofficial hobby of the entirety of base-dwellers anyway. Kodama jogs to her room to clean herself up and at least wash her face. She grabs a towel to dry off whatever sweat she can and slings it around her shoulders.

"Empyrean, can you please deliver a post-workout smoothie to Conference Room A? The mixed berry one. Thanks." Kodama orders as she strides out of her room in her workout shorts and top to make her way over to meet up with everyone.
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"Is this about the vampires? Loki told me that they're planning a prison break of powered people being held by the Tradesmen."
To Epirus. "I don't like crispy bacon. I like ordinary bacon. It's as simple as that. Smoked bacon is fine. I presume you love crispy bacon."
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Enoch rolls his eyes, pulls on a pair of black dress shoes. He offers an arm in escort, and the two proceed to the urgent meeting.
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Sapphire finishes brushing her hair and moves to a drawer for shorts and then moves to a wardrobe to grab a white bathrobe. She turns to Orrin, drops the sheet and smiles. She pauses for a moment and says, "Do I have you attention now?" When Orrin goes to move she dashes into the bathroom.
She comes out a minute later, face washed and dressed in the bathrobe.
She slips on her shark slippers and waits for Orrin to get ready and then heads out.

Sapphire comes into the conference room with Orrin. She is dressed in a bathrobe as well, it cinched tight but showing cleavage due to the cut of the garment.
Emblazoned upon the bathrobe is the symbol of words of Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort, Agios Ioannis Beach.
It is 100% likely that she stole it in some grand fashion.


She finds a seat, crosses her legs to the side, swiveling the chair, leaning back and looking over her shoulder giving a wry smile at the others at the table.
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Sapphire, Kringle, Kodama, Enoch and Wraith
Azath surveys the gathered crowd, several items of food and drink trickling in to those savvy enough to have requested them from Empy. Athena's champion clears his throat as Gunther enters, the last champion to arrive. "Good. Thank you for coming. Epirus?"

"Short version," Epirus says, stepping forward and clappng his hands together. "Vamps want us to come to another meeting. Not wining and dining this time, it's something big they want us to know about. Our best guess is that they're resurrecting Dracula or opening a portal to Famine; probably the second thing, given what we know and the timescale. Wraith just mentioned they're planning a prison break; that's probably the distraction. The only prison they'd care about would be run by the Company."

'Every resource they have scrambling to respond to an assault on their prison is one they can't send to interfere with the ritual,' Rham clarifieis. 'They probably want to achieve both goals.'

"Right. The meeting is scheduled to be in twelve hours; we were just told two hours ago. Best bet, ritual's going down tomorrow or the day after, they want to fill us in on the specifics so we don't freak out."

"The short timescale is manipulative, but not necessarily concerning. If they did not invite us at all, or only told us immediately before it started, I would be concerned. We have the ritual they want to use; I can examine the preparations and ensure they match. The other details -location, time, et cetera- are likely of lesser import on a scale we care about, but we need to ensure that is the case."

"They're probably going to ask for our help," Epirus says. "Some of us in particular to be present for the ritual, and anybody else who will agree for the prison. You should be thinking about if you want to participate at all. Questions?"
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"It's probably a portal. Famine gave Enoch an artefact to give to the vampires. I don't know if he did yet. I think the prison break might also be related to Dracula. Some of the prisoners know about summoning magic, something the Dragon Council is interested in."
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Enoch takes Kali's hand, aware that vampires creep her out a little. Your thoughts, love?

Do we know where they want to meet, and when?
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Having laid her towel over her seat when she arrived, Kodama sipped at her smoothie while the trio of Champions presented their information. None of it sounded very good to her. It sounded more like things were about to get very complicated from her point of view.

Wraith's statement about Enoch receiving an artefact from Famine himself was a surprise. She wondered why he never told her about it. While it fit a few things into place for her, she still cast a bit of a hurt glance toward him.

"Pretty sure it's a portal to Famine..." Kodama pipes up, agreeing with everyone else who spoke so far. "The only reason they wanted that plate I've hidden was to open it. Now that they've got a separate, whole artefact from their God they can open it without going through me. Ciarda basically said as much to me herself when she told me they didn't care about the plate anymore."

Kodama fidgets in her seat a bit, stalling by drinking more smoothie, which needed more berries. Badly. "I've got reason to believe that one of those vampires going through the portal, the first one maybe, will become his Champion. Famine congratulated me on making it difficult for his children to reach him, said he wanted a Champion who earned it... but I think like Death he got a bit impatient and wants his own piece on the board. The only way I ever made their lives difficult was keeping the plate from them, which they needed to make a portal. So yeah..."
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Sapphire, Kringle, Kodama, Enoch and Wraith
Kali watches Kodama carefully, then looks back to Enoch. 'If they're getting a champion... are you allowed to NOT help? I mean, I don't know if you should, or not... but do you get to choose?'

"An office building in Zhangye," Azath says.

"A Chinese city of 1.2 million that borders the Gobi Desert," Epirus says. "A wooden nickel to the first one who guesses where the top-secret ritual that may or may not wipe out any plant life in the radius is taking place."
"The Gobi?"
"And we have a winner! Yeah, so, whatever they're doing, it's in the middle of nowhere. And like we said, meeting's in twelve hours. No exact timeline on the ritual."

'It is probably a portal to Famine, then. If that's true, it's to give him a champion; we're forbidden to act directly against that, his desire for hindrance notwithstanding. If you're unwilling to help them open the portal on principle, once we determine that's what is going on, you will need to be ready to bow out or to help them with their prison problem.'

It's Fathom's turn to shift in her seat. "I feel like Oberon should be in on this. If the vamps get a champion, they can lean a lot further on him."
"In my opinion, it would be better for you to tell him after we decide what we're going to do," Azath says. "But you're right, he should be told. Our alliance with the fae is much closer than that with the vampires, if one wishes to think of it that way. But, I don't mean to dominate; who thinks we should bring Oberon in here and now?"

Fathom raises her hand, quickly followed by Epirus and Gunther. Orrin shrugs. "I mean, I don't wanna invite him here and then just ignore him. We gonna listen to what he has to say if he says it?"

"I will if he is here, though I cannot speak for the others."
'I haven't known Oberon to act rashly. I'll listen.'

Orrin grunts. "Good enough for me." He raises his hand as well.
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