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• Closed • The Beginning of the End (Adam, Rey'na)

Postby Sephira » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:00 am

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45th of Ymiden, Arc 718 - After Dusk
Footsteps clicked with muted thumps against the wooden floors of Redwood Redoubt. It was late at night, and the building was almost vacant save for three individuals. Special Assistant Blackwood was setting up a briefing within one of the private conference rooms of the Flame Troops command post. Two others would be in attendance, they were rather new recruits but they had both proven their usefulness in the past. Adam was an Empath, and could be the key to breaking the cult case wide open. Learning Orrick's and Earth Mask’s true identity could hinge on his abilities. Rey’na had shown Sephira that she possessed a strength and resilience that was undaunted by fear or violence.

They would need that strength to take on what awaited them.

The Special Assistant set out a thin stack of papers where Adam and Rey would be seated. The case files contained information about the cult attack itself in Cylus where four hundred and eleven people had died , along with Sephira’s eyewitness accounts of Orrick being present. There were further reports of the attack on Element’s Hall roughly ten trials after the Cylus collapse of the docks and how three masked individuals had appeared. Two of which were slain but there was one in custody. Then finally was the testimony of Leshli, the clerk of the Scalvoris Town council hall. She evidently had been married to Orrick, even having a child with him before he vanished on the night of the docks collapse.

It was a convoluted and slow moving case. There were leads which had yet to be investigated, two of which Faith had discovered. The first was that evidently Earth Mask rather enjoyed candied pecans and that the ship, the Mauve Maiden had been selling slaves to the cultists that night before retreating to a place somewhere to the north, on an island.

Sephira’s memories of the past season were still fuzzy, after her trip into the Scalvoris Mountains but thankfully most of her work on the case had been written down and logged in these files.

A woman with bright red hair pulled back into a neat bun swept into the room carrying a tray of coffee, along with a pot of black tea. There was a bit of bread, cheese and some hastily put together dried rations on the tray as well to give the three a something of a belated dinner.

The woman gave Sephira a curt not that the mage returned in kind. “Thank you Samantha.” She muttered before pouring herself a cup of tea and preparing to go over the details of the case once Adam and Rey’na arrived. Samantha Reid quickly left the room and headed out of the command post once she had gathered her things. The woman worked as the receptionist and had volunteered to prepare them some food and drink before leaving for the night.

And so Sephira waited for her team to arrive.

This was where Orrick's and the Earth Mask’s demise would begin.



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The Beginning of the End (Adam, Rey'na)

Postby Adam Michaels » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:47 am

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Adam had found himself at redwood redoubt and it was going to be a late evening for the seducer that was wearing element colors. He might have been a soldier but he was still a lover at heart, couldnt change a leaopords spots afterall.

He was rather delighted to see there was a small buffet laid out before him, it was exquisite; it was the little things he picked up on. It wasn't that the room service was lacking it was the thought that counts and it did put a grin on the man's face.

"It's a pleasure to see you again Madam Blackwood, it's been far to long since I've been in the presence of that lovely smile of yours". As Adam made an attempt to practice ettiquet? Discipline and Manners ?

As he found himself at home with a cup of black coffee that he poured himself from the tray that was sipped on enthusiastically, he was ready to start going over the files and reports as arming himself with information which in its own way was more formidable then a sword in his less then humble opinion of course.

He took his seat and drank his black coffee as he picked up some parchments and began mulling over the information, so that hed be prepared.

"I hope you don't mind if I do some light reading before you begin. He just wanted her to acknowledge he was studious and hard working.

Adam knew that there was going to be an official briefing with Blackwoods first hand accounts, but he was putting a good foot forward. He wanted to display the right attitude to impress his boss.

When he worked with Vuda as a spy, hed learned the value of proper intelligence. While he wasn't capable of spotting critical information through inconsistency in the narrative of written documentation. What the papers did do for Adam however was give him insight, it put him on track and up to speed with current events and for what it was worth that was very important if he was going to do his job.

He felt pressure on this case, people wanted answers and he did not want to give show up a day late and a copper short. Sephira wanted answers and as much as Adam wanted to give it to sorceress that kicked him off his chair, he also wanted to show he was on her level a peer and colleague to be respected; As his ego wanted to bask in Adoration.

Where did the slaves come from?
What island in the north did they retreat?

Adam Michaels was a deliberate man with a deliberate personality. He thought that hed get his answers through conversation, with the right questions.

"With all these books and papers, I feel like im at the university. I know i dont have my library card but giiiiirl id love to check you out mmmmhmmmn." Adam said to himself as he was eyeing the next page in the report as he got comfortable with a snarky grin on his face.

Adam was rehearsing in his mind the narrative of his questions in hopes they'd come smoothly as he was not trained in interrogation outside of the typical your clean? right? That little jingle saved Adam a lot of trouble over the years.

"There are more people coming right?
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The Beginning of the End (Adam, Rey'na)

Postby Rey'na » Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:32 am

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Rey let out a small sigh as she looked in the mirror of George's house, who she had been visiting to calm her nerves. Missions were often stressful, but from what she knew this one was going to above the town patrols and occasional bar fight she was used to. Was she ready for it? Only the Immortals would know. But ready or not, fear ran through every inch of her veins, blood pumping fast as her heart beat through her chest.
"If they didn't think you could do it, Rey'na, they wouldn't send you" George muttered, trying to encourage the girl while hiding his own fear. Of course he was impressed she had been requested for this mission, but as the man that trained Rey'na he knew that she still had a lot to learn. While she could use the spear well enough, George worried about who she might end up against. Her shield was another issue, as she struggled to use it. "Promise me you'll be safe, Rey'na. Please."

Sliding her shield on to her arm and her spear to her back, the woman stood by the door to leave, looking in to the outdoors. "I promise to try my best" she said, glancing behind her to look at him with a small smile, before walking out the door. With the weapons equipped, the girl made her way towards the meeting spot, where Sephira and potential others would be waiting. As she did, her eyes glanced in to the sky and she took in a deep breath, suppressing the fear inside of her.
"You'll bring them ruin." There it was again, the memories. It was as if her life was constantly making her relive what she had done, as if something inside of her was broken and hurt. But it would never deter her. Never. She had to make a difference. The only way Rey could overcome her past would be to change it, to make herself a new person. Once she'd done that only one thing would be left - Lisirra. Whatever it cost, Rey would save her 'mother' from her own insanity. Dead or alive.

When Rey arrived in the room, she gave a small nod to the receptionist before heading in as told, just in time to hear Adam's question. "Yes. There are" she spoke to the man she had never seen before. While Adam had no idea, Sephira would potentially recognize the look in her eyes. The same one she gave when she had attacked those men for assault. It was cold, yet kind at the same time. Someone that wanted nothing more than to protect people, but would kill to do so.

"Sorry I'm late."
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The Beginning of the End (Adam, Rey'na)

Postby Sephira » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:30 pm

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“Yes there are others.” Sephira said with a soft smile in response to Adam. Rey’na had something special, a fire within her that had been somehow stoked by events in her past. The Rupturer knew that look in the other woman’s eyes, she herself possessed it. Only those who had taken many lives held that glint of...emptiness and self doubt. It was a blessing and a curse, but it did make one into an excellent Element. Rey’na would understand how dire their situation really was.

Sephira focused on her and allowed Adam to simply absorb the information she relayed. Sephira silently generated Static from her Attunement spark to ensure that the nearby Empath didn’t try to fiddle with her mind again.

“Thank you both for coming.” Sephira stated resolutely while shuffling the papers in front of her.

“The cult attacked Scalvoris Town on the twenty ninth of Cylus this Arc. I was there during the attack.”
These were painful memories but Sephira continued slogging through them all the same.

"A craft known as the Mauve Maiden docked in town that evening and threw a small party to pay for tariffs. This was a deal worked out with the Council. During that party, in the nearby warehouse district myself and others heard the scream of a woman. I went to investigate and used Rupturing to see through the door and into one of the warehouses.” The Element fell silent, her features tensing faintly as she bit her bottom lip.

“There were many men inside, carrying crates and bags. And there was more specifically a Flame Element directing their activities. His name is Orrick, and he was perhaps the most forgettable solder you would have ever met. Granted, I’m beginning to suspect that his unremarkable personality and appearance were quite intentional.” She paused for a couple trills, recounting the moment that she sighted women being carried down underground.

“He was overseeing the men as they moved unconscious women underground. So I proceeded to investigate.” Her next actions were perfectly clear in her mind. Sephira remembered the feel of ether as it swam around her and she tore open the portal that led her crashing through the second story window and into the warehouse. She communicated this much to her team as well.

“Once I was in the building, things happened very quickly. There was a gas attack, of suspected alchemical means that knocked everyone out cold within the warehouse and the docks below. I eventually succumbed to the effects and was moved into the underground chamber where myself Councilwoman Kura, and a woman by the name of Vega were also chained.”

Sephira chuckled rather sardonically to herself as she continued with the story, taking a swig of tea before she proceeded to speak.

“The fools left us armed, once Vega cut our restraints then the real fight began.”

The mage explained that the chamber had been filled with four separate groups of cultists, Earth, Air, Flame, and Water and each member wore a corresponding Element’s Pin. She also waxed on for a moment about the basic nature of Attunement and its ability to acquire information. The mage then recounted her use of Attunement to detect that some of the Earth Cultists resisted the idea of kidnapping the women and using them in their foul ceremony.

“The six cultists that rebelled to help us were soon killed by one of the cult’s Masters. Air Mask. He was a defiance mage of some power.” Her voice went dark. “I killed him, and his apprentice.”

Sephira then took a long while explaining the events that followed, when she had overstepped with her magic and her Rupturing Spark had awakened, creating the portal that destabilized the underground chamber. Once the other cult masters were slain, and a great number of their forces decimated by Kura the group had been forced to evacuate the collapsing chamber.

The woman’s expression was grim and her eyes clung to a hatred for herself that was all too plain to see. Regardless of the partially exploded bomb found at the mouth of the chamber, her act of overstepping had doomed the docks and the warehouse district to collapse.

"Orrick disappeared the night of the Collapse, as did the leader of the earth cultists.” Earth Mask had been the only survivor of the cult leaders, and Sephira had made a promise to kill him in Maxine’s stead.

“Those are the details concerning the event itself, if you have any questions I can attempt to answer them. Then I continued with more recent developments in the case.




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The Beginning of the End (Adam, Rey'na)

Postby Rey'na » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:05 am

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As she walked in, the girl knew this would be serious. Both Sephira and Rey shared a look in their eyes, one that they made no effort to hide. It was one of many similarities the two had and yet it was, by far, the most distinct of them. Regret, pain and darkness. Yet underlying it was a light glimmer, a small glint of hope. Because both had hope in the future, in their redemption. What they did, whatever that may be, could never be undone. But they would do their best to make up for it, somehow.
As Sephira kept her focus on Rey, she sat back and listened intently, her gear at the side of her chair. Throughout the tale Sephira told, Rey'na's eyes would be kept on hers in a comforting way. She was here, she was on her side - and she understood. Understood what she was feeling, to some degree. Understood what the girl had been through and the internal battle that came with it. If anything had helped Rey'na it had been the people that had been there for her and believed in her, even when she hadn't believed in herself. If anyone would believe in Sephira right now, Rey'na could. Because she had seen the girl in a fight, and had seen the look in the girls eyes.

Then she listened, and had no intention of opening her mouth until the story was clearly done. She had dealt with many threats in her time in both Scalvoris and Rynmere, fought many people. But these cultists were another level of danger, from how it sounded. Yet the girl felt no fear about it, nor did she hesitate at the idea of moving out and fighting them. They were a thread to Scalvoris, and that meant it was her job to deal with them as best she could. Who better to do it than her and Sephira, and this man Adam? While she knew nothing of the man, her and Sephira were as willing as any, if not more so. In willpower alone they were unbeatable.
When Sephira finished her story, Rey stayed silent for a few trills. She wondered about the upcoming investigation, and what might happen during it. During this battle would men and women die? Civilians that signed up for nothing but a life in Scalvoris finding themselves buried under rubble. It had happened before, which meant it could happen again, and innocent men and women would find themselves dead. Rey couldn't let that happen. Not if she could help it.

"So our job is to kill him, to bring him down?" she asked, looking up to Sephira as she thought of Pier and Pre, telling her to judge each opponent carefully before taking a life. "Sounds fine by me."
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