“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.