The more that she knew him, the more that she observed him, the less Faith cared for Hikaru. He seemed rather false to her, like he was saying one thing but meaning another and she didn't like that, not one little bit. If there was something fundamental to the diminuitive human woman, it was that she was honest and upfront and anything else, especially in relation to the people here, the people in Beacon and so on, anything else was very tricky. She worked with some of the most vulnerable on Scalvoris, and she couldn't bring herself to shake this feeling with him.
The more that he spoke, the worse it got.
"Isonomia didn't free the slaves," Faith said with a smile. "We have been working with them, but the Council for Scalvoris passed the law, when the Councillor for Welfare proposed it. Me." Looking at him, her gaze was calm and she listened to what he had to say. He spoke about Isonomia, about what he wanted to do and how he might work with the Merchants' Guild to help people learn a trade and Faith's eyebrow raised. Just a touch. Barely noticeable, but Padraig would know it, of course. The disciplined young woman kept a careful, neutral expression on her face and she waited until he asked her what she thought.
"I think you do not understand what Isonomia does," she said, honestly. "Let me explain it to you." This restaurant, she said, Cally's, was an exclusive, high end restaurant. It charged premium prices. "When we started, I bought the restaurant, and four houses. Eight trainees. Alongside the usual staff, the trainees were given a place to live, clothes to wear and food to eat. They were chosen from the poorest in Scalvoris." She looked at him with very calm eyes which were silver and deep ruby red. "I am a member of the Merchants Guild in very good standing. Those contacts have been invaluable. Those trainees, once they were fit enough to, worked. They learned a trade. After they were able to go into the world and fend for themselves, with their own skills, then they left the houses and they were replaced." She gestured to the now rather large village close by - the village called Beacon. "That village there, that is now where the trainees live. Over a hundred at any time. Three farms, a vineyard, livestock and produce, the restaurant. Oh, and a soup kitchen and orphanage." She had an unwavering gaze when she spoke.
"Giving a hand out helps someone until that handout is used up. Truly helping people means empowering them." Her natural expression seemed to be to smile, she certainly did it easily. "The Merchants' Guild works closely with us, to help those people who leave here. By then, those people are fit, healthy and skilled and able to contribute to society and the economy."
Picking up a sheaf of papers, Faith busied herself for a moment and then, unconsciously, she touched her wedding ring before she spoke. "You do not approve of the freeing of the slaves?" She seemed interested, in truth, to what his answer to her question would be. Was she judging him right? She thought so. "Why?"
OOC Note Hi there! Just to let you know, I'm not deliberately power playing. Faith has the following Detection capstone.
Insight: Faith's awareness of the world around her has increased to the point that she begins to be able to see and sense nuances in a way which might seem to be beyond human but is, in fact, very clear attention to minute detail. Like the modern day "Neuro-Linguistic Programming", and in conjunction with her high psychology skill, Faith has learned to read people. We tend to look in a particular direction when lying, another when remembering, pupils dilate when we recognise something and contract when we are afraid and so on. Her attention to non-verbal cues is such that she has developed a remarkable insight for what people are genuinely thinking and feeling, rather than what they are presenting to the world.
In practice, what this means is that Faith will have an excellent insight into the thoughts and emotions of those she meets. The longer she knows them, the more she gets to know their individual quirks, but upon first meeting she can gain a sound grasp of someone's reaction. It could easily be mistaken for Empathy or Attunement, but it is not as powerful as either of those.