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    Sure-footed, the Hierarch and the First Talon make a hasty advance to their destination, drawing as much shelter from the rain as they could under the occasional architectural barrier provided by a balcony.
    They're two hundred yards away from the finishing line when they catch sight of a couple. First a blur in the rain, then the distinct silhouettes of a hulking giant of a man and a lithe woman midpoint between the Diamond Mages and their end walking toward them.

    [-3 to mundane Perception checks unless a relevant spell or merit is in play]

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    "I...It's unsettling", an elegant woman in high heels stammers. All the color has been drained from her face, leaving a vapid pallor on her otherwise aristocratic high cheekbones. "We... we were too late", trembling like a leaf, she scoops closer to her bearded companion, sharing what little shelter the umbrella he's carrying provides. "It will be squarely pinned on us", she whispers while her right hand goes missing inside her Birkin bag.




    On his part, the towering giant of a man doesn't react as much as share a thuggish grunt and nod in response, more to his sophisticated companion's body-heat than her words. He angles the umbrella so she'll be covered more. She hated the rain, he didn't mind it.
    They're 60 yards away now, he can see those two despite the rain. Apparently neutrals, one surely as concerned with his wardrobe as his companion is, carrying something. The other... a body guard for the rich guy? It's then that a cascade of synapses flare in unison all along his brain. His lower body tenses. She probably feels the same, for she's slipped into her poker face. "Watch out, love. The sidewalk is all slippery", he says, circling her waist with his other arm and pulling her closer, a hand scrambling for something underneath her jacket. She nods, her free hand goes behind his back, while the other is still inside her bag. Friends or foes?
    Praise the Exarchs, blessed their names, for the practice of Veiling.









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    Alastor

    Practiced eyes worked over the area, checking for collateral dangers, for dangerous men on long rifles, for bombs planted, for whatever there may be to complicated whatever the hell this was. He could see in every direction, had the benefit of Space's enhanced perceptions , but still he could only see what was before them.

    He still was confused about why they were here, but he had one job. Keep Campanella alive. Easy enough, right?

    Probably right.

    Silently, he put his faith in Campanella and let the Heirarch's plan unfold.

      fail perception
    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-02-23 11:43:17 Alastor rolls 7 to Perception (penalties negated by appropriate sight/spatial map) (10 Again) 3, 7, 3, 3, 1, 7, 1 failure

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    Campanella
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    Health:
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    Armor 0
    Defense 2

    Vulgar +1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 3/1

    [2R] Analyze Artefact (Deep Scrutiny of Artefacts, Prolonged, 1 scene)
    [4R] Dark Matter (Matter Sight, Prolonged, 1 scene)
    [2R] One Mind, Two Thoughts (Prolonged, 1 scene)

    Tangled Threads

    Health:
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    Armor 4
    Defense 2

    Vulgar +1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 1/3


    [4] Aura Perception (Concentration, 1 scene)

    [5] Third Eye (Mind Sight, Prolonged, 1 scene)

    [2R] Unseen Aegis (Armor, 1 scene)

    (WP for Scrutiny)Willpower 1 Spent
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    Campanella notes the pair approaching through the dripping murk.

    He hunkers down into his coat, hair plastered to his face. He is Scrutinising them, of course, putting his faith in his Third Eye to hint at their secrets and provide any hint of the activities. They could be simply Sleepers caught in the rain - too close to his meeting for comfort. He could be forgiven for the harsh stare - he is sopping wet and out in a rainstorm; and they have an umbrella...


    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-02-24 00:01:46 Campanella to Scrutinise the mystery pair! rolls 9 to Intelligence + Occult (10 Again, WillPower) 5, 1, 1, 1, 6, 4, 7, 5, 3 failure
    2019-02-23 23:59:54 Campy to see through the rain rolls 2 to Wits + Composure - 3 Penalty (10 Again) 8, 5 1 success
           





    The glistening rain turns auric signatures into a fractured play of light. It is enough to throw him off.

    Glowering for an entirely different reason, he holds his nerve and keeps walking.

    Campy was hoping to get some idea on the pair's natures and identities. Oh well...
    Campanella|Moros|Mysterium
    Gnosis: 4
    Occult Skill: 3

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    Alastor: the Arrow might have mastered the brutal arithmetic of combat, but tonight the front-line of the battlefield is subterfuge. Perhaps it's the rain, perhaps it's the sensory overload stemming out of his omnivision. The truth is after all a slippery prey; it still stands however, that the telltale signs of two trained operatives just escaped his notice.
    The two couples are a few yards apart now. Under the pale light of a street lamp, the First Talon has a better angle on the strangers. The man is obviously built like a fighter, the woman, breathtaking as she is, has the graceful build of a ballerina.
    Their Auras? Light blue, with streaks of white and silver. Furthermore, the woman's own is tinged with hues of orange and dark blue, those last two signatures appear to be a lot more authentic than the rest. Unmistakably, they register as Sleepers.
    They are irrelevant to the mission.


    Campanella: His preternatural connection to the realm of death and matter alongside his forays in the more vulgar art of appraisal have left the Moros with an attentive mind for the detail.As the couple inches closer to the light, the Moros can finally make sense of the two strangers.
    The man is of stern stock, his intimidating frame and unruly appearance suggest a certain degree of martial prowess. Neither it should escape the Hierarch that the giant is dressed for practicality.
    On the other hand, the woman is the polar opposite of her companion. Not just for her striking beauty or the feline elegance of her movements. She's outfitted with taste, evident are the trappings of a wealth that could match the Hierarch's own, but there's more, an air of perfection washing her form as if every detail of her wardrobe and make-up were carefully ordered with millimetric precision, no blemish, no crease. From the engravings of the spider pin attached to the silk scarf draped around her neck, to the exotic shape of her gemstone earrings, everything is exactly where it should be. Such a faithfulness to the altar of symmetry is surprisingly holding true despite the weather, a remarkable feat of engineering far impressive than mere physical allure.
    The two groups reach a standstill, neither couple can advance without ceding space to the other.
    The Hierarch takes this chance to admire scrutinize the woman, the rain providing an adequate cover and justification for what would otherwise appear to the woman like yet another staring stranger.

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    "Figures, he's checking her out", the Giant mutters under his breath ready to jump like a coiled spring, but then the woman squeezes his arm, bringing him back into the ranks.
    She smiles at the Moros instead, pearly white under the pallid light of the street lamp, gracefully expecting the other two gentleman to be knightly about this encounter and make way to the specimen of the fairer gender.

      2 successes
    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-02-24 15:36:48 Giant rolls 7 to Perception (10 Again) 6, 10, 6, 3, 1, 5, 9, 1 2 successes

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    Campanella: Nothing even remotely hints at something else than the two strangers being more than sleepers. But between the past and the future, where he knows his mind is pushing to land this encounter into a river of forgetfulness, there is the present. And in the present, a gut feeling is trashing the Hierarch's thoughts, a battle between instinct and the empiricism of observation. Little signs, like the little red shimmer in the corner of his eye that probably wasn't just the flick of a dying neon light, or the feeling of deja-vu' for this woman, he just doesn't remember which one of his social circles had overlapped with hers in the past. Is she a high society debutante? An illustrious Hollywood producer, a famous stage actress, a ballet dancer?
    She's a celebrity no doubt about it. He wouldn't be surprised to have seen her on the cover of a Tatler or a Harper's Bazaar, yet the harder he tries to dig, the more his synapses push the train of thought toward a sea of noise.
    And then there's that strange spider pin alongside those gemstone earrings. Emeralds, rubies set over a frame of a strange shiny metal. Meaningless details, but the leaden coin knows that matter is never meaningless.

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    Suddenly, with a flawless pronunciation, the woman speaks, her voice soft against the loud thrumming of the rain, "Tas been a turbulent and stormy night. I have been in many; but such a nigh as this, Till now, I neer endured", another warm smile.A gloved hand tucks a strand of hair behind her ear, index finger touching the drop shaped earring, which seems to glisten against the LED light and rearrange its form if just for a second, "Good evening, it seems we weren't the only ones brave enough to challenge the deluge. In your case, even more so than us", she nods at the damp Moros before her gloved hand goes missing again inside the bag. At first she draws a compact, but then the soft leather glove emerges with a collapsible umbrella within its grasp, an exquisite piece of cabinetry, "You could borrow mine, if you so wish", she says amiably.

      6 successes
    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-02-24 15:49:43 Lady rolls 9 to Something (10 Again) 10, 1, 10, 10, 3, 4, 10, 7, 7, 9, 5, 6, 9 6 successes


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    Campanella
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    Health:
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    Armor 0
    Defense 2

    Vulgar +1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 3/1

    [2R] Analyze Artefact (Deep Scrutiny of Artefacts, Prolonged, 1 scene)
    [4R] Dark Matter (Matter Sight, Prolonged, 1 scene)
    [2R] One Mind, Two Thoughts (Prolonged, 1 scene)

    Tangled Threads

    Health:
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    Armor 4
    Defense 2

    Vulgar +1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 1/3


    [4] Aura Perception (Concentration, 1 scene)

    [5] Third Eye (Mind Sight, Prolonged, 1 scene)

    [2R] Unseen Aegis (Armor, 1 scene)

    (Campy thinks really hard...)Willpower 1 Spent
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    Campanella 'harrumphs' quietly as the rain pours down.

    "Ha! Yes. I guess we thought it would blow over. I swear it didn't look quite so terrible from behind glass."

    He bobbed his head and made a smile. Sleeper conversation - two pairs caught in the rain.

    "Oh no! Thank you but no. I'd have no way of returning it. Besides - it's only rain. Ever heard that some people walk in the rain; others simply get wet."

    A pause.

    "Ladies first. Please."

      
    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-02-26 02:24:56 Campy to be sneaky rolls 3 to Dexterity + Subterfuge (10 Again) 6, 7, 9 1 success

    Campanella moved to one side and gestures that the ballerina and her giant companion have right of way. Savvy watchers might note how she shuffled to one side: perfectly ordinary given the conditions - yet it would also put him in a good position for spell casting should the need suddenly arise. Something was off, but the Hierarch could not place it; could not place the woman whom he felt he should recognise but could not.

    The Moros' eyes linger on the hematite earrings, glistening in the prismatic rain.

      
    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-02-26 02:17:59 Campanella to Know Stuff of Importance rolls 6 to Intelligence + Occult - 3 penalty (10 Again, WillPower) 7, 6, 2, 2, 2, 7 failure
    2019-02-26 02:16:27 Campanella to know stuff! rolls 11 to Intelligence + Occult + Matter (10 Again) 4, 4, 6, 4, 2, 9, 8, 8, 2, 6, 10, 5 4 successes

    Going on ST advice, Campanella does not completely click that he is looking at Awakened. He will recognise the hematite but the spider motif is missed completely. He refuses the umbrella politely.
    Campanella|Moros|Mysterium
    Gnosis: 4
    Occult Skill: 3

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    The woman's smile almost reaches her alluring blue eyes, whether it is a sign of genuine appreciation for their gallantry or a disguise of her disappointment at the rebuffed offer, it's unsaid.
    "Chivalry isn't dead after all, thank you for your kindness. Don't worry, it's just an umbrella", she nods in acknowledgement, cutely tilting her head to the side. The spider pin and the hearrings glisten under the artificial light, taunting the onlookers. [Alastor: can roll Int + Occult - 3 to recognize the patterned Spider as a legacy yantra, 1 suxx needed, Campanella can roll willpower 1 suxx required, to be sure some of the details of this encounter won't be forgotten].
    Her hand will linger a few seconds longer, extending the umbrella and the implicit offer toward Alastor [Alastor: can roll perception on the umbrella], retreating inside her bag a few second afterwards with or without the accessory. The woman shuts her eyes for an instant and then, surprisingly to everybody but her, both the Pentacle mages' phones and the Giant's one will vibrate with a buzz.
    Campanella Alastor , if they choose to pick their phones, they'll read the following message from Kaze:



    <<"FYI Interference in the system. Trying to track the resistance and compensate.">





    "Yes", the Giant answers gruff into his iPhone before cutting the conversation, "too bad", then he looks at his companion.
    "Dinner is...", but he's stopped mid-sentence."I know", she says.

    "Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow", the woman quotes with a flawless accent, before the couple gracefully slips past the two Mages. After a few steps, she stops, turning her back again, "be careful". Unless stopped, they'll disappear into the night, just another casual encounter.

      5 successes
    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-02-26 09:40:41 Lady rolls 10 to Shakespare quote (10 Again) 8, 4, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 3, 1, 9, 8 5 successes
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    Alastor

    Alastor didn't touch his phone. He was too busy catching the fact that the spider was a Legacy Yantra. This was a Mage, regardless of how sneaky she was. Eyes flicked down to the umbrella --

      recognizes yantra, PER successful, will continue post when I see what I see
    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-02-26 21:41:55 Alastor rolls 7 to PER on umbrella (10 Again) 7, 7, 1, 9, 4, 7, 2 1 success
    2019-02-26 21:41:40 Alastor rolls 3 to Int + Occult - 3 (10 Again) 1, 2, 10, 8 2 successes

  15. #9
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    Health:
    Mana:
    WP:
    Armor 0
    Defense 2

    Vulgar +1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 3/1

    [2R] Analyze Artefact (Deep Scrutiny of Artefacts, Prolonged, 1 scene)
    [4R] Dark Matter (Matter Sight, Prolonged, 1 scene)
    [2R] One Mind, Two Thoughts (Prolonged, 1 scene)

    Tangled Threads

    Health:
    Mana:
    WP:
    Armor 4
    Defense 2

    Vulgar +1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 1/3


    [4] Aura Perception (Concentration, 1 scene)

    [5] Third Eye (Mind Sight, Prolonged, 1 scene)

    [2R] Unseen Aegis (Armor, 1 scene)

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    PRE

    Campanella squinted in the murky gloom and it wasn't all down to the inclement weather. He watched the pair vanish into the rain.

      
    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-03-02 02:48:45 Campy to Remember and Recall rolls 7 to Willpower (10 Again) 8, 9, 7, 3, 7, 9, 9 4 successes

    Grumbling sourly, he flicked Alastor a glance before hunkering down into his sodden coat and pressing on. Something irked him about the giant and his lady-like companion; something he could not quite put his finger on. The need to quote Shakespeare just felt... odd... coming from a Sleeper under their current circumstances. And try as he might he could not dismiss the flash of mana he spotted when the pair were first encountered.

    But for now the Hierarch had other matters to attend to.

    Sorry I missed this. For some reason I thought we were waiting on Vincent
    Campanella|Moros|Mysterium
    Gnosis: 4
    Occult Skill: 3

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    Alastor

    I am waiting on Vincent for results of the PER check before continuing with what I was posting, yes.

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