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    Jacque's Avatar
    New ID (Alexander Krait)
    Jack
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    Jacque
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    Goes by Jack. Has never introduced himself to anyone as Jacque.

    Educated, scholarly, lawyer, scientist.
    Jack's outward demeanor and tone are a baseline of respectful and calculated.

    He actively debates, persuades, negotiates and even at time tries to intimidate, as core skills of any lawyer worth his salt.

    (Political Savages)Vitae 1 Spent
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    He wasn't sure if Garrett knew that Vivian York owned the Smoke and Glass, but frankly he didn't really care. If he did, he'd likely recognize a healthy rapport with Vivian and if he didn't, Jacque had a safety net if the night went as foul as the trend had been. Tonight's conversation partner had already proved once to be well spoken and perhaps even understood Jacque so he was hopeful. That being said, he was skeptical that he'd see things from Jacque's perspective on this matter if it meant going against the opinion of his blood. Still, instructions were given to tell the host his name. From there, the Savage would be escorted to private room in the lower level.

    Once at the private accommodations, the Host clicked a button on the outside of the door. She waited until a light turned on and then opened it, indicating to the man he was free to enter. There had been no noise coming through the door or walls before the door was opened. Inside, there was a round corner booth with an 80's playlist going. There were a few other lounge chairs along the side of one wall, the other side had a long conference room table with seating for twenty or so. It was dim and lit for ambiance.

    The Lord would just be moving to stand from the seat in greetings to his guest. Jacque was wearing a black tie with a cognac colored paisley vest, particularly chosen due to brown base but gold sheen. He was Blushed since there would be occasional encounters with the kine.

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  2. #2
    Garrett Prosper's Avatar
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    Garrett Prosper
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    Garrett Prosper arrives on time, dressed casually with a suit jacket thrown on as an afterthought. Vivian York had told him of her establishment, but he had not actually checked it out until now. He smiles to the hostess as she leads him into some kind of murder chamber. A flash of extreme deja vu causes him to blink, before a much larger space was revealed. He cocked his head, taking in the music he didn't expect, nor had listened to in a while. It takes him another moment to lock onto Jacque once he started moving, Beast quiet as usual and causing his own to pace. Garrett offered a fanged grin at the Lord. "You finally gave me an excuse to come here," he chuckled, "How have you been, Jack?" He wasn't sure if the gold and brown combo was some kind of gesture about their Clan relations, but Prosper wasn't Invictus, nor did the Savage choose to overthink it.

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  3. #3
    Jacque's Avatar
    New ID (Alexander Krait)
    Jack
    Striking Looks
    (Handsome)
    Presence
    (Credence)
    Mask of Tranquility
    Jacque
    Behavior

    Goes by Jack. Has never introduced himself to anyone as Jacque.

    Educated, scholarly, lawyer, scientist.
    Jack's outward demeanor and tone are a baseline of respectful and calculated.

    He actively debates, persuades, negotiates and even at time tries to intimidate, as core skills of any lawyer worth his salt.

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    Jacque's beast stirred with anger at the thin blooded presence as it entered the room. Pushing the primal urges back he chuckled in return to the statement, "Well that's no good. Hopefully Vivian won't be sore for my robbing her of your first experience here."

    "As well as could be expected," he mentions flatly as he looks to the host and then back to Garrett, "If you know what you'd like we could order the first round now before we get settled in." He quietly admired the dress of the young looking savage. He was somehow always the sharpest looking one.
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  4. #4
    Garrett Prosper's Avatar
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    Garrett tilted his head and regarded the host, "Reccomend something," he said to the Ventrue, curious on what his guess would be. It wasn't a trap; Prosper drank anything. Still, it was fun to see what he would do.

    Once they're alone, the Savage looked around and back to Jacque, seeing if he would indicate somewhere before he picked a perch himself.

    "Politics aside, you settling okay? I have not heard from you since our outing and April."
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  5. #5
    Jacque's Avatar
    New ID (Alexander Krait)
    Jack
    Striking Looks
    (Handsome)
    Presence
    (Credence)
    Mask of Tranquility
    Jacque
    Behavior

    Goes by Jack. Has never introduced himself to anyone as Jacque.

    Educated, scholarly, lawyer, scientist.
    Jack's outward demeanor and tone are a baseline of respectful and calculated.

    He actively debates, persuades, negotiates and even at time tries to intimidate, as core skills of any lawyer worth his salt.

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    Jacque relaxed and grinned as one of his favorite games was turned on him. "Gin?" Of course gin. Not that it wasn't all tasteless echos of their former lives anyway. Looking to the hostess, "Sakura Martinis followed by a round of The Last Word." Irony always tasted best. Or bitter.

    As the door closes behind her, Jacque moves back to the corner booth while gesturing to one side, "Please, make yourself comfortable." Waiting for Garrett to begin sitting before he slides to a seat, "Politics aside would make for quite a brief conversation. I've nearly been consumed with the constant cycle of spats leaving little time for anything else." He looks off to the small section of dance floor, "Tonight is a welcome change of pace." He hoped at least.

    Resting his gaze back on Garrett and folding his hands under his chin, "How about yourself? Any new adventures for Herr Bimbo or has the persona been kept locked up as of late?"
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  6. #6
    Garrett Prosper's Avatar
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    "Adventures?" Prosper thinks on it, "Stopped Hunter weapons from being circulated by Echelon to the public, saw the sunrise, unlocking the chains of the Beast; you know, Dragon stuff." His attention drifts to and through Jacque, eyes pinning one something unseen.

    "I have not really had time to screw around with the Kine. I have my own duties to my covenant, and had to put things to bed with Simmons, and stop starving Kindred from doing something desperate," his smile is thin. "Lina has me running around organizing defenses for the Domain, why not add another headache?"
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    Jacque's Avatar
    New ID (Alexander Krait)
    Jack
    Striking Looks
    (Handsome)
    Presence
    (Credence)
    Mask of Tranquility
    Jacque
    Behavior

    Goes by Jack. Has never introduced himself to anyone as Jacque.

    Educated, scholarly, lawyer, scientist.
    Jack's outward demeanor and tone are a baseline of respectful and calculated.

    He actively debates, persuades, negotiates and even at time tries to intimidate, as core skills of any lawyer worth his salt.

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    Jacque listens and his smile fades briefly, "Quite busy indeed." The lingering thought about the weapons still haunted him. He really needed to get back to the lab for more research on the toxin. Settlement with the Harpy was good, then there was the possible reference to Arturo.

    "Another headache?" A signal came from the door that a server was there with their drinks. The Lord leaned over and hit the button at the back of the booth for the door to be unlocked. Darting in with drinks quickly, she placed each glass in front of Garrett and Jacque with a quick nod of her head. Then, she left through the door and it locked again behind her.

    "Is that where I come in?" the Lord wasn't offended in the least. The shitstorms over the months all had repercussions that resonated through the nights. He lifted the glass up to his lips as he listened for the response.
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  8. #8
    Garrett Prosper's Avatar
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    Prosper thanked the server, tracking as she darted. He blinked his attention back to the Lord, barely stifling a chuckle at the resignation. "Okay, so you are like," he holds up both hands and drops one lower, "down here when it comes to issues. From what I can tell, you are just a gentleman who arrived in Sacramento looking to indulge the open door policy between the mysterious covenants. Pushy, but that is not a trait that ever set me off. Now you have a position with your Clan, and a title under the Prince, which places responsibility in your lap." The Savage's eyes pin momentarily, "I separate these two things? You have have noticed I tend to stress test those who wish to hold authority and I see them slipping," he takes a drink, "Call it a check-in. It was a hard lesson to experience the last time I did not. Mable and I get along fine now that she does not call herself Alpha when none of the Savages respected the fact, and the Domain was snickering at us. I will never like Simmons. She disgusts me to my core, for personal reasons. However, a working relationship was established in which I was satisfied with the function."

    He pauses so he doesn't ramble, focusing on the sharp essence from the juniper. Prosper usually set his throat on fire with whiskey, but it was the thin veneer of humanity that Kindred played with when indulging the echo of something they would just vomit later when the jig was up. "Your situation is a stack of social factors. That is the funny thing about me: I do not deal with politics, I just move with people and fundamentally understand the Beast. So, instead of me launching into things that is simply going to put you on the defensive and prompt a pedantic assessment that, frankly, does not change anything and will cause my brain to glaze...can you tell me what you think is going on? I need to know what your experience and lens when it comes to Kindred. Not just the well behaved ones."

    As Jacque speaks, the Savage appears to pay closer attention to cues, the words becoming a passive part of the assessment.
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    Date Action Roll Result
    2019-06-21 16:58:27 Garrett Prosper rolls 9 to watch Jacque's body language and tone for more context (Wits + Empathy) (10 Again, WillPower) 6, 1, 3, 9, 1, 3, 1, 9, 8 3 successes



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  9. #9
    Jacque's Avatar
    New ID (Alexander Krait)
    Jack
    Striking Looks
    (Handsome)
    Presence
    (Credence)
    Mask of Tranquility
    Jacque
    Behavior

    Goes by Jack. Has never introduced himself to anyone as Jacque.

    Educated, scholarly, lawyer, scientist.
    Jack's outward demeanor and tone are a baseline of respectful and calculated.

    He actively debates, persuades, negotiates and even at time tries to intimidate, as core skills of any lawyer worth his salt.

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    Jacque drummed his fingers lightly against the base of the glass as he contemplated his response. A curious thing lingered in his ear about him not dealing with politics. He certainly would have lost that bet if the words were true. A faint twitch of his brow likely hinted his skepticism on the subject. It didn't really matter if it was true or not though.

    "It was amusing..." he started slowly as he adjusted in his seat. "The surprise that I felt in the Kindred of this Domain to learn of a Lord who could hide his Beast. I learned out of necessity. The things we are..." his eyes drift off with a sense of regret that flush over his features.

    "I like conversation. I could listen to another person talk for as long as they desired to. I can be certainly pushy as you noticed with questions but I try to warn companions of such gluttony." He grins quietly, "But that's not what you asked, I suppose."

    "I abhor politics, but it all comes down to a single point in time. I was content until I chose to speak my mind instead of quietly observing the Danse play out before me." Mimicking the hand gestures Prosper made, "Whether I'm a threat or simply an inconvenient nuisance I drew a significant amount of attention that night for better and worse. I alienated my blood as a result of a disagreement on approach and everyone else seems eager for their turn to measure me up for size." He sighs, "I was rusty and consequently reckless in my approach. Everything afterwards feels like aftershocks from that same point in time."

    Please let me know if you need any further details from your roll. I attempted to place it in the narration as opposed to itemizing a list.

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  10. #10
    Garrett Prosper's Avatar
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    Garrett nodded, listening until the Lord is finished. "They unfortunate thing is that we can always pretend we are neutral, but the fact of the matter is that such a position does not exist. Anywhere, for any species. If you stand silent, others will project a position onto you, that is how social contracts work when we enter society," he breaks it down in a way he appears unaware of the implied condescension. Either Prosper is assuming Jacque is young, or he sees himself as far more experienced, but the malicious edge of competition is absent from what he would have clearly witnessed in Court. "The second you held Title, that comes with responsibility and attachments to what that position means and who gave it to you. As Priscus, I am responsible for my own Clansmen acting out of line, and as a Deputy, there is now a higher standard for me to participating in policing the Domain. Power has costs, the question you ask yourself is what amount of of struggle are you willing to put up with. There is a reason I barely draw attention with my Beast. I chose to focus my Requiem in such a way that my peers do not freeze in fear when I get out of my chair," he tilted his head, "But that does not mean I have not been doing this for a long time, and can project pieces months in advance without a second thought." He is quiet on the man's regret of their Curse. Prosper had no reference point to what that regret would feel like at this point; having never really lived to understand the loss until a shallow reminder through the body of another. The fact that Jack barely registered what it meant to see the sun told him this wasn't a dream yet.

    "I keep having this conversation. With all if you," he sounded exasperated. "When I spoke with your cousin, we came to an understanding that the Kindred of Sacramento lack experience in the arenas we come from. I am not dismissing your intelligence, Jack, I am just trying to understand what kind of Kindred I am dealing with. Have you ever been in a war? Have you ever had to negotiate for your life? Have you even lost control of yourself since your last Sleep? Have you ever even been in Topor? You get along with Kindred fine, you are just trying to please individuals you have no business in trying to relate to, from my perspective. That is not a fault of your intent, it is simply a lack of forethought. You see yourself trying to understand and forge an alliance with individuals too stunted to negotiate with reason. I see very jaded monsters getting frustrated with a softer predator dismissing their viciousness as inconsequential."
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