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Post  Malakiel on Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:42 am

The limousine arrived to the Trump Tower basement, the bulding security was impressive. After the last events the Clan had set several rings of surveillance, inner circle were kindreds mostly in the internal part of the building, around it ghouls that might have been expoused to Matheus trickery and subsequently mercs hired from trustworthy security companies of the city.

As Star went in the longest the weapons, from pistols in the outter ring to M16 in the middle. Count Hayworth and Lady von Baden took Rebecca to one elevator and used a special key and retine identification to be allow below the eight basement of the tower.

The first chamber was three floors tall, walls and floor completely made of marble, mostly pink and white. Outside, the elevator gate was inserted in a bigger frame, ten feet tall at least. Before the elevator was a huge golden pillar of twenty feet in diameter, made our of pure gold, polished to an extreme, to be the largest gold mirror in existance. Between the elevator pit and the cylinder was another huge golden frame with a banner on it that reads 'abandon all hope ye who enter here' a quote from the Divine Comedy.

Cylindrical as it was the images in it were deformed by its strange shape and material.


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Post  Star on Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:02 am

Star took note of the added security and was very impressed with how fancey everything looked.
She has not seen so much luxurious as this that seemed fit for kings or royalty.
The strange gold puller caught her eye and she couldn't help but wonder just how much something this this cost.

Star was in awe of the large mirror's splender. Star gave slight hesitation as she preceded foward for fear crossed her mind, as she knows that both The Count and Lady Victoria would see her monstrous reflection for the 1st time. Star hoped it would not catch them off guard, and she was a little concerned for others seeing her like people would have in the mall.

//abandon all hope ye who enter here' a quote from the Divine Comedy.

Star read this and thought that it seemed fitting somehow knowing she could not hide the beast in her reflection. If the Ventrue thought that the gangrel were savage, wait till they see Star's refection looking back at them.

Star gave a sigh and preceded forward with the elders

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Post  Malakiel on Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:20 pm

Star faced the Mirror of Truth and her reflection was anything but what she expected...

Her golden reflection was polychromic, mostly like she was made of an strange material that reflected light ackwardly, most colours were not just on her image but around her, like a visible aura of sorts. As she walks around the cylinder a trace of colours was left behind each taking form on its own, like a myst inside the mirror.

The first image was unsettling enough a grey myst in human shape around a pink one, like the grey was a vampire feeding on the pink one resulting in a red stream of smoke going downwards, whirling. The second image was even more unsettling a group of grey images, four in total, all with red smoky eyes charging against a white smoke building crushing several other blue-ish grey figures and eventually surrounding one of those blueish, dismembering it and then pushing it inside of Star, until the white smoke goes completely into her reflection leaving nothing but threads of black smoke behind.

Again the smoke swirls and spins like a light game or shadow play, until a white becon of white light reflection vanishes the grey smoky reflections leaving only the original reflection. Around it a green bright light takes human shape and cuddles her, protects her...

By this point she finishes to go around of the huge pillar to be left in front of another corridor, again about ten feet tall, making her feel diminutive. Star was being followed by the Counts, he touches the mirror with his forehead before starting to walk and his reflection stays normal all the way, such as with Lady Victoria.


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Post  Star on Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:59 pm

Star- stood in silence looking at the strange images in the reflection of the mirror. She paused, trying to ponder their meaning as they unfolded in front of her eyes. She seemed confused and not quite sure of what she was looking at it first. She expected to see her reflection, that of the Monstrous Beast inside her. But instead she saw a display of colors of smoke and Lights dance around taking form. As the scene played out and strange images she felt she had some sort of connection too, but couldn't quite place a finger on their meaning.

She wondered just who the four figuers were, and what they were supposed to represent. She wondred what were they doing to her, what had they taken and placed in her. She wondered if these Reflections had any meeting at all. Or perhaps it was just her own imagination trying to give the definition to the things she saw, Kind of like how someone would stare up at the sky on a warm Summer's Day and try to pick out discernible images among the clouds.

Star didn't know, but the images seemed very haunting and unsettling in a way. And she looked to the two elders to see if they saw the same as she did or their reflection gave away images of Their Own. When she realized that there images of their reflection were the same as she would expect them to be, Star felt even a little bit more unsettled.

She pondered the meaninging again over the images before moving forward with the group.

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"umm... Count Hayworth, Lady Victoria ... .. What's with the strange mirror.?
Do it always to that?... or is it just some kind of parlor trick for theatrical effect?"

Star I'm finally had to ask

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Post  Malakiel on Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:27 pm

"umm... Count Hayworth, Lady Victoria ... .. What's with the strange mirror.?
Do it always to that?... or is it just some kind of parlor trick for theatrical effect?"

Lady Victoria was the first to talk.
"It's call the Mirror of Truth... it shows the story of anyone that passes by and it's aura to the deepest meaning. It's a powerful magical weapon that can help us distinguish friend from foe and vampires from everything else."

The Count nods and the troope continues to walk into the Stone Garden. A huge room full with enormous statues of a greek or roman style. The white stone contraste with the black rectangular pillars. Giants trapped in time by the powerful Medussa.


At a distance a man wearing a full plate armor with no helmet was stareing at the group. Victoria whispered to Rebecca.
"That's is the Keeper of this Elysium, he's the gatekeeper that allows any and all kindreds, even if they're invited by the Prince Sir James Gunn has the last word on the subject."


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Post  Star on Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:21 pm

It's call the Mirror of Truth... it shows the story of anyone that passes by and it's aura to the deepest meaning. It's a powerful magical weapon that can help us distinguish friend from foe and vampires from everything else."
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" The Mirror of Truth huh?.. strange things I saw...were strange...  "

Star tried to contemplate this meaning and remembered the night of her " recruitment" into the Sabbat and then nights later the initiation into her pack to which she was forced to do an unspeakable Act on another Kindred.

Star quickly shut up after that thought  hit her mind.
<sh!t>

Star didn't know if that was what the mirror was depicting or not, or it anyone seen it other than herself. but she didn't want to think about it. She quickly pushed everything out of her mind and proceeded forward very quietly.


She took odd notice of the man in full plate armor and thought he looked more out of place then she did.
< full plate armor ??? Jezzzus wouldn't SWAT tactical gear be more practical ? At least you have pockets.>
Star thought to herself.

That's is the Keeper of this Elysium, he's the gatekeeper that allows any and all kindreds, even if they're invited by the Prince, Sir James Gunn has the last word on the subject."
Star tilted her head.
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" I see.."
<So that's what this place is, Elysium.
And he is the keeper huh?.... Humm Sir Gunn..
I've heard  this man's name before, pretty much a bad ass... though to be quite honest this man looks more like a Siegfried to me >


Star remained quiet and respectful as they approached

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Post  Malakiel on Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:55 pm

Count Hayworth knocked his heels and Lady Victoria crouched like a lady pulling her dress up in a very elegant way. David is the first to say.
"Good evening Sir Gunn. We've been summoned by his majesty Prince Bright. This kindred is Rebecca Garrison, an special guest for the Board meeting tonight."

Gunn looks down on Star and says.
"Good evening to thee. The board meeting is yet to start Count Hayworth, you have arrived early."

Victoria is the one answering.
"Sir Gunn, Keeper of the Elysium. We must make preparations to present his majesty's guest before the Gerousia. Please allow us into the social chamber."

Gunn nods.
"Very well Harpy von Baden, as usual all thy weapons should beest handed to mine Aedil. thou art allowed into the Ivory Tower. Godspeed."

Formal bows are made on the way out to the other side of the huge Stone Garden. Walking through this gigantic oversized room really made Star feel diminutive.

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Post  Star on Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:09 pm

Star gave a respectful bow following suit, though it was far more of a manly or military bow, than a lady would.
When Sir Gunn looked star over she felt a little intimidated by the great man, but tried to hold her head high. She did believe herself to be a Ventrue after all .

Star followed suit again with the formal bows and follows The Elders through the stone Garden.
Star followed in step, feeling out of place and awkward. She asked...

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"Lady Victoria, Lord Count? Is there anything that I need to be made aware of prier to this meeting?... Codes of conduct or what not?
I desperately need to make a good impression, and I don't wish to faulter. "

Star said meekly, trying not to let any feelings of inadequacy do to her surroundings effect her state of mind.




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Post  Malakiel on Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:36 pm

"Lady Victoria, Lord Count? Is there anything that I need to be made aware of prier to this meeting?... Codes of conduct or what not?
I desperately need to make a good impression, and I don't wish to faulter. "
Victoria cuts the question with a sharp tone of voice.
"You can trust us fledgeling. You will be ready."

At the end of the Stone Garden was a woman standing in her office clothes. She smiled at the crew and said.
"Good evening Count, my Lady. Welcome to the Ivory Tower."

Victoria answers.
"Good evening Lady Herbert, it's a pleasure to meet you again. Allow me to introduce Miss Rebecca Garrison, a guest tonight in the Elysium."

Lady Herbert said.
"Aedil of Security Ann Herbert at your service Miss Garrison. Welcome to the Ivory Tower.

My Lady von Baden, Count Hayworth, Miss Garrison... forgive me but are you carrying any weapons tonight?"


Hayworth replied.
"Lady Herbert none of us is carrying a weapon tonight."

She smiles and says.
"Very well my Lord. Please continue, have the most pleasant night."

Another elevator with so much detail and exquisite art in it's design that seemed to be crafted by hand, piece by piece. Like a golden cage descending into the ground. While on the short trip to the next floor, Lady von Baden says to Star.
"The Trump tower has 78 conference rooms between the hotel and the main building, most of the them are used by the kindred on regular basis to have many kinds of meetings. Also are 12 event rooms all connected to the Atrium for Grand Galas and other crowded events.

However the Prince has decided to use the lower Royal Chamber, usually reserved for the Primogen Council to have their gathering but given the circumstances his Majesty has extremed all security measures."

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Post  Star on Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:58 pm

Victoria cuts the question with a sharp tone of voice.
"You can trust us fledgeling. You will be ready."
Star gave a nod and trusted in the Elders, she figured they also had a stake in wanting her to be successful this evening.

Star greeted Lady Herbert with a respective bow.
Aedil of Security Ann Herbert at your service Miss Garrison. Welcome to the Ivory Tower.
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"It is a pleasure Lady Herbert, thank you. "

Star kept mostly quiet after this, she was still a bit in awe of her surroundings. Being that she was some middle class turned drug dealer from the streets she never thought she would actually be stepping foot in Trump Towers of all places in New York.

As lady Victoria spoke to Star on their short trip,  she remained quiet , listening to her words and tentatively and gave polite nod of understanding.

Star thought about all the added security measures. The Trump Towers could perform. She doubt it very much that the Sword would strike here, though she did remember them looking for away to strike at a place called Elysium, though from her knowledge nothing ever came of this.

At least she felt that she would not have to be fighting werewolves tonight, though facing the Kindred of the Board might be just as scary or even more so especially in light of the recent dealings with the Primogen and the "Snob" Kings.

Facing a room of those people who held the fate of her own un-life in their hands was not something that she was looking forward to. She knew she was a Ventrue, BUT what if the Snobs wanted to sabotage that for her just so Lord Valentine would not have another Knight in his Arsenal. This fear lingered in the back of Star's mind.

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Post  Malakiel on Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:10 pm

The lower level could be seen all the way throught a glass and golden cage around the descending elevator, looking a complex pattern on the floor and over it a huge elliptical black wood table of about twenty yards long.


Around the main room were several doors, each one closed. Once they were on the ground the troop went to one on the left side, behind the elevator. It was a social room, full with luxurious couches and carpets in all walls. The floor was made of wood as well as the main room with a beautiful brown and gold pattern.

Inside was another kindred, wearing a pale pink dress with embroidments and brooches, very beautiful. She had her blonde hair done in a high beautiful headdress, both hands on her lap, one on top of the other. She seemed like a picture, a work of art, more beautiful than any human could achieve and even more graceful.

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Post  Star on Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:48 pm

Star remained quiet as she made her way though the building. The more she saw the more she felt underdressed and out of place. She marved at the Security in architecture of the building, as well as the luxury of it all. Star wonders why it was all necessary, but just figured the Ritch simply show off their wealth to each other. This is something Star knew she might never understand, after all there is only so much money a lowlife drug dealer can make on the streets. Which made star start to think about how she was going to earn a living after all this was over. Surely she could not "mooch" off the good charity of Lord Valentine for the rest of her nights
Though Star didn't have time to think about this now, she had to first secure that she would actually have more nights to come.

Star was quiet when they entered the Social Room, Star was still very much impressed by the luxury of the place.
She looked at the woman in pink, indeed she was very beautiful. Though star started to wonder if only beautiful people were chosen to be kindred. From those she has seen so far, majority of them had be quite fetching or have some strange inhuman allure to them like Lord Valentine, and Lady Valery. Though aesthetically she much preferred a man like Phillip, with his hard combative scars.

Star nodded politely to the woman as the groups path crossed hers.

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Post  Malakiel on Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:17 pm

Victoria takes the lead and says.
"Lady Martha Ekindatter, Questor of Elephants, allow me to introduce Miss Rebecca Garrison, guest of his majesty Prince Michael Bright."

Martha stands up graciously and crouch before the recently arrived.
"My Lady Victoria, Praetor of Insurances. My Lord, Count David, I'm most grateful to see you again. After I heard what happend to the Chess Club, I could only fear the worst but trusting on your might to overpower our enemies."

Count Hayworth said.
"My Lady Ekindatter, it's was not an easy task but the Chess Club is safe. Thanks to the effort and sacrifice of many, among them, this kindred. Please help us, she needs to be ready for the hearing before the Board."

Victoria replies.
"She has no time to learn but per haps with your help she can be ready."

Martha looks at the both of them, alterning her gaze from one to the other, confused.
"My Elders, what exactly are you asking me to do?"

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Post  Star on Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:40 pm

Lady Martha Ekindatter, Questor of Elephants
<wait.. What?... Questor of Elephants?? ... Elephants? .... Um..OK is that a thing?>
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" It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance Lady Ekinsatter."
Star bowed to the woman respectively.

Star smiled and kept her demeanor polite and silent as the elders spoke and dessuced what was to be done
My Elders, what exactly are you asking me to do?"

<yeah... What are you asking her to do?>


Star questioned, she knew enough to be quiet around elders, to mind her words and to only speak once spoken too. What else could she need to know to prepare herself, all she needs is a better outfit and a hairbush, and maybe some makeup.

Star still felt the sting of her injuries, she hadn't quite notice just how bad they might have been and hoped that the bandages that she was given the hospital held her together. She was feeling a lot better thanks the healing of the strange Doctors.
Star decided to push the vitality through her system and heal her body enough to function normally, but she was very aware of her hunger and didn't want to risk agitating the Beast in front of the prince or the board of Kings.


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Post  Malakiel on Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:50 am

Hayworth and Victoria stayed in silence looking intensely at Martha. She cowed back looking alternativetely to the both Elders and she said a second later.
"Are you asking me to Link her? but Lord, Lady... wouldn't that be..." she lower her voice to the lowest and said "cheating...?"

Lady Victoria said.
"Nonesense! The Primogen is been clear. He wants Rebecca to be presented before the Gerousia to regularize her position before the Clan. It's our duty to make her presentable.

Failing the rituals and protocols would founder the presentation and trash our intent to complete the primogen's orders. Is it not?"


Martha nods and replies.
"Yes indeed but... isn't that the point to present a kindred when is ready?"

Count Hayworth said.
"The Primogen knows Miss Garrison and it's well aware that she hasn't gone through the Agoge yet. Also, it is our Prince the one asking for her, as head of the Gerousia but it was our Primogen the one including her Presentation in the agenda before we got the chance to prepare her, overriding Lord Valentine's right as her Host."

As the plot against Star is unfolded before Martha's eyes she assests rapidly the situation and narrows her eyes dispising the Primogen's attempt to humilliate the Fledgeling and Lord Valentine in front of the Gerousia. Her eyes were blazzing, certainly she had strong feelings about the situation.

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Post  Star on Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:26 pm

As Count Hayworth and Lady Victoria stayed in silence looking intensely at Lady Martha, Star remained in silence and felt the tension in the room thicken.

Are you asking me to Link her? but Lord, Lady... wouldn't that be..." // "cheating...?"
<uh?... Linking?... What the he is that?>
Star questioned to herself.

Star listened carfuly, indeed her fears about this rushed presentation were true. In light of last nights attack and her lack of propper training it all should have been postponed. There was a plot against her to fail, To humiliate her and deny her of her blood's right. This Star was sure of now.

<The Primogen wanted me humileated! Wanted to prove im nothing more than a worthless Anitribu or worse Catiff street trash! .... Fuck him! >

<Could the Primogen hate Lord Valentine so much that he would deny me my chance to be accepted as part of the clan just so Lord Valentine would not have another Knight at his disposal?....
Or worse discredit me in such a way as to not be a asset between the Alliance between the Ventrue and the Gangrel...
What a Asshole... i knew I was right... Anything to sabotage the Alliance and discredit Lord Valentine and our Prince.>

This thought angered Star, yet she remained respectively silent.

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Post  Malakiel on Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:59 pm

Martha says.
"My Elders, it will be my honour.

Miss Garrison, please pay attention to what I am about to explain you...

The process of Linking with someone is an uncommon way to conceive Auxpex and Dominate as one, you may not know much about these but I'll tell you that by focusing the power of my blood on you I'll be able to transmit my abilities, granting you my mannerisms and social awarness as you had my experiences and knowledges.

You'll need to drink from my blood for this to work and then I'll perform a small ritual to imprint what I've accomplished as a Harpy for a very short time. Hopefully it will endure enough for your presentation.

Would you concur?"

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Post  Star on Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:51 pm

Star listened carefully as Lady Ekinsatter explained what she was going to do. Star was hesitate after hearing the details, not because of the reason of drinking another Kindred's blood like most Kindred might. It was more of the alteration to her mind Star was uncontrollable with.

Star looked at both the Elders with some apprehension. But she calmed her fears and remembered Lady Victoria's words..
""You can trust us fledgeling. You will be ready."''
Star takes solace in the Lady's words. She would have to trust, too much was riding on her to be successful. Not only was Star's future was at stake but also the Alliance. She could not fail.

Would you concur?"
Star gave a nod
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" Yes Lady Ekinsatter, i trust in my Elder's judgment. There is more at steak then just my own future here and I am willing to do what is needed to succeed.
Star said readying herself for what ever was to come.


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Post  Malakiel on Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:10 pm

The ritual's preparation were swift, Lady Victoria went to fetch a very fine bohemia crystal cup, where Martha will pour her vitae later in. She told Star to sit in the couch while Lady Victoria and her completed the preparations. Count Hayworth was sitting in the couch also, looking at the Harpies preparing everything, it was a familiar scene for him that took him back to his days as a farmer outside Salem where he used to sneak on witches' rituals, he smiled to himself just remembering that he did it just to see some boobs, what a way to get one self into trouble.

Martha sat in front of Rebecca holding the cup in front of her and using her fang as a knife she opened her vein to let the kindred's blood pour inside, slowly staining the crystal. She was very focused on the process and then without saying a word she licked her own wrist and offered the cup to Star saying.
"Drink my soul"

Star saw the kindred's blood in the bottom of the cup, waiting to be drinked.

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Post  Star on Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:25 pm

Star watched the two harpies work, her eyes darted back and forth between the ladies and the Count.
Star was not 100% sure what all they were doing, but she had to trust that this was what was necessary.
Star remained calm and silent.... Until the lady Ekinsatter spoke and presented her with the cup, to which she became a bit uneasy.

"Drink my soul"
<.... Does she have to say it like that?...>
Star thought as the Lady's words reminded her of the horrible act of drinking the soul of a dismembered kindred last month.

Star was slightly uneasy, but she pushed her emotions aside and took the Crystal Glass in hand, she swerld the blood around like a fine wine then drank it deeply without hesitation.

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Post  Malakiel on Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:37 pm

A rush of emotions that were very familiar for Star, reminding her of the Diablery she commited against one of the Camarilla after the Assault on Albany. Per haps a friend of Ruth, may be a comrade of the Count or per haps Lord Valentine's Child. The sensation of having someone's soul within... having his memories, his life, penetrating deeply in Star's psyque, thousands of images, countless hours of practice and feelings, sensations, motions, millions of times rehearsed until perfection was achieved, all that assaulted Rebecca's interior, transforming her mind and body.


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Post  Star on Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:01 pm

Star knew this feeling, this taste, these emotions, they were all too familiar in a way. She could not help herself but think back to the man she Diablerized. Her mind raced as she remembered his face, his eyes pleaging to her to stop and save him, and his expression as she was forced to deny him.

The thoughts that man could have been a friend, a childr or comrade to ones that she respected and cared for, that started to effect her deeply. Maybe it was Martha's blood adding a increase in emotional empathy or maybe it was Star having to face the shadows of her deeds... But for one of the 1st times in a long time she held great regret.

She never knew who he was, who's childr he belonged to, what his clan was or even his name. She only knew his blood and the power it gave her to survive.

Now Star was tasting that experance all over again as the taste of heart's blood rushed past her lips and started to empower her very being.
Star let the emotions rush through her, just like the Count had taught her about anger. She tried to keep herself calm and not let the sorrow effect her.

Star had to take a moment to compose herself.

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Post  Malakiel on Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:05 am

The ritual finished and Star opened her eyes feeling completely different, in essence she was still in charge but when she was asked about how she felt now, even her tone of voice had changed, the way to express herself, the thoughts behind her were absolutely different.

She looked at Martha understanding several layers of thoughts from the complexity of the two sides inside the Blue Bloods, setting her in the Prince's side because she has been hurted by Benjamin, in her eyes Becca saw the need for reckoning, also the connection between Martha and Victoria was romantic, specially for Martha that looked up to her as her mentor, her friend and even as her lover. The Count was staggering, his composture, his focus was even intimidating, he had unquestionable loyalty toward this cause and a grandfather-like feelings regarding Rebecca.

Her eyes were open, making reality even clearer, the overwhelming input was something to process slowly.

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Post  Star on Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:07 pm

Star's eyes were open to a whole new perspective on life. She took a moment and soaked this new found knowlage in.

She indeed felt very different, and looked at Lady Victoria and Lady Martha in a whole new light, and she found this new perspective ultimately surprising. Unlike her new perspective on The Count, to which she already looked up to him as a powerful man, as wise-man, a teacher, and now even a grandfather figure. She felt he truly wanted the best for her and Star felt even more honored now to have fought next to him in last nights battle to defend the Chess Club.

Star's mind and body seemed relaxed in her knew knowledge and insight.
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" My goodness Lady Ekindatter, I do declare that I feel rather peculiar. Never would I have imagine getting this insight and clarity. You have my humblest indebtedness.
Star said with a formal lady-like bow to Martha with Poise and Grace to the likes she never had before.

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Post  Malakiel on Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:00 pm

The three elders smiled at Star's display of decorum. Lady Victoria said.
"I cannot highlight this enough Lady Ekindatter, your skill are truly amazing. Fabulous!"

Aside from the pride intended by Victoria with her recognition of Martha's discipline with sincerity was an underlying message that was meant not to worry the fledgeling, her certain entonation in the word highlight and fabulous was meant to call for attention that may be the result would be a little too much and rise suspicions.

The Count expressed his concern in a more open way given that he got aware of the new sense of empathy awaken in Rebecca, he meant to underline that it was pointless to use innuendos in this situation. Martha smiled taking the compliment out of the scope intended by Victoria, as personal and intimate, she noticed the change of attitude of Hayworth as a warning thinking that her own thoughts might be expoused at this point and suddenly her non verbal expression went mute instantly.

Victoria on the other hand smiled so subtly that not even Rebecca was sure she had smiled at all, realizing her mistake and imitating Martha to conceal her thoughts by muting her subconcious non verbal expressions.

While all this was happening between the Harpies Rebecca wondered how much of the conversations she had been present in the past she might have overlooked, leading to partially misinformed postures. After the two harpies assumed their disposition the Count stayed true and said.
"Benjamin will know inmediately this is not the Star he knew. May be the possibility of having an infiltrated kindred from another city may confuse him enough to divert his attention from Martha. After all, we are the only ones knowing the full extent of her ability, aren't we?"

Both Harpies noded in acknowledge of the Count's logic.

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