Story Three This Is The Way To Party

<Hollyhock God> It's been a little while since the events of last session.

<Hollyhock God> You've been called into Tildegran's office as a group.

<Duty> in the meantime, Wil has probably told the others about the letter he got

<Hollyhock God> It's a large Victorian room (basically, it's the room in Shinku's head where she drinks tea), with Tildegran seated at the desk, always.

<Elias> OOC: oh, by the way, are we implementing the order of action rules?

<Hollyhock God> Yes, we will.

<TSO> yay! even more lost /o/

  • TSO digs out rules

<Elias> TSO: higher aspect first

<Hollyhock God> Also, the ~ sign indicates an opening for someone to comment, act, or respond.

<Elias> if equal, alphabetical

<Elias> gotcha

<Hollyhock God> Just throw in a ~ of your own to indicate an intent to say something.

<Razzen> For when we're taking actions, during combat presumably.

<Hollyhock God> Then you can take your time typing.

<Hollyhock God> ~

  • TheStupidOne interrupts :3

<Razzen> I assume HG will tell us who's turn it is to act when we get to that point.

<Hollyhock God> You can use the opportunity to state your reaction, make an aside, or interrupt.

<Hollyhock God> You can always throw in a ~ even if I haven't asked for interruptions if you want to interrupt anyway.

<Duty> cool

<TSO> so obey the ~

<Hollyhock God> For example, in this case you might give your reaction to being called on the carpet by the boss.

<Hollyhock God> Anyway, Tildegran's mortal body is a European female of indeterminate age.

<Hollyhock God> She says nothing until all of you are seated, then clears her throat before beginning.

<Hollyhock God> "I thank you for your prompt response to my summons."

<Hollyhock God> "Recently, the tides of the Valde Bellum brought into my possession a certain essence."

<Hollyhock God> "This energy is associated with clarity and perception, and has an enlightening effect upon the human mind."

<Hollyhock God> "I decided that it could be best applied through your work here, where the mental energy of humankind is fertilized."

<Hollyhock God> "Hence I have used it to alter the nature of various flowers in the Greenhouses which were placed at Wilgelm's disposition."

<Hollyhock God> "They now will exude this enlightening element."

<Hollyhock God> ~

<Emma> Will the effect be noticeable among the mortal student body, or will it be subtle?

<Hollyhock God> "In cases of great exposure, there may be a noticeable short-term effect upon a mortal."

<Hollyhock God> "In general, however, the effect will be merely statistical."

<Wilgelm> I thank her for entrusting me with such.

<Hollyhock God> "After one Earth year of exposure, I believe the retention rate of the humans you cultivate will be seen to improve."

<Hollyhock God> "However, I do not choose in this case to keep this resource for our use alone."

<Naro> Excellent. Perhaps we ought to set up a blind study to examine its effects compared to those who are not exposed to it, as that might provide more clarity of analysis.

<Hollyhock God> "It is my belief that the most profitable application will come from allowing other Regi and their servants to make use of it."

<Hollyhock God> "Experimentation will not be necessary. I am satisfied. You may serve your own curiosity if you wish."

<Hollyhock God> "Hence the flowers I have altered are to be put on display, and those of us who wish to use them may come to see, and take such cuttings as they desire."

<Hollyhock God> ~

<Emma> How can we trust that they won't use it for other purposes, perhaps less than noble deeds?

<Naro> By only letting the word get out to those in good standing perhaps?

<Hollyhock God> "This is possible, but I have decided that the good it can do will outway the bad."

<Emma> Even then, knowledge of the essence will spread

<Naro> Though controlling such information could prove difficult, even with the esteemed Domina Communicationis on the job.

<Hollyhock God> "In the end, once a word is released, it cannot be contained, as Emma claims."

<Hollyhock God> "This is of course a natural understanding considering her station."

<Emma> I may have control over communication, but even I cannot stop the spread of such a powerful artifact

<Hollyhock God> "We also have much to gain from a show of ecumenicalism."

<Hollyhock God> "What we possess, we share with others. It is well that others should perceive this to be the case."

<Naro> Indeed. This is a university after all, it behooves us to be open to the world.

<Emma> Not all Chancels share this ideal though, especially the one we visited

<Hollyhock God> "Nor do we share it ourselves. But it is well that we should be percieved so."

<Hollyhock God> "I wish that the project be brought to fruition with moderate haste. Are there any further questions?"

<Naro> None that I have. Yourself, Sister?

<Emma> None so far.

<Piccione> i have no questions

  • SimounElias sits in silence and nods

<Hollyhock God> "Then you may go."

<Hollyhock God> "And, Wilgelm?"

<Wilgelm> Yes, ma'am?

<Hollyhock God> "We often are torn by conflicting desires. Remember that neither reason or passion can exist alone."

<Hollyhock God> 'That is all."

<Hollyhock God> Scene ends.

  • Wilgelm frowns

<Razzen> Wil and Lucia, sitting in a tree~

<Hollyhock God> So, how do you plan to go about this mission?

<Seawaffle> possibly via a flower show >_>

<Razzen> Have the Botany department put it on?

<Wilgelm> well, I was instructed to arrange it, so I shall

<Seawaffle> well, i doubt the rest of us would have any experience with this sort of thing

<Razzen> Emma should handle the advertisements.

<Wilgelm> I will consult with Emma and Titus about the PR though

<Emma> I'll see to it

<tragicsmile> I will take care of the trappings in which to showcase the flowers

<Seawaffle> anything i should take care of?

<tragicsmile> layout?

<Razzen> Security?

<Seawaffle> well, we have our campus security already

<Hollyhock God> Master of ceremonies?

<Seawaffle> oh, i doubt I'd know enough about the subject to do that

<Emma> We're going to have members of other Chancels visiting, so it would be prudent to increase our security

<Seawaffle> a respected botanist like Wilgelm should be mc

<Wilgelm> Yes, all the Nobles ought to be around as a matter of that

<Hollyhock God> Are you still planning to remodel the math department?

<Seawaffle> there are no plans to do so

<Wilgelm> Burglary attempts are possible

<Seawaffle> I'll whip up some extra security, i suppose

<Hollyhock God> I thought that Emma had complained.

<Seawaffle> and if that happens, the cs department can be leveled to the ground

<Razzen> What will you do to get the word out to other Chancels, Emma?

<Wilgelm> shall we put the remodeling on hold while we focus on this new event?

<Hollyhock God> It's all up to you.

<Emma> Yes, wouldn't want to have our Chancel in a state of disarray

<Elias> no, I believe we can push through with this

<Elias> after all, it's best to start early on such a grand project

<Piccione> quiet, you

<Emma> I shall send out messengers with the proper invitations

<Hollyhock God> to whom?

<Emma> Of course our neighbor, with Mr. Charming himself

<Seawaffle> ahh, young love

<Emma> any other Chancels you feel should be here

<Emma> ?

<Hollyhock God> Not the L-word, surely?

<Seawaffle> i'd say invite anyone we know

<Razzen> I imagine that Machael's would be slighted if we didn't invite them.

<Emma> I'd rather not draw too much attention though

<Hollyhock God> Unless of course you *want* Emma to die horribly… oh, wait.

<Razzen> Though I'd rather not see Fine anytime soon.

<Seawaffle> insufferable bitch that fine is

<Hollyhock God> I dare say if you tell one Noble, before long everyone will know.

<Razzen> Katarina seems like a gossip.

<Wilgelm> yes

<Emma> Word will spread out either way, so I feel it would be best to boast it while we can

<Elias> well, I suppose the scaffolding can wait until after the guests arrive

  • Seawaffle smacks simoun

<Hollyhock God> How will the exhibits be displayed?

<tragicsmile> sorry, was helping my roomie figure out america's army

<Emma> I think they would go great next to the display of the artifacts from the Pythagorus cult

<Elias> Art is not conjured out of thin air automatically you know - at least not by an artisan such as myself :)

<Wilgelm> naturally i lean towards an arboreal setting

<Wilgelm> as nature intended

<Piccione> i'd say they should be displayed in a more natural setting

<Hollyhock God> The greenhouses they are in now aren't really exhibit halls- too small.

<Razzen> I have a plan for the show itself, but it'll be a level 6 domain miracle so it might drain me too much.

<Wilgelm> hmm

<Emma> Going all out eh?

<Emma> You're always one to leave a lasting impression

<Wilgelm> could piccione expand one of them?

<Naro> I try, madame.

<Razzen> Major Preservation so that our students and guests (non-Noble) don't forget the flowers.

<Hollyhock God> He might just build a new one, call it 'ramshackle', but make it palatial on the inside.

<Seawaffle> i could whip up a greenhouse easily, i'd figure

<Wilgelm> do recall what happened last time you tried that, Titus

<Razzen> Oh I haven't forgotten.

<Naro> In fact, that's something I must attend to soon.

<Wilgelm> flowers, I suppose, are more innocuous

<Naro> But, I do not think that our flowers will be harboring an Excrucian or fallen Noble. At least they had better not.

  • SimounElias whips up a sketch for a minimalistic set of flower holders to be spread around the greenhouse, complete with tables and desks for the attending staff and volunteers

<Seawaffle> your memory trick might encourage theft…

<Razzen> Or maybe…preserve the flowers themselves?

<Hollyhock God> Well, the flowers are free to whoever wants them.

<Seawaffle> oh

<Seawaffle> yeah

<Razzen> That's kinda what I was thinking.

<Hollyhock God> A Noble could easily grow a cutting into a garden.

<Hollyhock God> Theft isn't really warranted.

<Seawaffle> i forgot ;___;

<Razzen> We WANT them to take them.

<Hollyhock God> Of course, some may take too many anyway.

<Wilgelm> unless someone wishes to control the entire supply

<Hollyhock God> And students can be destructive.

<Razzen> Just put a limit on the amount that's allowed per customer.

<Wilgelm> a theft of that scale would be hard to orchestrate, though

<Razzen> And if students get out of line, it's the Rehabilitator for them!

<Hollyhock God> ?

<Seawaffle> the security team will deal with any students

<tragicsmile> >_< being constantly distracted by a roommate who requires help doesn't lend to my thought process, sorry folks

<Razzen> Obscure joke, sorry.

<Hollyhock God> My roomie is the same way.

<Hollyhock God> But with loud rap music and a subwoofer.

<Hollyhock God> I drown him out with Black Mages!

<tragicsmile> he has that too

<Hollyhock God> So, any other plans to make?

<Hollyhock God> Just give me a brief description of how the whole thing is to run.

<Razzen> Just want to ask if you guys are good with me doing that at the show?

<Wilgelm> i guess

<Seawaffle> as long as it doesn't cause undue problems, i'm cool with it

<tragicsmile> the memory preservation thing?

<Razzen> Well, it's probably not necessary.

<Hollyhock God> That's only a 3, really, not a 6.

<Seawaffle> most of the attendees will be nobles, no?

<Razzen> Oh? Well then I can do that for free.

<Hollyhock God> Yes, you can, Marquis.

<Razzen> It's as much for the students as anything I thought.

<Seawaffle> i think nobles don't take kindly to having their memories fucked with, however benign the intent

<Hollyhock God> That's one way to increase retention.

<Razzen> I can't affect Nobles.

<tragicsmile> it won't affect nobles

<Seawaffle> hmmm

<Seawaffle> well, they are the main attendees, i thought

<Hollyhock God> So where will it be held?

<tragicsmile> yeah, but remember that miracles can't directly affect nobles period

<Seawaffle> i'd say we could whip up a suitable greenhouse somewhere

<tragicsmile> so it would help in spreading the word/increasing prosaic attendance, but never nobles

<Hollyhock God> All right, how soon?

<Emma> A month?

<Razzen> I can always just do it on a person by person basis with the mortals.

<Hollyhock God> I think you can probably do most of them at once.

<Wilgelm> i think if you have no penetration, any auctoritas will resist it

<Razzen> Anyway. I think a month gives plenty of time, especially if we want to finish the renovations first.

<Hollyhock God> Even a Lesser Miracle is pretty large.

<Hollyhock God> Is that 'moderate haste'?

<Razzen> Sounds good.

<Wilgelm> with noble assisted construction, it should be doable

<Razzen> Oh right. How do Imperators keep track of time? :P

<Hollyhock God> Badly.

<tragicsmile> time as in earth time doesn't really matter for them

<Hollyhock God> Well, she has a presence here, so she perceives it to some degree.

<Hollyhock God> Most of the Renovations will be miraculously assisted anyway, yes?

<Razzen> A couple weeks then I guess?

<Hollyhock God> Or just done by miracle, period.

<Elias> I can construct the flowerholders and desks within that time frame with no problem, yes

<Hollyhock God> A good set of plans and 2 of Bernardo's RMPs will completely rebuild a department in about three minutes.

<Seawaffle> i'm not rebuilding a department…

<Hollyhock God> Of course, Titus might have to be on clean-up duty.

<Hollyhock God> I'm just sayin'

<Hollyhock God> :)

<Razzen> Fair enough.

<Hollyhock God> Of course, the Chancel nature covers up miraculous alterations to the inhabitants to a certain degree.

<Razzen> A week then? I don't think it should be less than that, otherwise it's too short of notice.

<Seawaffle> yeah, the attendees need time to plan

<Hollyhock God> How about ten days?

<Emma> We don't want to have a large Noble gathering with rather depressing looking architechture

<Hollyhock God> Is the architecture unsuitable?

<Seawaffle> well then i completely agree on demolishing the cs building

<Seawaffle> it is fairly depressing

<Seawaffle> and i can do it in about three minutes

<Razzen> What is our architectural style anyway?

<Hollyhock God> I think the three incumbent powers may decide what the current style is.

<Razzen> My vote is of course Baroque.

<Emma> The CS building is one of the more modern complexes. I'm surpised your excuse for a math hall is still standing

<Hollyhock God> Characteristic but hard to believe, Titus.

<Emma> I'll give it one thing, it's as old and battered as its chair

<Emma> so it does suit you well

<Seawaffle> burn

<Hollyhock God> The CS building probably should be enlarged now that it's the seat of a Power.

<Seawaffle> so what would that say about the cs power, that she is angular and ugly?

<Seawaffle> no good curves, perhaps?

<Emma> At least my building is a lot better kept

<Naro> As flat and wide as the walls, methinks.

<Emma> Don't worry, I'm pretty sure the old Dominus of Communication was as flat and boring as you are

  • Wilgelm has no opinion on architecture, other then preferring wood

<Emma> only make sense that the building matches

<Hollyhock God> So are you going to have the building altered now?

<Seawaffle> boys _should_ be flat…

<Emma> Flat is one thing, but a cube is another

<Hollyhock God> Is Van flat?

<Hollyhock God> He has curves of a sort?

<Emma> he's flat in all the right places~

<Seawaffle> flat like a ken doll

<TSO> wow that sounded really gay

<Hollyhock God> You haven't even met the male Powers of Machael yet~

<Seawaffle> they are known for being amazingly pretty…

<Razzen> So I've heard.

<Hollyhock God> Fine's attitude is at least partly a coping mechanism~

<Razzen> Great, just what we need, bishounen.

<Hollyhock God> kekekekeke

<Emma> Surprised you know them, given your lack of social skills

<Hollyhock God> So Bernardo will build the exhibition greenhouse/s?

<Naro> My dear, you have much to learn.

<Piccione> i'll get to work on the greenhouse right away. i'll coordinate with wilgelm on how he would want it

<Piccione> it being his department and such

<Emma> Oh by the way Bernardo, Rosa thinks modern design will go a long way to improving the public reputation of your "department"

<Hollyhock God> And Emma will begin writing invitations.

  • EmmaGraves scoots off

<Hollyhock God> Simoun is handling props.

<Piccione> well, once rosa has any sort of power on this Chancel, maybe i will take her opinion into consideration

<Hollyhock God> Why not put Titus on meet-and-greet?

<Wilgelm> well, there's only so many ways you can style a greenhouse

<Naro> Speak not of such things, even in jest.

<tragicsmile> OOC: duty: can you receive PMs?

<Duty> yeah, if you're consistent with which nickname you pm

<Duty> otherwise i don't notice >_>

<Naro> That sounds fine, though that won't give me much to do during the interim until the show.

<Hollyhock God> Then think of something else to do :)

<Seawaffle> i'm sure you have pet projects

<Hollyhock God> All right, work begins!

<Seawaffle> work work work

<Hollyhock God> The school newspaper writes in the flower show on the second page.

<Razzen> Well, certainly. I do want to check up on the student that I seem to have messed up in the head, but maybe that's too much a break from what we're going here?

<Hollyhock God> The front page headline is "Math Department Goes Organic: Geometry Redesigned".

<Hollyhock God> Sure, no problem.

<Hollyhock God> Anthony, wasn't it?

<TSO> >_>

<Seawaffle> that's it, cs department is leveled

<Hollyhock God> The article has extensive quotes from Professor Graves-Margery.

<TSO> my head isn't that screwed up

<Hollyhock God> Or would she prefer not to be quoted?

<Razzen> Yes. Yes it is. But this time we don't mean you.

<Emma> Nono, the more the merrier

<Hollyhock God> Please, tell the nice reporter your views, sometime in the past:

<Hollyhock God> Be voluble.

<Seawaffle> so, what would it take to destroy the cs building?

<Hollyhock God> Lesser Destruction.

<Hollyhock God> Any method you care to choose.

<Hollyhock God> 1 RMP.

<Seawaffle> or maybe i should just downsize it to a trailer

<Hollyhock God> Same thing as before.

<Seawaffle> well, i wouldn't want our school to be short a building, so i'll just downsize it to couple of trailers interconnected, waaaay out in the back of campus

<Hollyhock God> How about a basement?

<Hollyhock God> Trailers spoil the landscape.

<Seawaffle> well, again, it'll be a good hike out to there

<Seawaffle> maybe out in the middle of a forested area

<Seawaffle> with no sidewalks

<Duty> have titus alter their latest equipment request to eMacs

<Seawaffle> haha

<TSO> :(

<Hollyhock God> You could put her in your basement.

<TSO> now that hurts

<Razzen> Oh, are we inviting the Twisted Henge Powers as well?

<Seawaffle> i'd say so, they're a fun sort

<Hollyhock God> I'm sure they'll come either way.

<Hollyhock God> Oh, Bernardo, Allen is sending a prayer your way.

<Hollyhock God> It seems he's been hearing troubling rumors about you among the students.

<Seawaffle> if i put her in my basement, she'll feel that she has some sort of justification for her opinions on my buildings

<Seawaffle> and they are?

<Hollyhock God> All right, trailer it is.

<Razzen> Well, perhaps the invitations should specify to show up Guised, so as to avoid any problems.

<Hollyhock God> Apparently, people are saying that you stole the material for your published works from another professor.

<Seawaffle> hrm

<Wilgelm> wilgelm would not be pleased with trailers appearing in the forest

<Razzen> Whose?

<Hollyhock God> Not specified.

<Seawaffle> well, if there's no proof, it can't quite be refuted

<Hollyhock God> Where there's smoke…

<Hollyhock God> Oh, and Titus was going to visit Anthony?

<Naro> Want some help with that, old man?

<Naro> Yes, there's that too.

<Piccione> if you could do some digging for me, titus, it would be appreciated

<Hollyhock God> Whenever you're ready.

<Hollyhock God> So, Titus goes to see Anthony.

<Naro> I'll handle it after Anthony.

<Hollyhock God> Let's see, you find him… by the fountain.

<Elias> brb~

<tragicsmile> err, should remember that this is the tragic window >_<

  • tragicsmile aways to get a drink

<Hollyhock God> He's studying his architecture textbook.

<Hollyhock God> ~

<Naro> Not pining away like last time?

<Hollyhock God> He seems happy.

<Naro> I say, hello there, Anthony was it? Enjoying your studies?

<Hollyhock God> He looks at you dreamily and says "It's you."

<Hollyhock God> And then, "Have you ever been in love?"

<Hollyhock God> "Not being able to tell someone how you feel… it's the worst thing in the world."

<Hollyhock God> He says it with a smile.

<Naro> I…cannot say that I have had that pleasure.

<Naro> But I think I can empathize. You still have my friend Lucia on your mind I take it.

<Hollyhock God> "When you love someone, you'd do anything to be with them."

<Hollyhock God> He grins beatifically at Creation.

<Naro> Anything? Do you have something particular in mind?

<Hollyhock God> "Well, anything… Can you put limits on love?"

<Seawaffle> *coughbetrayingcreationtotheexcrucianscough*

<Razzen> I gathered that. :P

<Hollyhock God> "I know she feels the same way."

<Naro> Have you seen her recently?

<Hollyhock God> "I see her everywhere I go."

<Naro> What you perceive in your mind is not necessarily what is there to be seen in reality.

<Hollyhock God> "I remember her face, her voice, her smile…"

<Naro> What does her voice say?

<Hollyhock God> "She says a lot of things… I'm happy just to let her talk."

<Hollyhock God> "She wanted to talk to him… to know what he felt."

<Naro> Him?

<Hollyhock God> "I heard what she said, but then it slipped away… like it was here somewhere but I can't find it."

<Naro> I'll divine for the exact words she said, if they're anywhere within his memories.

<Hollyhock God> No response from your miracle.

<Naro> Blast. I want to get this info out before I wipe his memory of Lucia and the whole matter.

<Hollyhock God> None of his memories respond to your divination.

<Naro> Holy…

<Naro> He's an Anchor now, isn't he? I check for the Sight.

<Hollyhock God> Something in Anthony's face *changes* and he stands up.

<Hollyhock God> The Sight shows his eyes and aura as amethyst.

<Hollyhock God> He says "Don't you understand? How hard it is to have to keep your heart in chains?"

<Hollyhock God> "I can't bear it anymore! I'll live according to my heart, even if the world falls apart around me!"

<Hollyhock God> "Tell him! You'll tell him that, won't you! Tell him!"

<Hollyhock God> He's almost nose-to-nose with you now.

<Naro> How selfish of you. But I shall tell him.

<Hollyhock God> Anthony nearly falls onto you as whatever suddenly came into him leaves.

<Hollyhock God> He's down for the count.

<Naro> And then you and he shall meet, and we shall all see what your heart says.

<Naro> Nuts

<Naro> All right, I'll take him to the infirmary and order security placed around him 24/7.

<Razzen> You got all that?

<Hollyhock God> All right.

<Hollyhock God> Wait, what?

<Razzen> Sorry, I meant the other players.

<Seawaffle> creepy

<Hollyhock God> I think a little time for reflection is in order.

<Razzen> Yeah, really. For a second I thought I was going to have to throw down there.

<Seawaffle> haha

<Seawaffle> ahh titus "throwing down"

<Razzen> He can take it down old-school.

<Duty> yeah

<Hollyhock God> So while this is going on, the greenhouse is going up?

<Seawaffle> yu[

<Seawaffle> yup

<Hollyhock God> And within a week, with three days to spare, everything is ready.

<Emma> Oh Piccione~ I forgot to mention, I took the liberty of moving your servers and computational labs to my area for easier matiinence, but it seems they no longer exist

<Hollyhock God> Care to take a stroll around the completed exhibit halls?

<Naro> Oh, there was the matter of the rumors being spread about Piccione.

<Emma> oh well~

<Seawaffle> oh well, neither do yours~

<Emma> We'll see how your undergrads feel having to share computers with the English majors

<Seawaffle> all of your equipment mysteriously was lost in the move, i apologize

<Emma> and so was yours

<Emma> pity

<Emma> I was fond of that server farm

<Emma> oh well, only material

<Seawaffle> well, there's the matter of you not being authorized to move anything, being junior faculty…

<Seawaffle> we'll take that up with the board

<Hollyhock God> I'm glad to know that Computer Science will continue even without computers.

<Emma> I do manage the IT staff

<Seawaffle> a department chair manages no it staff

<Emma> They are my students afterall

<Seawaffle> maybe you're too young to know how a university actually works

<Seawaffle> or maybe your university was so substandard

<Seawaffle> who knows

<Emma> Maybe you're too old to realize how to cut down on bureacracy

<Seawaffle> ahh, adding jobs is good for the community

<Hollyhock God> Wilgelm, what are you doing at the eleventh hour?

<Razzen> Er, isn't she from our university originally?

<Seawaffle> i thought she was from britain…

<TSO> I'm a lecturer from another university in england

<Razzen> Oh right.

<Emma> At least at my alma mater, we took care of our students, and gave them work to fund their education

<Emma> seems that's out of place here

<Seawaffle> oh, yes, students can be workers at the university, yes

<Seawaffle> but the chair of a department doesn't run anything else but their department

<Emma> and cs is my department, and the IT staff is staffed by my students

<Seawaffle> so you're saying that, at your request, your students stole my equipment

<Seawaffle> which is grounds for expulsion

<Seawaffle> hmm

<Emma> Stole? If I wanted to steal them, I wouldn't have moved them to the new datacenter

<Hollyhock God> Now that the equipment is gone, can you prove it existed?

<Seawaffle> of course i have requisition records for all of my equipment

<Emma> most of the it inventory records were held on my servers unfortunately

<Emma> and we know how fast technology moves

<Seawaffle> i keep paper records, my dear. there are benefits to being an old fool

<Emma> except paper becomes outdated, technology comes and leaves almost immediately

<Seawaffle> or, of course, we could always ask titus what equipment i had

<Seawaffle> ahh, memory

<Hollyhock God> Um, there's a call for you from the students moving the flowers in.

<Emma> Except will the board accept the evidence from a Power?

<Hollyhock God> Apparently there's some emergency?

<Seawaffle> for who?

<Hollyhock God> …you'd just better go and see, sir.

<Seawaffle> so i go

<Wilgelm> am i invited?

<Seawaffle> of course, this is your show

  • Wilgelm accompanies

<Hollyhock God> One of the central pedestals for the flower arrangements is dripping with blood.

<Seawaffle> hmm

<Hollyhock God> It's as though there was a fountain inside it somewhere, and it's spreading across the greenhouse floor.

<Seawaffle> well, can i do anything to stop it?

<Hollyhock God> Try a Lesser Destruction, maybe?

<Seawaffle> sure

<Seawaffle> just want to be rid of the fountain

<Hollyhock God> Bernardo calls forth scrubbing bubbles to clean off the blood, wiping the greenhouse clean.

<Elias> I assume I am present at the scene, no?

<Seawaffle> any idea where that could come from?

<Hollyhock God> One tiny patch remains for a second, as the blood begins to clot into bold letters.

<Hollyhock God> It says "I WILL WATCH YOU DIE PICCIONE"

<Seawaffle> ahh, how charming

<Razzen> Oh hell.

<Hollyhock God> Yes, there seems to have been an attack of backstory.

<Seawaffle> oh noes

<Razzen> But, Aglio is dead.

<Seawaffle> yeah, i whooped that kid

<Hollyhock God> No body = ?

<tragicsmile> hooray laws of anime

<Seawaffle> well, one would figure "destroyed" implies that i knew he was dead

<Hollyhock God> That law goes back much further than anime.

<Seawaffle> i'm not one to really leave things unhandled like that

<Razzen> Freaking Lord Entropy not doing his job.

<Hollyhock God> I think I eventually decided you gave him to Lord Entropy.

<Hollyhock God> It's in the Social Register.

<Seawaffle> wonderful

<Razzen> Yeah, I had just read that.

<Hollyhock God> Seemed more in character.

<Duty> update his page then

<Duty> Bernardo’s one well-known accomplishment occurred more than forty years ago, when he destroyed the Dominus of Blood, who had betrayed Creation, in single combat in the university cathedral

<Hollyhock God> Sorry for putting nemeses in your mouth.

<Hollyhock God> Yeah, I should fix that.

<Hollyhock God> I can't upload without some trouble, so I don't check them often.

<Razzen> Is that off of Waffo's character's page?

<Seawaffle> hmm, well, lord entropy is letting people off then…

<Duty> yes

<Razzen> Hmm, I wonder.

<Hollyhock God> Aglio Serra: (Noble, Duke of Blood [deceased]) This traitor attempted to sell the Excrucians the keys that would have allowed them free access to the prosaic Earth. However, when he was detected by the current Nobles of Tildegran, he ran for it and was eventually cornered and captured by Bernardo Piccione in the Locus Tildegran chapel. He is presumed to have died unpleasantly at the hands of…

<Hollyhock God> …Lord Entropy. (Design: Aster and Angelica, one bloom each, in an open human palm.)

<Razzen> Escaped, or set loose?

<Seawaffle> i'm wondering why someone "on the run" would go to _our_ chapel

<Hollyhock God> Anyway, what do you plan to do about it?

<Seawaffle> well, obviously, we should have a talk with some higher ups

  • SimounElias marches into the greenhouse, mutters at how a perfectly good pedestal was ruined, and takes it back to his workshop to fix it, fuming all the way

<Hollyhock God> I presume you confronted him in your office, and he made a run.

<Hollyhock God> Which higher-ups do you mean?

<Razzen> It's not like we can just waltz over to the Locust Court and demand an explanation.

<Seawaffle> well, the first action i'd take is to chat with tildegran

<Hollyhock God> All right.

<Seawaffle> see if she's heard anything

<Hollyhock God> Tildegran advises you to be on your guard but insists that the show go on.

<Seawaffle> she hasn't heard anything about him escaping or being let free?

<Hollyhock God> It was reported to her that Aglio was definitely dead.

<Seawaffle> hmm

<Seawaffle> well, it could be a clever imposter

<Seawaffle> or it could be the real thing

<Razzen> It's possible. Or, maybe he really did go over to the Excrucian side, bodily.

<Wilgelm> was the duke of blood boastful like that?

<Hollyhock God> He was a quiet, brooding sort.

<Hollyhock God> But when you cornered him, he completely lost it.

<Seawaffle> not the type for displays like that?

<Hollyhock God> Screaming and raving like a madman.

<Seawaffle> hmm

<Hollyhock God> Would have drowned you in your own blood if you hadn't been on your toes.

<Wilgelm> losing one's physical form could affect one like that

<Seawaffle> well, i suppose i'll have to be on my guard, but i'm not seeing much that can be done until he shows himself

<Seawaffle> obviously i'm the one he wants

<Hollyhock God> So, the big day arrives?

<Seawaffle> yeah

<Hollyhock God> How do you plan to start things off?

<Razzen> Wonder if there's a connection between that and the attempt to destroy your credibility.

<Seawaffle> oh, i wager that's a smear campaign by our communication whore

<Seawaffle> newspapers are her domain~

<Razzen> Wouldn't surprise me.

<Emma> Except I have enough worries of my own with an entire student body out of class

<Wilgelm> i guess i'm doing the master-of-ceremonies stuff

<Hollyhock God> I believe that 26 Nobles are in attendance.

<Seawaffle> good crowd

<Naro> I'll position myself at the front door, in my formal attire of course.

<Hollyhock God> Including Katarina, Saeko, Van, the Marquis, the Mask, and Fine.

<Elias> I'll be watching from the back

<Piccione> i caution titus to be on the lookout for aglia, of course

<Hollyhock God> So what is Wilgelm's speech about?

<Naro> Indeed.

<tragicsmile> aglia?

<TSO> read y

<TSO> up

<Razzen> The Power of Blood.

<Seawaffle> dude i killed, might be back from the dead hooray

<Seawaffle> or no, i sent him off to lord entropy

<Seawaffle> which should mean dead

<Elias> Aglio, you mean

<Seawaffle> oh

<Razzen> I think Entropy is screwing with us.

<Seawaffle> oops, typo

<Hollyhock God> I guess that's one way of sending a spy~

<Seawaffle> dunno, entropy isnt quite the type to just fuck around with that shit

<Seawaffle> i mean, the guy did try to let in the excrucians

<TSO> Why would he allow a power to live, especially one who almost betray creation

<Seawaffle> that's pretty serious a class offense

<Razzen> Maybe I'm just being paranoid.

<Hollyhock God> In any case, the show must go on.

<Seawaffle> yeah

<Wilgelm> hmm… should've prepared

<Hollyhock God> Speech! Speech!

<Seawaffle> haha

<TSO> what would it take to give wilgelm a little help with public speaking skills?

<Razzen> Talk about the flower as a microcosm of Creation?

<Wilgelm> it's a little off the mark when you know what all this is, but i think i'll espouse something about the muse Thalia (from the Greek thallein, to bloom)

<Seawaffle> talk about flowers and vaginas

<Hollyhock God> So once the applause is over, Katarina makes a beeline for Bernardo, Van makes one for Emma, Fine makes one for Titus, and Saeko makes one for Wilgelm.

<Wilgelm> and how flowers such as these, like the muses, are an unending source of creativity and delight

<Seawaffle> haha, poor titus

<Razzen> Indeed.

<TSO> oh snap~

<Hollyhock God> Who wants to go first?

<Wilgelm> commence the mingling

<Seawaffle> doesn't matter to me

<Emma> I'll go

<Hollyhock God> Saeko tells Wilgelm, laughing: "You haven't ever given a speech before, have you?"

<Seawaffle> ooh, smoochy smoochy

<Emma> or not

<Wilgelm> not in the past century, no

  • SimounElias keeps an eye out for anything suspicious

<Seawaffle> yeah, i think we're all rather on guard today

<Hollyhock God> "Well, I was pleased, at any rate."

  • EmmaGraves makes obscene guestures

<Hollyhock God> "Will you show me which flower is your favorite?"

<Emma> someone has a crush

<Seawaffle> heehee

<Hollyhock God> We shall leave these two alone.

<Seawaffle> amusing that we're all paired up with the opposite sex…

<Emma> amusing someone actually paired up with you

<Seawaffle> oburn

<Hollyhock God> Van leans over Emma, and tells her that she looks lovely.

<Emma> You too~

<Seawaffle> well, apparently katerina knows who's in charge around here

<Hollyhock God> "Yes, I know."

<Emma> do you like what I did to the math building?

<Seawaffle> nothing was done to the math building

<tragicsmile> …that was lame, TSO. :p But in any case, TSO gets in touch with his feminine side~

<Seawaffle> i'll just slap a preservation on it

<Hollyhock God> "I would rather look at you."

  • EmmaGraves rolls eyes

<Hollyhock God> "Lately, my work has been… unproductive."

<Razzen> Someone's overcompensating.

<Wilgelm> well, I'm naturally fondest of the flowering trees

<Emma> how so?

<Seawaffle> someone is working their way to a meeting with lord entropy…

<Hollyhock God> "Even as we make progress, smaller and smaller barriers become bigger and bigger problems."

<TSO> tragicsmile: you suck

<Hollyhock God> "I feel that my work could benefit from your… expertise."

<Emma> me?

<Hollyhock God> "Would you be willing to work with me… together? Perhaps for a few weeks?"

<Seawaffle> your…boobs^H^H^H^H^Hexpertise

<Emma> unfortunately, all of my research was lost in a rather tragic event, but I'd be glad to do what I can to help

<Hollyhock God> Breast-powered mecha are not a new thing.

<TSO> boob mechas~

<Seawaffle> gogo boob missile

<Hollyhock God> "I know that everything will run much more… smoothly, once you put your hands to it."

<Seawaffle> ahahahaha

<Razzen> Since when did this become Parallel Dual? :P

<TSO> you suck BFP

<Seawaffle> oh yeah baby, put your hands to it

<Hollyhock God> We'll leave them alone too.

<TSO> you better

<Hollyhock God> Who wants to go next?

<Wilgelm> they don't grow well here, but the magnolia upon my crest is a flower I particularly enjoy

<Seawaffle> don't care~

<Hollyhock God> Lady Katarina tells Bernardo how much she enjoys roses.

<Hollyhock God> At some length.

<Wilgelm> or did you have in mind the simple sort, which grows from a simple stem upon the ground?

<Duty> lol redundancy

<Duty> wish irssi displayed my entire sentence

<Hollyhock God> I find the running commentary somewhat enjoyable.

<Hollyhock God> Anyway, just when it seems as though Katarina is going to talk until your ears bleed.

<TSO> :V

<Seawaffle> V:

<Razzen> Someone's ears start literally bleeding?

<Hollyhock God> She suddenly says "I have heard that you and Viscountess Graves-Margery have been feuding."

<TSO> sounds like my kind of girl

<TSO> :V

<Hollyhock God> "Do you truly believe that you possess that kind of luxury? We are at war, and not only amongst ourselves."

<Piccione> oh, i don't know if it's a feud, more like a little spat caused by an inexperienced girl

<Hollyhock God> "Even if you cannot tolerate her, you must allow her room to perform her function."

<Hollyhock God> "Perhaps you have forgotten that you were young once, too."

<Piccione> i've allowed her room

<Piccione> but she needs to understand seniority

<Piccione> and so i will put her in her place when i must

<Hollyhock God> "We are immortals, Bernardo. Does seniority truly mean anything?"

<TSO> smack down!

<Piccione> she needs discipline, and if no one else will step in, i have to

<Piccione> she cannot just run the Chancel, it is a collaborative effort

<Hollyhock God> "I believe there is a saying, that government is trustworthy only when performed by the unwilling."

<Hollyhock God> "Think about that, please."

<Hollyhock God> And now for Titus and Fine:

<Razzen> Oh fine. :P

<Seawaffle> fine wants to break her vow of chastity with yooo

<Razzen> Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

<Hollyhock God> Fine nearly transfixes you to the glass walls with a pointing finger.

<TSO> :V

<TSO> oh snap, getting kinky already

<TSO> fingersex is hot

<Seawaffle> unf unf

<Hollyhock God> "Is it true that you were attacked by the Excrucian intruder?"

<Seawaffle> ahh, at least i never have to deal with her, she hates me

<Hollyhock God> "I want to know all about it!"

<Naro> Skipping the formalities I see. Very well. By a shard, yes.

<Hollyhock God> "What do you know of its nature? It's powers? It's goals?"

<Naro> It identified itself as a Warmain shard, and wieled a weapon that looked like a clock's hand.

<TSO> she's getting deep~

<Naro> It had total control of ravens. You may find that interesting.

<tragicsmile> brb

<Hollyhock God> "Ravens and clocks… I see no obvious connection, other than somewhat tawdry imagery."

<Naro> As for its goals, well clearly it wanted to bring all Creation over to the Other Side. Typical, really.

<Hollyhock God> "At least you were able to escape without any major injury."

<Hollyhock God> "I am pleased to know that some of us can take care of ourselves."

<Naro> One of my Siblings did sustain some harm, but nothing severe. Thank you for your concern.

<Hollyhock God> She looks behind you at a blond-haired young man, surrounded by an aura of young women.

<TSO> someone's a playa

<Hollyhock God> I know that you have never known love, but the sight of one male monopolizing so many females, and so many hands, awakens some deep sense of injustice.

<Seawaffle> i wonder how the power of love works. that would be an odd situation

<Seawaffle> not being able to experience love, but running the whole thing

<Hollyhock God> "I don't even know where the other two went," Fine tells you.

<Naro> Right. So, Fine, how is the progress on your end with the investigation into the Wintersmith issue?

<Naro> I'm sure they'll turn up, surrounded by other groupies.

<Hollyhock God> "You are the only persons who have seen this Excrucian since the other deaths.

<Hollyhock God> "Did the Excrucian have any servants that you perceived?"

<Naro> True, but there is more to it than it seems, and I know that you have been working hard at returning Wintersmith to the earth, so maybe you had seen something.

<Hollyhock God> Um, I think she's just Excrucian-hunting.

<Hollyhock God> Not bringing him back.

<Naro> Thought she was the one who cleaned the Chancel.

<Hollyhock God> Oh, you mean burial.

<Hollyhock God> All right.

<Naro> That's right.

<tragicsmile> back

<Hollyhock God> "Tell me if anything else happens, immediately. We can't afford to lose any more Regi."

<Hollyhock God> Bernardo, your phone rings.

<Seawaffle> i pick up~

<Naro> There was one servant. We've dealt with him though. And you may want to keep your eyes on any further uses of spiritus Dei that was held by Wintersmith.

<Hollyhock God> "And what makes you think this?"

<Hollyhock God> A hollow voice asks "Do you remember me, Piccione?"

<Seawaffle> i imagine i remember the voice

<Naro> Well, the birds for one thing. And before she was killed she said something about, paper was it?

<Hollyhock God> Actually, it doesn't sound like Aglio at all.

<Seawaffle> hmm

<Hollyhock God> It says "I suffered the pains of death a hundred times over because of you."

<Piccione> well, if this is you, maybe you should have _stayed_ dead

<Hollyhock God> "I am waiting outside your office. Come alone, unless you wish your secretary to meet a… bloody end."

<Seawaffle> i hang up

<Seawaffle> well, it wouldn't be amazingly prudent to go alone

<Razzen> Nope.

<Seawaffle> and as mean as it sounds, we all know secretaries are replacable

  • Seawaffle looks at the pool

<Seawaffle> besides, i'm sure we'd all like in on this

<Hollyhock God> So I take it you aren't telling Fine about Lucia?

<Seawaffle> so i'll stop by everyone and whisper to them about what is up

<tragicsmile> well, we do have 26 nobles right here. but shouldn't such a breach of security be kept under wraps first?

<Naro> No, not yet. It's too close to Wilgelm, I'm going to protect him on this until we know more.

<Seawaffle> well, i'm not letting the whole place know

<Seawaffle> i'm just telling _us_

<Seawaffle> don't want to cause a stir

<Hollyhock God> Even Emma?

<Seawaffle> oh sure, why not

<Razzen> It would be suspicious if we all left the party.

<Seawaffle> well, who wants to stay?

<Elias> I can help you since I wasn't really doing anything

<Seawaffle> i have to go, of course

<Emma> I see no reason why not to come, it is our Chancel

<Seawaffle> no matter what, we all should be appraised of the situation, regardless of who comes

<Razzen> I'll at least stay behind to run interference.

<Seawaffle> ok

<Elias> yes, but insulting a number of nobles isn't a very good way to make freinds

<Elias> *friends

  • Wilgelm is the master of ceremonies, it would look bad if he left

<Seawaffle> ok, so me, tragic and tso

<TSO> Wonder if the twisted henge nobles would be interested in watching again

<Seawaffle> haha

<Seawaffle> lets not cause a stir

<Seawaffle> just us should be fine

<Hollyhock God> All right, the three of you head for the math building.

<Hollyhock God> Bernardo's secretary is peacefully typing on an ancient Underwood.

<Piccione> nothing out of the ordinary has occurred, has it dear?

<Seawaffle> sight is on

<Hollyhock God> She smiles at you and says "Everything is fine, sir!" Her fingers are starting to bleed.

<Hollyhock God> Prayer coming for you from Allen.

<Seawaffle> listening

<Hollyhock God> The bleeding is getting worse.

<Elias> i slow the flow of blood from her so she doesn't bleed out

<Hollyhock God> Allen is being menaced by three seniors.

<Elias> via friction, of course :p

<Seawaffle> hmm

<Elias> emma, can you handle those rather wayward students?

<Hollyhock God> It's not limited to the fingers anymore; all her orifices are bleeding.

<Seawaffle> nothing via sight?

<Hollyhock God> No.

<Elias> Piccione…

<Seawaffle> i can't run a divination?

<Hollyhock God> I think Allen is afraid for his life at this point.

<Emma> I shall

<Hollyhock God> Divination shows that her health is normal.

<Seawaffle> hmmm

<Hollyhock God> Allen is all the way across campus right now.

<Seawaffle> odd

<Seawaffle> anyone around there?

<Seawaffle> duty or razzen?

<Elias> I should take her to Janina ASAP though. Do you agree?

<Hollyhock God> No, it's far away from the flower show.

<Hollyhock God> You kind of need to make a quick decision here.

<Piccione> yes, get her to an infirmary

<Seawaffle> i'll go with emma to allen

<Razzen> Go into his body, Waffo.

<Seawaffle> oh, yeah

<Seawaffle> oops

<Seawaffle> i always forget things

<Elias> or you could make a road leading straight to him using your realm

<Hollyhock God> Bernardo drops to the floor as his attention moves elsewhere.

<Elias> !

<Duty> osnap

<Razzen> Oops

<Hollyhock God> A fist moves into Allen's face at about Mach 1.

<Seawaffle> i hope simoun knows to keep me safe?

<Elias> I'll call security to help me bring Bernardo to Janina

<Seawaffle> can i get out of the way at all?

<Elias> under pretense of his old body not being able to keep up with stress like it used to

<Hollyhock God> Your Auctoritas manifests itself just in time to stop it.

<Seawaffle> sight

<Seawaffle> also, realm miracle so that their feet are stuck to the ground, and i'll move away

<Hollyhock God> Three senior students, one male, two female, all looking dead on their feet.

<Hollyhock God> The male shows up as bloody on the Sight.

<Seawaffle> wonderful

<TSO> that's right, it's wonderful!

<Hollyhock God> He turns to you and says "Do you believe that you can protect the things you love?"

<Hollyhock God> "Yes, you do, because you know you won't have to spread yourself too thin."

<Hollyhock God> "But you and I know the truth; that you're a sick, old man, and that when you finally fall to pieces, no one will shed a tear."

<Piccione> well, if that's my fate, so be it, but at least i won't be remembered as betraying creation

<Hollyhock God> "I at least planned to leave something that would last."

<Piccione> unlike you, of course. there's a reason you've had such a fun time these past years

<Hollyhock God> "Not what would be torn down the moment I was no longer there to protect it."

<Hollyhock God> "Now, of course, I don't even have that."

<Piccione> this Chancel is my legacy, and i'll do what i can to make it last. and when i'm not around, my associates will attend to it

<Hollyhock God> "All I have is vengeance."

<Hollyhock God> "Your associates… will do what they please. I doubt your plans for this place matter much to them."

<Hollyhock God> "I can only hope to bring this to pass as soon as possible."

<Hollyhock God> "The three students begin jerking around and flailing.

<Hollyhock God> Then they fall to the ground, very seriously dead.

  • Piccione frowns
  • Piccione closes their eyes, and calls security to deal with the bodies

<Seawaffle> poor students

<Seawaffle> ;__;

<Razzen> Well, at least you saved Allen.

<Seawaffle> that's true

<Seawaffle> although i think it was a half hearted attempt

<Seawaffle> he was just trying to talk to me

<Hollyhock God> Any other business for the night?

<TSO> sleep desu~

<Hollyhock God> I am too sleepy for proper resolution.

<Razzen> Probably a good idea.

<Seawaffle> yeah

<Hollyhock God> So, character points for everyone?

<tragicsmile> same here, I actually just dozed off >_>

<Seawaffle> sure~

<Hollyhock God> Next week, Wilgelm's doomed love life!

<TSO> :V

<Hollyhock God> Any comments on this week?

<Razzen> Heh, good luck Wil.

<Seawaffle> think i'ma pick up durant with my character point

<Seawaffle> can't hurt

<Hollyhock God> Yes, that's the point of Durant.

<Seawaffle> teehee

<TSO> gonna save it for more aspect

<Seawaffle> ooh, tso wants to be sooperwoman

<Razzen> It was fine. Didn't help that we started so late though.

<TSO> ~

<TSO> I have awesome luck

<TSO> o/

<Seawaffle> haha

<Seawaffle> oh well, it's no real big deal

<Razzen> Maybe your character is the one that should have Perfect Timing.

<Duty> cool

<Hollyhock God> I am too out of it to factor Perfect Timing in anyway.

<Duty> hopefully i'll be more attentive

<Razzen> I'll save my CP for later I guess.

<Razzen> I know, I was just teasing TSO>

<Seawaffle> you know, i just was thinking, he said i was going to fall apart, and i'm a damned immortal

<Seawaffle> we don't just die

<Seawaffle> not of old age…

<Hollyhock God> There's more than one way to fall apart.

<Seawaffle> bah

<Razzen> Not without the Immortal or Eternal gift though, no?

<Hollyhock God> What holds you together?

<Seawaffle> bones~

<Razzen> Except that Piccione is effectively immortal in-Chancel.

<Seawaffle> yeah, i can do that

<Hollyhock God> Ah, well.

<Hollyhock God> I'll tell you good night for now.

<Hollyhock God> I think we got through a lot.

<Razzen> I think so. Logged?

<Hollyhock God> Including four Anchors.

<Seawaffle> i'll get it up in a while

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