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Council Orders (tags: Rosa first then open)

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Council Orders (tags: Rosa first then open)

Post by StareNation on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 15:05

Orders had been received by way of ordinary mail, a small and nondescript envelope which listed instructions and directions to the new lodgings where Mason was to be posted. He wasn't particularly pleased to have left his last post, having almost questioned why he was removed from the post and whether it was down to something he had done wrong. ultimately after a short briefing from a council contact Mason was reassured that there was no ulterior motive behind the move other than the fact that the council required their assets to be watched and protected.

breakfast had been brief that morning and before noon Mason's boots could be heard treading over the warm pavement in Arcane. He looked no different than someone heading out to work in the morning, dressed in a dark navy shirt with the cuff undone and rolled up mid way of his forearm. Though often he was quite comfortable in a pair of jeans, Mason knew the importance of setting an impression and so completed such with plain black pants and dress shoes. It obscured his identity in such a way that one wouldn't expect him to be able to handle himself or protect a large group for that matter. The city streets were not overcrowded which was more beneficial and as he crossed into the residential area of Arcane, Mason took a moment to refer to a small piece of paper, a map which had been torn from a map book in the back of a taxi cab. Good, he had almost arrived Mason had reaffirmed before continuing on his way, a large backpacker type bag slung from his broad shoulders.

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The coven was very well hidden in the suburbs, appearing like any other residence although Mason had taken note of some subtle indicators. Pushing the front gate open, Mason made sure to close it behind him before walking to the door, his instructions held firmly within his grasp. Reaching the door, Mason lifted his shades onto the top of his head and reached out, knocking on the front door before taking a short step backwards.

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Re: Council Orders (tags: Rosa first then open)

Post by Cashan on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 18:30


R O S A L I N A . H A R M O N
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Life in Arcane had changed drastically for Rosalina's coven in a short space of time. Before the streets had been riddled with the demons of the depths and now, with little intervention from them, the balance had been restored with the death of the being that created the unnatural realm. His presense or lack of it was already starting to affect this plain for the better as the demons he once controlled were now scrambling with no where to go and failing into the demon traps far easier. It seemed the potion she had her daughter working on wasn't going to be necessary after all but she had her daughter continue to brew the concoction. It may come in useful in the future should a situation like this arise again. 

Finishing her writings in her study, the house was relatively quiet, most of the girls were in their own rooms studying or out in the city finishing their tasks and checking on the traps before they departed for home. The circle had already been instructed to be prepared to leave but Rosa was expecting someone and delayed their departure. As the gate of the property opened, Rosa looked toward the window and then the clock. " Right on time. " she muttered to herself as she placed her pen down and moved to look out on the figure approaching her door. 

She moved the curtain aside to look down upon the boy who was supposed to threaten her into submission. Unfortunately he was not having the desired effect. He looked only slightly older then her daughter and although his stature would of been imposing to some. For Rosalina he posed nothing more then a nuisance she would have to entertain. A moment later, Rosalina appeared at the door, opening it to look her new guest in the face. Showing neither shock nor surprise to see him there. " Welcome. " she said a small and rare smile crossing her lips as she gestured for him to enter the house.

" I must say I did not expect to be hosting a brother of the Order of the Circle. " she lied having expected someone for sometime now. The Council had disapproved of her and her coven for some time. A coven practicing both magicks was frowned upon and apparently "inconceivable". Initially they ignored her attempts as the coven was small and insignificant. But over time her coven and power grew and now the council could no longer turn a blind eye to her efforts. Attempts had been made previously to have her coven confirm to either one or the other and much to their surprise, she refused. It was expected that after so many refusals the Council would turn to other avenues and apparently that avenue came in the form of a social isolated boy from a secret society within the council.

" Can I get you some tea? " she asked acting the part as she shut the door behind him allowing him into their temporary home. Still she would not question why he was here. It did not matter. The boy would be gone soon enough and their life would continue as usual. The Council may not approve of the way she ran her coven but they could not prove she was doing anything that justified any kind of ramification. They were wasting not only his time but hers also. A sacrifice she would have to make to ensure the longevity of her work. Her daughter still had a long way to go before she could assume the role as High Priestess of the Coven and until such a time, the Council would have to go through her before getting to her Coven and her lifetime of work.

 

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Re: Council Orders (tags: Rosa first then open)

Post by StareNation on Tue 28 Mar 2017, 08:43

The suburb was oddly quiet despite the impression Mason had been given by gossip and reports on the effects of Oxen Corp in the area though he supposed the absence of immortals in the area was evidence enough to show that things had changed. The coven building was quiet and he was glad that this coven seemed to have it together when it came to blending into the norm. He had been staring ahead as his mind ran through initial observations, though honeyed eyes almost instantly focused on the strong emerald gaze of the woman opening the door. And there she stood, the famed high priestess of the coven, Ms Rosalina Harmon. She was a good foot or two smaller than Mason in height however the direct expression and stance the high priestess presented made up for that in an instant.

Mason had heard of Rosalina Harmon, mentioned on an odd occasion during council discussions where he had been on watch. Some spoke fairly of her whilst some prominent council members were highly critical of her practices given she had never conceded and chosen a definitive side. Mason put their quarrels down the simple fact that Ms Harmon presented the unknown and it was simple to understand that people always feared what was unknown to them. As the high priestess gave a small smile and welcomed him, Mason bowed before her as customary to do so and accepted the invitation to head inside, removing his shades from his forehead in respect and sliding them into his pant pocket. Mason stood almost rigidly as he kept his front to Rosalina, his bag still firmly against his back until such a time presented itself to place his belongings somewhere secure. When the door was closed their conversation would be able to grow more candid, safe from the eyes of the street. As Rosalina performed the task, Mason listened to her exclaim her surprise in his arrival though Mason was not entirely convinced. The council had always been placing eyes where they were able, some receiving the idea a little better than others. No doubt this woman, feared somewhat by the council would have been watched on previous occasions.

“Tea would be nice thank you High Priestess” Mason answered her as he held out his papers. He would not waste her time in delaying proceedings, somewhat frustrated to have left his previous posting.

“My orders from the circle and council letter, I will require little of your time however I do ask that I am able to reserve a place of privacy for the purposes of completing reports.” Mason informed her. If she refused he would find a way of getting things done himself however he preferred to have a compliant working relationship with the owner of his lodgings. As Rosalina directed him inside the coven he took note of the furnishings, finding information in the way a coven was decorated which would tell him the kind of people he would be dealing with.

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Re: Council Orders (tags: Rosa first then open)

Post by Cashan on Wed 29 Mar 2017, 23:18


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The boy was polite as he would have been taught to be by the brothers of the Order. He addressed her appropriately and unlike some of the older members of his circle, there was no sense of arrogance about him. Annoyance perhaps, it would seem neither were pleased with the new arrangement. It was something she could use to her advantage in getting him to do what it was he came to do and leave. " Please, you're a guest, call me Rosalina. " she said wanting him to feel more comfortable and thus forming trust between the pair. This was not the first time she had dealt with one of these little boys, she doubted he would be her last. Regardless she had learned how to handle these situations and have the reports go the way she wanted.

He was eager to give her the papers which she had expected and took glancing over them. It was the usual reasons, ensuring the laws are being upheld, conduct of members, that the coven was not in possession of any forbidden relics etc. Rosalina was not surprised to see the same outlines, it was always the same. Anything they could use to have him investigate not only her but her coven members. Fortunately, her sisters and brothers were also accustomed to this " visits ". They all knew the drill and how to behave when the Order of Circle were around. " Mason is it? " she asked looking at his name on the order and then slipping into a pocket in her skirt. " I can show you to a room you can use during the duration of your stay but let's have some tea first shall we? " she asked guiding him toward the kitchen.

" Once you're settled in, I will give you the full tour of the house. " she said as they walked down the hallway. Despite it's outside appearances, the house was larger on the inside to accommodate their needs and space for study rooms as well as sleeping quarters for everyone. If unaccustomed to this sort of magic, it often lead to confusion, particularly with younger witches but she assumed that a warlock of Mason's ability would adjust perfectly fine. " This is the kitchen, all meals are prepared and eaten in here. " she said having no formal dining room in their temporary accommodation. Instead a large table with benches either side took pride at the bottom of the kitchen. Entering the room, there was a rich smell of herbs from the various plants and potions that had been brewed there.

" Ah Gwyneth, this is Mason from the Order of the Circle. He will be our guest for a while. " She looked her daughter in the eye as she stood behind the stove brewing potions that needed to be restocked. " Mason this is my daughter Gwyneth. " she made a quick introduction and then pointed to the table for him to sit. " Gwyneth, brew some fresh tea for our guest won't you. " she told her rather then asked her as she moved toward the table to accompany Mason. Even though he was a guest in her home with a job to do, there were  still rules to be followed and she would make them very clear before escorting him to his room. 

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