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20:50 <BrilliantRain> (sorry, It's taking a second to get clear what I want to say)
20:52 <BrilliantRain> Each of you, having received your notification of the briefing site in an unobtrusive way (narrating how may get you a stunt die for later use), have arrived at the specified location: the private room of one of the numerous chic little tea houses all around the imperial city. There is a sealed envelope lying on the table
20:53 *Xuyiko just walked in the back door like she always does. Her mother is a friend of the shop owner. ... Or so she claims. Shiraji claims a lot. But, she wasn't stopped on the way in, so there's no problem.
20:54 <BrilliantRain> It's a comfortable room, with well padded chairs and a large table, as well as a lock on the door.
20:57 *Scarlet_Snow arrives in a carriage, dressed in a full length and very modest black kimono with red dragon embroidery along the hems and seams. Her hair is pinned up at the moment, her make up flawless and quite honestly no one on the serving staff would dare gainsay a Fire Aspect looking like that.
20:57 <Scarlet_Snow> Not when she'll probably pay good script for tea anyway.
20:57 *Vneef_Vala gives a relaxed sigh, as she carefully prunes and trims in her personal garden. The watching air-aspect takes the opportunity to sigh himself, rearranging the leaves with a sudden breeze. Vala looks, and sees an address and time, before a second breeze kicks up - and the message is gone. (Interesting enough? :V)
20:57 *Peleps_Fumiko is familiar with most of the salons like these and has made some discreet arrangement for being there, arriving exactly on time in a perfectly cut indigo suit, her hair back in beaded, braided rows.
20:58 <BrilliantRain> (Sure Vala)
20:59 *Xienhua is not a friend of the shop-owner. However, now that she's an independent businesswoman rather than a small-time functionary, she can dress up rather than down. While her current outfit's still not flashy, it's definitely a couple of steps up from what she's used to wearing. Thus, she looks more like a Dynast with every right to be here, as she heads into the salon and makes for the private room.
21:03 <Vneef_Vala> Vala, of course, is a dynast with every right to be there - her husband's sister's daughter is running this shop for the time being as a way to get a bit of experience with the customer relations side of things, so getting a reservation was easy.
21:08 <Xienhua> "Oh! Hello, Snow. Xuyiko. Uhm. ms. Pe... er, Fumiko." Yep, Xien's still nervous around Fumiko.
21:09 <Xuyiko> "Hello Xienhua."
21:09 *Peleps_Fumiko looks up from her tea and her leisure reading. "Good afternoon."
21:10 *Xuyiko looks over Fumiko's shoulder. "Whatcha reading?"
21:11 <Xienhua> "I, ah... Am I late?" She rummages in her (new and rather more fashionable) scroll-case, and pulls up a note. "I didn't think I was, but..."
21:11 <Scarlet_Snow> "It's nice to see my favorite ladies for tea," Snow says as she arrives. She makes eye contact with each member of the team, giving them a smile, a touch on the arm, a gentle squeeze, depending on who they are as she sits down.
21:11 *Vneef_Vala* What month is it?
21:13 <Peleps_Fumiko> "A little fiction." She closes the text.
21:13 *>Vneef_Vala<* what time of year was your marriage?
21:13 <Xuyiko> "Ooh, is it good then?"
21:14 *Xuyiko looks at the title.
21:14 <Peleps_Fumiko> She's totally reading something dirty.
21:14 *Vneef_Vala* Right between the months of earth and wood, IIRC
21:14 <Peleps_Fumiko> Her hand is covering part of the title, but you get the gist.
21:15 *Xienhua glances at the cover, then does a slight double-take, just to check that she's not imagining things.
21:15 <Peleps_Fumiko> Without really acting like she has anything to hide, Fumiko puts the book away.
21:15 <Xuyiko> "... I've yet to read that. Don't spoil the ending for me, okay?"
21:15 <Peleps_Fumiko> "It's fairly predictable."
21:16 <Xuyiko> "Most likely. Fiction loses a lot of... style... when you've read as much as I have."
21:16 *Xienhua tries to connect Xuyiko with pornographic literature. And fails.
21:16 <Xienhua> "... You, ah, do know what genre it is, don't you, Xuyiko?"
21:17 <Xuyiko> "Not a clue." It's obvious she does. And that this is a subject to be dropped now.
21:17 <Xienhua> "... right."
21:17 *Peleps_Fumiko 's expression doesn't change, and she doesn't offer an explanation.
21:18 *Xienhua fails utterly at looking innocent.
21:18 *Vneef_Vala* ...er. Descending Earth, Ascending Wood. I think. Does Earth come before Wood in the calendar or after?
21:18 <Peleps_Fumiko> "The same author has produce a number of... religious pieces."
21:18 <Peleps_Fumiko> *produced.
21:18 <Peleps_Fumiko> "I find those a bit more palatable, if less predictable."
21:19 <Xuyiko> "You're religious? I didn't know." She sits down next to Fumiko.
21:19 *Peleps_Fumiko raises her eyes slightly.
21:19 *>and<* when do dbs start showing?
21:19 <Peleps_Fumiko> ..eyebrows
21:19 *>Vneef_Vala<* and when do dbs start showing?
21:19 *Scarlet_Snow smirks and orders the table tea.
21:20 <Xuyiko> "... You... keep to yourself. It's not my fault..."
21:20 *Vneef_Vala* Start of second trimester is typical, though it varies highly depending on build, size of the child, et cetera.
21:21 <Xienhua> "Religious pieces? Uhm. ... I think I've read one or two of those."
21:22 *>Vneef_Vala<* and a trimester is 3 months, right?
21:22 *Vneef_Vala* For humans; it'd be 5 for DBs, seeing as their pregnancy lasts fifteen months rather than nine.
21:22 <Peleps_Fumiko> "I'm sure you have."
21:22 <Peleps_Fumiko> "I hear they're popular."
21:24 <BrilliantRain> The tea ordfer is quickly taken and quickly delivered, at which point the wiat staff leaves, giving all of you your privacy
21:24 *Xienhua gives a discreet cough. "Well, they've got some... educational and moral passages that're quite appealing. And strong characters."
21:24 *>Vneef_Vala<* so, how many months should it be before Vala starts to show?
21:24 <Peleps_Fumiko> "I certainly agree."
21:25 *Vneef_Vala* Five, maybe four and a half?
21:25 <Xuyiko> "Oh, I finished the book Neqel gave me on our last mission. It's really good. It's about a fire aspect general whose water aspect wife convinces him to kill his lord, out in the Threshold. I believe they're all outcastes."
21:26 *>the_lady<* summon #allseeingeye
21:27 *Vneef_Vala* Assuming I'm remembering the calenard, late Resplendent Fire.
21:27 *Vneef_Vala* ...calendar
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21:29 <Xienhua> "And the novel way the conflict between the Abbots was resolved was quite complex..." Xien blinks. "... Which book was this, Xuyiko?"
21:29 !!! lost connection
21:29 *** The content above is from an old session.
21:29 *** channel mode of #Briefing is +
21:29 *** channel #Briefing was created at 4/24/10 1:48 AM
21:29 <Scarlet_Snow> "I'm glad you enjoyed it, Mistress," Snow says, her head dipping slightly in a carefully calculated display of submission. Her smile and the amused glint in her silver eyes peeking out from beneath her eyelashes calls that submission into question but then it's always been in question.
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21:31 <BrilliantRain> (also, everyone is free to make a per+awa roll)
21:32 <BrilliantRain> (you are also free to open the envelope on the table)
21:33 *Vneef_Vala calmly hears her throat, and smiles. "Am I interrupting something?" She's wearing a nice summer dress - blue, rather than her favored green - and a broad-brimmed hat, and holding a fan. And being attended to by a rather stressed-looking servant, a young lady. Because she's, uh, slightly rounder than the last time you saw her. Just a little.
21:33 <Vneef_Vala> (Unless you botch the Per+Awa roll, in which case you don't get to notice.
21:35 *>Scarlet_Snow<* .....wow. Vala is getting Fat.
21:36 <Vneef_Vala> Said servant gets a gentle admonishment. "See, Jen? We've arrived safely. It's not /that/ hot out. Now, shoo, shoo. Wei should be doing his weekly shopping right about now, go see if you can find him and help out, you know where he goes. I'll be /fine/."
21:36 <BrilliantRain> (Those who aren't Snow, notice that, yes, Vala is pregnant and just starting to show)
21:37 <Vneef_Vala> ( Xuyiko doesn't notice either~ )
21:37 *Scarlet_Snow* Awesome.
21:37 <Xienhua> (Snow and Xuyiko are busy staring dreamily into each other's eyes? ^_^)
21:38 <BrilliantRain> (Those with botches.....well, it looks like Vala hit the wedding cake a little too hard)
21:38 <Xuyiko> (Vala's just not THAT pregnant. And Xuyiko's not spent much time around pregnant women.)
21:39 <Scarlet_Snow> (Neither has Snow.)
21:39 <Scarlet_Snow> (Which isn't as surprising as you might think it is.)
21:39 <Xuyiko> (Snow is scared of pregnancy. Much to her father's disappointment.)
21:40 *Xienhua looks up and smiles at Vala. "Oh! Hello Vala. Uhm, no, you're not interrupting anything. I think?" She glances at the others around the table. Then the extra roundness is noticed, and Xien goes into full "beaming"-mode. "And it seems congratulations is in order!"
21:43 *Vneef_Vala* No reaction to Vala trying to chase the young servant off?
21:44 <BrilliantRain> The servans looks around, sighs, the bows "Yes, my lady." and leaves
21:46 <Vneef_Vala> She waves, and turns back arou- wow, her face went back to serious mode quickly. "Good morning, all."
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21:52 <Xuyiko> "My, my. You're serious today, Vala."
21:52 *Xuyiko snickers.
21:52 *Vneef_Vala* ...If Polu is breeding 4, her child will Exalt on a roll of 1-10. On a ten-sided die.
21:52 *Xienhua is still in happy congratulations mode, even though Vala's gone back to seriose-Vala.
21:53 <Vneef_Vala> "Of course. Today is a day for business." She takes a seat, fanning herself off as she does.
21:53 <Xuyiko> "What business IS that, exactly?"
21:54 *Xienhua nods to the envelope on the table. "Well, I'm assuming we'll have to open that to find out."
21:54 *Xuyiko takes it, and slowly starts opening it. She's meticulous about it!
21:55 *Scarlet_Snow takes her tea and sips it, waiting patiently for Xuyiko to read their assignment.
21:56 <BrilliantRain> The seals appear fully intact as you carefully open it
21:57 *Xuyiko slides the mission out and reads it to herself first.
22:01 <Xuyiko> ( BrilliantRain? Mission?)
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22:02 <Kalga> ( BrilliantRain? Mission?)
22:04 *>Xuyiko<* inside are a couple of nicely draw pictures of people....hey, is that Merera? the briefing letter is as follows: Good Morning. As you know, next week is Calibration, when many parties will be held. Notably, General Cathak Belor and her husband Cynis Falen Parel have hired Cynis Falens Merara to throw a party in honor of the General's recent pregnancy. ...
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22:04 *>Kalga<* inside are a couple of nicely draw pictures of people....hey, is that Merera? the briefing letter is as follows: Good Morning. As you know, next week is Calibration, when many parties will be held. Notably, General Cathak Belor and her husband Cynis Falen Parel have hired Cynis Falens Merara to throw a party in honor of the General's recent pregnancy. ...
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22:07 *Xuyiko pouts. "... Hm." She reads on, unless BrilliantRain has nothing else included?
22:07 *>Xuyiko<* According to our information sources, Lookshian spies will try to use the cover of this party to infiltrate their household to steal classified information. Your Mission, should you choose to accept it, is to idenify these agents and prevent them from gaining access to the documents.
22:08 <Xuyiko> "... Aw... This will be a headache..."
22:08 *>Xuyiko<* This message will self destruct
22:08 *Xuyiko !
22:08 *Xuyiko tosses over... over there!
22:08 <Xuyiko> tosses the paper, even
22:08 *Xuyiko covers her ears.
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22:10 *Xienhua* >.>
22:12 <BrilliantRain> The piece of paper burts into flame with a small bang, before rapidly consuming itself with a large cloud of smoke
22:12 <BrilliantRain> bursts even
22:12 <Xuyiko> "... That was a bit anti-climactic."
22:13 *Xienhua blinks slowly. "Oookay... That was certainly, uhm. Different." She taps her lips thoughtfully, muttering under her breath. "So that's why they needed me to brew up so much of that stuff..."
22:14 <Xuyiko> "Anyway... If I shall summarize the letter for everyone?"
22:14 <Vneef_Vala> Vala nods. To business.
22:15 <Xuyiko> "Good Morning. As you know, next week is Calibration, when many parties will be held. Notably, General Cathak Belor and her husband Cynis Falen Parel have hired Cynis Falens Merara to throw a party in honor of the General's recent pregnancy. According to our information sources, Lookshian spies will try to use the cover of this party to infiltrate their household to steal classified information."
22:15 <Xuyiko> "Your Mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify these agents and prevent them from gaining access to the documents. This message will self destruct."
22:17 <Xienhua> "Oh. Uhm... Well. I'm game for it. But do we have invitations?"
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22:18 <Xienhua> "Oh. Uhm... Well. I'm game for it. But do we have invitations?"
22:19 <Kalga> "I can get them. ... Easily..."
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22:25 <Xuyiko> "Don't ask how. Just consider them good as gotten. Though, if you'd want a date, I'll have to know that in advance." She looks at Vala. "Two invitations for you, then?"
22:26 <Vneef_Vala> "When is the party?"
22:26 <Xuyiko> "Didn't say."
22:27 <BrilliantRain> (Calibration parties traditionally happen over the entire 5 day period)
22:28 <Xuyiko> "Bu-But I'd assume it's the entirety of Calibration."
22:28 <Vneef_Vala> ( Oh. ) "Yes, please." Hmm... she'll have to find a few ways to keep him distracted, if it becomes important.
22:28 <Xuyiko> "Four then." She looks at Xien and Fumiko. "Six? Eight?"
22:29 <Xienhua> "Hmnh...." Xien looks a bit uncomfortable. "... not sure."
22:30 <Peleps_Fumiko_> "Invitations can be procured."
22:31 <Xuyiko> "I-I know. That's what I'm doing. I ju-just wanted a count of how many to get..." :<
22:32 <Xienhua> "Well, for my part, I'm not sure whether I'll have a date or not, is all."
22:32 *Peleps_Fumiko_ nods. "I think I'll be flying solo."
22:33 <Xuyiko> "Aww, shame. I have a cousin, if you want? He's a bit you- wait a second. Aren't you married?"
22:33 <Peleps_Fumiko_> "Yes, I'm married. We keep our business pursuits separate."
22:33 <Xuyiko> "You should go with him. :<"
22:34 *Vneef_Vala* Please tell me my decision to bring him along isn't going to horribly backfire
22:34 <Peleps_Fumiko_> "Did you want to meet him?"
22:34 <Xuyiko> "No, but you're married. You should go with your husband."
22:35 <Peleps_Fumiko_> "If you wish to show your counterfeiting skills, make that two, then."
22:35 <Xuyiko> "... My counterfeiting skills?"
22:36 *Xuyiko turns to Xienhua.
22:36 <Xienhua> "... what?"
22:37 <Xienhua> >.>
22:37 <Xienhua> <.<
22:37 <Xuyiko> "One or two?"
22:37 <Xienhua> "uhm... One?"
22:37 *>Vneef_Vala<* oh it probably won't.
22:37 <Xuyiko> "So... seven in total? Okay then! Moving on!"
22:38 <Xienhua> "Right."
22:38 *Xienhua breathes a silent sigh of relief. Dodged!
22:38 *Xuyiko makes a note to get eight. Just in case~
22:39 *Xienhua shows, once again, that ignorance is bliss.
22:43 *Vneef_Vala* ...is Gie going to be there?
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22:44 *>Vneef_Vala<* you don't remember her being much of a party girl, this is a cynis/cathak party. that said, you have no real way of knowing
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22:54 <Xienhua> "Hmmm. All right then... Think we can get ahold of the guest list?"
22:55 <Kalga> "Again, I can get it easily."
22:56 <Xienhua> "... Ok, now I'm curious; how?"
22:56 <Kalga> "Um."
22:56 <Kalga> "Well..."
22:57 <Kalga> "I kind of know the party planner. She's... my only friend. At least, my only friend who's not also a co-worker. My only friend from school. Not that you guys aren't my friends! Because you are!"
22:58 <Vneef_Vala> "...Can you get plans for the area where the party is being held?"
22:58 <Kalga> "If I can't get them from Merara, I'll make them myself."
22:59 <Vneef_Vala> That should help...
23:01 <Xienhua> "I see. Well, that's a stroke of luck for us, then. And as a bonus, we can make sure your friend's not embarassed by having her party used as a cover for espionage."
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