The Angevin Assassination

<Mina‘Haplo> [ It’s a cold night in Paxia. A chilly wind blows from the south, from arctic Ringdor, dropping the temperature into the negatives. The sky is cloudy, the angry moon obscured, its red light colouring the clouds. The streets are nearly empty, except for paupers and for those who *have*to be outside.-]
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Tonight, death comes to Angevin House, a stately, expansive mansion belonging to a very old, very wealthy family. It’s massive; over a hundred rooms, most of them unused. The master of the house, Augustus Angevin, sits in his office, his back to the closed window, writing quietly in a diary.]
*The_Slayer has infiltrated Angevin House. The sheer amount of unused rooms means that she's got a fistful and a half of hiding places. Her first stop is to access the circuitry of the house, so that she can knock out the power … and thus, the light.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The circuitry is located on the bottom floor (out of three), in the centre-middle of the house, a relatively large room with all you’d expect from a circuitry room. Most of the rooms aren't being supplied with power, unsurprisingly. ]
*The_Slayer stares up towards the circuitry, and then shuts her eyes invisibly under her hood for a moment. "… it starts here," she states to herself, raising the Stinger to smash the power.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The Slayer destroys the power in short order; within seconds, a visible -hum- can be heard as the power in the house is cut off entirely. Lights black out, appliances go dead… The works. ]
*The_Slayer lurks into the shadows now, moving towards her quarry. Augustus Angevin, and his office. And the stage on which his demise will be carried out.
<Mina`Haplo> [ Augustus Angevin’s office is on the 2nd floor, in the centre of the house, at the very back. The door is made of expensive mahogany, with silver filigree decoration.]
*The_Slayer waits, perched behind an entrance not too far in. Once she feels she's ready, she extends her hand to mage-hand his door open. Let the mindfucking begin.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The door slides open as the Slayer telekinetically manipulates the handle. Inside is a well-decorated, fashionable, expansive office, with a large, somewhat cluttered desk near the window. Bookcases line the walls, as well as a fireplace on the western wall. (The window is on the north). What’s missing? Augustus Angevin. He's not here. ]
*The_Slayer isn't actually entering the office, just flinging it open to bait him to come outside. She waits, ever the patient huntress.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ … … … … … Is she at least looking in? ]
*The_Slayer will do so after a minute or two, although it’s with utmost caution that she creeps down the hall to peek in, from the side.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The office is indeed deserted. The Slayer can tell he isn’t in here at all; he's gone… What else she can tell is that one of the pokers in the fireplace is sticking out at a very odd angle… Almost as if it were a hastily-used lever of some kind. ]
*The_Slayer thinks. Where would the fireplace lead?
<Mina‘Haplo> [ There’s a room next to Augustus's office, on the same wall as the fireplace, but it's probably not 'deep' enough for the fireplace to lead into it. Otherwise, it's probably leading to a staircase down… ]
*The_Slayer glides inward, examining the room carefully for any sign of traps or detection. She doesn't want him to get the lead on her position.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The room lacks traps. Presumably the master didn’t want to trip himself over. There aren't any forms of detection, or at least obvious ones. ]
*The_Slayer uses the poker, with the mage hand. Here we go, semi-obvious probably a trap hidden exit.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The pulling of the lever sees the back wall of the fireplace slide across, revealing a wooden-walled room leading, indeed, into a staircase. She can’t see how far down it is just yet. ]
*The_Slayer shakes her head and moves inward, careful as she enters downwards.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The staircase is long. Longer than should be; it’s going into the ground, basically. The walls change from wood to a more solider stone as the Slayer progresses, At the bottom… Is a door to her left.]
*The_Slayer presses against it to listen beyond.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ She doesn’t hear any amazingly loud noises, but she can hear a slight pat-pat of footsteps, growing fainter… ]
*The_Slayer throws the door open to turn swiftly into the room.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The door opens, leading into a long corridor, about 90’ long. It splits into two other corridors at the end, but the Slayer is fast enough to notice, just briefly, a shape flitting around the corner of the right corridor. ]
*The_Slayer moves into full stride now, while trying to balance quietness. There's only so much she can do when she's moving at a full sprint, however.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The Slayer follows; Angevin’s footsteps can be heard quite clearly, despite the distance, and as the Slayer reaches the end of the corridor, she notices to her right (the corridor Angevin went down), a room with a stone door… There's a matching room and door to her left, as well. ]
*The_Slayer ardently gives chase, moving to the door to examine it.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The door is strong; it’d be hard to break down. Despite this, Angevin hasn't bothered to lock the thing; it's quite easily openable. Inside, the sounds of what sound like… Pounding, against a surface, can be heard. ]
*The_Slayer opens the door, readying herself for his trickery ahead.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Augustus Angevin is indeed inside, on his knees on what looks to be a teleportation circle. He’s hitting it constantly, and mumbling words, but it doesn't seem to be working. He's young; About 17, 18 maybe, with short, black hair and brown eyes. His face is flushed with a furious sort of fear; he's scared, but there is hatred in his eyes. ]
*The_Slayer takes slow steps towards him as she gestures with her hand, the trefoil crest appearing upon his chest as she flicks her fingers towards him. "It is time for you to pay the creditor, Angevin," she announces.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Angevin shoots the Slayer a hate-filled glare. "You’ll regret this." He hisses. He keeps pounding the circle. "Why won't this work…" ]
*The_Slayer bluffs him, "You think I would ring in the bell that sings your funeral while still letting your coffin remain unnailed?"
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Angevin Looks up at the Slayer, his anger deepening. "You did this. You bastard." ]
*The_Slayer pulls her sword up to aim it towards his head. "Make peace with your sins. Your time has come."
<Mina`Haplo> [ Time slows for Augustus Angevin as his mind tries to comprehend what is happening. His life is in danger, nearly about to be abruptly terminated… "Your soul will burn with mine in hell." He hisses. ]
*The_Slayer watches him say that, and then says, "Yes. I’ve a later appointment with the Reaper, however." She then initiates, the full force of her power moving onward as she closes the gap to begin attacking him.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Stinger pierces Angevin’s unprotected, soft body easily, stabbing through his chest with little resistance. The air is forced out of his lungs in a pathetic gasp, blood filling his mouth and pouring out of his wound. "Y… Y… You…" ]
*The_Slayer twists the blade — no small feat, given it's a two-handed sword — and tears it out, the blood mixing in with her outfit, the small threads digesting what is splattered. "Send my regards to the abyssal. Dwell forevermore upon the errors of your youth there."
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Angevin’s body slumps onto the teleportation circle, lifeless and empty, a pool of blood expanding around his body. ]
*The_Slayer takes the time to damage the circle if it still could be used, afterwards.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The circle is irrevocably damaged. ]
*The_Slayer examines him for a moment… before turning to leave. Or, at least, tries to.
<Mina`Haplo> [ Angevin is a corpse, currently busy having his blood pour out onto the floor below. He’s genuinely dead. His eyes gaze up at the roof with a sort of glassy dead expression. ]
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Nothing stops the Slayer from leaving the secret little chamber. ]
*The_Slayer is back at the entrance, where she… gets a hunch, and checks the other door just to be sure. She likes to kick her tires, as it were, before she leaves.
<Mina`Haplo> [ The room is dark, and rather dank; it’s far more poorly kept than the teleportation room. In it is a bed, low to the ground, small and rather uncomfortable; there's a shape under the covers. The door seems to lack a handle on the inside. ]
*The_Slayer moves in, creeping towards the figure… and pulling the covers free.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The shape… It’s a boy, perhaps 9 years old or so, thin and emaciated; the child's features bear a passing resemblance to the man the Slayer just stabbed viciously in the chest. He is breathing, at least, but his eyes are closed. ]
*The_Slayer rouses him. "Awake," she commands.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The child squeaks in fear as his eyes open, and he turns his head ever so slightly, looking up at the Slayer… He shrinks away in fear. ]
*The_Slayer questions, with no seeming sympathy in her voice, "What are you doing here, little one?"
<Mina`Haplo> [ The child stares up at the Slayer, trembling, and points at the door, before speaking in a pained voice "H-he… Didn’t want to kill me yet…" ]
*The_Slayer leans further in, her face still a dark void, saying, "He?"
<Mina‘Haplo> [ "My brother, Augustus, he…" The kid creeps back, away from the Slayer, fearfully. "He… He said… If I died, people would suspect, so…" ]
*The_Slayer stands straight up as she says, "Augustus Angevin is dead."
<Mina`Haplo> [ "He…" The child tucks his knees under his chin. There’s a sort of sadness in his face, but it disappears quietly and without fuss. "Can… Can I go?" ]
*The_Slayer looks down at him, before questioning, "Who are you?"
<Mina‘Haplo> [ "I’m Marcus Angevin." He says, looking up at the Slayer's hood. ]
*The_Slayer is careful to not show her face, but then sighs softly as she questions very directly, "Did you take part in your brother's schemes?"
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Marcus’s face has a sort of incomprehensible horror to it, as if the Slayer had shown him his brother's corpse directly. "Why would I want mum and dad dead?" He chokes. ]
*The_Slayer is showing a child no mercy, divining his words to see if he lies or not. "I would not know. I simply want to know if you did or not. You have nothing to fear if you did not."
<Mina‘Haplo> [ "I didn’t…" Tears start welling up in the child's eyes. ]
*The_Slayer sighs again, as she leans forward to say, "No crying. There is nothing I cannot tolerate more than a crying child. Do you hear? Now come, little one. I am not here to harm you."
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Marcus is pretty terrified of the Slayer, but it works both ways, and he quickly brushes his tears aside and wills them not to continue. He slowly slides forward and off the bed, looking up at the slayer. He’s pretty short, being a kid; maybe about 3'9" at most. "A-alright."]
*The_Slayer guides him towards the fireplace, where they're now back at the office. She thinks. His mom and dad are dead, and so is his brother. There's also a cabal of assassins that his brother worked with. Who else is in charge of this place?
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Marcus follows on. With mum, dad, and brother dead, the house’s 'governing' would fall to the Head of the Household Staff. ]
*The_Slayer turns to Marcus to say, "Listen well, and listen closely, dear child. There are still bad people who wish to do you harm. One day you may yet be able to defend yourself, but for now, you will need help." She slips him a card, placing it in his palm.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Marcus stares down at the card… A Slayer Calling Card? ]
*The_Slayer handed him Paxia’s police department's card. In particular, one Walter Darling. "I want you to call him, and tell him everything that your brother and whoever else has done to you. He will protect you."
<Mina‘Haplo> [ "A… Alright." Marcus nodded gravely, looking up at the Slayer… "You… You saved me…" He mumbles. ]
*The_Slayer has a stare that almost is palpable beyond the imperceptible, impenetrable veil of darkness. "No, child. I did not. I merely slaughtered your brother, and in cold blood. I am not your savior; only an avenger of the wronged." She stands up, and turns around, walking towards the exit.
<Mina`Haplo> [ Marcus stares at the Slayer, watching her go. His expression is part fear, horror, yet also some awe there; despite what the Slayer may have said, part of it obviously wasn’t sinking in. "Balanar go with you." He blesses as she goes. ]
*The_Slayer stops as she reaches the door, and then says, "I also would not trust Mister Harold Ganson. Take this as advice from the dark." Then, as she continues to walk, her form shatters into rose petals that float upwards, turning translucent as she does so. Then, the usual 'bookend out of here before people notice you're just invisible for 9 squares'.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ Marcus watches, his eyes big at the show of Unusual Supernaturalism… He trembles, scared and cold, before he heads over to his brother’s desk… And picks up a dead phone. Because someone cut the power. ]

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