The Sage S Sanctum

<Mina‘Haplo> [ the Sages’ Sanctum, a large, hidden place within Paxia, accessible only by the right person, at the right place, with the right teleportation pad, could access the building. It was large, utilitarian in many regards, and of course a place of knowledge. It is here that the Slayer would find herself… ]
*The_Slayer paces in. She has no expression on her face, of course; the Stinger is held behind her as she prowls into the sanctum proper. "I return."
<Mina‘Haplo> "Slayer." Said a quiet, soft voice, and a woman approached, dressed in a simple, pale blue robe, with short black hair and brown eyes. She is Marcele- The Slayer has spoken to her many times before on similar quests. "What is it that you require?" ]
*The_Slayer tilts her head. "I have accomplished my mission," she responds promptly.
<Mina`Haplo> [ "Excellent." Said Marcele. "He had to die, of course, and his ressurrection was an undesirable problem for both you and others." She said in a soft, yet cool tone. "No complications?" ]
*The_Slayer folds her arms slowly, and says, "I wish to pursue Olon’s necromancer ally."
<Mina‘Haplo> [ "A worthy pursuit. Have you come for information, then?" ]
*The_Slayer nods slowly. "Sophie Garland…" she paces closer towards her, beside a table. "Oblationist. Rogue. There are others who know I am after her. This will be a race, of sorts…"
*The_Slayer sits on the table. "Does the Prophecy interfere with this?"
<Mina`Haplo> [ "I see." She closes her eyes for a moment, then opens them, having performed… Some sort of arcane spell. She starts walking off towards a glowing book on a shelf. "We believe it does." ]
*The_Slayer shifts ever so slightly, legs crossed on the table. "I see. What is it that I must do, then?" She is, after all, Sagebound in duty.
<Mina`Haplo> [ Marcele grabs the book, and returns to the Slayer’s side. "We believe that the prophecy calls for her to be broken." She said. "We have her details within this book here, as well as others. Specific queries?" ]
*The_Slayer moves closer towards it. "Broken? She must be slain?"
<Mina‘Haplo> [ "We believe that she must be… Defeated. Killing her would have repercussions of their own." Said Marcele. "Or at least, injured grievously." ]
*The_Slayer falls silent for a moment, but then says, "So be it." She looks towards the book. "Where may she be found?"
<Mina`Haplo> [ "Her haunt has been Paxia ever since she went rogue." Said Marcele, opening the book. "She shifts like the tide; seemingly random and yet has a pattern to her. She can be found, typically, at four specific locations." ]
*The_Slayer thinks for a moment, and then says, "Four and only four? I surmise that I have destroyed one of them."
<Mina`Haplo> ["Indeed." She nodded. She looks down at her book, and writes down a list of addresses, giving them to the Slayer. One of them is indeed the place the Slayer has just come from. ]
*The_Slayer peers at them, and then says, "So I need to check these individually?"
*The_Slayer gestures. "What does the Prophecy say in specific… is there no clue to be had?"
<Mina`Haplo> ["Checking them individually would be a start, at least." She nods, and says… "The prophecy states that ’Blind Host breaks, and dark she sees', which we believe is to relate to how she shall be defeated. 'Grief and sorrow within her master'… Is either a reference to her demon or to herself, controlled by emotion. 'Anger of bad blood allowed free reign; the wielder of light thus dooms himself'. This is…-
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Perhaps a reference to her demon within."]
*The_Slayer falls silent at that, considering it for a moment, and then says, "Allow me a copy of that passage for this mission. I will begin straight away."
<Mina`Haplo> ["Very well." The Slayer is granted a copy of the passage. "There are other things you must be aware of as well." ]
*The_Slayer stares straight ahead at Marcele. "Do tell."
<Mina`Haplo> ["Sophie Garland is tainted." She said. "Tainted, and should feel the touch of death. However, for now you will restrain yourself. If Sophie Garland is killed whilst her demon yet remains within her, he will emerge. He is not supposed to emerge, and the damage he could cause is immeasurable, for he knows of our existence." A pause. "Once the Oblationists have returned her to their basilica and extracted the demon-
<Mina`Haplo> ["We will have great reason to call upon you to end her."]
*The_Slayer falls further silent at that, but then says, "I understand. But what is this demon? You say he is the ’wielder of light'."
<Mina‘Haplo> ["Melchion, the Loveless General. He is a powerful demon, and one of the oldest, for there was a time when he wielded light as his weapon, before his fall." She looks back down at her book. "Melchion was once an Angel of Damane, centuries before Damane became part of the religion of Balanar. His fury at the corrupt and wicked mortals drove him to demonism, or so it is said."]
*The_Slayer gives her a helpless little shrug after a bit. "Fine by me." A pause, and then there’s an audible little sigh, as she looks at the addresses again.
<Mina‘Haplo> [ The three other addresses are fairly far apart: 9 Adelaide Road, Mercy District, Western Paxia; 2 Reading Road, Paris District, Eastern Paxia; and 94 Moon Boulevard, Angel District, Southern Paxia.]
*The_Slayer announces, "West, East and South… what is this, a cross formation? No matter." She marks the final one, the southern district, and says, "I shall be off now."
<Mina`Haplo> ["Perform your duty." Said Marcele with a nod. ]
*The_Slayer departs, using the teleporter to go there. Maybe she’ll land on the street and get hit by the other team. Hopefully not.

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