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  1. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    “Of course” After she listened to the other Novice’s plan in the hallway, Estelia nodded, ”the station will be guarded by Consortium guards it seems, and it sounds like we’ll either have to go through or around them. If we get the plans of the building we may be able to sneak in, but even if we have to force our way through it’s possible whoever we’re looking for isn’t even aware which relay station their signal is routed through. I agree further prodding will only make it more likely that we reveal ourselves. As for whether to ask the Inquisitrix if she can acquire the floor plans for us, I’ll leave that decision up to you. You’re the thoughtful one between us, after all. ”If it comes to it, sometimes it is the duty of an Imperial servant to die, even if they don’t know why and even at the hands of another Imperial servant.“
  2. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Taking one of the unoccupied pews in the back, Estelia begins praying silently, making the sign of the Aquila as she does. She begins with a standard invocation to the Emperor, and then a ritual prayer to Saint Dolan. Feeling she has satisfied tradition, the Novice makes her mental petition: Great Confessor, guide me. I am set against some unknown force of unknown quality, perhaps a danger to the sector or the Imperium at large. Lend me your insight and your voice that brought an end to the apostate Bucharius. Give me the strength to do what must be done to maintain the God-Emperor’s divine reign, as you did in your life. I trust in you to guide my hand, as the Emperor guided yours so long ago. Imperator Vult. Afterward, Estelia remained seated in silent contemplation, hoping vainly for some meaning to spring forth from the chapel. But it was as the Sisters always said, prayer was not a magic key to the galaxy’s answers. Only through action would your plea be answered. She that does nothing never realized that the Emperor and His saints hear the prayers of all humankind. On that note, she wondered what the older armsman was praying for. His life and experience were so far removed from her own that she could hardly imagine what he would seek from Him on Terra. Estelia decided to wait until he was finished then try to strike up a conversation.
  3. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Estelia finds herself wandering back to the kitchen, it was about lunch time in any case. The Novice had adapted rather quickly to eating her meals whenever she saw fit (and had time) rather than with the rest of the Novices at the Convent. What she was still getting used to, however, was preparing food for herself. She had eaten in a cafeteria of some sort for her entire life, until the Inquisition had conscripted her. Today she made a simple sandwich from some kind of sliced meat and a few vegetables that were laying around. When she finished her food, the Novice went to the villa's chappel to pray, both out of habit and in hope of some insight into the task ahead. Perhaps her namesake would have some advice to offer, great speaker and toppler of heretics that he was. Perhaps the other Novice was having more luck than her. All she had learned was that the relay station was almost certainly guarded by Consortium Security, and if they met them they would likely come to blows, or have to reveal their ties to the Inquisition. Considering that they were trying to trace a vox transponder without the owner becoming aware, they both seemed like poor options. Estelia had taken to leaving her laspistols in her domicile while in the villa; they were none too light and perhaps a bit disrespectful to be seen carrying in a place like this, though it was also because she finally had a weapon she could carry unseen beneath her robe. Her nervous habit of fingering her pistol's grips betrayed its location as she walked into the chapel.
  4. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    “I believe that’s all, it sounds like unless Ariel can find some way around if she finds the plans to the station, we might have to force entry if we want to gain access,” the Novice looks rather nervous at the prospect. “Thank you for your help.” Estelia walks slowly back to her room, thinking. She doubted that there would be few enough guards to simply force past, and besides if they did so more would undoubtedly arrive soon after. It seemed to her that they would have to hope Ariel could find something unless they wanted to invoke Inquisitorial authority.
  5. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    “That doesn’t sound especially encouraging, although if we somehow managed to get official approval for our search . . . or convince them we have it, then perhaps they won’t ask many questions. I’d certainly not want our encounter with them to come to violence. At least it sounds like they won’t be any more hostile to us than they would be a native of Desolatum.”
  6. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    ((Talking to Ariel first)) “Carrying around flak Armor all day is tiring, as you should know,” the Novice jokes, “As for exercise, if you want to make it a competition . . .” ————— Estelia moves up to the entrance of the room and knocks on the doorfram (or door if it’s shut), “Lax, are you there?” Seeing that the armsman is in fact present, she moves into the room, “from what we found yesterday, we might be dealing with Consortium Security to get access to that Vox relay station. Do you know anything about them? What sort of equipment do they use, how are they trained, or how they usually act, for example? I hope the situation won’t become violent, but even if it doesn’t it would be good to know what to expect from them.”
  7. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Estelia grins and pulls up a chair, "that looks really good, sort of like something you'd eat on the Feast of the Emperor's Ascension!" She happily eats several of the sweet biscuits, indeed they were something that would not be served on an everyday basis at the Convent or a Schola. Before she leaves, the novice carefully wraps up two of the biscuits in a small cloth, and moves quietly back to Ariel's room (though in her drowsy state she bumps into the door frame as she moves into the room, and almost trips over the other Novice), placing the package on Ariel's robe before going back to her own bed to sleep. She was sure the Emperor wouldn't mind, as long as she still did her best the next day (as with every other day). ((Stealth (Known) = 45, Roll:94 for 5 DoF (or is it 4?))) ((Acquisition Rolls: Concealed Holster Inf 30 (Average=+0) using all +30 I have +10 for downtime=70 target number. Roll:84 for 3 DoF, Fate Point Re-roll:25 for 4 DoS (2 FP remain). Solid Slugs (+0)+10 downtime=40 Roll:79 for 4 DoF. Flame Pistol (Rare=-20)+10 downtime=20 Roll:94 for 8 DoF)) ((So that's a hard no on everything but the holster, and only after a FP there. The emperor doesn't like Estelia having nice things must have been the biscuits . . .)) ((Advances Leap up 200 Double Tap 300 Rapid Reload 300 Step Asside 400 Parry (Trained) 400 Stealth (Trained) 400 Dodge (Veteran) 400 Inquiry (Known) 200 had 100 XP left over last time, spent 2450, now 150 left over)) ((Updated Character Sheet))
  8. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Estelia sighs, “As I’m sure you remember it was the feast of Saint Josmane; we were at liberty so we thought we’d . . . take some liberties. It’s hard to get good candies from a Sister, you know.” Of course Ariel would bring up another of the times she had been caught doing something she shouldn’t have been. Sometimes it seemed the dark skinned girl remembered Estelia’s life better than Estelia did herself. ”Now that I think about I bet I could find something like what I was looking for then around here. You want any?” The Novice smiles at her counterpart
  9. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Estelia realizes how tired she is as they make their way back to the villa and the adrenaline from the day’s events wears off. As it seemed was usual for service with the Inquisition it had been one of the most exciting and terrifying days of her life, she was sure she would see the face of that horrible Astropath when she closed her eyes that night. The Novice returns Lax’s friendly nod and thanks him for informing them of the Sister’s instructions before making her way to her room to romove her armor. Reluctantly she sits down to clean and maintain it, touching up any abrasions on its black paint and polishing the Chaplet imbedded in its chestplate. Next she makes her way to somewhere secluded to practice with her flintlock, firing it without a bullet as before. “I hope this powder still . . . works after being carried around all day,” she mutters to herself. She wasn’t quite sure what would make the weapon not discharge, but you could never tell with something so archaic. It seemed there was still powder in the flash pan, so she pulled the trigger and was rewarded with a statisfying bang. The Novice limited herself to just 5 or 6 firings to avoid bothering anyone too much with the noise. Before sleeping, Estelia paid her respects in the villa’s small chapel and checked in with Ariel, “a pretty exciting day, wasn’t it? Though . . . I could have gone without meeting with an Astropath in such a direct fashion. There are so many strange people in these cities, I think I can better appreciate why most of the Sisters value the convent’s order and tranquility now.” Estelia trails off, realizing she sounds like a character from one of the children’s books at the Schola.
  10. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Estelia raised her eyebrows in surprise at Ariel, she had not expected such assertive behavior from the other Novice. It seemed to have worked, however, even if Estelia could hardly understand the language the note they had received used. Finally, they had what they needed. She hoped they had been subtle enough about getting it. If whoever they were tracking was a noble, and it seemed likely, then someone so powerful as that could be watching them. If, that is, anything the group had done had alerted this mysterious Noble to their presence. Estelia tried to draw no undue attention as the group leaves Pork Gyre. Now that they had the information on parchment it wouldn’t do to have it destroyed or stolen in some sort of confrontation.
  11. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    ((I want to try making the test so it’s not just Father Thorne doing everything but it’ll be a target number of 20 for Estelia (30 Fel + 10 - 20 (untrained))) Estelia decides to take the lead “No, we’re looking to identify a vox code, could you point us in the right direction?” ((Spending a Fate point to increase the target number by 10) Roll: 75 re-roll: 85)) ((for I guess 5 DoF, it was a bit over a 50/50 chance I’d succeed with those fate points but sorry))
  12. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Estelia moves to exit the store. When the group is (presumably) out of earshot of others, she asks, "is there anywhere we can look up vox codes without being too suspicious? Or maybe find other vox units that received calls from this number then track them? If we can find those codes inconspicuously, they might be less dangerous to trace directly. Then at least we can find out who whoever is buying these hankerchiefs is working with."
  13. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    The Novice seems a bit confused, “I’d not thought about it. Thou it is a pretty color,” she motions to the dress Ariel had indicated. ((Estelia is ready to leave if the others think it’s past time ))
  14. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Estelia whispers to the others, “Is there any way to link the code to a specific person or location without actually hailing it and letting them know we have it?” Turning back to Cassa, the Novice asks, “There is a chance that I will have to blend in with higher society at some point, and all I have now is this,” she raps her flak plate with her fist, “and one of those,” she points at Ariel (specifically her robe). “Do you have anything that would fit in in such spaces while not restricting movement too much?” If there’s space Estelia will attempt a ‘simple’ backflip to demonstrate and pray to the Emperor she doesn’t fall on her face. ((45 Agility + 20 Acrobatics = 65 (flak is max Ag 50 but that doesn’t restrict skill bonuses iirc) Roll: 37 for 4 DoS))
  15. Servant of Dante

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    (Whispered to the others) “what should we do? I don’t want to upset her.” ((of those checks Intimidate is the one that would have the highest chance of success for Estelia at 40%))
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