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    Lashid straightens up in fright when Reelshka approaches, quickly spinning around to face her with a terrified rictus. Ah! Yes, hello. Um, of course, yes, digging. He takes a little bit to orient himself to the question as he stares at Reelshka. O-only, well, we will need the room to start up the farms anyway a-and the stone will... um... he trails off. Another dwarf has spotted the conversation and has marched up to the pair of them, staring down Reelshka. So what's going here then? She asks, moving such that she's juuuuuust between Reelshka and Lashid.
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    [Eastside Streets]

    Reelshka maintains a professional and calm expression even as she's inwardly rolling her eyes so much that they just spin around.

    "I wanted to discuss the choice of focusing on underground work first. My plan was to start by clearing the roads and rubble. The people of the city need their road backs, and whatever buildings that can be salvaged right now."
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    Oh, is that? She postures less aggressively hearing that. That shouldn't be a problem should it? She prompts him. No, no, of course. I'll get everyone to focus on clearing the roads. The um, underground construction was just going to be a temporary arrangement for our food and workshops once we have the space down there I think, and uh, to quarry out some stone as well. We can get by just with the salvaged concrete but some good quality stone should um... help. Lashid looks mostly to the other dwarf there as he speaks although it's pretty clear he's talking to Reelshka.
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    [Eastside Streets]

    Reelshka nods.

    "Some temporary quarters will be useful, true. As for stone, we're going to have some materials brought in. I bought them using GLoG's emergency funds. Stone, wood, mortar and so on. From the Underside colony. Most of the people in Riverside aren't really used to underground living."
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    "Quite a range of portfolios you want to have there. We might have to peruse the library for that one. I know entities that cover some, but not all, of those concepts however. Where we are from, Helios is commonly sought after in the quest of knowledge and communication. But when it comes to living beings... there are the yu-seeds." She frowns. "It's too bad our expert on the subject turned traitor. She would have been useful now." Zula let's out a heavy sigh. "But let's not waste any time. There might be a particular yu-seed we could find in the library as I think that might be closest to your needs."
    "The work is great; we will eventually need every advantage."

    "It is fine. I am no stranger to research." Well, technically they are. But there's someone who wasn't helping out.
    Françoise readily follows Zula towards the library.

    "What exactly happened to the last expert? Was it because of the yu-seeds themselves, or is that merely an unlucky coincidence for me?" Basically, do they need to be concerned? Are entities of life particularly insidious partners?
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    [Mayoral Meeting]

    Electra smiles and nods, giving the mayor's hand a firm shake.

    "Indeed I am. Thanks," She says, following Felandria to her office, waiting until they've entered it before going on. "My name is Electra, and I'm here on behalf of MERC. We have a proposal we'd like for you to consider."
    Felandria takes a seat behind her desk and offers for Electra to have a seat.

    Well, I’m certainly open to any proposal that might help rebuild.

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    A call from Southside, more specific DMside, will come in asking for the mayor or anyone in charg of the rebuilding.
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    The phone is still ringing I guess someone seems very eager to talk.
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    ...Mortar. The dwarf says, glancing at Reelshka. Oh, uh, yes, we probably won't need the mortar, really, or uh, any of the wood. Lashid says, again looking at his friend instead of Reelshka. This made the conversation a lot easier. We might need some proper glass, though, otherwise we'd likely have to dig to the magma sea to fuel the forges for pearlash. I suppose we could use charcoal but it strikes me as a bit, uh, labour intensive. Oh no Reelshka this guy might be a big nerd! The uh, the people of the city shouldn't need to live underground, indeed, I imagine conditions are going to be fairly spartan there. I believe it's just serving as a uh, a base of operations. Just imagine she's a dwarf Lashid. A weird brown dwarf with pointy teeth. It's fine.
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    [Mayoral Meeting]

    Electra shakes her head as she takes her seat.

    "Oh, I'm fine, thanks," she says, in a friendly tone. Her expression grows a bit more serious, though as she leans forward slightly. "And yes, we'd like to help. We're aware that most of the Hunters who survived the invasion resigned right after AMEN and the demons retreated. We'd like to make an offer to have MERC fill in the gaps in your security forces. We have experience in the area; I'm sure you're aware of the contract we had with Malechenar before the invasion. I myself once resided in Southside and lived in the city for a time, and I was in the city and engaged Zefir briefly during the invasion; Wenomir requisitioned myself and one of our other members' services during the fighting. I realize that this is a bit unorthodox, but it would help free more of your personnel to focus on recovery and reconstruction if we can shoulder some of the burden of security for you, at least for the time being."
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    [Northside - Fourth Tower Compound]

    The 'library' looks like it once was a shop of some kind where they just replaced all the items with books, or at least are about to as a bunch of usual young men and women in teal ponchos are busy filling the empty shelves with books taken from a number of large piles near the entrance.

    "You have to excuse the mess, we're still settling in here." Zula explains as she makes way towards one of the filled shelves, the acolytes giving her respectful nods as the ape-woman passes them by.
    "But no, the yu-seeds didn't have anything directly to do with it, but their philosophy had I'm afraid. The traitor was what most people would call a 'monster'. A race of plant-creatures called 'dimm' that worship the yu-seeds as gods and use all other races as nutriments. Not even civil enough to form as much as pair. Which made it all stranger that she joined an actual organization, but not so strange that she eventually would come to betray it." Zula shakes her head as she starts looking over the book titles. "It was only a matter of time really." She suddenly stops to turn to Françoise. "From what I heard, you 'angels' have been called 'monsters' because how you look, haven't you?"

    Zula takes out of a book from one of the lowers shelves which she can easily reach without looking away from the 'angel'. "Well, unlike monsters and like all civilized races, you clearly understand the value of society with its organization and numbers. Something I fear that the dimm and their gods will never do. They are entity's that conceptualize 'the survival of the fittest' in its purest form. Regardless of the fact that society is clearly the fittest form evolution has produced. The traitor, 'Vax' couldn't conform to our benefactor Malechenar's care and took off with a group of acolytes and teachers."
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    The neighboring manor was a fairly quaint little complex, three stories tall and appearing to be built largely of wood and cobble. It wasn't much of a manor, in truth; the classiest thing about it beyond the impeccable construction was the latticed windows that looked out upon the street, and it only barely qualified as far as size went.

    Perhaps this simpler nature was why Anastasia currently knelt in front of the wooden back door, focused intently on the lock as she leveraged the pick she held within, testing the tension rod to check for any give. It might take a second for Eliseo to recognize his classroom acquaintance, dressed in dark jeans and a black winter jacket... but that fluffy vulpine tail was as present as always, and her ginger hair tied back into a loose ponytail with that trademark blue ribbon.
    [Sneaking Out]

    Eliseo stops in place when he sees someone else here. The hell? Should he call the cops or something? It takes him a moment longer to recognize the person. Wow, okay. Now what? An idea…

    Mustering his deepest voice (he tries at least), Eliseo says. "Police. Put your hands up."

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    [Malachanar's New Home==> Eventide Manor]

    Eventide manor, Malechenar's new seat of government as they call it, is one of the largest manors in the entire city. It already belonged to a noble that supported the faction so the fact they claimed it isn't a huge surprise.
    On his way there Kirk will see that Malechenar agents is actually openly recruiting people on the street of the city as they are busy repairing the damages that were done during the invasion and there do seem like some are interested. After all, some might not be able to afford to repair their business after the attack so joining a peace-keeping organization might seem like the only way forward.

    To even get to the manor Kirk has to pass a number of check-points where he will have to confirm that he's indeed Kirk Locke of MERC and not anyone else.
    Finally getting there, security is still tight with gargoyles and their riders patrolling the skies and armed guards walking the perimeter. He gets an escort and isn't allowed a single moment alone until he's been guided to what once muse have been a grand dining hall which has been converted into what appears to be a throne room.
    Yet the ornate throne is empty. Instead, Kirk will find the Lord of Malechenar sitting on on of the simple wooden chairs by the dining table all alone.

    But as Kirk enters the hall the vampire lord gets up and it quickly becomes clear that Ryhe is still an imposing figure. A face-concealing silver helmet that seems attached to the crest and shoulder plates that are underneath. From this ornate armor flows long robes of deep purple and crimson red that barely shifts as he gets up and walks over, his arms completely hidden as he moves.

    Being a little over three meter tall, Ryhe towers over most people, something Kirk might especially oncerning once the vampire is standing right in front of him. A spindly metal-clad arm suddenly emerges from the robes to offer the drow a handshake, revealing that Ryhe has been wearing a mantle over the front of his robes.
    "Kirk Locke, we finally meet in person. I regret not being able to talk to you at any length at our hallowed banquet, but there were a lot of regrets to be had at that occasion, and I'm sure you had your share. Please tell me that you, Miss Xifhara and all your agents at least made it out of the city unscathed?"
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    Imposing, perhaps, but Kirk isn’t one to be imposed. He extends his hand without a moment of hesitation. "Yes, thankfully. We’re lucky for that. Especially since our people made sure to see to their duty until the last evacuee was clear." Perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, as he doubts everyone had such discipline, but it’s not that far off.

    "Commendable work, if I do say so myself. Of course, I’m sure you expected no less. You didn’t hire us to half ass the job, now did you?" He ends with a cheeky smile.

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    Whether Eliseo's impression is actually good or simply abysmal, it doesn't change much about Anastasia's reaction. Tail bristling in surprise, the kitsune flinches, a startled little exclamation slipping out as she fumbles and drops her tools. Raising her hands a little tentatively, she starts to speak, turning her head to look behind her.

    "P-please don't hurt me office-" the foxgirl pauses mid-sentence as her frightened blue eyes spot Eliseo, and her relief is fleeting as she recognizes him. "...E-Eliseo? Wha- what are you doing here?" Oh gods, not one of her classmates! She didn't want someone she knew to know she was a thief, now he's going to tell everyone else and no one is going to want to even sit next to her, much less hang out with her!
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    [Mayoral Meeting]

    Electra shakes her head as she takes her seat.

    "Oh, I'm fine, thanks," she says, in a friendly tone. Her expression grows a bit more serious, though as she leans forward slightly. "And yes, we'd like to help. We're aware that most of the Hunters who survived the invasion resigned right after AMEN and the demons retreated. We'd like to make an offer to have MERC fill in the gaps in your security forces. We have experience in the area; I'm sure you're aware of the contract we had with Malechenar before the invasion. I myself once resided in Southside and lived in the city for a time, and I was in the city and engaged Zefir briefly during the invasion; Wenomir requisitioned myself and one of our other members' services during the fighting. I realize that this is a bit unorthodox, but it would help free more of your personnel to focus on recovery and reconstruction if we can shoulder some of the burden of security for you, at least for the time being."
    Well, if Wenomir vouches for you, that’s all I really need.

    I would be more than happy to accept your offer.

    We’d just need to figure out the details.


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    Here, write down what you think you’ll need.

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    The phone is still ringing I guess someone seems very eager to talk.
    At a separate time from the meeting, Felandria answers the phone with a British accent.

    Hello, this is the mayor’s office, my name is Victoria and I am not the mayor, how may I direct your call?
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    [Eastside -Mayor office - Phone]

    A young female voice will come from the other end. Not sure if Felandria knows Mia, so I don't know if she recognizes.
    A pause appears since Mia is not sure why Victoria mentions she is not the mayor.

    "Hello, I'm Mia Mechanicus from the DMside district." she says. "I'm calling to make an offer about reconstructins. May I speak to the mayor or any other person in charge, please?"
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    [Northside - Fourth Tower Compound]

    The 'library' looks like it once was a shop of some kind where they just replaced all the items with books, or at least are about to as a bunch of usual young men and women in teal ponchos are busy filling the empty shelves with books taken from a number of large piles near the entrance.

    "You have to excuse the mess, we're still settling in here." Zula explains as she makes way towards one of the filled shelves, the acolytes giving her respectful nods as the ape-woman passes them by.
    "But no, the yu-seeds didn't have anything directly to do with it, but their philosophy had I'm afraid. The traitor was what most people would call a 'monster'. A race of plant-creatures called 'dimm' that worship the yu-seeds as gods and use all other races as nutriments. Not even civil enough to form as much as pair. Which made it all stranger that she joined an actual organization, but not so strange that she eventually would come to betray it." Zula shakes her head as she starts looking over the book titles. "It was only a matter of time really." She suddenly stops to turn to Françoise. "From what I heard, you 'angels' have been called 'monsters' because how you look, haven't you?"

    Zula takes out of a book from one of the lowers shelves which she can easily reach without looking away from the 'angel'. "Well, unlike monsters and like all civilized races, you clearly understand the value of society with its organization and numbers. Something I fear that the dimm and their gods will never do. They are entity's that conceptualize 'the survival of the fittest' in its purest form. Regardless of the fact that society is clearly the fittest form evolution has produced. The traitor, 'Vax' couldn't conform to our benefactor Malechenar's care and took off with a group of acolytes and teachers."
    Françoise shakes its head.
    "How terrible. There is much more to a people than their nutritional content."
    Well, maybe not all races. But most of them.
    "Yes, we too are often taken to be monsters. Because this world is dangerous, we are given weapons and armor in our own flesh. So we seem fearsome. Most of us do not speak your language. So we seem bestial. And what is good and necessary often seems terrible to short-sighted beings."

    But that's not important. Clearly the 4th tower is willing to cooperate with monsters.
    And she's right. Society does have value. Of course society would do better with the angels in charge, free to alter all the mortals to fit their design. But it isn't time for that. They aren't ready.

    The angel focuses on the book in Zula's hands.
    "Survival of the fittest is a noble concept. It isn't everything. But it is how life..."
    Françoise trails off. The angels didn't evolve. They were uplifted by gods. And then ate those gods. And then were transformed by otherworldly spirits. But the idea of taking living things, testing them against each other, preserving the better. They do that. It's unnatural selection at best, connected, but different.

    "That is how the dimm think of the yu-seeds. What does the Fourth Tower think of them?"
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    [Eventide Manor]

    The vampire lords armor-clad hand feels cool to touch, but was Kirk expecting anything else?
    "I did hear some of the nobles putting in good words for you, so indeed." Ryhe remarks as he moves towards the long-table. "Why don't you have a seat? Since you are here to discuss Malechenar's and MERC's future relationship, yes? Since I don't think there is any secret what our priority beyond making the city safe is." He gestures at the throne as he stands in front of the seat opposite to Kirk's. "I mean, they constructed an actual throne after just a weeks of being without a castle. So to spare myself from the indignity of having to move out of my sleeping chamber since they're turning it into a opera-hall, I need to get the old girl back."

    [Northside - Fourth Tower Compound]

    The book seems rather plain, not even having a title, just a series of numbers and letters on the cover.
    Tucking the book underneath her arm, Zula replies. "We believe they can be useful, as can most entity's. If given access to any life they can nearly perform any changes to it, both in body and soul. The issue is that they are often unwilling to perform any manner of services even after going through the trouble of contacting them. See, they are not able to communicate in any know languages so they always need another outsider or a diim to interpret what they mean. But even when you do managed to get a hand of one, they can have strange demands and can refuse doing certain things." She pats the book. "But that's what this is for, the full record of every time the fourth tower have communicated with the yu-seeds."

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    Reelshka blinks. Curiosity and caution battle inside her mind for a while, before curiosity wins.

    "...I'll order some glass, sure. But do you normally use magma as a power source?"

    The ears of a pair of goblins walking nearby seem to be perking up...
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    [Mayoral Meeting]

    Electra takes the pen and paper, and quickly writes down the most immediately critical issues she can think of. Then she reaches into her briefcase and pulls out a thin packet, before handing both back to the Mayor. The list is relatively short, but in order, she's listed, Numbers Needed, Command Structure, Contract Term, and Payment. She gestures at the packet.

    "I've taken the liberty of drafting a proposed contract; but what I listed should be enough to let us get started. Unfortunately, I can't offer our services for free; our members do have to eat after all, but due to the situation, we're offering a deep discount on our services, and the fee will be a flat rate based on the number of people you'll need. For lack of a better term, we're offering our services 'at or below cost'. I might have to run a few things by the boss, but we're willing to work with the city on payment terms, as well."

    Her expression softens.

    "Basically, tell me how many people you need, and with what specialties, who they need to report to, and for how long, and I can fill in the blanks for what it will take to get them here and helping out as quickly as possible."
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    "Maybe- I will be better at communicating with them. Language is just...you know..." Surely the phone won't be necessary.

    Françoise holds out a tentacle to take the book and begin examining the records. That's what's going on here, right?
    Is the plan to contact an entity on day one?
    That would be impressively serious of this place.
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    Ah, tech. He can talk about this. Ah, yes, obviously for forging and such we use it quite extensively, but recently I've been experimenting with its use in energy production - obviously some simple waterwheel set ups can provide for all the power we need for most simple constructions - but they take up vast quantities of space when you start really setting up defenses. If you run up a well of magma you can use to heat water and uh, well... Lashid is suddenly self conscious. Not really uh, important. He lamely concludes. Alright well, I'm sure you've bored the goblin enough. The other dwarf says, trying to lead Lashid away, turning back to roll her eyes at Reelshka. Some people need a good kick in the pants in her opinion.
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    "This is actually pretty interesting," Reelshka says. "But we've got a job to do, so we can talk about it later," she adds, adjusting her hard hat. "Let's get this road back in shape today, shall we?"
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    Whether Eliseo's impression is actually good or simply abysmal, it doesn't change much about Anastasia's reaction. Tail bristling in surprise, the kitsune flinches, a startled little exclamation slipping out as she fumbles and drops her tools. Raising her hands a little tentatively, she starts to speak, turning her head to look behind her.

    "P-please don't hurt me office-" the foxgirl pauses mid-sentence as her frightened blue eyes spot Eliseo, and her relief is fleeting as she recognizes him. "...E-Eliseo? Wha- what are you doing here?" Oh gods, not one of her classmates! She didn't want someone she knew to know she was a thief, now he's going to tell everyone else and no one is going to want to even sit next to her, much less hang out with her!
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    Eliseo doubles over, covering his mouth to stifle his laughter. "The look on your face." He manages to collect himself after a moment, though he covers his mouth for a moment later. "Pretty sure you gotta answer that question before me. Unless you just got locked out of your personal mansion."

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    The vampire lords armor-clad hand feels cool to touch, but was Kirk expecting anything else?
    "I did hear some of the nobles putting in good words for you, so indeed." Ryhe remarks as he moves towards the long-table. "Why don't you have a seat? Since you are here to discuss Malechenar's and MERC's future relationship, yes? Since I don't think there is any secret what our priority beyond making the city safe is." He gestures at the throne as he stands in front of the seat opposite to Kirk's. "I mean, they constructed an actual throne after just a weeks of being without a castle. So to spare myself from the indignity of having to move out of my sleeping chamber since they're turning it into a opera-hall, I need to get the old girl back."
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    Kirk takes the seat and chuckles politely at Ryhe's joke. "Yes, that's exactly why I'm here. We have a proposal for you. To be frank, after such an attack I'm certain you and your people have their hands full. We'd like to propose an extension to your existing contract with us. We're already doing good work in Westside for you, why not Northside as well? You can focus on rebuilding and other efforts, and leave peace keeping to our people."

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    Anastasia pouts a little, crossing her arms. "It wasn't funny." She quietly insists, before getting to her feet and turning to face Eliseo. He might note that the kitsune looks like she's seen better days; there are bags under her eyes, and she looks a little scrawnier, like she hasn't been eating as much as she should. She also isn't wearing any makeup - not a huge difference, but Anastasia was always fairly attentive about making sure she looked her best.

    When the spotlight swaps to her, Ana hesitates, a blend of fear and worry on her face. She couldn't tell him the truth, that could be devastating for her! But... it's not like she had any believable excuses. If she refused to answer, Eliseo might just dislike her for it, and she didn't want some sort of argument or confrontation to happen. So, sighing, her shoulders slumping, the kitsune decides to answer.

    "I... I was trying to break in. To steal things." She confesses. "I can't find a job anywhere, the landlord's gonna kick me out, I'm scared, and it's all I'm, like, even remotely good at, I don't know what else to do!" All the pent-up fretting and anxiety that the would-be thief has been bottling up for so long comes pouring out as she struggles to try and justify her actions, to excuse what she knows is wrong and stop Eliseo from hating her or looking down on her.
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    "Uh..." Okay, Eliseo wasn't expecting that. His mouth opens and closes like a fish a few times before he can manage a reply. "Well they probably have a security system, so you might not want to do that." He suggests lamely. He taps his toe on the ground awkwardly. "Shouldn't you let your parents worry about that stuff or something?"

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    A brief silence hangs in the air, and Anastasia is about to agree with Eliseo that yeah, maybe this wasn't such a great idea, when he asks about her parents. It's a question he might regret - the topic brings tears to Anastasia's eyes, tail practically wilting down to the ground as she starts to cry.

    "T-they're gone, I... the invasion happened, and- and they never came back." The kitsune chokes out, sniffling as she tries to calm her breathing. "Gods, I-I'm sorry, I - for - for breaking down like this." She finally continues after a couple of moments, wiping her sleeve across her face. "It- it's not your problem, I shouldn't be bothering you with it." Great, not only did she spill the beans on everything she didn't want to tell Eliseo, she just freaking broke down in tears in front of him!

    "...what- what about you? Did... did anything happen?" Anastasia asks, calming down a little more. It was an attempt to divert the conversation, but the concern wasn’t fake.
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    [Eastside -Mayor office - Phone]

    A young female voice will come from the other end. Not sure if Felandria knows Mia, so I don't know if she recognizes.
    A pause appears since Mia is not sure why Victoria mentions she is not the mayor.

    "Hello, I'm Mia Mechanicus from the DMside district." she says. "I'm calling to make an offer about reconstructins. May I speak to the mayor or any other person in charge, please?"
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    Hello, Mayor’s Office, Mayor Felandria speaking.

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    [Mayoral Meeting]

    Electra takes the pen and paper, and quickly writes down the most immediately critical issues she can think of. Then she reaches into her briefcase and pulls out a thin packet, before handing both back to the Mayor. The list is relatively short, but in order, she's listed, Numbers Needed, Command Structure, Contract Term, and Payment. She gestures at the packet.

    "I've taken the liberty of drafting a proposed contract; but what I listed should be enough to let us get started. Unfortunately, I can't offer our services for free; our members do have to eat after all, but due to the situation, we're offering a deep discount on our services, and the fee will be a flat rate based on the number of people you'll need. For lack of a better term, we're offering our services 'at or below cost'. I might have to run a few things by the boss, but we're willing to work with the city on payment terms, as well."

    Her expression softens.

    "Basically, tell me how many people you need, and with what specialties, who they need to report to, and for how long, and I can fill in the blanks for what it will take to get them here and helping out as quickly as possible."
    Felandria reads the paper and the packet.

    She nods thoughtfully.

    I think everything her is very reasonable.

    I see no reason why I can’t give you at least a tentative yes.

    You will understand, I hope, that I will need to check up on a thing or two before I give you the full green light, but I think this will all work out very nicely.

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    Oh, why yes, certainly, allow me to patch you through.

    Felandria hums into the phone for a moment.

    Hello, Mayor’s Office, Mayor Felandria speaking.

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    Felandria reads the paper and the packet.

    She nods thoughtfully.

    I think everything her is very reasonable.

    I see no reason why I can’t give you at least a tentative yes.

    You will understand, I hope, that I will need to check up on a thing or two before I give you the full green light, but I think this will all work out very nicely.
    [Eastside -Mayor office - Phone]

    Mia is a bit confused, she can hear out that it is the same voice. This means either it is one person and just tricking they are two or there are two people with identicall voice.
    "Hello, I'm Mia Mechanicus from the DMside district." she says, not hiding that shee is confsed.. "As I sad I'm calling to make an offer about reconstructins. Would you be intressed in that? As for the conditions I guess we can offer a relative low price, which should be no big deal to pay even in these times."
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    [Mayoral Meeting]

    Electra nods with an understanding smile when Felandria says she needs to do some checking before giving a firm green light.

    "Great! There's no problem if you need to do some checking first; I realize this is coming out of the blue more or less and you've got a lot of things to juggle." She pulls a business card from the inside breast pocket of her suit coat, and hands it to the Mayor. The front is embossed with the MERC logo, along with Electra's name, Dipsnig's name, and a contact number for each of them. The one for Dipsnig is MERC's general contact number; the one for Electra is her internal comm's number.

    "When you're ready, just give us a call, and we'll work out the remaining details from there. In the meantime, if you find you have immediate needs for one or two operatives, please don't hesitate to give me a call. I'd be more than happy to extend my services at the same rates that are outlined in the proposed contract."
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    [Eventide Manor]

    Ryhe puts his armored hands together and leans forward. "Is that so? How curious." The vampire lord raises two fingers in the air. "But first, answer me these two questions. First, are you offering the other sides of the city the same deal? Secondly, are you aware that there have been others offering us similar deals since after the invasion. It's fascinating how helpful everyone gets after disasters like this. Must be that common humanitarian spirit I heard so much about."

    [Northside - Fourth Tower Compound]

    The book appears to be written like a journal, with dates and times at the top of every page. Yet it's also partly written in what appears to be some kind of code.
    Each date starts with what is titled PREPARATIONS, which is often summarized by a single word or two such as "Alpha two" and "Beta Omega", some times with small scribbles such as "testing type 4 containment" or "one member was sick, performing it with four".
    Then there are the results which are more descriptive, while still making references to code-words. It sounds like all communication with the yu-seeds went through proxies. Various entities, notably sinccubi and different types of animal and plant spirits, always spoke for them with varying results. It appears that the demands were always in the form of "unknown genetic material" and sometimes to take more tiefling children into their compound. But while they could take in a tiefling or two, there was no new genetic matter they could give them, nor meet any of the RESTRICTED demands which seem to be redacted from all the journal entries.

    There are notes about how slow and mostly unfruitful all the encounters with the yu-seeds have been. A theory is put fourth that the yu-seeds are in a state of inactivity and suggestions that they should attempt to track yu-seed activity as well as finding their physical locations. There is no response to these suggestions.

    Do they continue reading for anything specific or stop?

    "Yes, perhaps you will be. Admittedly, we know very little about your kind other than that you hate demons. Is there any specific reason for that?"
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