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Two Can Keep a Secret

Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:17 pm

Atalanta had quickly roamed the entire city and some of it's outer areas, even hanging around the Einzbern's mansion for a bit to see if any activity was going on, or if she could find any familiars skittering about. She could at least bring the number of familiars back to Kirei and he could deduce whether or not it was more than usual. As she passed the Tohsaka mansion, she almost went inside. She knew she had former friend in there, and she could sense the presence of the servants who were leftover from last time. There was an extra one as well. She sighed and headed back to the church anyway. If it was possible to speak with them, it would have to be done some other time.

She returned to the church and located Kirei, relaying all the information she had gathered.

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:25 pm

He scratched his chin as he looked down at his map. "As expected, each of the leylines has been claimed. I wonder who the new Master at the mansion is..." He placed a pin at each place she sensed a Servant. "Theater, temple, mansion, castle. And church, of course. Assassin can hide their presence, so that only leaves one unaccounted for." He turned back to the plate that displayed the status of the Servants. All seven were now lit. "All seven have now been summoned. I suppose it's time to start the War. First, though," he added, looking up at Archer. "There's something else I need to discuss with you. About what happened after you died in the last War." He invited her over to the couch to sit.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:29 pm

"How very exciting," she teased. She took a seat on the couch with her master, her body turned towards him with one arm relaxing on the back of the couch casually.

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:34 pm

Though he relaxed back into the couch, his face was grave. "We found out the Grail was corrupted. After you died, the Grail manifested and released black mud--the same kind I used for your summoning. It attempted to devour the remaining Servants to complete itself. We were forced to destroy it before it could spread." He paused for a reaction.

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Re: Two Can Keep a Secret

Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:35 pm

Atalanta shrugged, "Well, if I'm not mistaken you had no wish. I read some of my notes about the grail having some odd things about it, so I suppose I'm not entirely suprised. Do you think it will be corrupt again though?"

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:39 pm

"I think it is more likely to still be corrupted than not. The source of the corruption appeared to be an aberrant Servant summoned in the Third War, so it probably resides within the Grail system itself. However..." He looked uncomfortable. "I have not told another soul about this. When the Grail appeared, shortly before the mud came out of it... It called out to me. There was some kind of will reaching out to me, asking me to touch it. It wanted to be born into the world. It was an earnest wish coming from the heart of the Grail itself. It wanted nothing more than to be born."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:44 pm

Atalanta frowned, "Well...how do you feel about this? Well, hang on a moment." She walked over to a table where she was keeping her 'file' in the drawer. As she sat back down onto the couch, she rifled through the papers, looking up things to make sure she wasn't mis-remembering. "I wrote that you seemed to be having moral and spiritual struggles...and of course, where they lead...so I suppose you would have been a perfect choice for a corrupt grail. In that case, I don't think that it calling out to you would be so unusual..."

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:48 pm

"That's exactly what I thought," Kirei answered with a nod. "There is some kind of connection between me and the Grail. Some kind of shared nature. And I want to find out more about it." He hesitated, not knowing how she would react, even if the mud had darkened her personality. "If it is corrupt again, it may cause a lot of destruction. But even so, I want to see it completed. Our former allies would try to destroy it again, but I would stake my life on preventing that."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:52 pm

"Hmm..." the servant leaned back and considered this for a moment. "I'm not sure I agree. I feel that the grail, as a relic, should be kept neutral. It shouldn't take the side of good or evil. The person who captures it can make that happen with their wish." She leaned back onto a throw pillow and rested her feet on the coffee table, "Besides, I'm pretty sure the grail was only intent on contacting you because it was corrupt. I think if it was normal you would have only been as important as any other master. Do you really want to bring an evil god into this world? It would be pretty inconvenient."

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:58 pm

"I think the Grail was contacting me because it thought I was most fit to grant its wish, rather than the other way around." He sighed and rubbed his forehead. "If it is summoned, it could be a disaster. It could probably even kill me. But, it may be the only way I can learn who I truly am. I don't want to die without answers."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:01 pm

" I see...so you need to see it more than materialized? Did it not materialize after I died?"

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:06 pm

"It was materialized, but not yet complete. Had a wish been made upon the Grail with enough mana, the entity inside the Grail probably would have been able to come outside. As it was at the time, it was still trapped. We couldn't ascertain its true nature, but only make guesses based on the mud that flowed out."

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Re: Two Can Keep a Secret

Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:07 pm

"You said yourself the Einzberns corrupted the grail. So clearly it isn't acting in it's true nature..."

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:14 pm

"Sorry, I will clarify. The Grail wasn't originally intended to have a will of its own. Whatever is inside it has, in a way, become the Grail's will. Like a machine that normally runs automatically being given sentience. So, I suppose I'm more interested in the corruption than the Grail itself, as that is what I seem to be more connected to."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:19 pm

"Ah. To me the corruption is negligible. I assume the the grail will return to normal once it is gotten rid of. I understand that you are interested in the corruption, but I still don't believe that it's safe to bring into the world, not just for others, but mostly for you. If it is truly as evil as it seems, I'm sure it will use you and then destroy you as soon as your usefulness runs out."

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:24 pm

"You may be right." He crossed one leg over the other. "I told you all this because I respect your opinion. If you are truly against this, I will consider other options. There may be yet other ways to learn about its true nature that we might discover in the progression of the War."

"The Einzberns mentioned they could make a way to cleanse it, in which case we may be able to safely remove and study the darkness with less risk. Of course, this War happened fifty years sooner than we expected, so they may not have had time to prepare."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:31 pm

"That's a very good point. I think perhaps we should go ahead and work toward studying it in another way. However...if you wish to summon it even if it's corrupted, I wouldn't be completely against helping you do that. As long as you're aware of the possible consequences. I won't be here to witness it, so you can do as you wish." she gave him a small smile to reassure him. She was happy that she was able to fall back into conversing with him so easily. Affection was starting to bubble inside of her, warming her heart towards the man, though they had only really just met. She leaned forward, running her fingers through the priests hair, "It's longer, isn't it?"

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:35 pm

Kirei smirked a little. "I should point out that the Grail only requires all seven souls to access the Root. The Grail can still be utilized for a wish with only six." Just like the last War, he truly hoped to use the Grail without needing to sacrifice Atalanta. Perhaps he'd have better luck this time.

"Yes... I've been growing out a little. It's... more comfortable in the winter." He smiled at her. Though he felt a little uncomfortable, he was glad to have Atalanta back, and gladder that she was warming back up to him so quickly. He was afraid that having no memories would change their relationship.

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Re: Two Can Keep a Secret

Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:38 pm

She chuckled, "Aww, you don't enjoy the pain of cold wind on you ears?" she pinched his earlobe before letting her hand retreat. "I do like it, though. It suits you rather well."

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:50 pm

"Thank you." He chuckled, leaning toward her with an arm on the back of the couch. "It almost feels like you haven't even lost your memories. I'm glad to have you back."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:57 pm

"The longer I spend around you, the more familiar I feel. It is odd, but I'm not sure if other servants have been summoned twice before and had the same master. Perhaps it's common? In any case, I like your bearing and your personality to begin with, so what I'm feeling doesn't feel completely out of place."  She was just a bit alarmed at the speed with which she was becoming attracted to him again. From her readings, she knew it had been quite awhile before she didn't outright hate him, even. At first she had been afraid of the man. Perhaps it was the mud she was summoned with? Honestly it didn't particularly matter to her, she decided. She would take her possibly brief existence in whatever form it presented itself this time.

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:03 pm

"This may be the first time a Servant was summoned twice. So, who can say?" He smiled. Then a thought occured to him, and he reached under the table and fished out a bottle. "Wine?"

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:06 pm

"Oh! Yes please," she grinned. Spying glasses under the table, she grabbed a couple, setting them upright and ready to receive. After both glasses were filled she took a sip. "So, it seems you still do your services? Do they bother you?"

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Post by Damascus on Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:15 pm

"Not particular. I may not have as much faith as I used to, but the routine doesn't bother me. Also..." He took a sniff and a sip of his wine. "Sometimes seeing them weep over their sins can be gratifying."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:17 pm

She chuckled darkly, "I imagine. You must hear some very interesting things. I'm glad you found something to take joy in," the servant took another sip, longer this time. She was happy to have wine again. Especially of such a high quality.

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