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    The Opening Act [Arsene B-Rank Exam]

    Arsene Mayura
    Arsene Mayura

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    Post by Arsene Mayura on 19th January 2019, 10:20 pm

    @Nessa Cordelia Lux wrote:


    Out of nowhere, a letter comes into your possession, you don't know how sent it, but you open it to read the following.

    `Arsene, we are pleased to inform you that you have been invited for preliminary testing to assess your aptitude in a special business venture. We have been following your career with a vested interest and believe you to be an excellent candidate to fill a vacancy within our organisation.

    Our organisation is made up of various men, and woman with goals and skills very similar to your own, and as such we will it is only in our best interest to extend this opportunity out to you. If you are interested, please meet one of our associates at the place you first stepped into the light, you have until sunset tomorrow. We hope to see you there.`



    Should you find the location specified, you will find a message left for you, with a set of clues. Follow these clues, until you find the man in red armour.






    He let out a long, slow breath, clutching the letter in his hands and trying to suppress the trembling. Laying on his kitchen table, the small white letter mattered more than anything else in the entire building. Mind racing, he connected every dot he had at the moment; he had been in this city for a week and a half so far, and have access to 4 safe houses inside it. The letter was spotless, with no dust, so it was clearly left within the day.  This was his second night in this one, and he'd yet to take the main entrance inside, so they knew his schedule and routines well enough figure out how he rotated his abodes, and where they were without seeing him enter. Last time he was in Oak Town was 7 months ago, so they've been watching him for at minimum that long, perhaps longer. None of this information was exceptional, at least not nearly enough to fluster him. He'd handled his share of stalkers and offers before; crime groups trying to muscle him in, ex-clients trying to get the drop on him. That all was standard. The problem here was the very first word on the page; Arsene. They knew his name.

    Arsene had been a broker for 3 years now, amongst other side jobs. His information was what he was known for however. The importance of knowledge wasn't lost on him; he championed the idea. As such, he kept all of his confidential. Your alias was the first thing any decent black market worker handled. He hadn't spoken the name himself in over a year. Yet they knew it. He dropped the paper, it's contents already burned into his memory. He gripped a nearby chair, knuckles growing white as he calmed himself. Yet all of his attempts to calm simply made it worse. His breaths quickened, sweat formed on his brow. This was critical. It had been ages since he felt this scared, this intimidated. Clearly, he had the attention of someone much more capable than himself. It was intimidating. It was terrifying. It was exciting.

    A smile snuck onto his face. How long had it been since he felt this? Actual danger, the thrill of being pushed to the wall. He'd been safe lately, only dealing with petty thugs and simple deals. Nothing challenged him, nothing was on the line. This was different. Everything was on the line. He knew only two things about them; they knew all about him, and they saw value in keeping him alive. If they didn't, he'd have met a blade at his door today, not a letter. He packed up quickly, already very aware of where they wanted him to go. Clearly, they were asking him to perform, and he always gave the best shows under pressure.



    It was around mid-day, and the sunlight was especially harsh today. Especially after a night with no rest like he'd experienced. Long blonde hair, bright blue eyes, and a beautiful white sundress, Arsene was getting looks from all the men as he strolled through the town. A small part of him wondered what they'd do when they saw what lurked beneath the illusion, but he had no time for games at the moment. He had an appointment to uphold. Turning off the main road, he walked down the alleyway, stopping at the stoop of an old door. The building behind it was abandoned; it had been for years, 3 at least. It was when he did his first street performance here to 3 people, and when he made his first deal here that night. It was both "the place he first stepped into the light", and the place he stepped into the darkness. Waiting delicately on the step was another envelope, and he wasted no time taking a look at the contents.

    WC: 635


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    Artemis Dagger
    Artemis Dagger

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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 20th January 2019, 6:16 pm

    The envelope reads.


    Running away from consequence,
    With yours not to take,
    hiding amongst paper,
    a wise to choice to make.

    Standing amongst columns,
    and look for the one,
    who soared to the skies,
    and was burned by the sun.




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    Arsene Mayura
    Arsene Mayura

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    Age : 21
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    Post by Arsene Mayura on 21st January 2019, 7:43 am

    Folding the note into his hand, Arsene leaned against the door frame. What exactly was the note trying to say? His mind raced back to recent events, trying to piece together what it was referring to. It was obviously talking about theft. Personally, he hadn't been in any robberies himself. It was much safer and easier to sell any ideas he had to others. In the past 3 years, he'd dealt with about 16 heists; they weren't a normal job for him. Only two of them made it into the paper, so it was either his work with the Furnelli's or Ringo. The odds were highest for Ringo; he 'disappeared' about half a year ago. Aresne had assumed he was offed, but not by someone this capable. Ringo stole a set of blueprints for a bank in Hargeon, thanks to his information on their location and the guards rotation, and planned to use them to make his next move. He only stole from a few safe deposit boxes though, and none of it ended up back to himself. So why were they after him for it? Revenge wasn't a good enough motive for anyone this high level. Especially if they put in the effort to get his name. This had to be more than Ringo's job. A groan forced it's way out of his lips, fingers pinching between the eyes as he tried to figure this out.

    The second half of the riddle was much more obvious. The fable of Icarus. It was a favorite of his, and had a special place in his heart, for more than one reason. He'd often spoken about it, and it wasn't exactly hidden knowledge that he loved it. He would read it constantly, usually every trip he made to the Oak Temple as a child.  Arsene was confident, he could be cocky, but he always knew his limits. There was only one time he ever thought he could soar above, and then he did cra-

    His hand shot away from his face, entire body tensing as the webs of thoughts in his mind mingled. They knew his name. They knew about Icarus. The story he read as a child. They knew about him as a child. This was much more than a few years. His hands closed instinctively, crushing the tiny paper inside his fist. How much did they know? 'Hiding amongst paper' was literal. There was only one time in his entire life Arsene stole for  himself. Here in Oak Town. That's why they waited until he was here. His nose flared, anger getting the better of him for a moment, throwing and crushing the paper beneath his feet. No body should know about that. There should be NO connection. Soon, the note vanished beneath the harsh grinding of his sole against the pavement. This wasn't right. He had killed that part of his life. It was gone.

    Yes, it was dead. He paused, stiff as stone, as a single slow breath forced it's way out. This entire experience had him off his game. Nothing had ever been this close to him before, nothing had ever snuck beneath the mask, passed the role he played and to the person beneath. Still, he was better than this. Even if things go off script, don't break character. That was how he lived life; it was a grand stage, and he was the main character. These people were watching; they had been watching, and their asking him to perform now. Why was he letting this get to him. Shoulders dropping, Arsene started to move forward, already knowing where the next clue was waiting.

    As he moved, he tried to piece more together. At first, with how personal this was, it had to be one of them. Yet, if they were involved at all, they wouldn't stretch it out and give him a chance. He wouldn't in their place, at least, which ruled that option out. They knew about Icarus. They knew he stole, and knew about the article. That means they know about the twin. Clicking his tongue, he hated how rushed this was. Following someone else's script was frustrating, improv was never his strong suit. The fact that they associated the theft and Icarus meant they knew how often he was at the temple, but he would wager they didn't know the significance of the story, else they probably wouldn't associate the two. He quickened his pace. The sooner he was face to face with them, the sooner he could solve this.

    Approaching the temple, Arsene slid briefly between two decorative pillars, a nearby bush behind him and wall before him. For one second, he was obscured from all angles. A young, blonde woman walked to the pillars, and an old, greying gentleman emerged. While he doubted the change would be overall effective, it didn't hurt to try and through an potential pursuers off a bit. His legs seemed to move on auto-pilot now, muscle memory from all those years ago still strong as ever. A painful nostalgia swelled inside him as he parted the doors and entered, briskly traversing the library to the exact spot. Of course, the book was right where it should be; probably the only book in the whole temple in the correct spot. Spreading it open, Arsene found and grabbed the next envelope, wasting no time tearing into it.


    WC: 891


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    Artemis Dagger
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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 22nd January 2019, 5:29 pm

    The envelope reads.


    You were here when you were hungry,
    You were here when you were cold,
    Here lies an opportunity,
    to be great and to be bold.

    Find the man in red armour,
    But get there with haste,
    because the shadows are alive,
    and they're about to make chase.





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    Arsene Mayura
    Arsene Mayura

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    Post by Arsene Mayura on 23rd January 2019, 6:51 am

    The last note took much less time to be deciphered, considering that Arsene knew what their games were now. They were parading him around Oak Town, trying to show off how much info they had on him. Of course, that wouldn't be complete without dragging him to the lowest of low. Outside town, hidden deep into the forest, was a tiny cave. He found it when exploring as a child, and it turned out to be very useful. It was a cool fort and play area when needed, and a shelter at his most desperate. It was a fitting stage for the final encounter. Exactly where he'd plan it himself, honestly speaking. Closing the book and sliding it back into the shelf, there was a brief pause. Once again he'd broken his own rules, and thought too much of himself. Thinking himself above all else, and assuming he'd hidden his past perfectly, soaring too close to the sun. A moment of arrogance, and a wake up call to himself. He had to return to form, and get back into his normal mindset. Doing only the small time jobs and playing safe had let his head grow big in comparison. He slapped his cheeks lightly, trying to jolt himself awake. After all, it was show time.

    Arsene was pretty sure he was being watched the entire time; that didn't surprise him in the slightest. The letter confirmed it, and basically spelled out that they were a threat now. Strolling out of the library, Arsene slid behind the same pillar again. This time, he never emerged from it. Seemingly disappearing into open space, Arsene was gone. Casually strolling down the street, Arsene was invisible to the normal eye, surrounded in a magical barrier, reflecting all light away from him. There might be someone tailing him who could see through the illusion, but he mostly had to hedge his bets that there wasn't. After all, it would be much easier to deal with any pursuers if they were on edge. Losing sight of him, the odds were high they'd gather to prevent him from reaching the cave. And that, was exactly where he wanted them.


    Strolling idly through the forest, Arsene saw the cave forming in the distance. And, just as he expected, he saw no security what so ever. He had hoped they would be at least that capable, or all his stress would have been for nothing. He ducked behind a nearby tree, and dropped his illusion. That was about as far as he'd get with invisibility at this point he felt. Besides, he didn't really need it from there. All he needed now was one person. His hand shot out around him, and he called forth another reflection. This time, it wasn't around him, but beside him. A copy of himself soon smiled back at him, and already knew the plan in mind. Slowly, deliberately, and careful as possible, the clone started to sneak around the perimeter of the cave. It made every move to be as stealthy and unseen as possible. Arsene himself simply stayed back, watching from a distance.

    Unfortunately, all of his best efforts weren't enough. It took a few minutes, but Arsene soon saw the tiny movement through the brushes, and small hints of black clothing, trailing carefully behind the clone. After all, these were trained professionals. As good as he was, there was a low chance Arsene could manage to sneak past them. That was exactly what he was counting on, after all. His eyes never left the man, watching for each hand motion and every sign he sent to the other members. There was no indication of where any of them were, but it did tell him people were watching. Once the chasing pair started to move farther away, Arsene now followed them, taking a wider and farther out path to avoid any indication of himself. He'd catch up with them soon however.

    The copy led the many further and further away, but they had to be fast. Too far, and he'd probably give up and return back to his lookout. That was exactly was they needed to avoid. Arsene placed himself behind a bush, and waited. Soon, the clones path lead it through the bush, and paused. While the clone remained hunched and still, Arsene peaked his head up and looked back around the bush, pretending as thought he was checking for followers. All he needed was one good look, and he got it, briefly locking eyes with his pursuer. Quickly dropping down, the clone ran, clearly terrified he got caught. The man immediately made chase, and followed behind, blow past the hidden Arsene. As he ran, Arsene prepared the next step. Magical energy swayed around him as he created an illusion, one for his hunter alone. It wasn't anything fancy notable; it was an exact copy of the forest as it was. Except, that the path back to the cave was reversed; instead of leading back, it would lead him further into the forest, to guard a cave that does exist. It wouldn't last long he was sure; when the man realized he couldn't see his partners anymore he'd realize the trick, but a few minutes was all Arsene needed.

    Quickly, he donned the appearance of his pursuer. He was taller than Arsene, normally an issue, but since he didn't have to touch anything, this didn't matter. Making his way back to the outside of the cave, Arsene shot hand signs in the same direction at the man did before; indicating towards the cave. The man had just failed t capture his target, and now was going to inform their boss. He doubted anyone would question it, at least for the moment. This was a very bold plan; it relied entirely on the idea that they weren't going to attack him on sight. This was the only way Arsene could pull this off though, and he had to play the hand he was dealt. Heading deeper into the cave, still wearing the appearance of his pursuer, Arsene wondered what awaited him.


    WC: 1013

    MP: 262.5

    Spells Cast: Call the Ensemble, Refraction, Set the Stage


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    Artemis Dagger
    Artemis Dagger

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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 26th January 2019, 11:29 pm


    ~ Earlier that week ~

    "The Ex-Chairman wants to handle this recruitment test personally." Blanche's cold, stoic voice rang out, piercing the moment of peace Artemis had been trying to enjoy in his office. He sighed, glanced up at her over the mask her war. She dropped the file on his desk, before casually sitting herself in the seat opposing his desk. He reached over grabbing the file; she flicked it open. His eyes fell on the detailed profile and history of a Mr Arsene Mayura. "Why this one?" He asked, as his eyes fell on the guy's profile. "He assumed this would be a good starting recruitment for you, get you used to handling these matters. You'll be dealing with them a lot from now on. Especially seeing as you're not quite cooperating with the current Directors." Artemis's black eyes glanced up at her, flickering with irritation. Blanche didn't seem to have much loyalty to him. She didn't seem to have loyalty to anything aside from her job. So of course, if she was saying this to him, that meant his father knew full well he wasn't working with the Directors. He couldn't help it, he was shoved into this role, and he didn't 'click' with any of them. Artemis saw no sense in arguing; he would recruit the kid, it wasn't like he had a choice.

    "I'll handle it." He muttered, Blanche stood up, making her way out. "Please email me anything you would like prepared for the test." She told him sternly before closing the door behind her. He sighed. Peace, something he couldn't stand before, was now something he craved. He looked back down at the file and began to read the guys history, after a while, his lips curled into a smirk under his mask. "Well, at least, you're interesting." He said to the file, already forming a plan of how he wanted to test him. Who knew, maybe he would enjoy this after all.


    ~ The present ~

    Artemius was in full armour, the uniform of the Unclassified unit of the Hidden Blades, the only different his armour was painted a dark read. He waited, burner iLac in hand, every few minutes he received an update on the guy. He was doing so well; it was almost thrilling. Seeing it unfold, bit by bit showing him just how much they knew about him. See if he had to means to figure it out and track them down. Artemis hadn't been too vague, but vague enough that if this guy wasn't smart enough then he would never understand the meanings behind those messages. And the guild did not need that level of incompetence. He heard the footsteps and tucked the iLac away. It had to be him approaching; it couldn't be anyone else. Artemis was sat on a boulder, leaning against the wall of the cave, on the floor next to him was an oil-lamping. Illuminating the cave and him. He watched as a man, wearing the image of one of his men approached. Behind his visor's Artemis's eyes narrowed slightly, he had strictly ordered his men not to enter the cave. Under no means, were they to approach. If there were an issue, he would have received an update through other means. Slowly, it dawned on him, he chuckled. Of course, this wasn't a mistake; this was exactly what was suppose to happen.

    "Well done, you arrived sooner than I anticipated. Arsene."




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    Arsene Mayura
    Arsene Mayura

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    Post by Arsene Mayura on 30th January 2019, 4:30 am

    Arsene stared down the man, covered entirely by a strange armor. Immediately, he knew that he wasn't capable of threatening this man. He had anticipated this; he knew he was dealing with a big deal, after all, but facing it in reality was still a bit disturbing. The man gave away nothing; no magical presence, no real discernible body language, no points of entry. It was like staring at brick wall. The only Arsene knew, was that he also knew Arsene was no threat. After all of the attempts to rile up and unhinge someone, the man casually relaxed on a boulder, certain that Arsene couldn't kill him if he tried. Not that he had any interest in trying, but it was the only thing Arsene could glance from him. Normally, that would be his angle; play to the ego he saw before him. But he couldn't bring himself to do it. Arsene was a rational man and never let emotions cloud his better judgement, but after all the man had done to him so far, he couldn't bring himself to play to the man's ego. Even if they weren't even, after all of that taunting, Arsene's spirit refused to let him feel beneath his opponent.

    He stopped a few feet before the boulder, a playful smile on the borrowed face. He, and even now Arsene realized he was only assuming it was a man, hadn't even considered it was his employee. "You know, it's pretty rude to act so casually with someone who doesn't even know your name yet." His mind was a flurry now, trying to put together and decide his plan of actions. Sneaking in here was childs play; simple brute labor anyone could do. This was the challenge now; the dialogue. Each word was worth it's weight in gold here, and he had to be careful.

    Arsene was down in almost all respects; he was surrounded, overpowered, and facing someone who knew what he had for breakfast while he didn't even know their name. That didn't mean he had nothing however, he still had a few tidbits to play off of. One, they had a use for him. They wanted him alive, and offered him a venture. Two, they valued him enough to dig up his past. Nothing they did today was easy info, they had to track this down. Three, they wanted him enough to go through the theatrics and intimidate him. Arsene was an asset, and that alone was some bargaining power. "So, beyond asking for your name, can I ask why you brought me out here? I appreciate you giving me a starring role today, but I much prefer to follow my script than to improv." While he wore the appearance of the workers outside, the voice was that of a small child. He had no reason to give them what his voice sounded like, at least.


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    Artemis Dagger
    Artemis Dagger

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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 5th February 2019, 1:06 am


    Artemis looked up at Arsene, intrigued to see how he would deal with the little hunt that Artemis had sent him on. It was quite the ordeal; he had half-anticipated that he would have given up by now. Or that he might not have been able to decipher the clues he had left for him, either that or he might not have been bothered enough to do it in the first place. Yet, he here was standing in front of Artemis, an ideal candidate. Successfully having located his way here, and evaded the members of Hidden Blades that Artemis had sent after him in the process. Arsene would firstly comment on how it was rude to act so familiar with someone who didn't know you. Artemis smirked under his mask, as he spoke. His voice was much deeper and slightly more gravelly than normal. His voice was distorted through the mask to make it sound different from his usual voice.

    "My name is irrelevant, but if you must need something to reference me by, my employers call me Chairman." He said, it was weird. The name itself seemed quite pretentious; he had an alias. But he wasn't about to give that out to someone who wasn't a member of his guild yet. He understood where the premise came from. Hidden Blades was essential an organization, as the Chairman it was his duty to run it. But still, the secrecy and nature of it all was still something he was learning to adapt to. Arsene would continue on, asking about his purpose for summoning him here through clues. Artemis would push himself up from the boulder, standing and turning to face the face. This guy had an interesting attitude so far; his voice was a little strange, sounding like a small child while in the body of a fully grown man.

    "Well, it was an impressive performance, you make quite the lead." He began, although he was amused, it didn't come across in his voice. He sounded rather blank, and void of emotion right now. It was weird hearing it himself, "I seemed to have used up quite a bit of your time today, so I shall move straight to the point. I am in charge of an organization that has been observing you for a while. What we have seen, has proved quite impressive. Personally, I believe you have the skills that we would find very beneficial in our company. Essentially this is a business opportunity, a chance to use your talents in a way that benefits you and my organisation. To join a team of elite individuals, and experience being a part of something extraordinary. The only catch would be the identity you use to work for us won't exist. Because in the real world, we don't exist."He said, putting more influence on the last sentence. "Have I piqued your interest?" He asked curious to see how the younger melt felt about this prospect he was offering.






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    Arsene Mayura
    Arsene Mayura

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    Post by Arsene Mayura on 11th February 2019, 8:02 pm

    Arsene, or the man who's skin he wore, stood tall against the 'Chairman', as he called himself. So far, this was all within expectation. They wanted him alive, and valued him, but also didn't simply capture him or force him out. So they wanted him, and they wanted him willingly, they needed him to agree. That meant that they needed him to see benefit in their actions, where forcing him would give him reason to sabotage them. But, they didn't trust him, nor did they approach him as an equal or a customer. They put pressure on him, they wanted to make sure he knew his place. Make him feel that he had no exit to the situation, and his only path forward was through them. So, obviously it was an offer of some kind. He had figured that out long before. Even so, still hearing the words come from the mans mouth sent a chill down his spine. This was an offer from some massive, for something large, bigger than any project he'd undertaken before.

    Still, no excitement made it to his face. After all, what type of actor broke character? He wore the same smug smile as when he entered, aloof and careless despite all the care he'd shown getting in here. He had to make it look like it was nothing to him, if he wanted any bargaining leverage. "So, you're the Chairman, I see. If we go by our jobs here, I assume that makes me Troubadour, doesn't it?" An obvious lie. If they even know about Oak Town, then they knew he was a much more than a wandering performer. They knew that was a cover. "I must say though, I don't think I've ever had someone be so interested in my juggling skills that they'd go to this length."

    He circled around the man, moving towards the cave wall to lean back on. "You're like a dull knife, you know? So fine and walking nicely along the edge, until we get to the base and you're suddenly dull. How boring." Arsene had to admit, he'd enjoyed the coy games on his way here, they were much more his style than simple by the books business talk. Not to say that he wasn't proficient at it; anyone worth their salt in his field new how to cut a deal. He just had to express a little disappointment at the bland ending to their previous chase.

    With a sudden ripple, the man before the 'Chairman' vanished, transforming into that of a small child. No more than 4 feet tall, they remained in the exact same pose as before. "Still, I must admit you've peaked my interest. So far, I've yet to work with anyone as clean and skillful as yourself. I'd grown quite dull myself it seems, slumming around with the street rats. Perhaps a change of venue might be in order. The question remains though; what exactly do I get out of this?" The voice now was that of an old man, thick and harsh, sounding like a long time smoker.


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    Post by Artemis Dagger on 20th February 2019, 9:46 pm


    Artemis watched, he was certainly a skilled individual. His ability, the way he could shift so easily. He understood why he had been scouted, it was an ability a guild like there would make great use of. How easy it was to deceive the world, if they didn't know you existed. Seeing you as something or someone else, a game of deceit, this character, this Troubadour as he referred himself. Was an ideal candidate for such a game.

    Artemis smirked under his veil, dull huh? He thought. He'd been called many things his entire life, reckless, foolish, disgraceful, but never dull. Artemis had always lived life as much on the wild side as he could, was this position dulling him? He chuckled, as he reflected upon his life. No, it was never dull. But this guy was trying to irk him, to get a read on him, by demeaning him. His laugh sounded distorted through the mask. So much deeper and colder than his actual laugh. "You may assume that if you wish. However, I can assure you. There is nothing 'dull' about the opportunity I present."  He added. Arsene would continue, it seemed Artemis had done enough to at least gage his curiosity. That was good, now he just had to bring it home.

    "It is as you said, we watched you for some time, and as you probably suspect I know a great deal your history Arsene. I do not wish to hold it against you, only liberate you from it. Don't you want to move on from all that, to grow into your best self. We're not so different, you and I. The world looks down on beings like us, our nature, the way we handle things. It's frowned upon, so often many will block our paths, and attempt to limit our progression, they wish to suppress us. But imagine, if you were able to walk that path freely, imagine the greatness you could achieve. What you could gain from it; finance, power, the means of achieving whatever it is you dream of. It's there waiting for you at the end of your path, but can you obtain it the way you are now?" Artemis paused, eying the man in an attempt to gage him response. "The benefit is that the path, so blocked, will be open up for you. You need only take the first step."




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