Those named in this story can consider it IC knowledge. All others are to interpret it as OOC.
A large wooden table dominated the center of the room. Four of the six sturdy oak chairs were occupied, and a fifth was pushed away from the table. The long shadows cast by the dim lamplight seemed to emphasize the seriousness of the mood. The men around the table waited patiently until a wizened man with pure white hair and a long flowing beard gave a nod to the girl standing at the head of the table.
The scene could easily have been a student giving her dissertation to faculty staff, in fact that is how it was supposed to appeared. The actual matter at hand was more serious, and very few in the room had an affiliation with MIT&T.
Idly turning a gear on her bracelet, the blond spoke, “We are concerned. During his patrol last night at The Estate, Simon Felix reported a change in the energy at the grounds. To a Magician the area normally feels twisted with a aura of Terror mixed with Curiosity. Last night it merely felt dark. He described it as if part of the house’s soul was missing.”
At that the bearded man and the dwarf leaned forward more attentively, they knew the nature of that estate, and that could have very serious magical implications. The elf and the ork seemed less moved, the elf seemed to be more action oriented and the ork had the air of a grizzled war veteran.
“Following standard protocol Simon commanded Yip Yap to investigate.” The scorn in her voice made it clear to all in the room that Yip Yap was a spirit rather than one of the security guards. The veteran gave a small nod of approval, he had heard what happened last time someone entered the house after dark, especially this close to a full moon.
“Surprisingly Yip Yap returned unharmed from its foray into the house and reported that Subjects Two and Three were no longer present.”
The Dwarf cleared his throat, and spoke once he gained the group’s attention. “So what you are saying is that a Nightmare and a Muse which were both bound to a location are now unaccounted for?”
“Yes. Two f***ing shadow spirits are somewhere in my city. Now if you will let me continue…” She glared briefly before speaking once more, “At dawn an elite squad was sent in to investigate. The resistance was much weaker than previous attempts and Subject One was dealt with.” Her eyes seemed to glow with a sadistic sense of pleasure as she spoke, the emotion strong enough to send a chill down the spine of those who were magically aware in the room.
“It was discovered that certain research files and records were missing and that the two missing monsters had formed spirit pacts enabling them to leave.”
Now the elf was the one who seemed attentive while the ork seemed lost in thought, as if he were planning some manner of military excursion.
“While we had expected some sort of action at the estate, this is different than predicted. Provided there are no objections, we will be implementing Dive Protocol.” Her tone implied that there would be no objections and none spoke up.
“Professor, Maynard, see that Kharn is able to get to location B without being detected and ensure he has all research material he needs. Once Kharn and the relic are secure, you are to go about your normal routine Professor. Maynard you are to take point topside. I expect you to keep your eyes and ears open. Etrine, we want you on standby at a moments notice. Questions?”
There were none and the group quickly disbursed.