°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° roams into the Asylum, having just finished getting some blood for the evening. He’d glance around to see who was present and what was going on.
<Sascha> paces back and forth in front of the main hall to the asylum haven, growling now and then to herself. When she sees Talwar pass by the door she jumps up the steps and pauses in the doorway. “You! I was looking for you.”, she starts as a shout but quickly lowers her voice. “We need to talk.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° stops as Sascha leapt up and then he gave her a nod, walking toward her. “Very well. What can I do for you, Sascha?” His voice was low and soft, since she had dropped her voice.
<Sascha> looks at him and sighs audibly. “I need to know about the body you found in the bunker.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods slowly once and then his brows furrow slightly. “It belonged to a spirit that was there, trapped within it. Really, it can hardly be called a body as it was just human skin crafted around sand, sawdust and some pungent herbs. The eyes, mouth and nose had been sewn shut.”
<Sascha> growls a bit, tapping her foot in frustration. “I was afraid of that. You only found the one? And what did you do with it?”, she asks.
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I severed the mouth to try to let it get out, but soon after had to close the casket and depart. There is a very dark presence that lurks within that chamber and it returned.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I will also note that it closed the door behind us, after I got out.”
<Sascha> nods her head, her expression one of worry as she looks from Talwar to the doorway. “The spirit was not the problem, it may be best that you relased it and gave the soul a chance. It would seem that we have something Infernal at work far too close to home. I went with the others back to the bunker, they told me you would know what happened the first time which is why I sought you out. I cleansed that room… there was nothing but a residue left though upon our arrival.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I hope the spirit did make it. I could not remain to ensure it. Perhaps the other entity took from there what it wanted and moved on. There could be other bunkers just like that around. It seems to be something that is common around these parts. Would you want to go back there now that I am here or perhaps I can go to the library or townhall to see if we can find where others might be located at?”
<Sascha> looks thoughtful, then finally nods. “If you go, don’t go alone. City hall might have registered some of the properties with similiar -shelters- but I have a feeling that a lot of them are just not going to have a record.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “They seem to have been dug back around the time of the Civil War and probably most have collapsed in on themselves but if anything can be found that could be some guide, we can at least explore for those that might have been reported nearby on some old paperwork plan/schematic.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I suppose the only other thing to do is see if there’s any kind of pattern or rhyme or reason to it. I can try to use what I have to test the earth around but a Gangrel would probably be useful if they could mist.”
<Sascha> nods her head softly. “If it has properly prepared any… watch out for the Sandmen. You are lucky that one wasn’t finished yet.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “On the off chance I do find one of these… what is a proper defense, strategy other than ‘run’?”
<Sascha> looks thoughtful for a moment, watching as someone passes her on the way out. “They aren’t fast, as I recall. But they are tough, and strong. Immune to fire. Sink like a stone in water. They can squeeze through tight spaces… that’s about all I know.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “Alright, these are good things to know. Thank you, Sascha.”
<Sascha> nods her head softly, half smiling. “Sorry to just toss that at you. Anyway, be careful, seriously. It takes some powerful infernal magics to make those types of things.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I do not mind. It gives me something to do and I am definitely learning something new. You called them Sandmen. Is that what they are recognized as? Do you know how they are made? I can figure out the rudimentary physical things.”
<Sascha> shrugs her shoulders a bit. “Not sure about that. It was what I started calling them. I don’t know the specifics, just that they reek of demonic energy… eventualyl even the souls that are forced to animate them get consumed by it. Atanya explained some of the necromancy details to me.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods and frowns at the word ‘demon’. “Interesting. It does help. I will go and see what information I can find on alternate bunkers local to us, once someone gets around that will go with, since you are insistent I not go alone.” * he smirks.
<Sascha> chuckles faintly, shaking her head, almost at herself. “I am not saying you can’t handle yourself. I just worry.”, she says as she glances back toward the doorway again. “I haven’t told the others what it was exactly, but I imagine they might have an inkling given what we found and the cleansing it was given.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “It is good that the area was cleansed. Maybe I can also try to find that spirit and it can give us something if it is now freed.”
<Sascha> nods her head a bit. “Maybe. Atanya might be able to summon it… but not sure if we have anything she requires for that.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I don’t know. I did not find anything I could just take that seemed to connect to it so I just cut the string on its lips to free it.”
<Sascha> smiles a little bit. “If you find more, I would imagine it is best to do the same if it has not animated. Freeing the soul should interupt the ritual, at least from what Atanya explained to me.”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I figured it would but I wasn’t absolutely certain. My knowledge of such things is kind of limited. Perhaps Atanya will take some time to explain more things to me in the future so I don’t risk making an error. I am glad this time it worked out.”
<Sascha> nods her head once before stepping past him and further inside. “I am sure she would if you ask her. You know where we rest, and you’re always welcome there.”, she says before starting toward the inner garden. “I need to go pray for guidence. I will see you later, okay?”
°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Alright. Be well, Sascha.” He’d turn then and head off to go do more training because he wants to be the bestest at what he does.