Session Start: Sat Feb 18 16:23:10 2017
Session Ident: #Aeons_Private

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} opens one eye and looks at Kara as she comes into the livingroom, not sitting up but shifting his attention toward her. “What is wrong? I can tell something is bothering you.”

<+MichaelM> Kara runs the feather in her hands as she sits at her desk. Her computer displays a series of articles on “anomalous phenomenon” that might relate. So far, she hasn’t found anything concrete. She starts as Zo addresses her. The computer keeps running basic searches without her input as she swivels her chair to face him.

<+MichaelM> “Sorry. I didn’t mean to disturb you.” She says apologetically.

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} sits up a little bit more, raising one thin dark eyebrow. “Not your fault. I am linked to you now and so I notice things even when not closeby. So… what is wrong?”

<+MichaelM> Kara decides not focus on being worried about how unconcerned she is about the prospect of being linked to Zo. “It’s this.” She replies, holding up the feather. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It has a resonance like. Well, like a person. Soul and all.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} laughs and then stops, shaking his said. “I am sorry. I did not mean to laugh at you. That is mine. It came from me, and unlike most things… parts of us to not die or seperate when they are not a part of our whole anymore. No matter where it goes, it is still a piece of me.”

<+MichaelM> “O…kay.” Kara eyes the feather briefly before turning back to Zo. “Well, I’m glad it wasn’t a revenant. But why did it end up in my pocket?”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} shrugs. “You probably found it and subconsciously latched onto it. Keep it, if I am far away, even across spiritual barriers and you pray or commune with it, I can hear you. Father Thomas posesses one as well.”

<+MichaelM> “And you aren’t the least bit concerned about this?” Kara asks, raising an inquisitive eyebrow.

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} raises one of those dark eyebrows again and pulls his long hair back into a ponytail. “I am not sure I understand. Is there a reason you believe I should be?”

<+MichaelM> “Well, for one, if you’re…er, molting, then that means others could find these too.” Kara runs a thumb idly across the feather’s surface. “Even if it doesn’t, with what we’re up against, it means that the only thing standing between someone horrible and this part of you would be me. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m a researcher, not exactly a martial expert.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} sighs and gets up, moving around and sitting on the arm of the couch, facing her. “I don’t molt. If they come off, it’s for a reason. Though sometimes that reason is combat, those usually fade into spirit material after a while and disappear. The one you have won’t disappear if you keep it nearby, hide it in something. Father Thomas has his hidden in his collar. Which is annoying because sometimes I hear him praying.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} looks thoughtful for a moment. “I know that my mannerisms are probably also strange… I spend way more time around people than most. I tend to get involved on my own. They call us Immolo, and in the nasty infighting that is going on upstairs, we remain neutral. Aeneas is Salus, specifically under Uriel. I fall under Gabriel.”

<+MichaelM> Kara listens intently, her brow furrowing. “That’s quite a lot to take in. Why…why are you telling *me* all this?”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} looks off toward the window, silent a moment and then speaking up quietly. “Well, because you have a need to understand things. And because you already understand more than most. I mean, you saw what happened with the vampire. I do feel sorry for him. Dying again will not be pleasent.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} “And I am curious myself. See, those like you fall somewhat outside out normal Creation. You make your own way. You make your own reality. Your kind can create life and even souls.”

<+MichaelM> “I can’t even imagine how it would feel.” Kara suppresses a shiver at the thought. “To live with such a curse, only to have it briefly lifted.” As Zo continues, she begins to blush slightly. “I think you’re giving me a lot of credit,” Kara protests. “Besides, it’s not like witches have a monopoly on creating life. My roommate in college accomplished that with a lack of foresight and a few standard drinks.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} nods softly in agreement and then laughs again. “Well, that is Creation at work. But this is different. Very few things can create through sheer will.”

<+MichaelM> “Yeah.” Kara says quietly, turning her gaze back to the feather in her hands. “It’s quite a power to live up to. When I realized what I could do, my first though was how jealous my siblings, and how thrilled my parents would be. With all that’s happening around the city, though, I can’t afford to think like that. There’s too much that needs to be done.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} chuckles faintly, turning away from the window to look at her again. “There is. But don’t take the weight of the world on your shoulders.”, he chuckles weakly for a moment. “That’s my job.”, he says and looks a little sad again.

<+MichaelM> “No,” Kara corrects, turning back to Zo, “it’s everyone’s job. Everyone who has the ability to make a difference has that obligation.” She’s quiet for a moment, then chuckles. “Listen to me. I sound like a poorly-written comic-book character.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} chuckles. “No. But just don’t lose that spark.”, he glances back off toward the window again. “And that is why I like spending time with people. You are multi-faceted. Interesting. I mean, come on, you’ve seen Aeneas. Most Salus are like that, especially Firstborn. They ‘are’ their Purpose, rarely seeking anything more. They’re a tool.  A job.”

<+MichaelM> “He does seem…intense, from what I’ve seen of him.” Kara says diplomatically.

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} grins a bit at that. “You have no idea. But he and I are, I suppose you could say friends. Not sure how he views it… I think maybe he thinks he can draw me back into the fold as it were. So, you doing okay with the sudden change in world-view?”

<+MichaelM> “It’s a big change,” Kara sighs, “and it feels like everything just *keeps* changing. Part of me feels like I should want it to stop, for everything to make sense again.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} nods. “Everything changes, and that too changes and will level out in time. And then it will change again down the road. But you have friends to help you, and they are going through the same thing, if in different ways.”

<+MichaelM> “I suppose.” Kara says, looking less than convinced. “I’m not exactly sure about all of them, though. Calling us a colourful bunch would be an understatement.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} laughs lightly at that and nods in agreement. “Yeah… I have to agree. But, it is more strength than weakness.” He slides off the arm of the couch and moves back to stretching out on it again. “If you want to learn more about your abilities, Father Thomas might be able to help you. And I shall replace your tea, I had some late last night. Yes, while I don’t have to eat or drink I like to sometimes, just for the experience.”

<+MichaelM> “It’s fine. I mostly keep it for guests anyway.” Kara smiles, tucking the feather into a pocket on the inside of her vest. “And Zo? Thanks.”

<@Nox_Aegis> {Zo} smiles a little and nods, laying back and looking up at the ceiling. “You’re welcome, Kara. Thank you for letting me hang around.”

Session Close: Sun Feb 19 00:00:00 2017