°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° would approach Cian in the courtyard and motion for him to come over to him.

<Cian> hops down from his unusual tree and saunters over, looking Talwar over. “Uh…Talwar right? You’re the guy from the other night. Abequa’s sire?”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Yes, I am Talwar. I’d like you to come with me so I can learn of you and what your actual talents are. Let’s go for a walk.” He’d nod to the man and turn and start walking to the gate.

<Cian> eyes Talwar’s back, a bit suspicious. The last time he’d followed one the elders somewhere by himself Zaluut had put him in an arena with a monster. He shrugs and follows anyways, figuring it would be worse to refuse, and besides, he lives through the last one, and it was exciting after all.

<Fiona[MountLion]> is relaxing on a sturdy tree branch, the one-eyed mountain lion watching the woods and looking as bored as a big cat possibly could.

<Fiona[MountLion]> is relaxing on a sturdy tree branch, the one-eyed mountain lion watching the woods and looking as bored as a big cat possibly could. (repost)

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° glances up at the branch as they walk along. He’d study the lion for a bit and smirk slightly. “Good evening.”

<Fiona[MountLion]> lets out a yowl of greeting or whatever big cats do to greet people, before giving Cian a flat look as they climb down.

<Cian> shakes his head at Fiona. “Christ Fi your attitude is bad, even for a cat.” He grins and takes a step back to stay out of reach of any incoming swats.

<Fiona> just glares at Cian, taking a clawed swipe at him before shifting back.

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Her attitude is bad. She knows it.”

<Fiona> “Don’t fucking call me that, shit for brains.”

<Fiona[MountLion]> just glares at Cian, taking a clawed swipe at him before shifting back. (guh)

<Cian> laughs aloud and flips Fiona off. “Thanks for proving my point. Talwar here is taking me on a field trip. Wanna come? Pretty sure he intends to feed me to a monster or hunt me for sport or something.” He grins at Talwar.

<Fiona> “If you want to be hunted, I’m sure I can help.”

<Cian> makes a face at Fiona then turns to Talwar. “Whenever you’re ready.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I do not tend to hunt for sport. I hunt for the kill.”

<Cian> raises an eyebrow at Talwar and starts to retort but thinks better of it.

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “At any point, you are welcome to walk with us, Fiona.” he continued along his way, following a path that was heading into the forest. “In this forest, there are sometimes spirits that come here. They have a rather sordid, awful past and they fled from a vile corrupted creature that was to the north.”

<Cian> listens to Talwar, nodding along despite not entirely understanding what he was saying. “Ok…that sounds…moderately unpleasant.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “It was. We went north and we destroyed it.”

<Fiona> turns back into a mountain lion and begins padding alongside them.

<Cian> gives Talwar a somewhat impressed look. “What kind of beast was it exactly?”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “It was a corrupted Tzimisce creature that was extremely large and fierce. This place is where I met Abequa and where she proved her bravery. There was a whole cult of people up there that had not been really exposed to outsiders for perhaps 200 years, for the most part.”

<Fiona[MountLion]> gives a low rumble at the mention of the creepy-ass creature.

<Cian> shake his head in amazement. “That sounds creepy as hell, even by my standards.” He looks at the growling mountain lion. “I take it Fiona was there too?”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “She was. Many of us went and some did not come back. It was a very glorious battle against that which threatened many. Unfortunately, that creature was a part of some bigger plot which we are working to end. So..question. What use are you to us? Another question: What is your motivation in this existence?”

<Fiona[MountLion]> looks at Cian intently as she moves alongside the pair, waiting to see what his answer was.

<Cian> follows along in silence for a while, thinking. “Well…I’m sneaky. Even before all this vampire shit I was pretty good at staying hidden, picking pockets, breaking and entering, that kind of shit. That and making people have ‘accidents’.” He grows quiet again as he thinks of a way to answer the second question. “I don’t know man, I’ve only been at this for like a month. I

spent most my life convinced I’d be dead before thirty, not that uncommon for street kids. Now all the sudden I can maybe live for fucking ever? On top of that, I’ve gone from street punk with almost no power or control in his life, to having all this weird mystical shit. So…I want to be the top of the food chain. The apex predator. That was never an option before, but now that it is,

yeah.” His eyes seem to flash with inner hunger. “That’s some shit I want. Not just for the sake of power, but to be the motherfucker who survives it all, and who makes damn sure the ones he gives a shit about do to.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° listens and doesn’t seem to have any outward expression to what was just said, other than confirming he heard it with a nod. “So survival, being strong enough to be that apex hunter, and survival for those you care about are your primary goals at this time?”

<Cian> shrugs “Yeah, I guess so. It’s not the sort of question I get asked every day so I never really thought about it that much before but…yeah.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Do you know much about the Sabbat? What we do? What we stand for and against?”

<Cian> frowns “Kind of? I’ve heard bits and pieces and Antol gave me a book that filled in some gaps. Basically some ancient assholes are pulling everyone’s strings, and we basically want to give that noise the finger and be free. And also, unlike the Camarilla, we don’t try to pretend we’re still human. Other than that all I really know is a bit about ranks and ritae and some history

stuff.”

<Fiona[MountLion]> will keep the pair company until they go back.

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I am sure then you will learn more. The Camarilla and Sabbat have had their feud for some time, but it is stronger now than it has been for various reasons. What are your thoughts on this?”

<Cian> “On why it is stronger now, or just the whole thing in general?”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “On anything concerning it. You may inquire if you wish on something. I am getting a feel for the type of being you are. I want to know how useful you will be and also what fuels you and also what ignites your fury. How dependable you are and when you cannot be so dependable.”

<Cian> gives Talwar a curious look but shakes it off quickly. “Well…the whole clinging to humanity thing just seems…fucking stupid. We’re not human, not anymore, and not me especially.” He points to his face and chuckles wryly. “I get the whole, ‘don’t let them know we exist’ thing. Tiger doesn’t want the antelope to know it’s in the grass. But it also doesn’t put on a fucking

costume and go prancing with them.” He laughs and shakes his head. “I don’t exactly understand all the details, but from what I can gather that difference is a big part of why they don’t like us so…fuck ’em. I heard some of the others say they don’t believe the anti…antediv…the ancient assholes exist, and they’re just their pawns, which is also bad. But still…” He pauses and stares

at Talwar for a long time before continuing. “Honestly, I feel like I’m missing something. I can see why we’d want to fuck them up if they get in the way, but I’m not sure I see why the big war. But definitely more emphasis on the fuck em up if they get in the way part.” Cian frowns. “Maybe you can explain better why we’re at war?”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° smirks. “I like it that you think for yourself and seek answers and to learn. This is good. Just be sure to ask the right people the right questions.” He glanced around at the dark forest about, as if seeking something, or accounting for it. “Not all of the Camarilla vampires deny that there are elders out there, but most do, and well,

the ones who know the truth have their own questions to answer as to what part they will play. The Sabbat, however, trains to go against the antideluvians because they were traitors and they will extinguish us all and quite possibly the world about us.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Some Sabbat even forget these things and do some behaviors that are pointless to rile up others. I tend to go with the truth as my weapon, and if that does not work, I have plenty of others.”

<Cian> chuckles evilly at that last remark. “I bet you do.” He looks around, trying to figure out what Talwar is looking for. “Yeah I’ve never been one for following the crowd or whatever. People are dumb, and they seem to get dumber the more of them you get in one place.” He shrugs. “But also, I get the need for organization and whatnot. So if one of you higher ups says some Cammy

fuck needs to go, he needs to go, unless I see some really goddamned good reason we’d be better off if he didn’t.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “And if that happened, what would you do?” He had no expression really. He was that stoney warrior.

<Cian> scratches his chin. “Depends? If I think the cammy fuck could be useful, I’d just explain that to whoever told me to off them. Same if I think offing them is more trouble than it’s worth. If they don’t want to listen…well I guess that depends on how useful or how much trouble. If it seems worth the risk, I might stake them, that does paralyze us right? Anyways…stake them

and bury them somewhere until I can decide one way or the other. That way higher up doesn’t have Cammy fuck in their way, but we might still have a useful tool later.” He shrugs. “Might get my ass kicked for it sure, but I might also be right and end up doing us a huge favor.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Mayhaps.” He seemed thoughtful to the answer. “What do you think of Zaluut and others you have met?”

<Cian> chuckles “Zaluut is…interesting. Any fucktard can see that he is powerful, and he definitely seems to know his shit, so if he is a little weird then that’s his fucking right. Doesn’t bother me any. In fact, he seems to have things right if you ask me. No illusions about being human there at all. Kitt is…well she seems almost the opposite. Still powerful and all but…kind

in a way? Of course, ” he frowns and shrugs “kind doesn’t mean human. People can be cruel and cold too. So I don’t think being nice makes her any weaker than Zaluut, just different.” He taps his chin, thinking. “I

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods, listening to the man’s assessment of two of the people he actually gave a crap about here. “Do you know which pack you will be assigned to?”

<Cian> “The Orphans as far as I know. Jimmy is my sire, and that’s who I’ve been hanging with. And they had me do a Vaulderie with them and Zaluut. So yeah, probably them.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “Alright. Well, hopefully you work out well with them. You seem to have your head on your shoulders. We will talk again eventually after I see what you are capable of.”

<Cian> grins. “Glad you think so. Looking forward to this…test or whatever. It’s nice to stretch the old claws from time to time.”

°¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “You have a good night.” He’d then step back into the shadows and disappear.

<Cian> blinks several times and shakes his head. “I cannot wait until I can do that.” He grins and heads back towards the Asylum.