Candlemas 2

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Inquisitor Michael invited Inquisitor Drake, Ashar Lear, Max Drent, Nadiya Zelenko, Acid, Sister Airi and Padraic Larnock to celebrate Candlemas in an up-hive safehouse.

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Invitation

+++TO: Obelisk Agents
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Hey All,

I know a bunch of you are off on missions at the moment but Candlemas is just a few days away and Michael has asked me to organise a celebration for those of us who are free and interested. Food drinks and Secret Saint Nicholas gifts. It’ll be in his safe-house up-spire. Fancy, but strictly amongst friends so don’t feel pressured if you’re not into dressing up.

Let me know if you’re coming and I’ll organise a gift rota.

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Inquisitor Drake
+++FROM: Inquisitor Michael
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Dear Eidan,

I’m organising a little celebration for Candlemas. That is to say, it is being organised in my name and with my funds. Dinner and drinks in a safehouse to get a change of scenery. There will also be a little gift giving to a randomly selected attendee.

I don’t know if you will feel up to it, or indeed if your staff would permit it, but should you wish to have a change of scenery and an evening of informal company, you would be most welcome.

Yours Sincerely,
Gregory

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

I'm in. Maybe set a cost or something? Last time got a bit...tricky.

Want help with an outfit? Bet we can find you something to go with that tail.

Ash 

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Inquisitor Michael
+++FROM: Inquisitor Drake
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Dear Gregory,

I'm sure Nadiya could wheel me in on my mighty chariot. Thank you for the invitation.

I managed to walk to the bridge of the Trojan and back today, which was terribly exciting.

Sincerely,
Eidan

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Nadiya Zelenko
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Dear Acid,

Myself and Drake will be attending, much to the disappointment of the Trojan's crew. I suggested to Captain Janacek that she hold the traditional feast on another night, but she insisted Candlemas is Candlemas. I, for one, would rather attend this smaller gathering as it's the closest I can get to Candlemas with my family. Admittedly that's more different than it is similar, but still.

Thanks for organising!

~Nadiya

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Markov & Grigaria Zelenko
+++FROM: [SENDER METADATA ENCRYPTED. PLEASE USE GENE IDENT TO OPEN]
+++GENE IDENT ACCEPTED
+++OPENING_
+++SUBJECT: Miss you

Dear Mother and Father,

I have at last been given permission to write to you, and so it seems that news of my survival is the only gift I can offer you this Candlemas.

I am in good health, and my... "ability" means I am gainfully employed by the Imperium for the foreseeable future. My work is difficult, but worthwhile and satisfying. I don't think it's what I would have chosen for myself, but I am glad things turned out this way.

I hope you are both well. Please tell Drevi that his ensemble is frightful. I shall take great pleasure in the one-way nature of this message preventing him from offering a rejoinder.

This will not be the last message I send. Hopefully, years from now, we will be able to meet, but I can make no promises on that score.

All my love,
Nadiya

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: Inquisitor Michael
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Ash,

Yes please! What sort of thing are you thinking? What goes with a tail? I’m guessing I’d need it tailored with a little hole like I’ve cut into my current clothes, unless you were thinking of having it within loose skirts? But they’d have to start quite a way up my waist in that case. What looks good on short girls with tails this season? My constraints are “doesn’t make me look like a child” and “doesn’t make me look unprofessional”. Pretty is a bonus, but Amon can’t make it and both Inquisitors will be in attendance. Amon and I are going to do our own thing later. Maybe you could help me find an outfit for that too?

You think a cost guide is a good idea? I’m worried about constraining people given the short notice but also don’t really want to make people spend more than they’d like if we set it too high. Maybe more of a qualitative indicator? Like “gifts should ideally be something thoughtful and worth keeping”?

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Padraic Larnock
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

ACID,

Thank you for the invitation to the Candlemas celebrations.

I would be honoured to join and happy to be included in the Secret Saint Nicholas gifts. It is a tradition I am extremely fond of and have always looked forward too.

Yours sincerely,

Padraic Larnock

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Interrogator Ashar Lear
+++FROM: Padraic Larnock
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Ashar,

At the Scholastica Psykana we have a little Candlemas tradition. The Masters of the Psykana would have a Candlemas feast. It is a very lavish affair and the highlight of the social calendar. The Masters were permitted to bring a Candlemas companion to accompany them to the feast.

I am not sure if the tradition is the same here at the Inquisition and I realise that you already have an invite to the Candlemas celebration. However, I am a bit of a stickler for tradition and would be honoured if you would accompany me to the Candlemas celebrations as my Candlemas companion.

There is not much too it. The Master and Candlemas companion would meet each other beforehand, exchange a Candlemas flower, the Masters is usually a small flower which can be pinned to a jacket or through a button hole, the Candlemas companion can be a larger flower on a delicate band to be worn on the wrist or as a headdress or a small flower to be pinned like a broach. They then enter the room together, often arm in arm, to see in the celebrations. It would be an honour if you would accompany me.

Yours sincerely,

Padraic Larnock

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Interrogator Ashar Lear
+++FROM: Padraic Larnock
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Ashar,

I have reread my message to you. I tend to do this to torture myself with any grammatical errors or mistypes. However, I digress. I realised that my previous message may have been misconstrued as a romantic advance.

I wanted to assure you that this is not a case. This is a purely platonic request. I ask you because you are a very adept Interrogator and I admire you as a colleague. There are no hidden intentions other than I will be spending a time of year I am most fond of in an unfamiliar setting and would value a friend to accompany me to the feast.

Yours sincerely,

Padraic Larnock

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Nah, I went to a twist bar once and this girl had a dress that zipped up from the floor, stopped for the tail, then zipped all the way up the back. The first step is to pick a style that you like, then all we have to do is adapt it. Don’t be constrained by what you think will work!

Just so we’re on the same page here, was that also a request for me to help you buy sexy lingerie?

“Thoughtful and worth keeping” is a good one. Just...managing expectations, you know? Sometimes when I look back, I think maybe - maybe last time didn’t help the Rosa situation. So if everyone is on the same page, that would be good.

Ash

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Padraig Larnock
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Padraig,

Thank you so much for the invitation. It’s a tradition I’ve not heard of before, and it’s always interesting to learn new ones. Thanks also for your kind words about me.

On my planet of origin, exchanging flowers (or feathers in winter) is a very romantic thing to do. Essentially a declaration of courtship. When I read your first message, I must admit that assumed that this was what you intended! Thank you for clarifying.

Traditions evidently mean a lot to you. So I hope you’ll understand when I say that I’d be very pleased to accompany you to the party, but that exchanging flowers is not something I would be comfortable with.

Alternatively, if that changes the meaning of it too much, you’d be very welcome to join the rest of us. At the Obelisk we usually travel together, in a group. Our way of doing things seems very different from that of the Scholastica. Perhaps you’d like to join in a new tradition, in your first Candlemas away from there for some years?

Best wishes,

Ash

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: Inquisitor Michael
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

I mean, I wasn’t but… maybe I should? I was actually thinking about clothes. I was wondering about something with ribbon fastenings as a sort of… erm… you know… unwrap your present kinda thing? Is that cute or trashy?

When I send out the names I’ll add a note about guidance. Just waiting to hear back from a few people.

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: Padraic Larnock
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Ashar,

Ah. I understand. I would no way want to make you feel uncomfortable or for there to be any implication that this was more than a friendly gesture.

As I seem to be learning a lot of new things and have had to adapt to the best of my ability. I think this will be no different. How about a compromise? We could both accompany each other to the celebrations and I shall wear two small flowers to honour the tradition. I am happy for this to be with the group if you would prefer.

Also a small note which I possibly should have addressed earlier it is Padraic with a c and not Padraig with a g. It’s the teacher in me.

Yours sincerely,

Padraic Larnock

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Padraic Larnock
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Padraic (apologies for the spelling),

That sounds like an excellent compromise, thank you. I'm sorry it won't be the same as it is at the Scholastica, but I hope it's enjoyable anyway. And I hope you feel welcome here.

Ash

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

It's both cute and trashy and that's why you will totally rock it. And we'll definitely get you some lingerie. It's all about mesh bras, remember? 

Glad to infer things are going well in that department…?

Ash 

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Max Drent
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Um so I'm kind of going to the Candlemas party with Padraic? Kind of but not really? He asked me but I think I've turned it into a group thing? And he said it wasn't romantic but it involved flowers so…..

Oh shit. You don't think he knows about the Michael thing do you? Does he think I shag older men? Lol he has NO IDEA. He's in for a shock if we ever go out on the town.

Ash x

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Sister Airi
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Drinks

Hey,

A few days after Candlemas, there's a few of us from the Schola getting together for drinks. 

It's just those of us still in the sector - Kiti, if you remember her (she's Arbites now), Lucjan (I think he just made Captain) and I know you remember Taura (I've lost track of her rank, you know what an overachiever she is). Also Leonek who went Commissar and thinks he might actually get leave. We usually get together, whoever's around. Get drunk and end up back at Luc's apartment, usually. 

Want to come? I totally get it if you don't want to, it's pretty standard Schola stuff, by which I mean it's pretty great to be with other people who get the rules. (Also I know boys don't do it for you but if you remember Leonek even you should get why I very much want to revisit that territory.) But it would be great to have you there if you want. Feel like I hardly get to see you as it is.

Ash x

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Michael says a Gentleman never asks and a Lady never tells. But you're not a man and I'm underhive gutter trash so I think we're ok. We've done some stuff. I don't really have a comparison to say if it qualifies as going "well". Amon seems happy, but I can't really imagine he'd complain if he wasn't. He's very gentle.

Hey, I saw the film, I remember the shade you threw at mesh bras. Plus I'm not too keen to be dressing up as a moderately fetishised idea of you, that's creepy. I like to think if he was into that he would be bothering with me.

You guys never… did you?

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Amon’s kind of mopey if he wants to be - I bet you’d know if he wasn’t happy. Glad to hear he’s being gentle, I’d have to come and sort him out if he wasn’t. If he’s being nice to you and you’re both having fun, it sounds like it’s going pretty well. 

I was throwing shade at the idea of wearing the mesh bras in the field. Not mesh bras as a whole. We’ll go to that place on 78th and I’ll show you what I mean.

And LOL NO. Psyker and pariah, remember? I admire from a distance but it’s never been an option. You’re safe.

Ash

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Ahh, sorry, that was really insensitive. I didn’t even think. It’s easy to forget Amon is a psyker, he hates it and never talks about it. You being a Pariah means nothing to me anyway as I’m not a psyker so I never think about that either. Sorry Ash.

I don’t think I’ve ever been to 78th, so I’m just going to trust you know what you’re talking about. I’d say “ask Mira what happens to people who displease me” but I’m so good she doesn't even know…

You seem to have got distracted obsessing about my underwear, understandable of course but I’m with Amon now so you missed your chance, but what about Candlemas?

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: Sister Airi
+++SUBJECT: Drinks

Hey yourself, I haven't heard some of those are names in quite some time. That Taura has done so well doesn't surprise me in the least, but Lucjan! Part of me still marvels that he got past basic. The Emperor must have his eye on that one.

I'll confess, you've tempted me.

Unfortunately, my answer is somewhat conditional. How aware do you suppose our schoolmates are of the circumstances surrounding my order, and my position here? You must understand, I am not afraid of their opinions, nor ashamed of what happened, but it rather makes socialising difficult when it comes up. Even with your fellow agents.

Irrespective of the answer, I appreciate the ask. It would seem you are terribly important here, and I haven't quite found my feet. Yet.

Yours Faithfully,

Ri x

One man can start a landslide with the casting of a single pebble

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Hey, what? I didn’t think that was insensitive. And...thanks. I like that you forget about it. Tells me the limiter is working. Michael said he liked me before I got it, but I’m not sure he isn’t just being polite.

And I already said I’m in for Candlemas :P I might even wear a dress.

Ash 

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Sister Airi
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Drinks

Luc’s actually improved a lot over the years. I think he just needed some responsibility. And having less easy access to home-brewed hooch probably helps too.

They don’t know much. I mentioned you were in town and was it OK to invite you (unanimous yes by the way), but nothing else. So it’s up to you. If you want, I can tell them in advance so nobody asks any questions?

Ri, you were on the Sororitas track from day one. Of course the Inquisition is a big change. This isn’t the kind of work you ever thought you’d be doing, right? You’re still serving Him, but in a really different way. I’ve wanted this since I was nine. Not sure I’m all that important, I’ve just been here the longest haha.

For what it’s worth, you’re doing great. But it seems like you’d be happier in an abbey than the obelisk?

Ash x

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Well Michael doesn’t generally tend to spare people’s feelings when it comes to telling the blunt truth, but I know you guys have a pretty unique relationship. I didn’t know you before you were wearing the limiter so I can’t say. Who else knows you from back then? I don’t think I’ve ever been around when you turn it off, but if you want to try I promise not to freak out. I know some people get weird when I take my arm off. Not that I’m saying being a Pariah is like missing an arm. I mean, I guess you’d know. I should stop now...

Good lord, this is worse than talking to Max on a sugar rush. You offered to help me find an outfit for the party before you nosedived into my private life! Mesh bras and lingerie are not appropriate for classy parties with your boss ! Something classy that goes with a tail. Fashion you saw in a twist bar is probably not going to be suitable.

What sort of dress are you wearing then? I have a dress that Michael bought for me when he took me to the opera, I guess I can cut a hole in that, but I’d prefer something new; I’d hate him to think I don’t own any other nice clothes. I mean, I don’t which is rather the point here, but I don’t want to advertise that to my boss “Prince Colonel the Inquisitor”.

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: Sister Airi
+++SUBJECT: Drinks

The Thadal was completely unique in it's view of The Creed. Some (idiots) would go so far as to call it borderline heretical. In a practical sense I'll find no place more accepting of my worship than here. But aside from that, to abandon these ways in favour of a more mainstream approach would feel beyond disrespectful, both to my sisters and to Him On Terra. He protected me in the crash and sent the Inquisition to my aid. He was with us when we took our revenge and He was there when Inquisitor Drake offered me this place.

The one thing I am entirely certain of is that I'm supposed to be here, I just don't know why.

But I suppose it stands to reason that the answer will not appear to me any faster by hiding away.

Perhaps we could throw your Inquisitorial weight around, dear Interrogator? (Congratulations, by the way) I am here, but it is classified. “Inquisitorial business, you understand?”

The looks on Luc and Kiti faces would be priceless.

Faithfully,

Ri x

No army is big enough to conquer the galaxy. But faith alone can overturn the universe

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Sofia Darden
+++FROM: [SENDER METADATA ENCRYPTED. PLEASE USE GENE IDENT TO OPEN]
+++GENE IDENT ACCEPTED
+++OPENING_
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Hey Shann,

How’s everything? How are the kids? How’s it going with the tutor? Did El get her apprenticeship? Is Cas still chasing that girl? It’s been so long since I’ve seen you all. Or writ. Sorry.

I can’t get back for Candlemas, I just can’t leave right now. I know that’s not what you wanted to hear, and I’m sorry, but things here have been… tough. A lot of stuff happened and some things changed. Big Things, that I can’t tell you about, but I’m feeling it. And I deserve to.

I miss you guys. Fuck, I miss you guys so much. Sometimes I think I’d take it all back, the whole of the last two years, just so we could all be crammed in that shitty little house again, when things were more straightforward.

But then I look at you guys now, and how big the rugrats have got, and how much absolute ass you’re all kicking at that school, and it makes it hard to regret it.

And don’t think I can’t hear you, tutting, and just telling me to pack it in, cos’ I can, Master Rat! I have to be here, and I want to be. This work can be hard, fucking bruising in every sense, but it’s important. More important than anything, and I don’t think I could ever be peaceful anywhere knowing I wasn’t at least trying to do it.

I shipped your presents, they’ll be there soon (ish). I packed in a bunch of tacky hive treats that’ll survive the journey, including the Jerk Roaches. I know you guys have a fancy chef now, but I’d bet money that they’re gone before you’ve even emptied the crate.

I don’t want to promise I’ll be back soon, so instead I’ll say I’ll see you as soon as I can. And I’ll write faster next time. Keep sending me the pictures. And Hal’s drawings. They mean a lot.

Love and Kisses,

Maxie xxxxxx

P.S. What’s this I hear about you and a gardener? MY SPIES ARE EVERYWHERE

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Max Drent
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Hey Mighty Mech,

Count me in for Candlemas.

Question though, how fancy is fancy?

Max xx

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Sister Airi
++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Dear Acid,

I gratefully accept the Inquisitor’s kind invitation.

Yours Faithfully,

Airi

Though the darkness will be rent by noise and flame, let not men's souls be broken in the crucible of war

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: Max Drent
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Wait, aren’t we all going to the party? Why would you ask someone to go to a party with you where you know everyone if it wasn’t a date thing? He does know you’re a blank, right?

I didn’t even know he was going. Fuck, I hope don’t end up with him as my Saint Nick.

I can’t really see him as the clubbing sort, so I think you’re safe.

Max x

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

It doesn't make people hate me on sight or anything (well apart from some psykers lol), it just means they...don't warm to me. So I don't think you'd dislike me instantly if I turned it off, but after a few days you'd probably be less keen on being my friend.

I could tell that Michael struggled a bit at first. Jaxx didn't seem to notice. And Max, bless him...I don't think he can dislike anyone unless they give him a concrete reason. It doesn't affect him at all.

OK, OK. Two outfits: one classy, one sexy. Plus lingerie. That's a good shopping list. When are you free? And if you like the dress Michael got you, show it me - we can look at stuff along similar lines.

Ash 

PS sexy lingerie is FINE to wear to a party with your boss. Dude it's lingerie, the point is it goes under clothes. Nobody will know.

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Sister Airi
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Drinks

His plan for you will come clear at some point. You're doing good work here. And if you ever want to take a trip and see a sea, let me know. The Obelisk could spare you for a few days.

It shouldn't need much weight thrown around, to be honest! We've all ended up in jobs where if you say "I can't tell you", everyone knows you mean it. And if they know we work together, they probably won't even ask. You know how people feel about the Inquisition, and the Schola did its best to stamp out curiosity. I'm lucky they're all still happy to get drunk with me.

It's the Coin Bar at 8pm. You don't have to come back to Luc's after, if you don't want. You know how these things go. I wouldn't want you to feel uncomfortable. 

Ash x

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Max Drent
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Hey yourself Paragon Pilot,

As fancy as a fancy dinner organised by Michael who thinks he’s being helpful and non prescriptive by being vague when in fact he’s causing anxiety in people not used to his social circle. At the very least I’d suggest a tie and jacket. Do you want me to ask him what he’s going to wear?

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Ashar Lear
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Well I’m pre-warmed (Amon says that’s very important, especially for sooful) so no worries there. Max is sweet but definitely can dislike people, I’ve seen it. Don’t think his affection for you is generic, it’s definitely personal.

The one Michael got me is ok but… can something be overly fancy whilst also a bit boring? Also I’m not a fan of the long gloves, they were soft and got caught in my metal joints. I’m not much of a dress wearer, I only own two, that one and one I bought to prove a point to Nadiya. But I’m more open to the idea of dresses now.

I can do this afternoon?

A(|D

P.S. Just how often do you wear sexy lingerie whilst you’re around my boss?

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Sister Airi; Ash LEar; Inquisitor Drake; Max Drent; Inquisitor Michael; Nadiya Zelenko; Padraic Larnock;
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Hey All,

I’ve set a cogitator to send out names for Secret St Nicholas gifts. It’s all automated so I don’t know who got who. Don’t reply to that message as nobody will read it.

The guidance on gifts is that it should be something that someone will want to keep, rather than disposable jokes, but we’re all busy people so we’re not expecting the world here. I’m sure anything well meaning will be gratefully received.

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Max Drent
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

It's like you think nipple tassels aren't a deeply thoughtful gift!

And if you could, you'd be an absolute ledge.

Don't tell him I asked.

Max xx

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

A lady never tells.

Ash 

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Max Drent
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

Apparently it’s just a thing they do at the Scholastica Psykana. I don’t know what to think to be honest. But he was cool when I said I wouldn’t do the flower thing, and I think he’s coming with the group. At least the pariah thing would stop him making a physical move. I’ve never tried but I imagine a psyker wouldn’t be able to get it up with me?

You’re coming, right? Not as fun as going to see your fam, I know. I’m sorry. I’ve told Amon he needs to make the best Candlemas breakfast ever. And we can watch A Very Masher Marle Candlemas if you like. Or just get really, really drunk? OR BOTH?

Love you.

Ash x

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Max Drent;
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

It was Ash’s idea. Apparently last time you guys did this it was “tricky”. I didn’t ask.

Michael seems fine with the nipple tassles. It’s not like he displays them or anything but he still has them and he laughed when I found them in his drawer and was happy to explain them to me. I’d ask where the hell you got them but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know. Just please tell me it wasn’t anywhere on 78th!

Your secret is safe. For as long as you’re nice to me.  ;p He said “I’ll probably brush off the old 92s”, which translated form Army to Low Gothic means his formal uniform. I thought he didn’t like it but he wore it a while ago for a night out with his Thoratis soldiers so maybe something changed.

I think the formal uniform of your previous career might not be entirely suitable. Maybe ask Ash for help?

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Max Drent
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Candlemas

A headache has never stopped me in my extensive experience of bumping uglies, but then again I'm a fair bit younger than your date ;) He might not be able to hack it.

And yeah, I'm in. There's too much happening to leave, I'll get off world when I can. But don't be sorry, yeah? Spending it with you and the Battle Fam is just a different type of fun x

Love you too.

Maxie xx

P. S. Obviously it's both. We'll make a drinking game. Rule 1: Shot everytime Nad's looks like she hates everything.

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D
+++FROM: Max Drent
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Oh. Yeah, that was a bit tense. Ash wasn't keen on one of the presents either. Siv fixed it in the end, but I can see why we'd just want to skip anything like that.

He was a good sport about it, I'm surprised he still has them. And obviously they're not from there, I went proper uphive for those bad boys! (Posh people have the weirdest kinks and the clerk looked traumatised to be serving me the entire time).

You're a tricksy grot, so I guess I'll accept temporary silence. As for cracking out an old uniform, the last one was white hairspray and a half mask, so probs' not. But when it comes to getting suitably tarted up so we can swank about the upper spires, I have just the girl for the job.

Max xx

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Nadiya Zelenko
+++FROM: Max Drent
+++SUBJECT: Help the poor scum dress fancy so I don't ruin candlemas.

Please?

You can pick whatever you want, I'll shut up and wear it.

Max xx

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Max Drent;
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Or, and here’s a crazy idea, you could just be nice to me and I’d be silent forever?

...You’re right, that would completely spoil our relationship.

If you don’t think 78th is uphive then you have badly forgotten your roots!

I hardly think nipple tassels are weird uphive kinks. I used to know some girls who considered them business wear.

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: A(|D;
+++FROM: Max Drent
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

This friendship is founded on a solid base of colourful, but ultimately well-meaning bants. Without it there is only anarchy.

The nipple tassels weren't the crazy bit, it was the other stuff. Like, what are you gonna' do with a chap-less leather pig suit?! My point was that he had the audacity to look unnerved at me buying expensive boob jewelry.

Max xx

+++END MESSAGE


+++TO: Max Drent
+++FROM: Nadiya Zelenko
+++SUBJECT: Threads

Dearest Max, you are simply adorable.

Go to Dravinski's in San Borya. I've told Mr Dravinski to expect you, and to not say anything about whatever you're wearing at the time.

He'll measure you first, then sit you down for a drink. Just relax, have a chat with him. Your outfit should be ready three days hence. I've already sent him our account details.

Have fun!

~Nadiya

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Max Drent;
+++FROM: A(|D
+++SUBJECT: Re: Candlemas

Micheal warned me I might learn some disturbing things when I joined the Inquisition but I wasn’t expecting this kind of thing! Is that a for him or for her? No, I don’t even want to know.

Maybe he was just surprised at the idea of a girl ever letting you see her boobs?  ;p

A(|D

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Sister Airi
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Drinks

There you are. I knew the old you was in there somewhere.

I knew mentioning Taura would get you in ;)

Ash x

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Gregory Michael
+++FROM: Ashar Lear
+++SUBJECT: Max

Gregory,

I hope I can trust to your discretion when I say that I have Max for my Secret St Nicholas. I’m aware of the terrible burden this confession places on you. 

He isn’t able to go to his family this Candlemas, as he feels that he’s too needed because of our low staff numbers. He’s only mentioned it to me in passing but I know it’s hard for him. I know it’s supposed to be material gifts but this year I can’t think of anything he’d love more than seeing his family.

Would you be willing to give him some leave, in the spring? Perhaps next month? We can plan around it, bring in some cover if we need to. I’m pretty sure we could manage. Then his Candlemas gift would be a return ticket, and an official leave form.

Our duties come first, but I've been worried about Max since the Rosa incident. If we can do without him for a few weeks, I think it would result in him being more stable in the long run.

What do you think?

Ash 

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Asher Lear;
+++FROM: Gregory Michael;
+++SUBJECT: Re: Max

Ash,

As you know, I am burdened with some weighty knowledge over and above even what you yourself have been exposed to. Perhaps this experience will allow me to bear the darkest of forbidden knowledge which you have exposed me too. We can only pray to Him on Earth that it be so. For one thing, Winnie may pout if she finds out you’re breaking the rules.

I think leave can definitely be arranged. Honestly you all deserve a holiday but I know it’s been hitting Max hardest of all. Max is a very talented young man and I’m very willing to invest in him now rather than burn him out and ruin him for the future.

I’ll write up the leave form for you now, but you might want to consider something to personalise it? I’m certainly happy to give you full credit but my signature will be on the bottom of the paperwork and I’d hate to undercut you as the gift giver. A return ticket is a nice touch, but I don’t actually know where Max’s family are. I believe Gaius organised the safehouse and told Max to keep it a secret. Unless Max has shared the location with you already I’m not sure how you will find out without giving the game away. I’m certain Gaius would not be willing to betray Max’s trust even for such a seemingly altruistic reason.

Yours,
Michael

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Gregory Michael;
+++FROM: Ashar Lear;
+++SUBJECT: Max

Gregory,

You’d better not tell Winnie. I’d like to keep my two remaining limbs, thank you.

Never fear, I have a plan. Just sign the form, and leave the rest with me.

Thank you for this.

Ash

+++MESSAGE ENDS


+++TO: Asher Lear;
+++FROM: Gregory Michael;
+++SUBJECT: Re: Max

Ash,

I’m sure she’d replace them once she’d ripped them off. Have you seen the claws on that machine she’s built? I’m a little worried about what will happen if she ever has need to use them offensively.

As ever I leave matters in your capable hands. The letter is written so pick it up anytime.

Yours,
Michael

+++MESSAGE ENDS

Candlemas Shopping

Ash and Acid go shopping and learn a few things about each other

Gifts

Buyer Receiver Wrapped Gift Gift Other
Nadiya Zelenko Acid Two robust metal boxes similar aesthetically to an ammo tin, except that one is wider and shallower, and the other is much smaller. The box has a plain card layer hiding its contents. Printed on the card are the words "There's a certain joy in mending broken things, but I might have gotten carried away."

Underneath the card layer, packed in custom-cut grey foam, is a gun that used to be a Hesh-pattern bolt pistol. Its frame has been altered to attach to a flat surface, with the attachment point being what was originally the 'top' of the gun. Its barrel has been lengthened to increase its effective range from short to medium, effectively turning it into a single-shot rifle.

It has a port designed to link up with an MIU and power system. Its shot selector is wired to the ports, meaning it has four slots for specialist ammo as well as the primary magazine.

On the side of the lengthened housing is a detachable camera-scope with a link to the power/MIU cabling. The scope is quite bulky, and has two lenses at the front, but no lens at the back. Close inspection of the lenses reveals one to be your basic 2x magnification, while the other is an infrascope.

There is a capacious box mag in its own slot in the foam. It's filled with standard bolter shells.

In two rows beneath the box mag are 8 weird looking bolter shells. Someone with the right knowledge could identify them as four hellfire rounds, two kraken rounds, and two metal storm rounds.

Padraic Larnock Sister Airi Airi's present is a medium sized rectangle box which is wrapped in sea green paper. It is tied in silver ribbon. When Airi opens the box there are two other black boxes within. The first box is a small flat rectangle shape, the second box is slightly larger.

On top of the boxes written on plush white paper in black ink with very smart and uniformed writing is the following...

'A friend of mine from Diaphone used to say that ‘the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.’ Unfortunate circumstance has provided you with tears, our vocation will provide the sweat and I hope that my candlemas gift to you in its small way will provide the sea. So that you can continue to honour your Sisters and the rituals of your chapter. Please open the smaller of the two boxes first.'

The first box contains a small silver necklace with a sea glass pendant encased in sliver (see picture).

The second box contains a data slate on top of which is another note.

This gift was a little too large to bring with me. The gift has been placed into your Inquisition chambers but can be moved to the Trojan prayer room if so desired. On the data slate are instructions on how to care for your new gift and arrangements have been made if ever you are absent for them to be looked after. You are the only person who can have access to the single camera. So that wherever you are, you can always check on them and have access to the sea.

If Sister Airi clicks onto the camera feed she will see a very clean cut and understated fish tank. The top is open. There is sea greenery and if she looks closely she will see a small sister of battle statue as well a fleur de lis statue in the bottom. There are four fish swimming about. Airi will know that they are the legendary Diaphone Betta Fighting fish. They are extremely territorial and gifted fighters. If threatened they will destroy those not from their group. They are also extremely beautiful. These particular fish are white and blue.

Fish Tank.jpgFish.jpgPendant.jpg
Acid Ash Lear A box, a little less than a foot across, wrapped in bright red wrapping paper and a large gold ribbon ties in a bow. Within the paper is a wooden box. Opening the wooden box reveals starch-foam packing nuggets. Digging through them you find a small datapad and a human skull. It is quickly apparent that this is a servo-skull, but it’s precise functions are unknown. Servo Skull contains holo projector and is powerful enough to act as a grav-chute.
Sister Airi Eidan Drake A square box, around 2 inches deep and slightly bigger than a Polaroid picture. The box is a deep, emeraldy green colour and is fastened diagonally across with a double Carrick bend knot resting on the top surface made of thin, ash-brown rope. The lid lifts away from the top. The inside is padded with clean, white linen and the present is set in the centre.

The present is a small, tear drop glass vial. The colour is a deep turquoise, but you can't tell if that's the glass, or the liquid within. Painstakingly painted on the front of the vial in a shimmery, mother of pearl colour, is a small fleur de lys of the sororitas. Some delicate painted tendrils of seaweed, waves and tentacles (and a few _tiny_ pearls) complete the decoration. The top is stoppered with a silver screw cap, bearing the symbol of the imperium. The vial can be worn on a silver chain (which attaches to the stopper) and is included in the box, or by the pin a fixed to the back.

For Drake: The liquid inside is #blessed. One use. When chucked at a demon they have to make an immediate Physique roll against the potency of the Blessing. Airi to roll to see how blessed you is.

For Tom: Michael may or may not know, depending on how many people he knows who fought with sisters, that what she's given him is probably a medal of valour, which is the highest honour sororitas can give to someone outside the church.

Ash Lear Max Drent A rather lumpy parcel, untidily wrapped in brown paper, tied with green ribbon. The parcel is wrapped in layers. Between each layer is a small gift: all souvenirs from the Tourist Board of Cetus Major. A tiny snowglobe of the Basilica, a keyring with the hive cityscape on it, a teddy bear.

In the centre of the parcel is a small box, and a hand-made card with a picture of the Obelisk, and the printed words “Wish you were here”. When Max opens the small box, he will find two things:

1. A form granting him annual leave in a month’s time, approved by Inquisitor Michael.

2. An IOU for "one return ticket to see your non-Battle family. Please redeem by taking to Gaius Umberto" With a scrawled addition: "You'd better come back"

Max Leave.jpg
Max Drent Gregory Michael A flat box (around the size of a 32" monitor). The box is made of an expensive white material that feels almost velvet like and is tied with a large red ribbon. There is a gift tag attached to the ribbon in the shape of a decorative black skull with a heart over the cheek bone. It's the logo of a well-known and upmarket lingerie shop on 78th. A small metal box (sprayed black), that fits slightly bigger than the palm of Michael's hand, is nestled in the tissue paper. A clip on the back suggests it attaches to a belt. Next to it in the box is small power pack of similar size and colour. There is a small wire with adapter to connect the two, as well as a slightly larger one which could attach to a bigger power unit.

Cello-taped to the underside of the lid is a round techy looking disk around the size of a 10p piece that Michael knows to be a neural interface.

Adds +3 to armour. Can be switched on at any time using the neural implant.
Gregory Michael Nadiya Zelenko A soft edged flat square package, neatly wrapped in brown paper. As it is lifted it bends, suggesting soft contents. A neatly folded heap of pale silvery cloth with a smooth silky texture. Upon opening it up it is revealed to be a rather uninspiring large hooded cloak that has to Nadiya’s knowledge, never been in fashion. The neck contains a simple and functional looking clasp with two small buttons. When one of the buttons is pressed the colour of the cloak changes, with the colour of the room’s carpet washing from the bottom up, until the entire cloak is the colour of the carpet, including a vague approximation of the carpet’s pattern. The other button wipes the pattern back to the original pale silvery colour. Cameleoline cloak
Eidan Drake Padraic Larnock Even though it's wrapped in red velvet, the shape clearly indicates a book, somewhere between A4 and A5 in page size. The book is hardbound in buckram, its red cover embossed with a white sigil of the Adeptus Astra Telepathica and the title 'Larnock's Heroes.'

The foreword states "This volume collates the greatest deeds achieved by students of Scholastica Psykana tutor Padraic Larnock. The information has been compiled by a team of Inquisition scribes using their privileged access to obtain the information therein from various sources. The book itself, however, is suitable for any adult reader and is published by Wicke & Daughters, of Vervanum, Cetus Major, in celebration of the capacity of sanctioned psykers when properly moulded by the appropriate authorities, and as an example of how one citizen doing their duty helps others do theirs."

The entries all begin with the name of the student and their date of graduation, and range in length from single sentences to multiple pages. There are records of teams of low-grade psykers banding together to defeat superior foes, of renowned Inquisitors (only the deceased or the overt actors are mentioned), and several accounts of battle psykers.

A sample account: Inira Sana, 4540999.M41

Aftermath

  • When they arrived the traditional candlemas display representing the Emperor and the souls of fallen heroes included a blue candle, representing Rosa.
  • Padraic showed some genuine human emotion upon the receipt of his gift, and his response caused Nadiya and Max to warm to him.
  • Nadiya had a bit of a freak out about making a bad impression (having had to make an emergency change when she realised nearly everyone else was wearing blue) but later in the evening managed to relax and have fun and felt better about herself.
  • Acid wore a dress and people complimented her on it and it was actually fun and not awful.
  • Max reflected on his feelings about Padraic and by extension Rosa and made some progress. After the party he gave Rosa's staff to Nadiya as per his understanding of her wishes.
  • Padraic, having asked Ash out on a not date wore two flowers, a black one for himself and a metal one symbolising Ash. Later in the evening he gave the metal one to Michael, explaining that this was a romantic gesture, but that it was not a romantic gesture. After no small amount of verbal fumbling he suggested that Michael should give it to the person that it represented. Michael put it in his pocket.
  • Ash taught everyone some traditional Samalut ceilidhs and they danced the night away.

Schola Progenium Rules

A few days later...

Ash and Airi meet up with some old Scholam friends

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