Points of Contact

Kazuo and Naru call Koji and Rashmi about what exactly is going on with Alexis. Tyrfing and Nicomachea make it even more of a conference call.

Date: 2017-10-19
Pose Count: 42
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 15:11:33 85015
Balancing when exactly to call magical people in a way that accommodates school, after-school clubs, and social activities, and yet tags them as soon as feasible during the day, is an Art.

Honestly, texting ia a lot easier; thank you asynchronous communications. But Kazuo is not one hundred percent certain that the number he has is, in this case, correct.

Which is why Rashmi's phone rings fifteen minutes after Seishou's post-school activities usually get out. It's a best-guess.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 15:15:52 85016
Debate club taken care of and school things collected, Rashmi is very nearly out of the school grounds, when her phone blips. Not quite recognizing the number on the phone, she shrugs, taps 'Accept,' and cradles the phone on her shoulder. "Hello, how can I help you?"
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 15:17:21 85017
Naru is quiet as she loiters next to Kunzite, her own school bag still on her shoulder, still in school uniform. Seishou's uniform, no less. For once, she lets Kazuo do the talking.
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 15:17:57 85018

Schedules are a wonderful thing, which is why Koji is waiting outside of Seishou right now instead of having his nose-deep in books and homework, or at Seiyou's archery club, which is Wednesdays. Today after school is supposed to be training day with Rashmi... which is a little like physical therapy for his magical gifts. He looks up as his friend comes out of the school gates, but seems to be on the phone. As etiquette dictates, he says nothing...
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 15:18:14 85019
There's a quiet voice on the far end, one Rashmi heard as recently as Friday -- if saying a good deal less than the others at the party. "Please forgive my intrusion. Have I reached Rashmi Terios?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 15:22:18 85020
It takes a moment to place the voice, but when she does her face lights up. "Oh, hi Takeba-san!" she chirps, waving at Koji as she approaches, and gesturing for the subway stop they usually go to when headed out for their training. Which is, apparently, on, no matter if she's on the phone or not. "It's no intrusion at all, is there something I can help with?"
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 15:25:32 85021
With the positive indicator, Koji tilts off his spot where his heels with doing their best impression of a rocking chair, and he falls into step next to Rashmi. Since it's none of his business, even if the name is familiar, he just walks along after her with his fingers twined on the back of his head, the wires of headphones bouncing in time to some music that is softly adding a little background noise for him.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 15:30:06 85022
"I have you on speakerphone; Naru Osaka is here." There, appropriate warning given; Kazuo inclines his head to Naru. "Lacrima contacted me last night with a concern about Alexis Raskoph. I dislike asking you on something that may have to do with your family's busines, but -- would you happen to have seen any sign of him since the party on Friday?"
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 15:30:54 85023
"Hi Rashmi." Naru pipes up, to confirm that she really is there as well, Kazuo hasn't lost his mind any more than usual at least. She gets quiet again as he gets to the crux of the conversation.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 15:33:53 85024
"Hi Naru-san," Rashmi dutifully chirps, eyes roving skyward as she thinks. "...No-o-o, not that I know of... I sent him a couple texts, but, he hasn't answered yet. I figured he was either busy or avoiding us... Sayaka-san would be a good way to get hold of him, I think? I'm glad she got ahold of you guys though..."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 15:37:48 85025
With no clue of the context of the conversation, and not recognizing Sayaka's name as any kind of clue over who the conversation is actually over, Koji just continues to follow along.

However, the same cannot be said for Tyrfing.

Which is why suddenly there's a fourth voice in the conversation, a familiar and gruff once, You know, the kid's really got a bug up his butt about your friend... but if you told him he's in trouble, he'll still help.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 15:42:26 85026
Naru's the only one who can see the tilt of Kazuo's head at the new voice. There's a faint pleased note in his answer that's more easily audible, though. "Hello, Tyrfing. It's good to hear you directly. I didn't have a chance to mention at our last encounter, but I'm pleased to see you well again."

A breath, and he returns to the rest of the topic. "Raskoph hasn't answered Lacrima's or Naru's texts, either. It's been a significant time since he turned up to train with Kyouko. I did a sweep last night looking for trouble spots -- one night isn't enough to draw conclusions from, but none of the usual places he goes fishing for fights showed any signs of his activity."
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 15:46:02 85027
"None of it is significant levels of weird, but it's adding up to cross the threshold of concerned." Naru adds in to Kunzite's listing of concerning incidents. "Kyouko and I are planning to stop by his parent's place just to make sure everything's alright there."
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 15:46:39 85028
"Okay," Rashmi says, her tone getting more businesslike as she glances to the boy trying to make it None Of His Business. "Tyrfing, please pull Koji-kun in?" After wating a few moments, and/or getting a confirmation, she launches into her spiel.

"Raskoph-san's gone missing, Koji-kun. He hasn't been seen or heard from since Lacchan and I pressed him for details after we found him throwing up blood near the end of the party. Takeba-san, Naru-san, is there anything you want us to be doing besides keeping an eye out?"
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 15:52:14 85030
Eyeroll is initiated and half-way through completion the moment that throwing up blood is mentioned, and there's something both annoyed and worried in Koji's expression. He doesn't say anything at the moment, however, since the headphones are not locked into the conversation via his Device-hacked Smartphone.

Tyrfing chuckles on the line, and replies, You keep talkin' like that, big man, I'm gonna start to think you like me some. Kid won't say it, but he liked meeting your old man, despite the weird circumstances.

After that there's a moment of quiet, and the Device continues, Hey, Rashmi. Ask Professor Pompous Pages if he ever did a bio-scan of Raskoph when he was setting up Boosts for him? You've connected more with him than we have.

Koji is not precisely frowning over this, but he doesn't have anything to add either.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 15:58:21 85031
There is a moment's pause on the far side of the phone, as well, before Kazuo asks, notably blank: "Professor Pompous Pages?"

Apparently there are people he doesn't know in town. It is probably good for at least Naru to be reassured on that front.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 16:02:19 85032
"Alexis was throwing up blood?" Naru leans in a little, as if that is going to make it easier to understand.

Naru pauses a moment. "Who is Professor Pompous Pages?" She asks, curious rather than flatlined. She is pretty sure that Kunzite will still know them. Whoever they are. Because of /course/ he will.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 16:07:12 85033
*bing!* << SUBJECT RASKOPH HAS NOT UNDERGONE SCANNING, >> Nicomachea interrupts -- honestly, conversations with more than one Device User at a time are in serious danger of getting way too overcrowded -- And Rashmi sighs, glaring at Tyrfing's case. << HYPOTHESIS: SUBJECT Tyrfing ATTEMPTING TO IGNORE FAULT IN BUTTERFLY CONFIGURATION. SUGGESTED FIX: SUBJECT Tyrfing SHOULD MANUFACTURE HIS OWN BIOSENSOR SUITE. >>

"Nicomachea," Rashmi sighs, "enough, please."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 16:18:29 85034
Koji cuts in as the rising growl of his Device can be heard, speaking out loud, but having it carry through his phone, "I don't like Raskoph-san. I find him rude, belligerent, and disrespectful towards food." The last part seeming to be the sticking point, "But... I think what Tyrfing is getting at is that if worse comes to worse, if there's a copy of a recent bio-scan he can get, we can do a search. Rashmi's been helping us with what we can do with Tyrfing's new configuration... and we can send drones out to at least a kilometer away for now."

After another long moment of thinking though, he adds, "But if he's hurt and he's hiding it... he wouldn't go anyplace anyone can confront him. He hates weakness. I saw it in how... angry he was that Rashmi and I had to Boost him so he could fight when the phantoms and crystals attacked."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 16:27:45 85035
"Hello, Nicomachea." ... that one's a more amused note than pleased. "That answers one question, I take it. For the other --" In the room where the speakerphone is active, Kazuo shifts position, orienting toward Naru rather than directly toward the phone. "When Lacrima spoke with me last night, she said that at the surprise party Raskoph gave on Friday, she and Rashmi found him having snuck away to hide in back. She described him as apparently having been throwing up blood. He tried to claim to them that he'd cut his mouth in a fight, except that there had been no sign of any such thing when he initially came in. He was called away by a phone call, and ended the conversation rather abruptly in order to go. He did not stop to talk with Mamoru, despite having a healer directly on the premises."

He turns back toward the speakerphone. "Mercury may have scans from her monitoring of his healing after his chest was reconstructed. They may or may not be compatible with your systems, but she and Rashmi would know better than I. My concern is that the combination of the bleeding, the blanks in his memory that several people have reported to me, Lacrima's additional information that Raskoph has inexplicably been able to recognize Device technology information and encoded runes, and his irrational response to the phone call ... that last is reasonably just Raskoph, granted. But these things together suggest the possibility that something may be trying to infiltrate him, particularly his nervous system. The scans are certainly worth trying. But they may also be -- outdated, at this point."
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 16:36:12 85036
Naru is quiet a little while as she listens to Devices and then various bits of the conversation. She can't argue 'rude' or 'belligerent', nor 'hides weakenesses'. All entirely accurate.

As Naru listens to Kazuo she frowns a little and then nods slowly. "Hunh. I need to get out more. Not stopping to talk to a healer is basically normal for him though." She takes a deep breath and nods. "Right. When Kyouko and I gather info.. if anything at all.. who wants to be general point of information gathering? Because there really should be one if this is any sort of collective response."
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 17:06:24 85042
"...We may have wanted to keep Mamoru-kun from actively getting involved," Rashmi says after a moment's embarrassed silence. "Lacchan and I both thought he had too much on his plate already, so we were just going to.... y'know, consult, and go from there."

She falls silent for a moment, giving Koji a long, serious look, and nods. "Nicomachea can definitely read just about anything that he can connect with, and pass the information to Tyrfing almost as easily. Almost. .....Like a PC and a Mac trying to pass notes rather than have a bar fight. And think I've still got a pass to the Command Center, but I'll ask Mizuno-senpai about that first. Anyway. Looking at that timeline, Takeba-san, I think you're right; something's seriously off, it sounds like it's got its roots in Devices, and if we're really unlucky he's tripped over a Lost Logia."

Shaking off the chill that last option breeds, she draws in a breath. "If you find anything out, Naru-san, definitely I'll be happy to be the point of contact. I'm pretty sure I can spread it on to most of the people you guys don't know well."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 17:14:06 85044


Those go off at precisely the same time when Rashmi mentions specifically NOT letting Mamoru get involved, and both their voices can make it plain eyebrows are shooting up on their end of the phone, which the girl can much more easily see than infer.

Koji looks towards the subway station, and then back at Rashmi once more, adjusting his glasses a moment, "Unlucky for anyone else is pretty normal for the rest of us, Rashmi."

But then he sighs deeply as Tyrfing pipes in again, Okay, so it's agreed that we find him, and if we have to we borrow a page from Haruna-senpai and beat on him until he sees reason.

Koji adds softly, "Tyrfing likes to call Nicomachea anything but his name. Sorry about that. Anyways... If you and Miss Kyouko are going by his place, perhaps you could ask Takeba-san to go with you? He can sense energy, so if there's been a Device-based influence, he could detect it... or maybe show you how to. It's how he helped my parents after all. If there are any sort of Mana threads connected there, you ad Kyouko could cut them to free any direct control."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 17:24:56 85046
Kazuo's response to Rashmi's explanation about Mamoru is not 'What?' -- it's a level, "You're not necessarily wrong." He exhales. "Besides. If Raskoph was already gone, it would've done no good other than to make Mamoru worry about him, and Lacrima didn't need that on top of the stress of the crowd."

Naru is the only one who can see the little twitch of his eyebrows at the mention of a command center. Item of information, noted.

"Lost Logia," he says. "I'm not so familiar with that term. That was -- there was a sword, once, that someone used that for. That gave its wielder power and tried to control her. That makes sense." Dryer: "We beat on her until she saw reason, too. It's a habit."

He exhales softly. "Terios-san as point of contact, then, unless Lacrima prefers to do it directly; she has a certain privilege in this case. But I suspect it'll be easier to filter others through her regular contacts. I'll help as I can, but there's an uncomfortable amount on my plate, too." He glances aside at Naru, with a little twitch at one corner of his mouth. "I'm disinclined to intrude on your date," he says to her, "but you and Apatite can reach me if you need to call me in."
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 17:30:14 85048
"If Kunzite is free, he's welcome to come with us, although scouting trips rarely benefit from taking a crowd." Naru glances up at Kazuo and there's a flicker of a smirk as he calls it a 'date'. He's not entirely wrong.

Naru turns her attention back to the phone. "I can pass info, if we find anything, to you, Rashmi. If you do hear of things, could you pass it to someone who is likely to share with me as well, please?"

There's a moment of pause as Naru considers Koji's suggestion. "I.. don't think my powers work like that, at all. I'm not sure what Mana threads /are/ let alone how to cut them." She pauses. "Nor have I ever heard of Lost Logia either, but my ignorance on that sort of thing is infinite."
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 17:43:41 85050
"Definitely," Rashmi says in answer to Naru, bobbing her head. "As for Lost Logia.... well... Imagine a Device that got enough of its code scrambled that whatever it was supposed to do, now does a version of it that hurts people. Then let it fester for howevermany hundreds of years, and then season with a good candidate for a User, who usually ends up dominated by it. Apparently they end up all over the place, and it's usually a headache on par with Hannah's, um.... experiments."

Shaking her head, she draws in a breath. "Anyway, I'll see what I can do about getting those scans and analyzing them. And if I see him in the meantime, I'll definitely get another one to compare. Just keep an eye out and be careful, all right?"
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 17:46:31 85052
There might be a barely audible mutter over the phone that sounds something suspiciously like, "And half the time is one of Hannah's experiments."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 17:56:21 85054
Koji finally pulls his phone out of his pocket and then unplugs his headphones. Carefully bundling them up and putting them away, he starts tapping something into his phone as he speaks but is heard at the same time in the conversation, "Miss Naru? I'm sending you something. You once said something about your magic and your art. I don't remember what, but I think this might help you and Kyouko."

On the other end, Kazuo's phone gets a text notification to be opened, which has a picture of a spear-point shaped object with a blue crystal 'eye' at the back.

"This is one of Tyrfing's Bits. They're like miniature Devices made purely of Mana. Each of them has a little sensor in it. It might not work, since I don't know how your talent works, but if it does, that means if there is signs of a Device, the Bit can give you some kind of notice."

Tyrfing pipes in, I added in the kid's smartphone as a pic too. That way you can draw both and see the output. You probably can't read Ancient Belkan, but Midchildian's close to the local language, and an alert's an alert, so at least it's something.
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 17:58:46 85056
"Hey, at least Alex is somewhat less likely to shoot me." Naru comments with a soft snort on the topic of Hannah's experiments. "Because I've crossed /that/ off the bucket list, once was enough."

Naru frowns a little at the explination of Lost Logia, as if it's ringing oh so very faint bells, but she can't QUITE place the where or when, or details on why this is sounding vaguely familiar.

Naru leans over to peer at the picture when it gets opened. "I can give it a try. I can certainly make a drone exist, but I've no clue if it'll connect back to Tyrfing or not. My interaction with other magics is.. odd."
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 18:04:57 85057
"That sounds like it'd be a fun experiment sometime," Rashmi notes. "It's worth trying, just in case. Even if it can't connect to Tyrfing, if you can make one exist, you miiiight be able to control it yourself. ....But that probably involves more grounding in the backwards pig-Martian of Device code than I think I'll ever be able to properly handle."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 18:07:37 85058
Koji tries to speak up, but once more Tyrfing beats him to the punch, causing the boy to frown a little.

You're an artist. So take some license with it. Something the Maesters told us when I was finishing up getting fixed up. With Devices, Form Begets Function. Make it your own, draw it linked to your own phone, and you should be able to read it from there. At least, that's my guess. I'm a combat model... I'm pulling all this from the kid's head.

Looking at Rashmi, Koji just shrugs once more, and asks, "What does Nicomachea think?"
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 18:34:49 85059
"One sec," Rashmi says, holding the phone in place with her head and digging about for her charm. Which, a moment later, becomes an oversized book of the sort one would imagine a cosplayer using for a prop.

Ruffling through the pages, Rashmi peers at the diagrams and un-mathematical notation emerging into place. "Well... theoretically it's possible," she murmurs. "It won't work like a Device's Bit unless you know the code for a Device's Bit, because that's just how the magic works... But if you can summon up a flamethrower without worrying about refueling it, I don't see why it wouldn't be possible to whip up a Bit you could control from your phone. It's not like the technology doesn't mostly exist already, after all."
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 18:40:07 85060
"Mmmm. Control from my phone.. or control from my sketchbook." Naru speculates as she listens to the other two. "We're planning on going /today/, so if I try it, it will be in the field and could be a mess, but we'll see. I expect I can get it to record to /something/, either my Virtue phone or my sketchbook."

One can't see Naru's smile, but its easy enough to hear in her voice. "As I can't pull from a picture, I have to redraw it anyhow.. it has to be my own, there's no chance of it not being edged with my resonance and art."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 18:43:22 85062
Kazuo's quiet is presumably because this part of the conversation is Naru's specialty. That, or he's just playing wall again.
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 18:46:11 85063
Koji oohs, and then says, "Don't forget in your drawing notes to write out what your Spell commands are and what they do!"

He honestly looks a bit excited as he smiles at Rashmi, "Every Device has a Grimoire. It's their active directory of any spells they can cast. Most only have a few, but as the User learns, so does the Device. But Devices are also limited by their form. So you could write down sometthing like.. ummm..." He taps at his lip a moment, then scratches his head, "Like say 'Area Scan.' And then next to it write down that it pings the area for magical signatures, and says what is what. Devices can be literal at times, so unless you tell them what you want, they can't do it."

To which Tyrfing grumbles in the phone, Jeez, kid... keep this up and she'll put us out of a job. You COULD just loan me to her, and go take a subspace nap, you know.
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 18:50:44 85066
"That's what I meant when I said that it wouldn't work like a Device's magic, Koji-kun," Rashmi chuckles. "I'm pretty sure the best we can be sure of without testing is 'form follows function,' because unless she's got a Meister-level familiarity with a Device's workings, she's not going to be able to reproduce it exactly. Which isn't the point anyway; Naru-san, if you can emulate a Bit well enough to have your own pet scanning drone, that's wonderful. But from what I hear you'll probably want to figure out a way to mount a flamethrower onto it," she says with a grin that can be heard through the phone. "Either way, I'm seriously interested in hearing what you end up with."
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 18:54:18 85067
"I seriously do not think that I can give it spell commands." Naru shakes her head a little, frowning deeply. "Getting it to fly and possibly record is basically going to be some flavour of miracle, but what I'm /hoping/ is that if it's magical, recording to somethign magical, someone who isn't me can possibly scan that recording for other magics later." She snorts softly, amused, at the flamethrower comment. "I'm going with Kyouko and we're scouting. I do not expect to be required to fight anything, she's got that covered in spades."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-10-19 18:57:18 85069
"Also," Kazuo notes, presumably in his idea of helpfulness, "if anything goes wrong with the drone, she can take care of it."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 19:02:35 85070
The boy ducks his head a bit, and then checks his phone before holding it up to show Rashmi the rail line schedule. Their train will be here in a little bit.

Back on the conference call, Tyrfing pipes in once more, You keep your girlfriend safe for me you hear? Soon as we figure out how I can get control of this body or make one of my own, she and I are going to throw down!

Koji just hangs his head, "I cannot take you anywhere."
Rashmi Terios 2017-10-19 19:06:21 85072
Rashmi bobs her head at Koji's note, and makes sure to stow Nicomachea away in a reasonably covert fashion; put something sight-blocking between herself and most of the station for a second, and pocket the Device's standby form. "Okay.... I'm about to go put the two of them through their paces, so don't be alarmed if you feel a Barrier going up; it's just a convenient way to get some training in. Please let us know what happens over at Raskoph-san's, all right?"
Naru Osaka 2017-10-19 19:08:13 85074
"Generally she's the one keeping me safe, Tyrfing." Naru points out and then nods. "Have good training you two, I'll let you know what.. if anything.. we find at Alex's house. I expect it to be a whole lot of nothing, but better to check than not."
A Siberian cat 2017-10-19 19:21:32 85076
From his phone, Koji replies, "Good luck Miss Naru! Tell Miss Kyouko that Tyrfing said hello." But now he manually disconnects from the call, and gives the image of his Device on it a little glare before saying to Rashmi, "C'mon... we can worry about Alexis AFTER we do some training. But at least now we know what to do today. Hide and Seek."