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Date: 2018-12-11
Pose Count: 16
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-11 22:35:52 101628
    Fate got a message. Maybe it was from Nanoha acting as an intermediary, or maybe it came directly as a text message from a number she didn't recognize. But the intent is clear, at least-- Stahlritter, someone Nanoha had tagged for The Aces before, wants to meet and talk, regarding Nanoha's situation. And she should go to Gullwing Cafe to meet and she'll recognize them from... a corgi. Yes. A corgi, of all things.

    At this particular hour, the cafe isn't that busy-- still busier than one might expect from a beach-side joint in the middle of winter, but still. In a corner booth, a vaguely familiar face sits within. A tall caucasian in a brown leather jacket, with a dark-red scarf coiled about his neck, hot coffee in front of him. ... And besides him on the bench rests the adorable image of a fuzzy, brown-furred corgi, leaned up against her human's thigh.
Fate T. Waldia 2018-12-11 22:56:39 101629
Fate T. Waldia gets a message and raises her brow. Someone wants to talk about Nanoha's situation. A number she doesn't know. She goes in expecting a fight. That's what her honed senses expect. But a corgi? No one mentioned a corgi along with these 'Wolkenritter' so far. Maybe it's just a concerned individual.

Fate T. Waldia arrives dressed in what is a moderately 'nice' dress- it seems a little old fashioned- almost period. A dress from Waldia. It's red and white with a heart broach at the collar. She looks down at the dog, and then up at the boy as she gently narrows her eyes. No other dogs here. She sits down in the seat opposite of Alexis.

"You wanted to talk about Nanoha?" she asks.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-11 23:14:01 101630
    Alexis is just in the middle of sipping from his cup when Fate sits down opposite from him, and his brow arches slightly over the rim of the container as he takes her in. Meanwhile, the corgi sits up on the bench suddenly, head peeking over the edge of the table at her with ears perked up high. It doesn't take long for the dog's tongue to loll out in that trademark goofy corgi smile.

    "Little overdressed for a place like this, don't you think?" Alexis rumbles as the mug is lowered back down on the table and his hand moves to pet the corgi gently, ruffling her ears affectionally. "You remember Hope? She interrupted you and Nanoha on this same beach some time ago, I believe. ...But, yes. Well. Not specifically about Nanoha, but about what happened to her. She's not the only one who has had her Core taken."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-12-11 23:23:25 101631
Fate T. Waldia regards Alexis softly. Oh, yes he is a little familiar. She gently talks. "I dress no differently than my sister does." she says. Mind you, her sister is royalty from another world and fanciness comes with that. She does eye Hope. Oh... that dog that...

Her eyes narrow a little heavily at Hope, before she looks back to Alexis. "'Cloud Knights'. Right?" she asks. "That stole her linker core." she says a little more lowly. Fate is not happy about this. Her tone is a little more stoic. More like before she met Nanoha.

She is not happy for sure. "I am not surprised. Do you know why they want them?" she asks.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-11 23:35:09 101632
    "Wolkenritter," Alexis growls with a slow nod. "Unfortunately, I do not. My Device has the same origin as them, supposedly, but Krieg is not specialized enough with data storage and analysis to maintain much information from his era, including anything on them."

    His finger taps idly along the top of the table, and his brows burrow even further into a frown. "But I do know that they severely injured a friend of mine to get her core too, so I'm right proper pissed at them. And I told this to Nanoha before, but I also doubt they care enough to stop when they find someone who needs their equivalent of a Core to *live*."

    He pauses in whatever else he was going to say, when Hope suddenly lets out a low 'ruff!' of a sound in excitement, still staring happly at Fate. He looks down at the dog curiously, and then back to Fate again. "... I think she wants to come over and say hi. Do you mind?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-12-11 23:49:45 101633
Fate T. Waldia keeps her eyes narrowed at Hope. "Very well. She can." she says with a sigh. She's well versed in taking care of canines. Arf and all. Who is probably hanging out across the street, in case she needs to explode through a window. She's probably got distracted by a half pastry someone threw in the trash across said street.

She frowns. "I understand they're strong. How many have you counted so far?" she asks curiously. She sits back in the seat and crosses her arms a moment. "I'm afraid I know as much as you do." she says. "Bardiche is 'new', created for me- and I've been his only user, so he won't know anything. Our best bet is Yuuno. He's an archeolgist, specfically majoring in Belkan history and archaeolgy sites." she offers. "Nanoha's little ferret friend, I mean."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-12 00:02:42 101634
    It's the very INSTANT Fate says 'very well' when Hope bounces off of the bench and goes padding over to Fate's side... and bouncing on her bench there, sitting on it with her beady eyes looking up expectantly at the girl.

    "...She likes people a lot, I hope you're not too put off by her," Alexis murmurs sheepishly, though he does have an affectionate smile on his features, sent to the corgi herself.

    But back to the matter at hand. That smile fades away, and his expression sets back into one of intense focus. "Nanoha already told me about Yuuno. There might be someone else, too-- I know someone with a Belkan Unison Device. It's a long shot, but they might know at least something. But otherwise... Nanoha mentioned trying to find new resources to help repurpose Ancient Belkan technology even before this whole thing happened. Besides just arming others with Cartridges, it might be worth following up on whatever plan there was for that before, in case anything else surfaces that way. But then... I'd also like to be more... proactive, so to speak. Just from looking at you, I get the feeling you're feeling the same way."

    He pauses again, to drain the rest of his hot cocoa up from the mug, staring into the emptied ceramic container for a few seconds afterwards. "... As far as I know, only two of them have shown themselves so far, but I can't discount the possibility of there being more of them. I'm still putting out feelers to figure out who and how many have been drained of their Cores besides Nanoha and Rashmi, too. There might be a clue to help tracking them down in the places those things have happened in, too."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-12-12 00:20:28 101635
Fate T. Waldia gently pets Hope's ears, she sighs a bit, relentlessly. She then gently looks back over to Alexis and then gives a small frown. "Nanoha was expecting to get help from a friend. That friend seems to have gone dark. I'm not sure what's gone on." she says softly. "Maybe it's related..." she trails off a moment.

She nods. "I do agree. We need to... upgrade. As it we're. Or learn a new trick or two." she says. "Regardless-- unison device."

She thinks on this. "You mean... Koji-kun?" she asks. "He's the only user of one. When I was taught about devices I was told they we're incredibly rare." she shakes her head. "We're trying to get the Ace's HQ set up. I still need to figure out how to aquire the property." she says.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-12 00:29:20 101636
    "Who's the friend, if you don't mind me asking?" Asks Alexis with a frown of concern forming over his features again.

    "Krieg might be able to help with the application of the equipment, at least," he suggests then, lifting his right hand up and tapping his wrist with his left hand-- assumably where the Standby Form of his Device is hidden underneath the leather sleeve. "He was originally built to incorporate Cartridges, but his particular system for it is... unstable right now. My old teacher did teach me how to build cartridges themselves, at least."

    At the mention of Koji, he nods slowly. "Yes. From what I understand, Tyrfing is somewhat special even by Unison Device standards. It'd be worth asking, at the very least. I don't have any of my monetary resources left anymore, but is there anything else I can do to help with the property?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-12-12 00:41:09 101637
Fate T. Waldia mmms. "A mutual friend, by the name of Mikoto." she says, and leaves it at that. "-I'm sure Nanoha will still figure something out. At the very least, we can go to Lindy-sama and try to ask her for help and support." she says softly.

"Any help would be appreciated, honestly. Even small things help right now. I know that working alone is not the way to tackle this. Nanoha-chan and Jin-kun and Rune-chan taught me that much..." she says quietly.

She looks up at Alexis and thinks... "I'm not sure... unless you know where there's equipment we can aquire or steal." she says. "The Garden of Time was wrecked when it was destroyed. Else I would had taken Arf back to it, and see what we could had salvaged."
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-12 00:53:46 101638
    "I'll do what I can, obviously," Alexis promises with a nod. "I've been brought up for the very specific purpose of fighting threats like this... although admittedly for the side of... very different people." Well doesn't that sound ominous.

    "We'll have to figure out a way to actually hunt them down eventually too. If it comes down to it though, we might have to... use someone with a powerful enough Core to not ignore as bait."

    Suddenly, he blinks slowly. Realization hits him. He peers down at his right wrist, and his lips purse. THere's a moment of hesitation, but then...

    "... I might have an idea," he murmurs, green eyes turning back to Fate. "But it might be dangerous. What do you know about the Raskoph Conglomerate?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-12-12 01:10:21 101639
"Nanoha-chan." she says flatly. "She has a lot of Linker Core potential. Yuuno says he's seen nothing like it, and he's actually visited Mid-Chida and knew many powerful mages. They already hit her once. I wouldn't put it past them to try again- if they realize she's worth the effort. But we'll need to see how they operate. Maybe they won't even go for the same target twice."

She shakes her head. "I have not. But it sounds like a company. Mot---Precia. Was not caught up in any of those operations. She was single minded... in what she wanted." she says tersely.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-12 01:27:30 101640
    "Her Core isn't exactly available right now either," Alexis points out. "From what I've heard, yours isn't exactly anything to be scoffing at either, and..." His lips purse. "... I have a lot of weight behind my punches too, so to speak. And I would not exactly feel comfortable making someone else risk their life like that. ... But we can discuss strategies when we have the rest of the Aces and whoever else wants to help around."

    But. The Raskoph Conglomerate. He was almost hoping she'd heard *something*. It always feels so uncomfortable saying all these things.

    "...Raskoph Conglomerate is an international business conglomerate, mostly focusing on technology and pharmaceutical research and products. They originate from Germany but they have branches all across the world, including here in TOkyo. They are also a front for... magi-scientific research and for conducting... let's say less than moral operations. And who knows whatever evil secret crap. Connected to Eclipse on some level, they seem to have connections and resources on the same level, too."

    He pauses purposefully there, before he says the last thing: "...And they're ran by Hulda and Gerald Raskoph. My parents, and the people who were building me up to be their living weapon."
Fate T. Waldia 2018-12-12 01:36:53 101641
Fate T. Waldia grimaces a lot at this story. She says nothing, but she swallows. "I know how that feels like. I was... 'created'... by my mother. In the image of her dead daughter. In hopes I could replace her. I could not. She gave me a different name. Used me... like a tool. I do not want to talk about it too much at length... not..."

"Not with you, I apologize. I do not know you aswell as I do... Nanoha-chan. Or Rune-chan." she says. She nods. "I'm strong, if that's what you're asking. I wouldn't mind being bait. As it is. I wish to confront these people about Nanoha." she says.

She nods. "Then it sounds like. These people 'deserve' to be stolen from, if we could put their equipment to better use for a better purpose." she says a little stoically.

"When you find a good place to raid, let me know? I will need to confer with Yuuno most likely, about the kind of things we'd need. Make a shopping list, as it we're." she says.
Alexis Raskoph 2018-12-12 01:52:13 101642
    "I understand," Alexis murmurs, without seeming bothered at all by her unwillingness to speak much of herself. Hope, though, seems to sense some measure of sadness there, and leans into Fate's side, nuzzling.

    "They have to have some place dedicated to studying and producing Device-based technology," he suggests with a nod of agreement to her own assessment. "But just... be aware that they are a massive organization that focuses a lot on secrecy, and there's no guarantee that I will even find a... 'correct' place, so to speak. But I have been working on taking these people down for over a year now, and I am probably best equipped person around to find them at this point, so I will do everything I can and call everyone there if I do find an appropriate facility. I would like eveyr combat-capable member of the Aces there, because I expect it to be... a particularly well-defended among their secret facilities, and..."

    His lips purse again, with concern. "Like I said. THese people are... powerful. It might result in everyone there being painted as their active enemy, and... I have not seen my father in ages, but I know my mother in particular is *incredibly* dangerous, and while I don't expect her to respond to every occasion of her property being attacked, if she does show up, we will have to start focusing on simply *surviving*. Do you understand?"
Fate T. Waldia 2018-12-12 02:02:30 101643
Fate T. Waldia considers. "Then let her come. I have dealt with women like her before.... Precia was one of them." she says lightly. "But I will be ready. We'll be even more ready when we're organized." she says. She look over to Hope and give her another pet. She'll look back to Alexis.

There's a soft ping from her, Bardiche letting her know something important as she looks back to Alex. "I apologize. I need to go now." she says as she stands up lightly. "...I forgot I was meeting Nanoha's family tonight to help them ready for a catering job. They need an extra hand, and I helped them during my time living there." she says softly.

"If you need me again, you can contact me the same you did. It'll work. Should work." she says. She give a little polite bow, before she'll make to leave, walking over to the small puppy across the street...

...and pulling her out of the trash can disapprovingly. Arf looks sad like someone caught with their hand in a cookie jar as she's carted off.