**Sefirat seemed to be dreading something dire, though none of the group could possibly fathom what it could be.**
Sef - Better sooner, than later I suppose. At this rate the trail must be growing incrementally colder.
**With that, the greater lady stood and retrieved a silver urn from the mantle of the fire. The urn had strange hieroglyphs twined about its top, their shadows danced across the room eerily, the fire was drawn to the strangeness of the urn. Sefirat took out a handful of golden grained dust from within and cast it into the fire's burning depths.**
Sef - May I introduce her grace, and my aunt, the Countess le Ancien.
**The room was suddenly filled with an immeasurable presence, each of those there were filled with a renewing sense of ease, a sense that everything was exactly as it was meant to be. Suddenly, there was a new person standing before them: She was a towering woman of Great Elegance, her dress was silver-air, it shimmered to the ground in glittering wisps of pale-light. Her features were soft, and pleasant, they held a tremendous age about them, but the lady didn't seem a day past her teens. She wasn't merely beautiful, she defined the word beauty. She faced the group with ancient-looking eyes of deep amber, and there was a faintness to her physicality, as if she wasn't fully there in body, but possibly spirit? The group could only guess. The Countess smiled warmly at them.
Gaebrielle - Why, hello there Fira. I seem to remember having left you in charge, but what pray tell requires my immediate attention?.
**The look Gaebrielle addressed Cassandra with was nothing short of immense, and the gaze of an elder vampire was harrowing, no matter their wishes.**
Gaebrielle - That, my lovely dear, is simply not possible. The Embers are all under lock and key, the ones we possess anyway. What makes you think anyone is close to claiming them? Expecting such a thing were a reality.
Sef - I'm afraid Valerian's volume has gone missing, mamàn...
Feeling totally out of place with nothing to do, Riesig just sat. His attention was focused on what was being said, but he made no eye contact and kept his head low. This was not his place to speak and he knew it.
**Camillia apparently thought very little of Cassandra's repartee, because she had turned an abrupt shoulder to her, and began to address Sefirat and Gaebrielle.**
Camillia - Tanté, cousin, I came here tonight with news that I think is pertinent for both of you, and this party. My lord wishes me to convey his support, and that you need to know he is not behind this opening gambit. He believes that it is my mother. Her wishes... are to obtain the powers of the Flame Alchemist. Collaterally, you know what that would mean... she would awaken The Mountain Prince, with little regard for the rest of us or the aftermath and consequences.
**After Camillia had presented her reasons for being present, Gaebrielle motioned for Sefirat to remain quiet, as her niece was about to erupt in a fit of anger toward Mia, which considering the prospect of that fight, was very fortunate for all present. The Countess thought quietly to herself for a very brief moment, before she, calmly nodding, addressed everyone gathered before her.**
Gaebrielle - Very well, Mia. Thank you for your intel. Sefirat, we'll talk later. As for this emergency, we must act immediately. Fira, I trust your judgement wholeheartedly, and if it is your wish to place Lady de Montferrat as lead on this quest, then I support it. Lady Cassandra, this is a vampire matter, but it is also a human one. You have our full support. Riesig, Adskhan you both are welcome additions, don't disappoint Cassandra. Mia, I don't care if my cousin is your patriarch or not, if you harm anyone on this endeavor, I will drain you dry, my dear. Well, I think that about covers it. Louisa and Bianca will meet you there, Fira. Good hunting, all. I must away, adieu!
**With that farewell, the Countess faded from the room as quickly as she appeared.**
**Sefirat silenced Mia with an elegant wave of her hand and the sternest of looks.**
Sefirat - My aunt is right, and we have little time to waste. Barring Camillia, I don't see anyone else joining us at this point; So, we go with what's at hand, and Mèrene's Blessing be upon us. Before we do leave, if anyone of you have any questions, now is the time to voice them. Cassandra, if you'd like to add anything further, feel free but let's make it quick.
"Uh, no not exactly that. Just don't see people suddenly materializing like that often. And then command instant respect. But, uh what you guys were talking about is rather confusing. What in the world are the Embers? And what are we doing with them?" Riesig asked scratching his head a bit.