No one was around to hear them. The Senators and their staff were spread out across their districts, preparing to partake in the evening's celebrations. The building was patrolled only by the occassional guard whose loud footfalls broadcasted their approach to the shadow, who in turn would fall silent and still as the guard ambled lazily past, dreaming of tonight's feast.
He found the office he was looking for and slipped inside. They had warned him to watch for traps and so he scanned the room as he brought the door to a close behind him. It creaked. Loudly. The thief winced as the sound echoed through the hall outside. He nipped over to the senator's desk and pulled a drawer open and dropped something in it and closed it silently.
Someone knocked on the door. In an instant the thief was out of the window, hanging off the ledge. He glanced below, expectig to see a conveniently placed wagon filled with hay. There was none, this was the government district, after all. He dropped, falling from the second floor window onto the cobbled paving below and landing in a roll that left him sprawled across the road.
He looked up to see that he had landed in the path of a guard sergeant. She was staring at him in astonishment, gun slung over one shoulder, wondering what to make of him. He didn't wait to find out. He got to his feet; thankfully his legs were unhurt from the fall. And then he ran.
Abigail Linnen [EvilMikoto] gave chase.
Off the coast of Saletor, the Divine Aegis sloop Merry David made its way East to the coastal island of Saletor. A Senator and his aide stood in quiet discussion at the fo'c's'le, where they could watch the ship's bows part the waves, and where their discussion couldn't be overheard by the ship's complement.
"Remember that the Han consider their royal family to rank just below the gods in the divine order," said Senator Saul Carnicero. "When we're presented to the Imperial Ambassador you'll be expected to kneel, on both knees, and touch your head to the floor. I know how it sounds, but they come from a world where gods are a very real part of life. It's no sign of weakness on our part, and a small price to pay to gratify their egos. You'll find the best way into a demi-god's good books, and favourable trade deals, is through their egos."
Saul glanced across at his aide and protogé, Maiya Alexandria [EvilSzh]. Despite Saletor being within the Tranquility the island's society was dominated by the Ambassador's palace and its Han inhabitants were very much embedded into the Eastern Empire's culture. It would be her first sight of the world outside, the world that she was so keen for Tou Mun to strengthen ties with. This insight would either test her, or strengthen her.
The Merry David was visible from the towers of Saletor Palace. The guard on watch raised his spear in signal to a guard on the ramparts below. Mosi had been expecting the notification. He was sat in his office with the intelligence files for both the Senator and his aide on his desk. The Senator he was already familiar with; the aide's file he had read and committed to memory. He dismissed the guard and went to inform his mistress, Gwenyth Amadi [Nikki Peppermint] that they would be arriving soon.
Edited by Rocorolo, 01 October 2008 - 08:47 PM.