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Weeks had passed since she had been given her gift and been adopted into a family she realized needed her as much as she needed them. She had been given freedom to do whatever she wanted to do with the power given to her and she reveled in the successes she had already earned. Anyone with any tie to her previous employers now either answered to her or were removed and replaced with someone who would. The women she had redeemed were more than willing to follow their liberator and allow their own talents to emerge from the muck their previous oppression had stuck them in. This eastern section of Hell’s Gate had begun to steel itself and defiantly rise to standards it had previous deemed inaccessible. Ilyana enjoyed this progress but knew she could not be quenched here. This was why she called on her makeshift family for more help.

 

Ilyana was an astute woman though her recent past may have suggested otherwise. She understood how vulnerable her family truly was from how limited their contact with one another had become. Never having met anyone else other than her savior, she knew it was time to help solidify a channel for them all to communicate. With her recent acquisitions of smuggling operations and her blatant takeover of all of the eastern sector’s brothels along with several inns, she had begun making her small mark on Hell’s Gate to give her family another haven that they deserved. Messengers had been employed to deliver a quick vague message meant to trigger someone’s arrival. Embossed with a symbol that had only recently begun to bear fruit within Hell’s Gate, she hoped that it would be enough for them to pick up on her request.

 

“Hello family,

 

Things have been progressing really well on my business ventures here in Hell’s Gate. The agony that many of those I have helped by employing has started to fade away but I miss you all so dearly. All of this technology here in Hell’s Gate reminds me of all of my smart family members who could come help me get a grasp of it all so I can use it to build my brand. If any of you have the time to come visit and catch up, please do. I really wish you could come share in my successes here and let me know how everyone is doing in Weland and Patia.

 

Well I am sorry this letter is so short but I am keeping myself busy here! Hope to see one of you come visit me soon.

 

Love you all!

 

Ilyana”

 

The letter was practically drenched in perfume before it left Hell’s Gate, addressed to the name of a farm in Weland. She hoped they would be informed enough to know who she was and what she needed. If there was anything she had realized about her family, it was how resourceful they could be when given the time. The week or more it would take her message to get there should be enough.

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Mori awaited Ilyana in the lobby of one of the inns the latter acquired. The techno-operative could be seen typing away at a small laptop on the table before her, one hand tapping at the keys as reams of information flickered over the screen, reflected in her glasses. In the other hand, a drink of sweet tea. She needed the sugar to keep active.

Already, the electronics specialist built a network connecting all of the businesses Illyana acquired with access available only to her and other members of their "family", and right now she was busy creating backdoors into the systems, cameras, and infrastructure of all spots of interest inbetween. 

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The Nature’s Repose Inn was a recent acquisition that was conveniently near the Weary Orc tavern and it would be the first of many acquisitions in that tavern’s vicinity. Frequent talks with the tavern owner had proven fruitless but as stubborn as the man was, Ilyana would find his weakness and exploit it in the end. She had just returned from having a heated conversation with the man and it was evident in the way that she forced herself in to the business with a forceful gait that almost discouraged an employee from approaching her to let her know that a guest had arrived. Mori had been treated with preferential bias, given whatever she wanted and provided whatever access was needed to begin her work not that the specialist truly needed it at all. As the young female employee let Ilyana know Mori had arrived and was present in the lobby nearby, Ilyana shot her black gaze to the woman typing away and smiled widely. Mori was the first person of her extended family she had seen outside of Xavier who was not as pleasing to look at. Her excitement easily made her forget her previous annoyance as she approached someone she considered a long lost sister.

 

“I’m sorry to have kept you waiting for so long. I am glad you came.”

 

Ilyana assumed that Mori had been hard at work already but was not aware of how much progress she had already made so she paused a bit before curiosity finally urged her to ask.

 

“What are you doing right now? Is there anything else you need from me?”

 

Ilyana practically hovered over Mori, unaware if that would annoy the specialist who was clearly in her element right now. The entrepreneur could make out that Mori was actually working on something pertaining to her business but she wouldn’t pretend to know anything about it. Eventually Ilyana would just take a seat to Mori’s left at the round table within this lobby, resting forearms on the table while she waited for her response. There wasn’t any urgency at all to get things done right now and she was content with waiting however long it took before Mori’s response.

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Mori looked up at Illyana as she approached, a small, but genuine smile appearing. "Please, sit. Pleasure  to finally meet you Illyana Sevryn. I’m Mori. Mori Tsuchiya” the name rolled off her tongue, almost lyrically, even as she looked back down to her screens.

 

After a moment, Mori would add, “Pardon me. Tech support’s work is never done.” She was responsible for a great deal of Abbadon’s communications and information systems, not to mention cybersecurity, and if it worked correctly, it would be as if she was not there at all. She was working on automating much of it now, with various scripts, redundancies, and backups to give herself more time to actually do offensive work, like what she was doing now, busy brute-forcing a backdoor into the cameras on the nearest street-corner that had them. Her work and relative lack of socialization also meant that while she could be polite enough, she lacked a certain… finesse, when it came to actually interacting with others. There was also the fact that not many like her within Abbadon (read, relatively normal, human and female) and so she was eager to make Illyana's acquaintance

 

This is quite the collection of businesses you’ve built. What’s next for you?” she asked, politely

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Ilyana immediately considered Mori as someone worthy of her attentions and oddly familial. Incognizant to the specifics of what Mori was doing, Ilyana couldn’t help but feel that she had been sent the best possible candidate out of her family which only made her appreciate this visit all the more. Believing Mori to be a very capable multitasker, Ilyana spoke immediately after Mori’s introduction. “Beautiful name. I am eager to get to know you.” Even as Mori responded by digging deep into her work, Ilyana just watched, occasionally looking at the screen but mostly eyeing the electronics specialist. There weren’t many women within the organization that she could remember unless they counted the massive group of women she had liberated by extension. This made Ilyana’s observation of Mori all the more intense as it was good to know how another woman not under her savior’s vigilant watch carried herself.

 

As Mori brought up her collection of businesses, she smiled all the wider with a glint of pride but then shifted into a more purposeful lean as she clenched a fist along the table they shared. “I strive for more influence Mori. The eastern section of Hell’s Gate just isn’t enough for me to achieve my ultimate goal of making Hell’s Gate better for all who call it home. If I am to support my family while I am here, I need to make sure I gain the power I need to change the minds and wills of those in charge here by any means necessary.” Her ambition peppered her words with emphasis and it was clear that her determination stemmed from something deep within her soul.

 

“I plan on injecting myself into the lavish society of the west where the Henriettas and Glasmanns of this city have called home while also expanding my reach outside of city limits. What I need from you is access and a concrete plan to acquire the means to elevate myself. Can you help me Mori?”

 

Ilyana did not quite know how to achieve what she wanted but she knew she would need someone with the technical means to do so and could not rely on the brute force of someone like Xavier to get things done. Hell’s Gate was a city that prided itself on its magitech which had become so engrained in society that few considered that their total reliance on it made them vulnerable. This vulnerability was what she wanted to exploit and she hoped her beautiful ‘sister’ could help her.

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Mori nodded as she visibly digested the information. Right to business. She appreciated that. Time was money after all. 

"I have a few ideas. I'll call it the hard revolutionary, or soft revolutionary paths" Tapping a few more buttons, she let the laptop rest for a moment, waiting for her latest program to finish running and compiling a list of who's who in the political, social, and government hierarchy of Hell's Gate.

"I can get you any information you need. Dirty secrets, bank accounts, payments, transactions, dates. You want to apply a little... well blackmail is quite a dirty word, we'll just say pressure. If you want to pressure a few of the right people with their skeletons, I can find the closets, as long as its logged somewhere. If you want access to control the infrastructure, wreck a little havoc, from something as mild as flashing lights, to..." she paused and looked around, before leaning in and adding in an undertone, "... overloading transformers and gas lines, things of that nature, I can do that too"

She leaned back, taking a deep sip of her drink and savoring that sweet flavor before going on.

"All depends on how you want to be elevated. You want to take over that society, integrate yourself into it, destroy it, or a little bit of all three? I can help you make it happen"

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As Mori began to discuss what she could provide her, Ilyana shifted in her seat and leaned in a bit as intrigue settled upon her. She had been given the power to adapt and liberate by her savior but she soon realized she had been gifted far more than she could have ever imagined a woman from the bowels of Hell’s Gate could have received. Ilyana was grateful and it showed in how warm her smile was to Mori as she explained possible paths and even understood the discretion that was needed for some of the less desirable methods. Letting Mori finish, Ilyana paused to contemplate her options and then came up with a response within a minute of Mori’s last words.

 

“I would like anything you can find with your talents that they were foolish to leave clues for. Anything I can weaponize to steer their influence in my favor. Any access that will help me choke the nobility into submission and equalize the worth of everyone you see around you. Perhaps anything you can get on those linked to the Monroe Foundation, the artificial intelligence they are working on and how they receive their funding. Also, the owner of the Weary Orc has proven quite stubborn and resistant to my tactics. Any help you could provide there will help me solidify my hold in this sector and allow me to focus on the nobles”


She smiled a bit more mischievously this time.

 

“So it would seem I would like a little bit of all three. You must think I am such a needy woman Mori but I do hope you continue to spoil me.”

 

Ilyana practically giggled at her own comment and then motioned to the same girl that had been taking care of Mori while Ilyana was on the verge of arriving.

 

“Aislyn, make sure one of our best suites is available tonight….”

 

The Nature’s Repose was meant to be an establishment that promoted tranquility and catered to the relaxation of her esteemed guests. None were currently held any higher than the beautiful sister before her. Ilyana could finally take care of a family she would have never had were it not for the misunderstood unnatural that had saw it fit to will her where she was now. Eyes slid back to Mori before she spoke again.

 

“Allow me to repay you with all of the available amenities, sweet tea, or anything else you may want. The least I could do for family…”

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Mori made mental checklists of the tasks she was asked of.

The Monroe Foundation and the artificial intelligence was particularly interesting to somebody of her background. She would have to look into the background and finances of the owner of the Weary Orc. She also thought of alternate ways to pacify the surroundings. An idea was forming in her head, but first, she addressed the idea of being given one of the best suites in the Nature's Repose, holding up her hands in awkward protest. "That... that’s a little too grand for me" she chuckled. "I do appreciate the care, but allow me to take this room instead" Mori pulled up a map of the inn with a flick of her wrist, the complex device called an omni-tool on her arm displaying a holographic scan of the building. She pointed at a particular room, closer to the building's main power supply lines and other utilities.

"My work consumes a lot of energy, and it'd be easier for me to draw upon the resources I need from there without hampering the rest of the inn", Mori would explain. She didn't want to blow any few fuses with the power draw she would require, thus drawing attention to her and negative attention to the inn, and by extension, Ilyana. The Nature's Repose was a good inn, but it was likely not designed to serve as the electricity-hungry operating center of a technomancer.

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Ilyana looked surprised by the protest of Mori to the lavish accomodations as she had trouble accepting why someone would turn down such luxury and replace it with perhaps one of the worst rooms they had to offer. Years living in squalor and scraping her way through the streets of Hell’s Gate had deprived her of everything she could now indulge in for so long that she would never turn down any such requests. The mild shock was evident in Ilyana’s face for a few seconds before Mori was able to justify her desire admirably and mollify it. Ilyana offered a small nod as the logic in Mori’s decision was sound and only further solidified the worth she saw in the woman. Ilyana motioned for Aislyn again without even looking at the girl, the loyal employee dropping her casual conversation with a co-worker immediately to rush to her employer’s side.

 

“What can I do for you now Ilyana?”

 

Ilyana truly hated when anyone called her ‘ma’am or m’lady’ or any other sort of honorific.

 

“Change of plans for our beloved guest here.”

 

She snaked an arm around the girl and lightly nudged her to come closer, the girl leaning forward as she caught sight of the map that Mori’s omni-tool provided.

 

“She would like to stay in this room. Please see to it that she gets what she wants. I am trusting you will take care of anything else she may need throughout her stay here as well. Understood?

 

Aislyn seemed all too eager to oblige as she darted away and motioned for some of the workers to follow her to prepare the room. Ilyana, meanwhile, had fixated her gaze upon Mori the entire time as the intrigue glued her attentions on her sister.

 

“It isn’t often that I allow my offers to be refused but I agree with your wishes. How long do you think you will need? I would like to know how long I will be blessed with your company.”

 

A genuine smile crept along Ilyana’s face after she finished speaking, sitting up firmly and letting her hands rest on the silky fabric of her dress that seemed ethereal in nature. Obtenebra was surprisingly docile this time around despite its recognition of the technomancer before her. Ilyana wondered why but only for a matter of seconds. It wasn’t often that she didn’t feel Obtenebra’s attempts to react and influence her decisions nowadays so the freedom that offered to truly make her feel that she was trusted to make her own decisions here was something she intended to fully take advantage of. She would make her savior proud…she was sure of it.

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Rightly couldn’t tell you. I’ll need to know what I’m up against. I’ll spare you the details unless you want them though” Mori went to school for this after all, and the school was woefully inadequate for her level of talent and experience when it came to these matters. If Ilyana did want the details, Mori would describe as succinctly as she could (but still rather lengthily) how she needed to find the servers upon which the location’s information was stored, bypass their security in a manner that would not tip  off her hand. The Foundation was an entirely different beast altogether, their security would likely be much more complex, and might take a lot of time to decipher (through brute force) if it turned out to be heavily encrypted. If the AI they were said to be making was even a little active, it would also prove to be an enormous, unpredictable obstacle. Mori would not be able to work from the inn in the event she might be traced back.

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