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The first assailant to strike, the man with a quick lunge at Sevens' head, landed with the ruffling of fabric and the sound of flesh scraping along cement. Although it was that same moment that Jericho had chosen to deafen the attackers, Michael heard the soft noise of his first victim as he felt the gentle pang of impact on the back of his fist. The next thing he felt was the grasp of cold fingers around his hand, then a numbness climbing his arm. Just as Michael turned to face the disguised ice mage, he heard the cracking sound of stone against stone— no, without looking he could tell by the resonance that this was, in fact, skull against stone where Jericho's first victim crashed against a stone wall. From even a block away this might sound like a typical drunken scuffle, but anybody with a line of sight on the battle would know by the way everyone moved that the stakes were much higher than a broken face that looked uglier in the hangover daylight. In the same fashion that Ogden parsed brainpower away from facial expression and toward action, Sevens betrayed all of his. His eyes had sharpened into knife points that trailed moonlight as they flitted from one target to the next.

Just after the first impact of his fist, Sevens felt cold fingers close around his unoccupied hand and numbness climbing his arm. There were several types of numbness, he knew from arcane and herbological studies; poisonous, cold, nerve blocks, decay, and drugs. He could tell by the sting that this was the second. Without using his eyes to address the second man, he scanned left after executing his first blow to lay eyes on the third attacker while channeling immediate, blistering heat from his numb arm. Rotating the numb arm and spreading his fingers for the wrist of the hand grabbing his wrist, Sevens found the third attacker as they were mid-lunge in an attempt to bludgeon his head like the first attacker had. Finding purchase with his searing grip on the ice mage and keeping in circular motion, Sevens whirled him in one circle before throwing him into the man with a bat.

While those two careened off to the side in a tangle with one another, the first had righted himself. Sevens extended his entire body in one long step toward the man. He closed about three of the fifteen feet between them, extending his right hand palm up. As if offered at first, a vine of blue light ribboned away from his palm toward the man. It was slow at first, lighting up both of their faces in a moment that froze the attacker, before the singular line jetstreamed through the distance between them and pierced his throat.

"We found them," said one of the other two into a wrist receiver as they resolved on the ground."Block 56-1A in Minaiki!"

Sevens lifted his hand, the ray of light fanning over him as he did, until it lapped down on the two men and lopped each cleanly in half mid-report. Sevens looked to Ogden as the light dissipated form his hand. He wondered how long it would take to disenchant the man Jericho had possessed, see if he had any information to offer. When the other two were disposed of, he tapped Ogden's shoulder.

"Should we save him? See what information we can get on the new princes?"

The next morning, Ogden and Sevens met at an address in Eastern Minakai; this time as two even more different looking individuals.

"This is the artificer that can get me a shell for the tracker," Sevens had said as they closed the door behind them the night before. Their journey together had solidified something more than double agentry could dissolve with any degree of simplicity. "Let me know if you need anything else. I'm always down to serve the good side," had said Matte in parting. There was no animosity, outward or hidden, in his voice. "I'll be in touch!"

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Full Summary:

Jericho leads two Justice operatives into Izral in order to topple merchant prince Velleh. Terran Peacekeeper Michael Commager, disguised as Matte Daemon, accompanies Justice in an effort to get closer to Zengi's Gauntlets. After infiltrating Velleh's estate and killing the prince, the three operatives make a dirty getaway with a Velleh zombie acting as partial cover. Just before the three split and agree to meet in Minaiki to let things cool down, Jericho severs Velleh's head and hand in a gesture of victory to Velleh's men who are still in hot pursuit. After making an example of the prince, Jericho and Matte abscond into the wilds of Izral to meet two days later under the guises of Ogden and Sevens.

While staying together, Sevens discloses to Ogden that he is making a tracker for the other of Zengi's Gauntlets. His fake reason is that his fiance was killed in the Casper plague where the other gauntlet was last seen being used. Ogden discloses that he dropped a telemetric package with the Terran military that could help Sevens find the other gauntlet once he creates his tracker. Michael already knows this, but acting as Matte through the medium of Sevens he does not tell Jericho.

After a night of drinking and relaxing to commemorate the adventure and unwind, the two are walking home when they are jumped by seven of Velleh's goons who were able to track Matte and Jericho's magic signatures. Disposing of the group after having their location blown, the duo changes disguises for the last couple days of their stakeout while Matte finishes the Gauntlet Tracker's blueprints. Then Matte and Jericho, under new disguises, meet at the artificer's place where the tracker shell will be completed and bid their farewells.

Short Summary:

Jericho, Matte, and Levi infiltrate the prince of Izral, Velleh's estate and assassinate him. Retreating to a remote city called Minaiki to go under disguise and wait for Velleh's men to give up on finding them, Jericho and Matte wait together for a week and a half while Matte creates blueprints for a tracker to find the other gauntlet. Michael's reasoning for wanting the gauntlet pertains to Terrenus defense, the other of Zengi's gauntlets being traceable to the Casper plague. Although the pair's cover is blown in Minaiki, they are able to change disguises for the remainder of their stay. Finishing the tracker blueprints undercover, the two drop off the schematics to be completed by an artificer in Manaiki and part ways.

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