Mission 26: Shadows of Tomorrow Sept 5, 2014 11:04:56 GMT
Post by Carl Torek on Sept 5, 2014 11:04:56 GMT
OOC :: Posting as Jessica ::
Jessica remained quiet during the walk to the shuttle-bay, talking only when addressed by Carl or one of the other Raven Officer's. Outwardly calm, inside she was seething at the blatant insult from Teiler. She had already decided to go to the Captain once they returned to their ship. The Mage, in her opinion, had overstepped his position and had gone too far with his open opposition to her position on the Ruling Council.
Bidding farewell for the time being, it was arranged that they would return to the Raven at eleven hundred hours in the morning. Hopefully, their second meeting would go smoother than the first ....
Once free of the confines of the present USS Raven and en-route to their own dilapidated vessel, Jessica spun on the Mage !
"Beware ... MAGE ! ... I will not warn you a second time, do not attempt to embarrass me again. I will not stand for it."
"Embarrass you. Is that meant to be some sort of witticism, because if so, I am afraid I am at a loss to find the humour." Teiler said, appreciating the sniggers from his two Warlocks.
"We are 'ALL' aware of how you attained your lofty position Mage." Jessica said darkly.
< tag : Cesif >
The argument continued throughout the short journey back to their ship until they parted company. The Mage grinned as he watched Jessica stride away. She in turn was plotting the man's downfall. She had decided long ago that he was going to be trouble, she would need something to gain the advantage, but once she had that snippet, she would ruin the man and send him to the depths of the ship to become one of the un-named !
=^= Jessica T .. You have been summoned for a private audience .. Come to the ascender and access will be granted to you alone =^=
Doing as ordered, she wondered vaguely if Teiler, who would have heard the section-wide order, was pondering the ramification's of his actions now he knew she was going to see the Captain. It didn't matter really, they had much more important things to worry about, and getting rid of the Mage was going to have to wait a while ... Entering the ascender, she closed her eyes trying to settle herself for the meeting. because even though she was the only one granted audience with their Ruler, it still un-nerved her immensely when in his presence .....
"What were your first impressions of our descendants Jessica ?" The Captain asked without preamble.
"They are confident. Understandable if the archives of previous missions are truthful." she began, remembering the faces in the room, "We may, need to allow them to come aboard our vessel at some point I fear."
"That will not be allowed, I have already told you this, and I do not appreciate having to repeat myself."
"I fully understand that my Captain." Jessica said, knowing her continuing the conversation when clearly closed, could see her punished, "But, I feel that if the Raven and her Commanding Officer's find they cannot trust us implicitly they will ensure we have no further interaction. It is only a matter of time before someone attempts to contact the ship. When that fails they will contact the outpost. I feel they will have no option but to send a second vessel to investigate should that contact fail."
The Captain sat behind his silken vale, pondering what his First Councillor had said. In one respect, she was of course correct. They could not afford a second vessel coming to the aid of the Raven, it could jeopardize any plans he may have. Even now, the Council, including his trusted Jessica, were in complete darkness as to why they had travelled back through time to encounter their ancestors, and he intended it to remain thus until he felt they were worthy of enlightenment ... This petty bickering among the Council was concerning him though, and he needed to put a stop to it. Unfortunately, the Warlock clan was large, and knowledgeable beyond anything he could hope to attain. They, and only they, knew the workings of the Community, and to alienate them too much could prove unsettling, for everyone.
"They are inquisitive Jessica, they will not turn and leave without answer's, that much is certain ..... Now ..... This conflict between the Mage and yourself ....." he said quietly, watching her through the vale as she waited on his next words in silence, "He is a powerful man, but maybe an envious one too. He cherishes the role of First Councillor, even now, with the power he Commands, he may still want to take the role away from you. You must be strong Jessica, in many senses you hold the higher ground, from childhood you were marked for the position you now hold. Do not let his petty taunting get the better of you, do you understand what I am saying my child ?"
"Yes My Lord ... I understand fully." she replied, knowing it was anything but a suggestion she was receiving.
"It will hurt him publicly if you don't rise to the bait. But that, alas, works both ways I fear ... As First Councillor you are expected to act with etiquette, dignity and decorum. I do not want to see you allowing yourself to be goaded into an argument. You should both consider this a warning Jessica."
"Yes, my Lord." she said, bowing at the waist.
"Prepare for your next meeting with your descendant Jessica. You must persuade him we are to be trusted." The Captain fell silent.
Jessica stepped back into the ascender and dropped to the Council Chamber level ..... Taking her seat she sat in silence watching the silver white jewel that was the USS Raven-B. She still had no clue as to why they were here, and despite the Council's insistence she reveal details, it was impossible for her to do so. Unfortunately, the Mage made it clear that he thought she was indeed hiding information that could prove vital for their very existence ! ..........