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Il Sangue

Lorenzo Voltura

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Cathwa Nation/Setasut


Lorenzo had thousands of kills to his name. The legend of Il Sangue stretched all over, despite nobody knowing his face. That made it easy for him to move around and keep low. Perfect for his current job.

He was sent to Setasut by a wealthy man that hired him to take out a rival. It was an easy job in terms of the kill. Getting to the target, however, was going to be the fun part. He was guarded by well trained mercenaries. But the evening held an easy way for him to get close if he played his cards right. There was to be a banquet, celebrating some type of business venture the man secured. NAturally he wanted to flaunt his new success with the finest foods, drink and company he could afford. He invited many friends and partners, opening the way for Lorenzo.

He had taken out one of the guests and took their invitation. Another imperial of all things. That made getting past the guards very easy. He had the envelope in his pocket and his weapons hidden. His usual outfit would have aroused suspicion in the east, but in the Cathwa Nation it was little more than an elegant and expensive outfit for occasions such as this.

He was let in and decided to get a better look of the place. He wandered the halls, mingling with the other nobles and seeming to genuinely enjoy the party. He sipped at a glass of fine wine as he stood on a little bridge overlooking a small pond.

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Nova Soth

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The young woman wasn't normally sent to fancy functions and events. That didn't mean it did not happen though. So now, the dancer was present to perform here. Cathwa Nation was her home and she was quite familiar with what was expected. This dancing job wouldn't go without reward and she looked forward to getting her payment when it was over.

An entertainer at an event like this wasn't expected to wear much. Common modesty was something Nova actually lacked, but custom dictated she wear something. Since she would be playing with fire, she had to pick out an outfit that wouldn't catch fire.

Anything she might need was provided for her performance tonight. Food, drink, and clothing. Right now that was all she needed. Before getting ready, she quickly ate some dinner. Sticking with water only, a drunk dancer wasn't a pretty sight. At least, they weren't in her opinion. With an entirely clear hear, she picked out her clothing.

Once she was dressed, she started stretching. A small part of her was nervous she wouldn't make any sort of impression on these nobles. Another part of her told her not to worry. She was here for one purpose and that was to entertain.

Coming out from the shadows, she took her place and started to go through part of her routine. Starting out with simple dance movements, it did not take her long to start moving in time with the music that was nearby. Slow movements, waves of her arms and eye contact with those watching her.

Not at all familiar with any of these people, most of them could appreciate what she was doing. For many years, she had been dancing for her masters. She knew just how to touch their emotions through her movements. Finding the music within her soul, she finally brought her flames. In full control at her skillful hands, it moved around her body and if somebody walked too close, a small lick of flame would snap near to them.

While she did not really want to be the center of attention, this seemed to happen. Many eyes were on her as the song ended and applause followed her as she left the stage.

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Il Sangue

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Lorenzo had seen the woman dancing with fire. He had to admit that she was really good...but he was fine looking on from a couple dozen meters away. He was surprised when he saw her leave the stage, fleeing from the crowd of onlookers. He smirked under his hood as he turned and strolled over towards her to intercept.

"Bongiorno, signora." he greeted smoothly as he came close to her. Walking beside her he blocked off the crowd, much to their disappointment. He gave a polite smile as he glanced at her. "Apologies for my being so forward, but you seemed to be in need of saving from that horde." he spoke softly with a light chuckle, just for her to hear. He held his arm for her to take, if she so wished. He was careful to play his facade rather carefully...though she wasn't bad looking at all.

"I must admit, I can see why they'd follow you like a goddess. You seem to have the talent of one with your dancing." he complimented her with a wink. He made sure to not smile too widely, keeping his fangs hidden. Unfortunately there wasn't much to be done about the glowing red eyes under his hood.

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Nova Soth

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Walking off the stage to the applause was gratifying, but the sudden attention was unexpected. Nova wasn't very many steps away before a man walked up behind her. People were moving around them but didn't appear to notice her. These people were mostly servants and here to do a job just like she was. Some being entertainers, others cooks and any other job that was needed to put on a party like this.

Stopping when he spoke, he said he was sorry and then blocked her from the view of those still watching her. Letting out a bit of a sigh, she nodded in thanks and accepted the arm he offered. As long as he didn't mind a warm, sweaty body next to him, it didn't bother her at all.

His comments caught her by surprise and she looked over at him. He was only a couple inches taller than she was. When she did look at him, the only reaction she had to his eyes was a lifted eyebrow. Turning to look where they were walking, she was silent for a moment or two.

"Thank you. Once I find the music of the soul, that is when I dance the best. Maybe the gods have touched me and given me a gift. What are you gifted with?"

There was no doubt in her voice when she asked her question and she expected a true answer from him. She wasn't looking at him as she spoke but he might hear the smile in her tone. If he didn't, then he would certainly hear the gratitude.

"My name is Nova. I am in your debt for keeping those hounds from getting to me."

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Il Sangue

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She accepted his arm and together they walked for a bit. They reached the bridge Lorenzo stood at only a few moments ago. She explained her magic then turned the question onto him. He looked at her and with a chuckle he shook his head. "Terrible misfortune and good looks." he joked calmly as he looked over the pond.

The woman went on to introduce herself and thanked him for his help. He gave her a nod and a friendly smile. "Piacere mio, signora. My name is Cortez Alfonso." he spoke calmly and politely. "Before I make a fool of myself, do you know when the master of this palace will begin his festivities formally? I seemed to have missed the details on the party itself." he admitted with a guilty laugh as he glanced at her.

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Nova Soth

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"One is a blessing the other a curse. Which is which though? Good looks can get one into unlucky situations. Unlucky situations can lead to good fortune if you play your cards right."

If he listened to her tone, he might be able to pick up that she spoke from experience. There was a reason she had been picked to be a performer tonight. Other things had happened throughout her life that brought to her speaking this way. A simple human she might be, but Nova had some knowledge of life.

A hand came up to brush away some hair that had fallen in front of her face. He introduced himself with a friendly smile and nod. It almost seemed as if his expression was mirroring hers. Not entirely though. Something about him told her he wasn't here for the party. Even though he certainly looked the part.

"Your guess is almost as good as mine. I'm just hired help. Follow me though. I might be able to help."

As a servant, she could come and go freely in the area. Nova had done her performance and wasn't expected to again. Some company had been found and none of the other servants or slaves would question them. Perhaps this was good for both of them.

Provided he went with her, she would lead him behind a large pot of shrubbery that hid a doorway that took them to the back. Allowing two servers to leave doorway that were carrying trays full of food and drink for the partygoers. The dancer had already eaten and unless Lorenzo handed her a drink, she wasn't allowed to take any.

"Back here, the cooks would have a much better idea. I was only brought here to entertain guests for a time."

Her ending statement could be taken in a few different ways. Most of them probably accurate. No matter how he took her phrasing, she would guide him deeper and after just a few more steps, they walked into the kitchen.

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Il Sangue

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Lorenzo smiled warmly at her words, finding her to be a rather interesting individual to talk to. "Well in this case I'd say I have found myself in a very lucky situation." he said kindly and smoothly, giving her arm a light squeeze.

She led him to a secret doorway for the servants. Sure enough, as they passed the servants, he took two glasses and handed her one. "You deserve it after entertaining that rabble." he quipped before taking a small sip of his own glass.

As he was led deeper into the establishment, she explained her duties further. He was using his skills quite effectively, both listening to her every word as well as memorizing every single nook and cranny of the building. She was helping him figure out exactly how to pull off this kill without even realizing it. But he had to admit that he didn't want to break off the conversation just yet. For a servant she was quite an interesting individual.

"Seems like a waste of your talents to please pigs like this...and I hope that you only meant dancing." he spoke loud enough for just her to hear as they moved into the kitchen. "If I may ask, signora Nova, do you wish for a different life outside of a servant's life?" he asked out of curiosity, glancing down at her. A faint expression of concern was on his face, though one could very easily miss it on his neutral look.

"Thank you, signora, for your help. Though I hope we don't have to part ways just yet." he said kindly as they walked through the kitchen.

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Nova Soth

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There was no way for Nova to know exactly what he was here for and in what manner she was helping him. When he spoke, she just assumed it was because he wanted her for the company she provided and nothing else. Accepting the drink, the dance always made her very thirsty. Wishing it was water rather than wine, she still took it all in one drink. She also wasn't trained in how to drink socially, so she did not know to sip it.

"Thank you, Mister Alfonso."

Listening to his next comment, she took on a bit of a mischievous look. It had only been loud enough for her to hear and she shook her head.

"I was brought here to entertain the people. My performance is done, but that doesn't mean I am not working still. If you catch my meaning."

A smart person would be able to figure out exactly what both of them meant. Nova might not have high education, but she did speak well. This also meant she could listen. He should be able to understand what she meant. Then he asked if she wished for a different life and she looked at him with some interest.

"This is the only life I have known. To ask if I wish for something different is not something I have given much thought to. With my masters, I have food, clothes, and a roof over my head. What more is there to need?"

At the mention of her talents, she just let out a breath through her nose and shook her head slightly.

"Not at all. You picked me out and I can be with you for as long as you want me to be."

A few more servants walked past them carrying supplies for the party and then she stopped them. Tipping her head in the direction of a large woman behind several large cauldrons and fire, she didn't speak to the woman.

"Here's the main cook. If anybody knows, then she should."

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Lorenzo blinked when she downed the drink in one go. With a smirk he followed suit and left his empty glass on a nearby table "Piacere mio, signora" he said to her.

She flashed him a mischievous look which confirmed his suspicions. Though that didn't mean he was that bothered by it as he reflected the look back at her. "Yes I do." he responded calmly, looking ahead of them again. She looked back up to him as she explained her thoughts on his question. His smile broadened as he retrieved his arm from her grasp, instead wrapping it around her waist. "Freedom, signora Nova. Freedom. To go wherever you want, do what you want with who you want. You never have to bow to lowly pretenders like these lords who use you for their own pleasure." he explained to her. He drew her a little closer and leaned in closer to her face. "And if you come with me, I can give you all of that and more. I can teach you so you never have to bow to anyone in the world again for as long as you live." he muttered softly, giving her a smile as his face was inches from hers. "The choice is yours, my dear." he finished in a voice laced with honey.

They arrived at the head cook and Lorenzo froze up for a moment. She was a giant! She was bigger than him! He looked up at the woman with a nervous expression then back to Nova. "Uh...thank you, signora." he said politely before looking back to the giant.

"Pardon me, signora, but would you perhaps know the location of where the master of the palace will begin his festivities?" he asked her politely with a smile. Though the look she gave him was unnerving. Never in his 300 years did he meet a beast such as this.

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Nova Soth

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He got the meaning of her words and returned her look. To Nova, this was a good thing. She suddenly had the feeling he wasn't going to let go of her very easily. Did she really want that though? Listening to his words, he offered her freedom and then the opportunity to learn. More than that, he told her, she would no longer have to bow to anybody. Nobody would control her or tell her what to do. That tempted her greatly and there was a desire within her that wasn't there before. For what was probably the first time in her life since she had been a child, she wanted to be free. Giving herself a mental shake, she was worthless and nothing more than a slave...Coming out of her musing, they had reached the head cook.

The cook might have been a giant, but Nova was a familiar face to her. Bending down to look between the two, she gently (as only a giant could) nudged Nova and pushed her closer to Lorenzo. His arm around her kept her on her feet and then the giant stood up again to her full height.

"You've got yourself a lord for the night, eh?"

Nodding, that was all the woman did at the moment since the conversation started between Lorenzo and the giant.

"At least you could tell me the name of your Lord?"

Giving Nova a dirty look, she waited for the slave to answer. Bowing her head slightly, she didn't fully bow to the giant.

"Sorry, Miss Tigtag. This is Cortez Alfonso."

Looking at the feet of the giant, she would now leave it to Lorenzo to get the information he wanted. Tigtag stopped staring at Nova and turned her gaze to the man at her side. Again bending down, she did show some respect for the want to be Lord and listened to the question posed. Instead of answering right away, the cook checked on the food that was being prepared.

"The food will be done just before the clock chimes the hour, my lord. Though you want to know where. I grant you this palace is quite large and can be confusing."

Leaning closer as if she wanted to share a secret, one hand moved up to the side of her mouth and the other pointed to a door at the far end of the room.

"Go through that door and past the other doors until you come to the Grand Hall. It will be the fourth door on the right. Big double doors that are closed right now. That's the back way in. If you need to go through the main doors, then go back the way you two came and pass through the entertainment area. That is where you found your girl.

"Exit that room and then turn left. You'll be walking through the halls then and you'll pass the rooms that you can only enter through the first hall and the doors there will already be open. Some people have already started to get seated. I'd suggest you leave her behind since the entertainment slaves aren't allowed in there."

Now an attitude of being better than Nova appeared in the giant and her tone was demeaning when she finished speaking. Going back to the cooking, she shouted out a few orders and the kitchen staff starting scurrying around like bees with their hive stirred up.

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Nova introduced them both and the giant was quick to help him with directions. He wasn't happy with her attitude but he gave a polite smile and a bow regardless. "Thank you, my dear. I look forward to the meal." he spoke kindly, wrapping an arm around Nova and leading the way out again. "Charming old goat, that one." he muttered to her under his breath with a chuckle.

Once they were alone again, Lorenzo slowed and turned to face her, leaning against a pillar. "My offer still stands, signora Nova." he stood upright and took a step closer to her. "A chance at a life, even several lives if you wish. Where nobody would even dare to raise a finger or their voice at you." he came to a halt right in front of her, looking down at her with gentle eyes and a soft smile. "Go to the bridge where we met. If you wish to come with me, then wait for me there. If not...well, enjoy your evening further. Just know that once I'm gone, this opportunity is gone." he spoke softly and gently. He raised a finger to brush some hair out of her face before folding his arms. "The choice is yours." he said as he stepped away and walked down the hall towards where the cook explained to him.

Once he was out of sight, he quickly scaled the walls and moved along the open roof. Some guards were taken out quietly along the way as he moved to get in position. Once he was over the banquet hall, he melted into the shadows and waited patiently for the dinner to begin.

The lords took their positions and his target sat down. He rose from his seat for a toast...but he wouldn't get a word out before Lorenzo dropped down behind him and sank his wrist blade into his neck. With a violent tug he beheaded him and quickly pulled a white feather through the blood. "Arrivederci" he quipped with a bow before disappearing in a cloud of smoke.

Not even a second later he reappeared on the bridge where he told Nova to go. "Shall we?" he quipped just before screams and bells sounded off from the hall...

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