Saturday, December 3, 2011
Chapter 41: What Foul Magic
"I know where we are," Joffrey says, recognizing the place. How could he forget it, when it was the first view he ever had of the outside world?
Before he descends, Aymeri has a quick conversation with a moth hovering nearby. "Make sure he's here before dawn."
"That's the security office," he says, "The locks are controlled by the computer inside."
"This is where MorcuCorp creates the clones," Joffrey tells him. "Why did they bring Sage here?"
"You know your brethren better than I," Aymeri answers, "What do you think they'd want with a dragon-blooded woman?"
Joffrey can think of any number of experiments the MorcuCorp scientists would like to try. "Let's find her, fast," he says gritting his teeth.
Joffrey may have been created and raised in this underground lab, but he had not been privy to all its secrets. After much probing and tapping in walls, he found a door to a level below that he never knew existed.
Joffrey feels around the in the cubby hole, looking for a trigger to open the locked doors around them.
"MorcuCorp did some research on mummies some decades ago," Joffrey explains while he tries another cubby hole, "They wanted to use them as shock troops or something. The documentation we have on the project ends abruptly, though. Even with my clearance, I could never find out what came of that research."
"Vile pollution!" Aymeri exclaims, "It's a dead end." The only other door leading out is securely locked.
"I'm afraid not," Joffrey sighs, "That's a dive well. The way out of here is through there."
"Cecilia Landgraab?" Joffrey breathes. Her portraits fill the Landgraab mansion in Brooklyn Heights, the family seat. Born a Tricou, Cecilia had been Harris Landgraab's wife, and had died not long after her husband. or so Joffrey has believed.
Cecilia barely spares Joffrey a glance, instead focusing her attention on Aymeri, "You!" she says, "You're dead! I attended your wake, I saw your body for myself, though I scarce believed one such as you could die."
"You saw a glamour," Aymeri says, "Summerdream cast it for me so my children might have some closure, and believe I had followed their mother into death. I would have thought one such as you, even though you are but a halfling, would have seen through it. And how is it that you are still alive so long after your death?"
"My husband sought immortality through his clones," Cecilia answers, "But they are only crude copies, and most of them aren't even worthy of the Landgraab name." She looks pointedly at Joffrey as she says this. "But unlike my beloved Harris, I'm fae blooded, and true immortality was always in my grasp."
"What foul magic did you discover to make this possible?" Aymeri asks.
"Not magic," Cecilia says, "Science. When I married Harris Landgraab, I gain access to MorcuCorp's wealth of knowledge. They experimented with my DNA, isolating the fae elements, enhancing it, to make me as immortal as Tania Summerdram herself."
"You've gained immortality for yourself, but at what cost to your kind?" Aymeri growls, "You've given your essence to these...scientists...these twisted, evil mortals to experiment with. And now you've taken another, one of the last of the dragon-blooded, my kin..."
"What have you done with my Joffrey?" she asks.
"He's not worth our time," the clone laughs, getting up to give her another injection, "Worry about what we're going to do to you," he adds as she's falling back into the narcotic sleep.
They may be identical, but the clones could always distinguish each other.
Sage begins to awaken at the noise.
"I'm getting you out of here," Joffrey promises, shaking with relief has he takes her in his arms.
"Uncle Rory?" Sage identifies him.
"Sage," Rory nods at his niece, "I'd begun to worry you'd never get out of there. You two need to clear out of here fast, I've got this placed wired. Remote as this place is, the sun is coming up and the blast will bring a lot of attention."
"Blast?" Joffrey asks, "What about Aymeri? Is he still in there?"
"He hasn't come out," Rory says, "But his orders were clear, demo the place as soon as Sage got out. Even if he wasn't with her."
"Get my niece out of here, now," Rory barks. Rory took over Patricia Bedlington's position as the head of Appaloosa Plains' crime syndicate, and had lost patience for any kind questioning of his orders.
This whole chapter is an alternate save.
The secret lab is The Mummy Research Facility by Hackster Manic at MTS. I changed it up a bit, using objects from Hekate99's Hospital Set at MTS.
Sage's actual hospital room was in another building altogether.
Back when I was playing in Brooklyn Heights, shortly after Harris Landgraab got himself cloned, SP married him to Cecilia Tricou. But it just never made it in to the story, I think I only ever mentioned Cecilia in chapter notes. Like Harris, she has the Evil trait.
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