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Tev

Licensed Time Apothecariate

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a character in “Transcendence Through Time”, as played by Ambassador Karik

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~ WIP
Name: Tev
Species: Human, augmented
Gender: Male
Occupation: Licensed Time Apothecariate

So begins...

Tev's Story

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Orange light reflected off a silver wingtip, illuminating the interior of the aircraft's cabin. Inside, not even the soft music could soothe the frayed nerves of the aircraft's only passenger. Tev sat still, clutching the armrest of the seat. An electronic ping made him jump, eyes drawn to the wall panel at the forefront of the small cabin.
"Aircraft descending, landing time precisely four minutes, nine seconds, seventy two milliseconds. Local weather amicable, twenty-percent humidity. Local time-"
Tev looked outside the window as the automated voice continued its message. The aircraft began to lean forward, horizon line beginning to angle. Finally the craft dipped under the clouds, setting sun lost to view. Tev tensed, fingernails digging into the armrest again while turbulence threatened to spark a full-blown panic. The journey had been far from smooth, and he could only hope the autopiloted craft was still receiving accurate data from the flight tower.

Tev watched the land grow close through a rain-streaked window. Clusters of lights pointed out where the largest coagulation of skyscrapers were, surrounded by smaller, scattered buildings. It certainly wasn't Tokyo, and for what Tev was appreciative. His lonely flight finally was coming to an end; the sight of a handful of drones approaching the aircraft was a welcome one. Overhead, the automated voice informed him that the ship had been identified, and approved to land. Only minutes later, the illuminated airstrip made contact with the wheels of the craft. Tev breathed a long, heavy sigh of relief. He had made it, finally.

Stepping out, Tev was met with the patter of rain. And an entourage of government officials. "Welcome to Japan." he was greeted. Tev mirrored the official's bow, returning the greeting and following inside when prompted. As they walked, Tev quickly located the American representative coming up alongside him. A very brief blue light flashed his forearm, identifying him and sending off a confirmation that he had arrived.

Inside, the air was gentle and dry. Warm light contrasted against the rainy evening of the outside world. Tev was led down a simple hall, to an even simpler room where he was greeted by a single official. "Welcome." The word was simple, spoken slowly and with grace. "How was your flight?"
"It was well, thank you." Tev said politely.
The official nodded once, pausing before speaking again. "I apologize for the short nature this meeting will have. Time is of the essence. Your accompanying unit has arrived, and will be with you shortly. You will of course have some time to recover from your flight, however I must apologize as this too will have to be brief. An hour from now, you will be escorted to the site." Another pause, this time for the gentleman to retrieve a small vial from a short table. The man approached Tev, holding it out. Once it was retrieved, the man spoke. "This tincture will take you back, and you'll arrive between the first or second day of the fourth month."
Tev nodded, looking down at the glass vial. He was impressed; even for something as essentially disposable as the glass vial was intended, it was decorated in intricate gold and purple ornamentation. "I understand."
The representative smiled softly. "Then I will leave you to prepare for departure. I must thank you on behalf of the Japanese government for what you are doing. We are indebted."
Tev was honored with a deep bow. He returned it, and added "Thank you for granting me the honor." Dismissed, he left.

Back down the hall, Tev was met with the sight of a pale being waiting. He paused, gathering his thoughts and taking on an unintentional, gentle frown. He forced a polite smile. "You must be the escort unit."

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Malakite's trip had been similarly bumpy and long but it hadn't phased him. He was trained to keep his cool regardless of the situation so the turbulence hadn't bothered him. He even managed to sleep during the travel since there really wasn't much else he could do. He had been debriefed before departure so he knew he would be escorting someone back to the past and they had to retrieve something. He had to make sure that no one got in the way and to protect his partner but more importantly, he had to ensure the man didn't change the time line incorrectly. They were only allowed to change things that could solve and help with the current terrorist attack. He could not fail his mission or he would be erased. And once all things were complete, he would be free to live like everyone else. It was a pleasant dream, but that was too far in the future for him to think about.

The Marble Soldier looked up when he heard the automatic computer indicate he had arrived in Japan. He stood and walked over to the door and waited till it was opened for him and he stepped out. He was greeted by a Japanese and American representative but he wasn't spoken to the way they spoke to Tev. They greeted him with a 'welcome' and immediately led him to his designated waiting spot and halted. The American representative then handed him contact lenses made especially for Marble Soldiers to cover up the strangeness of his eyes and a packet of dyed oil that would dye his hair before he made the trip back in time. He needed to blend in and violet eyes and blue hair wasn't blending into Japan in the Meiji era. He accepted the items and gave a bow to both and waited for his partner to arrive so that they could be acquainted and head up to their room so the both of them could change and prepare themselves for the jump.

Malakite looked up, scanning the crowd until his eyes settled on Tev. That matched the picture he had been given. He turned towards him and gave a bow instead of extending his hand. Bowing was custom here and if he slipped up and tried to give a handshake, he could offend someone and close an open door. He didn't want to jeopardize the mission in any way. This was the first time he really had a chance to do something important after all. Besides, if he failed, there wouldn't be a world to come back to.

"Good afternoon. Yes, I will be escorting you on your trip and will also serve as a guardian unit should you have need. I am Malakite. I have been given our room number so that we may head up there and rest for the allotted time and prepare ourselves. Are you ready to go upstairs or is there something you need to do beforehand that I can assist you with?" he asked him then.

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No bow was returned, and instead Tev monitored the ivory unit for any signs of erratic behavior. If he was going to be in the past with this one, even temporarily, he needed to know whether or not there was a risk he got a defective one. The last thing he wanted was to get mislabeled as a threat and shot.

"No, the room is fine." he said dismissively. A silent moment set in while he watched the rain in the dark outside. Looking back to the individual - Malakite, it had identified itself as - he studied its garb. Simple, devoid of all the cumbersome accessories he had seen on the last people he had seen before leaving America. Still, it looked sturdy. Resistant. Acceptable. "Let's go."

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"Yes Sir," he answered. He turned on his heels then and made sure to stay beside his human partner as he maneuvered through the crowd of people. His violet eyes scanned each person that crossed their path and made a mental profile in case their face became important later. Anyone could be a spy waiting in the wings. Some of these people had never seen a Marble Soldier before and their stunned faces were a bit comical if one found humor in such things. Malakite then turned his attention to each door and window in case they needed to make a run for it as well. True most of their time would be spent in the past, but it was good to be prepared.

The two were quiet in the quick trip in the elevator and as they walked down the hall. Malakite stood in front of the door and let the scanner scan his retina before the door slid aside to offer them access. The solider turned on the lights and scanned the vicinity to ensure no one had slipped passed the security. When he was done checking everything he turned to his partner. "Everything is clear. Do you require anything immediately or shall I go ahead and disguise my differences?"

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Tev headed to the far end of the spacious room as soon as the door closed. Plopping down on the armchair, he found himself grateful for the comfort of being on solid ground. Aware of being monitored by security, he set his hand to rest against the side of his head and closed his eyes. He didn't respond, taking the opportunity for a break between travels. At least, he thought, the trip to the actual site would be by land. By train if he was lucky. More likely, by car.

"What is your training in the event of a confrontation?" he asked, ignoring the soldier's question, "What methods are prioritized; combat, or negotiation?"

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"I have been trained for combat. I specialize in hand to hand combat, swordsmanship, and the use of my Gift. I was selected to escort you primarily because I have been trained with swords and daggers," he answered. He tilted his head to the side as he watched his charge. He knew pain and those were signs of pain. He did not have any medication for the man however and he was not asked to alleviate it so he said nothing in regards to the motion or treatment for headaches. "The methods I prioritize change depending on the context of the situation. In the even that physical confrontation can be avoided, negotiation is prioritized."

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The soldier hadn't replied the way he wanted, though it was what was almost always the case. He knew most of the ones that got assigned as security for travelers had similar training. At least this one had blade specialization. With luck, it wouldn't be necessary.

Tev looked at it. "Non-lethal methods, even in combat, will be your priority choice." he ordered, "I know your kind don't understand the impact interacting with residents of the past - especially killing one - can have on the future, but try to grasp the idea. If the situation arises - and it shouldn't - aim only to incapacitate." Letting his hand fall to rest, he listened to the soft beat of water cascading along the wall fountain to the right. Would it be raining in the past?

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Malakite blinked at the man. He knew there were ramifications. That was why he was going. He was there to ensure that Tev didn't do something to ruin something in the past and change the future. Of course he understood the dangers and limitations. He wasn't stupid. Meh. Whatever. Tev's perceptions of him didn't matter for this mission. It was good to know that the man was already thinking of the actions that would and wouldn't be acceptable at least. He continued to stand where he was and watch the man he was partnered with. Since he said nothing, Malakite took out the oil dye and the contacts.

"I will return shortly. I'll be in the bathroom if you need me," he answered and turned on his heels and entered the bathroom. He quickly mixed the oil as needed and began rubbing the color into his hair. Since his hair was so light, the black dye instantly clung to the strands and darkened the color to black. Once his hair was done, he rinsed off the excess. It looked as if the color was natural which was going to help them tremendously. Next on the list was the contacts. Those.... yeah those were not fun. He fought with the contacts for a good 10 minutes before he finally managed to get them in right without having them sting his eyes. When he was done, he looked at himself in the mirror and almost didn't recognize himself. He certainly blended in with the dark hair and brown eyes. He threw away the trash and entered the main room again and stood against the wall as he waited.

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Judging eyes followed Malakite as the soldier retreated to the restroom. He had given a statement, not a request for permission to leave. Tev stared at the doorway, annoyed. If he hadn't known better he would have thought the marble soldier was irritable. Waving the thought away, he got up from the chair and occupied himself with the small tray of food they had been left. It was an assortment of different cultural foods, equally American as well as Japanese. Modern with a little bit of ancient-recipe foods. He assembled a plateful, snagging a pair of ivory chopsticks on his way back to the armchair. Only a few bites in, the soldier re-emerged. This time, bearing a significantly more natural look. A human look. They always liked to make them look more human...

"Ideal." he confirmed, answering an unmade request for his approval. He motioned towards the table, "There's some food over there if you want it." He wasn't sure how much of it was compatible, but figured the soldier would have been taught what not to eat. Continuing with his own meal, he asked "So where were you dispatched from? You don't seem like a senior unit. Do they let you sign up for assignments now or something?"

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Malakite gave a nod at the confirmation of his appearance. At least this way they wouldn't be grabbing so much attention on their way and the oil was water resistant so the rain wouldn't wash away the color. At the mention of food, Malakite turned his gaze to the assortment they had. The food did look good and he was hungry. He hadn't had much food the past couple of days. He took the seat he was directed to and picked up the chopsticks that were ready for him. He looked between all of the food before he selected a sample of the foods. Since they were all different, he figured eating a variety would offer more nutrition. He avoided the greasy foods however. Grease didn't work well with his system and he needed to stay in top form.

"I was dispatched from Delta 0014, the base established in Nevada. I am not a senior Soldier and no, we are not allowed to sign up for assignments. The officers assign us our duties. Up to this point I have been on details guarding politicians. Though this is my first time jump, I have been trained well on the ramifications of our actions and I will not fail you."

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Tev fished out the tincture while the soldier occupied himself, and again looked over the details. Upon further inspection, it appeared to be a golden tree wrapped around the glass, complimented by a purple band for a background. Squinting, he could make out a small creature - a wolf, it looked like - perched at the base of the tree. He wondered if the vial had been prepared specially for this occasion, or if it had just coincided. Within, the tincture itself was a clear, vaguely golden color. It was free from imperfections from what he could see, apart from the color. And even that was probably just a hint of safe coloring for effect.

He set the vial on his lap when the soldier spoke. An American; he had not anticipated that. Or at least, had been stationed in America. A political guard was unexpected as well, though it made sense. He was, in essence, something of a political employee. "Alright then," he said, setting his empty plate down, "I assume they covered the basics for you about application and all the security stuff you already mentioned. The actual experience is a little iffy; you'll want to prepare for that. Usually when I travel - or jump, as you put it - I hear the location before I see it. It's sort of hallucinogenic; expect to see a few things that shouldn't be around you, and plan accordingly. Don't try to attack anything until you get confirmation from security that we've arrived." he paused, looking directly at the soldier to try and convey that importance. "The first time I traveled to Britain in the 1720s, I saw some kind of stone fish partway through. It turned out the tincture I had had traces of that time, oddly, and it was bleeding through. Fortunately there was a good stabilizer on it, and I made it safely." he displayed the small bottle, "This is from the government apothecariate, though, so we shouldn't have that problem."

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"Understood," the soldier answered. Though he should have been nervous at the idea of possibly being split in two of they didn't have a good stabilizer, the idea didn't phase him. It was just a part of life. Death wasn't to be feared and though pain wasn't pleasant, that to was a fact of life that would come and go. He observed the bottle as the man looked at it until it was out of sight. He finished his last bites of the food he had on his plate and set it aside. He straightened himself as he watched his partner, waiting for any details of what he needed to do next.

"I will not attack anything during the jump if I see anything strange," he confirmed. "Is there anything else specific you'd like me to do when we've made the jump?"

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The soldier wasn't phased, something that caused Tev to wonder if they ever were. His travel companions before had usually asked a question or two, or at least seemed vaguely concerned. Then again, they had always been real people. Setting the tincture in his shirt pocket, he got to his feet to cross back to the table. Setting the plate down, he pondered when the next time would be that he would get the luxury of an international, executive-suite-style meal. He knew he was far from qualified for it, just a regular pharmacy-grade apothecariate from the West Coast. In fact, it seemed a bit odd he was being charged with this mission at all.

Abandoning the plate, he turned to face the soldier to take his image in again. Hopefully, the trip would be a swift and short one. Go in, snag the wolf, get back. No more than a day or two. Something told him it wouldn't be that easy.

"No," he started, a bit spacey in voice, "It's pretty straightforward. Be greeted by the security, grab our stuff and be shuffled on out into the wilderness of ninteenth-century Japan. I hope your language skill is better than mine."

A gentle ping accompanied a band of light atop the door turning green. The Japanese had decided it was time.

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"Yes Sir," he confirmed. It did sound like an easy mission. Tracking down a wolf didn't seem like it would take a long time. True wolves were pack animals but out in the wilderness it was easier to maneuver without prying eyes. They would have to be careful not to harm the wolf or the wolf pack or disrupt the area too much, but he was confident they would be able to do it swiftly. He stood up from his seat then to stand at the ready.

When the light signaled that it was time, he turned towards the door. Two Japanese representatives entered the room and gave Tev a bow. "We are ready to head out to the base. Once we arrive, the two of you will be completing your jump. Upon reaching the base in the correct era, the officers stationed there will provide you both with the correct attire for the time period and your identities should the locals question who you are. We are very grateful for your help," the man from earlier explained before he turned away and led the two travelers to the car that would take them to the safe site. Malakite gave a simple nod and followed behind the Japanese representatives without a word.

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Tev followed in kind, stepping behind the officials. He only answered to signify understanding; it was all information he knew -and had been reminded of - before. Still, it only made sense the representatives would want to make absolute sure he understood what he was to do. Not that he would have any opportunity to mess it up; he was always being watched. As they walked, Tev made sure to breathe carefully. Though he had experience with time travel, his body tensed at the thought of the process.

The path led through a new hallway, this one with rounded square indents in the wall every few feet that contained a bonsai, or a sculpture, or some other manifestation of classic art. He knew none were genuine artifacts - rather, reproductions - but it was clear the Japanese officials valued their presence.

The hallway opened up into a carport, on the other side of another security door his identity print was scanned at. As if he had managed to switch who he was in the last few minutes, he thought comically. To his disappointment, they were indeed traveling by car. An armored, bulky, and claustrophobic one no less. Tev climbed in to the side he was indicated to, belting in and waiting for the vehicle to register passengers. After a handful of moments, he frowned. There was a steering wheel on the left front side. Wasn't...? His eyes followed an official as they got in on the side with the wheel. It was manual-drive. Tev looked to his escort, noting the ever-present lack of expression.

Finally the vehicle started forward, heading out into the rainy darkness as soon as the security gate was lifted. He only hoped the driver knew how to drive in rain.

What seemed like hours passed by in the slow vehicle, until at last he spotted the hazy glow of floodlights. Perking, Tev sighted a fenced-off cluster of white, indistinct tents. The place was illuminated well, guards stationed along the gate entrances and corner towers. He felt out of place, as if they were happening upon some sort of forbidden discovery. The hefty car stopped, each passenger re-identified before the gates parted. Within the white barrier, the car came to its final stop. Tev unbuckled, hopping out when the door was opened and again following the guidance. He was led within an enclosed tent, and confronted with another representative.

"Welcome, welcome." the woman began cheerfully, "Right here is the room of the base you will be entering into. This," she indicated to a conspicuous square outlined in red tape, "Is where you'll need to stand in order to arrive in the center of the room. Although it's barren, the actual dimensions of the room are relatively small. Now, over here you'll find the changing screen - " she directed his attention to a simple divider - "Within which an organic suit has been provided. It's been coded to your blood, so you shouldn't have any compatibility issues. When you arrive, you'll be greeted by the security. They will be dressed as Shinto priests, and should operate under that identity outside of the base. They will supply you with the clothing and tools necessary for this operation. Your identity is assigned as Joseph Calgary Westson, Fredonian visitor to Japan with the purpose of cataloging and hunting the Ezo wolf. You are part of an exploration team, however on your journey over three members of your party fell ill and decided to stay in port. You, along with your partner, knew the price of an Ezo wolf was too high to pass up and so continued on without the rest of the party. It is your first expedition this far into Japan, but not your first trip in Japan, and so you have a pre-existing positive relationship with the Shinto priests. This is why they have allowed you to take shelter within their monastery." The woman then paused, analyzing the American for any signs of misunderstanding. When content, she added "Again, you are not to interact with any of the residents outside of absolute necessity. Should an emergency situation arise, you are to inform your security unit."
"I understand." Tev replied.
The woman nodded, "Then if you have no further questions, I will leave you to prepare." She offered a smile, "Good luck."

Tev watched her disappear out of the tent, then looked towards Malakite. "Alright then I'll switch clothes and then we'll be set to go. Just... watch the door or do whatever it is you need to to prepare."

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"Now, Soldier, before you were assigned this case you were tasked with learning Japanese for a transfer to this station. Because you are fluent in Japanese, you will be serving a couple functions. When questioned, you will answer that you were part of the expedition looking for the Ezo wolf. You will also be serving as a Japanese hired hand and will translate between the natives and Tev. There are laws against the use of swords and should you be spotted with a sword, the police swordsmen will take issue with you and cause you both some trouble. You will be given knives and short swords, or rather Musashi to hide in your clothes in case a fight does break out and you need to defend Tev. If at all possible, do not use your Synch ability or the sword. Rely on your hand to hand combat training," the representative said sternly.

"Understood," Malakite answered and gave a nod of his head.

"Extend your Synch arm." When Malakite did as instructed, the representative pulled his sleeve up and the synch immediately revoked its camouflage and took on a bluish black metallic look. The man turned Malakite's hand palm up and tapped the button on the synch to open up the chambers where medicine was stored and self administered when needed. The man placed four vials into the proper slots to 'restock' the Synch. "This should hold you for your trip and then some. When you return here, the supply will be replenished again." The man showed Malakite a new vile then with a gold liquid that looked similar to the bottle that held the tincture that Tev had. "You will require this to make the jump. You haven't been constructed for the time jump so this will help your body bind to the correct tinctures and actually arrive in one piece where we want you to. You'll need to take the injection now." Again, Malakite nodded and watched as the man injected the liquid into his system.

Malakite dropped his arm and folded them in front of him, back straight. Was he supposed to feel something? He didn't feel any different than he had before he had taken the liquid. The representative returned to a desk and took out a second vile; this one a complete replica of the one Tev had. Malakite accepted the bottle and examined the beautiful design.

"Now, you both have the correct tincture to make the jump. We have given you all the information we could. Anything else you require will be provide for you once you complete the jump. Do you have any questions before you go?"

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"No, I understand." Tev replied, giving only half his attention to the male representative. They sure seemed to put in a lot of trouble just for one wolf species. Granted, he knew the Japanese revered wolf spirits and lamented their loss; perhaps that was why they invested as much time and money in this operation as they were.

He stood at the divider, awaiting any further information before the trip. Past the simple divider, he located the familiar trenchcoat-shaped "suit" hanging on the other side. It was ivory as always, but this one tattooed with iridescent blue markings along the sleeves. Though the kanji wasn't familiar, he recognized the round time apothecariate symbol accompanying the characters.

Casting his attention back to the representative - and briefly to his security guard - he waited.

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He didn't have to wait much longer. Malakite suited up and stood on the line that was indicated for him. Then he and his partner injected the solution into their bodies. The feeling wasn't quite immediate but it was overwhelming. He felt like he was falling at first and true to what Tev had mentioned, he saw things that shouldn't be there. There were lights and colors exploding behind his eyelids and he was thrown off his balance. He wanted to sway and stick his hands out to catch himself but Tev had warned that something like this might happen during the jump and if he did try and move.. he might be split apart. He preferred himself in one piece thank you very much.

When he stopped moving, he felt like he had landed hard but it looked like he hadn't moved at all. He blinked wildly and tried to settle the dizziness he felt. For his first jump, he had done pretty well. When his mind finally caught up with him, he turned his gaze to the three men that were in the base with him and his partner who had also arrived safely. All three were wearing traditional Japanese garb and the base itself looked a little different than the one they had been in previously. Malakite was quick to give the three of them a bow in greeting.

"Hajimemashite," Malakite called out.

"Hajimemashite," the representatives answered with a bow of their own. "We are fluent in English however so you may speak in English inside the base. I am Takeshi and it is a pleasure to meet you both. You must be Tev and you are the Marble Soldier that was transferred, yes?"

"That is correct," Malakite answered.

"Very good. Your new clothes are waiting for you two here. Marble Soldier, the name you will take here is Katsurou Hayato. Your weapons are beside your clothes and all have been designed to hide in the flaps of your clothing. Please change."

Once he was given permission, Malakite headed towards his clothes and quickly stripped to change and fit his weapons on his person.

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Once released, Tev slipped behind the divider. Here he paused long enough for a quiet moment, before trading out his clothing. The suit was smooth, warm. It was unplugged from its nutrition source, a hesitant moment passing as Tev instead connected the plug to his arm. Enclosed within the white-and-blue robe, he wandered barefoot back to the predetermined travel spot. Without looking at Malakite, he withdrew the tincture. Topside forward, it was pressed against the back of his hand as well. Two rapid, sharp pricks informed him the injection had taken place. The tincture itself, then the activator. Finally, he felt his pulse - synchronized with the suit's - react with the third injection; epinephrine.

Looking down, Tev focused on the red boundary while gravity seemed to lighten. Around him, he felt the walls evaporate. Voices filled the space; a chuckle, the shout of a soldier, a child's laugh. Still, Tev stared downward, watching the floor around the rectangle crackle. Blades of grass rose up, died, grew again, and finally were covered in stone. Light darkened as voices of the past faded. When the room calmed to a motionless feel, Tev chanced a look up. Candlelight shadows cast along stone walls. They had arrived.

Sight shifted to three monks, words delayed as Tev's mind caught up. He registered his name, the rest was an exchange between his security guard and one of them speaking. Blinking, he recalled where he was. He didn't reply to their words, instead following ahead with the prompt. Behind an ornate stone version of the divider before, Tev found another set of nutrition source bottles. Along with a set of white and grey-brown folded clothing. The bio suit was removed happily, and with a brief flinch from the physical disconnect. He re-attached the plug to the bottles, letting them take over the process of keeping the thing alive.

As he donned the clothing, Tev began to recognize what they were. Simple trousers - sturdy, handmade - were the first. He buttoned up the accompanying off-white shirt, followed by a simple vest. Leaning against the divider, he slipped on the wool socks provided, and finally laced up the shoes. Snagging the longcoat and scarf, he emerged from behind the barrier. Without grace, he managed to button the cuffs before coming to stand before the three again. His gaze was cast to Malakite, noting the oddity of seeing a marble soldier in human clothing. Staring, he caught a fleeting thought of wondering how the soldier viewed the new location. But he knew there would be no sense of wonder from him. Instead, he turned his attention to the "monks".

"The clothing fits, I hope?" one of the men asked, and then smiled when Tev nodded. "Good. You will find the tranquilizer within the inner pocket of your long coat. It is not a range-fire, unfortunately, and so will need to be administered by hand. It is imperative that when you confront the ezo okami, you make sure to do so outside the presence of residents. While most are restricted to their villages, there are a few wanderers near the shrine. Be mindful."
Again, Tev nodded. "Find the wolf, sedate it, bring it home. Got it. I understand that this is about... April 14th. Is that correct?"
"It is," the man confirmed, "Much of the area is warm enough for snow melt, as is much of the forest within which you will be hunting. You may encounter snow if you journey northward far enough. Continuing within that is not advised, of course."
"Right." Tev agreed. "Will we be horseback?"
"For a short time, yes, until you reach the camp. But from there you will have to travel on foot; the horses here have little exposure to the okami, and will spook in the event of an encounter. The camp will also provide you with food and the opportunity for a rest before you head into the forests."
Tev frowned. Horses were always more convenient. "Yes, about that. You mentioned the tranquilizer was short-range. How do you advise I get within close proximity safely, without a long-range tool?"
The man replied without skipping a beat. "Your accompanying soldier, Katsurou, is capable of providing that. Now if you are well, we must depart. It is dawn break, and a priest's day must begin early." With that he turned, signaling the others to follow.

Tev waited for the other two "monks", before taking up step behind them. Outside of heavy wooden doors, he was met with a brisk air and a soft blue glow in the sky. He maneuvered into the wool longcoat, arranging his scarf for warmth while eyes and senses adjusted to the new world.

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Malakite followed his partner out into the world and took it all in. It was very peaceful out here. There was no busy overcrowded airport and tall buildings. There were trees everywhere and even the steps that went towards the temple seemed like they belonged there. In the distance he could see the temple rising and he could just make out the scriptures and carvings there. It looked like a Buddhist Temple rather than a Shinto shrine. It was beautiful here. He almost wanted to just sit down and close his eyes. He heard birds chirping and going about their business and in the distance there was some running water. Yes, he could understand why this was a holly place. It almost made him forget the true reason why he was standing there in the first place. He shook his head and focused on his partner and the other monks around them.

After the two had enough time to adjust to the weather and the sights, their two accompanying monks began heading up into the temple to begin their day. Malakite walked after them and made a note of all the different things he came across. If this was to be his only time trip, he wanted to remember everything he witnessed. Memories were precious to the soldier though he had been told repeatedly that idle fancy and gawking would do him no good in his life. He still found marvel in the world around and to be alive was truly an honor. He was happy that he could be part of what insured it survived into the future.

Once at the temple doors Malakite took a moment to try and get into character. Acting wasn't his strong suit considering he wasn't used to allowing emotions play across his face or take interest in day to day talk. He'd leave most of the talking to Tev. When they were greeted by the true monks of the temple, Malakite made sure to give them a low bow in honor of their status. Malakite looked up at the giant Buddha statue and admired the sight of the craftsmanship and the variety of food and flower offerings in front of its alter.

He watched as their escort discussed with the monks before an elder gave a nod and motioned them deeper into the temple to begin their prayer. Malakite wondered then how they would go about their duty of hunting down this wolf if they were busy here at the temple. Would they have to do this in the evening? A monk's live was about seclusion and devoting oneself to Buddha wasn't it? He didn't see them having much free time. Maybe this was just to show how ignorant of this he was. For now, he would just follow Tev's lead.