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(2013-05-23 - Now)
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Cissnei It's dark as always in Traverse Town, something which the young Turk is slowly getting used to. Of course when you live in Midgar, it's not diffcult to get used to darkness, with the plates blotting out most of the sun. She was fortunate not to spend much time in the slums under the plates, but even so, she knew how to survive in darkness.

Having taken a break from exploring the town, Cissnei stepped into the outskirts where it's a bit brighter up ahead, and a bit less busy as well. Taking a rest on a nearby bench, she murmurs into her linkpearl, making her report to Shinra whom she'd recently learned was alive and well in this world.

"It seems..There were some survivors from Nibelheim.." She murmurs with a slight frown, falling silent as she listens to her next orders and nods. "Right.."
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart walks out of the bar, a drying cloth in a hand, and a dish in the other. She hmms. She thought that she saw that girl leave the bar. Yeah, she knows she's in the Turks, but doesn't let that get in the way of being friendly, at least. Its not like she's directly responsible for burning her village down. Even thought she said she 'hates all about Shinra', she's not that homicidal crazy either.

She spots the mass of reddish-brown hair, and waves over "Dinner's about ready, you still hungry?" She offers out, before slipping back inside. Of course she didn't hear the musing. Even if she did, it wouldnt' change much. She's about the only survivor even
Cissnei Cissnei smiles and nods, following Tifa back into the bar. "Sure..Say Tifa, I'm sure you get lots of travellers around here. Do you ever meet any of your townsfolk? You know, from Nibelheim?" Surely she couldn't be the only survivor of that town..
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart shakes her head as she walks back inside, with the Turk following "Nope. There was only two that I know about. Me, and my master Zangan that happened to be there at the time. He was the one that pulled me out of there actually." She hmms "There was that guy, Zack, that was in the village, I don't know what happened. I know he went after Sephiroth, but that's it." She moves behind the counter, checking on the large pot of meat stew that she prepared.
Cissnei Cissnei listens keenly, hoping that the survivor might be Zack himself when she mentions others who survived. However, what she says disappoints her a little. "Oh..You Zack too, hmm?" Ahh yes, she was the tour guide on that fated trip, apparently. Cissnei didnt know the details, but she knew that much. It was the last time she saw him alive.
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart nods "But I didn't see if he left the village, I was unconcious, and Zangan said he found noone else." She shakes her head. She has a thought for cloud that is missing too of course. but with this world as it is, can't tell if they are dead or lost to darkness. So better not think about it too much. "So you know about Zack?" She wonders. Well, if she's a Turk, that's possible.
Cissnei "Aah, I see.." she nods and sighs. She had not arrived in time when the shinsec army had pursued him, but in the chaos of the heartless, she was uncertain if he had died. Afterall, they had never recovered the body. Maybe there is still nope.

"Hmm, yes, that's right. We met in Midgar. He's a...Good friend of mine." Would he even remember her if he were alive? He seemed to flirt with lots of girls..Still.."So, who else survived?" No point in hiding the whole fact that Nibelheim's fate was covered up with actos and all that. It seems Tifa has already admitted what has happened pretty easily afterall. Intersting..
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart has no reason to hide it either. Its facts, something you'd find in books. Although she doesn't know they actually rebuilt the village to bury the real story, she never got back there. In fact, it'd be easier to say that she's crazy since she's the only one left.

She serves up a large spoonful of the stew in a bowl, sliding it over to Cissnei. It has beef and cut vegetables, quite the nice broth too, looks and smells yummy.
Aerith Fate seemed to pick that time for someone to head downstairs from the inn.

Aerith made her way down from the rooms, running a brush through her unbound, unbraided hair. Her ears picked up on the conversation halfway down, and she stopped to listen in. It was then that she heard Zack's name, and her eyes widened. People were still looking for him, which meant he was still alive.


Aerith didn't descend any further, making her best attempts to remain inconspicuous...
Cissnei Cissnei arches a brow as she gets no response to her question..But she is momentarily distracted by the stew as she takes a bite or two. "Mmm, this is pretty good stuff." she smiles, "You're a pretty good cook, this place must be real popular."

She doesn't see Aerith as she asks again, '"You said someoneelse survived."
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart shakes her head "I said Zangan survived, I'm the only survivor otherwise. He's the one that pulled me out." She sighs at that. She's getting a bit annoyed by the conversation at this point. She picks up a bowl of the broth for herself.
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart smiles a bit at the chance of conversation though "Yeah, been told that I'm a good cook, I had to fend for my own on meals after my mom died."
Aerith Right, enough hiding.

Aerith made it look like she'd been brushing her hair all this time as she finished her descent. From her vantage point at the base of the stairs, the first thing she saw made her pause again, this time in trepidation. No, not again.

The suit and its color, the distinctive tie, the way she held herself. Aerith almost looked for the Shinra pin on the lapel of the jacket, but stopped herself. No need to stare for too long. "You didn't tell me we had guests, Tifa! I'd have come down sooner."

Turks. Where there was one, there was another, and Aerith tried her best not to be obvious about looking for the other one.
Cissnei "I see.." she arches a brow, peering at her thoughtfully. Wasn't there another who had survived?" she smiles, wondering if she cAN get more out of her. Had cloud survived too? "hmm indeed..Thank you.." She pauses, spying Aerith. Ahh the Ancient. did she know? "Oh, good evening, miss.."
Aerith "...Aerith." No need to hold her name back, they knew everything else about her. "For the record, I know who and what you are." She glanced aside at the woman. "Don't get me wrong, I don't hate you. I just don't trust you." With that, she joined Tifa behind the bar. "So what were you talking about?"
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart looks at Aerith "... Nibelheim. Looks like she doesn't know what happened there."
Aerith Aerith chuckled. "I don't believe that. And neither should you."
Cissnei "Ah, Aerith Gainsborough. The Cetra." She smiles an unapologetic smile, although there appears to be no malice in her hazel eyes as she gazes back at the girl as if she knows a lot more about the girl than perhaps even she knows herself. "Fair enough."

She nods, not bothering to hide what she knows. "No point in hiding it, afterall. You should know though, my instructions at the moment are only to watch over you, not harm you.." Of course that can be taken any number of ways.

Glancing over at Tifa she nods. "Indeed. I wasn't there when it happened, but..I heard about it after. In fact, I encountered to 'research subjects' who fled the carnage and were supposedly responsible for Sephiroth's death. I'm sure those two men were both close to your hearts, but you should know..They were my friends too. That is why I let them go."

Cissnei may be saying a bit too much, but then again, maybe it's just enough to earn their trust.
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart tilts her head a bit at what Cissnei says. "Research experiments? I'm not sure what you mean." Its not like she knows the whoole story, nor even what happened to Cloud afterwards. for all she knows he might be dead, and she's might just be keeping a thin thread of hope. She was the only known survivor after all.
Aerith Aerith shook her head. "Considering the information, not all of Nibelhiem was burned. More than likely Shinra had installed an underground complex somewhere, hardened against the fire." Oh, Aerith knew more than she let on as well. Dealing with Shinra all of her life had its perks... "It's more than likely that Zack and this other guy were there, and broke out somehow." She placed a hand under her chin. "I don't even know if they knew Sephiroth was alive or not, but the last I sa" She stopped herself. "I felt of Zack... he was out on the outskirts of Midgar."
Cissnei Cissnei arches a brow at Tifa. "Oh? You didn't know? What happened at Nibelheim? You were there when Sephiroth defected, weren't you?" she peers intently at Aerith as she seems quite..Informed. "Hmm? And what gave you that idea?" Of course she must be talking about the labrynth beneath the mansion but..That's top secret information. She pauses then as Aerith speaks of Zack. "You can sense him?"
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart knows there's some odd stuff under the mansion but she never got there herself to see it. Not to mention she couldn't get inside the reactor either, although she did only to almost get killed, not time for tourism there. "I don't really know what happened there, except for the fire and almost getting killed."
Aerith Aerith shrugged. "I'm making an educated guess. Two other survivors out of an entire town that was razed to the ground, suddenly escaping and heading for the very city in which they'd started?" She shook her head. "If I've learned anything, there's no such thing as coincidence. Everything happens for a reason, and I can bet you dollars to dimes there was something under Nibelhiem that Shinra... your employers... did not want seen."
Cissnei Cissnei frowns and scratches her head as she follows Aerith's line of thought. "I...See." However, she wont give her the information she wants. She simply smiles and shrugs, "At any rate, it seems you already know the name of one of those escapees. So Zack is alive, hmm? I suppose..That must be an ability unique to the Ancient, am I right?"

Cissnei smiles and steps a bit closer to Aerith. "Zack must have been...Close to you, am I right?" it's not like she'd be able to sense just anyone's presence afterall, right?
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart moves over to the side, just listening for now... the two seems to have something to talk about that goes deeper than what she's involved with. She starts cleaning up what she used for the cooking earlier. She knows of Zack of course, but not that well either.
Aerith Aerith glanced toward Cissnei. "And here I thought you knew everything about me!" Cue a cheeky grin here. "Can't believe you people are that..." She stopped herself there. "No. That would have been rude of me. Sorry." She cleared her throat. "Yes. I knew him. He's a total, incurable flirt, and I saw that in him. Probably before anyone else. But I gave him a chance, because he was confident, and interesting, and made me laugh." Aerith chuckled. "We were... like that... for a few months, sure. But we fell out of contact, and the last place I sensed him was at the outskirts of Midgar, just before our world fell."
Aerith Aerith shrugged. "If he is alive... then I'd have figured out by now where he is. Sorry." She glanced toward the Turk. "For the record, yes. I can sense the passing of others, but it's more than that. I'd rather not inform you of everything though, you'd want to lock me up and prod me with needles some more." Why did that sound a bit loaded with venom?
Cissnei Cissnei hmms, "Of course, a lot of it is just speculation. No, we dont know everything there is to know about you, or your mother for that matter. However, I suppose we did discover some interesting things about your mother.."

She sighs, "Hojo is..An evil sadistic monster. I was angry to hear what he did to your mother. We could have obtained the same information through less...Drastic, and far more civil means. My apologies Aerith. If I have any say in the matter, I promise I will not let the same happen to you."

She considers her words thoughtfully, smiling a little when she speaks of Zack as a flirt. "Ah yes, he had asked me out on a date several times. Unfortunately, work always got in the way..." Seems she has interests in him too..
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart is the only girl without interest in Zack! Go figure out why, if anything he's better than Cloud too. Well, in the 5+ years she hasn't seen him anyway. He was rather scrawny. But hey, heroes and damsels in distress.
Aerith Aerith grimaced. No. Let it pass through you. Feel it but don't succumb to it.

She sighed and shook her head. "Look... I appreciate it, I really do. But when it comes down to it, the start of Nibelhiem's fall was that reactor. I do hope you understand that draining all that energy brings more than just power..." Aerith glanced toward Tifa. "...It brings death."
Cissnei Cissnei seems vaguely amused by Aerith's reaction but there is no malice in her gaze. Nor does she prod her any further on the subject. "Hmmm, I disagree. It was due to the actions of a select few that Nibelheim fell. Sephiroth in particular, went mad and attacked the town. If you want to be mad at someone, it is him. As for the reactors.."

She shrugs, "It is true that they absorb mako from the earth and process it into a more useful energy resource. It is a necessary evil that is required in the battle against the heartless. We are trying to save the world from those creatures using the energy gathered in those reactors, but I am certain that we will not dry up the planet's energy completely. Afterall, it's a big world, isn't it?"

Her tone is matter of fact, although her gaze is gentle. she's not quite as cold as some Turks but she is still deathly loyal towards them.
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart looks over to Cissnei "... What's the use of saving the world from the heartless if what you're doing is killing it yourself?
Aerith Aerith placed a hand on Tifa's right shoulder, shaking her head. Then she turned toward the Turk. "This is why I don't blame either of you for this conflict. You're both trying to do what's necessary to protect yourselves and your interests." She smiled. "That's why I'm going to give you a piece of advice: Look past Wutai. They didn't just get those Heartless out of thin air." It was all she'd say.
Cissnei "No, we are not killing the planet. It's a huge place. Do you seriously think such a resource could have a limit?" she shakes her head fervently, "Dont worry, we dont want to destroy the world." she pauses at Aerith 'what do you mean?"
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart is stopped by Aerith from saying even more. But Cissnei clearly doesn't understand there. She sighs, and turns around to keep on her cleaning.
Aerith Aerith's features darkened, her expression melancholy. "Before I answer that..." She sighed. "You really don't know what happened, do you? On that day when the world went dark and Hearless came from everywhere and nowhere. Then again, how could you?" She smiled, a sad thing, before looking up at the Turk. "You were there, sure. Probably confused out of your mind, even a little scared. But me? I was in Midgar when it happened."

Aerith shivered. "It's not always easy being... what I am. The energy you call mako is a living, breathing thing. A collection of hearts and souls and memories. You know the theory behind it, but not the implications of using it. Your Science Division are children playing with guns, and you allow it to happen." She shook her head. "But I digress. I felt it as thousands of hearts and souls were eaten by something stronger than your army and Wutai's combined. The energy of our world was drained almost to the dregs." She frowned again. "Your reactors are a slow death. This? This was genocide, and it was all at once. Heartless want hearts so they can feel again. And what better place for hearts than the Lifestream?"
Cissnei Cissnei frowns at Aerith's grave words, folding her arms loosely, shaking her head slowly as she refuses to believe it all. "Hmm, interesting. So you are saying that a Cetra is truly capable of sensing all of that? The life blood of the planet itself? That is to say, if it's not all just mythology.." She shrugs, "Of course, I do not know the specifics myself, but the idea of living souls in the energy of the planet does seem a bit outlandish."

She sighs tiredly, rubbing her forehead, uncertain if she should believe this or not. According to Shinra, the lifeforce of the planet is limitless. They are not harming souls or killing the planet. It's just energy. Of course, Shinra is hardly about to tell her the truth afterall..

"No. We are not like the heartless at all. We are trying to make peoples' lives better, not worse. We are trying to advance progress, not destroy it. If you want a fighting chance against the heartless, one day you'll turn to us for help."
Aerith Aerith nodded. "And I'm not saying you're like them at all. Matter of fact, you're confiming what I've always thought about you... well, not all of you, but a select few. You're good people, really." Aerith smiled, still sad. "But I've seen a world fall... for another time, in another place, and it was the exact same thing. Everything hurt, everything screamed. I barely held onto consciousness as I helped people escape." She shook her head. "The world is big... but the Heartless aren't just in Wutai. They're *everywhere*, and they all can do the same thing that happened to our world. Your energy prospects aren't the issue..." She shut her eyes. "The fact that it can vanish, in a blink, is." She opened them again, her features stern. "Stop worrying about Wutai and their heartless. Start worrying about how they got them. Because I can guarantee you, they didn't just come up with them on their own."
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart lets Aerith do the talking... she knows better. But, she does listen, quite fascinated. Its something she can't feel or hear herself after all, its something that Ancients can. It sounds surreal in many ways.
Cissnei Cissnei smirks, shaking her head, "Oh, don't worry, I know that Wutai's just a smaller part of the big picture. The heartless are everywhere, I know that. But I'm certain that if we strike Wutai, a smaller nation, rather than take on the heartless as a whole, we will more easily get to the source of the problem."

She peers at Aerith curiously, "And what about you? Do you really understand us, or will you try and stop us? I'm certain that AVALANCHE still exists in this world and will stop at nothing to bring Shinra down. I hope you and your friend are not a part of that terrorist group."

As it is, they seem to not like shinra much..
Aerith Aerith chuckled. "Y'know... I was giving you that advice because I thought you could use it. I have no doubt you have a direct line with Shinra, I advise you tell your superiors to look into a group known as the Shadow Lords. If there's any real threat to deal with, it's them." She shook her head. "That's what I'm going to do anyway, try to find out which one of them gave Wutai the means to perpetuate this nonsense." Aerith folded her arms. "It's only a matter of time before they have their hearts eaten as well, and become Heartless too. They're just too angry at you to see it."
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart sighs again at that "Yeah, heartless are bad news, but the one pulling the strings are the shadowlords. It doesn't seem like there's any visible end to the heartless themselves. As if they were created from darkness itself, and there's only as much darkness as there's light to create shadows.
Cissnei Cissnei gives Aerith a bemused look as she mentions the shadow lords. Of course Shinra had already updated her on the situation, and of course they'd already researched the Shadow Lords. They'd been established in this new world long enough to know that much. "I see. Thank you for your help. The Shinra have been researching the Shadow Lords already, but if you have any idea of particular members of that organization, we would be grateful."

She peers curiously at Aerith and Tifa, "So then,does that mean your enemies are the heartless and not Shinra?"
Aerith Aerith shrugged. "Let's just say we have a... mutual problem. We can come to an understanding. I may not agree with your business practices, but I can see why you do it. And I don't hate you for it, either. The fact is, Wutai needs to stop using Heartless, and start working to get rid of them. The only way for them to do that is if they get rid of their anger and hatred, which they won't necessarily lose so easily. So the other option would be to simply remove the problem at the source."
Tifa Lockhart Tifa Lockhart looks over to Cissnei "... Let's say that people can be made to understand the problem. But we can't do that with heartless. As Aerith said, its a mutural problem right now. I don't, and probably never will agree with the reactors after Nibelheim, but its still less of a problem than the Shadow Lords." She shakes her head, and looks at Aerith for a moment. "... She wasn't there when we lost Manhattan.
Cissnei "I see. Well, for now our biggest concern are the heartless I guess..." She shrugs. But that wont mean she'll abandon watching Aerith. Or spying on the both of them. When the time comes, she will do her duty and turn Aerith in.

"I appreciate your help then. But..What is this about Manhattan?"
Aerith Aerith glanced at the Turk. She had to stop calling her that, this was a person just like everyone else.

"The world that fell right before my eyes, even as I watched. In Midgar, I had no idea what happened, it was just all so fast. In Manhattan..." She shut her eyes against the memory. "It was as if a tidal wave of darkness came at us in slow motion. I knew it was faster than I was seeing, but my mind didn't want to register it as such."

This scene contained 47 poses. The players who were present were: Tifa Lockhart, Aerith, Cissnei