An Audition

Starring: Jonathan Tamir Kendall, Aedan Crowe
Date: July 5th, 2014
Notable Locations: Tamir's house

Summary: Tamir arrives back home to find a strange man waiting in his house with a special offer from the Scions.

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 4:02:59 AM)

From the moment my sister told me about the offer, I knew she was going to join the Clave. I support the idea, of course, but I don't think she thinks about the responsibility in the same way I do. I tried to impress on her the dangers and the seriousness of it, but…well. I guess she's just not going into it with the philosophy that I'd have. Which is fine, I suppose. She doesn't have to agree with me on everything.

Still, though, I'm concerned. She's consorting with all sorts of "contacts" that a member of the Clave shouldn't be. She's going to get herself into trouble. Because of that, I've been putting my ducks in a row to get up to the New York area and keep an eye on her. My house is going on the market and I'm trying to negotiate for a fixer-upper in Brooklyn I found.

Still here in New Orleans for now, though, I'm getting home a bit late. Saturday night, Independence Day. There was some drinking and partying and people to flirt with and grope, but not good enough to take home. I unlock the front door, flicking on the lights.

Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 4:09:09 AM)

Aedan looked up from his book when he heard the front door unlock. He'd taken the liberty of slipping past the wards and entering, locking the door behind him. No sense giving any warning. He looked down at the photo he had tucked between the pages of the book once more before using it as a bookmark and putting the book down on the floor.

The lights flicked on, and he identified the man who had entered the apartment. Lazily, without getting up from the chair, he drew the sigils for a low level paralysis/binding and sent the spell streaking toward Tamir.

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 4:16:38 AM)

There's a man in my house. I have wards up and locks on my door -my door was stick locked, even- but still he's here. That tells me something right off the bat. When he starts to draw the sigils for a spell, that simply confirms it.

It's a low level one for binding, which I'm familiar with, along with a counterspell. I hastily trace the sigils to deflect it before it reaches me, instead letting it simply dissipate across the living room.

"Who are you?" It's not a question. It's a demand. Adrenaline at this surprise sobers me somewhat, as my mind is racing through potential ways to deal with the intruder.

Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 4:20:51 AM)

"You don't freeze when surprised. Good."

Aedan began drawing something slightly nastier, an electric based stun.

"My name is Aedan." The marks completed, the spell zipped toward its target.

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 4:29:18 AM)

"It's generally an admirable survival trait for anybody not a possum."

This, I recognize, but my mind blanks on a specific counterspell for it. Damnit. I do the first thing that occurrs to me, then, which is a shielding spell. Not quite as effective, and I can feel a pulse of electricity pass through me, but it's not enough to stun me, at least. Only hurt for a moment.

"Nice to meet you, Aedan." After that, I'm worried about what his skill-level might be. Is he here to kill me or just toy with me? And why?

I never did have my sister's taste for pyromancy, which is probably a good thing at the moment. Selling my house could be difficult if I accidentally burned it down. The sigils I trace in the air are, instead, to freeze. Very literally. Not wasting time to see what else he has up his sleeve, I'll send the spell hurtling towards him.

Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 4:34:06 AM)

Aedan frowns when Tamir shields against the stun instead of countering it.

"You should know the counter to that. However, that was… acceptable improvisation."

As the freeze spell approached him, Aedan stepped slightly to the left to give himself more time, then reversed the spell, sending it back at Tamir.

"Jonathan Kendall. I suppose you want to know why I'm here?"

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 4:38:54 AM)

"I'm drunk and it's the middle of the night. Is this a pop quiz?"

When he reverses the spell at me, I'll automatically trace the counterspell, the cold turning to little more than a breeze in the muggy Louisiana air. I was smart enough to only use a spell I could counteract myself, after all.

Him knowing my name isn't much of a surprise, since he was waiting for me in my house, but it does make me narrow my eyes slightly. "Might help."

Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 4:44:10 AM)

"A pop quiz? In a manner of speaking. I would consider it closer to an audition, though."

Tamir countered the spell, eliciting a smile from Aedan. "Good. Never use something against an opponent that you yourself cannot undo."

He began drawing a significantly more complex spell in the air, interrupting his next words occasionally to speak parts of it too.

"I'll tell you why I'm here after I see what you do with this."

With that, he cut off Tamir's access to the Cipher. Not in reality, because that was more or less impossible, although few people knew that. He simply made it feel as if the Cipher was not there when Tamir reached for it, like sitting down only to discover your chair has been pulled away. It was a hard spell to counter.

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 11:36:51 AM)

"An audition." This probably has something to do with Frankie then, I realize. And here I'd thought nobody would notice me during all of this. My brows knot together in concern, wondering if something's happened already.

His little compliment makes me laugh disbelievingly. "Any offensive spell should be learned with a counterspell. Anything else is just sloppy."

This is obviously a complex spell he's working on and my mind races to try to identify it before he's done, so that I can react accordingly. When I recognize what he's doing, my eyes widen, because it is a hard one to counter. Particularly once he's done. Just to counter it takes not only skill but natural talent as well, as is the case with a lot of these higher level spells.

There is a way to push past it, though. I hastily draw the sigils in the air, completing the spell just before he blinds me from the Cipher. It's like having the air taken out of my lungs, to suddenly not feel it, but there's a faint thread still there from my spell. A little trickle. I can feel it and reach out to it, pushing with all my might to force that trickle back into its natural flow. After a moment, the brand on my forehead flares as I break past his spell and I can breathe easy again, though I still have my hand raised, ready for another spell if it's needed.


Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 1:40:11 PM)

Aedan nodded. "Clave." he confirmed, and specified "Alef."

He held out his left hand, slowly, so as to make it obvious he was not drawing marks from the Cipher. Pulling back his sleeve, he revealed the Alef's five sword tattoo.

"And that was a good counter. You have a natural ability for countermagic it seems. Consider your audition… passed," his voice was low and raspy, but with a refined British accent.

"You are wondering why I am here. Jonathan Kendall, I am here to offer you a chance to serve the Scions. To uphold the laws that have protected us for millenia. To protect the weak and punish the wicked." He paused for a moment, letting this sink in.

"I am also offering you a chance to protect your sister. As you are no doubt aware she will be inducted into the Clave. By a man named Austin Sawyer. He is a man who has, in the past, shown a tendancy to walk a very dangerous line, and I fear he may use your sister as a tool to cross it without personal consequence."

"Aside from that, you have shown a remarkable natural ability, an asset that seems to have gone unnoticed for too long. As you have just proven."

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 2:57:12 PM)

I nod when he confirms my suspicion. The choice of magic seemed to imply that to me, as it seemed to be heavily inclined towards binding or stunning rather than being more…actively offensive.

At the offer, though, I pause, shocked. After my sister was chosen, I hadn't thought I would ever have a chance at it. The positions are limited, after all, and it could be seen as potentially dangerous to have too many people from one family chosen for the Clave. They could attempt to push a particular agenda through, after all.

As he goes on, though, I understand. This would be the opposite of that concern.

"I know. I warned her along those lines. I knew she'd take it anyway, but I'd hoped…" Well. I'd hoped she might be more inclined to follow my own philosophy on the Clave. I'm still worried about her and what she might do, what negative attention she might draw to herself. She and Skay both are going to get themselves killed.

Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 4:48:59 PM)

Aedan nodded. "You understand that should you accept, you will be bound to enforce the laws of the Scions, even against your own sister should she fall under Austin's influence?"

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 4:52:54 PM)

Hearing that makes me grow a bit grim and I nod slowly, lips pursed in a frown. "I understand."

It's not something I relish, and I'd warned Frankie about the laws, but if I accepted the position I'd take it seriously. It wouldn't be my place to ignore laws as I saw fit. The Clave are enforcers. They aren't the makers of the law.

Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 5:22:39 PM)

"Unfortunately, I will not have the luxury of offering you a long time to consider the offer. While the Alef are allowed to fast-track mages into the clave, I have not exercised that right in the past, and so the window to do so will be small. Once the position on the clave opens, which will likely happen in the next several hours, you will have to decide."

"If you chose to become Clave, you will train under me. I will accept nothing less than your best effort at all times. In return, I will teach you how to use your ability to get the best of nearly every mage. I will expect you to follow and enforce the rules of the Scion to the letter. In return, I will never lie to you or deceive you."

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 5:27:45 PM)

"I accept."

I don't need any time to consider it, as I've thought about it before. I thought about it heavily, when discussing it with my sister. I might go largely unrecognized by others, but that could be used to my advantage in the Clave. Let people underestimate me. They won't prepare as well, then.

My best effort and following the law -and enforcing it- to the letter are all things I'd gladly do anyway, so it takes little thought. Of course, Frankie will reign in some of her behavior when she finds out I've accepted the position too, right?

…damnit, Frankie. You'd better.

Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 6:19:12 PM)

"Excellent. Well, in that case, why don't you join your sister when she arrives at Castle Antripova later today. I expect that Adanna will have unfortunately succumbed to her injuries by then, and your place on the Clave will be ready."

Aedan scooped his book (a battered copy of War and Peace) off the floor and stood up from the chair. He offered Tamir his hand before heading toward the door. As he reached it, he said

"And Jonathan? Congratulations."

Jonathan Tamir Kendall (Caerie) (7/5/2009 6:25:27 PM)

I frown slightly at the expected death, but nod. It's a grim reminder of the dangers involved in this position, as though what just happened to Skay's dad wasn't enough. Poor Skay. I'm suddenly glad that my parents have always been content just living their lives quietly. And a bit glad that I don't have any kids. Nobody to be shattered if something happens to me.

"Thank you. I hope I don't disappoint," I tell Aedan as I accept his hand.

Aedan Crowe (Zxaos) (7/5/2009 6:32:39 PM)

Aedan quickly spoke a spell, enchanting Tamir's front door to lead him away. As he finished, he said "Train hard, follow and enforce the laws, and you won't."

Aedan stepped through the door, and closed it behind him.