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Superiority Complex

As planned, Devroux had found a nice spot outside of the range of the stench and away from the majority of the Nil District to take a nap. He rested there until dusk set and the sky was dark enough to take flight. The sun still sat on the edge of the horizon as he flew towards the Ninth District, but by the time he reached its skies, the sun had finished setting and nighttime was in full swing. Less than an hour later, he had reached the dazzling lights of the Lord's Castle, the casino-like district in the center of Baltigo.

At least, some would call it a district. The location was more like a small town at best, but was ripe with land, lights, and foot traffic. It was busy at all times of the day and night as people crossed from spot to spot choosing a new game to gamble on. Those that lost too often and chose to get rowdy would see the wrath of the Lord's guards, which were stationed around the manor for people exactly like that. It was a booming business, eventually one that had grown over time to buy up increasing amounts of land to supply its ever-growing clientele.  

The Lord's Castle was large; large enough that there wasn't just one entrance leading from the Ninth District. Having never visited prior to this, Devroux wasn't aware of this and hadn't formed a meeting plan with Noctis before they'd split up. The best he could do was sit off to the side of the road near the entrance he had chosen and wait until, if he ever, saw Noctis walk by. That is, that was the plan until he remembered they had synced their baby den den mushi before departing.

Devroux had clipped it back to the sheathe of Yoru, but took it off once he remembered and shoved it into his ear canal. The slimy sea snail bugged the hell out of him, but the distinct buzzing faded as it connected, ringing on Noctis' end of the call. While the snail vibrate his inner ear, Devroux waited patiently for his would-be partner to pick up.

"Pick up, pick up," the mink mumbled to himself.

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Superiority Complex: Where it all Adders up...

Noctis had spent his time lounging around the Ninth District's less reputable blocks, keeping a keen eye on those who passed him by. It was a still day with almost no activity on the streets, which was odd for the Ninth District. Noctis couldn't help but feel something was amiss, but opted to shrug it off; it was better this way. As the sun began to quickly set, Noctis took a few quick bites out of one of the apples left in his burlap sack, before tossing the core onto the streets. There was work to be done.

With a brisk pace, Noctis worked his way toward the Lord's Castle, the cover of night quickly descending upon him. However, as he arrived, the darkness seemed to fade and be replaced with the lights of casinos and other gambling halls. The area around the castle was more lively than Noctis had anticipated, people shoving past each other to make their way from one location to the next. Finding his companion was going to be a pain, but just as Noctis was about to reach up to his Baby Den Den Mushi, some static came through, Devroux's voice coming swiftly behind.

"Yeah, I'm here. Where's the rendezvous?" Noctis asked, moving back into the transition between the Ninth District and the Lord's Castle. Scanning around, Noctis paid keen attention to the darker areas concealed from the light from the strips that lay ahead. There, tucked away off onto the side of the road, Noctis spotted a familiar figure, clad in darkness and almost invisible to those not actively searching. Noctis approached casually, waving his hand to great his partner. "Yo yo yo, are we ready to kick things off?" Noctis asked, shoving both hands into his pockets. He was more than ready, a bit excited even.

Looking back, Noctis could see the Lord's Castle situated in the center of the district. Guards acting almost as a police force were stationed at various points around the perimeter of the estate, interacting and disciplining the more devious members of the crowds. It was a busy night here, explaining why the Ninth District seemed so desolate. The top of the estate seemed sparsely populated, only a few flood lights beaming down onto the streets. Devroux's plan to infiltrate from above seemed more promising by the second. Noctis tapped his the toes of his feet on the ground in preparation, readying himself for what lay ahead. "Let's do this."

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Doriki: +5 to Strength/Power when using legs, +5 to Speed
Skills: Hakai +1
Gear: Baby Den Den Mushi, Sack of Fruit
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"The only problem right now is," Devroux said, turning to cast a gloomy glance at the brightly lit casino district, "we have no real idea where the bank actually is."

The Lord's Castle was a public casino, mostly used by nobles and other rich folk, but otherwise an establishment that didn't naturally cater to the likes of underworld business. Holding up a front for their big money-making scheme, the "bank" would probably only be a small portion; probably stuffed off into a far corner. Devroux continued contemplating, leading him to the idea that it was probably situated on the outer edge of the casinos, allowing for quick and easy access by any potential clientele.

"Actually, I do have an idea. If I take to the sky I can circle around the strips of casinos looking for Adder's familiar face. You can be my eyes on the ground, moving on the outskirts of the town and watching inwards for any sign of the man, or any other suspicious activity."

They had fallen into the ocean and dozed off on the beach of the Nil District. It was understandable that Clovis Adder would make his way here before them, so all they had to do was manage to cover the ground before beginning the job. He understood this, and he hoped his partner understood it as well.

"Just keep in contact with me with the den dens."

Devroux said this but took to the sky before Noctis could mount a reply. The mink knew too well already that his surveillance had more of a chance to fail than succeed, but without an information network as powerful as Taylor's himself, they would never be certain where the bank lay. Rather than being certain of failure, Devroux just chose to be winning in death.

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Superiority Complex: Where it all Adders up...

Noctis' momentum was halted by the dilemma that Devroux presented. It was true, they had very little information regarding the Bank's actual location, and Adder remained an unwelcome variable. Frustrated with his own over-zealousness, Noctis calmed himself a bit, listening intently to his partner in crime. Noctis had a suspicion that the bank would be located underneath the Lord's Castle itself, almost too cliche to entertain, but it was possible. The people here were already walking caricatures of rich, naive, and out of touch nobility; cliches would fit in just fine. Still, there was no hard evidence to act on, and a hunch wouldn't cut it.

Placing his index and middle finger to his temple, Noctis signaled his agreement as Devroux took to the skies. As their method of ground surveillance, Noctis moved quickly and steadily. The district itself wasn't overly large, but was incredibly dense. Noctis could make his way around the outskirts and observe in a short period of time, no more than five minutes or so. With each lap, he could narrow down his circle until he efficiently observed all the Lord's Castle had to offer.

As Noctis paced, he kept his glance trained inward into the busy streets. Among the nobility, someone such as Adder or Taylor would stick out like a sore thumb. The two criminals were simply cut from different cloths compared to the carefree lives of those born into power. Along the outskirts, things were uneventful. Those who had retreated from the overactive center stumbled drunk, high, or sick into the more sparse areas along the perimeter. Men angrily grumbled at their losses, some cried, and some were physically ill, vomiting into alleys as if they had never drank a day before in their lives. All in all, it seemed like a great time, but nothing of importance to Noctis or Devroux.

"Outskirts are clear. Moving in. Let me know if you see anything." Noctis relayed in a hushed tone, casually tightening his circle around the district. Lights and exotic figures became more prominent as he moved closer to the center of the district and the Lord's Castle itself. Even he, a longleg, garnered no additional attention as he moved along the streets. Of course, this would make it a bit harder to find men such as Taylor or Adder, but that's why it was a two man job. Quickening his stride, Noctis continued to survey the area, waiting for an update from his flying friend.

Words: 415
Doriki: +5 to Strength/Power when using legs, +5 to Speed
Skills: Hakai +1 [One turn until regression]
Gear: Baby Den Den Mushi, Sack of Fruit
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The Lord's Castle was large, but it was a great deal smaller than a traditional district. It wasn't something that Devroux couldn't reach the other side of within a couple of minutes, so scoping out the area from above was child's play compared to surveying something like the Ninth District. The one hiccup in the plan was how far away he actually had to be in order to remain invisible to eyes below and still be able to see them. However, luckily for him, the bright lights of the casino town illuminated the sky so brightly that it considerably helped Devroux remain unseen, similar to the stars of a night sky being invisible in a city. Because of this effect, he was able to get closer than he otherwise should have in order to see the many things the Lord's Castle had to offer to Baltigo.

Unfortunately, most of what the Lord's Castle had to offer were girls, gambling, and booze. Fortunately, those were the kinds of shady dealings that Devroux was looking for. It wasn't a perfect theory, but it was a simple thought that anything to do with crime in Baltigo would eventually lead back to a kingpin somewhere. Knowing that they were close to the bank meant that anything in the area should be even closer to a kingpin working with the bank. All Devroux had to do now was spot something unlike the rest, which is why he had left Noctis on the ground to peek from the sky.

Making wide, arching banks through the sky Devroux made his way back and forth across the Lord's Castle. Any stumbling drunk or boisterous mixed gender group was a target for his sight, but even amongst these types of people, it wasn't them that truly caught his attention. Through his peripheral he'd seen a sharp movement that itched at his mind all too quickly, forcing the mink to turn his gaze to take a closer look at what had caught his eye. All Devroux managed to see was a girl grasping her cheek, obviously having just taken a slap from the suited man escorting her. In a town where prostitution must be prevalent, Devroux suspected that he had just reacted instinctively and that this didn't mean anything but couldn't shake the feeling that it was important.

Before he fully turned his head to eyeball another direction, it suddenly clicked in his head what exactly had been standing out. What had really caught his attention was how baggy some of the clothing these women were wearing. It was far removed from the well-dressed or gaudy attire of a traditional prostitute, meaning that they probably weren't one. The bruises on their faces were many signs of beating, and the only assumption that Devroux could come to was that they were slaves being lead to the bank for holding until they could be placed elsewhere.

"I think I see something," Devroux said, speaking into the tiny den den mushi. He didn't wait for a response, however, continuing to eye the area where he had seen the women and the suited man. The mink watched as the women were escorted inside, marking the building with a mental note before banking hard and turning back towards where he had left Noctis waiting.

"I think I might have found what we're looking for. I'm heading back now."

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Superiority Complex: Where it all Adders up...

Noctis stopped in his tracks when a voice came through the Baby Den Den in his ear, bringing himself to the side of a walkway along the strip of casinos so he could hear more clearly. Devroux quickly relayed his thoughts to Noctis, before announcing he was going back to their rendezvous. "Understood. I'm already pretty close by, so I'll meet you there." Noctis replied into the Den Den, making a U-turn along the sidewalk to make his way back. Things were relatively quiet on the streets, all things considered. Or rather, Noctis couldn't identify anything out of the ordinary or unexpected.

With Devroux's aerial view, it gave him a much greater field of vision. Noctis' presence on the ground was more for security than anything. It was actually a great relief that Devroux had a lead, as Noctis wasn't too keen on spending anymore time on the streets than necessary. Every second he was in view was an opportunity for him to be found. After a quick walk through ever thinning numbers of Casino patrons and drunks, Noctis found himself back at the outskirts of the district, where he found Devroux waiting just as he had before, along the side of a dark road.

With a brief wave, Noctis approached his companion. "Things are so busy down there, I couldn't see shit. That place is designed to keep you so distracted, you don't know when you're out of money until it's too late." explained Noctis, who rubbed the back of his head for a moment, as if he had failed. "So, what's the situation?" Noctis continued to tap the toes of his feet onto the dirt below. It was prudent that he keep focused, especially if Devroux had what the pair needed. Conflict was more than likely, so it was best to be prepared at all times.

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Doriki: +5 to Strength/Power when using legs, +5 to Speed
Skills: Hakai +2
Gear: Baby Den Den Mushi, Sack of Fruit
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Devroux took his finger off the den den after relaying that he was returning. Having taken his arm off his wing to speak, he had naturally begun to turn while the other wing was held steady, allowing him to bank correctly and grab hold of his free wing once more when he found the right course back to their meeting destination. It only took the mink a few minutes to re-traverse across the sky and land in the brush next to the side of the road, but it was a short enough journey that he managed to get back before Noctis did. When his long-legged partner returned, the man looked almost agitated as he rubbed his head and tapped his foot against the ground. Agitation, however, shouldn't be confused with doubt, so Devroux decided to head into the conversation.

"I saw a man with some women," he began, knowing that initially it'd sound like a useless bit of information. "It took a double-take, but I realized that they weren't dressed as part of the casino attendees; they were almost ragged looking. I think they might have been slaves, and I saw where they went in. It might be worth taking a look."

Devroux understood well that what he was saying wasn't of as sound logic as it could be. He wanted them to drop in on a building with nothing to go on aside from the assumption that the girls the man was with were human slaves. There was nothing to back up the idea that this was the bank, that Clovis Adder would be present, or even that the girls were actually slaves, but that was a risk that had to be assumed in order to make progress forward. They were looking for what was essentially a needle in a haystack, which made grasping at straws look like a good plan by comparison.

Once again, the mink stood up straight, unfurling his wings and gripping them tightly. With a few pulls downwards, he was able to build lift and raise himself a few feet off the ground. With his clawed feet he motioned for Noctis to grab on before he fully took flight back into the night sky.

"It's now or never."

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Superiority Complex: Where it all Adders up...

Noctis recalled his past life as a slave, and compared it to Devroux's description of the women. It added up. Clothing was usually the hand me downs of past slaves, if you were lucky enough to get clothes at all. Noctis was truly fortunate that his talent had taken him as far as it did. "Seems as good a lead as any." Noctis responded before sending a quick glance behind him, just to make sure no one was watching the pair. "Slaves of any kind have a decent chance of being related to Taylor in some capacity. The man has his hands everywhere, or rather, he did..."

Noctis trailed off, not eager to revisit his past encounter with the Kingpin. Instead, he let Devroux take control of the situation, as the bat mink let his wingspan free. It only took the mink a few strong flaps to hover a couple inches above Noctis' head. Motioning for Noctis to take hold of his clawed feet, Devroux made his decision. Nodding silently in agreement, Noctis reached up carefully, grabbing the mink by his ankles.

With a bit of resistance from the added weight, Devroux lifted Noctis off the ground, and began to climb vertically, gaining altitude at a fairly quick pace. Noctis simply hung in silence, as the awe of the view kept him speechless. He had never seen the world from such a viewpoint, and it struck him how small the Lord's Castle really was. After a few minutes of gliding, the pair began to slowly descend. Just below them was an unassuming building, covered in worn brick in a state of disrepair. Large vents with steam billowing out from within dotted the top of the structure. It didn't seem quite residential in nature, but it was no warehouse or factory. It was likely that it had been re-purposed for some kind of shady activities, but the specifics were a mystery.

As soon as Noctis felt he was at a comfortable altitude, he released his grip on Devroux's ankles, dropping onto the roof from above, tucking his shoulder down and rolling to his feet to break his fall. Brushing himself off, Noctis awaited the arrival of his companion.

Words: 371
Doriki: +5 to Strength/Power when using legs, +5 to Speed
Skills: Hakai +2 [1 Turn Until Regression]
Gear: Baby Den Den Mushi, Sack of Fruit
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