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(Invitation)  Unprecedented Circumstances
Tag: Jeremiah // March 10th, 2021


Everything that had happened as of late had made it difficult for Infinity Academy and its continual research on Elysion. They were blocked off and unwelcomed, the researchers that had remained at Elysion’s grounds were presumably dead or forced to continue their work in the name of the Dark Alliance.

Liliana was fortunate to not be one of those researchers, as the day that Elysion was taken she was off. She had reminded herself often that shecould have been, and she certainly hadn’t gotten away easily – she had only days prior to the attack dealt with the attack on Infinity Academy, encased in a strange crystal by its enemies and subsequently rescued.

Liliana didn’t stay for questioning that day, her own discomfort from the attack was evident the moment she was freed. She hadn’t slept easy since.

The meetings that transpired at Infinity Academy afterwards had only left the researchers in need of an outlet, believing that the Crystal Palace may have been their best options to research its rare flora...except even the Crystal Palace was having its own difficulties, and it was what had led Liliana to setup a dinner meeting in hopes to break the ice.

Inhale, exhale.

After parking her vehicle at the restaurant, Liliana turned off the ignition, exited it and headed to the restaurant. After being asked the routine questions from the hostess, Liliana was led to the table that was under her surname Corynn.

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The problem with needing to work to keep yourself distracted meant that you ended up handling more meetings than you potentially care for. Oh, Jeremiah could handle them just fine--he was nobility through and through--but that did not mean that there was not a tiny part of him that inwardly sighed at another meeting.

... at least this one was dinner, for all that it was taking away from time that he could be carrying out other duties. Honestly, he was certain that certain individuals were being to conspire these sorts of affairs so that he would not overdo it. Which was fine, because if he overdid it again, it would not be the same way (and he would be smarter about it if he did, but the fact that he promised to not let it happen again genuinely bound him to not do so).

Thus he had arrived early for the dinner reservation, queerly bright blue-green eyed stare winning him access to the table regardless of the timing. Jeremiah settled into the chair, drinking water and passing on the bread and otherwise that was set at the table to partake of. His tablet was held in his left hand, thumb scrolling as he went over notes and updates available to him to keep himself occupied.

Yet something stirred at the edge of his senses, Jeremiah blinking rapidly and setting down the tablet. The sensation did not fade, not in the slightest, and only grew for all that it was weak. No, not weak but ... something else? Jeremiah was puzzling over it as he noticed the host was bringing someone over. Ah, that was likely his dinner date: Liliana Corynn, the Clinical Herbalist. Truthfully, there was a myriad of reasons that she would call for the meeting, most of which likely tied to the fact that the Crystal Palace had been on lockdown and it was not necessarily easy to gain access to the flora and fauna that was within it.

None of which particularly mattered as Jeremiah put aside his tablet to stand, properly focusing on the woman being escorted to join him. As soon as he focused on her, a stabbing pain lanced through his temple that made him suck in a sharp breath though he outwardly showed nothing else. It caused his vision to black for a moment, just a second, before he was blinking rapidly to realize she was now close enough to greet.

"Miss Corynn," greeted Jeremiah, unable to shake the sensation that now flowed through him. More than that: whatever he was sensing was tied to the woman before him because, with her near, he recognized it was her presence he had detected. A dormant Star Seed? he thought, then ignored the stab in his chest that came when he thought of how he could not contact Saariyah to get her feedback on the matter.

"I trust the evening has treated you well?" he inquired, offering to get her seat for her once greetings were over and she could sit down. Honestly, the small talk was a means to an end but it also helped him gather his bearings as he tried to sort out what had him off-kilter with the meeting (even if on the outside, nothing looked out of place).

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“Ah, Doctor Mercer,” Liliana greeted as she approached their table, extending a slender hand for him to shake. “I do hope I didn’t keep you waiting.”

Truthfully, Liliana was still surprised that out of all of her coworkers, it was she who was selected to approach the Crystal Palace for the meeting. Liliana was in no position to reject, and there was always a fascination that she had for the glistening structure each time she saw it.

But that also didn’t make things easier for either parties, especially the topics that she would soon be obligated to approach. The academy was lucky to have access to the flora that it had obtained, that trust shattered the moment that the academy was attacked that day.

It made work difficult as they attempted to pick up the pieces, recover what they had lost – there was something that Liliana was still attempting to figure out at what the Black Moons may have been after when they attacked the academy, damaging their laboratories. The names Chiral and Achiral echoed in the back of her mind, names that she wouldn’t easily forget.

“Yes, quite well. The traffic wasn’t nearly as atrocious as it has been. I must thank you for meeting with me tonight, Doctor Mercer. I’m aware that the Crystal Palace has been undergoing some hardships.” Liliana moved to sit.

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"Not at all," replied Jeremiah. "I have a habit of arriving early and that does not reflect upon you." A smile was given, one that just another cover for the low throb of discomfort that reverberated within his head. Jeremiah already knew that this was something that could not be healed away, though that only made it that much more concerning to consider.

It was almost enough to distract him from what the topics of the dinner were really meant to be, though at the back of his mind he could not shake that there was something more to all of this. Coincidence, he had long since learned, was often more than just that.

Once Liliana was settled, Jeremiah returned to his own seat. His fingers waved over the tablet and the screen went dark, attention focusing upon the woman across from him. "There are no thanks necessary as it is a meeting long overdue from my understanding," said Jeremiah, the corner of his mouth twitched downward in a small rueful smile. "Hardship is certainly one way to put it, though Infinity Academy is not without its own. After all, Liliana--as he recalled--had been one of the many who had been crystallized when it was attacked.

"I assume that the combination of hardships--especially with Elysion no longer available--are part of why we are talking tonight. The impact on the studies you and your fellows wish to continue has to be great, Miss Corynn." That was certainly an easier conversation than the throb of pain within his head. Jeremiah did not like it, nor did he enjoy the feeling that he was not remembering something he should have. It was unnerving and unsettling to someone who prided himself on remembering so much.

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“Well, I do appreciate and admire that, Doctor Mercer.” Liliana returned his smile with a reassuring smile of her own. “Being fashionably late is highly inconsiderate of your companion’s time.”

That, however, was not the issue at hand, and it was best kept to that. Liliana was fortunate to have arrived on time, but she would make note of this for future meetings with Doctor Mercer, should they ever arise.

“Oh?” Liliana raised a brow, observing him as he sat into his own seat. “So I see that you’re aware of what’s transpired with Infinity Academy in its entirety then, yes? But I do suppose that it is hard for you to ignore it, considering the young Miss Ogawa.”

After all, Liliana was aware that she was the daughter of the former founder, despite her present circumstances – however that happened – Liliana preferred not to think about the dark past that Infinity Academy previously had. She, after all, was after that time, and the academy’s future.

“I do give my sincerest condolences for the loss of Elysion, Doctor Mercer.” Liliana frowned, her head lowering out of respect. “While Elysion is still fairly new to the academic world, I can’t imagine what its loss has done to you and the royal family.”

Liliana was aware that the depth of what happened to Elysion was not knowledge meant for her, and therefore she wasn’t about to press for more information as they waited for their waiter. “I’m sure with everything going on at the palace, you have more important things to be dealing with than discussing flora with me. However, the particular flora that we were researching, and the one that was stolen, contained magical properties that needed to be brought to your attention.”

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Jeremiah merely inclined his head in acknowledgment of what Liliana said but otherwise said nothing more on the matter of what time one should arrive when meeting another. He was rather particular when it came to arrival times and that would never change.

"I do my best to keep myself informed, Miss Corynn, as both an academic and part of the Crystal Empire beyond the connections between the connections provided by Miss Ogawa." There was no real comment on the fact that Amaryllis Ogawa was the daughter of the previous founder, it was information that led to complicated conversations. (Never mind all the other complicated conversations that came up when Saturn was involved.)

The smile that was given at Liliana's condolences was a somber one, just the barest hints of the true pain that was felt--and still existed--because Elysion had been taken. There was so much to it now, especially given all that had followed its corruption and the fact they could not return to it even with the purification of Nehelenia to Hecate.

... yet it was what Liliana spoke of next that had Jeremiah sitting up straight, fingers lightly resting against the tablet screen in preparation for taking notes. "And we are only being informed of this now?" inquired Jeremiah, his expression disappearing entirely. "While I understand that magic is something that many do not have a reference for as of yet," though it was something that was growing day by day, magic returned to the Earth with the ascension of the Queen and King, "I thought there were steps in place for when flora--or otherwise--exhibited properties that were outside of the known and could potentially be magical in nature?"

After all: magic was simply science that was not yet understood and would become known in the coming centuries. Just as he knew that this sort of situation was exactly why the Crystal Empire was meant to be kept aware of what was found. How had this been missed? Why had they not been informed? Jeremiah knew that things had been hectic but there was only so much allowance for when they should have been informed.

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That came to no surprise to Liliana, momentarily making a mental note of his position as a Golden King. It was strange, really – how political ranks had changed since the ascension of Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion. There were moments where Liliana was grateful to not have to deal with it, and yet…

…there was always a strange familiarity to the world that Liliana couldn’t quit explain. Had she been a different person, Liliana perhaps would have gotten herself involved in politics, but her heart had chosen a different profession.

Liliana had chosen not to continue the subject of Elysion further, gently nodding her head as she inhaled. As much as she wished to not continue with Elysion, here they were.

“Unfortunately, yes.” Liliana replied disappointingly. “I’m sure that you’ve been made aware of the fact that  we lost some of our research teams to the fall of Elysion. Several research teams were there the day that it was taken, and they have not yet returned or have been seen. We unfortunately presume that they have been killed or taken by the Alliance, and we have been scrambling to pick up the pieces since. With our laboratories vandalized by the Black Moons, it has made it even harder.”

The Alliance was not known to be forgiving. “The academy had not made it known to me until recently about the extent of what we have lost until the loss of our researchers. You are aware that my rank, as it were, is not one that you would normally meet with, yes?”

Liliana’s ordinary, silver hues peered for a moment to ensure that the waiter had not been coming. “The flora that we noticed was completely stolen, with nothing left, had memory magic.”

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As a general rule, while Jeremiah did not flaunt his status as a Golden King, he did not hide it. Then again, he had already been part of the nobility even before the Crystal Empire had come into power (for all that now his mother would forever hold the family title until she passed it to his twin).

”It has been unfortunate that we have not been able to take steps to rescue--or at least verify their state of being--those that were within Elysion at the time of its corruption. The Dark Alliance is not inclined to be informative about it, nor release anyone.” If anything, they laid the blame at the feet of the Crystal Empire. Just as they also had no sympathies for individuals that were willing to work with and align themselves with extraterrestrials. That sentiment was more held by the Black Moon rather than the Dark Kingdom but Jeremiah knew that that difference did not stop the groups from working together.

”That said: clearly we need to revisit what rules and procedures are in place regarding Infinity Academy and its research when it comes to things taken from the Crystal Palace and Elysion. If there were worries that they took something magical in nature, even if it later turned out to be not so, we need to know immediately.” A hand was raised, fingers briefly pinching the bridge of his nose before he focused upon Liliana once more. This was, in all honesty, enough to make him not focus upon whatever it was that was not right about the academic before him (though the stabbing pain of a headache was not fading).

”Rank matters little when it comes to meetings like this, Miss Corynn, though it makes sense given what was taken. It speaks to more of a fundamental issue in light of you being kept in the dark as well for all that I understand the adversity and problems that are being faced with the attack and loss of those within Elysion.” There was a flicker of a memory in the back of his mind: someone faceless gesturing to a selection of herbs, speaking to him gently of what they could do, before coming to one that-

”Mnemosyne's Lace,” murmured Jeremiah (mostly to himself), shaking his head as a particularly sharp stab of pain went through his head. ”Was it a flowering vine?” he inquired, voice no longer pitched low.

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“The Dark Alliance is acting according to how one would expect an antagonistic faction to conduct themselves. It’d be foolish to assume that they’d disclose that information.” Liliana replied disappointingly. She was an outsider, yes – but Liliana was not ignorant. It was hard to not pay attention to the news and what was reported, for her own personal safety as well as her coworkers.

Liliana’s silver hues would gaze towards the water in her glass. “If I had not taken off on that day, I would be amongst them.” Liliana reminisced, closing her eyes briefly. “One day there will be closure, but until that day comes we must carry on.”

It went without saying, Liliana had a lot of faith in the Crown’s ability to handle the situation, as there were certain issues at hand that ordinary civilians could not handle. Getting into Elysion, unfortunately, was among those issues.

“That is also an issue that we can both mutually agree upon, and further reason for this meeting.” There was no excusing the situation at hand.  “The academy has been attempting to rebuild since the attacks, as well as engage in the necessary steps, but it has been a slow process. We have not let our students back into the academy since the attacks during our attempt to recover.”

The crystallization of students and faculty was another reason for it, but they were since freed. Clearly, Infinity Academy needed to gain higher security, and they had the funding to do so.

An eyebrow raised when Doctor Mercer mentioned the name of the flora. Liliana should have expected it, but it still came to a surprise when he was familiar with it. “Yes, actually.” Liliana’s silver hues fluttered, taking note of her companion’s decorum. “Are you alright, Doctor Mercer?”


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The look that Liliana got was a rather dry one because of course the Dark Alliance had little desire to share the information. "Given we've a list of those that were present within Elysion that day--as well as communicating with their families--they aren't doing themselves any favors by withholding the information. If anything, it hurts their image that they've worked so hard to improve at the cost of slandering the Crystal Empire."

Either that or the Dark Alliance had no issue with being considered terrorists who held hostages as bartering chips or worse. "... there was another professor as well that was as lucky as yourself," said Jeremiah, "and found himself fortunate that something else came up to keep him away. There are not many who can say that." Most had gone, however, and it was still a sore point that innocent civilians had been caught up in all of this.

... even if civilians caught in the crossfire was a common thing, at least where those of the Dark Alliance were involved.

Regardless, Jeremiah found that the stabbing pain behind his eyes was not abating. It was, in fact, getting worse and the light touch of his own healing magic barely seemed to numb it.

"We can likely coordinate with the academy to help improve the security measures and see students and faculty able to learn and teach once more without worry." Given the overhaul of the Crystal Palace's mainframe and security had long since been completed, doing the same for the academy would give Luna, Miki, and himself something else to focus on. "If there are things that you have in mind, by all means, do share. It's no secret that several of us are patrons--or alumni--of the academy and wish to see it recover. If that means a complete overhaul of the school board to ensure transparency and more, then so be it."

Considering the fact it felt like members of the school board were swayed by the propaganda of the Dark Alliance, it was likely something that would have to happen. They were already working on dealing with [Chief of Police Beryl] and Mayor Rey, adding a school board to the list was no big deal.

Without realizing it, Jeremiah was pressing his index and middle finger against his temple to try and alleviate the pain. "It seems that I've developed a headache," he replied, hand falling back down. "It is no matter, I will be fine." The silver-haired man slowly inhaled and then exhaled. "If I had been aware that Mnemosyne's Lace was still growing within Elysion, I would have seen it handled differently. It is-" His vision went white at the edges as another sharp stab of pain lanced behind his eyes.

This time there was a whisper of a voice that he both knew and could not place and the brush of something cool against his forehead. Focusing on that, however, only made the pain worse. "... it is not something that the Dark Alliance needs to have, especially as magic begins to wax once more." As Jeremiah turned queerly bright blue-green eyes back towards Liliana, he found that focusing on her face only made his vision whiteout more at the edges.

Wasn't that fun.

"I'd ask how much was taken but given they've access to Elysion, the question is mostly moot."

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