Tao Te Ching (Mitsu)

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"Right. We'll be on our way shortly, Lunam..."

Fang clapped a hand about the young girl's shoulder reassuringly, before flashing a disarming grim at Oleander.

"Unless you have a problem with that, Advisor?"

Perhaps more than a little miffed from her earlier embarrassment, the Necromancer simply fumed, producing a small black fan from her person, spreading it wide to waft across her face, looking away as she spoke in mock contempt.

"Hmph. Do as you will. Whatever artifacts are located down there will have to be brought to the surface for closer examination, regardless. Just try not to break anything."

"So you're saying you want others to do the dirty, dangerous work for you?"

At this pointed accusation, the dark-dressed woman gave a haughty laugh. Surprisingly, this seemed to be echoed by her bodyguards, whose shoulders shook with a similar mirth as she leaned in, as if sharing a secret with Fang. She smelled, the Professor thought, like the kind of flowers that you left out at funerals - a kind of odor used to disguise misery.

"Oh, darling!" She chuckled; "What do you think I have you for? ✰"

...and with that final, parting barb Oleander turned on her heel, making her way back towards the tent, her attendants in tow. Fang gave a slow exhale, evidently immediately grateful to be out of the Advisor's presence, giving Lunam an apologetic look as she began to lead the way towards a large, cage-like structure located touching one of the lips of the crater, the sound of crunching gravel under their feet only further adding to the din.

"Sorry about that." She explained hurriedly;

"She was sent down to oversee the operation by government officials... reports to one of the Directors. At first I was grateful our discovery was getting so much attention, but now...?" - Fang trailed off, shaking her head in disbelief.
 
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"Honestly, she's a creepy person." Lunam walked alongside Fang, her frock swishing a little as she kept her pace slow to match the professor's pace to the traversal cage. "That woman is the kind of person who would march down into this place with a thousand people and come out alone and empty-handed. You're far more reasonable of a person. We're gonna work great together!"

The blonde gave Fang a sidelong glance as she spoke; trying to judge her expression as she returned to cradling her camera down by her waist in a comfortable position. That this site was under the administration of a supposedly fallen enemy was concerning. Did the Directory have some sort of magical cloning technology or something? Given her own black-ops history, the investigator didn't doubt it at all. The sound of her shoes clanking against the metal of the cage brought her out of her rapid thought train and back to the present situation.

"Still, I think ghost lady's gonna be a problem. That's the kind who likes to censor people by making them disappear. I don't wanna become a missing person on the side of a milk carton..." A slight pout formed on her face as she shifted her gaze about to make sure there was no one within earshot of a murmur. "We might have to make sure certain elements don't get lost in the shuffle so we don't go poof in the dark. Because I'm not having my work usurped by some crazy lady who bathes in bad dollar-store perfume."
 

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"Ghost lady, huh?" Fang chuckled; "Well... At least you'll fit nicely on the side of the carton."

Fang politely opened the door to the climber, allowing Lunam inside its cage-like structure before closing it behind herself. A simple press of a button, and the two began to descend into the dark. Thanks to the tactful implementation of EOT, the ride was surprisingly comfortable, the cage dropping down into the abyss past intermittent flares, as the sun slowly began to disappear overhead.

"As for reasonable... That's a rather bold assumption." She said quietly, her features lit only by the occasional light, yet still audible over the whine of the machine's engine as it descended.

"The discovery of EOT and Prana changed a great deal about how we perceive history.... Historians had to go back and re-examine things we had thought were just hearsay, in order to gain a better understanding of humanity - Separating fact from fiction anew. It's not something any reasonable person would want to undertake, given the scale of the work involved." She explained, sauntering over to Lunam.

"My parents wanted me to be a Doctor, but... That didn't really work out."

She gave a wry shrug, as if that was all that needed to be said. The somewhat surly and world-weary nature of the Professor indicated that, at the very least, her bedside manner was... questionable.

"How about you? How did you get involved in..." Her hand floundered in the air, like a twirling fish, grasping for the proper word as she surveyed the Full-Armor unit of equipment the young girl had loaded herself down with;

"...Photography?"