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Discussion in 'Cascade Bay' started by Magnus Bane, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. Magnus Bane

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    January 28, Year 7
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    Ever since John told him about his current... condition... Magnus poured himself into research on vampire venoms and properties whenever he had the chance. Unfortunately, the promise he made to John not to go searching for the vampire in question, in addition to the promise not to tell Alec anything about what was going on with him, left Magnus with limited resources and even more limited places to look into said resources.

    That was what, on this particular day, brought him (and the growing stack of notes he had shoved into a book on vampires from what he could only gather was some sort of parallel earth sort of universe, as nothing in it behaved quite the way he was used to vampire lore behaving) back to The Homestead. After a close call at both the Schola and the Hotel, Magnus knew that he couldn't keep looking into this places that Alec may wander into. He was relatively certain the bar in Cascade Bay was the safest bet to keep that from happening again.

    "Don't you ever give yourself a day off?" Magnus asked, spotting the same blonde girl behind the bar that he had the handful of previous stops he made here. He considered situating himself off at a corner table but, already addressing the woman, he decided the end of the bar would do just as well - careful to keep himself and the small spread of notes he had as out of the way as possible.
     
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  2. Jo Harvelle

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    Jo was starting to adjust to life... not constantly moving. She had her own place. She had the Homestead. She had a regular life and a regular routine. She even cleaned her place up and made sure all the bills were paid at both locations. Waking up in the same bed everyday was still... it was nice. It was all really nice. Which meant that a part of the blonde was waiting for this other shoe to drop. The one where all the terrible things came crawling out of the corners and the like.

    But she was starting to see the same faces over and over again at the bar. Regulars. It was nice in a way, except the couple that were drunks and only showed up because they wanted to be drunk all the time. They were the ones that had to be handled with care. Just enough not to upset them but making sure you put your foot down when you said you had enough. Jo preferred to handle those herself though.

    A quick smirk appeared on the blonde's lips as she was greeted by one of the regulars. "Would, cept I'm the owner and I prefer to be here on my off time anyway." A lot of people were surprised when Jo pointed out she was the owner. Which was fine really. Not too big of a deal. "How have things been?" She wanted to ask about his house. About his boyfriend. About all the things they had discussed before. But she would wait for him to start that conversation. No point prying when they really didn't know each other.
     
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    So she was the owner of the place, then. Somehow he hadn't noticed during his other visits, not that there was anything to really notice that would visibly set her apart as the owner of the place rather than just another employee, not when she was situated so naturally behind the bar. It wasn't like the hotel, where owning and running the operation was a very 'sit behind the desk' sort of job for the most part.

    He had a look of appreciation at the knowledge, but didn't comment on it because she followed up by asking how things were going, and he didn't want to side-track the conversation from what he assumed was curiosity over the decision he had to make when he was here last - one he promised to fill her in on once it all happened.

    "Things in general are a bit of a mixed bag right now," he admitted, unable to shake his concern for John (and the reason he was here reading up and making notes rather than at home), but at least things weren't all bad. "But the house - which I ended up getting - went over impressively well." His face lit up at the memory of Alec's reaction to it on Christmas morning, how eager he'd been to go see the place, how simple it all felt now that it was done and theirs. "There was no reselling necessary, thankfully." The back-up plan she suggested was a good one, but one he was glad he didn't have to use.
     
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  4. Jo Harvelle

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    Mixed. That was always a bad answer. Jo knew that mixed answers were never a good sign. That meant that things were complicated for him. Things were better when they were straight forward and Jo typically wanted to run away from complicated things as much as possible. At least... as long as she wasn't hunting them. Then it was just annoying.

    "Well, that's good." At least the house wasn't the complicated part. Funny how Jo cared about that sort of thing. It was easy to care about your regulars. You got to know things about their lives, little insights, and you could like the nice ones. As long as she didn't find anything terrible out about them. Like they were a vampire feeding on the innocent or something akin to that.

    "At least that's a cause for celebration." Jo couldn't remember exactly what his boyfriend's name was. A something or other. Alan? Alex? Andrew? He was a regular but Jo had had a lot of different conversations with a lot of different people here at the Homestead. It was... nice. Oddly.

    She leaned on the counter for a second before picking up a glass and pushing it towards Magnus. "Same as last time?" She could remember what he was drinking though. That part was easy enough.
     
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    "I'm not sure how I feel about coming here often enough that you know my drink by now." Magnus said, the words serving as a confirmation that he would, in fact, be having whiskey again. It was a simple drink and one he defaulted to when in a public bar setting like this. Unlike his fancier cocktails and martinis that he preferred to drink while he was making them, he also didn't trust the average bartender to be able to whip up something like that to the standards he liked them. Nor did he expect them to - hence the default to whiskey almost every time he found himself in the bar.

    Which, it seemed, was an increasing amount when he needed a little 'away' time. A glance around the room told him that he was probably an easy face to remember, though. Between the excessive jewelry, the bold patterns of his clothing, the heavy eye makeup and occasional burst of glitter for show... his unique style stood out in stark contrast to a lot of his surroundings. It made sense that she'd remember the guy with the rings who drank all her whiskey after a time or two or three.

    He pulled a book and a small legal-pad style notebook out of his bag, setting them to the left of where Jo slid the glass over to him. The book, one with the title 'Vampirism: Studies of Legends and Lore' embedded on the spine. He didn't think twice of it, assuming no one around him would care enough to look that closely into what he was reading.
     
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    Whiskey was sort of hard to forget. Like his face and outfit, yes. He certainly stood out among the normally dressed folk like herself but he blended in with a few crowds in certain areas. She didn't have an inkling that he was involved in magic but she figured he was some sort of city slicker of some sort. Nobody in the mid-west dressed like that when they were that old, typically. Not in her little poke dunk home town.

    Still it wasn't a bad look on him and Jo really didn't judge in those situations. It wasn't like she was some sort of fashionista. She had no idea what that look meant so she didn't really care. Customers were customers. And nice customers were even better. So as long as Magnus kept up that low key friendly demeanor, Jo was going to give the same.

    Jo poured out the whiskey and moved to hand it to the dark haired man. Normal enough gesture but the spine of his book caught the blonde's eye pretty heavily. After all she thought she had incorrectly assumed he was a hunter before. Settling him comfortably into that normal category even if he was a city boy. So what was he doing with a vampire book?

    "You do know that there are actual vampires in Pandora, right?" She was keeping her voice neutral enough. He hadn't done anything to suggest he was a vampire and Jo doubted even vampires went around reading about themselves. They were almost always arrogant bloodsuckers. Some could be smart but arrogance seemed to be key.
     
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    The book was plain enough besides the title engraved into the binding, and he hadn't imagined anyone would pay close enough attention to that to warrant hiding it. Not that he had anything to hide - it was no secret that vampires existed in Pandora, and his research into them could be passed off as mere curiosity, if nothing else. So when he followed her gaze down to the book before she asked him about vampires, he was surprised to see that it was something that immediately drew her interest. Surely people did more interesting things to focus on in a bar than read a book from the library, after all?

    "Oh, I'm well aware. There are actual vampires in the world I'm from as well." Magnus said, his tone casual and conversational. After all, the neutral way she asked the question didn't lead him to believe that she had any strong feelings one way or the other on the subject, maybe she knew something about them that she would've warned him about had he been entirely unaware.

    Still, he knew better than to immediately admit that some of those vampires were among his friends, a select few some of his closest companions over the years; one didn't live for four centuries without developing some conversational self-preservation among mundanes, even in Pandora.

    "Why? Know anything about them?" He returned, just as casually. It was a long shot, but hey, it didn't hurt to ask. He reached for the glass as he waited for a response, taking a small sip of the top-shelf whiskey that had become his usual.
     
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    There were actual vampires from a wealth of different worlds. Jo had met a ton of different ones. Mostly violent but she could say that about a lot of different people. A lot of different things really and most of them weren't good to deal with when you were a normal, squishy human. But not all of them were bad. Not all of them were deadly. There were plenty that lived in Pandora Town that managed to live life without hurting anyone and Jo had learned to live with that. She was only ever interested in the ones that hurt others.

    "Plenty. Depending on the type." Jo was a little quiet while she spoke, carefully wording her words. Not because she was worried over Magnus' reaction exactly. But because it was sometimes difficult to talk about in the present tense without getting in some serious trouble. Pandora had this universal law that applied everywhere: the past was the past. But Jo hadn't just killed vampires in the past, now had she?

    "Back home all they do is kill people." Same neutral tone, same neutral look on her face. Calm because she really didn't know who Magnus worked for or what influence he might have had. Would a guard be looking at some dead bodies she may have forgotten to burn properly. That would have been annoying. She didn't want to give us the Homestead or anything else of that nature. She liked it here.

    "A lot of things kill people back home. So depending on the type of thing, I can have a lot of advice." How to handle a problem. How to make sure it was dead. How to keep your own head on your shoulders. If you were so inclined. So what was Magnus doing? Research because he was having problems or because he was looking for a supposed murderer?
     
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    Despite the neutral tone with which Jo spoke of the vampires in her own world it was obvious that she didn't hold a lot of love for them. How could she, if all they did was kill? And of course, from what he gathered, that was the case with a lot of vampires in a lot of worlds that he came across in Pandora. It seemed his own was in the minority when it came to the laws in place keeping that very scenario from running rampant.

    Not that everyone obeyed the Accords. There were always those rogue vampires, sometimes entire clans, who wouldn't think twice about taking a mundane life. They never last long. "I'm sorry to hear that. They're far more humane where I come from - though we have Laws in place to ensure the clans remain in check." Perhaps she already knew that not all vampires were the sort to go around killing at will, or perhaps she didn't. He thought it worth mentioning either way, in no small part because he had vampire friends here in Pandora who did not need that sort of immediate assumption made of them. They didn't deserve that.

    "It certainly sounds like you have a lot of experience in these 'things', for a simple bartender," he observed, mirroring her neutral tone with a small, almost playful smile on his face, wondering what she might know that she wasn't saying. Wondering if she would tell him if he asked.

    Taking the gamble, he decided there was one way to find out.

    "Vampire venom. It can have an almost euphoric effect in my world, meant to keep the mundane being fed on from feeling pain before they heal. I'm looking into the side-effects noted in varying lore- potential magical properties to it, any addictive qualities... potential solutions to said addictive qualities." He took another casual sip of his whiskey. "In my world there is nothing even healing magic can do to remove the effects once someone becomes addicted to the vampire venom, but I wondered if perhaps other venoms, or other worlds..." Without coming right out and saying he was looking to help someone with that particular issue, it was heavily implied.

    ((ooc- I DON"T KNOW WHY BUT THIS POST WAS A STRUGGLE? nothing sounded... right. So sorry if it's awful! x_X ))
     
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    "I understand there can be different types. I don't have a problem with anyone who minds their own business and doesn't hurt others." Even if they were weird sparkly vampires or anything of the sort. Jo had learned to leave those alone. There were plenty of interesting sorts in Pandora. Open magic users who used their abilities for the good of people instead of using the magic of a demon for their own selfish gains, for example. Jo might have been a bit biased but she wasn't blind. She could understand the difference even if it made her a little bit uncomfortable.

    It was an interesting turn of the conversation when Magnus started to tell her about the vampires back in his world. They were pretty different from the ones in her world, at least if you put them down on paper. "Yeah, there's no turning back when you're a vampire in my world either. Except it makes you into this animal that has to feed all the time. Once you feed on their blood, you turn. Gotta be carefully when you kill them. Gotta cut off their heads and make sure you don't get any in your mouth." Otherwise you'd turn.

    Jo was still speaking calmly as she explained her own world's brew of vampires. "Course, demons are always worse to deal with and angels are dicks or idiots. But my world is full of creatures that don't really care about humans or think of them as food. So. Pandora was a little difficult to adjust to at first." Thankfully Jo had two years of buffer and a new will to live to help curb her need to curb stop monsters.
     
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    That much was a relief to hear. Assuming she meant it. He knew that there were some biases that ran too deep to ever convince someone to change their mind about... like the one that Valentine held against all of the Downworlders in their world. No amount of reasoning could tell him that he was wrong, that they weren't all the same as the ones who killed his family. If vampires had done something to Jo or her family before, for her to know this much about them, he wouldn't be surprised to find a similar underlying issue here.

    Especially considering how much she knew about killing them in particular. "I never imagined I'd say this, but thankfully there are a few more steps to turning into a vampire where I'm from." It was nothing that could happen so accidentally, the way it could happen with the werewolves.

    He allowed a small, short bark of a laugh at the statement of 'angels are dicks or idiots', something he imagined many of his Shadowhunter acquaintances would take horrible offense to. The angels were the start of their entire being, after all, and quite literally part of their blood. He decided to skip over commenting on that in favor of her last statement, however. "I can't imagine Pandora being easy for anyone to adjust to," he pointed out. "But yes, it sounds as if you had your work cut out for you in a place such as this. I met a rather lovely demon during my first months here, it was very unexpected." He left out the fact that said demon was now in charge of the Department of Commerce and Labor.

    "I'm constantly surprised by the vast differences between worlds. Usually I find them all fascinating, but at the moment those differences are only proving rather infuriating." He admitted, motioning helplessly to the book next to him.
     
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    A few more steps? Well that meant it wouldn't be so easy for a vampire to infect a bunch of people. Jo had no idea that there was cure for the stuff back home as long as it was done in time. She had never been privy to that information but the blonde knew how to handle vampires pretty well. She had run into a variety of them in Pandora that didn't have any respect for life. She had learned to kill a lot of them.

    Demons. Jo couldn't stop the frown that appeared on her lips at that word. Demons was... well, there were bit of a sore spot for the hunter. She didn't like them in the least bit. For obvious reasons to her but no one else would know why. Except for one of the fucking Winchesters. Jo had only seen Dean but if Sam was lurking around as well, she wouldn't have been surprised.

    "Yeah, things can get dicey here if you don't know exactly what you're dealing with." Magnus hadn't said anything to suggest that he was looking for whether or not she was a murderer so she was still continuing the conversation. For the moment. If anything tipped her off otherwise then the bar owner would walk away. She just had to be careful.

    "What's frustrating you? Twelve different kinds of vampire or a vampire itself?" Maybe that would help her figure out what Magnus' angle was in all of this. Maybe. She still wasn't sure what kind of advice might have helped him with his problem.
     
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    He caught the look on her face at the word 'demon', once more reminded with a dull ache in the pit of his stomach of just what he was. Warlock sounded glamorous. High Warlock of Brooklyn sounded prestigious. But half-demon spawn of a Prince of Hell was a little less of both (not counting the prestige among the demons themselves, of course, that came with dropping is father's name under the right circumstances). He never forgot what he was, even if he had come to terms with it long ago, for the most part.

    But demons weren't the concern just then. Jo knew of vampires. And she knew of vampires here, specifically in Pandora. This wasn't a coincidence - perhaps fate had driven Magnus to this particular bar all of those times, just so that he could return here now when her particular expertise may be able to help him. Expertise he hadn't been seeking because he hadn't knew it existed. That had to be some sort of divine intervention, didn't it?

    "Say, hypothetically speaking, I have an acquaintance. This acquaintance, through a series of bad decisions and questionable judgment calls, managed to find himself somewhat addicted to the particular effects of vampire venom. And now, without having the slightest clue of the particulars of said venom because of our 'twelve different kinds of vampire' issue, I'm having some difficulties coming across any sort of effective remedies to counter the addictive properties and withdraw effects." Magnus said all of this quietly, aware that this was not a conversation he particularly wanted overheard. "Hypothetically, of course. That would be my current frustration."

    He didn't want to appear too hopeful that she might have some sort of immediately helpful knowledge, but it would be nice. He hoped that placing his trust in this woman wouldn't prove to be a serious error. She had been rather helpful the last time he asked her for advice, though, and perhaps that was what prompted him to make the same attempt a second time, albeit with a much more serious issue than 'will my boyfriend think buying a house for Christmas is too excessive'. But he didn't mention names, or that there was the added issue of the heroin addiction, and so he imagined this didn't truly break his promise to keep John's secret.
     
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