"It begins tonight, Mina," Vander said quietly, standing at the edge of a broad observation platform, gazing down on the dark land below. The stars and the moon above gave everything a subtle glow, reflecting off of the shiny metallic plates of their airship. Behind him, Luminette D'Arzachel stood, her arms folded, gazing up at the sky.
"I understand. Is that why you assigned five Mnemosyne operatives to the same mission?" she responded questioningly, glancing down at him.
"Yeah. When White Rain confirmed the presence of a new Earth Grandmaster, we were surprised, too. But it was more surprising still when she started hiding from us a couple hours ago. Nobody in Genesis knew anyone could sense it when White Rain was scrying them," Vander remarked quietly. "As of right now, we don't know where the new Grandmaster's allegiances lie. You understand what your orders are, right?"
"Yes. Bring in the new Earth Grandmaster. Failing that, they must be killed."
"Good. Please go inform the other four people we talked about earlier."
Luminette strode through the dark, metallic halls of the airship, heading towards the conference room where the other four were waiting (supposedly). Since she'd joined Mnemosyne, she hadn't seen much of the other eleven members- she hated not knowing what was going on with the group. According to what Vander had let on, Ardere and Nuru were off somewhere in Vana'Diel; it was a shame, since their abilities would have been useful. Still, it was probably fine that they were off somewhere else, since they weren't really very sociable people and this mission definitely required teamwork that they didn't favor.
As she arrived in the conference room, two figures stood up to greet her: a woman carrying a long spear and a man in light armor with a sword at his side. They looked well acquainted- at least their teamwork would be up to par.
"Hi, Mina," Percival said with a smile. "How have you been?"
She shrugged. "Fine. I'm glad I'm finally being given a mission. It's been a long time."
"Speaking of which," Geneviève interrupted, "I wasn't informed about the ramifications of the mission. What exactly are we supposed to be doing?"
"I'll go over it once everyone is here," Mina explained. "They're late- what's going on?"
"Oh, you know the two of them," Percival said cheerfully. "They went on ahead. They're going to try to track her down first and support us when we get there."
"Her?" Mina and Geneviève asked simultaneously.
"Yes, White Rain managed to get that much info. We don't know her name, but she's definitely a girl. Anyways, why don't you explain again, Mina? I could use a refresher, too."
With a sigh, Mina walked over, flipped a chair around, and took a seat in the front row of the audience area. "Well, here's the basics. You obviously know that Genesis is trying to collect the three missing Grandmasters, yeah? While Ardere, that kid from Sleipnir, and the other guy we don't know much about figure out the Fire Grandmaster situation amongst the three of them, five of us Mnemosyne operatives are going to track down the new Earth Grandmaster, and either bring her in or take her down depending on her reaction."
"I had heard White Rain found a trace of her," Geneviève remarked, "but if they lost her already, how do we even know where she is?"
"We don't. If pinpointing her location was as simple as that, one of the Immortals would have been sent out, but since Cerberus is still a major threat to their safety, we're being sent out instead," Mina explained, looking up at the ceiling.
"I admit it's more dangerous for the Immortals since Cerberus has information on them, but won't it be just as easy for them to take us down, if not easier?" Geneviève asked.
"Have a little more self-confidence," Percival stated bluntly. "If you're a member of Mnemosyne, then the Immortals obviously know you have what it takes to defeat Cerberus operatives by yourself. If there are five of us, we're in good shape, don't you think? Honestly, I think you should be more concerned about fighting a Grandmaster, especially one who is strong enough to hide her presence completely."
Mina stood. "Enough banter. Let's get going. We'll head to her last known position and consult with the other two along the way for trajectory corrections. You can both fly, right?"