Uja'rak: "I hate to admit it but the factual events around our first meeting were anything but romantic. To sum what transpired in few words, I was on board a freighter carrying cargo from the Human Edge to Bourak. The captain agreed to let me aboard on the condition that I remained out of sight of the crew which was understandable considering my origins. The trip was long due to there being no direct route from the Edge to Haqqislam. However, as the ship was passing the area of space that Dawn occupied I noticed a teenaged boy who's body language suggested that he was trying to escape. Shortly after I spotted him the boy realized he was being watched and eventually spotted me out. He then approached me and "offered" himself to me. I simply refused his request but as he kept pestering me he began to use certain words that suggested that there were more like him in hold of the ship. It was at this point it occurred to me that the freighter I was on had been partaking in human trafficking along with hauling normal cargo. It seems the captain didn't want me going about the vessel for other reasons. I then demanded that the boy show me were the others he had mentioned were being kept. He then wasted no time in leading back the way he came." Uja'rak: "We eventually came to the cargo hold and I saw the others the boy had mentioned. About a dozen boys were in a close circle with guards lazily pacing about. Not truly paying attention to the number of those who they were supposed to be watching. I asked the lad of what information of the area he could give men and he divulged as best as he could while I surveyed the patrols. After a short span of time I got into position to silently pounce on each guard. However, just before I attacked the ship's alarms went off along with the captain's voice booming over the speakers confirming so. All but one of the guards fled to other parts of the ship to counter whatever was attacking it. I got into position and took out the remaining guard. Dropping into the hold, the rest of the boys sounded at how happy they were that their scout succeeded in getting help. But as the teens gathered around me to formulate a plan to escape a door connected to the hold began to be forced open which gave way to Knights of the Order of Santiago flooding into the hold. They aimed their guns at me but the boys voiced their plight to them and explained how I helped them. Then one of the Knights began to speak over a channel and then told the others in his company to stay and keep watch. Apparently someone of importance was coming down to the hold." A Few Weeks Ago in the Past: A Father Knight walks into the hold. The Santiagos bow their heads slightly in respect as they kept their weapons steady. Father Knight: "When I heard you disappeared I thought we never see each other again." I recognized the voice that spoke to me. Someone who I hadn't heard since Paradiso. Father Knight: "Yet hear we are..in a hold, on a ship, thousands of miles away from that green hellhole that no being should have to fight on." Then he removed his helmet revealing his familiar face. "It's good to be in your company again Rock." He then reached out his hand and I grasped it back. Uja'rak: "It is good to see that you are alright Lafcadio Boone. It seems that you have been promoted since we last meet." The Knight bent his head downwards to look at his heraldry. Lafcadio Boone: "Ah yes. I was brought into the fold of the Calatrava Order. They're not as elite as the Sepulchre Knights but they can wander the galaxy intervening in any fight that is considered fair. We maybe small but we've still a role to play in the grand scheme of things." He then turned to the teens that were around me. "Seems as though my inside source was correct. This ship was the carrier and not the decoy." Uja'rak: "Inside source?" Boone: "Come. I'll bring you up to speed along the way." Boone then expounded on what happened to him since the last time we meet. We reminisced about the time we survived and killed an Umbra Samaritan. It was the event that melted away all doubts we had about each other and helped jump start a friendship between a Krakot & a Knight. Later on a Shuttle Heading Towards Dawn: Uja'rak: "A catamite ring? What is a catamite?" Boone: "They are." I looked at the two boys that remained glued to me after their rescue. The one who brought me to the hold, Ayrrn, was staring at a screen preoccupied with something. The other, who Ayrrn told me was called Jo-Un, had a clam neutral expression on his face. He didn't seem to be bothered with what was going on around him especially with the actions of Ayrrn who sat beside him. "Catamites are feminine teen boys who were part of a pederastic relationship in ancient Human times." Uja'rak: "So this is a ring where older men hire young male teens for their "company"?" Using the term company loosely. Boone: "I thought so but my source has given me numbers that show that most of the customers are actually female of varying age brackets. While males do hire out the boys women are the target audience of N.E.M.E.S.I.S." I didn't say anything and waited for the priest to continue. "I'm dropping you off here in Ariadna. Take the boys and hide somewhere.." Uja'rak: "It's that bad Boone?" Boone: "It is Rock. I managed to get someone to turn on their keeper and get her arrested. She should be getting interrogated as we speak. However, the rest of higher ups will have to be dealt with. Especially her." Uja'rak: "Who?" Boone: "There is a Nomad that I've been able to confirm is part of the this ring. We meet on Paradiso back before I meet you. She goes by the name Jezebel though her real name is Mary. Mary believes..in bringing back the old ways. Particularly ancient goddess worship. One thing that the ancient goddess cults & temples practiced was having both men and women, priest & priestess, perform divine sexual rituals. After looking at N.E.M.E.S.I.S., some their practices and molding of the young boys is akin to the goddess cults of old. Add to the fact that a small number of Observance Nuns are helping the ring's actions in Bakunin and that Mary was spotted giving orders to them. I certain that she was a driving force in building up the ring's influence and popularity in not just her mothership but across the Human Sphere. She is the type that will stop at nothing to make sure her goals are successful. That is why you have to hide the boys because she will come after them herself or send someone after them." Uja'rak: "I want no part of this Boone. You take the boys and.." Boone: "I don't know the extent of this group's reach. God has given us the key to taking out the entire PanO branch of the ring which in turn will greatly limit their financial gains. It will put them on the back foot." Uja'rak: "Then why risk the others then?" Boone: "Because if I don't then those who are part of the ring will get suspicious. Once the interrogation is finished I'll have all the PanOceanian names that belong to N.E.M.ES.I.S. and will strike them all down at once. Plus these boys are special compared to the others." Turning to look at the two teenagers sitting afar off. "I know who they are and their families. Having you keep an eye on them would be better than reuniting them with their folks." Uja'rak: "At least give me some info on them." Boone: "The Indian one is Ayrrn Arim Khan. His step-brother is an Aquila who has been searching for the lad ever since he was kidnapped. And being you ask, no. I'm not willing to risk reuniting the family once again when we don't know if the lad could be kidnapped again. The Asian one I can't comment on. Please Rock, believe me when I say there is a good reason I can't talk to you about him. Just..take good care of him for me." At this statement many thought flooded my mind. One of them was that the Asian child in question could very well be Boone's son. That alone would be scandalous in certain circles. Whatever the case was for his silence I decided to honor my old friend's wishes and take the two lads in for the time being. After traveling to Mervoingienne: We landed in Poictesme a day later after a long night's ride. It was early morning and we decided to grab something to eat. now you are wondering how on earth we managed to make it from Mat across the border to the land of the French. Well Boone had another friend he made during his tour to Paradiso except this one was religiously conservative to say the least. The man question called himself Saul and he made sure we had safe passage into Meroving. There I was supposed to be less harassed and hopefully find some place to stay for awhile until Saul could get me inside a place where he said I would fit into the crowd. Thus thanks to his influence we made the trip just fine. Though Ayrrn complained about the ride. Seems he had grown used to the lavish luxuries he partook with his customers. I stepped into a bar looking to ask some directions. Thankfully there were no patrons currently in this bar. After getting Ayrrn to sit down, Jo-Un didn't give any guff, I approached the counter. Uja'rak: "I'm looking for a place to stay until the mercenary job I applied for contacts me again." The bartender eyed me and after evaluating me began to speak. Bartender: "For yourself or did you bring others?" Uja'rak: "I have two young boys with me." Bartender: "Underage?" Uja'rak: "Yes." The man looked towards the boys and then back to me. Bartender: "I hate to break it to you stranger but with them being underage and the way they look..it's going to be hard to get a room or apartment. Are you their legal guardian?" Uja'rak: "No I'm not.." Bartender: "That makes it worse. The moment people find out about that they might just try and separate you from them. Bad enough that you're not the same species but having no legal guardianship gives you no leg to stand on." Uja'rak: "And how do I change that?" Bartender: "Well..you would have to get someone to agree with you. To be co-guardian that is. But with you being a Morat.." The bartender shifted and showed off some old wounds. "I'd be surprised if anyone will be willing to agree to that once they find out who you are." Jo-Un: "Let go of me." Me and the bartender turned around to see Jo-Un looking perturbed at someone in a outfit that looked like you'd wear in the rain. Female Garou 1: "Oh, he speaks." Female Garou 2: "Leave him be. This one is the gem of the two." The other one held Ayrrn's chin in her hand. Cupping it in her grasp. Ayrrn's face began to show uncomfortableness at being grabbed like that. Ayrrn: "Easy ladies, I bruise.." Female Garou 1: "You're right. This one's voice sounds velvety." Jo-Un stared at Ayrrn. Jo-Un: "What are you doing? Fight back." That was when I stepped in. Uja'rak: "You two! I suggest you both back off!" Female Garou 1: "Seems the Ape doesn't like us touching his property." Jo-Un: "We aren't his property.." Female Garou 1: "Well that's good news. You can come home with us then." Jo-Un: "We are not going with.." "What's going on here?" I turned to see another female Garou standing at the door. Female Garou 2: "Nothing. we are just picking up.." Female Garou 1: "Hey Bella! Come check out this boy. His lovely dark skin, those pair of jewels for eyes, he sure looks like a fun bedmate. Don't you agree?" Arabelle: "Are they drunk?" She turns to the bartender. Bartender: "They haven't ordered anything yet." That answer surprised Bella. Uja'rak: "The boy is not sleeping with you!" Now Bella noticed the large red Morat in the room. Arabelle: "A Morat!!" The second Garou suddenly stiffened upon hearing what Uja was. The first one however... Female Garuo 1: "That is a Morat? You must make quite a pimp." Bella started to reach for her gun when... Jo-Un: "He is not our pimp! He is our guardian!" The boy raised his voice. It was uncharacteristically for Jo-Un do that. Female Garou 1: "I'm sure he is." The second Garou began to eye the front door of the bar. Jo-Un: "Yes he is! And we are in danger of being separated all because of his species!" He looked at Bella as he spoke. "These women came up and harassed us. Then when they wouldn't leave us alone he came over to help us." Bella's stunned face turned towards the second Garou who let go of Ayrrn and backed away. Upon seeing her friend get cold feet the first Garou got enraged. Female Garou 1: "Fuck you coward!" she then turned to Bella. "I'm taking this guy home with me. He hasn't voiced any objections against that have you.." She never got to finish her sentence as Uja's palm grabbed her head and threw her across the room. The only reason the Bella knew that the Garou wasn't dead was due to the painful moan coming from the limp body. Bella stared at the Morat who stared back at her. Uja'rak: "She had it coming.." Arabelle: "You assaulted an officer.." Uja'rak: "That abusive whore deserved worse." I stated calmly. Arabelle: "That's it! I'm putting you under house arrest." Who did this woman think she was? Uja'rak: "I don't have a house, woman." Arabelle: "Then we'll have to use mine until you do." I was shocked when she said that. It was the last thing I expected her to utter. Jo-Un's face wore a smile for the first time and Ayrrn had a shocked expression that matched mine. Arabelle: "You either follow me or I'll have to drag all three of you back home myself." Jo-Un and Ayrrn got up stood near her vocalizing their support of this settlement.I was the only one left. Uja'rak: "Fine." I grumbled. Walking over to her as well. Bartender: "If anyone asks, the other woman fled through the front door. Seems after viewing the Morat's natural aggression in action she high tailed it out of here." Arabelle: "Good. Now if you will all stick closely and follow me.." Having the woman taking the lead didn't sit right with Uja but he wasn't going to argue with her just yet considering she was helping them. Ayrrn: "Now you and the Morat can get married and have little man-monkey babies." The whole group ground to a halt. Arabelle: "What?!" I faceplamed upon hearing that. Having forgotten what the bartender said just a short while ago. Jo-Un: "The bartender said so himself." Bella looked at the man in a manner that screamed that she was not amused. Bartender: "I never said anything about marriage but the boys do have a point.." Arabelle: "Why the hell do I have to marry this..this alien?" Bartender: "He is a mercenary and he contacted a hirer and is waiting for a response." Arabelle: "That could take weeks depending on who & where it is!!" Bartender: "Which is why he will need a co-guardian for them and the easiest way to get around certain red tape is to.." Arabelle: "Become one in holy matrimony." The bartender nodded his head. "Damn it!" Bella rubbed her eyes and face. Ayrrn: "I'll take that as a no?" Arabelle: "Oh shush. Come on lets get this over with." At a Catholic Poictesme Church: Priest: "This request is..I'm at a loss for words." Arabelle: "Yes I know it's ridiculous but.." Uja'rak: "Father." The priest turns to look at Uja. "I am a monk. A practicing monk in both my days among my people and now among yours. I understand that doing this will prohibit me from continuing the ascetic lifestyle I've lived but I consider it a worry sacrifice to keep these two children together. Bella too understand the sacrifice she is undertaking and gladly wishes to proceed through as well. All we need is your blessing and authority to make this official." The priest then stares at the Morat for a few seconds. Priset: "I never would have expected that from someone like you. Nor I with you Bella. Fear not I'll go through the ceremony. Just to let you know once this is done it will be legal not just on Dawn but in PanOceania. Since our reconnection with the Mother Church, the Holy See has accepted our marriage books in their systems.." Arabelle: "Yes yes, who cares lets get this over with." The priest sighs. Priest: "Very well have it your way." Arabelle's Apartment: Arabelle: "I can't believe I just went through with that. It's like I'm living in some sort of manga.." Uja'rak: "I can hear you woman." Arabelle: "I don't care!" Ayrrn: "Good night Mom & Dad!!" Jo-Un: "Good night Co-Guardians." Arabelle: "That boy is weird." Uja'rak: "Agreed. Jo-Un is quite.." Arabelle: "Wha..no. I talking about Ayrrn." Uja'rak: "What's wrong with him?" Arabelle: "Are you daft? The boy's every action seems to be laced with seduction." Ayrrn: "My ears are burning. You talking about me?" Arabelle: "Yes! Now go to bed!" A couple of silent seconds go by. Ayrrn: "Daddy, can I sleep with you?" Uja'rak: "I told you on the cargo ship no. Go to bed." Ayrrn: "But I am in bed. Alone.." Arabelle: "I'm going to spank a certain someone's bottom!" Ayrrn: "I'm fine! Good night!" And thus we all went off to sleep.