- Arianrhod Monica Trengrove (aka Aria), the succubus and Perfect Yandere of War who believes Psyche is Doing the Right Thing and is Lost Outside the Hierarchy
- Sophia Ecks, Voyeuristic Visionary and Virtual Apex Predator who lives on The Bleeding Edge
- Sarah Gow, a Napoleonic Werepanther from an Urbanized Tribe who's a Practiced Shapeshifter
- Katherine "Katie" Lally, a Psyche Vampyr with a Sensitive Side who is a Former Police Officer exhibiting Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity and has troubles with Things with Buttons.
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Kiki's parents show up and identify themselves as Haniyasu and Miku Himiji and relay to the interns what the situation is. Apparently something that was integral to maintaining the truce between Gods and Demons ceased functioning, but surprisingly the attack that occurred immediately after this came out of rebels within the realm of the Gods which they referred to as Nirvana. Among other things, the prisoners of Tartarus were released and some of the biggest villains of the Gods were free to do whatever it was they wanted.
Aria, Sarah and Katie set about to greet the cops and hopefully get them to peacefully turn away. Given the confusion of the situation, they didn't want to upset the police or have to explain matters to them. They'd rather wait for people higher up Psyche's hierarchy to do the actual diplomacy bits. When the police showed up, Sarah hid herself in a tree while Aria stepped forward to talk to the cops. In order to keep them feeling more comfortable, Aria tried to use her illusion abilities to conceal her tactical armor with the typical button-up shirt and black jacket of a Japanese detective. Unfortunately, in her hurry she didn't quite get the illusion correct and the fake clothes kept passing through parts of her body, exposing the armor and just generally looking odd.
The frustrated former Edinburgh investigator drew her gun then and got ready to fire. Fortunately, Aria saw this coming first and managed to grab the gun before Katie actually fired. This did break the focus on the succubus's illusion and allowed Katie to make eye contact with the lead cop of the group that was there. Fairly soon afterwards the Edo Police were leaving with the impression that they had been talking to Detectives Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks, two striking young women apparently named after American movie stars.
Sophia meanwhile had started to set about crafting her program and connected to the Visionary network as she did so. In doing so, she found herself accidentally drawn into a mindscape discussion between two other Visionaries, a Goddess and some other entity that she was later told was a Demon. This relayed a fair bit of information to the Visionary hacker, including some hints about the connections between the leaders of Avalon and the leaders of Psyche. She also learned that Edo was an official evacuation point for the Gods but that they had been warned against using official evacuation points due to the traitors in their ranks.
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There was some out of character issues involving explaining just how severe the gun laws in Japan were and how few guns even the police had. But we've gotten past that. By and large, Katie's gun has been an invaluable game aid and actually deserves to be an aspect a lot more than her armor does.
Sophia also wants to eventually move her Visionary to being a more stablized form, very much similar to what the Gods and Demons are. The experience point cost for this is relatively low, but there needs to be an in story explanation for such matters. The encounter with Gaetana Trolleti in the mindscape, along with three of the teens from the novels, was mostly to provide a lead toward that story explanation. By this time, Tana has successfully stabilized her own Visionary nature, but she has yet to try it on another person.
This could lead to Sophia being the second Ainur of this game's timeline. (I have plans for who is the actual second Ainur, so we're officially non-canon now.)
Incidentally, the succubus also indicated that she'd like to go towards the path of immortality as well. This is much more problematic because there isn't any in-fiction justification currently existing for this being possible with a succubus. However, this is largely because the Gods and Demons have never bothered to do the research necessary to apply the ascension devices to a species other than human and Tana's device is based primarily on the Gods' and Demons' devices. So there is a clear path to getting in-fiction justification. It will just take more work than it will for Sophia.