by Oriel Adler, fashion columnist - Pavane Review-Journal
[break] [break] Greta Ilyushin was recently spotted in Upper Pavane, after what appeared to be a visit to the Regal Club. It seemed that she was dressed in the same dark, formal garb that she had been known for. Even at 176 cm in height, Ms. Ilyushin stands out in a crowd of her fellow Wrath demons. This is due in part to her nearly trademark twin drills hairstyle, previously considered to be out of style. She could very well have a practical purpose for them, however. Rumour has it that she wears them to hide a pair of prehistoric-looking horns, courtesy of her Wrath mutation. Moving onto the next part of her signature look, aside from the frost white lace headwear covered in a previous article, her brilliant red eyes do wonders for the colour coordination she effortlessly employs. Were it any other person, even if they too were a Wrath demon, I could be questioning if they used some kind of magick or cosmetic to obtain such a striking hue. The lion tattoo, trademark for Wrath demons, is rarely seen, usually covered up by her clothing. Some say it is shaped like a playing card, with a lion appearing where the king holding a sword would be, twice over. Additionally, Ms. Ilyushin is practically never spotted without her favourite parasol, carrying it even during overcast days. Now that is commitment to the look. The ornament she wears on her right pointer finger is still a mystery to me. Is it a weapon? Just a fashion statement? It seems to be made from a dense, dull metal, and even has a sharp point to it that rests just behind her fingernail. We may never know. And that, dear readers, concludes this week's section on FashionWatch.
Selection from a classified Council profile report prepared by Hanyang, Kyōshiro, and Firefly et al.
[break] [break][...]█████ ████████ and Greta Ilyushin's relationship can be summed up as tumultuous. It appears that friendship is not how they would view their relationship. Instead, Ilyushin appears to value a transactional kind of respect. The same can be seen in some of her other relationships as mentioned above. ███████████████████████████████ threat insofar as she remains disinterested in Council affairs. This would extend to any unintended ripple effects that could affect her dealings. █████████████████████████████. Not unusual for TYPE:Wrath demons such as herself, violence and anger are as familiar to her as the back of her hand. What we did find to be unusual however was ███████████████████, not to mention how her many years must have afforded her some kind of mechanism into which she can channel her wrathful energies. █████████████████████████████████████████████████████. While the assumed conclusion is that the card and gambling games she partakes in are that mechanism, we feel there is not sufficient evidence to substantiate that claim at the present time. Thus, we strongly urge Council personnel to avoid Ms. Ilyushin unless there is a necessary communication that must be made. At the behest of ██ ████, we included a cursory search into Ms. Ilyushin's assets, all of which appear to be above board in terms of certification and documentation. Suspicious, given what we believe we know about her income sources but as it stands they check out. Ms. Ilyushin, save for her less-than-subtle style of dress, appears to have no problem going out and about the city, walking the streets as anyone would, yet she chooses not to more often than not. We surmised that this could have been due to some long-standing grudge or ████████████. An attempted look as to her affiliates turned up nothing, so unfortunately we were not able to include the requested table. On a few occasions over the past year, ████████████████ has been seen standing outside the gate of the Ilyushin home, only to elude our watchers but be seen later walking past the gate as if somehow evacuated without properly exiting. We found no records or statements for any slaves being present or ever being present at the Ilyushin estate. █████████████████████████████████. Ms. Ilyushin goes to great lengths to protect her privacy, as well as her livelihood seemingly. At the time of publishing this report, an unverified tip was given to us, stating that the Ilyushins may have had dealings with the Ankokkus in the distant past. This was not mentioned to ██████ ███████. As this was not able to be verified in time, this was not looked into further. Psychologically speaking, she does not appear to display any symptoms of a advanced TYPE:Wrath mutation. The same holds true for the physical aspect. The initial suspicions of Ms. Ilyushin harbouring great power, aside from being a TYPE:Wrath demon, have yet to be eyewitness verified but appear to agree with collected testimonies, some dating back to thousands of years ago. ███████████████real body?███████████personal████Dirac sea████████nanometres████potential███████████undetermined as of yet. ████████████████████████████. From some of the daily interactions she undertakes when she does leave her large Tria Mansions home, it appears she speaks frankly or not at all, preferring brisk speech to formal or saccharine language. There is no indication of ill will towards other races, per se, but Ms. Ilyushin does not seem to go out of her way to indirectly aid others. The suggestion of some kind of 'meanness' has been considered but conflicting reports have prevented any definitive answer. One notable finding related to the debt of several healers in Lower Pavane being claimed and paid for in full. At the same time, the Wespir slayings from two centuries ago remain fresh in some minds when asked about the Ilyushin name. Whether these feelings she has displayed are genuine or █████████████████████. Beyond the standard census and registration information, the report was not able to add more basic information or physical characteristics to her file. Further analysis can be found on the following page, along with a profile of the other demons that live in the Tria Mansions area.[...]
[attr="class","sub-text2"]History and Relations
Excerpt from a confiscated correspondence between two upper Pavane residents:
[break] [break] [relevant text begins here]Greta is out of control. This is the third time this week that she has up and invaded our space. At least that's what it seems like to me. The house near the Cybele home? Gone! Replaced with one of her bungalows. I can't stand to look at them. You never see her at them anyway! I'm not saying I dislike the way it ups our property value but let's be honest, no one's selling and no one could afford it anyway. Even before the increase in value. I heard she comes out of her original home to go to either the Ivory Bathhouse, which is whatever, or to her underground gambling circles. That is crazy, right? Gambling with a wrath demon, first of all, but the kicker is that she's good at it, too. She's probably been doing it for millennia, at this point. It's not just with any random individual either. There's the expression, 'playing with house money', right? It seems like she's lived that. They're always talking about how she up and vanishes in public places. It's all crap but what kind of person must you be to have such rumours spread about you? I really don't know what else to do, I've submitted complaints, even co-signing the one you sent yesterday? Do we ask the Cybeles to co-sign? Something about her, I swear to Charlotte. You know I heard that she was responsible for what happened in Middle Pavane like 200 years ago? I shudder at the thought of someone capable of things that grisly living so near. Anyhow, I hope this letter finds you well. Remember to shut your windows and lock your doors, the bulletin said the cleaning-up begins three days from when I wrote this but best to do it now. Think of the smell![relevant text ends here]
Living in a dystopian society, seven mystic races are trapped due to their own selfishness. Tensions rise between the races and the different social classes, leading up to the constant struggle for power, with no end in sight.
4/11 - With the Ghoul Purge complete, Pavane's fear shifts from the goddesses towards the Council. Check out the aftermath here to get an understanding of the current situation in the plot.
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