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A note from elmerwynn

Due to the complexity and parallel storylines involved in this series, plot aids have been provided to help alleviate confusion. Due to the higher level of inter-connectedness of part 2, the following plot overview may contain spoilers.

Part 2 Plot Overview

Cadence Morello finds herself in the middle of a tenuous time in the Twin Cities when the union of the Romano Family and their rival Campana family—made possibly through Ambrose Campana’s (the Campana’s don’s son) proposal to Ricardo’s daughter Fortuna—is cut short when both dons are attacked. Cadence is ordered to investigate the Foxman Family whom she holds dear and the Campana Family by Fortuna for their possible involvement. As Cadence becomes more entangled in the chaos that begins to erupt from the cold war developing between the two crime families, she begins to realize that this conflict may be bigger than the city itself. Appearances are deceiving. And ELPIS looms in the background.
 
Olive Chance is in Sagittarius studying for his State Conducting Exam. He is in search of the Bondi Temple due to it being hailed as a fountain of knowledge. He hopes to discover a way to get his sister Lavi back to normal through his research and through obtaining his State Conducting License, but instead discovers a succession war in Sagittarius courtesy of Claire Yuseong and Claire’s sister Eunji. He becomes entangled in this affair, and his search for knowledge lands him in a precarious situation and face-to-face with a mysterious saint candidate.
 
After discovering the southern country of Argo that Capricorn borders and often skirmishes with has somehow gotten their hands on conductors, Werner Waltz is sent to the Twin Cities with Nico and a handful of his men to renegotiate the underground modified conductors deal the Capricornian Army has with the Romano Family. In the middle of all this, Werner’s identity as a True Conductor is discovered by one of his men. And with the main negotiator for Capricorn, Colonel Fritz von Spiel, present in the city as well and behaving strangely, Werner must try to gauge who he can truly trust—even when he realizes that he cannot even trust himself. In the background, ELPIS looms in the Twin Cities.
 
Maria Gloria-Fernandez has a bounty on her head but ignores it in favor of focusing her attention on a job she has been hired out to do: picking up a package for the Campana Family of the Twin Cities. The package resides in a small sea-side town in Pisces, but Maria and her crew encounter desolation upon their arrival and they find the package missing. Thus begins Maria’s own hunt for the mysterious package and the bounty hunters that have stolen it. Meanwhile, a tale of a mysterious beast of the deep swirls in the background. This is paired with the odd behavior of two of her crew members—her precious Conta and the mysterious Ley, a new recruit.
 
 
Atienna Imamu is in Aquarius acting as an advisor to Virgoan diplomat Chiamaka. They are accompanied and guarded by Sefu and Kabal, and their destination is a tripartite meeting between Virgo, Aquarius, and Pisces. They are, however, trapped in a cave in the middle of a snowstorm with the diplomats, advisors, and guards of the two other countries as well. as a mysterious woman from Cancer. Things go south when an advisor is mysteriously murdered. Atienna must delicately balance her inner dark thoughts as well as maneuver around individuals who wear false faces for a living in order to discover the secret behind the murder.
 
Jericho is unsure if he is at peace. Ever since he has become synchronized with the other five, he finds that his thoughts of vengeance against ELPIS have dimmed. That is until ELPIS finds its way into Ophiuchus and once again tears away something that is “important” to him. He then follows a trail in search for the heads of ELPIS alongside Talib Al-Jarrah and the saint candidate Leona— a trail leading to the Twin Cities.

Appendix, Part II

A

Aries: a warm northern country ruled by a fair king and queen. Beneath the king and queen are feudal lords who are assigned states to govern and given certain duties in turn. The capital is New Ram City which is under the protection of the royal guards, personally selected Conductors chosen to protect the royal family

Ancestors: a group of nomads who helped found the country of Signum. The religion of Monadism centers around them.

Anima-Vitae Hypothesis: a theory about vitae that comes in three parts. Firstly, a part of vitae is representative of the soul. Secondly, vitae particles have the ability to store memories. Thirdly, upon the death of a person, their vitae does not dissipate. Instead, their vitae particles rejoin with the soft, living vitae of the natural world thus rejoining a cycle. A common belief held in Virgo. Popularized by P.D. Oran.

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C

Campana Family: A crime organization on the west side of the Twin Cities that shares a rivalry with the Romano Family. What product they sell remains a mystery. Members: Ambrose Campana, son of the don. Enzo.  

Capricorn: a southern country of Signum that shares a border with Aquarius and the southern country of Argo. A highly militaristic country that values duty and service.

conductor: a device that channels vitae and allows manipulation of vitae particles.  It falls into several categories: weaponized, generator, and general. Licenses are required for individuals operating weaponized and generator conductors. Their creation is highly regulated by Ophiuchus.

Conductor: an individual who uses a conductor—often times, a weaponized conductor. They have obtained State Conducting Licenses via the State Conductor’s Exam. They fall into one of the following categories according to their conducting-type: Elementalist, Conjuror, Manipulator, Transmutationist, Projector. Those who utilize vitae in a fashion that does not fall into any of these categories are called Specialists. Additionally, they tend to be more adept at utilizing vitae either intraneously (vitae within themselves) or extraneously (vitae that is of the outside world). Those who conduct vitae intraneously tend to exhaust themselves more easily than those who use it extraneously. Transmutation of currency is outlawed, but transmutation of living things is approved and strictly regulated

Conjuror: a Conductor who falls into one of the five general conducting-type categories. Utilizing the vitae within themselves, they are able to craft physical objects. It requires a great deal of concentration and great knowledge of the physical properties of what is being conjured. Living things have not yet been recorded to have been conjured. Research on this topic is extremely outlawed. Conjuring currency is also outlawed.

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Elementalist: a Conductor who falls into one of the five general conducting-type categories. Elementalists who are able to wield vitae intraneously utilize the vitae within themselves to generate the elements at their disposal. Those who are able to wield vitae extraneously are able to manipulate the vitae particles found in specific elements of the natural outside world. The recorded elements that Elementalists are able to generate or manipulate are the following: fire, water, air, earth.

ELPIS: a terrorist organization formed from the remnants of what was the original country of Ophiuchus. Their leaders are distinguishable by a white snake-like tattoo. They are behind the Tragedy of Aries and other terrorist incidents. They hold a vehement hate for conductors and aim to… 

F

Foxman Brothers: a criminal organization that controls the docks of the Twin Cities. Their business centers on shipping out illegal goods beneath the radar. Heads: Allen Foxman, Carl Foxman, Francis Foxman. Members: Stefano. Associates: Morandi. They share friendly business relations with the Romano Family and ship out their modified conductors.

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Gemini: a capitalistic country that thrived after the end of the War. Money flows out from its capital Twin Cities which is home to many underground, criminal organizations.

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Manipulator: a Conductor who falls into one of the five general conducting-type categories. Manipulators utilize vitae strictly intraneously. They are able to inject their internal vitae into objects and manipulate the physical movements of those objects. Manipulation of living things is highly outlawed and highly dangerous to both the Manipulator and their victim.

Monadism: a religion centered around the Ancestors that helped to found the country of Signum.

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O

Ophiuchus: presently a peace-keeping organization formed after the end of the War. Consisting of several specialized departments, they help maintain international balance and peace between the countries of Signum. They handle conductor licensing, international affairs, conducting law and regulations, and ELPIS investigations. A country’s internal issues are not something this group handles. Prior to the war, the name Ophiuchus belonged to a country whose displaced people would one day become ELPIS.

P

Projector: a Conductor who falls into one of the five general conducting-type categories. Projectors utilize vitae strictly intraneously. They expel the vitae out from themselves in a forceful surge of energy that can be highly destructive.  Projectors tend to occupy combat-oriented occupations.  

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Reservoir War: sometimes called the vitae war. A long war that was fought over the many vitae reservoirs found in the country of Signum

Romano Family: a criminal organization headed by Ricardo Romano. They control the west half of the Twin Cities. They specialize in constructing modified conductors to sell on the blackmarket. Caporegines: Cavallo, Donato, Agape Rosario (manages host clubs/strip clubs which act as money laundering fronts), Bendetto (manages property leases, also acting as money laundering fronts). Executives: Fortuna Romano, adoptive daughter of the don. Associates: Cadence Morello. Shares friendly business relations with the Foxman brothers.

S

Saint candidate: individuals who are found to have attributes akin to the Ancestors. These individuals are revered in the religion of Monadism. Only one saint candidate exists at a time for each country.

Sagittarius: is a rich, diverse, and windy country and the largest country of Signum. It consists of ten clans and is ruled by one emperor. Each clan hosts its own unique language, culture, and way of life and is governed by one royal family whose members share blood relations to the emperor. Sagittarius’s royal succession ceremonies are very elaborate and are celebrated all over the country. In order to be considered viable for the throne, an individual must be a direct descendant of the emperor or empress, be an air Elementalist, and obtain a State Conducting License. Near the end of the ruler’s reign, the crown princes and princesses of the nine clans of Sagittarius gather at the capital to initiate the selection proceedings. The final decision is made by the ruler, thus each clan tries their best to earn their favor. 

Signum: a large continent consisting of twelve countries and one peace-keeping central state.

Specialist: a Conductor who does not fall into one of the five general conducting-type categories. Their ability to utilize vitae ranges with each manner of utilization vastly different from the next. There is still not much known about them as they consist of only 1% of the Conductor population.

State Conductor Exam: an examination hosted in Ophiuchus that individuals must take in order to become Licensed Conductors.

State Conducting License: required in order for an individual to use weaponized or generator conductors.

Suppression cuffs: items used by peacekeeping agents. These handcuffs can suppress the flow of vitae when put on an individual. When put on an individual who is being manipulated via Manipuatlor, the Manipulator's vitae is suppressed instead.

T

Transmutationist: a Conductor who falls in one of the five general conducting-type categories. Transmutationists tend to be versatile. Most are able to utilize vitae extraneously, but there are some Transmutationists who are able to utilize vitae intraneously. Transmutationists are able to directly manipulate the vitae particles within objects. Thus they are able to change the form of objects by breaking apart and rejoining the vitae particles. They tend to mostly find occupations in the medical field. Transmutation of currency is outlawed, but transmutation of living things is approved and strictly regulated

True Conductor: Individuals who are connected through memories and therefore thought and feeling. These individuals start their connection when they have mutually-timed near-death experiences which causes a crossing over of vitae.

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Virgo: a peaceful country that has a unique way of viewing vitae, nature, and conductors. Vitae is viewed as more than just an energy source. Following the War, this country folded away into isolation. It consists of 21 tribes headed by 21 chieftains.

Vitae: a source of luminescent energy harvested by the countries of Signum. It is composed of vitae particles. It is channeled through devices called conductors and can be used to power cities and to power weapons. It is split into categories: soft vitae which is living vitae and hard vitae which is non-living vitae.

Vitae-spectrophotometer: a device that can read the color of vitae. 

Vitae Reservoirs: pools of hard vitae that are harvested to power the countries of Signum. A long war was fought over these things.

V-Type Test: a test used to determine what conducting-type a person has.

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elmerwynn

Bio: Hobbyist writer, Epidemiologist hopeful, retired weeb.
I don’t have flashbacks; I have cringebacks. And the person who rings me up the most is Spam Likely ❤️
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