After nodding at Effie's response, Samuel looked at the various faces in the room from his chair towards the edge of the group. His gaze passed over the woman named Selas, as recognized by the Ar-Rynesarte girl. He didn't know her - she didn't even seem familiar. Odd, considering he was pretty in-the-loop when it came to relevant figures in the various Mage circles. If they were going to work together, he'd have a couple questions for her, at the least. His scan settled on who he guessed was "Lady Blackmore", one of the few who were late. She seemed to be among the youngest in the room.
"A solid decision, Madam Ar-Rynesarte." he said as he nodded, turning his attention back to the girl. "Covering multiple scenes at one time should expedite our investigation well."
His eyes swept over the youngest individuals in the room once more. "But you know what they say. Criminals always return to the scene of the crime." He interlaced the fingers of his clasped hands. "So be cautious - regardless of whether the statement is true or not."
He partially blocked out the shenanigans of Mr. Leonardo, considering he didn't seem to be taking the situation all too seriously. Not to mention, he isn't much of a fisherman.
Right now I'm thinking how dare you have Arinne stick Samuel with the two stuck-up ladies that I'm excited for what is to come :3
I like how we're going to get semi-split up right from the start though, can provide multiple viewpoints on the situation. Could be interesting how the cast interacts individually as well, cause with a group of 10 that'd be very difficult. So it's great so far!
A slender, well-dressed man affixed his equally-slender glasses more securely to the bridge of his nose as he observed the others in the room. There was not much conversation; they, for the most part, seemed to be contemplating their reasons for being summoned inwardly. That is, until she entered the room.
She addressed the room curtly, before asking of them if they knew their reason for being called. A couple of the others - most notably a woman clad in dark, and a younger man with long black hair - poked at the question with their own input. Others, taking a more carefree approach. It seemed even, that one young lady was not even aware of the recent scandal that was plaguing the streets.
Samuel Kissinger stepped forward from his leaning position against the wall, opposite of Arinne's chair.
"Madam Arinne Ar-Rynesarte." he addressed the young woman, accompanying it with a deep bow; his right hand folded inward over his abdomen, the left hand half-stretched out to his side. "An honor, of course." he said as he stood again.
"It is indeed a worrying predicament our streets are in, I must say." he started, "However...as we can see, there are quite a few of us present today. More than would be needed for a simple rogue mage." he said, raising his eyebrows at the youngest amongst them.
He placed his hands behind his back as he slowly strolled a few steps forward, meeting the edge of the crude circle the group would have formed. "And, yes...he or she does appear to be a mage, due to the nature of all the victims' wounds. Upon first hearing this odd piece of information - it seems organ displacement may be the culprit. Were it to be organ displacement, the perpetrator would need a respectable degree of medical knowledge - just like Jack the Ripper of the eighteenth century."
He circled around the nearest unoccupied chair until he stood in front of it, facing the young Ar-Rynesarte. "The targets are principally the same, demographically - as his or her moniker suggests.."
He made slightly to sit down, before stopping himself with a look of remembrance on his face. Standing straight, he turned towards the middle of the room. "If you do not know, my name is Samuel. Samuel Kissinger. A pleasure to meet each of you." he said, meeting the room with a much less showy bow than before; a slight bend forward and a head tilt, before he sat down.
"If we are intending to apprehend the culprit with as little information as we have seemingly obtained, then we will have to do some reading between the lines - despite what we have or not." he finished, folding his hands as he listened to any input the others could have.
Having been summoned so abruptly was a little perplexing, to say the least. Not to mention, it was a contract Samuel was not even aware of. It seemed his 'father' had been a bit mischievous while he was still around. Spiteful bugger.
Well, it didn't matter any way. Samuel was rarely one to turn down an opportunity to help others and potentially improve himself in the same turn. Not that this contract left him with much say in the matter - but even so. One thing you couldn't accurately say about the Kissinger family was that they half-ass'd anything.
• Personality: Samuel is a very watchful individual. He is content to observe others rather than be the center of a crowd's attention - but this is not to say that he is shy. Socially, he is a very gentle and polite person - and has an air of knowing calm about him. He's one of those listener types who makes you feel like he is the host in your own home. Despite his very mellow demeanor, he is a very fun-loving individual who is not adverse to going on seemingly useless adventures, when he has the time. He is also known to shoot off some well-intentioned sarcasm every once in a while. However, there is another side to Samuel.
Samuel is vexed with a condition known as Dissociative Identity Disorder(DID). Luckily for the young man, it is a relatively mild case. This condition has formed an alternate personality in Samuel's mind, who he calls Luc. Being a mild case, there is minimal memory loss - but it is still there during times of stress. Luc is much more abrasive than Samuel, and generally does not care for the feelings of others much. This is due to the fact that Luc stems from the trauma and anger that Samuel held in the past for his 'father'. Fortunately, Luc is content to remain dormant when Samuel is interacting with others, and rarely takes face when in company. However, certain actions, memories, or feelings will stir Luc and may cause him to 'trigger', and he will surface for a time.
Affinity - Predation [Sub-branches: Consumption, Evolution] Samuel started properly honing his Magi blood later than one would comfortably want to - and as a result, the quality of his magic is average. However, he makes up for this with a massive capacity for mana. This mana-well craves to filled, and as such, his Affinity reflects this.
One of his affinities is that of consuming the magical attacks and effects of other beings. The most common usage of this affinity is to form a manaphage vortex of sorts, to absorb magical attacks. One must be careful, however, as creating one too large could seriously damage the user - so the expanse of the defense is limited to a few feet. Notably, mana consumption upon physical contact is very easy for Samuel.
Samuel uses the mana he absorbs to pour more resources into non-affinity magics he utilizes, compensating for the lack of proficiency. Additionally, he has become reliant on supplementary limb gestures to perform these magics - though this does ease the effort he requires by a small, yet respectable degree. These gestures are also used on his affinities, but they are not necessary - they just expedite the incantations.
As noted by his affinity, Samuel will sometimes alter his biology when he has to resort to it.
• Skills: Household chores - learned from his childhood. Etiquette & Espionage - it's in his nature to be polite and courteous, so he's hardly faking it. He is, ironically enough, capable of being two-faced if need be. Psychology - quite useful for every day interaction and the above-mentioned Espionage, Samuel has always been interested in psychology, for obvious reasons, and has studied it quite a bit. History/Historical Warfare - another subject he quite enjoys studying, he is knowledgeable in the customs, strategies, etc. of quite a few Eastern nations. Firearms - when he was younger he shot them for sport, but he would rather not use them for anything beyond that. He's a decent shot. Fencing - another sport he enjoyed in the past. He's a fine swordsman.
• Assets: Obviously, being part of one of the prominent Magi bloodlines, Samuel is entitled to quite a sum of inheritance/money.
• Brief Backstory: Samuel Lecrix Kissinger is the son of an affair between the former head of the Kissinger family* and his mistress. Sparing you the details, the Mistress - Samuel's mother, Sasha Kissinger - became pregnant. Without Sir Hyde Kissinger's* knowledge, Samuel was born and nurtured solely by his mother for some years. Eventually, the information came to be known, and his father suddenly cared for his presence - more specifically the rumored magical aptitude the child had potential for. He succeeded in separating the boy from his mother at the age of 15. The ensuing legal issues - the back and forth - were all very stressful. Not to mention all the magical energy Sir Hyde's tutors were trying to force the boy to evoke against his will. After a great deal of hassle for over a year, Sasha Kissinger earned custody of Samuel. Eventually, Sir Hyde Kissinger, who had been barring the duos inheritance funds, passed away from unknown causes. From then to the present, Samuel has reclaimed his spot near the pentacle of his family's head - alongside a good deal of inheritance money, which is far more than enough to give his caring mother a luxurious lifestyle. For twelve years now, he's lived a life some could only dream of - and has matured well, despite the previous grievances.
Samuel is a man who enjoys his secrets. As such, his mother is the only person who knows about his Dissociative Identity Disorder. Additionally, he does not share the nature of his affinity with anyone - hence the moniker "Myriad-Affinity", as it appears he is proficient in more than a couple types of spells. Those who are sensitive to mana flows will notice the high quantity of mana he puts into his non-affinity techniques.
Luc will sometimes be triggered by the use of 'Evolution' techniques. This can rarely extend to Incendiary and especially violent techniques as well.