Everyone but Hilly seemed to have something to say about their current predicament. Even Maddie chimed in with a fair opinion. Perhaps they should focus their attention on sniffing out the who before they had came to rue the why.
But with this many people talking, Caitlin didn't see a need to interject. She couldn't offer anything that neither of her covenmates had already brought up, and if not Hilly than at least second-in-command Anne was there to lead the discussion. The sorceress readjusted her crossed leg and turned her head to look at Wilkes. How was she going to proceed?
Anne meets Maddie's question with a head on stare, giving the young Halfling the full measure of her attention. The poor thing, it looked like it takes all the girl's courage to interject an opinion contrary to the pre-established discussion. Anne makes a note to get to know her a bit better later. At the moment they had to tend to the task at hand.
"Believe me Maddie, we will be getting to that. But I still think the why is important, if only so we know the full measure of our problem." Yes, Hilly had survived the attack, and she was doing particularly well. However, Anne needs to know exactly how fucked the circle was in without the amulet. Everyone assembled was important and powerful in their own way, but the loss of the amulet makes them vulnerable while also potentially turning a threat into something much harder to deal with.
"The amulet is called the Knot of Isis, its origins are not important right now, but it is an ancient and powerful artefact. The bearer of it becomes fully immune to the powers of all living creatures... good or evil We're talking witches, demons, magical creatures... the whole lot. Not only that, it gives the bearer a powerful gift for healing others, similar to a Whitelighter but capable of bridging the same gap between good and evil." she lets this sink in. The immunity alone is quite worrisome, but the possibility that someone could heal their evil allies, a comfort not usually offered to the forces of darkness, that is troubling as well.
"There is some luck though, the amulet, after leaving Hilly's possession, should have deactivated... and we still have that."
Jude listens as Anne gives the Cliff Notes history of the stolen amulet and a knot forms in her stomach with every word. The amount of power it seems to possess is concern enough; that’s it’s been stolen and in the hands of who-knows-who is worse.
What has she been dragged into?
"There is some luck though, the amulet, after leaving Hilly's possession, should have deactivated... and we still have that.”
“Why?” Jude pipes up. “I mean, why should it have deactivated? Is there some kind of ritual required to attune the amulet to its’ bearer? Or is it specially linked to Hilly and her family?"
If that was the case, then that was a stroke of luck, but Anne didn't seem overly confident that it would have deactivated.
Maddie smiles and steps back, glad that her concerns were met with polite acknowledgement, it helps her to feel validated. As such she simply refocuses her attention on the info that Anne is dishing out, and it starts to nag at her. Apparently that necklace is some pretty top-notch protection for Hilly, and it makes her invaluable in problem situations... like if one of them ever is hurt. Though Maddie has known nothing about the Knot's existence until now, she does somehow feel more vulnerable.
The young dryad Halfling listens on as Jude searches for details. At the moment the line of questioning doesn't seem as relevant to Maddie. The part-fae has never been much of a direct person, but she does feel that maybe they should turn their attentions towards actually doing something. So far they've just been focused on exchanging bits and pieces of information. She casts a glance a Jude and throws her two cents into the conversation, "If the amulet has deactivated, that gives us some time right? Unless we think the bad guy has already managed to activate it..." she pauses for a moment. A worry line appears on her furrowed brow as she thinks. "Do you think it might be possible to scry or summon it? I mean, if it's deactivated it might not be anything more than a piece of jewelry... right?"
While the circumstances under which they've been brought here are still scary, Caitlin likes the direction this meeting is taking. Although the shaken resolve of their leader, Hilly, is a bit disheartening, she's reassured this coven is a good place to be by the contributions of her friends and sisters. She's especially surprised at how well the new(est)comer Maddie is doing.
"That's a good point," she all but whispers following the halfling. "I mean, there's no harm in trying to call it back and seeing what happens. Then it would be ours again."
And whoever took it from you would come back looking for it, idiot.
Kai's gruff voice rings in her head and Caitlin winces in pain. The quicker they dealt with the Knot crisis also meant the quicker they could return to solving her problem, and Caitlin was looking forward to that. Kai did highlight something perhaps neither Devlin or Darlington had thought of, though. "If we do call it back, we should be prepared for retaliation."
Hilly could hear her girls in the midst of conversation from the second level as she nears the ascend of the staircase. A rush of pride flushes through her body and she admires the initiative taken by her coven. However, she also feels uneasy about her role in her demonic assault and the theft of the coven's amulet.
(I should have been more guarded.)
Immediately, her thoughts drift to her predecessor and mentor Cordelia Paulson. A powerful Wiccan who managed to safeguard the Knot of Isis for decades without incident. Hand gripping the banister, Hilly regrets her inability to live up to her forebear's legacy.
(I have to make up for my failure.)
With a deep breath to recollect herself, Hilly rounds the corner at the staircase's edge and makes her descent. When she nears the bottom steps, she finds herself standing directly behind Anne and facing the parlor as well as its occupants.
"Girls," she says with a firm, but soft voice. "I see you've been busy." Her eyes tick from face to face and their presence here helps her realize how much these magical wonders are willing to put on the line for the coven and each other. Hilly feels an obligation to be better and do better for these young women.
"Summoning the amulet is a good idea and to pull it off we'll definitely need to pool our powers. I doubt the demon figured out how to use the amulet to grant himself the same powers I have. The Knot needs to be activated by a ritual spell for anyone to be granted Isis' divine magic."
The high priestess crosses her arms and continues. "If he truly targeted me to use the Knot of Isis for himself and not just to prevent us from passing it onto future generations then he'll come after it again."
With a stark smile, Hilly adds, "This gives us the perfect opportunity to lay a trap and vanquish his sorry ass."