A great deal of effort goes into figuring out what happened, but there is such an overpowering sense of Resonance in the courtyard that it is difficult to find any trace of Soto at all. He is known to be subtle.
Jane has disappeared. She isn’t answering phone calls and scrying is something that Katherine was best at, and she hasn’t been seen since the Council meeting announcement regarding the Virtual Adepts. Jane is also notoriously hard to find.
Mori takes over the Temple and ejects disciples who remain loyal to Soto. Presumably, training will resume there under his tutelage – as far as is possible, no Sleepers are even aware of the duel that took place, and Soto was reclusive to start with, so the change has some hope to appear minimal.
Noburu is very, very dead. The wound in his throat is…tremendous, severing the spinal cord with what appears to be a short, curved blade. The wound has burn-marks that indicate the weapon was charged with quintessential energy.
During the investigation, there is a scream, and someone points out, written on the wall in blood the words Dead Man. Mori laughs at the threat but no one else does.
Raphael asks for a personal item of Jane’s to help him scry for her, but nothing can be found. All of her sparse belongings are gone without a trace. Mori has her small room torn apart but nothing is found.
Decklund offers to see if he can help find her, but Raphael doesn’t seem to think it is pressing at the moment. His face is impassive and carefully blank.
After the duel, Malik, Jessica and her own disciples, and Molly meet at the Temple.
The Council briefly meets – there are now only six: Raphael, Destiny, Sam, Isaac, Decklund and Michael. The topic of conversation is the empty seats on the council and speculation on what may have happened to Soto. Was it intentional? A contingency? Without access to the Temple, it will be almost impossible to analyze further, and Mori is not entirely hospitable where the Council is concerned.
The brief, impromptu meeting is open to questions, being handled in a very casual manner in a private room at a nearby hotel where Decklund seems to have connections.