Safizon VII - Safizon
Two men walked down a damp corridor underneath one of the Hashu Family's sprawling villa's overlooking a river delta. The one on the left held his golden flight jacket over his shoulder as he talked in hushed tones to his companion.
"How upset was he with the change?"
The companion looked over his shoulder at the shorter man. "He took it in stride. That's not why he summoned you I think. He also called in all of you by the way, this is a head family summons so your sisters and brother will both be here."
Rovern furrowed his brow as he considered what would concern his father enough to summon all of his children. "Mathias, he summoned Ryuu and Scion as well?"
"Ryuu will be joining electronically, as your father is well aware he can't leave his ship. Ryuu will do as you want anyway so your attendance is what matters."
"You really have no idea Mathias?"
"Sorry Rov, but for once your father hasn't let on at all."
As the two men left the dark underground corridor for the open gardens of the inner villa Rovern spotted both of his sisters, Miri and Scion, on a stone bench, deep in conversation. Rovern turned to talk to them but a sharp glance from Miri put a halt to his plan, instead he simply nodded and followed Mathias towards his father's current study.
Mathias motioned for Rovern to wait outside as he nodded at the two guards standing relaxed in the shadow of the massive doors to the study of Belrath Hashu. Rovern couldn't help but glance at the guards, both seemed rather relaxed, leaning slightly on the wall as their eyes roamed the garden. Rovern knew from experience that as relaxed as they appeared they were anything but. With a closer glance Rovern could spot the heavy armor underneath their clothing and the weapons they had tucked away everywhere. As he suspected both had tattoos of Slaver Hounds in different spots on their body, visible but one had to look to notice. One never wanted to mess with a Hound, the three he knew personally were anything but normal guards and he wagered there probably wasn't such a thing as a normal Hound.
Just as Rovern's train of thought ended he spotted two more Hounds leading his other siblings into the door. His older brother Teleth trailed a young male attendant with a Hound tattoo visible on his left hand. Teleth was two years older than Rovern although Rovern appeared significantly younger due to multiple reclones as a capsuleer pilot. His sisters Miri and Scion followed a young Khanid female Hound who reminded Rovern of his two cousins, Ren'va and Renae. Miri smirked at him as she entered with Scion in tow. Two years his junior Miri had a reputation for being a foxy young woman. She remained surprisingly unmarried despite half the young bachelors in this area of Domain attempts to court her.
"Causing more problems again dear Rovern?" She asked cheerfully. Scion rolled her eyes. Scion seemed to have found a new obsession since he had last seen her, this time she was dressed like one of the Hound guards about the villa.
Rovern replied to his sisters playful banter," Surprisingly not according to Mathias, so I'm at a total loss for what this is about." Miri stopped short. Apparently she had not been informed either. Before she could respond however Mathias came out of the study and ushered the siblings in.
Belrath's study was really a collection of rooms that he worked out of. On the surface the Hashu Family was a rather famous for their Slaver Hound kennels. The families real work however was in the dark, away from public and official light. The Hashu family ran one of the largest private intelligence networks in New Eden, breaching nearly every corporation and known government. While in theory they were subjects of the emperor and served the empire, in practice it was well understood in higher channels that the Hashu Family served the Hashu Family and that crossing them never ended well. Their 'Hounds' were considered the most advanced special operations in the empire possessing tech and hardware that even the government's forces didn't posses.
Few people knew what actually happened out of the study of Belrath, the head of the main branch of the Hashu Family but when it made a move, people paid attention.
The siblings were ushered into on of Belrath's receiving rooms. Their father sat in a plush leather chair, likely made from Slaver Hound hide. He was reading a datapad when they entered but set it down as they came in.
"Welcome Welcome, glad you could make it. This shouldn't take long." He motioned for the siblings to sit on the couches in the room.
"Well lets get down to business, the reason your all hear is directly tied to you Rovern." Rovern shifted on the couch and started to raise a question when his father stopped him. "No its not something you did, although a heads up that you were abandoning the CVA would have been helpful. No the issue is actually something that you haven't done but you are being accused of."
Suddenly everything made sense to Rovern. "This is about Chastot isn't it?"
Belrath grinned. "Exactly. For the rest of you who aren't aware of the situation a member of the alliance Rovern joined has had one of their people posted to the Care Factor Home system of G-B22J. For whatever reason Tib and his people have become convinced Chastot works for us. Obviously this isn't the case."
Rovern thought a moment, "When it started I did inform them several times through different venues that the person wasn't directly connected with me but it seems they fail to believe me."
Belrath nodded as he obviously knew. "At this point normally we would just ignore it, but for whatever reason a few people in the empire have noticed. So at some point the family is going to have to officially respond. As a result we're going to change policy on this instance and respond harshly. Rovern I think we can get your exec, JSSix in on this . . .
Rovern nodded a moment than had a thought . . . "How far do you wish to pursue this?"
Belrath looked at Rovern for a moment as his eyes appeared to intensify . . . "Burn them to the ground, I won't tolerate slander to this family."