[Full thread to be reposted]
Sandrine smiles sweetly, moving towards the diminutive child killer. Her hips sway in a way that might be seductive to another, though whether it is conscious or unconscious is unclear. "My dear Balardt, why wouldn't you tell me? The worst that could come of it is the betrayal to your master - reporting you've damaged the Mezzanine. That's something I could relate whether you tell me the details or not. On the other hand... I'm unsympathetic to your plight, and perhaps, just maybe, I could aid you in this fiasco. It would suit my own desires more to have you owe me a favor than to burn you to your uncaring master. Similarly, I would rather see this fixed in the here and now than wait for them to get around to it." She reaches Ulrich's prostate form and gently reaches down to caress his cheek with one hand.
"Was this really necessary?" One hand plays ideally across the stake in his chest. She seemingly pays no attention to the implied threat from the rival archmage.
OOC: 29 Diplomacy, Bluff 56 for her lie about her belief of what Balardt has done.
Beset with the vampiress's cutting words and casually seductive bearing, a mere human would fawn... but one of the hard-hearted and strong-minded Vrayy Beschracht is not so easily swain. Balardt merely offers Sandrine a nasty smile.
"My sire doesn't give a **** what I do to the Abattis Cathexis. She doesn't use it. You go and waste her time with that. Maybe she'll send you to one of the nicer hells."
The small vampire taps his chin in mock thought. "But you're interested in going somewhere else, aren't you, Sandrine? That's why you're here. Well, I'll tell you this much about what I'm doing. Nobody uses the portal while I'm working on it. And I'm not going anywhere. Not for a good long while."
"If you want passage through, you'll have offer me something. Favors, spells, whatever. It had better be good. I've spent a while on this, and I'm not doing it all over again for cantrips."
At Sandrine's question, Balardt spares a glance at the third Vicar as if noticing him for the first time. "Oh, Ulrich there?" The ageless boy's face is a picture of dismissive contempt. "He brought it on himself, really. Wanted to use the portal and wasn't amenable to my terms. Little cocksucker always was asking for it."
OOC: While you failed the Diplomacy check against Balardt, you actually didn't need to Bluff about having something to tattle over. Sandrine is aware the Abattis sees weekly shipments of feeding slaves, spell components, food (for the human servants), cleaning supplies, tools, materials for the wizards' projects, and a hundred other such amenities necessary to keep a populated wizards' tower running. All of which go through the Abattis Cathexis. Seeing those stop would make all the Vrayy Beschracht's lives inconvenient, though it would take time (likely several days minimum) for a Cardinal to request 10 lbs of onyx, find it out it's unavailable due to an "embargo," and solve the Balardt problem. Thus, you could attempt to rat him out (to any Cardinal, not just his master--remind me if there's any you're unfamiliar with), though it would take some persuasion. Most don't like uninvited visitors or being disturbed from their studies.