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"Hello?"

Vir took a few steps into.the empty hallway. He spoke loudly into the silence. "I am Vir Cotto, diplomatic attach to Ambassador Londo Mollari of the Centauri Republic. I am told by the people running that way that this is where I can find the techno-mages. I am here on behalf of Ambassador Mollari, and I need to speak to someone who is in charge."

Fed was positioned at the next cross-hallway down. A low growl came from there, and it began growing steadily in volume. Elric accessed the probe on Vir's cheek, the image appearing in his mind's eye. A red light leaked from the cross-hallway into the main passage, and then there was the sound of massive movement.

Vir stared anxiously at the light. "Obviously it would be at your earliest convenience."

The demon emerged, scaly and red, its massive form bent, filling the two-story corridor. The floor shook with its footsteps as it stalked toward Vir, studying him with two piercing white eyes. Its mouth opened to reveal a set of fierce pointed teeth and breath that reeked of rotten meat.

Vir stood frozen in place. Only when the demon stopped, towering over him, did his lips somehow regain the power of movement. He spoke very, very quickly.

"My name is Vir Cotto, diplomatic attach to Ambassador Londo Mollari of the Centauri Republic. My name is Vir Cotto, diplomatic attach to Ambassador Londo Mollari of the Centauri Republic. My name-"

Elric created an illusion of himself standing on the catwalk above Vir. He visualized the illusion speaking, giving it voice. "Stop program."

The demon vanished.

"You don't frighten easily," Elric said through his illusion. While Vir's attention was fixed on his image, Elric dissolved the false wall of the corridor, stepped out behind Vir.

"I work for Ambassador
  






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