The slow infiltration was not unlike any infiltration the world hadn't already known. Small groups of them came to this quaint South African town as "Missionaries" promising to bring clean water and food to the poorer African Nations. Soon more even more missionaries arrived
They then set up fundraisers, and other novelty events outside the city to play on the sympathy of the townsfolk before anyone of importance could notice, weapons begin pouring through customs; and just like that The
Red Cardinals Rouge Faction, usurped the city.
The book of blades continued to be a guiding light throughout this entire process. 3 of its 6 messages were currently the building blocks of the Faction take over.
1.The Death of God -- Ziccarra and Zeon's deaths presented an opportunity for change, within 12 hours the Liafador Family was supposed to choose a new Matriarch/Patriarch, they hadn't which meant they either abandoned their own teachings, or they didn't know the next in line was supposed to be.
2. Poverty- They believed there should be no hunger, Humans were the masters of their own planet, so why did they impose such strict taxes on its own life?
3. Lastly, the Mass Media in the initial surge, It was the first place attacked, Radio Stations, News Stations even podcast by the more popular host were shut down. Instead, faction technicians reworked the broadcast signals so that the people of Graaff-Reinet only heard Cardinal Hymns.
The Architect of this invasion, Ada Guillaume. In earlier years she served as a High School Counselor aiding troubled youth. She was then forced to resign when she rejected registration during the Registration Act and has since been moonlighting as Psychiatrist using her voice to manipulate people into joining the Red Cardinals.
She'd never met the woman known as "The Red Cardinal Goddess" but she bore an obsession with the way the former Cardinal Queen commanded the Cardinals, so much that it bloomed into full-on Imitation.
Ziccarra had the Liafador Legacy, but she? She was the original author of the Book of Blades.
Always the picture of elegance, Ada strolled around the Mayor's office appearing regal and flawless; from her sculpting brow to her stunning updo. Her intoxicating Green eyes fixed on the man as he was reduced to his knees before The Cardinal Admin his eyes misty with fore coming tears.
"I almost wish I could feel sorry for you Monsieur. But, I cannot. You live this life of lavish while you have people here, in your city, On the streets." Though seemingly emotionless she did work up the nerve to send her palm wafting across his curly blonde locks.
"And yes, We are taking your children. Because they are the future of society. They do not need to follow your version of leadership. It's weak. And I for one shall not allow the strong to die in wars any longer."
Ada wasn't a killer, not in the literal sense anyway. Any method of intimidation or actual homicide was conducted by the Cardinals. Her hands remained clean, and because of her own mental fortitude--so did her conscience.
From the left side of her face, his smoke smacked her face bringing slight irritation.
"General Riberia, Chance Liafador is the new Liafador Family Matriarch. I would love it if she just joined our cause but I don't think that will be the case. She will have to be made to abdicate her rights--painfully if need be"
The General nodded. He served during the Spanish Revolution and evaded Isis Liafador for months, he'd love any chance to extract revenge on the Liafadors.
"General, lift our blockade of communications. I want everyone to know what's happening here."
His face went still in the middle of her sentence. "Why"
"Because I said so General. Let me know the moment my company gets here" She said toward the door. "What do you want me to do with him?"
"I have no need for him"
Camp Hayden (Labor Camp)
The Bulk of the children ages 4-10 were taken by the Cardinals to another location on the far side of town, Camp Falcon. These were the most impressionable and would be easier to condition mentally. The Teenagers? the were brought to Camp Hayden, a Cardinal Work site which only served to rebuild a Cardinal Fortress. He knew Ada was doing something he wasn't privy too, but what? Why have these children build a fortress, if she were just going to invite someone in to knock it down?