IC: NPC Sentinels
A lone gukko flew through the canyons, its rider set on the destination (just follow the train tracks, they said), her rahi swooping low under an arch of stone spanning the magnificent distance between the cliffs. If she had turned around perhaps the radio relay wires embedded into the rock would have given her a clue to the truth: she was being watched. Before the rahi and rider were out of sight members of the radio relay had already compiled a short message (Wind Rider, solo, Approaching Po-Koro, Stop;Likelihood of envoy for Expo, full stop), and sent it across the tenuous connection of technology, passing through three more relays until the Head Quarters of the Sentinels had received the message, composed a small note, and sent a runner down to inform Hewkii. A separate runner had been sent to inform the central guards on duty at the gate.
When Vira landed, the gates were open, eight sentinels stood at attention as a display of order and precision (like the statue of a matoran head looming over them), and the on-duty squad leader walked briskly forward with two attendants to see after the rahi.
"Welcome, welcome to Po-Koro wind-rider!" The Squad Captain said with a beaming smile on his innate kanohi hau. He was brown, like most po-matoran, although the desert tans of his limbs made it seem like his torso floated in the air above the sand until Vira refocused her gaze. Instead of tattoos, his armor had been engraved with traditional square patterns and a white stripe of body paint ran from his left foot to his left temple. Instead of the formal military greeting he held out a fist, a casual welcome reserved for friends. "We have been expecting. Please, please," he beckoned welcomingly and then slipped his arm around her shoulder to steer her into the city, "you must be weary. Shall we order an iced lemon tea and some couscous salad to be brought to you? Or are your orders to see the Akiri directly? He's currently at the exposition of technology, but I'm sure he'd be willing to meet with an envoy in a matter of minutes. Headquarters already dispatched a runner to notify him and –"
He paused, suddenly realized his mouth had been rambling far further than his actual thoughts. He removed his arm from her shoulders. "I'm sorry, I just realized I'm being horribly informal. Hatii, squad captain on duty, Central Guard division. Welcome to Po-Koro." This time he saluted.
IC: Akiri Hewkii
Lenat, Sirius, Stralix. Hewkii looked them over in order twice, just to make sure he had them straight in his head. Lenat was the tall inventor in black armor with green highlights, Sirius had become half wood from the waist down, and Stralix was the skakdi missing the usual jutting jaw and chorded muscles. Lenat was the head of his technology division, Sirius was a visitor to the exposition, Stralix was the envoy of Ta-Koro. How fitting for Jaller to send his head of engineering and technological development. Jaller had always a practical man, Hewkii remarked to himself.
"Welcome to Po-Koro, Sirius, and thank you," He said while shaking the vortixx's outstretched hand. After spending so much time with Lenat the clawed and long fingers wrapping around his palm no longer bothered the akiri. "Hopefully it's been a reprieve from the deserts. Did you take the Iron Mahi?" He let his question hand, moving on to Stralix with a wink.
"Good to see the most infamous man in war technology. You've changed everything, and not necessarily for the better. However, I'm sure you've created many things to balance the scale..."
He would have continued, but with with dramatic appeal a runner slipped up alongside the akiri and handed him a small note. Hewkii paused for a moment, opened it without any excuses to his present company, and then let a smile blossom over his kakama. Turning to the runner he said, "make sure they're well cared for."
The runner took off.
"Where was a I? Oh yes, good deeds and all that." He laced his fingers behind his back. "Did you bring anything to show at the exposition?"