Kei Umura looked for all the world like any other college student as he walked off-campus to his new 'home'. For the next several months, he would have to act like that was his true identity, which was difficult for him, to say the least. In any event, it would become difficult after awhile. He had never been able to blend in for very long periods. At the moment, though, he looked fairly harmless. His clothing- just a black tank-top, tight blue jeans, and black sneakers- was fairly nondescript. The thick armband on his wrist, almost long enough to look like an archer's bracer, happened to be something in style at the moment. Kei had a casual, disinterested look about him as he walked, which didn't attract attention, so much as his looks sometimes did. The tank top he wore showed off his slim, muscular frame, as well as a few prominent scars ("car crash" was his story). His short, rather wild black hair fell into distinctive blue eyes, a color not common in his heritage. ("Mum was Caucasian"). His persona as a college student seemed pretty average, if a bit boring. However, looks were always deceiving, and if anyone knew this rule by heart, Kei did. After all, he looked young... Kei had never spent much time in school for a number of reasons, so his senses being on high alert as he walked toward off-campus housing was understandable. The rest of the student body, and the teachers here, would hopefully only see him as a slightly strange but otherwise normal person. His new roommate, whoever he was, would probably think the same. There was nothing even about Kai's looks to set him apart, except for the somewhat Asian features with blue eyes. He was just a rather quiet college student, the calm veneer masking a whole world most humans were unaware existed. That was as it should be. Kei had a job to do, and humans tended to mess things up royally if they interfered. As he reached the steps of the small, Craftsman-style house that his Handlers had rented near campus, Kai looked out over the lawn, and back to the college buildings for a few minutes. At the moment, it was nice out. The sun was warm, the flowers still blooming, trees green and swaying in a light breeze. Yet he knew this area better than he would have liked, and was not at all surprised to find out that there was possibly something dark going on here. It was like the weather- wait long enough and things could change dramatically. Kei had a feeling this one would be tougher than he could imagine. Sighing, and hefting his backpack off one shoulder, he unlocked the door, noting the steady hum of a protective talisman at once. Kai frowned a bit, shutting the door again, spotting the talisman that had been nailed over the door. A human-made one, no doubt, pretty common in this area. There were probably some 'occultists' living here at one time. Kei shook his head- such groups were laughable at best, harmful at worst, but rarely if ever knew what they were getting into. The talisman would interfere enough that he would have to get rid of it as soon as he could, without calling more attention to himself. There were other things besides humans here that, and that was the point of his presence in the first place. For now, he headed into each room, checking them out quickly, noting that there was only one bedroom, with two small beds crammed into its tiny space. He just hoped his rommate didn't mind sharing, or this was going to be like getting wisdom teeth pulled. The whole house was very small- he even felt cramped settling down on the old couch in the living room. Kei touched his wristband briefly, then pulled out his tablet, which was made to look like the normal kind of thing a college student would have. His was triple encrypted, with the outer layer being totally innocuous. The third layer was where the real meat lay, and he pulled that up, sending a brief message. His Handlers were not as adept at technology as he was, but then, he was from a younger generation. It was something he'd had to learn quickly in order to blend in. Sending frequent messages by the usual means was a good way to get discovered. No one really questioned tablets. After sending his message, Kei put the tablet away and got up to examine the talisman. He could feel that it had some actual power of its own, though limited. The thing that annoyed him was that the talisman was acting like a kind of beacon, when he was pretty sure this sort of thing was put in by humans to protect their homes. More evidence that they didn't know what they were doing. He made a few signs in the air with his fingers, then, with a flicking motion, caused the talisman to wrench itself from the wall. Quickly, Kei sealed it in an envelope of blue flame, grabbing a small, black box from his backpack and sealing the thing inside. He'd send it off to his handlers for observation, but Kei was pretty sure it was just a low-level artifact, and could be easily destroyed. There were plenty of other things humans put up in their homes that were merely symbolic and perfectly ordinary. This one was more unusual. Kei stood in the middle of the floor and made a few basic signs, setting a perimeter around the home that no one could see. The perimeter would only be good for advanced warning if something bad approached the house, but would do little for other protection. Kei was capable of so much more, but the spells had to be weak enough to go undetected by those he hunted. Anything stronger would be like hanging a neon sign over the house that said "A Hunter lives here!" with a giant arrow pointing to him. There was more than enough low-level electrical interference around him to mask these weaker spells. Satisfied, he went to the bedroom to set his backpack down, starting to unpack its slim contents. He had never needed much. As he did so, Kei heard footsteps outside. It sounded like his roommate was finally here; the perimeter indicated a human. Kei just continued to unpack, not one for cheery greetings pr pleasantries. He didn't expect anything particular out of this mission, so being buddy-buddy with his roommate was unnecessary. Not that he wouldn't be perfectly civil, perhaps even friendly to a point. Kei just never bothered getting too involved. He was never around long enough to form attachments of any kind, and that was how he liked it.