One Thousand Club
"I hope you'll all forgive me for changing the subject." says Mara. "I was just wondering...what about us? Me and my crew won't be able to follow you overland. Assuming you still want us to to help you, that is."
Mara doesn't look at all surprised when Ailera reveals herself to be a Solar. Instead, she gives a smile akin to one who has just won a particularly profitable bet. "I figured that there was more to you than meets the eye. I mean, it's not like anyone could have caught my sleight-of-hand so easily. Even if I wasn't putting as much effort into it as I could have."Ailera looks down for a moment, then says with a sigh. "No, I am not a Lunar, but . . . yes, I am a Solar." She stands, then brushes her hands down the front of her simple traveling clothes into a completely different outfit, and she then focuses her Essence into a display of her Caste mark. With a twirl, she completes the transformation of her outfit, then she sits back down. "I was hesitant to reveal that fact until now, but with so many Exalted here, it seems a bit silly to hide."
Upon seeing the look Catseye gives her, Mara has the grace to at least look a little apologetic. "All I said was that you were more than just an ordinary sorcerer. There's ways to interpret that statement that don't involve you being a Solar. And if I did say too much, well, I didn't peg these people as the kind who'd turn you over to the Immaculates or the Wyld Hunt."When Mara implicitly outs her, Catseye is initially irritated. But Ailera's subsequent reaction mirrors her own and she finds herself shaking her head ruefully, well aware that it's equally silly for her to hide as well.
And so, the Eclipse castemark manifests on her forehead. "My Captain is quite gracious to volunteer my services," she says with a bit of a pointed look in Mara's direction. "But if she's willing to part with me for a bit, I have no objection to working with all of you directly." A quirk of the lips twists her following smile. "Never met another Solar and suddenly there's half a dozen, it seems like."