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Author Topic: Crown of Shadows Pt.II [IC] Part 2  (Read 92122 times)
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« Reply #525 on: March 13, 2017, 01:31:40 AM »

Teliir tilts her head up slightly and takes a long look at Theorin, which is quite significant now that she's dead and doesn't have to blink.  She searches his face for humor or sarcasm, before throwing a quick glance to Avren as the truth sinks in.

"I... 
That's...
But I'm not...
I don't even know..."
she mutters quietly.

Finally her mouth compresses into a thin line.

Well.  Shit.

"Wise and majestic, indeed. 

And I suppose it will breath some life back into the betting pools and gossip circles,"
she finishes wryly.

She pauses for a moment, then asks in a more neutral tone: "Might I borrow Sineth's services from you for a time until I have found my own attendants, Lord Theorin?"

Better the spy you know, I guess.

She looks around the room, attempting to be casual, but searching for Serapis to help her navigate this death trap they call politics.

Talking. Only talking. I'll never fight again, never battle, never spend days in a tree stalking, just live forever talking and pretending to smile.

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« Reply #526 on: March 14, 2017, 06:08:06 AM »


"Wise and majestic, indeed. 

And I suppose it will breath some life back into the betting pools and gossip circles,"
she finishes wryly.

She pauses for a moment, then asks in a more neutral tone: "Might I borrow Sineth's services from you for a time until I have found my own attendants, Lord Theorin?"

But of course, my Lady Silverbow, you'll require time to establish your new holdings. He was still smiling.

Better the spy you know, I guess.

She looks around the room, attempting to be casual, but searching for Serapis to help her navigate this death trap they call politics.

Serapis is standing next to Avren, a smile on her face. She mouthed the word 'Calm'. She made a motion to join them.

The crowd around her, nobles and courtiers. Her nobles now. There is a mix of look from them. Some smiling, some looking pensive, some nervous, and a few with anger.

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« Reply #527 on: March 16, 2017, 12:18:50 AM »

Teliir tries to remember all the faces and names, but there are too many people speaking, asking questions. She focuses on those that look happiest, future allies perhaps, and those who look most angered, future competition.

She says little in answer to questions, honestly not knowing what her plans will be or her next steps.  This she had never anticipated.
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« Reply #528 on: March 25, 2017, 08:36:40 PM »

Teliir tries to remember all the faces and names, but there are too many people speaking, asking questions. She focuses on those that look happiest, future allies perhaps, and those who look most angered, future competition.

So many faces, so many expressions but she tries. The ghoulish looking matron with the orange painted eyes ... dislike. The Erenlander with the precise facial scars ... approval. Etc ...
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« Reply #529 on: March 25, 2017, 08:47:52 PM »

Lady Serapis looked over and leaned close, holding her hand over her mouth in an exaggerated fashion. Intent on making sure that the crowd can't read her lips.

'The bump up to Nobility,' Teliir could hear the Capital on it, 'was Theorin's and my idea. The Queen agreed. You want to advance your Witch Queen's goals? Now you're really in a position to do it.'
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« Reply #530 on: March 28, 2017, 12:45:47 AM »

Teliir simply nodded, not wanting to give away to the crowd anymore than she already was through her lack of practice at the diplomatic arts.

She shook more hands, all the while remembering how much she hated politics, but knowing she must do this as Serapis said, for the mission.
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« Reply #531 on: March 28, 2017, 04:16:36 AM »

Avren stood at the side of Lady Serapis quietly watching the proceedings. Turning his attention to her"Serapis, I'm honestly not sure what it is I could or even should be doing here. This is your court and I'm not a part of it. I imagine Tellir and Verador will stay with you too?"

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« Reply #532 on: April 03, 2017, 07:08:43 PM »

Serapis leaned over, I understand, but some battles you can't fight with your sword. You're the victors of the day, shake the hands, smile the smiles and generate a little good will for your Witch Queen.'
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« Reply #533 on: April 04, 2017, 01:08:59 AM »

He let a joyless smile reach his lips. "She shelters my people it's true, we may even be on the same side, but she is not my queen. The Elves will never see us as equals and I will not bow to her." He let out a short breath.  "But I am thankful for the opportunity she has given to us. I'll take your advice and try to make such things as smooth as possible."

He took a minute to try and compose himself as best he could. He made sure to stand up straighter, adjust his clothes more properly, and put out of his mind the fact that most of these folks would have just as likely seen him dead as anything else. These were the allies they had won and now they would have to make do. He stood for a time watching the proceedings and getting a feel for those who were more and less friendly to them.
"Lady Serapis, if we're the victors of the day and you're the favored one for accepting us here, perhaps you could start with some introductions to those and we might further secure some allies, for you at least."
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« Reply #534 on: April 11, 2017, 06:29:22 PM »

"Lady Serapis, if we're the victors of the day and you're the favored one for accepting us here, perhaps you could start with some introductions to those and we might further secure some allies, for you at least."

That is exactly what she does. Taking the Volunteers around the room and whispering to Lady Silverbow before each introduction. They catch a few of her whispered words, mostly about the person's pedigree or social snares to avoid. The introductions focus on Lady Silverbow and Verador. The Fell nobles still have an interest in meeting the rest of the now famous Volunteers from the Witch Queen but they have a larger interest in the new noble and her very deadly Fell friend.

There is a stir in the room when one of the Royal Apartment doors open and the ethereal Dwarven King returns with Theroin.

He waits a moment for everyone's attention to focus. 'We have concluded a treaty between ourselves, and the Dwarves below. The treaty will be placed on display for all to read. The basics are that we will assist the Dwarves in clearing the sections of their home tainted by our rebels and cultists. We will assist them in restarting their mining, smelting, and forging equipment. We will be allowed to extract as much mithral as we can from the rock. The Dwarves will retain 1/3 of all Mithral for their own purposes, the remaining 2/3 will be shipped north to a place of the Volunteers choosing. This will be the first step towards restarting trade relations and diplomacy with the Witch Queen and her elves.'

The nobles break out into applause and the Volunteers have hands shaken and back slapped in friendly gestures of camaraderie. As a group the Fell Nobility of Khrove seem to be overjoyed by this.

Theorin holds up a hand. 'This will require significant investment in materials and people. The clerks will draw up lists of what your Queen expects you to contribute to the effort. House Silverbow and House Serapis will be excluded from these investments. House Serapis has suffered heavy losses and help secure this for all of us. House Silverbow has barely formed and will require time to rebuild and restore.'

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« Reply #535 on: April 18, 2017, 11:18:24 PM »

"Thank you Lord Theorin.  As say you, House Silverbow has little only, but I shall help as I can."

...And I'll need to learn the human languages better too, now
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« Reply #536 on: May 07, 2017, 06:48:11 PM »

The room breaks up into group after several more rounds of applause. They, the Volunteers, can see what's happening. Everyone is speculating on what they're contributions will be and what they'll profit from it. Several of the nobles are speculating that trade with the Elven Nation will lead to more prosperity, and that's worth the investment. Others are saying that taking a position risks the wrath of the Night Kings and the Shadow's Legates. The majority seem to be in favour of the deal, and the rest are grumbling.

Avren however is something to observe. He descends on a group of the dead nobles that are complaining about the wrath of the Shadow and starts debating with them. He undercuts all of their complaints and points out all the potential that the deal has. Trade, Military Support, Communication ... all of these points bring them around and the two nobles leave the hall. But not before stopping to talk to Lady Serapis and Silverbow, pledging their assistance in getting the trade network up and running.

Shelg, the quiet and observant one, notices Theorin watching. He's standing next to the Queen's throne and watching Avren quite closely.
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« Reply #537 on: May 29, 2017, 08:33:53 AM »

A short discussion between the Thane and Avren gives him more details about the treaty that was quickly hammered out. The Volunteers have not been put into the cleansing force that is going below. The Game between themselves and the Legates was one thing, that was sport from the Nobles point of view. This is business. However, no one is going to turn down their help if they volunteer it.

The Thane however is closed lipped about what they intend to do with the 1/3 Mithral. All he says is that its going towards helping his remaining people and species. As for the armor, the Thane is willing. He pulls himself back from the tight lipped portion of the discussion about the 1/3 Mithral and says that he, and his forges, would be more than willing.
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« Reply #538 on: June 04, 2017, 10:29:20 AM »

Shelg moves over to stand next to Theorin, not as he once did before a master, but as an free elfling. He looks at the man whom he served critically, for the first time in a long time. Trying to ignore his prejudice. Is his loyality to the Queen and the Dead City real? Is he still serving the Shadow in the North?

"He is impressive, for a human," he states following his gaze. "What else do you see, apart from a pice in some game? "
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« Reply #539 on: June 04, 2017, 10:41:58 AM »

"He is impressive, for a human," he states following his gaze. "What else do you see, apart from a piece in some game? "

I'm wondering if there is a family resemblance? There are no remaining likenesses, well, there is one but it's inaccessible.'
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« Reply #540 on: June 06, 2017, 12:57:32 AM »

Teliir continues shaking hands, trying to grow more comfortable with her new status.  She notices the number of nobles mentioning Avren's name as they talk.

Glancing over at him during a break in the conversation, she says quietly to Serapis "That one, he was born to lead.  Not here I suppose, but somewhere."
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