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Old 02-12-2019, 09:27 AM
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To be cast out of Arath Taesi is no small thing for an elf for there are few places one can go and feel safe, surrounded by hostile humans on nearly every side. It was of some surprise then, that as Rinnolen made his way through the lands controlled by the Kingdom of Rhyfel beyond the River Evoss that he was greeted in elven by a human.

"My name is Delwin Dacus. I have been sent to escort you safely past Coedtref. The message was short but came from a friend, Lianthorn."

While having never met Lianthorn personally, Rinnolen certainly knew who he was. An archdruid of the elder circle who ruled Arath Taesi...well, that rule had come under strain as of late courtesy of a hawkish group known as the Elven Supremacy League. Rinnolen's own sister, Sabranna, was a verdant supporter of theirs. They had been openly challenging the druid circle's decisions and wanted to strike back at the human oppressors of Rhyfel.

The human ranger interrupted Rinn's thoughts, "Will you come with me?"
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:48 PM
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A short pause followed after Delwin's words. Rinn’s hand still gripped the hilt of his sheathed sword as he regarded the human ranger. He could believe that Lianthorn would've arranged an escort. It was no secret that Rinn openly opposed the Elven Supremacy League, going so far as advocating for its immediate disbandment. He had been public about his opinion. It was a dangerous doctrine that fueled old resentments, and inspired future violence.

Sabranna was an active member within the League, but he had found out too late. She had already made her move by gaining favors and support. She now had control over the estates and a seat on the majority affairs.

Rinn reached his decision and relinquished the hold on his sword. He visibility relaxed as he stood straighter, however there was still a guarded tension in the way he carried himself. He nodded, “I will follow you, Delwin Dacus.”


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Old 02-13-2019, 09:06 AM
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Rinnolen Delwin adeptly led Rinn through the forests of western Rhyfel, avoiding woodcutters' lodges, hunters' cabins and guard patrols. They even avoided a pair of Delwin's own brothers-in-arms, a pair of rangers Delwin knew by name but who he said, 'just wouldn't understand.'

The man explained that he had patrolled the border with Arath Taesi for many years and had brokered a sort of peace with many of the elven border guards and even grown friendships with many of them. He saw little need for the hostilities that still occasionally broke out. It was his good nature and understanding that had brought the archdruid to his campfire one night. They spoke long into the night and Lianthorn explained a great many things to the ranger. The world was on the brink of chaos and upheaval. The gods were moving and they were tapping certain mortals for great deeds. The archmage of Kersdinas, Kamaex, the Presbytera of Evelyn, also in Kersdinas and Lianthorn were organizing together attempting to root out this chaos and avert disaster. Humans and elves working together. The cause, apparently, was greater than any of them. While many of the details remained hidden to Delwin, he knew it had something to do with an ancient enemy of the gods, something old and malevolent. He had agreed to do his part and it was Lianthorn's hope that Rinn could find a part to play in it all as well. To use the unfortunate circumstances of his banishment to do good.

The ranger wished he knew more but the birds Lianthorn communicated to him through could only remember so many words so his instructions were often short and stilted. Delwin was going to see Rinn set up with a local lord in the Empty Hills, one of the few with such a title actually trying to make the place better rather than just exploiting the lawlessness. Rinn's noble background may come in handy for the lord as well as the fact that Rinn was a man. An unfortunate fact that even in a society where priestesses were held in the utmost regard, actual ruling was normally reserved for males. Lady Wootton, Baroness of Haven was trying to buck the cycle of crime and corruption in the Empty Hills.

Most of the arable land was owned by local lords or barons. The serfs who worked the land 'rented' it off the local lord for such a steep price that the farmers were practically slaves as they could never pay off the rent nor make enough to buy the land outright. The barons collected steep taxes to ensure this. Brigands roamed the hills unchecked, attempting to rob the barons of the serfs hard labor. These brigands were most commonly hired by neighboring barons to weaken their neighbors. It was a vicious cycle that saw a large group of scoundrels thrive off the hard work of the common folk who benefited from it in no meaningful way. Lady Wootton had established a community that bucked this trend but it was difficult work and she needed help.

You could make a new start here, do some good in the world and hopefully, one day, Lianthorn and the moderates of elven society would prevail over the Elven Supremacy League and you could reclaim your rightful position at the head of your house.
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Rinnolan had spent the early hours of the day sparring over the details of a new policy for Haven. It was now nearing noon as he stepped out of the threshold of the Manor and into the small courtyard.

The debate had begun when the Lady Baroness had expressed some concerns about the neighboring nobles that surrounded them. They were corrupt, took advantage of their people, and crime continually spilled in from shared borders.

He had advised Lady Wootton to place tolls on the region’s nobility who bore no allegiance to their estate, and who transported goods through Haven’s lands. Furthermore, he suggested applying fines to those traveling at the behest of the nobles who refused to pay the tolls, and were caught crossing without written approval from the Wootton’s. If the rule of fares and fines were continually neglected, Haven could to seize and hold the assets found within the confines of her borders.

The proposed regulation was met with intense criticism before he could further explain, and it was only after Rinn had assured her of the validity was he allowed to continue.

Rinn explained that unless those who pledged fealty to negate the levy, it made the Haven lands unpleasant to direct their merchants through. A welcomed side effect of this policy would be the decline in the Brigand presence, as many worthwhile targets would be mostly absent for a time. Additionally, it would also put the other lords and barons of the Empty Hills in a precarious situation. Diverting their trade routes would extended the travel time and drive up their cost for business. This pressured those to either align with the Wootton's or risk solvency.

In this way, the withstanding contract with the merchant's outside the Empty Hills would rise astronomically for the other aristocratic families. It would make dealing with anyone other than the Wootton’s or their allies too costly. In one hand, this strategy would force a run on the lords and barons’ finances, and with the other hand, Haven would offer to assume the merchants distressed contracts at a discounted rate. By acquiring accounts from dozens of merchants at a discounted rate, it would enrich Haven’s economy and cripple the others. The balance of power would tip in their favor.

The next phase of the strategy, he addressed her concern about the people. Haven's growth would steadily rise, and Lady Wootton’s capacity to take over the outstanding debts of impoverished serfs would soon be possible. Lords and barons desperate for a coin would agree to terms having been forced into liquidation. Overall, Haven would gain popularity, the morale of the populace, loyalty and have a surplus of grateful and skilled workers freed from their tyranny.

It appeared that while Lady Wootton didn’t outright object to the proposal she had hesitations and arguments. Rinn had countered with the irrefutable point that he had played the game of political economics since her great-grandfather was a young man. He had meant it with the greatest sense of amusement and endearment.

As he stood outside of the Manor looking up at the open sky. He inhaled a deep breath of fresh air as he crossed his arms. Being inside for too long had a suffocating sensation to him. Human structures appeared to be intensely simplistic in their design and he found them to be notoriously smothering. They needed more open arches. Perhaps use their knowledge of architecture-- as rudimentary as it was, for a symbiotic relationship with the present nature and terrain. He didn’t know where the humans’ fascination with straight lines in their constructions came from. It was very unpleasant and artificial to look at.

While standing in courtyard and watched the few clouds roll by, he reflected. His first hand experience with humans so far gave him much to think about. Humans were...Fickle and argumentative, almost like children. They required much patience and guidance. However, none of those facts deterred him. If anything, it was one of the more satisfying pursuits he had dedicated himself to in recent times.

He chuckled to himself. He was old here. Simply put, his skill had value amongst humans and the shorter lived races.


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