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Old 07-13-2019, 02:17 PM
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Rana & Sayyida- " I'm glad they are dead, still it doesn't feel any better I'm afraid. " She takes a deep breath, and close her fists, small flashes of lightning are escaping between her fingers. - " Maybe roasting the one who commanded the kidnapping will. " Korag clears his throat loudly. - " Indeed, this violet is a nice piece of a woman, we can trust her. " Liz listens and smile back at Rana. - " Sure if you all trust her this is fine to hire her. I suppose we'll have to pay her properly otherwise those old bureaucrats will bully us, right? Shall we go to the ziggurat first, ask your friend Violet to join us there, that's one of the oldest building in the city I heard. "

The small bearded humanoid doesn't sit but accept a drink from one of the maid, keeping an eye around. He looks up at Sayyida and lift his glass to get it filled since she is holding the bottle. - " Hey can't blame a dwarf for that, the view is awesome right at my eyes level when you walk. " Liz giggles at the comment. - " I have many friends and people from my realm in town that could give us a hand, but I understood we cannot use their help for the trials. Not that I want to be empress, but I don't want to ruin the chances of the entire party. To be honest, I don't understand why the empress didn't simply train someone for the job all that time. Something doesn't make sense about the Will, I just don't see another path than playing along for now. "


 

 
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Rana"Hmm." Rana ponders for the briefest moment. She could only lean back, crossing one leg over the other, "The circumstances of the Empress's death itself is subject. For a veteran to write a will so complex when their age is not close to being infirm. It could very well be possible that the will was written after the fact. If we are generous in interpretations, it could have been made to destroy any chances of civil war with a competition for leadership as the Empress had refused any and all forms of legitimizing a successor until after death." She shrugs to herself, "But indeed, we can play along now."

Taking another smooth drink of the sweet beverage before her, she nods her head, "Tonight, perhaps we will meet with the Rose. I should prepare letters for her and for home." She looks Sayyida's way, "Until then, we can stay comfortable and contemplate simply living for now."

OOCCalling it, Elizabeth is a thundercaller bard and Aurelia is an inquistior of some sort.

 
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:45 PM
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Rana & Sayyida- “ You really thought about all the angles lady Rana. I can’t say I’m that good when it come to geopolitics. Rita was the smart one in our family. “ Elizabeth looks at Korag and Sayyida drinking that bottle of rum like it was baby milk and is shocked. - " I wonder how you guys do it, it's still morning! " She serves herself from the pitcher of water, there are lemons in it. Swallowing half her cup, she feels very refreshed about it. - " Water from the mountain, love it. I think we should leave for the Ziggurat as soon your letters are finished, time is the essence right? Your friend Violet can meet us there, Al-Zuna is a friendly religion, how dangerous it could be? " The dwarf groans a bit. - " Already? We are just starting to have fun, but you do get a point. We should get going... with the bottle. " He smirks to the sailor lady.


 

 
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Pacho"Father does enjoy a chat with those who share his world view. You are just finally equipped my lady."Pacho replies falling in line behind her.

"I was only pondering Ms. Cotton. After she had fallen out with your mother she has found herself in the service of the queen procuring artifacts. I would be interested to see what her final assignment was before going rogue."Pacho admired the relic strewn through the palace as they walked.

"How one such as her goes from trust servant to teaming up Mortiana Carr and enemy assassins to bring down the Empire has my mind in tangles. Perhaps there will be some answer in her private chambers."Pacho chatted as they walked, trying to gauge how the woman reacts to discussing the half-ling.

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Pacho & Dante & Tatsuo- " Agata Cotton is a traitor, I'm looking forward to seeing her again. " Probably not to have tea based on those cold eyes. - " You are well informed as expected. Cotton is a tomb raider of some sort, and the empress sent her to a lot of goose chase at the end of her reign. She was fond of old weapons and armors from all around the world, and developed a strange taste also for northern gothic relics from giants culture and DeathNanyl & WarXydanyel religion. There's an impressive collection in the palace. " She is patient and open-minded about the lowly Pacho strangely, maybe she does have a good relationship with his father.


 

 
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Pacho & Dante & TatsuoHe shakes his head amid his coy smile. "Tsk, tsk, what a gauche suggestion, m'lady. But more so, you bear a couple misconceptions." Between blinks, Tatsuo's playful air vanishes to reveal his all-business, professional mien beneath the mask (or is this the real mask). "We are on a mission, m'lady. The only ranks among us are respected colleagues, especially under the rules of this quest. Second, I don't want anything from you ... yet anyway." Between the next blink, his professional air vanishes beneath the mask of a mischievous smirk. Some hide beneath silence and shadows; others in plain sight amid distractions.

As they make toward the empress' quarters, curiously Aurelia extends a sort of olive branch maybe ... or just not happy with the tension toward her. Still, far be it from a d'Aidendale not to foster such communal feelings. "Regrettably, you find yourself at a disadvantage, m'lady. We have struggled and bled together over some time now, which bonds I'm sure you can appreciate." She has served in battle and as a naval officer, after all. Offering a more gentle smile, "But if it is as you say, we shan't gainsay you the chance to improve that over the coming days." Cocking his head to the side, he suggests, "If you fancy an easy start, mayhap what skillsets you bring to our little group to rely on? And then we can return in kind."
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Pacho & Dante & Tatsuo- " Is that so? " She didn't expect anything like that coming from his mouth and clearly not happy with those blue eyes turning to ice and her forehead frowning. - " Oh, I'm the one having misconception? " She stops her walk in the corridor of the palace. Some maids see that she doesn't look happy and run away for their life. A pair of officers walking toward them decide to turn away and inspect the closest room. - " I didn’t pull rank on anybody here, but thinking I’m your equal is disrespectful at best. My name is Imperial Princess Aurelia Cornaya, Duchess of Blackmoor, Captain of the imperial navy and war mother of Xydanyel. " She points at him with a finger. - " You are a fool if you think these trials just changed anything. Now remove that arrogant smile from your face, kneel and apologize for your insolence or begone from my sight. "


 

 
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Dante Dante just shook his head and kept walking.

He had the keys, they could catch up. Assuming he wanted them too.

He had raised Balthazar for more than half a decade now. He knew a temper tantrum when he saw it, and it was best just to let it blow over.

Especially considering the difficulty involved in putting them both over his knee.

Metaphorically of course. Punishment at the monastery was far more brutal and much less involved.

Punishment was carrying the water from the mountain spring uphill to the monastery.

After the thirtieth trip or so, even Dante had forgotten what he was so mad about the last time he had to carry the water.
 
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Sayyida takes a swig of rum from the jug. She pours the dwarf more. His glass if full. One didn't need much wit to swing an axe. Standing, she offers the jug to Korag and then a hand to Rana. Thinks better of it and takes another swig before giving up the container. The hand she gives Rana is miraculously steady, her long fingers slightly bent, the rough skin of her sword hand softer than expected.

"Hold this an bring it along," she says to the dwarf. "Milady," she continues with a broad smile to Elizabeth. "Best we start walking. The rums sure to go to Korag's head soon and if we don't get'em moving he's liable to put his head down and fall asleep. If he drinks along the way, it's bound to be a spry jaunt. Shall we escort you while Rana prepares her letters an catches up with us in a few moments?"

Sayyida is a tall woman, athletic. Her grey cloak tends to blur her outline against any color and often the only distinct thing one can catch of her is her bright eyes. She's not had enough to drink to dull her sense, or purpose, let alone the sharpness of her rapier. The rum simply smooths her edges and makes her even more deadly. A calm swords-woman is a deadly swords-woman. Her eyes flick to Rana and take in her cousin's face until some promise has been made and then they return to Elizabeth.

"My sword is yours until you decide it is un-needed in this game. I'm poor at anything complicated. Dice and rum is simple enough for the likes of me."

All of which was untrue. Sayyida understood the rules, the danger, the intrigue, and the prize. But if others wished to slate her as a mere pirate, then she could play that for what it was worth. Elizabeth would figure it out by herself if her eyes were open and her mind un-clamored by privilege.
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Pacho & Dante & TatsuoSighing, he mutters aloud, "And therein is proven the tension." The mystic spy considers, albeit briefly, some charming magic to improve her attitude; he even entertains, a touch longer, shifting into her mirror image with mirrored reply as to Sayyida. Alas, while doubtlessly entertaining in the short term, it serves little purpose long term; she is not an enemy, just spoiled. "I did not suggest any such thing you claim. A blade simply doesn't matter while you can't use it," he analogizes.

Tatsuo takes up an affected pensive look, tapping his chin. "Well, such a generous offer, m'lady. Let's see. I could kneel in obeisance. Or I could puff up and bicker over comparative family stock from grandson of an empress onward. ... Nay, I shall just take the third option. No thank you, m'lady. C'mon, friends." Turning around, he continues down the hall after Dante toward the imperial boudoir with a wave behind him. "You can stay here if you wish while we seek the relics." Glancing back over his shoulder, "As I hinted, this was an invitation, one still extended if you fancy not wasting time from the late Empress' bidding." He muses to himself, 'Mayhap, a fool indeed to think her to change for any reason. She could give the Gaellyans of Father's stories stiff competition.'


 
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Pacho & Dante & TatsuoIt's pretty clear that he just upset the heir to the throne of his own nation, there's no way she will let this slide. - " There's no third option I'm afraid. Your disrespect is unacceptable. " She lifts her chin, crosses her arms. - " GUARDS! " The princess is calm and if any emotion of disappointments she felts, it quickly fades away. This place is heavily guarded with security to the maximum in those uncertain times. The two officers who were trying to escape the scene barely had the time to make it to the closest room that they turn around and answer the call. A minute later, there are six other men approaching. The closest officer performs a perfect military salute and the seven other plan form a column with back on the wall. - " Lieutenant Cassidy at your service Imperial Highness, it's an honour to answer your call. " Aurelia points with her open hand Lord Tatsuo. - " Please put this man under arrest in my name. The charge is insulting a member of the imperial crown and refusal to apologize and submitting. " The captain hits his chest with a fist and obey the order without second thoughts. - " Sir, please release all your weapons to our care and follow me in silence in the name of the empire. "

Taevar shakes his head and step back to don't interfere with the guards' work. - " Don't make things worst friend, I'm sure the chancellor can fix this. "


 

 
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Pacho & Dante & TatsuoLetting out another sigh, Tatsuo nods to the guard simply doing his duty. He glances over to Taevar with a reassuring smile and wink. He hands over his weaponry (including those hidden away) to the lieutenant and follows the guard contingent.


 

OOCThere is a literal crime that guards will take seriously from a visiting noble?

On the chancellor hearing this, I picture a parent shaking his head over squabbling kids.
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RanaThe look Rana gave Sayyida when their eyes met lacked much meaning, but it was some necessity. She put a hand over her cup to block any further attempts of filling it, "One glass is enough, thank you." She sighs to herself and murmurs quietly, "Too early for this business."

Rana soon rises, feeling slight pressure upon her back from Elizabeth and Korag to get on with this treasure hunting business. She looks at Sayyida again, "You are such a corsair, do be a gentle escort to Princess Elizabeth. Take your time reaching the Temple, the Violet Rose is unlikely to arrive before you considering the time it would take for a message to reach." She looks toward Elizabeth and bows her head, "While you meet, I will be looking into some things about the trial itself. Don't hold yourself back for my sake. Until tonight." She gave each of her companions one last look before she left the room for her chambers.

Once there she does some slight assigning spells for the daymental preparation, she casts upon herself some mage armormagical protection after she is done. She soon departs, leaving the gate of the palace. En route to the Serenity, she changes into the disguise of a nondescript Take 10 on disguise, should be DC 51 perception check (Many guises 20+hat of disguise 10+disguise mod 11+10)human woman in a place where she cannot be seen by pedestrians for a minute. She makes her way onto the ship and changes into her Violet Rose disguise, only resting long enough to catch her breath before making way to the Temple of Al-Zuna.

 

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PachoPacho kept his lips sealed as the scene played itself out, only breaking away from the drama to observe the monk slowly jingling away in his escape.

The turncoat was about to intercede on his friend's behalf until he figured it best to let the man play his hand and let the chancellor deal with the situation. He hoped her little tantrum would reflect in their final decision. A petulant child is not a good look for Empress. Perhaps the mystic spies intention all along.

Pacho waited a few moments and gave the princess a minute to collect herself before continuing their previous conversation.

"From the Old gods and Eryka to Nanyl and Xydanyel her grace sure had a wide fascination with the Divine. Might I asked what sparked her interest in death and war and why you found it strange?" Pacho asked inquisitively hoping the change of topic would calm the princess’s simmering anger.
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Pacho & DanteTaevar keeps his head down and quickly walk toward the imperial suite to find the monk. The imperial princess is looking at the guards taking Tatsuo with a stoic expression until they are out of sight. All along she was calm and in control, showing very little emotions on her lady face. She is alone with unremarkable Pacho, slowly they resume walking in no rush to get to the empress chambers. - " Sorry you were saying? Oh... yes, the empress' relics. It's strange because it's a morbid collection. She had a thing for studying souls, what happens to people when they die and so on. Many of the items she collected were about the goddess Nanyl's angels of death, collector of souls in her name. She also looked into old Imadyr customs like how they mummified their nobles, hoping to be reincarnated. " A different squad of guards greet them and continue on their path as everything seems to be normal now in this area. - " You know Lord d'Aidendale since a while right May I ask you teach him how to behave with royals in the future? I'm sure you know the do and the don't since you survived the empress and my mother so long. That would be much appreciated. That been said, we lost enough time on this inconvenience, let's join the others please. "


 

 
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