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Tal Volorro The capital city, first of the Asseryan consuls and now of House Vellfyre. Tal Volorro is both a magnificent feat of Asseryan engineering and a convoluted maze of narrow streets and dark alleys that has grown rapidly and unplanned since Kadreth's War.
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:54 AM   #1
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Default 1.18.31: Live like tomorrow doesn't exist (Court Square, Rothgar)

Prisoners had been gathered and drew their lots, some taken to the Great Square for a very fun activity and others met other fun fates. Those who had drawn out the fate to be die a gruesome death of the blood eagle were being prepared, tied to the stakes. There were those who wept and tried to fight but to no avail, it was almost funny seeing them struggle in the grips of the Golden sons, there were some silent in disbelief, and others praying quietly with their eyes closed. One by one, their backs were cut into, screeching echoing through the cool air yet there were some who refused to scream, wishing to go out a warrior.

Edric didn’t know why any of them bothered screaming, praying or fighting as it was their fault for getting into their mess, you reap what you sow, but he only felt some small pity when they made expressions that were very human. After some time, he slowly approached his uncle, soaked with apprehension. He almost hesitated for a minute but his mother taught him better so he pushed himself.

“Your majesty,” he said, forcefully standing tall and giving his uncle a smile. “If I could have a word with you…?”
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Rothgar had been in quiet conversation with Uriel but turned his head as his nephew rose from his seat with the king's men and addressed Rothgar personally. A particularly ear-splitting shriek caught the king's ear and he smirked.

"Yes, nephew?" he asked, giving him a nod by way of permission.
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Elinor had told him this was a good idea…

“Uncle,” said Edric, feeling uncomfortable with the fact that there were people around them and possibly eyeing him, judging him but he kept his eyes on his uncle. “I wish to offer you my sincerest apology for troubling you after the Misrules with my pettiness and for a recent mistake of mine regarding Lady Raisa, it was my fault. Not hers. I give no excuses for my behaviour. I’ve done a lot of reflecting since and I value my alliance to you. Ziamara told me that I need to be level-headed for others and I would like to think that’s true, I am going to work harder.”

Then he took a deep breath, and yet there was more than that he wished to say, wondering if it was the right time to even say it.
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Bryce turned his head not exactly to eavesdrop, but because he heard Edric say 'uncle' and it was his natural reaction to listen... Only, it would seem he was addressing the elder of the two. Even so, the mention of a sincere apology had his attention, and he listened, the corner of his mouth twitching as he continued to bumble through it. He opened his mouth to speak, the breath drawn, but he closed it, looking to his brother and hoping his meaning was conveyed without the words.
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Rothgar's eyes darted from Edric to Bryce as he saw his brother look at him and Rothgar's head moved the barest fraction of an inch in a silent acknowledgment before he focused fully on Edric again. "A wise man knows when to take the blame, nephew. Your apology is accepted... yet I had thought our ties more blood than alliance, surely?" The king's hand moved in a beckoning gesture to indicate that Edric should take the seat beside him, where he'd been listening to various companions' or vassals' words throughout the day.
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He sat down when invited and it was probably for the best, considering that he was shaking. But now that that was out of the way, he felt somehow relieved. He gave his uncle Bryce a polite nod before returning his attention to the king.

“Yes, uncle, you are very right,” he said. “But I thought to apologise so that I may start anew…” he paused, knowing that Bryce was near, “which is… why I wanted to ask for a divorce, or some form of intervention that you see fit. I think my wife is holding me back from my true potential, and I should have listened to my mother when she told me not to get emotionally involved. My wife has been difficult, every attempt I’ve had to lay down my authority has been shot down by a snide remark or her creating yet another fight. I’ve tried everything from being kind, to being strict, to laying down rules but to no avail. Though there is another occasion, the more striking one, your majesty, has led me to ask this of you… ”

“On that occasion when I attempted to escort her to her room to sleep, she… had some sort of frenzy, tearing at her clothes and breaking things in her room, shrieking like death was upon her. I have two witnesses who saw her in this state and the mess she left behind, a guard by the name of Olever Tweste and a man of the Crownsguard, Ser Bors. I don’t wish ill upon her, but I do not think this sort of behaviour is suitable for a wife…” His voice sounded more pleading, drained and hopeless than angry.
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His jaw locked and he looked away, out toward the square and the dying men. The king did not answer for several heartbeats and he did not look again at his nephew.

"It is a poor day when the Lord of Copplestone cannot control one woman. I suppose you could either spend your day ruling Lenore or ruling your vassasls, hm? And if I do you this favor of removing the source of your consternation, what concessions will you grant...? Perhaps if you agreed to return her dower along with her, I might take her back into our family."

His eyes at last turned back to Edric. "You would have to sign a contract to swear you will by no means before gods or man attempt to remove your son by Lenore from your succession. And never more bring up this matter of a fit you think she suffered."
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When his uncle looked to the dying men, Edric turned to look also, and at this point, he was more concerned about his life’s issues than whether or not he felt actual pity for the men who tormented his mother, cousins, and more. But he did feel a moment of questioning his decisions as he didn’t have his mother to handhold him, yet he believed Lenore would be happier this way anyways.

He could just kiss his uncle…. But didn’t.

“Thank you, your majesty. I would agree to have her dower returned with her and I am also willing to sign such a contract. If there are any other concessions or favours you would like of me, I would be willing also…,” said Edric, gripping the arms of the chair, mostly out of disbelief. “And I would never bring the matter up, I would not do that to her…”
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Rothgar turned sharply to look at Edric. "With Copplestone's coffers such as they are, you would release that large a sum? You're desperate indeed." He held up a hand. "I did not say I would grant it. I will take a few days to speak with the priests and the council- if they agree the signs are right, and the gods do not forbid, we will sort out your wish. However, in the meantime, speak with Georg- Lenore will move to the apartments allotted to Parissa's retinue, to share with her cousin Lady Zanara and the others."
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He furrowed his brows, trying to get his mind’s wheels working in order to respond to his uncle appropriately. “You could say I am very desperate, your grace,” said Edric but there was no humour in his words, but it took a while for him to choose his next words carefully. Thinking was hard for Edric sometimes. “I can live with a few days, and it will give me time to think also, especially on the matter of my coffers… and what might have to be done. Thank you for considering my case. I have much to be grateful to you for.”
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"Have your list prepared. I'll send for you once I've spoken with the priests." The king gave a slight wave of his hand to let Edric take his leave if he wished. Rothgar rose to his feet and beckoned to Thane. "Accompany me a moment, my lord. The rest of you, remain." Meaning, of course, the retinue- as Rothgar turned and walked toward the building the box had been erected in front of (the home of a wealthy merchant with ties to many local lesser nobles).
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Thane was an expert on not listening... even when he was. His eyes took in the sight before them with no emotion, watching with an impassive interest as one by one the souls were parted from their hosts. But his head did move a fraction when he was beckoned, and he nodded his head once and stepped forward to walk with him. He walked a step behind, never equal or even with the king, but near enough that he could hear him easily enough.
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"Your cousin is arriving after the quarantine ends, I believe?" he asked Thane without pausing in his steps as he walked into the shadows of the merchant's main entrance hall. The villa was nothing on Tor Vellesca or the Solvitreos' fantastical city residence but it was Old Asseryan, lovely in its simple arches and carefully kept murals.

"Will you remind Us again, where Princess Alianor decided she would be best placed in our court?"
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"That is correct, your grace," Thane answered, briefly taking in the surroundings.

"I believe the princess has named her a lady-in-waiting to Princess Valencia."
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"Hm." Rothgar nodded. "We may needs alter that... but later. For now, I would have your thoughts on my nephew and his holdings. This matter with him and Lenore is... passing tedious and I want answers. What he can afford to lose, and whether he too has taken up any new friendships."
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"Rumor would have that he has..." Thane answered. "But rumor, I have found, is oft rooted in truth... The direction of that growth, however, I shall discover. You only need shed light on it to find the flower. As for my thoughts on his holdings... To speak plain... I am not encouraged by his ability to manage his emotions, his thoughts, or his wife let alone a holding... Considering what he's willing to sacrifice to be rid of her... he is either oblivious to the needs of his holding... or he simply has no care for it."
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Rothgar sighed. "Alianor can administer the holding if need be. Meanwhile, seek out any word of Raethan's eldest son. I would know if there is even the whisper of word that he and Edric have spoken lately."
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"True enough, and she is more than capable." Thane went silent, as if in thought, but then he nodded. "I will make the necessary arrangements... and see to it personally."
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Rothgar nodded and gave Thane an unwavering look. "I want to know if that boy takes a piss- every person he speaks to. I'll be speaking with his father later." The king turned his head to look toward the door, watching the figures in the distance. Hearing the howls of dying men...

"There are days I almost wish I had never brought Lyenthe south." He smiled. "Almost."
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"I'll put people in place, then to be my extra eyes and ears." Thane clasped his hands behind his back, already working out in his head who would be needed and where. "And what of the younger...? Leave him be?"
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"Watch him, but leave him be for now. I will speak with Raethan... tomorrow." The king sighed again, feeling the exhaustion settling on the muscles of his shoulders and back.

"We should return. Jason's wife made a pretty show of asking for a merciful death for her; I'd hate to let her think I forgot." He shook his head at the memory. "And that will leave the problem of the Vayths and Seyferts to untwist later. I dislike Alianor keeping a Seyfert at her side just now but.. .she will not hear of the girl going to someone else."
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"Yes your grace," he said with a bow of his head. "It is a tricky knot, but not impossible. And Lord Seyfert will likely be more amenable because his daughter serves your sister... And it is better she remain where more vigilant eyes can stay on her. Your sister is wise and cautious... I believe there is wisdom in the arrangement even if it's not the most ideal."
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"The most ideal would be convincing Vayth to hand over a girl to Seyfert but that's not best brought up til the mourning for Leandra's done," he said quietly. "No. I'll have to find some other way to get those two to make a show of reconciling." A deep breath and he started to walk toward the door.

"Oh, and remind me to send for Draven when we get back to the palace."
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