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Blacktide The largest port city in Kingsreach, with a population of almost 36,000. Blacktide serves as a business center where trade and enterprise thrive. For whatever reason, the city is not exactly host to the friendliest sort of people, and has a bit of a reputation for not being the sort of place you want to be alone in at night. In recent years, Blacktide was plagued by a series of riots, but it was put down before it could escalate and now the city is recovering well.


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Old 11-25-2015, 03:31 AM   #1
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Default 4.23 noon :: taking leave ~ Zee, Gavin, NPC's

Ziamara glanced back over her shoulder at the walls of Blacktide behind her. To unanimous shock, Wallace had agreed they should return today and seen them off with good cheer and all due courtesy. She couldn't help the sneaking suspicion it had something to do with the messengers who'd arrived from Tal Dragore but there was whispers from the ships that she'd caught in the last few days: a truce, or an agreement. Maybe Lady Saherazai and finally accepted Andreas' suit. All of it set her on edge and the sooner she could get out of sight of the Wolfes and send pigeons flying toward her sister and father the easier she'd breathe.

She urged her horse to pick up her pace and the mare's walk sped up until Ziamara walked her up toward the forward riders where Gavin was. "Can we go faster?" she asked her cousin once she was close enough. They weren't traveling heavy but the spring roads were mud and muck. Though the thought of abandoning the baggage to the guards and taking a lighter company forward was in the back of her mind.

Another glance backward. Warrick wasn't with them, having been detained with problems on the Western Road with William. But he'd probably not have minded the contents of the messages she wanted to send...
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Gavin's gaze was sharp and keen as he eyed the horizon with a hypersensitivity that was drilled into him with training. He also did it to try to distract him from having that feeling of being watched.

As Zee approached, he offered her a small smile as he replied, "I feel the same, but it might look as if we are relieved and in a rush to get as far away from Blackie as we possibly can. That and the wagons might all simultaneously get stuck in this infernal mud. Why do you suppose Lord Wolfe's mind has changed about how long he wished for us to visit?"
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"The news from the south?" she speculated. "The better not to have Vellfyre eyes on his harbor if he's going to sail out and wreak havoc in Tal Dragore or rile up Seastone." Ziamara's nose wrinkled and she laughed. "Or maybe the cow's guts advised against keeping us too long? Anything is likely with that lot. I shall simply be thankful we are well away."
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"Agreed, but a steady pace, Zee to ensure that we do not leave some insult to such a swift departure while our possessions are strewn along and all stuck in the mud all the way to Summerhall or are we to go to Copplestone first?" Plans were always changing as swiftly as the direction of the wind.
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"We can decide that when we make camp. If Warrick catches up to us... I do want to go check on Copplestone but we don't know enough of the taxes between us. It wouldn't help and don't lie, Gav- you don't want to spend three weeks with Edric much more than you'd like spending three more weeks with Blacktide..."
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"I would never have thought of lying to you, especially because you know how I feel about Edric...and about Blacktide. Frankly, I don't even know which I would choose if those two options were the only two options available." Well it started off humorous. "How are you feeling, coz? And speak honestly so I do not push us all too hard and you to the brink of exhaustion."
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She avoided meeting his eyes for a moment. "Don't worry about me. I'm quite recovered." She glanced at her cousin. "I can always retreat to the wagons if I'm tired, and honestly... I don't think I'll feel secure enough to truly sleep until we're somewhere else. So pushing myself might be a risk but it's for a good cause. The sooner we're away, the sooner I can--"

"My lord! Princess!" One of the guards rode toward them. "A small party approaches. One is a messenger, wearing Sollis colors." The guard looked to Gavin rather than Ziamara. "Would you wish to let him approach? He says Lord Sollis is dead."

Ziamara looked at Gavin too. "If that's true... we should go to Copplestone..."
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He would have believed her more if she actually did not avoid his gaze, but he did not push her even if he knew one of her tells. "I will always worry about you, Zee whether you are fit or ill," he replied instead.

He was about to agree when she stopped mid-sentence as a guard approached. The smile was replaced by a frown and a curt nod was given to the guard to let the messenger through.

"Let us hear what the messenger has to say first on Edric's demise. I will not knowingly take you with me if there is danger awaiting us in Copplestone," Gavin replied with a lowered voice as his sharp gaze watched the messenger and the Sollis men mobilizing.
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The messenger appeared a few moments after, being escorted by another Vellfyre guard. He had not dismounted but bowed his head deeply to the princess and Gavin before holding up a scroll with the Sollis seal. "Princess... Lord Gavin... Lord Thorren wishes Lord Wolfe's aid in providing a pair of knights to assist his reeves and the King's Justice in discovering the truth of Lord Sollis' death. I am bound to deliver this with all due speed."

"Our cousin was young and in good health when last we saw him," Ziamara said with a thoughtful look.

"He took ill overnight, princess. It was swift and deadly, and the whispers of poison were as swift as his death."
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:04 AM   #10
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Gavin's expression was set into a deep frown with intense eyes, but he remained silent as the messenger approached. A nod was given to have him speak. The message conveyed however made his jaw tense, but he gave no sign of his thoughts especially during the exchange that Edric might have been the victim of foul play. There was no love for the man, but it did not mean that people could go on and kill his kin either no matter how irritating they tend to be.

"Go on towards Blacktide and deliver your message to Lord Wolfe," he commanded allowing the messenger to play out the actions that Lord Thorren commanded.

Then only when the messenger parted towards Blacktide did he turn slightly to Ziamara. "Is not Gareth back at Oldcastle? I could not imagine he had no knights to spare to assist Lord Thorren or do they both hate each other more than I recall?"

"I fear we need to make our way to Copplestone lest the trail runs cold. If this is foul play, I do not think it would be safe for you Zee. If you want, I will take a few men with me and head on to Copplestone, and the rest can go with you to Summerhall, but I would rest easier if you were back at Tal Volorro with your sister."
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"Gareth is, but as a new-made lord he might yet be far more occupied with his own rule to back Thorren in this... and his word won't hold the same weight as a Wolfe's. It's sensible to ask the second most powerful lord in the 'Reach."

She smiled at Gavin. "No, I need to go. For all his flaws, Ned was my cousin and sweet in his way. If someone killed him, it's probably over a girl. He did have dreadful habits of bedding the wrong ones. We should get going. I'll talk to the rear guard and you go tell the fore-scouts to take the Copplestone fork." She set her heels to her horse and turned its head to rush down the column toward the rear.
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The royal group rides on for another hour without incident but they will never make it to the crossroads. They are still on Wolfe lands when the attack begins.

Men rise up as if from the ground itself, and aim their bows and slings at the wagons. Two drivers whip their horses and take off without leave, fleeing as two dozen men gallop toward them down the road.

Vellfyre guards form up into a defensive array but one of the fleeing wagons breaks the line from the inside...

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Zee: bruising, sprained wrist, pulled muscle
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“True…” Gavin remarked slowly glad that there was an excuse that Thorren went to Lord Wolfe for the sake of sensibility instead of something more nefarious.

He noted the smile and gave a gentle nod even though it was clear on his face that he should not let her go despite her words of reassurance. When she turned to do just as she mentioned, Gavin sighed softly knowing very well that they could have sent someone else to send word to the rear guard, but she decided to go to end any sort of argument that might have ensued.

Men were dispatched to the fore-scouts to take the Copplestone fork and they started once again upon their journey.




There was a lot of cursing as the bandits started to attack. The menacing growl escaped as two of the drivers whipped their horses in a frenzy to break the line in an attempt to escape. Cowards!!

The defense array weakened by one of the fleeing wagons and all the while Gavin was shouting out commands to gain some order. It was vastly different when riding with just the guard and then riding with his guard along with a caravan of wagons that the group of bandits hoped to pilfer.

When the men were upon them, the Vellfyre guards were ready to take them head on. His thoughts screamed to find Zee, but he knew that Mark would protect her. All the while, he fought, killing those that attempted to take him on.

A giant of a man did manage to pull him off his horse and he would have succeeded if Gavin did not use his own force to kick away from his horse to knock the man onto his back allowing his full weight to sink into the man’s. His hands were smashing his attack’s skull into the ground while he was winded.

Another man came from the side and knocked Gavin off of the attacker that pulled him off his horse and sucker punched him in the mouth causing his lip to split while a right hook landed on his left eye. A few more swift punches connected with his side and Gavin attempted to shake off the pain attempting to get it to sharpen his wits instead of dull as he retaliated landing blow after blow then picking up the man and attempting to drop him on his back allowing the force of it to daze him as he kicked the man in the head several times to keep the man down.

He found his sword once again and pushed the point into his gut until it could not go any further as he quickly took another swing at another man. One man at a time until there were no more that were stupid enough to come close to him and he had every intention of making them think twice before they attempted to attack a caravan especially a Vellfyre one. "Chase down those that are attempting to retreat," he shouted in a roar.
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Mark and two other guards got to Ziamara even before she realized they were under attack. Mark shoved a dagger into her hand but Zee didn't get to see much more than that as they formed up around her. "Get her to the center!" Mark's orders. She didn't argue.

Until an arrow shot through the air just ahead of her palfrey. The horse didn't take injury but spooked horribly and reared up. Ziamara, trying to look past Mark to see her ladies-in-waiting, screamed in shock and scrambled for balance but the horse landed then twisted and reared again, eyes still rolling in panic. The second time she lost her seat and went hurtling to the ground. Instinct made her put her hand down, and rewarded her with the instant pain radiating up her arm.

Ziamara rolled onto her side, away from her bolting horse while Mark cursed and threw himself off his mount to get to her before anybody else's horse could miss a step and put their hoof across her skull. She sat up just as Mark reached her to drag her up. A man ran toward them and Ser Derrek dragged her up onto his horse while Mark turned to deal with the outlaw.

The attack was over before she understood what had happened. Carissa ran to them to explain Celestia was hurt- not badly but a deep cut on her arm. Others among the guards were less lucky...

"Gavin!" Ziamara pushed down from Derrek's horse to run toward her cousin, shouting orders in a mess of corpses... "Gavin! Are you all right??!" Zee herself had a bruise blossoming along her temple and kept her right arm close to her body.
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He did not look too worse for wear considering, but he was making sure that the few men that were escaping were being run down by his men. The adrenaline and heat of the attack was still boiling in his veins, but he blew it off with an exhale.

"Yes, I'm fine, are you?" He asked as he noted the bruise and wondered what happened to her arm. "Where are the healers?" He barked out another order and several more to start putting some order to the chaos, but kept his guards ready.

"Send some scouts out to see if the way is clear or if that was the end of it," he commanded and then looked about.

"Keep two of them alive and send a messenger to Blacktide to relay what happened here," he shouted making sure that this was just some mere bandit attack and nothing more. He almost gave the order to pike the heads of the dead, but did not want Zee to have to witness it just yet. Maybe when they were underway again.
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Emrello rushed toward them as quickly as his aged legs would carry him. "Allow me, highness..." Ziamara, already a little light-headed didn't argue with the suggestion. Her arm throbbed and she only didn't want to fall apart in tears where the whole of the party could see. Still, she cast a worried glance at Gavin.

"Lord Gavin!" Ser Derrek rode up with Justin and another of the knights in charge of the caravan. Derrek, his dark complexion flushed with fury glared at the horizon then focused on the Vellfyre. "The two wagons... the axels are busted. Half the supplies in them damaged or gone. We'll be short on tents and food if we press on... and that's assuming they can patch up some of the others..." He frowned. "I have to advise we turn back to regroup. Blacktide's the only place for days we'll get canvas or lumber enough."

Ziamara, still stopped within hearing distance, could only stare at Derrek, then Gavin.
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His jaw was tense as he clenched his teeth holding in his own rage, but he breathed out through his nose and looked grim instead. It would be foolish to try to move ahead to Copplestone when Blacktide was less a day's ride. "Fine, make preparations to head back to Blacktide," he replied but everyone could clearly hear the annoyance and anger in his voice.

As he turned about, he noticed Ziamara standing there with Emrello attempting to attend to her. With a gentler voice, he spoke as he ushered her away from the men and back where the injured were being triaged and tended to, "Zee, let's get you seated so Emrello can check you out to ensure that nothing is broken."
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"Back to Blacktide...?" Ziamara's voice was breathy but her jaw set in a look not dissimilar to her cousin's. "Gods, shall we never be free of it?"

The others were already moving to act on his orders but Ziamara leaned on her cousin's arm to navigate a piece of broken pavement. "I did not think father's roads so lawless, Gavin. The royal banner attacked on the high road...? What the hell is going on?"
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The only thing that could be read was the anger and annoyance, but it was not directed towards Zee as he just made himself breathe. "One has to wonder if someone is praying to the gods entirely too hard to keep us in Blacktide," he managed grimly.

He kept her steady as they walked keeping an eye out for something that she could sit upon knowing that Emrello did not need to be beckoned allowing the older man a chance to keep up at his own pace.

"The hell if I know, but I will get down to the truth of the matter. I would expect something like this to happen in the 'Ridge, but the 'Reach? If there is a group of bandits foolhardy or desperate enough to try that again, we will wipe them all out before the King is back home. However, the timing is...highly coincidental. We decide to head to Copplestone and get attacked sending us back to Blacktide...perhaps it is my highly suspicious nature, but I rarely believe in coincidences and so if it were not mere bandits, but agents meant to distract us and keep us away from Copplestone we have a new enemy to be wary of."
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Her jaw set and she nodded, lifting her hand to her temple. "Gods... very well. Once we're back... find Warrick. Speak with him. He and William... may be out only way out of that damned city." She smiled. "That or perhaps setting it on fire but father would be vexed about that... probably."
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"We will make arrangements and I still think it might be necessary to head to Copplestone to see if we can find out what happened to Edric. Either that or I will be going hunting..." It was quite obvious that he did not mean animals for food or sport.

There was relief when Ziamara smiled and even jested about their current predicament. "Well if it comes to burning down the place, let us make sure we are not trapped in the city when it happens," he quipped back and then placed a kiss upon Ziamara's forehead. "Now let Ermello make sure that you are all right before he topples over with anxiety while I make sure we are ready to get back to Blacktide before evening. I will never hear the end of it if your injuries were worse than first imagined. Then stay close to Mark in the meantime, we do not know if the bandits might try again. I need to dispatch a few scouts and a messenger to let Blacktide know we are coming back."
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