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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 01-11-2016, 11:43 PM   #1
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They'd not been back long... But long enough. Warrick had a sinking feeling in his stomach that did not seem to go away no matter how he breathed or tried to calm himself. After his talk with Wallace, he'd gone to his study to compose a letter, focusing on that to take his mind off of things... And then copying it so that it's delivery would be assured. He would send one by pigeon... and one by ship. It seemed if one way failed, the other might be a little more successful. And if Wallace wanted to throw a fit about Warrick using the pigeons for actual official business regarding the Treasury, than he could throw his fit and Warrick wouldn't give two shits about it.

Hands still stained with ink as he returned from that task, he made his way towards Ziamara's rooms and begged an audience with the princess. It seemed to take a while longer than he would have anticipated, but all things considered, he could not blame her. When at last he was granted access to the sitting room, he approached, bowed, and then conveyed as much of an apology as he could without actually saying the words out loud.

"Your highness... You look well. I was told you were injured?"
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"No, not really." Her head hadn't quite stopped swimming and she greeted Warrick still seated on the divan by the window. A white wool mantle draped around her shoulders, Ziamara wore a dress of pale blue silk, simply cut though the material was rich enough. The mantle didn't quite hide the sling her right arm was wrapped in, however. Nor did the loose golden hair around her shoulders mask the bruises showing at her hairline.

"I fell off my horse, like a perfect fool. My darling Mark and the others were quite valiant at keeping all harm from me but what I did to myself." She motioned to the cushions beside her. "Sit, Warrick. You're too tall for me to stare up just now. How was your own expedition? Better than ours, I hope?"
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His eyes swept over her, taking inventory of her bruises and, of course, her arm, and then as requested, he moved to occupy the spot beside her. "It was... enlightening..." he said. "In ways I fear speaking of in depth for I've been away from Blacktide too long to know where ears may be listening..." Even so, he spoke low... his tone a mournful one. "I should never have departed your side... I should have seen your party from Blacktide..."
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Ziamara put her uninjured hand on his arm. "Hush, Warrick. What would that have done? You'd be sporting a bit of blood tonight as well, maybe? Or would've killed a few bandits to match Gavin and we'd all still be sitting right here. You wouldn't have been able to do anything to save the wagons or the horses- that's what brought us back here, not those ridiculous cutthroats."

She smiled. "At least you're here now. Your eldest brother wants me to dine with him one evening soon... it appears he's warmed to me despite my distasteful bastard blood."
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Warrick looked over at her, his eyes heavy with... something. "I've found things are not always as they appear. You were on your guard before... I would caution that you not drop it yet. Something... something sets me ill at ease... and I cannot place it."
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"My dearest wolf..." She kissed his cheek and her hand brushed lightly along his sleeve. "You've had a difficult day. I'll keep my guard up, of course... but it's hardly worth worrying about tonight. Who knows? Perhaps I can charm your brother enough to convince him to ask for my hand. Wouldn't that amuse you?"
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"I have..." he nodded. "You're right. Nothing can be done tonight." He looked long at her and gave her an exasperated smile. "I cannot laugh at that jest. Not when it comes to Wallace."
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"Who says it's a jest?" She put her hand over his. "I've had more than a few hints from him... I suspect part of delaying us here is, well... trying to play matchmaker? Perhaps he's only teasing to lighten the stay."
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Warrick grimaced. "I... do not think that is the case, Ziamara. I know my brother... He's not looking for a bride. He should be... and in some ways... it would make sense... I wish you were right and not in equal measure... But I know that marriage is not his aim."
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"I wouldn't have to wed him, would I?" she pointed out. "William, maybe. You. One of the cousins? If he's fixed on that as a show of faith after the loss of aunt Whitney and Worthing...? That's at least something Gavin and I can negotiate to some extent. The proposal might turn my brother wroth but he can always undo it when he's king." Otherwise, she and her cousin were stuck here for far less hopeful reasons.
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"Maybe..." he said. But Warrick did not sound convinced. And he had no reason to mask it. "If... my brother were like any other lord, I would be inclined to agree. But I cannot say with certainty... All I can speak to is my own suspicions... Wallace is not usually so predictable... Sometimes I feel he likes to do things differently for the sake of different."
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"Of course he does," Ziamara said with a sigh. "Predictable lords would not rule the Blacktide vassals for long, I suspect. But in the meanwhile, I am his guest... I will send word to you whenever he decides to summon me for this meeting."
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Warrick nodded. "In the meanwhile... I will do what I can to ensure your safety. I've... offered to escort you and Lord Gavin to Summerhall or even back to Tor Vellesca... But Wallace did not seem keen on that."
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"He wouldn't, would he? If we suffer another attack on his roads, your presence doesn't help the matter- even taking away any other motives you might think of, there is a problem in risking such a thing and he cannot very well send a great company with us when the unrest to the south is whispered of in every passing breeze."
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And yet... he worried less for her safety on the road than he did in Blacktide. "Yes... You are right," he said, deciding not to put much more of his worries on her. She seemed to be in an optimistic mood as it was. He just wished he could have as much optimism in the case of Wallace as she did. "How is Lord Gavin?"
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Ziamara's smile faded. "I'm not sure. Could you... check on him? Gavin doesn't truly speak to me very, ah, openly. I think the fighting might've... put him ind mind of the war? I... worry about him, Warrick. He's the quiet one. The quiet ones are always too much on their own. Jason has Elijah, and Kain has Kellan... but Gavin's lost his twin and I don't know what will help that."
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Warrick glanced at her sadly. "Nothing will help that, Ziamara. Were William to go... I can scarcely think of it without already feeling empty. All that can help Gavin... is Gavin. And time... But it will be a pain few will ever understand... And a pain fewer can ever nurse him through. He may never fully recover from it..."
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