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Mirrormount Ruled by House Mondragon.
A dwindling city of 1,810 souls, its income is from the snow-leaves and vineyards on the slopes, and copper ore from the last mines in the area.

Mirrormount takes its name from the glorious fortress that stands incongruously just to the north, on a high bluff- the vast edifice is an odd creation. Some of its older towers feature odd spires with polished stone that still shines and shimmers in the light--a feature from a time before Asserya. Silverhall is its name, but many others call it Mirrorfell these days as the silver that once flowed into this vast holding from western mines is long gone, lost to Elonia with the final settlements of the Border Wars


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He had closed his eyes... Sometimes he was afraid to do that. Sometimes he feared that if he gave in and shut his eyes, they'd never open again. He dared to lay his head down, ignoring the snow-cold stone beneath his cheek... Even if he was indeed lying on a cushion. His wrists tugged at the shackles, the coverlet somehow wrapped around, and he tried in vain to make them feel comfortable beneath the rust covered metal... He felt the warmth of his own blood covering his wrists and swore he could smell it over the filth of the cell.

Despite being covered he was cold... Shivering... And he kept his eyes shut against what he knew was coming. He heard the footsteps... The voices... They were coming for him and there was nothing he could do but try to steel himself against it... He didn't even lift his head when the door opened. They spoke quickly... Too quickly for him to make out the words. Still, he played dead. Maybe they'd bury him if they thought he was dead. He'd rather suffocate than spend another moment in here...

He tossed a bit on the bed, flinching when he was forced to his feet... He kicked, his leg bending at the knee. Fingers clenched the coverlet. He groaned, trying to form words... And then he was being dragged... Dragged to a familiar room... "No..." he begged, speaking out loud, filling the silence of the room with his weak voice.

Nearby Varric, who had already been stirring, sat up and listened carefully.
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Parissa was deep in slumber. The exhaustion of the trip had clung to her, even through the revelry of the welcome and the kingly dinner--someone had to actually tug her sleeve to keep her from falling asleep at the table with the last course. In the room given to them, Kessya handed her warm tea with honey to ease the sniffles that remained from the chill morning and tucked her into bed.

She didn't notice anything wrong until the chill returned... or rather, the coverlet's sudden absence let the cooler air of the room hit her. Without really waking up, she rolled over, deciding just to hide against Jason's side.

"Jace, it's cold..." She put a hand on his side just as his leg made a sharp motion and he jerked away- or just moved weirdly... she was too sleepy to understand it as her eyes finally opened. Not that the darkness of the room and the drawn bed hangings was much better than closed eyes... "Jace...?"
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Jason made another sound... A desperate plea... But they never listened. He wondered if they enjoyed it... The way they broke him... He'd tried so hard to remain strong... Unmoved... But it was no use... The pain had erased his pride, his dignity... All he knew now was that he wanted to die... He didn't want to hurt anymore.

"Gods... Please..." he whined when they chained him to a thick, pillar of wood. They didn't bother stripping him of his shirt... It was in tatters, some fabric stuck in deep lacerations on his back from the whipping they'd given him earlier... And he cried out when they tossed water on him... Something in it made his wounds sear... He thrashed as much as the chains allowed, choking on the sobs that were pulled from him...

Varric blinked and then tumbled from his bedding, tossing his boot at Saul to wake him as he hurried towards the bed.

"P-Princess..." he stammered nervously, not quite reaching for her. "Come away from him...! Saul... Get Jackson!" The sound of footsteps padding across the floor was heard over Jason's whimpers. "Don't wake him..." Varric said, making out Parissa's arm and reaching to take a gentle grasp on her wrist. "Come off the bed..."
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She sat up and almost screamed when Varric appeared at the side of the bed, startling her worse than Jason's nightmare had. Parissa turned to try to see him better... Her sleep-fogged brain jolting between adrenaline and dreams left her dazed and she started to move as Varric suggested but shifting around on the rope-strung mattress and a tangled shroud of fur and satin coverlets cost precious moments. Varric took hold of her wrist and she reached for his arm just as Jason lashed out at some phantom's shadow.

The blow wasn't meant for her, but caught her across the side of her head with enough force to topple her toward the side of the bed and into Varric. A startled cry echoed off the stones as she and Varric landed on the floor.
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Jason's arms tensed, but nothing helped... Flexing his muscles or keeping them relaxed... The only thing that stopped the pain was losing himself to sleep... But the gods had cursed him with a high tolerance for pain... And it always took much too long for it to be too much... And so he cried out with the first crack of the whip, tears stinging his eyes. And then another crack...

The door swung open as Jackson and another guard rushed in, Saul behind them. While the other guard hurried to help Parissa and Varric, Jackson rounded the bed, undoing his belt and leaving his sword out of reach. That had been a hard lesson once long ago. He reached for Jason's wrists and leaned over to pin him down.

"Princess," Varric said, stumbling to his feet and helping the guard with her. "Are you hurt?"

"Saul... Fetch Lord Vayth... Tell him it's urgent," Jackson said firmly.

Jason felt hands on his wrists... They were moving him... But the chains were gone... The shackles undone. They must believe him too weak to resist that they wouldn't bother with them... And this would be his chance. He would either be free... Or he would be killed in the attempt. Either way led to freedom... And so Jason wrenched his hand free and took a mighty swipe.

Jackson cursed as the prince got free of his grip and slammed him hard across the chest. He reached for it again to try to grab it. "Prince... Your highness... You must wake! You are in a dream! What you are seeing is naught but a memory."
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Rhaegar had a chamber, thanks to being wed to a Vellfyre but as he served Jason he'd remained in the prince's apartments for the evening since the lord-of-chamber were shorthanded. Rhaegar was only down the hall when the commotion started, and halfway to the door when Saul ran out crying Rhaegar's name.

He ran past the boy without a second question. The scene in the bedchamber was chaos: Jackson over the prince, the princess clinging to one of the squires with a red mark blossoming on one cheek. "Saul! Stoke the fire, get some light in here. Varric, get her out."

He dropped his dagger on the table well away from the bed then crossed the room to help Saul. "Wake up, Prince Jason." He'd switched to Asseryan without thinking. "This is Edolon. All is well." He spoke more calmly than he had to the squires, though he ducked a flailing fist and sidestepped Jackson to reach down and pin Jason across the collarbone.
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Parissa hardly understood anything of the anarchy around her. Varric and one of the Crownsguard helped her up, and she stared at Varric with tears in her eyes and her left ear ringing a little. That side of her face felt hot. "W-what's h-h-happening?"

Rhaegar rushed in and she looked past Varric to where they were holding down her husband. It took a moment for that to sink in, then she burst into tears and flung her arms around Varric to cry into his tunic.
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Jason cried out as more men came to pin him down, and he turned to throw them off... His other hand lashing out... And then he was brought down again... Slammed hard to his raw, bleeding back... And then one of them spoke... But not in Zakkish. In Asseryan...?

His eyes opened and he went still... Very still...

Jackson let out a breath and looked across at Rhaegar.

He stared straight up for a long while, and then slowly he turned his head to Rhaegar, his eyes still wide, tears of both pain and anger running from the corners. When he spoke, his voice was rough and soft. "This... is real? I'm... not dreaming now? You're really here? Where... Where are we?"
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He looked into the prince's eyes. "Real as your hearbeat, Prince. We are in Mirrormount, with your father's court. We're on progress through the realm. You are currently occupying your bed in this great monstrosity they call Mirrorfell. And Jacen Mondragon is probably on his way to see what the shouting was all about."
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Jason visibly shuddered and then reached up to touch Rhaegar's arm as if to be sure it was truly real. Another shudder and he blinked... Mirrormount... It was catching up... And then very suddenly, he tried to sit up but was weighed down both by Rhaegar and Jackson's arms.

"My wife...? Where is she?" he asked, his voice beginning to edge on panic. "Where's Parissa? I... Did I hurt...? Rhaegar, where is she?"
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He kept a firm hold on the prince, not quite trusting the lucidity yet. "Varric took her out. You can assess her for yourself once you assure me the dream has lost its claws.' Rhaegar glanced at Jackson. "I believe she is well. Likely out of sorts from being awakened."
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Jason let his head sink back, his hand coming up to dig his fingers into his hair, the butt of his palm pressing hard on his forehead. "They always feel so real... Always... Like they're ripping my back open all over again... I still feel the pain... I feel it's bleeding..."
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"No blood, your highness." Jackson tried to sound reassuring while Rhaegar let go of the prince and walked over to pour a cup of wine for him.

"Old wounds can be felt years after. It is the way of things." Rhaegar walked back to offer the cup to Jason. "You came out of this one more quickly. It will be easier as time passes."
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"It's been... a while since the last one," he groaned, reaching out and sitting up lightly to take a drink. "This... shouldn't have happened..." But he knew that it was risk. The way he'd been feeling... And even with Jackson's reassurance, he reached behind him to touch his back to make sure there was no blood.

"How long was it?" he asked.

"Only a few minutes, I think," Jackson answered. "At least from the time Saul alerted us. It was not nearly so long as it used to be, highness. Lord Vayth is right."

"Gods... Perhaps with luck, we can keep this quiet..."
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"I am sure there are enough ghosts we could attribute the yelling to. Or call it a lovers' quarrel." He glanced at the door. "Though your father and uncle might not believe the tale."

His dark gaze assessed the prince. "I can summon the boys and the princess back if you like. I do not think they went far."
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"I'll... tell them I tripped... They'll likely believe that I was cursing because of a squire got in my way... Vellfyres and their temper..." He sighed and sat up even more. Jackson stepped back and gave him a studious look, assessing much like Rhaegar was doing.

"Please... I want to see my wife."
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Rhaegar bowed to the prince before he went to go do as requested but retrieving the princess took several minutes longer than he'd have expected. The squire and guard had escorted her out but they weren't in the next chamber. He found them all the way out in the solar, Parissa sobbing into Varric's tunic while the squire looked half ready to weep too and the guard pressed another cup of wine into Varric's hand...

To Rhaegar's shock, his appearance only made the girl cry more. On being told the prince wished to see her, Parissa balked and shook her head. Ser Derrek had to wade in, then Varric protesting that the prince's dreams didn't last into waking. Finally, Rhaegar just walked over and grabbed her arm to pull her along whether she wanted to go or not.

So it was that quite a few minutes later, Rhaegar hauled a trembling, tear-streaked, sniffling princess back into the royal bedchamber. Princess Parissa's hair was a wild mess of waves and curls, her askew and robe hurriedly belted. Her left cheek was red and swelling into a bruise.

Parissa was terrified enough of Rhaegar that she didn't fight but once she was in the chamber she hung back, even when he let go of her she stayed where she was - well away from the bed. She kept her eyes focused on the floor by the bed instead of looking at its occupant. "A-are you f-feeling better?"
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Jason had already pushed himself to the edge of the bed, his hand still clutching the cup, trembling. He wasn't sure how long it was before the door opened, but it did seem like forever... And when he looked up and saw her, the firelight catching her face, he nearly dropped the cup.

He stood up, tempted to go towards her. He even took a few steps before he stopped himself, his mind catching on to why she kept her distance. Horror came over him, and he took a few distraught breaths. "I hurt you..." he whispered softly. "Gods... I'm so sorry, Parissa. I... I didn't mean... This... This is what I was afraid of... Why I sent you away... I shouldn't have... I... I'm sorry... I'll... sleep somewhere else tonight... But you... You should get some rest... I promise... This won't happen again."
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Parissa shrank inside her robe; shoulders bunching, head dropping. She'd been crying since Varric took her out and only the absolute terror of Lord Rhaegar had made the tears stop. She shot a horrified look at Jackson and Rhaegar when Jason started to apologize and quickly focused on the floor again.

"I-It's... y-y-you d-didn't. I f-fell... o-off the b-bed..." Tears began making fresh trails down her cheeks. Slow ones, at least.

Rhaegar cleared his throat. "Prince, perhaps Jackson and I should sort out the boys?"
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Jason looked at Rhaegar and nodded, not saying another word until they left.

"Should I... send for a magister?" he asked, not looking at her. "Make sure you're all right? I'll... leave if you... would rather be... um... Well... away from me. Let you get some sleep."
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She felt like she was going to be sick. Her stomach tied in knots to match her tongue, and Parissa wrapped her arms around herself as the tears sped up. She hiccupped, sobbed and turned away, putting her hand over her mouth. "C-c-can I g-go...? Th-they m-made u-up a-a ch-chamber for me... Z-zara's there w-with the-the others...." Belatedly she realized if she left it would be seen as her losing his favor- likely after a rough fight from the mark on her face. She sobbed again, and her knees wobbled so she dropped into the chair closest to her and buried her face in her hands. She still didn't understand what had happened but somehow everything was wrong.
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Jason's hands trembled even more, and when she fell into the chair, he lurched forward wanting so much to go towards her. "You're... afraid of me..." he said, looking away again. "I'll go..." he breathed, bending to grab his boots. He couldn't glance her direction. It was too much. Sitting back down, he pushed his feet into his boots and then grabbed for the tunic he'd discarded before he'd slept to pull on over his head. "I... won't return... You can sleep and not be afraid... I promise..." he said, his chest feeling so... dreadful. There was no other word for it. And with that, he got back to his feet and started towards the door.
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She wanted to go back to sleep and wake up to tonight never happening. She wanted to go to sleep as far away from him as possible, too... but she made the mistake of looking at the bed and how empty it would be... And all of that only made her keep crying.

She should call him back... he was hurt too. And sad. And tired.

But she opened her mouth to say it just in time to hear the door close.

He'd left. She stared at the door in shock for a minute. Maybe more. She got up and stared around the room without knowing what to do. In then end she went to the cabinet where the wine was- the stuff that made you sleep, that she wasn't technically supposed to drink. She filled a cup and drank half of it before carrying the cup back the bed and downing the rest of it before she crawled into the bed. Her head was already muzzy and this made it all foggy... Good. She'd... think about things tomorrow.

Parissa half laid, half-fell into the bed, rolling onto her side and putting her hand out to touch the pillow Jason had used before her eyes closed. Dreamwine... that's what they called it... Worked... like a... Sleep claimed her before she could even finish her thought.
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