26 August 2014 @ 11:58 pm
[Filter: Edalene, in Atsirian]
I'll have the scholars prepare the body. From what Vaelda was saying, the family should be here soon to collect his ... remains.
I can't even imagine how
You did very well today. I was quite impressed.
27 August 2014 @ 03:46 am
[Filter: Pillars in Norey]
One thing is for certain -- that place was exactly what we thought it would be.
Unfortunately, Serj and Nadya both fled not more than an hour before we arrived. The people they left behind don't seem to know where they've gone, but that could only be their loyalty to the cause -- or to Serj himself -- talking. It's hard to say.
There may be some useful information in what they left in the wake of their hasty retreat. Britt's already found what looks like a ledger detailing all sorts of shipments from Riva, of all places, and there is merchandise here that no simple Adveni shopkeeper should have.
26 August 2014 @ 09:52 pm
I have the best news! The Prince, he's, ah- tomorrow! He's making an announcement tomorrow right before a big gala, and he's going to tell everyone that we're courting and it will be official!
It's going to be the most wonderful courtship ever. He warned that it would be a short courtship, but I had already expected that, and he all but promised just how romantic it is going to be. He wouldn't tell me any details, of course. I want to be surprised. It wouldn't be romantic if he told me everything he had planned, and I know it must be something amazing! He almost wrote it too, but he stopped himself. That's how I know it must be especially wonderful. After he makes his speech at the gala he must have something truly romantic planned to surprise me with.
I was going to wait to tell you all about it tomorrow, but I can't keep it in! I had to write as soon as I found out!
26 August 2014 @ 09:36 pm
[Filter: Britt and Fayre]
All right. I think we know what we're doing, but just to recap:
Mydra thinks everyone at this place is involved. Nadya probably isn't a Messenger, the owner, Serj, might be. They like to wear patchwork cloaks. They have sentries -- kids, mostly -- set up, they'll be watching for anything suspicious. The place never has many people in it at once, but you both know the signals if we need the others. Otherwise, they're in the streets waiting to pick off anyone that runs.
We drag back as many as we can with the papers. If you see a journal, take it. Don't let anyone write under any circumstances.
That's all obvious, right?
Are we ready?
26 August 2014 @ 09:16 pm
[Filter: Private, in Azsharan]
What a relief Aes Eshene knows better than to waste water! What silly rumors those must have been. I haven't even any idea where all of them came from.
No, Aes, I don't think you're going to get out of it that easily.
I'd hoped you would fight back a bit less. Put forth a bit less effort with your resistance. Bewildered, simple Aes. It's such a good thing you had so many people to help you find your feet again after that awful news came out, or I don't know what you would have done with yourself!
Even they won't want anything to do with you after this. Very detailed, you know. Fountains! Waterfalls! Wide pools, flushed away daily, never reused or preserved. Ornate and charming and oh, so very frivolous. And all signed by you, sister! What horrid news!
The only thing left to ask, sister, is who gets to find your charming little plans.
You won't get out of this so easy. Not after how hard I've worked.
26 August 2014 @ 08:33 pm
We can't stay. They know what they're doing, yeah? They've packed this shop and moved it out a dozen times before now.
They aren't important.
Grab as much as you can and let's go. You saw Lady Britt. "The law will get her eventually." That isn't subtle. That's a threat. That's a threat and a promise, and she wouldn't have said it if she didn't think I was out of time to react!
We'll lay low with Yules, tonight. I'll let her know we're coming.
Serj and I are on our way. We won't stay long, only a night, I'll arrange something with the other dens.
They're going to make a move, soon, and Serj's shop is too obvious.
26 August 2014 @ 08:25 pm
[Filter: Public, in Atsirian]
Suiting, I suppose, that it finally comes to me. Ironic, but ...
I'm Lady Vaelda of Kavan. Hello.
[Filter: Queen Edalene and Prince Reeve, in Atsirian]
You promise me that he will not suffer?
Is there ...
Is there any way I could say goodbye to him before he is gone? I know he must be restrained, but -- but ...
He was never like this. Always so sweet, my brother. I just want to see him smile one more time before you send him to our Mothers. I know that he has done terrible things, and our Mothers will judge him the way he has earned, but I just want to ...
I know it is a difficult request.
26 August 2014 @ 10:16 pm
... I think --
I don't think Friska is okay, Glenn.
It's -- it's what I told you. She hasn't been herself. I know everyone has been so preoccupied with Nerida and Constance and her children and Allba and I -- well, of course they should be! And you... you with House Byron business, and you're leaving soon to deal with all of -- well, all of everything, and ---
And I shouldn't be bothering you, I'm sorry. Ignore -- all of this! All of this, I'm sorry. I shouldn't be... you're so busy.
What can I do for you instead?
26 August 2014 @ 09:18 pm
Yes, just ... don't regard the words on the outside of the shop. I'll paint over that vandalism tonight ... Sorry, I'm balanced but it's been a trying morning. I'm very glad you came. Um. Well, you know the drill don't you? Hold your question, sit, shuffle.
26 August 2014 @ 07:14 pm
Firstly, please allow me to apologize again. I know we haven't spoken much, since the parade, but ... I am sorry. You know me. I've never liked keeping secrets. And I know what it's like to absolutely hate it when people you are close to keep them from you. I still deal with that daily, believe me.
I know you must have had this thought -- that we've all known forever, since we were children, and it's always been this way, but that's not true. Brittany was telling the truth. I had no idea about her or even about Fayre until just a few years ago, when ... ah, well. There was a plot, not quite as large scale as this one, but orchestrated by a Messenger on the actual Council at the time, which ... you'd think that would be worse, wouldn't you? Than this? But this so far ...
But that isn't what I wanted to talk about. The point is that Mydra kept us all hidden from each other for a reason, and that reason should be perfectly plain now -- look at what happens when too many people know a secret like this. The strength of Mydra's entire network is defined by its weakest link. That's ... I know I'm only parroting her own words back to you, now, but it's true.
All of that said, if we are going to agree to be honest with one another from now on ... you aren't exactly clean in all of this, either, are you?
26 August 2014 @ 09:07 pm
Okay, so I'm sitting in one of the dens, right? And one of the few guys in there with a complexion as white as mine. I'm just playing cards with some other people, and one of the brutes comes over all like, "You look like you could hold your own, and you obviously don't believe all the lies going on out there. How would you like some work?"
So I negotiated a bit, but gave in. Tried to make it look like I wasn't too eager, but was interested until I couldn't resist the chance.
Anyway, turns out it's getting hot for them here in Norey, and they're worried about keeping all of their money around as long as they have been. Tomorrow I'm helping to move some of their money onto an emptied opium caravan bound for Colndor.
Figure the boss will be around watching over everything to make sure his money gets where he wants it to go. Figure I can listen to him for a bit without drawing suspicions.
26 August 2014 @ 06:58 pm
[Filter: Lady Martha]
Tomorrow I'll be making an announcement that you and I are officially courting.
The court has suspected it for a while, but it's an important gesture to make. It's going to be ... well, it's going to be a very fast courtship. I hope that doesn't disappoint you. I know that you'd always hoped for ... you know. Romance. Faerie tales ...
You're a bit famous for it, you know.
Er, regardless, that isn't to say it won't be romantic. The announcement will be made before the gala tomorrow, and I have to give a speech ... and after that, er, well! But it's been long enough since the ... the collapse, that it wouldn't be seen as uncouth. The High Priest of the Great Cathedral is going to publicly give us his blessing, as well.
26 August 2014 @ 08:49 pm
Nadya didn't come in today. I guess I have to find a new maid.
[Filter: Pillars in Norey]
After what happened yesterday...
I really liked her. I swear, she made it so easy to shut it all out. And all along, she was playing me, playing all of us. I wonder how much she knew. I wonder if she ever felt tempted to just jab the stem of a comb right into my throat and leave me bleeding.
I feel --
I feel like an idiot.
We have to find her. We have that address -- the shopkeeper. Maybe she actually lives there? Maybe we can track her down.
I feel like an idiot and I hate feeling like a fucking idiot, I
We got that last night. Her not showing up? That's as good as a concession, isn't it. We got them really, really good.
What's next, Mydra? Give me orders. Give me something to do. People could have been hurt last night, and we're actually getting somewhere, here.
26 August 2014 @ 03:55 am
[Filter: Pillars in Norey]
Out of curiosity ...
Did anyone tell Christopher what was happening? Julian?
He wrote about it, warning people in the theater district. It occurred to me that you wouldn't be able to see the filter -- to performers only.
We really need to talk to him. Some of what he said -- honestly. If they hadn't suspected him before, they certainly would now. It's exactly what we thought. He has no idea how easy it is to say something dangerous.
26 August 2014 @ 12:31 am
Patchwork cloaks, as you anticipated.
25 August 2014 @ 10:21 pm
I do see, now.
Talk, talk, talk. Tiresome. Do you tell yourself that it's the Prince you're after to justify your own inadequacies? In the darkest corners of the night, do you lie awake, fists clenched, thinking ah, but only if our quarry were not nestled so snugly in that seat of power, we might prevail?
There was exactly one person present in that building you so cleverly demolished.
A girl. I believe her name was Luca?
25 August 2014 @ 09:42 pm
What was that? There was a huge bang and then the whole building shook. It sounded really close.
I don't want to go look. It's going to be bad. I know it is.
25 August 2014 @ 09:20 pm
[Filter: Performers in Norey]
Anyone in the theater district needs to get clear right now! I know most of you don't really know me, beyond -- well, beyond who I am, but a few of you might, and --
And if you're on Theatre Row, you need to move! Get as far as you can from it. Find safety elsewhere. That threat is being taken very seriously and I don't want any of you to be hurt!
26 August 2014 @ 02:16 am
If you're at the theater right now, get out. I don't think Elyiethe's venue is near enough to be in danger, but better safe than sorry. Those Messengers might be targeting a safehouse four blocks down Theater Row, north from the pavilion. Mydra thinks they have more explosives.
25 August 2014 @ 09:14 pm
About ten minutes back a dozen royal guardsmen boiled out of an alleyway here. Like they were conjured out of thin air. They're forcing the theaters closed. Lots of yelling. I can guess who the sorceress was, but do you know what this is about?
Something to do with that Messenger.
I hope you don't have any friends, here. You might want to tell them to get somewhere else.
25 August 2014 @ 08:48 pm
We know what you're doing.
I hope you're ready to handle the consequences.
Keep your eyes on the skyline, Norey.
25 August 2014 @ 10:37 pm
I know you know I'm alright, but I thought I should write and confirm that ... well, everything is fine. Besides all of the problems, of course. But I'm sure you have at least a few suspicions about those yourself now.
I suppose I was looking for enemies in all the wrong places.
25 August 2014 @ 10:17 pm
[Filter: Reeve, in Atsirian]
... but they're right. We can't keep this like it has been much longer. We need to decide what we're doing, really decide.
My wedding is in a week... this needs to be dealt with before then. It can't overshadow it.
25 August 2014 @ 08:01 pm
... so I got a job. Sort of. It's an apprenticeship for a leather worker. I guess his previous apprentice got hurt in that whole mess at the parade, and won't be able to work for at least a few months.
It's going to be hard work, and long hours, but it should be fun. At least I hope it's fun. I've never really done anything like this seriously before. I mean, I know a bit from hunting, but that's really nothing like what I'll be doing there. I don't even know how much he'll let me do. It might just be cleaning up the shop and helping with customers.
At least it's better than sitting around doing nothing all day. I'm looking forward to it.
25 August 2014 @ 09:47 pm
I think it's working!
Somebody came up to me in the market today -- I was, um, picking up some, uhh... okay, well, no, I was looking for gossip about just what is going on with Firuz!! That's not so bad, is it? Nobody knows exactly what's happening!
... so, yes.
I was there! And someone came up to me, an older lady, such a dignified sort of matriarch! And she told me that she's awfully glad that I'm not a wild and crazy water waster after all and she felt bad for ever thinking that it was true!
25 August 2014 @ 07:45 pm
This trap, then.
We can't simply leave Luca there. They'll take our refusal to come for her as cowardice, and try to get even more information out of her. While she doesn't have enough to put an end to our operation, she has enough that it could severely hinder all of our efforts.
I suggest that a grand display is in order. Serj will have the supplies that we need. Explosives, not so different from his fireworks.
I would rather they not know what we need the supplies for.
25 August 2014 @ 09:49 pm
So. Big change, I guess. Fayre gave me a job here so that I can get back into her graces. 'tolerate' is about the same this as grace, right? Anyway, she's getting me involved here with protecting the crown. An Adveni gambling den runner might be involved and I'm checking him out.
Still in the shit, but, you know, might not get completely kicked out after all.
Also, who's that lady you were getting pretty concerned about?
24 August 2014 @ 01:08 am
The thing is, he can't just say that it's a marriage! A marriage means one thing, one very specific thing! He can -- call it something else, can't he? Call it... oh, I don't know, say... ah, partnership? Life...lovers? Or just make up an entirely new word! Would that be so hard? At least the Atsirians have the decency to be heretics and blasphemers!
Why were you so worried about that woman?
24 August 2014 @ 03:58 am
Would you like a chance to put yourself back on the list of people I feel I can mostly tolerate~? ♥
I had a fascinating discussion with Mydra, this morning~
Apparently, Josiah -- yes, that Josiah -- wrote to Julian yesterday afternoon begging for help protecting a Pillar friend of his. A young girl he claims he's sworn to protect? Either Lydia or Marigold, but I'm not certain which.
24 August 2014 @ 01:50 pm
It occurs to me that there is a great deal I've learned in the past month that I have not told Amaeyra. I'm not sure what to share, and what she should know. How Megam sank, and how the seals in Sarrca and Franel could doom Dentoria to the same fate is something someone in Dentoria ought to know, but what she can do with that information ... if I tell Hasten, I have an obligation to tell him how to fix those seals if they are indeed breaking, give him the resources. Then again, Kilians tried to fix the Megami seal, and look how that ended up.
Perhaps I just feel the need to tell her something because I miss her and it will give me something to say. I miss her. I miss hearing her voice. I miss feeling her hand. I miss seeing the way her smile casts her face alight. Dragons, I'm a grown man of thirty three and I sound like a lovesick idiot. But it is easier, having ... having something to return to. Someone who wants you to come back. It makes every day I have to spend travelling through this forest more bearable.
We are about a week or so away from our next destination. It's a small village, an insular community, as all villages in Kilia seem to be. We were fortunate enough to be acquainted with some people from that village, so that may be easier to find what we need than it would be otherwise. They have journals. Isn't that a coincidence? Though I think it's less coincidence and more a move from a chessmaster who is covering up his half of the board.
I hope you're well. I hope you have found the cause you have been looking for. I hope Hasten hasn't driven himself to the ground and given you another person to nurse.
24 August 2014 @ 12:07 am
Be careful! Please be careful. You're being tempted by something right now, but it might not be real. You'll meet someone new if you follow this to its conclusion, and this person is setting you up for a woman who is going to lead you into the arms of Vincent. We're going to use your death as a catalyst to achieve balance, but ... you know I'd honestly rather not let that happen?
Please be careful of anything you're walking into right now. I'm not sure where the roads converge, but you've either already been deceived or are about to be deceived.
I definitely see Vincent and the Prince in this reading.
23 August 2014 @ 09:52 pm
There's a man on the journals filtering to me, claiming he has a friend who is a Pillar of Light, asking for my help. He claims to be neutral, himself.
I'm not certain what to say, but saying nothing at all seems like an admission in itself.
23 August 2014 @ 11:39 pm
[Filter: Prince Julian]
All right. I'm building this pyre and climbing atop it, then.
Word is that you're a Pillar of Light. I think you may know where that word came from, so I won't go into it. I -- I have a friend. A very dear friend, someone I've sworn to protect. And she's a Pillar of Light, too. She's not doing well. Since the attack on the 18th. Obviously, I doubt any of you are either.
I suppose there's a chance that it was all bullshit and you're as neutrel in this war as I am, but I need to do something.
So that's that.
23 August 2014 @ 09:39 pm
Eli! Blessed spirits, you'd better be reading.
I know where they're keeping Luca. Lady Fayre sauntered in like she didn't even see me and looked Lady Brit right in the eye and said "Mydra is moving her to Theater Row," and Britt sat up real straight and hushed her, and said they'd talk about it later. I was just sitting there, braiding her damned hair, and --
It has to be Luca. Didn't Serj say something about Theater Row, wasn't that where they took the Prince?
23 August 2014 @ 09:24 pm
So, you're looking bright and cheerful these days, ain't you? And I know it's sure not cause the mist is agreeing with you.
Don't suppose it's got anything to do with how you been buddying up with Father Elliot recently. He sure doesn't seem to mind it ...
23 August 2014 @ 08:58 pm
[Filter: The Adveni]
I think it's safe to say that Luca will not be returning. There is no sign of a body. We will need to plan for the worst.
Report. If you are in the public eye, you need to go to ground. There's no telling how many of our names Luca may have given them. I like to think I have trained my agents well enough not to talk, but ... I don't know what methods the spymistress has.
Lord Silas is ... very displeased. I tried to explain to him that it couldn't be predicted. He wasn't having any of it.
23 August 2014 @ 08:32 pm
What are we going to do? We left Floran because of the war and now it's here and they're all over. They tried to kill the Prince!
23 August 2014 @ 10:31 pm
Holy shit. Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit!
You fucker. You know I don't do great when everybody is looking at me on top of that big podium! It's a good thing I could never say no to that, or I wouldn't have known what to say at all. Fucking lucky I didn't embarrass myself in front of all Eina right there.
I'm going to give a quick aside here because it sets all of this up. Right before we let the pegasus knights loose for their jousting, Gebann proposes to me in front of the whole gathered crowd. So we're getting married. I'm still not sure how that's going to work but ... yeah. I'm not saying no.
And congratulations Rae on making it to the finals! Second place isn't bad at all for our youngest competitor. But yeah. Holy shit. I'm going to be King Consort of Eina for real!
23 August 2014 @ 07:20 pm
[Filter: Pillars in Norey]
Zhivka. He oversees several gambling dens in the northern slums, perhaps is involved with others as far down as Trader's Gate. Fayre, Vincent, ask your people.
Silvya. A recruiter in Colndor that may provide links to pockets elsewhere in Kanemoria. I have long suspected the ringleader of this operation was not based in Norey; this may give us better direction. I have already sent people out to investigate; obviously none of you are fit for the task.
Elijah. He plays a similar role, but the girl seemed quite reluctant to divulge his location. Eventually she disclosed that he has recently returned to Norey, a decision he may soon regret. I am investigating this personally. The information I received on his recruitment methodologies ... I doubt he will stop now.
These are all leaders of a sort that will divulge more information if we can find them. And we will. The King is drafting legislation that will help us in our investigation, but in the meantime, there is much we can do with what we already know.
Any Adveni with journals are suspect. There are several that have recently revealed themselves in Norey. Some, like Brittany's new serving girl, I doubt are Messengers themselves -- their proximity to the situation gives them too much opportunity to resist. But we cannot discount the fact that she may be an informant to their cause; I know that tactic well enough.
I doubt we will receive anything more useful from Miss Luca. She'll say anything at all if she thinks it will help her -- but here is one more thing she may yet do for us. I am sending her to the Theater Row bolthole in the morning, under guard. Brittany, you will be sure your serving girl overhears this, somehow. Be careless in your talk with Fayre, perhaps.
Vincent, you will track that girl, in the meantime. You will also have help investigating the others -- the fortune teller, Yuliet, and the peddler, Serj.
I will hear your thoughts, now.
23 August 2014 @ 08:20 pm
He's always there for me. I've never had someone that could talk me down like that before. He deserves to be my equal, even if he'll deny it.
I suppose it's as good of a time as any. The council has been riding me about thinking about the future of the Kingdom. It's not exactly what they want, but it's a start. I'll just have to deal with the consequences tomorrow, and I'm sure to hear it. They won't approve, of course, but this is not something that I am going to negotiate on.
Eina is a country of change, and the first change starts tonight.
23 August 2014 @ 10:16 pm
Yesterday, we were nearly, in order:
Exploded, trampled, burned alive, and crushed by a stampede of terrified people. Dragons, there were ... several separate points in time where I was quite certain that it was all over and --
This would be a good time to ask you if you're ever going to speak to me again, I think?
A week is a long time for you to consider things. And that sort of near death experience makes a fellow, ah, long for some closure?
You can tell me to leave you alone.
The whole world has gone crazy, today, I think. It's going to get worse before
23 August 2014 @ 10:05 pm
I've been thinking about this, brother. I know you have too. That kind of attack ... It was coordinated. It was complicated. It hit with all the surprise of a maneuver you'd find in an actual military strategy book -- if Hanalan had ever had one of those that wasn't from Dentoria or Korin. There is whole network of Messengers here, and they're not afraid of targeting ... maybe they know that someone on top here is a Pillar? Like the reverse of home. Like ... well, like I said, Dentoria. Lord Craig was a Pillar, wasn't he?
Well, I don't think this is going to go away. There were so many of them. They're going to keep doing this, and doing this until someone is dead. I can't imagine there aren't others on their way here right now. Mari is going to get worse and worse with this instead of being away from the problem.
We could ... do something about this.
23 August 2014 @ 09:01 pm
Heard about th' shit that went down th' other night, bombin' and dead folks an' all. Why didn't y' come get me?! Y'know I always said I'd drop everythin' to help ya out, no matter what 't was! At least I woulda liked t' see the bloodshed! Y' gotta warn me when yer about t' pull this stuff off from now on, I thought we Adveni were a family!
23 August 2014 @ 07:14 pm
Happy Birthday Gebann~!
I'm sorry I didn't give you a report last night. I got in pretty late, and wanted to get a good night's sleep before I have to compete. I'm glad I was so exhausted last night or I probably wouldn't have been able to sleep at all.
23 August 2014 @ 08:56 pm
I've given you some time to assess the damage in all its forms. Now I'd like my report.
20 August 2014 @ 10:52 pm
[Filter: Fayre, Julian, Britt, and Mydra]
I'm back at my manor.
Some of the crowd realized what was happening and pulled me out of there before things got ugly. I don't know what happened to them after that. I just -- I just ran. I just ran until I found somewhere to hide, and then I ran back home.
Those people were going to kill me.
They were Messengers, weren't they? And all of you are Pillars. Mydra, I expected, who doesn't expect that? But the rest of you ... I suppose I was just going to end up a casualty in your war.
I wish you'd trusted me enough to say.
Tell Father and Jaina where I am.
20 August 2014 @ 10:17 pm
[Filter: The Adveni]
Nikola is dead.
The distraction didn't work. Not completely. I had him. I had him right there sprawled out on the ground looking up at me with his big sad scared eyes and -- and there were others. A big man, black hair -- I mean, big. Two daggers that would be swords to someone less freakish. Drew them out and cut down poor Nikki, just like that.
I tried. Eli, I swear I tried. I think I got him once, score on the back. Would have kept at it but there were more. Half a dozen, right in from the crowd. They were watching. Waiting. We didn't fool them, they left a trap.
Spirits save us. Nikki. Spilled her guts right out on the ground in front of us like it was nothing ...
The big one grabbed Lord Christopher, disappeared down an alley. Iva and I ran. No tails. We lost them at the square. We're going for Serj's.
Yuliet was right. The damn cards were right. We couldn't see it at the time, but this ...
20 August 2014 @ 11:50 pm
Where is everyone? What's going on?
Forbes -- he has us all at this little inn, it's -- far enough that we're out of the smoke, bubt -- Dragons! Dragons, we haven't heard anything from the parade grounds except that -- well, no, we've heard everything from the parade grounds! Prince Julian is dead! Lord Reston killed him! No, Lady Fayre is dead -- you had better not be dead! No, it's Lord Chris who's dead, he and Julian dueled for the throne and Julian ran him through. No, it was Adveni sorcerers, cursing everyone with their magic, and not fireworks at all, and everyone is doomed, and --
We need to know what's happening! Please!
21 August 2014 @ 02:35 am
There's one girl in an incense wagon on Spirits' Walk. She's the one who planted the fireworks. No one has gone in or out, but your boys and I have her surrounded.
I'm assuming you'd like to have a chat with her. So glad to see your people are as disciplined as ever.
20 August 2014 @ 11:34 pm
We're not going to Norey. Your birthday is tomorrow. Sit the fuck down and stop fuming already. Fayre can take of it, and even if she can't there's not a damned thing you can do.