SilverCities hosts Betrothal Party! - Page 3
Dread Lady Nathicana
Studying the man, she is all too aware of his nervousness. Now ... to try and put him at ease, or use this to my advantage? she pondered, studying him. The gentle lady, or the powerful leader approach?
"Perhaps when the festivities have ended, a proper discussion could be entered into, my lord?" she asks, head tilted slightly in question. "I hear they have a truly magnificent feast planned - you are staying for it, yes?"
OOC: curses - timing - sorry, had to fix lunch for da fam. :)
Nodding as he makes his excuses, she watches him walk to his table, and nods. Perhaps the gentle approach with this one ... we shall see what he has to offer.
OOC: Caterpillars don't, the thread moves in waves, the last one did too and it got to 191 pages
It's just Silver and I have been busy with other things for a minute
Thank you Scolo
Dread Lady Nathicana
OOC: Ah, the power of Scolo. *smiles* Many thanks.
Raui notices the entrance of a troll and presses a button on his watch. A lightning bolt shoots down from the almost cloudless sky, rendering the troll a pile of ashes. He has always hated party crashers.
HAS BEEN GORTED!
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OOC: Intank.com, click on Angst Technology...todays strip applies to a scary degree.
"It seems we have a bunch of new exciting people to make our acquiantance too" he smiled at Rothana before kissing her briefly
"And my problems of having no spare clothes should be over in a few hours"
Rothana smiled and answered, " I'm glad, did she have the Fabrics you wanted?"
"Those and many more, she literally has a goldmine, I think she has a new regular customer"
He turned to Nathanica
"Nathi, you should visit her too one-time, I saw some fabulous black leather. Couldn't help but think of you when I saw it"
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nathi chuckled slyly, nodding to Zaek with a grin "Did you now? Well then by all means, I'll make it a point to look into it. Lord knows I could use some new ensembles ... in fact, it would seem I need something outside my usual tastes." she pondered, shooting a sidelong glance at Jaime.
"Something in an ivory, perhaps?" she mused. "A goldmine, you said ... I ah ... I'll ask."
Raui finally stands, his hands trembling only slightly, and begins his effort to mingle and to establish contacts. As he moves from one person to another, he actually becomes more relaxed. These are not like those from my country. These are people who have seen the world. Maybe these ARE my people. I think I will stay for the feast. Raui smiles, a charming, pleasant smile. His eyes sparkle a little bluer. He laughs and moves on to meet someone else new, yet somehow wonderfully familiar.
As soon as the door fell into its lock the old duke began to scold his son while their squires helped them out of the travelling clothes and the armor and into the offical clothes.
"Haven't you heard what she said? She is a common! A common!! She may have a nice face but nevertheless she is just a common! How dare you to choose her as your lady?"
"She never said she is a common, she said she is a ministery. Who are you ministeries?"
"Well, the Baron of Awin, the Lady Cavance, the.."
"See? All of them are nobles. And even when the fine Lady Regina is not i have pledged my services to her and not even a king could change this now. The rules of Knighthood are older than any family of Gimrulan. Only the kind Lady Regina can refuse my services. Besides... correct me but Baron Ulant had no heirs?"
"Giving a Gimrulan province to a foreigner? Have you lost your mind?"
"You were the one who doesn't want a common to be my Lady, so change it when it is so embarrassing for you. For me it is surely not with such an high Lady, noble or not. And if she is dissatisfied with my service you won't have to worry at all"
Akad mumbles something into his beard but does not try to discuss with his son any further.
When they are finished and on theyr way to the festival the duke only commands his son to seek out the queen first and then attend to his Ladys service (ooc anyone knows how to translate minnedienst?) and asks him not to draw his sword to fast, after all he is not in his homeland and customs may differ from theyr own.
ooc: no known translation/geen gekende vertaling just pledge your honour to her and say your Pledge or your Word
Dread Lady Nathicana
OOC: btw ... we loves the chivalry/honor stuffs, we does ... *beams*
Zaek reached in his pocket, pulling out a black satin cloth, which he carefully folded and tied around his haid like a sweat band, going from wide at the front of his head to very narrow just under his ponytail.
He removed the elastic band tying his hair and shook it loose a little.
Slightly resembling a lion with beautiful manes.
OOC: I'm going to bed, Silver is packing for the move, I'll be on before I leave for work
Dread Lady Nathicana
ooc: Good luck & see you when. *ponders* Move? is that what I think? *smiles*
ooc so i will get no chance to "hand over" the three chamber maidens soon? Ah well, good luck with the move SilverCities and good night Gothicum
The jester breaks out of his trance and says to Nathi,
"I'm fine thank you."
Dread Lady Nathicana
"You don't look fine, boy ..." she says softly. "Care to explain? I mean, you said you wouldn't get involved, then ... " nods to his wounds pointedly.
OOC: sorry for taking too long
"Well, I just sensed something was very wrong, I just felt the urge to help, I probably would have done it again, although I regret having to go on one of my Berserkersangs. They aren't pretty."
Dread Lady Nathicana
ooc: no worries - was having a hard time with the forums myself
She laid a hand on his arm in a comforting manner. "So long as you got back in relatively one piece ... " she said quietly. Nodding to the barman, she ordered up a bourbon for the jester and another glass of red wine for herself.
"I'd ask if similar happened back in Gothicum ... but I note you all seem rather loathe to speak on it. Jaime at least I can tell is holding something back, but ... I suppose I won't pry. He's said he'll speak with me later on it."
"I'm sorry I wasn't there to help." she finished uncomfortably.
"All I can say about Gothicum was that.......some people, including myself went into sort of........a berserker state......I probably shouldn't have even said that much."
He sips his bourbon, thinking about Gothicum and all that occured within its borders
Dread Lady Nathicana
She said nothing for a moment, simply studying him quietly. Her gaze shifted to Jaime, then back to Barrett.
"Perhaps it was best ..." she says quietly. "Again, I'm sorry."
OOC: just popped in for a sec.. smiles no not the Big Move... yet..*grin*
8) will be on later When Goth comes back i seem to think better when he is on.. smiles
Dread Lady Nathicana
ooc: Darn you two, Silver ... ye've done softened this cynical gal's heart with all the romance here. ;) How am I supposed to be the Dread Lady with all this going on, I ask you? *puts hands on hips sternly, ruining it all with a grin*
OOC: lol well what can i say, Believe me it hit me out of the blue.. smiles
* is all starry eyed in love * :D
OOC: aha! i knew i should check in here before i go to bed... 6 pages indeed...
marcus walked slowly to the couples' table with a dazed expression on his face, hands clasped behind his back. his hair was rumpled, and he blinked slowly as he realized siren was not part of the group.
"hello everyone... would you know where my angel is?"
Siren had finished talking with one of the other guests, she then noticed that Marcus was looking for her, she walked up behind him quietly and put her hands over his eyes, " Guess who?"
Jacob wakes after sleeping in his chair for awhile. He looks around, and suddenly gets up.
He runs to the general group of people...
" What time is it?!"
marcus smiled at the sound of siren's voice.
"but angel, you're the one who would be surprised!" he turned to siren and handed over what he had been holding behind his back. it was cleo, purring happily.
"that took a lot out of me, and a lot of tracking skills from him." he laughed as he combed his ruffled hair. "what a persistent cat."
"about mid afternoon," Richenda replied," why? "
brothel party? im game !
" Gah! I forgot to feed Cleo and Fazir... Cleo's fine with that... but where's Fazir? He gets a little cranky during his feeding time..."
He looked around, and knew Cleo would be OK, but it was Fazir who would need to be fed.
brothel party? im game !
bethrothal party :P
Siren smiled and kissed Marcus, " Wonderful love! I didnt even see her! Im very Proud of you.."
The jester decides to live up the party a bit. He pulls out his lyre and plays one of his uplifting songs*
marcus pulled her closer, embraced her tighter, and kissed her deeper. as they pulled away, he gave her his lopsided grin.
"how about we celebrate with a dance? the jester is at it again with his fie tunes."
"I'd love to," Siren wrapped her arms around her beloved and held on tight.
Dread Lady Nathicana
"You truly play wonderfully." Nathi says to the jester, watching the couple go out to dance with a smile.
The jester smiles happily at seeing the two lovers dance.
"Thank you m'Lady"
Zaek bent over to Rothana and whispered something in her ear.
"Are we gonna let those to steal the show on the dancefloor, or are we gonna give them a little competition"
"No swords this time"
the jester chuckled at hearing Zaek's remark and started to play another song of dance
as they danced, marcus brushed a strand of hair out of siren's eyes and lightly kissed her forehead.
"where would you like to go for our "honeymoon"?" marcus grinned at the word, and it came to him what they were about to share. "you can take a few weeks away from your duties, can you not?"
before she replied, he twirled her around and pulled her closer when he caught her. he made a chuckle as he heard her giggle.
" Anytime, swords or not," Rothana smiled and took her Chosen's hand...
The jester played his lyre with skill that showed a past as a Bard. His fingers ran up and down the wooden board, strumming the strings as they went.
Zaek walked rothana over to the dancefloor, unbuttoning the top button of his shirt so he could feel the wind brush against the bottom of his neck.
Closing his eyes he slowly and stately lifted Rothana's hand, before slightly tugging it andd rolling he into his embrace.
Siren thought for a moment, " Yes i could get away for a while, where? now that is a good question.. i really havent been out of the country much, in fact my first trip was the ball at Macool's and then to Gothicum, that is the extent of my travels ... do you have any good ideas?" Siren smiled at Marcus...
Rothana moved with Zaek, perfectly in synch with him... letting him guide her across the floor....
Dread Lady Nathicana
Watching the couples dance, she smiled and applauded quietly.
Tapping her foot to the beat of the music, she hummed softly to herself in a quiet counter-melody. Her eyes lost their focus as she stared out across the room, apparently lost in deep thought.
As Dayne stands quietly, watching the dancing with a smile on his bearded face, Rhaegon searches frantically through the festivities.
When he finally spots his nephew, he approaches quickly, making the customary formal bow. As he straightens, all decorum is lost as he growls a fierce whisper in the Evenstars ear. Dayne snarls a reply, shaking his head firmly and making a sweeping gesture, but eventually submits and walks off into the darkness with Rhaegon, the Hound in tow.
marcus noticed the other couple trying to show them off. he looked at siren and gave her wink.
"looks like those two want to show us how to dance."
he held the back of siren's neck lightly with his left hand and moved his right arm down to her waist, dipping her low. siren squeeled in surprise in delight before he gracefull swung her to his arms again, feet moving in a tango-like rhythm.
"now, my love, i may not be a warrior, but i certainly can dance." he grinned. "where would you like to go?"
In the melange of spinning dipping and embracing it seemed as if Zaek and Rothana floated across the floor, catching the eye of many of the guests. Just after they spun towards eachother, standing toe to toe Zaek opened his eyes. He took Rothana's chin in his hand, lifted it and kissed her, letting her linger after it as he moved behind her
Siren sighed, " I have no idea, " she laughed, " someplace private, someplace warm, somewhere i would not have to share you with anyone" she whispered...
Richenda saw her Reaver leave and her heart fell, but she just kept smiling at the dancing couples ... hoping that he would be back soon...
Rothana felt like clouds were under her feet, she could think of nothing else then her warrior in her arms, when he kissed her she swore she could see stars... she closed her eyes and continued to move with him...
marcus suavely and smoothly led siren to a swifter type of tango, carefully improvising his deft maneuvers to her graceful movements. he suddenly pulled her closer, moved his hands down her side, and stepping away to twirl her back to him. turning a circle himself, he then catches her and swings her in his arms, lightly carrying her as she giggled in delight, her arms around her neck.
Zaek's hands move to the side of Rothana's thighs, and while he was kissing her neck their feet moved in a complicated pattern, smoothly, as if it was one body dancing. Zaek ambraced Rothan, reaching across her body the take her hand, he spun her out to face him then pressed her close
he moved to a saccada as he lightly hooked on siren's waist with his left arm. a sudden foot sweep, and he was behind siren, pressed closed to her. he trailed his fingers down siren's arms as quickly turned her to face him, a giro, and he gave her a light kiss on the lips.
"dancing is like having a conversation, angel... the emotions highlighted by each movement." he whispered in her ear, as he once again, held both her arms, slid his fingers to hers and led her to a graceful and slower footwork.
Daynes snarls acho about the courtyard as he argues with his uncle Rhaegon.
"I'm to be married, Rhaegon! Tell him to call Bastien, he's the one born to lead, fucking let him!"
Rhaegon shakes his massive head, clenching a fist and raising it,"No, Dayne. He calls for you, and you must answer..."
The Reaver Prince shakes his head and gives a snort,"I'll not desert her now. Tell him that, eh? These New Genoese are cowards and fools anyway."
The Reaver Lord looks about them and leans forward, whispering fiercely to his Prince.
The Evenstar blinks a moment, before nodding slowly and getting slowly to his feet. He walks away from Rhaegon, looking about himself absently as he searches for Richenda. The Hound shadows his steps, as always.
Richenda looked around anxiously for her Chosen, she had a very bad feeling, and it wouldnt leave her thoughts..........
Dayne moves through the festivities, finally approaching Richenda and beckoning.
"Come, My Love, I am afraid I may bear grave tidings..." He shakes his head sadly and offers his arm to the one he has chosen to marry.
Richenda's mind started racing as she took Dayne's arm... but she stayed silent letting him say what he needed to say......
Daynes eyes are pained as he leads Richenda to a deserted corner, shaking his head in disgust and loathing.
His indigo colored eyes rest on hers as he takes her hand, sighnig sadly as he begins to speak,"My Love... My Lord Father has called me back to Pantera... To wage war against a foe of the Reavers..."
He swallows, shaking his head and continuing,"Word is Pantera stands to gain much from victory in this conflict, and my father would have me there for it."
Drawing himself up to his full height, he looks into Richenda's eyes and says,"Honor is all in my life, My love. It is all I have, now, though I stand to gain you soon..."
"Only for you would I even consider disobeying my father, but I will. I will stay and we will be married, should you desire it." He draws a ragged breath, expelling it slowly before continuing,"Or, you may accompany me to Pantera, though there you would be forced to stay, while I make war..."
Richenda, watched how saying this hurt him to be so torn between her and his duty, she thought for a moment how Rothana would not be parted from her love during the conflict in Gothicum, and she knew she loved him no less then that.... " My love, My heart, My Chosen... I would accompany you, to stand with you, I am no wilting flower, I am a fighter in my own right and i will not keep you from this, i understand better then you may know, but neither will i be parted from you again...." she looked Dayne in his eyes... " I choose you, to be with you, Ive waited long enough, where you go i shall be also..."
The Evenstar bellows happily, wrapping his arms around richenda and kissing her passionately. He holds the kiss for a moment, before drawing back and motioning,"Come then. I have something I want to do before we go. I'd planned to do this after the ceremony, but I do not think it should wait..."
He grabs her arm and rises quickly, motioning to the Hound,"Bring the eunuchs, and the chest to me. Quickly Hound, we have preparations to make!" He turns and smiles at Richenda once more, quickly detailing thier trip to Pantera.
The Hound, unhurried walks off in search of the two massive eunuchs.
Richenda was happy to see his reaction and she was thrilled she she wouldnt need to be parted from her Reaver again..... she was also very curious to see what he had in mind, 'wonder what Siren is going to say about this' she wondered.....
As the Hound returns, the two huge eunuchs in tow, he nods to his Prince, gesturing to the massive chest they bear.
The chest is a huge, gaudy affair. Oak and secured with great, iron straps, the wood has been inlaid with jewels and precious metals, all designed into a great swirl. The vortex of the swirl is a large, golden lock.
As the two eunuchs sit the chest before Dayne and Richenda, the Evenstar roars for silence, raising his hands above him and seemingly commanding the attention of the crowd.
He gazes around the faces, his purple eyes blazing with passion and fury. He holds his silence for a full minute before finally speaking, his deep baritone echoing about the area,"I had planned to give this to my sun and stars when we wed, but it seems that must wait a little longer, much to my sadness..." He pauses, looking back at Richenda and reaching under his cloak.
He produces a large key, wrought in red-gold and capped with a great ruby. He bows gracefully to Richenda and smiles,"My Love, let me begin by saying long did I think of the proper bridegift. Finally, I turned to a child for the answer."
His laugh is rich as he leans down, inserting the shining key into the lock and turning it. A soft click is heard, and the lid of the chest slowly rises.
Dayne smiles and motions to the eunuchs. As they come forward, they lift a large, heavy object from the chest. The object is huge, and has been draped in the burgundy and black of the Panteran banner.
"I asked the boy,'What shall I give my love, the one who rules my heart and haunts my dreams?' He scratched his small head, looked up at me and said..." He motions to the eunuchs, who pull the banner from the great, shining sphere they hold between them,"'The World, my Prince.' "
Dayne pulls Richenda forward, running a hand across the massive globe that the two eunuchs hold. Fantastically made, the shining globe sparkles in the light, throwing off a thousand glittering beams.
Wrought of the fabled blue-gold of Pantera, the blue of the oceans is stunning. Golden islands sprout from the ocean, and the silver of plains and savanna stretches across the face of the globe. The ice-caps have been carefully crafted of whole chunks of massive pearls, and the rivers with a thousand more tiny, glittering diamonds.
Dayne smiles at Richenda, gauging her reaction as he speaks,"And it is for you, my muse. Ask, and I shall deliver. A land you admire and wish to make your own? Say the word and I shall descend upon it and conquer in your name. A people you desire to be free of Tyranny and opression? Whisper the name and it will be done. We shall rule many fair and just lands together, my love, speak the name of anything on this earth, and I swear it by the halls of Valhalla that it will be yours..."
The Evenstar turns back to the massive globe, smiling and placing a finger on a large island,carefully carved from a giant, blood-red ruby. The rivers and mountains have been stunningly done here, and the island seems to be the most beautiful of the entire globe. Dayne, called the Sword and Shade of the Evening sighs, tracing his finger acrossed the great ruby,"Pantera. From here, we shall rule any and all nations you desire, so I vow..."
Dread Lady Nathicana
Eyes wide, Nathicana's jaw literally dropped at the amazing gift presented to Richenda.
"La mia anima è maledetta, io mai non ha visto i simili ..." she whispered softly, lapsing back into her native tongue.
Reaching back for her glass, she took several long swallows, not wanting to take her eyes off the scene before her.
Richenda just stared.. first at the gift then at her Beloved.
She was stunned into speechlessness, then as he spoke to her tears of joy and love splashed like tiny crystals from her lashes.
She reached out with one hand and placed it upon the globe, her fingers tracing the intricate workings of it, " My Prince this is indeed all a woman could ask for from her husband, I pray that i be worthy of such a gift, that i be worthy of you..."
She then placed her hand on his dear face, " I will treasure this for the rest of my days,"
Richenda then took from around her neck a chain of silver, simple in design, and hidden between her breasts on the chain was a Ring, the metal so pure it shone with its own inner light, " I do not have anything so extravigant to give...but i give you this. It was Forged on my Natal day, it is made of a metal that is virtually indestructable," she held it in her hand for a moment the ring began to shine brighter when she held it out to him, " This is my Life, my promise to bear you strong sons and winsome daughters, my promise to give you all i have, all i am til the stars burn out in the skies..."
Richenda then placed the ring in his hand where it shone like a small star....
Dread Lady Nathicana
Sitting as if spellbound, her usually cool facade crumbled as she listened to the words exchanged between the two. A look of longing came over Nathi's face, and unnoticed tears trickled slowly down her cheeks.
Spirit and Mist
Priestess-Queen Shur'bath, Goddess Incarnate, Empress of Spirit and Mist sat in the tallest tower of the Temple-Palace of the Holy City of Shur'bath. She held the beautifully calligraphied betrothal invitation loosely in her hand.
On days like this, her Power, Temporal and Holy, lay heavily upon her. She wished, for a bitter moment, to be less than she was. The pale Elf stood behind her, one slender hand resting on the heavily carved wood of the miniature throne that passed for an ‘easy chair' even in this remote haven.
"My Lady?" she prompted gently.
"O, Kalin," sighed the Empress, "some days …"
"Yes my Lady; and the invitation?"
"Tell the scribe to send my profound apologies to the Ruler of Silver Cities … the invitation was late in arriving … you know the rest. But bring it to me when he is done, and I will add a personal note, by My Hand and My Seal."
"But my Lady!"
"Just do it Kalin."
The exquisite Elven maid bowed deeply, "Yes My Empress."
"O, Kalin … don’t be like that. I’m having a fit of pique, and we both know it."
The Elf’s face remained neutral, "My Lady."
The Empress allowed herself a small smile, "That will be all Kalin. And tell the scribe to include a note, requesting that I may view the Joyous Event in my Mirror … it wouldn’t do to have them think I’m spying, but I’ll be damned if I miss out altogether!"
This time the Elf smiled. "Yes my Lady, at once."
Dayne's hand closes around the ring, squeezing it tightly. He just stares at Richenda a moment, an almost sad smile on his lips before he strings the chain about his neck and gently tucks it beneath his shining chainmail. Leaning towards her he brushes a soft kiss across her lips and whispers for her ears alone,"And here it begins, my muse... Our love shall shine and sear across the earth. In ten thousand years they will sing songs of our love, and the things we shall do... I swear it." He breathes deeply of her hair, savoring the scent and pulling back to look into her eyes.
He reaches for Richenda's hand, drawing back and turning to face the gathered crowd. Clearing his throat roughly, he says,"I have additional gifts for the other brides and grooms."
Dayne shouts a call and additional eunuchs stride in, bearing many more chests, all fantastically different.
Dayne smiles, gesturing to the first in line. The Eunuch opens the chest and brings out, piece by piece a magnificent set of armor. Coal black and engraved with a thousand small ravens, all intricately wrought in silver. The armor seems light, but very sturdy. The Evenstar nods firmly,"For High Chancellor Zaek, of Gothicum. A set of platemail, made by the finest Reaver smiths. And of my own design..."
He gestures and the eunuch brings forth a light-weight helm. It has been crafted into the likeness of a winged crow, black diamonds tip the wings of the beast, whle shining red rubys glitter as the eyes. "I thought the crow fitting, High Chancellor."
Dayne smiles to the retinue from Alhana Catherine,"My pardons, I would have had a suit made for Lord Marcus, had I known his style or emblem. Speak with my Hound about a suit, friend. It's incredibly light, but will take a blow from a maul."
He gestures once more, and the second eunuch opens his chest. From inside the eunuch produces a small iron plate. There are strange gliphs and runes covering the edges and border of this plate, while a small glass is set in the center, allowing one to see through the plate.
Dayne smiles and looks to Rothana,"For the Fair Rothana, I present the Looking Glass of the Lyssene. Plundered ten thousand years ago by one of the first Panteran tribes, it was passed down through the years to mark the ascencion of the High Lady of Lyss. It is said to allow one to see the truth, when the time is right. A strange and rare artifact indeed, My Lady, and one better served by someone such as yourself, for the High Ladies of Lyss were said to be the most beautiful in all the world."
To Queen Siren, be bows and motions to the third eunuch. "Queen Siren, I give to you the offer of Panteran Alliancce for all eternity, as well as any and all trading rights through Panteran ports you should desire..." The third eunuch brings forth a smaller version of the globe he gave to Richenda, he offers it to the Queen, smiling.
"Should the SilverCities desire expansion, the Reavers will conquer any land requested in the name of Queen Silver Siren. You have but to ask, My Queen, and it shall be yours."
Rhaegon watches quietly, a small smile on his lips as he watches his nephew. He thought the suits of armor were fine, but didn't like him promising to conquer in the name of those who were not Reavers.
Shaking his head, he turns and passes his eyes over Nathi, but return upon noticing her tears. His eyes rest on her as his nephew speaks, his smile fading as he watches thoughtfully.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Her thoughts were all jumbled, watching the proceedings. The expressions of love, so strong, so sure ... She was still trying to sort out her own feelings.
Never let anyone close ... never complicate things ... then she'd broken her own rules. Her eyes drifted again to Jaime, though she looked away again swiftly, and back to the presentation. Broken them, and she still wasn't sure exactly why.
The gifts were incredible - she'd never seen their like. But that wasn't what held her attention. It was the look in the couple's eyes as they stood there together.
Archduke Valerian, moving up beside Nathicana, says softly, "Ah, Lady, one cannot but envy those lovers who seem to have found their place of happiness, eh?"
Dread Lady Nathicana
She blinks, coming out of her reveries with an expression of alarm. Looking away for a moment, she quickly wipes away any traces of tears, and attempts to compose herself, turning back to him with a charming smile.
"Envy, my dear Archduke? You mistake me." she nodded to Richenda and her Prince. "I am overjoyed for them, truly. I hope that the coming days will see a swift end to the conflict the Reavers are involved in, and that the two of them may enjoy a time of peace and tranquility, as befits such an occasion."
When the Reaver prince gives the bridegift to Queen Siren Akad speaks to himself "Ahh, that one she is, the Queen, and this tall goldenhaired must be one of the grooms...and he wants to leave soon...Peres, Virant, Dagen! Make the gifts for the grooms ready and bring them here."
The three squires answer in a chorus "Yes, m'lord" and walk off to the stables.
"And hurry!" the duke calls behind the squires, making them shift from walking to running
OOC: hi gimrunal, just want a clarification... is akad and melran the same person? what is the name of the duke?
Zaek let his hand slide over the chest piece of the armor, slowly, intrigued, fascinated by the craftsmanship.
"So beautiful...so light"
He fitted the helm, it matched perfectly over his head. He removed it, and laid it back in the chest with the rest of the armor.
"Dayne, I don't know what to say, it is truly magnificent... If I had known you were going to extend this great gift to me... Oh my, I have nothing to give in return...except for.. maybe"
Zaek padded his clothes, searching his pockets for something, He reached into his pockets, retrieving a small, silver clasp in the shape of a wolveshead
"Here, have this as my gift to you... This clasp was a gift of one of the druids in the forest of Gothicum. Animals sense it, and recognise you as one of their own, as a lifelong friend, and they'll help you whenever they can."
Queen Siren accepted the gift with her usual quiet grace, " My Lord Reaver, you do Us much honor in such loyalty... We of SilverCities accept your offer and in return, offer you Our support in any capability should the need arise" she then turned to her sister, " My dear Richenda, you have been a most able general of Our armies, and the best friend a girl could have so i present you with this," she slipped a piece of paper out of a hidden pocket of her gown, " It is your Dowry, an annual stipend of 10,000,000 silver ingots, the lands of the Northern Hills, and of course a room here should you ever need to come home," Siren had tears in her eyes as she embraced her sister.....
Rothana was just taking it all in, the Gift of the Prince was incredible, to be able to have such knowledge should the need arise, it touched her scholars soul deeply... " Thank you Prince Dayne, it is a most incredible thing you have given me, I will be sure to use it well, thank you for entrusting such a national treasure into my hands"
ooc in Melrans veins flows the blood of the duke but he is only his son, Akad is the duke
By now the squires come back from the stables, leading the horses the three young girls of the group rode in the arrival. But now these snow white shire stallions are cleaned and each one wears a full horse armor while they tower above nearly every guest. When they arrive at the dukes group they hand them over to the three young maidens. Then the whole group formates behind the duke, waiting for theyr announcment and the attention of the queen.
Queen Siren was amazed at the horses being brought in, they were incredible... her curiosity got the best of her and she went to go greet them.... " Hello, Welcome to SilverCities, we dont stand much on formality, so i hope you dont mind... I am Queen Silver Siren" she held out her hand, her silver hair shone in the light irridecently..
As the Queen turns to them the whole delegacy (15) of Gimrunal kneels down and bows theyr heads except the duke himself who only bowed but only looked at her feet, not feeling worthy to see a queen into the face.
"We, the Duke of Gimrulan, bring to thee the Greetings from Our humble land. As we heard of the wedding of an kingdom, of size and wonders which are unknown and overwhelming to us, we came as fast as we could, only setting up a camp when it was inevitable, needing only twenty short days. And now we hope you will accept our humble offerings for your gifts, a stallion, trained in the arts of war, for every groom, three brothers as the grooms shall be, from our finest stables and a chamber maid, trained by our highest Ladys, although they are probably of a low rank, compared to thee, for every bride"
With this words the young maidens go to the couples, bringing the horses with them, and bow in front of theyr new masters, not looking up from the floor.
Zaek admired the black horse amongst the three, caressing it's manes.
Somewhat overwhelmed by the size of the horse as opposed to his usual mount, a NightWolf.
"A wonderbul beast, but isn't it somewhat high to mount?"
The duke turns to the High Chancellor, still light bowed but now looking up to his chest "Your enemies, which you hopefully hast noone to speak of, will not reach you when you ride one of them. And when you stand taller than every other rider it will even demonstrate your high rank further. And to mount it...well, your squire will surely help you, won't he, Lord...?"
"Well, i never needed a squire to get on my Nightwolf, it's just different, that's all. But I know just the meadow where it can frolic in..."
Queen Siren, a little taken aback by this managed to recover quickly, " We thank you for your generosity, these are indeed lovely animals. We shall take splendid care of them and of your people as well" She then took a silver pin from her hair, " Please accept this as a token of goodwill between our Nations, feel free to call upon Us if there is a need." She then placed the pin in the Duke's palm....
"May i then be so bold and invite you to take part in the grand joust which will be held at our homecastle next summer?"
ooc sorry, being slow
The duke receives the pin and bows deep again "You honor us more than is justified by this small gifts and our low rank"
"Hmmmm, I'll consider that invitation...sounds interesting, but I'd have to check my shedule"
Dread Lady Nathicana
Glad of the new gift-giving as a distraction, Nathicana looked over the horses with a practised eye, admiring their lines and taking measure of their spirit.
"Aye, now ... " she murmured softly. "There's something I'm a bit more familiar with. Lovely animals, those. Reminds me how long its been since I visited our own stables."
turning to the high Chancellor again "It would be an honor for our house and a personal pride for me to house such an high Lord"
Zaek hits the duke hartly on the back
"Now are you gonna stop that infernal bowing or do i have to put a coathanger in your clothes, come one man, lets have a drink"
Zaek beckoned a waiter with a full tray
OOC: Stop working so much at night...it takes me forever to catch up. ;)
Raui had drifted to the refreshments, his penchant for pastries rearing its head. He watched all the proceedings in romantic revelry until to his sudden and deep reaching terror, he realized that he has not brought gifts for the couples. Quickly he pulled out his phone, something looking like pencil, and spoke frantically to someone on the other end. They will not be grand, but hopefully disguise any sign of the fopaux.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nodding to Rothana, Nathi asked carefully, "Is this then, a proper time for gift-giving? I've some of my own, though not nearly as spectacular as those already presented." she smiled.
As his days of youth are long past Akad barely manages to stay on his feet and looks to the Chancellor, fear and irritation mixed in his eyes "But but....but you belong to a royal family, i'm just a low duke. I can not else but bow to you!"
"Royal, who ever told you that!! My father was just a Duke, but I became Chancellor after my efforts in a great war in my home country... Besides, didn't you see the sign at the door? It said "Leave your titles here""Zaek joked around, hoping to put the man at ease
Raui rushes outside as the Mist decends. "Thank you so much." He opened the suitcase...six of them. He must spend time in reverence to the Castle for its gifts to his nation. "And the cubes?" "Here there are Grand Leaf Eater." "Wonderful."
Raui stacks the three smaller boxes onto the suitcase and hurries back inside.
Akad seems to be even more irritated and glances questioning to the rest of his group but they seem to have overlooked the sign also although Melran can't hide a small grin.
Assured that there was no such sign he then speaks to Zeak again "This sign must have escaped my eyes. But isn't your bride the sister of the noble Queen of Silvercities? And even if you wouldn't get married into the Queens family your duchy and your house has more glory than Gimrulan and the house Tirasal may ever hope to have"
Rothana smiled at Nathi," well like ive said befroe im not one to pass up Presents" she then laughed..." i doubt my sisters would mind either"
Raui strides in, the running still showing in his breathing and the sweat on his forehead. However, noticing the Dread Lady preparing to present her gifts, he holds back and moves to a table sit and rest. He wipes his forehead hoping Nathicana will not have something so grand that his paltry offering will not pale so greatly.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nodding, she smiled back, and went to round up a few of the servants to help bring in the gifts.
"My Lords and Ladies, though they pale in comparison to the gifts that have preceeded them, may I present my own humble gifts?"
She motioned, and three large paintings were brought in, all done in a high rennaissance style. Six feet tall, and framed in a dark wood inlaid with gold, they depicted each of the couples together, in a full-body portrait style.
Rothana & Zaek (since I'm most familiar with the background there), were depicted with the beautiful Gothici landscape around them, the Spire rising behind them, and a Nightwolf at Zaek's feet. The beautiful necklace he had commissioned shone on Rothana's neck.
Each had been done by a different artist, patterned after the masters from the Dominion's high days in the distant past, each portraying elements of the betrothed's lives and symbolizing a blending of the two.
In addition, three large cases were brought in. "An assortment of our finest wines from my personal cellar." she explained briefly. "May you be able to savor them in peace."
Archduke Valerian quietly speaks to Baron von Bresnvorts about having the Lavenrunzian gifts prepared. His blue eyed gaze on Lady Nathicana speaks of anticipation.
Using the first moment when the attention is drawn away from the dukes group Melran tries to disappear unnoticed and seek the Lady Leah
Archduke Valerian approaches Queen Siren and bows, saying, "Majesty, would it be appropriate to present the gifts sent by Empress Joanna now?"
Raui gasps at the beauty of the paintings. He looks at his suitcase and considers sneaking out the back. Perhaps no one will remember him. He could retire...ok not at the age of 28 but move into a less public life...but he could not. Not now. Not after the home he has found among other public figures. He could not give this up now. He would do his best and make sure this never happened again. Welcome to international relations.
As he stands he hears the Archduke, that was his title right? Yes, the Archduke ask for permission to present the gifts of an Empress. He sighs and sits again. If Dayne didn't have the urgent call of war, he would give them later, in secret. If only.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nathi notices the nervous young man, and steps back to speak with him.
"Are you feeling alright, my lord?" she asks softly.
Raui smiles sickly up at the Dread Lady. "Not as well as I was 20 minutes ago, that's for sure." Suddenly remembering himself, Raui stands. "I would be honored if you would join me at the table, my Lady." he steps behind a chair holding it for Nathicana.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Smiling demurely, she accepts, sitting down gracefully. Ah, poor boy ... it would be all too easy.
Motioning to one of the lads carrying drinks, she takes two glasses and sets them on the table, pushing one slightly towards Raui. "Here ... calm yourself, my boy." she says with an encouraging smile.
"And tell me about yourself and your country." She takes a small sip of her wine, then tilts her head, expectantly.
OOC: umm sorry it took so long to get back here everyone, had to take care of something... :D
IC: Queen Siren graciously accepted all offers of gift giving, and was very impressed with the painitngs, " they are beautiful"
Rothana just gasped as she saw the painting of her and Zaek," Nathi its incredible, thank you" she then lowered hr eyes briefly to hide her tears of joy at being so honored by everyone..
Richenda was stunned, all these beautiful things, she never expected anything of the sort at all....
Raui sits accepting his drink. He takes a sip. "Well, I suppose it would be futile to lie since the information gathering abilities of the Dominion are legendary. So let me start with myself since contrary to my own inhibitions, personal information I feel is a better ground-breaker than endless pratting about one's nation.
I am Raui. We do not use last names in my nation and so every new child must be given a name unique to at least 4 generations back. My father was an official in the governments finance department. Always had his nose in a book of one kind or another. My mother was agorophobic and so I too developed the disease spending most of time with just my parents. Granted, that makes this," he gestures outwardly in reference to the party, "seem like an odd career choice but it is a much longer story. I have been married, but she found happiness elsewhere." His throat tightens a bit, and he takes a bit longer pull on his drink. "That is enough about me."
"As for my country, we are a small nation. Founded much longer back than our records even, by a people that built a castle on the clouds. Our records start just after the Castle became abandoned. No one enters it, no one comes out. But we believe it houses incredible machinery that generates livable cloud. Meaning we see it as a cloud down here but up there," He points up, "you would find thriving cities." He smiles revealing his great affection for his home.
"We have learned(supposedly from the Castle) to harness electricity and use it for many things, and also to 'harvest' the clouds for water. Our population is small compared to most and we have lived in relative anonymity for many years. It has only been with the coming of age of our now Almighty Pupa Dolph that we have even revealed ourselves to the world below." Raui takes another drink. "This is my first excursion off of the cloud. It has been a most enlightening experience."
Archduke Valerian beckons to his attendants, and says, "Queen Siren, and my lords and ladies, I ask all of you not to make any sudden moves when these gifts are presented."
There is a rumbling growl that those present feel in their chests, and the attendants come in, with short stout chains that lead three Lavenrunzian hunting leopards. Black rosetted golden fur ripples with muscular movements as the great cats pace in, one lifting a lip to show curving teeth in a snarl before being reproved by a Lavenrunzian word. Their tails sway like yellow and black furry bullwhips; their eyes are like lamps. Each has a collar of gold.
Archduke Valerian, his eyes bright with pleasure, says, "Queen Siren, Lady Rothana, Lady Richenda, I present you, on behalf of Her Imperial Majesty Empress Joanna of Lavenrunz, these three hunting leopards. You will find that they are more intelligent than normal leopards, and though fierce will follow instructions well, once they are used to you. Furthermore, Her Majesty sends to you some of the finest trainers available, who will assist you with them. And on Her Majesty's behalf, and from myself as well, I congratulate you, Queen Siren, Lady Richenda, Lady Rothana, on this most happy of occasions."
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nathi shoots a warm smile at each of the sisters, her own eyes a touch bright, though she blinks the tears away.
Nodding, and smiling attentively to Raui, she reaches out to gently pat his arm in a comforting manner at the mention of his wife. Her eyes sparkle momentarily with pride at the mention of her intelligence network.
"Well, I'm pleased you've chosen to come down out of the clouds and join us. Once you find your feet, I'm certain you'll enjoy what we have to offer down here."
As the Lavenruz gifts are presented, she catches her breath, staring with undisguised admiration at the magnificent animals.
"Magnifico... allineare un regalo dopo il mio proprio cuore." she breathes softly, her eyes alight with an inner fire as she watches their display of fierce spirit.
She nods to Archduke Valerian with a highly approving smile.
Although warned by the Archduke the Gimrunals put theyr hands on theyr daggers and swords, ready to draw if needed and the one nearest to the leopards make a step back.
Except Melran who just spotted Regina and approaches her "Mylady" he says as he rises his fist to his heart and bows
Queen Siren was in awe of the beautiful Cats, she was absolutely thirilled to see them, " Please convey Our deepest appriciation to Empress Joanna for her thoughtful and unusual gift,"
Rothana was again overwhelmed by the beauty of the animals, they were simple the most beautiful and dangerous cats she had ever seen....
Richenda was enchanted by them, she looked forward to winning over the trust of the big leopard....
Regina looked up to see who was adressing her...
Archduke Valerian, who with his aura of confidence and grace is very much like one of the young leopards, with a pleased smile inclines his head, his eyes admiring her. The silver buttons and braid on his black uniform glint as he bows.
Zaek, standing behind Rothana, moves his arms over her shouldern taking her hands into his in comfort.
"Thank you, all of you, each present shall be cherished with utmost care, I will wear the armor on our wedding, the painting will be hung in the main hall of the spire, so all can gaze upon its beauty and the beauty depicted, the horse will have the finest meadow to frolic in, and a herd mares will be purhased for it. The leopard will be housed in the utmost comfort, this I vow"
Dread Lady Nathicana
Rather intrigued with the confident young man, she watches him bow with an appraising eye and a sly smile.
Stop that, woman ... she pauses briefly, her glance shifting slightly to Jaime for a moment, then back.
Old habits, it would seem, died hard.
Noting Raui's discomfort, she gives his arm another gentle pat. "I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you gave them yours in a more private setting." she said, understanding.
"They are all very gracious and kind people - I assure you, your presence here would more than likely be considered gift enough."
All the same, her eyes did drift back to Valerian, studying him with a sidelong look.
Valerian says, "The pleasure, my lord Zaek, is entirely mine, and I'm sure that of this entire august company. If it is not inappropriate, I would like to offer this toast." he raises his wineglass. "Long lives and much happiness to all the Betrothed!"
Raui takes in the introduction of the cats with a raised eyebrow. He slowly begins to create profiles of countries in his head as they present their gifts. Each present quite telling about the nation itself. He looks down at his suitcase, perhaps, this is the perfect gift after all. He excuses himself from the table for a moment, takes his suitcase and the three smaller boxes, and approaches the happy couples.
"As representative of the small nation of Caterpillars, from the Castle in the Clouds region, I offer you our gifts." Raui opens the 3 small boxes and presents them to each bride. "These small cubes will not shock you when you touch them. The electricity held inside is merely for show. These will allow you into the Great Oak Resort in our nation. It prides itself on it's amenities which are many. The cubes are good for your lifetime and the lifetimes of your children. No reservations are required.
And for each of you, we offer these."
Raui opens the suitcase for inspection. Inside are daggers. Each one bright and gleaming, the handle in black leather, the blade narrow, sharp. The hilt holds a single green gem. "A bit of warning. These are electric blades. While the handle is held, a current flows through the blade. Even the slightest stab will send enough power to physically stun your opponent. It is charged both through solar power and the static electricity you generate yourself. We hope you will find them beautiful and never have to use them. We offer these with sincere congratulations."
Raui hands the suitcase to the queen and returns to his table.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Rasing her glass, she echoed the toast. "Alla longevità ed a felicità! To long life and happiness."
"Truly exquisite, my lord Raui." she said as he rejoined her.
"Long lives and happyness"
Zaek emptied the glass in one swig then turning to Raui
"Thank you for your gift, and if not in combat, I could probably use it for hunting or something like that. Your gift is very much appreciated"
Richenda's eyes lighted when she saw the daggers... she knew she would give it a special place in her collection... she raised her glass for the toast in acknowledgement of the well wishes
Rothana's setiments echoed her Chosens as she too raised her glass in salute to the guests that had honered them so well...
Queen Siren announced, " Thank you all for your incredible gifts, may we all become fast friends and never enemies," she too then raised her glass and drank...
After the daggers are offered Akad eyes Raui suspecting, seems to think about something for a short moment and then approaches this strange man, always followed by his two squires. He bows slightly towardds the man. "Might i ask your name and rank, Sire?"
Melran stands next to Regina, still bowed down and staring on the ground
"Can i be of service, Mylady?"
Dread Lady Nathicana
"Truly, a magnificent event ... and suitable, for they are such magnificent people." she murmured softly, smiling in admiration.
Regina was startled to be addressed by the handsome young man she blushed for a moment.... " I seem to be doing well for the moment but all this has made me a bit tired," she then sighed, " its been a very long day and it only half over, oh im sorry i dont mean to be complaining to you.."
Raui smiles at Nathicana, "Unfortunately, they were a last minute item. But from what I have learned about the betrothed, I hoped a suiting one."
Raui turns to Akad. "I am Raui, Grand Leaf Eater of the Nation of Caterpillars. I am the official representative of that nation. I am a Jr. Lt. from my 2 years compulsory military service. Although that has no bearing on my current position. And you are sir?"
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nathi considered the gentleman approaching, taking his measure. Having already seen the formality with which he operated, she prepared herself accordingly, watching the interplay between himself and Raui.
My, but he did bring such beautiful horses .... perhaps trade would be an option.
"Youre right, you shouldn't be complaining." Melran looks up and to Reginas face "For there should be nothing that gives a Lady of your beauty a reason to be tired or worried! Isn't there some servant that might take over your duties for the rest of the day? If not so, just tell me what to do, i will gladly free you from your annoying tasks and fill them out by myself, if you allow me."
Akad responses, a bit startled by this unknown rank "I am Akad, Duke of Gimrunal, Leader of the House Tirasal, the first House of the Council of Gimrulan." He bows deep again while he gives his title
"It is uncommon for me to speak so improper and direct but this issue..."
As he noticees the Lady he stops, turns to her and bows so deep that he nearly reaches the floor
"Mylady! I beg for your pardon! Blindness must have striken me as no issue could be so important to forget to greet a Lady such as you are"
Marriage is for suckers.
Zaek smiles and walks over the the bowing duke, grabs his collar and pulls him up again
"I thought i told you to stop that" he smiled "you'll bow yourself into an early grave, please, think of your back." he joked.
"Meet Nathi and Raui, this is Akad, I am Zaek, there is Rothana... you notice all the first names"
Zaek winked at Nathanica as he spoke
Regina was flattered by his words and gave Melran a smile, " I thank you for your offer, but i wouldnt know where to start if i were to pass off the work," she sighed " Lady Rothana did this for years before she met Zaek i wonder how she managed it all now" she then thought for a moment, "If you would like to help, and it would be a big help, would you mind helping me catalog the gifts and from which countries they were recieved?" She smiled, "it may take a bit of time together to do it properly."
Raui stands and bows toward the Duke. He then extends his hand, "Duke will you join us, as we have not yet met and I am anxious to get to know all who welcome at such an occasion? I am sure the Dread Lady Nathicana would be interested to speak with you also from the way she has been admiring your mares."
Raui smiles at Nathicana careful to leave out that he has also noticed the looks cast at the gentleman with his arm bandaged up.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nathicana shot Zaek grateful look, smiling radiantly, rising and putting out her hand to shake Akad's.
"Please, as Zaek said - simply Nathi will do, or Nathicana if you must." she said, tilting her head, foregoing her usual pompous titles. "It is a pleasure, Akad, to make your aquaintance."
As soon as Akad won the struggle for breath he begins to speak to Zaek, now not bowing nor using a formal tone as he is quite angry and infuriated by his behavior.
"How could you do this?! I violated the honor of the form in front of a Lady! If i fail to excuse myself she can bring me to the Ladys court (translation of Damengericht?)! And if this would not be enough i might anger the Grand Leaf Eater Raui who wields the power of electricity which is able to stun a strong warrior!"
"It will be a pleasure for me." mumbling to himself "It was a good thing to learn writing, no matter what my father said" to Regina again "Would you mind to tell me where i shall find chalk and boards in this palace?"
Akad turned around to Lady Nathicana and Lord Raui, nearing a nervous breakdown and now completly loose of every orientation
"You...you don't mind this...improper behavior?"
The Evenstar's smile is warm as he look about all the splendid gifts. He looks through the delegates and nobility surrounding him and nods, saying,"My friends, you do me Honor. Such fine gifts make my heart swell with happiness..."
Dayne's face darkens, resting a hand on his scimitar and tossing his wrist thick braids back over his shoulder before speaking,"Now, friends and allies. I must turn from romance and the woman I yearn for, instead I turn to another love of mine, I go to make war upon my enemies, and those of Pantera."
He makes a sweeping gesture, clenching a fist and raising it into the air,"Until I see you all once more, in this life or striding the Halls of Halhalla, Drag the Waters of War!"
Dayne turns on his heel, striding away into the crowd, his great, flowing burgundy cloak trailing behind him. The Warhound shadowing him, as always.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Putting a hand delicately to her mouth to hide her mirth, Nathicana composed herself and reached out to lay a gentle hand on Akad's arm.
"Your Grace, I assure you - no offense is taken, and no appology neccessary. Perhaps, if it please you, you would be kind enough to show this lady your fine steeds?" she said, hoping to defray the situation.
"As my Lord Raui indicated, I was most impressed by your gift. Having fine stables of my own in the Dominion, I am always interested in improving the stock."
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nodding in approval, Nathicana watched Dayne leave, raising her hand in brief salute. May he return safe to the arms of his beloved.
Zaek lifted his hands
"Calm down, nobody is going to stun anyone, and nobody is going to court, Nathanica as least of all. Look around you, do you see anyone else with their noses to the ground, except those of your own party? Formality and protocol are not needed here. Sure most guests are nation leaders, but most of them are here because they are friends, or friends to be..."
Raui laughs unable to contain himself. He takes the Duke's hand and shakes it. "My good Duke, you need not have fear of retribution from the Lady, nor myself." Raui smiles at Akad. "My nation does not practice unprovoked war. Why in all our recorded history there has only been one conflict in which we were attacked! Come now good sir, sit, drink, tell us more of your great nation that can produce such wonderful horses."
Dread Lady Nathicana
Smiling at Zaek and Raui, Nathi added without malice or sarcasm, "Should you wish, I would be pleased to arrange a diplomatic meeting of our two countries, where I will shower you with all the formality you could hope for, after the festivities."
"Truly, your grace, this is a time to be at ease among such generous and gracious guests and hosts."
Regina smiled again he was sweet, " We can do better then that, come with me " she led him to the Great Library, a huge room with high vaulted ceilings and covered with bookshelves filled with books, the smell of leather and parchment was strong here but plesant, there were several large desks scattered around the room, on them were computers as well as vellum and ink, she went to one of the smaller desks and took out a sheet of fine parchment and a ballpoint pen made to look like a quill, the then put the paper on a small clipboard and handed it to Melran... " Will this do?" She asked.
Richenda watched her love go knowing she would be with him soon, she quickly went to Queen Siren, " Silver, i know this is sudden but i must go see to packing for my trip to Pantera, i will be sure to let you know what is going on so you wont be worried, i love you guys.. " she then hugged Silver and her twin Rothana... and hurried to her rooms to prepare to depart..
Raui watches Dayne and Richenda leave. May peace be with you. And the Castle will watch over you, I swear it.
"But...the protocol...the courtesy!" he sighs one last time and gives up "...a strange world this is!" He gathers himself, takes a deep breath and begins to talk again, first to the Lady, trying to uphold a rest of courtesy "I shall show you the horses we have brought now and after this we can arrange a festival to discuss diplomacy, kind Lady."
Next he turns to Raui "I gladly accept your offer but first i will show the Lady the horses, if she wishes it now. Perhaps you can tell me something about this strange weapon you have."
And finally to Zaek "I beg for pardon, my behavior was more than unfitting" he controlls himself, managing to only bow his head slightly "I hope you can forgive me, this land and its customs are unknown to us"
He tries to wield a small smile, hoping to have saved himself on this unknown ground from a deep fall
Melran looked astonished to all this books
"I never knew so many books existed..."
When he recives quill and parchment he looks to Regina again, even more astonished "Of course it will....but...you really have to be rich to waste precious paper on such a task."
When one of the computers makes a tone he suddenly drops both, quill and parchment, pushes himself in front of Regina and draws his sword
"Don't fear for i will defend you from this...this....thing!" he proclaims, pointing his sword in the direction of the computer
Dread Lady Nathicana
"My dear Duke, think nothing more on it. You do your country great honor in your service - the very model of grace, courtesy and chivalry, truly. I am assured they would be most pleased at how you have comported yourself. You, and your party." she said, attempting a more formal tone for his comfort.
Holding out her arm delicately, she tilted her head. "Shall we?"
"I beg your pardon, my Lords," she said to the others, a hint of mirth in her eyes, "but truly, I must see these magnificent animals."
Regina hastily put her hand on his sword arm," Wait! its not anything to defend me from, its just my computer," she then showed him the monitor and the keyboard, " this is where we store a lot of our information for later use," she quickly typed in the file name for the Guest list and it popped onto the screen, "You see? Here is your delegations name and the number of rooms required for you.."
"Please indulge the Lady first. I must excuse myself for a moment." Raui bids farewell to all present and is escorted to his room.
Almighty Pupa Dolph taps on the console before him. An image appears but it is not a broken sniffling Grand Leaf Eater he expects, it is a confident man wearing the sash. "How has the mission gone?" He asks tenatively.
"It is going well, your majesty. Luckily, part of my personal knife set was able to be used as gifts. And I gave away those access cubes to the Great Oaks."
"They expected gifts?"
Raui rolls his eyes. "Sire, not all share your views. These are quite interesting people here. I have made many contacts and will hopefully we will have many new allies."
"Wonderful. Are you feeling ok, Raui?"
A little smile creeps across Raui's face. "Dolph, we have been friends for a long time. When I took this job, I never thought someday I would have to actually talk to people. I hoped that Kent would enact some law prohibiting communication outside the region. Now....well, now," he straightens up, "now, I want nothing else."
Dolph sighs. "I was hopeful and afraid of this. You'll get yourself killed out there, away from the protection of the Castle."
"No, Dolph," Raui shakes his head. "I feel safer than ever. I do not believe anyone has learned the art of electroharness. But more than that, I feel I have opened many doors. Today, your majesty, I hope is the beginning of a greater security than we could ever hope for under the Castle alone."
"Be careful Raui," Dolph's tone grows serious. "Do not belittle the Castle."
"I would never, my lord, and you know that. However, the Castle is centuries old and we are few. The time is right, Dolph. This was a good decision and your father would share this view if he could see what we are doing."
"Are you ever coming back, my friend?"
"Yes, I will come home. You cannot live on the cloud and then leave it forever. The Castle always calls you home."
"For that I am glad. I will expect a full report upon the successful union of these couples."
"Yes, sire." Raui bowed and then turned off the camera. And now, it is time to return and enjoy the merryment.
"Too much of the honor, kind Lady"
to the lords "I must excuse myself, the duty calls"
smiling to Nathicana "A most pleasurefull duty"
The duke takes Lady Nathicanas arm
"Peres, go and make the horses ready"
the squire runs off to the stables
Melran looks wondring from the computer to Regina
"You truly are no Queen...an Angel thou must be! Having such great magic and unchallenged beauty there is no other possibility!"
Regina blushed to hear herself compared to an Angel, " i dont know about that, its just a tool of my trade no more then that... " she once again stood, " as you can see our main industry is book publishing hence the need for the Great Library.... and also that means we have plenty of paper to use for whatever reason... "
"Of course, go look at them, hmmm, I wonder how things stand with my clothes"
Dread Lady Nathicana
"Lead on, your Grace." she said, managing just the hint of a blush, as she thought proper.
Good heavens, I'm afraid I'm rusty with all this. she chuckled inwardly Though I must admit, being made over like this IS rather fun. She walked off, escorted by Akad.
Giving a sly wink at Zaek, she mentioned in passing, "Zaek, if you would, do ask the good lady about her schedule for me? A dress, I think ... something more appropriate for a bride than this." she gestured to her rather daring black ensemble. "And good luck with your wardrobe - from your declarations, I warrant it will be stunning."
Janelle Hand delivered the first shipment of Zaek's clothing to a steward, " Make sure the sweet man gets these will you? if they are not in his hands in 5 minutes i will personally see that you are shot.. " She then smiled to take the sting out of her words, as she walked back to her shop to begin work on the rest she wondered " I hope he likes the suprise i put in there for him"
The steward hastily made his way to Zaek, " Mrs. DeBerdanis bade i give these to you sir.."
"Great, I'll put these on immediately...and tell the lady Janelle a good friend of mine might want to commission some work too"
Zaek walked to Rothana and whispered.
"Ehhhm, what room am I in, i need to change clothes."
Not turning his admiring eyes from Regina "I am convinced that your kingdom is rich and if only because you are its queen"
In the stable wait twelve mor of theyr kind, but only two of them are as tall as the ones the grooms received
One of these and annother one stand in front of the stables, held by theyr reins from Peres
OOC: 651 posts and we still haven't made it to the evening feast. WE ROCK!!
Akad turns towards Nathicana
"Do you want to ride them or examine theyr ancestry first?"
Melran catches himself, embarrassed by his own behavior
"Ahm, well...we should begin with the work..."
he gets quill and parchment
"I am no queen," Regina protested, " Just the fifth daughter of Baron Leah, not that remarkable really," she looked at the young man, "I am an UnderSecretary, Rothana's assistant.. well now that she is to be married I will move up to Secretary, but none the less, nothing as prestigous as the Ladies of SilverCities... " she then thought to herself, ' what are you doing? If he wants to think that of you let him, isnt it nice to be noticed?' she then stopped saying anything for a moment, " tell me of your country, I am most curious about it.."
Dread Lady Nathicana
"Truly magnificent." she said, stepping forward to gently stroke the nose of one.
"Dare I ask if any of your stock is for sale? Or perhaps a trade?" she asked. "And of course, I would be interested in their lineage."
Looking down at her dress, she smiled. "Unless able to ride a very delicate side-saddle, your grace, I fear a ride might embarrass you. Though indeed, I would love to put them through their paces."
"I would appreciate to trade the normal stocks but this kind..." he pats the white giant "may only be mounted by knights and nobles, except some rare occassions so i will have to refuse to trede with them"
"How else should you ride? It is Finiels, the female bards, horse, so it has an appropriate saddle for a Lady"
He stops in his movement and turns again to Regina
"Of what shall i tell you? The deep woods of Helegond, the blue lake Brilrel, the misty mountains that encircle our duchy, the shires of Nirwen and its noble horses or the great castles of Tirasal?"
Regina didnt know what to say," I.. i dont know i have never been out of the country, all my traveling i have done in my head, or through these books" she gestured to the library full around her, " is it beautiful where you come from?
Dread Lady Nathicana
"A shame," she said. "I know of no noble blood in my veins, nor have I ever been knighted ... all I have are my military honors, and the leadership of my country. Alas." she said, looking longingly at those that seemed now, out of her reach.
"However, if you would help me up?" she said, flashing Akad a charming smile. "I would enjoy a short ride."
Akad is stunned by Nathicanas words and barely able to talk not to speak of moving or assisting her
"You are...You lead a country and are a...a common?"
"It is...i think..." Melran makes a short break, thinking about how he can measure his country "i have not been anywhere else but there in my whole life until now. It has everything you can normally expect from a land and quite some more but nothing to mess with the wonders of your land or even your beauty"
Regina blushed, " I would like to visit there one day, very much so"
Dread Lady Nathicana
"Indeed I am, though I would like to think of myself as not entirely 'common'." she says with a sly grin.
"I achieved my position through force of will, and strength of purpose - the same, I would imagine, as the long distant relatives of those you call 'noble' today."
She seemed mildly amused, and not offended in the least. "Nobility, my friend, is not always born into. I believe if you trace back lineages far enough, you will find that at one point, it was earned, or taken."
Raui returns to the 'party' in mixed spirits. Torn between his love for his home and his newfound comfort among these people. No better way to forget one's problems. Raui grabs a glass off the tray of a passing waiter. He takes a long slow drink. Aaaahhhh He surveys the festivities. I must make it a point to visit more of these countries. The women rival anything back home. Perhaps....well, would it be a poor showing to be seen in the company of a woman here? Do I dare risk it in this my first outing? Raui seems lost in thought his glass poised at neck level as if he is just about to take a drink.
"It would be an honor for me and our country if you could attend to the grand joust in the summer and let me participate in your name" Melran takes her hand carefull while some sweat pearls appear on his forehead "but it would be more joyus for me if you could come earlier...perhaps already when we have to leave this country?"
"That it is not always born into i known to me, most of our knights descend from common familys. But when you have earned your leadership...how does it come that no one declared you Empress, Queen or at least Duchess?"
Dread Lady Nathicana
She laughed musically at that. "I have title enough, don't you think? There is only one Dread Lady of the Dominion, and that is me. My country bears my name - that is title enough for any one person, I would imagine."
Still chuckling softly, she said "Besides - who is there to grant me such? I could declare myself to be anything I wanted. Would it make a difference?"
Her eyes strayed to the greater of the steeds, then back to Akad slyly. "Would it make a difference in the owning of your fine horses, were my titles otherwise? You see, I enquired not for my country, but for my own personal stables."
Obviously relieved as he heard 'Lady' Akad responds "I fear it will not change this matter when you give yourself another title."
after a short break he procceds grinning "For you are a lady and therefore a noble. We will send you one of his sisters as soon as we arrive at our castle. And please, do not shock my old heart any further like this"
Dread Lady Nathicana
"As you say." She smiled broadly at him.
"I could not possibly accept such a gift without giving one in return. Though what my country may offer you ... ?" she trailed off, questioningly.
Regina thought for a moment, " yes i believe i could take some time off and accompany you home, " she then added," Queen Siren is a very kind person if there is anyone who would understand she would"
OOC: I'm off for the night so Raui will have to remain poised as such unless some fair maid comes and knocks some sense into him. I look forward to the new 6 pages by morning. :) Goodnight.
"If your country has historicans or mappers that could refresh our owns it would be much appreciated, kind Lady" Akad responds unasked and is visibly at unease with such an improper approach
Melran kneels down, kisses Reginas hand and looks up to her "I thank every single god that they blessed me with the appearing of this Angel. I shall serve you forever to honor this great gift"
F.a.E. Icarus White of Daezeman arrives quite late, as pressing issues of economy called to him.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Ah, still rusty. she berates herself quietly.
"You know, your grace, the Dominion is rich in its history and culture. Perhaps a state visit at some time, to peruse our libraries, records, and museums? I am certain there are things you might find of interest there that we would happily make gift of."
"And who knows what other sights may catch your eye? Our vineyards are renowned, our artisans, we feel, some of the finest in the world. Any number of things are available that might please."
She looks back towards the hall. "I think we may have tarried overlong, your grace. Perhaps we should rejoin the others?" she said, holding out her arm. "I'm certain there is time enough for such discussions."
Akad takes her arm and begins to lead her back "It certainly is but you must understand...i didn't want to offend you or your country, it has surely more than history and maps but...well, we have to catch up about seven centuries of what happened in the world outside of our humble Duchy. And to know with who we might have to deal in future might proof essential for the survival of our small land. I hope you understand that this is the first i had to think of. Not all dutys are a pleasure..."
Dread Lady Nathicana
"No explanation needed, your grace, nor appology. We are proud of our history and maps - indeed, it does not all relate simply to the Dominion, but the world around our small country."
"I understand completely the role of diplomat and the sacrifices one must make. I commend you for your efforts thus far. Please, allow me to be of any service I can in helping you get the knowledge you need."
As they reached the rest of the party, she turned to him. "If you will excuse me, your grace, there is someone I must see. I thank you for showing me your fine animals and look forward to further dealings between our countries."
She made a graceful courtesy, smiling warmly, then made her way across the room to Jaime, to whom she gave a brilliant smile and a gentle squeeze of his hand. She spoke quietly to him for a moment, then turned her attention back to the rest of the party.
ooc: gotta idle for a bit :)
Akad turns to Peres and tells him to get some wine
Then he looks around the room, searching for the Grand Leaf Eater who wields the power of this misteryous electricty
ooc: is anyone left to be annoyed by akad or is everyone sleeping?
The jester becomes bored with the party and leaves.
"It was fun playing but now I must go."
OOC: :( i missed the whole gift giving...
the lady alhana catherine and marcus entered the ballroom, aftering spending the last two hours in an office speaking with a few of their ministers. upon seeing the gifts that were being moved by servants, they looked at each other, stunned, and went in search of siren and her sisters.
"i can't believe i missed the whole proceeding, siren must be very sore at me." marcus grumbled. he was taken aback at the sudden roaring sound behind him, and took a few quick steps back upon seeing the large cats.
"we have another cat?" he exclaimed, dumbstruck. he eyed them warily, and continued in his search. "now that one would certainly take a VERY long time to get used to."
alhana catherine found richenda on the hallway to the rooms and stopped her.
"i heard you and dayne are leaving. i'm so sorry to have missed it all, but we were discussing your gifts with our ministers..."
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nathi chuckles softly at Marcus' reaction to the leopards.
I wonder what it would take for them to part with a mated pair ... she pondered, once again enjoying watching the great cats.
Emperor Rikanth Schmlecklock of Darynia is leaning back in a chair in his office when one of his aides walks into the room. "uh, er...emperor...uh...erm...an..er..invitation...arrived a few days ago to ...erm...a party at silvercites...for...erm...some sisters that...er...are....gonna..be married..or something....I..er...forgot..er..to....give it to you..." Rikanth's eyes widen, and he looks very angry. "I'm to be late to another party!? BAH! Aide, one more slip up and you're fired." The aide says "yes emperor." before trudging off out of the room. Rikanth turns to another aide and says "Ready my jet, i'm gonna need to make anotehr grand entrance." Rikanth dons a dark blue cloak, dons the sheath holding the Legacy of Kings claymore, dons his katana and wakizashi, and moves to a cabinet, taking a parachute out.
OOC: dang, my videogames made me completely forget about nationstates for a few days, i come back and i'm late for another party. bah!
Icarus stands with a drink in the middle of the floor.
"Damn royalist countries, can't get a good welcome at any of them." He drops his glass and smashes it with a loud crack.
A jet flies over the city in which this party is being hosted, and Rikanth jumps out of the jet. He falls through the sky, his cloak flapping in the wind. When he gets close enough to the ground, he opens his parachute. He glides down to the ground in front of the palace, releasing his parachute, bundling it up, and storing it in his backpack. He mumbles "bah, late for another party. what an impression i make!" sacastically before walking into the palace. inside, he inquires about his room, recieves his room number, writes it down, and walks to the main party area. Emperor Rikanth, a 6'6 handsome man with tan skin and (natural, not because of age (he's 20)) silver hair, wearing a dark blue cloak which is enshrouding him, and with a katana in a sheath on his left hip, a wakizashi in a sheath on his right hip, and a claymore (the Legacy of Kings from Gothicum) in a sheath on his back, says, "Sorry i'm so late, one of my aides forgot to give me the invtation. Congratulations to the brides and grooms to be!" Rikanth then begins mingling, trying to find friends from the gothicum peace party to talk to and catch up with.
OOC:gotta go to bed after making my grand entrance, good night everyone.
Icarus quietly sits, reading, in a corner, completely ignored, occasionally muttering about "inconsiderate royalists."
OOC:Daezeman, no one's noticing you because everyone is asleep or gone, as i am about to be asleep. Don't sweat it, just go and introduce yourself to people, get to talking, you'll get noticed pretty quick (when people are actually around.)
The Republic of Imitora sends its congradulations to the three young ladies, however, due to pressing matters of security, none will be able to attend the ceremonies.
OOC: Icarus is uncomfortable anyway, he's not a king, he's an FAE, first among equals. ... Don't mind me!
Icarus stands, mingling through the crowd, encountering the Darynian emperor and nodding curtly.
When the jet appears above the palace the few Gimrunals that don't panic draw theyr weapons and call the other guests to do the same for a foul dragon is there and it will be a honor for everyone to slay this evil beast.
As soon as the 'Dragon' disappears the ones that panicked now accomapny the others, waiting with drawn weapons for the dragonrider to land. So the Emperor Rikanth is surrounded by six man with daggers when he lands while an elderly man stands in front of him, holding a sword pointed at his face
"Explain yourself, friend of the foul and unholy dragon creatures or your evil doings shalt be put to an end by me, Akad, the duke of Gimrunal, Lead of the house Tirasal!"
alhana catherine rushed to the enraged delegation of gimrunal. she stood in front of akad, and spoke in a calm voice.
"peace, duke. you have mistook this person for an assasin. let me assure you that he is a friend of the celebrants." she looked up at the jet, now far off, "that is a jet you saw, a machine, made by man for flying. have you not seen one before?"
"A machine made for man to fly? If man should be able to fly god would have given them wings! He must be twisted further by the devil than all witches together to overstep this rules!"
Icarus stands to speak. "Ambassador of Gimrunal, I speak not to insult ye, but your country is far behind the times. The jet that he so expensively arrived on, while a waste of tax money, is actually... hmm, not the latest model."
alhana catherine laid a hand carefully on akad's shoulder, "as your people have been isolated from the rest of the world for so long, you will see many things that will shock and enrage you, but you cannot condemn this man, for the jet you refer to does not attempt to mock any religious belief." she lead him back to the party and chose a table for them. "please, join me." she then motioned for a servant to bring them drinks.
ooc: sorry, being to slow again
He follows Lady Catherine and sits down next to her, not understanding the world and what happens around him, while still complaining to her "But man are not made to fly! What shall be next? Will he reach for the sky, walk on the moon and stars, claiming to be gods equal?"
alhana catherine gave the emotional man an amused smile.
"we have already reached the moon, as well as a few planets and space itself. there are nations now that live in space." she pushed a glass towards him. "drink duke, and calm down. you will need it as i'm sure many more surprises await you."
"I should go home and leave this crazy world forever" he takes the glass and drinks "And if it would not be for my land" he makes a short break, remembering that he speaks to a Lady "...and fair maidens like you... i surely would do so...So would you mind to tell me what happened in the world in the past six, seven...centurys? And could you explain me what this space and planets are you speak of?"
alhana catherine blinked at the request, then laughed her silvery laugh.
"i'm sorry, forgive me, but too many things have happened in past 700 years for me to relate it to you tonight. cultures have come and gone, styles, fashions, the very way of life of people, has changed so much."
she paused, and leaned closer to the duke. "they have here a splendid library which i'm sure you would many of your answers. but i dare say, you shouldn't take the time to go study now" she waved her hands at the festivity. "this is a night for celebrating."
she tilted her head, and raised her eyebrows inquiringly. "how has your nation lived all this years? what sort of progression have you gone through?"
Icarus pulls out the simple stringed instrument of his country, and begins to play a haunting tune, sitting over to one side of the hall. The tune invokes memories of home, and aof heartache, and brings tears to a few of the ambassadors.
she turned to the man playing the haunting tune, and raised her glass of wine to him.
"A libray? Bah, books are for scribes, not for Leaders. Reading and the learning of it is both wasted time."
"The progress of our nation you ask? The saintly Order of the fair sword has cleared our Lands of most bandits and rarely a knight declares his independance as a robber knight. Only in the lands of the house Helegond there are still groups of bandits, for the Knights of the Order cannot pursue them into the depth of the woods. And the Helegonds themself don't seem to pu much effort into hunting them down, well, they have always been a strange folk.
From theyr house also came the most dishonareable crossbow two hundred years ago. It might have proven usefull to defend theyr roads but somehow the bandits must have stolen some and after one of our knights had been gravely injured by this foul weapon in an more than unfair fight, the coward shooting from an distance more than one hundrerd fifty feet, we had finally a good reason to ban and burn them all outright and imprison the fools that still worked on them afterwards.
Since more than three hundred years we have managed to breed our noble shire horses, most taller than two meters and snow white, which is achieved by no other stable we know of...not that we know of much.
The Great castle of lake Brilrel, now home to the house Tirasal, has been completed just thirty two years ago, after half of a century of building.
And just recently we have cleared a mountain pass, allowing us to come here"
ooc: sorry, took a little bit longer...
"That reminds me of something" Akad leans back to speak to his squire "search Finiel and the other bards, they shall accompany this young man." and again to Lady Catherine "Is there anything else of our small land that might arouse the interest of a kind high Lady?"
"that would do for now, although later on i would like to learn more of your culture and your history on the long years of your isolation."
she smiled as she saw the horses being brought out of the room.
"i believe those were your gifts? allow me to thank you on behalf of my brother. those are beautiful steeds and while he is not a warrior himself, he will appreciate the gift greatly as he loves so much to get out of our city and spend a few days in the country, riding his horses."
Spirit and Mist
The Elf maiden Kalin returned to the Tower where her Empress ... 'brooded' She smiled to herself at the unflattering thought, knowing that her Empress would hear her thoughts and felt the blue warmth that signalled the Sorceress' amusement, spread through her mind.
Priestess-Queen Shur'bath, Goddess Incarnate, Empress of Spirit and Mist sat in the same chair and in the same position as when her maid had left her yesterday. She had watched the sun set and moon rise, had watched the stars dance across the heavens and the moon set and sun rise all from the great windows of her Tower.
Kalin bore the flowery reply that the scribe had penned for the invitation from Silver Cities. The Empress chuckled wryly as she scanned the document.
"Tell him he’s out done himself, Kalin. And give him a bonus … that man has an unholy passion for making words into mazes."
Kalin permitted herself a laugh … that described the scribe rather well.
"Send to Silver Cities three matched pairs, male and female of the hunting hawks that Keller trained last year. Those birds are magnificent, and they are the finest that the Mews have produced in the last two years. And three matched pairs of those stunning coursing hounds that the HuntMaster is developing; they should give those Betrothal-Gift Horses a good run."
"My Lady!" Kalin protested.
"O, hush, girl. Hawks and hounds pair for life, well the HuntMaster’s Coursers do, in this case. It is a fitting Gift, and a good Omen. Let the children enjoy their days in the sun, Kalin. The darkness comes soon enough. For all of us."
Archduke Valerian politely inclines his head to the nobleman talking to Lady Alhana, and says, "Excuse me, but might I have just a moment of the lady's time? Lady Alhana?"
OOC: anyone who want to come can as long as they dont start trouble...
Rothana took Zaek's hand and led him to her own lavish rooms, she recently had them redone, on the bed was a black silk coverlet with Black velvet pillows emroidered with silver, accent colors of crimson and deep Violet broke up the severity of the black decor....
She smiled and said, " Here you are, i wouldnt have you anywhere else.."
alhana catherine smiled at the archduke in welcome. she nodded and murmured a farewell to akad and stood up to follow valerian.
"is there something you want m'lord?" she inquired.
marcus finally sat down at a table, unable to find siren. he wondered where she could be while watching the party flow in and out of the ballroom to the gardens outside.
Zaek looked at the bedroom.
"Magnificent colours my love, is my taste for decoration rubbing off on you?"
He laid the package from Lady de Bernadis on the bed an unwrapped it, and as he picked up the shirt to hold it in front of him, something fell at his feet...
Queen Siren after seeing Richenda off to Pantera came slowly downstairs, she was sad and happy at the same time a curious feeling....
Rothana bent to pick up the garment and the realized what it was and flushed scarlet, " That crafty woman, " she held a long black silk penoir, trimmed in silver thread with moon and stars in strategic locations... it was beautiful, " I'm going to have to strangle her" she muttered.. then a small slip of paper fell out of the sheer folds of material, Rothana picked it up and it read, 'For your wedding night... take care of my girl, JB.' and Rothana could feel her eyes start to well up with tears...
"Hmmm, can't wait to see that on you, or rather, off you"
He took off his dirty shirt and pants and slipt into the fine leather pants and the Black Widow silk shirt, with a raven broided on the back in silver thread. The rest of the shirt was lined deep blue.
Standing up when the Lady did Akad makes a short bow towards the Alhana "Farewell and i hope to enjoy your company again soon, fair Lady"
Deciding that he doesn't want to think about this strange world he orders Peres to get him some more wine and sat down again. It was really more than he could take for one day.
"But now we should really begin with the work" Melran said as he stood up "You yourself are a reason not to miss you one second, we shouldn't give Queen Siren an additional one to not let her Angel leave for some time"
Rothana smiled at Zaek's statement, "well im sure it will serve its purpose, for a few moments anyway.." she then put it in her wardrobe..
Regina sighed and replied to Melran, " yes i supose youre right... lets go do this," with that she led him back out of the library and headed for the main hall...
Zaek straightened half his collar, leaving the other half crooked.
"Is this allright?"
Rothana walked over to him, put her fingers on his collar and fixed it smiling, " You look magnificent, in fact you will be lucky if you make it out of here.." she grinned and kissed him..
Zaek embraced he and kissed her, long and tender.
"I'd take you up on your offer, but with Richenda gone I think Silver might need you, besides, people would notice that conveniently the two of us where gone..."
she sighs, * I know, wouldnt want to make a scandal at our own party... maybe.." she laughed and hugged Zaek tight. " Ok lets head back."
Zaek and Rothana appeared, arm in arm, back at the party.
When he notices a Lady entering the room he stands and waits until she sat down somewhere before he does so himself
marcus perked up as he saw zaek and rothana enter. he walked over to them holding a few papers in his hand.
"hello... i've been looking all over for you. where have you been?" he noticed rothana blush and thought it would be best to change the subject. "i apologize for not being there when the gifts were being presented. my sister and i were finalizing our own gifts." he handed a few of the papers to zaek.
"we got you a private island. it's a very large secluded island with fantastic climate and beautiful beaches. as we speak, we have crews on their way to build a house for you there - nothing too fancy as we realize you would want to create one of your own design." he smiled, "i do hope siren isn't angry at me. i had to make sure that the islands we purchased were exactly what i wanted. we got each couple one and the islands are in the vicinity of each other, though far enough to all have their privacy and create whatever they wish in the island and surrounding waters."
"oh and the nearest nation there is the nation of sniper country, from whom we purchased it from. i believe we won't have any trouble there."
Siren noticed the return of her sister and her betrothed and decided that now would be a good time for the announcement, " Our Honored Guests, In about 30 minutes dinner shall be served in the great dining hall, our servants would be more than happy to escort you"
"Wow, an island, surrounded by an ocean? I have never seen the sea before, were landlocked so deep..."
Zaek, overcome with the gift, gave Marcus a strong hug
"How can I ever repay you.."
marcus was taken aback at the sudden outburst from zaek, but after a moment, he returned the hug and let out a small laugh.
"i have everything i could possible wish for, my friend. seeing you and rothana together as happy as could be is well worth the effort i put out for the gifts."
he looked at zaek inquiringly, "but do you know how to swim?"
His two squires behind him, Akad headed for the dining hall, looking for his place
"Shall we go, Mylady?" Melran asks Regina, interrupting his work and offering her an arm
OOC:i'm awake now.
After being confronted by some strange people thinking he rode dragons, Rikanth shrugs and looks around people to talk to that were at the Gothicum peace party.
Dread Lady Nathicana
Noticing a familiar face, Nathi makes her way over to Rikanth and gives him a warm hug.
"Good to see you again, boy." she grins. "How's life been treating you since last we met?"
Icarus ends the tune, and puts away his instrument in a pocket that seems to go nowhere. He stands and wanders through, occasionally shying away from people with a look of distaste on his face. His form seems to shift as he squeezes through.
Dread Lady Nathicana
She casts a glace at the gentleman who's been playing, noticing it's not the jester from earlier. Arching a brow with interest, she watches him make his way through the crowd.
ooc: form shift? what all do you look like, anyhoo?
Rikanth returns the hug, and says "well, my leg sure is feeling a lot better, but nothing of any importance has happened in Darynia since the party, how about you, how's life treating you?"
Dread Lady Nathicana
"Oh, you know how it is ... diplomatic envoys, wrangling the ministry ... although I did have a bit of an adventure a while back involving random acts of delinquency." she chuckles, grinning at the memory of ripping through town with Barry, bottle rockets, toilet paper, and potato gun at the ready.
"But other than that, I think things have been fairly quiet. For once. Has been a truly lovely party so far - cannot believe the gifts I've seen. Truly amazing."
Raui starts out of his trance at the announcement. Good heavens! I...*blushes* hmm...well, so much for a flawless performance at my first function. Damn. Oh well, I guess finding an attractive lady now will be a moot point. Half-grinning he makes his way toward the dining room. As he enters he waves to the Duke and then to Nathicana. He finds his seat and scans for potentially available females. Now the only problem is what to do once I find them. It's been a long time. He idly touches his empty ring finger.
Zaek scratched the raven black hairs on gis head, then moved his hand to his goatie and the dark grey skin on his cheeks.
"Well, I suppose Rothana could teach me. 153 lbs isn't that much to hold up in water."
OOC: where are goth and silver? EDIT: spoke too soon.
marcus moved on to the dining room, still searching for siren. a tinge of worry crept in as he saw that she was not in the room.
Rikanth says "erg...gifts..i had no good gift ideas...i had no idea what to bring..." He looks down sadly.
Akad, finally found his place, looked who his tablelady was, eager to escort her to her seat
A servan guided Zaek to his place next to Rothana in the center of the table set in a U form, allowing both conversation and entertainment afterward. Zaek smiled, though it disappeared for a second when he looked at the empty seats for Dayne and Richenda.
Dread Lady Nathicana
"Oh bah," she said, patting his shoulder. "I don't believe they expected any, truly. They all seemed very suprised. You know these good people - I'm sure they're more than happy just to have you here. Think nothing of it, friend."
She looked over to Zaek and Rothana, nodding and smiling in approval at his new attire. Wow ... if he wasn't so damned handsome already, I'd say the clothes truly make the man. she thought chuckling. The lady has talent - can't wait to see what she can do for me.
Seeing Alhana, Nathi waved and smiled at her as well, then gave a nod and smile to Raui as he sat down.
seeing nathi wave, alhana catherine nodded and smiled in response. she went to her seat to find in dismay that there were two empty seats to her right noted to be for dayne and richenda.
ah, i hope those two will be alright...
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nathi went to sit down, signaling to Jaime to come join her. "Won't you come sit with us, Rikanth?" she said.
Noting as well the empty seats, her brow furrowed. War ... may it be swiftly resolved. Though with a man like Dayne ... she shook her head. Richenda was a grown woman, and had to know what life she had chosen when she chose her warrior.
Rikanth nods and says "Gladly" before sitting down by Jaime and Nathi.
Finding himself at the far end of the U, he discovers he is next to the Duke's Party. "My good Duke, you do not seem to be in as good of spirits as would be expected. What troubles you?"
"Other than the total dismissing of every protocol? Haven't you seen this Dragon? And i still don't understand why Lady Catherine defended his rider..." he sighs "This world has changed to much for me, it was a the most wrong thing to do, leaving my duchy. But now i will try to live with it...not that i have any choice." He makes a break to think while he looks at Melran and Regina entering the dining hall "Or would you happen to know how to let her go of him and forget what he saw here?"
seeing raui and akad at the far end of the table, alhana catherine tried to get their attention and invited them to join her.
Regina took Melran's arm blushing, " I would be honored"
Rothana noted the empty places and a small sliver of sorrow entered her heart..
Queen Siren saw her Marcus and went to join him, " I'm sorry love I had to take care of a few things" she then took his arm and led him to the table taking her place beside Zaek and her sister...
Then when all the Guests were seated she took a small silver bell and rang it twice, the tone was high and sweet cutting through the conversation in the room.
Then two large oak doors opened in the far end of the room, and silver
liveried servants came through them bearing great silver platters of food of every description setting them at invervals along the large table, there was roasted venison, boar and fowl of many types, vegetables steamed, sauteed and raw as well, dark and light grained breads and fresh butter and cream, sauces and gravies of many varieties were brought in and set before the guests...
Queen Silver Siren then stood and addressed the crowd, " My friends, on behalf of SilverCities we are proud to be sharing our table with you, may the friendships we forge around this table last long into the future" she then motioned to the wine bearers to fill the glasses around the table, " Selah, as the Goddess will it so mote it be.." With that she drank from her silver goblet...
Rikanth raises his glass and drinks from it.
"Ah, the only thing that could weight up the troubling wonders your world has calls. Come now, we shouldn't let a Lady wait. Draws a bad light upon us" saying this, Akad stands up and goes to Alhana
Raui notices the waving of Alhana, mostly because he had had a hard time not shooting glances at her. "Duke I believe we are invited to join a lovely lady near the head of the table. And perhaps Akad, it is best that you have been introduced to this world under friendly circumstances than by the invasion of a nation with these amazing weapons and machines that you have seen. For now, you have many nations who can help you progress and come to your aid if you need it. And you adherence to chivalry is a good example to many of us who, through our own neglect, have forgotten it. Come let us join her."
Raui walks with Akad to Alhana. "My dear lady, we are honored to be invited to share your company. I am Raui, and this is Duke Akad." Raui smiles as he sits across from Alhana. Good fortune always comes with a pretty smile.
alhana catherine smiled delightedly at raui and akad.
"very pleased to meet you raui, and yes i have met the duke." she bowed her head slightly and lowered her eyes in greeting. "have you found the festivity to your liking?" her golden eyes twinkled as she studied raui.
his demeanor has certainly changed from when he first came here...
marcus stood up and embraced siren tightly.
"i was so worried..." he whispered. he gave her a quick kiss on her forehead and helped her sit down. "i'm so sorry i wasn't there at the presentation of the gifts... i was finalizing our own nation's gifts." he explained to her what it was, and grinned at the thought of them spending some time at their island. "where we can hide from everyone and just focus all we want on each other..."
Dread Lady Nathicana
Nathicana raised her glass to the toast. "To friendship." she said softly.
Looking around at the grand gathering, she was still amazed at how such gracious people had welcomed her into their midst. Not for the first time, she went a touch cold inside, thinking back on her past, recent and otherwise. Like a serpent hidden in their midst ... came the unbidden thought. She hoped for their sakes, that such things remained in the past.
Blinking away the unpleasant thoughts, she smiled and drank from her glass, reaching over to give Jaime's hand a tight squeeze.
Raui inhales and exhales slowly, seemingly entranced by the sparkle in Alhana's eyes. "My dear Lady, it just keeps getting better and better." He smiles and a wink escapes towards her as he does so.
Siren smiled at Marcus, " that sounds just perfect... just you and I on our own little paradise.. she held his hand tightly"