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Author Topic: A Network Of Thorns  (Read 48 times)


Offline Andrei Elbremov

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A Network Of Thorns
« on: Dec 03, 18, 03:12:39 PM »
His farms supplied many of the ingredients used to create the most basic alcohols. Brewmasters from all over came for the barley he grew -- the hops, the honey -- and Andrei was glad to provide it, for a price of course. He had contracts on the imports for fruits and other accouterments used in brewing, creating a vast network of food producers and consumers. Most of these connections had been established when his father ran the farms. But there were some that had grown in the years that Andrei had taken over.

In the Belaya Province, there was a man who brewed a very potent alcohol, one that was highly sought after by those blessed with Dark Jewels, who were cursed with the inability to get drunk off regular alcohols. Not only was he a brewer and connoisseur of more...exotic tastes, he was also part of the Reclaimer network. In those, he was a kindred spirit to Andrei, who enjoyed thwarting his father’s stringent regulations whenever possible.

But it didn’t necessarily mean that Andrei liked Killian.

At least he served a Rihland Queen and not an Eyrien or a Glacian one. As he strode up the walk with his hands in his pockets, Andrei’s suit, modified from a style not quite Tacean and definitely not Rihland, did little to protect him from the sudden gust of wind that tore at his long hair. It was unbound and whipped about his face angrily, eventually settling once again into a windblown perfect mess curling around his shoulders.

He knocked on the door briskly. Waited with his hands hidden in his pockets. The servant that answered the door fell under that dark, critical gaze. “I’m here to see Prince Killian,” Andrei purred. “I believe he’s expecting me.” Or should have been. Andrei tended to pick up this sort of thing from Killian monthly, though he rarely made an appointment to do so. He enjoyed the chaos caused by dropping in on others. It gave him perverse pleasure to see how it flustered others.

Usually, it didn’t fluster Killian at all, but still, Andrei tried.

He was seen into a small sitting parlor, where he sat with one leg crossed over the other at the ankle. He called in a small book on philosophical musings to read, to kill time, while he waited. He looked like a model posed for a painting, with his pressed suit and graceful posture, but should anyone besides Killian interrupt him, they would discover the glacial cold lurking beneath the surface.

Andrei conversed at his convenience, and usually, everyone else was just...inconvenient.