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Author Topic: different persons  (Read 325 times)

Description: attn: mia (set in the early parts of 192AP)

Offline Killian Ibsen

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different persons
« on: Sep 20, 17, 03:01:47 AM »
Things had come together faster than they had anticipated. Killian had not expected this to be asked of him, to have Melany task him with swaying a Province Queen to their side, but it was not surprising. Not when Belaya was the place of his birth, not when he could still remember the ins and outs of the streets and the quickest, safest routes to travel to avoid the Eyriens (this did not matter anymore though there was the Eyrien Rebellion now and wasn't that a change of a pace), not when the groundwork was already laid out and there for them to use.

No one had expected the Steward of the Belaya Court to die so suddenly. Yes, he was old, but it was still a surprise. He had been someone that Killian was familiar with, had been his contact in the recent years for the Reclaimers. The man had been sympathetic to their cause, even before the Black Prince descended upon Ebon Varos. After all, he had been assisting and helping Queen Mia Kollen form something of an unspoken court even before the Black had given her Belaya. Something that would have seen them all killed if they had been found out. With the assistance of the Reclaimers, who wanted to have Rihlander Queens in charge, they had been afforded a measure more of protection.

Not that the Queen was aware of that. It was better, in the end, she did not. Not when she was so close to the Eyriens. It was safer for them all that she had no awareness but that no longer mattered. Now, with all the changes, it was time to begin on swaying her to their cause formally.

Through careful work, a network of connections and his own, Killian had made the arrangements to meet with the Queen at the Province Court. She was without a Steward and he was in a position able to offer himself. A letter had been sent ahead, to request an audience and announce his intentions.

Now, dressed warmly as there was still frost upon the ground though winter was coming to an end, he was waiting to be granted his audience. Killian was dressed in dark colors, the red of his curly hair and the pale grey of his eyes that more obvious for his attire. Most would have thought his expression somber and it might have been such, if not for the fact that inwardly he was going things over in his head.

If it turned out that the loudest voice in his head sounded like Melany, no one was allowed to be surprised.

Releasing a breath, he carefully removed his glasses from his face and pulled out a soft cloth to clean them before sliding them back on. Patience was supposed to be a virtue but in a moment like this, one where his future was going to change, to be tied to the Court, he found his patience wearing thin.

Even if he looked every inch the reserved scholar Prince.

Offline Mia Kollen

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Re: different persons
« Reply #1 on: Sep 24, 17, 11:56:28 PM »
Mia sat quietly in her office, papers stacked neatly to the side and a cup of coffee steaming in front of her.  She didn’t notice though, she was staring down into the dark liquid with her mind a million miles away.

She mourned the loss of her Steward, a man who had been almost a second father to her since before Prince Kalvar had liberated Rihland and given her Belaya to rule.  He had been her Steward before she had a court; working on her behalf even while she had been bound and chained to the Eyriens who ruled the land before.  They had only met in passing a few times, and had been careful to conceal their correspondence for years while too many careful eyes were watching.   He had been the first person she contacted as soon as Prince Kalvar had made his intentions known and within the next day, he had gathered males loyal to her to pledge their interest in forming her First Circle.    He had been her confidant, her secretary, and her friend.  His death had been a painful surprise because it had been so sudden and yet so silent.  She had experienced death before but through the violence of their oppressors.  The inevitability of being executed was far more common than a natural death. 

So when the maid had come running to her that morning, pale and crying about how the Steward hadn’t come down for breakfast and when she went in the room he was laying in his bed as if still asleep, the shock had been even more jarring for Mia.   She made sure he was given a fitting funeral, one that recognized all his hard work to both Queen and Province.

Now came the difficult part, finding his replacement.  The papers on her desk were resumes and letters of recommendation from across Belaya; some belonging to men in her own Circle seeking consideration to be elevated into the Triangle.  They all had good qualifications but she still hadn’t made a decision.  She had a meeting scheduled for this morning with one of the applicants, a man who hadn’t been present for the formation of her First Circle but came with strong references.  He was younger than the other men, but the Steward didn’t have to be an aged man to be good at the position.

There was a knock at the door and her butler waited a few moments before opening the door and stepping in.  “Lady, a Prince Ibsen here to see you.”  Mia looked up from her drink, nodding her head as she rose up out of her seat.  “Let him in, thank you.”  The man stepped aside and held the door as another man stepped in.  Well dressed, with a strange sort of curly red hair that she hadn’t seen on many men.  She took in the wardrobe and the glasses the practically announced this was a scholarly and learned man and wondered for a moment if the look wasn’t too perfect, too contrived. 

“Prince Ibsen,” she said, stepping from around her desk, extending her hands in a greeting, “Thank you for coming so punctually.  Can I offer you a cup of coffee before we begin?

Offline Killian Ibsen

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Re: different persons
« Reply #2 on: Sep 29, 17, 12:34:15 AM »
The previous Steward, Josef Arnesen, had been a friend of Killian's. Though it had started because of the Reclaimers it had grown from there. He had been one of his contacts to the Reclaimers (and Melany) in the recent years but mostly Killian had enjoyed being able to talk and converse with him. Anyone of a certain age, who was a true Rihlander, was a potential source of knowledge.

Never mind that Josef was a sense of humor that Killian could appreciate. To find out that he was dead made him pause for mourning. There had been a time, not long after his death, where he had taken a moment to honor his memory in the way that was traditional for their people. Once it was over things moved quickly forward and brought him to this point.

Whatever apprehension there was within Killian was kept at bay - he was, after all, an unbonded male meeting a Queen - but some of it lessened as he laid eyes upon her. As much as one might think his appearance to contrived, to perfect, it was not. He truly was the man that he dressed as (unless one got him around Ryder, in which case he was someone entirely different, or Melany, in which case he was less guarded and more open), preferring that people saw him as a scholar more than anything else.

It also turned out that if someone thought his glasses were a bit too much and put the appearance over the top- Well, he actually needed those.

Once he was closer, Killian bowed - attention paid to Protocol and Etiquette - before he spoke. "Lady Kollen," he greeted, "I endeavor to keep things to a schedule, so punctuality is important to me but ..." a soft smile was given, "I should be thanking you for this audience and the coffee, which I would love to have a cup of."

Since he had not had a cup today and one would not go to waste with him. Directed to a place to sit, he would do so, but his attention was on the Queen.

Offline Mia Kollen

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Re: different persons
« Reply #3 on: Nov 11, 17, 08:01:51 PM »
Mia nodded, appreciating his careful attention to the exactness of Protocol.  She had studied and learned it of course, but found some of the matters a little too constricting as she had understood most Queens did.  However, these were times that one’s behavior could not slip into poor manners and so she responded to his greeting bow with her own precise greeting, a lighter Jeweled Queen to a darker Jeweled male.

“Please sit,” she motioned to one of the receiving chairs placed before her desk as she started to walk over to the sidebar where her maid had set up a carafe of coffee in a special craft container to keep it hot as well as some fruit with a sweet dipping sauce.  Her butler gave a faint cough before stepping forward himself to fetch the offered cup.  She gave him a flicker of a thanking smile before transitioning her movement into a graceful turn towards her own seat and hoped that Prince Ibsen hadn’t noticed the momentary slip.  It would have done her no harm to pour her guest a cup of coffee but her staff was constantly reminding her that it was their service to provide in the more formal of settings.  She had gotten scolded by one of the kitchen maids who caught her bringing down her own dishes from a late night snack instead of summoning someone to clear them away.

“I was pleased to receive your request,” she said as she settled into her seat.  “Josef spoke of you, fondly I should add.  He told me on several occasions that I should see if you would be interested in taking up a position as his second, or perhaps offering you a place as my personal secretary.  I wish I could have done so, but we are still a new Court and Belaya as I’m sure you are aware is still finding her standing.  I didn’t want to overtax the Court accounts with unnecessary positions and find ourselves short of funds that might be required in emergencies.  I’m sure you can understand.”

She let him enjoy his coffee before settling into the business at hand, “Prince Ibsen, aside from my former Steward’s glowing recommendation, why do YOU think I should choose you for this position over the others who seek it as well?

Offline Killian Ibsen

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Re: different persons
« Reply #4 on: Nov 21, 17, 12:37:31 AM »
Pale eyes cut towards the butler as he coughed, a mental note made. Perhaps a reminder that the Queen was to not serve herself? That she was a Queen and it was their place to serve. It was simply another fact the observant Prince could tuck away for later.

The smile that graced Killian's face looked both pleased and chagrined that Josef had spoken of him so fondly. His head tipped downward, only slightly, before he was raising his attention back to Mia as he took the offered cup of coffee. "I understand entirely, I've done my fair share of accounting and record keeping, though when it comes to a business venture not a Court."

Only a dash of cream went into his coffee, Killian stirring the spoon himself as opposed to a bit of craft. (That would have been an obscene waste of it, never mind that one did not simply do such a thing.)

He was quiet, clearly considering her question, before he answered. "As you said this Court is still finding it's standing and I believe that I can help with that. While this would be my first appointment within a Court, I am no stranger to them. There are many of us," native Rihlanders was what he meant, "that are lacking in knowledge of Protocol and Etiquette in relation to the Courts." The Eyriens had kept them subjugated, teaching only what was viewed necessary to those that were folded into their Courts. "That is not the case with me. My knowledge, Lady Kollen, will be not only your knowledge but the Court's as well."

Killian took a drink of his coffee, setting the cup down and focused entirely on her.

"Beyond that, I will admit that I want to do something for our territory, to help the place of my birth. I was gone for many years, to the University of Salamanca, and I learned much there. I believe that through your Court - through serving you - I will be able to best put my skills to use and help and make up for the years I left my homeland behind." His earnestness was genuine, the Prince speaking freely from his heart.

Offline Mia Kollen

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Re: different persons
« Reply #5 on: Jan 17, 18, 04:50:29 PM »
Mia watched him stir his coffee slowly, pondering her question and how to respond.  It was a question she put to every candidate who had come forward seeking to fill the Steward’s role.  Most of them expounded on their years of service, their experiences within various Eryien courts, though none of them had served as much more as pageboys or underling secretaries.    She didn’t hold this against them, she knew all too well the different ways the Eyriens had sought to undermind and subdue the Rihland people through her own history and training.  Admirable responses to be sure, but none of them seemed to strike the chord of what she wanted to hear, what her court needed from the man who would almost be second in her command of the Province.

She sipped her own coffee politely as he expounded on his own knowledge and experience, how his focus was less about his qualifications but more on what he hoped to achieve in the position.  If anything, his lack of experience would have been a detriment to someone seeking such an important placement.  Certainly someone might look at his age as a disqualifier but Mia knew that age and experience did not always go hand in hand.

He wasn’t wrong, lessons in Protocol and Etiquette were lacking for some of the First Circle certainly, again through no fault of their own and she had been thinking about looking for a way to hire tutors to help fill in the gaps in their education, her own included.  With his educational background, he would be able to provide that same assistance, but she didn’t want to overload him with so many important tasks.

Funny, she realized in that moment, how easily she could already slip him into that placement.  A little smile crossed her lips.  Josef had been right, he would have made a good second to his placement.  There was a similar feel to the two men, a instinctual desire to trust him that she rarely had with anyone but Falen, but he was Hers...this man didn’t have the same pull to him, the same striking feeling.  Still…

She folded her hands neatly before her.  “As I said, we are living lean as we are still trying to sort out the tithes and arrange to establish district Queens, or perhaps capable men willing to rule until the Queens we do have are trained and of age.  Personal income would be limited but you would be provided a suite of rooms here at my residence, with meals provided of course. Provisionally of course.  I am hoping that by this spring, we will be able to sort tithes into a more equitable distribution of income.  Right now, anything coming in has been going to the treasury to pay the guards, especially those who are watching the Eyrien encampment in the mountains.”


She gave him a warm look, “I can see why Josef liked you.  If you think that you are up for the challenge of being my Steward, working with the Territory Court and still be able to help the rest of us brush up on our gaps in education, then the Steward’s placement is yours.”  Her lips thinned, “We are all pushing up our sleeves and working hard, myself included, but I know that we can do this.”

Offline Killian Ibsen

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Re: different persons
« Reply #6 on: Feb 10, 18, 08:51:27 PM »
Killian had never formally been part of a Court, though he been on the outskirts and assisted Prince Vahn as he navigated his own place. It had been an eye opening experience for a Prince who had only seen things as they were under the heel of the Eyriens that had kept them in line. Or due to his parents who had, quite happily, served as willing foot stools but that was not a topic of discussion.

He knew well enough that it was not going to be how capable he was or was not but whether or not the Queen saw within that which he was willing to give. Killian had drive and capability, only strengthened by his Caste, and knew well the lengths he would go to ensure that Mia Kollen's vision - her desires - would be achieved for the Province that was now hers.

"I think I am more than up for the challenge, Lady Kollen. I am, in fact, looking forward to it. This area is my home, my parents run a business within Belaya, and I want to do what I can for not only you but the people as well." The corner of his mouth curled upward as he leaned forward to set his cup down. "I can have a look at the books and see what I can do to help sort the tithes." A small chuckle escaped. "Balancing and otherwise handling such things like that is something I've done since I was very young."

The comment about ensuring the guards was not missed, not considering it was about the Eyrien encampment. Killian had his own connections, his own way to keep an eye on such things, but this first meeting was not the time to discuss it.

"Admittedly, if things are tight, I am quite already with a reduced pay until things are sorted." Reddish-brown curls had fallen into pale eyes and he brushed them out of the way with an idle movement of his hand. "As I said, I've family here and can support myself. That said: as long as you do not view it as problematic, I have a place that is not far away from the Court that I am staying in. Save the staff from keeping up with another room for cleaning and ..." His eyes glinted with amusement. "I tend to do as you said, push up my sleeves and work hard, which means that I can often keep long hours. As long as I've an office here and space I can work in, that is all I need."

Offline Mia Kollen

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Re: different persons
« Reply #7 on: Mar 07, 18, 11:23:01 PM »
Mia gave him a light smile and nodded, “My hopes are that once finances are more sorted, we can start to retroactively recuperate everyone’s losses little by little.  No one in my court will be wealthy, but everyone will have enough to pay their debts.  I’m even willing to forgo my personal portion of the tithes for this first year,” she said leaning in a little conspiratorial, “but that will remain between us.  I don’t need anyone fussing or worrying about that for me.  I have lived on far less in my life, one year without pocket money will not hurt me.” 

 Not that she thought she would have much reason or cause to go out spending money either.  Her clothing was sufficient enough.  She had set her staff to task of going through the whole residence upon her arrival and found a great deal of wardrobes full to the brim from prior residents who either fled without packing or had been killed.  Enough of the maids said they would be willing to tend to mending or fitting clothing to suit anyone who needed, provided they could have a few choice outfits for themselves as recompense.  Mia hadn’t minded.

Other items would be sold to traders and market for other territories and that income could be used to supplement tithes and provide for food and other necessities.  At that thought, she called in a large bound book and slid it across the desk to him.

“Here are the accounts of the court.  Josef made sure to keep a careful record of every mark that went in or out.  It was his idea to sell the possessions that had been left behind by the … previous tenants to help support the court’s needs without raising any of the tithes for this first year.  And here…” she called in a second book, this one bound in a blue cloth cover, “is a ledger with every member of staff and court who lives or works around the residence.  The second section records the guards who are stationed on the mountain passages and the third section is a recent census that he had begun of each district in the province, with the names, jewels and castes of everyone.  I think he was hoping to start a system of labor, making use of natural talents and abilities and finding workers for tasks that needed doing, but that was my best guess after reading through this.”

Exhaling deeply, she leaned back in her chair and folded her hands on her lap, “I am throwing you feet first into a very deep icy lake Killian.  I hope you don’t come to regret this decision.”  MIa gave him a tight smile.   “I can give you a day or two to adjust and get settled before I need you to be ready to take the reins fully.  I’ve been trying to manage the paperwork and the correspondences but Mother Night, there are just not enough hours in the day and I’ve been awake more than I’ve been asleep these past several nights.” 

“Do you have any questions for me?  If not, I do have a meeting with some local farmers to attend to shortly and my escort will be chomping at the bit if my tardiness makes us return after dark.

Offline Killian Ibsen

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Re: different persons
« Reply #8 on: Apr 11, 18, 12:21:51 AM »
Killian smiled, head inclined in acknowledgement. "I will keep that a secret then." As he was already talking about foregoing some of his own payment. It was not as if he did not have other means of pay - he had a business of his own, after all - but it still did not look good when a Court could not provide enough coin for its people. "Quite gladly, as it will allow us to do more for our people."

With the books provided, he reached forward and started to look through them. The numbers were, quite frankly, poor (and that was being positive about it). "He kept good notes," murmured Killian, "and I can see where he was going with this. It is wise, if there was no need, to sell off the previous possessions if they cannot be used and bolster the reserve." That book was set down, the second taken and Killian quickly skimming through it as he flipped through the pages.

"That's what it looks like. It would be quite easy to take a look at what we need done and allocate the appropriate people to the task at hand. If we offered reductions in tithes, especially for helping fix infrastructure and otherwise, it would ultimately balance out and bring more out to be of assistance." Clearly Killian was already in thinking mode. It took him a moment to actually stop doing so, adjusting his glasses without thought and looking towards Mia with a smile. "I would not have it any other way, to be honest. In the deep end is often where I prefer to be."

Closing the ledger, his hand rested against the cover of it. "As of right now, I've no questions for you but I may have a few suggestions come the morrow. I wouldn't want to earn the ire of your escort on the first day by keeping you from an appointment and seeing you out late."