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The intrigue that drives, and plagues, the Territory of Dharo has built and destroyed empires throughout the Territory; and everyone is eager for political power. The reign of Rheava Evesham has been challenged by these power struggles and even more so by the undercutting of power in her Court. The game of politics had bred the need for Spies within the Territory and they have become the backbone of the Queen's reign.
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Author Topic: His good intentions leave me shaking  (Read 130 times)

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Offline Rowan Blackwood

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His good intentions leave me shaking
« on: Jan 30, 19, 05:49:21 PM »
Rowan had found this task to be much more complicated than she had expected. It was reasonable that Gustav would not have the very latest information from Dharo, but it did rather complicate the matter. Stav had been right. She tried on the first day of her arrival to walk in and make an appointment with Prince Driscoll and was told by who she took to be his secretary that his first available appointment time was the second half of next month. When she revealed that she had traveled a long way to see him (of course not revealing where she had traveled a long way from, Stav had trained her better than that), that appointment was moved to be three weeks away.

As lovely as Dharo seemed, Rowan had no desire to hang around for three weeks. She inquired if perhaps she could meet with Lord Braddock instead, given how valuable Prince Driscoll's time undoubtedly was. This was met with a blank and bored stare, before she was informed that Lord Braddock no longer worked at Driscoll Financial, but was serving as Steward of a Court for the Lady Emma Morgan on the other side of Dharo.

Rowan asked if she might have the address and went back to the inn she was staying in. She penned a letter to Lord Edward Braddock, letting him know that she was only going to be in the Territory for a week at most but that she needed to speak with Prince Driscoll about a matter that affected his financial institution. She offered no specifics in the missive, hoping instead that he would be her way in as Stav had advised. She left both her contact information for where she was staying in Coventry and an address he could reach her when she returned to Little Terreille. She hoped it wouldn't come to that. She would hate to return to Stav without completing her mission, but she had not planned on being gone for three weeks, nor on Lord Braddock no longer working at Driscoll Financial.

In the days that followed, she spent time walking around and observing day to day life in Coventry. Rowan investigated the time and money she would need to travel to Westwood, but without a proper cover identity, it didn't seem wise. Stav had made sure she had all the identification she would need to travel from Little Terreille to Dharo and back, but neither had thought she needed a full new identity for this errand. Arriving at a bank unannounced was one thing. Arriving at a District Court unannounced in a foreign Territory could get her killed.

Asking around, she found the most highly regarded dress shop in the area. She was surprised to find several women (sisters?) all with her red hair working inside. She knew red hair was more common in Dharo, but it still caught her off guard. After several hours, she left with a new hat, a new green dress, and a black fur shawl. The style was definitely more appropriate for Dharo, but looking at her reflection, she could almost believe she fit in here.

Rowan had been visiting Driscoll Financial each evening, politely inquiring if there were any cancellations for the following day. Despite the secretary's dismissive attitude, Rowan remained polite, returning again the next evening to ask again. On the fifth night, the secretary was being especially short tempered with her when a Sapphire Jeweled Warlord Prince stepped into the waiting area from further inside the building and inquired whether there had been any word from Lady Braddock. It had to be him. How many Sapphire Warlord Princes worked here?

"Prince Driscoll?" she asked, flatly ignoring the dagger like glare from the man's secretary.   

Offline James Driscoll

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Re: His good intentions leave me shaking
« Reply #1 on: Feb 11, 19, 11:36:03 PM »
The Little Terreille branch needed a stronger hand to guide it. The weekly reports from Prince Dunsirn had outlined that for some time, but James was seeing it more and more as the months passed. Usually, he’d call Edward into his office, get his take on the matter, and then send the Sapphire Warlord to take a look around and address the problem. Edward was skilled in identifying problems and solving them. Edward would have things running smoothly in a month and then they’d be sharing a drink over their success.

But Edward was in Northwood now. By all accounts, he loved his new duties and was enamored with his pretty young Queen. James was happy for him, truly. Edward deserved every happiness and moment with his Queen that he could get.

He still wished that Edward was here.

He’d been brooding about Edward’s departure for the fourth time that week when his secretary, Lady Katherine Clariss, advised him that a woman had come in asking after him, and been turned away. James was fine with it, though his secretary described her thoroughly. James was ready to write it off when Lady Clariss said that the woman asked for Edward by name after she was told that she couldn’t reach James. That got his attention. Everyone who had any reason to know Edward knew that he’d been gone for some time. He’d even taken the liberty of informing his contacts from outside the Territory of his departure from Driscoll Financial.

He directed Lady Clariss to stonewall the woman if she returned again, while accepting the information on where she was staying. He would send someone to watch her, and track her movements so that he knew how she spent her time.

She did return again, twice more that week. James cleared his schedule just so that he could listen while Lady Clariss drew more information from her each night. Each evening she arrived, James drew on his Sapphire, closed his eyes, and heightened his senses until he could hear her through the door. She was pleasant enough the first two nights, but he could tell that she was growing more annoyed by the third visit. Her story never changed, basic facts and info remained in place, but she never provided more information about herself or why she’d come. She did not open an account or even ask about their services. She did not mention that she was from a Court or another business seeking services.

By the time she left on that third night, James knew without a doubt that he was dealing with someone’s agent. She was trained, but not fully. He’d never send a Warden to meet with a member of a major institution without a cover identity, funding, and enough time to establish themselves before seeking their target. So that made her employer incompetent, or this woman disposable, or…

He didn’t like at all the final option that passed through is mind.

When she left, Lady Clariss knocked on his door. He counted to ten and then bade her enter, listening to her account of the meeting. When she was done, he told her that tomorrow night, he wanted her to simply stonewall the other woman as much as possible. He left that night and visited the inn. He saw her when she entered the inn that night and watched her to go up to her room. He spent an hour there afterward, ten minutes of which was spent deciding whether or not he’d march up there and snap her neck. In the end, he decided against it. He wanted to know who she was and, better yet, who sent her. He wanted to know why.

The following night, James waited for her to arrive that evening. When she did, and when Lady Clariss played the part of the exasperated secretary, James finally stood up, buttoned his coat, and stepped out of his office to finally get a look at the woman who’d been dogging his heels.

She was wearing one of Anna’s designs. James knew it as surely as he breathed. He missed Anna fiercely, then. Was this a calculated move on her part or blind luck? James did not believe in the latter.

Lady, if you’re seeking a job, I’ll start by commending you on your persistence. I’d hire you based on that alone.” James said, his smile warm and inviting as he extended his hand toward the woman. Even as he did, he spoke to Lady Clariss.

Thank you, Katherine. I’ll handle it from here.

He admired the slim line of the Witch’s neck and noted her White Jewel. His hand held hers for maybe a second longer than was proper before her released it.

I’m Prince Driscoll, yes. May I ask your name and whom you’re representing?