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Author Topic: All Signs Point to Betrayal  (Read 133 times)

Description: attn. Rhiannon [Arc: Kidnapping of a Queen]

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All Signs Point to Betrayal
« on: Nov 04, 18, 11:40:22 AM »
(OOC: Timeline follows Kidnapping of a Queen, and subsequent threads.)

The update that Alora Kent had received that morning, as the Proxy Queen of Dharo (for the second time in the past few years) had left her feeling bleak. The outcome for a happy ending and seeing Silara returned to her mother’s arms didn’t feel assured, and Alora feared for the worst. Rather than let herself get wrapped up in an emotional response to such a pessimistic viewpoint she focused on ensuring that the Territory, at least, would be taken care of until Rheava was able to pick up the leadership once more.

Alora’s experience, though short lived, and connection to the Court of Dharo had once again made her the easy choice to be put in charge of the Territory when Rheava was unable to fulfil those duties. Yet the easy interchange between the two Rulers had left many whispering throughout the Territory that perhaps Rheava would be easily replaced with any Queen in Dharo. The signs of weakness were starting to create a foundation for the opposition to challenge Rheava’s role as Queen of Dharo, a role that she had comfortable held for more than a decade. Perhaps it was time for change, they had suggested. Alora was aware of the whisperings and had made it her singular role to ensure that they could find no faults with the choice of proxy rulership, at the very least, and maintain her support for Rheava’s rule.

She yearned to see her daughter, now entering her teenage years, but could not risk leaving the capital in these tumultuous times. Every visit meant she had to devise a carefully orchestrated plan to ensure that no hint or whiff of her secret daughter reached Court, less Dirk Ryder discover the truth. She had named her daughter a bastard rather than grant paternity to Dirk, something she had done to protect Pippa at all costs. There was no telling what kind of manipulation the man would use on his own daughter, or how easily she could fall prey to it. After all, it had been simple for Alora to become his prey all those years ago. Only the pregnancy had given her motivation to escape his clutches and control so that she might raise Pippa in a far more pleasant environment.

The reports she was pouring over were requests for Territory funding to be granted in relief of a weather related disaster along the coast. She was comparing the reports from her Spies, her Guard, and several merchants against the reports that were included in the request for funds. Thus far everything was aligned and she was inclined to grant the funds immediately, but continued with her due diligence never the less.

Alora was about to sign the grant paperwork and apply the seal of the Queen of Dharo when an insistent knock was rapped against the door. “Come in.” She called out and set the seal aside for a moment.

When Rhiannon Devine, the Spy Master for Dharo, swept into the room Alora had to bite back a surge of disgust mixed with anger that threatened to sweep through her tranquillity. This was the woman who had taken a place in Dirk’s bed and life as part of her role to the Queen of Dharo, but nothing had seemingly come from the arrangement to benefit Rheava. The Queen insisted that the sudden lack of deaths in her Court was a testament to Rhiannon’s ability to tame Dirk, but Alora didn’t buy that for a single moment. She struggled to work with her as the Proxy Queen but knew how important Rhiannon’s role was to the Territory, so she shoved her own emotions well out of the way in order to greet Rhiannon with a sense of civility.

“Good afternoon, Lady Devine. What have you to report?” She asked as she waved for the Spy Master to take a seat in front of the desk.