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Author Topic: Am I More Than You Bargained For  (Read 288 times)

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Offline Eydis Winterton

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Am I More Than You Bargained For
« on: Feb 01, 18, 01:14:23 PM »
Vaasa was so beautiful!

Cold, certainly. Eydis didn't think she'd ever been so cold without the use of her Jewels before. Still, she hadn't minded the cold that much, finding it refreshing. Kevin was less happy about the weather but he placated her and kept both her and her daughter, Inari warm with the power of his Summer Sky. The buildings, the people, the roads and the crystal sky were truly the most awe-inspiring beauty that Eydis had ever seen. To stand beside Reija Harmaa, one of the High Priestesses of the Territory, made her feel even more confident and pleased that she had followed Reija's advice to take a furlough from her duties in Little Terreille.

Granted, Eydis's warmth and her smiles set her apart from the chill courtesy she'd encountered so far in the northern Territory. But she was undeterred by the half-smiles or stoic stares. She was just so happy to be here she let her cheer shine through. She had her own very effusive charisma, and while certainly not every person she met was pleased by her obviously foreign personality, some took quite well to it.

Normally her hair and dress were more lackadasial and unkept. She wasn't exactly dirty, but she was a Queen who got into the field and did things herself, so she was more utilitarian than dainty. However for the meeting with one of her uncles, Reija had convinced her to go to one of the salons in the capital and had been pampered and treated like the high-Casted woman she was.

She wore a high necked red dress that kept her arms free despite the cold weather. Her hair was stylied, perfected and brightened, her face made an artful mask of highlighting the brown of her eyes to make them practically shine on the portrait. She managed the heels just fine, as she wasn't completely a creature bereft of high society training, Marchesa had seen to that.

They walked slowly for Inari's benefit, and Eydis held her daughter's hand as they moved into the building that held the ruling Court of the Star of Kaeleer. Eydis's eyes moved around in wonder, and she spoke softly to her daughter as she pointed out statues, artwork, and architecture that were unique to Glacia compared to Little Terreille and it's more industruous (or homeley) designs. Kevin at her side was anxious, but she soothed him with a flicker of her Craft, and the warmth that flowed through his body did much to settle his nerves.

Love, don't worry. Everything is going to be great. She whispered to him in a distaff to staff thread, her voice filled with confidence and compassion to her First Escort.

She felt the earth and the spirit of this place call to her and resonate with her in a way Midland never had.

She was home.

Offline Reija Harmaa

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Re: Am I More Than You Bargained For
« Reply #1 on: Feb 05, 18, 11:09:53 AM »
Eydis might not have been quite as polished as some of the more ice-crusted Glacian Queens Reija had known, but anything she might have lacked in regal demeanor, she made up for with her willingness to follow direction. The Priestess was gentle in her instructions, of course; she knew well how volatile a Queen's pride could be, and she intentionally coached her directives in suggestions and education, rather than outright demands. But there was no chance in hell that she was prepared to walk into the Vaasa keep and present the Wintertons with anything but Eydis' best form. Reija was herself dressed simply (simply for Glacian high society, at least) in a deep blue dress that complimented the Opal and Sapphire jewelry that hung on her neck, ears, and wrists. Her most beloved accouterments was, of course, the steel-eyed Warlord Prince who was ever-present at her side. The pair of them cut a striking figure as they made their way into the nerve center of Glacian control, with the Dark Jeweled Priestess Queen with them.

Despite how unflappably composed Reija seemed from without, the Priestess harbored a trace of anxiety inwardly. For all of her dealings with Aksel Winterton, she'd had precious few interactions with his brother. Yrian's Jewels alone were in themselves potentially terrifying, if one was prone to nervousness about such things. Reija was not. More than the well of power to which he had access, Reija was wary of what socio-political changes Yrian could make to her and Einar's lives with little more than a snap of his fingers or a few words uttered. This was to be a defining moment in the Harmaa family line, the feat that would hopefully finally draw the family back out from beneath the cloud under which Jonothan's selfish escapades had forced them.

What if it didn't work that way? What if Yrian and/or Aksel were displeased with Eydis, somehow? What if Jonothan had set Reija up to fail, and had fooled her into believing Eydis was someone she was not? What if Eydis spoke out of turn or the child she had at her hip displeased them? What if Marja herself showed up at this meeting and denied the woman was her daughter? What if, what if, what if. The truth of it was that if this didn't work to finally restore her into Vaasa's good graces, then she didn't yet have a plan B. She would not stop trying, of course. But if a gesture like this couldn't do it, what could she possibly conjure that would succeed?

Instinctively, she reached for Einar's mind with her own. Without a word, without expressly sharing any of the thoughts which plagued her, he steadied her. His presence was all that was required for her to reassure herself. He was the rock upon which she stood, and no matter what happened, they would face the coming days together. It would be enough.

The quartet were shown to a sitting room, and despite how she wanted to pace, Reija did take a seat. The calm, untouchable, regal demeanor she subscribed to made her seem every bit the aristocratic noble as she waited, straight-backed, for the Wintertons to see her.

"What do you think of Vaasa so far, Lady Winters?" she asked, when the moment stretched out and it seemed they'd be waiting a bit before being shown to their appointment.

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Re: Am I More Than You Bargained For
« Reply #2 on: Feb 23, 18, 08:39:48 PM »
It wasn’t without exacting precision that Yrian felt comfortable leaving Elisif’s side, but, the paranoid part of him made all assurances she was well tended while he was away. His Queen was pregnant with his child, which put the Warlord’s normally very even and logical thoughts into stutter. Between her and the babe she carried, Elisif and their unborn child was all he’d hoped for. So, the fact that there were Ebon Gray shields (some made by Aksel) as well as a variety of guards positioned at each intersection of the wings leading up to Sif’s private quarters, those were all just precautions.

Nevertheless, the pair of them were bonded but they were not the sort of people who were able to spend every waking moment together. Yri was determined to work. He helped Matias with the Master of the Guard duties (though the Warlord Prince did not much need the help). The nervous energy was worked out by duties of his former role, one that most allowed him to perform if only because they saw the need for him to do something. While his Queen was entertained and protected, Yrian attended to the Court. It was the only life he known since he and his twin had walked away with the Red and Sapphire respectively.

So when the notice that a visiting Queen from Little Terreille had called on him, Yrian had assumed nothing special. As one of the Ebon Gray males who served Elisif’s Court, he was used to being the intermediary between a Queen and the Territory Queen. This time, it was much different.

The secretary informed him that not only was the Queen one Eydis Winters, she was escorted by none other than Jon Harmaa’s sister and Rejia’s husband. By virtue of Reija and Jon’s power, he’d met the sister. Where Jon was once one of his closest friends, Reija was a greater unknown. Curiosity piqued, he asked if they’d made their intentions know.

Reija had fallen greatly from favor when Jon had shown up in Little Terreille, after he’d murdered Elisif’s former First Escort. Yrian would have been more nervous if he hadn’t trusted Jon with so much. Nevertheless, the news had been disconcerting, and he wondered how the Warlord had changed in the years since he’d left Glacia.

For Jon, and for his curiosity, Yrian didn’t dawdle. A Hearth Witch smoothed his clothing before he exited the private wing for the Court. His long stride took him gracefully and easily to the room in with both Reija and the Queen had been situated. Even with the Ebon Gray, his scent wasn’t as potent as that of his triple gifted Queen. The single guard at the door nodded to him before she knocked on the door and opened it.

“Prince Yrian Winterton for the Lady Winters and the Lady Harmaa.”

So strange to hear that name here. I will have to make sure Elisif hears of Reija’s visit from me.

The man who entered held the casual calm of one who knows they hold not only all the cards but all the power. Yrian’s confidence was palatable and only enhanced by the clearly fine tailored suit. It was not the sort of gear one wore for a formal dinner, but the dark and earthy tones were very much in style and cut to the year’s fashion. A person who knew fashion would be able to discern the cost for such a fine yet simple suit was not small. But then, Yrian was a Winterton, one of the Ebon Gray Wintertons, and he had only the best. The best suits, the best Queen, and soon, he knew in his heart of hearts, the best of children.

“Lady Harmaa, Lady Winters,” Yrian paused and bowed his head to the pair of Dark Jeweled women, Protocol followed closely and properly with a slight bow at his waist for a Queen who was neither the ruling Queen nor his Queen. “Prince Harmaa,” Yrian added to Reija’s husband. “Prince,” Yrian addressed that final greeting to Lady Winter’s escort.

For a moment his gaze lingered on Edyis. One could assume it was the Queen was new to him and he was taking in the sight of her, sizing up the younger woman. Instead though, Yrian felt an intense sense of deja vu, as though he’d met the Queen before. Curious about it, Yrian focused on the Queen, almost ignoring Reija. There was a sharp intellect and dark intensity in that stare, one that had made many in Kaeleer uneasy and nervous.

“Tell me Lady Winters, what brings you to the Star of Kaeleer’s Court?” Another person may have spoken that honorific with irony, but in the simple sentence, it was clear just how greatly he respected Elisif’s standing. In his heart, she was the Queen Glacia had always needed, had always deserved.






Offline Eydis Winterton

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Re: Am I More Than You Bargained For
« Reply #3 on: Feb 25, 18, 11:36:54 AM »
"So far?" Eydis turned to Reija's question with bright eyes, a smile blooming from something small to an all-encompassing glow. "It is the most beautiful place I've seen in my life." There was nothing but genuine appreciation fro the capital of Glacia, and Eydis's enthusiasm would have been infectious to the more ameable. She would have continued in her praise of the city they stood within, but one of the Court's escorts interrupted their talk.

She rose to her feet as Lord Winterton entered and her eyes were caught by the Ebon Gray and the Red that were displayed clearly on his person. Such unfathomable power at his command! Did he feel that weight from the Darkness? Did he feel burdened by his gift from Mother Night? Or was he spurned by the idea that he was so close to the Black and yet scraped only at the upper end of its power even when he dove to the deepest part of his well?

She had so many questions for this man; this man who was her blood.

The stare that arrested upon her did not deter her. Though she reached out to her daughter and took her hand, as she felt Inari hide behind her leg away from the man's gaze. Yrian's stare seemed to encourage the bright woman who's smile lit the room up from the sheer joy and anticipation she felt in this moment. "Lord Winterton.." She almost stumbled on her Protocol, but she was still a Priestess Queen and would not falter in this moment to address things the proper way, no matter how excited she might have been to just leap into the moment. "I am here because it is my home.

I am your niece."


She took a breath. Not for dramatic effect, but because the words that came from her burned at her tongue for how electric they felt. "Marja Winterton is my mother. Lady Harmaa had met me in Little Terreille to bring me here to meet you."

Eydis turned to Reija then, gratitude and warmth in her gaze. "Lady Harmaa has been very, very helpful. She's been the guiding north star that drew me here." Her eyes cut back to Yrian then, her back straight and proud. "I'm willing to submit myself to whatever investigation you need to conduct to verify my claim."

Offline Reija Harmaa

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Re: Am I More Than You Bargained For
« Reply #4 on: Feb 27, 18, 04:18:46 PM »
Reija did not smile, really, but there was nonetheless some sheen of pleased approval in her expression when Eydis explained what she thought of Vaasa. It was a fitting reaction, Reija thought, to one's first introduction to the diamond in the center of the Star of Kaeleer. It was everything a civilized metropolis should be, and it was gratifying to see that the Priestess Queen before her appreciated as much. Reija had further comments to make, but the coming of the guard stopped her and brought her to her feet.

She did smile when Yrian Winterton entered and greeted her, though it was an appropriately cool, slender gesture. More noticeable was the deep bow of her head to show respect to his station and Jewels.

"Lord Winterton," she returned his greeting, her diction and enunciation as crystalline and perfect as a glacier's edge. Not a hair about her changed when the Warlord shifted his attention entirely to Eydis, despite the fact that it pleased Reija not at all. He spoke to the errant Queen directly rather than waiting for Reija to make introductions, and the Priestess felt her capital in this arrangement diminished somewhat because of it. And of course, Eydis did not dally about the matter to return to Reija any opportunity to reclaim control of the conversation. Though it didn't surprise Reija it did annoy her.

And then out of nowhere, Eydis turned to her and spoke of how instrumental Reija had been in bringing her to Vaasa. That did surprise the Priestess, though it didn't show in her bearing any more than her annoyance had, a moment before. She remained the perfect picture of placid composure, save for a slight and demurring nod of her head to acknowledge Eydis' praise. It was an amateur mistake on Eydis' part, Reija thought. Noble as it might be, Eydis had now publicly indebted herself to Reija in a sense. She hadn't needed to do that, and it would've been one less matter to consider while she moved forward in establishing herself in Glacia. Still, it benefited Reija, and she minded not at all.

Another amateur mistake would have been to speak up then just for the sake of being included in the conversation, Reija thought. It was tempting, because she did not wish to seem merely a passive participant, but there was grace in speaking judiciously, she knew. Eydis had relayed the brunt of the matter for the Winterton lord; Reija held her tongue and allowed the man a moment to process and respond.

Offline Yrian Winterton

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Re: Am I More Than You Bargained For
« Reply #5 on: Mar 04, 18, 07:19:09 PM »
Yrian wasn’t shocked by Eydis’ proclamation. No, he was annoyed. Marja, Yrian thought annoyedly with a fair bit of blame. It wasn’t that he was upset to find their family now sporting a Queen, but, he was expressly displeased with the surprise of it.

When Eydis gave Reija her thanks, Yrian shifted his gaze back to the Priestess. Jon’s sister. It was so easy to forget when the pair of them were like ice and fire. Still, he remained quiet. The offer of an investigation was assured, but, he returned his gaze to Eydis. She had reminded him of someone when he’d arrived. It was strange to find out it was because she purported herself Marja’s daughter.

With a flicker of Red, Yrian checked the scent in the room. Though he found nothing that felt like subterfuge, he was capable of much as the wearer of both the Red and Ebon Gray.

Even though he was annoyed and thoughtful, Yrian’s gaze was relatively passive, as though he’d just been told what was for dinner. With Reija in the room, he wondered if this was a new game of Jon’s, but one that did not include Elisif’s wrath but his. If the young woman was telling the truth? That was a quandary to fathom at a later moment.

“You seem to be about the age that Marja could have born you, but, I would be far more convinced if one of the Seers at Court confirmed it.” On a private Red thread, Yrian reached out to one of the Guards and sent forth the request for a Court Black Widow to attend their room.

“If what you say is true, then I will thank Lady Harmaa for her assistance in delivering you home to your family.” Yrian glanced at Reija then, a reminder, that even though he was not personally unhappy with Jon, his Queen was a very different story. The Harmaa name had been dragged through the mud, but, Yrian would give Lady Harmaa public thanks should the truth merit the appreciation. It was a small thing but something he could do for a man who had been his friend at one point. (Now, that was not as clear to Yrian.)

“Lady Winters, why don’t you explain how you came to find out about your parentage? I’m curious as to this tale, for, I expect it will be quite interesting.”

With a pull on his Ebon Gray, Yrian put an Aural Shield on the room. He wasn’t sure what would be contained in the story, but he felt better playing it safe. Afterall, their family was full of secrets, and it seemed he just learned another of Marja’s.






Offline Eydis Winterton

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Re: Am I More Than You Bargained For
« Reply #6 on: Mar 10, 18, 02:16:58 PM »
"Of course. I understand that completely!" Eydis said with a brightness that stood out from the stoic Glacians in the room. Kevin was uncomfortable that Einar, Yrian, and Reija seemed to be completely unmoved by this whole affair, while Eydis seemed to have a level of electric excitement that was unbefitting for a Glacian aristo. She was undaunted, however, and she guided Inari before her. "I'd feel the same as you if I were in your place. Claiming kinship is a serious charge. But I'd be remiss not to introduce the most important part of our retinue."

The shy little girl seemed uncertain about Yrian, and Eydis gently stroked her hair as she guided her gaze up to him. "This is my daughter, Inari. It's her first time outside of Midland, really. Do you have children of your own?" She turned her eyes to look directly at Yrian, feeling that calling him 'Uncle' right away was inappropriate but calling him 'Lord Winterton' was too stuffy given her claim. She settled on a non-verbal que, to make sure he knew he was being addressed rather than others in the room.

Yrian asked then how she came to learn of her parentage, and she suffered a moment of shame as she frowned. "My father lives in Little Terreille. He's a Light Jeweled immigrant from Glacia. He left right after I was born, apparently paid off by my mother to depart and tell no-one of her indiscretion. I'm not certain of the circumstances as to the why. I planned on asking her that myself if I had opportunity.

I didn't know much about our family. Lady Harmaa supplied the rest. But I knew her name and my father had confirmed it to me when I first started training to become a Queen."
Eydis looked down to Inari, stroking the little girl's hair lovingly and seeing her child drew back her steel and her smile that shifted back to Yrian.

"I don't know much about my mother. I have a thousand thousand questions, of course. But I know you're likely very busy. Maybe after your seer confirms my origins we can schedule something to talk at length? I could easily eat up your day talking about the past, present, and future." Family was a key and critical thing to the Blood. It was what gave them foundations for the future, and she had an innumerable number of questions about their family and Glacia as a whole and their connection to Elisif Brenden's agenda.

But she knew she was far excited than anyone else in the room. She should have reigned it in, but it was against the core part of her personality and she was so happy in this moment she couldn't dismiss it entirely. This was as subdued as it was going to get.

Offline Reija Harmaa

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Re: Am I More Than You Bargained For
« Reply #7 on: Mar 14, 18, 09:20:31 AM »
Yrian glanced at Reija with the mention of potential thanks, and Reija bowed her head deeply in respectful acknowledgment. It was a simple gesture, calm and stoic, and not at all indicative of the great and terrible yearning for that very thanks that burned within the Priestess. This was the first step of undoing all the damage Jonothan had done, and to be so near to it was a sublime thing.

Reija was quiet while Eydis fielded Lord Winterton's question about how she'd become aware of her parentage. It wasn't until the Priestess Queen exhausted what she knew of how she'd been found that Reija spoke up.

"I was looking for Jonothan," Reija supplied, her tone even and unbothered by the topic. "He is in Little Terreille now, and it is my desire to see him returned to our Lady for justice. He is entrenched at the Territory Court, however. It was while investigating his resources that I came across Lady Eydis in one of the Province Courts. Her resemblance to Lady Winterton made me inquire as to her origin, and once it became clear that she was likely indeed one of your family, I approached her to invite her to return with me.

"I am no Seer, but you have my word that there is no intentional deception here. I sincerely believe her to be a Winterton, and sincerely believed you and your brother would like to be apprised. Please do forgive me if I have acted out of turn in bringing her here,"
she said, with another bow of her proud head.


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Re: Am I More Than You Bargained For
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 18, 05:22:57 PM »
Einar, ever Reija's imposing shadow, had remained silent while they moved through the proceedings. He had spoken his part when needed in greeting to Lady Winter(ton), her escort, and then Lord Winterton himself. While he was aware there was some familiarity between Reija's brother and the Master of Glacia's Guard, he himself was not familiar with the man. He proved to be what he expected from Elisif Brenden's most trusted: A solid, cool man with sharp clothing and a sharper voice. He was not a giant, as his Jewel might suggest, but there was a steadiness in the man he found admirable as it mirrored his own.

Eydis's notably un-Glacian manner was notable to him. He disliked that much of their bounty was involved with this woman with her smiles and her small little laughs. It seemed fake to Einar, who felt a smile should be hard-earned and won like a prize, rather than freely given on the slightest whim. Jonothan had smiled often, and he felt that was sufficient evidence to never trust a smile for kindness or friendliness. It was often just a lie.

Reija did not tell the truth to Lord Winterton, but that was part of the game. It was not the first deception and political maneuvering he'd been privy to. Indeed, his duties as a Summit had him see a great many small lies, innuendos, and suggestions that were not factually true. Still, he understood he could not speak honestly of what brought them here, even if he desired truth over a beneficial lie.

Still -- Reija's closing message was honest. While it was beneficial to her return to grace thanks to the fall her brother had forced upon her, she had always the heart and soul of Glacia in mind in her actions.

Silently, he sent a staff-to-distaff thread to her. No words, just strong feelings of encouragement, pride, respect, faith, and love. The feelings were more than words could ever truly convey, but she would know he was fully supportive of her, and watched the proceedings as a silent participant, but a watchful one.

 

 

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