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A naive Black Jeweled witch has destroyed the Territory Court. From its ashes a new court is being constructed, one run by a manipulative killer. As the blood runs in the streets of Goth from open gang warfare, the Steward of Little Terreille begins a gambit to rebuild the Territory from the ground up and challenge the Star of Kaeleer.
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Description: Eydis/Reija

Offline Einar Harmaa

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I can work a miracle
« on: Jan 05, 18, 02:03:41 PM »
Einar hated Little Terreille.

Every time he was forced to come to this overpopulated, congested, uncultured mess of shacks and backward people he grew especially aggravated. Reija had told them their purpose for coming to the Midland District, and while he could see the merit of it he disliked her doing anything that would benefit Jonothan. Their last visit to Little Terreille had been disastrous, but this one held the promise of opportunity. If this worked as it was intended, Reija would return to the good graces of Elisif Brenden and Jonothan's crimes would no longer be held against his wife.

For that, Einar could bottle up his own concerns. Reija would know he was upset, but he would bear the burden and the aggravation for her benefit. He always would, when it came to her. And she never let his sacrifices go unnoticed or unacknowledged. That was one of the key reasons their marriage always had remained strong even after the turbulence they had suffered through the years.

He remained at her side, ever the menacing escort as they set down from the Landing Pad by Lady Winters' home. He had never met the Queen they had come to visit, nor had he bothered to research her. Midland was placed far away from Goth and he found that the swath of green around her home was unexpected. Lush trees and grasses managed to survive winter's chill somehow, while the rest of the countryside had fallen to the reds and yellows of autumn and the beginning of the coldest season. For a moment, the Warlord Prince was stricken surprised.

It wasn't often that Einar was filled with an appreciation of things besides Reija or things surrounding her. He helped her out of the coach, set his arm out for her and his cool gaze slid along their surroundings with an aura of quiet interest. "I haven't seen so much green before." Nharkava had its own jungles, but not a cultured and organized garden like what the manor had arranged around it. "I expected more trash."

Well, Einar was never shy about sharing his opinions, either.

They were soon greeted by a Green Jewled Prince who was dressed in a cream colored suit with a light blue shirt. He had a professional appearance about him, even as he bowed his head in respect toward Reija and Einar both. "Lady and Prince Harmaa, welcome to Midland. I am Prince Kevin Holmes. Lady Winters is expecting you both. Please follow me."


Offline Eydis Winterton

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #1 on: Jan 05, 18, 02:25:59 PM »
Eydis's home and the center of her Court was removed from most of the hubub of the citylife. Midland had a more agricultural base than the rest of Little Terreille. While it didn't have Rockland's huge swath of Landen farms it had larger company owned farms that held the facade of rustic life that was actually big business food. Eydis oversaw a large portion of the crops and personally oversaw the details of her home and surrounding estate, assuring that it remained green nearly all year round as she used her own Darkness-Blessed gifts to great effect. She was thankful to Mother Night for the bounty that had been bestowed upon her and had spread that bounty to her people.

All while removing the unwelcome elements.

When she received word that one of Glacia's High Priestesses wished to see her she was overjoyed. Her love of Glacia and its Dark Religion had given her no end of questions to ask someone in the know. She'd told Jonothan more than once during their infrequent visits and collaborations. He must have reached out to his sister personally, and she was overjoyed that the alliance she'd worked with Jon was bearing personal fruit. Eydis had especially prepared for this visit, looking over every detail and trying to arrange for foods that would be welcome for her very special guests.

Eydis dressed in a high-neck gown of pure white that left her arms free for ease of movement and gave a hint of fashion along with conservatism. The Priestess Queen was escorted by two of her men as she waited in the foyer, bristling with barely contained excitement as the Harmaas were coming to her front door.

Would she measure up to the eye of a true Glacian Priestess? Would she be considered worthy in the eyes of the Dark Religion? Certainly her dual Caste nature along with her Dark Jewels would be seen as an incredible boon!

As they arrived, Eydis opened with a bright smile and a voice that carried with it great warmth and affection. "Welcome to Midland, Lady Harmaa, Prince Harmaa! I am Lady Eydis Winters, and it is my deep pleasure to have you as my guests." She stepped forward, her male, Robert, close to her as a shadow and assuring her safety. She thought about offering her hand to Einar, but realized not only was he Reija's escort, but her husband, and suddenly second-guessed herself. She thought of reaching out toward Reija, but that seemed inappropriate as well. Were she some Little Terreillian Courtier, she'd have reached out to kiss her cheeks, but that seemed positively exuberant compared to the calm that the Glacian pair were offering.

They were the loveliest people she had ever seen. So chilling. So distant. So perfect. She loved them and hoped to emulate their distant perfection one day. But at the moment, she knew she wasn't one of them, and remained standing still at Robert's side. She dipped into her Opal to wrap confidence around herself, to instill in herself a calm she couldn't feel naturally, and smiled.

Einar announced them both and did his part as an escort to sweep over Eydis and her company, to bow his head toward her in respect. "Lady Winters." He said cooly, then remained at Reija's side and made no move to interpose himself between the two Witches who held higher positions than he in the grand scheme of Mother Night's hierarchy. A Warlord Prince was revered highly in other Territories, but in Glacia he would always be below a Witch who bore one of Mother Night's sacred aspects.

"I was thrilled to hear you'd decided to come to Midland, Lady Harmaa. I've arranged for refreshments in the den. Would you join me for a glass of wine?"

Offline Reija Harmaa

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #2 on: Jan 06, 18, 12:02:25 PM »
Reija, as well, took a moment upon exiting the carriage to sweep her cool eyes over the grounds. The late autumn breeze gently feathered the skirt of her dress, but the chill of it did not touch her, thanks to Einar's care. Her hand alighted on his arm without her looking for it, and the wan little smile that passed briefly over her lips was all the commentary needed to know that she agreed with his appreciation of the well-fed property. His comment about trash drew Reija's attention back towards the manor, and the Warlord Prince at her side would sense her subtly steeling herself for battle.

*Perhaps the decorum here is as much proof as anything that there is a true Glacian at work here,* she told him, though outwardly she only nodded. *No Little Terreillian that I've seen yet has taken such care.*

The pair met a Green Jeweled Prince at the door of the estate, and Reija returned a nod of appropriate nature to his greeting. They were led directly to Eydis, with a promptness that Reija appreciated. Less welcome was the overbearing effusiveness of the Priestess Queen, which surprised and displeased Reija. She was too much the socialite to let raw disappointment show on her face, but her responding smile and courtesies were far more demure and elegant, by her count.

"Lady Winters, thank you for receiving us," Reija said, with a calm sincerity. After all, it did say something that Eydis had come to greet them personally, rather than having one of her courtiers handle whatever unknown business the Harmaas had with her. A Queen's time was a valuable thing, Reija knew.. even a misplaced foreign Queen who'd been too long in the melting-pot lifestyle to have cultivated the proper air of Glacian aristocracy. It would come in time, Reija knew, for there was no doubt for her that this was indeed a Winterton before her. She could see the family, she thought, in the shape of Eydis' mouth, and the cut of her jaw.

The Sapphire Priestess allowed another slim - although genuine - smile as she continued. "The Prince and I were just discussing how lovely your grounds are, Lady Winters. They are a welcome reprieve from the more... urban landscapes elsewhere in this Territory."

At the offer of wine, Reija gave a respectful nod of her head. "That would be welcome, thank you." But as was proper by Reija's mind, she would wait until they were all seated and refreshed before beginning talk of why she and Einar were here. Instead, as they began to move, Reija said, "May I ask how long you've held the Midland seat, Lady?"




Offline Eydis Winterton

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #3 on: Jan 06, 18, 01:08:18 PM »
Pride swelled in Eydis as the Glacian High Priestess praised her home. "Thank you, Lady Harmaa." She gestured toward the door they had just stepped through. "I'm especially proud that Midland remains a green area of the Territory nearly year round. It's unfortunate if most of your exposure to the Territory has been Goth. Some people love it, but I've never quite cared for the lack of care of the capital. I'd lay that mostly on the leadership of the Territory as a whole; but your brother visited the Courtland Court recently and he seemed to have a good plan to try and clean that mess up." Eydis was unaware of the rift between Reija and her brother, thinking that surely they must be comfortable with one another if she moved so freely about the Territory. She thought it best to compliment Jonothan (whom she had no personal animosity with; instead holding a level of respect for the man) and continue to play the part of warm host. She was all to happy to do so, after all, given that her guests were a pair she deeply wished to impress.

They moved into the sitting area and she motioned for her guests to take up one of the two couches that faced one another in the center of the room next to the fireplace. There was a table nearby as well, but the low table between them would suffice to allow them to hold their drinks without much effort to reach them. After they were each poured the wine from a freshly uncorked bottle (something Eydis had saved for the last few years), she took up her glass and looked at Reija with a slow smile at her question. "Four years, almost five now. I've been ruling since right after my Offering, which I had a year early. So almost seven years total, now. Midland's grown a lot since I first took the seat, but definitely for the better." She let out a soft laugh, her natural bubbly personality coming through. "Anyone would say that, of course, but it's true! Better yields, much better attendence for all the ceremonies of the year, a larger population, all of it.

I've been very, very lucky. Hard work made a lot of it, but if Mother Night hadn't provided me the soil I'd never have been able to make the crop."


Her eyes moved from Einar, who remained grim and stoic as always, to Reija who was the most expressive of the two. She schooled her smile into something more neutral as well, and though it was warmer than the cold perfection provided by the couple before her, it was far less of a glow and more reserved. "I'm sorry, I know I can carry on sometimes. What brings the two of you to Midland?"

Offline Reija Harmaa

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #4 on: Jan 08, 18, 08:51:27 PM »
Reija nodded to Eydis' bragging about how verdant her District stayed, approving of the achievement. She did not comment on the bit about Courtland or her brother, however, and simply maintained a politely detached expression while the small party moved into an adjacent room. They were seated - Reija glanced to Einar to see whether he'd sit at her side or stand vigil elsewhere, but gave him no indication of either option bothering her. Wine was poured and the Priestess Queen spoke further of her accomplishments. Reija thought it remained to be seen whether Eydis' candor about her achievements was indicative of genuine hubris, a desire to impress her guests, or some more insidious matter, like a mote of insecurity. She watched carefully for indications to inform her in that regard, as she found herself unusually curious about the woman before her.

"No apologies are necessary, of course," Reija said, with a soft nod that humored the Queen. "It is clear that you are passionate about the mandate given to you by the Darkness, and that is, of course, a welcome thing to hear.  If more Queens took to their work with equal devotion, I dare say the realm would be better off."

Reija sipped her wine as a courtesy, mostly, as her attention was fixed quite firmly on the coming conversation rather than the refreshments. She was pleasantly surprised to find it a vintage she enjoyed. Though she held onto the glass, she did not let it distract her from the matter at hand.

"I am here on strange business, Lady Winters," she began, looking a touch uncomfortable. Not lacking in confidence, but rather like the topic was one she found distasteful. It was a faint expression and one that passed quickly, but on such a reserved canvas it likely wouldn't go unnoticed. "I have recently been given cause to look at the leadership of Little Terreille, from the ruling seat down to the districts, and while doing so I noticed some... interesting details around you, in a personal sense." She did set the wine down now, as it seemed flippant to treat this like a soiree when she was about to address such personal matters with a near-stranger.

"I understand that this is unorthodox, and I hope you will believe me when I tell you that I have only your welfare in mind, in coming here. Hard to believe from a stranger, perhaps, but you are not merely a Queen, Lady Winters. Mother Night has blessed you beyond most, and I strongly feel she has put you into my path for a purpose. Would you mind if we spoke for a moment about your family?"


Offline Eydis Winterton

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #5 on: Jan 09, 18, 11:18:27 AM »
Einar, for the moment, stood vigil behind his wife. The Warlord Prince served as a constant protector and perfect escort. He could sit still just fine (she knew his control to be the definition of the word) but in an unknown place he preferred to have one-less-barrier toward unmitigated violence if the situation called for it. Einar's cold eyes scanned over the room looking for exits, entrances, and avenues of attack that could come from every point. It wasn't that he felt particularly vulnerable here; it was simply how Einar operated both as a Summit and as a Warlord Prince.

And as her husband.

Eydis, in sharp contrast to Reijar's guardian, was effusive and warm. She smiled warmly toward the Priestess as she humored her. Later, when she was less high up on this meeting, she'd note the difference in mannerisms and reflect on them. While she was young she was not exactly naive, and while she was excited by this visit, she was not unprofessional. Her experience with the people of her birth were limited, so too was what she knew of them; only stories that she loved and a religion she found beautiful and well-grounded.

Reija's sudden discomfort was picked up upon immediately, and Eydis's smile faded into something more focused and stoic. Bright eyes watched her as she set her glass down and placed her hands into a hold together upon her knee. The suggestion that she'd been given reason to look over the leadership of Little Terreille was interesting. Was Jonothan working with Glacia, then? Was his sudden arrival, and Lord Black, merely the extension of the Star of Kaeleer's will? Something in her was thrilled at the idea that the Black did not serve Amerys Tiernan, but Elisif Brenden in truth.

But Reija's next words stole her mind away from her musings, and her eyebrows slightly lifted.

"My family?" And then, Eydis's eyes shifted. The silvery light, amused and warmth in her, shifted to something more focused.

It was a conversation she'd had, once, years ago with her father. Something that had left her unsettled and angry. Revisited, now, the words that had been shared in anger came back to haunt her. You're turning into one of them, he'd said. But he'd meant it as a curse, and looking at Reija Harmaa, she was uncertain how anyone could feel that way.

"Ah. My family." She nodded then, seeming to understand. She didn't share more about that; about her anger at her father, about his weak soul and taking a bribe to take her away, about the lack of communication with a mother who'd sold her.

"I would not mind, no." There was anger and dread and excitement all mixed in one within her, but outwardly she was a regal and confident creature focused on her guest.

Offline Reija Harmaa

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #6 on: Jan 09, 18, 12:06:29 PM »
Reija had to fight to not let a little smile interrupt her otherwise professional demeanor. When the topic shifted to her family, Eydis' demeanor shifted as well, and the focused sobriety was quite stunning on her. There was the Glacian in her, Reija thought, and she very much enjoyed seeing it surface. It was a shame it was only such an unpleasant topic that'd produced it, but it was good to see, nonetheless.

"Yes," Reija confirmed, at the Priestess Queen's surprise. "Your relationship with your family is not my affair; I understand this, and it is not my intention to unsettle the matter if you are content with things as they lay. However..." The Priestess paused, her chin lifting slightly as she considered the woman before her, already imagining how brightly she could be made to shine under the right guidance.

"You have not made it a secret how highly you think of Glacia. I can see its blood in you as plainly as I can see proof of  your family in the shape of you. You are of Glacia, Lady Winters. Yet you expend your considerable talent and potential here, instead. If that is only because you wish it to be so for some reason, then there is little I can do but lament what might've been. Knowing what I do of your family, however, I though it worth the trip to come here and ask you one thing, despite this being none of my affair:

"Is Marja Winterton preventing you from rejoining your people in Glacia? Has she threatened you? Because as powerful as your family may be, Glacia's children belong within her borders, serving Mother Night where Her children are most blessed. I am not without resources that could assist you, if you require assistance in coming home."

Offline Eydis Winterton

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #7 on: Jan 09, 18, 12:24:20 PM »
The Glacian Priestess before Eydis was everything she wanted to be, as far as her own Caste went. She was poised, she was well spoken, elegant, beautiful, divine in her own way. It wasn't that Eydis lacked in confidence, per se. But there was who Eydis was now, and who she wanted to be in the future. Reija's words were stirring, but the additional information had Eydis's eyes go a touch wide, her eyebrows raise in question, and then fade into understanding as she looked down to the wine glass to consider the weight of what was said.

"I..." It was rare for Eydis to be at a loss for words, as her mind whirred constantly in thought and belief. She was an actionable woman, but what had just been told her to was a revelation of a long dark secret. "I did not know her name. I had sought it, but my father hadn't told me. He refused. I just knew that I was born of a Glacian noblewoman, a Dark Jeweled heiress, and that her affair with my Light Jeweled father was a source of shame."

It was difficult to label herself as a thing of shame, and her brow furrowed, a mark of anger that she soon restrained. Her eyes looked up then, looked at Reija directly. "But I have known, now, for some time that I could not take what he said at face value. He ran from his responsibilities and his family. His soul is impure, and those deficiencies were made clear.

I suppose I'm a bit of a fool for not putting it together. Winters, and Winterton. But I did not know that they were my family."


Eydis paused, a tremble of excitement coursing through her. She couldn't let herself show it, because she feared it would conquer everything else about her and she didn't wish to come across as some eager child. She was a Priestess Queen and a mother besides, and something in her abhorred the idea of what Marja Winterton had done to her. And yet...

She didn't hate the woman. If anything, she wanted, badly, to meet her.

"Do they know about me?" She asked, softly, and the youth of her was most apparent in the uncertainty in that question.

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #8 on: Jan 09, 18, 03:57:05 PM »
"I do not believe they do," Reija said, quietly and with due gravitas. This was the woman's future and her heritage they were speaking of, after all. "While your mother's choices in lovers may have been questionable, and her choices regarding the consequences that followed were indeed unwise, you are obviously no point of shame, Lady Winters. I find it hard to believe that your uncles would have sat by without interfering if they had known their sister was banishing a young Queen of their blood from the Territory, even before the rest of your blessings were made known."

She paused, but only briefly, before adding, "Particularly since, after your mother, you would be the be considered the matriarch for the Winterton family."

Reija was quiet for a pair of seconds, watching the Priestess Queen and allowing her a moment to process everything she'd learned.

"I understand that you have a life here," she said, a little more softly, though only slightly so. "But I believe Mother Night has more for you in Glacia, Lady Winters. I would like to help facilitate your return, if that is a path you feel empowered to walk. It will not be an easy one; your mother made shameful decisions, and it's possible she will react poorly when your return brings them into the light of day. The righteous path is often fraught with peril, however. And you will not walk it alone, nor without purpose."

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #9 on: Jan 09, 18, 06:44:47 PM »
Reija's words were not, in and of themselves, unsettling. Eydis had thought to herself, in bitterness, that she wasn't some trash that was easily thrown apart. She had for several years hated her mother for discarding her. In time that bitterness had been the impetus to be the best Queen and Priestess she could be. It could have always been a weight around her shoulder and she had instead nestled it into her heart as the drive to improve. She had made sure to never treat Inari as anything but the precious creature she was and to care for the land and her own people with a stern but loving leadership. Not everyone agreed with her methods, but she was doing it for their own good.

Uncles. The Ebon Gray Wintertons. The thought that she was kin to such powerful and respected members of the Blood was dizzying and her fingers twitched for a moment as she tried to put it all together. She wanted to take a sip of the wine but she didn't want to look like someone who took solace in the cup in front of this Glacian Priestess. Instead she bit the bottom of her lip in thought and had her fingernails to tip on her chin in thought.

"This is... a lot to balance, Lady Harmaa." She said slowly. Not nervously, she felt. Her words felt sure; discerning and trying to pierce through the fog of everything. "You're right in that I have a life here. A Court. And I have a deep love for your.." No, that didn't felt right. She paused, lifted her eyes and looked up to Reija, solidly. "Our homeland, though I do not know it as well as you.

But I would be an immigrant with only what I could transfer. I have people sworn to my service. A daughter. What you offer is.. very enticing. I've always wanted to go to the land of my birth and to prove myself.

But I can't go there as a beggar or as the heiress to a woman who abandoned me."
There, the steel, the ice in her voice returned, and she lifted her head as her spine straightened. "I am not some child straight off her Offering. I know my worth to Mother Night." No more warm smiles, or effusive laughter or bragadocious comments. She was now negotiating the future of herself, those who had bound themselves to her, and her child.

"What, exactly, are you offering me?"

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #10 on: Jan 10, 18, 10:52:14 AM »
Reija watched the Priestess Queen before her with all the ancient calm of a glacier lodged in frozen waters. While inwardly she was pleased with how the younger woman handled herself, outwardly she seemed unmoved from that patiently confident mien she'd worn since she arrived.

She did nod slowly in understanding when Eydis asserted that she couldn't return to Glacia with nothing.

"That depends on what you would like to happen next, Lady Winters," she said, quite simply.  "If you were of a mind to return at once, then I would be offering you passage as well as accommodations once there. Our estate is healthy enough to more than support you, your daughter, and your males while you explore Glacia and make decisions about your future. And in the spirit of being forthcoming, I would like very much to spend some time with you myself; you've bear not one but two precious castes, Lady, and while much of a Queen's work is a matter of instinct and intuition, there is much of a Priestess' work that is not. Your concern for the spiritual well-being of your people is already obvious, and they are blessed to have you. However, you have been away from Glacia for a long time, and I'd like to ensure that you are equipped with every advantage that you should have as a Dark Jeweled Priestess of Glacia."

At that, Reija did pause for a sip of her wine, simply to wet her mouth while she spoke. The pause had the added benefit of allowing Eydis to process that possibility for a moment before Reija went on.

"If you prefer to take things more slowly, then I am offering to speak to your uncles on your behalf. If you would like to establish contact, I can make that happen with relative ease. I would be extremely surprised if they did not take you into their own care once they are made aware of you. At that point your resources would not be merely your resources, but the Winteron resources. There are no males better positioned to help find a court for you than the two Ebon Grays in Lady Brenden's court."

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #11 on: Jan 10, 18, 11:30:03 AM »
What Reija was offering was thrilling and terrifying. It was a lot of potentials but only few concretes. But was it ever risk if it was a sure thing? In Little Terreille she was extremely precious: A Dark Jeweled Dual Casted Queen. No-one else in the District or Province levels could claim that, and it meant that her future in this Territory was a bright one.

...if Lord Black didn't come stomp on her ashes after he laid waste to her home.

Eydis hadn't lived in fear, really, but she had grown more cautious after seeing what Logain Morr and his successor had done. She wasn't certain Amerys Tiernan was anything more than a puppet: How could she not be, bearing only the Tiger Eye and ruling some tiny village before being given the keys to one of the most prosperous kingdoms in Kaeleer?

Lord Black's true face hadn't been revealed. Jonothan's presence in his Court gave her suspicions, but she didn't know enough of the other players to dig deeper. Digging deeper posed its own dangers and could draw attention to herself. Marchesa was determined to try and make a play at some point in the future, but to Eydis that seemed like suicide. So she had two options, really:

She could stay here and hope that her mentor's play would yield success or at least not kill her in the fallout. She could take what and who she could and go to Glacia and try to avail herself there.

She hated Little Terreille's cities, it's too-cluttered cities, it's mismanaged rulership, it's population that cared more for themselves than the world around them. The land choked on smoke and garbage, the people ignored the collaring of Queens and the rise of the gangs, and had just focused on profit over any other concerns.

Eydis was quiet for a long moment as she mulled over her thoughts, reaching out to the wine as Reija spoke to wet her tongue and to think. Her worries about Reija's opinions dulled some as she moved more into the comfortable emotional space of thinking for the future of her Court and her daughter.

"I'm ignorant of a lot of things of Glacian society. Most of what I've heard is tall tale or hearsay, and most of it is not flattering -- though I know that's from the disgruntled immigrants who came here, and not the content." Eydis admitted, though she hated having to admit any deficiency. She held the cup in both hands and looked back up toward Reija. "What would happen with my daughter? She bears no Caste and is too young to have a Jewel. Would I be able to keep her?

What if she came away from the altar with a Light Jewel? Would I be able to keep her in my home and watch over her?

I have Light Jeweled men and women in my service. As I said before, I have a whole Court. I'd not force any of them to come with me..."
Though there'd have to be an element of cleanup. "..but those that do, would they remain in my service if I were given another leadership position?" She couldn't expect to have them all just stay with her at Reija's estate, but if she held a Court, even a Village Court, she considered bringing a great deal of her First Circle and her Triangle with her.

"And.." Eydis paused, hesitating at how gauge or needy this question sounded. It needed to be asked, and yet it felt very reaffirming more than exploratory. "Would my.. match of Jewels and Castes make me more worthy of consideration for a higher position?"

She paused only momentarily, and then gestured to Reija. "If, of course, you tutored me on how to be a proper Glacian Priestess. I'm quite aware of the differences of faith between the two Territories."

Offline Reija Harmaa

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #12 on: Jan 11, 18, 10:36:37 AM »
"Your daughter would remain in your care," Reija assured Eydis. "When it's time for her Birthright, if it's discovered that there is some spiritual deficiency in her, then you would not only be permitted to keep her under your care, you would be expected to. Contrary to the propaganda that gets smeared about, our goal is not to isolate or abuse those who have not yet attained acceptance in the eyes of Mother Night, but to guide and educate them, to help them be purer souls when they return to the Darkness than when they first emerged from it.

"The same is true of those serving in your court. Those who fall outside of the grace of Mother Night will, of course, not be entrusted with the more demanding and delicate positions in a Glacian court. But they may serve in Second and Third Circles, as you see fit. If you wind up with a court beneath another Queen, there is the possibility that she will want some influence over the matter, but given your Jewels and caste I feel that would be unlikely."


Reija gave no indication of how she felt about Eydis' following question. Whether she thought it needy or impolite, she continued to display only the calm coolness of professionalism.

"Of course, I cannot make guarantees about where you will be assigned, in the end. I will say that even in Glacia, where we are blessed with a profoundness of Darkly Jeweled women, your pairing of castes is both rare and considered a high blessing. Consider that our Darkest Province Queen at the moment wears the Red, and she is only a Queen." She paused, seemed to consider the woman before her for a beat, and then added, "Perhaps you could arrange a short furlough, instead of making a binding choice to begin with. As my guest your needs would be seen to while you meet your family, learn some of what Little Terrielle has been unable to teach, and take your own appraisal of the waters there." Reija set her glass down as she spoke, and then folded her hands primly on one knee.

"In any case, my purpose here is not to attempt to pressure you in one direction or the other. I would like to see you returned to Glacia, obviously, as I believe you were meant for extraordinary things there. But the Darkness bestowed it's blessings upon you, Lady Winters. If you do not already feel the answer pressing itself to your heart, then I must recommend you take the matter to Mother Night, and let prayer and meditation help you see the path meant for you. I will leave you the means to contact me, if that is your wish, so that if you decide to make the journey, you will have assistance."

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Re: I can work a miracle
« Reply #13 on: Jan 11, 18, 11:37:30 AM »
Eydis's head dipped in a soft nod every so often to indicate she was listening closely to what Reija was telling her. The terminology might have offended someone else, but it rang true to Eydis herself. For as much as her father and the illegal immigrants she'd spoken to in her District had painted the Dark Religion as something nefarious, it made a great deal of sense to her. A Dark Jewel was simply better than a Light Jewel in terms of abilities and capacity; didn't it make sense it belonged to those more worthy? And as Reija said, this life was but one component of the grand tapestry of the Darkness. When one died their soul would move on, their Jewels returned to Mother Night to dispense to others. That was why some Jewels were cut as they had been used by others in the past, and some were Uncut (like her own) that had been specifically given by the Mother to her. Some people just found an unpleasantness in considering that for whatever reason they wouldn't have the capacity to hold the deeper resorvoir power that people like she or Reija Harmaa could command.

The darkest Province Queen had the Red. If Eydis had fully descended she would command the same strength as the darkest Province Queen of Glacia. It nagged at her for a moment; that missed opportunity. But as Reija had pointed out, Eydis had her own benefit in the second Caste that tied her more firmly to the Darkness that connected them all.

She understood about the influence a higher court could have on a lower court. Just like Eydis could command her village Queens, so could Marchesa and Amerys (or Amerys's master) command her.

Eydis's head lifted up to more fully focus on Reija than the Priestess's nails and her own thoughts. "An exploratory sabbatical, as it were?" At that, the Midland Queen smiled brightly. "I like that. I'd bring my daughter and my Master of the Guard, my First Escort could run the Court for a week." She trusted Kevin to remain loyal to her. Even with the ring around his cock, he'd understood and she'd never given him cause to seek harm to her.

She'd only let him see the benefits of it, after all.

"I don't think you're trying to manipulate me, Lady Harmaa. I understand all to well the calling you speak of. Mother Night doesn't give us our gifts by happenstance. Even if we don't always see her weave, the tapestry is always there. I don't need time to make up my mind on the matter."

She had made up her mind, then. Her heart was already swelling with excitement at the idea. "Give me a few days and I will make arrangements to meet you and your husband at your estate next week?" She turned her eyes up to Einar then, acknowledging that though it was Reija's offer he was likely a willing participant.

"Thank you both for your generosity and for coming here to offer this to me. It's an incredible gift, and I won't forget that."