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Author Topic: Another day, another death  (Read 1091 times)

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Offline Blodwen Lyons

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Another day, another death
« on: May 05, 17, 05:20:53 PM »
The bruises Davos had left on her throat had long since healed, but the rift between Blodwen and Davos had not. Nor had her land or her people yet recovered from the unsettling reality that the Queen of Scelt obeyed no law but her own. Brogan's presence in her Court had been one the Lyons Clan resentfully accepted. They knew Blodwen was right. They needed his strength just as they needed the tenuous peace with Loreniel Killan if they were to survive the aftermath of the Sheane massacre. But that didn't stop them from hating that they needed it, no matter how loyal they were to their Queen and Clan.

With Brogan's departure for his sister's funeral, the manor had almost felt back to normal. Almost. The specter of death loomed behind drapery and around darkened corners. Brighe's death was yet another casualty of a world Blodwen no longer understood. She had never been sheltered from the pain of Scelt's violence, but this was more than even she had ever expected to bare.

Brogan's absence did give her a chance to take a long overdue trip to visit the Kerry Queen, Eirne's successor, if she could be called such. Taryn Kerry and Blodwen Lyons were acquaintances at best. Under other circumstances, she would have made it a priority to get to know a new Province Queen at least well enough to engage in proper negotiations, but the idea of visiting the land that was now stained in Sheane blood was too horrid to even consider. Brogan had been a convenient excuse. With him gone, she needed to face her discomfort.

They rode the winds to the Kerry holding where Taryn had set up her Court. Blodwen was immensely relieved she did not have to visit the place where the executions had occurred. She didn't know if she could pick up the emotions through blood stained rock the way she could from the people around her, but she wasn't going to risk it. It didn't matter that the halls had long ago been scrubbed clean. To Blodwen, they would always flow with crimson.

As they stepped out of the coach, her heart began to pound. Everything suddenly felt very hot. She took several deep breaths. It was not the Kerry's doing. It was not their fault. By all accounts, Taryn had been good to the people of her Province. None of this eased Blodwen's apprehension of spending the afternoon with the new Queen. But then, even if it had been a joyfully peaceful transition of power, she would still be nervous about spending the afternoon with a near stranger.

They were politely greeted and led to a sitting room. It was warmer, cozier than anything in the Sheane Court, which had been far more grand in its rooms and furnishings. Blodwen noticed a soft woolen blanket nearby. Touching it, she knew immediately that it had been woven from the wool of Lyons' sheep. She smiled despite herself. Even if it had been placed there specifically for her visit, it was a kind gesture. She took another deep, shuddering breath and sat down to wait for her hostess. 








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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 17, 11:41:36 AM »
Shortly after Taryn had taken on the heavy mantle of Queen of Denford, and all the drama that accompanied it, various Queens had descended upon Kerry Keep in the heart of Clan Kerry. There had been well-wishers, gossip mongers, and enemies amongst those who had visited Taryn. It had become nearly impossible to tell one from another for Taryn. Though her Triangle and Court had their own opinions they varied greatly among the men and women who served Taryn. What little emotion Taryn showed during those visits echoed throughout her Court – as if she could control the mood of those around her. Once the repercussions of her own emotions became clear to the Queen she had learned to wear a pleasant mask no matter what emotions plagued her soul.

It was a mask she had worn comfortably during the visit many months ago by Honora Dunne, the Queen of Kilvary. It was a mask that Taryn had worn when she visited the Court of Scelt to pay her respects to Loreniel Killan. It was the mask she now wore knowing that Blodwen Lyons, Queen of Tramore, would be finally visiting Kerry Keep to make the acquaintance of the not-quite-so-new Queen of Denford.

The rest of the Territory was in turmoil following the news of an attack against Loreniel Killan and the death of a member of her First Circle and Clan Devlin. Taryn had already written letters of condolence to both Lady Killan and Lady Dunne, but had quietly kept her distance while the Court mourned and investigated the incident. There were already rumours that Sheanes had been involved and Taryn had been both reassuring and investigating the Sheanes whom had been taken in by Clan Kerry to ensure her Court had no affiliation with the tragedy.

Uncle Osin, her Steward, had greeted the visiting Queen and her escorts before showing them to a comfortably appointed sitting room. Taryn was a far simpler woman than her predecessor had been; where Taryn appreciated a cold Sceltic ale, Lady Sheane had preferred fine imported wines. Where Taryn preferred hardy Sceltic wool, Lady Sheane had preferred expensive cashmere. Kerry Keep, where Taryn ruled Denford from, was reflective of the Queen’s more humble personality.

Taryn arrived in the company of her First Escort, Mason Collins. She wore a fashionable dress, purchased in a recent visit to Tuathal, but belted it with a sash made of Clan Kerry’s tartan; by design the colours were beautifully complimentary.

“Lady Lyons, it’s a pleasure to finally meet you.” Taryn exclaimed warmly as she stepped into the room and offered a curtsy to the visiting Queen. “It’s a shame that it’s taken this long, but I’m pleased that you’ve chosen to visit.” All the earlier fear and insecurity she had felt was safely tucked away as she attempted to dazzle the visiting Queen with what natural charm she possessed. “Can I offer you and your escorts some tea? Or would you prefer something stronger after your journey?”

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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 17, 04:38:56 PM »
Envy rolled through Blodwen as she watched the Summer Sky Queen welcome her with such ease and charm. In her best moments, Blodwen could only hope to be half as charming and a fraction as confident. She returned the curtsy, nearly the exact motion the other Queen had offered as they were identical in rank and caste. The only difference Blodwen's Purple Dusk. One Jewel darker, nothing more.

She almost accepted the tea, but already felt hot and suffocated in her own skin. Sweat dripped down the back of her neck. Was it possible... "There's no chance you have ale, is there?" she asked doubtfully. Eirne would certainly have never, but this Queen wasn't her. As heartsick as she felt about Eirne's murder, it's not as if she and the Queen had been close, or had anything at all in common.

Except Davos.

Blodwen's teeth worried at get bottom lip. "I'm sorry that I didn't come when I should have, or, I mean, when would have been more appropriate, when everyone else was coming to greet and acknowledge you, not that you need my acknowledgment, you're a Queen in your own right obviously..." The words poured out of her mouth, awkward and rushed. Her uncle had accompanied her, his Green making him one of the darkest in her Court in Brogan's absence. He took a long, deep breath from where he stood slightly behind her, and she did the same, her body mirroring his for several long moments while she composed herself again. Her fingers found the woolen blanket, the feeling of home reassuring in this place.

Something she knew. Something she could cling to. "It's Lyons' wool, isn't it?" Her eyes overly wide, her pulse clearly pounding in her throat, she silently prayed Taryn would accept the offer to discuss wool. At least that was something she understood.










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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 17, 05:38:53 AM »
Taryn couldn’t hide her genuine and warm smile when Blodwen requested ale. It seemed that the Queens shared an appreciation for some of the more common and simple pleasures in life. A nudge from Osin in her mind indicated that he had already sent one of the Clansmen scurrying to bring forth a growler from their chilled cellars. Other Clans might keep wine or something finer from one of Kaeleer’s many Territories, but not Kerry.

Patience was a virtue that Taryn had learned at a young age. She was the youngest girl in the midst of brothers and male cousins, all of whom had helped influence her personality, and were almost solely responsible for the patience she was capable of portraying.

It was clear to Taryn that Blodwen was ill at ease within the sitting room, or perhaps it was just within Taryn’s company. It was difficult to determine given the circumstances. Lady Lyons would have had a former acquaintance, if not friendship, with Lady Sheane. It couldn’t have been comfortable to be forced by convention to visit her successor. Especially when many thought that Denford ought to have remained within the control of another Sheane Queen – particularly Niamh.

“Ale will be on its way shortly. I wasn’t sure what your preferences might be. And yes, that is Lyons’ wool. What little wool Kerry can produce is most commonly used in our tartans. We have to import the rest from other providers, like Clan Lyons.” Especially now that Clan Kerry was growing and there was not enough wool to create tartans for all the former Sheanes who had traded their tartan for the yellow and purple of Clan Kerry.

“Can I offer you a seat?” She motioned to the couch on which the blanket was draped. There were comfortable chairs flanking the couch for the escorts; Taryn had seen to some rearranging of the furniture in the room for such a visit. Osin and Mason were both poised to sit in the seats flanking the second couch.

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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 17, 03:14:06 AM »
Blodwen's breath let out suddenly when Taryn reassured her there was ale on the way. Yes. Things were different now. It was change she would have never chosen. But it was the reality of her world now. Perhaps this one aspect of the change, ale instead of fine foreign wine, wouldn't be the only good one.

"Thank you," she said. She sat down, again noticing the difference here. This room was cozy. It was meant to be comfortable and feel like someone lived here. The Sheane homestead had never had that feel, sprawling and opulent in a way that was foreign and uncomfortable for Blodwen. This room, with a few settle differences, could have been one of her own from Lyons' manor. Of course, this room was far quieter than perhaps any place in the Lyons' estate. Overflowing with relatives yes, overflowing with quiet stillness it was not.

She knew there were things she should talk about. Polite topics that wouldn't come anywhere near the brutality Scelt had seen over the last changing of the seasons. And Blodwen found she just... couldn't. She couldn't sit here with this kind Queen offering her ale who have never once spoken out about the length of time it had taken for Blodwen to come see her. Things were different. And maybe the conversation needed to be, too.

She closed her eyes for a moment, then focused on the Queen across from her. "I know this is a formality. I know that we need to have open communication so that we can navigate anything that comes up between our Provinces and our people. But I don't want to talk about the weather, or even the sheep whose wool this beautiful blanket is from. With everything that has happened... with the continued attacks and losses... Can we just... talk?"







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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 17, 04:17:03 AM »
Taryn was aware that she was an unknown entity to many of the Queens and Clans in Scelt. Certainly she was known in the district of Athol, where she had been raised and trained by the District Queen, her Aunt. Clan Sheane’s stranglehold and power monopoly in Denford meant that Taryn had never imagined ruling more than Athol, and only after her Aunt retired.

With the Sheane’s demise the opportunity for power and an entire Province to rule had become available and Taryn had pounced. On the back of that tragedy she had achieved great power and strength in Denford, and in turn she had offered much solace and protection to the Sheanes who were looking for a fresh start.

Therefore it was Taryn who usually had the benefit of surprise, but Blodwen’s earnest statement had shocked her this time.

Taryn didn’t particularly enjoy the small talk that was deemed necessary and polite - weather in Scelt was bleak and rarely changed, the sheep were plentiful and so were the raids on them, but none of that touched on the true challenges currently faced by the Sceltic people. Sheep would always changes hands questionably in the night and the weather would always be changeable and unpredictable, much like the Sceltic people.

“Open communication is derived from honesty and a facet of trust.” Taryn supplied. “Those are much more easily achieved if we forgo the formalities. There are far greater challenges facing our people and Provinces than the ongoing raids or the uncooperative weather. I’m not self centered enough to imagine Denford is the only Province feeling the repercussions of everything that has happened here.” Taryn was well aware that the impact of the last year had been felt in each Province and District in Scelt, but also it reached outside of their borders.

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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 17, 03:52:35 AM »
Blodwen closed her eyes for a moment, whispering a silent Thank you to Mother Night for gifting her with a Queen of Denford who did not stand on formalities. Her exchanges with Loreniel had needed to be so careful, so exquisitely crafted in such a way that there was no way for the Sapphire Queen to refuse her the demand she put forth. It was not her way. But it had been necessary for the survival of her people, and for that Blodwen would do even the most excruciating of tasks.

But here in front of her was a Queen who agreed they could speak plainly, without worry about formality or prelude. She had smiled about the comments of the weather, how it was both never changing and always mercurial. It was exactly that, and while it could always be a subject of conversation, why in Darkness name should it?

The moment was interrupted by the arrival of the ale, which Blodwen took gratefully. "Plainly, then, with hopes that our honesty will lead to our future trust." She drank several huge gulps before turning her attention fully back to the other Queen. She steadied her shoulders, finding the will to speak the words she needed to.

"I will not insult you or you Clan by pretending that you came to this throne under honorable circumstances. Still, that dishonor does not stain you or your Court. It is Loreniel's to bare. But I will admit this is uncomfortable for me. Our Queen rules from far away, but here, in the country, living side by side of the people we rule, there is no opportunity for such black and white hatred or discrimination."

Blodwen paused for a moment, aware that she needed to choose her next words carefully. "I must know, Lady Kerry... Taryn. Are the rumors true? Have you taken in Sheanes who survived the massacre?"







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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 17, 10:11:44 AM »
Patience was something that Taryn had been forced to learn as the youngest of her siblings and cousin. In her onion every Queen should be blessed with a trying trio of older family to ensure she remained humble, patient and know how to defend herself. While there were many in Clan Kerry or her Court who claimed credit for Taryn's success the majority was owed to Lorcan, Dermot and Conleth.

Taryn listened carefully to the words that Blodwen Lyons spoke. She had a sense that this Queen chose her words carefully and was not one to mince words over a pot of tea. Lace dollies and delicate china was not native to their beloved Territory, but that hadn't stopped many Courts and richer Clans from adopting such nonsense and frippery.

The clay tankard that she lifted to her mouth was proper Sceltic houseware, and beautiful in design. Taryn would take a sturdy clay tankard over the delicate china of her predecessor any day; and she would always choose ale over tea.

Blodwen's words would be incendiary in some circles, but not in Denford. Taryn could imagine what kind of reaction she'd get from the third Province Queen, Lady Dunne. The woman would tear her to pieces with a quiet tone and polite words. Yet the words resonated within Taryn. There were many who saw her merely as an opportunist, seizing power when the void was created. Niamh, who she had once considered a dear friend, had felt that way.

In truth Taryn had stepped forward to rule Denford because she saw an opportunity for peace, and she thought that was the biggest priority that needed to be addressed for her Provicne. It was up to her to broker for peace on behalf of Denford and ensure the survival of her people. Something that Eirne Sheane should have thought about before she had attempted to play shadow games with Loreniel Killan; a tactic that was better suited for Territories like Dharo or Dhemlan.

That was the reason reason she had sent Lorcan, her older brother, to Loreniel Killan's Court. She needed to show the Queen of Scelt she was willing to work with her, even if it was the last thing that Taryn actually wanted to do.

"Yes, there are many Sheanes whom have been adopted into Clan Kerry and some of our allied Clans. We're working to find them a variety of homes among the Clans in Denford." At last count Clan Kerry had taken in nearly a dozen of Sheane, and Clan Collins had taken seven. Another two dozen had found homes throughout the Province, and Taryn ahd ensured that those who wanted to leave the Territory were granted passage to other shores. Hell and damnation, Taryn had even accepted a Sheane Black Widow into her own Court, a thought that sent chills up her spine.

"I will be blunt in return, Blodwen. I think you'll discover I don't much care for pomp and circumstance." Taryn placed the tankard on the table between them and leaned forward. "My priority as Queen of Denford is to keep the peace. I have seen enough suffering for several life times and I will do anything to prevent a war." And if it meant befriending Lady Killan and Lady Dunne, then Taryn was willing to do just that. The one time she had shared a drink with Lady Killan she had found it difficult to glance away from her own cup, fearing that the woman might slip some Black Widow poison in when she wasn't looking. Shaking the woman's hand had been one of the most unsettling moment of Taryn's life, but she understood duty far better than Lady Sheane ever had.

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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 17, 10:04:53 PM »
Blodwen's breath tore from her lips in a sharp exhale. Never had she felt so relieved at such a simple sentence. Yes, there are many Sheanes whom have been adopted into Clan Kerry and some of our allied Clans. She had hoped, even prayed that the rumors were true. The Queen opposite her took great risks in what she did, something neither of them need speak of. An exiled Clan was left without friends or resources. It was the point, of course, but this had been an act of war on generations of a family for one woman's crimes. Loreniel Killan had bathed in the blood of the Sheanes and now the other Queens were left to bandage the injuries of the walking wounded.

Blodwen took another large gulp from the tankard. "Thank you," she said. After her break with Davos and her demands of Loreniel, she had been completely unable to shield or secure safety for any of the remaining Sheanes. That guilt of that had torn at her ever since. She would wake gasping for air remembering the feeling of Davos' hands around her throat. Everything would be different if she had simply said yes to him and stood at his side against the Sapphire Black Widow Queen. But she hadn't, and it was far too late to go back now.

"In that I will join you," she offered. Blodwen had spent her entire adult life trying to patch back together the severed Territory, but it was all just bits and baubles compared to the enormity of the task of repairing Scelt's people. "That is all I have ever wanted. To avoid a war. And I can't help question whether my efforts on that front have been successful or an utter failure. But it is still my ultimate goal in everything I do."








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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #9 on: Jun 11, 17, 08:53:39 AM »
While there were some (mainly Niamh) who envied the position of power that Taryn had acquired as the new Queen of Denford, Taryn knew better. It was not a position to be envied, especially given the state not only of her Province but the Territory as a whole.
 
Several Sheane loyalists viewed her as a fraud and a sell-out, and someone who had taken a position that rightfully belonged to a Sheane. None had dared to say it to Taryn’s face but she would have had words for them if they had tried. What happened in Scelt was horrific and a line had been crossed. It would be ignorant to pretend that Eirne Sheane hadn’t personally moved the line to her benefit on dozens of occasions over the years, forcing Loreniel Killan to cross it. Yet the scale of the retaliation was unprecedented and couldn’t have been predicted, not even by the Black Widows themselves.
 
Taryn acknowledged Blodwen’s thanks with a subtle incline of her head.
 
“War is still a whisper on the wind here in Denford. Not all the Sheanes will accept hospitality from other Clans and have no accepted the reality of their outlaw status.” Clans who were outlawed never could regain Clan status, it was impossible. It was a hard lesson for many of the Sheane loyalists to learn, however.
 
“I’ve met with Lady Killan personally, and offered an assignment of my brother Lorcan to her Court. She’s accepted and he has been there ever since I took control of Denford.” Life without Lorcan had proven challenging. Though he’d not been an official member of her Triangle he was one of the dearest members of her Court. The sacrifice she had made in sending him to Lady Killan was enormous.
 
“As we’re being honest and blunt, I’ll admit that I’ve offered her my loyalty in exchange for peace, and the autonomy to rule Denford as I see fit.” When they had spoken Lady Killan was as eager for peace as Taryn was; it had been an unusual meeting with the Queen all those months ago. Taryn had expected to face a monster that breathed fire and destroyed a person for the smallest of infractions. Instead she had met a woman who seemed subdued, disturbingly pale, and much smaller than her reputation accounted for. Taryn hadn’t been fooled by the woman’s outward appearance, she was a Black Widow and capable of all sorts of subterfuge. Yet she had walked away wondering what kind of toll a witchstorm would take on a woman.

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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #10 on: Jun 21, 17, 09:38:02 PM »
Blodwen began to settle slightly. Between the turn the conversation had taken and the ale filling her belly, her nervousness eased. She still was in unfamiliar territory with a Queen she did not know well, but the constant fluttering of her hands and the darting of her eyes was slowing to a state of considerably less panic. She wished often that she could just be comfortable around people, but unless she was with her family, or others she knew very well, she was always anxious.

She hadn't been anxious around Davos. And he had tried to choke the life from her body.

Drawing her thoughts back to meeting at hand, she decided to offer her own truth. "As we are being blunt and honest, I'll admit that Brogan Devlin shields my Court with his Gray for no other reason than that was the price of my allegiance." It wasn't a secret. Many had been at Court that day when Blodwen had made her demands of Scelt's bloodthirsty Queen. But it also wasn't something that was likely shared in idle gossip. Blodwen had demanded a Gray, and Loreniel had chosen to keep the Sheane male at her side and banish Brogan to Tramore.

It was an assignment he hated. Blodwen did not blame him. But with so few bonded males and even fewer Dark Jewels, Tramore could not stand without the power of an alliance. And in this case, that power was bound with Brogan Devlin.

"Were you familiar with Davos Sheane, Lady Kerry?" To tell the story in full, she must disclose what happened with Davos. If the Lyons' and Kerry's were to be allies, each needed to understand where they stood with the now exiled Clan.







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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #11 on: Aug 27, 18, 09:49:25 AM »
Peace among the ruling Queens of Scelt was critical to maintaining peace throughout the Territory. Based on her conversation with Lady Killan it seemed that the Queen of Scelt also sought peace in the Territory. It was safe to assume that Lady Devlin, Queen of Kilvary, also desired peace given her close relations with Lady Killan. Now Taryn would learn about the motivations for the Queen of Tramore. She was poised, if needed, to play the role of mediator if there was uneven ground between the various Queens, but Taryn would not sacrifice her hope for peace even if it meant showing force in the face of another Queen.

Blodwen’s blunt explanation of Brogan Devlin’s role within her Court won a level of respect from Taryn, who preferred blunt speech to delicate wordsmithing. Clan Kerry had never been in a precarious position requiring support from the Court of Scelt; their role in supporting the displaced members of Clan Sheane and their historical alliances had given them a unique perspective within Denford. Tramore would have been in a far different position than Denford, or Kilvary, after the fall out between Clan Sheane and Clan Killan.

“The situation with Prince Devlin is certainly a unique arrangement.” Taryn commented softly, but empathetically.

Perhaps she should have been jealous, or affronted, that Blodwen had negotiated to have a member of the Court of Scelt placed in her own Court of Tramore, whereas Taryn had given up a member of her own Court to achieve that same alliance. But she understood that Queens did what they needed to, in order to assure the safety of their Court and domain.

“I know of Davos Sheane, the Red Jeweled Prince. He was implicated in the death of Lady Daveil Sheane and her Court.” Whispers had linked his name to the atrocity but he had not been identified as one of the Sheanes who had taken part in the massacre. Never the less the stain of such rumors was hard to escape in a Territory such as Scelt. And Taryn wouldn’t be foolish enough to harbour anyone with such stains on their name in her Court.

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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #12 on: Aug 31, 18, 04:57:23 PM »
Blodwen let out a small surprised laugh at Taryn's offering that the arrangement with Prince Devlin was unique. "That is one word for it, yes. Disastrous would be another. He hates me for taking him from his Queen. His loyalty to Loreniel is absolute. Everything is very black and white with him, with little allowance for shades of gray. My intention was to secure strength to protect Tramore. We are caught in the middle, quite literally. And I lack the Jewel strength within my own Court to protect us."

She drank from her tankard before continuing. 'And yet I fear he sees it as some kind of punishment, that I would take him from his Queen." As the nervousness began to wear off, Taryn would be able to hear the exhaustion in Blodwen's voice. Nothing had been the same since the massacre of the Sheane Clan. It had felt like one less after another.

"Davos is... No. Davos was my friend. He came to me and asked me to join him in seeking retribution. I didn't want revenge. I just wanted peace. My refusal caused him to sever our ties." She took another sip. "And in his rage, he hurt me," she added, almost as an after thought. "My arrangement with the Territory Court was struck out of need and desperation. And yet..."

She sighed heavily. Was it safe to trust Taryn with so much knowledge? There was really only one way to find out. Offer her trust, and see whether it was later broken. "And yet I wonder if I came under attack, what Prince Devlin would do. I am both aligned with his Queen and to blame for his separation from her. There are other Queens in my family, those who would not make such demands."

She didn't say it out loud. But all of the pieces were there for Taryn to put together. Had she truly ensured her and Tramore's safety? Or just welcomed a different kind of threat into her Court?







Offline Taryn Kerry

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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #13 on: Oct 07, 18, 02:05:11 PM »
Taryn had never spent any amount of time in Prince Devlin’s company but none of what Blodwen was saying about his character was at all surprising. The Warlord Prince had a hard won reputation in the Territory especially for his absolute loyalty to Loreniel Killan, and in the process had earned the nick name of “Scelt’s Shield”. Perhaps “Killan’s Shield” was more apropos, but Taryn wasn’t about to cause a fuss over a name that had been bestowed upon him.

Blodwen was definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place, or worse yet – a Warlord Prince and his Queen. It was not exactly a safe place to stand but if the Queen had sanctioned the assignment then it might be safer to stand between them. Had Brogan upset the Queen? Or was she also in an impossible situation to send him away? It was hard to tell on the outside looking in, to be certain, but it was an odd choice never the less.

“Was it punishment?” Taryn mused out loud after Blodwen’s comment. “I don’t like to gossip unnecessarily but the choice of sending Prince Devlin to Tramore is unusual. There were others in the Court that could have met your strength requirement, Lady Killan doesn’t lack for power. Did you request it be Prince Devlin? His prowess as a fighter and protector are well known.” And unlike his Queen, or Prince Sheane, he had not been directly linked to the destruction of another Queen’s Court.

“Prince Sheane attacked you? That’s highly irregular and deeply concerning.” Taryn couldn’t hide the gasp of shock that left her lips at such news.

It was highly unusual for a Blood male, even in the warring Sceltic society, to attack a Queen. It was even more unusual that he would survive an attack against one, but the need for Prince Devlin’s Gray certainly made greater sense in light of this news. If word got out of such an attack then many Clans would be worried about offering solace and support to the outlawed Clan Sheane if they feared for their safety. Taryn knew she would have to tell her Triangle of this but hesitated to do so for the trouble it could cause the former Sheanes that Clan Kerry and her Court had taken in.

“I would hope that Prince Devlin would do what he’s been sent to accomplish, but I can understand your worry. Would it not be easier to purchased mercenaries of the necessary strength? Loyalty can come with a price but which would you be more comfortable paying.” Taryn’s own Court had been supplemented by several Mercenary groups that she had hired to bulk out her guards in the tumultuous atmosphere that lingered in Denford after the change of power.



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Re: Another day, another death
« Reply #14 on: Nov 12, 19, 06:48:08 PM »
Whether emboldened by the tankard of ale or by the welcome bluntness of the other Queen's speech, Blodwen did not shy away from Taryn's musings. "I can't say for certain. I asked, or rather, I demanded one of her Grays. She chose to contract Prince Devlin to me and not Prince Sheane." Thinking on it now, she suddenly had a deeper empathy for Brogan. She had known it wasn't his choice, but the knowledge that his Queen could have chosen another and yet contracted him to Tramore and not Prince Sheane, that could not have been easy for either Brogan's heart or his pride. 

"I have remained quiet about Davos' actions." In truth, some part of Blodwen believed that she deserved his outrage and his violence. If her Clan had been slaughtered and exiled, and she had sought a close friend and ally for help and they had turned her down, would she not have been equally livid? Would she not have felt just as betrayed as Davos surely must have? "I do not ask you to keep my secret, but I do ask you use caution with who you share that information with. The Sheanes have suffered enough. Any who have found safe harbor should not be negatively impacted by the actions of one man, anymore than they should have been slaughtered for the acts of their Queen."

Would Taryn understand? That was the hope, no matter how small, that here in this Queen ruling over a devastated Province, she could find an ally, or at the very least, an understanding that allowed them to be on positive terms with each other. It was necessary for the sake of both Denford and Tramore. What was more, neither Queen wanted war, and that eased a fear within Blodwen she had not even known she'd been holding.

"I would rather not resort to mercenaries unless I have no other recourse. Loyalty bought with coin may always be lured away by a higher offer. Or worse, retain the visage of loyalty while earning from two masters, choosing which to betray. I fear I have had enough betrayal." Draining her tankard, she set it down.

"Still, you raise a worthwhile point, and one that I will be certain to discuss with my Master of the Guard." Was it really too much to ask that Brogan simply do as he had been commanded? Clearly he believed it was. Would they ever come to an understanding or remain at each other's throats throughout his time in Tramore?

"Thank you the ale," she said, smiling at her hostess. "And for the blunt conversation. I look forward to more in the future, if you will invite me back?" Blodwen felt things had gone well, but had learned it was always wise to confirm such a feeling before leaving a meeting as important as this was. By wisdom, not by rashness. "And I would love for you to visit Tramore, when you have the opportunity."