collapse

* Welcome!

* Important Links

* Chat Box

Guest Friendly. No advertising please.

* BR Councils

* COTM and TOTM

* COTY and TOTY

Character of the Year


Thread of the Year

* Affliates

Affiliate with Us

Blood Rites RPG

Listed At

RPG-D Nerd Listings

Our Affiliates

The Games
   

* Credits

RSS Feed  Facebook  Tumblr    E-Mail

Canon: © Anne Bishop
Board's Plot: Blood Rites
Points Scheme: Mother Night
Ratio System: Blood Rites

Blood Rites best viewed in Firefox.
Established February 2010
by Jamie, Gina & Bowie.


* Plot Information for Tacea

Tensions are rising in Tacea after the destruction of their Territory Court at the hands of its Queen. Unable to continue their traditional cycle of succession because of accusations of treason, Tacea must find a Queen capable of uniting the land while building bridges to the world outside its borders.
Overview of Tacea
Women & Men of Tacea
Spirituality and Religion
Families & Ancestry
Clans Snapshot

* Welcome Guests

You are currently viewing our forum as a Guest. While you can see all we do, you can't participate. Please think about joining, we love new players. Click Here for more information.


Author Topic: Tense Meetings  (Read 124 times)

Description: Zhihao

Offline Hae Jun Mhin

  • Character Account
    • rose2opal
    • queen
    • Role

      Tribe Queen

    • Faction

      The Hanwa

    • Territory

      Tacea

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      EmberRose

    • Posts

      6

    • View Profile
Tense Meetings
« on: May 09, 18, 11:03:05 PM »
Hae Jun wanted to pace, to shout, to yell.  She did Not want to stand still, to bow and to smile politely at the woman guiding her to her meeting with Prince An.  She wanted, desperately wanted, to call her blade to her hand and hunt down her father.  To demand answers from him about what he thought he was doing.  She also wanted to turn around and Leave too hurt by the fact that he was alive and well and here.  Ruling the Territory and not out looking for her or her sisters.  Her emotions toward her father were a violate mess, she wanted to hit him, to scream at him, to cry in his arms over every loss she'd suffered.

If she wasn't careful her emotions were going to get the best of her and then who knew what might happen.  Growling under her breath she ignored the worried glance Dak-Ho, her escort for today, sent her way as she tried to maintain control and not let her emotions slip from the iron grip she had on them.

"I'm fine." She assured him on a Purple Dusk thread.  He didn't appear convinced but he didn't question her either.  For a moment she allowed herself to miss her bonded male and fiancée. Hyun Ki would have dragged her to the nearest garden or sparring ring to give her a chance to relax as best he could.  Not quietly accepted what she said.  It had seemed sometimes that he'd known her better than she did herself.  For a brief moment she was angry not just at her father but at Hyun Ki for dying, at Dak-Ho for not being her bonded male. 

The flash of temper came and went as Hae Jun throttled it back down and slammed the lid on the messy stew she'd never really dealt with.  This was why she hadn't wanted to come here, why she hadn't reached out to the Territory court before this.  Just being here made her emotional balance slip wildly out of control.  Which was something she couldn't afford.  Her people were counting on her to make this work, to get more help for them.  Still just knowing she was in the same building as her father made her body thrum with tension and she found herself clenching her fists, eyes growing sharper the further her guide lead her. 

The nervous servant finally reached the Office and door and announced them before scurrying off and Hae Jun inwardly winced.  She hadn't meant to scare the poor woman, she just did not want to be here right now.  She should have put her foot down when her Steward had come to her about arranging a meeting with the Territory Court, should have just refused, but she'd swallowed her Pride to come and ask for help.  Now her inability to control her emotions regarding her family threatened to undermine her hopes and goals for her people.  She couldn't afford to make a bad impression on them or make enemies of them and still . . .

Gathering herself she smoothed down the front of her Hanbok and took a moment to breathe.  Closing her eyes she gathered her emotions back under her control, as best as she could manage anyway, and stepped through the door.  She greeted Prince An with a perfect protocol bow.  Pasted a smile on her face all the while hoping this meeting would be done quickly and uneventfully so that she could leave.  Prefearably before whispers reached her father that she was here.   

Hae Jun's Outfit

Offline Zhihao An

  • Character Account
    • te2ss
    • prince
    • Role

      Hinata's Dagger & Spymaster

    • Faction

      Kagen Clan

    • Territory

      Tacea

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      Leez

    • Posts

      35

    • View Profile
Re: Tense Meetings
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 18, 12:48:44 AM »
"Lady Mhin," said Zhihao An, rising to greet her as she entered. He was plain-faced today - or, plain-faced as a geisha would ever dare to be, for his eyes were still ringed in dark kohl. His kimono was an understated linen number in mossy green, appropriate for the warming weather. Had this been a more formal occasion, he would have been underdressed - but this was a workday, meeting with the Hanwa queen or not.

It had been a relief to find a queen among the Hanwa. Their numbers were so, so few after the sinking of Kaesong, and knowing there was someone in charge and determined to advocate for her people's best interests was no small comfort. After his conversation with Min Liu, Zhihao An knew that Hae Jun Mhin was an unlikely candidate for the Dragon Throne - ripping the one stable point from a drowning people was a recipe for disaster - but once she walked through his door, he knew for certain that she'd be an unsuitable ruler for... entirely different reasons.

He'd been half-certain that his agents had located some other girl named Hae Jun Mhin, but this girl, baby-faced and golden eyed, was unmistakably one of the lost scions of House Corro.

The spymaster bowed gracefully.

"Please, have a seat," he said, straightening, as he gestured to the chair in front of his desk. With his Tiger Eye, he floated over a teapot and two cups, and poured them something hot and fragrant. "Your father will be overjoyed to know you're safe."

Offline Hae Jun Mhin

  • Character Account
    • rose2opal
    • queen
    • Role

      Tribe Queen

    • Faction

      The Hanwa

    • Territory

      Tacea

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      EmberRose

    • Posts

      6

    • View Profile
Re: Tense Meetings
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 18, 10:01:47 PM »
Hae Jun barely contained the sparking of her temper at Prince An's words.  If her father cared so much than why was he here slapping her mother's memory in the face with his actions instead of looking for his children.  Why hadn't he bothered to search for her himself?  Why wasn't her doing more for her people, the people that had taken him in, that her mother had ruled?  Her fingers tightened in her skirts as she bit her lip to stop herself from saying something she would regret.  From lashing out at a man that didn't deserve her ire because he wasn't the one she was angry with. 

As she struggled to regain her composure, to keep this meeting on track, her eyes locked with Dak-ho's.  The older man, an experienced soldier and escort, met her gaze with a calm steadiness even as he reached out to her on a psychic thread *I spotted several routes we can take to get out of the building without being spotted*

The dryness of his tone and the glint of humor in his eyes had Hae Jun struggling not to snort in a very unladylike manner.  She forgot sometimes that Dak-ho had a sense of humor as he spoke so little to anyone including her.  His words helped though and she found it easier to focus on the matter at hand and to shove her roiling emotions aside.  She released a breath and brushed her fingers lightly against his hand in thanks. 

Dak-ho didn't respond outwardly but she could feel him relax as he guided her to the table and stood at her back.  Hae Jun didn't bother trying to get him to sit or let his guard down anymore than he already had.  There was a reason she was here now beyond just her first circle's urging.  After what had happened a few days ago all the males in her court were on alert and she didn't want them worrying any more than they already were.

Sitting in the chair she quietly thanked Prince An for the tea even as she prepared to speak, the list of things she was hoping to accomplish foremost in her mind as she chose to ignore her hosts reference to her father.  Eyes locking with his with a determined gleam in golden depths she began to speak, "Prince An thank you for agreeing to meet with me, I know this was arranged on short notice but neither I or my Court were sure how long we would be in the area.  I know your days are filled with work so I will try not to take too much of your time."

"I'm uncertain how much you know about the camps, or of my people that survived the destruction of our home."  She hesitated for a moment, small hands worn and calloused from two years of hard work wrapping around the cup in front of her, "The camps are not a permanent solution for my people, they need secure shelters, food, clothing, the chance to work and make their own way again.  I've done what I can trading my Gift to the land for surpluses in food and other supplies but there is only so much I can do." 

Dak-ho shifted slightly behind her, a subtle motion as he seemed to hover just a bit more.  She fought the urge to glare up at him.  Her Court had threatened to physically restrain her if she so much as glanced at another field for at least the next two days.  They had also threatened to conspire with her Warlord Prince son, who took protecting his sister and her very seriously for all that he was only 8, if she pushed herself so hard ever again.  Honestly she didn't see what the fuss was about.  She'd had one tiny dizzy spell in the middle of tending to a field and had ended up on her knees in the dirt.  It wasn't as if she had actually passed out. It had just been a combination of lack of sleep and expending too much of her Opal and Rose. 

Hoping that Prince An didn't notice her escorts renewed focus she took a sip of the tea and changed the topic to a slightly safer one.  A thin wry smile touched her lips as she set it back on the table.  Ironically the next item on her list would help the woman who had lectured her in front of the entire camp as if she was Hae Jun's mother, "The majority of the female Blood that survived and bear a Caste are Healers; but they don't have the supplies they need to treat every patient that needs them.  Healers that are willing to assist their sisters among the Hanwa, along with healing supplies would be a relief for all of my people."

"I have many experienced craftsman in the camps both Landen and Blood who only need the raw materials to pick up their crafts once more.  The quicker my people can begin to be self sufficient, rather than living off the generosity of the Clans, the happier they will be.  They need to see that there is hope that they can go back to what semblance of normality they can manage."

She stopped there, she didn't mean to insult the Clans but she had no interest in seeing how far their generosity would stretch before it snapped and her people became the targets of ire and violence.  She could already see it happening in some places.  The quicker her people could be seen to be adding to the economy and not 'leeching off it', as one Queen had put it the better.

She decided to stop there for the moment, having dumped a lot on the Prince sitting across from her without taking much time to let it sink in.  Reaching out with a subtle bit of craft she tried to get a read on how the man felt about her words while quietly hoping he wouldn't mention her father again.  She'd done well so far controlling herself, considering how stressed and exhausted she was, but she still wasn't sure how far that control could stretch.

Offline Zhihao An

  • Character Account
    • te2ss
    • prince
    • Role

      Hinata's Dagger & Spymaster

    • Faction

      Kagen Clan

    • Territory

      Tacea

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      Leez

    • Posts

      35

    • View Profile
Re: Tense Meetings
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 18, 02:18:52 AM »
Lady Mhin seemed troubled, and moreso than Zhihao would have expected from a woman in her position. Min Liu had not seemed half so tense. Some of that was difference in temperament, certainly... but he saw the way she stiffened at the mention of her father, even if she was trying to be restrained about the matter. Seung Corro was a sore spot for her, then - an emotional bruise.

"It's an honor to receive you, Lady Mhin," he assured her, waving over another cup and pouring tea for the queen's escort. He floated it over.

"I have not personally toured the camps, no," Zhihao continued with a soft shake of his head, "but I am well aware of the situation. Your counterpart among the Tang, Queen Min Liu, sat where you now sit some days ago and outlined her needs - from the sounds of it, yours are similar." He had, for example, already requested healers and medical supplies by dispatched to the camps.

"Long-term resettlement will need to be worked out with the district courts," he added. "I have no authority over those matters - I can only make suggestions."

Why, he thought, could Lady Mhin not simply plead her case to her father? Seung Corro was beloved by the Hanwa and a devoted parent. Doubtless he would move heaven and earth to see Hae Jun prosper. But something had drawn a rift between them... something Zhihao, in his capacity as spymaster and an incorrigible gossip, could not leave be.

"Prince Corro suggested Min Liu make an appointment to speak to him directly," he said, lifting his tea. "If I bring your requests to him, he will likely say the same."

Offline Hae Jun Mhin

  • Character Account
    • rose2opal
    • queen
    • Role

      Tribe Queen

    • Faction

      The Hanwa

    • Territory

      Tacea

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      EmberRose

    • Posts

      6

    • View Profile
Re: Tense Meetings
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 18, 09:29:10 PM »
Hae Jun removed her hands from the table and the cup afraid she would crack the fine china if she didn't.  Her hands formed fists in her lap, fingernails biting into her palms and nearly breaking the skin.  She managed to control her spiking temper only because she knew that Zhihao wasn't actively trying to upset her.  At least she didn't think he was, the Emotional Craft she'd woven at the depth of her Opal indicated he was only curious.  She could understand why, it would make more sense for her to have sought out her father directly but if she could get what she wanted without speaking to him it was all the better as far as she was concerned.

There was a distinct lack of warmth in her voice and eyes as she spoke though she was careful not to be rude or threatening.  In this regard she was her mother's daughter managing to be stern and distant all at once, "If you have any suggestions about which District Queens might be more open to speak with me or that might agree to offer my people a more permanent home I am happy to accept your guidance.  I would like to know more about the Kagen's new Queen as I hope to meet with her in the near future about what help her clan is willing to offer the Hanwa."
 
Not that Hae Jun held out much hope for much of getting much of anything from the other woman.  Especially given her families history with that clan and the distinct lack of aid the Ariake Queen had been willing to give.  Still she would do her best to give the other woman a fair chance, "I understand she has only recently taken that seat, I also know that you served in her grandmother's court," Well her Steward had given her the information. Hae Jun was more worried about other things than who had served in which court, "If you could indicate to her that I would like to speak once she is more firmly settled into her position I would be very grateful.  I try to travel to every camp during the year to speak with my people directly but a members of my first circle are permanently stationed in each camp and they will know how to reach me."

"As for a meeting with Prince Corro."  Here her words may as well have dripped ice, "My Steward is familiar with all the needs my people have and the count we've managed so far of Landen and Blood, Casted and Non Casted.  I'm sure she would be happy to meet with the Dragon Father in my place."

Her eyes were hard and unyielding as she let the words hang in the air between them for a moment before adding in a much quieter tone, "The Queen in me can understand his recent actions.  The Daughter is not willing to be so forgiving.  I do not want my people's future to be impacted by ill spoken words between us."

Offline Zhihao An

  • Character Account
    • te2ss
    • prince
    • Role

      Hinata's Dagger & Spymaster

    • Faction

      Kagen Clan

    • Territory

      Tacea

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      Leez

    • Posts

      35

    • View Profile
Re: Tense Meetings
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 18, 12:24:57 PM »
The room felt several degrees colder, for all the ice frosting Hae Jun's words. Zhihao was immediately curious, but could not probe further in his capacity as Hinata's court escort. An Zhihao the bureaucrat was required to comport himself very differently from An Zhihao the spymaster, and the latter would go to work later to determine the cause of the young queen's derision for her father.

He would also most certainly be making a full report to Seung Corro. An Zhihao the spymaster's loyalty was to the Dragon Father, after all.

"Prince Corro does not claim that title," he said, voice indicating that he was unfazed by her tone, regardless of his true feelings. "Much as it has taken root in the public's imagination. He styles himself as regent. Shall I have a courier bring copy of the Articles of the Interregnum to your residence, so you may familiarize yourself with them?"

It was not meant to be an insult, merely politics. Perhaps if Queen Mhin understood the limited scope and lifespan of her father's government, she would be more open to it?

But probably not. She had already indicated the beef was more personal in nature. Zhihao wondered what the slight was - and what he could do to set things right. Hae Jun's rejection of her father made him worry for his own future.

Zhihao cleared his throat. "Some relief will already be forthcoming to your people," he continued, "Though it is likely to be monetary in form rather than direct supplies. It should arrive within the fortnight. And I will do what I can to speak to Yumi-sama on your behalf and arrange a meeting. She is young and new to her throne, yes, but I think you will find her compassionate and determined to do right by all who live in her queendom."

"I understand House Corro has not historically been a friend to Clan Kagen," he added, "but your father and Hinata-sama have made steps towards putting that bad blood to rest. If I may counsel you a moment, Lady Mhin, you would do well to build on the inroads he has laid for you."

Offline Hae Jun Mhin

  • Character Account
    • rose2opal
    • queen
    • Role

      Tribe Queen

    • Faction

      The Hanwa

    • Territory

      Tacea

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      EmberRose

    • Posts

      6

    • View Profile
Re: Tense Meetings
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 18, 11:36:41 PM »
Hae Jun listened quietly to the male across from her speak and just barely bit back the words she wanted to say to him.  Her father wasn't calling himself the Dragon Father but how exactly did this male think she'd heard the term?  It was being whispered everywhere, even by her own people.  Hearing the name made her want to grit her teeth in anger and frustration.  Honestly what had he expected taking up the mantle of leader like he had.  He should have refused the offer.  It would have been better for Hinata no Kagen to retake the seat at least then it would be a Queen ruling the Territory as was proper and her father wouldn't be continuously spitting on her mother's memory.

Some in the camps thought that having Seung Corro ruling the Territory, even if only for a short time, would be a blessing for the Hanwa.  Hae Jun couldn't afford to let herself believe that.  She knew her father and doubted very much that he would risk the well being of the Territory for the remnants of a people without a home.  Not even for a people ruled by his daughter.  No, she feared it would be her responsibility to fight for them perhaps even against her father.  She hoped not, even while she was so angry with him she hoped she was wrong but a part of her feared that she wasn't.  He'd chosen to stay here once already, to not search for her or her sisters or his wife why would he put the Hanwa first now?

Letting out a breath she resisted the urge to rub away the headache she could feel building behind her eyes.  She let them close for a moment before addressing the Prince's first words without opening them her tone still sharp and cold,  "I am currently staying at one of the camps in the Kyutai Province if you send a copy of the Articles there I won't turn them away."  If nothing else she needed to know what the limits of this Interregnum were and what it could actually offer in regards to her people, "I don't maintain a permanent residence in any camp, but I will be there until at least after I have spoken with Lady Kagen unless something requires my attention elsewhere." 

When he spoke about the aid she could expect she relaxed just a little.  Her eyes opened a glint of relief in their depths and tension leaving her shoulders as she began making a list of her peoples greatest needs and the potential costs for what they needed in her mind.  She shared her thoughts with Dak-ho even as she assured Zhihao with a small smile her voice losing some of it's edge as she spoke, "Monetary aid is more than acceptable to me Prince.  It will allow my Court and I to work with the different camps more closely and to ensure my people get what they need most."

With a hint of cautious warmth returning to her eyes she added, "Thank you for agreeing to speak to Lady Kagen for me."  She was pleasantly surprised that he'd agreed to, she had asked the question but hadn't truly expected him to do it.  She wouldn't tell him that she had little faith in getting any actual help from this new Kagen Queen but perhaps he was right and the other woman would actually care about what happened to the Hanwa enough to help.

She couldn't help but be curious though as she listened to his last few words.  Hae Jun knew that her father was working with Hinata no Kagen but she'd assumed it was a purely political arrangement.  Now she wondered if there wasn't something she was missing.  She couldn't help the disbelief that colored her tone and eyes as she asked, "My father has made inroads with the Kagen?"

Her father, who had sworn hatred for the Kagen Clan after their actions against his wife and Queen and their unborn child?  Seung Corro was trying to heal a breach between the Kagen and her family that had existed for longer than anyone on these islands had been alive?  It almost made her curious enough to lean forward but while her tone warmed with surprise and her eyes lost that sharp look they'd had earlier she didn't react outwardly any other way.

Taking a sip of the tea that had been offered she pondered her next question for a moment.  If her father was easing tensions between himself and the Kagen it would be advisable to know what exactly he'd done . . . or agreed to before she spoke with Yumi no Kagen.  She would rather not be surprised by some decision that had been made by her father on behalf of the family, what little was left of it.  Especially when her people's future might hang in the balance of those future talks.

"What exactly has my father done?"  Her tone was more curious but there was still a sharp edge to it when she spoke about him.  She wasn't any less angry with him than she'd been when she'd arrived but for the moment she was able to set it aside in order to get an answer to this question.

 

 

anything