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Correspondence / Lady Luciana Orza
« on: February 22, 2022, 08:07:51 PM »
Dear Lady Luciana Orza,

Is this a House? Or is this a Circus?

The House has the Mongrelwoods to clear. The House has a harbour to rebuild in 97. The House has a fortress in 92 to build. The House has a fleet to build. The House has prophecies to fulfill. The House has a Vampire to vanquish. The House has a Ward to defend from the Nothing.

Is this a House? Or is this a Circus?

I said a lot of words to Anders from the bottom of his steps but the words and questions in my mind were short and simple:

Is this a House? Or is this a Circus?

Anders' answer was even simpler: "I would rather rub Bernard's face in shit."

All the work that needs to be done lay in front of us but Anders and Manfred would rather run a circus and put on a show.

Manfred often spoke of respect. Demanded it in the most threatening of ways. But he was oblivious to how little he earned. Kinsley had fair, serious grievances but the response she and House Glitt got were neither fair nor serious. And, in turn, Manfred was so, so surprised to be forced to strip naked so the flat side of a sword could slap against his bare skin. I have never seen a man more insulted, more hurt, than when he was treated like the jape he was.

Manfred was oblivious to his own hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness. I hope you learn from what such things cost him. You do have good sense buried deep within you, I have seen it when you spoke in support of me before Anders. But I have also seen the cruelty and pettiness in you and I hope such is just the lingering remnants of youth. I did not know that you ordered the Oldflowers killed; I had honestly thought it was Manfred's idea. Yet, knowing the truth, I still hope you grow into the kind of person the Ward needs.

I had hoped to witness such for myself. You were the plan, from the very start, to continue the reshaping of Orza –from gutter knife to mercenary to House to something even greater. Such is why I came to you first before I came to the House.

Obviously, I grew tired of the Circus and I gave up. But, maybe–whether you never see me again or whether you manage to track me down and take my head–you will still fulfill the plan somehow.

Is this a House? Or is this a Circus?

Anders answered with the latter. I begrudgingly agreed. Prove Anders wrong. Prove me wrong.

I-Bowed-Thrice

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Loved Alcide and I was definitely hoping to get into more scheming with him.

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Correspondence / A Letter for Pavlina at the Belmore Estate
« on: February 20, 2022, 08:44:51 PM »
Cracks of clear silver;
The mirrors are now shattered;
The mirage now free.

Bloody is the wake
Left behind the illusion.
The world bled by shards.

I have broken free
Of the false world I have built,
But am trapped by guilt.

Dear Pavlina,

I have already been told I did the right thing. Congratulated outloud and quietly. Over and over again by many different people. But when I heard about Alcide and Emmett, I knew I made a mistake.

Some people think spies are dangerous because of the lies they tell. The opposite is true: there is nothing more powerful a spy can do than to reveal the truth.

An opportunity presented itself and I could not resist. I was desperate and blinded. I forgot that power must be wielded wisely. I used a broadsword  when I should have used a scalpel. I forgot to take into account the collateral damage that would ensue. All of my work sundered because of a moment of impatience and fear; my friends killed and hurt for the same reasons.

I said once before maybe it did not matter if the world was real. That maybe our perception of the world is more important than reality itself. I was right. This pain hurts no matter the truth of the world or the lies of our imagination.

And I cannot even imagine the pain I have put you through.

-B

I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

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Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Emmett Wood: Warchanter to Lady Belmore
« on: February 20, 2022, 05:29:31 AM »
This is absolutely heart breaking. Emmett was such a good boy.

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Journals and Musings / Re: [Scattered Notes of Brie Cesmé]
« on: February 18, 2022, 03:47:23 PM »
Alcide of Gallet - Stay alert.

Lord Heir Alden Greywood - Spokes of a wheel.

Lictor Daphne Stavros - Lip service.

? ? ? ? ? - Am I ruining them?

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Sorcha,

No notes. No need for them. What happened is seared into my memory.

-B

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Sorcha,

I was with Cybel in her final hours. You can find me easily enough if you wish to ask of it.

-B

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Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: Iono Carshal, thrice-cursed.
« on: February 14, 2022, 06:10:29 PM »
Sad we didn't get a chance to interact more but I heard through the grapevines you were up to some pretty wild stuff!

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Screen Shots & Obituaries / Re: The Waif of the Waves ~ Francesca Paisley
« on: February 14, 2022, 05:58:11 PM »
Made my skin crawl but still a great PC and I'm sad I won't be able to continue to watch from outside the splash zone.

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Journals and Musings / Re: [Scattered Notes of Brie Cesmé]
« on: February 14, 2022, 04:03:59 PM »
Kinsley Greylocke - Idiot.

Manfred Japes - Idiot.

Brie - Surrounded by idiots.

Lord Anders Orza - "Subtle".

Brie - Read.

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Correspondence / Re: Sent to House Moonspear at the Dusk's Cradle
« on: February 13, 2022, 05:52:04 AM »
As previously noted, below is a transcription of the letter Grigori Orza sent to the Lords of the Ring 99 which lead to then Castle Moonspear to be offered to House Orza.

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I was not born a killer nor did I ever purposefully intend to become one. I merely had that label applied to me due to circumstances perhaps not beyond my control, but certainly beyond my *choice*. Threats, after all, are useless if there is not a hint of promise to them should the ensuing demands not be followed.

I propose, you choose. This is the way my world worked.

At first it was merely your bread. I needed to spend my time finding shelter and not scrounging for food if I ever wanted to survive. You fed me and you did so well. In return I made sure you weren't bothered.

In time, as I grew older, I began to realize the ways not just of the streets, but of the people that walked them, too. I made friends, many friends, and soon I had to feed not just myself but those beside me as well.

When I began to ask for more, your groat, your jewels, you were more than happy to hand them over. You had plenty, I had none. We came to an understanding. I thrived.

Older still, I began to ask for your daughters, your wives, and even them you more than gladly gave up. Anything, anything you said, anything I'd want, if only I kept your peace and kept you safe. If only I kept the mob out and away.

But when I asked for your respect, when I asked for a seat at your table, you laughed in my face, spat at my feet. And I realized that you thought of me as part of the rabble, too.

And now I finally understand. I have come of age, a killer all grown up. And you're going to give me what I want.

I propose, you choose. This is the way your world is going to work from now on.

And I propose you give me that fucking castle.

- G. Orza
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It should be noted that there are some parallels in play here. Primarily, House Orza has proposed peace and House Moonspear is in position to choose to move forward with that proposal. To choose otherwise is to accept the status quo as is: the internecine conflict that will doom us all before the black sea of Nothing laps at the wall that separates Ring 99 from Ring 100.

Retainer Brie Cesmé

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Correspondence / Sent to House Moonspear at the Dusk's Cradle
« on: February 12, 2022, 07:04:49 PM »
To House Moonspear, Its Retainers, Its Members, its Leading Family, and Its Rightful and Righteous Lord Lyon Moonspear,

Here is recorded the Overture for Peace between the Houses of Moonspear and Orza as discussed by Ser Manfred Japes and Retainer Aldstan van der Meer.

While the Silver Marchers that have been relegated to the remains of the harbour in Ring 97 are considered a risk to places more populated and sensitive such as the Peerage Ward proper, House Orza does recognize that Lady Niobe Greywood (who has deeply moved Lord Kristoff Orza with her recent sermon) has vastly improved their condition and that redemption should be a viable path for nearly all mortal men and women.  As such, it was proposed that these Marchers (and any others that arrive in a similar state in the future) serve as part of the joint guard and garrison force that will protect the harbour while House Orza rebuilds the tower previously destroyed by a mad criminal and his recondite gnome accomplice.

Aside: House Orza recognizes that the engineers of House Moonspear have done an excellent job of repairing the damaged bridge of the Peerage Ward with both great quality and skill of craftsmanship and while their contributions to rebuilding the tower in the harbour is not required, it would be very welcome if offered.

For House Moonspear's contribution of protection to the tower's reconstruction, House Orza will recognize and support that these contributions qualify as and meet the requirement set in the Council of Peers meeting that required all Great Houses of the Ward to build one structure within the harbour.

Furthermore, let it be known that as an additional gift and act of goodwill, Ser Manfred Japes provided Retainer Aldstan van der Meer knowledge and sight upon a letter clarifying that the then Castle Moonspear was lawfully offered and given, by the then Lords of the Ward, to House Orza due to its then derelict state. A copy of this letter will be forwarded in the near future once it can be properly transcribed.

In closing, House Orza recognizes that its history with House Moonspear has been one fraught with conflict. Both Houses have lost many good men and women to one other. Mostly recently, the lives of Retainers Hannes Jansen, Luc Devereux, and even Ryden Blackmyre have been lost because of their loyalty and endeavors to their respective Houses. House Orza also recognizes, however, that such loyal and good men and women have a greater purpose than to throw their lives upon the weapons of one another: the continued defense and existence of the Peerage Ward. The history of House Orza and Moonspear has seen the blood of their members shed by one another in the past but going forward we all know that any further blood spilled should be shed as brothers and sisters in defense of the Ward.

Retainer Brie Cesmé on behalf of
Ser Manfred Japes on behalf of
Lord Anders Orza

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Correspondence / Re: [Letter to Brie Cesme]
« on: February 12, 2022, 05:04:30 PM »
Chief Chulax Redfang,

Thank you for latest letter. I must write that i find it particularly endearing and fills me with hope for the future of the Ward and its people: a Tribe of Halforcs, a Clan of Dwarves, a Venerable House, and a Great House--all cooperating and working better to better themselves and their home? I imagine even the most astute and farseeing of diviners would be, at least mildly, surprised by such.

I shall tell my fellows of House Orza of these further details and encourage them to participate. Knowing what I do of them, I am sure that holding the tournament at any time would draw at least some of our colours out to the woods but some of our most prominently martially inclined members (such Ser Manfred Japes, Lady Luciana Orza, Squire Wulfric Wolfsbane, Athanasia Zharakhos, Gernes Fenmarch) are most active during the days and hours of (//See OOC note below).

If you have not thought of the idea already, perhaps considering building a temporary bridge into the Mongrelwoods to ensure that both participants and spectators may easily attend? I myself am not able to carry rope and grapple due to the small size of my traveling purse. Alternatively, a series of strong and sturdy ropes could be grappled across the river and a number of emergency/spare ropes could be left in temporary storage on both sides of the river. Whatever the solution, I am sure you will determine a good one for this minor issue.

Regards,
Brie Cesmé, Retainer of House Orza


//Would suggest a Saturday or Sunday, late evening (7 PM) or late morning EST (11 AM).

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Correspondence / Constable Penny
« on: February 12, 2022, 09:51:31 AM »
Constable Penny,

For your information, Aslan and a man named Wenthur Crommor attacked Sverri. This was during the job a number of us took for a man named Fetch. He told us to go kill some bandits but we discovered they were less bandits and more minders for a number of people being used as blood bags for the Count (and no longer used because the Count went too far inring). Sverri offered them protection instead of death. Aslan and Crommor attacked because they thought they weren't going to get paid for the original job.

In the end, Sverri (with a little bit o help from me) beat the two of them down. Sverri saw the surviving "bandits" taken to safety and everybody who survived the fight (have you seen Sverri fight? Lots of collateral damage) went on their way, some with bruised egos. The rest of us let Aslan and Crommor keep the payment from Fetch (1000 groats between the two of them).

-B

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Suggestions / Reduce NPC Barks in Castle Orza
« on: February 11, 2022, 08:59:44 PM »

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