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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Archengeia on Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:46 pm

Ironically the Lord Silentblade already has Hub usage himself, and he admits this freely as a negotiation tactic. He then, demurely, agrees that giving away such access would be unwise and clearly Kolson is a capable leader to make such a decision. He then immediately turns the conversation towards Kolson and asks, in a polite but insistent manner, why Kolson abandoned his clan name.

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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Kolson on Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:34 pm

"I'll answer honestly and truly, but only if you answer tit for tat in return. What say you?"

If Fahran says Yes:
"Wondering if I'm some sort of renegade ne'er-do-well trying to corrupt our ancient traditions? Or perhaps I have some sort of tragic past that led me to leave Wintersong behind?" Kolson says in a playful tone before sipping his tea.

"No, I just think the clans are an outdated concept left over from a time that doesn't exist anymore and hasn't existed for my entire life. Tradition for the sake of tradition is misguided--if one doesn't ask why something is and if it is useful any longer then you end up fomenting the state we find ourselves in today, e.g. a population that isn't engaged politically because traditionally they have no say or buy-in in their own country, an aristocracy that is traditionally more interested in petty squabbles and shortsighted power grabs than in doing their jobs so the country can function, a military organized around the traditional city-state system that suffers from rivalry based redundancies between forces and prioritizes war over the very people they were organized to defend in the first place.

And that isn't me just casting blame, Lord Silentblade, as the young are want to do for the ills of the world. Even the limited secondhand information I have access to makes it clear that you and the other Lords did the best you could under very trying circumstances and anyone who doesn't acknowledge that is a fool, an extremist, or both. But this system can't and shouldn't last. So you could say, taking the name of Wezrae, the Weaving sigil for "Wisdom in Action," that that's my way of reform, if only on a personal scale. Admittedly a drop in the bucket but it was the best I could do when I was young."


Kolson takes another sip from his tea. "Where is the Queen Alysa and what is she up to these days?"

If Fahran says No:
"Well, then I guess the price was too high. A shame really, I'd think you'd want to know the people you are working with." Kolson's tone makes it clear that he has lost some respect for Fahran.

In the interest of speeding this up I'll post my questions here so you have some idea of what I'll ask if I get more.

Second Question: What are the terms of the deal you made with the Naverre Raiders when they got your permission to operate out of Glenden Wood?

Third Question: What were you hoping to gain by flattering me and going into detail about the state of the continent unbidden?
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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Archengeia on Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:20 pm

The Lord Silentblade listens expressionlessly as Kolson lays out his reasoning. He gives no reaction to it, but quietly responds to Kolson's query that he will answer him but, before he does, he wants to know why Kolson wants to know about their illustrious Queen.

*in the future*
The Lord Silentblade admits that he has a partnership with the individual in charge of the Naverre Raiders, and that he and said individual (he does not give name, species, or gender) agreed that having the Undermarket united again rather than fractured was better for the world as a whole, and this individual had already been backing the Raiders.

In response to accusations of flattery, the Lord shrugs and admits that he likes to see how people react to given circumstance and stimuli. He's a strong believer that what you say matters no where near as much as how you say it, and what you do not say.

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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Zeiss on Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:27 pm

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Zeiss would have discussed of this with Kolson: if someone was to back the Naverre Raiders, it probably would be the goblin who was talking to the Lords of Aluvia a few months ago, which Snarg witnessed. I believe his name was Vilkas of Goldentongue? Maybe Goldtongue? Something like that. Zeiss knows the name and has assuredly shared it with Kolson.
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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Archengeia on Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:37 pm

Gavis of Deathtouch.

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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Zeiss on Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:38 pm

That's it. I was close. Very close.
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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Kolson on Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:17 am

Archengeia wrote:The Lord Silentblade listens expressionlessly as Kolson lays out his reasoning.  He gives no reaction to it, but quietly responds to Kolson's query that he will answer him but, before he does, he wants to know why Kolson wants to know about their illustrious Queen.

"One moment." Kolson sips his tea while he organizes his thoughts. "While I was doing my homework for this meeting I came upon three interesting facts about the end of the Queen's reign. That one, she was not placed under house arrest nor detained in any permanent way. Two, she was not officially exiled from Aluvia. And three, from what I can tell she is not receiving a government stipend for her upkeep at all.

If this is the case, that means she is living by her own means within Aluvia, whether by her own personal funds or that of an ally's. It seems to me that if you were going to remove someone from power, that isolating her from her funds and allies would make the most sense. And yet that hasn't been the case. Given what I know of her reputation for intelligence and cunning I'm surprised she stepped aside as peacefully as it seems.

Which leaves me with speculation. Which we both know is about as useful as contemplating one's navel, especially when I have a first hand source sitting right here in front of me. So how about it Lord Silentblade? Where is Queen Alysa and what is she up to these days?"


Archengeia wrote:*in the future*
The Lord Silentblade admits that he has a partnership with the individual in charge of the Naverre Raiders, and that he and said individual (he does not give name, species, or gender) agreed that having the Undermarket united again rather than fractured was better for the world as a whole, and this individual had already been backing the Raiders.

"You mean Gavis of Deathtouch, yes? Lightmane wasn't keen to trust the fellow and from what my source told me I don't blame her. It's all rather convenient if you ask me, though I know you didn't. With Lightmane gone the Exchange could use a new patron. That is partly why I'm here soliciting for your support."

Archengeia wrote:In response to accusations of flattery, the Lord shrugs and admits that he likes to see how people react to given circumstance and stimuli.  He's a strong believer that what you say matters no where near as much as how you say it, and what you do not say.

Kolson nods. "That makes sense. Though I have to wonder why you brought up the state of the continent. It was good information to know, no doubt, but it seemed like you were suggesting I should try to open up diplomatic talks with Naverre. While I'm not against it, I have to wonder if we aren't placing the cart before the horse here. I'm not Lord of Holtburg. Yet."
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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Archengeia on Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:35 pm

Kolson Wezrae wrote:
"One moment." Kolson sips his tea while he organizes his thoughts. "While I was doing my homework for this meeting I came upon three interesting facts about the end of the Queen's reign. That one, she was not placed under house arrest nor detained in any permanent way. Two, she was not officially exiled from Aluvia. And three, from what I can tell she is not receiving a government stipend for her upkeep at all.

If this is the case, that means she is living by her own means within Aluvia, whether by her own personal funds or that of an ally's. It seems to me that if you were going to remove someone from power, that isolating her from her funds and allies would make the most sense. And yet that hasn't been the case. Given what I know of her reputation for intelligence and cunning I'm surprised she stepped aside as peacefully as it seems.

Which leaves me with speculation. Which we both know is about as useful as contemplating one's navel, especially when I have a first hand source sitting right here in front of me. So how about it Lord Silentblade? Where is Queen Alysa and what is she up to these days?"
The Lord Silentblade betrays a minor curiousity as you give your reasoning, but answers regardless.  Apparently the High Queen had offered no resistance when he and the other Lords had moved in to take care of the crisis of the Incident, and to his knowledge the woman still lived in her palace in a mostly unused section of the Royal District along with her personal servants. The last he checked she was still retired. The woman naturally had plenty of funds and investments before she was removed from power, so he assumes she is subsisting on those.  She does, of course, make appearances whenever matters of state are called for but he insists it's purely a gesture.

Kolson Wezrae wrote:"You mean Gavis of Deathtouch, yes? Lightmane wasn't keen to trust the fellow and from what my source told me I don't blame her. It's all rather convenient if you ask me, though I know you didn't. With Lightmane gone the Exchange could use a new patron. That is partly why I'm here soliciting for your support."
The Lord Silentblade makes no acknowledgement of the name drop, though the hair on the back of your neck stands up for a moment as you feel a sudden increase in danger.  He seems to consider your words, then responds that given the circumstances an alliance with the Raiders would probably benefit the Exchange so long as they work towards like ends.  No need for one to eat the other, after all, when there's so much work to be done.  He admits he's not certain how such a thing would go forward but he knows how to ask the right people.


Kolson Wezrae wrote:Kolson nods. "That makes sense. Though I have to wonder why you brought up the state of the continent. It was good information to know, no doubt, but it seemed like you were suggesting I should try to open up diplomatic talks with Naverre. While I'm not against it, I have to wonder if we aren't placing the cart before the horse here. I'm not Lord of Holtburg. Yet."
The Lord Silentblade starts to answer, stating how he was merely mentioning how diplomacy should be a tool as oft used as a blade, when he is interrupted by his servant informing him that his next appointment is here, and he politely ends the conversation and tells Kolson 'of' Wezrae to have a safe trip back to Holtburg.

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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Zeiss on Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:09 pm

Funny how Lord Fahran proposed the idea of an alliance with the Naverre Raiders after Kolson made the name drop. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it... but I know Arch likes to be subtle. Smile
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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Kolson on Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:15 am

Yes. I noticed that too. So, what did you think of Fahran, Zeiss?
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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Rory on Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:24 am

Archengeia wrote:2)iron for heavy and chittick for light.
4320g and 864g respectively.
864 taken from my moneys, dropping the rest.
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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Zeiss on Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:05 am

Kolson Wezrae wrote:Yes. I noticed that too. So, what did you think of Fahran, Zeiss?

He's an intelligent schemer. He didn't show it, but as you talked, he was coming up with ideas on how to utilize our presence at his advantage. He asked about the lack of clan name not only because it is rare for someone in Dereth not to have one, but also because he cannot afford to not know who he's dealing with.

The moment you casually mentioned Gavid of Deathtouch by name, he considered two possibilities: you are either foolish or just that confident in yourself. This is Gavis we are talking about after all: his people on Marae Lassell were using the scionic language to study the facilties, which implies a lot of terrifying things. But there you were in front of him, mentioning in passing the name of a man who seem to be known only by the most powerful individuals of this continent, and you didn't cower in your boots. He considered the competence you showed until now, the fact that you were able to secure the right to use the Hub, your awareness that Gavis is the Naverre Raiders' backer and he probably changed the label he had put of you of "minor player" to "potentially a major player". Which is why he proposed the idea of an alliance between the Exchange and the Raiders. After all, if the two were to fight each other for dominance over the Undermarket, it would probably cause a lot of damage, which would happen right in his own backyard. Can't have that.

Just my opinion though. I could be wrong.


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Re: Week 3: April 4th - 11th April

Post by Kolson on Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:57 am

No, I think you are probably right. He held his cards close to the chest but that poke definitely got through. It will be interesting to see what flies out of that particular hornet's nest when it comes time to deal with it.
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