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Title: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 05:29:20 AM
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Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 05:48:42 AM
There was a nervous week from the departure of the ships...
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“Bloody fog,” Malea Telbrantil-Meldresse growled. “It gets thicker the closer we get.”

“Don’t be too harsh about it,” he murmured, “and keep your voice down, sound carries. It’s heaviest along the river, and my lookouts above can see right over top of it. I’m going to make a small shift to our plans, my scouts have returned and tell me that there’s a three mile sandy beach north of the outpost, and one two miles across to the south. Rather than tie up the piers too much, I’m letting your strikers for the south wall go a bit ahead, they can attack in conjunction with your strike from the river, and not tangle feet.”

“Excellent,” she nodded. “You realize that if you hadn’t have gone with the Navy, you’d be at least a general by now, don’t you?”

“But I’d have missed a lot of life at sea, and that was something else,” he shrugged. “The navy is more hidebound and opinionated, but it does beat sitting around one place for more than a few minutes. And the sunrises and sunsets are prettier.” He looked at the sand glass as it flipped. “Your cavalry barges will beach in an hour, a turn of the glass,” he nodded to it. “In two more hours your strikers will land, and then the attack on the piers and eastern wall, and we’re well and truly in it by then.”

“You left time for everything but a reunion in your cabin,” she teased him.

“You couldn’t keep up,” he grinned. “You know what us sailorboys are like when we finally find a welcoming port.”

“No, but I’d like to find out,” she grinned.

“Not for some time I’m afraid. After we get you well established here, I have an engagement in the south.”

“Three days sail, through hostile waters, to attack a whole port full of ships that won’t like you? Cover your arse well, Ryan.”

“Quit thinking about my arse, Melly, it’ll only distract you,” he chuckled as she elbowed him.

“Just my luck, I’m one of the few women that don’t tongue-tie you when you discuss anything but duty,” she grumbled. “And I don’t get anything for my troubles.”

“You get a nice seat in one of my boats to take you ashore to play with pointy steel.”

“Not the same,” she replied.

“Service is a lonely life,” Taraborne replied sagely.
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Taraborne was aloft in the rigging when the first sounds of battle to the left reached him. At his order fire lances streaked from his ballistae and the flames lit up the stone walls, he directed them to elevate slightly and the wooden hoardings atop the wall were soon in flames as soldiers charged down the piers, carrying scaling ladders. The archers ashore relieved the engines in raking over the top of the walls and soon dwarven engineers were swarming ladders and started clearing the walls and battlements. The sounds of fighting were light, with luck they’d caught them in bed with only the night watch. The sun was rising and with luck it would burn off the fog so he could see what was happening. It was nearly an hour later when he dimly saw three red flames burning bright. The slave quarters were secure. He could dimly see the cavalry to the north raining ruin upon the north wall, and lines of troops advancing.

He returned to the deck an hour or so later when a messenger came aboard. “General Telbrantil-Meldresse’s compliments, My Lord, she has the honor to report the outpost is taken and wishes you good hunting down south.”

“Thank you, Sergeant,” he replied. “My compliments to the General, tell her I wish her the best of luck getting my barges home,” he chuckled when he thought of her reaction to that and the days of poling that would follow.

Taraborne looked around the deck. “Signal the ships,” he ordered. “Those remaining make way for those going south, we move in the order previously specified.”
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“Malea and Taraborne took the eastern compound before midday,” Oldwine explained to Tamalyn. “At the western compound, they found it empty, Durmand is in council with the militia officers to decide what to do next. I'm sure they will all drive south to attack.” He paused and shook his head. “I’m glad somebody is comfortable waging war on water, because I am not. I like falling on solid dirt, water just swallows you.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 06:17:11 AM
"That was exactly my concern when they were loading legions onto the troop ships. If it sank, for whatever reason, we would lose five legions per ship. A very scary thought" she added not mentioning her brief consideration that it would be her bringing them home. She gave him a small smile, "anyway" she said taking a breath, "what do you think it means that the eastern encampment was empty? Do you think they figured out they were coming? If so, wouldn't that imply that they have advanced notice for the southern battle?" She asked knowing that it was the second half of this mission that was the most dangerous.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 06:24:18 AM
"It is possible," he replied. "Or they are concentrating forces for a raid and want to use that compound to supply troops raiding the Frontier Army along the border region. Our garrisons are closer to the western compound than to the eastern, so it is at risk. But, I have sent warnings."

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“Signal to all ships,” Taraborne,” Maintain watch and position, we sail in harm’s way.”

Color Sergeant Darragan stood beside him. “What is the narrowest point of the river?”

“Close to five hundred yards, that stretch is thirty miles long,” Taraborn replied. “They can reach us if they can move engines into place, but we can definitely reach them with everything except bows and great crossbows. We’ll be in armor and shields for anyone on deck, aloft, well, we’ll hope we don’t have to send anyone aloft, but they’ll go for our sails.”

“At least we’ll have deep water,” Darragan said thoughtfully.

Taraborne nodded. “We’ll put the second 4th class at the tail end, if anyone needs towed they can do it.”

“Do you suppose that they knew how risky this was before they let us go?”

“Oldwine knew,” Taraborne replied. “He just knows how to weight risks and rewards. I believe the Grand Duchess knew as well, or suspected rather, but she wouldn’t feel it her place to stand in the Marshall’s way.” He studied the sky. “If we can keep this pace, we’ll be two and a half days on the river until we reach the port, and we’ll reach it at night with a good moon. It’ll be a long night, but we can break the barricades and create havoc at night until the 6th can reach us at sunrise. They won’t try and cross into the port until they know that the barricade is down, and I can’t blame them.”

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“Signal, My Lord,” his steward called from the hatch. “Fishing boats blocking the river.”

Taraborne was out of his bunk and into his trousers and shirt and out the door in moments. On deck he went forward and stared into the dark, extending his hand for a glass. “Warn the vanguard that they may be fire ships,” Taraborne called to the signalman, who duly passed it along with torches, fire semaphore was the preferred method of communicating in the dark.

“They request permission to attack with fire lances,” the signalman called back.

“Granted,” Taraborne replied. “Break the center.”

Tomorrow night he should reach the port, he knew the warnings were out and worried a bit as fog had been coming in from the sea at night and blowing right up the river toward them. He didn’t want to have to slow or lay up at night. He wanted the advantage of speed. “They know we’re coming,” he said to his first officer. “The wind is against us, so break out the poles and I want a crew in the long boat, we’ll to under tow as well, this big tub is slowing down the smaller ships, we must fix this, as soon as we clear the boats ahead.”

“I’ll tell the captain and send word to the trailing ship as well,” Brigadier Mallor assured him.

Flaming lances streaked out from the three lead ships, their shooting rate was relentless as they shot lance after lance into the center ships. Only a few jumped off of each, and the speed at which the fires spread confirmed Taraborne’s suspicions were correct.  The oars of a longboat churned white at the sides of the boat as it dashed forward, they found the thick cables binding the boats together and hacked through them, a 5th rate took the lead and with men with poles to ward off the burning boats, it broke through the gap formed by the cut cable.

“Tell the vanguard to keep their boats out and searching the water ahead,” Taraborne ordered. “And after we pass through, get the boats out. I want speed.” He looked around and sighed. “I won’t sleep now,” he growled and went below to dress. He returned to the bow, the captain’s place was on the quarterdeck, his own responsibilities required him forward, so he stood in the bow until the bosun rigged him a hammock chair. He sat, drinking tea, at the bow and pretending not to take cat naps. The crew turned a blind, smiling eye to his transgression.

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“Sir,” Mallor shook his shoulder, he looked at her oddly. She was wearing a naval uniform. “Dispatch from the Lord Marshall, he has decided that Using army ranks for the navy isn’t efficient. Therefore, you sir, are now commodore commanding the 3rd Frontier Battle Group.”

He rose and slipped from his arming jack and into the one with the corrected rank. “Very good, Flag Captain. Are all ships aware?”

“Deliveries were made to all Frontier Squadron ships, My Lord.”

The differences were slight, the army version of the arming jack was closed with hidden hooks in the center. The naval version had two rows of gold-colored bunkers, one for show and one that close the jack on the right side of his chest, dark blue for regular officers, as a Knight of the Palatine Order, Mallor’s was a lighter blue, as a Lord of the Palatine Order his was a lighter silver-blue . “Feels much more comfortable,” he grinned and called for his steward to bring breakfast and tea.

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“Deck there,” a voice called down from the mast top, “fires along the shore, looks like alarms.”

“Very well,” Taraborne called back up. “Signal all ships, crews will armor and stand ready for action.” He studied the water ahead, peering carefully through his glass.

“Deck there, ships moving toward the river’s mouth.”

“I see them, size and numbers if you please.” He called for the signalman. “To all ships, proceed with plan as ordered.”

He continued to study the specks moving to block him as the order was relayed. “Methia, I’ll stay in the bows, take position amidships, if you would, if something happens I don’t want to lose us both. We and the lead ships go for the booms, the rest will create havoc. We have to cut that damned thing and hope our hardest that the 6th Fleet isn’t late.”

“Luck to you, Ryan,” she murmured quietly and took up her post.

Color Sergeant Darragan, now restored to proper Royal Marines uniform, took up her post behind him. “Don’t do anything daft, Alica,” Taraborne cautioned her. “I shouldn’t even allow you into armor.”

“Anything to catch me naked on deck?” she teased, then added, “My Lord.”

“I don’t think I’d survive catching you in a state of nature,” he replied gravely.

“Uncommon insight, for an officer.”

He chuckled. “Mast there,” he called. “I make it out as two 1st Rates under tow, what say you?”

“Aye sir, two under tow.”

“Mast there,” the captain shouted up. “Keep better watch, why are we seeing what you can’t?”

“I was checking between then to see if I saw anything hiding,” the topman called back.

“Report what you see then look for more,” the captain shouted back.

The Commodore grinned faintly and glanced at the Color Sergeant, whose face was blank, but her eyes twinkled. “Signal to all ships, switch out the boat crews,” Taraborne ordered. “Mast there, call out any change in the wind.”

“Deck there, wind is from the due south, but we’re starting to get gusts from the westerly.”

“The wind is likely to get interesting in the harbor,” Taraborne said, mainly to himself, Darragan didn’t reply. He unconsciously stepped aside as the engineers for the bow-mounted ballistae took their post with murmured apologies. “Move me as you need,” Taraborne assured them. “Just keep shooting as long as you have a target.”

He thought aloud. “If they are rigged as standard 1st rates, three catapults and nice ballistae.”

“Begging your pardon, My Lord, but a heavy catapult in the bows, left and right light catapults amidships, two heavy ballistae near the bow, another astern and three light ballistae along each side.”

“Thank-you,” he glanced at the man’s shoulder and glanced at his arm. “Lance corporal.” He checked and grinned to see the red stripe on the leg of the man’s trousers. “How does it feel to be a marine again?”

“Missed the blood stripe, My Lord,” he admitted.

“I’ll expect better aim out of you than any infantry engineer.”

“You’ll have it, My Lord.”

“Excellent,” he nodded and turned his head to his flagship captain and then looked at the Color Sergeant. “My compliments to the captain,” he murmured. “and tell him I inquired if he intended to offer a tot or rum to the crew?” He looked down and back at her, “and whiskey for the engineers?”

There was an excited stirring among the ballista crew. He ignored the activity on the deck until the bosun touched his elbow. “Rum or whiskey, My Lord?”

“Whiskey, I think,” he held out the small tumbler that all on the crew carried with them. He looked to see that the crew all stood with their drinks at the ready. “Success in battle, and long live the King!” They repeated it back and all drank together, holding the tumblers over their heads, upside down, and then they tucked them away. “Signal the flotilla,” Taraborne called to the signalman. “Beat to quarters!”

“Deck there, stronger west wind,” came from aloft.

“Signalman, all ships, use the west wind as soon as practicable, speed is essential.”

As soon as they felt the wind, the sails were unfurled and set, they brought the ship close along the bows of the leading first rate, fire lances tearing into masts and rigging and setting small fires across the fully-reefed sails tied tightly to their spars. Aloft he heard the archers at work. A fiery globe crashed into the sea off to starboard causing the Commodore to grin, they were in too close to hit with the catapult. He glanced at two spots of fire that tried to catch on the wetted and sanded deck, the crew was quick to smother the flames under wet sand and canvass, smothering them.

It was a weak wind, but managed to break them free and to the inside of the ships trying to block them. He could see rowed boats of all sizes moving to catch them as well. They reefed up the sails and were back under tow, pulling madly toward the booms.

“Mast there, have the other ships broken through?”

“Deck there,” came the reply. “All through, two have fires on deck or aloft, small fires, My Lord.”

“One of you keep a good eye on them,” Taraborne ordered.

It took them more than an hour to reach the booms, with smaller boats swarming toward them. As they reached the boom, sailors stripped to the waist and barefoot straddled the massive logs and hacked at the chains and ropes holding them together and in place. Archers lined the rail and began thinning boat crews as they drew closer enough. The ballistae on the side having started much sooner. Taraborne watched then breaking the chains and growled in frustration and went over the side himself, panicking everyone that saw an armored man standing on a huge log. He drew his great sword and focused his will for a moment and hacked at a chain, shearing a link on the second strike. The sailors looked impressed, marveling over the edge of his Palatine blade. He carefully walked the log to the other end and hacked it loose in three strikes. He stepped over into the boat and they went to the next boom. There were three in all, and they finally had them breached and towed clear, they dropped buoys over the side, each with a bright red flame glowing.

“Boat there,” a voice shouted. “Blue flames to seaward!”

“Excellent!” Taraborne grinned. “Get us back to the ship!”

He found the fighting around his ship intense, several smaller boats were trying to swarm his flagship, held at bat with engines, bows and long poles. He scrambled back to the deck, greeted with a glare from his First Officer. “That was bloody stupid, My Lord,” she snapped. “Don’t get yourself killed!”

“I’ll bear that in mind,” he grinned boyishly as he walked to the rail. “With the boat crews back aboard the captain ordered full sail, the ships of the barricade force rode the wind back into the harbor. “Deck there,” called the observer in the mast. “6th Fleet is approaching the boom at speed!”

“Very well,” he turned and shouted orders to move deeper into the port. “He retrieved his glass and studied the ships there, finding four that matched what he was looking for, he ordered the ships of his small force to attack them. “Those aren’t regular merchantmen,” he pointed. “I think we’re seeing slavers. Large, a lot of masts and built for speed. The hold doesn’t look to be deep enough for bulk cargo. At best, I’d say smugglers. Signal our ships, assemble boarders. As we board, I want them blocked from moving, until we get aboard, sweep the rigging and decks.”

He looked at Color Sergeant Darragan. “Do you smell it?” He asked her. Her face was twisted with anger, she looked at him and nodded. “When we go aboard, I want prisoners from the officers. We’ll hang them later, but they’ll tell us where the market is. I leave that to you.”

“You’ll get the location,” she affirmed.

“The 6th will have troopships, I want to be able to tell those marines where to go when they land.”

“Then I’ll make sure they answer questions quickly.” Darragan assured him.

Darragan led the boarders from his ship across, insisting that officers needed to follow the fighters. He found that a tiny bit offensive, but she was correct, by King’s Regulations. He followed in his turn, and in short order he found that most of the officers had fled ashore as they approached. Darragan gathered them up and spoke to them scathingly, explaining that slavers and pirates would face justice, but just how harsh that punishment would be for them.

Darragan was down the first hatch as the cover was pried loose. The decks looked marginally clean, they’d probably used pump hoses to wash it all down, mainly to protect the return cargo. Now he saw eyes staring at him in fear, some with hatred. “I am Commodore Ryan Taraborne, Lord of the Palatine Order of Selnendrin. We are here to free you and take you to safety. Those with me are sailors and Marines of the Frontier River Squadron of Selnendrin. We are here to remove your chains.”

He returned topside as the sailors set to work removing chains. He looked across the decks of the ships to either side. He saw that the action was similar to the deck he stood upon. He stepped to the bow and looked down to see his Flag Captain glaring at him. “Find me ships that we can take these people north in,” he called down. “These things are pure filth.” He started to turn. “And if they offer any insolence about losing their ships, chastise them firmly.”

He returned his attention to the small knot of people huddled on the quarterdeck. He met Darragan with a question in his eyes. “A Walled compound just over a hundred paces from here,” she pointed.

“Signal 6th Fleet, I need marines here at once.”

He and the Color Sergeant led a hundred marines to the gates of the compound. They were closed and barred with scared men along the top of the walls, looking down at them. He didn’t say a word as a fiery lance slammed into the gate, shot from one of his smaller ships. Several more followed, sinking deeply into the wood and spreading the most flammable oil known across its surface, his marines tossed several jars of the stuff onto the top of the wall, spreading the flames across the stone, and men, as a couple of squads hoisted a mast as an improvised battering ram. It weighed a few tons and made short work of the gates. He and the marines entered silently until they made a ring around him in the center of the open ground, surrounded by barracks with barred windows. “In the name of King Ramon II of Selnendrin and Grand Duchess Tamalyn Traveler, all held in bondage in this city are now free. Any that raise arms against us, will be dealt with harshly. All are ordered to surrender, all involved in the slave trade are liable to face death. Do not try us, we do not bluff. Color Sergeant, clear the walls.”

He wasn’t necessarily fond of pompous pronouncements, but they had their uses. He glanced outside the gates to see the first of the troopships disgorging a thousand marines onto the pier. He walked out to greet the Legate. “This is a slave compound, there may be more. We need to secure this first, then move out into the city. How many marines can we count on?”

“A full company,” the Legate replied. “We’ll see to securing prisoners and freeing captives here, then we’ll move out and spread the word, any held in slavery will be brought down to the docks.”

He nodded to the Legate and left him to see to his work as his own marines returned to him. “Sixty prisoners,” Darragan reported. “About half that number more dead. The rest seemed to take our point and laid down arms.”

“We have about nine more legions landing soon, let’s see to them and get them moved out into the city. I want the government of the city rounded up, I want the slavers rounded up, I want to get the captives onto ships and we’ll take them north. That may be hundreds, it may be thousands, it need to happen with utmost speed. I want this city and port in ash when we leave.”

He paused to draft a preliminary report. “We are ashore, the 6th has joined us, troop landings continue, many captives secured.”

He then took to directing operations on land, the Admiral commanding the squadron from the 6th seemed content to concentrate on capturing the ships of the port while the marines did whatever it is that marines do on land. Taraborne was unique in naval ranks in that he’d always been, if not comfortable ashore, he was at least competent and successful ashore. That reputation served him well here.

“Legate Gallor,” a marine officer greeted him.

“Commodore Taraborne,” Ryan nodded at him. “Legate, you would oblige me if you would find the government of this cesspool, and put it in irons. The other nine legions would do great service if they went through the city and found all in slavery or indentured status and bring them here until we can evacuate them. We’ll also need to empty the markets and storehouses of foodstuffs and clothing for our charges.”

“Aye, Sir,” the marine officer nodded. While he and Taraborne were substantively the same rank, Taraborne had taken the docks, and his reputation was well-established, the fact that the Commodore was a Lord of the Palatine Order also earned him respect. “I’ll take the legion with me to find what I can of the government, I’ll wager that many of them are leaving through the north gates, should we try to stop them?”

“No,” Taraborne said after a moment of thought. “As gratifying as it would be to sentence and hang the bastards, the more that flee, the fewer we have to fight. Put men on the gates and have them offer sanctuary to any held in bondage, the rest can run for their worthless lives.”

“One thing, sir,” the legate said thoughtfully. “Where are their naval ships?”

“I wondered that myself,” he sighed. “There should be a few dozen in this port, we’ve only seen merchantmen and a few warships put up for repairs. I worry that our Admiral may find more than we expected.” He took out his pad and drafted a warning, wondering if it were needed, or in time.

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“First Corps is returning to Tamber with a thousand freed captives. Request that camps be set up along the river for them to allow the government to determine their needs. Awaiting further orders to this effect. Malea Telbrantil Mendresse.” Oldwine read to Tamalyn. "Meanwhile, Taraborne says that naval presence is light and warns Admiral Durmand that he may face greater opposition. Durmand is already in action, I'm awaiting reports, but he has a full corps of mixed cavalry, infantry and engineers in case the port is reinforced, plus the marines of the 6th Fleet."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 06:56:43 AM
She nodded her understanding of the situation, "we will be ready" she said with assurance. "From the sounds of things Durmand is running into the bulk of the opposition. How many of the militia are with him?" She asked concerned about the welfare of all of them.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 07:01:06 AM
"He has a full corps of fifty thousand with him," Oldwine replied. "Taraborne went in with only the marine compliments on his ships, so Durmand has many times the soldiers, plus the marines from the squadron from the 6th Fleet."

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Admiral Durmand looked with mixed feelings at his navy uniform as he dressed to face what would be an active day. The voyage was a bit odd so far, the slavers’ compound was nearly empty, and it’s destruction was handled quickly enough, the Admiral was about to send the mixed army corps home, but General Tana Royal, the provisional commander and Captain Cleaver of the 20th Company, argued for the rest of the day that without captives to free and return home, the corps could do good service at the port, offering him far more troops to subdue the city. He finally agreed and after reloading the barges they’d continued south in the morning. Their journey was a bit slower than Taraborne’s, and he had a bit farther to go, which gave them time to make a rough plan of action when they reached the port. He studied the intelligence reports and noted that the size of the force assigned to the port could make things interesting, but if the squadron from the 6th Fleet arrived in time, they’d be fine, especially now that he could attack the port by land and sea now. He nodded confidently at his reflection in the mirror and went out on deck.

The landing of the infantry went rather well, after piercing light resistance at the port itself, he looked with great satisfaction as cavalry lead the way for the infantry and engineers into the waterfront area of the port city.

“Deck there!” the watch called down. “Many ships entering the booms!”

Durmand snapped the glass to his eye and cursed. He could see the ships of the port to his left and right as they flowed from the river and into the brackish fresh and saltwater mix of the bay. “Piss and blood,” he hissed. “There was no way to gather a corps of five companies and retire, and he couldn’t leave the army soldiers to fend for themselves. “All ships, make for the boom, do not let them put it back in place! Best speed to the boom, array for battle! Signal the cargo ship to come about and retire upstream.”

He cursed when he saw the first rates aimed right at his flagship. “Captain Kernan, we are going to be their target, price of being the largest ship here. That means we’re going to take a pounding, but we have to get the rest through to take the booms. Prepare your crew, we’re going to have the damndest fight they’ve ever seen. The weather gauge is against us both, from the westerly, so we’ll be towing into action. Take us south west, signal the rest to break east with the wind. Before we get into engine range, we’ll break east, and come across the bows of those big bastards and rake them with all we have. ”

“How do you know that they’ll stay with us when the rest break, My Lord?” Kernan asked.

“Run up the Palatine colors, they’re in my cabin, my steward knows where. I’ll wave it like red to a bull.”

“That it will,” Kernan admitted. “And we’ll fight proud beneath them.” He looked back at the shore. “Signal the army of the danger and that if we fail, they will need to fight their way out of here.”

His prediction proved correct, Durmand reflected grimly as he drafted a report to the Marshall of the Frontier and 6th Fleet. “We have encountered a reinforced naval presence in the harbor, speed is of the essence. My flagship and two other 4th rates appear to be diverting the enemy, my remaining captains have orders to keep the booms open against all hazards. We face much larger ships and any delays may doom the entire mission. I respectfully remind My Lord Marshall that there is an army company ashore in the port, that will be alone and deep in enemy country if the navy cannot do its best on their behalf.” He added the customary respectful and obedient servant closings, signed it and sent it off.

“Deck there, message from the army. They say: ‘Understood. We proceed in confidence that you will do your utmost, and we shall do the same.”

“Mast there, very well,” Durmand called back up. “Watch for any additional signals.”

He waited until the last moment and then he and his ships turned in a beautiful maneuver, the sails catching the wind as they completed their turn and he felt the ship taking wind and gaining speed as the rigging went taut. “Rake them as we pass their bows,” he ordered, gauging the range by eye. Many considered Gareth Durmand to be a fussy man about his appearance, he was a bit prideful and prickly, and he was well aware of his own shortcomings, but he’d built a reputation as a hard fighter in his thirty years at sea. He now commanded a short flotilla into harm’s way, and he was confident that his small command would achieve its objective, now it fell to him to bring as many of his command alive beyond that.

The engines and archers engaged and shredded sails and set them ablaze as his three largest ships crossed the enemy’s T, then they turned, fighting to use the same wind to bring him into range of their inferior engines, his own were of the best dwarven construction. The engineers fed the hoppers as other spun the wheels as fast as they could as others aimed. They raked the ships mercilessly, knowing that they would receive no mercy in return. Soon they were in archery range and the bowstrings sang as every hand that could be spared from engines and sails swept the decks and rigging.

Still, first rate warships were much larger than his own, and their engines were as well. He grimaced as a catapult lobbed a fiery mass that landed short and aft of his, the lead ship. Captain Kernan ordered a few simple maneuvers that preserved the wind in their sails but might spoil their aim. “Ranging us,” he said to Commodore Lara Fowler. “Take position amidships, if Kernan goes down, take command of the ship, if I go down, take command of all.”

She saluted and moved without comment. It was a standard precaution, after all. She hadn’t reached midship when a fiery mass struck the quarterdeck, he saw Fowler move quickly aft to take command, shouting orders to fight the fire, she beat at the flames with a wet canvas from a barrel kept on that deck, and extinguished the flames at the wheel and grabbed the charred and smoking wheel in her gloved hands and restored control to the ship, bringing her back before the wind. Others fought the flames aloft, fortunately the sails were wet enough to save them from some of the damage, having been wetted to make the best use of the wind.

“Deck there, five of our ships have reached the boom, they’ve lit the beacons for the 6th.”

“Mast there, any sign of the sixth?”

“Deck there, the sun is too low and the 6th will be coming out of the sun.”

“I bloody know that, answer the bloody question!”

“Deck there, no sign yet.”

“Bugger!” He grumbled and cursed as someone pulled him down as arrows rained down on the deck.

He turned his attention back to the ships trying to close on him, and took up his shield from the deck beside him and slipped his arm into the strap and grasped the handle firmly as he closed on the rail. “Keep raking them,” he shouted, knowing that his rate of shooting was a bit low as they had to light the fire lances before they could be launched. The engines would destroy rigging and sails, the archers would target men. The oil was decidedly nasty stuff, hard to extinguish and actually dangerous to handle, but his engineers were maintaining discipline. He noted several bolts struck the foremast and forecastle, spreading fire quickly. “Well done,” he shouted. “Don’t let the bastards breathe!”

Then fire engulfed the rail amidships, he heard the screams of a ballista crew as the fire struck them all down. The engine was a wreck, he knew. While some hauled away the wounded and dying, others hacked apart the burning engine and cast it overboard as one from the port rail was loosened and moved across to replace it. In the bow they’d turned the heavy ballista toward the starboard rail and were launching much heavier lances into the enemy. He swore bitterly as heavy stones passed through sails and rigging as the enemy catapults tried for his masts. He ignored the sound of bodies striking the deck from above and continued to fight his ship.

“Deck there, lead ships of 6th fleet five miles out from the booms.”

They were the better part of an hour from the boom them, long enough for these ships to engage his own holding the booms before the fleet could arrive. “Very well,” he shouted back, pleased and surprise anyone kept their senses to keep a good watch. Then he hear the sound of snapping timber and looked up to see the forward topmast coming down, dragging down rigging with it. Fowler shouted orders and sailors leapt into action, cutting away debris as the topmen swung into action to correct the rigging.

“Signal the others to maintain full sail,” Durmand shouted back. “Archers, sweep their quarterdeck!”

He felt some satisfaction as the enemy captain and his officers on the deck were riddled, and their quartermaster fell at the wheel. Causing it to swerve and lose the wind, and disrupting the formation. Commodore Fowler called corrections to the replacement quartermaster’s mate at the wheel when she saw the firepot engulf the bows her ship, claiming the heavy ballista, it’s crew and her admiral. She shouted commands to fight the fire as the quartermaster’s mate struggled at the wheel to keep the sails into the wind with the upper rigging and sails ablaze. Then she too fell as a heavy stone shattered the starboard rail and tore off her leg at the thigh. She fought to remain conscious as a sailor rigged a tourniquet on the bloody ruin of her leg. They went to move her and she told them no. “I will not leave the deck while the ship can fight!” She snapped. “Cut away that sail and send more canvass aloft!” she pointed at the flames above.

A surgeon bent over her leg, his hands flying as he cut away the cloth around her stump. “It ain’t good, My Lady,” he told her grimly. “I can’t save this leg.”

“Tie it off and bandage it,” she replied. “And don’t block my view.”

More wreckage crashed into the deck, she was all but dismasted, two stumps and no canvass. “Crews into the boats, tow us clear and keep the engines shooting!” She ordered, her face growing more pale. At least half of her crew was dead or down, most of the officers included. Men tumbled over the side to comply with her orders as a huge explosion shredded the bow, must be the oil for the fire lances,” she reckoned.

“My lady,” the bosun knelt beside her, “we’ll try and tow her clear of the fight, but we don’t have enough left to fight the fires, fight the enemy and tow us clear.”

“I know, Bosun,” she nodded. “But we have to do what we can. Just get us clear, signal the rest to continue the fight, signal Flag Captain Regis to take command, and continue the fight without us.”

More fell or died as the boat crews fought hard to get them clear, towing her stern first as the bow was engulfed in flames. “My Lady,” the bosun said grimly. “The fires are below decks now, we’re bringing up the wounded, but we’re losing her.”

“Take command,” her voice was faint. “Don’t let them have her.”

The bosun, an old sailorman, looked at her with admiration. He’d spent a lifetime at sea, and this was one to remember. “Call in the boats,” he ordered. “Abandon ship!” Then he prepared his ship to burn as those able helped the wounded off. The bosun was last off, he watched the flames leap higher as his ship became an inferno. He took the Commodore’s dispatch book and wrote out a brief report.

“Flagship lost, Admiral killed, Commodore badly wounded, they bought time and we sent the ship down with colors flying. The rest still fight and we hold the booms. We are in boats and getting clear. Signed, Oran Tarralt, Bosun.”

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"Bugger," Oldwine growled. "It sounds as if the 6th will join the battle, and General Royal is loose in the city, but I hate being so far from the fight. Still, it is their fight."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 07:31:29 AM
"It is always hard to stay behind and read the reports of those who are injured and killed" she said, "we just have to trust that they will be able to get the job done. It is actually the hardest part about being a Grand Duchess, or even being myself" she shrugged, "the desire to meddle is overwhelming, but I have to trust in others."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 07:42:19 AM
"All I have to do is remember how much I hated being interfered with, it helped.

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Captain Cleaver of the 20th Company saw the flaming flagship settle beneath the waves. “Signal those boats, come ashore at the beacon,” he ordered. “Then send a squadron of cavalry to stake out a piece of beach over there and hold it and light a beacon. Move!” He looked back out. “And send a couple of ambulances with them.”

The action on the waterfront was progressing very well. They held two compounds filled with slaves, his engineers had burned several ships in drydocks, his infantry was swarming over docked ships and his cavalry was keeping anyone from the rest of the city from reinforcing the docks. Just a few more hours and the marines from the fleet would join him, he hoped. Either way, this port would be burned and the city as well, even if they had to march the whole way home.

“Get me a cavalry battalion,” Cleaver ordered. “I’m going to loop around the left and come back across the front a few streets over, slow down their reinforcements, perhaps drive them back.”

“Captain, dispatch came through,” a signalman reported. “General Royal went down, Captain Kilmaren has assumed command. They are in possession of all city gates and are driving straight through the city, along five streets, with a company to reinforce us.”

“My compliments to Captain Kilmaren, inform him that we hold the immediate waterfront and are working to make a second line a few streets in, and advance the waterfront forces to clear the area between.” Cleaver dictated. He paused to consider that the original plan called for the ships to attack the harbor without army support, hold all ships in the harbor until the 6th Fleet’s marines could be landed. “Bloody hell,” he grumbled, remembering that they’d lost An admiral and now a general. Fighting on ships was entirely unnatural, and anything could happen there; but, Generals were supposed to have sense enough to stay back from the fight. Something he knew he was supposed to do as he led a battalion into action.

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Nearly seven thousand freed from captivity, Taraborne sighed. He was leaning against a low wall, a small meal of bread, salt beef and cheese was laid out on his mess plate, with a canteen of water. Mostly women and children. Those men that they found had been taken as very small children and were pressed in service as porters, loading and unloading ships. He took up a slice of beef and ripped off a bite with his teeth and chewed, ignoring his dirty and blood-flecked hands. The fighting was still fierce in parts of the city. The marines held three of four gates, only the westernmost gate still lay in the hands of Gamedian’s garrison.

“Orderly,” he called loudly. “Message. My compliments to the officers holding the three gates, they are to wreck the gates so they cannot be opened, they will pull down buildings and pile the rubble to further block them and they will join up to take the last gate. That gate could allow them to bring in troops to counterattack us.”

He scanned the written dispatch and signed it quickly before sending it off with runners and turned his attention to the port. “Signalman!” He called. “Send to the troop ships, unloading is too slow, leaving us vulnerable to counterattack. Increase unloading speed or answer for this failure.”

He sighed and wrote a report back to Tamber City. “Pressed but holding, nearly 7,000 freed and safe for now, more coming to us. Preparing for preemptive spoiling attacks to prevent counterattacks. Many wounded, count unsure. Taraborne sends.”

“Color Sergeant,” he said around a mouth stuffed with salt beef as he pulled on his gauntlets. “It is time to put the spurs to some marine backsides. Gather me a battalion, I am going to lead the attack on the western gate from here. They keep getting fresh troops, it has to be from there.”

“Aye, sir,” she nodded sharply and started shouting her own orders.

Taraborne turned to his first officer. “Methia,” he rubbed his face with a cloth, ruining the rag. “Get our charges onto barges or anything else that we can use and put them aboard, we can’t keep them ashore, they are an anchor around our necks. It’s not going to be easy, but stuff them anywhere that you can. Call in our ships to load and tow. If we don’t hurry there won’t be any marines left to board anyway. I’m going to go put an end to these wasting attacks.”

Taraborne had five cohorts, five hundred men to launch his attack. He formed one cohort into a flying wedge, solid lines behind large heavy shields. He took up a line shield and slung his own on his back and drew his short sword. They advanced down the wide street, rapping swords on shields and driving into the formations sent against them. She shield wall held, men fell and rank-fillers from behind stepped into their place. Short swords lashed out, low thrusts to the belly, hamstringing cuts, whatever it took to maintain the momentum. The ranks behind pushing them forward.

As they approached the gate several threw themselves at the head of the wedge, recognizing the command flag near its apex. Taraborne’s shield was finally pulled down and his short sword lodged in an opponent’s ribs and pulled free. Bellowing defiance he drew his greatsword and stepped forward, cutting a bloody swath as he roared curses and insults, leaving arms, legs and heads in his wake. He saw Royal Marines driving at him from the north and knew that if they could drive harder they would link up and clear the gate. He finally slipped his shield from his back and called for two squads to follow him, and charged up a set of stone steps leading to the top of the wall and the upper gatehouse.

An hour later he took up a quill in a heavily bandaged hand. “I have the honor to report that all gates into the city are sealed, all marines finally ashore and sweeping the city. I have ordered all captives evacuated, when this is accomplished, we will withdraw from the city and the port. Taraborn signs.” He ignored the bloodstains on the report and sent it off.

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"Sounds like Gamedian reinfoced and Taraborne cut them off and secured the last gate, meaning he holds the walls and waterfront." He referred to another dispatch. "Captain Kilmaren reports that he is ordering all captives, infantry and engineers onto barges and captured ships, he's going to have the cavalry break out from the city and drive north, holding the western bank of the river, they'll board the cavalry later and all return north. It looks as if the navy scored a rout as well. Oddly enough, the stronger fighting was with Taraborne ashore and Durmand's side at sea. Western casualties were surprisingly light, even considering the flagship." He studied things a bit longer. Kilmaren is good, not surprising considering who his father is, I suppose. He''s fighting smart. Taraborne is also no one to be trifled with, judging by the blood on this, he's seen action."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 07:55:50 AM
"I have never meddled with you in battle" she said before he read the newest reports. "Who is Killimaren's father? I don't think I know that name" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 07:58:37 AM
"Barcus Kilmaren, his father, took in a young girl named Franchesca before the Third Great War," Oldwine replied. "Barcus is retired now, but he was a damned good soldier. He lives in Wisnore now, being spoiled by Lady Bragg. He spent a lot of years out in the Frontier fighting bandits, and lived to talk about it."

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Taraborne returned to the docks to find an angry Captain of Marines waiting to confront him. “Who do you think you are?” The man roared. “By what authority do you presume to criticize my landings?”

Taraborne pulled off his helmet, a deep cut over his left eye almost blinded him with blood before it finally started to scab. His angry blue eyes stared out from blood and bruises. “I am the man that can thrash you and finally put a little blood on that pristine uniform, and I’ll get a bloody medal for having done so,” he growled with deadly calm. “I am the man that freed the captives and thrashed the garrison of this city without you. If you take exception to my actions, I invite you to make your charges to the Marshall of the Frontier, but you’ll do it from somewhere else, get off of my field, return to your ship or I will send you back, by force and under arrest. If you object further, come to Tamber with a sword in your hand, I’ll make sure that your ashes are returned to your family.” He poured his canteen over his face and accepted a relatively clean rag from a marine. “Color Sergeant, see this man removes himself from my command, at once.”

Color Sergeant Darragan drew her sword, the white of her surcoat was filthy, but still marked her as a Lady Defender of the Palatine Order.  “Walk, or be carried, Captain,” she snapped.

By dawn the captives were loaded into everything they could find that could sail or be towed and were assembling to sail at the mouth of the river. “Message from flagship, 11th Squadron,” the signalman reported. “The admiral directs you to report to him aboard his flagship.”

“Reply, my orders do not allow me to comply with your request, I am directed by the Marshall of the Frontier that the safety of my charges are my paramount concern, we are leaving at once in accordance with these orders.”

Taraborne was stripped from his armor on deck, his armor was carried off to be cleaned by his steward. A few sailors worked the deck pump and he scrubbed himself off with a coarse brush and a bar of rough soap before he permitted himself to be taken to his cabin to see a surgeon.

Before he would allow himself to eat or rest, he drafted a report, after reading the reports from his ships. “My Lord, I have the honor to report that we are sailing with a good following wind north toward Tamber. We have in our barges and captured ships, 6,878 freed peoples. We have lost two 6th Rate ships, and 625 killed and 189 wounded. All remaining vessels ready in all respects, despite some battle damage.” He paused and fully detailed his interactions with the 6th Fleet’s 11th Squadron and it’s Captain of Marines and Admiral. He further laid out the land actions in the city and the actions of his ships in the battle. He finally concluded the long report with the words. “We are coming home.”

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"I need to make sure that the engineers have the encampments set up," Oldwine sighed. "I'm not sure of the count yet from the western port, but it has to be a lot. The east are bgining a whole lot. We've got our work cut out for us."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 08:09:37 AM
"I have met Barcus Killmaren" she admitted, "he was the ambassador to Valcaster when the rebellion began. He moved into my town house when I moved into the Traveler's Red Wall section. I was not aware he retired" she shrugged, "again."


"It sounds like Taraborne is a bit crowded, has General Telbrantil-Melldress arrived back with the troop ships? If so, perhaps we should send a few to meet Taraborne so he can redistribute people. We could also send additional supplies, medical personnel and support."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 08:25:27 AM
"They haven't made it to the camps yet," he replied. "I have things to look into. I've ordered camps built along the river in the south, and Iron Wolf is helping with camps in the west. First we need to get families together, we need to know who they are and where they're from, and we need to get them everything they'll need to live. The Palatine Charities are on their way out with a lot, and I understand that your father is already looking at where they'll camp and whatever else your father decides to do. Probably a lot." He looked over a large board on his wall covered in names. "I'm going to promote Taraborn to Admiral over the whole River Squadron, Kilmaren to command of Fifth Corps. If Commodore Fowler doesn't retire, and can return to duty, I'm going to offer her command of the Squadron Headquarters port and shipyards, put her close to home and family." He shook his head. "I've visited Lord Fowler, not a happy man, but he knew the risks when she took her commission." He picked up another report. "Taraborne remains on duty, he's got a lot of nicks and dents though, I need that man healed, he and I have some fighting to do with the navy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 08:41:01 AM
Tamalyn knew that she could heal him, even from here, but it would not be right to do so with so many others injured on his ships. "I will take care of Taraborne when he returns" she told him, "sooner if you prefer, but that isn't really fair to the rest of the injured. I will work with my father to help get the camps set up. I am certain that you will be able to handle the navy, they will be all high and mighty" she shrugged, "but it's all bluster. I do not think my uncle or the king will back their complaints" she added. "We can do this, we have been doing this" she assured him. "Go, tend to your duties" she said seeing his antsy stance.

Tamalyn changed her clothes then went to see Duke Fowler. "Your Grace" she said when she was shown in. "I came to express my sadness in the injuries of your daughter."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 10:12:01 AM
"What we need is a good magic healer that can bully him into recovering," Oldwine snorted. "He won't let himself be healed all that much, no commander will let himself be seen to place their care over their command's, but there's plenty that can be healed that can'r be seen. Besides, he's going to want to be spry when he sees his new flagship. The Shipyard in Delloram has refitted a 3rd class coaster for river work, it'll be the largest ship in the squadron, when it arrives in the next few days."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 10:30:56 AM
Tamalyn smiled at Oldwine, "I have had ti convince stubborn commanders into being healed before. And, if I cannot convince him I think my mother can. I have been thinking about Commodore Fowler as well. I know that she would never allow me to regrow her leg. But, I can assist her with a suitable prosthetic and assist her rehabilitation. That would give her the best mobility for service or retirement, should she choose that" she added. "Though, I think if she fully accepts my aid that she will wish to accept the port commander position you offer her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 10:51:52 AM
"That is something best handled by her father," he replied. "Family will try and help her find what is best for her, comfortably. As soon as Taraborne is fit to fight, he and I need to raid the Royal Navy, we need sailors and officers and we have ships to replace. That means that I need to grab all the shipwrights and engineers that I can as well. While I'm at it, I think I'll spike the wheel of a certain admiral in the 6th Fleet that's annoyed with Taraborne. Their marines were slow to land, sending scouts first rather than trust our scouts already in place, they could have caused the failure of the whole operation, and forced Taraborne to try and salvage things on his own. They cost me marines. I won't have that."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 11:25:32 AM
Tamalyn frowned, "I did not intend to push her rither way. My efforts for her will be to give her back her mobility, without making any decisions for her. She, and her father, can decide what she chooses to do in the long term. I only said that I thought she would take the position, and I based that on my experience with soldiers. Her father is a Palatine, and she is too, she will not go down without a fight" Tamalyn informed him.


"As for the Navy; from what you told me in the reports, neither naval force was where they should have been and acted with extreme caution causing far more deaths and injuries than were necessary.  Taraborne's reaction to the Admiral was very similar to what your own would have been, I would stand by you and I will stand by him" she said with affirmation in her tone.


"I still think we should consider sending healers and physicians to the first camp being set up. I am certain that there are many who will require aid and slavers have a tendency to let illnesses fester in order to control their captives. With so many sick and injured they are going to need additional support" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 01:41:32 PM
"It might be a good idea for you to track down your father as well, if for no other reason, to find out where he is building the camps, so we can send people to them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 02:32:50 PM
"He is rarely difficult for me to find him, though he does occasionally block me" she added. "I will go help him. Let me know when the supplies and support staff is ready to move to the camp. After I have that done, I am going to go see Duke Fowler" she informed him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 04:34:37 PM
Her father was sitting in a comfortable chair, looking over a rather spiffy-looking camp, camp was stretching the word a bit as the buildings were all wooden and was laid out like a large town, all ready to move into. "There's one to the west too," he said, by way of greeting. "And all sorts of people headed in this direction. You have the attention of every goodie-goodie bunch of do-gooders in the Realm."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 05:21:26 PM
She nodded, "yes, Oldwine mentioned that." She pulled a chair out and placed it next to his, then sat down beside him. "Almost seven thousand freed prisoners, most women and children. I am glad we were able to free them" she said, "but I wish the cost hadn't been so high" she admitted to her father. She hadn't said anything of the sort to Oldwine, and she never would. But, she knew she could talk to her father about how she felt. "There is still so much I am not sure about. Like where did the slavers go from the second encampment? Did Taraborne manage to get the books he felt would have locations for the slavers port of calls? How many people did Malea lose, how many did she free?" She shrugged, "this is the hardest part about being a Grand Duchess. Sending people into harms way while I stay behind and worry about them" she admitted. "Oldwine got a taste of it this time, and he did not like it at all" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 07:23:47 PM
"No commander, worth their salt, wants to send others out. The good ones want to lead from the front," he shrugged. "I'm willing to bet that Taraborne couldn't sit on his boat and leave the fighting to others either. You never find out more than the very basic details in preliminary reports, it's not until they have time to sit down and flesh out the skeleton reports that you'll know everything that happened."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 07:45:49 PM
She nodded, "I know. This isn't the first time I have experienced this. It just doesn't get any easier" she added. "Oldwine really wanted me to come talk to you.  I think he just wanted me to leave him be for a while, but he wanted me safe too" she shrugged. "He suggested that I needed to ask you what your plans were for the freed prisoners. But, then he also said the Palatine Charity Committee is heading our way" she shrugged, "like I said, he wanted me safely out of his hair."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 08:05:32 PM
"I'm sure that while there is some truth to that, you may be exaggerating a bit," he grinned. "I am surprised that he didn't go down and check on things himself, but that would imply a lack of confidence in his officers, which wouldn't be good. Besides, I'm sure they're busy enough dealing with banged up boats and people, on top of all of the people they're bringing back. He paused. Wasn't Barcus Kilmaren's boy down there too?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 08:16:35 PM
"Yes, he took command of the miltia that was with Admiral Durmand after both Durmand and Royal died. From what little was reported, he did well. I believe that Oldwine will be promoting him to commander fifth corps of the second army." She paused, "oh and Taraborne has ticked off a Royal Navy Admiral by refusing to report to him. Ah, the political games" she shook her head, "are always so much fun" she said with sarcasm.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 08:27:30 PM
"The navy is having a hard time anyway," her father shrugged. "Ramon just retired the old admiral of the Navy and appointed Darian Amaris to replace him. The old guard now has to get used to a woman in command. I'm not going to say that whatever Taraborne did, they deserved it, he can be an obstinate sort, but usually, usually, in a good cause. He'll fight with a sword or a pen if he feels it necessary. Kilmaren will do you good service. Having him around may bring more Franchesca visits. She sort of feels like he's a little brother."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 08:41:36 PM
"Dors he consider her to be his sister?" Tamalyn asked him, "either way, she is always welcome. I have never yet refused anyone hospitality" she admitted, "I may not be excited to have certain people visit, but I have never refused them. As for Taraborne, he had words with a marine commander about him being so cautious that Taraborne lost men. After the confrontation, and just as he was finally ready to head upriver, the Admiral ordered him to return to his ship. Taraborne had almost seven thousand freed people in tight quarters, he declined the invitation" she shrugged, "and I can see his point. He can be disciplined after he gets those people out of danger, by his commander. I feel certain that Oldwine will be discussing the incident with him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 08:50:49 PM
"He didn't punch the marine?" He grinned. "He's settling down as he gets older. I guilt the camps to hold up to twenty thousand, that'll leave a few thousand spots for the helpers as well. Malea's ships will be here in a few days, Taraborne's a week after. The helpers start arriving in the morning, along with tons of supplies."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 08:59:07 PM
"If he did, he didn't include that in his report. He did offer to meet him on the dueling field" she admitted, "he mentioned that. I will let Oldwine know where the camps are. We are going to send healers and physicians as well. Oldwine wants Taraborne healed as quickly as possible so he is spry enough to go see his new retrofitted flag ship in Delloram." She considerd "do you think he would agree to it if mother asked him to?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 09:04:57 PM
"Put her in her uniform and send her down, I'm sure that most of his officers were cadets while she was commandant of the academy," he shrugged. "You can have her take his invitation to meet the Star again, Miranda should have the formal invitation to Oldwine any time now. His First officer will as well, based upon the report of his color sergeant to her."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 09:13:23 PM
Tamalyn smiled, she thought he just liked to see her in uniform, but didn't say it out loud. "I will do that. Papa, I am going to go see Lord Fowler and express my regrets about his daughter. She lost her leg when Admiral Durmand's ship sank. She held command until they were forced to scuttle the ship. Oldwine has informed him, but I feel the need to see him too."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 09:15:13 PM
"I'll have your mother see Oldwine," he nodded. "Before I'm off for some mischief."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 09:39:08 PM
She kissed her father, "thank you for building the camps. Have fun with your shenanigans"


Tamalyn took herself, and guards, to Duke Fowler's residence. After she was admitted to see him she said, "I wanted to come and express my sadness about your daughter's injury" she said with empathy evident in her tone.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 09:43:17 PM
"Thank you, My Lady," he smiled. "It is upsetting, but she is coming home to us, that is what is most important."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 09:59:05 PM
"That is a comfort" she agreed with a nod. "I still felt the need to see you. I wish I was here under better circumstances. I would like to offer my assistance with a prosthetic leg for her. I have an artistic eye and can make one that looks like a real leg. You do not need to decide now, but I wanted you to be aware. She will need to be fully healed before I can fit it to her at any rate, so you, and she, will have time to consider it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 10:08:34 PM
"I'll need to talk about her plans with her," he nodded. "Lord Ordant shared a dispatch from her surgeon, he is encouraged by her recovery so far, and she'll be coming straight here, she has already accepted command of the port that your father built here, she and the rest of her flotilla's wounded will come to recover, but I plan to steal her away and spoil her at home."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 10:22:32 PM
She smiled "you both deserve it. From the reports we received she continued to command even after her injury. I can not even imagine the fortitude required to remain conscious, much less keep her wits enough to give orders. I am not surprised in the least that she will accept the port commander position. She will never let her injury keep her down, she is a fighter to the core."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 10:23:53 PM
"Yes, but it will be nice to have my little fighter close to home," he grinned fondly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 08, 2017, 10:45:20 PM
She smiled and nodded,  "I will not keep you any longer. Please do keep my offer in mind and discuss it with your daughter. And, do let me know if there is any other assistance I can help you with."


Tamalyn returned to Tamber City and her official office. She read through all her reports and answered her correspondence. Then she read through a book explaining the duties and responsibilities of the Frontier Governor.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 08, 2017, 10:56:57 PM
She received a dispatch from Oldwine. "Have encountered several raft barricades, fought through all. Losses light, two 6th Rates constantly working the pumps and making field expedient repairs on hull damage below the waterline. Taraborn sends."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 09, 2017, 10:16:07 AM
Tamalyn sent him a reply. 'Read and acknowledged, Tamalyn". She took her book and went to see Amrick, "we have approximately seven thousand freed prisoners headed our way. My father built camps along the river. And there are numerous groups from the realm coming to assist us in their transition. Is there anything specific that you think we should do to prepare for their arrival?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 09, 2017, 10:36:31 AM
"At first, they need to be able to eat, sleep, bathe, eliminate, and dress themselves, that is what we've made our first priority. We have everything for that ready in place, or being delivered. Oldwine plans to leave a brigade of five thousand at each camp for now, security and to let them see that our army is theirs as well." He paused. "Teachers and other needs are being brought in by the charities."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 09, 2017, 04:24:44 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "you just gave me a wonderful idea. I think that I am going to see the wife's club and encourage them to hold a clothing drive. It would be a good way to build community spirit." She nodded still thinking about her plan, "I will go do that now, unless you would like to add any other suggestions."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 09, 2017, 09:16:26 PM
"More suggestions? I didn't even suggest that," he grinned. "But by all means, run with your idea."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 09, 2017, 09:59:15 PM
"That wasn't exactly what I meant" she shrugged, "but I will invite the officers wives to come for tea and discuss it with them."


She returned to her office, messaged Brock about tea, then wrote invitations to the commanders wives for tea. She sent them, tgen returned home to change for her guests.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 09, 2017, 10:22:59 PM
"It would appear that there has been more fighting along the river," Brock passed her a dispatch to that effect.

Taraborne reported that they had broken through a legion-sized attacking force. Losses were light, as was ship damage. They would clear Gamedian and enter the Frontier late that night. Meanwhile, Malea Telbrantil-Meldresse had dropped off a cavalry brigade that was sweeping south into Gamedian and clearing the river. The ships had them in sight and they were operating together. Additionally, the ships that had carried the brigade, now carried the refugees, and the rickety collection of captured ships was abandoned to burn along the river's banks. Brigadier Hartin Chadnore VI and his cavalry would continue to screen them from the shore, and vigorously discourage any hostility aimed at Taraborne and his Flotilla.

To the west, reports indicated a much easier voyage. They had spotted enemy camps far from the river, that were duly harassed by their own cavalry screen. Captain Kilmaren, now in overall command, reported his belief that the forces along the river were concentrating for a large strike at Frontier Army bases along the border. He further concluded that the large number of small ships sent from the east to the western port that caused so much trouble were moved to make a raid very similar to the one Taraborne had planned, the Frontier Squadron had just beat them to it. He further reported that in total they now had nearly 12,000 being taken to freedom.

Between those that Malea, Kilmaren and Taraborne were bringing back, it was close to 26,000 to the two large encampments.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 09, 2017, 10:39:27 PM
Tamalyn read the dispatch through, "and there are more refugees than we originally anticipated" she told him. "I am going to change and speak with Myrna, I will be down shortly."


Tamalyn went to her room an rang for Myrna then went to her closet and changed into a new outfit. "Myrna, I want you to find all of my oldest clothes from college and pack them up. The quality of them is still quite goid, but I haven't worn any of them in a long time and probably won't wear them again." She explained, "I am going to ask the wife's club to organize a clothing drive and I would like to add to it."


Tamalyn returned back downstairs, "if any other dispatches come in during mt tea, please deliver them. The ladies will understand" she added. "Is everything ready?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 09, 2017, 10:49:44 PM
"All is in readiness," Brock replied. "There was a question raised, would your mother be a good choice to lead the ladies organization that helps settle those coming in?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 09, 2017, 11:09:51 PM
"She would be a good choice. She used to do a lot of volunteer work in areas like that. That was a very good suggestion, especially since it would allow her to meet people in the province. And, the wife's club isn't nearly as pretentious as the last group she belonged to" Tamalyn nodded. "She will also be at the camp when they first arrive" she added, "out of curiosity, who suggested it?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 09, 2017, 11:23:11 PM
"Color Sergeant Breecher," Brock replied. "He stopped by to see if you had any extra candies and made the suggestion."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 09, 2017, 11:40:42 PM
"Why would Breecher want my candies? He doesn't care for the effects" she shrugged, "I don't mind him having them. I will ask him later, unless you know" she added. She paused, "are they for Oldwine?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 12:07:59 AM
"He didn't say, he did have that Breecher expression on his face though," Brock replied with a raised brow. "You have a bit of time before anyone arrives, perhaps you should go invite your mother?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 10:13:34 AM
"Very well" she said focusing on her mother. She found her easily enough and took herself to see her. Tamalyn and Kora discussed the plans and ideas for the refugees,  then Tamalyn told her about the officers wives club and invited her to join them for tea. "I will attend" Kora nodded, "I make no promises beyond that currently. It will depend on whether I find their objectives to be in line with something I can support. I am willing to be the welcoming face for those freed" she said with no caveat.


Tamalyn agreed to her mother's terms, having her attend to tea wasn't something Tamalyn had considered, but the more she thought about it, tge better the idea was.


They returned to the house just before the first guest arrived. Tamalyn waited until a few more had arrived before she and her mother joined them. Tamalyn made brief introductions and when all her guests had arrived she began. "Thank you all for coming. Especially on such short notice" she added. "I wanted to discuss the situation that has been a recurring theme for the province. We are becoming home for refugees and freed prisoners. I am pleased that we can do this" she added so no one misunderstood her meaning. "But, I would like us to do more. Currently we are relying on the charitable actions of the Palatine, they have stepped in with every influx of people. So, I was thinking that we need to create something our people can do to help. I received a list of everything the Palatine are bringing and noticed that clothing is not on the list. So I propose that we hold a clothing drive. I was hoping that you ladies would spearhead this." She paused and let them consider her request.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 10:37:58 AM
[Before they spoke]

The first off thing she noticed was she was standing at the doorway, she felt the house redirect her to this spot. The door opened and a man, roughly six feet in height with dark hair and gray eyes greeted her. He bowed slightly. "Good day, Your Highness," he greeted her courteously, but with a rough, gravely voice. As he bowed she could see that his nose had been broken at least once in the past. "If you will follow me, your mother is in the library." He led her through and she saw three men that looked almost exactly like the footman that she followed, with the exception of the noses, which were all shaped a lit differently, and the scares were also different.

[After they spoke]

"A clothing drive," one lady nodded. "Is an excellent idea, but since everone has just moved out here, most will have cleared their wardrobes of old things, to save shipping weight and volume," she opened her eyes and blew out an exasperated tone. "I know that I left behind a lot of clothes for those reasons. We may have to look at ways to raise funds to acquire good, hard-wearing stuff, to supplement what we can find. I'll gladly donate a good bit, it gives me an excuse to fill out my wardrobe and annoy my husband with shopping bills."

 
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 11:03:16 AM
Tamalyn nodded "I had actually thought that might be the case. And, I am in full agreement with the need of fund raising. It was the children's clothes that I thought we might have excess of. Children grow so fast and often their clothes are stored away, in case they are needed again. There are actually quite a few men that were rescued as well. Men rarely notice how many items of clothing they own" she smiled, "and your husband's spend most of their time in uniform" she shrugged. "Basically, I think that your group can do more than just see to the welfare of the militia families. Please, do not misunderstand me, moral is important and I appreciate all that you do. I just think that we need to focus on community building. Everyday our numbers grow, but we have this group here and that there and over there is another group. I want people to learn that we are all part of the whole." She looked thoughtful, "I would be willing to donate to your club if you were willing to expand upon your objectives and open the group to other women who might like to help. One thing though, I am willing to finance the entire clothing drive and extra to get your new group going, but I do not want to be the sole means of finance because I believe that fund raising also builds community and esteem."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 11:08:40 AM
They all agreed that this was a good idea, and left to start building interest. "Would you ladies like tea, or a light meal?" Brock asked Tamalyn and Kora.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 11:42:01 AM
Kora nodded, "I would like a fresh salad, with crusty bread and butter on the side" she told Brock. She was thinking about the womans auxiliary that Tamalyn had just begun. She hoped it wouldn't turn into anything like the auxiliary groups of Caste or Hesterbur. Those ladies were some of the most ruthless groups in the realm and rarely did their good deeds make up for their conniving backstabbing behaviours. She looked at her daughter, "you may wish to have someone join that group to keep you posted on what they are up to" she cautioned her daughter.


Tamalyn was thinking as well. Mostly she was thinking that she hadn't had the chance to tell the women any of her other ideas. She nodded at her mother, "I was actually thinking something similar. I had a few ideas for the group, but they keft so quickly that I didn't get tge chance to tell them. But, if I sent someone to join them, they could suggest my ideas without them sounding like I was ordering them to be implemented" she nodded. "I was thinking of sending Violet."


Kora was surprised by her choice, "Violet? You think she would be a reliable spy?"


Tamalyn shrugged, "I think that Violet has a unique perspective and is far less addled than Blue or Red. She pretends very well and has interesting ideas. I don't know, but I could ask her. There is no harm in that" she shrugged again.


Kora considered it, "they may not take her seriously" she warned.


"Exactly" Tamalyn smiled, "which means they would never suspect she was there for me."


Kora nodded her agreement with that statement. Brock returned with her salad, "your father hates salad. I rarely get to have them when we dine" she said before she began to eat.


Tamalyn finished her tea, "I think that I will go see Violet now. If she isn't interested, I will need to find someone else quickly. Thank you for everything Mother" she said rising and kissing her mother's cheek.


Tamalyn took herself to Violet's shop. "Good afternoon. How are you feeling today?" She asked to get a feel for her brain faculties of the day.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 11:53:54 AM
"I feel wonderful," Violet sighed. "I've been testing new crops from different regions and deciding what to stock." Her eyes were decidedly unfocused.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 11:57:15 AM
"And have decided?"She asked her leaving the question open to see where Violet would take it.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 12:22:44 PM
"I'm going to take about half of them," she shrugged. "But I may have to make my own garden patch bigger," she nodded thoughtfully. "Is it lunch time yet?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 01:46:56 PM
"Anytime is lunch time" Tamalyn replied, "but, before you eat. I would like to discuss something with you. I would like you to join a woman's group whose purpose is to help needy and improve community togetherness. Would you be willing?" She asked her keeping her request brief.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 02:53:00 PM
She looked at her. "You mean out there, among people? Oh no. No, I'm fine right here."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 03:32:35 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "yes, it would mean you would have to step out of your comfort zone. But, it could also increase your customer base. And, give you a sense of community. But, most importantly, I really need someone to join them, someone they would never suspect I sent. You were the first person I thought of because you think very creatively and because you often appear more addled than you are they would speak freely around you. You have a big heart and you care about others" she smiled. "You do not have to join any committees, just attend the meetings. Anything you choose to do beyond that would be up to you."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 03:39:40 PM
"Do you notice that I have a tiny little shop," she looked around. "Because only two people, at most can fit in here. That big guard that you have barely fits by himself. Two people, any more than that and I lock myself in the back room."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 03:50:09 PM
Tamalyn laughed, "you will not have crowds of people coming in. You will receive orders for you to fill, like most of my own orders. No one will want to be seen being your customer, because although you have various medical herbs and cosemetics, you are known to deal primarily in mind altering substances. Still, they will discreetly recommend your products to others. Additionally, since you will need to be away from your shop, I will of course compensate you for your time."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 04:21:53 PM
"There will be lots of people at the meetings," Violet replied. "So, no."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 04:36:24 PM
"All right" Tamalyn nodded, "I will find someone else. They won't be as good as you though" she added. Since she was there Tamalyn picked up her own order. She then went to see Vella Trulove. "Good afternoon" she greeted the tiny woman who managed to wrangle Flagg into a relationship. "I have a question for you. There is a womans group forming and I would like to have someone join them. Their purpose is to help the needy and build a sense of community in the province. I was hoping that you would join, and keep an eye on them for me. Occasionally, I might suggest things they could do, but for the most part I just want to to ensure that they don't become like the women's auxiliaries that everyone hates. You would be a good choice since your own talents would blend nicely with their purpose. Would you be willing to do this? I will, of course, compensate you for your time" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 07:29:47 PM
"Does this make me a spy or some sort of clandestine agent?" She asked warily.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 07:56:52 PM
"No' she shook her head, "not at all. I  actually requested that these women start this, for the reasons I stated. Initially I am funding it as well. My concern isn't with the women I asked to do this. It is with the women who may join and get a little full of themselves. Power has an odd way of making people become" she searched for a good word, "well, uptight arseholes" she shrugged. " Currently it is the officers wives, and they already do things for moral within the militia families. I have asked them to expand their focus and open their organization to others. With your talents, you would be a big help to them" she added. "Their first project is a clothing drive for the recently freed prisoners from Gamedien. Then, I asked them to work on ways to unify the province. I dislike that we have the ice dwarves, the miner dwarves, the frontiersmen, the wolf clan, the" she paused. "You get the idea. We should all be Tamber residents, not broken into what we were."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 07:58:45 PM
"The new hasn't worn off of being here yet," she grinned. "They'll get used to it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 08:14:59 PM
"I do understand that" she nodded, "but there is a lot of good organizations like this can do. We have people from areas where there is conflict between them. I tried my best to keep them apart, but it is still a concern for me. If we had community projects, events and charitable actions people will see that we are all together out here." She added, "did you know that people clear the shelves of the outfitters daily? They do this for a few good reasons. Stocking up for winter and being prepared, but they also do it out of fear.  Fear that if they don't buy it now they will have no other resource and will starve. Fear needs to be eliminated and one way to do that is to bring people together. Anyway, will you at least consider joining" she asked.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 08:23:18 PM
"It sounds like fun," she nodded.

At that time a note arrived from her Chief Investigator. "We definitely know that there is a network formed, and that we have grabbed a pair amount of it. One of the directives coming from a leader we havn't found yet is 'discover where the Traveler sleeps,' which indicates that they may be associated with other elements from outside the province, as this has been a directive in Hesterbur as well. Galwine."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 08:48:37 PM
"Good" she smiled at her, "I really think that you will enjoy it. Additionally, you will meet many of the militia members wifes. It will be handy for when you convince Flagg to marry you" she added grinning, "it is only a matter of time. If you will excuse me though, there is something I need to do" she said putting the missive away. She made her good byes and left.


Tamalyn returned to her mother's home, and the man who had addressed her earlier. "Excuse my directness" she began, "are you here to ensure my mother's safety?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 09:26:59 PM
He looked momentarily conflicted, but recognized that she was a Traveler, and the daughter of her employers, and a Grand Duchess. "I am Ergan Savage, a footman to Lady Traveler," he replied. "It wouldn't be unreasonable to say that your mother's safety would indeed be a priority of myself and my brothers."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 09:44:40 PM
"Well, then, I believe that you should know that my investigators have found evidence that there may be an element attempting to infiltrate the province and one of the directives uncovered was the request to know where the Traveler sleeps.  My investigator has stated that this is also a standing directive in Hesterbur, so feels that someone outside the province is working with our newly arrested criminal network. We have not arrested the leader of the network" she added. "I felt it was important that you were aware of the situation" she said with a nod. "And now, I will go inform my father" she added so he was aware that she was serious about her concern. "It was a pleasure to meet you Ergan Savsge" she said pleasantly. Then she and her guards vanished.


Tamalyn found her father, she handed him the dispatch she had received. "I just met the most interesting man" she told him, "I informed Ergan Savage about the details of the dispatch, but you need to know as well" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 10:03:49 PM
"They've been looking for some time," he nodded. "They won't have much luck, and before long they'll be worried about where they sleep," he grinned, but it was obvious that he wasn't going to explain this comment.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 10:25:28 PM
Tamalyn didn't attempt to ask him to explain, she didn't want to know. Nor did she need to know. "My first thought when I read this was that you sleep wherever you want" she laughed and took back her dispatch. "But, my second thought was to make sure that mother was safe where she slept. I figured you knew they were looking for you, I just wanted to make sure you were aware they are looking for you here too." She shrugged, "we suspected that the criminal element was imported, but this confirms it." She took a deep breath, "I believe that I will return home. I love you Papa" she said kissing his cheek.


She returned home and took a candy from her dish. It had been a long day, and she had done a lot of running around. She was hungry, for food and energy. She located Brock, "is dinner ready? I am quite hungry" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 10:28:54 PM
"I anticipated that, so I had chef prepare smothered ox," he replied with a small smile. Smothered Ox took a full day to prepare. It was a dwarven dish of layered beef, spices and vegetables.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 10:36:13 PM
"The spicy version or the tamed down version for outsiders?" She asked matching his smile.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 11:28:41 PM
"It depends upon which end they serve from," he replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 10, 2017, 11:44:17 PM
"Aren't you a sneaky one" she said still smiling, "I will have the middle" she said after thinking about it.  "A little hot and a little mild. Do we have any fresh milk? I like milk with smothered ox, it offsets the spices quite nicely."


Tamalyn ate another candy as she waited for her dinner. After she ate she relaxed in her office with her reference books. There was still so much for her to learn, though she was making incredible headway. Of course, everyday seemed to bring another need to the forefront.


As she read she had a thought and rang for Brock, "has anyone from the courtesan guild come by to discuss decorating with you yet?"She asked when he arrived.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 10, 2017, 11:48:27 PM
"There are a full dozen," he replied. "They arrived this morning and I've taken the liberty of housing them on the grounds, but not in the main house. Tomorrow they should be running about and driving us all relatively insane with their efforts." He grinned at that. "Lord Oldwine meant to dine with you tonight, but something arose that called him to Hesterbur, meetings with the King and the Command Battle Staff, I believe. He's also to speak with Baroness Bragg. He and Color Sergeant Breecher send their regrets, but it came up suddenly."

She woke the next morning to find a message waiting for her.

"Your Highness,
    At the risk of sounding vainglorious, I would say that my scrounging efforts have borne fruit. I have dispatched the items listed below to various warehouses in and around Tamber, to be near where they are needed. A great deal of the goods and people listed are to establish the Port Tamber shipyards and bring ship repair and manufacture to our own forces. There will be a great number of family members as well, but the majority of the shipwrights and craftsmen are unmarried.
    Also included are the goods needed to clothe and feed the refugees. Much of it comes sorted by sizes, but the personal kit and clothing are bulk items that will need to be sorted. Clothes may need to be sized to fit, but there is a large selection of sizes. We may need to set up an issue line to fit them out. Something for your ladies group, perhaps?
    I have also arranged things like 1,000 full farmsteads and kitchen/bakeries that we can issue out to those deserving, which will give them a good start without being a burden upon the duchies.
    I attach a list and will discuss it with you upon my return, the Quartermaster, General Delfine Vale, is fully briefed and has returned to Tamber City and will be able to answer any questions that you may have. Probably many. His Majesty has also authorized a payment of 500 sovereigns to each freed. Half for each child is to be banked until their majority, the rest will be for their upkeep. It is stipulated that they much be taugth how to care for their money.
    Discussions with the Royal Navy have borne fruit as well. In addition to the shipwrights and others detailed below, I have secured replacements for lost sailors and marines, several naval instructors for the academy, and additional midshipmen, sailors, and marines to man the new keels, which I have also procured.  It is also now plainly understood that the Marshall of the Frontier is firmly in command of the Frontier River Fleet. Yes, you read that correctly, it is now designated a fleet. I believe that you and your mother would find great pleasure in informing Fleet Admiral Taraborne of his latest Promotion. He will understand the anguish that this causes in many naval quarters.
    Respectfully and all of the normal closing sentiments,
Oldwine

Postscript: Breecher sends his regards and an inappropriate thought or two as well. "


There was also a long list of goods already arranged, and that he'd additionally arranged in a long series of overnight meetings, that apparently still continued.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 11:46:45 AM
Tamalyn was briefly concerned by the letter, especially with the firmal tone and the mention of things placed in warehouses by tge navy port. She looked at the signature and relaxed. She began again from the top and read it more slowly. She sat back against her pillows and considered any questions she might have for tge quarter master. None, she realized.


Tamalyn dressed and went down to breakfsst, bringing the list of procured items with her. She read through it a few times and wondered where he found some of the things he had sent. Perhaps the most odd was the five tea and candy shops.


She wrote a letter to the ladies she had met tge day before explaining Oldwine's scrounging efforts and gis suggestion that they pass out tge procured clothing and packs. She sent them off. Tamalyn knew that she herself couldn't be part of that line, she had tried numerous times in the past to speak with refugees and her presence distressed them.


She sent her mother a note telling her that Taraborne was now a flert commander and Oldwine was letting the two of them inform him of his promotion.


Once she had completed her morning reports and missives she located Brock. "I will eat lunch in my office today to give the decorators space to work. Try to keep the colors warm, but light. I do not care for dark rooms. Nor do I like cool colors, even if they are brighter. My office should be gender neutral, I do not want to make men uncomfortable when they have to visit me.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 11, 2017, 11:53:08 AM
"I will see to that," he agreed. "Marshall Serpental asks if he might have a few moments of your time, as soon as practicable, I believe he has news, and he appears to dislike dispatches."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 12:03:22 PM
"Oh good, something productive to do" she nodded, "I will go see him straight away." As she left the house she noticed a group of people entering in through a side door. She smiled at tge thought that she missed the decorators, tgen hurried off to see Serpental. "Good morning" she greeted him, "what can I do for you this morning?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 11, 2017, 12:19:03 PM
"The count of freed captives, is now 12,151," Jamen shook his head and chuckled in disbelief. "Taraborne and Kilmaren have sent their cavalry screens out wider and they have flushed out more camps, Taraborn is bringing in 12,876 and Kilmaren 11,255. Almost 4 in 10 women, 3 in 10 girls, 2 in 10 boys and almost 1 in 10 men. Fortunately the camps are going to be large enough, but it raises a new problem. Of 13,041 children, 6,245 are orphans. We're going to need to hope that they can all be adopted, but we should plan for good, caring orphanages, like Talmaran, for those that may not be adopted. The second part is less pressing, and is already largely done. I'm told you know that the River Squadron is now classified as a fleet, and Fleet Admiral Taraborne will have command. There are three squadrons, the first squadron has battle groups in the East and middle eastern frontier, the third squadron has the middle western and western battle groups, and the second has a battle group for the center and it's second battlegroup has the shipyards and marine reserves and training, and the headquarters. Lara Fowler has been proposed as admiral commanding the second battlegroup. This will give her ample time to recover her health. Oldwine has found a wealth of shipwrights for the yards, and has pried loose almost 400 river keels and crews to open even more rivers and streams to us." He chuckled. "Taraborne is working himself to a frazzle as an admiral, he'll be worse as a fleet admiral, he's already dropping dispatches on his staff, and they are dreading to meet him in person."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 01:17:52 PM
Tamalyn relaxed slightly after he began discussing actual militia concerns. "I have known for sometime that we would require our own orphanage. I attempted to begin one shortly after we arrived, but Talmaran came in and took the rescued children, and everyone was adamant that Talmaran would continue to do so. So, I let it go and didn't push the issue. I always knew that I would regret that decision" she smiled and shrugged. "As for Taraborne, he is riding high on endorphins from his successful campaign and he is injured meaning he has little to do but think, plan and send dispatches. I would say that will lesson, but judging by the number of reports received from him compared to those received by the second raiding party" she shook her head, "I believe that he enjoys sending reports and dispatches."


She paused and considered her next statement. "I am going to admit something to you. I thought you wanted to see me to express your displeasure about me inviting your wife to tea yesterday. I know that you value your privacy, and I did consider your feelings. But, had I not invited her it would have been insulting to her and the other wives.  Should I have left off her invitation it would have implied that I thought less of her, or thought her above the other wives. Either would create dissension among the wives, and my purpose is to increase unity with in the province."


"Now, let us discuss the orphange" she said returning to business, "Talmaran has set the standards for orphanges. And they are very high" she acknowledged, "how do you think we can exceed their standards?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 11, 2017, 04:10:11 PM
"If my wife didn't want tea," he shrugged, "She wouldn't drink it." He thought a moment. "Talmaran is Talmaran because it has always found the very best staff. No building, no curriculum, nothing, will work unless you find the right people."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 04:28:31 PM
"Everything is about having the right people" she nodded, "it has been the driving for everything while building the province. I will discuss it with my parents and Marshal Corrandon, this is more along his lines than yours" she added "did you have any other concerns you would like to share with me?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 11, 2017, 04:39:56 PM
"No," he replied. "I think that is enough for one day."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 05:08:28 PM
Tamalyn eyed him, "I suppose it is" she said after a pause. "I appreciate your giving me the full breakdown of the refugees. Those numbers are quite sobering. I will work on building the fundamentals of the orphanage. Please let me know if you ever have concerns or things you wish to discuss."


Tamalyn left his office and went to see Corrandon. "Good morning. I am here to discuss the orphanage we need to create" she said sitting across from him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 11, 2017, 05:17:36 PM
He looked a bit puzzled by that. "I wasn't aware that I was an expert on orphanages," he grinned. "Serpental grew up at Talmaran, so I suppose he knows something about them; but, I suppose that he's busy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 05:30:41 PM
"He did" she nodded, "this falls more into your purview than his though. You are the one who would know the best people to staff an orphanage, and you will be the one who would be educating those who choose a greater education. We have just over six thousand unaccompanied minors arriving in a week or so. That is more than we can send to Talmaran" she smiled, "and you were also trained at Talmaran." She continued, "we need people, people trained to work with orphans. Inffants to fiftern, the largest group being the 10 to 15 age group. The building I can handle, but the people needed" she shrugged "I need help finding."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 11, 2017, 05:34:35 PM
He leaned back in his chair, looking thoughtful. "Teachers would be important, but even more so are those that directly care for them. The nannies or whatever you'd call them. The ones that wake them up and feed them and dress them and wash dirty faces and kiss skinned knees. I suppose that means finding a few hundred nurturing people."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 05:46:31 PM
"Exactly, the Palatine Charities have brought additional teachers, or so I have been told" she added, "but we need the nurturers and nannies. We also need a very trusted, preferably a Palatine, to be the director. Someone who would be able to arrange suitable adoptions, and someone for the children to know cares about them." She considered her mother's past, "many orphans are angry, unhappy children. They need someone who will love them despite their tiny attitudes."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 11, 2017, 07:40:38 PM
"Una Telbrantil-Meldresse," Corrandon nodded. "Palatine, adopted by by Marshall Whitney Telbrantil-Meldresse at 12 or so. She did a bit in the Army, she works with the Palatine Charities now, mainly nudging donations out of people."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 07:52:34 PM
"Now see" she smiled, "you are the perfect person to help with finding the necessary staff. I will send her a letter inviting her to see me. Perhaps for dinner tonight" she added thoughtfully. "Would you care to attend?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 11, 2017, 08:14:35 PM
"If you like," he replied. "If she can make it on short notice, I imagine she's quite busy organizing relief efforts for those coming here. Perhaps convince her to come out and talk to her after she's seen the faces. Sometimes strategy is better than speed," he winked.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 11, 2017, 08:49:46 PM
"I considered that, but in order to move slowly we need to hire the rest of the staff before we speak with her. When I considered that, I thought she might like to have some say and would probably have suggestions on suitsble candidates. We can only keep six thousand children in the encampment for so long. And even there we will need to have people to oversee the children. Then, we have to consider that she might not come herself, or would be called away for something else before we get to talk with her. If she really is the best person for the job, we don't really have time to wait. We have a week to get ready, give or take a few days." Tamalyn shrugged, " I am willing to risk waiting if we can hire the majority of the care givers before the ships make camp, do you think we can do that?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 03:03:58 AM
"The first ship lands tomorrow," he replied. "You could have started looking when they loaded the ships to sail south and sill not have found the right people when the last ship lands its passengers. We're going to have to rely upon the charities for a start to look after them. I will make sure that Una is here, and I'll work on her while she is here, because even if she doesn't want to stay, she knows everyone that we'll need to know to set this up. In the meanwhile, I will have a few people I know come at once to sit down with Stonecutter to plan out a proper facility. I think it needs to be a place with a lot of acreage, but is safe, with a very good school that not only teaches from books, but offers trades, and even growing plants and farming. I know pieces to move, but I don't know how to play the game, so I'll arrange the pieces and call in the master, or mistress in this case. Governess of the Tamber Children's Academy, sound good?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 09:02:31 AM
"The name sounds good to me" she agreed, "I will visit the Lord of Talmaran today. It is possible that he has people to lend, or recomdations for permanent staff" she added. "I will also discuss it with my parents. Let Stonecutter know that I will be building the facility. I need the location and plans. You still have the best contacts in child development, so try to find people we can hire. I am sure there were people we passed over for the academy because they worked with the wrong age bracket, or were too generalized in the educationalspecialties." She thought through a list of other things the Tamber Childrens Academy. would require. "I will send Anika Blade to discuss what is needed for the vocational studies. She has been handling the adult trade schools, so it should be an easy transition. Very well, I think we both have plenty to do" she nodded, "please keep me informed on your progress."


Tamalyn went to her office and wrote the Lord of Talmaran asking for a meeting as soon as possible. She then sent for Annika, "I need you to find people to teach vocational studies in our new orphanage. We have just over four thousand children aged ten to fifteen that will be arriving soon. These children will benefit far more from trade school than they will a full academy education" she admitted, "but they will also stretch our current vocational programs capabilities."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 09:15:26 AM
"I've seen the number of people coming," she nodded. "It's going to take a while to figure out what the adults will need as well, we need to get things set for the children, but we should let them be children for a bit first. I've seen everything coming out here, did you notice there were no toys or games?"

A reply came from the Lord of Talmaran's steward, he was deeply enmeshed in several committees in Parliament, and wouldn't be available for several days.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 09:36:49 AM
"I did not notice that" she admitted, she paused to read her response. She looked back at Annika, "do we have any toy stores in the province?" She asked her trying to think of one. "I don't think there are many toys in the province at all" she added surprised by the thought. "In any case, I have no intention makiing the children feel as if they have gone from slavery to slavery" she added, "and I know that there will need to be a transition period" she nodded. "But, I also think that with six thousand children there needs to be structure. You can't just release that many children into a building and tell them to go play games" she shook her head, "for one thing I doubt that they even know what games are, other than those they make up" she admitted. "And, even games can be educational or vocational as well as fun. We need creative people who can teach children important life skills while keeping it light, exciting and fun."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 09:51:42 AM
"Perhaps you could turn over games and toys to Amyryllis to sort out, she can accomplish a lot through Selnen Outfitters, family ties and all," Annika replied. "I will see about setting up various shops for training, smithies and such, they can begin apprenticeships that way. I'll have the trade chancellor turn her staff loose on this idea, and I'll see about raiding the teaching schools, I think young teachers would be useful."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 10:03:36 AM
"Amyrillis was the next person on my list of people to see this morning" she nodded. "Marshall Corrandon is also working on staff, so you may wish to speak with him, additionally the Palatine Charities are sending us some teaching staff, though we never seem to quite have enough teachers. I have been considering offering a provincial wide scholarship program for teaching certification. We could send people to the various universities that offer the program and require four years of teaching in the province in exchange. Do you think that would work?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 10:37:44 AM
"We'll have a teaching program running very soon, with the start of the new term, in fact," she nodded. "One of the first things that Corrandon set up. We can teach and employ them here."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 11:00:21 AM
Tamalyn nodded, "very well, I will table that idea for the moment and give it some time to see if we receve enough progress. Go see the trade chancellor and get things going. I will discuss toys and financing wit Amyrillis" she added. When Annika had departed Tamalyn called Amyrillis. "We are opening an orphanage. We need to finance it, and since we do not have time to organize a proper charity for it, I will be financing it in its entirety for the moment. I would like to open it up as a proper charity within the next year" she added. "Additionally it has come to my attention that our province is lacking childrens toys. I hadn't really noticed, but I would like that rectified. We need to encourage play along with education. To that end, I would like you to buy dolls, carts, stuffed animals, games, and toys of all types for all ages. If you could find a toy maker or distributor to set up shop in the province that would be good too" she added, "but the toys are necessary immediately. We have thirteen thousand children, that we know of, headed here now. Those numbers do not include those coming from Perenelle or those already here or headed here from the realm. Picture books, art books, word puzzle books and hidden picture books would also be good. Basically" she smiled, "I want you to clear the realm of toys" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 11:24:28 AM
"Oh bugger!" Amaryllis groaned. "Bye!" And she vanished.

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Teller Brand and Tragg Jasker were sitting in cells, nineteen men of the two ten men teams sat in other cells, spread widely through the mostly empty prison. One of the men didn’t survive being arrested, he’d decided to fight and was killed with a quick twist of his head. When the men were placed in their cells the body was dragged through the various halls to insure that they all understood the situation they were in. A few days after they were arrested, and when questioning wasn’t getting them anywhere, the constables called for someone to speak to them, to let them know the situation they were in. Marshall of the Frontier Oldwine was happy to oblige. They were all assembled, hands tied behind their backs and gagged when he stepped into the room, wearing his Palatine white.

“You are all implicated in crimes that reach into the militia and Royal Army,” he informed them gravely. “What you have done can be called treason, in fact. This means that you can sit in those cells and rot, trial or no. The longer that you maintain your silence, the deeper into the conspiracies we’re going to believe that you are. You will talk, in time, sooner would be better. To insure sooner, I’ve brought in someone that I believe you will want to talk to, unburden your consciences. You may have heard of him,” he smiled, a chilling sight as a small man, camden it appeared, stood in the doorway, backlit by the corridor lanterns. “Creighton Bragg will be assisting in our investigation. You will each speak with him soon.”

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There was a growing eagerness for them to tell all that they knew. Bragg sat with them for a few minutes before two orderlies came in and carefully annotated the questions and answers. They knew that there were fifty men, five 10-man teams. Each team had a leader, like Brand and Jasker. Of the thirty men still free, they had names and vague descriptions of seven. They also knew that two of the team leaders were twins.

Brand and Tragg took longer, but they knew that two men were over the five team leaders, and one above those two. Creighton knew that there was more to come from them, so he sadly told each in turn that they would soon be visited by someone that they would refuse to answer to at their peril. Brand and Tragg were surprised when they were brought together into a room, unbound and without gags. They were cautioned not to speak to each other before the guards stepped out of the room. Then another man entered. Dark trousers and short jacket, a gleaming white shirt. He paused in the door and studied them, and they could feel his eyes upon them, it was uncomfortable. He drew out a lit cigar from his breast pocket, his first draw upon the cigar caused the tip to glow, illuminating his face in a reddish-orange light, his pale blue eyes almost glowed, and continued to even after he lowered the cigar.

“I am told that I’m not to leave a mark upon you,” he said in his cold baritone. “That won’t be necessary, I won’t need to lay a finger upon you.” He entered the room and set two reams of paper upon the table where the scribes usually say, a quill in an inkpot next to each stack. He seated himself and drew upon his cigar again, drawing deeply, and exhaling slowly. The stream of smoke reached out toward them, and split into two, wrapping around their upper arms, pinning them to their sides. They were lifted from the bench where they sat, their feet dangling above the floor. “You will learn where the Traveler sleeps,” he said quietly. “Those were the orders that you gave to your men. I trust you can understand why I take that personally. You have come to my daughter’s city, and you’ve brought corruption and wickedness. That has earned my enmity. Then you asked where I sleep. That means also where my wife sleeps.” The smoke tightened around them, making it hard for them to breathe. “That means you’ve chosen me, me  personally, as your enemy. I am not known for leaving my enemies alive, and those left alive take no joy in their lives. You are being offered an opportunity, one I almost never give, to leave you to the law to deal with. The law is fair and merciful. I am not. If you step from this prison alive, without giving a full accounting of your activities, you will spend weeks in my personal care, without concerns about physical marks upon your person.” They each felt a blinding pain in their heads, and when it cleared they found themselves sitting on the bench again. Each could taste the slight copper of blood in the back of their mouths.

“Gentlemen,” he said quietly, and they heard scratching and saw that the pens were writing as he spoke, with no hand to guide them. “There are five teams, your two are accounted for, so we will concentrate upon the three that haven’t been spoken of in great detail.” He listed the names of the seven known operatives, and that two of the three additional leaders were twins. “Now, you will give me every name that you know of the street operatives, of the three remaining leaders, and the men above them, and the man above those two. You will name them, describe them, tell me where they live, where they work, where they may go to ground.”

Thomas paused, carefully sifting the faces of those they knew from their minds, they appeared on paper in another room down the corridor. They were talking, thought they didn’t know it. He smiled as he sifted names and places and details from them. They were wary and spoke in generalities and vague phrases until copies of the pages he’d filled in the other room were brought in and laid out. They paled, the information frightened them. “That’s right,” he replied to the question that they hadn’t asked. “You two are the only ones that could have told me all of this, and there it is, all in your own words. Described down to the last mole and scar. You’ve sold them out. If I handed you each a purse and put you out the doors of this place, how long would you last? And how long would they take to finish you?”

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They were arrayed in full armor, odd for constables, rolling through the city in the back of wagons, ready to carry out raids throughout the city. Reports came in from the scouts, verifying that their two targets were where they were supposed to be. They burst from the wagons, surrounding the house as other cast spells, nullifying magical attempts to flee. Battering rams removed doors and guards were cut down, bludgeoned rather than cut. The two men and anyone in the house with them were carted off, as others came in and thoroughly turned the houses upside down.

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Gerent Khand and Darek Cambrose, a voice roused them from the stupor that unexpectedly seemed to claim both men. A tallish man, dressed in dark clothing caught their eye and both paled. “Oh good,” he smiled. “You know me. That simplifies things,” He puffed on his cigar and held up a sketch of a man. “Parsival Lecter,” he nodded. “I wonder if he’ll be surprised how quickly you two gave him to us?”

“I gave you nothing!” Cambrose snarled.

“Nor I,” asserted Kane.”

“Odd,” he pointed to two stacks of papers. “Your full interrogation transcripts are right here, as are your confessions, written in your own hand.  You two have done yourselves for treason, in your own words and handwriting. You are the middle layer between Parsival Lecter and Teller Brand, Korek Khand, Tarant Krall, Darant Krall, And Tragg Jasker. You’ve painted Lecter as a nasty piece of work, and you’ve implicated him in the sale of information to slavers still operating in the Frontier. You’ve made him the most hunted man in the Realm. I don’t think that you’ll ever feel safe again, even in prison, as long as he lives. I don’t envy you your lives, just now. Think about that, as you rot in your cells.”

The men were struck dumb as they were dragged from the room, back to their cells.

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“Are you sure that taking the middle layer first was wise?” Creighton asked. “That leaves thirty men and their leaders in the city, still free.”

“We had to take the middle layer first,” Thomas shook his head. “They knew who they answered to, the lower ones don’t. He will have a nasty time using his own organization, because the ones that carry out his orders are gone. The lower ranks know that and they’re headed to ground, with every constable and soldier knowing their faces, and broadsheets with their faces are going up all over the city.”

“We need to get Lecter,” Creighton stated.

“We do,” Thomas agreed. “He reminds me a bit of the fixer. Charm and blackmail. I took the image of him from the minds of those two cretins, but I don’t think it’s his real face. I also doubt that he uses that name in everyday life. He’s going to be a purely frustrating man to find. But, if we watch for the networks that he’ll have to rebuild, then we’ll have a chance at him.”

“The rest will scatter to the winds,” Creighton predicted.

“Then you’ll have fun training the investigators in how to find men that don’t want to be found,” Thomas replied.

“And why do you think I’ll have any luck finding them?”

“Because you don’t like them,” Thomas replied.

“That’s true, I don’t, do I?” Creighton agreed.

“And, they are keeping you here and busy, which means Camear is alone and bored in Hesterbur.”

“Oh bugger,” Creighton groaned.

“I tell you what, why don’t I put you two up somewhere very safe, and you can work and she’ll be close by, and very well protected.”

“Here? With all of this going on?”

“Certainly,” Thomas grinned. “I’m sure Tamalyn would love having you two as houseguests. Meanwhile, you have men to hunt and men to train.”

“How soon will she be here?”

“Supper tonight too soon?”

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A note appeared in Tamalyn's hand, she recognized her father's handwriting. "Expect two house guests tonight."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 11:58:07 AM
Tamalyn shook her head and gave a laugh at Amyrillis' response. What was so bad about buying toys, she wondered. Tamalyn considered the number of people who gave her tgat response lately and briefly wondered if she was too demanding. But, things needed to be done and she had hired people to do those things, so she shrugged the thought away.


When her father's note arrived she gave a little sigh, if course he would send guests while her house was full of decorators. She sent the note to Brock with a request that the decorators focus on a guest suite to minimize any disruption for her guests.


Tamalyn then went to see the quarter master. "I have a couple of questions" she shrugged. "The first is, do you have enough people to organize the personal gear? We have additional clothing that will need to be passed out by size, as well" she added. "I have asked the wives club to assist in the distribution, but it would be helpful to have it sorted to reduce the time spent in lines."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 12:05:29 PM
"I can draw on as many soldiers as we need," Delfine Vale replied. "We have everything ready to move down as is, but if you'd like to sort it more before we do, we can do that quite easily. I have 5,000 quartermasters that I can start now and we can supplement with soldiers from the second corps as well. But we need to start wuickly, I'm told they arrive at lunch tomorrow."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 12:17:30 PM
"We di not need to resort if you have already done so. But, I will have a few things to add. I have sent someone to buy toys, and would like to add a small toy to each child's allotment. I will ensure that those arrive before tomorrow" she added. "Have you sorted the clothing by size?" She asked her, "if not, we will need to do that."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 12:21:17 PM
"We have things pretty rough sorted," she shrugged. "Clothes came in bales by sizes, colors are mixed. I think that will suffice, but ladies not in scary uniforms might help issuing it out as they pass through the lines. They'll be a bit used to uniforms, but women in simple colorful attire may help relax them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 12:32:40 PM
"That is exactly why I asked the wives to attend this task. It will also make the children more comfortable and help them feel welcomed. I just wanted to make sure that you had things in hand before I went to vist Lady Corrandon. She has always been the primary driving force behind the wives club and she is my next stop. Thank you for your time, I will take care of bringing the women. We will see you tomorrow."


Tamalyn then made her way to see Lady Corrandon. "Good morning" she looked at the sky, "it is still morning, isn't it? She shrugged,. May I come in?" She entered, then began, "I have come to discuss the passing out of clothing with you. I have been informed that a large group of refugees will be arriving tomorrow.  I know that I sent you a letter asking for your help in passing out the provisions and clothing, and I was just making sure that you had managed to assemble enough volunteers."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 12:42:47 PM
"So far I have almost five hundred army wives that will meet at the large mess at dawn to eat and then we're being sent in ways nobody wants to talk about," she grinned. "I believe that Leetha is planning to look things over with an eye to staying and working with the children."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 02:50:31 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "that would be a good choice for her. She will be able to live securely and use her education" she nodded approvingly. "Thank you for arranging help. It will greatly ease the nervous and worried" she added. "I was going to offer yo bring you ladies to the camps, but you even planned for that " she smiled. "One thing though, I will be adding a toy for each child, they will be here soon. My personal secretary is out acquiring them now. Soon, probably not tomorrow, we will have many toys and games available for all the children in the province. Would you be willing to distribute them throughout the province?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 03:00:25 PM
"We can," she nodded. "We'll see what is left after we take care of the immediate need."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 03:13:32 PM
"Thank you again. I have a couple of questions for you. The first question is how are you all organized? What I mean is when most organizations are formed there is a corre group that sets the standards for smaller groups. For instance, Tamber has the majority of the high ranking wives,  but each base has their own ranking system, and their own group. Is that how you work, or is there some other system you are using?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 03:19:38 PM
"Generally itm falls to the wife of the highest-ranking soldier at the post to organize the rest of us, for all sorts of things, hail and farewells, helping when someone is ill, organizing dances and parties, all sorts of things."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 03:39:47 PM
Tamalyn nodded and considered, "i see" she said thoughtfully, "some of that wouldn't change" she admitted. "The militia will always need their wives to help with those things. But, by expanding to see to the needs of all. You would need to form a separate group that has members voted into office. It could include the Duchesses, Baronetts and so forth; taking the strain off the wives. This group could set up community dances, charitable acts and organize community events for all. Initially, I realize that the women who have the most experience with this are the officers wives, but it wouldn't be long before they could slowly pull away, if they chose. That is what I was trying to say the other day, and I wanted to be sure I was understood." She paused to see how she would respond.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 03:50:43 PM
"That's something for the city," she shrugged. "Military wives have had their system for as long as anyone knows of, it's something for us to fall back on when the men are off fighting."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 04:10:38 PM
"I would agree except for a few points. The military wives live in this community, are part of this city, residents of the province and have the experience to begin this process. My mother is willing to join, I have also spoken with Vella Trulove who is the provincial bard and I have others who I could recommend. What none, save my mother, has is any experience in organizing this. You not only have that,  you also have the advantage of being some of the longest residents in the entire province. You have seen the city grow and develop, you have seen every new comer, every merchant and every refugee. Quite frankly, this is your city, even more than mine. I may have built this city, but you live it" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 04:20:09 PM
"I'm not disagreeing with you, just explaining why we're Lready organized," she shrugged. "The townsfolk anywhere rarely organize themselves, except in small societies, and mostly as part of the social pecking orded."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 04:45:11 PM
"That is my mother's concern" Tamalyn nodded, "she has spent numerous years in the ladies auxiliary in Caste. Those groups can do a lot of good, if they have a good foundation. Your wives group is a great foundation, and one I would like to see grow. But, it cannot be just the militia wives" she shook her head. "It needs to be bigger, more nclusive and stretch throughout the province. All I am asking right now is to have your wives meet with my mother, in a week or so, and a few other ladies and try to form  the foundation of a more inclusive group that would serve the needs of the residents." She stopped talking for a moment, then, "I know that I am often pushy and demanding and I am sure that I drive people craxy" she smiled slightly, "but I am always looking to improve the province, the lives of the people and the safety of those who live here. In that, I will always be relentless" she admitted without an apologetic inflection.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 08:20:09 PM
"If you can find women willing to form an organization, I see no reason why army wives wouldn't join," she shrugged. "I am simply saying that, to date, there hasn't been any interest in forming such a group. Then again, most people are very busy building lives."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 08:49:21 PM
"We all are" Tamalyn agreed with a nod. "I have guests arriving soon, not sure who" she shrugged, "I look forward to seeing you and the other wives tomorrow. Thank you for all of your help" she added.


Tamalyn had been busy running all over town that she returned home around tea time. "Brock" she said entering the dining room. Instead of Brock, she found decorators. "Oh, excuse me" she said retreating quickly. She peeked into her office, but in the end she went to the library,  which was blissfully empty of decorators. She pulled the bell rope and sat in a chair waiting for Brock or a maid to arrive.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 08:50:48 PM
"You rang?" Brock asked, entering with a pot of tea and a slice of cake on a tray.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 09:05:38 PM
"For tea" she said eyeing his tray. She let him set it on the small table, "has our guests arrived yet? Do we know who my father invited to stay is? By the way, he often sends people to stay with me. He is always good about letting me know though, so there is that" she shrugged. "You wouldn't happen to have a candy on you, would you? "
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 12, 2017, 09:08:17 PM
He set the tray down and lifted the lid on a small dish. "No sign of company, yet," he replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 12, 2017, 09:54:46 PM
"Thank you Brock" she said letting him return to his duties. She sat in a chair by the tea. She took a candy the poured her tea. She leaned back in the chair and pulled her feet uo. She thought about all the things that still needed done. A sheet of paper appeared on the table and a quill moved on its own making a long list. An hour or so later Tamalyn heard voices, she rose and went to see who had arrived.

Camear stood in the entry speaking with Calder, "Lord Traveler suggested I come visit" she was explaining.

"Lady Telbrantil" Tamalyn said approaching, "welcome to Tamber. Calder, please take her things to her rooms. Come inside and I will ring for tea." She paused, "my father mentioned two guests. Do you know who the second guest is?"

Camera smiked, "tea would be lovely. Please, call me Camear. As for your second guest, I believe that would be Creighton Bragg. If I am not mistaken he has been here for a few days" she answered, but didn't elaborate on how she knew orvwhat he was doing.

"I have hosted Creighton a few times in the past. He is always a good guest, mostly because he is rarely here" she added leading her into the sitting room. She rang for tea again, "what brings you to Tamber?"

"If I am being honest, I am not entirely sure. But, I believe that your father is hunting someone dangerous. I have nothing to do with it, but people always worry about me" she laughed, "you probably don't know this, it is something of a family secret" she said, "I attract bad luck" she laughed again and sat back. "Not really, but I had enough events occur around me that people tend to think I need protection" she shrugged. "You, my dear, have one of the best guards in the country. So here I am" she said.

Brock entered then,  "Brock" she said pleased to see him, "I have missed you. I  would love tea with a bit of whiskey in it" she held her fingers up to show him the amount of whiskey she wanted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 13, 2017, 07:45:49 AM
He noted that her fingers were actually quite far apart. "So a small one then?" He asked drily. "Or should I plan on a second for you?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 13, 2017, 10:47:39 AM
Camear laughed lightly, "or you could save yourself the trouble and bring me a bottle" she paused and looked at Tamalyn, "unless you prefer me to keep a low profile?" She turned back to Brock, "just bring me a creamer full, that should keep me happy until dinner she said without waiting for Tamalyn to answer.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 13, 2017, 11:00:52 AM
"Of course," he smiled. "I presume that you've warned Master Creighton that his normal means of ingress will result in a great deal of trouble, the guard staff of this house is most efficient."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 13, 2017, 11:29:42 AM
"Why would I do that" she asked him with a mischievous look in her eye. "He feels it's his duty to ensure that security is operating properly, besides he is a big boy" she shrugged. "And, if my other reasons were not convincing" she said simply, "then I suppose I haven't told him because he should be smart enough to know it. I doubt they will kill him" she added, "they know he has a fondness for windows, everyone does, so they may even look at it as a good training exercise." With that concern explained away she looked at Tamalyn. "I was sent here to keep me safe. But, I will not be locked away in your house. What should we do to keep ourselves entertained?"


Tamalyn considered everything Camear had said since arriving, she had already suspected that Camear was here because Creighton asked her ti be. But, she hadn't any idea that Creighton hadstrong  feelings for any person. Then Camear basically dismissed Brock's concern for his safety. But what surprised her most was tgat Camear wanted to be entertained.


"I am not going to be able to entertain you at this time. The navy is returning from a successful raiding campaign and bringing twenty-five thousand or so freed slaves with them. Approximately four thousand of them are orphans. I have spent my day preparing everything to greet them.  It will not be fun, or entertaining" she cautioned, "but you are welcome to join me."


Camear bit her lip and considered, she nodded emphatically. "It doesn't sound fun, but it does sound like it is worthy of our time. I am in" she added with a smile, "but, I will expect a tour of your province before I return home" she stated then looked suspicious, "from you" she clarified.


"It would be my pleasure" Tamalyn replied politely. She wasn't quite sure what to make of the woman across from her. She seemed quite placid and easy going, and yet Tamalyn could feel her iron determination. It was an odd juxtaposition.


Tamalyn and Camear spent the evening together.  In the morning Tamalyn went down for breakfast. "I will want a large breakfast this morning, and please pack lunch for me and Camear she told Brock.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 13, 2017, 11:44:18 AM
Morning found Creighton somewhat out of sorts. He'd been caught, by his standards, relatively easily. That wasn't going to make him happy. He barely paused for breakfast before scampering off to take out his frustrations on the investigators he was to train.

Brock walked past and patted Camear on the head in a manner that suggested she behave as he arranged their lunches.

They arrived to find that the encampment was complete, but a bit rough in construction. Field expedient, the army called it. Timber buildings that were snug and dry, but not as pretty as they could be. there was a lot of grass and, surprisingly, flower gardens around the barracks buildings. The walls around the encampment were log and earth. Inside the buildings they found that the walls were a bright white limewash and all was clean and ready.

The quartermasters were in place, working with the army wives to separate things by sizes and colors. Several long buildings were set to process the newcomers and issue them all they needed. Ther3e were many soldiers ready to help as needed.

In the near distance they could see the ships and barges sailing up river, maneuvering toward the banks.

"Ready or not," a color sergeant bellowed in parade ground voice. "Here they come."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 13, 2017, 11:58:20 AM
Camear went to the wives, she was also an army wife and though rarely had to participate in such activities knew the ins and outs of service. "I am here to help, give me a task" she told the woman giving orders.


Tamalyn went to the pier and prepared for the disembarkation.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 13, 2017, 12:40:47 PM
One-by-one the troopships eased as close as they dared to the riverbanks, from the shore pontoon bridges extended out to the ships, allowing soldiers to debark first and clear the decks for the women and children to follow and be lead a few hundred yards toward the large encampment. They carried all they owned with them, which wasn’t much. There was a vast courtyard by a warehouse and all sat and waited their turn. As they arrived at the courtyard each was given a plate with bread and cheese and a large mug of cider.

The quartermasters were quite used to mass issuing of gear. Groups were lined up and passed through. A cursory examination by a surgeon, then on to receive their issue of clothes and gear. A soldier accompanied each person or family through, helping them carry their gear and taken to carts where everything was loaded and they were taken to the room written in chalk on their slates. Children nervously held stuffed animals and looked to mothers, when the mothers were there. Children without mothers found themselves in small groups, each with a lady to guide them through.

Bed bags were dropped on beds, the mattresses rolled out onto bed frames with crisscrossed ropes to hold the mattresses. They were quickly made up, bedrolls and packs slid under the beds and their chests placed at the foot of the beds. Then they were guided to the closes bathhouses to wash up and dress in fresh clothes. The buildings were like large barracks with small rooms, a few mothers with three of four children were concerned by this, but were surprised to see engineers remove a wall between theirs and the next room or even two more rooms to give each family a larger space. The extra doors were barred from the inside to leave one door per family, as a safety measure.

Each room featured two beds, though for single people the second was removed for rooms that needed more. There was a small table with a pitcher and a wash basin, a larger table with a pair of chairs and a lamp, and shelves attacked to a wall for possessions. Every room had a window with no glass, but a thin, nearly sheer cloth stretched tight, this allowed a breeze without bugs. They could be shuttered from the inside as well. Each barracks had a dozen bedrooms and a common area with a larger table and benches. Beyond the common room was a bath house with running water latrines, this was shared with the barracks attached on the other side. Each barracks had an upper story, laid out like the one below. Four of these barracks buildings shared a meal hall, so at least two hundred people shared a meal hall.

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"Smoothly done," Indra said. "But they're still tired, nervous and cowed. Hopefully when they are rested and fit they stay cooperative."

"Hopefully, the orphan academy is up and ready soon," Dreadnaught shrugged. "Free up space and give the little ones a home and security."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 13, 2017, 01:02:00 PM
Tamalyn nodded at D,readnaught, "thank you for the reminder." With that she made her way to the Palatine relief areas to find Lady Telbrantil-Melldress. She wasn't sure what tge woman looked like, and knowing she was adopted made it harder to locate her. But, with a few questions for those around her she finally located her. "Lady Telbrantil-Melldress?" She asked her, "I was hoping I might have a few moments of your time to discuss something of importance with you" she said politely.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 13, 2017, 01:22:34 PM
It was a bit primitive, but far more than they’d had as captives, for many it was more than they’d ever had in their lives. One thing they did discover was that everything was scheduled. Up in the morning, wash and dress, breakfast in the meal hall, a surgeon would report to the meal hall to see anyone with health complaints. Then there were interview to find out where they were from, what skills they possessed, what skills they’d like to possess. Then lunch and more interviews, and supper followed by an evening visit by the surgeons and then they could rest and relax before bed, and it started over again.

Some already had skills, some didn’t. Some knew where they came from, others didn’t. Letters were sent out on behalf of those that knew where they were from, to find families, if possible. These were carried by patrols from the Frontier Army. Orphaned children were separated by age, except in cases where an older child was with the younger, and nannies assigned to those barracks. Some wanted to separate them regardless of older siblings, but were told that the mother of the Grand Duchess had been orphaned and wasn’t separated from her little brother, and wouldn’t tolerate it now was all it took to amend their thinking.

It was hectic, it was all a bit confusing, but it worked. All worked hard, knowing that soon enough there was be many times more coming in, but by then thousands more helpers would be here to assist with that. All were promised that they could return to their extended families, if they could be found. Those old enough would be allowed to leave, if they desired, but those that stayed would be found new homes throughout the province and offered training and education to give them a future. The orphaned children, or those old enough to understand, were told they would be taken to a special place where they would be cared for while they grew up. This would happen soon, to make space in the camps and more quickly settle them into a secure place.

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The woman nodded and passed on instructions for serving lunch, making that meal fit into the relatively controlled chaos of bringing so many people into the camp. She stressed that at first food must be simple and easy on their stomachs. Emphasis was on stews heavy with vegetables and light on meat, along with bread and fruit. Finally, she turned to Tamalyn. "Sorry, what did you wish to discuss?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 13, 2017, 04:23:02 PM
"I would like to get your recommendations on the orphanage I will be building this evening" she began, "we cannot keep the children here much longer, but I am not familiar on the particulars of orphanages or how they operate. I know they have teachers and caregivers" she added., "and we are working on hiring staff" she said, "but what we really need is a good trusted leader. One who can be trusted beyond reproach. Who is a good organizer, knows the right people, and can see to the needs of the children and staff. I have been told that the person I need" she smiled, "is you. I know that you are very busy right now, so I will not keep you any longer. I would appreciate you thinking about it today while you work. Look at the children and think abot it, please. I will speak with you again before I leave. I must build tonight, but I would like you to have the opportunity to make changes to the plans before I build. Even if you decide not to accept" she added, "I would like your opinion on the building and who you think might be a better candidate."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 13, 2017, 05:59:51 PM
"I'll look over your plans and think it over," she promised.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 13, 2017, 06:46:09 PM
Tamalyn nodded and let her return to business. At this point it was all she could do. "That could have gone much worse" she said offhand to Indra and Dread.


Camear was enjoying working with the wives. "I forgot how much fun it could be working for a good cause. It's has been years since my husband passed, and eventually the wives sort of push you out" she added, "I suppose some widows are looking for husbands, but most just don't want to sit at home alone."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 13, 2017, 07:07:42 PM
"The big test comes in a few days, when Taraborne lands," Indra observed. "Half of the people here are going over to the west when Kilmaren lands, so at least there'll be experience there."

"That's when the rest of the volunteers come out, this place would have been swamped if they all came at once," Dread added. "And it looks like Amaryllis came through with the toys, I see lots of children with dolls and animals."

Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 13, 2017, 07:38:08 PM
Tamalyn nodded and surveyed the activity around her. She made her way over to Camesr, "are you ready for a break for lunch?"


Camear looked up, "I think that is a good idea" she looked at the other wives, "I will be back soon to help prepare for tomorrow" she added.


As they wandered away from the hubbub Camear spoke again. "From what I hear the province has a lot of freed proples inhabiting it. I think that will ease the minds of those just arriving, after they realize they aren't alone" without a pause she said, "what did Brock pack us for lunch? He is always seems to know just what people like, but never gives you only that, he mixes your favorites up. I love it, meals are always a pleasant surprise" she said happily.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 13, 2017, 07:45:51 PM
"mmmm, bison," Indra mumbled as she and Dreadnaught ate a lunch of field rations cooked up by someone on the team.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 13, 2017, 11:28:31 PM
Tamalyn laid out their lunch on a table that was free.  It was as Camear had predicted, full of their favorites.  Camear found a small flask and poured some into one of the tin cups. They are in silence for a while.


"What do you do for the widows of the militia?" Camear asked after lunch was completed.


Tamalyn could understand the purpose of her question. Camear was a widow, and though she was never dependant upon her husband's military earnings, she probably knew others that had been. "I will be completely honest and tell you that I do not know all the details, but I do know that they are very well provided for. We have a pension plan set up that covers retirement and compensation for their wives."


"That is good" Camear said letting the subject go. "We should get back to work, more people will be arriving before we know it." Camear helped collect all the plates and food before she went back and joined the other wives.


Tamalyn sat for a while longer. Then she went to see the wounded sailors.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 02:26:09 AM
The wounds were varied and never pretty, but between soldiers and sailors the numbers were fairly light. They had been moved to the hospital, being its first patients, the surgeons and orderlies clucked over them, but found little that needed to be done for them. The sickbays aboard the small ships may be tiny, but the surgeons had skill.

"Nice hospital," a bosun said with some satisfaction. "Wood, feels like a ship." His eyes twinkled with the bit of teasing. "Us in this lot, we're doing fine. It's the ones coming you'll need to worry about, they saw more fighting than we, and grim fighting it sounds like."

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“We have a Marshall visiting?” A sailor looked back toward the flag cabin.

“The Grand Duchess’ mum,” another replied. “A healer too.”

“That makes sense, he’s taken a right bashing,” the first nodded.

“Scuttlebutt says that the Grand Duchess is coming down soon,” a third added. “Maybe a medal for him?”

“They don’t send a Marshall down for a medal,” the first scoffed, “Let alone a Grand Duchess.”

“Makes no matter,” the second chimed in. “We’ll be lucky to see an extra tot out of it.”

“You’ll be lucky to keep my foot from your arse,” the Bosun said over their shoulders. “Find work, or I will.”

They scattered at that, much to the Bosun’s satisfaction. The sudden and unexpected appearance of a Lady Defender and Marshall, along with a few dozen healers had set the flotilla on its ear. There were many badly wounded in the flotilla and the sight of healers that could ease suffering was gratefully received. Sailors were a perverse lot, they took their own wounds with equanimity, but a wounded captain or admiral was cause for concern to the lower decks.

They all did look with curiosity at the army brigadier standing on the deck next to a few large chests and holding a leather valise under her arm. She wore a staff badge, and staff could mean trouble, and despite their own short stint being referred to as army, they still had a foreign feeling about anything not quite navy. If the officer, also a Knight of the Palatine Order noticed that she was the subject of wary attention, she didn’t give any sign of it, she stood quietly, looking over the ship and out to the shore. Probably wishing she stood on all of that dry land, they reckoned.

Now, as evening approached, they just wondered if they really would see the Grand Duchess.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 08:30:19 AM
Tamalyn nodded at the bosun "I have heard, does that mean that I should only visit those who suffer the most" she asked him with her own teasing yone. "Who decides the order of preference" she wondered aloud. Tamalyn smiled at him, "part of any visit to a hospital is to ensure that comfort and proper care is being provided.  You seem to have both."


As she spoke her mother also spoke to her. 'Taraborne has agreed to healing, provided his bruises remain intact. This is not something I can do. Also, the entire ship is expecting you. Scuttlebutt on any ship is usually very correct and rampant ' Kora said to her daughter.


'Be with you shortly, I have a few logistics to arrange. Tamalyn messaged Corrandon, 'please come meet me so I can explain my plans for this evening, I am being called away but we must get the orphanage built.'
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 12:00:05 PM
He appeared almost immediately. "You needed me?'
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 12:35:57 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "please excuse me bosun" she led the way out of the hospital, "my mother needs my assistance.  I have broached the subject of the orphange governess to LadyTelbrantil-Melldress, and she has agreed to think about it and look over or plans for the orphanage. I would like you to escort her and sweet talk her into accepting the position. I should only be a couple of hours, and then I plan to build" she added.  "Thank you for your assistance" she smiled, "nowI have to go." She turned to Indra,  "Dread should remain with Lady Telbrantil with at least for others to see to her safety and return her home. The rest will come with me."


Tamalyn waited while her orders were put into place and then she and her guards were onboard the deck of Taraborne's ship. She flagged down a passing sailor, "please take me to see Admiral Taraborne and Marshall Traveler" she said pleasantly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 12:48:04 PM
The sudden appearance of a Grand Duchess, and her guard, seriously startled the crew for a moment, but they acted as if it hadn't. She found Taraborne sitting on his bunk with a sheet across his middle and her mother prodding his bruised ribs. He blushed slightly when he saw her, but it was hard to tell, one side of his face was deeply bruised, and the white of that eye was an angry red. He'd either been in a hard fight (or several,) or had been run over by a herd of horse.

"Your Highness," he greeted her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 01:15:45 PM
"Good afternoon Marshal Taraborne.  I see your wounds are as impressive as was reported. You have the Marshall of the Frontier quite concerned. Especially since he very much wants to give you a gift" she smiled, "a very large one. Perhaps I should give you a hand in a speedier recovery" she suggested. "It would ease the minds of everyone" she added glancing at her mother. "Will you allow me to heal you? I can assure you that I am quite adept at it" she added with a shrug.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 02:54:39 PM
"It does smack of vanity and superiority," he sounded dubious. "I don't want my command to think I value my hide any more than I do theirs."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 03:24:36 PM
"Do you know what it means to be an empath? It means that I feel the emotions of everyone around me. Battlefields are the worst" she shook her head, "do you know what every single man and woman on your crew, injured or not, is thinking? They are worrying about you and are hoping that my mother and I are here to knock some sense into you. So, are you going to stubbornly refuse to receive the healing you need for the sake of your vanity or are you going to receive the treatment your crew wishes you to receive?" She gave him time to come to the correct decision.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 05:55:23 PM
"Fine," he said, ignoring the piercing look her mother gave him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 06:10:27 PM
Tamalyn had expected his attitude, she hadn't been teasing when she told Oldwine she was used to dealing with injured commanders.  His attitude was actually better than Oldwine's often was when he was injured.  "I am glad to hear that" she studied him carefully.  She repaired his ribs, having to move a few back into place.  Then she repaired the small inner tears within him, "oh I am glad you agreed" she said when she found a particularly bad tear. When she sealed it she could see he was breathing more easily.  She repaired the small crack on his forehead last.  "My mother said that you wished the bruises to heal on their own, is that still your wish?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 06:21:34 PM
"If I walk out of here with a clear face, I won't be able to look my wounded in the eye," he replied. "I'll heal."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 06:25:27 PM
"Especially now that I stopped your internal bleeding" she said pointedly.  "Rest for the night, you will still be sore in the morning" she cautioned, "but all the rest will heal in time." Tamalyn looked at her mother, "is there anyone else that either of you are particularly worried about on board? "
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 06:34:46 PM
Taraborne raised his brow, he wasn't going to say that he was the only one shrugging off healers' care.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 06:53:08 PM
Kora have her daughter a shrug,  "any of the others who were refusing care changed their minds whenI informed them treatment wasn't an option any longer."


Tamalyn shook her head, "understandable" she nodded. Tamalyn wouldn't have argued the point herself, her mother could be quiet formidable. "I have to tell you that I very much enjoyed your reports. Well, not the death reports, but I never wondered what was happening with your detachment. Though" she smiled at him, "you have a few people quite nervous about the amount of dispatches you send.  I am unsure exactly why though" she admitted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 07:02:35 PM
"Since I was promoted to admiral, and given command over the squadron, I've been pushing the staff for information," he shrugged. "Inquiries from above often make people nervous. Admiral Durmand was more content to assume that people are doing their jobs, I'll wait to see that they are to make that assumption. So, every dispatch I send, creates nerves."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 07:28:10 PM
"Ah, I see. I understand your concerns, and theirs. It is extremely hard to stand back and wait to see if people are doing things how you want. I often experience similar feelings." She smiled, "you were not here when we first began building the province. We had a few issues" she shrugged. "Believe in your people and they will not let you down" she said finally. She rose from the chair she had been sitting on. "I would love to stay and chat with you, but I do have an orphange to build tonight. Oh, did you know that you need to update your uniform to Fleet Admiral? If you didn't know it" she smiled, "you do now."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 08:09:06 PM
He looked at Kora and then back to Tamalyn. "I suppose that explains why Brigadier Castamere of the staff is standing out there with those large inconspicuous chests." He grinned and shook his head. "And, I presume, a very heavy briefing under her arm."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 08:19:02 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "i suppose so. I saw her standing around, butI had no intention of following her lead. All that political military formality is just silly to me. If you have something you need make an appointment or wait until they are free, but don't stand around on ceremony waiting for people to acknowledge your greatness. You either have power or you don't, there is no need to pretend you have it when you don't" she shrugged. "I do feel better about one thing though, I now know what she was waiting for" Tamalyn laughed, "me."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 08:20:25 PM
"That and no one intrudes on a healer at work," he agreed. "But it would be terrible form for her to make your announcement for you."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 08:33:26 PM
"Actually, I wasn't entirely sure that my mother hadn't already told you. But, Marshal of the Frontier asked me to tell you after you were healed. You will be going to see your new flag ship shortly after you return. Maybe I wasn't supposed to mention that" she admitted with a shrug. "I am certain you would have worked it out on your own anyway. You are a Fleet Admiral afterall." She moved around his bed and kissed her mother, "I really must go. I have things to do and Camear Telbrantil is staying with me. I already abandoned her in the camp. I really should get back for dinner."

She went on deck and collected her guards. Tamalyn paused by the staff officer, "I do apologize for your wait. It shouldn't be much longer now" she added just before they vanished. She returned to the city, more specifically, to the militia headquarters. She went to Stonecutter's office, "are the plans ready for me?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 08:44:37 PM
"They are," he presented her a heavy roll of parchment. "In all of their glory. Fortunately I had something that would work with only a few changes in my files."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 08:50:22 PM
"I knew you would have it" she shrugged, "if I had doubted it, I would have come earlier to challenge you" she grinned, "I will find something you don't have one day" she promised. "Did Lady Telbrantil-Melldress have a chance to look over the plans? Also, where am I building it? And finally, any idea whether she might accept the position?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 14, 2017, 08:54:24 PM
"She hasn't seen it yet, I gather she's a bit busy just now," he replied. "You may have to sit her down and make her look at them. And I have no idea what she plans, as I've never met her," he grinned.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 14, 2017, 11:20:56 PM
"I was hoping Marshall Corrandon would have been able get hter here before now" she sighed, "I guessI go back to the camp first." Befits she went she went over the map to find the best location for the orphanage. Land was becoming harder and harder to find, well the kind of land an orphanage required at any rate. Location chosen Tamalyn and her guards returned to the camp. This time though she focused on Corrandon. "Hello" she said to him, "I got a copy of the plans from General Stonecutter. When can we show them to Lady Telbrantil-Melldress?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 15, 2017, 11:19:12 AM
"I think I can drag her away from overseeing bathing children," he chuckled. He returned with her a few minutes later and took them to a meal hall that wasn't due to be used yet and spread the maps out on the tables.

"You didn't whip these up so quickly," she observed. "Too much thought went into them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 15, 2017, 11:37:44 AM
"You are correct. General Stonecutter has had his people working on anything and everything that I could possibly need built. He has challenged me to find something he hasn't designed yet" she smiled, "so far he is the clear victor. He did make a few revisions to suit the needs of this particular building. Are there any changes you feel should be implemented? I am capable of updating the plans" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 15, 2017, 11:43:35 AM
"I think this will work," she nodded over the plans. "It encompasses open space and security and should meet the needs for teaching and living as well. Staff will be a problem, but I think I can poach from several places throughout the Realm. At least enough to teach more as we go. While I'm happy to see so many freed, it's a bloody nightmare to organize. How fares Taraborne? I hear he took a bashing playing soldier. Silly sailor."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 15, 2017, 11:56:04 AM
"I just returned from healing him, so when you see him do not let his bruises fool you, he insisted I leave them. He claims it is for vanity" she shrugged, "he and I do not have the same definition of vanity." She paused, "just so we are completely clear. You are going to accept the position of Governess of the Tamber Children's School, correct?" She didn't comment on the nightmare of organizing for the needs of the freed people, it had been an ongoing issue since the early days, though she would admit that this was by far the most freed at the same time.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 15, 2017, 11:59:51 AM
"I have people packing my things now, to bring out," she nodded with a sigh. "It will be a challenge, but far from impossible."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 15, 2017, 12:16:19 PM
 Tamalyn nodded, "there has been nothing here that hasn't been a challenge. Things are calming, but it will take years before we settle. Once things here are settled, and all the children are calmer, I would like to discuss details with you. I am not one to go with current standards just because it is has always been done that way. I much prefer to improve upon what has been done before. Keep it in mind" she smiled, "think of it as your chance to make changes in the status quo." She looked at Corrandon, "your changes have proven to be quite successful to date" she told him. "Very well, if you have no revisions, or any other concerns" she added, "then I should go get this built so we can begin moving the children. By the way, have you met Leetha Tanner, I understand that she is interested in working at the orphange. She has a teaching certificate and is an innocent young woman" she looked around, "she should be here somewhere" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 15, 2017, 03:07:34 PM
"She's over with the little ones," Dreadnaught replied. "Helping them dress for supper." He pointed to a barracks.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 15, 2017, 05:34:29 PM
 Tamalyn nodded, "thank you Dread." She turned back to Telbrantil-Melldress. Speak with her if you get a chance, I am sure that Marshall Corrandon and his wife would like to get their house back. Guests are all well and good, but you eventually want them to move on. I will leave you to the children" she added, "I am off to build them a home."


She returned to the city, this time by the West gate. She walked around a bit getting a feel for the land, searching for well locations, cistern positions, and the best placement of the building. She didn't like that the orphange was going to be outside the walls, even considering the city had recently been expanded, she had little choice though. There wasn't enough room inside the walls to house so many children, teacher, caregivers, and the necessary administrators. After a thorough examination she stood on the road into the city and began building the foundation for the walls. She built them like they had built the city walls, deep, wide and tall. Once they were complete she rose to stand along the top of the wall and began on the buildings.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 15, 2017, 08:55:53 PM
Dread looked over the ground from atop the walls. "Good placement," he nodded. "Defensible."

"If it comes down to the whole thing being defended the children would be evacuated into the city anyway," Indra reminded him.

"True, and there'll be a small garrison and patrols anyway," he agreed as the buildings raised.

"So, what's up with you and the innocent little teacher?" Indra asked.

"Don'tknowwhatyou'retalkingabout," Dreadnaught mumbled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 15, 2017, 09:10:49 PM
"Are you sure?  Because you knew exactly where she was" she said casually, "and you did something you have never done. You commented on it during my conversation. You didn't even did that when Lord Chalise was being obnoxious" she added. "Have you asked her out yet? Because I am fairly certain that you should" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 15, 2017, 09:19:51 PM
"It needs trees," he pointed down. "Kids need nature around them. Maybe fruit trees, they flower in the spring and feed them in the fall." His tone was neutral, but his face, bright red.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 15, 2017, 09:27:25 PM
She gave a chuckle and let it drop, "there will be trees, gardens, and playground equipment. Give me time, housing is a much bigger priority right now" she reminded him.  She wondered how serious he was about the girl, but kept her mind at the task at hand.


She returned home well after the dinner hour. "I am starving" she told Brock. "What do we have? Leftovers are fine" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 15, 2017, 09:38:42 PM
"Something better than leftovers," he assured her as a large plate of ribs was placed before her. "Marshall Oldwine is due home tomorrow, the ships from the south arrive the day after. I gather that a large number of volunteers are being moved out tonight to give them time to settle in. I further gather that Lady Uma plans to pillage their ranks for permanent staff at the orphanage. Also, two young ladies of your acquaintance are staying here in the house until their rooms are ready at the Orphanage. They are both out at the moment, they are, as they phrased it, harassing your government for the needs of the Orphanage."

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Taraborne set aside the reports and stretched in his chair. Felt good to move around again. He’d never admit that out loud. He rose and slipped on his jack and buttoned it carefully and checked himself in the metal mirror attached to the bulkhead before stepping out on neck, absently acknowledging the marine sentry at his door. The wind was favorable, he noted as he climbed the few steps to the quarterdeck. He made an absent gesture at the officer of the watch to carry on and looked back toward the ships they led north toward home.

Durman had been a good sailor, but the state of affairs didn’t show him to be as good a leader. So much left half-done. He didn’t begrudge him going into action, no one, himself included, wanted to be left behind when action called, but he should have. He’d been sending off dispatches for days now. Questions had been left unanswered, and that left him to see to them now. Some questions came to him because the commander on-scene wasn’t sure if they had the authority to make the decisions. Those that he needed to answer, he did, those that should be handled at a lower level he assured them that they had the authority to act.

One of the first decisions he’d made was to tie as many of the naval garrisons to army posts. The army was quite obliging to site many of their posts along rivers, the reasons for that were many, but it worked to his advantage. For one thing, it made more marines available when the flotillas needed them. Dispatches that in exchange for joint use of these posts insured that his supply ships would replenish the forts. This was well received, even if it meant more construction.

He had two squadron commanders waiting for him at Tamber City, they had a lot to sit down and hash through. Lara Fowler would be bedridden for weeks, her first officer, Commodore Gem Lawgiver would stand in her stead at the meetings. He’d go and Fowler personally as soon as he’d given marching orders to his staff and that of the squadrons. Once he had them all sailing before the same wind, things would move quite well, he felt. He’d also heard that RNS Unconquered waited for him at Tamber City docks, a new flagship, fresh from the yards. That also meant a crew that needed worked until it functioned like an engine.

He absently accepted a mug of tea from his steward and mumbled thanks. Hot, milky and sweet, perfect. Then he noticed that the steward hadn’t left. “Medicine?” He sighed.

“Medicine,” Steward 1st Class Brasher confirmed. “Get this in you and wash out the taste with the tea.”

“I could lick the heads and it wouldn’t cut that taste.”

“Worse it tastes, the better it works,” Brasher replied philosophically.

He steeled his nerves and drank it straight down, then started on the tea. “That’ll kill or cure,” he grumbled and went back to his thoughts. He smiled when he contemplated his first order to the fleet. “When King’s Regulations address a problem, use them. When they don’t anticipate a situation, use common sense and report immediately with your solution.”

Apparently that was a revolutionary thought to the hidebound navy. That was something he’d have to work on. He returned below and started yet another dispatch. “Due to the need to reorganize from a squadron to a fleet, I will proceed with my flagship to Tamber City from the encampment. All captains will have their full action reports to me before I sail. Upon arrival I require the full staff to be available, including administration. If the Flagship will not be large enough to accommodate such a conference, I ask that Captain Blackblood of Unconquered arrange a facility of appropriate size. We will begin the meeting with a meal, and then straight to work.”

A short time later a replay came in.

“Fleet Admiral, first, my congratulations. Secondly, you have a full headquarters suite at Frontier Headquarters, including yeomen, which I am assured are what you maritime sorts call orderlies. I have taken the liberty of assuring your Captain Blackblood that the main hall is reserved for your use to put things in order. The menu is a choice of fish, fish or fish, in homage to your service. But you can also choose beef or prairie hen. Oldwine.”

“Accomodating,” he murmured. “Cheeky bugger,” he grinned. This did bode well, he planned to adopt the more informal feel of the Frontier, even if it ruined him in the Navy itself. They had to work closely with the Frontier Army, he reported to a soldier, they needed to fit in to serve their purpose. Nobody saw a use for a fleet out here, he’d already shown a use for their ships. There would be more. Especially when the river keels joined the flotillas.

Then he glanced around at his cabin of RNS Warrior. It would soon be Commodore Skullcutter’s flagship. It would need a damned good cleaning and some dings repaired first, but she gave good service. They were building a small shipyard below the city, and it appeared that Warrior would be their first work. He smiled as more and more reports filled his dispatch box, Brasher stepped in and started sorting them out. The steward paused at one of the dispatches, it was carefully folded and sealed. Brasher’s hand shook slightly as he passed it to his officer. The seal bore the crest of the Baroness of Selnendrin.

He sent for Methia after reading it and passed it to her when she arrived. “We’ve been summoned to Hesterbur?” She gasped.

“To the Star,” Taraborne replied and took the tot of rum that Brasher offered, Methia took the second. “And one for yourself,” Taraborne murmured. The three toasted silently and gulped their drinks. “Wonder if they’ll be irritated when I have to sort out things here first?”

“They won’t,” Methia shook her head. “One doesn’t see the Star by putting duty second.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 10:19:46 AM
Tamalyn took a rib and began to eat à he talked, she paused. "What young ladies? I do not have very many acquaintances of the female persuasion" she remarked. Then thought about the time of day, "how many of my government do they think will be available so late in the day? Who hired employee for the orphange already?" She still couldn't think of any females she knew who would be described as Brock had described these two, "What are the ladies names?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 10:26:38 AM
"Apparently Lord Amrick brought in two disgruntled government workers from Valcastria," he paused and thought. "Helda and Kirsie," he said after a moment. "They apparently leapt at the chance. He supposed that you wouldn't mind putting them up for a day or two. It seems that he's taking them shopping for their furnishings and new wardrobe. Good negotiators, it seems." He shook his head. "They have apparently infiltrated some private club where your ministers socialize with rich people to pry a budget and goods from them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 10:47:09 AM
 Tamalyn was shocked. "Helda and Kirsie" she paused, "moved here? To the land of entitled nobles? It would have taken a lot of negotiating to convince them to do that" she agreed, "wow, I am really surprised. I didn't realize there was a private club here" she added in a more serious tone. "What sort of things does this club provide? "
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 10:55:09 AM
"News broadsheets from across the Realm, a wine cellar that's rather spectacular, as well as it's bar, and a great kitchen," he shrugged. "Also gaming tables of various sorts. It's like the social clubs in Hesterbur. Very formal, very social."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 11:07:39 AM
She nodded, "that wasn't what I expected to hear. They can have their stuffy club as long à it isn't providing elicit things; like women, slaves, animal fighting, drugs, or practicing anything illegal." She paused again, "I do not think they are enjoying life there tonight though" she smiled. She took a free more bites, "they were predicting the first ships from the south to arrive tomorrow, was there a delay?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 11:21:32 AM
"A slackening of the wind, I'm told," he replied. "They would have arrived around midnight, so they are holding back to time their arrival for morning, they'll arrive just breakfast time and be fed ashore with their current timing."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 11:57:43 AM
"I suppose that will be something to get used to, having the wind slow down the fleet.  I must admit that I do like the idea of the river fleet, though I do worry that they will become glorified transporters. It would be a waste of good men" she added and ate some more, "is there dessert? Something sweet would be perfect after the spicy ribs. "
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 12:38:09 PM
"We have a lovely fruit tart," he replied. "More fruit than crust."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 12:53:19 PM
"Perfect" she said and began to eat. She had used enough power that day that she was really hungry. She was surprised that Helda and Kirsie had decided to move to Tamber, they both loved Valcaster and wanted to build it into a better country. But, if she thought about it fully she realized the two were probably her closest female friends and supposed that it went both ways. She remembered when the girls would come to het apartment to shower because their own hot water was too  expensive. It made her smile to remember that simpler time. After she finished dessert Tamalyn realized something else.  "Brock, has Lady Telbrantil returned yet?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 01:02:57 PM
"She ate earlier and went to bed," he replied. "She looked exhausted. Dreadnaught said that she had no troubles. Lord Creighton has returned as well and has also retired for the evening."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 01:25:13 PM
Tamalyn had forgotten that she had left Dreadnought with Camear. That made his appearance at the camp and his fascination with the Athena girl all the more interesting. She glanced at Dread, then away.
"Do you think Helda and Kirsie will return before I retire? If not, I may retire early."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 01:27:24 PM
"I expect that they will be home soon, they aren't club members, so they'll be walked out quickly enough."

As he spoke she could hear squeals from the doorway and was quickly buried under hugs.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 01:39:49 PM
It was odd to be hugged, or touched, by anyone other than her parents publicly. But, she returned their hugs. "Welcome to Tamber" she said after their hugs were finished, "I was so surprised to hear that you were here. I suppose I should have kept closet tabs on you" she smiled. "How is everyone doing? Waron? Branor? The others?" She asked not wanting to name them all. "And why didn't you tell me you were coming? I would have been here to greet you" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 01:45:49 PM
Warning is no fun, we wanted the pounce," Helda laughed.

"Everyone is doing pretty well," Kirsie nodded. "Waron is doing great with his wine, Dalrek is moving up in covernment, Lynna is having trouble getting law clients, but making do, Teela may be moving here to set up a high end house, business there is pretty shaky, Kernan is doing well at law, Branke will be here next week to work with Annika, Yorek is a prosecutor, and Praed is doing chemical things to make new medicines."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 01:56:57 PM
"Any possibility of getting Branor to come here and open a high end dining establishment?" She asked them. "I must be over working Annika if she needs help" Tamalyn laughed and shrugged. "So, tell me what you think of Tamber so far?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 02:01:24 PM
"I'd love for Branor to move here," Helda nodded enthusiastically.

"We need to bring Teela," Kirsie added. "Her paper is struggling, too many people in government and the rich people are making her life a misery, her paper is barely staying solvent. Do you have a good paper here?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 02:15:27 PM
"Hmm, you do realize that her paper is actually my paper, right" she asked them. "PerhapsI should sell and bring the upper staff here" she said thoughtfully. "I have actually been thinking of starting a broadsheet here. I need a way to get information out, correct false information, advertise open positions, announce events and the like. Currently the miltia is people's s best source of information, but they are becoming outnumbered these days." She looked at her friends, "what changed your minds about coming to Selnendrin? You were always adamant about never moving here, and here you are encouraging me to bring the others?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 02:34:40 PM
"It's hard enough to climb the ladder," Helda grumped. "Without bastard men greasing the rungs."

"And, Amrick offered a really attractive package," Kirsie added. "Place to live, good pay, clothes, and he'll pay to set up our houses for us. We each have a small place on the grounds of the orphanage."

"The Lord Marshall is doing his best, but he's got the whole rest of the government working to slow down any progressive moves he wants to make," Helda grumbled. "Valcastrian men like having power too much."

"And we've been branded strumpets," Kirsie giggled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 03:04:45 PM
Tamalyn laugged and pointed at Kirsie, "and there is the real truth of it" she smiled at her. "I do apologize for being such a bad influence on you" she teased. "Very well, I have an idea for Teena. I believe that I will just close the Valcastrian paper in its entirety and offer compensation to those who wish to remain behind and move those who wish to retain their jobs here. That puts the decision in their hands and gives me additional presses for some of the other cities in the province. I will have Annika send notice in the morning" she added thoughtfully. "I do not think it will be difficult to convince Teela to come, she really enjoyed her time in Hesterbur and was never completely happy in Valcaster after that. I will send her a letter inviting her to come, that should be all the push she needs. I am afraid that Lynna would need to study Selnen law in order to continue as a lawyer, but it wouldn't be impossible and we have need for prosecutors, defense attorneys, and civil lawyers" she added. "Branor has only ever wanted to cook in Valcaster, he knows he could have had much better success in Selnendrin, but he only wanted to be successful in Valcaster. His instructors even tried to convince him that his talents would be better received here. Do you think he has changed his mind on that?" She aked doubtfully.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 03:12:06 PM
"Doesn't Lady Stormy own property here?" Helda asked. "That could induce Branor, he might have a chance to cook for her again."

"You didn't make us strumpets," Krisie sighed. "When certain promotions were opening, Dalrek mentioned that he'd slept with both of us, boosted his standing and scuttled ours."

"Ungrateful bastard, not even very good at it," she shrugged. "And I think Teela would love it here, as would Teena."

Lynna would probably do better here, after she learns local law, which is actually simpler than Valcastrian, as I understand it. I'm not sure how much work she could find here, it seems awfully law-abiding in these parts, but she is good at contracts."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 03:30:41 PM
"Branor had the opportunity to be Lady Tigre's personal cheff and turned it down, soI don't know about that" she added. "We have more crime than you are aware of. We recently uncovered a crime ring trying to form, we have some in custody, but not all of them. It has been kept quiet, but we do have crime. And of course, contract lawyers will always be needed" she nodded.


Without warning paper appeared and words began to appear on it. A second letter followed, then a third. Each then folded themselves before she sealed them with her personal crest. "There,  I have written to Branor, Teela and Lynna, we will see if they respond. I will have Annika close the paper in Valcaster tomorrow. She will probably have Brenke assist her since she is still there. That will leave only my student paper shop and art store left there. Neither makes me much, but I like them anyway" she shrugged. Now, let's talk about the orphange. What did you two manage to wrangle out of my government?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 03:37:58 PM
"It was too easy," Helda grumped. "They view it as your pet project so we pretty much have the run of whatever we need."

"We've seen the clothes they are being given, good solid plain stuff. We're going to work on school uniforms, like this place Talmaran does, but we're going to make sure that they look good and a bit stylish. Otherwise, we're going to upgrade the things like soaps and lotions, so they don't feel like poor cousins."

"And food, army rations are wonderful things, if you're army," "Helda snorted. "But they're going to get a lot more fresh food, rather than this long storage stuff. All of that is in the works, I guess that you have some really high officer that has arranged breeding herds and things to give them fresh meat. Now, we have to build up farms around the school. Which, we have seed and everything we'll need to do that. Too easy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 04:10:31 PM
"I wouldn't necessarily agree that this is a pet project, but it is a very important project and one that will have people watching very closely. As for gardens, I have already laid the foundations for growing fresh fruits and vegetables and there is an orchard as well. I will also be donating a portion of my valarian crop to the school. But, here is whatI want. I want the orphanage and school to release educated, skilled, stable, and capable young adults that are secure in themselves. I want these children to know that they are loved, respected and supported. I want those adopted to be placed in good homes with loving parents. They should not be required to work for their food, clothing or education. The eyes of the entire country have been on this province since the beginning and it will only intensify with the addition of the orphange. Talmaran has the best run orphange in the country, if not the world, I want us to match or best their results." She paused and smiled, "I have grown a lot since you last saw me and I have had to become a lot more authoritative. But,  in some waysI haven't changed. I want what I want when I want it, and I always want to be best."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 04:40:52 PM
"Kirsie and I mostly worry about money and paperwork," Helda said thoughtfully. "We don't have a budget yet, and the army orderlies are gathering all of the information that is required, and we'll sort that all out when they get here. We have lists of what we need to have, based upon what the army has learned from Talmaran and the Royal Academy, we've added to that and we're pushing Amrish and Annika to get us the good stuff. Better blankets than army wool, and better personal kit than the army hand-me-downs. Don't get me wrong, they've done a good job at scrambling things together, but thin mattresses, coarse sheets, thin towels and itchy blankets are not for the long term."

"Amrick has called in people from a few outfitters and is going to put the fire to their backsides to fit out the rooms and everything we'll need for the long haul," Kirsie added. "I've seen the rope beds and thin mattresses, I must be getting soft because I'm looking for the biggest bed my room will hold and the thickest mattress and softest sheets and quilts."

"You are spoiled, I can't see you waiting to borrow hot water hot water at a trickle from rusty pipes," Helda giggled.

"If we're spoiled, we'll blame her," she pointed at Tamalyn.

"And looking at her, we're very out of style," Helda looked at her clothes critically. "Poor Amrick, he's going to hate shopping with us."

"If it was going to bother him," Kirsie giggled again. "He wouldn't have agreed with your demand that he take you out on at least three dates."

"He'll probably have someone else actually take us shopping, or at least I hope he does, I won't count this as one of our dates, and I don't want him there when I pick my small clothes."

Brock reentered the room with tea for them all, by the smell it was a relaxing tea that he often made before bed. "I believe that he's arranged for someone called Belinda, in Hesterbur, to see to your needs, first thing in the morning."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 06:48:58 PM
Tamalyn laugged at their banter especially when they began saying how fashionable Tamalyn's clothes were. "I finally win the fashionista award. You have always told me how unfashionable I was, refused any of my finer dresses as grandmother clothing" she laughed again, "and now, oh how the tables have turned. In Valcastria you are called trumpets because you had sex, here you would be called it because of the way you dress" she couldn't help but laugh.


She sobered when Brock entered with tea. She looked at her friends, "it is always hard to tell which Belinda someone is referring to, but I imagine it is Belinda Vale, you have both meet her a few times in Valcastria at or parties. You have met Belinda West at the Traveler, butI can't imagine that even Amrick could convince her to take you shopping." She smiled at Brock, "thank you for the tea." She noticed a small dish with a single candy in it, "and for my candy" she added taking it and popping it in her mouth.


She returned her attention to her friends, "now, about the finances for the orphange. Amyrillis Bragg is the keeper of the purse" she smiled, "in other words, she has my money.  For now, I am financing the orphanage but you will needed to go through Amyrillis. One of the first things that will need to be done is to get our orphange onto the charitable listings in the realm. I am certain that Lady Telbrantil-Melldress will know exactly what needs to be done to do that. Even still, it will take time before that will benefit the children. So in the meantime, work with Annika, Amrick, Amyrillis and the quarter master. We have a huge variety of things that we have pillaged from my father's warehouses. Not everything needs to be new, it just needs to be nice and serviceable. And I do understand that we don't want the children sleeping on army cots any longer than necessary. I also like the idea of non military looking uniforms, but I also like the idea of letting children choose things for themselves. For example, we have bed coverings from the warehouses, they are in great shape and a variety of colors. The children could choose" she suggested.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 07:30:38 PM
Brock was actually pleased to see her laughing and playing, and wasn't shy about showing her that before he departed.

"From the news I've seen from Hesterbur, breasts are making an appearance in capitol fashions," Helda grinned. "Or more of an appearance anyway."

"But I can see how you've influenced style here," Kirsis teased Tamalyn back. "Almost suffocating the poor things."

Switching topics, Helda said, "I agree that children need colors, especially in their own rooms. The uniforms will give them a sense of belonging, but their bedding, night clothes and even their rooms need to have color."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 07:47:52 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "and choices. One needs to learn to make choices. Children have little choice in life, and these children have never had a choice about anything" she added. "Anyway, that appears to be out of your hands" she admitted. "You are financial and administrative, money and paperwork, both of which you should both be good at. I know that you both know how to live within a budget and stretch your imaginations to make things work" she broke off speaking for a moment. "You know" she paused, "Branor might be the prefect chef for the orphange. He could provide good meals with almost anything and can seriously stretch food without losing quality.  He would be perfect" she considered, "if he was willing" she admitted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 07:55:38 PM
"With an orphanage that will house thousands, I don't think he would be interested," Kirsie said. "He even limits the number of people he'll serve each night in his eatery, he doesn't like mass meals, he wants to fuss over each one."

"He'd be good at teaching people to cook though," Helda agreed. "Just pity the poor person that uses the wrong pan."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 08:10:22 PM
Tamalyn shrugged, "or doesn't wash it properly" she added. "You two didn't help in the kitchen as much as I did,  we often argued over how to properly wash pans. "He would still be good at it, but I do see your point" she acknowledged. "There will need to be a chef though, preferably not any army chef. Perhaps you could ask Belinda for a recommendation tomorrow. The University of Hesterbur offers a culinary course, she might know if some recent graduate who would be interested." She yawned, "I would love to stay up late chatting with you both. But, I have had a long day, and you both have a big day tomorrow. Do be sure to go see the orphange before you go shopping. It is completed, but there may be little changes that need done. You should probably meet with Lady Telbrantil-Melldress as well. I am sure she will have a much longer list of things you need to do" she added. Tamalyn rose, "as for me. I am off to get some rest and energy."


Tamalyn came down early for breakfast to see her friends before they headed off for the day. "How did you sleep? Were the beds big and soft enough for you Kirsie?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 08:23:29 PM
"The kitchen staff will be huge," Kirsie said after thinking about it. "I mean it will be feeding thousands, or several of them will be. Perhaps you need really good army cooks, people used to serving a lot of people."


"If I remember the numbers right, they'll be serving a large battalion, three meals a day, plus snacks, because children need snacks," Helda agreed. "That'll take a few hundred cooks. And wet nurses, maybe as many as a hundred, unless you think babies can drink cow or goats milk. Animal milk hust be purified, or it can make children sick."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 08:29:26 PM
Tamalyn smiled at them, "I think all of that is out of my hands. I only make suggestions, the decisions" she paused, "right or wrong are up to you and the rest of the staff" she said with a shrug. "Just remember that the country, and I, an watching.  There, doesn't that make you feel better" she aked with a twinkle.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 08:32:12 PM
"Spanking you would make me feel better," Helda raised a brow at her. "Brat."

"I'm not scared," Kirsie said. "Of the challenge that is. Helda spanks hard, so that is worrying."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 09:07:00 PM
Tamalyn smiled at them both, "threats aside, I speak the truth. I make suggestions, you make decisions and you are answerable for the decisions. That is as true for me as it is for you. I answer to every citizen in the province, to the king, to parliament and to myself. Now, if you want suggestions for retired military cooks, I am sure that my steward,  Lysaa Corrandon, could point you in the right direction" she smiled, "see, I make suggestions" she shrugged.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 09:12:48 PM
"At the risk of torture for interrupting such an enlightening conversation," Amrick said from the doorway, "Belinda is waiting to outfit the ladies in Hesterbur, and Cecil Bragg is wandering the Orphanage with several people taking notes."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 09:20:24 PM
"Is he now?" She rose, "then I shall go and have a chat with him" she smiled. "A better patron we could not ask for" she added. "Enjoy your shopping."


It didn't take Tamalyn long before she too was at the orphanage. "God morning Lord Bragg, how are you today?" She aked him as she approached.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 09:25:17 PM
"Somewhat amazed at all of this, appearing to have grown from the ground," he replied with a jaunty air. "A pair of intrepid young women cornered me at the club last night while I was talking business, and convinced me that I needed to see how grand and empty it all is, and to see if I could suppress the urge to fill these spaces."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 09:39:03 PM
"I was not aware that you were a member of the club in Tamber. Well, in all honesty, I wasn't aware there was a club until last night" she admitted. "I do not spend much time socializing. Though, I do know the young women you spoke with." She looked around the building, "most of this province was built this way, it was the most expedient way. But nothing was as important to have built quickly as this one. There are over six thousand orphaned children with no place to call home" she added. "So tell me Lord Bragg, can you resist filling the building and helping me to give them a home?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 10:10:30 PM
"I was a guest," he grinned. "I don't go in much for clubs myself, unless you count the lounges of Handron Hall. As to kitting this place out, your ladies have set a high standard. No bunk beds, but they'd like to see two beds per room, each with a good, solid chest and wardrobe and a double desk with chairs. That means enough to furnish 3,500 rooms," he spoke as they walked into one of the long barracks. "Good-sized rooms," he observed, seeing that each was eight by ten feet, with the door on the ten foot wall.  Put a bed at each end, a wardrobe beside each bed and their chests under the window, and they can sit on those as well to enjoy a breeze and then the desk in the middle of the room. Very nice. In time, as the older children grow up, you can reduce them to single rooms."

As he spoke, several scribes were making measurements and taking notes.

"Each building three stories tall, with the ground floor for the baths, and a common area. Well thought out." He was still thinking out loud. Two hundred per building," he said after doing a quick count on his fingers. "Thirty five barracks, plus the cottages and apartments for staff." He turned to one of his scribes. "I don't envy you the task of kitting this place out, but I'm sure that if you deliver everything to the commons outside by lunch, Her Highness can find enough soldiers to place everything."

The scribe gulped audibly. "That will be a deep cut into stock at several outfitters."

"Yes, especially when you recall that you'll need to provide cradles for infants as well. I have a full list of their needs," he passed a stack of parchment over. "Provided by the orphanage staff. See that it is filled by lunch, there'll be people waiting to set things in place so they can move the children in by breakfast tomorrow." He made a shooing motion and they left quickly, and in a combination of panic and despair.

"Your father has already seen to stocking the kitchens, laundries and baths," he observed. "The rangers and druids should be working over the grounds any moment now. The King has seen to the outfitting of the hospital and infirmaries, and I understand that you should have a dozen healers here today as well, all young, but promising. The Palatine are seeing to the children's uniforms and linens , as well as all of the needs of the encampments, and outfitting the staff offices. The Royal Engineers are building the outside game fields and play areas. Plenty of room for that, must be a thousand acres within the walls. Well done."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 10:32:22 PM
"Thank you, for both the compliment and the help. General Stonecutter designed the building, and has never let me down. I have to admit that out of everything that has been thrown at me during the processes of building the province this orphange has been the most troubling for me. Those children have already been through so much" she said quietly, "the responsibility to provide for them, to give them lives worth living" she paused, "well, I couldn't do it alone" she added. "So I am very grateful for all the assistance to make their transition easier." She thought about everything he had said and done so far. "There is still a lot to do, but at least the children will be clean, fed, and have beds to sleep in. I am very grateful for that. Now w just have to scour the country for more teachers, nannies, wet nurses, and the like. I believe that Uma Telbrantil-Melldress is working on that now, or so I was told." She paused, "thank you again for everything, I just don't know what else to say."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 16, 2017, 10:41:20 PM
"Nothing needs to be said," he shrugged. "And I needed something to slap the smug out of my people. They're getting complacent."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 16, 2017, 11:17:42 PM
"Mine have not yet had that opportunity. Though I did get Amyrillis to say bugger the other day when I sent her out to buy toys, all the toys she could find" Tamalyn smiled, "I think that might almost count. And she came through with toys for each of the children who have arrived so far." She smiled, "if you haven't been to the camp, you might want to, if only to see those little ones clutching their toys. It was worth it, but of course that was the smallest group of those freed. The bigger groups come in tomorrow morning, at least the volunteers had a practice run" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 06:55:52 AM
"Rilly is hard to rattle, but it is fun when you do it," he agreed. "You may want to arrange for soldiers to be ready to move furniture as it arrives. My staff be in a panic to make sure they meet the deadline, so when things arrive, it will be in lots."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 11:12:06 AM
 She nodded, "I have many stops to make this morning. Thank you again for your assistance. It is appreciated" she said and then left him on his own. Her first stop was Marshal Serpental.


"Good morning Marshall" she said brightly, "I would ask how you were this fine day, but I have business that needs doing quickly. Lord Bragg currently has his staff out buying all of the furniture for the orphange.  The Palatine are donating all the uniforms, bedding, bath towels and the like.  We will need to have men there to move it all into place. This needs to be completed today because the children will be arriving after breakfast tomorrow. Also, until they can hire suitable kitchen staff, I would like one of our experienced army cooks, and staff, to prepare their meals. Beginning with lunch for about seven thousand."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 12:30:38 PM
"You don't need a cook," Serpental chuckled. "You need closer to seventy. You're feeding a full brigade. I imagine that each of your kitchens will support five hundred children, so ten cooks per kitchen with assorted scullions and so forth. Cook Sergeant Casterlan runs the officer's mess, I'll loan him to you; but I believe that you'll need to find a really good cook chief cook to plan menus and insure quality across your kitchens, and I would plan on a cooking staff of around 210 to 280." He pondered. "You've walled in 1,280 acres, or two square miles. I imagine that you could provide apartments for that many, even after you house all of the nannies and teachers and so forth. I'll have 280 cooks and helpers sent out at once, under Cook Sergeant Casterlan."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 03:05:14 PM
Tamalyn smiled and nodded, "I would like to point out that you also just mentioned one cook and staff, which was what I requested. It is all semantics" she shrugged. "With all the assistance we are receiving, I do not think it will be long before they hire a suitable kitchen staff. The kitchens are fully stocked and ready for cooks, my father saw to that. Though, we still need people to move all the furniture from Lord Bragg" she reminded him. "I also wanted to discuss increasing the patrols around the orphange, though I am sure that you have already seen to that" she added, but still felt it necessary to mention.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 03:11:00 PM
"There will be mounted patrols, and guards at each gate," he assured her. "As well as foot patrols along the walls."

Then there was a tap on her shoulder and she turned to see Branor, who held out a letter to her. "I've come to ask about this?"

It was a letter from Helda.

Branor, There is an unbelievable opportunity for you here. As you know, Kirsie and I have moved to Tamber to help operate an orphanage, the grounds are huge, two square miles they tell me for nearly 7,000 orphaned children, freed from bondage. There are eight large kitchens with dining rooms for five hundred at a time. One of them was to be for the staff, but I find this a waste of space and potential. If you came here, one of them could be your dream eatery. We could use half of the floor space for dancing and a band, you could serve the finest meals on the other half, and you can limit the number of tables as you see fit for such an exclusive place, you would be able to help support the orphanage, and you could teach fine cooking to students, and train the other cooks here to a much higher standard. This is an amazing opportunity! The food will almost all be grown right here, so you can check on your ingredients constantly and amend your menus to account for what is seasonably fresh. Also, I’m told they don’t have the melt here! Please be interested, and let me know what you think so I can propose this to Tamalyn. –Helda.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 03:27:25 PM
 She quickly read the letter, "I suppose that we will need to talk about this. Please excuse me Marshal Serpental, thank you for your assistance." She rise and left with Branor. "I need to see Annika, so we can walk and talk" she explained as they made their way to het own offices. "I actually had no idea that they had proposed this to you. I had suggested that you might like to be the lead chef for the school, they said you wouldn't want that position" she shrugged. "I think this idea of theirs is interesting, though I must admit that I am not sure how profitable it would be. I find it hard to believe that there would be very many who would want to go to as orphanage to eat. But, on the other hand, there will be guest speakers, prospective parents, and assorted sponsors that may enjoy your dining experience" she added. "Helda and Kirsie are in Hesterbur at the moment, but we will find them after I see Annika so they can further explain their idea. In the meantime" she smiled,  "welcome to Tamber. I have missed you"she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 03:29:54 PM
"I missed you too," he smiled. "And I'd really like to see this kitchen they're talking about. Can we do that soon?" As usual, he tended to fixate on an idea.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 03:52:53 PM
Tamalyn shook her head, "after Annika, I have limited time in my day" she said as they entered the hall of government. Tamalyn made her way up to her offices and found Annika. "I would like you to go to Valcastria, or have your new assistant Branor, and announce to the staff of my broadsheet thatI am moving the business to Tamber. Those who wush to remain on staff will retain their jobs if they are willing to move, those who do not wish to move will be given a severance package. My hope is that Teena will move with the paper, she is a fantastic editor andI would hate to lose her"she added. "Bring all the presses, ink and paper here. The papers new name will be The Tamber Tribune."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 03:58:58 PM
"Oh bugger!" She sighed and vanished.

"An abrupt young lady," Branor observed. "Do you often complicate her life?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 04:11:46 PM
"Probably" she nodded, "I often complicate everyone's life. These days I petty much just tell my staff what I want done, sometimes it is simple, but nothing has been simple lately." She looked at him, "I really am not sure what Helda's idea for you was, you were supposed to contact her so she could explain her idea. I can show you the kitchen, but I cannot tell you her plans. I am not even sure why she thinks the staff doesn't need a dining hall, unless she just meant that you could be the staff's head chef" she added. Tamalyn turned to Indra, "please send a guard to fetch Helda and bring her to the orphanage to explain her plan." She turned back to Branor, "come on, let's go see this kitchen" she said as the room faded from view and they standing outside the staff dining hall, "it is this way" she said heading inside.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 04:28:57 PM
He looked over the dining area first. "Very utilitarian," he observed. "But large." Tables for twenty, it seems, we won't need them nearly so large. A table for 8 is large. and it needs to be round. I have those. I would seat around a hundred and fifty, and leave the rest for dancing, apparently people dance here. In the kitchen he looked around carefully. Large, but I'd have to see the basement, that's where we'd have the pantry and laundry. He pictured the flow. "More room than I have now and I can fit over sixty staff in there. It looks like somebody used my kitchen as a model." Then he wandered upstairs. Plenty of room for unmarried staff, if they wish to live on site, more than enough room, good baths even. Very nice. This will do nicely." He concluded.

Helda waited for them downstairs with Kirsie. "I really feel pity for Amrick's purse," she grinned as she hugged Branor. "We left our purchases in our cottages and came right over. "Branor, you were supposed to contact me so I could broach the subject delicately."

Branor shrugged. "Seemed a waste of time to me, and I got to see everything. I'm interested. I'd have to talk to my staff, that means seeing how many of 42 kitchen staff will be interested. I can never remember how many serving staff we have, and no idea ifany of them would want to move." He paused. "So what makes you think this place would be profitable?"

"Because," Kirsie grinned. "Between Tamalyn and her father and their friends, we're going to make this a very exclusive place to eat. I'll wager that within a month you'll have reservations going out six months, at least."

"And that doesn't include wedding parties and such things that you can cater," Helda added.

"We're going to cheat and make this the most desired eatery in the Realm, or at least in top few of the list. In the meanwhile, you can teach and train and you'll be a very sought after teacher of upper tier cooks." Kirsie pressed. "You're trainees will be sought after by the best eateries and houses in the Realm. I know that we can press the Travelers around the Realm to upgrade their cooking staffs."

"And, at the prices you'll command, you'll be in profit and still paying staff well." Helda beamed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 04:36:59 PM
Tamalyn looked doubtful, "I have questions" she said. "Where is the staff going to eat? Why would anyone want to eat at an orphange? Does having a restaurant on the grounds turn the children into curiosities? On the other hand, I very much like the idea of teaching cooking, to both the students here and to other chef's. But, that is my favorite part. The rest leaves me doubtful" she added. "I do not want the children to feel like they are exhibited in a zoo,  and I am really not sure how well a restaurant would do in any orphanage" she said again.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 04:43:05 PM
"The staff will eat with the children," Helda replied. "Some before, some with, some after, it really depends upon their schedules, others will eat at home, married people like to do that, I hear," she giggled over her single status. They won't want to eat at an orphanage, they'll want to eat from the best kitchen anyone has ever heard of. We use low walls, hedges and trees to separate the eatery from the rest of the orphanage and, if possible, give it it's own gate that opens onto a courtyard and gardens. Leaving privacy for the children. And it will do very well, because you can pull in the clientele that will make this a desirable place to eat. I'm sure that you and your father can pull in royalty and the very rich."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 05:01:52 PM
"I think that you over estimate my contacts. Though, my father's contacts do fit your ideas. Though, in truth Lady Tigre would be the best person to help with this. She knows, and is friends with, almost every noble person in the realm and many outside the realm as well. Have you discussed the idea with Uma Telbrantil-Melldress? She is who you need to convince, I have the power to squash it but, I will leave that decision to her. If she approves of your plan, I will do what I can to help" she added, "but, I do think you forget that I am not the most liked person."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 05:05:26 PM
"You're rich, you have power," Helda said firmly. "Like isn't the question, of the right class is, and Uma is on board, and ready to drag out family."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 07:03:48 PM
Tamalyn considered what she said, "I can invite people, and they will probably come. I also think that you should serve Brock. Brock is well known and his tastes are renowned. If you can impress him, then people will want to come regardless of who else may enjoy the food or atmosphere."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 07:06:03 PM
Kirsie goggled whimsically," what is the worst that can happen?" she said. "You have the best cooking school in at least two countries?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 07:09:22 PM
Tamalyn smiled, "I didn't say no. I am telling you how to be the most successful.  Just make sure the children are not affected negatively, that is all I am worried about. The rest will take care of itself."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 07:21:21 PM
"Did you know that there are thousands of soldiers in the courtyard?" Helda asked. "And not very many pretty ones."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 07:30:06 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "yes, I knew they were coming. But, I would disagree on how pretty they are, because they are pretty deadly and pretty useful. They are here because last night you both convinced Lord Bragg to buy all the furniture. He agreed, and got the Palatine to donate all the uniforms and bedding, my father had fully outfitted the kitchens and stocked the pantries. I have also arranged for our best militia cooks to cook for the children until you find suitable chef's of your own." She smiled, "because tomorrow this place will have six thousand two hundred and forty five children."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 07:52:31 PM
"In three waves," Helda nodded. "First the ones already at the eastern camp, then those arrive at the east in the morning and west in the afternoon. It'll be a hectic day. Can we borrow a few of those bored soldiers in the courtyard to help with our furniture."

"Just for practice," Kirsie added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 08:00:57 PM
Tamalyn shrugged, "go ask them. But, I wouldn't begin by telling them they aren't pretty" she teased.  Tamalyn watched them go, then turned to Branor. "Would you like to stay for a day or two to get a feel for the city, or would you prefer to return home to arrange your staff?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 08:23:59 PM
"Those two are a hazard," he said fondly. "I need to get back and get everything ready, the timing is good anyway, they are trying to increase my rents again. It will be a pleasure to hand them back the keys instead."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 08:34:14 PM
"They would like Teela, Lynna, and Teena to move here as well. So, should you see any of them, out in a good word. I think Waron is happy with his shop, but if her isn't please let him know that he is welcome to move here too." She gave her friend a hug,  "I will see you soon" she said releasing him then sending him home.


She walked outside to watch her friends getting her militia to move their furniture into their quarters. She shook her head and headed back to her office.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 09:00:15 PM
"We are doomed to live in interesting time," Indra observed as they arrived at her office. "To make it all the more interesting, Dread and Amrick are in mortal peril of losing their bachelorhood."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 09:23:46 PM
"Amrick is a big boy and he knew how Helda feels before he invited her to come. I think that he missed her" she shrugged. "Dread on the other hand has no clue" she admitted. "But, let us not forget you" she smiled, "the only reason you are not married is because Breecher knows how skittish you are on that topic. He is patient and waiting for you to be ready. The way I see it, soon I will be surrounded by happily married couple. It doesn't change my opinion on marriage though. I am not getting married because I have no intention of giving any man that much power over me."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 17, 2017, 09:36:01 PM
"I'll consider marriage when the time comes," she shrugged, "I'm not going to turn into some moony-eyed twit at the prospect."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 17, 2017, 09:44:44 PM
Tamalyn smiled and nodded, "as you say" she said. She looked over her desk at the mountain of dispatches, letters and notes. "Well, this stuff isn't going to read itself" she sighed. Most of the information was in regards to the orphange; lists of items being donated, letters of interest for the adoption process, volunteers lists and such forth. She sorted through the stack and forwarded all the information for the orphanage to Uma Telbrantil-Melldress. At lunch time she returned home to see what information Brock had for her. He was always a surprising source of info and she enjoyed his perspective.

What she found was Camear Telbrantil, with all the new arrivals she had quite forgotten about her house guest.  "Good afternoon" Tamalyn greeted her. "I hope you didn't wait for me to have your lunch. There are some days I only get to eat on the run. I thought this might be one of those days, but I found a lull" she shrugged.

"I didn't wait for you" Camear said, "but neither have I eaten. Brock was checking on it now. I saw your friends leaving this morning with Amrick." Camear smiled, "I have never seen Amrick" she paused and considered her next words, "comfortable and relaxed with a woman who looks at him the way she does. In fact, he is known to be quite the heartbreaker" she added.

"I did not know that" she admitted, "but he is very well aware of Helda's attentions. He should be, he spent numerous years in the same house as her. What surprised me was that he invited her here at the first open position that he thought she would like."

"Oooh, now that makes it all the more interesting" Camear said enjoying the gossip, "I wonder how she will react when she learns of his dark past" she laughed, "it really isn't that dark. Some father thought Amrick was going to marry his daughter, he didn't and the father stripped him naked and lefy him tied in a field" she shrugged, "or so that is how the story goes, no one really knows for sure. From here on though, we do know. My niece found him and took him home, she really enjoyed finding men in precarious situations" Camear added, "she had Amrick do the odd errand for her, then he trained with Creighton for a bit. But, what was rwally the oddest part was that anytime someone said Amrick in public there would be an echo of sorts" she grinned, "the echo was 'asshole' almost always said twice.

Tamalyn was surprised to learn this juicy bit of gossip, "I think Helda will be alright, she often tells him her is an asshole" she smiled. Then noticed Brock entering. "Good afternoon Brock" she said, "what are we having for lunch?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 18, 2017, 07:18:36 AM
"Wild boar stew," Brock replied. "Cook is feeling festive today, but promises it isn't spicy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 18, 2017, 07:27:08 AM
"Sounds interesting" Tamalyn shrugged, "have you heard any interesting information that I may have missed?  You usually have some very interesting information" she added.


"He does, doesn't he. I never ignore messages from Brock" Camear added, "always informing and arrive just when necessary."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 18, 2017, 08:24:22 AM
"The naval squadron commanders are gathering at Oldwine's headquarters for a conference with Fleet Admiral Taraborne," Brock replied. "After which Taraborne and few others will make the trip to Hesterbur to visit the Star, it is expected that he and Admiral Mallor will return as Lord and Lady Defender, respctively. The Fleet Admiral has then been ordered to take four days to convalesce, so he will be gone a week in total. His flagship has arrived and is moored below the city, and it is unknown if he will reside there, or at headquarters, I suspect the former. Several of those wanted in the criminal enterprise have been captured or killed evading capture. Amrick and Dreadnaught are  in a state which may be called, twitterpated. More assistance for the refugees are now in place at both camps. Work progresses on staff for the orphanage, and it will rain late this afternoon."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 18, 2017, 04:50:45 PM
"See" Tamalyn smiled, "very insightful.I will send a note of warning to the men moving furniture" she added sending the note off. 

Tamalyn and Camear ate lunch and talked. Tamalyn then told her about Branor's restaurant. "He is a phenomenal chef" she added, "but I am most excited about him giving lessons. For both the children and others."

"A chef that is willing to teach others to prepare his special dishes, I think that is almost unheard of."

They discussed that topic for a while. "I should go check on things at the orphange. We should get to bed early tonight as well,  the ships will be arriving before breakfast."

Tamalyn made her goodbyes, then went to check oin the happenings at the at the orphanage.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 19, 2017, 12:51:19 AM
"As furniture streamed in from various sources it was taken immediately to rooms. Fortunately, Cecil Bragg had a lot of resources to draw from. The various storehouses were filling as well. Perhaps most surprising was the number and variety of blankets, it seemed that no two beds would look exactly the same, allowing for a bit of diversity through the place. Outside the walls, the fields allotted to the academy were being prepared for crops, and the open pastures were fenced and livestock already grazed. Even the stables were filled, ranging from ponies to large draft horses, except the horses were all outside the stable in pastures accessed by a gate. The guardsmen for the orphanage were the first to get the dwarven mastiffs, chosen by their breeders for their tolerance of children. The guardsmen were mostly older men from the Tamber Duchy militia, married and with families that would live close by in a small village that was springing up beside the academy.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 19, 2017, 01:32:00 AM
Tamalyn Tamalyn stayed out of the way of the men moving the furniture, ass much as she could, but she did wander around inside the buildings seeing what all had been accomplished. Eventually, she made her way outside to speak with the guardsmen. She stopped first with the dogs. "MayI pet them" she aked before she approached to closely. "I am curious, why dogs?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 19, 2017, 12:06:25 PM
He sat the dog and spoke a few words of dwarven and the huge canine looked relaxed and cheerful. "You may pet him, My Lady," he replied. "We're using dogs here because it means we can have more watchers without making it look like an army camp," he replied. "And they have good noses." He looked at the sky. "Looks like that rain will be here tonight."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 19, 2017, 12:18:24 PM
"Perhaps sooner" she said not mentioning why she was suggesting that. "Can they really remember so many scents? It will be important for the children to not feel like they are imprisoned" she agreed petting the dog.  She hasn't considered animals for the children, but she was glad to see so many around. "I will have to consider animal sciences for the children. Animal healers, trainers and handlers would be a great addition to the province" she remarked, thinking aloud. "Do you plan to have any dogs inside the dormitories?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 19, 2017, 03:12:49 PM
"We're still thinking about it," he shrugged. "I say one per floor at night to keep watch."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 19, 2017, 04:53:37 PM
"My thought was more to comfort than keep watch, but I  do not know how versatile the dogs are trained" she added. "Which was why I asked to pet your dog first. I will add that children rarely remember to do that, not do they recognize the distress signals dogs give. Has that been considered?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 20, 2017, 01:16:23 AM
"We have," he replied. "We chose dogs that have been trained to guard houses, these have been born and raised around children, they are guard dogs more than war dogs."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 20, 2017, 09:03:47 AM
"Sounds like you have it well thought out" she nodded. Tamalyn have the dog a last scratch behind the ears, "I won't keep you any longer, I know you want to get the dogs acquainted with the grounds."  She stepped back and let him go. She watched the storm clouds moving in and approached the sergeant in charge of moving the furniture. "I suggest that you have all the furniture brought inside, they can distribute it after it is out of the elements it is going to rain very soon" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 20, 2017, 09:15:06 AM
"We almost have it cleared off," he assured her. "The rest of the deliveries will go into a tent we've put up at the other end of the compound," he pointed to a large pavilion. "Most of what is left coming in will be in closed bundles, barrels or chests." He looked up at the sky. "We have another hour, a bit more actually. But we'll have it all cleared by then. We have far more workers than we need, makes it faster."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 20, 2017, 10:55:14 AM
"I am glad of that. Faster work with more hands and it means that no one is rushing and doing slip shod work" she agreed. "I will leave you all to your work. I just wanted to make sure things were going smoothly." She continued to wander around for a while, getting a feel for the place, then just before it began to rain she went to het office.


Tamalyn brought out the list of those freed and looked over the numbers. With the children taken care of she considered the next group that has her concerned. The sixteen to twenty year olds. Her concern was their young age, and the possibility that they haf not been educated or trained. Most were probably at best, she supposed, laborers. At worst, well she didn't really want to think about what many of the young girls had been through. She looked at Indra, "do you think that the volunteers will be asking about any skills the freed peoples might have?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 20, 2017, 03:39:21 PM
"That's part of the list of questions that they ask as they're brought in," Indra replied. "That's why their reception will take a few days, there's a lot of questions that must be asked in private."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 20, 2017, 03:54:57 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "I have a question about those orphaned. Are any of them siblings with older refugees? I really do not want families torn apart if we can prevent it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 20, 2017, 04:20:36 PM
There are some," Indra nodded. "As I understand it they will be left together. I believe your mother has cornered a few people responding to the camps and has made this very clear."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 20, 2017, 08:49:54 PM
"She would" Tamalyn nodded, "she believes in family and experienced forced separation when she was first brought to Talmarrii. She doesn't talk about it much, but it was the hardest part about transitioning to the orphange. Karven was so young that it didn't affect him as much. I have been thinking about my mother's time there. Lord Mandrake Telbrantil was very hands on with the children, he visited almost daily. I don't think I could do that, but I could try to visit weekly. Do you think it would make much of a difference if I visited? I tend to make people nervous, but I seem to have better luck with children" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 20, 2017, 09:44:19 PM
"Mandrake had an old and established province and nobility, and everything had been running for centuries before he was born," Indra shrugged. "You don't have those luxuries."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 20, 2017, 09:59:43 PM
"I know" she nodded, "I will think about it more. It is really just something niggling away in my head. I try not to ignore those feelings, there is usually a good reason for them" she shrugged.  She worked until dinner time. Brock had said Oldwine was returning tonight, though she didn't know when. Truthfully, she didn't even know why he had to go. Other than to deal with the navy and see the king.


"Brock" Tamalyn said when she got home, "have you hired the staff for the staff yet? If not, might you consider interviewing some of the refugees" she aked him. "No pressure either way, I just thought if we joyed some perhaps others would consider them for their own homes and gardens" she suggested.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 21, 2017, 11:25:19 PM
"We have some on hand," he replied. "But we'll see if there is interest with them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 22, 2017, 10:51:39 AM
Tamalyn nodded, "I am at a loss as to what is left for me to do. For tonight though, it seems like I may have some free time. I have a project that I have been thinking about fore a while, so I am going to go to my studio."


She searched in the big piles of cleared log for a large log and, after finding a sirable one, she brought it to her studio then she got out all her wood carving tools and changed into leather pants and a blouse. Both of which were older. Then Tamalyn began to work the wood. It was going to take a long time to complete this project, but she had nine months before it would be needed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 22, 2017, 08:57:44 PM
Several hours later Brock stepped into the room. "Oldwine and Breecher have returned," he said quietly. "Asking if supper has been served yet. I suppose that is excuse enough for me to guilt you into eating, at last."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 22, 2017, 09:52:19 PM
"I didn't know dinner was ready" she said looking at him then back to her project, "I suppose this is as a time to stop for now" she said looking at the big block of wood. It was still very rough, but you could see where she had begun the process of whittling it down. The room was a complete mess of wood chips and bark. "I know the maids hate cleaning up my art room, but I do enjoy coming into a clean space. If they could just leave the tools on the table and clean up the wood shavings, that would be wonderful" she explained, "please ask them to always leave the project itself alone though" she added brushing some loose shavings off the top.


As she left the room her clothes returned to what she had been wearing earlier. She made her way downstairs, "Welcome home" she told the men. "I trust you had a successful visit to the city" she added. "Brock tells me that it is time to eat, are you hungry?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 23, 2017, 05:18:48 PM
"Always," Breecher grinned after greeting her.

"If Breecher isn't hungry, send for a surgeon," Oldwine quipped. "Though we did have a busy trip, so I suppose that is to be expected. There is a lot more navy coming this way, and a few warehouses full of goods." He grinned. "I felt almost like a merchant rather than a soldier. Haggle, haggle, haggle."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 23, 2017, 05:37:02 PM
"Admiral Taraborne and a few others have been called before the star. They are arriving tomorrow before breakfast and are expected to be gone shortly after that. So your widow to see him is short. Oh,  and he did allow me to heal him, though he insisted on keeping his bruises. You can't appear too vain" she shook her head. "The orphange is completely outfitted, thanks to my father and Lord Bragg. Lord Bragg supplied all of the furnishings for the entire orphange" she added.


They sat down to eat, "oh,  I almost forgot. Helda and Kirsie have moved here to work at the orphange and Branor is opening a restaurant in what was supposed to be the staff dining hall. The three of them have big ideas and Lady Telbrantil-Melldress has agreed to the proposal. Camear Telbrantil and Creighton Bragg are staying with me" she took a breath, "and Dread is smitten with Leetha, the girl who Marshal Corrandon found."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 23, 2017, 06:06:35 PM
"We go to Hesterbur and everyone gets twitterpated," Oldwine observed.

"It's you," Breecher shrugged. "I've always said you're a killjoy."

"Yes, but you're daft, and nobody believes your scandalous rumor."

"Whatever it takes for you to sleep through the night."

"Nothing, now that I don't have to try and sleep through your snoring."

"I don't snore," Breecher scoffed."

Indra giggled at that, after suppressing a laugh.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 23, 2017, 06:18:26 PM
Tamalyn watched tter interaction, she glanced at Indra when she laughed. Then shook her head gently. Indra really believed that she wasn't effected, though she was. "Helda has Amrick jumping at her beck and call, but I think he wanted it. If he didn't, he wouldn't have brought her here" she shrugged. "Dalrek is apparently climbing the ladder at his place of employment, by using his relationship with the girls as stepping stones. That really makes me mad" she added, "but he made his choice and one-day it will bite him one the arse" she shrugged.


"So tell me, what all did you two did while you were away?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 23, 2017, 06:59:51 PM
"We set the stage for Taraborne and his command staff to write naval regulations for the frontier, because things will work differently here," Oldwine replied.

"And he reduced the swelling of some naval egos," Breecher grinned. "Anyone that wanted a bit of Taraborne's arse is now covering their own."

Oldwine had a bit of a grumpy look. "Perhaps your father's people need to complicate Dlrek's life a bit," he growled. "But, as to Taraborne's actions, a royal commendation and a medal of valor from the crown seems to have dulled his critics."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 23, 2017, 07:12:06 PM
"My father is off hunting the leader of our crime network. It seems it is bigger than originally thought, and although he pretended he wasn't worried about them questioning where he slept" she shrugged, "suddenly Camear Telbrantil is staying with me because Creighton doesn't think she is safe in Hesterbur. So that tells me that they are both more concerned than they pretend to be." She wondered if any of them had known about the relationship between Camear and Creighton, but didn't press the issue.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 23, 2017, 11:06:53 PM
"If they are that annoying, perhaps I need to dedicate a few hunters to the chase," Oldwine pondered.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 24, 2017, 09:52:41 AM
Tamalyn considered, "Perhaps, but the one behind the organization isn't here, he or she, they are just pulling the strings. We still have a few people in the city that haven't been arrested. But, I think that is more about specific evidence than the inability to locate them. Basically, they are waiting to see what they do. And, it is believed that the string puller will contact them, so we wait and watch." She smiled at him, "frustrating,, having to wait, isn't it? I must say" she said moving on without waiting for an answer, "that the Palatine have been extremely helpful. First they sent out their relief workers, and then they supplied all the bedding, uniforms, and night clothes for the children. We still have staff to hire, for now the militia is supplying the kitchen staff. The officers mess is closed until we can find suitable replacements" she paused, "I suppose Serpental already told you that" she added as an afterthought, then shrugged. "Was Lord Telbrantil at your meetings? I have requested to see him, but he was called to Hesterbur for meetings, I wanted to pick his brain about orphanges" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 24, 2017, 11:13:22 AM
"Make it easy," He shrugged. "The current Lord of Talmaran hasn't been in his post long and really doesn't know the day-to-day operations. The administrator running it has been there for decades and isn't showing any signs of retiring, so the second in line, who has been there ten years or so, knows the job but isn't going to get to do it. Hire her out from under them. Shouldn't be hard, she's Jamen's cousin."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 24, 2017, 12:12:47 PM
Tamalyn looked confused, "in place of Uma Telbrantil-Melldress? Our are you meaning for a different position?" She asked him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 24, 2017, 01:03:36 PM
"Uma is in charge of the whole place, essentially, she's in charge of refugees as a whole. ," he replied. "You need someone to set up the orphanage itself. We should have four smaller encampments, north, south, east and west, that helps train and settle people. Uma would oversee these and the place you just built, while you need someone to run the orphanage and someone for the academy. We're going to see a lot of refugees over the next few years, spreading out the number of people that help them eases the burden that would otherwise fall on one person. Uma's position should be more along the lines of Chancellor of Resettlement. This would give her far more clout with parliament and the government."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 24, 2017, 01:48:01 PM
"So you are suggesting that I should promote Uma and hire a different person for the orphanage" she recapped thoughtfully. "I do not have a problem with that" she said, "so what is the name of the person you regiment I hire for the orphanage itself" she enquired.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 24, 2017, 07:36:06 PM
"Deria Serpental," he replied. "I'll talk to Uma, have Jamen talk to Deria."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 24, 2017, 07:41:02 PM
Tamalyn shook her head, "why didn't he tell me about her when we were discussing the orphanage" she shook her head, "any of the times we discussed it?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 24, 2017, 08:09:15 PM
"I suppose because his family that wanted to come out and live here, did," he replied. "I don't think he wanted to speak for her as she's been holding on to take over one day. This way she can take charge while she's young enough to have fire in her belly, but it isn't a chance that he'd be sure that she'd be interested in, she's Talmar, after all."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 24, 2017, 09:06:10 PM
"He could have suggested that I talk with her about setting things up. And now that I think about it, he basically said he didn't know anything about it. I went to Corrandon for a recommendation" she frowned in thought. "Do you think he would want to propose the idea to her" she asked doubtfully. Tamalyn wondered if perhaps Serpental wasn't as comfortable with her as he pretended to be. "Perhaps you should suggest he talk with Deria" she said thoughtfully.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 24, 2017, 09:30:53 PM
"I can if you like," Oldwine chuckled. "It'll be torture for him no matter who asks."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 24, 2017, 10:20:46 PM
Tamalyn shrugged, "I can do it, but let me ask you this" she paused,  "why don't I just go speak with her? I am not sure why we need a middle man. You know that I like to meet people to get a feel for them, and with an appointment this important I feel it is even more necessary."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 24, 2017, 10:45:50 PM
"I suppose that would work, and living this close still gives them a chance to reconcile,  Oldwine nodded.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 01:09:17 AM
"Reconcile or reconnect? Are they at odds? I asked mostly because it may make it more difficult to convince her if they are at odds. But, truthfully, they wouldn't have to see each other at all. It is a big city and she wouldn't technically even live in it" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 25, 2017, 09:33:27 AM
"Well," Oldwine conceded. "There was a mace in the groin on the man she was looking to be betrothed to. Our Jamie was holding the mace."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 10:31:56 AM
"Perhaps I will not mention him at all.  I assume that the marriage never took place, which implies that Jamen was correct" she shrugged, "which she is probably aware of, and not quite ready to forgive. That is a much better explanation of why he implied he didn't know anyone involved with the orphanage in Talmarrii, he still could have suggested that I go see her." Tamalyn paused, "I will not be able to go until after breakfast. I am going to the camps when the first of the ships arrive. I will probably be in and out of the camps throughout the day." Tamalyn asked Brock for her stationary, he brought it, along with quill, ink and wax. Tamalyn wrote to Deria Serpental requesting to visit the orphanage and take see her to lunch. "There, she will be forewarned of my coming" she said showing Oldwine the letter before she sealed out sent it.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 25, 2017, 12:41:04 PM
"I've always found that a mace to the groin says everything it needs to," Breecher said. "No idea what the discussion was that led to it, I know it happened but as far as I know the reason was never discussed with anyone."

"Jamie doesn't show a temper, which is probably the best reason not to push him," Oldwine agreed. "As to the boats, I believe they land at first light, so an early morning. The orphans will be brought back here, all of them together. So the orphanage will be riotous for a few hours. Breakfast will be waiting on them though."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 01:00:58 PM
"According to Helda they will come in for waves, but yes" she nodded, "it will be days before the children have settled down and even longer before they are comfortable. I am just hoping that the transition is relatively easy on them, they have been through enough." Since Oldwine hadn't objected to the letter Tamalyn sealed it and sent it off. At least now Deria would be expecting her, that sometimes made things easier. "I am not sure why a family matter would be comin knowledge, the issue was apparently resolved" she added, "why make it worse by talking about it. I certainly do not plan to mention it" she shrugged. "What are planning to do tomorrow" Tamalyn asked Oldwine.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 25, 2017, 01:45:51 PM
"Attending to all of the papers that have accumulated on my desk while I was gone," he replied. "Hopefully I can shorten the stack quite a bit before Taraborne sails in and we begin to address the naval matters. "Mainly siting the marine support bases for me."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 04:26:04 PM
"Paperwork is so much fun"she said sarcastically. "I did mine today so I would be free tomorrow." Suddenly something occurred to het,  "is Deria Serpental a Palatine?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 25, 2017, 04:39:09 PM
"No, just a formidable young Talmar woman," he replied. "Which should give anyone with silly ideas a pause."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 05:23:12 PM
She nodded and guessed that Corrandon, who had surely known her, hadn't recommended her to the position. Tamalyn had requested people they could trust, specifically Palatine. She said none of this though, "other than being bombarded with meetings in Hesterbur, did you manage to do anything fun?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 25, 2017, 07:08:42 PM
"Had a nice brawl at the Golden Lion," he grinned. "Which also gave the guard that Breecher saddled me with something to do."

"Complain all you like, Kings Regulations say you have a guard, so, you have a guard."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 07:53:52 PM
Tamalyn smiled at him, "Perhaps we should both give up having guards, wouldn't that be fun?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 25, 2017, 10:07:43 PM
"No," they said together.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 10:10:28 PM
Tamalyn shrugged, "then let's not complain" she said with a smile. "Was the bar fight just for fun, or was there a reason behind it?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 25, 2017, 10:55:36 PM
"Scepter," he shrugged. "They started it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 11:19:41 PM
"It isn't like they aren't already angry with you" she added, "you didn't dismiss every member from three armies or anything silly like that" she paused in her sarcasm, "have you confirmed that the Frontier fleet is sceptor free?" She asked him much more seriously. "How long before you think they will start to hide their affiliations so people will not know who is a sceptor member" she asked further. "Hmm, I wonder if our recent crime syndicate is being directed by a knight of the scepter" she added thoughtfully, "we should probably suggest it to the investigators. More for them to keep it in mind than because I really believe it, but there is definitely someone pulling the strings" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 25, 2017, 11:23:30 PM
"They generally consider criminal activities beneath them," Oldwine replied.

"Too much like work," Breecher agreed. "They do like politics though, that can be related."

"Give us a reason to keep them rousted," Oldwine grinned. "By all means, do."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 25, 2017, 11:49:09 PM
"I did admit that I don't really think they are behind it, but if we hadn't caught on to the scheme quickly" she shrugged, "it could have been a political nightmare" she admitted, "and if I remember correctly they were involved in some criminal behavior years ago. They financed a bunch of political killings" she added. Tamalyn didn't know all the details, she had been young at the time and her father was never one to over share, but she remembered her parents discussing it.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 26, 2017, 12:00:34 PM
"Fortunately, things are so new here that they haven't been able to set a real network yet," Oldwine said thoughtfully. "The social and power structures haven't really formed yet, so that left them operating on their own. Stamping that out has a good message for those that think of trying it in future."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 26, 2017, 12:12:58 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "that is why I requested the maximum sentences be applied to them all. They are an example that we take crime seriously and there isn't any sympathy for those committing crimes. I do have to admit that I felt a little bad at the grandmothers sentence length, but she made her choice. I just hadn't expected her to get twenty five years, depending on her race and age, it is a life sentence. I really think her biggest crime was ignorance, I have requested that she be allowed to have her dream job of laundress and was assured the prison would be able to accommodate that."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 26, 2017, 02:50:25 PM
"Somehow, I doubt that your largesse will be appreciated; but, the punishment will fit the crime. I do expect more refugees coming our way, the 5th Fleet is joining the 6th in the south seas, with Aldoreane and Valcaster, they'll be raiding BLisere and the coast of Gamedian. That could mean thousands."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 26, 2017, 04:58:46 PM
"Oh my" she sighed, "I hope there aren't as many orphans with the next wave. Because I must admit that I am feeling a little overwhelmed by this responsibility. It had been the most concerning for me out of everything we have been through" she admitted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 26, 2017, 05:18:55 PM
"Remains to be seen," Oldwine sighed, "This will be work for the frontier fleet as well, I expect requests for troop carriers at any raid on ports tied to rivers. That'll Force them to move slaves away from the river ports, then the closed ports, and finally inland. I can see the First Corps and ready companies having a lot of work out of this. We're going to have to get them back, replenished and refitted for the field. Gamedian and Delloram are still holding slaves, against the treat. We can reach into them, along with the Army of the Frontier."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 26, 2017, 06:57:04 PM
"At some point I hope we can stop fighting." Tamalyn understood what he was saying though. "Do you plan to create a company like the first in the Sixth army?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 26, 2017, 07:07:58 PM
"For now the troops are too spread out," Oldwine sighed. "Millions of square miles, thousands of men. The only saving grace is that we can help here in the center. Guiresse and Wisnore are helping in the far north and north east, Delloram is in the north and a bit to the north east, but there's years of work to do. We have one company here for the 6th, but we have a standing corps and several ready companies. I'm working on more troops, we may try and hide them as marines for the river fleet, and we're trying to build and train frontier militias. It all takes time and troops."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 26, 2017, 07:31:20 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "I do believe that the Frontier fleet will be a great benefit to the capabilities of the Frontier forces" she said enigmatically. It was clear she might have said more, but had chosen not to.  "Will you be joining me tonight" she asked Oldwine. "I have an early day and am still a bit tired from building yesterday."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 26, 2017, 10:58:43 PM
"I think that's a great idea," he grinned. "It must be bedtime somewhere."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 26, 2017, 11:54:29 PM
"Of course it is" she rose, "it is bedtime here."

Early in the morning she rose and made her way downstairs. Camear was having tea and a light breakfast. "Good morning" Camear said. "Just let me drink this, won't be long" she promised.


"Don't rush" Tamalyn said, "we have enough time to eat" she added as Brock brought out her own breakfast. She thanked him, the returned her attention to Camear. "I will be going to Talmarrii for lunch today, so I will leave you guards to see you home safely" she began.


"I do not need guards, I am quite capable of defending myself" Camear said with a tone of finality.


Tamalyn shrugged, "never the less, you will have guards. You are here to assure your safety, and I will do all I can do to accomplish that" she said firmly.


"Oh poo" Camear said, "I am in no danger, it is pure paranoia, but whatever" she said unhappily but with resignation.


After they ate, Tamalyn took them all to greet the first ship to arrive.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 27, 2017, 12:03:35 PM
The first ship to arrive was Taraborne's flagship, it didn't stop however, as it passed it ran up a string of signal flags saluting the Grand Duchess, and then it laid on a full spread of sails and continued north for his meetings with the commanders of his fleet. Then the troop ships came in and were joined to the shore by short pontoon bridges. First off were the orphans, who were met and guided by ladies of the volunteers off to a building, they would soon vanish to the orphanage, where more people waited on them.

Then came thousands from the other troop ships, they wasted little time and left south with an escort to retrieve the cavalry that they'd disembarked to make space for refugees. Soldiers carried off large chests with papers in them, information that they'd gathered from the people on their way north. People assembled in groups, having been briefed to do so on the voyage, they all carried numbers and grouped by their number. They were led off to the halls to eat, before their day began.

"A good meal and we'll give them their issue and show them to their rooms," Uma said as she watched the long lines stream off to the halls. "Today will be as easy as we can make it. Let them start to settle in, clean up, and rest on dry land and start to build a sense of security."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 27, 2017, 12:24:51 PM
"This afternoon I am going to go speak with Deria Serpental about her taking over the orphanage. Marshal Oldwine thinks that you are over qualified for that position and would like to promote you to Chancellor of Resettlement. You would oversee all of the refugees coming to the province and have more authority when dealing with parliament and other agencies. You would still be overseeing the orphanage, but would not be responsible for the day to day operations" she added. "Is this a position you would be interested in?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 27, 2017, 01:38:38 PM
"I've heard the rumors that there'll be more raids, and more refugees," she nodded. "And my name would open a lot of doors for them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 27, 2017, 02:36:19 PM
"It would" Tamalyn nodded, "everyday more refugees arrive. Some have had the means to provide for themselves, but they are the rare few. Most arrive with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing, rags mostly" she added. "Currently the majority of our civilian population are refugees, and it doesnt seem like that tend is going to end anytime soon. Despite those that are coming from the realm." Tamalyn was quiet for a moment as she watched people eating, they were nervous about what to expect next, but they were not ravenous because they haf been eating on the ships. "Is there anything that you think I should be doing, that I am not working on" she specified, "that would help those arriving or those already here?" Tamalyn was never afraid to ask people questions like this, because if she knew all those answers she wouldn't need those people to begin with. Besides, Uma Telbrantil-Melldress needed to know that Tamalyn would question her; about everything.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 27, 2017, 03:34:54 PM
"I think that we're doing all that we reasonably can," she replied. "We're going to have to look at how much we can and should do after we have them ready to leave. That'll take planning that we haven't really had time for yet. We're used to seeing them a dozen or two at a time for a big group, but this is unprecedented."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 27, 2017, 07:58:49 PM
"We seem to get them more around a few hundred at a time, but I understand your point. Very well, think about what we will need and we can meet later to discuss ideas and plans" Tamalyn added. She step aside when a child raced past her laughing at the woman chasing her. Tamalyn smiled at the scene, glad that there was some playfulness still present. Tamalyn visited with the injured sailors and militia members until it was time to head to Talmaran.


She had been there before, a few times, though she had never visited the orphanage portion of the academy. Tamalyn had Indra show her the way to the offices. Once there she requested to see Deria Serpental.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 27, 2017, 09:17:17 PM
The office was small and looked to be ancient. The wood was dark with age, except the surface of the small desk, that was rubbed down through whatever varnish was once on it to the bare wood, which was worn as smooth as glass. The young woman at the desk was tallying figures and filling out a ledger. "Yes?" She asked without looking up.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 27, 2017, 10:22:27 PM
"Good afternoon, I am Tamalyn Traveler. May I please speak with Deria Serpental?" She said as she watched the young woman working. Tamalyn suspected that the woman was who she was looking for.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 27, 2017, 10:56:36 PM
"That is me," she replied. "And I get the idea that you're up to something."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 27, 2017, 11:10:13 PM
Tamalyn smiled "I am starting an orphanage" she agreed, "we currently have about four thousand children. I have never been to an orphanage" she admitted, "and we are having to rush to get it all ready. I thought it would be a good idea to tour the best orphanage in the realm and discuss details with someone who actually knows what it takes to operate an orphanage of that size. I was told that you are second in command here" she added. "May I have a tour, and then perhaps discuss things with you over lunch?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 27, 2017, 11:43:02 PM
"Four thousand?" She said as she rose. "You are certainly a glutton for punishment. And all at once? No older kids to help guide the new ones. As I said, glutton." She led her through the orphanage.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 27, 2017, 11:58:57 PM
Tamalyn agreed with her, "up until this point we have sent any orphans we rescued here. But, you didn't have space to accommodate that many children. We were forced to create or own facility, and in extremely short notice" she added. "We have been fortunate to receive sizable donations of furniture, clothing, bedding, pantry items and the like. But, we are still desperately in need of staff. We need teachers, nannies, cooks, maids, laundresses and most importantly we need a capable administrator. You may not be aware, but there is talk of another raid to free even more captives. That could bring even more children. Currently, none of our staff has ever worked in this field and do not have the connections to find the specialized staff we require." Tamalyn said explaining as they walked through the halls and into areas where very few visitors ever saw. "How many children does this orphange have" she asked as they entered the laundry rooms.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 28, 2017, 11:24:42 AM
"At its peak this orphanage could accommodate ten thousand," she replied. "But more provinces have established their own now, and the crown has one as well, through the Palatine, so we're at around three thousand. Times of relative peace mean less demand upon us, and the Realm proper hasn't been attacked for some time."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 29, 2017, 12:06:22 AM
Tamalyn nodded, "that is true, something which I am sure everyone is que happy about." They continued their your of the orphanage, Tamalyn asking her about the number of staff required for the different areas, and assorted other questions relating to daily operations. "How long do you think it will be before you will have the opportunity to the head mistress" she asked when they had finished. "Because, I would love to hire you away to run or orphanage" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 29, 2017, 12:23:49 AM
"Many years," she shrugged. "The matron has had her children, when I do it will slow me down, and she's not letting go until it's pried from her hands."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 29, 2017, 03:04:05 AM
Tamalyn nodded, "and that is why I requested that we have lunch. There is much to discuss" she smiled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 29, 2017, 04:39:03 PM
"It would have been nice to have had a year's warning," she shrugged. "But, those people waited too long anyway."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 29, 2017, 08:03:11 PM
Tamalyn laughed, "nothing in Tamber happens with advanced warning. We have learned to take swift action and plan ahead for the unexpected.  It is never dull and the feelings of achievement makes it all worth it. As for the children, they have been through so much and I would like to see them settled, it will probably be the first time in their lives that they get to experience being children."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 30, 2017, 01:51:20 AM
She nodded at that. "Best to move quickly to build a permanent staff," she agreed. "Eventually all of those volunteers have lives to return to. You might also look among the refugees for some of the staff."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 30, 2017, 10:08:34 AM
Tamalyn nodded "very true. But it is also a decision best made by the Governess. I would like you to be that governess" she said directly. "Are you interested in running an orphanage?" She had already asked her a couple of times, but Tamalyn suspected that Deria hadn't heard her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 30, 2017, 11:53:38 AM
"I am interested," she replied. "It will be a challenge, and things are going to be a bit rough for a bit, but I believe I can do it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 30, 2017, 12:18:06 PM
"You will have help. There is already an administrative staff, and we have Uma Telbrantil-Melldress who is the new Chancellor of Resettlement, part of her duties will be to assist the orphanage. But, you will be the Governess of the orphanage" she added, "plus, you can always come to myself for assistance.  There is much to do, and with the children already in residence we need to move quickly. How long do you need to prepare your move? We can, and will move you magically" she added. "I can even arrange for militia to pack your things if needed" she shrugged.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 30, 2017, 10:08:25 PM
"Everything I own fits in one room," she shrugged. "I need to talk to my family, very soon, and the chancellor of the academy and his Lordship's staff before I can do anything."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 30, 2017, 10:53:11 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "please be quick. Your position is important and I can not leave it vacant for very long. You will need to find staff quickly, especially cooks. Currently the orphange is using the militia officers mess cooks, and I am sure that will put a strain on the enlisted mess halls." Tamalyn paused wondering if she should mention Jamen, but decided against it. "Do you have any questions before I go?  Oh, and I should mention one thing that will be different you should be aware of. There is going to be a restaurant on the grounds."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 30, 2017, 11:35:08 PM
She looked puzzled at the mention of a restaurant, but apparently decided it was something she'd need to see before she could have an opinion about it. "I will talk to the Chancellor in a few minutes and see what happens from there. I do understand the need to move quickly."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 31, 2017, 12:07:51 AM
"Do let me know if you have any problems that I can help you with" she rose from the table. "I look forward to seeing how quickly you are able to get things running smoothly" she added. "For now, I will leave you to prepare and notify those necessary." She made her goodbyes then returned to her office. She paused when she got back and looked for the ship with Admiral Taraborne, finding it still in route she did some paperwork. She sent letters to those who needed to know Abbott Deria Serpental's acceptance, she included one to Jamen so he was prepared.


When it was close to dinner Tamalyn went to the orphanage to see how everyone was settling in. She found Helda, "Good evening, is it a mad house here?" She asked her with a smile.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on October 31, 2017, 12:51:19 AM
"The madhouse was some time ago," Helda grinned tiredly. "The most interesting part of the day came when your father dropped off twenty wet nurses without any sort of explanation, he just appeared and disappeared, and there were twenty milk maids, all in a row. With luggage."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on October 31, 2017, 11:27:41 AM
"He is like that" she shrugged, "besides, what sort of explanation was required" she added. "Is everyone settled into their rooms? Are there any other immediate needs that I can assist with, perhaps something we hadn't thought of?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 01, 2017, 01:34:41 AM
"They are in bed and hopefully sleeping," she replied. "They had a very busy day, some of the poor things are too young to know their own names, or speak anyway, so they have numbers for now, we'll have to find names for them. Every surgeon that your army can spare is here, helping as they can and seeing to their health. It will take a lot of good food to restore some of them to health. Many are in hospital, some with pneumonia and others with problems still being diagnosed."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 01, 2017, 04:09:06 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "I had suspected that many might not know their names, some may never have had a name" she admitted. Tamalyn brought a book out from her bag and handed it to Helda, it was The Traveler's Book of Names. "This book should help with that" she said knowing that names were the least of the problems they would be encountering. "I will go visit the hospital and see if I can be of assistance with the children there." Tamalyn wasn't a healer, especially not for illnesses, but she did have certain abilities that could help. "I am hoping that Deria Serpental will arrive tomorrow" she told Helda, "I mentioned Branor's restaurant, but you should explain your idea to her in-depth, as I know the idea surprised her. Go get some rest, while you can" she added, "I have a feeling it is going to get a lot more difficult as the kids begin to feel better and get more comfortable" she cautioned.


Tamalyn excused herself and went to the hospital. She entered the facility and wandered trough until she found the highest ranking officer she could find. "Good evening, I was informed that you had a few mysterious cases. I thought perhaps I could help identify the problems" she offered.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 01, 2017, 11:38:30 PM
He nodded and shrugged. "A few worrisome cases, I suspect consumption in a few cases, we have them isolated from the rest. We also have cases of bloody flux, and cases of malnourished children that have taken significant harm from it. Those we've started treatment with simple foods and varulan fruit. We do have a few fevers we haven't yet narrowed down, we're treating the fever and watching for other signs. We do, fortunately, have healers among us, and they are being sorely pushed to treat them all."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 02, 2017, 12:05:14 AM
"Show me the ones you are most worried about and I will see what I can do. I admit that I usually stick with healing wounds and not looking for causes" she shrugged, "but I can see what is happening inside them without harming them" she added. While they walled she had a question "are any of the girls pregnant?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 02, 2017, 01:47:56 AM
"ASome," he sighed. "But, not so many as I feared. Fortunately, none of them are staying in the hospital with us, they appear to have been fed a bit better than most, treated like a commodity, I suppose. But we're going to check up on them quite often." He showed her the cases they worried about most, but, unfortunately, their ailments escaped her abilities, as she had made only a rudimentary study of medicine. "We expect a few more healers in the morning, and fortunately, their illnesses don't seem pressing, just lingering."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 02, 2017, 07:17:53 PM
Tamalyn sighed and moved too where the children couldn't hear her anymore. "I had been hoping it was some sort of foreign substance or something like that causing their illnesses, but that is not the case" she admitted. "I dont know enough about diseases to attempt to do anything about those." She looked back at the sick children, " let me know if any become life threatening, I will want to be here" she added emphatically.


Tamalyn returned home, it had been a long day. She had eaten lunch but that was hours ago and she was hungry, as usual. She are her dinner, then went to her home study to read. She could read quickly and retain that information, but she always had more things to study. It seemed that everyday something new came up, in fact her list of subjects to study never became shorter. She did add a new item to study, though it wasn't in her high priority list. Medicine, anatomy and diseases.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 02, 2017, 08:29:54 PM
It seemed that time flew by quickly. The camps filled, the ships replenished themselves and returned to duty. More ships and more marines arrived. Forts were built, or in more cases, expanded. Taraborne returned and set everything in motion for the three squadrons to work their patrol areas, now with more help from the river keels that could work the shallowest waters and were almost completely crewed by marines. The academy classes were in swing now and the small local schools ready for full classes after planting and before harvest, and resuming after harvest and continuing through until planting again. Businesses were now beginning to produce and crops were growing. Houses were rising, as were barns and fences. Finally, Taraborne returned from his trip to the Star, Naval Headquarters and finally, an enforced conversant period.

"Some have skills that they can use right away," Amrick explained to her one morning. "In fact we've settled some on small holdings a few miles from here. We've set fifty small holdings up for those that have skill in growing things like herbs, spices and hops. Crops that will be needed locally. It is going to be too late for things like cotton and flax, so they'll be moved soon, but they'll have more time to build their homes and things and crop next year. The cavalry is moving tons of manure to start preparing their ground. That makes me so happy that I'm not a farmer."

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Her life hadn’t been easy. Simple, but true. She was the youngest of a farm family from the northern frontier. When she was fifteen the free holding had been raided, her father, mother and brothers were killed either in the fighting, or in the purge of those not suited to the life of slavery. She didn’t consider herself suited to a life of slavery, but she wasn’t asked for her opinions.

Many had been taken for the soldiers’ brothels, others for sale further south. Her lot was to continue farming, working the fields around the eastern slave compound. She and others grew and harvested the food that fed the captives and their captors. Her first child came after she’d been given to an overseer as a reward. Her second because a soldier took a passing fancy to her. Her third to another field worker that she’d taken a fancy to. He’d been killed with others that tried to escape. His plan was to run to Selnendrin and find a way to free her and her children. It was a beautiful dream that ended the first time she passed his body, hanging from a gibbet to remind the others why they shouldn’t escape.

Freedom came as a shock to her, she heard the sounds of fighting and screams of the dying, and then the door to the tiny room she shared with her children burst open. The man that greeted them was short, wide as an ox across the shoulders. He looked at her, the children hiding behind her, and the sharpened stick she brandished and lowered his axe to the ground. “Easy lady,” he greeted her. “I’m Lance Corporal Granite of the Tamber Militia. We’re here to take you to Tamber in Selnendrin.”

He was nothing like the local soldiers. Clean and fierce and sober. She heard shouts of joy from others outside and took a chance, and gathered her children and led them out. “What of your things?” His deep, thick voice curious and concerned.

“We own nothing but rags and filth,” she shrugged and slipped past him.

She saw the soldiers that guarded the compound being herded into a horse pen. Those that were alive. She watched the bodies of the dead being dragged off. She followed the line of the rest of those freed and saw the ships. She clutched her son, and youngest, to her chest. Lyra, her middle child clutched her free hand and Talla, the oldest held tight to her skirt.

Sailors had screened off a section of what they called the berthing deck and showed them the bathing tubs. She was relieved to see women soldiers there, they told them they needed to clean up and scrub with strong-smelling soap. They had lice, they were under nourished, they were filthy. They scrubbed as they were told to, and received fresh clothing, little more than a long shirt and skirt for her and long shirts for her son and daughters. They were seen by surgeons that looked them over carefully, combing the eggs from their hair and treating their hair with a strong-smelling liquid.

The ship was slow to fill, people streamed past them as they ate a very thick pea and ham soup with fresh bread and a mug of cider for each. It was warm and had the most amazing flavor that they’d ever known. They were surprised to learn that it was considered rough sailor fare, and saw the smiles on the faces of the sailors as they watched the food disappear. Then came the finest thing she’d ever tasted. The children received a second mug of cider and a cup of sweet, milky tea was placed before her.

There were two beds for the four of them. Her girls commented on the softness of the thin mattress and the warmth of the blanket that covered them before she laid on the bunk below with her son behind her. Fed, and warm and clean, they settled into sleep as the ship slowly filled, even the noise of the continuing process of boarding, bathing and feeding wasn’t enough to disturb the first sleep of freedom.

Questions, endless questions. Her name and age, she was Miraca, aged 24. Her children were Talla, aged 8; Lyra, 6; and Deren, 4. She was shocked and angered to learn that this was typical, she was being bred, and in time her children would have been sold. They fed her cheron root until they wanted her to carry again, and then they selected a breeder. Even the fellow slave that she thought had been a true relationship, was probably arranged.

They asked her about her training and education, she was a farm girl, she explained. She planted, weeded, harvested, birthed livestock, milked animals, made cheese, preserved food, and she kept bees. She was surprised that this drew interest. The voyage felt slow, quarters were tight, so they stayed in their berths more than anything else, but took advantage of every chance to walk the upper deck. There were battles along the way, but their ship, barge, she learned it was called, was surrounded by fighting ships, so they were protected, but nervous.

Then they landed at the compound, and they were again nervous, it resembled where they were held for so long. But then they saw Palatine. They’d heard of them, they’d seen them fighting to free them, and the world knew of their reputation, so they were reassured. A bit. It was the smell of food that drew them faster from the ships, and into the halls with long tables. Fresh bread, porridge, rashers of bacon, slices of ham, mounds of fluffy scrambled eggs, fresh butter, fruit, it was all amazing to them.

Then off to the baths again, with surgeons swarming around them. Many were taken off to the hospitals, the rest found themselves in long sleep shirts and led through lines that assigned them rooms and issued them clothes and other needs. It was a lot to carry, and there were even soldiers detailed to carry things like their bed bags, they found out later that they held: a mattress, sheets, a blanket, bath sheets and face cloths. Then they passed through the clothing lines, they got to choose colors and then there were small clothes, and the women in the line showed female dress forms that showed how to wear them. The soldiers showed them how to make up the beds and to store their things in the chests at the ends of their beds, and on shelves, and then they were finally alone and could relax a little bit before lunch.

The food was plentiful and the meals were served regularly. They were clean and dressed in fresh clothing. And the questions never seemed to end. Can you cook? Can you bake? Can you sew? She learned about money, about the Realm and its government, and they were continually told about their rights as citizens, even given books on the subject. Finally came the question that took her a few days to answer, what do you want to do with your life?

She wanted a little piece of land, she wanted to grow her own food, maybe a cow and some coats and chickens, she wanted to grow herbs and spices, and she loved bees. This was duly written down and a few days later she was taken to a green house in the compound and asked to identify plants and explain how they were grown and harvested and used. Then she was taken to hives and asked to explain all she knew about them.

She’d been there for two weeks when she was asked if she had a twenty acre small holding and the things she needed to build a small house and farm, could she do it?

“Yes,” she said after a few moments thought.

So, a few days later, she found herself standing in a grassy clearing, surrounded by trees. A man walked the perimeter of the property with her and showed her the markers. She would live at a crossroads, a few miles from the Tamber City Orphanage and Academy, where her children would go to school. She could see that three other small holdings were being set up at the crossroads, and more down the four roads where she lived now.

The plans for her house showed a two-story structure, the upper story would be two larger rooms and one small one. The lower story would have a common room a kitchen and a bath house. The bricks were stacked and ready. Off to a side, a tent was being raised for them until the house was complete. Hurdles, fence panels, were placed and a bull and three cows and a mule were placed in one pen, pigs and goats in another, and chickens in cages were placed in a canvass lean-to.

“You have skills that will allow you to start your life at once,” the man explained to her. “Just down this road, about a half of a mile, there will be a school, small hospital, an outfitter, and a common hall for those of you that live here. That will be raised as fast as we can, so you will have your children with you all day until then.”

So, their new life began. The next morning, after a simple breakfast, she was behind a plow, opening the ground for her first crop. Her children followed her, carrying off the rocks that were stirred up. It took a week to get her crop in, she was mainly worried about staples for now. Then she cleared the spot where the house would be raised, and them a barn. Her hives arrived a few days later and that took time to place them. The small building crew arrived to find her building a hog pen, using the stones they scraped up during plowing, and small saplings that she’d cleared out.

The builders were a mix of recently freed and provincial engineers, one group to teach and one to learn. She pitched in wherever she could and her children fetched and carried. Some dug the root cellar, others set the foundation. The well was drilled and a pair of pumps installed. One to pump water directly out and the other would fill the two water tanks, one for hot water, one for cold. She asked questions and found she’d have an inside privy, and bath. This thrilled and pleased her.

They worked quickly, the rows of bricks climbed higher, the beams for the second floor set, and finally the slate roof was placed. The inside walls were covered in a thick lime wash plaster. Her goods were brought in, the cellar filled, and they were gone. They sat back and were surprised at how it all happened. The days were hard from then out, she fussed over her bees, she fussed over her crops, she fussed over her children and she started digging the holes to set poles for a barn.

The children were at the school when a young woman showed up one morning, she wore travel clothes and wore a large pack on her back. “Are you looking for a worker?” she asked.

Miraca set aside the hole digger and looked her over. Young but looked strong. “You’ve farmed?”

“Grew up on a farm back in the Realm,” the girl shrugged. “My brother got the farm and he expected me to wait on him and his wife, and I wasn’t having it.”

“What’s your name?”

“Tara Gralt,” she replied. “And I can operate a shovel.”

“Can you read and write?”

“I can,” Tara replied.

“I’m supposed to go to the school in the evenings and learn my letters, but who has time? So, can you show me letters?”

“I can,” she nodded.

“At night, after supper?”

“I will,” she nodded.
“I can’t pay much,” Miraca said. “What I have I need to build a farm and raise three children.”

“I don’t need much,” she shrugged. “Place to sleep, something to eat, and a bit of coin after you sell the crops.”

“Shovel over there,” Miraca said. “We’ll see how things work out.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 02, 2017, 10:08:27 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "I like the sound of that" she replied to Amrick. "But it is a drip in the bucket" she added, "there were close to eleven thousand freed adults. Are we offering then vocational training or anything to help them become viable citizens? Are the majority still living in the camps?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 03, 2017, 01:18:14 AM
"Only those few that are healthy enough and have skills that would allow them to work and build are being set up right now, some may take a year to get healthy and develop skills they need to live and work."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 03, 2017, 09:55:56 PM
"Very well" she said, "what other items should we discuss? The province is filling up quickly, and I am pleased with our responses and the way things are looking. What issues have arisen that need to be addressed?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 03, 2017, 10:59:26 PM
"We're stepping up patrols," Amrick replied. "There's said to be what Oldwine is calling scavengers lurking about. They approach farmers and threaten them unless they hire them to work their farms, this has been done in the Frontier, they generally strip the place and have been known to remove the farmers entirely. "Oldwine wants them in fear for their lives if they are anywhere in the Frontier, and has demanded harsh action against any in Tamber proper."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 03, 2017, 11:10:53 PM
"I agree with him entirely" she nodded, "Oldwine said that there was talk of sending another raiding party back out, do you know when or if that will be happening?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 04, 2017, 04:21:54 PM
"I haven't heard," Amrick replied with a shrug. "I don't doubt that he will, but so much is still being put in place in the west, and our ships here in the center are refitting after the last attacks."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 04, 2017, 07:59:25 PM
"I will discuss it with Oldwine, it was a long shot that you would know about it" she shrugged. "How are things going with Helda?" She asked him with a smile.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 04, 2017, 08:15:18 PM
"She seems to be taking to her new job quite well," he replied with a composed expression.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 04, 2017, 08:29:32 PM
"I am happy to hear that" she replied. "How has the investigation going? Has there been any further arrests?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 04, 2017, 10:28:01 PM
"A few arrests and a few fatalities," he nodded. "Creighton is rather irritated about the man at the top, he plans to find him and if it takes much longer, it may be messy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 04, 2017, 11:13:04 PM
"Creighton is usually irritated about something" she shrugged, "Camear had been surprisingly patient. I was actually surprised she didn't go home weeks ago. She is correct in saying that none of this has anything to do with her. In fact, I doubt anyone even knew that she meant that much to him, well until he brought her here during this investigation. I suppose that the fact she had been helping with the camps had helped hide the true reason she is here, but my point stands. Though, I will admit that it isn't any of my concern" she shrugged. "And she does make for a pleasant house guest. If there isn't anything else we need to discuss, I  will let you return to work."


Tamalyn left his office and made her way to Oldwine's offices. "Hello" she did getting him, "I came to discuss the plans for returning to Gamedien and, I suppose Balisere, that we talked about a few weeks ago. Is this still a plan, and if so, what is the proposed timeline?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 05, 2017, 01:04:07 AM
"We lost several sailors and marines," he replied, "so we need to let them fit into their crews, which we'll do with regular patrols. We are making plans for more raids, but we'll do that out west. The fleets have the south stirred up and with any luck that will pull soldiers from the east to come west to protect their southern ports and coast. Balisere is going to be hammered by the 5th Fleet, Aldoreane and Valcaster, but we may see more freed peoples coming north to us, and we have troop carriers and escorts ready to work with them as best we can. Taraborne and Kilmaren did an exceptional job of burning out the ports they hit, so those may be open for mass transfers of people. Especially now with the keels to watch the banks for them. In the west, we have scouts working hard to find groups of enslaved peoples, going in after one or two isn't unreasonable, but the more we can free at one time makes the risks more acceptable. I thi9nk we'll have a plan ready to execute, with locations, in a month or less." He smiled. "And the third Corps of the Palatine will be part of the Raiding force."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 05, 2017, 11:26:16 AM
"There was mention of a threat to attack the Sixth. Did our activities alter their plans, or has there been skirmishes that I am unaware of?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 05, 2017, 01:02:40 PM
"Any plans to attack the Army of the Frontier from the south are smoking ruins right now, literally," he grinned. "Kilmaren's cavalry also burned their supply points along the river on their way out as well. Between the two of them they made a right bloody mess of things for Gamedian."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 05, 2017, 07:59:25 PM
"That is good news.  I thought that might have been the case, but I will admit that I also wondered if they would continue with their plans as a form of retaliation" she added. "So, are the new sailors adjusting to river life well? Taraborne said it takes a different mind set to see the benefits of river fleets. Have there been any issues?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 05, 2017, 09:11:40 PM
"We've sent a few back to the navy, a couple of their captains tried to be clever and sent us their problems, we gave them back," Oldwine shrugged. "Otherwise, they're doing fine."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 05, 2017, 09:52:59 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "that was to be expected. Everyone seems to think we will accept their rejects" she shrugged.  "I should go" she said, "I just wanted to ask you about that because initially you made it sound like it was happening sooner than this" she explained. She knew they both had a lot of work to do, though she missed them talking about things that had nothing to do with work. But he had been quite resistant to discussing anything else and she was tired of trying. "Did you have anything else to report before I leave you to your duties" she asked.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 06, 2017, 01:19:04 AM
"You'll need a ball dress soon," he replied. "There will be a military ball in a week from now."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 06, 2017, 01:38:09 AM
"I will inform Varis" she said nodding. "Enjoy your day" she said as she departed.
When they were walking down the hall Tamalyn said, "let's go for a ride and see the new communities that Amrick was telling me about" she suggested to Indra.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 06, 2017, 11:19:54 PM
A few miles beyond the orphanage they found the first smallholding, there were bricks and other things stacked there, but no one working yet. A few sites down they finally found a two-story brick house. Small, but it appeared snug. A pole barn was partly built, two women stood by the barn, looking down at what appeared to be four dead men. Dead wasn't too much of a stretch of the imagination, one of them had two feet of arrow coming out of his left eye. Four very mangy horses fidgeted nervously.

"Unexpected," Indra signaled two of the guards to approach them and watched as they talked to the women.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 06, 2017, 11:33:57 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "Very" she agreed and waited patiently for her guards to report back. Or it seemed she was, though she was also searching the area with her mind for other people who might have been part of the dead men's groups. "Do you think they killed them or found them?" She asked her after a bit, "I think the horses imply that the ladies may have killed then, otherwise they would probably have run off by now" she add her speculating.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 06, 2017, 11:37:23 PM
"Bow on the ground," Indra replied. "Behind the women. They look like they belong here. Tools, dirty, sweaty. One is wearing new clothes, the stuff we issued. The second, older stuff, she didn't come through the camps." The one in older clothes pointed back to the bow. "There's your archer."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 07, 2017, 10:00:57 AM
Tamalyn could feel the worry from the woman wearing he issued clothes, but also feel her drive and determination. She focussed her attention on the men laying on the ground, studying them and using her powers to search them carefully "Let's move forward, they aren't going to fight us too" she added "if they were she would have picked that bow up long ago."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 07, 2017, 04:16:17 PM
"I don't see a threat from them as another squad of guards appeared and looked outward for possible threats. At the same time a squad of militia rode up at a fast clip, seeing the Grand Duchess and her guard at the scene only the lance corporal rode forward, he saluted and remained silent, listening to what was said.

"They said that we could pay them to leave, or they'd stay until they felt paid off," the woman in refugee clothes said quietly. "We told them to rattle on out of here and they made threats and shook clubs and things at us, Tara took up her bow and ordered them off of the property, and one of them jumped his horse at him and Tara put a spliner right in his chest," she pointed to one of the dead.

"How did they end up laid out here?"

"My children are at the schoolhouse, I don't want them to see dead men at their doorstep. They need to feel safe. We dragged them here and then I was going to send for them," she pointed to the militia patrol. "We need a bell or something to call for help if we need it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 07, 2017, 05:05:43 PM
Tamalyn nodded quietly, she liked that idea. "I will discuss your idea with Marshal of the Frontier Oldwine and see if we can implement something of that nature" she said to the woman. She looked at the militia who had shown up, "please ensure that the bodies are removed quickly" she eyed horses, then turned her attention back to the women. "Would you be willing to care for the horses while we investigate who they may actually belong to? I am aware that may strain your resources, but I do believe they could be useful to you as well" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 07, 2017, 05:12:24 PM
"They look like they have't seen care in...forever," the woman replied. "I'll put them in with our draft mules and cattle and see if we can buck them up a bit," she shrugged.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 07, 2017, 05:32:06 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "I doubt that they" she indicated the dead men, "cared for them properly. I also doubt that we will easily find their owners" she shrugged, "so you can probably consider them as recompense for your troubles. Give us a couple of weeks to fully investigate this, I will have someone inform you when they are officially yours. Have you" she paused, "or your neighbors, encountered any other issues? Seen any odd occurrences or anything like that?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 07, 2017, 06:27:37 PM
"It is a first for me," she replied. "I haven't heard anything from my neighbors yet, but there aren't many of them, yet. I'd look to the goods you've dropped off to build, wouldn't surprise me if those like these," she pointed to the dead men, "are looking for ways to profit, even land squatting."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 07, 2017, 06:42:52 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "we are aware of that. It is why I am not surprised or concerned about your unwelcome visitors or your actions regarding them. Any investigation is already underway, you should expect to see investigators coming to take a detailed statement from you both. For my part" she shrugged, "all I can say is that I am glad that you are both alright and had the means to protect yourselves, and I am equally glad your children did not have to experience this" she ended giving them both a small smile.


By this point the militia members had loaded the bodies into a wagon that had been brought for that purpose. "I will ask for more patrols in your area, though I think you have eliminated the immediate threat in this region. For that, I thank you."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 07, 2017, 09:49:13 PM
She looked around. "Just the same, we'll be wearing knives and keeping her bow handy for a while."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 07, 2017, 10:02:01 PM
"A wise precaution" she nodded. "The militia has things in hand now. I should continue my tour." She started to turn away, "one last thing. I am impressed with the progress of your homestead. From what I have seen you made the more progress than any of your neighbors. You appear to have the drive and dedication necessary to succeed" she added smiling. "Enjoy your day, I look forward to seeing your progress." With that Tamalyn did leave, her guards following. When they were out of ear shot she turned to Indra, "I doubt the rest of our ride will be as interesting, but one can always hope" she grinned.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 12:21:52 AM
"Oldwine is quite annoyed," Indra glanced at a dispatch that had just reached her. "He's ordered another scouring. Be a good thing for the cavalry, don't want those horses getting flabby."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 12:40:28 AM
Tamalyn laughed, "I was going to ask you to send him a missive, but I figured it would be a waste of my breath" she smiled, "you are nothing if not proactive in anticipating my needs in military matters. I did like the idea of bells. They would be useful for fires, injuries and bringing help quickly. My only concern would be the abuse that might occur. Dealing with false alarms could mean that real ones are missed."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 01:23:41 AM
"Levy a fine for a false alarm," she replied. "Serve the silly buggers right."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 01:40:37 AM
"That was my thought, but it would have to be on a case by case basis. Not all false alarms are actually false" she shrugged, "but, that was my thought process as well" she nodded. They ride for a while longer passing other homesteads that were under construction or newly finished, few others were as complete as the one they had visited. "I think that young woman is going to have a phenomenal homestead. She will probably inky be vested by those with big families. I do wonder where the archer came from though" she added conversationally. "Indra, is it our militia that is hosting the ball Oldwine mentioned?"



Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 01:51:54 AM
"It is," she replied. "It will be a ball for officers, brigadier and above, after a few days of councils. I believe that Oldwine plans to reinforce their role in insuring the order and safety of the province, and the need to help build where they can. As I gather it, there are soldier and recent freed folk building a lot of the homes for the farmers around here, for example."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 02:09:59 AM
"I see" she nodded, "Amrick mentioned that the engineers were training the freed men on how to build. Those that take the time to learn should do very well for themselves in the province, we still have people moving here and they will all need homes. We, of course, cannot build them all. We need skilled builders, they will be an asset. We should head back, I have enjoyed my ride, but I have duties to attend to as well. For one thing, I want to discuss this new criminal element." She sighed, "I don't know why people think that a life of crime is such a great prospect, I mean did you see those mangy horses? If that is the best they can manage, shouldn't it be clear that crime doesn't pay very well?" She asked as they ride back to the city.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 02:14:10 AM
"The news of four of them brought in dead will spread soon enough," Indra replied. "Nothing slows bastards than the possibility of their own demise."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 10:40:35 AM
"The fact that two women defeated them will probably inspire others to fight back as well. I still want to better understand this new crime wave. For instance, how many homesteads have been attacked? How many land owners have gone missing? Have any of the missing been found? And probably most importantly, how many thieves are thouggt to be involved and is there any connection to the crime syndicate that had attempted to infiltrate the province."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 11:40:17 AM
"The cavalry will have to check every holding in the province, but there are no reports of missing people, or anyone injured," Indra replied. "How many may have been harassed is another matter. So far, the freed are only being placed in the holdings we rode through, which explains not only who is being targeted, but why they'd come so close to the most armed city in the province. Warnings are going out. But, fortunately, most of the holdings in the other duchies are more likely to be overtly armed. We have a lot of former army out here."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 12:48:31 PM
"Perhaps not in the province, but Amrick says that it may still be happening in the frontier. I want to ensure that it isn't occurring in the province" she said, "or happening to those finally freed. They have been through enough, we need to ensue their safety as well as the safety of others in the province" she added.


When thru finally returned home Tamalyn didn't immediately return to work. First she bathed then she went to visit Varis. "It seems that my presence is required at an officers ball in a week. I hope you have something ready for such an affair."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 03:10:35 PM
"A formal uniformish thing, or a gown?" He asked.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 04:06:51 PM
"A gown, if I need to wear a uniform then I will just wear my uniform or court dress. I do not have many occasions to wear a ball gown. I fully intend to enjoy the opportunity. Nothing too fluffy or frilly" she added, "but I will leave the rest of the design to you" she smiled at him. "I enjoy surprises" she paused, "well most of the time."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 04:14:49 PM
"Should I army it up a bit? Put your stripes on it and such?" he asked as Indra passed her a dispatch.

=======================================================
Your Majesty,
                I find it necessary to remind many on your staff and in parliament that as Marshall of the Frontier, I report only to the Grand Duchess of Tamber, Count of Selnendrin and the Crown, and to none other. I further remind those attempting to issue orders to the Marshall of the Frontier by threatening the supply of the Army of the Frontier and the Tamber Militia, I would remind them that the vast majority of supplies, equipment and pay of forces serving in the Frontier does not come from Parliament, but from the treasury of Tamber Province, and I would further remind them that a refusal by members of Your Majesty’s government  or by Parliament would be an actionable offense under the laws of the Realm. To that end, I enclose correspondence from these individuals in the hope that actions that could be considered either extortion or a threat against military preparedness will be attended to in the proper venues.
                Your Majesty and the Count of Selnendrin are always welcome to view our planning for future endeavors, and we have many such endeavors in varying stages of planning and will execute those plans when the preparations properly made and not before. I do not operate from the timetables of others that are not acquainted with the circumstances of our readiness and the possession of intelligence that would help insure success of such operations far more certain. The lives of the soldiers under my command, of innocent civilians and certainly the lives of those held in bondage demand that any plans and the operations they spawn, be done correctly, by those trained to make the effort, and willing to shed blood and have their own lifeblood shed to do so.
                I remain, Your Majesty’s most obedient servant to command,
                Taran Oldwine, Marshall of the Frontier, Commanding Officer of the Tamber Militia and Lord Defender of the Palatine Order.
 
Lord Taran Oldwine, Marshall of the Frontier, Commanding Officer of the Tamber Militia and Lord Defender of the Palatine Order,
                I receive your report with displeasure for those, unnecessarily and without any vested authority, that hamper your planning of operations that I have anticipated with great enthusiasm. I find these attempts to place themselves into the unbroken chain of command that passes from myself and the Grand Duchess of Tamber as well as out inestimable Count of Selnendrin to be insulting, illegal and shall not be tolerated. Continue your planning, I plan to visit Tamber in the near future to view your progress and have no doubt of the efficacy of your efforts.
                Respectfully and with gratitude for your service,
                Ramon Telbrantil-Meldresse II, Sovereign of Selnendrin, Lord Defender of the Palatine Order
 
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 04:26:01 PM
Tamalyn read the copy of the letter to the king, she gave a sigh and tucked it away into the pouch she wore. She looked up at Varis, "what" she shook her head, "no" she said returning to this conversation, "I will wear a sash for that purpose, besides I am fairly certain that the officers know who I am. If not, they will by the end of the ball. I need to go, you know what I like."


She went downstairs speaking with Indra, "I didn't get the copies of the letters Oldwine referred to. Do you know who is threatening or supply chain" she asked her as she walked out of the house heading to Oldwine's offices.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 08:54:27 PM
She rattled off a list of names. "Oldwine has been dealing firmly with them, drawing them out," she replied. "In fact, he drew them out far enough that the King was able to arrest several of them. Some plan worked out between them, I gather."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 10:11:40 PM
Tamalyn frowned, "it would be nice to know these things. Why is he being so cagey about everything? He hardly ever talks to me anymore. It is so frustrating" she said as they made their way.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 10:13:15 PM
"There you are," Marcus trotted up to her, his guard remaining at a respectful distance. "Tamalyn, I need you to tell my mommy to have nine adopt me so I can be a Tigre too."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 10:20:05 PM
Tamalyn stared at her young friend for a moment. "You are a Tigre, there is no one who would ever dispute that. But, for this discussion what I would really like to know is a threefolded question. Have you asked your mother, have you asked Nine, and have you discussed this with the king? I am equally curious as to why you think I could convince your mother" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 10:22:37 PM
"You can convince her," he shrugged. "You're a Traveler, you can do things, so I figured you could tell them all and they'd do it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 10:27:16 PM
 Tamalyn laughed, "I appreciate your faith in me" she said seriously. "If you haven't discussed this with any of them, then how do you know they are not agreeable to it? It could be they considered it but thought you wouldn't wish to lose your father's name. Perhaps what you and I should do is invite them all to dinner and you can propose your idea while I am there for support" she suggested. "I happen to know His Majesty will be coming too the province soon" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 10:59:47 PM
"I'm not busy tonight," he replied. "All my studies are done."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 08, 2017, 11:09:16 PM
Tamalyn gave him a large smile, "go and tell Brock to arrange things. You might want to discuss your idea with him as well" she reminded him, "your half brother may not enjoy being surprised by it during dinner" she cautioned, "besides, if he knows what you are up to he will probably be able to help" she added. "I need to go speak with Marshal of the Frontier before I will be able to join you. Think about what it is you want to say and the best way to present your case. You will need to convince all of them that this is for the best."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 08, 2017, 11:46:19 PM
He nodded and left at once, walking with all of the determination a young boy can muster, which was a lot.

"He is going to be so much trouble," Indra observed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 12:11:28 AM
Tamalyn nodded, "he is a determined child. I would like to say he won't be my problem, but he surely will be" she added. "He is here, and Stormy isn't, which means that he, most assredly, will be my problem. But, he is a kind boy with high values of right and wrong. Of course, he is also bossy and opinionated" she shrugged and turned back to her own task. "He was barely over two when he began writing me letters, well his secretary did anyway, imagine a two year old with a private secretary" she smiled and shook her head.


She picked up the pace with her own determined walk. When they arrived she went to see Oldwine ensuring they were alone and having her guards stay outside the room. "We have a few things to discuss" she told him. "First thing, why didn't you tell me about the letters threatening our supply chain and demanding your immediate action? If they had tried to circumvent you I wouldn't have had a clue what they were taking about" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 12:23:51 AM
"Because I was given a direct order not to mention anything about this situation to you," he replied. "The King wanted to smoke them out and demanded that this be kept between the two of us alone until he had the evidence he needed to purge his government of the troublemakers." He sighed and rubbed his face. "You'll find that when Ramon is wearing his bossy pants, be's damned bossy. As to them trying to circumvent me, Ramon determined that they wouldn't dare, you are your father's daughter, and they were more scared of you than some soldier jumped up from the ranks. Turns out he was right. That is what he had me so busy doing while I was in Hesterbur, along with fighting the bureaucracy." He rose and poured them each an ale. "Between all of this nonsense and my mothers haranguing me endlessly for grandchildren, I haven't had a moment for a random thought in weeks."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 12:44:36 AM
Tamalyn studied him for a long moment, "I thought you had decided to use the woman my father had lined up for you" she asked him. "Did that fall thro?" She paused, "honestly, you haven't really talked to me in weeks. And the first tine I have seen you laugh in a long time was at dinner the other night, it was about whether Breecher snored or not. He does" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 12:49:53 AM
"He really does," he grinned. "I actually haven't had time to think about it, I have no rational idea if I should. If you asked me right now just to shite or get off the pot, I would look at her like a horse I wanted bred and say yes. Now that I think about it, I probably will do just that. I feel like a bastard though, because children are supposed to come from emotional ties, and I have no earthly idea if I even like the mercenary little thing." He sipped his ale. "There, that solved. The trap I was setting for Ramon is sprung, and now all I have to do is finish a few details on my battle plans, and that is waiting upon intelligence from our scouts. As soon as I have that I'll be a week or less from moving ships and troops. That's the easy stuff. humping a baby into a woman and playing politics are fearsome difficult to work out."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 01:24:53 AM
"So that is why you have been so distant.  I did try to talk to you about it. Numerous times, you shot me down every single time" she said quietly. "You once told me that you didn't want to get married and that when you were ready for children you would hire someone to carry the child. Do you really believe that your child wouldn't be brought into a world with emotional ties? Because, I don't. You have a family that loves you and will love any child of yours, I am not even considering your love into that equation. Are you busy, yes" she nodded, "will you need wet nurses and nannies, yes" she nodded, "but you are at the peak of your career and mostly here in the city. You can do it" she added, "and really, does it matter what kind of woman she is, you never have to see her again after the birth."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 01:27:28 AM
"You pick a breeding mare, realizing that sounds crude, for strength and disposition," he shrugged. "She looks good enough, now I wonder if her sourness is nagging or determination. I'm hoping for determination."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 01:59:12 AM
"Alright, forget about her sourness for the moment, it is probably a result of her circumstances anyway, and ask yourself something. Do you really think my father would pick a woman unsuitable for you? Because, I think that he had been looking for your 'brood mare' since we had that conversation" she pointed out. "Look, I am not trying to convince you one way or the other. I just want you to stop tearing yourself up over it. It isn't helping you decide, it is just making" she sighed, "us both miserable. I dont like that you pull away, and stop talking to me. Quite honestly, it scares me because I think you want to be free of me but no longer feel line you can leave so you stay because it is your duty." She might have gone on further but stopped herself. "By the way. Marcus is inviting the King, his mother, and Nine to dinner this evening. Apparently, he wants Nine to adopt him so he can be a Tigre" she said smiling, "want to come watch the show?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 02:02:09 AM
"I am taking the better part of valor and avoiding any chance of being in range of his mother's tempo, should it unleash," he chuckled. "And I'm well aware that your father is good at interfering, and he won't stop with the choice, I'm sure. Part of why I've decided to do it, as you seem to have missed. And don't fear, not tired of you, not trying to escape, just bloody busy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 02:15:29 AM
"I know you are" she nodded, "in fact, you are busier than I am. But, I do have some other business to discuss with you. Today I had a conversation with Amrick about people, what did he say you called then"she thought back, "right, scavengers in the Frontier. Well today I ran across for dead ones in the province. I know you are aware of that" she added, "but the woman who had the homestead suggested that we include bells, or something of the sort, so they could bring the patrols more quickly. I thought it was a good idea, but wanted to discuss that with you. Is this something we should implement?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 02:24:37 AM
"Bells are an excellent idea," he nodded. "Nice loud ones, we have plenty of craftsmen looking for a nice contract, have somebody get them busy!" He grinned and made a smarty-pants face at his bossiness.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 12:00:12 PM
"I will have Annika work on that. One last thing, was this tyre first incident of scavengers in the province? If so, why did they think they could work so closely to the city? I ask because we have already had an incidence of paying off militia members, I would be very displeased to learn that it has happened again" she added, "especially so soon after the last time."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 01:06:59 PM
"This was the first known incident inside the province," he replied. "We've found a few groups outside the borders, but this is the first time that they came in, let alone so deeply. Their gear will be looked over for clues as to who they were, and we're warning everyone. Blade the Elder has ideas on how to deal with them, but cooler heads told him that they'd mostly be illegal."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 01:21:29 PM
Tamalyn smiled, "keeping him legal was always my concern when I first asked him to assist us with his knowledge. But, so far none of his activities have been reported to me" she shrugged, "so he seems to be legal enough" she smiled bigger, "and is really good at covering his tracks" she conceded. "One thing about them being so far into the province" she added, "they had to be staying somewhere, or with someone. Perhaps it is innocent, but we cannot assume that. Not with the criminal syndication attempting to infiltrate the province" she added, "it makes me wonder if they were encouraged to do this like the grandmother of Leetha. The choice to do it was theirs, but was the motivation inspired by someone else?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 02:10:26 PM
"I'm more inclined to think that they just camped rough," Oldwine replied. "The descriptions I have of them doesn't suggest hygiene of any sort, and they had grass, leaves and dirt in their hair. We'll look for a support network, but I'm not sure we'll find one beyond a farmer letting travelers sleep in their barn."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 02:54:54 PM
She shrugged, "You are probably correct, I just thought it batted mentioning. Is there anything else oin your mind that we should talk about? Any other truths you want to express, or have been holding back on expressing?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 03:03:16 PM
"No, I don't like to let things stack up, so that was all that's on my plate right now, aside from telling your rather that I need to meet the girl, notice I quit saying mare, and see if this will work."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 03:13:38 PM
"Next tine just talk about what is bothering you. For instance, I plan to give the King a piece of my mind about ordering you to keep such a stupid secret from me. My knowing would not have changed the outcome, but your silence upon your return affected me greatly. I won't have him stepping between us unless there is a damn good reason and that wasn't reason enough. His life, his children's, the security of the realm; those are all acceptable. But this? He was sure they would be to scared to approach me and yet didn't trust me enough to not spoil his plans" she shook her head, "I am not happy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 05:06:13 PM
"Punch him," Oldwine shrugged.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 05:30:53 PM
"Not my style, I will get my point across though. I am debating with myself with whether to do it before Marcus makes his case or after. I am leaning towards after, he probably won't expect it then. And he will be more likely to really listen to Marcus if he isn't smarting over our discussion. Anyway, I will let you get back to work, or back to arranging to meet the woman" she shrugged, "whichever the case."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 05:59:08 PM
"You know that you're the reason he had to think so long," Indra asked as they passed through the city. "He's making sure he's not being disloyal."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 07:22:07 PM
"Probably" she agreed, "but his thinking wasn't the problem. The problem was his shutting me out. That will not resolve the issue, it just creates a divide between us. It affects both our private conversations and our business relations. When he starts pulling away in one area, he does it in all areas. He is an all or nothing sort of person" she shrugged. "In any case, it isn't the child he is concerned with" she shook her head, "it is the sexual relations aspect that he is opposed to. You should have heard the things he said about a woman he hasn't even met."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 07:30:51 PM
"Knowing him, it was cavalry terms," she giggled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 08:08:39 PM
"Mostly" she agreed, "there were a few other colorful words as well. "Nothing I hadn't heard before, even from him, but the vehemence in his tone was only equaled to his tone when I have been personally attacked and reserved for those who committed the deed. Which is why I think it is all about the sex. I be upset if he was planning to marry her" she admitted, "but, I have always assumed he availed himself of others. I am beginning doubt that after today though."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 08:54:01 PM
"I think he does, but mostly when you're along," she grinned. "I remember a night in a tent."

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Scenes from Tamber

“Madame,” the young soldier bowed slightly, his manners impressed a bit. “I have a delivery for you.”

“Delivery?” she asked with an arched brow. “Meaning what?”

“Meaning I have things to give to you. There are two adults in this holding?”

Miraca looked back at Tara, who stepped forward. “Who sent you?”

“We’ve been sent by the Tamber Militia,” he replied. “I am of the Quartermaster’s Corps, and my escort is provincial cavalry.”

“I see,” Miraca said, examining his uniform. “Two grown folks.”

“Very good,” he turned and saw a woman in uniform unloading things from the wagon that the mounted men were positioned around. He walked out to the wagon and they returned a few moments later. “Madame, here are two pollaxes, two long knives, two bows, and two score arrows.” They leaned it all against the house, beside the door. “If you would print your names and make your mark, these are for your self-protection.”

Tara too his book and made the annotations requested. “What if someone doesn’t know how to use a bow or that pole thing?”

“Pollaxe, Madame,” he replied politely. “On the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th day of each month there will be someone at the hospital grounds to provide instruction. “Have you a calendar?”

Miraca shook her head and the woman soldier trotted to the wagon and returned with a small book, and a pen shaft, a sack of points and a tin ink pot. He marked the day and showed them the days of each month that the instruction would be available. “It starts at high sun each day.”

Miraca nodded at that and waved goodbye to them all before taking these new goods into the house. “Can you use an axe on a pole?”

“Pollaxe,” Tara replied. “I haven’t, but it looks a lot like a fighting staff, just a bit shorter. Fierce looking thing. You can stab with either end, and the busy end has a hammer and an axe. As I said, fierce. Looks as if you can fight all sorts of ways with it.”

“It does,” Miara said. “No strings on the bows?”

Tara opened a small sack tied to each bow. “Looks to be three for each. Not as good as my bow, but it’s good to see them.”

“You show me how to use it?”

“That and the staff,” Tara promised and nodded. “Once you learn the staff some, we’ll learn together with the pollaxe. Good thing we practice by the hospital, that thing looks like it could hurt a person.”

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“Madame,” the surgeon said as he walked down the stairs quickly. “This house is closed. Two of your ladies have the pox and your bedding is buggy. I saw ticks, fleas and bed bugs. That means that all of the bedding, including mattresses, must be burned. The two ladies must come with me to the hospital, and all others will be checked again in a week to see if the can have new tags.”

“I can’t close for a week,” the lady shrilled. “How will I get by?”

“We need money to live!” one of the ladies protested.

“Is this what we pay taxes for?” another cried out.

“Taxes?” the surgeon looked puzzled. “Nobody pays taxes, the Grand Duchess is paying all of the province’s taxes to the crown herself for the first five years.”

Several angry gazes were directed at the woman.

One of the militia constables stepped forward. “Has she been deducting taxes from you?”

There were several versions of yes as a reply, some colorful.

“Do you have your paybills?”

“Our what?”

“Paybills, each time she pays you, she must present your paybill with it, telling how much was paid to the house for your...services...and how much she deducted for room, board, taxes and her house fee,” the militiaman looked around. “Any of you get those?”

Heads shook. “She writes it all in the book and pays us every morning for the night before.”

The constable turned and looked at the other and nodded, the second disappeared and returned a few shout-filled minutes later. “They don’t have the telltales anywhere I can find them,” the surgeon mentioned the vials of a special liquid that discolored the mouth of anyone infected with the various sorts of pox.

The militiaman nodded and turned to the owner of the house. “Since your house is closed,” he informed her. “You are responsible for room and board for everyone that works here, you have deprived them of income through illegal practices and the filth and bugs of the place.”

“Why should I pay them?”

“Because if you don’t, your goods can be sold off to raise the funds to pay them. We can even sell off the house if needs be,” the newly arrived sergeant replied.

“If you seize the house to pay us,” the boldest of the women asked. “Can we just take the house, all of us together, and run it ourselves? Run it right and proper I mean?”

“That is a matter for the magistrate replied. “We’re taking her to the magistrate now, if you as speaker for the rest, wishes to accompany Us, you may. You are an aggrieved party.”

“Is that bad?”

“Not for you,” he replied. “You haven’t defrauded anyone and you don’t own a threat to public safety.

“While I’m gone,” she said to the rest. “Haul out any bedding that is buggy and,” she looked at the sergeant. “Do we burn it?”

“You have to bind it up carefully and take it to the nearest fire pit for proper burning, don’t want a fire.” He gave them directions for clearing it all out and where it needed to go. Then the surgeon gave instructions for how to properly cleaning the place, from top to bottom, and what to use before he took the two afflicted ladies with him for treatment. “And,” the sergeant replied sternly. “This house stays closed until you’re all properly licensed and the house passes inspection.”

“Right then,” the spokeswoman said with determination. “Let’s go see this magistrate, because I see now way for her to come up with what she owes us, because I think she’s been robbing us right along.”

“Let’s hope that the book is legitimate,” the surgeon sighed. “Otherwise we may just have to test the whole bloody city.”

“We will,” the sergeant replied as his men gathered all of the books they could find in the place. “I’ve heard enough about the Grand Duchess that she’ll demand it. Her father owns all of those Travelers, and he’s damned strict with how they’re run.”

Good,” the surgeon decided as they left.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 09:15:31 PM
Tamalyn arrived home in time to change for dinner. After changing she went downstairs to see Brock. "We're you able to arrange Marcus' dinner? Did he tell you his intentions?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 10:11:25 PM
"I did, he did, I have a Surprise for Stormy as well, Branor is preparing her favorites in the kitchen." He stopped and looked at her. "And I'm told a woman is on her way to face the magistrate for running a tainted brothel, and more."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 10:21:07 PM
"Oh wonderful, I suppose that means that we have a public health crises. That caps my day off nicely" she said with more sarcasm than she usually used. "Are you opposed to the proposal Marcus plan to speak about tonight" she asked him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 10:22:52 PM
"Not at all," he replied. "He needs to feel the closeness of the family around him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 10:29:19 PM
"I agree, and it is his idea. No one is making him do it. But, that doesn't mean that others won't be hurt by his choices. I am glad you are not" she nodded. What was the more part of your statement referring to the brothel? Or did you mean more issues in the city?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 10:37:01 PM
"As I understand it, the building needs to be cleaned of ticks, lice, crabs, bedbugs and at least two cases of pox. it was found on a health officer's check, so things may have spread, which means it could be anywhere in the city."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 10:41:19 PM
"Please great the entire household tonight, kitchen staff should be tested before dinner is served. If any is infected we will need to discard any foods they have touched. There is no way that I want to be responsible for afflicting the King or Stormy. Thay would be a political nightmare."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 11:07:12 PM
"I will put the house surgeons to work straighaway, though we are all tested often, I trust nothing but current," he replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 09, 2017, 11:22:31 PM
"I would rather over test than under test" she agreed. "Speaking of that" she turned to Indra, "have the guards tested this evening as well. I doubt that they avail themselves of the services provided by that particular establishment, but these things have a tendency to spread quickly. I will be in my study reading until our guests arrive."  With that she left the room. She took out on of het books opening it to where she left off, then searched herself for any signs of illness. She would also take the test, but self examination was also necessary.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 09, 2017, 11:57:30 PM
She examined herself, and found, quite by accident something like a small kernal of information placed by her father that allowed her to know her health to the smallest detail, she also found that it triggered aversion to those with diseases.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 12:07:17 AM
Tamalyn could feel the flurry of activity in the house while she read. She also felt an odd tingling sensation from outside. She wasn't positive, but she suspected that at least some of her guests had arrived. She listened for the door, and sure enough she could faintly make out Calder welcoming someone inside. She set her book aside and went to greet her guest. "Good evening Your Majesty, thank you for coming tonight, especially in such short notice" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 12:13:05 AM
"It wasn't short notice," Marcus said from behind him. "He had all day."

"Well, there is that," Ramon replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 12:25:52 AM
Tamalyn gave the kind a knowing smile. "Would you care for a drink while we wait for Stormy and Nine to arrive" she asked the king, "Marcus, I am sure that Brock has something for you as well" she added. Tamalyn led Tigre way into the sitting room. She noticed her small serving bar was already laid out with everyone's favorite drink choices. She poured Ramon's favorite and served Marcus a sweet milky tea. She chose her own favorite blue drink. "Before you leave this evening, I would like to have a quick word with you" she told the king as she handed him his drink.


Shortly thereafter Stormy and Nine were shown in. Tamalyn poured their drinks and once everyone was seated she looked at Marcus. "The floor is yours" she said encouragingly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 12:30:45 AM
"I want to be a Tigre," he said with great confidence. "My mother is  Tigre, and she likes it so much that she married two of them with only 3 numbers between them. When I was little, the King took off the Hammerlek from Mother and he should have done mine at the same time, kind of lazy for a king, but I suppose we're not supposed to criticize him even when he's being lazy or silly. We're a family and family has a name, so I'm asking nicely before I just stop using it and wont answer to anything else." He paused. "I think that covers everything."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 12:36:39 AM
Tamalyn wondered why he hadn't asked to be adopted by Nine like he said to her. She eyed him, "that is all? Did you forget the most important part?"


For her part Stormy agonist choked on her brandy, she gave Tigre king a long look. "I took you his hyphenated name would confuse him" she accused.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 12:42:15 AM
"I hadn't forgot," Marcus assured her. "I didn't want Mother's brandy to shoot out her nose, so I started small." He looked at her. "The only times to use that little line between names is when the wife outranks the husband by a lot, fair enough, Mother did. The other time is when starting a new dynasty or breaking off from a family and making a new one. Mother obviously didn't do that, since she is now a Tigre again. I don't want to be a new dynasty, that means Mother would be a one off and I'm my mother's child and always will be. So, we can make this simple. IX can adopt me, I'll be a Tigre again, and you won't have to feel guilty for not letting me into your family. Me and mother are family by blood. You and mother are family by name. I want a family of blood and name." He paused. "Sorry you sent me to a smart school yet?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 12:58:00 AM
Stormy looked at her son, "there is more than one instance when names are hyphenated" Stormy corrected him. She looked at Nine then back to her son. "As for your education, I believe that I could lock you away in a closet and you would still be way too smart for your own good. Now, you will wait here with Tamalyn while the three of us go have a discussion. One that does not include your pryng ears" she told him firmly. Stormy started to set down her glass then took it with her as she left the room.


She turned to Nine, "this is actually your decision to make. If you choose not to do it, I will take the blame" she glanced at Ramon, "or blame him" she nodded, "I like that better. So don't feel pressured, you told me you didn't want thae responsibility and I can and do respect that. He, on the other hand, was never told that, and never will be" she promised.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 01:10:33 AM
"He feels disconnected from his mother by name," Ramon nodded. "I should have seen that, but I didn't want to cut him off from his father's family. But, he rarely sees any of them. You have Tigres falling out of the sky, and he sees those. So, he wants his name link to his mother fixed, and he'd like a father that will be around for a while, not tutors and such that drift in and out as needs arise."

IX nodded. "He's certaily got the Tigre spunk," he nodded. "And that argument certainly didn't come from his mother, too organized," he teased Stormy, "And his father tripped over sentences. He can be a Tigre without adoption, but he wants family. I can understand that, I come from a very tight clan myself. I said I didn't want to take responsibility for him, but that was mostly not wanting to make father decisions and risk annoying mother and son both. He's growing, away at school most of the time, and if I say no he'll back up and regroup and come back with a better argument. Better to say yes now that have the world knew I was wore down and outmaneuvered by a five year-old."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 01:30:26 AM
"Everyone who knows Marcus had been worn down and outmaneuvered by him at least once" she assured him. "As for his name, I was never truly convinced that hyphenating it was the right course of action. I let it go because it is all he had of him. I am not opposed to his request, nor do I think his father would object. Well, if he was alive he would" she added, "but he isn't and the Tigre's have surrounded him his whole life. Yet he isn't one of them, and he knows it. It changes nothing, but his name. I changed mine, numerous times, I see no reason to force him to keep his" she concluded, "provided that you are sure of your decision."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 01:34:15 AM
"As long as have maneuvering room to keep me from your wrath if I make a decision that you don't like, I think I'll be fine. I plan to be very quick with the words 'ask your mother,' and that should get me by a lot of the time," he shrugged. "I've faced screaming ogres charging down a valley at me, and dragons circling me, but you're kind of scary."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 01:43:16 AM
She laugged, "one does try" she said giving him a big smile. "Then I suppose or decision is made. If you object" she said looking at Ramon, "You get to be the one to tell him and explain your reasoning, and have him relentlessly persue it" she added not seeing why he would object. "Should we go back and tell him the news or let him stew a little longer" she asked before drinking the last of her brandy.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 01:55:42 AM
"Let him stew? I say you tell him now, before he wants something else and has time to plan it," IX scoffed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 10:28:48 AM
"You think letting him stew for a few minutes more will lead to additional requests? I think if he has those, he will bring them up no matter how quickly we respond. Either way, my glass is empty, so let's go join him and Tamalyn." She paused and looked at the two men with her, "do either of you know why he went to Tamalyn before us?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 12:33:36 PM
"Same reason her gave her that little bastard dog," IX chuckled. "He likes her."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 01:03:07 PM
She contemplated, "perhaps. Though, I think there is more to it" she added. Marcus was very young but was rarely excluded from anything, he watched and observed interactions among adults. People tended to use Tamalyn as a sort of peace keeper, not because the young woman herself was threatening, it was because her father was. "In any case, I am hungry and thirsty" she said holding up her empty brandy glass. The three of them returned. Stormy took a seat, "come here" she told her son patting the spot next to her. "We have discussed it and we will agree to both your name change and your adoption by Nine. I do want to remind you that this adoption in no way changes who your father was, and like it or not, you are a Hammerleck. Adoption does not change your parentage, it only expands your family base and, in this case, your name" she added. "I will begin the process tomorrow. Have you thought about how you plan to address Nine" she asked on a lighter note.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 02:13:44 PM
He mimed writing a letter. "Denschlep Tigre the ninth, Hesterbur Province, Selnendrin," he replied with a little smile. "Is it time for dessert yet?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 02:37:27 PM
"I believe you can wait for the rest of us to finish eating" she said simply ignoring the fact that he had misunderstood her question. Her glass was filed and she began to eat. "My compliments to the chef Brock" she said, "it is all very good tonight.


Tamalyn, like Marcus had already finished eating. But, she remains at the table thinking about what she was going to say to the King. Soon, everyone was done and dessert was served. Stormy and Nine took Marcus back to his dorm leaving her with the king.


"I would like to know why you do not trust me? I have never betrayed your confidence and I am well versed in setting traps. I could understand if the secret involved the safety and security of the realm or yourself. But, that wasn't the case. No, this secret directly affected my province, my commanding officer and every single person who lives here. And yet, you left me deliberately in the dark and ordered Oldwine to keep it from me" she said clearly not happy about it.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 02:59:48 PM
Branor poked his head into the room and winked at Stormy, when she saw him, and slipped from view.

"I never said once that I didn't trust you," Ramon countered. "I told one person of the plan so that if word slipped out I would know exactly who did it. I excluded my staff, my wife, my heir, my entire government, the Palatine Order, you, your father, your staff, your government, and everyone else, because I had a very precise goal and I wouldn't allow anything to compromise that goal. While this may have injured your feelings, I had a greater duty to remove corruption from within my government. The Crown needs to be worn by a bastard now and then, and for that I make no apologies."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 03:38:38 PM
 She shook her head, " don't try to turn this into something it isn't. This is not about hurt feelings. It is about trust. I am not some emotionally charged teenager and I didn't ask you to apologize. I am telling you your actions showed a lack of trust in me. Who you did or didn't tell is irrelevant to my statement. I can understand your goals, I even appreciate the need for secrecy  For clarification, I am not hurt, I am confused as to what I have done to cause your mistrust."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 08:02:19 PM
"Not a thing," he replied. "It was a command decision based upon the situation and what I felt was necessary to succeed. You of all people should understand the need for secrecy, even applying it to those close to us."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 08:24:28 PM
"I do" she nodded, "but I also understand the unintended consequences of my actions. The unintended consequences this time was that you caused Oldwine to lie to me, and I knew it. I trust very few people, even then I rarely trust them in all things. I need to be able to trust him, I need him. So my request is that you do not jeopardize my trust in him. By the way, Oldwine suggest that I should just punch you" she smiled. "I wanted you to know and understand why I was bothered. It wasn't that he kept your secret, I am well aware that he had many secrets I know nothing about.  It was that the secret he was ordered to keep wasn't worth the loss of trust it almost created. Or, rather, it wasn't worth it to me" she acknowledged.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 08:47:34 PM
"I understand that," he replied. "But my concerns were much larger than that, I did what duty commanded, and always will."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 08:54:13 PM
"I understand that as well" she nodded, "that is why I made it a request. I really do understand. I am not asking for apologies or promises. I just wanted you to see this from my perspective" she shrugged. "So, now that I have fully explained my concerns. Why don't you tell me exactly what was going on? Oldwine touched on it, but our conversation focused primarily on other topics. Who exactly was threatening our supply line and what did they hope to gain?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 09:08:40 PM
"The way that you have things out here organized, not enough of what they consider the right people are getting command positions, your quartermasters aren't playing the game and demanding fairer prices or they're dropped from the bidding, your navy made the rest of the navy look bad, it's a glorious mess of claims and improper actions, and then the sudden realization that they had nothing to hold over anyone out here" he replied. "And arrests. Lots of arrests."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 09:22:04 PM
"So basically they are mad because we aren't playing the game correctly" she summarized. "I suppose that no one had told them I don't play games and don't even know the rules to the game they are playing. Nor do I plan to learn them" she added hastily. "I have a question about the quarter masters. You said they demand fairer prices, I understand that part. But what do you mean when you say 'or they're dropped from the bidding" does that mean they drop out or that their bids are no longer acknowledged?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 11:19:50 PM
"If they bid too high, their bids are ignored," he replied. "Who doesn't look at the lowest bidder? Provided they are higher quality."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 11:36:08 PM
She still looked confused for a moment, after a moment she realized what he was saying, "why would anyone pay a higher price for poorer goods or services? That makes no sense at all." She sighed, "well we aren't going to change that anytime soon" she shrugged. "Thank you for staying to explain your perspective. And, thank you for coming to Marcus' dinner on such short notice. He took me by surprise when he demanded I tell you all to agree to his adoption, I have no say in any of that" she added, "this was the most logical approach."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 10, 2017, 11:47:45 PM
"He's going to be interesting when he's old enough to serve on council," Ramon grinned. "Probably a good thing."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 10, 2017, 11:55:54 PM
"He speaks his mind. Always has. In one of our first conversations he told me that my clothes were too fuddy duddy and he would give me his mother's clothes but I was too big for them. I think he was two. When he sent Whiskers he told me that I was lonely and needed a dog. He claimed that the tigers would eat him" she looked at the king, "I happen to know that the tigers like him, he can even summon them. How exactly does that work, do you know? Is it magic, or something more akin to my own powers?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 12:32:50 AM
"I've long since given up on what the tigers can do, let along that little furry monster of yours," Ramon grinned.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 12:51:10 AM
"Mostly, he sleeps" she shrugged, "Marcus suggested that I wasn't doing enough to keep him healthy. Whiskers gave him a day of playtime before making it clear the boy was interrupting his busy napping schedule. Marcus doesn't tell me that anymore" she smiled. "I should let you get back home. I Have kept you long enough. I appreciate you coming" she said, "and I am certain that Marcus appreciated it to. Even if he did say you were silly" she smiled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 12:54:50 AM
"He always insists that I'm silly, and that I need to wear my crown more, like the kings in the books do." He rolled his eyes and gave her a quick peck on the lips before popping out.

"The staff and the guard are all cleared," Brand murmured as she stepped out of the room. "Tea, My Lady?" he asked in a normal voice.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 01:19:42 AM
"I think so, I could use a cookie or two as well. Maybe just one" she said, "I still have a bit of work to do. She went to her study and sent for Annika. It didn't take her long to arrive. "We need bells for calling the militia out to the homesteads. Could you please locate a craftsmen and place an order for" she debated, "a few hundred bells. We will probably have to order mote, because eventually I would like to have everyone have access to a local bell. Also, how is the relocation of the broadsheet coming along? Did many of the staff take you up on the offer to relocate?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 01:24:56 AM
"They have packed everything out, the landlord tried to prevent them from removing the presses and the rest, but your office down there made it all disappear with little trouble. Half of the printers and a quarter of the writes are here, a few with families. They moved at around dinnertime and they are staying at the Traveler for a day or two until we get them settled," she reported. "I'll look into bellfounders, I know we have brassworks, but bells require a bit more, I think, and I'll make an order for a few hundred loud bells."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 01:49:09 AM
"That is fine" she nodded, "I only requested a hundred because I didn't wish to scare anyone" she shrugged. "Did Tenna choose to come or do wee need a new editor" she asked her. "Also, I understand that a brothel was closed today because of disease. The city will need tested before we have an epidemic, please ask your brother to get that into motion. Everyone, to include militia and government employees as well as civilians"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 01:51:32 AM
"Oh shite, I'll see to that now," she said as she left. "Teena is here," she called back over her shoulder.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 10:17:33 AM
She smiled as Annika ran off, there was a reason that she told Annika about the pox breakout last. It was because she knew it would be the last thing she would be able to tell her. Tamalyn sat back sipping her tea and nibbling on a cookie and debated on what to do next. Finally she called for Indra, "I need to change out of my dinner dress, then after" she smiled, "we are going out. I think a few drinks at the Traveler sounds like an interesting diversion and, I need to speak with Teena about the direction I wish the broadsheet to go in. I could bring her here, but I haven't been out for a night on the town since shortly after we first arrived. Please arrange things while I change."


It didn't take her long, it rarely did, though she had stated into her closet for longer than usual trying to decide on what to wear. When she arrived downstairs she was wearing a black riding skirt and matching jacket with a white lacy blouse. The skirt and jacket both had black embroidered designs. She knew it was similar to her court dress, but it was also a much more feminine version of what her father wore.


She arrived at the Traveler then focused her mind on Teena. She was easy to find and she made her way to the table where Teena and some others were eating. "Welcome to Tamber" Tamalyn greeted her, "do you mind if I join you" she asked looking at her and her table companions who were also part of the paper's staff. "I would like to discuss my goals and desires for the broadsheet, and I feel that a more informal setting will make things less" she paused and considered, "demanding and more advisory. Tamber needs a different direction than what Valcaster needed and I would like to ensure the paper starts out strong with the proper direction."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 04:10:51 PM
:In that case, what direction do you see?" Teena asked.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 04:39:49 PM
"Well, in Valcaster it was important to call the guilds out on their unfair practices, or the government on their prejudices. Here, we have a need to get information out. To inform people of free training, job opportunities, medical alerts, and threats to public safety, among other things. Currently the militia members are the people's best source of information, but they are becoming outnumbered and they don't always realize the information is needed. Unlike the Hesterbur broadsheets, we don't need a gossip column. Instead, I would like to focus on articles featuring regular people, Artists, shop owners, homesteaders, farmers, weavers and the like. Not gossip" she added, "positive reviews and encouraging articles. The paper should comprise of articles from the entire province, not just the city, though I do expect that most ads will be from those in the city" she admitted. "Now, I am not saying that you cannot write about any government failings, but I do expect you to also mention what is being done to correct the issues and inform us if you discover a problem that we are not aware of. But, as of right now, the biggest concern and the reason I brought you here is to provide information to the people in the province."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 05:37:56 PM
"I'm going to have to make some contacts in the Capital; Hesterbur, I believe, as well. I'll have to find more people to write here as well, we need to sine a light on the good to build hope and we need to show the bad to warn people and make them want to have it out of their city. And province. So yes, we'll need people out in the other towns and cities here as well. It won't take as many people as it sounds like, but we'll need people to gather and write the stories."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 05:53:29 PM
"I expected that, keep in mind that there may already be people in the villages and towns who, with guidance, would be perfect for the positions. Not to mention they would know who the best people to interview are. All of that, I leave to you. I do not plan to interfere with the daily operations, it is bad enough that I own the paper" she added, "do try to downplay that aspect. Other than the direction I want you to go, I will have little to do with the broadsheet." She smiled then and looked around the table, "what do you think of Tamber so far?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 06:36:07 PM
"Ask me in the winter," Teena smiled. "Anywhere can have a nice summer."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 07:33:38 PM
Tamalyn laughed, "it is just barely beyond winter, early spring" she added, "we do not have months of snow and experience no thaw. Or rather, nothing like Valcaster. The summer does get hot though" she added, "and the sun can burn the skin, so you may want to invest in some nice sun hats. Your skin will not be toughened like most of our residents are."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 07:35:31 PM
"I sunburn from candle light," Teena sighed. "But, it looks like there's a lot of shade trees."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 07:43:38 PM
 Tamalyn grinned, "seriously, invest in sun hats. Before summer is over you will be thanking me for that piece of advice." She contemplated, "how long do you think before you will be able to produce the first paper? I know that you need to hire people, but perhaps we could start with the city and surrounding areas. Then produce province wide when you have secured the rest of the staff" she suggested.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 07:57:14 PM
"That is what I'm planning," she replied. "I'm planning a lot of things. First, I must get my presses set up and the people situated. I left Amrick a list of what we're short of and we'll look over the space for the presses and everything tomorrow."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 08:14:52 PM
"Annika, Amrick had different duties now. Though, I am sure if you go to him he will make sure your issues are resolved. But, Annika is my factor now. She will oversee things in my stead and bring you information that I will want disseminated. For instance, I would like a story about the river fleet, it is new and different and is creating quite the stir of interest by everyone. Then there is a young freed woman who, with her companion, managed to take out four men to defend her homestead. And bells, I have ordered bells to be made for those outside the city to call for the militia. Additionally, we are holding free self defense and weapons training at the hospital. I have more, but you get where I am going" she smiled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 08:21:25 PM
"I figured that I knew Amrick, and he'd bully people into giving me what I need," she shrugged.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 08:45:38 PM
"He will bully Annika into doing what you need" she nodded, "one can do that with their sister and if she gets stuck, she will return the favor" she shrugged, "though Annika has never failed to come through for me. She got you here, and all the presses." She remembered what Annika had said about the presses. " Exactly why did the landlord think that my presses and equipment should be left behind? I fail to understand how my property belongs to him. I stole them from my father, fair and square" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 09:33:56 PM
"He was trying to keep us from moving them out so we'd either have keep paying rent, or he'd confiscate them to pay unpaid rent," she replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 10:17:58 PM
"Who would actually think that would work? That isn't how business works. " She shook her head, "it doesn't really matter, he didn't get his way. Truthfully, we didn't actually need the presses, but they are mine and I wasn't going to sell them, not when it means we could print in multiple locations in the r province. Easier to send the copy than the entire printed run. You will be happy to know that paper and ink is readily available and much less expensive here" she added. " Oh, Branor is going to be opening a fine dining establishment very soon. Additionally, he will be teaching techniques. He would make a good article. Do be sure to send copies of the paper to Hesterbur, especially that one. With that" she smiled, "I will leave you. Please work quickly, we really need the communication the broadsheet will provide."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 11:05:12 PM
"Fortunately the single people will need less time to set up their homes, they may be setting up things as the married ones set up household," Teena replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 11, 2017, 11:31:41 PM
"I am certain that you can get things moving quickly. I do appreciate your willingness to relocate. The girls were telling that things are not going as smoothly as the Lord Marshal had wished after the attempted revolution. They suggested that it was worse for women than it had been before, they were actually quite worried about you" she added, "you had written some damaging articles, past and present,  and they didn't think you would be able to get another position if the paper folded. Thankfully, I have a greater need for a paper now than ever before. I will go and let you all get settled. I am glad you are here" she told her. Teena was one of Tigre few friends Tamalyn had made in school that was not living in the apartment that burned down. She met her by accident at a small diner that catered to the students with bigger pocketbooks. Teena was a literary major, and they had bonded over books, though their tastes in books were very different.  "Teena, you should visit our library" Tamalyn added as she began to leave, "it is spectacular, you will love it." And with that she was gone.


At home, she finished her cookie and went to bed. Alone. All the talk of the filthy brothel put any thoughts of sex right out of her mind.


In the morning she went downstairs for breakfast. "So tell me Brock, what have heard this morning? Anything interesting" she enquired.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 11, 2017, 11:36:23 PM
There are a few dozen being treated at the hospitals," he replied. "All brothels have been ordered closed if they don't check their clients, previously tested or not. The Lord Marshall has a houseguest. Lord Marcus chased a man for a block for beating a dog. There have been more arrests made concerning the gangs. Otherwise, a quiet night."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 12, 2017, 12:02:15 AM
Tamalyn wanted to ask who Oldwine's houseguest was, but she didn't. It really wasn't any of her business, besides she suspected who it was and she didn't want confirmation. "I wonder who patient x is, the one who started this outbreak" she specified. "He could be a carrier and not even know they are causing this" she paused, "I shouldn't assume it is a man, but I can't help it" she added with a little smile. "Marcus is going to be interesting to have around. I may speak with Marshal Corrandon about some extra curricular activities to keep hin occupied" she smiled, "and on campus."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 12, 2017, 12:07:18 AM
"And perhaps chain him to a guard," Brock grinned.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 12, 2017, 12:28:09 AM
Tamalyn smiled back, "the sad part is that I am sure his guards were there.  Like my guards, they would follow him anywhere. But, I think that his guards probably also encourage him more than is prudent. Do not let him give me another dog. One is more than enough" she added firmly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 12, 2017, 12:36:00 AM
"I'm more worried about a tiger," he replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 12, 2017, 10:02:24 AM
"Ah, but see that was part of the reason I requested guard dogs. Stormy would not place her tigers in a home with dogs. They may be trained, but they have a stubborn wild steak and a hated for dogs. Whiskers would probably have been enough of a deterrent for her, but the guard dogs ensure I will be tiger free. I spent numerous winters in Valcaster and Stormy liked to visit in the winter with her cats. I never lost a dog, but then Stormy also never stayed more than a few days. Why, well besides the fact that she is busy, those few days were all the control the tigers had. From day one they watched the dogs, they were working dogs and as such the tigers could respect that, so they watched for the stubborn, willful dogs, the dogs who didn't stay on task and they choose those dogs to watch. By that point, they had already learned the patterns of the estate and they were inching toward their goal of eating my dogs. Meanwhile, Stormy was watching their behavior changes and would take them home" she laughed, "you could see the disappointment in their eyes, the most stubborn of her tigers would look back towards the gardens and contemplate being disobedient, but would shake it off. Stormy is very good at giving the impression her cats are under control, and even pretending that she doesn't need to watch them closely, but she actually notices the slightest changes in behavior and moves to curtail the situation before there is a situation."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 12, 2017, 02:11:54 PM
"It's probably a good thing that Iron Wold Clan and the Tigers are far apart," Brock agreed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 12, 2017, 02:27:36 PM
"That placement was not accidental" she agreed with a nod.  Tamalyn ate quietly after that, letting Brock return to his duties. She didn't really have much on her schedule today, so used her time to catch up on her paperwork. After lunch she went to see Corrandon. "We need to challenge Duke Tigre more, and keep him from running ruffians down in the city, any suggestions?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 12, 2017, 05:00:35 PM
"Jamen was his tutor for some time, he'd be your expert, he goes through homework as fast as we can assign it," Corrandon grinned. 'Maybe more weapon drills?"

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Her arms were leaden, hanging limply at her side. For two weeks she’d been practicing with staff, pollaxe and bow, after a full day of work. They took their weapons inside and locked up for the evening. She paused and lifted the bar and let the dog out and closed up again. The dog had adopted them the day after the scavengers harassed them. Tara convinced her that feeding the tall, thin, raggedy brute would be a good idea and he’d stayed around since. He followed the children around during the mornings, napped when they jumped into the wagon, followed them around until supper, when he demolished the leftovers, and then insisted on sleeping outside at night. He seemed to favor a dark spot, a hollow in the bushes around a tall tree, where he laid and kept watch at night.

Tara, with the help of Talla, her eldest, and Lyra, her middle child, brushed out the big dog, clipping out matted hair where they had to, and then washed him thoroughly with a horse & Mule soap that kept away bugs and soothed itchy skin. She was surprised that such a large dog could subsist on the leftovers that she fed them, until she started finding two or three rabbits on the porch every evening. This morning she saw him trotting up to the porch when she opened the door with a very large goose held softly in his jaws. After recovering from her shock she fed him an entire bison ration bar from their stores, and praised him lavishly. He now answered to Biggie, a name given by young Deren, her youngest, and his older sisters latched onto the name as well.

“You should have warned me how hard it is to draw your bow,” Miraca groused as she sat and rubbed her shoulders. Tara simply smiled and took down the tin of liniment and worked it into the steadholder’s upper arms and shoulders. It had a slightly floral scent, and the warmth began soothing her at once. It came as a rather unpleasant-smelling concoction, but Miraca added a few herbs and ground powders that improved it vastly.


“Your is a hunting bow,” Tara replied. “Mine is a warbow, it was my father’s, and it took me a long time to master it. If we can build your strength with it, you’ll find your own bow much easier.”

“So ,I’m a weakling?” Miraca chuckled faintly, a rare thing from the very serious young mother.

“No, your muscles are hard from long toil,” Tara disagreed. “It just takes different muscles to use a bow, and more to work a warbow.” Tara’s own arms, upper and forearms were quite large for a shorter woman. Miraca was a bit over five and a half feet tall and was slim and compact with wiry muscle. Tara was half a foot shorter, but more solid and build more robustly. She suspected that there was a dwarf or two in her background. “Let that settle in, I’ll put on more after you wash up for bed.”

Miraca walked to the kitchen stove and touched the copper tank that surrounded the chimney pipe. “At least it’ll be a hot wash tonight, last night I waited too late and it was almost cool. She checked the banked fire before she went to her small room and stripped down. She and Tara actually shared a room, but they hung a canvass curtain down the center of the room to allow each a bit of privacy. Tara left before she did, but they both saw together around a large wooden bucket and washed up and rinsed off. They refilled the bucket and pumped the tank full again and washed their hair. Daily bathing was at first quite a surprise. She’d been taken as a young girl and lived her life in captivity until now. Hygiene in the camps was largely ignored, but Tara impressed the need for cleanliness to them all, so each night they washed up, and every other day, they washed their hair. She’d noticed the difference in the metal mirror on the wall of the bath, and found herself pleasantly surprised at how she looked. The dog wasn’t the only one filling out nicely.

They rinsed and the water, at last, was clear. They’d spend the day, after routine chores, finishing their barn. They’d started building next to a small hill, but then dug out the side of the hill to form the back wall, and then finished the rest of the walls in wattle and daub, a woven wall of saplings covered in a mixture of straw, clay and sand. Some used manure in the mix, but that thought disgusted them both. Tonight, for the first time, the horses and mule were in the barn, the chickens in their coop, the pigs in their pen, and the cattle brought in to the corral at the front of the barn, all under Biggie’s watchful eyes. They went to their beds that night, knowing that after chores they’d go to the practice grounds and work on their weapon proficiency, and maybe even work more on their Selnen, a language she’d spoken as a girl but was still new to her children. They were learning in school and they all learned more from Tara as they worked to fit into their new homeland.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 12, 2017, 05:13:33 PM
She shrugged, "it is your duty to educate him now" she smiled devilishly at him "perhaps you could have him tutor some of the other children. It would be good for both him and the others. I am sure that weapons training would be great, but it would also just make him more confident. What about endurance training? Running might tire him out" she suggested.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 12, 2017, 07:24:10 PM
"We can try running his little legs off, but that would make it harder for the guards to catch up to him," he replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 12, 2017, 07:46:55 PM
Tamalyn laughed, "nothing will ever be easy with him. I just thought I would mention it to you since he took it upon himself to chase a man down the street last night for beating his dog. I don't like the idea of animal abuse, but anyone who hits a dog might think it acceptable to hit a boy. That would not be nearly as entertaining as this incident was." She shrugged, "and now, I will go annoy someone else" she smiled at him, "and leave you to figure out how to keep Lord Marcus occupied and off the streets.


She didn't really have any other pressing issues, or rather none that required her immediate attention. There were numerous things in the works but she had effectively delegated them, or try ere still in planning stages. So she decided to go down to the docks to see which ships were in port. Perhaps she would be lucky enough to find Taraborne in port.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 12, 2017, 08:04:09 PM
She did find Taraborne aboard his flagship, though she wasn't a sailor, she could see that the ship was a quarter longer and a whole deck taller than his previous flagship. It was no surprise that the ship was immaculate, every rope coiled, the decks gleaming and the guard properly turned out and alert. Taraborne was just concluding a planning meeting when she arrived. "My Lady," he greeted her as the rest left his sea cabin, a navy term for his working office. The maps on the forward bulhead were covered with a curtain as the rest left. "Wine, ale?" He offered.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 12, 2017, 08:11:45 PM
 She was surprised by the offer, "ale would be very nice" she nodded, "I just thought I would see if you were in port. I have not yet seen your new flagship and my afternoon was fairly free. It is quite a bit bigger tan your last ship" she remarked, "does it handle as well? Have you had the opportunity to test it out on the rougher, or slower, waters?" She asked curiously.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 12, 2017, 09:03:16 PM
"Captain Blackblood worked them hard coming here," he replied. And they used the time I was convalescing to drill and maneuver the ship to learn her. I've actually had very little sailing time aboard her as we're bedding everything down out here. I will soon though," he placed the ale before her. First I have to finish my part in planning the battles to the west that are coming."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 12, 2017, 09:11:21 PM
"I am hoping it is as successful, but I am also hoing er incur less casualties than the last invasion. On that topic, I understand you have new men newly transferred from the navy. Are they meshing in well with the river fleet? Have you had many troubles since Marshal Oldwine booted the navy's problem personnel they tried to land us with?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 12, 2017, 09:43:52 PM
"There aren't any problems that we didn't anticipate," he replied. We knew from our own previous experience what troubled deep water sailors would have from moving into rivers and lakes. It is a matter of drill and practice. We're pushing the small boats father up smaller streams as well. We're covering a lot more country and meticulously mapping it all."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 13, 2017, 12:25:05 PM
"I am very curious to see those maps" she nodded. "Have you had any opportunity to put your ships or new men through any combat encounters? Run across any raiders or scavengers" she shrugged, "stuff like that?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 13, 2017, 02:27:30 PM
Taraborne closed the stern curtains, covering the windows, before revealing the maps, showing possible gathering points for ships and troops. "We're getting closer to finding where we need to strike," he replied as he pointed out things on the map. "There are a lot of reports coming in from scoutsand we're going to need them to find the most likely places to strike. We are sure that they are being moved from the coasts inland to keep them from the navy, but this is spreading their troops out, which could be good for us. Here in the center and to the east there have been some small engagements, and we've moved a lot of supplies to keep the cavalry patrols out longer and increase their patrol range.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 13, 2017, 04:12:25 PM
 Tamalyn looked at the maps he showed her, "I had actually meant the ones you are making of the rivers and lakes" she said smiling, "but theses are more relevant right now." She asked a few pertinent questions listening to his answers. She helped him cover the maps back up. "I have to admit that I am more nervous about this raid than the last, they have had time to prepare for us, they are expecting us to use the rivers this time. It makes it more dangerous for you to sail them" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 13, 2017, 10:22:02 PM
"Well, since we have to cross a river to get to western Gamedian, they knew that ships or bridging was going to be involved anyway," he shrugged. "That just means we have to use the best information that we can get to build a strategy that will make thyem try and scramble to catch up to what we have planned next."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 09:35:56 AM
"Agreed" she nodded, "still, it is my right to worry and my responsibility to ensure the safety of my troops. I am a worrier by nature" she admitted with a shrug. "On any given day I am probably worrying about two or three dozen things. Some are quite silly, others" she shook her head, "are not. This" she considered, "falls between the silly and the serious. If only because I have faith in my militia and the officers who lead them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 01:48:28 PM
"Gamedian has a lot of people," he replied. "But their problem is that they don't have a lot of soldiers. They've bled their armies all but dry. In the last war they were training men on the march, expecting that the end of a few hundred miles of marching farmers and shopkeepers would suddenly become soldiers. Their government is in chaos, they're on the verge of civil war, but they are still holding defiance toward the Realm, mainly as a way to try and hold the country together. Holding slaves even after signing treaties to free them all is part of that defiance. If they meet that demand, they must admit that they are defeated. So, we will take them to prove that they are defeated. That means we have to hit them as hard as we can in the places that will hurt their armies and their morale the most."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 02:03:26 PM
"I understand the need, I even understand why it had to be Tamber militia who goes in. If nothing else these strikes will remind them all that we are not to be trifled with" she added with a nod. "So, what did you do during your convalescent tine off" she asked blatantly changing the subject.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 02:11:23 PM
"Slept a lot and read some," he replied with a grin. "and drafted proposed changes to King's Regulations addressing how the navy works on rivers."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 02:23:41 PM
 She smiled, "I would probably find a way to work too" she admitted with a shrug. "I do hope you had some time to explore the area" she added. "I should probably let you return to work" she said looking up at her island, "and I should go see how my castle is progressing. It was very nice to talk with you. Perhaps one day we can discuss something besides the navy or the militia" she smiled, "if Koriche and Gamedien every let us" she added, "so far, they have been a major pain in my arse and I am sure they will remain that way" she sighed. "Enjoy your day, thank you for taking the time to talk with me."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 03:38:45 PM
"A pleasure to see you, as always, My Lady," he bowed slightly.

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It was hot, damned hot, the steel forms were hot, the ovens were hot, they drank water by the quart and still the sweat pouted from them. Then the gate opened and molten glass poured into the flat steel mold. Two men grabbed the handles on the steel mold and slid it under the scraper, leveling the orange molten liquid and scraping off the excess. The slid it far down the metal table and hefted it into an oven and closed the door quickly, the next two men were close behind them and this continued until the whole pour was complete. Each of the ovens would be allowed to cool, keeping the glass from growing brittle. It was an endless task, in the night the sand was heated and by morning it would be ready to pour by the next shift, who poured and racked in the cool of the morning. After a break to break to cool themselves and the works works enough to clean. Others were already polishing the sheets, starting with coarse stones and slowly working to the finest. It was a laborious process, and expensive compared to blowing cylinders before slicing and flattening them, but that made for small panes, and they were often irregular and distorted the view through them. These men were pouring panes two feet square and they'd be a quarter of an inch thick after polishing. Other sheets would be larger and thicker. A few thousand sheets would be needed for this job. A palace no less.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 03:57:43 PM
 She stayed out of the way of the men working, but she did watch. She was surprised they hadn't ordered the sheets from one the glass manufactures in Selnendrin proper, but as she watched then work she suspected that they wanted the castle to be made from provincial products. Well, aside from the stone walls. She didn't interrupt of attempt to make conversation with anyone working. She turned to Indra, "why do you suppose they started the windows first?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 09:29:07 PM
They had all of the sand from the dredges that needed cleared away," Indra replied.

"And it will take some time to do the windows. Your windows are two panes of glass with a decorative edging of stained glass between them. So they'll build the layered window panes wrapped with a copper frame," Stonecutter replied from behind them. "That will all take time. We're also building them here to reduce breakage." He looked decidedly casual, rank stripes on the shoulder of a light shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 09:38:09 PM
"So the windows will be three times that thick" she asked to clarify. "I like the sound of stain glass between the panes, it will make them easy to clean" she smirked,  "not that I have to do such things anymore. But, I remember" she smiled at him. "Where are you storing them" she asked looking around. "I would hate for any to break" she added, "because no one is going to be happy to do this in the middle of summer" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 09:44:34 PM
"We've built the temporary buildings, when they're done making glass, it'll all be stored where you see them being polished. Then when the glass is done, they'll start on the tiles for the mosaics, after the glass furnaces are removed. They'll be moved to make bottles and things, we're selling the furnaces at a good price to help industry."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 10:04:28 PM
"It is odd to me that you started with the breakable that will towards the end" she shrugged, "but, I am trusting you to have thought it all through. On the positive side, it isn't as hot now and no one will be trying to rush through to get it done" she added brightly. "I hadn't expected to see you here, did someone call you because I was visiting?:
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 10:07:27 PM
"No," he laughed. "I'm here because it's the closest honest work to my desk, and I don't want it to fall behind schedule. It's also the largest project that we'll be able to start and finish without...help."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 10:32:18 PM
She shrugged, "I am sorry" she paused, "no I am not sorry. If we had waited for the engineers to build everything start to finish, we would not have made it through the winter. Needs of thre many and all of that nonsense. But, this" she watched them filling the mold, "this doesn't need to be finished immediately. In some ways, it doesn't need" she stressed the word, "to be built at all. But, somethings are bigger than one person. Like a palace or a castle, I need to show everyone that this is my home." She turned back to him, "i am pretty sure my unique castle will convince them. Even you were excited about it" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 10:33:47 PM
"Still am," he grinned. "That's part of the reasonI'm here."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 10:50:44 PM
"What is the tine estimate for my Aldoreane house? Are they nearing completion? I was wondering about New Years, it is the Queens birthday, so I was considering inviting them over for tea or something. I thought they might enjoy visiting the house. Would it be ready by then? If not, I could just send them gifts" she added to remove the pressure.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 10:54:12 PM
"It should be done in a few weeks, then they come straight here," he replied. "There is a lot of fine detail work to match in that house."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 14, 2017, 11:25:57 PM
 She nodded, "I will plan for the gifts then, if it works out that I can entertain them, I can do both" she added. "Besides, I may not want to leave then anyway" she said not explaining why. But, Tamalyn wouldn't go to Aldoreane while her militia was away, not unless it was for them. "I should leave you to your task. I was just curious about what was happening and since I was down on the pier, I thought would stop by. Thank you for explaining what you are all doing. I will probably come by next week too" she added with a grin, "I am excited about it too."


Tamalyn returned home, "Brock, you mentioned this morning that Oldwine had a guest. I thought I knew who it was, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized you wouldn't have told me about the guest I thought it was. Who is Oldwine's guest, and should we invite them to dinner?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 14, 2017, 11:30:24 PM
"All I can say for certain is that the guest is a Palatine and he stays at his house, and then accompanies him to the map room every day," Brock replied. "I can inquire if they wish to dine with us, but they're apparently planning to keep very long days."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 15, 2017, 10:06:19 AM
"Very well, let them work. But, let's send them dinner. It will be a nice surprise" she added realizing she rarely surprised Oldwine. "Make sure to include dessert and perhaps some alcohol, you pick what would best accompany the meal" she added. "I think that tonight, I am going to let my hair down, so to speak, and spend my evening with a pipe. It has been some time since I allowed my mind to fully rest. But, let's try not to let anyone know, they like to get me to agree to silly things. That is why I have a band" she smiled. "Not that I mind having a band, it just wasn't necessary when I agreed to it" she shrugged.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 15, 2017, 01:56:55 PM
"So if somebody shows up with puppies that they're giving away, I'll shoo them off. If you couldn't resist a band, then cute puppies may be too much for you," he paused. "And no buying bridges."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 15, 2017, 04:32:43 PM
"Why would anyone try to sell" she began, then realization dawned on her, "no bridges or swamp lands" she agreed nodding.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 15, 2017, 06:17:26 PM
Indra walked in at that point. "Who is visiting Oldine?" Brock asked.

"A Brigadier that was scouting Gamedian for the last five years," she replied. "Didn't catch his name, just that he wandered around with a mule loaded with trade goods and spied, I mean scouted, most of the country."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 15, 2017, 06:47:10 PM
"Well, there you have it Brock, no matter what we send for dinner he will probably love it. Though, I am positive that you will ensure the quality of our hospitality" she smiled, "I will wait until after you deal with the delivery before my own dinner."


Tamalyn unlocked a small cabinet next to her desk and brought it her water pipe. She smiled at Indra, "tonight I am having a night off from thinking."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 15, 2017, 08:20:01 PM
"I'm sure that we can find them something, at least better than army cooks can muster up," he agreed. "Your meal is ready to go on the table now."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 15, 2017, 09:17:58 PM
She looked at her pipe, "oh alright" she sighed and went to eat. She did spend the evening quite out of it. In fact, she even slept in a bit late because of it.


After breakfast she went to see Oldwine. "Good morning" she said despite it being closer to lunch than breakfast. "Little birdies told me that you have been working night and day. How are your plans coming along?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 16, 2017, 02:31:10 AM
"We've identified five sites in the west," he replied. "Taraborne is coming up today and we're going to work out how we'll make the breakthroughs and attacks."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 16, 2017, 04:58:19 PM
"You like his strategic mind set, don't you? His plans are daring, but well thought out" she added. "May I stay for the meeting? I would like to hear the plans."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 16, 2017, 11:09:14 PM
"If you'd like," he replied with a shrug.

Officers of the Militia, Frontier Army and the Frontier Fleet arrived later that day. "This is Brigadier Garman Darkwine," Oldwine introduced a man in Lord Defender's livery. "No relation," the chuckles were few, Oldwine made a sour face and continued after slipping a coin to Breecher. "Darkwine has been scouting Gamedian from end to end for the past five years, traveling as a pack merchant. I need not tell you that this was dangerous work. He has helped us narrow the searches of our scouts, and based upon their investigations, we have the first five locations scouted, and these will be the locations of our next attacks." He laid markers on the five locations. "The Third River Squadron, all 514 warships and boats, and their troopships and support, under the command of Admiral Gant of Seawolf, will spearhead the attacks. They will land infantry to secure the area, cavalry to clear the areas, and engineers to bridge the rivers. This will involve forces from the Tamber Militia, the River Fleet and Marines, and the Frontier Army to secure and bridge the attack points. Then the attacking force will cross, this will be the First Corps of Tamber, the 20th Corps of the Royal Army, and the Third Corps of the Palatine Order, under my command. We will take these points and evacuate all slaves that we find and they will be taken north on troopships, and will in time some will find themselves here in Tamber to be restored to a free life. While across the river we will conduct a major sweep of western Gamedian, and I hope to free even more. At the same Time, the 6th Fleet will sweep the western coast as the 5th Fleet scours the south. I anticipate that we won't be home until the fall, and we won't be leaving much of Gamedian's army intact. We're going to take away their forts and weapons and when we leave, we'll free the prisoners of war to return to their homes, as we return to ours." He grinned at them. "Our 1st Corps, the Palatine and the corps from the 5th Army are already on the march, as are the 5th and 6th Fleets. Additionally, the Royal Army and Navy of Aldoreane will attack Balisere, and conduct a similar mission. We are coordinated to launch our attacks in three weeks from today. Study the plan carefully," he said in a stern tone. We'll have have the leadership of the rest of the attack forces here tomorrow, and I expect them to be impressed with your knowledge and foresight."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 17, 2017, 01:34:18 AM
Tamalyn, of course, had many questions. But she only asked one, "will this include the leadership from the Aldoreane and the royal navy heading for Balisere as well?" She asked him while studying his map.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 17, 2017, 01:37:02 AM
"No, they have their own campaign to plan, we've already set the day for the attack, and will apprise each other or progress, but we're staying out of each other's way."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 17, 2017, 01:53:04 AM
 she nodded, the reason she asked is because she thought that it was an unnecessary meeting. "Understood. Sorry for interupting, please continue" she smiled. 
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 17, 2017, 02:26:39 AM
They discussed what was at each location, referring to Darkwine's reports as well as those from the scouts. Tamalyn could feel a heavy mood on Darkwine, she could tell that he'd gone through about as much as he'd ever stand. The stresses of being a Palatine in a country where being such a thing was an instant death sentence. A spy, scout is the normal term, that would be tortured for information if discovered. He'd killed more than once to protect his mission.

"No," Oldwine was saying to answer the question that made Oldwine's body tense. "Darkwine has gone through far too much in Gamedian. He's earned a rest if anyone has."

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“Mummy,” Lyra called as she came into the house for supper. “Biggie is fighting with a dog!”

“Go wash, I’ll see,” Miraca sighed.

“Don’t bother,” Tara giggled as she entered the house, herding the other two children. “They’re not fighting.”
“Well, that’s all we need,” Miara sighed.

“Perhaps,” Tara shrugged. “Biggie has good lines and is smart. The bitch he’s covering looks to be of good breeding as well. Besides, too late to stop them.” She looked out the window. “Have a few cats around too, wild most likely. I saw one carrying off a snake out of the garden earlier.”

“So long as they stay away from the chickens,” Miarca sighed.

Biggie doesn’t bother with them,” Tara shrugged. “But he might if they become pests. Dogs and cats don’t always fight like in the stories.”

They ate, the adults listening to the children prattle over their food, then it was a quick wash-up and off to bed.

“Crops are coming up well,” Tara observed as the sounds from upstairs tapered off.  “Especially in your growing houses, I didn’t think that some of those plants would grow here.”

They had dug out a long trench and lined it with all of the stone they could find and built a wooden frame over it. Many plants didn’t like places that had cold months, but Miraca had seen similar houses used to grow spices. The covered the framework with waxed fabric that allowed the light to pass through. The timbers and poles, not to mention the cloth and wax, dipped a bit into their savings, as had hiring a few men to help with the digging, but Miraca was sure that it would pay off. Now they had plants in planters on the ground planters and plants in pots on long shelves. It was built so that the sun passed along its length throughout the day. She was mainly growing ginger and other herbs inside there, away from the bugs, plants that bugs and rodents disliked were planted inside and around it. In the center they’d installed an old army stove that was being discarded, this would keep it warmer in the winter and hopefully keep off the snow.

Ginger didn’t normally grow this far north, but she kept the structure warm and moist to encourage the plants, and fussed over them at every opportunity. The vegetables and grains that they grew on a few acres of garden would be mainly for themselves, though they would probably sell some of the melons, likely to the school or the army. Then there was the tea, Miraca fussed over them as well. She had several different kinds bushes, and watched them vigorously for bugs. Most of the bushes she’d transplanted from all around the area, and a few friendly soldier brought them new plants every chance that they could, once they knew what she wanted. It was possible that she’d even get a small crop from them this year, they’d taken so well to the soil she carefully prepared for them. Plants from shoots would have taken a few years before they’d produce the proper leaves, the flushes, to be harvested. Miraca promised Tara a mix of green and black teas, pointing out the differences as they planted lemon thyme and marigolds, and transplanted lemon grass and lavender, to keep away bugs and pests here as well. Lemon grass was also an herb and could be used in teas as well. Lavender was good for pressing oil, as an herb and for her bees, they had four hives around the place now. The marigolds could also be harvested for uses in medicine, ointments and cosmetics.

“They will if we’re careful,” Miraca nodded. “Though winter might be hard. That’s why I have the dugout so close to the house, in case we need to clear off snow. “Maybe in a few years we’ll be able to afford a stronger frame and glass for it. I saw a rich man once that had that.”

Tara watched her landlady and employer carefully. “You’re thinking,” she grinned.

“I’d like at least ten more acres,” Miraca said. Though I’d love to get thirty more. “Good grazing around here and I could grow more tea, and we can graze those horses and a few more cattle, maybe some sheep or goats for wool. Not to mention the good that all of that manure will do.”

“You need more manure? You get a wagon load every fortnight,” Tara giggled. “I think that saddler sergeant likes you.”

Miraca grinned, blushed and shrugged. “If you can watch the place tomorrow, I would like to ride one of the horses into the city and see the relocation lady about more land and tell her my plan.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 12:24:48 AM
 Tamalyn nodded and gave Oldwine a small smile of agreement. She quietly watched and studied those in the meeting while they talked about the plans. When the meeting  came to a close she waited until the majority of them to leave before she went to properly meet Darkwine.


"Welcome to Tamber" she said nicely. "I would like to thank you for your assistance and service" she added. "I understand that you have been working quite closely with Marshal Oldwine since you arrived. Tell me, have you had any opportunity to explore the city?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 19, 2017, 12:30:28 AM
"I hope to soon," he replied after thanking her. "I spent the first two days here comping all of my reports to make sure that the most current information was being presented, and then all of yesterday comparing my notes with the scouts scouring over the proposed area of operation to pick the targets. Tonight I plan to sleep until I can't, and then I may just wander the city and breathe free air," he grinned tiredly. "Haven't slept more than a few hours at a time in over five years."

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She liked the house as soon as she saw it, it had good bones and looked quite different from anything around it. The buyer had ordered it extensively customized, but then the buyer had been arrested and jailed. It’s most interesting features were the two turrets and rose from the ground, upward to above the roof, taking up a full half of the houses frontage. The turrets housed the stairs that connected the three stories above and ended in a room at the top of each, one shelved for a library and the second as a bedroom. The house itself narrower along the street and extended deeper into the property than the neighbors to either side. Large beds were prepared for planting in the side yards, with frames erected for grapes and other flowering plants, perfect.

She studied the house with her eyes and her normal senses, but her other senses detected many interesting features about the house. “How much?” She asked the factor selling the house.

“The city owned the house,” he replied. “and it was purchased outright, but the city now owns it, and it has an order for the magistrate for their costs. It was bought from the city for a hundred thousand sovereigns, but it can be yours for thirty five thousand, paid to the court, which will transfer ownership to you, and settle the magistrate’s order to the builder.”

“And there are no more actions against the house?”

“So, I would pay the court?”

“Yes, you pay the clerk of the court and they present you with a free and clear title to the property.”

“Well,” Larissa Daramand closed her eyes and felt the house again. “Let us find the clerk.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 01:18:09 AM
"From what you have just told me, I believe that you have earned a good night sleep" Tamalyn nodded and smiled. "Perhaps after you have had a few days rest you can tell me about the people in Gamedien, I have never been there and am curious" she smiled bigger, "I am always curious about everything" she added.  She was surprised by how only he some to her, most people were reserved and suspicious of her. He did not seem to be one of those, but she would know more if he chose to visit her. "If you would rather not" she said giving hin a way out, "I would understand. The choice is yours" she added so he knew she wouldn't press the issue. "For now though, I hope you get some much deserved rest. It was a pleasure to meet you, and I hope we will meet again. For now, I should probably go see to my own duties."


Tamalyn crossed to Oldwine, "I know you are busy and have a big meeting coming up that you need to prepare for" she said quietly, "but, I would like you to get some rest before you leave. I hope that is in your schedule, because no one should go into battle exhausted" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 19, 2017, 01:39:27 AM
"I can sleep on the march," he grinned. "I have a whole wagon for that sort of thing."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 01:47:21 AM
She raised her eyebrow and gave him a long look, "I am sure that you will not be doing that. You seem to forget that I know you well enough to know how you command, and, I watch you. I would like to talk to you about something else before you go, as well. Privately" she added, "well before you leave,  so please come visit when you get the chance."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 19, 2017, 03:00:06 AM
"We're all about to have something to eat before we start planning the timing of movements," he shrugged. "We can talk now before I head to the table."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 10:50:15 AM
She shook her head, "I hadn't meant now. I meant for you to come see me when you can. Fir now, I am going to go see to my own office. Thank you for not objecting to my remaining for the meeting."


She left his office and returned to het office. "Indra, let's find a restaurant in town to eat at tonight. I would like to see what sort of places are available."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 19, 2017, 02:49:02 PM
Indra led her to a place called the Red Fox, the food smelled was very good, and it was quiet. "They do bison well here is excellent," Indra informed her. a few of the guards sat with her to eat, the rest kept watch, this was their custom now, a rotation of who sat and who watched as Tamalyn wasn't comfortable sitting by herself as others stood around.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 10:18:02 PM
"I will try it" Tamalyn agreed with a nod, she looked around at those who had sat with her. "Have any of you eaten here before" she paused, "how often do you get to go of by yourselves?" She asked further realizing she had never asked about that.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 19, 2017, 10:31:00 PM
"We get to sneak out all the time," Indra assured her. That is why we have so many squads, so that one of them off on any given day. I've been here a few times, I'm not sure about the rest."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 10:51:02 PM
"Good to know" she smiled, "so what do you do in your of time" she studied their faces, "besides training? I already know that you all train frequently. I am curious to know what you do when you aren't training or on duty" she specified.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 19, 2017, 10:58:51 PM
"About the same as anyone else," Indra shrugged and looked around, the others were nodding. "Everybody has hobbies and things, so that's probably what we all do. I like to wander through bookshops. Dead eats and chases women, the rest all have their fun too, I'm sure."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 11:08:04 PM
"You do all realize that I have no real idea what everyone else does, correct. I spend the majority of my time either working or studying so I can perform better while working. Occasionally, I have an opportunity to do create a few art pieces. But, I rarely go out and when I do" she shrugged, "I have no idea what to do." She looked at Indra, "though, I used to enjoy bookshops, they just rarely carry the books I need to study" she added. "I thought Dread had found the woman he wanted to chase, is that chase no longer happening?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 19, 2017, 11:16:14 PM
"I don't think he's been doing it as much lately," she grinned. "And now he doesn't try and catch them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 11:22:02 PM
"I see" she nodded, she figured that soon he would not want to help with her energy replenishment. Though she didn't mention that and wasn't overly concerned about it either. "Well, I do hope he doesn't choose to retire from my guard detail. I find his mind pleasant to be around" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 19, 2017, 11:32:36 PM
"I doubt it," she replied. "He's quite fond of the duty, and the opportunities."

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Nessa Rockford, formerly the spokesman for the ladies of the house was now the house manager or Madame. They’d feared that it would be hard work getting the house for compensation for the frauds against them. Winning that case in the court actually proved to be fairly easy. The judges, firmly brief to impose sentences that would discourage crimes, too these directives to heart. Pulling up the deed on the house and the house license showed that the madame had a quiet partner, the magistrate immediately wrote an order freezing the partner’s accounts and applied a large fine and took another large piece as part of the ladies’ compensation. This was the easy part, even with the wait for the money that should come from the settlement.

This is when the work really started. The bedding, rugs and curtains were carted off to the burn pits, which left them without places to rest or even blankets to cover themselves with at night. They took up a collection among themselves and found they had enough to acquire blankets, but they needed cleaning supplies, their clothes needed washed and the house needed to be scrubbed from the highest ceiling to the lowest cellar floor. “I’ll see what I can do for supplies,” Nessa said after thinking for a moment. “Get the blankets from the surplus shop, we’ll need to sleep, because this place is going to work us hard for a week or so. She gathered up her purse and the few coins she had left and made her way to the closest outfitters.

Hagan, the proprietor, greeted her kindly, he’d been a customer a time or two, but he looked a bit nervous. “I need everything to scour the house,” she said after exchanging greetings. “I’m sure that you know what is going on.”

He looked around and insure that they were alone. “I tested myself,” he nodded nervously. “I’m lucky, I was only with you there.”

“I tested fine as well,” but she drew a test bottle and let him watch as she let four drops fall on her tongue from a glass rob built into the stopper. She let her mouth open and her tongue turned faintly blue.

“I’m glad for you,” he smiled.

Hagan,” she sighed. “We’re in a very tight corner. The girls and I have won the house, and we will have some money coming to us from the courts, but we don’t know when. We need rags, scrub brushes, horse soap, strong lye soap, scrub brushes, deck stone and deck oil.”

He thought for a moment. That’ll all come up close to 5 shillings,” he whistled. “Half a gold sovereign.”

“I know,” Nessa sighed. “And coin is dear right now, I’m not sure how much food is left in the house, but it won’t hold us for long. I’m not supposed to do this, but would you consider trade for what we need?”

“Trade?” He looked excited and nervous at the same time.

“Yes,” she sighed. “A down payment in the back room for now, and I’ll come back tonight and make up the rest to you.” She blushed and looked down. “I could go to jail for even asking you for this, but I have a lot of people relying upon me.”

He thought about it. “In the back room,” he was suddenly very shy. “That thing...your mouth?”

“That’s the thing,” she promised. “Then tonight, a bath in your rooms to clean up after all of the work we need to do, with your nice strong soap, and I’ll stay the night, if you like.”

He almost hyperventilated. “But, we would be keeping company, because otherwise, we’d be doing something wrong. Where what I’d be doing is giving a meal and a cot in my spare room to a friend in hard circumstances.”

“Just one meal?” She teased, licking her lips.

“I hope not,” he croaked. “Jace and Thad will be back from picking up goods soon, shall I show you some samples in the back?”

She showed her appreciation with an ease and skill that showed not only practice, but an enjoyment of what she was doing. Besides Hagan was a very kind sort. She did enjoy the feeling of power that the act gave her, and to insure that he knew how much this meant to her, she showed her appreciation twice in the time she normally devoted to a single application of her skills. His knees were wobbling a bit as he rounded up all that she needed. Rags were simple enough, he had bales of the things from all of the worn out uniforms from the army. They were boiled, dried and cut up and sold by the bale to the outfitters. He set a large sack of them beside the counter. Horse soap was a wise move. The army used it for everything, scrubbing down horses, it cleaned their coat and drove out bugs. It was also good for clothes and people for the same reasons. Several bars went into another bag and joined the growing pile. Lye soap, harsh stuff, but good for scrubbing down a filthy house, especially with the brushes that followed them into another sack. Deck stones were for spots on wooden floors that needed a good, hard scrubbing to make it clean, it was then sealed with deck oil. The stones came with a wooden holder to protect the hands. A five gallon cask of the oil joined the rest on the counter as Jace and Thad returned from lunch with their mother. They were still young enough not to be established on their own. As hagen loaded a hand barrow she gave them a carefully-worded explanation of what happened and what they were doing now, knowing that anything that she said would be bandied about the neighborhood soon. The fact that the former madame and a rich man were sitting in cells made it a certainty.

“Watch the shop, Lads,” Hagan said as he pushed the cart to the door. “I’ll drop this on her porch and bring back something for my own lunch, maybe a pint for you two to split.” This was a treat for them, their mum was tight with their pay, and wouldn’t see a penny spent on beer. Hagan did this now and then, partly to annoy their mother. He was a nice man, but she galled him a bit. They spoke of her plans for the house for the short time it took them to walk to the front door, where he remained outside and passed items from the barrow to the ladies as they appeared for the next item, before he walked across the street to a small street cart to choose a few things for his lunch and a couple of jars of cider.

Nothing was said of how she acquired the needed goods. Echo had made good use the money trusted to her and brought home salvaged army bedrolls for each of them. They would be a bit softer than the floor, and they had been thoroughly cleaned and patched, so they might actually be the nicest things in the house. They divided into four groups, one would clean the parlor on the top floor for them all to sleep in that night. The second group would scrub down the upper rooms with baths a privies, if for no other reason to help them feel a bit cleaner. The third group would scour the kitchen. The last group had every stitch of clothing in the house, except for a sleep shirt for each of them to work in, and another for them to sleep in that night. With that decided, they threw open every window in the house and started to work.

That evening, after the baths were done, they sat down and drew up a charter for the house, spelling out equal shares of profits, after all operating expenses were met and a small rainy day fund were met. There was overall agreement, but four of the women, Tilde, Kerena, Hyacinth and Lily demanded their share of the house, now.

“It doesn’t work like that,” Nessa replied. “Until we receive the money from the court there’s no money to be had.”

“Then sell the bloody thing and let’s be on our way,” Tilde retorted.

“No one is going to buy this place,” Echo countered. “It’s a house that sill needs to be scoured, everyone knows this place is ticky and the pox is here.”

“We’re taking our medicines,” Tilde protested.

“And if you’d have used your bloody test bottle, you wouldn’t have been poxed in the first place.” Echo countered. “If you want to know why this place won’t sell, look in the mirror! You as well Lily! And Kerena, let’s not forget that your room was the only room up here on our floor that was buggy. You three helped bring us to this point and you want to be rewarded, you deserve a good strapping for that!”

“Who is going to try?”

Echo stood up and looked down at her, the redhead was four inches over six feet, her frame was amply curved with a tiny waist, but she was known to have a bit of a ginger temper, and she’d bodily thrown a few men out of the house. “If I decide it needs done, there won’t be any try to it. Don’t try me, Tilde. And after we’re done here, go take another bath, I can’t smell soap on you. We have a surgeon coming back in a week or two, don’t muck that up, or there won’t be enough out of this place to do you any good.”

“Nothing gets bought for this coin pit until we have our shares back,” Tilde threatened. “Or I’ll have us back in the court and demand our shares, for the four of us that means a third of the value of the house and settlement. Tomorrow we’re going to look for a new house, if you want to polish this dung heap into something, that’s your lookout.”

“You can’t find work anywhere,” Nessa pointed out. “And I mean nowhere. You can’t even work at the cesspits, you’re under a surgeon’s order. It’s jail if you even try. That means you stay here, and you work for your keep.”

“I’m not working on a house I want to leave!” Hyacinth shrilled. “I don’t want to spend a moment longer here than I must.”

“What do you plan to eat?” Nessa asked. “What we have here is what Echo brought home, paid for with her money, that means it’s not part of the treasury, so you’re not entitled to any, unless she decides that you’ve earned it.”

“You’d starve us?”

“ Don’t know about her, but I would,” Echo stated her down. “We’ve been dropped in the shite, and those that don’t to help much out aren’t entitled to anything. If we pull together then we can start bringing in money a lot faster than we could sell the house. We’d all starve before we saw a coin of a sale. If we’re lucky we’ll see a settlement out of the court , and if we’[re very lucky we’ll be able to buy you out and see you off and still have enough to fit out the bottom two floors enough to open the doors.”

“Tomorrow, I’ll see if I can find new partners to buy you out,” Nessa said. “But them having money enough to buy you out won’t be enough, those left will vote and see if we want them. We all have to live here and it’s not pleasant to be forced to live with unpleasant people.”

“Hear, hear,” somebody murmured and others giggled.

“But, understand me,” Nessa fixed them all with a hard stare. “You will work as hard as the rest of us or I won’t bother with finding anyone, and you can wait and see how long it takes to get your money the hard way. Am I understood?”

They finally agreed after several moments of sullen hesitation. “Good,” she said. “Now, I have to go pay for the supplies we received today,” First, everyone signs the agreement,” she said as she wrote out the rest of what they’d discussed, including the need to vote in any new or replacement partners. She kept the signed document when she left for what was a surprisingly pleasant night. She returned a bit before sunrise and climbed the stairs to check on her friends, and now partners.  She ignored the four huddled off to the side and studied the other eight.

Cara Eldbrand had been here for a little while, and loved the work and her curvy body drew in the attention she enjoyed. She was a mix of elven with a touch of aldoran in there, blue-green eyes and hair that was a natural pinkish-blonde. She’d come west with her family and they’d wintered in the city, she discovered that the city offered men, and then figured out that men liked doing things with her that she loved them to do, and they’d pay. She bade her family farewell before the snow melted and moved into the house.

Brinde had been with the house since it opened, She had an exotic look, being garesh-haras, she has features from the mixed races that formed her heritage, meaning she was beautiful and busty with glossy black hair that shined a bit blur in candlelight. She was sweet and cheerful, but always on her guard with those she didn’t know well and trust. She’d grown up a slave in Gamedian and brought back to Tamber City and freedom with the victorious army.

Nobody believed that Cherry Springwine and more than they believed that her shocking red hair was natural. She was a tiny little jewel at four feet tall, with the compact build so common to camden. Her outlook was very near that of Cara’s, she had a simple view of life, enjoy it all she can while she is young enough to appreciate it and think about getting serious about life when it isn’t fun anymore. Nessa suspected that she had been close to the point of getting serious or finding a better opportunity when the house was closed and they took it over. So far she showed the most enthusiasm about the new direction.

Marda had been freed at the same time as Brinde, but while Brinde was a house servant that had been taken advantage of as the mood took her owner, Marda had been a pleasure slave. She was a bit over average height, but slender with only slight curves with brown hair and eyes. She rarely joked, but on one of the few occasions that she did, she said that she and Brinde had been miscast in their roles. She was still shy and uncertain in most things, she was still learning Selnen and her low self-esteem seemed to hinder her a bit. She seemed to find that self-esteem from the number of men that kept coming back to see her again, as she was quite accomplished. She was quiet about it, but the thought of owning an equal share of this place seemed to delight her.

The best educated of them was Callindra Fellheart, she had promised to teach Brinde and Marta the Selnen language, even their letters. She was a mix of elf and camden, and was a few inches shorter than Marda but had the curves that Marda wished she did, she was quite beautiful, and there wasn’t anyone less that pretty in the house, which made sense. She had strawberry-blonde hair and blue eyes, and a lively intelligence. Though she had been hired the day the house was closed, it was already obvious that she stayed quiet and avoided arguments when she could, because that is how she’d lived this long.  She had been a  ladies maid to a courtesan in Caste; unfortunately, the courtesan was mixed in with the wrong group and Callea joined the wagons west a few days before her mistress was killed in a factional feud. She learned a lot by observing her mistress, including the value of loyalty, of which her former mistress had none.

Next was the boisterous Echo Timbersmith, Nessa’s most vocal supporter. She stood six feet four inches in her bare feet and was built like a very naughty boy’s dream. She was beautiful, with a tiny waist that curved up into a large bosom, and down into lush hips. She had actually left Cast in the very first wave west, beating Callindra by a few weeks. She never referred to the slums of Caste as home, and she never referred to the pack of thieves and worse as her family. She had next to nothing when she left, but with creative use of her attributes and an accommodating attitude she found herself listed as a laundress in a legion of engineers, that never touched a washboard or sewed a stitch. She wasn’t even sure where the laundry wagon was, in fact. Nessa was fairly certain that she’d arrived with a healthy nest egg, but lived very frugally. In fact, Nessa wa salso fairly certain that she’d found a few of her army comrades and arranged for the bedrolls and a few sacks of foodstuff.

Another of Callindra’s language students was Pera Krault, she took advantage of a battle fought near her home on the Koriche border to run away with her few meager possessions and ran straight into a Selnen patrol that brought her to a large army camp teeming with freed people. Pera was busty and very fit from years of farm work, though trying hard to soften the calluses on her hands now that she had escaped the drudgery of fields and more than a dozen older siblings that dumped their work on her as well. Her shyness manifests itself in ways that seem like subtle flirting, and this drew men to her as that shyness men feel that she’s a conquest, her tips are very good as well.

One more had been hired the day that the house was closed. Jassira Valeron was barely eighteen and was probably the most beautiful woman in the house. She was elven, with hair was silver with natural bluish highlights and blue-gray eyes. Taller than average with a slim but busty lines. But, much like the cliche of beautiful women, she was intelligent but with very little common sense, which caused most to overlook that she was actually rather smart. She always seemed happy and got on well with everyone. Like Callindra and Echo, she was from Caste, though it was likely she was from a good family, but a family determined to marry her off to a much older man as part of a business arrangement, Something that Nessa understood well. A hopeful young suitor convinced her to run away with him to avoid the marriag; and , as she wasn’t really happy with her family in Caste, agreed. When their money ran out he convinced her to make men happy for a few coins and food as they traveled in a rickety wagon that barely kept up with the column. In fact it took a full rest day and the help of a couple of army teamsters to but the cart into good order, work that she paid for in trade. She wasn’t put out by that, she found that the men from the army were kinder, more generous and able to show her a very good time. She had told Nessa and Echo her full name, but asked them to keep it to themselves, as she didn’t want their family to find her. Her traveling companion had showed just before Nessa left, but Nessa pointed to the sign.  “No, you can’t stay in the house, we’d be in trouble with the law if you did. No, we don’t have any spare food, and we certainly don’t have any money for you. You look like a healthy young man, go find a job, the city is fuill of them. Time for you to be a man, not a boy with his hand in a woman’s purse.”

Nessa shook her head and decided to let them sleep a bit, they’d worked hard the day before. She went down and found the sack that Hagan insisted that she take. Inside she found a few army ration bread bags, a few pounds of bacon, and a half dozen large potatoes, soft but still good. She smiled when she saw a tea tin  and another of tea candies. Breakfast would bet better than they thought. There was enough for four large round loaves, so she started with that as the oven heated, then started the first two loaves when it was up to temperature. She felt the pressure of the place that her personality had placed her. She was actually only nineteen and only Para and Jassira were younger than her, and in fact she’d only been here for three days herself, three days spent arguing with that hag of a madame over the quality of the house. She knew that she was a pretty girl, she took the exclamations over her beauty with a grain of salt, but she’d grant herself pretty. Her hair was a lighter red than Echo’s, and quite curly and would get unruly quickly if she wasn’t careful. Her face, her breasts and hips had always drawn the boys, until she hit her final growth sport and reached six feet tall, curtest of a grandfather with an eye for elven women. Like Jassira she’d left home to avoid an arranged marriage, and they were harder to avoid in the Frontier than in the Realm itself. She’d worked in a few taverns along her way to Tamber City, a few weeks at a time to build up her purse and restock her travel pack. She was a barmaid and singer and found that there were other ways to build up her resources, and the men of the Frontier could be generous when trying to impress a pretty young woman.

She made sure that the water tank of the chimney was full and she sat and had a cup of tea.  The rest came down when the smells of baking bread and frying bacon drew them from their sleep. She had fried potatoes and onions in the bacon grease and crumbled bacon over it and breakfast was served. “I applied at several houses,” Nessa said as they ate. “Talked to a lot of the girls, so I have some ideas where to look for new partners. I’ll get started right after breakfast.”

“Trying to sneak out of the work?” Tilde sneered.

“All of that stuff we used to clean?” Cara snapped. “She got that while we puttered around and waited on her. She was gone last night paying for it because she wanted to keep the coins we have. The breakfast we’re eating, earned that last night too, and shared it out. She was working, late I’ll wager, was back here probably around sunrise and cooked for us. She’s already done a full day and is about to find people to get your the money you’re taking out of this house. Think before you open your mouth.”

Most in the city hadn’t even had their breakfast yet when Nessa set out on her quest, leaving Echo to keep everyone busy. She went first to the Traveler, it was known as a clearing house for information. She talked to a young lady at the front desk, explaining her situation. She nodded and gave her a few names and where they worked. “There’s always someone looking for something new, but this should be a good start.

The Ivy was a nice enough place to look at, it even had ivy starting to cover the walls of the house. She’d been told that there was some dissatisfaction among the girls though, they were niggled and nattered out of every coin that the madame could squeeze out of them. They could eat at the house, but the meals weren’t cheap, most came to a tavern across the street to eat. She spoke to a few and didn’t care for what she saw and heard from them. Then a woman matching the descriton that Wren at the Traver had given her. “Are you Elera Sunset?” She asked. “Wren told me to ask for you.”

“A bit early for that,” the tall, slim, elven woman quipped softly, Wren had described her as having golden blonde hair and sapphire eyes, and she tool that with a dose of salts, but she was very accurate in her description. Nessa doubted that this lady was born with the name Elera Sunset; but, it wouldn’t be polite to ask that. As long as she used that name exclusively, there wouldn’t likely be any trouble. It was those that switched names often that brought down official interest, and they couldn’t afford that. No trouble with the law, or they’d be doomed.

“No, not that,” she grinned. “Actually, I’ve never done that, but I did want to talk to you about an opportunity.”

“Really?” Elera asked.

“Yes, reopening a closed house, but that’ll take a bit to explain.”

“No, I meant about you not having tried that,” Elera’s eyes twinkled, and Nessa blushed. “So, let’s hear your offer.”

“There are thirteen of us, we came into possession of the house through the courts, the house was closed by the city surgeon, I imagine you’ve heard of that?”

“Scandal moves quickly through the houses, as does word of something as momentous as winning possession of a house from a unscrupulous manager.” Elera spoke with polish and a fine vocabulary, obviously an educated woman.

“Four women want out, small looss them,” she shrugged. “But if they force us to sell, it’s a chance lost to us all. I’d like to replace them with four or perhaps five women. We would all own the house and share in the profits equally, when our expenses are met. We’d also band a small amount as we can for hard times and emergencies.”

“What would be the buy in?”

“The house was valued at six hundred and fifty sovereigns by the court...”

“So, the buyout of the available shares would be fifty sovereigns for each of the four, two hundred in all, and then I assume thirteenth of the settlement that the court will levy?”

“You’re quick,” Nessa grinned.

“I’ve kept the books for a few houses, the couple running this house won’t let me near their books,” she rolled her eyes.

“So you know how pay bills and taxes work?”

“And how banking works,” she smiled. “I even handled investment in my previous life.” She left it at that, offering no hint of what that life might have been, and Nessa didn’t pursue it. In any case, Elera’s eyes flicked to the door and she waved

Nessa explained the opportunity to buy in, and that she’d share equally in profits, and her house cut would pay for upkeep and expenses on the house. She was direct about the situation at the house, but this didn’t seem to dissuade her.

Her eyes were a vivid sapphire blue and studied her carefully, then she called a friend over. Nessa studied her quickly, a few inches shorter than herself, built compactly and looked to be strong in a way that wiry people often are. Nice bosom though, brown hair and her eyes seemed golden colored as she approached into the light from the window. Golden brown she amended.

Elera introduced her to Lorna Longwalker, one of the last of a frontier clan that from the west. “Lorna works in the same house as I, she’s also a good singer, and she’s a healer. Both with magic and mundane means.”

That was an interesting revelation. A healer could be worth her weight in gold to the house. She and Elera explained the offer to Lorna, who was interested, but nervous that he purse would be stretched to cover her share. “If there’s a way to figure out how we can make it work,” Nessa replied. “We will. Singers that can heal don’t come along every day. Tomorrow morning, after breakfast, come by the house, see what we have to start with and what it can be. I still have calls to make, women to find.”

“Go by the Silver Spur,” Elera said. “Ask for Yanna and Barda. They work the house, but they also are the doorkeepers, and good at it. The Spur is trying to become a Palatine haunt, so it puts on military airs. I think you’ll find them ready for a change.”

Nessa thanked her and made her way out. Trying a few other leads she’d picked up, and went nowhere. She spoke to the two women at the door and they agreed to meet her. She couldn’t have imagined a more mismatched pair. Yanna Miner was a dwarf, a very curvy dwarf, standing a mere five feet tall, her partner, Barda Draech was six and a half feet tall, and carried features that suggested that she had ogre in her ancestry. Yanna was very pretty, and Barda had an attractiveness about her face, but her body was rock solid and endowed. Men gave them a respectable berth as they entered the tavern where they ordered beers and a plate of meat and cheese. Nessa introduced herself and explained who referred them, and soon had their interest.

“They keep us on the door too much,” Yanna groused. “They want to impress the soldiers, but it cuts into what we can make upstairs.”

“We don’t need a guarded door,” Nessa smiled. “Especially after people know that you’re always around somewhere.”

“We’d live at the house?” Barda asked.

“Yes, we have fourteen rooms upstairs, top floor,” Nessa confirmed.

“We only need one,” Yanna said. “And we’ll bring our own bed.”

“Interesting,” Nessa smiled brightly. “And you’d still want to work?”

“Men are exercise,” Barda snorted. “Women are for feelings.”

“One room it is,” Nessa smiled.

“So that would open up a room?” Yanna asked, and Nessa nodded her reply.

“I know somebody that might be handy. I served six years in the army, and one of my sergeants is here in town, sutler sergeant. That means she ran the post store and tavern, she can pour a fine beer, but she can stock the whole bar and the kitchen, and she knows everybody that sells anything in the city.”

Nessa looked at Barda. “Were you in the army too?”

“Born a slave,” Barda shook her head. “I was a pit fighter. Fight for sport and people bet on us. I escaped and came north. I found Yanna and haven’t let go.”

Nessa nodded at that. Barda was direct, and everything she said was to the point. She liked that. A dwarven ex-soldier and a six-and-half-foot tall woman with ogre in her would be impressive at the door, and for many, in her bed. “Can you come by the house in the morning? Look everything over and meet the rest?”

Yanna nodded. “How much to buy in?” With four of you, it would cost fifty sovereigns each for the house share, and I’m not sure what to cover the settlement shares yet.”

Yanna nodded at that. “We have it,” she said confidently. “I assume there’ll be a vote.”

“Good, I like the sound of how you have this set up.” Yanna said. “I’ll get word to Gara, come back here in two hours. Tall skinny woman, almost as tall as you, military bearing, brown hair, hazel eyes. Gara Tarangarth, retired a week ago or so, so she’ll be looking for something to keep her busy.”

Nessa walked through the shops and found the prices daunting, but it gave her something to do while she waited for the time of her next meeting. It was going to cost more than they could support to rebuild the house in the quality that she hoped to. If they had to start at a lower quality, then it would be hard to interest the sort of clientele that she hoped to attract. She sighed and made her way back to the tavern and waited a few minutes until a woman, neatly attired and correct in her person.

“You must be nessa,” Gara greeted her. “If the description of your hair is accurate.”

“I am,” Nessa nodded and invited her to sit. “Yanna explained your proposal, Barda just said it sounded good, so I thought I’d hear it from you directly.” Then she listened carefully as Nessa paid out their plans.

“So, I would be the publican and keep the house stocked?” Gara asked. “Or would I do other work as well. Entertain I mean.”

“I call us hostesses,” she replied. “And if you wish to, then you can. We have 12 rooms that we live in, there is also the managers two rooms. We hope to fit out one of the manager’s rooms, her sitting room, into a surgery for the healer that we hope joins us tomorrow. I planned to stay in my room, but they voted I should have the manager’s room. The Matron’s room the call it, because we don’t think that madame is a proper title. Yanna and Bards will share a room, so we’re actually going to have room for fourteen of us.”

If you are replacing four, by my count you’ll sttill have nine, your count seems off.”

“One of us was planning to leave, until the house was closed, one was hired to replace her before she left,” Nessa replied. “So we’ll actually have one more lady in the house before you, two with you, should you join us, whether you hostess or no.”

“I can see the house tomorrow?”

“Right after breakfast,” Nessa smiled. “We’re on tight rations just now, five more mouths would be a hardship.”

Gara was again impressed by her honesty. “I’ll meet with Yanna and Bards to eat and come with them,” she agreed. “Unless I can come see it now.”

Nessa looked surprised and delighted. “Let’s go!”

Gara looked everything over carefully, they almost felt like it was another surgeon’s inspection, but the retired sergeant asked a lot of questions and even made suggestions, good ones at that. “I’m a bit of a packrat,” Gara admitted. “Some say that I hoard like a dragon. I’ve come across sources for surplus, some of it I’ve picked up for a pittance and am holding for an opportunity to sell, some I just keep track of in case I can broker a deal as a broker. I think that I can find a lot of what we’ll need, and I should be able to do it for a lot more than you might suspect.” She laughed at a memory. “Quartermaster and supply sergeants are rather famous for scrounging and hoarding, but I may take it to extremes. I’ve rented rooms, and I scarcely have space to get to my bed, I was hoping to find a small house to buy and give me a bit of space, or I’d have to put a shed behind.” She looked around again. “If you’ll have me, I’m in. I can pack up my room and move in tonight or tomorrow morning.” Then she held up a dendral florin, a coin worth a hundred gold sovereigns to show that she was serious. “I also hoarded my pay over the years,” she grinned. “And still have my pension coming every month.”

Those with a vote stepped out of the room, it didn’t take long. They liked her attitude, per personality, and her coin. “You’re in,” Nessa told her with a smile. “We’ll make everything official in the morning, when we can hopefully make a new house charter with the other four included. Fourteen of us in all.” Gara smiled at that and went upstairs to measure her room, happy that it had already been cleared out and scrubbed down. Everything that the ladies owned had been cleaned and packed up and was being stored in the basement during the cleaning process. They’d planned to spend the next day painting and hoped to move into their rooms the day after. “I will be back in the morning with my hoard,” Gara chuckled. “I think some of it will be useful around here,” she grinned but would give no other hints.

Gara, Yanna and Barda arrived together the next morning, riding in a large army supply wagon, surrounded by Gara’s things. Three men helped them unload everything into the front parlor and took leave of their former sergeant. Gara also, apparently, hoarded favors. Gara pointed at a few packs. “The first room that we need to finish is the suegery,” she said. “This one is a medicine pack, that one is a surgeon’s kit, and I have some extra odds and ends and a few surgeon manuals in that one. Thought it might make a good impression on the city surgeon if we were all set up. It’s all good gear that I’ve scrounged a bit here and a piece there. Thought I could sell it to a young surgeon looking to start up.”

“And it might bribe the healer that you’re trying to lure,” Echo added with a grin. “If we get everyone to buy in today, we can buy the paint and start on that, if not, we’ll have to hope the old paint will do.”

Gara pointed to a cask. “White paint, thick stuff,” she winked. “I was getting ready to buy a cottage, made sense to be able to fix it up, so I found a good deal on a couple of casks.”

Echo grabbed a cask and Cherry and the two of them went upstairs to get started. “If you can scrounge up colored paints, I can paint murals,” Cherry said over her shoulder as they carried up all they would need. Brinde and Marda found more painting goods and followed them upstairs as Elera and Lorna arrived.

“Good bones to this house,” Yanna patted the plastered stone wall. “It sits on two lots?”

“It does,” Nessa led them to a table and laid the deed to the house on the table. “Our lots total a hundred feet wide and a hundred and fifty feet from the walkway to the alley. We have a small courtyard along the front of the house, it is ten feet wide with a low wall. In back the wall is eight feet tall, and there’s a stable in the center, it measure fifty feet by sixteen feet and has rooms for maids and such at one end, the servants quarters are two stories tall, and the upper story stretches across for horse fodder and such. The whole place is unused right now, but we hope to be able to put the servant’s quarters at least to their intended use in time.”

She shifted to the house. “The house itself is three stories with a full basement, each story measures eighty by thirty feet, so it is a nice space. It lists each floor as 2,400 squared feet.”

“You got this for six hundred and fifty sovereigns?” Yanna was surprised, as was Gara.

“It is condemned,” Nessa replied. “That cut its value. A lot!” She pointed to the plan with the deed. “The third story being the attic where out private rooms and baths are, fourteen rooms and a bath and privy at each end and a small parlor at the head of the stairs. The rooms are eight feet wide and twelve deep, and each has a dormered window. The second floor has rooms the same dimensions as the attic, they are our hostess rooms, with baths at the ends as above as well, and the parlor. The basement has a large pantry, it is cool down there, but we should find ice boxes for some goods. There is also a laundry and plenty of storage, and the boiler that helps keep down the damp. The main floor is this parlor, the drinks lounge and tables for eating, the kitchen and a large room that we call the ballroom, but it could be used for many things. Simple, and we thing we can do a lot with it.”

Lorna looked up from the surgeons packs that she was inspecting. “So the surgery would be eight feet wide by twelve long, and have a window for fresh air?”

“Yes,” Nessa nodded agreement. “End the wall on either side of the door has built in bookshelves. They are a foot deep, and I believe would hold your kit and medicines rather well.” Lornal smiled her approval. The tour took nearly two hours, with Gara adding many insights on improvements that she could foresee. And at the end of those two hours a vote was called, and five would replace four.

“Our buyout should be higher,” Tilde demanded. “Two of you were hired the day we closed, and you,” she pointed at Nessa, “were only here a couple of days. Our share should be a tenth, not a thirteenth. And the house is worth a lot more than six hundred and fifty.”

“The shares were set by the magistrate, as was the value of the house. It is condemned, we’re lucky we can even live here while we work on restoring it.” Nessa countered. “There were thirteen of us, and that is how he wrote the decree. To change that we’d need a new decree, which means hiring a litigator, which isn’t cheap, and renegotiating everything, which will take time. And during that time the house and settlement will be locked up until it is settled. You can take your share of the house now, and your settlement share when it comes to us, or you can find a way to live until the litigators and magistrates settle everything, and take their share, which, if the house is revalues, the settlement would probably only pay the fees would be based on the value of the entire deal.”

So, each paid fifty sovereigns to the house, or Nessa in this case, who then paid the four quitting their shares. They were outrages that the extra fifty would go into the house treasury and not to them as their shares were sold and it should all be theirs. Nessa listened with fading patience. “Your shares were worth two hundred sovereigns, fifty each. That’s what you have. The rest is to fund the repairs of the house. Now, you have your share of the house, and as such you no longer own any part of it. Where you live, from this moment on, is up to you, but it will not be here.”

“Two openings at the Silver Spur,” Lorna offered.

The waited until the four gathered their belonging and left, promising to return when the settlement was paid for their share. The rest sat around a pair of tables that they’d pushed together and drafted a new house contract. Nessa would remain the manager, Elera would keep the books and manage their banking and investing, Lorna would be their house surgeon and healer, Gara would be their publican and buyer, and Yanna and Lorna would handle troublesome matters. The rest would pitch in wherever they could. The talked about other skills that they had, who could cook, who could sew, who could garden, and the list of skills grew as Nessa diligently wrote it all out. They all returned to painting and cleaning the top floor after the new partnership was drafted and signed by them all. Elera would see that it was part of the house’s license when they were allowed to open the new house. As they worked, they each thought of ideas for a name.

Gara was excused from painting, she left the house with twenty five sovereigns to start buying the many things that they’d need to make the house habitable. She also had the authority to offer purchases in trade when she could strike such a deal, with the understanding that they couldn’t pay their portion of the trade until they were again licensed. Lorna was worried about her portion that she’d have to pay to cover her portion of the settlement. “We’ll make it work,” Nessa assured her as they went back to work.

Their buyer returned after a few hours, a line of workmen unloaded her purchases, stacking several large bags on the top floor and several crates, sacks and casks in the kitchen. When they left the ladies were surprised to see six women still standing there. “This is Raena Halbor,” Gara introduced her. “Late of the Frontier, now of Tamber.”

“I’m a cook,” Raena said. “And a good one. These are my daughters, Daera, Taena, Yaera, Jaena, and Laera. We all worked for a freeholder with a lot of land and a big house. He was a good enough sort, very firm, until his wife died. Then he desided that my girls would take her place in his bed. I said no, they said no, and so he turned us out. There was a river ship tied up down on the bank and the holder was trying to play up to them, but that didn’t work out for him. The captain found out what happened and made him pay us a severance and he took us south on his boat here to the city. We got to see some people they said were relocation officers or something, and they gave us some clothes and a bed in a bag and some other goods and we are living in a barracks.”

“So, we need a cook and maids,” Gara shrugged. “And they need work.”

“We know it’s tight here, but we can work for room and board till you’re back on your feet,” Raena shrugged.

“Do you have a husband?” Nessa asked and saw the flinch on Gara’s face.

“I did, he said we should do what the holder wanted, so he got to stay there, maybe he’ll do what the holder wanted,” Raena grumbled.

“I see, well, if you bring your goods, you can stay here in the house with us until the servant’s quarters are clean and ready,” Nessa offered.

“I will see to the kitchen when we return,” Raena nodded and led her daughters out.

“How old are they?’ Nessa asked. “Raena is thirty eight, the five girls are between eighteen and twenty-two. We won’t be corrupting children, besides, I don’t think they’re interested in being corrupted.”

Nessa shook her head. “So, what did you get us”

“Mattresses and bedding,” Raena replied with a grin. “The bed bags have a mattress, it’s really just a sort of thick pad, but they come with a pair of nice blankets, and two sets of sheets, and bath sheets and face cloths. We’ll put their mattress down on out bed frames, then lay the thicker mattresses over them and we should all get a good night of sleep. I didn’t get mattresses for Yanna, Brinda and myself, we already have our own.” She passed a small bundle to Elera. “Ledger books, ink and nibs for you to start your books, and loose pages to write bills. I also left all of the paid bills in there as well, along with a few favors to be noted. There’s an ice box in the basement, nothing to put in it yet, but it was a steal at the price. And, last but not least, a bit over a thousand pound of foodstuffs.” He rattled several coins in her hand. “And what I didn’t spend,” she poured the coins in Elera’s hand. “And I have some leads on more goods that we can probably get for not too much. I’ll probably need Yanna and Barda’s help for that. It may call for us to collect things from people that aren’t paying.”

“Barda cracked her knuckles loudly. “When?”

“Soon.” She promised. “Oh, Cherry, There is a chest of paint pots in the parlor for murals, brushes and things too. I also found a hundred gallons of paint, it’ll be here in the morning.”

Three more days of work, now with twenty people showed huge progress. The kitchen gleamed as did the old pots and pans. Gara had been afraid they were beyond hope, Raena told her that hope was no replacement for hard work. The meals that came out were simple, but were nutritious and tasted wonderful. Two of the girls took on the challenge of the servant’s quarters, cleaning the empty rooms and laying out their beds in them. Until they could find more mattresses they laid out the bedrolls that Echo had brought them earlier, stacked they proved to be rather comfortable as a mattress, for now. The ladies were soon set back up in their rooms, which were now much brighter and more homier than the dull lime wash plaster. They were sitting to lunch when the settlement arrived. One thousand three hundred in gold coins. Thirty two and a half pounds of gold coins. They set aside a small house fund in a strong box that Gara had laying around, after Yanna and Barda bolted it to the floor in the small office. A hundred coins each for the women that had sold their shares were poured into small sacks for each, two and a half pounds of gold each. Elera left with Yanna and Bards to open an account with the Traveler’s Bank, returning with a deposit book and a letter of deposit that they could use for lines of credit with merchants. The other women were there within a few hours to get there share.

Lorna was now very nervous, she had paid in her fifty for her house share, but she didn’t have a hundred to her name for her share of the treasury. Thirty six was all she could muster. Echo laid four platinum coins on the table. “I’ll see you forty,” the notoriously miserly redhead proclaimed. “You’ll be worth more than that to the house.” Yanna, Barda, and Gara each contributed. In the end, the three of them and Lorna each paid twenty five sovereigns of her share. Echo shrugged and pocketed what was returned to her.  Lorna looked at the eleven gold coins in her hand and looked uncomfortable at relying on what she felt was charity.

“Lorna, do you cut hair” Nessa asked.

“Yes,” she looked puzzled.

“My ends are getting ratty, do you think you could trim them up? Gara’s surgery gear seemed to have barbering tools as well.”

“Of course,” Lorna replied. “I’d better go sort all of that out, call me for supper?”

“Doubly worth it,” she heard Echo sigh as she climbed the stairs.

With money in hand, they now knew what they needed and how much to spend and that meant it was time to turn Gara loose on her many sources of goods. She left with Yanna and Barda the next day, and the women were surprised to find delivery wagons rolling up to the house all day long. The pantries filled, two more ice chests arrived and all three were filled with ice and fresh meat and even milk, something they hadn’t seen much of for some time. A cow was delivered to the stable, along with chickens, and a coop was built for them in the back corner of the stable, keeping them out of the elements and away from the prying eyes of neighborhood cats and dogs. Speaking of dogs, a pair or dwarven mastiffs arrived, with a note from Yanna saying that she knew how to handle them, and they would keep pests out of the yard. More pots and pans arrived, bales of bedding and bath sheets for their private rooms, and even furniture for the upstairs parlor and the servants’ rooms.

That evening Gara and her comrades arrived home at the head of a line of wagons. “This,” Gara said with a smile, “is my masterpiece.”

“It really is,” Barda agree with wide eyes. This from the very tall, very dour woman impressed them.

“And I got it all for five hundred sovereigns, and a few future favors. We’re ready for business, or at least the surgeon, once we get it all unpacked,” Gara assured them as she placed a line of custom decanters along the back of the bar, bottles of various whickeys and brandies on the shelves above.

“You know all of the men that militia has posters out for?” Gara asked. “One of them was going to open a very fancy house, he was going to use it to try and bribe people with women, and just peddle a bit of fornication,” she grinned. “But, we was arrested after he’d ordered a lot of goods to fit it out, he paid half and the stuff was sitting in a warehouse. They couldn’t find buyers because some were afraid the man that ordered it all, they hanged him the day before yesterday, and the rest didn’t like the roses on everything. So, I had a then and there offer to take it all for a quarter of its value. I talked him down a bit father, with a few vouchers. In the end I have three wagons full of fittings.”

Everything had roses on it or smelled of roses. Bedding, tableware, pots and pans, linens, towels, soap, more cleaning supplies, and the crates and barrels kept coming in. Fine quality items that couldn’t easily be sold anywhere else. Then there were whole bolts of lace in every color imaginable with the rose worked into the pattern, and more of brocades and velvets in the same colors. And so, a name was born, the Rose and Lace, and that became the motif of the house. Roses and lace for the house and for the ladies of the house. They painted to fit the theme and one of them, and painted blank walls to look like a rose garden, the tiny beauty was very skilled and worked the theme with skillful little painted embellishments all through the public areas of the house. They spread it all out enough to lessen the impact of so much feminine decor and sofas and chairs covered in padded leather further reduced the effect.  Raena was a devoted gardener, so shen she wasn’t working in the kitchen she was working in the walled garden between the house and stable. She soon had herb gardens and flowers, mainly varieties of roses, planted and growing all around, making paths and private little places to sit.

Jassira was very handy with a needle, and was soon making dresses, with Brinde and Callindra’s help. Callindra knew a great deal about fashion, and small clothes, and they spent days sewing and talking and laughing. Everyone worried a bit as Jassira seemed to lose some of her natural joy, and then figured out that her boyfriend was harassing her for money again, explaining that she owed him for getting her here. She was beautiful and clever with many things, and unfailingly kind to everyone; but, she was easy prey for a man with smooth words. She listened to the ladies of the house, her sisters as she called them, and they showed her how he was using her, and would always be looking to her purse and not her heart. In fact, it was her efforts that got them here as she was the currency he spent to feed them and even repair their cart. So, she didn’t protest one day when Yanna and Barda wouldn’t let her go out to talk to him one day. They glowered at him, and explained, in no uncertain terms, that he was no longer welcome here. They even showed him to Yanna’s dogs and she spoke to them in dwarven and canine eyes studied him carefully, and a flash of fang helped make her point. The told him, very slowly and firmly, that he would never bother their sister again. And so, the Sisterhood of the Rose was born.

The City Surgeon knew nothing of the Sisterhood, but he and the two constables that accompanied him last time looked around with mouths hanging open. His check would start with the ladies, and he was further surprised when he was told that the ladies of the house would be lined up at the surgery on the third floor. “Surgery?” he asked and traded a look with the constables, who waited downstairs as he went up. The room was next door to one of the baths, he stepped in to see Lorna opening carved doors on her cabinets to reveal her instruments, herbs and medicines. He insisted that everyone would be examined, even the cook and maids that wouldn’t be providing services. In fact, they went first, to allow them to return to their other tasks. Twenty women lived on this estate, and were all glowing and flush with good health, even as they endured the indignity of the examination vital to their success.
He made several annotations on his report and said that he would restore their individual licenses, and now he would inspect to restore their house license.

The house was finely appointed with bright paint and gleaming woodwork. It looked clean, it smelled clean and everyone seemed healthy and happy. He warned them at the onset that he would be cruelly thorough in his inspection. His tone warmed as he looked and checked and double-checked everything. Finally passing the house and then started his checks of the ladies of the house. He verified their test kids, supply of cheron root, bathing facilities, privies, the laundry, everything. He’d warned them up front that his inspection would be thorough, and in fact evenly unfairly thorough, his questions and comments became less hostile as he progressed, until at last he sat at a gleamingly clean table and completed their licenses and permits, and presented each with a chit that showed that they were current in all checks. Then their permit allowing them to operate was placed on the wall in the parlor as the constables removed the condemning signs from the outside of the house. After the inspectors left they attached a bronze plate next to the door with the name of their house, and the Rose & Lace was in business. Now, they needed customers.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 19, 2017, 11:51:34 PM
"The perks will more than likely be of the table by her request if he actually catches her. At least at first" she shrugged. "He is not the first guard of mine to find the right one. He isn't even the second. There is always a period of adjustment where perks cease. But, if he actually wanted to leave the guard" she sighed, "that would affect me more greatly" she admitted, "I will make a point to talk to him about it privately, soon" she added. "This bison is interesting, it has a different texture than steak and far less fat in the meat" she added, "though it has a nice spicy flavor" she said.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 12:11:40 AM
"I don't know much about bison," Indra replied. "But I do know what tastes good," she said as she put down her flatware and glanced out the window. "That woman, the one talking to her hoarse and looking fit to fight, isn't that the lady that killed the four scavengers?" She pointed out the window.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 12:24:19 AM
 Tamalyn looked up and nodded, "I believe so. Let's go see what she is so worked up about" she said rising and setting the coins to cover their meals on the table, just in case. She headed outside, "Good evening" she greeted her looking between her and the horse. "Is everything alright?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 12:39:59 AM
"What exactly is the penalty for beating government people?" Miraca sighed. "I went and asked for more land, there's many plaots empty around my own, and I've filled my ten acres, and I still have things to plant and I animals I want to get to graze on, if I can add more hot houses, you have no idea of the things that I want to grow. They told me don't get 'greedy.' Greedy? I just want enough to fill plans that are working very well, and they won't even come look at what I'm talking about."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 01:05:25 AM
She gave a small smile, "there is no penalty for wanting to do it, but let's skip to the more pressing issue. How much more land were you requesting?" Tamalyn had seen this womans homestead, the hard work she had put into it. She had been impressed especially since she had had the land for such a short time. It was clear to Tamalyn that this woman understood the value in hard work and the necessity for working swiftly. "Why don't you tell me about your request and your goals while we return to the office" she suggested. Tamalyn had questions for the official, lots of questions.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 01:30:23 AM
She took out a charcoal sketch on an old broadsheet. "What I mean to do is clear the stock pens from the home lot and move them to the center, to help spread manure. Then I'll put in hot houses, I've made ginger grow here, it's not supposed to, but it is a very good strain and I can spread out more cuttings to make them brow faster. Then I'll spread the tea out more, also very good strains that I can improve. I'll garden beck here next year and put in even more hot houses. The herbs and spices alone should buy me glass for the hot houses after I harvest. I will also put in more hives," she indicated the spots. "And I can sell honey and mead. I'll have a few cattle in the pen for milk and beef, and I want long-haired goats for yard and also milk, then we'll also be able to make cheese. I think, if I squeeze some things together and get creative, I can put in a couple of cottages on the thirty acres I'm asking for. If I can get forty more, I was planning on the one plot next to the house lot, and the two plots behind us, but if I can get the lot to the east of the house lot too, I'll garden most of it, but I'd build cottages, a drying house, a meadery, and storehouse on that lot. Which would call for a whole new play. Tara suggested I ask for sixty acres in all, but that would truly be pushing it, so I asked for thirty more. If those fools knew what healing herbs sold for, they'd be falling over themselves to get me land. I have enough to hire some more women to work the land with us, which means less for you to have to find places later. Bloody fools, begging your pardon. They think too small. I can it all work. The lots all have timber and brick sitting on them, I could raise everything I need built from that alone. Fools, it is just sitting there. Empty."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 02:00:23 AM
Tamalyn listened and nodded, she remembered seeing the lots, vacant and covered in unused bricks.  "You actually requested less than what your plans indicated" she said thoughtfully as she studied her plans. "Your plan seems well thought out to me" she said, "if a bit of a reach with your current manning" she noted, "though you have plans to address that issue" she added. "I must tell you that I am not familiar with the procedures or processes they are using to determine land grants" she cautioned, "but, I will be asking them questions to discover the answers and determine if I agree with them. I am not promising you anything, but I will promise that no matter what is decided you will know exactly why." Tamalyn looked over her plans again, "what healing herbs do you plan to grow?" She asked, "I am very aware what those run, and how difficult they can be to grow in our climate" she added. "In fact, my only true concern is your diversity. Keeping up with so many different directions can be difficult, not impossible" she added, "but difficult."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 02:44:17 AM
"Would you like to come and see?" She asked. "It is all growing now."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 11:12:40 AM
Tamalyn was surprised at the invitation, but then she realized it was just in am effort to get her land. "You misunderstand, I am not concerned with your diversity currently.  In fact, at your current size it is necessary to provide for your family, and still make a profit. My concern is the amount of diversity in your plans when you have sixty acres. I am telling you of my concern, but, I am also excited to see what you will accomplish. You have the right attitude and drive to get it done, of that I am sure. I just don't want to see you work yourself until you drop." They had arrived at the offices, "Lets table our discussion for the moment" she said looking up at the building. She led Tigre way inside then let the young woman show her who she was taking to. "Good evening" she said, "I would like to discuss the procedures and policies to determine land assignments. Please thoroughly explain them to me" she said.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 06:11:16 PM
"We have allocated ten acres to each person or family, this will provide subsistence for the families and allow them to sell for profit as well," the man replied. That appeared to be his whole plan.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 07:08:38 PM
"There is no room  in your plans for those who have proven themselves capable? Are you implying that they can never improve or grow? Or are you suggesting that they are incapable of handing more land?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 07:20:21 PM
"They don't have the education, nor the experience of motivating themselves," he shrugged. "They were directed to do everything, so to expect them to be capable of more than subsistence isn't realistic. With time and education and training, they may find this, and then buy more land, if they can and choose."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 07:55:02 PM
She cocked her head, "can you read minds? Because the only way you can know the intelligence of a person is if you can read their minds. Additionally, you do not know the capabilities of anyone, nor can you evaluate progress if you refuse to observe and evaluate progress. As to motivation, you have no idea as to what motivates a person. Everyone is unique and some are far more motivated, capable and intelligent than you give them credit for. The only thing that you have said that is even remotely accurate is the education they have received. But, I think that even there you are incorrect because you are comparing them to a Selnendrin education. Just because someone can not read or write in Selnen standard does not mean they are not capable of understanding math, farming, land management, animal husbandry, people management, and a myriad of other equally important subjects. You can not look at a large group of people and assume they are all the same. To do so would make you small minded and prejudicial" she gave him a serious look, "and by extension you are making it seem that I am too. I am not" she said firmly, "I believe that everyone deserves a chance to improve themselves, to grow, to learn and to always strive to do better accomplish more. Additionally, I have actually seen her farm and looked at her plans. I know the value of the crops she has already begun, the value of those she wishes to add and understand that by allowing her to grow she can employ others. You have arbitrarily refused her without even investigating her capabilities, without looking at her plans, and without considering her as a person."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 08:23:16 PM
"But, by taking people at their assertion that they can do great things, I risk turning over land to people that will let it go to waste," he replied. "We are preparing to allocate land to thousands, if we gave them all that they want, we won'[t have enough."

Indra shifted, ready to toss the man out on his arse.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 08:52:32 PM
"I understand that" she nodded, "but by preventing those who can handle the land from getting the land they need you risk land locking them. By not evaluating their progress you would be wasting the very land you seek to preserve. I am done debating this with you. I want her to receive one hundred acres, sixty for immediate use with forty acres available to her after being evaluated in one year. If, she has not utilized the lands or shown profits, then we can redress the issue and decide how to move forward then. Further, all those who receive land should be evaluated every six months for the first year. And by evaluated, I mean that someone who actually understands land management should personally go and inspect the homesteads. Additionally, I expect you to better preserve the good name of myself and the standing of this province. By treating people as inferior you are showing the world that we do not respect those we have freed, that is false and you need to adjust your attitude when dealing with them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 09:03:17 PM
"As your highness commands," he bowed slightly and opened the land ledger and made the correct annotations.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 09:26:14 PM
"I understand that you are dealing with many people from all different levels of experience, most with deep psychological scars" she said in a softer tone, "but, we need to look at the individuals and acknowledge the accomplishments of them. We don't want to hold them back, or prevent their growth. If you had gone and looked at her homestead you would have seen the barn she built, the tea plants she is growing, the hives and the greenhouses that she is growing ginger in. If you had looked at her plans, even though written in a different language, you would see she wants to hire other freed people. That would make her an employer. Will everyone work as hard as she is" Tamalyn shook her head, "probably not. Should she be punished because they lack drive. Definitely not. Please look at the individuals" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 09:53:34 PM
Miraca accepted her revised title to her small holding and looked carefully at the map to insure that she would be working the right property. Tamalyn could almost hear the wheels turning. "I have a lot to do," she looked excited as they left the building. "I guess that my first stop will be to talk to the men that are building houses, I need someplace for people to live. Might be tent living until the longhouses are built, but we need to get to planting crops that'll grow in time for harvest, and all of the other things." She thanked Tamalyn and was off at a trot.

"That horse had better get moving, or she'll carry the poor things," Indra observed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 10:10:09 PM
"Remind me go visit het farm next month, I want to see what she has accomplished. I also want to go see Amrick about that pompous ass, he has a bad attitude" she added. Tamalyn then turned and headed back to het offices to see Amrick.


"The man in charge of land disbursement is a bit of an elitist who thinks very little of those he oversees. Who oversees him?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 20, 2017, 10:55:55 PM
"He works with Amyrillis," Amrick replied. "That land is in Tamber Duchy, so in essence you personally own it, as opposed to the province."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 20, 2017, 11:14:19 PM
"Then I suppose that no one can be too upset tray I just made him give a hundred acres to a promising young driven woman" she shrugged. "I will go speak with Amyrillis about it tomorrow. I really did not line how he referred to the freed people who now make Tamber home."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 21, 2017, 12:47:50 AM
"You can either discharge him, or thrash him," Amrick shrugged.

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Miraca sought out the manager handling construction in her region. He controlled the five man crews that were building on this square mile section of Tamber Duchy. His crews lived out of wagons and built the houses as plots were assigned. “I have been granted five more lots to my holding,” Miraca explained to the foreman. “I will be hiring on workers, and I need to house them, which means I need to build.”

He looked over her deed and nodded. “They’re slow to assign people to this square,” he replied. “They are mostly building along the west edge of the duchy, so I have men working small jobs here and there. I’ll put a few crews to get to work on your needs, I can do it today, in fact. Since your main house has been built, I have to charge you for their labor though, it’ll cost you a silver a day for a crew of five builders.”

She regarded him suspiciously. “It is legitimate,” he smiled, knowing that people had been trying to swindle newcomers, she understood her scepticism.

“How long for a crew to build a cottage?” She asked.

“A crew can have a cottage up in a week,” he replied. “But if you’re building them for folks to work your farm, they could raise a long house in ten days with eight sleeping rooms a great room, a kitchen and the bath in ten days. I have the plans for that already.”

“Do I have to feed them?” she asked.

“No, they’ll see to that themselves, but if you can cook better than they can, you’ll have a happy bunch.”

“So, they work six days in a week?”

“They do, so two weeks would be 12 crowns per crew,” he replied. “That is a gold and two silver.”

“Can they only work the longhouse?”

“No,” he replied. “So long as they’re paid, they can do whatever work that you can talk them into.”

“So, could I strike a deal for four crews for two weeks?” She asked, after counting on her fingers. “That would be four sovereigns and eight crows?”

“You have that much to be done?” He seemed surprised.

“And more, but I’ll not press my luck, or overextend myself,” she confirmed. “I can pay up front, tomorrow. I must do my banking.”

He looked at her plot numbers. “I’ll swing by and see you the day after tomorrow,” he nodded. “I’ll have the crew to you in the morning,” he extended his hand and they shook to seal the bargain.

Miraca went by an outfitters and spent five more sovereigns on a cart, they would need it anyway around the farm and she needed to round up a few things. Quite a few things actually, they had a lot of mouths to feed, and she thought that food bribes wouldn’t go amiss with the workers. With everything bought and loaded she watched one of the lads from the shop as he harnessed her horse to the cart. “This horse hasn’t seen good care till recently,” he appraised the animal carefully.

“She belonged to scavengers,” she replied. “They tried to play rough, and didn’t fare well. I’m feeding her up,” she pointed to the sacks of grain and oats. “Have three more that I can sell, they just need fattening,” she said after a moment’s thought. “Be good cart horses, sell you all three for twelve crowns, I’ll even throw in the saddles with them.”

He looked at the horse shrewdly, it was thin, and not a thoroughbred, but that was about a third of the price that he could get for them, plus the saddles, and the recent care was obvious. “Let me speak with the manager,” he replied. He returned a few minutes later. “Can I ride in the cart with you? If I like the looks of them, I’ll buy and ride them home.”

“Climb up,” she said and took her seat, she worked the brake and shook the reins, “Go on Bess,” she said and clucked.

He watched her for a few moments. “Not used to driving a cart?”

“Until today I’ve ridden a few horses, but I’ve only driven a plow,” she replied. “I’ll pick it up.”

“Reckon that you will,” he nodded. “You come up from Gamedian?”

“Me and three little ones,” she replied. “Freed in what they call the Taraborne Raid.”

“Good fortune to you then,” he replied. “Can’t abide those that would take folk like that. Hear that Taraborne’s folk put a good beating on them.”

“We were in the first lot freed, and the army folk put a good beating on the ones that owned us,” she said the word owned with venom. “There were thousands of soldiers at the fort and those dwarves kicked the whole place down around their ears and beat them like cheap rugs. Don’t reckon they left many alive.”

“Good,” the shop clerk said gruffly. “Name’s Laren.”

“Miraca,” she replied. They were passing the orphanage now. “We’re at the next mile lane,” she pointed off in the distance.

“Pretty country,” Laren observed, then turned as he heard horses coming up.

“Good afternoon to you,” one of the soldiers greeted them. “Oh, Mistress Miraca, did you get a new cart?”

“I did,” she greeted them. “Reckoned I’d put it off long enough. Taking Laren here out to see the rest of those horses, figured I’d get a few coins for them and save myself the cost of feed.”

“How much is he offering,” the lance corporal asked carefully.

“I told him he could have the lot for twelve sovereigns.”

He would have objected to the price, but he heard her say that this was her asking price. “Getting a bit of coin together?”
“Picked up five more plots today,” she smiled. “That Lady Traveler told them they were daft for not seeing how I was proving up what I had, have me that and maybe four more next spring if I prove these right as well. Got builders coming in tomorrow to put up a longhouse, going to hire on workers, and do some other building. Twenty of them, for two weeks.”

The lance corporal knew that she didn’t speak just to hear herself, and nodded. “Well, we’ll have to come by a bit more often and see their progress.

Miraca heard that and knew that they meant they’d keep an eye on them. “I’d be obliged,” she smiled. “I’ll be doing some baking tonight,” she replied. “Might be cakes around the place in the morning.”

“Then you can be certain we’ll stop by,” he grinned. They said goodbye and kept riding their route.

“Might have to mention to Saddler Sergeant Baranbrant that she was out riding with a young man,” one of the troopers chuckled.

“And she’ll have all those men around,” another added, which drew laughter from them all.

“Tidy place,” Loren observed as they road into the yard.

“Better be, for all that we work here,” she replied. “Come away Biggie,” she said to the dog that was keeping an eye on the newcomer.

“There’s goods in the cart,” Miraca smiled at Tara as she walked out of the barn. “And a cart,” she added.

“Excellent,” she smiled and introduced herself to Loren.

“He’s here to buy the rest of those horses from us,” Miraca explained as they all walked to the barn.

“Built well,” he observed.

“Thanks,” Tara grinned.

“You built it?”

“We built it,” Tara corrected.

He looked over the horses and paid out before saddling one up. He accepted a mug of cider before leaving with his purchases. “Not hard to look at,” Tara glanced at the departing clerk.

“He works at Tarant’s Outfitters,” Miraca grinned. “Help yourself.”

“How did it go?”

“Five more lots, and four more in the spring if we prove up.”

“That easy?”

“No,” Miraca growled and explained all that happened as they unloaded the cart brushed out Bess and put everything away. More conversation was impossible for now, as the children came home, but they talked as they worked that night, mixing and baking after they’d poured over the new deed to the place. Her holding was now sixty acres, her land was now two plots on the road to Tamber city, and three along the crossroad. Each plot was 660’ x 660 feet, so her property now measured 1,320’ along the Tamber road and 1,980 feet along the crossroad. They sketched out a rough plan of where things would go. They decided to keep the buildings all fairly close together, they also figured out how they’d like to lay out the longhouse. “That many workers will be expensive,” Tara fretted.

“The horses paid for them,” Miraca shrugged. “And we’d be months putting all of this together. Besides, now I can go to the hiring hall in a few days and find people to work the land with us. And a cook, I’d really like to have a cook to look after us all.”

“And scrub all of those pots and pans,” Tara agreed fervently.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 21, 2017, 01:56:29 AM
"I will bring my concerns up with Amyrillis. I already gave him a piece of my mind, and I believe that he is trying to do the right thing for thousands of people. The issue is that he isn't seeing them as separate people. They are all the same to him, like a different race and he doesn't think highly of the race as a whole. That is my biggest issue with him.  At one point I thought Indra was going to throttle him, which was when I just demanded he give the land. He did it, but his tone told me he wasn't pleased to be doing so."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 21, 2017, 02:47:44 AM
"He doesn't have to be pleased," Amrick growled. "It's not his bloody land."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 21, 2017, 10:23:58 AM
"I wanted you to be aware of what transpired. My concern is not that one man has prejudice, it is that prejudicial attitudes have a tendency to grow and fester. I just gave a freed slave sixty acres, possibly a hundred, soon it will be known and that could cause resentment among all recent immigrants, but especially by those who harbor ill will to those recently freed" she sighed, "it could be a catalyst." She shrugged, "that and I wasn't sure who his boss was and I knew you would know" she smiled at him, "which does not negate my previous concerns."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 21, 2017, 05:01:55 PM
"I'm sure that Alyssa will squash him as much as is requires," Amrick replied with a chuckle.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 22, 2017, 12:22:48 AM
"I would hope so" she said, "but, should I receive any new complaints, then he will need to be replaced" she shrugged, "at any rate, I just wanted to keep you abreast of the situation and my response to it. How was your day? Was there anything you would think I should be aware of?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 22, 2017, 05:18:00 PM
"Things are moving quickly," he grinned. "I'm working with the duchy leaderships to make sure things run smoothly. We're looking at ways to smoothly spread refugees across the province, and setting up more camps all over as well. Uma is moving from duchy to duchy siting new camps. On the very good side, everything that we're buying to build camps and resettle people is being offered at huge cost reductions. We're going to have a resettlement office in every duchy working with the dukes and duchesses to make things run smoothly. Or smoother."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 23, 2017, 01:12:13 AM
"I like the sounds of that" Tamalyn nodded, "having each duchies take over some of the responsibility takes a lot of the pressure off Uma and spreads people out more" she said nodding her approval, "ands who doesn't like a good discount, especially when the cause is so worthy" she grinned." She rose, "I will speak with Amyrillis in the morning, for now, I am off to study enjoy your evening" she said as she left.


Tamalyn returned home, "Brock, could I please have tea and a small sandwich, I didn't get to finish my dinner earlier" she added, "I will eat in my study" she added.  "Has Oldwine sent word as to wheher he will be coming too speak with me this evening?" She asked just before Brock could head to get her tea.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 23, 2017, 10:39:59 AM
"He's wrapped up his meeting," Brock replied. "And will be here shortly."

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Their first customer stumbled on them quite by accident. He was new to the city and freshly assigned to Frontier Headquarters after a long, trying and very dangerous assignment. Brigadier Lord Garman Darkwine had seen field service, and more than his fair share of battles over the years; but his most recent assignment, several years scouting across all of Gamedian. His army called it scouting, others would call it spying. Especially Gamedian. He knew most of the large slave centers, and the secondary centers. The massive farms where huge numbers of the toiled. Smaller businesses that produced much of the goods their army relied upon.  He was fiannly ordered to return, and upon his return the Marshall of the Frontier called him in for an interview. Oldwine saw a man with great knowledge; but, a man that had been living a very dangerous life for far too long. Being a marshall, Oldwine offered Darkwine a post and assured him that he would be assigned to the Army of the Frontier the moment that the Marshall of the Frontier signed the orders. Darkwine accepted, and for the first time in longer than he could remember, he walked the streets of a friendly city. It could be riddled with dark alleys and pick pockets and he’d still feel safer than anywhere in Gamedian.
If the sense of safety was unusual to him, It had been far longer since he’d been able to wear the white of a Lord Defender, and the respect upon the faces of the people he passed was beginning to unnerve him. It was actually a crime for a Palatine to enter the Empire of Gamedian, and he’d lived and scouted for a very long time there, dreading any attention that might come his way, and now all eyes seemed to be on him. It was unnerving. Finally as a group of children shouted and waved to him, Darkwine stepped up to a door of what appeared to be a nice public house. He slipped through, scarcely noticing the elegant brass plate that said Rose & Lace, and not realizing that he should have knocked.

He was greeted with smiles by a pair of mismatched ladies by the door, their attention upon him, their stances and their musculature all explained why they were there by the door, and the decor of the place told him that this wasn’t quite the sort of pubklic house that he’d expected.  The two women observed his uniform and their smiles warmed and he could see their smiles show in their eyes, replacing the scrutiny after his sudden entry. “Good afternoon,” the shorter of the two greeted him, taking his arm and guiding him from the entry into the parlor. His own eyes opened wide and warmed as a redhead statuesque redhead rang a little bell and guided him to a table. “Welcome to the Lace and Rose,” she greeted him as he sat. “Something to drink, are you hungry, perhaps?”

“Yes, to both,” he said gratefully and tried to relax into the chair, but wasn’t quite there yet. He surprised her by ordering wine, soldiers normally preferred ale, officers usually opting for brandy or whiskey.

“I’m Nessa,” she introduced herself as his wine arrived with a plate of bread, meats and cheeses.

“Garman Darkwine,” he bowed his head slightly. “A pleasure to meet you, Miss. Are you the Madame or owner of this house?”

She smiled at that. “I am the manager,” she corrected. “We all own this house together, and that is a long and arduous tale to tell, but I will, if you like.”

He smiled and nodded, taking a bite of a delicately spiced slice of meat, actual beef, and tender,” he noted. “It has been far too long since I could just talk to someone, or have the luxury of listening to no other purpose.” Nessa was beautiful, but so were all of the sisterhood of the house. She had a fine singing voice, as did many others in any house. But Nessa had a keen insight into people, something rare anywhere. So, as the other ladies gathered in the lounge, she told their story, carefully observing his reactions, and impressed with the subtlety of his questions. Her kindness put him at ease, her insight enabled her to draw out things about himself that he might normally have held close; but, she deftly veered from subjects he couldn’t or wouldn’t answer. Approaching them and changing topics as she read discomfort in his body language.

The news that he hadn’t known a woman in close to five years surprised her. Lord Darwine was a handsome man and the uniform should have drawn women like flies. But, she looked again at the uniform and found possible explanations that she didn’t want to know. The Palatine were often involved in intrigues and plots that took them across the world in their service. She would have taken him upstairs herself; but, tonight she was repaying some favors to a generous benefactor. She was surprised to see that Brinde was the most interested in him. She wasn’t one to trust anyone easily, she was cheery around the rest, but shy and reserved with strangers. It occurred to her that Brinde had probably seen many Palatine among the soldiers that freed her from slavery. Certainly she’d have heard of their reputation even as a slave. Nessa raised a brow at Brinde, who nodded eagerly. A smile from the lady of the house brought her over, she sat with them and they spoke briefly. Nessa was quite subtle about concluding the transaction. “Shall I add Brinde to your bill?” Nessa asked after telling him the cost for his wine and light meal, then mentioned what the additional charge would be, if added. Garman smiled, his eyes never leaving Brinde as he slid a few coins to Nessa, he’d overpaid actually, but didn’t wait for change as he rose from his chair and politely assisted Brinde to her feet, allowing her to lead him up the stairs, hand-in-hand.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 24, 2017, 10:03:20 PM
"Very good, I will have my tea and snack while I read and wait for him" she nodded.


When he arrived she began to offer him tea "no, I think you will want something a bit stronger. Because, I want to go back to the discussion we had about the surrogate" she said handing him an ale.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 25, 2017, 08:29:19 PM
"Took care of that last night, your father said it took," Oldwine shrugged. "She'll be staying in Tamber City until the time comes, she's setting up the Courtesan's Guild Hall out here, and perhaps something to do with schooling. The Courtesan schooling, I mean."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 27, 2017, 09:58:38 AM
"I see" she said thoughtfully, "though, I was under the impression that the courtesan guild wasn't planning to open an actual guild hall, just a training facility because they didn't want to seem to flaunt the regulations they laid out for the province." She shrugged knowing that even if they only had a training facility everyone would refer to it as a guild hall. "Anyway, I am glad you took care of that" she smiled, "you will get to miss all the morning sickness" she grinned.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 28, 2017, 02:12:04 AM
"The plan does have its advantages," he agreed. "Though I will say that she isn't the warmest personality that I've ever met."

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The ladies at the hiring hall were a bit nervous. The same lady had come by for a week, she spoke to many, but never actually hired anyone. She was a petite woman, at lease she was short, she was feminine but not overly curved, her reddish-brown hair was held with a comb at each side and a barrette and pin in the back, and was long. Her dress, almost a gown, was for everyday wear, but of good quality.

She presented the matron a sheet of parchment. “Mistress Daramond has decided on a butler, a cook, a baker, a scullery maid, six house maids, a lady’s maid, a gardener, and three groundskeepers, the matron read aloud. “If I call your name, please step into that parlor to hear Mistress Daramond’s offer.” She referred to the list. “Butler: Jalarae; cook: Yara Fairhelm; baker: Lura Card; scullery maid: Kara; maids: Nora, Larsa, Rose, Ivy, Kallie Doren, and Keara Chase; lady’s maid, Halla; gardener, Brenne Tayne; and the groundskeepers: Vaella, Marane, and Bressa. If you would step into the parlor, you will be offered employment.”

Larissa waited until they has all entered the room and then followed. “Good morning,” she greeted them. She heard murmured replies. “Ladies,” she replied. “No shrinking violets, you’re ladies of service, women gainfully employed and making your own wages. Speak proudly,” she smiled. “Now, good morning, ladies.”

“Good morning Mistress,” they replied, in something close to chorus. One sketched a curtsy and the rest tried to follow her example.

She produced a hand full of slips of paper, each had a name, their job and their pay. The rate of pay was above the standard for each of their positions. Each noticed this, having been told what the average was for the positions they interviewed for by the matron and her staff. “Much better,” she smiled wider, “and just miss, please.” She addressed each by name as she presented them their slips. “I am quite new to the city, and in fact my furniture may not even be delivered to my house yet. I plan to live in an orderly and quiet house, and a polite house, but not an overly formal house. Should you accept, you will be in my employ, but I have ho delusions of grandeur or my own nobility. I want to live in comfort, but with your help and not at your expense.” She paused and looked them over. “I know that you’ve all had hard lives, you were taken from your homes and your lives taken from you to serve others by force and compulsion. You will be in my service, but you will not be servants. You will be my staff, those that I rely upon to make it possible for me to continue the studies that are my life’s work. I ask that you do not speak of me to others, save for working in my hose, and you can even say if I’m nice or not, but my work is near and dear to me, and I don’t want it bandied about. My studies are quite legal and not improper in any way, but some may try and profit from my studies and ideas, which would hinder my ability to maintain my lifestyle, and yours.” She paused and looked them over. “I have spoken with you each several times over the last week; so, I feel that I’ve made good choices. Does anyone wish to reconsider working in my house, and are there any objections about the amount that I have offered?”

Heads shook at that. “Pardon?” Larissa placed her hand to her ear.

“No mistress,” they replied as one.

“Excellent,” she smiled broadly. “Then if you would all dash off and gather your belongings, I have a wagon waiting to take them to the house while we go to the shops,” she looked them over. “While those that clothed you were quite nice in doing so, the fashions suit none of you.”

“A question, miss?” one asked.

“Yes, Jalarae?”

“You said I’d be butler, isn’t a woman supposed to be a housekeeper?”

“You will be the head of my staff,” Larissa shrugged. “That is the position reserved for a butler. If I wanted a man to fill the post, I would have hired one. I am a woman, I want to be surrounded by women and I don’t want a man in my home thinking he runs things,” she made an indelicate snort at that. “Men are hopeless at running things anyway. You’re my butler, with a salary commensurate with your duties, clear enough?”

“Yes, Miss,” Jalarae replied with a smile. She struggled a bit with sovereigns and crowns a bit, but she knew that her job would normally pay six silver crowns a month, or seven gold sovereigns and eight crowns a year, plus room, board and work attire. She was offered a sovereign a month, or thirteen sovereigns a year, plus room, board, and work attire, and the slip promised that she would eat the same as the mistress of the house.

As they gathered their things, Larissa completed the entries in the books that made their employment official. They filed out and placed the chests they’d been issued in the back of the wagon and followed Larissa into the first shop. The wagon waited outside, at her instruction. Clothes were brought out, and then sent away with a look of impatience. “I do not care if those garments are traditional for ladies in service,” she addressed the proprietor a bit coldly. “They do not meet the standard that I expect of my house, and they aren’t of a quality that ladies in my service should expect.”

And so more were brought out, colors were chosen, and they were all surprised to see that they’d have six dresses for their employment, and a promise to replace them as needed, but did offer trousers and shirts for any that cared to wear those instead. This shocked a few of them, but the gardeners accepted three of each type. Jalarae looked at Larissa and admitted that she’d never cared for dresses. She chose one dress and the rest would be trousers and shirts, with the addition of a jacket. Jalarae liked the look and Larissa felt that it set her apart a bit, in line with her title of butler. They visited other shops for needs that Larissa could foresee, soaps and lotions and other grooming items. She also stopped in bookshops to find them books to improve their reading abilities. She also assured them that they would have a tutor a few nights a week to improve their language skills.

The house surprised them, men carried in furniture, each piece with a tag stating which room they’d go to. There were crates and barrels and boxes and bags, all set in the rooms where they’d belong. Larissa directed placement of rugs on the shiny floors, pictures on bare walls, and she explained to Jalarae and the maids where they wanted everything placed.  Halla, her ladies maid, was told how to arrange her private room in the turret before Larissa left to see to the rest of the house. The cook, baker and scullery maid arranged the kitchen and pantries, clearly surprised to discover the ice boxes for the meats and other items likely to spoil. They found the time to assemble dinner among the deliveries, and all were surprised when Larissa told her staff that they should go wash up and change for dinner, which they would all eat together in the dining room, at the table, with her.

“I may take my meals in my rooms, or library, from time to time, but otherwise, we shall eat together, and you shall eat as I do,” she said as they sat to roast beef, potatoes, vegetables and fresh bread. There was fruit after, and then they all relaxed over a cup of tea, before Larissa went up for her hath, Halla following her up to prepare the bath and her lady, as the rest cleared the table. There was a sense of relaxation as they pitched in and washed the dishes and Kara was surprised when one of the groundskeepers helped scrub the pots and pans.

“Can you believe we had wine with our supper?” Ivy, a maid, asked.

“The same wine she had herself,”Yara, the cook replied.

They agreed that they’d like this place if this kept up, and then they were off to bed. Jalarae went to inquire what time they should have breakfast ready, she came back with the news that they would all sleep in a bit and have breakfast together at the eighth hour of the morning, and then they would have the entire day to set up their rooms as they liked them, and they would begin a regular routine the day following. “She says that most of us will have normal days,” then she smiled at the lady’s maid, “But poor Halla will work hours as irregular as her own.”

“For what she pays, and how we live here, she can be as irregular as she cares to be,” Halla giggled. “And my room is nice and big, and I have a window that opens, and the bed looks so soft!”

“And everything is so clean,” Kallie the maid agreed.

“And it is up to us to keep it that way,” Jalarae reminded her. “Mind your books,” she reminded them of a book detailing the duties of servants that Larissa had bought each of them. “Tomorrow, after lunch, the best reader of us will read the bits about each of our jobs. We have it good here, no need to,” she looked around for inappropriate ears. “Muck that up.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 28, 2017, 10:20:24 AM
Tamalyn shrugged, "I am certain that the same is said about me. There are numerous reasons for her to remain cool and detached, she isn't trying to win your affections" she added, hoping what she said was true. "Has she moved to Tamber permanently?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 28, 2017, 11:33:38 AM
"Might be," he chuckled. "She isn't one to discuss her plans with anyone."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 28, 2017, 11:56:53 AM
"I see, it seems like it would be difficult to not want to see the child if you were in the same town" she shrugged, "but that could just be me projecting because I am certain that I could not do that" she said adding, "no matter where the child was. Anyway, that was what I wanted to discuss with you. I felt that you needed to do that before you left otherwise it would remain something you would do one day" she said with the barest twitch of a shrug. "Are your plans ready to present to the King?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 28, 2017, 12:08:58 PM
"We have it all laid out, including timing," he nodded. "In fact we already have corps and companies on the move. We're going to do no good to the tottering empire, that much is certain. In fact, I have a hunch that it will break up into its constituent little kingdoms."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 28, 2017, 12:21:08 PM
Tamalyn nodded thoughtfully, "it may, but I suspect that it will first create a power vacuum like Gamedien experienced after we fought them last year. Then one of the stronger kings will become the new emptor and we will start all over again" she shrugged, "I wish they would break into individual kingdoms and focus their attention to their own people and defenses" she shook her head, "but that isn't how the Empire set things up and they continue to operate on those principles, no matter how many times we try to chop off the head." It is really too bad that we can't chop off all their heads simultaneously" she added with a sigh.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 28, 2017, 02:47:16 PM
"There's less and less for the imperial sorts to focus on," he shrugged. "I intend to draw out the imperial troops to the west and break them once for all. I think that what we don't kill, we strip to their small clothes and march through the west for a while, to show that they're broken."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 28, 2017, 03:00:01 PM
 Tamalyn consisted that, "while I am sure it would be humiliating to some, not all would care overly much" she paused, "about the smalls I mean. The loss" she nodded, "that they would care about. But, they have experienced many humiliating losses over the years, they always bounce back, more determined than ever to take Selnendrin down, weaker and less prepared, but still determined. But, the same was true for Quarletz and Aldoreane at one point" she conceded. "We will have to see where this leads, but I am loathe to count a victory before we earn it" she added. "When do you plan to head out?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 29, 2017, 02:45:24 AM
"I'll be leaving in a few days," he replied. "Taraborne has hinted that he wants to come along, but until Admiral Fowler is able to return to duty, I'd like to keep him here in the center. We've cooked up a plan for him to threaten southern Gamedian by river to hold their troops there, so they can't reinforce the west. That should keep him busy."

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Morning found eight wagons lined up along the road. Miraca greeted them with tea and honey cakes, which were eagerly received as the leaders of the four teams looked over the lay of the land. The leader of the teams showed her the plans for the long house. I’d like to place it next to my house,” she said. But would we put the kitchen closest to my house, then the washroom, then the other rooms?”

“We can do that,” he nodded.

“And, instead of a full ceiling, could we make it a half ceiling and put sleeping lofts over the rooms?” Miraca asked.

He studied the plans. “Just need a rail here,” he pointed, and stairs, don’t think you’d like a ladder. “Looks like you have enough brick and goods on hand to build it on the next plot.”

“Actually, there’s building goods on all six plots,” she said hopefully.

“That’s a lot of heavy moving,” Harad, the leader said.

“Then,” she slid the plate with cakes closer to his hand. “We had better keep your strength up.”

He chuckled and nodded. As them came back out he had them unload the tool wagons and they started their day with three teams gathering the brick, timber and all else on the sites, as the last team started preparing the ground for a house to be built. As they worked Tara and Miraca went to work as well, the children were home today, so they worked with their mother, gathering rocks and loading then into the cart as they began the process of preparing the land. Nothing went to waste, stones were piled for future use, as was dead wood. The used sticks to mark the places for hot houses and various planting patches. They went back to the house an hour or so before lunch and prepared a lunch of bread, meat and cheese, with sliced fruit and set out pitchers of mild beer and called the men to come eat.

It was a good meal for a warm day, and the beer was gratefully appreciated, even though she only put out enough for them to have a mug each. “Very nice,” he complimented her choice. We’re planning on cold ham for supper, but if you’d care to do anything with it, I’ll bring the hams to you now.” She nodded and set them inside as the men returned to work, loading brick faster than she thought possible. She was about to return to work when she heard wagons, she looked down the crossroad and saw Saddler Sergeant Oran Baranbrant riding at the head of several wagons. “I heard that you’ve come into more land,” he greeted her. “And we cleared out the stables, so I thought that you could put this to good use,” he indicated many tone of manure and straw in the wagons.

“Oh Oran,” Tara grinned and elbowed Miraca lightly. “You do know what to get for the girl that has everything!”

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A chance comment paid unexpected results. She was pushing her barrow back to her land from an overland traipse when she was greeted by one of the many area patrols. “What have you there?” One asked.

“Hawthorne,” she replied. “Actually, this is an odd variety of hawthorne, they call it a blood hawthorne, because the small thorns and the flowers are a blood color. It is used in some medicines and it makes a fantastic hedge row. In time I hope to use them as fences to keep my stock inside my borders, and keep others out. It will also be good to pen off areas.”

“There’s a whole lot to the north,” one mentioned. “About ten miles, it’s a huge mess that someone will probably clear out.”

Miraca grinned at that. “It would take most of a day to get there and back,” she replied. “Especially with my poor horse and cart, but perhaps I’ll have time one day soon to make a trip.”

“Or likely not,” the lance corporal chuckled. “You work more than anyone I know.” They bade each other a good day, and over the next few days some commented on the growing line of plants along the road by her house, and so the story was shared. They already delivered tea trees, or bushes, to her when they found them, they found that the mere mention to a certain saddler sergeant of doing such a thing meant less rebukes when trying to return one’s mount to his stables. And so blood hawthornes began appearing on her porch in the early mornings, she was further surprised to see holly seedlings begin to appear as well, apparently someone had seen them spaced along hedgerows somewhere. They drew the same smile when she found them waiting and went straight out and planted them as they appeared. Every now and then a small Frontier jasmine waited as well, and quickly found itself planted and coddled.

One day a young soldier paused in his duty to talk to her as she planted a few of the porch offerings and asked her a few questions about planting them, then bade her a good day as he continued on with the letters he was carrying for his comrades to the city to be posted. Miraca has mentioned to a patrol that she would be going to town in a few days to look for workers for the farm and asked if they’d look in while she was gone. The construction was now done, the longhouse was ready, the barn had new brick walls and there were other small buildings around the house yard, closing things in nicely. The hot houses were filled with plants and they’d continued planting tea and other crops all across the sixty acres. Slowly the place was starting to look like a large, well-groomed garden.

They went to the hiring hall early that morning, dropping the children at their school and arranged for their teacher to keep them after until they returned home, promising to try not to be too late, if they could avoid it. Such arrangements were common in the country. They arrived at the hiring hall and referred to the wage book to see what they’d need to offer as wages. They were surprised to see that if they provided room and board, a farmhand’s wages would only be three sovereigns, twenty-five shillings per year, plus the workers split a tenth of the value of the crops and goods sold each year. That last bit made them feel better about things, but two crowns, five shillings a month didn’t seem like much. A cook, they found, made six crowns a month, or seven sovereign, eight crowns annually.

“When we’re really on our feet, we can see about doing better,” Tara said thoughtfully, Miraca agreed.

The cook wasn’t terribly hard to find, one woman deftly answered every question that they two could think of, and she had two girls, one thirteen, one ten, that would help their mother with the scrubbing up. Miraca saw nothing wrong with this, her own children had their own tasks on the farm as well. After answering questions about where they would live, how remote the steading was, where the closest school was, and things of that nature, she was hired at the standard wage, and her girls would be paid if they helped their mother. The farmhands were a bit trickier to hire, Miraca was thorough about her questions and expected thorough answers. “I am not above teaching people what they need to know, but I need something to build on. We work hard, and we try to work smartly, and if we have any hope to succees, that is what we all must do. But, by evening she found her seven workers, all with slightly differing abilities that would mesh to give them a broader base to work from.

While the women gathered their things, Miraca and Tara went to their favorite outfitters, where Tara teased Loren and Miraca discussed four barrels of mead, and five pounds of herbal soap bars that she’d produced. She wanted a full field kitchen provision, this was a tone, a literal ton, or foodstuffs, staples, spices and more. It would fee fourteen soldiers for forty five days, or her small community for close to two months. He tested the soap and tasted the mead and offered her a straight trade, to sweeten the deal, he added a few pounds of dried sausage. When he found that she wasn’t interested in the beer or rum that came with the standard list, he threw in a bushel of varulan fruit, warning her that the fruit was very close to being past their best. She accepted them gratefully, and a couple of pounds of candies that he added out of guilt. Garath, the proprietor, found the liked the two ladies, and Miraca and his Garath’s wife Deara were becoming friends, she’d even visited the steading, telling her husband that when they were fully in operation, her goods would be well worth his interest. Gareth and Deara Makepeace were hardworking folk themselves, and so they appreciated and admired her industry and all sides found each other’s refreshing.

Loren and a few others loaded her goods in the delivery wagon, packed close when Loren heard that they had eight women and four children that were coming home with them. They all loaded up in the cart and wagon and made their way to the steading, and new home to most of them. When they’d returned, close to sunset, they were puzzled by the stretch of her property along the Tamber City Road and then down the edge of her property along the crossroad, then they realized that it was all planted with a mixture of hawthorne, holly and jasmine, planted in the same basic order that she used when she planted them. Miraca realized that the soldier was on an spying mission to see how she wanted them planted. There must have been a thousand of them, all properly spaced. The ladies were impressed by the neat and well laid out steading, unaware of why Miraca and Tara were so excited about the plants along the roads, and the longhouse, even with its minimal furnishings. Everyone helped unload the wagon into the pantry and cool cellar, as Tara fetched the children, who always found a ride in the cart to be great fun. They lobed the dart, especially after Tara had painted it a lively blue with gold flowers. Tired or not, she and Tara spent several hours baking that night, joined by Mercy, their cook after she’d unpacked her own belongings.

As they worked, the other ladies put the children, including Miraca’s, through the baths and sent them off to bed. Each of them had been issued clothing, mattresses and other needs, but Miraca promised they see about better beds as soon as they could, perhaps they’d build frames and rope-lace them to support their mattresses. As the women looked around the rooms that were now home, there was a universal feeling that this would do nicely. With three of them in the kitchen their baking and clean-up didn’t take too long, and the next morning Miraca  sent a large basket, heavily loaded, back to barracks with a patrol that passed as the day of work started on the steading.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 29, 2017, 11:03:48 AM
"I am certain that everyone wants to participate, but it isn't feasible. We need to ensure safety here too. Besides, he has done his part to free those held in slavery. This time, he can be a distraction." She considered what to say next, then recalled something. "Darkwine" she remarked changing the subject, "he is mentally exhausted from his previous assignment. I hope you have considered this and given him a posting that, while vital, is not overly taxing."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 29, 2017, 12:24:57 PM
"I have," Oldwine grinned. "He's going to be your military aide. Explain all of this tedious military trivia to you, answer all of your questions, that sort of thing. He's leaving active military service, this is a good way to keep him busy, let the springs of his mind uncoil, and to still feel and be useful." He shook his head. "He's brought back a wealth of information, and his memory is astounding. He's able wo copy out every dispatch he's ever written, sketch every place he's ever seen. Not giving that sort of mind away, I just want to see the rest of that mind restored to the same condition as his memory."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 29, 2017, 01:27:34 PM
"I see, I have suggested that I could use one, everyone said that I didn't so I haven't pushed it" she added. Tamalyn considered how it would work, "I will say that he had no hesitation to talk with me, which is important. It took months before Stonecutter could talk to me beyond just answering my direct questions. On the other hand, Serpental does not have any issue talking with me. Though, I do tend to only ask him about larger issues and he really wouldn't have any understanding of where you were or what obstacles you would be facing once you arrive. Darkwine would" she nodded. "It would work, maybe he could actually get my mind wrapped around how it all works, though every time I think I understand something new comes up. I am still ting to understand the rank structure of the river fleet, not to mention the boats and ships. Even with charts I get lost in the minutia of numbers."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 29, 2017, 05:49:01 PM
"He'll do a good job for you, I believe," Oldwine grinned.

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It is well known that the Palatine like to find a quiet place to relax away from duty. In some cases they enjoy some not-so-quiet places, the Golden Lion in Hesterbur is a fine example of a boisterous spot. They hadn’t found a quiet spot in Tamber yet, not for lack of looking, but nothing had recommended itself to them in Tamber City, yet. After a long day’s interview about conditions in Gamedian, Garman sat back and sighed, mentioning that he needed a quiet glass of wine and perhaps a nice supper.

“Going to the officer’s mess?” Color Sergeant Breecher of the Marshall of the Frontier’s staff asked with only polite interest.

No,” Garman replied. “I think I’ve found just the place.” He briefly explained what he knew of the history of the house, the quality of the wine and the quality of the kitchen.

“I tell you what,” Breecher said thoughtfully. “I could use a nice quiet supper myself, how about I join you?”

It had been a few days since his first visit, and there were a few men in the parlor and a few more in the lounge. Breecher noted, with interest, the quality of the house and it’s decor. He also noticed the beauty of the ladies circulating around and talking to the men. They took a seat at the table, and Breecher looked surprised. “Sergeant Tarangarth?” He asked the lady bringing their drinks.

“Gara,” Color Sergeant,” she smiled. “Gara Tarangarth, publican of the Lace & Rose. I retired.”

“Excellent,” he smiled at her. “One of these days I’ll hang up my spurs as well, but not quite yet. Have you a moment? Join us? I hear fine things about this establishment, and finding you here only confirms these recommendations.”

Gara sat, making eye contact with Nessa, drawing her over to join them. “Nessa, this is Lord Cleve Breecher, Color Sergeant of Tamber Province and the Armies of the Frontier.”

“A pleasure, My Lord,” Nessa greeted him with pleasure.

“Breecher,” he smiled. “Just call me Breecher. Would you ladies care to join us for a light supper? I hear many fine things about your hose, and now I am curious.”

“Acually, Color Sergeant,” Darkwine smiled. “I think I am going to have a private supper,” he smiled at Brinde and left to speak with her for a moment. They crossed to the reception desk together, and then disappeared up the stairs.

“Good to see him relax,” Breecher smiled as he scribbled something in his dispatch book, before returning it to his belt pouch. Nessa ordered for them and they spoke over a fine meal of thin-sliced rare roast beef with a wonderful, spicy dipping sauce and cold ale. He listened much and spoke little as Nessa and Gara told them all that they went through to open  the house. Breecher suspected that they’d been creative to make it happen, especially Gara, but he kept these thoughts to himself.

Nessa noticed that Breecher’s eyes drifted over to Barda now and then and smiled. “You seem struck with Barda, and you haven’t discovered the full amenities of the house yet. Would you care to add Barda to your bill”

Breecher smiled at the careful phrasing of the request. “Yes, I believe that would be a fine way to conclude my evening.” Nessa rose and made eye contact with Barda, then the Palatine with all of the striped. Barda looked surprised, and Yanna gave her a nudge. “Barda, I believe?” He asked. He smiled as she nodded. “Breecher,” he introduced himself. “Care to give me a tour upstairs?” he asked as he glanced at the bill for his evening, seeing Barda’s name on it he nodded. “And the dinks and meals for my two guests as well.” Elera smiled and tried not to show surprise, most men would have quickly agreed to not paying for something. He slipped her several coins and walked away with Barda.

“This could be very good,” Gara said to Nessa. “Very good.”

Nessa was called away a few minutes later for a delivery at the side gate. She was puzzled as they hadn’t ordered anything that she knew of. Two men indicated a large barrel of ale and a case of bottles. The carried them into the kitchen and bowed slightly at her, declining a gratuity. “Blue Fire Ale and Elandian brandy, compliments of Color Sergeant Breecher,” one of the men said, before they slipped quietly away. “Very, very good,” Nessa murmured before she returned to the lounge to tell Gara of their good fortune.

Over the next few days more and more Palatine visited the Lace & Rose, they were friendly and polite and sampled the menu, the bar and the ladies quite thoroughly. “Mostly Lord Defender,” Gara mentioned to Nessa quietly as they closed up for the night.

“A few of them asked about breakfast,” Nessa observed. “What does this all mean?”

“I’m not jinxing anything,” Gara replied. “Wait and watch.”

They soon found that they had guests for all three meals each day, and of course, visitors in the evenings. They paid well, and made many small gifts to the house. One day at lunch time a few of the men in white delivered a frozen concoction for the enjoyment of the ladies, apparently made by stirring cream in a frozen vessel and in this case mixed with caramelized sugar. They were soon surrounded by all twenty of the women of the house, eating from small bowls. “Do you like it?” one of the men asked. Hearing the excitement of their affirmations, he smiled and said that they’d have to make sure they enjoyed the treat again. The next morning a device much like a butter churn was delivered by a man that carefully explained the process to Raena in her kitchen. And left it and a barrel of the salt needed to mix with the ice to produce it. And from that morning on, a large block of ice was delivered to them without charge.

More and more visited the house, sometimes they’d call for a song and even sand along with the ladies singing, sometimes quiet songs in the late evening, or more fun and lively songs earlier in the day. One morning they woke to the sounds of work at the front of the house. The gathered at the windows to see that a porch was being erected along the whole front of the house to cover the brick courtyard. The wrought iron pieces were placed and set in concrete, then a roof was laid in sections over the supports. Finally, long vine roses were planted all along the porch and were almost a curtain, providing a sweet-smelling place to sit and relax on warm summer evenings. As they turned to go back inside they saw that a peculiar knocker had appeared on the door, it was silver and featured a rampant stallion over crossed swords. This would be a warning to troublemakers that the ladies of the house had friends that would tolerate nothing that spoiled the peace and tranquility of the house.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 29, 2017, 06:54:39 PM
"I think that you actually think that I would be good for him" she added, "I may ask a million questions" she shrugged, "but I am not overly stressful and can have a soothing effect on troubled minds. When I am not annoyed with them" she added making no apology.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 30, 2017, 12:36:30 AM
"And," Oldwine grinned. "I believe that Darkwine has found a place to relax and find peace of mind and escape duty."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 30, 2017, 01:16:11 AM
 she nodded, "that is encouraging. It is important to relax your mind occasionally" she responded, "like I am hoping you will do before you leave." She said looking pointedly at him,
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 30, 2017, 01:24:41 AM
"So do you think I should relax mine in the same way he is his own?" Oldwine chuckled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 30, 2017, 09:44:41 AM
She eyed him, "I feel as if that is a trick question. Regardless I will answer. I feel like you should relax like you enjoy relaxing. You usually enjoy a pipe or two to settle your mind and relax your muscles. From the twinkle in your eye, I am assuming that Darkwine has found a house of young ladies to entertain him. I have no idea if that is the sort of thing you would find relaxing, because" she shrugged, "you have never discussed such things with me."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 30, 2017, 12:11:56 PM
"I don't discuss those things with you," he laughed. "Because I'm usually doing those things with you, so it would be a moot point. I wasn't hinting at the house, just the activity."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 30, 2017, 01:58:21 PM
"Oh" she smiled, "in that case I would be happy to assist you. Would you also like to enjoy a pipe or two? It has been a while since we have had an opportunity to do so together, and I expect it will be a while before we will be able to again" she added. She turned more serious, "I know it is your duty, but I really hate that you have to go" she admitted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on November 30, 2017, 08:59:35 PM
"In that case, let's go enjoy a pipe or two and build some warm and fuzzy memories to hold us over while I'm gone. Although," he grinned. "I may need the memories more than you will, I won't have the opportunity for much relaxation while I'm away."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on November 30, 2017, 10:07:04 PM
In the morning as try were dressing for the day Tamalyn looked at Oldwine, "I almost wish that Taraborne was going with you. He writes the best field reports, I really enjoyed reading those. I guess I should probably tell him that" she added as the thought just occurred to het. "You should ask him his secret" she smiled, "it would be nice to get more than 'we successfully defeated our enemies', not that I don't enjoy those messages as well" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 01, 2017, 02:57:47 AM
"He's a romantic at heart," Oldwine replied. "That is his secret. Good officer all around. If the mood takes Jamen, his read like a great novel. The rest of us are rather laconic in our prose."

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As everyone arranged their rooms and decorated a bit with the few possessions they owned, Larissa was in the cellar, loading shelves with various chemicals, compounds, herbs and other ingredients. After this was all arranged she set up all of the various implements and instruments required for her to ply her trade. Finally, after setting her most important books into a cleverly concealed, shelved cabinet and closed it, she went up stairs to join her staff for lunch. They all greeted her with a chorus of “Good afternoon, Miss,” and they curtsied in near unison. Apparently the had been practicing.

“Good afternoon, Ladies,” she sat and looked with pleasure at the meal before her. Steamed fish and vegetables. She engaged them in conversation as they ate, asking how they liked the house and their quarters. As they looked guiltily to all of the things that needed straightened or tidied in the house. “None of that,” she chided. “Today is a day of rest, and I meant that. After lunch we’re all walking back to the shops and finding things to make your rooms feel more like home.”

They were surprised at that, but she chased them upstairs to change out of their service livery and into normal attire. That completed, they visited a few shops. More clothes for them, this time dresses and other things that they could wear when they left the house for their leisure. She also found out the colors that each would like and they chose things like coverlets and linens to math them, as well as cushions for their chairs, each had a rocking chair, a small table and chair in their rooms. Another store provided things like combs and barrettes to hold back their hair. Larissa nothing had prepared these ladies for this degree of care over servants, but this is how she would hope to be treated in need, and so it was how she treated them.

She even took them to lunch in a rather nice tavern before they returned home. “In the morning, it is work for all of us,” she said to the gathering in the parlor. “There’s a house to be put in order, and gardens as well. I will be working below on my own projects, but after lunch, Brenne, Vaella and Bressa will accompany me to choose the plants for the garden. There is a good market here and I believe we can find the cuttings that we need. Everything that I plan to plant will have a use, food or medicines mostly. I make quite a few different salves, lotions, oils and ointments. Many days I’ll be dirtier than the gardeners,” she smiled. “For now, if Hella will run my bath, I will retire, you are free to enjoy a glass of wine each, and read. Though it would be a kindness if you waited for Hella before you pour.”

“Is there any of the wines that you don’t want us to touch?” Jalarae asked.

“If it is in the wine cellar, it is fine for any of us.” She bade them good night and soon found her bath waiting. “I can put myself to bed, Hella,” she dismissed her lady’s maid. “Go enjoy your evening.”

In the morning she had her normal breakfast of a cup of strong black bean, loaded with milk and honey, a honey cake and an apple. She bade her staff a good day and retired to her laboratory and began working on her first project. She climbed the stairs with several small ceramic jars and a few larger ones on a tray, which she sat on the sideboard as she sat for lunch.

“Each of you should place a jar on your night table,” she said after they ate. Each morning and night rub a small amount into your hands. It will soothe aches and soften the skin. I know that you’ve all done hard work, and this will restore your hands, somewhat.”

“Did you make it, Miss?” Hella asked.

“Yes, down in my work room,” she replied. “Oh, and gardeners and those in the kitchen, use it at midday as well, the heat and wet of cooking, and working in the dirt is hard on a lady’s hands. You may all feel free to as well. Place a large jar in the kitchen and the washroom down here for that as well.” She looked around. “I see a lot of improvement, thank you. Now, let’s go find plants!”

“Have the wagons made their deliveries?” she asked Brenne after they’d climbed into a cab.

“A wagon loads of things like bones, manure, wood ash and even chicken...manure, all in barrels, it’s out by the back wall, beside the potters shed.”

“Excellent,” Larissa smiled. “We’ll grind the bone, then I’ll show you the proportions to mix and we’ll turn it into the beds. I will arrange deliver of the cuttings that we choose for two days, I think that will be long enough. We’ll build good soil to grow good plants.”

They all looked a bit confused by this, but she was the lady, so they’d do as she said. They also had a very high opinion of her intelligence and found their curiosity piqued. Normally plants were grown in rotation to restore the soil. But this was gardening, not farming, so they’d see what this pretty young lady could teach them.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 01, 2017, 07:48:19 PM
"When is the military ball? Will you be here for it? If not, should I still attend?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 01, 2017, 10:09:57 PM
"The military ball will be the night before we march out," he replied. "Or sail out I should say. The corps has already slipped out and is marching, I'm borrowing one of Taraborne's boats to ship me and my staff out, we'll join up with another in Delloram and go south. This lets me work in something like an office while I coordinate, and catch up on my sleep in a bed rather than in the saddle."

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There was much to be done, especially outside, and the gardeners were quite surprised to see the lady of the house spending time out with them, working. They were a bit scandalized that she was wearing heavy trousers and a homespun tunic and boots, but saw their practicality and changed as well.  They ground and mixed and refilled the planters with the now enriched soil, and lightly packed it in preparation of seeds and seedlings soon to come. She spoke of where she wanted certain types of plans, and asked many questions about her notions, amending them when Brenne, Vaella, or Bressa had better ideas. As they worked Larissa has builders come in and tear down the small wooden shed and replace it with a much longer brick structure, with a steeply pitched stone roof, a third of the building had large windows and a glassed roof. Others came and built-in shelves.

Inside the staff pointed out where more decorations might be appropriate, and were amused at their mistresses tastes. Several brass mechanisms of varied uses were produced and laced around the house, and she sent Jalarae and Brenne to find potted flowers and other plants, including several small fruit trees in the well-lit front parlor. She found a few more paintings to her taste and decorated a few bare spots on the walls. In short, the inside began to look more like a home, filled with color and light and varied texture, and books, books were everywhere. They were vary amazed when a large clock was placed in the formal parlor, clocks being rare and expensive, and this had dwarven maker’s marks to show its quality.

Larissa found time to pursue her passions in her workshop. She was working on her ointments and salves and carefully filling a cabinet with healing potions, strong healing potions. She also spent time in the evenings studying the properties of various plants for future applications. She also studied her books carefully, searching for rare magic and healing items, and trying to rediscover ones lost. She’d arrived after a breakout of the pox, and hadn’t wasted time in distilling cures for the most common forms of the distasteful afflictions, she actually grimaced at that combination of words when she’d first thought them.

When she’d fulfilled these basics and filled her cabinets with commonly needed medical and magical healing agents, she returned her attention to an elixir that she was pursuing, one that would restore the sick and weak to their strength and health. She was close to the ingredients and incantations that would be needed, but she still lacked a few ingredients and their proportions. Once she had those, she’d have to see about divining its effectiveness and testing it, then perhaps she would have the key to the prosperity that she’d need to secure her household with prosperity.

 Jalarae answered the door one afternoon to see a scruffy-looking man on the stoop. “May I help you?” She asked.

“What’re you s’posed to be?” The man guffawed. “Woman, dressed like a man and lookin’ down’er nose at me?”

“I am the butler of this household,” Jalarae replied with great dignity.

“Well, buttle off and fetch me my Kara, takin’ her home.”

“Wait here, Sir,” she closed the door in his face, ignoring him pounding upon the thick wood and cursing loudly.

“Hella,” Jalarae sighed. “Better fetch the Mistress.”

Hella bobbed a nod and scampered off, taking the stairs down quickly and arriving at the door to Larissa’s work room. She tapped twice, softly and was about to tap again when she was told to enter.”

“Miss,” she said breathlessly. “There’s a man at the door, beating on it and cursing himself blue, he says that he means to take Kara.”

“He does, does he?” Larissa rose and smoothed her dress. “Well, I suppose I’d better see about this.”

She climbed the stairs unhurriedly, stepping into the dining room where Kara looked quite upset. She was the youngest of Larissa house staff, a petite young woman, but a woman nonetheless, old enough to make her own decisions. “Do you know that man?” Larissa asked her kindly.

“Yes, Miss,” she replied. “My uncle Karak. Must I go with him, Miss?”

“Not if you don’t want to, Kara,” Larissa replied. “You are a grown woman, or at least you’re old enough to be your own woman,” she teased her scullery maid. “Tinny though you may be. If you wish to reamin here, then no one can or will take you from my house.”

“He’s a fearful brute, Miss,” Kara warned her.

“All the more reason for you to stay here,” Larissa replied. “Are you happy here?”

“Very happy, Miss,” Kara beamed. “You’re the best lady I’ve ever seen or heard of,” she lapsed into  more colloquial speech.

“Thank you,” Larissa smiled. “Go back to the kitchen, there’s no need to let him harass you, I will speak with him. Kara bobbed a curtsy and passed Brenne, Vaella and Bressa, who all stood holding stout cudgels.

“I hope we won’t need those,” Larissa smiled at them fondly. “But should they become necessary, hit him until it’s no longer fun.” The women smiled at her as she walked to the door and nodded for it to be opened.

“What is the meaning of all of this?” Larissa snapped in an authoritative tone.

“As I told yer man,” he sneered. “I’ve come for Kara.”

“Kara has no desire to leave my employ, or go anywhere with you, for that matter,” she replied. “Who would want to go anywhere with a beef-witted sot that can’t tell man from woman. You shall remove yourself from my property, and you shall never inflict your person upon my house or anyone living here, ever again. Off with you!”

He reared up and looked down on her, she wasn’t much taller than Kara, after all. “Belt up little poxy doxy,” he sneered. “And fetch me the girl b’fore I come take her.”

“I have no more to say to you,” Larissa snapped. “Off with you.”

He growled and reached out to brush her aside, but cried out as soon as he hand brushed her sleeve, stepping back he grew pale and looked faint. “You some kind of witch?” He gasped.
“I am not someone that you shall ever lay his brutish hands upon,” she snapped.

“Is there a problem, Madame?” a woman’s voice asked from behind the large man, he turned to look at her and saw a woman above average height, in uniform.

“Constable Marras of the Tamber City Militia,” she replied.

“This person has threatened to take away a woman in my employ, against her will, and has laid his hand upon me in an attempt to do so.”

“She won’t give me back our Kara, her that was taken from us and most of her family killed,” he snapped. “I’m Karak of Northfalls, and I mean to have my brother’s girl back now that she’s found.”

“Step down from the porch, Sir,” the constable said firmly. “I will speak to this woman and see what her side of the story is.”

“Her side is that she’s our blood and we’ll have her back.”

“Are you refusing to follow my instructions?” The constable asked.

“Woman, you got no right to be instructin’ anyone!”

Constable Marras raised her whistle to her lips and blew a few loud, shrill notes. Moments later several responding shrills were heard. “Sir, I instruct you to step down from the porch, if you do not, steps will have to be taken.”

“Bog off, you mewlin’ whore,” he snapped. “Before I show you what this mouthy bitch is going to get next.”

“Is it your intention to attack a constable of the Tamber City Militia?” Marras replied. “Quite frankly, you don’t look steady enough on your feet to try anything so daft.” She slipped her truncheon, a short, dark, wooden club bearing the crest of the city militia from her belt. A sword rested on her other hip. “Step down and we’ll sort this out, do it now, or I shall have to compel you to follow my orders.”

“Get buggered,” he shouted, then howled as the constable shifted and cracked his across the knee, a second strike made a loud crack on his elbow and he clutched his arm and cried out again as she went back to his leg and put him down. Three more constables, all men, dashed up from different directions. “Threatening to take a person from the house by force, laying hands upon and threatening the owner of the house, threatening a constable, refusing lawful instruction,” she said as they looked down at the man.

“Jalarae, would you please bring Kara so that she might assure the constables that she has no desire to be taken by this man, anywhere?”

“Yes, Miss,” she replied and left at a dignified pace, returning with the obviously frightened young lady.

“Miss, do you know this man?”

“Yes, Constable,” Kara replied. “My uncle Karak, from Northfalls.”

“Do you wish to go with him?”

“Never!” Kara replied. “He’s a drunken pig.”

“And you are of age?”

“Yes,” Kara replied. “Hired by Miss Larissa from the hiring hall after the army came and set us free.”

Two of the constables secured Karak with manacles and dragged him off of the property and down the street as a third went for a wagon. “I’ll just need a few facts,” Marras took out her dispatch book.

“Won’t you come in, it is much easier to write at a table,” as the constable came in Larissa turned to Jalarae. “A small brandy for Kara, to settle her nerves, and then tea for everyone in the dining room.”

“Am I getting dismissed, Miss?” Kara asked.

“Certainly not,” Larissa replied firmly, then smiled. “You’re getting brandy and tea.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 01, 2017, 10:27:28 PM
"Taraborne has ships, that is why you ship out" she teased him lightly, "I am glad I do not have to attend alone. Parties are always quite stressful for me, as I know you are aware. And, I have only ever been to one otter military ball, in Valcastria" she added, "so I don't know the protocols of Selnen military balls" she admitted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 01, 2017, 11:46:51 PM
"You look regal while everyone fawns and grovels over you," he grinned. "And dance a bit. Watch the punch though. Breecher is charge of the punch. Don't eat any fruit out of it. Just avoid the punch."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 02, 2017, 10:50:43 PM
"No one fawns over me" she shrugged, "and I am alright with that. I just dislike crowds because I become no one wants to actually talk to me. I am watched and spoken about, but I might as well be any expensive chair. Serially, I should start bringingbooks with me."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 03, 2017, 01:35:46 AM
"If you had experienced more of this thing that they call small-talk, you'd be grateful to be ignored," he smirked. "Empty-headed nonsense."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 03, 2017, 09:35:53 AM
"I have been attempting to make small talk. I am pretty sure it just puts people in edge, they are visibly relieved when abandon my attempts and return to business." She straightened his uniform jacket. "Going to functions is easier with you, you are good at working a room and everyone genuinely wants to talk to you" she added, "speaking to me is the price they pay to talk to you" she smiled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 03, 2017, 09:28:08 PM
"We should have you walk through the ball, carrying a bloody head," he chuckled. "See if anybody asks you about it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 03, 2017, 09:37:36 PM
"Doubtful" she admitted, "though I am sure that there would be some very nervous glances. I am going to pass on the idea" she added, "no sense working those who distrust me into a tizzy. You should get to work, and I should too. Though, I am sure your schedule is filet tan mine. I may even take some time and visit another Duke or Duchess today. Perhaps I will check on the wolf clan, that should make for an interesting visit."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 04, 2017, 04:23:00 AM
"Iron Wolf should prove to be interesting," he agreed. "They are building a duchy militia with a great deal of potential. They're also the first ready to take refugees."

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“Interesting,” Larissa murmured as she compared the properties of the ingredients that she considered for her elixir. Six of them had promise, but they wouldn’t work for that project, but they showed great promise to work together, and the results looked promising. She gathered samples and carefully combined and distilled them, then made a thick cream from it. She looked into the dish and dast a divination spell, and studied the properties revealed to her. She nodded and added more honey to the mix and cast the spell again, and smiled.

She sighed and made a cut on her hand, it bled fiercely as she cleaned it, then smeared a layer of her cream over it. As she suspected the blood stopped flowing and quickly formed a scab as she watched. She cast a different spell this time and observed the rate of healing. The wound closed and agents that could cause an infection here killed by the properties of the cream, then she used her sense to feel the healing begin, quicker than normal. She took another drop of her blood and cast yet another divination, and found that there were no adverse effects on her body. She nodded and put the sample into an empty jar and vanished.

Alera was a woman of incredible talent in the arts of magic and healing, Larissa stepped into her small shop and presented the jar to her. “I think I have something here,” she said by way of explanation to the older woman. Alera studied it for several minutes with her senses and a few carefully chosen spells.

“Very good,” she murmured. “Will you sell it?”

“The product, perhaps,” Lariss replied. “Not the formula.”

“How much?” Alera asked bluntly.
“I’m not sure yet, I haven’t priced the ingredients, or what equipment I’ll have to buy to make it in bulk,” she replied.

“And the jars,” Alera agreed. “Always something to consider. Such as, your own profit from this,” she almost inquired at that.

“I don’t need much profit per sale,” Larissa replied. “I would rather profit by volume of sales.”

“When you have your price, tell me, I will buy, perhaps, a thousand quarter pints.”

“Very generous of you,” Larissa tilted her head and studied the woman.

“Not at all, this is quite good,” Alera replied. “I suspect that the army would buy all that you can make, so I want to get in first, before they discover this.”

“Up to a thousand,” Larissa smiled and they clasped hands on the agreement.

Larissa roamed the markets for her ingredients, buying in bulk. Actually,  more that bulk, she was buying in lots measured in tons. Then she bought a large still to distill the essences of the ingredients, before she returned home. As she assembled the still she realized that her space here was limited, but, she would be able to do this here, at the beginning at least.  Taking breaks to see how her mixture reacted when exposed to air, which often dried and hardened creams, she was relieved to see that it was still soft enough to spread. She’d watch it for several days to see how long that lasted, then she made another small batch and rolled and folded it into a paper cone and sealed it in wax to see how it tolerated that. Then, heeding a moment of inspiration, she laid a small coil of sinew, threat for sewing wounds, into a small bottle of the cream. The rest went into a sealed jar. She made sure that everything was cleaned up and went upstairs to wash and change for supper.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 04, 2017, 09:39:51 AM
"Good to know. Before you head off, I wanted to ask you if there was anything that I should, or could, be doing to make your preparations easier? This is an area that I am not very familiar with, so I do rely on you to let me know if you need assistance" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 04, 2017, 05:13:06 PM
"By and large everything handled at lower command levels," he replied. "They tell me what is done and what isn't, and I grumble until things get done. If I have to come to you, other than to report our readiness, then we have a problem. Or politics. Which is in and of itself a problem."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 04, 2017, 05:35:21 PM
"The King has said that we, you and I, do not play the game properly. Apparently it has people quite upset because they can't get leverage on us to force to play. I have no intention of playing any games, so we will proceed as usual. No bribes, no increased bidding, fair trading and hiring only those who can live up to our standards. As for you, you go and succeed during this campaign so we can prove we are doing all the right things" she grinned and kissed him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 04, 2017, 10:02:39 PM
"We'll give them a proper thrashing," he gave her tush an impudent little squeeze. "And than turn the place upside down to find everyone we can held in bondage."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 05, 2017, 12:34:41 AM
"I am sure you will do just that" she smiled, "so go get your planning finished" she said opening the door. "Or come have breakfast with me" she suggested, "either way, we should begin our day" she said sadly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 05, 2017, 11:52:51 AM
"I have morning reports waiting on me," he sighed. "I need to see to those and then meet with the Commander of the Palatine's Third Corps before lunch. She has a few ideas she wants to work through."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 05, 2017, 08:26:55 PM
"I am sure that will be interesting" she nodded. She walked him downstairs to the front door and kissed him. "Enjoy your day" she added, "I need to go find Brock." She waved and went back inside.


"Brock, a few weeks ago I asked you to collect gifts for my visits to the new nobles. Have you found an appropriate gift for Iron Wolf, I would line to visit them today. They are the first duchy ready and willing to accept the refugees" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 12:00:08 AM
The Wolf Brigade
Commander    Brigadier    Lady Bara of Wolverine. LDPO
Adjutant-Commander    Tribune    Dame Haera of Golden Bear, KPO
Battle Ensign    Legate    Pera of Iron Wolf
Quartermaster    Legate    Yenne of Iron Wolf
    1st Wolf Legion (Field Legion)
        Commander    Tribune    Lady Lara Skullcutter, LPO
        Adjutant-Commander    Legate    Dame Ara of Wolverine, KPO
        Battle Ensign    Centurion    Raven of Iron Wolf
        Quartermaster    Centurion    Casse of Iron Wolf
    2nd Wolf Legion (Garrison)
        Commander    Tribune    Dame Larsa Tigre, KPO
        Adjutant-Commander    Legate    Dame Lyra Broadmoor, KPO
        Battle Ensign    Centurion    Renne of Iron Wolf
        Quartermaster    Centurion    Frera of Iron Wolf
    3rd Wolf Legion (Garrison)
        Commander    Tribune    Sir Turan Ravencroft, KPO
        Adjutant-Commander    Legate    Dame Ella Brace, KPO
        Battle Ensign    Centurion    Gala of Iron Wolf
        Quartermaster    Centurion    Urma of Iron Wolf
    4th Wolf Legion (Garrison)
        Commander    Tribune    Dame Vera Redaxe, KPO
        Adjutant-Commander    Legate    Dame Palia Mandant, KPO
        Battle Ensign    Centurion    Deren of Iron Wolf
        Quartermaster    Centurion    Jess of Iron Wolf
    5th Wolf Legion (Reserves & Training)
        Commander    Tribune    Sir Tarant Foxford, KPO
        Adjutant-Commander    Legate    Dame Jessa Northvale, KPO
        Battle Ensign    Centurion    Talon of Iron Wolf
        Quartermaster    Centurion    Denna of Iron Wolf

The Garrison forces are half standing forces and half reserves. Every platoon has 25 standing troops, and 25 reserves.

They were two hundred miles beyond their borders, southwest of Tamber province itself. Drill Sergeant Kestrel Hawke sat halfway up a small rise, looking over the camp below her. The scouting platoon of the First Wolf Legion was gathering as they came in to share their observations of the region. Corporal Alara stepped up, looking none-too-pleased. “Arane and Vessa haven’t reported,” she said flatly.

Hawke rose and walked carefully down the slope and strode to her pack when she reached level ground. She took out her map and studied it for a moment. “They were looking out here, by the river?”

“From here,” Alara pointed. “To here.”

“Any of the rest have anything interesting to report?”

“Not much, but some indications of tracks, foot, wagon, and horse, going toward here,” she pointed to what was marked as the ruins of a village.

“Inside of Arane and Vessa’s patrol area,” Hawke nodded. “Cook before dark,” she ordered. “No smoke. I want full bellies and then everyone not on watch to get some sleep. We’re marching at the midnight. We’re going to go look for our missing scouts, and to see where all of these tracks are going. We’ll do to the tracks, and then spread out, a hundred paces between us and track our way along the tracks. I think we’ll find our missing with those that left the tracks.”

Alara nodded and left to put the order into action. She glanced back and saw the older sergeant sit by her pack and read the reports from the scout teams, making annotations on her map. The sergeant wouldn’t sleep until she’d dispatched a report. Alara was familiar and yet strange to the people of Clan Iron Wolf. She spoke with the wisdom and authority of a clan mother, but her ways were foreign to them. She was assigned to teach them the army way of doing things. She’d trained the corporals and lance corporals, and they helped her train the rest. Hawke wasn’t a strict by the King’s regulations sort of warrant, she’d been a frontier scout for ten years, most of that time working alone in dangerous country. The women of the clan, and most of the clan were women, as were most of the births, looked at her as a soft Selnen. She quickly disabused them of that notion.

Hawke did most of her training out in the field, away from the parade grounds. The first day she darted into the brush and walked out carrying a rabbit, she broke its neck and tore the head free of the body, then drank the blood out of the head and skinned the body with her fingers and made her breakfast of raw rabbit. They began to question their estimation of soft at that point. Then cast it aside entirely as she led them in fighting drills. She was merciless in any fight, even a drill, and forty-nine clan warriors, dirty and bruised marched back to barracks that evening, with orders to be in inspection order before breakfast. The women of the clans moved silently, Hawke heard them all. They were vigilant, she could sneak up on any of them.

There was nothing soft about Sergeant Hawke; Kestrel Hawke, however, watched over them like a clan mother. She knew their strengths and weaknesses, she knew who was strongest and who needed their confidence built. She watched over them. She pushed them hard. She demanded their best. She introduced them to tea. This was the most unusual thing to them. They drank water, beer, and mead. Children drank milk. The drill sergeant started every day with a mug of hot tea, with milk candy and sugar. Woe to those that disturbed her before the first cup was empty. The snickered about this until the day that she gathered them in the mess hall, each table was wet with a mug of sweet, milky tea and a honey cake. The snickering stopped.

The clan produced the five thousand clan warriors needed to build a militia brigade, three thousand standing troops and two thousand reserves, and it fell to those like Kestrel Hawke to turn them into soldiers, though not strictly-speaking, Selnen soldiers. They would still embrace their clan roots while  building discipline into their warrior natures. Hawke was very good at that, the scouts under her command demonstrated that. Finally, after the others had eaten and rolled up into their beds, Hawke sent off her dispatch and finally turned her attention to food, and sat beside her pack with a small pot of tea. She eventually dozed, sitting up and leaning on her pack. Those on guard duty noticed her moving, she held the pot of tea in her hands, warming it with that odd power that they didn’t understand, but were grateful that she’d have her tea before the march. The days that she couldn’t she shaved off a sliver of tea and held it in her cheek on the march. She was much more pleasant when she had her cup. As she’d ordered, they set out at midnight.

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It took three days to reach the tracks, they spread out and followed them with care, studying all around them, scouring the ground almost half a mile to either side of the track. It was a disciplined lot, but not overly so, they concluded. Evidence of drink and wenching was evident. In a few cases they found the impression of chains in muddy patches. This prompted another report back to her legion commander, and it rose quickly from there. She received a reply that the legion was moving south by river, and they’d be accompanied by twenty keels of Frontier Fleet marines would come with them.

On the fourth day, Hawke stood chewing a ration cake and studying the horizon. “Carrion birds,” she pointed. “Circling.” They finished their rations on the march, then broke into quick step a few minutes later, a squad of the fleetest of foot went ahead. Hawke joined them over a young woman, badly beaten. It looked as if she’d dragged herself for quite a distance.

“She could talk yet, a bit, when we got here,” Lance Corporal Iliana reported. “Said that they did this to her when they caught her sneaking water to two women dressed like us, prisoners.” Hawke’s jaw tightened, but she gave no other outward sign as she rose to let the surgeons see to the woman. Iliana followed her sergeant. “She said that the soldier women were being tortured, and worse. They hadn’t broken when the girl, Berry Tallbridge, tried to help them.”

Hawke nodded and waved her corporals over. “We’re going to leave a fist, with a surgeon, with the girl. We will continue to follow the tracks, south southeast, they will move with all safe speed northeast to the river and await the Frontier Fleet ships.” She turned to the rest of them. “This is a blood hunt,” she said in a harsh voice. “Somebody is brutalizing my troopers. I want their blood on my hands.”

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With the protests of those that would miss the hunt still ringing in her ears, Hawke led the rest out. Damn what they wanted to do, she’d told them. They’d do their bloody duty, or they’d answer to her. That seemed to do it, they were building a litter as she left them. They made camp that evening at the site of two shallow graves, Hawke ordered them all away and uncovered the bodies with her own hands. What filled those graves could scarcely be recognized as women. Hawke studied them, burning the details into her mind, then became aware of her corporals standing behind her, staring with cold expressions at the destruction of two women they’d served with, and then the rest stepped up and circled around them. Hawke rose and stared off in the direction that the tracks ran. Behind her the bodies were carefully wrapped in blankets as each took a turn at digging proper graves.

Hawke wrote out a quick dispatch detailing what had happened. She included a name that the woman repeated a few times, Parsival Lecter, and after they had reburied their comrades, Hawke told them to eat and take a few hours of rest, and then the hunt would resume. Carefully concealed fires prepared a hot meal, and tea, and they ate around the mounds of freshly packed soil. Many took their rest using the graves as their pillows. They made ten more miles before they made cold camp for the night. They counted the enemy camps along the way. They were making twelve to sixteen miles a day, and had a four hay deadstart on them. They’d covered close to twenty miles, which meant that they were forty to sixty miles behind them. Hawke told her corporals this as she cradled a steaming mug.

“We can catch them either late today, or midday tomorrow,” she said. “As long as we stay strong.” She took another sip of her tea and then passed her sup around for the five corporals to have a sip. “Roust them out, we march as soon as they’ve eaten.” With that she stepped over and prepared a few kettles and warmed them all. “Drink up, it’s a long day.”

They pushed themselves relentlessly, troops could normally march twenty miles in an eight hour day, with good terrain. That day they covered close to fifty miles. These women came to her with excellent strength and stamina, and Hawke had drilled and pushed and prodded them into women of exceptional strength and stamina, now fueled by rage. Hawke had declared a blood hunt, and this was a phrase that was more than words, it was steeped into them from the blood of their ancestors.

“That last fires were only half a day old,” Corporal Alara reported. “Battle before noon?”

“Perhaps,” Hawke nodded. “If we’re lucky. They’ll be to the trees, good hunting ground. A lot of cover. String the bows, it’ll be more of a hunt than a battle.”

“That is quite correct,” a male voice said from the darkness. There was a flurry of activity as the scouts scrambled and scattered.

“Who is there?” Hawke snapped, rising to keep attention on her as her scouts vanished into the darkness.

“Creighton Bragg,” the small man replied as he walked into the cold camp. “Your dispatch mentioned Parsival Lecter, I’m hunting him. It is a special commission from the Tamber Constabulary, with interest to Lady Traveler.” He stepped even closer and she could see that he held up a signet ring, she glanced at it and saw the Bragg’s boar crest on it. “I’ve read your reports, well-written. You’re on a blood hunt, so am I. The man I’m after is capable of far worse, and has done far worse, and I intend to deliver him, or his head to the Grand Duchess of Tamber.”

“You’re the cousin-in-law to a grand duchess, and cousin, somewhat removed to four other grand dukes or duchesses,” Hawke was puzzled. “Isn’t your blood a little blue to be running errands?”

“Related by blood or marriage to five grand dukes and duchesses, cousin a time or two removed, to the Baroness of Selnendrin, and cousin to the former Baron, Count, and Prime Minister of Selnendrin,” Bragg confirmed. “And if you cut any of us, you’ll find red blood.”

“Come morning we move at wolf speed,” Hawke said grimly. “We won’t let you hold us up.”

“We won’t hold you up,” he grinned wickedly.

“We?” Hawke asked carefully.

Bragg made a little chirping noise and a dozen of the largest dogs she’d ever seen crept out of the darkness and sat behind him. “A hunt isn’t a hunt, without dogs.”

“What do you feed them?” one of the scouts gasped.

“A whole cow every three days for these beauties. I’m fresh out of cows, so maybe I’ll feed them murderers and rapists,” Creighton replied.

“Get some sleep, we march at midnight.

“Tamalyn,” Creighton wrote quickly. “I may be within a day of Parsival Lecter, if I’m not, then we’re close to thiry or more of his cronies, probably dragging captives of some sort with them. They have tortured, raped and murdered two of the scouts of the Iron Wolf Brigade, I am with their platoon now, we should contact them tomorrow, at noon or sooner. I don’t anticipate those bastards will leave many survivors.”

Before Brock could answer, Indra entered quickly and handed Tamalyn a note. "They are probably getting close now," she said without explanation.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 12:49:01 AM
She read the note quickly, "all the more reason to go" she explained to Indra. "I doubt we will go into the frontier proper, but perhaps have guards ready in case it becomes necessary, though I doubt that Creighton will notify me in time to join them" she added. She turned back to Brock, "perhaps something somber, yet still thoughtful" she suggested.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 01:34:59 AM
"Uniform," Brock replied. "Show them that you stand with them."

Indra stuck her head out the door. "Turnout the lifeguard, full armor, including mounts. Turn out the 5th Horse guards, battle array." She smiled wickedly as the sounds of running feet and shouts filled the hall. Bren Tuscorrah, Tamalyn's squire bustled into the room a moment later with her armor chest, a uniform was draped across it. Bren was partly dressed in her own armor and worked quickly to finish accomplishing herself and braced to attention after belting on her sword and the rest of the guards filed into the room in their full battle armor, and armed to the teeth. Dread looked positively giddy at the thought of a brawl.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 01:47:48 AM
"This is not what I said" she said giving Indra a frown. "I said to have them ready to come if needed, I hadn't meany to arrive prepared for battle. I am talking to Duchess Iron Wolf, unless absolutely necessary, I am not going into the frontier."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 03:14:40 AM
"They are ready to come," Indra replied. "Having them ready to armor up and come is something entirely else," Indra had a cheeky little smile. "Besides, I believe that the man Creighton is hunting has annoyed you greatly, and since this lector person was in charge of all of those criminals, it sounds like he's importing a whole new batch to replace those lost here in the city. Figuring that this would annoy you, I want to be ready if you want to go chastise him personally."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 03:33:59 AM
Tamalyn stared at her for a moment then looked at her uniform. Using her powers she changed her clothing, leaving Brock with the dress. "Please send the gift along when you have it arranged. I am unsure how long I will be away. It seems my guards are eager to play soldier for a bit. I will try to ley you know when to expect my return." She turned to the guards, "shall er go" she asked while focusing het mind and taking them to Iron Wolf duchy.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 03:52:03 AM
Duchess Galanna of Iron Wolf was standing over a map table with General Ceregent Thrall III, commander of the 7th Corps, which was headquartered in her duchy. Indra waved a sergeant into silence as he was about to announce Tamalyn.

"Drill Sergeant Hawke was very timely with her warning. According to my reports they've found the scouts carrying out the wounded slave on their way south. The marines and their keel boats are securing the river to the north and  south of the battle, and have patrols ashore to watch for anyone trying to escape. The troopship with the rest of the 1st Ironwolf Legion is ashore and deployed along the river and advancing inland into the woods from the water. Sergeant Hawke and her platoon are in the forest and have scouted the sentries and are going to remove them shortly, then they will advance deeper into the woods toward the main encampment. It is hilly and wooded, as is the river side, where another scout platoon is leading the way for the legion. The scouts and infantry will move to envelope the camp, while the cavalry patrols the edges of the woods in case of any slipping out of the ambush. The weak side is Hawke's, if they break out beyond her, she doesn't have the numbers to contain them."

"We can't push cavalry through the woods to circle behind them?" Galanna asked.

"Not without ruining surprise, they were careful to land in darkness to avoid being spotted. Hawke believes that they have some notion that she is on their trail, so she feels that their attention will be on her, they'll set an ambush and the 1st Legion will in turn ambush from the rear."

At the silence Indra nodded at the sergeant who announced Tamalyn, and all heads turned toward her.

"It looks like we've stumbled across something," Galanna greeted her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 12:11:12 PM
"It does indeed" she nodded, "I am sorry to hear about the loss of your scouts. But, I think your worry over Hawke may be over stated. She doesn't have numbers, but she has Creighton Bragg and his dogs. I am sure you are not aware of his reputation, but he is a mean man who can fight like you wouldn't believe. Currently he is out hunting for me and it seems that Drill Sergeant Hawke has located his prey. Though, that is not actually they reason for my visit" she smiled, "that is a happy coincidence. I am here to see how things are going for you and your people."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 02:03:48 PM
"Quite well," she replied with a nod. "General Thrall has offered to see the families of my two fallen, but that is my task. I have told him I want their ashes returned to their families though, as soon as we may. I like this Selnen custom of burning the dead. Cremating, I think you call it. I've never liked graves." She returned her eyes to the map, what was happening there had her focus. "Hawke declared the blood hunt. I think she learned more of our ways that we have of hers. Good that she wanted to though. If she paid strict attention, her retribution should be terrible to those outside the Clan. But, I understand that the Wrath of the Palatine in nothing to fear less than our own."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 02:36:10 PM
"I think that it is difficult to quantify the qualities of retribution because each clan, service, country, family,  squad and person has different goals and purposes. For myself, the safety of the province and individuals is the most important factor. Currently, that means showing that I am not an easy mark and will destroy those who attempt to trespass against me and mine. Your people have located one who has transgressed against those I protect and I am quite pleased with the idea of a blood hunt."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 07:07:46 PM
"Hawke has taken out the sentries they located," Thrall called to them. "They are approaching the encampment. She reports that it is a wooden palisade up against a large stony hill. She believes that the palisade is essentially a courtyard, she believes that the hill itself is their hideout. She states that she needs the legion to come up quickly." Thrall looked over. "The scouts are very light infantry, they aren't equipped to storm a fortified position, especially with guarded walls. If they don't hit and break in, there's a chance that those inside the hill will be able to use escape tunnels." He shrugged. "This is the hazard of having to move quickly to catch and take an enemy force, you don't have the time to scout the ground without being detected. We need main force and engineers."

"We don't have heavy infantry," Galanna replied. "We're still building heavy infantry."

"I'm heavy infantry," Dreadnaught replied with a grin.

Thrall let that go. "Dispatch to the marines, leave five boats to watch the river to the north and south. Land the crews of ten of the keels, tell them to armor up for heavy combat and move with all speed to the palisade. Have the legion bring trees for rams. Have the legion hold for the marines and tell Hawke to watch and wait, unless she sees an opportunity too good to pass up."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 07:52:13 PM
 Tamalyn looked at her guards, most seemed equally excited as Dreadnought was. She stepped away with Indra to speak with her more privately. "We could go, but I am unsure if we should go" she added, "I do not want it to look as if we are trying to take the" she hesitated, "victory away from Iron Wolf. They have been working for months and this is one of their biggest encounters. On the other hand, we can be there before their marines. Then of course" she shrugged, "we have to consider my personal safety. I am not a warrior, but I am an excellent target and often a distraction. What do you think we should do" she asked as Indra often served as her military advisor.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 08:14:25 PM
"I have a squadron of guards cavalry and a cohort of heavy infantry ready to leave the moment they are ordered," Indra replied. "If we provide the breech in the wall, the Iron Wolf Scouts can break through with us and be right into the fight. We have the dwarves we need to break into the hill and fight underground. Your sword could come in handy, but you have other skills that will allow us to feel where they all are, and to identify the one we're looking for."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 08:39:54 PM
 She nodded, "I can carry my sword, it will make everyone feel better" she smiled "even if it takes me a dozen strikes before I get frustrated enough to use those other gifts" she added quite able to laugh at herself about her failings. She turned back to General Thrall and the Duchess, "forgive the interruption, but I am sending in my cavalry and heavy infantry to assist your scouts. We can break through the fortifications allowing your scouts access. Color Sergeant Herron is ordering them in now, I can not take the chance of losing this man, he is dangerous and must be stopped. I suggest that you have the marines watching" she indicated possible escape routes on the map, "for any that have slipped away along these routes and we will assist in taking their encampment." With her words spoken her armor appeared on her and her squire approached with her surcoat. It didn't bother her to wear armor without it, but it did distract those around her as her armor was very form fitting. She nodded to Bren, "I always forget this" she remarked as Bren tightened the belt holding it close to her body. " Indra, are we ready?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 08:55:17 PM
"Let's go do war," Indra replied as the room vanished around them. It was then that they noticed that Duchess Galanna, in her own leather and steel armor, was with them. The 8th Cohort, engineers, and the 10th Squadron, cavalry, was deployed and ready.

Centurion Flint Ironhelm saluted. "We're ready to move in at a run and hit the walls," he reported. The dwarves and their doges all looked eager.

Centurion Talia Brigand looked a tiny bit put out. "I'm going to place my ten squads in a ring around the hill in the woods, we're going to watch for anyone trying to escape."

Indra nodded at that. "Be of good cheer," she teased the centurions, I saved you from guarding a castle being built and offered you a chance at battle."

"I'm quite happy with that," Ironhelm grinned.

"Why couldn't they have been in open country?" Brigand groused. "No pity for any fool that does break through."

"Now, for the good news," Indra said quickly. "We know there is a palisade at a stone hill. We don't know how many and what we're going up against. We need to move bloody quick, hit, stick and move. We can't let them use their defenses against us."

"Prisoners?" Ironhelm asked.

"If anyone surrenders, fine," Indra said. "Anyone holding a weapon, or acting as if they'll use magic, end them."

"I thought the centurions outranked the Color Sergeant?" Galanna asked Tamalyn quietly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 09:23:54 PM
Tamalyn shrugged, "not many would be brave enough to tell her no. Not to mention that she is currently speaking for me. Additionally, Color sergeants are responsible for the discipline of their units. They are a special rank with varied duties and levels of responsibility. I have found that you do not want to anger color sergeants or quarter masters as both have long memories and can make your life miserable." Tamalyn focused her mind on the hill, she searched for brains counting them carefully and trying to get rough placements of them. She told Indra about all she learned to help her plan.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 09:38:41 PM
At Indra's word, the Cavalry moved out. "We're charging the wall, and the gate," Indra said to the assembled engineers. No time to set up engines, we're going straight in and take the gates and clear everything inside the palisade."

"Like Bragg at Herch-Quald," Ironhelm said to the eager dwarves.

"Right, we're less than a mile, lets get to it. Watch for tanglefoot around the walls." She dismounted and drew her sword. One of the other guards bagged the horses. "Lead off Centurion."

They led off at a trot. "Hawke is expecting us," Indra said to Tamalyn and Galanna. "Her scouts will show us where to strike and they'll go in with us."

As they rushed forward Dread laughed when they saw the palisade. "It's only six feet tall."

He shifted his position in the formation until he was in the lead. "Do not jump the damn gate!" Indra barked at him.

Dread cursed under his breath and pulled a massive sledge from his bag, it looked to weight close to fifty pounds. The scouts raked the walls with arrows as Dread and the engineers approached, Dread hit the gate with his full weight, at full speed and nearly knocked it loose. Three blows of his hammer and it was shattered. Another swing smashed a man into the dround as the scouts swarmed past him.

The guard pressed in before the Grand Duchess and Duchess, their blades swept a path. Then Indra shouted an odd word and shields rose and a huge blast of fire was absorbed by their interlocked shields.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 09:52:46 PM
Tamalyn followed Indra's instructions, glad that she hadn't needed to remind them of Duchess Galanna's presence. She had her sword out as she had promised, but she was still mostly focused on the people inside the hill trusting her guards to keep her safe while she watched.  She knew that her ability to see beyond the battle field was more useful than her sword. Still, one did need to be prepared.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 10:25:16 PM
Dread launched his hammer, it smashed a man in the chest, crushing it and launching him backwards with a bloody mist coming from his mouth and nose. Indra shouted orders, the archers continued to drop those at the enemy rear, but they had cleared the palisades. Then Dread started hammering the door leading into the hill.

"The cavalry, marines and the legion have set a perimeter," Indra reported as she cleaned blood from her blade. "Can you feel them in there?"

Tamalyn could feel at least thirty people underground, and some mmoving east in what she assumed were tunnels.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 10:48:49 PM
"Oh yes, about thirty of them. Some are headed east into tunnels" she reported quickly. "I have never felt the brain of the one we seek, so I cannot confirm he is in there. Creighton might be able to identify him, hopefully his corpse still have distinguishing features" she added watching as Dreadnought sprayed blood everywhere during his last kill.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 10:59:36 PM
"Clever of them," Indra nodded. "Running away from the river. I'll wager that they dug that tunnel after Taraborne's raid."

She returned her attention to the door as she heard it start to give way. "Try and find that this Lecter person looks like out of their minds," Indra said as she shifted troops to enter the tunnel. When the door gave way they swarmed into the hill. They found a warren of small rooms, but there wasn't space for them to have a room where they could mass and confront. Clearly this place wasn't designed to be a fighting fortification, it was a hideout.

Dread walked up to then, holding a dazed man by the throat, his toes dangled over the ground. "He looks like a clever sort, you're going to tell us all about Lecter, aren't you?" She could feel that Dread was convincing the dazed man to think about their target.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 11:17:35 PM
Searching minds wasn't something that Tamalyn did often. She usually just knew the thoughts and feelings on the surface. But, she was better about it than she once was.  She looked at the man and cocked her head to the side pushing through to his hidden thoughts and memories. The man was trying to hide what he knew by picturing everyone else in rapid succession. She smiled, it wasn't manic it was more like her father's smile. She projected the image of a man who's image he hasn't shown, the one he was trying to hide the most. "More than likely he looks like this" she said, "this is the person he didn't want me to see at any rate" she said, "I am curious what other things he knows though" she said still sifting her way through is mind. What other hideouts do you have? Where is everyone going" she asked as she pushed him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 11:22:45 PM
She had a few views of the man, Lecter. Bearded, clean-shaven, calm and angry, she could see him well enough to draw him. She had the feeling that he was a man that lived on charm and guile, she could also feel that he was an accomplished blackmailer. She could also see pits dug down into one of the corridors, each held a woman. There were three escape tunnels, coming up nearly 300 yards from the hill, to the north, east and west.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 06, 2017, 11:34:07 PM
 Tamalyn quickly drew a map of the tunnel system and locations of the prisoners. Then she drew the man they were looking for. She gave it to dread, "I haven't checked for traps yet, so be careful" she cautioned.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 06, 2017, 11:40:41 PM
"I'm always careful," he assured her with his cocky little grin.

"Fairly newly dug, My Lady," Centurion Ironhelm informed her. "It looks like they expanded a natural cave. I think they spread the dirt and rock all over the woods. "If this place has ben in use for more than a month, I'll be surprised."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 07, 2017, 12:00:16 AM
"How long do you think it would take thirty laymen to dig this out? And, if you were planning to use it as a hideout, why hide the rock then make the entrance so obvious" she asked puzzling over the inconsistencies. "I don't like that it doesn't make any sense.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 07, 2017, 12:15:06 AM
"They probably used the palisade as their base as they worked," he replied. "And to be this extensive, I'd guess ten men forking for a few months. The wagons are filled with various goods, weapons, armor, food, medicines, and a variety of other things. They were probably coming to stock the place."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 07, 2017, 11:17:59 AM
"Months" she said thoughtfully, "better than what I had estimated. Still, there are aspects that don't make sense" she shrugged, "to me, I am sure they made sense to them" she added. "Let's go find the women" she pointed to the passage way where the pits she had seen were. Before she moved though she looked back at the man Dread had secured for her, "make sure he doesn't get away, he has more information to give us" she added in a slightly cruel tone of voice. She turned back to Centurion Ironhelm, "this way" she said moving forward. As she walked she wondered about Creighton, "has anyone seen Creighton Bragg? I think he would only have left if Lecter had. Creighton is not easily fooled into following false trails and isn't distracted by engagements like this" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 07, 2017, 01:25:56 PM
"He's right here," Creighton said with a grumpy edge to his voice. "I was looking for their boltholes. I came in from the north one. He was here, he left magically. He was leading two men out and when he figured out that I was coming from the other end of the tunnel he disappeared and left the other two behind. My dogs are keeping them company."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 07, 2017, 02:00:04 PM
"Do you have any idea where he might be going?" She looked back at the one they had already captured, "perhaps he knows something" she suggested. "I will assist you in questioning him after we free the women," she added "if you wish."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 07, 2017, 04:14:33 PM
"I am going to soften up anyone that you'll be looking at," Creighton replied. "I want them suitably compliant and eager to tell us everything that they know. We took six alive, I will be talking to them soon. First, they are going to drag out all of the dead. Digging a big hole while surrounded with the bodies of the rest will start to soften them up."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 07, 2017, 04:34:30 PM
"Aww, you are so thoughtful" she smiled at him. "Ironhelm, why don't you and a few others go help dig the grave" she said with a shrug. "Indra and I will go find tge prisoners. Tamalyn looked at Galanna, 'there aren't too many women here, but I do believe that after processing they would be best placed in your duchy, would you agree to that?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 07, 2017, 06:39:54 PM
"We will take them," Galanna nodded as they walked back.

"The women were brought up from Gamedian," Dread informed them. "Lecter wanted them for his men, and to test the pits. He was planning to take people for ransom. They forget that prisoners have ears and listen closely for any threat. This was a nasty batch." He pointed and they saw Amrick the Elder looking down at faces of the dead with Creighton, he had a phenomenal memory and was able to identify a few of them.

"Some proper bastards in this lot," Amrick growled. "This one disappeared a step ahead of me killing him a few years ago. Nasty piece of work. Rapist and torturer. He died too easy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 07, 2017, 07:43:58 PM
"Saved us from trying them" she said simply, "did the women over hear anything that would help you locate Lecter?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 07, 2017, 09:31:00 PM
"That may take time," he replied. "They need to realize that they're actually free, we've taken them out through the west tunnel, to take them to the ships. That way they didn't see the bodies, some of them are hacked like cheap beef."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 07, 2017, 09:47:54 PM
"Then" she turned and looked at the few survivors, "I suppose you will have to loosen their tongues. I will take my guards and explore the tunnels and pull out the dead, that will give you a bit of time to get some answers" she said with an innocent smile. She looked at Indra, "Lets go clean this place up. Ironhelm, how about you and the other engineers study the construction to see if we  can make use of this space."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 07, 2017, 09:54:46 PM
"We could build it into a proper scout post," he nodded. "It would probably be more suited to the Frontier scouts though, unless you'd like to sneak our own out." He glanced over as the chained prisoners passed with one of the hacked bodies. "Probably the only honest work they've ever done."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 07, 2017, 10:12:44 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "it was nice of them to do the heavy work. I am certain that it will take some work to bring it up to the high standards of the realm and province. As to who will use it, no matter how you look at it the militia will get probably see some time here. Marshal of the Frontier is working on improving the Frontier Army, but we are still instrumental in that. So let's figure out what needs done while we give the investigators some time to figure out where Lecter is headed."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 08, 2017, 02:13:28 AM
"You can tell no dwarf had a hand in this," Ironhelm looked around with professional disdain. "I'm sure that it can be brought up to scratch. In fact, since we and the cavalry are here, and have no other work that watching a palace be built, we should probably set up camp and put this place in order."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 08, 2017, 02:32:00 AM
"I do not understand why you were brought in before the castle was built. Never have" she waved her hand, "but it wasn't worth arguing over. To be perfectly honest, I don't know why I need a cavalry either" she smiled, "through I do see the need for engineers" she admitted. "But, I have two militias and the castle is located near the largest fort with the highest probability of having visiting militia as well. I have never understood the need for my own personal cavalry"she shrugged. "Worse, you have Tigre most boring posting because there is nothing in the island and I rarely need a cavalry or personal engineers." She thought about what he had suggested, "I will discuss your idea with Indra, I am not opposed to it. In fact, it has some merit, I have some concerns as well" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 08, 2017, 02:41:49 AM
"Just to be on the safe side, I will tell Centurion Brigand that we'll need a camp set," he replied. "We'll want to scour the area while we work going over this place to see if they hid anything. Then if we are to build, we can." He thought a moment. Two hundred of us should be quite able to secure this place, even this far out."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 08, 2017, 12:35:36 PM
She turned and pulled Indra aside, "this idea actually makes sense and gives ften something to do.  I could oppose ths idea,  but the decision isn't actually up to me. It is Flagg's decision to make. Would you send him a message telling him the idea. Let him know that I like that it gives ften something useful to do. But, I am not sure about the legality of the idea" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 08, 2017, 01:32:16 PM
"You're governess of the frontier," she replied as she scribbled out a dispatch. "It's not only legal, it's your duty." She grinned. She received a dispatch a moment later. "He likes the idea and pointed out that permission comes from you to him, not from him to you, but he thanked you for the notification."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 08, 2017, 02:55:30 PM
Tamalyn laughed, "perhaps that is true, but I technically only command the lifeguard. I am aware that I am the head of all the militia and guards, but I have delegated that responsibility to those with more experience" she shrugged, "I would be remiss if I didn't respect that. You know what I am hoping will happen? I am hoping that done of those who got away returns. In fact, I am going to suggest that they stay hidden for a few days after we depart to see if anyone comes back."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 08, 2017, 03:10:55 PM
"Possible, but unlikely," Indra replied. "We're trained not to return to a lost position until we have the forces to retake it. Perhaps they're not taught the same, but if I'd have escaped with my skin, I wouldn't stop running, in their place."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 08, 2017, 03:20:30 PM
"I agree" she agreed, "I just have hope that they are stupid enough to do it, or that there is something here they need. Don't take away my hope" she teased.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 08, 2017, 03:37:53 PM
"The ones running east ran right into a cavalry patrol," she grinned. "And as far as we know, only Lecter managed to escape magically. I don't think he'd come back, too slippery."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 08, 2017, 03:46:07 PM
Tamalyn gave a dramatic sigh, "you just couldn't let me have hope. Fine, I won't tell them to try, though I do want them to have guards on duty and make regular patrols of the area."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 08, 2017, 05:09:28 PM
"They are carefully sweeping the doods for miscreants," she replied gravely. "So far they've done battle with three boars and a rather large stag."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 08, 2017, 07:30:45 PM
"I suppose I know that they will have plenty to eat. We should go look at the supply wagons that were seized. I am curious to see what they were bringing in."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 08, 2017, 08:18:44 PM
When they came out, Tamalyn saw that the wagons for the cavalry and engineers had arrived, and a camp was being assembled. Centurion Brigand was looking through the enemy wagons, looking over what two men were dropping over the side. "Looks like reinforced leather jerkins and leather pads to wear under clothes," one of the soldiers announced as a bundle struck.

"Surgeon's gear," another bundle landed. "Cheap stuff, looks like it's from Denenstaer."

"Steel knives and long knives, not very good steel," more came out. "Loks like a hundred short blades, fifty long."

"Garottes," as a sack hit the ground. "Looks like they're made from stiff bowstring."

"Poison," a cask was carefully lowered to the ground. "Looks like five gallons of the stuff, meant to coat blades and arrow points."

"This box has wigs and what looks like cosmetics of some sort," another chest was set out of the wagon.

"Clothes of various sizes," more bundles dropped out.

"Papers," one of the men came up, excited. "Looks like detailed survey maps of Tamber City, doesn't have the new military sector on them. Marked from the office of the Royal cartographer. Looks like a royal post directory, a few months old, tells where everyone lives in the city." More shuffling. "This book has all of the government officials and military officers, down to the rank of centurion."

"If he's running," Ironhelm said as he looked the lot over, then to the food in the other wagons. "It's either south toward Gamadian, or Tamber City."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 08, 2017, 08:35:00 PM
Tamalyn took the papers and looked trough them herself. "Looks like he has a inside person" she said unhappily. "I will notify the King after we finish with or inventory and questioning of the survivors. I want all the information we can gather before I bring the crown into this. Though, this does offer us a new line of questions" she added. "Anything else of interest?" She asked as they continued to unload the wagon.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 08, 2017, 11:23:13 PM
"A lot of little bric-a-brac," the man on one of the carts called down, manacles, chains, thieving gear," he looked down and shook his head.

"We'll be taking a lot of that lot," Indra cut in. "What isn't any good, we'll destroy. The rest," she shrugged. "Our job gets interesting."

As she spoke a squad of guards was pulling out everything that they didn't want in public reach.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 09, 2017, 12:03:24 AM
"We are taking the lot" she nodded, "the majority will be thrown away, but I want it all looked over. Creighton and Blade need to know about these maps" she said heading back in their direction. "It seems that they have very detailed information about all the residents of Tamber" she said showing them the papers.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 09, 2017, 01:52:55 AM
"I'll leave this to you to backtrack," Creighton said to Amrick. "I have a bastard to catch."

""Most of this is fairly easy to lay hands on," Amrick the Elder replied. "The Army rolls are harder, but this came from Hesterbur," he held up one of the printed pages. There was a Royal Battle Staff watermark. "This, from the Royal Post," he held up the address list, it doesn't have a station number, so it came from the main office. The last, I need to look to the office of the Royal Cartographer."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 09, 2017, 07:01:53 AM
"Those were the papers I was most concerned with. I will have to ley the King know what we discovered" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 09, 2017, 03:37:08 PM
"That'll complete his day," Indra noted. "Best to have him angry and demanding than curious though."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 09, 2017, 05:43:38 PM
"Well it certainly made my day" she said with a sarcastic tone. "Why not share the good news with the King. We should always share good news" she said with a shrug. She looked around the area, "I don't think there is much more I need to do here. Why don't we go find where the Iron Wolf scouts buried their dead and return them and Galanna home, then we can go to Hesterbur."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 09, 2017, 06:59:55 PM
Miraca had an off-feeling about the man that stepped into the house yard. “I’m told that you grow the best herbs in Tamber,” the man greeted her. She didn’t like him, he spoke too smoothly, he looked as if he took far too may pains with his appearance, and he had a hauteur about him that was generally off-putting.

“I will be,” she replied. “But for now everything is still sproutlings.” Hearing voices Tara came out of the house and Biggie and Lady slipped up beside the house and watched the newcomer.

He named off a short list of herbs that he wanted and looked at the ignorant woman expectantly, the look on his surprise on his face turned to chagrin and anger at her reply. “Even if I grew all of that, I wouldn’t sell it to you,” she replied. “Nothing good can come of that lot, and no decent person would have need of them.”

“Show me what you have then,” he snapped, clearly his hold on his temper was thin.

“I have a road right there,” she replied. “Take it either direction, but take it.”

He stepped forward and grabbed her arm, then withdrew it quickly, cursing and clutching his bloody arm, only then noticing the short-bladed knife that seemed to appear from her apron pocket. Then he felt a searing, tearing pain, and looked down to see Lady chewing on his leg as Biggie’s jaws seized and tore at the cloth at his throat. He started when he heard the sound of Talla frantically ringing the alarm bell, then he saw Tara take up a pollaxe from inside the door and step toward him.

They all looked surprised when he vanished into thin air.

“What just happened?” Miraca asked. Biggie and Lady looked up at her, both equally as baffled as she.

They heard the pounding of hooves as two mounted soldiers tore across the fields toward her steading. Miraca quickly told them what happened and looked at the incredulous expressions on their faces. “That’s the same look we’ve had on our faces since it happened,” Tara laughed at their astonishment.

“Report from Lance Corporal Tanner Thrush

Stranger came to Spicer Holding, accosted holder Miraca Spicer, who cut him with an apron knife and set her dogs on him. The man was a bit over six feet tall, blondish, blue eyes. Good features, aristocratic sneer, expensive clothes, travel stained and evidence of dirt being brushed off recently. Dressed in sturdy trousers of fine leather, with a jerkin of the same material. He tried to purchase herbs from Holder Spicer, she stated that they could be used either for poisons or mentally enfeeble.”

“To: General Arica Carradan, Commander Tamberon Duchy Militia
To: General Argen Stonecutter, Commander, Tamber Provincial Engineer
    Reviewing the report from Spicer Holding I see that the crossroads south of the city should have closer watch. To this end, I charge the Tamberon Militia to place a station across the road from Spicer Holding, currently I see that there is a temporary encampment a few miles south, relocate the encampment and its garrison, to the plot I’ve mentioned. It will serve better here as a horse station anyway.
    To this end, the engineers will move a legion immediately to this site and build a station, complete with changing stables, and a stage stop with inn and tavern. I expect the garrison troops to move today, and the surveyors to inspect the site and begin layout of the station and its accompanying embellishments at once.
    Notify me immediately of any delays.
Oldwine, Marshall of the Frontier and Commanding Officer of the Tamber Militia”

Both reports were forwarded to Tamalyn.

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Larissa received a note from Alera a few days later. “I have tested the cream with heat and cold and even rain, and it holds up well. It shows no signs of drying out when sealed. It can dry some when open to air and heated very hot.” She wasn’t surprised that Alera would continue to test the sample, regardless of price a thousand jars was still an investment, and the woman’s curiosity was legendary.

She now had a few hundred bottles of the distillate in her cupboards, and most of her lots of ingredients that made the distillate were now gone. Brenne, her gardener, made a study of the solids that comprised the waste of these ingredients, various herbs and other things and said that while they wouldn’t do much for plants as they were, but she’d burned them down to ash, and that made a fine meal for plants, they seemed to thrive on a few pinches of then dust. And so her gardeners spent their working hours away from tending plants into burning the spent ingredients and gathering and packing the ashes into large boxes and stacking them in the shed.

Taking a risk, she’d ordered two thousand quarter-pint pots with lids that would lock down by stiff wire latches to hold them closed. She was impressed by the design, and they were made locally. As she waited for her jars to be delivered, she tested the coated sinew. She sewed cuts shut on two rates, one with plain thread, the other with coated. First, she noticed that the thread passed through the skin much smoother than plain, then she noticed that the flesh around the stitches was slower to yield to decomposition. She smiled and decided that her first batch would be used for thread, the cream left after that was done, she would sell as a cream for sores on livestock, it efficacy wouldn’t decrease by the thread soaking in it, but it would be distasteful to buyers to know that dregs from this process would be sold as the “pure” cream. She started the work of making the first batch soon after, with the help of her maids that carefully churned the mixture, and then everyone in the house joined her, placing a small scoop of the cream into a slip of paper and folded it as she showed them, a dab of glue to close the folded ands and it was passed along to be dipped in wax and laid out to cool and dry.

Thousands of these small sachets were prepared and stored in wooden bins all through the basement.  Then chests of her special pots joined those, and then larger jars, and finally small folded paper pouches of surgeon’s sinew. It was no small feat to finally clean up the workroom, but they accomplished it together, and all were surprised when the lady of the house pressed three sovereigns into their hands for their labors. “This was above your duties,” she shrugged. “And so you should be properly compensated.

The next morning Larissa made her delivery to Alera, who was impressed by the pots, and the price. “This batch will cost you seven shillings per pot,” Larissa informed her. Akera looked at her oddly and asked why she didn’t round her price up higher, a crown per pot seemed reasonable, and would gain her three more shillings per pot. “If I did that, it would eat into your profit,” Larissa shrugged. “and I need to build it’s reputation, before it’s price. She showed her the label. ‘Daramand’s Wound Balm, a product of Tamber City.’ Then she showed her the sachets of individual doses. “It takes twenty of these to make a pot,” she replied. “And my costs for each are lower. I can sell you ten of them for three shillings.”

“Well then,” Alera grinned. I shall take a thousand of them as well, if you have them. Larissa did, and she pocketed another three sovereigns. “Your prices will rise, I’m sure, this is quite good.”

“I’ll still hope that I can profit more by volume that individual price,” Larissa shrugged. “I believe this will help people, and I don’t mean for it to only help the rich.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 09, 2017, 08:37:26 PM
Tamalyn received the report before she left, "Creighton, I believe he is in Tamber. If I am understanding this, he is attempting to locate poisons" she said showing him the report. She looked at Indra, "I think that it is tone to take these men to Tamber, to the jail" she specified.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 09, 2017, 09:02:27 PM
"The civil lockup, or Oldwine's special lockup?" Indra asked. "They are both resistant to magic, but the military prison is much more secure."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 09, 2017, 09:24:43 PM
"The special lockup, for now anyway. We will see if they needed to remain there after we catch this Lecter fellow." She left the rest of the details to Indra, "Centurion Ironhelm" she called, "I will leave the repairs of this place up to you. But, I would like to know your estimated timeline. I have a tendency to underestimate how long things take and I don't want you out here for too long" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 09, 2017, 11:50:37 PM
"It will take a month or less," he replied. "We're going to fortify, but make it blend into the surroundings."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 10, 2017, 10:25:15 AM
"Oh, that is actually less time than I thought" she shrugged, "very well, you have a month. Though, I do want you to be prepared to return should the need arise. I doubt that it will be necessary, but we should always be prepared for the worst case scenarios" she added, "especially since we have yet to catch Lecter. Keep that in mind as you work, he is still free and trying to collect more poisons. He could very well have a second cache in this area, so keep guards on watch. You are all far more important than this fort" she added seriously.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 11, 2017, 12:33:30 AM
"It comes down to it," Ironhelm replied. "We'll make this place uninhabitable and escape and evade. I also see no need to trade blood for this ground. Give us a month and twenty men will be able to hold it against a few hundred. Provided the hundred can find this place."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 11, 2017, 01:15:50 AM
Tamalyn nodded, "the problem is that we already know at least one person knows about it" she pointed out, "and he isn't a very trustworthy person. He could have already told others, or be informing them now. Either way, the location is out there. Even so, it is conveniently located and I am sure you are bored watching the engineers working on the castle" she added with a smile. "I will attempt to find other projects for you after this is completed. I have been told me castle won't be complete for a year, maybe longer" she added. "Boredom should never be encouraged, and there are numerous ways to combat it. I am sure that I can find some good ideas that will be fulfilling."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 11, 2017, 08:39:44 PM
"I'm sure that there are many projects that will prove entertaining," he grinned. "One hates to see the lads, and lasses, get bored."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 11, 2017, 09:39:14 PM
Tamalyn went over to Galanna, "Let's go retrieve your people so they can be cremated and returned to your people" she said with a twinge of sadness in her tone. "Soon I need to report to the king, but I want to see that done first" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 11, 2017, 11:10:12 PM
"I will take Color Sergeant Hawke and a few of the scouts with me and see to that," Galanna replied. "I will see to my people, that will honor them. You must deal with the man Lecter, that is how you may honor them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 11, 2017, 11:29:37 PM
"As you wish" Tamalyn nodded and returned to Creighton and Blade. "Alright, Creighton, you find this Lecter bastard. He is starting to get desperate and desperate men make mistakes. Blade, I want to know who those leaks are coming from. I realize it is probably multiple people, but we need to know who they are and plug them up. I am returning to Tamber, I will write the King from there. I am concerned that if I visit the capital it might make them nervous and then they will lie low. I want them caught and tried for this. Any questions" she asked looking between the two of them.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 12, 2017, 02:24:29 AM
"Tried or dead?" Creighton asked.

"And if dead is off the table, how about broken but breathing?" Amrick the Elder asked.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 12, 2017, 10:17:48 AM
"Dead for Creighton's man, though broken mangled and tried would be acceptable. For you Blade, you are hunting for traitors inside official offices. I just sort of assumed the King would like to deal with them, but it is entirely possible that they might die or become mangled and broken too. Though, I am curious as to how many others they have sold those lists."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 12, 2017, 03:32:51 PM
"I'll wring them like laundry," Amrick replied. "Thievery I can abide, within limits, corruption is oath-breaking, and I have no tolerance for that."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 12, 2017, 03:55:27 PM
"Corruption is why people dislike the government so much. Hell, even I am leery about updating our roles and addresses in the future. Fool me once, and all that nonsense" she said shaking her head. "Find them, their partners and the proof necessary to make them examples. Examples of why you don't mess with Tamber" she added, "my hope is one day everyone will see that crime doesn't pay here."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 12, 2017, 04:21:33 PM
"I think that this notion is spreading," Creighton grinned. "Since Oldwine had a gallows built by the camp outside the province and hanged a bunch of captured slavers out there. Left them hanging for a few days and now they live next to a cemetery."

"More than half moved on," Creighton chuckled. "Headed back east."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 12, 2017, 04:31:16 PM
"Creighton, before you kill Lecter we need to ensue that he is actually the man behind the trouble and that he hasn't already placed additional purple to carry on his work. We need to get the roots so the weed doesn't keep growing" she added using an euphemism. "It would be helpful to junkie who he was planning to abduct as well, I am curious about that. We don't have many who can pay exorbitant ransom."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 12, 2017, 11:32:10 PM
"If he grabs people, it will be for influence or property," Creighton replied.

They take somebody and have their family sign over land, or they grab somebody that has family working somewhere where they can get them something," Amrick added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 12, 2017, 11:47:12 PM
" that ask makes perfect sense. I am still curious about his targets. He seems to be planning ahead, thinking in the big picture. His targets are already chosen. If they weren't, he wouldn't be looking to get his hands on herbs that would addle the mind, and he is. He just choose the wrong person to ask" Tamalyn paused. "Creighton, Violet has those herbs. In stock and ready for use. Additionally, she is usually alone in her shop because her products are delivered. If he hasn't been there yet, he will soon" she added. "We should get back to the city."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 12, 2017, 11:49:47 PM
"I'll send word to watch all herbalists," Indra said, writing quickly. "Let's go."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 12:24:23 AM
They returned to the city leaving Ironhelm behind to begin the cleanup and completion of the encampment. It was frustrating to have gotten so close and yet still missed Lecter. She went to her home office and wrote the King informing him about the documents retrieved from the wagons. She forwarded him copies, using her supply of magical paper. It was late, though not as late as she had expected. Still she was hungry and not that tired. "Brock, I will have dinner in my studio" she told him after sending the missive to the King. I need to get my mind off of not catching that horrible man" she said frustrated. "If anyone comes, please do show them in. Except Oldwine, I am making him a present and I want to surprise him. I will come out for him though" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 12:44:26 AM
The staff watched Larissa walking through the house, kicking a pillow and muttering vile oaths. The house next to hers had been bought to become a brothel, but the government denied that use, and so she had the opportunity to buy it, she could use the place to make the scream as her first widely sold product, but every step had been blocked. She could understand why they’d deny a brothel, she wasn’t fond of the idea of living next to one herself. But the good that this could do, the people it would employ, and the use to the Militia and Frontier army should be evident to anyone. She wanted it close to her, so she could conduct her research in private and still be close enough to visit regularly, and to keep a close eye on quality. Finally she flounced across the room and dropped into a chair and started a letter.

"To Grand Duchess Tamalyn Traveler,
    Your Highness,
    I am duly licensed by the crown to create and make goods of magical and healing purpose, and I have created this cream. It stops bleeding and closes small wounds, and is effective at treating larger wounds as well. It may also be applied to sinew to sew wounds and reduces infection. I sell this at a minimal profit to insure it is available to more than the rich. I believe it would be a very desirable product for the soldiers under your authority, and I believe it will save lives.
    I live a block from the main gate of the Military District, which would aid delivery greatly, and the property next to my home is now for sale, but your city government has refused me permission to use this property to this purpose. I intend to employ fifty men and women, mainly women, to produce this and other healing products and the very large, empty house, would serve this purpose admirably. I already buy jars and pots for this purpose, made in Tamber, and I intend to choose ingredients produced in Tamber where I may. I believe that this will benefit many in the city and province and ask that you come see what I’ve produced, and how I could use the property currently denied to the benefit of those that it would buy from, those that it would employ, and those that it would have their lives saved and sufferings eased through this enterprise.
    I am respectfully, your obedient servant.
    Larissa Daramand"

She folded and sealed the letter and pressed it and a jar of her cream into Halla’s hands. “Take this to the Grand Duchess, be polite, but be persistent, and don’t forget to look at them with those big blue eyes,”  Larissa grinned. “That should get you through.”

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"My Lady," Brock called from the door. "This young lady has brought a note from her employer."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 12:58:51 AM
She looked up from her project, glancing at the woman, then back at him. She was really quiet surprised that he had brought her up to the studio. But, she supposed that she had said he could interrupt with visitors, though this wasn't what she had expected. She looked back at the woman, "then I suppose I should read it" she said not unkindly. Tamalyn took the letter, and jar, then read it through. "Hmm" she said setting aside the letter and opening the jar. She smelled the cream, then touched it with the tip of her finger. She rubbed her fingers together, "feels nice" she said. "Have you tested this product Brock" she asked hesitant to try it on herself in front of a stranger. Magic did somethings with on her, but she would not let anyone know it and thus could not even try to use the cream for herself.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 01:00:52 AM
"I can send for the surgeon," he replied. "I did ascertain that it wasn't harmful."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 01:21:51 AM
She nodded, "we can do that soon enough, we should have my tutor look at it as well." She looked at the woman again, "I am very curious about this project of your mistress. I suppose I should change and come visit her" she smiled at her. "If you would follow Brock, I am sure he could get you a cup of tea while you wait for me."


Tamalyn took the cream to her room, then changed into a visiting dress. It was fancier than het everyday dress, but not as ornate as her dinner dresses were. She left the cream on her dressing table, then went downstairs. Indra was ready with her guards. "If you have finished your tea we can return you home" she said rejoining the woman. "Can you tell me about your mistress while we travel" Tamalyn asked her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 01:24:09 AM
"She's very kind, and she makes things to heal people," Halla said proudly. She's given many of us jobs, and she takes very good care of us all."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 01:48:56 AM
"All good things" she nodded approvingly. Tamalyn might have asked her further questions but decided doing so would probably make het nervous. She could tell from the inflections in her voice that she was one of the recently freed slaves.


The arrived at the house, "have some guards look around the area and check out the vacant house" she added. "I don't think we need everyone inside at once" she added. Tamalyn knocked, on the door even though the maid was with her. "Good evening" she said to the female butler, "I am Grand Duchess Tamalyn Traveler here to see Larissa Daramand" she announced.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 01:55:43 AM
"She is in her workshop," the woman dressed as a butler informed her. "If you'll follow me?"

When they stepped into her laboratory, the butler announced her. Tamalyn instantly sensed that the woman was older than she looked, but not nearly ancient. She also felt the magic about her. She was thin and attractive, and her workshop was filled with ingredients and boiling retorts and other implements. The air smelled sweet and there was a healthy, invigorating feeling to it.

"I expected a note from a functionary at best," Larissa sketched a curtsy. "Unfortunately, I am dressed to work, not recieve, but there are many things here that I mentioned in my note."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 10:45:20 AM
 Tamalyn smiled, "if you had sent your letter in any of the regular channels of delivery you would have been correct. But, you have a very enterprising young woman who not only made it to my house, she convinced my Chamberlain to bring her into my studio. I met her covered in sawdust and wood shavings" she added, "I believe that makes us ever. Besides, you invited me, and this evening I was free." Tamalyn in no way looked out out by the womans attire. "Please explain your product to me, that is what has me most intrigued. Does it heal instantly like expensive potions, does it prevent disease, does it limit scaring?" She had more questions, but without a basic understanding of what the cream was purported to do they could wait.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 02:31:14 PM
"I am something of a specialist in healing potions and agents," she replied as she pointed to a cabinet. "I do make a healing potion that rivals Vonda's, in fact." She pointed to a shelf. "That balm soothes aches in hands and softens the skin, it is also good for nursing women. I have a potion that is very effective with the pox," she pointed to another cabinet. "The balm that I sent you, stops bleeding and seals small wounds, but it can stop bleeding in larger wounds. I have also soaked sinew in that and it works very well to sterilise and close wounds."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 02:47:35 PM
"These are magical potions and creams or are they organic?" Tamalyn asked to clarify. "How effective is your potion for the pox, and how much do you have and charge?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 06:11:50 PM
"Everything is made with herbs and other things," she shrugged. "The pox cure was tested some time ago, and everything I make is magically tested as well as practically. Many of the things that I've made are those I've been perfecting for many years. I was held back by Ronstra, which annoyed me, so I colleted evidence that healing magic was being suppressed by the University, and the Crown broke up the schools, again."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 06:27:23 PM
Tamalyn smiled at her reasoning of why Ronsta was broken up again. "That may have been a contributing factor" she agreed. "Ronsta had a tendancy to forget it was a school and acts like they are the masters of magic" she shrugged. "Did you finish your schooling elsewhere then?" She asked curiously.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 06:56:46 PM
"I finished it years before," she replied. "Unfortunately, the university didn't want to allow their advanced graduates to leave, they make it a point to insure that we can't really accomplish much away from the school. I didn't care for that, I didn't mind teaching and research, but the rest was tedius. So, I gathered information to help the crown build a case."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 07:15:19 PM
"I have never once heard anything good about that school" she shrugged, "except that it's students were intelligent" she amended. "Anyway, we should get back on topic. What reasoning were you given for not allowing you to purchase the house next door? I am not really aware of the procedures involved in acquiring city property. Have they deemed it residential and your request is to open a business?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 10:09:28 PM
"It was supposed to be a brothel, but apparently the owner was arrested for bad things," she replied. "They told me that using the building to make healing compounds would be be detrimental to neighboring properties. Compared to a brothel, I fail to see how."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 10:46:58 PM
"I see" she said enigmatically, "are you asking for a loan to purchase the property, or would you be financing the purchase on your own? I am not trying to pry into your personal finances" she added, "but there is a limit to how much assistance the province can support. If you already have an unpaid loan, they could not agree to further assistance" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 11:00:26 PM
"I had the coin with me to pay for it," she replied. "And the money to gather staff at the hiring hall. I look to employ at least 20 women, the property is quite large, with many rooms, I thought I could turn the wing with the brothel rooms as rooming house rooms for workers, the baths and kitchen would be for them as well, and that leave a lot of room for bottling and packing and other production in the rest of the place.'
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 11:08:29 PM
"Does your process produce fumes or foul odours? Is there much waste produced? I am trying to determine why it might be deemed detrimental. From what I see here, I see no issues. In fact, I find the scent pleasant and despite your working in the room, it is clean and tidy. Can you tell me which representative turned dian your cash offer?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 11:40:41 PM
"This smell is what you're most likely to find," she replied. "I do not work with noxious chemicals and only rarely acids," she shrugged. "I spoke with at least a half dozen men and women in your commerce commission, and more in the land commission. The steward, chamberlain and mayor of the city didn't make time to see me, so I tried jumping over them to the top."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 13, 2017, 11:53:10 PM
"I am having the cream you sent me tested, by a couple of different sources, but provided those results are favorable. I am sure that I can get things moving for you" she said with her own shrug. "Since you now have my attention" she smiled, "have you ran across any other troubles, Issues or concerns that I should be aware of? I well not always be available" she added, "so now is your chance."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 13, 2017, 11:59:23 PM
"Until now things have been quite easy," she replied. "I bought this house, hired staff, furnished this place and have started extensive gardens. Good markets, I've had no real problems, aside from acquiring the property next door. Perhaps somebody really wants that place to be a brothel, but there are many businesses in this district, many of them taverns as we are close to the army gates."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 12:23:16 AM
"There could be many reasons for the delay. But the sad truth is that people sometimes become stuck in procedures and guidelines and can not think outside of those boxes. And to be fair to them, I don't want them to step too far outside the boxes they are in" she shrugged. "I have a concern for you. You have herbs, potions and such here. That is not my concern" she added quickly, "my concern is that there is a man on the run who is searching for medicinal herbs for nefarious purposes. He is extremely dangerous. Keep close watch over your gardens, and report any evidence of tampering quickly. Keep watch over those in your house too, he would use your staff to force you to provide him with what he wants."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 12:25:27 AM
"I will keep a good eye out for him," she replied. "And warn my household. What was he looking for?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 12:49:41 AM
Tamalyn listed the items that they had confiscated and the items tray he had asked from the woman outside the city. "He seems to be intent on kidnapping someone. Despite us taking his supply he id's still moving forward, or so it appears" she added. Tamalyn did wonder if it was herself he was after, he couldn't hold her without addeling her mind and he would need to use natural compounds to do so. Additionally he could ransom both the province and her father for her return. Though, she said nothing of the sort to Larissa.
"Tell me about your other lotions and potions. You said you had a cream for sore hands. Is it herbal, or magical? If herbal in nature I would like to try it" she added, both to change the subject and because she was interested.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 12:59:55 AM
"Herbal," she replied. "Though some of the herbs have some faintly magical properties if distilled correctly. I distilled them correctly."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 01:05:19 AM
"May I purchase a jar? Additionally, how quick does your new healing cream work to stop blood flow? Does it aid in the hraling process, or does it just stop bleeding?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 12:04:17 PM
It reacts with blood to form a scab almost instantly," she replied. "That is why I don't recommend it for serious wounds, those require vessels to be repaired, that requires a healing draught. In order to make a cream that would imitate a healing draught, it would require a very concentrated and take a lot of it. This is much lower in cost, and will do admirable for small injuries, which a more powerful cream would be wasted on. Bur, in small cuts or even things like sores on horses, it is just the thing."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 01:20:36 PM
"I like the sound of that. I will look into your issue in the morning. You should hear something before the close of business tomorrow" she added. "If I could purchase some of your soothing herbal hand cream, I will let you return to your work" she said. She was honestly confused as to why her cash offer was rejected, but she would find out.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 01:27:57 PM
She smiled and handed it to her. "I am an apothecary and healer," she replied. "Not a merchant."

She could feel Indra suddenly amused as she reviewed dispatches that arrived. And after making their goodbyes, Indra presented them to her.

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Marshall Oldwine,
    I am reliably informed that you have directed a military station be placed at the crossroads south of Tamber City. This action was taken without my permission and I must insist that you discontinue this course of action immediately. I have already allotted a temporary location for troops south of the location you have occupied, and your troops there should relocate at once. You have exceeded your authority, and must amend this at once. Further, the troops on the location I am addressing must be mad to apologize at once to my representatives that they as much as chased off of this parcel.
    Lord Berek Gant, Chancellor of Land to Tamber Province.

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Chancellor Gant,
    The land in question is unoccupied, though I understand that it was highly sought by a monied family from the Hesterbur, who was offering a premium price for it. My condolences for their loss of this property, but their desires, or yours for that matter, do not now, nor shall they ever, supersede  military necessity and the security of Tamber Province. There will be no apology to the insulted dignity of either yourself nor any under your supervision, your initial placement of a horse depot should have never been accepted by my Quartermasters, and they have been disciplined for accepting the former substandard location. Take care that you never attempt to intrude your authority over matters of military necessity or provincial security, nor should you allow monied interests to influence your decisions.
    In future, you will address all correspondence to the militia through your superior, the Lord Chancellor of Tamber, Lord Amrick Blade II. You have proceeded outside of proper lines of communication and exceeded your authority in this matter by attempting to treat directly with my office. As a soldier, my views concerning insubordination and exceeding authority should be obvious to even the meanest of intelligence.
    Good day.
    Lord Taran Oldwine, Marshall of the Frontier & Commander of the Tamber Militia, LDPO.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 02:03:12 PM
"It seems we have some problems in the offices of land management. Both within the city and in the duchy itself. It may be time to take a closer look at those placed in positions of authority. Besides the fact that Oldwine is correct that military precedence supersedes land allotment the land in question was slated for a depot for Tamber Outfitters. I still intend to place one there, a military fort will only benefit my purposes" she shrugged. "Did the guards find anything that might give a reason not to sell the property to Lady Daramond?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 02:15:40 PM
"Nothing," Dread assured her. "She's right, she could house her workers comfortably and still have plenty of room to make her creations. I don't think this city has any real lack of brothels, and I think that the militia will be buying a lot of her goods, so she'd be right here close."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 02:33:58 PM
"I thought as much. We have plenty of brothels, and with the pox outbreak I see no need for more. What we need is businesses who can produce quality goods and services the province can be proud of, as well as employ people giving them  living wages. I think she can do that" she added. "I will have her product tested, but I am sure it is all she claims it is. Would you use it" she asked Indra and Dread.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 05:05:34 PM
They both nodded at that. "I'd have some of the army surgeons look it over," Indra replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 07:17:07 PM
"I plan to ask Agra, the hospital and the military surgeons to look at the cream. Then, if the results are favorable, we can negotiate with her for large orders. Though, only if she gets property suitable to produce the quantities we will need. That I will look into tomorrow. This isn't the first time that the city land chancellor has tried to block sales, and now the duchy land chancellor is doing the same. I don't like this political game they are trying to play. If they are going to insist on games, I am going to insist on resignations."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 08:06:24 PM
"Politicians are politicians the world wide," Dread grumbled. "They can be like thieves without a code."

"Did you hear who is part of the conference with Oldwine?" Indra asked. "Queen Messiese," she said with some surprise. "The grandmother of the Queen. She's taking the field with the 3rd Palatine Corps with Oldwine's raids."

"Isn't she a bit old for the field?" Dread wondered. "Isn't she in her 90s?"

"The surgeons cleared her, and she's been actively drilling for a few years now," Indra shrugged. "I believe she has some Aldoran blood, and it seems to keep her hale and hearty."

"Still, to let her go to war," Dread said. "To risk her."

"She has been commander of the Queen's own for more than fifty years," Indra replied. "A few have taken them into the field, but she has always held the title of command. Ramona was going to take them, but Her Highness overruled her, and the King backed her."

"Still," Dread said. "The risk."

========================
Oldwine looked down the table at the commanding officers of the forces under his command. To his right sat Her Royal Highness, General Queen Messiese Telbrantil-Meldresse, commanding the Third Corps of the Palatine Order. Next to her great grandmother sat Marshall Malea Telbrantil-Meldresse, commanding the First Corps of the Tamber Militia. Her Uncle, General Connor Telbrantil-Meldresse, commanding the Twentieth Corps of the Royal Army. Then there was General Fidelity Ironhelm, commanding the Fourth Frontier Corps. Finally, Admiral Gant of Seawolf, commanding the Third Frontier River Squadron.

“The driving force for this campaign will be position and attrition,” Oldwine announced. “We are going to threaten key crossroads, ports, cities and fortifications, and force them to mass forces to defend them. We’ll use our cavalry to cut their lines of supply and communication, and they’ll target any command groupings they may find. I want them tired, footsore, hungry and disheartened,” he said sternly. We’re going to find concentrations of slaves and escort them back to the river, where the Third Squadron will cross them to the Fourth Frontier Corps, and safety.”

He paused and looked down the table. “Where we find people on the roads, we free any slaves and escort them east to the river. If we take prisoners, we disarm them and leave them only trousers, shirt, belt knife, and the food they carry. If they have personal letters they may carry those away. Their weapons, armor and kit are forfeit. Then we run them off toward their capitol. I want the people to see their soldiers as vagabonds, broken men.”

“What if they rearm them and send them back?” Malea asked.

“Then they come back as men who lost, and survived, and how many of them will be keenly aware of their mortality?” Oldwine replied. “The soldiers we send back, the officers, we send to the river and captivity.”

“Their warrants?” Connor asked.

“They don’t have much by way of warrants,” Oldwine replied. “They have, by their own terms, officers and men. Soldiers don’t need authority, that’s why they have officers.”

“Bloody daft,” Messiese replied in a growling voice.

“It shows in their wars to date,” Oldwine agreed. “While we’re doing all of this, Fleet Admiral Taraborne will be raising a ruckus all along the southern rivers, this will cause a great deal of confusion, if they pull troops to confront us, Tataborne will have free reign in the south. If they hold forces there to confront Taraborne, then they leave their capitol and all of it’s supplies and government vulnerable. The dissention between the provinces and the capitol may well break the last strands of the fiber that hold the empire together. To do this, we cannot marry ourselves to a plan,” Oldwine said with a grin. “You woo the plan, you cuddle the plan, but you must be ready to replace the plan if it cannot be modified to conditions in the field. The overall plan is to free those held in bonds, to break their army, and to weaken the government, or bring it down.”

“What of the people of Gamedian?” Malea asked.

“We leave them alone,” Oldwine replied. “We let them see that we’re there to free slaves and break their army, and we leave all else alone. If it doesn’t want to fight us, we won’t waste our steel on them. No harassment of the people, any that do, face the gavel. Murderers, rapists and looters face the rope. I don’t expect to see any of that, but should it happen, I won’t be merciful.”

There was agreement on that point before they spent the rest of the afternoon pouring over maps to see their routes and targets.

Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 08:25:39 PM
Tamalyn listened to them talk, it was always interesting to hear their opinions and points of views. "Why is the risk any greater for her than for any other soldier? I realize that she was once queen and is still a person of importance" she added, "but she has always been a soldier. To take that away from her because she married a king seems to be counterproductive and wastes her experience" she added further. "I would much rather she take the field than the princess royal, who is with child I might add."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 08:43:59 PM
"It is his chivalry raising its head," Indra teased.

"She reminds me of my Gran," he shrugged. "I wouldn't trifle with my Gran, but I wouldn't send her to battle either," he shrugged.

"You're due for your final fitting on your not quite uniform, uniform," Indra changed the subject. "You'll be wearing it tomorrow night."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 10:53:13 PM
"He made it like a uniform" she asked, "I don't see why I have to wear a uniform" she shrugged, "oh well. I will see him when we return. That means Oldwine will be gone the day after. Oh, did you hear that I have a military advisor now? Captain Darkwine gets to explain all the minutia of the military to me. I will still bug you about it though" she teased Indra.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 10:59:05 PM
"I think Darkwine won't keep regular office hours," she grinned. "He seems to be working on his stresses and mental exhaustion very diligently."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 11:21:33 PM
"Which is why you are stuck answering all my questions" she agreed with a smile. "I figured I would see him for the reports and if I called for him. Though, I can't imagine him shirking his duties either" she added, "so he may come by daily to ensure I don't have questions. He has earned the right to have a low stress position, I do not intend to take that away from him" she added. "So, while we are on this subject. Why exactly do I have to wear a uniform style gown to the ball?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 11:23:17 PM
"It is a military ball," Indra replied as if it were the simplest thing in the world.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 14, 2017, 11:42:29 PM
Tamalyn shook her head. When they returned home she went for her fitting. Then went to her how office and made notes on her plans for the morning.


In the morning she called Annika Blade and asked her to have the cream tested by both the military surgeons and the provincial surgeon. "Please ask Agra to look at it as well" she added. Then Tamalyn went to see the Chancelor of Land for Tamber city. "I have a question about an empty property. It seems that you have refused an offer to buy it, and I do not understand why. Please explain your reasoning" she said.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 14, 2017, 11:49:17 PM
"She wanted to use the building for a piddling little basement industry, it would be a waste of space and tie up a property that could generate tax revenues," he shrugged. "If she wants to make her little creams and oils there are still empty buildings across town from her with no fixed purpose. I have several interested parties that wish to bid on the property to establish a quite upscale brothel."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 15, 2017, 12:27:43 AM
"I" she paused and took a deep breath. "We need business that produce products and goods in the province and in the city. Services are all well and good, but unless people have jobs they can not afford to buy services. That is simply a fact of life. Having a person who can produce high quality products that benefits the militia, the city, the province and give jobs and housing to twenty people is not some paltry business to sneer at. Quite frankly, I am concerned about the number of brothels in the city already. My goals for this province are to create products that can sell world wide.I do not want to be known for the highest number of brothels, the most bars, or any other quick taxation schemes. You see quick and easy coinage from brothels, I am looking to build a better place. Sell her the property, then send all your files in for a full review. I want to see exactly where your priorities are. Because my priority and yours may not be in sync and they should be" she gave a not altogether friendly smile, "because it is my priorities you should be following."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 15, 2017, 12:32:53 AM
The argument died on his tongue when Dread cracked his knuckles loudly behind her. "I'll see to it, my lady."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 15, 2017, 12:56:35 AM
"I will send some aids to help you with the files" she nodded politely to him, "all the files" she added then turned and left his office. She messaged Amyrillis, 'I need some aids to help the Chancelor of Land collect his files for review, quick please' she added as she made her way to Amrick's office. "So, I have just ordered a review of the Chancelor of Land files. I am not pleased with the direction he is taking and I am beginning to think that he is very short sighted" she said by way of greeting.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 15, 2017, 12:58:24 AM
"Kill him, I can replace him fairly quickly," Amrick shrugged dismissively.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 15, 2017, 01:11:45 AM
"Firing him is much neater. He is blinded by money, my true concern is that I think he is taking bribes for lands, or perhaps skimming profits from land sales. Either way, I suspect he is dirty. I am certain that his records will support that, but either way" she shrugged, "he isn't working for the interests of the province" she added. "So, when souls we bring in his replacement?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 15, 2017, 01:15:02 AM
"Hamish Killane Bragg," he replied. "Already living in the city, good family, honest, wife, a son and a daughter and probably more to come as they are very happy little bunnies."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 15, 2017, 01:43:36 AM
She gave a laugh, "that would put a Bragg in treasurer, my secretary and land management. Not that it bothers me, but I am sure that it will bother some" she said with a shrug. "Very well, you bring Bragg in and I will see what I can find in the files. Who knows we may even gain cause to prosecute.  Either way, I want to remove him from his position.  He is overstepping his authority and has had numerous complaints. Did Oldwine send you a copy of his letter last night? I have had two other complaints as well. Those are just the three I know about, there are probably more who didn't attempt to fight back."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 15, 2017, 02:46:47 PM
"A Killane-Brage," he grinned. "Whole new different kind of Bragg. He made his name fighting corruption and saving small businesses from takeovers."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 15, 2017, 03:15:47 PM
"Thank you for the correction, I misheard you. I do like the sounds of him, preventing and fighting corruption are very important to me, as you know. I will get started on the files, if Hamish Killane-Bragg is interested in the position he can come sort through the files with me so he had a better understanding of what needs corrected. It will also give me an opportunity to explain  my. goals for the province."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 15, 2017, 05:56:27 PM
"I will have him report to you in the morning," he replied. "Make a short day of it though, you have a dance upcoming."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 15, 2017, 06:07:46 PM
She looked at him, "do you really think I should leave work early and give myself a chance to work myself up? I would think being distracted would be much better."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 15, 2017, 11:35:57 PM
"So the rush to dress won't do that as well?" Amrick was now clearly teasing her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 15, 2017, 11:48:14 PM
"It is odd that everyone keeps reminding me about the ball. Is there something happening that I am unaware of? Is there anything that I need to be prepared for?" She asked on a more serious note.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 15, 2017, 11:50:17 PM
"Yes,' he leaned forward and looked back and forth conspiratorially. "There's dancing."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 15, 2017, 11:59:29 PM
"You are an arse" she said rising, "if that is all there is, then why all the fuss" she waved away her rhetorical question. "I have files to review, I want a good reason to replace the current Chancellor of Land, but I will use the complaints of necessary."


Tamalyn went to find the files and, with the help of some aides read through the copious amounts of paperwork. She ate lunch while working and didn't stop until she had to go get ready for the dance.


When she returned home it dawned on her that she didn't know where the ball was being held. "Brock, is Oldwine coming to pick me up?" She asked before heading upstairs to dress.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 12:01:31 AM
"He will be here with a coach and a full mounted honor guard," Brock replied. "They should be here soon."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 12:11:11 AM
"Thank you, I will be quick." She went to her room and ley Myrna help her change and do her hair. Tamalyn usually wore it down, but it was customary to have an intricate hair style for balls. Thankfully, Mena was quite skilled and it rarely took her long.


Tamalyn returned downstairs in short order, "Brock, I almost forgot. Do you have some of those mild candies" she shrugged, "just in case I need them? Perhaps we could put a few in my satchel" she suggested.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 12:14:25 AM
"I have a belt pouch full of them," Oldwine said from the doorway. "And a cask of Blue Fire in a tub of ice in the coach."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 12:22:56 AM
"Very well" she nodded. She joined him and walked out to the coach. "Then I am ready to go. Where are we going? I realized earlier that I didn't know where it was being held and didn't know if you were picking me up, or when" she admitted. "Is there any procedures or traditions I should be aware of tonight? Any topics to avoid or anything else I should know" she asked as they settled into the coach.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 12:27:25 AM
"We walk into the courtyard, people bow and curtsy, we step into the ballroom and people file in and we greet them, the band starts up, we dance, we mingle, drinks and nibbles, dance a bit more, last dance and we bugger off home," he shrugged as he helped her into the coach. Then as they rolled out and the horsemen before and after proceeded at a dignified pace. Then she heard music as the mounted band joined their little parade.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 02:28:09 PM
Tamalyn laughed, "the band is any interesting touch. Are they going to be playing at the ball?" She asked as they traveled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 06:01:49 PM
"They will," he replied. "But I thought a bit of festivity wouldn't go amiss, let the people see you in style. Don't forget to wave."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 08:00:30 PM
"Did you bring candy for me to throw too" she asked him, remembering he used to have her do that in Valcastria. "Are you trying to only that I am not usually stylish" she pushed him further. Though she did wave and smile at those they passed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 09:12:06 PM
He produced a sack of wrapped rock candy. "It is always in the coach, in case."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 09:26:17 PM
"I rarely use the coach" she shrugged and took the candy. She wasn't sure if it would be as popular here, but she tossed it out to people as they passed.


When they arrived she left the candy and waited in the coach for Oldwine to disembark and help her down. She exited gracefully and smiled at those they passed. Once they were inside and in the recurring line, she greeted everyone as they entered. This was the officers ball, which was handy because she knee most of their names and most were not afraid to talk with her.


As the line began to die down, she spoke with Oldwine. "Let's start the dancing so wee can eat, I am hungry" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 09:30:45 PM
"We can actually eat at any time," he said as they lead the inaugural dance of the evening. "The food is all on tables off to the side, being watched by your guards and mine," he chuckled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 09:40:12 PM
"We cannot eat until after we begin the first dance. Etiquette must be upheld, even in the wilds of the Frontier" she teased him. "I will not follow etiquette to the point of hiding that I actually eat" she admitted, "but I can wait until we open the floor for others."


Tamalyn was a good dancer, as was Oldwine, which made it enjoyable. Even if she could feel everyone watching them. "Have you told your mother's about the baby yet? If you haven't, you should do so before you leave. They will want time to prepare for him, or her" she added. She looked up at his face, "which do you hope it is?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 10:01:59 PM
It will be one of each," he replied. "And the mothers are busy knitting up a frenzy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 10:14:31 PM
"Oh, well that changes things. Very industrious of you" she laughed, "you may never sleep again" she teased him lightly. "One of each" she said thoughtfully, "yes that certainly changes things." She glanced around and saw others were now dancing, too. "Lets go eat, or you can mingle while I eat. Then you can eat while I attempt to mingle" she added with a smile. "Either way, I am hungry" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 10:16:40 PM
"By all means," he agreed. "Lets eat, I'm on army rations starting sometime tomorrow."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 10:37:10 PM
Tamalyn took his arm and let him escort greet to their table. She used her power to check the food and drink, even though their guards had been watching it. Finding nothing, she ate happily. "Are you worried about having queen Telbrantil-Melldress going with you? I know she is a warrior, I only ask because Dread and Indra were discussing it earlier and Dread was concerned about the risk of losing her. Does that concern you?" She asked. Tamalyn was slightly concerned as well, to lose a commander was bad, to lose a queen would be far worse. Even if she wasn't a standing ruler.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 10:40:27 PM
"She's a damned good commander," he replied. "And I won't be the one to push her back when she wants to take the field. She's a soldier and will take a soldier's chance, and she won't have it any other way."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 10:54:34 PM
She shrugged, "that wasn't what I asked, but I will accept your answer" she said knowing that pushing him wouldn't help. She ate quietly, "do you plan to give any accommodations out tonight?" She said when she finished eating. "That is what military balls are about, isn't it?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 10:56:27 PM
"No medals or commendations tonight, this way everyone has their uniforms together before we march, this is simply a night to dance, eat and relax."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 11:22:23 PM
 She nodded and let him finish eating. "We should mingle" she said. "Are you taking Stonecutter with you" she asked rising, "if not, what engineers are you taking?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 11:23:43 PM
"I'm taking the engineers from the two corps," Oldwine replied. "Stonecutter is rather busy here."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 16, 2017, 11:39:46 PM
She smiled, "that was why I was concerned. Did you know that it will take a year to complete my castle. If that is the average time frame for a building, of that size" she added because it was a large castle, "I would estimate that my father saved us at least ten years worth of building. I need to properly thank him" she grinned, "so do a good job. He will be very happy" she smiled bigger, "and so will I. Now, who shall we talk to first. Is their a specific order we should follow, like rank. I know that I would like to talk with those who will be going with you. To show support, if nothing else.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 16, 2017, 11:43:22 PM
"I believe that first we should tak to Queen Messiese," he nodded in the direction of the tall, thin woman in white.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 12:05:18 AM
They made their way to her. "Good vening Your Majesty. Welcome to Tamber" she began, "it is a pleasure to meet you. I hope you have had a chance to look around thre city a bit before you leave."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 12:07:23 AM
"Highness," she corrected with an impish grin. "Only the sovereign is majestic. As to sightseeing, no real time for it now, but I plan to invite myself to be your guest one day soon, probably on our way home."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 12:38:30 AM
"You are always welcome in my home" she said not upset by the correction, it was always better to err with a title that was to high than one took low. "May I ask a personal question?" She didn't wait for her answer, "today my guards were speaking excitedly about your arrival in Tamber and why you were here. And it sparked a question. When was the last time you were in the field, I mean such as what you are embarking upon" she amended.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 12:40:58 AM
"I was in Waldenberg," she replied. "And I helped clean up that mess in Valcastria," she replied. "So, a few years, but not too many ago. I've spent the last few years drilling the cadets."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 01:03:04 AM
"I hope you do not think I was doubting your ability" she soon her head, "because that wasn't why I asked. It is just that you  are not spoken about often and I did not spend much time in Selnendrin until recently. I was in both Valcaster and Waldenburg, but in both cases it was after those major battles were over. And, if I as being honest" she smiled, "I am not as educated in military matters as I could be. Mostly, I know about the more historical campaigns and very little about the mote recent campaigns. Except for our own, of course" she added with a shrug.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 01:08:33 AM
"Your own are quite good," she nodded. "I've managed to spend a lot of time in the field over the last seventy five or so years." She shrugged and grinned. "But I don't always make it known when I'm out. My guard prefers it that way."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 01:36:17 AM
"Mine set up huge tents and fly my flag" she laughed, "one might question that logic" she shrugged, "I have. Though, I believe they do it to show that I am not scared, or perhaps it is to frighten the enemy. They won't explain, maybe it is some of both."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 01:38:13 AM
"Showing the flag is what it is called,' she replied. "I just fly the corps flag, we Palatine are supposed to be modest after all."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 01:59:07 AM
"It isn't the showing of the flag, it is the showing of my flag I question." She shrugged, "I am not in field enough to let it worry me" she admitted. "I have probably hogged you to myself for long enough. I am positive that others would like to speak with you. I enjoyed taking with you and I look forward to your visit when you return" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 02:43:08 AM
"And that you for giving me another war," she replied. "I look forward to settling Gamedian, at last."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 09:49:36 AM
 Tamalyn paused for a moment, "I would like to see Gamedien and Koriche both settled for good. I do believe we are closing in on the end for them, but it is not yet. This is not the war to end our wars with Gamedien, this is a rescue mission. And perhaps set them straight on their over inflated ideas of military dominance" she added with a shrug, "but I believe we will have to keep hammering at them before that notion fully forms."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 03:31:49 PM
"Don't under estimate Oldwine," Messiese grinned faintly. "Once we go in, they'll send everything they can at us, if they do, we're likely to break the Imperial Army, and if we do that, the imperial throne is likely to fall."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 04:14:42 PM
"I have never underestimated Oldwine. Though I would be remiss if I underestimated the imperials. They have an odd sort of tenacity that lets them keep coming back, time after time. My hope is this multi pronged attack will at least force them to stand down, but I try not to depend upon luck or hope."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 04:26:42 PM
"We'll see," Messiese replied with a bit of a grin, but she radiated confidence.

Oldwine was being diplomatically silent, but she felt it from him as well.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 04:35:37 PM
She shrugged, "you should never count your winnings while still at the table" she shrugged again then let it be. "I do hope that you are correct" she added, "I am curious as to what, or who, you think would fill the void left behind?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 05:03:08 PM
"I think it will break up into it's provinces, which will become independent," she replied. "Koriche will actually be free, for once. It was part of Fortunel, then Gamadian and if we can break the imperial army that holds it all together, we can liberate the slaves and break the imperial government. that is why we're attacking the west, threaten the capitol, draw off forces from the other provinces, if they do, the frontier navy will tear them up, and people will see that the emperor values his hide more than theirs, and encourage rebellion. All of Gamedian can now only field a million men across all of that land. So, we'll break them in detail. Take this bunch, then that. I think this will be the killing blow, but even if it is the furst plunge of the knife, it'll be near mortal."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 05:36:43 PM
"I discussed this with my farther and he suggested that there will be a lot of infighting as each struggles to become the over all ruler. Though, I do suspect that my father will meddle with them. He loves to meddle" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 09:49:44 PM
"What Gamedian has are five provinces and a principality that used to be a kingdom, all answering to an emperor, when the prices and grand dukes would rather be kings in their own right, all held in check by the Imperial Army, or what is left to it," Oldwine replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 10:03:46 PM
She nodded her agreement, "exactly." She said not arguing the point "I hope you are both correct and my father is wrong" she shrugged, "I also hope this is the killing blow, to use your words Your Highness. I will you to relax and socialize. I look forward to seeing you when you return" she said as they moved on.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 17, 2017, 10:45:45 PM
"Your father probably didn't factor in military intervention," Messiese said before she was distracted by an admirer.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 17, 2017, 10:54:33 PM
"He isn't perfect" she agreed this time speaking to Oldwine. "He miscalculated the reaction of the imperials to our beginning a duchy in the frontier. He could be wrong about what will happen this time too. Besides, he was actually discussing Koriche" she admitted. "Who should we talk to next?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 18, 2017, 12:25:43 AM
"Admiral Lara Fowler," he nodded to a woman sitting in a chair, her wooden leg was hidden under cloth and boot, but the stiffness was obvious.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 18, 2017, 12:39:53 AM
Tamalyn approached her, "good evening Admiral Fowler. I am pleased to see you this evening. How are the shipyards progressing?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 18, 2017, 01:41:06 AM
"The yards are close to done, the warehouses are filling, and we'll be building boats soon," she replied with a happy little smile. "I have even been able to move into my office, most of the headquarters building is occupied now, the rest is mostly waiting on paint and furniture, after I convinced some silly government bugger to leave off the rugs."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 18, 2017, 11:39:12 AM
"You are the commander of the shipyards, if you don't want carpets, then don't order them. Though, I can't not understand why you would want carpeting. It would be a nightmare to keep clean" she admitted. "I thought you were still on conversant leave, too boring" she asked with a grin.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 18, 2017, 01:07:21 PM
"I just needed time for the stump to heal enough to clap a peg on it," she shrugged. "And eat Mum's cooking for a bit. The healers are still trying to determine if they can grow a new leg, wounds from magic make that a bit tricky sometimes."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 18, 2017, 01:44:45 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "I am glad to hear that you are willing to accept magical healing. Women do seem more practical in this regard, I have found that men fight tooth and nail against it." She did not look at Oldwine or Taraborne while she said it.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 18, 2017, 09:20:15 PM
"Men are thick," Fowler shrugged. "But, feed them a bit, remind them to bathe now and then, and scratch their bellies on the odd occasion, and they are manageable."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 18, 2017, 11:07:15 PM
 Tamalyn smiled, "I will consider your suggestions in my future dealings with men. Though I may have to put my own twist on it" she added. "At any rate, I am very pleased to see how well you are healing. I was extremely impressed with your strength of will. You are an asset to the Frontier Fleet. "
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 19, 2017, 03:54:19 AM
She grinned at that. "I had to get my sea leg, well, river leg under me," she rubbed her hands together. "I'm taking a battle group south, I have some unfinished business with the Imperial Navy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 19, 2017, 11:17:19 AM
"I had not heard that" Tamalyn looked closely at her, "seems a bit soon. Though, I understand the reason you wish to go. After all, you may not get another chance to educate them" she smiled at her. She wanted to tell her to come home safe, but didn't wish to sound as if she doubted her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 19, 2017, 02:16:31 PM
"I plan on putting such a scare into the southern provinces that they'll burn any requests to send troops west, burned, unread," She grinned wickedly. "We're also taking troopships, to bring home any slaves we can free or convince to run to us while the army is too busy to chase them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 19, 2017, 07:04:28 PM
"I look forward to reading the reports of your successful missions" she said, "that probably sounds trite, but, it is actually true. I enjoy reading the reports and hearing about the exploits of the field. I am not a soldier or a sailor, but I do appreciate everything they do. Everything you do" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 19, 2017, 10:51:30 PM
"I just hope that Gamedian appreciates another damned good thrashing," Lara grinned. "After all of the fuss and bother my father put up when I returned to active service, if I told him I was sailing into action again, he'd toss a fair fit. Good for him at his age, keeps his blood moving, so it is good for him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 19, 2017, 11:20:41 PM
"You aren't going to inform your father" she asked surprised. "Why would you do that?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 19, 2017, 11:23:05 PM
"There is an order of secrecy," she replied. "I am duty-bound not to tell anyone outside of my command chain."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 19, 2017, 11:27:19 PM
Tamalyn gave a small nod, "I see. I don't like it" she added, "but I understand the need for secrecy and" she smiled at her, "You are probably glad to not have to tell him" she admitted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 19, 2017, 11:38:16 PM
"I thought of either leaving him a note to be delivered when it is considered safe, but, if you'd like, you can tell him." There was a definite hint of mischief in her voice.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 19, 2017, 11:53:34 PM
 Tamalyn shook her head, "I do not think that would go well. I think he could easily talk me into preventing you from going. He could do this easily because I am not convinced that you have had enough recovery time.  But, you are not actually assigned to my militia so my objection is irrelevant. But, your father does have the connections to prevent you from going. It would cost him favors, but we both know he could accomplish it. As I said before I do understand why you wish to return, and if you leave him a letter explaining things" Tamalyn have a smile and a nod, "he will too. You will hear about it upon your return, but he will also be proud of you."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 12:15:26 AM
"I'm sure that he wouldn't try and press you too hard, he does think you a frightening young woman," she giggled and appeared to hate herself for making such a girlish noise. "But it is probably safer to have Admiral Mallor do it, she is Taraborn's second in command, let her earn her stripes." She paused and thought. "She'll send it by messenger, I'm sure."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 12:29:23 AM
"He is not alone in that belief" she said sadly before she shrugged it away. "As I said, he will be both angry and proud" she added. "I do think that sending the letter by messenger is the best idea" she smiled, "I know that I do not wish to deliver it" she admitted with a bigger smile.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 03:34:15 AM
"Delegation is a skill for nobles and officers alike, one is judged by their ability to delegate," she replied. "Now, if you will excuse me, I have to do the last fitting on my leg tonight, and I'll be on my flagship before dawn."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 12:28:33 PM
"It was a pleasure to meet you" Tamalyn said letting the woman depart. "I like her" she said to Oldwine. "She has a mischievous streak that I find delightful, but then I do not have to deal with her daily" she added with a smile.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 02:27:56 PM
"She and Taraborne are apparently good friends, good enough that I've heard him tease her back, and that doesn't happen often," Oldwine grinned and pointed. Fowler was clearly teasing Taraborne, who blushed slightly, he then leaned forward and murmured something in her ear and she went crimson and swatted his arm and left with a smile. Taraborne then turned and spoke with Darkwine. "That boy is shy, but if he lets himself cut loose, he can be a bit of a handful."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 03:04:39 PM
"I somehow think that he will be forever formal with me. Oddly it isn't because of who my father is. He is the first person who had reacted to ne that way because of who my mother is. I think that most people forget that she is my mother" she shrugged, "it is nice that he not only realizes it but that it is important to him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 03:31:12 PM
"It is amusing how many ladies ask for tours of his flagship," Oldwine chuckled. "Apparently he's quite popular. Sadly, duties always seem to have him away from the ship whenever someone tours." He looked over at the signal from the bandmaster. "The last dance is next," he said. "Then we're ff, care for company tonight? Or would you like to see my rooms?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 03:50:18 PM
"I would very much like to see your home" she nodded, "I have been wondering if you were ever going to invite me to visit. I thought about asking once, but then you would have been obligated. I would much prefer you to want me to visit" she took his hand and joined him for the final dance.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 04:01:22 PM
"Actually, my house is still being decorated and furnished," he replied. "My mothers barely left the walls and roof when they started to make the place over," he said with wide, frustrated eyes. "I'm staying in my rooms at the headquarters. Plenty of guards, and Breecher has a room next to mine."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 04:48:02 PM
"I see" she said simply then quickly followed with her response to the rest of his statement.  "You find the guards more comforting for yourself" she asked doubtfully.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 06:18:07 PM
"No," he grinned. "Bloody niisance for me, but it gives yours someplace to comfortably stand their watch."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 08:50:16 PM
"Since I rarely spend time away from home, I didn't think one night would be too much to ask of them. Though, I am sure they will enjoy the chance to gossip with your guards" she added with a grin.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 09:44:18 PM
"See, we're doing a public service then," he grinned. "And Indra can say her goodbyes to Breecher as well."

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“Miraca,” Tara called from the front door, early one morning. “Come see this.”

Curious, Miraca stepped over to see what had her attention. She saw wagons rolling up, off to their left they could see soldiers unloading tents and other gear and picketing horses. “I know most of them,” Miraca said, her voice brimming with curiosity. “They are from the hose depot from down the south road.” Then she saw Saddler Sergeant Oran Baranbrant ride up and issue orders to someone. Her curiosity now truly piqued, she stepped outside and walked to stand by her yard gate.

“Good morning, Mistress Miraca,” Baranbrant greeted her. “You’re a fine sight for a fair morning.”

Miraca blushed and cursed herself for it. “Good morning, Sergeant,” she returned his greeting. “What brings you today?”

“We’ve been ordered to relocate here, and set up a permanent station,” he replied. “We’ll have a full legion of engineers here in a day or two to start building.”

“A legion?” Miraca asked. “How many is that?”

“One thousand and two hundred engineers and soldiers, and their support, so fourteen hundreds in all. Plus our fifty from the garrison.” he replied.

“It looks like you’ll be busy for some time,” she observed.

“Never too busy to pass a bit of time with you,” Baranbrant assured her with cheeky gallantry.

She blushed again and waved as she scampered back to the house to grab Tara and hurry over to the cookhouse. “We need to gather up everything we need for meat and fruit pies, and honey cakes,” she said quickly. “How much tea leaf do we have harvested?”

“A few hundred pounds, all wild stuff though,” Tara replied.

“Good, there will he almost fifteen hundreds of men across the road, hard-working engineers with large appetites,” Miraca said quickly. “Men that will want a change from army cooking. So, we bake meat pies and fruit pies, and we brew large batches of fruit and tea. We can brew it now and store it in the cold cellar. A cool, sweet drink on a hot day will be welcomed, and their sergeants won’t like them having ale anyway. Tara and I will take the cart to the Outfitter and get what we need for this, we can make a fair bit of honest coin and I’d like to see our coffers a bit fuller, rainy day money.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 10:13:31 PM
In the morning Tamalyn woke when Oldwine did. She hadn't brought clothes with her, but that didn't affect her much. She used her power and dressed in black pants, jacket and a white blouse. "I would like to escort you to the ship. I also wanted to ask you if there was anything you need me to accomplish for you while you are away. And, just to warn you now. I will need to go see your mothers about something I am working on."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 10:57:15 PM
"Warn them before you go," he warned her. "If you show up and they don't have tea and cakes, at least, ready," he shuddered. "They'll be mortified." He looked around. "We'll ride, I'm sure that your coach went back anyway. Besides, your guard can produce a horse faster than you accumulate bands."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 11:07:19 PM
"True, but then I only have one band" she pointed out, "and I am certain they have hundreds of horses. I wouldn't be too surprised if they actually had my horse with them. They are very good at anticipating my needs and the shift changes in the night" she added, implying that the guards had come over in the night. She rarely used her coach, so they would probably have brought her horse. "You didn't say if you needed me to do anything for you while you were away" she reminded him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 11:12:25 PM
"Nothing comes to mind, but I'm sure that Jamie will let you know if anything comes up," Oldwine shrugged. "We do try and keep things so that you don't need to be bothered. We all figure that the nobility and government will cause you enough trouble." He said as they walked down to the courtyard.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 11:26:42 PM
"I appreciate that" she nodded, "though, I had meant for you personally. Oldwine, you have twins coming and you are going to be away for a while. Things will need to be arranged in your absence, I know your mothers are helping" she acknowledged, "I was wondering if there was anything you didn't want to ask thern to do" she said finally.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 11:33:06 PM
"Only my mothers and I are allowed to see her," he shrugged. "She wants no one to know who she is, part of the deal with your father, who is also keeping an eye on her."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 11:46:37 PM
She started to say something, paused and then looked at him. "I meant for you, not her. I don't care about her. I do care about you, even if you make that very hard sometimes" she said frustrated. She mounted a horse, "we should get you down to the docks."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 20, 2017, 11:49:41 PM
He chuckled and pinched her butt. "As sweet as that is, I'll be hundreds of miles away, I'd be an arse if I bothered you for anything this far away," he replied. "About all I need in the field is a tent and dry socks," he grinned.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 20, 2017, 11:58:56 PM
"Dense as a stone" she said shaking her head. "Oh, but that does remind me" she reached into her bag and handed him a small paper wrapped package. "Open this after you set sail" she said handing it to him.  "Not before" she said firmly. "Lets get you to the ship. I am sure they are waiting for you."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 12:03:05 AM
"He looked confused by her description of himself as dense, but let it go. "Yes, I believe that we're leaving when the winds are most favorable," he said cheerfully. "They've arranged for me to travel on a troopship, and they apparently have a full office for me aboard, so I can work even so far away."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 12:22:36 AM
"I would tell you that you work too much. But, I know that you have much you need to do" she nodded as they headed out. "Have you thought Abbott baby names?" She said changing the subject, "are you going to name your son Taren Oldwine II?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 12:24:12 AM
"Taren II and Tara," he replied. "Keep it simple, complex names are hard to yell when you're irritated."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 12:37:01 AM
She laughed, "only a  former color sergeant would think about that" she shook her head, "though, I do like those names" she nodded. Tamalyn rode quietly after that. She didn't really know what else to say. Well, she had things she could say, but they were things he already knew. Such as she wanted him to fight hard and rescue slaves, to destroy the imperial army, and most of all to come homes safely. But, she said none of those things.  instead she just rode to the docks with him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 12:43:39 AM
"Don't worry," he said before he boarded. "We'll all fight hard, rescue all the slaves that we can, destroy the imperial army, see if we can bring down Gamedian, and I'll bring all that I can home safely."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 01:02:15 AM
 Tamalyn nodded, "You come home too" she said to him, "and don't forget to open your package" she reminded him. She didn't board the ship. Instead she, and her guards, moved back away from the busy docks.  She watched the commotion for a few moments. "I have an appointment with Kilane-Bragg this morning. Besides, this is maudlin" she added before they all vanished and reappeared in the courtyard of her offices.


Tamalyn handed her reins to a young groomsman who approached and went inside. In her office she wrote Brock a note asking him to arrange a meeting with Oldwine's mothers. Then gathered the notes the aides had made of the Chancelor of Land's paperwork to see what they had discovered while she was at the dance. He was going to be fired regardless of the results, but she would like to have grounds to show others, should it ever come up.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 01:05:08 AM
"The Minister of Lands and Forests," Brock announced.

A man on the short-side entered, he was slim and looked to be wiry and full of energy. "Hamish Killane-Bragg," he bowed slightly. "At your service, your highness."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 01:24:23 AM
"Welcome" she said nodding to him, "If I understood Brock correctly, then it sounds like Amrick was working last night" she said simply. "It seems he has beaten me to the punch" she shrugged. "Even still, I am pleased to meet you and would like to discuss the direction of land management I would line to see. For instance, I would prefer our lands go to permanent residents of Tamber province than to rich Selnendrin nobles. I would rather see business that produce products than those who provide services. Saying that, I do understand the need for services too. But, I want a province that produces. Keeping nature is equally important, no clear cutting or harvesting until the land is barren. We are the protectors of our resources, I do not wish to become the agents of their destruction for monetary gains. Does this all make dence to you? Do you have anything to add?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 01:35:14 AM
"There is a great deal to do," he replied. "We're going to have close to a thousand soldiers of all ranks retiring in the next year, their commanding officers have been inquiring about retirement land for them, and have been stalled. To that end I was thinking of establishing a few villages for those that like town life, and then ten to twenty acres for those that want land, with an option for more for those that prove up." He looked through his notes. "I have turned over requests to purchase in Tamber City over to the city's counselor of land, Darica Gralt, with a note to the Steward of Tamber city, the provincial office has been meddling in the affairs of Tamberon Province and Tamberwood Duchy, I am ending that. I have directed them to work these matters expeditiously and given my recommendations of which to approve and disapprove, but these were only suggestions." He flipped another page. I would further recommend that, among the subjects you've marked for interest, this lady, Miraca, now Miraca Spicer, I would have given her a good deal more land, and , in fact, judging by her work ethic and what I've seen at her farm, I would suggest her for a title, baronetess. It will show others that we consider them full citizens, and she will work hard to justify your trust in her, and she will hire more people to grow to fit the lands given. I saw her this morning, already at work before sunrise."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 02:02:00 AM
Tamalyn listened to everything he was saying, she was surprised at his suggestion to give peerage to a freed slave. She wasn't opposed to it, just surprised. "I would have to think about the barony, not because I do not think her worthy. She is extremely smart and energetic, and has proven herself capable to me on more than one occasion. I" she paused, "I like the idea and I hate the idea of testing her. But, I believe that before she is given a title she should understand the laws, requirements, and politics of the position. As for the land, that, I am in agreement with you. How much more land do you suggest, she has access to a hundred acres now" she reminded him, "I only held some back so she could prove herself. She has, but if we give her more land now, she will have less time to learn what she needs to become a baroness." Most of what Tamalyn was saying was thinking through her own thoughts. She went quiet and let her mind consider all angles. "I will go visit her. I can visit ostensibly to offer her more land, then feel about for whether I think she could handle the barony. I already know she can handle people and land, those are important. But, she needs to know the laws" Tamalyn added. "How much land were you recommending? And don't think I skipped the militia, we will come back to them" she promised.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 04:11:54 AM
"I am thinking of a baronetcy," he replied. "My first thought was to giver her a steadhold, twenty-five square miles, or five by five miles. Much smaller than a barony. Then I thought that if we made her a baronetess, same amount of land, but with a title. She would answer to you through Tamberwood Duchy. I happen to know that there are a fair number of soldiers that would like to retire to a small village, and as a baronetcy, we'd supply the standard buildings for that, in a forty acre plot next to the ones she's cultivating now. That would also giver her places for workers to live. She likes to hire women, and we have many women that need work and a place to live. She'd have a school right next to her, so she can gain more education. In the meanwhile, as we settle some retired soldiers close by her, men and women that can help her learn the ways of the Realm, I can arrange for her to meet several people that would make good people for her to rely upon, she can choose a Chancellor, Chanmberlain and steward for her." Then he set a small tin in front of her. "I bought this from her this morning as well. It is tea that she has personally harvested and mixed. Phenomenal stuff. Give her enough land to cultivate this, and she will be rich in her own right, soon. I took the liberty of sending a tin to Queen Elliese, she's a friend of my mother, and my patroness mother. I like to send her little treats. One pot of that in her and she might just get a by Royal Appointment. I am serious when I say that I want to show successes. At the risk of sounding vainglorious, I am a very driven man, and I don't let moss grow under my feet. You have good people working for you, but they don't have my business experience. I grew up at my father's knee, I learned mathematics by doing my fathers petty expenses accounts. I learned to read with his contracts. I learned the law by helping him prepare cases against men that tried to cheat him and I put myself through university by managing part of Cecil Bragg's investment accounts. Amrick and Annika are good friends, and aggressive, but my background is very well suited to managing lands for you, and making the most profitable use of them, and by helping the best get the most while still leaving plenty for those that will always find life a struggle. Something for everyone, but more to those that can make the most of it. We have a lot to offer to those with nothing, and many with nothing to offer it to. We can do that, and make it work."

He smiled when Brock brought in a pot of tea. "This is a special blend that Miraca has created. I sent on samples to a few experts that I know, they sent back their estimated prices per pound, cheap tea averages 8 pennies a pound. Expensive tea can cost 96 pennies a pound. Miraca's regular blend has been appraised at 360 pennies to the pound, her gold blend is 1,600 pennies to the pound, and herblack and green ginger teas have appraised at 16,000 pennies, or 16 silver crowns per pound. That's a crown per ounce. I can get her a contract for that for a few luxury shops right now."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 10:51:24 AM
Tamalyn smiled at him, "Baraonetess is completely different than what I thought you meant. That title I would feel quite comfortable appointing her with. I do not even feel the need to speak with her first. I will have Amrick begin the necessary paperwork" she said scratching out a note for him. It vanished and Tamalyn turned her full attention to Killane-Bragg, "now, onto the subject of retiring militia. I have earmarked lands to be used for their retirement. Are you telling me that the previous land management prevented those requesting or did he outright sell the lands? Additionally, I intend to give peerage to those who have proven their dedication to the province. That had been my intention from the beginning and was why I didn't assign all the duchies. Is there a list of those that were turned away, because I would like to start there" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 11:53:38 AM
"I'd wait to present her title until we've had the chance to do a bit of spadework to prepare," he cautioned. "For example, after we can secure her buyers for tea and see about that by royal appointment." He paused. "No one has been turned away yet, just held without action. We can start the work at once to establish the locations that we'll begin to fill, offer them options. I would also suggest building the retirement village near Miraca as well, and then make it part of her baronetcy. We'll reserve the land around her for her grant, so that when the time comes, we van present it all as an accomplished fact."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 03:04:18 PM
"I am just getting a start on the paperwork. It takes a bit of tine to get everything in order. I appreciate your caution, but I have found that having things prepared in advance helps things move more quickly. Besides, she doesn't need a royal appointment to be a baronetess. Though, having buyers will help" she nodded. "As for a retirement village near her" she smiled, "have you seen the attention she receives from the militia? I doubt we could keep them away if we tried. She had captured the eye of a saddler sergeant and he has men bringing her tea plants from all over the province" she added, "royal appointments and buyers be damned, the militia would support this decision and would want to live there."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 04:00:05 PM
"Perhaps we could place the houses for the married soldier in the village, it would be nearly across the road for them," Hamish asked. "And would cover what we're up to until it is time to reveal it to them, and it would allow more space for horses, it is a horse station, after all."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 04:47:54 PM
"You like things to be all wrapped up neat and tidy, don't you" Tamalyn asked him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 05:25:42 PM
"If I deliver it wrapped and tidy, then it is done and I can move on to new projects," he shrugged. "Otherwise I have to go back and fiddle with old projects at the expense of new."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 05:48:31 PM
 She nodded, "I do agree with that logic. Though, I also like to see what people will do with what we give them. I was given a duchy and left to build it how I chose. I would like to see what she decides to build. If we give her clear directives it takes her creativity away, she may think that is all she can do. But, if we give it to her and let her decide the priorities we may be surprised by her choices. If she begins to struggle, we can step in, though I do not think that will be the case. As for military family quarters, we can incorporate that into the township" she added nodding, "it is actually very common to have small townships around forts."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 06:49:56 PM
"Agreed," he continued to make notes. "I will put that as my immediate task, and my staff is already looking at land for the retiring veterans that want acres, how many do you think to start?" He asked as Brock placed a large basket on the table.

The card on the side read: "To Her Highness, compliments of Waron's Wines, Tamber City."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 07:12:26 PM
Tamalyn read the note, it surprised her, but it didn't show on her face. She looked at him, "I honestly am not sure, I  will have my military aid send you the files on those retiring soon. I do know that we have a few good men and women who joined the militia so they could retire in Tamber. I will also needed to look over the list with Marshal Serpental to consider those for peerage. So, whereas this is important, we do not currently have all the necessary information we need to make those decisions. We do have a few messes created by your predecessor though. All his files need to be reexamined to ensure that he hasn't refused anyone that would have made good additions to the province. We need to ensure that he hasn't sold prime lands, and we need to look into the number of brothels, bars and the like. I am certain that by the time we finish that, we will be ready to address the military retirees." Tamalyn wrote a message for Captain Darkwine requesting the list of those retiring along with their records, she further requested he acquaint himself with their achievements. "I have not had an aid long, and this is his first assignment" she said as the paper vanished, "so I do not know how long it will take him" she admitted with a smile and a shrug.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 11:02:47 PM
"It won't be a quick thing to thoroughly examine the records of a thousand soldiers," he replied. "He may have to borrow some military orderlies."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 11:19:02 PM
Tamalyn shrugged, "I am sure you are correct. Though, to be fair, someone would have to do it no matter who I asked. So the ordelies would be doing it regardless" she pointed out. "Delegation is something that I have had to really practice at, I would like to do it all" she shook her head, "but no one can. That is why we have staff. I believe we have a plan of action, at least for the moment.  We have discussed my concerns and the directing I wish to go. You are going to clean up your predecessor's mess and set Mirica Spicer up with buyers and attempt to get her a royal appointment. I am going to arrange for her peerage and sorry out the military retirees. Were there any other issues we needed to discuss?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 11:24:27 PM
"No, we have to empty our plates before we ask for more." He replied with a tease in his voice. "And definitely no sweets while our plates are full."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 21, 2017, 11:35:53 PM
"Well, there is just two other things I would lie to mention. The first is that you could give your contact for buyers to Annika Blade, she is my factor and thus would fall within her duties. The second, is more something to keep in mind. I would like to see high quality fabric produced in the province. That is proving more difficult than I had anticipated. Especially since we have all the machinery required and master weavers ready to teach the craft. So, should that be someone's proposed use for land, they should get priority consideration. That isn't to say that just anyone who says that is their goal should get land, I would like them considered as anyone else would be, though their priority should be higher. Does that make sense?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 21, 2017, 11:50:37 PM
"So we need things like cotton, flax, hemp?" He made another note. "Various wools, fleeces, and felts?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 12:03:32 AM
"Exactly" she nodded, "Annika has a list of all we have accomplished and what we need. So far, most have wanted to grow foods, which we do need" she added quickly, "glass, animals, breweries but very few have expressed desire to grow products necessary for fabric. There are a few reasons why I want to produce fabric. But, one of the reasons is that unless we can produce fabric we will have to import it. I want us to be self sufficient, to produce everything we need. I know we will always import things, but I would like to export more than we import."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 12:07:41 AM
"I'll look into it, especially among the freed peoples," he nodded thoughtfully. "There's some craftsmen among them, but they were mostly used in agriculture."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 12:20:55 AM
She nodded, "and a lot of it would be agriculture. Though, the actual products would be  completed by craftsmen. And I have already authorized scholarships for people to attend trade schools in the province" she smiled, "I like the fabrics and should we achieve quality products my funds would remain here in the province because I buy fabric" she smiled, "it is my number one personal expense."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 12:51:12 AM
"I'll look into silks and satins as well," he nodded and made another note.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 01:12:52 AM
She nodded, "those were my only additions to our conversation. I am available, should you wish to discuss other ideas, needs or directions. I will let you know when I receive the militia lists" she added. "But for now" she took the note from the wine basket, "there is someone I need to see, so please excuse me" she said rising and showing him to the door.


Once he left she looked at the note again, she couldn't believe that Waron had moved to Tamber. Out of all her friends he was the most determined to remain in Valcaster. Well, he and Branor. "Indra, we are going to see Waron" she said showing her the note Brock had brought in.


It didn't take them long to prepare and soon they were making their way into his shop.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 01:18:20 AM
He was only a few blocks from her official residence. The outside was very nice and when she stepped inside she could see that the inside was amazingly nice, polished dark wood, everything looked quite elegant. Waron smiled at her from his tall stair, where he sat with his feet on the counter. He was quite stylishly dressed, but the look of mischief was on his face as always. "Well there you are," he said cheerfully. "Come climb up into my lap and tell me how much that you've missed me."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 01:30:23 AM
"I have missed you a lot" she said coming closer to him, "not enough to sit on your lap in public though" she added. "I haven't changed that much. Though things have definitely changed for me" she admitted with a nod. "Now, why did you decide the terrible nobles who destroy the working men were worth braving?" She asked both curious and teasing.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 01:35:06 AM
"I reckoned that I'd had enough of an influence upon you that you wouldn't put up with such things," he grinned at her. "And next time lock the door and pull the drapes and we'll get comfortable." As always he couldn't resist the urge to tease her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 01:42:57 AM
She ignored his half hearted joking about the door, have hearted because she was certain that he was serious too. "How long have you been here" she asked looking around his shop? You have set up too well to have just arrived" she added, "have you even had a chance to study Selnendrin wines yet" she read a few labels, "or are you importing your stock" she asked noticing Valcastrian labels.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 01:47:29 AM
"Actually, this is my first day open," he replied with a grin. "Annika put someone on setting up my shop for me while I acquired stock from Valcaster and her neighbors, then I got more in Aldoreane in my travels, and then I gathered a big bunch in Selnen proper to evaluate and sell. All of the good stuff is in the cellars below."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 01:57:57 AM
"Well then" she smiled, "Welcome to Tamber. I hope you are successful here" she said honestly. "Though I really would like to know why you decided to move here. The girls told me you were doing well, were they trying to stop me from worrying aboutt you? Because, that wouldn't happen" she added with a shrug.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 02:07:34 AM
:The idiocy was getting too much to bear," he snorted. "Tangart is fighting an uphill battle against the council, it's gone tax happy, and they are dead set on breaking foreigners and their friends."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 12:55:50 PM
She wondered how much flack her friends had received because they were her friends. "Well, despite the reason, I am happy to see you. I have missed having friends" she hesitated, "that I don't employ. It has always been hard for me to make friends, now it is almost impossible. So having you all here is nice. Why don't you come for dinner tonight? Evenings are usually when I have free time and don't know what to do with myself" she admitted, "so I read" she smiled "boring volumes about governing, taxation, law, and militias, among others."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 02:05:07 PM
"You need a hobby," he teased her. "Or a friendly lap, just to occupy your time, you understand."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 02:32:49 PM
"I have hobbies" she nodded, "I build cities and mountains" she said, " if you mean what I think you mean about sitting in laps, then that is a hobby I still very much enjoy."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 03:06:46 PM
"Outside of office hours," he grinned, clearly enjoying teasing her. "I thought you were coming out of your shell, I guess I have to start over."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 03:53:42 PM
 Tamalyn have him a smile, "I am the Grand Duchess and I have many responsibilities and thousands of people relying on me, looking up to me and watching my every move. I am much more free here than I was in Valcastria, but the pressures on me are greater too. After office hours, I have less eyes on me. So evenings are when I get to play."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 04:07:35 PM
"So," he asked. "What is for supper? I'll bring the wine."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 04:23:07 PM
 Tamalyn laughed, "I have no idea. I rarely do" she admitted. "I don't have time to pick menus, but Brock could tell you. He is my Chamberlain and oversees my house. He is Valcastrian too, though he has been in Selnendrin for a long time now. Anyway, he is who you would need to coordinate wine selections with, and he will have input on the subject. He is very particular" she added. "Now, tell me what you have been up to since I moved. Any women you left heartbroken when you left" she asked him teasingly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 04:27:34 PM
"Many," he sighed with mock sadness. "But, they were all jealous of each other anyway, so now they can all become friends again." He placed a hand over his heart. "But, they will pine for months, and who can blame them."He paused to think. "All but Lynna, she's upstairs, so I suppose she won't be pining, except when the shop is open."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 04:39:17 PM
 Tamalyn laughed, "you can be quite silly, I have missed that. How did your parents take the news that you were moving across the world? They couldn't have been too happy to hear that" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 06:19:23 PM
"I have annoyed my parents enough that they are fine with it, for now at least," he grinned. "There are advantages to being a disappointment to your parents."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 06:53:04 PM
"I will have to take your word on that. I have no intention of disappointing my father" she shrugged. "What are Lynna's plans?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 07:15:05 PM
"She's reading for the law in these parts," he replied. "She's been reviewing and reading until she's about batty," he chuckled. "But, I help keep her from flying off into madness."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 07:27:03 PM
"Just like old times" she smiled, "I don't think she is the only one revising. Things are different here. Coinage, fashion, laws, customs and the like are all different. Helda and Kirsie found themselves in immediate needed of new dresses. And have finally admitted that my choice in clothing want as doudy as they once thought" she smiled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 08:12:07 PM
"Your choices weren't dowdy, they were grim," he replied with a chuckle.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 08:36:36 PM
"So you say, but since I have returned I have not had anyone criticize my attire. That seems to be strictly a Valcastrian thing" she eyed him, "or perhaps it is just you lot" she laughed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 22, 2017, 08:55:40 PM
"Or," he winked. "You're surrounded by people that dress to suit you."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 22, 2017, 09:16:10 PM
"I am surrounded by people in uniform" she corrected, "and, I still don't care if people like my clothing. I dress for me" she shrugged. "I should probably go. I want to go see about some tea. I look forward to dinner with you tonight" she smiled, "and after dinner too" she added.

After they said their goodbyes Tamalyn ride out to Mirica Spicer's farm.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 23, 2017, 12:15:01 AM
The evening before, as the ladies of the holding worked in the kitchen, the legion arrived and set up their camp. They all smiled at this and rose early that next morning and started baking pies, they’d baked their cakes the night before. They’d assembled a table by the gate and placed a sign outside the gate. Honey cakes for five pennies, fresh bread for two pennies, tea with fresh milk for a penny a cup, and cold fruit tea for two pennies a pint.

“It’s a big risk,” Charity, her cook, said fretfully.

“Not really,” Miraca smiled, pointing to the line of men standing by the empty table holding their mess plates and mugs. “Let’s get it out there, they’ll only be here for a short time, so let’s make hay while the sun shines.”

They were cleaning up from lunch when Tamalyn arrived. Miraca nodded respectfully and offered her a mug of cold fruit tea.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 23, 2017, 12:47:40 AM
"Thank you" she said accepting the cup and giving her the required payment for her drink. "Very enterprising" Tamalyn complimented her, "would you please show me around your holdings. I didn't get to see much on my last visit and I would line to see what you have accomplished since we last met." Tamalyn looked around, "I can tell you have been busy" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 23, 2017, 12:55:02 AM
"I hope to make enough to glass the hothouses by selling pies and things to the engineers," she grinned. Then showed her the various herbs and spices growing in them, then the tea plants that she'd carefully selected. Her hives and the meadery, the crops they were growing and the small mixed herd of livestock. "I'm going to be putting in an oil press as well," she pointed to some of the trees on her property. "Almond oil and I'll see about other seeds as well. I've arranged to pick up grape seeds from a winery, fine oil in those. We'll also press varulan peels for that oil. I waste nothing. We've already harvested some, and are bringing in even more. This poor place will be packed tight before too long."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 23, 2017, 01:27:54 AM
Tamalyn nodded as the woman talked, "you needn't worry about that" she said when she had finished. "You still have the rest of the acreage I had signed for you. In fact, you may start using it now" she added. "I like your idea of raising the funds needed for the glass, and I am positive the engineers do too. Soon there will be families joining the soldiers" she added, "We were thinking about building their homes across the road there" she looked at Mirica, "would that be a good place in your opinion?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 23, 2017, 01:31:38 AM
"Be a good place for them," she shrugged. "And I'll surely put the land to good use," her enthusiasm grew. "I've got more plants than I can comfortably plant here and still have room for potatoes and such."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 23, 2017, 01:41:40 AM
"I am sure you have a lot of ideas. I had some of your tea this morning, it is very good" she said, "if you can maintain that quality you would have an amazing product that you could sell in high end specialty stores. In fact, soon you may be offered a contract to do that. Are you prepared for something of that nature" she asked not knowing how much tea she had on hand.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 23, 2017, 01:44:20 AM
"We've harvested a lot of wild leaves," she replied. "And I have all of the plants here now, and with more land I can put out even more. There are several different plants that are blended, so the more, the merrier. I only have about a month of time left to transplant though, after that and the roots may not recover before the frosts that come later."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 23, 2017, 01:56:14 AM
"That is something to be concerned with" she nodded, "since that is the case, you should plant the acreage as soon as possible. Because, soon you may become busy with filling orders" she said. "I should go and let you finish your clean up and begin your plans. I will be back to visit again" she promised. 


Tamalyn left ften and they rode over to speak with the engineers on site. She located the commander in charge. "How are things going here? How long do you think construction should take?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 23, 2017, 01:59:20 AM
"It will be up to three months," he replied. "There's a lot going to be built here, especially now that orders have come to build a village to support the station. We're going to be quite a bit busier than originally thought."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 23, 2017, 01:17:25 PM
"Very good, I wasn't sure if the order had come down yet. I look forward to seeing the finished village. Did the men like the foods Mirica Spicer offered?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 23, 2017, 04:39:51 PM
"They are soldiers, offered a diversion from the mess," he chuckled. "Even if the food wasn't as good as it is, they would still want it. But, her tea is bloody amazing!" The young legate looked apologetic. "Begging your highness's pardon."

Tamalyn could hear Indra speaking to the tribune next in rank, she was pointing at a map. "This is where the village needs to go, across from the station and cornered to Mistress Miraca's home. Then, her highness has opened these holdings to her, please be so good as to send someone over to stake her new boundaries."

"I will need an order to proceed," the Tribune said carefully.

Indra shrugged, took out her dispatch book and presented him with written instructions. "And now you have them," she replied.

The tribune looked at her stripes and the crests upon it. "I'll see to it."

Indra grinned and looked over at Saddler Sergeant Oran Baranbrant, who stood off to the side, keeping tabs on anything affecting Miraca. "She's going to need a lot more tea plants, an unbelievable amount of hedge, and an unreasonable amount of manure," she said quietly before returning to Tamalyn.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 23, 2017, 05:40:42 PM
"No apology required,I have heard and said far worse" she assured him. She noticed Indra discussing the plans and writing out orders. She smiled. "I won't be in the way long, I just wanted to stop and ascertain the timeline. Now that Sergeant Herron has finished, we will return to the city and let you return to your duties." She turned back to Indra, "are we ready?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 23, 2017, 08:12:31 PM
"We are ready," she replied and gave one last look at the saddler sergeant.

====================================
“You look tired,” Saddler Sergeant Oran Baranbrant observed, smiling at Miraca as he lounged in his saddle by her gate.

“There’s much to do,” she shrugged. “We fed a lot of men today, and still had our own work to do. That and a visit by a noblewoman isn't good for my very common nerves.”

“Maybe you’d better ease back a bit, you’re working too hard.”

“Can’t,” Miraca shrugged. “At this rate, we’ll have enough to glass the hot houses before the builders are done. We need to glass them in while it’s still warm to protect the crop, as it is we’ll have to build over the roofs we have and take them out from under.”

“There’s more to life than work,” Oran reminded her.

“Yes,” she grinned. “Hunger and failure, we’ll avoid that by working.”

“Well, you should relax when you can, at least,” he whistled and a few men crossed the road carrying a long bench with a back while others carried cushions. They set it up on her porch and left with respectful nods. “Might I come try your new bench with you?”

“Come on then,” she grinned shyly, seeing what he was up to. “Tie up your horse, I’ll fetch a pot of tea.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 23, 2017, 10:31:04 PM
 Tamalyn returned home and found Brock, "did you arrange a meeting for me with Oldwine's mothers?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 23, 2017, 10:38:58 PM
"Breakfast tomorrow," Brand replied. "They are neck deep in swatches and pain samples tonight."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 23, 2017, 11:48:23 PM
"That is early, oh well" she shrugged, "I have a guest coming for dinner. For now though, I have some work lefy to do. I will be in my office" she added, "tea would be wonderful" she said as she began heading towards her study.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 12:18:15 AM
On her desk she saw three tin tubes. Looking inside she saw that one held tea, tea candy and spices; the second held brandy candies and a tiny bottle of whiskey; and the last held paper, ink, quill and nibs. There was a note from Serpental explaining that these were three reward tins that could be given out.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 01:04:45 AM
 Tamalyn read the note two times then called Indra. "Is this like the care packages sent last time? I thought their rations already included the tea and milk candies" she added, "and would we really want to send booze to men in the field?" She understood the paper, but wasn't sure how much writing home they would have a chance to do either, though she didn't mention that reward.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 01:09:41 AM
"It is a small amount," Indra replied. "And soldiers in the field may receive a pint of weak ale or a cup of grog," she added thoughtfully. "Supplies permitting."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 01:20:19 AM
"Is it customary for everyone to recurve the same thing? Could I send all three, then they could trade items between themselves? Because, I kind of line that idea. It would give variety" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 01:23:13 AM
"To be honest, they will mostly be given the spice tin," she replied. "But offered the choice of the letter tin. The whiskey tin is for very special occasions, generally upon their return home. You'd be surprised at how popular the spice tins are, they hold spices they don't normally see in the field."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 01:39:11 AM
"That wasn't exactly how I meant it, I had been thinking of sending a third of each. But if the spice tins are so popular, then I will send those to everyone. With, a quarter of the account of stationary tins because I am sure a few people would enjoy those. Does that sound sufficient?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 01:40:42 AM
"I believe it will be," She nodded. "And perhaps a few will distinguish themselves a bit more and deserve a second reward."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 02:01:18 AM
"I sincerely hope so" she nodded, "in fact, I hope to send out the special reward during their return trip. Once they are out of danger and closer to home" she added. She wrote her instructions out and sent it back to Serpental, "I rather like picking the reward better than having someone else do it without my knowledge or input" she said when finished. "Thank you for your assistance. You often save new from looking silly by bothering  people with questions, not to mention your coordinating with the engineers today. I hope you know that I appreciate all that you do" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 02:03:14 AM
"You got to escape these walls and have a bit of fun today," Indra noted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 02:24:38 AM
Tamalyn nodded, she was used to compliments being deflected. She still felt they were better said than not. "Yes, I did" she agreed, "and now I get to sign all these papers to have Mirica become a baronetess" she said returning her attention to the papers on her desk. Her mind was only half on the paperwork though, she was thinking about her breakfast meeting with Oldwine's mothers. She hoped this meeting would go better than her previous encounters with his mothers. Those had been fraught with tension, but she suspected that had had more to do with his father. Still, she was worried.


She spent the rest of her afternoon working, then read for a while  before Waron arrived for dinner. When he was shown in she set her book aside and have him a hug. "I have missed you" she said.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 02:27:46 AM
"I missed you too," he grinned. "And you should have sat in my lap." He teased her. "Lynna wanted to come, but she is having supper with one of your magistrates tonight, maybe even THE magistrate. Amrick set it up for her."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 02:44:51 AM
"Amrick has been really supportive of you all moving here" she nodded. "I don't think I would have ever thought it was possible, so I wouldn't have tried" she admitted, "but it is nice to have friends in the city. You know that I have never been good at making friends, now I don't even have tine to try" she added. "I have a question, I understand that Dalrek used his sexual relations with Helda and Kirsie to move up at work. I didn't want to ask the girls, but did he also use me?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 07:13:58 PM
"He didn't sleep with them to move up," he replied. "He let it be known he'd had sex with them so they wouldn't be promoted and cleared the path for himself. Different standards, lads to ladies," he said sourly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 07:31:30 PM
"I understand more clearly now. It is a double standard that I have never agreed with, though I realize that is my Selnendrin standards. I still think it was pretty shitty of him. He has lost any trust or respect I ever had for him. A move like that wouldn't work here. People would be more concerned with your disloyalty than the womans promiscuity" she shrugged. "So, did you spend the day in your shop, or were you able to get out and explore the city some?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 09:11:12 PM
"I've explored a bit," he replied. "I managed to look a bit before the shop opened as well. Did you realize how many brothels there are in this town, but I don't think all of them are licensed."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 09:37:44 PM
She sighed, "yes, we had an issue with a previous land manager. He has been fired and were are working on getting things back on target. As for unlicensed houses, I will have the constables investigate" she looked over to Indra, "would you please send instructions to confirm all brothel licenses" Tamalyn asked her. Her real concern was not having a repeat of the recent pox outbreak, but didn't say that in front of Waron. He had missed that but of fun. She turned back to Waron, "did you avail yourself of their services" she asked teasing him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 09:54:22 PM
"In an unlicensed house?" He scoffed. "I've seen pox roar through a city a few times. No thanks. They are a crafty lot, they have lookout posted and they warn the fellows trying to coax men inside to quit before the guard could catch them at it. Then, after they pass, they're back at it again."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 10:10:59 PM
 She looked back to Indra, "did you catch all that? Any other information to share? I am all ears" she added. "For the record, I had actually meant at a licensed house. There are plenty of those in the city too" she sighed, "too many" she admitted. "What else did you observe in your tour? Anything else I should be aware of?" Waron was always observant and made friends quickly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 10:14:13 PM
"People are quick to take action in this city," he nodded. "I saw a pair of men that were trying to collect payments to protect their businesses, would you believe that they fell down a set of stairs three times before the ambulance wagon carted them off?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 10:33:54 PM
"Oh, that is bad luck" she shrugged, "Oh well, at least they are safe now" she said without saying who she was concerned about. She saw Brock coming, "I believe dinner is ready. Shall we go eat." She ride and escorted Waron into the dining hall. "We're you able to coordinate wine choices with Brock?" She asked as they took their seats. As usual Tamalyn wasn't sure what to talk about, so she asked questions. It seemed so often that conversations were one sided and if she didn't ask questions no one would speak at all. 
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 10:41:07 PM
"I kept it simple, I brought over a selection," he shrugged. "Consider it a bribe to try and cajole a by appointment out of you," he laughed. "I'll work even harder for that later."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 24, 2017, 10:54:21 PM
Tamalyn laughed, "one is supposed to actually consume the products they endorse. Everyone knows I am an ale dinner" she smiled, "despite your best efforts" she added, "though, I do serve wine frequently" she admitted. "Brock chooses those wines. I think you should talk to him about his endorsement, it would be a real coup for you. I would just be a name that those who don't know me would be drawn to. But Brock, Brock has contacts all over the realm."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 24, 2017, 10:58:57 PM
"I'll speak to Brock about it later," he grinned. "But I'd love to coax you into that little crest for my sign."

===========================================

(Starting earlier that morning)

She hadn’t let moss grow under her feet, once she’d secured the building she’d brought in builders and engineers to make the house suit her purposes. Now she listened to twenty women taking their newly-purchased belongings into their newly-refurbished rooms.  She really liked the location, it was next door to her, just down the street from the military section of the city, a constable station just down the street, and she had been able to not only add to the walls around the place, but they added a tunnel to her own house. It would be safe and secure for her workers.

She smiled at that and turned to her guests, Yanna Miner and Barda Draech, from the Lace and Rose.
“I am looking to hire women,” Larissa said quietly. “Six of them, like yourselves. Able to watch over the place and the ladies that work for me. They should be smart, and capable of turning away undesirables, and watch over the stock that these ladies will produce. Things to heal people. Some will be very valuable, and tempting to the wrong sort. I would like these ladies and everything here to be safe. Can you find me the women to do this?”

“You’ll need ten,” Yanna replied. “Six to work in three watches, and four to give the others rest, a day away here and there. What are you paying?”

“Room, board, and five sovereigns per month, with bonuses matching those I pay to the workers for sales,” she replied. “I believe that is along the lines of what a sergeant makes.”

“You want women with army training then?”

“If I can get it,” Larissa nodded.

“I’ll have a list of names for you by tonight,” Yanna promised.

“I will see you at your place of employment, tonight, then,” Larissa nodded.

Yanna and Barda glanced at each other in surprise but hid it quickly. “We’ll see you then,” she replied. “Should I have them meet you here to speak with you in the morning?”

“For lunch, at my house next door,” Larissa replied, they nodded and left quietly.

That evening she stepped into the Lace and Rose, wearing a hooded cloak. “We would have delivered this to you at your home,” Yanna said, feeling a bit embarrassed for her.

“No,” Larissa smiled. “This is fine.” She looked at the list. “A knight of the Palatine Order?” she inquired of one name.

“Received her knighthood late in her career,” Yanna replied. “She retired as a corporal and is at loose ends now. Good soldier, good warrant, and she’s honest and by the book.”

“Excellent,” Larissa replied and slipped her and Barda each a few sovereigns for their trouble. Then she stepped over to the bar and asked for the manager.

“I require a bit of discretion,” Larissa said to Nessa.

“Discretion is our watchword,” Nessa assured her.

“Good,” she took a deep breath. “I would like a private interview with a woman with a firm hand,” she said, a bit nervous as she didn’t really know these people, but did know that Palatine were the bulk of their customers, which implied much. “And a bit of breakfast in the morning.”

“You should interview Marda,” Nessa replied and leaned forward slightly. “She was freed in Gamedian, where she was in forced service.”

They both understood the euphemisms they used to talk around the subject. Nessa led Larissa to their small office, where they concluded the transaction. Nessa opened a drawer and took out a collar. “Show this to Marda, and she’ll understand what you need.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 10:01:42 AM
"I will have to think about it. Not because I don't have faith in you" she added, "but, I have never endorsed any product or business before. I have never even been asked before. So, I would like to consider my decision and standards for accepting such requests."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 02:47:31 PM
"Understandable," he nodded, then smiled impishly. "You don't mind if I try and improperly influence you until you decide?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 02:59:03 PM
"I would expect nothing less" she nodded, "you are tenacious. But, let's have a tasting after we eat. I will tell you what I want to try and you pick the wine you think will fit best. It will let me see what sorry of selections you have and perhaps I will find one that I like" she suggested.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 03:09:31 PM
Calder Daradan was an angry, bitter, narcissistic young man, Parsival Lecter observed. “So, let me see if I have your situation the right way around, Count Dardaran. You have been married to Calliandra Dornal...”

“Calliandra Dardaran,” Calder snapped angrily. “And by right of marriage I am Baron of Deep River, and heir to Deep River Duchy. Her mother demanded that, if she wished her birthright that she must revert to her maiden name, and our child unborn would bear that name as well.”

“You and your wife are estranged?”

“Her mother and I are estranged, my wife and I got along well enough until her mother cut off her allowance, she poisoned her against me!”

“I am not casting aspersions,” Lecter said politely, scratching at the growing beard.  “But improprieties have been mentioned, gambling debts, unsure investments, and other women.”

“You expect a man to go without when his wife won’t oblige him in bed?” Dardaran snapped.

“Of course not, it is the way of men to need that itch attended to,” Lecter assured his visitor.

“If she wasn’t loaded with my brat I’d have shown her how a woman submits to her man,” he growled. “But if anything happens to that lump in her belly, then they’ll have done with me and I’ll lose my rights. She married me and took my name, I was given the title of count, a rank below my wife, and expected to swear fealty to a woman. That is rubbish! I am man of the house and what is hers, is mine. Just as with my father. But, her mother refused me even that title when I pressed my suit and demanded my marital rights of her, concerning title and inheritance.”

“You sought legal counsel?”

“Most of the judges here are women, of course they sided against me!” He slapped the table. “And now I am barred from her private lands and barred from seeing my wife. I want my rightful title, I want my place in the succession confirmed, I want my child to bear my name. And, I want that bloody sister of my wife’s punished for her attack upon me.”

“So you wish me to sway the magistrate?”

“Can you?”

“I’m sure that I can, given a bit of time,” Lecter allowed. “But, any issue of succession must be validated by the Grand Duchess.”

“Can’t you get that from other courts?” Dardaran pressed. “I’m told that you are owed favors from royal magistrates.”

“But, in order to change succession without the Grand Duchess’ consent, it would take a petition from the Crown to the Peers, and they’d have to vote in your favor. To accomplish your ends, we need a magistrate to rule for you in the matter of custody of your child, and use that to apply pressure to the Duchess. Then we’d need to have a hold over the daughter that attacked you, and use the treat of ruining her name and possibly jailing her for the assault to add to your pressure. To do this, I will need to convince a magistrate to see reason. That won’t be cheap, and you are without funds.”

“I get my title, and I will have all I need, and so will you.”

“Then,” Lecter replied. “We have an accord.”

The young lady cleaning the private booth next to the conversation remained deathly quiet. She listened carefully, and though she wasn’t well educated, she was a smart young lady. She slipped from the booth and scampered up to her own room and wrote a letter, she thought of sending it to the Duchess, but the duchess was to be the victim of the plot, and they said the woman that could thwart them was the Grand Duchess.

“My lady,
    I am a maid in the Golden Heart Inn in River March, through no wrong of my own I heard a conversation between a man called Lecter and another called Dardaran, perhaps a count, plotting against his wife the Baroness, and my lady the Duchess. They mean to put him in the succession by corrupting a magistrate and taking her child to use against them. The Duchess and Baroness seem to be good ladies, and those men are just mean and wicked. Please stop them!
    Mercy, a maid.”

She folded the note and slipped it into her apron pocket and returned to work until she heard the regular patrol ride into the courtyard of the inn. She slipped out and scurried over to the corporal leading the platoon and took his hand, pressing it into his palm. He looked confused, but seeing the look on her face, he said nothing, but looked down at the note. His eyes opened wide. “He’s inside?”

“He left shortly after they spoke,” she replied.

“Is the other man inside?”

She nodded.

“Take him an ale and spill it on him,” the corporal decided quickly, he looked at the rest of his patrol. “We’re taking this man, now. Wait for the spill to distract him, then pile on him.”

Mercy did as she was told, carrying a pot of hot tea on a tray. She really disliked the man. She bent slightly at the waist and reached for the pot as he tried to stare down her bodice, and the pot slid and dropped into his lap. He rose, shrieking at the pain and was buried under a wave of soldiers, pinned to the ground and clapped in irons, as the expression went.

“Do you know who I am?” Daradan bellowed.

“Yes,” Corporal Gershan replied. “And I know what you are. Most of it is unfit for public ears, so I’ll state the obvious, what you are, is under arrest.”

Dardaran was dragged outside while other soldier collected names and statements attesting that the man in the poster, now with a shirt beard, was indeed in the inn speaking with Dardaran. Gershan wrote out a quick reports, including copying what Mercy had written, and indicated that it was most urgent and that higher command and the Grand Duchess were keenly interested in this case.

“We have a nice room for you, My Lord,” Gershan growled as they led him, walking beside his horse. “Nice stone walls, a very hard mattress on the floor, and bars all around.”

Brock brought her a copy of the report as they looked over the wine.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 04:35:45 PM
Tamalyn read the note, " disgusting business.  Has Creighton been informed" she asked before Brock could leave the room.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 04:38:56 PM
"I believe that he and the elder Amrick are going to go visit the prisoner," Brock replied.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 06:34:52 PM
"Very good, I will attend to the rest after my breakfast meeting" she nodded and slipped the dispatch into her bag. "How about a dessert wine, something with a sweet caramel flavor palate" she suggested to Waron.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 06:52:18 PM
"An ice wine then," he replied. "A nice bit of sweetness and body."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 07:49:44 PM
She smelled the offered wine and sipped it slowly. They continued with the tasting discussing the winners and did pairings until they went to bed. In the morning Tamalyn rose early, "I have a breakfast meeting, so I am afraid I have to kick you out of bed" she took Waron. "I will have someone ley you know my decision at some point today" she promised. "But, for now, I really must go. These are very early risers and they think is city people sleep too late. Come on now" she added pushing him out of bed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 08:05:27 PM
He grinned roguishly at her. "Fine," he teased her. "Cast me aside. He stretched and rose from the bed. "I will bring by Lynna, or you can come visit us, I know she wants to see you again, she's just bloody busy, and doesn't want to presume upon your time."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 08:16:29 PM
"Evenings are best, even then it is possible for me to get pulled away" she admitted. "But, I usually just read in the evenings. Brock is your best information, he usually knows if I will be home and if I will be free" she shrugged. Then she went and bathed quickly emerging from the bathroom dressed and brushing her hair. "Do I look alright?" She asked him as he was dressing.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 09:03:33 PM
"Wonderful," he replied. "If not a bit doudy." He teased her. "We'll keep working on you."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 09:17:51 PM
"I am probably to risque for this meeting. Nothing for it now. Come on, I will show you out on my way out." She led the way downstairs and out to the morning formation of her guards which was just finishing. "Good morning Captain Flagg" she greeted him. "I don't want to interrupt, but I have a meeting this morning" she smiled, "so I require my morning shift guards." It didn't take overly long and soon they were in their way.


Tamalyn knocked on the door of Oldwine's home at the appointed time. "Good morning" she greeted as the door opened.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 09:27:56 PM
Both of Oldwine's mothers were substantial women, tall and wide of shoulder, nut certainly not plump. They were attractive enough. They were dressed in what they would call, city clothes. Full dresses, bodices a bit low, and they hair was in buns with curls framing their faces. The Duchesses were women that knew what hard work was, but had their manners. "Good morning," they greeted her, each sketching a brief curtsy.

"The place is still quite a mess," she gestured to the workers redecorating the house.

"Whoever decorated this place before must have worked in a brothel, the place was positively garish," Ellia stated.

"Now, now," Coral corrected. "Some of them are done up quite nicely."

"True," Ellia corrected. "So what brings you by, today?" She returned her attention to Tamalyn, waving her through to a sitting room with breakfast laid out.

Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 09:39:54 PM
"Well, I heard that you were redecorating the house and preparing for the babies arrival and I wanted to tell you that I am working on making cradles for the babies. I was worried that if I didn't let you know you would already have purchased, or had cradles made. So I thought I should coordinate with you before I finished. Because, I also wasn't sure if you had heirloom cradles or something like that nature" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 09:44:39 PM
"We made do with what we had," Ellia chuckled. "Sometimes in bed with us."

"The closes thing we had to a cradle was a barrel that Daran split from top to bottom and we filled with blankets," Coral added.

"We lived quite commonly," Ellia shrugged. "We are starting to put on a few airs though."

"We're entitled to," Coral shrugged.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 09:53:09 PM
"Then you have no objections? Because I have already begun the first one. I am carving it out of a single piece of wood that came from one of the trees removed to build the city. I have rough carved the bed portion out, next I plan to begin carving the rockers. I just didn't want to overstep or interfere with your plans" she added before taking a bite of toast.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 09:55:51 PM
"No, I think it would be nice," Ellia said as she spread jam on her own toast.

"If Taran ever decides on a crest, you should put it on them," Coral added. "But I think you might try carving vines with grapes on it, it fits the name."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 10:07:25 PM
She nodded, "I can do that. Is that what your family crest is? Because we could use the family crest" she added. "In fact, tv's family crest would be better than his personal crest" she explained.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 10:09:44 PM
"It's not official," Coral shook her head. "But those will be in the crest, when Daran either picks one or admits he's in over his head and has us do it for him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 10:21:25 PM
She nodded considering ideas for what to carve. "Is their any specific theme or color palate you will be doing in the babies rooms? I would prefer to leave them natural wood, sealed of course, but I could add painted details to make them fit into your design plans" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 10:24:14 PM
"We'll show you after breakfast," Ellia replied. "We are using many colors, all throughout the nursery. We want it to be bright and interesting to them."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 25, 2017, 10:44:36 PM
"I would like that" she nodded. It was the most his mothers had ever said to her, and she was glad they were accepting of her plans to make the cradles. "Thank you breakfast, I appreciate you agreeing to see me" she said politely. Then ate quietly.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 25, 2017, 10:49:38 PM
"We'd be daft not to see you," Ellia chuckled as she pushed back her plate and took up her tea. "You've cause more than a little change in the lives of all of our family."

"And for the better," Coral agreed.

====================================
Larissa returned home the next morning, her staff all knew that she’d slept out of the house, but this was not questioned or commented upon. She stiffly ascended the stairs to her room, she tried to shoo off Halla.

“I can see to myself today,” she said firmly, then winced as she turned.

“No, Miss, you cannot, and you will not,” Halla said firmly, her hands forbidding Larissa from turning away. “Stand still.”

“Yes, m...” She stuttered. “Of course.”

Halla nodded, seeming to understand, and gently, but quickly undressed the mistress of the house to confirm her suspicions. Halla’s fingers stroked the crisscrossed lines on Larissa’s back, from her shoulders to her kneed, and down her front as well. “Is this why you didn’t come home?”

Larissa nodded silently.

“You needed this?” Halla’s innocent young face regarded her mistress.

Again, the silent nod. Halla nodded back and guided her to her bed and opened a cabinet to retrieve several jars. She gently worked the creams into her skin, her massaging hands soothing the muscles and working into the marks of the crop, lash and rope. “They should have done this for you.” Halla was critical of the treatment she’d received.

“I wouldn’t let them,” Larissa murmured.

Halla helped her roll over and repeated her treatment. “You should have let them,” Halla said firmly.

Larissa blushed and turned her head to look at the wall.

Halla turned her mistresses head to look at her. “It was a woman?”

Larissa’s eyes watered and she blushed deeper in shame. “Was it a woman?” She asked again.

Larissa nodded.

“Do you only sleep with women?” Halla asked.

Larissa shook her head slightly.

“But you want this from a woman?” Halla asked and smiled a bit at the slight nod. “You won’t let men have the upper hand?”

Larissa nodded and looked at the young girl with some curiosity. “I may be young,” Kalla said. “But I was a slave for a time, and served in a house where things like this weren’t uncommon. The man of the house was a monster.” Halla paused and grinned tightly. “A soldier took his head off in a fight,” she said with a small sigh. “When they came to free us, he threw a fit and the soldier wasn’t having it, and saw to him.”

She looked down at Larissa. “He made the servants punish each other when we transgressed against his rules. If you need this, you need not leave the house.”

“I needed it hard,” Larissa replied. “I need a strong hand. You might hold back.”

“If you need this, come to me and see if I can suit your needs,” Halla replied. “And if you do, you will take the care I offer after.”

Larissa tried to turn her head away, but little Halla wouldn’t allow it. She bent over Larissa’s face. “I said, you will come to me,” her voice lowered and was stern.

“I will,” Larissa promised.

“Very good, Miss,” Halla smiled and her voice was its normal light and sweet tone. “I will draw your bath, and after you’re dressed I will need a bit of money, I need to find some things in the shops.”

Larissa looked surprised at that, but nodded and allowed Hella to help her up and guide her into the warm bath, scented with jasmine and other healing oils.

Lunch with the prospective guards was interesting, Karena Jaster was, as she’d been informed, a retired corporal. Her demeanor was friendly, but very professional.  There were sixteen candidates that sat down with them. Larissa was herself again, kind but firm. Her questions were direct and she clearly listened to all answers carefully. She and Karena retired to her office after lunch, leaving the rest to relax at the table.

“I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them,” Karena said. “Assuming that you’re interested in hiring me and taking my suggestions.”

“If you’ve no objections, you are engaged,” Larissa replied.

“Good,” Karena replied. “That said, I think you need them all. Three to stand each watch, a spare team to allow others to have time away, and the same for the guard at the gate, which you will need, to allow people in and out.”

“I hadn’t considered that,” Larissa admitted.

“The three will watch inside the building and out, and control the gate,” Karena nodded. “And, we’d keep an eye on your house as well. You’d have almost as many guards as you do workers, but what you create seems to be of value, I know what healers cost and the things that they make. You need to make sure that the people are safe and keep your product from being stolen.”

“You make a good case,” Larissa replied thoughtfully. “Very well, I would need you all to move in quickly and start your work. We shall be producing our products soon. After that, I will probably need to hire more workers. I think we’ll have a huge client in the militia alone.”

There was a tap at the door. “A gentleman to see you,” Nora, a maid interrupted.  “He feels off,” she admitted. “I didn’t allow him past the door.”

Larissa looked puzzled at that and Karena’s eyes narrowed slightly, she rose and returned to the table. “Shake loose,” she said quietly and the women all rose and touched where weapons, some opely worn and other concealed, lay. She explained quickly and they spread through the house, peeking out windows and checking for trouble.

“Yes?” Larissa asked the man.

“Larissa Daramond? Late of Ronstra?”

“Yes,” she voice hadn’t changed, but her eyes grew hard.

“There now,” the man said quietly. “None of that. I’m looking for several herbs and compounds, things that a lady with your skills would likely have,” he presented her a list.”
“You can find much of this in any herb shop,” Larissa replied. “The rest, I cannot help you. They aren’t easy to acquire, but I can’t help you.”

“I believe that you can,” he replied. “And should. You took a lot of things with you when you left the university. Some of the staff is eager to have it back. I understand that one could gain a fine finder’s fee for its return. Easier to help me with my list, than deal with that lot.”

She felt Karena jiggle her elbow. “There’s no reason to discuss this on the street,” Larissa sighed. “Won’t you step in?”

The man smiled and stepped through the door, boldly brushing against her as he passed, stepping into the foyer, and a sharp rap to his forehead that dropped him to his knees. A second rap laid him out.”

“The constables are looking for a man that harassed a farmer for herbs, herbs that could be used to bad ends,” Karena said quickly as she tied his hands behind his back. “He had his list written down. I think that the constables would be interested in this fellow, even if he doesn’t look like the one in the drawing.”

“He’s not disguised,” Larissa said after a moment of study. “Send someone for the constables.”

Karena sent one for them, and she pointed to half of the applicants. “If you want the job, go to your lodgings and return with your kit as quick as you can. The rest will go when you get back. We’ll be living next door.”

Constable Marras of the Tamber City Militia returned to the house where she’d arrested Halla’s drunken uncle. “What’s this about?” she looked at the bound man. Larissa passed her the note and explained what had happened. “It is too much like the incident at the farm, or the story we heard of it,” Larissa explained glibly. “And his manner was that of a man that believed in intimidating women.”

“Wrong house to try that,” Marras scoffed. “It’s too similar,” she nodded and stepped outside and blew her whistle shrilly several times. She explained what had happened and the eyes of the sergeant went from irritated confusion to grim satisfaction. “We’ll relieve you of this,” he waved his hand over the bound man. “The constable will remain to take your statement.

A dispatch went straight up through the ranks, and was passed by Dread to Tamalyn.

“A man with the same list produced by Lecter at the Spicer Farm attempted to procure the same components from Mistress Larissa Daramond at her residence. He was subdued by the household and turned over to us. He is being held in close confinement, in a special cell, and under constant observation.”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 12:04:23 AM
"Thank you for saying that" she smiled, "though, that does not mean" she began then was handed the dispatch and she paused to read it. She looked at Dead, "Amrick I and Creighton should be informed, they will want to talk with this man" she said rereading the dispatch. She realized she was still at breakfast, "please send a dispatch to them." She turned back to Ella and Coral, "I am sorry about the disruption. Now, where were we?" She smiled, "what colors or design chooses were you thinking for the rest of the house? Taren" she still found it is to say his given name, "has always kept his rooms quite plain, but likes his books and momentous out for easy viewing. What are your plans?" She asked again.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 12:10:17 AM
"He doesn't want a lot of decoration," Coral replied. "Light walls and dark wood."

"He does have quite a few things that he plans on displaying in the house," Ellia amended. "And he's mentioned art that he's got tucked away somewhere, but he'll decide where it all goes when he returns. Ah, and bookcases."

Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 12:22:35 AM
Tamalyn nodded, "yes, that is his decorating style. Minimal, meaningful, dark woods and books" she agreed. "I was actually planning on lighter wood for the cradles because I thought that darker wood would make the nursery dark and forbidding. Though, I will admit that my own childhood bedroom had dark woods. What do you think?" She asked sipping her tea, she didn't want to rush breakfast, and yet she knew she shouldn't overstay her welcome. Besides she had duties of her own to get to. She set down her cup. "May we go visit the nursery and discuss it there?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 12:25:22 AM
It was a large room, with rocking chairs and comfortable sofas, dark wood, light paint, and rugs and pillows with many colors in them. There were already bookshelves, now empty and several toy boxes, also empty. It was comfortable and bright with many contrasts.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 12:47:08 AM
"I think a lighter wood would blend in well, especially if I paint some colorful designs in key areas." She said looking over the room. "I think he will like this" she added, "it is comfortable and cozy" she complimented them. "I am sure you are both aware that I am busy. And hand carving takes time, I will have them done before the babies are born. But, it will take me some time.  My goal is either before Oldwine returns or before the babies are born, which ever comes first. I hope that is acceptable to you both" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 12:48:46 AM
"Perfectly fine," "Coral replied. "And appreciated."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 01:00:47 AM
"It is my pleasure" she added then continued, "I should go. But, thank you for breakfast. It was very good and I enjoyed getting a chance to talk with you both. Perhaps we can do it again one day" she added as they made their way back toward the door. "For now though, I need to return to work" she added, "Thank you again" she added as she left. "Let's go see what is going on in the special lock up" she told her guards, letting them lead the way.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 01:17:16 AM
He wasn't a happy man, that was easy to see as the looked through the bars at him. He was chained and gagged in a cell protected from magic. "It's not Lecter," Creighton said. "But he's met him. Has a list in the same handwriting. We'll be working on him soon."

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Larissa wandered the stalls at the market, carefully inspecting plans. Herbs and various spices for her gardens, now that they would be expanding them to the grounds around her factory. Halla was close by, looking at other plants, occasionally calling her over to show her something she found pretty. Larissa found Halla a complex person. Sweet and kind on one hand; but, stated her willingness to provide the firm hand that she craved occasionally and showed some experience at tending to someone that had been through things like her session at the Lace & Rose.

“Halla,” she murmured. “I know that you were taken as a child from the Frontier, but I think I’ve missed something in our interviews.”

“A bit,” Halla admitted. “I was taken when I was nine years old. My home wasn’t much, actually, it wasn’t much better than where I ended up. I was sold to the household of a man that called himself a lord, but he had no title, he was a knight though. He kept his house staffed with young women and girls. To give him credit, no one could touch the girls, until they were old enough and then he’d trade their virtue for favors from others. He was a governor of a district when he was taken down, all from favors and bribes. He tolerated no nonsense, as he called it, and knew how to beat us without leaving permanent marks or breaking the skin. To keep us from becoming too close, he’d make us punish each other when we angered him. The crop, the cane, the lash, the flogger, these are not strangers to me. Nor is caring for those that felt them. If we were no more use to him, he’d break out the scourge, and make us watch him ruin the skin of those that infuriated him.” She took a deep breath and looked around to insure that no one was close enough to hear their whispered conversation. “An officer led troops to the house, they came to free us. Lord Marchacht opposed them with the few men that he had, convinced that the small group couldn’t stand up to them. The officer looked so young, but he cut the Lord apart, a bit at a time, toyed with him, until he looked bore with it and swiped his head off like he was chopping carrots with a cleaver. Legate Karl Galberon,” she sighed. “A very pretty man, young and strong.”

“So, were to used to gain a favor?”

“No,” Halla sighed again. “I am intact, but that won’t last long if I can lure that young officer to accept my gratitude.”

Larissa smiled at that. “Did he wear white?”

“No, a light gray that almost looked silver,” she replied. “With three white stripes on a black patch on his shoulder, and snug black trousers with a red stripe.”

“That color means he’s probably a Lord of the Palatine Order,” Larissa said as she examined a flowering plant. “That means he’s a very tough young man. If his name is Galberon, he may well be related to the Grand Duchess, and, I believe, he might be the son of the Duchess of Four Rivers, and the Count of Selnendrin.”

“Selnendrin has a count?”

“The Count of Selnendrin commands all of the armies and navies of the Realm for the King,” she replied.

“So I have no chance?”

“There’s always a chance,” Larissa replied. “If I remember correctly, the Grand Duchess’ mother and her brother the count, were raised as orphans at Talmaran. They were born in the Frontier, on a farm.”

“There is a man watching us,” Halla murmured. “At the end of the row, behind us.”
“Walk away from me,” Larissa said quietly. “Go find a constable, and if you can’t find one, get Karena.”

“But...”

“Go, and go now,” Larissa insisted. “I will stay close to people, and I can take care of myself, if I must.” She wiggled her fingers, a universal sign of magic, though she shielded that action between them, “go.”

Larissa continued to look over the plants, calling over clerks to answer questions, making sure that she was always close to people. She was examining a Varulan seedling when she saw the man moving close and called over a clerk. “Is this a locally raised plant? Wild or grown in a nursery?”

The man stepped over to look at it and pressed a knife to her side. “Walk with me,” he murmured. “I have more to show you. He tugged her into a small stall and his companion dropped the tarpaulin to hide them from view. “That won’t stop a scream,” Larissa said in a voice more confident than she felt.

“You cost me a servant that I won’t easily replace,” the following man said as he stepped closer. She released a small spell and saw his true face. “Parsival Lecter,” she said coldly. “You poster doesn’t do you justice.”

“A poor rendition, to be sure,” he shrugged and replied airily. “You left Ronstra with that which doesn’t belong to you, and I have arranged for them to find out where you are.”

“I left with my laboratory, and my formulas,” she shrugged. “Any court will stand by me.”

“All that you create belongs to the university,” Lecter smiled thinly.

“Which one?” she smiled sweetly. “The one that exists now, or the one broken by the crown?”

“The crown has no power over them,” he replied coldly.

“I’m sure that those that are rotting in prison, and the few that danced at the end of a rope would beg to differ with you,” She shrugged.

“You know what I want, you’ve seen the list I sent to you.”

“You can’t have it,” she shrugged. “If that is all, I’ll be on my way.”

“That isn’t all I have,” he replied. “I have you.”

His head turned reflexively as his large companion gasped suddenly, his hands flew to his throat and the thin, strong cord that robbed him of breath. Then he too gasped as all strength left his body, there was an incredible pain in his side where Larissa touched him with her palm, and he looked down to see blood pouring from his side, stating the intact shirt and running down his pant leg. Lecter fought to hold himself upright, but all strength left his legs and he drooped to the ground. Larissa looked to see the purpling face if Lecter’s companion and saw that Halla was holding two wooden handles at the ends of the cord, her feet were off the ground and her knees were in his back, and when he started to fall, she dropped her feet to the ground and let him fall face first into the cobbles. She held pressure until he stopped kicking and then stomped on his head several times to keep him down.
“I sent you for help,” Larissa scolded her.

“I sent a messenger,” Halla replied. “Promised him a silver crown if he returned with Karena. He runs like the wind.”

Halla stepped back outside of the stall and returned a few minutes later with Karena and two of the other guards. “Blood and piss,” she said when she saw the blacked face of the man serving as muscle. “What did you do to him?”

“I left him to Halla,” Larissa shrugged at the young women who now shook with nerves. “He was mine,” she pointed to the man bleeding out, his disguise now gone.

“Bandage him up,” Karena said to one of the women. “I think the government wants him alive. You,” she pointed to the other, “find a constable, tell him we have Parsival Lecter, and he’s barely alive.”

It was an incredulous constabulary officer that looked down as the bloody man, his subordinates gather around them. “I will need to take you all to the post,” he said at last. “This is going to require statements and explanations.”

He paused to scribble out a dispatch.

“Lecter was apprehended and badly wounded by a lady called Larissa Daramand,” he paused long enough to ask her name. “His companion was killed by her maid, called Halla. We have them in custody and are taking them to Constabulary Headquarters, have surgeons waiting.”

Dread was smiling when he handed Tamalyn the note forwarded quickly up the chain to her.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 10:50:27 AM
"This is good news" Tamalyn said giving the angry man in the cell one of her manic smilies, "such good news" she handed the message to Creighton then turned to Dread, "send for the surgeon and have the prisoner brought here. I will go see about the rest being brought in for questioning" she said using absolutely no names or genders. "I will leave you to the see to this matter" she told Creighton. Then Tamalyn left the prison area, she made sure they were far enough away to avoid being over heard, "Where did you think they are taking Larissa Durmond for questioning? And after we see her, I want to go see the magistrate about the plotting count of Deep River."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 01:39:43 PM
"It appears that they will all be coming here," Creighton replied, leading her to the side door where prisoners were escorted through. Larissa looked as composed as ever. Halla, the perky little maid that had delivered the note to Tamalyn looked to be a bit in shock and cowed by all of the uniforms. Creighton immediately sent for a couple of female constables.

"We'll want your statements separately at first, indicating that they should each go with one of the females. Then they turned their attention on the two men. Lecter was pale and unconscious, a bloody bandage at his side.

"She wounded him, through his shirt, without making a hole in it," the constable seemed puzzled.

"Magic," Creighton nodded. "Healers can do that, the more powerful at least. He passed over a potion. "Light healing, I don't want him too spunky, yet. The surgeons treat him in one of the special cells, at the opposite end from our other prisoner." Then he looked at the other man. "What happened to this pathetic-looking bugger?"

"The little one," he held up a bowstring garrote. "She took exception to him holding a knife to her mistresses side. From the first description it sounds like she hung on him like a monkey until he dropped, then did a war dance on his head to keep him down. His color is coming back, he was as purple as a grape when I first saw him."

They were interrupted by a man walking up to them with an official-looking piece of paper. "I am Darant Teradan, a Royal Sheriff, I am here to take custody of those prisoners and transport them to Hesterbur."

"Creighton Bragg, Sheriff of Tamber," Creighton returned. "And no, you're bloody not."

"Your credentials?"

"In my other pants," Creighton replied. "But since the Grand Duchess is standing right beside me, I'm sure that she will vouch for me."

"Regardless," the man countered. "I take precedence in this matter."

"No," Dread's voice rumbled deeply. "You do not. "He is in the custody of the Tamber Guard, and will not be released. As we are all Defenders of the Order, we supersede you in this matter, unless and until you produce authorization to countermand us from either the King himself, or the Baroness of Selnendrin."

"In fact," Indra said as she appeared from a door to the side. "You yourself are going nowhere until I receive an order from the King." And the man squawked as he was seized and clapped in irons, the markings on them indicated that they negated magic. There is no way you could know of this man's capture so quickly, unless you are part of his circle.

The Royal Sheriff appeared shocked, barely noticing that he was also shackled at the legs. "Special cell," she ordered simply. "And send for Legate Flagg," she said to Dread.

"You can't arrest me," Teradan finally found his voice. "I represent the Crown!"

Indra tapped the Palatine crest on her uniform. "And I represent the Realm. Lock him up until we sort this mess out."

Minutes later Flagg appeared with a full troop of the guard. Indra quickly reported what had happened, and if Flagg thought she couldn't arrest a Royal Sheriff, he neglected to mention it. "These three prisoners are under close guard," Flagg ordered and looked at Tamalyn. "Ordered held by the Grand Duchess of Tamber. She has ordered him held under close confinement and is barred all visitors, except by her personal order. For now, he is arrested and charged with abduction, and conspiracy. Anything to add to that, My Lady?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 02:22:12 PM
Tamalyn watched the scene as it played out before her, stoic and silently. She was surprised at Creighton's announcement, it was something she would like to persue later because it was a good idea.

When Flagg asked her if she had anything to add she considered shaking her head, "as usual Legate Flagg, you have anticipated my desires quite well. There are many questions that he must answer for. I will inform the crown of his arrest and incarceration, I will inform you of there is any objections" she said sincerely doubting there would be, in fact, she wondered if anyone even knew who he was or where he was.


Tamalyn quickly wrote a message to Ramon and sent it off. "Now then, I would like to witness the examinations of Larissa and her maid. I am hopeful that we can get them completed quickly so the two can go home" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 02:43:33 PM
"I saw a man shadowing us," Halla said after sipping her tea, she made a face at it. "If this is army tea, it's dreadful!" She shook her head. "After that nasty man came to the house today I wouldn't let Mistress Daramand go to the market alone. I told her about the man and she sent me to fetch help, so I promised a boy a crown when he brought back Karena, she's been hired to watch over the medicine factory. I saw that they took her into a stall and dropped the screen so I sneaked over to peek in and saw that the big oaf had a blade to her side, so I slipped my garrote out of my belt, looped it over his neck and climbed his back and choked the sense out of the nasty bugger."

"Go you always carry a garrote?" the constable asked curiously.

"Of course," she replied. "From before, when I was held a slave. Easy to hide."

"Anything else?"

"A pair of small knives," Halla shrugged. "But he was too big to try with a short blade, I wanted him to forget the Mistress completely."

"It worked," the constable nodded.

Larissa was more composed, she sent away the tea and asked for hot water and made her own from a sachet in her purse. "Halla spotted him, so I sent her for help and walked around the market to keep him close, but in public he'd have a harder time trying anything. He had a second man that played it well, he had a knife to me and led me off, big man, strong, rather smelly and disgusting. Bad complexion too, Halla made it worse. He was pushing me hard to get ingredients that he needed, the ones the other one wanted and I daresay that the man that bothered the farmer for. I declined and he made threats and Halla choked the big man out, and I dispatched my obnoxious shadow with a spell."

"He threatened violence?"

"He threatened to expose my location to the University of Ronstra," Larissa replied. "I informed the crown of many illegal activities, that was the basis for the case the Crown built to suppress and disband much of the university, many were arrested and a few went to the scaffold for treason. I gathered up my laboratory and all of my work, and with the reward from the Crown, I was able to start over here. I make no secret of my location, so the threat was less than he thought. I imagine someone may try to get at me one day, but I have confidence in the defenses of the city. Besides, I have work to do, and I can't do it in hiding."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 04:12:54 PM
Tamalyn looked at Dread and Indra, "I really don't think we have any reason to hold them. So her maid defended her" she shrugged, "the two of them have been through enough today. I doubt they have any information beyond what they just gave us. And, really, they should receive a finders fee for the apprehension of Lecter" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 04:28:14 PM
"Do finders fees fall to you, or Amrick?" Indra asked. "And how long before a storm hits from the capitol?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 04:55:29 PM
"Both are very good questions" Tamalyn said nodding, "the first is of little consequence. And, as for the second, I would suppose it will depend greatly on whether he truly is a Royal Sheriff with actual orders. I have my doubts on the first and highly doubt the second. We will probably have to turn Lecter over at some point though because he has information he shouldn't have and the King will want to root out the corruption Lecter caused" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 07:25:21 PM
"I'll offer a joint investigation with the Palatine Order," Creighton replied. "And as to his credentials as a sheriff, he probably is, but he is under a cloud as his timing suggests corruption, or at the least, it is suspicious."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 07:56:44 PM
"We are capable of delivering him into the custody of the crown" Tamalyn said, "His Majesty knows this, and as for him" she looked back towards his cell momentarily, "he could only have known about this so quickly a couple of ways." She took a long pause, " There are still members out there, if there weren't" she pointed towards the sheriff, "then he was standing around watching Lecter harass a woman in the street instead of arresting him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 09:58:43 PM
"I won't let him stew long," Creighton grinned fiercely. "Amrick and I are waiting for him to be changed into a prison suit and then we'll start on him."

"The man Lecter," Flagg nodded. "I will call for the commander of the Constabulary and the Chief investigator, they will go though everything he had on himself, and his comrade, my people are stripping them down for the surgeons. They have orders to check...everywhere."

"The ladies have given their statements," Dread added. "They are coming out now."

Larissa nodded to them all and sketched a curtey at Tamalyn.

"Are you related to Karl Galberon?" Halla looked a little excited.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 10:01:13 PM
"He is my cousin" she nodded, "so you know him" Tamalyn asked curiously.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 26, 2017, 10:45:57 PM
"He freed me," she bounced a little with a dreamy expression. "And killed the man that held me and others."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 26, 2017, 11:12:59 PM
"Oh" she smiled, "he is very brave and dedicated to righting injustices" Tamalyn said quite seriously. "Shall I pass your gratitude along to him?" She asked her. One way or the other, Tamalyn would be writing her cousin. This was too good not to share.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 01:08:45 AM
"If it would be no bother, my lady," she replied, remembering her manners.

Larissa led her away, they had a house waiting to know they were alright.

"Going to tease your cousin?" Indra asked.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 27, 2017, 03:44:19 PM
"I  will write to tell him about it. Maybe I will include a drawing of her" she smiled impishly, "I am sure that she isn't the only freed person to have a crush on her rescuer, I am certain that he will want to know about his admirer" she added.  "I may have to tell Kari about it too" she added grinning.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 05:51:04 PM
"Let her know that he has an admirer?" Indra asked. " or let her know that he has an admirer and she doesn't?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 27, 2017, 06:14:05 PM
Tamalyn looked serous, "I would never do that. Besides, I am sure she has admirers that I have no knowledge of. No, I thought that she would enjoy teasing him. In his letter, I will just let him know. In hers, I can describe the dreamy look and bouncing she did when referring to him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 06:43:30 PM
"Describe the bouncing to him too, and the jiggling," Dread said thoughtfully. "Though she's too little to jiggle much."

Indra elbowed him, then growled when she realized that both his ribs and her elbows were protected.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 27, 2017, 07:03:58 PM
 Tamalyn shook her head at their antics, she looked down the hall to where the true criminals were being processed before questioning. She shrugged and looked back, "send some guards to make sure they both make it home safely. They have already been targeted twice today" she added, "Let's not have a third try."


She made her way back to Creighton, "what information did you get from the count trying to plot against the Deep River nobles? I would like justification to remove him from the rolls and the province. I would be happy with a nice long jail term" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 07:24:09 PM
"She hired guards to protect her factory," Dread replied. "Led by a knight of the order, she's outside with three more."

"He sweet-talked the young lady into marrying him, her mother became a duchess, she is the heir. Her mother, who doesn't like the bugger, pointed out that by law, and to keep the name in a family insisted that her daughter return to the family name," Creighton grinned and shook his head. "The husband, demands custody of the unborn child, insists that as the male of the family, and head of his household, that he is the rightful heir to the title, and demands this to be codified. This is actually why the law was written, to keep husbands from marrying into becoming a governing peer and supplanting their wives. He got too boisterous in his demands, and when he tried to get physical, the wife's fourteen year-old sister, beat him like a rented mule. He wants her placed under a peace bond and barred from her mother's house and from anywhere near him. According to the witness, he and Lecter discussed getting influence over a magistrate to rule in his favor. That is interfering with lawful succession, conspiracy and illegal use of magic, or at least I think those will stick. I'd suggest a a finding that dissolves the marriage, strips him of parental rights, and, if convicted of the offenses I've mentioned, jail."

"I asked the young lady from the second attack if she can find a counter to anything that can be made from the ingredient list," Amrick added. "She thinks that she may need a second researcher to help with everything she has planned, but will look into it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 27, 2017, 08:21:48 PM
She nodded, "I would like to speak with you later, after you deal with this" she indicated the prisoners, "about you being the Tamber Sheriff" she said enigmatically giving him no idea of the directionshe meant. "Until then, I will get out of your hair" she added. "Oh, I do appreciate your idea of an antidote, though it would be very convenient to know who it was that he planned to kidnap and how many of his people are still out there working to that end. See you later" she said finally and returned to her guards, "Let's go home so I can get some work done. I want to discuss today's developments with Amrick."


They returned to the government offices and Tamalyn went to Amrick's office. "Busy morning" she said greeting him. "I just have a few things to discusses with you. First, we have arrested Lecter. Second, we also arrested a Royal Sheriff. Third, Creighton told the Royal Sheriff that he, as in Creighton, was the Tamber Sheriff. Fourth, do you think he would accept that position? I have more, but will pause here so you can speak" she smiled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 08:25:04 PM
"I think he will hold the position for a time, but not for very long. His interests are wide-ranging, and he stays on the move."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 27, 2017, 08:43:17 PM
"He is starting to slow down. I think that Camear Telbrantil will be the biggest issue. If she returns to Hesterbur, he will want to as well. But, if she stays, or even just visits frequently" she said considering, "he might stay in the post longer." She shrugged, "anyway, there are a few other things. Deep River duchy has a count in custody for plotting to bribe a magistrate over his line in the succession, among other charges. And, I was wondering how the paperwork was coming along for Mirica Spicer" she paused, "and, finally,  I think that Larissa should receive a finders fee for the arrest of Lecter" she said finally.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 09:15:40 PM
"Camear is a city girl, unless you can find her something to make our quaint little backwater seem like a metropolis, she will want to go back to more active things," he pondered the situation. "The duchess' sin in law will have to brought here for trial, to avoid any appearance of impropriety, presided over by the Magistrate of Tamber, I should think. Here is everything for Miraca, ready for you to sign," he tapped a highly polished wooden box, a dispatch box, she noted. "And if we offer a reward to Larissa, and we should, then her maid should receive something as well, she was part of the capture, as I understand it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 27, 2017, 09:25:13 PM
"She was, and I agree" Tamalyn nodded, "I thought they could share the reward. Split it evenly between them" she added to clarify. "I have no issue with having the soon in law brought to Tamber for trial, in fact, I think it should be held here. Make it known that such transgressions will be taken seriously" she nodded. Tamalyn looked at the box, "how do you think I should present this to her? Anything too over the top my scare her, anything too casual may make her not understand the importance. What is your recommendation?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 09:46:24 PM
"If you invite her here, she's going to look at her wardrobe and panic," he replied. ""I think that I'll round up someone good at explaining laws and things and take them out to show her the paperwork and tell her what exactly is going on, if things work out as I hope, whoever I choose will pass muster as her chamberlain. I would also suggest a change to the placement of the village. Place it a few plots over from where her house is located, she'll have a township that extends from the crossroads nearly to the southern edge of the city. Where it is currently slated to be is outside of her township, so it would be nothing more than a large farm, this gives her a school, hospital and other things she'll need, and people that look to her as the noble, not a neighbor. It'll still be across from the station, or at least the stables and warehouses, where most of the non-army people work anyway. And, it will put homes for her workers in a village where they can walk out into their fields, or over to her other enterprises."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 27, 2017, 10:03:51 PM
"All right" she said considering, "then you will want to speak with Kilane-Bragg as well. He suggested the placement, so perhaps there has been a miss communication" she added. "And, just so we do not experience another" she began, "you are saying you would like to tell her and find her a suitable Chamberlain, correct? I am not opposed, just confirming" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 10:06:56 PM
"I'm going to take Kell Savage to explain everything and work with her until Baronetess Spicer is willing to search for her own chamberlain, or Hire Kell," He replied. "And Hamish and I have thrashed all of this out already, including my suggestion to move the village, which he now agrees with."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 27, 2017, 10:15:22 PM
"Very well, I will leave it to you" she nodded, "ley me know if you need anything from me. That was all the business that I had for you. Did you have anything to tell me?" She asked him mentally preparing a list of things to do after thus meeting.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 27, 2017, 10:18:49 PM
"Nothing just now," he replied. "But Kell and I will go out to Miraca at once," he replied. "You'll probably meet with her in a few days, after Kell has had a chance to see to her wardrobe."

As Amrick spoke, Indra slipped Tamalyn a dispatch.

“My Lady,
    Never let anyone tell you that boats aren’t bloody boring, because they are. My only entertainment is watching Breecher turn shades of green and deny that he’s seasick. If you find something to deal with that, I’m sure that the big girl would appreciate it.
    Oldwine”
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 10:30:37 AM
Tamalyn read the note then looked at Indra, "did you read this?" Tamalyn was unsure what answer she hoped for.  "I think we need to go see Violet" she said, "it appears that there is a little something that no one thought to prepare for. Sea sickness for the land based soldiers" she said with a smile.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 11:01:25 AM
"Who would have thought that a cavalry man gets seasick? Ships sort of move like horses," Indra replied. "Well, a bit," she said after thinking about it for a moment. "Lets go see Violet, and send out for a lot of ginger."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 11:35:01 AM
"There is no way that this trip is worse than my last sailing, that was horrendous. I think this is more a matter of constant motion that he cannot predict or control. I would think that ginger was already on board, but it couldn't hurt to send more" Tamalyn agreed as they made their way to Violet's shop. "Good afternoon" she greeted Violet, "so you have anything for sea sickness?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 01:33:50 PM
Violet smiled and pointed out several choices, from elixirs, to teas, to candies. "None of this will scramble the brains," she grinned. "Seasick usually means sailors, and they don't need to be addled. Much. Until port."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 01:53:10 PM
"In that case" she nodded, "I will take all of what you have on hand.  One must be prepared" she added smiling. Once the transaction was done, she returned home and found a basket and put together a care package, "Brock, do we have any ginger that I can include in my sea sick basket?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 03:11:55 PM
"We have cooking stocks," he replied. "I'm not sure that Mistress Kara will part with them willingly, she takes hours to select her ingredients."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 03:26:38 PM
"Alright, I will send these for now" she said adding some cards and dice to the basket. She wrote a note to accompany the basket.


Marshal of the Frontier Taren Oldwine,
   Ships are notoriously boring, only the crews have duties to occupy their minds and bodies.  Passengers need to find their own way to occupy the mind and body. I have included some cards and dice. Might I also suggest calisthenics and weights.
  I hope you find the remedies for sea sickness to be helpful. I will also send some ginger soon, but I didn't want to hold this package up while I located enough.
  The meeting with your mothers went well, we enjoyed a nice breakfast and actually talked a bit.  I was informed that you have yet to design a crest. Perhaps you can use this sail time to rectify that. I need your crest for numerous things.
Yours,
Tamalyn Traveler
Grand Duchess of Tamber


Tamalyn finished the letter and placed it into the basket. "Indra, would you like to include a letter for Breecher?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 03:58:59 PM
"We send dispatches, Indra replied. "Easier in the long run. We each have a boo in a private set."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 04:41:54 PM
"Alright" she said as the basket vanished. "It was just a suggestion. I hadn't planned to read your letter. I should probably get some work done before something else comes up. But, maybe there was enough excitement for today" she added with a shrug. Tamalyn then began doing her paperwork.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 07:05:30 PM
"You want to make me a noblewoman?" Miraca asked for the tenth time, at least, making Tara grin and stifle a giggle each time.

"That is exactly it, Baronetess Spicer," Amrick grinned. "And this young lady is Kell Savage, she is here to advise you, and if you think that you work well together, you can retain her as your chamberlain."

"This is a lot to take in," Miraca said after a moment's thought, studying the leaves in the bottom of her cup before Tara refilled her tea for her. "You're telling me that my lands would expand to five square miles, that I could cultivate as I like, and there would be a village of retired soldiers and any more workers that I hire," she was clearly thinking it through.

"And," Tara added. "We could move the girls from the second house to their own houses, like this one, and join your house to it and make yourself a bigger place."

Miraca looked at her friend and saw her confidence and enthusiasm. "What do you call the person that manages my lands?"

"A steward," Amrick replied.

"Very well," she nodded. "Tara is my Steward and we'll see how we work with Kell," she looked at the young woman. "It will take a lot of people to do this work, and I am not made of coin, it will take me years to be able to put all of this land to good use."

"To that end, you are entitled to a grant to begin that work," Amrick replied. "Kell will explain all of that, and you can acquire loans, with no interest, to be repaid on a very generous scale, as you make the lands pay."

"I will need time to think about this, I will do it, but I will be careful about how I proceed," Miraca said thoughtfully. "Kell, if you come back tomorrow, we will look through all of this, and we'll make a start of it. I'll need places for people to live, soon, if I am to start preparing land."

"I have everything I need, with me," Kell replied. "I just need a place to put my bed, and we'll work here at your table."

Amrick nodded at that and took his leave, after sending a note to Tamalyn. After he left, another man showed up.

"My Lord," Kell greeted him respectfully, then turned to Miraca. "This is Thomas, Lord Traveler, the Grand Duchess' father."

Miraca nodded to him.

"I cam to see the place," he smiled. "And help you get a start on things. "I see that you have started hedgerows, do you mean to surround your entire property with them?"

"I do," she nodded, but was very curious.

"Look out of the window," he smiled.

She did, and saw that there was now a well-groomed hedgerow, ten feet tall and five feet thick that extended as far as she could see. He laid out a map of her property, the hedgerows were plainly marked on map, enclosing her entire property, including a village space of 1,600 acres, that was separated from her farm lands with a hedgerow with gates set into it. He smiled as the house around them seemed to grow as well. "Be a shame to have you packed in too tightly. Now, let's see how you'd like to set things up.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 07:44:55 PM
Tamalyn read Amrick's note then shortly thereafter she felt the faint hunt of her father pulling from her. She smiled, nodding to herself, and continued to work letting him draw from her. It wasn't much, just enough so she knew he was doing something.  She debated sending a note to the Baronetess telling her to tell him all her plans, then didn't because Mirica Spicer was not shy about telling her plans and ideas, if she held back this tine Tamalyn would be very surprised indeed.


She worked until diner, then after dinner began working on the cradle she had already stated. She now had two to make, there wasn't time to dawdle.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 08:04:25 PM
"It is late," Indra came to her hours later. "Better to get to bed and make a fresh start in the morning, besides, today was busy, so far your day is free tomorrow."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 09:03:27 PM
She looked from her project to Indra, "it was an oddly busy day. I think mostly because it began so early. Remind me not to schedule breakfast meetings in the future. They just make the day too long." She paused, "would you like to join me tonight?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 10:22:46 PM
"I would love to," she grinned. "Even if a certain someone was still home."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 10:51:30 PM
"But, especially since he is not?" She asked her.


Tamalyn took the unscheduled morning to relax and sleep in a tiny bit. She arrived down for her morning dispatches and breakfast about a half an hour late. "Was everything quiet through the night" she asked Brock when he served her breakfast.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 10:53:51 PM
"I believe that they rolled up the streets and hanged a closed sign on the whole city at sunset," Brock replied in his dignified tone. "A quiet night all around."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 11:14:15 PM
"Either that means another crazy day, or that the arrests yesterday have people laying low" she said not trusting the quiet one but. "Thank you" she said putting a cup of coffee and reading her reports as she ate. When she was almost done she wrote a short message asking Darkwine to meet with her today to discuss the retiree list. She finished eating, then went to her office and wrote letters to her cousins while she waited.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 11:15:42 PM
"You sent for me, My Lady?" Darkwine asked from the doorway.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 28, 2017, 11:27:20 PM
"I was just wandering how long you think it will take you to complete the list of militia who would like to retire. I am not trying to rush you, I just wanted a timeline" she explained. "We are building a visage for soldiers to retire to, but I also have a few peer positions I could fill as well. Though, I will want time to analyze the reports and determine the most suitable and outstanding soldiers for those positions" she admitted.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 28, 2017, 11:30:26 PM
"The retirement list is set," he replied. "In fact, we have less than a month before the first few do retire. Now, sorting out who may be suitable for the nobility, that will take interviews with them and their officers."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 29, 2017, 12:04:27 AM
"I would prefer it if they didn't know why we were interviewing them. I don't want anyone getting their hopes up and being disappointed if they weren't chosen. Additionally, I worry about reckless behavior from those still serving to get noticed for possible consideration. Also, just because I interview officers about specific militia in the future, it shouldn't be the first thought that anyone has. Does that all make sense to you?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 29, 2017, 12:08:41 AM
"I can work with these limits," he grinned. "I think that the majority of titles will be smallholder," he replied. "But there are a few color and saddler sergeants in there that might be suitable for larger titles."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 29, 2017, 09:32:18 AM
 She nodded, "if we are only considering enlisted personnel. Officers should also be considered" she added. "Besides, I do not have to appoint these positions immediately. I have time to be particular about who is appointed. I needed the list of retirees for the village quickly, but we can take this portion slower, make sure that we choose the right candidates."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 29, 2017, 02:00:46 PM
"No officers retiring just now," Darkwine shrugged, barring injuries, "no officers retiring for the next year, but I have that list as well."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 29, 2017, 02:15:31 PM
"Odd, Oldwine suggested that we had officers retiring sooner. Perhaps these recent missions has convinced them to wait" she added giving a small smile. "Very well, that will give us tine to fully consider their attributes."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 29, 2017, 04:02:58 PM
"With fighting looming in the West and south, there's always the chance for glory," he smiled faintly at that. The lower ranks have the sense to get out of the fire, officers will risk a good burn for glory."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 29, 2017, 05:05:41 PM
"Just so" she agreed "on another subject. Do you know how many soldiers are sailing? Oldwine has reported that there have been some sea sickness and I would like to send ginger to go with the items I already sent. I am just unsure how much I should send" she admitted. "I think that in the future all river ships should have a supply of items to combat sea sickness on board. Perhaps regular sailing ships do not require such items, but I feel as if the river fleet will always be carrying those unused to sailing."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 29, 2017, 08:41:03 PM
"They do carry a supply of ginger and a few other items," Darkwine consulted a book in his bucket. "But, as I understand it, not everyone is helped by ginger."

========================================
"So," Saddler Sergeant Baranbrant said as they sat on her porch bench. "It sounds like quite a big change for you." She'd spent the last hour or so regaling him with an explanation of what happened. He was drawn to see what was going on when he saw that her house and her hedgerows had grown significantly. Then he thought for a moment. "Perhaps, when I retire, I could move into your village, where I may admire My Lady from afar."

"Not too far, I hope," Miraca teased him back.

"Just on the other side of that hedge, I hope," he pointed to the hedge a quarter of a mile away.

"So far?" She teased.

"For now," he replied with a small grin. "It has caused quite the stir though, orders came down from the Provincial Engineer that he was sending more engineers to work on your village, and he moved the location from over there," he pointed across the intersection at an angle, "to over there, under your jurisdiction. Special priority was placed upon cottages on the west side of the village, to let you house your workers."

"It is a lot to grow used to," she said. "I trust that you will help me adjust?"

"Would that be proper?" he asked. "I'm only a saddler sergeant, you should look higher up."

"Bother that," she scoffed. "I am a freed slave, first and foremost. I'll be my grandchildren at least before we're considered blue bloods."

Their heads turned at the sounds of a bell. "Alarm," he said as he launched himself into the saddle. "Get inside and lock the doors and shutters!" And he tore off down the road, a squad trailing a hundred or so yards behind him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 29, 2017, 08:54:18 PM
"Oh, then apparently there are some of those aboard Oldwine's vessel. Hopefully something I sent will help" she nodded. "For now, I think that will be all I needed to talk with you about. If you could forward the list of retirees for the village to" she paused and considered, "Hamish Kilane-Bragg he will know what to do with it. Do you have anything you wish to report before you go" she offered.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 29, 2017, 09:45:50 PM
"Forces are gathering and moving into position," Darkwine replied. "They are close to ready to begin the strikes into Gamedian."

=============================================
Oran Baranbrant spurred his horse to a full gallop, a woman ran out and pointed further down the road and he waved those following onward. He head the bell in the distance and saw a crowd of men surrounding someone. He pulled his horse up, its iron shoes sliding a few feet on the cobbles. "What is going on here?" he shouted.

One of the men turned and loosed a shot with a hand crossbow, striking him low on his left side.

"Robbers!" The man in the middle shouted.

"Now you tell me," the saddler sergeant grunted as he drew his sword and leaped his horse forward and flattened the closest of the five and lashed out with his blade, taking the crossbowman across his face, biting deep. A flicker caught his eye and he barely threw himself from the saddle as a ball of fire seared through the space he'd just evacuated. His landing drove the bolt deeper into his side as he rolled to his feet. He was certain of one thing, he was going to take down that pointy-headed spell -flinging shite himself.

He slipped his shield from the side of his horse and swatted its rump to get it to move, giving a loud whisle. The horse spun and kicked out at the closest man, driving a hoof into his hip and sending him sprawling as Baranbrant raised his shield in time to catch a second ball of fire dead in it's center, the blast threw him back a few paces and the shield dropped from his numbed arm as he lunged forward, the point of his sword barely missed the wildly flinching man, but the following foot to the mans crotch did not, and as the mage started to curl forward, Baranbrant drove the pommel of his sword down onto the back of the man's head, dropping him as if he were poleaxed.

"Arrest everybody!" he shouted at the rest as they rode up. He flipped the mage over and studied his face. "Magic afoot, fetch me some special manacles." He thrn tore open the man's cloak and searched him, fumbling with his right hand, the left was still numb. He saw a ring on the man's finger and frowned. "What is this?" he wondered aloud as he pulled it free of the finger, rings weren't always what they appeared to be. "Strip this bastard to the skin, and chain him up," he rose and groaned at the pain in his side.

"You need a surgeon, saddler sergeant," a trooper observed as he opened the warrant's wound pouch and pressed a compress, after soaking it with antiseptic and anesthetic over the wound and bound it into place.

"You can't arrest me," the man protested, "I was attacked!

"I said arrested, and I bloody well meant arrested," Baranbrant replied coldly. "These buggers probably didn't pick you at random, and that makes you interesting until we find otherwise. Manacles for the lot!"

He was coaxed to sit by the lance corporal leading the patrol, and that is how the color sergeant of the post found him when they rose up. He took Baranbrant's report and scribbled out a fast report.

"Two miles west of the Crossroads station, six prisoners, two dead, magic involved, send proper reinforcements and investigators."

"My lady?" Indra passed over her copy of the report.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 29, 2017, 10:14:14 PM
Tamalyn read the report, "you know" she said to Indra, "I believe that we really do need a Tamber Sheriff. If not Creighton Bragg, then someone I can send to incidents like this. For now though, this could very well be part of Lecter's cronies, I will send this to him." Tamalyn forwarded the message to Creighton asking him to investigate the scene. And asked him to come see her after.


She then went to Amrick's office, "so, about the idea for a Tamber Sheriff, if Creighton doesn't chose to accept, or remain long, we need to find someone we trust for such a position. Any ideas?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 29, 2017, 10:16:38 PM
"Finding someone with Creighton's particular insights would be difficult," Amrick replied. "An investigator, skilled with extracting information from people, sometimes without them knowing he's doing it," he grinned and shook his head. "And that can be intimidating. "Perhaps a magical master spy?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 29, 2017, 10:48:08 PM
"We have investigators and Creighton is training them further. But, sometimes you need a specialist" she added. "I trust Creighton, yes,  I know he isn't always a nice man. But he gets the job done, usually quite neatly" she added. "There has to be someone that would want the post, and be suitable and trustworthy" she added the last two points quickly. "I still think Camear is the way to get him to stay. You know her better than I, what do you think it would take to convince her?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 29, 2017, 11:00:38 PM
"Find out what she likes to do, and make sure there is a lot of it here," he shrugged as a note from Creighton arrived.

"It appears that a Saddler Sergeant Oran Baranbrant has subdued and captured a trainer for the Imperial Knights Immortal, though I think the old boy is closed to past it. I have him locked up very securely, and I'll talk to the sergeant after he comes out from under the surgeon's knife. Back to the other bastards now."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 29, 2017, 11:41:55 PM
"More imperial bastards" she grumbled, "I really hate those guys. Always plotting and planning" she said, "I wonder if he was working with Lecter. I will ask Brock about Camear. I still owe her a day out, perhaps he can suggest places to take her. Think about the sheriff position, I do think it will be important, especially as we grow. For now, I will ley you get back to work."


Tamalyn went back to get own office and worked until lunch. During lunch she talked to Brock. "I would like to hire Creighton on permanently, any suggestions on how to get him to agree?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 29, 2017, 11:44:32 PM
"I presume that you mean to ask how to make sure that Camear wants to stay," Brock replied. "To keep Creighton. To that I say, don't let her become bored. Her interests vary widely and change often, so finding that may not be obvious."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 30, 2017, 11:17:37 AM
"That would have been my follow up question, I was sort of hoping that you might know something else to convince him to stay. But, since your answer was what I, myself, came up with" she shrugged, "then I had best figure it out sooner than later." Tamalyn thought about what to do, "has she made any friends in town that you are aware of?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 30, 2017, 12:11:50 PM
"She seems to be spending a bit of time at the orphanage," he replied. "So I believe she has spent time with Helda and Kirsie, and she has made a few visits to the Lace and Rose."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 30, 2017, 01:17:01 PM
"That is helpful, thank you Brock" Tamalyn thought about what he had said, "oh" she said putting things together, "interesting, I didn't realize" she said to herself saying nothing more. She wondered how that worked, but it really wasn't any of her business. It did put a different twist on things. "Perhaps I will ask her to help with the ladies group. She would be quite useful and has already met most of the militia wives."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 30, 2017, 06:59:24 PM
"That mighht get her attention," he nodded. "She's probably known a lot of army wives, as she once was an army wife."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 30, 2017, 09:17:34 PM
Tamalyn nodded, "thank you, I will consider my options" she said eating her lunch.
After lunch Tamalyn went to talk with Flagg, "tell me about the trainers of the knights invisible. Are they knights themselves, or what?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 30, 2017, 09:54:24 PM
He sat back and thought. "They are mages of a power that worries Vonda," he replied. "I read the report about this one, and he has power, but I think he's in decline. I would suspect him of being a fraud, but he had a ring that will kill anyone but its owner from wearing it. It will be an interesting story, when it is fully disclosed. Even if he is in his dotage, taking him alive, and with one man, was a feat.""
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 30, 2017, 10:25:26 PM
"But, they aren't official part of the rankings, for lack of a better term. I mean, they aren't warriors or knights, or what ever you want to call them. Are they more like teachers, or is there more than that?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 30, 2017, 10:30:39 PM
"They taught, they made items of power, they performed magical assassinations," he shook his head in thought. "They were involved in much."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 30, 2017, 10:49:51 PM
"I see" she said thoughtfully, "what other sorts were or are there? It seems that I keep running into imperials and I think that I should be aware of what could show up next. In their dotage or prime, knowledge is power" she added, "I have heard of another type. My mother and Francesca Bragg used to run across them, many years ago. But, I have never heard their names, just that they wore gray cloaks."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 30, 2017, 10:53:11 PM
"Skyldan," he replied. "I've heard of them, never seen them and haven't heard much, but they may have been involved with the old tamples."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 30, 2017, 11:02:05 PM
"Like Dureath's temples? So far we have only found two, I suspect that she had more than two" she added. "Alright, so we have knights, invincible, trainers, and skyldans, anything else out there?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 30, 2017, 11:22:08 PM
"If there is, nobody mentioned it to me," he replied. "I believe that your father has thinned the ranks of imperial power in all of its forms over the years."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 30, 2017, 11:40:25 PM
"So we have been told, and yet I was attacked in my study by a group of invincibles, not that they are actually invincible" she added, "you should remember" she smiled, "you were there. And, that wasn't even the first tine I have seen thern. So, I will just keep expecting them to pop up to ruin my day. Back to this particular man, what do you think brought him here?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 30, 2017, 11:50:12 PM
"I couldn't begin to guess," he admitted. "But most of the imperial power base is scatted across the world. I suppose if I were to let my paranoia run a bit, he may be here to see where our army is, but according to the reports I've heard, the patrol was riding to an alarm about a robbery in the happening."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 12:10:07 AM
"True, but then he claimed he was the one being attacked. That was the reason he gave for not being arrested at any rate" she added. "What is in that location?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 12:12:14 AM
"It is a mile down the road from a farm in one direction and a few more miles from a farm in the other," he replied. It is also a bit more than a mile down the road from where the former horse station, that was moved up to the crossroads."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 12:26:31 AM
"So there is nothing there. Now that is unusual. Thank you for your help" she turned and went back inside, "Indra, let's go see where the arrest took place. I would like to know what was there and who rang the bell" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 12:28:16 AM
Indra nodded and sent for horses, and the obvious extra guards. "Good day for a ride," Indra said. "And you can wave at Mirace."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 12:44:38 AM
"I could" she nodded, "though I am more interested in finding out about this arrest and checking on the Sadler sergeant" she admitted. "I want to know what was being robbed, and by whom.I am also curious about who the rest of those arrested were." They rode out, "I think we should see the men at the horse station first. We can get one of them to show us the exact location."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 12:50:44 AM
"It's right across the road, spare a wave," Indra chuckled as they mounted and rode off. It was a good day for a ride, warm but not hot and the wind was light. "It's never like this when we train," she looked up at the sky. "It rains during training."

"I've battled in the hail," Dread agreed.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 11:12:18 AM
"That cannot possibly be true" Tamalyn countered, "at most I would suggest that you only remember the training training sessions" she looked at Dread, "or the hailing ones, because those are the more miserable experiences. But, what brought that to your mind" she asked Indra.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 12:11:11 PM
"It's the way of the military mind," she grinned. "Days like this remind us of the rain, hail and snow we've seen. The nice days are just that, nice. The miserable days made us."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 02:21:49 PM
"Nice days always make me wonder what is going to happen next. It seems like if I am trying to enjoy my day, someone picks that day too try to kill me. Hopefully they ate all in custody now" she added with a smile. Not wanting to spend too long away Tamalyn shouted the journey along with her powers and very shoryly they arrived at the new horse station. "I have some questions about the arrests earlier. But first, how is Saddler Sergeant Baranbrant doing? We're his injuries serious?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 04:48:44 PM
"Baranbrant was hit with a poisoned bolt, My Lady," Color Sergeant Paela Macdane reported. "The surgeon has him patched and the healer has dome good work, but the poison, in part resists healing magic. Fortunately, he's as strong as an ox and the wound was field dressed right away."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 07:56:28 PM
"May I see him? After, I would like one of those who were first on the scene to accompany us to the location where the arrest and burglary occurred."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 08:29:09 PM
They were admitted to a bright and sunny ward, widows open for fresh air and covered in a fine cloth that allowed the breeze and held out the flies. Miraca was staring down at Baranbrant, quite grumpily. A nurse entered the room with a tea tray, but the pot wasn't filled yet. "We saw this poison in the camps," Miraca instructed the nurse. "They sent the Kiritan after those that ran away, brew the tea when the great fool wakes and pour it into him, no milk or sugar, and wrap the leaves in a sachet and lay it over the wound and bandage over it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 08:38:21 PM
"Good afternoon Baronetess Spicer" she said greeting the newest noble, "what kind of tea are you recommending for this poison? It could be important for posts and forts to have in hand" she suggested. "What does the sachet do for the wound?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 09:09:08 PM
"Any poison in the body and organs is drawn to the tea and passes out of the body," she replied. "The leaves draw it out of the wound. It can take a bit, but it does help."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 09:29:33 PM
"Is it just regular tea then? Not any specific type of tea?" She asked her confused.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 09:31:43 PM
"Oh no," she replied. "There are many different leaves that make it up, I was just telling you what it did."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 09:42:37 PM
"Alright" she nodded, "perhaps you could send a sample to the hospital so we could determine if it would be useful to add to the medical kits" she suggested. "Anyway, how is he doing" she said turning to Baranbrant. "Has he been awake at all?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 09:46:37 PM
He was a little awake earlier," Miraca replied. "He mumbled many oaths against what he called a short-arsed pointy-eared shite and sneak. I think the medicines they gave him to fix his belly are still pretty strong in him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 10:03:30 PM
Tamalyn laughed, "perhaps, but perhaps you have just meet the sergeant. I am sure that he has always been polite and proper with you, but he had a hard day today and probably didn't realize he was talking to you. If he is cursing, he will probably be fine."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 10:15:10 PM
"I've heard a lot of soldiers' curses," she grinned a bit. "His is more poetic."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 10:18:59 PM
"With you, or in his cursing?" She asked her still looking at him. Tamalyn used her power to study the wound.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 10:23:28 PM
"His cursing," she replied, "at least compared to most of the soldiers I've heard."

His wounds were fairly serious, the surgeon has repaired his bowel and left him open to drain as it appeared they expected at least a mild infection. They'd used magic, or so she felt, and various compounds, but she could feel the venom of the bolt spreading through his body."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 10:27:40 PM
"Oh" she said approaching him. She put her hand close to him and tried to pull the poison out.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 10:36:15 PM
As Tamalyn stared at the covered wound, Miraca looked down to see what she she was looking at, and then saw a small dark spot slowly form on the cloth. Tamalyn knew that she hadn't found every drop of it, but the tiny bit left was just that, tiny.

"You're not as scary as your father," Miraca nodded thoughtfully, "but you are interesting." She bent and sniffed the bandage. "That's the stuff. You can smell the hint of corruption to it."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 10:50:44 PM
"There are many who would disagree with your statement, but, thank you" she nodded. "I did notice that your house seemed to have grown. Did you tell him about wanting glass for your greenhouses?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 10:56:48 PM
"He built metal frames and glassed them," she nodded. "Now we're trying to fill the two dozen more he built us as well. It feels like cheating."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 11:15:46 PM
"I suppose that it could be considered that way, but if it is cheating than the entire province has cheated" she added, "all of Tamber city was built that way. And the orphange was built the evening before the boats landed in the camps. I don't see it as cheating, I see it as using the abilities available so we can focus on the truly important things. Like people" she looked at the man before them. "He is more important than where you got your glass" she shrugged. "Now you don't have to worry about how you are going to get things done, you can focus on other things, like your tea plants, your bees, and all of the other items you grow" she specifically didn't mention the people who would be moving into her village soon. No reason to worry her. "I have to go. I want to see where this happened and find out what or who was burglarized. Please, excuse me" she said, "he will be alright now" she added.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on December 31, 2017, 11:28:30 PM
"Until he heals enough for me to hit him a few times," Miraca growled.

"Feeling a marriage in the making?" Indra asked.

"She'll make him work for it," Dread chuckled.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on December 31, 2017, 11:49:41 PM
"No she won't. His getting wounded just sealed it. She may not realize it yet, but wanting to hit him told me that he is hers. Or she is his" she shrugged, "either way, things will easier now."
They went back to the horses, "do we have our guide yet" she asked mounting.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 01, 2018, 12:31:52 AM
"Waiting at the gate," one of the guards replied, them murmured, "think we made him nervous."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on January 01, 2018, 12:40:04 AM
"Why would you make him nervous?" She asked him, "does he think he is in trouble or something? They did a good job today" she said not understanding but starting her horse in that direction.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 01, 2018, 12:51:15 AM
"Young trooper surrounded by a lot of white uniforms," Gread shrugged.

The young man bowed and led the way, it is close to three miles," he reported. "A bit over two to the lady that raised the alarm."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on January 01, 2018, 01:00:59 AM
"Then we will stop and visit her first. I would like to know what was stolen, or attempted" she paused, "will you please tell me about the incident" she asked him.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 01, 2018, 01:07:51 AM
"From what we can see, the chase actually started just up ahead, a man on a heavy cart and the men on foot, they started chasing him at a copse of trees a mile or so ahead. He managed to whip up his horse and lead them for a while and screaming for help as he rode."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on January 01, 2018, 08:53:00 AM
'Which man shoot the Sadler Sergeant? And where is the wagon?" Tamalyn asked quickly before he could begin speaking again.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 01, 2018, 01:39:12 PM
"The one that took a sword hack to the face," the trooper replied. "Kirit, dead as they get. The wagon is back at the post, my lady, under guard."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on January 01, 2018, 04:30:47 PM
"Thank you for answering both questions, but I had wanted to know if it was the one in the wagon or the one chasing the wagon who injured the sergeant" she corrected herself.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 01, 2018, 05:25:45 PM
"The one with the crossbow was chasing the cart, as was the mage," the Trooper replied. "Although how a man that old and feeble-looking could have chased it with the rest is something that has me curious. He looked absolutely feeble and seemed exhausted when I saw the saddler sergeant drop him."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on January 01, 2018, 05:43:16 PM
"I should have asked before we left, we will have to return to the station so I can see what is in the wagon" she told Indra and Dread. She turned back to the trooper leading them, "Alright, so they were chasing a man in a wagon, and a woman rang the alarm. What happened to the wagon driver?" She asked ignoring his question of how such an old man could keep up with the wagon.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 01, 2018, 06:53:54 PM
"Held for questioning," the trooper replied. "He's locked up at the station, along with the rest."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on January 01, 2018, 07:16:12 PM
"Was the wagon searched? What was he hauling?" She asked him. She was also searching the area around her for anything that may have been thrown away from the incident.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 01, 2018, 07:17:57 PM
"It is locked away for the Sheriff to inspect," the trooper answered.
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on January 01, 2018, 11:45:02 PM
 Tamalyn smiled, "I am glad to hear it. Tell me about the woman who rang the alarm bell. Did she just observe the incident, or could she have been involved??
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 02, 2018, 12:05:22 AM
"A farm wife," he replied. "She was tending her garden when the wagon flew by, it set all of her dogs off and scared her witless, then she saw the running men behind it and sounded the alarm."
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Milady Kim on January 02, 2018, 12:16:58 AM
 She nodded, "I am glad she wasn't involved. Though, I would still like to talk to her" Tamalyn responded. "Is it much further?"
Title: Re: The Tamber Saga
Post by: Lord Palatine on January 02, 2018, 12:46:13 AM
"Just ahead," he pointed ahead and as they approached he rode to the gate and rang a small bell. An older woman peered out the door. "The Grand Duchess would like to speak with you about today's excitement," he explained, which coaxed her out far enough to study the people at her gate before she approach.

"Yes?" </