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PostSubject: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:06 am

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A large mansion in the middle of (BLAH) Forest, it is rumored to have stood on this land since before the first trees grew in the area. The outside has a rustic look, with ivy climbing some of the walls in a tasteful manner. It seems it may have been put there intentionally, decades past.

The inside, while gigantic, is very well kept. It has a sprawling underground, with only the residents really knowing how many rooms there may be. The largest, however, is the library. The hall of records for all things necromancy, or related to such.  Painstakingly gathered by the family over the years, it also includes incident reports for a myriad of things.  There is no way someone could go through it all in their lifetime.  Even walking the long and short of it in a day is taxing, ignoring all of the vertical space. Near the entrance are two weapon stands, labeled "Ouroboros" and "Scheherazade". Weapons forged by the smith Kuro generations ago to help the family in their efforts to keep the undead in check, and serve the good of the nation. The halberd Ouroboros hangs on its rack, barely touched for years. Scheherazade's rack, however, is empty, as Amelia Rideps has taken it as her weapon of choice.

Despite the cleanliness, there are drastically fewer living here than there were not too long ago. Many of the servants, created over the generations, were unmade recently. There are more guests than workers now, though they help out.  Several of the bedrooms are left eerily undisturbed, as well.  And another goes unused for long stretches, and then is torn to pieces before sitting empty again.
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:24 am

"Alright, just shout if you need anything. We'll have the stationary and ink waiting in your room after dinnertime."
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:48 pm

Marie trains outside with the lance. She's gotten quite good with the lance in the past two months, though her stances are still delicate. She is remarkably enthusiastic and disciplined about training, which she conducts both with lances and with knives. The knives are her favorite - easier to conceal, easier to use without attracting attention, and easier to stow afterward. She's not yet good enough with the lance to feint with the lance in order to stab with the dagger, so instead she just practices her thrusts.

Suddenly a figure swoops down in front of her. Marie jumps, then peers at it -- it's familiar, from her Berkshire days. "Get help," she gasps out. "My son is gravely wounded."

Marie nods, pale, and runs inside the house, as much to escape from the familiar face as to get help.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:36 pm

She about bowls over Yanshi as she runs inside. "Woah! Where's the fire Marie?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:40 pm

"Not a fire. Someone's son is gravely wounded, out in the forest."

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:35 pm

"What? How far? Let's go, no one else is prepared to get out there."
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:08 pm

"Do we have first aid equipment? I don't know how far it is."

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:39 pm

"I've got enough in my pack to get them back here at least, as long as they aren't cut in half or something."
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:05 pm

Marie nods. "This way, then."

Lilith waits outside to show them the way. "Quick!" She floats off swiftly.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:47 pm

Yanshi dumps Yoren on a spare bed. Luckily, they have a few guest rooms cleaned up at this point, unlike the none from when Marie arrived. "Alright, I'll go figure out where the heck Malphas is hiding to come look at him. He should know if I need to go find a doctor."
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:14 am

"Should I... stay here then?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:06 pm

"Yeah, probably. He looks like a stubborn one, he'd probably wander off if he woke up and no one stopped him. Back in a flash!" Yanshi closes the door behind her and can be heard walking away.
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:22 pm

Marie sits down awkwardly and hopes he doesn't wake up.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:45 pm

Unfortunately, his eyes open after a few minutes. He doesn't speak right away, nor does he move beyond folding his arms behind his head and glancing about the room.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:01 pm

Marie puts on a faint smile and stares straight ahead, unmoving.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:07 pm

Yoren doesn't say anything. He certainly sees her, because his eyes flicked around the whole room, but he doesn't speak.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:12 pm

Best if he thinks she's a vision. Or, better yet, part of the afterlife. She continues being conspicuously motionless, her smile looking both artificial and otherworldly.
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:53 pm

Yoren sits up, extending his left hand in front of him slightly. Nothing happens. He scowls at the supposedly offending appendage. He mutters something. Still nothing. "Backlash...? Or..."

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:38 am

Marie remains motionless.

The illusion is broken by a ghost floating through the guest room wall, looking distraught. "You're awake! Thank goodness! Now, son, you have a lot of explaining to do!"
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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:55 am

"I'd assume the reason I'm elsewhere would be your doing?"

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:07 am

"Don't change the subject, child." she scolds. "By the gods! What exactly happened after my death? You became a vampire?! A mother... suffers for every time she spends away from her children. You have trodden in inauspicious waters, son." Her tirade is more melancholy than anything. Behind Lilith, Marie's smile fails to meet her eyes as a vacant, anxious expression pervades her face. Hopefully Yanshi would return before he could answer.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:58 am

"I became a vampire because if not I would've died." Yoren sounds exasperated toward the ghost. "There really wasn't much choice to the matter."

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:13 pm

Lilith doesn't appear satisfied with the answer. She crosses her arms.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:18 pm

"I affronted a certain noblewoman in Berkshire. Ina went to Berkshire with her girlfriend and the woman tried to murder her. Through something of a contrivance, or perhaps foolish luck, the woman was killed. However... Some seven years previously she cursed me, so that if she died I would soon follow."

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:32 pm

"So she didn't turn you..." Marie voices softly. Too softly to be heard by normal ears. "You weren't her servant after all. She lied."

Lilith slumps in midair. "Leticia mentioned the attempted murder. I am told the matter is no simple contrivance, but a matter of courage or terror. What could you have done to be such a target of such a powerful person at such a young age? A grudge of that magnitude... it could have finished my husband's work for him." She spits out the word husband so as to leave no confusion which one she's referencing.

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PostSubject: Re: The Rideps Family Manor   Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:52 pm

"I was her apprentice. After you... Ahem. Passed... I needed a way to get money. I started hunting through assassin contracts, taking those which struck me as corrupt. One such outing lead me to Berkshire. She also, apparently, took the same contract. I arrived first and had killed the poor woman before she got there. She was rather impressed, and offered to take me into her service. Looking back, she had a general veneer of compulsion magic about her from the first time I met her. At the time I didn't have any means of discerning this, nor likely any way to undo it. I was, to put it simply... A chess piece on the board. As for the reason of her hatred, I tried to spare someone... Once. If I could've I would've spared everyone there... But I failed anyway."

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