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PostSubject: Manor Dungeon   Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:24 pm

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Cobwebs and broken glass, along with crates of ridiculously expensive wine. Chandeliers lie on their sides on the cold, uncarpeted ground. There is a knife through one of the antique paintings on the wall by the door. Other than that, the room is completely dark.

The rest of the manor outside the dungeon is... quite small, for a manor. This means, of course, that it doesn't get its massive gardens and landscaping. It's in the less desirable real-estate area, meaning it has to abide the neighboring buildings in the crowded city. There might be another establishment upstairs, but who can tell from inside?

There are probably several buildings of the like in Berkshire, none with any true distinctive characteristics.

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:16 pm

"Ah, yes, yes I am. Did you have questions for me, then? Come, come inside."

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:39 pm

She does, bowing with her usual grace. "My apologies for intruding, but I wanted to ask about the events that transpired. I fear two of my friends may be in big trouble..."
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:48 pm

"Technical details? The enchantments on the inn were neglected, unfortunately, so I had to relinquish ownership."

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:44 pm

"Neglected?"
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:27 am

"Apparently there were a few flaws in planning. Only new buildings were tested for up-to-date enchantments, and that tower was pretty old... So now all the older families are rushing to contact inspection services, to make sure they don't lose valuable assets in a similar accident."

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:46 am

"I see... So if it WAS intentional, then whoever did it must have known that..."
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:06 pm

"It'd be really hard to know that, especially for those traveling girls who were staying here. That's where it started, their floor. They must have had a rowdy night. Things of the like have happened before."

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:18 pm

"They have?"
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:11 pm

"Yeah, you hear about it all the time. A couple of teenagers get rowdy, next thing you know there's mass destruction." He shrugs.

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:23 pm

Valentine pauses momentarily, seems to be pondering something.
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:58 pm

The inkeeper maintains his broad, inviting smile, though he checks his watch as if impatient.

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:40 am

I don't think I'll get much else out of him, and he seems to have other matters to attend to... Valentine stands and bows. "Thank you very much for your time, sir. I shall take my leave now... I have other people to inquire to."
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:10 pm

The innkeeper bows magnanimously, and shuts the door slowly.

---INTERLUDE---

"Don't you dare tell me what Noel would have wanted."

"Well, don't you talk to me in that way, woman!" growls a pale, redhaired man with a scar above his eye. "Ah can promise you, I seen my fair share a fights. Now do as you're told an--"

Nalima turns a flat gaze upon the other members of the room as her axe returns to her side. Some cower back; some sit forward in anger.

"I would appreciate if you didn't kill any more of my men, Lady Croix. If worst comes to worst..."

"I have no allegiance to you. Only to Noel."

The man in charge leans forward with a small half-smile. "And you're in debt. Noel was in debt, Noel had his payment taken, Noel's debt passes to you. You brought us the girls, but not their coin. Something's gotta happen, Lady, and you know it."

The woman tosses her hair. "You'll be given your due before the night is through. I can promise you that. I should confer with my brother. Don't make any fatal mistakes while I'm gone."

She struts off into the darkness, leaving quite a few of the men inside distracted.

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Perhaps Valentine will pay a visit to the Croix Manor, to see the surviving siblings, Rexley, Nalima, and Eisele? Or perhaps Lord Brennzhefler "Benny" Archenoptyre, an apparent close friend of the late Noel?

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:59 pm

Valentine ponders her next move as she walks off, and decides to pay Benny a visit, if only just to be thorough.
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:05 pm

A very angry looking man opens the door to his house, which is significantly less than a manor. "Hello?" he asks in a tone which contrasts his upset appearance. That is to say, it's pleasant enough, not a whine or a mutter or anything that his face would suggest.

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:27 pm

Valentine bows politely. "Greetings, Lord Archenoptyre. Might I trouble you for a moment? I wanted to discuss something with you..."
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:23 pm

"Why certainly. Do come in."

He gestures to a room with two couches and a bear rug.

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:13 pm

Valentine enters the room. "I'm afraid my topic of discussion concerns the events surrounding Noel's... Untimely passing. Are you willing to talk about it...?"
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:49 pm

His voice raises a bit boisterously. "Honestly, me covering up and sticking up for Noel was proof of how much I supported him. But now the rest of the family won't even let me visit his funeral! Why, they've all but declared war." He smirks. "Fortunately, they're in my debt. They better do something soon, before I do something that ruins them."

His face grows more solemn, and he himself takes a seat. His voice returns to a general calm. "I think Noel was murdered because he just got the funds to cover his debt. Either he got them illegally and someone wanted justice, or someone just really hated his family. Either way, and I get this info from a special source, but the cash was handed off to a pair of young girls."

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:34 pm

"Hm... He had a debt, you say?"
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:38 pm

"You know. Business." He gives her a significant look. "Deals and stuff. Membership dues and the like. For protection." Benny shakes his head sadly. "He was a nice guy, I hate to lose him."

He takes a drink from some bottle sitting next to him. That must be why he's so open to talking.

"But you know what they say. Money makes everything. He was a friend in life cause he was willing to pay. But his dragon of a sister, well, she's trying her hardest to cut off ties. But that ain't easy to do, when you rack up a bill like Noel did. Loyalty means nothing if the gold is gone."

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:36 am

"When you say "protection", you mean protection from...?"
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:21 pm

"Assassinations. Enemies."

Thinking about enemies seems to spark something in his mind. He leans forward and squints suspiciously at his guest. "Wait a second. Who are you again?"

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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:24 pm

Perhaps sensing that it wouldn't be good to stay much longer, Valentine stands and bows hastily. "I am Valentine Gatsby, M'Lord. You've perhaps talked with my father before? Anyway, I should really be going... My friends might be in danger..."
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PostSubject: Re: Manor Dungeon   Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:50 pm

"Gatsby.... Gatsby...." Satisfied, he stands up. "It's a pleasure meeting you, miss Gatsby. Allow me to show you to the exit."

---INTERLUDE---

"There will be no ransom, in any case."

"As I thought, brother. Besides, they are travelers. Still, if they were implicit in Noel's death, they will pay. My younger brother doesn't deserve this..." Nalima looks on the verge of tears, which only makes her face look more angry and wrathful in that instance.

"Whether they pay or not," declares the High Seat of House Croix - Lord Rexley himself - "We will make it out of this crisis without adding further indignities to Noel's name."

"And sell our own souls into service to stay saints?" she demands, desperate and upset.

"..."

"...You are right. I should go and free them before night falls, and their leader takes an authoritative position."

"Nalima... I am sorry. I know this has been hard on you..."

"I will see him avenged, Rexley. One way or another."

And with that, she turns and leaves, looking very small and sorrowful in spite of all her physical stature.

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Events are starting to unfold with clarity, it seems. Now the sun looks as if to set already. Time is of the essence.

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