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PostSubject: Croix Manor   Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:54 pm

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Calling it a manor is probably a little extreme, as far as housing goes in this city. Still, the place's name is indicative of the spirit of its inhabitants: they refuse to surrender their dignity, to the point that the pretense seems a little embarrassing.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:12 pm

"You sure? You don't look so hot." after saying so much, Ina realises that the statement could be taken in an embarrassing way and hastily ammends, ...er, well.

Probably didn't help her case much with that.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:28 am

Valentine grins a bit before turning back to the matter at hand. "We still should check, just to be sure..."
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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:39 pm

Leticia doesn't even notice that. In fact, she seems to be drifting away to unconsciousness.

Just at this moment, Lord Rexley and Lady Nalima step out of the house, the light from inside spilling out onto the darkened ground.

"We have prepared rooms for -- is something the matter?"

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:14 pm

"I think she's unconscious." Ina says bluntly.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:40 pm

"I guess it's understandable after her ordeal... Poor thing."
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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:26 pm

"Would you like to carry her inside?" Nalima addresses Ina, who is currently holding Leticia in her arms.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:48 pm

"Yes, please. Even if she stays unconscious, she should be comfortable."

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:39 pm

"Is there anything I can do?"
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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:01 pm

"I will lead you to her room. You are welcome to sleep there with her if you would prefer not to leave her," Nalima addresses Ina.

"I would." Ina nods and follows Nalima into the house.

In response to Valentine's inquiry, Lord Rexley frowns in thought. "Eisele is attempting to contact a healer, a friend of hers. The beds are made, the windows covered... Nalima insists she can deal with the law in the morning. If you know anyone you can contact on behalf of these girls, that would be helpful."

Suddenly a calm, cool voice speaks up from behind them. "That won't be necessary. You see, we have already arrived."

Another voice - a tighter voice, more cold than cool - speaks up from beside the first. "And we would quite like an explanation of what is going on."

Tod and Yoren step forward from the darkness. Tod's face is serene, his eyebrow raised expectantly. Yoren wears a mirthless, almost threatening smile.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:29 pm

"Oh, my. I assume you two are their family?" Valentine inquires, careful not to potentially upset them.
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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:42 pm

"Yes," Yoren affirms. He offers no further information, still not sure if these people are to be trusted.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:42 pm

"Indeed we are. What a pleasure to make your acquaintances. Now, if I may be so bold to inquire... Why is my sister unconscious in your manor? I'm simply curious, that's all."

Lord Rexley assumes responsibility for explaining the situation. "Ah. Well, good sir, I assume you know how politics work in this city. The two girls were caught up in the mess, I'm afraid. It was fortunate my sister decided to rescue them, permanently disabling their band of assailants."

Tod's eyes narrow. He steps forward threateningly, his voice almost a delicate hiss. "Yes, good sir, I do understand how politics work in this city. So you're implying a debt is owed for my sister's life. Well, I regret to inform you, but I shall not allow it. Not this time."

Lord Rexley holds his stance, extending a hand out in warning. "Not so. In fact, my house is quite firmly in the debt of the girls and their friend here, Miss Gatsby."

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:54 pm

"Was not one of your number among the assailants, Rexley Croix? Nalima, I believe her name was? Forgive us if we aren't accepting of your recently turned coat."

Yoren's words are barbed, and it's clear he has no like of the nobleman, though they've only just met.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Tue Dec 29, 2015 7:14 pm

Rexley sighs. "...So be it. I cannot make you trust me, and I cannot in good heart request that you do. If my word means nothing to you, then why should I bother to defend my family's honor?" In the moonlight he looks utterly defeated. "I need out of this place..." he whispers to himself.

Tod seems to be debating something. He looks back and forth between Lord Rexley and Yoren very quickly. He presses his hands to his forehead.

Finally he steps forward and shakes Lord Rexley's hand. "I have had enough political motives for a lifetime. I will trust your sense of honor can be firmer than your sister's. And I will pray you can keep her in check." He glances at Yoren pointedly, then back at Rexley. "For your own sakes, of course."

Then he turns to Valentine. "As for you, Miss Gatsby, was it?" He extends a hand to shake.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:19 pm

"Yes, that would be me, Mr...?" She greets his hand with a shake.
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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:30 pm

"Tod Veraltet. I'm Leticia's elder brother."
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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:36 pm

Yoren seems to find Valentine less of a threat than Rexley, and introduces himself. "Yoren Halscreft." He bows perfectly, having a preference to avoid physical contact.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:35 pm

"Pleased to make your acquaintances." Valentine replies, bowing in return.
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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:46 pm

After a second, Tod nods. "Show me to where my sister is," he demands of Lord Rexley.

Lord Rexley bows and gestures him inside.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:56 pm

Yoren follows as well, figuring Ina has to be somewhere within.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:19 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:57 pm

The manor is surprising for how small it is. The curtains are all black, and in the sitting room there's a funeral shroud on the floor. Lord Rexley leads the guests quickly past this sight without drawing any attention to it. Up the stairs, there are the bedrooms. Across the hall, four doors can be seen. Two are open - one is light colored, the other lit only by a candleflame on a desk with books open and a coat on the chair. One of the closed doors has a ribbon upon it, and a light seeps out from beneath the door. The other door is darkened. No other signs exist of its inhabitant, but the way the door looks strangely untouched makes the darkness hollow, and quite saddening.

However, the guest bedroom is around a corner on the other balcony. Inside, Nalima and Ina are tucking Leticia into bed. Lord Rexley knocks twice on the open door to announce his entry to the people inside. Nalima looks up.

"Rexley, who are--"

Tod interrupts. "I demand entry. I must see that the girls are taken care of."

Nalima narrows her eyes. "And who are you? I don't recognize you, and if you think I'm going to let you lay a hand on either of these girls you are quite mistaken."

Tod smirks bitterly. "What, not even if I pay the entry toll? I know how you nobles are. Coin rules everything, no?" He pulls out a pocketbook and raises an eyebrow at her.

He's testing her morality.

She passes the test. "Not at all. Rexley, what is the meaning of this?"

"These are their relatives, come to give care."

Nalima frowns. "You're certain they aren't impostors who followed me here to finish them off?" She has her hands on a short axe and is now standing to block the doorway for as long as she can.

"Having no means of identification, I thought it best if we let one of the girls confirm for us." His hand on the hilt of his sword is now visible. He stands in the back of the hallway, to block the escape route should Tod and Yoren be actual impostors.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:10 pm

Ina leaves Leticia's side long enough to poke her head out of the door. "Yoren? Tod?"" she seems a bit confused by their presences and follows up with, When'd you guys get here?"

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:57 pm

"A short while ago. How badly is Leticia injured?"

Rexley takes his hand off his hilt and relaxes finally. Nalima puts her axe down and steps back to allow Tod and Yoren inside the room.

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PostSubject: Re: Croix Manor   Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:27 pm

"I don't know. She just passed out. She seems fine from the outside. Shock, maybe?"

"Perhaps." Yoren finally speaks up. "Or perhaps she was given a slow-acting sedative. Has she ingested anything in the last few hours?"

Ina considers this a moment. "Not that I know of."

Yoren nods and poses no further questions.

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