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PostSubject: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:28 pm

Tod and Yoren, on their way to Kevranstown, begin the journey with silence. It was not precisely a silence of discomfort, and it was not precisely discomforting; yet the silence was evocative of suppressed words, and this lent the journey some awkwardness of its own. Neither of the pair exactly wanted to speak -- nor did they need to speak, having nothing to say and not much in the way of companionship at all. Or, at least, that's what the silence between them would suggest. Each occupied himself for a while with some other manner of activity, until the thoughts borne of the silence grew too heavy upon the minds of one of them...

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:32 pm

Yoren seems to ponder how to speak for a few seconds longer, and then says

"Veraltet, what would you say the proper course of action is when threatened by a magical talking window demon?"

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:33 pm

Turning the page of his book, Tod replies without looking up. "Take a brick to it, usually."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:36 pm

"According to the window demon, breaking it and murdering all its servants, which may or may not now include my sister, will not cause it to cease existing."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:44 pm

"...Pardon?"

Tod closes his book and looks up. He looks incredibly thoughtful for a second. "Can the demon be reasoned with? Appeased? I know little of demonology. Hm... Perhaps we could inquire with Lord Eirich, the Master Archivist? He is said to be quite informed on matters concerning demons. And if not, he surely has books on them."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:48 pm

"Might be I should seek him out. It seemed to possess reason, and grew amused after a time."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:59 pm

"That is worrisome. You said your sister might be one of its servants now? Perhaps you could tell me an approximation of the demon's exact words?"

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:01 pm

"I could. But I doubt it will make much sense to you."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:38 pm

"Hmm... Perhaps the ideas in this book apply to talking windows as well. You didn't happen to share your full name with the demon, did you?

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:41 pm

"I did not. It apparently at least knew my last name, though."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:43 pm

"Oh dear."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:45 pm

"Eh. It hardly matters now."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:00 pm

Tod looks for a moment, deciding what to say. Eventually he gives up, and returns to his book.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:11 pm

"Would you like to know the " why" of Elene? The tale itself is rather long, but we've nothing but time at the moment."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:16 pm

"Why certainly." Tod sets aside his book politely.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:04 pm

"Alright then." Yoren gazes out the window, his eyes unfocusing slightly. And then, he begins to speak.

"I, am an assassin. Elene Cromwyll was my... Teacher? Lover? Confidant? I suppose all of these things applied for the five years and change I lived in Berkshire.

I met Elene just after I'd learned to fight prorperly. My first actual Contract, before my apprenticeship, was to poison a young Berkshireian noblewoman . Make it look like she died in her sleep. I was thirteen at the time. Little known to me, Elene had the same Contract from a different person. I arrived at the manse first, with the foolish notion of being able to pull this off perfectly. As is the folly of many an overconfident lad, but it was mine especially. I slipped into the manse silently, and made my way to the woman's sleeping chamber.

The creak of the door to her rooms must have wakened her, I suppose. She saw me as I stepped into the room, and all my carefully laid plans went out the window. I turned what should've been an easy in/out into... A travesty. I must've stabbed that poor woman fifty times just to make sure she was dead... Elene, as she told me later, watched from the shadows and liked what she saw. Needless to say, when she stepped out of the shadow of the curtain, I liked what I saw. She was beautiful. Milk-pale skin, the silk of her dress clinging in an alluring way to every curve. Hair the color of the night itself, and wicked, wicked eyes. Eyes you could drown in and wouldn't care. Even then, now, I can see manipulation. I can see her begin to tie the strings that night. She congratulated me on entering the manor undetected. She lauded the fact that even, young and panicked, I üūhad the wits to finish  what I started. And then, she made me an offer. She offered to teach me. Offered me a place to stay, which was more than I'd had up until then.

My young, and I confess, lovestruck, mind seized the opportunity. The opportunity for knowledge. The opportunity for power. I saw no danger in this beautiful woman. And thus, she took me in. And began to train me. In the ways of an assassin, yes. But also in the ways of a courtier. I went to parties, danced with noblewomen who were a candle to her sun, and learned to poison even more effectively during my nights.  Eleven months would pass in this manner. At the start of the twelfth month of my apprenticeship, she gave me my first task. Infiltrate a High Lord's party and kill one of the guests who was causing unrest. I'd just turned fourteen.

I did so, and nearly flawlessly this time. Elene paid me for the crime. With gold... And with her body. That... That lovemaking was ecstasy. If I wasn't before then, after that night I was completely hers. And so I would remain... For four years. Until I came to my senses."

He falls silent, eyes clearing slowly.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:20 pm

As Tod listens to the silence, a vision springs up to Yoren's mind. Instead of Elene and her beauty, he sees... the manor. The one where the High Lord had hosted that fateful party. In many ways, that party had changed Yoren's life.

The great stone manor loomed forward, it seemed, in the pink sky of sunset. Rich men and women stood, quite reserved, talking about banking and investments and planned vacations. Glasses of incredibly watered alcohol glittered in their glasses.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:33 pm

Yoren, clad in a white silk shirt, black silk trousers, and a black coat with silver needlework accents, makes his way up the steps of the manor. A butler reads the invite he flashes and ushers him inside. He scans the crowd, looking for his target.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:41 pm

He does not immediately find her, and soon his searching is interrupted.

"Why, aren't you a little young to be attending these things?" chides a honey-sweet voice behind him.

"Oh, I'm only joking, dear. I'm Marie Pia. What's your name?" A woman extends a hand to him.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:45 pm

"Raven Mormont." Yoren takes the proffered hand and brings it lightly to his lips. "How do you do, Lady Pia?"

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:56 pm

"Oh, it's just a delightful evening~ You've got to try the pastries, they're simply divine."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:15 pm

Yoren picks one of said pastries up, takes a bite, chews.

"No poison that I can tell... I must wonder what made that...woman... Come over here though. I was hoping for an in and out job."


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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:32 pm

"So, you're the dashing Lord Mormont, eh? I've heard about you. Apparently you're a long lost heir to an all but dead line. Got any plans for what you'll do to revive it?"

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:37 pm

"'Dashing'? Laying it on a bit thick there, aren't you?"

He smirks at her, in a playful but well-meaning way.

"No plans for anything of the sort at the moment, no."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:21 pm

"I've heard you've quite cleaned up the place after your... Great-aunt?"

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