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

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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 7:34 pm

"Something like that. Everything seems to be returning to at least a semblance of order, anyway."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:25 pm

"That's good, that's good... I noticed your House doesn't seem to have made any public announcements regarding political affiliation. You know, the Mayor is starting to look unpopular among certain districts. One must wonder how long it'll be until he's assassinated. And when he's replaced... You may want connections."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:28 pm

"What sort of "connections" are you implying?"

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:48 pm

"You know, there are multiple types of Berkshire people. There are the High Lords, the ones who have the pledged service of smaller noble houses vying for power and all that jazz. Then there are the wealthy families who genuinely don't care about exercising their power over the other nobles. They're just here so the view isn't spoiled by the commoners while they lounge about in their jewelry. Some people want power and fame, where others merely want comfort and glamour. Your presence at this party tells me all I need to know about your goals. Surely you're here to make connections with High Lord Loris, no?"
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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:51 pm

"Hardly." Yoren scoffs. "I'm here on... Personal business."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:53 pm

Lady Pia snorts. "Aren't we all." She winks at him, knowing full well the "personal business" is just a front for... connections.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:55 pm

Yoren pushes his glasses up on his nose. Could he be... Nervous?

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:58 pm

Lady Pia seems to think so, and promptly does her best to comfort him. "Aw, don't worry yourself too much, kid. It's hard taking on the mantle of responsibility so young, but I'm sure you'll do great! And if you ever need advice, you can come see me, y'hear? I'll do what I can for you."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:01 am

"Thank you. I apologize. This is my... Um, first foray into Berkshirean society. I probably stick out like warded glass in a decrepit old shack."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:12 am

"Well, you're expected to stick out anyways. Nobody really remembers your great aunt. I mean, some stories about her are passed down... Apparently the late Lady Mormont once visited a banker, came back without shoes, and didn't eat for three days straight after that." She chuckles, then clears her throat.

"But my point is, you're young. And you're a neutral party. And you haven't hired an advisor to make your political choices for you. And you've been attending all these parties without making any concrete connections. Some people are curious, others dismissive of you because of your youth. But I... I see great potential in you!"

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:18 am

"Young? Bah. How old would you say I am? And besides... Being a neutral party means everyone is all the more surprised when you do make a move. As long as I'm a wildcard, yet mostly nonthreatening, most people will overlook the fact that I move among them."

Yoren's tall for his age, even then.


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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:24 am

"Most of the political players here are well over fifty. I mean, it's hard to tell given the stopping of age. They usually are forced into retirement around a hundred and twenty or so, when the aging continues, true, but players don't tend to enter the highest circles until they've been hosting their own independent social ploys for twenty or so years. My point is, most people enter having been observed, measured, predictable. This has advantages and disadvantages to it. I mean, yes, you're a wildcard, and you'll be overlooked... But if you want power, being overlooked isn't a great first step. Of course, you may have some grand scheme, and I won't get in your way."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:30 am

"Being overlooked serves well, right until you snatch the king's own crown from his head and his knife from its scabbard. I have little interest in overt power, honestly. And the world is larger than Berkshire, and the games to be played and prizes," his dark eyes glint

"all the greater. We're all just children playing with knives compared to the Royal Family and their workings. It's like comparing a man who's killed and a lad with dreams of being a soldier."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:32 am

Lady Pia blinks.

"...Well."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:35 am

"Got you tonguetied now. Congratulations. You didn't overtly call me crazy. I like that."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:37 am

Lady Pia starts chuckling.

"You'll do great, kid."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:40 am

"Stop calling me that. I'm trying to act like something other than a greenhorn thirtee-"

He realizes where that went and bites off the rest of the sentence.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:07 am

"As you command, milord." Lady Pia makes an elegant bow.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:39 am

Yoren laughs. "Don't do that either, the sarcasm is noticeable. You've got to make them think the knife coming out of their chest is their own idea, and talking sarcastically hardly helps."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:45 am

"Who said I'm trying to stab you?" she retorts with a smirk.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:46 am

"Metaphorically! We're all trying to stab each other!"

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:50 am

"Ah-ah-ah! That's what alliances are for. You see, there's some people you stab in the back. But sarcasm is frontal, so it's almost like tipping your hat and telling your mates: 'Oy there! Beau'iful day! Don't run into my knife, and y'can have a fun vacation!' Like so."

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:54 am

"And sometimes people run into other people's knives to make alliances stronger."

Wink.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:04 am

"Who authorized you to wink at me?" Mock outrage.

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PostSubject: Re: A Carriage Trip Down Memory Lane   Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:06 am

"I need no authorization. Last I checked, you can wink at whoever you like as long as you bear the consequences."

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