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PostSubject: Spectacles   Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:03 pm

Elene Cromwyll knew she had made a mistake the minute Yoren Halscreft left the city alive.

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:33 pm

A journal in hand, Heartbeater Poing ascends the steps of a well-manicured garden in a secluded area of the coastline in Monteport. Reaching the seventh step from the top, he stops, and taps the step solidly with a cane in a specific pattern.

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:40 pm

The door swings open silently, seemingly of it's own accord.

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:46 pm

Pressing his hat flatly upon his head, Poing enters. He closes the door behind him, and it latches on its own several times over. Ignoring the nice living area, he walks into the third bedroom and pushes on a panel behind the bed, revealing a staircase down. Once underground, he comes to the true front door of his associate's lair. He cracks his knuckles and knocks thrice.

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:58 pm

The door opens. Iridesce Pitchvice sits behind a desk, the smoke of his customary cigarette curling above his head. "Ah, Poing. What do I owe this pleasure?"

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:03 pm

"S'not a pleasure this time," the burlier man growls, tossing the journal down onto the table. "Got this from a courier last evenin', spent all night walkin' here. Lady Cromwyll's gone. Some say killed." The journal contains a ledger with various details of their exploits across the past millenium or so. "We gotta organize."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:34 pm

The slighter-framed man blows a puff of smoke towards the ceiling. "Dead, hmm? Unfortunate but not wholly unexpected. Yes... I believe it's time to come out of retirement."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:39 pm

"She did warn us. Halscreft was bad news. Said she knew she'd made a mistake the minute he left the city alive. Real darn shame, though. She got us, what, almost a quarter of the country's gold in trade over the last 1500 years? Real darn shame." He cracks his knuckles again. "Not ta mention the weapon stores. I'm gon haul up shop an' empty my Sparalong stash. Got enough gold down there to skyrocket the crime rate when I need."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:51 pm

"Ah, so it was the Halscreft lad? That is difficult to believe. Not impossible, but..."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:55 pm

"Revenge is the tastiest dessert, and she did have 'im beat up. S'no surprise he'd try it. Bit shocked he managed, but now it's time for some tasty revenge of our own. She's got his address right here." He opens the journal to the opening cover. "Halscreft Enchanted."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:05 pm

"Not very good with names, is he? Perhaps I shall pay him a visit personally before too long..."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:07 pm

"I could help rough him up later on, but you're the best pick to scope out the place. I'll get in touch with the others. Fast travel's always been easy for me. Think we can safely return here after this, or should we pack up and use a safehouse?"

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:11 pm

"Caution is always best advised. I believe I will need to leave this lair vacant for a time."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:19 pm

"Best take what we need then and clear out." He withdraws a disguise from under the desk. Quickly donning the garments, he holds up a slightly cracked pair of spectacles. "This is far from perfect, but it ought to convince the dock workers. And if not, my fists can do the rest of the convincing."

He puts the spectacles on. "The safehouse in the flower fields is the best place to head first. How about we meet there again in about a week?"

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:22 pm

"Very well. The usual signal?"

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:25 pm

"Usual signal."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:45 pm

Pitchvice nods and stands to prepare for his own departure.

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:01 pm

Poing leaves.

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The spectacle that was the talk of the town, back in the era long since dead, was the Mormont Estate. It had been newly redecorated - at least the exterior. Nalima scurries around the crowd in the town plaza, gleaning bits of information from the newspapers on the stands. The information hidden within is often cryptic, or referential to something entirely different from what it appears. The Mormont Estate is only mentioned because the newspaper was bribed to implicate the new Lord in the disappearance of the old residents.

Not that Nalima's rich enough to care. Not much she could do, anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:13 am

A stop at the hairdresser, then, to pick up new ribbons for Eisele - they're a birthday present, and remarkably cheap. On the way back, Nalima just happens to head by the Mormont Estate. It's just a coincidence, really. Of course it's just a coincidence. For all the people walking by and checking out the newly cleaned exterior, it's sheer happenstance that their paths should coincide with the house so notably rumored in the day's paper. Naturally.

"Ah, Lady Croix," calls out a pleasant voice beneath an elegant rose mask as she passes. Nalima turns and finds a familiar woman, also featured in resent articles, her reputation highly favorable: Lady Elene Cromwyll. The woman curtsies slightly, with not a hint of deference. "It's been a pleasure to witness your handiwork at the embroidery fair. I know people who would love to learn your secrets on doing the roses." Small talk. A minor dig at Nalima's station - dismissing her claim to a title by comparing her to a craftswoman. Disregarding the fact that the Croix family emblem heavily featured roses. Nalima ignores the slight and curtsies deeper. Best not to enrage the powerful and wealthy. Before she can open her mouth, Lady Cromwyll interrupts. "I have an invitation for you and your brothers. I'm hosting a ball this upcoming weekend, and I'd love to have you attend. Don't worry about the details, there will be room for many people. Think it over, won't you?"

Before Nalima can respond, Elene is swept away by the crowd of passersby, gone without a trace. The newly polished manor, with its new tinted window where once there had been a gargoyle, is a timeless pillar of silence, witness to the deal that was just struck.

Nalima strolls back home to deliver the invitations to her family, and to discuss with her brother Rexley their options.

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:47 pm

When she arrives home, Rexley greets her with a nod and a quiet, "Sister."
Noticing the envelope, he raises a single eyebrow. "And what's this?"

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:49 pm

"Invitations to Lady Cromwyll's ball. The invitation extended specifically to myself, you, and Noël."
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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:54 pm

"Peculiar. Why on earth would she go to the trouble of specifically inviting the three of us... We can hardly refuse an invitation from her."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:56 pm

"True. But what could she want with us?"

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:03 pm

"I'm not sure. However, for her to take specific notice of us after all this time... That does not necessarily bode well."

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PostSubject: Re: Spectacles   Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:24 pm

"The rich and powerful are not to be trifled with."

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