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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #780 on: April 15, 2018, 10:42:13 pm »
Marinne ignored the rather busty woman's backhanded comment about the size of her dining room and took the seat pulled out by one of her own maids. Watching Scylla for a moment she couldnt really fault her since it seemed she didnt waste food. Taking her time to eat her own meal she still felt full from the lunch not too long ago and only needed a top off rather than a full meal. Which worked out fine compared to her guest's appetite. But then she brought up the letter and her father. It was still tough but she could not let her face show any weakness.

Even if Scylla was here as a potential ally, it was still potential, which meant she was just as likely a potential enemy. Setting her silverware down she dabbed her lips with a napkin cleaning herself off like a proper lady. "Indeed, my father did not discuss his intentions with me either before his...death." she said admitting it out right rather than pretending she knew what was going on.

"As potent as your Red Helmet forces are they lack the civility of proper house troops and cannot be expected to deal with delicate situations. I propose the same agreement as before, access to your network and a trade agreement between our lands in addition to a defense pact that if one of us is attacked we shall defend one another. Our lands are neighbors and such an agreement would be easy to fulfill in an emergency. The Black Knights of Kreische will stand to aid you in skirmishes, especially in situations where three borders intersect." The last bit was a bit specific but it had a purpose. If there was a skirmish along a three sided border then any battle between two powers could pull the third one in, or give them an excuse to go in and aid another under the pretense of "defending themselves". The Red Helmets are not easily controlled and it could be easy to see them crossing the wrong border and raiding and looting. While the Black Knights could be trusted to maintain the battle and not produce and excuse for a third party.

"In addition to this we can offer a supply of of molasses for trade along with the usual amenities." Kreiche's land had two things going for it. IT was mountainous and it had stable weather. Those two things combined to her producing and exporting an abundance of raw minerals and metals along with stable food supplies.

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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #781 on: April 15, 2018, 11:23:55 pm »
Scylla chuckled a bit as she finished off her plate, making another while Marinne began to suggest a trade which she did come up with rather quickly. It was a standard sort of deal, but it didn't seem like it offended the woman "Oh do you imagine us raiding an innocent party? You think too little of me." she said with a chuckle, she was as much of a think as anyone else and knew the reputation of her soldier which was not wrong. She made them for a reason so the young lady was right to worry a bit about the....candor of her troops.

Scylla rubbed her chin looking off to the side. Scylla's own land did have a benefit on being filled with resources that the others didn't quite have the ability to get their hands on. They had rare game, plenty of access to some of the rarest metals and gems, and access to some of the least dangerous routes in the empire when it came to trade. They were also one of the only regions who were able to bring to heel the criminals though unlike Scylla's other neighbor  in the Domina family who took a more heavy handed approach to it. The Kaine and Domina had been in several skirmishes over the years, but neither was really able to get ahead.
The Domina might have been a better choice were it not for the fact that the head of the Domina was far too idealistic and was not a great politician, more of a soldier.

Scylla laughed "Okay." she said and looked at her for a moment, narrowing an eye as though she had a devious idea "And what if I threw in something extra? I recently came into a cache of documents, but they have no use to me. Tactical writings, forging techniques, a few old agreements for three families. I have no use for most of these, but you? You might want some of them.  " she stated with a small smile on her face "Of course, all I ask if that you spend one night with me." the look on her face said she was joking, but with her reputation it was more or less difficult to tell if she was just playing about.

She leaned back a bit "Regardless I think our alliance will be fruitful." implying she intended to honor the agreement either way.


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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #782 on: April 15, 2018, 11:43:57 pm »
Marinne shook her head and leaned on the table. "Quite the opposite. I could see another noble engaging with your troops in a skirmish battle, only to goad them into another neighbors territory." she replied. Upon hearing of Scylla's request for one night with her in exchange for some rather peculiar documents. The collector in her immediately wanted to say yes, but she had to keep a good face. And if it got out she sold her body to Scylla Kaine for some documents it would be a disaster in dealing with the politics of nobles.

"I thank you for the offer but I will have to decline. While your reputation may precede you I am still as fresh as a morning snow." she replied a bit of a rebuttal for her earlier backhanded comments. "As for the Alliance I thank you for accepting." she replied bowing her head. "I can have traders begin transporting goods to your lands within two weeks. In the meantime I would like to set up a proper means of communication. If possible we can use communications orbs. I had a set prepared before our meeting." she said.

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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #783 on: April 16, 2018, 12:26:29 am »
Scylla chuckled "Always a possibility, but that would be fun don't you think." she said before waiting to see if Marinne would accept her offer, but of course she was offered up something rather funny which drew more of a smile from her than any sort of offense "Oh? I wonder how long that will last." she chuckled with a wave of her hand.

She thought for a moment when she was told about the communication orbs "I suppose those will work, but for more expedient needs..." she said before snapping her fingers as two of the servants came over pulling something from what little clothes they had. They were just two crystals, but she began to whisper into one causing the other to glow and unleash a soft ring. She held out the other crystal for her, though she she put her ear up to it she'd hear some rather vulgar whispering.

Scylla smiled "You should meet our court witch, she works wonders. These connection stones will make communication much easier though they won't let you see my precious face." she leaned back. She would take the orb though since those were better for longer meetings. She  finished up eating or well "finished" as she told the maids to collect what was left. She leaned back "I will make sure to let the patrol know that The Hammer Family is allowed to transport goods through our borders."

She stood up "Sure you won't reconsider spending a night with me? If you must be spoiled by someone it may as well be someone of my greatness." she said as a small joke before she held her hand out telling Marinne it was okay to escort her out.


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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #784 on: April 16, 2018, 12:32:07 am »
Marinne took the crystal and nodded holding it up to her ear to hear the vulgar whispering. She desperately wanted to roll her eyes but thought beter of it as she listened to the explanation. "Very well. I will keep it on my person for emergencies." she said. Looking to one of her own maids they took a small box that had been sitting idly in the corner and brought it over to Scylla's maids. Inside was a communication orb, one of the pair was already in Marinne's map room.

Seeing the hand offered she nodded saying "I will inform my own patrols to allow your traders in as well." Taking Scylla's hand she guided her back towards the throne room and the exit. "I will have to decline. After this I have a meeting with the commander of the Black Knights to discuss their training regimen as well as surveying several projects I have going on. Packed schedule as you might imagine." she replied facing forward.

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« Reply #785 on: April 16, 2018, 01:03:48 am »
Scylla shook her head "Well with such a schedule I imagine I'll have been the highlight." she chuckled as the doors opened up to allow them to leave. She bowed towards her "I do enjoy spending time with my allies. You'll be expecting me a bit more." she informed her, and may have practically warned as she bid her farewells and left with her own servants to head back to her lands.

Chime would show up not soon after "It appears you've made your first ally." she said with a few claps of her hands a proud smile "I always imagined you doing things like this. I know she might not be ideal, but your father would have been happy with how you handled it though...." she looked past her for a moment "She was in a good mood today, normally she is much more vulgar." she stood next to her looking around. It seemed today would be pretty clear then with a meeting with The Black Knights and the projects it would busy, but not too bad.

Chime pointed towards the map room "Commander Bridge is waiting in the map room, and by the time you come out I will have the carriage prepped. You'll be checking on the bridge projects, the new forges, and the new library and I hear all of them are going well." she said, and began to leave "And when you come back your bath will be prepped and you will be done for the day." she told her as she walked off. She was trying not to hover over Marinne so she could do these things herself so she wasn't intending to follow her about on these tasks as she might have done had things played out differently in regards to timing.


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« Reply #786 on: April 16, 2018, 01:13:21 am »
Marinne nodded saying "You can forgo the bath. Two is enough for today." The bath she had in the morning and the bath after practice. Even she needed time to herself and if she could cut back a third bath in exchange for her personal time, it was a sacrifice worth making. Giving a bow to Chime she continued, "Have the scribes write down a notice about the new alliance and have messengers take it to the guard posts along the borders as well as the towns. I doubt it will each everyone right away but we can get a good seed of word of mouth started sooner rather than later. Also have papers relating to taxes between the Kreische realm and the Kaine realm put into my study. The treasury will not like the removal of these taxes but I can find a way to supplement the taxes temporarily until trade becomes more common." she said.

Giving a bow she headed towards the Map room. Marinne already had an idea for that as well. While boasted high quantity of metals and food is good. The Kreische land was also known for its exceptional blacksmiths, known as some of the best in the EMpire. They were not officially part of the Kreische family but many came from long lineages and lived here for as long as anyone can remember. Whether they stay because of the treatment of the Kreische family or simply the large amount of metal to be bought cheaply and practiced on was anybody's guess.


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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #787 on: April 16, 2018, 01:58:17 am »
Chime shook her head "Mistress please stop bowing to me, you are in charge here." she waved it off as she took in her orders. She made sure to memorize each "It will be done mistress." she informed her this time giving her a bow as was right for her position. She turned to move away "Have fun!" she waved as she went to go take care of what she had already planned, minus the bath, and then her remaining job. It wouldn't take her long and she had already suspected it would go well so she did have multiple runners prepped to cover as much ground as possible to get the word out. The taxes would require her to go through the storehouse which would quite annoy their bookkeeper greatly, but she would get over it.

By the time Marinne came to the room she would be met face to face with a seven foot mountain of a man clad in scarred black armor. He stood up to greet her, placing his infamous black warhammer on the ground to that he could rest his hand on its pommel, almost as tall as he was. His helmet rested just under his other arm, a menacing nearly blank helmet that caused fear in a lot of the families enemies. His appear under it was well taken care of of course as he was an aged man with well groomed, but graying hair and a goatee. Commander Bridge was a veteran of several conflicts and had actually started out as an adventurer before he was hired by the Kreische family and had served them extremely well even one of the few who regularly went hunting down larger monsters in order to keep the Kresiche land free of large threats. He was, of course, not in the league of some of the stronger members of the empire.
He bowed respectfully "Marquess Kresiche." his voice impossibly deep, but filled with reverence.

He waited for her to take her position, it was her right to speak first as whatever The Black Knights did it was on her order at the end of the day. The map table was already set with several markers, figures, and other things courtesy of Chime to make the whole thing go smoothly. She might not have been watching, but she never left her without some form of help.


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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #788 on: April 16, 2018, 02:36:31 am »
Marquess Kreische smiled saying "You saw me in diapers Chime. It would be pointless trying to be dignified now." Chuckling to herself she nodded and made her way to the map room where Commander Bridge was waiting for her. He was an impressive sight to be sure. And he was one of the pillars that supported the Kreische family. Neither she nor her father could ever thank him enough for all he had done for them. Nodding as he received her, Marinne then headed over to her portion of the table.

"Pleasure to see you Commander Bridge although I wish it was under better circumstances." she said. MArinne trained not only with Chime but with the Black Knights from time to time. And before her fathers death she would sometimes sneak out with them on monster extermination missions. Small ones but she considered it a privilege to see them in action anytime.

"Talks with Maquess Kaine went well and we have entered into a defensive alliance. Please give me your report Commander." she said trying to be official with a man she considered a second father to her.

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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #789 on: April 16, 2018, 12:52:11 pm »
Commander Bridge gave her a simple nod of respect "My condolences for your fathers passing Marquess Kreiche. He was a good man." he said before moving over to the map placing a finger on an area though looking up when he heard the news "Congratulations Marinne. I doubt anyone else would have been able to do it." he smiled at her "Well we've gotten a number of new recruits. We have taken in fifty out of three-hundred applicants. The rest have been shuffled to the general army so as not to waste any effort." he informed her, entering into the Black Knights was a tough process that required one to be some of the best there could be, but they never let anyone wanting to contribute simply fall to the wayside. This was the standard when joining the personal force of any noble. The Red Helmets were strong, The Black Knights were strong, the Goldwings were strong, all personal forces were top-notch in regards to what could be held by those outside the central line.

He circled his finger around an area which sat on a border between their land and the Kaines, they had gotten permission prior, but with the alliance it was less of a risk "We will be building a training camp here in a joint effort with The Red Helmets. This particular area not only experiences rather extreme weather conditions, but there are a number of monster nests here we can ranging from the adventurers Iron to Gold." he said "Getting here requires going through our most dangerous mountain pass after a week which we believe will be finer training, but luckily once there we have an easier route to any dispute especially if Marquess Scylla allows us to pass though, and same for The Red Helmets. " he looked up at her "I do worry about allying ourselves with beings who are a mere step above Brigands, but they are strong...perhaps we'll be able to culture them."

He then pointed to another camp "Then we can move the more distinguished soldiers to the camp stationed nearest here." he pointed to something closer to home where the harsher training was done "Marquess Scylla has requested me to host some of her monster soldiers with us and I would like to accept if that is okay. I doubt she remembered enough to bring it up in your meeting." he shook his head. He had dealt with her on his own before and it was...nothing pleasant.
He also brought out some of the new armor "And lastly the smiths have finished the new armor. Its light, but its strong...something about an alloy I couldn't understand the old woman. However its passed testing. No word on the new weapons, our scouts have not returned with the requested materials yet."


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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #790 on: April 16, 2018, 01:45:49 pm »
Marquess Marinne nodded and agreed with his proposals. "The joint training camp with the Red Helmets, I worry about if an emergency happens that the difficulty of getting there can leave those inside isolated. Especially if the weather is as wild as you imply." Specifically she worried about her Black Knights. Locked up alone in a isolated location with the Red Helmets whom like he said, were one step above brigands. But she had to admit that the monsters and natural conditions there were ideal to train the elites of both sides.

"But I will have to set aside my concerns for now. It would be rude to assume the worst of them before actually meeting them." she said shaking her head. In regards to the closer camp she agreed but at the mention of monster soldiers she was a bit less sure. "Mmm that may be an issue. Though it bothers me little, the citizens here have little experience in sentient monsters, let alone armed sentient monsters roaming about." she said. Thinking about it quickly she nodded. "Better to bite the leather and grab the saw then wait to rot away. Alright, I will agree but try to prevent them from wandering around on their own. Provide an escort even if it is just a general army trooper. Hopefully that will waylay some concerns."

Taking the new armor pieces she weighed them and nodded. It was indeed lighter but it didnt feel weaker at all. Then again the only true test was battle. "Very good. Have production started on new sets for the Black Knights. When a smith gets done with a piece pass them out equally and allow the knights to swap out individual pieces of armor. The old pieces are to be kept in storage in case we need emergency replacements."

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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #791 on: April 19, 2018, 03:31:16 pm »
Commander Bridge shook his head "We will see if we can set up emergency teleportation crystals, but I do believe it would be best to train our men here." he said looking at her his expression unchanging. Commander Bridge was generally all business and wasn't given to anything else until that business was done. However as she relented he made sure to make note to see what he could do to mitigate possible losses if something was to occur. He didn't want to make it easy to get there, but there was no reason to leave your best stuck behind lines in something did occur. It would help in case things with the Red Helmets went south.

On the monster soldiers he did agree being less comfortable, but knowing that being with them would at least give the men more experience and potential allies. He nodded "I will appoint each a handler." he told her before handing her one of the new armor pieces. The ones he gave her were not scarred, but they did do some combat testing in spars. They seemed to hold well, but one would never know until they truly went up against a real foe. He bowed "At once." he said before picking up his helmet.

However before he left he kept his eyes on her "How are you holding up Marinne?" breaking up the professionalism a bit to check on her wellbeing.
 


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« Reply #792 on: April 19, 2018, 04:34:34 pm »
Marinne nodded as he made his own points clear. She knew he was older and far more experienced in such things so it was best to make her opinion and thoughts known and she could trust him to not let pride get in the way and choose the best option even if it wasnt his own. In this case it was his and she respected that as well. "Good. As fora handler make it someone friendly and understanding. If we can foster a sense of brotherhood then we can look beyond simply taking in her recruits and instead recruit monster soldiers of our own." Her own people needed to gain experience with this sort of thing before it could be implemented in any large state.

But as he asked about how she was she stiffened up and breathed in suddenly. "I am...tired. Father did much more than I originally thought and trying to pick up the numerous reins for the land he left behind has been difficult and exhausting. But it is my duty and I will make sure my people are safe and happy. As every Kreische has before me."

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« Reply #793 on: April 19, 2018, 05:17:21 pm »
The large man nodded his head "Agreed, I do believe we have plenty of options for this." he said though Bridge had plenty of faith in his own troops he knew it would be beneficial to host less human soldiers as well. The Emperor might not approve himself, but he paid little attention to these sorts of things anyway. He would make sure to pull in those he knew had a sympathy for the more sapient monsters and bring them in. If this went well enough then he would surely want to recruit monsters of their own, though he had his own reasons for that beyond simple strength. He nodded "I know my daughter would love to sign up. I think a show of faith like this will make it easier." though he was mostly remarking to himself.

He smiled a bit at her answer "I have utmost faith that you can do it Marinne." he told her placing his helmet back on the table before a gentle hand on her shoulder "You are a strong girl. It will be tough, but if anyone is fit to keep the Kresiche strong it would be you. You've been trained for this since you were a child, I believe you've got this." he assured her of his faith in her abilities though he did have some worries. The changing of power was frequent in the empire, but recently it had become much less stable and much more....chaotic. Power changes happened faster than ever, and he had his suspicions that Marinne's father's death was far from a natural incident. He looked past her for a moment "Just be wary. I suspect that the powers in place will test you, as will the people closest to you. I just want you to know The Black Knight's will always be loyal to you no matter what." he bowed before picking up his helmet.

He gave her her one more gentle pat before picking up his helmet "I must return to the camps to begins preparations. We'll be done within the week, feel free to stop by the station camp once it is set up. The soldiers would love a chance for you to kick their asses into shape again." he joked before putting on his intimidating black helmet. Picking up his hammer and placing it on his shoulder he waited to be given release. It was easy to see with his pure size and strength why people were often afraid of him, especially in that ebony armor they wore. He nodded to her and began to walk. It was a bit nosy as he moved thanks to the weight of the armor, but it was great for defense and didn't hinder him much.

Before he fully left the room he did glance back "And tell that damn maid of yours to stop putting smokebomb traps in my camps. I'm tired of having to check my pillow every night before I sleep." he said before leaving to go take care of business while Marinne had at least one last thing to take care of for the day.

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« Reply #794 on: April 19, 2018, 05:40:07 pm »
Marinne nodded and looked down at the table. It was true, the Emperor and the nobles in the capital truly hated monsters or just non humans with a serious fervor. But for Marinne and other nobles outside of central the feeling was much less sever to the point of non existence at the border. Sighing she noded saying "If only...no it would be too soon." she remarked to herself. Setting future plans in the future she regarded Bridge.

What he said really touched her. She could have her faith in him even if the Empire started burning around them. SMiling she nodded saying "I will make time. And thank you. For everything." she added with a sad smile. Nodding her permission to leave she watched him go before looking back at the table. The Kreische territory was hers now. Everything within those borders on the map were her responsibility. Taking a deep breath she let it out slowly before nodding, reaffirmed in herself.

Heading out she reconnected with Chime.

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« Reply #795 on: April 19, 2018, 06:13:59 pm »
Chime bowed as Marinne approached "Did everything go well?" she said opened the door to the carriage with a large smile "Lets finish this up shall we?" she said waiting for Marinne to step into it and take a seat before she followed and took her own seat across from her. She tapped on a wooden panel within and told the driver where to go before closing it.

Chime relaxed a bit, fussing with her collar which she had worn every day since she began working for the family. She pulled out some schematics from under the seat "Alright, we won't have to spend too long on these." she said looking them over "The bridge project..." she said rubbing her chin "I will admit I am not too sure on it. Building magical bridges is a risky ordeal, but your father was adamant on the project. I thought he was crazy when he told me he was starting it, and now its up to you if we keep it." she handed the woman schematics herself.

Magical bridges were a rare thing, and very dangerous requiring good sources of mana to open. They were useful for getting large amounts of things across vast distances in an instant. They were more reliable than teleportation for it, but if the bridges collapsed whatever was inside would be lost.  The one her father wanted led....somewhere. They put a witch on it and so far she had yet to cause any trouble, but people were still uneasy with her presence. He never really told anyone why he'd want it, or where it was to go...only two people knew that, but one of them was dead and she was about to meet the other one.
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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #796 on: April 19, 2018, 06:32:05 pm »
Marinne nodded and leaned back in her seat after climbing into the carriage. "Things went well. There will be a new training camp as well as introduction of monster soldiers with handlers here in Kreische. At any rate I hope it will do some good to assuage the populaces' fear of non humans." she replied. Taking a look at the schematics after they were explained she nodded.

The problem was mana. Sure they could use monster mana crystals as a fuel for the bridge but those were expensive and required haggling with the adventurer's guild. A dangerous prospect for any leader. They could have a full time mage on stand by but such a thing would prove costly as mages skilled enough to power such a thing would have to be hired out from the magical university graduates in the Sorceress isles.

Sighing she shook her head. "Hopefully this witch can give me some answers about this project. It is dangerous, will cost a good deal, and is only semi reliable at best. I cannot afford superfluous spending right now."

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« Reply #797 on: April 19, 2018, 07:00:22 pm »
Chime shook her head "Oh that would be delightful! You won't believe how many people ask me if I'm some sort of day-walking vampire." the maid only shrugged "I'll still get asked that, but at the very least maybe it won't be asked with a pretense of fear and people trying to stick a knife into my heart." a little bit of joking, but it really was something Chime had dealt with multiple times especially by the older citizens who had seen Chime around since they were children.

Chime let Marinne look it over and consider things before she spoke up again. It was rare for Chime not to know something, so she hoped that the witch would provide answers as well. She sighed "Unfortunately for all my digging there really was not much information to go on." she leaned on the door a bit "All I could find out was that the witch calls herself Erichtho." she said shaking her head "But I would hope your father wouldn't be so.....desperate as to give patronage to that. I assume its a moniker of sorts meant to play up their abilities." she stated. That name would have been well known to really anyone who knew about magic. Among witches the name Erichtho was well known, and much like the names of Merlin and the Sorceress who ruled the Sorceress Isle it was feared for very good reason, but she occupied a specific darkness in the realm of magic that few dared to look into...and she certainly had no loyalty here.

She looked over to the other two projects, but was content to just let things lie for so Marinne could focus on this project. It did not take long to get to a stopping point, but it was in a part of the city that was considered dangerous. It wasn't poor as the place was well taken care of, but here is where all manner of people went to mind themselves. Once the carriage came to a stop Chime would get out and hold out her hand as the guards got off their horses. It was quiet here "Come along Mistress..." she said. The whole district was deadly quiet. There were people here, but many of them just took to peering out their windows and quickly fading away.

Chime looked about "Our destination is a solitary place built just near the edge." she told her. The mood was drastically different from the rest of the city.


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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #798 on: April 19, 2018, 07:14:45 pm »
Kreische sighed and pinched the bridge of her nose breathing in a few times. She didnt know much about magic, in truth she was capable of only using beginner level spells despite her skills and absorption of mana. She allocated her experience into her stats rather than abilities. Nodding as she got down from the carriage she looked around the city and frowned. She wasnt expecting a parade or anything but she had figured a few people might want to see their ruler. Looking dejected she shook her head and followed at Chime and the guards heading towards the destination.

"In regards to what were were discussing in the carriage. The Empire has to change its ways in order to survive. Even now it strains to keep itself above water and few if any in the capital are willing to do anything. REgardless of moral dillema's, the policies set forth by the EMperor are just not financially nor realistically feasible anymore." she said. It was a pragmatic argument that took personal feelings out of the equation. A fault Marinne had for a long time. She was the type when presented two two horrible choices will always choose the less damaging one. Regardless how she might feel personally. She would do anything to win if the alternative was terrible. She would tip toe that line of atrocity to ensure the worst did not come to pass.

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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #799 on: April 19, 2018, 08:01:13 pm »
Chime folded her hands in front of her as they walked nodding her head as she agreed with the Marquess "Your father thought the same, but he believed he could change it through words." she said looking around, people were still hiding from them. She looked back "The Emperor has always been arrogant, and surrounded by nothing but yes men. He believes he is infallible and that will make true change nearly impossible." Chime never really believed in the Emperor, but as time went on she only began to believe less and less that the man running the empire would lead it to anything but ruin. She knew Marinne would do anything in order to keep the worst from coming to pass, but she wondered if Marinne would ever truly do what it took to lead as it sometimes took horrible things in order to be able to lead.

As they walked along the atmosphere seemed to get darker and darker, and soon enough not even the birds made sounds. The guards were actually a bit visibly shaken, Chime seemed fine but it was clear her instincts were one edge from being here. She looked over "Stick close Mistress." she said as the party continued forward. The world around them almost seemed different like it was still the same place but, something was off about it. It didn't take long before something stopped the party dead in their tracks.

Ahead was a wall, not a wall of brick or stone but a wall of creatures. They wore armor like men, and had their shape but they were anything but. They stood still, staring blankly at them and not moving. The only thing they would hear is a voice from from the darkness "I'd not move any further! The things tend to attack anyone who even comes within tapping distance of their shields without being invited."

A figure would step out of the shadows. Her outfit seemed a bit ridiculous, but it was easy to get a feeling of great strength from her regardless. She stood there for a moment, sword resting on her shoulders "So...who are you guys? No one really comes here, not since the master and I moved here. Well, I guess except for the ruler, but he hasn't been by for awhile." 
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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #800 on: April 19, 2018, 08:41:32 pm »
Marinne walked along with Chime and the guards as they place got deeper. Buildings gave way and in their place shadows and eventually a wall of creatures. They looked like skeletons wearing armor, necromancy was known to Marrine but it was definitely not common place. She really wished she had brought her sword if not for fighting but simply for comfort as she approached only to have a figure yell out from the darkness. Her eyes were drawn to this strange woman wearing equally strange armor.

Pursing her lips for a few moments at the mention of the ruler she stepped out from among the group keeping her noble bearing. "I am Marquess Marrine Kreische, my father the previous Marquis of this land has died. So I am now ruler of these lands. And I would speak to the one charge of this building project and receive some answers." she said.

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« Reply #801 on: April 19, 2018, 09:15:09 pm »
The woman put a hand on her hips and tilted her head a little bit as the woman stepped forward. She stared blankly for a moment as Marinne introduced herself though she seemed somewhat confused "Father?" she looked back for a moment before something clicked "Oh! Right, you sent that message earlier!" she said moving over to the guard and taping their shields "Master is expecting these ones." he said pushing them aside as the creatures groaned and stood there like statues. She looked back "Right this way your ladyship, she is expecting you." she smiled and began to walk "Don't get your hopes up though. Master answers only what she wants to answer, unless you want to pay her price."

Chime would let out a sigh looking to Marinne before moving ahead and past the guards who remained silent. She moved over to Marinne who she knew wouldn't be able to see the magical energy streaming from the woman "Death Knight, very powerful warriors brought back from death to serve a cause. I may have been wrong in my assumption that this isn't the real Erichtho" she explained. She was now increasingly unsure of this whole thing.  They would be able to follow the group further in until they came to a place where the buildings stopped, but things here were more active. There were undead everywhere, but they were doing something. Some of them were clearly guards, standing about with rather impressive looking weapons from many of the different kingdoms. Others were moving materials, and other still were building an impressive looking structure.

The warrior stopped "Here you are. Master is probably in her cottage." she pointed her blade towards it "So just go over and knock but, don't expect the warmest of welcomes. Despite how she looks she is a bit like a crotchety old woman. I'd take you, but she's still made at me for letting my armor get stolen by goblins soooo.....you're on your own." she planted her sword in the ground and stood there.



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« Reply #802 on: April 19, 2018, 09:44:30 pm »
Marrine was now unsure about this whole project now, especially with undead now walking around everywhere. Following after the woman she looked over at Chime as she explained what the woman was as well as the undead. She was not a fan that these creatures seemed to have the run of the place, guarding the site. Disliking it mainly as she had no control over a decently sized armed force within her own borders using her family's name and banner to build...whatever it was they were building. And doing so with decent weapons and armor on their rotting bodies.

As they approached the cottage she got the last bit and raised an eyebrow. Sighing she steeled herself. Even if this woman was witch in command of all these forces, Marinne Kreische could not bring dishonor to the family name nor allow herself to be cowed into the corner like a kitten. She was the family of the hammer now.

Walking confidently up to the door of the cottage she knocked on it. "Marquess Marinne Kreisches requests your presence Erichtho." she called out.

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« Reply #803 on: April 19, 2018, 10:30:28 pm »
"Give me a minute!" a rather irritated sounding voice would call from inside as well as the sound of several things shuffling followed by a number of crashing glasses. It definitely sounded like there was some manner of struggle happening inside the cottage, with even a few grunts and curses going out and a single unearthly wail shaking the whole area before everything went silent. Once a few moment of silence passed the sound of locks unlocking could be heard, and there seemed to be a lot of them before the door simply.....vanished.

Standing there was a very tall, and somewhat stereotypical looking witch who let out a huff. In her hands was a flask with a creature seemingly made of smoke inside. Its only features were strange red light making up a rather angry looking face as it strained against the glass, but could not break it. She looked down at Marinne "You couldn't get to me last?" she would say rather bluntly shaking her head as butterflies seemed to fly out of it and float around her.

Chime stared for a moment seemingly shocked with what she was seeing "You don't look like a zombie, or smell half bad."

A small look of surprise overtook the witches features before a look of annoyance "Look like a zo-have you been talking those damn poet boys again? Look I am not an old crone, I do not bathe in the poison of serpents, nor do I sleep with my creations! I'll have you know I take utmost care of my teeth too!" she placed the flask down before stepping outside, the door appearing behind her again as she crossed her arms just under her bust "Marquess." she regarded for a moment.

She looked over "Okay so what brings you here? My condolences for your father by the way." she snapped her fingers and a pipe would soon appear. Taking a moment to pack it with some manner of herb she looked around at her dead before back at the group in front of her. With a another snap one of the butterflies would seemingly set themselves on fire and move over to help her light it. She waited for an answer, just smoking while she did so.


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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #804 on: April 19, 2018, 11:15:54 pm »
Marinne was surprised, in truth she expected either an old crone or some sort of monstrosity but instead she was greeted by a beautiful woman. She ignored the blunt comments attributing it to old age. And she wasnt about to be the one to try and enter a battle of wills with a witch over some etiquette. She had a job to do and this witch was the one with all the information for now.

"I will make note of that if there are further interactions." she said with a hidden meaning that she might just cut all ties with the witch. "Thank you for your condolences but my father is the reason I am here. Since he passed unexpected there were a number of projects he was overseeing that he kept private. Yours being chief among them. I came to inspect the site and hopefully be informed as to its purpose. Among other things." she said.

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« Reply #805 on: April 19, 2018, 11:36:48 pm »
The witch continued to stare for a moment before pulling her pipe from her mouth, a stream of smoke leaving it as it floated about oddly. She rolled her eyes, having caught onto the hidden meaning in the woman's words "Oh I'd be careful Marquess, breaking a witches deal comes with consequences you aren't yet ready to deal with. Unless you plan to pay me early of course because that'd be grand." she stated bluntly but did not go further. She looked around at the undead who were still working diligently "Well as you can see the site is fine. Work is being done." she took a moment to smoke a bit more thinking about how many answers she might even want to give Marinne.

She looked at her "By your fathers last request I cannot tell you too much, but I also cannot tell you too little the success of the plan relies on a balance." she seemed to reach towards the princesses face but Chime held out her hand to stop her. The witch looked then to the maid and studied her for a moment "A human immortal? A rare thing, your family has purchased? Stolen? Enslaved?....Gained something quite interesting. I should have asked for a better price." she remarked in a low tone before the guards began to move their hands towards their weapons.

Chime seemed very on edge "Mistress....this woman is.."

She chuckled and began to walk towards the giant structure the undead were building. Once she got close enough she stopped and looked at it before holding up a hand, three fingers into the air "You may inquire three things, and I will give three answers. If you wish for more you will have to pay my price." she called back to them before another stream of smoke actually left her lips "However you cannot ask about the ultimate purpose of this, how long it will take to finish, and why your father has kept it a secret. For those I am obligated to reply....have faith."

She stood there waiting for the princess to ask her questions, or attempt to expel her. Either would lead to something.

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« Reply #806 on: April 20, 2018, 07:33:50 pm »
Marinne was unimpressed by the witches bravado. And she was tempted to simply walk away and order the Black Knights to bombard the area with the witch and everything else in it to make sure whatever she was making was destroyed. But as she made a move towards Chime the MArquess moved between them. "Another step closer witch and ill have this place and whatever abomination you are building reduced to dust and bad memories." she said with pure fury in her eyes.

Watching her and the three questions she half wanted to simply leave again yet this woman was trusted by her father for whatever reason. She may not agree with all of her father's ideas but she could respect that he did what he truly felt best for the territory and the people in it so she would play along.

"First question. What is the price you agreed with father to participate in this? Second question, are you in complete command of these undead and order them at will? And third question..." she said pausing at the last one. "Why should I allow you to continue this project?" she said flipping the script and trying to make the witch give her best sales pitch to Marinnne.

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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #807 on: April 20, 2018, 09:12:09 pm »
Erichtho blew a kiss to the princess "You're adorable to think you or your knights stand a chance." she winked at her.

The witch thought for a moment on how to explain it and rolled her neck "The Founder." she answered with a sinister smile "It just sits there, so well preserved under the earth and holding with it so much knowledge." she said looking back at her a darkness in her eyes "My prices are normally simple depending on what you desire and they generally revolve around the dead of course, unless I happen to be very bored or in a mood." she took off her head shaking it a little bit before placing it back on, more butterflies

The woman gestured to the book on hanging off her hips "For what your father has asked of me? It required something great and what is greater to the people of this land, and more harrowing to obtain than your greatest?" she laughed as if finding humor in the situation. It was clear however that she was talking about the corpse of The Empire's first ruler a man lionized and made a god by the people simply for his deeds and actions. It was something holy to the people, though his legacy had been tainted by this point by those in the line of succession. To trade it off to this witch would like be the most horrible of deeds.

Of course her next question caused her to shake her head "Oh my! If you're asking a question that stupid then you really are out of the loop." she said looking to Chime "But she knows...so I'll let your pet explain it." she clicked her tongue before giving a fairly impious grin before turning back to watch the undead doing their work.

Chime took a deep breath "Erichtho is a witch from a country The Empire has long since absorbed. It was once a very important land, known for being being the site of an important battle between gods and monsters. It was also known for its ability to produce witches before the empire culled them all." Chime looked to the Marquess and took a deep breath "The most legendary among these witches was Erichtho, a necromancer of extreme power." she looked around for a moment thankful the dead were ignoring them but, it was hard not to feel nervous around an army of shambling corpses.
She went back to telling the story after catching her nerves "She popped up centuries ago at least the legend states. No one is really sure, because it seems like she pops in and out of the timestream. People who should never have met her have made reference to her. Its like time is just a plaything as well." she shook her head "Even several of the emperors have mentioned interacting with her." she shook her head "She has even started wars with her own vast armies and every army she slayed join her army and the only reason she stopped is because she felt like it. She could walk among any battlefield and raise it even against the protests of the gods of the underworld themselves." of course there were lots of tales. Some thing may not have been true, but Chime had never seen them herself though others had. Chime was old, and all her life she had heard tales of the witch, but she never got to experience it herself "It is often argued over whether she serves a higher power that threatens our universe itself or if she holds that power herself but, her control over the realm of the dead seems so extensive that no one wants to find out." she shook her head "In truth, no one really knows what to make of her. She is ....an anomaly."

The Witch clapped her hands "Bingo!" she suddenly appeared behind them "So to make it clear, yes! The dead are mine. The spirits are mine. Their realm is mine. I just can't be bothered to care enough to subjugate them all the time though. It takes the fun out of things." she placed her hands on their shoulders "I've played patronage to a lot of folks. Heroes, villains, poets, kings, and all things in between!" her tone was oddly friendly despite her demeanor "Some folks want to know the future, some folks want to know the past. Some folks just want to make a princess love them, others want worlds of armies at their beck and call! They pay my price and I do this for them."

She moved past them again to take some paper from what of the undead, speaking with it for a moment and pointing out some things about the construction they would need to fix. She then turned back "As for that last question its up to you." she looked over at her guests "Your father came to me for a reason, but you are in control now." she smiled "Consider this a point of sorts, your decision will decide a lot of things in the future." she looked at her. She was clearly not going to play Marinne's obvious game so it was up to her. It was clear that Erichtho did not intend to do them harm, but who knew what either decision would cause.

Her father had his reasons, but she was her own woman.
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Re: Reborn Anew (Zazutobi & AsBloodTurnsIceCold)
« Reply #808 on: April 21, 2018, 02:12:23 am »
Marinne bristled as the woman insulted her and her knights all the while behaving as so so vastly superior and arrogant. The blonde marquess gripped her biceps stifling her anger as she made her price clear. "Father. Selling the corpse of the Founder to a necromancer for a bridge." she mumbled shaking her head. Once she had heard enough she stared at Erichtho and stayed silent for a few moments. "Since you didnt bother answering my last question im replacing it. What will you do if I ordered all this to cease?" she asked.

The thought of selling the corpse of the Founder, the one man all the Empire looked up to and practically deified to an immortal necromancer to toy around with. Marinne was disgusted with the idea and lost respect for her father because of it. To Marinne the bodies of the dead were to be treated with respect no matter where they came from nor which side they stood on in a conflict. To sell the corpse of a practical deity to her people, to all the people of the Empire to a bored witch to toy around with. It was unforgivable.

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« Reply #809 on: April 21, 2018, 03:59:20 am »
Erichtho smoked a bit at Marinne's question easily able to see the anger in her eyes. She actually found it quite humorous though being the type of person she was, she didn't want to leave Marinne without a little seed. With a dark chuckle the witch would pull her book off her hips "Oh child, if only you could figure out why." she opened the book, looking through it for a bit as she hummed "The line between just and unjust is different for all men. I wonder what yours truly is! If you saw the same dark your father did would you still shame him, or follow?" she took her pipe and tapped it turning it into a pen of some sort as she wrote in her tome.

Marinne's question certainly caught the witches attention, even more than before  "That would be breaking contract, but a witches contract is not broken like a mortals." she closed the book and hung it at her hips again as she walked about "Unless you intend to give me what I asked, or something of value I...." she paused seemingly pondering on the answer "I suppose I would have to drag you into a game of fates." she said "Luckily for you I'm a sucker for these types of stories and would alter only a few things as I please!" she waved her hand "A few twists and turns of my pleasure. I am not as kind as my useless counterpart Sybil." she stated "And unlike dear Semiramis my lesson wouldn't only be words." she hummed some more, this one a darker melody.

Chime looked to Marinne before down at the ground, she hadn't expected her father to do something like this as well. Chime herself was not a native to the Empire, but it had been her home and she came to admire it for all of its faults. Why? She shook her head "There are many oracles and teachers. Why this one? Why commit such a sin?" she mumbled trying to figure it out herself, trying to find an answer for Marinne that might save her fathers image in her mind.

Erichtho laughed "Why indeed? "

The Death Knight at the side seemed to sigh "Oh great, she's having fun. I was worried this might happen." she pull her blade from the ground and begin to make her way over hopefully before it got too far.

Somehow the witch appeared in front of them in a brief moment of distraction. She was crouching, looking up at them with a jovial expression that seemed just as natural as her sinister expressions, like a friend or a guiding hand despite her threats "Let me give you some real advice Marquess." she pointed up at her "Rulers don't have the luxury of blindness like the ordinary man. You can, will, and do err like they do but your vision must be clear!" she tilted her head "But when your vision is clear you will see things. The things you see will shake your already fragile world to the core and in it you will either break or stand strong." she stood up again "Strength is not so easy to define. There is no rule for it  The hammer might be used to pound the nail that sticks out, but it can also be used to shape something unique." she whispered to her.

She backed away "So make your choices knowing this little one." she held up a hand which look as if it was holding a card "Consider this the first of many twists of fate. These will decide the fate of you, your people, and perhaps your precious empire so choose wisely. " she waited to see what Marinne might do.
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