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Post  Reena on Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:32 pm

"My full name would probably run something like Lady Reena of Amber, daughter of Prince Caine of Amber and the goddess Ratri of Gupta, but I am not one for titles. I travel, explore, and fight for causes I deem just.

Through my travels I have fortuitously arrived in Fjordheim a short while ago and found much of interest. I would see to your, and the rest of the population's safety, from the threat your city currently faces."


And I will need to find the link between you, Fernand, Bleys, and Prospero.

"And Valentine, if I am to protect you, how did you get into this situation? Where did you and Bill first encounter that construct?"
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Post  David on Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:04 pm

"Those last are encouraging words," says Valentine. "As for the attacker--it appeared quite suddenly from the air itself while I was escorting someone to the royal castle. I do not believe he survived the initial blows. Under the circumstances, returning to the castle may not be the best course of action. Such a threat, I cannot think it an isolated incidence and I will not bring such danger to the rest of my family." She seems to make a decision. "Captain, will you please summon a carriage? I would also like one of your Guards to escort Sister Nadia to my father. I shall give her a message from me to His Majesty. Reena of Amber--if you've a mind to, you are most welcome to come with me. This will not be a long journey but it will be to where I believe myself safest at the moment."
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Post  Reena on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:54 pm

"You say that you don't believe your companion survived the attack - where is he now?"

Bleys dead! I was just speaking with him a few minutes before the thing attacked.

Calming herself Reena continues before Valentine can reply.

"I will accompany you to wherever you can find safety for now I believe your fight to also be my own. I did see you walking about earlier today with a man who is part of my family; if he has been killed then duty compels me to find those responsible."

Reena calls out to the Captain before he can leave for his duties "Find a scabbard and belt for me soldier, I don't plan on carrying this sword all day."

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Post  David on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:19 pm

The Princess looks deeply at Reena. She nods at the Captain, who then exits.

"I now have much to discuss with you, Reena of Amber. Our trip will not be a long one, just to a different part of the city. I've already sent for some Holy Sisters to take your kinsman's body to a place of honor within their chapel." She almost says something more, but stops herself. "We have much to discuss."
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Post  Mint on Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:22 am

Reena is getting a Trump Call.

OOC:Just post in this thread whether Reena answers or not. If Reena answers then Mint will post the call in this thread.
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Post  David on Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:51 am

Princess Valentine goes into a quick conference with Sister Nadia and with the Captain when returns. Meanwhile, the Trump message from cousin Mint is oddly distorted, with the equivalent of static. They can communicate, but with some difficulty.
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Post  Mint on Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:33 am

If Reena answers the call, she sees Mint in some strange oddly lit Castle. A flash of red lightning appears out a Window behind her.

Mint says. "... and blast something's... this too. I'll... again later cousin. You can try... me if you... it will help."

Unless Reena responds quickly she will see another flash of red lightning and the contact will break from Mint's end at that point.

If Reena refuses the call it goes away fairly quickly and she hears and sees none of that.
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Post  Reena on Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:21 pm

With Valentine in conference with the sister Reena has the time to take Mint's Trump call.

"Mint, cousin where are you?" the distortion seems to be blocking communication through the contact. "Here's my hand come through if you will."

Mint seems unable to hear or unwilling to respond to Reena's offer to come through to Fjordheim.

Once the connection is broken Reena pulls out her Trump deck and shuffles through looking for Mint's card.

First Bleys falls and now Mint is under attack. Someone seems to be intent on thinning our ranks.
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Post  Mint on Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:40 pm

Reena wrote:"Mint, cousin where are you?" the distortion seems to be blocking communication through the contact. "Here's my hand come through if you will."

Mint does say a slight bit more in response before ending the contact. "I'm... Not safe to... you through."
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Post  Reena on Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:15 pm

Finding Mint's card Reena holds it forth and concentrates attempting to restore contact with her cousin. If the attempt is unsuccessful she will try to contact Aiden with his trump.
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Post  Aiden on Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:28 pm

Now sitting in a darkened corner of the main room, Aiden opens himself to the contact........
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Post  Reena on Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:01 am

"Brother, it has been to long. How are things with you?"
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Post  Aiden on Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:04 am

"Reena!", Aiden says, perhaps a little louder than he meant to. Looking around to make sure he isn't the object of anyone's direct attention, he continues more softly.

"It has indeed been too long, love. I hope you've been causing your fair share of mischief and mayhem in the mean time." .... Aiden's eyes are smiling.
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Post  Reena on Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:50 pm

"There was mischief and it has lead in to mayhem. I fear a plot against the family; assaults here and Mint is under attack somewhere else in Shadow. Any signs of trouble where you are?"
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Post  Aiden on Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:54 pm

"Let me guess, nefarious strangers, unlooked for allies, ruined Shadows, mysterious occurances, all surrounding a family of Pattern intitates whose emblem is a crimson unicorn? I was wondering if you were involved somehow."

"Seems all the rest of the Family is too. Speaking of which, I've stumbled upon some new cousins, one of which is with me right now. I'm currently on my own investigation in a Shadow called Nexus. At the moment, weve stopped for the night at an inn not far from a city called Haven which is our destination."

"I can bring you through if you like. Might be good to exchange information. I could use a few more puzzle pieces."

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Post  Reena on Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:57 am

"That's some good guessing. I didn't know that they had walked the Pattern but at least some of them can draw Trumps. It seems they have all the family secrets.

"I'm in a place called Uberwald and kind of tied up in something so I can't come through now. Maybe when things get sorted out here I'll call you. Or come on over when the Nexus job is done.

"It looks like Bleys arrived here just before me and has fallen so keep your guard up. And be careful around people with dual-colored eyes."

She gives her brother a smile and a wave then breaks the connection. If he gets all big brothery and protective he might have tried to pull me through to his side. Best to cut the link before he gets the chance.
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Post  David on Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:18 pm

As Reena finished her Trump conversation, she sees a carriage has arrived outside the tavern, surrounded by Guards. Valentine rises with Sister Nadia's help. "Reena of Amber," she says, "if you would please accompany me?" She then heads for the carriage.
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Post  Reena on Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:23 am

"After you, Val." she says.

And once we are in the carriage I'll be able to question you about what's happening to the family. And you better have some good answers for me.
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Post  David on Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:18 pm

The carriage looks quite sturdy, if not large. Apart from the driver, there's really only room for two adults. However mounted Guardsmen ride on each side, behind and in front. Valentine sits across from Reena. The carriage takes off a steady clip.

The way Valentine looks at Reena reminds her of a chess master watching for her opponent's next move, or an excellent card player giving away nothing while incredibly aware of everything in the vicinity. Were she not so badly shaken and hurt, Reena realizes even that much might not have been so obvious. No surprise. This lady is a royal princess, as well as evidently a voyager through Shadow and won the affections of this Fernand person. What are the odds of her being a fool, or even only above average?

Suddenly, Reena notices something. The bruise above Princess Valentine's eye is smaller.
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Post  Reena on Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:30 am

A fast healing bunch, aren't they? If I have to kill them then a stab in the heart should overcome any regenerating they can do.

Reena stretches her back and tries to settle into the carriage seat as best she can while still being in a position to act if they are attacked. She rests her scabbarded sword across her knees and flexes her hands around the grip trying to gain familiarity with the weapon.

"Valentine I have some questions for you. We are not the only ones under assault at this time; members of my family scattered about Shadow are also defending themselves from unknown forces. Your answers may give me the information I need to save us all. Will you answer my questions?"
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Post  David on Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:55 pm

Valentine looks directly at Reena and answers almost instantly. "If I may." It seems a very precise answer. And although clearly tired, the Princess remains very alert.
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Post  Reena on Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:52 pm

"Good. My first question: On a hill overlooking Fjordheim is the palace home of Fernand, a man who holds you in quite high regard, I might add, and in the tallest tower of that palace he keeps a deck of cards containing the images of many people. Are you one of the people whose likeness is shuffled into the deck?"

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Post  David on Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:01 pm

"No."
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Post  Reena on Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:50 pm

"I see. Sorry, but maybe I should have first asked if you know of this deck, or it's type, and if you know why the cards are backed with an image of a red unicorn?"
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Post  David on Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:04 pm

Princess Valentine doesn't blink. "Yes, yes, and yes."

Through the window of the carriage Reena recognizes the road they now turn upon. She herself walked down this same road over an hour ago. It lead from Fernand's stronghold. Sure enough, the carriage begins its ascent.
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