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Post  David on Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:42 pm

Over on the Narwhal's Triumph, Prince Triton (and presumably others) can see a series of officials in local dress being escorted below decks by some cremembers. Of course. The sun is yet in the sky.
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Post  Triton on Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:49 am

Triton doesn't bother to ask permission. He confidently strides down after the officials in order to see what is below decks.
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Post  David on Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:46 pm

Triton strides off the Hippogriff. The local officials make no move to stop him. He heads down the dock, makes a turn, then up another dock where the Narwhal's Triumph lies in anchor. Once he tries walking up the gangway onto the ship, he'll find his way blocked (politely) by heavily armed Guards in with black chainmail and bat-shaped helms. He recognizes them as personal guards and retainers of a Visarian Noble, and in fact notes the badge on their surcoats--a wolf's head with a long serpent's tongue.

Lady Sylvia.



He remembers her well. Ivory of skin, ebon of hair, ruby of lip. She acted as his hostess once in visiting Visaria, her castle rather more slender and elegant than most in that land, with elaborate gardens laden with deadly traps -- poisonous plants, mazes, the odd carnivorous tree, a river stocked with tiny flesh-eating mermaids. Lover of music, laughter and just a little bit of cruelty. Many of the Elder Nobles in Visaria had devolved over time, becoming monstrous creatures in one way or another. Her own brother Marcus (Triton met him once, unfortunately) looked like a bloated leech -- atrophied limbs, his face barely human any more, a disgusting probiscus in place of a tongue. Sylvia was one of less than half a dozen who had retained her essentially human appearance. They led the artistic movement called Transdecadence, which looked down upon the excesses of their race as tacky and pointless and (worst of all) ugly.

He and Sylvia had always gotten along.
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Post  Triton on Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:57 am

(OOC sorry, I misunderstood. I thought I was already on the Narwhal. Otherwise I would have written making my way over there. Smile)

Triton looks the guards over, a cocky smile on his face. He is about to make his way through when he spots the badge of Sylvia. Rocking back into a relaxed stance, his arms crossed, Triton addresses the guards.
"Gentlemen, inform Lady Sylvia that Prince Triton of Rebma wishes to say hello."

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Post  David on Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:50 am

The Guards give barely-a-glance at another of their number, one with a golden sigil painted into his mail. He nods and goes below.

In a few minutes, he comes back and says "The Lady Sylvia grants you an audience." Triton knows that nearly all those working in close proximity to Visarian nobles have been bitten, a process than soon makes the victim an addict to the given noble. It makes for incredible loyalty.

With the officer is an Attendant, a girl of perhaps seventeen in a diaphanous white gown and an elaborate hair arrangement. Pale. Half-healed bit marks are on either side of her throat. "This way, Prince Triton" she says is an almost childlike voice.

Below decks, they pass another Noble in what looks like a uniform talking to another set of Port Official in a low voice. Here, lamps of glowing liquid dot the sides of the ship. No portholes. The door to Lady Sylvia's cabin has guards on either side. The Attendant opens it and leads Triton within.

Lady Sylvia stands in the center of the room, as various attendants dress her. In this case in layers of flowing material, each almost transparent, mostly in gray and violet. The effect is sensual and a fantastic tease. Delicate rings on each finger. Beautiful black leather sandals.

In the corner is a large bed, where a young man and woman lie unconscious, each with a fresh wound upon their throats. Unconscious or sleeping. Who can say which?

"Triton!" says Sylvia with a grin, showing her pointed teeth. "How delicious to see you here!" Visarian nobles to do touch anyone casually. She certainly does not offer her hand to be kissed. Triton is not surprised. That is not Their way.
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Post  Triton on Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:48 am

Following the attendant through the ship, Triton notes the activity and guards below. Best to know who is about in case he has to make a quick exit. Entering Lady Sylvia's chamber, he gives a bow of respect and smiles as she greets him.

"I do aim to be delicious," he smirks, "It is a pleasure to see you again. As always you look breathtaking. I hope that I am not interrupting anything. They said that you had some trouble with the merewives. I wanted to make sure that you were unharmed. If you are in the mood to share a story, I would love to hear what happened?" he says with his most charming smile.
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Post  David on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:13 pm

"Merewives?" says the Lady Sylvia. She turns her head slightly to one of the attendants.

"Local officials believe merewives responsible for the Wavedancer, my lady."

"Oh! Yes!" She looks again at Triton. "So sad. I was so hoping to see the crew of that vessel once more. They'd made quite a name for themselves, among yacht racing enthusiasts as well as all connesieurs <sp?> of beauty and vigor." Her tongue flicks across her upper lip for a fraction of a moment. "Strangest thing -- a minor gale by rather large, with a perfectly still center exactly circular in shape. There, abandoned, floated that lovely little ship. All those luscious young men, gone."
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Post  Triton on Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:26 am

"I am sorry for your loss Lady Sylvia. Luckily your ship was spared this encounter."

Triton thinks back to the stories that he has heard of the merewives. Is this how they are often portrayed, as a great wind in a perfect circle?
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Post  David on Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:13 pm

Merewives travel with a gale, a storm of steady but no vast danger save at the center, where the "eye" of the storm contains their song. Or at least that's were healthy young men hear it and are then lost to themselves. Forever.

"You are so very kind," says Lady Sylvia. "But this word--merewives--you know it? What are they?"
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Post  Triton on Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:51 pm

Triton starts telling all of the myths and legends that he grew up with. Sharing every exciting story and survivors tale that he can think of. After which he explains his mission.

"So, these powerful creatures have been dancing since before recorded history. And now, for the first time that anyone knows of, their dance has shifted. We do not yet know the nature of the disturbance, but it is my mission to find out. Something major must be shifting in shadow to have caused such a thing. Also, this mission is a great excuse to get myself into a little trouble," he winks.
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Post  David on Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:38 pm

At the mention of something new, Lady Sylvia's eyes glisten a bit. She is, after all, many times older than Triton and her memories might stretch to the youth of Oberon. In other words, she's easily bored.

"If you will allow it, I'd be glad to help you," she purrs. "Besides, watching you get into trouble is usually quite an entertainment in and of itself."
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Post  Triton on Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:08 pm

Triton bows his head, "I would be honored by your company. Even though I worry that your breathtaking beauty might distract me as we move forward," he winks, "Should I wait here until sundown or give you leave to prepare for our adventure?"


(OOC- What is the relationship between these two? Just met in Triton's travels or something more intimate? I know she is a vampire but I assume a Lord of Amber is tough enough to "explore" whatever options present.)
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Post  David on Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:43 pm

[OOC - I will leave that up to you. The vampires of Visaria are severely weakened by the sun, which is why they don veils and carry parasols during the day. I will point out that her entire crew evidently contains not one person the Merewives desired, evidently. Narwhal's Triumph was right there, in the same vicinity as the creatures. Possibly the taint of a vampire's bite renders men "unworthy" in some way. But you decide for yourself just how close Triton and Lady Sylvia might have been, or almost were.]

She laughs, with a sound akin to the tinkling of tiny bells. "I have brought appropriate clothes, dear Triton. Veils and gloves and the like. Should you desire company, I am available." She bats* her eyelashes.

* Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Post  Triton on Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:29 pm

(OOC- at bats....nice)

"I shall leave the decision in your hands M'Lady. As always, I would enjoy your company. But I would not presume to take you away from whatever task has brought you here. No matter how much I might enjoy getting back to what we almost started the last time," Triton winks.
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Post  David on Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:19 pm

"Then I choose to come with you, in hopes of experiencing that most rare and delightful sensation--surprise."

With those words her attendants instantly prepare a veiled headpiece and gloves for her. Also, a sumptuous silk coat that protects her skin.

Once sheathed, she says "Lead the way, my prince."
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Post  Triton on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:44 pm

"I am sure we will have a wonderful time," Triton says and then his smile starts to fade, "Oh no, I just remembered I am supposed to call my uncle. He wanted to send another family member here to accompany me. That's not going to be nearly as much fun for us is it? If you will forgive me M'Lady, I need to make a call," Triton says with a bow.

He will then step out onto the deck to call Benedict unless the Lady has some reason to keep him in the cabin. Even if she follows him onto the deck, he will still make the call.
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Post  David on Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:13 pm

Lady Sylvia is impeccably polite (unless given good reason not to) and allows him the chance to call Uncle Benedict.

The dour man dressed like a scarecrow but with eyes like razors appears via Trump connection. "Hello, Triton," he says.
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Post  Triton on Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:52 am

"Hello Uncle Benedict, always a pleasure. You requested that I call you when we arrived at Uberwald. I am here on Lady Sylvia's ship. One of her vessels was attacked by the merewives. She has agreed to accompany me on my mission and perhaps provide valuable insight. Is there something you would have me do before I continue my quest?"
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Post  David on Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:17 pm

"You could keep your eyes out for the Kier--those are a pair of twins, a boy and girl, who showed up recently claiming to be Eric's spawn. That was their word. A strange pair to put it mildly. Immature and embody the term sense of self-entitlement while demonstrating some real abilities. They vanished and someone's trying to trace them. Winnow and Mint went off on their own, but everyone's sure those two are on business, just taking it upon themselves. Llewella said as much. I'd be interested in learning anything you do about the merewives, though. Call you later if that's alright?"
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Post  Triton on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:50 am

"Well they sound like fun. I will keep an eye out. As for the merewives, I am happy to share anything that I find out. Feel free to call anytime Uncle, it's always a pleasure," Triton finishes with a smile.

Once Benedict hangs up, Triton turns towards Lady Sylvia with a smirk.

"Looks like it's just going to be you and me. I hope we don't get into too much trouble," he winks.
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Post  David on Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:08 pm

She chuckles. "Cannot tell you much it pleases me to know you don't mean that."
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Post  Triton on Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:58 am

"Innocent me?" Triton questions with a smile, "Well, I guess we better start looking for that trouble that we don't plan to find. What is your fancy? We can head over to your other ship and see if there is anymore to learn. Check in with the local officials and see what information they have and where they might point us. Or of course, when in need of information, the local pub is normally the spot to hear all the current rumors and rumblings. I leave it up to you M'Lady?" Triton finishes with a flourish of his hands and a bow.
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Post  David on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:17 pm

"Prince Triton," says Sylvia, "I do not seek where my will would take me. I seek that which is a surprise, not what I expect. Please--do what you will and I shall follow." There's both an edge of annoyance as well as a real tone of melancholy in those words. After all, Sylvia can probably remember when Oberon was young. She's bored. All the elders of Visaria are.
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Post  Triton on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:41 am

"As you wish," Triton bows, "Let's find a bar," he winks.

Then a quick turn on his heels and he's off. Heading up the docks towards the shore. He is looking for the closest bar, a place where sailors with information about scary things like merewives might go to have a drink. As he makes his way towards the bar he will glance over at Mircalla's ship to see if her and her regiment have departed for the palace yet. A simple curiosity.
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Post  David on Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:06 am

As a matter of fact, he can see Sister Mircalla's entourage (not a large group) has joined a few official-looking types and headed somewhere into the city.

The capital city of Gont is kept quite clean and respectable, with enough grit to add flavor. Said grit includes semi-rustic homes for locals, but also a lightly disreputable area where some more racy taverns and the like offer less refined fare.

"Mostly Easy" is the name of what looks like an especially nautically-themed such place. To enter one has to go down some steps into what turns out to be a rather large celler/tavern. A band plays in one corner. A startling number of different outfits and ethnic types fill the place. The bartender has tusks. The bouncer looks like a werewolf. And the air contains a whiff of salt.

Over three fourths of the chairs are taken, but several are pulled up to one containing a bearded Rebman well past middle age (although still vigorous). He's been drinking, obviously. And is telling some stories.

"Hardest thing I've ever had to do," he says, shaking his head with its green hair sprinkled with gray. "And the others, they didn't want to hear what I had to say. Got out a bullwhip, cracked it in the air and then on a back! Slowed them down. Enough, anyway. By then half the crew was gone! Just jumped overboard, to what fate only Leviathan himself knows. All that was left was the older ones like me, some with bad scars or missing part, plus a cabin boy not yet thirteen. Plus our passengers, of course. Three sisters on their way to meet their husbands." He takes a swig. "Good women, I must say. Helped out with the ship, well as much as they could. One of them was right strong but none had any idea what to do. Ah well. They're here now. Safe and sound. Not like the Captain."

"But," one of his listeners asks, "you say they've never been anywhere near the Triangle before?"

"Never. Not for all the ages of the world."

"My ship went past the Triangle last month," another listener adds. "Currents were all wrong. And this is the weird part -- the Sea Fang. It was gone!"

This gets a startled reaction from the crowd.
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