posted Jul 4, 2020, 9:16 AM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak   [ updated Jul 4, 2020, 9:18 AM ]

Nonotina 24th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

Perri's training has been every other day since it began as the King has quite a lot to do. This leaves opportunities to get out into the city and do other things such as finally collecting Fennimore's outfit and making calls in on his mother.
The King suggests purposeful, quick trips to places in the city when it is decided to head out of the castle.
Fennimore: Sounds like a good idea. Perhaps Rael can join us when he isn't engaged in his other duties.
Rael Octavius shows up at your rooms on your first day off.
Perri Elastime: Hey Rael! What is shaken?
Rael Octavius: The usual. Mostly court intrigue.
Perri Elastime: Has your mum and dad come back?
Rael Octavius: I heard that they are on their way. They are stopping at South Town for a couple of days before returning.
Fennimore: South Town? They're almost home then.
Rael Octavius: Yes, finally.
Perri Elastime: South Town is near here?
Rael Octavius: The next city south of here along the river.
Perri Elastime: I'm feeling the need to travel a bit.
Fennimore: I haven't been outside "The City." Travel would be exciting.
Rael Octavius: I haven't either.
Fennimore: Maybe, we could go meet them in South Town?
Perri Elastime: Could I make it back for training?
Fennimore: I bet the King would give you a few days off.
Rael Octavius: Perri still has training. It is still a couple of day's travel.
Perri Elastime: Well, maybe there is something we could do around here. I want a job.
Fennimore: She needs to exercise her skills in more than just the bailey.
Rael Octavius: True. Or the streets.
Fennimore: I think we've caused more than our share of havoc in the streets.
Rael Octavius: Surprisingly dangerous, they are.
Fennimore: I'm just happy The Knives have left us alone here in the castle.
Rael Octavius: They would be insane to mess with anyone in the castle.
Fennimore: That didn't seem to stop them from sending thugs against us in the streets.
Perri Elastime: No, it didn't.
Rael Octavius: I think The Iris and Forget-Me-Not have gotten their ire up.
Fennimore: The Iris kinda gets my ire up, too.
Perri Elastime: I'm kinda going snow crazy.
Rael Octavius: You said you have an outfit to pick up in the North Market that you never got to, Fennimore?
Fennimore: That's right. There's a haberdashery in the square near The Rogue Spoon Inn.
Perri Elastime: Is there a tailor there?
Rael Octavius: Maybe we can get over there today.
Fennimore: Poor guy. He probably thinks I've abandoned it like his last halfling customer.
Rael Octavius: Did you pay him upfront?
Fennimore: Tailored my cloak to fit my magnificent physique. I can't wait to see how it turned out.
Fennimore: Yes, I did.
Rael Octavius: He's not worried. Pure profit if you never return.
Fennimore: Took nearly all my spare change at the time.
Rael Octavius: You could practically buy the place now, I imagine.
Fennimore: He didn't seem too worried about the other cloak he was holding either.
Fennimore: Perhaps. But, I'd rather put my coin to supporting my ma.
Rael Octavius: That's good of you, Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: So we should go stretch our legs.
Fennimore: I'd like to get out of the castle for a bit.
Perri Elastime: Your cloak is a good enough reason for me.
Rael Octavius: The King has asked us, while we are out and about, to keep our eyes open for more quicklings. There have been reports throughout "The City" of isolated rogue fey attacking folk.
Fennimore: Oh, great. That went so well when we were protected by the castle.
Fennimore: Maybe we should stop at the apothecary and pickup some healing potions along the way.
Perri Elastime: Good plan.
Rael Octavius: We should only engage it if we can get the drop on them. Otherwise, we should call for the watch.
Perri Elastime: Now Fennimore, if there is trouble are we going to rush in and fight or fight from a distance or make it up as we go along as we have so far?
The foray across town to the North Market to get Fennimore's new clothes is surprisingly uneventful. After stopping at an apothecary, they arrive at the haberdashery in the North Market. The tailor plays happy to see you, but both Fennimore and Rael sense he is disappointed you finally showed up. The fit is perfect, however.
Perri Elastime: Looks good to me.
Fennimore: Thank you for holding my cloak. I love the fit.
Tailor: I am glad you like it. It was a pleasure doing business with you.
Fennimore: I'll be sure to tell my friends about your excellent work.
Fennimore smiles.
Tailor: Oh! Please do.
Perri Elastime checks the street out the window and only sees typical, common, everyday hustle and bustle.
Fennimore: See anything, Perri?
Perri Elastime: Just people going about their day.
Tailor: I heard there was a lockdown at the castle. What was that about?
The tailor asks, noticing Rael is with you.
Fennimore: Just your normal everyday invasion of the fey.
Tailor: Fey? Like fairies and sprites and such?
Fennimore: Yes, particularly nasty ones, this batch. Nearly killed me, they did.
Tailor: Sorry to hear that. Well, you survived. That is something.
Fennimore: It's a good thing I didn't have your new cloak. I would have bled all over it.
Tailor: Be careful then.
Perri Elastime: Can we get a beer to celebrate your new cloak, Fennimore?
Fennimore: I know a place near here, but weren't you looking for a tailor too? Maybe our shopkeeper here has something to fit you.
Tailor: To be certain. I do.
Perri Elastime: Maybe, but I don't see anything that looks wild.
Tailor: Wild isn't really my thing.
Rael Octavius smirks.
Perri Elastime: Could you make it your thing? It might be the next big fashion.
Tailor: Really? In our great rise to civilization?
Fennimore: She might be right. She has the King's ear.
Perri Elastime: Changes in style are a tailors dream.
The tailor looks over what Perri is currently wearing.
Perri Elastime: Never mind. I will find someone else with an eye for coin and an adventurous spirit.
Tailor: Wait, wait.
Fennimore: Now it's Fenn's turn to smirk.
Tailor: I see the leaf patterns. I can work with that.
Perri Elastime: Check this out?
Perri Elastime holds out the ancient raven's feather.
Tailor: Ah! You've been to the hatter near the castle.
Perri Elastime: Beautiful isn't it.
Tailor: He seems to be the only one in town that has those.
Tailor: It's his signature. All his finest hats have those.
Perri Elastime: There is sure to be a feast or a party that I will need to attend and wearing my armor might not be in the best taste.
Tailor: Tis true.
Fennimore: Oh dear, Rael, we won't need to have finery for castle feasts, will we?
Rael Octavius: Um...
Rael Octavius: Actually, yes.
Perri Elastime: Can you design something beautiful, that I can move in easily, is wild, and unexpected, and covers all of my skin currently covered.
Tailor: Let me find the silks.
Fennimore: After you've attended to Perri, I guess I'll need another fitting as well.
Fennimore sighs.
The tailor nods and dashes off.
The tailor returns with his tailoring equipment and bolts of cloth of a wide range of colors and textures. He works quite a while with Perri and comes up with a stunning design that Perri couldn't be happier with.
Tailor: It will take me about a week to put this together just right.
Perri Elastime: Your turn, Fennimore.
Fennimore: Hmph. Who knew this halfling of the streets would ever be spending so much time in the castle.
Rael Octavius laughs under his breath.
Fennimore: Okay, Perri's is beautiful, but you can tone it down a bit for me. I don't like to be noticed.
Perri Elastime: Make his elegant.
Tailor: So, master halfling. I already have your measurements...unless you've grown more. Something more on the...civilized side, perhaps?
Perri Elastime: Just don't make him too stiff.
Fennimore: Yes, not too stiff. Civilized is fine. Elegant? I'm not so sure.
Perri Elastime: Some of the courtiers look like they've poles up their backsides.
Tailor: Unassuming, but classy. Not too flashy.
Fennimore: Yes, that would be nice. I like to be able to move freely.
Fennimore: I've only had one eating contest with Perri and since. This cloak fits. I think my measurements haven't changed much.
The tailor works with Fennimore. This goes more quickly as he doesn't need to be quite as creative. In the end, Fennimore has a very nice dark suit with room to move that isn't sloppy.
Fennimore: Wow, ma will never recognize me.
Tailor: I hope you don't mind that it makes you look thinner.
Fennimore: Is that even possible? You must be an illusionist.
Tailor smiles.
Perri Elastime: How much for my clothes?
Tailor: Fifteen gold each, please.
Fennimore: A pleasure doing business with you.
Fennimore pays the tailor.
Tailor: Master halfling, yours will be ready in three days. Ma'am, yours in seven.
Perri Elastime pays the tailor.
Perri Elastime: Thank you. I look forward to seeing them.
Tailor: Such a great pleasure. Thank you for the business.
Fennimore: Now, Perri, about that beer. I hope your ladyship's senses are not easily offended as there is a tavern of ill-repute just next door. I happen to know Miss Claricia would like to meet you.
Rael Octavius: That took a good while. I hope no one is getting worried about how long we are taking.
Perri Elastime: Not being a toddler, I don't have a curfew.
Perri Elastime: A beer sounds perfect.
Rael Octavius: No. We are all adults here.
Fennimore: Excellent! Master Tailor, we shall see you in a few days then.
The tailor bid you adieu.
Perri Elastime: You will look quite handsome in your new clothes.
Perri Elastime: But they could use just a touch of color.
Rael Octavius: He is supposed to be able to blend in.
Fennimore: Thank you, Rael.
Fennimore: Now, let's find The Rogue Spoon.
Rael Octavius: We can be colorful, so he is less noticeable.
Fennimore: All the better.
Perri Elastime: He will look like a dark spot in a sea of color if parties here are anything like parties Between.
Fennimore: I can be your shadow.
Perri Elastime: Perfect.
Rael Octavius: Here there is enough dark for it to still work in his favor.
Rael Octavius (smirking): She isn't quite that wide yet.
Perri Elastime: Just remember we are only allowed to emotionally and socially wound rivals. No drawing blood.
Rael Octavius: Here, here.
Fennimore: At court? I wouldn't think of it.
The trio enters The Rogue Spoon Inn. It is busier than you have seen it before and only a few are here that Rael and Fennimore recognize.
Claricia Robert stands near the bar talking with a customer.
Fennimore finds a table with room for the three of them and waves to Claricia.
Claricia Robert nods and smiles.
Perri Elastime looks about the room and follows Fennimore to a table.
Felicia comes around from the bar with a round of drinks.
Felicia: Welcome back, strangers.
Felicia sets three mugs on the table.
Fennimore: It's good to be back. Can you let Claricia know I have a friend I'd like to introduce to her?
Felicia: Certainly.
Felicia returns to the bar.
Perri Elastime: Rael, have you been here before?
Rael Octavius: Several times.
Claricia Robert finishes up with her conversation and glides over to the table.
Claricia Robert: Hello, Fennimore and Rael. I wasn't expecting to see you so soon.
Rael Octavius: We were in the area.
Fennimore: Hello, Miss Claricia. Please allow me to introduce my friend, recently of the Fey Court and newly the King's student, the Lady Perri Elastime.
Claricia Robert: Of the Feywild? And the King's student? What kind of student?
Fennimore: Miss Perri, this is the Lady Claricia, the Mistress and our host and for an all too brief period of time, my employer.
Perri Elastime: A good one I hope.
Claricia Robert smiles and sits next to Fennimore.
Perri Elastime smiles.
Claricia Robert: Please to meet you, Lady Elastime. Welcome to my establishment, such as it is.
Perri Elastime: Lady Claricia, a pleasure to meet you.
Claricia Robert: So, in what is it that the King is instructing you?
Perri Elastime: Bladesong.
Claricia Robert looks over at Rael, surprise.
Claricia Robert: So, they finally showed.
Rael Octavius: Yes. It was a bit of a surprise.
Perri Elastime looks surprised.
Perri Elastime: They who showed.
Fennimore (surprised): You were expecting Perri as well?
Rael Octavius: You have been a subject of a lot of discussions, Perri.
Claricia Robert: The bladesinger come to train with King Ran has been a matter of speculation for quite a while.
Perri Elastime: Courts have their rumor mills.
Claricia Robert: That thay do.
Claricia Robert smiles at Rael.
Rael Octavius blushes.
Perri Elastime raises eyebrows.
Perri Elastime: Rael?
Fennimore attempts to intercede.
Rael Octavius: Some confidences, please?
Fennimore: So how have you been Miss Claricia? Any trouble in this part of town?
Claricia Robert: No troubles. Business as usual.
Perri Elastime drinks some beer.
Claricia Robert: I heard there was a lockdown at the castle. That must have been exciting, Rael.
Rael Octavius: Too much so.
Fennimore: News does travel fast.
Rael Octavius: Rumor mill I believe Perri called it.
Rael Octavius takes a gulp of his ale.
Fennimore (smiling): Seems you're not Miss Claricia's only informant.
Rael Octavius frowns.
Claricia Robert: So you just stopped by for a drink then?
Perri Elastime (stage whispers): Are they flirting?
Claricia Robert: Always.
Fennimore (whispering to Perri Elastime): I think he's one of her regular guests.
Rael Octavius makes no reaction whatsoever.
Perri Elastime (whispering to Fennimore): He seems embarrassed by it.
Fennimore (whispering to Perri Elastime): He was here frequently while I ran errands for Miss Claricia.
Fennimore (whispering to Perri Elastime): Not the best look for a member of the King's Court, to be seen here.
Rael Octavius: Alright, you two. Whatever you are thinking, it stays in these walls.
Fennimore (whispering to Perri Elastime): Of course, he's not her only courtly customer either.
Fennimore: You're right, Rael. What happens in The Rogue Spoon stays in the Spoon.
Rael Octavius: Thank you.
Claricia Robert smiles.
Perri Elastime: Sure, Rael.
Perri Elastime: Um... Are all parties involved are willing? Right?
A cute girl comes out into the bar area and notices Rael sitting with Claricia. She smiles and waves, then disappears into a room behind the bar.
Claricia Robert: This is true.
Rael Octavius smiles back at the girl.
Fennimore nudges Rael.
Fennimore: Looks like you have an admirer. Do you need a moment to say...hello?
Perri Elastime: I think his brain went to South Town.
Rael Octavius: I'm...half human.
Fennimore: Which half?
Rael Octavius (laughs): Apparently the correct half.
Perri Elastime chuckles.
Rael Octavius: It actually isn't anything to be embarrassed about.
Fennimore: No, I may only be a halfling, but I still know what goes on in the minds of half-men.
Perri Elastime: Then why are you acting all funny.
Rael Octavius: It was a secret.
Rael Octavius: I have trouble letting go of secrets.
Perri Elastime: From whom?
Rael Octavius: Almost everyone except Claricia, Felicia, and Abigail.
Fennimore: Abigail? That would be the cutie who just waved at you?
Rael Octavius: Yes she would.
Perri Elastime: And anyone who sees you here. One person secret, two people secret, three people no secret.
Rael Octavius: Something like that. Some would find it an indiscretion, unfortunately.
Perri Elastime: Well, go say hi. Fennimore and I can always eat. There is food?
Claricia Robert: Certainly.
Claricia Robert motions to Felicia to bring food and more drink.
Claricia Robert: And I have other customers to attend to if you will excuse me.
Claricia Robert gets up and starts to make her way to another table.
Fennimore: By all means. It was wonderful to see you again.
Perri Elastime: Nice meeting you.
Claricia Robert: Oh, by the way, have you seen Eris or Arncoril lately? I'm still holding their King's Favor.
Fennimore (surprised): I haven't seen them in over a week.
Fennimore: I've tried to avoid that bard they were hanging around with. He was a troublesome fellow.
Claricia Robert: Majestic? Not a fan?
Rael Octavius shakes his head.
Fennimore: Can't say that I am. I'm still dealing with the repercussions of his ill-timed affair on Balista Street.
Perri Elastime: The Troublesome Troubadour.
Perri Elastime: That's a great name.
Fennimore: I like that and you haven't even met him.
Rael Octavius: That was messy, but he as gathered a group together. They call themselves The Iris.
Perri Elastime: I know isn't that funny.
Fennimore: The Iris? That's a strange name.
Perri Elastime: It is like they are saying I'm watching you.
Fennimore: What do they think they are, the all-seeing-eyeballs?
Perri Elastime rolls her eyes and laughs.
Rael Octavius: The hobgoblin that joined them came up with the name. Apparently leaving an iris is taken to be sending a message--to Forget-Me-Not in this case.
Fennimore joins in Perri's laughter.
Fennimore: Ooooooh.
Fennimore: So they mean to cross paths with her?
Rael Octavius: I suggested they have a name for their group when they had an audience with King Ran.
Rael Octavius: I won't do that again.
Fennimore: Now Rael, I would love to hear more but you need to run along and not keep your lady friend waiting any longer.
Perri Elastime: Are you going to see your little sweet pea?
Rael Octavius: Apparently they got a big reward for setting some kind of trap for Forget-Me-Not.
Perri Elastime nudges Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: He's ignoring us.
Abigail comes out of the backroom and makes eye contact with Rael.
Fennimore nudges Rael.
Rael Octavius: Ok, Ok. I'm going.
Fennimore: Good, she's getting impatient.
Rael Octavius gets up and follows Abigail down the hall.
Perri Elastime laughs again.
Fennimore: As long as we're on the topic, I've been meaning to talk to you about Forget-Me-Not.
Perri Elastime: Okay. What is on your mind?
Fennimore: Have I told you the full story of what transpired between us?
Fennimore: There are parts I left out for Rael's benefit. The less he knows the better.
Perri Elastime: He is a little uptight about things.
Fennimore: You seem to have a keen ear for courtly intrigue. This is about as close as I like to get.
Perri Elastime: Court is court but not life.
Perri Elastime: I have been thinking. Do you think you could teach me to be sneakier?
Fennimore: Sneakier? I love to sneak about.
Fennimore: Well, it started here, a few days before the darkdays. The Troublesome Troubador came in talking a big game about recovering a family heirloom for his mistress.
Fennimore: A bunch of us took him up on his offer of reward but the whole thing went sideways. Innocent people died and the heirloom was stolen by Forget-Me-Not before we ever got there.
Perri Elastime: Not good people dying?
Perri Elastime: That amulet right?
Fennimore: That's the one. So, I hightailed it out of there but Forget-Me-Not wouldn't let me leave so easily. She corralled me with a warning she would cause me trouble.
Fennimore: Next thing I know, I'm on The Knives hit list too.
Perri Elastime: It would be nice to get The Knives to leave us alone.
Fennimore: This multisided love triangle turned into a tangled web.
Perri Elastime: Wait, I missed something. A love triangle? What love triangle?
Fennimore: Well, when Forget-Me-Not caught me fighting off The Knives, she offered a truce and I asked for her help in getting some revenge on the Troubador.
Fennimore: Um, between Astrid and the bard and Forget-Me-Not and the amulet and Rael somehow I'm stuck in the middle.
Perri Elastime: Make him look bad or something?
Perri Elastime: You must have a different definition of love.
Fennimore: Yeah, something like that. I got wind he was laying a trap for her and I was able to warn her in time.
Fennimore: Haha.
Perri Elastime: Rael is not the sneaky sort. It would be beneath his honor.
Fennimore: I think you're right about that, though he does seem to have his secrets.
Fennimore: The Troublesome Troubador enlisted his friends to go to the King for help in retrieving the amulet.
Fennimore: And that's where you came in.
Perri Elastime: Okay, I think I understand.
Fennimore: Surprise! The Troubador's trap went sideways again and you and I got caught in it.
Perri Elastime: I would stay away from this Troublesome Troubadour if we can.
Fennimore: Now, I didn't know the amulet of the planes was the family heirloom that the King was expecting but Forget-Me-Not was feeding me hints that we shouldn't talk about it.
Fennimore: I can't believe I walked in and out of court carrying it.
Perri Elastime: Scary!
Fennimore: Then Rael discovered I had it.
Perri Elastime: That was unfortunate.
Perri Elastime: Boy, he wanted to do the right thing so badly.
Fennimore: Okay, to wrap up this long story before Rael finishes his tryst, I was trying to forge an alliance with Forget-Me-Not.
Fennimore: Now that she has both amulets, who knows if I'll ever hear from her again.
Perri Elastime: I thought he was going to have a brainstorm.
Fennimore: I'm just hoping that neither she nor that bard causes me any more trouble.
Fennimore: Yeah, Rael was pretty freaked, wasn't he.
Perri Elastime: Purpose of such an alliance?
Fennimore: She's an amazing thief. Just imagine what kind of sneakiness she could teach us.
Fennimore: She even knows a few magic spells.
Fennimore: I'd much rather be on her good side, than not.
Perri Elastime: I do want to augment my magic with a little bit of sneakiness.
Fennimore: And if such an alliance could net some trouble for the Troublesome Troubador, all the better.
Perri Elastime: Remind me not to get on your bad side.
Fennimore laughs.
Fennimore: I haven't been very successful in getting any revenge on the bard, just yet.
Fennimore: As long as he stays out of my way, I may just forgive him someday for getting me into all this trouble.
Fennimore: Anyway, now you know the whole story and that there are things Rael doesn't need to know about it.
Perri Elastime: Well, if we get powerful enough maybe I can get some revenge on the Winter Court.
Fennimore: Woah, now that's some big league revenge.
Perri Elastime: Yep! Torturing a child is pretty despicable.
Fennimore: Oh my, torturing a child? You?
Perri Elastime: Me.
Perri Elastime: I'm a survivor but I would like to free some of the others that are there.
Fennimore: Oh my dear, you are much too sweet for that. I pledge this rogue's rapier to aid you in your vengeance.
Fennimore: There are others?
Perri Elastime: There is a lot to learn before then.
Fennimore: Their hearts must be frozen solid to allow such a thing.
Perri Elastime: The Winter Court steals children from all over and they often kill their toys.
Perri Elastime looks quite upset.
Fennimore: My troubles with this Troubador are quite trivial in comparison. I'm sorry.
Perri Elastime: You are a good halfling.
Perri Elastime takes a deep breath and works to calm herself.
Fennimore: I'm glad you are free of them.
Perri Elastime: Me too.
Fennimore: Now you can hone your skills with the King and we will be ready when the time comes.
Rael Octavius appears down the hall.
Fennimore: Ah, there's the half-man now.
Perri Elastime: I will be ready when the time comes.
Rael Octavius approaches the table, smiling.
Rael Octavius: Thanks, you two.
Perri Elastime: No worries.
Fennimore: I hope you enjoyed yourself.
Rael Octavius winks.
Rael Octavius: Ready to head back to the castle. Training day tomorrow.
Fennimore: Yes, we've enjoyed Miss Claricia's hospitality but it is time to return to the castle.
Perri Elastime: We can settle up the tab.
Rael Octavius: I got it already.
Fennimore: Very generous of you, Rael.
Rael Octavius: It is the least I could do.
Perri Elastime: Thanks, very much.