posted Dec 31, 2020, 8:18 AM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Ethyltina 17th, Year Two of the Reign of High King Ran

Fennimore and Perri are relaxing a few days later at The Fiery Stag after another day of training. Rael has not shown up yet, but this happens sometimes.
Fennimore: Any idea where we can get enchanted weapons? I have to say, this idea of traveling has me a little on edge.
Fennimore: I know you are supposed to be an ambassador or something, but from what little I've learned of the Fae realm, it's no place to be caught out unexpectedly.
Perri Elastime: We could try and steal one from the temple. That's the only one I know about.
Perri Elastime: I suppose we could just ask them, but then they could say no.
Fennimore: Stealing it sounds about as dangerous as the trip.
Fennimore: I wonder if the King has any he would 'lend' us.
Perri Elastime: It is probably not a good look on an ambassador.
Perri Elastime: We can ask the King. I'd like some healing potions too.
Fennimore: Snorri was an ambassador, and he looked like he could smash a few heads with his bare fists.
Fennimore: Potions are a good idea too.
Perri Elastime: He did have that flair about him.
Rael Octavius finally arrives at The Stag, looking a bit down.
Fennimore: Hey, Rael, what's the matter?
Rael Octavius: I just heard that someone in The Iris was killed.
Perri Elastime: Who died?
Fennimore: Oh my.
Fennimore: Um, it wasn't the bard, was it?
Rael Octavius: Dar Kalla was his name.
Perri Elastime: I'm sorry, Rael. Was he a friend of yours?
Rael Octavius: He was taken to the Temple of The Billiken, but I have not heard any other news.
Rael Octavius: I had not met him.
Perri Elastime: A pint in his honor then?
Fennimore: Aye, let us toast Dar Kalla.
Rael Octavius: To Dar Kalla!
Perri Elastime: To Dar Kalla!
Perri Elastime sips her mead.
Fennimore drains his mug.
Fennimore: This is an inauspicious start to our journey.
Rael Octavius perks up.
Perri Elastime: It does put a damper on things.
Rael Octavius: Speaking of which, there was a visitor in court today from The Feywild.
Fennimore: I was just asking Perri if we shouldn't try to fortify ourselves before we leave? A visitor?
Perri Elastime: Really? Who?
Perri Elastime looks a bit nervous.
Rael Octavius: She was announced as the Summer Knight...Lady Panglia of Shropeshire?
Fennimore: Shropeshire? Sounds like a proper halfling village.
Perri Elastime (brightening): Lady Panglia! Oh, is she still here?
Fennimore: You know her?
Rael Octavius: She is staying in the castle.
Perri Elastime: Yes! She is one of the good ones. She rescued me when I was lost.
Perri Elastime: Without her kindness, I would probably be mad by now.
Fennimore: Oh, your savior. That is good news.
Fennimore: Well, what are we waiting for. Let's visit her.
Perri Elastime: I wonder why she is here?
Perri Elastime: Perry drains her mug.
Perri Elastime: Rael, you really know how to save the best for last.
Rael Octavius: She arrived rather suddenly in the middle of the floor in the court, wounded but still quite puissant.
Perri Elastime (eyes wide): She is hurt?!
Perri Elastime: Come on!
Perri Elastime throws some gold on the table.
Fennimore jumps from his chair to hustle after Perri into the castle.
Perri Elastime stands and sprints to the door.
Rael Octavius: She made no indication of it, but she was obviously bloodied. She followed our protocols as if she had walked through the front door.
Perri Elastime: Rael, talk while running.
Rael Octavius: It was alarming and magnificent at the same time.
Perri Elastime starts to run towards the castle.
Fennimore: Come along, man, don't just stand there yapping.
Rael Octavius: She is being attended to, but alright. I'm following.
Rael Octavius quickly downs a pint and follows.
The trio makes their way toward the castle, Perri far out in front of the trailing Fennimore and Rael.
Perri Elastime races past the gate guards, who are surprised by the speed at which she passes.
Perri Elastime heads to the infirmary.
Fennimore sees that the gate guards have left their posts and are following Perri.
Fennimore looks around at the gates as the eighty-pound halfling comes barrelling into the castle.
Fennimore: Rael, shouldn't someone be guarding the gates?
Rael Octavius jogs on, slowly losing ground.
Rael Octavius: They are probably wondering where the fire is.
Fennimore pauses to catch his breath.
Fennimore: Shouldn't we close the gates or get more guards or something?
Perri Elastime arrives at the infirmary, but there is no sign of Lady Panglia within.
Fennimore: I don't like leaving the castle unguarded. We've had too many incursions in the past few months.
Perri Elastime (gasping): Lady Panglia. Where is she?
Nurse: She has retired to her quarters, but how do you know?
Perri Elastime (impatiently): Which rooms?
Rael Octavius: I can wait here until they return.
Nurse: She is not to be disturbed.
Fennimore: I'll try to catch up and send back whoever I find.
Perri Elastime: I won't disturb her!
Nurse: Precisely.
Fennimore resumes his rotund dash towards the infirmary, watching for guards along the way.
A guard begins returning to his post, realizing who dashed by.
Perri Elastime: Ahh! you're useless!
Fennimore: Guard, get back to your post. Only Rael is guarding the gates.
The guard: Ah, Master Fennimore, what is up with The Bladesinger?
Fennimore: No time to talk. She searches for an injured friend, newly arrived from The Feywild.
Guard: The Summer Knight?
Perri Elastime: Twiddle twaddle heamel jarglul!
Fennimore pauses his dash again.
Perri Elastime rushes off.
Fennimore (pantingly): Yes, do you know where the Knight is?
The guard: The infirmary, the last I heard.
Fennimore: I believe that's where Perri was headed as well.
Perri Elastime sniffs for whiffs of Fey.
Fennimore: Now, back to your post. No good leaving it unattended like that. Anybody could wander in.
Perri Elastime wanders the castle's halls, searching for Lady Panglia, but is not finding any clues.
The guard nods and returns to his post.
Perri Elastime checks the rooms near hers.
Fennimore catches his breath and resumes trundling towards the infirmary, hoping he can catch up to Perri.
Fennimore arrives at the infirmary to only find a perturbed nurse.
Fennimore looks around, surprised not to see Perri.
The guard relieves Rael.
Nurse: Are you looking for an elf too?
Fennimore: Two of them, actually.
Fennimore: Then you've seen Lady Perri and the Knight of the Summer Court?
Perri Elastime stops a random person.
Nurse: Lady Elastime went storming out of here looking for The Summer Knight.
Fennimore looks about, a bit lost.
Perri Elastime: Where is Lady Panglia?
Fennimore: Do you know which way she went?
Servant: What can I do for you, Lady Elastime?
Perri Elastime: Where are Lady Panglia's rooms.
Nurse (pointing): That way.
Fennimore: Thank you.
Servant: Oh, my. I am not sure.
Fennimore follows the nurse's direction, a little slower now as he searches the castle's halls for Lady Perri and the Summer Knight.
Perri Elastime raises an eyebrow.
Rael Octavius heads toward Lady Panglia's chambers, shaking his head at the franticness.
Fennimore looks for clues as to Perri's or the Summer Knight's passage.
Fennimore manages to pick up Perri's trail.
Rael Octavius walks past Fennimore as he searches.
Perri Elastime: It would have been prepped for her while she was at the infirmary.
Rael Octavius: Coming?
Fennimore: Perri went this way. Where are you going?
Perri Elastime: Rael, where is she?
Rael Octavius: I know where her chambers are.
Rael Octavius: You ran off in such a tizzy.
Perri Elastime: I'm about ready to start hitting people.
Rael Octavius: Relax. Follow me.
Perri Elastime: You obviously don't understand.
Rael Octavius leads the way up a spiral staircase to the second floor and down the hall to an open door.
Fennimore: Care to enlighten us?
Perri Elastime follows, wanting to rush.
As you approach the door, you hear High King Ran speaking in Elvish.
High King Ran [Elvish]: So, the Courts are a war? You need to return as soon as possible.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire [Elvish]: Yes, and I must.
Perri Elastime rushes in.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: My Lady!
High King Ran stands just inside the doorway, and Lady Panglia sits in a chair at a vanity.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire [Elvish] (smiling): Perri, my child.
Perri Elastime: Kneels at Lady Panglia's side, putting an arm around her.
High King Ran steps aside, out of the way of the door.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: You've been injured.
Fennimore takes up a position outside the doorway and leans against the wall listening to the beautiful elven voices, though he doesn't understand a word of it.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: What is happening?
High King Ran: Take some food and some rest, Lady Panglia. We will speak in a few hours.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire nods.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: Thank you, Your Majesty.
High King Ran departs.
Fennimore bows to the King as he passes.
Perri Elastime looks closely for signs of injury.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire [Elvish]: War has erupted in The Feywild, and its reflection is being cast onto this world.
Rael Octavius: War?
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Lady, how can I assist you?
Fennimore startles at Rael's exclamation.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: Yes. Winter and Summer now clash.
Perri Elastime turns pale.
Rael Octavius: But here too?
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Rael, Fenn come in
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: Unfortunately, you will all be embroiled in conflict here, as well.
Fennimore tries to follow the conversation as it switches between Elvish and Almebezbik.
Perri Elastime: Fenn, come in.
Rael Octavius enters the room.
Fennimore follows Rael.
Perri Elastime: My Lady, this is Rael Octavius and Fennimore, very good friends of mine. This is Lady Panglia of Shropeshire, my savior.
Fennimore: Lady Panglia of Shropeshire, I am at your service.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire smiles and nods.
Perri Elastime: I have adopted these two as brothers.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: I have met Rael in court. I am pleased to meet you, Fennimore.
Fennimore smiles and bows to the Summer Knight.
Fennimore: M'Lady Elastime has told us many tales of your heroism in rescuing her from the Winter Court.
Perri Elastime: I guess that makes them your children once removed.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: She has?
Perri Elastime: A little.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: You know then of her secret?
Fennimore: If she has a secret, she has done a good job of hiding it because there are few secrets among the three of us.
Perri Elastime: They are my brothers. We help and protect as a family.
Rael Octavius: Her secret being her...scars?
Perri Elastime: But you say war. That bodes ill for so many folks.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: Many have already died The Wild.
Perri Elastime looks troubled.
Perri Elastime: What is the Winter Courts objective?
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: I understand there are other perils besides this impending war.
Fennimore: If war comes here, many more will die. "The City" is teeming with civilians. People who have seen too many winters or too few to bear arms. People like my Ma who wouldn't hurt a bumblebee, even if it were about to sting her.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: The Winter Queen seeks to extend her power yet again.
Perri Elastime: As if all of Fae should be covered with ice and snow.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: A cruel queen of your own moves against Ran's realm.
Fennimore: We met a man from the Southern plains. He told us the climate is changing, and dragons are roaming widely, searching for new homes.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: King Ran mentioned this. You were about to embark on a quest in regards to one of these perils, I believe.
Rael Octavius: Yes, and The Feywild being one of our destinations.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: Traveling there now would be unwise.
Perri Elastime: We were going to travel to Between. Maybe entice monsoons, obtain a few seeds to help here.
Perri Elastime: Do you know more of this queen you mentioned?
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: The monsoons are out of control now.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: She is a dark queen, not unlike our lost Lolth.
Perri Elastime (eyes brimming with tears): And you are going back to fight.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: Their pleasant appearances are quite similar, in fact.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: I must return and rejoin the fight, child. King Ran has received my omen, and he will need all the help he can get.
Perri Elastime: Please rest a while; get strong first.
Fennimore: Our mission was to help shore up the Southern Plains by bringing back help from the Feywild. If your land falls to the Winter Court, our mission fails before it even begins.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: You have other options regarding your climate predicament. Pursue them first. King Ran will guide you.
Perri Elastime stands and kisses Lady Perglia's cheeks.
Perri Elastime (whispers): Always a hero.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: I will be here for another of your days or so. Time passes very slowly here.
Perri Elastime: Then, I will see you later.
Fennimore bows to the Summer Knight.
Rael Octavius bows.
Fennimore: I cannot thank you enough for rescuing M'Lady.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire smiles.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire: I will rest now.
Lady Panglia of Shropeshire [Elvish]: Until we meet again.
Fennimore tiptoes to the door.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: I hold you in my heart.
Rael Octavius exits the room.
Perri Elastime walks out quietly.
The door slowly closes as the trio enters the hallway.
Fennimore (quietly): Now what? Should we take turns keeping watch over her?
Rael Octavius: As a precaution, this is not a bad idea.
Perri Elastime sits down and leans against the wall.
Perri Elastime: Yes.
As you linger in the hall, a pair of summer eladrin knights appear in the hallway out of thin air.
Eladrin Knight [Elvish]: Fear not. We are here at your High King's bidding.
Perri Elastime stands up.
Fennimore uneasily puts his hand to his rapier's hilt at the sudden appearance of two more elves.
Rael Octavius: No worries, Fennimore. We should get some rest ourselves.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Why are you here?
Fennimore looks to Perri to make sure she is comfortable with the new arrivals.
Eladrin Knight [Elvish]: We were summoned to guard Lady Panglia.
Perri Elastime smiles and nods.
Although Fennimore doesn't understand their speech, he is comforted by their light conversation and relaxes.
Fennimore: Okay, Rael, I guess you're right.
Fennimore: Perri, I'll be back to relieve you.
Eladrin Knight: Rest well.
Perri Elastime: Okay. I'll be here.
Fennimore bows to the knight.
Fennimore: Thank you, sir.
The knights bow.
Fennimore thinks all this bowing makes his belt tight.
Eladrin Knight [Elvish]: Lady Perri, stay and comfort your mother. She has missed you dearly.
Fennimore (looks to Rael): Shall we?
Rael Octavius: Perri will be staying, I believe, Fenn. Let us go.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: As I have missed her.
Fennimore sets off towards his own room.
Fennimore: Agreed. Will you be staying in the Castle tonight?
Rael Octavius: I live close to the castle. I will head home and be with my parents. We may end up separated for some time if this war goes poorly.
Fennimore frowns.
Fennimore: I don't like the sound of that.
Rael Octavius: Me neither.
Perri Elastime quietly enters Lady Panglia's room.
Fennimore: Perri's had a long day of practice. I'll try to catch a quick cat nap and come back to relieve her.