[Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Ladki96 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:03 pm

"No no! I meant he's - whereas I'm - never mind." Terrwyn scratches her neck. Who wouldn't have understood that she was saying she was single? She hadn't been that vague. Okay, maybe a little vague.

Wait did the princess just say widow/ers = old?

"I'm not old," Terrwyn quickly clarifies. "I'm - it was an... an... aaan accident...al murder." It was. It was! There was no actual planning involved, that is at any rate true!

Flirting by talking about exes and comparison with dumb guys. What a great way to start a love that will last till the end of time. Really, she was quite the Macsen. Maybe she will build three castles for clueless Elen too. Perhaps she could start by keeping her people fed this winter, she thinks grumpily. The loot better reach the city safely. A mill first, then-

Terrwyn takes a deep breath and, pushing the calculations aside, smiles at the princess. Why worry her. "I'm sorry. What I meant to say was..." C'moooon. "...was..." Ach, this is useless. She will get nowhere with plain talk. Good thing Larksnests are excellent at poetry writing /o/

Audofleda - Compose :)
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby KleinerKiller » Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:09 am

Trying to stealthily listen in on Terrwyn's awkward flirtation, Leiryn gradually realizes a small gathering of interested women has formed behind him. It feels... strange. Unpleasant, even. As much as he wants to come off like a dashing gentleman, he can't muster up the courage to even flash a smile. The giggling turns, in his ears, from affectionate to mocking. The air is stiflingly sour.

He risks turning to glance-

Oh, lord.

He chokes on his breath, turns back, clears his focus, and looks again. For just a moment, he thought he could see flames licking at each woman's lips from inside, blazing brighter and hotter in the ones who met his eyes. Now, thankfully, they are only a group of normal noblewomen trying to catch his fancy -- some are tittering louder, obviously mistaking his shaken look for flustering. None seem to be judging him. A couple of them are quite cute, even.

He sighs and gently urges his horse just slightly ahead, enough that he can put a mental barrier between himself and the giggles, but not far enough that he badly offends the women. A hot breath brushes past his cheek, but he refuses to turn around, knowing who he'll see. He was supposed to be past the worst of this; he resolves to figure out more exercises to relax his mind once the mission is over.
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Cpt._Funkotron » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:18 am

The Convoy

As the days pass, and the ladies and their knightly escort ride deeper into Frankish territory, Terwynn and Audofleda find themselves spending more and more of their time in each other's company. Audofleda is eloquent enough for the two of them, and even still she seems to find her scattered, nervous chatter endearing. In the evening, Terwynn flatters and enchants the princess with her poetry. One morning, they open their eyes to greet the dawn, and find the arms of each wrapped around the other, together in bed. It is the first of several such mornings.

Meanwhile, Leiryn's self-imposed distance seems to have made him an even greater curiosity then before. He is almost never directly approached, and he can't understand Frankish, but he can tell well enough when he's being talked about. Occasionally he finds himself being done some small kindness, such as having wine brought to him after meals, or having his laundered clothes (done by the servants in camp on evenings that the party is near a river), instead of being gathered up by the squires. At first, he is confused. Leiryn is hardly good looking in the classical sense, as his father's wife had been more than clear about from an early age, but over the course of several days, he manages to piece together that his other qualities seem to be working hard to make up the slack. For one, his rank, for another his extraordinary youth, a year too young to even be a knight let alone ten or twenty years too young to be a commander, for a third, his current role as one of their protectors, for a fourth, his elusiveness. The chattering, giggling, and stares follow him all the way to Vire.

About a day's short of their destination, the party is approached and hailed by a group of five British knights.

The Army

The army treads upon the ashes of their own previous making as they march to Caen, passing village after village of burnt out cottages and freshly dug graves. At long last, they come to the siege lines of Bayeux. The sentries who greet them a few miles from the camps and make sure they aren't Franks in stolen armor make a point of asking why division has returned so soon.
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Scarik » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:27 am

Persidius is with the vanguard when they meet the sentries.

"My warriors are weary from their exploits," he laughs. "I have sacked the city of Caen and taken one of the Frankish Dukes captive. Run ahead of me and find Earl Salisbury to let him know of my return."

He tosses the man a pouch heavy with silver to see his command obeyed.
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Ladki96 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:34 am

Oh come on. They're this close. "Just keep smiling, Leiryn. Or uh don't, actually, it doesn't look natu- Just, don't want to unnecessarily kill our countrymen, okay? Unless they're Silchester in which case, as your bro-in-law would say, feck 'em." Grudges! They're great.

Terrwyn nods at the approaching knights in a friendly manner while super casually fingering her sword.

"Hail to you too! Where are you coming from? You should really go to Bayeux, you know. Cutting it pretty close, haha."
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Cpt._Funkotron » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:50 am

The Army

"God be praised!" cries the sentry with a grin, before he races off ahead of the column.

As the ranks begin to dissolve into the clustered campfires of Madoc's army, words of the conquest are taken up in riotous celebration. The commanders are flanked by cheering throngs as they approach Roderick's command tent. The man himself comes out to greet them, flanked by a valet and the sentry from before. He hands off a small hand-towel to his valet, because it would appear that the division's triumphant return interrupted his shave, leaving him with clean cheeks but a prominent mustache. He places his hands on his hips and inclines his head. His eyes scan around at the jubilant onlookers behind them, and an approving smile creeps into his lips. "I tell you my fellows, I think my hearing might have left me before its time, because I have just heard the strangest thing. Make your report, loudly and slowly so we can all understand." he gestures to the throng and gives Persidius a wink.


The Escort

The man who speaks appears to be in his late thirties, with a crooked nose and stubbled cheeks. "We're foragers of the second division, and I could ask the same of you. You don't sound gaulish to me, and you're coming from the east, so you're from Wayford's host, right?" He leans sideways in his saddle to look at the Frankish ladies. "And whose are these? I'd heard stories, but I didn't think he had that many wives." He laughs from his belly and his followers follow suit.
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Ladki96 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:41 am

What is with the Persi glorifying? Terrwyn wants to yell. She's going to set the record straight. She puts her hands on her hips and tries to look like a great hero. It works and she doesn't look silly at all.

"Excuse me, I will have you know I'm the one who, you know, promised them." Yeah! "And I would have done it regardless of what 'Wayford' decided." Yeah! She would have snuck them out under the cover of darkness! Damn, why did he have to go and take the right decision? That'd have been a cool addition to the sidequest. "And not to boast or anything, but I even - well, you'll understand better when you are older." she smiles. "As for the ladies, they are quite frankly none of your business. So we'll be just going. Now." Should she add a 'fuck you'? Nah, that'd be overdoing it.
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Cpt._Funkotron » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:51 am

The leading knight can do nothing but stare in confusion in response to her declarations. As she's about to pass them, he asks "Where exactly are you going?"
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Ladki96 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:14 am

Why is this old coot still talking to her? "To pick up your mother. We're gonna add her to the group and then continue onto Also Not Your Business Town."
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Cpt._Funkotron » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:27 am

They let them pass unimpeded, and huddle together to confer. After a few moments, the five knights depart north-westward.
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby KleinerKiller » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:44 am

Leiryn stares on in silence, completely dumbfounded, as the knights abruptly leave them to their business. His disbelief at how the whole thing turned out is only matched by his ever-growing respect for Terrwyn; it's almost enough to make him forget about keeping his distance from the flock of admirers, though he manages to uphold that after a few moments when he realizes a few are riding much closer to him.

He vows to reinforce the strangely charismatic knight next time, in case those men should suddenly return with ill intentions.
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Ladki96 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:45 am

Shit, the bluster worked? That means they're gonna come back with an army! Probably. It's fine, it's fine. Vire will be so ready for them. Not like Caen, because it didn't have an awesome pair of knights. Terrwyn smiles confidently at Leiryn. The smile says, 'Aren't we awesome? Look at us, drowning in-' But he suddenly looks behind and pulls ahead. Rude or what?

Terrwyn turns back and cheerily waves at Audofleda. "It's all good! We'll be there by tonight!" Oh no, they'll be there by tonight :( then it'll be time to leeaave
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Cpt._Funkotron » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:11 pm

At sunset, the town of Vire comes into view on the horizon. It is a large, hill-top palisade situated above a fork in the river. Leiryn takes notice of two things, firstly that there appears to be a large refuse pile stacked up outside the walls, which is smelt before it is seen, and secondly, that the ammount of smoke billowing from Vire's silhouette far surpasses a signature typical for a town of it's size, but yet the town itself doesn't look to be on fire. By the looks of things, Vire is hosting an army.

Do Terwynn and Leiryn part ways with the women now, at a distance, or do they escort them all the way to the gates?
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Ladki96 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:27 pm

"Yeah, you're absolutely right. It could be a trap. Which is why none of you is going! ^^ Wait for just five minutes okay?"

Terrwyn walks over to the ladies. "Sorry, your beloved hero can't make it. I hope I suffice," she jokes to put them at ease. "Shall we?" she smiles at Audofleda.
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Re: [Pendragon RP] 488 Adventure - "The Matter of Frankland"

Postby Scarik » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:59 pm

"Of course, my liege."

Persidious gives a rather bland accounting of the facts. Despite his normal skill and flair with words the cheering throng makes him uncomfortable. He isn't shy by any means, but he doesn't like to boast so publicly.

It would help if Leiryn was there but as is he diverts some of the attention onto Eliver by recounting how he was first over the wall.

With the tale finished he brings forward the lord's share of the plunder as well as their prime captive. Five score carts trundle up.

"My lord's share," he says simply about the vast wealth presented. "And also Duke Ragnachar, cousin of the Frankish king, whom Sir Miles and I defeated in the field when we broke his army."
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