Author Topic: Various Storms & Saints  (Read 969 times)

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Rainor Herondale

Warlord Prince

Various Storms & Saints
« on: April 16, 2017, 10:46:49 PM »
With his family scattered between various courts and other jobs, it was rare that Rainor got to see so many in one place unless his mother summoned them all home for one reason or another, and even then, some were bound to be missing because they simply couldn't get away from their duties. It was something he would take advantage of since it was good to spend time with each other.

Persi was with her other escort at the moment as Rainor headed over towards one of his family members. His attention was still partially on her anyway; at the moment, he didn't trust the other escort all that much since the Warlord already let Persi run outside once. Rainor wanted to stick right with her after that and protect her from everyone who was making comments at her, but he also didn't want to smother her. Nor was he sure she would appreciate him standing behind her and glaring at everyone. It certainly wouldn't help her make friends.

So instead, he tried to distract himself just a little. He plucked a wine glass from the tray one of the staff was carrying around and then greeted the other Herondale.

"Hey, it's been a while." He stood in a spot that let him still see Persi when he glanced up, as long as she didn't run off again. At least this time he wouldn't be rude for walking off from a conversation.

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Colby Herondale

Warlord Prince

Re: Various Storms & Saints
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2017, 11:12:52 PM »
Colby was finally getting a moment of downtime. He felt pulled in a thousand directions. He was here as Bella’s main escort of course, here to mingle for his family. He also was pulled aside with a message from his grandma. He still hadn’t managed to meet the ‘new’ family heir, a district queen in Amelia. He knew he would have to before the night ended or it would look bad.

He was off to the side, watching the interactions. He forgot how much he disliked this. He hadn’t really been around ay of this since before the war and he wished he was back in his corner of the world. Granted he supposed this was a nice escape, different problems to wrap his head around. He sipped his wine and watched one of his relatives drift over. He studied his uncle for a moment, as well where his uncle’s gaze was. He understood he kept looking for Bella.

“Uncle, it has been awhile, what at least a year now?” He was fuzzy on the last time he had seen Rainor. Before going to Bella’s Court a year ago, he’d spent a couple of months after the war in the woods. He struggled to readjust, still was struggling. “How are you faring?”He glanced at Rainor before looking for the other male Herondale in attendance. He had mixed feelings on most of his family members.

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Tobias Herondale

Warlord Prince

Re: Various Storms & Saints
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2017, 09:23:06 AM »
Tobias was sick of being surrounded by possible enemies. People stronger than him, especially crippled as he was by the breaking of his Red. It made him want to lash out or to run, jumping through the Abyss to the Winds that ran close to this place. If it hadn't been for Etain he might have found a spot halfway down the garden, as far as he could get from people without technically leaving the party, but he couldn't do that and keep an eye on her.

Instead he looked for allies, not that he had many. Most of those who didn't dislike him for his family had been put off by either the rumours about his sister and his stability, or his frequent unexplained disappearances while he hunted bandits trying to find Sibylla. Most of the Aristos whose eyes he attempted to catch avoided him, before he eventually settled on the other two Herondale men. Family, and powerful allies he could trust to hold his back. That would do.

Accepting another glass of wine from a waiter Tobias threaded his way across the room, bowing his head respectfully to each man as he approached. “Uncle, cousin.”  Tobias relaxed a little just at having allies nearby, though he wasn't exceptionally close to either of the other Warlord Princes and didn't calm down entirely. Without thinking he took up a position he could watch for anyone sneaking up on either of the other men, and still look over at Etain with minimal effort. He was on edge enough that his battlefield instincts were showing through, though his face remained pleasantly neutral and his psychic scent was tightly controlled.

“How've you enjoyed tonight? Have either of you taken the opportunity to speak to the new heir to our house?” There was more than a hint of skepticism in Tobias' voice as the mention of the woman. She hadn't left him completely convinced of her abilities in their conversation, and he was more than willing to admit it.

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First Escort, Ludaea Province Court

Rainor Herondale

Warlord Prince

Re: Various Storms & Saints
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2017, 06:03:50 PM »
"I think you're right," Rainor agreed with Colby's time estimate. "I've been well. You?" Sometimes Rainor wished he could have had a closer, more personal relationship with his nephews, especially now that he wished his own children could be closer to their uncles, but the state of the territory meant that it was difficult, especially with them spread out so far in different courts. He at least was able to bring his children to visit their grandmother often enough, and they got to see their maternal grandmother often.

"I have," Rainor nodded at Tobias. "She seemed... nice." Which was not necessarily a positive assessment of her. Being nice alone wouldn't help the family succeed. It wouldn't necessarily direct them down the road of failure, either, but he was uncertain. He probably would have been uncertain of almost any Queen's ability to take over as his family's heir, considering how important a role it was.

"She smiled a lot," Rainor continued. "I wasn't quite sure what to make of that. Her District is apparently doing well. Too bad it is in Amelia, though. Anywhere except Amela and Dalarna would have been preferable, since both were ruled by Troy family members. "Did you? What did you think of her?" He asked Tobias, then looked at his other nephew, "Colby, did you get to talk to her yet?"

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Colby Herondale

Warlord Prince

Re: Various Storms & Saints
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2017, 02:28:08 AM »
Colby dipped his head in a bow of sorts when his cousin came over.  He wasn’t too sure what to make of the younger man anymore. Though Colby supposed that was most of his family. Tobias and his twin sister had been the ‘special’ ones. She was missing; Colby could not understand why his grandmother didn’t have anyone out looking for her. Unless she knew where she was. He debated that possibility, his grandmother was sneaky and seemed to know everything. Despite her much lighter jewel his grandmother managed to herd and control all of them. He knew from his dealings with other families, this was not unique. Aristos only maintained their power with plots and schemes.  Tobias, on the other hand, was seen around Etain Troy. He was one of her escorts, he double-checked. The warlord prince wondered if it was Tobias’ decision or their grandmother’s. Why not have someone get close to the Gray jeweled Queen? It made sense but he had no idea what the reason for Tobias’ interest in the Troy Queen was, so Colby tucked his thoughts away and smiled pleasantly. “My night has been better than I planned,” a glance at his uncle, “it was nice to get out of Amelia for a bit.”

Colby listened with a slight frown on his face. “I haven’t had the chance to meet her yet,” He paused to consider what time was left of this part of the Summit. “I should before the night is over, or someone might pull my ear next time she sees me.” She being Grandmother and his voice was light if not a little joking. “I can’t manage Grandmother will let her stay in Amelia long. Which means Amelia’s Warlord Prince will be down a decent Queen.”

Colby shrugged, he didn’t care much for Nathaniel Troy, in part because Bella insisted on flirting the other man in front of Colby. Also that his Queen thought Nathaniel Troy was more useful than her Herondale supporters. For the sake of Bella and his hope to stay in her Court, he needed to move to change that. Hopefully, the pieces would fall into place for Bella to oversee his family’s province unless the new Heir threw a wrench in his plans.

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Tobias Herondale

Warlord Prince

Re: Various Storms & Saints
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2017, 10:59:13 AM »
“Wouldn't that be a shame?” Tobias agreed with Colby's assessment of the Troy Warlord Prince, his voice deadpan, though a slight smile flickered onto his face for a moment. With the other men beside him his tension was easing slowly, though he didn't know either well they were family, and familiar enough to ease his nerves rather than scrape them. “And you definitely should, cousin. Grandmother mentioned you when last we spoke so she hasn't forgotten you entirely.” He teased the older man lightly, the shadow of a smile lasting slightly longer this time.

Turning his attention back to Rainor and the topic at hand, he grew more solemn again. “Nice, I suppose she was that.” Tobias' words were just as doubtful as his uncles. “We only spoke briefly, but she seemed earnestly focused on peace between the houses.” Peace was good of course, but if she was going to be the leader of their family it would do them better to focus on their good rather than making concessions for peace.

“She also had much to say of her 'good rapport' with Prince Troy.” His voice was even more sceptical on this point. Queen Yukimura had been working under the Prince for longer than she had been a 'Herondale', it was about as clear a conflict of interests as he could imagine and put the entire future legacy of the Herondales at risk.  If they had options...But that was the entire issue, wasn't it? There weren't any other Herondale Queens, or Shiori Yukimura's distant relationship to them would never have been dug up. "I'm... Not sure about her." Tobias admitted with a frown, not quite ready to commit either way.

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First Escort, Ludaea Province Court

Rainor Herondale

Warlord Prince

Re: Various Storms & Saints
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 07:44:32 PM »
"Yes, don't want that," Rainor said with a chuckle. He knew Colby was joking, but he was also sure that that his mother would probably be less than pleased if they didn't at least introduce themselves to their new heir. It was the right thing to do, even if it was just to please the family's current matriarch.

He frowned at the idea of rapport with Nathaniel Troy. He supposed it would make sense for it to have formed, seeing as he ruled the Province she lived in, and his family had a lot of influence there in general. It would do any Queen good to be friendly with the family, at least professionally. Still... it was concerning. What if it was more than a professional rapport?

"I'm not sure about her either," Rainor said with a shrug. "But I'm betting she's not sure about us, either." The family had sort of come out of nowhere on her, having been otherwise largely uninterested in contact with their very distant relative. He thought the only way he would have been absolutely sure of her right now was if he happened to be Called to her, which he wasn't. Being around her didn't immediately make him want to kill something, though, which he had experienced with a couple of Queens. So she had that going for her at least.

"What did she say about her rapport with Prince Troy?" Rainor asked Tobias. "Maybe it would be something that would be advantageous later." Probably not, but they had to at least look for any leg-up that they could find.

 


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