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(IC) Black Dragon Rising

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  • rax
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    Ser Timon

    Timon offers Ser Gerold a tired smile. "I would dearly like to know more of what's going on in House Lychester, but after the past few days I've had my fill of taunts and obfuscation. Let Balon Lychester be on his way, and the less we see of each other, the better."

    "As for Mychel Hayford, I'm of a mind to invite him to Reedtown, but not until I know that the traitor's mint has been safely hidden away. And now, perhaps, it would also be wise to await the outcome of Lord Roote's diplomacy. So yes, please detain him for the week. I will send word when we are ready for him in Reedtown."

    "Lord Roote - with your permission, I will retire to the Riverfly with my party and await delivery of the copies of your letters. Then we will depart post haste for Reedtown."

    OOC: Let's wrap up events in Lord Harroway's Town. Since Lord Roote isn't up for a more proactive stance with regards to the conspirators, there's not much more Timon feels he can accomplish here. He's keen to get home and make sure that the mint gets hidden away somewhere safe until he can figure out what to do with it. He also wants to talk to Ethan about cementing a more formal alliance with House Roote and, given that some form of military crisis may be looming in the near future, he'll want to convince Ethan to step up training and recruitment for the house military as soon as possible.

    So Timon's game plan for the near future is:
    1. Go home.
    2. Hide the mint and beef up security.
    3. Keep his ear on the ground for anything regarding the conspiracy.
    4. Await the outcome of Lord Roote's diplomacy.

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  • Ser heretic
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    Ser Timon

    Lord Roote stands and claps a hand on your shoulder. "Ser Timon, I am in your debt for all you have done. I consider our houses to stand closer than they did before this episode. And of course, I will gladly accept any assistance that Templestone offers." He returns to drafting his letter and you sense that he is finished with you.

    Ser Gerold strides over to join you. "Ser Timon, they will be releasing Balon Lychester soon. We will accommodate any arrangements you desire." He is offering to allow you to slip out without Lychester's knowledge, or to contrive a chance encounter with the dwarf. "We can also loose Mychel Hayford if you wish. If not, we will keep him here for a week's time."

    OOC: Now is a good time to maybe sketch out OOC or IC what else the group wants to do in Lord Harroway's Town and where you want to go next. I've been assuming that this would be Templestone or Reedtown, but I suppose it could be somewhere else instead--Harrenhal, King's Landing, Riverrun, etc. Once we've figured that out, I can get a sense as to just how much time to cut-scene through. We might let a couple weeks or months slip by IC if Timon's schedule allows, giving us some House Actions, or we could keep things day-by-day if you think Timon's still on a hot trail.

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  • rax
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    Ser Timon

    "I pray that you are correct regarding both their lordships, my lord, and I will press my case no further," Timon replies in as mollifying a tone as he can muster. "But I believe our two houses are in this together now, and we would do well to pool our resources until the current crisis has passed."

    "If you wish it, I could speak to Ser Ethan about making a more formal commitment to aiding House Roote. Lord Shawney might think twice about invading your lands if he thereby risks bringing House Leyburn into the fray. At the very least, he would have to divert some forces to prevent our freeriders from burning his domain while he marches against Lord Harroway's Town."

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  • Ser heretic
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    Quinton and Ser Timon

    “If the flaw in my plan is that the Bloodraven might be outsmarted by the likes of Garlon Shawney, I will rest easy tonight. Hide or conceal as he might, he will not escape what is coming for him.” Lord Roote unstoppers a bottle of ink, while his maester smooths a parchment for him. He begins bobbing a quilltip in the ink. It is a well-practiced action.

    “The King’s Hand is known for his willful, even . . . controlling, nature. I do not assume that he would prefer me to plunge ahead rather than stand down. Indeed, my course of action will prevent treasonous activity from occurring in my town.” Turning his eyes from you to the parchment, he begins to write.

    “There is also great danger in provoking Shawney. He may be equal parts stupidity and wroth, but he is nothing if not a natural commander. And he has nothing to lose. I’m not certain I could keep him from crossing the river. Many of my men are still off fighting Ironborn.” He shoots a reproachful look to Timon and takes a pause from writing. “You would do the same if Reedtown were exposed to such peril. Now, it seems we are in agreement that letters should fly. If you can accept my course of action, I will allow you to read the contents of my letters—even provide you a copy, should you desire it—and accommodate any further sniffing about you need to do in Lord Harroway’s Town.”


    Ser Timon

    You can tell that his lordship has made his mind up. He keeps turning the conversation away from conspiracy, proof, and subterfuge—your areas of distinction—and toward things like diplomacy and warfare, where he knows you lack the authority to make binding promises on behalf of your house. It is true that your nephew often follows your counsel, and has occasionally bestowed on you powers more fulsome than most stewards. But at the same time, committing to something like Leyburn reinforcements for Harroway Town is beyond what you can do without first consulting Ser Ethan.


    Quinton

    When Lord Roote starts writing on the parchment, you know it’s serious. Marks in ink have a power that words do not. There is a special force in ink and pages. Almost a magic. Writing on a page can make or unmake a lord, if it comes from the King, and a written accusation can cause strangers to clap a man in irons. Dark wings, dark words.

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  • Jewdebega
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    Quinton

    Having remembered his place, Quinton kept his mouth shut for this conversation, especially as it seemed Lord Roote had lightly scolded Ser Timon for his suggestions. Instead, the young man flicked his eyes between the two men as they postured themselves in more flowery language than he could ever attempt to use himself. Quinton did not seem anxious, frightened, or upset. Instead, you young man appeared intrigued by the banter and dialogue, like an audience member at an enthralling performance, standing in the front row.

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  • rax
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    Ser Timon

    Well this is a fine time to lose your nerve, my lord... Timon thinks, trying to keep his exasperation from showing.

    "My lord, you are of course quite correct that this matter is a far graver concern than the apprehension of mere murderers and highwaymen. It would certainly be a comfort to know that, if you are to search any of Lord Shawney's vessels, then you would be doing so with the approval of the King's Hand. And sending a raven to Lord Bloodraven and Lord Tully would certainly be the swiftest way of finding out if the powers that be would be supportive of such an action."

    "But I still worry that it would be foolish to show our hand early when it comes to Lord Shawney. If you do decide to order a search of his vessels, then I pray you will at least send word to Lord Shawney using a very old, very slow horse. I, for one, would be more concerned about Lord Bloodraven's reaction if you first inform him of the plot and then act in such a way that Lord Shawney is given an opportunity to cover his tracks, than if you were seen to act decisively against the treason being committed in your town."

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  • Ser heretic
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    Ser Timon and Quinton

    Quincy shakes out a kerchief and uses it to mop his brow and the top of his head. “Timon, you’re a talented bailiff. But this affair is now more politics than investigation. Each of these proposed steps—inducing Shawney’s treason, unusual searches—will send up beacons as to my intentions. Beacons that could be misread. Even if the pretext is something neutral, like a disease, as your man suggests, the truth will out eventually and the other lords will nurse their private theories for why I mislead them. With Harroway Town as the venue, allowing Shawney to complete his part in the conspiracy could itself be seen as treasonous, especially if our ploy is somehow botched. If we lay the trap and it fails, the crown and others may become suspicious of us. If it succeeds, Lord Shawney might come down on Harroway Town with flame and steel. Of course, if Lord Bloodraven instructs us to take these steps, we will take them.” He limps over to the table where his maester has left a number of scrolls, ink, and quills. “I intend to send a raven to King’s Landing informing Lord Bloodraven of all that we know, as well as an identical one to Tully. Better to apprise them in my own words, rather than rely on a messenger such as Mychel Hayford. I do not fully trust Hayford for a number of reasons: his subterfuge in entering my town without making himself known to me, his attack on my smallfolk, and his choice to take service with such an . . . unconventional fighting force. However, if you believe our position will be advanced by informing him of what we have uncovered, I have no objection to telling him what we know—after I send the letters.”

    Ser Timon

    You’re a touch surprised to hear of his suspicion of the Raven’s Teeth, although you are aware that some lords object to the idea of an armed force loyal to a single man, rather than to a noble house. Lord Bloodraven was granted lands and incomes in the Crownlands by King Aegon IV, but he has neither taken a wife nor named an heir. Some see the Raven’s Teeth as a threat to the order of the realm.
    Last edited by Ser heretic; 3rd June 2018, 01:29 PM. Reason: Edited in dialogue reflecting Quinton's suggestion

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  • Jewdebega
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    Quinton

    The young man at Ser Timon's side nods his head in agreement with the knight's suggestion, his eyes looking towards Lord Roote as if to heed his advice. "Or a medical emergency," Quinton then offers, almost absent-mindedly as his tongue gets ahead of his brain. "You are always hearing about ports being shut down for outbreaks and the such. There could be a recent spread of rot or disease that you might want to prevent?" It's at that point Quinton's mouth and brain fall into sync and he remembers his place in this conversation. An apologetic glance is cast towards Ser Timon and his head lowers slightly.

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  • rax
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    Timon

    "I agree - even if we could coerce Joren into becoming our catspaw, there's too many ways our trap could be sprung prematurely to make it worth the effort. But seizing the cargo of every Shawney barge while giving Lord Shawney fair warning? I doubt the wisdom of such a course of action, my lord. For the moment, we have the upper hand, but if Shawney is alerted, he will surely act to distance himself, and any other conspirators will disappear even further into the shadows. They may even find the means to turn the tables on us."

    "Would it not be possible to manufacture some pretext for searching Shawney's barges that would not require an explanation ahead of time? For instance, you were attacked by brigands in the streets of your own town - who could reasonably protest if you responded by swiftly cracking down on smugglers and other criminal elements? You could have your customs officer search all of Shawney's barges as they come in, but include enough other vessels so as to make it less obvious that his ships are being targeted."

    "As for alerting Lord Rivers - I had previously considered recruiting Ser Mychel for that purpose, though at the time I had hopes of having more evidence on hand. But if you are willing to risk it, we might bring him into the fold now. And if not him, then it must at least be someone whom we know has the Hand's ear and who we can trust not to turn on us."

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  • Ser heretic
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    Ser Timon and Quinton

    Lord Roote nods pensively as Timon explains the plot. “Seven above this is complicated. Lychester soldiers turned brigand, Leo Darry, Zachery Lychester, Shawney . . .” Wincing, the Lord scoots off the table to a standing position. He favors his wounded leg as he paces about. “As you recommend, I will not put Balon Lychester to question on such thin grounds. Indeed, I will release him and apologize for the misunderstanding that led my men to accost him. As for Shawney, you may remain here to intercept the barge if you wish, or if not, my customs officer will take it upon himself to do it. I won’t stage a mummer’s farce to induce the codeword—easier to just search and seize the cargo of every Shawney barge. Of course, such an unusual measure will require certain courtesies. I shall send a rider to Shaw Tower informing him that such a standing search order has been issued.”

    “Our efforts should not stop there. We should make every effort to ensure that it is us, and not some other, who alerts Lord Rivers. And Johanna Tully for that matter. I will recall my heir Robar and drill the garrison, so that Lord Shawney is not tempted into rash action.”


    Ser Timon

    It does not escape you that Roote’s plan would give forewarning to Shawney, should the rider arrive before the barge departs. Lord Quincy is proposing to allow Shawney to abandon the plot without losing face or admitting treason. Timid. Wise?

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  • Jewdebega
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    Quinton

    The young man nods his head in acknowledgement and gratitude of Ser Gerold's words, his eyes briefly darting towards Ser Joren as his 'shots' are first mentioned. When Ser Hayford is mentioned, Quinton's eyes come back to bear on Ser Gerold and he responds softly, "It was the least I should do." With that, the boy goes quiet again, allowing Ser Timon to share what information he has with Ser Gerold and to assess how to properly treat Lord Roote's newest "guest".

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  • rax
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    Timon

    "Then I would err on the side of caution, my lord. Joren denies that Balon played any active part in this plot, though he was present when "Ferret" over there made a fool of himself in a supposed game of wits that Joren put together. Young Quinton confirms this but cannot say with confidence that they were cooperating."

    "It seems clear to me that something is rotten in the House of Lychester, though. Joren claims that he and Quickfinger have been blackmailing Zachery Lychester, Lord Goodbrook's nuncle, and just yesterday some hedge knights that were until recently in Lord Lychester's employ took it upon themselves to ambush Leo Darry when he was hunting in the Waterwood. Ser Vladimir dealt with that promptly, but from the tale the survivors told, it sounds as if Lord Ryman may be experiencing some sort of financial difficulties - to the point that he's not paying his soldiers. It still seems unlikely to me that Lord Ryman would involve himself in a plot against the crown, but others in his house might have reason to do so."

    Timon pauses, scratching his chin. "As for the matter of the mint itself, Joren says that the plan was to mint three thousand coins here in town, then abandon it. He says he was instructed by Quickfinger that the gold needed for the job would arrive on a barge from "the fat-bellied whiskerfish", which he understands to mean that the barge would be one of House Shawney's. He expects the gold to arrive in a few days - the barge's helmsman is to seek him out and identify himself with the code word 'Razor'."

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  • Ser heretic
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    Quinton and Ser Timon

    Ser Gerold nods. “I will take over the questioning from here. There more to learn as to the Fox’s accomplices. Those that escaped will hang, I swear by it.” He offers a hand for Timon to clasp, and gives Quinton a double pat on the shoulder. “Well-shot, boy. And my thanks for sharing your knowledge of the knight Hayford. Without that, we could have . . . misstepped.”

    With the interrogation broken off, Lord Roote looks over at the two of you from his perch lying on the table. “Well, what will it be? Do I have cause to detain Balon Lychester? Prudence tells me that I should not clap irons on him without adequate cause—he may be a dwarf, but he is heir to Lychester, and Lord Ryman is not known for patience and understanding.”

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  • rax
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    Ser Timon

    Timon arches an eyebrow at Quinton's reply, saying nothing, but snorts derisively at Joren's comment. "I'll be sure to take your advice the next time Balon Lychester assaults me and mine in the streets, but so far he's shown no inclination to play the part of pincushion. I expect he and I will have a chat some time soon however."

    "As for this conversation, I've had my fill of it. Thank you, Ser Gerold - I am done here. Do as you will with this fool, but if Lord Roote would have my advice, it would be to hang his conniving carcass post haste."

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  • Jewdebega
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    Quinton

    Upon hearing Ser Joren's reply, Quinton turns to look upon the injured knight and blinks - surprised by his response. Quinton had clearly expected a different response, leaving him with a surprised look across his face. Ser Timon can probably see that the boy looks less sure about whatever it is he wanted to say previously. It takes him a few seconds to firm up his chin and look back to Ser Timon. Taking in a deep breath through his nose, the boy remarks softly and steadily, "His lordship, Balon Lychester, was amused by Ferret's display and privy to the details... but... he never did mention Ser Joren by name or any other reference. It... it could... be entirely coincidence."

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