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PostSubject: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:50 pm

Siliani waits patiently for her guests to arrive at the small, but rather comfortable, manse located in the noble suburbs that belongs to her family. While lacking in the obvious opulence of some of their neighbor's, House d'Ivoreth's residence within the city is meant to be an escape from court and the pressures of everyday life, the construction full of rustic details that evoke more of a country feel, even in the middle of the heavily urbanized district. She sits quietly in the receiving area, sipping a small cup of tea while she waits for the group of fellow investigators to arrive.
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:25 pm

Moira enters the room, escorted by a finely dressed man to the location where Siliani is waiting.

She gives a pleasant smile and nod of greeting, making her way over to wear Siliani reclines, "Lady Siliani." she starts, fiddling with the ring between her fingers a moment and then offers it back to her drow employer, "Others willa be 'ere soon. Some 'in went ta the temples ta start investigatin' and learnin'. I hadda the scribe write down needs, but nah much was asked fer."

She glances about the room, noting the other seats. Brushing a couple locks of crimson hair away from her eyes, she sits down on the edge of the closest chair, "Issa plan ta meet inna mornin' at the Atlas' Reprieve ta discuss nex' step."

She thinks a moment, then adds while taking time to enunciate each name and give it its own moment, "Sigismund... Astra... Gormadin... Giorg... an' Kraag were those tha' came ta the meetin' earlier." wanting to make sure Siliani had a list of names with whom she might be working with on this investigation.
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:46 pm

"I trust that you will forgive my tardiness, lady d'Ivoreth, but I felt it only appropriate to meet with you in a more formal manner," Sigismund states as he enters the room, led in by one of the servants. Gone is the armor, and instead he wears a fine silken suit with symbols of Apollo threaded into it. "It takes quite some time to relieve oneself of such a burden, I am sure you understand."

Though he does not have his shield with him, the Paladin's blade remains at his side, ready to be drawn at a moment's notice.

"Have I missed much?"
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:17 pm

Siliani smiles appreciatively at Moira, accepting the ring back from her employee with a nod,making a mental note of the names and looking forward to putting faces and abilities to them, "Thank you. That should be very adequate and I look forward to the meeting. I am glad that they seem so eager to serve in this matter, as it means we won't have to resort to simply throwing money at them. I'm sure that the bards will appreciate that in the future, as they won't have to embellish too much about the loyalty of this party to the kingdom."

A faint smile, indicating it was meant to be a bit of joke. And then she turns her attention to the paladin as he enters, standing and giving him a formal curtsy, something she didn't do for Moira, but she also seems to be putting on a more formal face.

"Greetings, Sir Sigismund, and I understand. I spent some time serving my country, and while I personally favored lighter armors, I did have some companions that did wear full plate, much like yourself. And no, you haven't. Moira was being a dear and bringing me up to date on what I had missed. I apologize that I had a prior commitment that kept me from meeting with you all earlier, but it did reveal that...there may be more players on the field than I had originally anticipated. If you don't mind waiting till the others arrive, I would be glad to share what I on that subject. After all, I do find that it is best to share everything with everyone at once, rather than having to deal with the same questions three different times."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:56 pm

Alex strides into the room with a forced smile on his face. A couple of worn scroll cases tucked into the crook of his arm. Stopping a few steps in, looking at the Drow, he says "Greetings, I do not believe I have had the pleasure of your company before? I am certain I would remember such an occasion. My name is Gormadin" adding a half bow. It couldn't hurt to turn on the charm early, especially since he intended to ask a favour later. Beaming at Moira he continued, "Moira dare I say your attire today entirely suits you. Though, that being said, you cut quite the image before aswell."

Deciding it would only reflect badly should he choose to goad Sigismund at this point, he nods his head towards the Paladin "Sigismund." Not trusting himself to say any more, lest it betray any barbs he could not conceal in time.

Moving to place the scroll cases down upon a sideboard, Alex glanced around the room. It was not as well furnished as other homes, possibly a family favouring a more pragmatic approach. He made a mental note of this.

Turning about to the assemblage, Alex enquires "Anyone knowledgeable on logistics enough for me to note down the supplies we will be needing for this journey? I would rather get the menial matters put to bed before everyone arrives, I should think our time could be better utilised that way."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:08 pm

Sigismind gives Alexander a polite nod, and immediately turns to the business at hand.

"I do not believe that the others will be joining us tonight. I know Giorg had made mention of visiting the domain of Hades this eve, and I suspect that will prevent them from arriving. Though as memory serves, we did make arrangements to meet in the morn, to pool whatever information we gathered together in order to move forward with our investigations. To that end, I suspect we should begin this meeting in earnest, as there is much to discuss."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:55 pm

Moira smiles gently in response to Siliani's exchange. As Siliani changes her attention to the Paladin, standing and entering a formal tone, Moira shifts uneasily and then stands as well, acting a bit like she isn't sure the protocol of whether she's supposed to be standing or sitting at this juncture.

She nods quietly to Sigismund and then to Alex as each enters in quiet greeting.

Moira then fully blushes at Alex's cordiality, "Mah other clothes are nah exactly tha' nice. Worn from lotsa travels." she responds ligtly. "Imma nah used ta dressin' up."

As Sigismund finishes, she nods, "But gettin' ta work, tha' I know."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:51 pm

Giorg arrives late. Not too late, he hopes.

"Apologies for m'tardiness," he says, bowing to the highborn present and nodding to the rest. "New t'the city, an' still gettin' m'bearings."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:18 pm

Nodding at the comments from Sigismund, Alex volunteers "Yes, I agree. There has been little in the way of note worth putting pen to paper for as of yet. Let us get some subjects on and off the table again. I must confess to a small amount of distress at the coordination thus far. But for the moment, we should defer to our hostess to set the pace for this evening. We are here on the invitation of dinner, and whilst talks of the upcoming travels are the centre of this event, we should still maintain the correct deference whilst in the abode of another."

Turning to Siliani, he presses the point "My Lady, if you could please outline how you would like to progress this evening. I would not wish to lay out my tools, should you wish to shortly dine. Just as it would not do to engage in the central topics when it would be inconvenient to take note of what is being relayed."

Alex did his best to keep the tone of impatience from his voice. The last meeting had proved unfruitful as to what it was exactly he was meant to be here for. There were a few things he wished to achieve by the end of the evening with these people, and in this place.

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"If I may presume to make a suggestion. Given that guests have just arrived, it is unlikely any serving staff with have food ready beyond aperitifs. Thus it would make sense to at least discuss what has been discovered thus far. That way, whilst we dine later on, we can digest what has been said and after maybe come out with new ideas." Alex looks around at the gathered company, "If that seems amicable to all, maybe Sigismund could begin given he is most central to the investigation". He gives an open handed gesture towards Sigismund to emphasise the point.
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:16 pm

Giorg nods and finds a seat, intent on listening. No telling what might come of this, other than a good story to add to his repertoire.
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:30 pm

The drow smiles and waves off the concern, "I hadn't had any firm outline for tonight, as I had simply planned a working dinner, to be quite honest. Nothing too fancy. After all, we need to plan and be certain of the path we are going to take, such as figuring out what we know, what we need to know and where we might go to find that knowledge. Honestly, I don't plan on the full formal course of a dinner with you lot, because frankly, the formality would ultimately make everything take three times as long and we'd get half as much done."

She takes a seat, "And seeing as we are mostly here, along with our scribe...perhaps now would be the time to figure out what maps we'll end up needing as well, along with any preferences for drinks. I would personally recommend the Regent's Blend tea, but that is only because of the hour and it is really quite invigorating for the sense."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:52 pm

"That sounds rather delightful, you have my thanks Lady d'Ivoreth. While I do not suspect this investigation will take us beyond the bounds of the city, I also cannot discount the possibility. That being said however, I am confident that much of what needs be learned can be done while we are within the boundaries of the capital."

Sigismund looks at the others, and then turns to their host once more. "As you know, I have been charged with investigating the disappearance of lord Poseidon, but you should also know that there is yet another investigation as well that I have undertaken - that of the assassination attempt at the wedding.

"I believe these two things to be closely related, because for a demon of all things to stride into the castle in the guise of a prince, surrounded by Paladins of Apollo, while all are none the wiser is no small feat. It is the sort of thing which one might suggest requires the influence of the divine.

"Now, given the seeming absence of the lord of the oceans, it seems hardly coincidental that these events would transpire. That having been said, the demon's disguise is not something which could have easily been accomplished by divine magicks alone. One does not simply impersonate a prince, not without help. Right now, my goal is to attempt to discern who might have both the motivations, and also the access to help facilitate such a plot. For this, I will require the assistance of one who knows well the nobility that resides within Larendar."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:55 pm

The drow closes her eyes, "Ah. Yes. Which would actually bring me to the information that I acquired at the meeting. Which is to say, we already may have a suspect and motive. Someone among my own people who would like to see very much a return to what we were, instead of embracing what we are."

She opens her eyes, looking to Sigismund, "And of course, you might be surprised as to who it is, honorable paladin."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:00 pm

"I don't suppose this would be an elf known as Nalfein? I have heard little of him so far, and none of it good."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:08 pm

Siliani bursts out laughing, then smiles wryly, "Appearances are deceiving, my paladin friend. Nalfien is actually the one who brought this to my attention. He is a true servant of the Crown, sacrificing his own honor and reputation for the service of the nation."

She pauses, "No. The suspect that was brought to my attention is one who is of far higher station, and one who is not what she appears to be. Which, given some of the stories I've heard about her, isn't too surprising. What with all of the cousins conveniently retiring to country villas or entering monastic orders without prior warning. Any rate. Would you believe me if I said that the current High Priestess of Hera apparently does not actually care much for the goddess she is the public face of and rather worships a far darker deity?"
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:17 pm

A wrinkle, and one that Sigismund is clearly not very fond of, causing him to furrow his brow.

"I see. In such a case, I cannot say that I would readily believe such a thing, but in these times I would not care to dismiss it so easily." He takes a moment, and decides to have a seat finally, as her words sink in.

"I have been led to believe that Nalfein is not one to be trusted. However, that having been said, I have intended to keep an open mind. Therefore, I would ask that you please share with me what you know of this. And to know if you have shared it with anyone else."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:38 pm

Giorg is taking his own notes during this.

"Aye, be a lot'o questions t'ask the Oracle o'the Dead later," he mutters, mostly to himself.

He may not necessarily realize it's audible.
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:23 pm

"First off, she's got a reputation for rather aggressive pruning of her family tree when it comes to ambitious children. Second, Nalfien had evidence that indicated she worships a deity known as Lloth, the former patron deity of my people, who apparently is all about sociopathy and spiders. Also, Nalfien informed me about another group that was moving about, that may be prodding other factors and also seem to favor an older deity. Mmm. But I suppose that would be old news to you, no?"
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:32 pm

"I fear you overestimate my ability to gather information. I have scarcely been in the capital for a day, so there is much I do not know about the goings-on here. But forgive me, I had thought that Lloth had been vanquished?"
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:53 pm

The drow shrugs, "It's possible that she was. It's also possible that she seemed vanquished. After all, people are able to fake their deaths. Why not gods?"
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:08 pm

"Perhaps. So what of these... other forces you mentioned?"
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:36 pm

"Nalfien gave me some information about the gentlemen who are taking the mailed fist as their symbol. Apparently, it's another old cult rearing its head," Siliani replies, "That of Hextor."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:42 pm

"Tell me everything you know about this gentleman, and spare no details. Ser Gormadin, you may wish to take notes."
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:47 am

Upon the sideboard Alex hastily unpacks his things from a pouch at hip and unfurls a piece of parchment from its tube. Adding to notes taken previously. With a flourish of his quill he begins to put ink to paper using his tight short hand script.
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PostSubject: Re: [Day 2, Late Evening, Open] Welcome to Dinner   Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:42 pm

Moira wrinkles her nose a little at all this talk of gods returning and fighting other gods. She considers for a moment to interject, but religion has never been her forte.

Even Gormadin seemed engaged as Siliani and Sigismund exchanged information that would no doubt prove useful in the coming times.

She finally decides to step over to where the dwarf resides, seeming to Moira that Giorg might be lost in a bit of thought himself. She extends a hand cordially, "Welcome ta lady Siliani's home. Imma Moira. I'va nah had the pleasure ta meet ya yet."
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