Today will be my last day of training. Three days of combat exercise doesn’t amount to much but it’s a big difference from having no training at all. I’ve never going to be a swordmaster but at least I know which end to hold now. And I found out I have a little bit of talent for throwing daggers, which should come in handy in the event that I ever decide to join the circus. I need to get back on task figuring out how I’m going to get the Baron to release me from this surveillance necklace so I can get out of this place.
I was working with Quinna and the dogs when one of the Baron’s manservants came to fetch me. I returned to my quarters and got cleaned up and dressed properly first – can’t be appearing before the Baron looking like a ragamuffin. I arrived in the Baron’s study with a textbook curtsy and he invited me to sit with him and enjoy some Ruby Port. After some small talk, and by small talk I mean me listening sympathetically to all his “problems”, and after about fifteen minutes of him getting a stupid pipe ready to smoke he finally got down to business.
“I wanted to let you know that the Królewna & Bonifacja Trading Company has been stripped of their royal charter to conduct business on the kingdom. There’s still a variety of legal matters to be decided – they’re vital to national interests you know – but I knew that you’d want to know since they’re the reason you here.”
“Thank you my lord. I just hope that the miscreants behind it all were brought to justice.”
“If I may be so bold my lord what were you told about my entanglement with Królewna & Bonifacja, this all came about rather suddenly and I wasn’t given a lot of details about the arrangement.”
He seemed oddly annoyed by that phrasing “Arrangement? I wouldn’t say anything as callow as that madam. But I see what you’re after, I don’t think you’ll be returning to your family any time soon – it’s far too dangerous. Królewna & Bonifacja had their hands in many pockets and it will still be very dangerous for you to appear as yourself. Assassin and so forth you see.”
“Of course my lord.”
“Now then, Quinna tells me that you’ve been most helpful with my prize winning pooches, is that right?”
“I’ve been trying my lord, I love animals – dogs and horses both, and I have something of a way with them.”
“Quinna has said as much, he said that at times it seems like you can speak with the things! Can you imagine?” He laughed mightily “It’s damned unusual for a woman of your pedigree to be familiar with such things but I suppose I can allow it since you’re so conversant with the practice. But next time you should ask my permission first young lady.”
“Of course my lord, my apologies.”
“Hmm, yes, well don’t let it happen again. Now then, I have matters of state to discuss, normally I wouldn’t dream of having you present for this sort of thing but my wife suggested that you sit in this one time. Normally she wouldn’t be involved either but this is something of a usual circumstance.”
At his signal the Baroness came in followed by Hlebinksy, the seneschal, Chaplain Stenton, and a couple other of the Baron’s flunkies and hangers-on. It seems that the Baron had decided, all on his own of course, that he was going to gather his men and go out to put an end to the Sky Thunder tribesmen and their depredations. And furthermore that he was going to lead the expedition himself- a prospect about which no one seemed to be very excited. I’ve never heard of this particular Baron having any military experience but they’re all trained as knights or something aren’t they? I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.
And in the grand old tradition while the master is away at war his lady wife will keep the home fires burning. With the help of her trusty cousin of course.
Inventory: Animal Totem Tattoo (Lion), Dagger of Venom, Bracers of Armor +2, Ring of Protection +2, Rope of Entanglement, Enchanted Feycloth Dress (Green)
Revenge List: Duke Eaglevane,
Piltis Swine, Rince
Electrum, watchman Gridley, White-Muzzle the worg, Percy Ringle
the butler , Alice Kinsey , “ Patch”, Heroes of the Lost Sword, Claire
Conrad, Erist priest of Strider, Riselda owner of the Sage Mirror,
Eedraxis, Skin-Taker tribe,
Kartak, Królewna & Bonifacja Trading Company, Hurmont Family,
Androni Titus, Greasy dreadlocks woman, Lodestone Security, Kellgale
Nickoslander, Beltian Kruin the Splithog Pauper, The King of Spiders, Auraluna
Domiel, mother Hurk, Mazzmus Parmalee, Helgan van Tankerstrum, Lightdancer,
Bonder Greysmith, Pegwhistle Proudfoot, Lumbfoot Sheepskin
Behind the curtain – Retraining complete, Ela is now Rogue 7/Master Spy 2, didn’t change much, just picked up Sleight of Hand for the Refined Education bonus from Phantom Thief.