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The Dynasty's Shadowed Light, Part 13: It Had To Happen

07 Mar 2007, 13:32

“So that’s the situation. I’d like to start finding ways to integrate Tyr as quickly as possible.” Damian sighed, shaking his head. “I wouldn’t come to you normally, but…”

“Don’t mention it.” Sesus Nagazzer sat back on his cushions, taking a long draw from his pipe thoughtfully. “The preservation of House Cathak concerns our own plans quite intimately, after all. And… it might be useful for Fokuf’s plans, as well.”

“Because he’s known to be less than devout when it comes to Anathema.” Fokuf nodded thoughtfully, carefully penning a missive on another matter. “Which could potentially make him someone to approach… cautiously… on the religious angle.”

“Exactly.” Nagazzer nodded slowly, shifting to take a sip from a glass of water sitting beside him. “Personally, I am rather fond of the idea, if only because it helps me reconcile some of my own… difficulties… with the Doctrines. Although I suppose it is a bit hypocritical to espouse belief in a system you are attempting to create.”

“Not at all.” Damian shrugged. “It’s as much a philosophy as a religion. I may not believe in the full history that we’re designing, but I certainly agree with the goals and ideals of this doctrine, and that’s the part that we should be focusing on.” Nagazzer nodded thoughtfully, and Fokuf took the chance to step in.

“Well, if we’re settled that we want Tyr in power, the question remains on what to do with him for the moment. Bringing him back to the Blessed Isle won’t exactly open many doors for him. He needs something to help restore his reputation, and I’m not sure I have any ideas. Preferably, something that will tie him more closely to the Roseblack, since we’ll want Cathak supporting her.”

“A military campaign.” Damian nodded thoughtfully. “We’ve no shortage of potential targets, but most of them are going to be much to dangerous to move against. After all, if Ejava dies, all of our plans are going to collapse like a soufflé.”

There was a short pause, and then Fokuf spoke again, sounding a bit embarrassed. “Actually… I have an idea for that. I didn’t bring this up idly, you see.” Looking up, he found Nagazzer and Damian both staring at him, and he sighed. “You both remember Paar, I presume?”

“Of course. It was barely more than two months ago, and it set off this latest round of your grand plans.” Damian smiled. “Why, has he made contact?”

“Better.” Fokuf suddenly grinned widely, and raised his voice. “You can come in, sir.”

There was another pause, as the doors opened. The man standing in them was not someone whom either Damian or Nagazzer recognized. Apparently only a mortal, he was nonetheless over six feet tall, with crimson hair and a carefully-trimmed but massive beard. His clothes were those of a simple guardsman, although he walked unarmed. He bowed low to the three, rising with a smile. “My lords. A pleasure to meet with you.”

There was a pause, and Nagazzer raised an eyebrow delicately. “And you are?”

“Master Khory Ironthews, sir. I am here representing the Celestial Caretaker, Mokrelus.”

Damian blinked. “The Celestial who? I don’t think I know the name…”

Khory smiled. “He’s been… out of the loop for a good long time. But he recently met with Master Paar, and your situation came up. To make matters short, I think we have a problem you can help with, and you have one that we can help solve.”

“Really.” Nagazzer’s voice sounded doubtful. “And, pray tell, exactly what problem that might be.” He shot Fokuf an accusatory look, and the regent put on his most innocent expression.

“Simple. You haven’t been able to get Tepet Ejava enthroned. But you’re getting close. Tell me – how do you think it would help her popularity if she were to destroy the Mask of Winters?”

Silence descended on the room. Finally, Damian managed to speak, in a choked voice. “You can’t be serious.”

“Very much so.” Khory smiled again. “We can destroy him, but only if our man gets close enough. For that, we need to draw him out – which needs an army.” Slowly, carefully, he explained his plan, laying it out step by step. When he was finished, he looked across the stunned expressions of Damian and Nagazzer.

“You’re sure that this works?” Damian’s voice was almost nonexistent.

“Absolutely. Can’t you feel the rightness of it?”

“Yes.” Nagazzer spoke in a whisper. “Dragons above, but it might just work.”

“It’s a risk… but I know that Khory is not lying. And if it fails, we can still break off the attack with few casualties.” Fokuf’s grin widened. “So? What do you think?”

Damian shook his head helplessly. “It’s astounding. It’s exactly what we need.” He looked up at Khory. “There are people I’ll have to discuss this with, in order to convince them, but… it’s absolutely brilliant.”

“Wish I could claim credit.” Khory bowed again. “I’m just the mediator.”

“Well, Master Mediator, I think you have yourself an army.” Fokuf nodded formally. “The Mask of Winters is never going to know what hit him.”


And silent in the shadows, Perfected Tears Upon Alabaster Sorrow listened to it all.
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07 Mar 2007, 14:05

...they say, apparently unaware that the Mask of Winters knows the spell to listen in on any conversation in which his title is mentioned. <^_^>
 
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07 Mar 2007, 20:05

Well that sucks. It's always irritating to go up against an evil bastard with a really good spy network.
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15 Mar 2007, 02:13

I just read through this whole series and I think it's made of win. Keep on writing Friv!
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15 Mar 2007, 18:07

Icarus wrote:
I just read through this whole series and I think it's made of win. Keep on writing Friv!


Agreed. I will have to read further back but this is getting good. I love intrigues.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
 
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15 Mar 2007, 18:11

Mask of Winters: Bitches don't know 'bout my deathknight!
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15 Mar 2007, 18:33

Kailan wrote:
Mask of Winters: Bitches don't know 'bout my deathknight!


Word. :mow:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
 
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15 Mar 2007, 20:11

Perfected Tears Upon Alabaster Sorrow: I'm in ur base, watchin' your mans!
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15 Mar 2007, 21:05

BrilliantRain wrote:
Perfected Tears Upon Alabaster Sorrow: I'm in ur base, watchin' your mans!


:win:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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