Episode 2: Feast of Houses.   Posted by The Gods.Group: archive Z
Lord Yohn Kranner
 Head of Kranner, 6 posts
 Middle Aged
Sat 23 Jun 2012
at 20:06
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"I do not need a lifetime to learn that one is less than two or five or seven, that gold has value, or that even the cleverest swindlers can never fool a man twice. I don't doubt his capability in feeding birds, setting bones, and applying leeches but I do not see him as an expert in affairs of state."
"As for the iron link, maesters may read histories and pore over maps, but I have fought and led men onto the battlefield, and held the right of pit and gallows for near twenty two years. If the good maester thinks I have been remiss in keeping the King's peace, or believes others among you have been, I invite him to speak up."

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Maester Taileh
 House Loneshield, 5 posts
 Adult
 angry dwarf maester
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 00:01
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"Oh, oh... I am sorry, for a man who knows about the King's peace I realise you probably know actually little of markets. Now I know I have spent much time indoors at a desk but I thought that when merchant's travel through lands they do so to make a profit - if a market is full of people offering cheapness, either quality falls or merchants leave as they cannot sell at that price.
And have you even begun to realise what happens when you change the value of a current currency in a certain area and what that would do the economy? No - I wouldn't think you would have, because by the sounds of things you don't even have the half-pennies to go down to your local brothel.
Tch... and you are a very naive man of the King's peace if you believe free travel between lands makes them less safe for criminals. Why any cut-throat could swim down a river and make their way into a land and no-one would be the wiser. We employ guards for a reason, you know."
the Maester hissed in a truly acidic and sarcastic tone.

"I was weighing pros and cons, but it seems that this whole idea, much like every other our oh-so-illustrious Lord Kranner had has no pitfalls whatsoever. If only we followed his example may we all be as rich as he." he said in a similar tone.
Lord Yohn Kranner
 Head of Kranner, 7 posts
 Middle Aged
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 07:29
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"Hah! I expect next he will tell us to burn our harvest so the higher food prices will attract trade. And I never said we shouldn't guard our borders, simply that the guards shouldn't hassle each other's smallfolk and retainers for their gold. A criminal can pay tolls just as well as any honest man, and will be better spotted when guards are more interested in their intentions than the contents of their purse."
"As for my wealth, do not let my lack of needless finery make you think I am lacking in funds. I pity you, Loneshield, when your Maester counsels wasting coin on whores and baubles."
Ser Freduric Berahthram
 Heir of House Berah., 13 posts
 Middle Aged
 Sponser: Ser D. Lannister
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 13:56
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
Ser Freduric sat back in his chair, watching the conversation. He was feeling his drink, and, as was his habit when tipsy, he held his tongue. It did not escape him that Lord Kranner had waited until the end of the feast to bring up this discussion, after most already had a fair amount - or, in Willhelm's case, more than a fair amount - of drink. He watched Wilhelm from the corner of his eye: The boy was young, drunker than Freduric by far, and seemed to be itching for a fight.

Freduric let his thoughts slowly churn past the alcohol, evaluating the pros and cons of letting the fight happen. If the boy embarrassed himself, that might be useful, especially if Freduric stepped in and stopped matters out of concern for Lord Tywin's reputation. Perhaps that could repair the damage done by Freduric's brief and ill-considered defiance.

But then, considering the stand off earlier, Lannister might be looking for an excuse to penalize a defiant house. Perhaps it might be good to head off the fight before it happens, distracting Willhelm with talk of the tourney a month ahead. He seemed the sort to like tourneys, and he seemed young enough that he wouldn't recognize the attempt at disarming the situation.

Then again, Willhelm was quite drunk and quite eager to get his knuckles bloody, and Lord Kranner seemed to either be oblivious to it or egging it on. Probably the latter: Lord Kranner did not have a reputation for being a dullard. If Kranner wanted the fight, he would probably move to counter Freduric's attempt at disarming the situation. He turned his dark gaze to Lord Kranner. Why would you want him to pick this fight, Kranner? Freduric wondered.
Lord Jonah Loneshield
 Head of Loneshield, 16 posts
 Middle Aged
 Craven for the future
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 15:53
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
Lord Jonah gestured his hand out to Maester Taileh when it looked like the angry dwarf was ready to give another retort. His face looked tired of the bickering.

"Let me say this, Lord Kranner - you should have explained yourself more fully when I asked rather than try to withold information from us. This is clearly an issue of yourself avoiding paying tax into our land, whether you have the coin or not." Lord Jonah spoke up finally after sitting in silence with his finger-tips bridged under his nose.

"Also clearly my Maester was being... his unique self over the mention of wenchs and what-not. It would be insult to me and my fair lady Tysha to think I would have counsel from my Maester to frequent a brothel." Lord Jonah added with a slight air of annoyance, finally breaking his fingers from his face.

"I think I have heard enough of this myself, now do tell my fellow Lords, what are your opinions on this matter?" he finished, wondering if anyone else would speak up about the matter.
Allek Kranner
 Heir of Kranner, 1 post
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 16:30
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses

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Lord Yohn Kranner
 Head of Kranner, 8 posts
 Middle Aged
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 16:31
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"Fine. I will not tattoo myself in motley to mock a fool. Regardless of your short sightedness, I will no longer charge tariffs or imposts, and tolls, tonnage, and poundage will be waived for all those who wear the heraldry of any amongst you that agrees to extradite criminals and assist my men in tracking fugitives that flee to his lands."
Lord Jonah Loneshield
 Head of Loneshield, 17 posts
 Middle Aged
 Craven for the future
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 16:47
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"So now we see another reason that you have kept hidden, Lord Kranner. If there were fugitives of yours that made it into our lands, why not say so? I am sure most here would be happy to help extradite them to your justice..." Lord Jonah replied.

"But before you call someone a fool if you wanted to enter our lands for this, would it not have been easier for you to send a message via a carrier bird? Then we could have caught your fugitive and took them to you.
The bounty for them would have paid for the tax to enter your own land rather than us calling for you to collect them and putting you out of coin. I must advise you Lord Kranner that keeping details of deals from Lords is not a good way to convince us to your cause.
If you were more open to us from the start, I am sure I could have come to some sort of agreement with you."
he further explained, his voice dropping the dire tone of before.
Ser Freduric Berahthram
 Heir of House Berah., 14 posts
 Middle Aged
 Sponser: Ser D. Lannister
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 16:49
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
Ser Freduric was surprised out of his silence and sat forward. He spoke with the slow concentration of someone trying not to let liquor slur his words. "Excuse me, My Lord Kranner, but that seems surprisingly generous of you. Aren't you all Lords, with equal claim to dispense the King's justice? And if these fugitives have escaped your lands, aren't they no longer your problem? I fail to see what you would get out of such an agreement."

He paused, glancing meaningfully toward Willhelm. "And that ignores the portion of those tarriffs and duties that are owed to the King."

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Shergo Kelthor
 Heir of Kelthor, 3 posts
 Adult
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 16:52
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
In reply to House Necron of Godsplain (msg # 50):

He smirks a bit.  "Oh, you misunderstood m'lady.  I was just curious on how you felt of the way it was handled.  I hear many of our little lordlings growling about how they were forced to bend the knee.  My family knows better then to challange the Lannisters.  We have tried before, in the past.  My father dislikes Lord Tywin, but when it comes to rulership, they are of similar mind."

They continued to walk, and he looked up at the sky for a moment, with a sigh.  "Do you think our new leige lord will still hold this tournament for the Moatlife lands?  That truly is the only reason my father bothered showing up."
Lord Berag Kelthor
 Head of Kelthor, 2 posts
 Middle Aged
 Massive
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 16:59
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
Lord Berag had listened to this portion of the conversation quite bemused, as he watched the men speak and squable.  The dwarf was particular amusing, and he had laughed when the dwarf made comment of the lord seeing a brothel.  He didn't have the mind for numbers, or for flattery.  That was why he HAD a maester.

Then there was talk of criminals and such, and that made him laugh harder.  "Criminals huh?  Why would you extridite them indeed?  Criminals do not last long in my lands, and are usually executed and fed to my sons Shadowcat.  Why would you care what happens, unless you are wanting whatever said criminal stole."
Lord Yohn Kranner
 Head of Kranner, 9 posts
 Middle Aged
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 17:01
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"It was a hypothetical situation. Perhaps your learned dwarf can explain the concept to you. The benefit, Ser Berahthram, would be that all men would know there is no escaping justice, and we would stand united against banditry and crime rather than bickering over every ha'penny. Not to mention that it would attract merchants, leading to more prosperous smallfolk and thence greater revenues.
"And of course I would charge the tariffs, imposts, and poundage due our liege Tywin Lannister and King Robert Baratheon. Such matters are not in my power, but are simply the duties I perform for my lawful rulers."
Wilhelm Leitpres II
 Heir of House Leitp., 16 posts
 Adult
 Sponser: Lord Jon Arryn
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 17:06
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
Wilhelm laughed, and laughed hearitly. He stopped laughing long enough to empty his chalice, bid a "Good Night My Lords, I have had my fill!" Then continuing to laugh as he left the hall for his chambers.
House Loneshield
 House, 22 posts
 Stand as one
 show your worth
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 17:11
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"And what happens when the money you collect doesn't make it to Tywin and the King but your own does?" Maester Taileh asked, keeping his eye on Allek. "I'm sure the brothel in Kranner's land would be able to afford to employ women with no black eyes and more than two limbs, eh? But of course I speak only of a hypothetical situation, Lord Kranner."

"Enough now, Taileh..." Lord Jonah spurted out. "Despite the complete arrogance my Maester displays, he makes a fair point. I would feel more secure in paying my taxes and tarrifs straight to my Lieges, Lord Kranner. Call me a little craven, but it puts my mind at rest, at least. And as for criminals, I am with the other Lords on this point, we all are responsible for carrying out justice."
Ser Freduric Berahthram
 Heir of House Berah., 15 posts
 Middle Aged
 Sponser: Ser D. Lannister
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 17:20
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"You flatter me, my Lord Loneshield. Lord Kranner, I fear I must've had too much wine to see the vein from the rock in this," Ser Freduric said, placing his hands on the table to brace himself. "I will, of course, confer with my father and get back to you."

He stood and swayed on his feet, exaggerating his inebriation somewhat. "I must retire. Good night, my Lords." 
Lord Yohn Kranner
 Head of Kranner, 10 posts
 Middle Aged
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 17:23
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"If you execute criminals who flee my lands, Lord Kelthor, I simply ask that you quarter them, and save a tarred leg to display by the road as an example to any who would follow them."
Yohn sneered at the Leitpres heir.
"I suppose he believes Arryn will fly from King's Landing to give him the Moatlands."
Lord Yohn Kranner
 Head of Kranner, 11 posts
 Middle Aged
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 17:32
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
In reply to House Loneshield (msg # 66):

"I do not understand you, dwarf. Do you accuse me of planning to murder Lannister and Baratheon taxmen from the customs houses on your lands? If you would call me traitor, then go and wake Tywin to warn him of this grave threat. I am sure he will be most pleased to hear your wise counsel."
House Loneshield
 House, 22 posts
 Stand as one
 show your worth
Sun 24 Jun 2012
at 18:55
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"Says the man who tells I have no understanding of hypothetical situations..." Maester Taileh grumbled.

Lord Jonah sat in silence for a few seconds and finally grumbled, "Lords Necron and Kelthor, do you have any opinions or are you leaving to rest now yourselves?"

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Samwell Jast
 House Berahthram, 6 posts
 Adult
 aka "Little Shadow"
Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 00:13
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
As the hustle and bustle of smallfolk moving back and forth, from kitchen to dining hall, few notice small boys moving about. Ether delivering messages, food for the kitchens, tending to the hounds, or many other tasks that every court requires.

This allows the dwarf called 'Little Shadow' to move in without much detection. He slips in quietly, blending in and appearing to be yet another child servant. Assuming he is spotted at all. Was there a need for such stealth?

Perhaps not, but Samwell was not taking any chances. He had a message for Ser Freduric Berahthram, and he meant to deliver it. Without anyone else being the wiser. He knew how to gather information when needed, and ether by overhearing talk or a simple bribe, it was a easy thing to discover where his lordship planned on sleeping.

He could meet him there, at his quarters, already in his room. In the dark, sitting on one of the chairs, back to the wall, and waiting for the man to arrive. After all, locked doors and armed guards were not much of a barrier to a shadow...

[Private to GM: (OOC-I can make a blend in/stealth/or lockpicking check if you want, but given as I am just trying to get info to Feduric without being detected, I figured it was no big deal.)]

[Private to Ser Freduric Berahthram: (OOC-I can make a blend in/stealth/or lockpicking check if you want, but given as I am just trying to get info to Feduric without being detected, I figured it was no big deal.)]

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House Necron of Godsplain
 House, 13 posts
 Wisdom from the Dead
Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 02:33
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
In reply to Shergo Kelthor (msg # 62):

"This tournament? I truly think he will," Elena replied to Shergo. "Ser Griff will surely enter on behalf of our house. Who will enter on behalf of yours, hmm?"

***

Lord Seifer grimaced as he rose from the table. "I...have nothing to say on this matter at the moment," he droned impassively. "However...I would be willing to entertain further, more private talks. I bid you all good evening, my friends." He then left the hall.
Lord Berag Kelthor
 Head of Kelthor, 3 posts
 Middle Aged
 Massive
Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 04:28
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
Berag nodded to the man at his talk of displaying legs.  "Oh, most certainly.  People will learn that my lands are far more dangerious then even the bowls of Casterly Rock.  Hell, if you want, I will send you the head as well, so you know the culprit has been delt with.  It matters little to me."

As Jonah asked if he had an opinion, he simply laughed a bit.  "Well, the way it is now seems to be working, none of us seems hurting for coin.  Why change what appears to work?  But truly, I will say I know little of the way coinage works.  Thats why I hired a Measter of the Citidel in the first place.  So until I confer with him, I will do buisness as I always have."

Taking a swig of his drink, he smirked, as he stood.  "WEll, goodnight lords.  Jonah, Yohn.  This time has been entertaining, but I have to rest and recover from this nights festivitys, as I am sure our lord will have some need of us come morning."  He grumbled that last bit alittle, but otherwise, gave a slight bow, before heading out of the common room.
Shergo Kelthor
 Heir of Kelthor, 4 posts
 Adult
Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 04:30
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
Shergo looked at the lady Elena, and smiled a bit.  "Well, my father most likly.  Of course, if its your tradition jousting, we will probably lose.  My father is unmatched on the ground, or so he claims, but could barly ride a horse to save his life.  I fare better, but am no warrior."
House Loneshield
 House, 23 posts
 Stand as one
 show your worth
Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 11:56
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
Lord Jonah nodded to the other Lords. "Well it is time I retired with my Maester. Lord Kranner please excuse him any insults, he is arrogant with me at most times and it seems that wine is truly his drink of attitudes."

Getting up, he gestured for Maester Taileh to follow and after he nodded his farewell to the others, he too exited the Main Hall and retired for the night with his Lady as the Maester went back to his own quarters.
Lord Yohn Kranner
 Head of Kranner, 12 posts
 Middle Aged
Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 13:41
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
"My lords, good night. I will see you on the morrow." He headed for his bedchambers, weary of dealing with the cantankerous dwarf.
The Gods
 GM, 65 posts
 both Old
 and New
Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 20:11
Re: Episode 2: Feast of Houses
So did the feast of the Moat Lords end, with battles in the shadows, intrigue abroad, and Lords beginning their first steps in the freshly laid out Lords' Game.

All the lords had homes to return and steward over; familes and people to attend; and plans to enact before the coming tournament in month's time. How the pieces shall shift and move on the crowded board of the Moat Lords' Game was beyound even the greatest minds of the Citidel's reckoning.