Nereida Spiros Campaign Start.   Posted by Nifty.Group: 0
Nifty
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Fri 16 Dec 2016
at 16:16
Nereida Spiros Campaign Start
Sempa-Jean-De-Luz was a seacoast town on the southwest border of Freia. It offered beautiful coastal views, a rich history, and a mix of sophistication and charm. It was also the perfect mix of small size and class for the Spiros Circus. It was small enough that the regimented restrictions, imperial sensationalism, and cool sterility of the Napoleic Empire had not yet encroached on the region, but it was large enough that decades ago in had become first a large port town, and then a desirable destination for the rich and wealth.  Several of the wealthier families in the empire had built vacation homes, and a large seaside resort, called the  Nepolia Complexia Sensational, had been developed over the years. The larger circuses and entertainment troupes would pass it by for larger cities like Paeris or Lyon, yet a group of entertainers with just the right amount of distinction could turn such a town into a triumph, gaining both money and notoriety, which could lead to invitations for performances in the best theaters and estates throughout the empire.

The Circus had performed its initial colorful procession through town earlier that day advertising their show with the usual theatrics and tricks meant to draw the crowds for the actual performances. Flyers and posters had been distributed by the ticket crew, whom had arrived a week ago. Now most of the crew was busy setting up the various equipment in the towns amphitheater.

Nereida was going over the books in her wagon. Most of the administration work for the circus was done by Haldos, her overly large ticket master, who also served as a bouncer, but she always still checked his work herself. A knock at the open door heralded Ketos, a small dark skinned boy from African, he was training to be a fire eater, but most of the time he still worked as a page. He bowed politely, handed her a missive, and slid out the door again without making a sound.

The note read.
Prima Nereida Spiros,

The  Nepolia Complexia Sensational would like to engage your circus for a private performance. Please join me for dinner at the complexia dining room this evening at 1800 so we can discuss the details.

Your humble servant,

Jean Armond
Nepolia Complexia Sensational Manager

Nereida Spiros
 player, 22 posts
Fri 16 Dec 2016
at 18:04
Nereida Spiros Campaign Start
Nereida had chosen her destination well. She had sent out her people to find such a place and among the choices this one was perfect. It offered everything they needed, the ability to impress movers and shakers but also it was small enough that their competition passed it by. She knew the value of such a target, though, one that offered access! Access was the key, access to the upper crust, to those who rubbed shoulders with Lu Emperor.

As they rode into town, in typical circus procession, she stood on top of her wooden wagon with a shout horn (megaphone) calling out phrases like:
"Come and see the wonders of animal handlers;"
"Come and watch the acrobats;"
"The juggling clowns will thrill and amaze;"
"You haven't lived until you've seen the high wire woman;"
"Do not miss the daring young man on his flying trapeze."

She watched their faces, knowing she had not only their attention but their good will. They would come and they would pay for the privilege. They were hooked, and now all we need to do is reel them in.

Now she sat in that same wagon, smoking a cigar and going through the books. She trusted her ticket man, but she always verified. It was an axiom she lived by and often quoted, "Trust but Verify." The other was "Be Polite, Be Professional, and have a plan to kill every single person you meet." She flicked ash into an ashcan when Ketos entered. She smiled at her young fire eater in training as he entered and handed her an envelope. "Ah, what's this?" She asked rhetorically as she broke the heavy wax seal and unfolded the almost equally heavy paper. The weight of the paper and color of the seal spoke volumes, the person who sent it was wealthy. She read, twice just to be sure she had it correct.

She drew out a sheet of her own paper, quill and inkwell, and composed.
Masseur Jean Armond

Having received your most gracious invitation, and having checked my own schedule, I would be delighted to join you for dinner. Please keep in my kindest regards

Your most gracious entertainer

Prima Nereida Spiros


She folded and sealed the note and sent it by way of her small messenger. She took the time to look through books and make sure everything was correct. Once done she went to her wardrobe and spent several minutes selecting several outfits, trying them out, discarding them until she got the one she liked for this particular meeting. She hid numerous knives and a pair of small pistols on her body but hidden by her clothing. She is therefor practicing all her axioms at once.

She figured a coach would be sent for her so she was not in any real hurry. If he did not send her a coach, then it was his error not hers that would make her late. Touche! Once again female intellect triumphs.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:56, Fri 16 Dec 2016.

Nifty
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Wed 21 Dec 2016
at 16:50
Nereida Spiros Campaign Start
The coach to pick her up arrived promptly on time and quickly spirited her through the small elegant, slightly old fashioned town. The Nepolia Complexia Sensational stood surrounded by a well-manicured estate a few miles from the rest of the town. There were a number of large manor like buildings and steam could be seen rising through windows indicating the indoor and outdoor baths were active. The quite dusk hour stood out with the sounds of crickets and insects as the coach pulled up to the main double entrance and a footman opened the door of the coach. Mercrity lighting shone out white, yellow, with other flecks of color sparkling in giving the resort a cheerful glow. A page escorted Nerieda past front reception through large sitting room and halls into the great dining room. The great chandeliers hung overhead spread their lite over the deep royal blue of the carpet. A small orchestra played lively background music. The page stopped at table, bowed slightly, and left. The occupants of the table stood to greet her.

A small man, slightly balding, and just going to fat, was first. “Prima Spiros,” he said lavishly. “I am Jean Armond. I am so glad you accepted my invitation. Let me introduce you to the other guests.”

He turned to his right where a gorgeous young man with flashing eyes and a dazzling smile met her gaze. “Aristo Rediesh Wendleton of Breiindiria.” Wendleton noded his head graciously.

“Scion Timeo Bonepart.” Timeo was short, like most Boneparts, and his hair had gone to grey, but his clothes were immaculate. He just raised one eyebrow slightly as his name was announced. His eyes were piercing, and there was a hint of carefully controlled danger in his posture.

“And Mademoiselle Kira Mecreef of Byzentenia.” The final dinner companion was dressed in the bronzes and gold metallic sheened dress with extravagant folds in a style popular to Byzentenia,  her outfit was offset with a large white gold necklace which contained multiple huge emeralds cut to perfection. She gave Nerieda a smile that showed pristine white teeth that was probably the product of some sort of dental alchemy.

“Ladies and gentleman, Prima Nerieda Spiros of the Circus Spiros. Now please be seated and we can be served,” Armond finished.
Nereida Spiros
 player, 24 posts
Wed 21 Dec 2016
at 17:14
Nereida Spiros Campaign Start
Nereida focused on the turns and pace of the ride in case she needed to make a quick escape. It had been known to happen. When the carriage stopped she admitted to herself that she was very impressed. Between the fancy lighting, the outdoor garden, and the orchestra she was put on her heels. She was further pushed back by the larger than expected group. She curtsied properly at each introduction, managing to keep the blush off her face as the young man,  Aristo Rediesh Wendleton of Breiindiria, smiled at her a smile that could melt stone. She had a feeling more than one woman had fallen prey to that smile.

Scion Timeo Bonepart seemed very intense, again an attractive quality, and if she could have combined Aristo's looks with Timeo's intensity she would likely have swooned. Then there was the Mademoiselle from her own homeland. She did not meet the woman's eyes, knowing to do so would likely draw scorn. She minded all her p's and q's on this one.

A table servant drew out the chair between Timeo and the Mademoiselle, placing her beside the one man and opposite the other who had her feeling a bit giddy. The attention of men tended to do that to her. One man she could handle, but three in the room with only a noblewoman as alternate distraction might be a bit more than she could navigate. She was not about to admit this or retreat, she had never retreated in her life.

She sat and thanked the servant who filled her soup bowl. She decided to keep things professional despite the obvious trap that was being laid for her. "How may the Spiros Circus be of service?" This was her opening salvo, keeping things professional and attempting to ignore the smile across from her.
Nifty
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Sat 24 Dec 2016
at 17:46
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"I was hoping to engage a performance, but such business can wait until after dinner," Armond said disarmingly.

"Ah, but everything is business, even dinner", Kira rejoindered. "Take for example our table. On one hand you have a Scion of the great house Bonepart, what business can bring him to such a delightful resort? And here is a Wendleton, my gods your family must be one of the richest in Breiinderia, no? Then you have myself a distinguished business women, owner a trading company, well known in some circles, but hardly the usual company for such nobility. Last you have our Prima, an entertainer of some repute, no doubt, and negotiating for a circus. Why would she not be most interested in business? I am always interested business. Like the business of how such diverse people ended up at one table?"

Armond smiled smoothly. "Ah Mademoiselle Mecreef, you have indeed deduced my secret. I tend to mix business with pleasure. More particularly the pleasure of all your good company. I choose not for my dinner companions the richest or at times most noble guests of the Complexia Sensational, but the most interesting. For what could be more interesting than a Byzentenian trader, a Breiindirian Aristocrat, a Bonepart, and a Circus Owner at the same table."

Rediesh chuckled, "I dare say he has a good point. I have rarely had such fascinating table companions. Tell me Timeo what brings you to the resort. I thought that with the Emperor's birthday coming up you would be with the rest of the Friean Nobility gathering in Varseiccia"

"I find such events to be troublesome noisy affairs, and find myself traveling often to avoid such things," Timeo said clearly. "My brother the Emperor does not seem to care what I do, as long as I stay out of trouble. If find this resort very restful. I could ask the same as you, what brings an Aristos, and a Wendleton at that to the south of Friea?" Nerieda barely caught it, yet Timeo had a slight tensing and hardening around the eyes indicating he was lying.

"I am a rich, spoiled Aristos, or course," Replies Rediesh with his unremitting charm, "I have extremely too much time on my hands. I am here to see the sights and am taking a tour of Europa. I hear from my friend Arista Contessa, that the Complex Sensational was a grand place to stop and decided to take a few days here before traveling onward." Rediesh's tell was much more pronounced than Timeo's, his left hand tended to twitch as he articulated false hoods. "I have not even considered where I should go next. Perhaps the Prima can help me," he continued. "With a Circus I imagine you must travel widely. Can you recommend a place that would entertain a jaded young noble such as myself? A place filled with beautiful women perhaps, not such as you of course, because I cannot fathom that such exquisite beauty can exist in more than one being."
Nereida Spiros
 player, 26 posts
Sat 31 Dec 2016
at 17:57
Nereida Spiros Campaign Start
Nereida kept glancing nervously at each speaker in turn, hoping to add as little as possible. She did not like being examined this way, she prefer to operate from the shadows. Her table companions seemed to prefer just ignoring her, and being the only commoner in the room it made sense. Finally someone put her in their sights, the Breiindirian Noble with the stone melting smile. She blushed at his attention, for once not faking. She kept her eyes down when she spoke, "I am sure my Lord can find entertainment wherever he goes. Perhaps my Lord is jaded because he risks so little. My performers and I risk life and limb daily and we never tire of the thrill of it."

She took a mouthful of soup to avoid further conversation. She broke bread and dipped it as was the custom in her own land. Here she is playing the "rube" from a backwater place. She knew proper manners and etiquette but chose here to ignore them to give the impression that she is easily duped. A common girl from a backward place was an easy "mark" after all. She would play the spider, letting them fall into her web.
Nifty
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Wed 4 Jan 2017
at 15:17
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“The thrill is in the risk?” Rediesh pretended to ponder it over, but then turns back with a wicked glint in his eye. “I could risk much for the right opportunity, or the right woman.” His expression makes it clear he means Nerieda.

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Nereida Spiros
 player, 27 posts
Wed 4 Jan 2017
at 15:24
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Nereida blushed profusely at his compliments, not needing to fake it with that smile. He was quit literally going to make her need to change her undergarments at the end of this dinner. She carefully chewed and swallowed giving others the opportunity to interject and perhaps save her further embarrassment. "M'Lord flatters a poor starving artist with his attentions. Perhaps he could be persuaded to host a private performance of the entire circus?"

What am I saying, I'm no prostitute! That smile, though, could tempt even the most chaste of nuns and I am anything but chaste.

Her heart was beating as if she were throwing real knives in her show. She needed distance but none was afforded. With him looking directly across the table at her it was becoming increasingly difficult to concentrate. "I think I need some air." She commented as she stood.
Nifty
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Sun 8 Jan 2017
at 13:26
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"I believe I also could use some air," Kira said. "Let me accompany you." The Byzentenian trader stood escorted Nereida across the room and out the door to the patio. The last rays of the sun peeked above the ocean in the distance.
Nereida Spiros
 player, 28 posts
Mon 9 Jan 2017
at 12:41
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Once out on the balcony Nereida breathed deeply. The chill evening air helped her, constricting blood flow and helping her think. This has been planned, orchestrated, for the host's amusement. He knew Rediesh was a flirt, and that Nereida was no chaste nun. She wondered what reactions were expected? She did not notice the other woman joining her she was so very lost in thought.
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Thu 26 Jan 2017
at 17:49
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"You were doing so well at the beginning," Kira saie, her jewelry jingling softly in the cool night air. "You can't let them get to you. Remember you're Byzentenian, and we invented the games they are now trying to play."

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Nereida Spiros
 player, 29 posts
Thu 26 Jan 2017
at 20:23
Nereida Spiros Campaign Start
Nereida was startled, "M'Lady," she said with a start and gave a curtsy, "I did not know you were joining me. My apologies." She cocked her head as the woman spoke, almost as if they were equals. This too was shocking. Nereida turned to look back out at the small town, breathing deeply the cool night air. "I appreciate your kind words. I, though, have little practice in these matters, especially in such a setting. It is true that being a woman gives me at least some foot up on any man and being Byzantine gives me foot up on non-Byzantine. I am unprepared this evening, especially that rascal Rediesh," she shivered thinking again of that smile. "That is a smile that loosens a woman's corset of it's own accord."

She is still struggling but the air and company are helping. "How do you...stave off...such advances, M'Lady? Especially ones you are not sure you want staved off?"