And So It Begins....   Posted by Comte De Treville.Group: 0
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 114 posts
Fri 25 Nov 2016
at 17:02
And So It Begins....
 They rode on, as Gerard conversed with the other Nobleman. In light of the current circumstances, the usual introductions had not been observed, and that was just fine with Gerard. As soon as the Baroness was secure and safe, Gerard intended to depart in as much haste, as courtesy allowed.

“The interesting fact remains, the leader of the brigands seemed to know as to whom she was. It was as if they were waiting for her in that area. Perhaps it is no more than well informant brigands. That observed her visiting you often." Gerard became silent after those words where spoken.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 94 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sat 26 Nov 2016
at 23:56
And So It Begins....
Once the nobleman had reached his own Chateaux there was a flurry of activity as he ordered servants to prepare a room for the Baroness and to fetch his good wife. She along with Brother Martin could sit with her and give what care they could. Once this was done the nobleman turned to Gerard and asked a word with him in private.

Once secure in the man's study before the roaring fire set by his own lackey, the nobleman poured each a glass a wine.

"Monsieur?" he said extending his arm with a goblet in his hand. "Would you partake of my hospitality and listen to a request? Both you will find are sweet in their own ways."
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 116 posts
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 01:37
And So It Begins....
    Gerard and his companions where taken into the nobleman’s Chateaux, and the Baroness taken to a room to rest.

 When the master of the house asked to speak with Gerard in private, the two men retired to his study.  Gerard accept the offered goblet of wine with a nod of thanks. “ I would be honored to accept your hospitality Monsieur. As for the request, say on.” He sipped the wine as he regarded the nobleman.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 95 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 02:09
And So It Begins....
The nobleman nodded toward two padded chairs which faced his hearth. After Gerard sat down so did the nobleman. He sipped his wine and smiled in satisfaction.

"My name is Julien de Beuvillers, Viscomte de Beuvillers. I am on good terms with the Baroness' husband Jean-Luc Les Pavements. He is an old man Monsieur. One who never married nor had any children. His brother died in the Wars of religion. SO... he married Aimée, La Baroness Les Pavements. Some say to have an heir to pass his lands and wealth to. Aimée's own father agreed thinking the old baron had one foot in the grave. Coffers of Liveres dancing about his dreams. So they were wed. Yet, so far there has been no heir. The Baroness has, in confidence with my wife, spoke of the old man trying yet not succeeding if you understand my meaning."

He sipped his wine to wet his throat then continued.

"Now Monsieur, comes a strange thing. A man has appeared at Les pavements stating he is Jean-Luc's nephew... an illegitimate son of his dead brother. Jean-luc states the man has his brother's features so... he has been allowed to remain at the Chateaux. Jean-luc has states to Aimée that if she goes without an heir then this nephew, Timothée, will inherit Les Pavements not she."

He then leaned forward conspiratorially "This Timothée is a ruffian... a rogue Monsieur. No man of breeding like you and I. Non! These men you saw could very well be his men. I do not know the state of Jean-Luc but according to la Baroness he is a convalescent... confined to his bed. Monsieur, you would do me and la Baroness a great service and ride to la Chateaux de Beuvillers and check on the Baron. That and the state of his affairs. If you find it to be as I think it... well you should challenge this Timothée to a duel.If you do so and... if he should die... well La Baroness would be most grateful I am sure."
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 120 posts
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 03:06
And So It Begins....
 Gerard listened to the Noble introduce himself, and courtesy demanded he  do the same. Gerard stood to his feet, for this man, opposite him, was far above Gerard’s station. “Mon Seigneur, I am known simply as Lazare. It is an honor to make your acquaintance.”
Gerard resumed his seat.

 As the Viscomte launched into the background and the nature of the favor, Gerard did his best to keep his expression neutral. He recalled his father’s words to him. Never let slip your Court face, and reveal your true feelings. But what he was asked to do at the end of the Viscomte’s narrative, almost made the young man utter an oath . He took another sip of wine, and stood to his feet and sat the wine glass on a nearby table.

 Gerard made a formal bow, doffing his hat. He then said the following.

“Mon Seigneur, I thank you for the refreshing wine, and the honor of your hospitality. But I am afraid, I shall not be able to grant you the favor, you ask of me. I do apologize. I shall pray for the well-being of the Baroness and her husband. I shall even offer a prayer for you Viscomte. With your permission, I shall withdraw.”

 Gerard did his best to be as polite as possible to the nobleman, even if his opinion of the Viscomte was not very high currently.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 98 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 03:39
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The nobleman rose from his seat "One moment!  S'il vous plaît! Mon pardon Monsieur, if I have offended you it was not my intention. Monsieur, let not my clumsy words allow some ruffian to steal the rights of the Baroness. For as I swear before God! This Timothée has caused this accident and maybe even the death of the woman you rescued. Will you not at least stop by Les Pavements to see if my suspicions are true or false? You may use my name to call upon Jean-Luc if you wish. Yet, it will be those ruffians you saw upon the road... that is what you will find there."
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 122 posts
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 04:05
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  Gerard halted his withdraw, and regarded the Viscomte as the man spoke. Gerard hesitated, for if it was truth, then indeed, there might be a rogue dwelling in the Baron’s house. But then again, to undertake such a delicate matter, called for discretion.

“Mon Seigneur, if I were to undertake this task, the utmost discretion must be observed. If I am to use your name, then I would be acting as your agent. Might I request a letter that confirms, I am your  agent  in this inquiry after the Barons well being?”

  Using a nobles name  was one thing, proving that you represented him was another. If the Viscomte agreed to provide credentials, then the man was in earnest.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 04:14, Sun 27 Nov 2016.

Comte De Treville
 GM, 99 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 04:27
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Without another word the nobleman placed his goblet on his desk and gathered his quill and ink. His arm traveled in quick bold strokes and within minutes he was through. yet, he did not seal the letter but in three quick strides brought it to where Gerard stood.

"Read it Monsieur! Before I seal it with this ring I bear. I would have you know the contents before it is sealed away so that you and you alone know what is written there. I now see you are a man of honor Monsieur. One who will no doubt serve the baroness and Jean-luc all the better."

The letter read...

Monsieur, Le Baron Les Pavements,

I wish to inform you your wife, Aimée, has met with an unfortunate accident. She is at my Chateaux and under the care of my wife and a Brother Monk. The man I send wishes to inform you of this and see to your health. There are reasons to believe that bandits may have played a role in all of this. The man speaks and acts in my name. Please extend him the same honor and courtesies you would me. His name is Monsieur Lazare. He is a man of honor and saved your wife's life. Send word to me that you are in good spirits and health. I wish this news from Monsieur Lazare and no one else.

Yours In Honor

Julien de Beuvillers, Viscomte de Beuvillers

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 123 posts
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 04:57
And So It Begins....
  The young man was beginning to reconsider the intentions of the Viscomte, but he was still cautious. Gerard accepted the letter and read it over slowly. When he had finished, and after the noble set his seal upon it,Gerard rolled the letter and placed it into his sleeve.

“Bien assez. I shall then perform this task, you have asked of me. I shall inquire as to the Baron’s heath, and attempt to take the measure of this nephew. But short of the Baron having met with an end that cries foul, I will take no action.  I  will return and report my findings to you, Mon Seigneur.”

This message was last edited by the player at 05:07, Sun 27 Nov 2016.

Comte De Treville
 GM, 105 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Wed 30 Nov 2016
at 01:12
And So It Begins....
As the night was drawing closer the Viscomte prepared rooms for both Brother Martin and Gerard. They dined with the nobleman and Gerard met his wife Sophie. She was quiet through most of the dinner but did thank him for saving the life of the Baroness.

Jean-luc bid his master goodnight as he was allowed to sleep in the room with the other servants. After some time, Gerard heard a soft tap at his door upon opening the portal he saw that it was none other than Brother Martin.

"Monsieur? The hour is late oui? However, I thought I would inform you of the Baroness' condition. I think she will survive but she has not awoken as of yet. Her heartbeat is strong and her breathing is normal. I have bandaged her head and cleaned the wound. I hear you will be traveling on tomorrow Monsieur. Is this true?"
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 131 posts
Wed 30 Nov 2016
at 01:57
And So It Begins....
 The dinner was welcome and the rooms even more so. A true bed worthy of the name, with honest to gods sheets and a true blanket. After staying at Inn’s or sleeping on the ground the last few days, Gerard thought he had died and gone to heaven.

 After Gerard had bid the Vicomte and his wife good night, a servant had led Gerard to his room. The young nobleman sat in a chair by the fire, laid by the servant, and brooded. He had the letter of introduction given into his hand by the Vicomte, and just stared at the parchment. While the Vicomte seemed sincere in his concern over a friend, the Baron, but the asking of Gerard to kill the supposed nephew was still troubling him.

  When Gerard was about to go to bed and attempt the sleep he knew would be fleeting this night, there was a rap upon his door. He walked over and opened the portal to reveal Brother Martin. The good Brother was ushered into his room and indicated he should sit in the other chair opposite Gerard.



 Gerard got to his feet and walked over and took a decanter and filled to goblets with wine and handed one to Brother Martin then resumed his seat. He took a long drink, and then spoke again.

“Good Brother, you seem a worldly man, I would ask your counsel in a matter. The Vicomte as asked a favor of me, one I am uneasy about. But I am sure you would agree, one such as me, does not refuse a Vicomte, lightly. It seems that the Baroness and her husband, the Baron, are friends of the Vicomte and his Lady. The Baroness visits here often, perhaps that is why those ruffians knew of her."

“The Baron is without an heir, that is why he married such a young Lady, a not unheard of thing, Oui. There is one that arrived on the Baron’s doorstep a time ago, and claimed he was the Baron’s Nephew. The Vicomte claims there is a resemblance, but he does not believe it. I was asked at first to go to the Baron’s estate and see as to his welfare. “.. He took another drink of wine. “I was asked to kill this “nephew” in a duel. The Vicomte said he and the Baroness would be grateful. I refused at once, but then the Vicomte all but begged me to go and see to after the Baron’s welfare. I found myself agreeing to his request in spite of my misgivings. As I said, one does not dismiss the request of a Vicomte, lightly.”


 Gerard offered Brother Martin the Letter of Introduction, so he might inspect it.

“He wrote this at my request. If I am to do this thing, I want proof that I am not trespassing and interfering in another Noble’s affairs without cause. Even with the letter of introduction, I am sticking my nose into the Baron’s affairs.  I am not sure there is intrigue in this matter, or it is as presented. I would welcome your thoughts.” He drained the last of the wine.
Martin Le Maigre
 NPC, 17 posts
 Benedictine
 Monk
Wed 30 Nov 2016
at 02:57
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Brother Martin accepted the wine with a smile and a nod. Yet, the parchment was another story. As he examined the paper closely by firelight his brows go up.

"This is indeed a letter of introduction and bears the sigil of the Vicomte making it a legal document to my mind. Yet, I, as many, would think of killing another not only against man's law but God's own. However, if it is as the Vicomte perceives, then the Baron's life and welfare may be in danger. If these that did such a thing to the Baroness are indeed in the employ of this nephew, then they are indeed guilty of a crime and as such may be punished."

He took a sip of his wine and sighed.

"My counsel is this... ride to the Baron's estate and survey the situation. Do so... of your own accord. Surely you being of noble blood yourself may ask for hospitality from the Baron. Do not show the letter. In this way the Nephew may greet you more favorably and not be so wary of you. Yet, do no violence but return to the Vicomte with your findings... either for the good or the bad. Then, volunteer to return with the Vicomte and his men. As lord of this land he may dispense justice to the wicked and you may offer your sword in doing so. By being in his company you prove your loyalty to the Vicomte but are protected by the laws of France."
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 132 posts
Wed 30 Nov 2016
at 03:22
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 Gerard listened intently you the counsel of Brother Martin. The more he heard, the more he liked what was said. Indeed, this older man had wisdom, and proposed a course of action the young man would never have considered.  Gerard stood to his feet and grabbed the Brother and kissed him on both cheeks.

"Mon Dieu! You are a genius, Brother Martin. I think that is an excellent course of action. I shall do my best to carry out what you suggested for me to do.  Merci, merci beaucoup.”

 Gerard felt something he had not felt since before he left home, hope. He was dreading having to do this thing, but now armed with excellent counsel, he was optimistic about its outcome.
 Gerard refilled his wine cup.

“If you do not mind my saying so, good brother, if your counsel is always of this caliber, you are wasted in that monastery. You should be at the right hand of some great Lord, offering your learned wisdom.” He raised his wine cup. “Saluer”
Martin Le Maigre
 NPC, 18 posts
 Benedictine
 Monk
Thu 1 Dec 2016
at 01:47
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Brother Martin bowed humbly as he sat and drank his own wine.

"Yet I serve the greatest Lord Monsieur. The one whom art in Heaven. I am quite fine being a monk and serving at Abbaye Saint-Ouen de Rouen. Though Monsieur, if your are in Rouen for any amount of time, you may call upon me there. I only wish I could accompany you to Les Pavements but I promised to stay with the Baroness and oversee her care. In the meantime, I shall keep an watchful eye upon Monsieur le Viscomte to see what there is to see."

The monk sipped his wine "You will of course take Jean-Luc and Jacques D'Embrun with you. To have trusted men along side you is most important. If this nephew has... usurped Le Baron, the Baron himself may still have some men loyal to him. You would be wise to keep watch and have these men assist you as well." 
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 135 posts
Thu 1 Dec 2016
at 02:03
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 Gerard eagerly nodded to the older man’s suggestions. While Gerard was well educated and with a wit, his handicap was experience of the world. He decided to try and follow the Brother’s counsel
“I shall try to do as you counsel, Brother. But I still say you are wasted in that Monastery. When this matter is settled, I shall come for you and we can resume our journey.”
 He clapped the older man on the shoulder. “Now let us to bed, there is much to do on the morrow.”
Comte De Treville
 GM, 107 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Fri 2 Dec 2016
at 04:08
And So It Begins....
Gerard slept well in the big feathered bed and fine linen sheets. the morning he hurriedly broke his fast and made it to the stables where Jean-Luc and Jacques were both awaiting him. Jean- Luc had all three horses saddled and ready. Jean- Luc met his master as he approached.

"Monsieur! I must have a word with you before we get started. Most important news  Monsieur! You will be no doubt pleased with me... mayhaps enough to allow me a bottle of wine when all this is through." he smiled and winked at Gerard.
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 137 posts
Fri 2 Dec 2016
at 22:42
And So It Begins....
The morning came, and it found Gerard up at cock crow, dressed and almost ready to go down stairs. Battle Rapier and Main gauche where in scabbards, as he slipped the sash over his shoulder. He broke his fast on porridge and fresh baked bread; the cook even had set an apple tart before Gerard, a treat indeed.

 "Lazare" made his farewells to the Vicomte and his Lady, and then headed to the stables to get his mount and inform his retainer and Lackey of his task. Jean-Luc met Gerard as he walked towards the stable and seemed rather pleased with himself.

“Good morning, Jean-Luc. Pray tell, what news do you have for me?" Asked Gerard,with a raised eyebrow.
Jean-Luc Le Chat
 NPC, 12 posts
 Lackey
 Groom
Sat 3 Dec 2016
at 02:24
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Gerard's lackey nearly chortled with glee. His head moved this way and that to make sure they were alone and then in a low, conspiratorial voice he continued.

"Well Monsieur... last night I eat, drank, and slept with his lordship's own servants. I... I listened to them all talking about this thing and that you see. Well, I established a game of chance Monsieur... where I won ten pistoles! Ten Monsieur! One brought out a bottle and how could I refuse such hospitality eh?" he said as he gave Gerard a slight shrug.

"There was one... very closed mouth and not as friendly as the rest. I thought him to be... of interest. So I offered him a private game Monsieur. And though it hurt my very soul and I only pretended to drink from the bottle... and such wine Monsieur! I lost on purpose you see! five of my ten pistoles! Five! Mon Dieu! Yet, it worked Monsieur!" said the lackey beaming.

"It seems I was right all along! He was recently hired Monsieur! Said that he use to have service at la Chateaux Les Pavements. I think this man is a spy Monsieur. Why? He had no need of my five Pistoles... he had a pouch of them. So! I said to my self... Jean-Luc? Why would a servant such as he have so much coin? He is a spy Monsieur! No doubt a Catholic to boot!  Mayhaps, why these bandits knew of the Baroness non?"
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 138 posts
Sat 3 Dec 2016
at 03:13
And So It Begins....
 Gerard listened to his servant’s tale with keen interest. When Jean-Luc was finished, Gerard clapped the man on his shoulder.

“ Jean Luc, if your information is accurate, you shall have two cups of wine, instead of your usual one. Excellent work, indeed, excellent work. Wait here, I must speak with the Vicomte about this matter.”

 Gerard turned on his heel, to return to the house, but paused to regard his Lackey. With a stern expression. “Remember Jean Luc, I am a Catholic.” He turned and headed into the Chateaux.

 Gerard would seek out the Vicomte, or one of his servants, if the latter, he would request an immediate audience, with the Vicomte.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 108 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sun 4 Dec 2016
at 16:00
And So It Begins....
Jean-Luc just shrugged and went back to brush down the horses. Gerard quickly found a servant to lead him back into the study of the Vicomte. He sat before a low fire within the hearth. Upon the servant's knock and entrance, the Vicomte's head snapped in that direction.

"Mon pardon!" the servant said bowing low. "Monsieur Lazare would have a word with you My Lord."

The Vicomte slowly stood and waved off the servant.

"Oui! Leave us and close the door behind you." he said to the young boy.

He then nodded to the other chair before the hearth. "Come! Come sit beside me Monsieur Lazare. I sincerely hope you have not had a change of heart and are still willing to take my missive to Le Baron. Come I say and let us talk. Wine Monsieur?"
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 142 posts
Sun 4 Dec 2016
at 19:55
And So It Begins....
 When Gerard was shown into the presence of the Vicomte, he took the seat that was offered. Gerard did his best to reassure the other of his intentions of seeing the matter accomplished, when asked if he had changed his mind.

“Non, Mon Seigneur. I shall do my utmost to see your request is fulfilled. My word upon that. But a matter has been brought to my attention, and you must hear of this."

 Gerard accepted the goblet of wine, and took a sip, then continued.

“ My lackey by his own ways, has learned  one recently come to your service, was once in service at la Chateaux Les Pavements. This servant has a fat purse, very fat from what my Servant has informed me. He had no need of money, won in a game of chance. Could it be possible, that you have one in your household, whose loyalty is to another? To wit, this supposed nephew of the Baron. The rogues in the wood seemed to be expecting the Baroness’s coach, and laid in wait.”

 Gerard stopped there,and hoped the Vicomte, would come see his point.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 109 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Mon 5 Dec 2016
at 00:26
And So It Begins....
The Vitcome sipped his own wine as he listened to Gerard and then finally nodded.

"Oui! This could be true... for in truth, it is not I who hire those that serve me. It is a menial task unworthy of my station you see. Renaud Dieulafoy, he is my steward. He would know if anyone would Monsieur Lazare. Should I summon him here and then this man of whom you speak? If he is indeed a spy we should know it and quickly before you leave for certain Monsieur."

He then paused "Monsieur Lazare? Would it be wise to question such a man? If he is a spy... well he is already untrustworthy and therefore how may we believe what he says? Well at least we could put a stop to his meddling. What say you Monsieur?"
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 144 posts
Mon 5 Dec 2016
at 02:09
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  In truth, Gerard was not sure on how to proceed. His knowledge of such things, was limited to tales told to him by his father.

“Mon Seigneur, I counsel the following. Have the man detained, for the time being. Have his quarters and belongings searched. If we find anything  untoward, he can then be put to the question. If he is a spy, we must learn how he communicates with his patron, for he might already have informed those he serves, of my impending visit.”

 Gerard  wondered if the man had access to Pigeons.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 110 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Tue 6 Dec 2016
at 03:18
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The Vitcome thought upon it for mere minutes and then nodded.

"Oui! This shall be done. Yet, I will not have him detained but I shall keep him busy. Will you search his quarters Monsieur? Perphaps you or someone within your own party that can do this. There are a few I trust but I wish to keep this thing a secret for now. Surely, if this man is sending information then there must be some method he uses. Perchance you will have the good fortune to find it."
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 146 posts
Wed 7 Dec 2016
at 01:38
And So It Begins....
 The Vicomte proposed to have the servant distracted, while someone searched his quarters. There was a time, until very recently, Gerard would never have even considered searching a servants quarters. But he was no longer the son of a Vicomte, but a simple soldier, or soon to be. He had to think of  new definitions as concerned himself.

"With your approval, Mon Seigneur, I shall take it upon myself, to do the search. Something this important, I would not leave to a servant.”