The Keep - Main Gate.   Posted by GM LW.Group: 0
GM LW
 GM, 42 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 02:30
The Keep - Main Gate
The main gate. In the western wall of the Keep.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 507 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 18:15
The Keep - Main Gate
Aron Buckley:
Aron chuckled and reached for Kady's hand.


"Let us in- Damn your lazy asses!" Liadan shouted when the gates were not opened fast enough for her liking.
Gate Keeper
Sat 28 May 2016
at 18:30
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"Who goes there?" A voice called down from the tower. The man had never seen any of them before.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 508 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 18:39
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"Us, you nosy momzer!" Liadan kicked the gate.
Gate Keeper
Sat 28 May 2016
at 19:57
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"I'm not nosy, I"m doing my job to keep trouble and riff raff out. Names?"
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 509 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 20:26
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Liadan bristled. She used to be riff raff.

"I'm Liadan Buckley, this is my husband Aron, and with us is Nelek Gerthrim with his little girl. Now open that gate shtik drek!"
Gate Keeper
Sat 28 May 2016
at 20:33
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The watchman sent down a signal and the gates were opened wide.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 510 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 20:36
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"Kholerye." Liadan muttered about the guard as she went into the keep.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 225 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 20:41
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"Well, we know we should be well protected if anyone tries a raid again."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 511 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 20:43
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"I doubt it. I bet all Jack will have to do is give them any name and they'll throw the gates wide for him and his men." Liadan sniffed.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 226 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 20:44
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"Jack's not that smart," Aron stated.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 512 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 20:46
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"Just because he's an evil pile of drek doesn't mean he's stupider than the guards." Liadan said. "He could even give them his own name and get in."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 227 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 20:55
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Aron shook his head. "Let's get Nelek and Kady to Difyr."
Nelek
 Player, 139 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 21:23
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"Kadey needs Difyr." Nelek said. "I need to see Aislyn and Millie and Lek."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 513 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 21:32
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"Unless Difyr moved she had been working in a room not far from the kitchen." Liadan said. "You may as well wait in the Healing Room for us to find Ais and the twins."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 228 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 23:07
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"It wouldn't hurt for Difyr to look you over, either," Aron chided. "You're malnourished for starters."
Nelek
 Player, 140 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 23:14
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"She can still see me after I see Aislyn." Nelek looked around. "Where is she? And Millie and Lek?"
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 229 posts
Sun 29 May 2016
at 00:03
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"If it's near meal time, Aislyn is probably in the kitchen cooking. The twins, well they could be anywhere."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 514 posts
Sun 29 May 2016
at 00:12
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"So sit your butt in the healing room and we'll find them." Liadan ordered, practically shoving Nelek towards the main building."It'll get your family together faster."
Nelek
 Player, 141 posts
Sun 29 May 2016
at 00:23
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Nelek sighed and allowed Liadan to push him around. He felt bad for Aron.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 230 posts
Sun 29 May 2016
at 00:28
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Aron opened the door to the main building.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:38, Sun 29 May 2016.

Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 295 posts
Wed 6 Jul 2016
at 01:51
The Keep - Main Gate
Aron had all the children but Yehudit settled on the wagon. He had searched for her, but was unable to locate her. He would have to send for her once he had everyone settled. His mother had family on the continent, and he would go to her.

He started the horses and they began rolling through the gate.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 613 posts
Wed 6 Jul 2016
at 01:54
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"Aron Buckley!" Liadan jumped in front of the horses.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 296 posts
Fri 8 Jul 2016
at 00:36
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"Get out of the way, Lia, I can't stop the horses that quickly."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 614 posts
Fri 8 Jul 2016
at 00:58
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Liadan stubbornly stayed in front of the horses.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 297 posts
Fri 8 Jul 2016
at 01:02
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Aron pulled back on the reins and turned the team to go past Lia.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 615 posts
Fri 8 Jul 2016
at 01:34
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Again, Liadan threw herself in front of the horses.
The Miller
Sat 9 Jul 2016
at 01:27
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The miller happened to be walking past. "You crazy bint! Get out from in front of them horses before they run you over.  Or worse, go wild and dump that family out and turn the wagon on top of them. Blimey. Use your head, woman!"
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 616 posts
Sat 9 Jul 2016
at 03:04
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Liadan ignored the miller. She grabbed the reins of the closest horse. She was dragged a few feet but held on and got the horses to stop.

"Aron Buckley! The family is not being broken up as easily as that!"
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 298 posts
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 01:08
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Aron glared at her. "If you think this is easy, you are daft. I don't want to leave but I have to protect my children. Let go of the horses and move out of the way, Lia."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 617 posts
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 01:14
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"I am protecting my children!" Liadan shouted back, not letting go of the horses. "There are more mermomzers out there than in here. They will want to hurt me by going after our kids! Where is your sense?"
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 299 posts
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 01:19
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"And why can't you see that staying here is making targets of them?"
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 618 posts
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 01:31
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"At least there is protection here. If you go out on the road you're an easy target." Liadan said. "I know how dangerous roads can be."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 300 posts
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 23:01
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"And their king is here, being further antagonized by the day. Nay, the  minute," Aron said.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 619 posts
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 23:26
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Liadan sighed. "Aron, I traveled a lot before we met. Staying in one place too long could get dangerous for me, but being on the road was even more dangerous. At least when I was in one place I could put my back against something to protect my back... Out on the road it's not like that. You can be surrounded and beat."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 301 posts
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 23:35
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"And we're targets here."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 620 posts
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 23:38
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"And you'll be an even easier target out there!" Liadan said. "This is a keep- a fortress! It's designed to keep people out. And all our family and friends are here. We are safer here."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 302 posts
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 23:44
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"Fine. I'm going to take the children further into the keep, I'll see if there's a room near Wulfsen or Xavier for added protection. But you...you'll need to stay elsewhere. They see you, you'll lead them right to us."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 621 posts
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 23:48
The Keep - Main Gate
Liadan was hurt. Those were her babies. Little Vikki began crying.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 303 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:07
The Keep - Main Gate
Aron turned the team of horses to return them and the wagon to the stable.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 622 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:09
The Keep - Main Gate
Liadan scooped Vikki from the wagon to comfort her a she followed the wagon. "It'll be all right."
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:12
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Ertzel sat in the back of the wagon, her heart aching. She hated when her parents fought and it sounded like Papa meant it this time.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 623 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:16
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Liadan reached up to try to smooth Ertzel's unruly hair.
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:20
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Ertzel bit her lip, hard, to keep from crying.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 624 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:29
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"Ertzel- what's wrong?" Liadan asked worriedly.
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:31
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"Nothing. Nothing at all."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 625 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:45
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"It's something." Liadan pressed gently.
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:47
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"I don't like when you and Papa fight. And it feels like he means it this time."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 626 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:49
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Liadan's eyes brimmed. She knew Aron meant it, that their marriage was falling apart, a she had always thought she was a bad wife and mother. But she lied.

"We are just tired and stressed from all that has happened. We will all be all right."
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 00:58
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Her daughter didn't believe her. Ertzel shrugged. "I told you it was nothing."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 627 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:00
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Liadan kissed Ertzel's forehead.
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:02
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A sniffle escaped before Ertzel could stop it.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 628 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:12
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Liadan cradled Vikki on a hip and wrapped her free arm around Ertzel. "There there..."
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:22
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Ertzel sighed deeply.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 629 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:26
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A tear slipped down Liadan's cheek. She knew she and Aron had to have a talk, work this out. Otherwise the children would suffer and Liadan could not stand that.
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:43
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Ertzel turned and fussed over one of the smaller children.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 630 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:47
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Liadan set Vikki next to her sister, then went up to help Aron with the horses. "We need to talk."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 304 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:50
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Aron set his jaw and squared his shoulders. "No."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 631 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 01:52
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"If you won't talk I will punch you." Liadan said in a low voice. "Don't you see what this is doing to our children? Ertzel is trying to hide it but she's crying, Vikki was crying, the other ones must be upset too. Tearing the family part will hurt our children the most."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:09, Tue 12 July 2016.

Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 305 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 02:03
The Keep - Main Gate
If you punch me, I'll have them throw you back in the dungeon. "I will speak with the children and try to make them understand." He started helping the children out of the wagon.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 632 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 02:10
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"Damnit Aron, don't you care about our family not falling apart at all?" Liadan hised in his ear, exasperated.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 306 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 02:16
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"I'm trying to save our family. You keep going out making enemies to come after them." He herded the children toward the main building.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 633 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 02:25
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"The mermomzers have been my enemies since before we were courting." Liadan said. "Damnit Aron, you will talk to me!"
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 307 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 02:39
The Keep - Main Gate
Aron continued his walk in silence.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 634 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 02:43
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"Ertzel- take the kids to Aunt Aislyn- she's in the healing room." Liadan said, glaring at Aron.
Ertzel
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 12:11
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"Yes, Mama." Ertzel gathered the little ones, grabbing Vikki up in her arms."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 635 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 17:08
The Keep - Main Gate
Liadan waited for the children to be out of view, then she caught up to Aron and punched him in the shoulder.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 308 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 18:14
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Aron silently picked up his speed.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 636 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 18:36
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Liadan swore and tackled Aron, her arms around his waist.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 309 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 18:57
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"Dammit, Lia, let go!" Aron demanded crossly.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 637 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 19:01
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"Not until we've talked." Liadan said, squeezing Aron tight. She noticed that he was a bit wider than when they were newlyweds.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 310 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 20:18
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"There's nothing to talk about."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 638 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 20:53
The Keep - Main Gate
"Aron, our family if falling apart- we have things to talk about!" Liadan said.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 311 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 22:33
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"Our family isn't falling apart, it's already broken. There's not enough talking in the world to fix it."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 639 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 22:42
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"I'm not giving up on it- we can work things out somehow." Liadan said. "We have to talk if we're going to fix this."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 312 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 22:53
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"We can't fix it because you never change."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 640 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 23:02
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"Never change? Have you forgotten how I was when you first met me?" Liadan asked. "You couldn't even touch me."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 313 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 23:33
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"But you refuse to put the family first and think about their safety before you act on things. You never should have gone down to that dungeon. Never."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 641 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 23:41
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"I wanted to make sure those momzers would be dead. The world would be a safer place if those momzers were all dead." Liadan said. "It wasn't easy for me to go down in that dungeon you know."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 314 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 00:00
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"We have noble rule here now. You are just going to have to trust that Wulfsen will do his job."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 642 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 00:03
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"Aron, don't you realize what Mazi did to Ila? How young she is? He should have been killed as soon as he was captured." Liadan said.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 315 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 00:39
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"You can't grasp the concept that they wanted information out of him. What he did was horrible but Wulfsen needs to learn what these mermen are like so he can figure out how to fight them."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 643 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 00:46
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"What could that mermomzer have told him? How he abused Ila?" Liadan asked. "If they let me question him maybe I could have got him talking. But instead they let him live for weeks. He shouldn't have survived a day."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 316 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 00:57
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"How many women they have taken or tricked, how many here are actually mermen. At the time, where Nelek was. How many there are. A lot of things."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 644 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 01:07
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"If he hadn't talked after a day he wouldn't be talking in two weeks." Liadan said. "He never told them anything useful."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 317 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 02:38
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Aron sighed and started walking. It always had to be her way and he was tired of it. He was tired of being the one always giving in. He was done.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 645 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 03:03
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"Aron Buckley!" Liadan shouted.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 318 posts
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 19:33
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Aron continued to walk. He was tired of the constant fighting, being trod on and feeling like less than the head of the family. He was tired of always being the one to concede. No more.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 646 posts
Thu 14 Jul 2016
at 00:38
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Liadan swore again and ran to catch up with Aron. She was getting frustrated with how he wasn't even trying.

"Aron, Ila is no older than Yehudit... Mazi could have just as easily abused Yehudit that way. He shouldn't draw breath."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 319 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 00:39
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"And Wulfsen and Xavier will make certain he gets the deserved justice. Meting out justice is their job along with the guard. Not mine, not yours."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 647 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 01:01
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"Protecting our children is our job!" Liadan said. "Remember when we were young and found out that Jeremy had hit Brie? I wanted to beat him up for it and you went right along with me. What happened to you?"
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 320 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 01:59
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"Jeremy was human. He was someone we had a chance, no matter how small, of winning against him. These mermen...they're not human. They torture, they kidnap...I would rather get my children to a safe place than try to face them. We have no chance of winning against them."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 648 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 02:21
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"You'll let these mermomzers push us around because they're not human?" Liadan was disgusted. "Galina was the least human enemy we had ever faced, she did all that and worse. We never fled her. I recall that you wouldn't let me."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 321 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 02:29
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Aron just stared at her. She was going to make him admit out loud something that he didn't even want to admit to himself. "Maybe I'm just too old to be able to fight well. Or even survive a fight. I want to see my children grow up, not have them grow up without a father."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 649 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 02:35
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Liadan stared back. "You're not old. We're just not as young." Liadan reached for Aron.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 322 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 02:41
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"I feel old. If someone hadn't stepped in that day, Jack probably would have killed me when I took him on. I don't want to put you and the kids through losing me. It's better to just take them somewhere safe. Maybe Uncle James and Aunt Olivia."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 650 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 02:53
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Liadan slipped her hand into Aron's. "All our friends and family are here. They'll help protect us and our children."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 323 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 16:39
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"I'm sure everyone's tired of fighting.. None of our friends and close family are getting any younger either. I've been noticing for a while that Shawn is in pain most of the time, though he won't admit it."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 651 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 18:33
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"We're still safer here." Liadan said.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 324 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 19:23
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Aron sighed. She just didn't understand and she never would. He started walking again.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 652 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 19:40
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"Aron!" Liadan followed him. "Don't walk away, talk to me."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 325 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 19:54
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"I have talked to you. You have no regard for how I feel, so what is the point?" Aron replied while continuing to walk.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 653 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 19:58
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"I do care." Liadan said.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 326 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 20:06
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"You might hear them, but you don't really listen. And then you just stomp over them because you think you're right and I'm wrong."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 654 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 20:15
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Liadan sighed. "Aron, we need to protect our family, and this is the safest place for them."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 327 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 21:00
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"And I disagree. I think somewhere far from the water and protected by the king's men is far safer. But that's fine. I'll say goodbye to the children and head off, at least they'll know I'm alive."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 655 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 21:08
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"$&*(# Aron, the children need you." Liadan cursed.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 328 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 21:16
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"We just keep going around and around. I would rather take them somewhere safe than stay here like targets. I know I won't survive a fight with the mermen. Do you really want me to stay here and lose my life to them?"
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 656 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 21:20
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"Why do you think we'll be safer anywhere else? These mermen can spend a lot of time on land, who knows how far inland they can go?" Liadan asked.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 329 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 21:29
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"Because at the very least, there won't be water for more to come up on land from."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 657 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 21:44
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"Aron, we're already miles from the sea. The best these mermen have as rivers, and there are rivers everywhere." Liadan pointed out.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 330 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 22:56
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'Portside is near and is a port. With the ocean."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 658 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 23:22
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"It takes nearly a day to get here from Portside." Liadan said.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 331 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 23:26
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"My point is that it's not hundreds of miles away." Aron rubbed his head. "Do as you please, Lia, you always do. Leave me out of it, you always do. It's obvious you don't think I'm a good father. I'm done." Aron stormed off, walking at a brisk pace.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 659 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 23:49
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Liadan swore fiercely. "You've always been a good father!"
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 332 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 00:54
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Aron paused and turned around. "You only say that because I've always bowed to your wishes. I staunchly disagree this time."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 660 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 00:59
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"You're a good father because of how good you are with the children you idiot!" Liadan shouted.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 333 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 01:05
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"Then let me take them somewhere safe!" Aron pleaded.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 661 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 01:12
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"I feel safer having them where our friends are so they can help." Liadan sighed. "Let's talk to Ais, Brie and the others... Ais, Nelek and their children are targets too. Maybe they will also want to move further inland."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 334 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 01:16
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Aron looked thoughtful. "That's possible. They'll all want to keep their children safe. Shawn, Brie, Ais and Nelek have already lost far too much."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 662 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 01:17
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"We're stronger together." Liadan said softly.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 335 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 01:22
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"If everyone is agreeable to moving inland and going to Uncle James and Aunt Olivia's, perhaps Wulfsen would agree to send a small contingent of knghts with us."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 663 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 01:26
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Liadan grimaced. She did not trust uniforms.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 336 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 01:33
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Aron noticed the grimace. "Better to have able bodied fighters with us."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 664 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 01:37
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"If they'll fight for us... I don't trust them around our daughters." Liadan said.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 337 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 14:42
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Aron sighed. "Stop judging people by what they wear and instead how they act. Not every guard is bad and the knights aren't even members of the guard. It's not right to lump everyone together in one group."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 665 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 17:34
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"If you had seen how some treated people... How they treated me..." Liadan said nervously.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 338 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 18:56
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"But you can't judge a whole group on how some people act. As far as I know, the only person injured by Shawn's men was Jack. And he deserved it. Yes, Questa was injured but that was a citizen and his men tried to stop it. Knights have to live to a different code than the guards do. You're judging them unfairly."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 666 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 19:36
The Keep - Main Gate
"Those knights seemed happy enough to throw me in a cell." Liadan said.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 339 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 20:03
The Keep - Main Gate
"Were you acting reasonable?"
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 667 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 20:15
The Keep - Main Gate
Liadan scowled. "They have three momzers down there breathing air our children deserve more."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 340 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 20:48
The Keep - Main Gate
"We're in a different world now, Lia. There are people who are to carry out justice and people who are not. You are in the second group."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 668 posts
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 21:06
The Keep - Main Gate
"They weren't carrying out justice. They were giving those momzers free meals when they should have killed them." Liadan said.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 341 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 00:37
The Keep - Main Gate
"Everything is an argument. I'm tired of arguing."
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 669 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 01:10
The Keep - Main Gate
Liadan scowled. "Let's just go talk to Ais and Brie."
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 342 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 01:14
The Keep - Main Gate
"Fine," Aron said as he entered the keep.
Liadan Buckley
 Player, 670 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 01:55
The Keep - Main Gate
Liadan followed Aron, until she heard a scream. It sounded like Yehudit. Liadan broke into a run towards the sound of the scream.
Aron Buckley
 PLAYER, 343 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 02:02
The Keep - Main Gate
Aron blinked.
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 683 posts
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 21:05
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas:
Sileas stifled a sniffle as she walked beside him. She was still stunned she couldn't reason with the boy.


"Oscar!" Wulfsen called as they came out of the gate.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1471 posts
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 21:22
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas called out the lad's name as well. She shivered a bit under the cool night's air.
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 100 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 21:44
The Keep - Main Gate
Oscar hid under a bush, trying very hard to be quiet.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1472 posts
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 21:48
The Keep - Main Gate
"Please come back inside, Oscar. You should be in the warm." Her worry grew.
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 101 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 22:21
The Keep - Main Gate
"I'm bloody well not gonna smell like a girl! Struth!" Oscar shivered.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1473 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 00:32
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas paused for a moment. Had she heard Oscar's voice? "Oscar!"
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 102 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 01:27
The Keep - Main Gate
"And no soap! I want me skin ter stay on me! Blimey!" Oscar cursed.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1474 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 01:40
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas's shoulders slumped. "He hates me. I'm almost certain he's out here listening but he's determined to not answer."
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 684 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 01:50
The Keep - Main Gate
"I hear him answering you, he's just not coming." Wulfsen said. "It's dark... SHould we try a bribe of some sort?"
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1475 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 02:01
The Keep - Main Gate
"We can try." Sileas thought for a moment. "Oscar? If you come to me, I'll have Mama make you a sandwich."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 103 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 02:06
The Keep - Main Gate
"Yer said yer were gonna starve me." A sulky exaggeration.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1476 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 02:11
The Keep - Main Gate
"That is not what I said." Sileas shook her head. "I promise to not use rose petals on you."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 104 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 02:14
The Keep - Main Gate
"No soap!" Oscar demanded.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1477 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 02:17
The Keep - Main Gate
"We'll need the soap to get you clean, but we'll let you soak a good long while so you don't have to worry about it taking your skin off. I want to see what handsome young man lurks beneath all that grime."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 105 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 02:18
The Keep - Main Gate
"No soap!" Oscar insisted again. "I'm 'andsome enough already."
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1478 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 02:26
The Keep - Main Gate
"Oh, Oscar, you'll feel so much better once that grime is off. You have no idea how much better. I promise it won't hurt you, every bit of your skin will still be there." She thought for a moment. "I'll get Mama to find you a cookie to go with that sandwich."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 106 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 02:38
The Keep - Main Gate
"No soap! I'll run hammer and tack to Portside! Oi!"
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1479 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 03:25
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas looked at Wulfsen helplessly. If an offer of a cookie wouldn't change his mind, she had no idea what would. "Three cookies and a cup of milk?"
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 107 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 03:31
The Keep - Main Gate
"No. Soap." Oscar said stubbornly.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1480 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 11:38
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas sighed. "Mama just simply won't allow a grimy, stinky young man in the kitchen or dining hall. It wouldn't surprise me if she asks Wulfsen to post a guard to keep such people out.  Six cookies and two glasses of milk."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 108 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 16:09
The Keep - Main Gate
"I'm bloody well keepin' me skin! Struth! No soap! Blimey!"
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1481 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 21:09
The Keep - Main Gate
"And I promised it won't steal your skin." Sileas stood and turned to Wulfsen. "I don't know what else to do. Mama and Papa never had to bribe me to do anything."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 109 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 21:34
The Keep - Main Gate
"Soap eats skin! Honest guv!" Oscar insisted.
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 685 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 21:35
The Keep - Main Gate
Wulfsen frowns. "It sounds like the boy had never touched soap in his life."
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1482 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 22:13
The Keep - Main Gate
"He probably hasn't. Oscar, I promise that soap does not eat skin. I still have all of mine." Sileas feared she had made a mistake. Maybe it was naive of her to believe all these children would want homes.
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 110 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 22:16
The Keep - Main Gate
"Yor lyin'!" Oscar protested.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1483 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 22:33
The Keep - Main Gate
"Oscar, you can come out and look for yourself. There is skin on me, everywhere it belongs."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 111 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 22:47
The Keep - Main Gate
"Yer can't fool me! Right!" Oscar shouted.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1484 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 22:55
The Keep - Main Gate
"I'm sorry that you think I'm trying to fool you. I'm sorry I was mistaken that you'd like a home and a good life. I'm..." Sileas lowered her head, "I'm sorry I tried to force my dream for a family on you. We'll return you to Portside tomorrow unless you want to train to be a squire." Her shoulders slumped. "You don't need to worry about taking a bath or me forcing any sort of attention on you."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 112 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 00:24
The Keep - Main Gate
"I want ter keep me skin! Blimey!" Oscar said, sounding miserable.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1485 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 00:42
The Keep - Main Gate
"As I said, you do not have to worry about me trying to impose being a family on you any longer. I gave you your two choices. Unfortunately for you, being part of a family requires being clean." She glanced at Wulfsen, "Why don't you take him to bed down with the squires and all, and I will see you in the morning. I'm bone tired and looking forward to a comfortable stationary bed."
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 686 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 00:56
The Keep - Main Gate
"Sileas..." Wulfsen frowned. "Maybe things are moving too fast for the boy."
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1486 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 01:00
The Keep - Main Gate
"Forcing what I want for him is no better than what was done to me when I was his age. I won't lower myself to that level. It needs to be his choice, his decision."
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 687 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 01:20
The Keep - Main Gate
Wulfsen's frown deepened. "The Spensers did not force a decision out of you either. When they adopted you, weren't there some things you were not used to that they had to be patient about? Like your habit of stealing food?"
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1487 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 01:32
The Keep - Main Gate
"I know they didn't force a decision, and yes, they had to be patient with my penchant for stealing. But Oscar needs a bath so he's not full of grime and stench. Mama gave me a bath right away, so he's already had longer than I did. Who knows what critters are on him right now?"
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 688 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 03:18
The Keep - Main Gate
"If he's only afraid of soap maybe we can just dunk him in the pond for now." Wulfsen said. "He's from Portside, he must know how to swim."
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1488 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 12:41
The Keep - Main Gate
"The Mermen..." she reminded Wulfsen. "That's why I didn't mention the pond." Just the idea of one of those horrible men getting close to Oscar sent shivers down her spine.
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 689 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 15:16
The Keep - Main Gate
"The pond is inside the outer bailey." Wulfsen said. "It's safe."
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1489 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 17:03
The Keep - Main Gate
"You're certain?" Sileas was skeptical. "Doesn't the water feed in from the river? There's no way for them to get through?" She wasn't about to put Oscar in any danger from the mermen.
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 690 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 17:33
The Keep - Main Gate
"It's spring fed." Wulfsen said. "It's safe."
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1490 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 17:50
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas relaxed a bit. "All right. We can soak him for a little bit."
Wulfsen Thornblade
 PLAYER, 691 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 18:35
The Keep - Main Gate
Wulfsen smiled. "Better let him know that soap is of the table for tonight."
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1491 posts
Sun 28 Aug 2016
at 18:50
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas nodded. "Oscar, we have found a compromise. No soap involved, but just a nice soak in the pond."
Juniper Alva Sparks
 player, 220 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 01:07
The Keep - Main Gate
The winded Juniper was drawn to the sounds of chatter and commotion. Quickly she made her way across the grounds towards Sileas.

"What sort of trouble have you gotten into now love?"

She seemed to addressing everyone present at the same time.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1492 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 01:37
The Keep - Main Gate
"I have been trying to convince Oscar of the virtues of a bath, but he is determined that soap will remove his skin. So Wulfsen has brokered a compromise of Oscar soaking in the pond and not use soap yet."
Juniper Alva Sparks
 player, 221 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 01:44
The Keep - Main Gate
Juniper raised an eyebrow at Oscar and decided to aid Sileas in her troubles.

"Ah a bath. That sounds heavenly. This heat is killing me. May I join?"
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1493 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 02:00
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas arched an eyebrow ever so slightly. "As long as there's no total nudity, it's all right with me."
Juniper Alva Sparks
 player, 222 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 02:09
The Keep - Main Gate
Juniper shifted her weight to one leg and raised her hands, palms out. Several comments passed through her head but she kept them silent.

"I abide to your rules. Let's get a move on. I'd like to be back before dark. "
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1494 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 03:33
The Keep - Main Gate
"Come along, Oscar. Let's get you washed up and then inside. I am with Juniper, I have no desire to be outside when dark falls."
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 113 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 04:14
The Keep - Main Gate
Oscar warily crept from his hiding place.

"No soap?"
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1495 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 12:24
The Keep - Main Gate
"No soap. I don't carry it on me," she said, smiling at him.
Juniper Alva Sparks
 player, 223 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 15:17
The Keep - Main Gate
"Let's get stepping then! Daylights burning and I'm hungry. "

Juniper patted Wulfsens shoulder as she made it past him as she followed Sileas.
Oscar the Knife
 NPC, 114 posts
 Pickpocket Oscar
 Pancake Oscar
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 16:41
The Keep - Main Gate
Oscar cautiously followed Sileas, sniffing to catch any girly scents.
Sileas
 PLAYER, 1496 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 16:49
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas headed to the pond, hoping it would be safe for everyone involved.
Bai
 Player, 13 posts
 The Flame
Wed 15 Mar 2017
at 03:24
The Keep - Main Gate
Dyfrig:
Dyfrig walked alongside, wondering why the place was in such a mess and who might be settling nearby.


Bai's neck itched as the gate came into view. The objects were here, he could sense them. He noticed the guards over the gate and stepped into the trees to think for a moment. Those in charge might be in possession of the objects, and they might not be good people. Bai did not want to stroll up there and get his head blown up or something.
Dyfrig
 player, 13 posts
Wed 15 Mar 2017
at 10:52
The Keep - Main Gate
"What's up?" asked Dyfrig, who'd been about to walk up to the gate openly.
Bai
 Player, 14 posts
 The Flame
Thu 16 Mar 2017
at 03:49
The Keep - Main Gate
"It never hurts to be careful." Bai said, squinting at one of the guards. He lifted his staff and moved it across his range of vision before lowering the staff again.
Dyfrig
 player, 14 posts
Thu 16 Mar 2017
at 09:00
The Keep - Main Gate
"I know nothing of these people. I shall merely offer my services. If they are not interested, then my journey continues. It's as simple as that."

Dyfrig stepped out towards the gate, leaning on his staff and pushing his floppy hat back with one hand.
Bai
 Player, 15 posts
 The Flame
Thu 16 Mar 2017
at 19:29
The Keep - Main Gate
Bai did not sense anything magical about the guards, but knew that someone inside the keep had magic. He stayed back to see how it went with Dyfrig.
Sir Excessive Force
Sun 19 Mar 2017
at 19:46
The Keep - Main Gate
"Who the hell are you?" One of the guards on the wall demanded. He pointed a crossbow at Dyfrig. "Answer me before I put a bolt through your eyeball!"
Dyfrig
 player, 15 posts
Sun 19 Mar 2017
at 19:57
The Keep - Main Gate
"Greetings to you too," said Dyfrig with a smile.

"My name is Dyfrig. Might you be in need of a cook in this fine fortification?"
Sir Excessive Force
Sun 19 Mar 2017
at 20:33
The Keep - Main Gate
"I'll ask the questions and you'll speak when spoken to!" Excessive Force shouted. "Where did you come from? Are you a raider? What's your favorite color? Are you carrying weapons?"
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 1 post
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 00:55
The Keep - Main Gate
Xavier was approaching the gate when he heard one of the knights on the wall bellowing questions at the visitor at the gate. He shook his head. No one would freely admit to being a raider. "Enough! Stand down!" he called to the knight.

He approached the newcomer. "Greetings. Xavier DeVale, right hand man to the lord of this village. How might I be able to assist you?"
Dyfrig
 player, 16 posts
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 08:53
The Keep - Main Gate
Dyfrig swept a bow, flourishing with the floppy hat.

"Greetings, my lord. I am Dyfrig. I am a cook in search of employment. Might you have need of my services here?"
Sir Excessive Force
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 18:21
The Keep - Main Gate
"How many children have you cooked?" Sir Excessive Force asked.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 2 posts
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 20:26
The Keep - Main Gate
In reply to Dyfrig (msg # 202):

Xavier glared at his knight. "I repeat, stand down. A cook would be most welcome. The former baker was trying to keep up but is indisposed and Mrs. Spenser is not accustomed to cooking for so many, plus she has a family to tend. But I will need to verify that you're not a danger. The village was recently attacked and tensions are running high.
Dyfrig
 player, 17 posts
Tue 21 Mar 2017
at 09:11
The Keep - Main Gate
Dyfrig smiled.

"I am not a danger. But how to demonstrate that, there's the rub. I carry a sword and staff when travelling, these I am happy to relinquish. My knife, however, I need... but only in the kitchen. It can stay there else. Would that satisfy?"

He's ignoring the fatuous knight.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 3 posts
Tue 21 Mar 2017
at 16:32
The Keep - Main Gate
"I fully understand the need for carrying protection while on the road, or even for protecting oneself in times of attack. Our other problem is mermen who are coming in, having shapeshifted to look human. And I'm not quite certain how to test for that."

Xavier thought for a long moment. Probably the best test was finding out how this man felt about women. "How do you view women?"
Sir Excessive Force
Wed 22 Mar 2017
at 03:14
The Keep - Main Gate
"Do you eat sea weed?" The knight demanded.
Dyfrig
 player, 18 posts
Wed 22 Mar 2017
at 10:59
The Keep - Main Gate
"Women, my Lord? A beauty to behold but, I must confess, somewhat scary. Cuddly and warm when they want to be."

Dyfrig was a bit puzzled, but did his best to give an honest answer.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 4 posts
Wed 22 Mar 2017
at 15:19
The Keep - Main Gate
Xavier of course knew it was a strange question. But considering the mermen's preoccupation with breeding, it was probably the best way to get an idea of if the man could be trusted. "Aye, they can be warm and cuddly," he grinned. "Welcome to the keep. If you'll follow me, we'll find Mrs. Spenser and then get you introduced to the kitchen."
Dyfrig
 player, 19 posts
Wed 22 Mar 2017
at 17:48
The Keep - Main Gate
"Thank you, my Lord," said Dyfrig politely. He replaced the floppy hat and followed Xavier.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 5 posts
Thu 23 Mar 2017
at 00:29
The Keep - Main Gate
Xavier led the newcomer to the heart of the keep, to the kitchen and main hall.
Luka
 player, 2 posts
Mon 3 Apr 2017
at 07:08
The Keep - Main Gate
Luka had seen the wall for a bit before reaching it, so had plenty of time to rehearse his first words. First off he had kept his ears covered but his face could easily be seen. He had his staff on full view. People seemed to better with his magic when he was upfront about it. He approached the gate before calling up to whoever was in charge of it. "Hello there. Is anyone up there?" He waited patiently for an answer. Featherlight,  his Owl hooted content on his shoulder.
Sir Excessive Force
Tue 4 Apr 2017
at 20:52
The Keep - Main Gate
"Who the bloody hell are you?" The guard demanded. "Drop your arms!"
Luka
 player, 3 posts
Thu 6 Apr 2017
at 09:32
The Keep - Main Gate
Luka looked confused at the Guard. "I'm Luka, a travelling healer. I'm confused, how can I drop my arms? They're attached to my shoulders."
Sir Excessive Force
Thu 6 Apr 2017
at 16:30
The Keep - Main Gate
The knight drew his sword.

"I'll drop them for you smart alek!"
Shawn Spenser
 Player, 1 post
Thu 6 Apr 2017
at 18:34
The Keep - Main Gate
Shawn had been out at the plot of land he wanted, checking the soil and imagining how he would lay out his farm, but was on his way to the kitchen for breakfast when he heard a ruckus at the gate. He headed out that way and eyed the knight. "What goes on?"
Luka
 player, 4 posts
Thu 6 Apr 2017
at 19:19
The Keep - Main Gate
Luka took two steps back, drawing arcane energy around the hand hidden behind his back. "I assure you I am not named Alek. My name is Luka as I have said." He glanced to the other man approaching. "Greetings Sir. I know not what is happening. This man asked me to lay down my arms but they are attached. He did not seem to like the impossibility of my statement."
Shawn Spenser
 Player, 2 posts
Thu 6 Apr 2017
at 20:58
The Keep - Main Gate
"He probably meant any weaponry you may be carrying. Our village was recently raided, so the guards are a bit on edge regarding newcomers," Shawn explained.
Sir Excessive Force
Thu 6 Apr 2017
at 21:28
The Keep - Main Gate
The knight turned on Shawn.

"Put your hands on your head!"
Shawn Spenser
 Player, 3 posts
Thu 6 Apr 2017
at 22:00
The Keep - Main Gate
Shawn stared at him incredulously. The dolt knew exactly who he was. "On the other hand, it seems Lord Thornblade has an imbecile on his hands." He didn't know if Juniper had accepted the guard captain position or not, so Shawn figure it still fell on him. "You know perfectly well that I am the Captain of the Guard. Lord Thornblade is going to need to relieve you from duty."
Luka
 player, 5 posts
Fri 7 Apr 2017
at 11:37
The Keep - Main Gate
Luka seemed more worried at the prospect of the recent raids. "Was anyone injured? I'd like to offer my aid." He looked towards the other man who had approached them. "If you can get me inside I'll offer up all the experience I have."
Shawn Spenser
 Player, 4 posts
Fri 7 Apr 2017
at 16:44
The Keep - Main Gate
"We lost many, and we have many who were injured. I'm certain our healer would gladly accept your assistance. Our most severely injured were some of the girls and women, Difyr could then turn her concentration to them. More than likely, we will have injuries during the rebuilding process as well."

Shawn glared at the knight once and held his hands up. "You know darn well who I am, and I am taking this gentleman to the keep to assist with the injured."
Sir Excessive Force
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 18:57
The Keep - Main Gate
"On your head!" The knight demanded.
Shawn Spenser
 Player, 5 posts
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 19:55
The Keep - Main Gate
Shawn was very tempted to just run the man through. He saw one of the other knights run up behind the one blocking him. "Lord DeVale has requested Captain Spenser's presence at the kitchen," he said breathlessly.

"Tell him I will be right there." He sent a glare to the forceful knight and walked past him with Luka.
Luka
 player, 6 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 11:08
The Keep - Main Gate
Luka walked alongside the knight, not even glancing at the gate guard but more interested in getting to those in need of healing. "My thanks Captain." he said as they made their way to the Kitchen.

>>> To the Kitchen >>>
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 21 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 03:29
The Keep - Main Gate
Xavier was at the gate giving orders to the overnight watch. The gates were secured and he was about to leave when he could barely make out a rider coming from the stables. "No one leaves. Understood?" The knights nodded as he focused on the rider. Who would be fool enough to ride out at night with no cloak? Had they sneaked in earlier? All of the villagers knew the gates were secured and locked over night.
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 891 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 03:43
The Keep - Main Gate
Sileas Spenser:
Sticking to the shadows and the trees, Sileas made it to the stables. As she had suspected, no one was about. She slipped inside and saddled Midnight, then mounted him. She was grateful she had had the foresight to have her coin purse on her, especially since she had taken nothing. She rode out toward the gate.


Yehudit sat on the ground in front of the gate. She had taken off her shoes and was resting her bad leg on her stick to take weight off of her bad ankle, which was swollen. She looked up at Sileas.
Sileas Spenser
 player, 475 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 03:53
The Keep - Main Gate
"Get out of the way, Yehudit," Sileas snarled. Then she demanded in a loud voice, "Open the gate!"
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 22 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:02
The Keep - Main Gate
"Sileas, what in the blazes do you think you're doing? Riding off in to the night with no cloak? Do you even have a weapon to protect yourself." Xavier shook his head. "Get down from there, you know no one comes in or goes out of the keep during the night."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 892 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:02
The Keep - Main Gate
"No." Yehudit lay back and stretched out to block the way.

"Either you help me on to your horse or back to the Hall. My ankle is too messed up to walk."
Sileas Spenser
 player, 476 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:05
The Keep - Main Gate
"I am leaving," she informed both Xavier and Yehudit. I'll just ride all over the keep grounds to find a way around the gate if need be. If I leave now, I can be at my grandparents by morning. I demand you make an exception and open the gate."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 893 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:28
The Keep - Main Gate
"Why?" Yehudit asked. "It's not going to be much of a wedding if you're not here."
Sileas Spenser
 player, 477 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:31
The Keep - Main Gate
"That's between me and Wulfsen. I'll not discuss it with anyone else. But I do think the fact he's not even looking for me says it all."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 894 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:39
The Keep - Main Gate
"Just because he hasn't found you yet doesn't mean he isn't looking for you." Yehudit said. "Leaving him at the alter is a harsh penalty for losing at hide and seek."
Sileas Spenser
 player, 478 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:45
The Keep - Main Gate
"That is not why I am leaving. It just strengthens my position." Sileas felt uncomfortable. Was she really all right with just leaving him at the altar? After all she did love him, and she wanted to be his wife. But she did not wish to feel like a bedwarmer.

Without a word, she turned Midnight and rode back to the keep, tears stinging her eyes.
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 895 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:51
The Keep - Main Gate
"Hey! Are you going to make me crawl?" Yehudit called.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 23 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 04:57
The Keep - Main Gate
After a few moments of no answer, Xavier smirked. "I'll take you back." He untethered his mount and brought him over. "Do you help getting on him?"
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 896 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 05:03
The Keep - Main Gate
"I'll try." Yehudit tried and failed. She landed face down in the dirt under the horse's belly.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 24 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 14:37
The Keep - Main Gate
"Well, that's not a good place to be when dealing with a warhorse. Will your mother murder me if I pick you up and put you in the saddle?"
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 897 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 14:48
The Keep - Main Gate
"Only if she finds out." Yehudit thought for a minute. "Or thinks you did. Or thinks you did something worse. You talked to me without her or even my father present, you're already on her hit list."
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 25 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 15:17
The Keep - Main Gate
"You do know your mother is highly unreasonable, right?" He reached out for her hand to get her out from under Warrior.
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 898 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 15:20
The Keep - Main Gate
"Yeah." Yehudit said, grasping Xavier's arm. "She is crazy."
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 26 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 15:35
The Keep - Main Gate
Xavier pulled her out and to her feet. His hand moved to clean her off and then stopped. No point in tempting fate. "Since I'm already a marked man..." he placed his hands at her waist and lifted her up into the saddle.
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 899 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 15:37
The Keep - Main Gate
Yehudit sat in the saddle and wrapped her arms around Warrior's neck. She was not very good at riding horses, usually she was clinging to Sileas.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 27 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 15:41
The Keep - Main Gate
Xavier wasn't certain how Warrior would tolerate the arms wrapped around him, but aside from some prancing back and forth, he was quiet. Xavier took the reins and walked Warrior and Yehudit to the keep. He saw no sign of Sileas as they walked. He hoped she wasn't off somewhere finding a breach in the wall.
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 900 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 15:51
The Keep - Main Gate
Yehudit also was worried that Sileas might try to escape in some other way. "Can you go faster?"
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 28 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 16:10
The Keep - Main Gate
"Not walking Warrior this way."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 901 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 16:16
The Keep - Main Gate
"Then walk him a way that moves him faster." Yehudit said.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 29 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:02
The Keep - Main Gate
"Oh, he can move plenty fast, but I wouldn't be able to keep up with him. We're almost to the keep anyway."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 902 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:06
The Keep - Main Gate
"I don't have much time to waste. Sileas might decide to find another way to sneak out." Yehudit said. "My stupid ankle won't let me run around looking for her so I have to get someone else."
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 30 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:21
The Keep - Main Gate
Xavier was offended. "Where exactly did you think I was going after dropping you off?"
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 903 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:27
The Keep - Main Gate
"How would I know? I'm not a mind reader." Yehudit said. She unwrapped one arm from the horse's neck and tapped his rump, hoping to make him go faster.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 31 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:44
The Keep - Main Gate
"I'm not about to allow my best friend's bride to run off and leave him at the altar." He quickened his pace and prayed Warrior wouldn't go into a full on gallop.
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 904 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:51
The Keep - Main Gate
Encouraged by the increased speed, Yehudit smacked Warrior's butt again.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 32 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:56
The Keep - Main Gate
"Stop it, Yehudit! Whoa! Warrior!" Xavier called out. Warrior was increasingly troubled by what Yehudit was doing, and was about to break free from Xavier. Warrior stopped but paced frantically. "He doesnt' like what you are doing. If you keep doing so, he's going to break free and go full on, and I won't be along to control him."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 905 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 17:59
The Keep - Main Gate
"But it would be faster, right?" Yehudit asked, the stick raised and ready for another smack.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 33 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 18:09
The Keep - Main Gate
Xavier reached up and grabbed her wrist. "Sure, and you risk being thrown, no matter how tight you hold on to him. He's barely tolerating that. And the keep is like two feet away besides."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 906 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 18:12
The Keep - Main Gate
Yehudit sighed. "Sileas better not get out of the keep while this old nag crawls the last two feet."
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 34 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 18:16
The Keep - Main Gate
"If he goes full speed toward the keep, he'll crash into the wall."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 907 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 18:22
The Keep - Main Gate
"How did I wind up on a blind warhorse?" Yehudit asked.
Xavier DeVale
 Player, 35 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 18:28
The Keep - Main Gate
"He isn't blind, he just wouldn't be able to stop that fast if he's going faster than a walk."
Yehudit Buckley
 Player, 908 posts
Sat 5 May 2018
at 18:31
The Keep - Main Gate
Yehudit sighed and slumped. "I'm never going to get there."
Sir Bran Kendrick
 Player, 7 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 03:35
The Keep - Main Gate
Sir Bran quietly rode up to the main gate, calling out, "Hello there! May I have a word with the Lord of this keep?"
Sir Excessive Force
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 03:41
The Keep - Main Gate
Sir Excessive Force glared suspiciously down from the wall.

"Who are you? What do you want? Are you carrying weapons? What kinds of poisons are hidden upon your person? Did you come here to assassinate Lord Thornblade? What is the flight speed of an unladen swallow?" He demanded rapidly.
Sir Bran Kendrick
 Player, 8 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 03:43
The Keep - Main Gate
"My good sir, I promise you we mean no harm to anyone. We have no weapons. We are newcomers to this village and have some... more personal questions for the Lord. I am Sir Bran, and this is Sir Gareth."
Sir Excessive Force
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 03:59
The Keep - Main Gate
"The lord is too busy to listen to your personal assassination!" Sir Excessive Force lifted a crossbow.
Sir Bran Kendrick
 Player, 9 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 04:06
The Keep - Main Gate
"Sir, we mean no harm. Please, lower the crossbow. We have no weapons nor poisons, and why would we want to assassinate Lord Thornblade? We only arrived here a week ago."
Sir Excessive Force
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 04:15
The Keep - Main Gate
"That's what all the assassins say. That and, 'Oh that's not a weapon, I'm pregnant' woman would've birthed an assassin right in the gate if I hadn't sent her to the healer in chains." Sir Excessive Force grunted importantly. "Drop your weapons!"
Sir Bran Kendrick
 Player, 11 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 04:18
The Keep - Main Gate
"Sir! We have no weapons with us! Just the clothes we have on! Can you not see that?"
Sir Excessive Force
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 04:44
The Keep - Main Gate
"Your lips say you're not carrying weapons. Your eyes say you're a merdemon who has come here to assassinate our lord, take our women and steal my boots!" Sir Excessive Force roared. "Get on the ground with your hands on your head!"
Sir Bran Kendrick
 Player, 13 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 04:46
The Keep - Main Gate
Bran and Gareth quietly did that, showing Sir Excessive Force that they did not, in fact, have any weapons or poisons.

"Are we free to go now?"
Sir Excessive Force
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 04:53
The Keep - Main Gate
"Wait." Sir Excessive Force growled. He disappeared from the wall. A few minutes later the gate creaked open enough for the knight to come through. He walked around the two men on the ground, glaring at them.

"You swallowed the poison to smuggle it inside!" Sir Excessive Force accused.
Sir Bran Kendrick
 Player, 14 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 04:59
The Keep - Main Gate
"What? If we've swallowed the poison that we don't have, then how would we smuggle it inside? We'd be dead or dying from it."
Sir Excessive Force
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 05:05
The Keep - Main Gate
Sir Excessive Force laughed.

"You fools did not think that through! Get inside! After you die in horrible ways we'll put your heads on spikes on the wall to warn others who come to kill my lord."
Sir Bran Kendrick
 Player, 15 posts
Fri 22 Jun 2018
at 05:18
The Keep - Main Gate
"If you say so." The two men got up, heading inside the gate, waiting outside the main building.