2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens.   Posted by Sagua.Group: 0
Sagua
 GM, 5 posts
 Raven of Ravenhall
 she/her
Fri 22 Jul 2016
at 10:06
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
Sagua wandered through the gardens for what may be the last time. The Magus would soon be leading a small group of adventurers away from her home and while she was sure they each had their reasons for being there it made her uneasy to know nothing about her travelling companions.

The roses were beautiful in the summer with blossoms everywhere, but perhaps it was appropriate that she should be preparing to leave them in the spring, their stems heavy with dew and the buds still tightly furled. They spoke of renewal and potential, of the preparation for the season to come and having survived the winter. As Sagua thought to herself of the long journey that would likely be ahead of them and the hope of renewed magic at the end of it she heard voices in one of the bowers. Perhaps her fellow travellers had taken this opportunity to also explore the rose gardens? It would be good if she could get to know them a little before they began their travels.
Cassilda
 GM, 8 posts
 Fox Of Mistwood
 she/her
Mon 25 Jul 2016
at 18:11
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
Cassilda despised the Rose Gardens with a passion bordering on obsession, but the gnomes who maintained them knew many a useful secret about Ravenhall. Most could be bribed, but some she had to lean on in order to extract the information she needed. Fizwick was the latter sort, but the right threat usually proved more than sufficient leverage. "Out with it, Fizwick. Either tell me where Norbert keeps the keys to the Menagerie's cages, or I tell your wife about that little affair you're having with Jemmalina."
Fizwick
Mon 25 Jul 2016
at 19:47
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
"How did you find..." Fizwick stammered, before he remembered who he was talking to. His face turned ashen. "Please, no, Mistress!" Fizwick cowered. "Leah would kill me if you told! And the Magus would be very wroth with both me and Norbert if I told."

He paused, as if to gather some strength.  "But I can tell you some dirt on Norbert that might get him to spill?" He looked at her hopefully.
Sagua
 GM, 7 posts
 Raven of Ravenhall
 she/her
Tue 26 Jul 2016
at 10:21
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
Sagua considered listening longer to see what she could learn but she was fed up with telling Fizwick he needed to come clean with his wife, three times now he had nearly been caught and now he was being blackmailed with the information!

"Fizwick, you have until the end of today to tell your wife about Jemmalina or I will. I will be by later to speak with you and Leah and I expect you to tell me what Norbert's secret is so I can make sure that is dealt with also, unless you want the Magus involved in settling this matter." Sagua's voice was calm but stern, steel wrapped in silk, there was no room for argument but she was not angry with him, more disappointed.

"What is it that you want the keys for? The menagerie is only open to the Magus, the Lord of Ravenhall, the most senior of the sisterhood of Ravens, their personal guests in their presence and those tasked with the duty of caring for the animals." The silver ravens head pin on the shoulder of Sagua's long black dress marked her as a Raven, though there was no sign to those outside from outside the city whether she would be senior enough to access the menagerie.

There were many layers to the sisterhood of Ravens and other than their head, who wore her silver ravens head as a necklace, and the pins (the youngest trainees) who had no brooch but only a single feather tied into their hair, there were no outward signs of their seniority. Until recently the magics of the order had kept them all young and strong for centuries, but the fading of magic had begun to show, the head and some of the tail feathers had begun to show signs of age, a few grey hairs and even crows feet at the corners of their eyes. As the youngest of the Primary Flights Sagua had been chosen for the mission with the Magus, senior enough to be helpful but hopefully young enough that it would take a long time before her age began to show. Sagua was only 157 after all, the head was nearing 2000.
Cassilda
 GM, 10 posts
 Fox Of Mistwood
 she/her
Tue 26 Jul 2016
at 21:51
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
Cassilda planted a hand atop Fizwick's head and physically leaned on him. "Ah, Mistress Magpie herself graces our presence," she drawled with an air of nonchalance. "You of all here should know why I seek those keys," Cassilda replied to Sagua. "Something about a vow to liberate my captive brethren. Of which you are one, despite your belief to the contrary. " She bent to murmur in her gnomish prey's overly-large ear. "Don't think her intervention gets you off the hook. You've plenty of other secrets I can drag kicking and screaming into the light of day, and I'm quite certain you know more than one of Norbert's."
Norbert
Mon 1 Aug 2016
at 20:13
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
Norbert was a small little creature, a little green goblin who had somehow managed to scraggle together a job at the menagerie in Ravenhall. The little goblin whimpered softly as he walked around the room, groaning as he was watering a few flowers. Just how had his life come like this? He was a goblin! And once upon a time he was leading a powerful raiding band! But now he was just here, watering flowers like a common servant. The goblin grumbled as he kept watering the flowers. At least he was able to have a bit of fun sometimes, even if it was rather rare. the little goblin watched from the rose bushes, a bit surprised and confused as to what was going on.
Cassilda
 GM, 14 posts
 Fox Of Mistwood
 she/her
Wed 3 Aug 2016
at 19:24
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
Cassilda abruptly pounced and dragged Norbert from his hiding place amidst the rose-bushes, her keen ears having picked up the goblin's whimpers and rustling. "Ah ha, now the last player in our little drama is revealed! How kind of you to stop by, Norbert. And here I thought I'd need to hunt you down before giving you a thorough shakedown. Annoying, as I was so looking forward to the hunt!"
Norbert
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 14:30
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
The little goblin frowned as he was pushed away from his work by Cassilda. "H-hey! I'm trying to work here!" The goblin said in his squeaky, somewhat grating voice as he was pulled away. The goblin looked at the woman, frowning and scrunching his face up in annoyance. The little goblin tilted his head and sighed deeply. "What do you want anyway? I'm busy." He said as he tapped his finger against his leg, wanting to get the watering done so he could just go home or at least do something other than work.
Fizwick
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 15:35
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
"Norbert! I'm sorry. I didn't WANT to tell them about your secret stash of magical artifacts that you have in the old gryphon pens."

Fizwick ducked behind Sagua for protection, as he realized what he just blurted out.
Norbert
Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 11:35
2 - Ravenhall - The Rose Gardens
The little goblin groaned loudly as the creature before him revealed his stash. He glared at the little gnome as he ducked behind the woman. He seemed to tense, about to charge after the little bugger, but stopped knowing that he couldn't risk angering the magus by overpowering the lady. He grumbled to himself a little bit. "He's a little liar that one." He said, trying to keep his stash safe. "If you need the keys I can get them..."