MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip.   Posted by The Headmaster.Group: 0
Lady Aideen Kavanaugh
 PC, 12 posts
 I can do it!
Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 19:10
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Lady Aideen blinked again and reflexively took a step back from both the Castillian and Mister Scathlock, suddenly feeling a touch crowded.

<Av>"'Understudy'?"  The Inish lilt was obvious as was the confusion.  This wasn't Thespian's Row on Balroux Downs after all.  Aideen pushed it aside for the time being and smiled again.  It was a touch disconcerting strangers knowing her name before being able to introduce herself, but she supposed it was the price of gossip.

"A pleasure to meet you both,"  She nodded.  "I am sorry to hear about Mister MacHeath's disappearance...has there been any new word about what happened?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:02, Fri 21 Apr 2017.

Paula Isonzo
 PC, 12 posts
 Talks a lot. Sings a lot.
 Does a lot. Annoys a lot.
Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 19:30
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
It had become relatively quiet in MacCormick Hall. There were a few desultory conversations here and there, some that she could eavesdrop upon, some that she could hear only but not understand, and some that she could not hear at all.

That was a problem with eavesdropping. And, of course, one must endeavor to be unobtrusive while doing so. She shuffled through a stack of trade magazines, seeming to scan through the covers and to be considering which one to read.

Not truly unobtrusive, of course. And, lip reading should be another skill to place upon her list of "to dos".

So, the obvious question was: how should she introduce herself, to present herself to this newly formed group? Her personal history was highly irregular, mostly anonymous, and thank Theus for that! Few would recognize the name of Paula Isonzo, anyway! Many persons, from various places, might be quite interested in finding her, however, and asking a slough of embarrassing questions about various happenings, people, happenstances, and whatever.

She reviewed her options, made a tentative decision, and began mentally to prepare her persona...
Paula Isonzo
 PC, 13 posts
 Talks a lot. Sings a lot.
 Does a lot. Annoys a lot.
Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 20:06
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Feeling ready, Paula rose to her feet, grabbed the portfolio that she rarely was without, and walked toward the gathering. Figuring it would be appropriate that she introduce herself to the Lady Aideen, she maneuvered to an appropriate spot, smiled, curtsied, and said, <Avalon>"Hello! How do you do?

I am Paula Isonzo, one of the Shield Persons on our Expedition. In addition to my ordinary duties, I will be documenting things that we find by creating images on paper to bring back with us."


She looked randomly around at the others, mostly figuring out who was whom, but preferring not to guess wrongly, smiled at each and nodded her head.

She could do this.

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Silvia Roark
 PC, 1 post
 Shield Maiden
 Playwright, Shootist
Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 20:47
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Guns, or no guns?

It was a library and meeting hall, after all. But on the other hand, she'd been asked to attend the expedition due to her experience with the Rasmussen school. She decided upon a compromise, simply wearing the belt pair somewhat obscured by her coat and leaving the fierce-looking brace that crossed her upper chest in the leather bag she carried until things got decidedly uncivilized.

A quick look revealed no one familiar. Near one of the bookcases, she heard a familiar accent and breathed a sigh of relief, heading towards the Vendel speaker with an outstretched hand.

"Hallo, sir. Do you know where I might find an... Yvette De Rochelle? I'm signed under her as one of the shield maidens."
Yvette du Rochelle
 PC, 4 posts
 Ex-Musketeer
Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 22:12
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Professor Alton Sinclair:
<ven> "No, no... the book with Aeryn's theory of Syrneth mountains is in this bookcase.  I'm certain of it!"  He noticed the woman in the chair, and her frown.  "Oh!  Apologies, madame.  Have you seen a book entitled Reaching the Sky?"


<Ven>"Sir. No such book has ever existed in this or any other library. Perhaps your luck will be greater looking for it ... Literally anywhere else," Yvette answered, either incapable of or unwilling to hide a voice doused in the streets of Paix and the dismissive derision of... Everywhere in Montaigne, really. Combining for a tone that sounds like if an eye-roll could speak.

But the woman in the leather jacket soon drew close, blunting whatever scathing cure of a hangover she had lined up next. Yvette stood, brushing some of the accumulated grime from her own purple gold trimmed in golden threads that were only just starting to come lose. Ready to step away and find a new place to nap when the sound of her own name forced her to turn around. Well, the sound of sounds much like her name.

"Du. Du Rochelle. Like this, with me? Du. In the masculine. It is a street."
Silvia Roark
 PC, 2 posts
 Shield Maiden
 Playwright, Shootist
Fri 21 Apr 2017
at 00:09
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Silvia turned around, her incredibly pale features starting to redden with embarrassment. She easily switched to Montaigne, though with a heavy northern tilt.

"Opening scenes remain an issue, it seems. I'm so sorry, Mademoiselle Du Rochelle. My name is Silvia Roark. I'm to serve under you in this upcoming outing?"
John Scathlock
 PC, 16 posts
Fri 21 Apr 2017
at 00:29
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Scathlock looks slightly embarrassed, and a little troubled. "Thank you for your cares, Madam. There has been, of late, no news that I am privy to on the matter.

The tall man steps back, to allow space for the two women to converse, but remains attentive. The demeanor of a servant seems to hang on him like well-worn, comfortable clothing.
Professor Alton Sinclair
 PC, 5 posts
 I have an idea...
Fri 21 Apr 2017
at 00:43
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
In reply to Yvette du Rochelle (msg # 18):

The professor seemed unaware of Yvette's discomfort.  He also switched to Montaigne.  <Mon> "You're part of the upcoming expedition as well?  Excellent!" The man dropped both volumes in his hands onto the pile on the end table next to Yvette.

The man extended a hand first to Silvia, then to Yvette, "Professor Alton Sinclair" .  Compared to the others, the Professor was dressed plainly- a brown jacket and trousers, along with glasses, and a hairline that was receding.  "Pleased to meet you both.  I am also partaking in this expedition- it should be quite exciting!"
Gabriela Aldana de Orduno
 PC, 7 posts
Fri 21 Apr 2017
at 05:40
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
In reply to Lady Aideen Kavanaugh (msg # 14):

<av>"Perhaps I've used the wrong word? I've been assigned to learn about leading expeditions, and to help however I can."

It was, she reflected, inevitable that other members of the expedition would gather around them. She acknowledged both Seņor Scathlock and Seņorita Isonzo with a nod of her head, though it was noticeable that she didn't curtsey.
Yvette du Rochelle
 PC, 5 posts
 Ex-Musketeer
Fri 21 Apr 2017
at 11:22
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Every time a book hit the table, Yvette flinched just a little. Her jaw set a bit tighter. Why had she bothered? For a moment, she toyed with the idea of lying. Taking on the role of friendly traveling Paix native, wandering the world and correcting people on their pronunciation before they make fools of themselves. A true hero, though more common than one would imagine. But no, they would figure it out eventually.

Just look at them.

They had all those books.

<Mon>"Yes. I could hardly think of a word to describe my feelings. It would have taken me a century before I used 'exciting'," she answered, staring blankly at the professor's offered hand. Only slowly did her hand come up to meet it.

Her attentions turned back to the woman presenting herself. "And?"
Lady Aideen Kavanaugh
 PC, 13 posts
 I can do it!
Fri 21 Apr 2017
at 17:43
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
<Av>"Ah, I see now.  Thank you." Aideen nodded again, understanding.

She took note of Scathlock's unease at the mention of MacHeath.  Guilt maybe?  That he wasn't there when he disappeared?  Lady Aideen could empathize with that. For now, she left it alone.  It was a fresh wound no doubt and it would be cruel to poke at it -- though, whether it would affect the man's duties remained to be seen.  Definitely something to keep an eye on though.

"A pleasure to meet you as well, Miss Isonzo.  Detailed sketchwork on what we find and where it is can only help an expedition..."

Her green eyes darted towards the cadre of House Drachen students.  "Are they normally so boisterous?"  The Inish woman didn't sound offended by the noise.  If anything, it was more curiosity.
Silvia Roark
 PC, 3 posts
 Shield Maiden
 Playwright, Shootist
Fri 21 Apr 2017
at 22:52
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
"Nice to meet you, Professor."

Silvia raised an eyebrow.

"And... I thought it proper to introduce myself?"


Was this some sort of joke?
John Scathlock
 PC, 18 posts
Sat 22 Apr 2017
at 01:29
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
"It is their wont, from what I understand, madam." John says quietly. "I believe they come by it not only with a strong esprit de corps, but a seeming desire to mimic the roaring of the beast upon their sigil. I have not, myself, met a drachen before, so this is only 'the word around', as it were."

A polite smile follows to Paula. "Miss Isonzo. Your talents will, I assume, come into great stead with us."
Professor Alton Sinclair
 PC, 6 posts
 I have an idea...
Sun 23 Apr 2017
at 15:15
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Silvia Roark:
"Nice to meet you, Professor."

Silvia raised an eyebrow.

"And... I thought it proper to introduce myself?"


Was this some sort of joke?


"As well it is, Madame Roark."  The Professor said.  "Madame du Rochelle appears to be..."  The professor almost said 'smell of aged grapes', but changed at the last moment.  "... under the weather, and I fear I have may have waken her up."  He took a bow.  "My apologies, Madame du Rochelle."  He started gathering up the books and lowered his voice.  "And where do you hail from, Madame Roark?"
Lady Aideen Kavanaugh
 PC, 16 posts
 I can do it!
Sun 23 Apr 2017
at 15:23
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
<Av>"One cannot fault their enthusiasm at least," Lady Kavanaugh murmured.  Given the turmoil Eisen had suffered, seeing some of its people in relatively good spirits was a hopeful sign.
Silvia Roark
 PC, 4 posts
 Shield Maiden
 Playwright, Shootist
Sun 23 Apr 2017
at 19:03
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Silvia shrugged at the professor's explanation, finding it somewhat unsatisfactory but choosing not to show it.

"I've arrived recently from Kirk, though I spent most of my life in Vasteras."
Yvette du Rochelle
 PC, 6 posts
 Ex-Musketeer
Sun 23 Apr 2017
at 19:39
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Silvia Roark:
Was this some sort of joke?


It was a joke. And the fact that not everyone got to laugh was the entire point of almost any joke, really.

Yvette's eyes drifted from the Professor to Roark and back again. Watching their conversation begin with gentle lobs like the world's least entertaining tennis match. "How very difficult that must have been for you. My heart weeps," she answered, her tone dripping with far too much sincerity. Enough that it circled back to insult with haste.

"Professor Sinclair, I wish you the greatest luck with your made up book. I am certain that someday, you'll convince someone it ought to exist. Who knows? Perhaps they'll even write it," the Shield Captain hardly waited for a response before winding her way back into the stacks, almost doubtlessly to find somewhere more likely to conduct a nap.

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:40, Sun 23 Apr 2017.

Paula Isonzo
 PC, 20 posts
 Talks a lot. Sings a lot.
 Does a lot. Annoys a lot.
Mon 24 Apr 2017
at 01:44
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Paula nodded and smiled at the tall gentleman, then listened to the Lady's comments concerning the students' behavior.

Her first impulse was to follow, to tease and razz the students. But, upon careful reflection, it may be more important to make a good impression upon her fellow expeditionists... to coin a word, than to make fun.

A curious discussion was occurring nearby. She frowned, trying to understand its drift... clearly something to stay out of.

It was going to be very important to get the command structure here straight. The people here were not officers of the military and raw recruits to be driven and disciplined. Each, here, presumably was a professional, with skills and experience appropriate to their job descriptions.

She waited, watched, and listened.
Professor Alton Sinclair
 PC, 7 posts
 I have an idea...
Mon 24 Apr 2017
at 09:59
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Yvette du Rochelle:
Silvia Roark:
Was this some sort of joke?


It was a joke. And the fact that not everyone got to laugh was the entire point of almost any joke, really.

Yvette's eyes drifted from the Professor to Roark and back again. Watching their conversation begin with gentle lobs like the world's least entertaining tennis match. "How very difficult that must have been for you. My heart weeps," she answered, her tone dripping with far too much sincerity. Enough that it circled back to insult with haste.

"Professor Sinclair, I wish you the greatest luck with your made up book. I am certain that someday, you'll convince someone it ought to exist. Who knows? Perhaps they'll even write it," the Shield Captain hardly waited for a response before winding her way back into the stacks, almost doubtlessly to find somewhere more likely to conduct a nap.


"Oh, the book exists.  A little dry, but..."  The professor turned to see du Rochelle leaving.  He stood open-mouthed for a moment before shaking his head.  "Hopefully she feels better."  He said, turning back to Sylvia.  "The Vasteras?  Excellent!  What are you learning here at the University?"
Silvia Roark
 PC, 5 posts
 Shield Maiden
 Playwright, Shootist
Mon 24 Apr 2017
at 18:23
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Sylvia shook her head.

"Not here for a course of study, as it were. Looking for experience in the field, which is why..."

She turned her head towards the departing Montaigne.

"...I'm a touch curious that my superior wishes nothing to do with me. You're a part of this expedition?"
Lady Aideen Kavanaugh
 PC, 17 posts
 I can do it!
Tue 25 Apr 2017
at 19:29
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
<Av>"It's good to make all your acquaintances.  I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you on this upcoming expedition.  Once I get the details for it, that is." Lady Aideen flashed a warm smile, nodding.  "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm still finding my way around the University..."

With that, she turned to continue her own explorations, this time a little bit nearer towards the House Drachen contingent.
The Headmaster
 GM, 45 posts
 Narrator
Wed 26 Apr 2017
at 04:05
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
  By the time that Lady Kavanaugh had turned her attention in the direction of the contingent from the House of the Drachen, the rambunctiousness of the young men had been tempered by one of the older members. Even those who didn't speak the Iron Tongue, the military bearing of the older Drachen member in regards to the younger men was obvious to those of a military bearing. The other Drachen members sat in their chairs and waited while the older member walked slowly back and forth.

   It wasn't long before a group of 5 other students entered the Hall. According to the patches on the left breast pockets of their burgundy jackets, 2 wore the winged gear of the House of the Setine, two more were members of the House of the Sidhe due to the sylph-like being, and the final one was a dark-haired youth with the blood-red stone of the most mysterious Houses in the Museum - the House of the Domae.

   They walked into the room in a professional line, each of them carrying a platter upon which a single cup of steaming tea was placed. It was a ritual that had begun with the founding of the University, where tea was served to the House that had been victorious the previous year in the Annual Scavenger Hunt. All of the Houses participate in a search, using clues supplied throughout the University, as well as in several notable places in Carleon itself, for an unknown Syrneth artefact that was well hidden somewhere in the City. The House that recovers the artefact and presents it to Professor Emeritus Coulson is declared the winner and the Dominant House for the year. For the 5 - person team that won, the other Houses would choose 5 of their members who would serve the Dominant House for the entire year. Only severe injury fell sickness, or Death was permissible to be excused from duty. Last year, it was the House of the Drachen who won the Hunt, and their 5 man team had since been served upon (hand and foot) by the other Houses for the past year... In this case, it was these 5 people from the other Houses who were to serve afternoon tea to the Drachen.

   The servers stopped their single line, and as one turned to face their classmates. At the snap of a finger from the Drachen elder, the servers stepped forward and placed their trays on the tables in front of the Eisen, then stepped back and bowed. The elder then sat down, took the cup and brought it to his lips. The other 4 mimicked the gesture while conversation had dropped to a whisper. As one, all of the Drachen sipped their hot drink, held themselves while their servers held their bows. The ticking of MacCormick Hall's clock could be heard...tick, tick, tick, tick, tick...until the leader slowly lowered his cup and the others followed. When he spoke, the voice was as though the Eisen was used to command.  He spoke in Avalon, but his accent was unmistakably from Posen Konigreich.

   <Av> "Excellent service, Damen und Herren.  Your improvement is to be commended and noted. Thank you, you are dismissed to your other duties and to lunch..."

   The man turned, as though he'd been spotted and inclined his head in the direction of Lady Kavanaugh, as well as the rest of the group. He raised his cup in a salute, nodding as though one Noble was recognizing another of Station, before he returned his attention to his fellow Housemates.
Professor Alton Sinclair
 PC, 8 posts
 I have an idea...
Thu 27 Apr 2017
at 09:48
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Silvia Roark:
Sylvia shook her head.

"Not here for a course of study, as it were. Looking for experience in the field, which is why..."

She turned her head towards the departing Montaigne.

"...I'm a touch curious that my superior wishes nothing to do with me. You're a part of this expedition?"



"Yes- I will be assisting the Expedition Leader, Lady Aideen Kavanaugh.  I am hoping my research will prove useful out in the field."

He paused and watched the House Drachen members be served their tea.  It was a ritual, and while the Professor understood the importance of rewarding the victors, it was too easy for the winning house to act like... well, twits.  Still, it was an opinion best kept to himself.

"And I wouldn't take the reaction from Madame du Rochelle too personally.  I rather suspect she wants nothing to do with anyone at the moment."
John Scathlock
 PC, 19 posts
Thu 27 Apr 2017
at 15:34
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
John pursed his lips ever so slightly at the show of dominance amongst the houses. Surely, it was ritual, and ritual had its place. And there was no shame in being a servant. But these young men and women were not cut out for such matters, and it rankled him a little that they were being told to be so.

OOC: Taking a slight perceptive liberty to move things along a bit.

Hearing more talk of the expedition nearby, the tall man strode quietly over to Professor Sinclair and Silvia Roark.

"Professor. Miss. Did I hear correctly that you would be accompanying the new expedition as well?"
Paula Isonzo
 PC, 21 posts
 Talks a lot. Sings a lot.
 Does a lot. Annoys a lot.
Thu 27 Apr 2017
at 15:46
Re: MacCormick Hall: IC banter and gossip
Paula tried to conceal her opinion of this student... nonsense.

Yes, traditions were good, for all of the usual reasons. But, it seemed to her that the time might be better spent focused more upon more productive activity... like study and learning? At least discussing.

Perhaps she was showing her age. Had she been that foolish and superficial? Well, these students likely were in for a long grueling, boring, process. Like digging? Perhaps a little silliness relieved tedium now and again?

Her own experience had been less theory, more... empirical. So, yes, these students were learning in their classes and things. But, wasn't what they were learning a bit too specific? She preferred to be more of a generalist.

Were the Explorers most concerned with Syrneth Objects and how they worked? What about those Syrneth Peoples themselves? Certainly, one method of scientific study might concern moving from the objects in hand to the peoples.. But, another might concern moving from the people toward those objects. The people created the objects, rather than vice versa. The study of the people was more appropriate for studying the Old Numan Empire surely!?

In any case, she didn't mind being a recruit/apprentice. In fact, she likely would try out another endeavor, just to see what it was like, before committing to Syrneth Sociology or whatever. She had several specialties, which could find her in good stead on an expedition, and being more of an observer allowed her an objectivity to what she could and might see.