Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret.   Posted by Game Master.Group: 0
Game Master
 GM, 92 posts
Thu 31 Dec 2020
at 15:54
Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Each of you heard about the Constable-General's problem through your own channels, inquired discretely as to how you could be of service, and were subsequently presented with a letter invited you to the Royal Palace for an interview.  The Black Musketeers in particular will be asked by Monsieur de Treville to look into the matter as De Vezelay is a friend.

Since this is a group interview you will gather in the antechamber of De Vezelay's office in the Royal Palace until all five of you are present.  In the salon is where you all meet therefor, introductions are in order and when everyone has been introduced to each other we will proceed.
Claude Renard
 player, 3 posts
 Gentleman
Thu 31 Dec 2020
at 17:06
Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Claude enters, his steps light as a nervous gazelle. He glances around at everyone, trying to avoid staring at anyone. His hand is on his rapier scabbard to steady it, but he is trying to avoid looking as though he wishes to draw it. He notes a decanter of water and, grateful for something to occupy his hands, pours himself a glass. He accidentally spills a bit on his collar, and is horrified at himself.

"I'm so sorry," he says to no-one in particular.

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Guillaume de Ribeaupierre
 player, 5 posts
 Nobleman
 Viscount
Thu 31 Dec 2020
at 19:16
Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Guillaume had arrived on horseback, the beast beneath him a powerfully built bay stallion, quite wide across the chest and with white socks. Although the creature effortlessly bore the weight of its master, it was of a short legged, thick necked breed popular in the north, and in mountainous terrain, and it lacked much of the grace or beauty common to the animals owned by courtiers.

He left it with the attendant, navigated the interior, and eventually entered the antechamber of De Vezelay's office as he folded his gloves and placed them in his sword belt.

The man was an Alsatian, and this could be alluded from his great height and the fairness of his hair and his eyes. Indeed in the light of the chamber his hair took on a golden hue that shone like a halo about his squarish face, heavy brow and thin lips.

He was dressed in the fashion of a courtier, but without ornamentation, a red shirt beneath a black doublet, with the color pronounced where it appeared through the slashes in the outer garment. This he wore with a black cloak that fell to his knees, and the man went about without a hat of any kind.

In the scabbard of his baldric he wore not a rapier, but a heavier cut and thrust sword with a relatively narrow hilt and a wire wrapped grip with a curved guard on one side.

It was mentioned that he was without ornamentation, but he did wear a prominent ring, and this had upon it a shield, with a white background, perhaps mother of pearl, and three smaller shields inset in red near each of the corners.

He entered, nodded politely to the man who had arrived before him and admired the antechamber openly as if he had not seen it before.

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Luc de Chasse
 player, 33 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeers
Sat 2 Jan 2021
at 01:09
Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"No, no, I much prefer to grip with one finger around the quillon. I came up the ranks in the cavalry, it was a stronger grip for the saber from horseback." Luc was speaking with Isaac as they entered the room. "Saved the wrist from too much strain with the passing slash."

Passing through the large ornate door to the antechamber Luc was surprised that there were others already waiting. He abruptly adjusted his posture, wiped the smile from his face and put on a professional frown, and nodded to Isaac as he spoke out the side of his mouth.

"Put your working face on, my friend, the others thought less of being fashionably late." Luc warned Isaac. "Must be book keeps or shylocks."
Issac De Portau
 player, 4 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeer
Sat 2 Jan 2021
at 02:52
Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
In reply to Luc de Chasse (msg # 4):

Issac raced along the corridors, leading to le bureau De Vezelay, for he had to keep up with his friend's longer strides. The offices here were more luxurious than those of M. de Treville. Yet Issac was not unused to such. Sure he was more comfortable among his fellow soldiers, but he was a spy for M. de Treville. As such, he made his way in the affairs of nobles and courtiers of His Majesty as well. Though today he wore the clothes of a gentleman. Nothing too obtrusive to avoid standing out, the way of the spy, oui?

"Oui! Oui! Such a grip is commendable, I suppose... but the wrist, oui! Ah oui! It is there that a swordsman will succeed or fail. For it is the thrust, nay the slash, which is the quicker of the two. Besides, we do not sit ahorse monsieur. Non! Though there was an admirable one just outside. No fancy, sleek thing, non! A soldier's horse." Issac paused as Luc pushed through the ornate door, leading into the antechamber of De Vezelay. Two men came to view. One a youth, perhaps agile enough but put off by his younger years. The Other was a noble, or he was nay a de Portau. However, no fop but one who had tasted battle by his bearing.

"What face, monsieur? Fashionably late? Non! These two were early, is all." Issac said, peering betwixt the two men. "Book keeps? Shylocks? Non! These men wear swords, mon ami! I bet you two livres!"

Issac gave the nobleman a bow. "Pardon, monsieur! I am Issac de Portau. This is mon ami, monsieur de Chasse. You are nay monsieur De Vezelay. So! You must be as we, those who seek his service. Well met monsieur."

He then gave the lad a good-natured nod. "You as well. Then I would have your name, s'il vous plaît? You are well versed in the blade, no doubt, thus worthy of being here. Stand tall. We shall be comrades de arms soon enough."
Guillaume de Ribeaupierre
 player, 6 posts
 Nobleman
 Viscount
Sat 2 Jan 2021
at 04:08
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Issac De Portau:
Issac gave the nobleman a bow. "Pardon, monsieur! I am Issac de Portau. This is mon ami, monsieur de Chasse. You are nay monsieur De Vezelay. So! You must be as we, those who seek his service. Well met monsieur."


The Nobleman returned the bow readily, and his right hand swept out his cloak in a practiced motion to keep the garment from shifting. "Well met indeed monsieur de Portau, monsieur de Chasse" he repeated the gesture to the second gentleman. "And you are correct in that I do not have the honor to be the worthy monsieur De Vezelay, but rather I wait upon him in the hopes of doing him some service." he confirmed. "In times such as these, when good men are so few, it warms my heart to see so many rally at such an hour to his call."

He glanced about, and included the somewhat nervous youth he had been waiting with.

"I am styled the Vicompte de Haut-Ribeaupierre, but I pray good sirs that you dispense with this formality in this company" he glanced around once more to include all those present and made a gesture. "I will be frank in that my time at the Court has made such titles heavy upon the tongue, and I have come to crave simplicity where I can afford it. he told them earnestly.

"I have used Monsieur Ribeau in the past among men of martial quality in such a setting, and I hope that you would not feel discomforted in the use of it as well"
Claude Renard
 player, 4 posts
 Gentleman
Sat 2 Jan 2021
at 04:11
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"Monsieu Claude Renard, au Montpelier," adds the short, thin man. "I am from a simple family, with no courtly titles, and so I am at home with simplicity."
Luc de Chasse
 player, 34 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeers
Sat 2 Jan 2021
at 14:15
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
His professional demeanor again in place look bows formally with a flourish of his hat and says, "Well met, good sirs, and please forgive my ill manners. My low born, youthful ways have this terrible resistance to common sense. I am Sergeant of the King's Guard Luc de Chasse."
Issac De Portau
 player, 6 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeer
Sat 2 Jan 2021
at 15:47
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
In reply to Guillaume de Ribeaupierre (msg # 6):

Issac gave another nod as the nobleman bowed and greeted him in turn. When the man named himself Vicompte de Haut-Ribeaupierre, the Musketeer turned to his friend, Luc, with a satisfied wink until he remembered the other man had forgone the bet of two livres. At which point, he scowled before turning his attention to the other two men.

"Well met indeed, Monsieur Ribeau!" said Issac bowing as his hat was swept out before him. "I for one am happy to have you among us."

Then as the young man gave his name, again, he bowed and as elegantly as he had done to Monsieur Ribeau. "Monsieur Renard! You are in good company and I do not doubt you shall make it all the better."

It was Luc's response that had De Portau to raise a brow. "Nonsense mon ami! There is naught to forgive unless you served Monsieur le Cardinal, yet you serve the King and M. de Treville. The field of battle makes veterans of us all; it is where we leave our youth behind us. I am also in the service of M. de Treville and His Majesty King Louis, as a member of the Black Company."
Game Master
 GM, 94 posts
Tue 5 Jan 2021
at 02:07
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Presently, the door to the office opens and the Constable General himself admits you.  He is a small, and surprisingly young man with an over-sized mustache, dressed in high-quality but not overly fancy clothes: boots, pants in black, a linen shirt under a leather jerkin, his brown hair straight and passing his shoulders.  “Thank you, gentlemen for offering assistance,” he greets you warmly, with a troubled look on his face.   His office is not overly large but there are sufficient seats for everyone, and a large desk dominates.  He stands in front of the desk, leaning back on it slightly, and addresses you all: “I took the liberty of making some inquiries about you, in this situation I cannot be too careful.  The task I need accomplished relates to a conspiracy against France, and so utmost discretion is required.”  He will pause for some sort of sign or statement that everyone understands and is willing to proceed.

Once that is covered he moves around the desk and takes his seat.  “My best agent,
Monsieur Marcel Le Droit was found dead, mysteriously, in an alleyway near St. Antoine.  He previously indicated that he was on the trail of a conspiracy against France but did not have time to fully report before his murder,
” he says flatly.  “I need you men to unravel the mystery of M. Le Droit’s death, find proof of the conspiracy and obtain a list of its members,” he says, then raises his finger to forestall any questions for a moment.   “I must stress that concrete proof must be found; anyone powerful enough to conspire successfully against France would have to have great resources and would be able to defend himself well in court,” he lowers his hand now.



OOC:

You may insert an acknowledgment after the first paragraph, and any questions after the second.

Luc de Chasse
 player, 35 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeers
Tue 5 Jan 2021
at 03:52
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"It would appear, old friend," Luc says while turning his face to Isaac, "that your particular experience in espionage and skullduggery will come quite useful now."

Looking back at the others Luc added to no one in general, "I fear that is my talents are to be relied upon that day will be a bloody ruin to our task at hand. For the sake of France, gentleman please keep your wits about you."
Issac De Portau
 player, 7 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeer
Tue 5 Jan 2021
at 13:26
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
To the nobleman's query, Issac gave him a nod. The Musketeer then continued to listen with interest. Again, he raised a brow and nodded in response to Luc's statement. Of course, M. de Treville trusted him in such matters, and he was not about to fail his Captain nor his King.

Issac gave Luc another nod as he spoke of keeping their wits about them. Of course, having good steel would also be useful. Once there was a lull in the conversation, Issac cleared his throat. "Merci Monsieur! If I may, a few questions. First, where are Monsieur Le Droit's apartments, and have they been searched? Surly the man kept notes of some kind. How was he killed? Poison? By the blade? If so, was his blade drawn or his wounds suggest being attacked unawares. Finally, my pardon Monsieur, this alleyway near St. Antoine, was it a normal haunt for Monsieur Le Droit?"

Issac then looked about him. "One more question s'il vous plaît? Do you suspect this is a threat from without or from within?"
Claude Renard
 player, 5 posts
 Gentleman
Tue 5 Jan 2021
at 14:06
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
Claude stiffens at the mention of 'inquiries,' but says nothing. He swallows and looks around surreptitiously.

"Perhaps we could speak to some of the gentleman's associates. Friends and family, and so on."
Game Master
 GM, 95 posts
Tue 5 Jan 2021
at 14:25
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
De Vezelay smiles grimly at the questions, taking them as acceptance.  "Le Droit was brought here to the ministry, his body lies in the cellars exactly as he was found in St. Antoine, there is no sign of blade or bullet.  I will give you the address of his lodgings though I doubt he left anything written to be discovered by foes; and the man had no family to my knowledge, a liability in his line of work," the Constable General says as he begins writing out some short letters.  "I will deputize you as constables for the investigation giving you the power to make arrests, though as I said earlier be cautious and deliberate in the use of such power, we are likely dealing with well-connected men," he hands each of you a letter that confirms the temporary appointment as a constable.

He stands then and says, "If you need assistance send word and I can rally some of the city guards to assist.  My secretary can show you Le Droit and you may begin your investigations there."
Luc de Chasse
 player, 36 posts
 Sergeant
 The King's Musketeers
Wed 6 Jan 2021
at 01:46
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
"I shall follow behind as the three of you proceed forward." Luc said. "In the field friendly eyes at your back often prevents a foe from thrusting a dagger through it."
Alexandre Maltaise
 player, 22 posts
 Gentleman
Wed 6 Jan 2021
at 12:10
Re: Chapter 2: Monsieur Le Droit's Secret
 At that tardy arrival, the door opened as a man dressed as a gentleman was ushered into the presence of, the Constable General and companions.

 The man was garbed as a gentleman, with a blue velvet tunic with slashed sleeves to reveal the scarlet beneath. Blue trousers tucked into fold down boots with spurs. His was worn long, and he sported a goatee and mustache. A Rapier was worn at his left side, supported by a wide sash of tooled  leather.

 The man seemed around three and twenty, with a  ruddy complexion, perhaps kissed by salt air and the sun, He removed his hat and did a courtly bow to the Constable General, then did  the same, but not so low a bow to the others present. “ Mon Seigneur, A thousand apologies for my late arrival. I was detained at the Ministry of State on a last-minute errand, for one of my Superiors. When I am told to Fetch, as a good hound, I fetch for my betters. Again, my apologies to you, and to these good Gentleman."

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