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Arkyn Wildling

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  • Warlord Prince
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unexpected company
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:52:09 PM »
There was an itch under his skin that Arkyn couldn’t relieve. Muscles tense all day long, pulse quickening when he rounded corners. Not the feeling of being chased or even watched, but the warning that he ought to feel hunted. Whatever was amiss in his house was impossible for him to pinpoint though.

Sometimes he would reach for a doorknob thinking the answer was just beyond. Opening usually revealed an empty room. Papers rustling as if he’d just missed someone rushing through. It was frustrating and made the warlord prince useless. Too busy pacing the halls to sit as his desk long enough to mind paperwork.

Queens and silly little sisters checked by the hour while he searched without really looking for a thing he wasn’t sure existed.

Until it did, and it was a man. I n his office of all places. The line of his brow low over his yes Arkyn shut the door behind him with a snap. Boots worn to that level of comfort that made them quiet on the wooden floors. ”What are you doing in here?”

Not even the jewel gleaming on the other man’s chest could keep his annoyance from his voice. Useful as his own jewel might be, the Summer Sky had never been strong in defending areas. The lock on the door was inexplicably untouched, but it wouldn’t have stood against even his queen’s curiosity.

What anyone wanted in his dreary corner of the house he couldn’t guess. Though he did wonder if this fellow was the same that had done a great deal of unwarranted landscaping along the border some weeks back. Walk slow but unbending he rounded the heavy wooden desk that was shoved into one corner of the room. Leaning against the surface rather than taking the chair behind it.

Darion Greenstone

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Re: unexpected company
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 10:16:52 PM »
Aeon roamed, a ghost through the walls of this newfound place. Inhaling deep. Gauging the scents. Fingertips pressed to the backs of hardwood doors, trying to divine the memories they held. He poked and prodded and juggled the fragments he found in his mind, forgetting some then remembering them again, only to repeat the sequence.

But it didn't seem like a bad place; recently he'd been to several, and so figured he ought to know. He sensed flashes of temper and passion, happiness and grief, but altogether it felt something akin to normal. So when a door opened and shut at his back, he peered around slowly, curiously, but didn't answer the other man's tension with his own.

“Is this your office?” Tone light, eyes glittering. Yes; it smelled like him, and looked like his mind felt. “I promise I'm not up to anything devious, Prince. I only came here to make sure that it was safe.”

Summer-sky. Aeon felt, more than saw, the eyes trained on his Ebon-gray. He removed his hands gingerly from the desk and presented his open palms in a gesture of peace.

Peace, but not surrender. It was a fine line they walked, being men born to Blood who served.

“Aeon.” He smiled lightly, eyes twinkling behind the crooked frames of his glasses. “And here I thought I was being subtle. I didn't even hear you following me.”

Arkyn Wildling

    Yellow to Summer-sky
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  • Played By: Jones

    Glacia Kaeleer
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Re: unexpected company
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2018, 08:41:40 PM »
”This is my house.” Arkyn confirmed with a short nod. They called the court seat the Sjefhjem for a reason. Listening with dark brows drawn tight over the bridge of his nose. Not so much to words he couldn’t trust but to the voice that said them. An almost accent that sounded half forgotten.

Arms crossing over his chest Arkyn tilted his head. ”I didn’t accuse you of being devious. I’m not sure the security of my office is of any concern. Unless you plan to bring someone into it?” Certainly those jewels were capable of protecting the prince, so it couldn’t be his own safety he was concerned with.

”Arkyn, sjef of Meols.” He returned. At his desk he let the other male win a grin. Only one corner of his mouth twitching upward to match a lifted brow. ”I”m not sure anyone that deep into the abyss can be subtle.” You could feel it coming. Even if you couldn’t tell where it was coming from. That much power could breeze through walls but it didn’t enter a city without the most observant noticing that something had shifted in the familiar balance.

People that were looking for safety were often in some sort of trouble, though. So the flash of good humor didn’t last long. ”What brings you to Meols?” If he was right about the accent he might have to tread carefully. Odense was an ally they couldn’t afford to lose. And an enemy they couldn’t afford to gain.  Was he running from them? That might make more sense. The queen there could match this fellow jewel for jewel.

Explanations. Fingers dropping to curl around the edge of his desktop Arkyn waited for them. Jewels be damned this was his city to protect and he’d find a way to be rid of Witch herself if he had to.

Darion Greenstone

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Re: unexpected company
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2018, 10:57:00 PM »
Aeon tilted his head, considering. What a curious place! And this man, the Summer-sky sjef of Meols; if his brows dipped any further, surely he would have to pick them out of his frown.

The idea of bringing Ophelia and Ani to a dim little office made him laugh, a soft huff that registered barely above a whisper.

“No, I think not. I should never hear the end of it, if I did.”

Eyes locked, each measuring the other. Didn't seem like an unreasonable man, this Arkyn; still, the danger they'd fled had a long reach, and Aeon erred on the side of caution. For Ophelia's sake.

“I brought myself.” He adjusted his glasses, so that they sat a little more neatly on his ears. “I don't suppose you've seen any cultists around? Queen-haters, murderers, big meetings in remote taverns?”

He let the question linger for a moment or two. Not a challenge, as long as he was innocent.

“You'll have my honesty, Prince, as long as I have yours. I'm told I'm a good neighbor, and I needed to confirm the same of you.”

Arkyn Wildling

    Yellow to Summer-sky
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  • Played By: Jones

    Glacia Kaeleer
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Re: unexpected company
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2018, 06:42:49 PM »
Pursed lips fidgeting towards the corner of his mouth Arkyn wondered at this prince. A highly unusual man, he was certain. Speaking in that way children spoke. As if everyone knew the context of their lives. It did increase, if not confirm, the warlord prince’s suspicions that this Aeon did not travel alone.

Perhaps he ought to investigate. Make sure whomever he journeyed with was well. There might be children, or women too afraid of his jewels to flap him off. It was, he decided after a sharp bark of amusement for the man’s reply, in everyone’s best interest. ”Yourself. Of course.”

Chin tipping up he leaned harder against his desk. Strange man with strange questions. ”I’m afraid we don’t usually let queen-haters into the building. Since it tends to house queens.” Little Terreille, then. The sjef knew their neighbors to the south well enough. Rumors from the crew that had harbored there over Winsol suggested there was trouble with ridiculous zealots. Meols had a few of those too, but they didn’t tend to kill people.

”No ones ever called me a good neighbor, I’m afraid. You’ll have to let Meols be the judge of my trustworthiness. They elected me to this honored position by majority vote.” Arkyn’s eyebrows lifted. Not a challenge, but a flash of pride. The one thing that hadn’t been stripped away from him with the retirement of his former queen. That Meols trusted him to be a fair and honest protector and judge was... all he had left, really.

Standing straight up again he clicked his teeth thoughtfully. ”As long as you don’t intend to cause trouble I can’t image why you’d be anything but welcome to stay.” He tested the air in the room. Judging the other man’s temperament with years of experience. He couldn’t offer more than the compulsory protection of Glacian law and the sky squadrons. The city guard were beholden to Astrid’s will alone.

Arkyn was willing to give this odd prince the benefit of the doubt. He wasn’t convinced Aeon wasn’t going around blowing holes in the ground. So it would be a watchful sort of concession. Not even a remote tavern full of cultists was an excuse; one had to give some warning to local governments first. ”You should be aware, though that while the city is rather peaceful now the summer months bring tourists by the hundreds. Many of them from nearby territories.”

Darion Greenstone

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Re: unexpected company
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2018, 12:07:30 AM »
Aeon relaxed his lean form against the desk, cat-like, long legs stretching. Not a bad man, this Arkyn. Anywhere in the Realm, he had utmost respect for a man who served.

“Yes. The Territory court in Little Terreille thought that, too, before their Queen’s blood stained the floor.” His dark eyes grew darker, storm-like, remembering. “It made them bold. I had to smoke them out of inns and shacks and taverns. And even then I didn’t get them all.”

It occurred to him that perhaps he shouldn’t be telling this story to a perfect stranger after trespassing in their home. Perhaps the incident in Little Terreille had sparked a fire under the beast in him that had not yet been quelled.

Day and night, the failure nagged him. He needed someone to understand.

The broad line of his shoulders sagged. Defeat. Exhaustion. He heaved out a sigh, and then followed it with a lilting laugh.

“Arkyn, sjef of Meols.” Aeon smiled, then offered a weary bow. “I serve. My Queen was a target of the rebels, and I only ask for a safe place to shelter, with promise that I’ll remember the favor. I spend too much time worrying about tomorrows to worry about summer.”

Arkyn Wildling

    Yellow to Summer-sky
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  • Played By: Jones

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Re: unexpected company
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2018, 12:46:31 PM »
Hand kneading the center of his chest Arkyn looked passed the prince. Remembering the day news of the massacre in Little Terreille had reached their port. It made his skin prickle in latent anger and disgust. Murder was a capital crime in Glacia, murder of a queen was unfathomable. Sighing Arkyn quickly masked his emotions to keep from upsetting the air in the room. Or his unexpected visitor. As men of the Blood they were vulnerable to anger. More than capable of goading one another into a whirlwind of passionate violence if measures weren’t set in place. By rank of caste and government it was his duty to prevent such a thing.

”The hunt takes patience, Prince Aeon. When the prey hides the hunter hides too. Watchful while he waits for it to run again.” It wouldn’t do to suggest the murder of men who had not been tried by a fair judge. But it was Arkyn’s opinion that any judge that was unbiased over the murder of a good queen wasn’t fit to make such decisions. Sometimes, he conceded, the law was better overlooked.

Bow returned in kind Arkyn gave the prince a sweeping look. Good then that he traveled with a queen. Hopefully she held his leashes tight. Or at least his attention. The other man’s words rang in his mind for a long moment. ’I serve. My Queen.’ He tugged absently at his collar, fingers hooked around the fabric. Tried to keep his softened scowl in place so that he didn’t pout. ”Prince Aeon, you and your queen are welcome to remain in Meols as long as you wish. If its the protection of the city you want, arrangements can be made. There are rooms available.”

That was the best he could offer. It was smart to shelter in place when under attack. Flee only when it was safe to do so. Running blind was dangerous. Glacia loved queens, they were the lifeblood of their unforgiving land. Keeping this targeted queen in a defensible place was a good decision. And to be honest, it had been a long time since Arkyn had been in a good fight. Maybe if the cultists did come he’d be spared one or two.

”Mull it over, otherwise I recommend the Queen’s Landing Inn. Other than this house it’s the most fortified building in the city.”

Darion Greenstone

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Re: unexpected company
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2018, 12:30:24 AM »
Patience. Just the concept made Aeon restless, the idea of pinning up his boundless energy. It pained him to do nothing. So agonizing to wait. In the end, wasn’t patience just a kinder word for torture?

“Yes.” Soft, almost grudging, because he knew the other man spoke the truth. “The hunt is not over, but it’s turning out to be much longer than I’d like.”

He studied Arkyn, this Warlord Prince, sjef of Meols. It sounded like he spoke from experience, which piqued Aeon’s curiosity, but he did not pry. It wasn’t the right time; they were just allies, not friends, and he suspected that any personal questions he asked would bounce off of those menacing eyebrows unanswered.

“I should like to take you up on your offer. There are three of us in total.”

Yes. He’d report to Ophelia, and tell her that he’d found them someplace safe. He’d put his trust in this man to guard his blind spots, and pray to the Darkness that it was the right decision.

“I’ll send you a thread before I call on you again. Prince’s honor, no more trespassing.” Aeon flashed Arkyn a grin and crossed his arm over his heart. “And seek me out if you need anything, Prince. After all, I owe you a favor.”

Arkyn Wildling

    Yellow to Summer-sky
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  • Played By: Jones

    Glacia Kaeleer
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Re: unexpected company
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2018, 01:13:58 PM »

”I’ve seen dogs used to drive them out when time is short.” He suggested. One eyebrow rising Arkyn waited to see if there would be a verbal question to match the one in Aeon’s eyes. It was almost amusing to be faced with someone that didn’t know his history. Had no opinions colored by the traditions and doctrines of Glacia.

While he was now well liked in Meols he had not forgotten the years of distrust, when he had been only a wilding to them.

Three was an easily accommodated number. Most visiting queens traveled with their escort, and two or three staff to attend their needs. Aeon’s queen would be extended the same welcome. It was the proper thing to do, and some would even say she had a right to expect it. ”Very well, I will have bedrooms readied. Do you take a joint room, a suit, or would you all prefer to board separately?”

He would have the redheaded hearth witch see to them. She had clever craft that made a room feel as if it had always been yours. And she was ten times more tolerable to deal with than the head housekeeper. Surely women, hypocritically enough, annoyed Arkyn.

While not an outright smile the corner’s of his eyes turned upward. Reflecting in their dark pupil’s the prince’s grin. ”This one is free. For the sake of a lady in need. You should learn to knock though. Sometimes a closed door is there to spare you.”

Now he was keen to see this queen. What sort of creature ruled over a man like this? And what did they want with Glacia? ”What are your plans, Aeon, if not yet looking to summer. Is Meols your last stop or just a point along the way?”
 

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