View Full Version : Out and About In The Marketplace, (Eydis/Horatia/ Claudia/Sveyn / Sommara/NPCs 2/3, Late morning)
12-31-2010, 01:18 AM
Horatia sighed as they walked along the shops of Orqua. Sommara had wanted to shop for new jewelry to wear to the wedding, and while Horatia had little interest in such things, she couldn’t tell her older sister no. So she trotted along behind Sommara and Claudia, who seemed to have hit things off like two old friends. Far closer in age, and both just as ditzy as far as Horatia was concerned, they appeared as though they could talk all day and never stop. Still, Horatia loved her sister. She would support her.
Behind her the chaperons walked, their eyes ever watchful of their charges. Rumors of troubles in the Castell household had left other chaperons on edge, as though if they failed their duty it would be twice as embarassing.
“Oh, let’s look here!” Claudia’s sing-song voice rang out. “They have jade and opals! And some sapphires too. I could wear something new for House Sterlyn and perhaps attract someone for father to wed me too. I’m tired of being a maiden.”
“There is nothing wrong with being a maiden,” Horatia retorted, as she stepped up next to the girls to look at the jewelry. “This jade is pretty thought. It’s Ashpool colors. Sister, do you still plan to wear green here and there?”
12-31-2010, 09:20 AM
Sommara had been itching for a shopping spree for days, so it wasn't hard to tell that she was excited now that they were out spending money. She had gone over to the booth with Claudia, staring at each jade piece with longing. She attempted though, to ignore the chatter around her about whether or not it was good to be married. Sommara had been trying to be a good wife, at least attempt to be happily married, and so far it seemed like she and Auron were at least on better speaking terms. Conversations were no longer awkward or forced, and they could actually chatter about things.
"I will find myself wearing green and blue, I believe." Sommara answered quickly, but deep in thought. "It seems only right. But I just had a thought!" she turned to her sisters with a giant grin. "Maybe I can talk to Auron and when we get home I can have a ring made! Maybe of beautiful jade stones like these, but so I may always wear house Ashpool colors!" she giggled at the thought, hoping that her husband would allow it.
"This necklace is beautiful though." She'd turned back to the table and picked up a jade an onyx necklace, and requested permission to try it on from the shopkeeper, being polite. Slipping it around her neck, she looked at her reflection in the mirror the woman was holding up. It formed a choker, high around her neck, then came down her shoulders and collarbone, spilling down towards her cleavage, it was beautiful.
"What do you think girls?" She asked her sisters.
12-31-2010, 11:26 AM
Sveyn reached down to itch his crotch. These Eldingar-forsaken Forsilvran clothes felt restrictive and uncomfortable. He could have done with just the cloak, but Eydis reminded him that their people were already disliked and anything they could do to blend in would be beneficial. Still, the damn tunic itched! And made him angry.
They’d been tailing the girls for some time. Eydis was convinced that one of them was the princess. There was a guard with them, although the girls didn’t seem to notice him. But Sveyn had immediately picked up on the way the man trailed them as well, and his Sterlyn badge was hard to miss. He wasn’t necessarily discreet, but he gave the girls their space.
That would work to Sveyn’s advantage.
He wanted Saga back too. He had to admit that he missed her touch, the moment when the roiling seas inside his breast calmed for just one moment. The blind seer didn’t deserve to be among these people.
He stopped when the girls stopped, and slipped into the alley beside the store, pulling Eydis with him. “We must wait for the right moment, when their actions are not being overly observed. The chaperons will be easy to kill. But so many.. we must keep them from screaming. And the guard. You saw him I assume?”
12-31-2010, 11:27 AM
“They look great,” Horatia replied, thinking of the book she’d rather be reading. Learning about gems was more interesting than shopping for them. She picked one up and stared at it hard, looking at the crystal structure while Claudia babbled beside her.
“Oh Sommara! I love the idea! I’m sure Auron would do that for you. He’s such a sweet cousin. Well, there are times, but I know that deep down he’s got such a sweet, nice heart. You should try the necklace on. Here let me help you.” She reached for the necklace and swooped it around Sommara’s neck, fixing the clasp.
“Gods do the chaperons have to be so close? I swear they will listen to our conversation!”
Horatia sighed. Claudia and Sommara were too much alike. “Considering the last time ladies went out with chaperons you’re lucky we got to go at all.”
“Oh, pfft. We Sterlyns are nothing like those Castells. Although, I was surprised to hear Evelyn of all people... She prides herself on being proper.”
Horatia put down the necklace and moved on, her eyes glancing to the alleyway. Was there something there? “Hold on...”
12-31-2010, 12:18 PM
They had been trailing them for an hour and Eydis could feel the opportune moment approaching. They were just where he said they would be, and she closed her eyes, just for a moment, feeling the trailing of his fingertips over her face as he informed her just where Eydis could make her move. It almost made being stuffed into this awful costume bearable, knowing how close she was to fulfilling the first step of her necessary plan.
"Of course," she shot at Sveyn as they moved down the edge of the alleyway, behind the array of market stalls. Their padded boots and naturally agile Skallding movements made them invisible to the oblivious trio of women, and for good measure, as well - although taking them out would be simple, she and Sveyn still had to find their way out through the marketplace undetected. It wasn't a short trip from the market to their longboat. They stilled their progress now, and watched from the shadows, through the drapery of the stalls and the milling crowd. "All we need is for them to separate. They scatter, they fall." But to Eydis' pleasure, she saw one of the smaller women peer down into the alleyway, and Eydis pulled on Sveyn's tunic to drag him into another corner, out of her eyesight. Putting her finger to her lips, she then pointed in Horatia's direction, drawing to his attention their first target making herself available.
Poor girl never saw it coming.
She had taken just a few more misguided steps into the alley when Eydis' hand shot out and grabbed the Ashpool girl by her neck. Horatia's head made contact with the stone wall before she could make a sound, and even as her eyes bulged wide at her first sighting of a Skallding woman, Eydis' blade made it's home in the base of her throat. And Horatia Ashpool's last view was Raganhar Pathfinder's eldest daughter, with her hand clamped over Horatia's mouth, a smile on her own ruby lips.
As her eyes dulled and Horatia's muscles lost their tension, Eydis nodded to Sveyn, and let the body slowly slump to the ground. They would follow, like cattle to the slaughter.
12-31-2010, 10:59 PM
Sommara had nodded to Claudia in the reflection, "Yes! It's beautiful! I really do love it, it would be appropriate to pay tribute to my house, and then wearing a deep blue dress to match Auron. Oh, it would be perfect!"
She immediately paid the woman for the necklace and laughed at Claudia's comments, "The guards shouldn't listen in on a princess's conversation! It is quite inappropriate! I would hate to find out they are listening in on me at any time!" She chided the guards, who weren't really paying any attention, and then shrugged. "See they aren't listening to us!"
Turning around to face Horatia, she noticed her sister was gone. She looked over her shoulders, this way and that, but saw no sign of her. She was immediately worried. "Guards! Where is my sister?" She demanded information, and after a quick count noting that none of the guards were missing, she realized no one had gone with her. "You let Lady Horatia wander off on her own? Find her!"
01-01-2011, 04:47 PM
Sveyn watched, emotionless, as Eydis slayed the pretty little noble girl. “I guess that wasn’t the one you wanted,” he commented, his eyes lifting back to the entrance of the alley. He could hear the other girls getting louder and yelling for their guards. “Leave it to the pretty princess to make this more difficult,” he grinned. Sveyn loved a good challenge. And succeed or fail, none of these soft guards would ever take down Eydis and himself.
He moved forward to press himself against the wall and peer out slowly. The princess was screaming for her guards, and he saw two women chaperons rush forward, along with the guard Sveyn had seen tailing them and another man he’d missed altogether. He cursed under his breath for the unexpected guard and for the fact that he should have known a princess would be better watched.
“Be ready,” he muttered to Eydis as the two chaperon’s fanned out. One of the guards began searching as well, in the opposite direction of the alleyway. The two girls were still by the jewerly stand. “We need to get them in the alley...” he whispered. One of the chaperons approached, and Sveyn could almost touch her dress. He stepped forward and pushed his knife lightly into her back, enough for her to feel the pressure, as his hand clamped over her mouth to stop the first scream.
He leaned forward to whisper in her ear. “Call you friends over or the little brat, Hor-a-tia dies. If you scream. If you refuse to do this, I will knife you in the back to fast your voice will sound like a gurgle. Live or die, that is your choice.”
Slowly he pulled his hand back. He could feel her body trembling, smell the urine that streamed down her legs. She was frightened half to dead and he hoped she could even call out. “Do it. And try to sound like you’re not a panicked dog.”
“Sommara,” she whispered.
“Louder!” Sveyn growled.
“Sommara! Claudia! Horatia is over here!”
“Good girl,” Sveyn coddled her, pulling her back into the alley, the hand back over her mouth.
01-02-2011, 04:41 PM
Sommara's blood was boiling, how in the hell could they let her sister wander off alone? Really, what kind of guards did we hire around here? She heard a voice, one of the chaperons was addressing her now. Princess Sommara ... kay thanks. With a sigh, she knew she had to keep her inner snark to herself, and she turned to follow the voice, watching the girl slip into the shadows.
"Oh my gods, are you kidding me?" she whispered to herself as she walked, anger rolling off her, over to the woman with Claudia right on her heels. She didn't even bother alerting the guards, and she probably should have because the second she made it a few feet in, she realized something.
"Wait a second ... Horatia wouldn't just walk into a dark ally." But her realization came way too late.
01-02-2011, 07:16 PM
Eydis could see Sommara making her way into the alley, and she side-stepped Sveyn to catch the right moment. She knew who Sommara was now, with the information given to her: the right bartering piece. A handful, he had said, and most likely an annoyance, but nothing that couldn't be beaten into place. Eydis was hidden so close to Sommara that the moment the Princess realized she had made a mistake, Eydis could see the panic light her eyes. But before she had a chance to rectify her misstep, Eydis was on her, one hand yanking Sommara's arm behind her, while the Skallding woman drove her knee sharply into the girl's back. Sommara crumpled to her knees, and Eydis effectively immobilized her, one foot pressed to the back of her legs as the Princess knelt upon he ground, her other hand buried deep into the woman's golden tresses, controlling the movements of her neck. Eydis crouched behind Sommara now, and with her free hand, pressed the cold steel of her blade to the Princess' throat. She nodded to Sveyn, who rid himself of the cumbersome hostage he possessed, and made a move to her side.
"Don't speak," she hissed. But it was already too late - Sommara had cried out softly in surprise when she took a tumble to the ground, and Claudia appeared before them, bewildered, her face instantly draining of color.
"Don't scream," Eydis said calmly, looking Claudia in the eye, the knife pressed to Sommara's pale, white throat. "Don't scream, or I'll kill her." Her accent was thick, but Eydis knew she would understand her. Claudia looked dumbstruck, her hands shaking at her sides. Eydis could see the conflict wash over the woman's face, torn between trying to escape and saving Sommara, and her momentary weakness was all that was needed. Eydis' blue eyes remained riveted on Claudia while Sveyn moved to subdue the other woman.
01-02-2011, 10:42 PM
The moment Sommara stepped into the alley, Sveyn shoved the knife into the chaperon’s back, then quickly pulled it up and ran the blade across her throat. The woman dropped the ground silent as Sveyn’s eyes lifted to see the other girl step into the alley.
He was on her in a second, before she could even scream, The knife was through her throat, and he was pulling her back back into the alley. The guard were sure to follow any moment, or raise an alarm. “Knock the girl out and let’s go,” he grumbled, moving back against the wall. The guard he expected came around the corner, alert, but not enough. Sveyn swung his arm around and elbowed the man in the throat. Pushing him to the ground, he stabbed his knife through the guard’s neck from behind.
“Let’s go! They will notice if people come in and no goes out. We will not be able to take down a group.” The alley was littered with trash, thrown out from merchant stores and their residences above. Sveyn lifted each body and tossed it in a pile, concealing it enough for them to get away.
01-05-2011, 10:24 PM
Sommara struggled underneath Eydis' hand, but it didn't matter. The moment Sveyn rid them of their latest nuisance, she sent the base of her blade down hard upon the Princess' head, and the girl instantly went limp in the Skallding's arms. Slipping Sommara's useless arm over Eydis' neck, the Gatekeeper hoisted her prisoner, lifting from her legs to stand, her newfound bargaining chip unconscious over her shoulder. She weighed little, and Eydis was strong.
As soon as Sveyn stowed the rest of the bodies, Eydis snapped her fingers and pointed down the alley way, and they took off, Sveyn gaurding their retreat while Eydis made their path up front. It would be tricky getting back to their longboat, but not impossible.
Things were certainly falling into place.
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