[Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

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[Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

Fri Jul 02, 2021 11:14 pm

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Arc 721, 1st of Ymiden
It was a robin that was the first to greet the dawn. The small, plump bird, with a whitish belly and a red breast, emerged from the nest that it had made for itself in a tall pine tree that peered over the Hopetoun palisade, turned to face the golden sliver of light that was slowly creeping out from beyond the horizon, and greeted it with a melodious song. Other birds flitted about at the noise, and soon they were finding vantage points of their own and joining in.

The dawn chorus had begun, and Ymiden had arrived.

Within a break, Hopetoun was abuzz with activity. Most settlers were going about their usual tasks: fetching water; feeding livestock; collecting firewood. Two settlers were repairing a fence and another was tending to her garden.

But they would not stick to those tasks for long, for there was other work to be done and they were expecting visitors.



Darius was nervous but excited as he walked along the dirt paths that passed for thoroughfares in Hopetoun.

As the settlement grew, he mused, and its needs grew along with it, such trails might become paved to manage the increased foot traffic, but they had made it through Cylus and Ashan just fine without churning them into mud, so it wouldn't be until Vhalar that they would need to consider how best to manage the colder weather.

But that was something to worry about another trial. There was a feast to prepare for and, as he reached the end of the path and stepped into the square that formed the centre of Hopetoun, the settlement's leader was ready to do his part, and he quickly joined the growing group of volunteers.

"How can I help?"



By the time the sun had passed its zenith, the simple stretch of grass in the middle of the settlement had been transformed. Rows of tables, designed and constructed by Vega - one of her many contributions to Hopetoun - filled the space. Gentle streams of sunlight pierced the colourful awnings that had been set up, fluttering gently in the cool breeze. Bunting of every colour lined the inside of the palisade, so that no matter which direction one looked, the protective wall around the settlement would remind them that celebrations were at hand. A makeshift stage had been set up at one end, and the scents of different foods intermingled throughout.

Darius was moving among through the crowd of volunteers, having checked, double-checked, and triple-checked the list of guests that Vega had sent out on his behalf. Immortals, councillors, friends, and every resident of Haven had all been invited. He was particularly interested in seeing Balthazar once more, in the hope that the two could find a way for the two settlements to work more closely together. He had suggested as much when the pair had been tasked with establishing a new home for the Faldrassian refugees, but little had come from it.

But most of all, he was eager to see his father. Josef had yet to visit Hopetoun, at his son's insistence, but Darius was looking forward to showing the elder Baer around the settlement.

Astra had left Faldrass a few trials earlier to collect him, and they - along with all of the other guests - were due to arrive at any moment, guided to the settlement by the beacon.

Over the following few breaks, the guests would be welcome to mingle, enjoy refreshments, play some lawn games, or join a tour of the Hopetoun Hole before the festivities began in earnest.
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Re: [Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

Sat Jul 03, 2021 12:38 pm

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It'd been a long, yet prosperous morning when Kisaik finally awoke from his long sleep. He'd found himself waking up in the shade of a great tree, which he and Vega had helped to grow. From there, a lot had happened, not limited to the Knighting of his Squire and reunion with his real parents, and also the presence of his grandfather. And, last but not least, Vega had been there to wake him up just as she'd been there when he went to sleep. It felt like a lot had happened at that time.

He was about to have a sit-down and think about all that had occurred, when Phee, his Harpy Eagle, bearing a small parcel landed by his feet. It bowed low, indicating with its beak the package it'd delivered. "Who is this from then, Phee?" Kisaik asked, as he took the package in his trembling arms. Phee of course didn't answer, but looked over its wing, waiting for Kisaik to open it, apparently. Several other brightly colored and pretty birds landed all around them, and remarkably Phee didn't chase them off.

Kisaik didn't wait, but ripped open the package, to find the skull of Graygull, polished and covered with cobalt to match his own armor. It was really well made and beautiful, in stark contrast to the monster that Kisaik had slain the previous season. He placed it on his head and found it fit him perfectly without obstructing his vision much. The birds around him seemed to get excited, as he placed Graygull's skull helmet on his head, and without waiting another moment, Kisaik decided he had an appointment to make. Earlier he'd been told about the Feast by Vega and his former squire. He would of course be attending. And what an entrance he'd make, as he mounted Phee, and flew into the air.

The birds all around accompanied him as he made his way toward the place where the feast was to be held. Phee gave his great piercing call as he flew overhead, reveling in the adoration of the smaller birds that accompanied them. Kisaik finally landed upon one of the tables, Phee proudly puffing out its chest as the birds first alighted to the ground, and then flew off all around him, singing and acting as a herald for the knight.

Kisaik looked around, as he slipped down from the saddle of his steed, and noticed one person standing out among the rest. That must have been the Baron, the leader of Hopetoun! Kisaik was happy to get the chance to meet him. Soon enough more of Kisaik's household would be arriving for a seat at the tables, but now Kisaik wanted to make the Baron's acquaintances, and see if there was anything he could do to be of service to him.

He hopped over, running and skipping over the rocks and various other obstacles. With one great leap, he managed to land on the man's shoulder. It might've felt to Darius like a rather large bug had landed upon him then, but no, it was Kisaik. He was quick to introduce himself, lest he alarmed the man, "Greetings, your Lordship! I am Mädärä Kisaik Ciuruọrun sọ Kufuata Karo Kashe Däuä, Tìfmi Härumtä sọ anou Faewun Samuwar, ọbavi sọ tẹlẹ, igbaradi sọ anou tabi ọludïbọ, Saoire's chieja kẹmïkälï kukïrï. I'm here for the feast to which I was invited!" He didn't speak too loudly, as he was right next to the man's ear. Phee was relaxing on the table where he'd landed meanwhile, watching Kisaik's antics with only slight interest.


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Re: [Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

Tue Jul 06, 2021 1:39 pm

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The son of Ziell had risen a break before dawn and made his way to the beach in order to carry out a small ritual. When he returned to the settlement where he planned on staying for a few trials, it was abuzz with activity. He stood there for a moment, listening to the morning song of the birds and looking at the sky whose color changed from various shades of pink, red and orange to blue as the sun rose before he moved towards the square in the center, to see if there was anything that he would be able to help with.

It didn’t seem right to him to sit somewhere, twiddle his thumbs and relax, even though he was a guest rather than a proper resident of Hopetoun. For that reason, he spent some time helping the settlers carry tables and benches and whatever else needed to be moved, although he refrained from offering his help in the kitchen, mostly for their sake.

When the sun was finally about to set, Doran briefly left in order to change into more appropriate clothes (he had been dressed rather casually while he had been working). Once upon a time, he had mostly worn black, and occasionally a bit of red or silver. This time, he had opted for a suit in a deep shade of reddish-purple though, and black leather boots.

The outfit was well-made, but comparatively understated – he wished to dress appropriately for the occasion, but not draw too much attention to himself. The only thing that stood out was the cloak that was draped across his shoulders – it was decorated with shimmering feathers.

He returned to the center of the settlement just as a certain Tunawa knight, a former student of his, made his entrance – and what an entrance it was. His eyebrows rose for a moment as the eagle landed right on one of the tables. A moment later, when Kisaik mounted and jumped on Darius’ shoulder there was a wide smile on his face though, and he raised a hand in a greeting.

A little later, when Kisaik had introduced himself to Darius, he retrieved two glasses from wherever the refreshments were, walked up to the leader of Hopetoun and handed one of them to him. “I thought that you might be thirsty after helping with all the preparations”, he remarked in a calm tone of voice and met the other man’s gaze. “I thank you for letting me take part in the feast. You’ve created a wonderful place here”, he added. He was not humoring Darius; he meant what he had said.

He had never thought he’d feel at peace anywhere but in the frozen north; on Scalvoris, he had found companionship and even something like friendship though. Since he had first set a foot in the settlement the cycle before, when he had asked for Vega’s help in regard to the coming war, Hopetoun had occupied a special and most unexpected place in his heart.
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Re: [Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:43 pm


Ymiden 1, Arc 721


Elisabeth wasn’t necessarily in the mood for a party. The news that had found its way to her right before departing Haven wasn’t expected, and had managed to, figuratively, knock the air out of her lungs. Talking to Vega had helped, as it always did, but part of the young woman wished there were someplace she could hide for a moment or two…and breathe.

The young mage was happy to see Vega, and would equally be delighted to see Darius, but her mind was a whirlwind of confusion, wondering how she had gotten to this point. All the small little paths in life and never, ever had she imagined being called upon to guide and protect a group of people in a new place.

Looking at the Haven settlers, currently mingling amongst the crowd, she smiled – just a little. The trial would be good for them, she thought. Haven was too isolated and as such, there was little opportunity to socialize outside the settlement. The settlers hadn’t been told yet – a mutual agreement made between herself and Balthazar. They would let them know on the way back to Haven, not wishing to cast any negativity on the events of the trial.

Additionally, they were there to celebrate with Hopetoun. Something of importance and that mattered. Elisabeth just wished she felt better about what had transpired or had the ability to reconcile it in her mind faster so she could just get on with things.

She saw Darius. She saw Doran, but for the time being, she stayed apart, simply observing, smoothing down her sapphire dress nervously. Did Darius know already? Elisabeth wasn’t sure who had been informed. Certainly, Darius would be one of the first, being the other settlement leader and a Baron. The Barons would obviously be told.

Elisabeth also kept her eyes open for Balthazar. She had split off from the group as they arrived, wishing to speak privately with Vega for a few moments before the festivities started, but she was curious where he was. Both were a bit stunned in their own way, but she had no desire to let that get between them. She loved him, and this was simply another challenge that they would figure out.

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Re: [Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:12 am

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Alyssia walked around the manor that she and Novus shared with Devin while humming. It was the day for the feast at Hopetoun, and the new Smooglenuff manor had finally been completed. The teen had already packed her small number of belongings and sent them on ahead with Devin’s persistence so that they could both move in shortly. Most of what was sent had been all the things that Novus needed. Putting on the soft blue shirt, the teen pulled her hair out of the shirt letting it fall down her back. Tying her boots tightly, she popped up and grabbed Novus’ brush, her bag and her own brush running through the house to find Devin.

She had asked several breaks earlier if he would style her hair. The teen would have to learn to do her own hair in the future so that she would not have to bother him so much. Alyssia had found that staying with Devin had helped her become more okay with accepting help and the services of others. It was not something the teen had ever thought she would be okay with, but that had all changed thanks to the man that had stepped in like an older brother to her.

“Devin, would you do my hair for the feast in Hopetoun today?” Alyssia asked with a smile and sat down in front of him when he agreed.

She made sure to stay very still while the man began to work on her hair. There would likely be many people at the village that she knew and perhaps even some that she did not know. So, it would be wise to make a good impression no matter what. Once the man had finished with her hair, the teen turned with a huge smile on her face and looked back at him. She made sure to thank him for the help and hurried off to finish getting ready. The teen would also take Novus with her. There were very few times when the dog was not with her. Sitting down on the floor, the teen finished getting the nightpup ready for the feast. She wanted him to look his best as well.

Standing up, the teen looked at the jewelry gifted to her from Saoire and put on the earrings and the necklace. After taking a chance to look in the mirror, Alyssia was happy with her appearance before putting on Novus’ leash and the pair hurried out the door bidding farewell to Devin for the time being. The teen had never been so excited for a feast, it would take them some time to make it all the way to Hopetoun. But it would be an enjoyable trip, however returning may be far more tiring afterwards. As the pair arrived in town, the girl made sure to keep them both out of the way as the final preparations were being made.

“Let us go find Darius and say hello,” Alyssia stated and walked through the town asking one of the locals where she could find him before heading that way.







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Re: [Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:18 pm


When Prae had first heard about this feast, he’d hesitated. There was work to do, both here and in Rharne—he had plans he needed to put into motion, the settlement needed tools and resources he could provide, he was going to have to deal with the banks, fates forbid he take a trial off training…

But the settlers’ excitement had been infectious, and Prae had somehow found him swept up and agreeing to join the feast. One trial, he told himself. One trial where he relaxed and just socialized wouldn’t hurt.

Looking around, Prae saw there were a handful of people he recognized—aside from those he came with, obviously, he spotted Vega, who he’d fought side by side with, and much to his surprise, a small Tunawa he remembered from Yaralon.

Still, he didn’t know either well enough to feel comfortable going up to either. So instead, he glanced around, searching out…

There. It wasn’t hard for Prae to spot Elisabeth, not with the sound of the elements dancing lightly around her. Gingerly weaving his way around the humans around him, he padded over to Elisabeth’s side, slightly away from the crowd.

“Everything alright?” Prae asked, coaxing the wind to dance around her. He thought he could guess—she and Balthazar had broken the news to him just before they’d left for Hopetoun. He got the impression both of them were a little stunned by this new development, but… “Come on,” Prae said, nudging Elisabeth with his tail. “No use worrying about it right now—I’ll admit I’m not an expert, but I’ve been told feasts are to relax and meet up with friends.”
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Re: [Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:25 pm


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Why are you doing that? Fuego asked Balthazar who seemed to have run his hand through his hair a few times more than the diri understood as necessary. Balthazar had broken off from the group from Haven after they arrived and had begun to mingle. He needed space and air so he found some.

"I was thinking." Balthazar smiled a sad smile and tugged gently on his hair for a moment before lowering his hand into one of the smaller pockets in his black satchel and pulling out a little wrapped candy. He slowly unwrapped it while Fuego watched him curiously. Once the candy was unwrapped, Balthazar pinched it between two fingers so Fuego could see what it was before popping it into his mouth. As soon as it began to dissolve in his mouth, the dark haired, dark eyed, and ever brooding man began to feel a weight lift both off his chest and his shoulders. He sat a little straighter and offered his hand to Fuego.

About what?

"Nothing to worry about." Balthazar said as Fuego stepped onto Balthazar's hand. Balthazar brought the little burning rock up to his shoulder and Fuego moved from his hand to the more stable spot beside his neck. Balthazar rose to his feet feeling far better than he had when he sat down but he waited where he was until the candy had completely dissolved in his mouth before he went back to the celebration to look for Elisabeth. He was excited, now, to see Darius and his settlement's progress but he wanted to be beside Elisabeth more than he really wanted a tour so he put finding her above finding other familiar faces as he came into Hopetoun. He saw Darius and he saw Doran as he moved but his eyes passed over them in search of Elisabeth only to find her beside a very large lizard.

Not just any large lizard, Balthazar's favorite one. A wide smile spread over his face and Balthazar picked up his pace a little, one foot after the other moving quickly toward Elisabeth and Praetorum. He reached them just as Praetorum nudged Elisabeth with his tail and said, "Careful, you might trip her with that." In an amused tone before putting an arm around Elisabeth and giving her half-hug. "I had an idea," Balthazar reached into his satchel and took out the second and last piece of Saoire's candy he brought with him, holding it out to Elisabeth. "So far it feels like a good one." He was hoping she could figure out what he meant by that but if not the offer still remained. If she took it, that would be that, if not, he would put it back into the small pocket of his satchel.
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Re: [Hopetoun] Duty And The Feast

Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:22 am

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Kura sighed contentedly as she stepped into Hopetoun. The settlement was small, but it was doing well for itself. Her people were doing well, well enough to celebrate in fact, and that was nothing but good news to her. She had also, finally, made a decision on Haven and while it wasn't ideal, it was one she could live with. So far, things were going well enough. The Warden had even dropped off the radar and Slags Deep was quiet. She was certain it was giving Jacien fits, and in truth, the sudden silence bothered her too, but she had, a long long time ago, learned to put aside her worries when there was not only little she could do about it, but other matters to attend to. That the other matter that was currently in question just so happened to be a spot of revelry was rather beside the point.

The Albarech was wearing a red, long sleeved shirt, a dark purple skirt, and black boots. It was a simpler outfit than what she normally went in for, but it was a less formal affair this time. Even the sleeves were only a concession to hide her Fracture Scar. Sure, that she was a Mortalborn was probably verging on being an open secret, but there was a notable difference between and open secret and a non-secret, and besides, until it was a non-secret, it would just be awkward and create unnecessary attempts to avoid talking about it if she let the scar be seen publicaly. So she kept hiding it for now. Her other oddities, namely her collection of familiars, were more present, but only Phelan was actually with her right now, at least visibly. Speck and Ornery were out seeing if there was game to be had on the island, and Rahmet and Ignia were currently invisible. Cally was there, but she had gone to investigate the food preparation to see if there was anything there she could learn about cooking.

That left Kura and the black wolf alone for the time being, and she picked up a drink from the reception stand before she headed into the general group of people. Before she got too far in, however, she stumbled across a familiar face. "Well, hello, Baroness." she said, smiling as she nodded at Alyssia. "It's been some time. I hope you're doin' well, Alyssia. I hear tell that Devin's been settin' about gettin' a new manor house built for you and the three Barons. You must be lookin' forward to that." she said, before giving Phelan an amused look as he very seriously walked up to Alyssia and then very seriously flopped down onto his side before rolling over on his back and looking at her expectantly. "Opportunist." she accused him. Phelan, of course, ignored her. Turning back to Alyssia, she gave the young woman another smile. "I know Smooglenuff saw to your education. Have you thought about what you're goin' to do once you've got it?" she asked, her tone curious.
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