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[Hopetoun] Three Men Walk Into A Bar(ony)

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Arc 721, 22nd of Cylus
Hopetoun. The settlement was less than twenty trials old when the visitors arrived, and yet in Darius' mind, they had already achieved much.

From a patch of unwanted dirt that had formed a natural clearing, there were now forty-one souls who were establishing a new life on Faldrass. Without question, they were hardy folk, and their grit was showing through with each new trial.

Although there were a handful of homes in the process of being built, most Hopetounians still lived in tents, and the storm on the 17th of Cylus had been so severe that they had evacuated the settlement, but it had not deterred them. Their first permanent structure - a granary - had ensured their food supplies remained safe from vermin.

And only a few trials later, three Elements had arrived, eager to ask questions about Balthazar. Those conversations had been enlightening, and some of the settlers had grown concerned for the fate of those in Haven, but the Elements had brought supplies and a willingness to work, and so Darius had tasked them with building the impressive wooden palisade that now protected Hopetoun from unwanted outsiders.

This trial was different, however. The gates were open and invitations had been sent. The other Barons of House von Smooglenuff, Nir'wei and Devin, were present. Invitations had also been sent to Alyssia and ChiChi, as well as Saiore - though it had not been clear when the missive had been sent whether the Immortal herself would come, or a cute, furry delegation would arrive in her stead.

The invitees who had been on the main island of Scalvoris had been offered passage aboard the Libertalia and, after a short rowboat trip to shore, they were met by Lars Kashir, Hopetoun's local guide. All invitees were taken up the trail towards the settlement, but not before taking a detour to the Hopetoun Hole, where they were treated to the wonders within: namely, the Faldrass fire worms.

From there, they were guided through the gates of the walled settlement towards a large, colourful pole marquee that had been donated by Devin. It stood in the middle of Hopetoun, the tallest poles peeking out over the palisade, their small flags fluttering in the breeze.

Inside the giant tent, tables had been lined up and, courtesy of the generosity of some of the guests, there was no shortage of food on offer. Serena Dhunen's Faldrass fish pie was proving to be a popular, with its unusual molten lava appearance, and Darius mingled with the guests, greeting them eagerly and thanking them for coming.

The floor of the tent had had Faldrass sand sprinkled across its surface to bring warmth underfoot and to combat the chill of Cylus, while small jars throughout the large space contained Faldrass fire worms which lit up the space, and their small glass enclosures were occasionally opened so that slugs could be added so the small light sources to enjoy a feast of their own.

Many Hopetounians were also present, including Kirt Ston, who was eager to chew the ear off anyone who was willing to listen to him talk about farming on Faldrass, and how he had been involved in the discovery of the veil fish and the Faldrass potato, though of course he decided not to point out how much luck had played a role on those occasions. When one listener grew tired of his endless farming chatter, he nonchalantly shrugged his shoulders and moved on to the next person.

Darius waited for a few bits before he made his way over to the front of the marquee and raised his voice to address the crowd.

"Welcome to Hopetoun," Darius beamed at the gathered arrivals with a sincere welcome. "We're proud to have you here. I trust Lars took good care of you."

The bearded blond stood back, then, leaning against a wooden post as he waited patiently for the guests to greet each other and find their seats, and for the locals to slowly filter out, before the gathering could begin in earnest.
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Devin had not planned on becoming Baron. For perhaps the first time, the young man who could often be a bit selfish and greedy had truly wanted someone else to have something, namely Alyssia. It still surprised him a bit that Saoire had made him Baron along the two men that had actually offered to take his job, especially, since he had always thought that nice people just got overlooked and taken advantage of, and ultimately lost at life. He planned on doing a good job though – and making sure that Alyssia got a nice mansion and everything that she could possibly need – including a room for Novus!

In his opinion, the Baroness’ dog deserved his own room!

Before he could help give Alyssia her mansion, he needed to meet with his two new colleagues though. To be honest, he wasn’t sure what to expect. He didn’t know Darius. He just knew that the man had a beard (It was hard to miss!), and that he was something called a Fire Forged. Saoire apparently trusted him though, and that was good enough, for now. And while he knew Nir’wei a little better – they had served on the council together after all – he didn’t really know him either. He just knew that he liked animals and nature, which would probably come in handy since Faldrass contained a lot of nature.

Such as the place with the rather obvious name of Hopetoun Hole – which caused the young man to stare open-mouthed, his violet eyes incredible wide, because it was filled with a lot of pretty, glowing worms. He liked things that glowed, so much, that he actually considered making Hopetoun Hole his new home, for a moment, before he realized that it would be hard to build a mansion in there, because the ceiling didn’t look high enough, among other things, and because you couldn’t keep livestock in there.

So, he thanked Lars who seemed to be one of the settlers for the lovely tour, with a radiant and genuine smile on his face and continued on the path to Hopetoun which was a pretty name for a village in his opinion. The settlement itself looked … well, it still looked very much like a work in progress, but Devin was much more open to such things than he had once been. So, he was not unhappy about the fact that he would have to sleep in a tent, he was looking forward to it, and what more, he saw a lot of potential. Faldrass would be great!

(It also helped that he had brought a few things that would make his stay more pleasant though!)

Since he would be here on official Barony business and wanted to let people know that he was serious about the job and wouldn’t just run or quit again, Devin had toned his outfit down somewhat. At first, he had planned on going for what he had decided to dub “political chic”, a fine black suit that was a little more fashionable than what politicians usually seemed to wear. When he had looked into the mirror, his reflection had looked so stuffy and boring though that he had immediately taken half the outfit off again and tossed it into a corner.

He was still wearing the black pants and the white shirt that were part of the outfit, but he had replaced the waistcoat with one that was decorated with feathers and silver chains, and since it was Cylus and very cold and unpleasant as a consequence, he was also wearing an actual coat. It reached his knees, had a high collar and was a very dark shade of violet, and what more, it had a nice, warm hood that was lined with black fur (he didn’t know if it was real fur and which animal it was from though; and he didn’t care either).

Since Hopetoun had been lacking a gathering place, he had decided to just give them one. When he saw the colourful tent that had been erected in the center of the settlement, a smile spread across his entire face. It looked great, and the stuff inside the tent looked even better. There were more of those pretty glowing worms, in jars this time, and what more, there was orange sand on the floor of the tent. For a moment, the young man was quite tempted to just take his boots (fine black leather boots with a small heel) off so that he would be able to feel the warm Faldrass sand against his bare feet. He refrained from it because he was a Baron now – for the time being. He’d walk around barefoot later on, when nobody was looking!

Truth to be told, the Mortalborn had been a bit worried because he wasn’t sure if he knew enough about politics and leading such, even though that was a bit out of character for him, but his new surroundings looked so lovely that he forgot that he was worried again. He looked positively delighted, and he greeted Darius (He needed to be greeted first!) and his settlers with a smile on his face, and he even bowed a little, to everybody. The settlers were important, too, and they deserved to be treated with just as much respect!

And then he listened to Kirt’s stories about the discovery of the veil fish and the Faldrass potato with wide-eyed fascination, and he even regaled the man with stories of his own food-related discoveries and told him how he had made glowing breaded chicken with glowing eggs and was currently in the process of raising a real, glowing chicken in order to get even more glowing eggs.

Most people would at least have been a little reluctant when it came to eating something that looked like a bunch of molten lava, but the Mortalborn couldn’t wait to give the Faldrass fish pie a try!

When Darius finally stepped forward and addressed the crowd, he immediately straightened himself though and listened with rapt attention, and then he went and found his seat, but not before he told Kirt who he found absolutely fascinating that he would love to hear more about farming on Faldrass and all the strange things that grew there!

“Lars was very nice, thank you, and Hopetoun is a lovely settlement”, he remarked smiling brightly before he produced the black bag that he had brought with him. “I hope you don’t mind, but it seemed weird to me to be invited somewhere and not bring any gifts, apart from a tent. So, I took the liberty of buying sweet treats that we can enjoy after our meal for everyone. Do you think that the Immortals like sweets?” he asked in a somewhat worried tone of voice – Saoire might come, but he had no idea if Immortals even ate normal food!

A few moments later, he reached into the bag that didn’t look particularly big, to be honest, and removed boxes with various pastries and cookies and even a small chocolate cake that was decorated with delicate pink marzipan roses and little white and blue pearls made of sugar. There were also some treats for Novus though, in case Alyssia decided to bring him – because he was pretty sure that feeding a dog cake was not a good idea.

“That's a domain bag”, he explained with a grin in case anybody was wondering how all that stuff had fit into that one bag, before he finally put said bag away again and waited for the gathering to begin in earnest.
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Kura looked around and smiled slightly as she walked into Hopetoun. The Hopetoun Hole, and its fire worms, were definitely an interesting sight, but she was far more interested in the settlement. So much death and misery had happened here on Faldrass, and it was a joy to see life and happiness coming back to it. Of course, Hopetoun wasn't the only settlement on Faldrass, and with Haven's leader currently sitting in jail, things likely weren't as cheerful over there. However, Rand had told her he'd have his investigation done soon and so she had decided to attend this first summit of the Barons Smooglenuff. If nothing else, it got her out of the office for a bit, and if it turned out that they didn't need her help, it would be good to have a measure of the Barons.

Granted, she already knew Devin and Nir'wei. Nir'wei was a Councilor, after all, and Devin had only fairly recently abdicated his own seat on the government of Scalvoris. As for Darius, he was in charge of the Settlement itself and it definitely seemed to be doing well so far. So, with all that in mind, she walked into the pavilion that she was fairly certain had been donated by Devin and looked around. It appeared that they had been doing well enough to be able to put on a bit of a feast and Kura tried some of the pie while Cally, who Kura had brought to attend the meeting with her, went to go listen to one of the residents of Hopetoun who seemed to have discovered some sort of special fish and potato.

She saw Devin in the crowd and grinned slightly. He was definitely going to look the part of nobility, if nothing else. Kura had, as usual, gone for an outfit that was admittedly more fancy than most people here were wearing, but still practical. A dark brown great coat over a black vest and grey shirt, with grey trousers and black, knee length boots and black gloves. The gloves, vest, shirt and trousers were all made of cotton, while the coat and boots were a soft leather. In addition, she also wore a small necklace made of embersteel with a pendant that had three different gemstones, alexandrite, gaspeite, and variscite all set in a circle.

When Darius spoke, Kura and Cally found their seats, Cally sitting next to Kura, and after he and Devin spoke, Kura stood up. "I'm glad to be here, Darius, and thank you all for invitin' me. Lars took excellent care of us, and it's good to see you takin' such good care of the settlement here." she said, grinning openly. To Devin, she grinned. "And sweets are always welcome. In addition, I brought Cally here." she said, gesturing to her ghostly companion. "Who is awfully insistant on cookin' dinner for us after the meetin' is over." she said, before sitting back down as Cally waved at the group.
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"Does this technically count as my first official business as a Baron?" Nir'wei asked Tel'wehn with curiosity. She issued a wordless scream, mostly hindered by battering winds and her own hair that whipped untethered about her face like a cat o' ninetails. Her fingernails dug deep into the flesh of his hips, and when he tried to glance her from the corner of his eye, he could see her makeup had already been utterly ruined by tear-trails streaking down her cheeks and from the corners of her eyes. "... Yeah, you're right. This probably isn't the best time to ask." Traveller's size did little to hinder his speed - if anything the proper use of his wings made the beast even faster, crossing the distance from Almund to Faldrass faster than any boat could hope... though of course he did appreciate Darius' gesture, offering safe passage aboard the Libertalia. If only he'd known some of the other invitees, or even the proper address for his fellow Baron, Doran. He could have offered them rides too. Even with Nir'wei and Tel'wehn atop his back, Nir'wei estimated there'd be room for at least one more passenger before it began to noticeably affect Traveller's speed.

Still, upon arrival, Nir'wei made sure to dip them lower to the shoreline, and stop a small distance before meeting up with their guides. The Scalv Sohr Khal, gentle and harmless as he was, tended to make people uncomfortable.

Escorted to the gates of the walled community of Hopetoun, he really had to stop and do a double-take. Darius had been busy. Really busy, to get this off the ground in such a short time. Perhaps he should have listened to Tel'wehns advice after all and dressed smartly for the occasion, though he also didn't want to come off as snobbish, and he especially didn't want to give off the appearance of personal extravagance, considering they were meant to be helping rebuild an entire island - not using it to fund their fashion sense. He'd settled on a pair of simple but practical britches and a plain but clean white shirt. The only thing that really stopped him looking like a mild-mannered farmer was the leather case slung over his back, holding a bow and a quivered set of arrows. If anyone asked about it, or suggested that he put it away, he insisted that the bow had asked to join them today - and he wasn't lying, since Karesh had grown restless of late, being left behind whenever he had to attend these formal functions, which were becoming more and more frequent as he picked up all these additional responsibilities. He didn't even mind carrying her, since she did have the occasional nugget of wisdom to offer.

Still, barring that, he happily greeted each settler as he'd been instructed by Tel'wehn, and his political advisor did much the same, tactfully intervening when conversations tended to linger overly long, or started to veer into uncomfortable territories - in Kirt Ston's instance, seeming to suddenly latch onto the man after she realised he had begun to ramble, and using a few 'burning questions' about the medical and culinary applications of the Faldrass potato to lure him away long enough for Nir'wei to move closer to the marquee, where he had finally spotted Darius... was it Darius von Smooglenuff now, he supposed?... and he finally found a moment with his fellow Barons, for perhaps the first time they'd ever been properly alone with one-another. "Oh yes, Lars was... oh, Alberach." There was a tugging from somewhere deep down as the wolves tried to materialise, and he stopped them dead. Not now. "Ahem. Yes, it's wonderful here, truly. It's astounding progress," he remarked with sincerity. "I can't wait to see where it goes next."
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"It says here," Saoire said, quietly stepping into the tent ~ no one had seen her arrive, she was not escorted by anyone, nor had she taken part in the tour - she simply walked in, holding an open book, "that the correct way to address a Baron is 'My Lord'. How interesting, don't you think?" She had evidently heard everything that had already been said, and she spoke individually to each of them. "Thank you, Darius, for your warm welcome and hospitality. It is appreciated." Her voice was soft and warm and kind. That was, fundamentally, what she was, after all. Turning her attention to Devin, her smile was reassuring. ""I love sweet treats, Devin, and that is wonderfully thoughtful thing to do. Thank you."

When Kura spoke, Saoire of course spoke to her - and her ghostly companion. "A pleasure to see you both again," she inclined her head, slightly. "I believe the restaurant on the mainland is named after you, Cally? Is that because of your cooking ability?" Once Cally had answered, she nodded to Nir'wei. "A wise assessment, I would say. This place is a miracle," Of course, she had asked Darius to set it up, but no one here save he and her knew that.

"Thank you, for the invitation," the Immortal said. "I have no wish to intrude upon your business, but I want to assure you that you have my full support," She looked around at each of them. "Support which is as on the ground as required, but I will not push myself into your lives, if you do not wish it." Smiling to Darius, she said what she believed. "You are doing so well here, I am incredibly pleased and proud of the progress you have made. I hope you feel the same way."

To them all, then, she laid out what she was offering. "I would suggest that Alyssia stays here in Hopetoun until the new mansion is ready." It was close by and there were good reasons for Alyssia to get to know them all. "I can, and do, offer physical support in helping you build and grow your Barony. From strong hands and backs to talented seamstresses. I make this offer in the spirit of friendship and collaboration. I believe that this Barony and my School will be able to work together, supporting each other." Closing the book in her hand, she looked at the five of them - three Barons, one Albarech, and a Wisp. "Let me know what level of help you need or want, and I will be happy to give it if I can."

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Alyssia walked around the manor trying to get dressed for the meeting with the barons. Her heart raced in her chest as she brushed through her hair. Devin had been kind enough to let the girl stay in his home until another manor was built on the island of Faldrass. The teen had also gotten some clean clothes though they were not as fancy as what Devin wore. The Aukari was glad her new clothes no longer had holes in them. Taking a deep breath, the girl looked over at Novus and smiled. Whistling, she picked the pup up and began to brush him as well.

“We both have to look our best,” Alyssia stated and looked around noticing how late it was getting, “oh no! If we don’t run, then we will be late!”

The girl put the dog down and hurried to get her shoes on and the leash on him. Before long the pair were out of the house making for the boat going to Faldrass. Laughing, it had been a long time since the teen had been so excited about going somewhere. But it would be the first meeting of the barons on Faldrass, and the girl did not want to miss it. While Alyssia doubted she could help the three with their plans for the island. She would offer anything that was needed. Even if it was simply helping clean up different areas that were going to be used for new homes or businesses.

Panting the girl was relieved to see the boat had not left yet; she and Novus quickly made it on board and waited. She looked out over the water as the boat began sailing. Alyssia took deep breaths to keep from getting lightheaded. Sitting back on the bench, the teen felt her heartbeat starting to slow down and return to a steady rhythm. Criss-crossing her legs, the girl looked out over the water humming letting the water calm her nerves. Novus whined and jumped into the set beside her and curled up sighing.

Smiling gently, she scratched behind the nightpup’s ear while trying to calm her mind. As was usual in her mind, Alyssia was thinking of ways she could pay Devin back for all the kindness he had showed her. Looking around in her bag, the teen slipped on the ring with the baron’s sigil on it. Even after everything, he had wanted her to be taken care of. It was a strange but welcomed feeling. As the boat got closer to the shore Alyssia jumped up and ran to the front of the boat looking at the settlement. It was clear from just a first glance that Darius had been working hard since Saoire and the late baron had given him the task of baron alongside Nir and Devin. When the boat docked, Alyssia thanked the crew as she and Novus departed hurrying to where the meeting would be held.

Wincing, the girl just knew that she would be late which did not reflect well on her for the future. Holding the leash tightly, girl and nightpup ran through the settlement being careful not to run into anyone. Which was thankfully much easier than she had anticipated. No one around her was in a hurry so it took only the slightest of adjustments to her movement for the girl to dodge around people. Slowing down when she spotted the beautiful tent in the middle of the settlement, Alyssia took a deep breath to force her breathing to slow down. Devin of course had made sure the meeting place was brightly colored. A smile appeared on her face as the teen shook her head and calmed Novus as he hopped in place.

“Shhh, we can’t let anyone know we are late,” Alyssia whispered.

The two hurried over and very quietly slipped into the back as the meeting was starting. From what she could tell Saoire had just arrived while reading a book talking about how to address a Baron as ‘my lord’. Sitting down back almost as if trying to hide in the shadows and simply observe, Alyssia took the time to see who all had arrived. Darius of course, Devin was there as well. But that was no surprise he had left before Alyssia was ready, Nir’wei had even been able to make it. Saoire and Kura being there was a surprise yet somewhat expected.

After all the Immortal had given them their titles, and Kura was the Albarech over the entirety of Scalvtown. Which would include the elementals. The teen was shocked that Saoire would suggest she stay in the Hopetoun settlement. It was an amazing place, but it seemed everywhere Alyssia looked there was someone doing something. Would they really welcome a teen who could one day become a baron as well?






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Darius was immediately pleased when he saw that everyone that had been invited - with the sole exception of ChiChi, as far as he could tell - had taken up the offer and arrived in Hopetoun. The bearded blond was immeasurably proud of the settlers and the new home they had begun to establish for themselves, and although it was very much a work in progress, and visitors would require an impressive imagination to picture its potential, but even Korlasir wasn't built in a trial.

As the guests arrived, the resident of Faldrass made sure to greet them properly. He didn't want anyone to feel unwelcome, even though they would have a number of challenges facing them in the near future.

Devin was someone he had only met at the Cylus Dusk festival, and he resolved to get to know the man better, for they were peers in the...peerage...and the man had kindly donated the giant tent within which they stood, as well as a number of other edible treats. In Darius' mind, gifts and goodies were a fine way to start a friendship, and he thanked the man for his immense generosity.

Nir'wei, he knew a little more of, having experienced the eruption alongside him and having searched together for their noble predecessor among the rubble. It seemed strange that the other significant figure that had joined them was Balthazar, and were it not for the mage's actions in upsetting his employers, Hopetoun would not have been visited by the Elements and it would not have its palisade. Darius made sure to express his gratitude to Nir'wei, and he felt a tentative confidence that they could work well together.

Kura had also been within the volcano, though the pair had barely interacted. But Darius knew she was the Albarech, and the Elements who had arrived in Hopetoun and provided the settlement with assistance had done so under her orders. As such, he thanked the blue-eyed woman for sending them, and though he wanted to ask about Balthazar, he resisted the temptation. It was not his place to ask, he felt, and it certainly wasn't the occasion to make such queries.

Darius felt a natural sense of protection when Alyssia stepped into the tent. The pair had met the previous arc when parents were waking up to find their children had been kidnapped. The bearded blond and the young redhead had formed an unorthodox alliance, and that had come in useful precisely when Alyssia had needed it most.

But it was Saiore who received the warmest welcome. It was she, after all, who not only had made Darius, Nir'wei, and Devin barons of House von Smooglenuff, but she - and Faldrass himself - were behind the establishment of Hopetoun itself. Were it not for the Immortal, the mariner most likely wouldn't have been on the island at all.

The suggestion that Alyssia might stay in Hopetoun brought an immediate nod of agreement from Darius. He looked to his ward, curious to see what she thought of the idea. He was one of her protectors, now, but that didn't mean she wasn't entitled to an opinion.

"What do you think, Alyssia?" he asked. "Hopetoun is a little rough around the edges, but you're welcome to make it your new home until we establish something with a level of comfort that befits your station."

It all must have seemed very odd, he mused, to a girl that he had first found hiding in an alleyway.

"Thank you," he responded to Saiore's generous offer of help. "I look forward to us working together."

He turned to face the others in the room. They were important people, who had to make important decisions.

"The Barony faces many challenges, and protecting Alyssia is but one of them. Does anyone have a suggestion on the best way forward?"

It was an open question on purpose. He might have been Baron Darius Baer of House von Smooglenuff - on parchment, at least - but he wanted the group to work collaboratively as much as possible. The fledgling barony simply wouldn't survive a power grab.
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Devin didn’t have any idea who of them had the higher rank – Kura as the Albarech, or he as a Baron – but when Karem’s daughter made her appearance, the young man bowed slightly, nevertheless and smiled at her when she remarked that sweets were always welcome. A moment later, when she introduced her ghostly companion, his violet eyes widened noticeably, and he just stared at her. And then he bowed to her as well and remarked, in an exceedingly cheerful tone of voice, “What do you plan on cooking for us all? I cook as well. Maybe I could help you”, he offered, which was not as nice and selfless an offer as it seemed to be. Cooking was one of his favourite things to do!

He wasn’t sure if Barons usually cooked. A lot of nobles seemed to have servants who did everything for them. He was quite looking forward to having servants of his own one trial, but he’d never give up his hobbies, no matter how inappropriate they were for a Baron. Besides, he refused to pass up on the opportunity to cook a meal with a ghost!

And then Nir’wei arrived. The Councilor of Natural Affairs (Did he plan on keeping that job, or would he resign now that he was a Baron?) was carrying a bow and arrows, and insisted that the bow had asked to join them. Most people would have wondered if the man was a little insane, but not Devin. The young man was absolutely fascinated as he listened to him, and he definitely believed him. He asked him, in a very curious tone of voice, “What else does your bow say?”

A few moments later, Saoire stepped into the tent though, and Devin’s eyes widened for the second time in a couple of bits, and then he welcomed her warmly and enthusiastically and with a wide smile on his face because she was his second-favourite Immortal ever (after Delroth). When she remarked that she loved sweet treats, he beamed at her, and then he told her, “If you love sweets, I’ll make sure that there will be some waiting for you every time you come to visit. I’m learning to bake, so, maybe the next cake will actually be homemade – with glowing eggs instead of normal eggs!”

Having said that, he fell silent again, sat up very straight and looked at her and listened attentively. Normally, Devin talked on and on because he loved the sound of his voice so much (It was just such a nice voice!), but when there was an Immortal with you, you should shut up and give her the opportunity to say something. When she mentioned Alyssia, he turned away for a moment though. The young Baroness who had spent some time with him in Scalvoris Town had not arrived yet which was most unusual. Maybe, she had gotten lost? Or maybe, he though, she had been so fascinated by the glowing worms that she’d just decided to stay in Hopetoun Hole instead. He still wished that he could live there!

It was just as he wondered if he should go looking for the girl in case something had happened, after all, that she snuck into the tent. Devin didn’t mind that she was late at all. On the contrary, he smiled at her warmly and patted the chair next to him, a sign that she should sit there. He didn’t like most children, but he really liked her, and he was so happy for her. He had always thought that she deserved more than sickness, hunger and homelessness, and now she finally had the kind of life that she should have had all along in his opinion!

Before long, he turned to face Saoire again though, listening just as attentively as he had listened before. The Immortal of Gifts seemed to be willing to offer them all kinds of support, and he had to admit, he was very, very tempted to accept her offer of help because he wasn’t entirely sure how Baron-ing worked yet. He had pretended to be a noble on occasion, but playing the part of a noble, on stage or in order to con people, and actually being one were two entirely different things. He’d never say so out loud because he very much preferred to pretend to be perfect and such, but he was a little overwhelmed!

Darius, he noticed and furrowed his brow very lightly, didn’t answer Saoire’s question directly. He wasn’t sure why this was the case, but either way, someone had to start, so Devin decided that he would be the one. With a war looming on the horizon, they needed a bit of help, so he turned to the Immortal and remarked, smiling the most charming smile that he was capable of, “Some help with clearing the land and construction would be greatly appreciated, and security is paramount, considering that there might be a war. To be honest, I’m a little worried that we won’t get everything done in time”, he admitted, even though he’d initially decided to never let anybody know that he was worried. He had seen the hole in the Baron’s old mansion though. What if there were still holes and such under them, and monsters would jump out?

“You mentioned supporting each other and working together. I’d very much like to help out at your school and teach classes in return, provided that my work as Baron permits it”, he added for that reason. Besides, he loved teaching, especially at a school where his second-favourite Immortal was in charge. Saoire was his role-model as far as fashion and styling were concerned. The ornaments in her hair were simply amazing, and she was so sweet and kind that he couldn’t help but find her absolutely likeable!

“As for Alyssia’s accommodation”, he continued and nodded at Darius. “If Hopetoun is a little rough around the edges, I could get Alyssia a more luxurious tent that befits her station – with actual furniture in it – provided that this is what you want, Alyssia”, he told her and momentarily turned to look at her. He intended to involve the young girl in any and all decisions, and especially in those that affected her directly.

Normally, Devin didn’t really care about group work and teams and such – he had bad memories from university in that regard – but he realized that he should probably involve the other people in the tent, so he finally turned to Nir’wei and Darius and asked them, “What do you think, My Lords?” He didn’t know if Barons called each other by their titles, but it would be better to err on the side of caution. Besides, his calling them such might increase the chance of his colleagues returning the favor.

He loved being called ‘My Lord’!

“Albarch? Cally?” he added. Kura was not a Baroness, and her ghostly companion was neither a politician nor a noble, but being dead, she might have a unique perspective – and thus asking her might be helpful!

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  • Due to an encounter with a magical tree Devin has bright violet eyes.
  • Devin has fancy black claw-like nails. The Grafter Rakvald made them from the spines that grow on the dubaebo's back and attached them to Devin's hands.

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Devin owns a Ring of Reversal. He's always wearing it, unless stated otherwise.

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For once, it felt pleasant looking around the marquee and realising that he genuinely felt welcome here. Not just for the spread that Darius had laid out for them, or the atmosphere that the tent created, but the people that filled it. Darius, who tried to thank him of all things for the work they'd done together, and of course he immediately began pushing off the praise to speak plainly. "We all did what we had to do at the time, and you would have done the same thing." There was a serious sincerity that brought it slightly above the meaningless small-talk that he so disliked about these ordinary functions, something that he could already see Tel'wehn chastising him for breaking. "If you were in my circumstance, if our roles were reversed, you would have. With less hesitation than I did, I'm certain!" After all, he still did not know the full tale, Nir'wei could wager. Even Yeva did not know that. "There will be plenty more to come, after all. Forged as we are." It was a strange thing to say, but simply knowing that Darius was another Forged made him slightly more amicable. It was more than just another thing they had in common; it was a duty they both shared in their own ways, to Faldrass above all else, and it made it that much harder to question his judgement and rationale.

Devin, despite being up until recently a fellow Councillor, didn't really share that. But he at least showed a damn good smile and an eager curiosity, rather than the usual reactions he received. "It says whatever it feels like saying, really." He paused for a moment to let Karesh chime into the conversation in his head. "Right now, she wants to know why your eyes are such an unusual colour." He smiled a little apologetically. "Sorry. I sometimes wonder if she's really trying to get me into trouble with these kind of thoughts... or if she just knows that there's hardly anything she can say right now to get her in trouble." Though, as he was speaking, his head cocked slightly. She seemed actually very serious. "... Perhaps she just never had much interaction with people, before she became a bow." Karesh became oddly quiet - making soft noises in the back of his head like she wanted to say something, but couldn't quite think how to put it into words. Well, that just made him feel like he was correct, but he'd have to ask her properly later.

They were both rather soundly interrupted by Saoire, though. Not that she actually did anything to intentionally interrupt, it was just that her mere presence at the event seemed to stop conversation dead anyway. Making room for her to ease her way between them all winding her words of encouragement as she went. "Push yourselves into our lives?" he repeated, putting a little more strain on the words. "Frankly, my life is so mundane right now, the least you could do is interfere in it a little so I've got a good excuse to get away from the paperwork." He could feel the absolutely murderous stare of Tel'wehn from somewhere off to his left. "Though, I do mean that sincerely. Your intrusions, whatever they might be, would not be unwelcome. I would hope that I speak for us all," he spoke with a meaningful look and a gesture towards Devin and Darius, "when I admit, with a heavy heart, that I've never been a Baron before... and I'm not vain enough to imagine I'll get everything right the first time. Whatever you might think, whatever you might want to say... well, I welcome it." It was a broad and sweeping statement he knew, but for him, she'd done more than enough to show her trustworthiness.

"As a matter of fact, I do have a thought," he suddenly proposed, both to Saoire's offer to help, and Darius' query on protection. "My, uhh. My Lords. And my... uhh..." He turned to Saoire and paused, trying to remember the honorific for an Immortal, but as the moment stretched long and he grew more exasperated, he gave up and simply gestured to all of her at once. "... You."

"Give me a good few students and I'll train up some pets." A novel choice, but he could already sense eyes rolling back in heads. "Now, before you say it. Give her a good companion animal and it'll be with her around the clock without being obstructive and without needing shifts. You can never, ever understate the value of a good guard dog. I mean, take mine." He could almost hear the squeal from Tel'wehn as he gestured to an empty space next to him... and Greyhide appeared in a flash of colour from the Beneath, already sat to attention. Granted, the wolf was a little bigger than they'd seen him last. His latest 'growth spurt' had taken full effect, meaning that the wolf now easily dwarfed the average horse. "Maybe not this size, but they're completely loyal, cheap - you don't even need to give them a salary..." he began to spew what could almost be a lecture on the topic, as if he'd prepared one beforehand (or more likely practiced it in his head many times over), while Greyhide began to pant and wag his tail once he locked eyes with Alyssia - and the Nightpup she'd brought with her.
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Alyssia watched quietly as the meeting began. She was sad that ChiChi did not appear to be attendance with the rest of them. The barons had been tasked to take care of both the teen and the older woman. She had to have been someone very special to the baron. There were not many adults who would just willingly task someone with watching an adult. But that was not Alyssia’s place to decide. The teen listened carefully happy that Saoire was so eager and willing to help the barons without having been asked beforehand. Or at least, the girl did not think anyone had asked. Though the only one who she had been around was Devin. So, she could not speak to if Nir’wei or Darius had already reached out.

The girl looked when Devin motioned for her to join him at the table. There was an open seat beside him but moving now seemed like it would disturb everything. She waited until there was a moment where she felt no one would notice too much and hurried over to the chair sitting down. The girl bowed her head to Saoire and the rest with a nervous smile hoping it would not reflect so poorly on herself or Devin. She did not want to do anything to make him look bad since he is now a baron instead of just another person. A smile appeared on her face when Darius seemed excited at the idea of her living in Hopetoun.

“I would be honored to stay here. I cannot thank Devin enough for all that he has done for me. Even before becoming a baron, he was kind to me and cared even if I was just a patient. But, I do not wish to impose on anyone for a place to stay,” Alyssia stated. Even after the events at Cylus dusk where the Baron made it clear she would be cared for. The teen was not used to such things as beds and warm meals all the time, "thank you all for what you are doing to rebuild the island. If I may be so bold as suggest making a list of what is needed first? Organization can help prioritize aid to all of your endeavors.”

Alyssia did not want to run the meeting by any means. But it also appeared that Darius was still trying to find his legs during the meeting. The teen probably should have been more nervous about speaking with Saoire and Kura there, but everyone needed to be on the same page. It would not take long for any of the barons to feel left out of only one was getting aid. If all three could make a list of their needs then get together about seeking aid. It could move things forward tremendously for all of them. Sitting back without slouching the teen feel silent to watch once more how the meeting would go. She smiled as Novus crawled on his belly and touches Devins hand with his nose happy to see the man.









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