The peace that formerly reigned in Terra Nova has eroded, now little more than a memory. War ravages the continent. Disputes divide kingdoms; ideals divide families. The quest for power consumes absolutely and indiscriminately. None are immune to its allure.
Who will rise and who will fall? Only time—and ambition—will tell.
New gifted family of Lorendale added to the Families of Importance, the Decarlos!
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Helena Kane was practically foaming at the mouth. She had just returned from her lands in the south with her mind full of problems and challenges which faced them, keen to get started when she'd found a note on her desk. From Nikolai. She'd only needed to read the first few words to find herself cursing the men in her family for their foolishness. Her nephew, Hannibal Kane had immediately gone in search of his cousin. The man's wife was still down south, overseeing the preparation of the Kane forces. Already, the marchioness had slipped into damage control mode.
A royal guard was sent to discretely search for Raine Eldouir . She was to come to the captain of the Royal Guard's office, alone and as soon as possible.
Helena would wait. Concern etched upon her features as she turned her head to look out west towards Coheed. "He left a few days ago." It was Hannibal who brought such information later, speaking calmly but not making any attempt to conceal his worry. "We won't stop him before he gets to the border."
Post by Raine Eldouir on May 3, 2021 14:55:15 GMT -5
Now Raine was rested. After receiving healing from Hiram, a long nap, and enough food to feed three of her, she finally felt ready for anything. The question she asked herself at the moment was, what now? Should she go seek out Mune? Had he spread word of her deal? Or would they need destroyed to force their cooperation?
She didn't think too long on it when a messenger brought her a letter. Hiram must have approved that she get it. Seeing that it was still sealed, he must not have cared to read it. How typical. She broke the seal and glanced over the words before tossing it in her fireplace with a grin.
Not everyday she gets a summons from the Kane's, but usually they came from Tybalt. This one was from his mother. If she recalled correctly, Raine had knocked her on her fanny in the snow the Hiem prior. She must really need the dragon for something important if she bothered to get a letter to her. She stretched her arms and made her way outside.
"I'll be back later. Off to visit a friend," was what she told the guard before taking flight in a half form. Reaching the captain's office wouldn't take long, as she knew exactly where she was going at this point. A servant let her into the office and shut the door behind her.
Now, face to face with the woman who held more power in her walking stick than many did in rank, Raine crossed her arms and raised a brow. "And so we meet once more. I'll admit I was surprised to receive a summons from you of all people."
Post by Helena Kane on May 3, 2021 15:40:21 GMT -5
Calling upon the dragon was something which Helena would much rather have avoided. She was the proud sort. She liked to think that she and hers could handle themselves and didn't need to call upon others. Especially not the Eldouir. There was one though, whom if Tybalt was to be believed was not quite as bad as the others. Unfortunately, right now she was presented with a simple choice: either ask for assistance or accept that her son, grandson, daughter-in-law and grandchild who she was yet to meet were lost forever.
The elder waited as patiently as she could. She held sword in one hand, tapping it against her heel thoughtfully as she pondered the issue. It was certainly a fine mess they'd gotten themselves into.
When Raine entered, she would be met with a slight bow from the elder as was in accordance with her rank.
"Believe me. I don't do it carelessly." Helena responded, resting against her cane. She saw no reason to conceal her intentions nor pretend that everything was fine between them. "I know you've met my son. I think he thinks of you as something of a friend." She bit back some comment about Tybalt being a fool. "You know he went to Coheed. He's still not back yet. Now my idiot of a grandson's run off as well." Helena made no secret of what she thought of Nikolai for having taken such a risk.
Were all the Kanes to depart one by one, each going to rescue the other? Soon enough they'd have to move the castle to Coheed so that the poor devils could cope with the influx of immigration.
"In short, I need your help." On Tybalt's desk was a map of Coheed, he'd been studying it right up until he left. "I know that you and your family have been burning Coheed tribes. If Felicity wasn't there, then it stands to reason that she's with one of the other tribes. They were close to the border when they were taken, so that only leaves Orok Pa or Kustaabo." Raine was free to interject if she disagreed with anything the marchioness was saying. "Have your family paid a visit to either lately?"
Post by Raine Eldouir on May 3, 2021 15:58:02 GMT -5
Raine inspected her fingernails, feigning indifference. The idiot grandson, Raine admittedly had no interest in, but Tybalt was a friend. Not just to Raine, but the dragon as well, not that she'd admit it. She was listening, just not acting like it.
Once Helena had said her piece, Raine shrugged. "I personally haven't been to either of those. Orogyda recently. However, if you need a search and recover, you realize that Hiram simply won't just let me go unless there's a good reason? I would like more than anything to see Tybalt back here. Coheed is no place for any man." Mainly because Coheed would soon be hers, and she was no man.
She stretched. "I will do it. I'll even look for your idiot grandson, but what's in it for me? How do I keep from ending up in deep water with the Eldouirs again?"
Post by Helena Kane on May 3, 2021 16:06:52 GMT -5
Helena nodded slowly. If anything, she imagined that losing Tybalt in Coheed would probably quite suit the gifted. It would be just another example of why mere mortals couldn't be expected to fill the shoes of a gifted.
The elder dismissed, the woman's concerns with a wave of the hand. "Let me worry about Hiram. I will claim full responsibility. You can say that I threatened you or your dog or something. I think you'll find I can be quite persuasive, if I put my mind to it. Besides, we might yet find something of use for our regent, she's the one calling the shots around here." Helena hated both of them of course but then she hated most people.
There was of course the matter of what would happen if there was an "incident" of some kind and they encountered trouble. "I'm sure that Hiram would like to have the Kanesmen at his command. Even if it is just to throw their lives away idly." He'd never have them. Hannibal and his lot would see to that much but neither Raine nor Hiram needed to know of that much. "Why not grant the wish of an old lady losing her mind and if anything happens to me, I'm sure nobody in your circles will cry too much?"
Post by Raine Eldouir on May 3, 2021 16:26:45 GMT -5
Yeah, like Hiram would believe this woman was any threat of any kind to the Eldouir. In fact, the idea was rather humorous, and yet, she'd like to see it. As Helena once more finished talking, the last thing she said caught her attention.
"Wait wait wait. Who said you were coming with me?"
Post by Helena Kane on May 3, 2021 16:36:41 GMT -5
Helena struggled not to roll her eyes at the gifted's statement.
"I believe, I did." Helena would, none the less, take the time to explain at least some of the logic behind her statement. "Correct me if I'm wrong but we don't know where any of those missing are. I'm guessing that's what took you and yours a while to locate Bryce Allemeade. Without the entirety of the Eldouirs for backup, we would have to adopt a more political approach if we wanted to avoid burning them." If the reason for her presence wasn't clear enough, she would spell it out. "They have weapons to counter you now. Those that we've seen and perhaps others too. So for you to rest on the ground is to expose yourself to danger, wouldn't you think?"
There was of course, another reason why Helena wanted to be careful. She was acutely aware that things were different now. "It's been a few months. They'll have a baby with them..." She added that last part more quietly.
Post by Raine Eldouir on May 3, 2021 16:41:10 GMT -5
"Tch. The only reason it took them so long to find Bryce was because I wasn't there. Second, the injuries I took during said rescue were because of her. Had nothing to do with Coheed. I can destroy an entire village on my own. Besides, I merely have to show up and threaten them and they'll listen. I've killed tens of thousands of them with just my fire. And they aren't the only ones with new tricks."
She had new powers as well. But it appeared that Helena wasn't going to budge on this. "And, exactly how are you going to 'handle' Hiram if you're with me? Hm?"
Post by Helena Kane on May 3, 2021 16:52:12 GMT -5
Helena couldn't help but shake her head. "And they think giving him Lorendale's armies is a good idea.." She couldn't help but mutter to herself. "You don't need to destroy an entire village. You burn them, there's every chance you'll burn the prisoners as well. Even if you don't, they might just kill them to make a point and claim it as vengeance." She didn't want to labor the point about Coheed's little tricks, able to tell that she was banging her head against a brick wall by trying to talk down such an ego into reality.
"If I don't come with you then Hiram's just going to wonder why it is that you didn't fly off and then turn back around and report back to him, isn't he?" Either way, there would be trouble. "Hannibal can deal with the initial trouble. I will tackle the fallout when it comes."
Post by Raine Eldouir on May 3, 2021 17:04:23 GMT -5
"Hmph, you speak as if I have no control over myself." Well, she had control of Raine, but the dragon wasn't about to drive into that conversation right now. "Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am not Hiram. I never will be. Now, I'm assuming you're meaning we leave right now. Why not just fill Hiram in? Is it that hard?"
Raine didn't know about the current headbutting between the Eldouirs and the Kane's, but she likely wouldn't care right now anyway. "Also, you're old. What makes you so sure you'd stay on my back? I don't fly in straight lines. And Coheed is male dominated, I highly doubt they'd listen to reason from you. No. I'm going alone. You don't like it? Then find someone else to rescue your family."
She turned towards the door. "Now, if we're done here, I believe I have a long journey ahead of me." If Helena didn't stop her, she'd leave, ready to find Tybalt, and the others, maybe.
Helena straightened herself somewhat before answering Raine's question. "I would rather present it as a fait accompli, than ask permission from Hiram. You know the man. There's no love loss between him and my son. I think the likelihood of him sanctioning any rescue attempt, especially by an Eldouir are slim to none." Perhaps she was doing the gifted an injustice but that was plainly the way that she saw things. It would suit Hiram quite nicely to have the captain of the Royal Guard, one of Lorendale's most senior soldiers and a man who exerted a fair amount of power in his own right, whilst equally commanding a sizeable amount of respect and loyalty, done away with, especially if it was through his own failings.
"Call me "old" again and I'll show you which one of us is the dragon." The woman grumbled. She tapped her cane against the floor a couple of times, as she thought the matter over. At the end of the day, the elder realized that she didn't have much of a choice. "Very well. I'll trust you Raine Eldouir, Tybalt certainly does. If you can bring home my family, I will deal Hiram and ensure that there's no fallout from this. The Kane family will be in your debt."
If Raine wished to take her leave. Sobeit. The sooner this nightmare was over and done with, the better. "Thank you." It was, for once, a sincere statement from the woman. The softer tone that she used, should have made that much apparent.
Post by Raine Eldouir on May 4, 2021 7:58:00 GMT -5
Raine sneered. "Don't thank me just yet. I'll be back as soon as I can. Just don't count your chickens before they hatch." For all they know, the rest of the Kane/Zane family might already be dead, or very close to it.
She left without another word to Helena, and not caring to hear more back.