Tag: Scarlet

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  • Requests

    Talreth, Scarlet and Oleg stand before a huge oaken table with a small wooden diorama of the developing city and reams of documents spread across its surface. One of the city guard, normally stationed outside the Great Hall, enters the room and bows …

  • You Have Mail!

    One night, Scarlet storms up to the guard stationed at the Baron’s chamber door and demanded to speak with the Baron at once. Without a moment’s hesitation, the guard opens the door and announces Scarlet’s presence. The baron pleasantly startled by her …

  • Family Ties

    bq. Dear Scarlet bq. My sincerest apologies for intruding upon your private correspondence, but only three years have passed since your unfortunate choices destroyed your father’s trust and tore the family apart. While I am certain that your wild …

  • Jealousy

    "But The Karain specifically lays out..." "Yes, Deirdre", interrupts Scarlet, "But this is _not_ Qadira. The Book of Forms is a text from the southern lands and *does not* reflect how The Goddess is worshiped here." The younger woman grits her …

  • Dilemma

    "And thus, when the sun rises, we see the dawning glory of The Goddess in all her magnificence. But, we must always remember..." Scarlet's sermon is interrupted as the shrine doors burst open, causing the congregation to gasp and turn in unison. …

  • Dancing

    “…and it was my idea to send the troops for extra training with the kobolds…” Deirdre sighs to herself as Captain Carson continues his monologue of accomplishments. The officer had cornered her nearly twenty minutes ago and there had been no polite …

  • Unexpected

    "Thank you for the suggestion, Marshal", says Faisal, nodding in Nicholas' direction. "I shall speak with Captain Carson about better coordination of our patrols." Walking beside Scarlet and behind the two men, Deirdre glances surreptitiously at the …

  • Seeds

    "Captain Carson", says Deirdre, looking up from her book. "How nice to see you _again._" The little man bows deeply to the young woman, allowing her a brief glimpse of a bouquet of flowers held behind his back. She sets aside the scripture and rises, …

  • Pronouncements

    "If you truly feel he is ready for such a responsibility", says Faisal, "I would have no objection to Jonas assuming the mantle of High Priest." "I'm glad that you see the wisdom of my suggestion, Faisal", replies Scarlet, casting a glance back at …

  • Promotion

    "She's banishing me?!?", cries Deirdre, her fists clenched in anger. Faisal shakes his head, "No, _talib_. The Dawnsister feels that you have made great progress and that you are ready to take on additional responsibility. The Shrine in Abu-Al-Bazit …

  • Paths of the Heart - part 1

    Later than night, Diedre is still seething at the machinations of that filthy whore of a ‘High Priestess’, Scarlet the Harlot, as Deidre considers her. bq. How dare she?!? And how can I turn this to my advantage. That trollop isn’t worthy of my …

  • Teaching

    “I think that’s enough for now”, sighs Deirdre as she stands from the steps of the shrine. “We’ve discussed much today, and you should think on it.” The giant stares at the young woman for a moment before speaking in halting Common. “I no tired. I …

  • Remonstrations

    A gentle cough draws Rabiyah’s attention away from the pile of paperwork on her desk. The black-clad assassin stands before the senior priestess and bows. “You again have need of our services, Dawnsister?” Rabiyah stands and leans forward on her …

  • Wretched

    Deirdre struggles to retain her composure as she gently trickles the warm water over Jonas’ blackened hands. The poor man had screamed himself hoarse as the frozen flesh rewarmed, and has now lapsed into delirious moaning, broken by the occasional …

  • Interrupted

    Scarlet sighs to herself as she gazes into the mirror, brushing out her red hair. It had been a long, tiring day of dealing with decisions for the Kingdom, petitions from various citizens and squabbling between Council members. Everyone had their own …

  • Gathering

    Mehnaz crouches in the shadows of the shrine, cursing her failure in the castle. She had carefully planned each step, from her entry into the fortress to the timing of her strike. There should have been no-one in the passageway to hear the false …

  • Explanations

    “Exactly what were you doing in my chambers, Deirdre?”, demands Scarlet, standing over the younger woman, hands on her hips. “I…”, begins the acolyte. “You’re supposed to be in the Holy City caring for the Shrine and fasting for your Rite of Purity. …

  • Paths of the Heart part 2

    p(. %{font-family:sans-serif}"Excellent my dearest, that is what I had hoped to hear. Now listen carefully and do as I command. First of all, you are going to accept the position in the Holy City. You will "welcome the challange" and show Scarlet how …

  • Awkward

    "Councillors." Scarlet raises her voice slightly to gather the attention of the room. "Thank you for your input and guidance once again. I am pleased that we have been able to come to a consensus on these matters. If there is no other business for …

  • Wounded

    Deirdre stares at the saddlebags, loath to call a porter to carry them down to the courtyard. She hates the long trip back to the barren loneliness of the holy city almost as much as she delights in the weekly journey to the capital. If it were not for …

  • Awkward 2 - Continuation

    Scarlet’s face flushes red with humiliation, as she stands transfixed gazing at the little sweaty man kneeling in anticipation before her. She mutters something under her breath regarding the need to modify the screening process to eliminate …

  • Solicitation

    The camp is quiet after the battle with the barbarians and delve into the temple of Gorum. The exhaustion of the day and the body of the dead noble girl cast a pall across the gathering. The campfire blazes, chasing away the chill of the spring evening. …

  • Persistence

    "...and then she allowed me to hold and comfort her for some time while she cried", concludes Carson, offering more tea to the young woman. Deirdre nods her head in response, setting her cup on the table. "Thank you, Captain. I'm sorry your grand …

  • Reunion

    "Try it, my dear." Deirdre takes the proffered bread, nibbling the corner more out of politeness than any desire to eat. Her eyes widen in surprise at the taste, and she takes bigger bites, unable to believe that she is actually enjoying the flat …

  • Return Engagement

    "So the poor creature latches itself to the top of Faisal's head, and he spends the next ten minutes running through the middle of the Great Market, screaming at the top of his lungs, while Majid and I are running behind him yelling 'Stop Faisal! What is …

  • Necroliloquy

    "This is a foolish waste of time, Dawnsister", insists Faisal, arms folded across his chest in defiance. "We should set off to Restov immediately. I am certain that Brother Morric will be eager to restore the Oracle as soon as possible." Scarlet …

  • Relaxation

    Scarlet trudges to her chamber door, exhausted by another council meeting and day of thankless leadership. Being Duchess _was_ less stressful with Faisal and Deirdre out of her hair, but she missed Ildrim's calm advice and level head. The chance to have …

  • Acceptance

    "She can't _refuse_ to allow me to complete the _tazkiah_!", exclaims Deirdre, jumping up from the chair and glaring down at Faisal. "I have completed all the training and tasks required by the _Karain_!" Faisal stands as well, bowing to the young …

  • Fondest Greetings

    p(. _My Dear Friend Ildrim:_ p(. _I was most disheartened to discover that I missed your recent return to Iadara. Although only a decade, it seems much longer since I have enjoyed your pleasant wit and charming poetry over a glass of wine. But no …

  • Answers

    Deirdre jumps at the knock on her door, grumbling to herself as she crosses the room to answer. She is already speaking angrily as she reaches the portal. "Why are you disturbing me at this hour?! Can't you handle anything yourself? This is the …

  • Consecration

    Deirdre stands on the small platform at the very tip of the Dawnspire's tower, watching the false dawn slowly brighten in the eastern sky. She gazes down at the body of the Oracle laying atop a small bier of twigs and fuel. A lit torch sways in the …

  • Finally!

    "The goddess' blessings upon you, Oracle." Deirdre smiles and replies to the guardsman's blessing, "May the *Eternal Light of Compassion and Vigilance* guide you." The young woman was adjusting well to her new role in the the Duchy. Although she …

  • Reconsider

    "Abdicate!?", exclaims Faisal. "For what possible reason would you consider such a thing, Dawnsister? You have been a wise and kind ruler for this land, finally leading it out of the heathen darkness in which it dwelled for so long." Scarlet sighs, …

  • Reconsider (Part 2)

    Scarlet stares thoughtfully at Faisal’s chair carefully contemplating the General’s last suggestion. She finally returns her focus to the Dawnwarrior and flashes him an approving smile, “Not a terrible idea, Faisal. Sometimes you surprise me! "There …

  • Reconsider (Part 3)

    Scarlet bites her tongue. No longer able to suppress her anxiety, she blurts out, "I have a confession, Deirdre is responsible for the death of the Oracle of Katheer and Brother Morric. "And I can prove it."


    Faisal eyes widen. He …

  • Séance (Part One)

    Knock…Knock… Scarlet opens the door with a warm, inviting smile and gestures the Paladin to enter. As he follows the Dawnsister into her chambers, he is greeted by the scents of flower and spice. He notices the Dawnsister’s desk had been pushed to the …

  • Séance (Part Two)

    Scarlet is unaware that the connection with Faisal has been severed and leaves her arms dangling in the air as the force of the wind lifts them higher and higher along with her chiffon dress. The young man can feel his face flush at the shocking sight. …

  • Guess Who's Coming for Dinner?

    "Scarlet!!!" The squeal of joy rings through the great hall as a young half-elven woman races toward the duchess. Faisal’s hand is halfway to the hilt of his kukri before he realizes the happy reunion poses no risk to the Dawnsister. The …

  • Faces

    Deirdre's meditation is interrupted as an acolyte arrives in the small audience chamber. The boy clears his throat softly and waits for acknowledgement before speaking. "A thousand pardons, Oracle. The _feda-ghazi_ begs a brief audience with you." …

  • Unfathomable

    Faisal steps out of the Dawnspire and inhales deeply. The midsummer air still feels chilled to the Qadiran warrior, although somehow more familiar and comforting. The warming rays of the sun help offset the confused and tumultuous feelings inside as he …

  • Gifts of the Magister

    bq. Aaaahhh... Soletha revels in the luxurious and complex taste of the _Cerdyfgwîn_, instantly transported back to the luxury and sophistication of Iadara. The elven woman misses her homeland at times, but she has already spent much of her adult life …

  • Sisterhood

    Scarlet slams the door of her chamber hard enough to rattle the tiny bottles on her bedside vanity. Storming across the room, she grabs a small flask from her bedside table and rips out the stopper, draining the contents with several large swallows. The …

  • Progress

    p(. _Dawnsister Rabiyah_ p(. _You will be pleased to know that my preparations continue to progress without difficulty. I am gratified by the Dawnmother's inquiries and beg that you continue to reassure her of the wisdom of this venture. The threat …

  • Sisterhood (Part 3)

    _"Besides, it has been lonely and would be nice to have family around. Do you think he will consider it assuming he has no affections for Valainistima?"_ Abigail sits up on the bed, wobbling precariously. "I... don't know. I don't really understand …

  • Guess Who's NOT Coming to Dinner

    Faisal sits at the reception table, surveying the scene as the servants complete their final preparations. The warrior had extensive experience organizing military operations, but none in planning a state dinner for a visiting dignitary. Scarlet had all …

  • By The Way

    Faisal takes a deep breath before knocking. As the door swings open, Scarlet's smile fades slightly at seeing the warrior. "Oh, Faisal. I thought you were Abigail. We're going for a ride in the country today." "A thousand pardons for the …

  • By The Way (Part 2)

    The intrusive humiliating memory of her time spent with Carson resurfaces and Scarlet stares fixedly at the floor reliving her traumatic experience. Her belly begins to ache at the thought of Carson without his pants in bed with her while she was naked …

  • Farewell - Part 2

    _“Your Grace, Lord Faisal and I will leave you to say farewell to your father before we leave.”_ The silence in the room stretches long after the Baron and Duke-Regent leave the chamber. Sadrion stares at the floor, an occasional sniffle the only …

  • New Recruit

    "Our goals are aligned and we could assist each other." Waliyah leaves the implied question hanging as she turns her attention back to the festival events. Her brother strides onto the field, clad only in a simple tunic and breeches. The warrior …

  • Witness

    Mehnaz stands by the entryway, studying the Oracle in quiet meditation. The assassin is certain that this is the same girl who interrupted the attempted assassination of the heretic witch. bq. No doubt one of the first manifestations of her latent …

  • Miscalculation

    Waliyah stands in the air, looking down on the flaming battlefield and shivering in the frosty northern air. The smoke and flames of multiple conflagrations obscure much of the Emira's view of the distant conflict, but it seems clear that the Pitaxian …

  • Clean-up

    As the fog of madness lifts, Deirdre glances about at the carnage before the Dawnspire. The body of the massive spider-being towers uncomfortably close as dozens of undead monstrosities are scattered about. Grok’s smoking corpse lies surrounded by more …

  • Holy War Aftermath Status Update

    The next morning the restless Scarlet approaches the weary Duke-Regent Faisal. It had been a grueling evening and morning tending to the wounded, consoling the mourners and burying the dead. “I have several announcements to make” Scarlet explains. “ …

  • Protest

    "And Dorian told me about how you were right in the midst of the battle, protecting the soldiers and blowing up the enemy!", exclaims Abigail, almost bouncing with energy. "It sounds so exciting!" Scarlet is about to speak when a frantic pounding …

  • Determination

    _“It was Deirdre’s hand wielding the spear that pierced Jaiyana’s heart.”_ The words seem to hang in the air between the two men as Faisal stares at the yellow parchment, his fist slowly crushing the scroll. His dark eyes close and he takes a deep …

  • Sorrow and Fear

    “And then…[mmmf]…she just…[fffmmf]…just kept hurting me!”, sobs Deirdre, crying around a mouthful of cake. Tears stream down her cheeks, leaving bright tracks in the dust and grime. Her robes are only slightly dirty, but stained with multiple spatters …

  • Protest - Dilemma

    The angry crowd murmurs in confusion at Scarlet’s entreaty for calm. Several of the louder rabble-rousers are shushed and various half-formed questions are all shouted at once. p(. “Where is she?”
    ”Why did you attack her?
    “What’s a compulsion?” …

  • Confrontation

    "...put this woman to The Question of the Holy Flame." All heads turn to regard the burly Inquisitor, considering his suggestion. Majid reigns in his annoyance, reminding himself that the outlander can hardly be blamed for his ignorance of Qadiran law …

  • Goodbyes

    Deirdre’s vision is clouded with tears and pain as she watches the massive flaming blade arc through the air in slow motion. The furious expression on the dark-skinned warrior’s face triggers a memory, long forgotten, of the first time she had seen him …

  • Goodbyes - Part 3

    Mehnaz turns as the chamber door opens and Faisal steps in, quickly followed by Majid. The warrior's robe is spattered with blood, as are his hands. Disturbing questions jump to mind, but the young woman decides that patience is the better choice. The …

  • Semantics

    As Majid finishes recounting the events in the dungeon, Mehnaz looks back to the blood-soaked warrior slumped in the chair. <Meting out justice to a blasphemer and double murderess hardly constitutes a mortal sin, _feda-ghazi_. You had testimony …

  • Reprobation

    Faisal kneels before the small altar, trying vainly to focus his thoughts on meditation. His mind races with considerations of phrasing the request, the likely responses, and how he will handle the answer he expects to receive. The sound of quick …

  • Logic

    "%{color:mistyrose}...whatever penance she gave, it would be unjust.%", says Lilith, reaching out to touch Faisal on the forearm. "%{color:mistyrose}I don't understand how she can blame you for executing a double murderess. The woman that was tormenting …

  • Desquamation

    Scarlet crouches silently, watching the couple from the shadows. Firelight from the hearth flickers, casting Lilith and Faisal in dim illumination. The warrior kneels before the young woman, his head bowed. "Are you ready, my love?", asks the …

  • Concern

    "Duke Regent Faisal, may I have a word?", Soletha asks from the door to Faisal's chambers noting thankfully that Lilith wasn't present. "Baroness Soletha, you may enter", Faisal closes the box which was before him where he had sat on the floor and …

  • You are the Law!

    Aleric greets your group as you return to Tuskany. "Welcome back Duke Faisal and Duchess Scarlet. While you were gone we managed to capture two Pitaxian spies. Our interrogation of these two resulted in our discovering the existence of a secret …

  • Illumination

    Faisal grits his teeth in determination as even more Pitaxian ambushers step out from their hiding places in the abandoned abbey. At least in battle, the young man can partially ignore the insistent whispering that has become a daily part of his life. …

  • Ineffective

    Scarlet watches carefully as the elven cleric quietly recites the divine ritual. The wizened old elf had only agreed to come as far as Greengold to perform the spell, and that only after Ildrim had called in a number of favors in the elven kingdom. …

  • Returning the Dead - Part 2

    <And are you content to have a half-_kaffir_ barbarian heathen decide the fate of his remains?>, demands Majid, his voice harsh despite barely rising above a whisper. Mehnaz glances at the northerners standing near the altar, discussing matters …

  • Pillow Talk

    Abigail snuggles in Dorian's arms, enjoying the afterglow. She studies her husband, tracing his fine features with her fingertip, eliciting a sleepy smile and deep rumblings of pleasure. Her touch traces a line down his neck to make random circles on …

  • First...the Good News

    Abigail bounces into Scarlet's chamber, unable to contain her excitement. She barely looks at Scarlet as she skips over to the line of bottles on the cabinet. "You _are_ back! I'm so excited! I have wonderful news! Dorian has decided to accept Lord …

  • Orphaned Again

    The shrine is quiet, except for the soft whisper of a broom on smooth stone. Ildrim and Scarlet watch the girl from the entrance, hesitant to approach and have the conversation. The wizard takes a deep breath and glances at the priestess, giving a …

  • Distraction

    Scarlet rubs her temples, trying to pay attention to the architect’s explanation of Beppo’s proposed theater construction. She had expected to be back to her duties as High Priestess by now, not struggling with the mundane decisions of Rulership. p(. …

  • Senior Management

    "%{color:mistyrose}I have failed you, my lord%", says the smaller devil as it bows low. Asmodeus gazes down at the minion, his expression inscrutible. %{font-family:sans-serif}Yes. Convincing him to continue using the blade was a gross …

  • Active Persuasion

    "With all due respect, Dawnsister, it is not appropriate for me to share rulership with Nicholas. I have no claim on Duke Talreth's throne and only offered to act as Duke-Regent in order to assist you. And it is even more improper in my current state of …

  • She's Baaaaack....

    "May I present; Lady Valainistima Deluves-Estelda, Magister of..." The elven woman brushes past the herald and stands squarely in the center of the audience chamber. Her silver hair cascades over the shoulders of her gold-embroidered robes, sparkling …

  • Venom

    "And he had spread rose petals all over the bed. It was so romantic..." Abigail gushes, her face a deep red from the combined effect of too much wine and the confessed story. Scarlet smiles as she refills the girl's glass, feeling both happy for her …

  • Explanation

    "Royal Advisor Faisal, may I have a word?", Ildrim bows low. "Embarrassing me in public was not enough, you've come to do it in private too?" "My sincerest apologies Faisal. If you would give me a chance maybe you would understand my reasoning." …

  • Unredeemed

    A small group crowds around the crumpled body, remaining far enough back to avoid treading in the pool of congealed blood. The white cloth of the man's simple robe stands out in stark contrast to the dark, brown-red stains where the kukri hilt protrudes …

  • Pint-sized Paranoia

    "There's far too many of _them_ around the castle and the council, if you ask me", grumbles the heavyset gnome as he wipes the foam from his mouth with the back of his hand. "Bad enough that one of them was on the council, but now Duke?" Several other …

  • Venom (Part 3)

    Valainistima looks up as the lock clatters and the cell door opens. She composes herself, rising to face the portal with as much dignity as she can muster, ignoring the throbbing pain in her face. She carefully composes a scowl and readies herself to …

  • Understanding

    'No, the word would be _osvithir_, not _zhannir_', corrects Lulu, gesturing to a separate page of the scrolls. Faisal digs his claws into …

  • Hesitant

    Faisal stands quietly outside the heavy wooden door, uncertain about disturbing the pleasant conversation filtering from the room beyond. The warrior has forced himself to come this far and is wary of accepting an easy excuse to avoid the matter, …

  • The Gift

    Herbert shuffles along the pathway near the castle wall, repeatedly practicing his speech while trying not to turn back and run home. It had taken him nearly two months to work up the courage to approach Kayli and her parents to ask permission for …

  • Whispers

    Lulu quietly watches the holy warrior as she scans the area for threats. Although the third night in the quiet glade was no more likely to offer threat than the first, kobolds who were not wary of _everything_ rarely saw their tenth year. Her husband …

  • Done

    As the walls of the _maze_ finally fade away, Faisal looks across the glade to see Nyrissa's crumpled form surrounded by several of his companions. Lulu and Benny emerge from one of the doors in the small building as Ildrim casts a spell from Zuddiger’s …

  • Unburdening

    As Nyrissa's dying scream fades into the background and Nicholas and Shin begin arguing over pale green stones, Faisal rises and invites Scarlet to accompany him to a quieter area of the glade. After a moment's hesitation, the young woman sighs and …

  • Unburdening - Part 2

    As Scarlet stands speechless, her face growing even paler in the perpetual twilight of the First World, Faisal hastily continues. "Please understand, I only wish to properly express an apology for my behavior and offer some insight into the underlying …

  • Unburdening - Part 4

    Faisal bows his head briefly, unwilling to risk Scarlet letting go of his arm. "If you feel that my presence in this form serves *The Eternal Light of Compassion*, I shall consider the wisdom of your words. I do ask that you reconsider and allow …