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Unread 14th of May, 2010, 15:49
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Layhiri spun away from him, her last words spinning through his mind.

He knew the defenses of Waystone Keep. Its weathered stone walls were deceptively strong, as well as tall and broad. Each block had been consecrated by the blood of heroes during the province's long and bloody history, especially before the war of unification that had made the realm whole over 100 years ago. The entire building was designed as a cunning kill trap for any would-be attackers that wished to invade the nation through the Oritain Pass. Enemies who breached the outer wall would file in beyond the gate into the inner passage, which led directly to the other side of the building as well as the two inner gates. It was a cramped trench with many arrow slits and oil holes looming over it from the high keep walls above on both the east and west sides. Due to the outer wall placement, no siege towers could reach the keep proper to mount the inner ramparts and stop the defenders from raining death onto the assaulting army as it tried to break through the keep gates. Enemy nations had thrice tried to breach Waystone with superior numbers, and each time had been met with horrible losses.

What Layhiri said made sense. The only way to breach Waystone, in Karathas' mind, was through treachery.

No sooner as the next dance had begun, he was interrupted by a soldier bearing a parchment.

"Prince, I bring these from your father, and with news of import. Perhaps it would be best if you saw for yourself," the soldier said.

Briefly Karathas wondered what the alternative to him reading the parchment himself was, but the recent conversation with Layhiri kept him somber enough to not mention this to the soldier, whose name he knew was Iraj. He was a keep guard who suffered from the same lack of humor as his Lord.

He took the parchment without a word and broke the seal, scanning the words quickly.

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The music switched to a local song, and though Sawrina tried to keep up, her attempts were in vain. She was a decent musician, and as long as she had been leading, everything had been going well. She had chosen songs she was accustomed to, songs from her own land. But she had never been good at improvisation, and simply could not play a song she did not know, in a style she was not familiar with, especially with the constantly changing tempo.

When she saw the solider arriving to talk to the Prince, she stopped trying to play. Any intelligence the Prince was receiving now, especially with his father gone, would likely concern the invasion. If he discovered on his own terms that she had arrived on Deemethreesu's fleet, she would likely imprisoned, tortured, and worse. If, however, she provided him with some came clean, and provided him with useful intelligence... Perhaps he would grant her refuge in this castle, until she found what she had come here for.

She stepped with the sitar onto the dance floor, but soon found herself rebuffed at every turn by twirling dancers. When the switch in tempo came, one noble grabbed her hand, and tried to engage her in a dance. She snarled for the briefest instant at his impudence, but then decided that the only way to reach the Prince right now was by dancing towards him. For the umpteenth time that night, her snarl was replaced with a plastic smile, and her cheeks were growing quite tired at this point.

She danced with the noble, and then the next noble after him, manoeuvreing herself closer to the Prince with each change in tempo. At last, she found herself close enough, that at the next tempo switch, she walked over, and bowed.

"Lord Karathas, my name is Sawrina, Lady of Sheld. I believe I have some valuable information for you concerning the imminent invasion by Admiral Deemethreesu's armada."
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Unread 16th of May, 2010, 07:36
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The scrolls contain official orders promoting a guardsman called "Iraj" to Captain, and a letter from Kurigalzu, hastily written but still incredibly neat and deliberate:

My son,

Things have gone awry. An entire armada of unknown origin approaches our coast with rapidity. The fact that we were only made aware of their presence at this, the final moments before landfall, means that someone has tampered with the ancient Lighthouses along the coast. We received no warning from their omniscient flames, and the monks there are not responding to my divination attempts.

There are vipers among us--vile spies who allowed this to happen. I must rally the Provincial troops to supplement the regular army. The soldier who carried this message is to be promoted to Captain and given command of his own men, relieving some of the pressure on you and allowing you to more easily hunt for spies.

Finally, you must find Lady Enheduana. She is far more than she seems, and we will need her help to repel this invasion and hold the enemy back from the Greater Realm.


We must not allow our home to be taken from us. Gods grant you strength.

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Unread 16th of May, 2010, 19:43
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Karathas crumpled the parchment in his fist. His father had a lot of nerve. Who was this newly promoted sergeant to assume command of the entire keep's defense? It was Karathas' responsibility to lead the defense in his father's absence. This soldier must have his father's trust to be so rewarded. Well, Karathas would give the man some responsibility, but he would not yield full command. The spies would be negated shortly, well before the invaders reached the walls.

"Lord Karathas..." the Shelder singer had approached him while he read his father's note. "My name is Sawrina, Lady of Sheld. I believe I have some valuable information for you concerning the imminent invasion by Admiral Deemethreesu's armada."

He glanced at her, then turned to Iraj. "Captain, you have somehow impressed my Lord father. Perhaps it is because of your long loyal service to Waystone without appeal for greater advancement. Whatever the reason, he has seen fit to give you an important task, and I must trust that you are up to it. You shall be commanding the troops alongside me and seeing to it that this keep does not fall. I have another task that I must see to, so while I am attending to it, you will confer with the other Captains in organizing our defense. Prepare Waystone to withhold a siege."

He turned back to the woman. "Arwina, you said? What is it that you wish to say? Be quick about it, my time is precious at the moment and I shall need to address this court very soon."

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“My lord, I believe I can help you identify some of the spies within your keep. I... came in on Deemethreesu's armada, on an advance boat. The party I came in with were to infiltrate the keep, and some of them are already here.”

Sawrina pointed to one of the musicians, the short balding man playing the surbahar. “That man there is the head of the party. He goes by the cover name of Aerock Galaj.”

She pointed to a few others among the entertainers, identifying each, and then turned back to Karathas. “There are a few more outside, in the camp of entertainers. Though I know of no other spies myself, I'm sure that Galaj was briefed on the locations and identities of several other parties.”

She looked down at her feet, and continued in a lower voice. “I am not part of Deemethreesu's armada. I payed my way onto the armada and onto the infiltrators' boat, because I have business in this kingdom. There is someone I came here to find, and I would much rather the keep did not fall while I do so. I offer myself entirely to your services. Besides the scant information I have picked up concerning the armada, I am also a practitioner... of certain arts, which may aid you.”

Now I must hope that he doesn't execute me for being a spy or a sorceress. But I have little choice but to trust him if I wish to find the Namer's servant before the armada arrives...

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Unread 17th of May, 2010, 13:45
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Karathas listened intently to what the woman had to say, and when she was done, he raised his his hand and motioned to two soldiers who were standing guard at the nearby hall entrance.

"You obviously have much you wish to say, my lady, but I think it would be wiser to finish this conversation in someplace more private."

He motioned to the two guards who arrived by his side. "Pokqar and Raziel here will accompany you to the guest quarters in the eastern wing. You shall be safe from infiltrators there, and I will be along shortly to go over all of this with you. Thank you for your forthrightness. It is appreciated."

He nodded to the two guards, and they took positions along either side of Sawrina.

"This way my lady," the one named Pokqar said, motioning her towards the entranceway that he had previously been guarding.

Karathas shared a glance with the guard, and he was satisfied to see that the understanding was there in the man's eyes. The eastern wing was built into the side of the mountain, it had only one way out of it, which could be sealed and guarded. These two would see to it that this woman did not leave the eastern wing until Karathas came for her.

He did not know what he would do with her, but until he knew more about what exactly she wanted, he could not trust her, but if she was willing to point out spies to him, he figured she should at least stay within the walls of the keep.
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Unread 18th of May, 2010, 12:44
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Iraj felt his mouth go sour. He had seen the size of the armada, and did not know when his Lord would return.

Still, he was a good soldier and the fortress was well situated. He saluted, then turned, gesturing that the other soldiers should follow.

Iraj had spent months in the fortress, and he knew its plan by heart. The first item was to seal off most of the entrances, followed by stockpiling weapons, especially arrows, javelins, and quantities of rock at key locations. He stopped briefly in the kitchens (how he missed Leili!) to take quick stock of the food supply. So long as Karathas did not insist in a fete every night, they had sufficient stores to last several months. He also made sure that the cooks knew that it would be important to keep a constant supply of boiling water at hand. It might be less harmful than oil when poured on a defender, but only just.

Iraj was also careful to divide the watches, making sure that even the unlikely approaches to the fortress were watched over, while not giving the men time enough to get bored.

He paused at one point, taking a long drink of water, when he spied Jesper staring out into space. "Get your head out of the heavens, boy," Iraj snapped. "They'll be time enough for daydreaming when the enemy is gone."

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Unread 18th of May, 2010, 12:50
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Raziel saluted his lord before falling into step beside Sawrina and Pokqar.

"Have you ever been to the Waystone Province, m'lady?" Raziel said sweetly, "Or anywhere in the Realm of the Sun and Moon, for that matter? It is a wondrous place, truly; though times being as they are, you'll have to excuse our lack of hospitality."

The three of you walked down a series of confusing torch-lit corridors, and Sawrina could no longer tell where she came from. Pokqar remained mostly silent, only humming a cheerful tune from time to time.

"Pokqar here, he wishes he was a bard," Raziel laughed, slapping his fellow on the shoulder.

Pokqar grinned sheepishly before muttering, "It would be nice, to entertain for a living. I do the Lord and Lady's work, though, and that's good enough for me. Ah, look, here we are. Your chambers, my lady Sawrina," Pokqar said, pulling out a set of keys and unlocking a great wood-and-iron door. He waved Sawrina in.

"We'll be your door guards; do not hesitate to ask us anything. I'm sure the Prince will be here soon to talk to you," Raziel said, closing the door behind Sawrina.

Sawrina heard a click as the door locked, and soon after the swoosh of a well-lubricated panel being slid opened. Raziel peeked in through a now-open barred window in the door.

"We've orders to lock you in, unfortunately, but we can let you out with an escort if you need anything. Just knock!"

Raziel smiled before slamming the window shut.

Sawrina found herself in a largish stone room with a four-poster bed on the left wall. The right wall was mostly overwhelmed by an enormous open-air balcony, with a small mirror and stone washbasin next to it. The far wall contained a chest of drawers and an oaken desk with a study chair. Nothing decadent, but it seemed that Waystone Keep knew how to treat its guests. Or was she a prisoner? The Prince wasn't quite clear.
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Karathas picked up the polished malachite stone that lay beside his father's chair of office. It was smooth and rounded; used for striking upon a grooved indentation carved into the arm of the throne. It was called a judging stone, made for proclaiming judgment over legal matters brought to court. Hefting it for just a moment, he struck the indentation three times in quick succession, making a sound loud enough to bring the music and dancing to an abrupt halt. All eyes turned to him.

"Forgive the interruption, but I have grave news that concerns us all," the Prince said. "Word has reached us that an armada, numbering in the hundreds, has reached our shore without warning from the Lighthouse at Dunjab. The enemy is expected to reach Waystone within a matter of days."

A building murmur of shock and anger started up amongst the crowd of nobles, forcing Karathas to stop speaking. He held up his hand.

"Good people, hear me," he said to little avail. He then picked up the judging stone and struck it twice more. The murmur died down.

"We do not know how or why all this has happened, we only know that it falls to us now to stop it. The High Court is to immediately disband. You who are gathered here, may choose to exit via the north gate towards the greater realm, or through the south gate, to look after whatever holdings you may have.

"I ask that those who go south, if they are within a two days ride, gather whatever forces available and come back to reinforce Waystone. If the keep falls, no force from the north will be able to get through the pass to relieve your homes. Those who cannot make it back to the keep in time, I ask to adopt harrying tactics on the enemy's supply lines.

"Any of you going to the north will need to organize Waystone's supply. If we can dissuade the enemy from direct assault, we will need supplies to outlast their siege. Word must also be sent to the Emperor and Empress, that Admiral Deemethreesu has invaded the Realm. We must have reinforcement."

His eyes washed over the court. It seemed everyone was holding a collective breath.

"Make your decisions as best you can and see to the task in front of you. May the gods be with us."

Karathas immediately went to speak with Captain Bram. "Captain, I need you to post men at each gate, I want them to look out for Lady Enheduana and bring her to me if she tries to leave. I also want you to send a second team to find her, and bring her to me. I have need of her aid and don't want her going anywhere just yet. Oh, and could you also have the musician Layhiri brought to me, I need to speak to her as well. Ah, and one last thing, have the musicians already in the court here brought to the holding cells, except for Master Haragji the tamburi player who is free to go. Someone has accused them of spying and I will need to know their stories. Keep them separate so they cannot confer.

"I will be in the eastern quarters for now. Iraj has been promoted to captain by order of Lord Kurigalzu, confer with him in matters of the keep's defense, but keep me abreast of what methods he's taking."

Karathas gave the captain a salute and then took his leave, heading towards the eastern quarters to talk to the Shelder woman.

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Unread 18th of May, 2010, 16:04
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The Princes words echoed through the corridor as he addressed the crowd. Faint murmurs at best, but Layhiri could guess what he was saying. This were moving faster than she'd expected, and in the wrong direction. Worse still, she lacked information. Without proper knowledge of the situation she was deaf, blind and dumb. She needed to find Enheduana and fast.

Tracing her way through the hallways and corridors Layhiri eventually made it to Enheduana's room at the base of one of the inner towers. Soldiers were already beginning to swarm about in a bustle of preparation. Slipping in she caught her friend slipping into a more basic brown and tan traveler's skirt and blouse. "Duana, I think I've made a mess of things. We're under siege, there are spies about, ones I wasn't aware of anyway, and we're still at least a day out from our ride to the Sheld lands arriving."

Layhiri looked up at her friend. "You'll need to hide Duana. Things are afoot and until I can figure out what's going on, I don't think it's safe. Hide in our special place from when we were just girls and trust no one. I'll come for you when it's time."

Now she just needed to find out about the armada, what information the Admiral received, who gave it to him, and why her friend was so intent on getting to the Sheld lands. Simple enough. Where's my sitar? She thought as she exited the room.
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Sawrina didn't have much to say to the guards as they escorted her through the keep. She was busy worrying about what was likely to happen to her now. The prince was under a lot of pressure right now, and she hadn't made the best of first impressions, she was sure. Her best bet was to be honest and forthcoming as much as possible now, and hope that that would be enough to establish her innocence.

She was so engrossed in her thoughts, that she barely registered their comments, and found herself in the room with the door locked behind her.

She sat on the bed, and began idly playing on the sitar. It wasn't any well-known song, neither here nor in Sheld. She was interpreting a lullaby she barely remembered having sung to her as a child, allowing her fingers and subconscious to take control and calm her.

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Music flowed in and around the room, and soon Sawrina was lost in her songs, plucking out notes with passion and occasionally singing a few lines softly.

She didn't hear the door unlock, but being as she was facing the door while playing, she certainly noticed Raziel fling it open. In one hand was his bloodied sword, and over his left shoulder was the corpse of what appeared to be Pokqar. His face seemed to have melted away, and his whole body was sickly looking--dessicated.

Raziel flung the body on the ground and kicked the door shut, quickly lowering the reinforced wooden bar over the door frame with his free hand while leveling his sword at Sawrina. It exuded a foul aura that warped the local air around it, as if it were a burning brand.

"M'lady," he said in a voice that wasn't quite his own, "we have some… things to discuss."

He smiled gently, moving slowly towards the balcony.

"You see, we know why you're here," he continued, his voice multiplying into many. Great voices, small voices, disturbing voices. The sound of children screaming, as though from a great distance.

"We know why you're here, and we will not allow you to learn any of that putrid woman's secrets. We've already killed the others, yes! The others in that bitch's wretched harem. The Elder Gods are doomed and dying, and they shall not rise again!"

With a murderous, burning look smoldering in his eyes, Raziel leaped at Sawrina and swung his sword, attempting to separate her head from her neck. His sword sung through the air with a sickening sound, as though the air itself was being cut.
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Though she had been paralyzed when Raziel had entered and thrown down the dead Pokqar at his feet, as soon as the sword made its way towards her, she jolted into action. She threw the sitar into the path of the sword, and dived through Raziel's legs.
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Raziel's sword blew the sitar to pieces, which produced a vile racket that caused him to flinch momentarily, clutching at his temples. Sawrina leaped beneath his legs and rolled towards the door, ending up within arm's distance of it.
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Sawrina's dive through Raziel's legs knocked him to the floor. He jammed his elbow roughly into the floor, dislocating it.

Sawrina did not waste a moment. No sooner had Raziel gone down than had she began to lift the bar from the door. With the adrenaline still pumping in her veins, it was soon out of the way, and she was out the door in a flash, running down the hallway.

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Karathas nodded at the two guards in the outer halls. "Follow me."

They fell in step behind him as he marched onwards to the end of the eastern corridor, where a steep flight of stairs led both up to the eastern quarters and down to the ground floor and the inner eastern gateway. No sooner had he ascended the first steps then he heard the echo of a door slamming shut somewhere above. His guards hefted their spears and moved ahead of him, and together the three men completed their climb only to run into a flushed and heavily breathing Shelder woman, the very visitor Karthas had come to see.

She had blood on the hems of her dress.

"My lady," Karathas began reproachfully, but that was all he could say before she interrupted him.
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"My Lord! I - the guard, Raziel, he, he killed that other one, um, Pocqar, and then he came in the room, and he shut the door, and he came at me, but I went beneath him, and he fell, and I ran, and I don't know if he's still after me! Help me, please, I - I -"

Sawrina took a deep breath. She looked down at her blood-stained robes, before looking back into the Prince's face. When she spoke again, it was in her calm and measured tones from ealier in the evening.

"I apologize for my outburst, my Lord. I have just escaped one of the guards you posted at my door, the one called Raziel. I had been sitting in the room you assigned to me, with the guards just outside. I had been playing the sitar that one of the entertainers of the court left with me - which is now ruined I'm afraid - so I didn't hear anything when Raziel came in. He had the other guard's corpse slung on his back, which he dropped on the floor. He attacked me, but I managed to get out of the way, and he fell to the floor. I got away, but I don't know what's become of him."
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"Raziel killed Pokqar?" Karathas said with doubt weighing on his words. "Come, show us proof of this. If you're telling the truth, you'll have no need to fear, you'll have three warriors accompanying you."

The sound of light footsteps coming from the stairs below caused the Prince to stop any further conversation. He held up his hand in warning to his guards, but they already had their spears leveled. The footsteps continued, clacking closer and closer still, until finally the lithe figure of Layhiri stood before them.

The Prince found this most unfortunate. He wanted to speak to the knowledgeable woman, but privately, and after he had dealt with this Shelder problem. He somehow felt he wasn't going to get his wish.
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Layhiri paced down the hallways, barely keeping track of where her legs were taking her. The Shelder woman mentioned that she knew at least a few of the spies, and comparing her knowledge with the foreigner would be a good starting point. She wanted to get her sitar back from the strange woman anyway.

That meant talking to Karathas and finding out where he'd decided to house her, though odds were the young Prince was looking for her anyway. So it was probably best she head back to court. Looking up she noticed she'd wandered into the eastern section of the keep. As she turned the voices of Karathas and the Shelder woman drifted in from further into wing.

"Even better, I can catch them both together," Layhiri thought, marching down the hewn stone hallway as best her dress allowed her. Entering into the flickering torchlight Layhiri learned her ears had not decieved her, Karathas and the Shelder woman were indeed there, as were two guards leveling their spears at her.

"Um...my apologizes. I was looking for my sitar, I believe I left in the care of the young Lady." Looking between them, she caught notice of the blood on the foreigner's dress, and the tension in the soldiers' arms. "What...if I may ask, what happened?"
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The guards visibly relaxed when they recognized the sitarist. Karathas heaved a sigh and then gestured to the Shelder.

"This woman claims one of the two guards I assigned to watch over her killed the other, and then attempted to claim her life as well. She says she got away. The alleged murderer is Raziel. Does that mean anything to you?"

If someone in the keep were to know about abnormalities in the lives of lowly guardsmen, Layhiri was a good person to ask first. She might know something.
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"Does that mean anything to you?" Karathas asked.

The sun lit Enheduana's reading room spectacularly for eight hours a day, and merely amply for another four hours. Perfect considering the volume of work I had to pour through.

"Layhiri, what are you doing?" Enheduana stepped in from her bedroom.

I looked up from my labors, "reading through the more recent military records and reports."

Enheduana grimaced and rolled her eyes, "Is that what you do for fun now?"

"Kind of. It is interesting. But more importantly I need to know what's been happening in Waystone Keep since I've been gone. And this is as good a place to start as any," I began turning through the pages faster barely glancing at each one. I knew what Enheduana was up to, and I'd need to read these later.

"You know, as my handmaiden, you should be helping me prepare for this outing with Lord Daru."

"And as your friend I should be helping you prepare for an entirely different outing."

Enheduana bit her lip, "Alright, I'll give you ten minutes."

"I need at least fifteen."

"Thirteen," she grinned at me, "And you have to come with me. Lord Daru is a bore. How did you get all that anyway?"

"Oh, I told the archivist that your father needed them."

"Layhiri! You can't do that! What if someone finds out?"

"Too late, they're already mostly in my head, and they'll be back before anyone notices."

Enheduana sighed and walked up behind me, placing her hands on my shoulders, "It's good to have you back Hiri."

"I've missed you Duana." I turned the page.


Layhiri's eyes scanned the ceiling, reading words only she could see. "Raziel? Long standing soldier in your father's army. Decorated for bravery and honor in both the attempted invasion of the southern barbarians and in a rebellion in Capital of the Divine Kingdom. The only mark against him is a notation that he refused to participate in the execution of the wife and children of the rebellion leader."

"However," Layhiri cut off any unpleasant action the two soldiers might have taken, "however...of recent, the scullery maids and servants have been complaining that he's been more distant and unpleasant. Even the other soldiers have mentioned that being near him for prolonged periods is unsettling for reasons they can't quite describe."

She looked back at the four people before her and smiled coquettishly, "Or so they say around the taverns. Just rumors from when I freelance outside the Keep Milord." Layhiri turned to the Shelder woman, "My apologize Milady, but a musician without her instrument is a bit naked. Do you still have my sitar?"
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"My apologies, but the sitar was destroyed in the fight. I used it to intercept Raziel's sword, and... well... what's left of it is still in the room... I am deeply sorry."

Sawrina was acutely reminded of her current status. Normally, she would have simply paid for the broken instrument, but since paying for her journeys, she had nothing to offer. Debt was a new concept to Sawrina and one she loathed.

She vowed to pay for the sitar at the earliest opportunity possible.
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Whilst walking the halls to see to the defenses of the Keep, you saw a soldier running towards you. Raziel, if you recalled correctly.

The soldier rushed towards you, bloody sword in hand.

"C-captain," he began.

"I-I need your hel--" he sucked in his breath suddenly, and clutched his chest with his left hand. His eyes grew dark and he hefted his sword.

"And the best way you could help me," he said in a voice of many voices, old and young, male and female, human and… other, "is to die!"

He thrust his sword forward suddenly, stabbing at your chest. A dim red glow could be seen in his coal-black eyes.

Sawrina, Layhiri, and Karathas

Jesper stepped into the hall at that moment. He unsubtly eyed Layhiri for a moment before speaking to Karathas.

"My liege, Captain Bram reports that supplies have been laid in. The inner defenses are prepared and he requests permission to assist Captain Iraj with the exterior defenses!"

Jesper saluted, and awaited a reply.
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"Permission granted. Also, let it be known that the soldier Raziel is to be apprehended for questioning. Inform me when he is found." Karathas dismissed Jesper.

The prince then turned to his guardsmen and the two women. "Let us all walk and confirm what Sawrina has said - if you don't mind." His words may have indicated a choice for Sawrina, but his tone did not. "Along the way we can begin to discuss what you mentioned earlier. Layhiri here will accompany us, I'd like her to hear what you have to say."

Turning his head to the other woman, Karathas gave a brief smile. "I'm glad that you happened by, I have a favor to ask of you after this. It involves your friend who danced with me tonight. I have urgent need to speak with her. We are all soon to be in great danger here, and I don't want to waste time. But first, this Shelder woman here claims to have arrived on a front running ship from the armada you warned me of. She also says that there are spies in the keep. And she's about to tell us exactly why she is here and telling us all this in the first place."

Karathas winked at Layhiri and then looked expectantly at Sawrina as he began to walk towards the eastern quarters where the body of Pokqar waited to be found. The group followed suit.
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Iraj wasn't sure what sorcery this was, or why Raziel was attacking him. Iraj sidestepped Raziel's thrust, his own sword springing into his hand while he did so, and he struck Raziel with a close fist against his chest.

"Raziel!" he shouted. "What is the meaning of this?" he kept his sword up, looking for an opening in the other's defense. In sword play, Iraj knew that fighting an exclusively defensive battle was only going to get him killed.
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