It has been nine years since the fall of Alterac, after the King Aiden Perenolde betrayed the Alliance and sided with the Horde of Orgrim Doomhammer. For this betrayal, King Aiden Perenolde was dethroned and Alterac City was sacked. The nobles and population fled the land and the Kingdom of Alterac was no more.You are Alric Perenolde, the Prince and second heir of Alterac. By the order of King Aiden, you were sent into temporary exile to be safe from the Second War. This exile turned permanent and Captain Normand Garside, your guardian for the past nine years, made sure that you were safe and learned the useful skills that would help you in the future.Now nine years later in the year 15 after the opening of the Dark Portal, you are ready to take the responsibility and try to unite the scattered Alteraci people and reclaim the lands that were once the Kingdom of Alterac.Having dealt with the Syndicate presence in the village of Stonedon in the Strahnbrad Hills and winning the trust of the village chief to not interfere in the eventual invasion of the hills, you returned to Tarren Mill to organise the invasion and deal with some personal matters.Back in Dawnholme you didn’t have much time to continue dealing with the invasion till a messenger from Lord Blackmoore arrived asking you to accompany him to Capital City. Lord Blackmoore had been called there to answer why he allowed Thrall to escape and to deal with the fiasco. Seeing that accompanying him would be beneficial to you as it would allow you to maintain a good relationship with Lord Blackmoore and to have a chance to talk with King Terenas and others, you decided to take up the offer.On the way to Capital City you visited Dalaran and met Prince Kael’thas and had a good talk with him. When you arrived in the Capital City, you went wandering through the Royal Palace and the person you had been missing way more than you had imagined. After a reunion that you liked a lot, Calia Menethil guided you into the study of his father King Terenas where he and Lord Uther the Lightbringer were discussing something. Now though they wanted to know, why are you in Capital City?Welcome to Alterac Resurgent Quest!…Twitter: https://twitter.com/MedivhQM/qst/ Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Alterac%20Resurgent%20QuestPrince Alric Stats: https://pastebin.com/rysxdRsvQuest Mechanisms: https://pastebin.com/CyD88qqfCharacter List: https://pastebin.com/FkYd6wkJ
>>5269197“King Terenas, Lord Uther.” You said to both men and gave them a slight bow. “I am here because Lord Blackmoore invited me to join him.”“Lord Blackmoore has arrived? Why would he invite you to join him?” King Terenas asked you and put down some of the papers he and Lord Uther had been looking at. He seemed to be quite curious about this.“Because King Terenas, I attempted to help him to find the escaped orc.” You said to him and continued. “And for Calia, I…”“Alric had been wandering around the palace for some time and I bumped into him when I was coming from the gardens.” Calia interrupted you and said to his father with a smile. “You can’t imagine how fun of a surprise it was to see him and exchange pleasantries. You know how you have said to me to make friends and here is one I met in Stormwind.”“I mean yes.. you are right. I have said that to you.” King Terenas was going to say something else first, but then relented. “Well now you are here Prince Alric.”“Last I heard, you were preparing to invade the Strahnbrad Hills. You left your men to come here to defend Lord Blackmoore?” Lord Uther asked and seemed a bit puzzled. “You know the reputation of that man, don’t you?”“I trust my officers to handle the logistics and get everything ready till I return.” You said to Uther. “And yes I know his reputation, but how many neighbours do I have that are willing to work with me?”You said to him with a tone that clearly expressed your irritation with your situation. Diplomatically you were left to pick up the leftovers so to speak. Lord Uther decided to not press his point further after hearing your tone.“Then if you plan on helping Lord Blackmoore, how are you going to do it?” King Terenas asked and leaned forward while crossing his arms. King Terenas seemed to want an edge over Lord Blackmoore.How are you going to do it? You had talked with Blackmoore and he had suggested for you to just speak the truth and if they are going to ask more questions about Thrall, then you are going to put a big emphasis on the business and coin making aspect of having such a successful gladiator. But after talking with Taretha, you had that itch again to tell King Terenas what you really thought about Blackmoore, even though you needed him as your ally.>Politely decline to answer, you aren’t going to provide King Terenas any tips to be used against you or Lord Blackmoore. Information is arrows to be used against you after all.>You are going to tell them what you have seen and done in Durnholde. That is the truth and you believe that the truth is on the side of Lord Blackmoore.>Speak openly about Lord Blackmoore to King Terenas and Lord Uther right now. Express your disdain of what kind of a man he truly is. But at the moment you are still planning on helping him.>Other, write in.QM: Pastebins are up to date. I said it would take a few days to get the thread up, but apparently I had an uneventful night so here it is.
>>5269204>>Politely decline to answer, you aren’t going to provide King Terenas any tips to be used against you or Lord Blackmoore. Information is arrows to be used against you after all.Try to keep it as neutral as possible while being as polite as possible. They should understand that revealing what you are doing before the negotiations is stupid. I don’t think we gain much if not anything if we were to talk shit about Blackmoore so better to avoid that. Do this all professionally and everyone should be happy.And good to see another thread of this quest.
>>5269204>Politely decline to answer, you aren’t going to provide King Terenas any tips to be used against you or Lord Blackmoore. Information is arrows to be used against you after all.
>>5269204>Lord Blackmoore invited us to testify on what we have seen in Durnholde and that is what we shall do. Durnholde is a major element of region’s security architecture and it working properly is in our all interest.I have mixed feelings about this situation. It’s probably not a good idea to backstab blackmoore here if only because it would undermine our image of a man of integrity. But so would lying in his favour. It will probably be best to stick to facts during the hearing and let the Alliance draw their conclusions.But we will probably end up having to defend our movements as well. That shouldn't be difficult though, the Strahnbrad route is in everyone’s interest long term even if it may see drop in trade for some locations in short term. In fact, the naval base is still an ongoing project, right? Shortening the logistics will make it cheaper to build as well as maintain.
>>5269204>You are going to tell them what you have seen and done in Durnholde. That is the truth and you believe that the truth is on the side of Lord Blackmoore.Feel like Alric will tell the truth regardless, just a matter of if we want to tell them that beforehand. Way I see it, we win some points with Terenas and lose no advantage if we answer his question.
>>5269204>>Politely decline to answer, you aren’t going to provide King Terenas any tips to be used against you or Lord Blackmoore. Information is arrows to be used against you after all.>Lord Blackmoore invited us to testify on what we have seen in Durnholde and that is what we shall do. Durnholde is a major element of region’s security architecture and it working properly is in our all interest.Professional and simple. Without saying things they can use against us, this is what we did. Nothing less or more
>>5269204>>You are going to tell them what you have seen and done in Durnholde. That is the truth and you believe that the truth is on the side of Lord Blackmoore.
>>5269204>You are going to tell them what you have seen and done in Durnholde. That is the truth and you believe that the truth is on the side of Lord Blackmoore.
“Lord Blackmoore invited me to testify on what I have seen in Durnholde during my visits there and that is what I am going to do.” You said to King Terenas. King Terenas seemed somewhat disappointed when he didn’t hear what he wanted, but he seemed to be content on at least receiving an answer.“Well if Lord Blackmoore is here, then we should have the hearing tomorrow afternoon.” King Terenas said to you. “Lord Uther, can you have the tribunal ready by then?”“I can King Terenas. We have everything prepared.” Lord Uther said.“Good, I knew you had already dealt with it. Then we can finish these talks now. Come see me later in the evening Uther, we still have some things to discuss.” King Terenas said and made you understand that this meeting with him was over.“I will then accompany Prince Alric for a moment.” Lord Uther said and stood up from his chair. “Lad, please follow me.”You gave a slight bow to King Terenas and nodded to Uther. As you started to leave the room and Calia was going to follow you, you heard King Terenas call her to stay for a moment. You turned to look at her and with a smile and a nod she said goodbye to you. You knew you would be seeing her later, if not today then during your visit here. And you couldn’t wait for that.…Having walked some distance from King Terenas' study and having arrived into a small courtyard, Lord Uther turned around to face you.“Lad, you younglings are going to cause me more grey hairs than I already have.” Uther said and shook his head. “First you come here without a warning, then you and Lady Calia walk into our meeting and now…”“Lord Uther, I am sorry if I have caused more problems to you.” You said to him.“Oh, you haven’t. It is not about that.” Uther said and continued. “But stupid of me for to not introduce myself for this must be Lady Malevus.”Malevus was amazed and didn’t really know to say anything immediately, until she managed to stutter something out.“Y-yes Lord Uther, I am Malevus.” She managed to say and did the deepest curtsy you had seen her ever done.“Rise Lady Malevus, there is no need to bow that deep for an old man like me.” Uther said back.Malevus stood up and still seemed to be shocked that she had managed to meet with one of the legends she had read and heard about. She had just met her idol.“But back to you Prince Alric, now that you are here I wish, I hope and I would like to see no shenanigans or trouble happening or appearing.” Lord Uther said to you with a stern tone. “You do have after all a bit of history of ending up being the most talked about person around. We are not in Stormwind, we are in Capital City now.”“I will try Lord Uther.” You said to him and tried to suppress a smile.“You will try… I am too old for this.” Lord Uther said before being silent for a moment and then suddenly laughing. “What am I saying, how can I stop what is inevitable.”1/2
>>5270400Lord Uther had left to deal with some other things he still had to do. Again you were left alone in a palace that you didn’t know and neither you nor Malevus knew where to go or what was where? You sighed deeply for you would have to find another servant to ask directions from.>Lord Blackmoore has probably arrived, go see him and tell the news of the tribunal that is going to happen tomorrow. You should probably go through the things you are going to talk about for the second time.>Go find the steward and then the room that is going to be given to you. You also promised yourself to tell Malevus the truth about Taretha, you and Thrall and why she was ordered to leave the room so do that too.>Wander around the palace and attempt to find Jaina Proudmoore as you know that she is here. Maybe if you don’t find her, then maybe you find someone else?>Other, write in.
>>5270405>>Lord Blackmoore has probably arrived, go see him and tell the news of the tribunal that is going to happen tomorrow. You should probably go through the things you are going to talk about for the second time.We should talk with him so that we don’t have to talk tomorrow.
>>5270405>Go find the steward and then the room that is going to be given to you. You also promised yourself to tell Malevus the truth about Taretha, you and Thrall and why she was ordered to leave the room so do that too.
>>5270405>>Lord Blackmoore has probably arrived, go see him and tell the news of the tribunal that is going to happen tomorrow. You should probably go through the things you are going to talk about for the second time.
>>5270405>Go find the steward and then the room that is going to be given to you. You also promised yourself to tell Malevus the truth about Taretha, you and Thrall and why she was ordered to leave the room so do that too.She already knows our history with Uther right?
>>5270405>Lord Blackmoore has probably arrived, go see him and tell the news of the tribunal that is going to happen tomorrow. You should probably go through the things you are going to talk about for the second time.For the love of don't tell Malevus the truth in the place full of ears that will overhear everything especially since they will no doubt keeping an eye on us, especially in our quarters. If we want to tell Malevus do it in a much safer and more discrete location.
>>5270916you make a good point, I'm probably not paranoid enough for these circumstances.But then we should be careful what we say in front of Blackmoore as well to not undermine our value in the hearing.So I guess I'd switch to>>Wander around the palace and attempt to find Jaina Proudmoore as you know that she is here. Maybe if you don’t find her, then maybe you find someone else? for this reason
>>5270405>Lord Blackmoore has probably arrived, go see him and tell the news of the tribunal that is going to happen tomorrow. You should probably go through the things you are going to talk about for the second time.Let's not give our... ally the impression that we're ignoring or avoiding him. Besides, I get the feeling things might go south if we don't try to get a more unified statement over what happened ready
>>5270916Maybe we can talk of it in one of the gardens ?there is a place we can use surely.
When did we route lock calia did I miss a vote somewhere?
>>5271314The kiss vote in stormwind presumably.
>>5271314I don't think it necessarily completely locked it, but honestly I'm down to just roll with it because waifu wars are hardly ever healthy for a quest in my experience
>>5271337I dont even think theres any waifu war to be had considering that QM made a canon love interest so its kinda weird going against it.I dont even like calia
>>5271314I don’t think we’re hard locked either, Calia’s a good one though so I’m quite happy with her.
>>5271314It s not hard locked, but it started as a relation. As a Prince we could have even other women if we want, be lovers or what not. Choices appear time to time.Eitherway we will see how this developes, even if I recon Alric already understands, it's not going to be easy at all due to politics. Could be his first love/relation.
“Alright, I should talk with Lord Blackmoore.” You mused aloud.“Prince Alric, to talk about tomorrow?” Malevus asked you.“Yes, better to talk today than to wait till tomorrow.” You said back and straightened your chaperon. You probably wouldn’t enjoy talking with Lord Blackmoore that much, but because of him you are here and as much as you dislike the man, you would still do what you had been asked to do.…It did take some time for you to wander through the palace and find a servant who could help you. The size of the Royal Palace continued to amaze you compared to the certain compactness of the Stormwind Keep. If you were to compare the two places, you were now in a proper palace built for a mighty ruler to live in and rule their land, while Stormwind Keep felt more like a fortress made for a warrior that was as much away soldiering and keeping the peace in the realm as he was at back home. In the end you managed to find the steward who in turn had been looking for you since your disappearance. The man seemed relieved to see you and after brief, but relieved greetings, he told you that all your belongings had been already brought into the room that they had quickly prepared for you.The steward was ready to guide you there, but you had the other plans in mind. You asked if Lord Blackmoore had arrived and if he had, could the steward escort you to him?Thankfully Lord Blackmoore had arrived not so long ago and he had been guided to his room. The steward warned you though that Lord Blackmoore was slightly sick according to his handmaiden and wouldn’t take visitors.…Lord Blackmoore had been given a room in the guest wing of the palace. When you reached the door that was guarded by a pair of Durnholde footmen who said that Lord Blackmoore was inside, you thanked the steward for the help and knocked on the door several times. It took some time and when you were ready to knock again, you heard the lock open and the door was pushed open.“Prince Alric, I guess you want to see Lord Blackmoore?” Taretha asked as she peeked from the door.“That is correct.” You said to her.“Then come in.” Taretha said to you. 1/2
>>5271641You quickly stepped in with Malevus behind you and saw Lord Blackmoore sitting on a chair while pouring another goblet of wine from a pitcher.The man wasn’t sick, he was just drunk.“Prince Alric.” He greeted you and took a long sip before putting the pitcher down. “Taretha, please leave for a moment and take the elf with you.”You nodded to Malevus and watched as Taretha guided Malevus out of the door before closing it.“Lord Blackmoore, I have news and we should talk.” You said back to him. “The tribunal regarding Thrall's escape is tomorrow afternoon and I thought we should go through the…”“Tomorrow!” Blackmoore raised his voice and seemed disgruntled. “They call me here and they immediately have the… tribunal was the word you used, that thing ready for me.”“Lord Uther had prepared everything ready.” You said to him as a matter of fact.“Uther? You talked with Lord Uther already?” Blackmoore said and finished the goblet and started to pour another. It wasn’t even that late and he was already quite drunk.“Yes, in fact I already talked with Lord Uther and King Terenas.” You said to him.“Terenas? You talked with the King? You just arrived here and immediately you got an audience with the King?” Blackmoore asked you and was a mix of bewildered and drunk. “It took me years to meet the man.”Was he envious that you had met with Lord Uther and King Terenas? No, this seemed to be resentment and not just envy. Blackmoore couldn’t believe that you had already spoken with them“Yes, something like that.” You chose not to tell how you got the audience.” And I told them what we discussed in Southshore. I will be telling them tomorrow what I have seen just like we talked about and agreed to do.”Lord Blackmoore seemed to be not so pleased when he heard that. Clearly he didn’t like the fact that you had just met with two men who are amongst the most powerful in the whole Lordaeron and you had talked with them about the tribunal.“You didn’t tell them anything? You better not have.” Lord Blackmoore said and even by being a really functional alcoholic, you started to hear his speech slur somewhat. “You better not have ruined this, or else…”Or else what? Was Lord Blackmoore threatening you or what was he saying? >Or else what? You shouldn’t allow him to threaten you like that. See if he is bluffing or completely serious.>Remind Lord Blackmoore that he is a Lord and you are a Prince. Who your father was opens just as many doors as it closes and this time it opens them.>Tell Lord Blackmoore that he is drunk and that he should stop drinking. Tomorrow is a long day and being badly hungover or continuing to drink are really bad ideas.>Other, write in.QM: There has been no romance or route locks yet. Things can still happen, things can still change a lot.
>>5271644Hmm, don't know what's the best approach here.>There has been no romance or route locks yet. Things can still happen, things can still change a lot.You say that, but the only scenario in which Alric breaks up with Calia without being an asshole is with King Terenas forcing him to. Granted, that's a very likely scenario, but it's still a soft route lock.
>>5271644Inform Blackmoore that we did not tell them anything else about him.
The main thing that made me think we were locked was the amount of kissing the hugging and holding can be passed off but if we were to chose anyone else after we have now repeatedly kissed her would really be a dick move, the only way out I see that we arnt a dick is we fail to save her from arthas when he does the regicide
>>5271644>>Tell Lord Blackmoore that he is drunk and that he should stop drinking. Tomorrow is a long day and being badly hungover or continuing to drink are really bad ideas.No sell Blackmoore otherwise. Better to let what he said just be not reacted upon. If he is seen drunk or badly hangover, he could be seen not being able to do his work.I think Calia is super sweet and could be the one, but the politics that come with her worry me that it will make everything difficult even if Calia and Alric are in proper love. Will Terenas allow this? Can Calia leave Capital City to visit us? Still I think we should go for her and see how it goes. Do as much things with her now that we are in Capital City as we don’t know when is the next time Alric gets to see her.
>>5271644>Tell Lord Blackmoore that he is drunk and that he should stop drinking. Tomorrow is a long day and being badly hungover or continuing to drink are really bad ideasA truthful and credible testimony is less likely to sabotage you than showing up drunk…The man is making it really hard to not look for ways to sweep the rug from under him. But we are not in position to give him a blow that would make him unable to threaten us back, or force him onto path of righteousness.I guess we could bait him into attacking us and then defending ourselves. Not sure what our chances would be though. Or to get him to attack another actual alliance noble. Well both are dangerous for multiple reasons.
>>5271644>Other, write in.Clench our teeth before we cut his head off, when we are done get out maybe a spar with Malevus will help distract us from the offenses received. We can talk with her as well."I have no reason or desire to do so Lord Blackmoore, remember that i have my own affairs back home. It would be quite unwise to do anything against you, when i have already close relations with you. If another lord replaces you, he might just hate me because i am an Alteraci. Which is not uncommon.">Tell Lord Blackmoore that he is drunk and that he should stop drinking. Tomorrow is a long day and being badly hungover or continuing to drink are really bad ideas.Take away all the alcohol, and tell servants to not bring more.Water and bread.We need his mind ready for the tribunal. Have Taretha repeat him our defense when is sober, especially if he doesn't understand a thing now. Advise him to not do anything that would ruin his reputation in the palace of the king, like beating a servant or get drunk again.
Would it be possible for Blackmoore to be redeemed from his miserable state? I can't rightly imagine how that would happen or what we could do to bring it about. He's normalized his depravity together with Langston and it would take something drastic to shake them both.We find ourselves in a very precarious situation as his advocate. The hearing will be interesting and unpleasant.
>>5272186Maybe, I don’t see it being easy. Langston meanwhile seems like the person who keeps things running. I think as long as he is around and doing well, we can influence Blackmoore through him.
Lord Blackmoore seemed to have one of his not so great days today with alcohol making him belligerent. You wanted the reason why you are here to go as well as possible and to do so you would have to get Lord Blackmoore to behave and not be drunk. “Lord Blackmoore, tomorrow is a long day and if King Terenas and the others see you either drunk or badly hungover, what will they think of you? A truthful and credible testimony will accomplish a lot more than showing up drunk.” You said after taking a deep breath. “You are drunk right now and not thinking straight. We need you to be as clear as possible come tomorrow.”You continued looking at Lord Blackmoore and waited for him to respond. Instead he just took a sip of the wine and waved away your concerns.“I know what they think of me. I drink too much, I am a son of a traitor general, have you heard that story Prince Alric? My father Aedelyn Blackmoore served Alterac, he served your father, but he sold his country for some Stromgarde gold.” Blackmoore said to you and spat on the floor. “Still I succeeded.”You didn’t remember hearing this story and if you had heard it, you understood his point. Blackmoore’s reputation wasn’t the greatest, but because he delivers results, he has kept his position as the Commander of the Internment Camps.“And for you to have another chance to succeed in the future, we need you to be as clear as possible. Because what will you do if someone else is ordered to take your position and you are sent to command a garrison in the swamps of the Wetland?” You raised your voice a bit and argued against him. Blackmoore seemed to be proud of his accomplishments and it could be the key to get him to understand the importance of this.Blackmoore listened to what you said and finished his goblet.“Prince Alric, I wish to be alone and I won’t repeat myself.” Blackmoore said back and managed to sit back down on the chair before he started to ignore your presence.So this was how he was going to act. Just ignoring you. Seeing that there was no point in attempting to speak with him any further, you left the brooding and drunk lord in his room alone.Outside in the hallway you waved Taretha to come to you. You told her that Lord Blackmoore shouldn’t drink not a drop more of alcohol and he needs to be sober tomorrow. Taretha promised to do what she could to make that happen.With you having done as much as you could outside of confiscating everything liquid that wasn’t water from Blackmoore’s room, you had to just have your hopes up and wish that he was ready tomorrow. Because if he wasn’t, you weren’t sure that your testimony is enough to carry the day.1/2
>>5272473With the help of a servant you had managed to find your room. It wasn’t in the same guest wing as Lord Blackmoore’s room, but instead in the same wing where the Menethil family lives. You had expected a fine room, maybe something just as big that you had been in Stormwind or in Dalaran, but you hadn’t expected this.Multiple rooms, personal bath, own kitchen if needed, balcony where you could see the gardens and beyond into the Lordamere Lake. The room given to you was huge, so huge that you had to ask a servant if you were given the right room?Apparently you were, you are a Prince so you got a room fitting of a royalty.…You had been alone in your room with Malevus for a while and the evening had arrived. Sir Gravis and his knights had taken quarters in the barracks of the Royal Palace and Malevus had been given a private room in the servants quarters in which she could sleep without having to share space with the servants.A servant had brought you and Malevus something light to eat and drink as you let the time pass. The thing was, you had always been bad at waiting for things and you were getting bored. You should maybe do something to pass your time, or will you just attempt to go to sleep early to be ready tomorrow.>Talk with Malevus now about Taretha, Thrall and you. Also ask what she thinks of this trip and your task of helping Lord Blackmoore.>You should wander through the Royal Palace to kill time and to learn the layout of the palace and maybe you could find someone interesting or someone who you know.>Wait for a moment and attempt to find where Calia’s room is to visit her. Your earlier meeting with her was quite short in the end.>Other, write in.
>>5272480Go to sleep early.
>>5272480>You should wander through the Royal Palace to kill time and to learn the layout of the palace and maybe you could find someone interesting or someone who you know.Yay mystery boxAlso…Tell Malevus we will speak more later on this affair. If we expect her to follow her conscience as a Paladin should, we should be on the same page.
>>5272480>>Wait for a moment and attempt to find where Calia’s room is to visit her. Your earlier meeting with her was quite short in the end.Mystery box tempts me a lot, but I will choose Calia instead.And yes tell Malevus that you will talk with her later.
>>5272551support looks ok
>>5272480>You should wander through the Royal Palace to kill time and to learn the layout of the palace and maybe you could find someone interesting or someone who you know.Hoping for Jaina as she might have some advice for tomorrow
Mystery Box! No best roll this time!>1d10>Taking the third roll
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5273641here goes a filler...
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5273641man i sure love filler episodes.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>5273641??? found!
would it be too much of a spoiler to ask what the roll table was at this point? I imagine 1 might be Arthasalthough it's probably better to keep the mystery for next opportunity
“Alright.” You suddenly said and jumped up from the couch you had been lounging on.“Alright what Prince Alric?” Malevus asked you.“I can’t stand this boredom, I need to do something.” You answered. “We should talk about all this on a later date.”“I understand, what are you going to do Prince Alric?” Malevus stood up too and was ready to follow you.“I need to go for a walk. You can retire for the day, see you tomorrow Malevus.”“See you tomorrow Prince Alric.”…>9You had left your room and locked the door before leaving to wander the hallways. With it being already late there were even less servants moving in the palace and the few of them that you met greeted you as you passed them. It seemed that the word had spread and now everyone knew that you were here. You walked past the doors and hallways to the rooms the royal family used and wondered where Jaina was as you hadn’t seen her yet. You made mental notes as you mapped the palace in your mind where whatever was so that if you needed to go somewhere, you wouldn’t have to ask for guidance and not worry about getting lost. With the palace being a huge place, getting lost was a real thing that could happen.Passing the Royal Gardens, you walked deeper into the palace and stopped to look at pieces of art or statues of long gone kings and generals before you suddenly found yourself under the canopy of stars as you stepped outside. The clear night sky opened above you and the moon provided you enough light to see even without a lantern where you had arrived.A cemetery.The family cemetery of the Menethil family was located in the far corner of the Royal Palace and after realising where you had arrived you had thoughts about leaving the place, but when you noticed that not all gravestones had the name Menethil on them. Amongst the ancient Menethil’s were graves of other ancient nobles, warriors and generals of renown of which some you recognized from the books you had read.Then you noticed a grave you didn’t know that existed.Aiden Perenolde's grave was amongst the Menethil’s. Your father was buried here. Looking at the small gravestone you realised that you hadn’t really thought about it before. After your father had allied with Orgrim Doomhammer’s Horde and later helped them for the second time, he had been ousted by Lord Uther and thrown into prison where he had died in obscurity. You remember hearing the news from Normand Garside maybe five to six years ago, but you just had put it aside and you hadn’t processed it in your mind or talked with anyone about it.“I see you have found the grave.”1/3
>>5274615You heard a voice of a lady behind you and you turned around to see who had found you here. An older lady, maybe in her fifties wearing a dress in the colours of Lordaeron with her long blond hair and a face that reminded you of the siblings you had learned to know in the past year.“Queen Lianna.” You greeted her and gave her a slight bow.“Good evening Prince Alric.” Queen Lianna said to you and continued. “I heard from a handmaiden that ‘the Alteraci has been wandering the hallways’ and I found you here.”“Waiting isn’t my strong suit and I was awfully bored.” You said back to her with a chuckle.“That is what we have heard. You have been a popular person to spread rumours and news about. This rogue Prince is doing things, saving towns and defeating his enemies. Not a day of a rest.” Queen Lianna said back with a smile before becoming more serious. “We probably wouldn’t have these talks if things were different.”Yes, if your father hadn’t betrayed the Alliance, you probably wouldn’t be here or achieved the things you had done.“But don’t worry about what has happened in the past, for we cannot change it. Worry about the future, the obstacles you are going to face and make sure that you will overcome them.” Queen Lianna said to you.“There are plenty of obstacles to overcome and some people want to put more and more of them ahead of me.” You said.“But remember that you have friends and people that support you. Treasure them, trust them and help them. You might have hundreds of enemies and only a few friends, but those few friends you have are the most important things you have.” Queen Lianne told you.What Queen Lianne said to you was true and sounded somewhat familiar to what you had said to Calia back in Stormwind. Had she told her mother what happened there? Does she know about you and Calia?“You're right Queen Lianne.” You said and nodded.“You have more friends and allies than you know about, just not everyone is ready or willing to publicly support you.” Queen Lianne said. “Just keep doing what you are doing Prince Alric.”You opted to just nod to what she said to you for it was true.“But isn’t it quite late? You should go to sleep Prince Alric, for tomorrow is probably a long day.”“You are right Queen Lianne, I should probably go to sleep.” You said to her. “Thank you for this talk.”“It was my pleasure. Now go and continue doing what you have been doing.” Queen Lianne said. “Good night Prince Alric.”“Good night Queen Lianne.”2/3
>>5274617…You had allowed Queen Lianne to leave first as you kept thinking about your father in the cemetery for a moment before you too left for your room to catch some sleep.The next morning you put on your fine clothes that you had bought from Stormwind which apparently had given a good impression to the people who had seen you wearing them. You are probably going to be surrounded by nobles so just wearing your normal clothes wouldn’t be the best way to go.Having eaten breakfast, taken a bath, put on the clothes and rechecked everything twice, you were ready for the day.With Malevus, Sir Gravis and his knights escorting you through the palace, you could see how the place was alive and full of servants and visitors. The grand hallway that led into the imperial chamber had plenty of curious onlookers that had been barred entry to the chamber, but were still intrigued to hear the news and the result of this tribunal in addition to the other business and decisions done today in matters unrelated to you. Not that often this many nobles and others would gather into the chamber so days like this were followed relatively closely.“Prince Alric Perenolde of Alterac.” The guard standing by the large door shouted to introduce you to the crowd inside the imperial chamber as you stepped in and when he did that, the many nobles and those allowed into the chamber turned their heads and fell silent.“Has Lord Blackmoore arrived yet?” You quietly asked the guard and received the answer of not yet.So you were early or he was late to his own tribunal.The imperial chamber had silken curtains, golden chandeliers and a pure white marble floor which had intricate designs with concentric circles and a triangle in the middle. At the center of the triangle was another circle with the golden seal of Lordaeron that was somewhat hidden underneath a long table that had been brought into the chamber. The high domed ceiling, with the octagonal window at the apex, let in plenty of natural light and you could see the many balconies that overlooked the chamber where ambassadors could easily see and hear everything that was happening in the chamber.With Malevus following behind you, you walked past the nobles until you stopped and took a spot nearly in the front. Quickly the nobles continued their own talks and you could relax a bit without having several dozen pairs of eyes keeping a close watch on you.Looking around you saw the throne empty and there was no one sitting behind the long table either, just a few clerks bringing scrolls and papers there. Then you spotted some familiar faces in the chamber. Lord Uther spoke with a pair of paladins next to a wall on the other side of the chamber, maybe they were part of the tribunal? And you saw Jaina Proudmoore standing amongst the crowd and when you noticed her, she gave you a smile and waved.3/3
>>5274618You didn’t know how long you would have to wait for Lord Blackmoore or in what kind of shape the man is, so you didn’t exactly know what to do? Should you just wait for him and do nothing or maybe go talk with someone?>Go see Jaina as you haven't seen or talked with her yet. See how she is doing and talk with her about what she thinks about this case.>Introduce yourself to the two paladins who are with Lord Uther. Keep things professional and ask how this tribunal is going to go.>You are watched by many people, so just stay put and wait for Lord Blackmoore. You have the time to talk with people later.>Other, write in.QM: I won’t reveal the exact list, but think of the people that most likely could be visiting Capital City. Most of them were in that list.
>>5274620>>Introduce yourself to the two paladins who are with Lord Uther. Keep things professional and ask how this tribunal is going to go.
>>5274620>Introduce yourself to the two paladins who are with Lord Uther. Keep things professional and ask how this tribunal is going to go.
>>5274620>Go see Jaina as you haven't seen or talked with her yet. See how she is doing and talk with her about what she thinks about this case.Atleast acknowledge her.
>>5274620Nod and smile back at Jaina (unless we did that automatically) and then >Introduce yourself to the two paladins who are with Lord Uther. Keep things professional and ask how this tribunal is going to go.Probably better not to provoke the assembly too much
>>5274620>>Introduce yourself to the two paladins who are with Lord Uther. Keep things professional and ask how this tribunal is going to go.Yes nod and smile to Jaina, then go see the paladins. We might learn something useful from them.
Introducing yourself to the two paladins wins. I need a second vote.Is Alric going to call Thrall he or it? Basically is Alric going to call him as a person and humanize (orchize?) him a bit or is Alric going to follow the majority opinion and call Thrall it, basically implying that Thrall is a beast and inhuman creature like people see orcs? This decision has an effect how some people will react to what you say and how they see you.What do you call Thrall?>He>It
>>5274971>>ItWe don't want to look like an orclover like our father.
>>5274971>>5274980To add, appearing sympathetic to Thrall might make Blackmoore suspect us of collaborating with his escape.
>>5274971>>HeI think he won't win, but I think humanising him has benefits in this. Calling Thrall it is the safe choice, but could gain approval of some people. Also people might already think we are an orclover because we are a Perenolde so whatever we say doesn't matter.This has some risks, but I think Alric should take it and not pretend to say something else he wouldn't normally say.
>>5274971Avoid using pronouns, use context relevant nouns instead or structure sentence to allow for him to be implied subject.As last resort, use “it”.I don’t think we would be comfortable calling the orc ‘it’ casually given what we know, and that’s going to show regardless.
>>5274971Hmm, Alric has stated previously that he sees Thrall a bit differently from the other Orcs he has encountered, having seen a spark of intelligence in its/his eyes to Lord Garinthos.>HeSince that was how Alric referred to Thrall back then. Best stay consistent I say.
>>5275034That is true. I change my vote to>>5274971He
>>5274971>HeBite the bullet at the very least make thrall the exception considering that other orcs alric has met are the internment zombies and the blackrock orcs.
>>5275045>I change my vote>1 post by this IPeh?
>>5275045>>5275055Warlock Magic clearly. Hard to count really when counting votes.
>>5275055I have no idea how that happened desu. Maybe my tablet snapped onto my phone or my router got reset without me noticing? I’m >>5275011 and>>5275045
You gave a deep nod and smile to Jaina and mouthed to her ‘we will speak later’ and it seemed that Jaina understood your intent. Now it wouldn’t be the time for you to approach her, especially as Lord Uther and the paladins were right there. After all, you had a reason to be here.Walking towards Lord Uther, it was one of his paladins who noticed you and when you reached them they weren’t taken by surprise.“Lord Uther, it is my pleasure to see you.” You said to him as you knew him and gave him and the paladins a deep bow.“Hello Prince Alric.” Uther said to you and introduced his two compatriots. “These are Sage Truthbearer and Tirion Fordring, they will be joining me in the tribunal.”“Pleasure to meet you Tirion Fordring and Sage Truthbearer.” You said to them.So a second of the five legendary paladins was here and you recognized the name of Sage Truthbearer from one of your books. Uther had clearly built the tribunal around his paladin pals and you thought that you had seen four chairs behind the large table, meaning three of the four members of the tribunal were here. One remained and you had a really good guess who it could be.“So this is the much spoken Prince Alric.” Tirion Fordring said to you and gave you a pleasant smile.“The one and only, not that many Perenoldes are alive right now.” You said back to them.“Why are you here?” Sage Truthbearer asked you. He seemed sceptical about you clearly.“Because Lord Blackmoore invited me here.” You answered his very straightforward question. “Durnholde is one of my closest neighbours after all.”“We did fight against the gnolls together.” Uther said and nodded. “Prince Alric and his Alteracis were an important part of our expedition.”“I did read the report about that. It is good that the gnolls were brought to justice and peace was brought upon the land.” Tirion Fordring said and continued. “Prince Alric, I also read about your participation in the expedition and about your sparring match against the orc because of which we are here. What can you tell us about this Thrall?”“Thrall is a good fighter, an even better gladiator, but I beat him during our short sparring match.” You said to him and kept things vague enough. “Opting to keep things till the tribunal? Smart.” Sage Truthbearer said with his stern voice.“How does the tribunal even work? No one really has explained this to me.” You said to them as you didn’t really know.“There will be four of us and King Terenas.” Lord Uther said to you. “We will first question Lord Blackmoore and then any of the witnesses.”“Thank you Lord Uther. I hadn’t really had a chance to learn these things.” You said back and gave him a gentle smile.“Don’t worry about it Prince Alric. As long as you tell us the truth, on your part everything will be fine.” Tirion Fordring said.“Remember just not to lie to us.” Sage Truthbearer mentioned.1/2
>>5275272There was some commotion in the chamber as several of the ambassadors arrived to their balconies and the people in the chamber started to move closer to the walls to give you some room.“Alright Prince Alric, it is time for us to perform our duty.” Lord Uther said and gave you a nod.The three paladins walked to the table and you followed behind them to take a spot amongst the audience in the chamber. After they had sat down, you saw the person that you had guessed to be the fourth member of the tribunal. Prince Arthas Menethil in his full plate mail entered the room and took a seat next to Lord Uther behind the table. He gave you the look of ‘why are you here’ and clearly didn’t like the fact that you had arrived at his home. It didn’t take long for King Terenas to follow him and sit down on his throne.Everyone was here except Lord Blackmoore.The people in the chamber waited for him for a moment until people started to question where he was. Some of the people gave you curious glances, but you opted to not recognize them or react to them.Finally just as people started to become restless, Lord Blackmoore entered the imperial chamber.He too was wearing his better clothes and seemed to be quite sober or he was hiding his hangover really well. Whatever magic Taretha had managed to conjure, she had clearly succeeded.“Good morning Prince Alric.” Blackmoore said to you and you could hear the tone of disdain in his voice. He clearly didn’t want to be here, but sometimes you had to do your duty.“Good morning Lord Blackmoore.” You said to him. “You look fresh.”“Oh shut up.” He whispered to you as he clearly didn’t like your dig.The clerks went through the process of how the tribunal would work and introduced all four members of it that were sitting behind the table. You knew Lord Uther and you had a feeling that he was the fairest of all four members. Tirion Fordring seemed to be the most curious of all four and probably wanted to hear the truth, while Sage Truthbearer seemed to be the most strict of the four and seemed to be the one wanting justice to happen.Prince Arthas was the big question. Freshly made into a proper paladin, you thought that he would follow their rules and guidance, but you also knew that he was somewhat temperamental and disliked you. Would that play a part in all this? You frankly didn’t know.You knew that they would be asking questions from you so the only question you had was how would you end up answering them?2/2
>>5275276>Truth of what you had seen in Durnholde, leave nothing hidden and answer all of their questions as truthfully as possible, even if that means speaking badly of Lord Blackmoore.>Answer the questions like you and Lord Blackmoore had planned to answer. Emphasise what you had seen and the economic benefits of having a gladiator of Thrall's calibre.>Opt to give non-answers and clearly avoid speaking the full truth. You are going to dodge and weave through their questions. You aren’t going to drag yourself into any trouble.>Tell the truth about Lord Blackmoore about what kind of a person he is and throw him under the carriage so to speak.>Other, write in.
>>5275277>Answer the questions like you and Lord Blackmoore had planned to answer. Emphasise what you had seen and the economic benefits of having a gladiator of Thrall's calibre.If something implicates Blackmoore then only answer if questioned.
>>5275277Throwing Blackmoore under the bus is tempting and we’re unlikely to ever get a better chance than now. But regardless of merits doing this would make it to top ten pandaren picture book betrayals that could leave us isolated.On the other hand supporting blackmoore for pragmatic reasons is not without hazards either. It would be probably best to go with>Speak truthfullyIt’s what we do, after all. And in fairness it is true that the gladiatorial event brought quite some traffic to Durnholde.
>>5275277>>Answer the questions like you and Lord Blackmoore had planned to answer. Emphasise what you had seen and the economic benefits of having a gladiator of Thrall's calibre.Stick to the plan.
>>5275277>>Answer the questions like you and Lord Blackmoore had planned to answer. Emphasise what you had seen and the economic benefits of having a gladiator of Thrall's calibre.Stick to the plan. I didn't expect he to win, but as anon said, it is the most consistent choice.dhnsp
Just keep in mind that if we cover blackmoore too unconditionally it’s will undermine weight of our testimony and risks setting the paladins against us. It would likely be better to allow some of Blackmoore’s laundry get exposed - even for him, as it mitigates risk we’re seen as Alteraci conspirators.
>>5275277>Opt to give non-answers and clearly avoid speaking the full truth. You are going to dodge and weave through their questions. You aren’t going to drag yourself into any trouble.
>>5275321What laundry should we expose on purpose? Because I don't think any of it is super viable to do on purpose.
>>5275576I don’t mean engineering a specific leak, just not bending over backwards to paint him in positive light at all costs.Not trying to spin narrative or pulling wool over inquisitor’s eyes. Offer arguments we have for why his work is contributing to region’s security and admit benefits of the gladiator event without outright endorsing it as without risks or drawbacks.
When it seemed that everything was ready and the tribunal was going to start, you looked around the chamber to see if you could spot anyone else who you could recognise. In one of the balconies high above you stood a dwarf with a long braided beard, in another was a bald goblin with a monocle and the rest of them were filled by ambassadors from other human nations.Around you were nobles and probably very notable burghers who had gained access to be part of the audience for the tribunal by being rich enough. You didn’t recognise any of them, but you thought that some of them must be very important people or at least have a partial interest in this case.The tribunal was started by Lord Uther who first spoke about the events that had happened and why the tribunal had been formed. The main issues why Lord Blackmoore had been called to Capital City were that he had allowed an orc to escape from Durnholde and secondly that the orc had been trained to be his own personal gladiator. The questioning started by asking Lord Blackmoore very basic questions. What his position was, what were his duties, how many Internment Camps there were and how many orcs those camps had. Then the tribunal moved to questions more related to the case at hand. How he had found Thrall, where did the idea to train him as a gladiator come from, how profitable the gladiator business is and how secure Durnholde was?Lord Blackmoore had to think his words more when he spoke about Thrall, it was either because he wasn't telling all the facts or he was still very much bitter and angry about Thrall’s escape, but he managed to express himself well enough. Still it did seem that not everyone was convinced. There were murmurs in the crowd when Lord Blackmoore explained his idea of putting Thrall to work, to provide something for him and not just to be yet another mouth to feed.1/2
>>5277394“Prince Alric Perenolde, could you please step forward?” Lord Uther called you.The crowd knew that you were here, but there was still that mix of surprise and disbelief in the air. To many it did seem that the idea of you existing hadn’t been considered. You gave a quick glance towards Jaina and saw that Calia had joined her in watching the proceedings as you walked where Lord Blackmoore had been standing just a moment ago. Now all the eyes in the chamber were on you.“Prince Alric, could you please tell us how you ended up being involved in this?” Lord Uther continued.“Lord Uther, the first time for me to be in Durnholde Keep was during the expedition against the gnolls that you launched and in which Prince Arthas also participated. During this visit to Durnholde, I had a chance to spar against Thrall.” You told them.“How did your sparring match go?” Tirion Fordring asked while making notes.“I won.”“You won?” Sage Truthbearer commented. “Lord Blackmoore just told us how successful his orc had been in the gladiator tournaments.”“You are correct, I had a chance to witness Thrall fighting in one of the tournaments. He is a great gladiator, saying anything else would be a lie.” You told them.“That sounds very much like you are praising the orc Prince Alric.” Arthas said to you and continued. “If the orc was such a great gladiator, how could you have beaten it? Did the orc just lay down for you and allow you to win?”“Prince Arthas you know how good fighter I am.” You said to him and knew that people around you realised what you were talking about. “Thrall is a great gladiator and in that environment he excels in, but Thrall is only a good fighter outside of that environment.”That left Arthas silent and it seemed that he accepted your answer.“Prince Alric, you mentioned your second visit to Durnholde. What was the reason for that? Why would you visit Durnholde? Just to see the gladiator tournament?” Tirion Fordring asked and raised his gaze from the scrolls back to you.Lord Blackmoore hadn’t really talked about you when he was questioned, just mentioned that the relationship between Alterac and Durnholde was strong due to being close neighbours and because you had helped in the search for Thrall. But nothing about sending soldiers to Durnholde to help guard the camps while being paid directly by Lord Blackmoore and not from the camp budgets.>Diplomatic mission to know your neighbours better. You toured the whole Hillsbrad region during it, including Durnholde which happened to host the tournament when you were there. Probably the most vague of the answers.>Lord Blackmoore invited you to talk about trade opportunities and closer cooperation between Alterac and Durnholde. >You were called to lend a hand in helping to guard the camps. Explain the agreement for Blackmoore to hire Alteraci soldiers as guards outside the official budget.>Other, write in.
>>5277400>>Lord Blackmoore invited you to talk about trade opportunities and closer cooperation between Alterac and Durnholde.
>>5277400>Lord Blackmoore invited you to talk about trade opportunities and closer cooperation between Alterac and Durnholde.
>>5277400>>Lord Blackmoore invited you to talk about trade opportunities and closer cooperation between Alterac and Durnholde.I think this is a safe choice.
>>5277400>>Lord Blackmoore invited you to talk about trade opportunities and closer cooperation between Alterac and Durnholde.True, we don't need to tell them about the guard deals.
>>5277400>Diplomatic mission to know your neighbours better. You toured the whole Hillsbrad region during it, including Durnholde which happened to host the tournament when you were there. Probably the most vague of the answers.
>>5277400Is Medivh okay?
“I was invited by Lord Blackmoore to talk about trade and potential closer cooperation between Alterac and Durnholde. With Durnholde being one of my close neighbours, it would make sense for us to have some sort of a relationship.” You said to Tirion Fordring.“Did you succeed in making a trade deal or what was the end result?” Tirion Fordring asked you.“No, we didn’t agree on trade, but as I am here, we clearly did manage to form a relationship of some sort.” You said and shrugged a bit before continuing. “Of course inviting me did coincide with the tournament, but won’t events like these make a good chance to have a good impression on your visitors?“I guess you are right Prince Alric.” Tirion Fordring said and continued making notes. “I don’t have any more questions.”“Then we call Lord Blackmoore back for more questions as we now have a better idea of what has happened.” Lord Uther said and gave a nod to you.You returned the nod and walked back to where you had been standing previously as Blackmoore stepped forward to answer more questions. The paladins asked him about the security of the Internment Camps and how the funds and the budget has been used previously. You were quite happy that the paladins hadn’t asked you about any military help to Durnholde nor Blackmoore said anything about the deal between you and him.As it seemed that the paladins were stopping, next it was King Terenas himself who spoke to Blackmoore. When the old King leaned forward, everyone in the chamber started to listen more closely.“It was bad enough that you thought it a good idea to train an orc to fight in gladiatorial combat.” King Terenas began. “But to train it in military strategy, to teach it to read, to write…I must ask Lieutenant General…what in the Light’s name were you thinking?”It felt like Blackmoore seemed to physically diminish right in front of his eyes. Blackmoore had avoided the questions from King Terenas before this and while he was growing older, his voice commanded respect and when he spoke in situations like this, every word had weight behind them.1/2
>>5280877“You assured me that the funds and materials went directly into stepping up security, and that your pet orc was securely guarded.” King Terenas said and continued. “And yet somehow, it is out there instead of safely inside Durnholde. How is that possible?”“It is certainly unfortunate that Thrall escaped.” Blackmoore frowned and rallied somewhat. “I’m sure you understand how I must feel.”It was a hit on Blackmoore’s part; Terenas was still felt offended by the fact that Orgrim Doomhammer had escaped from under his very nose. But it wasn’t a particularly wise hit as King Terenas seemed more incensed than before.“I hope this isn’t part of some disturbing trend. The money is earned from the labour of the people Lieutenant General. It goes toward keeping them safe. Do I need to send along a representative to ensure that the funds are properly distributed?” Terenas said with an even more serious tone.“No! No, no, that won’t be necessary. I will account for every penny.” Blackmoore quickly replied as he had realised his mistake.“We shall see.” King Terenas said and turned towards Uther. “Lord Uther, you may continue.”“Then we ask Prince Alric for more questions.” He said.As you walked past Lord Blackmoore, you gave him a quick glance and he seemed relieved that it wasn’t his turn to be asked questions.“Prince Alric, we have read the report from Lord Garithos. How would you describe this orc, this gladiator Thrall to us?” Sage Truthbearer asked you.You thought back to what you had spoken with Lord Garithos. He had asked you about the orcs and you remember what you told him. You had said that Thrall had this different spark in his eyes that the other orcs didn’t have. You also had told him that you applauded Lord Blackmoore’s efforts in attempting to get something out of the orcs, but that it was foolish to allow Thrall to escape. You could just say that to the paladins as it was probably what Lord Garithos had written down, but there were an awful amount of nobles and other important people in the imperial chamber. What would they be thinking when you tell them what you had said to Lord Garithos, especially as you were a Perenolde? And you didn’t even know if he had even mentioned that in his report. And then what about Thrall himself, could what you answer cause the Alliance to double down on hunting him?“Prince Alric, could you also answer what you think about keeping Thrall imprisoned for life and forced to fight as a gladiator? Is that the right thing to do?” Tirion Fordring asked and raised his head off the scrolls and notes.You had feared that they would ask that question and you didn’t really know what to say.2/2
>>5280879>Be truthful and repeat to them what you had said to Lord Garithos. Different spark in his eyes, applaud the effort, but foolish to let him escape.>A good fighter that could pose a threat to Lordaeron if he was to find the orcs that are still free in the wilds. A threat to the security of the whole region and beyond.>A single orc in the wilds poses no real threat as there are still numerous Blackrock and Warsong orcs hidden in the mountains and wilds. One orc does not tip the balance to them.>Other, write in.Choose one:>Yes, for Thrall is an orc and the place for the orcs are the camps and cells where they are locked away and incapable of causing anymore harm.>Decline to answer as it is not your duty to decide the fate of the orcs.>No, no one should be responsible for the crimes done by their fathers. Being imprisoned for something you haven’t done for your whole life is not right and it is inhuman.QM: Please vote for both and I shouldn't have to say, but this is a big vote. Some will like the answers, some will hate the answers. And you can cancel that worry, life was just awfully busy so it took me an extra day to find time for the update.
Speak of the devil and he shall appear, good to see ya.>>5280884>Be truthful and repeat to them what you had said to Lord Garithos. Different spark in his eyes, applaud the effort, but foolish to let him escape.Say something along the lines of:>"I don't know much about the orcs or their horde or the war against them. All of the pain, the sorrow, the struggle of that war were distant to me. But.... What I do know, is being judged for things you did not do. Being held responsible for crimes you did not commit. Of being denied the things which are rightfully yours, your birthright. All because of blood and politics. That, I fullheartedly believe, is a most grave injustice."Making it personal to us makes a much more compelling case.
>>5280884>A good fighter that could pose a threat to Lordaeron if he was to find the orcs that are still free in the wilds. A threat to the security of the whole region and beyond.>Yes, for Thrall is an orc and the place for the orcs are the camps and cells where they are locked away and incapable of causing anymore harm.
>>5280926It is a very bad idea to compare ourselves to Orcs.
>>5280884>Be truthful and repeat to them what you had said to Lord Garithos. Different spark in his eyes, applaud the effort, but foolish to let him escape.>Yes, for Thrall is an orc and the place for the orcs are the camps and cells where they are locked away and incapable of causing anymore harm.Just treat thrall as an exeption not the rule considering alric really doesnt have any reason to beleave otherwise
>>5280931Eh, my intention was just a mix of alledging ignorance and taking shots at the alliance. The comparison being valid isn't asserted and I wouldn't want it to be.
>>5280940>taking shots at the allianceWe're in Lordaeron.
>>5280949Yes, and what was said was entirely reasonable and was already, in different words, stated to them previously.
>>5280884>Be truthful and repeat to them what you had said to Lord Garithos. Different spark in his eyes, applaud the effort, but foolish to let him escape.>No, no one should be responsible for the crimes done by their fathers. Being imprisoned for something you haven’t done for your whole life is not right and it is inhuman.I wouldn’t make a direct comparison between Alric and Thrall as that probably would go too far, but I would definitively raise the fact that it is inhuman to be imprisoned for your whole life and we can feel sympathy to anyone who has suffered because of what their fathers have done. We can agree that Lord Blackmoore tried to get something out of the orcs, but imprisoning for life is where we draw a line. It is just way too inhuman.We should preface what we say that by being a Perenolde, whatever we say about orcs will be seen through the actions of our father. We are either orclovers or attempting to kiss ass. Mentioning that might get them to see what we say differently as they would be forced to realise their potential bias before judging us.
>>5280956Agreed with all except the imprisonment for life part, it's a rather limpwristed argument to me. Either he committed a wrong and life imprisonment is the just punishment or he didn't and therefore deserves no punishment.
>>5280973Now did Thrall do anything wrong? Someone who has been living their whole life in a cell? Or are his crimes just what other orcs did? We can agree that attempting to gain something out of the orcs can be smart. Not to pay amends directly as amends cannot really be paid, but to work to gain something for us humans. Now is being locked in a cell for your life and being the literal thrall the way to go? Probably not.I think people will see our point and if they don't then they will never probably see it
>>5280993>Now did Thrall do anything wrong? Someone who has been living their whole life in a cell? Or are his crimes just what other orcs did?Exactly my point.>We can agree that attempting to gain something out of the orcs can be smart. Not to pay amends directly as amends cannot really be paid, but to work to gain something for us humans.And here's where I disagree, if you think Thrall committed no wrong then how could his situation be just? Either we're talking about justice or we're talking about what's advantageous. Don't do these half measures where it's wrong but it gets money so it's kind of okay. It's either guilty or not guilty.
>>5281025War reparations are a thing that could be applied to orcs and from that point of view putting Thrall or other orcs if they could to work to provide something for you could be argued. Attempting to get the losing side to compensate for the damages is a thing and we can agree with it. We can do both, agreeing with attempting to get something out of the orcs, just like we have said to Garithos and disagree on the imprisonment of Thrall on the grounds of how inhumane it is.
>>5281061>War reparations are a thing that could be applied to orcs and from that point of view putting Thrall or other orcs if they could to work to provide something for you could be argued.Getting the orcs to pay for something they didn't do contradicts your "Now did Thrall do anything wrong? Someone who has been living their whole life in a cell? Or are his crimes just what other orcs did?" statement. It is simply not justice.>Attempting to get the losing side to compensate for the damages is a thing and we can agree with it.No, if we're talking about justice, no we can't. Why should they pay for something they didn't do?>We can do both, agreeing with attempting to get something out of the orcs, just like we have said to Garithos and disagree on the imprisonment of Thrall on the grounds of how inhumane it isNo we can't, the two positions are fundamentally contradictory. It's the cause and the consequence, the crime and the punishment. If there isn't the former, there can't be the latter. And on what grounds would we object to Thrall's imprisonment if not that? You say it is inhumane but isn't it "getting something out" of him? Why wouldn't we keep him enslaved? He's paying war reparations! That's why the argument is so weak, there's no principle in it. Feels more like a cheap excuse really.
>>5280926This has my vote
>>5280884>A single orc in the wilds poses no real threat as there are still numerous Blackrock and Warsong orcs hidden in the mountains and wilds. One orc does not tip the balance to them.>Decline to answer as it is not your duty to decide the fate of the orcs.
>>5280953There's no reason for us to antagonise the Alliance. We need their approval and support.
>>5280884>Be truthful and repeat to them what you had said to Lord Garithos. Different spark in his eyes, applaud the effort, but foolish to let him escape.>No, no one should be responsible for the crimes done by their fathers. Being imprisoned for something you haven’t done for your whole life is not right and it is inhuman.I would avoid directly comparing Alric and Thrall, especially before the Alliance. Even though Alric definitely sympathizes with Thrall given their similarities and how he has helped cover for him. It's not a good idea to outright point this out and neither is it a good idea to go back on the fact that Alric is someone who opposes such maltreatment given his own status as the rightful heir to Alterac. Alric has own...distastes for the treatment of orcs but due to Alterac's history with orcs and his ignorance of Shamanic ways he wouldn't know of any viable alternatives. He's not stupid enough to flaunt how he really feels before the Alliance themselves. So far there are only two people who have any idea of how Alric actually feels about orcs? Alric has done a pretty good job at keeping it a closely guarded secret of his. It's not likely to come to light until Thrall emerges and Alric meets him again.>>5281212We will never have the approval and support of the Alliance. They hate our guts.
>>5281212>There's no reason for us to antagonise the Alliance.verb: cause (someone) to become hostile.Is it really antagonizing if they're already hostile? They've always been that way, the only thing preventing them from crushing us is each other not us.>We need their approval and support.Yes, and pointing out their bullshit doesn't matter to them either way. Only leverage against their power will. The call out is more for everybody else watching, to set the narrative about our situation.
>>5281229>>5281243There are people in the Alliance who actually want to help us, such as Uther. Being insolent in the imperial chamber won't make us any friends.
>>5281268>There are people in the Alliance who actually want to help us, such as Uther. Being insolent in the imperial chamber won't make us any friends.adjective: showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.I don't think pointing out how we've been treated unfairly displays a rude and arrogant lack of respect. They don't respect us, as shown by their actions, so why shouldn't we return the favor? We shouldn't outright insult them but they don't deserve our respect. People like Uther sympathize with us because we don't deserve the treatment we've received, we have the honor and the character that should merit us something better and we get treated like a pariah instead. Being a polite and innofensive princeling doesn't win us any favors with anybody.
>>5281280>They don't respect us, as shown by their actions, so why shouldn't we return the favor?They don't need our approval, we need their approval. We're not equals, we're at their mercy. Furthermore, being disrespectful would reflect poorly upon our ally Blackmoore, who we're here to support.
>>5281293>They don't need our approval, we need their approval. We're not equals, we're at their mercy.See >>5281243 "and pointing out their bullshit doesn't matter to them either way. Only leverage against their power will.">Furthermore, being disrespectful would reflect poorly upon our ally Blackmoore, who we're here to support.To clarify, what I mean by disrespect or lack of respect is using this definition noun: 2. due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. Not the lack or disregard of propriety. Anyway, I sincerely doubt that anything we say on this specific matter would reflect badly on Blackmoore. The tribunal's problem is with Thrall's escape and, by extension, Blackmoore's security failure, not our feud with the Alliance. Going after Blackmoore for associating with us in this situation and not literally anything else about the man would be too petty even for them.Do you have anything else?
>>5280884>Be truthful and repeat to them what you had said to Lord Garithos. Different spark in his eyes, applaud the effort, but foolish to let him escape.>While the caution surrounding the orc is understandable, no one should be responsible for the crimes done by their fathers. Being imprisoned for something you haven’t done for your whole life is not right and it is inhuman.
Arguing with semantics is imo pretty silly. I can absolutely see Alric being able to see a little of himself in Thrall's position, but is there really anything to be gained from further antagonizing the various nobles around that are various degrees of cautious and mildly hostile of us. I'd rather not garner more enemies that are more likely to be openly hostile
>>5281356Instead I think it'd be smarter to give the impression that Alric is a bit of a bleeding heart who can still understand the thought behind the imprisonment.
>>5281268We are not being insolent we are merely pointing out the factual rights we possess and comparisons that we feel as an honorable prince. We haven't taken the orcs' side(and have no reason until we find out about shamanism) but that doesn't mean do not see the similarities between our mutual treatments. Making this statement is important for those on the sidelines and we already covered for Blackmoor.>>5281356That is ultimately why Alric helps covered up Thrall's escape. He only met the orc what once? As he sees the comparisons of their mutual positions and helped destroyed the evidence. As a gesture of respect for what Thrall was going through and to protect Thrall's loved ones without crossing his own bottom line. Something that Thrall isn't likely to find out about for quite some time.The main point is about stating our comparisons for the witnesses(Lordereon is a huge Alliance capital and there are MANY witnesses about it). So its less about the nobles and more about others who may take notice of our position and treatment. As its not just Alric who can see the comparisons between Thrall him and him. Stating it but not taking the orc's side is pointing out the biases of the Alliance which given their hostility means it's not like they are going to do anything more since this is about Blackmoor but it alerts the others who are present to notice the Alterac Royal.Basically those who are hostile are going to be hostile to us no matter what. While those who are not may take notice of us when they may have otherwise ignored us if we point this out. It's not like not doing so is going to make the Alliance hate us any less or doing so going to make them hate us anymore. >>5281365I think that is the point. Alric doesn't know about shamanism so he isn't about to believe there is any other alternative option.
>>5281395Yeah, so it's a difficult situation all in all. Still I'm opposed to making overt comparisons or showing too much sympathy for Thrall. We've worked so hard on trying to be free from our Father's reputation, I'd rather avoid making people see us as "An orclover, just like his father. Who's to say he won't follow in his father's footsteps?"
>>5280884>Be truthfulBest be consistent, and it’s the truth to boot.It’s tempting to go for non answer but people listening will likely in their minds substitute the less favourable option from their point of view, so better commit I suppose.I was thinking something like this>Orcs have been cause of great evil and some of them remain a menace through their savagery. I am not a scholar and so don’t know to what extent this nature of theirs could be changed. This spark of intelligence I mentioned might suggest it is possible, though in this case combining it with life of bondage and gladiatorial combat may be a poor combination.I wonder if we could get them somehow to requisition Taretha as an orc specialist and so grab them from Blackmoore’s clutches…
>>5280884>Be truthful and repeat to them what you had said to Lord Garithos. Different spark in his eyes, applaud the effort, but foolish to let him escape.>No, no one should be responsible for the crimes done by their fathers. Being imprisoned for something you haven’t done for your whole life is not right and it is inhuman.
"As I told Lord Garithos, I've met three kinds of orcs. Demon worshippers who attack and raid from the mountains, apathetic ones who happily sit on their faeces and stare blankly in the distance, and lastly that gladiator.” You said to Sage Truthbearer and continued. “Regarding Thrall there was a spark in his eyes I hadn't seen in any of the other orcs. His eyes weren’t dull or didn’t faintly glow red, the lethargy the rest of his race is suffering from hadn’t hit him. I can applaud the efforts of Lord Blackmoore as he was able to get something out of the orc, but it was foolish for him to not expect something with seemingly near-human intellect to want to escape those conditions."Lord Blackmoore gave you quickly the gaze of ‘what are you talking about’, but you let it slide for what you would say next would make the man very unhappy.“I do not know much about the orcs or their Horde and the wars fought against them outside of what I have read or have been told. The pain, the sorrow, the struggle of the war are distant to me…” You spoke and knew that everyone in the room was waiting eagerly for what you would say next. “But what I do know is being judged for things you did not do. So no, no one should be responsible for the crimes done by their fathers. Being imprisoned for something you haven’t done for your whole life is not right and it is inhuman.”Near immediately there were murmurs and talking behind you amongst the nobility as the paladins and King Terenas gave you a very curious look.“I should have known, all Perenoldes are the same.” A voice came from behind you and you turned to see who said it.“Decorum!” Uther said with a raised voice. “Lord Alexei, this tribunal does not concern you, so please stay quiet.”Lord Alexei? That would explain his entourage. You had heard about the House of Barov and it seemed that the whole family had arrived to witness the event. There was his wife, two sons and their daughter next to him. The Barovs owned plenty of land around Alterac, including near Tarren Mill, but they seemed to be content at staying away.1/2
>>5281849“Is that all Prince Alric?” Tirion Fordring asked you. “It is quite brave of you to say those words in this chamber.”“Thank you Lord Tirion, but I have to speak the truth, because that might be the only chance for people to listen to what I say and believe my words.” You said to the paladin. “Regarding Thrall I have nothing else to say.”“Thank you Prince Alric.” Lord Uther said. “We have plenty to talk about amongst us so the tribunal will have a recess.”Having said that, the paladins and King Terenas stood up one by one and started to leave into a backroom where they would probably discuss this all. Immediately after hearing that there would be a recess, the nobles started to talk with each other about what they had just heard. You looked around and saw Jaina and Calia. They gave you careful nods as in approving what you had said. Lord Blackmoore meanwhile was fuming and while his attempt to hide it was relatively good, you still could see it in his eyes. Finally the Barovs were looking at you, Lord Alexei with some disdain, but you weren’t sure if the others were either curious or were impressed.>Spend the recess with Jaina and Calia. You too need a short break and what would be better than some casual chit chatting and you would get to see and talk with Jaina.>It would be good to talk with Lord Blackmoore, because it looks like he has something to say to you. In private of course.>You should introduce yourself to the Barovs. After all they are a powerful family in Lordaeron and Lord Alexei did interrupt the tribunal.>Stay put. There are probably some who would like to say something to you so give them a chance to do so.>Other, write in.QM: Also please if you support a vote, can you also link my update too. Makes it easier to count votes and keep track of them.
>>5281852>You should introduce yourself to the Barovs. After all they are a powerful family in Lordaeron and Lord Alexei did interrupt the tribunal.
>>5281852>>Spend the recess with Jaina and Calia. You too need a short break and what would be better than some casual chit chatting and you would get to see and talk with Jaina.Mini break time, deserved after all of this.We can talk later with the Barovs (if they want to actually have a discussion), and Lord Blackmoore (he is probably going to be drunk again. But i think his position is safe, we said what we needed to say and our opinion on the existance of the camps) this night. The Barovs will not go away anytime soon, same for Blackmoore and there is a lot of time today.
>>5281852>>It would be good to talk with Lord Blackmoore, because it looks like he has something to say to you. In private of course.
>>5281852Uff. Well I wonder what this will lead to.I kind of would like to catch up with the girls but I'm not sure if it's the best thing to do for us or them to approach them in setting this public.Blackmoore will be sure to talk to us at some point whether we like it or not. To be fair right now he'd be sober at least. In fairness we did not contradict him, we just added our opinion on his plan... or at least that part of it we could seeOh hell with it.>Go see Jaina and Calia
>>5281852>Stay put. There are probably some who would like to say something to you so give them a chance to do so.Mystery box go.
>>5281852>>You should introduce yourself to the Barovs. After all they are a powerful family in Lordaeron and Lord Alexei did interrupt the tribunal.As much as I would like to go talk with Jaina and Calia, but Barovs are here right now and we don't know if we have another chance to really talk with them while the girls stay here.
>>5281852I doubt we would go anywhere with the Barovs, especially with Lord Alexei right there and, as much as I like mystery boxes, I think a break would be nice right now.>Spend the recess with Jaina and Calia. You too need a short break and what would be better than some casual chit chatting and you would get to see and talk with Jaina.
>>5281852Well, that went a lot better than I expected, for now anyway.>It would be good to talk with Lord Blackmoore, because it looks like he has something to say to you. In private of course.I genuinely would want any other option, but I'm not really trusting pissed Blackmoore to not put his foot in his mouth or worse, throw us under the buss in petty revenge.
>>5281852>Stay put. There are probably some who would like to say something to you so give them a chance to do so.Time to see who we drew out with those words we spoke.
You sighed deeply and felt momentarily how the weight of the situation was on your shoulders and you felt that you needed a short break. Further business in the imperial chamber would just make you irritated. So you walked to Jaina and Calia. What would be better than spending the recess with them?“Hello Calia, hello Jaina.” You said to them as you walked over to them.“You decided to be the talk of the day.” Jaina said with a chuckle.“Are you surprised?” Calia asked her.“Not a bit.” Jaina said before giving a puzzled look towards Malevus. As she hadn't seen her before.“This is Lady Malevus, she is my squire.” You said to Jaina.“I am still not surprised.” Jaina said with a laugh.…Calia had guided you out from the imperial chamber into a room that visitors and negotiators use from time to time. In the room you had just sat down on a couch, removed your chaperon and loosened the silk scarf Calia had given to you.Jaina was talking with Malevus about how she had ended up in your service while Calia kept looking at you.“That was awfully brave of you.” Calia said to you.“You would have said the same if you had seen how Thrall had been living. It was not suitable, not even for an orc.” You said to her. “Jaina, have you seen the Internment Camps, the orcs inside?”“Yeah I have visited a camp. I have seen the lethargic orcs there.” Jaina said back. “Lord Antonidas has said that the orcs are suffering from the withdrawals of the demonic energies that fueled them.”“But Thrall wasn’t like that, he wasn’t lethargic nor felt like the Blackrock orcs I have faced.” You said and leaned forward while brushing your hair away from your eyes.“Could it be that because of Thrall being found as a baby, he wasn’t afflicted?” Calia mused aloud. “Maybe, now just studying it is impossible with the orc having escaped.” Jaina said back.“That reminded me. I met Prince Kael’thas, he had something to say to you Jaina.” You said to her.“Oh you met Kael, when did that happen?” Jaina said and was confused.“I tried to come see you in Dalaran on my way here and I bumped into him. Prince Kael’thas said that you shouldn’t forget your hydromancy studies.” You answered.“Kael is very serious about my studies, so thank you Alric, I can now tell him that you remembered to remind me.” Jaina said with a smile.“Hey Alric, we have dinner later today.” Calia said to you. “You should join us.”“I would love to, but is it with your family? Is it appropriate for me to join?” You asked.“Nah it is all fine, you are a Prince and you are our friend.” Calia said and smiled. “It is okay, just trust me.”Well now you know what you will be doing later tonight. But you had that nervousness inside you, a dinner with Menethil's? With King Terenas?1/2
>>5282670You had continued to chitchat with Jaina and Calia about more mundane stuff and at some point the girls were probing Malevus with question after question. When Malevus told them about the training you had given her and how you had beaten her in Durnholde, both Jaina and Calia seemed horrified. How could you have done such a thing to a lady? It took both you and Malevus to explain that the training was intense on purpose.When they realised that Malevus was okay with being beaten by you time after time during the sparring, Calia mentioned that maybe she should learn some swordsmanship to which you only replied that if she has to take up a sword, something has gone horribly wrong. After all the old saying goes ‘all that take the sword will perish with the sword’ and you wouldn't want that for Calia.…The recess had ended and you had returned to the imperial chamber. You had made sure that your clothes were okay and your chaperon covered your head well. The casual talking had been really helpful and you could feel that you were ready for round two of the questioning.But that wasn’t what happened as King Terenas and the paladins came back to the room and informed the audience that they had reached consensus.“We have reached the verdict. This tribunal sees that Lord Blackmoore hasn’t been neglecting the security of the Internment Camps nor has his actions have directly led to the escape of the orc named Thrall.” Lord Uther said and continued. “But to be sure that there has not been any misuse of the tax money, the accounts and ledgers of Durnholde will be investigated by an official of the crown. The tribunal has ended.”You watched as the paladins stood up and left the imperial chamber with King Terenas and as you were ready to turn around to go congratulate Lord Blackmoore, he had already left. Clearly he wasn’t in a hurry to talk with you right now.Well you were relieved too. Only getting your ledgers checked seemed to be quite light compared to the potential of losing your position as the Commander of the Internment Camps. It must have been humiliating for Lord Blackmoore to come here in the first place and this smudge would remain when people would talk or write about him, but now life would continue.Around you the nobles were exiting the imperial chamber and you couldn’t see the Barovs anymore, none of the paladins had stayed here and with Lord Blackmoore having left, you didn’t really have a reason to stay in the chamber either. The dinner would be way later today and before it you would have time to spend.>Go find Lord Blackmoore. With the tribunal done, it would be good to talk with him.>Find Prince Arthas, it would probably be good to talk with him.>You feel like you need some exercise after standing around for the better part of the morning. Find a yard and spar with Malevus.>Maybe you should spend time with Calia before dinner later today. You know she would love it as would you.>Other, write in.
>>5282673>Find Prince Arthas, it would probably be good to talk with him.I want to clear the air with Blackmoore. But you know who we need to clear the air with a whole lot damn more? The heir to the mightiest kingdom this side of the continent and our neighbor, who has been collecting reasons to dislike us like they're on sale
>>5282673>>Find Prince Arthas, it would probably be good to talk with him.
>>5282673>Find Prince Arthas, it would probably be good to talk with him.This discussion will get heated in the blink of an eye, but we should try. Maybe he wants to spar against us again ? He could be a bit pissed that we won at the tournament. At the very least we would improve too, but it might calm him too.Beyond this and talking to blackmoore after the dinner we can return home, if the tribunal is done. I guess we can talk to people in the city if we want to recruit someone or attract settlers to Alterac. But we have the invasion prepared.
>>5282673>>Go find Lord Blackmoore. With the tribunal done, it would be good to talk with him.
>>5282673I’m honestly unsure who to pursue right now. I’m a bit skeptical about our chances with Arthas but it can’t hurt to try.It’s a bit wasted opportunity to catch up with Blackmoore before he gets shitfaced again but that one will be unpleasant to deal with anyway, even though us attracting the attention likely also did its part in getting him off the hook.Anyways, thank you for having us remember about Kael’s message OP! That was kind and merciful of you!>go find Arthas
>>5283177Also I wonder if we could make friends with Snoopy? I mean the tax man embedded with Blackmoore. They could be a source of insight on Alliance bureaucracy. I wouldn’t go as far as attempt to subvert them, but it might be worthwhile to have point of reference when Alterac becomes a trading hub again.
Talking with Arthas is the clear winner, but what should Alric talk about with him? What subjects or things require clearing up to clear the air between you and him? So if you have any ideas or write ins, please post them. I will then write the update tomorrow.
>>5283257Maybe ask him what he sees as future for his people? Get a feel for what he considers the main virtue of a prince.That we will keep working to mend tarnished honour of our nation and build Alterac that will be good home for its people and partner to its neighbors.Also that Calia is a miracle of the universe and her smile must be protected,And then I guess we can beat each other up in a bout of manly bonding. Although Calia won’t be happy if we both show up cut up and bruised for the dinner. Even though if we both say we fell down some stairs on the way might be comical.
>>5283257Being an Alteraci. Confront him on his attitude towards us from our first encounter, to this days. Does it matter who we are, after what we did ? We brought the fight against gnolls, ogres, bandits, orcs and defended the innocent from them. Men can make their own legacy, even with what their families did. We and our soldiers are an example of this.Did he not see us in some worth with our fight at the tournament ? Something to respect ? Both of us are warriors and princes, and we consider him a great warrior. Are we so unlikable that he can't our skills ? How many conversations we even had ? We can't even count them on one hand, we barely know eachother.Let's be honest, does he have any problems with our relations ? What does he fear ? We haven't done anything wrong with them, beside talking and being friends. Why not verify it on your own, if he doesn't believe us ? Asking people we know.What attitude he will have with us and our people, once he is King ? We are crystal clear on what we want. We want Alterac back, and restore it. The ones that calls our people filth or scum after what they suffered, will find an eagle ready for war if they want to harm our kin.Lastly no matter how the talking goes, offer him a friendly spar. For test the growth of our martial skills and see if we had improvments from the tournament. (of course we will have our knights watching the spar if he accepts, while the conversation will be private)
>>5283343*that he can't see our skills
>>5283257Part of me really want to just ask him what he would do in our shoes, born to a traitor king who lead his nation to ruin and surrounded by lords that at times seem like they simply want you gone. Maybe if we do something like-Approach Arthas, asking if he's available because we feel like we really need a talk, a private one. Then, rather than being super confrontational or beat around the bush, just get straight to the point. Ask why he seemingly hates us, actually clear the air. Caution is understandable, but it feels as if every time we've met we've been met with nothing but animosity, as if we've personally wronged him. If it really is just our heritage, then ask him what he would do. Would he simply turn himself in, leaving his people to suffer? If his kingdom faced utter collapse, would he not fight tooth and nail for the sake of his people?"If such a time of crisis would ever come, I pray you are more fortunate than me and don't have to deal with lords breathing down your neck and looking for any opportunity to tear you to shreds at the same time. I want my kingdom restored to it's formed glory, and I want to do it with dignity... We don't have to be foes, Arthas."or something along those lines to finish up.I also think we really REALLY shouldn't bring up any potential relationship with his sister, only address it if he himself brings it up. This is after all between us and him, no need to get others involved.
>>5283805yeah, you're right. I thought it might be funny but we should show more tact than that. After all he might be seething but also showed restraint in the past.It'd really be best to keep trying to approach him in good faith anyhow, no better way.
>>5283257>>5283805This sounds good. Just get straight to the point and avoid mucking around.
You knew that you would have to talk with Prince Arthas at some point and better to do it now than wait for later. If you could clear the air between you and him or at least stop the relationship with him deteriorating. Maybe two of you could have a relationship that isn’t a bad one?You had taken note where Arthas and the paladins had gone and followed them. There were several guards who noticed your presence, but didn’t attempt to stop you as they recognized you walking past them. You hadn’t yet been in this part of the palace and ended up asking one of them where did Prince Arthas go? Thankfully the guards ended up being helpful and they guided you to where he was.You knocked on the door and told Malevus to wait outside, before you pushed the unlocked door open.“Prince Alric.” Arthas said to you as he was in progress of removing his armour.“Prince Arthas.” You greeted back and gave him a gentle bow.The room seemed to be a miniaturised armoury of some sort. Training weapons and several sets of armour lined the room with a small bookcase, desk and a chair in one corner. This place seemed to be the personal armoury of Arthas.“Why are you here?” Arthas asked you as you closed the door behind you.“We need to talk.” You said to him.“Is there a need for that?” He said as he put down his pauldrons he had received in Stormwind.“Yes, in fact we should get to the point immediately.” You said and continued. “Why do you hate me?”Arthas seemed to be taken back by your question and he stopped unfastening his breastplate.“Hate you?”“Yes. Since the time we met for the first time, you have been hostile towards me. Animosity every time our paths have crossed.” You asked him.Arthas didn’t know what to answer.“I understand our first meeting, the son of the traitor king appearing suddenly, but haven’t I been friendful every time since then, have I ever wronged you?” You asked and continued. “Is it simply because I am an Alteraci? Or because I beat you in the tournament? Lack of something to respect? Why? Do you have any reason?”Arthas looked at you in dismay.“I am asking this, because this cannot continue. One day you will be a king and by then I hope I have reclaimed Alterac. What attitude will you have towards me and my people then?” You argued and continued. “Since we met I have defended the people against kobolds, gnolls, bandits, ogres and orcs. I have fought for the safety of the people of Lordaeron. I have done everything I can as a warrior and as a prince to have honour and act in a manner that leaves my legacy untarnished. Is it because I haven’t done enough? Do I have to march to Blackrock Mountain and defeat the orcs once and for all? Would that be enough to gain your respect?”1/2
>>5284600“Alric, you are clearly upset.” Arthas said.You had inadvertently raised your voice and nearly shouted at Arthas. You realised your mistake and sighed deeply and took a few deep breaths to calm yourself before you brushed your hair behind your shoulders with your both hands.“I'm sorry Arthas, but this has bothered me for some time already.” You said back to him and you were disappointed with yourself. You shouldn’t have raised your voice, but the stiff upper lip you have had when dealing with him finally slipped.“I don’t know.” He finally said to you. “You are an Alteraci, son of the traitor king.”Arthas didn’t really know how to continue, but after a pause he spoke.“For those facts only you should rot in jail, but I can’t argue against what you have done.” He said and relented. Arthas looked down on the floor and put aside his warhammer that he ceremoniously had been carrying during the tribunal.“Yes, in fact how suddenly you appeared. Became friends with Jaina, were the talk of the day. The Alteraci Prince who appeared and did all the things.” Arthas said to you. “Then you were invited to Stormwind, danced with my sister and took Jaina out for a date. Yes, I learned about that. And Jaina and Calia did everything they could to help you after you spoke about the Syndicate. And then on the day that was supposed to be mine and mine only, you beat me in the tournament.”You now realised what was one of the problems between you and him. Jealousy. “I was supposed to be the man of the day, but no it was you. I was made a paladin, but then you defeated me. Do you have any idea how that felt?” Arthas said. “ I know now that this is a stupid reason to dislike you, but think how it looks. What will others think? I am supposed to be the heir to Lordaeron, but who do the handmaids and servants talk about?”“I guess it is me.” You said.“You would be right.” Arthas said back.“I think we are at an impasse.” You said and felt that no real progress was made outside of now you and Arthas knew what the issues were.“I think we are. I don’t like you Alric and even with all the good things you have done, I still see you as a threat to the security of Lordaeron and I can’t really accept you prancing around like goddamn hero.”It seemed that your attempt to talk with Arthas had been nearly useless and you felt that you had just wasted your time somewhat. You ended up shaking your head in disappointment.“Are you disappointed when I spoke about how I felt? Did your questions go unanswered?” Arthas said and continued. “And I have a question for you. What is going on between you and my sister? And don’t lie to me, I have seen how she looks at you.”2/2
>>5284611>There is nothing between you and Calia.>Calia and you are friends. You became friends during your visit in Stormwind. >Confess your feelings towards Calia to Arthas. You have a crush and you find her very lovely and a nice lady.>You love her. Tell Arthas that you are with Calia.QM: I would probably call this a feelings lock for the time being. That is unless Alric decides to not tell anything.
>>5284617>>Confess your feelings towards Calia to Arthas. You have a crush and you find her very lovely and a nice lady.
Well I missed the vote and what was decided went exactly as I would expect. Pretty funny interaction though, Arthas is just as much of a bitch as I thought he was.>>5284617A feelings vote? Then it would be>You love her. Tell Arthas that you are with Calia.But I don't think I'd like to tell Arthas that sooo... I'll just write something that would be amusing, at least to me.>Smugly tell him "Oh? You suspect we're an item or something? Heh... Would you tattle on us to your dad if we were? It would be just like you, more skilled with gossip than with steel."
>>5284617>>Confess your feelings towards Calia to Arthas. You have a crush and you find her very lovely and a nice lady.>>You love her. Tell Arthas that you are with Calia.I will vote both! I prefer going all in, but I am fine with either choice.
>>5284617>Confess your feelings towards Calia to Arthas. You have a crush and you find her very lovely and a nice lady.
>>5284617>Calia and you are friends. You became friends during your visit in Stormwind.
>>5284617>confess your feeling towards CaliaHer smile fills me with joy I didn’t think possible and I will go at great lengths to see it protected.
>>5284617"No Arthas you can speak how you feel and you have answered my questions, the reason I am dissapointed is because all the times i have tried to not be an enemy have failed with you. You can keep your reasons and choice, i will not force you to see a different path. Inevitably you can already imagine what will happen if this keeps going in the future.""You really want me to be against you uh ? I hope that at least you keep to the tenets of the paladins with other people. And since I have no reason to lie, i will answer your question">>Confess your feelings towards Calia to Arthas. You have a crush and you find her very lovely and a nice lady.>>You love her. Tell Arthas that you are with Calia
>>5284617Oh yeah, as for his first question, how about something like>"I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, more so... annoyed? I'm glad you're at least honest with me, and I'm not going to deny you your feelings or fault you for them. I hope you also won't fault me for saying that I find them to be petty."One more thing I really want to say before we exit the conversation would be>"I'm not trying to be a threat to Lordaeron, nor any other kingdom of the Alliance for that matter. I pray you won't burn bridges as happily as king as you have the one I've been trying to build, because you're shaping up to be its biggest threat yourself."What do you other guys think?
>>5284950I like the first part, the second not so much as it comes across as too condescending
>>5284664>>5284688>>5284736>>5284782>>5284874>>5284941What's the point in telling this self-admitted petty and spiteful asshole that we like his sister? Is it just because he asked? What's the point in humoring him with an answer?
>>5285001Fair, guess I just think foreshadowing is fun>>5285066What's the point in insulting him and suddenly acting like a smug bastard? Honesty and truthfulness is something I see as fairly central to Alric's character
>>5285146> What's the point in insulting him and suddenly acting like a smug bastard?I didn't say you needed to back my answer. And to answer your question, there are three reasons: 1. He deserves it 2. It's true and 3. It's funny> Honesty and truthfulness is something I see as fairly central to Alric's characterAnd so do I, however, what's the point in telling that specific truth to someone like Arthas? Doesn't mean you have to lie. Just don't see why you'd give that to him.
>>5285154He's been honest on answering our question, repaying the honesty seems fair to me. If you disagree I'm afraid we'll just have to agree to disagree.
>>5285066It’s precisely because he admitted to being petty and that he sees value in what we do that being an asshole is uncalled for. He is showing restraint and honesty even if his emotions tell him otherwise.Of course maybe he will try to punch us if we answer honestly, but there’s no reason to antagonize him further over what seems to be at least token effort on his part.
>>5285158> He's been honest on answering our questionSo what?> repaying the honesty seems fair to me.Why? He was honest in telling us that he's petty and he hates us so he deserves to know such a potentially damaging fact like we love/ are in a relationship with Caila?> If you disagree I'm afraid we'll just have to agree to disagree.Duh, we can't do anything but that in an internet argument when at an impasse. Unless you're a retard who likes to fling shit which I don't think either of us are.>>5285162> It’s precisely because he admitted to being petty and that he sees value in what we do that being an asshole is uncalled for. He is showing restraint and honesty even if his emotions tell him otherwise.I really don't see the good in being honest about being petty, spiteful and vindictive. Acknowledging that you're a bad person isn't virtuous on it's own.> Of course maybe he will try to punch us if we answer honestly, but there’s no reason to antagonize him further over what seems to be at least token effort on his part.Token effort? Didn't seem like it to me, he didn't even take time to digest our questions or hesitate in answering them. Instead it seemed like he was perfectly aware that he had no good reason to hate and antagonize us but still did it anyway. How does that merit anything but contempt?
>>5285174Ughhh why do I only spot typos after I post... im not deleting it fuck it.
>>5285066i want to see his reaction honestly. Having the truth slamming right in his face. Like that.If he tries something we are more than ready anyway, we had already yesterday dealing with Blackmoore drunk antics for be ready. And honestly what he is going to do ? Say we are a liar ? Close her in a tower lol ?This said if he wants to shitfling after our answer, we can use your write in would fit really well if he starts to offend us might even shut him up. Like if he starts being a dick further, Alric can answer back and then leave him here being jelly.Thinking about it we will need to deal with Blackmoore drunk antics later. I hope he doesn't want to insult us more, because the next bottle he drinks is going to remain stuck in his skull.
>>5285174>I really don't see the good in being honest about being petty, spiteful and vindictive. Acknowledging that you're a bad person isn't virtuous on it's own.Actually, it is. Certainly much more so compared to alternative of not even recognizing this as something negative.That he is willing to admit to us his shortcomings even if he is not prepared to fix them is a good thing.I know some people that could use being half as good as Arthas was being in that conversation alone.
>>5285187> And honestly what he is going to do ? Say we are a liar ? Close her in a tower lol ?Do exactly what I said. Tell his dad and start a massive shitstorm.>>5285191> Actually, it is.No, no it isn't.> Certainly much more so compared to alternative of not even recognizing this as something negative.In practical terms, acknowledging you're a terrible person is good because only through recognizing your faults can you change them. Thing is, recognizing what you're doing is bad but still doing it anyway is morally worse than if you didn't. You know you're wrong, you know you shouldn't do it, you know you don't have to do it you know you can stop it but you still do it anyway. How is that not even more evil?> I know some people that could use being half as good as Arthas was being in that conversation alone.In regards to honesty, yeah so do I.
>>5285202Feeling certain way is not something you choose and you are not evil person for having emotions. How you act on this is where you find your morality.And calling someone evil because he tells you he doesn't like you is ridiculous.
>>5285205> Feeling certain way is not something you choose and you are not evil person for having emotions.But that's not what we're talking about.> How you act on this is where you find your morality.Obviously.> And calling someone evil because he tells you he doesn't like you is ridiculous.That's not what I said.
>>5285202uhmm that would be a little bitch move from him.
>>5284676>>5284617Support the write in>>5284941In addition to my own here
>>5285202Can't really expect him to make a 180 face turn at a dime just because we sorta *just* forced him to confront his own emotions and reasons behind them. All we can hope for now honestly is that he might gain help from a close confidant like Uther to deal with his faults, or at least keep them in mind. imo
>>5285221>Can't really expect him to make a 180 face turn at a dime just because we sorta *just* forced him to confront his own emotions and reasons behind them.As I previously said, I think he was already very well aware of his own emotions and reasons behind them. Additionally, just because I don't expect him to change his behaviour doesn't make his complacency good.> All we can hope for now honestly is that he might gain help from a close confidant like Uther to deal with his faults, or at least keep them in mind. imoYes, one can hope but I won't hold my breath.
“I wouldn’t say that I am disappointed, I would say that I am annoyed.” You said to Arthas. “I’m glad that you are at least honest to me and I can’t really deny how you feel or fault you for them. But don’t fault me if I feel them to be quite petty reasons.”You sighed and took a more relaxed stance.“And Calia, well… I like her. She is very beautiful, she is my age, she is smart and I find her very lovely.” You said to him. “I would love to spend more time with her, but both of us have our duties and then there is the distance between us.”Arthas was at a loss for words.“I like her very much. What else can I say?” You said to Arthas.He seemed dumbfounded when you said that. He either expected you to not say anything or say something completely else, but not just confess your feelings.“You must be shitting me.” Arthas said and was bewildered. “I am not shitting you Arthas.”“No, why would you say that then?”“Because you asked and I wanted to tell you the truth. Sure I could lie to you, but what would I gain in the end? Sooner or later you would most likely find out.”Arthas didn’t really know how to react to what you had said and in the end just shook his head.“You are with Calia?” He asked you. “Please don’t answer, I need to think. If you could please leave.”“I understand, I will leave then.” You said and walked to the door, but before opening it you turned around and continued. “I nearly forgot. I will be joining you later today for dinner.”Arthas just looked at you as you gave him a slight smile and left the room.1/2
>>5285679You had returned to your room and you had spent the time since making sure that your finer clothes were tidy and that you were ready for the dinner. You had asked the servants to prepare a bath for you and you had just gotten out when there were several knocks on the door.“Come in!” You shouted as you expected it to just be Malevus who had left you momentarily to attend some of her own business.You heard as the door opened and someone stepped in.“Oh my.” A familiar voice came.It wasn’t Malevus who said that and as you turned around you saw who had entered the room.Calia had walked in and saw you only in your braies and white shirt that you had put on after taking the bath. She was wearing a very beautiful grey dress that presented her figure well. You hadn’t lied to Arthas when you said that Calia was very beautiful.“Don’t you have a dinner to prepare for?” You asked her as she walked to you and hugged you before giving you a kiss.“Don’t worry about the dinner.” Calia said to you as she pressed her head on your neck. “I couldn’t wait any longer to see you.”Calia hugged you tighter and it felt like you could stay like this forever. You felt her bosom and allowed your hands to slowly make their way down on her back, but this time you showed some restraint.“But really, the dinner is very close. I need to get prepared too.” You said to her and slowly removed yourself from her embrace.“I guess you are right.” Calia said and continued. “When are you leaving, now that the tribunal is done and you have your own things to do in Alterac?”“It depends on Lord Blackmoore. He probably wants to leave as soon as possible and I do have my own business to deal with.” You said to her.“Well if you aren’t in a hurry, could you please stay for a day or two? I could show you the Capital City or other places.” Calia asked you.That was a good question, when would you be leaving? The invasion of Strahnbrad Hills was ready to be launched in two weeks after you left and it had taken you five days to travel to Capital City and this was the sixth day. If you were to take a shortcut through Gavin’s Naze, you could maybe save a day when you returned. By your calculations you would have four days free to spend in Capital City, but if you would stay the full four days, then you wouldn’t really have time to spend back home.>You leave tomorrow or when Lord Blackmoore decides to leave.>You leave in two days>You leave in three days>You leave in four days
>>5285686>>You leave tomorrow or when Lord Blackmoore decides to leave.We're not here for dating or sightseeing.
>>5285686>>You leave in three daysThis would leave us a day to catch up in Alterac, but most importantly a few days to spend in Capital City. We are now here so we should talk with as many people as possible.
>>5285686Four days would be cutting it too close in case anything unexpected happened. Tomorrow would be safest and allow us the dubious benefit of talking to Blackmoore… I wonder if the taxman will travel with Blackmoore or later, if we could travel with them it could be to our benefit, but it might also look rightly suspicious. Do we even have funds to travel or are we going to have to borrow or earn something?Another unknown is how the dinner would go.Anyways I’d say >two daysIf we can conceivably get opportunity to visit in some reasonable time frame
>>5285686>You leave in two daysWe absolutely should spend as much time as we can, talk to as many people as we can. That said, we need to head home with some time to spare in case some sort of hindrance pops up. Besides, we should aim for getting at the bare minimum a day worth of rest to recover from the journey before we begin the invasion. I feel 2 days is the best middle ground, though I wouldn't be opposed to 3 either
>>5285686>>You leave in two daysIt s enough for do something
>>5285686>You leave in two daysWe're not in a complete hurry, nor have a whole lot of time to fuck around. Let's just stay a little bit to solve the family drama and bond, then go back to our duties.
No update today, next update tomorrow evening probably.
“I will leave in two days. I can’t stay here for much longer.” You said to Calia.“Ohh, I understand.” Calia said and seemed somewhat sad before smiling at you. “Then you need to get as much out of the two days as possible.”“That I will have to do.” You said back. “But first I need to put on my better clothes and attend a dinner.”Calia realised that yes in fact you were still wearing just a shirt and braies.“You are right. I will leave now and we will send someone to come get you when the dinner is ready.” Calia said and walked to the door where she turned around to look at you once more. “Alric, see you then.”“See you later Calia.”…A servant had come to pick you up later and you followed her through the hallways to the dining room near the bedrooms of the royal family. As you waited for the servant to come, you had made sure that everything was fine and tidy. You were as presentable as possible.The door to the dining room was opened by a footman who was standing guard and you stepped in to see the royal family already sitting around the table.“King Terenas, Queen Lianne.” You greeted the two most senior members of the royal family in the room. They were sitting at the head of the table with Arthas to their right and Calia to their left.“Prince Alric.” King Terenas said back. “I was surprised when Calia said that she had invited you to join us.”“Ohh dear husband, it is just good manners.” Lianne said to Terenas. “Alric is part of a royal family and a friend of Calia. It was a perfectly fine thing to do. So feel like you are at home and there is no need to be so formal. No one else is here than us.”“Thank you, while the reason why I am here is somewhat unpleasant, everything around it has been quite pleasant.” You said to Lianne. “I intend to stay here for two more days, before I sadly have to leave back home and I hope that those days stay just as pleasant. But where do I sit and is Jaina late again?”Arthas hadn’t said anything and just kept looking at you.“You can sit next to Calia.” Lianne said.“And Calia is probably late, she always is.” Calia said to you while you took the seat. “Isn’t that right Arthas, we used to joke about it.”“Isn’t that a bit rude to joke about?” You asked half-seriously.”“Nah it’s fine.” Calia said and waved away your concerns. “She knows it too.”1/3
>>5288619Having sat down, one of the servants brought wine to the table and one by one starting from Terenas you filled your own cups. Then the door to the dining room opened.“I am sorry.” Jaina said as she made her way to the table. She was wearing the dress she had brought from Stormwind when you went to the city with her. “Sorry for being late, I couldn’t find my comb and it took an eternity to find it.”“We just talked about you.” Arthas said back to her and gave her a smile.“What did you talk about me?” Jaina asked as she sat down next to Arthas and was a bit confused.“You are always late.” Arthas said and laughed.“Not always Arthas, just sometimes.” Jaina said somewhat sheepishly before continuing. “It is nice to see that you joined us Alric.”“Well I was invited. It would have been rude to not come.” You answered her.“And it would be rude for us to keep the cooks waiting, we should eat.” Lianne said to all of you.…You had expected a more complex dinner with many different courses, but you quickly found out that this dinner wasn’t as complex, it was more homely. As you ate the salmon soup that was brought to the table, the talking stayed very casual.Arthas and Jaina had been riding around the countryside on the day of your arrival which was the reason why you hadn’t seen them then. They had visited farmers who had been building a new windmill and Arthas had promised that if he couldn't be personally there, he was going to send someone to bless it when it was finished.Terenas had stayed mostly silent, just asking a few small questions as it was you, Arthas, Calia and Jaina who did most of the talking. Jaina had asked you how the search for Thrall had gone and when you told them how close it was that he had managed to escape after being caught while you were in the Internment Camps main building, the womenfolk around the table seemed fascinated to hear more. While there really wasn’t that much to say or continue, you noticed how Arthas seemed more and more discontented longer the dinner lasted.“The orc was in the camp when you got there?” Arthas said to you. “And you let it get away.”“As I told you, the orc servant of the camp commander had warned Thrall and while the guards were busy lining up the orcs, he must have climbed the walls.” You explained to him again.“But still…” Arthas was going to say something, but was interrupted by Terenas.“The camp commander was the one who made the mistake Arthas. Even if you are a Prince, you have to follow the chain of command and honour those who you are visiting.” Terenas said and seemingly sided with you.“Father, I understand.” Arthas said and didn’t want to argue with him.2/3
>>5288621“Now Alric, I have heard that you are going to send soldiers to Strahnbrad Hills. What are you planning to do there?” Terenas asked you.“Terenas, what have I said? No politics during the dinner.” Lianne scolded her husband.“I am sorry my dear.” Terenas said back to her and backed down.“What are you planning to do while you are staying here then?” Lianne then asked you.>Answer the question King Terenas asked and explain the security threat from the bandits and others. It is important that Tarren Mill and Alterac stay as safe as possible.>You plan on visiting the Capital City proper to see the place and how it compares to Stormwind City and what you remember from Alterac City.>Mostly on diplomacy, you plan on seeing and visiting important people to talk with.>Spending time with your friends, that is Jaina, Arthas and Calia. You don’t see each other as often as you would like outside of events like this.>Other, write in.
>>5288624>>Answer the question King Terenas asked and explain the security threat from the bandits and others. It is important that Tarren Mill and Alterac stay as safe as possible.>>Mostly on diplomacy, you plan on seeing and visiting important people to talk with.>>Spending time with your friends, that is Jaina, Arthas and Calia. You don’t see each other as often as you would like outside of events like this.I think answering him doesn’t hurt us
>>5288624>>Mostly on diplomacy, you plan on seeing and visiting important people to talk with.
>>5288624>Although I thought I’d hurry back to my duties his majesty mentioned, I could not pass by opportunity to spend some time with friends.Discussing the invasion might actually be worthwhile with Terenas in a private setting as clearing of the Strahnbrad might be short term headache but on grand scale a benefit to him, but I’d rather not go against queen’s wishes. Perhaps there will be time for this later.Also if we do any diplomacy while Calia is showing us around it will be purely accidental as she’s the one who proposed the idea, it would be rude to ditch her for a practice in rectal alpinism with Barovs.
>>5288624>>Mostly on diplomacy, you plan on seeing and visiting important people to talk with.>>Spending time with your friends, that is Jaina, Arthas and Calia. You don’t see each other as often as you would like outside of events like this.
>>5288624>Mostly on diplomacy, you plan on seeing and visiting important people to talk with.>Spending time with your friends, that is Jaina, Arthas and Calia. You don’t see each other as often as you would like outside of events like this.
“Of course I want to see my friends, not that often I have a chance to see them.” You said and tilted your head towards Jaina, Arthas and Calia. “But mostly I did think about potentially meeting with people. To continue previous talks or to introduce myself to people.”“You might know that there is a sizable group of Alteracis here in Capital City.” Terenas said to you and gained a glance from Arthas.“I do.” You said and remembered how Normand Garside had contacted his old friends around Lordaeron in an attempt to recruit them to your cause when you made your presence known. Majority of the people he had sent letters to hadn’t answered.“Then seeing them could be very useful to your cause.” Terenas said and continued. “Anyone else you are wishing to meet?”Well you had some people in mind of which you had seen some watching the tribunal. You could probably fit maybe four meetings in the two days if you are lucky, but less could actually be a more optimal number. Problem was that you didn’t exactly know everyone who you would want to meet or where they were. Maybe you should tell Terenas and others now and maybe get some hints or even help. Terenas after all seemed to be in a helpful mood.Choose four at most:>King Terenas himself, you would like to meet with him in private.>The Alteracis in Capital City, you need to attempt to unify your people.>The bald goblin with a monocle, they are traders and mechanics. Having connections to goblins could prove useful>The dwarf with long braided beard, they are industrious people and having better relations to Ironforge could prove useful.>The Barovs, one of the strongest families in Lordaeron and major landowners in Hillsbrad and near Tarren Mill.>The paladins, approaching them could allow you to learn more about them and get the Knights of the Silver Hand understand you better.>Your older sister Beve Perenolde had studied magic in Capital City, maybe her teacher is still in the city? You could maybe learn something about her whereabouts if the teacher was found?>Other, write in.QM: Vote of who you want to meet in the next two days that you mention now during the dinner.
>>5289511>The Alteracis in Capital City, you need to attempt to unify your people.>Your older sister Beve Perenolde had studied magic in Capital City, maybe her teacher is still in the city? You could maybe learn something about her whereabouts if the teacher was found?>King Terenas himself, you would like to meet with him in private.3 seems fine and king terenas would take the least amount to do anyway.
>>5289511>King Terenas himself, you would like to meet with him in private.>The Alteracis in Capital City, you need to attempt to unify your people.>The bald goblin with a monocle, they are traders and mechanics. Having connections to goblins could prove useful>Your older sister Beve Perenolde had studied magic in Capital City, maybe her teacher is still in the city? You could maybe learn something about her whereabouts if the teacher was found?I was considering the Barovs but we can go and meet them another day, in fact since they own land near us, when we want we could simply send a messenger to them and tell them we will visit them. Paladins maybe, and dwarfs i am somewhat conflicted with them and the dark irons.
>>5289511>King Terenas himself, you would like to meet with him in private.>The Alteracis in Capital City, you need to attempt to unify your people.>The Barovs, one of the strongest families in Lordaeron and major landowners in Hillsbrad and near Tarren Mill. >Your older sister Beve Perenolde had studied magic in Capital City, maybe her teacher is still in the city? You could maybe learn something about herI support this, but I want to meet with Barovs now instead of waiting for later. We have a chance to do it now, why wait for later?
>>5289511Support >>5289518 if possible. If I had to choose, I'd prioritize the King followed by the Alteraci.
>>5289511>The Alteracis in Capital City, you need to attempt to unify your people.>The Barovs, one of the strongest families in Lordaeron and major landowners in Hillsbrad and near Tarren Mill.>Your older sister Beve Perenolde had studied magic in Capital City, maybe her teacher is still in the city? You could maybe learn something about her whereabouts if the teacher was found?
>>5289511>>King Terenas himself, you would like to meet with him in private.>>The Alteracis in Capital City, you need to attempt to unify your people.>>The bald goblin with a monocle, they are traders and mechanics. Having connections to goblins could prove useful>>Your older sister Beve Perenolde had studied magic in Capital City, maybe her teacher is still in the city? You could maybe learn something about her whereabouts if the teacher was found?I'm thorn between the goblin and the dwarf, but I think we'll have more opportunities to talk to the dwarfs later down the line.
>>5289534>Visiting the BarovsI don't really want to become Baron Perenolde.
“King Terenas, I would like to speak with you in private.” You said to the old king and you got serious for a moment.“That can be arranged Prince Alric.” King Terenas said back to you and was just as serious. “Not tomorrow, but the day after.”“Thank you King Terenas.” You couldn’t help, but smile a bit. This was something you were after, a meeting like this could end up being really useful to you. “And meeting the Alteracis living here is also part of my plans. They are part of my people and I am their Prince.”“Are you trying to get them to move back to Alterac?” Arthas asked you.“I can’t force them.” You said back to him. “It wouldn’t be right to make them move to Alterac, but if I could get them to support me...” “They wouldn’t support your brother.” Jaina interrupted you.“You are right Jaina.” You said and took a sip of the wine you had been drinking. “Speaking of my family, and I hadn’t really thought about it, but my sister studied magic here.”“I remember when you spoke about her.” Jaina said. “Studied here instead of in Dalaran?”“Beve Perenolde, I remember her. Blond hair, serious brown eyes?” Lianne mused aloud. “She visited us once when she was just a little girl.”“You are both right. Beve studied magic here as Alterac and Dalaran haven’t really had that good relationship even before the Second War.” You told them and continued. “I haven’t heard anything about my sister since I left Alterac and maybe, and I am reaching here, if I could find her teacher, maybe I could learn something about her whereabouts.”“Finding the teacher is something in which we can be of help.” Terenas said to you.“Thank you.” You said and gave him a respectful nod. You thought about mentioning the Barovs or the bald goblin you had seen during the tribunal, but opted to not do so. If you have time, then maybe you could meet with either of them. But now you would have your hands full with the things you mentioned.1/3
>>5290786The talks had moved away from the more serious stuff back into casual small talk. All of you had drunk a few goblets of wine and the cooks had served you fresh apple pie as the dessert and as you dug into your piece, Arthas decided to speak.“Father, the thing we talked about last week, I have decided what I will do.”“Oh, please tell us.” Terenas said.“I spoke with Jaina and asked if it was possible and she said yes. I will be moving to Dalaran for the autumn to study history and politics.” Arthas said and seemed happy.“That is a fine decision.” Terenas said.“Oh, that is wonderful. Dalaran is such a nice place and not far from home either.” Lianne said. “It is good to be away from home for a moment when you are young.”Both Terenas and Lianne looked like a pair of proud parents, but you had the feeling of them being proud for different reasons. Arthas then gave you a small smirk and even a blind man would have understood the meaning behind it. Going to Dalaran for studying was just a reason to have an opportunity to court Jaina. Did Arthas think that telling the news with you being present would make you mad or feel bad? Did he do it now because you had told him about your feelings about Calia or because you like Jaina and she likes you?“If I had the time to go to Dalaran to study, I wouldn’t miss the chance.” You said back to Arthas and kept your stiff upper lip.“That is really cool! You are going to have so much fun in Dalaran.” Calia said and was practically beaming with happiness. “When are you leaving?”“In two weeks.” Arthas said.“Then we need to have a sendoff party.” Calia said back to him.“That is settled then.” Lianne said to Calia and continued. “But it is late now and we all have things to do tomorrow. You kids should go to sleep.”“I will send someone to you next morning with the information where the Alteracis and your sister’s teacher are located in the city.” Terenas said as he stood up from the table. “I hope to hear about your talks when we meet.”2/3
>>5290787After Terenas had left, so did Lianna with Arthas and Jaina following right behind them. And as you were ready to go, Calia insisted that she would escort you back to your room. As you walked through the now empty hallways, you found yourself holding Calia’s hand and when you opened the door to your room and turned around to say good night to her, Calia hugged you and pushed you gently into your room before closing the door behind her.Now in private two of you embraced each other. There was no kissing or anything else, just two people with deep feelings enjoying the presence of each other. It had been difficult to not constantly look at her during the dinner and now you just wanted to cherish this moment and be like this forever. Calia being there, feeling her next to you, her sweet scent, seeing her blue-green eyes, it was all so intoxicating and you hadn’t felt anything like this before. Was this how being in love felt? Because if it was, you wanted to be in love.Having lost the track of time, you finally loosened your hug enough so that you could talk with her.“We should go to sleep because tomorrow is a long day and you wanted to show me the city.” You said to Calia and continued. “There will be plenty of walking ahead.”“You are right Alric, but can’t we stay like this for a bit longer?” Calia said back to you. “Could we go to the city tomorrow with just the two of us? I often visit the city alone and I know that it is a safe place to be.”No escorts? That didn’t feel right, but if Calia says that the city is safe, maybe you should trust her? Still it would be smart to not stick out like a sore thumb, maybe get two of you some cloaks? Escorts would be nice to have just in case and it would make the visits more official, but is it required?>You trust Calia so when she says that the city is safe, just go there with her, but have plain clothes and wear cloaks just in case. Don’t proclaim your presence.>Have a small escort with you. Better to be armed and noticeable. It keeps unwanted people away.>Full entourage of your knights to escort you. You aren’t taking chances and these are diplomatic visits after all.>Other, write in.
>>5290788That went much better than it could have. Good for you Arthas, hopefully this will give you some good things to keep you warm inside.Hmm… I really do trust Calia but I’m not sure how hazardous exposing her like this might be. And Malevus even though she is an elf is rather not suited for ninja business.Maybe consult plans with her and we can only pick up escort if we go somewhere where risk is non-negligible?
>>5290788>>You trust Calia so when she says that the city is safe, just go there with her, but have plain clothes and wear cloaks just in case. Don’t proclaim your presence.
>>5290788>Warn Calia about how rough the Alteraci diaspora was in Southshore unless perhaps she already knows what the Alteraci in her city are like. If she insist after that then->You trust Calia so when she says that the city is safe, just go there with her, but have plain clothes and wear cloaks just in case. Don’t proclaim your presence.>>5290795Here's hoping being around his old friend (and let's be real, crush) will make him feel more secure and maybe rub off some sympathy on him. Kinda childish to try and use this like he's 'one-upping' us
>>5290788>>You trust Calia so when she says that the city is safe, just go there with her, but have plain clothes and wear cloaks just in case. Don’t proclaim your presence.Good for Arthas, maybe Alrics presence gave him enough courage to approach Jaina.I think we can trust Calia and if something happens, we aren’t that bad of a fighter.>>5290148Don't worry about it. In character Alric just knows the Barovs as they exist now and not what they become later. Contacting people that powerful could prove useful.
>>5290788>>Have a small escort with you. Better to be armed and noticeable. It keeps unwanted people away.I know that, but Alric has risked his life many times Calia. He has a target on his back no matter how secure is a place, so for avoid yet another attempt some security is needed
>>5290788>>Have a small escort with you. Better to be armed and noticeable. It keeps unwanted people away.
“Alright, we can go to the city together.” You said to Calia. “But I have to warn you, the Alteracis in Southshore, they were the poorest people in the city. Some of them were just a step away from banditry. But if you say you know the city, then I trust you.”“Thank you for the concern Alric, but we should be fine.” Calia said to you and smiled.“But we still should wear plain looking clothes, like the ones you had when we met in the garden. And cloaks, we shouldn’t forget them.” You said to her. “Just in case and what would people say if they recognized you walking in the city with me?”“That is a good point.” Calia said to you. “I will come get you tomorrow morning.”Calia gave you a kiss as she left your embrace and walked to the door where she turned around and looked at you.“Good night Alric.”“Good night Calia, sweet dreams.”The taste of her kiss lingered on your lips as you watched her leave your room. When the door closed and you went to lock it, you knew that tomorrow would be a long day. It was time to sleep.…The next morning you quickly ate your breakfast and as you were preparing for the day in the city, a servant brought a small roll of paper with two addresses. First was the Alteracis or at least where their nominal leader was living and the second was the address of your sister's magic teacher. King Terenas had said that he would help you and you had received said help quite fast.You first thought about putting on your normal leather jacket, but instead decided to wear your arming jacket and partially wear your armour. Breastplate with faulds and your bascinet without the visor made you look like a normal mercenary or a soldier without you having to wear any more armour, especially when you threw your cloak on and pulled the hood over your head.Then you just waited till Calia would come to pick you up.…Some time later there was a knock on the door and you went to open it to see if Calia had arrived.“Good morning Alric.” Taretha said to you. “Why are you wearing armour? Not even all of it?”“Good morning Taretha and not for that important reason really.” You said to her. “How are you? How is Blackmoore?”“I am fine, thanks for asking.” Taretha said. “And he is nursing a really bad hangover.”Some things hadn’t changed.“He wants to leave the Capital City as fast as possible and the ship leaves this afternoon. I came to ask you as I or Blackmoore didn’t see you after the tribunal that are you joining us?” Taretha asked you.“I am not, I will stay here for a few days before I leave. I need to meet and talk with people.” You explained to her. “Sorry.”“Don’t be. I will be fine and so will Blackmoore when he realises that nothing has changed for him.” Taretha said to you. “But good luck Alric, I wish whatever meetings you have go well.”“Thanks Taretha.” You said to her as she was leaving.“Alric, just call me Tari.” She said with a smile and left.1/2
>>5291371It didn’t take long for Calia to arrive. She was wearing the same blue dress and white apron that she had when you met her in the garden. Over them she just had a light brown cloak and if you didn’t know who she was, you could think that she was just a normal peasant.“Good morning Calia.” You said. “I could mistake you for one of the peasant girls back home, except for one thing.”“What would it be Alric?” Calia asked and didn’t really know what to expect.“None of them are as beautiful as you are.” Calia groaned after having heard that.“Not a good one?” You carefully asked her already knowing the answer.“Not a good one at all.” Calia said with a laugh and now it was your turn to groan, to that she just laughed. “Good morning Alric, are we ready to go?”“Yeah, I am ready to go.” You said back as you regained your composure.>Visit the Alteracis of Capital City first. Talking to them could take time so better to start with it.>Find the magic teacher of your sister first. Finding the right place could be difficult and enough time should be given to that.>Let Calia show the Capital City to you first. You aren’t exactly in a hurry and you can spend some time with Calia first.>Other, write inQM: Choose what to do first, who to visit?
>>5291382>>Visit the Alteracis of Capital City first. Talking to them could take time so better to start with it.
>>5291382Let’s try to find the teacher first as this is a thing that might be done incognito, once we talk to our diaspora we will have attracted attention of many, possibly including syndicate. In fact we could arrange to have our men nearby, like in a specific tavern or so, in case things go haywire, before we go see the diaspora.
>>5291382>>Find the magic teacher of your sister first. Finding the right place could be difficult and enough time should be given to that.
Magic teacher wins. Give me an event roll.>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>5291971bad roll get
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>5291971That was a bad roll. So watch this!
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5291971good roll get?
>>5292042not bad, nice save
You allowed Calia to guide you through the palace as she knew the hallways and places where there weren’t that many servants. You avoided the guards and slipped through the same backdoor you entered the palace and in just a few moments you found yourself walking the backstreets near the harbour. There two of you put on your hoods and started to make your way into the city proper.When Calia asked who to visit first, you showed her the paper that you had received and told her that the magic teacher should be found first. Finding the Alteracis is probably easier, but finding the teacher could take time. Calia agreed and she seemed to know the direction to go in the city. While the exact location of the house was a mystery, thankfully Capital City had signs everywhere. Navigating through the streets would be quite easy.As you walked through the Capital City, you noted how old some of the houses and structures were. You knew how ancient the city was, but it did impress or even surprise you a bit how old some places looked like. The old stone walls were joined by newer constructions, a lot of thought had been put in the sewage by the amount of sewer grates you saw, the streets were straight and wide enough for horse carts to go both ways. Capital City was a very impressive city.The city was full of people and no one in the crowd noticed or paid attention to two young people walking through the streets while holding hands. You hadn’t really noticed when you started holding Calia’s hand, but if less people paid attention to you, then it was the right thing to do. And in the end it was really nice to walk like this with Calia.…>6You allowed Calia to take the lead as she read the signs. Finding the correct street and house took you to a residential quarter of the city with dozens if not hundreds of tall houses.It took you a while and you had to ask directions from a few locals where exactly the house was, but in the end after searching and backtracking your steps a bit, you and Calia stood in the front of an extremely mundane looking house with many floors. If the teacher lived here, then the house from the outside didn’t differ from the neighbouring houses at all.“Are you sure this is the right place?” You asked Calia as you were somewhat sceptical.“It should be the right house. The number on the wall matches the address on the paper.” She said and shrugged.“Well let’s find out.” You said and walked to the door.1/2
>>5292174You knocked on the door several times and stepped back to wait for someone to come to open the door. Nothing happened for a moment and you went to knock on the door for a second time.Then for a third time.And for the fourth time.“Alric, I don’t think the teacher is at home and people are starting to give us weird looks.” Calia whispered to you.But you were adamant to meet this teacher and you went to knock on the door for the fifth time, the door opened and nearly hit your head.“Go away, I won't take visitors.” Old man with a face full of wrinkles and a one big mole huffed.As he tried to close the door, you put your boot between it and the frame.“I would like to know about your former student.” You said to him and a small part of you expected to be turned into a newt for disrespecting a wizard.“I don’t tell you a bit. That is confidential between me and them.” The old man said and confirmed offhand that he was a teacher.“It is my sister, I know she studied here and I haven’t seen her in years. I am trying to find her.” You told him. “Blonde hair, brown eyes, way older than me.”That seemed to get a reaction from him and it seemed that he realised who you were talking about.“Go away.” The old man said and attempted to close the door again.“Would it help if I said that I was Alric Perenolde.” You said to him and in an instant the old man stopped attempting to crush your boot with the door.“Then get in.” He said and pushed the door open allowing you and Calia to step inside.The first floor of the house was a mess. All sorts of things ranging from papers, scrolls, clothing and pure rubbish littered the house. It was clear that the old man hadn’t done any cleaning in his house for a while.“Take a seat somewhere.” The old man said and continued. “I’m Tristen Yeardley, a wizard and the teacher of Beve.”The old wizard sat down on a stool. He didn’t look like a wizard, there was no staff, fancy clothes or robes. If he was a wizard from Dalaran or elsewhere, he didn’t look like one. But you knew Eligius and he didn’t exactly look like a wizard either. Still it seemed that he knew Beve, so maybe he knows something that could be useful to you?>Keep the questions simple and on point about Beve. Sooner you get the answers, sooner you will leave the wizard alone.>Ask detailed questions about Beve, try to learn everything you can about her and try to get the wizard to answer all of your questions as well as he can.>The wizard Yeardley has caught your interest, ask questions about him. Why was he so reluctant to open the door and answer these questions?>You find the wizard sketchy, ask for some proof that the man is a wizard and that he taught Beve.>Other, write in.
>>5292179>>Ask detailed questions about Beve, try to learn everything you can about her and try to get the wizard to answer all of your questions as well as he can.
>>5292179>Keep the questions simple and on point about Beve. Sooner you get the answers, sooner you will leave the wizard alone.>The wizard Yeardley has caught your interest, ask questions about him. Why was he so reluctant to open the door and answer these questions?The wizard doesn’t like that you are here, there must be a some reason why? So keep things short and quick.
>>5292179Ask when he last saw Beve and if he has any idea where she might bealso ask about his circumstances, maybe we could help him somehow? I mean he was Beve's teacher, then again we don't know much anything about him yet.
>>5292179>>Ask detailed questions about Beve, try to learn everything you can about her and try to get the wizard to answer all of your questions as well as he can.>>The wizard Yeardley has caught your interest, ask questions about him. Why was he so reluctant to open the door and answer these questions?
>>5292179>You find the wizard sketchy, ask for some proof that the man is a wizard and that he taught Beve.
“Pleasure to meet you Master Yeardley, I am Prince Alric Perenolde.” You introduced yourself properly and gave the old man a bow before taking a stool for yourself. “As I said, I am here because I want to learn more about the whereabouts of my sister and you were her teacher years ago.”“Aye, years ago.” Yeardley said and scratched his short stubble. “So when was the last time you saw Beve? Did she come here, or did you see her elsewhere?”“Maybe a year since Alterac fell. Your sister appeared on my doorstep just like you. She told me that she was here to collect her remaining belongings.”“And what did she take?”“Just a few books, some magical instruments and ingredients. Nothing major.”“Then what did Beve do next?”“She said goodbye and left.”“Left? Just like that and you haven’t seen her since?” You asked him as there must have been more than just that.“Aye, I was glad that I didn’t see any Perenoldes till you appeared here. You know the Second War and all.” Yeardley didn’t like you, that was clear.“Do you remember anything Beve said or mentioned when she came here? Anything that could be useful?”“Nah, just that… she was in a hurry.” Yeardley said and scratched his chin again. “Nothing else comes to my mind.”The old wizard wasn’t that big of a help. It had been eight years since Beve visited his former teacher and in eight years a lot could have happened. Still you were one step closer to her than before.“Do you have any idea where she could be right now? Did she mention anything before the war?”“No.” Yeardley said. “I would tell you if it made you go away faster, but either I don’t remember or she never said anything.”You wouldn’t probably get much more out of the old wizard, but one thing did puzzle you a bit.“Why didn’t you want to talk about Beve before I said who I was?” You asked the old wizard and you noticed the briefest moment where he became alert of your question. Yeardley scratched his chin with his left hand and rubbed the wrist with his free hand. That question seemed to hit the mark.“She did tell me one thing. “Yeardley said.“What was it?”“If she was to hear that someone had asked for her and I had talked. She would make sure that I would die.” Yeardley said to you.“Beve threatened to kill you?”“With a snap of a finger.” Yeardley replied and snapped his own. “She could turn me inside out.”Hearing that was a shock. Everything Yeardley had said there conflicted with the Beve you remembered from your childhood. The serious, but always loving older sister, was she capable of doing that? 1/2
>>5293375You had left the old wizards house after he insisted that this was everything he knew. As you walked the streets, Calia stopped you and pulled you aside.“Alric, are you alright?” She asked you.“I am fine.” You said to her.“No you are not. What the wizard said about your sister hit you.” Calia said to you. “Was it the threat to kill him?”You didn’t know what to say first.“Please speak to me Alric, don’t let your feelings stay inside of you.” Calia said and took your hands. You could see it in her eyes that she wanted to help you.>Tell Calia what you remember about Beve and how hearing the threat of violence conflicts with your memories. That didn't sound like the Beve you remembered.>It has been nine years since you last saw her. And today you didn’t learn much at all. This frustrates you immensely.>This is not the place to talk about your sister. You can talk about her somewhere else and some other time.>Other, write in.QM: The roll was to see if the wizard was there and if he could be of help. That six was a saving roll. Also minor Social Pastebin updates.
>>5293378>Tell Calia what you remember about Beve and how hearing the threat of violence conflicts with your memories. That didn't sound like the Beve you remembered.Be brief though, we can relay more stories if we remember, later.
>>5293378>>This is not the place to talk about your sister. You can talk about her somewhere else and some other time.We're in public.
>>5293378>>5293389Supporting as we can talk more later as we are in public
>>5293378>>This is not the place to talk about your sister. You can talk about her somewhere else and some other time.some privacy would be better
>>5293378>>This is not the place to talk about your sister. You can talk about her somewhere else and some other time
“She was… I loved her, she really was a great big sister when she was around.” You said to Calia and looked around. There were quite a lot of people around and you felt somewhat uncomfortable talking about or mentioning Beve right now. “But this isn’t the place to talk about her, we can speak later, somewhere else.”You nodded your head towards the people walking around you and Calia seemed to understand the issue.“I understand, we can talk when we are alone together.” Calia said and smiled.“Thank you, let’s go find the Alteracis.” You said back and returned the smile.1/3
>>5295175Finding them was easier than you expected. The Alteracis had moved into another residential quarter within the city and as soon as you stepped there, you saw a lone flag of Alterac hanging from one of the windows. They were openly saying that they were Alteracis and they were doing this within the Capital City.You and Calia walked through the quarters until you found a large house that matched the address in the paper you were given. You looked at Calia and nodded before you went and knocked on the door.It didn’t take long for it to be opened by a middle aged man with very fine clothes and bushy moustache.“Prince Alric, we have been waiting for you to arrive or call us to meet you.” The bushy moustache man who was wearing a set of very fine clothes said as he looked at you, but when his eyes caught Calia, you saw how they opened wide open. “L-Lady Calia! Please both of you, get in.”You gave a curious look at the man and then to Calia before you stepped in.“Not everyone here appreciates or likes Menethils.” The man said to you as you and Calia walked through the door and he closed it behind you. “And why is she here?”You looked at the man and tried to remember if you had seen him.“And may I ask who you are?” You said back and you found your left hand wandering over the hilt of the Cinder Sword as a knight wearing an old platemail of Alteraci design walked into the room. The bushy moustache man realised his mistake and bowed deeply towards you and Calia.“Prince Alric, I am Michael Trand, formerly a Commander in the Army of Alterac in the service of King Aiden Perenolde. Currently the representative of the Alteracis in Capital City to King Terenas.” Michael Trand said to you and continued. “I am sorry for forgetting my manners, but the presence of Lady Calia surprised me.”“Pleasure to meet you Mr. Trand. Apology accepted.” You said back and glanced towards Calia.“I am acting as a guide to Prince Alric. “Calia said to Mr. Trand and shrugged her shoulders. “I know the city quite well and I didn’t have anything better to do.”“How did you recognize us?” You had to ask Trand.“Prince Alric, I saw you yesterday in the tribunal. I would have approached you, but you went to talk with Lady Calia and Lady Jaina.” Trand explained to you. “And I have seen Lady Calia several times so recognizing her was quite easy.”This worried you actually. How many people actually had recognized two of you even with the hoods and plain clothes.“But please, come further and take a seat. I will bring you tea and small snacks.” Trand said to you and bowed.2/3
>>5295177You and Calia had taken a seat in the big living room of the house. The house was decorated in the old Alteraci style with a mix of influence from Lordaeron. It was clearly a house fit for a nobleman or someone very wealthy. As you waited for Trand to come back with the tea, you didn’t speak with Calia as the knight stood on the other side of the room and watched you closely“Here is the tea Prince Alric, Lady Calia.” Trand said as he walked in carrying a serving tray. He prepared the tea for both of you before taking a seat himself.“So, I bet you have a lot to ask from me.” Trand said and immediately continued. “Like who we support, how many of us are here and why we haven’t contacted you.”“You would be right.” You said back.“Because of your brother Prince Alric.” Trand said.“Because Aliden? Why?” You asked him. “Have you seen him?”“Yes, three years ago he walked through that door and asked us to join him and to support him. We declined and he then made us promise to stay neutral whatever happens.” Trand explained and continued. “There are nearly two thousand Alteracis in the Capital City and in the countryside around the city. Dragging them into whatever Prince Aliden is doing was something we didn’t want to do, we have responsibilities towards them, to keep them safe.”“Neutrality? Aliden asked you to join him?” You had to ask him again.“Yes. We know that he is leading the remnants of the military and the nobles somewhere in the mountains of Alterac and Hinterlands. Prince Aliden attempted to argue that we should join him as he is the heir of Kingdom of Alterac, but after we declined he proposed neutrality.” Trand explained again. “He said that whoever comes here and asks us to join them, we need to decline. We agreed.”It was a smart move from Aliden, you had to give him that. If he couldn’t get the Alteracis in the Capital City to join him, then he would make sure that they wouldn’t join his enemies either. But what did he say to Trand and others to make sure that they would agree with the neutrality?>Demand Trand and the Alteracis in the Capital City to join you and support you. Tell him about the Syndicate and how the actions of your brother invalidates any of his calls for neutrality.>Ask what did Aliden say to Trand to make sure that they stay neutral? There must be something that makes sure that they stay neutral.>Why didn’t they contact you earlier? Did Captain Garside ask them to join you when you started all this? What is their gameplan, are they just waiting to see who wins this?>If they aren’t joining you, will they still allow people to leave Capital City to join you? Or will they enforce their neutrality and stop them from leaving?>Let Calia ask something as she has been listening to you and Trand closely. She seems to have some thoughts about what she has heard and an outsider's point of view could be useful.>Other, write in
>>5295182>>Ask what did Aliden say to Trand to make sure that they stay neutral? There must be something that makes sure that they stay neutral.>>Why didn’t they contact you earlier? Did Captain Garside ask them to join you when you started all this? What is their gameplan, are they just waiting to see who wins this?These two are possibly related, Aliden might be blackmailing them or something.
>>5295182>Ask about Aliden’s circumstances, but don’t press past what they seem comfortable sharing. Do note what topics make them uncomfortable though.>Ask Calia for her input>now that we’re here, make our case and present our vision for the peaceful, prosperous and reunited Alterac without compromising its foundations - we are on a quest of building and restoration, not bitterness and vengeance. Although, let’s be real, there will be dangers, don’t sugarcoat that.
>>5295182>Ask what did Aliden say to Trand to make sure that they stay neutral? There must be something that makes sure that they stay neutral.>If they aren’t joining you, will they still allow people to leave Capital City to join you? Or will they enforce their neutrality and stop them from leaving?>Let Calia ask something as she has been listening to you and Trand closely. She seems to have some thoughts about what she has heard and an outsider's point of view could be useful.If we learn what Aliden said to keep them neutral, we can use that to attempt to leverage them to our side.
>>5295182>Ask what did Aliden say to Trand to make sure that they stay neutral? There must be something that makes sure that they stay neutral.>Why didn’t they contact you earlier? Did Captain Garside ask them to join you when you started all this? What is their gameplan, are they just waiting to see who wins this?>If they aren’t joining you, will they still allow people to leave Capital City to join you? Or will they enforce their neutrality and stop them from leaving?
>>5295182>If they aren’t joining you, will they still allow people to leave Capital City to join you? Or will they enforce their neutrality and stop them from leaving?>Ask what did Aliden say to Trand to make sure that they stay neutral? There must be something that makes sure that they stay neutral.Trying to get a grasp of the situation and cordially inviting them rather than forcing their hands sounds most reasonable. Spreading the word of the Syndicate could have dire consequences for the Alteraci if it leaks, though I'm still tempted to make sure this guy at least is aware of what's going on with the Penelope brothers
>>5295182Pretty much all of the prompts are relevant so...>Ask what did Aliden say to Trand to make sure that they stay neutral? There must be something that makes sure that they stay neutral.Natural follow up question>Why didn’t they contact you earlier? Did Captain Garside ask them to join you when you started all this? What is their gameplan?I wouldn't assume anything including that they're waiting to see who wins, just ask what his motives are directly.>If they aren’t joining you, will they still allow people to leave Capital City to join you? Or will they enforce their neutrality and stop them from leaving?Another natural follow up question.>Let Calia ask something as she has been listening to you and Trand closely. She seems to have some thoughts about what she has heard and an outsider's point of view could be useful.It's only polite to let her in on the conversation after we're done with our questions.
I will tally the votes tomorrow when I write the update, but before I do that, I would like to have a dice roll unrelated to them. You can still plan what do you ask or say to Trand.>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>5296119
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5296119
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5296119
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>5296119I am just going to roll for the sake of it. My last roll was terribad.I am thinking how could we help the Alteracis in Capital City? We are meeting Terenas tomorrow so while we speak to him, we could raise any issues the Alteracis or Trand are having. If we can help them, they could be more favourable to us.If some Alteracis are willing to move to Dawnholme, that could be a great boon. Maybe we could even hire former soldiers.
“What did Aliden say to you to make sure that you would stay neutral?” You asked Trand as you drank the tea. Trand who just a moment ago had answered you quite eagerly, clearly was a bit uneasy to continue.“Prince Alric, do you know what your brother has been doing lately?” Trand asked you carefully.“Yes.” You said to him and now expected an answer that you wouldn’t probably like.“Good, I had to ask first so that this doesn’t come to you as a surprise… for he threatened to replace us. If we won’t join him, we should be neutral. If we break our neutrality, then he makes it sure that someone who can follow his orders replaces us.” Trand said to you carefully. “We presume that we are being watched by people who are on your brother's side.”That does make sense. The Syndicate has their spies, agents and informants and most likely if you are spotted then Aliden would hear about this sooner or later.“Was that the reason why you didn’t contact me before? Did Captain Garside send you a letter when this all started?” You asked him and waited for Trand to answer.“Yes, we received the letter, but outside of me and a few others, no one else has read it or knows about it.” Trand said to you. “It would have been too big of a risk for us.”You weren’t happy, but they at least had a reason to not contact you or approach you before. Knowing what the Syndicate has been doing, you agreed that Trand and others were right to be careful.“What has changed? Me being in the Capital City?” You asked him again.“Yes, you seeked us out on your own volition. Sure we could throw you out and forbid you from coming here, but sooner or later the Alteracis here would learn more about you.” Trand explained. “If now your brother accuses us for breaking the neutrality, we can argue that it wasn’t us who invited you here.”He had a point. Even if you disliked how they hadn’t contacted you earlier, they had their own reasons to not do so.“I presume you won’t be joining me and lending me your support?” You asked him.“You are correct Prince Alric, but we cannot join you.” Trand said back.“Then will you be enforcing neutrality and stopping people from joining me voluntarily?” You continued.“That we cannot do.” He said.“Thank you Mr. Trand.” You said as you finished your cup of tea. “This has been a very informative conversation.”“It has been my pleasure.” Trand said and smiled while the knight behind him kept his watch.1/3
>>5296733You looked at Calia to see if she had finished her tea and saw that she had a very thoughtful expression.“Calia, do you have any thoughts?” You asked her. “Well could my father be of any help? Alric has a meeting with him tomorrow.” Calia asked Trand.“I am sorry Lady Calia, but many Alteracis resent your family and especially your father. They wouldn’t accept his help.” Trand said and continued. “Thank you for the offer, but my position as the representative of Alteracis is seen only as a necessary evil by many.”“At least I tried.” Calia said and shrugged.You stood up as you had gotten nearly everything you wanted out from Trand. You had learned the situation of the Alteracis in the Capital City and how your brother was involved with them.“Thank you for the tea Mr. Trand. “You said and gave him a respectful nod as you picked up your bascinet from the floor.“No, it was my pleasure Prince Alric and I wish you luck in your endeavour. May we talk again in the future in a more favourable situation.” Trand said as he stood up and watched as you and Calia started to make your way towards the door. “Sir Kavdan, can you please open the door for Prince Alric and Lady Calia.”“Kavdan? Are you the son of Colonel Kavdan?” You had to ask the knight.“Yes, I am.” He said back. “Kastor Kavdan.”“I am sorry for your loss Sir Kavdan.” You said back and gave him a respectful bow. “Thank you Prince Alric and you can tell Captain Garside that my father’s armour reached me.” Kavdan said back and went to unlock the door.“I will.” You said and turned around one last time. “Next time we meet Mr. Trand, I would love to have you on my side.”2/3
>>5296734>7You and Calia had left the house of Mr. Trand. Walking through the street you watched the people who passed you and you saw how many of them looked like or talked like the people in Dawnholme. They were Alteracis, they were your people. One day you would rule them, but it yet wasn’t that day.Calia had taken your hand as two of you walked away from the Alteraci quarters. She hadn’t said anything as you were lost in your thoughts about all this, but she must have noticed how tense you were and how holding her hand seemed to alleviate it.You breathed deeply as you knew that you would have time to think about all this and now you were with Calia. Think about the present.“You said you would show me the city.” You said to Calia.“Yeah I did.” Calia said back and smiled. Seeing her happy made you happy too and it made you feel good. “Let’s go to eat, I am starving.”“Let’s do that.” You said back to her, you were quite hungry too.But two of you didn’t get that far outside the Alteraci quarters when you saw two men standing in front of you. The older of the two men was a broad shouldered man with not that gentle face that had numerous small and big scars criss-crossing across his face. You could see that under his leather jerkin he was wearing a mail shirt with the rest of his clothing hidden under a brown cloak. The younger of the two men had similar clothing as the older man, but instead covered his head with a leather cap and you didn’t see a mail shirt. This time both of them had orange bandanas around their throats.You immediately pulled Calia behind you and moved your right hand on the hilt of the Cinder Sword, ready to unsheath it.“Alric, what…” Calia started to say before she stopped as she saw how the two men prepared to draw their own swords similarly to you.“Hello Princeling.” Ieastyn said to you with his deep voice. The other man who you remembered to be named Marcus seemed very nervous. “Send your lady friend away and then may we talk?”You had met Ieastyn and Marcus in Tarren Mill nearly a year ago. Back then you hadn’t yet learned about the Syndicate, but now you knew more. These two men were part of the Syndicate and how they had spoken to you previously, it was clear that they were rogues and killers. But you weren’t sure if they recognized Calia, or was that just a ploy to get her away from you or just to get you to be alone so that no one else could hear what they have to say? You didn’t know, but you knew that she was in danger if something was to happen.3/3
>>5296736>Draw the Cinder Sword and cut the two men down. You cannot trust them at all.>Decline and tell them to back off. You don’t want to shed any blood today.>Agree to talk, but you are going to do it here on the street. They probably won’t attempt to try anything in public.>Talk to them, but in private away from curious ears.>Send Calia away, it is better for her to go away just in case.>Calia stays, she is safe with you and her presence might refrain Ieastyn from doing anything stupid.QM: Please vote on both
>>5296736>Calia staysShe has our trust, but more importantly her safety is our responsibility. We can’t let her go with this company around.If they are willing to talk in front of her, we can go to a suitably bustling tavern. Ask “Martha” or some other name, since she’s from around here, if she knows a suitably discreet pace? Don’t let the two dictate terms of where. (They probably recognize her but there’s no reason to not hope for the best)If they’re unwilling to talk, give them a message. We can debate what would be in it but I’d go with something along the lines of “Alterac can rise without having its foundation tainted, our people will be safe and prosperous again. They deserve a new beginning.”
>>5296738I doubt Ieastyn and Marcus are dumb enough, to let us do what we want. If I was them, i would have men nearby but not seen. A small group of 5 to 10 would suffice, useful even for avoid that any help arrives and not too difficult to infiltrate in a city this large.Now honestly I am not sure how much they want to "talk" or actually talk. There is a small chance they could have been sent by the lady behind the cloth. Sooo >Talk to them, but in private away from curious ears.Preferably a place Calia knows >Calia stays, she is safe with you and her presence might refrain Ieastyn from doing anything stupidI dislike the idea of talking about any of our affairs in this city, and even if I trust Calia i would prefer to not exactly let her know all about our politics at this time. This said she is safe with us since we are alone. I am expecting demands more than talking here (things like : no invasion of the hills ecc..), if not an outright surrender your weapons type of talking.Call Calia, Martha, for now it might work. And>Keep your hand on cinder sword ready for combat, watch around for any possible way to get out if needed. Whisper to Calia to do the same, since she knows the city more than us.///I really hope Calia can understand next time Alric has a target on his back, and that has head of state he can't have the freedom to not have guards. The assasination attempts wheren't enough.
>>5296738>Talk to them, but in private away from curious ears.>Calia stays, she is safe with you and her presence might refrain Ieastyn from doing anything stupid.I don't really know what to expect from them. If they wanted to attack us, they probably would have done it already so they might have demands or a message to us. But I agree, they might have back up nearby.
>>5296738>Agree to talk, but you are going to do it here on the street. They probably won’t attempt to try anything in public.>Calia stays, she is safe with you and her presence might refrain Ieastyn from doing anything stupid.
“She stays.” You said to Ieastyn. “But we can talk… in private.”“Hmmph, to keep your lady friend as an insurance, that is doable.” Ieastyn said back and moved his hands away from his sword and daggers before nodding to Marcus to do the same. “There is an inn nearby, we can talk there.”A public place, but inns tend to be noisy, you can have somewhat private conversations in places like that.“Then lead us there.” You said back and kept your hands near your weapons.Ieastyn gave you a smile that was as gentle as he could do with his scarred face and started walking away from you with Marcus keeping a watch if you were to run. You didn’t like it, but following him was probably the safest option.…The inn itself wasn’t that far away and when you entered the place, you saw why men like Ieastyn would prefer places like this. It was nearly full of mercenaries, cutthroats and other shady looking people. Scantily clad women were serving the tables and a small band was playing in one corner. Calia hesitated a bit, but then took the step inside as Ieastyn acquired four of you a table in one of the corners.“Keep your hands on the table.” You said to the two men after you had sat down.“Hmmph, many demands Princeling, but I guess we have to follow.” Ieastyn said back. The tone of his voice hadn’t changed, but by how he smiled it seemed that he was enjoying this.“Now if you have something to say, please speak.” You said to him.“After we met in Tarren Mill, I spoke to your big brother.” Ieastyn told you. “He congratulated me on my good work, but because me and you spoke, I was compromised. So he sent me here to keep watch over the Alteracis and report back if someone approaches them.”“And?” You asked him to continue as you presumed that he would be reporting what you did to your brother.“I was also informed some time ago that if I was to see you, I would have to approach you to tell you that there are those who want to kill you.” Ieastyn said to you.You had heard this before. Kris Legace had delivered a warning from the Lady Behind A Cloth, that someone planned to assassinate you. If Ieastyn wasn’t working for her, then it can mean that your brother is warning you. Then you realised that Ieastyn didn’t probably know that you were already warned, you knew about this.“Kill you?” Calia asked you and Ieastyn. “You mean to assassinate Alric? Are you planning to kill him now?”“Now calm down, if I wanted Alric dead, I would have killed him already.” Ieastyn said.“It’s alright.” You said to Calia before turning back to Ieastyn. “Why the warning?”“That I don’t know, just orders.” Ieastyn said and smiled. “The second thing I was told to say was that your brother is content if you want to play a Prince and build your little home in Dawnholme. He won’t then raise his hand against you, but if you were to go to Alterac or move directly against him, that he wouldn’t allow.”Now that was a clear warning to not act against the Syndicate.1/3
>>5298440“Thirdly, and this was directly said by your brother and let me paraphrase it. ‘Even after all these years I still love you. Al, my little brother.’” Ieastyn said to you.Al? No one else ever called you Al, except Aliden. It must have been him. “Anything else?” You asked Ieastyn.“No.” Ieastyn said and shook his head before standing up. “Actually a word of advice. Next time don’t bring your lady friend with you. She looks terrified.”You had managed to keep your stiff upper lip through this, but frankly you too were scared. This wasn’t a fight or a battle where your own skills would keep you alive, but instead you sat here because Ieastyn didn’t want to kill you.Calia meanwhile was scared, you could see it from her blue-green eyes that she barely kept her emotions in check. You couldn’t do anything now, but only to watch as Ieastyn and Marcus left the table.“It was a pleasant talk dear Princeling, may we meet again in better circumstances.” Ieastyn said before he walked away and out from the door, leaving you and Calia alone.…You had asked if Calia knew if there was a park or some other place to go. She had nodded and hadn’t said a word after you had left the inn and walked a short distance before you reached a small park.There was barely no one there and you sat down on a bench under a cover of a large linden.Then Calia couldn’t hold her emotions anymore, she hugged you and buried her face on your shoulder. And then you noticed that she was crying.“I thought they were going to kill you.” Calia said to you between her faint sobbing. “I was so scared Alric.”“They aren’t here anymore and what he said was true, if he wanted me dead, I would probably already be dead.” You said and hugged her back.“Alric!” Calia raised her voice, before calming down again. “You can’t say that.”Yeah, that was a mistake to say. Still it was the truth.“Don’t worry about me, I will be fine.” You said back. “We will be fine.”“How can you be so sure?” Calia asked you.“I have to be. Because if I wasn’t, how could I be here? I can’t be afraid of every shadow or a problem if I have my people to rule.” You said back. “And because I know you are strong. You could have ran, but you followed me. You kept my back.”Those words seemed to hit Calia and her hug became tighter. You couldn’t hear sobbing anymore and after a moment or two, Calia raised her head and gave you a long kiss.“Thank you Alric.” Calia said after her lips parted. “Thank you.”You then heard her stomach growl.“Let’s get something to eat, I still have the city to show you.” Calia said with a wide smile as she pulled you up.2/3
>>5298444You spent the rest of the day and afternoon in the streets of Capital City with Calia. You ate in a small restaurant, walked through the marketplaces, looked at statues and old churches.With Calia leading you and explaining the history of different buildings and parts of the city, who the statues were and so on, she had something to do to keep her mind in something else than in just what had happened. Frankly, you too required something else to think and occupy your mind and being with Calia was the perfect way to do it.In the end it was time to return back to the Royal Palace. You and Calia couldn’t stay away for too long and especially Calia would be missed. It pained you both a lot, but you knew that the time together was limited.Just outside the seldomly used backdoor Calia turned around and pulled you closer.“Thank you for the day Alric. Even with the unfortunate meeting… I really liked to be with you and be part of your day.” Calia said to you.“And thank you for your help. Otherwise I wouldn’t have seen the city that well or found what I was looking for.” You said back and kissed her and for a moment two of you kept kissing until both of you heard something. Someone was nearby, so it was time to go.“Alric, when it is evening, come see me.” Calia said and released you from her hug. “I don’t know your door.” You quickly whispered back.“I will leave a sign for you, see you later Alric.” Calia said and quickly made her way back into the palace.To spend the evening with Calia? That sounded lovely, especially as you knew that you would be leaving later tomorrow. After that you didn’t know when you would be the next time you saw Calia.…You had walked back to your room without bumping into anyone. Not a single guard or a servant had seen you reenter the palace and after you had managed to open the door and step in, you thought that you had managed to avoid everyone.“Prince Alric, where have you been?” Came the voice of Malevus who clearly was concerned where you had been. “Did you go out into the city without me or any of the knights escorting you?”You turned to face Malevus and saw that she was both concerned and very serious at the same time. And she clearly wanted some answers.“Prince Alric, I try to protect you and be your squire, but it is very difficult to do if you just leave without saying anything.” She continued.3/3
>>5298452>You were in the city with Calia. Tell Malevus everything that happened, including the meeting with Ieastyn.>You were in the city with Calia, meeting with Alteracis and doing business, but leave Ieastyn and news about Beve out.>You had business in the city and going alone was the most discreet way of moving. You didn’t want to be spotted.>You had some business to do. Leave it there and don’t explain further.>Other, write in.QM: Sorry it took quite long to get this update out. Very busy day and I had a terrible headache. In addition I might miss an update or two as the next few days will be quite busy. Thankfully the thread is still at page 6 so no worry of it falling off the board. I will keep you informed if I will miss more than one update.
>>5298456Get well m8.>You were in the city, undercover with local guide. You will tell her more when you get to suitably secure setting. Sorry for worrying her and thank her for the concern. The challenges yet ahead are many and great and we’re glad to have her among friends.
>>5298456>>5298463Supporting, but mention that you were with Calia. Malevus might understand the situation better then.
>>5298456>>You were in the city with Calia. Tell Malevus everything that happened, including the meeting with Ieastyn.Our squire is trustworthy.
>>5298456>You were in the city with Calia. Tell Malevus everything that happened, including the meeting with Ieastyn.
>>5298456>>You were in the city with Calia. Tell Malevus everything that happened, including the meeting with Ieastyn.Probably agree to tommorow going with protection No problem qm we can wait
What Malevus said was true, how could she do her job if you didn’t tell her where you had gone? You sighed deeply and knew what you would have to do.“I am sorry, I should have told someone where I was.” You said as you took off your helmet. “But I went to the city, I had business there.”You put the helmet on the armour rack before turning back towards Malevus, who expected you to continue.“And I was with Calia, she guided me through the city.” You continued.“Ohh.” Malevus said and you saw her cheeks were turning as red as her hair and her long ears started to droop. “I hope the two of you had a pleasant time.”“We had.” You said back.Malevus hid her cheeks with her hands and avoided showing her embarrassment which just made you smile inadvertently. Malevus was either very bad in keeping her emotions hidden or she had a really wild imagination.“Though not everything went as we wanted.” You said and returned the conversation back to a more serious one.“Why, what happened Prince Alric?” Malevus asked and attempted to recover herself.You sat down and told Malevus how the meeting with the magic teacher of Beve had gone and how your sister had threatened to kill the man if he was to speak. You told Malevus how frustrating this was, how little you learned and how what you learned conflicted with the Beve you remembered.And then you talked about the meeting with Trand and what you learned from him. The discussion with him had been relatively useful as you now knew the position the Alteracis in Capital City were, but again you were disappointed with what you had learned about your brother.Finally you spoke about Ieastyn. When you told Malevus how he had stopped you and Calia, she seemed horrified and couldn’t believe how Ieastyn could have threatened you. Malevus wasn’t happy at all about this and told you again how you should have had your escorts with you. And to be honest, Malevus is right.After you had finished with telling her what you had learned from Ieastyn and telling her a bit about the rest of the day, Malevus seemed very relieved that nothing had happened to you in the end, she thanked you for your honesty and promised not to tell anything about this to others.1/3
>>5299548Malevus helped you to remove the rest of your armour and told you that Sir Gravis had been active and booked a ship for the next evening. Now you only had the meeting with King Terenas remaining for tomorrow and going to see Calia for today. Your visit to Capital City was nearing its end.A servant had prepared you a bath and after taking it, you put on your finer clothes and waited till it was the evening. When the sun had nearly set, it was time to go see Calia.You knew where the royal family had their own rooms so you headed there first and when you got there, you started to look for a sign that you would recognize. It didn’t take that long and Calia was right, you found the sign easily. It was the small scarf given to you as the sign of favour during the tournament and it was wrapped around the door handle. Taking it off, you carefully knocked on the door and waited for it to open.Calia had been waiting for you as it didn’t take long for her to come to open the door and as soon as it opened, you stepped in and Calia closed the door behind you. When the door closed, Calia immediately hugged you and gave you a kiss.“Thank you for coming.” She said to you as she released her hold. “Please come, I had my handmaiden to get us something to eat and drink.”Handmaiden? You were visibly confused and Calia noticed it.“Don’t worry, I have known her for all of my life. She won’t speak to anyone.” Calia said and smiled. She continued and was somewhat embarrassed. “And she kinda did manage to guess how things are.”“Alright, I trust your word.” You said back and allowed Calia to guide you through her room.Room wasn’t probably the right word to use here for her 'room' resembled more of an apartment than just a single room. The large living room had expensive looking antique furniture, sofas, tables, tapestries and paintings. And from the balcony you could see the Lordamere Lake that was illuminated by the moon that was approaching the full moon.On one of the tables next to the sofas were several trays full of things to eat and drink. Grapes, delicacies, pastries and such next to a pair of flagons of wine. The handmaiden had been very thorough in her preparing and there was more than enough for both of you.“I was wondering when you would come.” Calia said to you and held your hands.“Well you did ask me to come and I couldn’t miss being with you.” You said back to her.Calia didn’t know what to say and the two of you just stood there while holding hands. Calia had combed her long blond hair and she was wearing a very beautiful bluish grey dress with gold embroidery. Underneath the dress was her chemise which was richly embroidered with silk in bright colours and gold and silver. You could only marvel at the lady who you had seen in the harbour of Stormwind City for the first time and be amazed how you had gotten to know the most beautiful woman in the world.2/3
>>5299551“You are beautiful.” You managed to say.Why is it so difficult to speak to her now? Calia just looked at you and couldn’t really say anything either until she brushed her hair away and just smiled at you.“I am just so happy that you came here.” Calia said to you and continued. “Should we eat?”Calia guided you to the sofa and two of you sat down.“Well, the grapes don’t eat themselves.” You said and took a handful of them from a bowl.…You had lost the track of time as when you looked outside to the balcony, you saw the reflection of the moon further in the Lordamere Lake than before. The two of you slowly ate the grapes and took bites out of the delicacies and you had poured wine for both of you. As Calia and you went through the food and drink, you told her about what you had been doing since last time you saw her in Stormwind City.In addition you told her some stories you hadn’t told her before and as you spoke you couldn’t do anything else than just look at her and see how Calia listened to every word you said. Even the simplest stories of how you had gone fishing when you were a child or how Beve had showed you magic tricks were the most enthralling things in the world.“When you told me the story of your life back in Stormwind, I haven’t been able to shake it away from my mind. You have been blessed with such a great life, even with all the opposition and obstacles put in front of you.” Calia said to you and continued. “There is one thing that is common in all of your stories. You have your friends helping you, they are there supporting you and doing everything they can to push you forward.”Calia finished her cup of wine and put it aside before turning on the sofa to face you better.“I… I want to be that friend for you. To help you to succeed.” Calia said to you. “I…”Calia stopped before she finished what she said and looked down in a way to collect some courage. She took hold of your hands and looked into your eyes just as you got lost in hers.“I love you Alric.” She finally managed to say.>Tell Calia that you love her>Tell Calia that two of you need more time, to not rush things>Deny your feelings, you aren’t ready for this right nowQM: Romance lock
>>5299559Well that escalated quickly.Honestly I’m fine with either 1 or 2.But boy there will be fun times ahead. Getting Terenas to allow us to court her may be anywhere between asking him and downright impossible. And then there will be objections from politics and who knows how the 100% trustworthy milf of Stormwind will respond to being cockblocked.
>>5299559>>Tell Calia that you love herI think this will be a difficult journey, very time consuming, but a doable journey. We can confess our love now and then take things slowly.Though I don't think this won't stop others from attempting to get close to Alric. Especially I am looking at the very hot and definitely not a dragon lady.
>>5299559I've already stated my feelings on this matter>Tell Calia that you love herIs the sensible option for Alric given all the previous interactions he's had with Calia. Though maybe add something like>Tell Calia that you want to know her, to live with her, to be with her.To (romantically) express the desire to really get to know each other because, in truth, Alric has had very little time with her. Not even a week actually.>>5299606I mean, it was only quick to us. The text says that a lot of time passed for them. And yes, this romance will cause a shitshow but maybe that's part of the appeal. It'll be fun right?
>>5299634This might/can be one of those love at first sight style events. Alric and Calia get fuzzy feelings when their look at each other and those fuzzy feelings pull them closer. It feeds itself and then you have two people in their first relationship fumbling over their feelings. Young love, what is better than that.
>>5299606>>5299627Dangerous maybe, what we think about those others though ? Case by case, let's see what happens with them ? Because well with Calia is difficult, it would be a long distance relationship for not a small amount of time. Not even considering Terenas, Arthas, Alric and his objectives/duty or events. Things would happen.Of course we can just go no with them, Alric already did so. Didn't try anything at all, and considered his position and the feelings of others, not just what he wanted. Politically speaking Alric has not a lot of family members, and none with him, meaning that Perenolde family tree needs to grow back shortly because the remaining members could die soon.
The words Calia just had said echoed in your mind for a few seconds before you couldn’t do anything else than just smile. "I love you too." You said to Calia and you couldn’t explain the feeling you had inside of you for you never had felt anything similar before. Words couldn't describe how happy you were."Calia, I want to know you better, to be with you, to live with you. To be at your side, to express my feelings." You said to her and looked deep into her eyes."Oh Alric. So do I." Calia said.She moved closer to you on the sofa and gently kissed you. You returned the kiss and before you noticed what had happened, you had pulled Calia close to you and the two of you started to kiss each other again and again. The kisses started gently, but soon turned into something more passionate. Calia clasped your face between her hands and brushed your hair as your hands slowly made their way down on her back. You felt the roundness and curves of her bottom, but suddenly Calia grabbed your hands before you could enjoy the curves of her body and gently pushed you on your back.Calia laughed playfully as she laid on top of you and as you allowed her to overpower you and deliver a barrage of kisses.You again lost the track of time as you and Calia laid on the sofa. You had continued to kiss her deeply as she held your hands. Her breath was soft and warm as she stopped kissing you as a part of your body touched hers. She had felt it."I love you." Calia whispered to you as she had the most gentle smile on her face.You had felt it too and Calia sat up before standing up and helped you to stand up too before she led you by the hand through an open door, closing it behind you. You had followed her like in a daze or in a dream and now you stood next to her in her bedroom."Calia." You whispered."Alric." Calia whispered back as she still held your hands and you looked deep into her eyes."I..." You couldn’t finish before Calia’s kiss reached your lips. She already knew what you were going to say.1/3
>>5300570The rays of the morning sun slowly moved through the room and illuminated Calia’s sleeping form. You slowly ran your fingers along the curves of her naked body that was right by your side. You wondered how everything did lead to this and where all this would lead to, while at the same time you felt content and thought that maybe you should just be in the moment and enjoy it.Calia stirred from her sleep as your finger made its way along her side. She moved closer and took a tighter hug of you, resting her body on your chest."Hmmmmh" Was the only thing Calia said as her hand started to make its way around your body that had been toned down by all the sparring and exercises."Good morning Calia." You whispered to her and gently kissed her brow."Good morning." Calia managed to mutter.Brushing her head and long blond hair while she caressed your body, you frankly felt content and you had no regretful feelings of what had happened. For you were happy in a way that you had never been before.…You had stayed in bed for some time already and just enjoyed Calia being right next to you when you decided to look out of the window."Oh Fel!" You cursed aloud after you managed to see how high the sun was already. You quickly clambering out of the bed and cursing aloud had startled Calia."Alric, what is it?" She asked you and watched you fall off the bed."Your father! I was supposed to meet him this morning." You quickly said as you stood up and started to search for your braies and rest of the clothes."Oh right!" Now Calia was in a hurry too and she too stood up and went to dress herself. "Let me help you, I hope it isn’t too late now."You hoped the same too.2/3
>>5300573As quickly as possible you put on your finer clothes and allowed Calia to brush away the worst of the frinkles from them and comb your hair. After eating a few of the remaining delicacies and drinking plenty of water, Calia checked that you looked presentable."Go and impress my father." She said and gave you a soft kiss on your cheek before opening the door and checking both ways that no one would surprise you.The hallway was clear and you quickly hopped out of Calia’s room and started to walk like nothing had happened. Thankfully no one you knew walked past you, only a pair of servants who greeted you.The door to the study of King Terenas was guarded by a footman and as he went inside to make sure Terenas was ready to take you in, you realised that you had left in such a hurry that you hadn’t talked with Calia at all. One more thing to do before you leave the Capital City.When King Terenas was ready, the footman allowed you to step in."Prince Alric, you are late." King Terenas said and didn’t raise his head from the papers he was reading."My apologies, it was a long day yesterday and I accidentally slept too long." You said a partial truth and gave him a slight bow."And I thought you younglings were full of energy." King Terenas said with a chuckle and raised his head from the papers. "Now please sit and tell me what you wanted to discuss with me?"You had plenty of things in your mind, but it was probably for the better to not mention Calia to him right now, at least not before you had talked with her.>The Edict of King Terenas, lifting it and the invasion of Strahnbrad Hills. You want to be sure that you aren’t acting against the edict.>The Diplomatic Survey Mission and report by Colonel Garithos. What was the end result of it, will it change things?>What you learned yesterday, the Syndicate and how the Alliance is going to act against them?>The tribunal, how it went, Lord Blackmoore and his now escaped orc gladiator.>Other, write inQM: Blue board and all, so hopefully I didn't cross any lines.
>>5300578> Ask him if he'll interfere with the invasion of Strahnbrad Hills.If I remember correctly, his edict explicitly states that we may not cross the mountain range that surrounds the former city of Alterac. Strahnbrad Hills are not within that mountain range so any reasonable interpretation of the edict would come to the conclusion that our invasion doesn't violate it. Still good to ask him about it though.>What you learned yesterday, the Syndicate and how the Alliance is going to act against them?Mainly so we don't step on each other's toes.>The Diplomatic Survey Mission and report by Colonel Garithos. What was the end result of it, will it change things?The answer could be useful or it could not, it doesn't really hurt to ask either way.>The Edict of King Terenas and when will it be lifted. Where is the deadline and when will he announce it.The most important issue. It's extremely unlikely that he'll lift it just because we're asking him about it right now. Instead, the purpose of these requests is to lift the veil of reasonability of the edict and show it as the machiavellian political move that it really is. Having this issue be as naked as that makes it a lot harder to justify it, at least to the people who have bought the current prevailing narrative.>QM: Blue board and all, so hopefully I didn't cross any lines.Not at all. Crusty Jones, the QM of Homeless Mutant Quest, wrote multiple scenes that were a lot more explicit than this one. It's only an issue if someone decides to mass report your posts or if a particularly obnoxious janny doesn't like it. Otherwise, you can get pretty spicy here although most QMs prefer not to write such things for obvious reasons.
>>5300578Calia is really sweet. That smile must be protected.Anyway…Well he already knows about our plan, or part of it. It would not be good to ask him for permission because what are we going to do if he says no? It would probably also be a horrible idea to bring up our yesterday adventure or Light forbid Calia’s part in it.We could present now in private to him our vision for opening the Strahnbrad route as there is no way this would not be in Lordaeron’s interest. Discussing it now could give him chance to deal with those among the nobles that might not like short term effects of the trade being diverted from them.We could also bring up Stormwind’s troubles, though we’re not really in position to do or offer much and trying to direct Lordaeron’s attention that way might be interpreted as diversion from us.I think it might be good idea to discuss our vision of Alterac as a good neighbour and partner and try to coax ideas how to prove ourselves/win over some of the players here.Also not sure about asking him for permission to court Calia. That might be something for later or if he’s in really good mood after our talk. But plowing her behind his back is a very risky prospect.
>>5300578No that level is completely fine qm. The classic fade to black is also ok.////Talking with Terenas is not exactly easy. We aren't allies, and we have no relation at all beside a few talks >The Edict of King Terenas, lifting it and the invasion of Strahnbrad Hills. You want to be sure that you aren’t acting against the edict.I imagine Terenas still wouldn't want a new power to rise in the region. At the same time is out of Alterac so he can't do anything, and we will take the hills. If he decides to make a new edict and add no expansion at all, we can't do anything, beside waiting in Dawnholme and the occasional travel. And this would weaken relations between us, on our part (2 edicts are not something I can accept).Maybe don't exactly mention the hills, but wild land unclaimed and not part of Alterac.>The Diplomatic Survey Mission and report by Colonel Garithos. What was the end result of it, will it change things?What was the point of even having it ? See if we had orcs in our ranks or similar ? How we treated our people ? >What you learned yesterday, the Syndicate and how the Alliance is going to act against them?We would prefer to be the ones acting against it, this is very personal for us. Any interferences from third parties might not benefit us, in fact they might grab land. ////We never tried too much diplo, maybe we should with our brother or the lady ? Then again, it might be wasted time.
>>5300578>>The Edict of King Terenas, lifting it and the invasion of Strahnbrad Hills. You want to be sure that you aren’t acting against the edict.>>The Diplomatic Survey Mission and report by Colonel Garithos. What was the end result of it, will it change things?Both of these or if we only have time for one then the first one.
>>5301119Our brother probably holds us for too weak, soft and naive to “do what must be done”. We will have to show him there is a better way before we stand chance to drag him (and presumably Beve as well) out of the gutter.
>>5301156It could be, then again Alric has also fought and done many things. Survived two attempts at getting killed. Taking the hills should be enough proof.This said i wonder if we could convince them in the future. There is also the problem with the Alliance they might want to capture them.
>>5300637That is good to hear. I didn’t really remember how much was allowed, but I still wanted to get the events of the night out. I hope I did a good enough job as I haven’t really written anything smut adjacent before. So this was a good learning exercise for me. And thank you for reminding me of HMQ, I should reread it as I followed it back in the day.That being said, I would like to have a roll.>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>5301787For love and family!
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>5301787cursed roll.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>5301787You're welcome. Here's your last roll.
"Many things, but it is better to start with the most important one." You said to King Terenas. "The Edict.""What of it?""King Terenas, I know that asking it to be lifted is too much to ask, so I will instead ask what I would have to do first to be in a position to do so?" You said.King Terenas looked at you and sighed."You are right that it isn’t that simple, I cannot just lift it as it was a decision done by the Alliance and not just me." King Terenas told you. "To lift it, you would have to convince the rest of the Alliance to support you.""Which is impossible. Stromgarde and Kul Tiras will never support me." You said back. It was the harsh truth. Winning their support is practically impossible. "So what can I do?"This was frustrating and King Terenas saw it too."By continuing to do what you have already done." He said and continued after a pause. "Prince Alric, have you read the report written by Colonel Garithos?""No, I haven’t.""The Diplomatic Survey Mission was an attempt to find something to be used against you and Colonel Garithos is very good at finding those things. But instead we got a personal approval of your valour in combat against the ogres." King Terenas said to you. "Survey that says that you are an overall positive and stabilising factor in Hillsbrad and Alterac, cannot be used against you Prince Alric."You hadn’t expected that result."Lord Uther has spoken in support of you, both my daughter and Lady Proudmoore attempted to help you in Stormwind, I even heard that their House of Nobles helped you." King Terenas said and even sounded slightly surprised. "When you add all these things together, what you have done in the past and what you will do in the future, it might become very difficult to argue against you. They might not lift the Edict, but might agree for you to do things within Alliance supervision.""That could take a long time." You said and immediately realised that you had made a mistake. You weren’t in a hurry, you had time."It could and one mistake can ruin it all. There are people who want to see you fail." King Terenas said."Then Strahnbrad Hills?" You carefully asked."Alteraci territory isn't it?" He said back."Thank you King Terenas." You said to him. You took that as an approval of some sort, the land technically had been part of Alterac, but just unincorporated into the greater realm. If he had said that it was a territory of Lordaeron, things would have been quite different."Now I still have plenty of things to do and not everyone gets a meeting like this." He said to you."I understand. Thank you for this talk." You said and stood up from the chair."One more thing, did your visit to the city go well?" King Terenas raised his head from his papers for one last time."Not as well as I would have liked it to go." You said back and left his study.1/3
>>5301882As you walked back from the meeting you realised how much of the talk the old King had controlled. King Terenas was in control from the start and practically chose what you could say.Still there was good news. Terenas seemed to not be against the invasion of Strahnbrad Hills and what he had said about the Edict was true also. You have to keep continuing to do good things and help the people of Alterac and Hillsbrad. One day the Alliance couldn’t deny you.…>10You thought about going back to Calia immediately, but opted to first take a quick detour to your room. You felt somewhat naked without your sword by your side and without your chaperon on your head. After retrieving them, you could think what to do next? Maybe packing before going to see Calia?Opening the door to your room, you heard someone speaking. Someone was in your room and you cursed in your mind that at the moment you weren't armed at all."Prince Alric, you have a quite interesting squire." Prince Arthas said as he lounged on a couch."Prince Arthas, what are you doing in my room?" You asked him. You really didn't have the interest to see him right now. "And good morning Malevus.""Good morning Prince Alric." Malevus said and was full of energy. "While you were away, I packed your belongings and already sent them to the ship. Except your sword belt and chaperon.""Good initiative. Thank you Malevus." You said to her. "This does save me some time.""Thank you Prince Alric, great to hear that I could be of help." Malevus said back. "But I will leave the two of you alone now.Malevus quickly left the room as you started to strap the sword belt on your waist and then put on your chaperon."As I said." Arthas said and put emphasis on what he had said earlier."Alright Arthas, what do you want?""Just to talk." He said and stood up."Alright, then speak.""After we spoke and the dinner afterwards, I have been thinking about you." Arthas said to you. "I can see why things are like they are.""What do you mean?" You had to ask as you didn’t know what he was talking about."You weren’t shitting me. I realised how you look at my sister and how she looks at you." Arthas said back. "Know that I will never accept anything between you and her for Calia is way too precious and you are not worthy enough to be with her."Arthas looked into your eyes and you could see and hear from the tone of his voice that he was serious."So don't you dare to approach her."2/3
>>5301886Stiff upper lip, remember to not show any emotions. Do not do anything or say anything, especially not about last night."Anything else?" You said back and blinked once."What do you mean 'anything else?'" He asked you and was somewhat annoyed."I mean how should I react?" You said to him and raised your hands up a bit. "Alright I heard you."Arthas looked at you and sighed deeply before he started to walk towards the door out of your room. Just as he was going to open it, he turned around."Actually there is. Good luck with the invasion Prince Alric." He said before exiting your room.When you saw the door close, you just fell on your back on the couch."What a drag." You realised that you said aloud.That was expected. You knew that Arthas wouldn't most likely accept your relationship with Calia. Well at least you now knew it directly from him.Though there was some good news. With Malevus having already packed your belongings and having moved them to the ship already, you had even more time to spend before you had to board the ship and start your journey back home to Dawnholme. More time meant more things to do.Choose two at most:>Go talk with Calia about the two of you. How are you going to handle this relationship with all the distance.>Find Jaina and talk with her. She is your friend and you don't know when you see her the next time.>You should probably talk with Lord Uther. After all, he has been helping you a lot.>Visit The Barovs, one of the strongest families in Lordaeron and major landowners in Hillsbrad and near Tarren Mill.> Search for the bald goblin with a monocle, making connections with the goblins could prove useful in the future.QM: Ten gave you both, Malevus taking the initiative and saving you more time and the very annoyed Arthas. The choices are a combination of what you didn’t choose earlier and some new.
>>5301888>Go talk with Calia about the two of you. How are you going to handle this relationship with all the distanceWe should have probably consider to do that before, but well. Young love lolThis said, we might want to talk about all aspects of it. It will never just be about the two of them, we have also duties to our realms. Alterac currently has no heirs too, so for Alric not being together is important for more than one reason. What we will use for communicate with eachother. Letters to a friend for avoid that Arthas burns them ? Secret encounters ?>Search for the bald goblin with a monocle, making connections with the goblins could prove useful in the future.I think we can visit the Barovs another time, goblins who knows. Barovs are our neighbours, so it would be in our interest.//We still have to talk with Blackmoore btw
>>5301888>Find Jaina and talk with her. She is your friend and you don't know when you see her the next time.>You should probably talk with Lord Uther. After all, he has been helping you a lot.
>>5301888>Go talk with Calia about the two of you. How are you going to handle this relationship with all the distance.So much to do. Light Bless the elf, she continues to be a treasure.Not sure which should take priority here honestly, would be nice to catch up with Uther or Jaina or to try and make rapport with the other two…Think I’ll go with Jaina as it might be last chance to talk with Arthas not around… assuming he’s not with her right now.
>>5301888>Visit The Barovs, one of the strongest families in Lordaeron and major landowners in Hillsbrad and near Tarren Mill.>You should probably talk with Lord Uther. After all, he has been helping you a lot.Thank Uther for his help.
>>5301888>Go talk with Calia about the two of you. How are you going to handle this relationship with all the distance>You should probably talk with Lord Uther. After all, he has been helping you a lot.I would like to talk with Barovs or the goblin, but we should spend the little time we have being with Calia and talking with Uther who is one of our earliest friends.
Calia and Uther wins. As we are approaching the end of our visit to Capital City, can I have one more roll.>1d10>Best of three
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Rolled 9 (1d10)>>5302558blessed roll.
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Rolled 2 (1d10)>>5302558Damn, Im late to the vote. Oh well.>>5301882>"You are right that it isn’t that simple, I cannot just lift it as it was a decision done by the Alliance and not just me."ahhhh Im actually fucking retarded. I thought that the edict was just by Lordaeron. How did I forget that the edict it was an Alliance decision? That's sooo much worse.Arthas also acting just like I expect.And, even if I can't vote on it, I agree that Alric should talk to Calia about the issues involving the relationship. The distance, the duties, getting the approval of her family and any other possible problem.
>9You had to do one thing while you were here in Capital City and that was to express your gratitude and say thank you. Walking across the Royal Palace, you had to ask directions a few times until you found the place you were looking for. Knocking on the door, you pushed it open and entered the room."Prince Alric, what a pleasant surprise." Lord Uther said to you. The old paladin was in the midst of doing some paperwork and he moved them aside as he saw you come."Lord Uther, I see that the paperwork never ends." You said back and sat down opposite of him."Yes, the never ending duty. But I presume you aren’t here because of the papers?" Uther asked you."That would be right Lord Uther, I am here to say thank you. Thank you for helping me with the garrison." You said and bowed slightly. "The troops that were going to be sent are required elsewhere. It would have been a waste of them to watch over you." Uther explained. "And I too have to say thank you for not causing further trouble during your visit. Though what you said about the orc was something that we didn't expect." "What did you then expect? Just tell what people expected me to say that he was a monster and deserved to be locked up?" You asked Uther. "As I said during the tribunal, the only chance for people to believe me is if I speak the truth.""It did cause plenty of talking amongst the nobility. Words and rumours of you being an orc lover like your father was." Uther said to you and continued. "Those are dangerous rumours, but some do believe what you said about the orc."That was good to hear. Hopefully the people who believed what you said could help you in the future, whoever they are.1/3
>>5302701"I do need to talk with Lord Blackmoore at some point. We didn't have a chance to do so here as he left so suddenly." You said to Uther."Understandable from him. The Lieutenant General is not a pleasant man, but it is hard to argue against his efficiency in dealing with the camps." Uther said and opened a small cabinet next to his small work table. "Now that you are here, could you please do a small favour for me?""Sure, what is it Lord Uther?" You asked him.He put a bundle of leather shaped like a book on the table and then took out a letter."Can you deliver this letter to Father Hampton and this book to Raleigh the True?" Lord Uther asked you. "I would use a messenger, but you are travelling back home and I thought you could do it instead.""Yeah this is not a problem. I can carry them." You said back."Thank you Prince Alric." Uther said back. "Did you have anything else?""No, I just had to come to say thank you. I don’t know when we have a chance to meet again." You said as you stood up."A wise decision Prince Alric." Uther said and stood up too.Two of you exchanged a pair of respectful nods and as you opened the door, Uther had something more to say."Two more things came to my mind." He said."Lord Uther, what is it?" You asked him and turned to face him again."Prince Alric, I don’t know how you ended up with your squire, but you can be proud of Lady Malevus. She is a persistent and determined student, even more than some paladins I know of." Lord Uther said to you. "And the second thing?" You asked and decided to not ask more about Malevus from him as you can ask directly from her."Lad, good luck and may the Light bless you for you are going to need it. Wars are horrible things."…After Uther you only had one person remaining that you would have to see and that was Calia. The moment you thought about her you were hit by the good fuzzy feeling of warmth, but also then the idea of being away from her hit you. You didn’t know when you would be able to see her again.You managed to avoid the servants and when you knocked on her door, it didn’t take that long for Calia to come open it.As quickly as possible you stepped in and closed the door and immediately Calia embraced you tightly and kissed you."Alric.""Calia."You brushed her hair away from her blue-green eyes and then held her tightly close to you. But as you looked into her eyes, she could see the sadness in yours."Is everything alright?" She asked you and two of you made your way to the sofa."Yes, but no." You said to her as you sat down and held Calia on your lap. "I have to leave today.""I know, but we can arrange time to see each other." Calia said with a hopeful tone in her voice."You know it as well as I do, but we have our duties and responsibilities." You said back. "And then the distance.""You are right." Calia said and sighed deeply before moving to face you better. "Then we have to think something up."2/3
>>5302707It’s not the only thing." You said and continued this time a bit sheepishly. "It is your family, they won't give me the approval to court you, Arthas…""Did you speak with him?" Calia interrupted you and stood up."He doesn’t know about us, but said that he has seen how we have looked at each other. Arthas said that he will never accept us together." You told her and stood up tooCalia sighed again before you took hold of her hands and looked in her eyes."He has always been like that. Overprotective little brother." Calia said. "But what you said is true, my family won’t give their approval. At least not now."Calia hugged you again and you held her softly."I love you Alric and I want to be at your side." Calia said. "If needed I will run away with you.""That's bit drastic, isn't it?" You said back."Then what will we do?" Calia asked and looked into your eyes. This time it was her eyes that showed sadness. "Should we keep this a secret from others?"Calia’s family won’t approve this and if they learned that you two were in love, you don't know how they would react. Probably not in a good way so maybe keeping this hidden from them and everyone else for the time being would be smart? But at the same time you loved Calia and you want to be with her as much as possible.>It will be difficult, but keep the relationship hidden and communicate only through letters. Seeing each other on purpose would be difficult and could reveal you.>You should attempt to find time to travel to see each other or match your other travels so that you happen to be in the same place at the same time. Though this could reveal your relationship.>Others be damned, you love Calia and if you want to be with her, you will be with her. Don't avoid hiding your relationship with her.>Other, write in
>>5302711I’d propose… not advertising our relationship until our position improves.If we can agree on a secure line of communication that would be nice. Neither of us is probably pull full Feynman on this but it could be neat.We should absolutely be on lookout for opportunities to meet, but with knowledge that we have syndicate after us it will be extremely hard to come up with clandestine meetings without compromising her security.Fuck we should see about creating a cadre if ninjas or something. If we’re to jump at shadows it would be nice if some of them were ours.
>>5302711>>Other, write inPlan to arrange a diplomatic marriage between us. We're already gaining goodwill with king Terenas, we just have to be patient.
This might also be a good chance to tell her about the rumors that go around regarding us and Taretha so she learns the truth from us rather than be kept guessing.
>>5302711>It will be difficult, but keep the relationship hidden and communicate only through letters. Seeing each other on purpose would be difficult and could reveal you.>You should attempt to find time to travel to see each other or match your other travels so that you happen to be in the same place at the same time. Though this could reveal your relationship.Want to combine these.
>>5302711>It will be difficult, but keep the relationship hidden and communicate only through letters. Seeing each other on purpose would be difficult and could reveal you.>You should attempt to find time to travel to see each other or match your other travels so that you happen to be in the same place at the same time. Though this could reveal your relationship.Meet up when inconspicuous, send letters when not.However, the relationship being accepted is the actual end goal so Alric should also ask her to subtly, emphasis on subtly, try to warm her family up to the idea. Especially her father, who's approval is the most important.
>>5302711>It will be difficult, but keep the relationship hidden and communicate only through letters. Seeing each other on purpose would be difficult and could reveal you.>You should attempt to find time to travel to see each other or match your other travels so that you happen to be in the same place at the same time. Though this could reveal your relationship.What might be the best way for obtain enough sway for convince the royal family ? Beside slowly warming them up to the idea. Gaining favor and sway among the nobility or the people ? If there would be more support to the idea, Terenas might not be too against it.>>5303038>Meet up when inconspicuous, send letters when not.Also what this anon said ^. Though avoid to send letters "directly" to her, Arthas is already alarmed so i wouldn't be surprised if he had someone check letters that go to Calia. Instead letters should be send from a "knight" to a handmaiden of Calia, then those letters arrive to our girl. Far more secure. The meet ups, we preferably really don't want to be seen alone and if we are seen by someone it should look casual. In addition it would be better if we had already reasons for go to the meeting place. In case we have too much attention on us slow down for a while, until it passes.
>>5302711>It will be difficult, but keep the relationship hidden and communicate only through letters. Seeing each other on purpose would be difficult and could reveal you.Remember to keep it in your trousers and use your brain Alric, if it's revealed too soon then the whole thing is fucked.
>>5303162> Gaining favor and sway among the nobility or the people ? If there would be more support to the idea, Terenas might not be too against it.I didn't mention that because we were and are already doing it. It's been part of the plan since Terenas' edict was declared.> Though avoid to send letters "directly" to her, Arthas is already alarmed so i wouldn't be surprised if he had someone check letters that go to Calia.That goes without saying.> Instead letters should be send from a "knight" to a handmaiden of Calia, then those letters arrive to our girl. Far more secure.I don't think the letters should be signed like that and I also think that another intermediary may be helpful. Additionally, a cypher or invisible ink should also be used for greater security.No objections on the meet up conditions.
"We should, for if people learn about us, I don't think the reaction will be a positive one." You said to Calia. "As much as it pains me, we shouldn’t see each other either, unless…"It hurt Calia to hear that. This wouldn't be easy, not easy at all."Unless what?" She asked you."Unless we happen to be at the same place at the same time by chance." You said to her. "We can't really arrange a meet up, it could be too dangerous for us. For our relationship and due to the Syndicate."Calia tensed up when you mentioned the Syndicate."It would be less suspicious that way. Less people who suspect that there is something between us the better.""What about your squire, she saw us in the garden?""I trust Malevus, she won't speak about us or reveal what she has seen. What about your handmaiden?""I can trust her, she won't speak."You and Calia swayed together as you held her softly from her hips."I know what we can do. We can send letters to each other." You said as you had realised the solution to how to keep contact with her."Won't that reveal us?" Calia asked you and seemed confused."No, I am already sending letters to Jaina describing what I have done lately and she does the same. If someone asks questions, I can just say that we are friends." You explained to Calia. "And then we can send the more personal letters through Malevus and your handmaiden. People won't suspect that.""Alric, that is a great idea." Calia said and you saw her loosen up a bit from the earlier tenseness. "We just have to make sure they know about their role in this."Two more people to know about you and Calia was a small price to pay to keep this all hidden and a secret."And then about your father." You said and sighed. "I need to win him and the nobles to my side, maybe then he gives his approval and maybe then we could…""We have all the time in the world, we are still young." Calia said and kissed you.Calia was right. She was twenty-one years old, three years older than you are. You could wait a year, two or a few more. It would be painful, but you loved Calia and knew that the two of you would get through this."Then it is settled. We won't be seeing each other for a while and the only way for us to communicate is through our letters." You said to Calia and smiled."Then we should spend the last few moments together well." Calia said as she bit her lip and kissed you.1/2
>>5303356"I will come to see you at the docks. It is a tradition when a foreign member of a royal family leaves the city, one of us Menethil’s should be there." Calia said to you while she made sure your chaperon was neatly on your head."I presume not alone." You said back as you tightened up your sword belt around your waist."No, there will be escorts from the royal guards. It is sadly an official event." Calia said and finished with the chaperon before giving you a piece of paper with the handmaiden's name on it. "There, now you can send me the letters.""Thank you Calia." You said to her. "I love you.""I love you too, but you should go now before I start to cry." Calia said to you."I understand, till next time we see each other." You said and gave her one final kiss."Till next time my love."…It had been difficult to concentrate as you made sure that you surely had everything with you. You watched how Sir Gravis and his knights got their belongings to the small trade ship they had booked for the return journey while Malevus stood in attention behind you as you leaned on the railing and looked towards the docks and the city. The captain of the ship was nearly ready to leave and you just hoped to see even a small glimpse of Calia before you had to leave.Then finally you saw her. Calia was wearing a beautiful blue robe with the regal insignia of Lordaeron embroidered on it in gold. Underneath it she was wearing a dress white as snow and on her brow was a circlet fitting for a Princess of Lordaeron.And by the Light she was beautiful.You felt blessed and very lucky due to having met her and gotten to know her in Stormwind. You felt blessed how both of you had felt interest and had feelings for each other. You felt blessed how those feelings were actually love that bloomed between you and her. It would be a painful few months or even longer to be without her, to not be able to see her, hear her or feel her touch. But you were sure that you would make it, for now you had one more reason to succeed in your mission.As the trade ship left the docks, you waved at her and watched as Calia grew smaller and smaller until she was just a speck in the distance. Only after that you went to your cabin.…Sir Gravis and the knights stayed under the deck while you had a small room next to the captain's cabin. Malevus would also be sleeping under the deck, but you had called her to join you for you had something to say to her and this cabin was enough of a private place."Prince Alric, you called me?" Malevus said to you as she closed the door behind you."Please take a seat, I want to talk with you." You said and gestured towards the free chair near your bed."What is it Prince Alric?"2/2
>>5303359>Ask Malevus how her time went in the Capital City? How did she feel after meeting and talking with Lord Uther? What did she talk about with him?>Tell Malevus about you, Taretha and Thrall to clear any potential misunderstandings and for her to learn what kind of a man Lord Blackmoore is.>Tell Malevus about you and Calia, that you are together and Malevus must not talk about this to anyone.>Ask Malevus to act as the intermediary between you and Calia when sending letters to each other.>Other, write inQM: If you don't wish to tell Malevus about you and Calia, you can still ask her to send and receive letters.
>>5303360Although I’m slightly worried about walls aboard the ship being a bit thin if it seems private enough>tell her everything, Taretha, thrall, Blackmoore, Calia>ask if she’d be willing to play the courier as it’s a personal request and not something she should be ordered to do>if it’s not too late after all that, conclude with asking how she has been
>>5303360>Tell Malevus about you, Taretha and Thrall to clear any potential misunderstandings and for her to learn what kind of a man Lord Blackmoore is.>Tell Malevus about you and Calia, that you are together and Malevus must not talk about this to anyone.>Ask Malevus to act as the intermediary between you and Calia when sending letters to each other.
>>5303360> Tell Malevus everything, Blackmoore, Taretha, Thrall and Calia. Clear up any unanswered questions.> Ask Malevus if she'd be willing to act as the intermediary between you and Calia when sending letters to each other.> Ask Malevus how her time went in the Capital City. How did she feel after meeting and talking with Lord Uther, what she talked about with him and how she's been in general lately.
"I promised myself to tell you several things to clear any misconceptions and this is something you must not tell to anyone else." You said to her somewhat carefully."Okay…" Malevus didn’t know what to expect."Me and Taretha…" You started to say."Are lovers, got it." Malevus interrupted you quickly. "Don’t worry Prince Alric, I connected the dots really quickly."You didn’t know what to say and Malevus seemed somewhat proud about her deduction of the events she had seen."What!? No, this is exactly the misconception I wanted to clear." You said to Malevus."Wait, you aren't?" Malevus said and you could see the embarrassment on her face."No, we are not lovers. I know it might look like it, but we are only friends." You told Malevus. "Where did you get this idea? Just what you saw, or did you hear rumours?""No, I just thought that Taretha is a beautiful lady and you spend time with her and she sleeps in your room and… there is this book…" Malevus barely managed to tell you."What book?" You asked with a slightly more stern tone on your voice."A book…" Malevus was overtaken by her embarrassment and she very slowly took out a small book out of her bag and handed it to you. It surprised you what book it was.A Steamy Romance Novel.You opened the book where her bookmark was and started to read aloud."Her eyes wandered down to the glowing broadsword at his side. 'That depends on what the reward is, Marcus.' She twirled her hair playfully, pretending not to notice how he shifted uncomfortably in her presence. 'I may not want it.'" You read the text with a wide smile on your face and burst out laughing."I am sorry Malevus, but I shouldn't laugh." You said and gave the book back to her while attempting to find your composure. "I didn't know you liked books like that one.""It is the first of a new series." Malevus said and buried her face into her hands."A new series? So there are more books like this?" You asked. "Now I won’t judge you based on your taste in books, but next time, please don't jump to conclusions.""I won't Prince Alric." Malevus said back to you."Good, because you will understand better after I tell you everything."1/2
>>5304531And you told her everything about Taretha, Thrall and Blackmoore. Malevus listened to you closely and when you finished, she wiped away a tear or two."Prince Alric, you are a good man." Malevus said as she raised her head back up. "I haven't served you for that long, but I knew that you were a good person. Just I had no idea how good you really were."Malevus stood up and gave you a deep bow."It is my honour to serve you as your squire and protector." "Thank you, but please sit down. There is still more to talk about." You said to her. It did feel good to be able to tell someone about all this without having to keep secrets all the time."Me and Calia, we are in a relationship and to keep the relationship hidden from anyone else, from her family, from my family, everyone, we need your help." You said to her."I will do anything to help you and Lady Calia to keep this a secret." Malevus said back.So you told her the plan and she agreed. She would send the letters you gave her and deliver whatever that was sent to her. If someone asks, she had befriended the handmaid during the visit and wanted to stay in touch.…You and Malevus continued to talk for some time as you asked her how the visit to Capital City had gone for her and what did she talk about with Lord Uther?To Malevus the trip had been fantastic. She had never seen or visited the city and most importantly she got to meet her hero, her idol. Lord Uther the Lightbringer was a legendary figure and someone who every aspiring paladin wanted to emulate.To meet him, to talk with him and apparently receiving some guidance from him meant the world to her. For Malevus it was a trip she wouldn’t never forget.…Rest of the journey on the ship went uneventfully and without issues. You did some slight sparring with Malevus and the knights on the deck to pass time and to entertain the sailors who had never seen you before.Having reached Dalaran, you went to the stables immediately, retrieved your horses and with the horse cart following right behind you, the last part of the journey back home could start. You wouldn't follow the road to Southshore and instead took the shortcut and the climb to reach Gavin’s Naze, the most westernmost part of your territory. Seeing some familiar faces amongst the farmers and hunters, you felt like you were finally home. Only one more night before you reached Dawnholme and you could catch up with the events of the last two weeks.And then you would invade Strahnbrad Hills.2/2
>>5304534And this is a good spot to end this thread. We are at page 8 and 325~ posts with a major story arc finished and another one starting. In the next thread we get into the Invasion of Strahnbrad Hills and the events that will follow it.The thread has been archived and as always if you have any questions or comments regarding the quest, please go ahead and say them. I will attempt to answer them as best as I can. The next thread will happen in a few days as I have to update the OP and check the pastebins to update them too. I will inform you in this thread, if this is still alive, and on Twitter when the new thread is up.I am generally happy about my writing in this thread, but I know that I can do better. As a writer I must improve to be able to tell this story as well as I can and make sure the choices you make are impactful. But now towards the next thread and war.Twitter: https://twitter.com/MedivhQM/qst/ Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Alterac%20Resurgent%20QuestPrince Alric Stats: https://pastebin.com/rysxdRsvQuest Mechanisms: https://pastebin.com/CyD88qqfCharacter List: https://pastebin.com/FkYd6wkJ
>>5304537Thanks for running Medivh.On the topic of the writing, the only noticeable mistake to me was not really fleshing Calia out as character and not really showing her chemistry with Alric. Especially that part where they conversed for what seemed like hours and yet we didn't really get to see any of it, a missed opportunity because Calia gained a lot of importance in the story since she became the love interest so the story should reflect that. Simply put, I'd prefer to read scenes that depict the important character romance/dynamic and not the inner monologue talking about ittl;dr: show don't tell, especially with important characters.
>>5304563That is very much true and I agree. Comparing that scene to the one in Stormwind and you can easily see how much more fleshed out the scene was then compared to now. It is a one thing I need to learn to balance better. As I most of the time just write a single update a day, I want it to be meaningful one. Usually this means approx 6k characters. Sometimes I think they are a bit too long, but chopping a two updates/days long scene into three updates/days could then feel that the story is progressing slowly. Alternatively I could do longer updates to really get everything in, but longer updates take more time from me to write.Also fun fact, the Steamy Romance Novel could be pickpocketed from Malevus the Mad in Burning Crusade. I know it is a potential reward for pickpocketing for a quite large amount of NPCs, but the idea of a Blood Elf who has gone mad and imprisoned having a book like that was just too good to not use.
>>5304537Thanks for running OP, was great fun as always!
thanks for running !!