previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=crusader+questThread 5 didn't archive fully: http://archive.4plebs.org/tg/thread/34542810/#q34542810Twitter: https://twitter.com/KoblOfcharacter sheet: http://pastebin.com/JEE8ZM7Hpastebins: http://pastebin.com/u/JoggibearIt is the Year of our Lord, 1135You are Mathilde, unwed sister of Lord Wilhelm of Ramla, and haindmaiden to Queen Melisende of Jerusalem. Your brother has sent you to Jerusalem to secure the release of your half-brother, Hugo, arrested for the crime of abducting the Princess of Antioch, Constance.With you is a body of ten soldiers led by the man-at-arms Bayard. Attending you is Margaret Ui Harra, your friend, and Portia of Antioch, a Levantine-Frank servant.So far you have been in Jerusalem for half-a-week, awaiting the arrival of your brother Hugo. He was being transported from Damascus under the care of Princess Ioveta, sister to Queen Melisende, and a trial would be convened to judge his guilt. The harshest penalty would be death. Of everything that was the sentence you hoped to prevent.Your time in Jerusalem has been pleasant, for the most part. You spend most of your time in the royal apartments with the queen, assisting her in the day-to-day matters of state. Watching her receive guests, fetching for her when charters had to be drawn or other parties sent for. Entertaining her son. Occasionally she would give you her new born daughter to cradle. Little Morphia alternated between the most obedient little child to a screaming mess. On such occasions you had no choice but to take her from the halls of power to a private nurse maid for care. Melisende was a devoted mother but a more dutiful queen, and in such matters Jerusalem came first.
It was while returning from a trip to that nursemaid, delivering Morphia into her capable hands, that you heard a hub bub. A gaggle of women, nobles mostly, were gathered around a window peering out. You pause to consider them."There he is," one of Hodierna's hanger ons said, pointing."Is that his new bride?" another asked."A Sicilian girl," came another, "Kind of pretty, for a bastard."You came close to inquire, and catch a glance out the window yourself. Shaggy haired Count Hugh was dismounting in the courtyard. With him was a mouse-faced olive girl with curly dark hair dressed for travel. Hugh smiled up to her as he helped her dismount. Other nobles were with him. A gathering for court, to judge the guilt of your brother. You felt a cold thrill. The hour of judgement was approaching.A pinch on your sleeve and you turned to white haired Portia. "News my lady," she said, "Your half-brother comes down the northern road. He'll be here within the hour."You look back to the courtyard and the nobles below, then back to your smiling handmaid.> go to the gates to greet your brother> remain in the Tower of David
>>45166158> remain in the Tower of DavidProtocol!
>>45166158> go to the gates to greet your brother
>>45166158> remain in the Tower of DavidLets try see if we can secure the aid of the nobles who are here.Be it Hugh, Fulk, whomever.
>>45166158The very first thing we should do is praise Yeshua.
>>45166158It's time!Return to the Queen, if shes not pre-occupied with affairs of state, ask for leave to go greet our brother. Else, stay in the tower.
>>45166158>> remain in the Tower of David
>>45166158Protocol is that we do not leave the queen's side unless given express permission, correct?If we can do this: >>45166266 do it. Else just remain in the tower.
>>45166151>Little Morphia alternated between the most obedient little child to a screaming mess.She is going to be hell when she grows up
>>45166420nah thats just how newborns are anon
>>45166438Depends, me and my brother apparently never really screamed as a kid.
>>45166158Protocol be damned, Matty loves her brother so go see to Hugo at the gates.
>>45166158>> go to the gates to greet your brother
>>45166158>More responses to this vote than unique IPspls
Every time HF runs CQ.
You certainly would 'like' to see your half-brother, but the protocols of court and your new position dictated your path. So instead of rushing off to the stables, you walked the corridors back to Melisende's chambers. You found her dressing, a clinging dress of blue silk, a mantle of blue and gold placed around her shoulders and secured above her breasts with a green emerald brooch, the crown placed upon her brow. She took a scepter in hand. When you came in she looked to you with a smile."My vassals arrive," she said, "So my armour must be worn. Silk and jewels. As important as maille.""My brother has been sighted coming down the north road," you said, "If you do not need me, I thought to go and meet with him."She walked to the arrow slit window, looked out onto her city. Beckoned you over to stand with her. "Look," she said.From it you could see over the flat roofs of all Jerusalem, the peaks of churches and holy shrines, the towers at the walls, and the sparse hills beyond. Golgotha, and upon it a small church dedicated to the sight of crucifixion. The road, with travelers heading both to visit that blessed place or making way straight to Jerusalem itself. And beyond them to the horizon. You could not see the party of your brother for all the mess of foot traffic.You were not sure what Melisende was trying to show you."All this," she said, "The seat of Christendom, the heart of the holy."You looked up at the queen. Trying to read through her Imperial bearing. She drew away, back to a servant who slippered her feet in red moleskin."Do as you think decent," she said, "Go see your brother, or remain by my side. It's your decision. I'll not chain you as a hawk to my wrist."> remain with Melisende> go to Hugo
>>45166615> remain with Melisende
Just a reminder that I'm feeling particularly unwell today, so I may not run long.
>>45166615> go to Hugo
>>45166654So long you dont die on us it should be fine.
>>45166615> go to HugoLittle bro needs moral support. Matty is probably just as emotionally torn up worrying about her idiot half brother running off and endangering himself. Besides, the Queen gave us permission.
>>45166615>> go to Hugo"Thank you my queen, I shall not tarry long."Yes there are bigger things in the picture but Koblenz look after our own. And Matty would have likely seen that Wil would has sacrificed all he had built up if it would save Hugo.Your stations and duties are important but family is family and you stand by family. Some values shouldn't change.
>>45166715I am more thinking we should be securing allies and help.
>>45166615>> remain with Melisende>>45166654The curse works in mysterious wys
>>45166723Leave it to Wil and the Queen passive support. As long as Matty observes protocol and doesn't dishonor herself and the family name while attrnding to the Queen's Court, allies will come in support.
>>45166615>> go to Hugo
>>45166654Hope you feel better bud. Crap going around in my neck of the woods too.
>>45166615> go to HugoDEUS VULT
>>45166654Obviously we need Ms Historical Fiction on standby to make sure HF doesn't die again.I wonder, does she know you run a quest?
"I shall remain with you my lady," you said with an inclination of your head. The Queen raised your chin with her fingers and smiled."Come then, let us greet the high court," she said.And then of course you realized this would be your formal introduction to the most powerful nobility of the Holy Land. You swallow a lump forming in your throat and suddenly worry that you are underdressed for the occasion, but Melisende does not correct or chide your appearance, so you can only assume it is suitable. She walks ahead and you a step behind. You walk a-step with Hodierna, who regards you civilly but coolly.You'd had no words with the royal princess since your disastrous dinner engagement. If she held a grudge for your blunt words she had yet to make it public. Still you think Hodierna would never call you 'friend' as a result, no matter what you might do to resolve it.Baldwin came to walk with his mother, but Hodierna took him in hand, forcing him to remain a step behind. Fulk was not present,but his handsome son Elias was. He smiled to you as he joined the entourage proceeding to the throne room. The man was almost obnoxiously handsome, and though you'd heard his reputation he hadn't made a pest of himself. Indeed of every man present he had behaved most respectful to you, bowing when you past and asking how you were settling in.No one talked now, it would be improper, but he walked at your side, hands behind his back, every inch a French gentleman.The throne room had been filled with waiting nobility. A herald called out 'the Queen!' and they all stood or straightened. Knights of the temple orders, counts and minor lords, clergymen were present. They turned their attention upon the queen's party, and more than a few turned eyes upon you, considering you.Of all present you only recognized Count Hugh, your brother's direct superior. Near him was a tall, handsome man and an old dark one gentleman of refined bearing.
"Walter of Caesarea and Pagan of Oultrejordain," Elias murmurred so only you might hear. He must have read your ignorance. He inclined with his head to another group. An old man in priestly robes with two knights. "Patriarch William and Raymond du Poy, captain of the Knights Hospitaller, with Archamboud of the Templars."You nodded, a silent thanks for his instruction. The seneschal of the court bid all to sit once Melisende had assumed her throne. Elias departed your side with a slight bow as you took up position on Melisende's left, while Hodierna was on her right. Baldwin was given a stool at her mother's feet. The little boy put on a proud bearing. You saw the Count of Maine take up with Walter of Caesarea. The handsome Levantine whispered in the Frank lord's ear something with caused a chuckle. His eyes soon returned to you however."Welcome to Jerusalem my lords," the Queen said, "It is a dire business that calls many of you here. Treason, and abduction. Turmoil in Antioch. Soon comes the prisoners who have created such animosity. You will be their jury. I ask only that you listen to evidence as it is presented, and judge fairly, leave all rivalries and private feuds to one side."The doors opened again.First entered a girl little older than yourself, tall, blonde and fresh faced, with large blue eyes and a light way of walking. There was no mistaking her relationship to the queen, her youngest sister Melisende. Next came the thick bellied constable, William Bures, and with him the prisoners. Neither were chained, both were in good garb. Raymond looked about the whole place with an eager grin. This was his second time he'd been brought to trial. Your brother had his eyes downcast.In William's hands was a young girl, who he settled onto the floor. Dark tanned from days under the sun and wearing cloth borrowed from some Saracen wardrobe, the Princess of Antioch walked hand-in-hand up to the Queen, and knelt before her aunt.
"Raymond of Tripoli and Hugo of Ramla," Ioveta said, "Presented for your judgement and come willingly from the safety of the holdings of Anur of Damascus to do so."Your heart is a thud-thud-thud in your chest as you look upon your brother, mouth suddenly dry."Your trial shall be in a week hence," Melisende said, "In the mean time, you will be held in my dungeons to ensure you do not take flight. Is this acceptable to you?""Of course," Raymond said. Hugo only nodded, eyes still downcast.> Wait! (ask that Hugo be allowed to stay in Ramlan quarters)> remain silent
>>45167274>> remain silent
>>45167274>remain silentWe will visit of course
>>45167274> remain silentCould we ask her to move him to the Ramla Quarters in private. Rather not oppose the Queen in public.`?
>>45167227>You'd had no words with the royal princess since your disastrous dinner engagement. If she held a grudge for your blunt words she had yet to make it public. Still you think Hodierna would never call you 'friend' as a result, no matter what you might do to resolve it.Oh bother. What to do. It's done.
>>45167274> remain silentKinda wish this was Hugo POV
>>45167274>> remain silent>>45167313And bring good food.I wonder how bad matty's wrath will be when she learns that hugo almost died on the march.
>>45167320Oh please, he would just do something stupid and get himself killed and ruin everything for Wilhelm.
>>45167274> remain silentwe wait for the moment to speak a few critical words
>>45167274> remain silentno favors yet
>>45167274It goes against my beliefs but if we to uphold the rule of law then Matty had better stay silent and let the Queen's decision remain unchallenged.
>>45167255>First entered a girl little older than yourself, tall, blonde and fresh faced, with large blue eyes and a light way of walking. There was no mistaking her relationship to the queen, her youngest sister MelisendeIovetta and Mathilde will finally meet!
>>45167125>I wonder, does she know you run a quest?Yeah she does.
>>45167400I always thought Ioveta was short for some reason
>>45167469Well, she is a growing girl
>>45167400Mathilde is going to dislike Iovetta right? they're like the moon and sun in disposition
>>45167464And what does she make of it?
>>45167542Ioveta is best girl though
>>45167542I can picture them having conflicting personalities.>>45167564That would be Chiri
>>45167542If brother dearest loves her then matty shall do her best to love her in turn.
>>45167564>Iovetta and chiri are best girlfixed
>>45167586doesn't mean she can't despise her overly sunny disposition and her open fraternization with the common folk
You keep your mouth shut. Remained silent and watched. The prisoners were led away by a squad of men-at-arms. But that wasn't the end of the proceedings. Walter of Caesarea stepped forward."Your highness, I come on behalf of my mother," he said, "To protest her callous treatment at the hands of her husband, Count Hugh of Jaffa. My mother has been disgraced. A high born, gentle woman, set aside for the illegitimate spawn of a Sicilian pirate. I condemn the union of the two, and demand satisfaction for my good mother's honour!"That set the crowd buzzing. Hugh stood straight, a look of rage upon his face, shouting invectives across the chamber at his former step-son. The girl beside him blanched away in shocked embarrassment. Walter snarled back at Hugh, reaching for his sword. It looked as if blood might be spilled. Walter was restrained only by Elias' hand, while Templars pulled back at stocky Hugh's shoulders.Bam. Bam. Bam. Three sound knocks of the bottom of Melisende's scepter upon the floor. It cut through the disquiet, returning attention upon her. All eyes open, mouths shut. She stared cold down upon her subjects."And what manner of satisfaction is this, a duel? I'll allow no such thing," she said, "If you wish to petition my arbitration of your feud, you could have done so more properly. I am disappointed in you Lord Walter. Such tactics are beneath a man of your station." Then she turned her eyes to Hugh, and they were no less cold. "But you are not wrong. Your mother has been nakedly insulted. We shall confer and discuss in private, and not air family business before all the court."It pleased neither of the men, but they remained silent. Next stepped for another man, wearing the tabard of Edessa.
"I ask for my lord Joscelin, who guards the north," he said, "About the gathering of troops in Jaffa and Ramla. News travels that there is to be a military expedition against Egypt before the year is out. My master wishes to know why, and under whose authority these troops are gathering. Is this campaign legal, more so is it prudent, and why has there not been an assembly of the high court to discuss it? My lord is left feeling alone and undefended against the true enemy of Christendom, with all our eyes turned south and off the cursed Turks."Melisende raised a hand. "All will be discussed shortly about our campaign against Egypt. Be assured that this is under my authority, and for the good of the realm. I am happy to discuss such things with any lord who has questions for me. But not at this time."That set some men giving trouble mutters and dark looks. Though that was all the urgent matter of state, still Melisende had to deal with some other business. Blessings were asked for marriage contracts, and noble lords recently inherited asked her to confirm their charters. All of which she did so with grace and dignity. Once the business was done, she rose from her chair and beckoned you to follow her.As you approached her quarters a servant took off her mantle, another her crown, as she continued to walk. She handed off her scepter to a page boy and entered her quarters with a great sigh. A seat readied for the private meetings she had discussed. She sank into it, a cup of wine poured."If you'd like to go meet your brother you have my leave to do so," she said, taking a sip.> go> remain with the Queen
>>45167554She approves, so long as I don't neglect my other writing.
>>45167900> goGoddamnit Hugo, couldnt even go on a small trip to secure trade. Good thing there is someone brother can rely on.
>>45167900>> go"Thank you my queen."
>>45167900Should probably have maggie and portia get some blankets and some such for him.
>>45167900> goThank her dammit If Wilhelm were to imply a massive insult upon Walter's mother to him from Hugh there would be blood with none on Wilhelms partexactly what we need to secure our place above Hugh's rule
>>45168034Don't need it.Take ascalon and we're already there.
>>45167920what other writing?smut for the missus?
>>45168041and whats securing Ascalon for us? we have fewer troops than him and he is our de jure lord, if Hugh is dead or otherwise incapable of rule we could stand to gain Jaffa, Ascalon and beyondseriously Hugh is nothing but a Problem for us and seeing him removed will be a massive Boon to Wilhelms ambitions
>>45168090I am pretty sure his sister and his constable is already working on that,
>>45167900Methinketh the Queen and Matty are getting along like blood twins.
>>45168134that's speculation at best besides sharing what Hugh ''says'' will put us in Walters good graces for as long as he avoids the Hangman's noose
>>45168223And if we fail? We get a lord who we betrayed and who hates us.
>>45168248>betrayed please he was attacked by Walter of Caesarea who was in a rage over the newest of the countless Insults Hugh visited upon his motherwe didn't do a thing!
>>45168090>and whats securing Ascalon for us?You know, southernmost lord, royal favor, Mathilde doubly tied to the high court and more trade that we can shake maidens at.
>>45168351>You know, southernmost lord, that is a minor to Hugh in title>royal favor, that we slighted seriously we've gone from trusted/loved to well liked>Mathilde doubly tied to the high court a minor boon at best>and more trade that we can shake maidens at.what?seriously why aren't we killing Hugh?
>>45168351You forgot Twue Wuv.
"Thank you my lady," you said with a curtsy. You did not rush away, but you did step a little quickly. You ducked out the door and past scowling Lord Walter who spoke with Count Elias. The count stepped aside for you with a look of knowing humour before you could smash into him yet again. Without stopping you gave him a grateful little dip in acknowledgement, turning round the corner to return to your own quarters.There you found Maggie fretting over a parcel. Jams and bread, a bit of cheese, some drink. She clicked her fingers as she put it altogether. When she noticed you she crossed over and grabbed your hands. "How'd he look?" she asked, "Was he well, was he beaten?"You squirmed your hands free and patted Maggie's cheek. "He seemed well enough, if in down spirits," you said, "I'm going to see him forth with. Would you like to accompany me?"Maggie made the sign of the cross. "God's spirits I would," she said.You summoned Portia to carry for you both. The common girl did so with a smile, taking Maggie's food parcel as well as a blanket and pillow for his chamber. You heard the dungeons could attract a frightful chill and you wouldn't have him falling ill on your watch.Before going on you collected Bayard. You knocked upon his door just once before entering, and stopped with a shock. He yawned, mouth stretched open, covered with the back of his hand, but your shock was for the sight of his face without the patch, a deep black pit in his face marred with long knots of scar tissue. It was an ugly large crater that seemed to fill up half his face.Seeing your shock he turned away to strap on his eyepatch, when he turned back your shock hd settled, but still you looked on him with trouble. It was a funny reason to be so disturbed, and rather vain, but you couldn't help it.The man-at-arms buckled his sword over his gambeson, "Wait 'til I answer before barging in," he said, flicking at your ear.
Bayard swaggered out, and with your party gathered you went down to the dungeons.None stopped you, many gave you a berth as you passed.Once you came upon the dungeons a pair of guards straightened up. They eyed Bayard as if the thought he should be in their cells, and Bayard was equally generous in his regard for them, picking at his eye teeth with a finger nail."I'm looking for the cell of Hugo of Ramla," you told them, and they pointed you in the right direction.You came upon a plain wooden door with a steel barred little window. Looking in you saw a well sized cell, with a palet set down, a chamber pot and a table with water for drinking. Hugo looked up from the corner, a quizzical expression. The guard on the door jingled his keys as he unlocked the door."Guests for you," the guard said, pulling the door outward.Hugo stepped forward."Mathilde," he said in clear surprise.> embrace him> chastise him> stay reserved
>>45168457>> chastise him
>>45168457> embrace him> chastise himDefinitely both.
>>45168457>> embrace him>> chastise himWhy not both. Because.
>>45168457> chastise himOf all the stupidest things you have ever done this is the most dumbest and foolish. It is a good thing brother has one person to rely on!
>>45168457>> embrace him>> chastise himHug him, slap him.
>>45168457>> embrace him>> chastise himSlightly more dere than Tsun if possible.
>>45168457> chastise him
>>45168457> chastise him> stay reservedcall him a dumbass little shit in german for ruining everything our brother has been building so far for our family
>>45168457>> embrace him>> chastise himchastise him for making us worry.
>>45168457>> embrace him>> chastise himSlap, then hug.
>>45168457>> chastise him"Spinnst du oder was?"Slap him.>> embrace him"Do not ever do that again. Older sister's orders."
>>45168223> speculationImplying that Hugo didn't have first hand evidence as well as Sabeen as a secondary witness.Shame that the word of a bastard born squire and a half-slave Muslim woman wouldn't carry much weight in the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
>>45168676that and the fact an affair doesn't amount to a plan to kill him
Anyone else read HF's pastebin stories?Ascelon's gonna be hell for everyone.
>>45168947Poor Malik. Hopefully we can capture him and treat him as well as we can as our prisoner.
"You really are the biggest fool this side of the Palestine sea," you said, stepping into the chamber. He blanched a little at that. "What on earth possessed you to do something so, so, so monumentally stupid! I swear on Christ this is nearly beyond a disaster! All of Wil's work nearly smashed to bits! You were meant to negotiate trade, not steal children! If it weren't for the fact we love you so we would be better off just letting them hang you!" You felt a strong urge to slap the fool right out of him, but when you raised up the palm of your hand and saw the real pain in his eyes, you felt a tremble in your shoulder.He looked gaunt, haunted, and scared in a way you never thought to see him."God's sake Hugo, you could have been killed," you instead reached out and grabbed him around the shoulders, pulling him into a hug, "Why on earth did you do it?""It was the right thing to do," he said, and you felt his arms very awkwardly close around you.You separated and sniffed. "How on earth is that so?" you asked as he took a seat, hunched forward. The boy was fast becoming a real man in build, the muscle of his arms and shoulders were thickening, his face losing some of that soft look of youth, harder eyes considering the world."She's all of eight and was going to be wedded and bedded," he said, his voice had grown more husky too, "How can I do nothing and just let that happen?"You came and sat beside him, took his hand in both of yours. The rest of your party entered, Maggie and Portia, Bayard taking the door."It's not your place to do anything of the sort," you said, "The girl has legal guardians. There are laws."
"If the law isn't just, the law can go hang," he said, eyes tight as he glared at the floor, "God's law comes before all else. Do you remember Christ's words on children? I do. I remember Desmond reading it out. Matthew 18 or something like that. 'But who ever shall harm one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.' Doing nothing and knowing a child will be hurt, that's as bad as doing the deed yourself.""You really are a sweet fool," you said, rubbing the back of his hand with your thumb.Portia added an extra blanket and pillow to Hugo's bedding as Maggie set her package upon the table, unwrapped it. "Ye must be hungry," she said, slicing him a piece of cheese, pouring him some wine.Hugo shook his head. "No, not particularly," he said. Maggie gave you a look of worry.> insist he eat> let him be
>>45169025> insist he eat
>>45169025> insist he eat"Eat"Or we'll stuff it down your throat you little shit.
>>45169025>> insist he eat
>>45169025>> insist he eatBreak bread with him, share among those in the cell. Have him tell us of what he went through and his story.
>>45168947Malik's story have me feels. Almost felt a feel for our old man too.
>>45169025>> insist he eatEat together. Some introductions are in order if hes not acquainted with Bayard personally. Tell him of what has happened at home and have him tell his tale. Talk and company will make a man hungry.
>>45169087Wil's old man and Hermann have seen some shit. Sorta understandable how the uncle turned out. Not that its right. Just more understandable. A terrible weight on the conscious. If we do take Ascelon, I wonder if we can do that deal like saladin did for the christians he captured in war. A small ransom for the common folk to go free. But I don't think that'll sit well with the war host who will be expecting slaves.
Does Maggie know the story with our Reverse Trap?
>>45169141Don't think so. It's not an episode that Wil or Hugo would have been inclined to repeat.
>>45166615Sooooo, was she trying to show us how crowded the streets were, or what?
>>45169025>> insist he eat"Eat or else Maggie here will make you eat."
>>45167255>Baldwin was given a stool at her mother's feet.Oh ho~
"Eat," you said, taking a chunk of sausage and forcing it into his hands, "Don't be a fussy child."He grudgingly took a bite, chewed and gave a hard swallow. You forced him to drink as well."Tell me what happened," you said. He gave you a side look from behind his wine cup, wiped his mouth. He looked to your companions, working crumbs from his teeth with his tongue."We got word there was a man from France coming to wed Princess Alice..." he started. He went through the whole thing, as near as you could tell, beginning with their arrival in Tripoli. He spoke about Pons' fears and Raymond's plan. Mentioned a brawl with a Varangian that left his arm broken. Meeting the so-called 'co-emperor' of the Romans. Their flight into the wilderness with Constance in hand. Their fight with bounty hunters on the Dasmascene road.Then he arrived at Damascus itself."It's a beautiful city," he said, "Thick yellow stone walls and high domed buildings. The streets were lined with palms giving us shade. It was orderly, peaceful, not what I'd have thought from a Muslim place. And it had quarters for Christians in it. That surprised me a little. No one seemed bothered by us or our appearance. Even the lord of Damascus accepted us warmly. An old man named Anur. Long white beard and this comically large turban. I thought he might tip over backwards it was so big. And he had three wives, can you believe it? An old woman and two younger ones. One of them was even a Christian. He gave us quarters but told us straight away he would need to send word to the Queen. He likes her a great deal I think."He stopped to drink.
"We were in Damascus for a little while. Anur gave us the freedom of the city. Raymond spent most of it in the Christian quarters. I spent a lot of it resting. My arm healed up. When I was strong enough Anur's son taught me how to ride a camel, and one of his daughters took me to see a juggler that spun fire between his fingers. It was good, better than we could have hoped for. When Ioveta arrived I almost didn't want to leave. Anur even offered to find me a position in his household.""You turning Moslem on us?" Maggie asked.He snorted, shook his head. "Never," he said, "But they sure have some interesting things.""I'm glad you got some rest," you said, patting his arm. Hugo started into an apple. He'd found his appetite at last.He wiped juice from his chin. "What about you?" he asked, "How are things back home?"> tell him about your own adventures> don't burden him with such troubles
>>45169419>> tell him about your own adventuresMathilde was doing some work while Hugo was getting rekt and playing with camels.
>>45169419> don't burden him with such troublesSpies and betrayls are the last thing he needs to worry about. Tell him to rest, he needs a clear head for the coming trial
>>45169419>> tell him about your own adventuresPull Bayard forward too.
>>45169419>> don't burden him with such troubles
>>45169419>> tell him about your own adventuresHope he didn't like Rosalie
>>45169419> tell him about your own adventures
>>45169419>> tell him about your own adventuresWe did solve the case and everyone involved is safe.
>>45169419>Hugo is supposed to be protecting Constance>Instead he spends his time enjoying Damascus and riding camels GODDAMIT HUGO YOU LITTLE SHIT YOU HAD ONE JOBONE JOB!NEJOB!
>>45169419>> tell him about your own adventuresFair is fair, and siblings need to be on the same page.
>>45169558Eh. Not necessary when the ruler of Damascus is also keen on keeping a peace with Jerusalem as a deterrent against their northern Turk neighbors.
>>45169558Nah.Just imagine hugo giving little alice camel rides.
>>45169618doesn't mean he should trust the damn Heathenswho knows what peace means to them?
"Well," you started, sitting up with a proud little smile, "While you were playing games up and down the coast, I was foiling an Assassin plot against our brother.""Bullshit," Hugo said, then followed it with a "Seriously?" and leaned forward to listen."Serious indeed!" you said, "I risked my very life in combat to bring the Assassin to justice. With Bayard here and Sabeen as well we fought and killed two of them, and caught the traitor in our midst.""Solomon had a bit to do with that too," Bayard cut in. You gave him an irritated look, while the man-at-arm's just thumbed his eye patch."Anyway, it was by chance I discovered our brother's seneschal going to the yard one night..." you went into detail about your adventure, maybe going light on some of the more emotionally complicated parts involving Viyan. "We made a trap for them, and when we rushed the door fighting broke out. Bayard and Sabeen were both wounded-""Is she okay?" Hugo asked.You paused to blink at him. "She's fine," you said, "Now, as I said. Sabeen and Bayard were both badly hurt, bleeding out on the ground, and with sword in hand I alone defended them both from Assassin killers, buying time for Solomon and his men to arrive." You mimed sword strikes, making chopping and clanging noises as you did. "They came upon our fight and helped me finish it. Luckily we caught Rosalie and put her on trial. Burned her of course, it was naked treason. Unfortunately the snake himself, Nabil, escaped.""Is all that true?" Hugo asked Maggie and Bayard.Bayard nodded. "Just about everyone word, even the last bit. I'm only alive because of your sister." Gave you a grin.You felt a little blush at that. Hugo gave you a surprised but proud look."It was nothing," you said, "I was only doing my duty. Of course, brother was very grateful when he returned, and that's why he has entrusted me with securing your freedom."
"Do you think you can?" he asked, a nervous look in his eye, "Do you think you can get me out of here?" His voice seemed to have a tremble to it. His eyes turned your pride into an uncomfortable squirm.> yes> maybe
>>45169714> maybe''if the court goes bad mayhaps I could'trust in the queen and our brother and maybe just a bit in ourselves
>>45169714> yesAnd you will never hear the end of it.
>>45169714> maybeOnly god shall truly know.
>>45169714>> yesOf course my dear brother. The queen isnt actually that mad at you. And i've also taken up a position as her handmaiden so i'll be pulling every string i can.
>>45169714> maybeGuys the court is in our favour for now, lets see what happens
>>45169714>> yesIf its the last thing i do
>>45169714> yes>one way or another>maybe you could even give me some advice on escaping, eh, kidnapper?
really guys? really we're going to make Hugo's situation so much worse if we do this, hell chances are we're going to actually fuck up the plans for ascalon too
>>45169878Telling him we're definitely getting him out of there?
>>45169878Ascelon is not worth letting hugo hang.
>>45169914fucking hell it is
>>45169914What on earth makes you think we will have to sacrifice Ascalon for it ?
>>45169878Trying to get him through this trial alive?
>>45169714> yesI think we can.I think we can.
>>45169878We're not plotting his escape anon. Pay attention to context.
>>45169878>we're going to make Hugo's situation so much worse if we do thisIf we do what?
>>45169936I dont but im just stating that even if that was the price to pay, i think wil would have paid it anyways.
>>45169985Iovetta would never love someone who would sacrifice their brother for power.
"Of course I can," you said with a smug little smile, "It will be no effort at all. I have the ear of the queen, and she's very well disposed towards you already. Why the whole thing is more for show."He gave you a look of deep skepticism, but then nodded."Thanks Matty," he said.You got up and he gave you a hug this time, a quick one but more natural. You squeezed him back.He showed you to the door."Be careful," he said."You most certainly don't have to worry about me," you said as you left, flashing him your best smile."We'll keep her safe," Maggie said, pecking Hugo on the cheek.Hugo grabbed Bayard's arm before he could follow you out. The two shared a look, some silent masculine thing passing between them. Bayard nodded and Hugo released him, settling back into his room.The guard locked the door behind you. You spared Hugo a last glance before hurrying on, feet feeling light on the steps. You truly felt as if you could do it. Win Hugo his freedom. Once you were back at your quarters a servant bid you to see Melisende."She's a need of you," he said, leading you to your liege.Melisende was standing by her window again, considering her city. She did not smile for you when you entered."I wanted your thoughts," she said, "On this business between Walter and Hugh. I think we might be able to settle this thing between them, but it would only be a brief respite before they start quarreling again. Hugh had the annulment done with all legality. But Walter is a powerful, popular man, brother to Lord Sidon. Refusing him this may alienate him further from my throne, and he is far from my friend already. Speak freely."> dismiss Walter's concerns as unreasonable> side with Walter and say a trial by combat is fair> side with Walter and say a payment should be made to his mother> give no opinion at the moment> write-in
>>45170041Wilhelm would only do it if it was necessary, besides it's not like she'd know
>>45170060Iovetta plotted an escape for us, she'd get really pissed when there's no attempts from us.
>>45170055>> write-in"Is it just merely a matter of a man's honor? I know little of the character of both men, but pray tell me and enlighten me further on these two men's past histories."
>>45170055> side with Walter and say a payment should be made to his motherHugh should pay a monetary sum.
>>45170055> side with Walter and say a trial by combat is fairMen fighting over WomanBLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!
>>45170102Seconded I'd like to make an educated decision.
>>45170110You are aware that if Hugh gets killed or badly wounded. We would lose Jaffa and Sicily for our invasion ?
>>45170055> dismiss Walter's concerns as unreasonable
>>45170102>>45170116TLDR>Hugh was Married to Walter of Caesarea and Gerard of Sidons Mother>She could bear no children so he divorced her>there were rumors he was sleeping with the queen >Walter was convinced of this>Hugh has married the Bastard daughter of Roger of Sicily >a lot of this is percieved as an insult by Walter upon both his and his mothers honour
>>45170055>>45170102This.Lets see the context. Thry might be jockeying for more power/control and this might just be the pretense.
>>45170127we had nothing to do with it though, not to mention Jaffa can be easily secured by Wilhelm as Hugh has no heirs to dispute it and roger has already pledged his support regardless of Hugh
>>45170055> side with Walter and say a payment should be made to his mother
>>45170164>She could bear no children so he divorced herAnnulled his marriage. Technically not a divorce.
>>45170055>> side with Walter and say a trial by combat is fairthe she devil of Ramla demands her due
>>45170193Roger is only helping due to the marriage and Hugh's heir is his sister.
>>45170219[Citation needed]baseless claim is baseless
>>45170208He got it annulled officially, right?
>>45170238Yes, by the argument that she was infertile and couldn't give him an heir.
>>45170265So what was the dowry Hugh got from the marriage?
I should say that the letter of the law is fully on Hugh's side in this case, but its not just about the law.
>>45170283> muh honourI'd say just let them duel it out to first blood if Walter is not satisfied with Hugh paying back the bride price.
>>45170055> side with Walter and say a trial by combat is fairLegal or not an insult is an insult. Something like this will need to be sorted by their bullheadedness.Putting a payment on hugh's wife will just insult the both of them so the fight is the only way.However, rule that the fight should only be to the first blood.
>>45170283Then money shouldnt even be involved. Honor demands blood. Let them have it out with practice weapons and let them brawl.
>>45170055>> side with Walter and say a trial by combat is fair
>>45170055> side with Walter and say a trial by combat is fair
So if Walter wins the duel he gets money?
>>45170055Welp.Walter isn't going to help with Ascalon no matter how you cut it.Hugh is a guaranteed assist with Ascalon.I'd rule in favour of Hugh so we can get Ascalon settled. Better yet, delay and settle the matter in 6-8 months time.
Ideally, this conversation should include Mattie and the Queen sharing an exasperated 'men'
Great... If Hugh dies we lose a supporter at the trial.
>>45170446As women are wont to do, amirite?
>>45170454First blood or practice weapons
>>45170472You are woeful naive if you think that is going to happen.
>>45170055> give no opinion at the momentI got nothin'.
>>45170486That they bring it up to the Queen means that the Queen has the right to allow or deny the duel and can also set the conditions under which it will occur.
>>45170523>ups my hand slipped and i killed him by mistake>ups someone gave Walter a real sword by mistake
"If this is a question of honour you should let the men fight," you said, "Walter has every reason to be offended, and satisfaction should be made. To the first blood at least. No need to be so barbaric and have a man bleed to death upon the floor."Melisende looked to you with a firm line of her mouth."Well, it's a thought at least," she said, looking back out to the city. She was quite for a time. "The best course of action would be to have Hugh repay the dowry. A fight is too risky, even to first blood they can still prove lethal, and I'll not throw my court into disarray on the eve of a war. The impact it will have on the army...petty jealous will take hold. If Hugh wins it won't just Walter that will feel slighted, his mother could draw Lord Gerard into the business. If Walter wins, Hugh maybe disgruntled enough to withdraw support for Ascalon or demand some concession of leadership - if he is not wounded or killed making it all the more a headache to sort out. Money is the best option. It alleviates some of Caesarae's resentment and does no lasting injury to Hugh. When we march we must be united in spirit and cause, and the struggle of war may settle their ill will towards one another more favourably than a beat up contest between them could."It was a rather blunt lesson in politics, and you took it in. Of course her decision wouldn't turn on the words of a thirteen year old girl, she had just been testing you, seeing where your mind lay and assessing more of your character and ability.You felt as if you may have failed this test.Melisende offered you a chair."There's nothing I can do to satisfy Edessa except cancel the invasion and march my troops north," she said, "I wonder who prompted Edessa to speak. It does not strike me as the way Joscelin normally does business and seems done only to undermine our plans." She took a sip of her wine."My queen has enemies," you said, "My brother too."
Melisende threw out her hand. "If only they were all in Saracen lands, and not skulking in my court," she said. To that you could only agree.Your day was done and you retired back to your own quarters. As you walked you felt a pressure on your back, as if someone was watching you. Or following you.> roll 1d100
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>45170584
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>45170584
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>45170584
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>45170584
>>45170598Mathilde gon' get raped
>>45170567Cant win em all i guess. More to learn, more to experience. Just have to get better.>>45170598Anon WHY
>>45170567>"There's nothing I can do to satisfy Edessa except cancel the invasion and march my troops north," she said, "I wonder who prompted Edessa to speak. It does not strike me as the way Joscelin normally does business and seems done only to undermine our plans." She took a sip of her wine.fucking Romans
>>45170619Fuck I will drop this quest so hard if that happens
>>45170673>implying you wont return next thread like the battered housewife that you are
Ah. It just isnt crusader quest without bad rolls and suffering.
Give me a bit.
>>45170598CLEAR YOUR FUCKING CACHE YOU CUNT
>>45170598>Theodore, Hermann, and Elias waiting for Mathilde around the corner.
>>45170697You are enjoying this, arent you ?
>>45170697fucking hell HF let us try and salvage this
Can't wait for this shitstorm. Might wanna go ahead and archive the thread first though.
Man, can't wait to see what an 83 gets us!
Where the fuck is Bayard?
>>45170738>We walk in on Count Fulk having an affair, violently.>To salvage the situation, we join in.
>>45170697Really wishing you had a once per session reroll. I'm just gonna go and have two smokes before this devolves into a massive shitstorm again.
>>45170780he's dead Jim, along with everyone elseIt's all gone man it's ALL gone
>>45170780I don't know, he should still be guarding her.
Don't freak out, my fiance just came home. I'll start writing in a second.
>>45170823You're forgetting this is rapequest
>>45170598mfw>>45170839>Don't freak outToo late.
>>45170839>Don't freak out>Don't freak out>Don't freak outTIME TO START PANIC BOYS!
>>45170839ITS GOING DOWN BOYSWE'RE FUCKED
>>45170839PANIC RAPE IS GUARANTEEDGRAB YOUR TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS MISARCHIVE THE THREAD
>>45170839>Don't freak out
>>45170839Man, can't wait to see what an 83 gets us!
I'm laughing like a loon.I love you guys.
>>45170839Too late mate already screaming into a pillow.
>>45170839HF our collective anal circumferences can't handle this quest man.
>>45170866Panic needs to be one of the archive tags.
>>45170839RIP MATHILDES HYMENWE HAD A GOOD RUN
>>45170974That's only if they're not experienced. I can get you the ARE clip if you haven't seen it.
Any ideas on what this roll was actually for?
A hand came upon your shoulder and you turned to throw a fist.Elias dipped back on the spot, your knuckles only hitting the air. His hand released you."Forgive the surprise, I'd called to you but you must not have heard my voice," he said."And what is so urgent you'd grab a woman for the world to see?" you demanded. He rubbed the bridge of his nose, a slight smile beginning to tug the corners of his mouth."I thought we could talk, on matters personal and political," he said."Me, talk to you alone, with your reputation?" you said, raising your brows. His smile was devilish but not unappealing. "The world might think the worst.""The world can go hang," he said, "But if it makes you comfortable you can bring someone with you. Whom ever you like."Bayard came down that moment, whistling a jig. Where ever he had been you meant to have a word with him, and you mislike the flush on his face and merry step in his stride. He saw you standing with Elias and his scarred brow furrowed, though he kept whistling until he was with you."And what's this?" he asked."No fear good man," Elias said, "Your mistress is safe." He clapped the man-at-arm's on the shoulder and looked back to you. "Come by my quarters later so we might talk. Trust me, it is important."You watched him leave, his broad back round the corner. Bayard looked like a hound dog held by the leash kept from attacking a stray cat. Or in this case, a leopard."You can't meet with that man," he said, "He's a viper.""And who are you to tell me what I can and can not do?" you asked, flicking his ear, "You're my bodyguard, not my father."> go visit Elias> go visit Elias with a companion (nominate)> don't visit him
>>45171003Who>As you walked you felt a pressure on your back, as if someone was watching you. Or following you.is
>>45171010>> don't visit him
>>45171010> go visit Elias with a companion (nominate)Bayard. If he is so worried he can come.
>>45171010> go visit Elias
God, HF is so evil.Now we have to waffle about whether this is important information of us about to get boned.
>>45171010> don't visit him
>>45171010>> go visit Elias with a companion (nominateBayard
>>45171010> go visit Elias with a companion (nominate)Bayard
>>45171010> go visit Elias with a companion (nominate)Bayard come on down
>thinking Bayard is gonna protect us from anything
>>45171010Fuck. Fucking fuckity fucking fuck!Fuck Elias and his lies!Remember that Satan disguised himself as the viper in the Garden of Eden. I say NAY and leave that cunt as far away as we can. > no visiting at all
>>45171010> go visit Elias with a companion (nominate)Bayard with two of our other guards at the door
>>45171010>> go visit Elias with a companion (nominate)litreally everyone we can trust plus knives and pocket sand and half the court
>>45171010Can we send word to meet in a common area?
>>45171010> bring Bayard and Maggie
>>45171077thats an Idea
>>45171068Reminder that Mathilde doesnt really know that. Be careful with the meta. He has a rep but that is it.
>>45171091We've been warned about him by people we trust repeatedly
We go and we find a dead body and we are framed for the murder
>>45171091Bayard has called Elias a viper. People attending the Queen's Court has known of Elias' reputation. It's like going to uni and hearing about the head frat boy whoring about and everyone else says to stay away unless you want space herpes with a side of space aids.
>>45171150>>45171099But he is so handsome and charming!
>>45171150Bit of a difference in politics. If they have enough influence or power, you'll still need to treat with them, even if they are snakes.
Look, everything will be okay if we keep quiet about it and we take special tea that hopefully isn't poison. Meanwhile, Elias will be poisoning our brother with words, though I think he'll do that anyway. I think we may just have to put up the constant cold wind against him, and only warm up to him if we can entice him to get what we want from him.
>>45171175Elias pls Mathilde prefers her men covered in blood and sweat
Welp turning in for the night. Got work in 6 hours. You cunts better not fuck this up. Save the shit rolls for Ascalon.
"If you are so concerned for me, you can accompany me," you said, poking Bayard in the chest, "Or is it more a matter of you thinking so little of me that has you worried, hmm?" You peered up at him, finger against his chin.Bayard rolled his eye. "Fine, as you say my lady, whatever you wish," he said. You grinned and bopped him on the nose."There's a good man," you said, and started to Elias' chambers.You do not know exactly what Elias wished to speak with you about, but you were here to gain allies for your brother as well as to secure Hugo's release. It was possible Elias could help you with that. When you came to his quarters you found him waiting. He dismissed his own guards and servants, bid you sit at a low table, with fruit and wine. He poured a cup for you.Bayard took up by the door, arms crossed and eye on the Count."From my holdings in Maine," Elias said as he poured a cup.You crossed your legs and your hands. "Personal and politics you said, which is it?" you asked.He held up his cup. "Why there's nothing more personal than politics," he said, "Please, have a drink with me. Eat."Laws of hospitality dictated you must. You took a sip of wine and a bite of apricot. The wine really was lovely."Your brother is in a danger your other brother once occupied," he said, "The men of your family really do have a habit of getting themselves into trouble, and out of it too. When last it happened I sided with the wrong people, more out of emotion than clear thinking. My father had a game he was playing.""And this time you mean to side the other way?" you asked, taking another sip.
He leaned back, spreading out his chest, slouching into his chair. "Mayhap," he said, "Though Hugo is not the orator his brother is. I know him you know. We fought side by side against a band of Turks. He impressed me with his valour. No doubt the boy is a talented warrior, but his gifts end there. I on the other hand, have a more gifted tongue."He took a bite from an apple."And you'd argue for my brother in return for...what exactly?" you asked.He took a sip. "A kiss," he replied with a boyish grin, "Just a kiss."Bayard started forward with surprise.> slap him> he isn't asking much
>>45171243He can have it after our brother is free.
>>45171243> slap himYou can take your sweet words and shove them up a Saracen arse, you pig fucker.
>>45171243>> he isn't asking muchfeign it, then grab his testicles in a vice but if we are being serious about it> slap him
>>45171243> smile at him> Hm, I already have a gifted tongue to tell of my brother's valour. What else do you have?
>>45171243>otherPayment upon completion not before
>>45171269>>45171268>>45171264>>45171243Lets just tell him that he can get his reward after the deed is done.
>>45171243>> slap himDude sets off Mathildes creep-o-meter
>>45171243> he isn't asking much> Bayard, kiss the man so we can be done with this.
>>45171293All of my yes.
>>45171282>>45171270>>45171259Fuck you guys, Mathilde isn't a whore. She'd be insulted We don't need him>slap him
I do not like this.Who is to say he won't go up there and talk shit.I am assuming he will.
>>45171293Actually that would be great.
>>45171243> from such a cheap price holding you back, it seems that you're the sort my brother would not want defending him> perhaps if you had asked something a bit more expensive
>>45171293fuck this he didn't add stipulates to it
>>45171293He didnt say from whom.
>>45171293Holy fuck this is actually a very Matty response.
>>45171293this done as smugly as possible
>>45171293One of two things are going to happen.Elias actually falls in love with her due to her witsOr get really, really insulted. My guess is on both
>>45171361> creepy 20-something cuckfaggot falls in love with a 13 year old German girl
>>45171361But if he does fall for her and the feeling is mutual, then what? Does wil give his blessings?
>>45171393No fucking way
>>45171393Sure.Over his dead body.>>45171391She is legal in this time period.
>>45171393not enough age, blood or muscle
>>45171393Wil would sooner treat with the Saracens than allow his sister in union with Elias.
>>45171243>> slap himFuck this nigga.
>>45171293top fucking kek
>>45171404Either ways, she's betrothed and the Prince of Galilee wouldn't want his son wed to used goods.
You considered Elias. He considered you."Very well," you said, uncrossing your arms, setting down your wine cup.Bayard started forward. "Matty, you can't be serious!" he said."I'm deadly serious," you replied, "Bayard, kiss the man."Elias was in mid-sip when you said it, and he near choked on his drink. But his choking soon turned to honest laughter, and he slapped the table top.He looked to your scarred protector with a twinkle in his eye. "Come on then good man, your mistress has given you an order," he said, patting his knee.Bayard looked to you and then to him. He took a breath and stepped forward."Stop!" you said with a raised hand, "Bayard, really. Do you think I'd embarrass you like that?"You looked back to Elias, whose grin was still wide. He refilled his wine cup, and offered to refill yours. You gave him a slight nod. Took the cup."Of course I'd want more than a kiss," he said, "Even from one so handsome." He toasted Bayard with that and your man grimaced. He looked back to you. "I have brought some men with me, and mean to join your brother's attack on Ascalon. Relive the days of past glory and earn some absolution for my earthly sins in the name of Christ. I ask only that my father is given the same honour, and hope you will petition your brother to sanction it. Melisende keeps a tight rein on him, I fear it is slow killing his spirit.""Parental concern is all that moves you?" you asked."It is a prime motivator, yes," he said, "But maybe you know that Maine is the least of Anjou pocessions. I hope to add land in Sinai to my name, so that I might stand more equal to my elder brothers. A few well done deeds in the name of Christ would earn me esteem as well." He was being rather candid, you think he was also being sincere.> a fair deal> no chance> write-in
>>45171441I wish she had a happy ending
>>45171444> a fair deal
>>45171444> write-in''Prehaps if you truly make good of your side of the bargain I will honour mine''Payment after the fact
>>45171444> a fair dealWe'll talk to Wil 'bout it.
>>45171444> no chanceYou and your father are both political rivals of my brother, by allow his father to break free of the tight rein it will risk Wilhelm's position.He will have to offer something else.
Trying to get Ascalon to go to himself and Fulk."Who would deny Ascalon to the king who helped to take it!"
>>45171466This. I agree.
>>45171466Obviously it would have to happen afterwards.
>>45171444> write-intell him we can petition wilhelm on his behalf, that his actions will make it easy to advocate for him, but that we can promise nothing
>>45171473>>45171461Actually a good idea and Wilhelm will say no. Dont think he can outwit us.
>>45171444No fucking way
>>45171444> write-in"I am but a mere handmaiden but i shall speak of it to my queen."I think we've talked about it before, fulk should never be allowed to join an assault on the walls right? Just lead the campaign as a figurehead?
>>45171444> a fair dealWe let him know we will write to our brother but we expect something for it first.We fully expect that Wilhelm will say no.
>>45171444> write-inCautious aggrement
>strengthening Fulks position >At allthis is beyond bad for Wilhelm
>>45171444> a fair deal> my brother does have great ambitions for that city, though I fear he'll try to overreach himself and be all the worse for itoptional> make as if to kiss him, make at the last second to his ear> "If you get my half-brother out of prison, we can do it in the asshole?"
>>45171528Can we just say we'll speak to our brother/mistress about it?I mean, shit. What is he expecting from *us*?
>>45171528we are planning on screwing him over anon. Wilhelm wont allow it. And we can maybe convince the Queen to preform some token action as proof that we are real.
>>45171528Fulk likes Hugo. Besides, Hugh is also a contender. We need a tiger to keep the wolves at bay.
>>45171534to be naive and guillable?
>>45171538Why do we want to screw him over? What do we gain from that. Seriously, the only person who hates Elias is Hugo, and y'all are projecting that onto the other characters.
>>45171556Elias fucking hates hugo and dislike WilhelmFulk hates Wilhelm and likes Hugo. We have finally gotten some stability in the realm, allowing this would be a big mistake.
>>45171556because the enemy of our family is our enemyand Fulk and Hugo both hate at least ONE of our brothers each
>>45171563More like a quivering sword than a stable one. We need the Prince-consort's help to fight people.
>>45171528The royal couple does need to reconcile. This might be it. Lets see how it goes. All we need to do is ask.
>>45171532What the fuck man? No.
>>45171575Oh, so let's go right up and try to take out Hod then.
>>45171581you are aware Melisande hates fulk because he beat and possibly raped her right?christ does anyone even bother reading the archive?>>45171594Anon being awks with Hod does not mean she is our enemy
>>45171598Anon. We know that. We don't expect her to actually do it.
>>45171598>you are aware Melisande hates fulk because he beat and possibly raped her right?You should go get some evidence.
>>45171598Actually. Melisande mentioned that she quite enjoyed Fulk. The bruises were more due to rough sex i believe.Granted, Wilhelm kinda ruined him for her.
>>45171598Hate is far too strong a word. She even mentioned two will that she does intend to keep him as her husband. Furthermore the couple even reconciled historically
>>45171532>Not whispering Heil Zengi insteadAnon pls.
>>45171613I'm curious about what would be different had we chose now on continue our romance with the queen as wilhelm. She was best girl.
Rolled 37, 58, 68 = 163 (3d100)>>45171613Rolling for Fulk's sexual prowess
>>45171635I still regret our fuckups there. Goddammit thread.
>>45171635Giselle is best girl tho
>>45171635chosen to* continuefucking laggy keyboard with autocorrect
>>45171644The only fuckup we made in that thread was in Alice's cleavage.
>>45171644Yeah I was really butthurt. It was 100% retarded especially as an ambitious character.
>>45171606>The door swung open, and she strode in. You catch your breath, she was a beauty. Full chested with hair a blonde that was rich as honey, and skin near the same colour to match. She walked with a long stride, chest thrust out and head held upright. Her eyes were dark and smoky, very composed and cold. >You saw a bruise forming upon her neck.>"Sisters," she said. She went to sit beside Alice, and lowered herself gingerly.Fulk was at the very least not gentle with her
>>45171656Bedding Alice was part of our ambition.
>>45171656Our dick's ambition superseded our own. It's one of our failings.
>>45171660Wasn't that from the house-arrested Iovetta practicing Krav Maga on her eldest sister?
>>45171671Its not our fault. It made a lot of compelling arguements!
>>45171665we could have done it with the queens consent though and not completly fucked up her opinon of Wil
>>45171671And never more. One wife to rule them all.
>>45171656Could the relationship actually go anywhere? She was still married.
>>45171692One wife and one sexslave*
>>45171704Either she would end up getting rid of Fulk so she could marry Wilhelm or she would keep him as a secret lover.
You sip your wine slow, playing out what scenarios your imagination could conjure. There was a danger here, you knew that, but you also knew Elias had the ear of every noble that disliked the queen, and with him on your side Hugo was guaranteed his freedom. Of course, you could only say you would try to help him, there was nothing that bound Wilhelm's word to yours. You judged it at last a safe risk to take."Very well," you said, "I'll argue on your behalf if you do the same for me, but be warned that I am just a gentle girl with little say in things.""Oh, I think you can be very persuasive when you have a mind for it," Elias said, "I can tell you're the type that wants to be more than what others would make you, and you have the intelligence and drive to see it through. I think you will be a rather dangerous woman in time.""Only in time?" you replied, "What makes you think I'm not so dangerous now?""Well," he mused, swirling his drink, "If you were truly dangerous you would have come alone, and used my male weakness against me.""You think the only way a woman is dangerous is with what's between her legs?" you nearly laughed, "You flatter yourself."He shrugged to that and downed the last of his wine. "It's ever for a man to underestimate a woman," he said, "You have me on that last. I'll concede that point.""Was there anything else?" you asked as you rose from your chair."That girl in your service," he said, "She's a spy, and not for Antioch."You turned your head. "Portia?" you asked.He nodded. "She has a Roman master," he said."Why tell me this," you asked as you drew up straight.He shrugged. "Consider it a gift," he replied. He held up the last of his wine bottle, still near half full, to Bayard. "Here good man, something to make up for our jests. Drink it in good health."
>>45171707We're giving Chihirizahd to Mathilde.
>>45171704Even if it was doomed to end, it could have ended much better than that.
>>45171716Possibly the first with how she said we could have had an entire kingdom.
>>45171701HF even admitted we could have nitwit
Bayard took it with a slight nod, and he shadowed you out of the room. This Elias was turning out to be a stranger man than you had first assumed."I don't like him," Bayard said once you were closer to your own chambers. You looked up at him, Bayard all grim faced and scowling. "You shouldn't trust him.""Oh I don't," you replied as you came to your quarters. You looked back to Bayard. "What don't you trust about him, his ambitions, or his intentions towards me?"Bayard gave a visible squirm. "Can't it be both?" he asked."Did my brother order you to guard my chastity as well?" you asked. Bayard's blush told you he had. "So then, do you care about my chastity because my brother ordered you to care, or because you care?"Bayard threw up his hand. "What difference does it make?" he asked.You sighed, rolled your eyes. "It's all the difference in the world," you said as you slipped into your room, "Good night Bayard."You heard him give a frustrated grunt as your door closed, "Good night my lady."-There was a week remaining until the trial. Your duties to the queen kept you busy except for the afternoons. You've recieved three separate invitations.> dine with Hugh> sword practice with Melisende> an invitation to archery with Fulk
>>45171735HF says lots of things that don't take in mind our thoughts and feelings. For instance,>You turn your back on your downed opponent like a dumb shit and are surprised when he charges at you!
>>45171736> sword practice with Melisende> an invitation to archery with Fulk>Portia is a roman spy FUCKING ROMANS REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
>>45171736>> sword practice with Melisende>>45171754Jesus you are gonna hold that salt forever, aren't you?
>>45171736> sword practice with Melisende
>>45171758You can only pick one anon.
>>45171736> an invitation to archery with FulkLets see what we can get out of him. Heck Baldwin might even be there so we can see him crushing on Mathilde.
>>45171736> an invitation to archery with Fulk
>>45171761Jesus accumulated so much salt he made the Great Salt Lake.
>>45171739>>45171758Invading Constantinople, when?
>>45171736>> an invitation to archery with FulkI am also interested if he plans to lead the march on Ascalon.And also >>45171767>Heck Baldwin might even be there so we can see him crushing on Mathilde.
>>45171765>> sword practice with MelisendeGive her all the pieces to let her know we are doing this on Elias's behalf
>>45171782Easy there, bro. You just went full Venetian.You never go full Venetian.
>>45171782When the Teutonic order is ready to rumble.
>>45171808Hugo needs to hurry up and found it.
You decide to see Fulk, accepting his invitation to archery. You'd never had cause to use a bow before, but you fgured it a chance to get a better view on the one-time-king.It was an open garden, with a target set on one side. Fulk had his attendants, the knight Sir Charles and some others, but he kept them at a distance as he took up a yew bow and arrow shafts. If his invitation had been for conversation he made little of it as he drew back the drawstring and loosed arrow after arrow into the distant target, each one hitting the padded mound of hay with an audible 'thump'. He wore a sleeveless tunic, and you saw the ripple of muscle at play as he drew back the bow. It must take great strength, you could only guess at the poundage but knew you'd never be able to draw such a thing.When at last he was done he gave a huff of breath, wiped sweat from his beard and took a drink of water. Then he turned finally to face you."I wondered if you would come," he said, slinging the bow over his shoulder, "You've become a favourite of my wife. She talks about you.""The two of you talk?" you asked.He gave a slight grin. "On occasion, in passing," such a self-deprecating joke you hadn't expected from the man. Wil always made Fulk seem a brute.He took a seat upon the rail of the garden fence. "I have a fondness for your brother," he said, "I wanted to tell you that personally. Even if you hadn't spoken with my son, I've prayed for Hugo's deliverance anyway. He's a good lad. Honest. There's not enough of them here.""Well you are very welcome," you said, "Was that all?""Do you know how to shoot a bow?" he asked."No," you replied."Would you like to learn?"> if you would instruct me> no, thank you
>>45171901> if you would instruct me
>>45171901>> if you would instruct me
>>45171901He likes one brother and hates the other. The Koblenz family must be a whole lot of mess.
>>45171901>Wil always made Fulk seem a brute.
He grinned. "I was hoping you'd say that," he had a second bow, much less large. He handed it to you and you took it up in imitation of the archers you had seen in the past. "Make a claw of your hand," he said, "Take the bow as such. Side on." He turned your shoulders gently and you took a swallow of a slight lump in your throat. You drew back the string. It resisted more than you thought it would, forcing your arm to strain. He gently adjusted the elbow of your draw hand.You had no arrow notched, but still he gently turned your head, hand behind your ear, as if you were sighting down the length of one to the distant target."And, loose!" he said into your ear, the breath of him stiring the small hairs of your neck.You let the bowstring snap forward, all the tension flung forward. The bow near came from your hands and you let out a held breath with it."Not bad," he said, "Next try with an arrow." He took up a shaft. Handed it to you. You brushed your fingers across its feathered end, looked over the shap point. You set it to the drawstring, and took the bow up again the way he had showed you."Arrow on the other side," he corrected your mistake, adjusting the arrow.> roll 1d100 average of three
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>45171960
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>45171960I hope we don't break anything
Rolled 50 (1d100)>>45171960
Rolled 34 (1d100)>>45171960
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>45171960
>54How stunningly average.
>>45171967>>45171969>>45171972 so about 50ishnot good not bad
>>45171967>>45171969>>45171972Average enough. Matty will get better. Need tutoring by solomon.
>>45171983Rather fitting considering Mathilde.
>>45171960>>45171967>>45171969>>4517197253 and two-thirds. That's pretty close to the center, wouldn't you say, HF?
>>45171992I'd say that it would be enough to hit the target.
>>45171983>>45171987>>45171988What are you saying? You want to hit near the center in Archery. We did very well!
>>45172000That would be a cool mechanic to use for Archery. It would certainly make it its own thing compared to duels.
>>45172008Knowing /tg/dice, that'll be the only time we roll 90s regularly.
>>45172023Bring it on. I'd rather have success now and the potential for failure later.
>>45172008So wind would be like, +15 or -15 on our rolls as we try to hit the center, with a narrower center proportional to the difficulty of the shot?
You sight along the arrow shaft, draw back on the bowstring, your arm tight, the string taut, the bow curving further inward. And you loose. The shaft flies out but falls just short, thumping into the dirt. You can't help but give an irritated pout and blow at the strand of hair that had fallen across your face.Fulk smiled though. "Others have done worse their first time," he said. "In fact I'd argue you did quite well." He offered you a cup of water and you drank."I know you have little reason to trust me," Fulk said, "But I'd like to ask you a favour. My son is having his birthday soon and I'd hoped to purchase a hawk for him. You've a falconer in your company. I'd hoped you could make the purchase for me in the city."You looked at him over your cup of water, still drinking.It was no large task.> accept>decline
...he can't find anybody else to make this purchase? What?
>>45172053> acceptHe means Baldwin, right ?
>>45172053Can you do the "hit the center" system from now on? I think it's neat.
>>45172053> accept''if your grace does not mind roman spies''
>>45172062He might be wing-manning for his son. Baldwin has a small crush on matty it would give him an excuse to hang around with her.
>>45172053>> acceptinb4 assassins
>>45172053>declinethere must be some ulterior motive here
>>45172053>> acceptIt would be my pleasure, my lord.Considering that he knows that we met elias, I'm sure his son must have told him that portia is a spy.There must be something else at work, I believe. The tower should have no shortage of falconeers.Lets see where this goes.
>>45172099Well we could ask why.
>>45172087Roman assassins it is.
>>45172099for lil' ol' us? Nahh.
>>45172053>> accept"If I might be as bold, my lord, why her? Surely the tower has other falconeers. Might it be with respect to the issue your son mentioned?"
>>45172107If all else we do have like ten men-at-arms.
>>45172053> I kinda left her back at Ramla sir
Doesn't fulk dislike the cloak and dagger shit and prefer things to be straight forward?Should we just not ask. We might be fucking up like with Hod.
>>45172137She's with us though.
This is all kinds of shady.
>>45172065I do too so I will.
>>45172144I thought infidels weren't allowed in the gates?
We ought to get ourselves a falcon! No, it's not weird, shut up!
>>45172161She is christian.
Do not help Fulk. This is more than it seems. It is not just a simple thing.
>>45172053> acceptI mean he can't exactly do it himself.
>>45172147Time for stupid dice when rolling for bows.
>>45172169I don't care. We help friends in need.
>>45172189Yeah, won't it be great?
"If you'd like," you said, though you wren't sure why he was asking you of all people to do so."Only when you have the time," he said, "His birthday is not until after the trial. Baldwin will appreciate it. He's fond of you too.""He's a fine little boy," you said. It made Fulk smile to hear it. "Was there anything else my lord?"He looked you over."When next you see my wife, tell her I'd enjoy her company for dinner," he said, and then he stood up to dismiss you.Bayard waited for you outside and you walked together to the royal chambers. Your brother's trial was on the morrow."Do you think I've done enough?" you asked him, "To keep him safe, alive?"He stopped to consider it. "Far as I can tell you've done a fair job," he said, "It all comes down to what you'll say tomorrow."That made you fidget nervously, playing with the brooch you wore. You'd done little of that, thinking on just what you'd say on your brother's behalf.> retire and work on a speech for the trial, be prepared> don't fret on such things, better to try and relax
>>45172204It also means we doubled the possible number of critical failures. 1 and 100 and the accompanying range.
>>45172194>>45172194he's not a friendYou moron
>>45172218Silly anon, this means that we'll just miss instead of break our bow! I've rendered crits obsolete!
>>45172216> retire and work on a speech for the trial, be preparedThough if you are asking for write ins i am blank.
>>45172216>> retire and work on a speech for the trial, be prepared>>45172232Nah. More like we shoot a friendly that wandered into bow shot.Like what always happens in M&B. DO NOT WALK INFRONT OF ARCHERS DAMMIT, AIIII.
>>45172216> retire and work on a speech for the trial, be prepared
>>45172216>> don't fret on such things, better to try and relaxthe queen is on our side all will be well
retiring will probably up our INT, not fretting will likely up our CHA
What can we actually say?"Yeah, he totally did it but you shouldnt hang him for it"?
>>45172315Impassioned speech about rapin' roman hordes.
>>45172321When in doubt, xenophobia!
>>45172315Boost his Good nature and his virtues
Headcanon: it's completely in character for Mathilde to want the royal marriage to be a happy one. She's not pleased with her own parents, and even held that against Hugo. Her response to Melisende's dilemma earlier also advocated in Walter's favor on the duel also shows that she holds marriage as a very sacred thing. Mathilde is not Wilhelm, and will only seek to support his ambition when it agrees with her. Marital strife is something that does not agree with her.
>>45172321That's Hugo's line though>>45172334all the kids want marriage to work or don't want shit to do with it [like Hugo]
>>45172334Heck, even Wil acknowledge it would be a good thing for the royal couple to reconcile.It was exactly what he recommended the queen do.
>>45172344Would Hugo's kids get the surname Bastardson?
"I'll be retiring to my quarters," you said, "Don't let anyone intrude.""As you wish," he said, holding the door for you as you swished inside.You sat at your desk and pondered what you might say. Ran through the arguments in your head. It might be that this was a trial won already, but you couldn't shake the feeling some great upset might take place. You took out quill and parchment, readied some ink, and set to writing out a few of your thoughts. A knock came on your door.Maggie entered with supper, placed it beside you."Don't burn your eyes out workin'," she said, kissing your cheek. You gave a grunt in reply, your attention on your parchment. The hours worked by and soon you had parchment littering your floor, notations scratched out, crumpled up. It was an expensive period of frustration. And you were no master advocate with a deep knowledge of the law.But you tried, hammering your brain apart with argument and counter-argument until your eyes fogged and a yawn ripped from your mouth. Dinner left cold and uneaten, you started to slump in your chair and wondered if you could make it to your bed.The door cracked open and Maggie crept in again."Bed for you I think," she said, and your slurred agreement was barely vocalized least of all words. She helped you up and over to the bed, slipping you beneath the sheets. "Don't you fret now," she said, "all will be well."You murmur something in reply but your head is already lolling to the side and your eyes fluttering close. Very quickly sleep had taken you, and the rest was nothing until morning.-End of threadMathilde +1 war
>>45172367Damn. Thanks for the thread. HF. Really enjoy Mathilde in Jerusalem, got some interesting character interaction going.Do Elias actually seem to like or rather "enjoy" Mathilde or is it really all just a game ?
>>45172367Thanks for running boss, how did we do?What did the queen think when we went with Fulk?
>>45172380Why would he tell usYou idiot
>>45172367Thanks for running HF>Next thread when>are Fulk and Elias genuine>which roll did you use to Introduce Elias?>the hell is the ''hit the center'' system?>thoughts on Wilhelm agitating Walter to kill Hugh?>what could have gone wrong?>What did go wrong>what went right?
>>45172360only from Elias
>>45172381>Thanks for running boss, how did we do?You guys messed up with Walter and Hugh's thing. Picked the literal worst option in Melisende's eyes.You also could have had Hugo released to the Ramlan quarters with no problem and boosted your leadership stat as a result.Other than that no major problems.
>>45166151Can the pastebin be updated with our status with nobles and our current companions?
>>45172397>You guys messed up with Walter and Hugh's thing. Picked the literal worst option in Melisende's eyes.Oh well, marriage is serious business.
>>45172397to be fair Walter doesn't seem the type to settle for money unlike his brother
You guys are all fucking retarded
>>45172390>Next thread whenSunday most likely>which roll did you use to Introduce Elias?That random d100 hit a 60, which triggered Elias.>the hell is the ''hit the center'' system?50 is the centre. Closest to 50 is a hit, with adjustable bonuses one way or the other.>thoughts on Wilhelm agitating Walter to kill Hugh?I'm not going to tell you guys what you can and can't do.
>>45172407It isnt about the fucking money, its about losing face.
>>45172399I try to keep it up to date but I've been under the weather lately.
>>45172397So...we failed both meaningful questions this session.Great.
>>45172397>You also could have had Hugo released to the Ramlan quarters with no problem and boosted your leadership stat as a result.But aren't they in Ramla? That would be even worse than allowing Pons to discipline Raymond, it would delay Hugo's trial by weeks.
>>45172397>You guys messed up with Walter and Hugh's thing. Picked the literal worst option in Melisende's eyes.So what does she think? That we still have things to learn I guess?And about Hugo released to the Ramlan quarters, thats new. Thought we might be asking abit too much at the start.
>>45172418my point exactly>>45172417w-what would the one have brought us?
>>45172430They are the area of the castle that we currently live in anon.
>>45172428No, not Wilhelm's, Mathilde's. You're still listing Giselle as our companion, unless you mean to have that as a surprise here.
>>45172397>You guys messed up with Walter and Hugh's thing. Picked the literal worst option in Melisende's eyes.Perhaps we should have explained our reasoning then. Still, more things to learn.
>>45172430he means in the quarters reserved for the nobles of Ramla in the tower of david Nugget
>>45172439What!?>>45172397>>45172430Can we have a revote? I misunderstood something.
>>45172453Ramlan quarters nigga, not Ramla. Come on now.
>>45172468So he should have said "Noble Quarters in the Tower of David," I don't know how this city works.
>>45172417>thoughts on Wilhelm agitating Walter to kill Hugh?>I'm not going to tell you guys what you can and can't do.more to the point is it a good/bad idea or an idea you like?
Kinda a shame we didnt run into Iovetta. Was there any chance we could HF ?
>>45172492Yes, there was an obvious one. It was when we asked to leave the Queen's side to go meet our brother. Are you thicker than "Where are the Ramlan Quarters?" Anon?
>>45172505inb4 it's the same, thicker-than-the-Theodosian-Walls anon
>>45172492Yeah. A couple.>>45172491I don't want to influence you guys too much in your theories/plans. I only ruled against the Cairo invasion and Peasant Uprisings because they were completely impossible. You could conceivably do this. Whether or not its a good or bad thing isn't something I feel I should comment on. It's up to you guys to discuss its pros and cons.>>45172505No need to insult people anon.
>>45172505We have quarters in Ramla, a dilemma was raised about Raymond being dealt with in Triploli, I figured it would be even worse for us if Hugo had his trial separate from Raymond.
>>45172526A quarter is a place in the city where the folks tend to congregate and stay.
>>45172524Hey HF, what bonuses can we get if we follow >>45172526's logic? We're new in this city, after all.
>>45172524well okay then, related question then, what is common understanding of Jaffas inheritance if Hugh dies?
>>45172524>I don't want to influence you guys too much in your theories/plansSo does that mean we'll never get any strategists?
>>45172551It would be in dispute, but the major claimant is his sister Aines and whoever her husband might be if she's married.>>45172555No? I mean, you'd have to ask any strategist characters for their opinions in thread for it to come up.
>>45172566like say Etienne or his constable?would such a match even be possible?could Wil just march in and take it in the name of stability?
>>45172566Can you inform us which lords will be present at the trial ?
>>45172592>like say Etienne or his constable?Yeah, sure.>could Wil just march in and take it in the name of stability?The Queen could, Wil couldn't. He'd have ever other Jaffa vassal on his arse as an usurper, and rightfully so.
>>45172603I'll list 'em next thread.Sorry, I'm tired and my stomach is killing me (hopefully not literally this time). See you guys later.
>>45172617Take care mate and thanks for running.
>>45172617Wait, what would we have gotten with the 1?
>>45172617thanks for running>>45172604>The Queen could, Wil couldn't. He'd have ever other Jaffa vassal on his arse as an usurper, and rightfully so.Could he do so with the queens permission?
>>45172535Yeah, but why would Ramla have anything in Jerusalem?
>>45172654We're not asking permission for that.
>>45172659>▶>>>45172535>Yeah, but why would Ramla have anything in Jerusalem?Because the Queen gave it to us while we are staying.
>>45172659because we are the loyal vassal of Jerusalem>>45172664why?
>>45172668So it could have been listed> Wait! (ask that Hugo be allowed to stay in our quarters)and would have meant the same?
>>45172677> Wait! (ask that Hugo be allowed to stay in our quarters)>and would have meant the same?not exactly but sort of
>>45172692I still feel cheated out of Leadership.
>>45172700well deal with it
>>45172705I think I will!Do I get a LDR bonus now?