What a wonderous thing the fair does bring
To all assembled here
There’s tilting, and fighting, archery, and buying
For all assembled here
Presents to buy, sweets to try
By all assembled here
And nary a thing to do but have fun
With all assembled here
– Traditional ditty
These days past have been wondrous indeed.
The shortest WInter court in recorded history—it has introduced new heroes to the court. Hailing from Selvos they have already promised to find enough information to stop Sir Poryn from dueling Sir Temilin over the death of Lady Alecia. They have proposed a way for lowly Tristant Lazcaver of Vima to regain his name by taking a position with Prince Anaflas Milaka, appeasing his mother’s wrath. They have saved Sir Reynald Milaka from kidnap by evil Agrikan forces.
They accepted the oath, and have been deemed the Finders of the Prince. As his agents, they wield considerable political power. In addition, they have a boon from the Prince and his father (Sir Reynald) – that was publicly announced and that they have yet to claim.
And now they show interest in removing the Morgathian taint from the grotto below Menekod.
Three days, three quests. Whatever will day 4 bring?
- The Fool of Menekod
2 Morgat, 721
After spending the night in vigil in the Laranian temple and being present at the High Mass that destroyed the Morgathian artefacts, Maketa Seenaë Dyren chats with the Belsirasen priest while waiting for Nina to come join her for her penance. Nina and Seenaë clean the alcove of Mendez as their penance. As they are finishing, Seenaë sees Rekela Sir Tamys Bakyth behind them; he chats with them for a while, thanking them for helping with Sir Reynald Milaka’s rescue, and tells Nina that Seenaë has become the darling of the Belsiraens. He then shoos them out of the temple, enjoining them to have a good time at the Fair.
Nina decides to find Sir Reynald and ask for his guidance through the fair. On the way to his chambers, they find Tamarie. While Nina and Tamarie are convincing Sir Reynald to join them, Seenaë speaks with Dame Nayeta about the lens she used when she examined the state of Nina’s soul. Finally, the party is ready to depart; Sir Reynald joins the ladies along with his bodyguards, Dame Nayeta, and his squire.
They walk to the fair. Nina purchases a few gifts; Sir Reynald helps Seenaë purchase a gift for her brother. He then purchases a gift for Seenaë herself, a ring and necklace of red and white gems. Prince Anaflas Milaka and his retinue join them eventually. The group wanders through the toymaker aisle; the prince has a great interest for mechanical toys, and he advises Seenaë on a gift for Yuri, the son of Lady Miara Korades. They enjoy some small chocolates, and cups of hot chocolate sib. Sir Kjarri of Setara and Sir Tirn of Selvos join them, and they visit the armorers and weaponsmiths. Tirn and Kjarri buy better armor, and Tirn buys a new sword.
After dusk, fresh sib and milk are put in the cauldrons to boil, the roast pig is carved. Much singing and partying is had. One woman is seen around Prince Anaflas a lot; rumour has it she has her eye set on marrying him. He, however, does not seem much more chivalrous to her than he’s been to any of the ladies in whose company he’s been during the fair.
Wake, hit the baths. A Halean is at the entrance selling scented soaps; many nice smells are purchased. The group enjoys leftovers for breakfast, and a bullock is being prepared for dinner.