Sir Tirn is anxious to start investigating the truth behind Sir Poryn‘s story that his sister was killed by her husband’s neglect. According to the claim, Sir Temelin failed in his chivalric duty to his wife, driving her to her suicide. If the party cannot disprove the claim, then Sir Poryn will once again press his demand for trial by combat. He may continue to do so regardless of what the party presents at Summer Court.
In Summer Court, the King does wait
For the party to participate
In telling a tale long overdue
Of a lady and her child make two
Their ghosts walk along the Lady’s Tower
Quiet and sullen in their bower
What will she say when asked again
Why did their spirits thus remain
- The Motley Fool. Who is nowhere near Selvos. Not even close.
16 Morgat, 721
Back to routine. We ask to speak to Serolan Barald Palgen after breakfast in his chambers. We ask more questions regarding Lady Alicia Meldon. The Serolan never met her, but he has his predecessor’s letters to her. She died 4 years before he came to office in 702. We ask Makeda Lycia, the Serolan’s secretary, if she knew Lady Alycia herself. She was present at the invasion and knew of her; she found her to be generous and happy. She helped the townsfolk and was a dutiful mother; her second child died at the age of two. Lady Alycia died two months after; she brought a servant and a Peonian priest from Minter. Makeda Lycia was not surprised at the news of the Lady’s death.
We go find Sir Sarath Jattele; he remembers Lady Alycia very well; she was happy and generous and a true Peonian. She was strong in a quiet way. the lady was wracked with grief after the death of her daughter Ashia. Her Peonian priest, Esbeth Martel, came and stayed with her for a few days. Metakea Dorel Kerdar helped Sir Temilin Chahrvn through the death of his daughter and wife. Both are interred beneath the castle. Sir Sarath is sure something haunts the lady’s tower. The wind is coldest there on a moonless night, and will try to throw you off the battlements. He says Sir Grolis Chahryn is implacable and not given to ceding control to anyone. Sarath remembers the lady’s maid very well; he thinks she may have returned to Minter. The chamberlain of the castle should have records of any staff changes. He remembers questions being raised about the lady’s second child, because the girl had blond hair.
The party speaks with a number of other knights and priests; they all say she was a great hostess, a good Peonian wife. They all saw less of her after Ashia was born. The baby was often ill, but recovered from most of her illnesses. Matakea Ashesa Yordag believes she died from the brittle pox. The party goes to speak with Ebaseth Yoesf of Kesyn; he is with Ebaseth Karissa; she was in charge of the Peonian temple before Father Yosef, and was midwife at the birth of both of the lady’s children. Karissa states that Ashia was born small, and caught every illness that came through town. After her child’s death, Karissa gave the succoring Lady Alycia to Father Martel. Karissa says that the lady was strong-headed, but she could come to realize she was wrong once it was pointed out many times. She was surprised at Lady Alycia’s suicide. She says the lady wrote many letters, but does not think she kept a journal, at least not in her last days.
The lady’s groom’s name may be Garom. The affidavits are signed by him and Patricia, Alycia’s maid. Garom stated that suicide was not in the lady’s nature. Patricia said the lady was better, she spoke of burying her daughter’s remains and the next social event. She went through her wardrobe and made appointments for the next day. Neither Patricia nor Sir Temelin’s squire woke up when the lady left her room. The letters to the previous Serolan from the lady are mainly formal announcements. Lady Alycia two tendays after her daughter died. That night, Sir Tirn of Selvos performs psychometry on the affidavits, and learns that Patricia’s is false. He informs the rest of the party in the morning.
The party decide to visit the clothier, to see if in fact the lady had made an appointment the day before she died, and also the woodcrafter to see if one of them did indeed train the groom Garom, as he states in his affidavit.
At the woodcrafter’s the are brought to an older man. He confirms that he hired Garom, who worked for him for five or so years. He believes Garom went back to Minter after Alycia’s death. Garom was not there every day (at the woodcrafter’s, instead he came when he could and was paid for each day he worked – GM).
At the dressmaker’s, they learn that Lady Alycia did not have an appointment set up; he did, however, fit her for a shroud and received her clothes for remaking after her death. (He was pretty sure he’d have an appointment written down in his logs if she’d asked to see him. He believed Lady Alicia was more about the appearance of propriety and piety than the actual. She was the perfect lady even when he was around, but he’s use to seeing through people. – GM)
After lunch, the party heads to the seaman’s guild to learn if Garom practiced his carpentry skills with them. There is nothing in the logs, but they will check one year on either side of the year of the Lady’s death to be certain. The party gathers horses and heads to Minter.
They head to the Peonian temple there; Dedoras of Kenvele is there. He did not know the previous ebaseth, Martel, but did know that Garom and Patricia were an item for a few years. They search the censuses of the town for a few years surrounding Lady Alycia’s death to see if either of them returned to Minter. They find no evidence of this, but do see the names of four children with a “P” next to their names, possibly Patricia’s children. They learn from the reeve a bit more about Garom: his father was a carpenter, and he lived in Minter for two years before becoming groom to the lady. The reeve does not remember if Garom returned to Minter after the lady’s death. The party spends the night with Dedoras.
Maketa Seenaë Dyren helps Dedoras makes breakfast. The party then heads to speak with an elderly matriarch of the town, who is known as quite a gossip. She (the old woman) confirms that Patrica came to Minter with Lady Alycia, and that she has a number of bastards in town. But neither she nor Garom came back to Minter after the lady’s death. Garom’s folk are from the marsh to the north. His mother was from Teneir, and her name was Melinda. The old lady suggest the party look for a man in the marsh named Hethor; they need to speak to the chandler and apothecary in Selvos to find this man.