| Trey in Mournhold, Chapter 7 |
Jul 3 2006, 11:08 PM
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From: The Smoky Mountains
As I felt the cool kiss of the marble floor against my forehead, my first thought was,
“That didn’t go very well.”
That was immediately followed by curiosity that I was still able to have any thoughts at all, considering that my head was separated from my body. As an experiment, I decided I would try to open my eyes. There was a certain savage glee in the thought of how much horror the sight would inflict on Helseth and his guards. Maybe I would even cross my eyes and stick out my tongue…. To my disappointment, Tienius Delitian looked somewhat concerned, but hardly horrified. Still more puzzling, he spoke to me, saying,
“Trey? Are you all right?”
I wondered if I had stumbled onto a secret cult of necromancers, people to whom speaking with the dead was an everyday occurrence. Finally, as I felt firm hands gripping my shoulders and raising me to a sitting position, I realized that I wasn’t dead after all. At least, not yet. The captain’s next words were reassuring,
“Probably got into some bad air beneath the Plaza. Give him some room and he’ll come around.”
Slowly, I pieced together what must have happened. The sight of Helseth had pushed my already strained nerves past the breaking point and I had fainted.
Of all the possible outcomes I had imagined for my first meeting with the king, collapsing in a heap had not been one of them. But at least that embarrassing lapse had saved me from the monumental stupidity of attacking him while he was surrounded by his guards. I had no doubt that my—vision? –dream? –hallucination? had been accurate. Whether it was a warning from my own wiser self or from some outside power I could not say. But I did know that a suicidal berserker charge against impossible odds was not the way I did things. If I was going to exact my vengeance, I would do so by using my strengths. As my head cleared, I was able to pay more attention to Tienius Delitian, who was saying,
“…sorry to hear that you reported to the Temple, but that isn’t important now. The king wishes to speak to you.”
So it was that I finally stood face-to-face with King Helseth, with no weapon in my hands and the fires of my fury banked- for the moment. When I did not bend my knee to him, the king arched an eyebrow, but made no comment. Growing tired of the silent staring contest, I prompted him:
“You wished to see me?”
I had reined in my anger, but that did not mean that I liked him, and I had no interest in pretending otherwise. He responded in the sort of cool, languid drawl that some of the upper class affected,
“Ah...so you're the one Tienius has been telling us about. You should have brought the information about these ‘fabricants’ to us directly. Still, you may be of use. We understand you had a slight inconvenience earlier. It appears we were given a bit of misinformation. The Queen Mother has spoken highly of you as well.”
Apparently, Tienius Delitian was not the only one in the court who enjoyed baiting people. It was hard to decide which I found more annoying- Helseth’s use of the plural pronoun to refer to himself or his dismissal of the attempt to have me killed as a “slight inconvenience.” I entertained myself by imagining that his royal “we” was actually a reflection of the fact that he was afflicted with a tapeworm, as well as considering all the “slight inconveniences” I would like to visit upon him. Ultimately, what allowed me to ignore his taunts was the realization that he was underestimating me. My fainting spell had combined with his natural arrogance so that he felt that I was no threat- or at least not a serious threat. Therefore, it was easy for me to give him a toothy, insincere smile in return for his haughty smirk, even as I murmured,
After all, why not give him sufficient rope with which to hang himself? He answered in a disinterested tone, as if remarking on the weather,
“We understand you were visited by some Dark Brotherhood assassins. A regrettable occurrence. They are a difficult lot, but they do have their usefulness. I'm certain that will no longer be a problem for you.”
My first impulse was to point out that all of the assassins who had come against me were dead and I was still standing- that, in fact, the attacks had been no more than an annoyance. But wisdom again prevailed as I reminded myself that I wanted Helseth to miscalculate. Let him believe that only luck had kept me alive so far; he would find out differently when I was ready. Hard experience had taught me that keeping my mouth shut rarely caused problems, whereas the opposite had landed me in hot water on innumerable occasions. Therefore, I simply maintained my bland smile and waited for Helseth to continue. He struck me as the sort of person who did not like silence; more, he seemed to enjoy the sound of his own voice. Sure enough, just as the lull in the conversation was about to become uncomfortable, he added,
“Yes, the Dark Brotherhood are usually a very effective group. Not always, though, I have recently learned. As to your particular situation, ...we have various sources throughout Vvardenfell that are paid well to provide us with information. Unfortunately, sometimes it proves to be incorrect. One of our informants had suggested that you could pose a threat to our monarchy. That cannot be allowed, as I'm sure you understand.”
When I heard that nonsensical justification, I very nearly betrayed my resolution to pretend ignorant disinterest. How could anyone seriously believe that a stable boy imprisoned for picking flowers could be a threat to a king? It appeared that everyone in Mournhold was insane, not just Almalexia. Struggling to keep a serious expression, I piously intoned,
“I find it hard to imagine why anyone would want to attack the rightful monarch.”
The irony, of course, went right past Helseth, and he pensively remarked,
“It is never easy for one to assume the throne, especially after the unfortunate set of circumstances that led to our beloved King Llethan's death. There are those who would seek to profit from such events, to take the opportunity to create unrest among the people. There are those, even, who would wish to see us dead.”
Widening my eyes as if such an idea had never occurred to me, I responded with a breathless,
“Really? How awful!”
Again, the king completely missed the sarcasm and responded seriously,
“Does this surprise you? Even now, there are those that would see our head on a pike. What better way to achieve one's goals than to have others remove those that would oppose you? Surely you have some understanding of this? In fact, we have recently been told of a plot against the throne. Some of my informants have learned of a possible assassination plot against our royal person. I would like more information on this. However, I do not want to compromise the safety of my guards or of my informant. I believe, however, you would be suitable for this matter.”
Finally, we were getting somewhere. Besides being a murderous little scut, Helseth had to be the most long-winded son-of-a-guar I had ever had to endure. Hoping to move him along, I asked,
“How may I serve?”
Reluctantly, the king at last made his request:
“I wish for you to meet an informant of mine at a local cornerclub, The Winged Guar. You'll find it in Godsreach. He's an orc, and shouldn't be hard to pick out. Find him, and ask him about his ‘uncle's farm.’ He'll know what it means. Then report back to me with your information.”
I nodded my understanding and agreement and left the Throne Room. All that secrecy and “protect my informant” babble made sense- if you were six years old and had the brains of a mudcrab. After all, someone plotting against the king would never think of posting lookouts to see who came and went from the Palace. And those lookouts would never think to follow a person who had just left the royal presence and see who said person met with. I knew that this was some kind of trick- what I could not decide was whether Helseth really believed I was stupid enough to fall for it.
My apologies for the sneaky cliff-hanger at the end of the last chapter- just couldn't resist. I have had that 'fantasy fight scene' floating around in my notebook for a month or two and finally got to the place where I could use it....
The dreams down here aren't broken, nah, they're walkin' with a limp...
The best-dressed newt in Mournhold.
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treydog Trey in Mournhold, Chapter 7 Jul 3 2006, 11:08 PM The Metal Mallet
Totally justified. It just makes your readers ... Jul 3 2006, 11:31 PM DarkHunter The king of writing Trey, one again astounds his r... Jul 4 2006, 01:16 AM jack cloudy Phew, it was all a dream. I'm very relieved. :... Jul 4 2006, 09:42 AM Wolfie That was cruel Trey. And I give you 10/10 for mana... Jul 4 2006, 01:13 PM treydog Before I rushed off to meet an Orc I had never see... Jul 8 2006, 10:22 PM jack cloudy Yay, first comment! :)
Heh, I loved that Orc... Jul 8 2006, 10:48 PM The Metal Mallet I've always been skeptical of Helseth... of co... Jul 9 2006, 12:58 AM minque
Yessssss.........this made me somewhat laugh....... Jul 9 2006, 05:54 PM Soulseeker3.0 Wow... Sorry for not posting a reply but my time h... Jul 9 2006, 06:38 PM doubleimage Beautifully written, as always :)
A joy to read... Jul 10 2006, 08:50 PM treydog Plitinius had reinforced my grave doubts about the... Aug 13 2006, 02:45 AM jack cloudy Ah, this intrigue is making me dizzy! Call me ... Aug 13 2006, 08:30 AM The Metal Mallet Fantastic continuation of the story so far, Trey. ... Aug 13 2006, 08:34 PM canis216 Excellent... I was aching for another post... Aug 17 2006, 01:16 AM treydog So deep was my distraction that I did not even rea... Aug 17 2006, 02:49 AM The Metal Mallet Man, you make Almalexia's insanity so vivid... Aug 17 2006, 03:11 AM jack cloudy The power of the Tribunal? Sounds more like he... Aug 17 2006, 10:08 AM mplantinga I enjoyed your description of Almalexia in this la... Aug 17 2006, 04:14 PM treydog After leaving the Temple, I did what I should have... Aug 19 2006, 04:13 PM The Metal Mallet I love that you add little extra tidbits to famili... Aug 19 2006, 04:43 PM canis216 Nice battle strategy! Great entry! Aug 19 2006, 10:11 PM treydog It was a fun fight scene to write- the strategy gr... Aug 20 2006, 04:58 AM canis216
It was a fun fight scene to write- the strategy g... Aug 21 2006, 03:24 AM jack cloudy Ah, strategy. The way Trey prepared that fight sho... Aug 20 2006, 02:57 PM minque Oh Trey! I wish you all luck in Tamriel when y... Aug 20 2006, 04:33 PM mplantinga Some excellent strategy in this last installment; ... Aug 20 2006, 11:21 PM treydog He is actually considerably "under-powered... Aug 21 2006, 01:49 PM Black Hand WOnderful to see your continuing the story, after ... Aug 22 2006, 06:25 PM Soulseeker3.0 Very nice Trey and excelent food for thought. I lo... Aug 26 2006, 03:24 AM treydog Although my heart leaped with savage joy to see th... Aug 26 2006, 04:34 PM The Metal Mallet Yea, anger and vengeance aren't usually the be... Aug 26 2006, 04:54 PM Soulseeker3.0 YAY! desiding to do somthing because of angewr... Aug 27 2006, 03:00 AM mplantinga An excellent description of the battle with the ce... Aug 29 2006, 12:38 AM jack cloudy Oh boy, hello Helseth. SURPRISE! :D I loved th... Aug 29 2006, 09:02 PM treydog My careful circuit of the great hall of Bamz-Amsch... Sep 3 2006, 03:17 PM minque Another part that leads us together with Trey on h... Sep 3 2006, 04:39 PM The Metal Mallet That was a nice refreshing way to discover the use... Sep 3 2006, 07:24 PM Wolfie And now Trey gets to discover the joys of high yie... Sep 4 2006, 05:13 PM Soulseeker3.0 YAY! Explosives!
Great job, 'speciall... Sep 6 2006, 01:48 AM mplantinga My favorite line was definitely this one:
It do... Sep 6 2006, 09:06 PM Soulseeker3.0
My favorite line was definitely this one:
It d... Sep 6 2006, 09:59 PM treydog From what I could decipher in the Dwemer book, the... Sep 14 2006, 11:31 PM The Metal Mallet Uh-oh, guilt. A very hard emotion to deal with. ... Sep 15 2006, 12:53 AM mplantinga I'm glad that Trey survived his explosive situ... Sep 15 2006, 01:07 AM Soulseeker3.0 see kids, cursing does make you feel better. :P
... Sep 15 2006, 03:04 AM canis216 Methinks that Trey will need a drink... Sep 15 2006, 03:28 AM Black Hand Great Job Trey. Sep 15 2006, 03:50 PM minque Another brilliant installation.....our Trey obviou... Sep 15 2006, 10:25 PM jack cloudy I sepecially loved the bit with the *child* drawin... Sep 18 2006, 08:38 PM treydog
I sepecially loved the bit with the *child* drawi... Sep 19 2006, 09:44 PM treydog I believed that the ash storm had precipitated the... Sep 22 2006, 12:57 AM mplantinga It would seem that Trey has been driven to second ... Sep 22 2006, 01:06 AM canis216 Yes, how will he deal with Salas? Her Hands (even ... Sep 22 2006, 04:13 AM Black Hand Actually, there is a very simple and effective man... Sep 22 2006, 07:47 AM canis216 Well then, for Trey's sake, I hope he can leap... Sep 22 2006, 03:28 PM Soulseeker3.0 Guilt does make you second guess alot. Well, I ca... Sep 22 2006, 10:41 PM minque
Guilt does make you second guess alot. Well, I c... Sep 23 2006, 09:45 PM treydog A short one this time- but it just seemed like a g... Sep 25 2006, 03:16 AM Black Hand Uh....sorry?
Regardless, another excellent update... Sep 25 2006, 04:08 AM The Metal Mallet
Haha! Nice reaction Black.
And though shor... Sep 25 2006, 04:50 AM mplantinga I always found it odd that enemies would simply st... Sep 25 2006, 04:19 PM treydog
I always found it odd that enemies would simply s... Sep 25 2006, 05:48 PM minque Oh my gosh...For me this was new and unexperienced... Sep 25 2006, 06:34 PM Soulseeker3.0 Very nice job Trey, and an interesting end for Sal... Sep 25 2006, 10:05 PM treydog When I dropped down from the roof to examine Salas... Oct 8 2006, 06:30 PM Soulseeker3.0 Aww, what, Trey doesn't want to be an insane ... Oct 8 2006, 09:35 PM canis216 It must be bad if she's driven Trey to Helseth... Oct 9 2006, 12:29 AM Black Hand I dunno. I might be flirtive back when my story re... Oct 9 2006, 01:59 AM The Metal Mallet Another excellent conclusion to an excellent chapt... Oct 9 2006, 03:24 AM mplantinga An amazing end to the 7th chapter. The part that I... Oct 10 2006, 06:33 PM treydog SNIP
[quote name='mplantinga' date='Oc... Oct 11 2006, 06:45 PM mplantinga Well, he does usually manage to make things work o... Oct 11 2006, 07:40 PM minque Uhhhh......so that´s what she wants? Hah.....old L... Oct 15 2006, 05:34 PM McBadgere "Beggar's Nose rocks like a good 'un... Sep 8 2013, 09:19 PM
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