| Serene of Cyrodiil, chapter 7
, Comfort is given, Justice is taken...
Mar 30 2007, 06:37 PM
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Here is the link to: Minque's StoriesIf an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. Nicolo MachiavelliChapter 7, "Comfort is given, Justice is taken"
After spending a week in the good custody of Lloros Sarano I was back in Sarethi Manor again. Athyn, who had visited me every day while I was in the Temple, was ecstatic at having me back. I was worried about him; he had had too many traumatic things happen to him during the last six months, and now he seemed more exhausted and worn out than ever. In fact what he needed mostly now, and I too, for all that it mattered, was a vacation, a break from the normal struggle. I promised myself that when all this was over with we’d go…somewhere…that was, if I survived…
The prophecy by Sinnamu Mirpal was very clear to me, and it was also confirmed by the recent attempt on my life, because I knew very well who was responsible for that; the amulet I ripped off my would-be assassin was familiar; it belonged to the Venim family. I doubted Bolvyn himself was the one who tried to kill me, but whoever it was, it was on his orders, of that I was certain.
So all I had to do was to challenge Bolvyn Venim to a duel and then end his life, at the Arena in Vivec…?
Of course it was not that simple! I had to ponder a lot how I should let Justice be taken. I had to take active part in the government of House Redoran, to be able to get to know where the loyalties were. I had to know the standpoint of the other councilors and also raise their disposition to me.
Thorough planning was crucial here; otherwise I would be the one who would bite the dust. I also needed to train my sword-skill. I hadn’t used my Katana for a long time and I knew I had to be beyond simply good if I was to defeat a man like the Archmaster. I didn’t even consider another way of fighting him; a duel at the Arena witnessed by the Nobles of my House would be the only honorable way of dealing with this matter.
I discussed my plans with Athyn; naturally he tried to talk me out of it!
“Serene, I don’t like the thought of you being decapitated by Bolvyn Venim, In fact I don’t like the thought of you being decapitated at all. I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you!” he said, holding me close to him. “Why not let Sethyas do the fighting instead? He’s very skilled and…and he is a man! Besides, I know you do not like to take lives, even if taking this life would be justified.”
I took his face between my hands, kissed him deeply and sighed;
“I was convinced you would be the first one to stand behind me in this! I’ve told you about the prophecy of Sinnamu Mirpal…I’ve told you about my weird dream…and you know I am protected by Azura! You, Athyn Sarethi, the sun of my life, I love you more than you will ever know, and I beg you to support me now! The life of Bolvyn Venim will be taken by a woman, not a man, and that woman…will be me!”
Tears burned behind my eyelids as I once more kissed him. I was aware of his fear to loose someone dear to him and also the fear of acts of reprisal from the Venim family. But I couldn’t let that stop me; I had to do this once and for all or I’d never get peace at heart again.
Before he made an attempt to answer me I told him about a book Drulene Falen once showed me, “The Hope of the Redoran”. I actually never read the book but Drulene had told me what it was about.
“You for one should know that some things just have to be done,” I said, “If you hadn’t defeated your cousin back then, we wouldn’t be having this conversation at all.”
Athyn hesitated for quite some time before answering me. I could see in his face he’d given in to me, that he’d stand by my side all the way…This was of great comfort to me.
“I’ll go with you to Fort Buckmoth,” he said, sounding defeated and tired. “You will have to go through thorough training before you can even think of challenging the Archmaster, because that’s exactly what you’re going to do, right?”
I nodded and he continued;
“Since you are familiar with that confounded book, I think you know the name of the lady who used to train me when I was young? Shardie was the very best trainer to be found. She and I got on very well together and it is because of her that I have the position I have now…But you know all that.” Athyn paused, getting out a bottle of brandy and two glasses.
“We will need some fortification I think,” he said and offered me a glass. We tasted the beverage and he continued;
“Shardie has a daughter, named Shardie-Lee, who now is a master-trainer at Fort Buckmoth. She’s known as just Shardie and she is the one who I’d like to train you. Then you will have the best there is!” Athyn gently stroke my chin. “I care so much for you my love; I do not want to loose you.”
“We’ll be off to Fort Buckmoth, first thing tomorrow,” Athyn concluded. “So let’s spend this evening as nicely as we can, shall we?”
We had far too much brandy, far too much good food and maybe far too much love, but I still remember that evening as maybe the last evening that I still was somewhat innocent.
My head was aching and I could hardly stand the bright sunshine the following morning as Athyn and I were heading towards Fort Buckmoth. He, too, obviously suffered from last night’s events because he walked by my side silently with his head somewhat down. The sun was warm and I was drenched in sweat under my full Imperial Armor. Athyn had to take off his robe and carry it; the heat, or maybe last night, took its tribute out of him, and his face was a tad more grayish than usual, with beads of sweat forming on his forehead and he had to stop a few times to regain strength. I was carrying a small satchel with a few shirts and an extra pair of trousers together with my usual herbs and plants; nothing much really but it felt as heavy as if I’d had stones in it.
We found Shardie-Lee sitting in the shadows in a corner of the courtyard when we arrived, her brown skin glistened with perspiration and she was drinking from a large jug. Four young soldiers were scattered on the ground, totally exhausted, apparently from the hard training.
When Athyn presented himself and me her eyes widened; “I’ve heard about you, Serjo Sarethi, from my mother!” she exclaimed with a smile, “Nice to finally get the opportunity to meet you!”
I let Athyn do the talking, for my stomach was in uproar and I merely felt like vomiting; the heat and last night affected me severely. I sat down in the shadows, taking a sip of water, thinking ruefully that I’d have big trouble getting to my feet again…armor is just not meant to wear sitting down…
Chomh fada agus a bhionn daoine ah creiduint in aiféiseach, leanfaidh said na n-aingniomhi a choireamh (Voltaire)Facebook
Jul 23 2008, 10:51 PM
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So after the battle there will be some normal life, it's inevitable. Now fear not dear readers, there will be more thunderstorms coming up, just not quite yet!
“First I’d like to inform you about some news regarding the form of our meetings.” As I said that the door opened silently and Vendrela Aravel entered the hall, carrying a roll of parchment and a quill and ink. She sank down in the free chair on my right side.
“I intend to document our meetings from now on. We need to have written proof of our discussions and decisions. Vendrela has agreed to act as our scribe. I want one of you councilors to review the protocol afterwards.”
“Odd, letting the former Archmaster’s own daughter to attend to our meeting,” Miner Arobar muttered, shaking his head
I was about to burst out with some sharp answer but noticed Athyn slowly shake his head; he was right, no need to start out with an unnecessary argument.
“I think it’s a good idea to write a protocol, then there might be some order to these gatherings!” Brara Morvayn said dryly
I nodded and held my hand up.
“So I hereby declare this meeting open. We have only two items on our agenda today; one is to declare Trey of High Rock as Redoran Hortator, the other to decide which areas of improvement we shall concentrate on to make Great House Redoran the most prosperous of the great Houses of Vvardenfell.”
I felt almost out of breath after that sentence, and now I waited for the councilors to react.
“Let’s just make the decision here and now,” Athyn said. “All the Redoran councilors have already agreed on making Trey our Hortator, save the Archmaster, and since you have that position now, dear Serene, let’s hear your vote!” Athyn sounded almost playful and a faint smile quirked his lips.
I cleared my throat.
Damn it why am I so nervous?
No need to be, Renie, but understandable, we’re a bunch of old stubborn beggars…now speak it out, just like that!
Seth? My lips formed the word but no sound emerged. Sethyas just looked straight ahead, not moving a muscle.
“I hereby declare Trey of High Rock Redoran Hortator!” My voice was weak and not at all as powerful as I’d wished. I felt simply ridiculous.
A murmur of approval followed. I noticed Vendrela printing ferociously. Good. That was the first item on the agenda. I took a deep breath; sweat was running down my back; this meeting did take its tribute out of me.
The following discussions about how we could improve the prosperity of House Redoran were long and somewhat boring for me, not knowing so much about it. Still, I felt it had to be discussed and we needed to make some decisions for the sake of our House. We had to settle things in Caldera; the Ebony trade was ours and we intended to keep it that way. We had to stand up against Great House Hlaalu by all means. There were other things, but I don’t remember them all.
As I was about to close the meeting, Athyn rose to his feet saying;
“We have forgotten the most important thing, we need to acknowledge Serene in her rank as Archmaster of Great House Redoran.”
Everybody stood up, then bowed to me saying; “Hail our Archmaster, Serene Catraso!”
What prevented me from just bursting into tears was a firm grip on my neck; I don’t know who did it; Athyn and Sethyas were both standing close to me; it could have been either of them, and I still don’t know. But what I know was that these actions made me feel strong and invincible. I thanked my council and declared the meeting over.
I was Archmaster of Great House Redoran now, something I really had not wanted to be. That was not the main reason that I had challenged Bolvyn Venim’s and taken his life, it was just something that came with it. What I really wanted was to make sure Trey of High Rock was Hortator and to restore the honor of House Redoran.
I asked Miner Arobar to review the protocol; amusingly enough he seemed to be honored by it!
Being Archmaster was not easy; being a woman didn’t make it any easier, and finally being an Outlander made it almost unbearable. But somehow I endured my first month as Redoran Archmaster.
There was a never-ending row of people coming to visit me; either they had an actual errand or just showed up out of curiosity. Whispers and rumors spread throughout Ald’ruhn, Maar Gan and Gnisis; “She stuck him down, with one blow!” “ A woman you know…. incredible!”
I decided not to pay attention to all that. What was expected from me now was to learn as much as I could about my Great House and its history in order to be a good leader, because that was the main goal for me now. I spent hours in the Redoran Council Library, situated in the right wing of the Council Hall, reading ancient and recent books; The Red Book of 3E 426 and Great Houses of Morrowind were the most important to learn from. But I also took the opportunity to read about other things, such as the Morag Tong, the faction Sethyas belonged to. A book called The Black Glove was a fascinating read. Then of course there was the book written by my beloved one; The true Noble’s Code. Reading the last paragraph made me ponder about what I had got myself into; Whether born to the blood of House
“Redoran, or adopted into service of House Redoran by oath, those who seek to advance in the ranks of House Redoran must demonstrate their virtues by service and obedience. And only when one has mastered all the skills and virtues can one truly call himself a noble of the Great House Redoran.”
I wasn’t sure I had mastered all the required skills and virtues…especially not the virtues!
One afternoon as I as usual sat in the Library, my nose deep in a book about Queen Barenziah, I had visitors. It was Neminda, companying her was another dark-skinned woman, who I almost immediately recognized; Elone! The woman in Seyda Neen who was Neminda’s sister. Elone knelt in front of me;
“Sera Archmaster! I’ve come to express my gratitude to you for reuniting me with my dear sister. I’m so happy about it and I wish to thank you very much.”
The woman stayed on her knees, not looking up, which made me feel uneasy.
“Elone, please get up, you do not need to kneel in front of me,” I said, somewhat embarrassed.
“Oh yes, she does,” Neminda said dryly, also kneeling. “It’s custom to fall to your knees to the Archmaster, so I’m afraid you have to get used to it, Serene.”
“Maybe that used to be the tradition, but from now on it is not necessary. I won’t have it,” I replied, taking them both by their hands and making them rise to their feet.
I asked Neminda to bring us some hackle-lo tea and the three of us had a nice afternoon together, except for one thing; the gruesome story Elone told me regarding my old friend Thavere Vedrano, the lighthouse keeper.
“About two and a half months ago, Processus Vitellius, the tax-collector, was found dead not far from the city. It turned out he was murdered, but the case remains unsolved. Everybody is covering up for each other, and nobody says anything,” Elone sighed.
I had just met the man once and he did not make a very friendly impression on me, but Thavere! She took me in when I arrived at Seyda Neen, alone, homeless and poor. She was the fiancée of Processus and surely did not deserve to be left alone.
“She is taking it very hard,” Elone answered my question. “She has aged ten years the past year and never ever leaves the Lighthouse. Eldafire brings her food and other necessities; she won’t speak to anybody else.”
I felt sad for Thavere and decided to go and see her at first possibility. I had some odd feelings that I might be of help in this case. A vague memory swirled through my mind but I couldn’t grasp it. There was something…someone.
That night I made a list, a list of places to go because I realized I had to travel around a bit to visit the main Redoran cities. Then I could also take the opportunity to visit old friends from the past.
It sounded like a good idea at the time…
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... Aug 25 2008, 05:31 AM minque My dera loyal readers!
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I do owe you an apolog... Jan 4 2009, 07:27 PM mplantinga I will always look forward to new installments, ev... Dec 8 2008, 05:51 PM treydog Seconded. I am more than willing to wait patientl... Dec 8 2008, 08:46 PM The Bean I finally got round to reading this. Yays!
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MORE> SERENE... Dec 10 2009, 08:58 AM minque Ihhh...you're right! And the only excuse I... Dec 11 2009, 12:51 AM Remko Read the entire thing (where's chapter 8?? *ta... Apr 8 2010, 06:27 PM minque Thank you ever so much for nice comments! I tr... Apr 8 2010, 11:06 PM Remko There is one thing I really wanted to know: Is Ser... Apr 9 2010, 11:22 AM mALX
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