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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:43 am

Nickolas waited until Thedric was finished offering his proposal to Ser Carax about become a household knight before giving his take on the Kelredan situation.

"Personally, I already feel somewhat loyal to Yaragar, for reasons I cannot describe. However, I must admit that during the hearings your speech," Nickolas gestures towards Thedric, "was rather bland and did not leave much of an impression. As Ser Carax as already noted, I also believe Yaragar happens to be the weakest holding in the area compared against Belmonfaire's military might and Rebache's economy. However, I also believe this weakness can be used to our advantage, and Yaragar happens to be rather distant of the conflict concerning Kelredan.

As for the actual claimants themselves, I'm afraid my mind was elsewhere during the hearings. My squire reported the basics of the hearing before Ser Carax and I departed to the tavern.

Speaking of which, I believe I have some information that may prove to be useful to you. An Adventurer named Merclan has already set off for Rebache. Who sent him and why I can not recall. Also, we came across the Sheriff of Mobray, Olaf, at the tavern, but I departed before I could engage in conversation with him."


Nickolas ceased his explanation, awaiting a reply.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:54 am

Yes, my landed Knight informed me of the adventurers, I have already sent a squire with a message for him. I expect him back within the next day or two hopefully.

Baras frowned as he considered the Sheriff, was it possible that he had been the possible friend that had sent him the letter? Maybe. He did not voice his thoughts however, there were more important things to be discussed. If the time came where these knights needed to know of that message, then he would be quick to tell them.

Sir Baras was silent for a short moment, digesting what these two knights had told him. I did not want to admit it to myself, but at the moment we are likely the weakest of the lot. But I believe that this can be rectified. Rebache's wealth is mostly in the ground and its people, these things cannot be taxed too much lest they fail in the future. My wealth lies in those sources and trade. And trade is never something that will go away. Set pendor aflame and you can likely still sell someone a cup of water or keg of ale. I will see if this resource can be exploited after this discussion.


Baras turned his steely grey eyes to Nickolas now. But you said you see an advantage. Please, do share this.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:24 am

"Ah, the advantage..."

Nickolas sat back in his chair, stared briefly at the ceiling, and reverted his gaze back to Thedric. He then proceeded to continue his explanation.

"This may be seen as too much of an optimistic view, but those who are weak are typically ignored. Of course, the counter to this is that another baronet decides to rush in and defeat us before we get our bearings, but I believe this is not the case.

I think that Rebache and Belmonfaire may spend more of their time battling each other instead of us here in Yaragar. If we could somehow lay low during the conflict, when both factions are weakened during the fighting we ride forward and crush them both in one fell swoop.

If I was to remember the claimants, Belmonfaire is that of a military. If he has a tactical mindset, he may see through our ruse or decide to crush us first and then focus on Rebache. Rebache itself is economical, and while it may not have many soldiers in the current timeframe, as time passes they could hire mercenaries and afford better equipment. In addition, the baronet of Rebache seemed like an overzealous sort. As much as I hate to say it, too much chivalry can lead to a man's demise, and we could use that to our advantage.

As it stands, Belmonfaire may be the most powerful of the three holdings due to military experience. However, as time passes, I believe Rebache will take Belmonfaire's position to hold power due to mercenaries and superior equipment. I personally believe Yaragar can not hold up to either in its current position on the battlefield.

... And then we have to account for the wild cards, something I often forget. If I remember correctly, there happens to be a mercenary company in the area alongside the adventurers already mentioned. There's also other personalities at work, such as the Sheriff of Mobray and..."
Nickolas paused for a moment before remembering, "the Archdeacon."

Nickolas then realized he was essentially already speaking of war. He quickly rectified this.

"Ah, forgive me. Here I am, a humble knight, already speaking as if war is on our borders. While it may come to pass, a part of me wonders if mere political intrigue will be enough to handle the situation. If that is the case, then there is no use for a knight like myself."

After finishing, Nickolas reverted to his silent self once more, staying attentive.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:36 am

Baras had perked up slightly when he had heard of the second group of mercenaries. He did not speak for a moment, but poured himself a small glass of wine as well, sipping as he considered this new information. He pushed a third glass towards Nickolas as well, an invitation for him to pour himself a drink if he wanted. After a moment he began speaking again.

If you believe that a knight is purely a military tool then you are sorely mistaken Sir Nickolas. A knight can be trusted o carry out his lords wishes, a rarity these days and not something I would trust a mercenary to do out of hand.

That being said, it might be a good idea to procure some of their services. A smart man prepares for war even though he does his utmost to avoid it in this case. I think the best course of action now is to consolidate our power base and prepare. Rash action would only lead to the death of more of my subjects than i care to think about.

Baras closed his eyes for a moment before sighing and looking back at Nickolas. I offer you the same proposition as Sir Carax, an opportunity to become a Household Knight.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:59 am

Nickolas accepted the wine glass, and poured himself some wine before speaking once more.

"A household knight?" Nickolas did not consider such a scenario. He thought that he would probably spend his days just assisting Yaragar when possible during the conflict, but becoming an actual household knight of Yaragar? At last, a place for Robert and Nickolas himself to stay and perhaps settle down for the time being...
However, the threat of war still looms, and Yaragar still seems to be the weakest out of the three baronetcies. However, Baronet Thedric Baras seems to have a good head on his shoulders. The people are content, and the surrounding countryside maintains its natural beauty. Besides, what does Nickolas have to lose?

"I accept your offer to become a Household Knight of Yaragar." Nickolas then drank from his filled wine glass, before finishing with, "At your service, sir."
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:14 am

Baras nodded solemnly, grateful that he had accepted the proposition. It showed briefly on his face. That will do for your oath of service for now, we don't have the time to do it as tradition dictates, and to be honest I feel it is a rather time wasting one at that.

I'll see to it that you are both given quarters first thing tomorrow, no more wasting your coin at inns if I have anything to say about it.

Baras emptied his glass before placing it on the table in front of him. I have every faith in my militia and soldiers, but you are both correct. At the moment they will not stand up to Belmonfaire. If it comes to war we will need every advantage. As much as I hate to say it I would rather engage them on Yaragar soil, where I know the terrain and can plan accordingly. Do either of you have experience leading men?
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:51 am

When Thedric inquired about the two knight's ability to command, Nickolas responded first. However, as he spoke, he wondered what Ser Carax was thinking about the whole ordeal.

"I could lead men should it come down to it, but I don't consider myself much of a commander. Before my days in Pendor, I was a vassal to a king in a far off land. I led armies there, and while my tactics were considered sufficient in the overall scheme of things, on the battlefield I merely led my men in a blind charge. No formations, no flanking attacks with cavalry, just a massive push right into enemy ranks. Typically my men would win through their experience, equipment, and valor. I always wondered why my opponents never adapted to such a tactic...

Of course, here in Pendor such maneuvers would not suffice. After reading 'Memories of a Pendor Commander', I have learned the importance of flanking cavalry and positioning of archers, but otherwise I am likely to still lead a pure charge as I did before. The only difference is that I would probably flank with our mounted forces, the rest of our men will still charge the enemy head-on. This includes our ranged units, who also charge alongside the infantry, but they provide covering fire as they advance."


Nickolas, after stating his experiences, finished his current wine glass and poured himself another. A part of him hoped he would not be leading the campaign...
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:04 pm

It seems to me you would be well suited to leading a smaller part of a larger formation Nickolas. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Sir Baras waved a hand, dismissively, as if shooing the thought of military matters out of mind. If it comes to that I will have failed us all. However, I am still curious as to Sir carax's experience if any.

He looked towards Carax and waited, looking as if he had the patience of stone.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:32 pm

Carax had considered becoming a household knight, and it definitely sounded better than a hedge knight. And if he could earn lands and holdings for his family at the same time...

"It would be my honour to be your household knight. I can serve you, lead your men and train them with sword and lance. I have experience in battle and commanding forces, and I am accounted to be somewhat lucky. What vows will I take?"

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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:43 pm

Simply state that you shall serve me and my line, defend my holdings and that you shall obey to the best of your ability until released from your oath.

Baras smirked. Or simply state you accept my offer and I will recognize you as a Knight of Yaragar. As I told Nickolas, I am not fond of the somewhat overly complicated and involved knighting traditions. I will simply hold you to your word that you serve me.

Baras steepeled his fingers again as he lost himself in thought for a moment. Carax, I will appoint you as my second in command of the levies of Yaragar for the time being. Train them well, I want my men able to stand with their heads held high should they find themselves opposite of Lawrence's lot.

As for you Nickolas, I have a different task in mind. I want you to find the mercenary captain that you spoke of. Also, keep an eye out for other potential allies and resources, nothing is without value now.

But I am once again getting ahead of myself. You are both likely tired from your journey and I have no doubt that Carax will want to send for his family.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:16 pm

"I will train your men with sword and spear to my best ability, and teach them how to fight against knights and soldiers alike. They will be an effective fighting force in no time."

He nodded his head in agreement, and smiled warmly.

"Yes, my family is awaiting news from me. I will send my squire on the way. In fact, could you summon both of our squires here? If you agree, of course, Nickolas," he added, hesitating.

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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:47 am

Arriving in Yaragar Amhain and his two equally large brothers spotting the guards on the entrance to the tower house approach them.

" We are the Sirs Iobairt of Kelredan, kindly escort us to your master. "

Without waiting for a response the three brothers brush past and march into the great hall dropping to one knee in unison before the baron.

"Greetings lord we are the Sirs Iobairt, landed knights of Kelredan and we have come to make you an offer."



Day 2, as the meeting ends.


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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:15 am

Nickolas listened to the task given to him. In addition, he responded to Ser Carax's request.

"Of course milord. I shall search for this mercenary captain and possible allies for our cause. I will begin doing so before dawn of the 'morrow.

As for Ser Carax's request, it is granted. Robert shouldn't provide any trouble, and I leave him in your hands for the duration of your need."


Nickolas made preparations to leave, "If there is nothing more to discuss, then I shall return to my quarters to continue my rest."
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:05 am

Baras nodded to Nickolas. Of course, feel free to leave now, I had nothing more that I wanted to discuss tonight. Carax, I will summon both the squires now. Baras summoned a young page and sent him currying off to find the pair of squires. the young boy darted through the door just as the trio of Knights from Kelredan walked through and sank to their knees. The two of the three guards that had been outside also jogged in behind them, moving to get between them and the baronet as they had been worried when three strange knights invited themselves inside.

Sir Baras stood from his seat, surprised at this intrustion.
Knights of Kelredan? Why were you not announced?
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:16 am


As the three rise to their feet Amhain steps forward.

" We have been on the road for some 24 hours now without rest and your guards appeared to be half asleep, when they did not move to announce us upon our telling them who we are we decided to do it ourselves.

I am Amhain Iobairt, Landed knight of Kelredan and the two rather large men behind me are my brothers Ceann Cruálach Iobairt and Falar Cheann Iobairt.

Under the circumstances we thought it best to involve ourselves in the conflict to decide who will rule Kelredan castle and we decided based on reputations to come to you first to offer our services, if the price is right of course.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:25 am

Baras gave the two guards a look saying he wasn't happy with them being half asleep on duty.

I see. I am interested in what you have to say, and if I might say so, slightly flattered that you came here first.

To himself Baras thought: Of course there is a price, everyone has one, even myself.


I would offer you my hospitality in the form of a paid night at the town inn, this type of business is not the kind to be done when you are tired. Though if you wish we can do so now.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:30 am


"We would be glad to accept your hospitality but we are quite alright to continue now, what would you offer to us to join your cause?
Including the three of us we bring 3 well armed knights and 10 battle tested regulars ready and willing to fight at the present time.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:04 am

Baras sat back in his chair with the pair of guards flanking him, looking much more alert than they had outside.

It seems fair to me that a price of 750 denars would acquire your services. While a powerful force, it would hardly do to beggar myself this early in the Great Game.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:06 am


Hearing the offer Amhain snorts in contempt.

" I have more then that now, why would I risk the lives of my brothers and my men for barely enough to outfit a single soldier? "
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:18 am

Baras' eye twitched in an unnoticeable way, did he really not know how to haggle?

I expected you to give me a counteroffer, that is how business works.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:27 am


" I am not a business man baron I am a knight so let us discard this haggling, I'll tell you what I want and you'll tell me if you accept.

I will accept 1250 denars in payment for my services, enough for me to purchase superior equipment for all of my men.
But I also have 3 more conditions.
First, 10 of your militia will serve with my men, I intend to arm my men with longbows and so I need a shield wall to screen them.
Second, You will allow me to recruit any willing men or women who wish to join me within your lands.
My third and final condition should be simple enough, I take an equal share of the loot from any battle that my men take part in as is my right.

Give me this and I will fight any enemy who comes against you.

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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:50 am

Baras held up his hand. to stop the knight from continuing after he spoke.

One thousand denars and I will see if I can use my mercantile connections to get you a better deal on equipment in addition to any battle loot that comes from this.

You will have the capability to recruit a maximum of 10 volunteers from my lands, as I cannot have droves of my subjects leaving . This will be done under the watch of a pair of my knights to ensure it. After they are recruited, they are yours to do with as you see fit.

And you shall have the militia you request, though I will pose you a warning, they are my men. I have heard a few stories from Kelredan over the years, that you have militia fight to see who is the best and worthy. An admirable goal to be sure. But I stress that these men are servants of Yaragar first, as such they are to be respected and taken care of.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:56 am


"That is acceptable, so long as your men do their duty and do not flee then they shall be treated well, but I do not tolerate cowardice in men under my command.

It appears then my baron that we have a deal.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:03 am

My men know the law when it comes to deserters. We hang them in Yaragar, though we require proof so it is not done out of hand.

Baras stood again, taking a few steps towards the knights, extending his hand to shake. I will accept your words as a knight of Kelredan as a form of verbal contract and will have a written one drawn up tomorrow for you to sign and seal. Until then enjoy the hospitality of the inn, though i request you don't make too large of a tab. Baras said with a smirk.

I look forwards to seeing your service bring us both great rewards.
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PostSubject: Re: IC-Scene: Yaragar (Continuous)   Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:11 am


Shaking the offered hand Amhain then drawing out a piece of paper swiftly wrote out a list of equipment.

"If you would be so kind my lord, could you send one of your men to purchase this equipment for me? I wish to get my men moving as soon as can be managed, I have heard rumors of bandits in the area and wish to see if I can't bring them to heel as I did those around my own lands.

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Amhain then held out a pouch containing 440 gold coins in it.

"The 1000 agreed upon as well as the coin in this pouch will cover the cost of the equipment my lord."
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