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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:33 am 
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The family graveyard is not visible from the road; despite how much a visible graveyard would have really enhanced the whole 'Dracula Castle' vibe.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:32 am 
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Felix will split off to the graveyard to see if anyone is there to speed things up.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:11 am 
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The rest continue to the door.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:10 am 
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Felix quickly notices that the route around the Castle to the graveyard is - well, there isn't one. He'd need to push through some fairly heavy undergrowth to go there. Not impossible to navigate, merely tedious to get through.

Everyone who elects to go via the door has to wait while the Count finds and turns the windlass; Ivan slips to the back of the group, apparently in the hope of not being seen. But eventually, the Count gets the gate open.

"Gentlemen! I am glad to see you. And right on time!"

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 Post Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:56 am 
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Arkady nods. "I was hoping we would be. But first, Ivan wants to do penance before he faces your judgement or returns to your service . He has chosen to travel to Lake Venne to help save the life of the Queen. So if you will allow it: he wants to leave with us, then return here when we are done."

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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:54 am 
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If Felix doesn't manage to push through the undergrowth before the Count arrives, he'll double back and rejoin the group.

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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 5:40 am 
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"Ivan?" asks the Count. "Where - oh, Ivan!"

Ivan's abortive attempt to hide behind Arkady doesn't last for more than a second once the Count knows to look for him.

"You found him! That's magnificent! Ivan! I was so worried when you left..."

Ivan looks down at his feet and shuffles them.

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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 5:42 pm 
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"Let's go inside and have a seat," Felix says as he brushes off some of the undergrowth from his clothes. "I believe we have certain matters to discuss."

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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:12 am 
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Arkady holds up his hand. "My lord, forgive me; but until Ivan has finished his penance, he doesn't feel worthy to speak to you. If you could, perhaps, speak to me instead after we pay our respects to your sister?"

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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:37 am 
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While they're walking where they need to go, Felix will pull out a tablet and start drawing up designs for some energy efficient greenhouses capable of supporting tropical and subtropical plant species. Depending on local flora it might be quicker and easier to grow bananas and chocolate than it is to find and import local variants.

He also makes sure the designs are set up into two sections, as he wants to perform experiments to see if he can get plants to grow faster. Having an isolated series of plants divided into experiment groups and control groups should grant some insight.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:53 am 
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"What, really?" asks the Count, clearly confused. "But that doesn't make any sense..."

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 10:55 am 
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Arkady shrugs slightly. "I've learned that guilt and redemption are very personal things, my lord; and killing someone can be a heavy burden. Some people have a harder time bearing it than others. Ivan also feels he betrayed your trust, which makes it worse. So no, it may not be how you or I would deal with his situation; but it is what he believes he must do.
"Believe me, he means no disrespect. Very much the reverse."

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Felix remains silent, watching the conversation between Arkady and the Count with interest.

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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:32 am 
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The Count looks honestly confused. "But he didn't betray my trust -"

Ivan continues to keep Arkady between him and the Count, looking only down at his own feet.

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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2021 11:50 am 
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After half a beat, Arkady replies: "We have not discussed this in detail; but I am guessing that Ivan believes that what he did was not what you had in mind when you had him attend to your sister. He needs to earn his redemption for that, or he will continue to feel attainted."

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