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 Post Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 7:57 pm 
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Felix tries to figure out if this guy is lying. One hopes he's on the up and up, but you can't be too careful.

"Apologies, Patriarch Bergstor," Felix says. "We're already working on something parallel to that matter."

Felix quietly hopes they can drop the issue there, but if push comes to shove there's always foisting the matter off on the colony. There is that contract, after all.

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 Post Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 5:03 am 
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"Under the command of Sir Ulath over here?" asks Bergstor.

"No," says Ulath, bluntly. "Alongside with."

"Really?" asks Bergstor. "The rest of you are completely outside of the Church structures?"

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Felix notes that Sir Ulath greeted Bergstor by name, and raised no objection to his claim of rank. Therefore, it follows that there is a legitimate Patriarch who looks and sounds exactly like this guy. Unless he's a shape-shifter, it seems exceedingly likely that he's the real thing.

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 Post Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 6:22 am 
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"We're freelancers operating on our own initiative to try and root out and eliminate various Zemoch agents and plots," Felix says. "So yes, we operate outside the Elene church's structure. But we are in alliance with the church."

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 Post Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 8:30 am 
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Arkady doesn't quite grin. "Arch-Prelate Ortzel was a little bit confused at first when we showed up for the election, thinking that we needed to tithe even though we are not members of the Elene Church; but he decided that even though it is not appropriate for the Church to require donations of our community, the gold we offered would be accepted as a good faith donation to aid in the works of the Church and the rebuilding of the city. And he does approve of our current mission, as it is in the interests of the Church that we succeed."

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 Post Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 9:38 am 
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"Good for you," nods Bergstor. "But the border with Zemoch has been quiet these last few centuries, and looks to remain so; while I'm told that there were Rendorish fanatics involved in the recent attack on Chyrellos. Clearly the Rendor situation is more immediately urgent. Will you, in furtherance of your alliance with the Church and on your own initiative, join us in this campaign?"

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 Post Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 9:52 am 
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Arkady shakes his head. "We hear that the Zemoch border seems quiet, but we are working with Sir Ulath to save the life of Queen Sephrania. It seems she is also a victim of a Zemoch plot, and that whole situation is rather urgent."

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 Post Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 3:07 pm 
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Bergstor snorts, giving the trucks another look. "Pity," he says. "Ulath, you do fall under my command, and the Rendor situation does call for immediate action. You're with me. The rest of you are welcome to join, but as you've been at pains to point out, I can't order you."

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 Post Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 5:50 pm 
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Arkady looks at Sir Ulath, then tells Bergstor: "There is something else you should know. We had already encountered those fighters from Rendor in Rendor. They were being led into causing trouble by a man named Martel, who is working with the servants of Azash. By now there are very few left, and besides them we saw no other immediate dangers there. But this is not being true for the Zemoch."

"When we went to the castle of Patriarch Ortzel's brother, to fetch him to the city so he could stand for election; the hand of Azash led an army of enslaved soldiers to attack that castle. We dealt with that army and got Ortzel to the city, and then that army you heard of attacked; and leading another large group of enslaved soldiers was the hand of Azash. It even became evident during the election that one of the other candidates was offering around Zemoch gold as bribes; it was when this was revealed that Arch-Prelate Ortzel was elected."

"Everything I've just said, your grace, Sir Ulath was present for and can attest to. I believe you are right that the Zemoch border is quiet. But Azash is on the move, and it would be very risky to assume that it will stay quiet for too much longer. Rendor, on the other hand, is no longer an immediate threat."

"Oh, and if I may: are you the preceptor of Sir Ulath's order?"

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 Post Posted: Sun May 09, 2021 8:51 am 
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"I am not," admits Bergstor. "But I hold equivalent rank and I am the only Patriarch on the spot. Unless you can show both the immediate urgency of your quest and the immediate necessity of Sir Ulath's presence in that quest, he will be coming with me."

Bergstor's frown suggests that this is the line he will fight for. Any further attempts to get Sir Ulath out of army duty will require full social combat to talk him round.

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 Post Posted: Sun May 09, 2021 9:25 am 
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What does Sir Ulath seem to think of all of this? And for that matter, the other folks riding with the Sir Bergstor?

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 Post Posted: Sun May 09, 2021 10:30 am 
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Sir Ulath isn't exactly jumping for joy at suddenly being given new duties. But he appears resigned; he accepts that Bergstor has the authority to make the call that he is making, and he doesn't seem inclined to break the rules of his order for this. Left to himself, he would reluctantly join Bergstor's army; though he may very well attempt to seek out another Patriarch to order him back onto his original quest later.

The fellows riding with Bergstor are clearly not command officers. They're doing some combination of looking after their horses, keeping an eye on the area in case there's a sudden appearance of Rendorish fanatics out of nowhere, and getting gently bored out of their skulls. They seem disinclined to intervene in anything that's not an actual battle; in a social conflict, they're unlikely to do more than spectate and make bets with each other on the outcome.

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 Post Posted: Tue May 11, 2021 9:59 pm 
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Felix shrugs his shoulders and tries to hail Preceptor Vanire on the radio. If nothing else he can offer advice.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 2:35 am 
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Felix slips a couple of steps out of sight of Bergstor's patrol and tries to raise Vanire on the radio.

"H̵e̵l̶l̴o̵?̵"

...well, there's a little bit of distortion. Not enough to make the words unclear, just enough that it's not possible to recognise the voice of whoever this is.

...it's definitely coming from the radio that Vanire had, though.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 5:41 am 
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Arkady will spend a fate point to clear up the interference between them and Vanire.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 10:48 am 
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Which Aspect (his or anyone else's, including Aspects on the scene) will Arkady be spending this Fate point on in order to obtain clear communications?

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