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  1. "Indeed I am of the house of Marish." Dylan answered. He smiled, proud of his name and heritage. He figured the women had already known this and was simply appealing to his ego. As she began to move towards a more open area Dylan placed a hand on her back to lead, and then when she turned he captured her hand with his other. "My father has done well. He has never been the type to place all of his resources in one place. Ruin in a single night does not sound appealing. Others can be so foolish. We simply fill the gaps they leave behind, it can be quite lucrative. But don't let me bore you." The music picked up its pace so he spun her around, brought her in close, then outward again. She brushed against him and he was glad he had picked someone so attractive. The conversation too was much improved. Then she slipped even closer and whispered in his ear. "My sister Te'a? I very much doubt she is lonely. She isn't very social, but I have never been sure of what goes through her head." The women was a good dancer, but he couldn't tell if it was taught or simply good breeding. "May I enquire as to your good name my lady?" He would ask and then decide if spending more time talking to her was a productive activity. If such was not the case, at least he was entertained between now and the toasts to follow.
  2. My apologies everyone. I didn't find the time to post or hook up my laptop to wifi. I am on campus now and all set up. I will post the next part tonight. Thank you for your patience!
  3. Just a heads up. I won’t be posting for at least another couple days. I was hoping to do so yesterday, but did not have the time. I am leaving this morning to go on vacation/head for college. Once I’m settled at the beach condo I should be able to jump right back in.
  4. Dierdre Marish was proud. She was proud of her family. Her sister-in-law was addressing the guests, introducing the reason for the evening, even though they already knew what the reason was. Then her niece, who was being introduced as a women for the first time, descended down the stairs on her fathers arm. She looked radiant in her pure white dress as several young men prepared to receive her. Diedre watched as her two sons mingled with the other young ladies in the crowd, both those of age and those whose time had not yet come, dancing with them and offering to bring them refreshments like the fine young men they are. Diedre Marish only frowns when her gaze lands on her daughter who stands at her side. Go make small talk. Dance if a young man asks you. Try to be pleasant for the gods’ sakes. She says none of this aloud. Now is not the time, nor the place. She has already voiced this advice to her daughter many times. Instead she simply says, “Te’a! Smile! Try to look as though you’re happy!” She wishes that there was a young man here that would be so inclined as to woo her poor daughter. It would have made for a better impression where Te’a was concerned. Diedre would have slept better at night. Knowing that her duty as Te’a’s mother was fulfilled. Dylan Marish had grown tired of the young ladies he had been entertaining. All they spoke of was the pretty dresses, and the pretty flowers, and all the other small pretty things that delighted them. It seemed as though Magnus would never grow tired of the young ladies, but Dylan was ready to move on. He began to search for someone a little older, a little less giddy, someone calm and reserved who did not want to be the center of attention. His eyes landed on a beautiful women wearing a simple black dress and a purple cloth that was draped over her shoulder. “May I have this dance, my lady?”
  5. Everything looks fantastic! Love the pic and I appreciate the break. I'm finding both elements extremely useful. I posted and I hope this works well for setting the scene. and I went ahead and created more family members. Have fun building on it Meraxa!
  6. Te’a Marish regarded her reflection in the large looking glass. She did not smile, nor did she frown. Her dark hair was pulled back elegantly, her face devoid of cosmetics save for the light stain on her lips and the blue coal that lightly touched her eyelids. This same blue made up her elegant dress. It was a dark navy color, not black as she would have preferred, her mother wouldn’t allow for her to wear black tonight, but dark enough that she felt comfortable. Her eyes drifted down and watched as a silver necklace was placed around her neck and felt it come to rest as gentle fingers closed the clasp. “That will do Marissa.” She quietly dismissed the handmaid behind her. As Marissa left Te’a stood and walked towards the window, looking out at the shaded courtyard far below. The sun was already hidden behind Mt. Bia’Thera, which cast its large shadow over the city of Aspyn and the large Marish estate. It had not been theirs for long, but after the plague in Ashville Te’a’s father and his brother had managed to find a way to continue living in the luxury this house of nobles was accustomed to. Te’a watched the commotion in the courtyard below as lights were lit, the food was laid out and the musicians finished tuning their instruments. It was the night of her cousins debut ball, Paloma. Paloma who was good four years younger then Te’a and who smiled in copious amounts. Te’a could imagine the girl bubbling with far too much enthusiasm and was glad that she had managed to avoid her for most of the day. Now, however, it was time. Te’a left her room and made her way through the large manor down to the courtyard below. There she saw her mother, Dierdre Marish, standing off to the side watching her sister-in-law giving out last minute orders. She saw her father Kieran Marish laughing at a private joke with his brother Lucian. Her two older brothers Magnus and Dylan were tasting food prematurely. There were flowers everywhere, gifts for Paloma, but most of them were placed on and around the stairs where the soon to be of age girl would enter. Te’a watched with feigned interest at her mother’s side until things finally shifted. The lights became brighter, the music began, her uncle disappeared up the stairway, and the gates to the courtyard opened.
  7. That is a lot more clear. Thank you so much. I can write for a debut pretty easy. So I just jump right in then? Post the details for the setting that Meraxa will jump into and the characters she will interact with. Should I use some sort of transition Supernal? If all is yes. I'm working on it now in word and will post tonight.
  8. I'm fine with placing it in the tangled web thread. finishing that out sounds like a great start. I am a bit confused though about the part 1 and 2 you mention. So, your thought is to introduce to the new Marish? Like as in establish her importance in the family? I suppose I'm just a little confused about that, since it sounds different from anything I mentioned. Either way, I'm down for starting as soon as possible. I'm sorry I just can't seem to keep up guys. I could have sworn I already posted this reply, but I think I just thought about what I wanted to say earlier and didn't post.
  9. Alrighty. Here are some thoughts and questions. Would it work for the arrangement of the betrothal to be ironed out via letters or calls? Basically anything, but personal contact? This is a business arrangement based off family reputations and abilities. Perhaps Ampelos has not met Te'a yet. Perhaps Amira is arriving before him to meet her and throw her off as I think you are basically trying to say. We are promoting the vineyard through this noble merchant family who will be taking care of many of the business arrangements in Aspyn after this. Ampelos could be in Casper perhaps and then he'll be off to Aspyn to meet the family? I'm kind of just shooting ideas. Ok, let me rewrite it all now. This is what my brain has laid out. I'm a messy thinker. 1. The Marish are preparing for a party to introduce the betrothed and finalize the agreement. 2. Amira shows up early. 3. Ampelos is in Casper a few days before this. (this is completely up to Supernal.) 4. The party, during which the business deals are set in stone and Ampelos and Te'a meet. 5. Anything else afterwards to iron out the true detail of how they get the grants and promote the vineyard.
  10. Ok I'm back again! I've figured out some character basics (name, history... ect…) I feel a little apprehensive writing out a bio for her right now, just because other then the few things I've ironed out, she feels pretty much like one those characters I'd have to write out and play with before I could really set anything in stone. I don't really want to trap myself in doing so. Her name is Te'a Marish. Spell check loves her name! 😑 I really like the idea of having some arrangements premade. Who would be meeting face to face? Where are we starting? I should be available nearly every day now from here on out for the next few weeks.
  11. Sorry, I’ve been house sitting. It has made getting online difficult. Im loving all of these ideas. A character from one of those displaced families sounds great. So should I just iron out some of her families details? Am I working with a more or less blank canvas here outside of the fact that it’s a displaced aristocrat? And yeah, since 2 and 3 both deal with Aspyn then working it into her part of the plot sounds ideal.
  12. I don’t see why the vineyard wouldn’t do well to spread out in both directions. If you want to focus on the UM some Meraxa then that works for me. I do see why you want to expand the other way Supernal. Perhaps my character could be worked into gaining that extra foothold in Terranus. A daughter in a prominent merchant house perhaps? I don’t want her to be passive though. She could handle the trade and sale beyond a certain area after her family and the Dali come to an agreement regarding betrothal. I can work around already in place material. Just let me know.
  13. @Meraxa @supernal alrighty! Here’s a place to discuss some ideas for the vineyard! As I mentioned I would like to create a character who would be Fiancé to Ampelos and bring the Vineyard to higher success as a test of merit. Meraxa, you wanted to work on spreading the Vineyards market correct? How would you like to do that? Let the thoughts fly!
  14. A lone figure stands outside the city walls of the sea port known as Last Chance. They do not know its name. They do not know that this could be the beginning of a second chance. They know it is cold and that they wish to find an opening in the impossibly tall blue wall that they walk beside. If someone were to see them wandering it would be an interesting sight. The wall gleaming eerily in the moonlight as a wandering soul dressed entirely in crimson red moves along it. The red garment shrouds them from head to foot, its length nearly brushing the ground and a hood covering their face so that only shadows can be seen beneath the fabric. They walk forward and stumble, but pick themselves up again and keep moving. Finally something new comes into view along the wall. Buildings come into view, ramshackle structures held together by what little luck the people living in them have. The wanderer doesn't think about what type of people might live there, What they might do to a stranger. Their static filled mind only allows them to think of one thing right now. Light. Fire. warmth. A child sees the stranger first. A dull eyed child with an empty belly. They are not allowed near the fire keeping others warm. Upon seeing the red cloak the child's eyes sharpen and a small knife glints in the moonlight. Who knows what such a beautiful garment could buy for them, perhaps not here outside in the slums, but in the city. If only the child can take it first. The wanderer barely sees the oncoming threat, but they do and they recognize it for what it is. They pull back, but not in time to avoid the bite of dull steal. They curse in a high feminine voice and pull back again, but he child is relentless. They fall backward onto the ground with a low coiled scream as the knife strikes again. Then the child screams. High pitched and painful. Fire courses from the stranger and through the knife, up the child's arm until they pull away ablaze. The stranger turns away from the burning child and runs. Runs in the opposite direction and does not stop. They run until their legs ache and their lungs burn. The moon has vanished behind the clouds by the time they stops. No longer next to the wall, but instead out in the rolling hills surrounding the city They were skirting a mere hour before. The collapse and a low sob escapes their throat. They do not know where they are, but now they know who they are. Her name is Lozonya. She is an elf. She has no family and no friends. No place to call home. She is a wanderer and always has been. She is cursed. Lozonya pulls the red hood away from her face. Her black hair sticks to her face and neck. She wipes away the tears streaming down her bronze skinned face and takes a deep wavering breath and as the static that filled her mind fades almost completely she begins to list what she knows about herself on her fingers. She is alone. She is homeless. She is a wanderer. She is cursed. Then her lips curl up in a version of a smile. She is clever.
  15. Yes, I recieved a lot of info from those two threads, but I also looked at character pages to see what came after. It’s a bit difficult to navigate. If you think a fiancé arc sounds interesting then I’ll definitely go for it. I can wait for a while to begin if you’d like, wait for your queue to catch up some. Just PM me.
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