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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #325 on: February 08, 2017, 08:43:09 PM »
[Excitement fills the air -- quite a bit of activity will be taking place, in and around the Palais Dirigeant, at the weeks' end. First, the highly-anticipated trial of Edith Betrand for a slew of grievous offenses, including but not limited to the murder of Jacques Bertrand, Comte de Cantigny, her late husband. Justice Olympe de Valyse will be presiding over the trial, and with Madame Bertrand with child, many aristocrats wonder aloud to themselves whether or not the Justice will spare yet ANOTHER murderer, if she is even convicted.

Yet excitement surrounds what is to follow -- the Lady-Governor Helene DuSuis and her most esteemed Council of Brilliance intend to hold court openly the day after, allowing those who are deemed worthy of their presence to air grievances, express concerns, or suggest legislation -- apparently, a delegation from Richemulot shall be in attendance, though what they intend to ask of the Lady-Governor is anyone's guess. A small group of Lamordian businessmen, innovators, and entrepreneurs, led by fishing tycoon and moneylender Gerhard Reichenbach, have also arrived in Port-a-Lucine -- it is said they will also be present for this, responding to Councilor Wymmer Drukker's invitation.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #326 on: February 10, 2017, 04:05:05 PM »
[Tensions mount around the Quartier Publique, with gossip becoming more feverish as Edith Bertrand's trial approaches, in less than an hour's time.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #327 on: February 10, 2017, 10:13:04 PM »
[Port-a-Lucine is abuzz with talk. In a stunning turn of events, Charlie Bertrand (who it was revealed had brought the lesser charges against the pregnant Zherisian governess, Edith Bertrand) seemed to have a genuine change of heart during the lengthy court proceedings. She began to speak in defence of Edith, against Jacques Bertrand, the late Comte de Cantigny, labelling the nobleman as a monster and a man who hurt many women. Jean-Paul Rumare also joined in the defence, until at last, after four hours of deliberation, Edith Bertrand was acquitted of all charges. At the close of the proceedings, the Councillor Dominic D'Honaire gave his well-wishes to the defendant and invited her to a meal with him, that they might further discuss the system which allowed Jacques Bertrand to get away with his villainy until his undoing, and perhaps make changes.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #328 on: February 12, 2017, 08:02:56 PM »
[The response of the open court held yesterday, as well as the edict pronounced this evening, remains mixed.

Harsh accusations were raised by the Richemuloise delegation against the Vicomte de Roissy, Juste Marceaux -- Bernart Pasquier and Felise Amelotte, the ambassadors sent by Richemulot, claimed that Juste Marceaux had engaged in patricide, and were wishing to see him extradited, brought back to Pont-a-Museau to stand trial for his crimes alongside his accomplices, his wife Magda and sister Céleste. While the Lady-Governor wasted little time in denying the Richemuloise delegation's request, the Vicomte de Roissy's reputation in the City of Lights has sunk to an all-time low. Few have reason to doubt the Grande Dame's representatives, and believe it's only a matter of time before the man's treachery is made manifest here in Dementlieu.

The gentry in Port-a-Lucine let out a sigh of relief, in response to the legislation that has been passed. With these new laws, these new policies, it seems that dangerous and reckless magicians like Mariska Lerch and Myrcella Artois will no longer claim innocent lives with their carelessness. However, the law is not without critics -- the University of Dementlieu, with its strong focus on the "arcane sciences", is displeased, both with these new laws and with the re-allocation of monies for each department by Councilor Wymmer Drukker. Some street magicians, barely able to make a living as is with their performances, have already spoken out, concerning the exorbitant fee needed for a license. Lastly, there are even a few aristocrats who, despite recent evidence offered to the contrary, continue to view magic as but 'smoke and mirrors', and see the new laws as an exercise in frivolity.

It is also said that the distinguished Simone d’Évreux, Duchesse de Beauvais, Comtesse de Angoulême, Marquise de Calmont, travelled all the way from Chateaunoir to speak to the Lady-Governor and her Council of Brilliance -- Her Grace spoke of her 'concern' regarding the Company of the Fox, and its continued presence outside the wals of Port-a-Lucine.]



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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #329 on: March 24, 2017, 01:47:50 AM »
The lifeless, ravaged body of a young woman was left on the steps toward the Cathedrale in the early hours of the morning, along with a blood-covered note.

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #330 on: March 26, 2017, 07:50:20 AM »
It was said that a moving pillar of fire, out of the blue, showed up in the town's docks. A running man in burning clothes quickly emerged from the said district and discarded his shirt, speaking swear words out loud.
"There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand."

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #331 on: March 31, 2017, 09:21:40 PM »
[Many members of the gentry on the streets of Port-á-Lucine talk of the Vicomte de Clermont, Gaston de Seyrès, and the numerous positive things he has had to say about the Company of the Fox, as of late. Despite spending most of his time hunting deer or quail in the forests near his sumptuous manor, he has taken the occasional trip to the capital in order to speak with both petty nobles and more influential political figures about the free company. The Vicomte de Clermont has even gone so far as to say, "with the Company of the Fox around to keep the peace and maintain order in Port-á-Lucine, who even needs the Gendarmerie?"]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #332 on: April 09, 2017, 06:51:05 PM »
[A familiar caliban is arrested on the terraces and taken to the Gendarmerie without incident. The arresting officer stated at the time she was disturbing the peace.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #333 on: April 12, 2017, 05:52:19 PM »
[The gentry of Port-a-Lucine can breathe easy, as a menace has been removed from their midst -- Sieglinde Lisseaux, the hideous caliban that has been allowed to roam the streets almost unmolested, has been cast out of Dementlieu entirely after utilizing foul magicks upon the Gendarmerie, while in their custody. It is said that some of the caliban who belonged to the Company of the Fox decided to commit mutiny as a result of her sentence. While the gentry are quick to give praise for the Vicomte de Roissy for doing something about his wayward soldier, a few openly state that they are afraid -- could it be that the Vicomte de Roissy is losing control of his men?

These recent developments concerning the much-maligned caliban, however, are quickly eclipsed by news concerning a horrific bloodbath that took place inside Maison de la Vue, Councilor Dominic D'Honaire's stately manor positioned along Sable Bay. A deranged elf by the name of Dante Farblake cut through a multitude of men sworn to serve the Councilor and his family, before finally being slain -- the Councilor himself was, thankfully, unharmed. This tragic event has led to the cancellation of a ball planned, leaving many who were already thinking about what dress they should wear for it profoundly disappointed.

A few noblemen and noblewomen are quick to point out that Dante Farblake was once sworn to serve House Marceaux...]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #334 on: April 14, 2017, 12:18:11 PM »
The lady Charlotte de la Chaize is seen coming and going from the Palais Dirigeant in the coming days.

The most striking detail of this new venture seems to be the blue government jacket she wears.

The rumors state she's taken some sort of position there, and resigned her long-standing post as an archivist within the grand library.

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #335 on: April 18, 2017, 12:46:42 PM »
[Talk quickly spreads of another meeting of the Council of Brilliance and Lady-Governor, on the second story of the Palais Dirigeant. It is said that Lord Balfour de Casteelle, his wife, and a former member of the Council of Brilliance under Lord-Governor Marcel Guignol, Claude LaGrange, will be among those in attendance, as well as the Duchesse de Beauvais and her chosen representatives, and the Vicomte de Clermont -- word spreads that others have made plans to try and gain entry into the council chambers, as well.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #336 on: April 22, 2017, 05:21:11 PM »
[Word spreads that the Lady-Governor and the Council of Brilliance will convene soon, and in roughly an hour's time, they will start allowing certain choice individuals entry into their chambers...]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #337 on: April 24, 2017, 11:42:52 AM »
[Word spreads throughout Port-a-Lucine of the upcoming auction of the two-masted vessel, by House Passeleau. Gossip spreads that the event is likely to be a grand affair, which will attract many that may wish to add such a fine ship to their names... Rumor states that the ship, the Harridan, will anchor offshore of Port-a-Lucine soon, and that preparations will be underway to host the event on the very decks of the vessel itself, which will likely be a colorful affair.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #338 on: May 01, 2017, 10:33:44 AM »
Eldritch screams and shouts erupted from the top floor of the Governer's Hôtel during the night. Only threads of rumors can be gathered together regarding the incident: a burglar impersonating a member of the gendarme, a security guard by the name of Paul beaten dead, a son of the Laurier family badly wounded, two hysterical women, and something-or-other about malfunctioning plumbing.

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #339 on: May 01, 2017, 11:30:32 PM »
In the dead of the night, a dark-clad figure swept through the city cloaked in a veil of illusion magic. Some would have heard the ripple of cloth, or felt the cold gust of air as he or she passed by.
Left in this individual's wake are a series of notices in prominent locations, taking the form of a warning. Evidently, they were written in a hurry, the ink blotted in several places.

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CITOYENS BEWARE

THERE ARE A TROUPE OF ACTORS IN OUR FAIR REPUBLIQUE WHO IMPERSONATE FRIENDS, FAMILY AND GOVERNMENT SERVANTS IN ORDER TO COMMIT PETTY ROBBERY.

THESE CRETINS ARE SKILLED WITH IMITATION AND DISGUISE!  THEY USE PARLOR TRICKS TO CHANGE THEIR APPEARANCE LONG ENOUGH TO DUPE YOU!
FEAR NOT, YOU CAN TELL THEM APART BY THEIR STRANGE AND WEIRD BEHAVIOUR, AND THEIR LACK OF INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE!

BE VIGILANT, COUNTRYMEN!

The ramblings of a madman, more likely than not.
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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #340 on: May 20, 2017, 10:24:53 PM »
[Word spreads that the Vicomte de Clermont, Gaston de Seyres, is dead, having been blown to pieces by explosives -- banners hung in the woods nearby declare 'JENOUT', leaving many to believe that the Vicomte's demise, and the freeing of many dangerous creatures within his menagerie, to have been the work of revolutionaries.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #341 on: June 25, 2017, 04:53:43 PM »
[Word quickly spreads of Abernathy Gearling's newest creation, a massive colossus made from iron. Though appearing to be but a simple automaton by the look of things, it nonetheless seemed to be carrying around crates full of firearms with considerable ease, drawing awe and amazement from onlookers. A few, however, seem to think his new creation a hoax, believing that it is simply someone directing things from inside a massive metal suit.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #342 on: July 01, 2017, 12:18:49 PM »
[A horrific tragedy has occurred in the village of Beauvieres, close to the nearby town of Chateaufaux, one that has the tongues of socialites in Port-á-Lucine waggling. Baron Étienne Laurier, his wife Genièvre, and first-born and second-born sons Henri and René, have perished. Spoiled meat and a bottle of the infamous poisoned vintage wine, Andras Brimbubbly '27, were found in their kitchens, leaving many to believe that these four were undone by the actions of a negligent cook. The man has been arrested by gendarmes based out of Chateaufaux, for his apparent role in their untimely deaths.

As a result of this bizarre (and some would say all-too-convenient) happenstance, Mathieu, the third-born son of the late Baron Laurier, is now the one bearing his father's title, and the owner of his father's estate. This notorious philanderer, with his clear ties to a shady, foreign mercantile organization, is now a peer of the realm. Quite a few men and woman belonging to the gentry cannot help but comment about his astounding, dizzying luck..]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #343 on: July 09, 2017, 12:08:59 PM »
[The Council of Brilliance has announced that Tuesday, the 18th, they will call to order the new session of their deliberations and, as precedent has commanded for generations beyond measure, any noble postulant will be able to lay petitions and matters of urgency before them on the Open Days, the first three days of the session. This year's sessions are bound to be tense, as rumor holds that a group of great lords of the north and east will be presenting grievances relating to the recent and lamented Revolution. Those who keep their eyes open for any shifting terrain in the variegated battleground that is Dementlieuse politics say they have witnessed the banners of Mortain, Josquin, Azerac, and Miseaux, and above all else the crimson banner of the Maitriser, greatest lord of the east. Sieur Gaston Maurice, hero of the battle of Pressegarde, and Sieur Jean-Michel Bedard, a veteran field commander of the Gendarmerie cavalry, have both been seen coming and going from the Hotel, where these nobles have taken up lodging. The city seems to be on edge, suddenly--who can say what is about to happen?]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #344 on: July 10, 2017, 05:03:35 PM »
[For reasons unknown, the Vicomte de Roissy and another member of the Gendarmerie entered the Theatre de la Cathedrale, in uniform -- there was no event scheduled, causing many a tongue in the Quartier Publique to wag, and many a blue-blood to speculate..]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #345 on: July 18, 2017, 08:48:20 PM »

[Word spreads of a perfidious attempt made on the Vicomte de Roissy's life, made under cover of all-consuming, deep, and inpenetrable darkness. The Gendarmerie were on high alert as a result, with them and numerous others, most notably the Red Vardo Traders and Lieutenant Jerome de la Salle of the Company of the Fox scouring the city for the one responsible. Conflicting reports are heard -- some say that the killer is still at large, while others say that they were slain, their life forfeit and justice served. Whatever happened to the would-be killer, it is beyond certain that there will be ripples from this that will only grow in size, as more information becomes available.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #346 on: July 19, 2017, 10:12:10 PM »
[The meeting of the Lady-Governor and her Council of Brilliance started with the knighting of Lieutenant Jerome de la Salle and Lieutenant Remi Rousseau -- both are now the stewards and guardians of the land they bled for, and almost died trying to protect, les Chevaliers de Seimerie.

Following that was the repeal of a decree made earlier in the year that saw sanctions placed against the isle of Ghastria -- men and women have already begun to make the voyage to the Marquis' dominion out in the middle of the Sea of Sorrows, with crates full of flavorful food. Much of the food brought to Ghastria will be taxed and transported to the Marquis' larders, but some of the sailors know full well that it is one quick and surefire way to make coin.

The next item on the Council of Brilliance's agenda involved the issuance of letters-patent to Sieur Elias Cal'Raheal, which would see nobility conferred onto him, something that the Duchesse de Beauvais wished for. However, when a bald-headed member of the Consortium was called upon to speak on his employer's behalf, he declared that he "could not, in good conscience, defend his noble character". The matter was immediately put to rest.

At the end of the Council meeting, a band of nobles representing the great and notable of the eastern flank of the Republique pushed their way into the Council chamber and issued an ultimatum demanding new elections for Lady-Governor and the abolition of universal suffrage. Refused, they stormed from the city, and shortly thereafter the Gendarmes and the Company of the Fox were both seen to begin preparations for... something. Men and women bustle to and fro in the city, carrying munitions, rations, timber, and all the accoutrements of Dementlieuse conflict. A new phrase is on the lips of all those who whisper and chatter in the street, a phrase they dread, one that they has not been spoken in hundreds of years: civil war.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #347 on: July 21, 2017, 12:30:28 PM »
[A stir in Port-a-Lucine--the gossip flies from mouth to mouth--with the prospect of war looming and the city shoring up its defenses, its society divided within into those who sympathize with the Covenant's goals and those who oppose them--into this chaos there comes a new, and startling, rumor--Oskar de Larose is alive--the Baron de Larose is alive--the master of the Company of the Fox long thought dead lives.]
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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #348 on: July 28, 2017, 03:02:52 AM »
[An unnerving evening prickles at the minds of those that dwelt within the Quartier Publique as they tried to lay weary heads upon their pillows in respite.  A cacophony of sounds permeated the night as the waning moon drained upon the horizon.  The preternatural sliding of mist over the cobblestones of the Publique, the billowing gusts of wind sliding the rolling fog along the various crevices of the stone-inlaid plaza. The mist reached wispy tendrils along the ankles of the various individuals within the Quartier Publique as it passed, sinuously snaking along the lengths of their pantaloons and stockings. 

The dense mass of incorporeal fog eventually descended into the darkness, east of the City of Light's ramparts. 

Several moments later, ghastly howls pierced the serenity of the starless night, a wolves' beckoning to the receding moonlight that silenced the pervasive buzzing of insects. The sound, enough to elicit the rising of gooseflesh upon the skin of those who heard it was quickly drowned out as silence returned with the moon extinguished upon the horizon.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #349 on: August 08, 2017, 12:46:24 AM »
[The 'war council' was convened on the second floor of the Palais Dirigeant -- numerous officers of the Gendarmerie from far-flung corners of the country all gathered in the capital to discuss how best to deal with the Covenant, and the threat they collectively pose to the rest of the republic. Despite the secrecy of the entire affair, word gets leaked, and then begins to spread like wildfire, that Sieur Remi Rousseau, Lieutenant in the Company of the Fox, accused Inquisitor Jacques Martel (present and acting in Bastion Joan Secousse's stead) and Baron Mathieu Laurier, of being traitors to the country, of aiding and abetting its enemies, the rebellious nobles in the eastern part of the country. It doesn't appear as though charges have been pressed, but it is all the gentry seem to be capable of talking about, other than each others' choice of attire.]