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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #450 on: November 21, 2020, 03:35:06 PM »
Residents of the Governor's Hotel, if present in their rooms might have heard someone muttering to himself in a rather bitter tone as he ascended the building, the pauses between his mutters might suggest it was a conversation, but only one side could be heard.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #451 on: November 21, 2020, 07:05:16 PM »
On a related note, Madamoiselle Farthingdale returned to the hotel, tear stricken and half out of it, mumbling something about 'getting drunk', before vanishing into her room accomapanied by an elf with many horns. This is the second time that day she has been spotted around the city fresh from sobbing. Scandelous.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #452 on: November 27, 2020, 03:35:22 PM »
After the announcement of the Artois Vineyard's tasting event, the youngest Artois, often accompanied by her dutiful custodian, hustles around the city to make preparations. From flower maids to carpenters, to artisans in their glass-shops, the Artois girl saw to every detail of the event with loving attention. In the wake of the craftsmen she speaks to follows a rumor that the event will also host a private tasting of Le Sang de Leon 758, the Artois family's signature reserve with a price tag and pedigree that made it only to the hands of the elite.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #453 on: November 27, 2020, 10:37:51 PM »
[Word spreads of how a host of mostly women, many of them sporting the tell-tale hawk-shaped brand worn by Falkovnians, made their way in grime-covered clothing and broken fetters to the Gendarmerie, accompanied by an officer. Many socialites in the City of Lights wonder as to who they are, how they might have escaped Dementlieu's horrifying neighbor, and whether or not they mean good or ill.]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #454 on: November 27, 2020, 11:46:20 PM »
The same group is seen being led from the Gendarmerie to the Governor's Hotel, with Caporal de la Rochenoire at their head. He escorts them inside. 

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #455 on: December 06, 2020, 01:40:42 PM »
[A number of the aristocrats that gather out on the terraces can be overheard wagging their tongues and speaking on the subject of the Baron de Sebastian's murder at the hands of the dangerous firebrand and revolutionary anarchist Felix Touré; they speak positively on the efforts being made by the Gendarmerie to work with Le Jeune Compaigne in seeing the lawless Quartier Ouvrier pacified and hope that this villain can soon be brought to justice.]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #456 on: December 14, 2020, 07:03:32 AM »
[On the 5th of December, a well-dressed Gundarakite man, accompanied by a man in a foreign mercenary uniform arrived at the Publique. They both claimed to represent the so-called 'Black Army of Gundarak' raised funds at the V&D Reclamations Auction held in the Théâtre de la Cathédrale. Both men solicited donations from the wealthy Dementlieuse people in order to support their supposed just cause of liberating Gundarak from Barovian and Invidian occupation. The men made a show of demonstrating that the self-proclaimed Regent was a man of Ezrite Faith and that his previously small Black Company had militarily supported the Council of Brilliance both against the Covenant rebellion and the recent Falkovnian invasion.

Their words were summarized, "We fought for your liberty, so fight for ours; by funding our noble cause!"

Ultimately, few paid them much attention other than being a fleeting curiosity. However, according to some they acquired a few interested donors to humor them. Their presence thereafter seems relegated to the occasional poster here or there that most simply ignore as a scam or an unimportant cause in some despotic backwater.]
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #457 on: December 14, 2020, 09:46:05 PM »
Murmurings roll through Savant and Publique of a splendid Artois party planned for the first weekend of the new year. Invitation only, mutter the rumors. A guest list boasting the dignitaries from Vladantialian among other well to do aristocrats, the invitations seem to have been purposefully delivered to the society's elite and their entourages. Nobility are enticed with the promise of grandstanding displays celebrating their accomplishments of the year, thinly veiled in the party's theme of patriotic reflection through revelry.

The rumors follow in the wake of the Artois girl as she orchestrates the considerable undertaking.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #458 on: December 31, 2020, 08:44:38 PM »
A well dressed Richemuloise prosperite has been seen entering and touring the Musee du Port-a-Lucine. The woman takes her time examining each piece carefully as if readying to give tours. After finishing rounds in the Musee proper she retreats to the basement, it seems a new Assistant Curator has been found
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #459 on: January 02, 2021, 06:48:16 AM »
The day of the rumored Artois gala has come, and the Artois girl is seen busily buzzing from business to business getting the finishing touches in order. The small hours of the morning are lulled with the quiet chorus of work as decorations and accommodations are set. Only the elite have been promised invitations, but rumor has it anyone could get in if they fell in with an aristocrat's party.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #460 on: January 03, 2021, 12:27:15 AM »
While many in Port-au-Lucine speak with delight of the Artois event others wonder about the curious scene created by the Artois girl, Claire. It is said that when the Phoenix Company delegation went to express it's regrets at the absence of their Director the Dame d'Estellier they were greeted with an outburst stating this was the last in a long string of insults that the Artois girl had endured at the hands of the Dame d'Estellier. The delegation seemed both puzzled and amused and left shortly after looking embarrassed for their host. Several in the crowd wondered in hushed tones how much the Artois girl had been drinking that night while others were delighted by her boldness.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #461 on: January 05, 2021, 04:53:02 AM »
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Early in the morning hours of the 5th of Janvier, 776 B.C., a procession of soldiery wearing black cloaks and wine-red sashes is seen moving out from the City of Lights, due East, along the Avenue du Progres, escorting a sizeable labor brigade of common men and women, architects, and otherwise notable skilled artisans from the City of Lights. Among their number, the oddest sight may have been a Dwarf seen wearing a wine-red justaucorps -- the usual corporate attire of Martineau Maritime Acquisitions & Shipping Concern -- who is rumoured to be a stonemason or an architect, with the armored soldiers appearing to group at least four to him at all times. Where are they due? Most speculate Estellier, as the emblazoned symbol of a stallion upon a shield-crest denotes them of La Compagnie du Phénix's "Estellier Garde."

The procession of soldiers numbered somewhere between fifty and one-hundred, and the labor brigade half the size of that. Horses laden with food and supplies joined them, yet even more of the soldiers of fortune are housed in the city yet still, out-of-uniform, and seen training in the Baie de Sable at off-hours under the direction of the Compagnie's Garde de Commandement. One thing becomes clear to the casual observer; Their ranks are growing in size at a rapid pace, and recruitment has yet to cease.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #462 on: January 05, 2021, 05:52:34 AM »
Pamphlets appear in a few places: Le torchon lugubre 1

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #463 on: January 12, 2021, 04:05:02 PM »
[Much talk among the socialites in the City of Lights seems centered around the auction that took place a few days ago, hosted by the Dame d'Estellier, but with most of the focus on how it ended. It is said that Maîtresse Francette Vaillant elected to dance with the brutish and uncouth Falkovnian 'ambassador' Hermann von Wittendorf at the evening's conclusion; even more egregious a transgression, the Dame d'Estellier took a bid of a hundred thousand falconheads from the man for some manner of belt offering magical protection to its wearer. Tongues wag about whether or not the Falkovnian embassy has some manner of leverage on both these individuals...]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #464 on: January 22, 2021, 10:42:26 PM »
[The great game of jeu force that is played in salons and smoke-filled rooms all throughout Dementlieu has changed; the table the game-board rests upon has been tilted and certain pieces have advanced to the end of the board.. and yet have they become something other than pawns?

The half-brother of Juste Marceaux, a man named Severin, pressed a claim for Roissy, and was successful despite the clamor made by other titled nobles present; already men and women of the gentry have developed a special sobriquet for the man: "the Bastard of Roissy". Maîtresse Francette Vaillant was likewise issued letters patent and has thus been named the new Baronesse of Fincelles; this was done over reservations raised by peers who were concerned about her stated focus on the plight of the poor; at the expensive of her own, some would say.

A lot of talk centered around who was there, but there was also some talk about who was not there; The Dame d'Estellier, recognized by many for her ambition, was not present and no discussion about the issuance of letters patent for her took place. Biding her time, perhaps?

The evening concluded with Joséphine d'Évreux ascending to serve as the new Duchesse de Beauvais, Comtesse de Angoulême, and Marquise de Calmont. Overnight, the woman has gone from but a woman of gentle breeding to one of the most powerful figures in Dementlieu. Curiously enough, the Comte de Nievre was seen leaving the Palais Dirigeant after all was said and done with tears in his eyes and a look of despondence on his features. Those who inquire as to why he looks so glum only get tittering and amused expressions in response.

Other matters of import took place as well, with men representing the nascent Republic of Gundarak pushing not just for recognition but a place in the Treaty of Four Towers. There was talk of the impending food crisis and of the need to ensure all mouths are fed. A new captain for the day watch was finally chosen, though few know anything about her, save that she comes from Chateaunoir and survived the butchery carried out by the Company of the Fox years before. Beyond that, the Council of Brilliance's chief clerk is honored for his service to the republic, being named "maître".]


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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #465 on: January 23, 2021, 04:28:11 AM »
Inexplicably during the course of the day and night, Club L'Artiste shutters up - closed. 

The doors are secured tight and no one is allowed entry.  The hub of legerdemain and acts of illusion and stage trickery grows eerily silent.  Those that pass make note of it with idle curiosity, but nothing more. There is no mention of why it was closed, nor how long it will remain so.  For now, it is just a silent backdrop in the otherwise vibrant City of Lights.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #466 on: January 23, 2021, 06:33:26 PM »
The gossip stirs about the publique that the Courteney sisters are in town, the last two of three surviving members of the ill fated Courteney family, and heir to the title of Vicomte d'Orleon.

Rumors spread of some sort of welcoming ball due to be held soon and the fact they are in need of hiring new retainers for their stay.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #467 on: January 25, 2021, 04:33:35 PM »
Scant two days after their arriva Elise Courteney challenges the newly titled Baroness de Rosacier to a duel. While Elise asked to appoint a champion in her stead, the Baronesse insisted on a duel on her terms - Rapiers, no magic, till third blood.

The duel was fought shortly thereafter in the open air theater, and Elise Courteney emerged victorious, three strikes to one.

How the fair people of Lucine take the actions of Houses Rosacier and Courteney remains to be seen...

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #468 on: January 25, 2021, 11:25:39 PM »
The youngest of the Artois is seen busy about the Capital, seeing to the final preparations of the newest social club in Savant heralded as the Elysium. Rumor has it, outside of scheduled events, the club is open to guests when a candle is lit in front one of the trees on the terraces.

In addition to the budding new entertainment lounge, the youngest Artois sports an expensive engagement band set with a blue-diamond. News of her engagement to the Vicomte de Roissy comes with the implications of a wedding to be held in the beginning of February.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #469 on: January 29, 2021, 06:21:16 PM »
After a short discussion, and a perhaps overloud accusation of strong-arming, Aldous Hargreaves was taken into custody by the Sargent Anatole de la Rochenoire and escorted to the Gendarmerie.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #470 on: February 03, 2021, 09:39:36 PM »
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On the 3rd of February, carriages bearing the lavender hues of House Artois were seen buzzing around outside the gates of Port-à-Lucine, welcoming a slew of guests. They were bound Westward, to the Viscounty of Roissy, where the Vicomte himself married Mademoiselle Claire Artois - Now Vicomtesse. The festivities took place in the town square, complete with dancing and fireworks, and word quickly spread of the Vicomte's declaration of a mass pardon which freed dozens if not hundreds of Dementlieuse citizens from debt bondage, as well as the subsequent invitation for them to settle down in Roissy.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #471 on: February 15, 2021, 03:48:34 PM »
[Word spreads like wildfire that a trial is soon to be held for Mlle. Elise Courteney and Mlle. Esme Courteney, daughters to the Vicomte d'Orleon, on the 16th of Fevrier, in the late afternoon. It promises to be the trial of the century, and the nobility cannot help but gossip about the two's presumed guilt or innocence.]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #472 on: February 22, 2021, 05:15:59 PM »
[Word spreads that men wearing black and gold, with the image of a gryphon emblazoned upon their pauldrons, were seen escorting carts overburdened with crates of wheat and barley that they said were stolen from the grain stores of the Falkovnian military in a daring raid north of their holdings; in the words of Vladantilan diplomat Nira Volkaar, it was offered to Dementlieu and its people "as a showing of solidarity of friendship among allies". Various members of the Gendarmerie gathered up the crates and saw them brought to Government Food Providers in the Quartier Ouvrier, who will see to the grain's fair distribution.]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #473 on: February 28, 2021, 02:59:40 PM »
In the mornings and evenings, Arsène can often be found near the shorelines outside of the city running laps along the coast in attire appropriate for the activity.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #474 on: March 03, 2021, 06:15:08 PM »
In the early evening, the Ambassador of Falkovnia, Hermann von Wittendorf, was seen walking down on the terraces to a group of Dementlieuse and foreigners. He quickly and loudly started to brag about the Falkovnia victory over the rebel state of Vladantilan. While meet with an initial cold greeting, spirits quickly rose after an altercation between the Ambassador and a member of the gentry. A challenge was issued by the young Aubry, and the crowd moved over to the outdoor theater after it being accepted. The bout was quick and fierce, and while it was quite close the Falkovnian Ambassador was declared the winner. After reasserting Falkovnia’s dominance over Dementlieu and making sure to humiliate the noble who had challenged him, he was seen walking back to the embassy with a smug look on his face.