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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #475 on: March 10, 2021, 07:51:18 PM »
[In the late evening, commotion overtook the Muse du Port-a-Lucine with terrible shrieking over what should have been a night of art and beauty.  Blood and gore riddled the descent down into the exhibit.  Rumors and speculation are that the victim was the Assistant Curator, with only a handful of her bloodstained belongings found at the scene...]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #476 on: March 12, 2021, 09:40:17 AM »
[At the Governors hotel, upper floor, outside the Penthouse is left a message, a very clear message. Nailed to the door of the Penthouse and smeared in blood, it is a grizzly, upsetting sight, a tortured Hare, and the words, "YOU KILL MINE, I KILL YOURS" smeared in its blood.]




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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #477 on: March 13, 2021, 06:06:46 AM »
[Activity fills the halls of the Palais Dirigeant as another meeting of the Lady-Governor and her Council of Brilliance is held in its chambers. The country’s peers and their retainers watch and comment as two items are discussed in great detail.

The first issue brought forward concerned issuance of letters patent to Alix Sinclair Martineau, Dame d’Estellier. Touting the reconstruction of Estellier and the building of new roads throughout the country as achievements, she promoted herself and her deeds as noble in character, with Councilor Drukker and Dame Renèe Delven also speaking favorably on her actions. A man purporting to be her father also made an appearance.

Others spoke in favor of the Dame d’Estellier as well, though their voices were eclipsed by those who spoke out against her; vicious polemics came from the Baron de Mouisset and his brother, with others joining in not long after. Of particular note was the Vicomtesse de Roissy’s own condemnation of the Dame d’Estellier’s past conduct, sharply delivered in rhyme and meter.

In spite of this, the matter is put to a vote and the decision to issue the Dame d’Estellier letters patent is made by a narrow margin. House de Phélypeaux is born and Estellier is made into a barony, generating a fair amount of talk among the gentry in the process. Some remark that the decision was clearly made in a smoke-filled room and not in the floor of the chambers, with prominent voices of the nobility with reasonable concerns about her past conduct being ignored. Others quip that the newly ennobled fought and secured Silbervas for its people; her detractors only succeeded in losing it. It is clear that tongues will be wagging about this for years.

The Council, however, moved on to Councilor Wymmer Drukker’s proposal to earmark public funds being given to the University of Dementlieu, with the expressed intention of cutting spending on “frivolity”. Lord Balfour de Casteelle, president of the University, was outspokenly against this; joining him was the Duchesse of Beauvais, the daughter to the Baron de Granthe, and others. The nascent Baronesse d’Estellier suggested requiring a license for arcanists, to be renewed monthly and approved by high-ranking University officials. While Drukker’s proposal failed, the Baronesse d’Estellier’s own may be revisited at another time.

At the end was an announcement; an election would be held to fill the seat left empty by erstwhile Councilor of Culture Ricardo Diosa upon his resignation following the Blood Opera Massacre. Those who wish to announce their candidacy are expected to publicly post a manifesto laying out their politics and where they stand on various issues persistent and current. Any can run for the seat, yet only the nobility are counted among the electorate.]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #478 on: March 15, 2021, 12:18:11 AM »
Blood covers the hallway of the Governors Hotel outside the Penthouse, whatever sudden violence that happened here was severe, quick and brutal.

All that remains, amid the bloody puddles, is a singular Token of Despair.




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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #479 on: March 16, 2021, 09:28:21 AM »
[At the Governors hotel, upper floor, outside the Penthouse is left a message, a very clear message. Nailed to the door of the Penthouse and smeared in blood, it is a grizzly, upsetting sight, a tortured Hare, and the words, "YOU KILL MINE, I KILL YOURS" smeared in its blood.]




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[The rabbit was taken down from the door. Blood was cleaned off it (the door) and whatever damage was done to the door was repaired by Faermund]
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #480 on: March 18, 2021, 09:37:16 PM »
Away from the bright lights and bustle of the terraces, in the shadow of the crumbling cathedral, strange patterns appear on the walls. Intricate spiral patterns forming odd hypnotic shapes are lit by candles. At times, a shadowy figure is seen dancing in and out of sight amongst them.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #481 on: March 19, 2021, 03:44:19 AM »
In the same shadow of the cathedral a woman walks up several hours later seeming quite sullen and walking slowly, She pulls out a chalk of her own and writes in small neat script next to the spirals the following "Sorry I overslept.... This weekend for sure..."
Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil. prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the doublebarrel shotgun. Eat leaden death demon.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #482 on: March 22, 2021, 08:26:51 PM »
Away from the bright lights and bustle of the terraces, in the shadow of the crumbling cathedral, the candles return. This time, with an easel and canvases. Strange paintings are created by the shadowy figure, who often appears to pause, flicker and dance as she works.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #483 on: March 26, 2021, 07:33:49 PM »
A woman dressed in red and black exits the grand library alone, wandering around dazed for a moment, she retches briefly in a corner before striding off in the direction of the bay...

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #484 on: March 30, 2021, 10:51:46 PM »
After several weeks of absence, Arsène has taken to performing in the streets once more. The young ledgermain utilizes magic tricks, stories, and songs to entertain his audience. Individuals familiar with l'Hôpital's acts note a presence of new magic tricks alongside some of his more tried and tested techniques. Most notably, though, is a song he plays at some point during each performance, one composed for the sole purpose of commemorating the Baroness of Fincelle's accomplishments while urging others to support her campaign.

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The Scarlet Rose of Dementlieu
Whose face blesses the terrace?
Whose grin brightens the publique?
Who makes the sky its clearest
whenever she deigns to speak?

Who holds a heart of valour,
a soul undaunted and bright?
Who brings plentiful splendour
to the great city of lights?

La Baronesse de Fincelles!
Not another could come close!
Others could not do so well,
as well as the Scarlet Rose!

For as the summer flower
blooms for everyone to see.
So approaches her hour
for all to see her beauty.

Scarlet Rose, our defender!
A grandmaster of the blade!
Who never once surrenders,
who will always win the day!

When the hawks thought to bring harm
while our home was split and torn,
the scarlet rose took up arms;
drove them back with her sharp thorns!

Maitresse of many talents,
master of brush, song, and stage!
Her works of art are gallant;
her style will never age!

Great patron of charity,
teacher who tutors our youth.
She enlightens the city
and strengthens our culture's roots.

Now that a seat is empty,
the election looming so close,
none could be as deserving,
none like our Scarlet Rose!


Arsène performs every 2-3 days out of the week, either in front of the tree at the terraces or the outdoor theatre by the bay.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #485 on: April 10, 2021, 08:18:04 PM »
[Horrific and unbelievable news spreads like a bushfire throughout the City of Lights; a group of dangerous assailants held the Lady-Governor and Councilor d'Honaire's niece hostage, holding them prisoner in Councilor d'Honaire's own study before his retainers could break their way in; the kidnappers made their way out the window; many hint at this being some sort of conspiracy or coup. Around the same time, the Baron de Mouisset, his brother Caporal Anatole de la Rochenoire, and the Baronesse de Fincelles are led inside the Gendarmerie.. and they do not step back out.]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #486 on: April 11, 2021, 02:19:25 AM »
Following the Baroness of Fincelles' summons to the Gendarmarie, Arsène's performances reach another hiatus, and he no longer advocates for de Rosacier's candidature through song.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #487 on: April 12, 2021, 07:23:07 PM »
[A man by the name of Xavier Perrier, once a Gendarme, loudly shouts of how a woman in the cells of the Gendarmerie was bound, gagged, and stripped to point of indecency; he says his superior, one Caporal Jacques Boucher, is operating the cells of the Gendarmerie in the same way one would expect a gaol in some provincial realm sworn to a despot would be managed. He claims to have done what any red-blooded lover of liberty and the republic would do and quit on the spot.]

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #488 on: April 19, 2021, 12:48:25 PM »
A woman can be seen entering the theater quietly sobbing as she heads behind the curtain.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #489 on: May 12, 2021, 11:45:43 PM »

A commotion is seen today in the Quartier Publique as rumors spread that the daughter of the Duc de Chantres, Marion Lécuyer, was escorted into the city by her family today after a standoff between the criminal kidnapper Felix Touré and a combined force of Gendarmes and Lécuyer guards. The conflict occurred at the Lighthouse and nearly became bloody until the arrival of Lily-Rose and a group of commoners. They managed to enter safely and secure Marion's release without bloodshed.

Lily-Rose is quickly gaining attention. Despite being of common birth, rumors grow that she heroically killed the criminal Felix Touré and has received the support of the Duc de Chantres. In front of the Governor's hotel, the entire immediate family of House Lécuyer appeared and endorsed Lily-Rose by signing documents that could see her made a candidate for the upcoming Council Elections...

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #490 on: May 27, 2021, 08:47:54 PM »
[The gentry who gossip on the terraces and elsewhere throughout the well-to-do parts of the city make no point of hiding what they think about those whom the Council of Brilliance has bestowed honors, accolades, and titles upon. Their grousing and griping fills the streets and word-of-mouth travels fast.

The nascent Baron of Fincelles has already generated a great deal of controversy over the company he keeps; already he is being labeled by his noble peers as a firebrand and a revolutionary, exactly the sort of person who does not need a noble title or an estate. The fact that his father, the Baron of Duchbourg, is a conservative man valuing tradition above all else, is certainly not lost on anyone; people openly comment on how far the apple has fallen from the tree. There is likewise concern amongst the nobility that House Vaillant is growing too large and influential for its own good... and who is Jean-Guy Vaillant, anyway?

Many bemoan the knighting of Jacques Boucher and his newly-found status as Chavelier d'Avejan. While some speak highly of his work within the Gendarmerie, others point suggestively towards his relationship with the Baronesse d'Estellier, suggesting that he is being used and manipulated by her to exercise control over the Gendarmerie in all but name. For those who remember the Company of the Fox and how they came to dominate and eclipse the Gendarmerie in power and influence, the Company of the Phoenix generates similar anxieties and the Baroness d'Estellier of late gets occasionally referred to as "Justine Marceaux".

The newly knighted Chevalier de Magnoac fares little better, in the court of public opinion. The sewing circles speculate as to what exactly goes on inside L'Occultiste, the club that is owned by the man within Port-a-Lucine. Does he flirt with dangerous, forbidden spells within its walls or is he but a huckster hoping to defraud the masses and delude them, and himself, into thinking his parlor tricks and legerdemain are somehow something more?

Public opinion on the Chavelier de Mouisset is likewise lukewarm, at best. Who is this foreigner from Mordent and what gives him the right to tell Dementlieuse families, some of whom have lived here for generations, what they ought to do with their land? Only a month ago, "Sieur Creighton was seen waiting on the Vaillants, and suddenly he thinks his voice should be measured as being equal to ours?", they argue. In their mind, "L'Observateur ought to stick to reviewing wine".

Last, but certainly not least, is the unorthodox behavior of Maîtresse Michelle Anciaux and her so-called wife. "They openly flout tradition", one noblewoman cries. In their mind, it is the responsibility of nobility to see marriage as a duty, not as the product of love. They scoff and deride their future, remarking that the Anciaux family will more likely as not simply terminate with those two; a dead end, a full stop. It ends as soon as it begins. How is the new custodian of Beauvieres expected to be given a title if there can be no one to inherit it? A few cynically reply that the Duc de Chantres was more than willing to let his sons and daughters be named their heirs...]


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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #491 on: May 31, 2021, 12:29:46 AM »
The songstress Manishie Chanteuse returned from abroad some weeks ago, though her reclusiveness seems only to have increased. What time she spends in the city is mostly spent alone or in the Opera building, as she seems to have little interest in the terraces or their social games. Occasionally she might be spotted traveling abroad again or outside the city, as if answering the unfortunate call of her elven blood.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #492 on: June 02, 2021, 06:55:07 PM »
An unexpected appearance arrive in the terraces of the publique the lost daughter of House Bellerose, Claire de Bellerose, thought to be dead during the revoution, has shown herself, a great day of jubilation for the young rising noble House Bellerose

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #493 on: June 06, 2021, 11:01:21 PM »
In the wake of the Barovian strike on Zeidenburg, a small makeshift memorial has amassed by the baie in the Quartier Publique. So far the shrine is small, boasting only a pair of candles, a cup of coffee, a bottle of rum, a bouquet of flowers, a note, and a prayer scroll.


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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #494 on: June 10, 2021, 06:28:31 PM »
Dionisio Scarlat, Borcan expatriate, librettist, and divo of the Grand Opera National, is seen and heard performing a sonette for the upper crust of Port-a-Lucine on several occasions.

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Hélène

Much can be said of fairest form possessed
by she with elegance beyond compare.
Who breathes as grace and beauty coalesced.
Whose mein in nat'rul poise the eyes ensnare.

Yet her resplendent visage does oft' show
second to wit and wisdom's guiding rule.
She has in Leon's own reflected glow
made whole a once most fractured jewel

Her gentle voice like cannon pacifies
crude discontent and beasts of tyranny.
In velvet glove rests blade of compromise.
O! Noblest heart! Foremost of clerisy.

Her virtues counted in tears Ezra cries.
Her brilliance exceeds the stars in night skies.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #495 on: June 14, 2021, 07:37:37 PM »
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Rumor spreads that Grégorie Vaillant suffered a heart attack in his room at the Manor Retreat after visiting the city. It seems that recent events pushed the man to a breaking point such that he fell with his heart stopped. The man was certainly dead for at least a short time before Doctor Laroux utilized an experimental Lamordian device called 'Mordenheim's Lightning Box' to revive him. Stunned onlookers witnessed Grégorie rise again. The Baron de Duchborg is spoken of as the man who was resurrected by lightning...

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #496 on: June 14, 2021, 10:08:17 PM »
Shortly after her husbands heart attack, the allegedly laudanum addicted Viviana Vaillant is seen speaking with her son, Alexandre Vaillant. The discussion seems to go poorly and the woman is seen crying and shouting that Gregoire Vaillant's first wife is a whore and courtesan and that Fleury and Severine are illegitimate. She raves that Alexandre Vaillant is worse than his father and that everything she has worked for in life is in vain before making her way toward the Sea of Sorrows.

Rumor has it that she has filled her pockets with rocks and stepped into the sea.

The Sea of Sorrows lives up to its name, claiming another victim.

If she were mad or not remains to be determined. Regardless, she is not to be seen again, the pressure of being baroness and high society too much for the fragile woman.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #497 on: July 05, 2021, 04:52:10 PM »
In the early hours of the afteroon a travel worn expedition of over a dozen mismatched individuals scatters into the Terraces of Port-a-Lucine. Headed by a woman in Grey, Black, and Green, calling herself 'Lady Beauregard', these individuals appear to be the Beauregard expedition, a group of travellers come all the way from Barovia to the city of lights. Once arrived and deprived of their common purpose, the group scatters, some to different quarters of the city to find work or homes, the others bound onwards for Lamordia or further afield.

Lady Beauregard arrives shortly after to the Gendarmie, a halfling in tow, intent on seeing one 'Caporal Sautereau' when the woman in question can not be found, the halfling is soon seen departing the city. Lady Beauregard however, remains...

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #498 on: July 19, 2021, 03:47:40 PM »
[A series of hand-written posters can be found on the various noticeboards of Publique and Savant]


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« Reply #499 on: August 29, 2021, 11:39:23 PM »


A hastily painted mural painted in the night is found in the Publique.

Broad strokes of bright red ink depict a mangy coyote fleeing an enraged boar. A bejeweled goose struggles in the thief-dog's maw. Quickly applied feathers and pearls splatter the surrounding wall.

Abandoned near by is a set of house paints and a broad-brush that had been repurposed for petty vandalism.
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