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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #75 on: November 12, 2011, 12:43:02 PM »
Days have gone by, and the halfling playwright, painter, and musician Absalom Nightlyre is nowhere to be found. The handbills posted about to keep the public knowledgeable of new and exciting events in Port-a-Lucine have been torn in half by the wind, and have seen no busy hands to replace them. The Theatre de la Cathedrale, where he frequently busied himself, is as silent as a tomb and has been set on the slow path towards decay as spiders and other such pests claim select corners of the place. If pressed, none of the gentry who loiter and gossip around Quartier Publique have seen the small polymath for some time...

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« Reply #76 on: November 12, 2011, 03:20:35 PM »
A note is tackled by the Theatre de la Cathedrale door inside:



Monsieur Nightlyre,

Discussing your suggestions with the Opéra Architects, I am happy to inform you that all of them seem feasible; I have arranged a meeting to discuss the plans further with my people and Monsieur Théroux. Needless to say, I am quite excited as we are all, to get further in the details about this extraordinary project for arts and our radiant city.

When news of this reaches you, please leave a note with my partner Joseph Fogg, at la Boutique d'Outremer.


Your friend (And fan),



-Armand LeBarthe


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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #77 on: November 13, 2011, 05:46:27 AM »
Though the Theatre itself is being kept clean by Periappi Nightlyre she's been becoming notoicably more worried as time passes without the return of her husband.

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #78 on: November 16, 2011, 05:49:35 PM »
Anyone who travels into the Theatre de la Cathedrale finds it in complete disarray. Assorted empty alcohol bottles by the stage and in the backroom. The backroom which has been completely trashed. props and armoires knocked over, mirrors shattered, and anything fairly small has been thrown about.

Additionaly Periappi Nightlyre has recently all but dissapeared from public.

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #79 on: November 17, 2011, 10:50:13 PM »
News breaks publicly about the death of petite monsieur, painter, thespian, and dramaturge Absalom Nightlyre while he was traveling in Barovia, the circumstances of his death being for the most part unknown. Some poor halfling families from Quartier Ouvrier have since headed towards the Theatre de la Cathedrale to participate in a candlelight vigil, and left flowers behind at the door of the theatre in his memory. Also in mourning is the artistic community of Port-a-Lucine, as the halfling saw a meteoric rise in stardom and, like a star, burnt out just as quickly. Armand LeBarthe found himself not only losing a friend, but also a colleague - the Grand Opera National's re-opening has been delayed once more, as Absalom Nightlyre played a major role in its redesigning. Noble and commoner alike waste no time in gossiping like the Richemuloise about what might have befell the young playwright, and conspiracies are quickly drafted, ranging from the plausible to the fantastical, about how he might have perished...

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« Reply #80 on: November 17, 2011, 11:17:24 PM »
A special arrangement is left by the visiting minstrel with golden curls. Flowers of all shapes and colors surrounding a loving poem set in an oaken frame with embossed leaves and vines set in the wood. The poem is written in elegant scripture

To the dreamer who dreamt of beauty in all things beautiful and harrowing.
To the doer who made dreams possible for the small and tall.
He is our inspiration, our brother, our father, our friend.
He is the hope we cling to when all seems lost.
You will be missed, but will live on eternally in our reminiscing hearts.

Watch over us from the stars dear Nightlyre,
And shine down on our dreams
 that they may carry the life you breathed into them.
We love you Absalom, always and forever.

In Fond Memory,
   Songstress and Writer ~ Kaeyna D'Sivis.

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #81 on: November 18, 2011, 11:27:11 AM »
As the news of the premature departure of monsieur Nightlyre being to spread more and more in the city of Port-à-Lucine, the mourning words mingle faster and faster with darker shaded gossip and rumours. Collectors of art show fake tears while rubbing their fingers at owning some work of the late petit-bard; young and less young artists sharpen their pencils and imbue their quills to be the first and the best ones to write some funeral adieu to Nightlyre; old and younger artists do not hide, despite more fake tears, the wish to replace him in the management of the Theatre of the Cathedral.

Oui.

No official statement has been produced by the Jalabert family. The rumours of the previous weeks had been all about the menace by Borcan Marqueasa Luciana Armont towards mademoiselle Anais and the same Nightlyre. People wonder whether the next victim can be Anais herself, or her younger sister Linette. Monsieur LaPomme, speaking publicly on the behalf of the family Jalabert has simply stated that any decision related to the Theatre are being examined, but there is a need of respecting the rightful mournful period, as the safety of les Jalaberts themselves.

Yet.

Some more rumours claim Nightlyre was at work for the Council of Brilliance on a piece aimed to mock Falkovnians. Madame Beauchemin, from the Society of Erudites, was heard denying in her senile and polite voice about any public claim of Absalom against Falkovnia, yet confirmed she knew he was working at that comedy. Councillor Theraux has been rumoured to be after some new writer for such a piece. Old and young artists rub their hands.

And...

... the war between Falkovnia and Darkon keeps on. From some darker corner of the slums, in whispered words, someone comment about Nightlyre having been part of some plot against King Azalin himself. Patrons of the Muse Endiablée shrug at these comments, while the owners simply nod at it as a possibility.

Amen.

From St.Mere no official comments have been produced by the Torets, nor by Inquisitor Focolari. It has been noted that visitor Ambassador Popovici has held a short funeral ritual for Nightlyre's widow. Warden Cornell has not commented yet either...


... Claudette Cornell, manager of the Voix de l'Ame, a possible competitor of the activities of the Theatre of the Cathedral has been seen with eyes full in tears, and, after having rubbed her nose, she simply sighed and sniffed and told "I non believed he was being killed!", and went back to a private sorrow.

One would have expected some comments from Ernst Cornell too. Something on the cynical lines of "I told him to prepare also for divorce and funeral after having set up his wedding" or "Only the good die young". Nothing came if not a little note left at the Theatre. Pinned to a clock.

Absalom, o Absalom, so you could not stop time,
Darkness and envy did stop you, and for good;
I greet you goodbye in a sad and somber mood,
On a cradle, or in a grave, you will still weave a rhyme.


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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #82 on: November 18, 2011, 11:58:31 AM »
The young golden hair minstrel is seen spending her hours at a lone table in the back of Voix de l'Ame. Spread across the table are music sheets filled with various notes and lyrics. An occasional hum escapes her soft lips as she seems to struggle for the perfect song to honor her dear friend and brother at the upcoming ceremony to be held. Amid the vibrantly dressed locale, she sits in a black gown with gold trim, a somber expression on her features.

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #83 on: November 18, 2011, 01:29:40 PM »
As time passes slowly, preparations are made within the Theatre de la Cathedrale Nightlyre as it was so aptly renamed during this time of mourning. The petite artiste is laid out elegantly upon the stage, with an arrangement of vibrant flowers that could not represent the man Absalom Nightlyre was better in life. The soft plucking of strings is heard, as the Minstrel and his sister in faith tunes and prepares her lyre for the memorial ceremony. The Inquisitor stands vigil over him, silent and somber as he greets any who arrive early to bid their farewells.

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« Reply #84 on: November 18, 2011, 09:42:38 PM »
The funeral of Absalom Nightlyre was a rather short but highly dignified ceremony, as a song was sung and a short eulogy were given by Kaeyna d'Sivis, a poetess and fellow artist. Inquisitor Poisson of the Third Revelation presided over much of the memorial ceremony after that, interrupted only briefly by a friend of Absalom's, Sofiya Ivanova, who gave a short speech. After her words, a procession was lead towards the Ste. Mere des Larmes for burial. A few chose to gave their last respects after he was lowered into a tomb deep in Ste. Mere des Larmes' crypts, with the widow of Absalom Nightlyre being the last to leave.

In attendance at the memorial ceremony were not only Absalom's personal friends, but members of the Ezrite clergy (a fair number being associated with the Church's Inquisition), the Great Detective Alanik Ray and his partner Arthur Sedgwick, a large number of halflings from Quartier Ouvrirer who personally admired the bard in life, patron of the arts and opera composer Armand LeBarthe, horror writer Andre Bellamont, and last but certainly not least, Jean-Pierre Thoreux of the Council of Brilliance.
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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #85 on: December 16, 2011, 04:15:43 PM »
Rumour has it that the Montte's will soon be holding a dinner party for family and dear friends. Madame Montte is said to be deciding which restaurant will be used to host the event and has been doing a brief tour of each. She mentions to those she meets that she is looking to get involved in furthering the cities culture and having been ignored in her attempt at helping the Theatre she is inquiring about a possible position with a Museum....

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« Reply #86 on: December 31, 2011, 01:09:29 PM »
The Montte dinner has finally been set for this coming Wednesday evening. Rumour has it family members from both sides are coming in from out of town as well as dear friends. The location has yet to be revealed by Madame Montte but most observers expect it will be some where chic and trendy.

//OOC This coming Wednesday at 7 PM EST, location to be announced, please do not come if your character is not really a friend of the couple.

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« Reply #87 on: January 04, 2012, 03:08:28 PM »
The Montte dinner has finally been set for this coming Wednesday evening. Rumour has it family members from both sides are coming in from out of town as well as dear friends. The location has yet to be revealed by Madame Montte but most observers expect it will be some where chic and trendy.

//OOC This coming Wednesday at 7 PM EST, location to be announced, please do not come if your character is not really a friend of the couple.

And the winner is .....The Golden Fig !

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #88 on: January 12, 2012, 06:40:07 PM »
A hooded man dressed pretty simple with a walking stick, making him look like a simple wandered, is asking about LECT and how to find the writer or someone tied to the newsnote. He seemingly has not had any luck yet but non the less he asks now and then about how one finds those behind this newsletter kaying about, spreading news and rumours alike. Especially people who take interest in the notes that lays about here and there.

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #89 on: January 16, 2012, 08:58:06 AM »
Rumour has it a drow woman staying at the Governor hotel died in child birth. Hotel staff knew little about her other than she seldom left the rooms and her needs seemed to be taken care of by others of her kind.


// OOC Livia is now dead, good luck to the Drow Nation

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #90 on: January 27, 2012, 10:57:04 PM »
[Port-á-Lucine is abuzz with gossip about a delegation of Lamordian diplomats expected to arrive in the city. Rumor has it that the diplomats are coming to discuss Lamordia joining the Treaty of the Four towers, a defensive pact signed by Dementlieu, Mordent, Richemulot, and Borca against Falkovnian aggression. The addition of Lamordia to the treaty would go a long way in bringing the two nations together, and could open up trade of Lamordian goods in Dementlieu, including the renowned Lamordian Clockwork Pistol.]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #91 on: January 28, 2012, 10:11:16 PM »
[A humble Carriage, and small wagon arrived in the city of Port-á-Lucine today, and was greeted by a detachment of Gendarme. From the Carriage emerged four men and one woman, The Lamordian diplomats Hans von Ludendorf, Ludwig von Mitternacht, his daughter Gertruida von Mitternacht, and two bodyguards. All five were dressed in what is presumably the height of Lamordian fashion, but even so paled in comparison to the common members on the Gentry. The small grey-clad party was escorted through the lavish city Port-á-Lucine with tight lipped stoney expressions until they reached their destination The Governor's Hotel, where they quickly made for their rooms. ]

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #92 on: February 03, 2012, 04:07:18 AM »

[Word spreads quickly that the engagement ball for Julien de Montagne and Gertruida Von Mitternacht (Daughter to the Lamordian diplomat) was sabotaged, by means of poisoning the food. Any who ate the tarnished fare quickly became ill, unable to keep it down, or control their bowels. Fortunately help was fast to arrive, and no one suffered any lasting effects from the attack, that is except Gertruida Von Mitternacht, who had an exceptionally bad reaction and has been kept in her quarters under guard of her father and their personal body guards.  It seems her father Ludwig Von Mitternacht, has hired every doctor in the city to come and tend to his daughter. A stream of physicians and their assistants are constantly coming and going from the sick room. The rumor is the young Gertruida is unable to keep down any food or fluid, and is quickly withering away. Those in neighboring rooms can hear the sounds of her heaves, and cries of pain, along with her fathers wracking sobs. 

This unfortunate turn of events may prove irreparable to the negotiations of Lamordia joining The Treaty of the Four Towers. The Gendarme have begun a full investigation, but already the word on every lip is "Falkovians". It's inarguable that Falkovnia stands to gain the most from this circumstance, and is not above such espionage. ]



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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #93 on: February 03, 2012, 01:35:40 PM »
The Théatre de la Cathèdrale has been shut down. A simple sign states there is some restoration ongoing within. Rumours claim the Jalabert family is no more able to support it, others state in fact they are funding the theatre even more than the past. More pragmatical people say the recent turmoils in town are keeping it closed until better times. Other fanciful gossipers whisper quietly about the theatre being used, in the past, as jailing point for Falkovnian spies, where they were tortured and questioned. Doubts remain on the truth of rumours and gossips...

In the dawn of the year 767 BC, and a new season is expected at the Dementlieuse Théatre de la Cathèdrale. It is expected, with curiosity, after the flamboyant previous season. Rumours hide what is really in the innermost souls of the attendants of the theatre itself, that is: fear and horror. But the fear and horror caused by any representation have just the goal of producing the catharsis, the emotional cleansing. An year has passed, an year of tragedy...

766. It all started with the announcement that the family Jalabert had purchased the rights to use the establishment. The landowners of Chateaufaux had decided to invest in the theatre business, because of the desire of the eldest son, the heir of the Jalabert's wealth, monsieur Pierre Jalabert, the young. In the investment he was not alone. Baroneasa Luciana Armont from Levkarest joined him, not just as a partner in business, but as his wife. The rumours surrounding the Borcan lady have been always, since the beginning, very mysterious and conflicting. The real art was born just in Dementlieu, the most upset claimed; originality comes in mysterious ways, the most open-minded stated. Even the Councillor Jean-Pierre Theraux murmured something on the topic, which went by just with the closest people: he was perfectly aware any word come from his lips, in good or bad, would have just added interest, and he was just interested in seeing how the new management would have behaved, and what would have produced.

In early spring Baroneasa Armont hired some artists, linking them rigidly through indentures, that is the Borcan contracts. It is still rumour that some of the artists who signed contracts were eventually chased by thugs hired by Armont. The illusionist Taniel and the eclectic Venetia were hired, too. "Matilda in Dirt" was never performed, whereas Venetia La Belle-Feé managed to have two shows on stage. During one of them, the scandal. Following in full the philosophy of Armont, "Art must be amusing and art must shock the consciences and the minds", a display of a vampire killed was performed during a representation. Members of the Church of Ezra were involved in this. Despite there is still debate if the vampire was a real one or not, the Church has never released any official statement. The effect wanted was sorted, either way.

The first turning point for the Théatre de la Cathédrale came when the young halfling Absalom Nightlyre applied for the job of artist. Several shows followed, plays, displays of paintings and sculptures, fashion clothes. During this period tragedy hit the theatre for the first time, when Pierre Jalabert was found killed. Most blames went to his Borcan Wife, of course, but nothing could be proved. Despite the efforts of Jalabert family to get again the control of the theatre, Armont had a signed will which granted her total control of the establishment and of the estate on the bay shore. Armont seemed unstoppable and she had started an expansion also in Barovia, trying to have some contract with the Broken Bell theatre of Vallaki...

... yet...

The appearance at Armont's side of the creepy bodyguard of Sefeasa Ivana Boritsi, for security matters she always claimed, made the overall situation simply escalate. More murders happened. The play "Our Guardian in the Mists" went on stage while Luciana Armont was held captive in the Gendarmerie. She was found guilty, but she escaped. Rumours, the only real source of most of this story, suggest she found shelter in Lechberg, at Sef Ivan Dilisnya's estate. The Jalaberts, profiting of this, got again the total control of the Theatre and of their estate, which had needed a full restoration, after a fire which almost made it wholly collapse. The new owner of the theatre, Mademoiselle Anaïs Jalabert, gave more and more power and resources to Nightlyre, with the hope to have her family's name cleansed again. Catharsis. The successful "The Price" was put on stage by Nightlyre's company, and eventually the "White Day" celebrations, and more art displays and a great gala, and the First Meistersinger Contest in collaboration with the University of Dementlieu -despite the rumoured failed marriage of Anaïs Jalabert and professor Ernst Cornell could have revamped some nasty gossip. And Nightlyre married and involved others, even young and promosing and pouty Linette Jalabert, and planned new projects, as the adaptation of the Borcan opera work "The Silent Child" by Cezar Vercezzo. Something Borcan, again.

The menaces by Armont had not stopped. And Nightlyre was found dead. Mystery. A new tragedy and a new turning point.

Year 767 of Barovian Calendar. The story of the Théatre de la Cathédrale flips a page, for new tragedies, and a new possible catharsis.

And new mysteries to be unfold.
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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #94 on: February 05, 2012, 07:46:07 AM »
[After three long days and nights of cries and lamentations coming from the chambers of the Lamordian diplomats, finally silence has fallen. The fifteen year old Gertruida Von Mitternacht passed away in the night, of dehydration. The din of the young girl's cries, and the shuffling of physicians, now replaced with an uneasy quiescence. The few visitors, that come to make their condolences, have all been sent away unseen. Both diplomats have refused to leave their chambers, but their escorts have been seen quietly making arrangements for an early departure.

This turn of events leaves uncertainty as to whether or not Lamordia will be joining the treaty of the four towers, a prospect many members or the Dementlieuse gentry had been eager to see come to fruition. One thing seems apparent to the Gendarme and the Dementlieuse people, Falkovian operatives must have been behind the attack. The outcry against Falkovian aggression is more prominent than ever in Dementlieu, crude drawings and propaganda calling for Dementlieu to join the war against Falkovnia begin to litter the streets..]

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« Reply #95 on: February 05, 2012, 03:03:55 PM »
Rumors spread that the well known Falknovian Talon & diplomat Marcos Vedarrak and a small delegation of Falknovian emissaries has arrived within the City. Officials are quick to dismiss the rumors by giving this visit no official blessings; stating whatever purpose these diplomats have in their city would be known to the public.

The visit is seen by many as an affront by Vlad Drakov after the tragedy befallen on Gertruida Von Mitternacht, that confirms Falknovian involvement. The city's tensions rise as it is believed there could be protests errupting in the streets, gendarmes are on high alert.

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« Reply #96 on: February 25, 2012, 05:29:42 AM »
Not very far from the shore a merchantile ship has been sighted in the Pernault Bay. Some, overly paranoid, think Falkovnians may have hired some pirates as mercenaries to support their battles also on the seaside. Others hope it can be the help of some other nation of the Treaty of Four Towers. As a matter of fact the ship waves a Richemuloise flag, despite it is reknown Richemulot is as landlocked as Falkovnia and Borca. Someone murmurs also the name of the ship, "The Mist Rover". So far no one has landed from the ship for some days.
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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #97 on: March 03, 2012, 11:05:41 PM »
[Rumors spread of the LeBlanc couple being robbed in the middle of the swamps on the norther boarder. Stolen from them was jewelery, and coin the say. All done by one Highwayman who named himself "Jean of the Hood". Clad in black, hooded and masked, the only color was a shamrock on his coat's Lapel. The husband and wife were found with their carriage, horse missing and, Sir LeBlanc appeared to be cut, bruised, and stripped of his clothing. His wife on the other hand was completely unharmed.]
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« Reply #98 on: March 18, 2012, 11:07:55 PM »
[Cries and the sound of gunfire could be heard throughout the Quartier Publique as a crowd of hungry peasants were shot down by the Gendarme outside of the Governor's Hotel while protesting.]

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« Reply #99 on: March 26, 2012, 01:28:43 AM »
A pale and under-fed woman, usually seen coming and going from the Boutique d'Outremer, was yesterday carried unconscious into the Manor Retreat by a blonde-haired man in Ezrite colours. The man subsequently rented out all rooms of the Retreat for the forthcoming two weeks, paid in advance, a deal that the Retreat's establishment would hardly want to turn down in these difficult times.

The next few nights are shattered by a woman's screaming coming from a room within the Retreat. Concerned citizens call in the Gendarmes, but after a word with the Ezrite and the Retreat's management, the Gendarme leave, apparently satisfied that whatever is going on there is no threat to law and order. More solars are splashed out by the Ezrite to hire an expensive physician and a maid to take care of the hysterical woman...
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