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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #400 on: June 29, 2019, 07:33:44 PM »
A few hours after the discovery of the blood letters, the tall red haired man returns to the theater and speaks at length with a lithe dark clad man before parting ways. the blood is then swiftly removed, cleaned with a bucket of water and a bristle brush that leaves only the faintest streak of washed out red liquid smeared in the place it was placed.


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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #401 on: July 03, 2019, 09:02:33 PM »

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Rumor begins spreading through those who frequent the quartier of a lone woman performing during  the winter nights. While all other performances have stopped she alone seems to bring smiles and entertainment to many

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Re: Port-á-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #402 on: July 09, 2019, 12:00:11 AM »
A group of women and men wearing Wayfarer Kinship amulets were seen unexpectedly in the Quartier Publique and then traveling into the Savant.

Their leader, recognizable as Zephyr Kontos, bore a sizeable package under his arm. Although the half a dozen or so Wayfarers made quite a stir as they talked among themselves, one or two clanking in gauche armor, still, the sound of an occasional yip could be heard coming from somewhere within the hurly-burly.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #403 on: August 28, 2019, 07:17:54 PM »
A gnome in a well made suit is seen leaving Le Croissant Bleu. She obviously is holding back tears as she makes her way out of town

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #404 on: August 30, 2019, 12:07:33 AM »
A man walks the street clad in black armor carrying a giant, red and white shield with a dragon. He is seen approaching shops and people asking one simple question.

"Where can I find the man named Jean Renaud?"

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #405 on: September 03, 2019, 07:05:16 PM »
A number of figures wearing the black-and-white livery of House d'Orsine have been seen repeatedly speaking to staff of the Governor's Hotel and La Croissant Bleau. Rumor has it that a wedding is to be held this coming Friday, between the houses Travere and Orsine in the hotel Ballroom.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #406 on: October 12, 2019, 09:09:56 PM »
The muffled sounds of applause, a gunshot, incantations, music, cries and cheers can be heard from within Club L'Artiste until late into the night during the evening of Vinter and Engels' performance at the establishment.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #407 on: January 11, 2020, 08:30:01 PM »
Again music, chanting, laughter, applause and wails animates Club l'Artiste long into the night. Vinter & Engels' "Mysteries of the Amber Wastes" performance concludes with an open stage.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #408 on: January 15, 2020, 12:54:18 AM »
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A scene unfolded late into the evening of the 14th of January, 775. A woman with shock-white hair, scantily clad bearing her thighs and provocative clothing was approached by a retinue of Gendarmes lead by a female officer of raven hair, her rank denoted by the chevrons of a Sargent and a red sash tied about her waist. Some deliberation took place, some speaking of an argument, others of fines and orders issued by the Gendarmes before they attempted place the woman under arrest. A foot chase broke out moments after, commands were issued by Gendarmes however the pursuit ultimately ended in the discharge of several flintlock pistols into the suspect and her subsequent subduing at the Place de Léon located in-front of the Palais Dirigeant, due for the Western Outskirts. Triage was performed on-site by Gendarmes following the shooting and she was marched in a procession to the Gendarmerie located in the Quartier Savant whilst in shackles.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #409 on: February 07, 2020, 10:47:25 PM »
Early in the morning the Militia and the Gendarme were seen marching through the city towards the east. The column marched with pomp and circumstance, the discipline of the column for all to see. Muskets and rapiers carried by the soldiers as the marched eastward towards the front. Later on the evening part of the column returned with two falkovnian prisoners bound which looked as if they were the twins or clones. The squad marched straight towards the Gendarmerie...

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #410 on: March 08, 2020, 03:31:31 PM »
A duel and fatal outcome in Port-a-Lucine!

Rumors circulate in the city around the sword duel and its respective outcome, between commoner Alphonse L'Heureux and member of the nobility, Monsieur Jacinth de la Rochenoire. The swirling rumors offer contradictory speculation regarding to the conflict's origin. A sobering consensus, however, is that Monsieur de la Rochenoire lay dead in a duel that was supposed to be non lethal, a gentleman's option to yield purportedly to serve as the conclusion of the dispute. Alphonse L'Heureux, at the conclusion, was abruptly escorted away by a detachment of Gendarmes, accused of murder.


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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #411 on: March 21, 2020, 03:55:19 AM »
As the rain unrelentingly pelted and saturated the cobblestones, the cracks in-between held the last remnants of a pale crimson which drained from the terraces of the Quartier Publique and the docks of the Quartier Marchand.   Social circles are noisily abuzz, gossiping and speculating on the reports of somber news of a macabre assault upon the sailors and Gendarmes in the Widow's Walk and the savage destruction of the entryway of the Grand Theatre de la Cathedrale. 

Rumors swirl of lumbering assailants trudging up from the depths of the sea itself and slaughtering everything in their path.  The blathering of the gossiping would be easily dismissed, if it weren't for the remnants of viscera which clung between the cobblestones and the battered door and rubble at the base of the Theater, serving as volatile fuel to the burning speculations.  Perhaps the adamant claims of an observed procession of carted off, lifeless bodies, some clad in the colors of House Jalabert's personal guard, in the wake of this possible tragedy hold merit?

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #412 on: March 28, 2020, 09:59:34 PM »
In the afternoon, a large gathering of people of all classes took place on the terraces of the Quartier Publique. After some time, an ominous call of "arm yourselves" reigned down, a man's voice. A small amount of panic fell, until the first snow ball landed squarely on a Warden of Ezra and noble man, Jacinth de la Rochenoire's head. For the next several hours until the day grew dark, the terraces were lively, nobles and commoners alike, adults all of them, throwing snow balls at one another. Laughter and screams ensued, until one roguish man known as Jean Renaud declared an end to it, taking out a vast majority of the instigators with an inspiring martial display.


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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #413 on: April 02, 2020, 01:38:50 AM »
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In the final hours of the 1st of Avril, a young female Gendarme Officer of raven hair and a crimson sash about her waist took to stopping and questioning a young blonde woman wearing a white coat. The two spoke infront of the Theatre de la Cathedrale and accounts conflict on the exact escalation of events, but it appeared to be some form of arrest or questioning before the young foreigner in the white coat suddenly bolted from the Gendarme with a flash of magic. Twenty feet later and a single report from the Gendarme's service pistol, the woman fell to the cobblestones. Rudimentary triage was performed on-site before she was taken back to the Gendarmerie in the Quartier Savant, escorted by a Nobleman in a green coat, his pistol drawn, and the young Dementlieuse Gendarme Officer.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #414 on: April 14, 2020, 05:32:04 PM »
Rumors circulate in the upper echelons of Dementlieuse society that an envoy from Blackburn's Crossing of Mordent has been seen making their way to Port-à-Lucine, bearing the colors of the defunct House Valcourt...

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #415 on: April 20, 2020, 01:26:44 PM »
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Alexandre Vaillant, the youngest son of the seigneur de Bourdonnet, is seen jogging (almost) every morning.  An unusual sight for those who know him since he typically enjoys sleeping late and avoiding physical activity.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #416 on: May 08, 2020, 01:42:40 PM »
A Dementlieuse peasant woman in a poorly kept cloak came dashing through the quarter in the late hours of the night while a party on the beach was being hosted. Headed for the Marchand Quarter, tears in her eyes, she stopped for no one, even rudely pushing past people if necessary while her actions themselves went unexplained.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #417 on: May 15, 2020, 07:34:43 AM »
A new round of jests sweeps the City of Light, as a new joke emerges: what sort of strange creature or foreigner won't House de la Rochenoire hire as a retainer? The rumors begin as mild japes, but anyone attuned to the whispers of the city realize that the apparently indiscriminate taste of the House's representatives is offending deeply-held sensibilities about who is fit to wear a House uniform and be treated with respect. Such offense, in turn, might yet lead to alienation or worse, open hostility.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #418 on: May 17, 2020, 10:07:54 PM »
Several copies of a strange religious discourse are found secreted in various places of the Great Library of Port-a-Lucine. The author is unknown.

Encyclical: On the Nature of the Mists

The First Part

Beloved,

Within each soul is the desire to approach and know the truth, to understand the world so as to reckon one’s place in it. Such enlightenment as to the meaning and purpose of all creation we call wisdom.

All of us possess senses and reason to guide us on our path of enlightenment. We are able to understand the basic order of life and existence through observation of such fundamental phenomena as cause and effect. To observe carefully tells us how, but only wisdom tells us why.

Those who spend their entire lives within the land of Mists—be it Dementlieu, Mordent, Barovia, Darkon, or elsewhere—are like unto a man who is always intoxicated with strong drink. They do not know what it is to be sober and see the universe as it is, no more than a fish knows how to breathe air and to see clearly except through the obscurity of water. Alone to themselves, they cannot aspire to walk straight or perceive what it is like to not have the voice of a demon always whispering hopelessness, fear, and despair into their ears. Those snatched by the Mists and imprisoned here, however, know the falsity of this place. That beyond the confines of these realms exist lands of light, hope, and happiness.

For Natives, life is like unto a captive child born into a jail and never knowing the freedom of the innocent.

Hence, the religions of the Core are limited in their perspectives and unable to teach us the eternal and unbounded truth from their confined vantage points.

The First Book of Ezra introduces Ezra, for example, as a woman, and the Mists called out to her according to this account as “Mortal.” The Mists then said, “You must become as one with the Mists. Never again shall You leave them.” From this sententious declaration we must assume that the Mists are greater than Ezra in power and authority.

Moreover, as Ezra was born a mortal woman, she knew nothing of the time before her, just as countless lands of which she does not know outside the Mists prosper without her intercession.

Note also that according to this account the Mists said to Ezra, “You know nothing of the Mists. You have reached the end of Your world. Continue and You shall find only Your destruction, nothing more.”

Was Ezra destroyed? If not, then the Mists lied—and Ezra was deceived!— for the Voice proclaimed nothing but destruction awaited her.

Why, then, should the Voice be believed when it bargained with her that she would be one with the Mists and watch over mortals? Why should we not assume Ezra was likewise deceived in the bargain she made? The Mists, in fact, told her she knew nothing of their “Grand Scheme.”

What can Outlanders say, in turn, of their captors? With a certainty and as the Mists treated with Ezra, they are not honest, nor are they transparent. They have taken Outlanders against their will and failed to explain their motives in doing so. If their actions were to serve a good purpose, would Outlanders not be better able to serve this purpose knowing its nature?

Do the Mists work to our good or to our harm—Outlanders and Natives alike? At best they are indifferent to us as our senses provide no evidence that they work to our good. When the Mists appear, it is always an ill omen. To go into the Mists is to expect to lose one’s way and to encounter only beings that mean our destruction.

When those of the Mists contemplate our actions—that feeling many of us have experienced of someone observing us and sitting in judgment—no one can report that they were ever aided or rewarded for doing good deeds. Indeed, those who lurk beyond the Mists studying us like captive animals have only ever interceded when those they observed were performing evil acts of darkness. They have ever bestowed “rewards” (curses) on the monstrous that ensured greater acts of depravity.
 
In each of the many realms, who rules in turn over the people? Wise and benevolent stewards who treat their subjects with kindness and encourage mutual love and respect among those they govern? Or warmongers, undead monsters, and diabolical wizards that create entire cities of undeath? Ought we in reason doubt that this state of affairs is with the acquiescence of the Mists? Nay, we must conclude the Mists will it so.

To those who have known nothing but hundreds of years of despots on every throne, this, then, is the natural order of things. But beyond the Mists are judicious and strong men and women who their people are loyal and faithful to and who govern from authority and consent rather than fear, torture, and hatred. Those who have come from beyond the Mists bear witness to such truths.

When every temporal leader is an unrelenting example of the worst kind, then our reason leads us to conclude those empowering them must be of a similar nature. Simple logical deduction from the evidence of our senses causes us then to accept that we are trapped in the grip of a force most likely malevolent but clearly not benevolent.

Do not despair, Beloved. Know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free. In the second part of this encyclical, we will explore how we can respond to the truth of our imprisoned existence…and give hope to all our captive brothers and sisters.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #419 on: May 17, 2020, 11:32:03 PM »
Responses have been left tucked into those found copies of Encylical: On the Nature of Mists.

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Dear Author,

Your work cites careful observation, but you clearly have not bothered to do more than the cursory amount of research required to produce a facade of scholarly work. The predominate faith of Dementlieu is Ezrite, yes, but we follow Her Third Revelation, not Her First. The Third teaches the truth that Ezra was an Outlander goddess in origin, not a mortal.

Moreover, the duplicity of the Mists of Death sans Ezra's intervention is uncontested in any of the Four Sects of Her Faith. The mentioned lack of 'light, hope, and happiness' in the Hollow is foundational to all of Ezra's Revelations, and is internally consistent with church teaching.

By your own reasoning, you are incapable of seeing past your own biases as you have never experienced Ezra's grace. The rest of your arguments are similarly built upon shoddy understanding of Our Guardian's doctrine.

You are invited to attend Fifth Day so your limited understanding can be broadened through reasoned discussion rather than anonymous diatribe.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #420 on: May 19, 2020, 10:11:28 PM »
A new round of jests sweeps the City of Light, as a new joke emerges: what sort of strange creature or foreigner won't House de la Rochenoire hire as a retainer? The rumors begin as mild japes, but anyone attuned to the whispers of the city realize that the apparently indiscriminate taste of the House's representatives is offending deeply-held sensibilities about who is fit to wear a House uniform and be treated with respect. Such offense, in turn, might yet lead to alienation or worse, open hostility.

There are lately far fewer retainers dressed in the turquoise of House de la Rochenoire. Whether it has something to do with the youngest daughter of Baron de Charbonne having married into House Vaillant and bringing several retainers with her or that retainers have been completely removed from service is a matter of speculation.
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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #421 on: May 20, 2020, 09:09:42 PM »
A dark haired commoner was seen being flagged down by a gendarme only for argument to follow suit. She was quickly placed under arrest after giving her name, Juliette Germain, causing quite the scene with no charges given. The woman was soon led to the Gendarmerie shortly after.

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Re: Port-à-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #422 on: May 21, 2020, 07:08:24 PM »
Word begins to spread through the City of Light that Antoine Vaillant, the Baron de Duchbourg, has passed away. Although a few whisper about scandalous circumstances surrounding his death, nothing concrete has come to light. The Baron is not much mourned; his dissolute lifestyle and generosity made him popular at times, but his expenditure was considered quite vulgar by Dementlieuse taste, and he often had to borrow money from his friends he never repaid. His brother, Gregoire Vaillant, has taken his place as heir apparent to the duc de Bourdonney and the holder of the courtesy title of Baron de Duchbourg.
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