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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #50 on: October 23, 2022, 06:20:46 PM »
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The Phantom Ball, hosted by House Ambroiseux and the Red Vardo Traders, seemed poised to be the zenith of the month's social events. A cavalcade of costumes equally ghoulish and debonair were on full display, and its attendance is marked by not one but two members of the Council of Brilliance, with whispers of House Ambroiseux earning the favor of Sieur Regnier Chaboteaux, Culture Adviser, himself. These whispers quickly turn to sneers of derision when both Councilors leave early, after a hapless guest inadvertently spilled a glass of wine upon one Councilor, and then contradicted the conservative Chevalier de Tannegarde in public on matters of fashion. Both faux pas went without censure by the hosts. The indulgence shown by this bore is the talk of the city, and there's an unmistakable shift in the air, both figurative and literal, as young ladies of breeding and quality discreetly put up their Ambroiseux branded perfumes in favor of fragrances less scented with controversy.
 

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #51 on: November 16, 2022, 07:45:11 PM »
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Baudouin de Courcillon, nephew to the Baronet de Courcillon, is seen leading a contingent of his guardsmen with a prisoner in tow to the Palais Dirigeant. They are receivedby War and Defense Advisor Jacques Reynard, who after a terse exchange with the prisoner, orders his Gendarmes to take him into their custody. Monsieur Baudouin de Courcillon is lauded by the Councilor, for it seems Courcillon's catch is none other than Captain Parent of the Free Company of Concerned Citizens, a small but militant group of disaffected Dementlieuse mercenaries who flocked to the banner of the Bitter Flames, led by Captain Valentine Voiculet. A frequent refrain among Baudouin's detractors who favor other candidates in the city's political squabbling are quick the utter the refrain "it takes a bastard to catch a bastard". Nonetheless, doubtless this small victory will do much to weaken the bandits within the Champs Silencieux to the south

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #52 on: November 18, 2022, 07:15:53 PM »
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From the Baron de Miseaux's Tomas de Fré's estate of Col de Sang, couriers ride forth to Port-a-Lucine, Chateaufaux, Chateaunoir, and Ste. Luciennes. The missives they post along several of the country's most traveled thoroughfare are of fine vellum make, but bear no words. Instead, they show the coat of arms of the House de Courcillon expertly painted in brilliant shades: Tierced per pale; sable a sword jules, jules, and argent a rampant wolf sable. A line of wax seals show the support of many heads of house from the eastern aristocracy and a few other men of means, among them some titles of note:

Baron de Miseaux
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Baron de Chalaines

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #53 on: December 10, 2022, 10:17:18 AM »
[As dawn greets the city of Por-a-Lucine, a lonely, small figure dressed in red and black is seen walking toward the Theatre of the Bay. The red light of the rising sun shines on the rippling waves of the Sea of Sorrows, offering a glimpse of beauty in a day that otherwise seems mostly overcast, with several clouds passing through the sky.

The figure opens a case and retrieves a violin from it, richly decorated and clearly suitable for an artist of some level. The halfling clearly is not such, but after some tuning and trying he's seen closing his eyes, a haunting tune, with imperfect notes, resonates through the bay for a couple of minutes. Once he is done, the figure lingers still, looking far toward the sea, unmoving, the violin resting by his side. As quietly as he arrived, he places the instrument back and leaves, somberly.]




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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #54 on: December 11, 2022, 05:43:55 PM »
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Gabriel d'Aubry attends a final performance in the City of Lights before taking the road south. It's rumored a commission, backed by the recommendation of his distant cousin, Her Grace the Duchesse de Beauvais ,awaits him at the Chateaunoir Gendarmerie. Some say the flinty demeanor and heavy hand of the young nobleman will serve him well in his new position. Certainly the underbelly of the Quartier Ouvrier breathes a sign of relief, at least for now. His many noble backers in his political and military pursuits largely agree the commission is well-earned, and look forward to what the future holds for the noted duelist, soldier, and scion of the Serene Republique.

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #55 on: January 06, 2023, 04:55:37 PM »
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In the early hours of the morning, a tiny caliban quickly darted into the Publique in-between Gendarme patrols to the displeasure of the nearby nobility. A letter was slapped on a wall before the creature was chased off.

Gossip quickly spreads along the terraces of why such a creature should have been allowed to even enter The Publique, and little mind is paid to the contents of the letter itself.

The letter itself was shortly removed thereafter.

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #56 on: January 08, 2023, 11:53:59 AM »
A white and golden clothed merchant seems to be setting up a public shop near the bay in Quartier Publique

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #57 on: January 11, 2023, 02:51:50 AM »
Upon the lips of gossip circles and onlookers alike is that, during the late hours of a dying evening, a grotesque scene emerged as the result of some altercation or another. The details on what transpired exactly remain clouded, but one thing is reported with certainty from circle to circle; a green-faced gendarme is seen hauling, by his best efforts, a bisected corpse through the streets of the Quartier Publique, flanked by one of his colleagues and followed by several individuals. Their destination seemingly the Gendarmerie de Port-à-Lucine.
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #58 on: January 14, 2023, 12:19:28 PM »
By dawn's light, the remnants of the Black Army of Gundarak are seen departing the City of Lights, few giving the splendid capitol and its sun-kissed terraces a second glance. Better known to the locals as Demetrius Ajkler's Black Company, rumors swirl of bad blood or failed contracts between the war-hardened group and its patrons within the city. Once celebrated for their efforts to deliver grain and guns across the north-western Core as well as their small part in the defense of the Council of Brilliance, the Company's star seems to have dimmed among all but their most earnest supporters. For those who bother to gossip on the affair, three questions linger:

What becomes of Ajkler's hard won legacy?

What becomes of a mercenary company without a contract?

What becomes of an army without a state?

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #59 on: January 15, 2023, 07:52:55 PM »
Singing the praises of both the late Josephine Chantreaux and the Four Towers, Councilor Jacques Reynard sees of an assemblage of Borcan and Dementlieuse retainers, Gendarmes, mercenaries, and condottieri. In Chateaufaux, shouts of "Pluck the hawk!" and the admiring glances of many a man and woman follow the procession. Not far from the Richemuloise border, sporadic gunfire and the rumble of earth greets the force's scouts, and a small party of bandits, brigands, and worse are routed. The group, awash with glory and the flush of first blood, vanish beneath the boughs of the Champs Silencieux...

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #60 on: January 24, 2023, 07:57:35 PM »
The Captain of the Silent Fields, Baudouin de Courcillon, is seen entering the city from the East accompanied by a Borcan Condottieri, a member of the Company of the Bridge, and a small retinue of retainers that have clearly seen battle.  In their care is a line of seven Dwarves and one man of Vaasi descent, chained in irons.  The group is marched directly toward the Gendarmerie Nationale. He and his retinue are greeted with loud cheers, and many a drink is lifted in toast to his name.
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #61 on: January 26, 2023, 11:35:24 AM »
A strange new addition has joined the ranks of archivists tending to the Grande Bibliothèque. Dot of blue grey in a sea of pale white faces, she attends her tedious labors dutifully from dusk until dawn, long rounded ears ever alert for calls for assistance.

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #62 on: February 06, 2023, 06:06:46 PM »
The gentry gape and stare as Sacha Frelon is escorted by a Gendarmerie patrol from the Cathedral to the Gendarmerie Nationale...
"The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs."

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #63 on: February 11, 2023, 07:27:45 PM »
MURDER! MASSACRE!

The Governor's Hotel resounds with violence at its highest level, as the Penthouse rented by Mariah Parsons is invaded during her Victory Celebration for the Silent Fields; bloodshed and carnage as the gentry are assaulted and slaughtered by the MADMAN DAIDRANN VALSTAHD! Rumours speak of the Falkovnian Ambassador assassinated, several Gendarmes and guests cut down, and the host, Mariah Parsons, abducted!
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #64 on: February 11, 2023, 08:42:11 PM »
Rumour and gossip circles are abuzz with horrific and visceral accounts of the events that would become known as "The Penthouse Masssacre", detailing several murders of the gendarmes, the gentry, and even the Falkovnian ambassador himself. People speak the name of the assailant in fear and in whispered breaths, but they speak tale of the butcherer Daidriann Valstahd, self-proclaimed "The Vaunted", and his infamous axe-blade as the source of the handiwork. Many gurgled screams, shouting and taunting is heard from within the Governor's Hotel, as well as the clashing of steel and magics throughout the night.

In the aftermath, many a body lays bisected and broken. The bodies of a red-haired sorceress and the Falkovnian ambassador are found impaled in the garden of the Quartier Publique, but the scene is hastily surrounded by coats of blue, ushering victims and witnesses away from the gruesome message. A macabre air hangs in the wake of the savagery, an unsettling wrongness not easily shaken.
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #65 on: February 12, 2023, 12:54:40 AM »
Screams of horror and shock equate the vast majority of citizens reactions when they come across several of the party guests, clothes covered in viscous crimson hurrying to the eastern side of town, several wounded and unable to walk without support. Shortly thereafter rows upon rows of Blue-coats arrive on the scene, swarming the exterior of the hotel and surrounding it's entry points. The officer on scene, noted to be Sieur Basile Corbeau took charge of the ensuing chaos, martialling patrols that began to sweep through the streets and denying entry to all but those who live within the Governer's hotel until the investigations were concluded..



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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #66 on: February 15, 2023, 01:25:30 PM »
Rumours would make their way around the city that the Courts are preparing to bring to trial Sacha Frelon for Treason and Kidnapping later in the day...

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #67 on: February 16, 2023, 06:50:24 PM »
Word would spread that the execution of the convicted traitor Sacha Frelon is being postponed due to inclement weather...
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #68 on: February 20, 2023, 03:15:38 AM »
Word would spread that Sacha Frelon is to be executed later in the day, before the Palais Dirigeant...

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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #69 on: February 20, 2023, 06:30:53 PM »
From the Quartier Savant to the Publique, the sound of whistles, gunshots, and screams of pain carry on the wind in the hours before Sacha Frelon's execution. A company of Gendarmerie Nationale cavalry patrol the streets, fighting off dozens of what will later be described as "criminal malcontents". The execution carries on as scheduled, however, with the only additional interruption being the detonation of a pair of cannons stationed atop a terrace to oversee the affair. While half a dozen Gendarmes are immolated and dismembered in the incident, so to is the would-be saboteur. A bittersweet accident, since a rogue element for powers unknown is removed from the board, albeit at great cost. The Lady-Governor, reputedly determined to not let justice be aborted by Frelon's allies, orders the execution to continue. In one last twist of fate, it seems some hapless bureaucrat has made a critical error in fitting the guillotine's blade, since it fails to sever Frelon's head, and indeed leaves the poor man alive and transfixed until Lieutenant Dorian de Sauvre executes him with an efficient shot to the back of the head.

Peace is restored swiftly, and soon the happy people of the city resume their talk of galas and masquerades.
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #70 on: February 22, 2023, 10:13:42 PM »


Word trickles out, slow as molasses, that the esteemed Theatre de la Cathedrale, that sparkling jewel in the crown of the august House Jalabert, has made two appointments to the role of Assistant Manager. A void has been filled, an abscess left in the wake of the ignominious fortune teller-turned-playwright Mademoiselle Dove, the late Borcan Consul Roxana Barozzi, and the poor, sweet Dame Geneviève Chaboteaux. Surely, the grim fortunes of these last three individuals to hold the title were mere happenstance, and not some diabolic machination or eldritch curse. The folk of Dementlieu tend to be above such backwater superstitions, after all.

Congratulations, however anxious or muted, are surely due to the fresh-faced appointees: the valorous Souragnien noblewoman, Maitresse Josephine Perigord, and the ambitious Ouvrier-born commoner, Mademoiselle Alisaie Goulet.

Troupe Manager Chiara Grassini herself is conspicuously absent from public life, not having been glimpsed beyond the walls of the playhouse since the Expédition aux Champs Silencieux marched South, almost six weeks ago. Even to her own staff, she is somewhat elusive. Letters have gone unanswered. Perhaps what was once a hardworking reclusiveness has begun to fester. In the dead of night, if one places their ear to the stone, strange noises may be heard, muffled and distant. Scratching. Wailing. Weeping. But in such a old building, odd sounds are nothing new. And many can attest that the Borcan woman is alive and ambulatory.

With the appointment of new Assistant Managers, the gears of the grand playhouse have once more begun to turn. And yet, no public statement is made. Silence reigns. Meetings are had. Letters are responded to, belatedly and by proxy. Productions are envisioned. Calendars are drawn up. Quill is put to parchment. While an uneasy pall may have descended upon the stage like stubborn Mordentshire fog, the show - as they say - must go on ...
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #71 on: February 23, 2023, 06:32:41 PM »
[Sieur Basile Corbeau of the Gendarmerie is seen plastering recruitment posters upon the noticeboard within the Publique]

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The Gendarmerie de la Nationale seeks any able-bodied men & women to serve in the nations most exemplory military forces.  The threat of war is on the horizon, will you let our nation be defenseless? Will you leave your fellows to fight the enemy alone? Serve with duty and dilligence, come home with honours.

Receive a steady wage, get fed well, earn respect, chances for citizenship!


The Gendarmerie de la Nationale wants

YOU.

Pour la République,
⚜ THE GENDARMERIE NATIONALE DE DEMENTLIEU ⚜
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #72 on: March 02, 2023, 05:39:04 PM »
Rumors spread about Éléonore Ambroiseux being sighted again after her kidnapping. Bruised and battered, the noblewoman was seen limping through the terraces with what appeared to be a broken leg.

She did not stay for discourse, being led by Lt. Delmar of the Red Vardo Traders to the Quartier Marchand and out of sight.
 
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #73 on: March 09, 2023, 08:33:08 PM »
Gossip abounds that Late into the evening of the Rose Day Ball a drow man in dark finery was seen leaving the Governor's Hotel followed shortly by a masked woman in extravagant attire, soon afterward a small number of well-dressed guests filter out and follow the drow off into the night toward the Quartier Savant...
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Re: Port-a-Lucine - Quartier Publique
« Reply #74 on: April 10, 2023, 08:16:13 PM »
With recent news through the social grapevine of plague bearing civilians entering the city, the Gendarmerie de la Nationale seen to have erected a Quarantine checkpoint just outside the western gate in order to combat this threat to the safety of the city. Stringently, they are not allowing anyone in without submitting to a thorough frisk of their persons...