Title: Walking the Hallways
RP Thread Number: 46
When Occured: Between Sessions #21 and #22
Location: Dawn Manor (House of Dawn)
Out of Game Date: Jan 19 – Jan 23, 2019
Participants: Keyleth, Nestrim
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Key strides along the corridor away from her sister and Nightscale. Once they ate at a distance that they can’t be over heard she slows the pace and looks at Nestrim.
“How are you doing? I know you have a lot on your plate already, but with everything that’s happened lately do you need more help?” Her face is concerned.
Nestrim walks alongside Keyleth, thinking about his sisters. A soft smile comes to his face when Key asks after him. He looks over at his sister, “Things are actually going really well. Those ointment jars you found are going to help build a barracks and armory. We still have so much to build, but we have a huge jump start on it. I need to talk with Rabbit, the Duegar are being difficult again, I am not sure why they are so responsive to her, they don’t argue with her at all.”
He looks over at a guard as they pass, “We have added about 10% more troops that your mother has sent to watch over you. We are going to start hiring our own troops in the next month or so. Sobhan thinks we need to have the barracks fully up first and I have to agree with him. As for help, it will be fine. Are you going to leave me the love of your life?”
Key listens and takes it all in seemingly pleased at the progress. She reaches over and puts a hand on his arm.
“Im glad to hear everything is going well here. What I meant was how are you handling everything that has happened to Alluvian? If you need a break from all this I can arrange it.” She takes her hand back and drops it at her side.
“Anglerond is staying here. Im sure he could handle the day to day if you need a break.”
Nestrim shrugs, “I am glad she is back, and I am fine. I wasn’t the one trapped down there. I don’t need a break, I need to spend more time working. The ritual in the forest and the subsequent problems took too much time away from my duties here. Don’t worry I will be fine.”
Key eyes him for a few moments then decides to let it go. “Okay, but if you need time let me know.” She walks quietly for a few paces before continuing.
“I have a few questions about how things are going. How are we on getting a gate put in here? How are we going to manage a drow embassy? Its been requested that any drow housed here be put up in the main house so they can be kept track of more easily.” She raises an eyebrow.
“I’d like to have a representative of each of the elven factions here if we can manage it. I thought they would be a liason for their respective peoples.”
Nestrim laughs, “I see you aren’t going slow on this… The gate will be the last thing we put into action. We need everything else operating and our troop and support fully staffed. Gates are very expensive maintenance let alone the overall cost. As for the embassies we are working on a wing. You don’t have enough space in the manor itself for full embassies. They will want to have a staff, probably a large one. We are building an embassy section that will have enough space. Rabbit wants to put them underground where we have more space to house them. I don’t think that is a bad idea but we haven’t decided. Until then we are using our spare bedroom for the drow..”
“Could we put the troops underground and the embassy up top? I thought we didn’t want many people to know about the lower levels?” She walks along thinking.
“Had I known, I would have asked for more space. Are the stables done? How many more armies to we need to pilfer before I can come close to paying all this off?” She waves around her.
“All of my money is going to go to you until its paid. Im keeping a few coins from this last haul, but the rest is going to you for whatever is needed.”
Nestrim shakes his head, “No, that would pin our troops underground and if we were attacked from up top an enemy might be able to trap our troops away from he manor house. Choke points coming out of the tunnels limits our options. Besides some of our troops are underground, Sobhan is insisting we mix up the barracks in a couple of places, especially if the city ever gets sieged.”
He continues on after a breath, “One reason Rabbit wants them in beautiful but underground locations is we can monitor who comes and goes easier. Also we would build the embassy so it appears that is all that is below, they wouldn’t see the rest of the embassy. I think I might agree with Sobhan and Rabbit, although we talked and decided a good idea was to build a tower above the embassies. One that limits access but lets different embassies have bedrooms or viewing rooms, it gives the ambassadors access to beautiful views, but it limits the footprint and how easy it is to get in and out of the embassy. We can claim it is for their protection.”
He looks at her, “You can absolutely override that if you want Key, that is just the plan at the moment. Stables will be done before you leave, also you will need to pilfer probably a dozen armies. 66,000 doesn’t go very far. Although both Rabbit and Sobhan have insisted a long slow payback for them. They directed that the money should go to improvements and personnel first.”
Key listens, her mind whirring while Nestrim speaks. When he finishes she takes in a large breath and lets it out in a rush. “We’ll just have to make sure they are richly rewarded for their investment.” She says almost to herself. She walks along looking at the floor in front of her.
“Im really just thinking out loud, but what if we added a floor below the manor and put the servants quarters there then housed the embassies on the ground floor of the manor? We could put a long row of windows in on the new floor so you could look out on the ocean.” She looks up and over to her brother.
“Or would that mess with the logistics of the household?”
Nestrim tightens his mouth in momentary frustration, then nods in silent acceptance, “Rabbit is right, we are going to need to add on to the house. The embassies are going to want some bit of privacy for themselves and business they conduct. It isn’t just a bedroom they need, they will need multiple bedrooms, multiple offices and their own place to eat and drink. She came to me earlier with a Duergar and Sobhan and we argued a bit over expanding the manor house. so radically, but it has to be done. Just for a moment’s peace it will need to be done.” That last bit seemed to be meant for himself.
He turns to Key, “I will put your feedback and request in to the proper builders. If you are going to want to seriously house other nations embassies the cost of the manor is going to skyrocket, but the money has already been put down by our sponsors so that isn’t an issue to build. We are going to have to add levels to the building and expand out. I was hoping to use the underground floors but that is evidently the last thing people want and I can concede it might be better to do this. It will make Rabbit and Anglerond happy, if we are redoing the manor that severely they can add reinforcement to the walls of the manor house itself.”
Key raises a hand in surrender. “It was just a thought. Of all of us I know the least. We’re just supplying space right? The burden of feeding them doesn’t rest on our shoulders right?” She shakes her head.
“At this rate we’re going to live in a construction zone for years more at least. Should we see if Sohban can get us more space so it’s easier for you to fit in everything we’re going to need?”
Nestrim just stares at her for a minute in disbelief, “You are not allowed to win, and then all of a sudden give up. I caved in, we will make the place bigger and give them places above surface. The rights to the land surrounding our land has already been bought by Red Silken Merchants and Rabbit, we just haven’t taken ownership yet because debt freaks you out. It is also why we haven’t finalized a solid siege wall for the whole area yet. I will tell them we will need it.”
He gives her a small smile after a moment, “We feed, provide entertainment and take care of ambassadors. If we are offering to put them up, we are responsible to keep them up like they are accustomed too. I was telling you this is expensive, and you have already offered it so we can’t step away without losing a lot of face and credibility… this might be what happens when you tell people they can have an embassy here without talking to me first.” He laughs for a moment. “You realize you are going to be adventuring the rest of your life for this place right?” Key can tell he is joking and doesn’t mean it with his wink.
Key looks surprised. “What? I didn’t think it was a contest. I was throwing out suggestions. But I take it and be proud that I suggested something that will actually work.” She laughs a bit nervously then takes a breath and lets it out. When she does her shoulders slump then straighten a new weight of responsibility settling on her shoulders.
“Do all that you need to do. I understand that it will cost staggering amounts of money. It will all be worth it. I was kidding myself when I thought we could build an empire on a budget. Your right about the embassies. I made a commitment and need to follow through.” She smiles at her brother
Nestrim rolls his eyes and laughs, “oh gods… I was joking about winning. You are way too serious sister. Don’t feel more pressure. You have no weight on your shoulders except to adventure. Do what you are good at, we will make this work. You don’t owe bad people, there is no pressure on profitability. This shouldn’t be about duty, this should be you exploring who you are. You are not responsible for financial aspects, that is what you put me in charge of.” He touches his sister’s arm reassuringly.
As light dawns she smiles and Nestrim. “You Rabbit, Anglerond, Sobhan… you’ve all sacrificed it some way to make this all happen. Weather its money or giving up your old life to help me build all this, you’ve all let something go. Of course I feel a sense of responsibility and I should. Otherwise what all of you did was for nothing. I will let you do what you do best, and I’ll do what I do best.” She winks.
“But I can’t tell you that I won’t worry. Thats pretty much impossible.” She bumps him with her shoulder in affection while she walks.
Nestrim acts like he is almost knocked over, flailing at his sister, “Should I get the guards in here? Are you attacking me? That being said your job is the hardest physically, none of this happens without you. Have you seen your drow sister at all? Is she doing ok? She seemed shaken up at the ritual, and then she seemed uncomfortable with me and Luke. I think I have a way to fix that though, something that will make her realize she isn’t being left behind.”
Key chuckles and watches him flail, seeing it for the act that it is. She scrunches up her brow thinking. “I haven’t seen her in a little bit, but I assumed that since she wasn’t with me that she was with Luke. I think she was feeling quite a bit of guilt over what you guys saw. She wasn’t really in control during that raid and she only remembers bits and pieces. What are you planning to do?”
Nestrim winks at his sister, “That you may know after I talk to Luke and get his buy off on it first. I think he would be offended if I talked to you about it before him.” He gives his sister a winning smile.
The smile just gets bigger, “You better make sure you spend as much rack time with Anglerond, Rabbit was warning Sobhan and myself you might be gone for awhile.”
Key smiles wide and lifts an eyebrow. “Rack time? You make it sound like all we do is have sex like randy teenagers.” She’s quiet for a moment.
“We do have a lot of sex, but that’s not all we do.” She looks around for Anglerond wanting some back up. Not finding him, she changes the subject.
“Why would you tease me with this grand plan for Rabbit if you can’t talk about it in the first place?” She squints at him in mock irritation.
Nestrim looks a little self-conscious and smiles, “I didn’t think about it until I started talking then realized I should probably talk to him first. I can tell you I am working on a way to make sure Rabbit knows I am not replacing her. I never would have imagined a drow who cared about relationships, let alone had low enough self-esteem to believe she wasn’t on top… especially since she is a woman.”
He looks at Key, “Also, by rack time I wasn’t meaning just sex dear sister. I thought I was the loose pervert here. I was also meaning just alone time.” He smiles at her and winks.
“Our Rabbit isnt like other drow. Sometimes I wonder if she should have been born to a different family. But at any rate, she’s ours now.” She smiles fondly.
“Pervert has such negative connotations. I prefer free spirit.” She winks.
“But your right, I would like to spend as much time as I can with Anglerond and I should let you get back to work. Thank you for taking the time to explain everything to me.” She throws an arm around him and pulls him in close for a hug.
Nestrim pulls her close to him in a skinny elf version of a bear hug, knowing full well that she could crush him, “I love you Key, as close as any blood sister. I want to make sure you know that.”
He squeezes her again, “I am warming up to your adopted sister as well, I will try not to cause any more friction for you that way.”
“I love you to. What happens to you is between the two of you. Im just not happy when either of you are unhappy.” She smirks at him and lets go. She holds him at arms length and looks at him, her smile melting away.
“We should draw something up that says who all this gets left to if I don’t come back for some reason. I think it needs to be either you or Anglerond in the absence of a female heir to leave it to. Alluvian is dealing with way to much to take this on too.”
Nestrim laughs, “Make it Alluvian or Anglerond. Alluvian is more likely to get support but both will work. However, no matter what happens, or whoever gets it, we will all still be here working on it.”
He pushes the hair out of her face, “I would come and get you myself little sister. I doubt you are going away permanently, not if myself, Anglerond and Alluvian have anything to say about it.”
She draws her eyebrows together, perplexed. “Your not worried about Alluvian? I thought sure you would be sick with it.”
Nestrim raises his own eyebrow , “Worrying about Alluvian ruling? Not at all. I think no matter what she will go further then almost anyone in performing her duties. She might kill herself doing it but she would try the hardest. I worry about everything else, her mental and physical health, but I am learning I can’t control things and it is better to let them work themselves out.”
“Her mental health is what I was worrying about. I’ve seen little things that cause a bit of concern but I guess they will work themselves out.” She smiles a bit weakly.
Nestrim pats Key on the back in a reassuring manner, “Take her to Salkya and have her looked over. Your drunk tiefling does have words of advice sometimes. She told me ‘if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.’ She sometimes has bits of wisdom mixed in. Of course she said this explaining why she was drinking another bottle of wine instead of worrying about Jack or something like that. She was drunk and not very clear on what she was trying to avoid worrying. Also, her actual quote was a lot more filled with slurs and cussing.” He chuckles too himself at that response.
Key chuckles too. “Good advice in spite of the source.” She shakes her head smiling.
“Well then, when you have a free moment if you wouldn’t mind drawing up the papers that will make Alluvian my heir until I have a daughter to pass it to.”
Nestrim nods, “I will do that and have it ready to sign before you leave. I will make Anglerond the second heir in case something happens to her and finally I will put myself down as the steward until an equitable heir can be found as third.”
He gives her a wink, “Although I really recommend you work on an heir as soon as possible. It won’t stop you from being an adventurer but it would help us immensely solidify your permanence as a power. If you have an heir, people will take you more seriously and not assume this all falls apart when you are gone.”
Key heaves out a sigh but she smiles at Nestrim when she speaks. “I’ll make you a deal. If you can find a priestess that has some sort of fertility right that can guarantee that I concieve on the first try then I will march up to my bedroom and do my duty straight away. Until then you’ll have to make due with a concerted effort any time Im home. Which means when Im here I probably won’t leave the bedroom.” She lears at her brother and waits for him to answer.
Nestrim erupts in laughter at the sigh “Dear sister, have a child when you want. I can get you that potion right this moment if you want and it should work with one time. However, do what you will. It is my job to drill this into you, but I understand if you just make Alluvian your heir. This is why I stepped down as heir, I didn’t want children at all and I hated the pressure now it is my job to pressure you. If you do want it I can do it right now, if you want to wait you can wait. I am going to give you the political realities no matter what.”
She smiles and shakes her head. “I think I’ll just deal with the pressure for a while longer then. Maybe after the house is done being built. On that note I think Im going to go find Anglerond so that I can at least tell you Im trying.” She uses air quotes when she says ‘trying’.
“I’ll check back with you before we go.”
Nestrim attempts to get his laughter under control and smiles at his sister “Go make your attempt dear sister, just be careful what you wish for.” He settles down, “I will definitely see you, besides Luke and I have some talking to do. So I am not heading off while you are here.”
Key hugs her brother and kisses his cheek. She pulls back beaming and gives him a mocking salute before she turns on her heal and strides away.