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 Post subject: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 2nd, '16, 11:46    


ShadowFraught
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      Xander paced the long corridor that followed his bed chamber lost in thought.
      It had been at least a fortnight since he had heard from his last patrol.
      Had they been captured? Or had something they discovered required further investigation?

      Unsure of how to proceed he consider his options. His kingdoms' relations with the neighboring kingdom of Shaal were...rigid at best. Although no open allegations had been made the two countries remained tense and unwilling to compromise on political matters. It is possible that his men were taken as prisoners...although admittedly...Shaal has not made hostile progressions before. Still possible if not out of place.

      He glanced out a nearby window, the stained glass painting the floor in rich hues, wondering if he'd see his little sister again. If he acted rashly it could breach the two countries in an all out war. His brow furrowed deeply arms crossed tightly behind his back. The more he speculated the more frustrated he became. Watching the sun sink below the horizon only bred further anxiety within.






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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 2nd, '16, 11:47    


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Shou Hideaki



      Shou stared down at the courtyard from his window as the sun spilled its golden radiance across it. He shifted his gaze to the wall where he noticed the gates opening. Though the distance was far, he could make out the figures of the kingdoms' scouts coming through, two additional men in tow. As he peered, his interest became piqued. It wasn't often that they had captives. He knew that some relations had gone sour in recent years, but he never had much interest in politics. Shou was the younger brother, after-all.

      Losing interest of what was happening at the gates, Shou returned to his book. Tomorrow was going to be the day that his kingdom meets with the neighboring kingdom of Nohr. He dreaded going, but his father required him to go.

      He huffed and closed the book before settling into his bed. Tomorrow will be long, Shou thought. I should just get some rest. With that, he drifted off to sleep as the sun slipped past the horizon.




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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 2nd, '16, 14:36    


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      Xander's morning was met with a rattling knock on his chamber door.
      Having slept little he stumbled out of bed before gaining himself and dressing in appropriate attire. Another knock sounded.

      "Sir I have dire news!" His courier's voice echoed unsteadily.

      Xander immediately stepped out into the hall listening to his fears unfold.

      "So...the king of Shaal is requesting a council with me?" Xander inquired coldly.

      "Yes, sir. We have confirmed that your sister and your retainer have been captured and are being held hostage."

      Xander quietly pulled at his collar before turning to the courier handing him a folded piece of parchment with the kingdom's seal.

      "Take this message and see that it gets delivered to the Shaal scout that
      is patrolling our border. These games end now."

      The courier bowed before briskly exiting the hall. Xander strode to his bedchamber acquiring various weapons and poultices before making his way out into the courtyard. With a single whistle his horse galloped from the stables and in an experienced leap he mounted it with ease. Xander noticed the blurred faces of worried Nohrians as he dashed by. He called out loudly spurring his steed forward as they bounded through the countryside.
      At this pace he would make for Shaal's border before high noon.

      It wasn't long before he saw a small unit of Shaal troops clustered along the road ahead. His courier was among them. Xander paused a few meters away eyeing the armored group with a hard glare.

      "I have been told that I am being requested for a council with your kingdom.
      I demand to know why you have taken Nohrian royalty hostage!"

      A tall broad man sneered taking a step forward, challengingly.

      "You come with us quietly king of Nohr. Otherwise your royalty won't see their next meal." He casually nodded to the elderly mage that stood beside him. One wrong move and Shaal's king would be informed through his seer.

      Xander viewed the crude man with hidden disgust. Judging by his extravagant attire the man was certainly the kings son. It was likely the young prince had never even stood in a battlefield. How pitiful.

      "Take me to your king." Xander said evenly, unswayed by the forward threats of Shaal's prince.








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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 2nd, '16, 14:53    


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Shou Hideaki



      The morning came, and Shou pushed himself out of bed at first light. He followed his normal routine of a wardrobe change, sneaking out of the castle, and finishing with his morning studies. His elder brother had informed him last night that there would be a meeting with the king of Nohr today. Though Shou didn't care much, he was interested in finally meeting someone without having to escape the castle grounds.

      Just as the sun peaked in the sky, Shou was summoned to the council chamber by his retainer, Ren. They were the first to arrive. Shou was beginning to lose interest before the meeting even started. That was when the captives, as Shou presumed yesterday, were brought into the meeting, followed by the king of Nohr himself.

      Shou thought about standing to introduce himself or even just standing to be polite, but with his interest escaping him, he just stared. They all awaited the arrival of the king, the air becoming more and more tense as time went on.




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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 2nd, '16, 15:26    


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      Xander remained silent as he was escorted to Shaal's capital by the party.
      He did not remain without plan, however, he wanted to try diplomacy before war. Yet, if it came down to the safety of his sibling and retainer, he would save them at all costs. Even if it meant war with this mysterious neighboring country.

      Throughout the years that Nohr and Shaal stood by each other the countries rarely shared any exchanges. Xander was completely unaware of who the current king of Shaal was as the kingdom remained fairly silent with its affairs.

      They guided him through lush gardens as they neared the castle. Shame such beauty was wasted on this country.

      "Behave now, King of Nohr, our king will be seeing you now."

      Xander refused to give the prince the pleasure of his rage and kept a cool calm expression as he was ushered inside. The room was vast and the ceiling was comprised of clear windows that beckoned in the golden rays of sun. Despite his unease...Xander felt unusually calm.

      He held his gaze forward, keeping his composure as he was guided to a chair at the kings round table. Everyone sat in silence as one chair remained empty. Mere moments felt like hours as they waited for the kings arrival.

      Then, foot steps sounded. Down from a long winding staircase slowly paced a tall man entirely bathed in white drapery. His face was hidden by a mask of a creature Xander didn't recognize. This was Shaal's king? He seemed more like a monk or a shaman than royalty. Even his subjects appeared on edge, all except for one. A lanky man with a mute expression that had taken a seat next to the young cocky prince across the table. His gaze remained on him a moment longer before he withdrew his focus back to the king who had silently taken his seat, his hands folding in a steeple.

      Xander grew more uneasy but he held firm. The man, king or not, would be reasoned with for the return of his family. If not, then blood would be spilt.







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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 2nd, '16, 15:42    


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Shou Hideaki



      The uneasiness came to a peak as the king, Shou's father, entered the room. Shou held back his sigh of disgust with the appearance his father chose. Hiding one's face was cowardice. Even Shou knew that. He looked back at the foreigner king before shifting his gaze to his own hands.

      "King Xander Marks... Thank you for agreeing to meet with me today under such circumstances." Clearing his throat, the masked king continued on, "I am the king of Shaal, Hyouin Hideaki." He paused, waiting for something from Xander, but he lost interest in any reply quickly. "I'll be straightforward about my intentions... I want your land. I saw an opportunity for leverage, and I took it. Of course, I don't want to hurt anyone, but I will do what is necessary to acquire what I want. So, we can make a treaty today, and you can turn over your kingdom to me, or we can do this the hard way..." His expression turned to a smirk that hid under that mask of his.

      Shou's heart sank at his father's words. Shaal was big enough, and there was already a shortage of food. Shou knew better than to speak against him though. His brow furrowed, and his lips tightened in frustration. He bit his tongue, and tried not to look at anyone. This is wrong...




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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 3rd, '16, 01:32    


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      "This is madness!" Xander's composure cracked as he rose furiously.

      "You withhold my family prisoner and then you demand the land of my entire country?!"

      With a wave of the king's hand armed guards grabbed Xander roughly by the arms, holding him in place. The king stood and prowled slowly forward until the two stood nearly a hair apart.

      "That is exactly right. It is a demand. You will forfeit your reign and your country to me or risk losing everything you hold dear." The voice was a mere whisper from the vile ruler's lips.

      Xander reeled with anger and confusion.

      "But why?! We've never been allies but we have never waged war. I don't understand your sudden demand of my kingdom! Who has wronged you?"

      "No one wronged me king of Nohr. This is simply what is, what will be, and what must be done. Your answer decides the fate of your people, Lord Xander. What do you choose?"

      Without hesitation Xander stood tall scoffing at Shaal's king.

      "You will not have my people and you will not have my kingdom. No matter what befalls me or Nohr's royalty. My people will rise and fight against you. They would have their king defend them before willingly surrendering the entire country to you. Even if it means war."







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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 3rd, '16, 03:04    


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Shou Hideaki



      As the guards grabbed at Xander, Shou finally rose to his feet, preparing for a fight. Though he was not afraid of what the foreign king might do, but what his own king and father might do to these innocent people. There was something off about this whole situation. Xander was right, nobody had wronged us, and there was no reason for such a demand.

      "Father, what is the meaning of this..?" Shou hadn't said a word the entire time, but he had to know what was happening. The king said nothing, didn't even spare a glance at the inquiry.

      "Fine, have it your way. Like I said before, I don't want to hurt anyone, but I will..." The king smirked under his mask. "Take them all to the dungeon." The king of Shaal turned, and with a wave of his hand, the guards grabbed at the Xander and the captives. "Good luck defending your city from under the grounds of our castle, King Xander..."

      Shou gritted his teeth with anguish. He knew this wasn't right, but he held no power in the room of the council.




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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 3rd, '16, 03:08    


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R E N . H Y O U I N



      Shou's retainer, Ren, stood with Shou and positioned his hand over his sword on his left hip. Unsure of Shou's thoughts on the matter, he assessed the movements of the foreign king before gently resting his free hand on Shou's shoulder. He was sure that Shou knew there was nothing he could do. The best move at this point was just to remain calm.

      He gripped Shou's shoulder tighter as the captives and king Xander were escorted out of the council chambers. "It's time for your afternoon practice in the courtyard."




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 Post subject: Re: 1x1 RP [Private] Princes' Regalia
Post Posted: Mar 31st, '16, 06:47    


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      Xander paced the cell restlessly.
      He hadn't been harmed, surprisingly, which only made matters at hand more disturbing. What was this tyrant planning?

      The surrounding cells were completely abandoned and only a single torch lit the corridor. Where were the other prisoners?

      A pit formed in his stomach.

      Where were Camilla and Leo?

      He closed his eyes grasping onto his composure.
      There would be rescue parties sent soon. Still, he didn't want to risk casualties of his people. Especially since war was soon upon them.

      With precision he arched his palm testing various forms of magic against the cell walls. All had been cloaked in a unique magic-resistant barrier. It was obvious he would not escape by force. Not unless he could muster the strength to summon something from the outside...

      He sat in the darkness and let it consume him as he fell lost in thought.





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