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[Event] Boom Boom here we go. Dornish Council Meeting in the 46th year of Her Radiance Meria Martell's rule

[Event] Boom Boom here we go. Dornish Council Meeting in the 46th year of Her Radiance Meria Martell's rule

TwistedDemo

Meria summoned her council in the Privy chambers of the Suntower. When they arrived, the old Princess was already awaiting them. Sat at the head of the table on her extravagent throne like chair, the back of her hand grazed her chin as she showed her Chancellors the [letter](https://www.reddit.com/r/CenturyOfBlood/comments/o7t5ix/letter_letters_from_storms_end_89_ad/h3dqjz0/?context=3) she had recieved from the Stormlands. "The princess regent requests a permanent peace for the boy King who sits in Storms end." Meria said to her council "The stormlands are weak, riven by internal divisions as each councillor fights like vultures for any scrap of influence they can gain over the boy King" Meria spoke with distate, for milenia the Storm Kings had been enemies of Dorne, now they spoke of a permanent peace. She wondered what other intentions the Princess had, as the letter seemed to hint at something more. "I would like the council's opinion on this matter" automod ping dcouncil


levic728

Albin read the letter with a frown on his face. He was a border lord and he’d be damned if this peace was considered. He had no doubts that if they were here, Lords Yronwood and Wyl felt the same way. The lords who *guarded* Dorne would be appalled by this farce. The Regent of Storms End was foolish. Gathering his words and courage, Albin spoke up on the matter. He made sure to speak slowly and calmly, not wishing to upset rhe Princess. “For over ten thousand years, before even the coming of Nymeria and the Rhoynar, we have fought the Storm. We have bloodied our mountains, our homes, and even driven ourselves *into* the Stormlands. They, much like the Valyrians, are an ancient foe. A permanent peace is folly, some day another Argilac will rise and break treaties. And we would be the first to be struck at. If the Storm is so weak, all the better. Let them rip themselves apart over scraps of influence over a *boy*. To make it short, I say we reject it.” Albin made sure to speak carefully and not slight the Princess, still reeling from their last talk. Automod ping Dcouncil


ranger_from_th_north

Ser Bernie took the letter with an amused look on his face. Despite the serious atmosphere of the council meeting, he chortled softly while reading it. The Storm was floundering and he was going to enjoy every bit of it. Passing the letter down the line, he takes a swig from his flagon while Lord Manwoody stated his case. Once he was done, the Dayne spoke, “A little flowery but I agree with the Lord Herald. Though any war would shut Sunspear down to visitors or outside trade, the Storm is fucked and they know it. Now they want us to hide away while their infant king grows up only to break this “peace”? Stranger take them all.” Ser Bernie shakes his head, still amused and continues to drink from his flagon. Automod ping Dcouncil


Daedalus_27

Garin sighed. With such sentiment prevalent in the mountains, it seemed there was no chance any peace would ever last long no matter the circumstances. "It is good that the Princess Regent is making the offer. Any length of peace between our realms is welcome, and her letter suggests that she is at least weary of our conflicts; better her in control of an impressionable boy-king than some rabid bloodhound hungry for revenge. I understand that this may not be a popular choice, but might it be wise to lend Princess Maris some assistance with staying in power? It is in our interest to ensure that cooler heads rule the Stormlands, and to have a member of the royal family - the king's aunt, if I am not mistaken - in our debt would be no small boon."


levic728

"With all due respect Chancellor, that boon would not be beneficial in the long run. When the boy becomes a man, he will be free to do as he wishes. And do not dare to believe he will not grow up hearing about his father, uncle, and grand father from the lords at court. While the Regent holds power, she can not stop these words from reaching the Storm King," Albin paused for a few moments to take a drink of lemon water before he decided to continue. "Do not mistake it, I wish not to bloody the Pass and Boneway. The Kings aunt will not be regent forever, and the men of House Durrandon have always been brash as adults. Arlan was brash as a young man, Argilac was brash up until his death, Erich was foolish and arrogant. I have doubt that the infant king will be different as an adult, eternal peace will not last. To address the points Ser Bernard made, In terms of trade, we may not be able to trade with the Vale of Arryn, or the city of Duskendale, we can shift trade to Old Town and Lannisport during war time. Let the Durrandons collapse in on themselves and their greedy lords, their stability matters not. Stranger take them all." Automod ping Dcouncil


ymi17

Marak paused. “Wise words, Lord Albin. And yet you are not *your* father. “ M: a little turd in the punch bowl from 10000 feet Automod ping dcouncil


ranger_from_th_north

While taking a sip from his tankard, Ser Bernie raised his eyebrows in surprise at the Qorgyle’s balls. Just as he saw Lord Albin beginning to form a scathing response, he slammed his flagon on to the table, “Will you look a that! I’m out of ale!” Noisily he scoots back his chair, walks to the door and orders one of the guards to bring him a new flagon. As he walks back he gestures, “Apologies Your Radiance, my lords, for the interruption. Very quick note over the heavily flawed idea of helping the infant storm king keep his throne–“ Bernie paused for emphasis, “–the Stormlanders hate US as much as we fucking hate THEM. How long do you think that teet-suckling king would stay in power once the Stormlords heard he had *Dorne* backing him?” Automod ping Dcouncil


Daedalus_27

"There are... ways in which to provide support that do not require the signing of one's name on a letter, and I suggested merely that the Princess' continued influence might benefit our cause. In any case, I recognize that it is not a point that will make it past this council and as such will leave it be. A divided Stormlands with a weak king is still something to be taken advantage of regardless of tactics." Bickering aside, Garin was glad that Albin was not his father. He'd met few men in his near sixty years of life that he truly disliked, but Michael Manwoody had undoubtedly been one of them.


TwistedDemo

Meria sat in silence for a moment as she listened to her chancellors speak, weighing each of their opinions in her mind carefully. Meria had not ruled for so long by chance, she knew the the sentiment that festered in the mountains. She nodded at Albin's words "Indeed. A formal peace agreement is simply not possible. I am shocked the Princess has been so foolish as to suggest it" She paused for a moment before addressing her chancellors "I do not think we should support this boy King. Perhaps we should find out who else contends for power in the boy's court and consider lending asistance to them" She spoke of a shrewd political plan, by backing a rival, they could sow further discord in the realm of the Storm Kings, perhaps opening up an opportunity for themselves. automod ping dcouncil


Aleefth

Nymor had remained uncharacteristically quiet throughout, and only watched as the council advised, swore and bickered. “My mother likely has a decent plan.” He spoke, letting a golden Sun roll across his fingers. “If we are to maintain this same peace we have enjoyed for decades, then it is certainly worth finding out what is happening within the Storm.” He regarded the council with narrowed eyes. “I have hope that every child can be a better person than their parents. Most of us here are living proof of that. Perhaps, it would not be too far from sane to entertain a notion of amicable dispassion toward this boy king.” Automod ping Dcouncil


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Aleefth

When Nymor arrived at the council chambers, his face held a different countenance to any that it had held before. “Councillors.” He took his seat, the tone in his voice one of a serious unfamiliar to all. “I have disgusting and rather disastrous news. I am certain you have all heard by now of the demise of House Brune. Aberforth and his kin were good and kind people, and their fall as Kings should be cause for mourning across the continent. “Yet this alone is not the worst. It is that our ancient aggressor, the Valyrians of Dragonstone, are the ones to take their land. Heathens, kinslayers and, above all, greedy.” He passed a letter forward to the table. “Worse still. House Darklyn has seen fit to aid in these terrible crimes against Westeros and against the Faith. And this brings into question my own kin's promise of marriage.” He looked his mother dead in the eye, his heart beating too fast. “The betrothal cannot stand.” Automod ping Dcouncil


TwistedDemo

Meria looked at her son with iritation, although he did make valid points. The war in the claw had been of great concern to Meria and the Dragonlords expansionest ambitions weighed on her mind. "What you say is true Nymor, but it is too late. The marriage has already been agreed upon. I cannot break the betrothal now" Meria regretted that the news of the fall of Dyre Den and House Darklyn's support for the Valyrians had not reached her prior to the marriage being agreed on, yet a strong ruler could not appear to flip flop on their word. "I want the situation in the Claw watched closely, any further aggression may require the intervention of Dorne's armies" Meria said to the rest of the council, although a cautious ruler she had always been.


ranger_from_th_north

Ser Bernie takes the letter and looks it over. His only response was a combination of a grunt and scoff. He took his tankard and took a drink while watching Princess Meria address her son and heir. After she was finished, “Aye, excuse my language but it seems as though we’re right fucked and before the wedding night too.” His singular violet eye looked around the table before resting back on his prince, “Seeing as the dragon fuckers and their Darklyn dogs have committed crimes against the Faith, shouldn’t the Faith be doing something about it?” Ser Bernie shrugs, “We’re being backed into a marriage with a house fixing to be excommunicated, we should reach out to the Faith and let them know of the circumstances. If they believe for one second that we support these aggressors– well, there’s a Faith Militant chapter *within* this city…” His right eye hardens, “That wouldn’t be good.” /u/Aleefth


Aleefth

Nymor's eyebrows raised incredulous. “Nothing to be done?” He scoffed. “And since when did Meria Martell care about the feelings of those from another realm? He felt the anger of betrayal rise within him. “If Trystane marries Jonquil, it gives anyone who had reason to doubt our strength the idea that we lie with the faithless and kinslayer. “I will honour no alliance with those that would support a foreign invasion.” He breathed hard before saying one more thing. “If she must marry, have her forsake her name, titles and alliances. As you did for Lady Nyra's mate.” Automod ping Dcouncil


levic728

Albin drummed his fingers slowly as he listened to the Princess, Crown Prince, and Ser Bernard. The Princess was not in the right here, but Prince Nymor was. This was a delicate situation, so Albin had to choose his words carefully. “Princess Meria, Prince Nymor, if I may give my opinon on the matter. We are all the descedents of the Rhoynar, Andals, and first men in Dorne. Why do we align ourselves with those who aid our most ancient of enemies? It was the Valyrians who drove the Rhoynar off *from the mother Rhoyne* and lef them here. It was the Valyrians who forced the andals to seek a new home away from them. Now Darklyn aids them in subjegating more land? And to make an enemy of the Faith as Ser Bernard mentioned, is not something we can handle.” Albin took a breath before reaching his final statement. “If she is to marry a Martell, she is to be *loyal* to the House Nymeros-Martell. Not Darklyn, who is the plaything of the *Filthy, kin slaying, murderous, dirty Valyrians.*” automod ping Dcouncil


ymi17

Marak’s eyes widened at the mention of Nyra, but thought of the wisdom in the Crown Prince’s words. “Your Radience, all of our esteemed members raise issues, but if I may. Your decision to force Joclyn Grandison to swear to you had two effects. First, it limited not only her ability to bear arms against Dorne, but that of her house. And by extension, the Stormlands.” Marak swallowed. “And you, by extension, insured my sister’s loyalty by granting her that boon. Prince Nymor is right. This oath is needed. But it has many benefits. Perhaps the Valerians are treacherous. But to move against Dorne would be perilous, and their Darklyn allies would now allow it.” “In addition, you buy the loyalty of Prince Trystane, who has been heretofore somewhat unreliable. Jonquil is joining the Crown Prince and myself in the Crucible race. She clearly wishes be a subject of Dorne. Perhaps she can have her wish, and her husband. Meanwhile, we do not have to break promises. If she wishes to be a bride of a prince of Dorne, of course she should forswear her alliances. Who is she?”


TwistedDemo

Meria's eye's locked on to her son "Do i look dead to you? You will honour whatever i tell you to honour. When i'm rotting in the sands you can run my principality as you wish, until then shut your mouth and obey." The relationship between Princess Meria and Nymor had soured more than usual as of late. She turned to the rest of her council "The betrothal stands, no commitments from Dorne have been made to House Darklyn in regards to any type of alliance." She sighed, leaning back in her chair as she raised a weary hand to her forehead "Rest assured my lords, i have taken your advice under consideration, the Darlyn girl *will* be loyal to house Martell and *only* House Martell and all issue from this union will be named Nymeros-Martell" What she had done with Nyra in the past was certainly an option to be apllied in this union also. automod ping dcouncil


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Daedalus_27

Garin had heard such rumblings from the docks, and to hear them confirmed was certainly concerning. Still... "Your Radiant Highness, with all due respect, are we... certain that this is the case? This [letter](https://www.reddit.com/r/CenturyOfBlood/comments/noydwo/letter_ashamed/h02l8va/?context=3) merely states that they are fighting 'those who made themselves enemies of the Dusklands' and does not make mention of House Brune. Even if it were true, it would be dangerous to draw the ire of the Dragonlords and Lord Royal both - especially as, unless there have been changes of which I have not been made aware, they are counted in theory among our current allies. Though there is little direct trade between our realms, the merchants of Duskendale are formidable on their own, and I shudder to think of what they could accomplish with the support of the Valyrian fleet. Does King Otho know of his vassal's actions? And has the Starry Sept been informed of the news? If King Abelar was a monarch under the Seven, then surely the Faith would wish to intervene in this matter."


thatawesomegeek

# 12th month B, 89 AD The new Warden called his first ever meeting, as well as his first ever emergency meeting. He slapped Meria's [letter](https://www.reddit.com/r/CenturyOfBlood/comments/oiri8s/coflict_in_for_a_handy_surprise/h4x9i1t?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share&context=3) on the table, clearly furious. "My lords. The Ironborn have dared to venture this inland, and have raided villages not 30 leagues from Godsgrace itself. No doubt those cowardly scoundrels didn't have the courage to take on real castles." Oberyn shook his head. "500 of them are now hiding somewhere east of the Greenblood. I have mobilized troops of a few houses, but I wanted to consult all of you on the best course of action to eradicate these raiding parasites. What do you think, Ser Guyard?" he asked, looking expectantly at the Marshal. Automod ping DCouncil


ranger_from_th_north

“All due respect to you Warden and to my nephew but we’ve got to gut the fucking bastards!” Ser Bernard growled. He waved one of his guards over and the guard brought a tactical map of Dorne with holdfasts, hamlets, rivers, roads and coastlines all hand drawn. Ser Bernie said nothing about the map, though he secretly hoped someone would praise the penmanship and accuracy, it had taken him a long time to make. “Those sea rats came from the south right? And then we lost them north and now they’ve weaseled their way into the Greenblood.” Ser Bernie looked up and pointed to the northern coast of Dorne where waterways were stuck between islands, “What other way do they have to get back home? They’ve got to get out of the Sea of Dorne first and head back south! We should nab them then and teach em that what dies fucking stays dead.” Ser Bernie took a swig of ale from his mug and waited for a response. Automod ping Dcouncil


AsukaL-S

“I’m not sure what you expect me to say, Oberyn,” Guyard replied, his voice gravely and slightly irritated. “Ironborn are pests to be slaughtered. The question isn’t what, it’s how. Damn rats like to slip away the same way they got here. We gonna keep them here with hopes and dreams? If not, we need to coordinate a response by sea as well, to keep them in Godsgrace. Either we can meet them where they are, or wait for them to try to sail along the south, and lay in wait. Can’t exactly advocate the latter, but it’s an option.” Automod ping Dcouncil


ymi17

Marak stirred. "My sister's holdings are safe, deep in the desert. Many others are the same. We should move the forces of these safe holdings to defend the vulnerable ones. These barbarians are cowards, and will retreat to their boats at the first sign of resistance. But if we are able to place the armies of Dorne in the vulnerable places, keeping the passes guarded of course, the Ironborn may reach for a ripe plum and find their arm is caught in an inescapable trap." Automod ping Dcouncil


thatawesomegeek

The Warden nodded. "I have already deigned to order my own troops as well as those of Salt Shore and Lemonwood to the Godsgrace. They march as we speak. I have also informed Lord Toland, since the closest coast that's not a cliff is located near Ghost Hill. My daughter has informed Lord Azar of the Tor of this, and I presume he will be vigilant. But I lack the military expertise that you have, Ser Guyard, Ser Bors. What we do with more Dornish army and navy further, that your domain. I need specific orders to send to our esteemed lords of Dorne." Oberyn ordered a map be brought with haste. When it arrived, he unfolded it and placed it on the council table. "The bastards conducted raids here-" he pointed- "and here. Along the Scourge. However, they were seen going southeast after this. It may be just to avoid the keen eyes of a fortress and go down the Greenblood, but they may be heading for the coast near Ghost Hill as well. Both these paths need to be secured, I would say." He looked up to the Marshal and the High Captain. "My lords." Automod ping DCouncil


PM_ME_UR_CHIKORITAS

Bors scratched his chin and shifted back in his chair. He had been looking over Ser Bernie's map. Quite a thing it was to behold. Neat. He took a sip from his goblet of wine, then brought it down upon the table with an audible *thunk*. "Where did the wretches land? If their ships escape, more men will be back to visit the same destruction on some other village. [edit: Four] now, it is." He stabbed at two spots on the map with a swollen finger. "They can't have gone far through the desert. I say we intercept them on the Greenblood by land and at Ghost Hill by sea. If the fleet can't be found, they may be lurking on the back side of Ghaston Grey." [edit: My bad, I read the conflict posts wrong. Don't worry; I have gotten rid of the automod ping.]


ranger_from_th_north

Ser Bernie nodded at Ser Bors’ words, “Aye, we’ve got to trap them some way or another. Perhaps the western lords could lend some aid to fortifying coastal hamlets? At least until those squid fuckers are dead and gone. Let ‘em find a surprise at whatever spot they dare raid next.” Automod ping Dcouncil


thatawesomegeek

"Ser Bors. Ser Bernard. The map. I speak in numbers and positions." Automod ping DCouncil


ranger_from_th_north

Ser Bernard resisted the urge to roll his eye, instead he clicked his tongue and gestured toward the Red Mountains on the map, "Now I'm not saying we move troops from the Red Mountains across the western desert. Instead have them bolster some of the coastal hamlets and fisheries on the western side, some could go to Yronwood, others to Starfall. Hellholt maybe, maybe. Starfall will need many of their men for their own fleet to patrol and guard the southern way back to the Iron Islands. So let the western lords support Starfall and their lands so that the fleet can be bolstered with Dayne men." Ser Bernie crossed his arms and used his one remaining purple eye to fix the new Warden with a stubborn gaze, "The lords of the Red Mountains should be allowed to choose how many men they can afford to send either way. We've got bigger threats than Ironborn scum to waste troops, food and gold on 'em. They're mosquitoes, minor annoyances, the threat of the Stormlands is like winter to the Starks. Inevitable." Automod ping DCouncil


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Albin Manwoody had to bite back the urge to scoff at the jester they called a Warden. The man was a fool, and he simply proved it throughout the meeting thus far. Gods be merciful, he would perish soon. To the Ironborn or the Stormlords. Ser Bernard was a fierce man and yet was right. The Ironborn were simply mice compared to the threat always on the border. As he was the only true Lord of the West on the council , he spoke up on the matter of sending troops. The Lords voice was quiet and yet inflective of some inner calm. Perhaps it was the nature of the Marches, but he feared not the combat. “I can send a portion of my men to Starfall under one of my commanders, as I am closer to the Daynes than Lord Wyl is. Lord Wyl can be given directive to defend Yronwood. These are pests, vermin. They shall be dealt with and shown no quarter. Should we get the chance,let them perish away from the ocean, deprive them of their drowned god.” Automod ping Dcouncil


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Lord Albin Manwooody took his seat with grace and poise, but he did not smile like normally would. The jovial lord instead bore a serious expression, as his mind was set on matters that were chiping away at his calm. Thr man wore an outfit of black and gold, and was slightly on edge despite not showing it. He did not trust this den of vipers too much.


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Meria turned to Lord Albin "Albin, have we heard any news from Nymeria? That wretched girl should have returned by now" Meria had grown concerned, Nymeria should have been back by now, the Bracken wedding had been months ago, yet no word had been received and her wedding was fast approaching. She was always an unruly woman, off travelling and associating with harlets and fools in Meria's opinion.


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“I’m afraid not, your radiance. The girl has not written letters or anything of the such to explain her absence. My cousin has not been seen crossing through the Pass either or else my uncle would have alerted me. No, your radiance, neither hide nor tail have been seen of her.”


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Meria let out of a grunt of disapproval "*Damn that girl!*" She spat to herself before taking a deep breath "Albin, send a raven to King Perceon immediately enquiring about her whereabouts, tell him she is to return to Dorne at once for her wedding. Do not delay. Do it now"


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Albin was quickly souring at the lack of any sign of respect by Meria but oblidged. “I will bring news when I obtain it.”


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Albin took a deep breath and presented two pieces of news to the council. His face was a mixture of frustration and bitterness. “Your radiance, crown prince, and fellow council members. I bear two pieces of news. The first is from abroad, *very far* abroad. King Jorah Stark, king of the North and winter is dead. No clear king from my news, but war with the Riverlands might come for the North.” Albin took a [letter](https://www.reddit.com/r/CenturyOfBlood/comments/o2zitf/letter_im_pissed_and_so_should_you/h2dhlua/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3) from his coat and threw it onto the table. That was the source of his frustration. “Nymeria Martell has decided to *skip out* on her duties to the crown. I doubt it was a kidnapping, the crown or the Osgreys themselves would have been ransomed. No, this is different. She is to marry a Jordayne soon, if not her, I propose we marry one of the twins to the Jordayne as to not slight the family. But this failure on Nymeria’s part *can not stand*. A Princess of Dorne can *not* simply galavant around the Reach without any such notice. No word besides that from King Perceon has been given to us. *None* from Princess Nymeria, nor has Dezial written either.” Automod ping Dcouncil


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Meria was unmoved by the news of King Jorah's death, from what she had heard of the King in the North was that he was weak, fickle and a puppet King of the Trident unable to control his own castle, held in place only by his family name but ruled by foreign powers and unruly vassals. "Good. Let them bleed each other dry" She said in response to the news in the North. She read the letter from King Perceon intently, it was vague. "Now now Lord Albin, the situation is not clear, let's not jump to conclusions. There has been increased banditry on the border between Dorne and the Reach, perhaps she ran in to trouble trying to cross back in to Dorne? That would explain her lack of contact with us" Meria said with concern plain on her face. "Marwyn Osgrey.." She mumbled as she continued to read the letters. He was known to her. "Rest assured, a Martell *will* marry a Jordayne, i will not break promises to loyal vassals." She paused and then turned to Albin "Your cousin however must be found. Are you up to this task? Any resource i can provide will be at your disposal, if she has indeed been kidnapped, the fault lies with King Perceon."


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Upon hearing the news of King Jorah Stark, Ser Bernie chuckled to himself. He waited until Princess Meria finished speaking to say something, "Looks like winter came a bit soon for the wolf king," He thumbed at his tankard, muttering, "Another conflict between the Riverlands and the North might cause the Stormlanders to point their attentions south..." Once again Ser Bernie's one eye looks up, hard and piercing. He bows to Princess Meria, "With all due respect Your Radiance, as I've mentioned before, the Faith is an unforeseen player in these games. The Starry Sept is in Oldtown, the Faith and the Reach could be more bedfellows than neighbors..." He slowly pours some ale into his tankard, "If we make accusatory, possibly aggressive statements towards King Perceon while we are being forced into a marriage with the Darklyns, who are fucked in the eyes of the Faith, we could end up on the wrong end of the Faith's 'divine judgement'." He brings up his drink to his mouth and stops, "I say it with all the respect I can muster Your Radiance. I don't want blood flowing in the streets of Sunspear by a militant force that's already within our walls."


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“Aye Ser Bernard, I feel the same way. The Pass stands ready should they march south. We will be the shield to block them out. We will not fall or falter,” Albin promised the council. He was a marcher lord. He agreed with the man on the topic of the faith, fearing the issues of fighting someone so powerful as the faith. He did not like that idea, he was a man to fight the Storm not the fools of the seven. He was no idiot. “I do not intend to accuse the King. I instead propose issuing a reward for the return of Nymeria. Come ninth month, a Martell will be wed. One of the twins or Nymeria. I think offering the lords of the Reach *and* West a reward should be enough to move people to inform us. After all, money makes people sing. And the West is close to the Reach, it is possible she fled there with that foolish boy.” Automod ping Dcouncil


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Nymor remained silent for a while as the news came. “I know King Perceon. He would not keep the presence of my cousin a secret if he did not believe we were aware that she were there. Deziel's presence simply enhances that image.” He pulled out pen and ink. “I would write to him, explain, and ask him to send her home.” Automod ping Dcouncil


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Albin looked at Nymor and listened intently. Albin doubted Perceon would keep Nymeria a secret, as the man himself spent some time here before being king. It was a gamble, but one he would take. “My Prince, I believe that is the right course. But do be careful not to offend Perceon or the Lords of his realm. We need not be surronded by foes.” Automod ping Dcouncil


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"No one will accuse King Perceon of anything" Meria said sternly to her councillors, no, she did not wish to cause an international incident that could lead to hostilities. She turned to Albin, holding the letter in her hand "Fled? This letter states King Perceon believes her kidnapped. What reason reason would she have to flee to the Westerlands?" Privately, Meria had doubts on Perceon's peception of events, yet all was still unclear. She paused for a moment, making her decision "Lord Albin, please write to King Perceon asking him to send out men to look for her. Furthermore, i agree, we will offer a reward in gold for her safe return, whatever amount you deem appropriate it matters not to me. I just want her found and returned safely to Sunspear as soon as possible" Meria had always been fond of Nymeria, a true Dornishwoman in her mind. Meria let out a sigh, a member of her house was missing, this could not stand "Would it also be feasable to send our own men to look for her?" She addressed this question to the council. Automod ping dcouncil


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Marak thought a minute. “Men, your radiance? Could men be perceived as a threat, looking to forcibly return Princess Nymeria? It seems our first duty is to her safety, but a second one, following quickly thereafter, is to preserving our friendly relations with the Reach.” Marak folded his arms. “Perhaps a number of our women could journey to the Reach to learn the truth of the matter. Women both martial and not martial. I am thinking such as Maudlyn Jordayne would be a match of any Reach knight, yet would arouse less suspicion. Cass Santagar is well thought of. The Lord Herald’s wife and my own sister, Mora, are thick as thieves and enjoy traveling. There are young, unmarried Daynes for whom such a trip would not seem unusual. They would all know the Princess on sight. And a small group of women intent on visiting highgarden and Oldtown may have success where men could not.” Marak hated to suggest such a thing, believing it admitted that he himself would not be suitable for the task. But he had to admit that his sister Mora and her ilk had a certain base cleverness. Automod ping dcouncil


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Albin narrowed his eyes at Marak and shook his head before returning to the Princess to give his solution. He would be dead before agreeing with the fat oaf she foolishly let live. Fucking rewarded him for open conflict too. “Send neither men nor women, both would be a threat as the Reach is aware of our tolerance towards martial women. It would be a mistake on our part and one we can not afford to take ar present. No, rather let Perceon and Loren send men. Gold speaks wonders. As to *why* the Westerlands? Besides the Riverlands, it is the only friendly place besides us close to the Reach. I will write the letter but I protest the idea of sending our people off into what could be taken as a slight by King Perceon of us not trusting him *with* issues involving a member of his realm.” Automod ping Dcouncil


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Meria scratched her cheek in thought for a moment, turning to Marak "I do not intend to send men in to the Reach to start a war, merely to look for Nymeria and bring her home. However, i agree with you Marak, i will entrust you with this task, a group must be sent to find out more information on Nymeria's whereabouts and bring her home, men, women i do not care. See to it that they depart Dorne as soon as possible." Meria knew that Marak was loyal to her. Her face turned serious for a moment "They are to respect the King and his kingdom and cause no trouble, or the consequences will be most severe." She paused, turning to Albin "Though, Lord Albin speaks sense. Let's also send a letter to King Perceon informing him we wish to send Dornish men and women to seek out Nymeria, people familiar to her and that know her face. So that our intentions are not mistaken. However, they are to depart immediatley no matter the response" Meria wanted to do as much as was possible to find Nymeria, gold rewards, search parties, whatever they could think of she would do it all. automod ping dcouncil


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Marak Qorgyle wore robes of deep red, slashed with gold. His dark face was framed by a beard, and he wore the expression of one surprised by sour milk. The High Adjudicator, as always, was silent, suspicious, and deferential.


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Ser Bernard Dayne sighed and scratched at the skin around his eyepatch absentmindedly. He’d grown tired of the rumor mongers gossiping like hens in a henhouse, he was ready to hear what the council was planning to *do* about it all. And he had come prepared, a flagon of chilled ale sat next to his personal goblet that he saved specifically for these meetings. He takes a deep drink while leaning back in his chair, waiting for the proceedings to begin.


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#1A, 90 AD After a council meeting, Marak Qorgyle quietly approached the Warden. “Lord Oberyn, may I have a private word?” /u/thatawesomegeek


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Oberyn turned around. "What is it?" *That seemed rude.* "Er, yes, Lord Marak. I apologize if I seem uncouth, it is my land being plundered at this moment."


ymi17

Marak bows, as if the shortness was unnoticed. "Lord Oberyn, with the current conflict occurring in Dorne, it strikes me that, in my role as the top legal official, we should take care to modernize certain laws which have, I believe, unduly affected both of us." Marak cleared his throat. "My father saw a wayward heir, and named me to succeed him instead. Such action was considered an affront to Dornish law, and upon my father's death, I was supplanted by my sister, the *legal* heir. The conflict was unseemly, and regrettable. Perhaps in the future, a choice like my father's, or, perhaps, yours, would not violate Dornish law. Lords should have more flexibility regarding their choices for succession, to avoid similar conflicts." Marak cleared his throat. "Such a modification to the law would not only help **you**, my Lord, but also give a lord or lady, no matter how low... or high... the opportunity to make a proper choice for the betterment of their dynasty... and vassals. And mitigate the effect of poor choices from one's firstborn child."


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Oberyn listened patiently to the Qorgyle. "Lord Marak, were you at the tourney at Godsgrace? Do you recall the precise *wording* of my declaration of a change in succession?" He gave a small smile. "I imagine, as the High Adjudicator, you place great importance in that."


ymi17

Marak's smile was thin. *He thinks to catch me off guard.* "Why, Lord Warden, of course I was, and of course I do. My concern is more general. However, I note that your precise wording is actually, erm, more problematic than if you had just attempted to flatly disinherit your son. You have created a vested heirship on a condition precedent. A condition without a termination date. It raises many legal questions, not the least of which is what happens if Edric returns after your death, or if he returns to Dorne proper but not Godsgrace." Marak furrowed his brow. "The clear implication is that your girl would inherit, but this is, again, a tricky legal question, as she is younger. As I have considered the position that the crown would take in such an instance, it would likely be that you have named Ashara a caretaker of Godsgrace, to remain the steward until Edric's return. And if he were to die, she is his heir anyway." Marak leveled his gaze at Oberyn. "I understand this was likely not your intent, but is the position that I am forced to take to comport your proclamation with Dornish law. What I am suggesting to you is an alternative, which would not rely on such uncertainties and ambiguities, and may solve more than your own succession issue."


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Once again, the lord heard the words patiently. He has been aiming to have a nice baths after a strenuous council session, but he always knew Sunspear wouldn't work according to his wants. "Aye, that is true. But I know my people. The smallfolk do not recognize the authority of a steward as much as they do that of a lord or lady. I often have to personally deliver certain inconvenient edicts for them to be taken seriously by the wealthy tradesmen. The people of Dorne, or the Confluence at least, are not practical people. They need a figurehead- a *proper* figurehead." He scoffed. "I know Fennringer and his company of pustules will have less reason to trouble Ashara if she is the lady in name as well as deed. That cretin. But an *important* cretin, Lord Marak, a large contributor to the commerce of Godsgrace. When Edric returns-" *If* "- he will assume that name and his duties without hindrance." Oberyn raised his eyebrows. "And... forgive me if this gives offence, my lord, but if I flatly disinherit Edric as you advise, I run the risk of Godsgrace becoming the next Sandstone." He pursed his lips.


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Marak listened, then nodded at the last. "Which is why, if that is what you wish to do, at the bottom of it, you should make sure the law of Dorne codifies what you are doing as legal. This was my father's error, and the one I wish you to avoid. Had my father gone to the Princess, made his case, and codified his choice in a royal edict, I would be the Lord of Sandstone now, and much trouble would have been avoided." "How much power would your daughter truly wield if she is the *Lady of Godsgrace* who can be replaced by Edric - or one claiming to be Edric - on a whim?"


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"Ah, but you see, that is the point, yes? This act *should* be exceptional. Significant. Questionable. It may be treated on an exceptional basis- by which I mean, case by case. So far, the Princess has not objected to my action- a public declaration in her presence. You may have noticed I have gone about a few things unlike your esteemed lord father. May the gods bless his name," he added. At that, Oberyn had to laugh. It was more of a chuckle. "Do not worry, my lord. My family is knit tight. That idiot boy also has some friends in Dorne, clearly more sensible than him, seeing as they are returned. We all know Edric, and things to identify him by. A birthmark. Memories only we would know. Do not worry on that front."


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Marak shook his head. *Either he is not who I thought he was, or I need to be more blunt.* "My Lord, you no doubt know best. I was also thinking of *other succession disputes* which may arise. Not just your own. Or mine. Flexibility for lords, codified in the law, to name their own heirs would be advantageous if one was disappointed with their own heir. Like you, perhaps. Or my father. Or..." Marak stared, hard, at Oberyn, and lowered his voice. "Or **other** great lords or ladies in our realm. Even the greatest."


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*Ah...* Oberyn looked around. "I see," he said softly. After a pause, he began to speak, his volume and tone markedly changed. "Let me tell you one thing, my Lord. You, I and all others involved in this are for their personal gain, and that of our houses. Not a sense of justice or concern for Dorne. It shall not come organically through the law, they you may assume without compunction." He sized the man up. "Still... if you think this will be a step towards the goal, I will speak for your case in the council. I do not see any harm in the short term, at least." "So..." Oberyn asked moments later. "You are not... Lord Crab of the Beaches?"