(ORP) Ashton Court

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(ORP) Ashton Court

Post by FallonTheDamned » Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:24 am

OOC note: This will be Fallon's home thread. You are welcome to visit, but there is a little way to go before Fallon is resident to be visited. Please know also I have discussed the below with tpb Zuan and relevant permissions have been granted.


Fallon

As a result of various deeds of protection to the citizens of Fenia as they make their travels, most notably in the vicinity of Widu, it has been decided to award you a title of Lord, together with lands pertaining to that title.

The land granted is that of the manor in the commote of Widu known as Ashton Court.

Both the land and title shall be confirmed as yours upon removal of any undesirable elements as may currently reside within. The annual stipend which accompanies the grant will be payable upon your undertaking to continue the safeguarding of those travelling the roads.

This scroll is only to be passed by my herald once he has been satisfied that the conditions of the award have been met. Your possession of this scroll is to be acknowledged by the reader as rightful evidence of the bestowing upon you of the title Lord Fallon of Ashton.

Signed this Day 12th August 1660
Zuan Winterbourne
High King of Fenia

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Re: (ORP) Ashton Court

Post by FallonTheDamned » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:23 pm

Fallon finished reading the scroll and paused. Scanning it quickly again he chuckled ‘’Well now, this is a turn of events’’ he muttered, more to himself than any others present, though that did not prevent them hearing in any event.

He eyed the herald “And this is from his smirkfullness direct?’’

The herald bristled at the disrespect in this statement and Fallon also noticed the nearest escorts stiffen. He smiled inwardly at their reaction, which, to him, confirmed the answer to his question more clearly than any words. The herald seemed to clear his throat before speaking. “His Majesty King Zuan had this document drawn up and signed it himself!’’ he announced with all the pomp he could muster.

You have read the message", he held his hand out ‘’You will now return to me the scroll. As it says, it is yours only once the conditions have been fulfilled’’ he haughtily proclaimed.

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Re: (ORP) Ashton Court

Post by FallonTheDamned » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:19 am

Fallon fixed the herald in an unblinking pale eyed stare. It was the only outward sign of his irritation.

The herald stared back, unaccustomed to such treatment in general. The unyielding gaze seemed to turn paler as the herald watched and something behind it suddenly made his stomach turn. He actually felt some relief that he had not drunk anything recently. He was happy when the scroll was rolled and presented to him with an exaggerated flourish.

''I would presume that you know the location of this place? For until today I had not heard of Ashton Court * . I was headed back to Widu anyhows, so now would seem ideally opportune to pay visit, would it not?''

The herald heard the words, though there was a pause as they registered ''yes, yes of course'' he almost grovelled and then abruptly remembered where he was and who he was. He straightened up ''Of course! I was sent to escort you there and make sure the kings wishes are carried out!''

Fallon smirked slightly ''Then it seems as well I was returning, for you may have had a long wait were I going the other way eh!'' He laughed and clapped the herald on the back, enjoying the discomfort felt by the courtier.

Mounting his own grey Fallon glanced at those around him, the herald and the troop of 8 men at arms. The King's banner flickered in the breeze, the sunlight streaming through it and Fallon suddenly felt as if he had been punched hard in the stomach, then head. All breath left him, his mind reeling as the banner shuddered, shimmered and took on a different shape. The very land itself changed as his mind's eye drew forth distant echoes of a past buried deeper than it knew where to look. Words came unbidden into his head, a song sung by many voices ...

''Then fall in lads behind the drum
''with colours blazing like the sun
''along the road to come what may
''over the hills and far away'
'


The memory faded as quickly as it had hit, leaving Fallon eyeing the troop suspiciously as he bought his mount to heel and followed them up the road.


* OOC = If someone would wish to contribute to the history of Ashton Court, please let me know and this can be rp'd later on. Thank you.

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Re: (ORP) Ashton Court

Post by FallonTheDamned » Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:16 am

The first few hours of the ride passed without incident. There was little noise other than the sound of the horses hooves on the hardened earth that passed as a road. Fallon was quite content to follow up the small column and he mostly ignored the occasional glances that some of the soldiers threw warily behind them in his direction, mostly, unless of course he decided to meet their eyes and smile disarmingly such as to unnerve them, just a little bit.

The sunlight such as it was streamed through the trees creating a dappling effect, the birdsong quite pleasant to the ear, at least pleasant until a cantankerous Raven over enthusiastically added his ‘kraw kraw’ to the mix, seeming to enjoy the disruption he made. Fallon shook his head ‘’thanks Skwawk’’ he thought.

A few figures and a cart to the side of the road ahead took his attention and a switch unconsciously flicked in his head as he began to scan the surrounding trees, alert to any signs of danger.

Shape, size , silhouette. Any of these seeming out of place, amongst other indicators, could mean someone or something not wanting to be seen. And something wanting to remain hidden oft indicated danger.

He lofted Skwawk into the air, much to the Raven’s disgust ‘’go check’’ was all he said and the Raven began to fly over and around the trees lining the road.

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