Metis Posted August 3, 2014 Author Report Share Posted August 3, 2014 The Training Continues, stage 9b: Son And Daughter... Today will be the day. You're on your way to Nhordum's old home with the intent to ask his parents to name you their successor. Which on it's own would be awkward enough, but the fact that you plan to ask something like that when you don't even know their names? Yeah. Your skin feels cold, you can barely stop yourself from shaking, and just in general you're not feeling as well as you normally do. Admit it, you're nervous, and not a little bit either. Part of you wants to reconsider and forget this idea ever popped into your head, but you're not going to. You made this decision for a reason, and you're going to see it through. The trip through the city streets is uneventful, and after a long walk you arrive at the warehouse-looking mansion. There's no one standing guard by the front door, leaving you momentarily confused as to what to do, but you quickly realize you should walk up to the door and knock on it. A short time later a familiar man opens the door, the same person that drove you and the others to this place before. He looks at you curiously for a bit, after which he seems to recognise you. "Ah, [PC FULL NAME], yes? Come in, I'll inform the masters of your presence.". You nod and walk in, waiting on the same spot in the entrance hall from where Nhordum talked to them several times before. A minute later both of Nhordum's parents arrive, and their expressions show just as much nothing as they did the last time you saw them. And the...three or so times before that. You suddenly feel like you understand Nhordum a little better then you did before, but now isn't the time to dwell on that. Nhordum's father is the first to speak, saying with a perfectly neutral voice "Greetings, [PC FIRST NAME]. Why have you come?". You know there's no way to ask this gently so you straighten yourself as best you can and, with an as confident a voice as you can manage, say "Son and Daughter of Noble Mind, I've come to ask about the succession of House Kazus.". Both parents seem completely unsurprised, and it's at this point that you realize they never considered you for the succession. So they didn't interpret your request as such. Or maybe they did and they're just not showing it. Again you believe you understand Nhordum a bit better than you did previously, although you're currently far too nervous to feel frustrated. Nhordum's father casually nods, and you note neither hit tone nor expression changes. He probably thinks you're just here to ask about the succession issue, and the fact that he casually asks "Very well, what do you wish to know?" seems to confirm that. All that excitement and mental preparation and you didn't even get through to them. You really hope this isn't a prelude to how the next ten minutes are going to go. You sigh and do your best to straighten yourself a second time, quietly thinking that those two must know you've up to something, and with that same half-confident voice (you couldn't quite manage it as well as you'd hoped) you say "I wish to know whether I could be named the successor of House Kazus.". Neither of Nhordum's parents change expression at all, nor do they say anything in response. There's an awkward silence in the room until finally Nhordum's father speaks up. His tone and expression still unchanged for the most part, but your trained eyes and him being caught completely off guard allows you to see that he truly wasn't expecting this. "Child...what reasons do you have to believe that you can be named our successor?". Now for the hard part - convincing them that you're not just a choice, but the right choice. What should be the main point of your argument? [befriend]: Your skill with gaining people's trust will help you avoid the scrutiny of others.-You try to straighten yourself and while carefully keeping your eyes on Nhordum's parents you begin explaining why you're the best choice to be named as the successor, seeing as how Nhordum and Leene both don't desire it. Your argument ends up being more like a one-sided conversation than an actual argument, but that's something you're honestly more comfortable with than an actual, super-serious debate and you're nervous enough as is. Throughout the "conversation" you repeatedly invite Nhordum's parents to get a word in, but they are apparently both content with you speaking for them while standing in front of them. Even so you manage to keep yourself together despite how odd and awkward the entire thing is, so you think you did a good job. Once you're finally done you wait for Nhordum's parents to say something in response or, really, show some form of response. Their faces haven't moved since you started talking, it's pretty unnerving to see. After an awkward silence that lasts for far too long Nhordum's father finally opens his mouth and says "Child, what...I mean, how...I...". That, you're pretty sure, is not a good sign. Nhordum's mother turns to look at her husband and raises her hand, probably a gesture asking him to stop talking (for a given value of "talking"), and slowly she steps forward. Finally showing an emotions beyond "nothing" there's clear concern written on her face, although concern for who or what you're not sure. "Child, speak to us the truth. Why, for what reason, do you wish to become our successor?". You can't help but sigh and hang your head after hearing that. You know trying to lie here will be a completely futile effort, so after another sigh you do as you were asked. "Because Nhordum and Leene don't want to lose the family they have. I...don't have a family to lose, nor does my family have something they'd mind losing. So...". "So you wish to take this responsibility on yourself, to spare our son and student?". You nod, despite knowing that's not the whole truth. Nhordum's mother still seems concerned, and after sharing a look with her husband she nods. "Alright, child, we'll discuss this matter further in the meeting room. Do you remember where that is?". You nod, simply because you've only ever been in three rooms in this mansion before and only one you'd call a "meeting room". Nhordum's parents both nod, Nhordum's mother more confidently than her husband, and you walk to what you thought was a ritual room of some kind. But, apparently you were wrong.-- PROCEED WITH NEXT ADVENTURE STAGE -You do your best to force words through your mouth and try to piece that together into an argument, but the effort fell entirely flat. At least Nhordum's parents aren't the kind of people that'll hold that against you. You hope.-- STOP ADVENTURE [Heraldry]: Your knowledge of nobility will ensure the House continues to thrive politically.-You attempt to straighten and compose yourself, and slowly you begin to argue why you're not just a possible successor, given the traditions of succession, but the right one to name. Your argument mostly revolves around your understanding of nobility and House Kazus' position as a noble house with the traditions it has, and the laws it has to work with. By the end of it your voice is raspy and your throat feels dry, but beyond that you're still standing on both of your legs in front of Nhordum parents. Of course just as soon as you comfort yourself with that "wonderful" achievement you take a look at how Nhordum's parents reacted, and your confidence quickly evaporates. As you should have expected, they didn't react to it. They're both standing almost frozen in place, neither of the faces showing any form of expression at all. Without anything to go on you choose to weakly nod and wait for a reactor from either of them. It takes what feels like an eternity before someone finally says something, and apparently Nhordum's father is the first with something to say. "Child...just...why?". His tone is perfectly neutral, but from his words you can tell that you've confused the daylight out of him. Which you're entirely sure doesn't help you, but at least it broke the awkward silence. Nhordum's mother takes a few steps forwards and briefly raises her left arm, motioning to her husband to stay silent. He complies, but you're sure he didn't have anything to say anyway. At least, nothing he could put into words. "Child, why do you wish to entangle yourself with politics? You know of our traditions and the traditions of the law, why do you wish to interfere?". Did it really sound like that to them? You shake your head and are about to say you have no such intentions, but then it hits you that if you become their successor they very much will be. Nhordum's mother, patiently waiting for an answer, continues to look down on you while you try to think about how to phrase your answer. Her gaze isn't helping, but when you look at her you see that she's not hiding her feelings. Her tone hasn't changed, but she looks concerned. Seeing that you hang your head a bit and decide not to beat around the bush anymore. "Interfering with politics isn't why I want to do this. Not...really.". You hang your head so low you can only barely see Nhordum's parents, but from the corner of your eye you can see Nhordum's mother nod. "Alright. We'll discuss this further in the meeting room. Can you find it on your own?". You shake your head and the driver from a few times before walks up from a corridor. Has he been standing there the entire time? "I'll escort [him/her], Miss Kazus.". Nhordum's mother nods, turns around and walks off along with her still confused husband. You think that wasn't a complete disaster, but you're going to withhold judgement for now. While walking with the driver he turns to look at you and he seems like he wants to ask something, but apparently he, too, is at a loss for words. Without a word spoken between you he escorts you to the meeting room, which you recognise as the room where you were taken last year. Nhordum's parents are already here, as they were last year, and while Nhordum's mother still looks concerned her husband has the biggest question mark in his face since you asked to be taught his craft last year. The driver nods and walks off, leaving you standing rather awkwardly in the door frame. Well, this is what you wanted, time to face the music.-- PROCEED WITH NEXT ADVENTURE STAGE -You do your best to force words through your mouth and try to piece that together into an argument, but the effort fell entirely flat. At least Nhordum's parents aren't the kind of people that'll hold that against you. You hope.-- STOP ADVENTURE [synchronicity]: You're the most talented student of their craft.-You do your best to compose yourself and you slowly begin to explain why you should be named as House Kazus' successor. Your argument mostly revolves around your skill and talent with the house's craft, and all you intend to use it for - helping others, and nothing more. You manage to finish your speech mostly intact. There's a raspy quality to your voice that you don't think even magic could obscure right now and you're sweating enough to fill a swimming pool, but outside of that you're still intact. What there also is is a long, awkward silence as you and Nhordum's parents just stare at each other wordlessly. And much to your chagrin Nhordum's parents are far better than you are at hiding what they're thinking, as well as seeing what others are trying to hide (a fact that, given what you just argued, is something you're particularly concerned about). Despite your best attempts to read them they just don't reveal anything at all, their faces haven't moved since you started talking. After what seems like an eternity Nhordum's mother finally nods, but as she begins to speak her husband apparently tries to interrupt her, you think? You're not sure. You see her make a motion to her husband, and whatever the motion tells him to do he does (or doesn't). The woman takes a few steps forwards and she finally shows some expression other than "none". It's an expression of concern, and it's directed at you. "Child, what is your real reason for wanting to be named our successor?". Hearing that you can't help but flinch a little, and that only reminds you that trying to lie against these two is a fool's errant, especially now. Realising that you sigh, let your shoulders drop from the weight you're feeling right now and just tell them the truth. "Because...I have nothing to lose.". Nhordum's mother nods, and turns to look at her husband. Whatever he wanted to say has apparently been rendered invalid, because it takes a moment for him to think of something to say. Actually, his frozen expression is gone as well. He looks confused, and not a little bit either. "Child, what...you say you have 'nothing to lose', but...". Nhordum's father can't even finish the thought. He shakes his head and his wife finishes his thought for him. "Child, our own son and the girl he brought before us - your teacher - both refuse to be named successor on the grounds that they do not wish to lose the life, the family, that they have. You say that you have 'nothing to lose'. Is that referring to your own family?". You simply nod, quite sadly at that, and Nhordum's mother nods. Her husband is left speechless, but she seems to know what to do. "Than we'll discuss this matter in the meeting hall. Do you know where that is?". You shake your head, and Nhordum's mother calls for the driver to escort you. Apparently he's not just a driver, he's the family butler. As ordered he escorts you to the meeting hall, all while wearing an even bigger question mark than Nhordum's father, which you recognise as the place where you first talked with these two before. Last year, when you came here with Leene and Nhordum to ask if you could be trained in their craft. Only now, you're on your own.-- PROCEED WITH NEXT ADVENTURE STAGE -You do your best to force words through your mouth and try to piece that together into an argument, but the effort fell entirely flat. At least Nhordum's parents aren't the kind of people that'll hold that against you. You hope.-- STOP ADVENTURE The overdue stage 9b, and since I already posted stage 10a stage 10b is next, so you might see how this is resolved before the end of...it's Sunday, isn't it? Before the end of next week. As for this stage, well, eh, I have no clue how the PC would actually word an argument like that, so...yeah. Really, I don't know a lot of Y2 specific details so that's a bit of a problem. You'll see that in full force in 10b, actually. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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