Inouv 13, 228: Putting up the defenses before opening the floodgates?

Putting up the defenses before opening the floodgates?
Summary: Tyrel meets with Morella to discuss her Kingdom's diplomatic plans and tries to set the stage for political advantages.
OOC Date: 02/12/2013
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Morella Tyrel 
Crown Prince's Office, Darfield Castle
A man's room. This spacious room is graced with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Three tall windows, topped with gorgeous stained glass look out over the harbour to east, and the ocean below. Dominating it is a truly massive, oaken desk, topped with assorted bits of small statuary and objects of art. The desk is ornately carved with an elegant vine pattern. Behind it is a rather grandiose throne of a chair, carved in a somewhat gothic style. What isn't wood is covered in black leather secured by silver studs. In front of the desk is a cluster of smaller black-leather chairs. The hardwood floor is covered in a thick purple rug with silver trim. A few silver candelabras spaced about the room in addition to a few wrought-iron wall sconces provide plenty of light. The walls are paneled two thirds of the way up the wall with a dark cherry wood. From there on up they are painted purple, and about a foot from the ceiling is silver stenciling. On one side of the room, a bookshelf lines the wall, from floor to ceiling. The shelf is filled with books from all across Daeren. A door leads to a private room for the Prince.
13, Inouv 228

(First couple poses forgot from the log)

Tyrel's guards keep an eye on the guards keepign an eye on Tyrel creating an interesting little staring contest that will keep them from growing bored. Tyrel says, "Thank you for attending me, as you may have heard my father will be returning soon and I wished to make arrangements that things should be brought to his attention in an orderly fashion. You've been kind enough to share your culture and your company with the castle over the last few days but I should like to take a moment of your time to review the business you have here so that he can be properly prepared to receive you. You may have already done this with other members of the council and if so do feel free to focus with me upon whatever military matters you wished to convey."

Morella nods, her plaited hair swaying a bit with the motion as she says, "Understand that my people have been very much isolationists for some time, since before the Empire fell in truth. It has only been about the past hundred years or so we have started to make contact with out neighbors which is why I am the first Ganganian to step foot on the mainland since the original settlers departed from here. We do not trust easily nor do we involve ourselves in matters without a great deal of consideration."
Taking a breath she adds, "I am merely here to represent the interest of the Gangani people in the larger scheme of things. I have been considering possible trade agreements, though I am waiting for word from the Potentate on the matter. As to my socializing, I regret to say it is partly my fault I have spoken to so few. With recent events and out of personal concern I have been doing my best to spend time with your sister to try and help her cope as best I can, though admittedly I've had little real success."

Tyrel nods, "Such aide as you give is welcome, and I should think an equitable trade agreement can be made. Was there a particular aspect of trade that you had in mind? As an island nation I am inclined to believe metals and such items are are grown on the flatlands would be most needed but I am interested to hear what articles you consider dear and which you think you have excess to trade."

Morella smiles softly, dimpling her cheek and says, "That is what I am waiting to hear back on from my father, what would be of note for trade. As some of are trade items are restricted based on how well known the trade partner is. Also our trade history, so our most restricted export no doubt wouldn't be offered, but beyond that I'll have to wait. If you speak of your war, we have no diplomatic relations with the other kingdoms as of yet, though my father may or may not have an interest I cannot say. Your own kingdom is only, I believe its somewhere around a hundred and fifty years or so? The Gangani people have been around much longer, and as I said we are still a bit new to recent developments and as such we are still taking our time to determine where we stand on the inter-relations of other kingdoms." in a casual tone.

Tyrel raises an eyebrow, "Our line can be traced back considerably further than one hundred and fifty years, but that is neither here nor there at the moment. The kingdom of Laniveer has struck out against several nations and my father has taken the burden of seeing them held accountable for the attacks. It would be to our mutual benefit to discuss an alliance when you feel the time is appropriate but you should send word back to your people that the Laniveers have taken to piracy and depridations and must be guarded against." He steeples his fingers in front of himself looking over the tips as he talks with Morella, "From the sound of it then you will most likely wish to speak with my father in the company of our Master of Purse. I will see that such arrangements are made. Were there any other topics that you would wish to address sooner than later?"

Morella nods and says, "It sounds like the case and I will spread the word, if we find evidence to support you we likely will not be seeking positive relations with the Laniveers as my people have a rather… Distaste for pirates. I speak on the side of caution of course, after all for all we know of your kingdom or theirs, you could be trying to use your newly gained status with us to turn us against aiding your enemies. As to other matters, I do not believe so at the moment unless there is more you wish to discuss officially or personally."

Tyrel nods, "A reasonable precaution, though I believe you could speak to your nearer neighbors of Aberdeen to confirm the allegations. My wife, Ciarrah, was of that kingdom and I'm sure she or her brother would be willing to speak with you on it. I can think of no other matter of import to address at this time save to inquire if there might be a member of your household or guards who I might question regarding the practices of courtship in your lands."

Morella smilles softly and asks, "And why would you seek knowledge of our courtship practices when you are already wed?" in a mildly, good-natured teasing tone. She then adds a bit more seriously, "As to our neighbors we have relations with some of the other Free Cities, but that is all beyond myself. Though we will be speaking with them on this matter as we value their word more, as we've had at least decades of relations with them. I'm sure you understand."

Tyrel smiles, "I seek the knowledge precisely because I am already wed and can ask such questions without concern of seeming foolish. Several of my lords and knights are not wed and should prefer to present themself in the best possible manner should they wish to court a woman of your lands. One of my duties as a leader is to see my people presented in the best light, I'm sure you understand." He echoes her closing statement then adds, "I believe you will find those that have relations with our kingdom will report much the same about our dealings with them, we always work to act in their and our best interests."

Morella nods and says, "For now I can say that for those of House Sherer, son or daughter, only those equivalent to royalty, a duke or duchess would be accepted. Four our own dukes and duchesses the suitor would have to be royalty, another duke or duchess, or a count or countess. For our own counts or countesses the suitor would have to be a duke, duchess, count, countess, baron, or baroness. Four one of our barons or baronesses would would have to be a count, countess, baron, baroness, and in some very rare cases aristocrats, which for foreigners would likely stand no chance as there would be no way to prove to my people their status is worthy enough."

Tyrel blinks as the list of compatible matches are given then he starts laughing, "Ah, pardon I did not mean who should be an appropriate match, I leave that to the matchmakers when I can. I meant what behavior would be proper to pay courteous attention. Perhaps an example, I am married but if I were not I might ask you for some token of favor during a joust or competition, if I were victorious I might ask you to dance while returning that favor to you. I understand amongst the Forresters invitiations to join in a hunt are considered appropriate while here that is a bit uncouth, though we tend to hunt in different ways. A small sea voyage up the coast might be acceptable here but I understand from Ciarrah that can mean a more intimate meeting in Aberdeen depending on how it is phrased…I don't think I've ever seen a woman turn so red as when I suggested it to her."

Morella nods and says, "That part isn't that different really. For a foreigner however it matters more their status and what benefits they'd bring the Gangani."

Tyrel smiles an spreads his hands, "Of course, Ambassador, though you have let slip a rather interesting opportunity to send the lords of my land through all sorts of acrobatics in pursuit of the favor of the ladies of yours."

Morella smiles and says, "Good luck to them, as foreigners have to work harder then locals. As I said, we have a long history of isolationism." smiling softly.

Tyrel smiles, "I will pass along your blessing and your encouragement to exceed themselves. Though such encouragement is not normally needed as we do tend to be quite competitive even amongst ourselves. I'm sure that Logen and I will find some imagined slight that will force us to duel while you happen to be in the room. I've found that winning a smile from a beautiful woman provides the same sense of elation since my marriage as it did before. Slightly more so in fact as there is the chance now that I will earn two."

Morella smiles, cheek dimpling a bit more, and says, "If that is the standard here I fear your entire kingdom is in danger as I love to smile."

Tyrel grins, "I'm certain in time the ladies of our court will provide you with the insight you need to school your smile so your face does not ache and grow weary from smiling at the feats done for your entertainment and favor, Ambassador, and I hope you will pass those lessons along to your retinue as I should not wish to send you home with sore cheeks."

Morella smiles softly and nods saying, "I believe I will do fine. As to returning home that will depend on when I am recalled by either my father or eldest brother and how long I hold this position."

Tyrel rises to see Morella out, "I'm sure you will."

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