Mery sent around invitations for dinner at her family’s house. With Duke Ovim (her Father!).
Garric invited the elf warrior maid, Pellerion, to be his rescuer from dire peril at the dinner.
Milo arranges for his High Priest (and really good friend) Jerrold to be invited as well, as well as seeking out a gift. During the day, he chased down Barak Half-hand, Priest of Goram, in order to continue the research into the amulet (Field Marshall’s necklace) thingie we may need.
On arriving at the party, turned out that this was a… somewhat socially and population-wise… freakin’ huge. Ministers, ranking, social leaders, holy crap. Officers serving as footmen/valets kinda event. What has Mery pulled us into?
Mery was formally announced. After the first few phrases, I lost track of her munificence. Lengthy, and quite impressive!
Mery and her father slowly made the rounds getting introduced to us. I hope I didn’t mangle my part. Soon afterwards, a young Signal Corp Lieutenant named Sebastian Petrov is called over to them. Slight limp, modest fruit salad that is actually impressive for a Signaler. Possibly the son of General Petrov? Good commander that one. Pretty much salvaged the retreat from the King’s death during the battle. The Duke captures Mery and Sebastian into some lengthy conversation, giving me the opportunity orbit away and find some consumables. Somehow Mery and Sebastian escape outside somewhere.
Milo also achieved escape velocity, yet gets captured by Jerrold and introduced to Eleanor, who is working with the Sisters of Mercy. She is seeking assistance from the benevolent churches for aid in establishing clinics and other good works.
I caught up with Sebastian, and we chatted nicely for a bit. Definitely the son of General Petrov. Exchanged information about how quiet the front has been — we saw few goblins, he has noticed few Prussians around the Edge of the World. We share a common thought about calm before storms… Milo caught up to us and we chatted companionably. Turns out he has a wooden leg. Actually deals with it quite handily.
As the party wound down, footmen came to “cordially invite” us to the den with the Duke. Gulp.
Our visit to the den began with the Duke toasting us. About halfway through I realized that he was threating me, actually all of us, of dire consequences if Mery came to any harm. Yoiks. Sebastian’s toast seemed a bit off-hand, and a I had a hard time following his torturous sentences. Funny guy, actually. The Duke maneuvers to ensure Sebastian escorts Mery “home.”
Garrick escorts Pellerion back to her dropoff, I get Kell back to her room, Milo leaves a note for Cate, and Garrick and I close the evening in quiet reflection over a drink on the balcony.