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Prince Marlin Pisces

"Hopefully this all blows over without me being involved..."

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a character in “As it is Written in the Stars”, as played by usernamesareadrag

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Prince Marlin "Lin" Pisces

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❝I assure you, sweetheart, I am a prince, not a princess.❞

~ Nickname ~"Ah, nicknames are nice, aren't they?"
He prefers Lin or Linnie, especially from close friends and family. The affectionately mocking name "The Little Mermaid" are only used by the people of his kingdom because, while he is flawed, they wouldn't dream of letting an outsider mock their prince.

~ Gender ~"For some reason, people never can tell with me."
Male

~ Sexuality ~"What can I say? I love love."
Pansexual

~ Age ~"I don't look it, do I?"
Twenty-Six-Years-Old

~ Role ~"Ah, you didn't know?"
Price of Pisces, Ruler of the Piscins

~ Distinguishable Features ~"Go on, have a look. I wear them with pride."
As peaceful as the Prince is, he has a star-shaped scar to the left of his bellybutton and a large, arcing scar across his back, a reminder of less peaceful times in his kingdom. Seeing all his faults, a revolutionary group tried to take over, but did so in such a way that endangered and even killed some of his citizens. It is the only known time that the Prince of Pisces has taken up his sword and ended with an arrow to the abdomen for him but an ending to the revolution.

(optional)~ Personality ~"Oh, you know me. I'm not all that interesting. Oh, stop asking. It's embarrassing."
There is a distinct reason that, for all of his flaws, Marlin is a beloved ruler in his homeland. For one, he has an intense amount of compassion and sensitivity that comes with an overwhelming at times ability to empathize with others. He always attempts to understand first and then offer assistance when someone within his Kingdom has a problem. He's also incredibly intuitive, and, while he jokingly calls it his "Woman's intuition", and his instincts haven't failed him yet. The Prince of Pisces is also very adaptable, hardly bothered by change and very much a go-with-the-flow sort of person with an open-minded personality. His devotion to his people and whatever cause he's chosen that week is legendary, as is his imagination which leads to some very creative solutions. He is incredibly affectionate, physically and emotionally, and when he's fond of you, don't be surprised if you find yourself with more hugs, touches, and even kisses than you know what to do with. This, of course, also includes even more affection when he's romantically involved with someone. For all of those lovely, traits, however, he does have his problems. For one, he's lazy when it comes to doing things he's not passionate about, as evidenced by the growing stack of paperwork in his study. It takes is a gentle, encouraging hand to get him to (reluctantly) do his more boring duties because, if you yell at him, he'll completely shut down and refuse. Which brings us to another flaw- his oversensitivity. He doesn't like conflict and with retreat from it rather than rise and get angry. He's very easy to hurt, but, thankfully, quick to forgive in most things, otherwise you have a sulky Prince on yours hands. He also tends to be weak-willed and easily demoralized, stemming from his low self-confidence after the failed revolution in his kingdom. He's also something of an escapist, avoiding conflict if he can with a dose of self-pity when things go wrong.

(optional)~ History ~"I think we all have things we'd prefer to forget..."
TBA

~ Likes ~
♥ Swimming
♥ Reading
♥ Eating Sweets
♥ Dancing

~ Dislikes ~
✖ Conflict
✖ Eating fish
✖ Aggressive people (they are, in fact, one of the few ways to make his stubbornness shine throughout)
✖ His more boring duties (i.e. paperwork)

~ Talents ~
✔ His empathy and intuition
✔ His agility both in and outside of the water
✔ He's an excellent dancer and cellist
✔He's a wonderful storyteller (it comes with having a soothing voice)


~ Hobbies ~
✔ Avoiding paperwork
✔ Swimming
✔ Mingling with his citizens within his Kingdom

~ Fears ~
✘ Being an incompetent ruler
✘ Another bloody conflict
✘Being hated

~ Flaws ~
✘ Low Self-Confidence hidden behind a smile
✘ He avoids conflict if at all possible
✘He's a sensitive person and cannot deal with people shouting at him


~ Side ~"Maybe the war will be over with before I have to choose?"
Marlin is doing what he does best about this conflict- avoiding choosing any side. He might have to make a decision eventually, but he'd rather not drag his kingdom into a quite frankly ridiculous war, thanks very much.

~ Romantic Interest ~"Well now, we'll just have to see, won't we?"
TBA





















~ Thoughts on Others ~
"The royals around here sure are… interesting."



King Constellation [color=choice of color]"Character Thought"[/color]

Queen Stars [color=choice of color]"Character Thought"[/color]

Prince Galaxy "Ah, I'm so conflicted… He's a lot of fun, but even I treat my responsibilities more seriously than him... "

Princess Planet "What a cutie! She's such a dear, but maybe too childish."

Aries [color=choice of color]"Character Thought"[/color]

Taurus "Amira is a good person, no doubt about it. She needs to learn to go with the flow a little, though."

Gemini "They're just so different… Dark is incredibly intelligent if not very social, and Light has so much energy."

Cancer [color=choice of color]"Character Thought"[/color]

Leo "Short tempered, proud, manipulative… I'm glad we don't have to see each other often."

Virgo "He's definitely a worrier, but I completely understand not wanting to make the wrong decision. He seems quiet, but I think that he's a sweetie beneath it all."

Libra [color=choice of color]"Character Thought"[/color]

Scorpio "What a delight! He's a man after my own heart~"

Sagittarius [color=choice of color]"Character Thought"[/color]

Capricorn "I'm not sure how I feel about him- he seems like a nice guy, but he really needs to relax and stop being so serious for just a minute."

Aquarius [color=choice of color]"Character Thought"[/color]

Pisces "Oh, that's me! I like him. Very cute."

So begins...

Prince Marlin Pisces's Story

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Prince Vincent Altair Scorpio


Sunlight streamed through the glass wall of the Prince's room. A ray reached the closed eyes of the young man, causing him to turn over in his bed. As soon as he had delved back into sleep, a younger girl with black hair burst through the room. Prince Vincent groaned.

"Big brother!" The young lady with the long black hair strutted towards Vincent and placed her hands on her hips. "It's past eight o' clock, Vinnie. I've already got the staff working in the meeting room." Her eyes narrowed, and she tapped her foot. "We're expecting the neutral kingdom's representatives to meet here today? Ring a bell?"

Vincent covered his ears with his pillow.

"You are such- ugh!" Vince's sister stomped away, yelling, "Gerard! No need to make that frappuccino, Vinnie doesn't need it!"

"I'm up, I'm up!" He groaned, stepping out of his bed. He shuffled over to his bathroom. He must admit, the bathroom is one of his favorite rooms in the castle. The bathtub is made out of sleek glass, and it always smells like narcissus. He didn't take long with his bath and dressed in a dark red suit. He wasn't feeling too enthusiastic about the meeting today, because 1) it's about the upcoming war, and 2) he's not in the mood. He's afraid that he might snap at the guests unexpectedly, which would be horrible of him since he happens to like the guests who would be coming. And more importantly, it would be difficult to think about the war when his mind is cloudy. Such is the reason he wished to reflect on his own- but tough times call for meetings, and he is about to hold one.

Prince Vincent left his bedroom, which was untouched by servants because he refuses to let them in, and strode toward the dining hall. He walked in and saw his elderly butler, Gerard, speaking with his adolescent sister with the black hair, Princess Melanie. Vince approached them and took the frappuccino from Gerard's hands and walked away whilst saying, "Thanks, Gerry."

Walking with a determined air and a coffee mug in one hand, the Prince reached the meeting room of his castle. The chairs were leather, and the theme of the room was a balance of black and white. The lights were rather dim, except for the lights overhead the long table, setting up a dramatic atmosphere. Sipping his drink, Vince thought about the guests coming over. He had told his guards to escort them into the boarding room when they arrive. He's expecting two, maybe three people- Prince Pisces, Princess Sagittarius, and perhaps Princess Leo. He wasn't even sure if they've all decided to go. He sighed, knowing that Darcy sided with the King. Vince stared at his mug, and fell into deep thought. And he stayed this way until his first guest arrived.

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If you asked anyone in the kingdom of Pisces what they thought about their ruler, you would find a variety of responses. "He's too nice," Some would grumble, rolling their eyes more like exasperated parents than subjects. "He needs to get it together and stand up to the other kingdoms," Other would huff. However, not one single person would ever trade their prince for anyone else because for all of his flaws, all of his issues, he was the best monarch the kingdom had had in ages and had long since proved his ability to rule, quelling rebellions and shedding blood for his kingdom. That didn't mean, of course, that they couldn't complain, and they all knew that the Prince wouldn't have it any other way. He liked to hear what they had to say and, if the sources from the castle were true, he liked to complain about them too with the same sort of loving exasperation.

It was early now, much too early for the Prince of Pisces, who enjoyed sleeping in as much as he enjoyed skipping out on paperwork, to actually be awake. However, as the sun rose on his kingdom, the Prince rose with it, combing out his long, blue hair and pulling it into a neat ponytail as he set about in his morning ritual, bathing, dressing, and finally making his way down to the dining hall, spooking maids and servants by the mere fact that he was awake and alert before ten o' clock, causing cooks to scramble in the kitchens to prepare his meal, grumbling about their time schedule being off, and generally causing a state of chaos for everyone. Well, everyone in the castle save one.

"I suppose it's to much to ask that you not go out looking like that?" The exasperated voice of Moira, the head maid of Pisces castle, rang out in the dining hall, a large but cozy room with huge windows overlooking the sea, thin lips pressed tightly together in a gaze of motherly disapproval. There was no mistaking the person who she was talking to, the room's only other occupant, who simply looked up from his morning tea, lips pulled upwards in a winning smile.

"I haven't a clue what you're talking about," Prince Marlin "Call my Lin" Pisces replied impishly. In most countries, the response towards any criticism towards a ruler would be much less amiable and much harsher, but no one in the world could accuse the Prince of Pisces of being a cruel ruler. Besides, this was Moira, once his beloved nanny and now his beloved maid who could and would still give him a stern talking to that would make him mope around for hours before begging for her forgiveness.

"Linnie, don't play coy with me," She shot back, hands placed firmly on her hips. The Prince relented, a pout crossing his face before it dissolved into an amiable smile.

"Moira, please don't be cross with me. I have a very good explanation for this," He gestured down at his clothes, a simple white shirt paired with an oceanic blue colored jacket and trousers and simple black shoes. It was simple, plain, and clearly unbefitting for a man of his stature, and Moira couldn't wait to hear what excuse he had drawn up this time.

"Well, the thing is that I don't want anyone to know why I'm going," He continued with a little prompting in the form of a stern look. "If I dressed all formally, then I might worry everyone. They might think I'm going to talk about the, ah, war."

"Well, you are," Moira said, but with less harshness than before.

"Oh, yes, you know that, and I know that, but you know how rumors are. People might be worried that I'm actually going to go choose sides and get all of us involved in this ridiculousness. I'd rather they assume that I'm skipping off work to visit a friend," He hummed, twirling the end of his low ponytail as he took a last bite of his strawberry scone.

Moira sighed because of course that's what he was doing. Marlin might be silly and a flip-flopper when it came to making decisions, but he always had the good of the kingdom in mind when he acted. He was nothing like his father or grandfather, which was a wonderful thing indeed.

"Oh, fine," She huffed, nearly breaking her stern expression at Marlin's responding grin. "But you'd better hurry- you shouldn't be late."

"Of course, Moira, my dear," He cooed, jumping to his feet and pressing a kiss to her cheek as he made his exit. "I'll be back in a heart beat, try not to miss me!"

Moira sighed again as he vanished behind the door. Oh, she hated that boy. Well, not really, but there was no need to tell him that. It might put ideas in his head and goodness knows he didn't need any more of those.



It didn't take very long to make it to the Scorpio kingdom, even if Marlin's horse-riding skills were a little rusty. As expected, his appearance was largely ignored because as odd as he might look with his long blue hair and startlingly pink eyes, without any additional princely garb or procession, he was labelled just another oddball come to do whatever it is that strange people do.

The guards of Vincent's castle were far less ignorant, although most probably agreed that he was indeed a strange person, because they allowed him to make his entrance with only a slightly confused stare.

"Announcing his majesty, the Prince of Pisces!"

Marlin could only wrinkle his nose as he made his entrance into the dining hall. It lacked much color and was all dim lighting like this was one of those secret, intense meetings in the books he so enjoyed. Well, it was a secret and intense meeting, but it didn't need to be so cliche.

"A bit dramatic, isn't it, Prince Scorpio?" He teased lightly, nevertheless glad to see one of the other sane rulers that made up the Land of High. "You don't need to impress me, you know, my dear." It may be off-putting at first, but whenever Marlin spoke, it was to be expected that "my dear"s, "pet"s, and, above all else, "sweetie"s were to follow unless expressly asked otherwise.

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Princess Zari Leo


Zari arrived at the Scorpio's castle about twenty minutes later than Prince Pisces. She was wearing a light, black, leather armor, and her long hair was on ponytail. She was sweating a bit and breathing heavily. She had bite marks on her left arm and blood covered her claymore. There were also two daggers on her belt.

She had asked Cayden and Sevi to stay at the town. After all, Zari didn't wanted to give bad image of herself. She was fully armed and if she still had two warriors with her... She wanted to show she wasn't there to attack.

Zari waited outside the castle a while breathing deeply. She ripped off a sleeve, made a bandage of it and tied it quickly around her arm. At least it would prevent the bleeding. She cleaned her sword, put it in the scabbard on her back and entered the castle. The soldiers looked at her suspiciously but no one stopped her. Despite her currently rough look, they could tell she was Princess Leo.

She slowly walked to the meeting room. ”Prince Scorpio.” Zari bowed. ”I apologize I'm a bit late. I got your message only about two hours ago and had to run across the mountains. Also we were attacked by cougars. Not a big deal but slowed us down a bit. That's the reason I'm armed as well. Hopefully you don't mind, but I assure you I'm not going to cause any harm.” She looked at Prince Pisces. ”Prince Pisces, pleasure to meet you.” Zari said politely. Even tough she didn't like him much, she had been princess long enough to know the correct protocol.

”Then, to the business. Scorpio. Why did you invite me?”

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Character Portrait: Princess Amira Taurus Character Portrait: Princess Sophia Libra Character Portrait: Princess Allessandra Aquarius Character Portrait: Prince Vincent Scorpio Character Portrait: Princess Zari Leo Character Portrait: Prince Darcy Capricorn Character Portrait: Princess Gwendolyn Sagittarius Character Portrait: Prince Marlin Pisces Character Portrait: Prince Sebastian Alexus Galaxy
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Allessandra Aquarius
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Gwendolyn Sagittarius



❝Patience and time do more than strength or passion.❞ ~ Jean de La Fontaine

Their horses trotted side by side, both riding side saddle due to their outfits. The sun had just begun to peak over a violet mountain head of them, but the sun glare was only minimal. They travelled on an average size dirt road, though calling it a road was an overstatement. It was really more of a path, one that had been worn and widened over the years. Both Princess were familiar with the land, well enough to know where to go. Gwen still felt a bit sleepy, and her gaze lay in the distance lazily. Her shoulders slumped a bit, the very idea of war and conflict made her a bit tired. Her body didn't fight the rocking the horse made as it walked, so she lulled from side to side like a boat sitting on the water. Alless she propped upright, her lower back at a constant arch, shoulders back and sitting tall and proud. She liked excitement, but also the relaxing journeys on horses.
It had been awhile since she had seen Prince Galaxy, or anyone else for that matter, and social events had a feeling about them that Alless enjoyed no matter the reason of the gathering. She liked to have fun, in anyway that was available to her. Dancing, drinking, just talking. She was easy enough to entertain, and made herself amused easily enough. Sometimes she found it difficult to entertain people like Gwen for long periods of time, mainly because Gwen's attention could be easily lost. If what you were doing didn't involve her enough or didn't interest her, Gwen usually stared off into space about more fascinating things. Alless longed to be able to see what Gwen could, the captivation in Gwen's eyes made it seem as if she were looking into a whole other world no one could touch.
Growing up Alless had rarely had much of a childhood, and she lacked greatly in the imagination department. She wasn't one to "play pretend", because nothing she did was much of a game. When she lies or acts it's for a reason, an ulterior motive, and usually it's the only way she knows how to get what she wants.
Alless glanced at Gwen now, who's hair lit up like glossy silk in the sun. The long locks fell down around her, the blonde looking nice against the light blue dress she wore. The dress was mostly loose, only fit to her body at the waist and bust. The sleeves hung down slightly below her arms, and the skirt of the dress looked elegantly heavy. There was no fluffiness about the dress, it did not puff out like an umbrella as many princess dresses do. Of course if it did they wouldn't be riding horses. Her own dress was different from Gwen's. It was still fancy and lovely yes, the detail on it sparkled as any princess's would, but it was tighter fitting, and showed off more of Alless's figure.
As they reached a fork in the road, Gwen mentioned that a servant of hers had informed her about the meeting for the neutrals, and suggested she go there instead, rather than feel useless at the kings meeting. Alless reluctantly agreed, she didn't like much to be alone.



Gwen snapped the reins of her horse, picking up the pace slightly. It might've been easier taking a carriage or something but she enjoyed this more than she would've in a box like situation. She was nearing Vincent's castle, so the nature around her became more forest-like and full of more life. She liked the trees, and the green grass. And when the wind blew gently she could smell ever so slightly the hint of flowers.
As a child in her castle her parents were always unsure about letting her roam about the grounds. Built up on a large hill, it could be dangerous. She spent most of her time by the window just watching, mostly the waterfalls pound into the large pool below. When she was a bit older, they'd let many servants accompany her down the path of the rocky hill into the gardens of wild flowers. She absolutely loved flowers, and the servants would venture off to each find her a different one, while she layed in the grass and imagined the shapes of clouds.
Many times she wished she could go father than just the gardens, hoping to see more, for she read enough about adventure and exploring, but dared not ask her parents. They were too protective of their little Gwen, an only child, so she spent most of her time dreaming of things to make up for it. Her parents had often tried having more children, but it hadn't worked out. A couple ended in miscarriage, some never worked, and the one who died at birth also took her mother.
It was about midday now, and Vincent's castle came into view. It was large with bridges and towers, its style much more modern than hers, but still had an old money feel about it. It was slightly Gothic in the large square parts, as well as the thin pointy towers. It was very beautiful and as she neared the entrance she almost completely missed the servant trying to help her off her horse. She'd been admiring the castle so much that he startled her when he spoke.
She jumped a little and turned to his voice, then laughed lightly as he apologized. "No need sir," she told the man, "the fault was mine." He helped her off her horse and lead it away, as another servant guided her into the castle.
The doors to the meeting room opened to reveal the three already present sat down, and a bellowing voice to introduce her.
"Announcing her highness, Princess of Sagittarius."
She lifted the sides of her dress in order to give a small curtsy, then gracefully took a seat among the others.



It didn't take long for Alless to reach the Galaxy castle, it wasn't her first time nor was it the last. She hopped off her horse long before a servant came to take it to a stable, mainly because she was tired of sitting on it. She held the reins and lead it up the way, holding her dress up with her other hand as to avoid getting it too dirty. The Prince kept the castle grounds fairly polished, or rather his servants did. She doubted he even knew about the state of cleanliness the outside of his castle was. Not that it really mattered anyway.
A servant did escort her inside the castle, another leading her horse away. As she walked through the large halls her shoes made echoes. Occasionally she'd stop to ask the servant about a painting or two, easily taking her time though she was a bit late.
The doors to the throne room were opened for her, which she was always grateful for considering she didn't like to touch doorknobs or handles. As she entered she could feel the slight tension in the room between the three guests and Prince Galaxy already. See realized the king was not here, nor would he be anytime soon. She smiled what could be considered her signature smile, mischievous but charming. Only the one corner of her mouth turned up slightly, but a slight eye brow raise and the lighting up of her eyes all came together.
She ignored the attention, or more of fed off of it. Considering the three other guests were all looking towards Prince Galaxy, they must be waiting for his answer. She took this as a good time to go greet him.
"Your majesty," she mused, "pleasure to see you again." she curtsied slightly and held out her hand for him to kiss it. She then turned to the others, nodding to them as a greeting.



(I think I tagged everyone but sorry if I didn't, the post will be separate next time.)

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Prince Vincent Altair Scorpio


When the horns blared, signifying the arrival of the first guest, Vincent jumped slightly. As he always did whenever something or someone "wakes him up." This time he had ventured from the thoughts of the war to the evolution of clothing. Oh how his mind wanders. He did think about a lot of philosophical notions, albeit concerning the idea of materialism. If only he had been writing his thoughts down- he might have gotten somewhere.

Wait, no, stop. He been too deep in his thoughts that he hadn't understood who had arrived. But all he needed was one look, and he knew.

Vince grinned and raised and eyebrow. "Oh, shush, everyone knows it doesn't take a lot to impress you, darling." He stressed the last word, attempting to mimic the way Prince Marlin speaks, but only succeeded in looking ridiculous. He chuckled and gestured to the blue-haired man. "It's gotten a lot less dramatic with you here, anyway." There's near nothing he appreciates more than a person like Marlin- thank whoever is up there that someone else has some sanity left. "If there's anything you need, just ask. You're welcome here. And I don't know how long this meeting will take."

After a little bit, Princess Leo arrived. Vincent looked up towards the doors and there she appeared. Vincent stood from his seat and narrowed his eyebrows. He knew the Princess was wild, but good heavens, they had to run past cougars! which were no big deal? Vincent has experience in survival and fighting, but she was on another level. And she's not even showing she's in pain! If she even felt pain at all.

"Princess Leo, good morning. Prince Marlin and I haven't discussed anything concerning the matter, so you're fine. Please, let my servants treat your wounds." Vincent called for someone to accompany Princess Leo to treat her wounds. He would have done it himself, but, as embarrassing as it is, he's a tiny bit squeamish when it comes to open wounds. "We won't begin until everyone is ready."

A little while later, Princess Sagittarius arrived. Vince stood and bowed, greeting, "Good morning, Princess Sagittarius. Thank you for joining us. It's great to have you on our 'side.'" Vincent looked from face to face, satisfied that at least they thought better of High's situation.

When everyone was seated, Vincent spoke. "Again, thank you all for coming. I expect that you all have an idea for why I have called you here- to discuss the upcoming war..." Vincent sighed. "We all have not chosen a side, but I expect that sooner or later one of the sides will make it so that it's no longer an option to stay uninvolved. Therefore. I've called a meeting to introduce plans where we could keep our respective kingdoms out of the war, and perhaps find a way to peacefully prevent it. As Royals, we all have a choice on what to do, but if we all agree on the same plan, that would increase its effectivity- whatever the plan may be." He leaned forward and looked at everyone at the table. "First, what are your thoughts and plans for the war?"

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Princess Zari Leo


Zari laughed a little when Vincent offered someone to take care of her wounds. ”Prince Scorpio, it's kind of you to offer your help but these are just small scratches. A couple of new scars is nothing anymore. I'm perfectly fine.” She would never reveal her pain to anyone. Then she looked at Gwendolyn. ”Princess Sagittarius” she greeted her with a nod.

When Vincent was speaking, Zari estimated the three other royals in the room. She had come to the meeting just because she wanted to see what kind of plan Vincent had in mind. She was not so sure she could negotiate with Marlin or Gwendolyn. They both were too quiet, too safe, too unsure in her opinion. But those qualities would make it easy for her to manipulate them. Zari knew they would avoid the war as long as possible. They were nothing like her.

Then there was Vincent. Zari was still unsure what to think about him. He had some fighting experience, but he didn't care about the upcoming war. He was a strong leader – a trait Zari appreciated – but seemed to mourn in his past.

After Prince Scorpio had finished his speech, Zari stood up. ”You say you want to keep our kingdoms out of the war. In my kingdom fighting goes above everything else. We choose the next Prince or Princess by fighting against each other. Even the 15-year-old girls can wield at least two different weapon. My people are eagerly waiting which side I'm going to choose so they can get to a real play field. And the reason I haven't chosen the side yet is because I'm waiting.” She smirked. ”I'm waiting for the highest bid. I'm sure you all know my reputation. I'm known as a business woman and mercenary. And in case you're wondering why I want crazy amount of money is because it's not cheap to maintenance my army.”

Zari sat down again. ”I am, however, willing to negotiate. When the war starts there will be blood and death. If my kingdom stays away from it, there will be less blood and less death. So Prince Scorpio...” She looked right into his eyes. ”How much you're willing to pay me?”

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"Oh, Vincent, I'm offended," Marlin said, his attempted chiding tone completely ruined by the smile that tugged aggressively at his lips, pulling his expression out of a mock pout. If there was any other member of the royals that Marlin would willingly choose to spend the day with, it would probably be the Prince of Scorpio, a man after his own heart. "Or I would be if it wasn't completely true, sweetheart" He enunciated the little term of endearment, a laugh escaping from him at Vincent's attempted imitation. Attempted, of course, because no one could quite mimic a character like the Prince of Pisces.

He slipped into his seat to Vincent's right with one fluid motion, leaning his elbows on the table in such a way that his etiquette instructor would be chiding him for weeks about. However, here he was among friends, at least for now, with a noble beside him who wouldn't be offended in the least by Marlin's mercurial ways. It was nice, in a way, to have someone who understood the pressures of ruling a kingdom and being a human at the same time. Only behind the scenes, away from the expecting eyes of his citizens and the eyes of other nations, could he just be.

"And thank you. Hopefully this can all be discussed soon enough. I'd rather spend my time having a bit of fun now that they've let me out of the castle," He said with a laugh. They talked for a while, trading retorts without any edge to them and generally conversing about the little things that involved their daily lives as opposed to stuffy "And the wheat crop has had a surprisingly good yield…" business talk that was meant for the normal, stuffy meetings Marlin found himself enduring as a Prince. That is, until the next guest arrived.

When Princess Leo made her grand appearance, Marlin straightened up to his full height, no longer slumped lazily over the table. The smile drifted off his face, schooled to a look of polite indifference. She looked positively wild, covered in bandages and sweating, dress torn in areas. There was no way she hadn't drawn attention to herself, looking more like she'd just ridden out of the war than to a summit to avoid it. Then again, given the rumors swirling around her...

"Oh, no, the pleasure's all mine," He said standing up and bowing before seating himself stiffly once more, completely on autopilot, recalling courtesy lessons that had been engrained in his mind since the day he was born. The atmosphere was tense for a while as Princess Leo got straight to business looking as if peace were the last thing on her mind. At least, until Princess Sagittarius made her arrival. Marlin's lips twisted into a smile, standing up and bowing once again at her arrival.

"Hello, lovely," He greeted and meant it sincerely. Gwen was a delight and, much like his adoration for Scorpio, fit with his personality quite neatly. However, now was not a time for pleasantries as the last of the rulers filtered into the room and took a seat. It was vaguely disappointing that only four were here for a conference on peace rather than war, but four was assuredly better than none or, in Marlin's case, one. However, no sooner than Prince Scorpio had introduced the matters at hand than one of the guests showed their true colors. Marlin wasn't quite sure why he was surprised at Princess Leo's inclination towards war. Nevertheless, her nonchalance towards the fighting, her attempts at blackmail only served to ignite the passion in Marlin's heart not for fighting or for peace, but for his people.

"I've always said that blackmail is the classiest way to compromise," He sniffed, pink eyes narrowed in an unnatural expression of distaste. "And how, Princess Leo, are we going to be sure that one of the sides won't offer you more money? Then you'll have all of our money and get your war too. It seems to me that, money or not, you and your kingdom are sitting pretty while the rest of us are left to our own devices regardless." It wasn't logic that drew that conclusion, but an intuition guided by Marlin's understanding of the Princess Leo and her people. Her mistake, he was sure, was that she thought they were idiots.

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Princess Zari Leo


”It seems you don't fully understand how I work, Prince Pisces. I'm not a backstabber. I'm just doing business.” Zari answered to him.

”As I said I'm waiting the highest bid. Let me explain. Let's say you would offer me 2000, King only 1000 and Queen 3000. What I do to get the highest amount of money? I would let you and the King to know there's been higher bidder but I don't tell the amount of money. Let's say you would next offer me 4000 and King only offers 2500. Now you have highest bid, right? In this point the King would also drop out of contest.” Zari smirked. ”Guess what I do next? Yes, I would inform the Queen about the higher bid, but I still don't tell the amount. Let's say she offers 4500. And now... We're on the final round!” she laughed a bit. ”I would tell to both of you and the Queen to do the final, last bid. I also would tell you that the current bid is 4500. Let's say you now offer me 6000 and Queen only 5500. So there you have it. In this case I would be in your side.” she paused for a while. ”And be 6000 richer”

Zari leaned back in her chair. "So now you know, how I work. And if you're afraid that the King or Queen would try to use force to get your kingdom in their side, I can also offer protection. I can sent few dozens of my soldiers to your Kingdoms. They all are good fighters and will follow orders. Of course, that's not free either."

Zari started to get irritate. She couldn't wait this meeting would be over. She would go to search Cayden and Sevi from town and run another two hours over the mountains and kill couple of more cougars, or perhaps a boar, to calm her nerves. She had put her claymore leaning against the chair. It was hard to sit when it was on her back. She glanced at it. Maybe it hadn't been so good idea to take it with her...

One wrong word and she might lose her temper.