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Julia Tenavis

"The pen is mightier than the sword"

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a character in “Not All Is As It Seems”, as played by JackalopeLove

Description

Julia Tenavis


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Nickname
Jewels

Age
19

Gender
Female

Dialog Color
Deep sky blue


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Likes
-Order
-Family
-Watching the sun rise
-Following rules
-Safety
-Peace
-Wealth

Dislikes
-Rebellion
-Poverty
-Fighting
-Disobedience
-Chaos
-Darkness

Traits
-Intelligent
-Peaceful
-Studious
-Judgmental
-Coward
-Ignorant
-Know it all


History

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Julia was born into a wealthy family that was close friends with the King of Vecar, her father lead many battles in the great war along side the king and his greatest warriors. That is where her family gets the wealth and reputation, though there is was years of peace through out the land her father still made her four brothers practice non-stop just in-case something might happen to the kingdom. She was born the youngest of the family by 3 years, she was considered the family Jewel, she was definitely the mothers favorite. This caused her brothers to despise her she was cast aside and not allowed to play with the boys or train with them. She was only allowed to study and do the womanly jobs around the house.

Then Gwen Devereaux was born, the now queen of Vecar. Julia was very close to the age of the princess and due to the relationship of the family was almost instantly considered to be a Lady-in-Waiting. Julia just like everything else in her life agreed and followed what her father and mother told her to do. She spent most of her time reading/studying by herself at the kingdom while Gwen would preform her daily actions, occasionally playing a card game or helping Gwen study, but never played physical games, that was far to inappropriate for a woman to be doing. She mostly was the voice of reason for the young Gwen and treated her like a little sister.

Then the raids occurred, her brothers fought along side their father protecting the king, but alas the king did not survive the initial attack. The Tenavis family lost most of the reputation they had earned from the great wars just in one night. They still decided to fight for the kingdom holding off the raids father and sons, but like most real world stories there was not a happy ending. Julia's brothers all were slaughtered and her father retreated to the kingdom with all of his sons blood on his hands. When her father herd that the queen was traveling to the capital of Commora, he made sure his daughter was one of the Lady-in-Waiting to company her on the journey. Though she despised leaving the safety of the castle she followed her fathers orders, leaving her now almost childless parents alone in a once full household.

Personality


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Julia is a overly virtues person or a goody goody. She is anti war or any form of violence, she was raised that it was not her place to fight. Judgment is something she exceeds at, as she grew she more thought of her brothers and father as savages and murders rather than warriors and heroes. The judgment does not stop at the violence, the disobedience of others really irritates her. Though she does not do much to oppose what others do besides the sly rude comment here and there, she believes it is not her place to step on others toes. On the other hand she is a very intelligent woman, spending a lot of her time reading and studying others, this skill has helped her with many social situations and further herself in the kingdom, she is well known in the libraries all around the kingdom. Julia was raised in a wealthy surrounding and has a very snobby attitude often disrespecting less fortunate citizens. She now realizes that the world is changing and she will need to also. The responsibility for the Lady in Waiting have enlarged now that the king is gone and they are outside of the kingdom, something Julia never liked to do, she will need to adjust her views and preferences of the world around her in order to continue to survive the shift of power to the new Queen.


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So begins...

Julia Tenavis's Story

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Zxander rode in front of the Queens caravan, on his pure black horse Anghau, with Dalibor on his right. "Almost there Dalibor. Cant say I'm to happy about being here." Dalibor smiled as he replied, "At less it gets us off the road and our horses. I know, you love to ride but I prefer to have my feet on the ground." As he finished Zxander turned his horse angled inward and motioned the other three it him, then straightened out. Once they were all together, "Ok boys ride forward with me." The four of them rode forward up a ridge that way still a little way a head of the caravan. "Ok Bogdan, I want you to ride a head and let the guards now were close. Once the caravan gets here, we'll take a break till Bogdan gets back. Well we do, Ratimir you'll watch the horses. Wymond, tend to the ladies. Dalibor check in with the men, then get our reserves to set up along the ridge. Off the Kings road and out of sight, This will act as our fall back should anything happen. Its good ground, and its close but not to close. Get to it men. I will inform the Queen.." He watched as his men rode off to carry out his orders, a sight he is still getting use to. After a sort time he rode to the left side of the Queen's carriage, "Pardon the interruption your majesty. I thought you would like to know we are almost to the Capital. Will be stopping at the top of a ridge just outside the city, to give everyone a chance to take a break."

By the time the caravan reached the top of the small ridge just West of the Capital, Dalibor was returning from the woods were their reserves would be camping. "Sir all taken care of. I will check with the men now." "Very good carry on." Though they were in friendly territory Zxander still didn't like the idea of being out here alone, so on top of the twelve guardsmen he brought twelve solders to act as back up. Should anything happen they also have more waiting back at the ship about a half a day to a full ride. Though in order to bring up all the men it would take no less then two days to get them all here. At less with the dozen hidden along the ridge they would have a solid exit or fall back point. His father always said 'Leave the politics to the royals. Our job is to take care of them and keep them safe, even if they don't like it.' One of his guardsmen broke his train of thought, "Sir. Permission to dismount the men?" "If the queen wishes to rest then yes. Other wise we keep riding." "Yes sir." With that he rode to the Queen's carriage to await her decision.

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Gwen was sitting in her carriage with her ladies, even though she was nervous about seeing Prince Klaus, she couldn't wait to get out of the carriage. To her, it was worse than being cooped up in the castle, at least at the castle, she could sneak out, get some fresh air and just get away for a while, but there was no way to sneak out of a carriage. Of course she'd much rather be riding a horse, but that just wasn't proper. The thought made her role her eyes, she hated that word, proper. Just because she was a queen she had different rules that she had to follow, sometimes she wished that she was just a regular girl, someone who could follow her heart rather than duty, but then again, she wouldn't trust her kingdom to anyone else.

Gwen sighed, placing her chin on her fist, staring out the window, normally she and her ladies could talk non stop, but she wasn't really in the mood for talking, her mind was in a million different places. Thinking about the prince she was supposed to marry, and the man she loved, if only things could be simpler. As if summoned by her thoughts, Zxander showed up beside the carriage and her heart fluttered in her chest. When he mentioned them stopping to give everyone a break, she smiled happily, glad for a chance to get out of the carriage. "A rest would be good," She said with a nod of her head.

When they came to a stop, she carefully stepped out of the carriage, stretching her muscles that were tired from sitting in the carriage for so long. Inhaling deeply, she breathed in the fresh air that surrounded them, feeling much better now that she was outside. It didn't take long for her eyes to fall on the Capitol, they weren't too far away, seeing it up close made her a little more nervous. She hoped she was doing the right thing, she knew this is what her father wanted, and she didn't doubt his judgement, she just hoped that this decision would make her happy and would be lucrative for her kingdom, though of those two, her happiness was the least important, her kingdom came first, it always would.

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Julia Tenavis
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As the carriage proceeded through the valleys, Julia did not pay attention to much of her surroundings. At this point she was indulged into her most recent novel, "Nature: The Dangers of the Wild" she was nearing a end of the book. It was mostly about what not to eat in the woods and which plants would make you itch for a few days, but the final chapter was about animals, the dangers that luck just out of sight. Julia took a interest in the wolf, a pack hunter, communicates with others of its species and has a high archery. The Alpha, or the leader, even animals understand that one needs to rule all, the underlings need guidance or else chaos erupts, maybe the wild is not so different from the kingdom.

Thinking of the kingdom she decides to put a mark in the book and take a break from reading. Julia takes notice on Ellyn Falk, the other woman in the carriage besides her and the queen. Julia does have some negative feelings for Ellyn, mostly due to the fact that she seems so childish and quite unladylike. As Julia contemplated the negatives of Ellyn, she then remembered that Ellyn seemed to have a interest in Nature, this could help Julia strike up a conversation, also it would give a great excuse to talk about her new book she was reading."Ellyn, I have nearly finished this extremely documentation of Nature, I seem to have a recollection that you come from a family of hunters, correct? Well I was curious on your thoughts of the ideology of the wolf and how extremely advance they are, compared to the other creatures that live in this area." She smiled a smug smile, maybe showing her intellect would increase her standings with the other women.

All of the sudden Zxander appeared next to the window by the queen, asking if she would like to stop to give everyone a break. The new Queen agreed and stepped out of the carriage, she did seem very silent this trip compared to normal, more than likely due to finally meeting her new husband. Julia was very excited to travel to the Capitol, meeting new people is not her preference but never the less she has a flutter in her heart as she too steps out and sees the Capitol in the distance. She stands close behind Gwen "Wow, we are much closer than I had anticipated. Soon this silly adventure shall be completed and we can restore order, all thanks to you." Julia knows that it is a large responsibility but it is necessary to restore order, it is for the best, the few need to make sacrifices for the masses.

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The voyage so far could have been more pleasant. The carriage, while surely of a high quality make, jumped a little at every larger stone that made its way under the wheels, leading not only to bumps in the seat, but also in her needlework. The carnation she had tried to stitch was barely even recognizable as a flower. A quick comparison to the one she'd made while still at the castle was proof it had little to do with her surroundings. Ellyn glanced over to Julia and immediately adjusted her posture, trying to slouch less over the embroidery frame. Always appearing calm and collected, it was hard to believe the girl was two years younger than her.
She certainly seemed more mature.
Restless eyes followed the queen's gaze, trying to find some topic to break the silence with, despite earlier attempts being unsuccessful. She really wished she'd brought some cards along. The scenery outside had become unfamiliar, gone were the vivid woods. They had given way for gently rolling hills. Even the air felt different, tasting faintly of salt.

The burden of starting a conversation was taken from her, eyebrows knitted at the unlikely source. Not that she wasn't grateful, but Julia had never given her the impression that she enjoyed her pressence. "Ellyn, I have nearly finished this extremely documentation of Nature, I seem to have a recollection that you come from a family of hunters, correct? Well I was curious on your thoughts of the ideology of the wolf and how extremely advance they are, compared to the other creatures that live in this area."
Surely there had to be a simpler way of phrasing that. However, excited about the opportunity to talk about her home, she turned towards her, underlining her words with gestures. "I've never seen a wolf, myself. But advanced... I don't know, my brother told me there's a reason wolves were tamed and breed, they seek social structure. For a hunter it's not their packs that's the problem, they hardly ever prey on humans. It's the wild boars you need to be careful with. They'll run you through given the chance." The title of the book caught her attention. "If you are interested in nature, I'm sure you'd like it in the north. We see much wildlife there. You are welcome to visit, it would at least give you the opportunity to use what you learned." The corners of her mouth tugged upwards. "Maybe even further your knowledge. Not everything is written in books."

The stop felt sudden, being so long in motion. Dizzy, yet thankful to get out of the small space, she stepped outside. The breeze was nice, as was the sunshine on her face but the Capitol before her filled her with dread. The thought that the young queen had to sacrifice herself for their country, their home... it was distressing.
"It's not like we have much to do with it, it's her that has to do all the work", Ellyn interjected, her hands clutching her skirt until her knuckles went white. "I'm sorry for asking, your Grace, but are you-", she stopped herself. What, all right? In a situation like this, it seemed a stupid question to ask. The ground was deemed safer to look at, and while worried, she didn't know what to say.

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When Queen Gwen nodded, Zxander rode off to the side of the road and dismounted. By the time he walked back to the carriage Gwen was stepping out. He bowed, "Your Majesty." Then came Lady Julia, a girl who Zxander could relate to, for she came form a family that fought for the kingdom. Having lost her brothers in the same fight that claimed his father, made him respect her a lot more. But unlike him, she still had her parents, who now sat safe in an empty house back in Vecar. She did rube him the wrong way, she seemed a lot like the princesses who would visit, to much of a goody goody, better then everyone else. Still he grow to see her almost as a second sister. Then there was Lady Ellyn, she was more of a wild spirited girl then a proper lady of court, but she had a good heart and was trying. Zxander admired her free, wild spirit and her devotion to duty. His eyes then moved to HIS men, each one would follow him into hell or would make the charge for him at the drop of a command. Each one willing to lay down their life for each other or the queen, it was in deed his great honor to serve along side these men. They were more family then anything, they hid no secrets from each other, know everything about each other, know everyone's family if they have any. And they all know of Zxanders sacrifice, first his father protecting the King and then his sister protecting the Queen. They know his dedication to his duty, he had been serving since he was young and if anyone questioned Zxander's loyalty or devotion they were personally offended.

That's when he heard Julia and Ellyn speak up. "Wow, we are much closer than I had anticipated. Soon this silly adventure shall be completed and we can restore order, all thanks to you.""It's not like we have much to do with it, it's her that has to do all the work. I'm sorry for asking, your Grace, but are you-" Zxander walks over to them, "Ladies, you do important work. You tend to her majesty and are her closest friends. In the coming days she will need you more then ever. And Lady Ellyn, how could she not be ok, she's got you two with her, the most beautiful and caring ladies in all of Vecar. Her two true friends. And it doesn't hurt that she also has twelve of Vecar's finest watching out for her. Of course, thou the rest are good, none are as good as yours truly." He said as loving as he could with out sounding to soft in front of his men. His words were not meant to be showy but were meant to lighten the mood.

Just then Zxander snapped to attention and started looking around, like a watchful prairie dog. "DALIBOR! OUR RIDER?!""NO SIR!""OK GET EVERYONE BACK IN THE CARRIAGE NOW!! THEN MY THREE ON ME, EVERYONE ELSE KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED!" Once the queen and her ladies were loaded, Dalibor, Wymond and Ratimir rode over to Zxander who had mounted his horse. The four of the whispered to each other, trying not to look worried. When they were done Wymond dismounted and switched places with the guard that rode on the back of the carriage. Ratimir rode to the back of the group as Dalibor retook is spot at the front. Zxander rode just ahead of the group and turned to them, "IT HAS BEEN MY GREATEST HONOR TO SERVE ALONG SIDE YOU ALL! WE ARE VECAREN! WE ARE THE QUEEN'S GUARD! FOR VECAR! GOD SAVE THE QUEEN! LONG MAY SHE REIGN!" In perfect unison, "WE ARE VECAREN! WE ARE THE QUEEN'S GUARD! FOR VECAR! GOD SAVE THE QUEEN! LONG MAY SHE REIGN!" A moment later the queen and her ladies hear a horse ride of as fast as it can. A few seconds later the carriage starts to move again. They ride straight to the main gates of the capital.

Zxander riding in front of the caravan arrives before the King and the prince. With a bow, "Your majesty. Queen of Vecar, Queen Gwen Devereaux. With all due respect, I would prefer we save this for when we are at the keep, the trip was not uneventful. I would feel much better at the keep your majesty."

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As Richarde finished the last of his meal, a guard showed up into the dining hall. "My lord. A carriage is arriving at the castle. Please make your way to the gates along with the prince." The king stood up from his chair upon hearing the news and made his way to the guard who in return began to guide him to the castle gates. The guards in the dining hall who accompanied him also followed right behind him.

As soon as he made it to the gates along with his son, a man riding in front of the caravan arrived before them and bowed. He told them that the Queen was with them but he preferred to save the rest of their conversation until they were in the keep since their trip was uneventful. "As you wish. Please follow me to the keep then we can discuss the rest." He then began to lead them to the keep. The guards that was with him seemed be be more closer to the king and were only an arms length from him, it seemed that the king was a very cautious man, and the guards seemed to be on edge.

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Danny found himself suddenly awoken by his royal bodyguard, Jorvis Bailey. The only bodyguard to earn Danny's respect, and not to be a knight before attaining his position. But he was as skilled as any knight, possibly even more skilled. Danny never really pryed into his past, because he could tell he was running from it himself. But Danny knew he was a good man, and he was sure in time Jorvis would tell him. Plus, he was the only bodyguard that had so far been able to keep up with Danny.

"Didn't anyone tell you its rude to see your prince naked? Especially when your waking him up when he doesn't want to be?"

"Last time I checked, many royalty and nobility have their servants help dress them. But then, you are not like those people. And if someone tried to kill you while you were naked? Your mother would have me killed if I let that happen". Danny knew that regardless of whether he meant it as a joke or not, that was probably true. "Plus, your family did request you be cleaned and dressed to greet the royal family".

"Calling it! You only said cleaned and dressed!" Danny announced, and Jorvis knew what that meant. It meant there was nothing saying Danny had to dress up in any fancy clothes. He hoped out of bed, and started to get his most comfortable clothes out. Which was actually also his favorite archery and training gear. "Now leave, I am not helpless like others who have servants and guards. I can do this myself.

"Are you sure you want to though? Sonya is free to help you right now" Jorvis told him, and Danny's face went red. Sonya is a servant girl of the castle, and Danny had a crush on her. All the princesses and noble girls here had makeup and servants to help them look beautiful, but Sonya, at least to Danny, was just naturally beautiful. Danny would have objected if it was anyone else as a result.

Jorvis left and Sonya came in to help him. It did make things go a lot quicker, and Danny was a bit embarrassed, but this was one of the only times he could be alone with her. After all, people had all these expectations about royalty. Now, Danny did not care at all, but he was worried that if anyone knew of his crush, or if anyone learned of any relationship they started, she would be in danger.

Once everything was all done, they left the room. "Thank you Sonya. I was just a bit tired today. I wouldn't normally do that..."

Sonya smiled at him. "I know, you were out all last night. Rumors spread quickly, of a hidden archer taking down some bandits harassing various farms at random. Don't worry, Prince. I won't tell anyone, and I think you are a great person".

After she said that, she looked into his eyes and smiled at him, before leaving to resume her duties. He just gazed at her for a while until she turned the corner, before going to visit the guests. At least he would be in a good mood. He arrived just in time to see his father, brother, and the queen's caravan arriving. He would be easy to spot, being the boy wearing different clothing then all the others, with only one royal guard with him instead of a squad. He waved at them.

"Good morning father! Brother! Visitors!"

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Zxander and Wymond rode ahead to the stables then walked to the front stairs of the keep to await the queen. When she arrived, the men flanked the carriage door with Zxander on the right side. Wymond opened the door as Zxander announced, "Her majesty. Queen Gwen Devereaux. Queen of Vecar." With a slight bow as she exited, "With all due respect your majesty. We need to get you inside, now." he whispered and then took is spot behind her. The men escorted her inside the keep were the rest of the royal family was waiting.

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Gwen hadn't been happy, having to get back into the carriage so quickly, but she knew Zxander only did what he had to do to keep her safe and she couldn't begrudge him for that. She climbed back into the carriage with her ladies, giving a small smile of reassurance to them. They were her friends first and foremost in her mind and it made her happy that they seemed to worry about her well being, more than just as their queen. "I'm fine, Ellyn." She said quietly, the smile not leaving her face. Even though she wasn't completely sure that statement was true, she wasn't going to show weakness, especially not now when her kingdom needed her to be strong.

The next thing she knew, they'd reached the capital and had arrived at the keep. She took a quiet, deep breath, preparing herself as she took Wymond's hand, helping her out of the carriage. Gwen glanced around at their surroundings, thinking about her kingdom, feeling a little homesick being so far away. Though she didn't have long to dwell on these feelings as Zxander's voice cut through, reminding her they had to get inside. With a quick nod of her head, she walked into the keep with them, her head held high.

When she stood in front of the king and the two princes, she hesitated briefly, glancing from one to the other before giving a quick curtsy, "Your majesty," She said, showing her respect before straightening up again

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There was a short stretch of awkward silence, while her cheeks puffed until she couldn’t hold back the incredulous laughter anymore. Charmer.
”You be careful an arrow doesn't find that big head of yours“, she joked. But his words did make her feel better, and the least she could do was smile gratefully at Zxander for his support. She couldn’t add anything, however, as their stop was cut short, and she was shooed back into the carriage before she could see why.

Her worry kept her curiosity in check, focusing on Gwen instead after glancing at Julia. While not convinced of the answer, she did return the smile. If their queen intended to be strong, so would she. “We’ll always be here to support you.” A promise she was intending to keep, even if she missed home and her family, they had each other at least. For now, their queen only had them. Julia and her might have their differences but she was certain they agreed on that.
And with that, the journey came to its end and she couldn’t get out of the carriage fast enough.

The way to the keep seemed too short to take it all in. From the lofty and sweeping architecture to the colors and the energy in the air, it was strange and exotic. Small details caught her attention: the delicate carvings on the arches, the glistening metal of the guards plates, the sweet oils of the citrus fruits. It was hard not to gawk at everything, especially once they arrived at their destination.
It took her a second to notice Gwen had already curtsied. Ellyn quickly followed her queen’s example, timing off and not able to keep her eyes on the ground.
Well, the prince was handsome, she had to give him that. Not the best qualifier for a happy marriage but should he turn out to be incredibly dull, Queen Gwen would still have something nice to look at. So far also very polite but if all her time at court had taught her anything, those things could be easily faked.
A bit fixated on his father, perhaps. Although it was hard not to be, the Commoran king had a presence that didn't demand but outright conquered respect.
Suddenly the ground was interesting enough after all.

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Duchess Masha Le'Reign



What a fine day it was this morning, which was something the Cammoran's were no doubt glad to take advantage of. They would wish to make a perfect welcome for their son's bride to be, they had a reputation as a perfectly run kingdom and generous hosts to uphold. This bride, the too young for all of this Queen, rode in her carriage with two of her other ladies in waiting, meanwhile Masha rode on horseback, trailing after it. Masha always managed to weasel her way out of rules that applied to the other ladies in waiting, while it was a duty that the late King, may he rest in peace, forced on her in penance for the abandonment of her father the late Duke, may he rest in peace; (Or perhaps it wasn't penance but an honor, Masha could never tell which the King had intended, though it was safe to assume he had intended both as the man was a shrewd politician even in old age.) Masha had always felt constrained by it. As a lady in waiting she could not carry out the duties of a Duke, she could not fight away Vecar's enemies, which was a waste and tactical mitake on the late King's, may he rest in peace, part. Masha was a well seasoned fighter of over ten years, she knew how to make due with a smaller number than your enemy had and she had the Iron Bastards sworn to her command. Had she been made use of in that respect perhaps the King would still be alive, resting in peace be damned it was really his fault he was dead anyway. What was that foolish old man thinking riding off into battle anyway?

Masha's train of thought was interrupted by the ever so busy Zxander, the lovely silence of the morning was broken by his commands. Bogden do this or that, Dalibor over here do this thing, Masha didnt pay too much attention, she just knew they must be close if Zxander was fussing. He very much reminded her of a rooster clucking at his brood, he clucked away so diligently, it was no wonder he was so young and yet so highly ranked. Masha kept to her position, back straight and eyes ahead, watching him from her peripheral vision as he leaned in to the carriage's window and asked the Queen if she would like to stop and rest. Knowing the Queen she would say yes, and a moment later that prophecy rang true, they stopped for a break. Masha wondered, not for the first time, if either Zxander or Gwen knew how one admired the other. In a cruel twist of fate and comedy, probably not.
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Dismounting Rollo, her riding stallion, Masha pulled a sugar cube from her pockets and fed him, "You should like Commora Rollo, their stables probably put ours to shame." Masha rubbed his nose, back to the rest of the party, unsure how long they were to stop for and wanting to make sure Rollo was well rewarded. As pretty and fast as he was, he was also a brat, and would act up if not properly tended to. Although Masha could hear the pleasant sounds of young people speaking they were cut rather short before Vecar's own rooster howled. "That was hardly any time at all." Masha commented more to herself than anyone. The ladies were ushered back into their carriage and they were off once more. Did Zxander really think Cammoran land would be attacked by raiders? They had their land under control, it was Vecar that was in disarray. They rushed to the gates at a pace quicker than before.

A low whistle escaped Masha's lips as they entered, did this place become more beautiful than last time she was here? Or was it just that a rank of Duchess offered a different point of view than one of a common mercenary. It was probably both. Masha dismounted, releasing the reigns to the stablehands and taking her place behind Ellyn and Julia, who stood behind the Queen. Really Masha should have been in line beside them, but she had her reasons, chief most being that she didn't feel like being noticed. Gwen was the important party here, it would be easy to kick back in the shadow of her spotlight.

It did not escape her notice that the Queen Katarina was not there to greet her grace Gwen, but Gwen was gracious about it, just as the Prince to greet her was charming. The King was masterfull in his welcome and respectful, the sort of respectful that made you feel as though it were your duty to bow to him. He assured Gwen that she would be well protected, no doubt taking note of how tense Zxander was. He was also no doubt sympathetic to their situation, having only recently suffered the loss of their King. Truthfully they has every reason to be on edge, the situation was desperate, and Masha was being too flippant about it. She silently reprimanded herself for that and made an empty promise to be more aware. As the made their way into the castle Masha stole a glance down at Ellyn, whose downcast eyes told her that she was feeling particularly humble and shy at the moment, Masha almost smiled at that, almost. She instead softly brushed a knuckle on the back of Ellyn's neck to startle her out of her intense study of the polished floor before returning her hand behind her back where it belonged.

The other Prince, as he would forever be known so long as his brother succeeded the throne, decided to tease his brother and make himself known to Queen Gwen. He was speaking loudly enough that Masha could just about hear him, and her height provided her with the perfect view of the trio.

The setting changes from Sha Ka Ree to Kingdom of Commora

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Character Portrait: Zxander Character Portrait: Queen Katarina Beves Character Portrait: Gwen Devereaux Character Portrait: Ellyn Falk Character Portrait: Prince Klaus Beves Character Portrait: Marlow Beves
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It took every ounce of strength to resist saying or doing some thing against the young prince. "How could a member of a royal family act with such disrespect towards a Queen and guest. Even as a prince, he should have bowed before her, and then calling out the captain of the royal guard like that. That little SCOBBERLOTCHER, GOBERMOUCH, GNASHGAB, DALCOP, FOPDOODLE. How dare he say such things, of course the royals wouldn't want her dead right away, but after the wedding and once she has given them an heir. On top of that, if Gwen wanted me to back off and give her room, all she needed to do was say so" he thought. To him protecting her was only part of his job. He must also tend to her health and wellbeing. Though after backing off, he would try and find a way to follow her unnoticed, for she was not just his Queen , but his closes friend, they have been through too much together to let her go. Zxander knows she can handle herself, but he also knows that they are stronger together. So he just gives the little prince a respectful nod and continues to follow Gwen.

As he followed Gwen into the keep, his men fanned out around the room so only he and Wymond remained by the queens side. Suddenly images off the two attacks, the one that claimed the king and his father and the one that claimed his sister, started to rush through his mind as his concern for the queen and his two missing men grow. This caused him to loss a few steps, trying to shake the strong flashbacks. Wymond, concerned for Zxander but not wanting to show weakness slowed to match Zxanders speed. After a few seconds Zxander was able to clear his head enough to casually retake his position, arms reach away from Gwen's back right side. Wymond followed suit on her back left side.

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Zxander relaxed as he watched how Gwen handled the young prince. If it was ok with her and he posed no threat then it was ok with him. He turned to bow to Gwen after the king left but was pulled away by Masha. Having gotten use to her personality, and knowing he had to leave the queen anyway, he offered no resistance. As he was lead away he only wished he had, had the chance to signal the queen before being dragged away.

When the two of them we're young they came up with their own language, at a distance it sounded like random noise. Up-close it was gibberish, but to them they could say anything without worrying about anything. As time pasted they also developed their own code, everything from subtle changes in body language, to how they spoke to the way they phrased things, to different symbols. The one big rule was never to share either their language or code with ANYONE. The late king, may he rest in peace, and the queen are aware of the language and know that the two tend to do or say things a little different from time to time but have not been able to crack the code or decipher the language.

He wanted to let her know that no matter what he would always have an eye on her. But between being dragged away and the crown prince bringing her to a garden maze, that seemed alittle impossible. This got him thinking as he turned to follow the ladies, removing Masha's arm from his. Back home he knew every inch of the capital, every passageway, including the hidden ones, he had paced them so many times he knew the count by heart. Here he was on unknown forging soil. After setting up, he would have to explore the keep, and map out this garden maze, it could be a tactical advantage should anything happen. He was also starting to get the feeling people were getting the wrong idea about him. Gwen is his queen, yes and it is his duty to protect her yes, but to Zxander, Gwen is the last of his family, and possible the love of his life... and the thought of anything happening to her kills him. Back home, he would have been following behind the ladies, close enough that he could act but far enough to give her room. Of course back in Vecar, even before the kings death the people had embraced Gwen, she was greatly loved by her people, from the lowest peasant to the highest noble. Here Zxander knows nothing of the people, and they have yet to embrace her. Yes its true she was safe from the royals till after the wedding and until she gave them a heir, but what of the people, what of the nobles, and what of the other quest of court?

At this time Zxander looked over to Wymond who also had turned around, but he placed Ellyn's hand back on his arm and had given her a small smile. This gave Zxander an idea, "Wymond, I want you and the men to be crow. Ratimir will take two and be hound. Once everyone is together, have them join crow. You can become boar, or stay as crow, if any of the ladies want your attention." He gives a small nod towards Ellyn. "I will be eagle once we are done setting up." He didn't mind if Wymond, or any of his four, wanted to be friendly with any of the ladies, personally he saw Ellyn as an older sister, it was Julia who caught his attention. Her need for order, and safety, her commitment to family and rules. But most of all, it was her contrast to him, her push for peace and non violence compared to his life of nothing but violence and war. As for Masha, he was still unsure about her, he almost wanted to try to make her a guard but know that could never happen.

Wymond looked at Ellyn, "My lady, how has your trip been? If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask."

Zxander bows to the ladies, "Please excuse me ladies, I must tend to my men. I will meet you later. Wymond will look after you till then." He stands and heads off to find Ratimir and the rest of his men who are still guarding the main room. Once there he relays the same message he told to Wymond. Ratimir takes two men and heads in to the city as Zxander grabs the remaining men and heads towards were everyones quarters are.

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As he has the ladies in sight a young Commoran guard runs up to Zxander, almost out of breath, "Sir, problem... two men... yours... found hurt... put under guard for their safety.. guards dead and yours missing. Dalibor... and Bogdan... I believe."

Zxander paused as his mind ran through a hundred different questions and scenarios. "Guard follow us as soon as I am done with my men I want you to show me everything. MEN Double time." The men hurry behind Zxnader as he runs up to Wymond. "We got situation. I want you to stay with Lady Ellyn, send a guard with Lady Julia and one to watch Duchess Masha's back. Two guards at either end of the hall, consolidate the ladies into one room for now and post two guards at each door full lock. Once the others get back send them to the Queen. Ladies take care and have fun." With that he nods to the Commoran guard who shows him to were they were holding the men. Well Zxander leaves Wymond and the others setup as they were ordered. As this is happening a guard arrive to tell the King and Queen about what happened.

Also at the same time Dalibor, his arms and side covered in blood, makes his way into the clearing at the heart of the maze were the Queen and Prince are. Clearly in a lot of pain, which the royal guard is trained to endure and NEVER show. "My Queen, please do not yell or come near me, I have failed you. But before I leave, I wanted to know... How well do you know the man that guards you? Do you know he has yet to morn the losses he has suffiered? Do you know what he did after each attack when he said he must leave to morn or to tend to something? Do you know why the old captain stepped down and gave it to Zxander, one of the youngest newest official guard over everyone? Do you know how far he will go to see you safe and why? Unfortunately your Grace, because of what I know and because I have failed you I must leave. Long live Vecar, Long live the Queen. With that he hurried as fast as he could away, which is surprisingly fast for the pain he is in.