Out Among the Stars

Aries and Scorpio Relations

a part of Out Among the Stars, by ArabiaKnight.

The two nations share a long trading nation that is, often, undertone by strong tension due to the militaristic nature of Aries, but even more so by their 'unstable' government.

ArabiaKnight holds sovereignty over Aries and Scorpio Relations, giving them the ability to make limited changes.
132 readers have been here.
3,988 readers have visited this universe since ArabiaKnight created it.

Copyright: The creator of this roleplay has attributed some or all of its content to the following sources:

original roleplay- by blushingtaurus "http://www.roleplaygateway.com/roleplay/as-it-is-written-in-the-stars??? remake roleplay- by beach-born-boy "http://www.roleplaygateway.com/roleplay/as-told-by-the-heavens#introduction"

Setting

Due to being landlocked in a desert, an unenviable position, Aries needs a way in which to quickly export their goods without having to trek across the desert, their solution lies with their much smaller neighbor of Scorpio which has the largest port city and is a central trading nexus.

The people and merchants of Aries sell their weapons of war and other finely crafted goods to Scorpio merchants who then sail to new lands and resell them at a higher price. But this relationship goes both ways as the Scorpio merchants also purchase luxury goods from far off places, and more importantly, large amounts of food such as the all important grain which they bring back and sell to the Aries merchants. The strong trade traditions helps both factions profit greatly from each other, but all is not so sunny on the arid sands.

This tension comes from the changes in Aries leadership that can happen at the drop of a hat and their extreme militaristic nature. Scorpio could not beat Aries in a war or even contend with them. The best they could do is hold the walls until they could get (or blackmail) outside aid. Due to the nature of Aries, they can never be sure if a new leader will suddenly pop up who looks at them and decides their port city would be better in Aries' hands and to 'cut out' the middlemen, as it were.

The diplomatic state of the Aries and Scorpio is a very delicate and intricate thing that has, so far, held up for decades but with civil war on the horizon, it is anyone's guess what will happen.

Aries and Scorpio Relations

The two nations share a long trading nation that is, often, undertone by strong tension due to the militaristic nature of Aries, but even more so by their 'unstable' government.

Minimap

Aries and Scorpio Relations is a part of Out Among the Stars.


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

The corner of his lip twitched upwards, something that was quickly becoming a common occurrence in her presence, as the small, almost unnoticeable smile, slipped across his lips again, "That is a why to describe it," he said, bemused, "Shellfish takes a little getting used to, but if you develop a taste for it; it is quite good," of course, living in the desert as she did, that was unlikely.

Artos slipped a grape into his mouth, chewing as she asked about a training center. She was only to be here a day, unless she wanted to see the facilities or test the soldiers? Either way, it was an odd request from a guest who only seemed to be staying the night unless she intended to extend her stay? "The castle has a large training ground, you are welcome to visit it at anytime. Just ask a servant to lead you there, but it is on the Eastern Wing of the castle along with the barracks for the guard."

Still, her earlier comment caught his attention, he hadn't investigated much into her past and her prior visit to Sapal was news to him, "You visited before? Simple curiosity or something more?"

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

She chuckled. “No thanks. I think I’ll keep it at as a ‘rare delicacy’. It’s a bit too tame for my tastebuds.”
There came a longing for the strongly flavored foods from her kingdom. Curries, sweets, spices… It was a shame but she could live with it.

Upon hearing about the barracks, Alexis paused a moment to listen before nodding her head and continuing to finish up to Clawed King. “I’ll take a look at it before going to bed. I didn’t get to have a work out today which is a bit disappointing.”

As the last piece of meat disappeared into her mouth, she looked over to Scorpio with a brow raised.
“My, not as in the loop as I had thought.”
She put her fork down, lifting her napkin and wiping her mouth again. “All right. I still owe you for our deal on the beach.” Alexis placed the napkin next to the plate, looking over at him with a grin.
“Story time, Scorps. I’m going to tell you how I became Princess Aries.”



Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

"Indeed, your body is already wasting away, a light workout sounds need," Artos said with a raised eyebrow. A jest, of course, since she was far from 'wasting' away. If anything, she made him feel out of shape which, he supposed, wasn't all that unlikely given how she manages to remain leader, a bit of laxity could end up costing her everything.

Reaching for a jug, he poured himself a small amount of dark amber liquid and took a sip, "I hope it is more interesting then someone simply changing their name," Artos said referencing the story she had him tell earlier.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

Alexis leaned back in her chair, examining him. ““You know, there isn’t something wrong with your story. It’s just not mine.” She gave a small smile, as if there was something she wanted to add but was reluctant to do so. Her arms stretched outward, letting out a satisfied sigh. “Ok… Where to begin, where to begin… Ah yes. Jaun’s trial.” She grinned. “During that time, I was stationed in Zenith, our military city. I had just heard Jaun, my older brother, had been found as a challenger for the Prince at that time. He had passed the first two trials easily, like it was nothing difficult. I always fought with him over everything. Attention, prowess, approval. I always wanted to prove I was better for some reason… Most likely he did it to make me a better person. Maybe to prove he was a better person. I never had the chance to ask him.”

Her hands rest in her lap as her eyes stared up at the ceiling, almost bored. “So the first two tests? They were nothing for him. Passed them easily, though I can’t tell you what actually happens in them. Then came the hand to hand combat.” Here, Alexis paused before letting out a puff of air that ended in a sigh-laugh. “I got leave to watch him and what do I see? Basically, the Prince kicked his ass. I had to step in because Jaun was getting embarrassed.” Her hand reached up and tapped her upper back, between the shoulder blades. “A scar here is a result of my foolishness. Should have let that guy fight his own battles.”

Her hand left and she rolled her shoulder. “So I was punished but the Prince saw potential in me. Told me to come back in 3 years time and fight him properly. I got as much as the Aries resources as I needed but still wasn’t enough to train me. So I studied abroad. Sapal was first, went to Crocodelle next… Met Princess Leo when I visited her kingdom… I went around all kingdoms, briefly or not so much. I learned, I grew. I came back to Mars. I kicked the Prince’s ass. Passed the next two tests. Yay. I’m Princess.” Alexis looked over at him. “Any questions or is my mediocre storytelling enough?"


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

Artos held his tongue as she told her story, occasionally bringing the glass with the dark amber liquid to his lips to take a small sip. As someone used to reading, and listening to, extremely detailed reports; he instantly noted the severe lack of details in her story. The world was in the small details, and his family position relied on those small details. The ones seemingly missed by most or thought of as irrelevant, but he couldn't fault her on not telling him every detail.

"Well, the storyteller lacked the necessary dramatics," Artos said, "But it has all the necessary ingredients for a great tale. A mighty warrior, loss, a great for, travels through distant lands," he said pausing, "And a much more interesting story compared to a simple changing of the names."

She hadn't spoken of what she did on the travels, only touching upon a few things incredibly briefly which perked his curiosity, but he did not ask just yet as he had another question that had snapped his attention up, although he was amused they both knew the Princess of Leo in some manner or fashion, "Your brother, what happened to him?"

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

She leaned forward, hands pressing against her lap, giving her the appearance of a small child bending over to tell their parent something of little importance just to appease a question.

"Jaun? He's dead."

Despite the darkness of the sentence, Alexis's eyes failed to show any emotion on the topic. Her eyes did not tear, the corners of her eyes did not cringe. Her facial features did not change. She could have been telling Scorpio what the time of day was.


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

"I see," Artos said, watching her face with his dark eyes. He wouldn't say he was 'sorry' for his passing. He loathed when people told him that after his own brother had passed away. That they were 'sorry' as if the mention of the word would somehow make it better or give him 'support' when, really, they only said it because it was what they were supposed to say. He didn't want their pity cloaked in sympathy.

Setting his glass down, he decided a change of subjects was due, "If you are done eating, I can take you to the training grounds, I have little more I need to do," which wasn't completely true. He had numerous reports he had to finish reading, orders to hand out, change the patrol routes of the city guard and overlook some finical reports and request put forth by the council, but he was used to late nights.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

Her arms stretching upwards, she allowed air into her lungs to wake her up. The meal had been filling albeit bland. It was strange to think she wouldn’t be able to eat all that was on the table. It was usually practical to do so at home. Then again, the chefs probably wanted to show their full potential.

After a bit, Alexis hopped off the chair, turned to Scorpio with a bright grin. She beamed with peppiness. “Thank you for the meal and the escort to the training grounds. I’ll make sure not to take up more of your time then I need to.” Alexis waited for him to rise, inspecting the room lightly. A hum began, an Arian marching tune from her days in the army. Ah, such good memories.

As they began on their way, Alexis once more though of the conversation they had just had. “You know, I didn’t realize it until now. It’s strange to think we have something so bizarre in common.” Her eyes turned to the Scorpio she had been walking beside, still having a trace of thought interwoven in her irises. “We both have achieved what our brothers couldn’t."


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

"If it wasn't you taking it, someone else would be," Artos said dryly. Which was the truth. It was almost as if people waited until he had finished with one task to jump upon him and demand his attention to another. He could almost imagine a betting pool the servants kept about which would drive him to the brink of insanity first. As he stood up, the servants hiding in the shadows stepped for to start clearing the table, some of them looking at each other before eyeing something they wanted to take home and hoping to grab it before another servant did.

He matched her footsteps as they walked through the hallway, the numerous portraits starring down at them from the high walls, "I am not sure 'surviving' is a notable goal," Artos said, more for himself then her. She did do something he brother could not, his great claim over his brother was the fates were slightly kinder, or crueler, to him.

"You did though," Artos said, turning his head to look at her, "Although I am not sure if that is a comfort or not."

As they came to the room, Artos moved forward and pushed open one of the large, thick oak doors and held it open for her, "After you, Princess," he said, the clanging of metal and grunts of exertion easily picked up from the men and women training inside.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

Alexis hummed a bit as she moved, her mind wandering to those times. “It may sound all that grand, having to go to so many kingdoms and all, but in all… I was just doing it to survive, too.” Images passed through her mind and she laughed, a secret lingering within. It always made her younger than she seemed. “To think I almost didn’t.” Alexis turned on her heel, as she went through the wooden door, giving Scorpio a small salute.

“Care to come inside, Scorps, or are you off to work your ass off?” She laughed again, voice bright in the room of working soldiers. In turn, she received glares from those who’s concentration was broken. Not only that but by the tone she addressed their Prince. “If you have other duties you have to attend to, please don’t stay at my request. You do you. But I do expect to talk more business tomorrow morning. After breakfast?” She suggested.


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

Almost didn't? "Yet another story that is more interesting than mine," Artos said, the corner of his lip twitching, "If you fear competition, you have beaten me already."

'Work your ass off', she reminded him of the sailors he occasionally worked with. Maybe she should consider a change in career? He could picture her as some captain upon some vessel on the sea. Doubt she would, but he imagined a swashbuckling, pony tailed woman screaming at pirates as she waved her cutlass from the bow.

"I always have something to do," Artos said truthfully, Sapal was a large city with an even larger list of problems, "But the idea of sitting and watching you as you embarrass my soldiers does sound appealing. Especially since I am acutely aware of some old men who will be pulling what is left of their hair out at my tardiness... Oh, it seems I have talked myself into it. After you, Princess," he said motioning to the training floor.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

Another laugh erupted from her, this time gaining even more glares. “Hope I won’t be too much of a bore!” Alexis answered. She stepped inside the training room, getting a good look around at the weapons available. “Hm… Haven’t practiced this one in a while.” From the shelves, she took out a steel pole that seemed to function as a staff, twirling it this way and that. “Ok, this baby gets to have a whirl!” Alexis came up on the floor, looking to the soldiers who had glared at her. She laughed. “Open to fight anyone.”

At first, the soldiers around appeared reluctant. Then a heavily armored man stepped forward, a mace in his hands. “If it is not too much trouble, Princess Aries, I’d like to test my skills against you.” Despite the politeness of his words, his eyes said otherwise.

Looking him over, Alexis nodded. “Ok, hit me with your best shot.” She got into a ready position, her hands holding her staff held in front of her diagonally, favoring her right side. She did not seem phased by the large amount of metal on him. The man examined her carefully for a moment before clomping forward. In an instant, Alexis appeared at his side, the pole having been stabbing his stomach before getting slammed on his hand and beneath his chin. The Arian was not at all being gentle about it.

The man fell back, clutching his chin. Alexis lowered her weapon. “If you’re going to fight, do it properly.” She rolled the mace back at him. “You need to work on your speed. Run in your armor. It’ll get you used to it. Also.” Alexis imitated the overhead movement the man had started off with. “That is how you lose a fight. You’re open everywhere. No overhead swings with the mace unless your target is slow. I am not slow.” Alexis let the pole go to her side, turning to the soldiers who had been watching. “NEXT!”

One after another, soldiers came to her. They fought, they lost, they received advice as to getting better. As the last soldier came along, she turned to look at Alexis in confusion. “Why are you helping us?”

“Because,” Alexis began, as if to construct something inspirational, but, failing, shrugged her shoulders. “I don’t know. I guess I just want to fight worthy opponents.”

Seeing she was finished and this was indeed very late, Alexis tossed the pole to the rack she had gotten it from, eyes watching as it landed inside. She cheered. “Whoo! It made it!” Taking a water bottle apparently left by one of the soldiers, Alexis downed it and sighed happily. “Ok, Scrops,” she said as she approached him. “It’s late. Didn’t know it’d take this long.” Alexis glanced over to him. “Hopefully not boring?”



Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

"You always seem to surprise me," Artos said to the idea of her boring him. As she went off to face her challenger, Darius, if he remembered the heavily armored man's name correctly, he stepped into the room and lowered himself onto one of the small benches lining the room. While he did train in the room, he wasn't fond of facing the Princess, she was, likely, his better and he would have more of a chance, if the worst occurred, if he kept the element of secrecy, he would stand more of a chance.

He crossed his leg, as his eyes watched as she easily dispatched soldier after soldier. Artos could almost smell the bruised ego from where he was sitting. He didn't fault the soldiers. They were soldiers. Trained to fight as a unit, they would never stand a chance against her, who had trained as a warrior in single combat. Still, it was a valuable lesson. He watched the fights for awhile, amused by how she gave them hints and advice to fix their forms. The Princess of the Aries was an odd person.

It didn't take long for the servants to track him down and to inform him of how anxiously they had been waiting him, not wanting to be rude and leave without saying anything, he waved them off and told them to bring him the papers they wish reviewed as well as ink and a quill.

So, Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio read and scratched out orders, reviews and request, maintaining his city and trading empire, as the sound of Princess Alexis Conall Aries beat instructions into his army. He was sure his father was rolling in his grave at the thought.

Artos blew on the drying paper in his hands, willing the ink to set as she approached him, "Not boring in the least, if anything, it was almost pleasant. Like listening to music, only with a worse smell," he said, motioning to the papers in his hand, "It seems not even I could dodge the old men forever."

Letting out another breath on the drying ink, he gave her a look over, she didn't look any worse for wear after that training session, as if her ponytail retained its form by her will alone, "Do you remember where your room is?" He asked

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

Alexis looked him over, her upbeat smile turning into a childish face of thought. Even here he didn't seem able to escape the princely worries he had been up to. She plopped down on the floor, crossing her legs and looking up at him. "Yeah, I know where it is. Need any help with that?" She offered, staring at the stack of papers that had been piled up during her battles. "It's boring if your life is all work and no play. I do my part in my kingdom but it doesn't hurt to get a bit of help once and a while..."

Despite the sincerity that she said this with, a sting of a grimace quickly appeared on her face. She knew very well SHE didn't like asking for help. So would offering help to the Prince of Scorpio make him upset? Ugh, why was she thinking so much about this? Alexis nudged his leg with her fist from her place on the ground. "I don't know, I'm still energetic and I wanna do something. Let me help. Pleaaaaaase," she whined.


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

Artos raised an eyebrow at her request, not used to someone offering to help. His work was his work. It was already divided up between himself and the council. He looked down at the large stack of papers, which dwarfed the second stack which was his 'completed' pile. None of it was sensitive information, he wouldn't let servants walk up and down the hallways with the paper work when a foreign dignitary was around if it had been sensitive.

"I get out occasionally," Artos said raising an eyebrow, "I sail and help the local..." He paused, no, that was working too. He worked alongside of them, but that was still work. What did he do for fun? He read... when he was able and even enjoyed it when it was not more financial reports. He occasionally got to enjoy music and the time he was able to find time to come to the training grounds and work out a sweat was appreciated, but those times seemed to be far and in-between.

The nudge to his leg snapped him out of his thoughts, "Sure," he said finally, "Since you have nothing else to do, and I am so generous in my sharing of dreadfully dull work."

Leafing through the stack, he pulled out a smaller section of it and handed it to her, "These are proposals from the council and various citizens within Sapal, usually wanting something built or a notification of something needing maintenance, separate them into building request, special request and maintenance notifications. Put what seems most important on top."

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

"Sure thing!" She replied happily, taking the papers and rifling through them a bit before doing as what was instructed. From her place on the floor, she hummed happily as she made somewhat organized piles of what was specified by him. It was quite curious how much paperwork he had to do. The Aries kingdom, in comparison, was much more of a "do it yourself" kingdom with rarely any direct requests to the Princess or Prince at the time. Alexis could remember her own family's stick it to it ness. Hm... Did that mean she needed to get more involved?

'Then again, the kingdom seems fine with just a basic representative who makes sure rules are kept.'

Nah, change wasn't necessary! The Scorpio kingdom was just more reliant on their ruler than the Aries kingdom was. Of course, she'd never say it out loud to Scorpio's face. She continued her hum, putting the last papers out and organizing them into neat piles. Picking up the building request pile, she flipped through to make the more important ones on top. "Your kingdom is extremely creative," she replied, skimming over the descriptions. "These projects sound amazing. Then again, they're really extensive." Alexis looked over at him. "For these, want the ones that take the most time on the top or the ones that can be done quickly?"


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

"Creative," Artos said with a grimace, "That is a word for it. If any of them are 'prominent' members of the community asking for larger abodes to be built, just toss them out," lately, a few 'prominent' members of the city have been trying to angle the cities, and his gold, to build themselves larger personal homes. One particularly 'clever' individual even tried to hide the funds for his new luxury home in a renovation proposal. Fix up the older, more down trodden parts of the city to better accommodate the citizens and enhance the beauty of their city. Of course, within that proposal was a 'minor' add on that would allow said individual to claim a large section of the proposed renovation area for an 'upgrade' to a lovely manor funded by the gold that should have been used for the renovation.

It had taken everything in his power not to throw the main out of his castle, Artos still did not understand how he thought he was going to get away with it. Pray Artos never noticed? The misbegotten belief that he did not read every proposal that came to his desk?

"Put the ones that can be done quickly on top," Artos said, "They are usually cheaper and so more agreeable."

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

“Righty oh, Scorps.” She hummed as she went through the building request, separating them into two piles. As Scorpio had said, a lot of the paperwork were really nobles asking for larger homes in disguise. ‘Disgusting,’ she thought, a smile hiding her true anger. As the pile was finished being organized, Alexis began to fold them into paper airplanes. Coming to the last paper, she paused a moment before ripping a bit off and folding a strange shape. After finishing, a paper structure with four pointed tips pressed together with room underneath for fingers. Alexis grinned at the little item, moving the sides away and towards each other.

Putting the strange folded paper down, she picked up paper airplanes and threw them through the air. They glided, going varying distances before landing roughly on the ground. Alexis amused herself by seeing how far she could get them, satisfied when they were all finished, and stood to retrieve her small planes.


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

#, as written by Taunbon
Prince Aurelius Titus Scorpio XII
Image

A soft 'pat' interrupting the furious scribbling of a quill caught his attention. His dark eyes lifted to see a small paper plane fly before slowly coming down to join the others littering the ground. Just when she threw the last one, she got up to go and pick them back up. She was like a child, so easily bored and finding interesting ways to fight her tedious boredom. But it wasn't so bad. It didn't distract him so much as interest him. Well, at least he know understood why the old liked to watch the younger ones play, even though she was a year old than he.

"Having fun?" Artos said, his eyes falling back to the papers in his lap as he resumed his work, "Thank you for your help, but you don't have to keep me company. I have more work to do in my study after this, and you, by no means, have to stay awake for it. I am sure even your worst dreams are more interesting than watching me do paperwork."

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Aurelius Scorpio

0.00 INK

Princess Alexis Conall Aries

She looked over to him, arms filled to the brim with paper airplanes. “Well, I did come to this kingdom to talk. After all, you seem like you needed a break from the old farts that you call your council.” Alexis sat back down, throwing the paper airplanes once more, watching them cut wind and land gracefully. “You can work and talk, right? If not, I’ll be quieter.” Note, she did not say the phrase ‘shut up’.

Alexis continued to hum to herself, eyes watching the planes quietly. After a while, it seemed she had exhausted the entertainment of the paper planes. She gathered them up, unfolding them to lie the sheets on top of each other. Laying back, Alexis wielded the strange paper object in her hands, turning it this way and that. “Scorps, pick a number.”