Session 53 – Tuesday 3rd January 2012 – by Modus and Frithhill
Elapsed time – 564 days real time, 401 days game-time (12th September 1603 ?)
Location – The palace of a Montaignaise Cardinal who doesn’t like us very much.
“One is of course content to bask in the radiance of the sun, disturbed by it addressing one by name, and terrified when it asks you what you wish for.” Melchior Augustus Browne.
“Right, that’s settled then” – Tho. Rede
(In this session, all the strategems and arrangements went wrong when Melchior Browne departed from the established mode of communication with the rest of the picaroons just once, for reasons he now no doubt questions. The secretion of a message (in un-encrypted Montaignaise presumably) was observed. The message was intercepted, probably read and returned to the same place. When Guy des Chiens came to collect it, the plot unravelled, because watchers were there, and trailed him back to the inn where the rest were lodged. Shortly afterwards an overwhelming number of cavalry and foot were dispatched to take up all the conspirators.
Cardinal Rou-Demere has assumed an attitude of indignation at a departure by his servants, Bishop Me’Delles’ men, from his policy, disavowing the actions of Chasseurs Gris in the south. Princess Magritte has been restored to the royal household, and her protectors taken as guests in his own house. They are unavoidably aware that they are prisoners. Prisoners who can come and go as they wish, but never without unseen followers. Quiet murder is likely, when convenient. Meanwhile they are living in his compound, consuming food and drink he provides.
Their time has been filled with preparations for a reception by the king, being dressed for the occasion, in a bustle of activity of tailors, cobblers and barbers. At the presentation,King Brus asked what they would have of him, in token of his gratitude.)