A muddled sea of faces looked down the long hall towards a slate board that took up the entirety of the far wall. Some dozed, their chins rested lazily on propped hands, or even lay with their heads askew on one folded elbow. Kerron saw one boy doodling furiously on a sheaf of papers, occasionally flipping the stack back and forth to compare the lines. He usually ignored students who chose to use his lectures as extra nap time or time to study for other classes. It was their money after all—or their parents money—and it was no problem of his if they performed poorly due to their own bad planning.
Thankfully, today it seemed that the majority of the faces staring down at him this afternoon were attentive, taking notes and copying the diagrams he had sketched on the slate behind him. He turned back to the board and drew a closed circle and a three-part knot. Continue reading
Would you like to meet the Marquise all grown up? Of course you would. Have some inciting incidents, while you’re at it. Oh yeah, and Cor. Continue reading
“I have been offered the Moon Chair.” Kesav held up the sheet of fine parchment stamped with the seal of the Rabh Alai, her black eyes glinting “It says here that the Rabh agreed to my petition just this morning, and I will be invited to the Council chambers in one week to take my seat.”
“This is wonderful news, my Lady!” The man across from Kesav clapped his hands together. “I never doubted you would,” he added.
Kesav nodded, a wry smile on her face. “Of course not, Melar.” She walked towards a long table that took up nearly the entire back of their room at the inn. She rubbed her hand idly along the wood, feeling the deep grain of the table beneath her fingers. Of course she had received the Chair, she had poured quite enough money into the purses of the Iron and Dust Chairs, after all. With their support and the not-quite-unwilling support of the Sea Chair—who on principle could not let his affair with a certain young priest become common knowledge—Kesav had been far ahead of the rest of the final applicants when it came to the final selection. Continue reading
Briac watched as a speckled blackbird toddled slowly along the ledge of his window. He sat sideways at his desk, a few papers idly held in one hand, as the bird pecked at bits of dirt on the sill. Beyond, the streets of Kharo sprawled and twisted towards the sea; a maze of stone and wood that brought the myriad smells of the city towards his office. A smooth breeze brought in a pepper scent mixed with honey bread, followed shortly by sawdust and iron. But beyond these lay the ever-present tang of bodies, pressed together as they moved through the markets and streets. Far beyond the houses and tidy squares lay the harbor, already bustling as the sun rose in the sky. Dawn was a busy time in Kharo, as humans and pannari alike began to crowd the streets, and Briac found himself moving in his chair to turn toward the window and take in the city sounds. Though his tower rooms were separated by the main city by the walls and gardens of the Cathedra’s grounds, they afforded him a birds-eye view of the southern edge of the city.
Briac had been at this desk for several hours already, reading through the proposals and correspondence that had arrived late the day before. Most were not addressed directly to him, as few people would send a message personally to the Rabh Alai, but instead came to him after review by the Ninth Council. Continue reading