Highlights: A short but relatively eventful meeting. -The apparent death of Ariana (4th Seat, Humility/Magincia) was announced. -Dragon Edge, her Adjutant, was appointed in her place, pursuant to her wishes and the High Council Charter. -Applications will soon be taken for the position of Grand Marshal of Virtue (commandant of the High Guard/Royal Guard). -Application books have been spotted in Felucca, for a Trammel-based brigand guild, so be on the lookout of the kin of Feluccan murderers doing their business on our shores. -Leeda (2nd Seat, Honor/Trinsic) reminded us of an outstanding matter involving Farmer Ham and his ever-amusing pig. Transcript: Buzz Aldridge: I hereby call to order this, the 222nd Assembly of the 7th High Council. Buzz Aldridge: *taps the halberd on the flagstones three times* Buzz Aldridge: The first item on the agenda concerns the 4th seat. Buzz Aldridge: This letter was delivered by a young drow girl named Xune. Buzz Aldridge: It was written in September. Thrand Graywolf: *blinks* Buzz Aldridge: *Pulls out a scroll...* Buzz Aldridge: It reads... Buzz Aldridge: "To all of my fellow Council members, and friends... Buzz Aldridge: If you are receiving this letter, it is likely that I am no longer among the Buzz Aldridge: living. Buzz Aldridge: I instructed my apprentice, Xune, to deliver this in the event that I Elfbjorn: *gasp* Buzz Aldridge: did not return from my journey. Buzz Aldridge: As I write this, I am preparing to seek out the very source of the Buzz Aldridge: darkness threatening our beloved world, and combat it directly. Buzz Aldridge: As you are reading this letter, you can expect, that I have failed. Buzz Aldridge: *frowns* Buzz Aldridge: [still reading from the letter] I only pray that my efforts have Buzz Aldridge: at least weakened our enemy, Buzz Aldridge: and that my sacrifice will not be in vain. Galen: *shaking his head* Buzz Aldridge: [still reading from the letter] It goes without saying that Buzz Aldridge: I have relinquished my position representing Buzz Aldridge: the Seat of Humility, and Magincia, by having this delivered. Buzz Aldridge: I ask that my adjutant, Dragon Edge, take my place. Buzz Aldridge: *looks at Dragon Edge* Dragon Edge: *gasp* Buzz Aldridge: There is so much more I want to say, so much more I wanted to accomplish Buzz Aldridge: in my lifetime, but it would seem my time has ended. Buzz Aldridge: Please, win this war, do not let my death be meaningless. Buzz Aldridge: Don't allow this evil to destroy our beautiful world... Buzz Aldridge: Goodbye, hopefully not forever, my friends...” [Letter ends.] Buzz Aldridge: And it's signed... Buzz Aldridge: Ariana Winyala. 4th Seat, Magincia Buzz Aldridge: *Sigh* Buzz Aldridge: *Looks up from the letter...* Buzz Aldridge: Ladies and gentlemen of the council, you are again tasked with Buzz Aldridge: replacing one of your own. Buzz Aldridge: Lady Ariana foresaw her death and has nominated Lord Dragon Edge as Buzz Aldridge: her replacement as is her right. Buzz Aldridge: Your job now is to vote either to accept or not Lady Ariana's Buzz Aldridge: choice to replace her on the High Council. Buzz Aldridge: Please vote "Aye" to accept or "Nay" to refuse. Thrand Graywolf: Is he willing? Buzz Aldridge: Lord Thrand? Buzz Aldridge: Ahhh... a good point Buzz Aldridge: *Chuckles* Galen: Well if he's not all he's gotta do is get up and walk away.,... Buzz Aldridge: Lord Edge? Dragon Edge: If I wasn't willing, I wouldn't be sitting here Buzz Aldridge: *nods* Buzz Aldridge: Very well [Buzz then begins to poll the Councilors for their votes.] Buzz Aldridge: Lord Thrand? Thrand Graywolf: Magincia needs all the help it can get, so aye. Buzz Aldridge: *Nods* Buzz Aldridge: Lady Merlynna? Merlynna: Compassion says Aye. Buzz Aldridge: Lord Galen? Galen: Aye Buzz Aldridge: Joylah? Joylah: Yew and Justice say aye. Buzz Aldridge: Lady Leeda? Leeda: Honor votes Aye Buzz Aldridge: *Smiles Sadly* Buzz Aldridge: I hereby call this vote official. Buzz Aldridge: The vote is unanimous in favor of Lord Dragon Edge. Buzz Aldridge: Congratulations M'Lord. Would you care to address the assembly? IronHorse: *applauds* Galen: *claps* Dragon Edge: Sure Maggie Stweart: *claps* Merlynna: *claps* Dragon Edge: I do wish the circumstances were better for me to recieve this position Dragon Edge: But i also Believe Lady Ariana can be abit overdramatic You see: Cooter Dragon Edge: She is alot tougher then she gives herself credit for Dragon Edge: Until I see a corpse, I refuse to believe she has passed on Dragon Edge: but as for her wishes, I am honored to take the seat Buzz Aldridge: I hope you're refusal bears fruit Dragon Edge: Hopefully. My effort will help Magincia and all of Brittannia Dragon Edge: thank you all Buzz Aldridge: Thank you and congratulations again! Buzz Aldridge: The second announcement is that I will be sending out application Buzz Aldridge: instructions for the position of Grand Marshal of the High Guard Buzz Aldridge: on the Stratics' LS Boards within the next day or two. Buzz Aldridge: (My apologies for the delay - technical difficulties) Buzz Aldridge: Do any Councilors have any items that did not make tonight's agenda? Galen: *raises hand* Buzz Aldridge: Lord Galen? Galen: [I give Joylah a poke as I pass by her to the front of the table.] Joylah: *giggles* Galen: I saw an odd and....mildly disturbing sight the other day. Galen: At the Yew Moongate in Felucca, I saw a recruitment book Galen: for....A Trammel-based brigand guild. Buzz Aldridge: Hmmm.... Thoron Sul: Damned brigands Galen: The thought of criminals in our land recruiting the Galen: kin and friends of criminals in the OTHER land is mildly disturbing, Galen: and I figured worth a mention. Cora: Its a shame at this time the last GM resigned Buzz Aldridge: That's a bit on the brash side... Galen: Perhaps Chancellor but....Well it's not without precedent. Galen: But not typical. Buzz Aldridge: Aye Galen: Hence my....mild warning to everyone about the occurrence. Galen: And I'm sure we'll have another Grand Marshal.... Galen: And in the meantime, Cora: Why dont you lead a defense against them Lord Galen Galen: there's no shortage of people in the lands with fighting skills. Galen: Leading a defense against a guild that maybe hasn't formed yet and definitely Galen: hasn't attacked seems a bit much. Galen: Thank you Chancellor. Cora: Just seems like something you woul.d do Cora: thats all Buzz Aldridge: Thank you for the warning... Buzz Aldridge: Any other announcements from the Council? Buzz Aldridge: Very well Buzz Aldridge: Would anyone else care to address the assembly? Elfbjorn: Perhaps you could dispatch the guard to confirm Ariana's passing? Dragon Edge: what guard IronHorse: what guard would that be? [There was a single Guardsman in attendance. The first duty of the new Grand Marshal, whomever it may be, is effectively going to be to rebuild the Guard.] Galen: Since we don't know where she went..... Galen: And if she went where I'd guess she went, Cora: the guard doesnt exist anymore Galen: no way in Hell am I sending anybody in there. Buzz Aldridge: Once we have a Field Marshall again, that will be an excellent idea Galen: Actually before we adjurn.. Buzz Aldridge: Yes? Cora: Galen you would fit in just perfect Cora: if that is where she went Galen: Anybody else with the idea of fighting evil at its source.... Cora: you could lend somepeople in Galen: That is a laudable idea but.....Not the best one. Cora: Im sure noone would miss you if you was to die Galen: Evil doesn't really have a source per se, it's just there. Joylah: I'm sure you would be mistaken. Galen: You could kill The Devil himself and it'd still exist. Cora: well except for your wife Galen: That's all Chancellor. Cora: *Smirks* Buzz Aldridge: Very well Leeda: Raises hand Elfbjorn: Lightness, Darkness, one cannot exist without the other. Buzz Aldridge: Yes Leeda? Leeda: I just remembered Leeda: that before Leeda: we were attacked Leeda: that Leeda: farmer Ham Cora: Look you have two gurads now Leeda: was acussed Leeda: of stealing Leeda: I feel we should follow up on that in the furure Buzz Aldridge: A good point Thrand Graywolf: I thought it was the pig Merlynna: *chuckles* IronHorse: send ham to me IronHorse: I have need of labor on my new mansion Joylah: *lifts a slender brow mildly* Buzz Aldridge: Oh...? Leeda: Not sure he is guilty Cora: *Stares at Joylah* Merlynna: *snorts like a pig* IronHorse: well 30 days on the rock pile wouldn't hurt him regardless Branwyn ap Gwien: What about the pig? Cora: Gut it IronHorse: I'll take care of the pig Dragon Edge: Dinner for 9? Cora: filthy swine Buzz Aldridge: *shakes head* Buzz Aldridge: I sense the meeting is de-evolving... Buzz Aldridge: *Chuckles* Leeda: hehehe Maggie Stweart: *chuckles* IronHorse: plenty of charcoal about these days Buzz Aldridge: Anyone else care to speak? Buzz Aldridge: (Versus ordering from a menu) Buzz Aldridge: Very well Buzz Aldridge: I hereby bring this, the 222nd Assembly of the 7th High Council to a close. Buzz Aldridge: Long Live Britannia!