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Leonard Armitage
 Posted: Jan 12 2018, 03:19 AM
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1 Justinian, 9:41

It was common for the Red Templars to communicate through letters as opposed to in person, as the notion of multiple groups of Templars meeting up was considered dangerous. It was a system that Leonard had quickly taken a strong dislike to. Unfortunately, he seemed to be the only person- or, at least the only person who held a voice on the matter- who saw the flaws in the system. Exchanging letters was a dangerous and possessed the risk of the exchange either being discovered or stolen, something which he had pointed out early on. Unfortunately, this had only led to the exchanges being relatively vague or simple.

It was....incompetent. He could not help but place the blame on Samson. While the man was not a terrible, he was, in Leonard's opinion, not someone who should be within the position of commander. Such a position should belong to a stronger, more competent Templar. Someone like himself.

It was a shame that he had the loyalty of those beneath him. Otherwise, Leonard might have long ago attempted to turn the tide more towards his own favor. The Maker certainly knew that Samson's Knight-Captain's were far better strategists than him.

It had not escaped Leonard's attention that the letters had taken a shift in tone. It was clear that the attention was largely turning to Orlais, something which no doubt had to do with the mixture of the Venatori's and the Red Templar's plans in regards to the land. Moreover, he held little doubt that the recent failures within Ferelden, particularly Redcliffe, had no doubt caused the great shift in attention.

As far as he was concerned, this allowed for an opportunity. While he could not change the direct course of action he was meant to take, the focus on Orlais was definitely an opportunity to gather information. He doubted that anyone within the group had considered the notion that they might need information and, truth be told, the redhead had little interest in running the plan by anyone else. Chances were that he'd be ignored due to Templars who understood more about fighting but lacked a basic understanding of strategy.

Whether the plans in Orlais went as planned mattered little to him. All he truly needed was for a more...covert operation. The only problem was finding someone who fit. He knew that he had a better chance looking among the Orlesian Templars. After all, Fereldens were usually as subtle boulder, something which he knew, due to personal experience, had to do with their brand of politics.

It was relatively difficult and took some time, but through a long exchange with the Knight-Captain within Orlais he managed to get a recommendation- though he somewhat doubted the other entirely realized that. Through some work, he managed to set up a meeting. He had chosen somewhere....relatively public and near the border between Orlais and Ferelden, using the logic that if he kept things under a pretence that looked too secret he might attract too much attention. The building that he had arranged for them to meet at technically belonged to his father and had become neglected due to the supposed lack of an heir. Him using it would likely attract some rumours, but chances were that they would not get much of anywhere considering how insistent his father had been on hiding his existence.

The lyrium sang a little bit louder and he found his attention drifting to outside the window. Paranoia curled within him as time ticked by. Where is she? he thought to himself, fingers curling into a fist.


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Genevieve Marchand
 Posted: Jan 12 2018, 08:53 PM
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Genevieve had started the morning with excitement. For all the troubles her past have given her, there was something she missed about intrigue and spying. Joining the Red Templars kept her alive and gave her a renewed sense of purpose, but at the same time the work often left her feeling out of her element. She was eager to find her stride again with a bit more subtle work. From what little she currently knew, it seemed as though upcoming mission might give her just the opportunity she craved.

However, the excitement was short lived. Genevieve rarely traveled abroad, and though she didn't have to go far into Fereldan territory, she soon found herself hopelessly lost in the unfamiliar land, Excitement gave way to frustration and panic. Her best case scenario would have her leaving a poor impression on the Knight-Captain, and the worst case scenario...well, she wasn't exactly prepared to fend for herself in the wildness.

Tired and irritated, she did eventually find the place, and she felt more than a little foolish when she realized that she had walked past the building once before. Genevieve took a deep, long breath and held her head high as she tried to set it all out of her mind. Best not to let it affect her, or at least not let it show. Really, this was no different than keeping a cool head going into a ball with lies on her tongue and schemes in her mind, only this time she wore armor instead of a gown and mask.

Standing just outside the door, she took another deep breath before calling in a bold voice, "Knight-Captain?"


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Leonard Armitage
 Posted: Jan 13 2018, 05:39 AM
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As time ticked by, Leonard could feel his patience thinning. He had never been a patient man, something which he imagined most individuals found a bit odd considering how young he had been when he had been given to the Order. However, such a virtue was difficult for him. It was often easier to grow annoyed with others, especially since they so often appeared to be lacking in ways that he was not. It might have made him more like him- chaotic, angry, and inconsolable- were it not for the fact that Leonard's father had made sure a sense of order and constant control were within his bastard son before he had abandoned him to the Templars.

While he would never admit it, the red lyrium did not help. The song was loud and while it sometimes helped him forget his concerns, it also often played with his flaws. He was half convinced that he had not been consumed by it as quickly as others had been simply due to his will power.

Thankfully, the period in which he had to wait came to an end, as a foreign voice spoke up. He cannot be seen, but then he supposes that that should change. After all, only one person should know that any sort of Knight-Captain is here without actually seeing him.

With a few steps, Leonard comes into view. For a moment, he says nothing, but gazes at Genevieve. In many respects, she's quite different from him. She's shorter than him, though this is to be expected; he's always been tall, something that was a singular saving grace in his appearance when he began to climb higher in rank. She's pale, but not unhealthily so. Her pale hair is short, even shorter than he has seen among female Templars but he supposes that it might be a difference between Ferelden and Orlesian Templars. Her build is notably stronger than his own, something he supposes that he should not be surprised about since he's always had a thin build and his talents lean dangerously close to what Templar archers tend to focus on. However, he notices, above all, that there is next to no sign of whatever effects from the red lyrium she is taking. Perhaps the odd glint in her eye, but overall she holds an appearance that is among the more normal of those who are within the first stage.

His lips curl into what appears to be a genuine smile, something which is only tainted by the glint within Leonard's eye, though whether it exists due to the lyrium or his manipulative mind is difficult to tell. "Serah Marchand, I take it?" he finally says, his voice surprisingly louder than one might have expected. While his accent is distinctly Ferelden, it is difficult to tell if he was ever lowborn. He does not quite have the clean quality that nobility normally possess within his accent, yet his accent is obviously nowhere near as rough as it would have been had he lived as a lowborn before joining the Order. "I apologize if you had trouble finding the house-" Because really, that is the only excuse had can think of as to why she could have possibly taken so long. "It has fallen into some disrepair in recent years." He tilted his head. "Were you told why I wished to speak with you?"

He imagined that his guess was correct on the matter. Considering that he had technically lied to the other Knight-Captain to get information about Genevieve out of him, he imagined that she had been told quite little. If she was unlucky, she would have just been told that her services were required, given the usual vague demands that people were expected to swallow. However, if she was lucky then the other Knight-Captain had bothered to explain how Leonard was looking for someone with her experience...though he doubted she would have been told whatever lies he had fed the factions within Orlais.


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Genevieve Marchand
 Posted: Jan 13 2018, 03:31 PM
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Genevieve first replied with a polite nod as she stepped inside and then took another step closer to the Knight-Captain. Her strides were long and confident, and her posture was arrow-straight. Before speaking again, she took just a short moment to study the man who stood before her. He wasn't quite what she was expecting. He was slimmer; Genevieve always pictured Fereldans to all be massive, imposing barbarians, and she hadn't yet had enough interactions with them to dissuade those expectations. He also only seemed to be as affect as red lyrium as she was, which was both a surprise and a welcome relief. Genevieve was still not quite accustomed to trying to have a conversation with someone who had glowing crystals growing out of their body, and she doubted she ever would.

"I'll admit I had some trouble finding the place," she answered, "But I'm here now, and my journey was safe and otherwise uneventful, and that's what matters." The tone of her voice was firm, yet warm and polite: the way she usually spoke when she both wanted to show respect yet also remain assertive.

"I was told a little, and all in frustratingly vague terms," Genevieve continued. "What I know is that you wished to speak to me about a mission that would make good use of some of my unique skills. That's all I know, but I've had a bit of fun trying to guess at the details. I only have one set of skill that I would call unique." At that, Genevieve indulged in a coy and playful smile.


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Leonard Armitage
 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 01:27 AM
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Leonard slipped into his persona of the Knight-Captain with relative ease. It was a person that he considered to be quite distant from himself, but knew was not entirely separate from who he actually was. It was a person that was kind but respectable and whose intelligence stood out more than anything else. He was different from Leonard Armitage, if only because Leonard was not a kind person, but a manipulative one with a nasty temper.

People liked the Knight- Captain; Leonard had only ever met one person who had liked him. It was an act that most Fereldens would have considered distasteful in its dishonesty, outside of those who worked within the political atmosphere and thus actually knew something of trickery. An Orlesian might have laughed and told him he had been born in the wrong land. An irony, all things considered.

His lips curved into a quiet smile. "Indeed," he agreed, "I was informed that you once worked within atmosphere of Orlesian politics to some degree?" He did not know much about the terms, having been given over to the Order at too young an age to learn the finer details of the world his father had lived in. Moreover, Fereldens were quite...lacking in an understanding of how Orlesian politics worked outside of the basics, something which only fueled their disdain for Orlais. After all, the notion of something like The Game simply clashed with the relatively down to earth culture of Ferelden. "I am currently in need of such skills for a series of missions that will require information gathering."

For a moment, he allowed his words to hang as she absorbed them.


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 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 04:50 PM
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Genevieve allowed the smile on her face to grow a little more. Yes, it was exactly how she guessed, and knowing that she had guessed correctly made her ego swell just a little bit. All of her frustration and irritation from only minutes ago already faded away. The excitement was back in full force, supported by a new sense of focus.

"That's correct, Knight-Captain," she answered with another polite nod. "Before I joined the Templar Order, I had several years experience as a bard in the courts of Orlais." Genevieve neglected to mention that several foolish mistakes brought that chapter of her life to an abrupt end, but that wasn't something he needed to know...and if he happened to know already, it wasn't something she needed to draw attention to, or at least not something she wanted to draw attention to.

"I have the necessary skills, but please understand that it's been some time since I've had the chance to put them to proper use." She paused there to think. Information gathering. It could be fairly simple and straightforward, but there was no way to know just yet. Surely, though, it couldn't be any more complicated than some of the tangled messes one could get into in Orlesian intrigue. "That said, I still have full confidence in my abilities; these aren’t the sort of skills one easily forgets. Please, tell me more about what sort of information I’ll be gathering."


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Leonard Armitage
 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 06:36 PM
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While Leonard lacked proper knowledge about Genevieve's background in politics, he was still sane enough to make a proper guess as to the basics of it. While the Order differed from land to land, becoming even more different the farther up North one went, there were not many differences between those that were within Orlais and Ferelden. In fact, the largest difference was probably just how much each land relied upon them. The duties of Ferelden Templars, to his understanding, had always been a bit different than those within Orlais. Orlais was larger and far more organized, thus allowing for the Templars to primarily focus upon acting as wardens to the mages. In contrast, Ferelden had not been organized nearly as long and lacked many of the forces that Orlais had, particularly with the chaos of the Dragon Age. As such, Templars occasionally found their duties drifting to not only acting as wardens within Circles, but they had occasionally lived to protect the people. It was a role that Leonard had become familiar with at one point, particularly during the Fifth Blight.

Or...this had once been true. Now, it was hard to say who truly was a Templar when so many found themselves lost after the Circles had fallen. The Inquisition was certainly not helping his lost brethren. They condemned the Red Templars, all the while ignoring the others who had no way and no role any longer within this world that would prefer to have them bow to fools like Samson.

It brought an unpleasant feeling, the song humming a bit louder, as it briefly crossed his mind who exactly might be negatively affected by this. He banished it as best he could, not wishing to focus on those of the past. After all, the only individuals who mattered were gone now. The present was what mattered now.

Quietly, he listened to Genevieve. Her explanation was a quiet confirmation of what he had considered. Templars, in his experience, normally did not join as he had, but normally found their way to the Order through either choice or desperation. It was easy to presume that something had happened to end her career as a bard, leading her towards the path of becoming a Templar.

The skills, though, were what were important. As long as she still possessed enough of them to gather information in a discrete manner, he could care less if her skills were not as fine tuned as they once were. Chances were that she was far more well practiced than most other Templars- the Maker certainly knew the average one held no talent for politics- and as long as she did not get caught that was good enough for him.

He nodded. "I am sure that you have heard of recent plans for Orlais, particularly in regards to what our Venatori allies are planning?" His expression was carefully neutral, leaving whatever opinion he held upon the subject of the assassination of the Empress hidden. "With the focus shifting to such a plan, the Red Templars will be primarily be focused upon searching and gathering." It was a fact he detested, if only because he viewed it as a waste of skill. After all, the Red Templars had already proven to be far more successful than the Venatori, having cut down the Inquisition's numbers at Haven greatly. In contrast, the Venatori had already presented at least one failure, and a fairly one at that. He did hope for their sake that they actually succeeded.

"The information that will be gathered will primarily lie within the political sphere," he said lightly, "Specifically within Orlais." He doubted he needed to mention how split the country was. After all, everyone was well aware of how the country was stuck within a seemingly endless civil war. "Information related to either the Inquisition or individuals that might benefit the cause would be best to focus on." He paused, as if something caught his attention. "Though, if there is anything that catches your attention as important feel free to bring that to attention. I just...ask you do not get caught."


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 Posted: Jan 15 2018, 05:24 PM
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“I won’t get caught!” Genevieve snapped, speaking out on impulse without giving her words a moment’s thought before letting them out. Her heart raced and her posture stiffened as old fears and insecurities suddenly gripped her, and she couldn’t quite parse out how much of it was rational fear and how much was of it was the Red Lyrium putting her on edge. However, the fact remained that once she had been caught in that very thing, and the Knight-Captain’s words struck a particularly tender nerve.

She took a deep breath to calm herself. Yes, she had made mistakes in her past, but the past was long since dead and moving forward she would have the chance to learn from her terrible mistakes. Reminding herself of that fact gave her comfort, and she found further comfort in knowing that this really was a fairly straightforward mission. Just information gathering: no lies, no intrigue unless absolutely necessary. Depending on the situations she might face and strategies she might choose to use, she might not even need to do much sneaking around.

“Forgive my outburst. I think getting so lost on the way here has soured my mood and made me rather tense.” The tone of her voice was more even and steady now, and she even faked a little smile. Some of her confidence began to return. “I think that what you ask is well within the scope of my abilities: gather information on the Inquisition in Orlais. That I can manage without difficulty. Was there anything else?”


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 Posted: Jan 16 2018, 01:22 AM
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Leonard took the exclamation in stride. It was difficult to not grow angry, especially as the lyrium sung and made him a far more paranoid man than he already was. However, he had not gained the title of Knight-Captain for nothing. He knew that her anger was likely not rational, more fueled by side effects of the red lyrium. As a result, he had to hold patience. If he could do it for a man who had been consumed by the lyrium, then he could do it for another who was likely untouched because they had not been given as much as others.

In the face of Genevieve's anger, it became clear how closed off Leonard was. He was quiet and appeared to be untouched by what had been presented to him. The only sign of his emotions lurked in his eyes, as the light blue had come to be smothered by a now noticeable red glow, a sheer sign that he was smothering whatever emotion he was feeling.

He allowed the time to tick by in silence and with it he focused on what he now knew. It was clear that he had accidentally touched upon something sensitive. While his fellow Templar had likely not meant to, she had given him information. Clearly, she had failed once before considering her defensive nature. If he had to guess, it was likely the reason she was no longer a bard.

His gaze flickered to her face once she spoke up, now appearing a bit more normal as the song grew just a touch softer. "If you should need anything," he finally said, "Contact me. It will likely take work, but....should you need to enter a situation that is private in nature I can probably do something."

He was well aware of what he was implying, of the unused connections he was claiming he might have. However, it meant little in his mind. Technically, he thought it better to use those connections than allow them to go to waste or end up in the hands of someone unworthy. "How have things been for you otherwise, Serah? I imagine what is going on in Orlais is quite different from Ferelden," he said diplomatically, choosing to change the subject.


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Genevieve Marchand
 Posted: Jan 16 2018, 08:53 PM
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His calm and measured response to her outburst was both surprising and reassuring. More importantly, it was what she needed to chase away the last bit of frustration and insecurity. Genevieve was back on an even keel with every last bit of the morning’s excitement and eagerness back in full force.

Unfortunately, that sort of rapid mood shift had become a regular part of her life ever since she started on the red lyrium: off and on, hot and cold. One moment she was calm, furious the next, and then calm again. She tried to adapt and stay level headed, but it was well nigh impossible to fight against the substance that tried to control her.

”Yes, Knight-Captain, I will keep in touch,” she answered with a nod. A playful glint showed in her eye, and she smirked before continuing. ”Different indeed! I imagine an Orlesian Knight-Captain might not simply ask me to gather information but also spread outrageous rumors about a minor nobleman, coerce a wealthy Chevalier into giving us half his fortune, and destroy the reputation of a young lady who once broke his heart all while wearing a fashionable gown...and a mask, of course.” A bit of humor at the expense of her countrymen, but Genevieve was only half joking. It wasn’t that much of an exaggeration of a bard’s life. ”Of course, I’m still willing and capable to do any of that, if necessary.”


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