Kildare Castle Tales
Book of Kildare
had not been in her suites when the package arrived. Instead the
chambermaid had set it on the small table just inside the door. A spot
where mail or anything sent was set so that Master Tykir or
Mistress Rina would find it as soon as they stepped inside. It couldn't
be for Tykir and luckily he had not arrived before Rina and assume it
was for him with no markings. The title and the feather were the only
clues that this book was intended for her. She eagerly took it up and
off to her private bed chambers. Here she threw herself onto the bed,
stomach down and book in hand. The twine was removed and the cover
was carefully opened, first to let the feather fall out as it seemed
stuck in a random page than a particular chapter the sender wished her
to read. Who had she talked on about Kildare? There had been only one
other than her brother and her brother would have told her about such a
book. A treasure. It had to be Sir Thane. Although she couldn't be
one hundred percent certain.
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slowly, very gently, Tykir was releasing his hold. She wasn't going to
dart out of the room after all. "Even Karl gets that look when he's
in the midst of something, ever notice?" And Tykir tried to mimic
it, encouraging Rina to do the same with a wink of eye. His drew in his
brow, he offered that single nod of head. The threat wasn't there
though, a lethal aspect of the look was missing with Tykir's youth and
inexperience. "Well, I, for one, would like to know what is going
on in Kildare." Perhaps they would find out more once they arrived
there. "So..." Both hands free, he moved his fingers
side to side, wiper style, between Rina and Bannon. "We're good
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attention returned to the group as introductions were made.
"Meeting you is a pleasure. Naniko is my name." Eastern accent
matched features and attire and the single weapon she carried, being a
katana sword in a black saya. Mug in hand, she moved to join the group
to some extent, not wishing to appear rude since the invitation was
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wouldn't be hard for her to hear of the history of Kildare, only six or
seven years in the making. A kingdom that had to be brought back under
its true heirs and a fight to get it there. The struggle of those that
remained to accept the Twins as their King and Regent and all those who
had left in fear of their lives under the Witch, to return and gradually
make this a better place to live again. He noticed a number of the
younger lads, well, younger than him and even a few of the older ones
checking out Rina. Oh yes, her stay here was going to be interesting. He
shot a look Gaidan's way before taking a good drink from his tankard.
Leo didn't mind lulls of silence, his mind never was.
Gathering for Information
Bannon had stayed a distance behind Leoric and the others as they traveled toward Kildare. He was very grateful for the note Leoric had left him, and more than a touch upset with Rina, though he did understand. It almost seemed as if she were being punished. Pushing his thoughts aside, he had paid more attention to the roads as he left the more civilized lands and moved into the wild lands. He kept his hand on his sword, hoping one lad on a horse wouldn't attract too much trouble. Of course, that hope ended when three men stepped out of the woods. They weren't warriors, just bandits. Three against one wasn't the best of odds but Bannon arrived in Kildare a day later than he should have. It was pouring down rain as he headed for the castle.
had all his men gathered on the training field as he would deliver his
message on the course of things and actions to be taken. Most would be
left here to defend the castle if he and his brother were not
successful. A small force would be going into the
the others Thane was huddled beneath the shelter of an oilskin cloak,
the rain pattering down loudly on his hood. A situation like this didn't
stop for weather and he was moving around those gathered, doing as
Leoric had bidden and trying to learn as much as possible about the old
woman that many seemed to consider of mystical powers. He heard plenty
of rumors and unfounded stories, but no solid details that would help
them locate her whereabouts. He was about to make the rounds again, when
quite suddenly he saw a familiar face. Standing within a knot of new
recruits was young Davydd, the son of farmers from the
rode his horse to the field, dismounting with a wince. He stood there
for a few moments, rain streaming down his face, his hand pressing
against his side as he looked for Leoric. It was only natural he would
report to the King first. Feeling much as he had the first time he had
met King Karl, he made his way to him and saluted by thunking his fist
to his chest. "Your majesty, thank you for leaving the note. Does
the Princess know that I was following?" He had a bruise under his
left eye and a scratch that was bleeding though the rain caused the
blood to mix with the mud on his face. He looked like he had been
Vincent had seen to another portion of the warriors as he wove amongst them, asking each individually or in small groups if they had seen or heard of the Old Woman that use to live by the outpost where he, Simon and Thane had been stationed. Some knew of her, some were very superstitious and he could see the fear in their eyes on such a one, while others were more curious. One remembered her when she lived by the outpost, had even helped her out one day with a load of wood of which she had blessed him and it was the next day he met his sweetheart. Like Thane, he also got to hear some outlandish stories that most likely didn't have a whole lot of truth to it as more speculation that grew from there. By this time he ran into Thane, "have any success?" With a glance to see where Simon was too. The rain was dampening a number of moods and most of them wished to get inside for something warm to drink and eat. At least the hood of his oil treated cloak kept the worse of the rain at bay. The ground was starting to become muddy in places and slick as only a good downpour could do. By tonight, if it didn't cease they may have to contend with ice.
was indeed miserable weather, and he wasn't the only one soaked to the
skin and chilled to the bone. Turning slightly to maneuver past some
people, Thane craned his neck to see over the crowd, but then there was
a nudge from his left and he turned to see Vince. "Aye, I met a lad
I knew from Outhenby who says the woman is believed to be living in the
southern woods, beyond the village. Have you seen Leoric?"
Like everyone else this dreary early evening, Leo wore the oilskin cloak of like issued to all of his men. He wasn't having any luck and debated on scrying for the information, something he was not as good doing, yet, as his older brother. He turned to find Bannon there as a brow lifted taking in his appearance. "I thought you would be here an hour or so after we arrived. What happened?" Then shaking his head, "she knows not of your arrival nor that I informed you of her departure with us."
too, was asking questions of the men gathered and like the others, was
hearing some tales that had him chuckling, or raising a brow. He finally
made his way to his comrades in time to hear Thane's answer to Vincent.
He looked around to see if he could spot the king as well.
was behind you for most of the distance until we reach the borders of
Tyremoor and Kildare. Bandits were waiting and I had to fight." He
shrugged slightly. "Well, only one really fought. The other two ran
after I brought their leader down. They weren't very good fighters, and
not very brave." He glanced around then looked back at Leoric.
"It might be better for her to not know. She doesn't like me very
much and I can still watch over her."
this dreary evening will have some success to it." He took a
sweeping look over the hundreds of warriors when with a double take, he
pointed out where Leo was standing there talking to another. That other
he recognized too, "over there." Which he greeted Simon with a
clasp to his shoulder, "how did you fare? Seems Thane has had
better luck if you haven't any good news. At least we might be able to
get in out of the rain and a good warm meal with one having some
noticed his men coming his way and back upon Bannon, "go get
something to eat, and see the healer for that shiner. I will be sending
a troupe of soldiers down to find the three that jumped you and
bring them here. They may overcome someone
who doesn't know how to defend themselves or a lady." That had
happened before and they went after the bandits to keep the lands safe.
"Some get too comfortable thinking the outerlands are just as safe
as that which is within the outer fortress walls. Rina will probably
soon enough so I'd not suggest trying to hide the fact you are here but
maybe let her discover it casually. I will bet that Tykir will be on his
way soon enough, once his duty to Karl is seen to." So Bannon would
have help. Possibly. Or it could make matters worse. The two could be
more trouble together. "I need you to keep an even tighter watch on
her while here. If you suspect she is going to take off to explore these
wild lands, send word before you take off after her or as you do."
Thane glanced over to see Simon arriving as well, giving his comrade a nod of greeting before following Vincent's line of vision. Ah, there was the King, and a young man he recognized. Blinking, Thane watched the lad with slightly narrowed eyes before giving his comrades a wry look. "We can only hope." And then he was moving, doggedly making his way over to where the King was surrounded by the sea of people. Once there he nodded slightly to Bannon then spoke quietly to Leoric. "My liege, some news."
Thane was moving over to the king, Simon followed, figuring Vincent
would be coming along as well. He stayed quiet while Thane spoke.
Vincent was right alongside both Thane and Simon as they made their way through the crowds of warriors. A few words here and there but he didn't stop to continue any conversation and those that knew the Knights, knew the three had priorities and nodded knowingly. Once through to where Leoric stood talking to Bannon, Vincent saluted his king while Thane spoke up. Obviously he didn't have the luck his comrade had or he would be speaking up too.
"See to that side of yours," so Leo had picked up on pain even if Bannon had not placed his hand there. The way spoken, it was an order. With his knights now in immediate attendance, he first introduced the squire. "If you have not already met Squire Bannon Zimmer, my knights Thane, Simon and Vincent. Bannon has been put as a guard on Rina by Sir Vincent de Beauvais and approved by King Karl," so in other words this wish was respected. As Thane spoke up he was pleased, with a touch of relief too, that someone with some knowledge had been found. "Please go get this man and bring him to me. We shall talk inside," which he gave the orders they could all head inside now that the assembly was done and the rain only getting harder.
nodded to Bannon once more when the formal introduction came, dark green
eyes sweeping the lad's rumpled appearance; but if he thought anything
of it, he kept that to himself. Then he was nodding to Leoric, saluting
him once more before again venturing out into
the crowd. Finding Davydd again might
be a bit like locating a needle in a haystack, but he'd persevere till
the lad was picked out. Once found, Thane let him know that the King
wished to speak to him, and couldn't help but chuckle some at the way
the former farm boy's eyes grew larger.
Davydd nodded eagerly and off they went to join the others in the hall.
Bannon blinked in surprise, then gave a half smile to the King. He nodded to the three knights then as Thane walked away, muttered under his breath, "He doesn't like me either." Giving Leoric another hint of a smile, he saluted and headed for the castle. He really didn't have an attitude, but he was tired, hungry, cold and hurting. Thoughtful too as he headed on inside, asking on the healer first. He'd need to be in top form to follow after Rina.
headed in with Bannon, Simon and Vincent while Thane went to find the
lad he spoke on. The hall was a welcoming warmth as there was a
designated area for the King and his knights which Thane would obviously
know of where to find him. "I doubt Thane dislikes you, Bannon."
His words low but certainly he too had picked up on something. Something
not known but not the feel of disliking Bannon personally. By this time
Thane had returned as he waited for him to introduce him to the young
warrior. One he had not seen yet so he must be one of the new recruits
during his absence.
was amused by Thane's reaction to Bannon and the lad's reaction to the
reaction. Amused as it wasn't anything dire to worry on. Hence it
amusing him. He got into a conversation with a couple warriors he knew
as he stood just outside the circle of Leo, Thane and the new recruit.
They stepped in together and Thane noticed the way Davydd was fidgeting. "Calm yourself, lad," he told the boy in a calm quiet voice. "And walk tall. You're a warrior now." He knew Davydd must be feeling intimidated by his own humble roots, so he stood to the side and just slightly behind the lad when they drew to a stop before Leoric. "Your Majesty, this is Davydd of Outhenby."
The lad in question dropped to a knee and put a fist to his heart, bowing his curly blonde head dampened by the rain. "Your Majesty, it's an honor truly."
watched it all, feeling a bit lost at what was going on. He wasn't ready
to go inside so turned to speak to a few others before heading inside.
looked at the King and nodded but he felt rather different about the
knight. Perhaps not dislike but something ... He saluted again before
heading to find the healer.
"Please rise Davydd and tell me all you know about the old woman." Which Leo gave a detail description of her to make certain that they were talking on the same aged woman. She had a scar in the shape of a V on the right side of her neck. It had to do with some coven she had once belonged to. The woman Davydd knew of was the same and he knew she was hiding out in the Southern forest not far from his village but when a few went to seek her out, they could not find her. Yet, she came to their village moments later after they returned to help out with the sick ones they had sought her for. They paid her in food and clothing before she vanished again, telling them she would know when to come, when they needed her and not to try searching the forest again. He noticed Bannon took his leave to see the healer. This was as it should be as he headed inside to find his brother. After seeing his brother and updating him on all that was found this evening, Leo prepared to leave immediately.