Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I Hear It's Lovely in San Marco This Time of Year

"Well, Don Rafael, so the Thanes have assented to your appointment as Ambassador of His Majesty to the court of Duc Alfonso," said Don Diego Halfdane de la Chevrolet-Vega to Don Rafael Vidkun de Cerveza.

Cerveza inclined his head. "I owe you a debt of gratitude, Don Diego. Your guidance was invaluable."

de la Chevrolet-Vega bowed likewise. "You give me too much credit, Don Rafael. If you were not eminently qualified to represent the interests of His Majesty, there would have been little I could have done with the Thanes. Have you given thought as to whether you will travel by land or by sea?"

"Land, I think, Don Rafael. It will be a longer journey, but good weather should last some time yet, and it will give me an opportunity to acquaint myself somewhat with the lands that lie between La Union Real and San Marco."

De la Chevrolet-Vega smiled and nodded, clearly pleased. "A wise decision, Don Rafael. You see, His Majesty chose well. If you will permit me, I wish to send my man Schwinglein in your escort. He is a most capable individual with a variety of skills, and you may find him useful on many occasions, by the time you reach Duc Alfonso's holdings.

"In addition, I believe that Major Havelocke has asked His Majesty for permission to accompany you at least part of the way. Although his purposes are ever shrouded, I believe he is trustworthy, and it might be well for you to develop an acquaintance with the gentleman. It is entirely up to you, of course, but your assent would make the High King's a mere formality."


Herzog Ignaz said...

Travel overland?

But Morrel and Sons Shipping has some great travel bargains this time of year!

Bluebear Jeff said...


It is great to have you post again. Hopefully it won't be another 14 months before you post here again.

And, yes, I know you've made some comments . . . but your last post on EvE was in early June of 2007 . . . so it is good to have you back.

-- Jeff