23rd of Reaping 383 ONT, Highport, Argyle 4:38pm
Haldir Numanor seethed as he left work for the day, the Steward was a dick, he didn’t understand anything. Haldir had coaxed and sung many of the plants in the garden into flourish, he was a professional, an artist just trying to scratch out a living, but no, now their were overseers and managers getting on his case all the time about a few sick days and late notices… it was crap. He forced himself to take a few deep breaths, he had saved his job, had coin in his pocket. He was going to turn things around, and then he wouldn’t be bothered by the Steward. He flagged down a carriage and had it take him to the southern beaches of the Island. As he traveled they passed through the market and on a whim he had the carriage stop, he rushed into a tailors shop and quickly purchased a new suit, unwilling to wait for it to be altered it was a little baggy on his, but overall a market improvement. he went across the road and saw a small stuffed rabbit, the kind his son Tanithil would just love, he purchased it gladly and wondered down the block looking for a florist. Something that would wow Salihn was hard to find, he was a Gardener and knew at a glance that most of the flowers here were pedestrian at best, but still, it would be the thought that counted. He bought a large bouquet and flagged another carriage,
“Driver, please take me to Oridithas Manor, on the Southern Beaches” he said polity, and smiled as the driver gave the reins a gentle pull and his carriage began to move. It took the better part of an hour to get there, he waved the driver off to leave and approached the large sung wood gates of the great sprawling lands or Oridithas. He let out a long low sigh, he did not get on well with Casitan Oridithas, Senchal of Oridothas Manor and Wood Warden of the Eagle Knights. He was his wives cousin and had been a constant problem throughout his marriage. Haldir walked boldly to the gate, and was not surprised when a halfling clad in chain armor and carrying a spear stepped out of the shallow little guards cove in the wall. The Halfling rolled her eyes upon seeing Haldir approached, but Haldir did not let that slow him
“I am here to see my wife and son, please open the gate and announce me Alpedia” Haldir said to the small guard as he stood before the gate, not looking at her, but instead looking through the wooden spokes at the sprawling manor within.
“What are you doing here Haldir?” The Guard, Alpedia, asked in a tired tone “You know if you cause trouble I’m gonna have to rough you up again, no one wants that” she continued, trying to appeal to the elves sense of saftey and logic.
“Things have changed Alpedia, I have changed, and I have a new benefactor… A man has the right to see his wife and child, announce to them that I have come” he said, still not looking to the guard but staring forward.
“They don’t want to see you Haldir; please go, if you make me get the Senchal involved he will demand to bind your banishment with law this time; then you won’t ever have the chance to come back” She implored, Haldir ignored her staring ahead, his hand rose reaching for the latch to open the gate. fast as a snake the spear reversed and the but end wrapped him on his knuckles causing his hand to relinquish from its course to the latch “Don’t” she said all empathy gone from her tone. He turned with a look of rage and anger on his face stopped himself before he responded in violence; he had learnt long ago that he was no match for the Guard of Oridithas Manor.
“Well,” he said sulkingly, “I won’t leave until I have seen my wife and my son, you cannot keep them from me any longer” Alpedia looked at him for a long time before letting out a long sigh…
“Have it your way, I will inform the Senchal you are here… don’t say I didn’t warn you” she said the later under her breath as she stepped back into her guard alcove and disappeared from sight. Hildar waited as the minutes ticked by, usually he was then invited into the manor he could then slip his escort and find his wife and son. All he needed was chance to talk to them, to explain how everything was different now and that their lives were getting back on track.
At long last the gates opened before him, but instead of Alpedia waving him forward to enter, instead their stood Wood Warden Casitan Oridithas. He stood wearing the uniform of an Eagle Knight, his golden hued chain shirt, long bow and quiver over the shoulder and long sword at his belt. His left hand rested easy on the grip of the sheathed sword with his other hand on his hip. his head was cocked to the side and his expression was that of someone who had little patience left.
“We have discussed this before Haldir, you cannot just come by here, go no and I will forget this matter” The Wood Warden ordered, his voice was soft and melodic, but their was a tone of warning there, a tone that showed decades of command experience and indicated that this was a person whose advise was usually heeded.
“Things have changed Casitan, She is still my wife, I deserve to see her, I WANT TO SEE MY WIFE AND MY SON!” he yelled past the Eagle Knight hoping his tone might be heard
“They cannot hear you Haldir, and this display is not convincing me you should be allowed a visit” The elf said, his voice dripping with disappointment, he turned to Alpedia “If he does not leave on his on accord within the next five minutes, please…. Convince him of errors, and see that a carriage takes him back to his section of Highport” The elf turned to walk away as Alpedia began walking towards him, her spear but held out in front of her,
“Come on Haldir, let me waive you a carriage, no one wants this to get messy”
“YOU CAN’T DO THIS! YOU BASTARD! YOU CAN’T STEAL MY FAMILY!” Haldir roared as he ran past Alpedia. The Halfling dropped into a crouch and swung her spear wide tripping Haldir and causing him to land at the feet of the Wood Warden.
“Sorry Wood Warden” she apologized as she moved towards Haldir, this time the point of her spear pointed squarely at him
“Think nothing of Alpedia, I…”
“I HAVE A NEW PATRON! THINGS ARE DIFFERENT NOW, THEY WILL SET IT RIGHT!” Haldir yelled as he tried to rise from the ground, a swift thwack across the back with the spear kept him from rising any higher than his knees. The Wood Warden paused for a moment, likely debating if it was worth engaging with Haldir at all, he shook his head begrudgingly
“Who is this new patron of yours? and what does it have to do with us?” He asked pointedly
“I… I ’m.. uh” He stammered trying to put the words together “Hikari Anakamodo is my patron, she is a wizard working for the Great Erindale himself! She sails with Sir Thalion, Knight of Quenya on the Champions Fist of the Grey Corsairs… she wants me to be with my family… you cannot keep them from me!” he choked out. Casitan looked at him long and hard before saying anything. It was not uncommon for people to yell out names of famous people, but Quenyian Knights and Ships of the Grey Corasirs, few paid attention to such details in common conversation
“Get him up!” Casitan said tersely. Alpedia grabbed Haldir by the arm and quickly pulled him from the ground and dragged him up onto his feet. “Take him to my lower study, and keep a guard on him at all times, he does not leave that room until I can confirm what he has said and who this Knight of Quenya is” Alpedia nodded and ushered Haldir to move forward. Haldir dusted off his new suit and shook his head as he began to wlak forward
“Ms. Anakamoto and Sir Thalion will hear of my treatment Casitan, you can count on that”
To be Continued