Blood of Dragons

The 'A Song of Ice and Fire' MUSH

Tidings

King’s Landing

Racing and Reconciliation
IC Date: Day 10 of Month 1, 170AC
RL Date: August 08, 2018.

In the days following the marriage of Prince Daeron Targaryen to Princess Mariah Nymeros Martell, King Baelor and Prince Maron, both, have busied themselves with matters that have interested them. Between audiences, councils, sermons, and entertainments, both men have been busy. King Baelor, a septon in his own right, was greatly moved by sermons made by Sunspear’s septons preaching reconciliation and forgiveness on the anniversary of the Submission of Sunspear. So much so, in fact, that he personally carried out acts of reconciliation, meeting privily with Ser Mavros Uller and Prince…

A Wedding to Remember
IC Date: Day 2 of Month 1, 170 AC
RL Date: July 31, 2018.

The realms rejoiced at the marriage of Prince Daeron to Princess Mariah, as King Baelor officiated and administered the vows. After the melee born in violence, tensions had eased somewhat, and while still there were incidents of old feuds and old blood causing fresh troubles, none of them were serious enough to cause lasting turmoil. Instead, the court and the shadow city were consumed with the entertainments prepared by Prince Maron in the days leading to the marriage, from a horse race won by the bastard daughter of Ser Mavros Uller to a pageant featuring fantastical scenes of ancient…

A Prince and a King
IC Date: Day 20 of Month 12, 169 AC
RL Date: July 19, 2018.

It had not even needed the landing at the Planky Town for the royal wedding party to learn that there was a new Prince of Dorne: a Lysene ship on its way back to its home port shared the news as it passed, and there was much wonder and surprise. King Baelor led the day’s prayers with a benediction for young Prince Maron, and for his ailing father Prince Marence, as Viserys and others of his councillors quietly convened to discuss the matter. The next day, the fleet under Lord Velaryon’s command arrived at Planky Town, bearing peace when once his ships had brought war. Disgorging the royal…

Of Sails and Crowns
IC Date: Day 9 of Month 12, 169 AC
RL Date: July 08, 2018.

Near a fortnight since the royal fleet set sail from King’s Landing with the most precious of cargoes: princes and a king, to make a marriage to bring lasting peace to the Seven Kingdoms and Dorne. The journey, in the wake of he High Septon’s death, has been marked by the septon-king Baelor leading daily services aboard the royal ship in honor of the Voice of the Seven on Earth’s passing. The winds and seas have been kind, and the fleet has journeyed far as it passed the easternmost point of Cape Wrath.

In King’s Landing, the Most Devout mourn the High Septon, to be sure… but they are also…

The High Septon is Dead
IC Date: Day 27 of Month 11, 169 AC
RL Date: June 26, 2018.

The High Septon, Father of the Faithful and the Voice of the Seven on Earth, has been called to sit at the Father’s right hand in the golden hall which is his abode among the heavens. Knowing the end was coming, he had made peace with his time being done and instead spent his last hours with the king. Baelor prayed over him and gave him a benediction through tears, and swore he would do as the High Septon asked of him. The old High Septon, his spirit strong though his body was failing, extracted three promises from the king.

The first was the simplest: Ser Peron the Pious was called so that…

The Call of the Seven
IC Date: Day 5 of Month 11, 169 AC
RL Date: June 04, 2018.

The High Septon is on his death bed. Maesters have been sent to his side, even the Grand Maester at the request of King Baelor, and all agree that age and the ailments that come with them have taken their toll; the Seven are calling one of their own home at last, to sit among the just in the Father’s golden halls with all those who have come before. The Most Devout have gathered, and prayers from septas, poor brothers, and more can be heard in septs throughout the city. Baelor himself has taken to spending much of his days and nights at the High Septon’s side, reading to him from the…

In These Times…
IC Date: Day 27 of Month 11, 168
RL Date: July 01, 2017.

The realm has known peace—only some trouble on the Stepstones, put to an end by Lord Velaryon and Dornish allies, was of any real note—in the last year, and some see this as a sign of the divine influence of the Seven smiling down on the reign of pious King Baelor. There are those smallfolk who have taken to calling him Baelor the Blessed, for the winter had been mild south of the Neck and few have suffered hunger from it. Singers tell of the king’s miracles, and of the greatness of the sept rising on Visenya’s Hill to glorify the gods. If they forget to tell overmuch of Baelor’s more curious…

Bonds of Love
IC Date: Day 24 of Month 6, 168 AC
RL Date: January 29, 2017.

With Princess Daena safely under lock-and-key in the Maidenvault once more, King Baelor’s most urgent prayers were answered… but as he kept to the sept, to pray at all hours for his sister’s safe return, the rest of the court was not still in its labors. The small council met more than once, the Hand speaking for his nephew the king, as decisions great and small were made. Word filtered through the court that one topic the small council has turned its hand to ever since Princess Daena’s recovery is the naming of a seventh White Sword after years of only six Kingsguard knights. Baelor, some…

A Princess Recovered
IC Date: Day 15 of Month 5, 168 AC
RL Date: December 21, 2016.

Princess Daena has been found (some might say that stating she was captured would be more honestly put) in Duskendale after having escaped the Maidenvault, and thence the royal city. Word from Duskendale—where a royal galley was already waiting to bring her back if she happened to go to the seat of House Darklyn in search of a ship to take her away from those who pursused her—was bare regarding the details save to say that she was unharmed and would be placed on said galley forthwith with an added escort of Darklyn knights as well as the Kingsguard knight and his company of men-at-arms that…

Heroes Return
IC Date: Day 18 of Month 4, 168 AC
RL Date: November 24, 2016.

The royal fleet under command of Lord Alyn Velaryon has returned, and received a welcome befitting heroes following their victory—alongside Dornish allies, admittedly—against the Free City of Pentos on the Stepstones. The city waited ever since word reached King’s Landing that they had won their victory, and even more so when word came from Sunspear that Oakenfist and his ships had weighed anchor and begun the long journey back from Dorne to the city.

The king himself was there to await his cousin and the captains, lords, and knights of his fleet. Embracing, the septon-king then spoke a…

Glad Tidings Near and Abroad
IC Date: Day 17 of Month 3, 168 AC
RL Date: October 24, 2016.

In Sunspear, the victorious commanders of the combined fleet and army which saw victory on the Stepstones were feted at the command of the Lord Protector of Dorne. Lord Velaryon, Prince Rhodry, and more attended the feast in the Sandship… but it must be said the crowd was thin, with the hall only half-filled. Ser Quinlan Qorgyle, the Lord Protector, carried on as if the feast was was packed to the rafters, and spent much time conversion with Oakenfist. The news from the Stepstones was largely to the good: though there were some lamentable losses, Pentos had ceded its control of the…

Becalmed
IC Date: Day 12 of Month 10, 167 AC
RL Date: May 22, 2016.

The wind does not stir, and has not done so for three days, now. Blackwater Bay is calm, a gray sea covered by a gray fog. Ships lie in that bay, and at the docks, waiting for a breath of air from the west to carry them out to sea, and to begin the long journey to Dorne. In the halls of the Red Keep, it’s said that Lord Velaryon consults daily with maesters. The septons gathered at Baelor’s behest to join the fleet (it would not do to leave any sailor, man-at-arms, or knight without the solace of spiritual council) join the king each day in prayer… but some worry that among them are those…

Faith No More
IC Date: Day 14 of Month 9, 167 AC
RL Date: April 24, 2016.

There are those who say that King Baelor has asked Grand Maester Clement to convince the Citadel that doves would be as reliable as ravens, and more pleasing to the gods beside, and the Grand Maester has dutifully experimented. From the drum tower of the Grand Maester, ravens still fly… but sometimes, too, white doves beat their wings to race away bearing messages (some have found their way to stoop on eaves and roofs of the city below Aegon’s High Hill, their messages apparently not so urgent; and a few besides have found their way into bowls of brown in Flea Bottom.) Still, the Grand…

Anchors Aweigh… Mayhaps
IC Date: Day 3 of Month 9, 167 AC
RL Date: April 13, 2016.

Rumors run rife, as they always do in the city of the dragon-kings. But they reach a new fervor on the topic of the Stepstones, controlled with increasing ruthlessness by the Free City of Pentos who extracts protection tolls in coin and goods and sometimes even flesh. For the realm of King Baelor, it is a nuisance, but not a great one—or so some argue. And yet in the highest of councils, the king’s own small council, the tenor of the conversation is quite other: the Master of Ships is in favor of a joint expedition proposed by the Lord Protector of Dorne; the Master of Coin would prefer that…

A Troubled Spring?
IC Date: Day 21 of Month 8, 167 AC
RL Date: April 01, 2016.

If dark wings bring dark words, then what do white wings herald? Why, word of winter’s end, of course. At long last it has come, after nearly two years. The white raven came from the Citadel early in the morning on the 21st day of month 8 and soon thereafter criers across the city spread the word of the arrival of spring across the city. Meanwhile, the king is said to have spent the day in prayer, giving thanks to the Seven for the end of winter.

Curiously, the white raven is not the only white-winged bird to have been seen about the Red Keep of late. Several sightings report that cages of…