Blood of Dragons

The 'A Song of Ice and Fire' MUSH

Tidings

King’s Landing

A New Year, A New Mistress
IC Date: Day 5 of Month 1, 173 AC
RL Date: July 18, 2021.
The aftermath of the dismissal of Lady Barba Bracken, sent back to Stone Hedge with her royal bastard Aegor Rivers, was not entirely what some expected. There were members of the court who expected King Aegon to explode with anger at them, especially the members of the small council. Others thought the king would instead unleash his outrage at the Prince of Dragonstone, Daeron, and mayhaps his own brother Prince Aemon the Dragonknight for having led the intervention. But that is not what happened. Oh, the king did sulk, and assuaged himself with his usual recourses: wine and women. But as the…
The King’s Retreat
IC Date: Day 18 of Month 12, 172 AC
RL Date: July 01, 2021.
Queen Naerys lingered still near death, her surviving infant Daenerys was cared for by wetnurses, Lady Barba enjoyed all the king's favors with her infant son at her breast, and the court continued to fret over the situation. Matters came to a head when rumors ran rife that the Hand, Lady Barba's father Lord Kennoth, had openly spoken of Barba becoming queen when (not if) Naerys succumbed to the weakness that had gripped her since the delivery of her daughter and her stillborn son. Who was angriest among the great names at court was hard to judge: Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, who had…
A Princess. Then, a Prince.
IC Date: Day 29 of Month 11, 172 AC
RL Date: June 12, 2021.
A fortnight has passed since Lady Barba Bracken, the king's royal mistress, gave birth to a natural son. In that time since, the lady has been most pleased with herself, as has been her lord father the Hand, and indeed as has been the king himself. Aegon, Fourth of His Name, had even had her nurse the boy Aegor in his audience chambers as he greeted lords and officials. Rumors run rife that he means to bestow on the boy some great parcel of land and make him a lord so that his mother might benefit from the revenues. There are those on the small council who are said to be resistant to such…
A Son is Born
IC Date: Day 14 of Month 11, 172 AC
RL Date: May 28, 2021.
A son! King Aegon, Fourth of His Name, has a new son! The bells of the royal sept were rung soon after the birth, and some few in the city below took it up. The king was not himself present for the birth -- he was away hunting, or so the claim went, though there were whispers of his having stopped on the way of the city at the Street of Silk and simply had never left it -- but a great swath of gifts were already at hand and prepared to be delivered, depending on the outcome of the birth (and the child's gender). The mother, blessed with such fruitfulness, was gifted bolts of samite and…
The King Abroad, and His Return
IC Date: Day 29 of Month 8, 172 AC
RL Date: March 14, 2021.
The king has returned! Nearly four moons have passed since King Aegon, Fourth of His Name, departed the royal city of King's Landing to take his first royal progress. Accompanied by his Hand, Lord Bracken, and his pregnant mistress, Lord Bracken's daughter Barba, his ultimate aim was to visit Stone Hedge and while away time there. The journey to Stone Hedge was uneventful enough that much of the gossip left in the wake of the progress had to do with a king seemingly devoted to his own pleasures and a mistress willing to indulge them, from making use of the chambers of Lord and Lady Buckwell to…
The King’s Mistress
IC Date: Day 23 of Month 4, 172 AC
RL Date: November 08, 2020.
Since his coronation a fortnight earlier, King Aegon, Fourth of his Name, has taken to being king with an alacrity that surprised few. Yet, unlike his late father, he has not done so by issuing a wave of edicts and beginning measures to change laws, correct injustices, or strengthen ties across the narrow sea. While it is true that he named Lord Bracken as his Hand as his first official act, the expected changes to the small council have -- to the surprise of some -- not yet happened, and all because both the king and the Hand seem entirely focused on the pressing matters of the Hand's…
A King’s Funeral
IC Date: Day 4 of Month 4, 172 AC
RL Date: October 20, 2020.
After seven days, of preparation of the body by the maesters and then lying in state in the royal sept, King Viserys's body was moved to the outer yard of the Red Keep and placed upon a great bier. In days now long past, it was the custom that a dragon would set a king's bier and body alight, but the dragons are gone and only a torch -- carried by the new king, Aegon -- was used as the solemn court watched. The only notable absence was Princess Naerys, said to be too affected by the death of her father to show herself publicly. But a different rumor has run through the court, and has been all…
A Reign Ends
IC Date: Day 27 of Month 3, 172 AC
RL Date: October 13, 2020.
Two days earlier, Lord Alyn Velaryon took his leave of the court and of Westeros after his sojourn in the dungeons. He had been commanded by King Viserys to depart forthwith to Volantis, to serve as an envoy to the courts of the triarchs there, although it was widely understood that this was simply a more politic way to put him into exile. His Grace left it an open question how long this embassy would last, and Velaryon seemed resigned to it. Not everyone was, however: Princess Elaena was said to have locked herself in her rooms in protest, and her elder sister Daena had attempted to cajole…
The Quiet Before
IC Date: Day 16 of Month 3, 172 AC
RL Date: September 25, 2020.
It was on the 9th day of the 3rd month that Princess Elaena was brought to the birthing bed, belly great with child, and it was on that same day that she was delivered of her burden. It was a surprisingly swift labor, and she weathered it well for one so young and put through such extremities, for a midwife soon announced after the bawling baby boy was expelled form her wound that a second child, a twin, was on its way, a baby girl. Both seemed healthy and well-made, missing no parts and unblemished, their eyes purple like their mother's... and their father's. Lord Alyn Velaryon, the master of…
Royal Scandal
IC Date: Day 16 of Month 1, 172 AC
RL Date: August 03, 2020.
These are strange times in King's Landing, with a scholar from far, mysterious Yi Ti having captured the attention of half the court, rumor of new conflicts stirring in the Free Cities, unrest at the king's continuing failure to choose a Hand to share some of the burden of all the tasks he has set for himself and his reign. All seems well -- or seemed well, in any case, until an unexpected discovery set the court into chaos: Princess Elaena, the king's niece, was with child. The uproar that followed cannot be overstated, so soon after her elder sister Daena herself had already given birth to a…
Of Kings and Tourneys
IC Date: Day 17 of Month 9, 171 AC
RL Date: April 06, 2020.
In the months since Prince Aegon's return from Dragonstone, he has carried on with his ways, and so has King Viserys. His efforts to improve the running of the realm has continued apace, adjusting the codes of laws, arranging for new mints, reorganizing some of the royal household, and more. But the small council, that he has not touched -- so far. Rumors are always rife, that he means to make changes to better suit him and the Seven Kingdoms, yet so far he has declined to make any immediate choice. After all, this small council has largely been of his own choosing, men he has known long as…
An Unexpected Return
IC Date: Day 27 of Month 5, 171 AC
RL Date: December 18, 2019.
The unexpected sight of sails from the east, sails belonging to royal galleys flying royal banners, caused a stir in King's Landing. More than a moon before, Aegon, Prince of Dragonstone, had sailed with his household and hanger-ons to take possession of the ancient seat of House Targaryen with its walls and towers shaped by Valyrian magic. He had done so, all said, at the behest of his lord father, Viserys the Second of His Name, and all agreed that the prince was not greatly enamored of the notion. Though he did as he was bid, it was clear he had no love for Dragonstone. The prince spent…
The Dragon’s Court
IC Date: Day 10 of Month 3, 171 AC
RL Date: October 02, 2019.
The court had gathered to see the king's first public appearance of any note since his crowning. All the great lords and ladies in the city flocked there, some only lately arrived in the time since the death of Baelor and the enthroning of Viserys. Most of the Kingsguard were present, and all the small council, and all the royal kin -- even the new Prince of Dragonstone, Aegon, and the king's three nieces -- are witness to when Viserys entered with two knights of the Kingsguard as his escort. He wore his late brother's simple, plain golden crown, and dressed no differently than when he was…
Long Live the King
IC Date: Day 28 of Month 1, 171 AC
RL Date: August 21, 2019.
The remains of the blessed King Baelor, the septon-king who had brought peace to the Seven Kingdoms and Dorne with his gentle piety, were given to the flames in the courtyard of the Red Keep in the watches of the night. A solemn ceremony, beginning from his death when the silent sisters were charged with the tending of the body and following through with seven days of lying in state and vigils by the knights of the Kingsguard, culminated in the king's corpse being placed on the bier, a crown of flowers upon his brow. He had wasted away in his long fast, and there was little flesh to his bones,…
A King’s Collapse
IC Date: Day 20 of Month 1, 171 AC
RL Date: August 14, 2019.
King Baelor, the First of His Name, the renowned septon-king whose zealous piety has brought peace between the Seven Kingdoms and Dorne, has collapsed. On the fortieth day of his fast, an act of penance to attempt to right the wrong of his defiant sister Daena's birth of a natural son, the king was praying in the late hours of the night before the Father in the royal sept, bent down on hands and knees in show of abject humbleness, when a novice of the sept replacing candles cried out at seeing Baelor sink forward, and then fall onto his side. Ser Peron the Pious and Ser Aleyn Florent were…