Cadell Mortimer Posted November 27, 2022 Share Posted November 27, 2022 (edited) Quote First Floor: Octagonal Tower This is where Very Important Persons, Ambassadors & Dukes will stay. Here you will find the following NPCs: Duke of Norfolk & Family, Duke of Ormonde & Family, Duke of Albemarle & Wife, Duke of Lauderdale & Wife Like the main tower, the octagonal tower is also raised, piano nobile. The door to an apartment is apparent on the left, to the south, while the landing and staircase leading below is directly opposite against the northwest wall, the foot of the stairs leading to the next floor located immediately to the right, against the northeast wall. Little porcelain doves and royal blue velvet bows have been hung on the doorknob of the apartment as well as along the balustrade and stair banisters, affixed there with silver bows. First Floor The Versailles Parlor Inspired by the palace of the Sun King, this parlor is lavishly decorated, with gold detail bordering where the white wall meets the ceiling and the floor. There is grand fireplace on the outside wall, which provides enough heat for the entire room. Large mirrors line one wall in imitation of the hall of mirrors at Louis the XIV’s palace, creating the illusion that there is more space in the room than there really is. The large parlor is littered with end tables sporting fine vases, as well as comfortable spaces to sit and socialize. Of course, a cabinet of fine spirits is accessible to all guests in this room. Pensive by nature and over-analytical by habit, Cadell Mortimer typically had an above-average amount of difficulty when it came to crawling too deep inside his own head. There were a variety of excuses for this sort of behavior – intellectual curiosity rewarded introspection, a deeply-held Catholic faith rewarded guilt, his childhood being what it was – but today his problem seemed to be much the opposite. By all that was holy, he could not seem to get inside his mind long enough to focus and plan. This could be blamed on his generous portion of early afternoon drinks, perhaps, or the fogginess that emerged from a wholly-unsatisfying late afternoon nap following said drinks, the latter being of the sort that set one back from their pre-nap aspirations. Ultimately, however, the cause of this distraction was irrelevant. The sum result was that Athenry, having no great desire for a meal, lacking the discipline to read, and with enough of an ache in his leg that a walked sounded unpleasant, had decided to regain his wits with a round of chess.. Athenry had not gone far to set up his chessboard, shrugging back on his dark blue Tourangeau justacorps over his grey waistcoat embroidered a la Turque, forgoing the red ribbon from earlier but keeping the matching heels. The Frenchness of his outfit was well-matched by the surrounding environment, for “not far” in this instance meant a likely-looking end table in the Versailles Parlor, free of the vases that adorned most of the flat surfaces in the room and conveniently near the fireplace. The board was not especially large, so that he might reach across the table and play the black side with ease, for he hadn’t thought to invite another on such short notice. Stalwart Duncan, a tall, well-built footman of an age with his master, stood off to the side and near the door to their apartment – a pity that the man had little taste for such games, for playing against oneself was more of an intellectual exercise than an actual game, but he had little idea of his wife’s present whereabouts and was uncertain if she’d ever held an interest in chess to begin with. “Perhaps a varied set of strategies…” Athenry mused aloud, moving a white knight as that side’s opening move. Black would retaliate by making a play for the center of the board with their pawns, and so on… “Not even a recommendation, Duncan?” He inquired after his servant with a snort, idly glancing at the stairway to the parlor. “Fine, but were my opponent not so fearsome, I would deposit the burden of my inevitable defeat on you.” Edited November 27, 2022 by Cadell Mortimer Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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