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The Lord Ruler's perfect capital city, Luthadel, is doing the impossible: rebelling. Skaa half-breeds are being taught the power of Allomancy, something that the Lord Ruler's obligators said only existed in the nobility. The enslaved skaa, with their murderous benefactor, now fight back against a living god's oppression.

So, the Inquisition was formed. The nobles begin to fear assassination from all sides. The times of nobility Mistborn killing each other are over. The Steel Inquisitors look for aristocrat traitors and insurgent skaa, and the skaa try with all their strength to merely survive. The Lord Ruler's perfect Final Empire is slowly devolving into chaos.

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In Topic: Surviving Duplicity.

07 March 2018 - 02:48 AM

Garrett didn't know what Augustin meant that his sister would be too old to introduce to active duty... but he was almost grateful for it. He didn't want to intentionally put her into that situation. He would rather not see her death.

"As long as my sister can learn self defense, and have ample opportunity to pursue physical training - if she wishes - I will be happy," Garrett said.

He also liked the idea of a lighter workload. Having just the duties of a Mistborn, or just the duties of a Lord was one thing, but having both at once, without much help... He was tired of it, to say the least.

Augustin didn't change completely with the revelation that Garrett was a Mistborn, but it was obvious that he was happier knowing that he was getting a Mistborn. That's something that Garrett would have to remember for the future. He thought it would be a good bargaining chip, but he wasn't sure how powerful it really was. Especially with his negligence of training as of late. Garrett hadn't even thought of the potential for more Mistborn in his bloodline.

He left out the piece of information that his first marriage didn't produce an heir. Well, he didn't leave it out, but instead didn't intend on making it a point to dwell on.

"Active duty... Yes. I have been the only Atwood Mistborn in two decades. Keeping our High House status did take some effort... both openly in the political sphere and shrowded in the mists."

In Topic: Surviving Duplicity.

05 March 2018 - 01:58 AM

Garrett took stock for a moment. The house employed a few Allomancers. He counted them off in his head. He should know the figure off the cuff, but he had been ... rather absent as of late.

"My steward keeps track of most of the actual numbers of Allomancers in our employ. There should be roughly one or two dozen. Since the main family didn't have many Allomancers - and the recent attacks on the estate, we have been keeping a higher guard count in general. There are three Tineyes, and the rest are either Coinshots, Lurchers, or Pewterarms."

He then turned to his actual family. His sister hadn't been trained, because historically the females in his family didn't get trained to fight in their conflicts. He wondered if that would sound... naive of him if he said it aloud.

"My unwed cousin is a Smoker, my sister, a Coinshot... and myself... I'm Mistborn." Garrett said revealing the last. He had never said that phrase out loud to another noble. It felt strange rolling off the tongue.

"As far as training goes, my father did not think it necessary to train my sister in combat. He did not intend to use her in combat situations. It has been this way in Atwood for generations. I think she always wanted to learn to fight, but father forbid it. As for my cousin, he has had basic fighting instruction, and his Allomantic instruction has been fairly rigorous."

He leaned back, clearly more at ease with this line of conversation.

"My training is ... constant. Although, if I'm being honest, it has not been the main focus of my life as of late, as you might imagine."

In Topic: Surviving Duplicity.

04 March 2018 - 10:38 PM

Garrett was sure he would be executed at any moment. Except the way that Augustin was talking put Garrett at ease - at least a little.

Augustin called for an obligator and Lady Severine... and then went on to talk about who he might be paired up with within the house. Garrett clasped his hands together, holding tightly, just to make sure he was really awake. All the months of planning went into this one night, and it was finally here, and it was going well.

Too well.

Garrett wasn't used to having things go right.

"She will need time to come around, which I suspect you might need as well."

Garrett nodded. "Yes, I'm sure that I will need the time. I never pictured myself marrying again..." He paused and realized that made him seem like he was hesitant. "I do appreciate the age consideration and I'd rather marry a woman who hates the idea of being married over one that is overeager to just be married to anyone simply to be married. At least the former may grow accustomed to me, where the latter would just resent me."

Garrett went quiet for a moment, wanting to change the subject, but unsure of what to change it to. He thought for a moment, and at least he could naturally change the subject away from himself, if not away from marriage completely.

"My sister is also unwed... and one of the two cousins. My uncle is a widower, same as myself... but it might be difficult to convince him to marry again... Among us there are only three Allomancers."

Hopefully the jump to Allomancers would take the conversation in another direction. A more comfortable direction for Garrett.

In Topic: Surviving Duplicity.

03 March 2018 - 04:15 AM

"Thus, you will need to join the family in truth."

Garrett had prepared for that condition. He knew that there was no other way to make the relationship between houses complete. There was no way that Augustin could get rid of Atwood completely, if anyone with the name still lived. He would have to become Garrett Deveaux.

He tried to hide the pain that this caused him. Likely, Augustin knew that he was a widower - and that his wife was only one year gone. He would also likely know the story of how she passed, which didn't paint him in a very nice light. He was supposed to be able to protect his family - but of course Augustin didn't know the real truth, in that he was protecting another facet of his life when his wife was assassinated.

He took a deep breath before responding.

"I had a feeling that this would be the case, Lord Deveaux. If I was not willing to accept whatever terms you set for me, I wouldn't have come here in the first place. I am at your mercy, and I will prove my loyalty - although I am aware that will take time." He looked at Augustin, wanting to ask him... who he would be married to. He didn't want to seem picky... However, it would need to be addressed, and this was the only time he would get to do it

"I suppose that the only thing I can ask is that you do not make a match of me with anyone who cannot protect themselves. If the rumors I have heard of Deveaux's prowess in training is true, I'm sure that won't be hard... I... have some history that I prefer not to repeat, if possible..."

In Topic: Surviving Duplicity.

01 March 2018 - 06:58 PM

Garrett took a moment to think. This was easier in his head the hundreds of times that he practiced in his head. Augustin Deveaux was not just imposing, his stare could bore holes straight through Garrett's body.

He cleared his throat and leaned forward in the chair, leaning his elbows on his knees.

"Atwood is not a large family. We have old contracts, and good standings within Tremredare, but the family has always just been the main line. I only have two cousins, an uncle, and my sister. The rest of the family is gone. Old and dead. We have not been blessed with fertility...

"That being said, I ... " He paused and cleared his throat again. "I have a duty to protect them, even if that means the Atwood name and legacy ends tonight. We do not have the strength to stand, even as a vassal of Deveaux. We would all be dead by the end of the season, Sureau would see to that."

Garrett shifted in his seat. He hoped that he got across that he didn't want to be Lord Atwood any longer. He was stretched too thin...

"Atwood proposes to sign over all contracts to Deveaux, and all deeds to land they own, the allegiance of all Allomancers in Atwood's control, including myself... in exchange for protection and absorption of the remaining members of Atwood into Deveaux."