Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A Special Invitation
Tanis’ uncle had not been the same since the death of his daughter Hark in some strange ritual killings months back according to family gossip. Even having been warned of his uncle’s state of mind nothing prepared him for the shock of his words this day. Jhardnet received Tanis in his bedroom, a room it smelled and appeared the nobleman had not left in a long time. Tanis was surprised to find that they were not meeting alone for standing near the bed where his uncle lay was a man that appeared at least by dress to be a butler. Clearly he was not part of this household’s staff. No introductions were made, Jhardnet explained simply that the Agundar’s butler was delivering an “opportunity” for the Stormweather family in the form of an invitation to a party. Jhardnet further surprised Tanis by informing the servant that Tanis would be the family representative accepting this offer. The Agundar’s butler left uncle and nephew to return word of the Stormweather’s acceptance to Damian while Jhardnet explained to his shocked nephew about the family’s new faith.
“Talos and Umberlee are dead.” rasped Jhardnet, “Our family will surely pass with them if we do not prepare for the new way.” Tanis was stunned; his uncle had just spoken blasphemy as easily as if he were asking for spice during a meal. “Surely you can see that the gods are no longer answering prayers!” continued the frail nobleman from his bed, “Damian Agundar has offered this family a lifeline. We will be the first of his new faith, the new way. This is the only way to save our family. You must go.”
Tanis listened to his uncle for another hour before finally giving in and agreeing to go. Regardless of faiths he had learned that their family was in a weak and precarious position. Tanis needed to protect the family and find nobles that would listen to his information about the coming war. Unfortunately Tanis knew that Damian Agundar would prove to be an opportunistic con man taking advantage of his Uncle he would have to let the transgression slide. While the family is in such duress he would do his best to improve their condition by making other contacts at the party and learning more about this so called new faith.