“Good morning, Master Pendleton. The mages have arrived. The Cardinal has already been summoned, as well.”
“Thank you. I’ll be down in a moment.”
The boy disappeared, and after a short moment to collect himself, Norwood exited his temporary chambers and made his way to the small conference room where the mages hired by the rest of the Council had been instructed to meet them. Along the way he met up with the Cardinal, the two of them chatting idly with one another as they walked the halls until they made it to their destination.
As they entered, the four mages would be greeted to the sight of two regal looking gentlemen. Norwood was a stately man garbed in a rich black uniform with silver trim and embellishments. He had short, dark brown hair and a thick beard and moustache that framed a slender face. Gentle grey eyes scanned the room’s occupants briefly before he gave them a small but warm smile. “Good morning, everyone. I am Norwood Pendleton, head Chairman of the Magic Council. With me is Bellum’s Cardinal of Whispers, Leonida Ferreolius.”
He gestured to the man that hand entered beside him. Leonida was a tall and stocky man that was dressed in all the splendor that befitted his position within the Bellum hierarchy, garbed in a priestly looking set of plated armor with a sleeveless black robe trimmed in gold. He had bright blonde hair that was slicked back across his head and thick sideburns that ran down to his jaw. He greeted the gathered company with a much easier smile that wasn’t burned with as much weariness as the Chairman’s. “Good morning! It is a pleasure to meet all of you. Please allow me to thank you in advance for volunteering your time and energy to help make sure this treaty goes through as smoothly as possible. Each of you has my sincerest gratitude.”
After Leonida turned toward the chairman to silent indicate that he was passing things back to him, Norwood nodded and continued. “Let’s go ahead and get started. As all of you know, we have all gathered here today in the hopes of brokering a peace between Bellum and Pergrande after the recent skirmishes along their border. Given the history between both these nations, it goes without saying that today will go down in history as a rather miraculous moment of reconciliation, but as with any political exchange their are plenty of people that are not in favor of what we aim to do. While I sincerely hope that we are able to get through today with little to no excitement, we thought it best to be as prepared as possible, which is why Fiore was asked to gather a few individuals to serve as a protective escort for the Cardinal as we travel to the Symposium.”
“I have already received reports that there are some active protests taking place in a couple places in the city. We are keeping an eye on these areas and are going to do our best to select a route with as little of this activity as possible, but please expect that we may have to make our way through some… spirited crowds. There are squads of Rune Knights that have joined up with a few of Joya’s hunters to patrol Felidae and keep the crowd passive, so with any luck they will be able to handle anything before we have to get involved, but it is imperative that we all be as vigilant as possible, just to be safe.”
“That being said, before we get started, I would like to take the opportunity to let each of you introduce yourselves. I have your names, but it was the other members of the Council in Fiore that selected you while I was focused on preparing things here. I would appreciate being able to put names to faces, and to get an idea of who you are and what you are capable of so we can ensure that we are able to play to each of your strengths in this endeavor. Now is also the time to ask any questions if you have them.” With that, he looked at each of them and waited patiently for them to take turns with a more formal introduction.
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