The Exile: Part 11

5/2/1272 2:00 The Palace of the Duke of Alsae All Tania wants is to get to bed after an exhausting five hour dinner ‘party’ with the Craobhach clan. She splashes her face with cold water, wishing she had brought her slaves with her to remove her makeup and help her with her newly purchased gown….

The Exile: Part 10

5/1/1272 17:00 The Anbirujima prisoner of war camp Smile as you lead them out. Their ransom was a mere embarrassment for the Jasmine Throne. Your Regency, thanks to our intelligence community’s efforts, is preserved. It’s to your advantage to blame the Moriyumans. Mother Tselenah has read the tear-stained note over and over. She found it…

The Exile: Part 9

The Exile: Part 9 The Exile: Part 9 5/1/1272 17:00 The Transit Station, Alsae How do you move two billion Song and priceless antiques without drawing attention? If you’re Tania Tsiarkeh, it’s impossible. Rumor spreads as fast as the mail in Eastern Penamharik, and awaiting the coach of Desmond Patton is a delegation of the…

The Exile: Part 8

4/20/1272 16:00 The Palace of Princess Okiku, Anbirujima, Moriyume “She WHAT?!” Tselenah bellows. “Contain yourself, Regent,” Princess Okiku says in sing-song Arghentian. “Your mother sent me an ethergram yesterday.” The young Princess waves one of her jet-black hands. A Moriyuman servant comes, bows, and without looking at the Princess, holds out her hands, palms facing…

The Exile: Part 7

4/18/1272 09:00 The Pennington Bank & Trust, Milford Eighteen-year-old Eoin Pennington and his seventeen-year-old brother Manus started a bank in Milford because Lord Pim and his barons complained about going to Alsae sixty miles to the south and east to do financing. Last year, before the rebellion against the Duke of Pamhia gained steam, the…

The Exile: Part 6

4/18/1272 8:00 The Palace, Eoisle, Arghentia The return of Talon Tsiarkeh is overdue. It took a month to assemble and supply the fleet. It exited Queen’s Convent on the fifteenth of last month to great fanfare and martial ceremony. The entire Arghentian Navy, ten state-of-the-art battleships and thirty supply vessels, representing the investment of over…

The Exile: Part 5

4/16/1272 13:00 Milford, County Pim, Pamhia Province, Penamharik Lord Ebrill was correct, Tania thinks to herself as her two wagons, and four outriders trudge wearily through the west gate of the war-fitted but remote town of Milford in County Pim. She’s learned to hide in the lowest places, camp in the most tic-ridden, nasty deciduous…

The Exile: Part 4

2/19/1272 18:00 Queen’s Convent, ArghentiaMoriyuman experts, researching and scouring the world’s Tanithian libraries for information, deduce the sound frequency required to restart the worldwide Fold Network in the middle of the night, over a month after the system was disabled.An extremely bored guard, part of the all-day, all-night shifts to monitor the system, is jarred…

Turalynn: The Exile, Part 3

2/10/1272 09:00 Arklow, Pamhia Province, Kingdom of Penamharik A knock comes on the door of the newly-purchased residence of Mistress Esperanza Costa. Then another knock. “If you don’t open this door, I can come back shortly with a warrant,” the masculine voice says.            Tania slowly opens the door but doesn’t…

Turalynn: The Exile, Part 2

1/19/1272 13:00 The Arghentian Royal Palace, Eoisle, Arghentia Princess Tselenah Cytheria Tsiarkeh’s take-over of the day-to-day government, piggy-backing on her younger sister’s efforts to assassinate their mother Queen Deirdre’s key advisors, is accomplished with a whimper rather than a bang. In the throne room of the Arghentian palace, Tselenah settles into the old, uncomfortable throne….