Arrows of Intrigue

IV.1 Interesting Archery at Beorgwic
A few characters of note surface.

Lord Gilbert Strangewayes,

Allow me once again to express my sincerest condolences at the loss of your lord father. The responsibilities that fall upon your shoulders are surely not destined for lesser men.

As you were away for the duration of the archery tournament, let me be brief about the news forthcoming. Ser Josen may do well to recollect some of the events but the winner of archery tournament was a common-born lass named Ellen Gold. She won enough dragons to propel her family from mere farmfolk to the level of a merchant. Other characters of interest include travellers from outside our lands named Kadima and Jon Wolfsbane, as well as the old veteran Erik the Rusty. I hear tales from within Beorgwic that Ellen Gold is to be made a landed noble, or at least a sworn sword, both actions which are sure to attract the attention of our overlords in Casterly Rock.

Additionally, two archers – “Thorncloak” and “Silvercloak” – participated but did not advance sufficently to attract attention. I have known for some time that the Yews would attempt to visit House Durion in order to either test its strength (although I suspect Ser Raynard would simply visit to best Ser Lothial). If knowledge of their participation here were to become public, given the debacle at Helmcrest, we would be sent a gentle warning by the Lannisters.

I must advise the utmost discretion, for I have noticed that many Lannister eyes pry upon our master’s house. Do they know about Ser Enwin Garner’s swindle? Even this I do not know for sure.

Now House Durion must deal with the consequences of their actions. I only hope that we can act quickly to counteract some of the threats to their stability.

James, son of Jon
Seventh Moon, 292 AL

III.4 Breakdown at Helmcrest
Things do not go to plan.

Ser Gilbert Strangewayes,

I feel that as your house and House Durion were both witnesses to the events of the past week, the matter that I am writing about seems unimportant. However, if it should prove that the events leading up to this disengagement are to haunt affairs in the Westerland fo many moons to come, I feel that some disclosure must be given.

My investigation of the event began when Lord Dirk suspected that something was amiss with Elaine Yew, who was to be married to Ser Damien Algood. Lady Yew had excused herself, citing that she felt ill after the welcome banquet. My talks with some handmaidens had revealed that Lady Elaine was afflicted with the morning sickness, an illness not often associated with bethrothed young maidens. I had supposed that she was with child, the only real explanation of her physical condition, and so I confronted Lord Dirk with this knowledge. This information was then passed to Ser Lothial.

The other affair I had to follow was that between Lord Dirk and Lady Agatha Yew. Initial confrontations between these two nobles sounded promising on paper, but were dismal in practice. Ser Lothial made several attempts to capture her attention, with mixed success, and some complications with Lady Cateryn. I later learned from my own contacts that Lady Agatha had an impressively large information network within Yew lands, and may have gleaned more of the situation than even I had. She is one to be watched.

On the morning of the wedding Ser Lothial spoke to Ser Raynard Yew about the situation. Ser Raynard looked alarmed, and returned to the castle as he wished to raise the issue with his family. Septon Morebank followed, and Maester Hamden took over as master of ceremonies for the archery competition; Much shouting was heard from the private hall where the family had gathered.

When Ser Damien failed in his quest to win the archery competition, he was requested to return to the castle for discussions; I believe this was where House Yew had decided to expose the promiscuity of their eldest daughter. I surveyed the scene for their sworn swords and house knights; I observed that a young sworn sword, Ser Marten Hogg (son of Etan) was missing from the gathered knights. One of my sources indicated that Ser Marten was called into the private hall shortly before Ser Damien; I concluded that Ser Marten may be the father of Lady Elaine’s unborn child.

Having gathered additional information from my sources, it appears that Lady Agatha had all the information I had at my disposal, plus knowledge of the unborn child’s father, and the supposed date of the tryst. However, I am also aware that Lady Agatha did not divulge the information to the family; most of the information seems to have been given by Septon Morebank, who I believe is under Lady Agatha’s influence.

This of course was not information given to the remaining guests of the wedding-to-be; all were simply told that talks between the two houses had reached a breakdown and the wedding was called off. One by one the guests departed, and our party was one of the last to leave, but I caught a glimpse of Ser Lothial staring in amazement at Lady Agatha, as if he had figured out how the plan came together.

Our trip back to Durion lands and Beorgwic was uneventful, and it is good to report that Maester Tim is shaken, but is of good health. Lord Dirk and Lord Matthew Durion are both expecting ravens, and I am expecting information regarding the forthcoming archery tournament at the Iron Islands.

James, son of Jon
Seventh Moon, 292 AL


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