(1311-01-02) Plans Over Wine
Summary: Mathys and Aurore compare interests and come up with a plan.
RL Date: 1/1/19
Related: None.
mathys aurore 

Wine Cellar — Noble District

Stairs lead down to the heavy oak door, above which the sign of the place, the likeness of a Hellene amphora spilling over with wine painted upon wood, swings lazily in the occasional breeze. Beyond that door the entrance hall comes into view, where various kegs and casks of differing sizes are arranged in oenological allure before the roughly hewn walls of ancient stone. There is a chill down here on hot summer days, that will be efficiently battled in the colder months through the heating of a giant hearth to the back. The place has a decidedly cavernous character, alcoves to the left and right offering seating at small tables for two or three. Lamps are dangling by chains from the ceiling, shades of milky glass work from La Serenissima offering sufficient lighting. There are no visible windows, which means lamps will be in use even during the day.

Further to the back there is a small hallway branching off from the main area, leading to a medium sized chamber where the bigger barrels are stored. Here, a larger group of up to eight people can sit about a round table of heavy oak, while they are being served the rarer vintages or even the heavier spirits that are stored in a wooden cabinet to the back. Staff is mostly male, clad in black breeches and white shirts with dark red vests, knowledgable sommeliers of superior training that will be glad to wait on guests in person and offer insight into the variety of wines, red and white, from Terre d'Ange and a variety of specialties from abroad, that are available here.


Mathys has escaped the cold winter air by heading underground into the Wine Cellar. The nobleman has commandeered a seat at a table and a glass of wine with a half full wine bottle sits on the table. The servant next to him is being taking his order, which appears to be a purchase of several bottles of wine to take with him. A footman in Rousse livery stands nearby and will likely be the one carrying all those bottles. The nobleman wears fine but simple clothing - the kind used for everyday work rather than for entertaining or being entertained.

Aurore pauses a moment to let her eyes adjust, then strides down the stairs, trailing a guard and two serving men, clearly on a similar errand as the Rousse heir. She is in a forest green velvet overdress, with a lighter coloured green and silver brocaded underdress and a black cloak. This is a day dress, sturdy and warm, but cut to the latest fashion. She is wearing sturdy forest green boots dyed to match the overdress, and a warm dark green cloak with fur trim.

At the foot of the stairs, she takes in the room with a hard gaze, then gives orders to a server for a tasting. Now she is deciding where to sit.

Mathys looks to the stairs as movement catches his eyes and takes in the recent arrival. After a quick bit of appraisal, he rises and offers a bow to what he deems to be a peer. "I hope this evening finds you warm and well, My Lady. Have you come to restock your personal cellar as well?" He retakes his seat, and offers those next to him, "I would not mind company, if you do not object to sharing a table."

Aurore approaches with no hesitation at all and an heir of almost regal curiosity graced with a smile. She extends her hand, "I'm the Vicomtesse Regent Aurore de Chalasse of Ferrand. The cellar could indeed use tending. Have you recommendations?"

"Mathys Rousse, Heir to the Comté de Cannes," he says, rising again to take her hand and bring it to his lips with a light kiss, before letting go and retaking his seat. "It is a pleasure to meet you, "Vicomtesse Regent." Her question results in him looking about the cellar, "Well, if money is no object, one of each is a good starting place." He grins and looks back at her, "But it really depends on where your tastes lie, much as with anything in life. Do you prefer drier or sweeter wines?"

Aurore looks on him approvingly, and smooths her skirts to sit. Her accent is elevated L'Agnace, but there is a carefulness about her pronunciation and now and then a hint of something more northerly peeks through. "My son is far too young to handle his own affairs and my Late husband trusted me absolutely." Her smile widens to a grin, "Money is no object and anything worth doing is worth doing right. Drier and more complex, I think. I have heard much of Eisandine wine and would very much like to see if it lives up to reports."

Mathys nods along as she explains the circumstances of her title. "Ah, the complexities of peerage. I am a much simpler story. I am the son of a Comte, who is thankfully still among the living. I am not quite ready for the joys of such responsibility being thrust upon me. I'll continue to enjoy the next few years working on my art and making connections." He looks to his glass of red wine as she explains what she prefers. He gestures to the staff or a glass and grabs his bottle to pour some for her. "Try some of this. It's definitely on the dry side, but it's a bit light on complexity."

Aurore cocks head, genuinely interested, "what sort f Art, may I ask?" With a murmured thanks she takes in the colour and sent of the vintage, then sips contemplatively. After a long pause she says, "Definitely dry enough, but I would like something a little more interesting."

Mathys smiles at the question into his interests, "I mainly paint portraits. I like to go the Night Court and purchase assignations so that I have models to work with. Most of the time they are intrigued as they don't often have assignations to be a model for a work of art." He nods at her verdict. "I thought the same. The vintage from the year before this one was better. We can ask if they have some."

Aurore's eyebrows go up, "Oh! That really could be interesting. Have you any one might look at?" She orders some of the vintage a year before that they might better compare them. "Have you a favored House for your models or do you go for a variety?

"I usually gift the painting to the person who posed for me. It is a hobby, not a livelihood, so I have no reason to keep the paintings, unless I particularly like it or I have painted the model before. The few I have are in my home." Her question earns a shake of his head. "Not for the most part. I find Lis d'Or and Glycine are the most willing to do it. The sharper members of Rose Sauvage aren't sure what to do during an assignation that doesn't involve them whipping something." He chuckles at his joke and takes another sip of his wine. "What hobbies do you have?"

Aurore's own laugh is open throated and almost masculine, "I can well imagine…." She examines and tastes this new vintage, "hmmmm…. closer, but not quite what I'm looking for." She studies him, "Oh, I like music, performances, and of course cards."

Mathys ahhhs as she reveals her interests. "A gambler are you? Any particular game of chance or will any suit your tastes? As for music, I enjoy it but I find that I am a poor dancer, unfortunately. I guess my interest in the arts must remain on the canvas rather than through performance."

Aurore's smile is almost predatory, "Anything but kottabos. I haven't the head for that, but nearly anything else. As to dancing, I admit I'd rather watch, my feet being less graceful than I'd like. It's good to see professionals though. there is nothing like seeing someone at the peek of their skill doing something beautiful or amazing."

"Alas, kottabos is one of my specialties," Mathys replies with a snap of his fingers at the turn of luck. "Still, I go enjoy a good game of cards. Perhaps we should schedule a card game in one of taverns in the city. Have a few nobles get together and wager some coin." He nods then at her words, "Indeed. It's why I rely on courtesans to serve as models. They are used to being put on pedestals as art work."

Aurore leans forward, 'Oh yes! I would like that! A card party is just the think and I've met so few people as of yet." Another arch of the eyebrows, "I suspect the length of my nose disqualifies me."

Mathys grins and nods, "Very well. Let's plan for that then. I haven't been as active as I would like in the city, so it will suit both of our purposes. We shall have to decide on a place to hold it. Do you have any local watering holes that you have taken a liking to?"

Aurore looks around, "Would here work do you think? The Golden Harbor seems too fancy for a good card game."

Mathys looks the establishment over for a few seconds. "I think so. This has the right atmosphere for a fun, somewhat casual card game. I wonder when a good time would be to hold such an event. My schedule is very odd with the duties I have."

Aurore says, "I can make space easily, since I make my own schedule for the first part and my business with merchants is all by day. Let's find what is best with you and your friends and schedule from there."

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