(1310-05-15) Morning in the Palace Courtyard
Summary: It's a beautiful morning in the courtyard of the palace and who knows you may see!
RL Date: Tue May 15, 1310
Related: None
sombra gauge marielle antoine aziza 

Courtyard

<Temp Desc>%r%rDome of the Lady


Aziza was sitting in the courtyard, her long hair down upon her shoulders. Surprisingly there were no guards around her this time….or they weren't seen. Those dark kohl lined eyes seem to be far away as she peers down at her lap as her hands toy with the sheet white silks that wrap around her body. Pursing her lips, a frown mars those normally perfect features.

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Having been at the Ducal Palace to take care of something, Antoine is making his way outside again now. He humms a bit to himself as he looks around, pausing a bit as he sees Aziza, offering a brief nod in her direction, if she looks his way.

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Aziza looks up as she hears steps, those dark eyes slowly coming back to focus. Seeing the man, a smile tugs at her lips as she gives him a bow of her head, a free hand making a fist as she puts it to her chest. However she does not stand….seeming hesistant.

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Antoine offers another polite nod, before he starts heading over in the general direction of where the woman is. There's a brief pause as he notices that hesistant look. "Is everything all right, my lady?" he offers, rather softly.

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Slowly standing she smiles a bit. "Yes….sorry….." Aziza tucks some of that long hair out of her face then. "I'm a bit…..wary now as of late. It is nothing personal….I assure you." Though she is obviously Menekhet her d'Angeline is perfect. "After my recent run in I am…..waiting to see if they are safe to approach."

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"It's okay," Antoine offers, before he raises an eyebrow. "Recent run in, my lady? What happened?" Looking a bit concerned as he hears that, he offers another nod,, and a brief smile.

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Aziza chuckles softly as she finally moves over to him so that her voice is not as raised. "I happened upon the Rose Sauvage…..I am trying to learn of these courts here. I went to one of the others and they were lovely….a woman Noemie helped me with my simple request." Chuckling she parts her lips then bows her head. "I shouldn't speak ill of others. I know some people are not fond of people that are not of your lands here….I just wish they would at least be respectful." An idle wave of her hand and she nods. "And you do not even know who I am for me to even speak of such events." A beat. "I am Ambassador Aziza Nimr…."

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Antoine nods a bit as he hears that. "Ah, I see," he replies, before he nods a bit. "Some of the people at the Rose Sauvage are quite nice, others can be a bit… different, I suppose." There's a brief pause and a smile at the introduction. "Quite understandable. It's a pleasure to meet you, Ambassador. I'm Antoine de Valais, Vicomte de Marcoux. Have you been in Marsilikos for long?"

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Aziza smiles. "I believe her name was Desarae…..but everyone else I've met there were so kind so it was jarring and off-putting…." Pursing her lips slightly Aziza seems to be in thought but pushes it away. "But I digress. It is a pleasure, Vicomte…" Bowing her head she smiles then. "And not long. I was attacked in northern Caerdicci and was brought her with what was left of my caravan. So it has been…not quite a week yet. I am recovering from he wounds incurred before I head on my way. Her Grace was so kind to take me in."

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"I don't know that one," Antoine replies at the mention of Desarae, before he nods again. Frowning at the mention of the attack, he watches her carefully, probably to check for visible injuries. "I'm sorry to hear that. Some parts of northern Caerdicci can be a bit rough, but a whole caravan being attacked?" Another brief pause, before he adds, "I hope you are recovering well."

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Aziza nods as she smiles slightly. "I have learned that. They looked like raiders or something. It was not pleasant….." Her hand moves to her side instinctively. Through that sheer fabric one can see upon her side there is a white bandage there. "Yes it was….unfortunate. I never expected for such a thing to happen while trying to make treaties and the like."

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Nodding a bit slowly, Antoine frowns a bit. "Unfortunately there are always some people who would be preying on others like that. I wish it was not so, but it seems the more we try to root it out, there are always someone acting like that."

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Aziza sighs a bit then smiles as she moves her hand from her side, clasping them in front of her. "But…I digress. This city is lovely and all in all so friendly. I am not sure how long I will be here but I will enjoy it. So far a couple of people outside of Her Grace have been showing me the city as they have time…."

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Antoine smiles, nodding as he hears that. "It is quite lovely. I must admit that until recently, I have only spent a little time here from time to time. I'm glad you get to enjoy it, even though the circumstances could have been better."

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Aziza nods a bit as she smiles at him warmly. "Are you going to the ducal court that is coming up?" A look of curiosity crosses her features as she tilts her head. "I will not lie….I am quite curious as to how court is held here. I love seeing how things are done in other places…"

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"The plan is to attend, yes," Antoine replies, nodding a bit. "And I would think loving to see how things are done in other places would be a good thing when you're an Ambassador." It's said with a smile, as he looks around the courtyard, then back to Aziza.

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Having been bid to join Aziza the veiled Marielle arrives in the courtyard. Since she was bid to the Ducal estate Marielle took the time to change into some of her more fancy veils and white gown. Which probably means they are just made from finer materials than her already finely created stuff. Even though her steps are demure and her mannerism comes off as shy there is something about her that speaks of confidnce. Marielle is a Courtesan, after all. Around the courtyard her gaze travels until she spots Aziza to to her the Alyssum moves. It is not until Marielle has gotten closer to Aziza that Antoine comes fully into focus, rather than as someone talking to Aziza. Marielle hd a mission and that was to draw to Aziza's side. The tell tale eyes of MArielle display the crinkle that indicates her smiling. For the moment she says nothing, not wanting to interrupt the pair.

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Making his way into the Courtyard of the Palace, Gauge d'Eresse, the Baron de Beaucare, and the Captain of La Silverback, has far to many titles these days and he also seems driven by a purpose. His steps are crisp and they chew up ground as the baron walks towards the guest tower. On the way though he is drawn to the movement of white and his steps slow as Marielle's destination also happens to turn Gauge's steps as well. A wry roguish grin slips onto his features as he examines Aziza, and then Antoine, and then Marielle. It is the formost that he ends up focusing on however, "Ambassador." His voice when he speaks is a gravelly deep rumble, rough with only a hint of silk behind it. "You have been busy." A chuckle follows and then he looks at Antoine, "Gauge d'Eresse, Baron de Beaucare." He introduces himself with a faint nod. Marielle gets a look towards the eyes and he smiles just a touch as he recognizes them.

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Aziza smiles softly as she nods. "Hence why I am wanting to understand the system of the Night Courts here more. I have come to understand that…." Her words are cut off as an ear seems to twitch as he hears steps. Turning slightly she sees Marielle and smiles warmly. "Ah! There you are! I was hoping that you would join me…." But not far behind her was Gauge, a slightly warmer smile as she bows her head. "My lord….busy? Of course not…" A beat. "Maybe slightly. I do need to get to know people now that I am able to walk around…." Grinning she just shakes her head a bit then looks to Antoine. "….forgive me. But I was saying I have come to understand that this is a religious aspect as well…"

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Antoine smiles, nodding a bit as he hears Aziza's words. And then Marielle appears, and he offers her a smile and a nod as well. There's a brief pause as he looks to the newly arrived Gauge, studying the man with a bit of a smile as he hears the introduction. "A pleasure to meet you," he offers, before he adds his own introduction. "Antoine de Valais, Vicomte de Marcoux. I hope you are well today." This last part offered to Marielle as well. He then nods a bit at Aziza's words. "Indeed."

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"You bid for my presence, my lady." says Marielle in that quite demure voice she deos so well, "How could I refuse you? Is there something I can do for you?" Then to Antoine and gauge she dips into a curtsy, her priority having been to meet the neeed Aziza bid her for. "It is a pleasure to see you again, my lord." This is to Antoine, "I am doing quite well. I hope you are as well?" Then to gauge, as he came up behind her, "It is good to see you again as well, my lord." That eye crinkling smile is given to him as well. Since Antoine covered the asking how Gauge is doing she does not repeat the questio.

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A hand is lifted in a two fingered salute from temple to air above by Gauge to Antoine, "It is a mutual, or communal, pleasure I am sure all around." He rumbles with an absolutely mischievous tone to his deep voice and he glances over Antoine for a few long moments before he looks back to Aziza and gives her a rakish grin, "I am pleased that you have not given up on la Cour de Nuit entirely, Ambassador, judging by your conversation topic and the company you have requested." He inclines his head to Marielle, "It is always a pleasure Marielle, I never got the opportunity to thank you for explaining the other day, our conversation helped immensely." He bows his head to Marielle, "And perhaps has opened my eyes to other venues." A softer smile at that follows before he turns his attention back to Antoine, studying him openly for a few moments.

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Aziza looks to Gauge with a soft chuckle, a tsk as she raises a hand. "I am not so quick to dismiss an entire group due to just one bad experience, Baron. What kind of person would that make me?" A playful wink then as she studies him for a moment then looking back to Marielle. She openly regards the woman then, as if contemplating something. A few words escape her in her native tongue but a hand raises to her lips as her kohl lined eyes look to the others. "Forgive me…I still slip back….." Turning her attentions back to Marielle she smiles warmly. "I wish to thank you for speaking with me the other day. It was eye opening…and have a small gift for you….if you will accept."

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"And you as well, Marielle," Antoine offers to the woman, with a smile. "I'm quite well. I had a few things to care of here, and when I stepped out again, I encountered the Ambassador." There's another brief nod offered to Gauge, as he studies the man in return. There's also a nod at Aziza's words, "One should never dismiss an entire group due to the actions of one person, that's true." Turning his attention to the two women again now.

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First Marielle responds to Aziza in the native tongue of the ambassador. THen in Marielle's native language, which is te one everyone knows, "You seemed to have need of someone, my lady, I am happy to have been able to fill the need you had." At the mention of the gift Marielle murmurs on, "You are far to kind to me, my lady." It is definitely not a refusal. Now, she responds to Gauge, "Helping understand the Night Court is part of what I do." Then to Antoine she focuses as well, "The ambassador is quite the delight to be around, my lord. I am happy to know that you have finished your work."

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"You are more patient than I in that regard Aziza." Gauge rumbles with a gravelly chuckle, "I have always had the pleasure of dealing with a singular group in one way for most of my life. The vagaries of politics and all of that are somewhat lost on me." He nods his thanks to Marielle, "I appreciate it nevertheless Marielle and would be interested in continuing that discussion at an appropriate venue in the future." When he turns his attention back to the group at large he smiles faintly, "I had come by in hopes to catch you and determine what you would be wearing to the Ducal Court that is coming up, so that I could match you in a show of solidarity. I am sure that there are those who also hold such… tendencies as was experienced earlier." He frowns, "They should be shown that such tendencies have consequences."

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Aziza winks to the Baron as she snaps a finger in the air. "It is learned I assure you…." At that a large Menekhet man - a guard - seems to come from another part of the courtyard. Seems she was never truly alone when she was out and about save for a few instances. As he steps over, there is a small box handed to her before he steps off back from whence he came. Turning she hands it over to Marielle with a smile. "It is something from my home…a simple token of thanks." When the young woman opens the box, it is smaller version of the Usekh collar she is wearing herself….thinner. Made of solid gold it is about only an inch wide, simple but elegant. After passing it to the woman, she turns to Gauge with a smile but her head tilted. "Oh. Well…I was able to have something similar made from home. I…can show you if you wish? I am now sure how to describe. As for tendencies….think nothing of it." A polite nod and she turns her attention to Antoine. "Not all the time no. I was on my way to the City of Elua when this happened. I have not written of Caerdicci either….it is just a lesson learned."

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"It's good to hear you have not written off the Caerdicci either," Antoine replies, before he nods a bit at the others. "I feel it's always good when some part of my business have been concluded. Means one less thing to worry about, after all." He looks to the gift that is given. "It looks quite lovely," he offers.

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"It is very lovely, my lady." says MArielle after she accepts the gift, her fingers sliding over it before the box is sealed once more and brought to her chest to be held there. Next to Gauge she looks and offers a dip of her head, "Of course, my lord. I am generally available at rose Sauvage." Her words probably indicate that she rarely ventures out to meet someoen rather than them coming to her House. to Antoine now, "The ambassador has exceptional taste."

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Aziza smiles softly to Antoine, nodding her head. "Of course not. Everyone has their one bad egg….can't fault everyone." A shrug as she then looks to Marielle. "Thank you. And sorry for asking you to come all the way out here…but I sincerely appreciate it. I do hope to come back and talk more with you more so at length. It's refreshing to hear my native tongue too….."

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Antoine nods a little as he hears that. "Some people, unfortunately, thinks that everyone's bad because one person is." A brief pause as he listens to what's said, he adds, "So many people around here speak so many languages. It is quite interesting." A smile is offered to Marielle at the mention of the Ambassador's taste. "That is quite true," he replies.

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"I am always happy to venture out for those who have need of me, my lady." It is not said, Marielle is far to polite and kind to say it, but there is a 'for certain people', or a like phrase in those words. "I'll be available for you, my lady." Provided she is not claimed by someone. To Antoine MArielle says next, "Your taste is exceptional as well, my lord. You have been spending time with the Ambassador." Gauge, for the moment, is left to do his thing. Though, Marielle is ever aware of him just in case.

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Looking at the gift when it is revealed, Gauge smiles at it and nods his agreement, "It is lovely." He rumbles, "Though that does make me wonder Marielle, how does one enjoy such gifts as a White Rose?" He asks her curiously, "Since it would detract from the visage of innocence in some respect? Though I would guess there may be… situations in which the type of innocence could be discussed?" He considers and then shrugs, "Perhaps a conversation for another time after all." He smiles with some amusement before he looks back to Aziza and nods, "I am pleased that you are still willing to observe some aspects of our religious practices Ambassador, I trust that future trips to the Salon will not be as… divisive." He inclines his head and then considers, "I will have to see it then, so that I can have something made to match, especially as time grows short on that front." He looks over at Antoine, "Some groups are all bad I am afraid. It may not be their fault in a sense, but as a whole… there is only one thing to do with Pirates as an example, and some other criminal elements."

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Aziza gives Marielle a wink then as she nods. "I will make sure not to drag you out of your salon….all of the time." Those kohl lined brown eyes look over to Antoine and nods. "I am noticing. I only speak my native one and three others….." A slight wave then as she looks to Gauge. "Well let me not keep you waiting if you wish to do such a thing. I will have my guard bring it down." With that, she speak up a bit more as she calls out in Menkhetan. It was almost melodic the way she spoke. Once again that guard moves and makes his way to that guest tower. Turning her gaze to the Baron she chuckles. "Mine did not take as long. At home these gowns are made of gold but I had to simulate it with beadwork and the like. My headpiece was salvageable and will wear those new bangles I bought here…."

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"True, some of them might be all bad, but those are not many, compared to the total groups of people," Antoine replies to Gauge, before he looks between the rest, offering a smile to Marielle at the mention of his taste. "Thank you." He offers a smile to Aziza as he hears the part about her native language and three others. "I only speak two in total myself, but someone offered to give me lessons in others should I require them."

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The veil cntinues to hide all but the eyes of Marielle as she once more turns to Gauge and says, "Like with what you seek in the Night Court it is how you interpet it." Into a small bag hidden among the skirts of her dress Marielle dips her hand. From it she pulls a second smaller pouch nd it is handed over towards Aziza, "I heard what happened with a Novice of my House, my lady. Though, I am but a courtesan and not of the aspect she is of.. I wished to gift you with a small token. Gratitude, perhaps? THat you wish to continue with spending time with me." Should Aziza open the pouch she will find a pale silver ring, the metal almost white, set with a wild rose made from, you uessed it, a white gemstone. Even the giving of a gift by Marielle has the sensation of being given so very shily. One might liken it to be a confession to a girl's first crush. Marielle is no shrinkign violet innocent but everything about how she plays up her house canon does very much imply innocence. Before Marielle can say more a Courtesan, one of the same inclinations as MArielle, comes up to her and whispers something. This gets a frown and a nod before she urges the person to be on their way. "It seems I am needed back at my Salon. I hope you'll forgive my quick departure." With a well done curtsy Marielle turns to slip off, after politely waiting for response.

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"Of course." Gauge rumbles softly to Marielle but then nods to Aziza, turning his attention off to the side as he waits for the guard to bring the garment down. "The heavy gold ones, if I recall correctly." He looks thoughtful for a moment but otherwise doesn't interrupt the giving of the gift or the departure of the white rose. He does however watch her depart with a small smile on his face, "She makes me consider that aspect of la Rose Sauvage more intently." He notes to Aziza, chuckling softly, "You have a very good eye Ambassador."

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Aziza takes that gift and blinks. A brow would raise as she looks it over but smiles slowly as she looks to the young woman. "You are too kind. This means a lot….I shall cherish it." Holding onto it tightly she bows to the woman once she makes her way out. Watching her she chuckles then looks to Antoine with a smile. "Well do tell me if you wish to learn something. If I know it and you wish, perhaps I can tutor you in such pursuits." Letting her gaze linger, she diverts her attention to the guard returning with the dress drapped over his arms carefully. Stepping aside, she motions to it causally as she nods to Gauge. "This is the gown. And yes normally gold but….I figured beads will do nicely for here…."

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Antoine watches Marielle heading off, before he looks back to Aziza. "I will keep that in mind," he replies with a smile. "Thank you." He nods as he listens to the others, looking towards the guard and the dress. "Quite nice," he offers.

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When the dress comes down and is shown Gauge asks, "Are you planning on wearing anything underneath it?" A bit of a playful smile there, "If not it will make quite the statement indeed." He considers it for a few moments and nods, "I am sure I can come up with something that will be suitable to match." He then adds after a few moments, "Did you have it in gold prior to the attack? I would love to see this on you in that as well. I wonder…" He hmms thoughtfully, "If I had known before now I could have seen about getting a version made in gold as you would have desired rather than beeds, still it is quite striking Ambassador, I cannot wait to accompany you in it." He asks, "What would be the traditional garment for a male escort to match be? I am trying to think of how to blend our cultures so I can be a bit of both that night."

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Aziza winks to Antoine but gives him a bow. "Of course…it'd be a pleasure." Looking to Gauge then she smirks slightly. "I suppose…..I should here. I'll have….something opaque sewn into it….maybe in the color of my skin tone." Looking the dress over she reaches out to touch the dress. "Thank you, Vicomte…it is well made…." Glancing to Gauge she chuckles. "Goodness no…..that is still back at home in Menekhet. I save that for court at home. I figured this would be nice for here." Exhaling she'd just chuckles a bit. "Thank you, Baron. But….such a gift…..the implications…." Smirking she then shakes her head a bit. "I…." There was a pause. "I'd have to sketch it out for you but I am sure anything you wear int he color scheme will be lovely."

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Antoine listens to the two with the dress, smiling a bit as he looks a bit lost in thought at the moment.

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"I am sure I'll come up with something fitting." Gauge says to Aziza with a chuckle, his voice is deep, growly, rough, but there is an edge of silk around those rocks. Aziza, Antoine, and Gauge are all in the Courtyard having a conversation. Well some are. Antoine is being quiet, but Aziza and Gauge are discussing a beedwork dress that a Menekhet guard is holding up to display for them. "What sort of implications?" Gauge asks Aziza, "After all, it is a cultural exchange, is it not? I would hate to offend or make an unwelcome gesture through simple ignorance on my part." He chuckles, "If I were to be asking for your hand in marriage with such a gift for example, then I would rather know about it before I do so." He chuckles, "Those things take planning."

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Sombra happens to be carrying various books with her in arms, it is a bit of her trademark to always have reading material or study things with her. Her eyes looking around the courtyard as she was on her way to deliver some things givens some of the sealed missives that accompany her bound with twine. As her eyes fall upon Antoine, she smiles and begins shift her walking direction to him instead of heading inside of the Palace. As she draws closer she offers a warm smile to Aziza and Gauge as she says "Good day my Lords and my Lady. I must say that dress is absolutely breath-taking. Pardon if I am intruding upon the conversation. I am Lady Sombra de Morhban, one of the Duchesse translators," offering a curtsy with her introduction to them. As she stands back up she says to Antoine with a growing smile, "And it is wonderful to cross paths with you once again Vicomte Antoine."

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Aziza nods as she watches Gauge for a moment. "If you wish we can sit down and speak about some of the fashions later this evening. I am not sure if it is your style but….maybe certain elements?" A brow raises every slightly before she slowly looks to Antoine. "The Baron is oh so kind to escort me to the ducal court. I was just going to go alone with my guards but someone suggested I do not. That I should get a courtesan or the like but the Baron de Beaucare volunteered to keep me company…." There was a lazy shrug but then as she hears another. Turning to see Sombra she bows her head then with a smiles. "A pleasure. Too bad you were not there when I arrived. I know that look of frustration as she heard my men speak but good thing I was conscious…." Exhaling she smiles. "I am Ambassador Aziza Nimr from Menekhet….." Motioning to the group she nods. "It's be grand if you join us…." At that she turns back to Gauge. "Oh I was merely joking at your comment about gifts before. It is not as serious to give a gift but depending on what it is….it does speak volumes. One must always be careful of gestures and body language."

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Having been lost in thought, Antoine is shaken a little out of that by Sombra's arrival. "Lady Sombra. It's wonderful to see you again," he offers, before he nods at Aziza. "That is very kind of him," he adds, before he grins at the introduction. "I don't remember if her language is among the hundreds or so you speak," he offers to Sombra.

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"Well that is good to know." Gauge rumbles towards Aziza with an amused smirk, "Gifts always have meaning, like the one you received just a little bit ago." He chuckles and looks at the dress again and then nods, "I would like to see those sketches sometime however." He turns his attention towards Sombra when she arrives and introduces hereself, giving a look towards Antoine to see if there might be introductions but… "I am Gauge d'Eresse, Captain of La Silverback, and Baron de Beaucare." He offers a polite nod to Sombra after the introduction. In the doing he takes a few moments to give Sombra an appraising once over from head to toe, "Always a pleasure to meet a Lady familiar with language and cultures of others. There are times when I have thought to learn another language but with my voice…" He rubs the scar at his throat lightly, "It is hard enough to speak just the one properly." He rumbles with a chuckle to follow and looks back to Aziza, "Kind? No Ambassador, I was lucky enough to get to you first and have it accepted. I have no doubt I will be the envy of everyone at Court that night."

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Sombra continues to have her warm smiles as she looks to Aziza and says "It is a pleasure to meet you Ambassador Nimr, and it is a pity I was not here when you first arrived. Also, I fear I do not know Menkhetan just yet but I would be willing to take lessons if you were willing to give them. Perhaps a language for a language? I currently can teach Caerdicci, Cruithne, Aragonian and Skaldic. I am currently working on learning a few others but not confident to attempt to teach them to another just yet." Her movements easily slipping in to join the group. Her gaze back to Antoine with a warm smile as she sweetly muses to him "Not hundreds, just 5 currently and soon hopefully to be 8 total once I get my fluency Flatlandish, Hellene, and Akkadian. And 9 if the lovely Ambassador is willing to teach me her native tongue." Her gaze then shifting to look upon Gauge as he speaks and responds "It is a pleasure to meet you Baron Captain d'Eresse." The tone sounding a hint unsure if that is the correct ordering for formal address though doing her best to try and not give that away. She then offers "I could still try to teach you one if you felt the longing for it. If I know it of course." Her gaze then looking back to Antoine as she inquires "Will you be attending the Court Viscomte?"

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Aziza chuckles a bit then. "Perhaps. There is another Vicomte that I had the pleasure of meeting….I believe his first name is Ezio…forgive me if I am wrong. He seemed rather disappointed that I already had someone wishing to accompany me to the court…but he did wish to take private lessons from me to learn Menkhetan. If you wish….I can try to spend a day of teaching if he does not mind another in the tutoring." That smile still gracing her lips as she looks to the woman. "And…that is very enticing. I may take you up on that regardless and we can have our own sessions." Looking over to Antoine she smiles then . "Very kind….." Those kohl lined eyes look to Gauge then with a smiles. "I am not so sure, Baron. Perhaps I may stain your reputation….me being not from here and all…." There was a slight sigh but she clears her throat. Looking to he guard, she passes him that ring that was gifted to her then motions for him to take everything back to her room.

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Antoine :grins at Sombra, "Well, closer to hundred than some other of us, yes?" He nods a bit as he listens to what's being said, before he nods at the question of attending court. "Unless something urgent happens, I will, yes. And I'm sure you will be there as well?" He glances around the courtyard, then back to the others. "It will be quite interesting, I'm sure."

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"I think I'd rather have a translator I can trust who can speak more eloquently than I can." Gauge rumbles in some amusement but he nods towards Sombra, "It is still an impressive thing. Learning so many languages." He studies Sombra again, "Baron is fine, or Lord I suppose. It used to just be Captain but things change." He rumbles towards her with a chuckle before he nods towards Antoine, "I am sure it will be quite interesting. If not it will be a horribly boring night so here is to hoping for the former." Last, but not least, Gauge looks to Aziza and smiles, "Would you care to show me those sketches Ambassador? I fear time is of the essence on that respect, with Court coming so very quickly."

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Sombra's smile grows as she looks back to Aziza and says "I wouldn't mind sharing lessons and would be more than happy to arrange for whichever languages you wished to learn for our own sessions." And she catches a glimpse of the ring being sent away and she seems to look upon it with a thought of happiness though seems to distract herself from it rather quickly as she looks back to Aziza and comments "And not all of us are… adverse to foreigners. I am not but I have a love for languages and a curiosity about other lands." She looks to Antoine and agrees "That I suppose is true. And I will be at court yes. And I am sure it will." To Gauge's comment she laughs softly and says "Baron then and I can easily be a translator for you if you need it, assuming the Duchesse is not in need of me of course." At the mention of sketches to looks to Antoine with a smile.

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Aziza looks over to Gauge and smiles a bit. "Very true. You did wish to compliment my attire so I better show you these sooner than later. Would you like to head to a cafe or the like to see them? I can go retrieve them as well then we can decide where…." Offering her hand as if to take his arm she then looks to Antoine. "It was a pleasure to meet you, Vicomte but I should be gracious enough to assist since he is gracious enough to accompany me to the court." Those brown eyes look to Sombra then with a smile and bows her head. "It was great meeting you as well. I hope to see you soon and if not very soon, then at the court." With that she would wait for a response then followed suit with Gauge.

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Antoine nods at what's being said. "Interesting, but not too interesting, of course," he offers a bit lightly. He nods again at Aziza's words, "Of course, Ambassador. It was a pleasure to meet you, and I hope we will meet again." He then smiles at Sombra. "I hope you are well today, my lady."

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Gauge offers his arm to Aziza when she reaches a hand out towards him, "I apologize for stealing the Ambassador away," He rumbles, but his tone is not exactly really apologetic either, "It was a pleasure to meet you both. I am sure it won't be the last time and as she has said," He gestures towards Aziza, "We will doubtlessly meet again at Court this weekend." He nods towards Antoine and then adds to Sombra, "I will keep that in mind, should I ever need a translator my Lady." Looking to Aziza he inclines his head, "You have sketches of matching clothing already done?" He asks curiously with a smile that follows. "I am sure we can come up with a suitable location for the perusal of such." He then nods to the others and then asks, "Shall we?" To Aziza before they start to head towards the guest tower to get the drawings.

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Sombra offers warmly to Aziza "It was wonderful to meet you as well and I hope to see you before court as well, perhaps we could a nice chat over wine or tea, whichever your preferece." To Gauge she says "I can forgive such a stealing Baron, it was lovely to meet you as well. And I look forward to translating should you be in need." To Antoine she kindly says "I am well indeed, I trust I have found you well?"

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