A Tourney and a Favor?
Summary: Solon asks his mother about having a tournament in Phylon's Coliseum and about lady's favors.
Date: 07/Sep/2013
Related: (Log Forthcoming)
Solon Kallista 


13 Sep 3013 — Phylon


TO: Kallista.Cindravale@Phylon
FROM: Solon.Cindravale@Phylon
SUBJECT: Tournament & Other Matters

Lady Mother,

I write to you this day regarding a meeting that I just had with Senator Alistair Hartcliffe of The Roar and Young Lady Ashleigh Grantham. It seems that they are working on putting together a tournament for charity, but they needed a venue and other support.

I have put the Coliseum on Phylon on the table as such a venue and ask that you support this endeavor. House Grantham has offered to pay a percentage of the costs, asking only that they receive an equal percentage of the receipts for them to use for charitable purposes on Ignis. This is a noble endeavor, and even though they are not our vassal, I believe that this could create a bond between our house and House Grantham.

Further more, I would ask that we bolster the percentage they receive by an additional five percent on the strict conditions that this money be used to aide families of veterans who have sacrificed during our current war.

There would be benefits to House Cindravale, of course. The prestige of hosting a tourney, the influx of visitors to Phylon to spend money in our shops, our restaurants, and other entertainment venues, as well as the possibility of being victorious in various contests.

You know me well enough to know that what I am about to say is no boast, but I have every confidance that a member of House Cindravale will win the joust. We do have the best mounted knights in all of Haven, and I believe that we could convince a winner of noble birth to donate a large portion of their winnings to charitable causes (I, of course, would donate my entire portion should the Six bless me with victory).

Should this proceed, I have one additional item that I would like your opinion on. I take tournaments and the atmosphere around them with the utmost seriousness. I do not know what your plans are for me regarding marriage, but I trust in your judgement. Always.

I would ask if you have a name in mind for a lady who's favor I should seek. If not, would you have objections if I asked for the favor of Lady Eirene Volen?

Always your loyal and faithful son,
-Solon


14 Sep 3013 — Phylon


Solon,

I am willing to offer up the Coliseum for this purpose, however it is impossible for House Cindravale to give the needed funds to support an event at this size without recouping some of the expense. There will be costs that we must cover, and since we already provide a substantial amount of funding to support our less fortunate Citizens in Phylon, these costs will have to come out of those set aside for other projects such as infrastructure and the war effort.

The Lady Marah Grantham is not a fool, and nor should we be. While we have set aside funds for the influx of refugees that will undoubtedly end up in Phylon, those funds will be sorely stretched by the war as it is. We will need our own recovery in the wake of this expense, as in typical tournaments, the House that hosts would receive the majority of the entrance fees. I request that you arrange with Senator Hartcliffe on a suitable sum that should come to House Cindravale to be dispersed to those of Phylon who are also in need. Social defense is just as important as martial.

I would also suggest that you inquire of Senator Hartcliffe exactly where these funds are intended to go. If they are to support Leonnidan poor, it would behoove him to look to House Leonnida for support. If House Cindravale steps in to defend the poor of House Leonnida on a regular basis, it will weaken the rule of that House, which we cannot afford in this time of war.

As to a favor and a betrothal, you may ask a favor of any Lady of good repute that you wish, son of mine. While I will of course have to address the issue of your betrothal at some point, I have thus far been allowing us both to focus on the war. If you wish me to begin an active search for a match for you, I can certainly do so.

Your Loving Mother


14 Sep 3013 — Phylon


Mother,

I believe I may have not put forward as many details as I should. Pardon me for this, I admit to a feeling of some… delight… at the idea of participating in a joust. It is undoubtedly one of my strongest personal failings.

The Senator has made it clear to me that monies raised would be given to help the current and future needs of hospitals in the Vale. I will speak to him about how percentages can be arranged between Phylon and what percentage House Leonnida wishes to contribue (and what percentage of the final fees we can offer in return for the same charitable endeavors).

As to matters of betrothal, again I trust in you in this matter. If you think it is the time for a search to begin, thus shall it be. I too would like to focus on the war and defending both the people of the Vale, and the people of Haven. I simply did not want to risk making a faux pas in a public venue. Despite my best efforts to the contrary, I know I have built up an image, and it behooves me to act in a manner that does not go against it.

I shall speak to the Senator once more and shortly. Until then, I thank you for your quick response, Mother.

Your loving and dutiful son,
Solon


14 Sep 3013 — Phylon


Solon,

There is a reason that I have gradually given you responsibilities, and will continue to do so. I have no intention to just throw you into the awaiting jaws that is being a High Lord. Through our communication, you gain expertise in these things. Remember, the training you had as a knight still applies to your training as a Head of House. Alexandros did not suit you up and throw you out into the heat of battle before first teaching you what you need to know to survive. Social survival may require a bit more finesse.

Perhaps it is time I start exploring the avenues of your betrothal. If you wish me to begin my search in House Volen, then I will. Please be patient, as these things are best taken in stride and not rushed, else you fall to the same fate as Jevon's son.

Love,

Your Mother


14 Sep 3013 — Phylon


Mother,

I understand completely, the lessons you continue to provide me are ones I will hold dear for the rest of my life. I will leave it up to you to determine what you think is best House Cindravale, because I can make you a promise right here and now. Actually, consider this a solemn vow. No matter who you pair me with, I will not disohonor you, House Cindravale, or even myself by finding myself in a similar position to the events of which you speak.

I will do what is required of me to ensure the continued honor and prosperity of House Cindravale. I once read that "it is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles."

You have bestowed upon me this title as Heir, Mother.

I will honor it by doing whatever duty is required of me.

Solon


4 October 3013 - Phylon


Solon,

It has been some weeks, and I have finally been in contact with the High Lord Volen. I put forth an official request for a betrothal to his daughter, the Lady Eirene, and after some time he has accepted. As we are both very busy people with House business to tend to, it will take more time still to work out the details of the agreement. I will notify you when it is time to post the banns, but for now be content with the beginning of a contract.

Love,

Your Mother


4 October 3013 - Phylon


Mother,

I find myself in the unique position of not knowing exactly what to say. I admit that I quite enjoy the time that I have spent so far with Lady Eirene, but I did not think that this would all happen so quickly!

I am content with your decision though as I believe the Lady Eirene will make a good addition to our House.

You have given me much to think on, but also something to look forward to.

Thank you, Mother.

Your Loving Son,
Solon

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License