The Realms / Folkwood Questing Recap and Opinions
In the early fall of 1018, Sir Shean, among soldiers of Blackwood and other people of the Realms, participated in a campaign against Shape Changers and the Gray Lady were an incident transpired resulting in a conflict. Lord Sir Shean was allegedly assaulted on charges of treason against the Realms. Details on the accounts differ. The first article on the subject to reach "The Ambassador" press came from Sapphire Isle, a small island barony off the coast of the Realms.
The article was quickly responded to by Lord Jean-Louis Charles Alexandre van Heutse Weinveld, the Voice of the West who condemned the actions described in the article based on the information he had been presented at that time. This, in turn, fueled the fire of conflict and put into question the very status and position of Sir Shean as what, the East Blackwood Embassy, has described as Head Ambassador to the Realms.
Opinion - Sapphire Isle
Attacks from Voraniss, Chimeron, and Gau Dring
In the evening hours of the event titled, "Folkwood Questing", Vernice of Sapphire Isle sat down for the evening with Sir Shean O'Quinnlin, Lord of Creathorne and Head Ambassador of the Realms Embassy. She was coming to check in on a young woman who had asked for asylum in Sapphire Isle, to make sure she was well. Sir Shean was seated at a table outside of the local tavern when suddenly a mob of armed men and women arrived.
Within this crowd were members of the tribal pack Voraniss, the nation of Gau Dring, and the kingdom of Chimeron. They came forward with charges that Sir Shean committed crimes against the Realms. They claimed that Sir Shean actively tried to thwart their progress to destroy their enemies throughout the day, and take items needed to complete a ritual that would have ended their conflict.
Sir Shean denied all charges, saying that their information was skewed and untrue. He also showed proof that during the day he obtained a time assassins ledger, a northern paladin's helmet, and personally killed a time lord while others with him killed time assassins thus damming a "Gray Lady's" plans. The arguments continued for some time, and meanwhile a threat - said to be a warning - was sent out that if anyone was innocent in this act, that they should leave now. Vernice knew that Sir Shean was unarmed, so, therefore, there was no reason for anyone to attack him since he posed no threat to anyone's life. In fact, many men of Blackwood - one being Lord Bones - were even asked by Sir Shean to stand down, but refused to leave him and protected him from the armed angry mob.
After some time of the accusations and negotiations not moving forward, Sir Shean got up from his place at the table to go into the tavern and get a cake to share with those around him. Vernice who had been sitting beside him watched as Sir Shean got up and moved in front of the table and therefore in front of her. It was then, that Voraniss and Chimeron attacked an unarmed Sir Shean. The attack was unprovoked and unnecessary since there was no threat made to anyone's well being. It is unclear if Gau Dring made any motions to attack, as Lako was seen staying out of the fight. Vernice who did not join in the fight and remained seated at the table was also attacked even though Sir Shean was in front of her and some distance away, also unarmed and also not attacking or inciting any violence. Sir Shean once again said that the charges were false and that the seer spells used that day to accuse him were skewed, and in the end, went into the tavern to serve cake for all... but the mob left while he was cutting and serving it. Vernice has made it clear that due to the unprovoked attack, that she will be making the Baroness, Sayeh, aware of what happened when she returns from Mythodea.
- Vernice of Sapphire Isle
Opinion - Western Seal
Condemnation of Aggression Against Diplomat
This is a reaction to the events between Sir Shean O'Quinnlin, Lord of Creathorne, Head Ambassador of the Realms, and a mob composed of a tribal pack Voraniss, the nation of Gau Dring, and the kingdom of Chimeron.
It should be obvious that in international politics ambassadors and diplomats play a pivotal role, and that diplomatic privilege is an integral part of not only the upholding of relations between realms and kingdoms but also one of the keystones of a self-respecting, civilized nation.
The Western Seal of Mythodea wishes this to be known: Any affront to this privilege is unacceptable, detestable and to be strongly condemned. While this does not only count for the case of his Excellency Sir Shean, this is the latest example to show us that diplomatic privilege should be supported and defended at any cost. The Western Seal urges the parties responsible to take action: To prevent any further infringement on the privilege of appointed diplomats and to punish accordingly any perpetrators past, present, and future.
- Lord Jean-Louis Charles Alexandre van Heutse Weinveld,
In name of his Majesty the Archon and her Holiness the Nyame, Lord Voice of the West, etc, etc, etc
The response we received in counter to the claims of Sapphire Isle and the condemnation written by the Voice of the West, details the events as seen by Lakomasoi Nuntiak the Lord of Gau Dring. Lako also describes the state of magic within the Realms which is often in sharp contrast to other lands such as Mythodea. Here at The Ambassador, we feel it is important to suggest that the actions described as „killing someone“ is more akin to an attack on them as typically the state of „death“ does not become permanent as it does in other lands as the magic that flows through the Realms is strong and steady.
Opinion - Gau Dring
Letter to Jean-Louis of the Western Seal of Mythodea
Lord Jean-Louis Charles Alexandre van Heutse Weinveld,
As Lord of Gau Dring and the speaker for those events which took place, let it be known the acts taken against Shean O'Quinnlin, who was not at this time acting as a Diplomat or ambassador to the Realms, but rather as another adventurer with us that weekend. Our actions were in response to an offense taken against the Nations represented there. The day and night this aggression happened Shean was responsible for the destruction of several Shrines of the locale we were in, as well as weakening the powers we were using to fight a common enemy.
Later that night he was seen by myself and others to be communicating with an enemy attempting to barter a deal with them for his own means. As the night progressed we found ourselves in a large field fighting a pack of Shapechangers who are in essence corrupted Were-creatures. This is an ongoing enemy we have had a number of larger fights with and have not come out on top. This night we had the chance to weaken this foe, through Shean's actions of theft we were left without needed materials to complete our task. He had taken needed artifacts and left us in a field fighting this enemy for 2+ hours, none knew these pieces had been stolen.
It was after we had failed in our endeavor and the Enemy had become stronger than we learned we had been betrayed. As a collective four separate groups gave over Magics and resources to learn what had gone wrong, each group was given the same conclusion. Shean O'Quinnlin had been the one to steal the artifacts needed and left with them.
After discussing how to handle the situation the Nation of Voraniss, Gau Dring, and Chimeron decided to take action. We found Shean at the local tavern enjoying himself with his nation and friends. We confronted him with our information and informed those around that if things were to turn into fighting they should remove themselves if they saw fit, a number of people did. After questioning him and again casting magics to confirm our information, Shean was asked very directly if he had stolen the artifacts, and he refused to answer. He was given the option of a truth serum, which he refused to take.
In short, he was given every opportunity to clear himself of a matter the Gods, the Stars and the Threads of Reality had confirmed for us took place. He did not opt for that route, it was at this point through no ease of my own I called for his death. Now I understand customs in other realms and worlds may be different than our own, however, in the Realms the custom in a situation like this is to not ask questions, to not give the person the chance to answer. Instead in our lands, it is very Custom to kill someone outright and destroy their body to where the soul can no longer recognize it and is sent to the afterlife. Our three Nations opted out of that.
I chose not to have Shean's body destroyed in this fashion, this is in recognition of the Knighthood at the time I believed he was part of, it is against their tenants to destroy a body in such a manner. I have since been informed he is not part of this knighthood. However we as a group could not let it slide the act that was taken against us, we ensured that his Nation members who died defending them were either knocked out instead of dying or were brought back to life. No adventurer there stopped Shean from being brought to life and none kept him down afterward and he was allowed to go on with his night. For the threat of death, destruction and potential slavery that Shean enacted on us, we gave him five minutes of time in death.
Those Groups gathered there are working toward a better Realms, one where swinging the sword is not the first response, one where we all work together toward a common goal. Shean is a from an older Realms, where death and swords are the first and usually only language known to anyone he deems beneath him. These thoughts are a relic of the past and we work toward a place where thought and word are what come first.
It has been brought to my attention that our lands work differently when it comes to the ways of death, magic and the influence of Gods. Please understand in our lands people can die every day and be brought back to life with ease, this can be done hundreds of times without exhausting the person being killed or the one raising. As for our Magics they are plentiful and powerful, many of us myself included have direct connections with our gods and can use our wide array of magics to garner insight and truth. We have seers who can use their magics to delve into situations to find out what really happened. I myself am able to see the threads of reality and see how things take place, my High Mage is able to divine information from the stars. Please understand that we did everything within our powers to confirm this information to be true.
Lord of Gau Dring
Solitaire of Harlequin
Herald of Aerst, The First Reality Dragon
Shortly after the publication of Lakomasoi Nuntiak's response to the Voice of the West, Sir Shean had this to say on the subject.
Opinion - Sir Shean
Letter to the people of Mythodea
Dear Residents of Mythodea,
I write as a personal response to articles written concerning actions take agents me personally not as any attack on The Realms Embassy or diplomatic issues as a whole. Some of what has been communicated is very incorrect and actually lies to cover up improper actions.
In Response to any allegations to any actions of myself alone working agents The Realms are untrue. I stand by every answer I gave at the "inquisition" in front of the tavern in Folkestone. I was asked to take a poison which I refused because all poisons KILL YOU. It is a poison not a serum all poisons I have ever ingested have always killed me that is why I do not take them. "If it has come to the point of taking a poison, nothing I say can change your opinion". Spells can be cast to get specific answers, answered the way they want, to get the answers they seek. But simply a spell can be cast and just asked if I lied at any point of the inquisition and lets go with that answer.. I did not refuse to answer any questions, I did not steal anything. NOTHING I quested [for] and got was ever asked for me to give to anyone. I had 3 nations come up to me and accuse me of working against "The Realms" where they do not work with anyone outside of their small mindedness not seeing the BIG picture of any of their actions. They swung on me when I had no weapons and showed no aggression. They attacked me when I got up and announced I was going into the tavern to get cake and moved to the front of the table. They demanded people get up and leave the table or they would also be swung on, no one got up and left as the letter claimed. The ones that did stand up and take out weapons "I" asked to please stand down. They refused to do so because they saw what was happening to be wrong. I did not attack anyone; I did not have any weapons to do so.
I was also accused of hitting an alter with a weapon "We saw you hit it with a weapon" where I did not "I" personally took apart carefully the alter encase It was wrong to do so and it could easily be re assembled. Instructions we have been given how to do by the forest keeper the year before for tainted alters having Salt on top of the soil and I confirmed we had done the right thing when I saw him in the woods that day. I was confronted by Voraniss "Did you touch any alters?" after that [I] admitted to what I had done and had been threatened to not touch alters or "it will come to blows". I did not Touch any other alters the rest of the time in Folkestone because I was far too busy to do so not because of the threat. But the Chimeronions that lied, I called out as telling lies no matter what their rank was /is and stand behind calling them out for lying 100%.
"I" supposedly was working against The Realms all day where in fact I was with the Knights of the Steward supporting them and a nation member who is the Knight Commander of that Knighthood where I personally killed the Time Lord and, as a group, we killed the Time Assassins and Recovered the Northern Paladins Helm and the ledger thus weakening the efforts of those supporting the Gray Lady and supporting The Realms more than most who did anything that day. I was able to show that evidence and had witnesses to back up what I had said most being Knights and or Squires of an order other than the one I am part of.
It was very clear when the mob arrived no matter what was going to be discussed I was going to be attacked. Nothing I was going to say was going to clear my name or anything I was going to be accused of doing. I was given a heads up the mob was coming and [I] could have run. I was told that they discussed in a field how nothing was going to stop them from attacking me. I Stayed to face the mob with NO weapons, although I do come from a time where attack first and ask later was a time. I have been working hard to use other means and was the one attacked not attacking...
What has happened since: I have spoken with the Leader of Voraniss and now Creathorne and Voraniss have a non-aggression Treaty, I believe the same as they have with Blackwood now. We also discussed how the mob was incited and coordinated by 1 person who had asked Veranis to back him up. They did not know the big picture and what all had transpired that quest.
Sir Shean O'Quinnlin
Lord Of Creathorne
Knight of Dragonsbane
Knight Commander of the Order of Red Dragons
Knight Commander and Founder of the Knights of Creathorne.
Guild Master of The Realms Embassy
As of this time the conflict has appeared to die down. Sir Shean is alive and well and the conflicts between Creathorne and other nations of the Realms has been returned to its pre-conflict status. The Ambassador received another perspective on the subject from Lord Valur „Bones“ Gurg of Idaris and the Squire Tempest of Voraniss which paint a different picture than the one described by both Sapphire Isle and Gau Dring. It is fair to say that the truth likely rests with the gods. We at The Ambassador do not seek to make any claims to the accuracy of these stories as they were not experienced first hand by The Ambassador staff. Instead, the articles herein have been opinion pieces written from various parties of the conflict. We wish only to keep our readers as informed as possible while providing an outlet for international communication.
Thank you from your The Ambassador staff