Sixteenth of Bloom
Olive Mollin and Valon Sarqhardt left the Fairbanks Hall of Justice expecting to face an indignant crowd, only to find that the streets were still with townsfolk looking fearfully into the sky. White lights like stars winked sporadically in and out of existence in the afternoon, though it was still mid-afternoon. Bewildered, the two hurried to the cathedral, where Olive asked to accompany Valon when the army departed. Olive returned home at sunset to an awkward family dinner. Business for the Mollin family stall remained bad – a fact for which Reyna Mollin seemed to blame Olive – and Bennet Mollin had been conscripted for Sir Optimus Darhel‘s levy. Reyna and Bennet had considered purchasing a spear for Bennet, but did not have the coin. Bennet blamed his absence from Olive’s trial and imprisonment on being busy with constructing the jousting pitches for Lord Darry’s tournament.
Philippa Darry passed a pleasant evening with her household as Connor Darry read to her from one of his favorite romances. As the two prepared for bed, they discussed again Philippa’s conversation with Carolina Darren earlier that day, during which Connor pledged to ask his wife’s permission before implementing any more of Lord Darren’s sex advice. This topic of conversation led Connor to deduce that one of their household must be a spy for House Darren. Connor reported that preparations for the tournament proceeded apace, with 298 knights and men-at-arms signed up – including Lord Darry himself – for a total of 300 rounds of competition. Lady Darry, with the help of her daughters-in-law, has organized three jousting pitches which will each host ten matches a day, so that the tournament may be concluded in a week.
At Interlude, Connor and Philippa awoke for another romantic encounter. Olive, meanwhile, snuck off to the Fairbanks sewer to see if further smuggling was planned. While her partners in crime were absent, she noticed four stars moving west to east through the sky in a broken cross formation. Disturbed, she rushed to the cathedral to ask Valon what to do.
Unbeknownst to her, Valon had asked Xanders Darren‘s permission to access the cathedral’s vault of proscribed and heretical tomes, and spent the night laboriously reading a book on astropathy in an attempt to discover the meaning of the stars in the afternoon sky. Olive showed him the traveling stars in the night sky, and was horrified to see him clutching the astropathy tome – though Valon assured her that astropathy was not technically heretical, her eyes hurt even to look at the book. Disturbed and uncertain what to do, the two resolved immediately to seek out a red priest who happened to be staying in town.