Volume 4 – Firemane Clan
Chapter #111 – The Dare Dragon Group
“I said NO! I will never call it that way!”
“Why do you always say no to the names I come up with!”
“I have a new idea!”
“The Horny Drago…”
“Zip it, Jon!”
“I love that band, leave it out of this!”
“We said no like a hundred time already!”
“Golden Dragon Trading Company!”
“I have read that name in some Chinese novel before!”
“Feels like I heard it somewhere!”
*knock knock knock*
Trudvar went to open the door.
“Boss, a Courier!”
“Let him in!”
A few seconds later, a short guy came into the room following Trudvar!
“I’ve been looking for you. Got something I’m supposed to deliver – your hands only.” He mumbled a bit while looking in his bag, “Let’s see here… ah! A letter!”
“A guy called himself Iacko! Creepy fella, dressed in an orange suit and a gas mask, holding a flame thrower!”
Jon paid the Courier and sent him on his way.
After opening the letter he saw this![The Dare Dragon Group]
“Looks like we got ourselves a name, everyone!” I said and showed the letter to the others.
“Oh! The Boss name and the word ‘Dragon’! How couldn’t we think of that before!”
“Well! Let’s go with that name from now on.” Jon declared while standing up.
Everyone stood up and congratulated each others.[A/N: Special Thanks to Iacko for suggesting the name! Thanks for all who suggested the other names too. Iacko won by the score of 24 likes!]
We finished the meeting in the ‘Sea Mist Manor’ at evening and everyone went on his way. The town was exhausted as everyone were contributing in today’s fight. Everything was quite and peaceful.
Tomorrow, Jon Dare decided to hold a funeral for the brave soul that departed to Sovngarde, may Kyne guide them!
“What do you think, Alina?” Svakin who was with me the whole time finally spoke. It is rare for him to call me by my name.
He used to do so a long time ago when we were young. It has been a while.
“What do I think about what, Svakin?” I answered as my head was having a hard time focusing on one issue.
“I mean what do you think about Jon Dare, the situation of Winterhold, that company he intends to build, and everything!”
“Sigh! Where should I begin?” I said as I started to feel a real headache from thinking about his questions.
I kept walking until I reached the stone bridge of the College and didn’t stop until I reached a point were I can see the sea clearly.
It was lit by the moonlight and felt beautiful.
“There are many things I want to know myself, Svakin! To many questions that needs to be answered about him.”
“Can I get your opinion at least!”
“Cousin! You’re asking for a lot.” I turned my head and saw him smiling.
Guess I’ll answer.
I remembered the face of the tall young man who has a long red hair and an small early beard. He was wearing a strange fur armor and wore an open sleeveless robe. Pretty stylish in my opinion.
“I think he is an interesting person. He is a powerful mage who is always prepared to go on frenzy to save his town. Let’s assume that his theory of magic is far advanced beyond the Flame Atronach variations and the Mysticism spell casting. He is proficient in Destruction as you could see the way he landed from his Flame Atronach Hawk like a bolt of lightning. He can use the Thu’um too, which I am not sure where he could learn it if he doesn’t belong to High Hrothgar or a Hidden Clan already. But regarding the rest if his personality, it is not bad at all. He is not afraid but he is very careful. He loves to do things with style but not too lavish himself.”
“How honest he is?”
“Not honest at all! Haha!” I said as I remembered that moment!
“When they told him about the management work that needs to be done, he looked composed but he was crying in his heart! He probably suggested the company idea to get rid of that workload. I bet he will only make the big decisions and sit back to watch the work gets done by others.”
“Haha! I like the way he thinks! But what do you think about this company.” Svakin said.
“It will work! He seemed already able to make it happen. He said some ideas that felt rather strange but he put down a goal to every department in the company with a future plan and a lot if upgrading options. The type of cooperation he intends to make is almost as if he is trying to make a company of investment to control other smaller companies and make a firm reign over them. I don’t know how he managed to buy the Jarl but let’s try to say that he is having the Jarl as his puppet now. So making such a company is actually stepping into the right direction as taking the role of the ‘Shadow Jarl’.”
“Shadow Jarl! There is something like that?”
“Well, there are the Silver-Blood in Markarth and the Black-Briar in Riften. They are the Shadow Jarls!”
“And now, Jon Dare is the Shadow Jarl of Winterhold?”
“The Company will take a lot of rights from the Jarl for most of the lands, mines, and everything in the Hold.”
“Our lands is in the hold! And the Firemanes should have a say in this too. This town used to be theirs once!”
“True! Before the ‘Great Collapse’, Grandpa Turmond Firemane used to live here. But after it, things changed, Svakin. The people have the right to live and the Firemanes has no say in this place anymore!”
“You just don’t like the Firemanes!” Svakin said.
“Humph! I don’t hate them but I am not forced to get marry someone I don’t know just because he is six feet tale, has a curly red hair and walks around with an animal sidekick…” Somehow I didn’t want to continue.
“Hey! Doesn’t Jon Dare fit that description.” Svakin said what I just thought of.
“Yes, I just realized it. Thank you for pointing it out!”
“He is not a Firemane, right?”
“I know all the Firemane kids! They are not interested in anything but Fire, big weapons, Fire again, ships, more Fire, and raising beasts. Jon Dare is a Electromancer and a Conjurer! He is also a researcher which doesn’t fit the description of a Firemane male at all.”
“Yeah! I heard they are obsessed with the path of Dragonknights.”
“Of course they do! Put any thing that burns in front of them and you will be their favorite person in the world!”
“Hahaha! You really don’t like them.”
“Let’s just get going before… what is that?”
I was about to say something but I saw something in the sea, something is burning!
Looking at the direction, I used ‘Far Vision’ spell that master Nurina gave me and I saw… the Bloodsail ship that we left in the sea… it was burning.
Who did that?
I increased the Magicka output to see further ahead.
After stabilizing the vision, I saw another large ship next to it.
Some men were burning the Bloodsail ship and killing the people we left on it.
It was brutal.
I combined ‘Far Vision’ with ‘Night Vision’ and saw something I didn’t want to see.
“Damn you, Svakin!”
“You kept saying ‘Firemane this’ and ‘Firemane that’ look who we conjured this time!”
“Don’t tell me! The Firemanes!”
“… who else, icebrain?”
“Ysmir! Let me see, let me see!”
I cast ‘Night Vision’ and ‘Far Vision’ on him.
“Oh! That’s indeed a Firemane Ship! ….. hmmm! Crimson Moon, do you know which ship is that? I saw it once before.”
“Which ship is that?”
“This is… this is the ‘Guilty Crown’!” Svakin said in hesitation.
“*glub* thE Guilty Crown?”
“Yes! The most damned ship in the Sea of Ghosts. The ship of your most favorite Firemane!”
Oh crap! Kyne, do something about this!
“Svakin! Where is the farthest end of Nirn?”
“Maybe locking your chamber is the best way to solve it this time! You know she always catches you!”
“NA! DON’T WANNA! I will run! No, I will go to master Nurina and sell my soul to her! Jon said it may work.”
“Your call, my lady.”
Everyone went home except for Wulfur and Elishka!
Elishka showed me the new hot tub that I requested to be built in the underground area.
There was also some bags of gold that I had to move in the vault.
The place got some remodeling and it was rather nice.
I also found some of Wulfur’s works lying around in the training room.
He made some tools that I asked for, trapping harpoons, crossbows, hand ballistas. Most of them were still under the prototype category.
To tell the truth, I was trying to make some anti dragon weaponry but after I met with Paarthurnax, all that work will go down the drain.
I still need to examine some Dwemer machinery to get an impression of how they made the automatic reloading crossbows.
Lastly, the magic cannons on the Gunship weren’t effective as I thought! Which means they are useless against dragons.
I need to remake the designs once again.
Last time I focused on rate of fire but this time let’s not worry about that and make it into something absurd.
I also added a design for a new magical weapon, it is the good old ‘Tesla Tower’.
“I will go speak with Jarl Korir tomorrow and get his consent for providing us with a long term investment contract and a monopoly of some crafts over the hold. I hope you prepare as much work force as possible!”
“Yes! I already have few choices! Hmmm …. are we going to meet in my office anytime soon?”
“Oh!” I turned to look at Elishka who was smiling at me.
I held her from her waist and pulled her to me. She is now a lot shorter than before!
“I also was thinking about coming, you know!”
I was about to flirt with her but I heard some noise upstairs.
“Not now, Elishka! The universe is not giving its consent!”
“Hehe! Fine, I’ll be busy the next couple of days so let’s celebrate the new year together!”
“Yes! Let’s just see what’s going on upstairs first!”
I went upstairs followed by Elishka and we arrived at the scene of Wulfur and Jullanar standing against each other and glaring at each other.
Don’t tell me!
I completely forgot…
“Jon! What is that girl doing here?” Wulfur shouted at me.
Opss! He is angry!
“Listen, Bro! I’ll explain everything! Just calm down!”
“How do you want me to calm down? This is the Assassin that went after you!”
“Assassin?” Elishka jumped back.
“I know! Just listen to the story and you will understand everything.”
“Does Nurina know?”
“Humph! Tell me everything from the start or else!”
“Fine! Fine! Jeez!”
I forgot that Wulfur has that motherly side.
I guess I’ll tell him everything!