Volume 6 – The Daedric Labours
Chapter #321 – The Assembly (2)
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A Light Screen appeared in the middle of the throne room of the Blue Palace, Jon stood by it and looked at the people around him.
As expected, undeveloped monkeys.
He pointed to the screen and series of images appeared.
“This is Winterhold.”
A map appeared on the Light Screen.
“This is The Pale and this is Hjaalmarch.”
The map expanded and some animated scenes started to appear.
“During the last month, Jarl Skald sent his cavalrymen to harass the Giants all around the pale driving them to migrate east towards Winterhold. We are not aware of the situation around in Hjaalmarch but I think some Giants surely appeared there. The western part of Winterhold is a well-monitored area that a lot of refugees come through and there are many rescue outposts stationed around. As the Giants were forced to leave their natural habitat, they mostly feel agitated and unsafe causing there normal calm easygoing nature to turn aggressive. We even witnessed Giants fighting over territory and let me tell you this, you don’t want to be between giants witnessing each other, see that poor guy, I don’t know how on Nirn this happened but once he took a giant club and was sent to Sovngarde… like literally sent up there to heaven, no one saw him landing.”
The Light Screen showed footage of a guard getting hit but a giant’s club and getting sent way up the sky.
At first, the people present saw the Light Screen and felt that it is not appropriate to make a magic show in front of the High King, turns out the magic show was a form of a presentation, then pictures showed up and everyone got interested in the magical device, the footage and sounds came from it and it was the last straw for them, they were totally focusing on the screen until the saw a Giant sending a man to the sky and got cold sweat.
That thing that Jon showed them was a famous bug from the game called [Skyrim Space Project]. Jon himself never thought that he would show something like that to the High King of all people.
“All in all, we are having serious problems with Giants sending people to the Sky. The world is going crazy! What else? Horses walking up walls of mountains? Well, we found a solution for the Giants by contacting the Druids from the Cult of Kyne and calling them over to talk some sense into the Giants as well as preparing places for them to settle. Winterhold is not really suited for that new kind of wildlife but we hope it brings changes for the better. Regarding the zealots being sent by the Cult of Talos, the populace in Winterhold and Neo Saarthal is Nordic but have been mixed really well with the other races such as Dark Elves, Wood Elves, Bretons and Imperials, believe it or not, we have some High Elves too and their backgrounds are clean and closely monitored. The zealots are mostly not that welcome in Taverns or public establishments but we keep them monitored and in check with a simple agreement to not go as far as to cause riots and problems, punishments are severe for the troublemakers so everything is going according to the system. We will be happy to lend a hand to Hjaalmarch if they ever needed to adopt our methods.”
Jon finished his presentation that included a lot of footages, diagrams, numbers and lots of videos. He finished, took the Light Screen back to the [Cube] with a single clap and returned to his seat.
“…” “…” “…” “…”
“That was…” Falk Firebeard spoke out of line then took out a paper and quill, “… Very Enlightening.”
He started to copy what all he noted. Some Imperial assistants also started copying what they saw and had some heated low conversations while glancing at Jon.
Jon’s plan was going smoothly, he had a lot in mind and this Assembly was a great place to forge many alliances as all he was doing as of late was just making enemies. He is the kind who like to hide his power and technology to keep them for himself but the Light Screen is not that much of technology to him even though who would see it for the first time would lose his/her marbles. Showing off ones hidden cards may be a bad thing but nations always showcase their strength and ability to solve problems for recognition. Being recognized by other strong individuals has many benefits and Jon was after those strong people.
By understanding what Winterhold and the Dare Dragon Company are capable of right now, it sure attracted a lot of attention. The High King for starter was now fully interested; Count Pavo, the Imperial Envoy was also looking at Jon as someone he needs to reassess; Thongvar Silver-Blood started to feel agitated with the new player that seemed to not be favoring Ulfric; Viarmo, the Bards College Headmaster was also reassessing Jon, Erikur was now holding a larger grudge at Jon for stealing the limelight and Jarl Siddgeir of Falkreath was glaring at Jon as someone who is younger than him and didn’t get embarrassed the way he got.
“Thane Jon Dare, that was amazing. Mind if we talk in the first break?” High King Torygg said.
The who were ready to talk with Jon as soon as the break starts were all glaring at him thinking ‘You are playing dirty just because you are the High King and beating us to him?’
“Of course, it would be my honor, my king.” Jon said.
“Good. Jarl Idgord, I think you can at least do something about the Zealots for now.”
“I will try, my king.”
“Good, the next matter we need to attend to will be the trades but that will be left for after the break. Viarmo brought many bards here so please, entertain yourself.” Torygg said and stood up walking away.
The Jarls and the Thanes as well as the Envoys and the people associated with the event all stood up and headed to the foot tables and the drinks that were prepared for the events. Jon was always fond of mammoth steak and there he found himself.
“I knew I would see you here.” A voice called for him.
“Oh, if it is not Miss Vici. How can I be of help?” Jon turned around to meet Vittoria Vici.
“You don’t miss a chance to steal the limelight, do you?”
“Part of the job, Miss Vici. The Face of the [Dare Dragon Company] should always be bright and glimmering.”
“Hehe! Good, you the type who will survive in a world of business but there are some things that you are missing.”
“Oh, please enlighten me.”
“You need friends, friends of friends and friends of friends of friends. Up until now, you managed to hole yourself up in Winterhold and swallow the big hunt all for yourself. Not sure how you managed to take Jarl Korir in your pocket but people are already flocking around him trying to hinder you. Don’t you think you should keep an eye on that?”
Jon and Vittoria turned around to see Thane Erikur talking with Jarl Korir. The former was forcing some wine to the latter who seemed to be trying to get away as soon as possible.
“Erikur! That clown can kiss my red-haired ass.” Jon said and turned his head away.
“Pffft!” Vittoria always spilled out the wine she was drinking and her eyes all turned tear.
Jon patted her back and over her a handkerchief.
“Thank you… you truly are not worried about your golden goose?”
“Why would I?”
“… So it is true. The rumor about you… you know… controlling Jarl Korir with magic?”
“Excuse me?” Jon feigned ignorance. Of course, there was that rumor from a long time ago but Jon was not even bothering with it now.
“Listen, Jon. This is serious. Most of the people around here believe in that rumor especially after what Jarl Korir said about the ‘esteemed mages’. Problems will soon come after you after this break.”
“Baseless accusations. Simply trying to undermine my efforts of turning Jarl Korir against the pirates of the Blood Horkers.”
“…” Vittoria looked at Jon with narrowed eyes and sighed. “It will be a serious crime if the rumor is true. Unlawful acquisition of power is a serious crime, even if the High King and some Jarls are fond of you, they won’t simply ignore it once it is proved.”
“Humph.” Jon snorted and acted high and mighty, “I am glad that you are looking out for a business partner… but as a bed partner, haven’t you missed me? Even a little?”
“This is the Blue Palace, Jon. Don’t…”
“I heard the [Pelagius Wing] is empty.”
“What? It is haunted.”
“Don’t worry, my Uncle has already left the place.”
“My uncle, he loved to haunt strange places. Palaces, lakes, minds… mostly minds. He is a white-haired gentleman with a cane and a purple suit. Very lovable if you ask me but a can be very moody.”
“Stop talking about your damn uncle. We are in the palace dammit… meet me at the inn tonight.” Vittoria said and looked around to check if anyone overheard them.[A/n: The [Uncle] and [Pelagius Wing] were Jon referring to the Daedric Quest of Sheogorath in the game. To access the mind realm of Emperor Pelagius and meet Sheogorath in the game, one must enter the Blue Palace of Solitude and go into the Pelagius Wing which is sealed because it was haunted and of course the reason was Sheogorath.]
“Hey, let me introduce you to someone.” Vittoria said and led Jon to another table.
“Jon, I introduce you to Uncle Pavo Atius, a Count in the Imperial Court and the Ambassador of The Empire in Skyrim. Uncle, this is my friend Thane Jon Dare, the acting Military Viscount of Winterhold.”
“A pleasure to meet you, sir.”
“Oh! Thane Jon, a pleasure indeed. We were just talking about you.”
Jon Dare and Pavo Atius shook hands.
“These are my assistances Sorus and Leta. We were just discussing the presentation you did and we’ve got to admit, this was something very new to us. Mind quenching our curiosity?”
“Ahaha, I’d be glad.” Jon took out a smaller Light Screen that was as large as a tablet device and started explaining it to Ambassador Pavo then used it to explain the businesses of the company to the Ambassador of the Empire.
Ambassador Pavo was surely a strong character and tried to comprehend Jon’s abilities as fast as he could to make an overall assessment. Jon didn’t mind that as it was his goal from the start and agreed to answer the questions with convenient answers to himself.
Unlike the Nords who looked at magic with eyes of caution then looked away from it, the Imperials were a completely different story. They tried their best to comprehend the Light Screens and the abilities of Jon.
“I think for a Military Viscount such as yourself, you indeed go beyond the normal expectations. On behalf of his Imperial Majesty, I would like you to work with the Empire more in the future. Please consider my invitation, there is so much potential to your work and so much the Empire can do for you.”
“Thank you, Sir Count.”
Jon noticed that the Imperials were trying to address him as Military Viscount rather than Thane which is referring for them showing that they recognize his value. Thane and Military Viscount are basically the same titles but one is Nordic and the other is Imperial. The Ambassador was surely trying to rope Jon to the side of the Empire. The benefits following that decision will surely be high as Jon’s power may extend beyond his area of jurisdiction and become a full Empire Nobleman.
As the two ended their conversation, Jon and Vittoria started to look for another place to chat in.
“What are the chances, I talk about my uncle and you introduce me to yours.”
“Haha, very funny.”
“Excuse me, Thane Jon.” Someone interrupted Jon and Vittoria’s chat.
It was none other than Falk Firebeard.
“High King Torygg is ready to meet you in his study if you please.”
“Steward Falk, I will be honored. If you excuse me, Miss Vici.”
“Thank you, Thane Jon.”
Falk Firebeard and Jon Dare headed away from the throne room to a hallway leading to the inner parts of the palace.
As two red-haired gentlemen, they got acquainted really well. Falk Firebeard was always fond of Jon’s methods since his job title became the Administrator of the General Affairs Department. He simply can’t live without that title anymore.
As soon as Jon and Falk reached a certain door, Jon was allowed into the study. There, he found a big library and a central table with a few seats around it. There was a Nord gentleman sitting on a chair and checking a few cards with his hand.
High King Torygg looked up to Jon and spoke.
“So… which deck the creator of Gwent prefers to play with?”
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