Too Small for Two (Stamaria/Korin) May 27, 2011 10:57:07 GMT -5
Post by Ribitta on May 27, 2011 10:57:07 GMT -5
Aurinar’s footsteps thundered on the through the hall as he departed from the meeting chamber. His face was smooth to the untrained eye, but anyone who had a history with him would notice even the slightest dishevelment in the usually solid features. Truly, it had been quite some time since negotiations had not gone in his favor, and he knew exactly why. It had been only a moment, a partial glimpse that he was sure was intentional, and Aurinar had sniffed out the culprit: Khordus Jorin. It could not have been helped, really, but the reality of it infuriated the Emperor nonetheless. Stamaria had been beaten to the chase politically, the mobility and proximity of the Korin having overcome Stamaria’s best efforts to pocket the government of this city. Nevertheless, this folly had not been unanticipated by Aurinar; even if he had not won the city this day, Stamaria had the resources to pursue it relentlessly for long periods of time. More importantly, though, Aurinar had known even in advance that the only force that could counter his presence in Teradia was his only true vice, and he now had him cornered with an ocean on one side and a Stamarian army on the other. There would be no escape for the Korin.
Turning the corner, Aurinar entered a side chamber that he knew DuValle would be in. Negotiations had gone well at first until a request had been made that only the leaders finish the discussion. As the other men had left, Aurinar had caught the glimpse of Jorin and immediately the diplomacy went sour. DuValle may not have been present for the conversation to take a turn for the worst, but he suspected his perceptive officer would be able to put the pieces together. Regardless, he spoke as soon as he was sure the room was empty of spying ears, “He’s here himself, and his intrusion will not go unpunished. Reroute all orders: Khordus Jorin is in the city. Dead or alive, we are not done here until I have his carcass.”