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PostSubject: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:50 am

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Hi every one! Wink

This is a RP about gambling. Gambling and playing cards in the 17th century was veeeery popular, so I thought we should do some RP around it. All are welcome, of course!

The Princess, Marie-Thérèse, loves gambling to, of course. However, she’s not very good at it. She has a fortune, and she’s willing to spend a lot of it. This could lead to some hilarious scenes.

Now, one of the most popular card games was Farao. I don’t know how it goes, so we could just improvise a little bit. Laughing

Please join me, and if you join please respect the rules of RP’s and remember that we are not in 2010 but in 1650. Wink

Again, all are welcome!

PS: If you don’t kno who to get involved in the RP, maybe you could just come and greet me or something like that. Use your imagination. Wink

Ah, London! The city that never slept, the city of Kings and Queens of England, of poetry and poets, of theatre and of course… gambling. The most popular card and gambling game in those days was Farao. Every one knew it and played it, from the richer merchants till the highest nobles. Losing money, winning money… What did it matter if u had a fortune? People seemed so addicted to the gambling games that they even had gambled away their houses, mansions and even castles and estates.

But the Princess was not addicted! Not at all! She just liked gambling, the smell of the cards, the intense thinking and the uncomfortable sighs when her opponent had lost, followed by her smile. Not that she was that good at the game… not at all. When she played cards she played against those who were bad at it too, or those who let her win. And yes, she had lost a few times, but losing was the price she was prepared to pay for those few minutes or hours of fun. And of course she had never lost a lot.

The coach which had brought her to the most popular gambling salon of London stopped. The Duchess had been invited by the owner to play today, and of course she had accept it. When she came in she greeted the owner, who was very friendly, and who introduced her to the mass of people who was already sitting around gambling tables.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:50 pm

He recognized the elegant lady in a heartbeat. It was her Highness, Princess of the Realm and Duchess of Norfolk. Without a doubt one of the most influential women in England. Possibly, this was the chance that he needed.

Surely, he had been successful in London. He was a shrewd businessman, but fair, and the populace appreciated his style. He was, though, meant for something greater. How long had his ancestral home lain idle and the fields fallow? He should be recognized, if not for the twist of fate that was his humble birth.

He wondered what brought the Princess to this place. Would she even notice him, or pass by just as the Queen had done when he tried to present her order from his business. The time had come to see if he was worthy to speak with more than stewards. He owed it to his grandfather, if not to himself, and his heirs.

As she approached, he stood and bowed.



Good day, your Highness.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:35 pm

As the night comes more peoples were out in the streets, some to have a drink, some to talk, some to just walk or enjoy the evening...
Now Tisha can go out too...she don't spend her entire day in the woods anymore and she don't come home exhausted...the last days were pretty quiet for her as she spent them in the library, to learn how to become a succesfull butcher.
Since Tisha decided that is time for her to go out often and meet new peoples, she went every day in different location. Today she stopped in front of the most popular gambling salon in London. She didn't had money to lose but she would like to watch others while playing.
Taking a deep breath she opens the door and enters. Greets everyone inside and recognizes a lady she meet when she visited Cathrine to deliver the note that Penelope gaved her. She bows before the lady then aproaches to a gambling table so she can watch and learn.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:36 am

Approaching one of the tables on which a game had already started and still nodding towards the few people she knew, she saw a men approaching. A charming smile appeared on her face as soon as he had bowed and began to talk to her. She reached out with her hand and held it in front of the man, so that he could kiss her hand. Then, she spoke.

« Good day to you too sir. With whom do I have the honour? »

Whilst she waited for an answer from the man, the Princess noticed a rather familiar girl passing by, who she had seen in Whitehall Palace. She nodded as the girl walked by in the direction of the table she was heading to as well.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:12 pm

He takes the offered hand and bows again.

Forgive me, your Highness, my name is Rifilias, master of the Woodworks.

He caught from her a slight glance towards the tables and wondered if a Royal was actually here to play at cards. This was most unusual and unexpected that he was momentarily left grasping for something more to say. Before he was aware he was speaking, the words had left his mouth.

May I be of service to your Highness?



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OOC: If I am thinking of the same game, Pharoah is very simple. Players place bets on the image of one of the thirteen cards of a suit. Two cards are drawn. The first belongs to the bank and any bets on that number are forfeit. The second card is the player's. Whoever has chosen that number doubles their bet.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:22 am

The Princess nodded and smiled towards the man.

« Pleased to meet you, sir Riflias, master of the Woodworks. »

Her eyes strayed off again towards one of the tables, where the game was just about to end. She looked at the man who seemed to have lost and asked herself how much. Then the man in front of her, Riflias, started to speak again. Her eyes found his.

« Do you play cards, sir Riflias? »

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Ow well, that doesn't seems hard difficult indeed. Smile
Thank you!

Maybe we could arrange the outcome of the game by PM. Wink Tisha, do you join us to? Razz
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:15 am

She was very captivated by the game that she watched carefully. Meanwhile she was thinking how would be to play herself too but she didn't dared to ask about how much money she would need to be accepted.
The game she were waching is about to end. She sees the smile that the men who aparently won had and the deception of the men who she thinks that lost the game. She understood how the game is but she decided that, at least for now, to stay and watch another one.



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Of course I join.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:25 pm

How word spred fast... Piero heard the Princess - a princess he knew very well - was in the gambling salon of London. Piero didn't like to gamble; he liked to win. He never accepted to lose and if that happened, he would always give another try. He was now dressed in those red clothes and wore a venezian mask. Well, of course he didn't want to be recognized by Marie-Thérese, not at that moment... as he wanted to get maybe a state or a mansion... or a fortune! gambling and winning.
He entered in the salon and went directly towards the gathering - where he recognized, amongst familiar faces, Marie. Piero elegantly walked towards the gambling table and took a sit, laughing as he looked at Marie through his mask.
What's a child doing here? This place is none for children, you know..., with this priceless speech, he looked defiantly to the Princess, expecting her reaction.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:24 am

The Princess didn’t wait for Riflias’ answer but directly took place at the gambling table when the seats became free for new players again. Amongst the people who went to sit down, there was a man with a Venetian mask, which hid his face and only showed his eyes. Intrigued by the man she discretely observed him. For a moment she felt like she knew him, but before she got the chance to think of it, the man spoke.

His words were teasing and maybe even insulting. The mass of people standing around the table silently awaited the answer of the Duchess of Norfolk and Oxford, and some of them were whispering. For a few seconds it seemed like the Princess was going erupt and throw her glass of champagne towards the masked man, but then, suddenly, a little sneer appeared on her face.

She put down her glass, which she had been holding in her hands up till then, and bent over. She wasn’t insulted, only slightly teased, and honestly she rather liked being teased, especially when the person who was teasing her seemed rather handsome.


« Well then, Sir with the Mask, maybe I should go and ask Sir Frederic (the boss of the salon ^^) to remove you from his salon, for surely you’re right and children don’t belong here at all. »

She grinned and nipped at her glass before continuing.

« Luckily for you, sir, I’m in a good mood and I will not do so. I'm even looking forward to beat you in a card game, for it seems to me that mastering a child in a card game cannot be that hard. »

She looked the man in the eyes and once more she thought she recognised his eyes from somewhere. Curiously, she went on.

« Is you’re face so hideous that you have to wear a mask, sir? »
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:51 am

Alexander couldn't say or think anything else, he was just amazed about one thing that he just saw. It was Marie-Thérèse going into a gambling house. Clearly not a sight a man could see every day. He wondered if there might be something special going on, since he couldn't think of anything in gambling houses that would attract a Princess to go there publicly.

Soon after the Princess, Alexander decided to follow the same path. If it was something important or special going on, then he wouldn't want to miss it. He went in and, politly has he was, waited for the Princess to round up her conversation before presenting himself to her.

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PostSubject: Re: [RP] When a Princess plays card...   Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:18 am

On his day off, the Bishop of London walked through the streets, when he passed the pub.
He looked through the window and saw some familiar faces.
But did he see it right?
Wasn't that the Princess there, sitting on a table with some common people.
The Bisshop found it most strange.
So he entered the pub, also in order to drink a good glass og wine.
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