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PostSubject: [RP] The Stewart's House   Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:59 pm

On a small street near the Royal Palace, calm and surrounded by trees - which were becoming rare in London - stood an imponent, white house built in the barocco style, which differed much from many other houses around.

Three columns in the roman style supported the entrance and once someone could enter the guarded house, could see the Hall where walls were covered by paintings and portraits. Piero recognized his brother's portrait, as well as his own, as he entered in the house. A familiar place, which for many years he didn't see. The servants looked at him, some curious about the young brother of their master they had so much heard about, but never seen. And now there was he, ascending the stairs towards the room of his brother.

He entered them, without knocking on the door and found the dark room, all curtains closed and his brother James on his bed.


How... was with the Cecils?, asked James, coughing. Please, open the curtains, I want to see your face, my brother.

It was good, Lady Eleanor accepted my proposal., said Piero, who did as he brother requested. Light entered the room and he could see Jame's pale face, as such as a skull and a shadow of what he was before. He turned his face, not trying to look on his face.

Good, good... Piero, I believe I won't pass this day., said him, looking towards a painting of himself with his old Greyhound.

Nonsense, James! Why do you think so?!

Because I've been to many battles, Piero... and I never feared death. But now, I can't even leave this bed, I don't have the necessary strong... what can I do? My body is rotting inside. Come closer.

Piero obeyed him and went towards his brother, quietly. He holded his hand and looked at him. James blessed his brother. Now... let me rest.

Worried, Piero left the room and went to his own, where he had work to do, especially regarding the structuring of the Army. Little did he know that death finally reached James while sleeping and he would finally leave the agony he had been supporting for days. James was now in peace.

Hours later, as Piero heard the screams of the maid in his brother's room, he knew what happened.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:15 am

On the next day, Piero was busy recepting some of his brother's old friends and acquaintances, who came to pay tribute to the deceased Duke of Richmond. Piero talked to all - and only a few he knew, normally with a "Thank you" and a "I'm grateful you came, my dear friend", and more than this he exhanged with very few. Some said his eyes were like ice and he really didn't matter that the people had come - and he didn't. Piero was already used to gossip and intrigue. And for this, he didn't enjoy society.

However, his brother James had taught him that prestige was convenient to safekeep, in the case of necessity. And the Stewart understood it very well. Once he was alone again, and his brother had been placed in a coffin, he remembered he had to send a letter to Her Majesty, informing of the Duke's death.

So, he went to his desk and wrote a letter to the Queen, requesting a servant to take the letter to Whitehall.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:59 pm

What a day..., said Piero, arriving in the Stewart's House. A young servant came to take his coat, which Piero dropped. He recognized some of Velázquez's paintings his brother had bought before and looked carefully at them. Indeed, beautiful. He laughed as he thought about what his mentor, Olivares, had told him about that painter: he knew only how to paint heads. But he was wrong, and Piero admired his work. In fact, he wanted to a Patron of Arts and mark History in that way, financing the greatest painters of his era.

Admirable..., said him, but a sound interrupted him and he turned his head to see the butler who arrived. He was a tall man, from Scotland, Piero heard, and who served his family since his grandfather.

Lord Piero, I believe Your Grace may not remember me, but I'm Harold and have been in service of your family since many years ago. I understand you're my new lord, is there something I could do for you?

Piero nodded and smiled. Although many nobles decided to make the power turn over their heads, Piero should control it. For he wanted to be respected, not feared and as a way to control himself.

Yes, please, I want every letter from me to be first checked. Also, I know I have much papers to sign... sign, sign, since the Queen concede me the grace to hold my brother's possessions. I'd like them to be in my office tomorrow. And for now, Harold, please you must rest. And eat something, if you haven't... ah, and I already ate, there's no need to worry.

The butler made a reverence and left his master, who went to his room to rest.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:27 pm

The sun entered in Piero's room through a big widow he had forgotten to close. He had slept peacefully, and soon opened his eyes, trying to get used to the light which just appeared... a rarity, especially in London where, for Piero, the architets have forgotten that the sun wouldn't appear very much, and the buildings prevented it to light the streets, in some places.

The Stewart rose from his bed and walked through his room, thinking. It was normal for him to think while walking, as he had the need to be active every single moment. And he could also think better. Richmond put his clothes, a blue mantle with gold lines above his redcoat, white pants and his boots.

He descended to the Hall and took an entrance towards the dinner room, where there were some servants. Piero asked for grapes and bread, as well as water and after having his breakfast, decided to delay his work for later - perhaps now was time to walk in London as he liked to.

With one servant, the Duke of Richmond left his house for the streets of London.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:11 am

It was already dark when a coach arrived at the front door of the Stewart's mansion. A young girl came out and immediately stepped into the house. Catherine did not know how to behave. She knew her brother only in private and wasn't there when he became Duke of Richmond and Lennox. The 17-year-old girl gave her coat to the first waiter she saw and then looked around the hall. Then another waiter came in and Catherine decided to speak to him.

Ehm.. do you know where my brother is? It would be a relieve to see him.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:07 am

A stagecoach came from the centre of London towards the small street were Piero lived.
"Another day in paradise...", thought him, as he thought of all the work he had to do, papers to sign on that day. But perhaps, she would be already there, his younger sister who had been in the Continent with him.
The vehicle stopped with the horses in front of the house and Piero descended from it. Then, he saw the house. Certainly it wasn't big as Cobham Hall, the main residence of the family, located in Kent, but after all that was in the countryside, not in London.
The stagecoach also entered in the house and the horses were taken to the stable to rest.
The Duke of Richmond stepped inside the house and there, he saw his sister, not surprised as he knew she was coming.
A bright smile appeared in the man's cold face, very rare for the young Duke who had always been quiet and didn't show much affection to others aside from his family.

Piero went slowly towards her, with open arms.

Ah, my dear Catherine! I'm very glad you have arrived! How are you? How was your trip?
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:25 am

When the door opens again, Catherine turned around to see who was about to enter. She saw her older brother standing in the opening of the door and by the time he was standing in front of her, she hugged him for quite a while.

Piero, I'm so glad to see you! Here.. alive! I've missed you and James so much when I was in Normandy.

She gave her brother a kiss on his left cheeck and smiled at him.

I'm perfectly ok. The trip was long, boring but also quite comfortable. And how are things here? What have I missed?
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:23 pm

Piero smiled and tried to rise his sister as he did when she was younger, but now that was difficult, she almost an adult! But no matter what, she would always be his younger sister. The Duke took her arm and led her towards his office, offering her a chair.

I believe you heard of James's death, in Normandy, after all I became Duke after it. I really miss him... he was poisoned, what a dreadful way to die., said him. But then he realized those things weren't to speak at that moment... Ah, let's not talk about it now. I have some good news... I was appointed Lord High Constable of England by the Queen, which is a great honor for me and for our family! Also, I'm engaged again, this time with Lady Eleanor Rose Cecil, daughter of the Earl of Salisbury. I stood at her house in France and decided to propose marriage to her when I arrived in England... I asked their family and they gave me their blessing. After all, I'm already 25, I need a wife... don't you agree, my dear sister?
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:05 am

Catherine laughed when her brother tried to rise her and let him take her towards his office. When he offered her a chair, she sat down gently and smiled at Piero, although her smile disappeared when she heard about James. She kept her silence untill Piero had told what had happened here in London while she was in Normandy.

Engaged again? Congratulations then, my dear Piero. I hope to meet Eleanor soon.

Catherine paused and looked around in the office. She was surprised it was so proper.

I think you should have a wife, Piero. Although you must love the girl in my opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sat Jan 31, 2009 12:45 pm

Love, love, love... it's easy for you to talk, my sister., said him laughing.
Piero had know Lady Eleanor when he stood ad Normandy, as the Cecils offered shelter to him in there mansion in Rouen.
His first love had been Lady Gabrielle, years ago, but she had been murdered. Since then, Piero had been disillusioned until he met Lady Eleanor in Rouen. Piero was struck by Eleanor's youth and vivacity and started to change his mind.

Arriving in London, he decided it was time to marry and took the decision.

I feel the same I felt when I was with Gabrielle, when I see Lady Eleanor... and I esteem her very much, sister., said him, who in those matters were very formal even choosing the word.

Well, I think you should rest and we will go to the Palace. I want to present you formally to Her Royal Majesty.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:01 pm

Catherine listened to her brother and the longer he spoke, a smile came on her lips again. She thought about the young handsome lads back in Normandy. While she was a Lady in exile, she never spoke one word to them. The only thing she focused on in those years, were reading books and enjoying the time with friends of her age.

I'm able to see how happy you are and therefore I'm pleased. I can't wait to meet her.

Catherine nodded when Piero said she should rest now. Untill the moment her brother began about resting, she had not realised how tired she was from the long journey.

Could you escort me to my room, then? It may be foolish, but after five years of exile and living with our aunt, I am not able to know my way in this house.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:37 pm

Pìero smiled and offered his arm to Catherine. He did too feel lost when he returned to his house in London. In fact, he had lived most of his childhood in Cobham Hall, in Kent and sometimes visited London, staying at his brother's house.

Richmond guided his sister through the house, towards her room, where he left her to rest a bit. Then, he went to his room so he could rest too.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:55 am

Alex arrived at the large house and looked up to the roof and back to the door. It was strange, something that big. Build as high as the mast of his ship, but then with floors upstairs. It looked like a huge box actually. He always found big houses quite perculiar. He wasn't used to them, although he had been at many places and especially librabries were very big. Slowly he stepped to the door. His hat pulled down, so that it wouldn't get blown away by the wind. He raised his arm, sighed, and knocked the door hard, multiple times. Then, he waited.

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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:28 am

Raymond organized the servants in the house, even the butler, when Piero was away. That was his function, to keep the order in the enormous house while the master and his sister were away. And he, Raymond, had knew them for a long time. Born as a bastard to a maid, years ago, who worked in Cobham Hall and not much later died, he was raised by Esmé Stewart and later, James Stewart, as a son. And many speculations surrounded Buckle, as why he received so many favours, as if he was a bastard son of Esmé or his son, the 1st Duke of Richmond. After all, When Raymond was born, James was already at his eighteen years, in 1630. The truth was that Raymond-Roger Buckle was educated with his friend and master, Piero Stewart, although he stood in England to fight with James of Richmond against the the roundheads.

He was disturbed by someone who knocked the door hard, many times. Who was this? A servant stepped towards the great door and Raymond took his arm, not allowing to go any further. Perhaps the Duke had returned, as he hadn't seen him before. Buckler had just arrived from the lands of Richmond, which he was administrating at the request of the former Duke. He went to the door and opened it, looking at the man who was there.


Who are you, mister? And why are you here?

His words were calm and in a strong tone. His eyes observed carefully and with attention the stranger who was there, in front of the house of the Stewarts.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:05 am

Alex looked up and saw a man standing in the open door. He greeted him with a bow. Good day Sir, I'm Alexander Castlemount, just recently appointed as Judge of Middlesex, and I am here to visit an old friend of mine, sir Piero Stewart. I do hope I'm at the right adress.
Alex looked with expectation to the man in the door. Hoping he would say that he was right, and after that, it would just be another thing to hope for, the fact that Piero had to remember him. But that were worries for later.

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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:48 pm

Raymond looked at him, bowed and thought about the man's name. Alexander, Alexander Castlemount... from where did he heard this? The answer came as the images of the carnage which took place in the battle of Naseby... with the Royalist Army, under the banner of Charles I, on his own regiment of foot between the Clipston-Naseby track on the left and the Sulby Hedges on the right. A letter had arrived to him and carefully he read the news from his friend, Piero, on the continent and he mentioned that new acquaintance and friend who studied with him, Alexander Castlemount.

Ah, I believe I heard of you. The Duke is away, he went to the Palace, but he is supposed to arrive soon, you may wait in the Hall for him., said him, as he opened the door for the man. Please, enter.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:16 pm

Alex stepped inside. Thank you. I will wait then untill he returns. I have all the time in the world, so there is no hurry. He stepped in further and looked at the house. Houses, tsss, boats were still a lot better.

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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:29 pm

The stagecoach arrived once again in front of the gates of the Stewart's House. Piero left it calmly, and offered his hand to his sister, so she could leave it. "Well well, I was amazed by you in the Court, my sister. I must send a letter to Lady Eleanor and her father today, inviting then to have dinner with us, tomorrow. Now, shall we go inside?", said him, as he looked to the house, smiling.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:47 pm

Although it was still raining cats and dogs, Catherine couldn't stop smiling while she sat next to her brother in the stagecoach. She felt really proud of herself when she stopped acting like her brother told her to and started to act as she was used to. The result was a short relaxing conversation with the Queen of England. When her brother stepped out of the stagecoach, she accepted his hand.

I must say I liked it at Court, Piero! The Queen of England really is a nice person to meet. And now you are speaking of Lady Eleanor.. you should invite them to have a nice dinner with us. I would like to get introduced before the weddingsday!

Catherine smiled and then stepped towards the front door of the Stewart's House. She really liked to tease her brother from time to time.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:11 am

Oduan de Altuna, Duke of Medina de las Torres,guided his horse dow the streets of London up to the House of the Stewarts. After arriving to the front door he dismounted and knoked on the door. As he waited to be granted entrance he cheked that his marshall uniform was perfect without any wrinkle. He took a few deep breaths to control his nerves and waited for someone to come to the door.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:54 am

Alexander saw his friend Piero enter and he straightened himself to be as presentable as possible. When Piero was in the house, Alexander made a polite bow to his friend. Greetings Duke Piero Stewart. I do not know if you recognize me still, but I'm Alexander Castlemount. We met in Venice. Alex rose and then he saw someone following.

Again, he made a bow to the Lady entering after Piero.
And greetings to you, milady. Who do I have the honour of meeting? He rose again, waiting for a response, while he heared someone knocking on the door already.

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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:49 am

Catherine was really surprised when she saw a young man waiting in the Stewart's House. Apparently, her brother knew him as she heard that they both met in Venice. She smiled towards him and softly began to speak.

My name is Catherine, mister Castlemount. Lady Catherine Stewart, sister of this Duke overhere.

Catherine winked at her brother and then heard a sudden knock on the door again. As she saw a maid stepping towards the door, she looked at Piero.

I thought we were going to have a nice evening with the two of us, but apparently it's visiting hour in here, I believe.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:22 pm

The Stewart laughed as he heard his sister about the marriage and immediatelly recognized Alexander and Raymond as he entered in the hall of his house and a bright smile came on his face. Ah, Alexander, Raymond! Of course I remember you, why shouldn't I? Welcome to London, welcome to England!, said the Duke as he greeted the man. And you, Raymond, I wasn't expecting you so soon, but I'm happy to see you again!

He turned once again to Alexander. And you, my friend, what brings you to England? You're welcome to stay here in my house if you haven't t found any place yet in London.

Then, he heard the door being knocked and saw a maid going towards it, allowing the man to enter. Ah, Marshall Oduan, welcome to my house. It seems today that my house will be crowded again!, said him. Indeed, Piero liked to have a crowded house as he grew in one, when his brother was the Duke of Richmond and Lennox. It was very common to see nobles and important men entering in the house, going to James's office where he would consult and discuss with all of them. So, I believe we must not wait here, but have a sit?, as Piero said so he made a gesture for them to follow him towards another room, where there were chairs and a fireplace.
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:42 pm

After the maid opened the door Oduan stped into the warm house. He was guided by a maid to a hall were a little crowd was reunited. The High Lord Constable was there and welcomed his to his house, automatically Oduan performed the martial salute to his commander. The other two men were not recognizable for Oduan and he waited to be introduced to them. Who he truly recognized was Catherine, whose gentle smile lightened the room. He turned to hear and kissed her hand.

My lady of Stewarthe said It's a true pleasure to met you again
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PostSubject: Re: [RP] The Stewart's House   Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:54 am

Catherine was very curious about the new visitor and when she realised it was Oduan, she was convinced the evening would be a delight. She looked at him and couldn't stop herself from smiling. After the handkissing, she bowed towards Oduan.

The pleasure is all mine, Your Grace.

As Catherine straightened her back again, she followed her brother to another room, where she sat down on a comfortable chair near the fireplace.
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