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Bandit Banter
Summary: Lord Justin seeks out Dania for followup on her black market investigations and a name she has gained. Ser Keelin shows up and is asked to join the hunt for a bandit that got away.
Date: 10/June/2012
Related Logs: Bandit logs, lots of them.
Justin Dania Keelin 
Rockcliff Inn, Terrick's Roost
The Rockcliff Inn is one of the better inns within the town and it shows with the well-lit interior and the relative cleanliness to the other locations in Terrick's Roost. The tables are polished with oils and the floor regularly swept. A set of booths towards a darker rear of the Inn's bottom floor, just beneath the staircase, are where whores generally socialize and eye prospects from when not waiting tables. Signs over the undersized bar area advertise prices for ales and wines as well as several different choices of food to be served at the small eating area by the bar or in the main open area in its comfortable seating. A door behind the bar leads to the kitchen and cellar while another near the staircase leads to a private room that would appear to be off-limits to the 'wait staff' except for food and drink service.
June 10th, 289

It is early in the morning and the sun is slowly peaking its head over the horizon to greet the land. The inn is still quiet this morning, except for a few of the wait staff and one or two early birds. Dania is one of those early bird guests. She is seated near the fire and she is dressed in a burgundy apron dress and a mauve linen gown. In her hands she should a bowl of gruel that she is frowning at. But she is not complaining. Her hands are scabbed over but they are healing and from the looks of it the scabs are slowly starting to fade.

Early morning is a get up and get moving time for Justin, who rises right before the sun most days. So he's already eaten, shaved if he was going to bother, dressed and headed out to get onto his day's duties - the first of which is trying to track down Dania before she might wander off to likewise attend to her day's rounds. Justin walks into the inn to check here before he goes to the Sept to offer his own morning prayers. He's dressed in mostly black, the same plain doublet getting a lot of use lately and showing some wear. When he sees her, he changes from heading to the bar to ask if she's been around to heading directly over to snag a chair to join her. Justin turns the chair about to step over and straddle it, foldingh is forearms over the back of the chair, "Good morning, Mistress. I received your note last evening."

"Good, I was hoping you did receive it. I think I am going to go and have a talk with the person whom I brought up in the note." Dania tells him as she looks up from her gruel she moves to set it aside. "How are you doing to today Lord Terrick? I had asked if I could borrow Tiny, I have not heard back from my brother so I am thinking I am going to head out on foot. I need to start making my rounds again anyways." She shrugs her shoulders then she brightens. "Do you need for me to do anything? While I am out and about?"

Justin frowns slightly, "Lord Einar returned from the scouting I gave him permission to do. He and Pariston returned with three of the missing horses but nothing else. I'm sorry your gelding wasn't among them, Dania. I'll keep an eye out to try and get you /something/ to ride. Perhaps you, Keelin, and a few of us can pitch in a few coins and find something inexpensive brought to tournament. Even a donky would spare your feet, some." If not be fast. Justin fingers a small tear at the edge of his doublet's left sleeve cuff that is starting to frey, "You go and speak to this man, but make sure Kain knows who and when, all right? He knows these folk better than either of us and he'll know something about that fellow's temperment." He grins faintly, "Tell him you are keenly in need of a horse, a mule or at worst, a donkey and that you have or can get whatever money is required."

There is a stubborn gleam in her eye. "I can walk." She says firmly. "We do not have the coin to spare and it would be go to better things. I will figure out a way." She raises an eyebrow at Kain's name and nods. "I will contact him and see what I can do. I will write him a missive. I would not play with that any more or you will have a good sized hole in that sleeve of yours." She tells him. "It is good that they were able to recover the other horses." She tells him. "That is very good news. I hope one of them was Lady Tiaryn's horse."

Dania is sitting near the fire. She is holding a bowl of gruel that she does not seem to playing any mind to at the moment. Her attention is on Justin who is sitting in front of her. Her hands are healing and some of the scabs are starting to fade.

The inn itself is quiet and the sun is slowly peeking over the horizon.

Keelin is staying wherever the heck Martyn and Kamron have their men staying. That's easy. He's in hunting leathers this morning, and looking wide awake so he couldn't have had a wild night. At least this time. He enters the inn, pausing as he glances around to see if his sister is anywhere about. As he catches sight of her, he heads over and bows politely. "M'lord Justin," he greets first, before he adds, "Dani, good morning to you. How does this beautiful sunrise find you both?"

Play with what? Justin glances at his torn sleeve and stops fingering at once, like a boy caught misbehaving by his mother. Ehem. "I do not think … Kain can read or write. I'd be surprised if he does, just so you know." After all, Kain's of true peasant stock, not a commoner born to a family who can boast of knights in their line as she can. "One of them was Lady Tiaryn's nasty, fat horse who knocked me down." Yes, Justin doesn't approve of horses doing that. "The other was Lady Muirenn's palomino, and the third I think may be Mistress Sofya's grey mare. Apparently the bandits sold the others but also ate some of them." Justin gives Dania a sympathetic look before he adds, "I'm certain they saw the value in gentle Sparrow so he's likely to be plowing some fields somewhere."

Keelin's arrival gains Justin's attention, "Ser Keelin, good morning. Please join us. I was briefing your sister on the missing horses that were found." He scrapes a hand through his dark hair before he adds, "I also got information from our prisoner pertaining to the man who escaped. As Lady Roslyn is due to arrive at any time though, I can't just … go off to chase him down. If I assign it to a small group, will you go, Ser Keelin?" A cautious glance to Dania, "He's expected to be holed up to heal with his family. There are … going to be several children there."

"Keely it is a lovely morning, how are you doing? I pray those wounds are not bothering you?" She asks her brother first then she looks to over at Justin. "Lord Justin, Master Kain does read and write. I know this because I have seen it and we have talk about it. He is a man of many talents. I hope he is plowing fields if they ate him they would be fools. He is not like the others that they took." Dania sets her gruel down and she looks tired for a moment. "Then do not take them by force. It would do us no good to give the bandits an elevated status if any of his family is harmed. Morale is low, not dangerously low but it is low. I do not think you want to give fuel to that fire. Brother it sounds like you will need your horse. I think I will be doing my rounds on foot." She tells them both.

Keelin listens as Dania makes such snap decisions, and keeps going on and on. "Perhaps there is a horse in the stables that Dani might borrow, Lord Justin?" he asks, just in case. Then he continues with, "And aye, I'd be willing to go help out, at any time. I've been working on learning the lay of the land, so I'm of more use in the woods. Sometimes I even bring home a bit of meat to help out." A pause, and then he takes a seat, assuming they won't mind. "Did you eat breakfast already?" The gruel Dani has is eyed briefly, but it's not something that appeals to him, so he asks the question.

Justin leaves his sleeve alone but frowns, "I don't know that there are any horses to spare but she can ask." He nods to Keelin, "I thought you, Sers Hardwicke and Kell, Sers Kamron and Martyn, with hunter Kain to scout head. That should be plenty. Or take my cousins, Inigo or Colin. I'll send around a messenger to see who may be gathered. Unless there are men guarding the place, I should think you can simply send a couple of men in through the door quietly enough, keeping a couple of men outside to keep an eye out for escape or other bandits. Hopefully no need to fight to take a wounded man and escort him out."

"Assuming you have the element of surprise." Justin adds quietly.

"You are welcome to it brother. It is better than yesterday. They put some honey in it today." Dania tells him as she sets her bowl down on a table that is not far from her. "Lord Terrick and Ser Keely I need to get ready to go on rounds. I also have a missive to write. I will see you both soon." She leans murmurs something to him to Keelin as she gives him a tender kiss on the cheek.

Keelin eyes the gruel, not his idea of a good breakfast, and then he tilts his head as Dani speaks so quietly to him. It brings a laugh from him, perhaps not expecting what she said. "You should finish your own breakfast, Dani," he says first. "I'll get my own." He then gives Justin a nod. "Aye, should be reasonable, I would think. And I've no desire to hurt the children, truthfully." He'd be an okay one to send in there, cause he does tend to keep his head. Mostly. "Just let me know when you need me, Lord Justin. I'll be there."

"Good to know about Master Kain's litteracy, thank you. He's proving to be useful man in more ways than one." Justin gives Dania a nod, "Good luck with seeing to certain merchants. Do keep myself and Kain appraised, Mistress." Moving to stand as well, the Terrick lord looks back to Keelin, "Very good. The sooner the group can depart the better. Even with an arrow in him, the man should be mobile enough all too soon if we dally."

Dania smiles brightly and cheerfully as she gives Keelin another hug and a kiss. She then looks to Justin and offers him a curtsy. "I will leave you both to your planning." She offers them both a sunny smile before she disappears.