Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs
"In this, perhaps, I am more fortunate than others."
Fri May 22, 2015 04:06

"My good lady wife," Algernon continued as he walked with the Guardsman, "is the gentlest, kindest soul in all of England, and equally, alas, one of the most incurious. Agamemnon, now, he would be more inquisitive, but... ah! I have it.

"I shall them them this: that I have been requested, as is often the case for gentleman magicians, to aid His Majesty's Government in a most secret business; and this is all that I might say, for fear of breaking my sworn oath to the Crown. And is this not true? I am given to understand our organization is charged with the protection of all things, though the meaning of your words is occasionally occluded; logically, this includes His Britannic Majesty George IV and all he surveys. Thus, it is not only my privilege, but my duty to enrol as a member of your society, and see how a friend of English magic may become a dear friend to you all."

Algie was summarily presented with a bevy of forms, which he signed with great flourish after being explained how to use the datapads ("Ah! A stylus, of course! In no dissimilar way to the manner in which Homer and his contemporaries inscribed their words upon sheets of pressed beeswax before the advent of the scroll!"). He then pressed the Guardsman closely for more advice. "Sir Guardsman, I beg one last indulgence, if I may.

"You have spoken to me many times of being a "blip" from a "fic", and now that I am more aware of what this implies... are we real? My wife and child, my estate, my books - are they too real? Or were we merely shadows upon the wall of a cave, dancing to the tune of some unseen master. So many here... they seem to have been pulled from stories and games meant for children! The pleasant Technician with the Oriental caste to her features mentioned the "benders" of her race, powerful sorcerors all and worthy of the utmost respect - but it transpires that they were conceived by a parade of Johnathons for a kind of automated zoetrope. Am I, too, a child's passing fancy? What am I?"

  • The Guardsman accepted the offered flintlock...SeaTurtle, Thu May 21 19:39
    ...and held the weapon in both hands. "I humbly accept your allegiance. I'll do everything I can to help you settle here comfortably. Hopefully you won't get a nutjob as a partner. Oh, and can I just ... more
    • "In this, perhaps, I am more fortunate than others." — Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Fri May 22 04:06
      • The Time Lord rubbed his eyes.SeaTurtle, Fri May 22 15:12
        "This is where it gets really, really weird. On one hand our home continua exist as fiction in World One. On the other... well, we've led perfectly ordinary lives, haven't we? We've both got... more
        • "I, I still do not completely understand."Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Fri May 22 17:07
          "Oh well, I trust I will be able to find the answer you gave with proper study. As for my magic... hm. A demonstration. A simple cantrip, of Norrellite manufacture, alas, alas, but it will do. Hm."... more
          • the Earl's last two sentences. Those words were charged with something-- magic, ostensibly-- but why? The Time Lord looked around the office. Aside from the temporary, eerie flicker of the air... more
            • "The Raven King."Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Fri May 22 19:00
              "The Black King, the King in the North, the nameless slave. John Uskglass, who gave unto England the magic of the Other Lands, who stood between the world and the wild places, guarding, watching. He... more
              • "Man. That's some next-level creepiness right there. But you say he's an enemy of the Devil, right? I guess that has to count for something, right?" The Time Lord took off his tricorn and rubbed his... more
                • "Who is Disney?"Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Sat May 23 03:35
                  "Is he another puritanical Johnathon? There was a trend among them for a time for echoing that witless Shropshire bovine Bowdler and rewriting plays, books, and the old stories to make them, in their ... more
                  • "Right. I think I'll do that."SeaTurtle, Sat May 23 09:59
                    The Guardsman wiped his hands on his coat to get rid of the cold sweat that had formed on his palms. "Erm. Yes. Does the Raven King have a timeframe for his visit or something? 'Cause maybe this... more
                    • "Ah. Yes. Well."Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Sun May 24 04:24
                      "The King... will come. This is known, and known to be certain. The prophesy, his prophesy, has already been in large part fulfilled; Strange and Norrell are themselves the two magicians mentioned.... more
                      • "Go on ahead," said the Guardsman.SeaTurtle, Sun May 24 10:38
                        "Just make sure to drop by the DIA Armoury and get geared up once you're back. You're gonna want to keep your Remote Activator on you at all times in case you need to move quickly. Oh! One more... more
                        • "I shall, Sir!"Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Sun May 24 11:15
                          "On every charge, I shall. You in turn will always be welcome at Perenelle, and I do very much hope that you will be able to call. Now then..." The Earl wandered off down the corridor, sorting out... more
                          • The Guardsman had started walking...SeaTurtle, Sun May 24 16:55
                            ...down the corridor in the opposite direction of Algie when he heard the muffled curse behind him. He turned and quickly made his way back to the newly-minted DIA officer's side. "Hey, me again.... more
                            • "Er, yes, if I may be so bold as to ask your assistance."Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Sun May 24 17:36
                              "I have been reading through this list and I fear I must ask you to indulge me once more. Is... anyone allowed to join?" Algie sighed and turned again, pocketing the datapad. "I am afraid. My wife... ... more
                              • "Ah."SeaTurtle, Sun May 24 19:33
                                The Guardsman listened intently to Algie's speech. "No, it's fine," he said to the Earl. "In fact, it's a good thing you talked to me. Supernatural beauty, preternatural command of magic and superior ... more
                                • "Then it is done."Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Sun May 24 20:08
                                  "I... it pains me deeply to speak of my wife this way. As a Suvian, as a subject for testing, like some poor departed soul's body under the knife of an Edinburgh anatomist. And yet I must, because... more
                                  • The Guardsman smiled at the Earl.SeaTurtle, Sun May 24 20:45
                                    "Absolutely. Yeah, absolutely. We're short-staffed in every single department over here so any help they can offer would be greatly appreciated. You're absolutely right about the Duty: family is... more
                                    • "I should say so, Sir Guardsman! And it is well done!"Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Mon May 25 07:47
                                      "Once again, Sir, I am entirely in your debt; and once again, Sir, I am forced to say that it could not be to a more deserving man. But come, Sir Guardsman, we must make haste!" Algie powered off... more
                                      • "It's what de do here," said the Guardsman.SeaTurtle, Mon May 25 21:35
                                        "We help wherever we can. I'm glad we were able to help you, Lord Wymbourne. You seem like a pretty decent guy." Across the room, the Sub Rosa conversed with her aide. " Very well. Bulldog, find... more
                                        • "Indeed I have."Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Tue May 26 08:27
                                          "I have the details lurking somewhere in this contraption... aha! One "Field Commander McCandless" of Response Centre 2,631,513. This is why I have yet to report to the Armoury, Sir Guardsman; her... more
                                          • "...that was unstable by nature," said the Guardsman. "Furthermore, your home 'verse stays clean, your son and your employees are safe, nobody has to die, and you've got a new job. I'd say that's a... more
                                            • "Capital!"Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs, Tue May 26 17:24
                                              "I do hope you will call for tea once my new garret is in a suitable shape for visitors, Sir Guardsman; moreover, if you have any future cause in which English magic will be an aid to success, do not ... more
                                              • ((Ah, the plot thickens.))SeaTurtle, Tue May 26 18:11
                                                ((I like where this is going. I assume that this is going to be a catalyst for some character development on the Notary's side. They just need to meet... Well, I'm certainly looking forward to the... more
                                                • ((Totally canon))Scapegrace, Tue May 26 19:50
                                                  I mean, for one thing, RC 2,431,513? 24-3-15-13. XCOM. I like puns. I'm keeping that canon. Therefore, I'm keeping the rest of it. If you don't wish to, be my guest, but I rather like his Lordship's... more
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