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Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs
"I, I still do not completely understand."
Fri May 22, 2015 17:07
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"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." Algie rifled through the contents of his pocket. "I have need of a mirror and - sir! Sir, I am sorry to impose, but your luncheon there, does it contain meat of any kind?"

The secretary looked at his cheeseburger. "Y'know, pal, I really ...in' hope so."

"Capital! I will only require it for the briefest of moments. If I may? I promise that it will be unsullied, on my honour as a gentleman and magician!" Algie yanked the burger out of the secretary's unresisting hands and placed it around a compact mirror. He breathed on the mirror, drew a circle, and quartered it, and there it was. The mirror showed an elderly man.

"Linfield! That old cur! Ha, I knew him for a mischief-maker the moment I saw him! That, Sir Guardsman, is Praisegod Linfield, Bishop of Salisbury, possessor of the aptest name in the country, and arch-Norrellite of the most grievous colour! His pamphlets are well-researched, but only because he has the blessing and funding of the Church at his disposal! What I could have done with that money... I tell you what I would not, Sir, and that is to fritter it away on scurrilous and derogatory pamphleteering! Old Puritan. I'll have his hide!"

"Yeah, boo, hiss, et cetera, can I have my lunch back please? Thanks, bud." The secretary picked up his burger and began to eat, noisily and with gusto. Algie did his best not to make a face.

"That, Sir Guardsman, is English magic. It can do more. Had I a bowl of silver and river-water to fill it with, I could repair any item at a word. I could summon a gentleman from Lost-Hope - and I believe I know the doing of that - but... I fear it pales in comparison to technology. I mean to say, Sir, your portals... they only appeared in the prophecy of the Raven King."

And this time, Algie did not speak, but intoned.

The rain made a door for me and I went through it;
The rain shall make a door for me and I shall pass through it.


And the air trembled, like a guttering candle.

  • 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
      • ...at 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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