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Algernon, 7th Earl Wymbourne, Internal Affairs
"Who is Disney?"
Sat May 23, 2015 03:35
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"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 eyes, more suitable for children. I shall have to investigate this further; perhaps I shall summon a fairy-servant to gauge their own reaction. It might amuse them."

Algie subconsciously adjusted his powdered wig. "But you ask about the Raven King's prophecy. It is this. It is something all magicians have known, ever since the Glorious Revival."

And once more, his voice changed.

I reached out my hand; England's rivers turned and flowed the other way;
I reached out my hand; my enemies's blood stopt in their veins;
I reached out my hand; thought and memory flew out of my enemies' heads like a flock of starlings;
My enemies crumpled like empty sacks.
I came to them out of mists and rain;
I came to them in dreams at midnight;
I came to them in a flock of ravens that filled the northern sky at dawn;
When they thought themselves safe I came to them in a cry that broke the silence of a winter wood.
The rain made a door for me and I went through it;
The stones made a throne for me and I sat upon it;
Three kingdoms were given to me to be mine forever;
England was given to me to be mine forever.
The nameless slave wore a silver crown;
The nameless slave was a king in a strange country.
The weapons that my enemies raised against me are venerated in Hell as holy relics;
Plans that my enemies raised against me are preserved as holy texts;
Blood that I shed upon ancient battlefields is scraped from the stained earth by Hell's sacristans and placed in a vessel of silver and ivory.
I gave magic to England, a valuable inheritance
But Englishmen have despised my gift
Magic shall be written upon the sky by the rain but they shall not be able to read it;
Magic shall be written on the faces of the stony hills but their minds shall not be able to contain it;
In winter the barren trees shall be a black writing but they shall not understand it.
Two magicians shall appear in England.
The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me;
The first shall be governed by thieves and murderers; the second shall conspire at his
own destruction;
The first shall bury his heart in a dark wood beneath the snow, yet still feel its ache;
The second shall see his dearest possession in his enemy’s hand.
The first shall pass his life alone; he shall be his own gaoler;
The second shall tread lonely roads, the storm above his head, seeking a dark tower
upon a high hillside.
I sit upon a black throne in the shadows but they shall not see me.
The rain shall make a door for me and I shall pass through it;
The stones shall make a throne for me and I shall sit upon it.
The nameless slave shall wear a silver crown,
The nameless slave shall be a king in a strange country.


This time, the Earl all but collapsed, swaying upon his feet as he was. "He came to England, Sir Guardsman, as is the right of the King in the North. He will come here. He is coming. And Sir, as do all right-thinking men, I bid you do as I; and bid welcome to the Raven King."

  • "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
      • "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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