× The Kingdom of Asteria takes up the largest of the sky lands in the eastern part of Chalcedonia. The oldest kingdom of the Sixth Era, its land was once the Kingdom of Triskel in the Second Area and comprises of the Auster Lands, the Chalcedon, and the Chalcedonian Jungle. Asteria is the most powerful of the three kingdoms though lately it relys more and more on trade for metals. It is also the most diverse of the kindgoms.

The capital of Asteria is Aureas, a city of the Second Era completely rebuilt and restored by Taal Zodo as his gift to his nephew Ian Mercleis. The current king, and only king in its long history, is none other than Ian Mercleis. Asteria has been regarded as the Holy Kingdom due to its king's close relationship to the divine Taal Zodo.

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5 months 2 weeks ago #73 by DreamWriter05
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At first when Vic patted her hand, she frowned and thought perhaps he was being condescending. Yet as he went on, the frown faded to more of a look of interest. There was no smile on her face for she was listening and absorbing what he had to say but even his finger tips touching hers, well it made her a bit wary. Was he trying to be like a brother to her? A mentor or teacher? What was his end game and why did it feel like he was flirting with her? Not that she minded a bit of flirting, it was another thing she excelled at, but more so when she was dressed in her normal attire and not the more conservative outfit she now wore. She'd have to tread carefully. He was probably used to ensconcing women and other foreign dignitaries into whatever web he so desired. Could he be doing the same with her? She hoped not, as she really did like and admire the man, but perhaps that was only because of the little she knew about him. Would getting to know him better change her opinion of him? Likely it would, but time would tell for sure.

When he asked about her, she shrugged somewhat shyly. "There isn't a lot to tell really. I am my parents only offspring. I grew up not wanting for anything but not with a silver spoon in my mouth. And well, I guess you could say I've always been good at solving problems and finding solutions that can mitigate potential damage and or threats. It's sort of an innate talent I suppose you could say." She fell silent then and sipped at her tea, using the glass to hide her face to some degree while she drank. It was good tea, flavored with lemons and maybe even a hint of strawberries. Though wary, Elwryn felt as if this was turning out to be a good visit with the chancellor. She was glad that she had elected to meet with him rather than feign an excuse.

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5 months 6 days ago #80 by AnnaNadir
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Vic noticed her discomfort and pulled his hand back as she spoke. Placing his napkin his lap and picking up his fork as reason for moving, he smiled. "I could imagine you with sisters," he smiled and winked, "you'd turn the whole world it's ear." He took another bite of food then glanced back at her. "So besides helping peace and compromise find its way, what do you like to do when not playing negotiator? I enjoy riding and gardening. Though I admit travel to new locations is always a pleasure as well."He wasn't at all embarrassed at the admission of his hobbies. The pride in his comment about gardening was actually quite evident. He reached to put a few more tidbits his plate, then nodded to her with his hand out in silent offering to do the same for her.

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5 months 6 days ago #82 by DreamWriter05
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Setting the now half full glass of tea down she smiled. "If I had sisters, we'd probably kill each other," she said in a matter of fact manner. "So perhaps it is a good thing that I don't have any siblings. And you, Lord Mignogna? Do you have siblings?" She was asking out of sheer curiosity. She couldn't quite remember if what she had read about him spoke of his family or not. Elwryn had read a lot about him and the other dignitaries that would be joining them at a later time and so some of the information was a touch jumbled, not to mention the fact that he was a very handsome man. The degree to which seemed to take her breath away.

When he offered her more of their lunch, she pushed her plate towards him in way of inviting him to place a bit more on it. She listened intently to him speak of his hobbies and found it interesting that a man would like to garden. Most of the men she knew back home in Elusia were fond of more manly pursuits, so this was a welcome change of pace for Elwryn. It was a little odd, but she admired that he was willing to admit to it so freely. And in her eyes it didn't diminish his appeal to her in the slightest.

Then he asked of her own hobbies and she couldn't help but blush a little bit. "Well," she began slowly. "I hope you won't think me silly, but my most favorite of pastimes is writing. Sadly though, during this trip I have not had the pleasure of indulging in it. Instead though I've been preparing for the talks and negotiations to come." She shrugged almost nonchalantly and then added almost as an afterthought, "I also like to bake and travel. I know all of those seem totally unrelated and off the wall. Yet that is just me I suppose. I've always been a bit off the wall. Or at least so people tend to say about me."

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4 months 2 weeks ago #87 by AnnaNadir
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Victor smiled and placed a few more bites on her plate before setting it back before her. "No, I have no siblings. I had a brother. But he was killed several years ago during a battle in a land he'd gone help negotiate peace in. No one's fault to blame, I suppose. Despite desire on both sides to end a generations old feud, there are always radicals who wish it to continue." He looked away as he finished his comment. "He saved lives in his death. So he would be happy. And peace had been achieved. I suppose that's all we ever desire."
He fell silent a moment then switched back to her. The smile that had wavered, was back as his eyes once more met her own. "I do not thinking writing is a silly pastime at all. It keeps the mind sharp. And depending what you write, I imagine it also sometimes makes you more open to thoughts and avenues that many don't think of." He ate a bite as he winked at her. "As to cooking and travel, those do not seem silly either. In our line of work, the love of travel is a definite asset. And if we try several cuisines as we meander, it would make sense to also discover a love of the culinary arts. Don't you think?"
He glanced around as if about to impart a great secret, then leaned over to whisper, despite his voice certainly carrying to the guard discreetly behind the Lady. "And should you every find a desire for quiet time to write, my Lady, simply let me know. I will be happy to drag up some secluded spot and amuse myself with a book while you indulge. Few would think to disturb us with your faithful guard standing watch, I am sure." He wiggled his eyebrows as if to tease her then smiled and sat back up. There were other ideas flitting around in his head. But he wasn't ready to give them up quite yet. Instead, he merely took another bite and watched her reaction.

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4 months 1 week ago #88 by DreamWriter05
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With genuine concern and caring in her voice, she said to him, "I am sorry for the loss of your brother. That had to have been difficult for you. Yet, as you said, he was fighting for a good cause and peace was obtained, so as you do, I can only assume that he is happy wherever he is now." She reached out her hand to touch his as she said this, a gesture of comfort and somewhat of understanding. Elwryn may not know what it was like to lose a sibling as she didn't have any, but she knew the feeling of loss when someone close to you passed. So though not exactly the same the feeling was similar.

Eager for a change of topic, she was glad for the distraction when the chancellor moved on to speak more about her own hobbies even as he set more food before her. Elwryn ate it happily, but slowly, glad for the diversion and a chance to talk on something more pleasant than death. "I would like to take time out to write if the chance should present itself, but I fear that if I devote too much time to it before talks have concluded, that I will not be as effective of an asset to the delegation as my government wishes me to be." Her smile was thin but genuine as she shrugged. "I will find time to write though, when it presents itself, but until such time comes, I need to focus on the mission at hand."

She ate another berry, watching the chancellor all the while with her blue eyes. "Tell me Chancellor, how do you balance your work and your hobbies? With all that I've read about you, it seems almost as if you might be the type to spend more time on work than on hobbies. Though, perhaps that could be myself rather than you?" She chuckled as she finished her statement and took another sip of tea when her touch of laughter concluded.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #113 by AnnaNadir
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Victor listened as she made her condolences. Her touch, though meant to be supportive, made him feel more than merely comforted. And he actually felt the loss deeply as she sat back up. "Thank you, Lady. You are kind."
When she made excuses to not relax till after the talks were over, he clicked his tongue at her. "Tsk, tsk, M'Lady. To deny your hobbies and pleasures is to deny yourself. Do not wait to find time to write. Make it a priority." He leaned back in thought a moment. "You asked how I balanced it all. Hobbies, delights, work. It's because I treat it all the same. My dear, being ambassadors is our job. It is not who we are. Who we are is the cooking, the writing, and the gardening. It's who we are when we do not have faux smiles plastered to our faces."
He motioned over the wall to those outside. "Consider the tinker, the baker, or the ladies who make your hats. Do they do that every waking and sleeping hour because they can't stop 'till the public is gone'? No... The close the shops at dark and go home. Or the go the tavern. Or they take a walk." The man watched her as he spoke. "I am guessing you enjoy writing and cooking because they relax you, as my gardening does for me. Do you not think it more prudent to be relaxed in negotiations? You ask how I do it... Well I will show you if you will permit me. Meet me tomorrow after morning introductions. We'll be taking a break around lunchtime and will have till the evening ball to do as we please. May I beg your indulgence and ask you to join me for lunch tomorrow afternoon?"
There was an incline to his head that made him look as if he would have bowed nearly in half for her, had the table not been in the way.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #150 by DreamWriter05
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She smiled at him, a genuine smile, though a weak one. Elwryn appreciated the invitation, but wasn't sure if she should accept it. There were times, most of the time in fact, when all Elwryn knew was her work. The Elusian government kept her quite busy. What with research, meetings on foreign policy, and socializing with other senators, chancellors, kings and queens and the like; it made for quite a busy schedule. And now with this mission to a country far, far from Elusia, it almost seemed to Elwryn as if there were even more pressure to be the good diplomat than to be herself. Fake smiles and greetings she was used to, but having time to herself to pursue her own likes was something that came rarely back home. Perhaps as Chancellor Mignogna said, this might be the best opportunity she had to get back to her own pursuits. Perhaps her writing could finally get to the point of being published. Now that, that would be a dream come true.

"Sometimes," she began after a moment's hesitation. "I feel as if work is all there is, all there is time for. Yet that was back home in Elusia. I think perhaps Chancellor, I shall take you up on your offer. I would like some time to de-stress and just focus on my writing. I do have one condition though. You may not ask to read my writing until I have finished it. Does that sound fair to you?" Elwryn nibbled on a chocolate covered strawberry as she awaited his answer.

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2 months 1 week ago #155 by AnnaNadir
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The man sat back and placed his hand to his chest as if mortally wounded. "My Lady... I would 'never' presume to ask to read what wasn't offered...uuhh," his overly melodramatic response was meant to illicit a smile from the young woman across from him.
Victor winked and nodded once more. His gentleman manners so ingrained it was noticed but not forced. "I assure you, Lady Elwryn, what you write will remain yours alone unless you grant me the privilege. Knowing you are free to express yourself, unhindered, is sufficient." He cocked his head a moment then he took another drink. "I think I shall endeavor to teach you a secret art that shall greatly enhance your already prime honed diplomatic skills, my dear..." He glanced around as if making sure they weren't overheard then slightly over the table and whispered in a not so hushed tone, "Relax and have fun..." He then winked and nodded as if he had just told her the location of Tannhauser's secret resting place. 

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