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Postby The Scarlet Eagle » Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:54 pm

Just like Aurelia, the six Scarlet Americans do not miss the small twitch of Sarina's eyebrow, and thankfully, Anaximander is quick to understand why.
"Before you get angry Miss Sarina, says the Emperor, I didn't mean that you were trolling, I was referring to the fact that people, in a conversation, might use a comparison between myths of both nations to feel superior to their interlocutor. It was not directed at all against you or the story you told us. Sorry if you understood it like that.
"Now, concerning your question Princess, continues Anax as he turns back to Aurelia. I would not reply only if the person telling me ghe story used it to provoke me and tell me that said myth or story was superior to the ones of the Empire, therefore implying that the Sultanate is superior to our country. Otherwise, if it is a simple and pleasant conversation, I would always reply.
Now, with all due respect, could you please refrain from joking about such things as flogging? Because frankly, to us, it's just outright barbaric, on the same level as the fundamentalist islamic groups we've been fighting in Afghanistan and such. And when we learned that the Sultanate was still using this methods of punishment, our friends, Anna and I, thought the same thing. And it's still in a corner of our mind. I don't want to judge your methods, but please, avoid the topic while we're together.
-To change topics, interrupts Yuri as he looks at his Data Glove Paired, it seems we are a bit late for take off. Seems like now would be a good time, no?" he asks his friends and wife, earning nods of approval from them.
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Postby Kyrenaia » Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:08 am

The Scarlet Eagle wrote:Just like Aurelia, the six Scarlet Americans do not miss the small twitch of Sarina's eyebrow, and thankfully, Anaximander is quick to understand why.
"Before you get angry Miss Sarina, says the Emperor, I didn't mean that you were trolling, I was referring to the fact that people, in a conversation, might use a comparison between myths of both nations to feel superior to their interlocutor. It was not directed at all against you or the story you told us. Sorry if you understood it like that.
"Now, concerning your question Princess, continues Anax as he turns back to Aurelia. I would not reply only if the person telling me ghe story used it to provoke me and tell me that said myth or story was superior to the ones of the Empire, therefore implying that the Sultanate is superior to our country. Otherwise, if it is a simple and pleasant conversation, I would always reply.
Now, with all due respect, could you please refrain from joking about such things as flogging? Because frankly, to us, it's just outright barbaric, on the same level as the fundamentalist islamic groups we've been fighting in Afghanistan and such. And when we learned that the Sultanate was still using this methods of punishment, our friends, Anna and I, thought the same thing. And it's still in a corner of our mind. I don't want to judge your methods, but please, avoid the topic while we're together.
-To change topics, interrupts Yuri as he looks at his Data Glove Paired, it seems we are a bit late for take off. Seems like now would be a good time, no?" he asks his friends and wife, earning nods of approval from them.


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Well, talk about a culture shock... flogging was not only a common punishment around our parts, but also an accepted one. Besides, I did not mean the kind of flogging we usually use for punishment, but a more... interesting kind.
Of course, they could not know that, so I told Anax with a voice cold as ice: "If you do not wish to talk about that, fine. But never compare Kyrenaia to these people, neither in front of me nor in front of any other Kyrenaian. You have no idea, what Kyrenaia is and why Kyrenaia is the way it is. So shut your pie hole or we start discussing the Firearm Legislation in the Empire, about which we have nothing nice to say either." I let a beat pass, meeting Anax's eyes head on. National Pride was a thing and is these people did not understand that, then it sucked to be them. "And besides that, it does not throw a good light onto you, or your Empire, to call anyone 'barbaric', especially not before you haven't cleaned up your own house."
I held the eye contact and spoke to Yuri without missing a beat. "That all being said, Baron, the reason as to why we haven't taken off already elude me as well. I am sure, however, that the pilots have good reasons.", I told him, "I bow to their expertise in these matters and you should do the same."
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Postby The Scarlet Eagle » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:44 am

When Aurelia answers him with her ice-cold tone and hard stare, Anax meets it head on with a one of his own. The Emperor, just like his wife and colleagues, understood perfectly the National Pride present in Aurelia's words, and would, if necessary, use their own Imperial one to match it.

"Princess, replies the Emperor with a calm and neutral tone, know that these comparisons came to us immediatly, without taking the time to think it through, and were largely caused by some old stereotypes that linger in even the most wisest minds in the Empire. You are absolutely right, I don't know what Kyrenaia is, what are his people, etc.
But you are surely aware that one of the goals of this state visit is for us humble foreigners to learn and understand more about the Sultanate, its people and traditions.
Only then would we be able to try and discuss things with you or anyone of your compatriots, because we would have some knowledge and understanding to back us.

But as of now, in the state of things concerning our knowledge, it would be very unwise to start a debate, let alone on such a sensible topic Just like it would be unwise for you to start debating now about our Firearm Legislation, because you do not have all the knowledge and understanding about how we work. In both cases, it would end with the foreign party falling out of context very rapidly. And if I remember well, wisdom is a thing Kyrenaians hold in high regards, even more than in the Empire to my opinion.
So, with that in mind, I suggest we leave that kind of discussion for the return visit, where both countries will have taken time to learn and understand about each other.

-As for cleaning our own house, continues Anna, as she looks at Aurelia with the same gaze as her husband, I've learned very rapidly that it is a task that never stops, for anyone on this planet." The Empress, by saying this, was conveying to Aurelia the fact that nor the Empire the Sultanate were perfect, and that they should, if possible, refrain from judging each other too much.


"Oh, don't worry Your Highness, replies Yuri as he leans back in his seat, before taking out his canteen from behind his plate carrier and taking a swig from it, before replacing it back. I know that these pilts are among the best of their kind, otherwise they wouldn't have been selected to fly your GrandMother or any member of your family. What I'm saying is that I don't want people in Oea to start mocking us because we're not punctual and late, saying that it is our fault while it would have been a factor depending on our pilots.
Say, I'm getting hungry. Anax, you got any of those chocolate-strawberry bars Alexandra made recently?
-Yup, replies the Emperor before opening his backpack, and retrieving some aluminium packets, which he hands to his different colleagues. Opening them reveals some chocolate-coated cereals mixed with dried stawberries in a small bar.
-These were prepared by Alexandra Leonhart, or Sasha as we call her, explains Alicia to the two Kyrenaian women. She's the Alpha Three Squad Leader under my command, and also a good cook, who loves to try new things. And I think she would love to have your advice on them, even though it's a simple treat, continues the female Morozov as she picks two more bars from Anax's backpack, and hands them to Aurelia and Sarina.
What was left unsaid, but could still be easily readable in the female Colonel's eyes, was that just like the Kyrenaians had appreciated that the Scarlet Americans guests had partaken in the tuqasimiah earlier, the guests would appreciate if their hosts did the same, as a gesture of goodwill, and also as a peace offering from the small tense turn the conversation had took.
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Postby Kyrenaia » Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:50 pm

The Scarlet Eagle wrote:When Aurelia answers him with her ice-cold tone and hard stare, Anax meets it head on with a one of his own. The Emperor, just like his wife and colleagues, understood perfectly the National Pride present in Aurelia's words, and would, if necessary, use their own Imperial one to match it.

"Princess, replies the Emperor with a calm and neutral tone, know that these comparisons came to us immediatly, without taking the time to think it through, and were largely caused by some old stereotypes that linger in even the most wisest minds in the Empire. You are absolutely right, I don't know what Kyrenaia is, what are his people, etc.
But you are surely aware that one of the goals of this state visit is for us humble foreigners to learn and understand more about the Sultanate, its people and traditions.
Only then would we be able to try and discuss things with you or anyone of your compatriots, because we would have some knowledge and understanding to back us.

But as of now, in the state of things concerning our knowledge, it would be very unwise to start a debate, let alone on such a sensible topic Just like it would be unwise for you to start debating now about our Firearm Legislation, because you do not have all the knowledge and understanding about how we work. In both cases, it would end with the foreign party falling out of context very rapidly. And if I remember well, wisdom is a thing Kyrenaians hold in high regards, even more than in the Empire to my opinion.
So, with that in mind, I suggest we leave that kind of discussion for the return visit, where both countries will have taken time to learn and understand about each other.

-As for cleaning our own house, continues Anna, as she looks at Aurelia with the same gaze as her husband, I've learned very rapidly that it is a task that never stops, for anyone on this planet." The Empress, by saying this, was conveying to Aurelia the fact that nor the Empire the Sultanate were perfect, and that they should, if possible, refrain from judging each other too much.


"Oh, don't worry Your Highness, replies Yuri as he leans back in his seat, before taking out his canteen from behind his plate carrier and taking a swig from it, before replacing it back. I know that these pilts are among the best of their kind, otherwise they wouldn't have been selected to fly your GrandMother or any member of your family. What I'm saying is that I don't want people in Oea to start mocking us because we're not punctual and late, saying that it is our fault while it would have been a factor depending on our pilots.
Say, I'm getting hungry. Anax, you got any of those chocolate-strawberry bars Alexandra made recently?
-Yup, replies the Emperor before opening his backpack, and retrieving some aluminium packets, which he hands to his different colleagues. Opening them reveals some chocolate-coated cereals mixed with dried stawberries in a small bar.
-These were prepared by Alexandra Leonhart, or Sasha as we call her, explains Alicia to the two Kyrenaian women. She's the Alpha Three Squad Leader under my command, and also a good cook, who loves to try new things. And I think she would love to have your advice on them, even though it's a simple treat, continues the female Morozov as she picks two more bars from Anax's backpack, and hands them to Aurelia and Sarina.
What was left unsaid, but could still be easily readable in the female Colonel's eyes, was that just like the Kyrenaians had appreciated that the Scarlet Americans guests had partaken in the tuqasimiah earlier, the guests would appreciate if their hosts did the same, as a gesture of goodwill, and also as a peace offering from the small tense turn the conversation had took.


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Princess Aurelia bint-Damir.

I quickly caught on to the meaning of them putting these bars into our hands: A peace-offering and a distraction. And a break in the conversation.
I nodded to Sarina, when she glanced to me. Handmaidens were not allowed to accept presents without expressed permission to do so, so she acted in accordance with her station's rules. Ancient, most likely older then Anax's Empire, but valid nonetheless.
I took a bar as well.
"I agree with you on one thing.", I said to Anax, "Neither of us should judge with incomplete knowledge." I unwrapped the bar and took a small bite. He might be surprised to learn, that I had received some information on the Empire beforehand, as well as its Imperialistic Expansions as of late. "Don't worry about the time of arrival in Oea. As long as we are there by midday, no one will complain... and if we aren't, the pilots are blamed, I'll see to that." To be honest... I took another bite. "My compliments to... Sasha, was it? How should I refer to her in a formal context?"
Sarina nodded. These chocolate bars were really good!
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Postby The Scarlet Eagle » Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:43 pm

Anaximander, grateful to Aurelia and Sarina for having accepted the bars, gives them a smile and a nod of gratitude. He supposed that Aurelia had indeed been receiving information about the Empire, but there was a clear difference in his mind between reading informations and being there on the field.
"If you want to adress Sasha in a formal context, Princess, answers the Emperor, you can either use her rank, that would be Lieutenant Colonel Alexandra Leonhart. Or her noble title, since she's married to Patrick, whose family is the fourth most high-ranked noble family after the Imperial family, the Melniks, and the Morozovs. So that would be Marquise Alexandra Leonhart.
Although just so you know, her own family is of noble descent, they are Barons whose domain is located in the plains of North Dakota. I hope that answers your question. Also, please note that she isn't used to people calling her Sasha when she isn't acquainted well with them.
- Thank you for the compliments, continues Anna, I'm sure she'll like them. Since she must still be sleeping, due to the time difference of eight hours, and given the fact all of our Personal Guards are on vacation, I'll text her instead of calling her, says the Empress as she types something on her Data Glove Paired. Something else you want to add before I send the message?" she asks Aurelia and Sarina.
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Postby Kyrenaia » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:59 am

The Scarlet Eagle wrote:Anaximander, grateful to Aurelia and Sarina for having accepted the bars, gives them a smile and a nod of gratitude. He supposed that Aurelia had indeed been receiving information about the Empire, but there was a clear difference in his mind between reading informations and being there on the field.
"If you want to adress Sasha in a formal context, Princess, answers the Emperor, you can either use her rank, that would be Lieutenant Colonel Alexandra Leonhart. Or her noble title, since she's married to Patrick, whose family is the fourth most high-ranked noble family after the Imperial family, the Melniks, and the Morozovs. So that would be Marquise Alexandra Leonhart.
Although just so you know, her own family is of noble descent, they are Barons whose domain is located in the plains of North Dakota. I hope that answers your question. Also, please note that she isn't used to people calling her Sasha when she isn't acquainted well with them.
- Thank you for the compliments, continues Anna, I'm sure she'll like them. Since she must still be sleeping, due to the time difference of eight hours, and given the fact all of our Personal Guards are on vacation, I'll text her instead of calling her, says the Empress as she types something on her Data Glove Paired. Something else you want to add before I send the message?" she asks Aurelia and Sarina.


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Princess Aurelia bint-Damir.

I shook my head.
"No, thank you, that would be all.", I replied to the offer, just before the helicopter lifted off. The movement caused no spills on our side, but a bit of movement. I was not really used to riding helicopters, but this was far from my first ride. "If you wish, though, you can add my best regards to the Marquise and her husband."
As we were now airborne, the helicopter turned roughly southwards and began its flight. It would take a bit until we were there.
"We will now fly for about three hours and arrive in Oea.", I informed the other passengers (not that Sarina needed it, but I did so anyways). "I hope, that you have in-flight entertainment?"
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Postby The Scarlet Eagle » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:53 am

"It shall be done, Princess, replies Anna before finishing her message, endint it and putting her phone back in her pocket just as the Bijea lifts off. For the Imperials, this was a standard take off, one more in a list of many.
-Thanks for the information Princess, replies Pavel. As for flight entertainment, we have a simple but efficne thing that we call: try to sleep before you have a long day ahead of you."
As he says that, Anna, Alicia and Anaximander put their hats over their faces, while Yuri and Patricia do the same with their berets.
"That's what my comrades are demonstrating to you right now, adds the male Colonel with a chuckle. So, can you please wake us about ten minutes before we arrive?"
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Postby Kyrenaia » Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:35 pm

The Scarlet Eagle wrote:"It shall be done, Princess, replies Anna before finishing her message, endint it and putting her phone back in her pocket just as the Bijea lifts off. For the Imperials, this was a standard take off, one more in a list of many.
-Thanks for the information Princess, replies Pavel. As for flight entertainment, we have a simple but efficne thing that we call: try to sleep before you have a long day ahead of you."
As he says that, Anna, Alicia and Anaximander put their hats over their faces, while Yuri and Patricia do the same with their berets.
"That's what my comrades are demonstrating to you right now, adds the male Colonel with a chuckle. So, can you please wake us about ten minutes before we arrive?"


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Princess Aurelia bint-Damir.

I nodded - fair enough.
I raised my own hand, a book in my hands. Those capable of Reading Kyrenaian Runes would decipher, that it said Fakhar al'Aswad, Pride of Lions, a novel from the early 20th century, about hubris and loosing everything, set into a family of wealthy land owners. Some said, that it had been almost prophetic.
It was also part of the school curriculum.
"This is my in-flight entertainment.", I said with a smile, "I'll see to it, that we will be awoken and look halfway awake before we arrive." I let a beat pass. "Have a good rest."
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Postby The Scarlet Eagle » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:25 am

"Thanks Princess Aurelia, replies Pavel before covering his face with his Stetson too, only to raise it back up a few seconds later. Just a small question before I go to rest, what is the title of this book and whtat is it talking about? he asks as he points to the novel with his chin.
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Postby Kyrenaia » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:06 pm

The Scarlet Eagle wrote:"Thanks Princess Aurelia, replies Pavel before covering his face with his Stetson too, only to raise it back up a few seconds later. Just a small question before I go to rest, what is the title of this book and whtat is it talking about? he asks as he points to the novel with his chin.


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Princess Aurelia bint-Damir.

"Fakhar al'Aswad, or Pride of Lions in English is a novel from the early 20th century.", I told him, "It's a very Kyrenaian book. I doubt, that you would find it interesting, Duke Pavel, for Kyrenaian Culture is not exactly easy to get into unless you come from a similar culture." I shrugged. "Don't worry, I had my issues as well."
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Postby The Scarlet Eagle » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:20 pm

"Thanks for the information, replies Pavel with a smile. I guess you're right, but that won't stop me from maybe reading it later. See you, he finishes as he puts back his Stetson on his face, and closes his eyes, drifting to sleep a few moments later just like his wife and companions, helped by the gentle rocking of the helicopter.
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Postby Kyrenaia » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:56 am

The Scarlet Eagle wrote:"Thanks for the information, replies Pavel with a smile. I guess you're right, but that won't stop me from maybe reading it later. See you, he finishes as he puts back his Stetson on his face, and closes his eyes, drifting to sleep a few moments later just like his wife and companions, helped by the gentle rocking of the helicopter.


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When Pavel, too, went to take his nap, I looked Sarina, her golden eyes sparkling in bemusement. I nodded and turned to my book - a book to be read for school.
Sarina, meanwhile, took out a fashion magazine, on who's cover Amina-Khana smiled into the camera in a long, black dress, her tall, towering figure dominating the title page. From what I gathered from a quick glance, Amina had hosted a ball not too long ago, in honour of the Melkos, the Beys of Jalid, who had come for a visit. There was even an image of Kira in the cutest dress one could imagine.
Oh, how much I wanted to hug the living daylights out of her!
Time flew (get it? Time flew because... okay, that one was a bad one).
A small beep told me, that time was almost up - a quarter of an hour before arrival, but same difference. I packed my book into my bag, then reached over to Anax.
"Good morning, sleepyhead!", I said and tapped his knee, "We're almost there - fourteen minutes and a few seconds."
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Postby The Scarlet Eagle » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:24 am

When Aurelia taps his knee, the Emperor opens his eyes with a small groan, before lifting his Stetson from his eyes, and pats himself up, seemingly searching from something
Crap, it's true I don't have it with me, he thinks, referring to his pistol.
"Thank you Princess Aurelia, he replies. Reveille everyone! he exclaims to his wife and colleagues. ETA Fourteen minutes! Get ready!"
As he says that, the others wake up too, readjusting their clothes and their hats and berets on their heads.
"Phew, that sure is good, says Anna as she extends her arms and stretches up a bit, confirmed by nods and groans of approval from Alicia and Patricia.
-Yup, simply replies Pavel. So, was that book interesting Princess? he asks to Aurelia.
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