I am reminded once more the reasons of my longing for the open ocean. This journey to Oldtown was fraught with all the intrigue and politicking which I have no head for. Foolish that I was, I had thought it but a simple enough visit. A reunion with my dear aunt, and a search for a lost cousin. Things swiftly grew more complex, however.
My suspicion was first aroused by my aunt’s manifest disappointment that father had not attended to this matter himself. Further, was the rich manner of her dress and even an attending servant. I felt obliged to discover whatever deeper mystery underlay this happenstance, and enlisted the advice and services of what favored servants of the house were in the city. We had little enough success at first, and I am afraid we rather looked like chickens running about. But all was made clear at the end when Dylan and Meridora unraveled the mystery.
The Golden Company. A band of mercenaries who seem to comport themselves with a dignity belying their station. And leading them, one who claimed the ancient name of Gardener. Timothee’s adventure had been but a lure to speak with my father. A play for Highgarden is afoot now, and honor did not provide me with the ready answers I had thought that it would.
King Robert gives tentative support to this action, or at least tacit permission. There was no lie in that statement. The Lord Gardener himself comports himself with great honor and trustworthiness. The loyalty and discipline of his men speaks well of him. And I find it difficult to believe that one without honorable intentions would simply have let me leave with such knowledge of his plans without concrete support. Further….he promised the safety of my brother….
And yet, this is treason. Plain and simple. Already the House is looked down upon because our peers think us disloyal dogs. Would not throwing in with Gardener prove all our detractors to be correct? And the attack on the Redwyne ship….our oaths demand that we give aid to the Redwynes. Are we to betray those as well? Can gold and the favor of new lords truely make up for the stain on our house? And even so, would Gardener truely trust us, given that we would have betrayed one oath of fealty already for our own benefit?
I do not know. I do not know what to do. Honor says that I should fight for my lord. And honor says that I should fight for what is just. Father will look to me for a recommendation on what to do. I am the one that spoke to Lord Gardener. So the question remains…..what shall I say?