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Operation text Edit
Do you recall the last letter I sent, about the new volunteers who have reported to Suledin Keep to help with our efforts? Lady Ducette, daughter of Lord Basile Maron, was one of them. We were unaware of her real identity because she came to us disguised as a villager. Unfortunately, Lord Basile has just now discovered the whereabouts of his missing daughter and has accused the Inquisition of kidnapping her. Lord Basile's colorful slander of the Inquisition has cast a shadow on our relations with wealthy southern Orlesian society.
Complicating matters, Lady Ducette refuses to return to her father and the gilded cage of a gentlewoman. I can't very well tie her up and deliver her to the lord in a barrel, can I?
Advisor suggestions Edit
Lady Ducette should follow her heart. Lord Basile is a minor noble, and his favor is not worth courting. I can trick him into social ruin. Once he is torn down, he may rant, but no one will listen.
Not participating in this mission.
Why can't we? We don't have to literally put her in a barrel, but let Lady Ducette know, in no uncertain terms, that she is no longer welcome in the Inquisition.
We had one of our Leliana's spies bait Lord Basile into starting his rant at a recent ball. Just as he was reaching the climax of his argument, Lady Ducette entered, in full Inquisition regalia, with an entourage of our soldiers, and exposed her father's lies. She then challenged him to a duel for the Inquisition's honor. The lord would not meet her blade and was shunned for the rest of the event, while Lady Ducette became the star of the evening. I don't think we need to worry about Lord Basile in the future.
I sent Lady Ducette back to her father, though she begged me to allow her to remain with the Inquisition. A heartbreaking scene - the lady wants so desperately to have her life mean something. But she must obey her father and the Inquisition. Our escort of soldiers made sure she arrived at the Maron estate safely.
Both advisors Edit
- 30 Influence