Brash Young Fools

Trials of the Heart

  • As the Fools are standing around after the carnage at the Inn, Leopold arrives at his appointed time and is disappointed to find there is no Esmerelda.
  • However, a coach displaying Fenstermacher livery rolls up and Leopold takes that as his cue to start reciting awful poetry at the Esmerelda he imagines to be within.
  • As he is halfway through his verse, the curtain draws aside and the formidable bulk of Hilda, Esmerelda’s handmaiden, appears at the window. Mildly taken aback by this visage, Leopold is stunned when she hands him a letter containing the following:

My dearest Leopold, your efforts to win my heart have not gone unnoticed. It is my dearest wish and sincerest hope that you will come and meet me tonight at Fenstermacher manor so that you might court me properly.
Signed
Esmeralda Fenstermacher

  • Naturally suspicious, the Fools caution Leopold whilst manoeuvring him into a nearby alleyway, where Boris knocks the poor fop unconscious. He is then bundled into a nearby Inn whilst Joachim assumes his identity to visit the manor in his stead.
  • Approaching the manor at the appointed time, Joachim is greeted by the sight of Hilda at the door, who requests that ‘Leopold’ complete three tasks to prove his love for Esmerelda before he can be allowed to see her. The first task is to retrieve an old locket, in the shape of a small silver charm, that is currently being held by the Von Bruner family.
  • Visiting Heissman von Bruner, the Fools are able to convince him to part with the locket for a short while they intend to use it to persuade the girl away from Leopold. Investigating the locket, they discover this inscription on the inside

My eyes desire to look upon no other, so fair is my Kelsydra, all others pale beside her.

  • The Fools take the locket to Hilda who instructs them in their next task, which is to receive an ancestral blessing for the union. Hilda requests that the ‘suitor’ goes to Morr’s Field and read a love poem at the tomb she specifies.
  • Approaching the tomb with one of the Fenstermacher servants (Jory), Joachim starts to recite the poem written by one Heller von Bruner and directed towards his love, Kelsydra.
  • During the recitation, the air begins to chill and a ghostly form of someone the Fools assume to be Heller von Bruner materialises out of thin air! Jory runs from the spectre and there is a shout in the background from the priests of Morr who suspect that Necromancers have crept into the grounds and are practising dark arts.
  • Escaping before they can be accosted by the priests, the Fools make their way back to the Fenstermacher manor, inflamed at the event.
  • Losing patience, Boris kicks the door down and charges past Hilda in his search for Esmerelda and an explanation for the recent events. He barges past Rupert Fenstermacher, her father and charges into her room, where he finds Esmerelda sitting quietly brushing her hair.
  • The Fools launch into an attack on Esmerelda, accusing her of witchcraft and heresy, but she maintains that her intentions in the request were purely honourably as she wished her courtship to follow the path set by Heller and Kelsydra in generations past. She is most upset by the duplicitous nature of the situation when she discovers that ‘Leopold’ is not her Leopold after all but Joachim in disguise.
  • Esmerelda shows the fools the letters that detail the courtship and love between Heller and Kelsydra and tells the Fools that she found the letters in a small box that came along with the mirror her father gave her.
  • Turning their attention to the mirror, Rupert pleads with the fools that it is merely an old family heirloom that turned up when cleaning one of the Fenstermacher storehouses recently.
  • As the sound of the City Watch approaches closer and the Fools decide that they may have overstepped their brief in this task, Karl tries to shoot the mirror with his crossbow pistol, the bolt plinking harmlessly off the surface as the Fools leave to reconsider their approach

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