L'hiver de l'Or Terni

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  1.   1.  Summary
    1.   1.1  Casualties
  2.   2.  Backstory
    1.   2.1  Leaders
    2.   2.2  Mercenaries (tNPCs)
    3.   2.3  Other Participants (cNPCs)
  3.   3.  Timeline

L'hiver de l'Or Terni

Date

TBD

Location

Cour des Miracles, Seabreeze Brink

Result

TBD

Belligerents

Tempête de l'Or

Commanders

L'hiver de l'Or Terni, or the Winter of Tarnished Gold, took place beginning in late December of 2017 following the sudden and violent usurpation of the Cour des Miracles throne by heiress Mistral de l'Or.

1.  Summary

Note: See the Timeline for specific events.

Mistral comes back from parts unknown, returning to her grandfather's kingdom with the desire to reclaim the throne for her bloodline. Kidnapping a child, she prompts the abduction of the King and his capture brings her to declaring her claim before the entirety of the pack.


1.1  Casualties

Tempête de l'Or

Mistral de l'Or

Cour des Miracles

Harvey Butler, Shiloh Dawnbringer

2.  Backstory

Bred by her mother into thinking their family alone could rule over Cour des Miracles, Mistral de l'Or first joined the pack very young in 2014, following a long string of scarring events. The granddaughter of founder and first King Jacquez Trouillefou, she had spent her time observing King Silvano Sadira's decisions and rule over her family's kingdom, often loudly and selfishly rejecting of his authority yet begrudgingly allowed stay within the pack. Defensive, selfish, and entitled as a result of the trauma she witnessed as a child, Mistral was prone for lashing out against those she did not like, particularly those close to Silvano as well as the King himself.

In mid-2014, after learning poisons from Mara Savoy and what they were capable of, Mistral lashed out against the King himself; unfortunately, the poison she left for him was drank by his mate, Shiloh Dawnbringer, pregnant visiting from Vinatta at the time. Unbeknownst to them all, Mistral's poison had disastrous results on Shiloh and Silvano's children: Sága was killed, and both Myrkr Stormbringer and Thyri Dawnbringer were born with long-lasting effects. Mistral, meanwhile, knew only that her poison against Silvano had failed.

Made wary by this failure, Mistral spent the next year quiet and unobtrusive as a member, until her quiet leave in late 2016 without fanfare. Disgusted still by Silvano's reign and utterly obsessed to fight for the throne she felt she deserved, Mistral stalked the outer pack territory for well over a year. Stress and irritation made her increasingly irrational, and she continued to lash out when and where provoked (such as against Saffron Reverie, similarly poisoned and killed in the late winter of 2016). She and Achilles Kokinos, a guardian-made-ally during her stay in Cour des Miracles, moved methodically throughout the Nova Scotian peninsula.

In mid-2017, Mistral and Achilles ran into a small group led by a man called Chaska the Burned while in Halifax. Less mercenaries and more a group down on their luck, the band was swayed by Mistral into helping her regain the throne at the kingdom due south. Convinced the kingdom had been wrongly taken from her, and that it was ruled by a tyrant driving it into the ground, the band agreed to help her in exchange for positions of luxury and esteem once the pack was won -- after all, the majority of the band wanted nothing more than to settle down and start a family.

By late December, Mistral had laid out her plan in full. With her small group ready, she made her first move.

2.1  Leaders

Mistral "Mimi" de l'Or


the usurper

As the four-year old granddaughter of Jacquez Trouillefou, the first King of Cour des Miracles, Mistral is a rightful heiress to the throne of the Court, and considers the ongoing reign by Sadira family members to be corruption to her bloodline's kingdom. Spiteful and narcissistic, Mistral rarely bloodies her own hands yet will stop at nothing to take her place as rightful ruler to Cour des Miracles. See Wiki page for full information.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 4
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: Wolfdog (75% spitz mix, 25% wolf)
  • Mount: pony mare (Rue), blue roan mare (Sibylla)
  • Weapon of Choice: Poisons
  • Appearance: Short and apple-shaped, with a white mane on her neck. Blonde with a long braid. Wears a black shawl and jewelry. Tidy, clean, well-groomed.

2.2  Mercenaries (tNPCs)

NOTE: Mercenaries are tNPCs and can be used for up to 3 independent threads each by Cour des Miracles players for their own threads. If you would like to use a tNPC for a thread, please PM the Cour des Miracles account (so we can keep count of how many threads each has)! Please do not use a tNPC without getting permission first. We encourage players to RP with tNPCs for this plot! Ideas for using each tNPC have been included below.

Chaska the Burned


the leader

The leader of the mercenaries, though partially blind and unpleasant to look at, is a man of honor and a witty sense of humor. Rough around the edges, he tolerates Mistral if only because he and his men have been promised an esteemed place of comfort in her kingdom, and after a life of strife and turmoil only seeks to settle down and start a family. Chaska will fight tooth and nail for this happy ending, and for the happy endings of those beneath his command, of whom he is extremely protective and treats like family.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 11
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: 50% various wolf breeds, 50% various dog breeds
  • Mount: black stallion (Gosgka)
  • Weapon of Choice: axe, also trained in bow and arrow
  • Appearance: Stout, square. The right side of his face, as well as portions of his right shoulder and arm, are covered in severe burns and are primarily hairless. A wolfish, dark brown and black build. Leather chest armor and black slacks.

Piper Atla


the liberated

Born into slavery, Piper spent most of her first few years of life traded from master to master, barely conscious that a life was possible beyond her station. A large-scale uprising of slaves in her latest community resulted in a massive bloodbath, in which both criminal and innocent lives were taken, and as a participant Piper realized she hadn't the normal capacity for emotions she should. Confused and afraid during her first few days of freedom, Piper met up with Chaska in western Canada and began to follow him if only to avoid complete and foreign independence. She became what was the first of a growing group of mercenaries, and her relentlessly pragmatic and serious nature earned her a place as his second-in-command. Piper has seen many come and go from Chaska's band, including Silex, whom she slowly opened up to and bore a child, Callista. Piper relates strongly to Mistral in that she believes after her time in slavery, she is owed a place in high position and comfort whether in the Court or somewhere else.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 6
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: Wolf-husky mix
  • Mount: None
  • Weapon of Choice: sword
  • Appearance: Photo reference. Husky-like build and coloration, with longer fur and wilder markings than the norm. Icy blue eyes. Scars throughout face and body.
  • RP Opportunites:
    • Piper isn't afraid of conflict and is likely to serve as a combatant in most fights.
    • Piper wasn't raised a warrior. Though she fights, she isn't the most skilled and is likely to be cut down. But hers is a very sad story; is she deserving of a terrible fate for following Mistral's cause?
    • Piper will attack anyone who threatens Silex or Callista.
    • With a lot of convincing, it's possible Piper could be talked down from a conflict.

Silex d'Esprit


the numb

A runaway in his youth turned career mercenary, Silex has fought for every bit of fortune he has ever gained. A calm, solitary type, Silex follows the orders he is given to the word -- after all, this usually means he makes more money. Silex is not a bad man, but the prospect to settle down with a measure of wealth and provide stability for his family (Piper and Callista) is all the motivation he needs to keep Silex under Mistral's every command. He isn't without morals or humor, but it takes a bit of shake-up for his rather serious and professional demeanor to slip. Silex trusts few, whether friend or foe; more than once he has suffered a betrayal and watched friends and comrades fall.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 5.5
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: Wolf
  • Mount: white mare (
  • Weapon of Choice: sword with buckler, spear
  • Appearance: A black, featureless wolf with violet eyes and a medium build.
  • RP Opportunities:
    • Silex speaks with his weapons. Conversation might not go far, but being bested in battle might have more of an effect on him than most.
    • Silex seems to tolerate Mistral, but is visibly aggravated by Treska. It's possible he might side against her during one of her more reckless or irrational moments.
    • Silex is Callista's father, and Piper's mate. Put either of them in danger, and he will strike to kill.
    • Silex is extremely intelligent and fascinated by books, but struggles in reading. That said, he's still difficult to chat up...

Treska of Bridges


the trickster

Treska of Bridges (or Shanna Dawes, or Cassidy of the Marsh, or Finn the Cheat, or...) is her latest alias, although the band has never known her by any other. Treska is a reckless, impulsive sort. She drinks, she gambles, she starts fights, she sets fires, she breaks the things of people who have wronged her. It goes without saying why Treska has gone by so many names, but exactly what set her on this road to destruction isn't clear. Along the way, she has picked up a variety of odd trades to survive, such as a touch of first aid, ranged combat, diplomacy, and more. An exile from her birthpack, Treska and Mistral make a horrible combination of spite, entitlement and impulsiveness.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 4
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: Coywolf
  • Mount: tan stallion with white points (Dotti)
  • Weapon of Choice: Knife, sword
  • Appearance: A wolf with a small, skinny build and typical Timber Wolf markings.
  • RP Opportunities:
    • Pick a fight. Call her out on her poor behavior. Stop her from breaking or setting something on fire.
    • Figure out what happened to Treska in her past to make her this way. (This will need some minor collaboration with CdM leaders.)
    • Perhaps your character has met Treska before, under a different name...

Callista Atla


the heart

Callista, or Calli, is the young daughter of Piper and Silex, and an apprentice to Chaska in the bow and arrow. In a way, Callista represents their small band of mercenaries as she was born after their union, and raised more or less by all members. Well-mannered, honorable and kind, Callista's intuition isn't sure she should support the cause of her parents, but convincing by way of Mistral and Chaska that the ends justify the means has kept her quiet. Calli serves as the group's lead scout and spy, and avoids violent conflict as she isn't trained enough to fight yet. Calli is sweet and pure. SWEET AND PURE!

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 1.5
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: 50% wolf mix, 50% husky mix
  • Mount: white and brown dapple mare (Ember)
  • Weapon of Choice: Bow and arrow
  • Appearance: Photo reference. A long-haired husky-dog with bright blue eyes, a tawny coat and white underbelly.
  • RP Opportunities:
    • Most of the other mercenary members would put themselves in harm's way to protect Calli.
    • Calli scouts on horseback with her bow and arrow to keep tabs on the pack's on-goings. She serves as both a sentinel around the borders and a spy. As such, she might have more insight on both sides of the conflict than many other members.
    • Calli would be defenseless if caught in close combat.
    • Calli isn't sure her family of mercenaries is doing the right thing. She could be talked down during a pivotal moment, even convinced to switch sides, but she would never hurt one of her own.

2.3  Other Participants (cNPCs)

NOTE: These characters are cNPCs and can be referenced, but cannot be controlled except by the player who owns them. These characters are not tNPCs.

Achilles Kokinos (cNPC of Mistral de l'Or)


the resigned

The longtime unwilling-companion-turned-bodyguard for Mistral, Achilles is a somewhat grumpy man who prefers to be left alone. He met Mistral when she was a child trying to steal from him, and out of pity played a hand in keeping her alive as she grew. Tends to prefer a hands-off approach until directed otherwise. His latest contacts have rumored his long-lost sister to be frequenting the Cour des Miracles area, leading to his willing participation in Mistral's war to find her. Achilles generally does not leave Mistral's side. See Wiki page for more information.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 6
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: 50% wolf breeds, 50% dog breeds
  • Mount: blue roan mare (Sibylla)
  • Weapon of Choice: greatsword
  • Appearance: Wolfish build, with somewhat husky-like markings. Tall and tower-like, with leather and dingy iron armor.
  • Reference Opportunities:
    • Unless mentioned otherwise, Achilles is always seen with Mistral. He looks grumpy and doesn't say much, and will retaliate if she is attacked.

Ciprian Tenebriso (cNPC of Odalis)


the black sheep

Ciprian can easily be anything that you want him to be. In some situations he is an affluent merchant, and in others little more than a street beggar fishing for information. In the outskirts of Onuba he spent time cultivating relationships and became a go-to when someone required something unsavory. When Odalis Amaranthe travelled to Nova Scotia he arranged for a horse to be sent with her - but when the ship sailed it was revealed that he had taken all of her gold and given her a nag (a crappy horse). Ciprian is one of Chaska's newer recruits, and not quite as interwoven in the group as the others. He is, quite clearly, the odd one out, and even the other mercenaries find him kind of creepy.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 4-5
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: Wolfdog hybrid
  • Mount: None
  • Weapon of Choice: Daggers
  • Appearance: Reference illustration. His fur is oily and slick looking, a dark black that covers his entire body. He is long and lithe, with a thin but handsome face that attracts attention but also is able to divert it just as easily. His nose is crooked from being punched in his youth, and that trickle of silver starts somewhere and could easily sneak up over his lip. He wears rings on his fingers (all silver and gemstones) and wears a cloak etched with silver. One of his ears is notched, and his eyes are silver-ish.
  • Reference Opportunities:
    • Chatting up pretty women
    • Wandering around the stables and Chien Hotel
    • Getting weird looks from the other mercenaries

3.  Timeline

DECEMBER 2017

  1. The ground will drop out from beneath your feet: (25 December) Ajax Raine and Cicely Sadira, pups of the Grand-Duchess Abigail Sadira, go missing.
  2. [M] I will become war: (26 December) While seeking his missing grandchildren, King Silvano Sadira is captured by Mistral's men. Fueled by disrespect, Mistral chops off the King's hand and holds him prisoner.
  3. [M] les cicatrices de mon héritage: (28 December) After several days' absence, pup Ajax Raine returns to Cour des Miracles alone, with the severed hand of Silvano Sadira strapped to his back. He is discovered by Alessan Stormbringer, Kalypso Savoy, and brought to Abigail Sadira and Shiloh Dawnbringer. His sister, Cicely Sadira, as well as the King are nowhere to be found.


JANUARY 2018

  1. [M] the kings need another victory, so they sent me: (1 January) Mistral de l'Or calls together the members of Cour des Miracles, disgraces Silvano Sadira, and announces herself its new Queen.
  2. The new rule begins but it seems the Court has not had a fairy tale ending.
  3. [M] the last breath you take you spit in their face: Shiloh confronts Mistral, and a legend falls.
  4. In the eye of the hurricane: After a lot of trouble and run-ins with pack members, Silex and Piper are convinced to leave, while Chaska and Callista join the pack properly.
  5. We dance upon the woodwork of our past: A grand party is put on to finally celebrate the Queen. Not all is as it seems, however.


FEBRUARY 2018

  1. sons of a dangerous flame: Mistral gives birth to two boys, Florian Aatte and Bennett de l'Or, while imprisoned in a room next to Linden's cell.
  2. [M] Nothing to stay our vengeful hands: (6 February) Kalypso calls for the Court to gather, where Queen Mistral is executed and Linden is exiled along with their children. Afterwards, she names Silvano as her father and succeeds him as the new Queen of Cour des Miracles.