Lycene Storms II
Word arrives in Arx of the assassination of Marquis Duncan Hawkmour. The man had been in Brassfall Keep for some time, ever since the arrival of the foreign emissaries to Arx some time ago, and it comes as a shock to his vassals that the Marquis was murdered while under heavy guard. It's still unclear exactly how it happened, but at some point during the night on November 1st, 1011 AR, an Abandoned disguised as a Hawkmour servant successfully slipped into his room and cut his throat, and then mutilated the body, carving the sigil of the Platinum Throne into his chest, and writing on the wall, 'The Undying Empire tolerates no Cardian dogs'. It's not a very ambiguous commentary.
One of the last, lingering brushfire conflicts from the Great Road was the matter of Clan Stormstorm. It always comes back to Clan Stormstorm. House Gallo, a vassal of Gemecitta, and House Groverfield, a vassal of House Shepherd, had come to blows almost certainly due to raids and havoc wrecked by Clan Stormstorm and its allies, such as Clan Wavewave. Fortunately, cooler heads finally prevail at long last. A major diplomatic team led by Lady Miranda Rubino, supported by Duchesses Dafne, Grazia, Calypso, Delilah and as well as Martino, Fecundo, Kincade, Juliana, Thea, Isidora, Jennyva, Irisa, Quenia, and Aahana are all able to convince Houses Gallo and Groverfield to call a truce, and even seal a lasting peace with a marriage alliance. This has many in the Lyceum and Crownlands borderlands relieved, and averts the possibility of a larger war.
As for the abandoned, Prince Arman Velenosa leads a large mostly Lycene delegation to meet with the two Abandoned clans. The negotiations could be considered a great success, with Warchief Wilbur the Excessive of Clan Stormstorm agreeing to bend the knee with a few minor (in their eyes) stipulations. They and Clan Wavewave would just like to keep their thralls, which they imagine is not too big of an ask to end generations of bloodshed.
It's a little awkward.