M (playing Kjell): I can really see Dorphi's point about surrendering the sword to the palace.
Tati (playing Seraph): Yeah, it makes sense.
Adam (playing Billie): I don't want to give them my fabled sword!
Tati: I also see your point.
Adam: I say, "Emperor Cherish, real talk. Did you want to be the emperor?"
DM: Cherish says, "I was never expected to rule. My uncle was the emperor, my mother his sister. He had two sons. I was a distant fourth in line. But when a strategic town attempted to secede, my uncle and his sons were all killed in battle." This is history that you all would know, at least vaguely.
M: It almost sounds like the uncle and sons were set up.
DM: Oh, there have been rampant conspiracy theories about it. He goes on, "My mother became empress when I was six, and suddenly I was heir apparent. I can't say that I wanted it, but I became emperor in time. And I think I am a good servant to my people, that I rule them well and fairly, and I am pleased with the work I do. I might not have chosen this life, but I am happy now."
Adam: "Thank you. I do think you're a good ruler."
DM: He nods. "And now I really must get back to these grain counts."
Adam: "That's one big reason I really don't want your job."
DM: He smiles briefly. "Thank you for your... dedication. Dorphi, thank you for dealing with this. Will you please show TTC out?"
M: I blurt, "So are you two a couple?"
Andy (playing Una): You can't say things like that!!
Tati: *gives Andy a look*
Andy: I don't have the moral high ground here, do I?
DM: Dorphi and Cherish look shocked. Dorphi says, "This way, please..." Galwyn drags you out of the room and mutters, "Don't say things like that!"
M: I hiss, "But they are, right?"
Adam: "That's like asking 'Are Kjell and Galwyn a couple?'"
DM: Galwyn says, "We are."
DM: Dorphi is still walking quickly to lead you out.
M: "Sorry, Dorphi!"
DM: She grabs a passing servant and says, "Could you please show TTC the door?" They say in surprise, "Of, of course..." Dorphi strides away.
M: *grins* "Bye, Dorphi!"
Tati: Well, at least she'll forget to be upset with me now.