The Hand of Justice [Attn: Liaran]

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Re: The Hand of Justice [Attn: Liaran]

Post by Bella » December 3rd, 2021, 11:49 pm

Haeden watched his Aes Sedai as she spoke, nodding along with her words. "I did not see any either, nor even anyone going up to the upper levels. Not even servants." He frowned slightly, his hand on his chin as his mind rolled over what he remembered and now mixing it with what had just been reported. "It makes me wonder if there's something up there he doesn't want others to see."

That was something that could work both for them and against them.

"Perhaps a bit of fog around the upper level and the archer slits could help us without ringing too many alarms," Miahala suggested, glancing at Liaran. "If memory serves, you know a bit of Cloud Dancing?"

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Re: The Hand of Justice [Attn: Liaran]

Post by Alianora » December 13th, 2021, 2:27 am

Liaran Sedai
Liaran looked at her Warder, surprised by his suggestion. It did make sense, but the idea was concerning. She put it from her mind for the moment, to be revisited when they were ready to attack, and nodded at Miahala's question to her. "I can create some fog around that part of the manor," she agreed, and embraced through the angreal to carry out the task.

Using multiple strands of Water and Air, as thin as she could handle, Liaran wove what appeared to be a translucent, almost insubstantial sort of cloud. She directed this towards the nearby building, wrapping it around the sides and the windows, including the archer slits. She added a few similar, much smaller weaves in a few spots to make the fog she'd created seem natural. The result was a patchy white haze surrounding the upper floors of the manor, almost transparent in places, yet completely obscuring the view of the building in others.

After letting go of saidar, Liaran explained, "That will hold until the early morning hours. I can do it again if we need it, but if the fog remains much past sunrise, it will be much more likely to raise suspicion."

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Re: The Hand of Justice [Attn: Liaran]

Post by Bella » December 28th, 2021, 12:25 am

"Nicely done," Miahala said with an appreciative nod to her future daughter-in-law.

The Green inhaled slowly and thought deeply. "We'll approach from behind," she finally declared, "and our main group will go in through the stables. Incapacitate the stable-hands, but leave them hale. They are likely naught but children and do not deserve the ire that Lord--" And this was said with all sarcastic contempt as the woman allowed. "--Hiron has earned for himself."

"The channelers will comprise the force moving around the back and in through the servants entrance. Use caution with the servants. Harm no one unless necessary of the staff but be wary, because they may well be more deeply in league than those outside. Watch for the guards, and we'll split our forces between two points of entry."

'There are three servants' entrances that I could see,' Lysira supplied.

Mia nodded in acknowledgement. "We'll enter through the first two that we find. I don't want to split us up more than that coming in from the back. Myself and Ravak with Haeden and Liaran, then Jerid and Lysira and Liana through the second."

The small Gaidin lifted her onyx eyes to the sky and then back toward the house. 'I think I hear dinner bells,'' she signed with an idle expression.

"Then we join the party," Mia said darkly. "Advance with all stealth. Use the Power sparingly, just in case there is a channeler among the guests... You never can know these days. Take Hiron alive for questioning if possible, but don't try too hard. Anyone else is considered a combatant. Incapacitate as much as possible but we do what needs doing." Her blue-green eyes moved between the group. "Any questions?"

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Re: The Hand of Justice [Attn: Liaran]

Post by Alianora » January 9th, 2022, 11:17 pm

Liaran Sedai
A short time later, the two groups split up and advanced towards their separate entrances. The manor's stables were large, but rather dark, and smelled like the horses that lived there. Liaran ignored that and instead focused on the several stablehands, all of whom had scattered as soon as the four of them entered. She hurried after one who had chosen to run, watching as he ducked into one of the stalls farthest from the door the group had used. Following him, she swung open the door and removed a coil of rope from where it hung on a peg in the wall. The brown-haired young man cowering in the corner was barely more than a child, which made Liaran feel just a little guilty about what she was planning to do. She did not, however, feel bad enough to even consider not doing it.

Using the tiniest amount of saidar she could manage, Liaran cut off some shorter pieces from the rope, then hung it back on the wall and forced herself to let the Power go before moving towards the scared young man. He offered no resistance as she took hold of one of his hands and tied them together in front of them. She took care not to tie them too tightly, not wanting to scare the poor man any more than was strictly necessary for what had to be done. She tied his ankles together next, then left him in the corner of the stall to see if any other stablehands needed to be dealt with.

It seemed to be over quickly, then the four of them left the stables behind to proceed through the door to the manor. Entering without holding saidar, the only weapon she had, made the Aes Sedai uneasy, but she stubbornly resisted the temptation to reach for it. Instead, she kept to her place behind the Gaidin and looked around the hall they'd just entered. Much more plain than the parts of the manor she had seen before with Haeden, it was clearly where the manor's many servants went about much of their work, and was occupied by more than a few of them. Most didn't bother looking up when the stable door opened, but a couple of maids, near enough to see that they were definitely not fellow servants, squealed and fled towards the stairs at the far end of the hall.

Their frightened cries drew the attention of many of the other servants. The majority of them followed the lead of the two maids and ran to the stairs for escape. Liaran watched them go, suspecting that they were about to raise an alarm. It was something she couldn't take time to think on, as the servants who had not fled were approaching in a small group, and they were not empty handed. They had nothing like actual weapons, but carried items ranging from shovels to heavy candlesticks, and even what Liaran assumed to be pots and pans from the kitchen.

They were no threat to the armed Gaidin, but there were enough of them that one still managed to grab Liaran by the arm. Reaching out, she tried to push him away from her and yank her arm free. She struggled, both with her attacker, stronger than she was, and with her own desire to draw on the One Power to defend herself. She was finally forced to do just that, using strands of Air to move his hand from her arm, but as he was pulled away, the man turned and brought the large candlestick he held down hard against her upper arm. The Aes Sedai hissed at the sudden flare of pain and the vibration that traveled up to her shoulder, but she didn't allow herself to cry out. She pulled the arm in closer to her body, let saidar go, and looked warily around her.

Some of the servants were on the floor, others who were still able to run were running from the group. Liaran couldn't see any other immediate threat, but there appeared to be some figures moving down the stairs instead of up. Dark eyes narrowed as she watched the staircase, guessing that anyone coming towards them might be much more of a danger than the servants had been.

The small group of men and women that stepped off the stairs appeared to Liaran to be wearing the uniforms of guards. It was a reasonable assumption, one that lasted mere seconds until one of the men stalked closer to them, raised his hand, and hurled a fireball down the length of the hall. Liaran ducked, blinking in surprise even as she reached for saidar herself. Everything in her wanted to respond to the fire with more Fire, which had always been her strength, but she decided it would be better not to show that strength this soon. Instead, she wove threads of Air together as quickly as she could while the man paused. She could only assume he was weaving something else, and needed to be ready to act before he could finish. A part of her mind insisted on questioning whether the man was really a guard of the manor, or something else, and what that all meant, but she made herself stop that line of thought as fire sparked to life once more in the man's outstretched hand.

As he moved to throw the fireball, Liaran struck, wrapping her weaves of Air around his leg and pulling hard. The fireball flew far above the others' heads, striking just below the ceiling. Taking a deep breath, Liaran braced for more, and this time, did not let the One Power go. Subtle use of it might have been wise earlier, but it seemed to her that the time for subtlety with the Power had come to a rather abrupt end.

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