PUBLIC In the Name of His Grace

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  1. Leighton Dayne

    Leighton Dayne Right Counsellor

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    To call him Lord Leighton of House Dayne would be ignorant of present circumstances. Thrust out of his home and his noble seat by right by his ambitious daughter, he had thought about what purpose there was to continuing his life. The sting of betrayal at the hands of his family was nearly too much to bear, and his exile from his home further imperiled his own sanity. By the mercy of the Seven, he had been able to maintain his dignity as a trusted senior advisor to the nephew of his dear friend, the late Gaius Lannister.

    Though an important role which carried significant weight in Casterly Rock, a man of Leighton's character serving in such a capacity would be an unfitting fate. As such, a new role was created; as the King's Right Counsellor, he serves as King Atem's ex officio Hand of the King. Leighton took that serving as the King's Hand without the badge of office as a slight on his honor, but recognized that he was fortunate to hold such a position of power and influence having come from such a vulnerable position.

    As the King's Right Counsellor, Leighton was to carry out whichever tasks necessary to promote the King's mission of reuniting the Seven Kingdoms. Such an order led him to the gates of Maidenpool, the first municipality to find itself the subject of Casterly Rock's interest. The city served as an important economic hub, as well as a strategic position near the old capital. And now, the city had a company of Lannister soldiers at its doorstep. While the rest of Westeros sat content with their situations drinking merrily to them, House Lannister had a mission.

    Approaching the town walls on horseback, flanked by a standard bearer hoisting the colors of House Lannister. A growing tension coursed through the humid air, fluttering the Lannister sigil in the wind. The sound of the barred gates opened, piercing the uncertain silence of the situation at hand. Emerging was the castellan of Maidenpool, governing in the stead of Lord Mooten, absent at the birthday celebration of the Lord Hightower in Oldtown. This celebration in part is why no company and little resistance was expected in the planned annexation.

    "Lord Dayne.", the castellan greeted curtly. "Can I still even call you a lord? Last I heard you were kicked out of Starfall, by yer daughter no less"

    He took offense to the castellan's remarks, but he didn't show it. He knew the reality of his family situation.

    "In the name of his grace King Atem of the House Lannister, I hereby compel you to enjoin Maidenpool with the Kingdom of the Rock."
     
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  2. Leighton Dayne

    Leighton Dayne Right Counsellor

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    The castellan appeared shocked at what he was hearing, though he couldn't have been expecting a different outcome. Too the average man, Maidenpool was a humble town offering shelter on the long road to King's Landing. To Leighton's host at Casterly Rock, Maidenpool was the same, but with added strategic value in controlling trade and transportation to and from the longtime capital of Westeros. It only seemed fitting that Maidenpool join the union which controlled the interest which garnered Maidenpool its reputation.

    While the Lannister army at the gates appeared to be outnumbered, there were another two companies encamped not far away. Aye, all the Lannister soldiers in totality were indeed outnumbered, but they had the valuable and oft set aside element of surprise. The Lord of Maidenpool as well as some of his household guard were absent, and it would take time to notify and raise Maidenpool's own troops. Leighton had to assume that the castellan had already sent messengers to assemble the troops. By the time they would be ready and assembled, it would be too late.

    "Ser Howie, there is only one way this can end. I have no interest in bloodshed if it can be helped."

    "You came here expecting it, ye Lannister hack."

    "Aye.", he replied. "Expecting it, yes, though I truly hoped that such a tragedy could be avoided. King Atem promised that Lord Mooten would be able to retain his seat should a there be a peaceful transfer of power."

    "Transfer of power, aye, within those words lie the Lannister's true intent. Maidenpool has served the people of Westeros well for centuries, they would be inspired to resist Casterly Rock's desire to strip the kingdoms of their independence."

    Leighton had not expected to have a debate regarding the Lannister modus operandi or the implications of King Atem's reunification campaign. Ser Howie put forth a valid point, but that is one in which he would have to discuss with the king at a later time. His immediate charge was to bring Maidenpool into the dominion of the Kingdom of the Rock.

    "Ser Howie, I know you to be a noble and capable knight. I would prefer conflict be avoided entirely, and you know that you wouldn't win a battle should one arise. I suggest you invite myself in so we may discuss terms."

    The air cooled as he thought about it. How the silence ended would determine whether or not swords would clash or discussion would be had. No further words would be spoken. With a begrudging swing of his head, notioning to enter. Turning his horse around, Ser Howie entered the gates of Maidenpool with Lord Dayne and his personal guard, Ser Yorick Estren, trotted their horses in tow.
     

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