I am reporting in as requested, to fulfill my obligation to House Atreli in my service to Master Theren, Adept of House Atreli.
A brief note before I discuss Master Theren. No one seems to notice me, which is as you desired. Master Theren clearly expects my presence but even he won’t look at me directly or make eye contact. He turned his back on a thug the other day and simply walked out of a bar (see report on Prancing Praetor incident). I was quick enough to grab the thug’s arms before being tossed back into the wall. Sadly, for me, no one in the room even noticed I was there. I offered to clean the area but the brute (how else can one think of this Brent character) was quick to point out that blood and guts might make a better impression on people. Typical.
I’ve observed that Master Theren was willing to let others have input into matters, which is inconsistent with his upbringing, but consistent with how he has acted ever since becoming more independent and working for the Black Ops aspect of House Atreli. I think he recognizes that while society can’t function without a strong ruling class and peons that know their place, on the battlefield and in areas of mystery and intrigue, background and social standing matter less than a keen pair of eyes and a sharp intellect.
I know in the past Master Theren has expressed distaste for Templars and sees them mostly as a necessary evil, to be tolerated as the Sorcerer-King’s minions. It will be interesting to see how his interaction with Retaliation play out. She seems an interesting character, albeit a dark and bloody one. I quite expected to be knitting Master Theren new shirts and such given how careless most Templars are with their powers and their tendency to sacrifice their own minions to serve their needs. Retaliation held back this time, but I don’t foresee this lasting. I noticed Master Theren actually speaking to Retaliation in a civil tone (well, civil for a noble at least) and I expect he respects her powers and is willing to overlook her nature so long as her goals don’t cross his and House Atreli’s. If that should ever happen, I fear for the bystanders.
Raen, as expected, is serving well and helping to keep Master Theren safe by splitting the duty that Master Theren has trained for. They seem to function well together and were a veritable wall of bone and force against the blows of the enemy. I’ve yet to get a feel for Roland or Brent, beyond their combat abilities, which are, as expected, perfectly capable and worthy of working for House Atreli.
Now Balthazar is going to take some watching. I am fairly certain he and Master Theren will get into trouble quite easily. The two of them let loose on the bars and brothels of the city would lead to many a broken glass and heart, I fear. Sigh, how often have I gone after Master Theren to cover expenses for damaged property or to buy flowers for a lady who expects him to return. I saw the glint of mischief cross between Balthazar and Master Theren and noticed that they seemed to lead the group quite well between the two of them, setting up a lovely interaction and back and forth dialogue that made me wonder if they hadn’t met before. None of my notes mention Balthazar from Master Theren’s past, but names are so malleable.
I must return to continue with Master Theren’s laundry and minor repairs to his armor, but I will pass this missive to the courier upon the next opportunity.
My pleasure to serve House Atreli always,