Author Topic: The Transition  (Read 156 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Achkaerin

  • Lord Chief Justice
  • Global Superpower
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,352
    • View Profile
  • Your Nation: the Holy Empire of Achkaerin
The Transition
« on: April 12, 2022, 01:42:55 PM »
There had been days that Emerson Ravenswood had started to doubt they'd ever get to this point, throughout his time as Viceregent he had had two significant responsibilities the first had been why the then Empress Beatrice had appointed him - to clean house, he was the outsider, he was the new broom and more importantly he was someone that could be vouched for as being free from the taint that had hung over Pyrena and as someone who wasn't going to mince his words. Cleaning house had been where Emerson had wielded the sledgehammer, the Anausa had been removed from their role as protectors of the throne, the Imperial Council had been entirely reconstructed, not to be the Empress's rubber stamp but to hold her accountable and to make sure her actions were credible. The second had been a responsibility that was equally important and one that Emerson had been preparing for from day one - to prepare the path for Asuna to take the throne, some might wonder why he'd been thinking about it even back when Beatrice had been on the throne the answer was simple enough, like most people who'd analysed it he'd understood the implications brought on by the 2018 Imperial Address, from that point Beatrice's days on the throne had been numbered, some hadn't wanted to admit it but it was the truth. From that point on Emerson, Evanthe and the Imperial Council had been building the foundations for Asuna's reign that remained ongoing alongside the day to day work that went on in Pyrena but they were now at a point where the word 'transition' was the watch word, the process itself would be lengthy but to even be considering it was a victory in itself for Emerson.

The process, journey or whatever people wanted to call it had two focuses - the first was orientated around Pyrena, the building of Asuna's platform, her support pillar and that was where Gregory McKenna came in, just an Imperial Liaison but it was just about the worst kept secret in Pyrena that McKenna was going to be Asuna's viceregent, this first prong was about getting ahead of the game, years ahead. Emerson made his way to Evanthe's study "She touches down in ten minutes and Gregory's here in five." he said "You ready to start this ball rolling?"



The second prong was happening not in Pyrena but up in the frozen north, this was about preparing Asuna in a manner that didn't seem to undermine Evanthe, in truth the Crown Princess needed experience and probably needed to develop a fair bit as well. So a fair bit of talking and taking advantage of the Network of Crowns provisions had led to this Asuna coming to Achkaerin for her higher education years, educationally speaking her first year was going to be sixth form based which would ensure she had the qualifying grades to get into university which would of course be what the other years would be about. Of course there was far more to it this was about the future Emerson and Evanthe could get Gregory and Rokkenjima ready but that was only half the equation, the other half was about prepping Asuna herself and perhaps there was an element of fate, irony or humour to it that this landed at the door of Crown Princess Serenity.    It was a well thought out idea, Asuna could accompany Serenity on her official duties and see how Serenity did it which would in turn build up her own experience, plus it would go some way to establishing a relationship between the two after all they were both going to be the rulers of their respective countries. There was a further intrigue, though perhaps not unexpected, that Asuna was bringing Euphemia with her.

Serenity leaned against her car, not one of her supercar collection in this instance but her school run car, and glanced at the clock on her phone they'd have touched down by now, so provided they didn't find themselves having to comply with a customs spot check she shouldn't be waiting that much longer.

Offline Beatrice

  • The Golden Witch
  • Grand Chancellor
  • Global Superpower
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,700
    • View Profile
  • Your Nation: Beatrice/Rokkenjima
Re: The Transition
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2022, 07:26:06 AM »
Asuna felt more comfortable having Euphemia joining her on this trip. After educational opportunities in Tytor and now Achkaerin it would be a while before she'd be spending time in Rokkenjima yet she knew this was necessary. While there were still a good few years before she would ascend to the Throne it remained a date which grew closer with each passing day and, with it, a creeping combination of pressure, expectations and increasing scrutiny. With these factors in mind she was at least in good company with people who would be positioned and experienced in navigating this chapter in her life.

Meanwhile, McKenna and Euphemia went over their own notes, at times exchanging texts and preparing for their time in Achkaerin as well. While McKenna would be far from his night club, a venture he vowed to maintain despite his governmental service, he was assured that it would be in good hands during his stay in the Holy Empire. As Asuna and Euphemia approached Serenity Asuna offered a smile, "Hello again. I know it's been a long road here but I'm ready for what comes next."

Beatrice Anselmo
Grand Chancellor of the Independent Order
Empress of the First Empire of Rokkenjima

Factbook of the First Empire of Rokkenjima - Kingdom of Clysperis

Offline Achkaerin

  • Lord Chief Justice
  • Global Superpower
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,352
    • View Profile
  • Your Nation: the Holy Empire of Achkaerin
Re: The Transition
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2022, 08:02:49 PM »
"We'll see." Serenity said giving Asuna a hug, this was going to be an interesting time for them and Serenity wasn't the type to give Asuna much in the way of leeway there was a great level of professionalism involved here. After embracing Euphemia and nodding to McKenna she opened up the boot of the car and helped load the cases "We'll start off nice and slow." she said "Get you the tour of the Palace, get you settled and then later on take a look at the diary and see what's in there for you to make your start at." she half smiled as she closed the boot and they got into the car "We could stop by the sixth form college you'll be attending on the way it's not much of a detour."

Offline Beatrice

  • The Golden Witch
  • Grand Chancellor
  • Global Superpower
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,700
    • View Profile
  • Your Nation: Beatrice/Rokkenjima
Re: The Transition
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2022, 12:47:26 AM »
"Sounds good to me," Asuna replied with a smile, "I'd love to stop by the college, too. Hopefully I won't find myself tripping over anything there," she said, referencing her experiences in Tytor.

"And what of the night life?" McKenna asked, earning himself a sideways look from Asuna. "Naturally I'll behave and tend to my duties but, all work and no play makes for a rather dull McKenna. You saw how I was when I had to stay aboard the Austrana for that week due to security concerns," he turned to Serenity, "I was not myself, let me tell you. And perhaps this is why I've ended up in Rokkenjima," he chuckled, "never was a military genius like my uncle but I seem to have a way with words and government so, here we are."

Beatrice Anselmo
Grand Chancellor of the Independent Order
Empress of the First Empire of Rokkenjima

Factbook of the First Empire of Rokkenjima - Kingdom of Clysperis

Offline Achkaerin

  • Lord Chief Justice
  • Global Superpower
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,352
    • View Profile
  • Your Nation: the Holy Empire of Achkaerin
Re: The Transition
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2022, 06:32:42 PM »
"I'm the last person you want to ask about the night life in terms of parties." Serenity said "I don't really do that sort of thing" the last time she'd gone clubbing had been a night she really wanted to forget. "But there's plenty of things to do in the evenings, sports events, concerts, shows, musicals. We're not that far off the Edelweiss festival either. There's always something."

Serenity drove them through Valtheim eventually parking up outside an average looking high school "Lady Morgana High School, with a sixth form college that you'll be going to." she said pointing it out "Place of education for pretty much every Azurewind for the last two hundred years. It's not the biggest or most prestigious school in the country but it's a good one with good teachers and a nice uniform which you don't have to wear being in the sixth form and all that and is a fifteen minute walk from the Palace. Come on we're expected."

Offline Beatrice

  • The Golden Witch
  • Grand Chancellor
  • Global Superpower
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,700
    • View Profile
  • Your Nation: Beatrice/Rokkenjima
Re: The Transition
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2022, 08:42:45 AM »
"Well then I shall be certain to look into them," McKenna nodded.

Asuna was intrigued by school she would be spending her time at as well as hoping to make less of a splash as she had done in Tytor. She followed Serenity, with McKenna in tow. McKenna, meanwhile, updated the Empress on their progress thus far.

Beatrice Anselmo
Grand Chancellor of the Independent Order
Empress of the First Empire of Rokkenjima

Factbook of the First Empire of Rokkenjima - Kingdom of Clysperis

Offline Achkaerin

  • Lord Chief Justice
  • Global Superpower
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,352
    • View Profile
  • Your Nation: the Holy Empire of Achkaerin
Re: The Transition
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2022, 10:16:48 PM »
Inside the school the group were met by the schools headteacher Johnathon Parkinson, a man who was getting towards the end of his teaching career, though he did still have a few years left in him and the expected smart suit, he'd also been around long enough to have been the headteacher here when a fair few of the student body had been royals so another one wasn't too troublesome. He smiled and gave a respectful bow "Your Highness I'm Johnathon Parkinson the headteacher." he said "Allow me to show you around."

"It's not much to look at, a nice group of buildings. Different departments, spread around the campus, science labs, music rooms, dance studio's, art rooms, computer labs, workshops for everything from wood work to electronics and of course the school library."  he said as he showed Asuna around the high school section of the campus "Of course we have more typical classrooms for the more academic subjects - languages, maths, history, geographic and so on and the playing fields, gym, swimming pool and sports hall. All the rooms have a letter and a number code so you can find them and your school journal has a map of the school in it." he grinned "Now if you come this way." Serenity led the way across a small square shaped yard to a small building, two stories high "This is the sixth form block, generally speaking this is where you'll be having lessons unless you need a specialised environment such as a science lab or a dance studio, it's got its own common room, library and computer suite as well. The school day consists of five lessons a day and each student gets three P.E lessons a week, we do a variety of sports and have a lot of clubs. I know you'll only be here for a year before going to university but I give all the students who come through the doors the same advice. Stand out from the crowd, give yourself the best chance."