Not too long after Lyrien had sent a message to Valdemar in the aftermath of the peace summit, a reply was brought to her.
When she read the Jarl’s short reply, a feeling of unease filled her. It was very blunt. Perhaps she offended?
She stood up from her throne.
‘‘We are invited to Maruba.’’ she spoke out loud for all her aids to hear. ‘‘I will only be taking my essential staff with me. For the next few days while i am gone, all matters requiring my attention are to await my return, or if they cannot, then they may be resolved by my father.’’
Without any further orders, her servants scrambled to work, preparing everything her majesty usually required on such excursions. Serving her family since before she became Archon, when she was but a girl, they knew exactly what and who she considered essential.
Word was sent to Jarl Valdemar to inform him of her intent.
‘‘Worried?’’ asked Ara, her royal protector, standing by her side as he usually does when she is at court.
Lyrien lowered her gaze at the parchment.
’‘This meeting will decide if Kleriel’s recovery after the war is swift and with new allies at our back, or a slow grind with resentful neighbours by our side.’’ she explained while handing the letter to her Steward to archive.
‘‘Why would they deny you?’’ Ara asked. ‘‘They did invite you over after all.’’
’‘We shall see how this will turn out.’’ she replied in a low tone as she got up to change in to her travelling attire.
Her arrival in Maruba was to boast military power, discipline, and grace. So she left Meridian in the royal airship with two smaller escorts. With her she took her protector, her steward, three of her servants, and a handful of Samurai as her personal escort, while the airships were manned with their usual combination of crewmen and cybermancers, which were to stay with the ships. She also had gifts acquired for the Jarl and his people she was convinced they would find very useful.
They set sail as soon as everything was ready, with Gaius on his way to or already home, there was no time to waste.