The de la Sangre Legacy - Part II
Posted 05 June 2011 - 06:58 PM
Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:24 AM
Junior thumped the microphone to get the attention of his students and started right in. He'd thought he would be more nervous than this, but after years of dealing with temperamental models and their oft-annoying agents, this was really nothing. He was going to enjoy this, actually.
“Good morning, boys and girls, welcome to Introductory Tierran History and Folklore. My name is Mr. Phelps, and I will be your instructor for this class. For those of you who were expecting Ms. Ysaguirre to be your instructor, you’ll be happy to know that she was delivered of a healthy daughter last week, and mother and child are doing fine, but this of course means she will not be joining us this semester, so you're stuck with me,” Junior said. “The required reading list and syllabus are on the class site, but just to give you all no excuse, I also have hard copies. Take one and pass them around, please, Dearie, thank you,” he said, approaching one of the students in the front row and handing them to her to distribute.
While the papers were being passed around Junior looked over the room, as there was no point in starting his lecture - people were looking over the syllabus and reading material, or chatting with each other or on their smartphones or laptops or what have you. It was the usual mix. A few eager beavers, like the student he’d just tasked with handing out course material, a few supremely bored looking frat boy and sorority girl types, and then the usual average college student for the rest. Well, average in attitude...in looks...well, there were more than a few who were obviously Fey, or part Fey. Some he knew, Ken and Keith’s twins were in the class, as a matter of fact...and he noticed Lane had gotten some more piercings and changed his hair color again. Well, kids would be kids, and it was just hair. He knew that they had some cousins, courtesy of Ken and Keith’s twins, in college as well, but he had never met those two. He’d met their parents in college, of course, and had seen them when Kenyon and Keith had introduced him to Dar. Gods in heaven that was a prime specimen of...whatever he was, Junior mused. Little too...intense...for Junior to see him as a desirable bed partner, though. He’d looked into those eyes and seen more than he really cared to. Kenyon looked like his father, but, for all that he was only about a quarter human, Kenyon *acted* human. Hell, even Ken’s brother Kronos acted human. Dar was something else entirely, something that made Junior a bit wary. He’d covered his unease by being an outrageous flirt the whole time he was talking to Dar, which had gotten him pained looks from Kenyon and Keith, but, thankfully, amused Dar to no end. He’d been both helpful as well as amused, and Junior now had a good handle on the folklore and history of the Fey. There were only a few truly native Fey, most had come to Tierra when humans encroached too close on their territory in their homeland. There were some areas that were still inhabited by native Fey, though, and Dar had given Junior information on areas of special interest, some to be sure to visit, and some to be sure to avoid.
Junior stopped woolgathering when he noticed that someone from the back was bringing him the remaining course materials. He was struck by the coincidence as soon as he saw him. This must be Kenyon and Keith’s nephew, the horns were a dead giveaway. As far as he knew, Dar, Kronos, and...ugh what was the boy’s name...well, he’d see it on the roster...were the only ones who had them, they were unique among Fey.
“Thank you,” he said with a smile as the boy handed the papers back to him, and was rewarded with a shy smile before he went back to his place hiding in the back corner. Junior watched as he walked back up the stairs - damn these Fey were all gorgeous - and took his seat. Right, time to get this show on the road.
“All right, boys and girls, get off of Facebook and pay attention. As most of you probably know, one of the most distinctive things about Tierran culture is the Fey,” Junior said. "The Fey have a long history in Tierra, and on this planet for that matter. In this class we will be going over the major groups of Fey, both native and non-native, and discussing how the Fey have done their part to shape Tierran history. But first, a bit of housekeeping. There will be a final, of course, but there will also be two midterms and a research paper, plus various assignments on the reading and anything else I can think up to torture all of you,” Junior said, and smiled at the inevitable groan.
“That’s right, kiddies, no easy A just because “Oh, it’s just the Fey class - I *am* Fey, I can ace this!” Junior said. “However, I will not be taking attendance. You’re all adults, whether you come listen to me lecture or not is up to you...but I do reserve the right to test you on things that I have said in my lecture that may or may not be in the course materials, so skip class at your own risk. If you’re sick or have some legitimate reason for being out and want a review, come talk to me, my office hours are in the materials, or just email me. I promise not to bite. Now, on with the show. Lord Dar himself provided some of the material for this class, so let’s try to give it and him the respect they deserve, hmm?” Junior said, and then launched into his lecture. This one was going to be a short one, just enough to hopefully get them interested.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:25 AM
“Approximately 700 years ago a soldier in the King of Spain’s army, one Carlos by name, found himself on a battlefield, which was nothing new, but he happened to end up being the only man standing between the king and a squad of enemy soldiers. Of course, the King of Spain was invading their turf, but we won’t talk about that part,” Junior said, which made his students laugh. “The soldier did his duty and defended his king, taking on all comers. Iin the end, he and the king were the only ones left standing. The king, being a grateful sort, awarded this soldier some lands. They were wild lands full of Fey, so the king was looking to unload them anyway, but we won’t talk about that part either,” Junior said, which got him another laugh.
“The soldier took the last name of Soldado to remember how he earned his fortune, styled himself the Conde del Dragon, probably because it sounded cool and he thought it might get him some wenches, and started carving a fiefdom out of the wild. We’ll talk some more about the details of that as we get further into this class, but for now we’ll say that he had a lot of Fey help to do it, help that continues to this day. The Conde’s closest advisor is Fey, as a matter of fact. In addition, Fey are beginning to take higher places in government. Our current Minister of Finance is Fey...yes...please tell me your name first?” he said to the raised hand.
“Luke de la Sangre, Mr. Phelps, and I wouldn’t call her an advisor, at least not right now,” the boy said.
“Ah, we have someone with personal experience with us. For those of you who don’t know, Don Luke will eventually be Conde. Thank you, Don Luke, would you care to expand on that?” Junior said.
“Well, Lady Paloma has been an advisor in the past, and probably will be again in the future, but she’s tied to the bloodline...my father is the acting Conde, but, technically, it’s still my great-grandfather Don Ishod who has the title. He still advises my father from time to time, but he is...frail..and so Lady Paloma is a personal assistant and guard to Don Ishod; she doesn’t advise my father. Once the bond passes to my grandfather Don Jachin it will be even less likely that Lady Paloma will advise my father, since my grandparents live in Madrid. I meet with her at times, and she has been most instructive, but it is not a day to day thing,” Don Luke finished, then sat down.
“Thank you, that’s quite informative,” Junior said as he took some notes on what the boy had said - that was useful to know for future lectures - then resumed his lecture.
“Our current Minister of Finance is Fey, the first Fey we’ve had in such a prominent position, in fact. Anyone care to hazard a guess as to why there has not previously been one? Yes?” Junior said.
“Laura Travis, Mr. Phelps. Lack of opportunity?” she said.
“That’s part of it, Ms. Travis. Why no opportunity?” he responded.
“Lack of education?” she answered.
“Yes, that is at the heart of it. Many Fey cannot travel far from their homes, which made higher education problematic for them until this campus was started. Even now, some of them cannot travel far enough from their forest to attend school...but most of the ones that are that tied have a distinct lack of interest in any case. But up until about 30 years ago, even the ones with interest haven’t had the opportunity. This college has changed that, and you yourselves are some of the first who will see the changes this campus makes.”
“I imagine some of you are here because of the recent...unpleasantness with the University of Salamanca, and the stand that Tierra took regarding that incident shows just how much Tierra values the Fey. There was an official reprimand from the Tierran government to the university, but what had the most impact was the Conde - Don Ishod - calling a press conference and making a personal statement. Why do you think that is? You, with the white hair?”
“Liam McDiarmuid - I’m a selkie, by the way, in case you were wondering - the statement was entity to entity, and was only in writing. I read the full statement, and probably a lot of Tierrans did, but the statement was formal and written in...hmm...legalese. The press conference from Don Ishod was visual and very personal, especially since he had a Fey standing right next to him. Plus...he didn’t pull punches. He blasted Salamanca,” Liam said.
“Very good! The written statement was necessary, since it made things official, but what the people saw was the Conde on television. I was living in Madrid at the time, and let me tell you, we were talking about it for some time. Spain lost a lot of face over that, and the fact that the university dealt rather harshly with the scientists involved and formally apologized to both the girl and the Fey in general did help, but Spain will be living this down for some time. Tourism to Spain has fallen off sharply, for example, and it will be years recovering. Thank you, by the way, for telling me what specific type of Fey you are, but it wasn’t necessary - if any of you care to volunteer that info I won’t stop you, but none of you should feel obligated to share that info. It’s obvious to me that some of you are Fey, but sharing anything further is your discretion. That is in the University Code, by the way, and I do believe it’s law. Actually, that can be your first assignment. Go find as many Tierran laws that relate to Fey as you can, and then I want a couple hundred words, no more than 500, discussing the overall purpose of the laws as a group, as you see it. Cite all the laws you find as your documentation. Have that to me by next Monday,” Junior said, and smiled to see many looks of mild panic and frantic note-taking...at least from the ones who were paying attention.
“That’s enough for your first day, I think. In summary, one can reasonably argue that Tierra would not be what it is without its Fey. They were here when the country was founded, they are here now, although their role seems to be changing. As we go through the class we will look in more detail at the major populations. and cover the history in more detail. Next time, please at least make a start on the week one reading, we’ll be covering Chapters 1 and 2 in the text. See you Wednesday, boys and girls!” he said, and watched as they gathered up their gear and left. He noted that Lacey and her brother Lane were hanging back to say hello, and he tossed them a quick smile and wave while he dealt with questions from his other students.
Yeah, I know, the numbering is a little out of order. Misremembered the order :) Just follow the links embedded in the text, and all will be well.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:44 AM
Just to be clear, it wasn't a lot I built, the lot is laivine_erunyauve's "Royceston Hall" with a lot of editing to mix up the classroom types more, cut back on furnishings, etc. Gorgeous lot, but it's HUGE.
Also - yay! Updates! :rah:
Look! Shiny stuff! And stuff about shiny stuff!The de la Sangre Legacy by deagh
Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:52 PM
Well geez, if you'd just said you wanted a comment I would've filled a whole page to get more de la Sangres! ;)
Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:48 PM
Also - yay! Updates! :rah:
Yes, yes it is. Huge doesn't even begin to describe it. I had to give Junior almost a million simoleons so that he could buy that lot (having it be an owned lot makes the screenshots MUCH easier. Although actually back in the old neighborhood I had several families that had that kind of money, so I don't feel bad.
and the comment was more just a jab in the right direction than anything. I've been kidnapped by the Grey Wardens over the last month or so (I'm a Swooper, btw, Team Alistair all the way), so I've been horrifically neglecting my sims. I had this update all written out, but I knew putting them in a classroom was going to be hours of my life (about 4 hours total to get those shots, btw) so I was procrastinating.
Bit of housekeeping. See all those sims? I will NOT be telling each hookup story, thank you. Not to worry, you will find out who ends up with whom, and hopefully I can make it entertaining. I'm trying to flex my "writing humor" skills. We'll see how I do.
Posted 13 June 2011 - 04:53 PM
I'm really excited for all the updates...keep them coming! :D
Posted 14 September 2011 - 07:39 PM
Thank you for thinking of us deagh
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