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A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 7  
I should begin with a statement on some of my recent actions. To put an end to speculation, I will make it clear that I have acted as the controller for the rogue seekers over the past few years. During that time, I employed these agents not only as spies, but also as assassins. I have been responsible for the cold blooded murder of several individuals that I consider to be enemies of our people, and also for the permanent death of one of the agents.

This is not the place for self-indulgent soul searching. I will simply say that my actions were morally wrong although I felt compelled to make them in order to best serve the Alliance given the resources at my disposal, and that I deeply regret them. All I would add is a warning to those, like me, who set out with the best intentions but find themselves drawn down the path of using increasingly clandestine means to serve the Alliance. Doing things out in the open allows for others to offer input and criticism. No one person should ever be responsible for wielding power such as I did. This goes for Belam de Traverney as much as anyone else, as I am sure Lazarus Steel would agree.

It should go without saying that my actions were in direct conflict with the code of the Order of Saint Michel, if not its aims to defend the weak and oppose evil. On reflection, however, I feel that my recent demotion was too lenient. I therefore elect to resign my commission. I believe that this is in the best interests of the Order. I do not wish to tarnish its image any further by remaining associated with it.

These and other recent events have also led me to reassess my place, and the place of the remainder of my people. After consultation, I have discovered that the majority of my kin would prefer to dwell within the Deep Woods on Murandir. As their liege, it is my duty to lead them there and to serve as their guide and protector. I must therefore part ways with the guilds and associated structures such as the Towers and the army. It comes as some comfort that I will remain a part of something greater, namely the Kingdom of the Valleys.

My best wishes to all with whom I have served. If I may be of service again, you know where to find me.

Lux,

Quicksilver

P.S. I must also add a personal message. Shard Farsight, you will always be welcome with your people. There is nothing to forgive.
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Re:A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 2  
why you going to murandir, why not come wolfhold need more people and you sound like man who get job done.
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Re:A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 14  
Sorcerer Quicksilver,

It is disappointing to hear that you are going to the relative isolation of the Deep Woods but I hope to see you out and about in service to the Kingdom again in the future.

Kelvin,
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Re:A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 5  
i guess there was a darker side to your character that alot of us never realised, however quicksilver! as far am i am concerned you have done no personal harm towards me and the workshop infact you have helped me alot upon our missions together in one form or another, so! i agree with blackthorn that you should come to wolfhold and ply your talents in the name of the tower, your skills would be valued im sure......... buuutt also i can hazard a guess that wont happen since you sound like your pretty determind to go, so by the might of all gears farwell and remember if you and your clan need any help with constructs and the like come and see me and washou at the workshop im sure we can help.

farwell and gearspeed
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Re:A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 7  
Thank you for your comments and sentiments.

It has surprised me how much encouragement I have received to join Wolfhold, especially in person. It is also intriguing that Wolfhold would be ready to recognise me with a position of power, whereas the White Retreat never saw me as worthy of such. I will confess that this hurt me more and more deeply over the years. I always felt like somewhat of a failure, or as if I was always a test subject (rather than simply trusted), as I was consistently overlooked for real responsibility despite my unstinting loyalty, immaculate service record, and constant struggle to better myself. I have no doubt my old mentors would tell me that this is my own failing too - the sins of vanity and covetousness, perhaps? - and that I was not ready. But would they be as willing to consider the possibility that their judgement was flawed? I never sought power for its own sake, but only to help others. And all my actions that have led me to this point have been in the service of others: my father, my people, the members of my Guild, and the Valley.

I mention this not because I am bitter; I am past that, and now have only sorrow in its place. Instead, I say it so that the Retreat may learn, if it there is anything to learn, from this episode. (I am not so arrogant to think I have the right of it. Perhaps, indeed, I am a flawed and unworthy individual. Some people make 'doing the right thing' look so easy, whereas for me it is always difficult. But then I fail to be able to explain how my connection to the Good Sphere is stronger now than it ever has been before.)

Finally, I make the decision to move to the Deep Woods on the basis of what my people want, and what is best for them. This is why I refuse the kind offer to join Wolfhold.

Lux,

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Re:A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 6  
Quicksilver my old friend,

I do not wish to cause you further distress during a time of such obvious suffering but I question your response to recent revelations.

Repentence would surely be a better method of attonement than isolation and exile. You say that your actions were taken with the good of the Valley in mind and this was your right as a Sorcerer of the Alliance. Therefore what do you in fact have to apologise for? Yes, you broke the strictures of the Order but there are other guilds within the White Retreat (such as the White School) who have not censured you for your actions. A true leader accepts when he has failed in his duty and strives to not repeat those mistakes in the future. A coward runs away.

Perhaps you were given more power than you could handle? Perhaps the fact that you were forced to keep such power hidden, for the safety of those Seekers involved, lead to an inevitable slide towards clandestine action?

To run and hide in the deep woods may be what 'your people' want but I would argue that the whole of the Valley Alliance are 'your people' and your loss leaves the White Retreat a weaker organisation than it would otherwise be - and at a time where it can ill-afford to lose any of its leaders, of which you are certainly one.

With Sorcerer Giles moving the Grey School to Wolfhold, a place I certainly have no wish to dwell owing to the fact that 'my people' are a power there, I myself face difficult decisions. Abandoning the Valley will certainly not be one of them...

Your friend,

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Re:A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 14  
Hmmm, have I missed something here? I have spoken at length with Orlon Tenquil and, like the majority of my brethren in the Blue School, will be travelling to Murandir to reside within the Village under the leadership of Raucus.

As I understood it, we have all been given the opportunity to decide where we wish to go, to either follow our leaders and Guilds, or make a more personal choice (sometimes they coincide if we are lucky). The King has set up a Barracks, Temple and Caballah in all locations to ensure that we can all gain the appropriate teachings regardless of where we are.

Therefore does it matter where an individual resides, we are all one people under one King - surely that is the point? I believe that the Deep Woods have acknowledged the King and are therefore part of the Kingdom. So why is everyone so glum to see Quicksilver go? He is still part of the Kingdom and hopefully we will still get to see him, he has just chosen a different place to live.

In my opinion, the sooner we start to judge people for what they are rather than where they are, or where they come from, the better.

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Re:A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 7  
This is an interesting exchange, so let us continue.

You hit the nail on the head, Myrkel. My loyalties are split. This is not through choice, but through circumstances beyond my control. I owe my very existence to my father, who bought my life to fulfil his dying wish. And my blood is royal whether I wish it or not. (Trust me, I wish it not.) Thus I have a heavy weight on my shoulders.

Naturally I also owe at least as much to the Valley, the home of the man that adopted me. But have I not, through my service, paid that debt? Or must I carry on paying, irrespective of what demands are made of me and how I am treated?

What do I mean? The trigger for my recent downfall was when I was sent on a mission to save Valdurim, the very House that was responsible for the genocide of my nation. Was that acceptable, or failing that sensible, in your view? To be frank, I am amazed that I managed to restrain myself as much as I did. I had the chance to make an attempt on the Patriarch's life, and almost did so. It was only my loyalty to my friends - Giles, a very old friend, in particular - that stopped me.

Of course, this isn't just about me. It's about the relationship between a person and the society (or governing body of the society) in which he or she lives. I am trying to make a general point, that the responsibility cuts both ways. Perhaps it is true that I have failed the Valley somewhat. But perhaps it is also true that it has failed me somewhat. A lot has been expected of me. And when I fail to meet unrealistically high expectations - I am not Saint Michel, which reminds me of how much he suffered from the unrealistic expectations after the White Seers forced him forward through time! - the blame is quick to come. Charges such as 'coward' await, as you demonstrate.

As for Tornado's comments, I can only agree that: 'the sooner we start to judge people for what they are rather than where they are, or where they come from, the better'. I am what I am, like it or not, and I will aid the Kingdom on my own terms.

Lux,

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Re:A Fond Farewell 7 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 2  
shame could of done with someone who could have done the job.

You didnt kill the patriarch good thing i think everyone would of died in return, dont believe drow take there people been killed very positively. would of been funny though.

i hope the darkness follows you for eternity.
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