I am a Silver Raven
Titania could not keep her mind on the job at hand. She and her companions were supposed to be hunting down the Troll Sisters, a gang who had set up in the shanty town under the bridge. All she could think about was Cendre’s statement about not being home at curfew.
The statement, made innocently by the elven child, made Titania realise that her actions were not entirely her own. What would happen to Daniel and Cendre if they were connected to her covert activities? She had already been questioned by the Dottari about the strange subversive poetry popping up around the city, although as yet that line of questioning had come to no avail. It was not an acceptable course of action. Her authorship of “The Lamentations of the Ice Queen” had labelled her as a potential revolutionary.
Titania realised that she must give Daniel and Cendre all the facts. They could then choose to interact with her or not. They must be able to manage their own risks and not be put in danger by Titania’s secret actions.
Once the decision was made it should have been an easy process. All Titania had to do was find the right time and disclose her connection to not only the church of Milani but also to the Silver Ravens. It should be so easy.
As the days went by, Titania realised it wasn’t so easy. In her head all she could think of was that Daniel had picked up and left his homeland. Fleeing with a small child to avoid the danger and uncertainty caused by revolution. She wasn’t sure that their relationship was strong enough yet to weather a storm such as her bringing revolution into his world again. Not to mention that she had been involved in Silver Raven activity while Cendre was staying with her.
Daniel was quite busy with his work in the opera house and so they didn’t have very much time together. It wasn’t until an evening spent together almost in silence as Titania was planning the conversation in her head, that she realised that there never would be a good time. As he was leaving her home, she grasped his arm and pulled him back inside. Daniel looked startled.
“I need to tell you something” Titania blurted “I am sorry, you won’t like it, but I can’t keep it a secret any longer”
Titania pulled him to the table and led him to a chair. She then sat kitty-corner to him and held his hands while she was talking.
“I told you that I am a bard who came to Kintargo to study at the Alabaster Academy. I also told you that my sister came here first but went missing.” She spoke quickly but quietly, all the while grasping his hands.
“Well what I might have neglected to mention is that I have every reason to believe that my sister was Jackdaw, the leader of the Silver Ravens”.
At the mention of the Silver Ravens, Daniel’s head shot up and he stared at her face.
Titania continued, although now at a more frantic pace as Daniel’s fixed stare disconcerted her. “I know that my play has been bandied around as a revolutionary play with subversive ideas which incite uprising. It wasn’t meant to be like that at first. However I couldn’t help adding sections about the rising up against the white witches. By the time it was finished it was quite clearly a play about rising up of the downtrodden against their oppressors. It painted a target on my back and unfortunately on those who I call friends.” Daniel nodded, his gaze relaxing a little now that she was talking of events of which he knew.
“It is no secret that I have been less than happy with Mayor Barzillai and his edicts, especially the way that he took the opera house. I was one of the first to be questioned about the anti-Thrune poetry which is popping up around the city. I was friends with a Sarenrite and with a noble family who were presumed killed on the Night of Ashes. All these things make me dangerous to be around…”She trailed off.
“I know all this Titania”, well except the bit about your sister and the Silver Ravens. All of that is fairly normal among the artists and artisans, it hardly makes you a revolutionary. Why is it so important that you tell me now? It’s not like you are your sister.” Daniel looked at her confused.
While he had been speaking Titania had been slowly unlacing her shirt. She pulled on a chain that hung around her neck. She drew the chain over her head and handed it to him. He slowly turned the chain and the two charms that hung on it over in his hands.
The first he lifted was a rose.
“That represents Milani” Titania said softly. “We meet in various locations each week so the Dottari and Barzillai’s goons can’t find us.”
He lifted the other charm. This was a little harder to identify but eventually what the small silver charm signified dawned on him.
“That is the symbol of the Silver Ravens. My sister sent that in her final letter to Kintargo before she disappeared. I am a Silver Raven. I will remove Thrune from this City and release Kintargo’s people from oppression. That is what I had to tell you. You and Cendre must have the choice. I have to do some dangerous and distasteful things and don’t want you caught in the fallout.”
Titania watched the warring emotions pass over Daniel’s face. He slowly rose from his chair and left her house without saying anything.