Early Spring, 500 A.O.V.
In the days following the events on the R.N.S. Coaltongue, agents of FT3 were minor celebrities, enjoying (or being hounded, depending on the agent’s point of view) interviews and receiving thank you notes and small tokens of appreciation from various people who were potential victims of the Duchesses’ sabotage.
After a couple days of rest, and another 5 days of filing reports and submitting to official questioning, FT3 was called into the office of Assistant Inspector Stover Delft. FT3 learned that with the failed assassination attempt of King Aodhan, Duchess Ethelyn Shale did not receive the backing from the other noble houses she needed to change the course of Risur’s fate internally – and the feared civil war did not materialize. Instead, it would seem that the Duchess plans to draw Danor into declaring war on Risur by invading Axis Island, a Danorian territory in the Yerasol Archipelago.
Lya Jierre, working in conjunction with King Aodhan, believes that the only way to avoid a 5th Yerasol war would be to have Risur herself remove the Duchess and her forces. Her plan requires that the Risur government hand over control of Axis Island to Danor in three days, just before the Danorian council meets and votes on a declaration of war. Lya Jierre also has a personal request, that the RHC ensures the safety and return of her nephew, Nathan Jierre, should he still be alive. Nathan is a young non combatant scholar, who was at the island taking advantage of an observatory on the island. Lya Jierre does not know how Nathan fares, but if he survived the invasion, she wants him returned safely. At this, the Minister took her leave.
Stover Delft is awarding FT3 for the previous week’s success with a minor role in the plan to reverse the damage done by Duchess Ethelyn Shale’s treachery. In short, FT3 is allowed to play a backup role to the primary RHC insertion team, ST2 (Shale Team 2). The RHC is being counted upon to take advantage of a defensive weakness of the island’s fortification, details of which were provided by Lya Jierre. Once ST2 penetrates the island’s defensive wall and opens the fortress sea gates, Risur marines will storm the fortress, capture the Duchess, and return Axis Island to Danor.
Stover Delft would like the RHC cells to keep note of anything they find on the island. While they will not have time to search the island, Stover Delft believes that the Duchess would not have invaded Axis Island without a reason. Delft has a feeling that there is more happening on Axis Island than Lya Jierre was letting on.