Part 123: Bonus Scene with MegaZeroXThis event happens when you anger Banion by forcing Brin to marry an Ixion noble.
During a lull in the music, Banion, the duke of Maree, taps an elegant fingernail against a wineglass, letting the clear note ring out through the room.
If I might have your attention? I believe we should offer our compliments to our lovely hostess. Not only does she protect our borders, but she has begun to address the long-standing problem of a shortage of heirs. My sister is proud to do her duty. As, of course, are others, such as myself and our lovely new queen.
You can almost hear the chorus of eyebrows being raised.
(He's trying to suggest that he and I have some sort of romantic arrangement. If I don't deflect that, everyone will be sure it's true.)
May I have this dance, fair lady?
He pulls you close, his hand possessive on your waist, as the orchestra swings back into motion. His head above yours angles down to murmur words that - you hope - no one else can hear.
You realise that you have just admitted to all your guests that you and I are having an affair.
I'm the Queen. I can have whatever favorites I like, then drop them when they bore me.
And that will hurt your reputation more than it does mine.
Ruthless, aren't you? Without allies, even a queen can reach too far. And you do need a husband. I only ask you to consider it. We could do much together.