I have already established that Judge Vyaduka knows Ivone AND that TIan, Ivone's dead husband, specifically asked Khayyam to "take care of Ivone" should something happen to him. Vyaduka agreed. I was also working on, with Meesh, establishing Ivone as a viable businesswoman as a purveyor of gift baskets the upper class people liked - the speciality candles, etc., that lead to her learning to being able to poison people.Saruna wrote:My darlings! It is time to plot and brainstorm things for Paragon and the cells we have now and the ones tentatively up for creation.
Assassin/backup: Haneul (also doubling as one of Paragon's heavy hitters)
High society connections/intel/invitations: Erebos
Planned target: Judge Vyaduka
Plan: Ivone becomes his sweetheart and poisons him.
Discussion: How are they doing this? How far along are they? What sort of threads do we use?
Andras and Erebos would be the ones tracking movement and listening in for information.
Ivone will need to act coy and in control: publicly she needs to be the one in "control" of Aurelio, due to his bad reputation, either stringing him along or with him on her dime.
I PROPOSE: Ivone sets herself up with the help of Aurelio as a sort of businesswoman looking to provide entertainment at parties. Aurelio could act as her advisor (his reputation in terms of business is solid), and Shanuri would be her chief "talent" with Haneul as the protegee. Possibly they might keep a few npcs who don't know what's going on to have a wider selection.
Erebos could function as a patron, or investor, and Andras would remain invisible to the public eye.
This is why Khayyam was at the funeral and how Ivone came to accuse a Judge of fault. This is also how he becomes the focus, for her, of the plot. She holds him personally accountable as her husband's close friend. Coincidentally, he is also earmarked as the ideal choice for her assassination attempt. Was she easily led? oh yes.
We are working on establishing the ties that bind Aurelio to Ivone (gain, she is more easily pliable, emotionally vulnerable yatta yatta - maybe his actions prove that whatever passes between them isn't as empty as he said?) and once he has broached the idea to Ivone and finds her surprisingly more than willing, then the interaction with Khayyam will begin.
My plan is that Ivone will start with a call on Khayyam to apologize for her outburst and ask his forgiveness. She will bring a little basket of her homemade things that smell more manly (bergamot and oakmoss, perhaps?) and talk about wanting to re-establish her business, how the Malatrasts want her to remarry and have offered her up to Aurelio. Save me, Khayyam, save me undertones to appeal to his sense of responsibility. This will explain why he will see and hear of her being accompanied by Aurelio around town. As time and interactions progress, she can continue to bring him gifts - which he will hopefully use because of vanity and an attempt to make her happy (?) - samples of her proposed wares, but made especially for him with extra special ingredients that are slowly poisoning him. Eventually, perhaps sooner than later because of his age he decides he will marry Ivone so she doesn't have to marry that horrible Merynir - in a simple affair suitable for two widowers. Then, moving on to more effective methods, such as an outright poisoned tea that does the job.
Unfortunately, it will have done the job when they are *cough* consummating their marriage. Sadly, Khayyam's heart could not handle the experience and gave out on him. Poor Ivone, how embarrassing and tragic. Socially, in swoops the caustic, mean, and snarky Aurelio to make her pay for ditching him for Khayyam and is truly, the only real and viable option for a woman who now has outlived two older husbands. Frankly, no one else will touch her for fear they'll die, too. Don't forget that Aurelio is also older by 10 years *wink*
anyway that's kind of the way I envisioned the Khayyam-Ivone thing going.