The Liberal Theology Conference Room had been chosen as the venue of the meeting, because it could comfortably accommodate a group of around twenty, but there were more than that. Amongst the most notable of those there were: Lady Bridget Forester (Of whom none could recall her being anything but the dowager lady of Elves Castle), Samson Ackar (Head of the Ackar family), Edward Kimberlyn (Lord of the manor of Kimberlyn), Alice Howard (the widow of the late Alderman Howard and had been youthful for far too long), Bishop Marcus Heath (Bishop of Bellhamcester) and Fae Tabler (considered by many to be the nephew or something of Lady Bridget Forster. There was also a far less notable presence there, that of the Rev Arthur Brown, who was reputedly one of the greatest talents at magik for many a year. Others their included representatives of most of the ancient families of Bellhamshire. Dean Idle was to chair the meeting that had come about thanks to Arthur and Lady Forster.
Entering the room, Briony and Jacob were greeted by Student Nurse Joan Bart, “What do you think will come of this attempt to organise the folk?”
“That which has been happening since the vampire bishop’s time needs resolving.” Jacob looked round to find a seat, “Should have met somewhere larger, like the chapel.”
“Who knew so many would come.” Briony considered who was not there and concluded there were a few of significance but none who would be truly missed, “Even Archibald Watson is here and his family have not in many years identified as Folk.”
“The Alfred Llaw is over there.” Joan looked over to where The Circle were gathered, “There is a long feud between the Llaws and The Circle of Blood over Gennifer becoming a vampire over a century earlier. Alfred will not even have her name spoken in their home.”
“You sitting with the Circle or with us and Dean Idle?” Suggested Briony.
Alfred headed over to Archibald, who was sat with several of the more isolationist older families. Even before Dean Bishop’s time many of those there had had little dealings with each other.
Rev Brown progressed towards them, “This is an achievement even if we agree nothing.”
The first hour of the meeting achieved little save the airing of numerous grievances. Unexpectedly, Rev Brown seemed to be encouraging those there to air their grievances. There was then a late arrival, Faeradal Tabler, who those who had seen him before had long considered him a ghost, even when they had looked upon him. Entering the room, Fae looked uncomfortable dressed in a lounge suit. The Circle of Blood looked upon him with hostile intent. That the dowager Lady Forester called him over to sit by her caused more than a murmur. That he was sat next to Bryan Trevin was not noticed by anyone as the Trevins were of little note, even amongst the old families.
Taking advantage of the distraction which he had planned, Rev Brown rose and began his address. He spoke of all the inter-family intra-species and inter-species grievances and imagined grievances then began to propose what he and Lady Bridget Forester had been working on. With some showing their opposition, Rev Brown introduced Gwyn Forester who presented his, Jacob’s and Briony’s tale of the muse spirits.
Mid way through the tale, Archibald Watson asked, “What has this to do with anything?”
“It’s an example of how we can deal with incidents if we are organised and work together.” Offered Arthur.
Gwyn Forester went on to tell how he had confirmed that Aiden had been inspiring Prudence Pendry and that Aiden was possessed by a fae spirit. Concluding the story Gwyn detailed how he had exorcised the spirit.
Bishop Marcus rose, “Now folks this is an example of what we can do if we work together. I want you all to consider and support the forming of a council of all the Folk which Rev Brown is proposing.”
The works of Gwyn, Briony and Jacob as instigated by Rev Brown, led to the Folk long considering then agreeing to trial a council.