An uneasy peace was upon the Empire of Orlais and it was a peace that the Marquis of Montsimmard had no intentions of allowing to continue much longer. The house of Montsimmard had been insulted too many times by the usurper Celene for the Marquis to ever allow the usurper to reign in peace. In the end either he or the usurper would end up dead and the Marquis had no intentions of being the dead one. Many mistakes had been made in the previous civil war and many lessons had been learned, with the lessons of the past the Marquis would ensure that the usurper and all those who supported her would be hung by the neck for their treasonous actions against the deceased Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons. While the Grand Duke was now dead, betrayed by the Inquisition, his supporters were still alive and the Inquisition was no longer in a position to back the usurper Celene.
To achieve his aim of bringing justice and retribution upon the traitors, the Marquis had decided to host a gathering to commemorate those who had died fighting for Gaspard. The Marquis intended to use the gathering to test the waters and see who was still devoted to the cause, figure out who could be relied upon in event of a second civil war. In order to alleviate any suspicion of his actions, the Marquis decided to host the event on the anniversary of his father's death, if anyone from the usurper was to ask about his intentions he would merely tell them that he was remembering his father and the people he had fought alongside during the war. If the Empress attempted to act against him for such an action she was sure to lose support among many of the nobility and the Marquis did not intended to go down without a fight. While he did not intend to immediately start the civil war again, if need be he would. Ever since the beginning of the peace the Marquis had been heavily militarising his people and hiring large quantities of mercenaries.
"It is wonderful seeing so many friends and comrades from the war gathering to honour those of us who are no longer with us." The Marquis began in a speech as he carefully observed the guests in front of him beneath his masks, looking for any hint of either loyalty or disloyalty to the cause which was so dear to the Marquis. "While we have all given a hell of a fight against the Empress, in the end we were forced to submit, not because of defeat in the battlefield but by the treachery of out side organisations, but alas we cannot truly blame the Inquisition, a rabbit will always side with a rabbit after all." The Marquis proclaimed with vigour and rage, seeking to incite righteous anger among his peers. The Empress had after all raised her rabbit lover to the peerage, clearly the result of backroom deals with the Inquisitior. "This however is all common knowledge and I am sure none of you came to hear me rant about it, instead let us spend this night in somber remembrance of our fallen friends, gone but not forgotten. Their memories shall be honoured." Honoured indeed, honoured as martys once the second civil war was won. "Now let us drink and feast while we remember and honour our fallen!"