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(It's the Duchess of Ursul! Maybe I should go and say hello.)

Then you notice that seated beside her is a woman in the robes of a priestess. They are very close together, their hands gently touching as they speak.

(Looks like she's busy!)

You turn and walk in a different direction, so as not to disturb them. At that moment, you notice something unusual. It looks like someone just left the palace grounds by going over the hedge. Was that a servant? A thief? Or... an assassin?

However, by the time the response is organised and directed to the area beyond the palace, there's no sign of any intruder. You wonder if you were only imagining it.