Christopher listened, and when his brother stopped he realised that as he spoke he had been resorting to the brother of old, the one seeking guidance and help, rather than the one wanting the title passed down to him. Pressing his steepled fingers against his lips Christopher thought for a moment, thoroughly perturbed.
"That seems a quite complex manner of affairs..." he said slowly, inwardly churning. He hesitated a moment before continuing. "So... let me see if I have this correctly... you are being blackmailed - over something which you have not yet told me - and to re-inforce whatever they want you to do, they have now brought myself and Lucas into the equation?"