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The words that Javi had spoken had given the moon elf some encouragement. While his High Priestess would not see it and likely either would the Goddess upon the day he would meet her, it didn't mean that he would not feel like a hero that deserved to forever run among the fields in the stars. Of course it also would be that day on his death that he would forever close his eyes. It would also be the day that he was bested in combat as it was his calling. Nothing and no one would make him sheath his blade for one last time, nothing besides a family, but he had not yet found one of those and the likely hood of him doing so was unlikely.
The moon elf had left the tent without anymore words between the two of them, Lunas had much to think about and a tent to find as rest was calling to him even if he didn't wish to sleep at the height of the moon elf strength he needed it, even a power nap of ten minutes would do his body some help as it would allow him to recover a bit of the energy he had lost or even better would be a full rest. The armies weren't going to be moving any time soon from this spot, as hunting parties of both elves were sent out in all directions accept to the north to find the missing orcs as it seemed the group fled.
Finding a tent that was made for him the young moon elf opened the tent flap and tied it shut behind him to show he did not wish to be disturbed accept for in emergency times only. Reaching the last tie at the base of the tent itself Javi crawled on hand and knees across the wet grass to the bedroll. his eyes shut and the male was asleep upon the moment his head hit the pillow. Not remembering anything while he slept Lunas was awoke by the sound of a horn blasting off in the distance and sunlight breaking through the fabric of the tent shading everything in purples.
Thinking to himself a bit there was no way he could have slept through the entire night without having one or two people stop by at the least. Upon exiting his tent however Lunas was instantly greeted with a regiment of troops all dressed for war in the finery of the Moon elf elite. [b "Good morning commander. We were afraid we would have to send you to the ancestors."] confused the male looked out across the field to notice tents being collapsed. there was no way they were working to leave, that wasn't suppose to happen for several days yet. It was then that it hit him an hard at that. He realized that he tied the tent shut, but he didn't expect to be left to rest the entire time.
[#9138cc "General why is that?"] Confused at first the female voice called back to him. [b "My Lord you have been in your tent and not came out once in nearly four days. We were afraid orc poison had gotten to you, but we also did not wish to send in a doctor or disturb you until it was absolutely time for it."] nodding Lunas looked among the guards standing in front of him and recognized them all, not by their faces but by the ranks they held upon their armor. It was his peer of commanders from the Moon elf legions that were all across the Forest. And here in front of him stood Ten of them.
A look of confused upon his face Lunas went to ask a question, but instead was interrupted by the same female that had addressed him. [b "The High Priestess and King has agreed that for your deed that you are to be given title of Prefect and lead the Legions of the Moon in the campaign against the orcs invading our lands and possible beyond to make sure the Orcs do not threaten our lands again."] nodding Lunas took ahold of the armor presented to him. It was fashioned like that of those in front of him with one minor difference. Instead of having a Star or the sun on the breast plate his would have a moon and the banner symbol of the Goddess upon his chest.
Lunas placed on his new armor and moved around in it. He would have to get use to it of course as his old one allowed for more movement, but this one was better placed with armor around his wrists, armpits, and the other bending parts of his body. Of course the one thing that didn't change was his weaponry which had been attached to his side.
[#9138cc "Commanders. My orders are simple You fight or I'll kill you myself. I will take command as ordered by the High Priestess, however I will not take control of the men under you unless I can see a better outcome or if I see a better pathway to win a fight over what you have planned."] It was then a map of the Dreamwoods was placed in front of the commander. [b "Sir while you slept several orc warbands have been destroyed while they marched upon the capital. We couldn't stop them all, but the Capital's forces have held and destroyed any that have come for them so far."]
Nodding Lunas waited for the report to continue. He had been asleep for four solid days it meant more had to have happened than that. [b "We have also been tracking a large group of orcs marching this way from the north, but their banners hold more then one group of them. It seems the Orcs are amassing a much larger horde and force then what you had fought with the wood elves."] Looking down at the map he pointed to it. [#9138cc "Show me where is this band at now."]
The female elf stepped up to the table and placed her hand just above the farthest North point of the Dreamwoods. [b "They amass upon our borders, but have not made any moves to defile it or move into the forest itself. Its like they are waiting for something, but what it is we cannot tell as every time we try and scout around them all we find is the remains of the scouts on the border."] Nodding again Lunas ran his eyes over the map and put his hand upon a single set of cliffs that were just below the orc group, but still north of where they were. [#9138cc "We will move the army there. Archers on the cliffs and footmen defending the pass with Calvary upon the archer flanks so to protect them or ride down the enemy from behind."]
The group nodded their agreement and bowed. Lunas sent them away with commands to prepare to move to that location that night. That also meant however marching the entirety of day and night to get there.
Ado had turned the map of the crescent isle around and around on the table he had placed it. Of course the map didn't change and either did the points where they were at, but Ado was not looking at it for the big picture, but the minor ones that could play to his brother's advantage. The new young king needed as many of those as he could this war season as he had made many enemies with his disrespect to them all along with doing a coup in front of them all and out of season for it also. Winter was the time for rest and schooling.
Ado knew that the winter festival was not a time to challenge one for house rule, even less so to just take over with no fight or concede, but when one is backed up with the house's military might even a ruler couldn't refuse. It worried the young elf however to know his brother's reign could end in a few months at the end of an arrow, or a sword or a spear simply because he insulted the wrong person. While they could call upon house Aelori for aid both of them knew that Lord Aelori was not pleased when his crown had been removed from his head as well by the young ruler.
Ado stopped turning the map and had his eyes fall upon the mountain themselves that separated the lands Anjui currently ruled from the other houses themselves. Besides the fortresses that were dug into the mountains they now had. there was also the dwarven roads that would lead into the Si Bali, but there to would be guards in the way and a defendable fortress, but his eyes had caught something else entirely. He found a way that his brother could sneak their movable force against a single enemy without being noticed until they were upon the capital itself.
Shori Syrdaes, The White tower, a city marveled for being a rival to the tower of stars within Masol Thysaer. The city was a bustling town of trade and many believed it unconquerable not because its walls couldn't be breach, but because its army defended the lands around it so well that no one dared to try and attack it head on, but Ado kept looking at the map longer and longer and had found a pass in between the mountains that no one seemed to have looked at before. It was narrow of course could probably fit only a single elf through at a time, but it would come up right behind the city just outside of sight from the city itself.
Laying himself down to sleep Ado had taken time to fall asleep. His plan was to bring up these pass to his brother and the commanders in the morning to get their impressions upon the thing even possible to send scouts to the pass to see if what he saw upon the map was right. It was a slim chance, but it was still a chance he could take. The risk was high, but the reward was so much more worth it as that would give his brother a farcry of an advantage over the other houses that were upon the isle as it would lock him in place of holding not only the trade routes through Masol Thysaer, and part of the sea trade through Shyr Tadorar, but the entire Northern sea would be under Anjui's crown.
drifting to sleep the young elf awoke when he heard a bang at the door. jumping with a start and not remembering when he fell asleep the elf opened the door still having the cloths from yesterday cling to his skin. Of course upon opening the door the elf had seen food delivered to his room by a servant. Thanking the maid and taking the food it was a small meal and the food was cold while the drink was warm. Taking giant gulps of the water and tearing off bits of cheese and bread the elf returned to his work at hand.
Writing several messages in the next few hours. The first was to the dwarven king concerning time frame of when the king would lay siege to the old capital, along with a reminder elves had war season coming upon them soon in which the armies of the house would be needed in full strength and at their finest to fight other houses. This was sent away with a carrier bird that would fly to Si Bali; from there it would go to a carrier who would deliver it to a dwarf messenger who would take it back to his king.
The second letter he wrote was addressed to the four commanders of the house legions. It was a command as their prince to send scouts to the pass he had discovered and giving them the specific spot of the pass on their end. He wanted to know where the pass would lead and how long it would take to go from one end to the other, as perhaps a reason no one used the pass was that it would take to long to travel across even on horse to get across before war season was over.
The last two letter was to his older siblings who had already been married off. The first was to Eidas Madyrn, current ruler of house Madyrn. House shadow was a far off house in the east, but to write his older brother means he could possible have a powerful ally at hand or an even worse enemy at their doorstep before war season was over. The words on the letter weren't personal for Ado, more explaining the details to what had happened with Anjui and his taking of the house throne and asking for potential aid from house Madyrn. The last was sent to Tasi Jhol, husband to the ruler of house Jhol. House light was close to that of Madyrn and far enough away from the twins that they would take a while to reach.
The letter like the first didn't contain much from him on personal information only giving minor detail about Anjui and the crown he now wore and asking for aid if need be or at least supplies if they came close enough to hose Jhol's borders. Standing from his seat Ado sent the messages out by bird and left his room to discover it was already past noon and his meeting with his brother, the young lord Mylas who was to become a soldier under tutelage from the commanders in Masol Thysaer, along with Lord Aelori was now waiting on him to arrive as the plan was to meet in the war room at half past mid day.
The young male had gone to sleep with ease, but his dreams were haunting nightmares. Tossing and turning Anjui had started at first with happy thoughts. To see his banner covering all of the known elven lands which would one day come to pass if he could do it; his dreams however took a twisted turn on him. At first they were small things like rebellions popping up, his family betraying him for their crown to be placed upon his mother's head again and the execution of his family including his sister who would now be placed within the lands of the Aelori.
It didn't phase him much as this was all things that could happen while he built the Empire, but what caused him to stir so horrible was the image of Ado betraying him, his own twin who had always been by his side and he had stabbed him in the back with a blank face like he didn't care he had just killed the person he shared his life with. This had twisted even darker into the thought of his body being mutilated or twisted like that of the Corrupted King, his flesh burnt and having to always hide behind a mask and within his armor no matter where he was.
Anjui had woke with a start, the sunlight shinning in from the window, the stained glass colored the room in hues of purples, reds, and green. standing up from the bed he allowed the covers of the down blanket to fall to the floor, but the silk sheet clung to his skin like a fine drapery would to a wet surface. It must have been from the nightmare and sweating he had done while asleep that had formed the sticky substance that now covered the surface of his skin where the sheet was not.
Walking to the other side of the room Anjui placed a bit of water from the jug into the small bowl. Grabbing a rag close by he washed off the sweat of the night before. Slowly removing the sheet to wash more of himself until he was completely washed of sweat and sticky substance the young elf let the sheet fall to the floor as well where he stood. Stepping from the make shift table to the cedar wood wardrobe he removed out some different clothing which had been unpacked for his stay. The first was the leggings, their color as black as charcoal. They were made of fine cotton dyed black by their makers they would be useful for the next few days of staying here. Next was the fine white shirt that he had removed also made of cotton, but was much thinner than the pants. it allowed him movement, but also breathing for his skin.
Closing the gap to the door The elf opened it and stepped into the hall to be greeted first by the guards who had come with him and Ado to house Aelori. Their black armor swallowed the light given off by the sun in the open windows. Neither of them spoke as the three traveled down to the dinning hall where the young prince noticed his soon to be fellow elf at Masol Thysaer. [#b62e11 "Care if I join you young lord Mylas?"] The surprise from him was obvious as he chocked a little bit upon the food he was eating. Spitting a bit he stood. [b "Of course Lord Anjui please."] while the elf looked discontent for having embarrassed himself and even more so to have the elf that would take the crown from his head sit with him for breakfast, he wouldn't voice it.
The two sat in silence for a moment as a plate of bread, cheese, and a goblet of milk was placed in front of Anjui. [b "Tell me Lord Anjui what is Masol Thysaer like?"] chewing a bit of the bread the young elf pondered the question himself. What was the city like to an outsider he wondered? It was hard to describe what his home was like as it was his home he would find no other like it and would not tarnish it in anyway, but he also didn't know how outsiders viewed it. Forming words best to his knowledge the young elf king spoke [#b62e11 "Its a sprawling city of white. Its streets are always busy and its market is bustling with life from dawn to dusk. The people are happy with their lives, but as of most recent they are hesitant about the expansions of the city I have put into place."]
The young king watched as he described the city to his counterpart. Mylas seemed to soak in every word in wonder. It was like he was trying to imagine this city, but his mind couldn't grasp what the city actually looked. It was almost like the boy had not left Shyr Tadorar. Seeing it now Mylas was Anjui's younger by at least a century which meant he was not of age yet to travel to the Shrine of the Stars for training, or to venture with his parents to their diplomatic escapades into other lands. It had been the same for Anjui and Ado when they were his age.
[#b62e11 "Mylas we shall be leaving after the next festival in a week. I would prepare yourself, as once you leave Shyr Tadorar you could become a target, and any other Elf Houses will see you as a threat to their power, they will even try and get you to side with them against me. Possible even try and convince you into attempting an assassination on my life."] spitting out more of his food and taking a big gulp of water from his glass Mylas shuttered at the idea. [b "Lord Anjui my father has sworn the crown of house Aelori to you, there for I am sworn to you."] the young elf smiled briskly as he stood up.
[#b62e11 "If you excuse me Lord Mylas I have matter to attend to."]
The Moon elf commander had set his sights on the Wood elf. The golden tan skin of the elf had caught Lunas’s attention. Of course so did his long golden blonde hair flowed from his shoulder down the his waste, of course his Ice blue eye had drawn Lunas’s purple eyes to his own. The sharp blue had pierced into what lunas thought would be his mind, of course the powers of the wood elf was but questionable at best. The man didn’t earn the nickname the Hunter for no reason. Of course the young wood elf was more preoccupied with something far more then appearances. The two spoke briefly, but of course no words passed between the two of them until after the others that would form their council showed up.
The council that had formed between the moon elves and Wood elves was not a popular action, but necessary for them to proceed. The first was Javi Twinshade himself of the wood elves, Commander to the Wood elf Elite guard and Rangers. He was also known as the Lone hunter. To his left sat the Wood elf ambassador Taraern, The man was simple his long flowing hair set him apart from other wood elves as his hair was that of a Midnight gold, so instead of having the light colors like most wood elves it shown its golden hue only in the shadows and the light of the moon. His eyes were glistening Steel silver that would scare anyone if they looked to long into them. He had been given the title of the Moon’s Silver. To Javi’s right sat the last of the wood elf people that had come was the female ranger Vyri. Her body was slim and she was short in comparison to her fellow rangers, but it is what gave her the advantage against many. She was known as quick silver. Her quiver was four times the size of the normal ranger, but she still carried five of them and would empty out all of them faster than a wood elf ranger could empty out even a single one if it was necessary.
Across the table from them was Lunas Sunfury, His hair was long down to around his knees if he had let it fall straight down, and Javi could only guess that was when he wasn’t dressed in armor, otherwise it seemed to be pinned up against the back of his head to allow the man to place a helmet upon his head. His purple eyes seemed determined and very Authoritative, like he had seen a post of command for a long time. To his left sat the High priestess dressed in a white gown now, but it was but the under cloth that would done under the white armor she had brought with her to go to war in. her eyes shone brightly, but they had shown discontent and fury, like she was angry with her own people for where they were. It seemed she wanted words with the young elf Lunas, but couldn’t as the public that had gathered. To Lunas’s right sat another young male of the Moon Elf race, Javi had been told of this elf it was Calos, The son to the High priestess and captain of the Night elf forces under Lunas’s own command. He had been given command of the phoenix guard which Javi had an interaction with on the road to this place.
[#9dcc38 “I am Javi Twinshade.”] said the wood elf said as he stood from his seat placing several papers on the table between the group. [#9dcc38 “We need a plan to keep these vile beasts out of the forests, as their next move is to push us even farther into the Dream woods, and then burn what they can’t get to. If they get much farther your capital will burn with the forest no matter how much preventative things you can think of.”] Stepping to the side of the table so Javi could see everyone in the group the young elf took a deep breath. [#9dcc38 “We know the orcs, goblins, and giants march from the north, so we must focus our efforts there.”] The group stayed silent, including Lunas himself who watched carefully as the wood elf continued, of course the fist slamming against the table made even the seasoned warrior jump. [#9dcc38 “Come on, this is not a single fight that we will be fighting, this is war and you are here as a council of war, not captains or generals under my command. Input from everyone will be needed in this.”]
When the bang went off Lunas was looking at the maps placed upon the table. How was it such detail was found in the wood elven realms when they were reclusive to their forest unless commanded by their king? How could they have knowledge of exactly where the borders were for each kingdom and what the people called them? Even more so how did they know the location of every city, every village, every single building within the Dreamwoods when he himself Commander of the Moon elf legion didn’t know himself. [#9dcc38 “We need to take the High Mountain pass and block off any possibility of the enemy coming through there, but in order to do that it would mean marching our armies out of the Forest. Taraern, you need to request the use of the army outside of the Dream woods under my command from the king, as he sent me here to defend the forest and that was it.”] Nodding Taraern was gone, and with him went Calos to request the same from their own king, as it was that man that had control of the army not the High priestess that now sat at the table with them. [#9dcc38 “Lady Vyri I want you to go and prepare the men to march out, even if the king denies the request we will march out to take the pass, we will ask for forgiveness afterwords.”]
Nodding she had stood and disappeared as well, The high priestess had a playful smile on her lips. [#df24eb “Lord Javi will you give Lunas and myself some privacy please?”] The wood elf turned to the High priestess and flat out put his answer. [#9dcc38 “I am sorry High Priestess I cannot. I need you to go and prepare your armies to march under your banner, as it’s the rallying call they need to fight for their home. I also need you to send a message to your husband the King to send construction people to the Pass, as they shall built a fortress there we can hold up in and block the southern part of the country from the rest of it. Us elves have lived here for centuries I am not about to lose it simply because a band of orcs came marching through.”] Taken a back the Priestess stood her face going from the sleet shale color to one of bright red. Instead of saying something however the priestess left the tent, likely to do as Javi had asked of her to do as she knew the vital importance of what he asked. Lunas had of course watched with anticipation for the Great Lady to say something about it on her way out, but yet she still remained silent.
Javi turned to Lunas last of all The moon elf stood from his seat to see eye to eye with the wood elf. [#9dcc38 “I am glad you decided to stay behind and fight the orcs, had we not heard the clash of metal we would have walked right past the orc horde and not known it until it was too late. That or we would have been ambushed ourselves and inside a forest none the less.”] Lunas just stared blankly at the maps in front of him on the table. [#9dcc38 “Lunas Sunfury you are a commander of your people. You did not lose your voice I hope, as how can one lead without a voice to command?”] the question was blunt, but it was meant to be. Taking a deep breath Javi was about to speak more, but Lunas’s quiet voice came to his ears instead. [#9138cc “I should have died on that field. Instead you saved my men and myself. I should have not allowed my soldiers to stay, but sent them back with Calos and King Tyrdaer.”] [#9dcc38 “None sense. You did what you believed to be right, and you gave your people time to escape, while giving your soldiers the death they deserved and honored them by doing so.”]
The council that had formed between the moon elves and Wood elves was not a popular action, but necessary for them to proceed. The first was Javi Twinshade himself of the wood elves, Commander to the Wood elf Elite guard and Rangers. He was also known as the wood hunter. It was a reputation that he had been given to him by his own people and he had earned it well. To his left sat the Wood elf ambassador Taraern, The man was simple his long flowing hair set him apart from other wood elves as his hair was that of a Midnight gold, so instead of having the light colors like most wood elves it shown its golden hue only in the shadows and the light of the moon. His eyes were a glistening Steel silver that would scare anyone if they looked to long into them. He had been given the title of the Moon’s Silver. To Javi’s right sat the last of the wood elf people that had come was the female ranger Vyri. Her body was slim and she was short in comparison to her fellow rangers, but it is what gave her the advantage against many. She was known as quick silver. Her quiver was four times the size of the normal ranger, but she still carried five of them and would empty out all of them faster than a wood elf ranger could empty out even a single one if it was necessary.
Across the table from them was Lunas Sunfury, His hair was long down to around his knees if he had let it fall straight down, and Javi could only guess that was when he wasn’t dressed in armor, otherwise it seemed to be pinned up against the back of his head to allow the man to place a helmet upon his head. His purple eyes seemed determined and very Authoritative, like he had seen a post of command for a long time. To his left sat the High priestess dressed in a white gown now, but it was but the under cloth that would done under the white armor she had brought with her to go to war in. her eyes shone brightly, but they had shown discontent and fury, like she was angry with her own people for where they were. It seemed she wanted words with the young elf Lunas, but couldn’t as the public that had gathered. To Lunas’s right sat another young male of their race, Javi had been told of this elf it was Calos, The son to the High priestess and captain of the Night elf forces under Lunas’s own command. He had been given command of a the phoenix guard which Javi had an interaction with on the road to this place.
[#9dcc38 “I am Javi Twinshade.”] the elf said as he stood from his seat placing several papers on the table between the group. [#9dcc38 “We need a plan to keep these vile beasts out of the forests, as their next move is to push us even farther into the Dream woods, and then burn what they can’t get to. If they get much farther your capital will burn with the forest no matter how much preventative things you can think of.”] Stepping to the side of the table so he could see everyone in the group Javi took a deep breath. [#9dcc38 “We know the orcs, goblins, and giants march from the north, so we must focus our efforts there.”] The group stayed silent, and so Javi took his fist and slammed it against the table. [#9dcc38 “Come on, this is not a single fight that we will be fighting, this is war and you are here as a council of war, not captains or generals under my command. Input from everyone will be needed in this.”]
With the bang of his fist against the table the five other members jumped including Lunas who he had expected was looking at the map with thoughts in his head. [#9dcc38 “We need to take the High Mountain pass and block off any possibility of the enemy coming through there, but in order to do that it would mean marching our armies out of the Forest. Taraern, you need to request the use of the army outside of the Dream woods under my command from the king, as he sent me here to defend the forest and that was it.”] Nodding Taraern was gone, and with him went Calos to request the same from their own king, as it was that man that had control of the army not the High priestess that now sat at the table with them. [#9dcc38 “Lady Vyri I want you to go and prepare the men to march out, even if the king denies the request we will march out to take the pass, we will ask for forgiveness afterwords.”]
Nodding she had stood and disappeared as well, The high priestess had a playful smile on her lips. [#df24eb “Lord Javi will you give Lunas and myself some privacy please?”] The wood elf turned to the High priestess and flat out put his answer. [#9dcc38 “I am sorry High Priestess I cannot. I need you to go and prepare your armies to march under your banner, as it’s the rallying call they need to fight for their home. I also need you to send a message to your husband the King to send construction people to the Pass, as they shall built a fortress there we can hold up in and block the southern part of the country from the rest of it. Us elves have lived here for centuries I am not about to lose it simply because a band of orcs came marching through.”] Taken a back the Priestess stood her face going from the sleet shale color to one of bright red. Instead of saying something however the priestess left the tent, likely to do as Javi had asked of her to do as she knew the vital importance of what he asked.
Javi turned to Lunas last of all. [#9dcc38 “I am glad you decided to stay behind and fight the orcs, had we not heard the clash of metal we would have walked right past the orc horde and not known it until it was too late. That or we would have been ambushed ourselves and inside a forest none the less.”] Lunas just stared blankly at the maps in front of him on the table. [#9dcc38 “Lunas Sunfury you are a commander of your people. You did not lose your voice I hope, as how can one lead without a voice to command?”] the question was blunt, but it was meant to be. Taking a deep breath Javi was about to speak more, but Lunas’s quiet voice came to his ears instead. [#9138cc “I should have died on that field. Instead you saved my men and myself. I should have not allowed my soldiers to stay, but sent them back with Calos and King Tyrdaer.”] [#9dcc38 “None sense. You did what you believed to be right, and you gave your people time to escape, while giving your soldiers the death they deserved and honored them by doing so.”]
Ado had kept his eyes on his parents as the words spilled over from Anjui's lips of how he would kill them if it meant that he would keep his crown, but Ado would do far worse then just kill them. A single hint of treachery from any of them and he would be evil enough to discover all of their plans before he ended their life with the most fowl of ways their kind could think of. The worst of which not even Ado dreamed or hoped upon those he would face upon battle field and even then it was something that was rare and only happened to those who were considered a traitor.
Being shown to his room Ado slipped into the chambers quickly with a light woosh of the door being shut and a creek as the hinges worked. The door slammed shut and the room was all silent but the crackle of the wood burning in the fireplace and the breeze coming in from the small window that was open. Ado was by himself for a series of a few moments before he heard the knock at the door. [b "Sir the dwarves have sent their answer."] moving aside and sliding the door open Ado grabbed the smaller framed elf male and pulled him into the room.
[#f5990a "Be silent. We do not wish for the other lords to learn of our escapades with the dwarves as of yet. Anjui may know of what I am asking of them, but the others do not. If matters like this arise again then come straight to me in silence. Its then that we will discuss what we need to."] Ado eyed the messenger with keen eyes. It wasn't the same one he sent with the dwarves before, but many a elves switched between the two of them like it was nothing really. Ado had taken the scroll with the message on it and read it a few times.
The king of the dwarves had accepted his terms of a treaty between the elves and the dwarves like they had done several times before. The dwarves would muster their thralls within their current capital of Karak Tyrn. They would do so under the command of the king and his banner and the several hundred houses that now roamed the lands would come under call. The elves would help the dwarves recapture their old empire capital and in return be given the myli Maelolaer. The stone Sentinel was a prize all elves were after, but to go underground was death to most surface elves, and the Drow were a race that was not one for helping its brethern unless it was more a payoff for themselves over what they were going for, so giving the Stone sentinel to a surface elf was way out of the question.
Ado knew what that meant however and that would mean mustering the forces their house had now, but with war season coming soon that would make their forces split and he wouldn't and couldn't afford to do so this early in the game that his brother was playing with the world political power of elves. Ado knew his brother had plans, but to say that it would surprise him that his brother was playing as each major house was a contestant meant he would be a fool. Out of the houses there were only sixteen major houses that ruled over all the elven people in comparison, but the top ten were the major players they would have to contest the power his brother would establish upon the isle. Returning to the silence of his bedroom Ado pulled a map of the crescent isle and marked each capital of the houses around him, including those of the top ten houses.
[#f5990a "The world is definitely going to be turned on end when this year has ended."]
The face of the Lord Aelori seemed to have aged centuries within just those few fine moments. as Anjui had sad his words. It was as if the man had wished to see the crown taken away from him already and his parents whom he took the throne from in the first place returned to power when they couldn't even keep it from their own child from taking it. Loyalty is where the issue lied. Anjui worked with the commoners on a daily in the fields, Anjui worked daily with the soldiers, including the commanders who lead them. They all felt loyal to him and not his parents even though they held loyalty to the crown that now sat upon his head instead.
The old elf returned to his throne setting himself once again back against the stone chair he looked to the two young males that now stood down the steps from his chair. [#771390 "When is this merge of our two houses to take place? As war season shall soon be upon us after the festivals and replenishing season."] Anjui had paused a moment, he truly had not thought that the transition between the two houses would go so smoothly and that they would spend weeks in talking of negotiations on the idea, in which the house of Aelori would eventually give in, or have their house rank ripped from them by force or by sheer blackmail from Anjui himself. His conditions were more honorary then actually what he was willing to do but it was to be followed now that they were accepted.
Having his brother tap him on the elbow Anjui looked up to the entire family of Aelori, and that of his own family that had not been sent into banishment. [#b62e11 "This will happen soon. Slow process as it will take a few weeks to do, but for now we shall start with leaving my sister here Shyr Tadorar. The Crown shall also go to my brother Ado upon signing of the document which will be done at the next festival as a sign of good faith. The next festival if I remember correctly is the returning of those from the Shrine due to sending them there for school."] Lord Aelori had the look of defeat upon his face. His family had ruled the land of the Molaes Shyr for generations leading back to the time of the first elven king and he was loosing it. for a while to Anjui it looked like the old lord would refuse but it seemed he would let it go, as he knew something that he didn't let on.
[#b62e11 "Lord Aelori, you will be considered a betrayer to the Noble houses and they will likely come for your head and those of your family. I need to know you can defend this land your family has relinquished to me like it was still their own. Your army will listen to my brother with the crown upon his head, but I need to know the nobility that you have under you shall not make a problem when my plan is in fruition and war season comes around. If they do know that I will give them a public execution before they can even put a coin into an assassins hands if I find out."] Anjui had spoken plainly and a matter of fact like his voice gave way to nothing but the feeling of subjective like one would want to.
Bowing again Anjui tapped his own guard and walked out of the hall to explore the place that would soon be his home for the next part of his plan. From here he would launch his campaign against the other houses as to put risk into his own home was not an option, but to use the home of a regnant he would be perfectly fine with. He would also use the trade routes that Aelori had already established and the war fleet that was now under his call. It was but one of the few pawn pieces to his game that he would be playing dangerously fast considering as the fast pace game one single mistake would be fatal and destroy everything.
Being shown to the private chambers that would be his during his visit he set up a single side of chess and moved but a few pieces. [#b62e11 "Slowly, very slowly are things coming into play and very soon the game will become a much quicker pace."] moving another pawn forward Anjui looked at the board of the game, only it was a map of the lands of the Crescent isle and each piece sat one of the noble houses he would have to claim in order to have complete control of the isle without question and without much force to go into it, but a single house refuses and a show of armed forces would have to be used. Anjui being the diplomatic new king of his home had very high hopes that it wouldn't come to such a thing. And with the combined strength of his own home, along with the trade from house Aelori would make all the others fall into the exact place Anjui wanted them to and become regents under his crown.
Lunas had watched as the windlance arrows penetrated the orc forces far out onto the field of hills. He had expected something from behind, but to see fellow wood elves was something unexpected indeed especially in force as it sat. The young moon elf general watched as the wood elves had drove back to orcs and even taken up positions around the moon elves to drive the oncoming assault of orcs back until the moon elves could regain their momentum of assault. Even with the additional forces of the wood elves they were far outmatched in numbers by the orcs, but it seemed that the orcs would break ranks long enough to watch as more of their kin fell to arrows and bolts from the lances the wood elves and moon elves had combined their strength and knew that the orcs weren't going to get through the reinforced wall of soldiers.
It was the bright light of the fires littered across the battle field picking up the fallen warriors as their bodies were dressed for ceremony their armor was removed, along with the weapons and the wounds were cleaned and dressed so that no wound could be seen unless you knew where to look. The people that were dressing the dead were the only person who could tell you right where the wound that had killed them were. Those bodies that were missing limbs, or the head that was apart from the body were all dressed just like they were attached to them. Lunas could feel the burning of loss trying to pierce his eyes. The salty taste would burn even going down his own throat as he bit back the words and the bile that both were trying to come up.
Watching as the ceremony preceded Lunas had heard the drums and screams and cries from the orc camp across the field of corpses they had just left to the buzzards and wildlife of the land. They seemed to be bellowing and being shown a feat of strength from the orc warlord that was leading them, but it meant that he was far from impressed if even considered regaled at their actions as of recently. They had lost to spear ears and they had the better numbers, the brute strength, and the war like nature. Elves on the other hand had the training and the advantage of knowing the landscape. Lunas looked out across the field, Tomorrow the land would once again be scared black with the mass of orcs that would come to face them again tomorrow. Looking to the stars Lunas felt the burning sting of the cold of the fall night wind catching on his now bare upper body as he had it removed before the ceremony to the dead. The pathway to the stars was the ceremony to the dead, and it would be passed down the generations to come and would be the only thing that did not change to their culture.
He had finally gotten closed eyes once he got back to his tent and it was short lived. The light of the first sun caught through the purple fabric of the tent and caught his eyes. The elf had stood and got dressed quickly enough for battle as it would begin again soon. The soldiers were assembled and ready for battle when Lunas approached. His general guard on him within second. With out words Lunas placed himself in the middle of his soldiers. The moon elves making a shield around the wood elf bowmen and the windlancers on the ridge had elven Calvary around them. The moon elf watched as the Warlord with his eye patch and stumble of only having a single foot. He watched as the orc drew in one big breath and let it out in a warcry that had started the flood of the orc bodies across the hills. The elves went right into action and the windlances were released and threw orcs all across the hills, Into each other, limbs flew into the trees across the lines and back into the waves of orcs as they crossed the hills. With them however came Ogres and giants as well.
Seeing more creatures Lunas raised his blade to the sky asking for a miracle to happen. The battle seemed agonizing, but it was very quickly paced. A few times the lines broke away from fighting each other long enough for both sides to see the casualties that had fallen and fix themselves accordingly. It was the pause of the orcs however that caused Lunas to turn around again to see the Goddess's banner at his back with the Head Priestess standing at the very center of all the forces they had mustered. It must have been the miracle he had asked for earlier as all the moon elven forces were now mustard on the field and the orcs seemed to run as they did. The blessing was from the banner itself. The orcs knew that they could not win against all the moon elf force and their warlord knew but was killing people even as they fled. Angry he charged, but it was a moon elf that had ended him instead of Lunas himself.
Lunas had instead of removing his armor and such went straight to the wood elf generals tent and he knew exactly which one it was as like all forces his tent was marked in honorary statements. The elf just stepped into the tent, however the wood elf was not anywhere to be seen. It was at this point that Lunas remove his battle armor and had a servant return it to his very own tent. It was the rustling of the tent folds that had caught Lunas's attention he didn't turn around however to face the elf at first until he spoke. [#9dcc38 "Greeting, I am Javi Twinshade."]
The giant cat had crawled into the tent and slowly prowled around the tent to the point where not even Lunas knew exactly where it was at, but knew that the cat was there in there. Turning to face the Wood elf named Javi Lunas spoke a few words. [#9138cc "I am Lunas Sunfury, We have much to discuss."] The young elf looked at the wood elf standing in front of him with a devil's look upon his face. It was however several more moments of silence between the two of them before more words were said.
[#9138cc "The Goddess has blessed you to be able to rally the High Priestess to come after you."] The male pointed to the banner of the moon and stars of silver on purple that hung on the wall of the commons tent. [#9138cc "Perhaps the High Priestess will come join us shortly."]
Javi was first of many of the wood elf rangers to engage in close combat with the orc berserks as they rushed the lines. Of course the elven ranges were far better at combat as they had centuries of training with their weapons in comparison to that of their more mortal field enemy. Elves lived in peace for the most part as long as you stayed away from their homeland they would not disturb anyone. They tended to keep to themselves unless for a very important contract or detail. Trade was their connection to the outside world and would remain that way unless they were called to war.
Orcs were brutes that many would see as war hardy and blood thirsty savages even among their own kind there was war. Orcs fought and died by the blade, they would fight to the end even if it meant the loss of honor to their name. That was of course until recent when a new warlord was chosen for them to lead the clans to battle. Their down fall to the new warlord however was he chose to attack moon elves in their own forest. It was the warlord that now stood on top of the hill behind the massive force of orcs that had come into the Dreamwoods.
It was this orc that Javi was sharing an eye locked glace with as swords were being swiped left and right away from him as the honor guard around him defend their commander and would do so until their death or his order to not do so. The orc was larger then the others. Bulkier, but he had so many defining features to set him apart. He was missing his right tooth that normally would stick out. His left was drilled through and had several metal rings around it to show his stature and prowess to take pain, as orc's teeth were like the elves ears a symbol or mark of pride. Of course the orc also had black armor covered in black blood which Javi guessed was only from the orcs he had killed earlier in the night or yesterday due to disappointing him for not destroying the elves.
The orc seemed to glaze over the field as his forces were pushed to a stand still. The smile on his face however worried Javi just a little bit, perhaps this orc was not so dull and stupid as those who followed him. Blowing on the dragon tooth horn at his side the orc warlord let out a battle cry of some kind and more orcs swarmed over the hills, only this time giants accompanied them as well. Javi looked out across the field of battle now. His forces were already showing signs of becoming over ran, but they would keep fighting.
It was then from behind him another horn sound came. Turning in his saddle quickly Javi saw the legions of the moon elves once again marshaled, only this time under a single banner. The Goddess's symbol upon the banners that marched forth. The moon elves seemed to have mustered their elite Templar. Dressed in black tunics with silver armor with a single symbol of the moon stamped on the chest guard.
At the lead of the new forces was a single male who looked across the field of battle and only raised his sword above his head. With the sword being raised the moon elf forces let out a battle cry that had caused the orcs to pause a moment in their push. It had even caused a few of them to turn around to face the elves spears pointed towards the forces that had yet to move.
[#9dcc38 "The Goddess blesses us today soldiers. Fight with all your might for her eyes are upon us."] The elf screamed over the roar of the orcs as they charged forward faster now for fear of the whip and blade from behind them. The elves moral was renewed and so was their fighting spirit as more elves joined the line behind them. The moon elf elite pushed the orc forces from both sides and even stopped them from advancing any more with Calvary driving back the reinforcements that were suppose to help by killing several of the giants that had come with them and squishing orcs behind them.
The warlord it seemed was more angry then before as he took his guard into the battle field with him as well, only he didn't care what he was killing he swung his blade at anything that moved including his own guard. Rage was not helpful to him at this point however as the closer he got to the elven lines the more damage he did on the way to even his own forces. This had caused his forces to scatter away from him as far as they could get. This had made him an easy target mostly as even with being a solo orc he would be a hard kill as they had a high tolerance to pain and could loose a limb or two without stopping. It would have to be a swift fight.
Javi had stepped in the way of the orc as he went and tried to rampage into the elven lines only to have elves duck his blade and swing their bodies out of the way like they were dancing with him, which seemed only to irritate the orc more. Javi had drawn his twin knives as the orc got to the other side and was making his way back. [#9dcc38 "Stupid Orc don't know when to give up."] that had caught the things attention as his eyes went from spinning with his body to be fixed on Javi the blood red shot eyes peered down at Javi like he was a target that the orc would kill easily. [#9dcc38 "You lost and can't even understand that so you push more and more."] the taunts won out and the orc charged letting out a loud howl of anger. Diving at the elf as he took to a roll on the ground.
It was the slight sticky feeling on the back of his neck that had caused javi to place his hand on the nap to his neck. A little bit of blood drew away with his hand, only it was black instead of red like elves. Standing and turning around Javi held up his hand so the orc could see the blood upon his hand. The orc started looking around its body trying to find the wound, but finally figured out that it had lost its weapon and its hand when he looked between Javi and himself. [#9dcc38 "Now you'r without a weapon."] raising his blade Javi gave one final sentience to the creature.
[#9dcc38 "Don't pick elves to try and attack next time."] Swiping off the creatures head with a single swift blow Javi had the thing mounted to the cliff side by arrow and screamed out so all the elves and orcs could hear. [#9dcc38 "Your leader is dead Orcs now run away back to your lands in the north and never return. Let this be a warning to you that if you step foot within the lands of the elves again we will destroy every single one of you."] It was then the orcs understood the elves were sparing those that were alive, and they turned and fled off the field before anything else could happen. As they were fleeing several of the orcs were trampled under the foot of those behind them running away. Several were even trampled under the foot of the elves that chased the orcs as they ran away.
Javi had taken a deep breath and raised his blade to the air and with that the elves cried victory. [#9dcc38 Cylys sai si Kydaer."] Honor to the Goddess. It was a victory cry all elves knew by heart. It was meant to be a two fold thing it was meant to honor those that had died on the field of battle and to appreciate the living for the work they had done to keep everyone else alive still. Javi turned to a couple of his honor guard close by [#9dcc38 "Have the bodies of the dead giving the warrior's highest honors. They died protecting not only the soldiers behind us, but the forest itself behind them. Had the orcs gotten any farther much of the forest would be burning."] Nodding the wood elf left and started removing the bodies of the fallen wood elven soldiers and giving them proper rights of hanging their bodies in the trees close by. As the ropes were being left to swing in the trees ashes were placed upon the dead bodies and the trees would seem to swallow the bodies into the trunks of the trees themselves.
Javi had returned to the makeshift camp of the combined elves as the rites were preformed well into the night for the fallen elven people, not just the wood elves but the moon elves as well. Stepping into his tent Javi noticed a single male moon elf bare chested standing in his tent, the sickly sweet smell of sweat came off him, but he looked prim and proper like that of the nobility of the moon elves, what little nobility stature they had held themselves to outside of their factional system within their own kind. [#9dcc38 "Greeting, I am Javi Twinshade."] The male didn't say anything at first, but turning to face Javi his dark purple eyes and long black hair set him apart from most other nobility as they tended to keep themselves very pristine when in the prescience of company even other members of their family.
It wasn't until his eyes caught sight of the pearly white teeth of the giant black cat that was laying on the floor behind the elf that he saw that the cat was the same size as his own mount and that was saying something about how large a moonsaber could get from their kitten size. Looking back to the elf that now was reaching for the shirt that lay at his feet Javi only guessed the cool night air helped with the sweat of heat from battle. [#9138cc "I am Lunas Sunfury, We have much to discuss."]
During the relax time he had Ado had watched as many of the construction of the home was under way. It was a slow progress at first. It had to do with their altitude, and so they had to get the resources to build the walls from the lower lands or possible from the mountains that surrounded them, but that meant destroying what natural borders they had. and that just would not be allowed.
Ado had sent a message to the Dwarven clans that would be found in the underway under the Crescent isle. Anyone who had known their history knew that there were a total of twelve major houses within the Dwarven world. There were three that called home under the Crescent isle, four would be found under the Abor country. the other five would be found within the mountain ranges of the middle country of Arath. Leaving no Dwarven people to be found in the underway or the tunnels of the old world and far western country of Dalin.
To the north was countries that elves didn't keep track of besides that Humans expanded upon them like rabbits, and Orcs were north of that, and even farther north was the frostlands of the Norsemen and Trolls. To their south was the great land only known to have the civilizations of the Lizardmen and desert races. below them was the southern frozen lands, that supposedly were uninhabited besides the natural ice cold creatures such as polar bears, dragons, penguins, frost worgs, but the tunnels of the old dwarven empire once made it believed that the dwarves ruled even these lands.
Ado was now finally after weeks of waiting getting the three houses under the Crescent isle to come to their hall. Most dwarves would have preferred to meet in a setting of their own making, however Ado would not leave his brother to be assigned by someone before his reign actually saw first light. He also made it very clear that his brother the king of the house would be there and they can speak terms of an agreement between the dwarven houses and the house of Starlight.
He had met them at what was known only as Si Bali. It was the gate between the tunnel systems of the Underway and House Masjhol. The Vale was not a normal passageway, but was an old fortress built back in the days of the Elven empire, when dwarves and elves were at war. Fortified to be protected from the tunnels themselves and outside the mountain range it was built into Si Bali was the second most fortified stronghold on the crescent isle that only to the Capital of the entire isle itself of Mi Shareas.
Within the walls of Si Bali Ado had met with the three dwarven houses. Izril Karag, Grom Sar, and Azril Grong . The first to arrive was the Silver Anvil clan, their person was a young women who seemed bright and very new to the idea of politics. She however had the look of a warrior to her, the battle paint was clear upon her face and the many scars on her arms were visible outside of the tunic. The most notable one was the fact she was missing her right hand. The second to show was that of the Jewel mountain house, represented by an older male who held on him robes of nobility, but he held no scars, and no war paint which must have meant he was raised in the priesthood or into the mage ways. As any child of noble dwarves were thrusted into war, and to not have any battle paint meant he must not have taken a life at his age, and for an older dwarf not to have taken a life meant he must have been a healer at one point or another. The third was that of House High Might. Represented by a young male himself he held a sense of arrogance about him like he was next in line to rule all the clans, and it was possible Elves didn't keep track of where the crown of the dwarven people would pass, but he also had his war paint and a few scars like that of the female companion, however he also seemed fully intact.
[#f5990a "Greets From House Masjhol."] giving a sort of bow Ado kept his eyes on the dwarves in front of him. While the elves and dwarves have been at peace, they still had old hatred of one another between clans and houses. The first to speak was the older dwarf in almost perfect elvish. [b "Mal iar o aidor."] Ado stood to look at the dwarf, a sly grin upon his face. [#f5990a "An Idiot would have met you at the gate and done business there. I have invited you into Si Bali. You are surrounded by elven wardens and your several thousand feet above the tunnels and your armies."] The dwarves seemed to be a little upset with this information, even patting themselves down to make sure they still had their weapons upon them only to find they had already been disarmed at the gate, however Ado was also not carrying any weapon, and three dwarves to one elf was an unfair match.
Ado let his smile slip away from his face to return to the stone face he had upon his person before. [b "Get to the point young one, what is it you have asked to meet us for?"] the young prince stepped around a table to reveal several maps upon the thing, a few of them were the new plans to the Citadel of stars. The next was an exact replica of the underway tunnel system found in the world, each entrance and exit was marked with a blue marker while the dead ends were marked with red. The cities were marked with yellow and the abandoned cities were marked in purple. the map seemed to have details that updated itself, with new tunnels being added and some old ones being covered up do to cave ins and the like, but all the systems were there all marked down on the map itself, of course the details were written in elvish, so the dwarves while they could speak it couldn't understand the elvish runes.
[#f5990a "We have records that you are trying to excavate tunnel systems from the underway back into the Pit, but the ones you have uncovered lead only to the Darkworld. The tunnels that your people had built back when the dwarven empire ruled the underground and before it fell to goblins and mass war between the clans. We also know that your rebuilding some of the ruins of dwarven cities in hopes to bring back your empire as much as possible. These cities would open up trade routes for your people which would allow for expansion and more trade and diplomacy with the surface races."] the two young dwarves seemed stunned how could elves know of this, especially elves that were uniformed of the world around them due to their own choice of enclosing themselves on the island.
The old dwarf's stone cold face looked at the map, moving a few of the pages out of the way his eyes drew to a single paper that seemed to cover the table itself. [b "What is that?"] Ado looked down to see the paper the dwarf's hand is upon. [#f5990a "That Lord Jewel Mountain is a map of Karaz Rik."] This is what had caused the old dwarf's face to glow a bright. [b "We thought all maps of the city were gone, burned in the purging fire."] Ado cleared off the rest of the maps and set them in the chair he would have sat in and nodded. [#f5990a "That is correct. Karaz Rik's original details are here. The elves helped build the old dwarven capital, it was designed by my Great Grandfather, the First of our kind Casha."]
The two younger dwarves came clanking in their armor up to the table to look at the map itself. [b "How is this possible that the elves have plans of our old empire capital? Especially in this detail."] the dwarves marveled over the detail in the map. It showed in the very center of the city was the Royal quarters. It was meant to house the King and his family. It was a symbol to the city and instead of being dug into the ground it was raised like a tower over the rest of the city. It was the single pillar that held the pit's roof up. Around it in a circle were twenty four houses. Each systematically placed like that of a clock. Starting at the far north and skipping every other house was one of the original dwarven twelve houses. The other twelve were minor nobility or houses specifically built for important figures like Merchant lords, or the Arch mages. Around them was a wall that blocked off the nobility from the rest of the city incase it was ever attacked. Around them was the warrior's cast ring. It was the ring that contained the armory, the army forges, stables, barracks, and the houses to the warrior cast. Another wall separated the Warrior cast from the city. Around the warrior cast was the commons. The market, the shops, and housing for those in the common cast. Bound in another wall outside of it was plain fields that had probably sense grown wild with all sorts of plant life, that is if it wasn't burnt to ash by the creatures that occupied it.
[b "The king would be greatly interested in these plans."] Ado threw the maps from his chair back onto the table. [#f5990a "This is not what we have come to discuss. You need a place for the stone you remove to be taken or brought to. I am saying I have a use for it, just bring it here to Si Bali and we will take care of it from there."] the three dwarves seemed a bit angry as Ado covered up the map, perhaps their focus was on the map, but it would be on him now. [b "Let us discuss this with our king. We will send a messenger with his answer."] Nodding Ado snapped his fingers and a few elven guards appeared from the stone walls. [#f5990a "Escort our guests back to the door and their guards. They have a long journey ahead of them."]
Nodding the elves escorted the dwarven people out and Ado returned to the map that had peaked their interest. It had even drawn his attention. He knew the reason why the dwarves were so interested in it was because the dwarves were always trying to reclaim their old capital. It was the marvel of the dwarven civilization and the peak of their golden age. It had fallen during the civil wars, and the goblins and orcs drove the population to starve itself out. Then dragons came. and purged the entire city. Any trace of the old city was lost to the dwarves, so records of any kind was very valuable to them. However what drew Ado's attention was the fact Anjui was also interested in the city itself, more specifically the very thing the dwarven throne was carved from.
Ado had left The vale and returned to Masol Thysaer, it was also there he spent the remainder of what time they had before leaving on their journey across the lands of the crescent isle. Ado's deal paid off. He had gotten a message three days later that said the king accepted his deal and so Masol Thysaer would grow and so would the Fortresses, and it was in thanks of effort of the dwarven miners and people.
The trip to Shyr Tadorar, the Capital to house Aelori was a very decent one. Through the lands of Masjhol they didn't have any trouble at all, even though they had brought with them guards incase they ran into some on the way from the folks that worked in the fields or lived in the country, or even the guards at Pandyrl Shar. They however seemed glad of the change of the Crown, even if it was to a young lad who had no current experience in actual war, but one day that would change. Their passage within the Molaes Shyr however was far from smooth. It was a matter of watching themselves and making no threatening moves as they had been on a constant watch from the house Aelori guards sense they had left the Fortress on their border.
It wasn't however until they reached the gate that would lead into Shyr Tadorar that they finally encountered a guard. the one that had spoken first was obviously female as her voice gave it away, but she had demanded they stated their business. Ado looked to his brother who only stayed silent, and the guards did not speak either only gripped the reigns of their mounts tighter between their fingers. Anjui had answered her after the second attempt of finding out the reason they were there, but this time his brother answered. It was the look Anjui gave him that told the young prince to give up the scroll.
Producing a letter from within his tunic Ado handed it over to the guard closer to him, which so happened to be the female. Anjui spoke some more, but before he could finish Ado watched as the girl looked it over a few times. In an attempt to figure out what it was they had wanted she was about to break the seal, but Anjui screamed for her to stop. She handed the letter to her male companion and he had disappeared. It wasn't long before he reappeared at the doorway. The female spoke again of how Lord Aelori would see the group.
Ado, like his brother was impressed with Shyr Tadorar. It was a grand house indeed, even for the size of land they claimed they had managed to build even a city as large as its capital, and still have room for probably many more. Instead of his focus being on the details of the city however the young prince kept his eyes on the people around them. Caution was his trade, and it didn't fail him. Curious eyes gazed upon the twins along with the guards they had with them. Of course many eyes were of soldiers and that of the common folk who likely were returning from the fields or headed out to them.
Within the throne room Ado paid attention to the nobility and royals in front of him. The young prince did side glance once or twice to look at the guards which were placed every few paces placed up against the wall in pairs. Eventually his brother Anjui caught his eye, but Anjui wasn't looking forward at the nobles in front of them, but around at the building itself like it was what he had come for instead. Nudging him slightly with his elbow Ado had forced Anjui to focus on the task at hand. Dealing with the nobility of the house.
What had happened within the next few minutes seemed to all be a dream to Ado, how was it his mother could use him to conspire for power, even from a lower house of all things. Yes she would be expanding their territory and even expanding their trading value and military out put, but it also would hinder them in the long run, as to merge the two houses meant that diplomatic ties would end up being damaged somewhere for Felwood. It wasn't until the word Marriage came out of his brother's mouth that Ado was paying attention. So the rumors of it were true their mother had indeed planned on using all her children to bring other houses to bend and knee under her foot if she could. She was indeed a clever women, but not witty enough to have it done quicker.
It was however the young Mylas's voice that had called his attention away from his own thoughts. Ado had just heard whispers of how Mylas would be returning to Masol Thysaer with the pair, but their sister Shaelia would stay here in Shyr Tadorar. How was it possible that she would stay here when they didn't know where she was at? Or did Anjui know where their family was, but did not speak of it as it did not matter to him? There was a moment of silence before more words were spoken. The deep voice of Lord Aelori and how he had a condition of his own and that was that their family would be allowed to retain the family name of Thaelyr, and also allowed to return to the lands they once claimed as their own, as nobles under Anjui.
These words shocked him, but yet Ado couldn't speak out against them. He missed his siblings, even his mother and father, but he would keep an eye on them and make sure none would take the crown from Anjui by any means.
Time seemed to go very quickly for Anjui. It felt almost like yesterday that he had taken the throne of his home, and given his army the plans for expansion across all of them, but that was many days and nights. To be exact it was a little over two months ago. It was very near to the time of war for the High elf houses, and it would be a bloody one. Most likely the second bloodies war upon the crescent isles in the history, that only to the civil war which had caused the faction to split in half the first time.
The young male elf had left the safety of his home to gather his dream, but to do that he needed far more soldiers, and much more land under his banner to make sure they lasted. Anjui sat at the center of a line of horses, himself upon a young mare, her coat was a dark chestnut brown. Next to him rode Ado upon a light golden yellow stallion. Around them rode armed and fully combat ready guards. The two in front of them rode a silver white stallions. The two behind them rode black mares.
While they were away Anjui set in motion the plans he had placed. While his trip would lead him north and hopefully be a success he doubt it would last long and he would expect an attack from house Aelori even if they agreed to the reason why he was there in the first place. While time was a key factor the young king had placed his commanders in over seeing the construction. Their focus needed to be on the capital first then to go and expand the forts outside of the city. If they had to wait on fortifying the forts then at least the majority of the construction would be done.
The group had set out across their lands to meet the trees of the Silver woods. Inside these woods was house Aelori, a person they had made an enemy of during the brief night during the winter festival. They would be stubborn, but worse was that Anjui knew guards were already watching them and waiting on the orders to attack the group before they reached the estate of the nobility. The order it seemed never came, but Anjui knew that if they were to be ambushed it would have to happen before the estate, otherwise if a single survivor were to escape they could claim the house attacked them out of war season.
Anjui realized they would have a hard time finding the house if they didn't already know where they were at. It was actually the reason why he brought along with him the guards. the four of them had already been to the house and would know where it was. They had been to House Aelori with the ambassador from the house before, a few times they traveled back and forth. The group stopped as they came face to face with a swift fall. It was what kept the outside world away from the house itself. The house had no walls, no towers nothing, but it was hidden so well within the forest itself one could go one hundred years inside the forest and walk past it several thousand times and not know it.
The guards took a left turn and disappeared below the cliff line. It was almost like they had fallen, but it wasn't so. They had taken a pathway down. The twins follow the pair and were followed by the other guards behind them. Looking over the side Anjui saw that it was at least one hundred feet drop from where they were at to the river or sea below. Going across a perfectly carved bridge the group was halted at the end of it by two guards that came away from the stone that surrounded a door. [b "State your business here."] called one of them in a female voice.
Anjui looked over the pair. Nothing gave away who they were accept their figure. he could tell one was a male the other a women. He could also tell by the way their cloaks sat upon their figure the male had a blade under his cloak with likely an arrow and bow at the ready and a few hidden knives likely in his boot and tucked up his sleeves. The female just held a bow and arrow, and a sword at her left hip, but her cloak was partly open to her bow already being drawn. [b "I said state your business."]
Anjui looked the women dead in the face without so much as flinching or skipping a beat. [#b62e11 "I am here to see Lord Aelori."] Ado held up a scroll which he handed to the guard. Anjui watched the exchange and spoke more. [#b62e11 "Lord Aelori will wish to hear what we have to say. Hurry and deliver that to his side."] The female went to break the seal upon the scroll when Anjui stopped her. [#b62e11 "That is for Lord Aelori's eyes alone."] the female handed the scroll over to the male companion and nodded, she had her bow redrawn and ready to fire.
As the male guard disappeared several other guards appeared from the stone bridge behind them ready to kill them at any moments notice. Anjui and Ado exchanged a look and returned their gaze to the doorway. It seemed like hours for the male guard to come back, but it was ten minutes. [b "Lord Aelori will see you."] Nodding with grace the group rode through the doorway and into the city itself also bustling with life.
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While the door was unremarkable the city was magnificent in its own right. Built it seemed taller then most trees one would think you could see the city buildings in the distances, but unless you were inside the city itself you couldn't even tell. Like the Felwood house the silverwood's capital city was butt up against a cliffside, To the east was the only doorway into the city itself. The rest of the city was surrounded by a drop into either a part of the Silver woods, or into a river that cut into the silver woods that allowed them to dock their ships inland instead of on the coastline.
Walking down the pathway Anjui paid close attention. in the center was a single fountain that was currently off, due to war coming soon it was unlikely it would be on until war was over due to elves being known to use tactics like poisoning a water source. To the right of the unused fountain was stones marked by pillars on either side which then lead into he guessed was a theatre of some kind carved into the stone itself. That or an arena either would do. To the right was a pathway that lead to a temple that was also placed right against the cliffside. Continuing down the pathway they had come the city itself came into sight. A grand estate that held not one, but four different giant homes.
[b "Each house holds one of the Lord Aelori's family members. The first one is where he stays with his wife and their children stay. The next is for his siblings and their families. The third is for his wife's siblings and their children. the very last one is where Lord and Lady Aelori's parents stay, It is also there that the soldiers that guard the city stay. Most citizens live behind that with a wall between the estates and them incase we are attacked."]
It was a smart lay out to Anjui's thoughts. Put your nobility closest to the entrance and the citizens as far from it as possible incase of an attack. The soldiers patrolled the grounds were close by and could easily go from their homes to defend the citizens instead of the estates themselves. The male guard waved his hand. [b "Lord Aelori will see you in his throne room, however I must return to my duties."] without another word the guard turned and disappeared back the way the group had come and back out the gate.
Anjui, Ado, and the four guards were stopped at the entrance into the estate. They dismounted and continued into the estate. Now Anjui understood the words his mother spoke about hoping her home was as graceful as their own. It was like they had build the city itself out of the living trees around them. while Anjui's eyes wandered the halls he knew his brother wouldn't let him stray to far. It was then the bump into his side from his brother's elbow that got him to look straight ahead. Sitting upon his throne was Lord Aelori and to his right was Lady Aelori in her own chair. On either side of them were children, likely their children. To Lord Aelori's left looked to be the crown prince and person who would inherit the crown. on either side of the noble family sat several other members of the nobility to the house. Not specifically the rulers of the house, but high nobles on the land, or lesser nobles.
[#652376 "House Aelori greats you Lord Anjui, and you Prince Ado. What is it..."] Lady Aelori was cut off when her husband threw his hand up for her to be silent. His face bright red it seemed with anger. in his hand was the scroll Ado had given to the guard earlier. [#771390 "This is fowl play; and I will not stand for it you runt. To think you can claim your house by taking it from under your parents. Then to turn around and use their claim upon my own house to claim it from under my family as well."] Gasps went out across the nobility that had all gathered around, and a look of surprise came to Anjui even from his own guards and brother.
Of course a smile played across the young elf's face. [#b62e11 "That lord Aelori is not saying I am claiming your house, it is a statement to my parents from you and the Lady Aelori written and signed by both of you and sealed stating that our two houses will be merged by marriage of the young lord Ado, to your princess Lady Tasia."] Ado seemed shook, it read on his face after all that this knowledge was all new to him. It was known however their mother was a cunning lady that always sought power for herself even if it meant using her children to get it. [#b62e11 "I am not asking for the marriage. In fact I am asking for it to be nulled, however this would tarnish your family name and the house reputation which would cause you to loose trading partners and value which would bring down your house rank probably lower then its greatest enemy."]
The Lord stood up from his seat storming down to come face to face with Anjui. [#771390 "I will not take to threats boy. Now speak what you want and be done with it."] waving his hands out from his chest Anjui's smile only grew. [#b62e11 "I want your house Lord Aelori."] it was that statement that seemed to set it off. the entire family stood up, but without word as Tasaer had his hand in the air for silence before they could speak of outrage. [#771390 "What does that mean for my family?"] Anjui locked his eyes with the lords the smile still upon his face. [#b62e11 "Nothing will happen to you if that is what you mean. You will still stay here within your estates, Your family will act as regents to the Silver woods for my family. There are minor changes that would happen and that is all."]
Lord Aelori's face went from its bright ruby red to a ghost white. His eyes flickered from Anjui to the letter and back a few times before he spoke again. [#771390 "And what would these changes be Lord Anjui?"] Holding up four fingers Anjui looked to his brother from over his shoulder. [#b62e11 "The crown of House Aelori will go to my brother Ado, as of the moment of signing to the agreement, and it will stay within his family unless he deems it necessary to go to another instead."] putting down one finger the young male paused a moment to let his words register not only with the man standing in front of him, but all of the nobility gathered.
[#b62e11 "The second change is that House Aelori will now become apart of house Masjhol which then means the banners that are flying here in the capital and in any other city shall be changed to our own. The insignia upon your soldiers and the armor your soldiers wear will be changed to match our own soldiers. This also means that your army now becomes apart of our own. While small its still useful."] The lord watched as Anjui put down a second finger holding up two still in the air.
[#b62e11 "The third, is that to make sure this exchange works correctly I shall be placing my sister Shaelia here within Shyr Tadorar for you to watch. And I shall take with me in return your young prince Mylas with us to return to Masol Thysaer. An exchange of nobility I feel would allow us to work better together as we can correspond with each other faster then taking the journey between the two capitals and dealing with formalities such as stopping to announce who we are and such. "]
Coming down from his own chair the Prince Mylas joined his father at his side. [b "And what prey tell is the exchange of prisoners for?"] Anjui looked at the young prince. He was a high elf about the same age as Anjui. They could have been twins themselves in a sense. Mylas had blue eyes, golden blonde hair that draped down to about mid back. He stood a little shorter then Anjui and Ado by maybe an inch. His ears were a little shorter as well. His figure thin, but one could tell he had the muscle tone of a swimmer. [#b62e11 "It is not an exchange of Prisoners young Mylas. It is an exchange of family. This leads me to my last condition. While House Aelori will become apart of House Masjhol, it will still retain its own nobility, however their name will become Masjhol as well. So young Mylas, you would be known as Mylas Masjhol. instead of Mylas Aelori. I will not make the same mistakes as our ancestors in allowing a single person to rule the entire people. I will make an empire out of our people, by allowing the nobility to rule the lands they hold by their own. Those only above them will be myself and my brother Ado until we pass the crowns to another. I will have House eclipse be one of the strongest houses in the elven Empire, but first you must agree or you must fall."]
Mylas looked to his father and back to their family. Taking the letter from their father's hand he read it through. Anjui took in a deep breath. [#b62e11 "They never planned on you taking the house over Mylas. They had planned on merging Aelori into Thaelyr in the near future with your older sister's marriage to my brother. He would have taken the crown instead and my mother would have expected him to pledge his loyalty to our father by blood and giving the crown of House Aelori over to our father. Your father and mother already knew what she was planning and were going to allow it to happen, they even agreed to it within the letter."]
It was then the lady of the house stepped down and grabbed onto her son. only he wiggled out of her grip and with tears in his eyes and running down his face [b "Is this true? Do you see me as not fit to lead our people?"] Both lord and lady stayed silent. [#b62e11 "They agreed to the terms my mother laid down as long as she met theirs. It was laid down that they would still retain the lands as their own and would be considered High nobility within the house. The difference between the agreement I wish to make and the one our parents would have made is that instead of sealing the agreement by marriage we are sealing it by exchanges an important figure."]
A deep breath was let out by lord Aelori and sobs came from his wife as she went to embrace her child again repeating over and over to him that she was sorry for what they had done. [#771390 "Very well. We agree to your terms. On one more condition of our own. As your parents only had two conditions to our own one, you have four so we will have two. Your sister was banished with your parents and older siblings, allow them to return to the lands their family now have as their own. Let them still retain the name of Thaelyr, and allow them to be nobility within your house."]
Anjui looked to his brother, but the male had confusion on his face for a brief moment but nodded to his brother. Anjui returned his head to face the lord only to see his own family walk out from behind the noble family that all sat back down in their chairs. Without a blink or second thought Anjui looked specifically to his parents. [#b62e11 "I agree, however if I find out they plan or try and retake the throne of the house from under me I will have their heads. I am ruler and I will not loose my house because of sentiment for family. If need be I will take their heads myself."]
A look of despair appeared across the Felwood family, but also of a victory. They were allowed to return to their home and they would be glad for that itself.
Sitting back up properly Lunas patted the cat and preparing himself The elf strode away from the army a few feet. His legion was set up like before mostly. His archers were positioned with the cliff drop to their back, so no warg riders or orcs could come from behind and attack them while they were undefended. To their immediate right and left were the Cavalry units. in front of the archers and cavalry were spears and in front of the spears were the swordsmen.
Lunas raised his arms to his side. [#9138cc "Goddess Watch over us, and Grant us Honor in our deaths. In your name Luna I give my heart and my soul to you to forever watch over in the Glade of stars."] Returning his hands to their proper place Lunas looked across the soldiers gathered under his banner. They were all experienced and knew what laid before them, it was death, but they stared across the hills at the gathering orcs on the hill and embraced the idea of death by the blade.
[#9138cc "Moon elves of the eleven Rings. It has been my greatest honor in leading you in battle. Today shall mark the last of our banner, We shall die here that much is known to anyone here, but that does not mean we can not put up one hell of a fight and take as many of those filthy orcs with us to face punishment."] drawing and raising his sword Lunas clicked his blade against those already drawn out and placed in front. [#9138cc "For the glory of the Goddess."]
screams came from the elves. Running down the line lunas returned to the center front line of the moon elves. The screaming however had caused the orcs on the hill it seemed to pause for but a brief moment. Their cry went up and a sea of black once again came rushing over the hills rushing towards the elves. [#9138cc "Ring formation. I want the archers protected as long as possible."] While moon elves were superior cavalry units in comparison to their elven cousins their archers were still very deadly.
The soldiers were slow in forming their rings around the cliffs and placing the archers around them. [#9138cc "Wall Up."] It was to late the orcs were to close and the elves wouldn't have enough time to get their shield wall up in time for it to work. [#9138cc "Archers fire at will. Shoot the closest target if you can."] Volley of arrows went out and it would take a few orcs, but still not enough to stop the wave of advancement the orcs came. A few tumbled over the dead bodies and ended up being trampled under their fellow orcs feet, but those who just trampled their brothers didn't care there was a force to fight in front of them.
Lunas however wasn't going to allow the orcs get close just yet. Cutting into his flesh he drew the knife across his tattoo pattern which allowed the blood to flow freely from his wounds. It slowly dripped out of him, but if one paid attention the blood changed from its normal red pigment to that of a purple then to a blue. The blood still flowing on his skin had also turned a bright blue and his marks were glowing. His eyes burned like they had a moon trapped behind them.
[#9138cc "you shall be purged form this place you filth."] a light seemed to grow over the moon elves. It had caused the orcs to once again pause and find out what it was. Lunas was given the name as he was blessed by the goddess to have the power to call the moon to his aid. It allowed him to call upon the full moon and cause anything he saw as an enemy within a certain distance from him to be hit with a starlight, in actuality it was just an arrow that was launched from the moon that was summoned but it burned bright and caused most hit by it to catch on fire if not instantly dead from being split in half.
The orcs stopped just short of the moonlight. By the time it had faded however the elven wall was formed. The first row of elves crouched down and had their shields protecting their feet. the second had stepped forward and leaned down protecting the heads of those crouching down, and their own mid section. The third row also came forward protecting the heads of those leaning down and their head area. Then the fourth row went forward and protected everyone from above to make sure no arrows would take their soldiers out from on high. [#9138cc "Spears forward."] The spears went and would poke through the little bit of gaps the shields would make and stab through the enemies if they got to close. it was just like the blow fish when inflated into a ball, or a porcupine's back. [#9138cc "Hold on men we shall fight to our last."]
The waves seemed to just keep throwing themselves against the wall of elven shields and spears only to end up injured or dead. Lunas knew that the orcs would eventually have to give up as the bodies would begin to pile up and give the elves the advantage or drag them away through the frenzy which was not likely the option. The battle lasted but a few minutes before the orcs all back off. [b "Stupid elves give up and we shall spare you. We only want the tree."] [#9138cc "You will not defile Teirar Maelolaer with your dirty hands. Be gone from our lands orc or your head will be placed on a pike."] This had caused the orc that had spoken to laugh, but he went into a rage it seemed.
It was but a few seconds later that screams could be heard from the eastern part of the circle. The orcs had found a weakness to it and pulled a spearmen through the shield causing those holding up the shields to fall forward as well. Killed most likely to make sure they couldn't reform, but the gap was still growing bigger as more elves were cut down to make room for the orcs to push in. [#9138cc "Swords Forward. Protect the archers."] On their orders The swords pushed on the orc warriors that had come swarming into the now partly formed circle protecting the archers in the center, and those with their shields and spears still being pressed as well.
It was a few more moments but he heard it. The horn call in the distance signified a few things possible. The legions that had left had come back with an even bigger force as the high priestess had met them on the road and changed their orders, or it meant orcs had managed to get around the moon elf forces during the fighting earlier and they were signaling they were coming to help. Looking up the cliffside all Lunas saw was the volley of arrows let loose into the sea of orcs that was still streaming over the hills. They had indeed mustered a force that was to be reckoned with.
It was then he heard the elven accent of a wood elf call. [#9dcc38 "Fire the wind lances. I want the orcs driven back Be sure the elves down there are helped. Let the arrows fly."] the orcs were driven back, at least for now, but Lunas would have to thank his savor at a different time. Right now he had to be sure his fallen were properly taken care of.
Javi had watched as the light reflected across the glittering armor of gold from the wood elves. Bows in hand, arrows on their left hips, and swords on their right with sheilds on their backs. A single figure stepped forward from the group, her armor like everyone else was gold, a bow held in her hand arrows and sword hung at her sides with a shield on her back. [b "Lord Javi. The soldiers are ready for your command."] her voice was soothing like a light breeze sounding in a forest at night. It was peaceful, but if one didn't pay attention could be deadly.
[#9dcc38 "Thank you Captain."] he said as he gave the women a bow. She returned to the lines of warriors and seemed to blend in with the rest of the soldiers in just a few moments. Javi looked around and noticed a few carried spears instead of bows and a few had claymores upon their backs instead of shields. A group even had halberds in their grasp in one hand and a sheild or the stick end in the other. [#9dcc38 "Soldiers of the Twisted Forest. Our home is under threat, but not directly."] pausing a moment to let it register in the ranks his words.
[#9dcc38 "Our King has sent you to be under my command, and I shall not fail him. He has sent us here to the Dreamwoods to help our closest brethren in defending their homes, as if they were to fall we would be next. The moon elves are being attacked from the north by orcs that wish to burn their forest and destroy their eternity tree, the Teirar Maelolaer. We can not allow this to happen. The king has spoken and it is our mission to help the moon elves defend their tree."]
Looking over the soldiers Javi could tell who the experienced soldiers were and who the recruits were. It was the fire in their eyes and the fear that spoke on their face. Many tried to hide it and would probably do well to an untrained eye, but Javi was not known as Javi the hunter for nothing. He has a reputation of destroying scores of orcs, undead, goblins, and even humans. That fear would be his driving point. [#9dcc38 "Know that we may die, but we will die with honor, and with that honor we will be guided to the land of the ancestors. Also know you will bring honor and glory to your family."] holding up his arm that had his bow in it Javi called out in a war cry.
[#9dcc38 Thys si Eilaerys."] For the ancestors, it was a war cry the wood elves used in their own right and it was rarely used unless it was meant for a great war, and to Javi this was a great war that could take years, even centuries before they would see their homes again in the golden leaves of the Twisted forest, but if it meant they would no longer be threatened by orcs it would be worth it. the army of course answered back with the same war cry given to them by Javi.
Javi dropped his arm and climbed up onto the mount he was allowed to borrow from the wood elf stables. [#9dcc38 "Move out."] he called. pointing North towards the border Javi had an idea of what would happen. He had known the high priestess had called back the moon elf legions to the Capital, so he would meet them on the road perhaps seeing the wood elf army would turn their spirits and make the soldiers turn and fight the orcs instead of running, but either way Javi would face the orcs in the northern lands and not allow them to push farther into the Dreamwoods.
The soldiers turned into a stream of glistening gold and silver, eventually disappearing itself into the forest. Javi had fallen behind, but upon the saber he quickly found the front of the line and marched with the soldiers. The army had indeed met the moon elf legions on their march north, but seeing the sea of gold did nothing but delay them. Perhaps the moon elves believed them to be more orcs that had snuck around them and was pushing to attack from behind them. Javi haulting his own army rode out to meet with the leaders of the army of moon elves now all gathered up and ready for battle.
[#9dcc38 "Hail. I am Javi Twinshade, Commander of the wood elf army that now stands in front of you."] Seeing the three in front of him. There was an old man, Javi of course was told of this man, It was the moon elf king and their ruler. Husband to the High priestess and father to Lunas, and Maes. The second person was a female, dressed in cloth, no priestess robes. Javi could only guess this creature in front of him was Maes herself. She was easily much different in comparison to the other elves gathered around her and not only for her clothing, but minor details. Her eyes were a deeper shade of blue, her skin was a charcoal gray with a honey milk tone to it. The last person that rode forward javi wasn't told about, but the sacred look seemed to be plastered upon his face, and so was the black blood of orcs.
Javi could of course tell this must have been the newly appointed legion commander Calos. Looking at all three it seemed the king is whom spoke first. His tongue had a soft accent to it to show the difference between the moon elves and Wood elves, it had a higher pitch and sounded sort of like a light rain on wood. [#2b18d8 "Greetings Wood elf, what is it your doing in the Dreamwoods, realm of the moon elves?"] Javi looked to the group, had they not been told that the High priestess sent for aid from the wood elves before her armies were even dispatched to battle?
Conflicted in telling them his mission or to keep it hush Javi spoke. [#9dcc38 "I am here to aid our moon elf brothers and sisters in defending their land from the invading force of orcs in the north. I did not however expect to see you this far south when your border is still but a few days ride north?"] The king seemed like he wanted to speak, but his eyes kept flickering back and forth between Javi's perhaps looking for some sign on the male's face, but Javi did his best to keep a blank face. The younger male spoke of course before the king could answer. [6d3b87 "We stationed ourselves but a few hours away. We were recalled back to the capital. If you wish to help us defend our land, help us defend our capital. Within the walls the orcs will be like water on rock."]
Javi turned the phrase over and over in his head, but before he could finish her voice came to his ears. A soothing sound like that of running water just like her father. [#18a4d8 "We left Lunas at our stationed position with his legion. He was preparing to fight the orc onslaught again before we left."] Javi wanted to scream at the three of them. They left their prince and thousands of elves there just to die. Those were elves they could use to defend their capital and they left them.
Javi nodded and called over his sholder. [#9dcc38 "Tell the army to keep marching north. If the moon elves will join us is up to them, they have their orders and we have ours."] another wood elf nodded and disappeared into the forest behind Javi. The golden stream seemed to take a hard right turn and continue on their venture north shortly after this time in a hurried pace. [#9dcc38 "Join us if you wish with your legions, but we will not abandon an elf when there is possibility to help."]
Clicking his tongue his mount took off at a run and the moon elf army disappeared behind him. It wasn't a decision he would be forced to make. Defend the capital of the moon elves or help a fellow elf in need. The moon elves had the advantage of knowing the land, so where they had placed themselves must have been for a specific reason other then just to block the path of the orcs.
Leaving the Citadel's throne room and more specifically the Citadel itself Ado followed his brother Anjui the male looked out across all the forces gathered up within the mustering fields. It was all of the soldiers their lands held. Five hundred men and women that were sworn to the horsemanship. Six hundred were fashioned to the archer hood. And the remaining were spears or swords. Also within them were just a few very powerful mages.
Hearing them all pledge themselves to the crown as the ritual usually goes through just like their father and their grandfather. Knowing all of those who would follow in the line if their house still stood. Hearing his brothers words to the soldiers of his dream it meant a lot not only to Ado, but to everyone. The prince could see it upon their faces that he all of them were listening to his every word like it was honeysuckle being placed on their lips. Their eyes were like children looking up at candy. But it was when his words went out about keeping their house by fortifying the strong holds on the borders that Ado could tell the soldiers were loosing faith already in his brother.
They had but a few more moons before war season was upon them, and that is a dangerous time for anyone to be trying to build something, but Anjui even had an answer to that. He would have the soldiers help with the new fortifications to the holds, and even to the new fortifications to the capital that he would be implementing into his building plan. Looking out among the soldiers Ado watched as all the forces understood that even though they had tasks and jobs that they would normally do during the seasons they were not soldiers, but this year that was strictly set for them as construction. It was a grueling task, especially those that had never done such work before.
Ado was drawn away from the gathered forces below as the commanders and Anjui were deep into a conversation about what would happen to the capital. Ado was curious about the modifications his brother would make to their city as well. It sat at the top of a mountain and had but only one entrance and that would only allow for two people to stand shoulder to shoulder and walk up the path without worry of falling off the edge. The newest addition would cut off the pathway use by placing it at the base of the mountain.
Holding up the plans Ado looked upon the thing. [#f5990a "My brother, The house banner."] pointing towards the plans it still yet held the old family crest upon it. [#f5990a "Bring the plans."] A couple of elves came forward with a new banner between them. [#f5990a "I give you the new house banner for Starlight."] The banner went from a Green banner with a white tree upon it. To a Black banner with a Silver shield, upon the shield was a blade. at the tip of the handle to the blade was a single star.
Ado watched as his brother nodded his approval. It was then their work was put into affect. The capital would be a country in its own right being able to provide food and lodging for not only the citizens within its walls but the soldiers as well, they would no longer have to acquire food from the farms and lands the house owned outside of the capital. While the food would still be put away in the stores near by it would be used as a reserve, potentially for years of drought, or the long campaign that would be in the years to come.
Ado however was caught off guard when his brother had said he needed to act quickly before the season was over and war was upon them. It was like Anjui had everything already planned before he had taken over the house from their mother and possible even knew that his family would be banished. One day perhaps Ado would join his family in exile even though he sided with his twin brother Ado had a feeling Anjui could easily banish the older twin without any hesitation. He was ruler of the lands and hard decisions would have to be made in the future. The sacrifices he would need to make were Grand, but for the safety of the elven Isles and those people out in the world they would be in comparison dismal.
Ado had watched as the commanders all looked at the banner and approved as well. Ado played a smile to his face as his brother nodded his approval as well. [#f5990a "I am glad you approve."]
Hearing his brother's words as the man shifted out of his seat Anjui knew of the Shor Cel, but had never actually used it. The statues were not meant to actually be used as a hunting force, but more a last defense if the three passes fell to enemies and they were pushed to the Capital itself. They were lifeless, showed no mercy, and no signs of need of sleep or hungry. They were wild savage things and a horror to see. The only way to destroy them was by completely smashing the stone that created them to pieces. A loss of a limb or their head wouldn't stop them even.
Anjui watched as the nobility all ran out of the hall in mayheim. Of course he had posted guards along the route to make sure the nobility actually left instead of running around trying to find places to hide within the city. Of course far and few those hidding places were Anjui would likely know of each of them, or Ado would. As the two of them constantly ran and hid away from their trainers and their parents. As the nobility ran away from the city the few armies out in the lands began to gather outside of the citadel in the training fields.
Anjui hadn't know his brother's plans, but they would not alter his at all. He would rule all the elven people under the House he now made. Looking to his brother neither said a word, but Anjui had wanted to give his brother a few words, that would have to wait however as the four commanders came forward. [#b62e11 "Commanders; why have I recieved word that all our forces muster on the training fields here in the capital?"] Looking around at his Captains the young ruler waited patientlly for an answer.
[#ae0f1c "My Lord, News from within the citadel has reached all ears, You now rule. and the soldiers have come to pledge their loyalty to you."] the one person that had answered was the Northern Wall Captain. Nodding Anjui stood also from his seat. [#b62e11 "Well Captains lead the way."] The captains all stood and turned. Leading to the training fields all the soldiers. Those placed at the fortresses, the legions out on the field, and the guards to the fortress and few cities within the lands were all gathered. As Anjui came into view all the guards went to one knee. It was then the crowd yelled [b "Ail maesoli sai si tyrn."]
It meant in service to the crown, the small piece of jewelry that sat upon Anjui's head. It was what bound the land to its ruler. its people to the house, and its army to the land. It was the one simple thing that could swept away without a second thought. Of course in times of war one had to eliminate the entire ruling noble family, or during the Fall and spring festivals one could challange another for the right to rule a house. Winter was time for preservance, one usually did not leave their home unless necessary in winter The students that would go to the Temple would leave early Fall and not return until their schooling was done nearly a century later.
Anjui looked out across his soldiers. Many wore the armor of the new house he now held. Its banners replaced the old ones in every city, every fortress, every citadel the Felwood family held. Looking out across his army Anjui held up his hand. [#b62e11 "Car Thys si Tyrn."] his saying of the ancient old traditional vow. Hail from the crown. a saying so old he remembered when he father had taken the oath and would renew it every decade. Anjui called out then to the soldiers all gathered. [#b62e11 "Fair Soldiers of the House of Starlight, I have a dream, but it will require much strife and sacrifice for us to achieve it. But first we must make sure our position as a house stands secure, so while normal life would dictate you to return to your families until the last few days of spring, we have much work to do before then. First we must fortify the walls of Msol Thysaer, Pandryl Shar, Ialolys Syrdaes, and Col Kes. These must stay within our hands."]
Whispers went out among his soldiers and he could tell as a few of them would lean back to talk to another person behind them, or they would turn to their head slightly to one side to talk to the person next to them. Some would even lean forward to talk to the person in front of them. [#b62e11 "Do not worry there is still plenty of time. And to be sure that all of you are given family time I will allow for you to bring with you your families. I will even be on the construction as well."] This sent even more words through the army. Their Ruler was going to help with construction and not just give the money in for the building? And most of all he wanted all of them fortified.
[#8d3f46 "My lord what else can we do to the Capital that hasn't already been done?"] Anjui only turned to face the commanders. [#b62e11 "As it sits we have the Citadel, the noble quater, and the commons. This shall expand farther."] Holding up his hand a rolled up paper was handed to the young ruler. Opening up the paper he held it up so everyone could see. [#b62e11 "I want three more walls added to the Capital. We can hold all of our people within the city, but we can not feed them, nor can we supply even ourselves, we relly solly what we get from the farmlands between the Capital and the fortresses, but what were to happen say one of the mountain passes were to fall. We would starve out before the season would end. I want to build fields for us to survive on if we are ever to go through a siege."]
This plan seemed to surpise the commanders. Anjui had thought this through. He knew that the houses around him would push on his borders and hard. They could possible push right up to the Capital itself, but if they did that the assault would fail as the plans allowed for the citadel to be defended easily. It was placed around a single mountain it was called the Baerdaer Tylal, the Jewel Mountain. Inside they would build tunnels that allowed for them to escape to the country side far away from the city. but they would expand the walls from where it sat now with the citadel at the top of the mountain and the noble quater a bit farther down, with the commons half way up the mountain with a single pathway to the gate.
No instead he would add another wall a quater of the way from the bottom. This would seperate the commons from the soldiers. It would be a fall back defensive position, and be filled with houses of those who lived in the country side. Any free space would be used as land for farms. He would then build another wall at the base of the fortress used as another back defensce position. the land here would be used for army soldiers. Their armory, barracks, training grounds, stables, etc. Then a ring around the mountain would be dug out and a wall placed just outside of the ring as a sort of hidden trap. Another wall would be built inside the ring to block the inside from falling into the pit as well. The land between that wall and the base wall would be the farmland that the fortress itself would use to keep its self sustained. The wall would stand the tallest and thickest the Isle had ever seen. It would stand nearly one hundred feet high, and ten feet thick. The door would be forged from dwarven metal.
It was the plans that stunned not only the commanders, but it seemed Ado didn't understand Anjui's plan as it sat. [#b62e11 "The plan is simple. We will make the Capital Self sustaining, and from this point we will launch our invasions across the isle until each house is under our command."] Ado just looked at his brother Anjui returned the glance a smile upon his face. [#b62e11 "However we must complete these modifications before winter ends, as to bring my dream closer I must move our plans forward to spring."] This is what had drawn the most attention. All his commander's and his siblings eyes fell upon him in utter horror. Was the young king about to truly break tradition of the elven people and go to war with the other houses during the spring? The only person to know this answer was Anjui himself of course.
While he trusted his brother Ado, Anjui still had a feeling of unease when around his twin, it was like something was off about him and the male couldn't put his finger on it. The same with the rest of those close to him. He was their ruler now not their prince or their family. It meant what he decided was the final decision unless someone took the crown from his head and claimed it for themselves.
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