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The preparations were complete for the battle to come. The main force of the wood elves would be standing in wait for the signal from Javi as the archers would form up on the cliffs and shoot into the enemy lines and do as much damage as possible. Those who did not bring or have a bow to use would be stationed on either side of the archer group to protect them just incase the enemies broke through the barriers that the moon elves had placed and created. The young wood elf ranger doubted that the barriers would be destroyed simply for a single reason.
Orcs were brutes who relied solely on their strength and that of numbers. Elves have adapted to face orcs on countless occasions with lesser numbers and still come out victorious with minimal to no losses at all. Not because of their skill in swords, but the intelligence they held in high esteem as a race itself. Many races boasted about a trait of theirs. Orcs had their strength, Dwarves had their crafting, Humans had their cunning, trolls had their regeneration, and elves had their intelligence. It mattered little the number they would face, it was a matter of making sure the plan went flawlessly or as close to as possible.
Javi survived the new battlefield upon which the next encounter would be waged. There was a steep drop of three hundred or more feet from the top of the cliffs that the elves sat upon to the bottom accept the five passes, four of which had been blocked off by stones and trees to look like the natural surface of the cliffside. The last had been left open, but wood and other things had been piled into the rise so to force the enemy troops into an easy focused kill zone and if any got passed it would only allow for one possible two orcs to shuffle through at a time.
Next was the defensive structures they had built up around their own camp incase the orcs were to attack at night as was their preferred time to ambush or slaughter enemies. The first defense they would hit would be a pit ring that would drop ten feet onto spikes that were sharp enough to stab through a bone without so much as stopping for resistance. If they managed to make it past the pit then they had a wall of mud and wood that stood twelve feet in the air which they would have to climb past to get into the camp as the elves had hidden the gate by the use of their nature magic.
Lastly they would also have to get past unseen by a patrol of fifty elves that were a mix of both moon elf and wood elf. or kill all of the patrol before a single one of them made to raise the alarm which would be impossible unless a magic user stunned them all in time.
The moon elf Commanders and their forces had arrived within a few hours after setting off on their march and only a couple of hours ahead of the main force of wood elves that seemed to be dispatched by the wood elf known as Javi. Of course as they had arrived the moon elves took over command of the pass as they were in the right to do so. The group was defending the Moon elf forest after all from the orcs and the wood elves were there for assistance and would not fight the orcs by themselves and if he could help it Lunas would have it so that the wood elves weren't needed at all, but with the recent casualties his forces were diminished and couldn't face the orcs across the way by themselves no matter how much funneling they did.
Of course Lunas would not have told anyone of it himself, but he would have died with honor in battle defending those he loved and the land he called home. The idea of dying by the blade always pleased a warrior, especially one such as Lunas, but to know the goddess was watching made him fight all that much harder against the enemies to bring glory to his family name and a reputation with his own that would one day outlive his very existence in song and stories told about him by his own people.
Looking across the cliffside the moon elf watched as hordes of orcs joined up with the already massive amounts of bodies in the camps. It was like an endless stream that just grew and grew as news spread. It was a battle that would become a fight for the ages to know and stories would be told of it for centuries to come on the side of the victor and the looser would only have rumor of the disappearance of the forces they had sent, and that would be only if the race itself survived. The moon elves would not be that looser if the young commander could help it.
Gripping his hand into a fist he shoved it to the sky and gave a great shout in defiance to the odds that now were placed against him. It was however the paused and stares of the orcs and even his own people that gave him the vigor to keep the fury within the scream going for several more seconds.
The young prince and soon to be House leader watched as the Lady and young prince Mylos had left the building he had just exited himself. He had of course no intention of ruling a house if it could be helped, but in order for his brother's secret plans to move ahead accordingly and smoothly it must have meant for the young elf Ado that he would rule a house in his brother's name. Of course it also meant a lot of different things as well. While he was ruler of the house in name only his decisions would still affect the house like he was making decisions on the ruling itself anyways.
He had wished Anjui had allowed Mylos to still rule the house in his name instead of having Ado do it, however taking the only male child to the Aelori name secured their loyalty and would fortify their undying loyalty to know that their child was protecting with an unending vigilance in the capital and even more so to know that the pair were training him in the ways of war instead of having him sent to the sanctuary of stars to learn the elven ways of war instead. This worried Ado however as no elf had dared to go against tradition before like his brother was proposing to do and has done so already.
Taking the crown from their parents was the first step in his break away from traditional means, the next was the way he bargained house Aelori into merging into house Masjhol. Then there was the private meetings he was having between the family that either of their parents or siblings would claim or have claimed lands to. This meant that Anjui was going to be removing major players in the political game of the elven homelands of the Crescent isles. Of course this meant their plan would come to fruitarian sooner then anyone would expect. If things happened smoothly then house Masjhol would control the major trading routes to the isle including the sea entrance into the entire rest of the country itself.
Walking around the grounds Ado had summoned one of the elven workers running around the grounds and had them show him to the dinning hall and also to have them bring him a map of the Isle itself with its up to date markings of the houses. Of course the map itself wouldn't show the minor houses, but would show the major twenty five houses upon it. As he sat down a plate of fruit and some wine was brought to him from the kitchen. Chomping down on the apple first he looked over the map as it to was brought in front of him.
Finding the houses that Ado knew he was in talks with made it hard for Ado to imagine what it was his brother was doing. First there was their original house to the South of where they were at currently; which on the map had a magenta pinkish purple color on the map. The house of Masjhol was the earthy brown just southeast of their location now. The house of Maser was across the Olael Mi, just north of where they were at in bright pink. Next to be found was House Kyli Which from where they were at was across another house's lands in the southwestern direction. On the map they were the islands in a Dark blue. The last one to be located was House Pandrylyli. The Farthest house from where they were at the house was also the most valuable for his brother's plan to work.
Looking across the map he placed his fingers across the isle and located all the houses, last of course was Pandrylyli to the very southern part of the isle Which from the house of Masjhol was across the Tylodi Jhaji, The Moontide Lake was the name given to the body of water that was surrounded by the isle itself. On the map they were the light gray tone. Of course Ado expected his brother to bring more houses into the fold of his conquest before war time even struck, but to know these four houses alone fell within just a week's time apart from one another would shake up the political world of the elves alone. No one had ever taken rival of four houses both weaker and stronger then them and conquered them without even moving a single soldier.
Placing his hands across more of the map Ado found the houses his siblings were to rule. House Parn and House Per, both of which were also in strategic locations for house Masjhol's conquest of the isle. House Parn was the Red colored islands on the eastern side of the island and controlled much of the natural resources being brought in by the sea. House Per was the main land portion of house Parn, on the map its marked with a bright sky blue coloration also on the eastern side of the island. [#f5990a "Well Brother and king of mine, what is your next move?"]
Thinking about it as he looked at the map Ado had jumped when he had heard the voice come from behind him. [#771390 "Lord Ado may I join you?"] inclined the young male nodded an approving yes instead of talking with a bit of apple in his mouth.
The new king had watched as it seemed the nobles gathered around the table considered his offer. Waiting patiently as they pondered most likely the positive and negatives to his offer he waited. The silence seemed to drag on for an eternity as it was, but the male would have no more of it. Slamming his left hand on the table and making a loud bang with the clatter of the wood. [#b62e11 "This is not a matter of debate lords and ladies. These are matter of fact states and if necessary I will follow through with the challenges as I have until War Season hits to claim the thrones of each of your houses."]
Placing his hand now flat against the table Anjui took a deep breath in. [#b62e11 "If you accept or do not I have given you the terms of both sides. The first if you accept was you will be returned a member of my family and yours. The second is that you will still have your lives and those whom are considered your family apart from my own. Thirdly you will keep your nobility rank, it will just be a High noble instead of House Noble. If you do not of course we will take everything from you by force anyways and take the life of your family and anyone else who resists House Masjhol. As I said when every house was gathered up at the winter festival I would reclaim the crescent isle under one banner again and it shall happen with or without the lot of you being alive."]
It was at this instance the nobles all stood and made moves to draw the weapons at their hips or backs, only to grip at empty air. [#b62e11 "You must have forgotten The guards had you relinquish your weapons before allowing you on the house grounds to even come to this meeting. And as you can see even Lord Aelori and myself have no weapons, but do not make the mistake that I do not see how you feel about what I have spoken."] clapping his hands together the pairs of guards that had shown up at the door with the nobles had reappeared. [#b62e11 "See our guests to the border of our lands and are sent on their way back home."] without a pause the guards stood now around their noble and started walking away from them. [#b62e11 "I expect your answer lords and ladies by the next full moon in four days time."]
Making his own way out of the building and away from the meeting he had other things once again to attend to such as the meddling of his own brother Ado in the political affairs of the house that Anjui ruled and Ado would rule along side.
Javi had had his wood elves prepare to leave once scouts and such returned with information on the orcs that had amassed. The issue he ran into however was none of the scouts he sent out could confirm the same information other then that the orcs were massing on the border lands of the Forest and their own realms. How many there were, the clan they came from, and anything else was all jumbled into mess of numbers. The general couldn't make heads or tails of the new flow of information other then the forces they were gathering seemed to be a constant flow from inland to the border.
Concerned for the battle to come Javi had summoned all his commanders to join him in his pavilion where he had issues commands to them all. Four of the six would take their forces and set up a camp on the cliffside that Javi and the moon elf commanders agreed upon. It would give them the advantage of position along with a bit of cover from the Forest itself. While the moon elves would be hidden in plain view the wood elves would have to hide themselves among the tree tops as their armor was made to hide them in the golden woods of their homeland not the darker tones of the Dreamwoods.
Javi had given command to the other two commanders to send word back to the King that the army could use more supplies of Arrows, food rations, and possible more able body fighters due to the massive size of orcs massing on the borderlands. Of course the young wood elf expected to get only one possible two of the things he was asking for as their forces were stretched partly thin already with the constant patrol of their homelands, along with keeping a close eye on the goblins and orc lands that bordered them and the desert. Along with keeping an even closer eye on the Desert dwelling undead that seemed content to fight among themselves for rule.
Javi had been informed with the young moon elf commander awoke from his coma like slumber. He had also been informed in the same breath length that the moon elves would be moving into position among the cliffs as well that was just below the northern border. Javi had watched as the moon elves in march order taken off from the camp they had set up. Of course the young wood elf had sent his messengers with the intent of moving the rest of his forces to the cliffs once everything was settled with the young commander, but he didn't have time.
Upon arrival the wood elf had been taken back by the fast work of not only the moon elves who had already set up their camp and were marching but a few hours ahead of his remaining forces, but the forces he had sent before had as well. They had blocked off all but a single pass up the cliffside by sealing it off with rocks and stones. Both were set and inlaid so that they look like a natural part of the cliff itself and were held up by trees and the like so they did not fall over in either direction. With a little bit of help from some of the moon elves they had also created a natural pond which blocked off another one of the walkways into the cliffside and had reinforced the gate like structure that was placed upon the last and the only passage past the position they had. That is unless the orcs marshalled their forces and moved them about one hundred miles to the east and into the Burning sands of Shas Paer. The name of Black Death was given to the Desert due to its sands being a black color instead of a natural yellow or tan.
The only other option was to travel to the open waters to the West and no orc would willingly go on a boat to travel across uncharted waters even if it meant blood and glory were on the other side of the ship ride.
The wood elves and moon elves marched as silent as their own race. The padding of their armor made no sound like normal metal would if it hit the hard earth. Perhaps it was the enchantments or their perfectionist ways. Either one could be behind it, but to Lunas it didn't matter it made their progress much easier as they didn't have to worry about the enemy finding them unless they run right into the army itself or their scouts happen to by chance spot them on the move. Their armor blended them into the dark forest around them.
Lunas and the moon elf guards that were under his banner stopped on the march of the forth day. The border laid north of them with the banners of the orcs still amassed upon the hill tops. There was Seven banners in total. It looked as if the mass of orcs they had fought earlier was but a small number they could muster, as it seemed the sea of black in front of them was endless as far as the eye could see form the vantage point of the cliffs overlooking the border he could see massive amounts of orcs gathered up. Small fires dotted around like little balls of Fire just being chocked out. Then the bigger camp fire in the center with its wicked green flames
The young moon elf looked out across the field across the many. Orcs while they all seemed the same to an untrained eye, however from this distance even for elves they were hard to point out the tiny of details in difference. To Lunas he could of course pick up the more noticeable differences such as the height difference between them along with the different gray and black tones to their skin and the small pitches of difference in their speak which the wind carried across to the elf camp. Even the stretch reached the camp and made it hard to concentrate on the task many of the elves were given of fortifying their camp and the advantage they had with placing themselves upon the cliffside before the forest.
As he looked out over the camp he now stood over it was medium and looked like it could easily be swallowed whole by the orc force that mastered against it, but elves lunas knew were resilient creatures and would fight to the end no matter what it took to kill them or an orc. They would take as many of their enemy with them as they could and would gladly go down on the battle field as it was great honor to sit within the halls of the Gods among the warriors and the honored.
Looking over his forces Lunas could tell the battle to come was going to be a very difficult one, and possible one they would not win.
Running behind Ado had arrived shortly after it seemed time they were suppose to meet, however to his unending nerve Lord Aelori was not present, instead in his place was his wife standing next to her thin frame was their son Mylas who it seemed had been rushed through his dressing this morning likely to be presentable to the man who would become his superior both in Military and nobility rank. This had of course drawn more attention to the finer details of their clothing then Ado had wished.
While the young prince was clad in all white clothing with his blade resting at its usual place on his right hip his long golden hair tied up into a ponytail to keep it out of his face. His ears of course perked up like they would always do. His ice blue eyes first fell to Lady Aelori. Her thin frame was placed in a green lace dress which had a design of a river cut into it by the use of a see through lace itself which had hinted and hugged her curves giving her an attempt at seductiveness. Her lips were painted a faint strawberry color, her dark chocolate brown hair like his own was pinned up in a poinytail to keep it away from her face. her eyes a deep emerald green were only complimented by the lighter shade her dress was. Her eyes however never seemed to leave Ado's own blue ones.
Twisting his face to look at the young Mylos for the first time sense entering the Aelori lands that would soon be his own Ado had seen much of his mother in his stature. His figure was built the same almost to an exact replica. The difference between the two was the young lord Mylos had a lighter shade of brown hair and his eyes were a light forest green like his fathers. He was also a few inches taller then his mother at what looked to be a solid six foot. Of course he also was clad in green fine clothing, only his shade seemed to be darker in comparison to his mother's clothing. Of course an absence of a weapon was very noticeable to Ado.
Removing his own weapon from his hip he handed it to a guard [#f5990a "Have this returned to my room please."] his voice was quite like his brothers, but it still held a commanding tone that would allow no room for questions. Returning his gaze to the pair in front of him he approached the table. [#f5990a "Lord Mylos, Lady Aelori. I am at a disadvantage I did not know Lord Aelori was to be absent to our meeting."] His eyes had stopped on the Lady of the pair only to hear Mylos answer the hidden question instead. [b "I apologize Lord Ado for my father's absence, it could not be helped as your brother had called him to a meeting."]
Nodding Ado returned his gaze still to Lady Aelori. [b "I did not wish for my ears alone to hear of what this meeting was about and betray its words to my father on false account, so I asked my mother to come as well in his place."] nodding again Ado knew the truth would spill from one of their mouths to the lord or his would and the outcome would not be pretty at best. Looking around the room however Ado snapped his fingers. [#f5990a "Clear the room."] everyone bowed and left the room quickly. As the last guard exited the room the doors were shut behind them leaving the room in the sunlight given off by the open walls and the holes within the ceiling itself.
[#f5990a "Lady Aelori, Lord Mylos as you both know apart of the contract House Aelori and House Masjhol is that young prince Mylos will be returning to Masol Thysaer with my brother Lord Anjui, but I want to keep this reassurance for the three of you. Mylos will not be treated as a prisoner but a member of Masjhol family. His training will be taken up by the best of our weapons master, the trainer that my brother and I were taught under ourselves. At the end of his training Mylos will be put through another set of raining to become a member of the Star Guard. Mylos will be head of this group of soldiers."]
Ado could see the curiosity on young Mylos's face, but his mother's had both shock and horror on it. Her voice escaped her like she had wanted to protest, but no words formed from her lips as they bent into the shape of an O. Mylos's voice seemed to have been found first. [b "What does that mean Lord Ado?"] [#f5990a "It means my young Lord Mylos you will be leading the elite troops of Masjhol. Like The spellbreakers of the Temple the Star Guard are troops that are vigorously trained at a young age until adult hood and formed into deadly weapons. Originally formed to guard the Elf King it was disbanded when the corrupted king was dethroned as no group of elves could agree to a limited number of troops."]
Mylos's face lit up with a glow that seemed to be both praise and thanks as he looked at Ado. [#f5990a "Those who will be put through the training to become Star Guards will be hand picked by only three people. The first of course being Lord Anjui himself, next is Myself as second to rule the house. and third is yourself Lord Mylos as Captain of the Guard itself. These elves have to follow a strict conduct code of course and must be young of age when their training is to start."] Nodding vigorously it seemed Mylos understood what was being said, but to put emphasis on the point ado continued. [#f5990a "That means Lord Mylos that those entering the academy ages are to old to do so. Those who will be chosen for the Star Guards won't be going to the shrine for their years, but instead kept at the Capital to undergo combat training under the watchful eye of Saestas Cal, Templar Kain is the last known Spellbreaker and the only known elf to have survived the war with the dragons from the second age."]
Now it stuck how important his duty was to the young Mylos who had both now fear and shock on his face. It seemed his mother and his face appeared even the same at that moment as they both held horror, fear, and shock on their faces. [b "Thank you Lord Ado. I shall see I do not fail you with my station you have honored me with."] Ado only gave a smile to the pair. [#f5990a "It is not me who is giving you the position young Mylos, that is thanks to my Brother."] holding up a finger before more words were spoken. [#f5990a "Understand Lord Mylos that your position means you will have to stay at the peak of your skill. You will have to be better then any of the Guard you pick until the day you are removed from the position itself. This also means however that upon returning to Masol Thysaer your training will start right away and you will have less time to learn all the lessons many will have years to process."]
The meeting had ended just then as Ado turned and left the words hanging in the air.
Getting up from the Table Anjui had left the young Lord Mylas to his meal. Of course not really watching or caring if anyone saw him at this point the people around him would be apart of his kingdom and he would live in a public eye if he could help it. Everything he did would be to better their lives and his own. If that meant burning down entire houses to the ground their lands included he would do so. If that meant killing families down to even a child he would, because if he did not they would one day grow to the age they could contest his power and even kill him if he was not mindful.
Stepping into the hallway from the dinning hall Anjui was greeted only by a single sentinel elf whom bowed to him. [b "Lord Anjui there are several groups of people outside the gate saying they are here to speak to you and Lord Aelori."] nodding Anjui waved his hand [#b62e11 "Please Lead them into the War hall."] nodding the Sentinel disappeared right before even Anjui's own eyes. Her armor allowed the elf to blend in with the environment with ease even while moving.
Finding himself another person running around the young king had the servant lead him to the War room himself; as he had yet to find the room itself, and even more so had not officially needed the use of it. In all of the Grander of house Aelori it seemed its war Hall was not a single room at all, but one giant building itself. Set off from the rest of the buildings that made up Shyr Tadorar it was the only one that would not blend in, but instead looked like a building had been overtaken by nature itself.
Stepping inside one could see it was well maintained and that it was intentional the look outside. Inside was a marvel all on its own. The room was round with twelve pillars placed like hour marks on a clock to hold up the ceiling which seemed to be made entirely of glass and allowed the natural sunlight to shine down inside without worry of the weather raging outside. In each little cubby between the pillars stood statues of elven figures each holding out their right arm at full length. in their left hand the statues held onto shields, in their right where a blade would be hung a brazier that could be lite if a meeting was called at night or the weather outside was grayed over or dark.
In the middle of the room sat a round table each seat exactly placed in front of pillars. Anjui stepped up to one of these chairs and inspected them with great detail. Each chair was made of a single piece of stone imbedded was veins of gold, silver, and coppers in designs meant to be the house symbol of the Original elven house of Sia Eilol, True Ancient. The house of nobles that had ruled as the first king of the lands, and the house that had seen the elven civilization into its downfall for producing the Corrupted king. smiling Anjui took a seat in the chair placed across from the door. He wanted to see exactly who it was that had answered his messages he had sent out before he had departed for the land of Aelori.
The first to enter the room was Lord Aelori himself who seemed both confused and flustered at the same time. He had dressed himself quickly it seemed. Nodding to him Anjui had a blank face as he looked back to the door and waited. Of course lord Aelori would be confused as to what was going on he had not been informed of what Anjui had done before hand and even more wasn't told that Anjui had told them to come here instead of Masol Thysaer. It was also to be expected his dress was more commoner then of his current position of his power. He had after all likely been training with the soldiers in preparation of the war season to come.
Seeing a few of the sentinels that held the Aelori symbol step to the door they bowed and put their hand out like they were leading people to the hall itself. Standing both Aelori and Anjui greeted their guests. First to arrive to the meeting was House Maser, House stardust was across the waters of Olael Mi, The Ocean Sea was a massive waterway that had cut the crescent isle into the shape it was.
Lord Maser was clad in his houses armor of gold with trim of red. He was Anjui's uncle and older sibling to Anjui's mother. While they now held rank one, they had not been that way when Tasia Felwood had been married off to her husband and house Felwood. It was years following Seilaes's succession to the throne that they would see an increase of their power and a few more to their rise of rank to one. His golden hair flowed freely behind him the crown of Silver sat upon his forehead. His bright blue eyes peered at the two standing in front of him.
[#103dbc "Lord Aelori, Lord Masjhol. I have come on Behest of this message."] Holding up the letter Anjui had sent his uncle. It seemed the attention was drawn to the young king as a smile played on his face. Anjui had seen the confusion from both of them and only said a few words. [#b62e11 "I will explain the letter once everyone is here. We have a few more guests to yet arrive."] Just as he finished his words another set of guards stepped up to the door and waved in their guests.
Anjui had seen the banner and received it with a smile, His father's sister had also been married off, only she had been married off to a long line of failure trade kings causing them to drop way low on their rank. It was house Kyli, House Gold Sea, they had lost much, but his father's sister still retained their little island fortress and capital of Molaes pys, The city of Silver docks was only accessible by ships as it was surrounded fully by water. Of course she had also retained the crown. [#a14108 "Greetings nephew. Lord Aelori, Lord Maser."]
The process had repeated itself only one more time. Anjui's aunt had also asked about the letter, only to get the same answer from the young boy as before. The confusion on the three faces set determination into Anjui's own. Keeping a blank face his golden eyes returned once again to the door and watched as one more pair of guards appeared at the doorway. [#b62e11 "Our final guest arrives just in time."]
Everyone's eyes appeared on the banner of course no one but Anjui could tell who it was as they were a small house in in comparison to Kyli. The lady stepped into the room looking at everyone else. Of course looking at everyone. [#526998 "This must be a Grand meeting if houses from all over the Isle are meeting under the same roof. Lord Masjhol, care to explain this?"] pulling the same letter out she placed it on the table. It was at this point Anjui had the same blank face as before. [#b62e11 "Welcome Lady Pandrylyli, House Dragonstone is the last house I needed to join us for the meeting to begin."]
Allowing the rest of the group to sit down Anjui had stayed standing, putting another letter in front of Lord Aelori, who of course didn't even get the chance to read the letter. Aelori grabbed the letter and scanned over it quickly he knew the words already as it was the last letter he had received before seeing the boy in front of him in person. [#b62e11 "I am claiming the lands that your houses now sit upon."]
Before protests from the ground could shot up Anjui held up his hand to keep the group silent. [#b62e11 "Lord Aelori has already agreed to this conceding of his crown to me, however I will not give any of you the same process I had with him. My terms are simple you will hand over your crowns before the full moon's time. If not then I will invoke my right to rule by challenge. Which I can enforce by blood right. You see besides Lord Aelori here you are all related to me in some way."]
Pointing first to Aelae Kyli. [#b62e11 "You are my aunt, my brother's younger sister and so I could challenge you by invoking his name and right of challenge for your crown as he no longer holds one. Being his younger sister you could not contest his right to your crown."] Next he pointed to Shel Pandrylyli [#b62e11 "You are my oldest brother's wife, and with his name I could challenge you for the right to rule your lands. That and your lands are within bounds of my own, so by that right I can challenge you for right to rule them and consider you a lesser noble house."]
Pointing last to his uncle Seilaes Maser [#b62e11 "And uncle you are my mother's older brother. Like Kyli I could invoker her name for a right to challenge you to rule as she does not rule one."] the group seemed stunned at first, but still no words spilled as Anjui returned his hand to his side he quickly placed in front of each one a treaty outlining details of the agreement all they had to do was sign them.
[#b62e11 "Instead of killing you, or destroying your families that yet live with you I will give you these terms in my treaties. You will be considered nobility still only High nobility of House Masjhol. All banners will be switched to the house of Masjhol, this includes the armor upon the soldiers and the sails on ships. And you will all accept that I bring into Masol Thysaer a child of yours of my choosing."] Taking on an even more stunned looked the three of them looked to Aelori only to look back at the paper in front of them. Shaking they couldn't refuse, but Anjui went on.
[#b62e11 "From house Kyli we will be taking Lord Voli Kyli. From house Maser we will be taking Lady Jhadia Maser. From house Pandrylyli, we will be taking Byrdi Pandrylyli. And each of you will be given one of my family members as well. To Kyli I will return my father, Systar Thaelyr. To Maser I return my Mother, Tasia Thaelyr. To Pandrylyli you have my oldest brother, so you will be given Toria Thaelyr."]
Javi would have had more words with Lunas, had the moon elf not just shrugged it off and walked out of the tent before they could be said. Of course the wood elf followed the moon elf commander out of his tent, but by the time the tent flat was cleared of his vision the moon elf was gone and the young wood elf was standing at the doorway into his tent holding the flap into the air like a mad man. Cursing under his breath Javi returned to the inside of his tent the maps still upon the table that sat between the six of them.
It was at that time Javi caught the presence that was within the tent. Turning around arrow upon his bow Javi saw that it was just the Priestess of the moon elves, her form stepping into the light and showing. The tanish brown of leather skin shown through the light and was only enhanced by the sparkling white gown she now wore in place of the armor she had on earlier and the gown she had been in when they first met back at the temple in the capital. Her hair was free flowing down her back and like the dressed only gave her more allure and draw.
[#9dcc38 "High Priestess; How can I help you?"] the male's tone seemed questioning, and his bow while at ease was still loaded. The Priestess's eyes looked to his bow in his hand and a smile played upon her face. Of course she was uneasy to be around she was several centuries older then Javi and spoke in half truths and riddles as far as he could tell. The wood elf however was prepared for it to come from her this time unlike the first.
[#df24eb "I just came to inform you that my husband, King Tyrdaer, Maes, and myself will be returning to Bol Caer, Night Keep is our Capital and it shall remain that way. We are returning to it with three legions, however the rest of the men are left under Lunas's command. He shall be Prefect of the Goddess as both my husband and I have agreed for his deeds."] her words fell to Javi's ears but yet they didn't seem to phase the elf much. They were honor bound warriors and would be praised for it.
Nodding the elf pulled the arrow from his bow, but not yet fully putting it away. He was cautious and yet the priestess was speaking in full truth and not riddle. [#9dcc38 "Very well. For now Priestess I am in need of a bit of rest before we move out."] Of course the words rang true he needed sleep, but more so he needed a restock of his people's weaponry and a fresh group of soldiers for those that had fallen on the field of battle helping their cousins. Javi watched as the Priestess made her way to the tent entrance only to see her pause a moment. Her departing words where but whispered. [#df24eb "Don't let this victory go to your head young hunter."]
Placing the arrow back into the bundle with the others javi removed it by swinging it around his left shoulder. While doing so he also placed his bow within it and placed it on the mat that would serve as his bed. Also stripping himself of armor accept for under garments that would work as regular clothing as well if need be. Placing one of his knives next to him and the other under his pillow the young wood elf hunter was lulled to sleep by the softness to the blanket roll and make shift pillow he was provided.
The wood elf had awoke at the chirps of the morning lark's call. It was strange to feel so rested and so peaceful outside of his own home territory, yet somehow he had the same sensation as he had before. Of course it was to not last long. standing up and dressing himself Javi saw to the bruises that were on his ribs and the several on his shield arm and his legs. While his armor would protect him from cuts and loss of limb they wouldn't protect him from brute force and blunt objects.
After finish checking his bruises the young wood elf cleaned himself off with a rag and some water from the skin he carried around. Replacing also his under garments the elf drew in a deep breath and stepped into the sunlight only to hear yelling coming his direction; [b "Commander, a message."] The young elf stopped and gave the rolled up piece of paper to the young general. Reading the message it seemed repeatedly the wood elf nodded a smile on his face. [#9dcc38 "Let the soldiers know we rest here for now, but to send scouts out, we want to know the enemy movements."] nodding the messenger disappeared.
Days melted away, but still the elf troops made no movement. It was only at the arrival of several dozen more groups of Wood elf rangers and supplies for the group that seemed to bring their spirits down a little bit as all knew it would soon be time to move out again, but this time it would not be to home. Javi however kept his troops from moving for a few more days.
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."]
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