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PostSubject: The Darkest Days Volume 1   Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:32 pm

The Darkest Days-Volume 1-A Novel by Slaythenia




The hour was late, on the small isle of Meriana. As I sit in my tower I am plagued by dark thoughts... Thoughts of the unknown and the mysteries that are kept in the lowest darkest corners of Tibia. As I stare into the flickering flames of my hearth and inhale the sweet smoke of my water pipe, I am troubled. Having just taken down a god you would think I would be in a celebratory mood, yet I am not. As the smoky haze tendrils around me and a cloudiness engulfs the room I am transported to a different world...

Thunder strikes in the distance and the down poor of torrential rains pound down upon me as I crest the top of a hill just outside of my home city of Astralhaven. My hopes soar with anticipation too see my home city for the first time in two long bloody years. King Albion's campaign's in the orclands have been a long bloody battle and pushing them back has not been easy. Yet my efforts have been rewarded and at last the defense's and borders of the Elflands have been secured for now, though I sense a greater evil brewing, it is at last time to return home and report to the king my success of the campaign against the vile orc hoards. Finally after months of travel I see the great white walls of Astralhaven soaring in the distance.. the gleaming white crystalline walls splendor only partially dulled by the ensuing storm.
"My lord Zethicus, we should be able to make the walls in good time if we ride ahead of the war party. The king shall be most eager to hear of our good fortune."
"Bartheon be patient, we shall reach the walls with the war party, after all we deserve a proper welcome after all we have been through. Move out, I want to reach the walls before this rain gets any worse."
Bartheon Graymane, my first in command, battle tested and ready, a stalwart soldier. Though maybe a little hasty in his decisions, trustworthy and reliable nonetheless.
Through the great ancient forest of Tremestria(the elven lands of the north) we ride approaching the great gate of Astralhaven, the white cobble road worn with the passing of thousands of elves over the millennia but still as reliable as the day it was set in place by the great ancestors of another time.
I cannot feel anything of excitement, the excitement I felt as a boy leaving my humble families forested farm those many double full moons ago.
I will never forget those last words my father spoke to me before he regretfully fell ill and passed away.. "Young Zethicus, yours is the name of Bloodbane.... I have lived my life peacefully farming, but you I sense are destined for far greater things.. though farming is an honest and respectable trade you my son will go to the capital of Astralhaven and train with the guard there. You will defend us elves when the time comes your mother with her visions has seen this. Therefore tomorrow you will go to the city with the neighbor Fedrick and he will see you to where you will spend the next years of your adolescence learning the art of war. Make me proud son I'm sure you will bring great honor to our name. Though you are not my blood son know that I will forever be your father and that me and your beloved mother love you, make us proud."
That next morning was the last time I saw my mother and father and for the next 16 years my training ensued. First in the way of the bow, lance, spear, sword, shortsword, mace, and light magic. Next came the arcane arts and destruction magic, the stealth spell of invisibility and the lethality of the combination of Flame, Wind, Earth, and Ice. Then the healing arts of the light god Astral. Through my training I managed to surpass all of my tutors and they applauded my natural abilities. I quickly managed to gain renown and respect from my piers and superiors. The day I managed to best the swords master Galatus was the day my training ended and I was sent on my first expedition. Though that seemed like many moons ago, this was the return of that first expedition and coming back to Astralhaven a success and veteran I have to be careful not to let all this success go to my ego.. As Galatus used to always tell me "humbleness is the way of the sword, where an ego will lose your arm."
We reached the gates but something felt amiss. No trumpets blaring, no cries of adulation, not a single cry of homecoming.. As I approached and dismounted I shouted in disbelief "What is the meaning of this?! Is this how you welcome home your soldiers from a long campaign?! I demand these gates be opened at once!"
From atop the wall a voice bellowed down out of the thunder and gloom "Ah Zethicus Bloodbane, You've returned at last. We have been waiting for you. Guards the traitor has returned. SEIZE HIM!"
"My lord what shall we do I will not let them dishonor you like this I shall tear these disrespectful fools too pieces of they try and take you!."
"Bartheon stand down we will get to the bottom of this."
I was detained, unarmed, and transported to the dungeons. There I sat for sometime pondering the meaning of this. The dank smell of mold, urine, and feces permeated this dark place where many a cutpurse, murderer, and rapist have rotted. Never had I thought to end up in a place like this.... The cause of this misunderstanding a complete and utter mystery. "You there Argus, we have trained together since we were but boys, can you not tell me why it is I am being held here like a common thief?"
"I have nothing to say to a traitor such as you Zethicus Bloodbane your judgement shall be swift and just, and I only wish it to happen sooner. It'll be the headsman for you; the penalty for treason. On the morrow you will be escorted to the chopping block, read your crimes and then executed."
I leaned back against my straw matt and knew something was terribly amiss, not even a trial? not even a chance to speak on my own behalf, I had to escape but how? I could use my magic and blast through these walls if they had not been imbued with special enchantmants to expel such magic. I guess I would have to meet my maker in the morning and face whatever was to be. Tossing and turning I tried to sleep, but it eluded me. Sometime past the 12th hour something caught my attention a glimmer and grunt and the flash of metal. Torch light approached through the glum which temporarily blinded my light thirsty eyes.
"Zethicus are you alright?!"
It was Bartheon, my hopes soared at the sound of my boon companions voice.
"Once I heard you were to be executed I couldn't stand by and wait for something so unjust happen, I'm going to get you out of here."
The jingle of keys and the lock snapped open. We quickly were on our feet and on our way up flights of stairs out of the dungeons.
"Bartheon we must stop by my apartments there is something I must get before we flee."
All the guards we passed that were unconscious was surprising.
"Bartheon, these past couple years really have turned you into a savage haven't they?"
"I learned from you my lord, you told me to never to leave a witness so I just thought I would knock them all unconscious."
"Well done sir, lesson most excellently learned."
As we made our way through the servants quarters and passageways we passed no one at this hour. We emerged in the royal apartment corridors and peered out cautiously. As we found our way to my apartment we went in. Maps, tactical books, and empty mugs littered my apartment tables.. I made my way to my wardrobe and found what it was we chanced coming here for.. A special item my sweet and dear mother gave me right before I departed for my training. She told me this "Here is a special talisman, I found this around your neck when you were abandoned in the forest, it was your only possession, I know you will need it when your are grown and when the time comes only you will know what to do with it.. keep it safe and keep it with you son, for it shall show you your path someday and keep you safe."
The item was a crystal brooch in the shape of an eagle. It was so meticulously detailed that you would almost think it was alive.
"Uhm lord Zethicus we have company approaching."
The thunder of guardboots could be heard ascending the stairs along with shouts of alarm.
"Bar the door Bartheon we are going to be taking the fast way down."
Grabbing some elvenhair robe from my wardrobe as well as a travel pack I always kept at the ready and my trustworthy sword I kicked open my balcony doors and tied off the rope just as the guards started kicking open the door. Bartheon and I descended quickly and were up and over the palace walls quickly. Our expertise in the arts of stealth had been honed considerably over the past two years of orc raids and ambush and these palace guards were no match for our superior skills. We made our way to the stables and found our horses and quickly saddled and mounted up. I still had friends in the surrounding towns and villages and knew we needed to regroup and make a plan. We headed out of the secret royal passage that only the most trusted soldiers and generals knew about and were out of the city and into the forest. We quickly put time between us and Astralhaven and nearly rode our horses to exhaustion.
"Sir your nearly falling out of your saddle why not dismount and take a rest I know we have left anyone trying to pursue behind long ago."
"Agreed Bartheon, you take first watch, we ride at first light, we will head to the village of skyrath in the peaks of the astral mountains where we shall take refuge. The monks and scholars are impartial to the laws of the king and grant sanctuary to anyone in need. Also my good friend Belias resides there and may have information on our capitals current situation and my sudden and unexpected traitor status."

The smoke swirls and I am returned to my own body.. The flames on my hearth extinguished to only dull glowing embers.. Who was this mysterious Zethicus Bloodbane and Bartheon Graymayne? Why was I viewing them? I am intrigued and delighted at the same time for they are an interesting pair. I extinguish my water pipe and climb the stairs to my hammock. past my treasured armors, ancient scepters, and beloved baby seal doll.. I feel there are many more adventures to be had with these two and that their story is just beginning.. until next time friends I bid you farewell.



Slaythenia,
Master Sorcerer, Chief of the Exiled Affliction, A Squire of Tibia.
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PostSubject: Re: The Darkest Days Volume 1   Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:21 am

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