|Re: Barbarians at the Gates (Newsletter Chain Story)|
Subject: Re: Barbarians at the Gates (Newsletter Chain Story)
by firestar on 2009/11/1 12:59:49
The queen turned her gaze to her council. "Does anyone have a suggestion to make?"
One advisor, and, secretly, a Dark Mage, stepped forward. "Milady," began the mage, named Evylen. "I wonder... what if this bandit horde is not just a horde? What if they are acting upon the orders of another?"
The queen was silent. Then she said, "What do you mean, Evylen?"
"In the past, my queen... Ahriman plagued the lands of this fair kingdom. Mordred Darkthrop. Hepititus. Perhaps this is the work of another dark demon?"
"That is a serious possibility you bring up, Evylen." the queen said quietly. "Have you nothing to support it?"
Evylen said softly, "I do."
The room was in an instant uproar. Some shouted that this was impossible, such dark days were long gone. Others muttered quietly of some of the signs- no moon for seven days,stars not appearing where they should...
The queen swept a cold gaze upon the room and all was instantly silent.
"What do you mean, Evylen?" she asked quietly.
"I cannot tell you, my queen," Evylen replied.
"You cannot tell me?" the queen repeated."Why not?"
Evylen just shook her head quietly.
The queen grew angry. "I order you tell me!"
"I wish I could," Evylen said, "But it could bring danger to us all." She held the queen's angry gaze for a moment before drawing her cloak close to her and sweeping out of the room.
A long moment of silence left in her wake, as the councilmembers and the queen stared at the door in silence, until a gust of wind shut it with a slam.