|Vaoklin's Rise (Part 1) (standard:fantasy, 27859 words)|
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|Vaoklin Aridene takes power of the neighboring country of Fandaria and begins his rise of conquering the island of Drakolva.|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story And so, the army and I marched into Fandaria. We terrorized villages and destroyed militia men, and soon, we arrived at the capital city. The city was called Faln. Or siege weapons were in siege mode, and my knights were to stay put. The siege weapons were trebuchets and onagers. Such weapons will destroy a weak capital like that. Why is it weak you ask? Fandaria was warring with Densai about a year before¡ and lost so their defensive force also fought will be tired and injured. The Fandarian defending troops marched out and fought us. The onagers launched many stones right at those troops, and many fell apart. So, the Fandarian King ceased in the fight. He was called Lord Ravin the Dark One. But suddenly, many other troops from the nearby villages that we DID NOT invade ran into the walled town. They fought us with swords, axes and bows. The attack made us lose many soldiers. Later that day, the King himself showed up in front of me. ¡°Lord Vaoklin Aridene, I beg you to cease. This fighting is pointless,¡± said the young King. He was tall, with short black hair, and red eyed. I noticed that he was about 10 years older than me. I wasn¡¯t as tall as him, but I had brown hair and green eyes. I looked at him straight in the eye and chuckled. ¡°I agree. We should stop this before both our armies fall apart. But I will only cease if you agree under this condition: we merge nations. We have about the same amount of troops in other areas and the same power. Our soldiers both have the will and strength to fight each other and other races as well. We should merge into one nation!¡± I said. Merging into one nation would make us, indeed, powerful. ¡°Alright then, we shall merge. But! Our nation will still be known as Fandaria and the capital will still be Faln. Lenos will be our other commercial city, and we will take over Drakolva!¡± exclaimed the king. We both nodded and shook each other¡¯s hand. He could no longer be a king, but a leader of Fandaria. I was the leader as well, but known as the F¨¹hrer of Fandaria! And now, we shall take over the world. Learning New Spells ¡°I, Vaoklin Aridene the F¨¹hrer of the Human Empire, declare war on Tarka and Densai. For those of you that wish to fight the reptilian empire the Tragans of Densai please join Lord Ravin¡¯s army. For those of you that wish to fight the fair skinned elves, join my army. Please join quickly, for we have little time to spare! The deadline is next week, so hurry! Once we reach the deadline, we shall march through the Black Forest, and we shall split our armies and we will take Tarka and Densai! Hail me!¡± I announced at Falnd0è1e square the next day. A notice was posted at every house of every village in the new Empire. For the next 24 hours, people were signing in the army, serving their race, and earning eternal glory into their family name. This was certainly an excellent opportunity to create an army so powerful; the demon himself would be scared. The Densai has a large army of 950,000 and so Densai should be a little tough to conquer. Destroying Tarka might be a little easier. Most of their soldiers are female archers and male swordsmen. They have about 400,000 soldiers in total and so far, we have about 800,000 soldiers. We even think of women as capable troops so we allow them to fight for our glorious army. Many people are joining the army everyday and our army is growing larger and stronger. It was finally the day of the deadline, and we have a total of about a million soldiers. I am thankful for each soldier I have, and Lord Ravin is rallying his Elite Forces of Fandaria. The new troops were ordered to go to Faln¡¯s Barracks and begin their training there. Fandaria and Lerona¡¯s Lands¡¯ greatest officers would be training them to fight and survive out there on the battlefield. As I said, Faln¡¯s Barracks is a heavily fortified fortress on top of a large hill. It is protected by steel walls and it is also indeed very big. I went inside and stood on the top of one of the great guard towers protecting it. As I stood, the soldiers in training gazed up at me and shouted ¡°Hail my F¨¹hrer!¡± I smiled at them and waved and they quickly went back to training. I saw archers firing arrows at their targets, knights fighting in a mock battle, and calvary jousting. Warriors from all over gathered at this very barracks just to learn how to become a warrior of Lerona and Fandaria themselves! As they trained, something down there caught my eye. Ah, it was Ravin! I went down the tower and looked for him. He was sparring his men in a mock battle preparing for the Great War that will be held very soon. He spotted me as I looked for him. ¡°Lord Vaoklin! Hallo!¡± I waved at him. ¡°Hello, Lord Ravin! I see you spar your men. How goes it?¡± I asked as he sheathed his sword with a loud CHING! Sound ¡°Well, it is going pretty well. My men are fighting exceptionally and my magic is improving.¡± He looked at his men, which were standing perfectly still with their swords sheathed and shields at front. ¡°Your men are very well trained. How about a spar? I have my sword.¡± From that point, we both drew swords and began a ¡°harmless¡± fight. He charged at me, both hands on his sword, and swung in a horizontal direction towards my head. I ducked just in time and I lunge my blade into his torso area and then he swung his sword right at my sword, probably hoping to disarm me. That¡¯s when he got very angry and enhanced his sword with some sort of dark energy. I can tell because of a sudden dark glow in his shining sword. He twisted his entire body and then swung at me again. I blocked that attack with my defensive strike, and guess what happened? That scratched his chest! He backed away for a second, and then looked at his bleeding chest, putting a hand on it, and then suddenly full of rage. His arms became blue and thunderous, then his legs, his chest, and then finally his head. He grew taller and taller until he became the lightning elemental warrior. His body was completely in the shade of navy while his red eyes glow. He was in his lightning form. He zapped a thunder bolt at me, and I jumped away just in time. I was scared, of course, and I thought he was going to kill me! I suddenly felt a burst of energy and charisma in me and my sword became a little red and hot. Then, it became redder and redder, and hotter and hotter until it became on fire! My sword was literally burning! I swung my sword with all the might I had at him and he blocked it with his blade. From the burning sensation of my sword, it broke his sword. Alas, he got angrier and angrier from that. He raised both his arms and a ring of lightning burst right out of him. I fell down just in time so the ring missed me. The ring was called ¡°Lightning Nova¡± and it was indeed powerful. Nearby soldiers became frightened and went to the upper part of the barracks and watched us fight. Ravin then zapped another bolt of lightning at me, with much power. The bolt of lightning hit my blade, and it did no effect at all. I became hot then, feeling a burning in my heart, and before I knew it, I grew into the fire elemental warrior. My entire body was on fire and I grew. I looked like a burning man with a burning sword. In a monstrous voice, Ravin cried out ¡°WHAT?!?!?!?¡± He zapped a bolt of lightning at me again, and I rolled to the side, avoiding it. He then ran to my side in the speed of lightning, and then struck me with his fist. I was hit, and was in pain right after. I dropped my sword, and then it instantly stopped burning. I aimed my hand at Ravin, and out came a fire ball going right at him. He dodged it, and sent another Lightning Nova attack around him. That struck me too, and my life then flashed before my eyes. After that, I learned that there were spirit warriors of six elements; fire, lightning, water, wind, earth, and poison. The spells suddenly popped into my head as well. Fire: 1. Fire Nova ¨C Ring of flame attack 2. Fire ball ¨C A ball of flame attack 3. Fire wall ¨C A wall of fire 4. Flamethrower ¨C A blast of flame Lightning: 1. Lightning Nova ¨C Ring of lightning attack 2. Lightning bolt ¨C A bolt of lightning attack 3. Lightning storm ¨C Lightning bolts raining from the sky 4. Lightning speed ¨C Attacking or running in the speed of lightning Water: 1. Tidal Wave ¨C A large wave of water striking the foe 2. Pump of Water ¨C A jet stream of water striking its target 3. Flood ¨C Floods the area 4. Whirlpool ¨C A vortex of water attack Wind: 1. Gusty winds ¨C A large gust of wind 2. Tornado ¨C A swirling vortex of winds 3. Hurricane ¨C A large hurricane swirling around the user 4. Twister ¨C Several mini tornadoes stunning the foe Earth: 1. Earthquake ¨C A 9.5 rating earthquake attack 2. Volcano ¨C Summons an erupting volcano 3. Nature¡¯s defense ¨C Surroundings defend the user 4. Tomb ¨C Traps the user with natural earth Poison: 1. Poison nova ¨C A ring of poisonous attacks 2. Acid ¨C Melts a specific part of something 3. Deadly touch ¨C A touch that severely poisons the enemy 4. Poison gases ¨C Gases that poison the surrounding Learning this was useless, but at least I know my new spells of fire and I solved the mystery of the Desert of Handun. Handun the elf mage was a poisonous mage and he used a major spell of poison gasses and it killed the enemy and everything in the forest making it very dry and turning it into a desert. Very interesting indeed, but why did a Lightning nova attack make me learn all this? I came to and saw Ravin right in front of me with a new sword. The sword was dark and full of static and I swear he was about to kill me. When he lifted his sword, I quickly cast a fire ball spell and sent a fire ball right at him. The fire ball was a direct hit and it pushed him into a wall. He was burned and knocked out, and then I was no longer on fire. I lifted my sword and walked towards my opponent and tapped his shoulder with my sword. He was no longer in elemental warrior formation and he looked injured. When he opened his eyes, I smiled and said ¡°You lose, Ravin.¡± He was shocked of course but he wasn¡¯t mad. In fact, he was very happy. I held out a hand and he grabbed it and got up and said ¡°Good match, Vaoklin Aridene. You are truly one skilled warrior and the true F¨¹hrer of the Empire. I may be also in command, but we all know that you are the one true leader here. Hail my F¨¹hrer!¡± He then lifted his arm straightly and upwardly in front of him and so did everyone else in the barracks. ¡°Heil mein F¨¹hrer!¡± Everyone cried out and saluted me. I smiled and lifted my hand in appreciation or my appreciation salute. I am now the Elemental Warrior of Fire, one of the six elemental warriors. The Elemental Warriors are known as the Elemmenta W0è1mffers in Drakolvan, so basically, I am the Elemmenta W0è1mffer of dop Firae, and Ravin is the Elemmenta W0è1mffer of dop Blitz. Ever since then, I¡¯ve detected a fear in Lord Ravin Drox that I¡¯ve never felt before. He fears me now; he fears that I¡¯ll kill him someday. Building Drakolva¡¯s Most Feared Army After that fierce mock battle, Lord Ravin the Dark One and I, Vaoklin Aridene went to the Falnd0è1e Barracks Blacksmith, where they build and hold all the weapons of olde Fandaria¡¯s army. I went into the large building and Ravin lead me and held out his arm and said ¡°Presenting, the Fandarian armoury. There are much here, and you can do whatever you like with it. Armour is made of steel, swords are forged from the finest metal, and bows are equipped with the finest quivers of arrows. You can almost find any weapon here!¡± ¡°Hmm, how about armour? Our army is going to need the finest and strongest armour of Drakolva, so you¡¯re going to need it. Fetch me a full plate mail, an elite helm, and an azure coloured cape!¡± I said. Right away, the workers of the Blacksmith ran to get the parts. After about five minutes, the workers were back with all the parts for this armour. Slowly, they dressed me into the armour. As they dressed me, my body became heavier and heavier. The armour was pretty heavy, and I thought for a moment then. For armour so strong, you¡¯re going to need it to be much lighter, no? This metal was light yes, but it has to be lighter for the best movement. Once they finished, I looked into the mirror and saw myself; a powerful looking young man. Fearless, intimidating, Herculean, and handsome as women say. I drew my blade, which was still red from the fight. A worker fetched me a large shield for my left arm. Finally, I did look like a knight. I quickly ran around, having some trouble with my movement because of the weight of all of this. I was satisfied because I knew the protection of the armour is high, but the weight does not help. Later that day, I left the Faln palace and I went to the Royal Chemists. I ordered them to forge a metal powerful as steel, but as light as a feather. They said to do this, there must be a lot of time, and I said that we do have a lot of time. They quickly started to work, mixing together formulas, engineering the most powerful metal this world has ever seen! I knew it was going to be hard, so may the God watch over them as they work. A few weeks later, my Chemists reported back to me as I sat on the Throne of Humanity. They ran to me and cried ¡°Sir! We¡¯ve done it! The most beautiful and most powerful and most light metal in the world is in our hands!¡± He held out a sample bar for me. I reached out and grabbed it and indeed, it was very light. ¡°What do you call this metal, Alchemist?¡± ¡°We,¡± he announced, ¡°call it Liasten metal, meaning the impossible metal in the language of the Tragans. This is as powerful as the metal ¡®Tungsten¡¯ and as light as a feather. We¡¯ve done it!¡± ¡°Congratulations Chemist. A special ceremony will be held in your honour. Everyone in the world shall know about the new element of Liasten!¡± I got up and told my advisors and Lord Ravin about the metal. They were hesitant but when I gave them a bar of Liasten, they were stunned. ¡°Impossible metal, certainly impressive,¡± said Ravin. He threw it up in the air and caught it. ¡°Indeed, a ceremony for Liesten or Leesten must be held.¡± He threw it on the floor, hard. The metal bounced? And then it landed on the hard floor, nothing happened. ¡°Liasten, Ravin. Although the metal is powerful and light, we never actually tested it out with weapons. We¡¯ll do this in front of everyone of the Human Empire, and they¡¯ll see the surprise of a lifetime!¡± ¡°Will do, my F¨¹hrer,¡± he said. With that, he walked away from the Throne room. Hmm, I thought. Could this really be the most precious new substance on this world? Nein, it couldn¡¯t be. I¡¯ve just got to see to believe. After waiting a few minutes, I got up from my throne and walked across the carpeting slowly. I went to my balcony and I saw the faces of many citizens of Falnd0è1e. They were cheering and cheering and I waved to them. Ravin, made this happen so quickly? There was a stage set up right by the palace and there was Ravin and his council. Ravin walked up to the podium and said ¡°Citizens of Falnd0è1e and all of the Empire! Witness the birth of a new nation and new armoury!¡± He held up a bar of Liasten. ¡°Liasten is what this is called! Liasten is a word from a mixture of languages; the Densai language of the Tarkans and the Present Language. It means Impossible Metal because of its features; light as a feather and as powerful as a mountain.¡± Then, a powerful looking man entered the stage with a sword most likely forged from Liasten metal. ¡°This,¡± said Ravin ¡°is a sword made from Liasten. Now, let¡¯s test it out, shall we?¡± He drew his sword made of steel and the man held up the Liasten sword. Ravin swung his sword with as much power as he had at the other sword and what a shock! His sword broke! The man with the sword pointed it at Lord Ravin. ¡°See this citizen? This is the metal of the God himself. Now, let¡¯s test its performance as armour.¡± An armoured knight and another armoured knight entered the large stage. They drew their swords and fought each other. The first knight swung his sword at the second knight, and the second¡¯s knight sword broke! The second knight took of his helmet and I could tell that he was stunned. The first knight also took off his helmet and threw it on the ground and then stabbed his sword at the second knight¡¯s cuirass. His sword went right through the second knight¡¯s chest and the second knight fell onto his back, most reluctantly dead. People gasped in shock! The first knight pulled the sword from the second knight¡¯s chest and held it up in the air. Ravin smiled and pointed at the first knight. ¡°This is what I call a Human Knight!¡± He looked at the young knight and asked him ¡°What¡¯s your name, son?¡± The young knight replied, ¡°My name is Beokaw Devan Shadowstalker, and I am currently 14 years old.¡± Ravin smiled and said ¡°14 years old people! Fighting like a God, and as young as that, all because of Liasten! There are some downs on the metal; although the metal can deflect ordinary swords and arrows, its weaknesses are great axes, magick, and hammers. But, the only ones who use great axes are Tragans and Dwarves. Magick and hammers are used by everyone but other than those flaws, Liasten armoury will make you powerful.¡± With that, the crowd roared with applause. After the ceremony, the royals and I dined in the great hall. We had beef, and roasted chicken with many side dishes. As Ravin munched on his chicken thigh, he said ¡°So Vaoklin, with this surplus of ¡®Liasten,¡¯ what shall we do with it other than armoury?¡± A few chicken bits fell out of his mouth as he spoke. Disgusted by his table manners, I coughed a little. ¡°Well, my friend, we will make a great wall around the Empire to protect our homeland. The labour will be required many citizens, but it¡¯s the only way we can build this wall to protect this area. With armoury, the elven swords and bows won¡¯t hurt us but their magick will be a bit of a bug, and the great axes of the Tragan-Densai will be a threat to us. Other tribes like the mountainous dwarves with their axes won¡¯t be a threat, and black-trolls won¡¯t be a threat either. We wouldn¡¯t have much to worry, my friend.¡± I took a big bite out of my chicken breast. If only I could¡¯ve tasted this when I was a simple mayor! Food like this is delicious among many ways and I savoured all the taste. The council ate and discussed military strategies and Ravin and I discussed our own strategies. ¡°Since we both are elemental skilled, would we use our skill in battle or do we keep this confidential?¡± ¡°We should keep our skills secret until it is extremely necessary. I heard that Kaiser Alfonso is also elemental skilled so we should keep our eye out for him.¡± He took another bite out of his chicken thigh and a piece of bone on the chicken fell onto his plate. ¡°And remember when we discussed the pipe, powder and balls? My council have talked about it and told me that it is indeed an excellent weapon. It is called a harquebus and it is very powerful and precise. The only cons about this weapon are that it can¡¯t fire in rain and it takes very long in reloading, perhaps that we should only replace some crossbowmen until the harquebus can fire in rain and is easier to reload.¡± I imagined the weapon. A man would carry the long handgun and pour in powder, slide a lead bullet down the barrel, pull the hammer, and fire the gun at his target. Oh God would that be smashing! I ordered the workers to mass produce Liasten materials and they obeyed. Within a few months, the army were all fully armoured and lined up. Men and women alike were ready for battle and waiting for the General and my orders. My steed, Geiwetter, which means Thunder, who rode with me from the beginning Battle will ride with me today. This white steed is the fastest horse in the humanic area. I grabbed his reins and jumped on him. The powerful steed stood on two legs with his front two legs moving around as he growled. I drew mein new sword and held it up. On the sword, it says Vaoklin Aridene, F¨¹hrer of Humans in the old tribes writing. The soldiers also raised their weapons and did their own battle cry, along with the Lord Ravin armoured in black screaming like a Wildman on his black horse, Dunkel, which means Black. I rode Geiwetter to the highest point of the army rallying zone and yelled ¡°Welcome to the army of the humans, my brethren! We will begin our long march to Tarka and Densai! We¡¯ve changed our plan; we will be attacking one area at a time. We will first go conquer Tarka and then carry on back to the forest and North to Densai. Beware of magick, great axes, and hammers! They will hurt! Begin marching!¡± With that, the large army of millions began marching West in ranks. I kept yelling out things as they marched to urge the army to fight, fight, and fight! Ravin was experienced and he led the army into the great forest. I continued cheering the army on as they marched, and after a long time, the last row of soldiers marched into the forest and I quickly rode Geiwetter to the front of the line to catch up to Ravin. I thought of the young lad I remembered earlier as I rode. Will he be fighting with us or will he be here with his family? Welcome to the Black Forest of Drakolva Our large army marched through many small forests, some with creatures called Faambees which are these strange birds with the colour of bees. They fluttered around us as we traveled through these small forests; North of the Lake of Strength. The lake itself was a crystal clear large body of water with fish, turtles, bugs, frogs, and menases. Menases were animals that have eight legs and are also known as the ¡°water spider.¡± It eats fish, bugs, and frogs and its fangs are extremely dangerous to us humans. Behind us were the newly constructed bombards, which were cannons. We¡¯ve tested them and they worked fine; precision and power. We finally marched past the Lake of Strength and we rested for awhile there. Before us, about three miles away was the beautiful Lake of Honour. We ate sandwiches composed of wheat bread, ham, and Fandarian chesses. For a food so simple, it is so delicious for a journey. A single bird flew above us and we knew it was time to keep going. Lord Ravin the Dark One climbed onto his steed and shouted ¡°It¡¯s time! We must march by Lake of Honour and to the village of Vanaese. There, we will rest until the next day and follow Honour River into the Black Forest of Drakolva.¡± Everyone became ready, all of the millions of troops. This place was¡ so crowded while we ate but I still enjoyed the meal and the scenery. To the North of us was the great Sentinel Mountain. I always wanted to go there, and I know I will someday. So then, everyone got up and went into the long march line. We marched West and followed the Lake of Honour, similar to the Lake of Strength, but much more beautiful in a way that I can¡¯t say. We marched for hours, with the foot soldiers going ¡®left, right, left, right¡¯ and the steed¡¯s footsteps tapping. I was bored so I drew my harquebus, loaded it with the new gunpowder, loaded in a round bullet, pulled the hammer, and then shot it into the air with a loud BANG sound. Everyone drew their weapons shouting. But when the frontal troops saw the smoke coming from my gun, they were relieved. Lord Ravin stared at me with disgust and then we continued marching. I smiled innocently and blew the smoke out of the gun. We marched and marched until we finally crossed a large bridge and set up camp by Vanaese. The villagers greeted us with food and we of course, said ¡°thank you.¡± The villagers of Vanaese set up tables and chairs into the field but they don¡¯t have enough food for everyone. Since our army was about a million soldiers, most of the people had to share. The villagers made as much food as they can; each house in the village making meals for at least ten. Eventually, the meals were cooked and the soldiers ate. We slept in pavilions that very night. Some slept in the local inns. There were hundreds of thousands of pavilions set up around the lake. Most of the soldiers slept gracefully and I had trouble sleeping. Next to my cot was Lord Ravin¡¯s cot. He slept with thunderous snores and he tossed a lot. Well, our pavilion was large enough for a decent amount of folks but only Ravin and I slept in it. I kept thinking that night; what will happen to the soldiers? Would Liasten metal really work? Are we ready for this war? Questions and questions kept coming into my head. Maybe the soldiers were ready to fight, even the female ones, but I don¡¯t think I¡¯m ready for a battle. After all, I was a simple mayor of a city not too long ago. The next day, the soldiers got up at the dawn. We put on our armours, loaded our guns, and whetstone our swords. The millions of soldiers ranked up into lines and I got upon my Ro0ë8, Geiwetter and Ravin got on his, Dunkel. After a short brief of time, the lines were finally formed and I drew my sword and pointed it in front of me and shouted ¡°Forward!¡± With that, the soldiers saluted and yelled out ¡°Hail my F¨¹hrer!¡± and then began marching. ¡°Thump, thump, thump!¡± the soldiers feet go. I grinned and Ravin ignored but continued to lead. Perhaps he was still angry that an army of peasants, merchants, and farmers destroyed his once glory of a kingdom, Fandaria. I of course was very proud that day and will never forget it. But, forget that for now and get back to this story. I was leading a powerful army! We marched and marched that day. Birds flew above us, deer staring at us and then hopping away, the wind blew along side us, many glorious things of our powerful new empire. We slowly approached the great forest; a forest full of wild animals, great trees, and much, much more! Finally, we were at the border of our home and the great forest. The army stopped marching and stood before the Forest of Drakolva. Before us was the construction site of the new Serpent Wall that will be made from Liasten. This wall will defend us from intruders and is guaranteed to last in battles. It is expected to be finished when we come back from the war. Ravin shouted ¡°Move forward!¡± And so, we went into the forest. After about a mile into the forest, it became dark. Now we know how it got its name the Black Forest! We traveled along the river as we went deeper and deeper into the forest. The trail of the river finally ended and then we were in the middle of the Black Forest of Drakolva. Suddenly, we heard some kind of laughing nearby; deep laughing, like from a forest beast of some sort. The laugh was loud and intimidating; the soldiers trembled. Faambees flying by us suddenly disappeared. The laughing was getting closer and closer. Thump. We stood there. Some soldiers readied their guns. Thump. The ground started to shake. The laughing was unbearable now! Even I started to shake. I took out my harquebus, poured gunpowder down the barrel, loaded the cartridge and prepared to fire. Crossbowmen readied their crossbows and doppelsoldners drew their zweihanders. Thump. A nearby tree collapsed. I suddenly knew what was coming; a forest giant. Usually, these creatures are friendly but they get frightened when a crowd of this many comes into its territory. Thump. The laughing was loud and ear piercing. We stood there as the giant arrived at the scene. The giant was enormous! He towered above us with a large log of a fallen tree in his right hand as a club. He stopped laughing and roared! Thump. It seems like his friends came with him. Two more giants holding their own clubs stomped towards us. The first giant grunted and the giants attacked us! One swung his club right at the first ten rows of the army! The soldiers ran for their dear lives. Some fired their crossbows; it pierced the hide of the giants but it just made them angrier. They slammed their clubs at the army and I caught Ravin nearby screaming ¡°Idjits! Use the cannon! Do it before we are all killed!¡± The men and women of the army screamed. The gunners loaded the cannon and prepared to fire. ¡°Hurry, hurry!¡± shouted Ravin as he fired his gun at the giants. The giants somehow were afraid of the loud noise of his gun. They screamed in horror and swung their clubs wildly. This killed many; soldiers were on the floor, some were crushed, some were split in two by the clubs. The cannons were finally ready to fire. They aimed the cannon right at one of the giant¡¯s head. ¡°Ready, aim, fire!!¡± and the cannons went off. The cannon balls flew with a bang. One hit a giant at the abdomen and he screamed in pain. The cannon ball went right into him. He dropped his club and the earth shook. This killed a few more of our fellow comrades. The giant then tipped over and fell on a crowd of soldiers that quickly scattered before he landed on them. I rode Geiwetter as quickly as possible to another giant that was retreating from die Kanonenkugel which is a cannon ball. As Geiwetter approached the running giant, I jumped onto his arm, clinging on the thumb. He saw me and shook his arm with force and I fought to stay on. Seeing that this is useless, he swung his hand at a tree. The tree split in half and I of course was hit. I howled in pain but I hung on to the giant. I slowly climbed up his arm and up his shoulder. I stood up and drew my gun and quickly loaded it before the giant did anything else for me to fall off and break my back. I then pulled the hammer and aimed it at the giant¡¯s ear. I pulled the trigger and ¡°Blam!¡± The bullet hit his ear and the giant roared in pain. I withdrew my gun and slid down the giant¡¯s arm and onto Geiwetter. I rode a few yards away and watched the giant as he covered the ear I hit and hearing his ear piercing screams. He wobbled for a moment and collapsed. The earth shook and I fell off Geiwetter. I quickly recovered and looked at my soldiers around me. I pointed at the giant and they charged fiercely stabbing at the giant. That giant was dead. I climbed up Geiwetter and looked for Ravin. He and several other soldiers threw a net at the last giant which seized him completely. The giant then fell as the soldiers pulled on the net. They quickly fired their guns at the giant and the giant became unconscious. The soldiers then drew their s0è1bels and stabbed the giant. I know the barbarian words make the story confusing but you¡¯ll get it. Anyways, the giant gave one final scream and died. Ravin took off his helmet and wiped his sweaty forehead. ¡°Whew!¡± he said. ¡°That was Hell of a fight, don¡¯t you agree soldiers?¡± ¡°Yes my leader!¡± said the soldiers. The voices consisted of male and female voices. They raised their swords and cheered. Ravin smiled and joined them. I voluntarily did the same. Although we lost about thirty soldiers, we still have hundreds of thousands more. Our cheers made echoes throughout the entire forest. That night, we held a funeral service for the dearly departed soldiers that were killed during the situation that happened that day. Their corpses were put into sargs and a few soldiers were ordered to take them to Faln and bury them. On a large wagon, they placed the caskets on it and off they went. We held our helmets, closed our eyes, and had a moment of silence for the soldiers. ¡°May the God watch over their souls,¡± I said. Today was the sight of horror. I knew the message sent to me by the demon of the dead. ¡°Welcome to the Black Forest of Drakolva.¡± Into the Ruins of Thracks We continued our march to Tarka. They are yet to know that we will attack them and Densai¡¯s Tragans won¡¯t know what happened after our next attack. The marching now seemed quicker than the marching before. Losing soldiers was hard enough but continuing this march? I just couldn¡¯t stand that much marching. Ravin told me that we are going to the Ruins of Thracks in the South of the forest to pay our respects, and to take camp there. The Ruins were beautiful but there are still many skeletons there that laid there for a long time. So, we were marching and marching and then an arrow flies at us out of nowhere! ¡°Shield Wall formation!¡± shouts Ravin while raising a sword. The arrow hit a soldier but she, yes she, was unharmed from the power of her armour. The formation came and the lines closed with a fortress of large tower shields with the weapons pointing forward. Now more and more arrows flew at us and most of the arrows were useless. From loud annoyed cries in the distance, fire arrows started to rain upon us! Now we were in trouble. Although the arrows didn¡¯t harm the soldiers, the fire did. One arrow flew at me but I deflected it with my round shield. ¡°I see a ranger!¡± shouts a soldier as he pointed at someone in green with a bow and a quiver of arrows. ¡°Attack!¡± I shout and the soldiers spread out to hunt down the ambushers. Apparently, these ambushers didn¡¯t know that our army was very big. They thought that we were just a single platoon since we divided our army when we marched. The other platoon right behind us marched and the Lieutenant in control of the platoon stopped it and ordered an attack as well. The soldiers went to go hunt down these soldiers and a fight began. Arrows were flying, guns were going off, but not the cannons. Using the cannons would be too dangerous with the soldiers scattering. Ravin dismounted and charged towards the enemies who were either in trees or hiding somewhere in the forest. I drew my harquebus and loaded it with the powder and the ball. Once the entire process was finished, I fired it at one of the enemies. The fire nearly scared him to death and the bullet nearly killed him. Then I withdrew my gun and dismounted Geiwetter and drew my sword and officially joined the fight. I ran quickly since my armour is very light but very powerful. I caught one of the enemies retreating with a bow in his right hand and a hatchet in his left. He was not armoured and so he was vulnerable especially with my Liasten sword. I swung my sword at his hip and it literally sliced him in two. With a cry of agony, he died and the blood stained my armour. ¡°These archers apparently did not know the size of our army. Once they saw more platoons coming in, they began their retreat. We will find them and execute them all. We lost a few but still in single digits, but they are still precious soldiers and we will mourn them. We will bury them here in this sacred forest ground and may the spirits of the Forest of Drakolva watch them for all eternity. Rausnt ene Paeca.¡± Rausnt ene Paeca meant rest in peace in Drakolvan. The men and women who died were buried and honoured by the platoon. We rested the whole day with the pavilions set up. The entire army of a large number rested with food and water. We camped at the Ruins of Thracks; the beautiful ruins of the great city that was conquered. Many buildings were ruined and only one remained standing. That building was the Temple of Gods. The Temple of Gods could easily be spotted; it was to the side of the former palace which completely crumbled. The temple had a great dome on the top of it with stained glass windows. Each wall also had a few stain glassed windows with heavenly figures on it. I opened the double-doors in front of the temple and went inside. The interior of the temple was eerily silent and very dark. Then, a voice startled me. ¡°Aridene!¡± I looked over my shoulder. It was Lord Ravin Drox. He had his helmet off and it showed his sweaty face. ¡°What are you doing here in the Temple of Gods?¡± ¡°Well, nothing. I haven¡¯t been here in ages and the last time I was here, I never came into the great Temple of Gods. So, I take it that I should come here for a visit.¡± ¡°I seriously think that you should reconsider. The temple is a very dangerous place and I hear it¡¯s haunted. The skeletons and the spirits of the people inside the temple still haunt this place after they died during the fall of Thracks. They say that the temple was destroyed before and it somehow rebuilt itself. So, I suggest you go back to camp,¡± he said. He looked serious and scared simultaneously. ¡°Oh, I believe I will. You see, I don¡¯t believe in ghosts or zombies. I¡¯m just going to head in with a torch and explore the recesses of the temple. So if you don¡¯t like it, then to hell with you. But if you¡¯re worried about my safety, you might as well just come with me.¡± He looked nervous. ¡°Um, I, uh, guess I will, um, come with you. Let me, uh, get a torch. I¡¯ll be right back.¡± Ravin came back a moment later with a lit torch. ¡°Alright, let¡¯s go.¡± So in we went, and the torch barely lit up the room. The room was a very large as a matter of fact and there was some kind of chandelier on the floor of the room that could be raised by a chain. Ravin shrugged and lit the chandelier and I pulled the chain hard and the chandelier went up and up. Now, the room looked clear. There were paintings of Gods and there was a sacred altar at the end of the room. It looked a lot like a church. Suddenly, the room shook and there were sounds of some sort of great evil in the room. From the benches of this room, the seats opened up and revealed several bodies of the former civilians of Thracks. They got up and started walking toward us. They were undead! ¡°Run for it!¡± I shouted at Ravin and he nodded. We ran towards the door but it was shut tight! It looked like we were going to die. So then, I drew my sword and prepared for battle and Ravin did the same. ¡°This is for the spirits of our fallen!¡± Ravin shouted and charged at the zombies. There were about 50 but I knew that there were a lot more than that. The zombies proved to show no potential threat to us; since they barely hurt us, but they were hard to kill, or re-kill. I slashed and stabbed at the zombies. Most lost their limbs but got up and continued attacking us. Ravin collapsed at the flood of the many zombies and dropped his sword so then his energy rose and he became a great ball of blue energy surrounded by sparks of lightning. He was in his elemental form. Instantly, the zombies fell down and probably were re-killed. I watched in shock as Ravin expressed his power at the zombies. After another moment, the zombies were all destroyed and the great door instantly opened. He went back to his normal form and was panting. ¡°I say¡ We get out of here and never return.¡± We went out of the temple and looked back. The temple was still in its great shape. We turned and headed back to camp. In camp, most were eating and some were just relaxing under a few trees. We sat down on the seats by the main table and began eating. ¡°We still have a large army, Ravin. We can get to Tarka and conquer it. All we need is a good rest, and great strategy and we will take over great Tarka. I¡¯ve an idea after we take over Tarka. We should put the elves there into internment camps or better yet¡ death camps! These petty elves won¡¯t be any use to us for we shall make this creature infested Drakolva into a human Drakolva! We are the master race!¡± ¡°Your will be done, my F¨¹hrer. Anything you say will be done even if we have to move Heaven and Earth,¡± said Ravin. He then picked up his mug and stood up. With a spoon, he tapped his mug and you should believe me, it was loud. The sound of the mug literally got everyone¡¯s attention and Ravin cleared his throat and began. ¡°The might of the Human army is powerful! We are Lerona¡¯s Fandarian army and we will, and I mean we will conquer Drakolva! This will be the Human races greatest year and the brightest generation! We are the Humans! We have the superior minds, the more powerful weapons, and the strongest will. We will succeed! And now, here is your F¨¹hrer, Vaoklin Aridene!¡± I smiled at the army and breathed the air of its glory. ¡°Good day to you soldiers! Today is the day where we officially begin the Great War! When we succeed in conquering Tarka, we shall enslave their elves if necessary and maybe use some of them as guidance to our enemies in the Densai lands of the Tragans. We humans emigrated from far away lands long ago and when we immigrated here, we were total strangers to the races that lived here. Then, later, elves came to this land. Although some humans and elves got along, most hated each other. We speak the same language now but we are enemies. The Tarkan lands shall fall to us and we will then expand the empire even more by destroying the Densai Tragans. We will then explore the new lands discovered by an anonymous navigator and then once again expand our empire. Prepare for the greatest empire ever come forth to any lands!¡± The soldiers cheered and soon enough after they finished eating, they went to their tents to rest. The next day, we awoke early in the morning. We marched away from Thracks. I looked back at the ruins and the temple gave me a shiver in my spine. Then suddenly, we heard a horn. A rain of arrows came from a distance ahead. ¡°Shields up!¡± shouted a lieutenant and everyone raised their shields. After about a minute after the arrows were bouncing off our shields, we saw an army ahead¡ And they were using magic. The First Battle at the Hills of Thracks A shout from Ravin announced our battle formation of the ¡°Foot soldiers first, then missile, then cavalry.¡± It was quickly performed by the first division but the second division was still behind. I took off my helmet and looked ahead. Their army; probably about an army of 6,000 stood in battle ready formations. ¡°How did they know where to find us?¡± I asked. Ravin looked ahead. ¡°I believe we have a spy in our lines who warned one of the villages while we were still in the ruins of Thracks. Now we are at the hills erecting the first battle of the war. But, remember our Liasten technology. The arrows hardly made a dent. We only lost a few because of their carelessness of looking ahead and getting shot in the eyes. But no worries, we will win this battle.¡± He smirked. ¡°I wonder how the King of Tarka would look after we destroy one of his legions! This will be quite a fight that I will enjoy and I hope you will too.¡± I laughed. ¡°I hope that I score more kills than you, Ravin.¡± I drew my sword and he did the same. ¡°Alas, we will play our game of kills. The more you kill the better. Onwards to battle my friend, let¡¯s charge!¡± ¡°All right, to battle Comrades!¡± shouted Ravin as he raced towards the enemy on Dunkel and I followed with my horse Geiwetter. We charge to battle and our army followed. As we charged, we saw that there were many archers. That was their strategy; destroy us with rains of arrows! But, that won¡¯t work. Then we soon realized that they had ballista weapons with them! Those giant crossbows will give us some trouble and we might suffer some casualties. I heard a male voice and soon another storm of arrows came showering upon us. I covered my face with my shield so no arrows could go through the vision area. The other arrows were just ricocheting off my armour and the horse¡¯s armour as well. This brought a shock to the elves. But they¡¯re imbeciles who actually think they could win and so they charged at us with war cries from men and women. I raised an arm and signaled the missile weapons to come forth. Within seconds, gunmen and crossbowmen formed lines. The hand to hand melee soldiers stopped and marched back in line. Ravin blew a horn and hell unleashed. BLAM! Blasted the guns¡. WHOOSH! Whistled from the bolts and soon, the Tarkan army fell row by row. Then, one of the lesser generals arrived with crews of cannon and grenadiers. The grenadiers threw explosives far into the air towards the enemy as the cannons blasted the projectiles and sent elves flying. Soon enough, the hand to hand combat melee soldiers got some action in charging. I dismounted Geiwetter and looked at a young elf staring at me with his green eyes pointing his sharp elfin blade at me. He swung his sword at my neck and it literally cracked. His green eyes widened as he looked at his blade in horror and I smiled and lunged my sword into his abdomen. He fell down in pain as I pulled the sword out of him. Ravin was next to me as he destroyed enemies with a simple swing of his own shield which knocked them out and then cutting their neck right after. I then continued fighting; slashing, lunging, bathing in the blood of the enemy. Non humans, I thought. More fun to kill although not really a challenge. Everywhere, cries of agony and dying groan sounds. Elves were dismembered, decapitated, or just stabbed as they died. As we barely destroyed the first legion that came upon us, there was the Tarkan flag being waved ahead at these Hills of Thracks. There was a sign with them as well which said the Fourth Legion. I knew this army belonged to an elfin general named Frances¡ something that I cannot recall. This was one of the most famous legions of the Tarkan army; one of the ones who used magic to destroy the enemies. As they marched towards us, we finished off the first legion. A familiar horn blew and a rain of arrows came upon us; barely scratching our armour. Cannon blasted the projectiles towards them which made holes in their army. Explosives sent the legion with fear of death and loud noise. Certainly they don¡¯t fear losing a limb or two, do they? Anyhow, the sorceresses arrived along with mages and priests. The elfin priests healed injured soldiers while the sorceresses and mages sent magical energy waves to attack. ¡°Alright soldiers. Prepare to fight the Fourth Legion; one of the most feared legions in all of the Tarkan army! General Frances will be waiting for us shortly as we fight his army. Their weapons may not harm you but their magic will! There is no way for you to protect yourself against the magic but hurry and charge before they start. There magic has a splash effect which harms everyone within range so if we get close, it will hurt their own soldiers as well.¡± I said. ¡°Now, charge quickly before they actually do some damage to our glorious army!¡± The army was like a tidal wave which quickly reached the Fourth Legion. Their shields cracked as our army jumped at them. The swords clashed as they fought. Then, the magic attacks came from the mages and the sorceresses. VHOOM! The sounds of their coloured energy attacks went. Blue energy attacks came from mages as green ones came from the sorceresses. That almost destroyed the entire battalion as Ravin¡¯s regiment came marching in behind us. Then they charge at us as Ravin stayed behind and watched. Ravin grew huger and began glowing. He was becoming his elemental stage of lightning. He became a great elemental monster and charged at the enemies, zapping them to death. They exploded right after they were struck and I knew I should do the same. As charisma built in my body, I began transforming into my fiery elemental stage. And soon I was hurling fire balls at enemy spell casters and trapping them in fire walls like a jail. Ravin became trapped as he fought deeper into the large legion. His energy covered sword sparked as he swung it into his enemies causing a shocking death. Then, more and more came upon him. He roared in fury and raised his arms and a ring of lightning came out of him destroying everyone around him. Flames came from my mouth which was my flamethrower attack which melted my enemies into a pool of death, sending them into the world beneath. Many of our soldiers just watched and admired our powers to destroy the enemies as we did¡ a dark and eerie pleasure we received from all this. Ravin shows his darkness as he destroyed his enemies with no mercy. ¡°How many did you kill?¡± I asked Ravin. I noticed my voice was very low and godlike. His voice was similar to mine,¡° I killed about six hundred fifty-three. What about you?¡± ¡°Ah, I killed too many that I didn¡¯t even count. I¡¯ll just count this as a draw,¡± I said. He smirked and continued fighting. The spell casters slew many of our fine soldiers; some who were going to go home to their family and some with no family. I was angry and I shown no mercy. I killed any one who surrendered right away and fought with such rage that even Ravin became a little nervous. One of my most famous attacks during this battle was my fire nova which was the ring of fire which burned my enemies to death. Eventually we came across General Frances. The General was a tall and handsome elf with long blonde hair, blue eyes, and a goatee. I couldn¡¯t tell how old he was since these kinds of elves do live forever if they were healthy. They could only die if it is a severe disease, thirst, hunger, or combat. He bowed down to me. ¡°Vaoklin Aridene¡¡± Then he was kicked onto the floor by one of my elites. ¡°That¡¯s ¡®my F¨¹hrer¡¯ or sir to you, elfin scum! Never speak of the F¨¹hrer as his name unless you are a high ranking official or a close friend or relative of him,¡± snarled the Elite. The elf coughed and got up. ¡°Sir, have you no shame? What did we do to deserve this slaughter? We Tarkan elves never did anything wrong to offend you. My brethren have always been kind and loyal and we get repaid like this.¡± He coughed again. ¡°Please, stop this madness and return home. His majesty King Alfonso Windstorm will deal with you if you continue this. If you continue fighting, you will pray to have the mercy of the King, as he is very merciful. I¡¯ve nothing against the humans, nothing at all. I have many children, all girls. Please don¡¯t do anything evil and cruel.¡± Ravin slapped him right in the face. ¡°This is our will, our destiny, our new empire. Since you are begging us to surrender, you will die!¡± He drew his sword. ¡°Stop!¡± I cried and grabbed his arm. ¡°We could use him to guide us around Tarka. We might need him to help us get to the capital.¡± He nodded. ¡°Good idea, Vaoklin. Alright, you will be our guide. And if you do not help us, we will slay your soldiers; each order you defy means another soldier dead.¡± The elf nodded in shame. Later that day, we counted our casualties: about four hundred dead. We still have hundreds of thousands more and more elves to slay. I took a nice piece of wood by a tree in one of the hills and wrote Thracks Internment Camp. We made poor shelters out of wood for the captured elves and the villagers in a nearby village. With sharp wires, the workers sealed in the camp so that no elves could escape. We called it barbaned waere or barbed wire. We shaved the heads of all the captured elves each with knives. We thought that was too tiring so we connected to knives together with a screw and two circular areas where are fingers could go through and each time we opened and closed it, it made a SNIP sound. So we used that to shave the elf heads whom each had long brown, red, or blonde hair. After a fortnight, there were piles of silky elfin hair and many hungry elves. I don¡¯t know what they eat but we gave them what they had in the villages and they quickly devoured it. I think we fed them odd varieties of fruit and meat from animals I haven¡¯t even heard of. We forged new helmets out of Liasten which only covered the top part of the head, the back, and the sides of the head. It looked very strange indeed, like some kind of futuristic soldier¡¯s helmet. We called it the guard¡¯s helm since only the internment guards used them. Since our technology was developing fast, while we were still in Thracks, we retired the old harquebuses and began using the newly invented musket after one of the soldiers said that the gun was too inaccurate and used too much powder. With the musket, it was a lot more accurate and used only a little less powder. We gave the internment guards to use muskets with another new weapon attached to it known as the ¡®bayonet.¡¯ It was a long knife attached at the end of the musket. The gun sounds always gave fear to the elves and that¡¯s what we wanted: fear. Now the first internment camp has been created and more and more will be created. This was the era of us; the humans. Waging Total War Now, remember I said that all the elves in Tarka had long hair? Well, that won¡¯t be true later on. We gathered the former General Frances¡¯s hair and we cut it off with a standard issued knife. I watched as Ravin cut it off. The elf was screaming in pain and soon, the twenty-five inch ponytail was off. It was then burned after I snapped my fingers and fire appeared on my hand. Then we shaved his head with scissors. Piles of hair fell to the ground and then it was burned. This showed that Frances was no longer a free elf. With him now bald, we marched into villages and the elves looked at him in horror; seeing that one of the most respected generals was now a slave among humans. Well, we did the same to those villagers and sent them into internment camps. We took the food and supplies from the towns, imprisoned the elves and burned the town. This is what we called ¡®Total War¡¯ since we destroyed everything the towns once owned. Ravin always despised elves and so I gave him complete control of the tortures of the elves. Torture always gave him sick pleasure. Soon we built more internment camps with their own unique names: Ravin¡¯s Hate, Vaoklin¡¯s Will, Elfin Fate, and many others. Now all elves feared us as we went our way towards the Capital. What was the name? Tarkai was it? I don¡¯t really care, but soon, it shall be ashes. We came across another elfin town but this one was bigger. A bell rang and the town¡¯s legion came forth to challenge us. I sat back and relaxed as this was another pathetic attempt with few magic and mostly physical damage. A general whistled and the elves charged. The musketeers; soldiers that we called who used muskets, went into a new formation of lines. These formations meant the first two rows fires and then goes to the back and then next two rows fire and then so on and so forth. I thought that these formations wouldn¡¯t be very successful, but these rapidly produced musket and the musketeer themselves proved this to be a great formation. It quickly destroyed the elves. As I watched, the field began to be drenched in blood. There were few elves left in the militia, and the general surrendered. My army showed no mercy; my general¡¯s musketeers shot them all. They fell down and instantly died. ¡°My F¨¹hrer, the battle is won. Now we shall go ransack the villages and burn it. Oh yes, I almost forgot, sir, a boy is here to see you,¡± said the general. A teenaged boy showed up in my pavilion. ¡°Sir, remember me from the tests of the Liasten impossible metal?¡± I stared at him blankly, studying him. He had dirty blonde hair, gray eyes, tall for his age, and he looked pretty tough. He would be a great soldier some day. ¡°Sir?¡± asked he. ¡°Oh! Yes, I remember you. You are Devan Shadowstalker aren¡¯t you?¡± ¡°Yes, sir, I am. I am your new messenger boy! I will deliver messages for you from town to town and I even deliver them to the Empire itself. This should exercise me for when I become a soldier.¡± ¡°You will make a fine soldier, young lad. Keep training and soon you can fight along side us. In one year, you can join the army by either being in the new musketeer corps, the melee madness, the courageous cavalry, or the great navy. Which would you prefer?¡± ¡°I prefer the new musketeer corps. I saw them fight today; so fast and so powerful. I¡¯m even afraid that they will replace the entire army!¡± exclaimed Devan. ¡°Ah, even I¡¯m afraid that could be. Ravin prefers them over our other soldiers and I too, prefer them. Now, my boy, please deliver this message to the lands of Lerona, my ancestor¡¯s lands. Please tell them to send the blackbirds, and quickly arm them. That will be our new air force. An air force is the army in the air, and to combat the elves, we will use blackbirds. I know that elves also have an air fleet of some kind of two headed flying drake that breathes fire. Kind of like a lizard version of me. Go now, lad. Make me proud.¡± I gave him a note. ¡°Yes sir,¡± said Devan and he ran off. I got up and watched him mount on his horse and away he rode. The blackbird project will be one of my finest achievements. The weapons are the new organ guns; weapons that hold many muskets. One person pilots the bird while the other shoots. One can do both but that is very challenging. I just hope that the birds won¡¯t be clumsy. The next day, we got up early in the morning. We were following along side the ¡°X Marks the Spot¡± river. Its namesake doesn¡¯t mean anything but that the river is in a shape of an ¡°X.¡± We marched, burned towns, shaved heads, built internment camps, and destroyed militia. ¡°After we get to the centre of the ¡®X river¡¯, we will march north past the ¡®Great River¡¯ to an area where we will build a fort, a safe distance away from Tarkai, the capital, and a good place to receive supplies and reinforcements,¡± announced Ravin as we looked up at the highest point of a village. ¡°I believe our F¨¹hrer has something to say as well.¡± I certainly did. ¡°I am very proud of all of you soldiers. We may still have a large army, but do not underestimate the capital city. They have Drakolva¡¯s best spell casters and a great leader. We must not falter as we are getting closer to Tarkai. They have an army as the same size as ours, but we have the greater weaponry! Our Liasten metal is greater than their iron or steel, so remember to not fear the physical damage elves. Just watch out for the spell casters. And once we arrive in Tarkai, I have a little surprise waiting for them.¡± Applause from the soldiers and then we got back in line to march to the area of a new fortification. I looked in my map of Drakolva and saw that there was a great city that was pretty close to our area for a fort. It was Agasa, which held the Second Legion; the greatest of all legions and second to the King¡¯s Legion. I hear that legion has the brightest soldiers and use a metal that was very similar to ours, but much heavier. But, I¡¯m not worried. Unless they have an elemental warrior such as Ravin and I, there was really nothing to worry about. Soon, we crossed the Great River. It was known as the Great River because it covered a great distance and was the longest river in Drakolva and maybe the world itself. It was also very wide, but we were lucky to find a bridge. Then, the ground shook. Battles to Agasa There were four flying lizard drakes or known as the drakulans of different colours. Drakulans were similar to dragons but they were much smaller. And now, we combat them for the very first time. ¡°Lord Ravin!¡± I shouted. ¡°I¡¯m right here, Vaoklin!¡± came the voice of Ravin. He had a bayoneted musket in his hands. Next to him were unarmed cannons. ¡°Arm the cannons! Get the powder and the cannon balls! We have ourselves a hot situation and we need your cooperation!¡± Quickly, the gun crew deployed the cannons, sponged the large barrels, powdered and loaded it, burned the fuse and the projectiles soared with a bang. Unfortunately, only one hit. The cannon hit one of the drakulans in the chest and it went straight through! It roared in pain and the Tarkan elf who piloted it fell down, dead. The drakulan coughed and closed its eyes and fell down, also dead. ¡°Use the cannons and the other powdered weapons! Crossbowmen, fire your crossbows! Musketeers, your muskets! Gun crew, cannons! Everyone else stay back or find a missile weapon and help us destroy these beasts!¡± shouted Ravin. He then pulled the hammer of his musket, aimed at one of the drakulans, and fired. It hit the drakulan and it grunted in agony. The musketeers did the same and aimed for the wings. Immediately, there were holes all over the leathery wings. These elves don¡¯t know the meaning of hauberk do they? The drakulan blew fire at the soldiers and I quickly got the burst of charisma I needed to get into my elemental stage. I shielded the fire away from my soldiers as the missile soldiers attacked these drakulans. One musketeer hit the pilot of one of the drakulans and he fell down. He was injured so the other musketeers ran towards him and stabbed him with their bayonets. Soon after, all the drakulans and their riders were killed. One of my lieutenants told me why they weren¡¯t fully armed. ¡°You see, my F¨¹hrer that these riders are just beginners. Look at that elf, he certainly is very young. I don¡¯t think any of the drakulan riders know about our invasion yet, but we must be careful. I know of your surprise, sir, and I do think that it would work. There¡¯s one thing you should know about the blackbirds: they can spit out acid. The acid will bring a painful help to us and will destroy the enemy towns and the enemy very quickly.¡± ¡°Yes, lieutenant, I do know that they can do that. But combat between these drakulans and our blackbirds would be hard too. The rear gunner would obviously protect the rear while the front will control where the bird will go and where to spit acid. The acid they spit isn¡¯t as accurate as fire balls, so it would be a challenge to defeat these drakulans.¡± ¡°Then the best of luck to all of us,¡± said the lieutenant. He walked away to the other officers and began talking to them, probably about my plan. We buried the fallen and honoured them. However, few died but it was more of a tragedy. More deaths meant a statistic to me but when only a few to one dies, I feel saddened. But they were soldiers, and they need to fight to the death if necessary for our cause of building a powerful empire. So then we continued our journey to the area that we will settle and plan the siege of the capital. After a long day¡¯s march, we were here. I see why Ravin chose this spot to build a fort. It was surrounded by woods where we can chop¡ wood, animals what we could and elves for prisoners and guidance. We chopped wood to build a wall to surround the area and buildings where we could store things and dorms where soldiers can sleep. Fort Tarkai, the first fort of the Human Empire, which was true. Suddenly, as we were continuing construction of the fort, fire arrows came out of nowhere and shot the wood which burned it. Then they came burning the soldiers in their hot hauberks which they would just burn to death or take off the armour and then still die from the arrows. ¡°To arms!¡± I shouted as I grabbed a musket, my sword and my shield. The arrows were coming from the woods surrounding us and since it was their land, they knew just where to hide. ¡°Tight formation, boys and girls! No openings and make it tight like the namesake!¡± The formation meant that all the shield wielders will close together and form a small fortress of shields so no arrows could get through. Finally, after the raining of hundreds of fire arrows, it was eerily silent. Then, from the sky, a burning stone crashed down upon our unfinished fortress like a meteor, which burned the area of the new dorms. ¡°Loose formation!¡± shouted Ravin. The soldiers then spread apart so that if any stone crushes a soldier, it will just be one and not a handful of fine soldiers. ¡°Into the woods!¡± shouted a general and the soldiers charged into the surrounding areas of trees and animals. They were wearing green; green armour, tunics, etcetera. There were also many women who were usually archers. ¡°Loose!¡± shouted a female voice and it made the woods begin to burn. Of course, they were in the area in the back as their bows have great range. ¡°Forward! We aren¡¯t getting any closer standing here. Charge!¡± I shouted. ¡°No!¡± hollered Ravin. ¡°Soldiers, back away! We will use cannon on them!¡± I then knew what he wanted. Either the projectiles of the cannon will frighten the elves or will send them flying to a bloody death. BOOM! The cannons roared in fury which made the ground shake from each explosion. Screams from the elves were heard and then we chased them. We knew that they were really fast runners so we sent the musketeer corps after them, since they were the least armoured and the most armed. BLAM! The blasts from the muskets killed many elves, and they killed more until the surviving elves were out of sight. ¡°Just great,¡± I snorted. ¡°This will take us a while to fix. General Octavius!¡± One of the generals came running to me. ¡°Yes sir!¡± ¡°You are now in charge of this project of building a successful and powerful fortress. Ravin and I will be going to Agasa with three quarters of the soldiers while the remaining soldiers will be with you as they build the fortress. If the fortress is not finished by the time we come back, you will lose your position, your family, and your head. Is that understood, general?¡± ¡°Yes sir! I will do my best to please my F¨¹hrer!¡± ¡°Good then, carry on.¡± And so he did. He ordered the lumberjacks to cut more wood, the hunters to gather more food, and the builders to build faster increasing labour and pay. Octavius was a bright general and a leader. He was once a mayor of a city in Fandaria, and now one of my best generals. ¡°Vaoklin!¡± said Ravin. ¡°I hear that we will plan an attack on the city of Agasa, is that correct?¡± ¡°Aye, it is. We must take that city. The strategists in there will be our major captives but we will kill every soldier that they have. Citizens will be in the new internment camp. Once we take that city, our only threat in Tarka will be the King¡¯s Legion. The next morning, we began marching to Agasa. Many skirmishes were held. And so we heard that damned familiar horn. ¡°Raise your shields, boys and girls. Arrows will rain from the sky,¡± said a lieutenant. But he was wrong! This horn meant the airbourne division has arrived. In the skies rained giant bolts from there giant crossbows. That brought the end to the lives of many fine soldiers and then we sighted them. There were a handful of giant crossbows and many melee soldiers. The melee soldiers charged and the musketeers lined up and fired. That killed many and sent the rest retreating. ¡°Ready the cannons and fire!¡± shouted Ravin as he drew his sword. ¡°Cavalry and foot soldiers, charge! Missile, fire at will!¡± We then charged towards the enemy. There infantry weapons did nothing to us but there giant crossbows were a real bug. BOOM! Projectiles were soaring in the air and sent many elfin soldiers flying. I noticed the sign was not the Second Legion but the Fourth Legion, one of the smaller legions. Hell rained and killed some of our soldiers. ¡°Push forward, lads and lasses!¡± The armies clashed and slashed. Blood was like water and the water was in a lake. A bloodbath of elfin blood was present and nothing more¡ The Fourth Legion fell to us within minutes. The survivors, well you know what happened. We either just killed them or sent them into camps. I looked at the field; it was red and piled with bodies of elves and some of our brethren. Battles will continue to be fought and there¡¯s no end in sight of this war. For glory, we march. For power, we fight. For valour, we succeed. Soon after, we continued our march to Agasa. I received word from Devan that the construction of a new wall had almost finished. The serpent wall made of great materials such as Liasten, steel, iron, and other metals. We finally marched until we climbed up a hill. The city was there waiting for us to burn. There was a huge castle standing before us with many towers and fortified walls. It was a walled town with a castle, how hard could that be? We marched closer and armed the cannons. They fired and damaged the walls. Then, the war bell sounded and the infamous Second Legion showed up from the gates. The melee madness division charged as the spell casters of the Second Legion attacked us with their magical attacks. That hit and hurt our army. The musketeer corps fired as the courageous cavalry charged along side the melee madness division. The loud sound of sword clashing and armour bashing was everywhere. The sounds of the muskets brought fear to the Second Legion. Then suddenly, at our rear flank, another legion attacked us! I battered back and forth with them and called for Ravin¡¯s army. ¡°Alright men, assist your F¨¹hrer and the Empire!¡± he shouted. They ran towards us, the musketeers fired, the melee soldiers swung their blades, and the crossbowmen fired bolts at the enemy. ¡°Seventh Legion at the rear led by General Marissa Windwhistle, they¡¯re coming towards us really fast!¡± shouted a lieutenant. General Windwhistle was one of the most famous female archers of Tarka, and I always wanted her head as a trophy. ¡°Come forth my brethren! These humans must be corrupted by demons! We must liberate their souls to defend Tarka!¡± said the female General. She appeared; lightly armoured, wearing a crimson coloured hood and had auburn hair. She held a bow in her left hand and an arrow in the right. ¡°Archers! Loose!¡± Then the rain of arrows showered upon the earth. Many were unprepared for those arrows. The soldiers heard the sounds of the bows and they just looked up and got an arrow or two stuck in their eyes and they would just fall down, dead. ¡°Get that elfin scum if it¡¯s the last thing you do!¡± ordered Ravin. His cavalry charged at the Seventh Legion and his foot soldiers went for the Second Legion. The armies went back and forth, with us suffering very few casualties and theirs suffering many. We only suffer casualties from spell casters or an attack at the eye. Then drums were heard. It was the new musketeer corps who marched behind the Seventh Legion. The first musketeer division of our army has come at last! They were armoured with Liasten helmets and hauberks and armed with a musket with a bayonet. Mass producing was my favourite thing in the world. The group was disorganized since it received very few training with the first guns that we had. ¡°Left right, left right, coming in!¡± shouted the lieutenant. ¡°Fire!¡± he shouted. BLAM! Instantly, many elves collapsed to their death. ¡°Third and fourth lines, move in! First two lines to the rear and load!¡± he shouted once more. ¡°Fire!¡± he ordered. Once again, many elves fell to their death after the shots were fired. The Second Legion was finally destroyed after hours of non stop fighting. We lost hundreds, but we were still fighting the Seventh Legion. ¡°Hand to Hand Combat Melee Madness Division!¡± yelled it¡¯s general. ¡°March back to the fort. The cavalry and the new musketeer corps will continue fighting. Now, my soldiers march!¡± The soldiers went into an orderly fashion and marched away from the battle. The only ones left now remained the missile soldiers, the musketeer corps, the cavalry, and Ravin and I. ¡°Fire!¡± shouted the lieutenant. Finally, the last amount of elves had no choice but to surrender to us. ¡°Scum, the King himself will have mercy on your souls once you are defeated,¡± grunted the female general. Ravin slapped her. She fell to the ground in agony and slowly got up. He told the soldiers to shave every elf¡¯s head and give them the camp clothes and then send them to the internment camps. ¡°Now, the great city of Agasa is defenseless. Messenger Devan!¡± I said. Devan Shadowstalker ran towards me. ¡°Tell them to bring in the melee madness division back. We will prepare a siege tomorrow!¡± He nodded and ran to his horse and rode off. The Siege of Agasa After camping out for a while waiting for the legion to come back, we rested and made sure that no word gets out of Agasa to alert the capital to send the King¡¯s Legion. Messengers went out here and there, but they were just simple horse riders who were captured and sent into the newly constructed internment camp known as Agasa¡¯s Soul. Soon, the division finally arrived and we prepared our siege. There were many cannons read to fire. ¡°Alright men, this will be one of our most glorious moments. Cherish it, and do not forget it. Fire the cannons!¡± ordered Ravin and the projectiles went flying at the walls. Gun crew loaded, cannon fired, and so on and so forth. Finally, the wall crumbled and the army charged into the city. I threw a torch at the market after they ransacked and took everything they had. The market became a burning flame. Elves were killed or captured then sent into the internment camp. Suddenly, a rain of burning arrows scattered at us. Many were burning and crying in agony. Some took off their hauberk, only to be killed by the next wave of arrows. I raised my shield to block every one of them. Ravin was hit and he grunted in pain. He roared and instantly transformed into his lightning elemental form. He raised his arm and sent a lightning bolt into the air. The sky suddenly became dark and there was a thunderstorm. He controlled the lightning bolts raining down; to hit any specific unit as he pleases. The ambush of the elves was surprising and did harm. ¡°Fall back lads and lasses! Ravin and I will handle this situation with every precaution. General, lead them to a safe distance; at the top of the hill we were at last time.¡± He nodded. ¡°You heard him boys and girls! Now, let¡¯s get the hell out of here before we are tomorrow¡¯s fried specials!¡± The soldiers fled. As I burned each house, my charisma raised and soon, I was in my elemental form. With a godlike yell, I sent a fiery nova throughout the city, burning each building which made the elves scream. Ravin ran to the castle in lightning speed and was instantly in. The thunderstorm was still going on and Tarkan archers were each getting zapped and¡ killed. I then raced towards the castle and burned everything inside, but the treasure room. I gradually became tired and was restored into my human self. ¡°Noooo!¡± cried an elf. I could tell that he was the Lord of Agasa. He wore a black robe, had long gray hair and had a bushy moustache and a long beard. ¡°What have you done, boy? You destroyed this town!¡± ¡°And I will destroy you too. Catch, old man.¡± I sent a fire ball at him and it pierced through him like an arrow. He instantly fell down and died. Later, the soldiers returned to take the supplies and treasures back to the fort. It has been almost a week here so I wonder, is the fort completed or not? I left Agasa on my horse, Geiwetter. I looked back at the area of the once glorious Agasa. It was a smoking ruin. Beside it was the new internment camp, Agasa¡¯s Soul. There were many guards there and I personally think that that will be my personal favourite internment camp. Fort Tarkai We had a long march to the area of the fort. We marched for a long time until we looked at a huge walled area, about two miles long, protected with musketeer and crossbowmen sentries. I looked at the name of the area. Which had writing that meant Fort Tarkai, as the F¨¹hrer Vaoklin Wishes. Great job, I thought. I guess he gets to keep his personal belongings. ¡°General Octavius!¡± I shouted. ¡°Yes, hail my F¨¹hrer,¡± he said. ¡°Open the gates! It¡¯s the F¨¹hrer and the Leader Ravin!¡± The gates immediately opened revealing the open area, the dorms, the stables, storages, and other great things that we needed for the fort. When I went inside the fort, I looked back at the walls. There were steps to go up on the walls to defend when necessary and to gaze at the woods. There were also soldiers having mock battles, cavaliers jousting, and musketeers practicing their aim. Basically, this was like an entire town. We had roasted boar that night along side with some corn on the cob, potatoes, and some other vegetables that we stole from the elfin gardens. The boar was so tender and juicy that I thought I haven¡¯t eaten such a good meal in a lifetime. ¡°How did you complete the fort so quickly, general?¡± The general smiled. ¡°Lots of labour meant lots of progress, sir. We were never attacked but there were reports of elves passing by. I¡¯m not sure now whether to worry about the safety of this fort or to enjoy this nice hot meal.¡± ¡°Mm¡¡± I was too busy ripping the flesh off the boar than listening to Octavius. Ravin sat next to me, buttering his corn. He ate just like a pig, as did I. I took an ear of corn and buttered it myself. I took a bite and loved it. I grabbed another, and another, and another. Soon there were no corn left and by that time, I was full. General Octavius led me to my room where I will rest. It was on the second level in the middle of all the other rooms. There were two swordsmen sentries right next to the door. I opened it and looked inside. There were about three candles lit, a wooden table, two chairs and a single cot with a pillow. There was also a window to look outside. Next to my room was Lord Ravin¡¯s room, which was practically the same thing. ¡°Soon, you will have a nice bed in here instead of a cot, but that time is not now, my F¨¹hrer. ¡° ¡°It was more than I could ask for, general.¡± I yawned and stretched. ¡°Good night, sir,¡± he said. With that, he left and closed the door behind him. I lay on the couch thinking about the future. What will happen to me? How will I die? Will the empire still live after I die? I didn¡¯t want to know the answers yet, but I know that I will learn soon enough. I got up once more and looked outside my window. I saw Devan Shadowstalker talking to a girl. She was pretty and young. Maybe she was a soldier, or maybe she was one of the female workers. I wasn¡¯t sure, but when they looked over at me, I turned away, pretending to stretch. I then lay down on my bed once more and slowly fell asleep. A sudden explosion woke me up. I looked out my window and saw the sun shining. Its rays almost blinded me. There was a hard knocking on the door that sounded urgent. ¡°Sir!¡± shouted a female voice. ¡°We are being attacked by an unidentified legion! There was no sign to identify them but they are attacking us with giant crossbows and catapults! They are also using magic!¡± I opened the door to see a female musketeer sentry. She was shorter than me and about in her late teens, which was a little bit younger than me. I looked around to see the fort being surrounded. Musketeers and crossbowmen fired, killing soldiers. Ravin was outside the fort, fighting hard. BOOM! The ground shook and part of the wooden wall fell apart. I raced towards the walls climbed up the steps. I took a musket, loaded it with powder and the round lead bullet, jammed it in with the rod, pulled the hammer, aimed, and fired! You need to repeat the process every time you fire, so I did. I soon ran out of powder and I drew my sword and shield. Almost every soldier was unarmoured. Ravin was armoured as usual, and he was fighting hard. He then turned into his elemental stage and sent a lightning nova attack which killed many elves. I blew flames from the walls and created a fire wall to stop more elfin soldiers to come. I sent fire balls at the catapults to make them lose any more hopes to destroy the walls. They instantly collapsed. The legion quickly charged forward into our fort from the little area that they had destroyed. We were mostly unarmoured so our army didn¡¯t do as well as they did in the battlefield. With my element, I created a fire wall which blocked the way in and burned the soldiers in that little space. The only way in is to go through the flames or destroy another part of the wall, and that is now impossible. ¡°Ready the cannons and prepare to fire!¡± I shouted. They quickly pushed the cannons forward, powdered it, inserted the projectile, lit the fuse and they fired. Projectiles went soaring in the air, sending legionaries, the soldiers of the legions, flying. A horn sounded and the legion retreated. ¡°Armour up, soldiers! We are going to hunt this legion down and destroy every single one of them! This is the first time we suffered many, since we were unready. Now we will be, and we will spare none of them! Now, my fortress sentries cut off the ears of every fallen elf and make them hang on a string. The string of ears will be hanging on the walls to send every legion a warning,¡± said Ravin. ¡°Devan!¡± I called. He quickly ran to me and saluted. ¡°Give word to every internment camp to kill half the captured elves. This will be our revenge for our losses. Now, go do it!¡± He then ran off. I watched the sentries slice off ears with knives. Ears were gathered and then the females pierced them and with a very long thread and a needle, they tied the ears together in the string. The soldiers then hung the ears on the walls. The walls had blood dripping down onto the floor, and soon a next string of ears, then another, all the way until there were no more ears left to tie on. I stepped out of the fort and looked at the walls. They were drenched with blood. The wall was literally covered in ears and blood¡ I was intimidated of my own army for doing this. Ravin looked at me. ¡°Are you ready, Vaoklin? The entire army is ready, cannons are packed, and now we¡¯ve retired the crossbow. Every missile unit is now using a musket.¡± ¡°I am ready. We shall go pursuit this army, but with only cavalry. We would never catch up to these elves by foot. Courageous Cavalry division, armed with the mini musket, or the flintlock. It¡¯s more convenient for the cavalry to use this along with the sabre. But that will be later. They will just be using bows and sabres.¡± The cavalry raced out of the fort, fully armed and prepared. I looked back, the town-like fort with ears hanging on strings. Anyone who encounters this fort will be intimidated. No Mercy We caught up to the unknown legion before an hour even passed. Recklessly, like a butcher, we cut off limbs of these elves. We surrounded the survivors and trapped them. There were arms, legs, and heads all over the area. ¡°Please stop!¡± cried an archer. ¡°This is blasphemy! You cannot do this!¡± I approached her, dismounted, and drew my sword. ¡°Just watch me, elf.¡± I slashed at her and she fell down, dead. ¡°Oops, I guess you can¡¯t because you¡¯re dead!¡± ¡°Keep killing! These pointed ear freaks killed many of our friends!¡± yelled Ravin as he cut off the head of one elf. Blood soaked the earth, limbs scattered about, and our soldiers watched the agony of these elves. ¡°Don¡¯t go soft on them! They are inferior to us and the world! No one needs them! They deserve to die!¡± shouted one of my generals. Suddenly the ground shook. The earth grew and soon we were staring upon the eyes of a giant monster. It was surrounded by plants and some of the scattered limbs of elves. In the heart of this giant was an elf, and he was probably a mage. Then, that spot that showed the elf was covered by a trunk of a tree. Within minutes, we were in a crater and standing before a giant covered with forest. ¡°We have no cannon or any gunpowder weapons. We must retreat, my F¨¹hrer,¡± said the general. ¡°Ravin and I will not retreat but the division may if they choose. Since we are elemental warriors, we will challenge this monster and destroy it,¡± I said. We dismounted and transformed into our elemental stages, the ball of fire and the orb of lightning as people called us. Ravin created a thunderstorm. The sky became dark and there were lightning bolts hitting the ground. Some hit the beast, and that caused a few bits of dirt to fall off but the beast did not seemed harmed. I blew fire at its legs which of course caused it to burn. The monster roared and reached for the fire, patting it out. ¡°Oh my¡ It¡¯s been nice fighting alongside you, Ravin.¡± ¡°Yes, sir, same here,¡± he said. We hugged and cried like a women and her husband being reunited. Then suddenly, the monster began roaring in pain. We looked at him, and he was dissolving from a violet coloured liquid, which looked acidic. A bird grunted and so we looked up in the sky. It was the Blackbirds! They¡¯ve come early from Lerona¡¯s Lands, and they will be our finest divisions. One of the blackbirds blew acid at the monster again, and it slowly began to fall apart. Then, cannon shots. The gunners of the birds with their organ guns fired at the beast. The beast slowly wobbled and then collapsed, causing a short earthquake. The Blackbirds flew down and the fighters dismounted. There were about ten birds right now with twenty fighters. The group leader approached and saluted. He was wearing a leather coat and his face was wrapped with a scarf. He was also wearing a helmet similar to the guards of camps and some sort of eye protection. ¡°You are early, master!¡± I exclaimed. ¡°Yes, sir, we are.¡± His voice was soft. I guess he is a woman. ¡°A messenger boy came to us telling us that the army will need us very soon. We decided to come early but this is just one of the ten groups. We still have many blackbirds back home, but we only have one hundred fighting birds with organ guns as you said. These are easy to pilot and to tame. These birds are very friendly.¡± She took off her helmet and her scarf. Not only was she a woman, but a beautiful woman; brown haired tied back with brown eyes with a pretty face. She looked about my age, about 18. She held the eye protection in her hand. ¡°These goggles are very bothersome sometimes, but they protect us. My name is Sara Volkosgran, and I am one of the finest pilots around.¡± ¡°I will call you Master Volkosgran,¡± I said. ¡°No, no! Please call me Sara. I prefer that over Master Volkosgran from anyone, especially my students!¡± I looked at her bird, which was really big. ¡°My bird¡¯s name is Elaine. Isn¡¯t she a fine bird?¡± Vaoklin, let¡¯s go back.¡± ¡°Alright, Ravin, we¡¯ll go back now.¡± I whistled and he clapped. Geiwetter and Dunkel raced towards us. We mounted and rode away. I looked over my shoulder and saw the ¡°Fine, yes. Now, we must go back to Fort Tarkai. Introduce yourself to my soldiers, and¡¡± Ravin walked towards me slowly. He groaned. ¡°Ravin, this is Sara Volkosgran, a master in piloting blackbirds.¡± He rubbed his head. ¡°Ugh¡ It is nice to meet you, miss.¡± ¡°Please, Sara,¡± she said. ¡°Of course, Sara,¡± he spit out a mouthful of blood. ¡°I¡¯m winded, birds taking off. They followed us all the way back to camp. To Tarkai, We march! We went back to the fort, rallied the army, and readied for the march to Tarkai, the capital city of Tarka. We formed a very long line, along with the Blackbirds who marched with us. The blackbirds themselves walked while the fighters rode them. Sentries remained at the fort but the only imminent threat was the King¡¯s Legion. Miss Volkosgran and her bird Elaine marched right in between Ravin and I, which was in the middle of the entire line. ¡°Vaoklin, can I call you that?¡± she asked. ¡°Er¡ Sure, lass,¡± I replied. ¡°Lass, you say? I am about your age!¡± she laughed. I didn¡¯t see what was so funny, but I laughed anyway. ¡°Quiet you two, I¡¯m trying to plan a way to destroy the capital city of Tarkai,¡± snarled Ravin. ¡°Alright, old coot, we¡¯ll be quiet. I just hope to see victory over Tarka soon,¡± said Sara. ¡°As I, but then the King¡¯s Legion might be the most challenging obstacle that we¡¯ll have in conquering Tarka. Their material is just as great as ours and they fight in a formation called the ¡®Phalanx.¡¯ It means that they fight in a tightly closed formation which protects each soldier. Our infantry and cavalry might not do much effect but our musketeers will surprise them. The King himself is the general of the Legion, and I can¡¯t wait to get my blade in his eye. He will be fun to torture,¡± I said. ¡°Don¡¯t think of ways to torture him yet, young F¨¹hrer. We might need him in guidance to destroy the Densai area. Our main army in this battle will be the musketeer division.¡± He turned to a messenger boy. ¡°Give word to the generals to produce as much black powder and musket rounds as fast as they can for the entire musketeer division.¡± ¡°Yes my lord,¡± said the boy and he raced telling the generals the information that was required for the battle. Soon enough, we reached the grand city of Tarkai. It was a golden city, literally, which sparkled in the distance. The gleam of the gold and its shine hurt my eyes so I had to turn away. Then, a horn sounded¡ it was the King¡¯s Legion! The legionaries of the army lined up in their formation; tight packed with long spears pointing out. In the back of the formation were the archers, but they had no mounted warriors other than the flying drakulans. The blackbirds will have to handle them, but our main focus is destroying the legion and capturing King Alfonso himself. Elves¡ why do they have to be in this land instead of their homeland? Their time will end! The Battle of Tarkai ¡°Forward, march!¡± shouted an officer. The musketeers moved forward slowly. ¡°Halt!¡± shouted the officer. There were about 60,000 musketeers each with their own supplies and a bayonet attached to the musket. They were in the musketeer formation where first two rows shoot and then next two rows and so on and so forth. ¡°Make ready!¡± The soldiers loaded their muskets by completing the entire, slow process. ¡°Aim!¡± shouted the officer. The soldiers looked for their targets. The legionaries were still in the tight phalanx formation with the spears sticking out, expecting a charge or something. ¡°FIRE!¡± shouted the officer. BANG! The first two lines fired creating a thick fog of smoke. Many legionaries fell down from the shot. ¡°Load cannons!¡± shouted the officer. The gun crews loaded their cannons by completing the stupid long process. ¡°Aim the cannons!¡± The crews did so by either raising the cannon or lowering it. ¡°Fire!¡± shouted the officer. The crew lit the fuse and the projectiles shot out of the cannons. Some cannonballs missed while some sent legionaries flying. The elves shot their arrows at us but their arrows were still no use. All they did was dent our armours. Then, the legionaries opened up their formation and charged at us. They approached really quickly so the musketeers kept firing and loading but when the legionaries got too close, the musketeers withdrew. ¡°Cavalry, move forward! Give word to the infantry to assist right away!¡± I shouted. The cavalry charged towards the enemy and entered battle. Then a moment later, the infantry charged in. ¡°Look up in the air!¡± shouted a soldier. Drakulans! Much like dragons, they breathe fire and they ended the lives of many soldiers. ¡°Blackbird division, move in!¡± shouted the familiar female voice. Sara and her fellow blackbirds moved in. The birds themselves blew out acidic material while the rear gunners and their organ guns fired at the drakulans, quickly bringing them down. The bodies of the drakulan fell and crushed many soldiers, including ours. ¡°F¨¹hrer! We are losing the battle!¡± shouted a lieutenant. ¡°WHAT? This cannot be possible! Our undefeatable army is losing?¡± I became furious, was boiling red and then, burning. I was in my elemental stage. I was blowing flames everywhere and destroying every elf I see. While I was massacring elfin soldiers, a gust of wind shot at me and I collapsed. That attack came straight from the King himself. I looked at him; his golden crown shining in the distance, the glowing eerie blue eyes while my eyes glow green. He was completely gray in his formation and his pointed ears stood out. Around him was a swirling, spiraling wind¡ his very own hurricane attack. It prevented me to get even close to him. Then, he sent a twisting tornado right at me and I got sucked in. The tornado winded me and I couldn¡¯t get up. I couldn¡¯t move either; I was completely paralyzed. ¡°Vaoklin Aridene of Lerona¡¯s Lands, I presume,¡± he said. His voice was deep and godlike. ¡°Since you have taken most of our lands, I shall kill you myself. You¡¯re cruel deeds to my brethren will not be tolerated by me. Vaoklin Aridene, die!¡± He approached me and began to cast some kind of spell. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a bolt of lightning struck the King and he collapsed. I looked over and saw the familiar glowing red eyes of Ravin. ¡°You wasteful puny little creature that you call yourself a king, you think you can actually defeat the humans in a battle? I don¡¯t think so, but you may continue thinking that way when you are in the underworld!¡± He sent another bolt of lightning at him. In time, the King rolled over and dodged the bolt of lightning. He sent several small twisters at Ravin, immobilizing him. I slowly got my energy back and got up and blew an inferno of flames at the king. I kept up this flamethrower as he screamed in pain and then Ravin joined in at the attack. He created a lightning storm where the bolts strike from above. After a few seconds, the pathetic, worthless dog of a king begged for mercy. He became his normal elfin form. He had long brown hair and a short beard. Although he didn¡¯t look very old, I knew he was since these kinds of elves can live for a very long time and still remain young near the end of their lives. But these elves can die really easily if they starve, dehydrate, sickness, etc. He opened his mouth and spoke very slowly. ¡°Have¡ mercy¡ on¡ me¡ my¡ lords¡¡± ¡°Alright, but you will help us destroy the Densai territories. We take all of your lands and receive service from the entire army. We will also increase the space of the internment camps so that they can farm and survive but we will not let them leave the camps. The camps will be heavily guarded so do not even think about freeing them,¡± said Ravin. ¡°Alright¡ my lords¡ But¡ we¡ require¡ you¡ to learn¡ our way¡ of writing. It¡ is fairly¡ simple¡ and¡ much¡ easier to¡ write. You will¡also¡ need to¡ teach us¡ the way of your¡ metal¡ and your¡ firearm¡ ways,¡± croaked the former king. ¡°Agreed, you are officially my personal slave,¡± I said.. I looked up at the battlefield. The battle was over. The King¡¯s Legion had surrendered and both sides suffered many casualties. I waved at a couple of soldiers. ¡°Give him a special haircut, destroy his crown, and give him our type of armour. Make sure he looks like one of us.¡± ¡°Yes, sir,¡± said the soldiers. They took the injured Alfonso away into the city and we followed. Learning the Tarkan Ways We took Alfonso Windstorm into his palace in Tarkai. Our soldiers destroyed the paintings and sculptures inside and ¡°Vaoklinizing and Ravinizing¡± it by putting our own paintings and sculptures for display. The soldiers cut Alfonso¡¯s waist length hair off and it became shoulder length like mine. He uttered cries as the soldiers cut his hair. His golden crown was destroyed by a hammer and then I burned the remnants of it. We gave him our own kind of armour and helmet with an opening, designed for elfin slave guards so his ears would stick out. His hair was put into a tail which rested at his shoulder, much like mine but only a little shorter. His facial hairs were shaven off as well, so his face was clean. Finally, he looked like a human with pointed ears. We made him stand out so people will know that he follows me. We learned how to write in the Tarkan form of handwriting, which looks like what I am writing right now. It took me a long time to master it. The officers of the army taught the new recruited elves how to use firearms and they were not very good, but they eventually mastered it. Sara Volkosgran and I kept talking and we fell in love. Months later, while we were still learning the Tarkan ways, I proposed. I gave her a beautiful ring with a precious and rare stone only found in the Tarkan area. The wedding was beautiful but not as beautiful as her. Guns sounded as the wedding finished, we had a feast with the elves as our cooks, waiters, and dishwashers. That was a wonderful day that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Now that we learned many ways of the Tarkans, we can communicate with words effectively but we still did not get along. Alfonso greatly respected both me and Ravin and we still treated him like dirt, but he did not mind. He told me about the lands of the Nagi, a reptilian Drakolvan species found in an island by Drakolva. That will be my next target for expanding my empire. Learning these Tarkan Ways took a few months, but it was worth it for rebuilding the army and forging more weapons. Now, onwards to the island and form new colonies there for a great new place to live. An Unsuspected Occurrence We built a great navy while we were learning the Tarkan ways. We had many galleons, ten monitors, hundreds of caravels, and some large frigates. I was in the ship called ¡°The Drakolvan Journey,¡± alongside with Alfonso, Ravin and Sara. It was a beautiful ship, a monitor with a mortar at the tip of the ship. It had many sails, many guns, and a great cabin made just for me and Sara. I didn¡¯t know how many crew members were aboard the ship because there were just too many to count. When our navy sailed, I saw that there were hundreds of ships leaving Tarka to this Nagi Island. I knew that a female elf known as Alica the Seawoman lived there and was in charge of the Nagi species. I had to destroy her, no matter how tough she is. Our ship sailed and sailed until it became wobbling. Then, in the distance, one of our own ships tipped over! Some kind of large reptilian serpent-like creature ate the entire crew! I realized that these were the large Nagi species. So then, came the smaller ones, the ones that had claws to dig in to our flesh. They looked like giant alligators! Our guns attacked these Nagi creatures and most of them were killed from the shells. And then came some unknown ships in the distance. They weren¡¯t very long, maybe about 200 ft, but they looked powerful enough to sink a frigate. That must be Alica the Seawoman and her followers. The followers were also elves! But how did they get to the isolated island and why are they following that bitch? Since they sail against us, they will go down as well. Suddenly our ship shook. We were hit by some kind of giant bolt from one of their ships. ¡°Do not come any closer to my island, or there will be plenty more where that came from, human!¡± shouted the woman. ¡°You may have killed my pets, but here comes the real pain in these waters. The Nagi aren¡¯t very powerful but they are just used to scare my enemies. I am the real fear, here. As for now, attack, my minions!¡± Another giant bolt struck our ship. Our ships in the rear began to get into battle position with the Nagi ship. ¡°Fire!¡± shouted the voice of an officer. BOOM! Many cannonballs soared and struck the Nagi ship. Other Nagi ships quickly followed and attacked ours with their bolts. ¡°Abandon ship!¡± shouted Ravin. I looked back, and saw that our ship was torn apart. Ravin, Sara, Alfonso and the rest of the crew prepared to board the launch, as I was about to follow, our ship began to wobble faster and faster. Before I knew it, my body lost its balance and I fell overboard. The last thing I heard was ¡°My F¨¹hrer!¡± And then, complete blackness. When I woke up, I felt something pinch me again and again. I opened my eyes and saw some kind of crab, curiously shifting its eyes and pinching me. I grabbed my dagger and plunged it through the crab, causing instant death to the crab which could serve me as a meal. I got up, wiped sand off of my armour, and looked around. I was on a beach some kind of island. I didn¡¯t feel very well, I couldn¡¯t stand up straight, and I felt like I could vomit any moment now. I looked at my armour and noticed no rust. Quality stainless metal is the way to go. I turned around and gazed at the wide open sea. It felt like morning as the eternal star was shining in the horizon, shining a new day to this earth. I saw no ship in sight, so I wondered what island I could¡¯ve drifted upon to. Was this the Nagi island with the extinct Nagi species? I didn¡¯t know and I didn¡¯t care. I was tired and hungry. I looked down and saw the dead crab. I cracked the shell open and I helped myself to the internals of the crab. Never before have I tasted anything so raw and so terrible. I instantly vomited after the meat went down my throat. But of course, it is the only food I had. I could try and hunt since I have my flintlock pistol and I knew how to make bullets and powder, but I was too tired. I knew I couldn¡¯t just sleep on the beach, and I knew that I had to stay alert. Do my people think that I am dead? What happened to the crew of my ship? Did we win the naval battle? Too many questions filled up my head. I looked straight ahead and noticed a cliff and some kind of stairway made out of stone. I shrugged and climbed the stairway. Once I climbed all the way up, I noticed a sign written in this handwriting in which I am writing right now, the Britonian handwriting that the elves learned. ¡°The Jungle of Nagi Island,¡± it said. ¡°Once you get through this jungle of wild beast and others, you will¡¡± the rest of the sign was scratched off. I gazed down and noticed a pathway probably leading the way out of the jungle. I loaded my flintlock pistol and with one hand holding it, I cautiously went deeper and deeper within the forest. There were a lot of noises from creatures which would scare me a little, but nothing too much. I was still following the path, and I was getting very hungry. I then heard a movement in the bushes of this jungle and shot a ball at the bush. There was a loud, birdlike squawk and the creature then collapsed. I approached the bushes and saw the dead feathered creature. It was a turkey¡ plump and savory. I couldn¡¯t wait to eat it. I plucked the feathers off, chopped off the head, and roasted it after setting a fire with a snap of my fingers. Although it wasn¡¯t as tasty or flavourful, it was still a fine meal. With a canteen that I always carried with me, I drank from it. It was some kind of juice from a fruit in Tarka which I never heard of but it was sweet and quenched my thirst. I was still slightly suffering from hunger, but I was relieved that I didn¡¯t starve that day. I created a bed from many leaves but I had no pillow. I slept but it was very uncomfortable. I was rested and rejuvenated by the eve of morning. I was awake, rested, but still hungry. I got up, loaded my pistol and continued the path. As I walked, I heard something growl. Something just jumped at me¡ a jaguar! I instantly fell once the jaguar pounced on me. The creature was trying to rip my flesh apart, but my armour prevented it from even getting close to my skin. Fortunately for me, it didn¡¯t even touch my head. I pushed it off and the creature pounced on me again. As it jumped, I quickly drew my sword and lunged forward. The animal drove me to the earth and the blade pierced its tender flesh. I was shaking from the fall and the loud CLANG sound from my armour made me temporarily lose my hearing. I saw the look on the jaguar¡¯s face, the sharp teeth pointing at me from the cat¡¯s mouth, and the sudden shocked expression on its face. I got up and the jaguar slid off my blade. I then skinned the beast and took the skin with me as a prize and as a blanket. It was mildly better but I still thought that the jaguar skin would be a good prize for a rug. There were a lot of animals for me to eat so I didn¡¯t need to worry about food. There were lots of plump turkey and wild boar for me to eat. I encountered many insects and a very large spider known as the ¡®King Legged Spider¡¯ for its monstrous sized legs. I had to run from that creature, the creature was much too quick for me to handle. I¡¯ve been through a lot these past days, but it did increase my outdoorsman skill. The jungle adventure ended at a day where I encountered an eagle. It was circling around me and it became quite frustrating. I loaded my flintlock pistol with the last amount of powder shot it. A loud cry came from the ¡®beautiful¡¯ bird and it fell. I quickly drew my sword and ran towards the fallen bird. But when I got to the bird, it was not a bird at all, but Alfonso Windstorm! He was groaning in agony as his hand was on his bleeding wound. I shot his arm but when he looked up, his agonizing face turned into shock. ¡°My¡ F¨¹hrer¡¡± he said quietly. ¡°Hush, my pet. You¡¯ll get through this,¡± I whispered. ¡°Ha ha, I¡¯ve been through worse,¡± he laughed. He wore identical armour to me, an identical hairstyle, but a different helmet. His helmet was a morion comb helm while mine was a great helm which protected my entire face. ¡°We¡ no, I¡ must get you back to camp! The acting F¨¹hrer and your second, Ravin will be waiting. It took us months to get this island because there were many elves here. We now know that a spy told Alica herself. The woman then recruited a band of followers preparing for an invasion. We lost thousands, sir, from the attack. We had to get our entire army to invade until they just finally surrendered. You look terrible, my F¨¹hrer. Let¡¯s get you some food, your armour shined, and a shave.¡± The Birth of Nagiana It had been many weeks when I was still exploring the jungles of the island of the Nagi. Apparently, the creatures we fought weren¡¯t Nagi; they were just destroyers that the elves raised; a creature that is a cousin to the Nagi. The Nagi had been extinct for forty years; Alica killed all of them herself. When a spy told her about an imminent invasion, she recruited thousands of elves to defend her island. We lost thousands ourselves because most of the elves she recruited were spell casters and that was our weakness. I was a mess; I haven¡¯t bathed in a while, I stank, my hair was a mess and my face feels prickly from the facial hairs that sprouted. Groomers shaved me so my face was smooth once more, my hair was trimmed to the shoulder area (it grew a little past that), and I had a good bath so the dead animal smell from the jungle was gone. I went to the main pavilion of camp at the beaches of the Nagi Island and met Ravin and Alfonso there. ¡°Hello, Vaoklin! I see you are looking quite fresh and ready to explore these jungles?¡± said Ravin. ¡°No, no. I¡¯ve already done that,¡± I chuckled. ¡°What happened after our ship sank?¡± ¡°Oh, that incident a few weeks ago; I remember as if it were yesterday. When that giant bolt from the enemy ship¡¯s crossbow shot at our ship, it tore a hole right through the entire ship. We realized our mistake there, our ships too weak. When the ship was rocking back and forth, you fell overboard while we were boarding the launch of the ship. We successfully retreated and sailed back and we presumed that you were deceased. Many of our ships survived and few were sunk. We had to upgrade our ships by putting Liasten parts into it to make it stronger. We covered the ship in Liasten; expensive, but it worked. Elves produce Liasten twice as fast as us humans! ¡°So once we finished upgrading our entire navy, we were extremely low on funds and supplies. With the last amount of Liasten, we made projectiles for our cannons. Of course, powder was easy to produce, so that wasn¡¯t a problem at all. Once we did all that, we launched our ships to the Nagi Island once more. Our ships were metal sea monsters and once we received contact with the Nagi navy, we destroyed them. Their bolts could hardly make a dent in our shells and our cannons easily sunk their ships. Then, we quickly left our ships and into the boats and stormed the beaches. Unfortunately, we didn¡¯t expect them to build a fortress and lay explosives in the beach. They had many elves defending it! ¡°What really was unfortunate was most of them were spell casters; our greatest weakness! They were in little bunkers while casting spells to kill our soldiers. Luckily, the Airbourne Division (combining the drakulans with the blackbirds) destroyed the fortress from above. They arrived about an hour after we stormed the beachhead. Now, even the drakulans have two riders with one as a rear gunner; just as ours! The inferior rats learn from us, dear Vaoklin. The elves then surrendered, but we still killed many. Alica was killed during the battle; I killed her myself with a blade to her throat. Her elemental form wasn¡¯t quite impressive either. Just a giant creature covered with roaring white water, only killed few but I quickly got to her and stabbed her right in the throat. ¡°Once we captured this island, we wanted to build new colonies here for our citizens to live. A nice place, so I decided to explore the jungles. I didn¡¯t actually have time so I sent Alfonso. He told me he was also a Druid, someone who can shape shift, so he turned into some sort of bird and flew off, exploring the jungle. He then got shot down, by you, in the arm.¡± Alfonso looked at me, then at his wound and smiled. Ravin gave him some sort of bottle with a red liquid inside. ¡°Rub some of this on your wound, your kind made it yourself.¡± ¡°Thank you, my lord,¡± said Alfonso. He twisted off the cork covering the bottle, poured some onto his hand and rubbed it onto his gunshot wound. He then bandaged it and waited for it to heal. ¡°We were going to give you an elaborate funeral, next to your ancestor, Lerona Aridene. Now, you show up, perfectly healthy, so now, we don¡¯t have to worry about your fate and looking for¡ your body,¡± he chuckled again. ¡°We need a proper name for this island.¡± ¡°I say it should be Nagiana. I can¡¯t think of a better name, but it still has the term ¡®Nagi¡¯ in it,¡± I said. ¡°Nagiana, it is then!¡± shouted a female. It was Sara Volkosgran Aridene, my love. She had a shocked expression when she saw my face. ¡°Hello, my love¡¡± She ran towards me and hugged me and began crying. ¡°I¡ thought¡ you were dead!¡± ¡°No, my dear; I think I¡¯m quite healthy. I¡¯ve been through the jungles, hunted wild animals and slept like a beast!¡± I smiled. She sniffed. ¡°I missed you! I almost fell off Elaine when I was trying to destroy the Nagi fortress! I can¡¯t live without you¡¡± ¡°There, there, Sara. I am here, I love you for always, and never again shall I be separated from you,¡± I whispered. ¡°Do¡ you swear?¡± she asked. ¡°Yes, my love.¡± Tomb of Handun We¡¯ve taken the Nagi Island, and now we call it Nagiana. We now journey to Densai and we shall kill the Tragans¡ the reptilian people. Their skin is either brown or green¡ body of humans, head of a reptile; and they also have a tail and claws. They are beasts; a barbaric and worthless race that we will destroy. Right now, we will march to Densai. Well, not really. We will go to the Densai area in our navy which is a lot safer than traveling through the Desert of Handun. We will also visit Handun¡¯s tomb, which is at the tip of the desert. We have a large army right now with many divisions: The Blackbird Division, the Drakulan Division, The Legionaries of Tarka Division, The Grand Army of Fandaria division, Lerona¡¯s Division, The Musketeer corps, and many more. I¡¯ve seen the legionaries of Tarka fight: they fight in a phalanx formation, similar to our old ways. Their tower shields make an impenetrable fortress and they have eight foot spears sticking out so they have a defensive/offensive formation. We used that formation a few years ago before we began using the guns. The legionaries wear armour representing a muscular chest and a legionary¡¯s helmet which protects the head and the ears stick out of it so they can hear orders and the battle. The soldier¡¯s armour is gold and they also wore a crimson coloured cape. They fought in many wars and most of the time they succeeded. Now they faced defeat and humiliation; fighting for a cause they are against, fighting for me, the F¨¹hrer of the Empire, and many other things that they really do not want to do. We sailed right beside the Drakolvan Island and watched the breathtaking landscape pass by. From a beautiful green area to a hot dead desert created by Handun himself. Now we landed at the Tomb of Handun bay area and this area actually had a small town of elves. My guards, the grenadiers famous for using their explosives in battle, marched out of the ship first. They wore their guard helmets, known as the schtalhelm in the Drakolvan language which is in the ¡®coal scuttle¡¯ shape. The grenadiers then formed a line similar to the formation of the musketeers that they use in combat. Elfin guards moved forward and prepared for a fight seeing a hostile faction. The grenadiers aimed their muskets at the elves and the commander stepped forward. ¡°Elves of the Tomb of Handum keepers¡ the F¨¹hrer, the Dark One, and the former King of Tarka ask of thee to join the army of the Empire. They also request to visit the tomb and pay their respects to the great one. If you do not permit this, your village and your people will be terminated immediately. Drop your weapons, elves. This is not your war. We are on your side, elves.¡± ¡°Inporsbia! Vie eleves aon a praun race und we aon naot parta os Tarka. Leave theez placa und nevah coom backa,¡± said an elf. They were probably speaking the elfin language or the Drakolvan language. Alfonso translated this. ¡°Impossible! We elves are a proud race and we are not part of Tarka. Leave this place and never come back.¡± ¡°You defy the elite three¡¯s will and you will be destroyed. Ready, aim, fire!¡± shouted the commander. The muskets sounded and many elves dropped to the floor. ¡°Attacka!¡± shouted an elf and arrows showered down to the troops which did nothing more but bounce off the armour of our soldiers. Some arrows hit the face of the grenadiers and they died from it, but that didn¡¯t matter much. They died for our cause and it is an honourable death. ¡°Fire at will!¡± shouted the commander and row by row the muskets sounded and after a few minutes, the elfin soldiers died. ¡°Burn the town and take the food and supplies. They are no use for us now.¡± The grenadiers charged into the town and began shooting at the elves and burned the buildings. Alfonso couldn¡¯t bear to watch, and Ravin had a smirk on his face as he witnessed this event. We went to the Tomb of Handun right after the town was burned. The tomb had a sixteen foot statue of Handun right outside the room of Handun¡¯s burial which was made entirely out of gold. The room was elaborately decourated with paintings, sculptures, gold, and many other treasures. Of course, there was the sarcophagus itself. It had many marks on it and inside of it laid the body of Handun the Great. Alfonso said his prayers and we left the tomb. We then explored the desert of this land. It looked endless¡ with sand, cacti and many mountainous ranges. One could not survive in the desert with limited supplies. We looked back and there was the Great Waters; the ocean. There was our navy; the great armada with many, many ships. Storming ¡®Lenos¡¯ Beach After a few weeks of sailing, we were at the north of the Drakolvan Island. I looked through my spyglass and saw a stronghold on top of a hill. I knew immediately what the stronghold was: Densenia. It is famous for successfully defending against four hundred attacks and counting, but not this time. While the main human army remained aboard the ships, the elfin army, the musketeers and the cannons stormed the beach with the code name ¡°Lenos¡± beach. Since the elves also used Liasten now, they are equal to our strength. I was among the soldiers who stormed the beaches. Ravin was too, but he was one of the first. Sara was with her bird, Elaine and the airbourne division of drakulans and blackbirds. I quickly leaped out of the boat that took us to the beach and ran towards the fortress, shouting orders. Suddenly, there was an explosion. The clever tragans placed mines in the ground so it would slow us down. The explosion killed a few soldiers and then another explosion. I signaled the airbourne division with a warning shot into the sky. Then, many flying creatures flew overhead and began attacking the fortress. The acidic material of the blackbirds easily tore a hole into the walls. Suddenly, the tragans started going on their own drakulans. But, there was something wrong with theirs. They had two heads. The soldiers and I watched the dogfights above until we suddenly noticed some burning rolling stones coming down the hill to the beach! I jumped out of the way just in time once a stone was heading to my direction. I looked back and the stone was following me! I blew fire at it so it pushed back and then it suddenly exploded, killing an amount of soldiers. Then, the tragans themselves began charging towards the beach. The musketeers fired and many died. When they charged, there were more explosions. They forgot about their own mines! ¡°Come, boys and girls! We will go the long way to the fortress!¡± shouted a commander. The soldiers then went all regrouped and went a way around the beach to an unprotected part of the fortress. ¡°I need air support!¡± yelled out the commander and a blackbird soon tore a hole into a wall and the soldiers stormed into the fortress. I followed the soldiers as did Ravin. The fight inside the fortress was bloody; elves and human alike were fighting these lizard head human body people. They were excellent fighters and they were hard to kill in melee combat. One soldier was having a hand to hand fight with a tragan and the tragan picked him up and broke his neck. Although their weapons weren¡¯t as good as ours, the way they use it is impressive. They can make their ordinary axes crush our Liasten based armour, but not to worry. They have no gunpowder technology and they are easily killed by gunshots. ¡°Fire at will, do not spare anyone! We do not take tragan prisoners!¡± shouted Ravin. He took his musket as did all the musketeers and fired at the tragans. The tragans were lightly armoured; they only wore a helmet, armour at the waist area, and a shield, so they were easy to kill from ranged weapons but harder when your fighting them hand to hand. ¡°Vie surannde!¡± shouted a tragan holding its hands up. ¡°I don¡¯t understand what you¡¯re saying!¡± said a soldier. The tragan kept speaking and the soldier became irritated and fired his musket. The bullet pierced the tragans head and instantly caused death. Many occasions of this happened in this battle, so eventually all the tragans were killed. ¡°I¡¯ve calculated our casualties: 200 legionaries dead, 130 infantry dead, 20 musketeers dead, and 5 cavalry dead. Many and many are injured from the explosions or in the fortress battle. Most are melee soldiers, sirs,¡± said an officer. ¡°Alright, carry on, son. Give all of these soldiers a proper burial,¡± I said. ¡°Shadowstalker!¡± The messenger boy ran towards me. ¡°Yes sir?¡± ¡°Go to Tarka from the caravel called ¡®Agasa¡¯s fate¡¯ and tell them to bring fifty thousand soldiers.¡± ¡°Yes, sir, right away. Oh yes, I¡¯m also old enough to be a soldier now, is that okay?¡± he asked. ¡°Fine, you may serve as a soldier but you are also still my messenger, understood?¡± ¡°Yes sir,¡± he said quietly. ¡°Alright, carry on, my boy.¡± I said. I knew he wasn¡¯t old enough but I saw in his eyes that he wanted to fight. I normally don¡¯t let younglings serve, but I sensed an unusual amount of potential. I think he would make an excellent soldier. ¡°Vaoklin,¡± I turned around and saw Ravin. ¡°We must go to the capital now. Densai was just in a civil war and now they are greatly weakened economically and their military. The sooner, the better.¡± Two Weeks of Battles I remembered a series of battle during that two weeks going to the capital of the Densai area. One battle was crossing the Red River¡¯s bridge, basically trying to cross the great bridge of the Red River. The river lived up to its namesake; as red as the blood of the humans. There was a force there waiting for us there. There were many bloodthirsty tragans waiting for a meal right after they ¡®kill¡¯ us. I laughed aloud from that thought and my soldiers stared at me after hearing my laugh. I wiped a tear off my eye and then looked into my spyglass. ¡°Deansa¡¯s Tragana Skadaer IV¡ hmm, that¡¯s what the banner says,¡± I said. ¡°It means Densai¡¯s Tragan Force IV Legion. I believe that is one of their divisions,¡± said Alfonso. ¡°Hand me the spyglass, please.¡± I did so and he looked into it. ¡°An impressive size for a force, my F¨¹hrer, but my legionaries can handle them. Here¡¯s the plan, sir.¡± Alfonso told me the plan and I nodded in agreement. We had an advantage in this battle; we were on a hill. The rest of the army was with Ravin, creating a new fortification called ¡°Ft. Han.¡± ¡°Empire¡¯s Legion, forward!¡± shouted Alfonso. ¡°Musketeers, forward ten steps and halt!¡± A formation was created with the musketeers standing on the hill in descending elevation while the legionaries were at the bottom of the hill, blocking the bridge which prevented any way to get to the musketeers. The tragans charged across the bridge and the legionaries formed some kind of ¡®scutum¡¯ which meant their shield created wall. Their helmet was called a ¡®galea¡¯ and their armour was called a ¡®lorica segmentata.¡¯ They had many other unusual names too, probably names from their old dead language. But, their ¡®scutum wall¡¯ created a barrier that prevented anything to pass the bridge. The tragans pushed and the elfin legionaries struggled to push back. ¡°Push harder!¡± shouted a centurion (the elfin officer.) The centurion had a soft voice so she¡¯s a female officer. ¡°Do not let any tragan pass!¡± The musketeers fired at the tragans while they pushed. Every single musket of the regiment was shot and many, many tragans were instantly killed. The surviving ones began to retreat. ¡°Forward, lads¡ let¡¯s get on with it! No survivors, no prisoners! Do not fail Lord Alfonso or our new F¨¹hrer!¡± shouted the centurion. The legionaries began running across the bridge, slaughtering the retreating tragans. Our reinforcements arrived with one thousand human infantry who wielded swords and shields; two hundred human cavalry consisting of the lancers who obviously used lances and the dragoons who used flintlock pistols and sabres. The musketeers also charged followed by the reinforcements along with Alfonso and me. We shouted and cursed while bathing in the cold blood of the tragans and soon the day was won. We dumped the bodies of the tragans in the Red River. Once we did that, there were many floating bodies and limbs of these lizard people. We counted our casualties¡ one musketeer whose rifle misfired into her face and died from it. That was just one battle of the series¡ The next battle was called the ¡®The Mother of All Battles,¡¯ the longest battle that we had which lasted six entire days. The soldiers had to take shifts so we had a continuous fighting force while the massive Densai Tragan Army or as known as the ¡®DTA¡¯ fought hard but were eventually destroyed. It all started at an early morning when Alfonso and I were sparring. He told me my form looked like I was a large blade of fire with a shadow of a man inside with two glowing green eyes which was very intimidating while he was a dark figure surrounded by his winds with glowing blue eyes which was also very intimidating. We practiced our powers and figured out advantages and weaknesses of each other. Then, from nowhere came large burning stones which were launched by trebuchets. It sent soldiers flying and so the centurion told every soldier to get into the formation. Ravin was still absent; he was building another fort called ¡®Fort Densi,¡¯ but this time we had 06 of the army. ¡°Musketeers move back! Legionaries and infantry forward with legionaries in front! Loose formation so we won¡¯t take as many casualties. Good luck soldiers! The tragans are charging now,¡± said the centurion. ¡°Airbourne assault¡ now!¡± I called out and the airbourne division soon was soaring above our heads. The two headed drakulans of the tragans also appeared and they were fighting with no stop. Some tragans were killed or injured during the airbourne assault and the dogfight but they continued to charge. These tragans were a lot fiercer and they broke the barrier that the legionaries created and with their axes, they wounded and killed many soldiers. ¡°Infantry and legionaries, move away from each other and let the musketeers do their work!¡± I ordered. The musketeers positioned themselves and fired. It created a thick cloud of smoke so I couldn¡¯t see anything through. All I heard were grunts and things hitting the floor. When the smoke disappeared, there were many tragans charging at us again and many dead tragans and our own soldiers. Sara fell down Elaine after being hit by a fireball and I quickly went to fetch her right before the tragans got to us. ¡°Are you alright?¡± I asked while I was holding her. ¡°I¡¯m fine. Please put me down right now. I have to go find Elaine and bring her back to camp before the God knows what will happen to her,¡± she said. I put her down and she ran to find her injured bird. I watched as she disappeared. ¡°F¨¹hrer Aridene! Look out behind you!¡± shouted the centurion. I turned around and a tragan, who was ahead of every other tragan, swung his axe at my head. I ducked just in time and drew my sword and stabbed the beast in the chest. I pulled the blade out to see that it was covered in blood. The tragan looked down slowly and then looked up. When he looked up, I quickly swung my sword at his neck and decapitated him. ¡°Get back, sir!¡± shouted the centurion. I ran towards the back of the line and got on my horse Geiwetter and watched the tragans approach. ¡°Fire!¡± shouted a musketeer captain. They did and many in the first rows of the tragan wave fell down. ¡°Charge!¡± shouted the centurion and so everyone did. The musketeers charged with their muskets pointed out with the bayonet out so it was like a spear. I charged with my blade out alongside Alfonso who was also using his blade. Geiwetter was stabbed in the neck during the battle. He quickly fell down with a cry of agony and slowly died. I pet his head at his last minutes and gave a little prayer to send him to the Heavens. I then quickly got up and began fighting. I used my kite shield and my blade the entire fight. I was armoured with full plate armour and a full helmet with wings at the side which protected my head greatly with a few air holes so I can breathe. My shield was silver with a blackbird painted on it. Pretty plain and simple but they do the job. But I might change my helmet to a grenadier¡¯s coal scuttle shaped helmet, but I still wanted to protect my face. Now, as we continued fighting, more and more tragans charged. I remembered in my lessons that all tragans are soldiers and they all fight so we are in for a hell of a fight. In the middle of the battle, an axe struck me hard in the chest and I quickly collapsed onto the green grassy earth. The tragan who carried the axe immediately saw an opportunity to kill me so it quickly swung his axe at my body. Luckily, I still had the energy to block the attack and stab the beast in the neck, killing it. I then dropped my blade and laid there. I wasn¡¯t unconscious or anything but I didn¡¯t have the energy to get up. I saw the faces of the soldiers when they looked at my body when they fought. One person tried to retrieve me and a tragan was fighting him or her (I didn¡¯t know who) for my body. Soon, the field cleared and I turned my head both ways and saw lines of soldiers and tragans, facing against each other for a standoff for my body. The two groups charged into a clash and I watched and heard metal clashes and screams. Apparently, the group on my side lost the fight and the tragans began dragging me away. I looked up and saw my army; exhausted and wounded. Then I saw the colours of the blackbird and the four swords of Fandaria. It was the black flag so it was Ravin¡¯s army! They sprung into battle with the musketeers in the back, the cannon crew loading the cannons and preparing for fire. When Ravin saw me being dragged away, he used his lightning element powers and ran towards me in lightning speed as it is one of his powers. He threw me into his back and created a ring of lightning which paralyzed the entire platoon of tragans! ¡°Slaughter them,¡± said Ravin to his soldiers and the soldiers killed every paralyzed tragan. There were still many more but I was still wounded and needed healing. Ravin then took me back to camp into a tent and an army medic was there to treat me. ¡°Take good care of your F¨¹hrer. I¡¯ll be back later,¡± said Ravin as he left the medical tent. My armour was removed and my blood-stained shirt was removed. The scratch was a nasty one, and I need immediate healing. All the healing potions were gone and the elves who once made them are long-dead. First, the healer was using some kind of disinfectant for the wound. When she rubbed it on, it burned but I held the pain in. I didn¡¯t know what the medic did next, but soon I was bandaged and moved to my own pavilion. Sara was there, sleeping in her own cot. I was laying on my cot thinking about the battle. I stopped thinking about it and fell asleep, dreaming of a utopian empire of humans only while the elves were in a different, poorer side of the empire. Then, a shadow with many horns came out of nowhere and completely destroyed my empire. I then woke up, sweating and breathing hard. I looked down and saw my bandaged body. It still hurt a lot, but it was much better than before. I heard gunshots, shouts, and metal clashing still. The battle was still going on? I wanted to get up and fight, but I couldn¡¯t as I was still wounded. I looked around the pavilion and noticed Sara was gone. She was probably on her blackbird and fighting bravely against the tragans airbourne. A loud and irritating horn blew and soldiers rushed out of their tents and went into battle. Another group of soldiers returned from battle, probably changing shifts. I couldn¡¯t sleep anymore from the noise, so I just lay there; eyes wide open the entire night. In the morning, the battle was still going on. I had enough energy to get up now, but I still couldn¡¯t fight. I got up and suited up and grabbed and loaded my flintlock. I walked out slowly and watched the battle in the distance. I may have had the energy to fight, but I can still be far away and shoot my gun. I looked back at my pavilion and saw my wife, Sara, sleeping in her cot. I smiled and walked to the battlefield. I looked into my spyglass and watched the battle. I saw Ravin and Alfonso, in their elemental form. Ravin was the one with the black aura surrounding him with the shadow of the man with glowing red eyes, and I already told you what Alfonso looked like. They were killing tragan after tragan after tragan with no trouble at all. ¡°Hello my F¨¹hrer!¡± said a voice. I turned around and saw Devan Shadowstalker and many soldiers in the back of him. Devan himself was armoured with a full plate mail and a schtalhelm. He was also holding a musket so he probably joined the musketeer corps under the permission of me. ¡°I am ready for battle, sir.¡± ¡°Go then, I will watch you perform,¡± I said so he and the soldiers went off to fight. I watched them fight and fight and they performed flawlessly. Devan was quite a sharpshooter and fencer. He killed many with his musket and with his sword and didn¡¯t stop. I suddenly got the urge and energy to fight so I ran towards the battlefield. All of a sudden, I stopped and ran back to my pavilion and grabbed my sword and shield and then ran towards the battlefield. When I got there, Alfonso found me and went back into his normal form. ¡°Sir¡ you¡¯ve been asleep for three days. It is day four of the battle! I hope you perform as well as you always do!¡± I nodded and began fighting. The hours of sword swinging and flintlock firing certainly made me hungry and it was about the end of my shift. When I ate, I learned a couple of things from Ravin. 1. The tragans live in the millions. 2. The tragans reproduce very quickly and when they do, they produce an average of twenty younglings each time. 3. The tragans mature very quickly. I thought this was very useful information for our battle against the tragans/Densai. We had to kill every tragan alive so they will not grow up to try and rebel against us, so I told Ravin and Alfonso that plan. They reluctantly agreed and we discussed our plans with the tragans when we destroy the ¡®capital.¡¯ After the meal, our group of soldiers rested as the other group fought the restless tragans. I sat on a bench and looked into the spyglass and watched without ease. It was night time right now, but it seemed like day from the flashes of cannon and the firing of rifles. The fighting seemed endless but after 36 hours, it was all finished. The fields that stretched for miles were filled with bodies of mainly tragans along with many humans and elves. This was the bloodiest battle I¡¯ve seen in my entire life and looking at the expression of Ravin, it was probably the bloodiest he¡¯s ever seen too. Right now, I can fight as I¡¯ve recovered and I¡¯ve had a burst of energy that encourages me to fight. There were also many other battles and skirmishes to the journey to the capital, but I won¡¯t get into details on those. The last great battle to the capital was called ¡®Thog¡¯s Legion Madness.¡¯ Thog was the king of Densai and the leader of the tragans and this is when we were in front of the capital en route to destroy it when we encountered his legion. It was a massive force, not as large as the one in the ¡®Mother of All Battles¡¯ but pretty close to that. Ravin, Alfonso, and I engaged to become our elemental forms to fight. We didn¡¯t want a long battle or to suffer heavy casualties but we knew that we needed to defeat these tragans. We engaged, and the tragans surrounded us. We began using our elemental power attacks recklessly and restlessly. Tragan after tragan after tragan were killed when trying to engage. The soldiers behind us watched in awe. We kept fighting and fighting and fighting until there were no tragans left to fight. I looked around and to my surprise, there were no tragans left alive in sight! The field was bloody with tragan flesh and behind us were our soldiers who were silent in awe. We went back into our normal form. ¡°Good practice, mates,¡± said Alfonso. We laughed and the day was done. We marched and marched to the capital. It was standing before us. A natural wall of jagged mountains prevented us from any entrance but a little cave that leads to the interior of the capital. Behind it was the vast desert of Handun. The siege is on. Densai¡¯s End There was a little passageway from the outside of the natural mountain wall into the capital of Dragulsin. I pictured the inside of this natural fortress were just burrows and few buildings, since tragans are reptilian natives of Drakolva. A general told me his plans to get into the fortress. He needed the elemental warriors; Ravin, Alfonso, and I to attack the inside of the passage to expand it. The passage right now was only 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The soldiers will then storm in the expanded passage into an attack. I noticed the general had dark brown skin. He was from the South Drakolvan area; black skinned and brown eyed. They usually were soldiers or farmers, and this talented one is unique. I smiled and nodded at his plan. Ravin, Alfonso, and I lined up in front of the passage and we turned into our elemental form. We each attacked the inside and we heard loud explosions and rock tumbling. With a huge amount of energy, I melted the tumbled rocks and to my surprise, the whole mountain collapsed. I had to slowly destroy the rocks so the soldiers can storm in for an attack. I heard screams of ¡®Elemmenta W0è1mffers!¡¯ or Elemental Warriors. The rocks tuned into a hot liquid and quickly cooled. ¡°Get into the city and create chaos!¡± ordered the Southern general. The soldiers stormed in and began the battle. The cavalry charged first followed by the infantry and then the musketeers/grenadiers. Blam! Clang! Boom! Noises of the battle echoed in the valley capital called Dragulsin. The great chief was easy to spot. He was a lot bigger than the other tragans and he wore an odd looking crown on his head. He used a great maul to fight and killed many of our comrades with it. He spotted me and ran towards me roaring like a monster. He swung his maul and I blocked with my shield. The collision of the maul and the shield hurt! My eyes widened as he was about to attack again and then his eye widened in surprise and looked back. It was Ravin! He was in his elemental form and he just zapped Thog with a lightning bolt. I jumped back and watched the fight. The chief, Thog Chaosnought, then became furious and swung his maul at Ravin. Ravin was hit and he instantly went back into his normal form and he was knocked out. ¡°My lord!¡± shouted a gray figure with glowing blue eyes. Alfonso! He sent a powerful gust of wind which was like a hit from a very powerful monster and to our surprise, it just made Thog scream in pain and made him even angrier. He then swung his maul at Alfonso and it was a direct hit. Alfonso screamed in agony and collapsed into his normal form, knocked out. Now the monster chief eyed me once more and he was about to finish me off until I quickly grabbed my blade and lunged it at his neck. My helmet fell off revealing my young clean face and the Densai chief stared into my eyes in horror. I got up and swung my blade at his neck, decapitating him. The chief collapsed and it was over. The great tragan has fallen. With Thog dead, the rest of the tragans were looking at his body in horror. While they were staring at his body, the soldiers killed the tragans quickly before they can react. Eventually, every tragan was killed. Their bodies were burned by me and their ashes were thrown into the Red River. The capital, Dragulsin was pretty much what I was expecting; few buildings and many burrows. The burrows were filled in and the buildings were demolished. This area will have a new city and the human lands will no longer be over-populated by the old Britonian humans. Britonian Englisch will be Drakolva¡¯s primary language (Englisch was the Britonian tribe that migrated to this land.) All hail the glory to my empire. A United Drakolva We went through the Black Forest to go back to our homelands. The Serpent Wall that defended the homelands was constructed and was made of Liasten. We rode through many cities and the civilians saluted. A salute of raising an arm diagonal to the person is our salute. I was back at the Lerona¡¯s Land area and going to my new palace, the F¨¹hrerpalace. I rode to the palace from a carriage with my wife, Sara. We rode through the newly constructed streets of Lenos and civilians were saluting and cheering. Ahead was my new palace; a great white dome with many windows and also many sentry towers. The entrance was a great door behind many great pillars. We entered and looked around the hall. It was fit for a great king. There were many treasures that we stole during the war being displayed. We went up the grand staircase into our bedroom. Although I wasn¡¯t a king, I was treated like one. I did not want many wives; I only wanted one, my Sara. We went into our bedroom and did adultery and I don¡¯t want to get into detail¨¹hs in that. Ravin knocked on my door and I shouted ¡°Do not come in!¡± He probably heard the bed shaking and he chuckled and heard his footsteps. The night was amazing and the best night of my F¨¹hrership. The next week, we held our great banquet of celebrating our victory in the war. It was held in the great dining hall of my palace. The hall was crowded with soldiers and royalty. It was decorated with paintings of me and many others and banners of the blackbird with the four swords of Fandaria. Generals and other officers sat in the officer¡¯s table and the soldiers were sitting in rows of tables. It was crowded and hot, but I didn¡¯t mind. I was very happy. Ravin sat to the left of me and Sara sat to the right. Ravin was wearing his old king uniform, black clothes and a black cape but he didn¡¯t have a crown. Alfonso was also wearing his old king uniform except his had many colours. He looked noble as did I. I wore my hauberk and a long sleeved shirt underneath it. My cape was a great scarlet colour and my trousers were tan. Sara wore a velvet violet gown and her brown hair was curled and it fell back to her knee. ¡°Give thanks to your F¨¹hrer, Vaoklin Aridene!¡± yelled Ravin, saluting after he stood up. ¡°Hail!¡± shouted the guests. ¡°About a few years ago, this young man attacked my old kingdom, Fandaria. He was about 16 or 17 then, but he commanded an excellent force. I was about to lose but he agreed to cease fighting if I did. I was praying for mercy but he didn¡¯t know. We agreed to merge our countries together and form a new empire, and we did. He became the F¨¹hrer and I became his second. I feared him so, ever since he gained his new elemental powers. I thought he was going to kill me!¡± Everyone laughed, including me. ¡°But, as we fought together, I began to trust him. We became good friends, and excellent soldiers. We fought together, ate together, and laughed together. After the naval battle in the Great Waters, and he fell overboard, I, along with many, many others were shocked. We searched and searched and we gave up hope. When we attacked the Nagi Island Nagiana, we had to do a scout mission. Luckily, Alfonso was a shape shifter and he was scouting for rogue elves, he found our F¨¹hrer, Vaoklin!¡± ¡°Hail!¡± saluted the guests. ¡°Now, we were very happy to see our F¨¹hrer alive. We wouldn¡¯t know what would happen if he died. He is our leader of this war and this empire and I believe he has a few words to say.¡± Ravin sat down and I stood up. ¡°Comrades, this certainly is a glorious day indeed. Our empire is complete and I¡¯ve united Drakolva into one great nation. We now have more land to farm on and live on and we no longer need to be stuffed together in this area. I have to give the Tragans props for fighting so hard. They were natives and we were immigrants but we took the lands away from them and now they are extinct. But the Tragans are all warriors and if we didn¡¯t kill them all, many of us will be killed. I had no choice, comrades. ¡°It has been a great war and a pleasure fighting alongside all of you, my friends, especially the elves. At first, I had no respect for the elves at all until I met Alfonso. He is a great soldier and a great leader and we grew to become friends. From this day on, no elves will live in internment camps and all elves will have the same freedom as all the other civilians in all of Drakolva!¡± ¡°Hail!¡± saluted the guests. ¡°This war lasted a while and I want every soldier to relax and spend time with their families. We¡¯ve went through a lot together and I want to thank each and every one of you for fighting so hard. We¡¯ve grown a technological level by learning how to make muskets after harquebus and learning the Liasten metal technology. As a gift from me to you, each person here will be awarded the Honour of Lerona, the greatest achievement a soldier will ever get awarded. I am a generous leader, maybe too generous.¡± Everyone laughed. ¡°And now I have an announcement. Sara is pregnant and we will be expecting in a couple of months.¡± Cheers and applause came from the entire hall and I smiled and raised my arm diagonally forward in a salute. They hailed and saluted. ¡°Everyone enjoy this evening with excellent food, dance, and music. Thank you for coming!¡± We lined up at the buffet area and helped ourselves to excellent food. Our small table consisting of Sara, Alfonso, Ravin, and I were talking about the future of the empire. I was talking about naming the child with Sara and how I will treat him or her. I wanted the best for my child and the best education he or she can receive. To become F¨¹hrer, they need to learn politics and military and become the best of the best with it. Although I am the self proclaimed F¨¹hrer, I would have to pick the next and they do the same and so on and so forth so I hope that my child will have the great honour of becoming one, male or female. That¡¯s what I said. A few months later, Sara gave birth to twins; one girl and one boy. The girl had my green eyes and the boy had Sara¡¯s brown eyes. We named the girl Eva and the boy Wilhelm. I hope the best for them and the future of my empire. Five Years Later¡ Rebellion! It has been five years since the end of the war. Sara and I were 24 years old. I met my friends and my best officers, Ravin and Alfonso once again. Ravin looked exactly the same and he had a son named Joseph. Since I gave elves their freedom, Alfonso grew his hair back. ¡°The reason I called you here, Vaoklin, is that there is a rebellion going on. Some southerners, citizens and elfin civilians banded up with old weapons to a rebellion. I do not know their exact location but we will need to set up arms and fight them. We created the rifle that did not require us to pour powder in but we need to load a bullet in every time we fire but it is much faster, so that will be our primary source to destroy these rebels,¡± said Ravin. ¡°Do you know the leader of this rebellion?¡± I asked. ¡°Not quite, but we do know that he has black skin and a scar down his right eye. We don¡¯t know his name but we¡¯ve seen him before,¡± said Alfonso. ¡°Send the grenadiers. They will handle them quite nicely,¡± I said. ¡°We tried to, but we can¡¯t find them. They burn village after village after village. Now they are in the Black Forest somewhere,¡± said Ravin. ¡°Alright then, triple the wall patrols! I won¡¯t jeopardize the Drakolvan republic from a simple rebellion,¡± I said. ¡°No surviving rebels shall live. I wanted a utopia with no tragans and I will keep it that way.¡± ¡°They shouldn¡¯t be much of a problem other than burning towns. They are quite behind in technology; still using crossbows and other inferior and obsolete items,¡± said Alfonso. ¡°It¡¯s their will that¡¯s strong; a will to overthrow the dictatorship that you¡¯ve entrusted onto this land. They don¡¯t want any more wars.¡± ¡°So all this time while we were fighting, they were setting up an army to overthrow me?¡± I laughed hard. ¡°Just follow the trail with dragoons. The new pistols that you made should handle them easily.¡± ¡°Done but you¡¯ll have to come with us,¡± said Ravin. ¡°Enjoy the slaughter of the rebel scum.¡± ¡°Easy there, Ravin. We¡¯ll have the pleasure of destroying them real soon,¡± said Alfonso. ¡°Since I am a shape shifter, I¡¯ll take form of an animal to track them down. As soon as I do, unleash hell onto them.¡± The next week, Alfonso returned to Lenos. He said that he had found the rebels! They were by the capital, Faln. ¡°Maybe we should take the flying corps to them. After all, they can¡¯t fly. We should call this ¡®Death From Above,¡¯¡± joked Alfonso. ¡°Send them already then! Although Sara is the leader of the squadron, she will not be leading them. My two kids, Wilhelm and Eva are in that area; and I haven¡¯t seen them in a year. Whatever you do, do not let my children or any civilians get harmed!¡± I was furious and worried that my children are endangered. ¡°Will do, Vaoklin, but do you know how to ride a blackbird or a drakulan?¡± asked Alfonso. ¡°I know how to ride a blackbird, but I¡¯ll need a rear gunner,¡± I replied. ¡°I¡¯ll be your rear gunner,¡± said a voice. It was Ravin, and he was fully armoured in his famous black plate mail. He changed his helmet to the guard¡¯s helmet and wore a mask for protection and intimidation. ¡°Alright, then let¡¯s go. This will be fun,¡± I said. <to be continued?> Tweet
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