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Chapter 18: LONG TIME
Date Published: January 11th, 2015
1007 AF SeedMonth Day 46
Under Marshall Is in charge of the footmen and equipment.
The people that came here not only wished to be Knight but some are here taking military training.
And we are one of the 10 Under Marshall in the Academy. Not to mention we are the youngest.
We have already take our keys and moved to our room a house for us.
I was in charge of 10 footmen all older than me by 3 years.
Helia and Lisa is in charge of 9 footmen. Kyle is in charge of 7 footmen.
We are also responsible for maintaining the equipment and restock the equipment if we find it insufficient for the Academy.
We are also responsible assisting the Knight Brothers.
Today we will began training the footmen. We walk and then one of the recruit of Purple Fairy saw us
“Under Marshall Arial, going to train the footmen?” she asked
“How about us?” the siblings are behind me.
“He meant both of you too” Arial said
The siblings is now wearing new armour, Kyle is smiling from ear to ear.
Lisa looked happy. Helia is a little late.
Then we began by training the footmen.
I first evaluate their strength and then by evening I got a fair assessment of their strength
Most of them has strong body, but little to no basic of internal energy usage and swordplay.
But since most of the footmen will use pike and spears and carrying supplies I will begin by training them their core basic and internal energy basic.
But most of them will probably reach commander level at the age of 40 in terms of internal energy strength
I am different because of my internal energy pool is cultivated since I was a child.
Then I also would teach them some spear technique but most importantly I will train them to cooperate with each other.
When we met at the evening in the Under Marshall Common Room we greet the Knight Brothers and then we tell each other of our footmen.
Lisa decided to teach them strategies while strengthening their core, Kyle decided to focus on strength and cooperation while Helia will only focus on one thing for every month. First strength.
Then Internal energy then teamwork.
It’s not a bad idea.
Lisa stumbled and hit Harald Alan accidentally when we’re walking home.
“What do you think you’re doing” he screams the other onlookers stopped and began to crowd the hallway.
“Is that how you talk to your ranking officer?” I said
Even though Lisa is not of noble blood she is his ranking officer. In the outside maybe he is the lord, but here he’s just another recruit.
A ranking officer can make your life hard.
A furious ranking officer….. will make your life hell.
A furious ranking officer who happens to be Lisa Lethe….. you will wish hell more than suffer her wrath.
Lisa is not like before. She becomes more confident
“Well, Recruit? Is that how you talk?” Lisa asked
It takes him every strength to muster the word “I’m sorry” he said a tone so low I don’t think I can hear it.
“What’s that? I’m jolly?” Lisa said teasing Harald
“I’m sorry” the tone is louder.
“Say it LOUDER!” Lisa said
“I’M SORRY” he almost yell it out. He looked embarrassed saying it.
“That’s the way. Keep up the good work Recruit Harald”Lisa said while patting his back
Helia and Kyle is giggling in the back while I smile a little.
“That is epic” Kyle said patting his sister head
“That was pretty funny. His face looks like a blowfish” Helia added while imitating a blowfish and we laughed.
After that we went to our own house.
I finally arrived at my house and I entered
The space is spacious.
Arial open his armour and put it aside.
The walls are 11 ft, red brick and the roof is brand new. The windows provided great lighting and are useful for bringing the spring breeze in the house.
Night is coming and darkness beckons.
Arial lights a match and lit the candles.
He then proceed to the fireplace and also light it up.
Arial sit down on the cushioned chair.
Now he just need to rank up to Knight Brother and he can return home.
No, not him alone.
Lisa and Kyle too.
He will have to do many quests rather than just doing a hard quest alone.
But they will return home together.
1012 AF Whitemonth Day 89
Now I’m 12 years old.
5 years have passed since then.
In these 5 years I and the siblings are known as the 4 Greats.
All 4 of us will be nominated as Knight Brother tomorrow after the quest we have done finally we have accumulate enough points for us to rank up.
It becomes late because most of our quest is joined by the other people in our houses but it also makes many of us rank quite fast. Though I remember there is this one time when we were banned from taking quest about a year I think or was it 2 years because we spent so much time taking quest that we did not even attend lesson
There is a lot of times when we almost die. But then after the quest we looked back and laugh.
So after that many the people in our houses follow us on our quest. And we let them. This also makes us quite popular in our own House. The fact that we never failed also help.
Take Lelia Guise as an example.
Lelia Guise is an Elderly Sister who follows us in the quest we like to call, The Crazy Drunken Man which involve an empty bottle of rum, three coins and a wailing woman, Emerson Villion is a Standard Bearer for our house who follow us in the Giant Boar expedition.
That was a crazy story involving pissing in a bottle and three naked old woman.
Sheesh, that was one hell of a quest.
William Austen is an Elderly Brother, Luli Archad even with all her giggling and her constant buggering is rank Under Marshall.
She knows to choose her fights.
She follows us on the Raging Wolf expedition which annoys Helia and Lisa to no end.
I remember that when we were trapped in that Ice House by the Wetians Helia could swear she almost choke Luli to death because of her constant talking.
Lisa said she was almost talked to death.
Vergo Cortez and Nathan Godfrey those two close friends is an Under Marshall.
I do hear that their quest in the Dulira Sweat Lake is quite hilarious.
We remember teasing them for a month about it.
It had to do about whores, a dwarf man and a dog.
They usually do their quest together.
In Golden Lion the 4 Lions West,Avil, Harald and Arago are all Under Marshall while the others are mostly Standard Bearer and Elderly Brothers or sister.
Arial remember the time when he had to save Harald from The Kidnapping Finger Killer when he tries to challenge a Hard Quest alone.
He,Kyle,Lisa and Helia all went to Seren to rescue him. But because of it a rescue mission they weren’t able to see Seren scenery or play around like they did in their quest.
Though Harald never let that live down, calling it and I quote “the biggest humiliation of his life”
Now on to White Wolf
In White Wolf all of them are rank Standard Bearer.
The Seer weren’t kidding when they said they cooperate fiercely. All their quest is done in a group.
Purple Fairy most of them are either Elderly Brothers or Sisters.
They rarely take quest.
Since they are a support division.
We have just won The Houses War again for 5 years consecutively, though it is thanks to us.
Don’t mean to brag but with our strength it is hardly a challenge.
Though Kyle is really showing off yesterday showing the new blood and the recruits he capture the tower and shouting from the top of tower “ I’m the undefeatable Kyle” after fighting with Avil and defeating him with his internal energy attack. Especially to the girls.
Lisa defeats Harald again.
Helia fight with West again.
And I’m stuck with Arago.
His strength and agility is off the charts for a 12 years old and if it’s the old me fight him at this age I would absolutely lose.
But even though he loses he maintains a sportsmanlike behavior which I respect and admire. Not many people can do that.
And everyone also knows even though Arago and I are from different houses we are good friend.
My relationship with the 4 Lions is quite complicated.
We all have crossed path sometimes when we solving quest or doing stuff for the academy.
With Arago it is a friendly relationship, with West we’re cordial or acquaintance, with Avil a relationship of respect and with Harald probably rival.
Lord Faragur can gloat again this year.
The Houses also began making alliances to fight us, Black Raven strategize, while White Wolf attack, and the Purple Fairy tend to the wounded, and the Golden Lion will fight at the end.
But sometimes brute strength does break everything.
And that’s what happens.
Instead calling us Under Marshall they called us the 4 Greats alluding to the 4 Immortals because the 4 of us never lose and never failed a quest.
“Are you excited” Kyle asked to Lisa.
“Of course” she said smiling
“What will you do when you are announced Knight Brother tonight?” I asked Kyle
“ I’ll ride to Danoba in the morning”
Helia on the other hand will follow me to my home. I already got the permission from my parents.
There are many things that is happening in our family right now.
My parent is having another child.
This never happens before but I guess this is the cause and effect.
Since my father has more time and life is easier maybe they have more time to make love and pay attention to each other.
They already sent letter to me last week.
Then news is that my father has been granted the title of Count.
My father a Low Lords?
I have trouble imagining that.
Our business prospered with Port Arial and Port Aries really took off and began trading with other continent like Vorthy and Ariundus trading spices and exotic delicacies and clothes and fabrics.
We also trade products with the people in this continent and my father from the rumours is one of the richest man in the Continent.
The Vermont is becoming one of the most prominent families in the Continent
Change one thing, change everything, the words rang to my ears.
We then began moving to the Grand hall
Then after dinner the announcement is made.
We cheered, we dine and we feast with our classmates. The atmosphere is half happy, half sad.
They all know that we will depart tomorrow with two recruits with us.
But we have a special permission from Lord Faragur not to take any recruits.
We will still do all the duties of the Knight but without having two recruits behind us.
This is because Faragur have promised us if we win him the House War again.
The footmen we trained also offer their congratulation.
We have endured many things together so no wonder I found it hard to let them go. I remember the time we had a disagreement which end in a mud battle. That was god times.
But now all of them are experience and can be a force to reckon with.
After talking with them for a while finally we adjourned to our house and bed waiting to meet our parents again, not knowing that Dark clouds are coming.
Arial with Helia behind her hugging him tight on horseback while Lisa and Kyle each ride their own horse.
Fire Bringer I called my horse
We rushed to go back, not stopping only stopping momentarily to rest.
Then after a few days finally we can see the outline of the city, bigger and mightier than before. Arial mused.
They were in the city gate when the city guard asks his identification.
“Alvin it’s me” I said
It takes a little time but he noticed my white hair and my ring.
“Milord” he kneels.
“Can we enter?”
“Of course” He rushed to the other guards to let us come in. The banner of my family house waved gracefully and splattered across the city walls.
The city is crowded.
Now my father not only controls this city but about 4 cities.
Each one is being supervised by my father.
So I went to my father castle that he built about 3 years ago and newly finished.
Roaring Dragon Castle my father name it after my house in the Knights.
I saw the arrow loops large mostly, and I walk around the castle too see what my father has built.
The castle itself is large and bigger than even the castles in the House of Rodan or Palais to be honest.
Arial noticed that there is the west bailey and east bailey and the barbicans with 4 guards on each sides of the gates.
The battlement is also built for archers.
Lots and lots of it.
And there’s the rampart
The drawbridge is also made of high quality wood.
Hard and strong.
“Helia, just asked the attendants to attend to your needs. I will join you a little later. Go rest” Arial said to Helia after realizing she is still following him.
“Milord what are you doing here?” one of the guard greet me after knowing me the lord son.
“I’m just looking around”
I pointed to the tallest structure
“The Dragon Keep, lord Aries named it” He explained
Then after satisfied Arial went inside the castle. He was tired and exhausted from the journey so he went to his room after being shown the room by his attendants.
He slept without even taking a bath.
Later, I can do it later.
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