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Chapter 20: A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST
Date Published: January 11th, 2015
1013 AF Seedmonth Day 72
My father has been summoned by the High Lords. They already began moving.
The decree has order us exile from the dukedom.
We are given 2 weeks to clean out our belongings from the Castle.
The new ruler of the land is Henry himself.
It’s not the arrest that held the commonfolk in awe it was the Count Aries humility that makes them in awe.
He did not fight the punishment, no yelling, no screaming, no curses.
He just takes his punishment willingly and left quietly and his word at the end when he said “all I do, I do for love of this Dukedom. If I am unworthy and my intention seem unhonourable then I will leave the Dukedom” he said sadly and leave the Palace.
The people of the new county of Acro and the city of Danoba love their ruler for Aries is kind and just, a jolly person and an unselfish person.
Her wife the Countess is gentle, warm hearted and care about the people and always thinking about the people of the County.
His son Arial is also known in the Dukedom solving many quests that helps many cities and villages with his Order of Knight.
To those who met Aries son he is describe as active, charming and brave, talented in leading his Knights to battle, and clever.
So when they heard the news many protest the family exile, their banners were stripped from the castle and burn in the field by Palais troops.
This almost incite the people in Acro to take arms.
But Aries remain calm and urge the people of the County to accept the Palais rule.
If not for his word there will be riot in the street.
So today Arial and dozens of caravan containing goods and their gold left the Dukedom of Alan and headed to Seren seeking the help of my father friend’s House Eren ,Will Eren, his daughter Lila Eren, which I knew because she is in the Purple Fairy.
We ride and rest in the city and rest for a while in Castle Villion belonging to the House of Villion where we are treated courteously and then continue our journey and we see many things in Seren that I never had the time to see before.
I saw the Fire God Temple up close.
The Fire God temple with a flame that is said never will be extinguished, every day the faithful will help make sure the fire never go out.
And we traverse across the Many Hills cross the Liana River and stop in Lelia town, see the Sharp Mountain said to be manmade a golden brick that reach the heights of a normal mountain and finally we arrive at Fierce Stone the Castle of House Eren.
It is different design from the design in the Dukedom.
The moment we arrives the servants came and takes our luggage and we store our caravans in the storeroom and the Keep.
My father went and greets Will Eren.
“What bad luck you have my friend” Will said
“That is life.” My father reply.
“Honor to meet you Duke of Athere” my mother said bowing slightly
“No, no the pleasure is mine” he said.
Then we were led to our rooms by his servants.
And my plan begins.
My parents have trusted me to do what I have planned before.
I quickly open my bag and bring out paper and parchment.
Then with pen set to paper I write.
DUKEDOM OF ALAN
COUNTY OF ACRO
1013 AF Lightmonth Day 42
This couple of weeks the city and the county of Acro is in a state of unrest.
The man he appointed to the position of the Count there has sent him report that dissatisfaction is high.
The Port has no ship that docked.
Not from Vorthy nor Ariundus or other lands like Anjou Horde, wine from Ranoa that usually come with dozens of ship to trade in the Port all did not come.
The people of the County that is used to luxury items and extravagance food and great wines at first was disgruntled.
The new Count says he can solve this. And with great persuasion the people back off and give the new Count a chance
So he sent letters to the trading families, and even sent some expedition to cross the Sea to ask the people in the other continent to come trading back.
But they all say they will not trade with an unknown person.
The trading families, the foreign traders all made their business in the Port not only because the County of Acro has many trade items from all the Continent but also because they trusted the nature of Aries.
His trustworthiness became his weapon.
And hearing what happen to that family they no longer wanted to trade there and instead they go to Vern in the North even though the journey would be longer
And after the wealthy family heard that, their disgruntled attitude turn into frustration while the guilds turns to anger.
Everyday protest is held in front of the city quarters.
But the Count dare not use military action.
The city and the county is used to freedom more than any other parts of the Continent because the way Aries set up his rule.
If the new count uses military powers he worried that the people would rise up.
With the city boasting one of the largest populations in the Dukedom, angering so many people would not be wise.
And then everyday gossips can be heard in the tavern, and meeting places.
All of them saying the same thing “Bring back the Vermont family”
“This is a headache” Henry sat on his chair.
Every day the report makes his headache more painful
Today is no different.
There are some story tellers that spread rumor that the Palais family is determine to conquer the Dukedom for himself
Little did he know that even in exile that Vermont family has many connections, from worlds over and has many connections with the trading families.
Even in exile the Vermont family continued to exert influence in the affairs of the Dukedom with their massive wealth.
Stories inciting fear that they were setting up their own Kingdom here in the Dukedom.
Every day the story will get more and more audacious and bolder.
The nobles and the noble houses, the minor lords, the low lords and even the High Lord of Alan fear that the stories has basis.
The story teller says that it was because that the Vermont family uncovers his ambition that’s why they were accused of treason.
And day by day many more people believe the story.
They will whispers in secluded places.
Dark whispers and dark thoughts
And day by day fear crept in the hearts of Henry.
His son is in the Order of Alan so maybe he hadn’t heard yet.
Now it’s important to solidify his power.
The marriage between his son and the daughter of Zephyr must happen.
Then the attendant comes in
“Milord, Helve Zephyr has come for an audience”
Then the lord enter
“My lord I have come” he kneels in front of the chair that is almost like a throne.
Not even before the lord has time to catch his breath Henry ask him
“I will go straight to my question, Count Helve. How is the betrothal between our children?”
Helve looked uncomfortable but after taking a breath then he said
“My lord, my daughter refuses to marry”
“So! Aren’t you her father?”
“She is a Knight my lord and a Knight Sister at that. She has signed her name in blood and she is a part of the brotherhood. She need not answer to her father if she decides not to. Filial piety to parents are second before duty to the Continent. If she decides to marry it will be of her own volition” Helve explained.
Henry knows that. He has heard from his son West.
His son tries to court Helia at the academy but he said that she did not respond.
Then suddenly he remembers.
Helve daughter, Helia is said to be close to Arial the son of House Vermont.
Could it be?
“Or maybe, you have another suitor, perhaps? Suddenly Henry eyes stared hardly at Helve.
Helve face turns pale.
“I do not understand my lord. What do you mean?”
“Could it that House Vermont sues for your daughter hand in marriage?”
With that his face turns even paler.
Helve did not receive any proposals from Vermont family but he did think that her daughter and Arial Vermont could get married and even his relationship with House Vermont is good.
And if they unify their House they would probably become a strong force in the Dukedom.
But now the Vermont family is in exile and he did receive a letter a few days ago stamped in a wax seal with the sigil of a dragon.
The letter only has three words for him “Choose a side”
“No my lord”
“You’re loyal to me and my family yes?” Henry said
“We swear our fealty. Our House has always sworn loyalty towards the House of Palais”
“Fine.You can go”
With that Helve went out of the room.
So now what?
He had no alliance right now with the other houses. The other Houses swear loyalty towards the House of Alan.
What will he do now? Should he force Helve?
Arial plan worked like he intended. He hires story tellers and bards, minstrel, troupe of entertainers to spread rumour and incite fear of the House of Palais.
He then sent letters telling the other families and trading partners from Vorthy to Ariundus to the other Kingdoms saying that House of Palais do not know how to trade and their families wanted to exploit and change the price of products.
And the story spreads like wildfire just the way Arial would hope. Any day now riots will broke out.
He also sent to the other Houses a letter to choose a side.
Vermont family will return stronger than ever.
Henry Palais chose a wrong family to mess with.
He will not let his family trampled but he also did not want to destabilize the Kingdom by amassing forces and attacking Palais family.
Their family can amass great force. Force that can be used to drive back the Invasion.
He will let the common folk do that. It seems cowardly but it is all for the greater good. The invasion is near.
Any more instability in the region must not be tolerated. For now he will wait.
Mikael Devonhurst is the younger brother of Ariana the princes that is betrothed to the Prince of Arakath.He is named Mikael for the King that ruled both Davarus and Anvali.
Today he is here again in the darkness of the library and the smell of books. Unlike his beautiful sister, he did not dabble himself in arts. He is a fan of history.
Particularly about the First Generation.
The First Generation are a mysterious people.
They are strong and smart enough to force the Dark Lords at their time to concede to them and sign the Accord.
Suddenly after a period of peace and prosperity, they disappeared leaving the Sky people, their descendant in Davarus.
HE always wondered why the Dark Lord concedes.
And he might just have found it.
This would be the 4375 time he has successfully entered the King Private Library.
Thankfully he knows the secret passage or maybe he would be executed for seeing national treasures that is kept in the library.
But the treasures meant nothing to him.
It is the book that held answer for him.
And this might be the answer. He found it after scouring years after years, always in the disguise of night.
Day after day, he came hopping to find some answer.
The titles are almost fading. Translated by Uviel
This new book he found spoke of a weapon that the First Generation had.
It describes the weapon in great detail, detailing the destruction it brings.
It was a gigantic spear, tall as a hill, though some are high as the mountain itself, that when the First Generation release it, from the back of the spear there are fire so massive that anyone near the spear will be melted, and when the spear has reached it’s target, the land around it disappeared into ash and smoke, the ground splintered and collapsed on itself, hole so big, that the sea water came and drowned the surrounding territory, the air become so poisonous that whoever inhale it dies almost instantly and with great pain, the blazes so hot and hungry that not even plants can be planted, melting temples, villages, cities, and Kingdom.
Dust covered the world for 40 days with so many races died some even driven to the point of extinction while the First Generation wear some strange looking mask and strange looking cloth and there were unharmed.
The air does not make them sick, the fire didn’t hurt them. And when the dust settled they remove their garments and fled from the Empire now turned dessert.
It is said in the books that the First Generation display this weapon of theirs in a nearby island in Anvali.
But what is the reason they unleashed this weapon? Vengeance
One of their families has been killed. In the beginning they have only 30 families.
After one of their families being killed by one of the Demon Lords, they swore vengeance.
Sick and tired of the constant harassment, they release their mighty spear to one of the lush plains in Davarus the Xenos Empire, a great Empire, with many green soil and hills, even mountains, with buildings that almost reached the sky, with all of the luxury that even Anvali could not match and gold mines abundant with so many gold that people said that Xenos Empire will never lost it’s way of life of luxury, that it is once said there is no other place more prosperous nor more heavenly, and in one day of vengeance the Kingdom turns to ash, it’s people burn in fiery blaze, not even have the chance to scream, their cities and village turn to sand and the surrounding Kingdom around it truly disappeared and fall into the Dark sea.
Their history ended, so is their history.
No trace whatsoever that their Empire even existed. No ruins or anything that can prove of the once mighty Empire. If not for the Anvali royalty that kept the records maybe people don’t know that Xenos even exist.
For 200 years after that no one could come there without something evil happened to them.
Those who were near there can only live for an extended period of time.
Some say it is the curse of the First Generation that they give when they release the Spear Of Doom.
Others become cursed with mystifying sickness and become ill easily.
Seeing this display of power and might so unfathomable rivaling of Gods the Demon Lord in Arakath trembled in fear.
They felt no safety in their wall castle, or the high and tall towers for the Spear of Doom obliterate everything.
If they can destroy an Empire what good it is to hide behind wall towers?
What good to hide behind castle wall?
Every day they live in fear for what if the First Generation meant to unleash the weapons of Gods unto them?
Until finally one of the leader of the First Generation call up a meeting.
There they agreed to an agreement.
They will never attack Davarus again unless the Demon Lords violate their rights. And the fearful Demon Lord agrees.
And for a time there is peace in the land.
The Demon Lord rules and the humans obey. The Demon Lord does not violate their right, do not try to harm the human without probable cause, nor rape their daughters, or terrorized them.
Xenos is their reminder.
If their rights are violated maybe even Arakath will be lost in a fiery blaze.
So, the First Generation lives their lives peacefully. And the other humans who heard about the Demon Lord in Davarus began migrating to Davarus where they interact with the First generation.
Most of the other humans are not strong like the First generation. The First Generation hardly fell sick; they can even fly some say, riding some metal type looking thing
A long book, I mused.
But an interesting one.
Better continue reading before the guards make their rounds and notice something suspicious.
Most of the Humans do not know how to write or read so the First generation teaches them.
Soon, they learn enough to create their own language more refined than the sound of guttural.
When they are sick, the First generation would pierce something sharp in their bodies and few days later they are healed.
The First Generation is, some say the Children of God, for they bring miracles. And before long the First generation intermarriage with the humans that come and born the Lost Generation… and then years not known later the Sky People and then the Caelum race.
The Lost Generation. I’ve read this before.
He heard the footsteps.
I have no time.
I’ll resume tomorrow.
I quickly open the latch between the floor of the biggest cupboard in the library and one candles is light up and a sound can be heard.
Quickly I ran to noise and the hidden door is in front of me.
I rushed and press my hand to one of the unusual looking brick there.
Then I slid down and the stairs is infront of me.
In that darkness I walked again, happy that I got some new information. This will one day prove useful.
The Demon Lords need to reclaim back the Lost Lands from the Human Kings. One day I will have a chance to make a name for myself grander than Mikail the King Who Lost.
But the King and the King son is too peaceful. Surely one day the prince will see the error of his ways. For now I will gain knowledge.
A little story of the origin of First Generation