Posted on 04/25/12 @ 05:56 AM (updated 04/26/12
CLASH OF THE WOLVES
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As soon as he learned the news, the king rushed into the bedroom of his wife. The queen screamed and struggled, and under the covers you could see her belly, swollen due of pregnancy. Near her were two midwives and a priest, who murmured prayers in a low voice. Suddenly, one of the maids shouted: << I see the head! >> Queen increased efforts. Slowly, the child was pulled out, and immediately began to scream. It was a boy, strong and healthy. The king looked at his wife gently, and whispered sweet words. But the queen cried again. << What happens? >> Asked the king. He was very worried. The servants did not know. The wife of the king continued to flounder. Then, a midwife shouted: << I see another head! They are twins! >> When it was pulled out from the belly of the mother, she discovered that was another male. He was strong and healthy as the first. The king did not know what to say. He looked at his wife, but she was weak, very weak.
For two days he was subjected to all possible care, but without success. At the end of the second day, the queen died.
20 YEARS LATER...
Cedric, the youngest son, was training in the courtyard with his brother, Erys. They used two longswords tournament, check and without sharpening. They were fighting for hours, but they had to spend a lot of energy anchors. Many soldiers had stopped to watch them duel, because they offered a good show. Erys was attacking, a slash, then a lunge, and then a shot from above. Cedric's sword flew out. Applauding, the king came into the courtyard. << You are good every day, my children. Your mother would be proud of you >> The old king had never passed the death of his wife, the queen Nymeria. After giving some advice to Cedric on how to hold the sword, the king returned to his rooms.
Erys and Cedric had grown well, trained to arms and to reign. The people loved them both, and each soldier would give his life for them.
But between the two brothers were rising some divergences. Soon the king would die, and it was not known who would be the new king. The law stated that the eldest son should be king, but no one was sure who was actually born first. Usually it was believed that Erys was the eldest son, but there were someone who said that Cedric was born first. Threatened to be a war for the succession.
When Doran, the old king died, there was a great ceremony. He had been an exemplary king, and everyone loved him. Many nobility came from all over the realm. Erys and Cedric wore their finest armor and a cloak which was the symbol of their family: a wolf. They hadn't to cried, they had to be strong. The kingdom needed a sovereign. But which of them would be king?
At night, while Cedric was sleeping, five guards entered in his room. They had knives in their hands. One of them slammed against a chair, and Cedric awoke. Wasting no time, he got up and ran outside. But the palace was full of guards who were seeking him. Then he heard his brother scream: << Find him! Find him and kill him! >> Cedric could not believe his ears.
He managed to escape from the castle. He stole a horse and headed for the city of White Tree. He hoped to find refuge from the House of Diggory. When told what had happened to Brandon Diggory, the Lord of White Tree, it rallied to his side.
The war had begun.
The Castle of Tree White had recently been attacked. The east wall had been destroyed, and many men were dead. You now commands the castle. The village located in the south east is very important, because it produces most of the food you need. The walls are strong, there is no need to reinforce them. You must gather an army capable of defeating that of your brother.