CITY OF EARTH
be in good hands in
the Earth City
” Karl said,
” but what do you suppose they
e doing in the Earth City? The fugetives ”
”Refuge? ” Allister said, ”devising a plan to leave Dorne….what other reason could there be? ”
”The only way to do that is by ship ” Lane said, ”or the worst case scenario they go to the Winter Land beyond the wall ”
”Impossible! ” Dorian snapped, ”How would they even cross the wall? ”
”My king there are many ways to get through to the other side of that wall ” Lane assured.
Lady Lane had a point Dorian admitted to in silence. If the Pnevma crossed the wall somehow it would be impossible to hunt them down. Beyond the wall only layed enemies of the Dornish: the Frost family and their Huntmen.
”That wall is like 600 hundred feet up and fiifty yards thick. ” Karl said, ”i dont see any way of smashing through that much ice and stones. Altar Cleos is indeed a formidable opponent i agree but he isnt powerful enough to cut through that much ”
”Yes but he wont need to if they get a ship or a boat to sail ” Lane said.
”The Earth City wont aid fugitives of Dorne ” Dorian said, ”Rickard Hyde should know that. ”
After the longs stairs they went in the palace where they were escorted by another Earth Tribe warrior in green armour. Rickard Hyde emerged in the dining room where he met his Dornish guests. ”Well this is a surprise… ” he said.
Lord Rickard Hyde was short, bald and chubby with a deceiving smile. He had a darker skin complexion and wore alot of gold jewellery.
”The Dornish didnt send word that they were going to be dining with me today ” said the lord.
”Im not here to stay ” Daerason said, ”and Im definitely not here to dine with you ”
Rickard Hyde laughed, ”Well some things never change right? And your father? ”
”He was the one who sent me here ”
”Oh so he wont be coming huh… ” Rickard said, ”State your business then prince of Dorne. ”
The Lord of the Earth City poured himself some wine then offered the men. Well it was a long way here he thought, a glass of wine wouldnt hurt.
The prince took the glass and enjoyed it. Daerason held out his palm at Sir. Ruth then then he gave him posters of Diego and Altar. Daerason gave it to Rickard and said, ”We believe that these two fugetives have infiltrated the Earth City ”
”Infiltrated? ” Rickard said, ”thats alittle extreme dont you think. Did you see them enter my land? ”
”No but their trails led us here ” said the prince.
”They led you to No Mans Land aswell right ” the lord laughed.
”Are you mocking me? ” Daerason said.
”No i am marely stating the obvious. Either that or these fugitives of yours gave you a beatdown ” he studied their pictures.
He looked at Altars face and commented, ”Purple hair and violet eyes….is this a Lightning user? ”
”Lightning? ” Daerason echoed then he thought, ut the boy displayed Fire nature. Or does he have lightning nature aswell?
”And this girl….Diego…. ” said Rickard Hyde, ”well she has a cute face ill give her that. Which makes me wonder why my friend Dorian is after them ”
”They destroyed half the kingdom of Dorne ” said the prince, ”and the king is not your friend ”
”Indeed he isnt ” Hyde joked, ”Which makes me wonder about the kind of strength they possess to destroy half Dorians kingdom. ” He shook his head.
Rickard Hyde was a wise man, even Daerason knew that as much as he didnt like him. Daerason despised the lord of the Earth City because of his untrustworthy aura that he gave off.
Rickard always looked as if he knew something about everyone and everything, another reason why Daerason didn like him so much, but Rickard didn really care.
”I dont mind you guys playing cat and mouse in my city but as long as you dont destroy anything. ” He eyed Diegos poster, ”i hope youll be careful with this one. ”
Daerason said, ”Ill be polite ”
The day was hot and peaceful than the past few days. Balon Stone had welcomed them into his home. Its been two days with no trouble and for two whole days there was no sign of Dornish drama. He believed that King Dusche had given up on them. Either that or Diegos power scared him off.
That day they layed low in Balons house, it was big and beautiful but he lived alone. Altar was sure that there was a woman hiding in one of Balons rooms. Balon would leave them at his house for the whole day while he performed his duties and the captain of the Earth warriors, then hed come home at night with stories to share.
Diego had gotten rid of the gown and and torn things she wore and dressed up like an Earth Triber with all the green colours. She blended in. Altar tried to look like he belonged aswell.
”Try not to draw in too much attention ” Balon would tell them before hed leave for work.
Balon Stone took a day off from work and decided to show them around the city or Earth for once. Altar decided to leave his two twin swords in Balons home. He didnt feel like he needed them because of where they were.
Balon led them out of the house and they took to the busy streets.
Dragon Isle was also this busy thought the boy with a smile on his face.
They passed through shops and stands selling fruit, vegetables and other things. Balon stocked up some veggies for the night, Diego had promised to cook something for them.
”I need to stretch my hands ” she had told him.
Balon bought them apples aswell so that they could eat something on the way ”Does this city have any fighting pits? ” Altar asked him.
”We dont have illegal fighting pits if thats what you mean ” Balon assured, ”My uncle only hosts those on special occasions or when he feels that the people need entertainment. ”
”Your uncle is the lord of this place right? ” Diego said.
Balon nodded and said ” Yes, its Lord Rickard Hyde….from my mothers side. ”
”Im part of the people now….we need this ” Altar said. ”Where im from theres an underground fighting pit where we fight for money. Its just a quick way to get something in your pocket ”
”Yes and bruises on your face ” Diego said.
She was against all the fighting, unlike he companion she had a peaceful nature. Youd never think that she has a demon inside her.
Walking through the city of Earth made Altar reminisce back in Dragon Isle, when he was running around with Karl Smidt, Montero Maleek and Princess Kyley causing trouble. Theyd go to City Centre at the underground fighting pits and bet on Altar and Karl to fight and win them money. Altar and Karl were the skilled ones amoungst their little gang, Kyley was mostly just aggressive and Montero was the brains.
But those times were gone now and life had moved on placing them in different locations and unexpected situations. Altar who was far from home had now a bounty on his head, dead or alive and was lived life on the run; Karl was a knight or Dorne, probably assigned to kill him on sight; Kyley was still in Dragon Isle Isle being a princess and then there was the memory of Montero. He was probably dead a long time ago.
”Weapons shop then atleast ” Altar said.
”I can take you to one ” Balon Stone said. ”Follow me ”
Balon took Altar to an armory shop and thats where his eyes glittered in amazement. They found a weapons smith there working on a sword. He was still beating the melted iron into shape with his five pound hammer. Opposite the armory shop was another vegetable stand, Diego went there instead followed by Balon.
Altar paid them no mind, he walked in the smiths shop and gazed at the weapons fascinated. The smith noticed him and greeted. ” You seem to have an eye for weapons young lad ”
”I very much do ” Altar said, ”this all your work? ”
”Indeed it is ” the Smith said. He took a dagger from the wall, played with it and stabbed it on the wooden table he worked on. Altar took the dagger and studied its make. He was amazed at its beauty.
The smith took Altar deeper into his shop where he showed him the three sections of his work shop that consisted in crafted weapons and metal gladior gear like breastplates and helms.
Altar scanned everything then caught a glimpse of men in Dornish armour passing through.
”Really? ” Altar hissed. ”Like really really? ” He knew he couldn stay any longer than he should.
”Whats wrong? ” The smith said.
”Nothing i just realised that i have to go ” Altar said.
He quickly went out of the shop but bumped into something….someone.
”Oh sorry i… ” Altar said but when he looked who it was it was the prince of Dorne himself. Prince Daerason stood before him.
”Well well well…. ” Daerason said to him. Altar gasped and took a few steps backward bumping into two more knights of Dorne all in grey armour.
”Oh great….here i was minding my business not looking for trouble ” Altar said
”Yes but as always….trouble seems to find you doesnt it? ” Daerason replied.