Its been a while since Balon had an actual drink. Last time he drank something strong was in the Earth City with his uncle that morning. Balon went into the living room and found a bottle of wine on the table. He took it and scanned its name and ingredients.
Balon looked around the room only to find nobody then went out with the bottle opening it. He made himself feel at home in the Palace of the Frosts.
The Land was as peaceful as Balons home, and everyone looked so happy. Altar didnt like it there Balon had noticed, he wondered if it was because of the weather or because of the way he got welcomed. Balon didnt mind staying there truth be told, because the Winter Land had no drama from what Balon has seen so far.
No duties for him to do like back in the Earth City and no Dornish to flinch from. What Balon could say that he missed about home was the sun. He looked up in the sky and only found grey clouds that looked like a fog.
One of the coldest places in Beaunotique Balon thought to himself.
Balon walked into the snow passing the Hunstmen doing combat training. Their captain was a the nephew of king Christyl Frost, Ivy Frost, a tall young man with a scarf over his mouth. He had short trimmed pale hair and his grey eyes stayed low. The captain watched his men as they spared with eachother with his arms folded.
Balon used to do that too back in the Earth Tribe; hed just stand there and observe his men beat eachother up and just give comments.
Its alot like back home he thought
He walked on in the snow looking around then took a sip of the wine. He found Princess Diego in the forest near the Palace with the sword shed taken from the Dornish Prince. Balon paused and took another sip of the wine then wiped his mouth. Diego seemed to be practising with the sword. He went and approached her then leaned agained a tree and drank again from the wine.
”I didnt know you liked that sword ” said Balon.
”I don ” Diego said, ”but its the only weapon Ive got. So i better start getting used to it ”
”Fair enough ” said Balon.
Diego added, ”If push comes to shove on the way i want to exchange it for money. ” She scanned the blades handle, ”This is real gold. Im sure its worth alot ”.
”That sword belongs to a prince. Im sure it is ” Balon agreed, ”Why dont you ask for help? ”
”Help for what? ”
e training….alone. ”
”Practicing ” Diego corrected, ”everyones so busy with their own things….i didnt wanna bother anyone with this. ” Im tired of just sitting and watching you and Altar bleed for me Balon. I want to be able to help ”
Balon said nothing. He understood how Diego felt and hes seen what shes talking about.
”Lemme give you some advice then ” Balon said, ”i suggest you build up your physical strength before you jump to sword training ”
”How do i do that? ” Diego asked.
Balon looked at the tree he was leaning on and said,
”Punch this tree a a hundred times. If you can do that then ill know you
e serious. ”
Diego stabbed the golden sword in the snow then took off her jacket then began punching the tree. Balon left her there and went back into the Palace, this time a little tipsy. He went into Altars room then sat on the chair next to his bed. Altar Cleos was on the bed under thick warm blankets with his eyes closed.
”Dont wake me up Balon i need this ” said the boy, ”That old blind lady was right about me resting for a week ”
”So your body hurts? ” Balon asked.
Altar nodded slowly, ”My wounds werent properly recovered yet. And those furry **s back in that forest really did a number on me. ” He lift up his bandaged palm and looked at it, ”I couldnt even hold my own swords without trembling. ”
Balon poured wine in a glass and offered Altar. The boy sat up straight and took the glass after a sigh. ”For a quicker recovery ” Balon said, ”I met Diego outside training with that gold sword. ”
”Its only natural. She was bound to be interested in knowing self defense sooner or later. ” Altar said, ”but she must build up her physical strength first before she jumps to sword fighting ”
”Thats what i told her ” said Balon, ”i left her punching a tree a hundred times. ”
”She must work power on her kicks too. Once she completes those ill be happy to teach her how to crack skulls. Until then let me heal ” said Altar
”I thought you could take on the world at fifty percent ” Balon said.
”Yeah but this is a whole new world that we
e in ” Altar went back to sleep after drinking the from the glass.
Sir. Ruth Steel had came back alone in Dorne bruised and wounded and informed them that the Pnevma has crossed the Boarders with an Earth user and the boy knight Daerason claimed to had taken care of.
Dorian walked in the palace hallway and found his son waiting for him. ”Lets go ” said the king. He touched his sons back then they vanished in a blue light.
In a blink of an eye they were standing on top of the long stairs to Rickards palace. The two guards gasped at the sight of them then invited them in.
”Old friend ” Rickard said when he saw Dorian and his son.
They sat on the couch and a maiden came with a bottle of ale.
”Youve become a stranger ” Rickard said.
”I know. I am a busy king ” Dorian said.
”Busy chasing after Pnevmas is dangerous ”
”You wont understand ” said the King, ”its something i must do ”
e right. Ill never understand the things that motivate you ” Rickard shook his head, ”because of my lack of understanding your problems interfered with my peaceful city ”
”I hear she was here ” Dorian said
”She was ” said Rickard, ”Apparently. This is a big place i cant see everything that goes on. She came here with a young lad that looked like a Lightning user ”
”The boy is a flame type ” Daerason corrected.
”Really? ” Rickard gasped, ”that hair and those eyes….but no matter, they left though ”
”So Ive heard ” Dorian said, ”Ill handle that. Ive came on a different accord ”
”Oh? Enlighten me then my King ”
”When my son came to this city in search for my fugetives, he reported that he was attacked by one of your men, an Earth User ”
”Gods! ” Rickard gasped almost falling from his seat, ”Impossible! ”
”It is true ” Daerason agreed, ”he protected them from me. ”
Rickard Hyde looked down trying to make sense of what the Dornish were telling him.
”I want to know who it is that attacked my son ” Dorian said.
”Did you take a closer look at how he looked, Prince Daerason? ” Rickard asked.
The prince shook his head, ”He was too fast, i couldn see his face ”
”You couldn see his face? ” Rickard Hyde looked at the prince with an interested expression.
”Shortly after ive heard report that the Pnevma has left ,the men told me that they recruited one of our ex Earth Warriors. I don know how but im sure that must be who protected them. ” Rickard said with his thumb under his chin.
”Ex Earth Warriors? ” Daerason said.
The lord nodded, ”We had a few incidents when my Earth men betrayed the Tribe a few years ago. So we stripped them of theit title of warriors and forced them into retirement. ”
This is turning into a bigger mess than i thought the prince reflected,
ow she has an Earth user on her side aswell as that boy.
”A thousand apologies my Prince ” said the lord, ”My men are on the look out aswell for these fugetives for harming our Prince ”
”Aye ” said the king standing up, ”We best get going now, ”weve been getting reports of Minotaurs being spotted inside the villages of Dorne ”
”Hmmm ” Hyde was thinking, ”Something must have attracted them to those villages. Minotaurs won just blindly travel to places unless something got their attention. They not some braindead monsters my King ”
”Ill take that into account ” the king said, and just like that the Dornish were gone back in Dorne.
”What now father? ” Daerason asked.
”I have a few ideas ” said the king, ”I never thought Id use them but if we cannot go beyond the wall, maybe those Birds can ”
King Dorian appeared in the streets of Dorne walking with his son in blade robes and no armour. The villagers were in unrest, they ran like there was something chasing them. The Dornish men ran to where the villagers fled from with their weapons.
”What is going on? ” The king paused and asked one of his men.
”Those damn minotaurs my king ” he replied. Before the king could say anything back, a minotaurs appeared of roof of the house they stood next and eyed them growling.
”Its an invasion ” the king said softly looking at the monster. ”Send men to defend the gates. Ill out clean the ones that already entered. ”
The knight agreed then ran to the gate.
The king stood his ground as the minotaur descended from the roof and charged straight at him. With a wave of his hand, Dorians black magic dust materialized and knocked the beast through a brick house. Dorian walked up to it after picking a sword on the ground and stabbed it in the chest.
The king saw more from a distance then went straight for them holding his bloody sword. The king jumped on a minotaurs back and buried his blade in its nape and let in collapse while still on its back.
”The king is back! ” The men cried when they saw him.
”Evacuate the people to my kingdom ” ordered the king, ”its safer there ”
The Dornish men nodded then fled, leaving the king with a horde of minotaurs. Dorian jumped on a roof top and found one of the monsters lurking there. The king jumped at it and buried his blade on its face then fell on the ground with its corpse. Dorian staggered to his feet then found another one in his path.
Before he could act another minotaurs appeared from his blindspot knocking the king away with its horns. Dorian crashes into a brick house then shook his head in disbelief. The two minotaur charged straight at him. Dorians magic dust appear materializing as giant rods. The king waved his hand then the rods struck both monsters down, then he recovered to his feet.
Dorian found himself surrounded by the minotaurs. They roared then went straight for him. His magic dust surrounded him and covered him into a coccoon then seconds later it expanded into long spikes that shot through all the minotaurs around him. The king wiped the blood from his shoulder then went ahead.
He found one of his men outnumbered by three of the beasts then went to aid him, grabbing one of the beasts with his dust and crushing it. The king took out the second one with his dust and the knight stabbed through the third.
”Thank you my Leige ” he said. He ran off to battle, so did the king.
Dorian ran through the streets and finding less villagers. They are evacuating. Good he thought.
He found a minotaur holding one of his Dornishment by the neck and killed him infront of him. Dorian stood there and watched, another one appeared behind the king.
He watched it with the corner of his eye. His black magic dust manifested around him ready to attack.
The minotaurs flung the body of the knight away then charged at the king, so did the one behind him. Dorian started with the one on his path and jumped on its face kicking it, then landed on the second one behind him burying his sword in its face, killing it.
He rolled to his feet and the minotaur he had kicked went for him. His dust took care of it covering its face. The king closed his palm crushing its head completely.
He found Karl Smit pulling is blade from a lifeless minotaur corpse. ”That has to be the last of them ”
”Seems that way ” Daerason appeared panting next to Karl.
”Sweep the city ” said the king, ”if you find one kill it ”. Karl nodded then went to the rest of the Dornish men passing the message.
”This wont be their first and last attempt father ” the prince adviced.
”I think so too ” said the king, ”i think theyve lived in Dorne long enough. ” He called Karl back then announced, ”Well attack from the source or this wont end ”
”You want us to go to No Mans Land? ” Karl asked. The king nodded and said, ”According to Lord Rickard Hyde something attracted them here, and i doubt theyll stop coming and disrupt our peace. I cannot have that, as king i must protect this land. No matter the cost. ”
Karl nodded then fell on one knee, ”I am yours to command ”
”I trust my men are still in good numbers ” said the king, ”gather them up. We leave at once. ”
The king, the prince and Karl Smit led the men into No Mans Land, leaving half of their army to defend the kingdom in their absence.
When the men reached the entrance of No Mans Land they charged in like animals, roaring loudly. The king was in the crashing down with his black dust at the minotaurs like a meteor.
A kick start thought the prince as he charged into battle with the men.
Everything was happening so fast, Daerason sliced through every monster he saw, This is for my men he thought, remembering how they had been ambushed near No Mans Land in the Forgotten Forest.
He showed them no mercy, teleporting and killing. The atmosphere was unpleasant, War he thought.
He could only hear the sounds of screams, roars and cries. The dusted clouded the princes vision but he still had stamina left. The minotaurs just kept coming.
Distracted in a fight, the prince got knocked from behind and stumbled on the floor. Two minotaur ganged up on him. Daerason appeared behind them and sliced through him with his new blade he had gotten made of crystals and diamonds. He sliced a minotaurs arm off then went to the next.
He was panting, but the battle seemed to be in their favour. The Dornish men were overpowering the beasts. He stood there trying to catch his breath then found Dorian aiming at him with a spear made of magic dust.
You got to be kidding me father thought the prince as he ducked under the spear. When Daerason looked he found the spear going through minotaur that was sneaking from behind him. That should come with a warning label next time.
Daerason got his wind back and vanished back into action. He appeared slicing through one of them then went for the other killing it instantly. He found a group then went for them but the king was faster. His black magic dust already crushed them all in one move then Dorian descended down infront of Daerason.
”I had them ” he said.
”No you didnt ” the king passed him.
”After a long battle it was over with the Dornish emerging victorious.
”I never thought we might go to war with these creatures ” said Karl Smit.
”Me neither. But they were asking for it ” said Daerason.
”Burn the bodies of the dead minotaurs ” said the king, ”well bury our dead at home ”
”Aye my king, ” a knight said then ran off.