A Song of Swords and Dragons

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Chapter 6 (v.1) - Boy emperor

Submitted: November 17, 2016

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Leonardo went to his own home. He sat outside his
house on a chair. He thought to himself ‘Now Rictor will be
the Emperor tomorrow. I wonder how things are going to be.
Times are very harsh. There is thereat from everywhere. Lord
Hector was very powerful and tactful, had good relation with
many other counties and churches; so the Dragonian and the
Tyrantine Empires couldn’t lay a single hand on him. But for
Rictor things may become difficult. I think something bad is
going to happen in the near future.’

The next day came; it was the day of the coronation
of Rictor. In contrast to his moods on the previous day, Rictor
was very happy. It was the coronation ceremony and the young
Rictor of 19 was going to be the new Emperor. Thousands of
great people came to attend the ceremony. Many lords from
different empires came too. Leonardo also came. A very
good suit was given to him by the Royal family. He wore
that suit and was waiting for the moment when Rictor would
be crowned the Emperor. The whole scene looked wonderful.
A great variety of foods, vegetables and meat were prepared
along with wine and different fruit juices. There was plenty toThe next day came; it was the day of the coronation
of Rictor. In contrast to his moods on the previous day, Rictor
was very happy. It was the coronation ceremony and the young
Rictor of 18 was going to be the new Emperor. Thousands of
great people came to attend the ceremony. Many lords from
different empires came too. Leonardo also came. A very
good suit was given to him by the Royal family. He wore
that suit and was waiting for the moment when Rictor would
be crowned the Emperor. The whole scene looked wonderful.
A great variety of foods, vegetables and meat were prepared
along with wine and different fruit juices. There was plenty to eat and drink. The whole environment became very musical
when the pianists, the violists and the harpists started to play
the tunes very nicely, making the hearts of the people elate
with joy. Leonardo was having good time with his friends,
chatting and laughing.
And the great moment came. Rictor came, two
knights in heavy armor standing by his side. Rictor wore
a great green tunic which was studded with diamonds. His
whole appearance looked shining. A thousand scents had been
applied on him. He smelled like thousand beautiful roses. He
wore a scarf which was red velvet, outlined by gold. It was
called the “The scarf of the heir.” He walked up, step by step,
to the place where the royal priest was standing. He stood in
front of the priest. Every one present there were seeing the
scene. Leonardo was there proud of his friend Rictor, and felt
lucky for he had an emperor as his best friend.
One of the knights was holding a plate, where the
crown was covered by a red velvet. The priest chanted some
spells, and then removed the cloth, exposing the crown. Then
Rictor gave the ‘scarf of the heir’ to the priest. Then, the priest
held the crown carefully and placed it firmly on the head of
Rictor. After that two maidens came forward. One of them
put the ‘Emperor’s cloak’ nicely on his back, which granted
protection to the Emperor, and the other maiden gave him
‘The emperor’s scepter’ which gave the Emperor the power
of the king.
The new Emperor walked forward and witnessed a
thousand excited eyes before him. Rictor heard sounds of men
cheering him. He felt proud of himself. And slowly the noise
turned into “Long live the Emperor!” It repeated again and
again, again and again. Rictor smiled at the great assembly
and simply waved his hands.
A new era of the Empire had begun. The Empire
had now a new Emperor, and everyone was having a feast
for it. Every poor family in the Empire was given good food
and clothes, at least for that day. The whole ceremony went
very well. Rictor had drunk a lot of wine. He had become a
bit drunk and was having a great time with his friends, his
admirers, his senior knights, and officers.
Suddenly, the sound of the war bell was heard. Felis
had never suffered an invasion for more than a century.
Everyone present in the ceremony there was shocked.
‘What the heck?’ Leonardo thought in his mind.
Again, the war bell rang. People started to cry, the whole
crowd came into a state of chaos. Everyone ran from here to
there, some crying, “Run for your life!” and some crying, “It’s
an invasion!” Leonardo ran away to get to a high ground. He
saw there hundreds of ships coming near to the island. They
were the ships not only of the bandits, they too were the ships
belonging to the Tyrantine Empire too.
‘The Tyrantine Empire had always been waiting for
this moment,’ Leonardo thought. As the ship came nearer,
the sounds of the commanders, commanding the soldiers,
commanding to stay in line, to ready their bows and the
swords, could be heard.
Rictor was in total shock. Sir Rodrik the brave,
rode his horse, and said, “What a present for the emperor in
his coronation day!” rode off with his soldiers to repel the
attackers. Leonardo was there, with his sword, but he didn’t
know what to do. ‘I think I should go to the king. He must
be protected,’ he decided. Leonardo had brought his horse
Blackfire with him, and had kept it in the vicinity of the area
where the coronation happened. He ran up to there, mounted
the horse and began searching for Rictor. He found Rictor;
he was being escorted by twenty great knights, with total
protection. It seemed that they were going to the palace.

 Leonardo then saw the advancement of the bandits
and the army of the Tyrantine Empire. They had arrived at
the shores. The royal soldier of Felis also arrived. A total
of 100,000 soldiers were present in the Felis army, but the invading troops seemed more. The ships were almost
uncountable, and scouts had reported that they were attacking
from three sides, not just ones. Leonardo had no other choice
but to go to the Emperor. Sir Richard, the lord of the Felis
army led his knights, assembled them. He sat on a horse back,
and gave a speech: “My loyal knights! Today is a significant
day. There are a thousand ships waiting for us to kill them.
Let’s go and hack them off.”
Sir Richard drew his sword and said loudly, “For
Felis, and for the Emperor,” and he went to charge and all the
2000 knights followed him.
The bandits were vicious warriors with great war
axes, flaming arrows and the titan crossbows. They were sent
forward to be sacrificed and disintegrate the Felis warriors
off the guards. As soon as they arrived, they charged with all
their fury, but Felisian archers retaliated with their penetrating
arrows. The whole sky became dark with arrows, and after the
sky came back to normal, the ground was all red with blood.
Not only that, the Felisians also used barrels of acids and
chemicals, which reacted with the skin very badly, causing
infection that was communicable. Also with a combination
of oil and fire, the whole scene started to burn and come
alive. Even with so much attacks and counter attacks, only a
millionth part of the total army was destroyed. The rest was
coming, and was adding to the shore, and it seemed that they
would never finish coming.
Slowly, on the southern shore and the western shore
of Felis, the invading force landed. Those places were not so
highly guarded; the warriors of the guard fought bravely, but
couldn’t withstand the large and mighty force. They went on
to penetrate deeply into the Felisian Empire.
In the Vermillion Palace, things had become much
tensed. Rictor dictated hundreds of letters and sent them to
the counties using ravens, parrots and his scouts and knights
in a hope that they may help. Leonardo also sat by his side,
in a much tensed mood. He tried to figure things out but there
was nothing he could literally do.
The Tyrantine army went on to penetrate, but they
were not able to attack directly at the main capital where the
Vermillion Palace stood. Defense was too much concentrated
there. But the invading forces were quite brutal; they went on
and on to push, but rains of flaming arrows, bombs, spears,
and ballistic missiles were poured on them. The Felis army
was outnumbered 5:1.
Slowly, the ammunitions started to decrease. the
Felisians were using every bits of arrow and spear and the
ballista bolt they could find. Over 100,000 of the Tyrantine
soldiers were dead, but still, they went on to come. At the
Vermillion Palace, great minds also suggested that it was not
impossible to vanquish them.
The ally counties seemed to have betrayed the Felis
Empire. Hope was very less now. Rictor, in a very tension
mood, shouted, “Why didn’t they ever attack here before!
Why did they choose the day of my coronation?”
Sir Richmond replied, “They attacked the other
day Emperor Hector died. They must have thought that the
accession of an inexperienced ruler is the best moment to
attack. Moreover, Lord Hector had irritated Rikard, and he
must have convinced Theodred to attack Felis.”


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