Storms of Contention -- Book 1 - Marksylvania series

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
After many years of peace and prosperity, storms loom on the horizon in the Kingdom of Northmarch, as the elderly king lays near death and outside forces stir up hostility among the people. Can Duke Eleazar and Duchess Aurei of Westmark and their children lead their loyal followers to restore peace in Northmarch, or will events lead to the rise of a new Kingdom from the ashes of the old?

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Audience with the Prince

Submitted: November 15, 2013

After many years of peace and prosperity, storms loom on the horizon in the Kingdom of Northmarch, as the elderly king lays near death and outside forces stir up hostility among the people. Can Duke Eleazar and Duchess Aurei of Westmark and their children lead their loyal followers to restore peace in Northmarch, or will events lead to the rise of a new Kingdom from the ashes of the old? Read Chapter

Nightime Drive

Submitted: November 15, 2013

2. Nighttime Drive   The route through the four lakes district did not have any stage stops, but they never switched out... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 15, 2013

3. Ambush   It was nearly midnight when they reached the beginning of Orc Pass.The crossing was aptly named, for the mou... Read Chapter

Put to the Test

Submitted: November 15, 2013

4. Put to the Test   They were upon her like a flash of lightning; she reacted without thinking, her swords out with bla... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 15, 2013

5. Stealth   She was shaking in a weird mixture of fear, excitement and pain by the time the Orcs gave up searching the ... Read Chapter

To the Rescue

Submitted: November 15, 2013

6. The Rescue   A few minutes later she was ready.She waited until the four Orcs around the fire had come to the front d... Read Chapter

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Submitted: November 15, 2013

7. No Good deed goes unpunished   She hadn’t heard the crack sound due to the silencing effect of the enchanted stone,... Read Chapter

Desperate Acts

Submitted: November 15, 2013

8. Desperate Acts   Amala waited several minutes – which felt like hours— before she dared slip out from beneath the... Read Chapter

Cavalry to the Rescue

Submitted: November 15, 2013

9. Cavalry to the Rescue   “Almost there!” The knight yelled back to the worried looking man who rode behind him.Ahe... Read Chapter

After Effects

Submitted: November 15, 2013

10. After Effects     They rode into Southgate an hour later and she spent the rest of the night and all the ne... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 15, 2013

11. Sisters     It was lightly raining when the airship gently floated down until it was parallel with the dock... Read Chapter

Father Knows Best

Submitted: November 15, 2013

12. Father Knows Best   The rain had returned with a fury, and Amala covered her baby sister with her cloak and ran alon... Read Chapter

The Faerie Queen

Submitted: November 15, 2013

13. The Faerie Queen   They left the church and walked up the main avenue of the city.Already the funeral ceremony was c... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 15, 2013

Part 2:  Tournament     14. Jester       The streets of King’s Reach were... Read Chapter

Ghost Spider

Submitted: November 15, 2013

15. Ghost Spider   It didn’t take the Elf long to return to the quarters, which were in the Royal barracks, retrieve t... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 15, 2013

16. Torment   He was in a cloud of conflicting emotions and jumbled thoughts as he dressed with the other recruits in th... Read Chapter

Refiner's Fire

Submitted: November 15, 2013

17.   Refiner’s Fire   “You are all warriors; seeking the honorable title of knight.” The monk spoke to t... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 15, 2013

18. Negotiations   He heard the footsteps come from behind him but wasn’t surprised or alarmed.It had only been a matt... Read Chapter

Truth and Consequences

Submitted: November 15, 2013

19. Truth and Consequences     Aedric didn’t have long to wait.He really didn’t hear the Duke arrive, for l... Read Chapter

Forging the Blade

Submitted: November 15, 2013

20. Forging the Blade   Aedric had no idea what to expect when they returned to the Queen’s banquet.Duke Dullerm immed... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 15, 2013

21. Accolade   He had little time to think about all that transpired that evening before the knighting ceremony began.Hu... Read Chapter

New Life

Submitted: November 15, 2013

22. New Life   As soon as the prayer ended, the assembly erupted into excited noise.Before he could ask the albino girl ... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 15, 2013

23. Assassins   Aedric decided to follow Duke Eleazar’s suggestion and try to get some rest after the exhausting day.&... Read Chapter

Elf Bane

Submitted: November 15, 2013

24. Elf Bane   “—Physically, he is whole; my healing spell completely healed the wounds.” “But he fights for... Read Chapter

A Walk in the Park

Submitted: November 16, 2013

25. A Walk in the Park   It was a few hours before dawn by the time Aedric had dressed and found the night watch captain... Read Chapter

Queen's Champion

Submitted: November 17, 2013

26. Queen’s Champion   The royal barracks was abuzz with the new knights and their squires gathering their gear for th... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 18, 2013

27. Attendants     Thorm led him all the way down the tourney field to the very last place, next to the Queen... Read Chapter

Conspiracy Theory

Submitted: November 19, 2013

28. Conspiracy Theory   Sam bowed reverently to the Dwarf, who shook the man’s hand. “Master Thorm, it is truly ... Read Chapter

Challenge of the Gauntlet

Submitted: November 20, 2013

29. Challenge of the Gauntlet   Within a few minutes Aedric was astride his warhorse with his lance in hand, waiting for... Read Chapter

Trial by Combat

Submitted: November 21, 2013

30. Trial by Combat   He actually hated jousting, not because he was a coward, but mainly because it was such a violent ... Read Chapter

Coup d'etat

Submitted: November 22, 2013

31. Coup d'état   Aedric knew as soon as he glanced away from the dead Ogre what had happened.Chaos reigned around him.... Read Chapter

Joining Forces

Submitted: November 23, 2013

32. Joining Forces   As he jogged after Snoe, Aaron, and his horse, Aedric kept glancing to the other end of the tournam... Read Chapter

Special Forces

Submitted: November 24, 2013

33. Special Forces     When they arrived, they found the suite of rooms abuzz with the Duchess of Dullerm and h... Read Chapter

Tooth and Nail

Submitted: November 25, 2013

34. Tooth and Nail   The reptilians attacked before his shout of alarm had even finished leaving his mouth.Two rushed hi... Read Chapter

Holed Up

Submitted: November 26, 2013

35. Holed Up   The Queen’s magic attack had been thorough and all of the repulsive creatures were dead in a sickening ... Read Chapter

In-House Fighting

Submitted: November 27, 2013

36. In-house Fighting   He had nearly reached the Duchess and her forces when the Ogre decided he had waited long enough... Read Chapter

Death and Destruction

Submitted: November 28, 2013

37. Death and Destruction   It was one of those unexpected occurrences that suddenly caused major changes.The wizard had... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 29, 2013

38. Reunion   “Hello, Eioldth.”  A somehow familiar male voice said from somewhere in the light.It wasn’t Har... Read Chapter


Submitted: November 30, 2013

39. Burning   While Eioldth prepared to meet with Sophia, back in Synomenia, where time flowed at a different rate then ... Read Chapter

The Sorceress Apprentice

Submitted: December 01, 2013

40. The Sorceress Apprentice     Eioldth was uncertain of where she was exactly, but was fairly certain that it... Read Chapter

Singing in the Rain

Submitted: December 02, 2013

41. Singing in the Rain   The rain was relentless and the day grew darker and drearier by the hour.The convoy of wagons ... Read Chapter

Rhymes and Reasons

Submitted: December 03, 2013

42. Rhymes and Reasons     Eleazar sat down next to the three in the back of the wagon and took a deep breath, ... Read Chapter

Lone Wolf

Submitted: December 04, 2013

43. Lone Wolf     As soon as the Duke had disappeared into the rain, Snoe began telling him why she needed to a... Read Chapter

A Knight in the Rain

Submitted: December 05, 2013

44. A Knight in the Rain     Even though the rain had diminished greatly, after a few hours riding in the dark ... Read Chapter

Misery Loves Company

Submitted: December 06, 2013

45. Misery Loves Company   He was dreaming that both of them were playing like a pair of little children in a huge water... Read Chapter

Nocturnal Maneuvers

Submitted: December 07, 2013

46. Nocturnal Maneuvers     They rode as quickly as the horses could go at a sustained speed, but also cautious... Read Chapter


Submitted: December 08, 2013

47. Saboteurs   About half a mile down the road they encountered the sentries.There was a group of about 12 men; four of... Read Chapter

Burning Bridges

Submitted: December 09, 2013

48. Burning Bridges     The bridge was long and though supported by thick beams, seemed very unsteady and almos... Read Chapter

On the Job Training

Submitted: December 10, 2013

49. On the Job Training   Sophia had just emptied out her ashtray into the office toilet and was booting up the computer... Read Chapter

Fae Arcana

Submitted: December 11, 2013

50. Fae Arcana   She stood still as a statue on the green glowing disc that hovered only a foot above the white water of... Read Chapter