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      A Kingdom Cursed [1] [Mature 18+][Closed]

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      The kingdom of Solaire far to the West has lost its monarch.
      A war that has raged for years had claimed life, land, and now loyalty. A prince has struck down his father; a mother abandons her child, and the Patrons of Steel have all but been disbanded, a camaraderie that has fled to the shores of the South.

      Now, upon the distant seat of Solaire rests a new King, Rendrick, and his son-at-arms beside his throne, Sol and Frar, the left and right hands of the New King, and it seems the war is all but over, and a new peace has settled across the land of Solaire.

      But something is wrong in this quiet Kingdom...

      Rumours spread that the King is merely a puppet, and the war was simply a ruse. Something far darker is brewing in the Kingdom, and its heart lies within the throne.





      The sun shone brightly and purely amidst the spires of Castle Solaire, its many golden tiled rooftops and towers gleam bright with an autumnal hue, casting washes of ochre and crimson into the courts below. The castle, a symmetrical architectural feat, rest against a cliffside that had been thrust upwards from the Earth itself many many centuries ago, and man had decided to build its foundation upon it. From the castle, the keep and city walls surrounded it in a circle, and the towns and burgs spread like a cobweb from them, ending at the walled forest, which itself cast a breath of life and warmth through the city and castle.

      Knight Errant Oscar stood upon the ramparts of the barracks, a long, sturdy building that curved itself against the castle's foundations, with archways that led to stables and armouries alike. His armour, a simple plate and brigandine set of polished hagane that bore the crest of Solaire, glistened lightly, and his longsword swayed gently in it's leather scabbard beside him. He wore a scarf, of red woolen fabric, that he draped around and across his neck and back, and his short, militaristic hair were painted with streaks of grey amidst the brown. His stern jaw bore light, bristled facial hair, and his eyes shone a bright amber, as if the Earth itself had hewn gemstones amidst his pupils.

      "Knight Oscar!" cried a male voice from beneath him, Oscar stepped and leant across the barrier, to see a youth wearing the training jerkin of squires waving at him below, one such squire Oscar himself was overseeing, "Are you to join us all at the tournament this afternoon?"

      Oscar smiled and waved back, pointing towards the courtyard doors many squires were riding through on young, newly trained steeds. "I shall see and greet you there, Brae, for now I wish to enjoy this sun for a little longer, go now and fight your brothers!" Brae smiled and quickly mounted his own steed, before sending the mare on a gallop through the gates, almost knocking another squire into the dirt. Oscar had been training Brae for under a year now, training him in swordplay and general knightly duties, and he was learning fast. But none would challenge Oscar to a duel of sorts, but his squire? A more likely option, if one did not want their reputation soured.

      The knight turned to face the sun once again, it's glow beginning to dim as its edge caressed the trees of the western forest. It would be several hours before it became dim, and so he turned away, walking into the barracks to send the rest of the trainees packing towards the Tournament. After a few moments and the building was clear, he gathered his effects, picked up his visored helmet and made his way towards the courtyard, though without thinking he had walked straight into a young woman, with clatter of armour he grabbed her arm to prevent her falling. "Young miss, I hope you're not in a hurry?"
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      Re: A Kingdom Cursed [1] [Mature 18+][Closed]

      Today was market day, castle walls opened up to peasants, traders, knights all alike. The streets full of people hollering and calling. Lady Marian found her self browsing through many of the far away goods. She was dressed in a hand made white dress slightly formfitting while still giving her the room needed to move about. The dress went all the way down to her ankles and wrists, it was proper to not show to much flesh. Of course Marian was a proper lady, she did want to find herself married off to a fine gentlemen one day. Marian had long dark brown hair, that danced in perfect waves of well kept shine. Her dark hair contrasted her sapphire eyes, making them pop and stand out. Her eyes were one of her most liked features, the rare blue color made her a sought after type.

      Marian was from the shire, she had come a long way to visit the markets, she had some extra coin. Marina browsed until she found herself at a stall which held hair pins littered with beautiful gemstones of many colors and shapes. It was was love at first sight, and they must be hers. She looked up to the woman opposite her, a trader who has come a long way to trade at the castle.

      "How much for the gem pins?" The trader eyed her suspiciously. "For you? 2 pounds." Lady Marian was not happy with the answer. "I offer half of that, and you either take that offer or I will take my business else where."

      The trader frowned and pondered a bit. Finally she gave in and accepted the coin. Marian was a feisty girl when she needed to be, this out spoken nature was the main reason men stayed clare for the simple beautiful girl. She was to much for a weak willed man to handle.Not everyone was polite, she had been bumped into many times. This time it was a heavy hit, an armored man plowed strait into her. If it was not for his hands on her arms she would have been flung to the ground. It took several seconds for the young woman to gather herself, and looked into the eyes of the man that assaulted her. He was dressed in armor meaning he had some sort of tile, she could not let her temper go.

      "Excuse me Sir, you have startled me."


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      Re: A Kingdom Cursed [1] [Mature 18+][Closed]

      "I apologize sincerely," Oscar replied, letting her arm go picking the helmet he'd dropped. She was a fine lady, perhaps one of class or from the neighbouring houses, but it would have to wait. In the distance, he could hear the cheer of the public, "Though I must dash, I am to fight in this seasons tournament!" he bowed courteously, before making his way past the girl and towards the gravel pit, all the while stopping himself from turning around and looking back at that beautiful girl.




      Jazeraint sat stooped on the bench in the lower pits beneath the gravel pit, a steel grid above him illuminated the room for what it was, dark and dusty, shelves carved from dirt and pieces of driftwood, it was owned by the last kingdoms public, so it was no wonder King Rendrick would not have it refitted. Plus, anything familiar to a fighter would only put him off. The dark-skinned knight was polishing his great-sword, a fine weapon designed as such, with a thick central hew edging into a fine, sharp point. He wore an orange jerkin, ribbed leather sandals to his knees, and thick padded gauntlets. Though he stopped polishing the rag when he heard someone approach.

      "State your business lest you be struck down within the mud!"
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      Re: A Kingdom Cursed [1] [Mature 18+][Closed]

      Lady Marian was more confused that angry at the knight. She stood there for a moment after he departed and considered her next move. She had no idea what he meant by a tournament. What ever this thing was, she had never seen one before. That was when her curiosity overwhelmed her better senses. She proceeded to follow after the man in the general direction she saw him head. Along her walk she listened to the voices around her.

      "There should be a good show today." Said a tall well dress man. "You mean the tournament? Yes I hear it will be a good one." His companion answered. "We really should go to find a good spot to watch."

      Marian was still confused, the shire never had anything like this. The country was simple, the castle was large and overwhelming. Maybe it was a bad idea for her to come her on her own. Marian ignored though thought as quickly as they rushed into her brain. She had no idea why she even wondered this far. Now she found herself following strangers to watch some kind of show. The two men she was following seemed to know that she was there as they glanced back every so often glancing at her, each taking turns. Marian walked up some stone steps finding herself looking down into and open arena area. A wooden fence was there to keep people from falling over the edge, and she leaned against it lightly looking down into the arena. Strange objects there down there, but she also saw more knights down there. Marian looked around and saw that a huge crowd had gather there, all waiting impatiently.


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      Re: A Kingdom Cursed [1] [Mature 18+][Closed]

      Oscar continued on his way, before cutting into a stairway that led down into the arenas' barracks, an underground man-made cave of sorts, where he proceeded to greet other combatants and fighters alike. Many were jovial, wishing him and everyone else luck in the fights, while others sharpened their weapons, menacingly observing their prey. Oscar had finished shaking the hand of a fighter named Ghant when he noticed another night sitting upon a bench, looking haunched and facing the floor. He turned and asked Ghant, "Is that Jazeraint? The last tournaments victor?"

      Ghant nodded but kept his voice low, turning the pair away, "He has been sat like that since we all arrived, either the man is concentrating, or the fever has him"

      "Better the fever if we've a chance of winning, eh?" Oscar joked, the pair laughed, then proceeded to turn and face the yeoman, who in his hand carried the list of fights, ergo, who would fight whom.

      "For the first rounds, it shall be fought as such!" The yeoman cried out, "Beginning our tournament, Knight Ghant will face Ser Braum!"

      "Ser Roy shall face Squire Brae!...

      The list continued, many combatants nodding and shaking the paw of their opponent, though Oscar waited, wondering who he would fight.

      "...and finally, Knight Oscar shall face Knight Jazeraint!"

      Oscar solemnly turned around to face his opponent, who still had not moved. If he were to fight such a man, a previous victor no less, the challenge would be great, and he hoped anxiety would not sway his chances.




      Out on the surface, the crowd had gathered fully in the stalls, and from balconies above and around. Princes Sol and Frar sat in the royal box, overseeing the arena, waving to the crowds as they cheered on. Finally, the yeoman made his way to the center of the sandy gravel pit, before announcing:

      "Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Princes Sol and Frar, and to the Good King Rendrick, The Armsmen Tournament shall begin!"

      To this, the crowd roared, and Knight Ghant stepped into the sun alongside Ser Braum, the pair waving to their peers, clad in shining steel and chain, Ghant wielding a greatsword atop his shoulder, and Braum a footsman's mace. The pair took their positions, bowed to the Princes, who in turn nodded.

      "Our first combat! Ser Braum of the North shall face Knight Ghant of the Royal Assembly! Combatants..."

      The crowd turned silent.

      "Begin!!"
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      Re: A Kingdom Cursed [1] [Mature 18+][Closed]

      A loud powerful voice roared out momentary quieting down the crowds. Everyone turned in unison to listen to the man speak. Apparently now the Tournament was starting. The crowd howled and cheered, creating a wave of noise. For a moment Marian was disoriented by the crowd, this was not a life style she was used to, and it really took her by surprise. Her hands tightly gripped the wooden railing as she glanced down into the arena once more. It help her stead and distracted her from those around her. Everyone was so excited, so much so she could not pick out individual voice in the crowd leaving her completely lost. She would just have to sit and watch and figure it out on her own. Then the crowd quieted down, till it was oddly silent. All eyes toward the center of the arena where 2 knight men stood battle ready. Marian's eyes light up at the sight.

      "Oh my"


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      Ghant and Braum face off squarely, with Ghant on the defensive while Braum attacked with the ferocity of a bear, swinging downwards onto Ghants blade as if he were to snap it in two. The crowd cheered and jeered, and Braum had started to roar like an animal. Ghant knocked the weapon away, kicking him in the chest squarely and sending him backwards.

      "This is no fight to the death!" Ghant called, while Braum collected himself, adjusting his helmet. Oscar looked on through the gate, he too, surprised at Braum's aggression, even the crowd were concerned but saw no reason not to cheer. Braum pointed, before yelling aloud.

      "Not death, Ser! Just pain!" and he rushed forwards again, swinging wildly. Ghant blocked many blows, but he mistimed a step, and caught the mace on his hip, a sickening crunch echoed throughout the stadium, and he fell to his knees, greatsword clanging at his feet. Braum raised his weapon in victory, before turning and swinging it at the knights head. Oscar winced as did the crowd, but soon they cheered for the man's victory. Oscar had begun to sweat, a tournament like this surely would not allow violence, or death?

      Suddenly, Roy and Brae rushed past him, armed and armoured, and Oscar couldn't help but feel remorse for the young squire, armed with a fluted pike. The arena was not empty of armour and body, and the two faced off as the yeoman cried out.

      "Ser Roy, Squire Brae! You fight for the honour of your king and your mentors!" Oscar winced yet again, "Fight now! Fight for their approval!"

      Roy drew his sword and advanced to the cheering of the crowd, armoured in simple plate, while Brae wore leathers and light chain, with a small cloak draped across his right shoulder. The sword struck against the pole of the spear, and Oscar thought Brae to lose quickly, but the squire put up a tremendous fight, moving quickly and parrying even quicker, while Roy seemed to be regretting his choice of weapon, as soon, Brae began to respond to attacks.

      Backing slowly, Roy tried his best to parry, but Brae thrust twice and turned, disarming Roy, before the flute of the spear lodged itself between his collar bone and jaw, partially severing the head. Roy collapsed onto the spear, and Brae shook him off, like a rag. Oscar was both relieved, but concerned for the boy, and when the Squire left for the pits opposite, Oscar had noticed his walk had become less of a prance, and more a trudge. Looking to the crowds, Oscar noticed the same young woman upon a balcony, small hands gripping the wooden rail, he feared that this violence would deter her, even though as he too, was unaware of such rules
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      Re: A Kingdom Cursed [1] [Mature 18+][Closed]

      Everything around her seemed to quite down, the once roaring crowed sounded far off and distant. Yet she had not moved from her spot. The violence that ensued was something she was not used too. Marian could not pull her eyes away, but her heart strained watching. She watched as the injured man toppled to the ground unmoving. Like nothing happened the next wave was beginning. She lost tough with her emotions unable to comprehend the realness of the situation. She pulled away from the arena slowly walking backwards until she bumped into a happy patron behind her. With an aggressive grunt, he pushed her out of the way and took over her spot at the front. Lady Marina looked from face to face, everyone loving the action and violence. Was this how the castle life was?

      Marian walked down the cobble steps, feeling an uneasy shake in her legs. She stood for a moment pushing the gruesome thoughts from her mind. The world was a much more violent place than she had previous thought. It boggled her mind how people could even watch and call it entertainment. What was the point, fighting for glory? Marina walked trying to find her way around, although this time she id not have the help of following random strangers. Now it had appeared that she a gotten lost. She had no traveled far, she was still in earshot of the crowds and the sounds of metal on metal. She walked to the near by wall, and leaned her back against the cool stones. She did not know where she was, but she knew she was on the lower level somewhere around the arena. The place was so massive and hard to navigate, she admitted defeat and rested against the wall trying to catch her bearings.


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