In this world, where a sword can change ones fate, where tyrants can fall just as quickly as they came to power. This world where kingdoms rise and fall a world. So grand and so full of life so...wonderful one drop death and corruption can cause a wave of change these are the stories of 5 nations Reigalia Prudencia __________ __________ _________(the rest to be named later)
Chapter 1: The young nation Reigalia...
The year was 800 ASA (after sword age). There was a village small and innocent called Reigalia. A farming village whose only goal in life was to produce enough food for the village and maybe a little extra to sell at local towns and for such a small village they owned a lot of land. Fertile was the soil some even claimed it was so fertile anything that was planted will grow big and strong and as the town population hit 1000 they started to plant fruit trees all around them putting the legendary soil to the test. Like the legends said the trees grew strong and bore many fruit the winters seemed a lot shorter and a lot less fierce. The Reigalians planted many fruits and vegetables both trees and bushes for food and many trees for fire wood and crafting as the need for hunting animals became very small Reigalians respect for Gaia grew as their village slowly became the heart of a forest. But sadly... the village would not be allowed to have the constant peace and happiness.
The year was 840 ASA it was spring and the town was littered with flower petals from the blooming trees the children ran around happily rolling around in petals playing tag and munching on thorn tip flowers. The Thorn tip flowers were a type of fruit that grew on bushes the flower itself was the fruit when it was ripe the flower would be closed and a sharp thorn would appear at the very top of it the flower like a seal of a bottle. The flowers came in warm colors like orange with red hues or a dark yellow when it was ripe. When it wasn't ripe the whole flower would be black, once the fruit was ripe you would simple dig your nail at the base of the thorn and carefully rip if off and the flower will unravel and show its majestic beauty to the world. Inside the flower was a clear jelly like sack you eat the sack and replant the flower so that it may grow again a few days later. The fruit had a sweet and tart taste this fruit was one of the first the Reigalians had planted 40 years ago but today the thorn tips didn't taste as sweet as they should but more bitter then anything. The oldest members of Reigalia view this as Gaia warning them that danger was on the way and to prepare. Last time the thorn tips tasted bitter a brutal winter had came the sky was grey for months barely letting any sun in it hailed almost daily the trees provided ample protection against the frozen orbs most of the trees had lost many of their branches a good amount was riddled with holes some even knocked to the ground killed by the winters fury! Oh.. what a cold and harsh winter it was illness ran wild to many people got sick and not enough people to--
"Were the trees able to bear fruit in the spring? Mother "interrupted a little girl who was about ten years old her long black hair flowed down her back wrapping around her like a cloak her eyes wide and green like two big emeralds she sat there looking at her mother now in her late 40s."Why yes Zuka even the ones that got knocked down bore some fruit you see mother Gaia wouldn't let us starve to death at least...not without a fight". The mother bent down taking her daughter in her arms giving her a loving hug ". Mother why does Gaia care about us so much" asked Zuka as she reached for a thorn tip on the table "you see Gaia is mother to all of earth and nature she loves all her children and like me will do anything to see them survive and live happily" she reached over slowly peeling off the thorn as the juices squirts all over their faces. Zuka giggles happily and sticks her tongue out to catch the juice on her tongue "NAGA!!!"A strong sturdy voice rings in the small hut "ah...seems like your father is home Zuka" she smiles and hands Zuka the now open fruit who jumps off her lap and runs to the voice" Daddy!!!" She runs and jumps up and down giggling with the fruit in her hand" Daddy!, mother was just telling me about Reigalia and how the thorn tip fruit predicted hard times" said Zuka "oh did she also tell you that after the hard times were up the thorn tip fruit tastes incredibly delicious and sweet" the father said smiling and picking up his bubbling daughter. "Welcome back Richard, how did the hunt go today" Naga asked with a kiss to Richards cheek "it went good we found 3 people all male badly injured so we ended it early to bring them back" Richard replied softly as if his strong voice was melted by the sweet kiss of his wife "was it wild animals?" asked Naga "no...These were more like sword wounds maybe from bandits or two rival villages just had a skirmish either way doc is taking care of them although I am worried that whoever attacked them will follow them back here." Richard said cautiously "but doc will send them on their way once they are well enough to travel and they get a good meal to fill their stomachs 2 of those people looked very hungry the other one not so much" he added. "Mother Can I go play?"asked Zuka "of course Zuka stay in the village in sight of someone at all times and don't go into the forest love its thick and not a safe place for anyone who doesn't know their way around it." Zuka ran off to go play. As the days turned into nights the 3 wounded travelers regained consensus and began to answer questions they talked about how they were simple travelers who were attacked by bandits and robbed of all their possessions but they wouldn't say what nation or towns they came from but it appeared that all of them came from different places. The two skinnier looking men were named Wess and Mith they talked and argued like brothers but they admitted to knowing each other for years now the bigger tougher man name was Valodin who Wess and Mith tended to respond to him like he was their leader. Which would make sense all travelers need a leader about a week later the travelers said their goodbyes given baskets of fruit and the location of the nearest town they were lead out of the village but Richard wasn't so sure they would be gone for good the next day he went to the chief of the village. "Sir we need to talk!" said Richard" oh? About what Richard is something wrong with Naga or Zuka" asked the chief his eyes were gray with age but they looked so wise like all they must do is look at you and he will absorb all the knowledge and wisdom you know or even transfer the wisdom he knows to you. "Those men...something doesn't seem right they answered our questions without hesitation but it felt like they were lying I think we need guards for the village" Richard explained quickly.
"You were always wise for your age and I believe you are right those men gave off the aura of bandits and thieves I do not doubt they were attacked by other bandits they tend to fight each other a lot I have already sent for mercenaries in the nearest town a little while after they arrived here" the chief said placing a few berries in his mouth. "That's good but maybe the hunters should stay back and train as well until the mercs, Get here in case they don't make it in time we have more than enough food for the village not to hunt for 3 weeks at the earliest out of the 5000+ people we have only 500 are hunters even if we're not military trained we still have numbers" Richard paced back and forth the end of his spear dragging on the ground tracing his path the chief smiled at the sight and couldn't help but remember when Richard was nothing more than a trouble maker in the village getting into fights with other kids who turned into friends teasing the women of the village even set the chiefs house on fire by mistake. Now this trouble maker grown up and talking about how he wants to protect the village "alright we will keep 300 people as guards and send 200 out for food gathering we must not put ourselves in a situation where food becomes scarce." Said the chief with a bold smile he was concerned for the safety of the village but knew not to show it "by the way...chief how do you get eyes like that?" Richard asked "you...make a sacrifice that brings about a change for the good of others" the chief kept smiling but his eyes showed sadness Richard knew not to ask what his sacrifice was and left the tent. shortly after weeks passed and neither the mercenaries or the bandits appeared eventually the hunting parties were allow to freely hunt once they believed they were trained well enough but the thorn tips grew bitter and bitter by the days then one day the birds started rising quickly from one direction 10 mercs injured and bleeding a few of the hunting parties with them all of them injured.
"Bandits!! Coming from the south" one man managed to yell "how many are there!"Richard responded "we were out in the field they were mounted cavalry units made it hard to count the units but id estimate close to 300 units" said the mercenary captain "well that Calvary cant come into the forest so at least they'll be on foot how many men did we lost out there!?" Richard commanded the merc captain stood up "my party had about 30 men there is 10 of us so 20 men lost on my side" then one of the hunters stood up "we lost about 8 parties out there I'm from the 9th hunt and I'm the only one so.... roughly 359 so in total that makes 379 men these bandits have killed they came so fast and horses made it hard to keep the enemy in sights I'm sorry Richard.." he looks down disappointed in the loss. As the sound of steps grew closer you could hear the bandits roaring laughing their armor clanking with each step the birds cried out loud and desperately as if screaming "Run!...Run!! We will show you the way just run!!" they circled above head trying to get the villagers to run in the direction they flew. "Everyone! we only have 141 well able troops I want 70 on spears and 71 on bows and arrows we will surround them and rain arrows on them the wounded soldiers will evacuate as many villagers as possible and take them far from here
don't stop running" Richard once hunter now a battle commander was determined to save his wife and daughter as the hunters gathered weapons and got into position the wounded mercs and hunters managed to start a trail leading out of the village as the villagers were evacuating Naga held on to Zuka with all her might Zuka tried not to cry but the feeling of fear and voice in her head saying you may never see daddy again kept ringing in her ears. Suddenly the birds started to screech in front of them they started to fall to the ground arrows pierced their bodies the screams of women and children ringed through the forest the bandits had came into two directions from the north and south, the birds didn't catch them in time now they were trapped as Richards group started to engage the bandits arrows flew piercing the bandits they were surrounded on all sides and bunched up so no need to aim just fire into the crowd you'll hit something the bandits started to dwindle in numbers if they didn't fall to the barrage of arrows the spears got them. As if on cue screams from the village started to erupt the warriors turned and ran for the village there they saw Valodin and Wess with another group of bandits 150 strong vs. the tired hunters only 120 strong their quivers close to running out of arrows grips of the spears soaked in blood slipping in their hands as four brave spearmen rushed Valodin screaming at the top of their lungs Valodin reached back and swung in a blink of an eye three of the four spearmen laid dead cut in half but a mightily club covered in razors and spikes a crude and barbaric weapon of choice
The fourth man might as well been cut in half the club was lugged deep in his stomach his organs tangled in the mess pain overwhelmed him as he screamed falling to the ground. Valodin stepped on his neck breaking it under his boot and smile crossed his face as he did. Richard stood there shocked his hand shaking from fear he gave in to it for 5 seconds that is all he can spare is 5 seconds "1...2......3.....4.....5....PUT HIM DOWN!" quickly Richard reloaded his bow and started to shoot at Valodin who grabbed two weaker bandits and used them as human shields! The other hunters rallied under Richard and attacked Naga quickly hid Zuka in a nearby hut. "Zuka stay here sweetheart don't come to until me or the chief tells you to ok promise me you won't let them know your here" Naga pleaded with Zuka "b...but mommy.....daddy what about daddy..." she said sniffling tears rolled down her eyes she was crying harder than she ever did in her life in a act of love Naga took off her necklace and gave it to Zuka. The necklace was a silver necklace shaped into two roots of a tree in the shape of an S crossing at the middle one going up and down the other left to right. She remembered that Zuka used to play with the necklace when she was a baby. Zuka soon stopped crying as she took the necklace around her neck" no matter what me and your father will not let anything happen to you" Naga reassured her with a kiss on the head and a big hug before covering her in sheets and returning outside the battle was over the bandits won with 60 troops some wounded but alive and with lots of fight left. Wess and Valodin were alive and well covered in blood but Mith had died in the earlier fight with the hunters back in the forest those same hunters now only had 10 people left Richard and 9 others they were tied up and the villagers who didn't die in the forest and the raiding before the final battle were rounded up only 1000 about 400 were elders the rest women and children. Soon the elderly were lined up Valodin and his brutes armed with blunt weapons maces and clubs bashed open each and every one of their heads in a gruesome display of dominance never before as anyone seen such unnecessary violence. next was the hunters as they were lined Valodin had the honor to do this all himself as he raised his mighty club over his head about to bash the life out of this boy couldn't be more then 19 years old his first hunt turned into a battle and it might be his last.. "VALODIN!....stop....please..." a voice ranged out it was Richards he looked up at Valodin who looked back at Richard and walked over to him curious what the wounded hunter wanted" I was the leader of this who resistance the death of your men is on my hands and mine alone they were just following orders let them live and I'll give you my life in return..." pleaded Richard his eyes strong full of courage no more fear there was no time for fear anymore Valodin laughed at the sight of this man beaten and still thinks he can bargain for anything? Valodin kneeled down and looked the man in his eyes" weakling....silly hunter" Valodin rubbed his hand on Richards head and face" I was going to kill you all anyway but...since you're so keen on dying first ill reward you" Valodin stands up and swings his club up the razors and spikes cut deep into Richards body not a killing blow but enough to break bone and cause massive bleeding as Richard held in his screams of pain he sat up smiling cocky till the end he spits on Valodin "if I'd known it'd take you two tries to kill me I would of asked for a piece of fruit" Richard snickered in the face of his killer. Valodin didn't take the joke with good heart the second swing took Richards head clean off blood shot from his neck and flowed down his body like a volcano that had been sleeping for thousands of years got the chance to blow its load. Half of Richards head was caved in it looked almost like someone had poured red jelly all over a small saucer and scrambled it up with a fork his only remaining eye turned grey his sacrifice was made
A yell of terror and pain exploded from a nearby shed "DADDY!!!......." screamed Zuka "Zuka no..."Naga got up and ran but Valodin beat her to the shed".
To be continued