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Parem' Zel

The Last Descendant of the House of Zel

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a character in “Althaea”, originally authored by Flarezone, as played by RolePlayGateway

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PAREM' ZEL
The Blazing-One

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Gender: Male
Temperament: Passionate, Determined, Strong willed, Protective, Strategic, Impulsive
Skills/Abilities: Master swordsman and advanced military training (trained by his father due to their families long warrior background), Magic/Pyromancy (taught by his uncle, the only known magic user in the Zel family), wilderness survival skills.

Parem' Zel's Elvish made, Falchion Sword. Specifically designed so it would never break or wear.
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Originally a powerful pyromancer, well known by his nickname, "The Blazing One". Guardian to the God-queens palace and adviser in magical matters. Parem's family was a wealthy and powerful Military family utterly loyal, with an ancient line of warriors. But when his family was butchered and burnt alive, murdered by the god queen's agents, Parem swore to avenge them. Never allowing the wretched queen to forget the mighty House of Zel. Now he wanders the land seeking to join the denouncers and dethrone her. Along side his trusted Griffon companion Durock, he is protector of the innocent and guardian of denouncers. With all the power of fire in the palm of his hand. Although he may seem like a knight in shining armor to many rebels. Parem's ultimate goal is to achieve god-hood. To ascend to the thrown as a god-king and destroy all remnants of the god-queen's followers.
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So begins...

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Parem soared over the skies of Pafeld on his black griffon mount, Durock. With intense golden eyes, Parem scanned the ground searching for a safe place to stay for the night. Then he saw it, a clearing at the far edge of the town. He was forced to shout because of the rushing wind. "Land right over there in that clearing! We can ask who ever lives in that thatched hut for shelter." in a matter of moments, Durock dived straight down. Then with an over abundance of gracefulness, he spread his dark wings wide and gently landed. Durock remained silent as he usually did. Although they may not be able to communicate with words, Parem and Durock were bonded for years now.

They had mastered the art of communicating without words. The black feathered griffon made an almost inaudible grumble, they made direct eye contact as Durock made it abundantly clear. There was someone, or something watching them. Suddenly there was a deep growl in the tall grass. Parem raised his hand and a stream of fire rushed forward burning the grass and revealing a massive wild boar that was scared senseless and ran off deeper into the field. Durock, being the size of an elephant, Durock quickly overcame the boar and slit its throat with his razor sharp talons. "Congratulations my feathery friend. Parem made a wicked grin. We officially have our meal for the night."
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After eating a hearty and filling meal, Parem sighed and packed the bags hanging off of Durock's saddle. He wrapped a large chunk of the boar meat in an elvish cloth that is specifically designed to block the smell and preserve fresh meat. With all his belongings packed he broke camp and looked directly into Durock's eyes. "Yes Durock, I know the sacrifice is happening today. Just be patient will you?"

The black feathered Griffon made a dull screeching sound and rubbed his beak against Parem's chest. "Its alright buddy. When we arrive just make sure you stay high above where you can get a clear view of the ceremony." Durock made a slight nod and with that Parem leaped gracefully onto his companion and they quickly took off into the air towards Iracot.
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Durock soared high above the palace. Wings stretched wide, enjoying the cool breeze rush past him. Parem gazed down and examined the courtyard. It was crowded... VERY crowded. "Durock, head towards the far edge of the courtyard behond that building. Then stay as high as possible out of sight and examine the situation. Once I give the signal... you know what to do." Durock dived bombed towards the back of a shop at the far edge of the courtyard. Leveling out only a few yards from the ground. Parem was forced to jump off and roll once he hit the ground. "Not the most graceful landing..." Parem whispered as he climbed to his feet.

"Alright, Durock, stay hidden." The black feathered Griffon screeched in reply and rocketed towards the clouds. Now it was Parem's turn... He had planned this out for weeks. He was going to assassinate the god-queen... That was his mission. Unless someone else managed to interrupt, he would wait for the opportune moment. A strategy quickly formed in his mind. He would remain hidden in the crowd until just before the sacrifice. Even if he failed, he would make sure the wretched queen never forgot the mighty House of Zel. "Now it begins..." Parem mumbled to himself. Utterly determined to avenge his family. He then pulled his black hood up to hide his identity and then walked into the middle of the crowd...

He was convinced... No divine authority shall control his destiny.
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Sven filtered into the crowd, gently pushing his way though the crowd with a solid frown. The merchant would make her sorry for what she'd done. An orphan came bustling out of the crowd, the small figure could easily navigate though the legs off passersby and did just that with Orfea, diving between them and disappearing back into the crowd only to stop at Sven.

Sven lifted up the small girl with a grin, mussing her hair and placing her back down and crouching down to listen to what she was hastily whispering into his ear, and his expression changed deadly serious. The ex-knight pushed the orphan's back to get her going back though the crowd and home and extended to his full height to spot an old returning friend.

There? No. That man over there with the sword? No. There! The gait of someone keeping hidden, and a familiar build. Sven pushed his way though the crowd with renewed haste and weaved past a knight, stopping short of the hooded figure and threw out a hand to block the figures progression though the crowd.

Sven lowered his voice to a harsh whisper. "What are you doing, Zel? This won't achieve anything. Halt, halt. It's me, Sven."

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Parem turned on his heels towards the location of the voice and Instantly recognized the former knight Sven. His hand made an iron hard grip on the hilt of his elvish made, black bladed falchion sword. He examined the man with his intense golden eyes. His mind was conflicted. His rage towards the god-queen that had been building up inside him for about a month now was overwhelming. Then he spoke in a determined, coarse voice like he hadn't had a drop of water in days. "Don't try and stop me Sven. The wretched queen will get what she deserves, I will not rest until I have her head on a plate!"
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Alber boldly walked down the streets until he reached the massive crowd of citizens gathering for sacrifice. Alber didn't put his faith into any form of Deity, instead he relied on his on knowledge an intuition to guide him. So in terms of the God-Queen his feelings were neutral at best. Going on what he knew she was an impressive woman of great influence and power. Goddess or not anyone that has that sort of power over the minds of man is to be respected, or feared.

Alber had hoped that by entering the city another vision would come to him, however as of yet nothing had revealed itself. He had kept his eyes open for any omens that might hint at a possible answer to his vision, but so far he had turned up nothing. That was of course before he entered the courtyard. A gentle breeze blew past him, carying on it the scent of lavender.

"So death it is then, despite what transpires at the ceremony someone will die."

He opened his eyes after taking in what had just came to be, and when he did he saw a peculiar sight. Two men, hidden in plain sight amongst the crowd had engaged in some form of conflict. One of the men looked extremely violent, while the other seemed to be more passive.

"Perhaps the omen was referring to one of them."]

Alber said as he began walking towards the two men. He grew close enough that his presence was surely known, but stayed justout of reach for the two men.

"Fighting in this place seems rather careless gentlemen. The winds carry death today, do not help them make it yours."

Alber stood before the men grasping his pipe and letting smoke escape his lips.

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Sven put his left hand on Parem's hand clutching the hilt. "Dying to an army of knights is not for a fate I wish for you, Zel. She will get what is coming to her, but not from us." The former knight hastily replied, taking a look around the courtyard and people for any undue attention.

Sven saw Alber and blinked. "That's an interesting prospect, old man. But we are not fighting, we are brothers, see?" The merchant draped his right arm around Parem's shoulders. Sven took a sniff of the lavender breeze and cleared his throat, taking his hand off the sword.

The merchant leaned forward, putting his temple to Parem's. "If you truly want to see the death of a tyrant, contact a man called Father in the Residential District or a find a woman called Prisma." Sven whispered, taking his temple off and turning around to face Alber with a smile.

"You must be new here, friend. I'm Sven and this here is my brother Mathias, or well, half."

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A bell tolled.

The unnamed eyes of the crowd all turned toward the balcony. Those who had been sitting now stood and even the children stopped playing, standing for their God-Queen. A hush fell over the courtyard but there was an energy building, excited and fearful.

Knight-Commander Gabriel Envictus appeared first followed suit by the ranks of the royal escort. And then in her full glory, God-Queen Sarene Iracot in her gossamer gown and crystal crown was revealed. Calor was not far behind.

The goddess kept her head held high and her face blank of any emotion. The sun burned the paint on her body and face, but she showed no pain. Sarene reached the edge of the balcony where everyone had the pleasure and privilege of looking upon their God-Queen. Raising her hands, she turned her palms upward and opened her arms.

"Iracot!" Sarene greeted. A cry of adoration and pure love rose up from the crowd, deafening to the ears. The very stones of the courtyard vibrated from their voices. Slowly her hands dropped and rested on the balcony's wall. The roar died down and all ears attuned themselves to the God-Queen.

Sarene swept her gaze over the crowd. Many women, and some men, fainted for they believed their God-Queen had looked them directly in the eye.

"Iracot, the people that I have given birth to from my own bosom. My Children, each and every one of you. I bring you today a sacrifice. A sacrifice to protect my Children from those who wish to come and conquer our lands from the Outside. The cruel rulers who come with vast armies to rape your wives, your children, and to kill your husbands in torturous, dishonorable, deaths."

"The Sacrifice that fuels the barrier of the border is given today by a young man. This young man came forth to me, confessed his trespasses, and begged to give his life to his Mother and to her Children so that they may continue to live on in everlasting peace."

"By the mercy of my hand, I have granted him this boon," Sarene said. "Bring forth Riyo Shikiro."

A line of Knights entered through the northern archway and made their way down the stairs. Riyo Shikiro was among them. He was not held in restraints and there was no trace of rebellion in his eyes. No longer did he blaspheme against the God-Queen, nor did he speak a word. He walked down in silent reverence, setting his eyes on the God-Queen as if she was to be the last thing he saw before he died.

The knights led Riyo Shikiro onto the platform. He stood at the center and out of the corner of his eye he saw Orfea. His lips trembled but still he dared not to say a word. Not yet. Riyo had seen sacrifices before where the God-Queen chose a Knight to honor. He, or she, would come and slit his throat and bleed him out. There were lines carved into the platform, scrolling and decorative-No, they were a symbol. It was a glyph.

It really was magic. He had been right!

"The Sacrifice today will not be preformed by one of my Knights. Today, Iracot, I give you this sacrifice," Sarene said, her voice projected easily in the courtyard.

"Orfea Pathen," Sarene Iracot called out. There was no mistaking the name, nor to who it belonged. Everyone was staring at her, even Riyo whose eyes were wide with fear, shock, horror, and filled to the brim with tears.

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The Knights of the God-Queen were stationed here and there throughout the courtyard; those in the Honor Guard were but a few of all those in the city. While her Armies were vast and powerful, it was the Knights who had been chosen to watch for trouble during the ceremony.

Knight-Commander Gabriel and the Honor Guard had positioned themselves around, but apart from, their God-Queen. Quinn Lemons, the Shield Guard, was standing a few feet behind and to her left, ready to spring should any threat be detected. The Knight Herald, Dunkel Sarokonnen, stood well behind her, the Banner of Iracot held high above his head, but not so much that it overshadowed the God-Queen. The other three Knights, including Gabriel, were stationed apart at regular intervals. It was a well rehearsed play, and one they were honored to take part in.

Leading the retinue of Knights guarding Riyo Shikiro, Enrico Vaseli strode at the head. He was an intimidating figure, wearing only his finest armor, black with gold lining, and holding his deadly Black Steel scythe aloft, the tool of the executioner. He was oft the chosen man for the job, and so he expected to be for this day.

He had known Riyo fairly well, even liked the boy a bit, but duty was duty, and in the God-Queen's name he would perform it... or so he thought. When She revealed her choice, even among the Knights there was surprise to be had. Enrico didn't dare voice his disappointment, but it was evident on his face.

A hush had fallen, awaiting only the approach of Orfea. Two of the Knights, Marcus Salazar and Charley Sweepers, had begun moving through the crowd towards her; to escort her in her new path.

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She watched as Riyo was practically dragged into the courtyard, shaking her head slightly in dismay.

Orfea listened half-heartedly to the speech, trying to compose herself so she didn't break down... Again. It was only when she heard her name be called the she finally looked up, but seemed to be frozen in place. The words 'I can't do this!' kept running through her already jumbled thoughts as she noticed the crowd set back so she had room to approach.

She could see her parents staring down at her in shock and sorrow, but also with the fear that she would run. But Orfea knew that she hadn't a choice, and was soon travelling the makeshift path the crowd had made her.
Once there, she bowed to her Queen in respect, before glancing over to Riyo - her only friend. Her eyes filled with tears, but she was quick to blank her face and hold her tears back.

Orfea put on a brave face, acting as if she was confident in the task she had been given. She looked over the crowd as they merged back into the original formation they had been in before. They were all staring at her, and secretly in unnerved her. Of course, she could never let that show. Instead, she acted as though she was perfectly fine with the hundreds of eyes that laid only on her.

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Parem and Sven locked eyes for a few moments. His hand still tight on the hilt of his sword...
With reluctance, he released his hand from his sword and sighed. Sure, he had the power to make a scene and wreck havok. But Sven's comment about dieing at the hand of the queen's knights had sparked sense into him. No matter how much Parem hated the idea, he knew it was true. Even if he managed to approach the queen, her guardians would kill him before he could utter a single word. "Alright then... Brother. Tell me more about this Father you speak of?" Just before he could get an answer he noticed a man facing them. So Parem pulled his hood up farther to hide his face and turned slightly to face him.
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"Please, Cordelia, formalities between us are far from necessary, I assure you," Selwyn said with his trademark grin forming across his face. He gently placed his hand on her cheek.

"I look forward to seeing you later," he cooed."My lady," Looking straight into her eyes, boring into them with his chestnut brown ones, he lightly grazed her skin before removing his hand and moving past the other Knights, nodding to each with a smirk of falsified respect as he passed.

The man had always taken an interest in Cordelia. Despite not caring much for anyone or anything other than his coin and position, he was still a man at the end of the day, and any man finds it difficult to escape his carnal interests. There had been several times where Selwyn hired concubines of the Pleasure Ward who had similarities in appearance to that of Cordelia Ightlor. Always in secret, of course, and making sure to pay them handsomely for their discretion. Although most of these courtesans were aware that if any secret of Selwyn's escaped their lips, they would find themselves mysteriously waking up halfway across Althaea, far from where any damaging information could be used against him.

He heard the bell toll and made his way to his spot on the balcony, looking to the God-Queen herself. "Your grace, it is, as always, an honor to be in your presence on such a glorious occasion. Praise be to you," he exclaimed with a deep bow. Stepping towards his designated spot on the balcony, he noticed Shiabiann, the Magistrate of the Pleasure Ward, already in her position. The two had a mutual respect, yet distrust of each other. It was an interesting relationship, to say the least. They knew they could ruin each other if they wanted to, yet most times it made more sense to both to be in good graces with each other...as long as they always remained at a bit of a distance.

"Magistrate, good day to you. I trust things are good with you in your Ward, yes?" he asked with a bow of his head and a smirk.

Overlooking the masses, he took in the proceedings and watched as his Queen called up Orfea Pathen to the sacrificial stage. Selwyn stood back, crossing his hands behind his back. Taking a last glance at the hunger and blood lust in the citizens eyes, the man grinned, excited for the opportunity to satisfy their vices in drink and gluttony in his Ward post-cermony.

It would, after all, prove to be a profitable day.

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A cloud of white escaped between the small part in Alber's lips as the man now spoke to him. Alber took a few steps closer to the men getting close enough where he could speak to them in a hushed tone.

"I see, I was hoping her holiness' ceremony would not go as scheduled. Sacrifice, BAH! More like public execution."

Alber looked at the men with sorrowful eyes as the bell began it's haunting call. It wouldn't be long before the Queen reasserted her dominance over this land, and to do so she would bath in the blood of an innocent. Alber looked away from the two men and towards the platform where a few new people had emerged inciting gasps and other sounds from the crowd.

"Today the war will begin. The Queen will not forfeit her rule and mountains of dead will line these streets."

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Cordelia now stood on the inside of the gateway to the courtyard, along with her comrade in arms, Calvin. There was not a soul left in the empty streets and nothing to guard. She could not stop thinking about Selwyn and what he had said to her. If Calvin had said anything of his opinion on Selwyn, or on what the man had said, Cordelia definitely had not heard.

She was beginning to doubt her choice of attending the event. And yet, Cordelia wanted nothing more than to be cornered by the powerful Magistrate. Her heart raced in her chest from the mere thought of spending time with the man in the dark. His touch alone on her cheek had sent tendrils of delight racing down her belly.

Her lustful thoughts were disrupted as Orfea was called to the platform. It was unfortunate that she had to perform the Sacrifice of Riyo. It was no secret that the two were friends, and there were rumors of them being more than companions. It was not lost on Cordelia how the God-Queen had publicly denounced Orfea Pathen's Knighthood. Sarene Iracot had given the privilege of the Rite to a citizen and yet, she had called a knight's name.

Knight-Commander Envictus most likely had orders to cease and strip Orfea of her rights as a knight as soon as the ceremony was over.

"Enrico Vaseli, hand Orfea Pathen a blade of her choosing," the God-Queen's voice rang out, even to the farthest reaches of the courtyard.

Riyo Shikiro's eyes pleaded with Orfea, begging her not to be the one to end his life. He tried so hard to say something but he found that his voice would not come. His entire body was frozen, out of control, and unable to move at his will. The tears that ran down his face would be, unmistakably be taken as pure joy to be the sacrifice for Iracot and the God-Queen.

"It is beautiful, is it not?" Shiabiaan said to Selwyn. She was unafraid to speak behind the God-Queen. None would notice. All eyes were on the little lamb and his friend. "I do enjoy a good sacrifice. It does boost revenue when it is all done. Many of the citizens come to me after they have left your ward in order to enjoy one of my ladies or boys," Shia stated as if Selwyn's business was a participant in why she had accrued so much wealth.

"Will you be coming too, or will you be attempting to bed the prude virgin?" A knowing smirk spread across the breath-taking woman's face. She never made eye contact with Selwyn but kept her eyes on Orfea and Riyo. Her breathing was irregular and deep. Shia, perhaps, was taking more pleasure in the Sacrifice than most would have.

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Calvin had lost the amused look during the events transpiring next to him. Very unprofessional, Cordelia. Very. When Selwyn had finally left, he scowls and speaks, in a mock of the man's more silky voice, "Please, Cordelia, formalities between us are far from necessary, I assure you. Hmph!"

"I don't know what you see in him, honestly. Money... fame... hmph. I bet I could take him in a fight," Calvin decides, talking half to himself bitterly. He'd lost the preconception of trying to watch the gate, not that he'd simply allow anyone to just walk up to them. He was about to say more when the God-Queen's voice sent a shiver through him.

When her speech had finished, he blinked a few times, peering towards Cordelia, comrades again. "She's having Orfea do it? I thought they were... close." He makes a crude gesture.

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Enrico was beside himself. The God-Queen had addressed him with a specific duty in mind. Even if it was not the execution of the sacrifice, it was almost as good. He bows his head to Orfea, and gestures to the rest of the retinue of Knights, who in unison offer the hilts of their various arms. "I would be honored," Enrico says softly, "If you would take mine for the duty." He, too, offers his mighty Scythe.


Gabriel and the rest of the Honor guard were performing their true function; seeking the crowds for those who would disrespect the God-Queen by speaking during the ceremony. A few brief, hushed exclamations were common and allowed. If there was any consortium that became a conversation, he would set his people into motion. And, he had detected the group of three, huddled together and carrying on, despite the gravity of the situation.

Making a covert gesture recognized only by the Knights, Gabriel sends two of them to bring retribution to the group of three. Dravinglov and Luna had begun to advance through the crowds, like wraiths descending on their prey.

With that, he returned his attention to the shocking choice. He had not known Sarene's intentions with Orfea, but her words, and the intent behind them, were clear. He knew what must be done after the ritual was complete.


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Nearing the edge of the city, an exhausted horse and rider crests the last hill overlooking the great holy land. The man was Shein Clovin, Knight-Errant and runner, who had been assigned to one of the Knights' border combat teams. And he had a dire message that needed to be received immediately. Urging his steed on, he carries forth towards the Palace.

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Sven stood upright as he saw the lead knight's gesture, he knew what was coming now. If they were wraiths, he was the ghost that taught them all how to haunt, he knew all the tricks when it came to fighting an armored knight or otherwise, he'd taught most knights after all. Proud was an understatement, but only a few knights deserved recognition among them.

"Shh. The feral dogs come to bite. Just visit the Agricultural Ward tonight. They'll be a congregation, don't waste your time at the Crimson Fox, neither. The owner'll slit your throat, then piss in it." Sven hissed though closed lips and gently pushed his two new companions apart gently.

If the knights intended to make Sven and the other two men an example, the look and gesture the ex-knight gave them would probably deter them. Sven gave them a smile, a slight bow and with his hands gave them a gesture that he had used in the training rounds of Iracot a few months ago.

The gesture warned of an incoming blow, the first finger said if it was a sword, in this case it was a sword, and the second alerted to the direction, which happened to be left.

"Pull up your hoods and distance yourself into the crowds if you want to live." Sven hissed loud enough for the two men to hear.

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Parem motioned for the two men to stop. "There is more at stake here then just the god-queen Sven. An innocent life hangs in the balance." He scanned the surroundings and suddenly a spark of an idea came into his mind. "Both of you, casually follow me to the far edge of the courtyard behind that cobblestone hut over there... I have a plan to save the kids life." As the Parem urged the two of them forward Parem caught their attention. With a flick of the wrist a small cart filled with fruits burst into flame behind them. They turned away for just a moment to investigate the fire, just as Parem, Sven and Alber disappeared around a corner.

Before the either of them could utter a single word Parem made an ear splitting whistle. "You two may want to step back a bit." Then a shadow came over the dark ally way and WHOOOOSSSHHHHH... Durock, Parem's black feathered Griffon spread his wings wide and landed gently on the rocky ground. "Easy buddy, easy." Talons sharp and eyes full of wrath. "Well you two, here's my idea." He made a wicked grin and pulled a small crossbow and two elvish made rapiers out of the large pack swung across Durock's Elephant sized shoulders. "Can either of you use a sword?"
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Alber wasn't usually one to be led around, but he decided to give the man his attention and follow him. They rounded the corner and appeared behind one of the houses that lined the border of the courtyard. A shadow appeared above them once they were in cover, and suddenly a large griffin descended upon them. The hooded man seemed comfortable enough around the creature, for he approached it as if it were a dog. Alber had never before seen a griffin, but he had heard tale of them being rather vicious. If this man really tamed one, he was a man of great standing indeed. The man pull two swords and a cross-bow from the saddle bags resting upon the mighty griffin and motioned towards them. Did he truly expect them to fight the blunt of the God-Queens forces? Alber was confident in both his ability with a sword and his proficiency with magic, but he was well aware that he was only a man.

"Perhaps you could reveal your plan before you ask me to take up arms. I don't wish to see an innocent man killed, but we are both short on time and numbers."

Alber was not scared to fight, but at this point it seemed like nothing could be done to save the boy. Perhaps the wise thing would be to join the man tonight in the Agricultural Ward.

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"Are you a fool? Put those away. We're three men, not an army. The man dies today, but he provides an example of the cruelty the god queen. We need to make sure that his sacrifice isn't in vain. I'm just a thrice-damned merchant. What more do you want from me?" Sven shook his head and sighed.

"Go to the agricultural ward tonight, I'm not part of this damned rebellion and I never will be. I just know the right people." The merchant dissipates back into the crowd. That left far too many questions in the former knights head, and probably in the heads of his two companions.

Bloody fools.

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The man was of course right. Whatever the hooded man's motives were for trying to sack the palace with three men were, it was clear logic was not factored into his plans. There was always the small chance they would be able to succeed and save the boy, but what then? The Divine Knights would tear the city apart looking for them, and once the public was put in the path of the angered knights they would turn the anger and he blame onto them. The risk was clearly not worth the reward. Why was Alber even considering this? He hadn't come her to play hero. The visions had led him here with signs of war and death. Attacking the God-Queen would cause the very opposite of what he hoped to achieve. Marcus looked at the man near the Griffin as the other scurried away and disappeared from sight.

"His words were harsh, but he speaks the truth. Letting someone die that does not deserve death is truly a blow against one's heart, however think of his family, his friends, his lover. What would befall them if we were to succeed in saving him? Would a man that braves the executioner's platform without struggle allow us to save him knowing what the Queen will do to those close to him, no I think not." Alber said as he wiped off his pipe with his cloak and placed it back into his mouth. A single flame appeared at the tip of his finger, lighting the pipe as he continued to speak. "I like to think there are still those brave enough to sacrifice themselves for the greater good out there, but then again I am a romantic. Regardless, tonight I will go and see those who dare oppose a goddess. Are you brave enough to make that journey too?

Alber did not wait for a response, he simply turned his back and walked back into the crowd. He had a feeling about this manm perhaps he was the one in the vision.

"Only time will tell I suppose."

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Parem watched as the girl on stage as she dropped the sword and confronted the God-Queen. He had never such bravery in his life. No plan, no power, no way to save her self. Yet there she was, staring into the eyes of the most powerful women in Viridian. The primal rage in Parem began to boil once again. How could anyone let things get this bad. Such suffering, such sorrow and darkness. As he watched the scene unfold before him he saw a handful of people in the crowd with tears in their eyes. This was no God-Queen. This was a witch, a demonic plague, a sickness, a cancer of the land. How could everyone just stand aside and let this happen. No, Parem thought to himself. This must end...
So he crept closer to the platform where the sacrifice was to take place, hood up and head down. Hand on the hilt of his sword. Prepared to rescue the girl at the opportune moment.
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"You dare to blaspheme your God-Queen?" It was Magistrate Shiabiann that had spoken, her voice traveling over the gathered as easily as Sarene Iracot's had done. The elegant and scantily clad woman smiled in amusement. There was not only one death to be had today it appeared.

Sarene Iracot's eyes stared at Orfea Pathen with a vengeful gaze. The Sacrifice was not turning out as it should and the Magistrates were there to see the God-Queen's failure. Failure was unacceptable.

"Seize her," the God-Queen demanded of her Knights on the platform. "And Riyo Shikiro shall burn for your utterances against my Holiness."

Flame erupted beneath Riyo Shikiro's feet and his tongue was loosened. His screams echoed through the courtyard as he was burned mercilessly. The smell of searing flesh filled the noses of those who were the closest. His skin blackened with char and melted from his bones as the fire consumed him.

"I am a merciful god to those who are worthy. Those who betray me will suffer as these two shall today. Do not forget Iracot. I am your God!" Sarene was infuriated. Where there was one who would dare to speak against her there were more.

"Behead the blasphemer and her family!" the God-Queen commanded before she turned on heel to leave the courtyard. A resounding boom of the massive doors that lead into the palace signaled the leave of Sarene Iracot.

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Selwyn remained seated, smirking at Shiabiann's attempted words of insult.

"Come now, Magistrate. Jealousy is not a good look on you, especially on such a joyous occasion. I daresay our 'God-Queen' would only want positive emotion from one of her Throne Holders," he spoke with only a mere hint of apathy in his voice.

"Besides, it would be such a terrible shame if one of your top earners were to suddenly disappear, or if perhaps a brothel of yours burnt down from a drunken citizen celebrating the day's events. Of course, should such a terrible event occur, you have the full support of the Merchant's Ward."

Selwyn moved his attention from the cat and mouse conversation over to the blue haired Knight known as Orfea Pathen, summoned for the execution. As she turned to the crowd to deliver her blasphemous tirade, Selwyn reached into his belt and grasped the hilt of an ornate dagger, sheathed in crimson, bearing the head of a silver fox at the base of the handle.

Upon Magistrate Shiabiann's words of scold to Orfea, Selwyn rushed up behind the blue haired Knight and held his now drawn dagger to her throat as the rest of the Knights readied their weapons at the woman. The God-Queen took her leave to return indoors just before Selwyn leaned in close to Orfea's ear, lowering his voice to a mere whisper.

"A word of advice; if there's one thing I learned along my rise, it would be to never let anyone know your true intentions, my dear Orfea."

Selwyn let the God-Queen's Knights take her out of his grasp before turning back to Shiabiann.

"This does not bode well for our Wards, Magistrate. Order must be restored, or riots in our streets are inevitable," the man spoke as he turned to the now restless crowd, chanting and screaming obscenities up at the stage. He began to address them, drenching his words in as much charisma as he could muster. Selwyn raised both his hands in an attempt to garner the masses' attention.

"People of Iracot, do not fear. Praise be the God-Queen and her rule. We are now blessed with not only one, but two sacrifices on this, a most momentous of days. Enjoy the rest of the ceremony, and afterwards, enjoy your first round of drinks on me at any one of the taverns in the Merchant's Ward," he let the words ring out before delivering the finale to his speech.


"In addition, Magistrate Shiabiann Xao-Lai is most graciously offering her Ward's services at half price all evening in celebration of our Holiness herself!"

Selwyn smiled, knowing Shiabiann would not be pleased at all. He lowered his hands and turned to the stunning Magistrate of the Pleasure Ward, speaking so only she could hear.

"We do what we must to keep order," Selwyn said, his smart smirk turning into a full on smile.