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Mira Alington

"Proper. Is a word forged by men who would seek to enslave us with it."

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a character in “Crowns, Empires & Swords”, as played by CreativityIsPower

Description

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Name
Mira Alington

Age
Twenty-Two

Appearance and Build
Mira is a simple natural beauty. Standing at a height of 5'8 she is average in stature. Sharing her twin brother's noirette colored naturally wavy texture hair it falls down to her mid-back. She often leaves her hair the way it is naturally doing nothing to it cascades flowingly down her back. She will sometimes braided it up if she chooses to go out hunting as a way to keep it out of her face, but even than she doesn't do it always. She has gorgeous deep set agate brown eyes and lightly freckled cheeks. While she doesn't have a problem with wearing dresses she rarely if ever wears jewelry.

What/ Who they are?
Mira is the Queen of the Kingdom of Beotia and the daughter of the sun god Apollo and the fallen Queen Lucretia. Her brother often says that her hunting prowess makes him question if she is really the daughter of Apollo and not his twin sister Diana as she is the goddess of the hunt.

Where they live?
Mira was born in the capital of Kingdom of Tripartite. She now lives and rules over the Kingdom of Beotia with her twin brother Jasunr. They live in the kingdom's capital city of Livadeia.

Allies & Enemies
The Kingdom of Tripartite has entered an alliance with both the South Atlantic Kingdom and the North Pacific Kingdom. The kingdom has no enemies but the South Atlantic does and if another war was to commence between the kingdom and city the Kingdom of Tripartite would fight along side the South Atlantic kingdom.


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Personality

Mira has strong and independent survivalist instincts due to her difficult past and is good at thinking outside the box. She is not socially adept and has a hard time making friends due to the emotional strain on her life which has made her hard and cold on the surface. She is more concerned with providing for her People and family than social formalities, which doesn't always sit well with nobles and other royals. Though Mira can be rather blunt and cold she has a very vulnerable side which she only shows around her family, and she has a natural maternal instinct that comes out when she is around kids. While she rushing to bore any kids of her own she spends much of her time with the kids of the orphanage in Livadeia. She is not very good at putting on an act for others and comes across best when she is herself. She is usually very logical except for times when her emotions get in the way.

Mira is very strong, stubborn and determined. Often, she will react first and ask questions later. She will do anything to survive. She has the same hyperactive personality as do her brother and cousins. This is probably one of the reason why she hunting so much, it gives her something to put her energy into and it helps out her People. They animals she kill she takes to the butchers and than gives to families who can't afford the same luxuries that she as a queen are afforded daily. Her time among peasants when she and her family separated taught her to appreciate the things she has and not take them for granted. For what she has today can be gone tomorrow in a blink of an eye.
Even though she can sometimes be a bit self-centered and self-reliant, she does have noble traits, protecting those she loves.

Mira has proven herself a capable leader and fierce fighter. She enjoys challenging men to battle, wanting to prove that her strength is on par with, or greater than any man's. She does not always conduct herself as a "proper" woman and she will never focus herself to be someone who she is not. While she knows that one day she will be a wife and a mother that is not all she wishes to be in the world. She feels that woman of her time are at times treated more as objects than as people. To her anything a man can do a woman with the right mind and willpower will be able to achieve if they truly wish.


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Skills and Abilities

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Combat Prowess

She doesn't have a great mind for strategies and tactics, but few women are as honed in combat as Mira. She's been taught basic skills with the usage of a sword. She knows how to utilize both a dagger and twin daggers, her preferred method of combat is to close-in on her opponents with her agility and deliver a fatal blow. When battling she is strong and hot-headed, she can easily dispatch several soldiers alone. It isn't until she discovers the bow that her true abilities come to fruition. With guidance from Lucius Caelius, her marksmanship is deadly in its precision and accuracy, allowing her to truly defend herself and others, she has never missed her target when dealing with a bow and arrow.

Half-god Abilities

The daughter of Apollo Mira is a superior healer, archer, musician and poet. She is able to afflict others with curses (e.g. rhymed speech, telling her the truth), she can detect when someone is lying and she has the gift of foresight, allowing her to see into the future. When in the sunlight all of their abilities are heightened and stronger. With a greater focus and accuracy, she has keen, discerning eyes that makes her an excellent archer. She has the ability to manipulate light to the extent of becoming invisible. While possible it is a difficult thing to master. Being able to control light she can brighten, dim, or make light anywhere. She also always know the position of the sun, and is stronger while the sun is up. Her father being the sun god has giving her the ability to create fire out of thin air. Since Apollo was trusted with more significant powers than any other immortals, it's safe to say his children are the most underestimated demigods, and their full power remains unknown.

• Archery: Her archery skills are superior to all expect her brother. They are evenly matched in skill and deadly precision when it comes to their skill in this field of battle. She shows this skill in not only the bow and arrow but in long-ranged weaponry and other target-shooting-based activities. She has never once missed his target when firing an arrow or other projectile.

• Musical Ability: She is an expert musician, and can play any musical instrument perfectly.

• Photokinesis: She has absolute control and divine authority over light.

- Bend and/or shift light particles

- Create/generate/increase, absorb, shape and manipulate light and colors.

- Holographic Projection: The images are projected from her mind. ( She has this power but doesn't know it. )

- Invisibility

- Visual Illusions

- Light Attacks

~ Expanding Light Bolts: Project light that expands rapidly on contact with an object.

~ Formulated Light Blasts: Release blasts of light in a form of a creature or object.

~ Hand Blasts: Release light blasts from hands.

~ Light Ball Projection: Create and launch spheres of light.

~ Light Beam Emission: Release beams of a light.

~ Light Blast: Release light over a specific target area.

~ Light Bolt Projection: Release low powered projectiles of light.

~ Light Bomb Generation: Create bombs/explosions of light.

~ Light Breath: Discharge light blasts from mouth.

~ Light Bullets: Fire in short sequence over a wide area.

~ Light Wave Emission: Send out a wave of light that repels everything.

~ Missile Generation: Create missiles of light.

~ Omnidirectional Light Waves: Send out a wave of light in all directions.

~ Reflective Attacks: Release attacks of light that can bounce off of any surface.

~ Scatter Shot: Release light blasts that split into multiple fragments.

~ Sword Beam Emission: Release light blasts from swords and other such bladed weapons.

~ Zap: A tiny short release of light to cause pain or discomfort, usually too low-powered to be destructive.

- Move at light-speed.

- Photokinetic Constructs, including weapons, armor, walls or allies/servants.

• Pyrokinesis: She can create and has absolute control over the fire.

- Create/Generate/increase, absorb, shape and manipulate fire.

- Burn/melt: liquefy objects/organisms into a liquid form. ( Viscosity depends on the object being liquified, if it has a high water content then the object could become completely water like liquid. If the object is rock like or inorganic, then it will become a thick and mud-like liquid, while metal would become like mercury. )

- Fire Attacks: Relatively the same as light attacks only with fire and the bonus of heat vision.

- Pyrokinetic Constructs: The same as light constructs but with fire.

- Telekinesis: Only over the element of fire

• Vitakinesis: She can manipulate healing and healing process, speeding any or all aspects of healing to the point of regenerating, or slowing and blocking healing even if the victim possesses healing abilities

- Curing: Can remove various conditions from themselves or others, returning to the original, unmodified state and/or gain a pure condition free from all outside conditions. This is a special variation of healing that restore a their normal condition by removing any form of illness, diseases, mutation, obtained powers or skills or behavioral shifts which are caused by spells, hypnosis and mind control.

- Disease Manipulation: Can create, manipulate, shape, transform, cause/heal, etc. all forms of diseases, including their severity, contagiousness, methods of spreading, etc.

- Enhanced Immunity: Immune to some, if not all, known poisons, toxins, venoms, viruses, bacteria, etc. (This power she has but is unaware of having)

- Flawless Restoration: Capable of healing another of all inflictions, such as mental, spiritual and physical damage. They can even restore and repair abilities, as well as resurrecting the recently deceased. (This power she has but is unaware of having)

- Regenerative Healing Factor: Can rapidly regenerate, in other words, they recreate lost or damaged tissues, organs and limbs, sometimes slowing, or even stopping, aging.

- Wound Transferal: The power to transfer physical/supernatural wounds from one living being to another.

• Prophecy: Both of the twins have this gift but the power works differently for both. Mira has precognitive dreams. Which is the ability to perceive the future in dreams, whether symbolic, direct or from the perspective of another being.

• Divine Wisdom: possesses great wisdom: deep understanding and realization of concepts, people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements, and actions while keeping these understandings.

- Accelerated Probability: Ability to see all the variables of any situation and predict the outcome.

- Enhanced Charisma: Has powerful charisma, or charm, enabling them to gain the trust and loyalty of others and win them over to their cause.

- Enhanced Intelligence: Gifted with higher mental faculties such as a more powerful memory, better calculation skills, greater reasoning skills, and a more superior learning capacity.

- Enhanced Memory: Can remember great volumes of information, in greater detail and for much longer than the average human

- Reality Perception: Can perceive reality, allowing them to sense the whole truth no matter how it is hidden. If she is questioning someone, she will automatically know if the person is lying and sense the truth.

- Tactical Analysis: Can create strategies and plans several steps ahead of the opponent seeming like the user can see into the future.The user is able to elaborate complex plans and strategies and apply them in not just in battle but any other activity that involves cunning intellect.E.g Strategic games. Most of the users of this ability are very analytical and can understand or anticipate the enemies moves. Jasunr is better known for this than Mira is as she isn't fond of the strategic planning part to war.

- Tranquil State: She can remain calm in virtually any situation. This allows her to think with perfect clarity, even when under extreme emotional or physical distress. High level users are essentially immune to emotional manipulation and highly resistant to torture.

• Supernatural Detection: She can sense the presence of supernatural beings and identify them as such on sight.

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Her primary weapon was a gift giving to her by her father. The Silver bow is a weapon that is similar to the one that her aunt Diana uses, and just as powerful. The silver bows vanish when they aren't needed and reappear once they are, kind of how her brother's work. The difference between their divine bows is the material of which they were made. Jasunr bow being made of the wood of the Epirus tree and Mira's being forged of a mystical silver, her arrows as well.

The creature she was given was a manticore. The manticore has a lion face with three rows of razor-sharp shark-like teeth, a lion's body and a barbed, poisonous tail, with poisoned spines along the tail could be shot, like arrows in any direction. The tail is that of a scorpion, and it may shoot poisonous spines to either paralyze or kill its victims. The beast is very swift and makes very powerful leaps. Manticore instinctively prey upon humans devouring its prey whole leaving no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind. The twins manticore do not commonly feed upon people unless ordered to by their masters.

So begins...

Mira Alington's Story

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Character Portrait: Orys Baratheon Character Portrait: Kenna Caitlin Character Portrait: Davina Mikaelson Character Portrait: Dalila Malyns Character Portrait: Amelia Stormborn Character Portrait: Mira Alington Character Portrait: Ajax Alexander Character Portrait: Jasunr Alington
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Amelia stood out on her balcony looking down at all the festivities taking place below her. If there was one thing King Robert knew how to do it was throw a grand party. Since day one of the tourney there had been feasts and drinks and good times all around but on this final day King Robert had truly out done himself. As the king had predicted his nephew had been crowned victory of the jousting competition, which had giving Orys reputation most likely came as a surprise to none. Even though he had fallen Amelia was immensely proved on her old knight for Ser Jorah had fought with everything he had and in doing so honor himself, his queen and his kingdom.

The shock of the evening had come in Robert's speech. What she had thought was going to be a short speech of congratulations and pride had been that and so much more. She had known something big was coming the king spoke of all of Orys great feats and victories but even she hadn't anticipated what Robert had up his sleeve. The gods knew the queen surely didn't see it coming. Robert had made Orys his successor and now the next king to rule over the seven kingdoms. She wondered how Orys felt about that as she retreated back into her room.

Her room was far from empty as like the king she was currently hosting many guests. She had told the princess of the South Atlantic kingdom that she would consider her offer to forged an alliances between their kingdoms and that she had. Amelia had held many meetings with both of her advisors Ser Jorah and Ser Barristan in days past. While neither knight had at first thought the alliance to be a grand idea in the beginning Amelia had fought them both on the matter. She felt that Princess Kenna was right about her needing to gain allies outside of the South Pacific and more importantly she genuinely liked Kenna and saw a fire in the girl that reminded her of herself.

Her fellow knights had not gotten on board until after the half-gods of the Kingdom of Tripartite had agreed to ally themselves with the South Atlantic Kingdom. In joining in an alliance with the South Atlantic Kingdom she also allied herself with the Kingdom of Tripartite. Which was enough for both Jorah and Barristan to get on board. She wasn't sure if this would lead to problems down the line but that wasn't her primary concern at the moment. "Were missing the celebration. Let us adjourn for now. We can tighten up all matters when we dock in the South Atlantic."

With the tourney now at an end all foreign guest would be returning to their homelands. Instead of returning home immediately Amelia and her men would be taking a detour to the South Atlantic. There all things between the three kingdoms would be finalized and than Amelia would return home. "Well let us go now before we are seen as rude guests." Ushering out the princess, her lady-in-waiting and the four half-gods the Silver Queen was ready to partake in the festivities.

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Character Portrait: Orys Baratheon Character Portrait: Kenna Caitlin Character Portrait: Davina Mikaelson Character Portrait: Dalila Malyns Character Portrait: Amelia Stormborn Character Portrait: Mira Alington Character Portrait: Ajax Alexander Character Portrait: Jasunr Alington
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The week spent in the South Pacific kingdom had proven to be fruitful for both herself and her kingdom. She had come to Robert's tourney in hopes of forging new alliances and that was exactly what she had done. While she had hoped Queen Amelia would accept her offer she had been doubtful due to the queen's ties to the king. She was fearful that the king's alliance with the drake king would hinder any chance of her and the Silver Queen's kingdoms becoming allies. This was why when the royal cousins of the Kingdom of Tripartite arrived during day two of Robert's tourney she and Davina had convinced them to support her kingdom. It was not long after the half-gods agreed that Amelia herself had come around.

It was now the final day of the tourney and the victor had been crowned. Surprisingly Orys had not only won the title of victor of his uncle's tourney games but he was also now the newly crowned prince of the South Pacific kingdom. Kenna along with Davina, Ajax, Dalila, Jasunr, Mira and Amelia sat in Amelia's room. After the tourney had ended the the festivities began the seven newly-made friends and future had retreated to Amelia's to talk of things to come. Amelia clearly was bored of talk and wished to rejoin the rest of population. "Were missing the celebration. Let us adjourn for now. We can tighten up all matters when we dock in the South Atlantic." Kenna nodded in agreement as she too wished to join in on the festivities. She was in a joyful mood and had much to celebrate as everything was currently coming together for the young princess. "Well let us go now before we are seen as rude guests." Both Kenna and Davina laughed as Amelia began ushering everyone out of her room.

The sun was setting and the atmosphere surrounding the festival was one up life and happiest. Entering one of the many set up tents with her lady-in-waiting on her arm Kenna mixed and mingle with nobles from all across the lands. There were many servants walking about with trays of drink and foods a plenty. Kenna wasn't a big drinker but despite her small frame she quite the hardy appetite. The two girls seperated after some time together as Davina mingled and Kenna went to indulge herself in the delectable foods set about.

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Character Portrait: Orys Baratheon Character Portrait: Kenna Caitlin Character Portrait: Davina Mikaelson Character Portrait: Dalila Malyns Character Portrait: Amelia Stormborn Character Portrait: Mira Alington Character Portrait: Ajax Alexander Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Jasunr Alington
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Blending into the crowd Davina conversed with many fine nobleman while keeping her eyes on the Drake King who sat a mere few feet away. The recent good fortune of gaining not one but two new allies for the kingdom filled Kenna with bliss. She was so indulged in her blissfulness that she had begun to lower her guard in favor of enjoying the king's splendid party. While Davina too was also happy she had not forgotten where they were and although they were not technically in enemy territory their enemy was among them.

Standing in a small circle of three Davina stood with Sansa Stark of Winterfell and Margaery Tyrell of Highgarden. The ladies spoke of Robert's shocking reveal, what a grand tourney it had been and how they were saddened by it's end. Davina might have been there in body but her mind and focus was still on the King Moloch. She had never once spoken a word to the man and yet she still held a profound dislike for the man. She noticed the way he eyed not only her queen but the Dragon Queen as well.

The Drake King was known for many things including his intellect. It wouldn't surprise her one bit if he was suspicious of Kenna's motives here in Robert's kingdom. In fact if he wasn't at least a little skeptical that would be surprising. They way that he eyed the two woman across the room made Davina sure he's mind was at work trying to figure out what exactly was going on. "Excuse me for a moment. I must speak with my queen."

Excusing herself Davina maneuvered her way through the crowd until she reached Kenna who busily at work devouring the food in front of her. I think the Drake King in speculating." She spoke a hushed whisper that only her queen's ears could hear, "Should we be concerned if he is?" Kenna looked past her lady at Moloch who sat with the Orys and appeared to also be talking in hushed voices. What does he say?"

Davina quieted the voices around her and listened on the Moloch and Orys's conversation. She hadn't picked up on all of what Moloch had said but she caught him asking, "What if Queen Amelia rode out against me at Princess Kenna of the South Atlantic Kingdom? Would you join me? Her? Or will you find a way to dissuade her? " He was definitely speculating. "He asks what the future king would do if the Dragon Queen was to side with us against him. Who'd side would he take up arms against." Kenna contained her composure on the surface but Davina could her the young princess's heart beat quicken in pace. She was worried. "And what does he say?"

Davina listened in closer tuning out the sound of the music, voices and everything else that was distracting. "He wouldn't go against either of them. As for us and any others he would fight with the Drake King against all." Kenna wasn't exactly sure if that was suppose to be good news or bad. "Meaning?" Davina gave Kenna a reassuring smile. "As long as we have Queen Amelia on our side I don't think we have anything to fear from the South Pacific. Orys says he would not go against her and I believe his uncle would feel the same. If Amelia stood with us in war this kingdom would not stand in our way."

Kenna breathed a sigh of relief. "Thank the gods!" Everything was slowly falling into place. She hadn't brought up her plans of war when discussing the alliances with either Amelia or the ruling cousins but they had to know going into this that they was a possibility. The history between the South Atlantic and Drake was well known throughout the lands and sooner or later either the kingdom or city would fall. With Drake standing alone and the South Atlantic allied with two other powerful kingdoms the odds appeared to be in her favor. However, she wasn't going to get ahead of herself. She wouldn't make the same mistake her father had. If she decided to go to war the the city of Drake she would not fail. She would make sure that Drake City fail never to rise again.

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Character Portrait: Davina Mikaelson Character Portrait: Dalila Malyns Character Portrait: Amelia Stormborn Character Portrait: Mira Alington Character Portrait: Ajax Alexander Character Portrait: Jasunr Alington
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The ruling monarchy of the kingdom of Tripartite had arrived on day two of Robert's tourney. Ajax had probably been the most upset by there fashionable late arrival as it kept him from participating in the jousting segment of the tourney that he was so confident he'd be the victor of. While his cousins ignore him they knew that he was probably right but whatever the case the tourney was over and Orys stood the victor of his uncle's tourney. Despite they're none involvement in the games the tourney had been far from uneventful for them. The shocking revelation made by the king had been surprising to all especially his newly announced heir and scorned wife.

While the tourney itself had been thrilling and greatly entertaining the best part of the whole event had been the new friendships formed and alliances to come. It was Jasunr who had been approached by the beautiful Princess of the South Atlantic with the idea of forming ties between their kingdoms. Jasunr was not ignorant to the turmoil between the kingdom of the South Atlantic and the city of Drake. Nor were his cousins to which each had reacted differently when he brought up the case of Kenna's plight to them. Dalila concerned and worried about the possibility of war while Ajax seemed delighted by the prospect of war. His sister was a different case as she was indifferent to the idea of war.

There had been hours of discussion between the four but in the end they had decided to side with the young princess and whatever followed that choice they would deal with when the time came. So far the repercussions of their unanimous decision had been good as they not only gained the support of one kingdom but two. The Mother of Dragons Amelia Stormborn had like them been approached by princess Kenna and had agreed to not only ally herself with the South Atlantic Kingdom but the Kingdom of Tripartite as well.

Now standing amongst other nobles and royals of the different lands in one of the many tents set up a mere few feet from where the jousting competition had been held. Mira stood with Queen Amelia as they chatted and giggled amongst themselves. Dalila had captured the attention of several men and was being her usual gracious and charming self. The Kings of Tripartite had been enjoying themselves with drink and food when the noticed princess Kenna and her lady Davina huddled together talking in hushed whispers. Now was not the time for such things. Now was the time to celebrate and enjoy the festivities that Robert granted his guests on the last night of the tourney. Being the chivalrous men that they were they approached the two fair ladies and gave a courteous bow as Ajax extend a hand to Kenna and Jasunr to Davina. "Would you two ladies care to dance?" Ajax asked with that charming grin of his.

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Character Portrait: Orys Baratheon Character Portrait: Kenna Caitlin Character Portrait: Davina Mikaelson Character Portrait: Dalila Malyns Character Portrait: Amelia Stormborn Character Portrait: Mira Alington Character Portrait: Ajax Alexander Character Portrait: Queen Tenanye Ananse Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Jasunr Alington Character Portrait: Caliph Khaled ibn Tamim II Character Portrait: Deacon Lesseth Character Portrait: Ariana of Atlantia
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Western Desert
Caliphate of Andalusia


The Caliphs soldiers approached in the darkness, watching for any signs of treachery. As they drew closer the horses of the Drake men shied away from the camels, a common occurrence for camels are not only much larger than a horse but their smell is very foreign as well. Saheeb had drawn a small golden figurine from under his robes and now, as they halted a dozen paces from the Drake Knights he murmured several words to the figurine and tossed it to the sand.

In an instant the golden figure had seemingly melted into the sand and a woman’s figure rose, a sandy shape that walked forward several paces and then bowed most correctly to Prince Kallias. Then it spoke flawlessly in the Common tongue.

“Prince Kallias. You are most welcome to the Caliphate of Andalusia. The Caliph himself is aware of your coming and has asked me to direct you to Al Qasr.” The sand woman’s face was finely formed and almost beautiful in the moonlight that now washed across her. “These soldiers will provide you an escort to the Western Gateway where I will greet you personally. Until then my lord.”

The figure offered another bow and in an instant vanished into the sand again as if it had never been.


Sevilla
Caliphate of Andalusia


The knock on the towers lower door came as the sun was dipping on the horizon. The Caliph sighed and stretched his back as he listened to the exchange between the serving boy and the bodyguard. Farid was prized for his ability to do his duties quietly and without comment, a skill the Caliph prized in any servant but few could accomplish so well.

The General didn’t even glance up from where he was writing as the serving boy and a bodyguard appeared on the tower roof. The Caliph noted the look of amazement on the boys face and smiled to himself, he doubted the boy had ever been to the top of the Caliphs Tower before, the view was an incredible one.

A pot of steaming mint green tea was placed with two cups, then the boy bowed and backed away without a word, vanishing back into the tower with the bodyguard. Once the door had closed again the Caliph stood, stepping to the edge of the tower rampart and looking down over the city far below.

“We have built some amazing wonders in this desert land.” He said aloud and heard the General stand and made room for the other man to join him.

“Yes we have lord. It is no wonder they call this land the Jewel of the South.”

They were silent again until a sudden swirl of air made them both turn and a female shape formed itself before them. It bowed low to the Caliph who nodded in return.

“My lord Caliph, a Prince of the Drake Kingdom has crossed into our lands under the guidance of an Andalusian. One of our patrols has intercepted him. I welcomed him in your name and directed him to Al Qasr to await you orders.”

“Thank you Priestess. Please inform your sisters there that I will require a portal for myself by this evening. My personal regiment is also to transport to the city. We must greet this Drake Princling in the style I am sure he expects.”

“My lord.” The figure bowed again and vanished into nothing.

“A Prince of the Drake Kingdom…” The Caliph mused as he looked Westwards. “I wonder what mischief is brewing in the west to bring a man like this to our land.”


The South Pacific Kingdom

A woman moved through the crowd, a smile on her face that would have charmed the birds from the trees. She was shorter then the Western women by several inches but her beauty was undeniable. An hour glass figure, long black hair that fell to her waist in long curls, and slightly tanned skin that highlighted startlingly blue eyes.

She offered smiles to all and exchanged words with any who approached her. She bore no marks of a nation though it would be plain she was not a local, perhaps a citizen of the Triphate.

There was nothing sinister in her actions for all she did was listen, quietly marking everything she heard and saw. The alliances that formed, the word play between nobles, the glances and their implied meanings, all of it.

The Caliph had suspected that war might be in the offing and she was certain now that he had been right and that the lines were being drawn in the sand, and sides chosen. She knew well that the Caliph would not commit his own armies to any “White War” as he called them, but the Caliphate would eventually be affected one war or another.