Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Taking a Duke’s life|
The next day rumors began spreading about the Emperor calling for troops. Within hours more rumors began of the king’s refusal. The rumors varied from the King rebelling against the Emperor to the kingdom being exempt because of trade agreements. Somehow I knew it all evolved Duke Toffel. By late afternoon everyone was talking about the King’s court being split.
I couldn’t wait any longer and went to the stable to change. For the first time since I had been in this city I dressed in Peacemaker regalia. Everything from the twin short swords sticking up from the small of my back. To the star silver chain mail with my crest. Knives were in each leg sheath and slim white handled stilettos in both forearm sheath. Around my body were the slim throwing daggers Peacemaker’s were known for.
When I stepped into the common room everyone went quiet. Master Hoard looked at me and knelt. “Lord.”
I nodded, “I have to go out.”
He bowed and I turned away and walked out. I knew what this would cause but I needed to end the rumors quickly before one of the nobles took it to far and I had to do something… drastic. I walked the streets making no attempt to hide. I walked straight for the Nobles gate in the Curtain wall. There were a dozen guards standing around when I approached the gate. They straightened and formed a wall blocking the gate. I stopped in front of a sergeant I knew well, “Move.”
He cleared his throat, “Imperial Peacemakers are not permitted past this point.”
I knew he was ignoring the Imperial kill order on all Peacemakers and smiled, “We go where justice demands. Move or face my judgment.”
He hesitated and then moved aside. The other guards cleared a path and I walked through the clear path and then through the gate. I kept going and the guards along the way only stopped to watch as I passed. I went straight to the King’s keep. The guards pulled swords as I walked up and I shifted slightly, two spikes flashed out from my hands and made a solid sound as they sank into the wood by the head of each guard.
They jumped and dropped their sword as I walked closer. I pulled the two spikes out without speaking and continued into the keep. The guards only stood aside as I made my way to the King’s chamber and stopped. I think they were shocked when I knocked. When the King called for me to enter, I opened the door and walked in. He was sitting beside the fireplace with his wife and she jumped up, “NO!”
I smiled as I came closer and grabbed a chair. He had stood slowly and faced me as I sat and looked at him. His wife came into his arms and he cleared his throat, “Peacemaker?”
I nodded my head, “Your majesty I need answers.”
He looked away and finally nodded, “The rumors about me not sending troops to the Emperor.”
I nodded and he sat, pulling his wife onto his lap almost absently. He held her against him and looked at me, “Duke Toffel and several others have a letter of intent. If I support the Emperor they will seek to replace me by using the Nobles court. They say I am not competent to rule if I am only the Emperor’s puppet.”
I sat back and looked towards the window, “The duke and every other noble know I am here. For some reason people believe a Peacemaker kills whenever they wish, without regard for evidence of truth.”
I looked back to the King, “It is your duty as the Emperor’s direct vassal to support him and the Empire.”
I looked from his wife back to him, “If Duke Toffel is interfering with the protection of the Empire then he is my problem.”
I stood and turned to the door. Outside the guards were all gathered around the door and parted as I walked through them. My walk through the Noble retreat was meet with fear as many stood at their gates with guards. I ignored them and continued to the manor of Duke Toffel. At the gate to his manor stood a dozen large guards in his livery. As I approached they moved to block the entrance. I stopped a few feet away from a huge man that was plainly the captain of his guards, “I have business here, move.”
The man laughed with his guards. He stepped closer, “Boy, there is nothing here for you. Run away before I teach you…”
I didn’t wait for him to finish or warn him. Both swords slipped into my hands and darted forward to slice through his inner thighs, cutting both arteries. He screamed and dropped to the ground as I shoved past him and headed straight into his guards. They were in shock and scrambled to pull weapons.
I wasn’t waiting, they had made it clear that they were there to stop me. I slashed one guard’s throat and stabbed another in the neck. I blocked a hasty lunge and stabbed him under the arm before spinning to deflect a sword as it chopped down at me. As the guard twisted and tried to pull the sword back to block, I cut his throat and turned to the other guards as they suddenly backed away.
One by one they threw their weapons down and held empty hands out. I waved a sword out the gate and they were quick to rush out. I turned and knelt to wipe my swords clean before walking towards the large front doors. There were several people in the great hall and everyone backed away as I walked through them with drawn swords. The Duke had stood up with a pale face and wide eyes, “The Peacemakers are outlawed!”
I didn’t even smile as I walked closer. My left sword only flick out and back when a guard suddenly stepped out. I continued while the guard grabbed his throat and dropped to his knees. The duke was backing up looking around for help when I stopped, “Send someone for the letter of intent.”
He jerked and then seemed to straighten, “Who do you think you are…”
I took a step closer, “I am Edward Fury, Imperial Peacemaker to this kingdom and I am here to make a judgment.”
His mouth opened and closed before he went to his knees. I held a hand up to stop the pleading, “Send for the letter of intent.”
He gulped and nodded before looking at an older man in a servants livery, “Bring me the metal box on my desk.”
It was several moments before the old man returned. I sheathed one of my swords and took the box while keeping my eyes on the old man. He released the box and I brought my other sword up as he lifted a dagger, “You can try.”
He stood frozen for a minute and then let the dagger drop, I nodded and he stepped back. I watched as he backed away and then opened the box without looking. I sheathed my sword and pulled the letter out. With only part of my attention, I read the letter. I finally looked up and into his face, “You think to break the Empire?”
He swallowed but didn’t say anything. My left hand sword swept out of its sheath and across his throat before he could even scream. I turned to the other nobles as he grabbed his throat trying to stop the spraying blood as his life leaked away, “The Empire will stand and you will stand with her or I will bury you as an enemy.”
I walked through the crowd and they hurriedly got out of my way. I stopped at the gate to clean my sword before heading to the Nobles gate. The letter had been very explicit about several wealth merchants. As I approached the gate several guard moved out to block my way. I was done being nice, they knew who and what I was. I pulled both swords before I even reached the gate.
A grey haired sergeant came out a small door and saw me. He looked at the guards and told them to stand aside. They hurriedly moved as I continued through the gate and out into the city. My first stop was a merchant that was a greedy miser. He lived a couple of blocks from the gate and had his own guards. When I banged on his gate the guard that answered was both arrogant and insulting.
I vaulted to the top of the gate and swung over drawing one of my swords as I dropped to the ground on the other side. The guard’s eyes were huge as he backed away quickly fumbling for the sword at his waist. I stepped forward and cut across the back of his hand. He yelped and quickly pulled his hand away from his sword. I pointed the sword at him, “You will remove the sword and never touch one again.”
He nodded hastily and unbuckled the belt to let it fall to the ground. He yanked the gate open and ran out into the street. I turned and walked into the manor, sheathing my sword as I went. The merchant was entertaining other merchants and they looked up as I walked through the door unannounced. My time in the city had been well spent and I recognized the merchant and started for him.
Another merchant moved to block my way while placing his hand on his dagger. My sword slipped into my hand and across his throat before his could do anything. I pushed him out of my way as several women screamed. “Quiet!”
I walked to the merchant and put my sword against his throat, “For treason against the empire I sentence you to poverty.”
His face was white as him straightened, “You…”
I pushed the point in enough that a point of blood formed as he froze, “If you like, I can just hang your body in Judgment Square.”
Another well dressed merchant moved out of the crowd with a drawn sword, “Try me dog.”
I looked at him and pulled back to kick into the groan of the merchant I was here for. I turned as my other sword slipped into my hand, “This is not a wise course merchant.”
He moved closer and slid into a guard position. I waited and he finally slid closer and his sword flick out towards my right hand. I brought my sword out and then around as I turned and lunged. As his sword was thrown to the side he tripped and fell back and away from the point of my other blade. I waved the blade, “Stand up merchant, I won’t kill you if you are lying on your back.”
His face went flush and he snarled as he rolled to his feet. He lunged suddenly before he was really close enough. I slapped the blade away and cut his arm with my other sword, “That is the only warning I will give you.”
His face was white but he moved into a stance and shifted as if to start circling. I moved sideways and into his path and he hesitated before lunging at my leading hand. I whirled the sword around throwing his sword wide as I stepped in and cut across with my other sword. He fell back trying to stop the spurting blood from his neck. I stepped away and turned to look at the merchant, “Leave or face a final judgment.”
He looked around but the rest of the merchants were white faced and wouldn’t meet his gaze. He finally backed away and turned to walk out the door. I looked around, “That is your only warning. Leave now and go home. The Empire will stand.”
I walked out stopping to wipe my sword at the door. I moved back into the street and the shadows. It was a long, slow walk back to the Inn.
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