Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Teaching Knights to dance|
The news of the Emperor’s Ward being in the city spread quickly. It was as if new life had arrived to breathe fresh hope into everyone’s life. Nobles and merchants alike planned grand balls and parties in her honor. The city Guard was becoming much better with my lessons helping them. It was two days after returning Kendra to the Ambassador that something happened.
I was in the marketplace with Teresa who was shopping. The disturbance from an entrance quickly spread and drew near. I held a staff in one hand and a large basket in the other as Teresa bargained with a farmer for chickens. Suddenly the crowd in the merchant row hastily scattered as three knights walked ahead of a lady and two more followed her.
I could see how stiff she was and the way she was frowning at the brutal treatment of the knights. As the knight in the lead reached me, he reached out to shove me aside. I swayed back and brought the end of the staff down on his foot. He yelled as he began to hop on one foot and the other two knights went for me. I swept back and forth, slamming the end other the staff against their shins.
They jerked back and went to one foot as the two knights in back moved forward. I thrust down into one’s foot and then swept across into the other’s shin as he yanked his dagger out. I shook my head, “courtesy gentlemen.”
The noblewoman was grinning as the knights fanned out. I sighed and took a step to the side to push Teresa into the merchant’s booth and set the basket down. I stepped out and one of the knights slid forward only to jump back and hop as my staff cracked against his shin. I smiled as they rushed me and then jerked back and shifted onto their other feet. I shook my head, “A knight must be ever courteous in all his dealings.”
I thrust down to hit another foot that was quickly jerked back. Things changed when they looked at each other and drew their swords. I shifted and changed my stance. The staff lashed out as they moved and slammed into one knight’s hand. His sword dropped from his numb hand as he jerked away. The butt of the staff lifted and shot out to strike another’s elbow and his sword spun away.
The three knights left lunged and my staff swept sideways knocking their swords away before spinning and one end crashing down on a wrist. The staff spun sideways and slammed into the forearm of another knight. His sword spun away over a merchant’s booth as I turned and back stepped away from another lunge. I brought the staff around and down against the wrist holding the last sword and it to dropped to the ground. I shook my head, “I am very disappointed gentlemen.”
They growled as they clutched at their daggers. I glanced past them at Duke Godfree who had walked up to stand beside the lady. The Duke cleared his throat and the knights glanced back before paling. The Duke nodded to me, “Perhaps you gentlemen would move this… display to a more suitable place.”
The knights stepped back unsure and I bowed to the Duke, “it is good to see you again sir.”
He nodded and looked at the Knights “why don’t you offer to take this to the guards practice yard? It isn’t that far away.”
They looked from me to the Duke and frowned before nodding. One looked at me, “Well?”
I sighed and looked at Teresa, “I am watching and protecting someone. Perhaps later.”
The knight growled and I shrugged as I looked passed him at the Duke, “I have lessons with the Guard tomorrow morning if they still feel the need for instructions.”
The knight started to step towards me and the Duke cleared his throat, “I’m sure they would be glad to meet you then.”
The knights looked at him in surprise and I bowed, “Thank you for understanding.”
He nodded and held his arm out to the lady and turned to walk off. I looked at the knights as they looked around angrily and began picking up their swords. They left pushing people out of the way and the merchants started laughing. I picked up the basket as the merchant went back to bargaining with Teresa.
I didn’t realize how big a deal it was until I walked to the practice yard. The whole area was alive with merchants and nobles as well as almost all the off duty guards. I was wearing an old Peacemaker tunic as the Guard Captain stepped out grinning. He bowed, “I am acting as moderator. Do you wish to yield and apologize to his majesty’s knights?”
I smiled slightly and raised an eyebrow, “I think not.”
He nodded and gestured to the open space. On the edge I saw the King, the Imperial Ambassador, Kendra, the Lady the knights had been leading and Duke Godfree. There were others in the surrounding crowd as I walked into the open space.
I bowed to the King and he nodded. I looked at the racks of weapons and selected a staff. The knights didn’t hesitate to grab swords and out of the corner of my eye I saw Godfree shake his head. I bowed to the knights, “Where was I? Oh yes. A knight is courteous…”
My staff swept sideways as a knight lunged and slammed into his forearm. His practice sword spun away as he jerked his arm back. I side stepped and spun the staff before letting it slide straight out to hit a knight in the stomach, “As I was saying. You gentlemen owe the merchants an apology for your rude behavior.”
I used a spin with the staff to block and throw a sword up before stepping in and bringing one end down on an exposed foot. He jerked and hopped back as I moved the other way and lashed out to knock a sword from a knight’s hands and slash down to hit his foot. He yelled and jumped back as I spun and blocked a lunge. I twisted the staff and jabbed out and down into an exposed shin and the knight was hopping back. I shook my head, “I knight must be patient.”
I swept the staff back and forth blocking two knights swords before dropping the end and jabbing into a foot before it could be pulled back. I circled as the two knights returned with their dropped swords, “Most importantly, a knight needs respect for an unknown foe.”
The staff started towards one knight only to suddenly slide back in the other direction as that knight tried to attack. The staff dropped to strike him in the thigh and he jerked and pulled back limping. I spun the staff to block two swords and then brought one end down on a shoulder. The knight dropped his sword and stumbled back. I swept the staff sideways to slam the end into the side of a knight’s head before pulling it back and spinning it to knock another sword away.
I brought the other end around and it shot down to hit a foot before I turned and brought it around. The knight that had lunged was off balance as the staff suddenly hit his side knocking him to the ground. I spun and let the staff jab straight out at a lunging knight. He tried to block and fumbled as the staff shot into his stomach knocking the breath from him.
I turned and circled the two knights still willing to step up. They were both wary as I smiled, “Most importantly, a knight must appear to the ladies to be gentle and kind.”
They glanced at each other as I waited for them to move. They finally stepped back and bowed before looking at the Guard Captain, “We yield.”
He grinned and walked into the open space, “My lord Fury you are the winner.”
I bowed slightly, “The lesson was on weapons and curtsey.”
I looked at the five embarrassed knights, “Because you know how to use a weapon do not assume that makes you better then the man holding what appears to be something else. In the right hands anything can be used with skill.”
I bowed the Duke Godfree, “My mother’s teacher taught her that with a simple hay fork.”
I looked at the knights, “remember this and learn from it. My mother was a Peacemaker and her teacher showed her something she didn’t know. Do not think of being embarrassed. Learn from this and become better.”
I bowed to the king and hesitated before bowing to Kendra. I turned to leave and handed the staff to the Guard Captain.
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