Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Stopping a war|
I smiled as I watched Silky with our daughter. I had tilled the ground with wooden hand tools until it was soft. Now she was using Crystal’s hands to make holes to plant two acorns, one from her own tree and the other a Golden Oak. They were just the right distance apart so they wouldn’t crowd each other.
I glanced at the small group of dryads as they led three men out of the trees. Silky waved but didn’t stop as she covered the acorn she had just placed in the hole. The men hesitated and then walked towards me. I sighed and sat back in the comfortable chair I had made and turned to pour more hot coffee into my cup.
Since it was spring and nice out, I had made a large stone patio outside the front door. I smiled as the men stopped in front of my table. All the dryads slipped over to Silky and Crystal to whisper and giggle. One man looked a little more finely dressed and cleared his throat, “We were told you might be able to help us wizard.”
I gestured and more cups appeared. I poured coffee and sent them to each man, “what is the problem?”
The man looked at the others before blurting, “End the war!”
I looked at the other two men, “Which war?”
They looked at each other and the better dressed one shook his head, “The war between the kingdoms of Themes and Melech.”
I turned as Merlin appeared in the doorway behind me. He was holding a large tome and bowed. I gestured and it floated out to me and gently settled to the table. I touched it and whispered the names of the two kingdoms. The large thick book opened and I glance at one of the pages to see the elegant names printed on two columns describing the two countries.
I looked at the men, “How did you get here?”
One cleared his throat, “The mage gate in Trent.”
I nodded and looked at Silky and my daughter as I thought. They were quiet as they waited for my answer. I finally turned to look at Merlin in the doorway, “Pack for me.”
He nodded and vanished as I stood, “Silky?”
She looked away from her sister dryads, “William?”
I smiled as one of the dryads absently took Crystal as Silky stood to come to me. I held her in my arms, “I need to help these men.”
She glanced at them and then nodded, “I have to watch...”
I touched her lips, “I know. I want you and Crystal to stay here until I come back. We can go visit the grove then.”
She smiled, “I was going to ask some other the others to stay but...”
She looked at the men, “They have an agreement with these men.”
I grinned, “give them a day or two and then have the ones that are finished come back.”
Silky grinned, “Don’t take to long I might need attention too.”
I hugged her before turning to gesture to the pack Merlin was holding as I walked towards the door. I slipped the pack on and walked in and then went down to the lower hallway. I murmured the spell for Trent as I placed my hand on the door. I looked around when the world was once more as it should be.
I was beside a large ornate gateway with glowing crystal orbs and stone vines. I looked around the empty meadow before walking towards what looked like a tavern. I walked in and a large man with a wooden leg turned to look at me. I smiled as I walked closer, “I was told there was a war here.”
The man frowned, “Aye.”
I stopped and glanced at the kitchen door when it opened, “how about I buy us a meal and you can tell me all about it.”
He grinned, “that sounds like a deal.”
He glanced at the almost frightened woman in the kitchen doorway, “Lunch Terri.”
She nodded and closed the door. The man gestured to a table and I slipped my pack off and set it beside the table and sat with my back to the wall. He smiled faintly as he sat across from me, “What would you like to know?”
I smiled as the woman returned with two mugs of cider and looked at him, “how did it start?”
He blinked and took a sip of cider before setting the mug down, “Now that is a good question. Would you believe it started over a woman?”
I smiled, “Many wars have been started over women.”
He snorted, “I believe it.”
He glanced at the woman as she brought two bread bowls of stew, “Well, this one started because the daughter of the king...”
He glanced at me, “our king here in Trent. Anyway she was caught with a noble of Melech. She was already promised to the young prince of Themes.”
I shook my head, “that would start a war.”
He nodded and we started eating. I glanced at him, “tell me about the royal families in Themes and Melech.”
He grinned, “Well, the king of Themes has three sons and two daughters. The king in Melech has two sons and three daughters. To bad the royal idiots don’t just put the kids together and end this.”
I smiled and went back to eating. After I was done I slipped a silver coin onto the table, “thank you for the information.”
He glanced at the coin as I lifted my pack and turned towards the door, “the two armies are due west over the border about two days away.”
I glanced at him as I left and began walking. The trail out of the meadow seem long disused and neglected. The few people I saw along the way seemed to go out of their way to avoid other people. I camped beside a stream that night and listened to the murmur while wishing Silky was with me.
I was up early the next morning and after a breakfast of bread and cheese, started walking again. It was afternoon before I reached the small town of Terence which was on the border. I could see a small shack on the other side of the town where the border was. I could also see a platoon of men to the right and beyond it another to the left.
I shifted my pack and continued through the town and glanced at the squad of soldiers beside the custom shack. They stood as I continued walking but didn’t try to stop me. I walked straight out between the two groups of soldiers and set my pack down. I glanced around before starting a long spell that created a large pentagram.
I faced each side as I kept murmuring and symbols appeared. When I was done I relaxed and gestured to each group. They shouted and yelled as they were suddenly dragged towards me. I pointed out each officer as they drew near and stopped and the officer was pulled to the very edge of the pentagram.
I smiled, “now that I have your attention, you will send runners with dispatches to your kings. If they are not here within one week I will destroy their country.”
I looked at them both before letting them go. I sat as they rushed back and a moment later arrows were fired at me. They reached the outer edge of the pentagram before stopping and exploding in a burst of flame. I gestured and murmured and the archers yelled as their bows burst into fire.
The two platoons quickly moved away and a moment later I saw runners as they left. I sat and opened my pack to pull out a nice sandwich Merlin had packed. When I finished I stood and created a large comfortable chair and sat back to wait. Once it grew dark I slipped back into Terence and bought a meal at the only tavern.
After I finished eating I went back to the pentagram and made a bed beside the chair. It was seven days before the king of Melech arrived. Within an hour the king of Themes arrived. They both had a couple of companies of calvary. The two camps of soldiers moved around like they were getting ready for a fight.
I sighed and pointed to each king and murmured a spell. They yelled and struggled as they were lifted and started moving towards me. I gestured and a wall of fire blocked their soldiers from coming to help. I moved them around until they were beside each other and created two chairs before sitting them, “now we are going to talk.”
They stood and I sighed, “which half of your country would you like me to destroy?”
They froze and slowly sat again. I nodded, “your war is over.”
They opened their mouths and I held up my hand, “you are destroying your own countries and those around you.”
They reddened and glanced at each other. I nodded and looked at the king of Themes, “you have three sons and two daughters.”
He nodded and I looked at the king of Melech, “and you have two sons and three daughters.”
He nodded and I looked at them until they looked at each other again. I smiled as realization hit, “bring your children together.”
They opened their mouths and closed them as I cleared my throat, “let me get this straight. You two idiots are fighting and men are dying because the daughter of another king wanted a minor noble.”
They looked at each other as their faces darkened. I gestured, “think about it and come back for dinner.”
They stood and glanced at each other before walking back to their men. I smiled as runners were sent out almost as soon as they were back. A little later messengers were going back and forth. I pulled a book from my pack and sat back to read while ignoring the two small armies. When it was late afternoon I put the book away and stood to stretch.
I left the pentagram and walked into Terence and spoke with the tavern keeper. He was hesitant but agreed to help. I went back and created a table in front of the two vacant chairs the kings had used. I gestured to them and they came out to look at me after feeling my touch. Several men from Terence were carrying large trays and the two kings started walking.
For four days we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner together and had polite conversations. The fifth day dawned with hundreds more men arriving and then carriages and richly dressed nobles. More messengers went back and forth as the armies sat in camps. I created a much larger table for our evening meal as both kings sent a messenger to me.
I put the two queens beside each other with the kings beside them and mixed the children up. It was tense at first until I created a small illusion to show the two queens my daughter. After that they were comparing notes and the two kings were shaking their heads. The princes and princesses talked and chatted and there actually seemed to be sparks between pairs.
A week later I summoned the two kings and waited for them to sit. I smiled, “well?”
They looked at each other before nodding and looking at me, “the war is over.”
I sighed and stood, “don’t make me come back. Before you think of going to war again sit down and talk like grown men.”
I gestured and the pentagram vanished and I lifted my pack and looked at them, “live long and rule wisely.”
I started walking towards Trent and the mage gate.
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