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GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:59 am
by AK_Brickster
Preparations for rebellion against the Queen have been going on in earnest for many nervous weeks, as the people of Roawia readied their arms to drive the tyrant from her stronghold, and free their leaders and their land from her reign of oppression.

The Queen's spies, well entrenched throughout the land, quickly learned of these plans and wasted no time bringing word to the royal palace.

"We must remind those foolish peasants that I still hold their leaders in captivity. Perhaps they are tired of our threats and need something that strikes a little closer to home....", the dark Queen muttered angrily to Maldrake after the spy exited the throne room.

Maldrake the Silent, ever true to his name, said nothing, but simply produced a scroll and quill from seemingly nowhere. He nodded in the direction of the tower where the leaders were held, and Galainir understood his intentions.

"Ha, that is an excellent idea. We will have the leaders write letters to their provinces forbidding military action, on fear of their lives. Let it be so. If they refuse, you have my permission to 'convince them', however you must."

Maldrake nodded, turned and exited the chamber, gesturing to a couple of the queen's thugs to follow him to the prison cell.

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"ARE YOU MAD?? I'll NEVER!", the furious Jarl spluttered through his overgrown and unkempt beard as Maldrake extended the paper and pen towards him. The queen's thugs standing behind the wizard adjusted the grip on their swords nervously at the sight of the big man's rage, but Maldrake simply continued to grin evilly.

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"I'll wipe that grin right off your twisted face, you ugly no-good son of a walrus!" He shouted, lunging at the wizard before hitting the end of his chains, falling helplessly to his knees as the last of his energy gave way.

These had been a long many days for Jarl Eindrik, Prince Lorean, and Lord Triphian. They had been locked in the central tower of the castle with only the barest of dried bread and putrid water to sustain them. Now, Maldrake was demanding that they write letters to their countrymen to remind them that no military action was to be taken against the queen. It was clear that disobedience of his demands would not be pretty, if the array of torture instruments laid out before them was any indication of his intentions.

Triphian and Lorean sat slumped against the wall of the prison, watching the burly Jarl as the massive man attempted to hold on to the last shred of his once great Northern pride. Triphian clenched and unclenched his fists in anger, his gaunt and stubbled face boiling crimson at the thought of complying with Maldrake's orders, but the beads of sweat on his forehead betrayed his fear of the alternative...

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Prince Lorean remained slumped against the wall, eyes closed. Triphian was confused as to how the prince could remain so calm in the face of such demands, but took it as a sign that his former Loresii enemy was either too weakened to protest, or simply too resigned to death to care that he was about to be tortured mercilessly.

The now prostrate Jarl Eindrik of Garheim was approached by the queen's men, his shoulders roughly pinned to the ground. Maldrake noiselessly mouthed a short incantation, and the tip of his staff began to glow, becoming red-hot in a matter of seconds. He approached the burly man, wand extended to begin the 'convincing' that the queen had authorized.

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The smell of singed hair wafted through the small cell as Maldrake's wand was about to lay fire to the Jarl's flesh, when a soft but stern voice chocked out the words, "No. Stay your hands, vile Sorcerer."

Maldrake paused and looked over to where Lorean sat leaning against the dank wall of the cell, eyes still closed. "We will do as you ask, but do not harm the Jarl", the prince spoke in response to his gaze.

"Coward...." muttered the Jarl through his still-clenched teeth, but he lacked the strength to say more.

"Are you out of your mind, man?" Lord Triphian whispered harshly at the prince from his spot against the wall.

Lorean cracked one lid open toward the Lenfel lord, and Triphian noticed a twinkle in the beleaguered eye as Lorean replied in hushed tones, "Quite the contrary Triphian....You must trust me."

Then, to Maldrake, he said in full tone, "I will write the letter on behalf of the three of us. The Jarl is in no position to pen his own, nor would he, and this fool Lenfel can barely read, much less write."
Triphian took extreme umbrage to this insult, but held his tongue. Something about the look Lorean had given him gave him pause, and he thought it best to play along for now.

In the next few minutes, Lorean penned a letter to the oppressed peoples of Roawia, urging them to refrain from military action against the queen, and reminding them of the peril that their beloved leaders would face should they rebel.

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When he was finished, he carefully folded it, pressed his signet ring into the seal, and handed it to Triphain to do the same. After a moment of hesitation, Triphian complied. The Jarl still laid on the ground, now unconscious from his effort, so Triphian mustered his strength to stumble over to him and carefully pressed the proud man's ring into the wax to complete the deed.

Maldrake waved his hand, and one of the soldiers stepped forward, snatching the letter out of Triphian's hand. The thug smiled, then gave the Lenfel a hefty shove, sending the proud Lord sprawling backwards onto the floor, his weakened state offering little resistance.

The soldiers all got a hearty laugh out of the nasty deed, and even Maldrake cracked an evil grin from behind his beard before turning and exiting the chamber with the guards.

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"You better have a good reason for this." Triphian snarled at Lorean as the door slammed shut, wiping the blood from his mouth from the split lip he'd just received from his fall.

"Don't worry, Triphian. I always have a plan" replied the prince confidently.

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Triphian crawled over to check the Jarl's neck for a pulse, but decided against trying to navigate the thick beard and instead tried a wrist. Satisfied that Eindrik still lived, he returned to his previous spot against the wall, and limply leaned into a seated position, exhausted.

Lorean continued in hushed tones, "The Areani have a secret encryption technique that I am familiar with, as all Loreesi leaders are. In the letter I just wrote, I hid a message that only someone with such training will be able to extract. I provided information about the castle, it's defenses, and details about our holding location. With this information, the rebel forces should have a much easier time planning the impending assault."

Price Triphian, ever cautious, took a moment to mull over Lorean's hasty plan. "Well then, Loreesi, let's hope your coding is as foolproof as you think it is. Our lives and the success of the rebellion depends on it."
As he rolled over to rest, he added, "Let's also hope that the Jarl stays passed out until rescue comes, because I have a feeling he'd wring your neck if he knew you gave in to Maldrake's demands, no matter the reason."

With that, the three leaders resumed their state of captivity, waiting for the rescue that they all prayed would soon come.

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STAY TUNED FOR MORE!

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:13 am
by SSchmidt
Bring on the assault! The Queen's fortress is far to massive for a few unorganized rabble-rousers to climb!


Great addition to the story. I unfortunately, I don't like it. It just leaves me wanting more :P

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:32 am
by royalbrickcustoms
Interesting story development. Can't wait to see what happens next. :)

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:41 am
by Sir Erathor
Go Lorean! The story fits the pictures perfectly, well done Jordan. :)

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:22 am
by Brickninja
The plot thickens! Can't wait to see how it plays out.

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:19 am
by Starconyx4
WOOOHOOO! Time to save our leaders and take down some queensmen! The intenseness of this is awesome! Time for the Loreesi leaders to decipher that message!

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:46 am
by andhe
I think I've cracked the code!

Hear ye, Hear Ye people of Roawia.
Escape is not an option so we ask you not to attempt a rebellion
Listen to Queen Galainir and obey her,
Patience is the only option.

Regards,
Lorean, Triphian and Eindrik



Great story, look forward to hearing more.

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:09 pm
by Rifiröfi
andhe wrote:I think I've cracked the code!

Hear ye, Hear Ye people of Roawia.
Escape is not an option so we ask you not to attempt a rebellion
Listen to Queen Galainir and obey her,
Patience is the only option.

Regards,
Lorean, Triphian and Eindrik


Yeah, right, do you really think that the Areani have such an advanced secret encryption technique? ;)

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:21 pm
by TTrooper
Nice development to the story! Us Loreesi are always ready and we always have a plan :wink:
Most of the time at least :spin:
anyway can't wait for the next part! :D

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:28 pm
by mpoh98
THIS IS AWESOME! :D Fantastic story, so looking forward to the next GC! :D

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:21 pm
by SSchmidt
Rifiröfi wrote:Yeah, right, do you really think that the Areani have such an advanced secret encryption technique? ;)


Good point. Knowing Lorean, it probably says this...

"HELLOW.
ME HURT.
PLZ HALP ME."

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:24 pm
by andhe
SSchmidt wrote:Good point. Knowing Lorean, it probably says this...

"HELLOW.
ME HURT.
PLZ HALP ME."


HMP? Still works... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Prison :D

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:32 pm
by Gavin of Lockwood
Bring it on, Queen! Gavin's band will offer heavy resistance, especially when Gavin gets his staff back! :twisted:

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:43 pm
by josdu
Great :D ! Can't wait for more :twisted: !

Re: GC VI - Galainir Pushes Back

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:27 pm
by jman44
Great story! Can't wait to see what happens next, is this leading into another GC already??