Fantasy. Duke Edward Solaris learns of his father’s death and rushes home from patrol, only to encounter a family friend having mysterious powers: Alain Harper the Undying Singer. With fellow Triond author Jack Shepherd.

THRONE WARS 01

Fantasy. Duke Edward Solaris learns of his father’s death and rushes home from patrol, only to encounter a family friend having mysterious powers: Alain Harper the Undying Singer. With fellow Triond author Jack Shepherd.

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“If the world is ruled by the sword, why do men wear crowns…?”

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It is written in the ancient books that the seven kingdoms will become one, under one house. This united kingdom shall stand for three thousand years.

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Edward Solaris awoke from a strange dream, a dream in which he was standing upon a mountain with the sun shining behind his right shoulder and all the land before him was filled with its light. In the light of the sun he reached out his hand over the seven kingdoms…

A knight dressed in black leather covered in white armour peeked in Edward’s tent. “What is it, my lord?”

“Nothing, Sir Martin. Return to your post.”

After the knight left, Edward washed himself, then began to put on his armour. First he put on a pullover black leather shirt without laces or buttons. Then came black leather pants which went down to the ankles and which were cut to fit. After that came black leather boots which had white painted steel for shin guards. The torso was fully covered with the same white-painted steel which had the emblem of the Shining Sun, gold and brilliant: the sigil of House Solaris. Black leather gloves ran up to the elbow and the forearms and were covered in white steel. The groin, biceps, neck and thighs were only covered by black leather and then loose chain mail which was silver in color. All these parts of the body were rather exposed compared to the torso. Crowning the whole, while in battle conditions, would be a white helmet that covered everything except the mouth and chin.

Edward wondered about this armour sometimes. Yes, it allowed its wearer to move freely, but at what cost? A well-placed blow to the thigh, bicep or neck could mean death. The chain mail offered some protection, but it was not the same as full armour. On the other hand, full armor hampered one’s maneuverability and sometimes that could lead to death as well.

Ah, well. No panoply one could put on was without its advantages and disadvantages. The key was to know them well, and how to apply that knowledge in every situation in battle. Sir Martin drilled that lesson into the heads of every knight he trained. The son of a duke could profit as well as anyone from it.

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  • johnmariow on Aug 3, 2012

    Well written! Excellent!

  • Jason ward on Aug 20, 2012

    :D Jack Shepherd and I thank you. Be sure to read the rest and comment if you like.

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