Fantasy. Edward formally becomes the Duke of Solaris and confers with Alain and his party, Alain sees a sign of an ancient evil awakening in the world, and Salak the Dark Elf demonstrates that he is just as dangerous as ever. With fellow Triond author Jack Shepherd.

THRONE WARS – CHAPTER 08

Fantasy. Edward formally becomes the Duke of Solaris and confers with Alain and his party, Alain sees a sign of an ancient evil awakening in the world, and Salak the Dark Elf demonstrates that he is just as dangerous as ever. With fellow Triond author Jack Shepherd.

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The yellow-and-white banners of House Solaris fluttered overhead on both sides of the wide street as Edward and his company of knights rode into Kiryat ha-Shachar: The City of Dawn in Adamic. The Council of Dawn which ran the state from day to day awaited him at the far end of the street, as did the Clerics of the Sun and the four Generals of the Host. Sixteen representatives called the Elders of the People, four from each division of the populace according to temperament and type, also awaited the company’s arrival. Alain Harper’s proposal that the late Duke have such an advisory group had struck the Duke as a good idea.

Too bad, Alain thought, that this was such a recently established custom. The old Duke had but a few years to make use of their input before he died.

Alain and his company rode several paces behind the Duke and his two constant companions, on five real horses this time. The Lightchildren had practice in equestrian arts during their long lives, as Jordan had during his short life; Princess Ariel had but little. But thanks to Alain’s and Autumn’s steadying and healing hands, the horse she rode proved meek and obedient, which almost made her stomach settle down to its normal state.

Alain had much to think about, as usual. The Fief of Lumina was peaceful on the outside, but trouble was brewing in its upper echelons. Despite the mood of celebration in both company and citizenry alike, the Council and the Clerics were worried. The late William Solaris, like “Old Man Adams”, had allowed both groups much power. But Edward wasn’t like his father in that regard; he believed in the centralization of power, almost axiomatically.

Edward’s father had never been a great influence in his life, and the fact that he spent his teen years training under Charles Marshland made both groups worry even more. In Edward’s palace life (relatively limited though it was given his lack of diplomatic skills), they saw marks of Marshland’s influence on Solaris’ heir. And on top of that, there was the Herald’s influence, which had reinforced Marshland’s training regarding the emphasis on one leader with the right of final decision in everything.

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