Despite Briceus’s fixed stare, he was deep in thought about the events that had transpired. Lyomere had finally fallen; they stood no chance against the powerful Mythronian army. The leaders of the resistance were now locked away and awaiting interrogation. However, two-thirds of the resistance members had escaped through tunnels beneath the keep and were hiding out in the wilds. They cannot run forever, though...
He snapped from his trance. Guarding over the king, he had been there for the entirety of the morning. The inquisitor had requested that the king be extra defended in the event of an assassination attempt from the Resistance. Crossbow-carrying guards made their rounds on the balcony above, while Briceus and his fellow stood near the foot of the throne. Meanwhile, Sadon himself sat, tapping his fingers on the stone armrest. While some might have thought he was being impatient or trying to pass time, Briceus knew the king was engrossed with his thoughts, completely separate from the world around him.
The sudden approach of footsteps broke the silence. Briceus’s hand tightened on his sword hilt. It released, though, once the advisor came into sight. He stopped a few paces from the throne and bowed low before the king.
“Good afternoon, milord.” Huelin panted, winded from a swift and long journey. “I come bearing terrible news. Our spies have reported two Enalican cargo ships landing unmarked near Lyomere territory. They smuggled supplies into the city using a series of hidden tunnels beneath the keep. Our spies are still searching for evidence that would suggest these are only a rogue band of traitors, but… I’m afraid her majesty Reia Loda’s personal insignia was found on the crates they delivered.”
Briceus felt crushed by the weight those words delivered. What?!
He watched as Sadon rose from the throne, eyes flashing with a mix of emotions. His fists clenched. “Huelin, are you suggesting…?” he didn’t let him reply. “No! It can’t be! Reia would never—she couldn’t—in the name of Mythros, why?!”
“Unfortunately, it has all been confirmed, your highness.” The advisor announced, his head bowed. “It seems both the alliance and the marriage were simply just a ruse to seize the power of the crown.”
Briceus stared numbly at Huelin, then back at his king. Could this really be?
Sadon’s eyes fell. “We… we must explore this matter further. I shall give Reia the opportunity to explain her actions. Above all, I desire peace, especially with our sister nation. Let the Tourney continue its preparations in Pescado. Mythron will watch and wait for now, as well as throughout the games. You are dismissed, Huelin. I must meditate on this alone.”
Huelin’s brow furrowed, looking slightly miffed that action hadn’t been taken immediately against Enalica, but he bowed once more and left the room.
Briceus sighed, shaking his head. He understood the king’s hesitance. Enalica was Mythron’s only and closest ally in these dangerous lands. They shared resources, troops, everything that gave them strength. But now, with a group of their own people rising up to oppose the king, Reia Loda, too, it seemed, had turned her back on the Mythronian Empire. The marriage, of course, was mostly a national symbol of union and power for their factions, but it was quite clear to everyone that King Sadon held a special trust for Enalica’s ruler. He simply couldn’t fathom the possibility that she had betrayed him while they were at their weakest. At least, not yet.
Time would certainly tell just what Mythron and Enalica would be facing. But as for now, the jubilant competition of the Tourney was of prime importance to the world. And the preparations had already begun…
A truly beautiful build here Reese. I'm lovin' the tiled floor with the highly detailed bird decal. Very impressed with the level of intricacy in the stonework and medieval details. A fine piece of Lego art to be sure... Well done and God bless! ~Promar~
I can't even read the story, my eyes only want to see more and more details of the build... You really knocked it out of the park on this one with that floor mosaic and the windows and overall design of the room!