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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Writer Mathew Babaoye
  • G: General Audiences
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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Mathew Babaoye
Apr 10, 2016
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No Plagiarism!mKoqz4k0PSTB5djQshfMposted on PENANA

The Council Room was elegant. Its four great curving walls were covered by rich tapestries depicting her legendary exploits on the field of battle, gilt side-tables bore scrolls, tools and charts, and a big circular onyx table dominated the middle. Yet while elaborately carved witchwood chairs ringed the table…copyright protection114PENANAR2Qe8aXqJB

Grrr.copyright protection114PENANAc6lBxVFRWv

.. the loyal subdenizen Captains, wearing rusty armor or old uniforms, currently sitting in those chairs were not.copyright protection114PENANAJP7O3qFvHU

What counsel from such counselors?copyright protection114PENANAizX9O6jMx3

The grey goblin, Captain Urgo, picked a long claw between his sharp yellow teeth, snorting. “Yeah. Then we flogged the runt for lack of discipline.”copyright protection114PENANAnKaJlHF1yB

“Cheating at cards is lack of discipline?” Rel piped up. Being a pixie, her curly-haired head barely cleared the tabletop even though she was standing upon her seat.copyright protection114PENANAwirE7u4M0M

Urgo grinned. “No, but letting em know you cheat is.”copyright protection114PENANAHjmEsaKMWh

Fools. I am surrounded by fools.copyright protection114PENANAQk104nHKog

Rel smiled. Captain Murt chortled, the fat troll being a natural raconteur. Feasal just sniffed, disdainful. But…copyright protection114PENANAlVyNzFhEri

Although one remains of the true steel…copyright protection114PENANAr8BNN4YyRV

Her fierce Were, Captain Rolf, growled: “enough chatter.” Massively muscular, he remained straight-backed in spotless dark armor, and was the only one looking competently martial. “Queen of Night: why have you called this meeting?”copyright protection114PENANAQHfSHkfp4E

Goldenslaughter remained silent in the dark, highbacked chair at the head of the table. Wearing a black cloak, with its black hood up and her bonewhite fingers still steepled before her, she seemed an ominous figure limned by the burning green witchfyre flames in the fireplace behind her…copyright protection114PENANAFqAedaUvPl

“Aye,” Urgo grumbled. “Our warriors are stout, the castle is strong, and the Realm secure.”copyright protection114PENANAOgup4iu2Ql

Murt chortled. “Here here! Will you be rewarding us?”copyright protection114PENANAXG3dyKxOaC

Enough. The Queen of Night finally smiled, her red-lipped expression looking dangerous within her shadowed cowl. “No. The opposite, mayhaps.”copyright protection114PENANAtP234geYM3

Murt blanched. Urgo cleared his throat. Rel tittered nervously. Feasal merely waited. However: Rolf growled, never cowed. “Tell us what is to be done.”copyright protection114PENANAkAjP0n7uqX

“What is to be done,” the Queen of Night began sweetly, before abruptly slamming both of her slender, bonewhite hands down HARD against the tabletop (which immediately cracked in spirals from the points of contact), “is to put my house back in order!”copyright protection114PENANAQnETBdE91O

How forceful.copyright protection114PENANALuEOyJ5MHR

Captain Rel bounced on her chair, agitated. “Your word is law, Queen of Night!” Murt rumbled agreement. Urgo echoed it. Feasal muttered. Rolf frowned, but nodded.copyright protection114PENANAQ1s9QsxYXY

Better. Goldenslaughter leaned forward. “Allow me to explain: I was absent from certain affairs for some time, but no longer. As it was, so shall it become again.” A pause. “Yes,” she finally hissed, “whispers have reached me, and portents, of a growing threat…”copyright protection114PENANAVNmAHXNm6O

Murt grimaced. Urgo frowned. Rel issues a high pitched growl. Feasal shook his head. Rolf bared his fangs…copyright protection114PENANAbSjQHSzNFg

Goldenslaughter’s eyes flicked right. “Rel: resume pixie patrols around Caer Nocht. Stealth is key, for the threat is general. Let me know of anything out of place, even if it is just a feeling.”copyright protection114PENANAEvi6F9zc7w

The pixie Captain bounced on her chair, excited. “Your Will!”copyright protection114PENANAb2kxD1uqoB

“Murt.”copyright protection114PENANAfzuypbrZZ6

The fat troll snorted uneasily. “Yes?”copyright protection114PENANAgDCyKhHjuO

Goldenslaughter sneered. “You will pick a few of your cleverest fellows and see them posted at key points in the subterranean levels to remain slumbering, until my signal. I will speak to the spirits myself, but Feasal will aide you with the rest.”copyright protection114PENANAQFRacucGVA

Murt grumbled. Feasal nodded primly…copyright protection114PENANAiaaMJzYazX

“Feasal.”copyright protection114PENANAhPBTnlb5FF

… and his wizened, gnomish face suddenly bore an expression of surprise. “My Queen?”copyright protection114PENANAUvkMGxgSec

“I would place a few pixies in your service as runners to speed communication among my forces.” She grimaced. “And I would have you begin bringing me weekly reports on the state of the castle: supplies, expenditures, the staff...”copyright protection114PENANAtwmDj5dhgM

Feasal smiled at his long asked for reports finally approved, and nodded again. “Your will.”copyright protection114PENANAfxBQrZcC4S

Goldenslaughter turned once more. “Urgo: new equipment will be delivered from Bailig. Double drills for the Goblin Corps, and prepare a special unit to send to the border. Emissaries will arrive through Abstraction in three day’s time, to be delivered straight away to the castle.”copyright protection114PENANAiYoDK4a1Wo

The grey goblin puffed up. “I’ll do as you say.” He frowned. “But who might these visitors be, my Queen?”copyright protection114PENANAdpVA3eFgvV

Queen Goldenslaughter slowly rose back to standing, while her dark eyes began to burn darker within the shadow of her black cowl. “Emissaries from the Sun Prince.”copyright protection114PENANA2KtEBVDNxI

A moment’s shocked silence followed her entirely unexpected pronouncement…copyright protection114PENANAFPG3sr8Dt5

… until her Captain became incensed, issuing forth an expected tide of rising discord.copyright protection114PENANA1HvWhybXOG

Goldenslaughter let it all wash over her.copyright protection114PENANATRrmv3h9QP

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