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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Writer Mathew Babaoye
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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Mathew Babaoye
Apr 10, 2016
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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 protection54PENANAk28LZwLkqm

Grrr.copyright protection54PENANA7rcys3lP9w

.. the loyal subdenizen Captains, wearing rusty armor or old uniforms, currently sitting in those chairs were not.copyright protection54PENANAKO6WEsLeVt

What counsel from such counselors?copyright protection54PENANAvgwD2v9NQz

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 protection54PENANAaX0nvsrRiA

“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 protection54PENANAn2puZ3XLiT

Urgo grinned. “No, but letting em know you cheat is.”copyright protection54PENANAeN9KqbgzZ6

Fools. I am surrounded by fools.copyright protection54PENANA9a4axzDYrW

Rel smiled. Captain Murt chortled, the fat troll being a natural raconteur. Feasal just sniffed, disdainful. But…copyright protection54PENANAzOZYjY2gKk

Although one remains of the true steel…copyright protection54PENANAaY8jJyuZ8u

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 protection54PENANA6iEbsbK6ab

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 protection54PENANA2J01Ik0KBK

“Aye,” Urgo grumbled. “Our warriors are stout, the castle is strong, and the Realm secure.”copyright protection54PENANA5LJd4sMzsU

Murt chortled. “Here here! Will you be rewarding us?”copyright protection54PENANA3zdHKFTvM3

Enough. The Queen of Night finally smiled, her red-lipped expression looking dangerous within her shadowed cowl. “No. The opposite, mayhaps.”copyright protection54PENANAHONIQv2QgD

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 protection54PENANABmokztNm2f

“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 protection54PENANAh6OuNz9H4W

How forceful.copyright protection54PENANAKLKyuA3wrk

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 protection54PENANA93Gynf1aC4

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 protection54PENANAqTafnYOxGT

Murt grimaced. Urgo frowned. Rel issues a high pitched growl. Feasal shook his head. Rolf bared his fangs…copyright protection54PENANAtqFdZ9O2Fg

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 protection54PENANAmPj2nHipSV

The pixie Captain bounced on her chair, excited. “Your Will!”copyright protection54PENANAujOFybEnIk

“Murt.”copyright protection54PENANAgcLWpK5eML

The fat troll snorted uneasily. “Yes?”copyright protection54PENANAv9BPcZwvop

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 protection54PENANAqTIeygqcE9

Murt grumbled. Feasal nodded primly…copyright protection54PENANAwVlhRL1XZO

“Feasal.”copyright protection54PENANAJvYkkajRGI

… and his wizened, gnomish face suddenly bore an expression of surprise. “My Queen?”copyright protection54PENANAg6BYl9fLmT

“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 protection54PENANAVSPgaG1bD1

Feasal smiled at his long asked for reports finally approved, and nodded again. “Your will.”copyright protection54PENANA0nwYHR90IP

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 protection54PENANAJYWkXhuc3Q

The grey goblin puffed up. “I’ll do as you say.” He frowned. “But who might these visitors be, my Queen?”copyright protection54PENANA6YJVeTCg5g

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 protection54PENANAh5DO3kFcln

A moment’s shocked silence followed her entirely unexpected pronouncement…copyright protection54PENANA24mYpjfUwj

… until her Captain became incensed, issuing forth an expected tide of rising discord.copyright protection54PENANALChuywnaMs

Goldenslaughter let it all wash over her.copyright protection54PENANAr3y4SCpxPL

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