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Chapter 22 - Council
Nelso555
May 31, 2016
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The Taellian council room was one of – if not the – largest room that Sam had ever been in. He felt like he was stuck in the middle of an arena, with the one-hundred and one councilmen watching dubiously as his audience. In front of Sam, where he stood at a small pedestal on the ground, was a dome shaped terrace where all the councilmen were seated.copyright protection82PENANAohEo4uwf3x

All of them were old with neat greying hair and long white robes. Sam thought back to Torren, half expecting the likely retired commander James Regan among their ranks. He hoped he could trust him among all the others, because he knew that they’d be hard to convince, however James was nowhere to be seen.copyright protection82PENANAWBnqQKhOaO

Sam hadn’t slept since the first night after learning Garn’s new identity, and how could he. After arriving at the city gates, and leaving Ashley in the care of his officers, Sam rushed immediately to seek audience with the Council.copyright protection82PENANABgpg09UOaY

The head councilman, an old man with thick curled moustache, and a right eye that had been forced shut by some grievous wound a long time ago, banged his gavel onto the table.copyright protection82PENANAWzgAYk5uA8

“You, Twentieth Commander Samuel Ford of the Taellian Army, have sought an audience with the Taellian Council, concerning the actions of one Garn A. Pallerii, who happens to be a trusted patriot among our kin. What say you?”copyright protection82PENANA2xKqXAafok

Sam closed his eyes and took a deep breath. It wasn’t easy requesting anything from the council.copyright protection82PENANA30AsgBCbpN

“I request your assistance with the Garn Pallerii case. I fear it is much worse…”copyright protection82PENANA9mmpXkK2Pl

“Assistance?” jested another one of the council members, a fat balding man who was missing one of his ears. “From what we were told, you had Mr Pallerii in you grasp, and after needlessly torturing him in that hellhole of a desert, he managed to escape because you let the djann get too close.”copyright protection82PENANAaSSViQvt5U

“With all due respect, sir, we were permitted to use force on Mr Pallerii if it came to that.”copyright protection82PENANAO9VpCc0fnq

“And did it?” another asked venomously.copyright protection82PENANA2wMoWJIHMy

“Please, you’re missing the point. Garn is dangerous. He’s not who he appears to be. I saw him…”copyright protection82PENANA3XqVSIMocS

“Were you aware that Mr Pallerii approached us, Commander Ford?”copyright protection82PENANAj01epErpTO

At that moment Sam felt the icy sting of shock flow through his veins.copyright protection82PENANAQVlCkim3Z8

“He… approached you?”copyright protection82PENANAB352ZYLLmX

How is this possible? I followed him all the way from Torren. There’s no way he could have made it to Taelliwey. Unless… that man, yes, the one in the dark cloak.copyright protection82PENANADFXFUmklMd

“That’s right,” the councilman continued. “On the seventh of June Garn Pallerii spoke to us of matters concerning his capture and immediate torture.”copyright protection82PENANA9C9vfuNCyN

“Please,” Sam tried, “you don’t understand.”copyright protection82PENANAL9QQcPPXBb

“Understand what, Commander? That Mr Pallerii has agreed to forgive you for your heinous acts. You see, it was all merely a misunderstanding to do with the secrecy of Mr Pallerii’s…”copyright protection82PENANAUeRSULee61

Dammit, how could they be so blind! Are they all fools? What has Garn done to them? Is this his power?copyright protection82PENANAsgECLU6zwE

“Garn possesses magic!” Sam shouted out – interrupting the speaking councilman.copyright protection82PENANAnhOd803XXE

“I beg your pardon,” another councilman said.copyright protection82PENANA9ST0KOLZ2S

“After Garn used the djann attack to escape the desert, I followed him all the way to the Northern Peaks where I witnessed him use dark powers to attack some of the local villagers.”copyright protection82PENANA0v9F7Vzeu6

“Stop right there!” said the second speaking councilman, the one that was missing an ear. “First you accuse Mr Pallerii of illegally selling arms to criminal buyers, and now you are claiming that he is capable of controlling dark magic.”copyright protection82PENANATRoH5xI8vG

Sam felt like a child being teased, however he refused to show any anger.copyright protection82PENANAMEyGFjuqiw

“Arms dealing is certainly an understandable accusation, but magic? You surely can’t be serious.”copyright protection82PENANAjj2sZanzoS

Sam could feel the anger boiling up inside, but he composed himself as best he could.copyright protection82PENANAFhJ4ZPBHX7

“What I tell you is the truth!” he argued against them.copyright protection82PENANAoKLXqrgURz

Another councilman, this one with a monocle, spoke out. “If what you say is true then prove it. Make us believe your bewildering accusations.”copyright protection82PENANAraTtDSD0r2

I can’t, Sam realised, only the weapons that were sold to the djann could be used, and there’s no way of showing that they came from Garn.copyright protection82PENANAT7jCbjsN0p

“Give me time,” he demanded. “Give me time and I will show the truth about that man.”copyright protection82PENANAVpaGmA7CvZ

“We handed you the time and resources to make a case against Mr Pallerii and you came up empty handed. Quite frankly we are tired of this little game. Garn Pallerii is a patriot of our city and you have bothered him quite enough. I hereby forbid you of investigating any further. Should you attempt to do so any further and you will be stripped of your rank as the twentieth commander of the Taellian army. Do I make myself clear?”copyright protection82PENANAcWa6qOY3Oq

Sam’s hands curled into tight fists and he remained quiet, frozen.copyright protection82PENANA6HypkKIMxJ

“He asked you a question, Commander Ford.”copyright protection82PENANAcs8m9vXh8s

Sam recognised that voice – that sturdy, commanding voice. Sam turned around to where he heard the words fly, and sitting among the dry old men was Commander Regan. Sam was then filled with a feint shimmer of hope.copyright protection82PENANAhkosqOgpS5

“James, you must agree with me! Tell them! Tell them about Garn!”copyright protection82PENANAQYNoo887UG

“It is the will of the council that you forsake your investigation.” James Regan’s face was blank and emotionless, and then was moulded into a hard, assuring look. “As a member and as a friend, as well as a fellow commander, I bid that you comply.”copyright protection82PENANAR790ujvrBD

It was at that moment that the feint shimmer of hope inside Sam was set afire like a bale of hay, and was soon gone.copyright protection82PENANAUSYilo7BO0

“Well?” the head councilman prompted.copyright protection82PENANAHEZu2nCavx

Sam wasn’t quite sure what he was thinking of doing next, but he knew that it wasn’t anything good.copyright protection82PENANARmE0n9jSAU

“Very well,” he said, “I will honour the will of the council. As of this moment I will no longer pursue Garn Pallerii as a suspect of my investigation.”copyright protection82PENANAvuNtN8SVKG

Sam left the council building knowing that he was the only one out there who could stop Garn, and he would stop Garn. He swore a vow to himself as soon as he uttered the words ‘I will no longer pursue Garn.’copyright protection82PENANAVrkUVniyxN

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